What did you do to prep this week?

I can’t believe that it’s been a full week since our last “What did you do to prep this week?” blog segment… This week has flown by, or at least it has for me, it could have been because of all of my letter writing to congress and the entertainment industry and police / sheriffs departments regarding the gun “control” issue.

All of my letter writing probably won’t do any good, but at least I know that I did something and can’t blame myself because I sat on my butt watching TV or playing video games…. To many people wait for someone else to do it, all the while that someone else is waiting for someone else to do it and guess what it never gets done.

Okay, let’s see…

Before we start I would like to thank Mary K, KC, D McCauley, P Boyle, and Pirate Protective Services for their generous donations this week. Thank you – all donations are greatly appreciated… If you would like to send a donation you can do that here.

Okay, what did I do to prep this week?:-)

Unfortunately, it’s been a slow week prep wise here at the “Creekmore Mini-Farm” or as the media would call it a “bunker” or a “compound” because they like to make it sound dangerous and controversial…

Kind of like when they are talking about the AR-15 and using words like spraying bullets, weapons of mass destruction, and killing machines etc… They do this to sway public opinion against gun owners and the Second Amendment because most of those in the main-stream media are a bunch of socialist pukes.

Anyway, this week I…

  • Bought another 250 rounds of .22 ammo.
  • 100 rounds of #6 shot for the 12 gauge.
  • Cleaned the chicken coop (or as the media would probably label it a “chicken compound” :evilgrin: .
  • Bought paint to paint the chicken coop.
  • Cleared a “briar thicket” and under-brush at the rear corner of my property.
  • Bought a new computer because I dropped my old one on the floor.
  • Held on to my guns and religion… :yes:
  • And as mentioned above wrote letters like crazy.

What about you… What did you do to prep this week? Let us know in the comments below…

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. Hunker-Down says:

    We bought the book “Why Gold & Silver”, thanks M.D. for the recomendation.

    We went to a Goodwill store and bought 2 cooking pans and a hand crank can opener. I Ordered 15 P51 can openers, two for the kitchen and the rest for barter.

    Picked up 10 rolls of nickels; I think it will take 20 years for a price rise similar to wheat pennies, BUT anything is better than paper money these days.

    We mixed a batch of Bam Bam’s super skin lube.

    I can’t keep in in anymore and have to ‘fess up’. I really thought the Mayans had it right and we were going to explode into a gas star so I gave away my guns. Real stupid, wasn’t it? Wish I had them back, but I can’t find the guy who has them, I heard he moved to Florida.

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      Oh, so sorry…almost as bad as a freak boating accident!

    • Well at least you did something good like give them away and not something stupid like take all of them fishing with you and then turn your boat over in water 75 ‘ deep! Gees I feel so stupid.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        You’re better off without guns anyway. There are a few of us who have chosen to go without. I lost some, sold some, gave some away. I have my bb gun and compound bow. That’ s all I need. We are a peace loving gentle patriots on this blog.

        • I sold the guns that I did not lose in the boating accident since I became a vegatarian, I don`t even need them for hunting.I bought some seeds today at walmart.I also bought a few lbs of black beans as far as what I did to prep this week.I also bought some d cell batteries for my mag light.

        • Gma I know. Make love not war is my new mantra.

        • T G-Ma yes but is that a high capacity quiver on that semi compound bow?

      • Wow, george, there’s a lot of that going around these days. My buddy and I were going to make a weekend of hunting and fishing but disaster struck… we had loaded all our hunting rifles(AR15s) into the boat planning on doing an hour or two of fishing and then some hunting. A freak storm blew up and capsized the boat and out went the weapons. Dangest thing I ever saw. I felt so bad I just threw in the rods and reels also.

        Didn’t do a thing for preps this week, kinda felt good to.

      • Millie in KY says:

        Oh, there is a story here that I missed….

        • Millie,

          It’s amazing the bad luck folks have had loosing their guns ever since TDL started talking about a gun registry. My guns were taken by aliens–they dematerialized right before my eyes. I am only purchasing ammo on the off chance they are returned.

    • Damn… I’m actually doing better than y’all. I at least got a $25 gift card for my guns. I bought some tissue with it cause I knew I would need it to soak up the water.

    • Damn all the bad luck.

      • I am 73 and having a little problem remembering some things. I don’t remember what I done with the guns I don’t remember even owning. Were it not for my photo ID I would not even remember who I am nor where I live.

      • can someone tell me “what is a gun?” please…..

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Can someone tell me where to find her skin lube recipe…I have found I have need of it…

      • Sw’t Tater,

        Get a half pint canning jar and fill it with olive oil (mix in avocado oil if you have really dry skin), add 1 (overflowing) Tbs. beeswax pellets and melt in microwave. Take out and add lavender essential oil or tea tree/peppermint/eucalyptus essential oil. I would have to look back at my notes to see how many drops you need–probably about 25 drops.

    • MountainSurvivor says:

      You made a mistake and can’t go back so, all you can do is to just get on the boat again and resupply/restock. Stop kicking yourself and do not cry over spilt milk. Just like Y2K, the world never came to an end. A whole lotta people got rid of everything they had and were forced to start all over. The thing with the Mayan eotw information is that no one took into account that, maybe, just maybe, the end of their calendar came because there was a war and/or no one was around to finish it or they went with a new type of calendar. I don’t like listening to people who were “not there” at the time and KNOW the answers and come up with probable unfounded theories-nothing more than what they want something to mean, seem like or be-because their ideas (theories), as you have witnessed, usually come up empty. Well, put a smile on, write a list of to-buy items, balance the checkbook and head to the store for a cheap old shotgun or pistol.

      • worrisome says:

        Personally I think they ran out of rock mountainsurvivor. Sorry everyone is having such a time with their weapons………

        • livinglife says:

          Thats the down side of hunting duck/geese and coyote’s, you can loose everything in one accident. Still have a .22. Not worth insuring one so I cancelled my policy to cover firearms. Those records are public accessible with some digging and form filing.

      • OregonMike says:

        Check out a new Hi-Point 9mm pistol for around $150-$170. It’s a start. Their carbines are also low priced. And, they’re made in the U.S.

    • I love this site!
      It’s real people living and learning and trying to do the right thing.
      I’m still trying to convince DH about buying a .22 bolt action semi automatic rifle. There’s no use strong arming other people-especially if you’re married to them and working on a long term sort of thing. Anyway, I sure appreciate you folks. LOVE this blog.

    • H-D,

      I would be interested to hear what you learned from the book on gold and silver. The only precious metals I have is led.

  2. The big thing for the week: Ordered a Country Living grain mill. Finally saved enough from ebay sales for one, and went ahead and ordered one. We have an “emergency” mill, but the CL will be our “everyday” mill for making bread, etc. I’d like to get away from using storebought flour, so needed something beyond an emergency mill.
    Went to the bulk store and bought sugar, some more spices, some whole grains (rye, oats, etc) and 50 lb of potatoes to dehydrate and can.
    Ordered some ammo online – have been unable to acquire .22LR anywhere around here and did not want to fall behind on my purchasing plan.
    Got my Paladin Press book order – very nice books, will definitely be ordering more!
    Nothing of importance from the local consignment auction – did buy a small aluminum roaster.
    Now that my sisters have returned home from their holiday visits – time to work on those resolutions. Will start walking next week with hubby before he goes to work in the afternoon. Need to get the burn pile burned so we can turn the front half of the main garden and get it ready for early spring plantings.
    Received Skousen’s “Secure Home” and boy … it’s hefty. Going to take a while to get through it… yikes!
    Ordered a few more seeds – on the theory that you can never have too many or something like that…
    Went out for my birthday… went shopping at Scheel’s for some bullets for reloading, then hit a new range we heard about (which we won’t be visiting again … talk about bad customer service!), did some book shopping, hit a farm supply store for something else and found … of all things, 7.62X54R ammo at a really good price, which we scarfed up. Then bought two PMAGs at not-inflated prices. Don’t have an AR-15, but figure that I had some eBay sales money that it wouldn’t hurt to have the items for future use (as long as I don’t lose them in some freaking boating accident in the middle of the prairie…). They were limited to 2 per purchase, so bought the limit.
    Ebay’s offering me free auction listings for another week starting tomorrow…
    Read “Avalon: The Retreat” – was not really impressed – characterization sucked and the fact the author (supposedly a retired military) kept referring to people having “bullets” in their pockets kinda made me go “heh”.
    Wrote to all my reps … again. http://www.ruger.com/micros/advocacy/ Is handy!

  3. FreeRangePagan says:

    A slow week here, as Lady and I try not to spend much. She actually received less then her normal rate when she worked overtime. Seriously need to move….

    What did I do this week? I cut my hands all up during work, so household work is at a standstill. Bought some supplies for our trip this weekend, juice and pb&j etc. Some cans of spinach and a can of chicken to be put away. Extra meat in the freezer that should last us two weeks of meals. Refilled the oil lamps and got some candles from a friend.

    I also had an interview for a summer gig, so good thoughts my way!

    Lady and I plan on searching the library for edible flora books and teaching ourselves for the spring.

    A good week to the Pack and keep spirits high!

  4. I really didn’t get a whole lot done to prep this week.

    * Hit a sale at a local store and scored several big jars or peanut butter, a couple jugs apple cider, the breakfast drink mix stuff, and some heat and eat meals very cheap and still well within their expiration date.
    * I helped a like minded friend learn to make her own laundry soap
    * I have planned out with this same friend to help her learn to water bath can and make jams, jellies, and such (date to be set)

    That’s pretty much it for me. Hope y’all have a great week!

  5. bwright1553 says:

    Added 50 rounds of .38 + P
    Bought a holster for my .38/357
    Bought 20 rounds of .30-30 ammo
    Bought 20 rounds of .223 ammo (That may have been the last box in the county)
    Added several bags of beans to the food inventory
    Channeling my anger at the fools who are destroying our country into exercise and better health. It’s a strange motivator but it’s seems to be working.

  6. riverrider says:

    more like “illicit unsanctioned poultry operation” 🙂 of course if you were a “real” celebrity it would be a “ranch”, lol! anyway, after zipping off another letter to my rep, i took delivery of the 22lr rounds ordered last week, fal mags shipped, and ordered 10 pmags w/window from sg. they were in stock at the time at 17.99, we’ll see if i ever get them. ordered mil trip wire on amazon, two max velocity books, and a jeff dunham dvd(gotta have a little laughter). spent WAY too much time on this and other blogs. from what i see, folks are serious this time around. best be deciding how far you as an individual want to take it, make preps accordingly. resist.

    • Rob in Ontario says:

      how about the Creekmore Petting Farm?

      • riverrider says:

        omg no! peta will be all over him awa the spca and the-people- should-give-the-planet-back-to-the-animals-society. not to mention if a goat headbutts a youngun or something equally not horrible, lol!

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Yep, the double standard always works for the liberal. I noticed that the a$$hat on NBC who waved the 30-round mag around on his show wasnt’ charged with a crime in DC, even though many people have been prosecuted for innocent possession of mags or ammo there. If I remember my history, it was these kinds of flaunting the law that riled up our ancestors, along with British d-bags like Piers Morgan. He ought to have to explain why the dirtbags in Britain are murdering people by the tens of thousands with their health care system. That’s the liberal w-dream I guess, those in charge killing whomever they please with no one to intervene. That’s the result of an unarmed populace.
      And if people don’t think this crap can’t happen here, Japanese-Americans have already been interned by Executive Order, Blacks and whites have both been subjected to illegal medical tests and been denied treatment, and all manner of spying has been done on American citizens. There are also other things that have been done, including drone attacks on US citizens and also illegal detentions. Sorry for the rant, but when people tell me it can’t happen here, well, it already has. And it would all be worse were it not for the 2nd Amendment. Do not submit. Do not surrender. Do not compromise.

      • riverrider says:

        ror, actually i’m beginning to like mr. morgan. he keeps getting his butt handed to him every time he invites a pro-gun person for an interview, yet he keeps on doing it. maybe he’s pro-gun after all? as for the rest, well there’s the muslim doctor that was held for two years uncharged by the fbi even AFTER the courts told them to release him. his crime, having a similar name to a terrorist. twenty million russians, 7 million jews and untold numbers of koreans and chinese would agree with you, if they were still alive that is. sic semper tyrannus

        • riverrider, I think Piers Organ keeps inviting those guests because he’s trying to improve his crappy ratings. They should all refuse, then maybe his show would get dropped.

          As for what I did this week…
          -did some target shooting, and my son brought over a couple of his shotguns for me to try out to help me decide what to buy…when I can afford to buy.
          -downloaded about 30 ebooks thru PrepUtilityVehicle. HAD to have all the Backwoods Home magazine back issues they had.
          -stocked up on more great deals at the supermarket, including some juices that were buy one, get one free.
          -realized an old outbuilding would make a great tiny cabin with some TLC. I’m really excited planning what I want to do with it prep-wise.
          -sent off more letters to my elected officials
          -started getting back on track with working out everyday (I’d been slacking the last couple months)

          Hmmm….might be more, but that’s all I can remember right now.

      • Rider of Rohan,
        Hypocrisy abounds NBC sports channel has hunting and gun shows right after Costas and friends.Also just found out NBC sponsers the SHOT show.

  7. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Sounds like you had a fairly productive week. Gotta keep your chickens in the luxury to which they have become accustomed! In my day, anything smaller than 12 acres was considered a hobby farm, not for commercial farming. No matter what it is called it is home. Thanks for a week of interesting and thought provoking articles. And thanks to all the contributors and responses.

    Hope everyone is well and staying warm.
    We are having an Indian summer with temps in the 70s and 80s. Which is a mixed blessing.
    This past week has really been lost. I did get my letters written and even emailed the VP. Lot of good that did. I am already a member and regular contributor of the NRA.
    Well DH and I finally shook off the last of the flu altho the body is still a little achy. 2 days were spent in doctor’s offices with DH. He had to be rechecked cause of secondary infections, bronchitis and UTI. He is on the last round of antibiotics, I hope. Then we had 3 days of rain so I started packing up 2012 and getting files ready for 2013 and taxes. I hate to think how much we may owe and we are already below poverty.
    I did make it to a Goodwill store and bought 6 very large candles and a cast iron cornbread skillet. Restocked our larder with the few staples we have used.
    Finally helped DH finish assembling the composter. But haven’t started the first batch yet. We started back working on our retaining walls for the terraced gardens. We intentionally have maintained a low profile this week to avoid the mania and to not spread our germs. I didn’t attempt to purchase any outdoor equipment this week because of high prices but there will come a time.

    God bless and you all are in my prayers.

  8. Hi There Wolfpack

    I made myself a calendar with a budget feature and planned out what prep holes I need to fill for the next six months week by week. Yes I will have overlooked stuff and will have to jockey things from time to time, but I have a plan that I think I can stick to.

    Implementing my budget plan first was to get my doctor to write me all the prescriptions I am supposed to be taking for 90 day refills. At his office we had a great discussion on the coming ObamaCare situation and the state of our nation and he decided I need to stock up and has written me prescriptions to get about a 4 month additional supply separately. I will pay for those on my own, the insurance company will not be impacted in any way. He also then decided that I needed some prescription vitamins and he also prescribed me some Tamiflu, just in case. His and my reasoning for the 90 day refills is that coming in 2014 with all the new folks coming into ObamaCare, it will become much more difficult to get in to see him and much more crowded with longer waits at the drug store. So why stand in line at the pharmacy 12 times when you can stand in it only 4. He also wrote me 1 prescription for Cipro, a sleeping pill and a pain pill. Those he won’t refill unless I come to see him. The tip for the pack is that if you are on regular medical prescriptions, concentrate on getting ahead of it NOW! Go have a frank and honest discussion with your doctor and see if he can help you.

    This coming week’s calendared project is garden seed buying! Can hardly wait for spring! Also buying crew socks for family and myself. Six pairs each. Ordering some cheesemaking supplies. Prep Item to check into…testing out the sleeping bags to see how warm they are. I am going to turn the heat off every evening about 9 and try to sleep in one of the 3 different brands I have and see how comfortable I am. If they aren’t good enough in the house, they certainly won’t work in a real cold spell without electricity. Not that it isn’t already cold, it is 24 here this morning.

    BIL and nephew left for the BOL yesterday. I will be going up next week end for 3 days

    I attended a forum Congressman Mike Thompson held in Santa Rosa, Ca on gun control. Met some other folks there protesting the hysteria. We exchanged contact information and are going to get together to see if we can find ways and means to support more organizations than just NRA and to do more than just write letters to our so called representatives who are NOT listening to us. We are all going to start researching groups already in the fray that we can either financially support or work with to help make a difference and start educating people. The folks from my local gun shop attended the forum too. They have sold out of pretty much everything, placed some orders to restock and have decided to take a short vacation while the hysteria dies down. Makes sense to me.

    I had the neighbors who have been training their german shepherds along with my mutt over for dinner Wednesday night and the old couple across the street. After dinner, we all curled up in the living room by the fireplace and cursed DC for the most part. No one is discussing what they are doing in the way of prepping to become more self sufficient, we are all being very cautious with that. But my next door neighbor did ask if he could come over next time I was canning something to watch and help so he could learn how. And of course I said yes. We discussed the situation with the old couple after they left. It is obvious that they need a bit more help. My next door neighbor is going over this week to help with putting in a new hot water heater for them as theirs is leaking. I ran the old guy into the eye dr. this past week. His old glasses are now pasted together for the short term and he has two new pair on order. And whatever I make for dinner today, I will make sure that it covers a meal for them as well.

    Have a great week, Wolfies, just look around, there is always opportunities to do something more to prep for yourselves and don’t forget to help someone else while you are it.

    • Millie in KY says:

      Worrisome, thank you for helping your elder neighbors. They are grateful, I’m sure. Love you! and thank you!

      • worrisome says:

        Millie they are great folk, they deserve a little attention! They have great children………but at present one is in Hong Kong; one is in Canada and one is in Atlanta. The day will come when someone will have to come home and help out and such, but that day isn’t today so we will do what we can around the edges as long as we can 🙂

    • Look at when you are able to refill your scripts on your insurance plan. When I had 90 day refills I could get them refilled 15 days before they ran out, now my 30 day plan allows them to be refilled 6 days ahead. So for the last two years I have always refilled at the earliest date and now have at least 8 months of extra meds. I take the extra each month and put them away and rotate out some that have been stored. This was an easy way to stor extra and not pay the full amount for them. Now I am working on getting in better shape and just getting of the two BP meds and not have to worry about it. Now this worked for me since it was pills , it is worth lookin into , the pharmacy I use puts on the label when ins will allow the next refill, if yours doesn’t ask because I am sure they know when your ins will fill next.

    • worrisome. I used to live in Santa Rosa from 72 to 78. Thompson has always been a guncommie nothing new there.the good thing is you met up with some like minded people.

      • worrisome says:

        Thompson does not please me either Steve, he is a sop but seems to have a lot of his electorate fooled as they fawn over him something awful!

    • Alittle2late says:

      Also don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for samples of your meds from your doctor. I’ve put up roughly 2 years worth doing just that. I get my reg scripts filled and go in every month and see what they have at the office. Helps to be nice to the lady working the sign in window.:). They don’t always have everything but every little bit helps.

    • worrisome says:

      All good suggestions on rx, thanks folks. Hope the lurkers learned a little from it too, ’tis important for those with health issues….

    • Encourager says:

      Worrisome, would you please clone your doctor and send the clone up to Michigan?? You are so blessed to have such a wise doctor!

      Bless you for looking out for your elderly neighbors. That is what community does!

  9. Rider of Rohan says:

    Great week, MD. And apparently your letter-writing campaign has paid off as the White House appears to be backing down from the more egregious proposals. They will take what they can get this time around, and will be back just as soon as something else happens. Just like Obamacare, they are laying the groundwork for more control. But I have to give them credit, they have a long-term strategy now coming to fruition. If the opposition doesn’t get a strategy, I fear all is lost. We badly need a leader to coalesce around. Here’s praying one comes forward sooner rather than later.

    As for prepping, I’m still looking for a BOL or retreat, and have been studying the area around Talihina, Ok. Is anyone here familiar with that area? I am looking there because I have family in Shawnee. Western Arkansas would also be a possibility, so I’m looking in and around Mena, Ar. as well. Any info from the Pack on these areas would be much appreciated.

    As far as material preps go, I found 240 rds. of 7.62 at a decent price and bought it. I also bought some lead ingots from a newspaper that used to use an old press for the newspaper and had a printing shop. These ingots were used to make letters for the old presses. A very fortunate find. I replaced some canned goods we used in the past week, received two more buckets of Mountain House freeze-dried food, and some seed from Baker Seed Co. Have a great week, everyone.

