What did you do to prep this week?

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Now let’s see… what did I do to prep this week?

Unfortunately, not a lot… It’s been raining for most of the week so I haven’t been able to do much outside, (I did make a list of some things that I need / want to get done).

  • I organized my books and instructional DVD collection / library.
  • Cleaned and organized my food storage pantry.
  • Watched a couple of prepper related movies / documentaries on Netflix including “The Conspiracy to Rule the World: From 911 to the Illuminati“, “911: In Plane Site“, and “Apocalypse How“. Since cable isn’t available at my location, I have a Roku and can watch just about anything that I want via Netflix and Hulu on my TV (for under $20 per month).
  • Watched my tomatoes and grass (not the kind some people smoke) grow – like I said it’s been a slow week…

Well what about you? What did you do to prep this week? Hopefully, you did more than I did…

Comments

  1. The Prepping Rooikat says:

    Let’s see..
    This week on concentrated on vehicles. I changed the oil, fuel filter, and belt on the mustang. Next week, it’s the jeep’s turn.
    I made one of those cool home-made wood burning camping stove, out of a coffee can, barbeque grill.
    I also worked on expanding the anti-sheltie fencing around our wild strawberry patch.

  2. Winomega says:

    Well here is a weird problem, very upper-class first-world. I’ve managed to screw up my Netflix to keep suggesting stuff that pisses me off. Basically Lorax-like documentaries.

    Other than chewing through reruns of Warehouse 13, Doctor Who, and MLP episodes, what isn’t LCD programming?

    • The Prepping Rooikat says:

      Just caught up on Warehouse 13 about 15 minutes ago.

    • Have you tried Fringe?

    • seeuncourt says:

      Winomega,

      I had to laugh when i saw this because mine keeps suggesting porn….

      I blame the NSA.

      • Winomega says:

        seeuncourt, you drove me to enter “porn” into the search box, and I got a few cerebral films and My Little Pony. Then again, rule 34 strong with that fandom.

        • Seeuncourt says:

          the fact that “My Little Pony” came up when you searched “porn” made me die laughing!

  3. Making pastrami on the smoker right now. Picked up a couple of quart jars at neighborhood garage sale and a tin Hershey’s cocoa tin, vintage. I collect tins, and use them for their intended purpose, but in a decorative OPsec way. Up on top of kitchen cabinets.
    DH having gout attack this weekend, so he’s stuck in house. Guess we will be finishing up the yard cleanup for DD’s wedding later in the week… Bleah..
    Still picking tomatoes, canning more tomorrow. Cukes are succumbing to squash bugs and heat. Got more planted. And picked up a couple of pounds of picklers at the store to makes some b and b’s.
    Not much else, except praying for the possible rain from this itty bitty tropical wave developing off the southern coast of Texas.
    Oh, and a small conversation with DH about the state of the government and how he’s ashamed, but still not quite there about what’s going to happen. He did realize he does NOT have enough ammo… Baby steps.. Deep breath…count to one backwards….

    • S'wt Tater says:

      pour a quart of cherry juice in DH for the gout, my brother said it helps in two hours…

  4. Can anyone tell me where I can purchase a few cotton seeds and or a couple of small puffs of cotton on or from the plants? I am trying to show my grand children how cotton grows. We live in the north.Thanks.
    Arlene

    • Arlene,
      I don’t know where you could purchase seed but later this year I could probably get some of the cotton puffs you are talking about. There are quite a few cotton farms around here. When the farms start collecting the cotton from the fields there is a lot of it wasted in the field. I have thought about asking the farmers if I could clean the fields of what is left, which of course means that I would have to learn how to process it into thread or yarn.

    • midnight1st says:

      It’s illegal to grow cotton here – in Alabama – if you can believe it, unless you are a certified grower. It’s because of the boll weevil laws. They will not let you grow a plant or two at a school so the kids can learn about it. So, seeds are not available to the public. And, the seeds are covered in terribly stinky poison if you can find one from a grower. Not something you would want a kid handling.