    • Rider of Rohan,
      Don’t let them fool you they will still try for all they want,just a little at a time.Like gas prices $3.50 a gal is high, but raise it to $4.50 then drop it to $3.50 it does’nt seem as bad.
      Instead of waiting for someone to come along to save or lead us we need to step up and take the lead and save ourselves. Run for office, if you know someone you think can do the job talk with them see if they are interested.

    • I think what you have gotten rather than lead is linotype that is far superior as a bullet casting material.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Harold, fill me in. I had an acquaintance who said they were using these ingots as doorstops and paperweights and offered them to me at garage-sale pricing. 26 of them I rolled out of their office in a wheel barrel. I instinctively knew they were a good find, but you’re making me feel even better.

        • They are an alloy of lead, tin, antimony and sometimes zinc. Depending on the specific alloy(determined on what was specified) they will have a little less weight for a specific bullet mold size but are harder and leave very little fouling in the rifling grooves. They seemed to me over the fifty years I used cast bullets made from them (from muzzle loaders to modern magnum revolvers) when using the same specified powder charge as was called for cast lead, they shot flatter and with greater accuracy than the lead. I had observed that when firing sustained fire with a revolver after about eighteen rounds, I got a greater pattern drift with cast lead than I did with the Linotype. Most of the reloaders I had spoken to or corresponded with over the years who had used Linotype swore by it., The best part about it was I had gotten a large quantity early on for free.

          • Alittle2late says:

            would be nice if you or someone else did a story on reloading. just sayin.

          • worrisome says:

            2 later, wish Harold would write that and do pictures as well 🙂

          • I wouldn’t mind except there are too many people out there who are so quick to shoot you down if what you have done does. I started out dangerously and practiced a lot of dangerous things over the years and am luck I am still here to admit to doing such things. As a young boy at the tail end of WWII, I was given a number of items from a deceased uncles possessions. Among them was an old double barreled 12 gauge shotgun that had been made for Shapleigh’s Hardware in ST Louis Mo. It was a good one and had been made by Ivor Johnson company. Someone had sat something heavy on the end of the barrels and put a distinct kink in them. I did not know anything then about the 1934 gun control act and barrel length prohibitions. I was going to cut them off and mentioned this to an old gunsmith where I was visiting with my dad when he was getting a new firing pin made for his shotgun. He had me bring it in and he measured the unbent distance and it was just short of the legal limit. He went ahead and cut the barrels off at the limit and using a mandrel was able to straighten out the ends which he then rewelded the barrel joining strip and crowned the barrels for me. Total cost was going over the next weekend and helping him clean up and rearrange his shop and try to figure out what all he had. I came away from that hard dirty days work with a gold mine. He had given me several firearms, a muzzle loading squirrel rifle in 31 caliber and several cans of black powder and percussion caps that were too old to sell. Also was a Marlin 25. rimfire pump action rifle and some ammunition. Best gift was a reloading tool for the 12 gauge shells, wads, powder, brass shotgun shell casings preloaded with #2 buckshot from his ARmy days. The best gift he gave me was how to revamp the primer pocket on the casings to accept one of the percussion caps since primers were unobtainable at that time. I shot that old gun until I went into the Army at 17 and I don’t think it ever fired any smokeless powder rounds after the initial fifteen or so rounds I got with it were fired off. All reloading from then on was done with the percussion caps, black powder and whatever shot or solid projectile was available including the bluing balls from moms laundry supplies.
            A number of rabbits had been killed by hardwood pellets loaded ahead of that black powder. He had made me a wad cutter out of a piece of the sawed off barrels so I was able to cut my own wads. I continuously reloaded my own ammunition from then on and have even reloaded some of the rimfires I had, 22, 25, 32 and 41 until my supply of fulminate of mercury ran out and could not get any of it anymore. Reloading rimfires was a chancy thing and required making a rim scraper to scrape the inside of the rim of the fired casing and then you had to mostly use them in a single shot so that the previously fired crimp from the firing pin was opposite from where it would restrike it. I only had about ten or twelve failures with the pump and just reloaded them and fired again. In those days, there was a lot of the black powder loaded copper cased 22 ammunition lying around and I had found that by rotating the cartridge when it did not fire, it would set it off. After changing the hammer spring on my old Stevens crack shot, they fired every time after that. The copper casing is thicker than the modern brass casing. Anyway as time went on and we got hold of some soldering lead from the local sheet metal mechanic in town who showed us how to pour the melted lead carefully down an old wide putty knife into a bucket of water and it would make round shot. This probably could have been sorted by size had we had something perforated to size it but we did not and just loaded the shell with what we had. We had a powder dipper and a shot measure so when years later I started using the Lee loaders, the powder measures did not bother me a bit and I scrupulously followed the instructions. It was during this period of time I first got hold of linotype and observed that the shot came out more uniform when water formed and it stayed bright and did not leave your hands discolored like lead did when you used it. Any game we killed, mom always salvaged the shot and washed it for us to reload. Years later when I again started to reload on a regular basis, I had a Smith and Wesson Military and Police revolver with a six inch barrel manufacture in the 1940’s for the RCMP. It was chambered in 38 S&W so the factory loads were quite weak since most of them had been made in the black powder days. Since the British and Canadians made their own service round with a 200 grain bullet and powder charge equivalent to the 38 special, I tailored my loads with the aid of a Lyman reloading manual to stay in the safety range and since the pistol was made of modern steel it could and did handle up to magnum loads. I also had a lever action rifle chambered in 38.40 so I could use the same bullet for both rifle and pistol loadings. (Sure wish the revolver had been chambered the same). After experiencing fouling with cast lead bullets in a mold that was given to me, I was at a gun show one day and a gentleman I knew checked the pistol and determined that it was especially tight rifling measuring out just a tad under .356 instead of .357 like the ordinary 38 bullet would measure. Lee had just started advertising their equipment about then and I wrote to them and asked if they could make me up a single cavity mold in 356 in the Elmer Kieth truncated cone style. They could and did with their people coming up with the most perfect weight for what I was shooting a 140 grain. I used that from then on and soon dropped using lead altogether when I found the linotype cast bullets exhibited the tendencies mentioned before. In the process I found after Lee furnished me with a .355 resizer that that particular round functioned quite well in the new Browning 9mm high powers the local police were being equipped with. I never cast anything in lead after that and when I traded off all of my stuff years later, I still had around fifteen pounds of linotype material. I heard later that the fool I traded it too tried to cast some molten copper in the Lee aluminum mold and ruined it not knowing it was a special built mold. So as you cans see, you need an expert who really knows all the in and outs of reloading everything rather that some one like me who was just plain lucky back then and still am today.

          • HomeINsteader says:
    • Rider of Rohan, every time I read a post from you, I smile. 🙂 My favorite speech from LOTR is Eomer’s when leaving for Gondor: “Now is the hour! Riders of Rohan…oaths you have taken – NOW, fulfill them all! To lord and land!” Kind of reminds me of us patriots – what a great battle cry! 🙂

      • Sort of a “put your money where your mouth is” kind of thing. All the great privileges and gifts this country has given to us – now is the time we must pay for them…with our lives if need be. I know, I know, it’s corny….but it strikes such a chord in me during these times. 🙂

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Yes, Nanet, it seems to me that many things that are happening these days are taken right out of Middle Earth. The evil I see descending on the West could be a plot right out of the Trilogy. But if you think about it, in reality history does repeat itself, and evil is always there ready to rear its ugly head as soon as we let down our guard. Yes, oaths we have taken. God forbid that I would not fulfill the one I took long ago, “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.
        And thank you, your post brought a smile to my face as well. I read the Trilogy in 1968, and became lost in Middle Earth as a youngster growing up in a rural area. I came upon the books quite by accident in a library in a large city, and couldn’t rest till I read them all. And though the Men of Gondor were supposedly the best in ME, I loved the freedom and fighting spirit of the Riders of Rohan.

        • Petticoat Prepper says:

          If I remember correctly from the dark ages of high school…when we were required to read the trilligy. It was based on Hitler and the insane world of that time.

          I find us living in middle earth quite often now.

    • bernie in texas says:

      hello Rider ym sun has 10 ac. in mounds ok. on top of the mountian you can see tulsa at night

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Where is Mounds, bernie? I guess in northeast Oklahoma if you can see Tulsa. Does he like it there?

  10. It has been a long week. My dh had to drive to Texas for the funeral of a close family friend. I did not have the occasion to meet the man but I wish had. He died on his 70th wedding anniversary. The funeral will be with full military honors—he was a WWII vet who had his leg shot off. He was just an amazing person from what my dh said about him. My dh should be back Tuesday. Please keep him in your prayers as he drives back from Texas.

    My dh did get some quality time with family. We learned his close family members are all preppers. The family reunion was like a gun show, he said. His nephew showed him his AR15. There wasn’t a TDL supporter in the bunch.

    I did get a few things done this week. I received a check for all the extra work I had been doing for the last few months. I received the ammo I ordered from Cabelas (2100 rounds .22 lr and 1,000 rounds 9 mm) and ordered another 1,000 rounds 9 mm and two more ammo cans. Then I put in an order for some desiccant packs and another 50 cal. ammo can. I received a case of powered milk and a case of five-grain pancake mix from EE. I put in an order for four cases of oatmeal from the LDS Store.

    I went to the eye doctor and had my eyes checked. I had to order bifocals. I got my new lenses ordered. They should be in later in the week. I set aside some money to go to the dentists for my annual check up and cleaning.

    Oh and my dh got my scope mounted on my Ruger 10 22 and my ghost sites put on my Glock. Once I get my new glasses I am going to head to the range. My eyes were getting so bad that I was having a hard time seeing where my shots went—even with EZ C targets.

    • Oh, I forgot to add that my dh and I joined the NRA.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Good for both of you. I’ve been a member for years, and like anything else, sometimes they don’t do exactly what I want them to. But for them and their millions of members, the 2nd Amendment would already be gone. IMHO. It seems like Americans of all parties and ideologies other than the far left realize how important the 2nd A. and the right to bare arms really is to our freedom.

    • OUTSTANDING, BamBam!

      Prayers to keep your hubby safe enroute back home.

      We also buried a WWII tanker last week. We always called him “Sarge,” altho his real name was Jack Weiss.

      Tough as nails he was, but a real “Gentle Giant” in the 5th Armor Diivision, nicknamed “Victory!” All his buddies from WWII were at the wake. Those guys were bonded, nay WELDED, together. Made my eyes tear up seeing such old warriors and their closeness. God Bless you, Sarge and all your tanker buddies!

      • Retired_Patriot,

        My dh asked the man years ago, “Hey, I see you are limping. What’s wrong with your leg?” The guy said, “What leg?” My dh had to ask his wife what that was all about. The man had his leg shot off and never complained. I wish we had more people like that around today–people who understand sacrifice. But I guess if this was a common trait, we wouldn’t be so humbled when we see it so clearly in others.

  11. We had a apprarently productive week as I look at my list. A lot of things came in that were on order for the past 3 days to 6 weeks. Some were purchased last week and didn’t get listed:

    5 x 12.7 qt plastic tubs
    3 x 45 qt plastic tubs
    2 x AA/AAA AC battery chargers
    8 x AA rechargeable batteries
    8 x AAA rechargeable batteries
    1 x pair of goggles

    Stock up on Prescription Meds
    Got needed oral surgery finished (phase 1)

    13 lb bag of baking soda
    12 lb of honey
    7 cans of Red Feather Butter
    EE order placed:
    6 #10 cans of FD Veg’s
    6 #10 cans of Milk
    16 buckets w/lids
    11 Mainstay/Datrex ration bars
    2 pint spice bottles
    2 quart spice bottles

    Selling excess equipment for cash

    Guns & Stuff:
    Reloading ammo
    38 Spec: Cases Deprimed/Cleaned: 900
    38 Spec: Cases Primed: 900
    38 Spec: Rounds loaded: 1254 rounds
    Reloading supplies:
    1 x 100 185 gr JHP’s for 45 ACP
    1 x 120 round bags of used 357 brass
    13,000 primers
    1 lb of pistol powder
    1 x 200 rounds of 308 150gr FMJ
    1 x 500 round box of SS 22 LR
    3 x 20 round box of 5.56 62 gr ammo
    4 x 20 round box 308 sub sonic 168 gr ammo
    4 x 20 round box 5.56 77 gr ammo
    Gun Equipment:
    1 set of folding sights for AR Upper
    1 x Burris AR-332 Prism Sight 3x sight for AR
    2 x 17 round pistol mags
    3 x 32 round 9mm AR mags
    4 x new/used holsters

    I also found a new source of 3.5 gal and 2.0 gal buckets w/lids. So that should shift money from containers to contents.

    The DW and I started a new diet Tuesday. Things are going well, but being a Type 2, I’ve had a sugar crash (Not fun) 3 nights in a row. So we are reducing my medication and adding a little night time snack to the plan. Next week should be better.

    With all the media attention going on (none of which looks good), don’t dispare. Things are going forward according to HIS plan. So, my advise is to find something that’s fun to do, keep yourself focused on moving forward, do what you can within your limits, and don’t worry about things you can’t control. (And keep an eye on the B……..s!)

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Wow, I’m glad to see you found all that ammo, JP. I scrounged around and found a little, congrats to you. I also would like to ask you about the Red Feather butter. I’ve been looking at it and the Bega cheese. What is your experience with it, and how long does it keep its flavor? Thanks.

      • a few weeks back I looked at the following on line suppliers; Best Product, Camping Survival, Emergency Essentials, Pleasant Hill, Survival Cave, and Survival Enterprises and got the then current prices.
        Bega Cheese comes in 7.05 and 1.8 oz cans. Some places sell by the case only and some by the can. Prices vary by provider and the ounce. Red Feather Butter comes in 12 oz cans. Price varies a few cents between providers.
        Started buying both a few years ago. It’s all good.

      • Rider of Rohan:

        I have a hard time finding cooking oils that will store long term. I like Red Feather butter. It stores well and tastes good. I tried Ghee, and, well, I’ll save it for cooking. I started buying it in 2008, so far so good.

        Now I can get powdered shortening and butter powder. I think the variety is important. I also store Coconut Oil. The plus is I really like coconut.

        I have some Bega Cheese, but I have not opened any, so no comments, positive or negative.

        I found Red Feather by the case on Amazon. It’s under $6 per can delivered. You might find some fellow “campers” to split a case with if the $136 (?) per case is too much to spend at one time.

        • worrisome says:

          Just sayin, coconut oil makes a wonderful make up remover and moisturizer as well……..

          • I wouldn’t use anything else on my skin in the wintertime, Worrisome!

          • HomeINsteader says:

            Here’s my recipe for skin treatment, that seems to be very well received by all who try it:

            Melt in glass cook pot (such as Corning or Pyrex)

            1 cup West African Shea Butter (buy from Mountain Rose Herbs, Amazon, etc.)
            3/4 cup pure organic coconut oil
            1/4 cup pure, raw beeswax

            add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional); I leave mine plain as I like to use it on my lips and around eyes; the essential oils I find most popular are Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Lavender.

            stir constantly until all melted. Pour in clean, sterile glass jars, such as jelly jars; allow to cool to room temp. Ready!

            Use on any part of your body you like. Awesome results! However, this is for “older” skin; teenagers may have too much natural oil for the use of coconut oil, and could cause acne outbreaks.

    • Both of us also being Type II we have had the same thing happen and have found splitting one large apple (gala, honeycrisp,etc) and two sticks of string cheese each has been the perfect controller. We have learned to ignore the temporary crash and treat it in this manner with morning readings being normal.

      • Sw't Tater says:

        I have found peanut butter ,with saltines and a half cup of milk works well…to keep my sugar up.

    • For those looking for AR magazines:


      Israeli made, steel, 30 round cap. They say they have plenty and are getting more regularly. $19 + ship each.

      • JP…thanks so much for the link….went to gunshow yesterday…prices exorbitant!

      • Something smells fishy….

        “30 round E-Lander magazines are IN STOCK and we are receiving large shipments several times each week. Due to the large number of orders we are receiving on this product, we estimate orders will ship within 21 days. These magazines are NOT backordered.”

        So you have them in stock but its gonna take you up to 21 days to ship them out. I don’t think so.

    • Alittle2late says:

      I’ve got type 2 also, What works for me is drinking alot of water, 1000mg of cinnamon w/chromium and half of my prescribed meds. Last visit my A1C lvls were nominal. no influxes.

      • Sw't Tater says:

        Now that’s a good way to build up an emergency supply of meds…just get condition so well controlled you only require 1/2 meds!

      • Encourager says:

        I am having a horrible time controlling my glucose levels. They have been creeping up for the past 4 months. I am now between 140 – 178 in the morning when I get up. It has been as high as 260 during the day, two hours after eating. I hate, hate, hate needles. I was on Metformin but it made my ulcer pain worse so the doctor took me off of it. I think it is time I found a good Endocrinologist. Any advice appreciated!!

        • Encourager:

          I fight mine all the time. I started the Nutrisystem D program last Tuesday. I had 3 nights that my blood sugar crashed, but last night I had a protein bar before bed. My sugar level was lower than the days before, no sugar crash, and my daily numbers have been down. So I’m still playing with it. I also cut my insulin dose by 10% at night and about 5% in AM. I still lost 5 pounds this week.

          I have a friend who takes a very small dose of insulin (he’s 15 years older than me) and he got things really under control by eating 5-6 smaller meals per day.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          1.No more juice and jelly.
          2. No soda w/ sugar or sugar in drinks.
          3. Cut back on carbs and fat by half.
          4. Exercise daily if only a walk above what your doing now.
          5. Body fat absorbs insulin and prevents it breaking down sugar.
          6. Find an Endocrinologist that has a clinic with a lab, dietician, his office, and technicians all in one office.

          You are diabetic. You can go blind, develop neuropathy, and have coronary artery disease just to name a few.

          With your numbers you may be able to cure yourself with diet and exercise. You may need to go on Novolog 70/30. But know that once you start insulin it will very hard to lose weight. Did I mention it can cause kidney failure.

          Run to the doctor now.

          • HomeINsteader says:

            May I suggest a good read?

            “Beat Diabetes Naturally: The Best Foods, Herbs, Supplements, and Lifestyle Strategies to Optimize Your Diabetes Care”, by Michael Murray, ND (Co-Author of “Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine) and Michael Lyon, MD (Director, N.A. Diabetes Prevention and Reversal Initiative

            Hope you find this helpful.

        • Alittle2late says:

          doing what I said above keeps me between 90-105 all the time. It may not work for you though. It was caught early enough to keep from getting worse. Walking 1/2 to 1 mile a day helps alot also.

          • Encourager says:

            Thanks everyone for the advice. I have been watching what I eat very closely (no, not as I eat it!!). I add no sugar to anything. I use jam that is made with juice, not sugar ~ and very little of that. I allow myself two servings a day of a bread type. I have lost a bit of weight but not enough by a long shot.

            A few weeks ago when my glucose levels were very high, I had awful pains in the front of my thighs. Felt as if I had torn a muscle, the pain was that awful. Scared me bad, believe me!

            It looks as if I will have to drive to a major town an hour away to find an Endocrinologist; can’t find one locally. I also have a under active thyroid that causes problems.

            I have been in denial for years about this. I hate needles so much I decided I could cure myself by watching what I eat and exercising. Not working…

          • Just remember, everyone’s body is different – what works for me may not work for you. I was diagnosed with type II over 7 years ago but I have never had and A1c in the bad range. When I noticed that it was creeping up along with my weight (I had gained about 50 pounds), I started exercising daily. 10 minutes a day was how I started and I kept that up for 279 days. Yes, I increased my workout length and started varying what I did, but I always did something for at least 10 minutes and I lost about 20 pounds. I have not been doing it daily since but I do try to do something for a few days every week. My A1c has dropped back down and I have mornings where my fasting glucose is in the 90s. My weight isn’t perfect and I could still stand to lose about 20 – 30 pounds but I’m still working on the exercise – it makes a big difference in how my body handles the glucose levels. Stress messes with it too and the exercise helps control the effects of the stress.

            Sparkpeople.com has some great resources for diabetics too, including tips on how to spread your calories over the day, recipes and support groups. Their calorie suggestions can even be adjusted to account for how much you exercise on average.

            Best of luck to you – you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

          • Encourager says:

            Thanks GA Red. I really appreciate the prayers!

        • I am a retired RN….have had multiple health issues….high blood sugar being one….was a a pill for about a year…very close to taking insulin….started a liquid nutritional supplement…off pill for blood sugar, cut my b/p med in half, have more energy that have had in yrs….would love to tell you about it…the best investment I have ever made in my health…almost forgot best thing…my CRP blood levels were out the roof…indicates inflammation….have psoriasis, arthritis, and MS that is in remission…..and reduced my CRP levels 75%…also not taking rx pain meds…my email carolinamri at comporiumdotnet

          • Encourager says:

            WOW! What is the name of the liquid nutritional supplement, R dover? Do you use it as a meal replacement?