      • Midnight=wow you sure have taught me something new.Thats terrible .There should be exceptions for educational purposes.
        Thanks for the inf. Arlene

    • S'wt Tater says:

      Arlene, When cotton is gathered in the fall I can pick some up, it litters the road in some areas…that will be late S ept- early Oct.

      • Swt Tater-by the way I love sweet potatoes -especially fries-smile ! Thanks I would appreciate a sample of cotton .Ask Md for my e mail and I will send you something back from the north
        if youd like. Arlene

  5. Had to take my husband to the VA Hospital ER ( a long drive ) .He has bronchitis and an ear infection. Besides the regular meds the nurse said if anyone gets swimmers ear to use 4 drops of alcohol and
    4 drops of white vinegar-mix up and put a few drops in the ear daily. This will prevent the PH from changing and thus make it tough for bacteria to grow. This can be done for dogs who like to swim also.
    Something to add for for our medical preps. Arlene

    • Arlene,
      Sorry to hear about your DH. Thankfully I have not had to go to the VA ER. From what I understand they are now charging no matter what your benefit level. Can you confirm and let us know if it is a reduced payment or is it the same as going to any local ER?

      • Mexneck, Here the Va. bills according to the Veterans income
        and if you have any other health insurance or Medicare. My husband has medicare and that’s it and since we are living on social security we do not usually get charged anything extra. We have been very pleased with VA care. Wishing you the best.
        Arlene

        • arlene,
          Good to know. I’m glad their not trying to soak veterans with additional costs. The VA care here is good too, even though I’ve had a tough time getting my DR on board with my natural medicines first rule.

          • Mexneck-yes we try natural first and sometimes they work and other times we feel so lousy that we want a quicker solution and go for the antibiotics. Without a spleen I get sick more often than I would like.
            Everyone please remember if you are on an antibiotic ALWAYS eat yogurt or take acidophilus or pro biotics. This will prevent a yeast infection which can come from the antibiotics wiping out the good and bad bacteria. It helps restore the good bacteria.Arlene
            Storming again here in NYS so much water and flash flooding-wish we could share it with others who need it.

    • S'wt Tater says:

      OREGANO OIL! come hither… kills mites, anti- bacterial and anti- fungal, anti- viral, anti- parasitic…one drop each ear kills mites in dogs ears as well.

  6. It’s been an interesting week. I reported last week that the heating element in the clothes dryer had burned out, and I had ordered a new one. Do your shopping on these kinds of things, since I found prices from $14 to $65 for the same item. I ordered the least expensive on that was a brand name (Napco) for less than $20 including shipping. It arrived yesterday, and since the DW had watched me take the old one out and test it, I showed her a YouTube video on installation of the element and then coached her through installing the new one. Took us about 50 minutes, and although she doesn’t qualify as an electrician, she gained new respect for what she can accomplish when she tries. You have to step out of your comfort zone on occasion.
    The freezer died a few weeks ago after only 30 years, so we broke down and have a new one being delivered next week.
    The local Wal-Mart has an “As seen on TV” section that I look thorough on occasion, and I found one of the “Olde Brooklyn Lanterns”, without having to pay the outrageous shipping. It’s built like the old railroad kerosene lantern, except it contains 12 white LEDs and uses 2 D batteries. It contains an On/Off dimmer switch and I measured the current us uses on the lowest setting (20 ma) and the highest (330 ma), and using the middle range capacity of a standard D Cell battery (about 15000 mAh), the lantern should work for about 750 hours on the lowest output setting and about 45 ½ hours on the highest setting. It will make a good addition to the grid down preps.
    Finally Wal-Mart also has their $0.20 seed packs again so I added about a dozen or so to the seed stores. Will be used for future gardens or as potential barter items.

    • Winomega says:

      OhioPrepper, that is exactly what the hubby is pulling on me. He ordered a new whatever for the scooter, showed me what to do with it, well it isn’t his fault that it’s going to be a long time until he has the whim to deal with it, considering that I’m the one being stuck with a dead vehicle.