        • Millie in KY says:

          Encourager, bless your heart. Go to amazon and find a book called the South Beach Diet. It’s easy to do. They run about $0.01 plus shipping. I did this diet and lost 35 lbs. It’s basically protein, fat, vegetables a bit of fruit and eventually some whole grains. I started out just doing breakfast for a few days while weaning myself off of coke. then added lunch for a few days and finally made the leap to dinners and in two weeks, I didn’t desire any carbs at all. It was amazing. I changed the foods just a bit for my own tastes, for example, I don’t do diet cheese, I’d rather eat compost, so would have regular cheese but just half of what they called for. The guy who wrote it is a heart doctor but he found that his diabetic patients that he put on this diet were losing weight and coming off of insulin. I ate eggs/ham or eggs/bacon for breakfast, small snack mid AM, big salad and diet jello for lunch, small snack middle of afternoon, and half plate of veggies and a hand sized chunk of meat for dinner. If I was at home and got nibbly, I would polish off 3 or 4 diet popscicles (really good). My snacks were almonds, cheese, apples, once in a while a small handful of pretzels. Sometimes I had oatmeal, pecans and blueberries for breakfast, or cranberries. Once a week I allowed myself a meal out and made sure it was a better restaurant, not McD’s. I didn’t put dressing on my salad but had the dressing in a little cup and would dip my fork in it just a little. I was up to dipping a little every third bite, just for a bit of flavor. I put lots of meat on the salad and a bit of cheese or sometimes boiled eggs, carrots, whatever you like. I also made “chili” with a container of fresh salsa, a can of black spicy beans, a lb of cooked turkey burger and a can of diced tomatoes with peppers. Mix together. Voila! Make a big ring of lettuce in your place, put about half a cup of this in the middle, sprinke with a bit of cheese. Tacoless salad! I love this one.
          I’m weaning off coke again and getting ready to go back to this way of eating, I went from 163 to 117 in about 6 months. I was also walking 2-4 miles a day and now and then went up to five. I found that if I didn’t walk I missed it and got all funny about it. I think I felt better than I had in years. I need to get back down, this is a great prep thing to do. Anyhow, hope you get this message. You can read about the basics in the diet but it’s basically what I have written. You want foods that take a little time to digest and frequent meals/snacks. Also you need to learn what a serving is and stick to it. That was a hard lesson, too. Good luck, and you have some good advice here to go through. I have kind of thought the diets that Terry Bradshaw pumps on TV were a good idea. But I think my way is fresher and less expensive, I’m sure. Another thing I do is make “chinese food”, there is a packet of seasoning in the chinese section at wal mart for stir fry. Pick out the veggies you like and the meat and cook it up. Works for chicken or beef. NO RICE! Now eat a portion of that. I like carrots, onions, red peppers, brocolli. At the end I drain a can of sprouts and mix that in. All kind of veggies. I make another stir fry with my favorite veggies agove and no sprouts but add zucchini and crookneck squash. Add a good bit of garlic, oregano and basil. Cook until crisp tender. Put your serving on a plate and throw on a few sunflower seeds and some parmesan cheese. YUM!

          • Encourager says:

            Thanks Millie. We did the South Beach diet about 7 years ago.We both lost weight but it crept back once we stopped following the diet. The burden of choosing and preparing falls on me. And I just get so tired of watching everything that went into our mouths. We don’t use any artificial anything nor do we consume soy products. We don’t do margarine, either. So we had to compromise but still lost weight.

            If I weren’t so tired (yes, I know, an excuse) I would probably get us back on the South Beach.

  12. Like you, I also held onto my guns and religion and considered that to be the primary essence of prepping.

  13. Petticoat Prepper says:

    I haven’t posted to WDYDTPTW in a while. Like you MD my preps this week have not been much.

    I did call my idiots in DC letting them know I don’t want any more infringment on my 2nd admendment right. This week I may call my local idiots and convay the same message.

    I did pick up two more honey bee hive units and they are now painted and ready for their new colonies. I have one empty hive,the swarm I caught last year took off before I could get back with it. I’ve order 3 – three pound boxes of bees which will arrive in April. This is the biggest prep I’ve done this month and will start me with 4 (one over wintered). I figure if SHTF I can barter honey, wax and propolis. The other side of this is with the acreage I have I’m thinking commercial uses. I’m hoping to split to 12 by the middle of the season. This would help get me out on my land as my current business wouldn’t be able to go there. Well, it could but it’s too far for clients to follow me.

    Down loaded more information to my e-reader (thanks again Harold). I’ve done some prep reading this week. Ordered and recieved several herbal books that I’m going to be going through this next week.

    I also started doing a rough inventory of my sewing room. Trying to decide what I need there. Additional material is always a plus, definately could use denim; plus more thread, zippers, buttons, and elastic. I did add several seam rippers and a couple boxes of pins plus extra patters and crochet threads for ‘lace’.

    Blessings to the pack and lurkers. Prayers always for those in need. Keep stacking them high and never give up, never surrender….

    • Those readers became my chief present this past christmas preloaded with survival docs, videos and prepping advice. Noe they are going for more than I can afford since I get outbid every time lately. I am keeping the four I have for myself.

    • Hi Petticoat Prepper,
      Glad to see another beekeeper on here. I’ll be a Newbie Beekeeper myself this Spring. What type of hives do you use? I’m going with the Top Bar style myself. Starting out with one hive which I just finished building, and see how that one goes. Once I get a season under me I’ll expand.

      • Petticoat Prepper says:

        Hi LonghairCountryboy,

        I’m using the Langstroth hive. MD has a rather longish series of bee keeping 101 that I finished last week. So when he’s ready it’ll be up.

        Your game plan sounds like mine last year. The best thing I can say is have a spare hive or a nuc. If they get crowded they’ll swarm. I’m planning on dividing this year and hope to end this summer with 12 total.

        Did you order your bees yet? It’s time to do that if you haven’t. What kind are you going to go with?

        • Actually working on finding a fairly local source to by bees from. Plan on talking to the folks at my beekeeping class this Thursday night. From what I have been reading, I’m looking for Italians.

          • LonghairCountryboy,
            I think Italians are a good starting bee, and I agree with Petticoat Prepper that it’s time to get bees ordered in the next 3-4 weeks. I also use Langstroth hives and we had some warm weather the last 5 days here (although it’s getting cold again) and I was happy to see activity around my two hives. I’m getting ready for two more hives and packaged bees this spring, but I’m putting together two additional hives to try and collect some swarms. There’s nothing worse (from personal experience) than having a swarm become available and having no place to put them.

            One good place to start on this subject is “Swarm Traps and Bait Hives” which is available on the net as a pdf. It’s some interesting information from a guy who claims to have not purchased packaged bees in years.

            As far as your hive getting over crowded, I don’t see the problem too often, perhaps because I do a little overkill on the basic hive, using two 10-frame deep supers for my starting point.

            Good luck & have fun

          • Petticoat Prepper says:

            Yes, I have Italian bees too. Ohio Prepper, you’re right; nothing worse than collecting a swarm with no place to put them!

        • Petticoat Prepper,
          Beekeeping 101 eh? You beat me to it since I’m about half way through a similar article. I’ll see what you have to say, maybe add to it, and perhaps work on one of my other unfinished articles. I was rather ill most of the summer and didn’t get my hives winterized as I had planned, so I was a little concerned about them overwintering; but, with the last 5 or 6 days getting warm (into the 50’s and low 60’s), I was happy to see activity around both hives and although it’s going to get cold again, I have hopes that they’ll still be around in the spring. Looking to add two additional from packages this summer, and perhaps a few more if I can catch a few swarms.

          • Petticoat Prepper says:


            Please add to my article when MD posts it! I’m no expert, just passing along what I learned. Since I equate beekeeping to herding cats; any info I can pick up will help.

            I am angling for swarms this season.

  14. Mystery Guest says:

    Pray for my nephew. Friday night he was at work and had a collison. Air bags deployed. The work vehicle is mangled on the front drivers side. He said the light was green and he was going throught the intersection when a guy turned left right in front of him. So pray that he has no troubles health wise or with his work and their insurance and every other headache that goes along with this kinda thing.
    I had ordered vegitable and medicinal herb seed. It came in.
    Ordered mylar bags that took 15 days to get here.
    Ordered some freeze dried foods that came in.
    Bought more coffee to store.
    More laundry and dish soap.
    My sister gave me three food grade buckets she got at the grocery store.
    Went to the doctor and found out I am still alive and it cost me to find out.
    I fouled up this month and over spent at China mart and it was nothing to put in the preps but the coffee. I for some reason felt as free as a bird and went wild. Then with the doctor and higher utilities this month put the whammy on my check book. I have no idea what was in my head but it seems it was something called stupid.
    Ouch, Ouch, Ouch!!!!!!!!
    I wish I could get back on track. Seems with the economy the way it is and then with other things getting in the way and eating my finances I have lost my prepping abilities.
    It works on my nerves.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Your nephew is in my prayers. Keep us up on his status. I feel the Ouch! too. It is so easy to over spend any more.

    • worrisome says:

      What you experienced is what I have been doing, thus my calendar and budget combo. Prayers to your nephew!

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Mytery guest, please don’t feel like you are in that boat alone! I know of several who are in that boat of feeling the urgency,and unable to do it all. We have so little above necessities a single trip has taken me a couple of months to recuperate from. I look at it this way- I didn’t waste a dime, everything I spent money on was needed now or will be well utilized later….slow and steady…will get us both there. I just have to decide what can’t wait any longer, then next,…next.Don’t beat yourself up.

    • Sorry about your nephew mystery guest. Having a motorcycle I fear that happening to me. He will be in my prayers m.g.

  15. Paid off all my bills except for the mortgage – YEAH!

    Did a little organizing on my preps.

    With my eldest son’s help (a little more him than me) leveled out the area to build my earth oven and barbeque.

    Started straightening up the shed so I can build little shelves to NEATLY stack all the gallon containers of water I keep filling up.

    Spent the whole of last weekend (he came here) and several hours every day on the phone with a prepper from Oregon, who has the potential to be Mr. Michele.

    Joined the NRA as associate member, but paid for my 2nd son to be a full member (I don’t need the magazine) and spoke to my eldest son last night and will be paying for him to become a full member as well today, when he gets home from church.

    Dry pack canned 6 #10 cans powdered milk at the Mormon Bishops Warehouse in Sacramento. Also bought a 25 lb bag hot cocoa and instant potatoes. On the way home, stopped and picked up another 3 – 12 gallon food grade barrels. Got orders in from Shelf Reliance and EE.

    Ordered nearly $200 of medicinal herbs and a case of 6 – 1gal and 6 – 1/2gal containers to store some of them in.

    I think that’s it, other than the constant learning.

    • Millie in KY says:

      Michele, please run a background check on the possible Mr. Michele. Just sayin’. I had a friend that picked up and moved to New Zealand a few years ago to be married to a psycho. I knew he was a bit off. Knew he didn’t have any money, yet he mortgaged his paid off house to go to Tahiti to get married to her. The marriage lasted six months, she managed to some how get back to the USA, broke, depressed and in debt….

      • I have an aunt who met a guy at a new years eve party and a week later they were married.That marriage lasted the rest of my new uncles life.6whole weekslol just kidding.They were married about 35 years intul he passed away. You never know how those things work out.

      • I ran a background check for criminal background, and that part checked out fine.

        Since I am not in a terrible hurry to get married (maybe next life), I don’t have to check out his credit at the moment.

        But, I’m sure glad you mentioned a background check, because if I had not thought about it, it would have been an important reminder.

        • Michele you can also run a misdemeanor check through your state to pick up things that weren’t big enough to be on a criminal check or were paid off in lieu of prosecution. If it’s public record it’s out there for you to see…you just have to find it.

      • Alittle2late says:

        Wow can’t even get a date without a back round ck . I understand the reasoning behind it but still. I’ll just stop there…………

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Is good you have a relationship. I know this isn’t your first rodeo. So enjoy. Glad you and sons joined the NRA. I am pretty sure they have the strongest lobby influence of any of the arms groups.
      I grow tons of culinary herbs but am weak in medicinal herbs. I havea huge library. So it isn’t that I lack resources just lack gumption!

      Am so happy things are going well.. keep us up to date!

    • The Boss and I met over the internet. On ICQ (anybody remember that?) back in ’02. Lol…before we met IRL the first time I sent her a copy of my drivers license. It’s worked out ok for us but there’s lots of horror stories out there.

      • Schametti says:

        I always tell people that I found, and imported my husband from Canada, via a chat room on the internet shortly before it was taboo, and WAY before it was cool. (1997). Now everyone seems to be doing it. 😉 But yeah, you definitely have to be careful of the whackadoos out there.

    • worrisome says:

      Michelle, great on getting those bills paid off, now cut up the cards or put them in some water in the freezer! Careful on the dude……good that you did the background check….. 🙂

      • Cards were cancelled long ago, they were used to make repairs to the house which was both bank owned and a 15 year rental – so needed a lot of work. Lost my job for 2+ years and probably should have declared bankruptcy, but felt that the companies had loaned me the money in good faith, so felt honor bound to continue making payments. It was very hard at times, and really hard to use that money to pay off nearly $15,000 in credit card debt rather than do some of the things I really wanted to do instead, but I’m convinced I did the right thing.

        • Encourager says:

          You DID do the right thing, Michele! I am proud of you!! Taking out a loan is giving your word you will repay. In the end, your word, honorable or not, is all you have.

        • Michele,
          Hard as it may be, you did the right thing. If you were in a position to loan money, it would I suspect be with the intention of being repaid, as it should be. Honor and reputation are traits that are still valued by people who have those traits, and I personally never hang with anyone who doesn’t.

    • Michelle, Congrats on all the progress! We racked up debt a number of years back when my husband changed jobs numerous times in one year. He could not adjust his spending and I nearly ended up postal over it! It has been five years of cutting back (even during his layoff last year the debt went down each month) and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Cannot wait to be done with debt!
      Be careful. Take your time with your new friend. I hope he is everything you ever wanted.

    • Michelle, you’re an inspiration to me. I have been sorta’ kinda’ maybe thinking that a companion in my old age might be a good thing, so perhaps there’s a Mr. Nanet for me out there. Let us know how things go – very excited for you! 🙂

      • Nanet,

        It may be a little bit of a challenge for awhile, he’s in Oregon and I’m in California, but I’m in no hurry, and he calls me every day. I met him, believe it or not, on the prepper dating site at Kwink.com.

        If nothing else, it’s really nice having someone to talk to that shares my interests and views. I say GO FOR IT!

    • Warmongerel says:

      My sister met a guy on the internet years ago and packed up and moved down to Houston and married the guy.

      Here’s the funny part: she called me up and told me the guy was Clint Black’s brother. I said, “Who’s Clint Black?”. LOL. I knew nothing about Country music.

      That lasted all of about a year. Turned out the guy did nothing but hunt, fish and drink with very little work in between. And Clint had no intention of supporting him. I don’t blame him.

      • PGCPrepper says:

        I met my wife on the internet in 1999 during the dial up days. LOL. I think we were the first ever. We adore each other and have been together since. There was no dating sites then and not many perves had the knowledge to exploit but just use common sense and disregard the pessimists. You can’t go to a bar and find a fake, right? God, people are ignorant. My daughter ran a credit check on her now-husband and that is the way of the world today. But, the negative nellies that denigrate online romances are ignorant. It’s a matter of doing your homework.

  16. Thomas T. Tinker says:

    Ok… wadIdothiswek….
    1. Enjoyed interpersonel contact with every… member of both houses of congress.
    2. Stayed out of the ‘Panic’ buying. Well… mostly. I only bought 5 boxes of 308… mostly cause there is a 2 box max sale all over Toledo and the last spot I hit only had one left.
    3. Rotated 30 plus gallons to water storage.
    4. Spent many.. many.. many hours watching, listening, reading the anger, fear mongering, lies, self serving opinion sprinkled with a few droplets of common sense. I’d like to thank Alex… for cementing the image of the raging gun nut case for so many in the nation. As for myself, I’d also like to thank the Gov. of New York, the Mayor of NYC and CNN’s best example of video journalism Mr. Peers Morgan.
    5. picked up more stock for the March gun show in Maumee Ohio. I’m going glass half empty this time and refinishing ball bats, 9 irons and old barn canes and calling them “Post Ban Open carry options”. I have a nice box load of Ice Picks I’ll paint in all the Le currauunt ‘tactical’ color favorites and hawk em as Nuevo Concealed Carry.
    6. Reserved the big round booth at Denny’s for the.. Groundhog Day….
    MEET UP FEB. 2nd. at the Ohio I-75 Buck Road Exit in Rossford Ohio at 8:00 a.m.


    • Ah, my old stomping grounds. Is there still a big annual pistol shoot at Camp Perry, or has that gone by the wayside?

      • Thomas T. Tinker says:

        Every summer! Pistol, small bore/big bore/service rifle… and the bratwurst is kinda nice in a ‘camping out kinda way’.

        • Gee, I miss the good ole days. The pistol matches, hanging out with the other kids at a range in S Michigan, camping, fishing, etc. One of my favorite things was being real close to where the men were sitting so I could overhear all the shooting, fishing, hunting, camping stories. But, alas, I was “just a girl.”

    • Encourager says:

      Ack!! 8 AM??? And I have to drive over 2 hours??? Can’t it be a bit later??? Please????

    • TTT,
      With a 2 hours plus drive, I’ll most likely not make the Feb 2 @ 0800 meetup; however, there’s a possiblility of making the March Gun Show. Is the show the one on March 9 & 10 at the Lucas County Rec Center?

  17. Sam’s Club will fill your entire prescription if you are not using insurance. I just had 3x90days of my Metformin filled which will last 9 months.

    Florida weather is as warm as Spring. I’m planting carrots and beets this week.

    I will have a Birthday this month. I’m picking out a small handgun for carrying and will go ahead and get my concealed weapons license. DH just bought membership for a local outdoor shooting range, there are no free ones in this area. I also own a Lady Smith bought years ago and will practice on that as well. We are both in our sixies and grey bears, but will not be victims if we can help it!

    • MareBear,

      I am worried–the trees are really starting to bud out and yet it is likely we will have at least one more cold snap. I hope it’s not like last year, though–I hate when it goes from winter (30 degrees) to summer (90 degrees) in a week.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Happy 29th Birthday! I grew up in Florida and most of my family are still there but my parents sold their place on the coast and moved inland because of seniors being targeted. Two places I hate to think of going even to drive thru are Orlando and Miami.

      Grey hair means weak and easy victim I think. Be vigilant and take care.

      • “Grey hair means weak and easy victim.” My granny used to pack a .44 Deringer. As crimes against the elderly increase, more and more older Americans are packing heat. I was at a wedding shower not long ago and we played this game where you got points for each (normal to odd) item you had in your purse–the last item on the list was a gun. Half the women there were carrying. I wonder how many of them had a permit. (I kept my mouth shut and acted surprised when they pulled out their pistols.)

        • I think body language tells alot. Of course, being armed also helps. I see women out shopping in the grocery store that look so timid that they shrink away if your cart comes close to them. They are the very ones targeted because they are easy victims.

        • worrisome says:

          I think that is good to hear Bam Bam.

        • Bam Bam:

          Not sure how it works in your neck of the woods, but up here a woman’s purse in not considered “on your person” so you don’t need a permit to have a weapon in your purse.

          • Encourager says:

            You do in Michigan! And you better have a CCL for a weapon in your purse. They really stressed that in my CCL class.

  18. Rob in Ontario says:

    Sometimes I wish I was an American and other times I’m happy being right here – hope everyone gets those letters out to your gov’t officials . What happens there sure affects us here . Had a melting spell here last few days almost all the snow is gone currently 43F . This week I did pick up a
    —tactical vest from Princess Auto – they also have police clubs/night sticks.
    — a 50cal ammo box
    —a 9″ folding knife- can never have evuff
    —Got an other 100 rounds of 7.62×39.
    —sold two old anitque double barrels damasus barrels well gave away
    went to local gun store they still out of mag’s for SKS – but they intalled more uprights to hold more weapons on their shelves they are expanding nice to see- looked at a pre-64 30-30- was $799 last fall was $400 or so for same caliber. Thinking about getting reloading equipment – any ideas?

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Rob, I use a RCBS Rock-chucker for a press, and of course have to use their dies as well. I bought mine used a few years ago and got it for less than $100. The whole set-up is probably over $400 now, but you might find one used here in the US, not sure about Canada. Of course, you have to have a good scale, something to clean the cartridge cases, lube, caliper, case trimmer, a powder trickler, a primer tool, a funnel, and a stuck case remover. And a good reloading manual like the Speer. I’m sure I forgot something, but best of luck to your endeavor.

      • I started reloading with a Lee classic field loader. Everything you need to load one round at a time, in a package the size of a paperback book. Except the mallet. Sometimes called the wack-a-mole basic loads for about thirtyfive dollars and the price of a good impact hammer (mallet) . It comes with good instructions and basic load data, one caliber at a time. The rifle die only neck sizes so ammo should be reused in the same rifle for best accuracy. Latter you can add precision calipers, a scale, etc. I keep a GOOD bag with a set up for .357 mag to feed my rifle/revolver combo. I even have one for 20 gauge to load buck and ball or other specialty slugs. Next I got a Lee Precision Challenger press, then a Lyman turret. All are good sets. For books the Lyman Complete book of reloading, is good then the Loadbooks USA complete one caliber data I try to get one for each different reload I plan as it is a compendium of all bullet and powder manufacturers data. Perhaps a little advanced to begin but well worth planning for later.

    • get reloading equipment. If you have no idea how to do it watch u tube videos.

      • Rob in Ontario says:

        Thanks guys ya I know nothing about reloading will look into it

      • Guys,
        On the subject of reloading equipment, process, etc.
        Can anyone recommend a good instruction book and/or video on the subject for someone that has been interested for years but afraid of the possibility of making a mistake. YouTube is great for those people who don’t have to deal with SLOW internet connections. My ISP isn’t dial-up, but it that wouldn’t be much slower than what I get now.

        What brand/make of equipment is “best”? I’ve always heard that Lee was a “better” brand. I don’t mind spending what is necessary (within a reasonable budget) for good equipment that will last me a long time.

        Wish I could find someone willing to “show me” but even the people around here (East TN) that don’t “seem” to be survivalists/preppers seem to be willing to teach a newbie. May just be a fear of liability but I suppose that they could be afraid that I’ll come back later and rip them off. I don’t know anyone around that reloads well enough to call them friends.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          Wirenut, like I said, I use RCBS, but other equipment works just as good or better. To tell you the truth, I’ve never had a problem with any of my equipment. I don’t load ammunition I can buy in bulk like 5.56 and 9mm. I do have dies and small rifle primers if I do decide to reload .223, but right now reload .308, 30-06, .270, .44 mag/special, and .357 mag/special. I don’t reload shotgun shells.

          I have the 1979 ed. of the Speer reloading manual and it has a very good series of instructions at the front of the book that will introduce you to reloading, the newer book should have the info as well. I still think it’s imperitive to find someone who is an experienced reloader to show you some of the tricks of the trade. I seem to remember that some seminars on reloading are given at some of the larger retail firearms stores like Gander Mountain, Cabelas, etc. You might check in your area. Good luck and remember, safety is always the most important step in reloading. Double-charging will get your attention if you make that mistake, I can attest to that.

    • Harry the hat says:

      I have been reloading since the early 70’s. I started with RCBS and moved to a Dillon 550 progressive. If you belong to a gun club ask around someone will help you get started.

    • Im using a Hornady Progressive and love it.

    • Rob in Ontario:

      I started with an RCBS Rock Chucker Jr set. I now use 2 presses. The Dillon 650 is for large volume reloading.

      My other is a Lyman turret press. This is a good compomise for most people. You can set all of the dies in the set (2,3, or 4). This way you can load one round at a time, otherwise you load in phases and it may take you several sessions to get any completed ammo. The other good thing is you can buy more turrets and leave the dies set up in the turret, just replacing the turret when you want to change calibers. This is where I would start. It’s a bit more expensive than a single-stage press, but well worth the extra.

  19. Ran my generator today to keep it in tip top shape! I do it once a month! Bought 4 cans of refried beans to add to stash! For chili! Yuuum!

  20. Ohio Surveyor says:

    I found out this week how the law enforcement community here in S.W. Ohio are getting their ammo when all the stores are sold out. They are showing up to public gun ranges and declairing your firearm to be illegal or having an illegal part. Then they confiscate the firearm and all the ammo. The next day the officers discover that they were mistaken and you can pick up your firearm at the station. When you ask for your ammo back they say “state law prohibits them from giving live ammo back to civilians”. My sons teacher lost a days work “getting his rifle back” and over 200 rounds of 223 were confiscated. He stated there were many local police and sheriff officers “stealing” hundreds of rounds from multiple people.

    • OUCH! Way un-cool. That’s something that bears repeating beyond those who already know. Activities like that tend to spread.

    • That doesn’t surprise me at all. I grew up in SW Ohio, north of Cincinnati, and they called the town I was from “Little Chicago” because it was so corrupt.

    • Alittle2late says:

      Thats just messed up. Protect and serve, my ass!

      • Petticoat Prepper says:

        I agree, very messed up. However, I do remember reading this week about the small amount of ammo the LEO’s have. Guess this falls into the catogory of ‘donating to the police’? Still better would be the LEO’s asking for donations. Honest and straight up but then that would probably spook the masses.

      • Alittle2late says:

        It makes no sense. If carrying a gun is part of your JOB, why in the hell don’t you have enough ammo to cover say using your sidearm 4 days a week? These are the ones that WILL be enforcing any new bans/orders. Then taking everything else you have put up for the rainy days to come. My advise is to find somewhere not so public to practice. OPSEC more than ever now that the frees#it army has some of these knuckle heads on their side. jm2c

        • worrisome says:

          2 late, from what i hear from my neighbor – retired LE, it is because they don’t want to buy it. So much of it is given to them by the force they work for. I am sure that lately what with the economy and all, the dept’s have cut down on how much they give out. But to go to a range and basically steal it, well that is going to show us that we need to keep our wits about us as far as LE goes in a disaster, as not all are all that honest and fair…………

    • I am surprised the owners of the range didn’t announce their presence as soon as they walked in the door or just ask them to leave–got a warrant? If not, go to hell.

      • Ohio Surveyor says:

        As far as i know the leo’s also shoot at this range. No warrant needed for a “open display” of a so called illegal gun. Im not able to independently verify this story ..nor do i want to go threw the hastle of getting my guns and ammo confiscated. here’s the real question…how do you “prove” the rifle or handgun is legal in the first place?…..

    • they did that to my friends dad back in the 70`s. They confiscated a few thousond rounds of super vels and used it for practice. They did that when his dad was at work .

    • Millie in KY says:

      I would then send a bill to the city or county treasurer. They must reimburse you, they cannot take property and not return it, or if they do, you should be recompensed for it. That is just plain stealing and a stink needs to be made. Maybe a call to Bill O’Reilly? And would take ammo in small amounts and keep it in the trunk of the car, take out one box at a time….of course, don’t let them know you have more in the car. You’ll have to make some trips back and forth but this would cut down on what they are trying to steal….

      • Ohio Surveyor says:

        as a police officer once told me after he searched me and found a really nice knife and kept it……..”sue me”….the police will do whatever they want. even if you sue them for the cost of the ammo and months later you win …your still out the ammo.

        • Ohio Surveyor,

          It is sad when you have to worry about getting mugged by the police…

          • A couple of rifle rounds triple loaded with fast pistol powder would make that tactic blow up in their face….not saying it’s a good idea to do it but the thought that just a few of the ‘confiscated’ ammo are minibombs should give pause to the nazgul…don’t even have to do, just saying it be enough.

          • AZyogi,
            A couple of rifle rounds triple loaded with fast pistol powder would make a modern rifle blow up in your face also…

      • Hunker-Down says:

        Millie in KY,

        Maybe Bill O”Reilly could find out where all that confiscated ammo is now?

    • Trust but Verify. (A very smart man use to say that often).
      I trust your sons teacher but has anyone else substantiated this? Lets not follow the msm standards of journalism.

      • Ohio Surveyor says:

        Good idea Ron..Im just passing info along so us wolfpac wont be cought sleeping when its proven true.

    • Just one more reason to hate the powers that be.

    • Another reason why we shold trust our leo`s.Or be on the watch for the bad apples.

  21. Candy In Nebraska says:

    Can’t remember if I posted this or not but, I bought 188 canning jars for 35.00, then had a friend give us another 200 for free. Was given 12 pounds of lemons which are almost dehydrated going o turn them into powder, had 21 pkgs of mini peppers given to us which at walmart would have costed us 2.98 a piece. They are copped and frozen now. Ten ad about 5 pounds of tomatoes given to us which I turned into some more chili.
    Bought a chest freezer for $40.00 which we pick up Monday.
    We are going to have a busy week with collage starting back up, canning, dehydrating what we find, planning out the garden, researching herbs.

    • wow GREAT score on jars- i have been looking and have to buy new- you have encouraged me to keep looking

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        You just can’t beat free!

        • Shades of Green says:

          Have you seen the new 1 1/2 pint ball canning jars? I love them. There are only 9 to case but I use them for canning my meats. My DH is a meat eater and so when I ca
          n the pints just weren’t big enough and the quarts were too big. This is an awesome find. I get them at Ace Hardware and Tractor Supply.

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            Guess I never paid much mind so I had no idea they existed. Good tip.

          • Candy In Nebraska says:

            I actually have about 5 cases of the pint and halfs but I dont know the canning times for them so I just use for dry goods. I also have about 10 gallon jars. Also today I found 1 gallon jars of Relish for $2.00 each and bought 4 of them. If I would have had more money I would have bought more but I honestly dont think we can go through them fast enough.

  22. I’m trying to decided between 2 different guns with totally different uses as my next big purchase.

    Bought the wife a pair of steel toed boots, Added topical lydocain to the medical bag. It’s used to reduce pain during piercings and tattoos so it’s over the counter and has the same level of medicine as the stuff the doctor used on me last time I needed stitches. Now I feel better about my suture kit as I have a way to make it easier on a patient rather than the bite the stick method.

    Added 100lbs of dried pasta, and a dozen #10 cans of FD fruit to my stores. 10 lbs of salt and 25lbs of baking powder. Some ammo for my main rifle and some for my secondary one too. Plus a couple boxes of ammo in a common calibers I don’t own guns for but can trade later (I got it cheap from a local store that decided to stop carrying ammo). I ordered an auxiliary fuel tank for my truck – 68 gallon that will nearly triple my fuel capacity and it has a refueling attachment so I can fuel the wife’s suv from it. That should just about give both vehicles a range of about 700 miles or so at highway speeds.

    I also added 200 Chinese paper flying lanterns to my stores. They were less than a dollar each. I tried two out and they worked so good I bought 200 more. It’s a paper lantern with a wire ring in the bottom that holds a small fuel cell. When you light the fuel it heats the air in the lantern and then the lantern rises up and goes with the wind.

    The first one we tried at night and I had a couple friends each a few miles away try and spot it. The lantern glows from the flame inside and was visible by everyone when it was not that high up. It want a few hundred feet up and a couple of miles in the 10 minutes the fuel burned and everyone agreed it made a great signal. The daylight test was visible because of the red paper for longer distances but the flame still went out after 10 minutes and then it sank very quickly. I suspect that if the air temp was warmer it would work better as it was below -10F during both tests.

  23. Got a molar reconstructed (again) plus cleaning plus an xray done on the other side to see if there’s an infection. No infection there, so I made an appt w/doctor for this week to check out sinuses and probably get a scrip for an antibiotic. I think I picked up a bug last summer at a lake, and it seems to bounce back and forth from sinuses to lungs. Not unusual for me; I pick up some kind of respiratory bug every time I swim in non-chlorinated water whether ocean or fresh water lake. And I have planned blood checking gig so that I can continue to get a different very important scrip and possibly also purchase some from doctor.

    Got more stock of canned veg and broth on sale and will get more since sale is still on this week. Damaged my leg again this a.m. sneaking stuff from car trunk to basement. Hurts like crazy. Hope it doesn’t crimp my organizing plan for this week when dh will be working 1-11. Darn Murphy!

    Still awaiting firearm permit and now the local shelves are bare. Can’t raise flags by ordering ammo on-line for something I don’t have and don’t even know what I’ll be able to get. The Grate (sic) State of NJ is #2 behind Kalifornia; personally I think we’re #3 if one counts paranoid NY. I’m not pleased with the dh (“dp” actually) for his obstinance over this matter in the first place.

    Workplace hours seriously crimping my doing much of anything else. This 10-11 hours a day 5 days a week plus up to 6 hours a day on Saturday is absolutely nuts. And now it’ll be worse with planning a company event that will destroy the next two months, including a few Sundays.

    • Encourager says:

      Mari, consider that you may have picked up a parasite at that lake. Parasites can travel all over your body ~ from your sinuses to your lungs to your liver and elsewhere.

  24. have not done much in the last few weeks- havent shared with pack but i found out my dear dog- only 7 years old- has malignant cancer- i decided to not have any more testing and treatment done as it is fast growing. i have done more research and am going to try some holistic treatments to see if i can keep him around a bit longer and he will be pain free. he is also my service dog and because of him was able to get off prescription meds because of my medical issues- i am really hoping i dont have to go back on them.
    my aunt who moved in with us bought us a freezer- i am glad because husband wont let me can meats- i have showed him the facts but he doesnt want to do it- so i am just getting prepared if we lose power there will be no choice
    husband DID get a job so we wont lose the house in this economy- we are very thankful for it- he went for the interview and less than 4 hours he was offered the job- he is in his 50s and there were much better qualified applicants but his experience showed thru!!!
    bought a bread maker- only $20 – retail $100- and with the freezer can have several different types of flour to make great breads for his lunches- i have a grinder but my son was teasing me saying it was too much work for ME to use- but i remembered i have a coffee grinder- electric i can use while i build up my strength. so there son!!!!
    we ground up the ristas we had from last spring and got about a QT of cayenne pepper.
    we are looking for a dehydrator- weirdly we thought we had one but it has disappeared- hubby is going to build a solar one this spring for me-did find the meat slicer however for lunch meat for dh lunches- also thrift store finds- cooler and thermos for his lunches and coffee
    hope everyone has a safe week

    • Alittle2late says:

      Sorry to hear about your dog. I’ll keep him in my prayers. Congrats on DH job. My ex was like that with meats also,even though her mom did it. I’ve been canning for almost a year now and eating what I can. I’ve got 4 hams to do right now.

    • Millie in KY says:

      I’m so very sorry about your dog. I pray he will remain pain free until he is released from this life. bless your heart and bless his furry little courageous heart, too….

    • MountainSurvivor says:

      I’ll be praying that everything works out for you, whichever way things go. Hang in there.

    • worrisome says:

      sorry mama

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Mama, Glad that your hubby found the needed job, but sorry to hear about your other faithful companion..Will continue to remember you in prayer as you make the decisions on care for your loved one. we are currently loosing a pug brother, of 15 years…old age has just caught up with this infirm old gentle family member. We know he hasn’t much time left…so many of us know that feeling, …it must be worse since yours is a service companion.
      …I too have had things like the dehydrator disappear…that is so discouraging to have items missing.
      … On the meats, just be sure to rotate them, and if you can find a way to use a vacume seal of some type…will keep them free from freezer burn much longer than regular packing.

    • So sorry about your dog. It is so much harder when they are young. I sincerely hope and pray you are able to keep your health moving in the right direction through this trial.
      The new job sounds like a true blessing from God.

    • Prayers sent, MaMa for your K-9. I know the feeling. Our dogs have had cancer. Do NOT feel that you are alone, because you are not!

      Steps: First off: Don’t write your pooch off; heavens, no! Your dog will sense your negative attitude and pick up on it. Say: “Big C, you have messed with the wrong people!” Then, check with your vet first as to the “stage” and size of the cancer and what the prognosis is.

      Then, you may want to go to a vet specialist in canine cancers. Here in Ohio we are blessed with some. For about $75-$100 you’ll get a consultation and protocol of treatment. (some is good..some is not too good.)

      Plus–if your state has a veterinary school, contact them to see if they have any clinical trials going on for the exact type of cancer your dog has.

      Cancer takes many forms and there are numerous ways of treating (arresting) it: surgery (major or minor,) chemo, radiation, nutrition, etc.

      Read up all you can on it! If you lime, PM me and we can chat and I can share our experiences we’ve had with cancer and about a dozen Beagles we’ve had the delight to live with.

    • Mama I am sorry about the dog. We own 5 dogs all different breeds.When I go to the bathroom I tell myself that I am going to take a vick.

      • thanks for the kind thoughts- having a really difficult time with this….strange how little things can trip you up….

  25. No extra money, barely enough for everyday living as payday is coming up this week.

    I did receive the 6 gallon mylar bags and O2 absorbers I ordered and will be transferring the dry cat food I got on sale to those today.

    Yesterday I spent time packaging up oatmeal, flour, rice and powdered milk in mylar bags. I put the O2 absorbers down in the contents as I had seen on some videos. After 24 hours the bags have still not shrunk, did I do something wrong? Or will it just take more time as I stuck them in the middle of the contents?

    I received form letters back from 1 Fed and 1 State rep, neither said much of anything being that they were form letters. At least one of my Reps is a good man. I emailed the state reps as I figure it couldn’t hurt but the reply I got back seemed confused that I had written to him since he cannot vote on the bill in DC. Duh! He could write his own rep though could he not?

    Still can’t find any .22lr here locally, will look again after the paycheck comes in.

    • MountainSurvivor says:

      Years back, we started out doing as you did but today the air is sucked out of the mylar bags after putting food and absorbers inside them. I insert a straw into the end of an angled edge cleaning tool on a vacuum and use duct tape to seal around the opening and hold the straw in place. I seal the edge of (large bags) but leave a small hole for the straw to fit in, tilt the top of the bag over, leaving room for air to pass through, and press a little below the end of the straw and turn on the vacuum. When all of the air is out of the bag, I run the edge of an iron just around and just below where the end of the straw is and carefully back the straw out as I work the iron in it’s direction. I have sealed everything from flour to sugar and have not had any difficulties or losses to date.

  26. Millie in KY says:

    I got three more containers, one with a lid to store canned stuff in, and one to put other things in. The third is for my medical kit, which so far contains 2 small bottles of aspirin and two bottles of amoxicillan. Still have to go thru the medical stuff I have before I buy more. Then I found canned chicken on sale at Wal Mart for 1.88 a can so got five more of those. No more candles there, though, all gone but I have a good supply. I also got a 5 gallon water container. I’ll try and get one of these a week.
    I called around and found a man who works on wells. The old house up on the road had a well drilled at some time, and it’s covered now. It might not be any good or we may need to redrill it. I might be able to afford that later in the year. But I wanted him to come out and look at it and see if he could put a hand pump on it for us. We have some small ponds with a spring and we can use that for the horses or get a filter and use it for ourselves. But I thought the well option would be a good one to have.
    I think three of my horses have very interested people in them. Please say a prayer. I need to call the guy next door who has 20 acres for sale, it’s leased now and I begged him to lease or sell it to me this year. With that additional acreage there should be plenty for the horses/goats to eat and very little if any hay needed for the winter, which will not only save us money but I won’t have to worry if we can’t get hay because no gas, etc.
    There was a small gun show in Cave City, KY and one in Nashville yesterday (and today). We went to the one in CC and I now own a pistol. A Smith and Wesson 9mm. Has a nice weight and feels good in my hand. It’s from a private seller. An older man, probably in his 80s, it was his son’s and he was sharing a table with two other older men, not as old as him but I could tell the affection they had for him, etc. I went with my Visa to buy, but of course they couldn’t take it. He lives about an hour from here, not too far from where DH works, so I gave him the check and DH will pick it up next week when he has had a chance to cash it. And I am so stupid I forgot to write down what kind of 9mm it was, the model number. I didn’t know that sometimes different ammo is better for one sort of gun than the other, I have also learned that you cannot return ammo. Will I ever learn all this stuff? I am so glad you are all here, I read very carefully your thoughts and suggestions, and thank you all for posting tips and hints and knowledge.
    There were two other guns I liked, one was a Ruger P90 that felt “right” and the other is the Sig Sauer P226, the Navy issue one. OMG. Can you fall in love with a gun? It felt so right in my hand. I only wanted to hold it to compare to the Mosquito, which is a .22 and a scaled down 90% size of the P226. And it was PURDY. I cannot believe I feel this way about a GUN. I think I have had a glimpse into testosterone, for sure. 🙂 I may call and see if they would put that on layaway. It was way more than I can spend but maybe I can come up with $100 every month for it.
    When I got home, I looked up the range that has classes, so thought Conceal and Carry was what I needed. OH, NO! They have about 5 or 6 other kinds of classes. A beginning guns one for 4 hours, a step up from that for 8 hours. C and C. Survival training (several kinds and lengths of time). So will call them tomorrow and see what they suggest I do.
    I got some books and have been doing some reading. One is a cookbook by the LDS ladies, Simple Recipes using Food Storage. The other is the Reader’s Digest book on Organic Gardening (thanks to who ever suggested this one). I also ordered another book on gardening. All very overwhelming. So I have decided to pick out 4 or 5 veggies that we really like and work on those. There are some really intriguing heirloom beans out there and I thought I’d try to plant three kinds of those, just for the seed for next year and to build up a stock of them. We sell garden seed in bulk where I work, very inexpensive, so as soon as it is put out this next month or two, I’ll be figuring out what I need, and will probably buy more than I need to save. I can put this in the mylar bags with the O2 remover, right?
    I have been going thru the old posts, gleaning ideas and learning. I am going to have to get a spiral binder to put in things that make sense or are good ideas!
    It has been rainy forever down here, at leastfor a week. Supposed to clear up tomorrow and be sunny but also 30 degrees colder. No heat has been on all week, it’s just very pleasant in the house. My dogs are growing duck feet, there are so many puddles in the yard.

    • Alittle2late says:

      Yes it is very normal to fall in love with a gun. This is what the anti gun people fail to realize. Kinda like your car once you buy it then you’ll want to personalize it.(scary looking) If it felt right in your hand that’s the one you want. as for the ammo, it will just depend on your gun. Meaning just because my 9mm doesn’t like blazer ammo your’s may shoot it just fine. There are different grains of ammo also,the lower the number the less it will (kick). 185,230…. There’s alot of people on here way more qualified to answer gun question than me.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      it’s nice you will have option for hand pump. just periodically, pump some out…to keep the pump primed and the water fresh.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Millie in KY,

      If you remove all the oxygen from the container that you store seeds for planting, they will not germinate. They need a minute amount of oxygen or they will die.

      If you’re going to use the seeds for cooking the O2 absorbers and Mylar bags will give you a long shelf life. They will be dead, but our taste buds cant tell the difference.

      After drying the seeds we save for planting for several days we store ours in reused peanut butter jars and keep them in a dark place in the basement. Every seed type has a different germination ‘lifetime’. Our storage method hasn’t had a detrimental effect on germination that we can notice.

  27. Pineslayer says:

    Ordered another 6 Bushman’s for play and barter
    Bought extra lenses for our M-Frames in our BOB’s, now have clear and shaded for everyone!
    Bought soft-shell hoodies for the whole family
    Got more practice swords, plastic gun, and knife for training. Sword play crosses over nicely to Machetes, staffs,…
    Been getting some nice deals at Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Humane Society Thrift Store. Fleece, wool, and boots.
    Bought the big ticket items for the downstairs bathroom, ouch.
    Been signing petitions and sending emails about the sorry state of our Bill of Rights.
    Burning lots of wood, as it is really cold up here in the Rockies right now.
    Fighting off the crud for the past week, it is a stand-off.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Pineslayer, you talking about burning lots of wood reminded me that the EPA is now looking at a couple of studies from Australia that claim burning firewood causes a spike in death rates for men. Not women, mind you, but men. These reports claim burning firewood can cause a spike in death rates from heart attack of up to 40%. The next big thing from the EPA is going to be an attack on a little thing, the wood stove.

      • Already happening. Read a newsflash last week that the EPA is writing new legislation on wood stoves.

      • Alittle2late says:

        That kinda makes sense though, Who does most of the cutting,splitting,stacking, carrying of said wood? NOT saying a woman cant do it or should not do it. not trying to start a fight.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          Well, Alittle2late, I know what you mean. But all the cutting, splitting and stacking I do is in the summer, which is unrelated to any air pollution that the wood stove would produce while burning in the winter. I think another EPA plot is afoot. It won’t be long before people won’t be allowed to burn a wood stove, and that has serious implications for preppers. Or heck, just people who live in rural areas. They intend to drive us out, relocate or starve us. That little trick has been played before by statists in the old Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Red China, etc. They need to disarm us first, though. Those plans are in motion as we speak.

  28. OK, I admit it, I’m a lurker. I have been reading and learning from the posts. This Blog has narrowed down the multitude of options, situations, and solutions out there. I live on 10 acres in Southern Mississippi. As such, all decisions are based on multiple survivability options to include Huricanes, Economic Collapse, and EMP. I am a ham operator (37 yrs) and of course am concerned about any loss to electrical equipment and my communications equipment. I have a conex that will eventually hold my backup ham gear in military medical set cases (hermetically sealed) military grade aluminum. That should protect those radios along with back up computers and power supplies. I have a complete solar generating system with 30kw battery backup, charge controllers and inverters along with 5kw in panels that should be able to recharge the batteries in about 6 hours if they are totally drained. The conex is anchored to 6ft ground screws that should keep it from moving around during any huricane so that is also repurposed as our storm shelter too. The Solar unit is not deployed, and won’t be until needed, and is also secured in the conex in metal boxes. In a lengthy collapse, I have about 2 years of heritage seeds and would till up a couple acres for a survival garden. I have about 6 months of canned foods, and at least a year of rice and flour. I also have 6 months of MRE’s on top of the canned goods. Every time my wife goes to the store we buy a couple extra cans of whatever we already eat to add to our stores. We have our own well so we are not concerned about water/sewer. I recently bought 4 spools of barbed wire to set aside if needed. Our 10 acres is already fenced but I would add an inner fencing with barbed wire. I will be picking up heavy steel fence posts for that purpose shortly. Nuff for now, back to the lurking and learning….Don R.

  29. Nan in NC says:

    Another crazy week! Went to the range yesterday to hone our skills, but we hated to use the ammo so kept it to 50 or 60 rounds for each of the 4 guns.
    Started researching Doulton Super Sterasyl “candle” filters which is supposed to be what Berkey uses in their systems. I haven’t decided yet, so if anyone has an opinion or has used them, please chime in.

    Went through our 72 hour emergency food bin and replaced several things.
    Bought a spare pair of prescription glasses just for the cost of shipping ($12.75) Try http://www.CoastalContacts.com and type in FIRSTPAIRFREE in the source code box. We found gas for $3.07/gallon at a newly opened Murphy Gas Station next to our WalMart, so we got another 5 gal can and filled it and both vehicles.

  30. JR from AR says:

    Hello fellow wolfies!!
    I havent posted in here for a while but since my DW is joining the group I am gonna post more..She is a smart little prepper and I am so proud of her! Well, since I sold all my guns at the Obama fund raisers back in the fall…cough…I dont have any weapons to talk about…However, a firend of mine said “he” had a pretty good week…He bought quite of bit of ammo, 4, thirty round mags, a Benchmade neck knife, extra clips and another crank flashlight…He did pretty good…Like M.D. I hold onto the one who is the author and finisher of my life…Cant wait until my DW gets approved and gets in here…Take care my friends and God bless EACH of you!! 🙂

    • Preppermint Patty says:

      Hello to everyone im JR DW , I/m Soooo excited to be a member of this group !! My VERY PROUD of my DH he has eveything going on with our Prepping !!! He keeps me on track thats for sure !! :)) GOD BLESS EACH of you !!

      • mountain lady says:

        So good to have you here. I think you may be our first prepping couple. Keep up the good work and looking forward to hearing what you all are doing.

        • Mountain lady,
          I’m one half of a prepping couple. My DW is a farm raised gal who grew up about 1.5 miles from where we live. She preps, but just doesn’t post. Other than email she barely used the computer or cell phone until my daughter was headed to college (15 hours away by car) and set her up on Facebook, and told her that would be her only way of communicating with her at school. That seemed to do the trick, since she now uses texting and the web frequently, but still doesn’t post.
          When I read here about people whose spouse’s don’t prep or worse yet, actively oppose their prepping I feel sorry for them, but don’t really have any good advice, since to the DW and I, it has just always made good sense, when a simple thing like running out of milk, eggs, or toilet paper means at least a 12 mile trip to a “local” store, or a 30 mile trip to a China Mart or Kroger if it’s at an odd hour.

      • Hello JR from AR and Preppermint Patty. Welcome to the Pack! Glad to have you both aboard.

      • Encourager says:

        Welcome Peppermint Patty and JR from AR, to the Wolf Pack! You two are on track it seems. The more wolfies we have, the more we learn.

  31. Alittle2late says:

    Hi everyone,
    Spent most of the week moving things around and hiding stuff in plain sight. House goes on the market this week.
    Bought a 20′ refurbished shipping container, should be here the end of next week. After I get the camper packed and the shipping container filled, what ever household items don’t fit gets sold,donated,scrapped or pitched. Should be able to make the move in 2 trips. Container will be my “shed” on the new place till I can get settled, then it will be transformed into a root cellar. Hope I’ve got enough time. Had a long talk with my dad about my move and he offered to help any way he can. He retired this past August. He’s a bricklayer.(better shape than me by far) So that was a big weight off my shoulders. I’m very stubborn when it comes to asking for help. It will end up being a working family reunion/vacation of my dads side of the family. Most are preppers,but spread out across the states.
    Oh, local grocery had hams on sale .99 a pound bought 4 of them. Got 2 new books by Rosemary Gladstar on herbal recipes and uses. Acquired 6 more plastic 55g drums from work this week. (not food grade) I make garbage cans out of them to sell. Ordered more mylar bags and O2 absorbers. Bought a label maker to start marking all my containers and jars. Got more vac seal bags also. got 250r #4 12g buckshot.
    Sent out emails and letters to govt. officials. That’s it for me, stay safe.

  32. ozhillbilly says:

    Hi M.D. and Wolf Pack. Still mostly thinking, sorting, planning and keeping an ear to the news. I did make some purchases this week. A neighbor called and said Wal-Mart had some 9mm ball in stock. I bought two 100 round boxes. I bought and read “The Naked Truth, The Naked Communist – Revisited” by James C. Bowers. I also bought the DVD “Agenda, Grinding America Down” produced Curtis Bowers. I believe these guys are one and the same but I could be wrong. I will show the DVD to anyone and everyone that I can get to sit still to watch it. I also bought another book, “The Founders’ Second Amendment, Origins of the Right to Bear Arms” by Stephen P. Halbrook. Folks we have to arm ourselves with knowledge to be able to debate (enlighten?) the stupid people out there. It’s amazing to me the people that are just going with the flow and don’t have a clue about what is happening right before their eyes! Stupid people! For some light reading I bought “All New Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew to replace an older copy I have. Oh, and last I’m down to the last 50 pages of Ayn Rand’s, Atlas Shrugged. It’s taken a while but I’m about to get it done. I believe it’s been well worth my time. That’s about it for this week friends. God bless you all and please don’t ever consider giving up our Constitutional Rights and this great country’s sovereignty.

  33. The Prepper says:

    Howdy pack! Hope everyone had a wonderful week. I spent the week patching up our roof, which has a number of leaks. The shingles are starting to turn up so it looks like I’m going to need to bite the bullet and get a new roof. 🙁 That expense wasn’t planned, though it won’t sting too much since I started contributing to an “emergency house fund” a few years ago. We add a little bit of each paycheck to the fund, and it has grown to a decent size over the course of a few years. Anyone happen to know what type of shingled roof lasts the longest? Anything I can do now to extend the life of the roof? Hope everyone has a great week!

    • Alittle2late says:

      In my opinion I would go with a metal one, pretty much will out last you. Its cheaper than shingles now also. had mine quoted last year shingles=$11,000, metal=$5,800 installed. alot less labor, no mess to clean up. goes right over your shingles. metal don’t burn like shingles will. jm2c

    • Have you looked into put a metal roof on your house? My understanding it that the metal roof lasts a long time and if you use the runoff from the roof – it wouldn’t need all the filtration since there would be no grit from shingles (still have the other problems of using the runoff).

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Shingles? if you decide to go with them, my uncle used to do them professionally- he said in them you get what you pay for-to buy the most expensive you can afford. they are easier to install and the good ones last 30 yrs…now he recommends metal.

      • livinglife says:

        Metal roof are much preferred. properly installed they will last a lifetime plus. Hail may dent it up but not destroy it. Virtually maintenance free. If you are in a cold climate the roof pitch might be increased so snow slides right off instead of collapsing under the weight.

    • MountainSurvivor says:

      It is best to let you make up your own mind and this site might help http://www.roofingtutor.com/guides/which-roofing-materials-last-the-longest.html

  34. MD,
    The chicken compound is ok as long as the chickens don’t have any assault weapons.Also I hope you got the appropiate permits and checked with the E.P.A.,D.C.N.R.,D.E.P.,M.O.U.S.E. before clearing that brush.
    Greetings Pack!
    This week was spent talking to,and at,everyone that I can about gun control and the constitution,with some good and some not so good results.Everone seems to miss the point that these are rights that cannot be taken away or given up,even voluntarily, without changing the constitution.
    Did some more work around the house,and inventoried our supplies for the garden,seed catalogs are rolling in.Picked up a couple tools cheap at a flea market.Got an order from Amazon…lamp oil,books,water filter cartridges,a couple solar lights for the sheds,paracord in a few colors,and a Nite IZE holster for my GPS.Really have gotten into the paracord,thinking of making gear to sell,I really would like to have my own business.
    Spent some time listening to my neighbors and family members complaining about the rather large chunks witheld from their pay,and then even more the next from the next.They just couldn’t understand it out,Obama said he was only gonna tax the rich!I never said ‘told you so’ but a couple of them did tell me I was right.
    Everyone have a safe and happy week!

    • Amost forgot…a local FM station just started up with Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and many others thank goodness as the AM station had dropped them all at went with hosts that are more ‘centrist’.

  35. This week we spent very focused on our search for property in our target homestead area. Almost obsessed searching on my part, as I strongly feel we need to get out of this city and onto land with a well, and in a smaller community with enough room to garden and have animals in a grid down scenario.

    Anyway, I think we found it! On a river, in a valley off at the beaten path, near a small community about 35 miles away from our jobs. full water rights for irrigation, using propane heat in addition to electrical heater with an “almost artesian” well. (apparently the water seeps out of the well). The neighbors come very well recommended, and have livestock and farming experience. As we stood on the land, we were able to spot a small herd of elk, deer tracks across the land, and watched blue heron take off
    from the island in the river.

    If we get it, it will turn our get home plan from 1 mile into 35 miles, causing a big overhaul of our get home strategy, but our shelter in place will upgrade from a home in a crowded and potentially dangerous area, into a pristine homestead that can supply the majority of our needs after a year or so. There is a place there for a stocked pond as well, and it already has
    fruit trees in place, as the previous owner appears to be a prepper as well.

    Can you tell I am excited? We are planning to make an offer, so keep your fingers crossed for us. Our focus will change dramatically if we move there, to chickens and rabbits and pole barns and fish ponds, and firewood (ugh). but I for one think it will be a good change as we near retirement age.

    Gun show here this afternoon. Just to get the feel of what is going on. We don’t NEED anything in particular, but I want some additional mags for my G17. DH will have his eye on anything for trade or barter in the coming
    years, if we see a good deal. dH wants to help the sons sign up for NRA. Wasn’t there a good link here somewhere?

    Oh, and we put in some more food. Does anyone know how long dog food will last before it goes bad? That is an area we need to focus on next.

    • Millie in KY says:

      If the bag is intact and kept cool, it should last about 6 months to a year beyond what the expiration date is. I will be buying more this summer, but for prepping I am planning on rice and fish/crows. 🙂 Or some other kind of junk bird.

    • Alittle2late says:

      Wow great find hope you get it.
      Not sure about the dog food, might want to look into making your own pet food. THEY say table scraps are bad for dogs. My grandmother fed all her dogs what she ate, most( one got smushed by the garbage man)of them lived a very long and happy life. There are some things that dogs can’t eat but its not very many things. Just look at the ingredients on a bag of dog food. They can eat veggies and grains add some meat scraps or the fat and ya got a good meal for Fido. I’m not a vet so this is just my view, and I’m not on the payroll for big pet food companys .

    • Sw't Tater says:

      prepare it like cornmeal or flour…freeze, then pack in o2 free, bucket.I have some i bought in June for my small dog- that was frozen and placed in non sealed bucket, ..it is still good-like “just “bought… much depends on how much fats are in it..I bought joy in the green bag, it is a small kibble.a higher protein for a high energy dog….it was 25 bucks and I have fed just over one third of a fifty lb bag, since he finishes off our oatmeal in the am…the end of June he should have this first bag eaten!

      • Thank you all, for your pet food comments. I know my Mother fed her dogs rice and chicken bits almost exclusively, and they did great on that. So I suppose I could cook for them worst case, I just need to plan on that much more rice, and keep target practicing.

        DH picked up a little 80lb cross bow at the gun show this afternoon. Something to play with to see how they work. He got a good end of show price and a couple extra packs (20) of bolts thrown in. We’ll see how that works. Would be quiet for squirrel or rabbit hunting, We also found a source for G17 Mags at $40./each, he had sold out completely yesterday morning, and we are used to $30. But may have to bite the bullet and order a few more from him. The show was busy, and vendors said it was much more crowded yesterday than today.

        • Mrs. M,
          My dog is 7 years old and she doesn’t eat dog food (she is allergic to it). I cook for her. I took her to a dog nutritionist (my vet recommended it), the problem with feeding dogs homemade dog food isn’t really the food; it is the need for extra vitamins that the dog can’t get from the food.

          The nutritionist told me that dogs need much more calcium then we do and other vitamins too. The nutritionist told me to give my princess TUMS for the calcium and Centrum brand multi- vitamins. Plus a few off things that I get at the local nutrition center

          For her food, it is a mix of rice or barley, meat, and veggies. All are weighted and calculated for her weight. If you are interested I can give you the details of what the nutritionist recommended for her weight.

          • Thank you! I didn’t know to add calcium! And if you don’t mind sharing… 🙂

          • Sure! Here it is. I have a female lab mix who weighs in at 70 lbs.

            Recipe #1:
            Ground lean turkey (about 8% fat) – 10 oz.
            Cooked brown rice – 2 cups
            Mixed veggies – chopped and steamed or processed – 8 oz.
            Balancing Mix

            Recipe #2:
            Ground lean beef (5 % fat) – 10 oz.
            Cooked macaroni – 2 1/4 cups
            Mixed veggies – chopped and steamed or processed – 8 oz.
            Balancing mix

            The notes on the veggies state:
            Dogs should have a variety of colors in their diet just as recommended for people. Choose different veggies with each batch. Choose from a large variety such as carrots, red bell peppers, yellow squash, spinach, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, egg plant, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, etc. It is also OK to include a little fruit – melon, apple, banana, berries, or peaches. Just avoid grapes, raisins and onions as these are toxic to dogs.

            I grow all the veggies she eats. She also loves apples and peaches. Not too fond of bananas. Her favorite are blueberries. She eats them right off my bushes.

            The Balancing mix recipe is:
            Safflower oil – 2 tsp.
            TUMS EX 750 mg – 3 tablets
            Centrum Multi vitamin & mineral – 2 tablets
            Lite Salt – 1/4 tsp
            Choline bitartrate – 500 mg/tablet

            I crush everything (but the oil) with a mortar and pestle.

            I vary the Balancing mix. First off, I never add that much salt. Second, I can’t find Choline in 500 mg tablets. I can only find 300 mg tablets so that is what she gets. Third, I don’t use Safflower oil very often. I use a combo of Cod Liver Oil, Olive Oil, Flax Seed Oil and Fish Oil with EPA of 320 mg and DHA of 200 mg (equal amounts of each type of oil). My vet said to give her this oil mix. I mix up a big batch of oil and keep it in the fridge in a canning jar. She get two teaspoons at each meal.

            I don’t make individual meals. I have an 18 qt pot that I use to make her meals (3 weeks at a time and then I freeze them in individual servings). She gets approx. 640 grams daily.

            640 grams is the ideal for her weight but sometimes I am tired and don’t feel like weighting each individual bowl so it may vary a bit.

            She is the healthiest dog I have ever had. Her coat feels like silk. Her nails grow so fast they need to be cut weekly. She has the energy level of 2 dogs! We walk 3 to 4 miles every day and after a short nap, she is ready to play.

            I will never feed any dog of mine commercial dog food again.

            Hope this info helps!

          • Oops! I forgot to say that the Balancing mix is a daily ration. I mix it into her food just before I feed her.

    • MrsM, If you have access to Costco and a little cash, they have added dry dogfood and catfood to their food storage section. They say it should last 15 years. I put that on my wishlist/buying plan! If my husband is able to keep his job, my food preps will be well stocked in another six months or so. Assuming no more car repairs. 😉 I guess I should feel blessed that my job is secure, right? Here is the link to the dogfood.
      You can also make dogfood with meat, rice and green beans for fairly cheap if you catch the sales and then can or freeze it. That should last a good while,too.
      Prayers go out to you for your new homestead. Hope you get it. I understand your anxiety, I have it, too. We can’t make a move just yet, so we are stuck in So Cal clinging to our guns and our religion.

      • Patti, I will look into the Costco link. I appreciate that info, and of course thanks for your prayers regarding our homestead. DH and I will make an offer, but since it is a bit of an unusual property, we may have to get creative about financing. We are so fortunate we already live and recreate in Idaho. So even living in town here is safer than a lot of areas. But we can improve on that by getting some rural land to move out to.

    • Encourager says:

      Mrs.M, what awesome news! You are blessed! And on a river, too (fish, kayaking, maybe swimming?) Your own piece of heaven on earth. Well, the 35 mile get-home isn’t great, but you would only have to do that once, right?

  36. Hunker-Down says:

    Big D,

    Sometimes Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh verbally dig holes that go nowhere but most of the time they both know how to trigger my hot buttons.
    Many Pack Members dislike them, but I think they are a critically important opposite to people like Bigfoot Biden, considering the way he chokes off any rational discussion on the gun committee he chairs.

    • +1

    • Hunker-Down,Patti,
      Alot of the hosts are mouthpieces for the same entities that are run by big business/government.Rush is not a party guy,he has a great way of showing the truth behind the scenes,what the elected mean by their words and actions.Glenn is great at helping you to understand the big picture whats really going on,what the founders meant,what the bad guys are up to,keeping you focused on whats important…God,health,family,honor,respect.
      It’s also a good break from all the talking points from the other 95% of the media.

  37. Finally ordered some new glasses. Heavy safety frames with polycarbonate lenses. Bifocals will be a nice change from the trifocals. Yea!

    All the other cash for this week and next was spent on the wife. Saturday was her birthday. Spent a lot of time eating out this week because it is her favorite thing to do. Then a trip to the museum to see a special exhibit that is due to leave soon. The price tag on that was rugged.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      She trained you well!

      • T G-Ma,

        I’m completely untrained, uncouth and impossible to live with. Spent the last 2+ months working 8 days a week instead of the usual 7 days. This was time off for me as well as a visit with the wife.

        I wanted to see the museum exhibit and used her birthday as an excuse. Turns out that she was interested in it. “Mummies of the World” will be moving on next month so the timing was good. Besides, couldn’t think of a gift that she hasn’t been given yet.

        • Yeah, but that’s why you love her! She DOES live with you, loves, you, keeps believing and hoping and working together. She’s worth every penny! Some things are more valuable than money.

  38. Hope everyone is well and avoiding the flu 🙂

    I bought another case of Glucerna meal bars for diabetic food support, also I bought a DVD set from Paladin Press – KRAV MAGA Ultimate self-defense – I hope it will be a good balance to Tai Chi.

  39. Been a good week here. Like you M.D., I spent quitea few evening hour sending out letters and emails to the various Politicos for my peice of the world.
    Went to my second night of Beekeeping class. Finished building and treatiing with pure Tung Oil, my Top Bar Beehive. Ordered all the gear that I will need for beekeeping from Brushy Mountain.
    Got my greenhouse cleaned up, and mixed up a wheelbarrow full of good topsoil, homegrown compost, cow manure and chicken manure (from cleaning out the hen house). Next weekend I’ll put that good tub of dirt to use in the greenhouse after it sits and “cooks” this week.
    Burned up two BIG brush piles. Scattered ashes over the garden area.

    So that is it for this week. Hope the rest of the Pack is doing great in their preps as well.

    Oh, and I HAVE to mention this as well. Was watching Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome last night on AMC. Could NOT believe my eyes when, after a commercial break, a notice pops up stating “Due to recent Tragic Events, the following may contain scenes offensive to some viewers.”
    That was the first time I have EVER seen that notice with THAT particular wording. This country is so totally Screwed…….

  40. Hi Pack I received my Utah non resident cc lic. Did some shooting and realized its a good thing I have stockpiled some ammo,there is nothing around,ahh we in the pack are smart. The chickens are producing well.
    Restocked and added to the food supply.Its been warm the past week and the snow is melting but the cold is supposed to come back. I also sent some letters to my elected officials Well thats about it stay strong and united pack.

  41. Tom Arnold says:

    This week was surprisingly productive for us. We recently moved to our new home – our permanent BOL. Since the Prius was a bit impractical in the mountains, traded it in for a Forester.

    My wife injured her shoulder a while back, so until she’s back to full strength, we added to our firearms supply with things she can handle now. She’s now the proud owner of a Ruger LCR 22, a Ruger 10/22, and a Henry Survival Rifle. The Henry is for now since it’s lighter. Got 2 cases of 22 LR and 2 dozen 22 snap caps for her. She’s also looking at a crossbow with a windlass since there’s basically no recoil.

    I installed night sights on my spare XD9.

    Dehydrated 15 lbs of grapes as a treat for my wife. Tried out 3 new recipes for ice cre!am – peach, fudge ripple, and orange sherbet. Peach & fudge ripple were good, but the orange sherbet was only so so. Any leads for a good orange sherbet recipe would be appreciated.

    Got 3 more boxes of Tattler lids. Mylared up 50 lbs rice, 80 lbs various beans, 20 lbs quinoa. Finished another can rotator. Hemmed up & installed new drapes.

    A few other things, but these were the biggies for us this week.

    God bless all.

    • Millie in KY says:

      Tom, I know I can get rice at GFS but where would I find beans in bulk? Thanks!

      • Sw't Tater says:

        Costco or sams maybe…friend got some there last week.

      • I believe Honeyville Farms sales beans in bulk as well… and you cant beat the shipping.

      • Tom Arnold says:

        I mostly get beans from the local coop already dried. I’ll also go to the farmer’s market and either dehydrate or nearly completely cook then dry to make “quick” beans.

      • Encourager says:

        Millie, ask around to find a food co-op or food buying club in your area. I belong to one and we are able to order in bulk, and if one family doesn’t want the 50# of beans, we divide it up between families. The price is about wholesale price but the more you buy (the more the club spends that month) the bigger the discount.

        Places to ask ~ local churches, health food stores, etc.

        Other than having to deal with some strange folks time to time, it has worked for us. Our club buys organic stuff mostly. We also have contacts to buy organic fresh vegetables, pastured beef, chicken, eggs, plant starts in the spring.

    • Hey, I just bought some Tattler lids; on the recommendations on Amazon. Have you worked with them very much?

      • I love Tattlers! Just follow the directions because they are a little different, but Fabulous! Totally worth every penny.

  42. md, readers, please! go to ruger website and fill out the info to send letters to guv defending our 2nd A RIGHT. your state reps, sen, vp & barry will receive these letters. inundate them with email, letters, phone calls.
    i have supported ruger through purchases and will continue to do so. including 1/19/13. be proactive. squeakie wheel, over and out

    • FarmerKin says:

      I wrote to my reps individually last weekend, but also just did the Ruger site letter also. Thank you for the link.

  43. purchased several packages of seeds a the Dollar Tree they had them 4 for a $1.00. should have bought more but will go back on friday. purchased some candles and lighters also. dehydrated onions iell wait tell its warmer to do that again so it can be done out side LOL attended a hand to hand class this week and will be going back twice a month for the next couple months

  44. Tina in Georgia says:

    Yesterday, my husband and I bought me a 9MM handgun, 250 rounds of 9mm ammo, case of MREs, freeze dried food, ammo box and targets to practice my gun with. Hopefully, will be able to buy me a Taurus “the Judge” handgun soon.

  45. Got in a book on butchering game and livestock.
    Replaced and re-plumbed the pool pump.
    Did some tilling work and planted papaya seeds.
    Have a couple hundred new bean plants coming up.
    Time to re-plant the lettuce in the rain gutter garden, no luck with spinach.

  46. 10 yard dumpster delivered. Working nearly every day going thru things and tossing what isn’t usable or saleable. Until you start filling it up a 10 yard dumpster doesn’t sound that big. Replaced the gasket in my pressure canner.

  47. Harry the hat says:

    Hi pack. I have been using my time to study for my Ham license. Talked to a neighbor as to when she wants to start her firearm training. Bought a 2 video set Vickers Tactical training series Carbine 1 & 2. Started assessing what is needed to add to pantry and storage. Just heard a friends son is heading home from Afghanistan and should be home in a few days.

    Pack thank you for sharing your knowledge and ideas to assist others in their preps. God bless

  48. Sw't Tater says:

    Slow week,
    Had a fractured, un-repairable tooth removed, and recovering from after effects.
    Planted several blackberry slips that beautiful lady from blog sent me, into an area that should make a good barrier to keep folk from treating property as a opportune path….looking forward to home-made jelly and syrup..
    ..Still making final lists for must buy items,..Trying to determine priority on some..very necessary, and costly items
    . after revisiting list… deciding on garden selections for this year.for main garden- will buy zucchini to plant this year and non hybrid for next year,okra,okra okra, and pole beans..few melon, .cukes… have close area can use for peppers, few tomatoes and more herbs, lettuce, I won’t plant lots of things we don’t or can’t eat often….My space is limited, so I have decided I will focus on what I have had the best success with in the past, and .buy the things my soil is not ready for yet..(.heavy clay soil just doesn’t do well to grow root crops.so beets and carrots I will just buy) I have started a bed that these should do well in, in time, but with limited energy will choose to maximize effort…
    … My garlic, the heirloom stuff that has been in my family for years- and the elephant garlic I got last year are both doing well. I have got it on radar to make some sauce for the string beans, and pinto’s…gotta hunt up my recipe… the parsley, Oregano and rosemary like their big pot in the living room window. The aloe in outgrowing the pot again, Would like to get enough to use for something besides emergency..
    …???.Does anyone put up their own gel for burns, or Oral use?..Recipe or process?
    …???..Does anyone know if deer will eat aloe vera? We are over-run with deer again, tho population is down here after hunting season.herd of 12 down to 7, they’ll probably have twins again.
    ….very slowly working the lists of must do chores and bucket list items. Took some time to just re-focus on the important things of life now and hereafter. the preacher’s topic was- on the struggle with sin today.. I told dh, the older I get the less trouble I have with that “riotous living ” stuff :>)..it just don’t have the same pull it had when I was 20-30 years younger. Take care all, stay alert, active in all ways possible.

    • livinglife says:

      I have heard deer stay away from mint. it grows fast and about anywhere. As a bonus mosquitoes stay away as well.

    • A quick and dirty way to make an aloe salve is to melt a small jar of vaseline and add the insides of a couple or so aloe leaves to the melted vaseline. Simmer it a bit then let it cool enough to still be runny but not hot enough to melt the plastic vaseline jar and pour it through a strainer into the original jar. I add plantain (herb, not banana) to this most of the time.

      A mix of beeswax and olive oil is better for your skin but the vaseline works and it’s cheap.

    • There are deer that pass through our neighborhood from time to time. They have never touched the aloe vera that is in the front porch planter.

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      I got rid of the deer in my garden this last season. I bought those little plastic fence posts with the metal prong on the end (flimsy little things) about 4 feet long. Ran a double strand of wire and did an electric fence. Yep, 4 feet high. I hung strips of tin foil from the wire with peanut butter on them. So yummy and inticing to deer tongues. Only took a couple of ‘bites’ and they stayed away. I bought the ‘deer, dog, rabbit’ style electric fence box.

    • Encourager says:

      Sw’t Tater, Ouch on that tooth! Same thing happened to dh. He ended up having it pulled and then a bridge made. Thank God for employer provided dental insurance, even tho’ our part was over $800. We would have had to pay over $2000 for an implant.

      We have resorted to a product called Liquid Fence that you spray on anything the deer like to eat (which is everything. I know, there are “deer resistant” plants they don’t like, but if you have a herd of 20 come through and the first tastes the plant then asks the next one “does this taste weird to you?” and on through the entire herd…do you have any plants left????) We have tried everything under the sun. The electric fence with the foil smeared with peanut butter really works. But until we buy some solar chargers, fence posts and wire we use the Liquid Fence (which is made up of nasty, smelly stuff).

  49. PGCPrepper says:

    Bought more 9mm ammo.

    Got DW to our new indoor range again. Owners female daughter gave DW two lessons with .38 LCR, Buckmark .22 and the Glock 19. Owner refuses to charge us and gave us both a free membership for six months all because I’m retired Army. What a nice gesture. The owner appears to have a nice homestead and they are definitely preppers. They have a large spread with animals, acres and very self sufficient (makes their own cheese, butter, etc)

    Continuing search for our own homestead.

    Some more stuff but try to be succinct and not boring. Not my blog. Also read the Bible quite a bit. Have a nice and productive week.

  50. PGCPrepper says:
    • Millie in KY says:

      It was very busy at the one we went to, yesterday, the little one here in KY. packed! The one a few weeks ago was also packed. I was amazed. It’s good to see people get out and get what they know others want to take away from them.

  51. OregonMike says:

    Hi Pack
    Printed a bunch of How-To’s to go into binders. From a veggie/fruit stand’s last of season sale, bought 40 lbs of potatoes & 50 lbs of apples. Both will be canned as well as dehydrated. Going to get an apple peeler and connect a portable drill to speed the process. Planted some Heritage lettuce seed indoors. Contributed info to several prep blogs. Made a prep gear wishlist and have it in my Amazon.com cart. Got a flu shot, for what it’s worth.
    Stay healthy!

  52. Slow week…ordered garden seeds & since I’m watching the budget very close we aren’t eating out any more & I’ve become a surprisingly good cook of very edible food! Or maybe, my family is just super hungry! Either way…home cooking all the time has been a big hit. It’s amazing how fast we’ve gone through the preps that I thought would last a long time. So, have been revamping the food prepping storage. That’s all from the chilly midwest.

  53. livinglife says:

    added a few more items to the store of food. Wrote state and federal reps about several items.
    Reviewed plans to get from work to home on side roads.
    After the boat capsized, all of our guns went to the bottom (what good is a floating case when the gun is out to use?) I was ready to file a claim until I find out one of the guys hunting did not have a license. Nothing flying and no coyotes prowling so technically he hadn’t hunted. No need to get everyone in trouble.

  54. Well, Sisters and Brothers, struck me I needed a new family motto:


    Got the little lady of 46 years to hone up on her pistol shooting. Cleaned and oiled the fireams as per usual.

    Rotated ammo out of my household “go to” guns with factory-fresh stuff: the 12ga with Mr. #00 behind the kitchen door to the outside; the .357 magnum with 6 inch barrel in the desk at the front door (great welcoming tool for local thugs); the two .45acp pistols in our bedroom and the .380 pistol in the wooden cabinet in the dining room.

    Took to heart the alleged Viking comment: “Never be two steps away from your weapon.” Sounded good to me.

  55. Schametti says:

    Hello, my name is Amy, I’m 34 from Indiana, and Yes, I am STILL a Prepper, and Damn Proud of it too. 😀 I can’t believe it’s been a week already. Didn’t we JUST do this a minute ago?!

    What I did to Prep this Week!

    0). I have really taken to a phrase I read here last week.. “Anything you add is more than you had!” – I don’t remember who said it, but it’s my new motto, and reminds me that every little thing, however small.. is important to the end goal, so thank you!!

    1). (My husband and I) bought two strong heavy duty 1000 pound shelves, and assembled them in our “Prepping Nook” – a small walk-in closet, we’ve set aside for our prepping supplies.
    2). I bought 200 more rounds of .45c bullets for my new Kahr, as well as a 27 piece cleaning kit, and an extra magazine, plus extra bandaids, cause it’s already bit me twice.
    3). We bought my husband, (Dave), his first gun. A sweet Beretta 92FS.

    4). We both got memberships at a local gun range.
    5). We enrolled ourselves into a NRA Approved Basic Handgun Training Course, Part I of which we just did today. I shot my gun for the first time with my instructor, Retired Army Major, Dave. I learned how to load my gun, clean my gun, take apart my gun, fire my gun safely, etc etc etc. I feel very accomplished! 🙂
    6) This week, I lost two good friends, (at least whom I THOUGHT were good friends), because they disapprove of my choice to exercise my constitutional right to bear arms. It was very upsetting to me, but I have decided to hold my head high, and move forward with my new lifestyle, with no regrets and no looking back. Their loss.

    7) I bought and stored 30 more gallons of water. (5x 6 Gallon Containers).
    8) I bought 2x buckets of freeze dried “fruit and snacks” from Wise Foods.
    9) I bought 4x 72 hour beeswax emergency candles.
    10) I bought three Heirloom Seed Vaults, one regular fruits and veggies vault to go with the one I bought last week, as well as a kitchen herbs vault, and a medicinal plants vault.
    11) Cleaned our all our closets, threw out most everything that couldn’t help me in a doomsday apocalypse scenario, lol.. boxed memories and sent them to the attic, thereby making room for MORE PREPPING SUPPLIES. 🙂

    It FEELS like I did so much more than eleven things this week, but I’ve been keeping busy, and have had prepping at the forefront of my mind all week. I can’t wait to read back and see what everyone else has done this week! Til next week! ~ Schametti! (Amy).

    • Hi Amy! You guys are coming along great! We have learned to just not talk a out it with most people. For one, it isn’t safe, and for two, some people will think you are nuts, right up until they need something, and then they will be the first to come knocking on your door. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Just work it your way. (and welcome to the pack). I am also fairly new here, and have felt very welcomed!

      • Millie in KY says:

        Yes, yes, and yes! I am so very happy to have you all to talk to, I’m not nuts, I’m The Ant, not The Grasshopper. I can spend my money the way I want to and I do worry about people showing up. My sister would be one thing, she lives in Louisiana and we have an apt that we bought just for her (she is 71). Unfortunately, her response is “they will take it from you” said in a vehement tone. She’s a good person and doesn’t mean to be dogmatic, I’m sure but I decline to talk politics or religion with her because she is so dogmatic. She LOVES to get furious over things. this is why I rarely watch the news anymore, a little Fox and what I pick up on line. There’s very little real news because the news that we NEED to know about doesn’t get out here. Anyhow, I don’t talk it over with her, just with DH and you guys. It makes me feel a little bit isolated. I have a friend who is a farmer and they just do cattle, and feel that the freezer is full, the guns are full and all is right. They are still ahead of 90% of the people out there. So I don’t talk much to her about it just because I can see them showing up, wanting to “share”…..It is truly good to be able to come here and chat, I don’t feel so all alone or paranoid…thank you, again…..

    • Just remember “god made man but samuel colt made them equal” I was telling this young gal at work this just today. She was talking about how bad guns are. She didn’t really get what it meant. So I asked her “what chance do you think you would have fighting a guy my size off if you were unarmed?(I am 6’10” around 450 and she is about 5’5″ 120ish).
      She said ” oh I get it guns give everyone more equal power!”
      bang, lightbulb ;)… she never thought that guns kinda even the playing field

    • riverrider says:

      s, stick to your guns, literally. don’t worry, you’ve made hundreds of new friends by asserting your god given right to self preservation. you’re making great headway, carry on.

    • Thanks you guys. *hugs* I too am BEYOND relieved to have real people here to talk to, so that I don’t feel crazy or alone.. Since it’s clear I can’t talk to my friends about this any more. And you’re all SO RIGHT that it’s safer for me to keep this to myself anyway. I swear my “friends” just ask me about it, so they can ridicule me, then ditch me when they don’t like what I have to say. What kind of friends are those anyway?! I’m better off without them. Right, Wolf Pack? RIGHT?!! LOL.

      • Let me ask you guys, (and I’m not sure if this is where/how you can just interject questions, but if not, please show me the ropes!!), but I have put aside Seventy-Two Gallons of water so far.. and I know, depending on some outcomes, that is potentially no where near enough.. So I was looking toward saving up for a water filtration system of some sort. I’m not very handy, so would probably be best off just buying one, not trying to make something. Has anyone heard anything on the ones available out there right now? Anything I should know, before buying. Brand recommendations? I would be ever so appreciative of the advice!! There are several “big ticket” prepper items on my list, that I’m going to try and space out over the next six months or so.. and water filtration is definitely the first one on the priority list, (I’m sure I’ll be asking about generators, ham radios, etc at a later date)! 🙂

        • I’ve been extremely happy with my Berkey water filter. There are several models depending on your needs and you can get replacement filters to stock up on. There are instructions on making your own with 5 gallon buckets, but I felt the Berkey would last better for me even though I’m a do it yourself kind of person.

          • Schametti says:

            Thank You, most kindly, Ma’am! 🙂 I will google that one tonight. I appreciate the suggestion.

          • I’ve recently seen listings on Craigslist of people making the water filters with the buckets and selling them. If I remember correctly, the person selling them locally was charging $75.

          • Nann,

            Do research for something like Texas Men’s Baptist water purification system. I recall reading something about them selling a filter at cost–and that they had used it in providing clean water to communities in third would countries–it was way cheap.

          • Thanks for this info, Bam Bam! I’ll look it up.

          • Bam Bam & NANN,
            I’m not 100% sure, but I think they were using the Seychelle water filter bottle which I’ve been using for quite some time.. When I first ran into this thing, I did some Googling and found that the inventor was working with churches and other organizations to send these to third world countries. If I recall correctly, they sent something like 22,000 of them to Haiti after the earthquake and tsunami.

            You can get them from store.lds.org and follow the onsite links: Home and FamilySelf RelianceWater Filtration Bottle Kit

            IMO the one with the two filters is the better buy.

          • Thanks OP. LDS always seems to have great prices too. I’ll check them out.

        • Warmongerel says:


          The filter that I bought is called the Sawyer PointOhTwo. It filters out even the smallest of nasties and the manufacturer guarantees it for 1 million gallons.

          Easy to use and small enough to put anywhere. $123.00 with all accessories.


          • Schametti says:

            Sweet, thank you!! I know almost nothing about separate water filtration systems, so.. how does that work? For instance, if there is no water coming out of my sinks/tubs.. would I still be able to use it? That makes me sound completely stupid, but I guess in this area, at the moment, I am, haha.

          • Warmongerel says:


            The Sawyer filter can be hooked up to a faucet, but it’s not necessary.

            You only need two 5 gallon buckets.

            Pour “dirty” water into one, and let it run through the filter into the second bucket. You now have water that is cleaner than what comes out of your faucet.

            You have to drill a hole towards the bottom of the first bucket and attach the filter, but that’s simple – they even give you the drill bit. It can even be done by hand without a drill. And the instructions are easy and well illustrated. Anyone can do it.


    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Amy, yours is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve read on this blog in a while. And yes, young lady, hold that head high. You deserve to because you’ve said, “I’m not going to be a victim, I’m taking control of my life”. It feels good to be free, doesn’t it? I go outside every once in a while and beat my chest and give a yell. That’s how good I feel, and what’s even better, no man or woman on this green earth can take it away from me cause it’s in my heart and mind. Good for you, sister, you make me proud and give me hope for the future of this nation.

      • Aww, thank you, Rohan. 😀 It feels REALLY GREAT to be able to make my OWN choices for my present, and my future, and not just do what allllll of my friends and family are doing, because it’s easier. Or “normal.” I know a LOT of people, and have an enormous extended family, and not a single one of them have been supportive in my new mindset and lifestyle change. NOT ONE. I was absolutely amazed. And yet somehow, it just makes me MORE determined to stick to my plan. I went through momentary waves of doubt the last month, because I didn’t have anyone but my husband to reassure me that I was doing the right thing, so I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I found this place. Ahhh, my people. :):) I am home.

        • Millie in KY says:

          Amy, I feel the same way and am so glad you are here, too. You can speak freely without feeling like everyone is disapproving….

          • Encourager says:

            And…thank goodness you can actually say something stupid and the replies you get are gentle corrections down the right path. These folks are R-E-A-L-L-Y AWESOME!! Yep, you are!

          • Encourager says:

            \o/ /o\ \o/ h~a~p~p~y dance!!! <3

        • Hunker-Down says:

          Caution; you are moving into a politically incorrect mind set! 🙂

  56. Buuurr in Ohio says:

    A little garden maintenance while the weather was so warm this weekend. Thought about what I need to plant. Zucchini, chives, long beans, and some squash are on the list. Can anyone think of any other things that grow well in the viney type of things? Things that grow ‘up’ stuff?

    Also wanted to ask if anyone has any good recipes for sausages and smokies? Those kinds of things, me and some buddies are going to start drying our own meats.

    • MountainSurvivor says:

      Cucumbers, snap or bush peas, Doyle’s Thornless Blackberry has, of course, no stickers and the most amazing flavor unlike a traditional blackberry and the plant produces fairly big berries if you are looking to get your money worth, peppers, melons, cherry tomatoes-there are lots of varieties from sweet to tart to salty and some kinds produce a lot so if you pick those and you have good growing weather you may need a lot of mouths, containers and a good canning system set up when your stomach feels like it going to burst, and pumpkins.

    • Yea I like to grow my pickling cukes “up”, peas are great climbers too as long as you get pole peas and not bush peas.

  57. Was doing a regular grocery shop and found a bunch of different canned meats and fish on sale. Salmon, clams, turkey, chicken; bought about 20 cans. Bought 2 more homesteading magazines and 2 more wilderness living true stories. Got a hand operated meat grinder second hand too, as new.

    Want to remind people to keep checking http://preputilityvehicle.blogspot.ca/ for each day’s free ebooks on prepping and homesteading topics plus fiction. Today is another Weekend Homesteader, Survival Techniques: Quick Tips to Stay Alive in the Wilderness, The Smoking Gun: (A Modern Inline Muzzleloader Guide to Loading, Shooting & Cleaning for Accuracy), a Venison cookbook, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Takeover! ” (fiction), Left Behind, (that New York bestseller) etc, etc. See link above.

    A few days ago there were 9 different Backwoods Home Magazines and 6 Jackie Clay books. Hope you were checking! 🙂 I would have posted a headsup here but never know where to put that when it’s later in the week and most people aren’t checking the WDYDTPTW any more.

    • Millie in KY says:

      Natalia, why don’t you send it to MD every day and he can include it in the News section he posts? I don’ t have a kindle or anything but it is intriguing….

      • Millie, you don’t have to have a Kindle, you can read it on the internet or with free kindle reading programs for your computer, IPhone, etc. all you need is an Amazon account. Please get all the books you want! They only last 1 or 2 days. Thanks for writing. 🙂 I did consider writing MD about posting about that jackpot the other day, but I with the delays of him getting the email, then (maybe) posting if he wanted to, I didn’t know if it’d come out in time.

      • Millie you can download kindle to your pc. That’s what I have and it’s free to do so.

    • Natalia –
      Check it every day and use it when buying from Amazon. Love that website! Have downloaded over 300 books and articles. Appreciate you so much!

  58. MENTALMATT says:

    What up pack! Well I extended my NRA membership, and signed up my 10 yr old twin boys, start them young I say. I also purchased a one month box of food Auguston brand, I forget who mentioned it on here about the free shipping from Walmart but thank you. I also added a little silver to the stash.

    • riverrider says:

      congrats on surviving another week in hell brother! keep up the good work.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Good job on the NRA memberships. And what did you say about free shipping from Wal-Mart? On Auguson Food? As for silver, I noticed that almost 4 million silver eagles were ordered the first day the 2013 coins came available. A record number.

  59. Organized my canning pantry to get ready to can 80lbs of chicken breasts, got a Crossbreed Supertuck holster for my 9, worked on the new chicken fortress, and just getting ready set up a few more grow-out cages in the bunnybarn.

  60. I don’t post every week because normally I am in a maintenance mode and I don’t have anything interesting to say. However, this week I have three items to report:

    1. I scored 72 canning jars (for free) from a friend at church. She had the regular mouth jars and she is switching to wide mouth jars. I have a few wide mouth jars (12) and I gave them to her. I told her I got the better deal!
    2. My husband and I purchased some gun brackets and now have our guns hanging up (when we are home). It is really cool where we put them and my husband suggested I write it up for MD’s contest.
    3. I signed up for an NRA instructor course. I have been wanting to do this for the past few years, but church has been a conflict for the Sunday portion. My ward now meets at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays so I have Sunday mornings free to take the class!

    I am a happy camper this week!

  61. M.D.:

    I was thinking about the “alternate” names for you place and your comments. I really think I would prefer a “compound” the sight of which would cause the pencil pusher, armed with his ID and a form letter “authorization”, they send out to “inventory my supplies” to insure “equal distribution to the needy” to wet himself and remember he didn’t bring enough help.

    • riverrider says:

      jp, if thats the aim call it the “east tennessee militia training camp# 1”. …. i just put a fence all the way around my immediate area. they’re not authorized to open a gate to enter without homeowner permission or a warrant:)

  62. Took out my Sharpie and boldly marked all food packages and cans in the pantry with their “expiration” date on the labels. Organized them, made a list of items that needed to be purchased, put the ones that had to be used this month up front and began clearing basement shelving to load up with more food/water.

    • Encourager says:

      Whew, bet that took a while, huh? I try to do that, too, when I buy stuff and before it goes downstairs.

      I have finally developed a ‘pattern’: Write exp date on item, log it on the storage chart, take downstairs, put away on shelf in back of older stuff. Works, however…it is that putting it on the shelf that bogs me down, there are at least 10 bags down there right now! Every once in a blue moon my dh has pity on me and puts stuff away.

  63. HomeINsteader says:

    Does anyone have experience with HULU you’d be willing to share?

    • I just watch what I can for free on HULU as I’m poor and cheap. I prefer netflix as there are no commercials though.

    • Have you checked out Playon?

      Same basic idea but cheaper and more shows. Your computer has to be relatively fast, but it works really great.

      We had Hulu plus for a while and it just wasn’t worth it for us — we don’t watch much regular TV.

      Netflix is better for movies than Hulu from my limited experience with both.

      And have checked out Skyangel for TV choices — its family friendly mainly Christian programming — we have that and Play On and the combination works great.

    • Repair Mama says:

      Just signed up for Hulu for son to watch sponge bob at the shop. I signed on one day and watched the whole 1st season of Downton Abbey in short order! I have cable at home and Hulu for the shop. Some of it is free I think, but we do the 7.99 per month for the plus. I dont know if I would want only that for entertainment as I am always watching the talking heads on the news networks and the weather channel. weather is important to know when to do the outdoor work and when to schedule the indoor stuff for the boys on the crew. Hard to do unit installs if it is pouring the rain! “giggle” lol

    • Tigerlily says:

      We just recently picked up a Roku and it comes with several different options you can add to it. We only paid $40 for it through 1saleaday and I have seen it listed on there a couple times since then. Some of the channels are completely free and some require a monthly fee like Netflix and Hulu, but it sure is nice to be able to watch on a big tv instead of on my computer all the time.

  64. Once I got off my soap box earlier, I remembered what I forgot. Got a present from dh, 2 uv-5r radios & a technician study guide. So maybe here in a few weeks I may be a liscenced ham. Yay me. So far they seem Luke great radios for the price. Comms are something I needed to start on.
    Thanks, ms, for you hard work here. We all benefit.

  65. MountainSurvivor says:

    I laugh every time the media describes how terrified THEY are of people who live outside THEIR box. Not a lot could be done for preps so I organized, cleaned and repaired inside the home, miniscule as it all was, and tended to the needs of the computer.

  66. MENTALMATT says:

    Thanx Riverrider, you hang in there to brother….

  67. Prepin in Pa says:

    – Purchased “31 Days to Survial”
    – installed shelving to support food preps
    Purchased Several :
    – cans of beans, kidney, black
    – cans of tomato, with jalepenos
    – chicken/beef broth
    – canisters of oatmeal
    – pounds of rice 3
    – gallons of water, 8
    – spam, 1 can, had to
    – miscellaneous other food items
    S&W .357 Sweet!
    .38 special + P 200 rounds
    40 caliber 150 rounds

    Rearranged some furniture and rooms in the home to create a better exercise area. And I am learning to eat differently. Honey infused garlic to help fight off a cold and Dr. Oz’s green drink. And spent some time at the range.

    Productive but expensive week.

  68. Mystery Guest says:

    I wish to thank all that have or are praying for my nephew. Prayer is a wonderful thing.
    I appreciate it very much.

  69. This was my first “purchasing week”….my big $300 expenditure. Decided to prep after my son returned from taking supplies to Staten Island…but must admit have always been a prepper at heart. Telling my age of 65… but when my mother sold the house we lived in for 30 plus years, they found all of my “bomb shelter” supplies under the porch…so guess it has always been natural for me. I also have had the tremendous blessing serving in Romania for several yrs in medical missions. Have seen first hand what can happen to a thriving country.
    My purchases this week were water containers….5 gal…I can lift them… 2 laterns…ordered online, then joined Costco..need new glasses, so think I will save membership fee by getting less expensive glasses there. Bought food saver, foil,nuts,and canned chicken. I am confused about which water system to buy…want to get that next week..numerous negative responses on Amazon about Berkey…HELP! My next purchase will be my first gun. Thanks for all of the great advice.

    • I’ve been very happy with my Berkey. I am just one person so I bought a British Berkfield which is a slightly smaller version and uses the white cartridges. I bought from directive21 on Ebay, $184 with free shipping.

    • I like my Berkey and use it everyday mostly for water for my coffee, no problems with it at all.

  70. Surviving in Ky. says:

    Hello Pack, Hope everyone is doing well. Finally received a few spare parts that have been on order for about 3 weeks. Still have several more on back order, hope I get them. Read the link you posted M.D. on ammo and parts shortages. As a citizen of the great Commonwealth of Ky., I can agree with the article. .22 is non-exsistent along with other ammo and parts.
    1. Spare trigger assembly for 10/22
    2. Spare Wilson combat spring kit for 1911
    3. Spare trigger spring for Glock
    4. A couple other small spare parts for Glock
    5. 50 Desiccant Packs
    6.Solar battery charger
    7. Book on caching (OK, but mostly common sense)
    8. Book on water storage and cisterns (Good book with good ideas)
    9. 100 rds. of .38
    10. 100 rds. 0f .357
    11. 30 rd. Magazine Reloader
    I am going to keep my eye out for all ammo and gun preps as it may a year or longer before things get back to normal. The one frustrating thing is to see all the gun retailers putting everything on an auction site. I understand the concept of making money but guns are going for triple the price and probably driving a lot of hard working people into bankruptcy out of fear. It is sure to be taking away from other family needs. Sure glad I’ve been with the program for a while. Keep your spirits high pack and keep prepping. God Bless!

    • riverrider says:

      nice job, sik. spare parts is one area i’m weak on. i buy spare guns instead:) as to being with the program, my wife thinks i’m smarter every week, right after shewatches the news, LOL! my local dealer told me he had a guy put a deposit on a gun and run to the bank for a home equity loan to finish paying. sad. who knows, maybe this will bring a large segment of the country back to prepping.

      • Surviving in Ky. says:

        Yea it’s sad river for people to be taking out loans on things they should have been thinking about already. I do believe some are starting to see the danger this country is in and are scared to death. I talked to some folks at work today who are worried about ammo and how little they have on hand. They are searching every web site out there and coming up empty and now they’re scared. A couple of guys ask me how much I had on hand and I just commented that I didn’t have as much as I wanted and left it at that. One guy did mention he was good but like me, wouldn’t comment. I believe I will dig a little tomorrow, thinks we may have another prepper in our mist. lol I know he is an AR man, so I figure he’s prepared by what I could tell. Already know his politics, so that’s good. He was hesitant to answer too many questions. That would make at least a good half dozen that I work with who are serious about taking care for the long term. As for the parts, I to but spare guns but only have 2 of the same kind, 2 is one and 1 is none. So I figure to keep the 2 going as long as possible before using ithem for a rock or club. lol Never did throw real straight. Keep your powder dry old friend and as you say “Resist”. Hope I can call you friend, at least in spirit, hopefully in person one of these days. Have a great week!

  71. Hullo, Pack!
    This week: bought Tattler reusable canning lids-now have to learn to use them. Invested in heirloom seeds for garden (so they’ll reproduce-no heirloom seeds either won’t produce or produce weak plants. It’s planned obsolescence).
    Unpacked the dehydrator and processed my first ever apple fruit leather. It’s great! should have tried it before. Jerky is next.
    Found a really great “from scratch” biscuit recipe that DH likes better than canned. Woot!
    Found some really great material on small area gardening – until we can get this house sold and move to a bigger yard area out of the city limits.
    You all are so right about not saying a lot about prepping. I’ve learned some lessons this week. Not what I had in mind for the learning curve, but it’s more knowledge than I had before. So that’s good.
    Found out that rubbing alcohol is a dandy fire starter! Experimented in the back yard and didn’t burn down the neighbor’s fence! The alcohol will feed the fire and not go out so fast – even in this area’s soggy air and damp climate! Another woot!
    Love this blog. I come listen to you all when everything else is crazy. There is some kind of cognitive dissonance going out there: they just keep doing stupid, destructive things and refusing to learn from it – this is a sane place. Thanks!

  72. Warmongerel says:

    Not a lot this week. Financial obligations.

    The kid wants braces – when I was a kid you never wanted braces. Times have changed, but the prices haven’t. Good thing she’s not spoiled: she just gets whatever she wants. 😉 That would be a problem if she wasn’t such a great kid. Raised her by myself and she’s got more common sense than 90% of the population.

    – Confirmed my daughter’s spot in the local gun safety course in February so she can come to the range with me. She’s thrilled.
    – Picked up a little more .40 for the new hardware.
    – A guy at work gave me a scope mount for my SKS. Don’t know if I want to mount it: needs to be drilled and tapped. Kinda thinking I might get the bolt-on type instead.
    – Put away more water. Emptied out a cabinet in my basement that had a bunch of crap in it. Cool, dark and should be able to hold about 30 gallons.
    – Another guy at work gave me a book on the Israeli Krav Maga martial arts techniques. Thinking I might take some courses. The daughter wants to get into kickboxing, but I may talk her into this instead. Much more useful in the real world.
    – Put away a little more food. Feel like I’ve been slacking in this department. Have to change that.
    – Bought a couple things for my bike. I’m gonna call it prepping. 😉
    – E-mailed the Congresscritters, for what it’s worth. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken (yeah, I know) wouldn’t care if 99.9% of the population was against gun-control. They’d vote for it anyway.

    That’s about it for prepping.

    I think that the Leftist/Democrats (there are no longer any “moderates” in that Party) are realizing that they now have a tiger by the tail. They thought that, after the Newtown shooting, the populace would be so horrified that they could bulldoze any anti-gun laws that they wanted through Congress.

    Instead, it all backfired on the wannabe tyrants. Guns & ammo are flying off the shelves like never before. And there is open talk of armed revolution if they try to violate the 2nd Amendment.

    To save face with the “useful idiots” of the Left, they’ll try to pass some watered down versions of what they originally wanted. And, being the fools that they are, the Leftists will hail it as some great victory while trying to forget that they thought that this may finally be the moment that they could disarm Americans.

    What must really freak them out is the realization that, if they couldn’t disarm us after Newtown, they never will without a fight.

  73. I bought four Dietz Blizzard Lanterns that were on sale at Lehman’s (www.lehmans.com for $9.95 each). Kept them in the original packing bubble-wrap the way they were shipped in case they have to be transported. Don’t worry, they almost always work (99%). No need to unpack and re-pack them.

    Cleared out my local Walmarts of their Orion Search and Rescue Campfire Starter/Signal Flares. In the Camping aisle. They are two nice Marine-grade flares sold at $4.99, and they burn bright red for 5 minutes. Great for signalling, or starting fires. Unpack them from their original plastic wrap and oppose them, and roll them in aluminum foil, rolling them like twin tacos, and seal them with tape. Then place them in a standard Ziploc sandwich bag, and drop in an insert labeling them as two signal flares. Write the label on a Band-Aid. Band-Aids make good labels, and are always a bonus if they are needed.

  74. Been a good week weather-wise here – mostly low 40’s to mid 60’s. Perfect for burning brush and getting in firewood.

    Winter gardens are doing great with the early rains – plenty of broccoli, kale, cabbage, spinach, lettuces, radishes, onions, fava beans, peas and leeks coming along. Summer plots have rye, vetch and clover sprouting nicely.

    Got the hive repaired that was damaged by the bear and the bees resettled nicely.

    Big project for the coming week (started yesterday) will be to get the elevated water tank drained and cleaned. This time of year it’s cool enough for the wood to hold the moisture so I can take my time. Looks to need a couple of bands replaced and some repairs on its roof will be necessary – not jobs I really look forward to although the view from up there is something to behold.

    Still have plenty of coffee, chocolate and wine so no dollars were spent on “supplies” this week.

  75. Not a bad week all in all. Called my congress critters which in some ways is almost a waste of time, since one senator and my representative are solid 2nd amendment supporters and the other senator is a hopeless leftist. I still keep the calls and letters going though to let the good ones know that they’re appreciated and will be remembered and to let the bad one know that his views are not appreciated and will also be remembered.

    Received my new Baofeng UV 5RA Two Way Radio (136-174 & 400-480 MHz Dual-Band FM Transceiver. We’re checking on the FCC type acceptance, but at first look it appears this thing is certified for the entire frequency range, which includes FRS, GMRS, MUIRS, the amateur 2 meter and 70 cm bands, plus our local EMA and several other public service frequencies.

    I also received one of the perks of being an NRA instructors and volunteering a bunch of time each year. New S&W M&P 22 handguns arrived this past week, so they’ve been added to the inventory. Our club purchased a few and several of the instructors purchased some, primarily for use in our classes. The instructor team now has enough between us to start everyone with the same small caliber firearm when we do the first range introduction. This should clear up a lot of confusion with the mix of .22s we now use.

    New ham radio equipment and new guns, which for me is a very productive week.

  76. Built a new, larger pantry in the basement, 128 cubic feet of storage space. The old pantry cabinets have been demoted to the garage for more storage space there. Looking at all the empty space now that needs filling. Got some tactical quick draw target practice in on Saturday.

  77. U2redneck says:

    Hi pack!! This week I downloaded some free e-books to my kindle via Natalia’s website…(thx for doing that for us! I try to check it every day!). Bought a pressure canner from Walmart ($66) as I’d like to start canning chili, stock, and chicken this week. Bought a 2.5 gallon container of water. Thinking of stocking up on a few of those repl water cooler containers…they seem more durable. Printed out some info on food storage for my food section binder (following the 31 days to survival book). Hoping all is well…have a blessed week!

  78. This week I bought cheap cookie tins for food storage, from the thrift store, repaired a coat, and ate some dehydrated sweet potato slices to see how that would go. They were tough but edible with hummus. I worked on my snare knockoff, but didn’t get too far. You can use a lock nut and bolt instead of a screw and an erector set bolt, and they work better. I looked for thinner braided wire but what I took home was the same thickness as before. I also found websites selling snare parts, but I want to make it DIY from hardware store parts.

    I am trying this idea I found of a stealth BOB made from a golf bag, all I’ve done so far is rip out the grid in the top of the golf bag and try various configurations of shoulder straps to see which will annoy me the least. I think this idea might be a non-starter, or maybe it could be used by someone too weak to carry their own BOB, they could wheel it along on a golf bag dolly.

    The crypto class grinds on, one more homework to turn in and then the final exam to do.

    All the good ole boys I know are very worried about the gun bill. They say also that their usual political connections are being useless this time around. Argh!

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      I have a weight distro vest and a bob with a water bladder. My tools are on slings or strapped to me. I am considering a BP that also has rollers and ext. Handle. I’m interested in your idea of the golf bag. I am thinking that if you had to recon you would hide your bob and carry only your tools. A golf bag might be hard to stash depending upon the terrain. But I admire your ingenuity and creativity. Kudos.

    • What will you use the tins for? I have used them for hard candy so far, but as they’re not air/watertight, I’m not sure what else. Maybe things like bandages that are also in ziploc bags? Curious to know your plans.

      • Natalia:

        I have found that electricians tape works quite well to seal up “popcorn tins”. Its stretches and makes a very good seal.

      • You can also drip candle wax around the lip where the top meets the body of the tin. It will seal it pretty well.

  79. Divergal (S Fla) says:

    Hi Wolfpack!

    It seems like forever since I’ve posted but work is always insane during diving season. Now that things have calmed down some I have plenty of time… and a TON of reading to catch up on. It was a really profitable year though so that makes it worth all the insane work.

    My preps have been moving along – There is no way Im gonna list 5 months of preps though. However, in the last week:

    Found canning jars and lids at my local Publix. I havent seen them there forever so I bought the whole 6 cases of jars they had and extra rings and lids to go with.

    Cleaned out the closet of canned preps and took everything that expired in the next 2-3 months to the local food bank.

    Ordered more seeds for the garden, and started 4 flats worth. They are inside and it doesnt really ever get that cold here so I feel safe starting them so early.

    Bought 2 new citrus trees to replace the one I lost last year – my yard guy (read neighbor) is going to put them in for me this week.

    Thats it for preps – On another note, my mom who has seen her neighborhood go from comfortable middle class to not so great has moved in with me. It’s not my ideal situation but with crime rising and a lot of empty houses in her neighborhood now, it was for the best. It hasnt always been fun and games – explaining why the linen closet was full of canned goods and not linens, yes its safe to eat foods I have canned , you arent going to die from botulism, will the chickens give us bird flu? I pray every day for patience and hopefully given some time we can both get used to this new arrangement.

    I hope everyone is well and prepping hard. Im so glad to be back.


    • Hunker-Down says:


      We missed you. You live in a different world than us snowbound northerners.

      When mom gets on your nerves, remember all the dumb questions you asked her during many years of growing up.

    • Encourager says:

      Divergal, I was wondering what happened to you! Just life, huh?

      It is hard to have your mom move in with you. She still thinks like your ‘mom’ and not a roommate. You want her to think of you as a grown-up but she still sees you as her child. Ack! But long talks and patience will win the day. Said a prayer for you!

      • Divergal (S Fla) says:

        Thanks for the prayers Encourager. Im going to need every last one of them. She does think like my mom – gives me grief for the oddest things. But, it will all work out and every time I feel my patience coming to an end I remind myself that she is safe and healthy here…. Those are the important things.


  80. Repair Mama says:

    Well, It has been a long time since I have been able to post here. I do keep up with reading as I can and this is the segment that I love the best.
    But this week has been utterly awsome and I had to sneek off and post.

    DH is still flaky about my prepping and I still hide most of my activities from him on this front, but due to recent circumstances, my prepping money has dried up big time. I try to hide small purchases in the grocery budget under the guise of “Couponing” and hide stuff in my truck till I can carry it in when he is not looking. But on the upside of this problem, he has been talking to me a little more about things.. After the school shooting in CT, I was sssoooo upset about those kids. I have grand kids and an 8yr boy of my own, I cried on his shoulder. He understood.
    A week or so later, we were in the kitchen watching the new network “talking heads” that were gabbing and going on about gun control and banning guns. He pops up and says “if they are not careful, there will be a damn civil war again in this country!” I dropped a pan at the stove!
    I had asked him for a hand gun a few times this last year. I think he is afraid that I will shoot him with it if I got mad at him or something. I am not like that! Another day we were talking to his older brother that he respects and admires about me wanting a hand gun. His brother made a statement about people not being able to handle the gun and how I needed to go and get training before I thought about getting one. MY DH jumped right in and told him I was more than capable to handle one and that I already had training in law enforcement classes and a little in the military. He stood up for me! and that was one huge complement!!
    This weekend, we went to visit his sister, and somehow the topic came up and I said I wanted a gun, I am dropping the most blunt tidbits that I can.
    He told me once that if we purchased one that I would have to go and get my ccw permit, I told him very eagerly that I would definately get the classes and get the permit! HELL YEAH! I am still working on this.

    In other prepping areas, hit a good clearence and purchased a bunch of first aid supplies like gauze wraps, and gauze pad for 75% off. Purchased 4 boxes (sm) of n95 masks, and head lice medication.
    I was able to land a major prep item this week for a very low cost. I got a 1920-1930’s 2 burner wood cooking stove with white enamel on it. WOW!
    I am sooooo tickled to death about this item. One prep I could not hide form DH, but when he came home that night, i showed it to him and he loves it! cool antique. and I love it cause if we need it, it is functional!
    I have piping in the attic to hook it up in no time should we need to.
    That is it for this week, but very encouraging for me. I did pick up more food sat night at grocery store with ad papers and coupons. they had canned tomatoes and canned beans for .29 a can. picked up 48 assorted. I still have to figure out where to put those. DH and I talked about converting mom’s old bedroom into play room for our son. I will move the bed and dresser to another room, shelf out closet and turn it into a pantry area to add to the pantry area I have in laundry room. all of the kitchen cabinets are stuffed full and long term stuff is in 3 other closets in the house, my first aid closet is still where it always has been and i am adding to it as i can.

    To all of the pack puppies, have a great week. May God Bless each and everyone of you and your families. Without God, we are nothing.
    Take care and keep up the good work. Stay Strong!

    • good for you- esp on the stove- i have been wanting one like that for a while- the best i have been able to do is our next door neighbor has an old barn and has a cast iron stove- the kind where there really isnt any burners but you can use a pot or two on it- and i asked hubby about it and he said he would offer to haul it away for the neighbor. it will need cleaning and repainting but is functional

      when my kids moved out- i boxed up the leftover stuff and went thru their closets and got one closet completely empty- they are small closets and stored my preps there- i use 5 gal buckets to store dry goods- labeling each one and use my dog food boxes- they are strong and the same size- easy to stack up. i have also converted a spare room into a guest room and am storing my canned goods there on an old entertainment center- dont forget under the bed too.
      i hope you can get a gun- i love my kimber 45 ultra carry- shoot what you are comfortable with and learn your gun very well- i would take mine apart in the evenings and still do to make sure i know every part of it- practice in different circumstances after you are familiar with it-i have practiced- with supervision- shooting with my weak hand- shooting without my glasses- shooting one handed – very carefully but learning to pull it out of my holster and even my purse

      • Repair Mama says:

        I would like a 9mm or something in that range.
        I am lucky to beable to shoot left and right handed. I will need to paractice more with the let though. Lucky that so far, I dont have to wear glasses. I will keep my fingers crossed tightly. Valentine’s day is coming up really soon!!

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Repair Mama,

      Sounds like the DH is a prepper but not willing to admit it!

      • Repair Mama says:

        He is stubborn enough not to admit it. I wish the metaphoric “Brick” would just hit him in the head and he would just “get it”. He loved the wood stove, but told me that he wasn’t cutting a hole in the wall. He said if we needed heat, we have 3 trucks with larger invertors in them, a generator, and propane heater. I will wait it out, love my little stove, get it reworked and ready to actually use. The time may come that we have to use it. The big thing is that it is here now, just in case.

        I am working on him a little bit at a time. I bitch about grocery and gas prices. have a fit every month when the electric bills come in, and things like that.

        We had the strangest conversation tonight after reading a story on yahoo news about twin brothers that are deaf and going blind that were euthanized because they did not want to live any longer in belgium. Freaked me out. He was troubled about the story. I read the story and then started reading the comments. He thought that maybe it did not happen the way that the article read. after I read a bunch of the comments and thinking about what he said I asked him what if “it really did not happen at all. Maybe the creepy people incharge of the world just made it up and had it reported like they did to see what people would say and how they would react. Like maybe they were feeling out the situation to use it as population control and offing people that they feel are not worth breathing and taking up resources. like the “Pathways” thing they are doing in the UK now.
        Scared the crap out of me and his mind is following in the same direction. He said that before long it will start happening everywhere, even here.
        God Help us!

    • my dh is also not on-board with my stashes. He jokes that I’m a ‘Doomsday Prepper’ (they make being prepared look hoarder-ish and a bit coo-coo cachoo). Glad to hear your hubby is slowly coming around…it makes me think perhaps mine will too one day!

    • Repair Mama,

      It’s so good to hear from you. It sounds like your dh is coming around. I predict you will have your hands on a handgun by this summer. I am hoping my dh really liked his nephew’s AR. Maybe he will want one of his own. We have a good friend who is selling his Mini 14. Just maybe . . . .

      • Repair Mama says:

        Bam Bam,
        He told his brother that there are 2 things you dont play and bet money on against me and that is throwing darts and shooting., We have a couple of pellet guns. My practice was to try to hit a dime acrost the back yard, throwing those little plastic things that come on the bags of hamburger buns and shooting them from the back kitchen window. and my favorite, shooting at a hanging piece of rope.
        I do hope he is coming around. but sometimes I think he is moving in the right direction and then he dodges into the opposite one.
        ‘sigh’ just dont know what will come of all of this. I will keep trying though.
        good luck on the AR!

  81. Jim in SoCal says:

    Greetings Pack!

    I was unlucky enough to get infected with the flu a week ago this past Friday. Just now feelin’ a might better. It sure did kick my butt!

    As you can imagine, not much prepping was done. DW did put some more canned goods back, and I spent some time laying out the garden (on paper) so that we will be ready to go.

    So sorry to hear about the rash of unfortunate luck that has been going around, those fishing trips can be dangerous! But don’t worry, TDL will protect you all. Just ask him…

    Trust in God and keep your powder dry!

  82. AZ Rookie Prepper says:

    Hi Wolfpack. Been a couple of weeks since I posted, got some good things done. Did a run to Costco, picked up some bulk food items that beefed up a couple of weak spots in the larder. Re-organized the ammo supplies, found I am in pretty good shape in most calibers, got a couple thin spots in other calibers. Can never have too much ammo. My new dw is fully on board with prepping and much better organized than I was. Getting excited about next springs gardening, already getting seed catalogs and planning to increase the number of raised beds. Purchased some warm clothing for the wife and daughter, much needed as they are not used to temps like we get. Prayers to those who need them, best wishes to all.

  83. New to all this, so would love some advice. Mid 60s widow and do not discuss this with my brothers…or will have me in a “home” asap…I need a gun…friend recommended the Judge…said I did not have to be a very good marksman…certainly plan on taking some lessons…but could anyone recommend another choice….or would this be good?

    • if possible go to a gun range and see if you can find experienced person to go with you or at the gun range- a lot of gun ranges have different guns you can rent and shoot- please dont buy a gun until you have had lessons and have shot several different types- also depends on your physical condition of yourself- no offense

    • AZ Rookie Prepper says:

      R dover, I agree with mama, get some practice first, be honest with yourself about your physical condition and abilities. A revolver might be a good option for you instead of a semi-auto, the judge is a revolver and very powerful handgun. It allows you to shoot .410 shotgun shells which means you have a broad pattern of shot going out, thus you dont need much aiming skill. The issue with shotgun shell handguns is that at any distance, you can lose some “killing” power. If you have some practice, then a regular handgun might be a better option for self defense. Do some study, plenty of info on the web about “self defense handguns”.

    • Encourager says:

      First, welcome to the Wolf Pack, R dover. You need to go ‘handle’ some weapons. It is best to fire them, and many gun ranges will ‘rent’ out guns while you practice with them there. See how it feels in your hand. If the barrel has a tendency to droop, it may be too heavy for you. I made a mistake buying my first one; I wanted one I could carry in my purse so got a so-called hammerless one. I have arthritis in my hands and during my class after pulling that trigger a dozen times, I couldn’t open or close my hand because of the pain of pulling the trigger. I now have one with a hammer that I pull with one hand and fire with the other. Works for me.

  84. Late again this week. Very busy lately. I did some re-stocking of food – huge grocery shopping weekend as I haven’t done much lately. Mostly stuff we use and wouldn’t last a month, except for cat food – bought the standard month and a half of canned cat food plus a bag of Meow Mix – just need to pick up a bag of prescription kitty food and we’ll be set for nearly two months.

    Another thing I consider prepping is health and fitness. I started my running training program again on Sunday morning. It was great weather and allowed me to spend some time outside to enjoy it. My plan is to be able to run a 5k in 30 minutes by the end of 8 weeks. I have started this program twice and I’ve only made it to the point of running 20 minutes straight. Now, I just need for the weather to cooperate and to recover faster than I have from Sunday’s run. 🙂

    I hope everyone is having a great week!

  85. I know I’m late posting, I think this is probably the first time I’ve posted to the WDYDTPTW, but I’ve got to post that I finally got my bills paid off. The place is mine except for Uncle Sugar always wanting tax money. I joined both the NRA and the ARRL. If I can ever afford another Hamm radio I’ll get back on the air. Bought 30 rounds of 12 ga slug and a 500 round brick of CCI 22LR. I didn’t think there was a single 22LR left for sale in the country but there are now a few less for sale since I found them.
    Trying to figure out where to store the stuff I now MAY have the money to buy. Almost forgot – called both State Senators and my Rep saying “Supporting ALL of the Constitution was the right thing to do, including supporting the Second Amendment”.
    I love all of you good folks and pray for everyone, including the occasional troll. MD, I appreciate all you do for the common, or is that uncommon, folks that frequent your site. Stay strong and keep the faith.

    • riverrider says:

      good job.feels great, doesn’t it? where did you find the cci?

      • rr,
        Local gun shop that “allegedly” has it’s people stop by Wally World and other “shops” and buy up all they can get, before it hits the shelf. Again “allegedly” there is money being passed under the table to a WW worker to sell more than two boxes at a time to their friends. I’d probably disagree with that, except the price I had to pay for it sure seems high enough to include some “fees”. Maybe it’s just the law of supply and demand affecting the price.

    • WireNut,
      Great to hear about getting everything paid off. Paid off our homestead more than 10 years ago, and even with taxes, utilities, and insurance, you can live a lot more on the cheap and have better cash flow for other things without that mortgage.
      We did recently bite off a little debt for another vehicle. A friends MIL passed away and they had an extra vehicle which we got at a good price. We would normally have paid in cash, but with the DD still in college, the loan made good sense, although it does feel odd to have a monthly payment again.

      Congrats on joining ARRL and thinking about getting a rig. If you’re looking to get back on the air on the cheap and can settle for VHF & UHF for use with your local repeaters as a starting point; then I highly recommend the Baofeng UV 5RA Two Way Radio (136-174 & 400-480 MHz @ 1 & 5 watts) Dual-Band FM Transceiver. They’re available on Amazon for under $50 and include antenna, 1800 mAh lithium polymer battery and charging stand. They contain 128 channels and can be programmed from the keypad, but the programming cable (around $10) and the free programming software is useful.

      • OP,

        Maybe the VHF would do, UHF probably not around here.
        For all practical purposes I’m in the Great Smoky Mountains and line of sight won’t get me over the “hills”. Thinking more along the line of MF/HF just to talk outside the area and possibly get some news from outside folks without the MSM filters. I haven’t been on-the-air since my Ex and I parted ways and the Judge saw fit to give her all of the equipment – even though she didn’t have a license or the knowledge to use it. The FMWN doesn’t have a license and doesn’t really want one, but is willing to learn to use whatever we get so if/when SHTF she can even without the papers.
        I appreciate the recommend the recommendation and will consider when/if finances allow.

  86. Indianaprepper says:

    I sold all my guns but my muzzle loader I deer hunt with and my crossbow. looking at moving to east Texas would be better for health reasons would be better able to breath there.

  87. Pulled my daughter out of the target rich environment and enrolled her in online home school.
    -22 last night, (daytime high 17) and the water in the new pantry is finally starting to freeze. Pre-tty good insulation. I finally had to make a fire. I have a running tally to see how much wood I am burning at what temps to keep everything from freezing. We have a small electric heater that we haven’t used yet, just in case we are gone, it should keep my canned goods from freezing. So SHTF we should be good. Name it the dog house and the low man on the totem pole has to sleep in the pantry to keep the fire going when it is butt cold.

    Out of 14 cords I have used three this year to date. I am trying to see how much I will need for three years. With three wood burners. It would help if the weather was predictable.

    I went out to do my chores and my face froze shut. Yep. frozen shut was the best way to describe it. You can’t breathe through your mouth or it hurts your teeth and your nose has ice in it. I took 5 gallons of hot oatmeal out to the poultry and they stayed in the house under the heater. Even the young tom who has been roosting in the trees had the sense to finally go in the house.
    The only animals who aren’t hunched up are the Pryenees and they are so annoyingly happy!
    Speaking of dogs, I found an unfired (is that a word?) 30.06 cartridge and a nail in a pile of dog poo. WTH? For reals. The dogs ate my ammo. I took a picture of it on my phone for proof. “Git off my property or I’m gunna shot with my dog!

    I’ve been yelling at all the dang kids and the DH to remember to put the guns back where they belong, and quit shooting up all the ammo! I don’t know what happened to everything. Seems the DH traded most of the guns for a steer, a couple of shoats, and a killer load of hay. Wouldn’t you know it, my AR fell out of the four wheeler scabbard into the snow, and I think someone found it? I went to put my reward sign up in town and the telephone poles and bulletin boards all over town are full of lost gun reward signs.
    I took my old black powder rifle out of the safe and tried to cleaned it. Shameful neglect.
    Brought back memories of the 80’s when we thought it was so cool to wear matching western shirts and buy matching guns. The last time I shot this monster was (Sept 1989) after I loaded it, walked away from it, then my husband loaded it again, thinking it was his. Dummy didn’t pay any mind to the fact that his rod seemed “off”. Whatever. Sounds about right.
    Maybe he was drinking his breakfast that day. They used to make eggs and ham in a can called Bud, you know, back in the day.
    Of course I almost died, but didn’t. Obviously. Or I wouldn’t be here telling how dumb my family is. It was rather curious to see a big flash in front of the gun and my face felt hot. The stench! The first and only time I had bangs.
    The cow elk I was shooting at just stood there wondering when someone was going to kill it. Of course the hubbys gun didn’t shoot at all. She just walked off, taking her time. She must have seen this happen before. Stupid people in matching hunting shirts.
    I hope I not reduced to using this gun again. I will just wack someone over the head with it. Would it be considered an assault rifle or combat gun if a bayonet can attach to it? We can only hope.

    Would someone plu-ease invent an auto loader for a crossbow?!

    I did find an amazing deal on 10 five gallons Culligan jugs with spigots at the Salv Army for $1 each. I asked the gal to call me if she gets more. Scored three trashbags full of new and very nice items for $3.00 for my Charity Packs.

    Hubby found me an awesome metal wheeled welding cart that I can haul hay bales, bags of feed, firewood, and lots of heavy stuff. Even in the snow, if I shovel a path. My stupid frozen shoulder is sore. STILL.
    The cart will be a life saver when I don’t have fuel for vehicles to pull my chore wagon.
    I bought a 1200 gallon underground cistern for $900.00 to collect rainwater and snow melt. I have been saving my egg money for a long while. Now I need to go argue about where it IS going to be buried. Of course, after the snow melts and we can feel our faces again.

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