  7. Southern Girl says:

    Greetings to all,

    Welcome to all those new to the Pack. We seem to be in the same boat (no pun intended) as many others with the rain & the heat. No outside work this week with the heavy rains. Our temp did drop to 70 degrees yesterday at noon due to the rain. Did have 1 hour of sunshine today. Gotta love the weather in the south.

    Still no hot water. The company hired to repair the broken water pipe in the foundation cancelled yesterday & rescheduled for next week. This has been good for the DH to experience prepping(minor prep). Heating water to hand wash dishes & he thinks I’m so smart to come up with using the dishwasher for draining dishes. I actually read it on this site, but we won’t tell him. Military showers with one turning the hot water on & off quickly. Saves water & electricity. I think this has been good for him. I asked him some what if questions.

    Like others this week, not much in the way of preps. A few grocery & medical items added. The garden has almost bit the dust. Nothing left except tomatoes & a few cucumbers. The DD is raiding my herbs for her new vegan diet. The rogue cantaloupe vines look great. Not sure if too late in season to grow the melons in this heat.

    Sorry to be so long winded. Hope all of you have a great week. Prayers to all who need them & congrats to all with good news.

    Oh yes, to KFields, I am so jealous of your weather report.:) Such different weather & to both be close to the ocean.

    SG

  8. Made several jars of blueberry jam and blackberry jam. Also picked up some fabric at the thrift store and washed it. Got around to cataloging my books and was surprised that I had a few duplicate copies – thus one of the reasons I have made a list of all my titles so I don’t forget and buy the same book twice again. Next job is to go thru all the old VHS movies and if any of them are still in working order, get them transferred to DVD so I can have more space.

  9. Divergal says:

    Hi Wolfpack,

    Its been an exhausting day, After spending the last few weeks dealing with a rat problem (which will give me nightmares for a while), compliments of my ever so wonderful neighbors, I had to completely clean out my food storage pantry. Luckily there wasn’t too much that got ruined but I figured while it was all out of there I would buy new enclosed cabinets and completely reorganize and inventory everything. What a job that was… I actually had more of a lot of things than I knew.

    Stocked up on more bandages, my mother’s blood thinners make every little cut a challenge. On the good side, it seems Ive gotten over my squeamishness where blood is concerned.

    Got a new mag light and a couple of super bright led flashlights that are small but powerful. For the price, if one drops or breaks or has catastrophic failure I won’t cry over it but until then they babies will light up almost my whole back yard.

    Got another 50 lbs of dog food and 40 more of cat food – the cat food goes so much quicker now that I have a mama and her babies acting as garden cats that Im feeding. I was going to try and find them someplace else to live but mama has been keeping the back yard rat free – Im looking into putting up a wall across the back of my property since the health department tells me to call code enforcement who tells me to call the cops who tell me to call the health department and on and on the vicious cycle goes. I wont go into what my neighbors are doing in their back yard but I guess sanitation isnt a big issue in their eyes.

    The squash and zucchini are doing awesome in the garden, the tomatos not so much but I think its just too darn hot for them. The peppers are doing mediocre and the herbs are struggling. Even with all the rain we have been getting the sun is just drying everything out faster than I can keep it watered.

    Thats it from steamy south Florida. Prayers for all the wolfpack, every day I watch the news I think how we need them more and more.

    Stay Safe,

    DG

    • Divergal says:

      I forgot the best part of my week – made Chutney, a LOT of chutney, and canned it all up. I think all of my friends are going to be getting Chutney for every occasion available for the next year or so.

      DG

      • SCPrepperPoppa says:

        DG,
        LOVE chutney!

        • Repair Mama says:

          What is chutney???
          goes to show what i know hu.
          I grew up a city girl raised by my dad.

          • Repair Mama, I think the easiest way to describe chutney would be to say it is similar to relish, but tends to have the chunks like salsa. There are so many different types. The one I like has cranberries, apples, onions, pecans, vinegar, sugar and a bunch of spices.

      • DG;
        Have you tried ChowChow(without the cabbage)recipe? The stuff my mom use to make is so good you could use it to replace mustard, ketchup, sweet and spicy..yum. Somewhere I might still have the recipe, when I come across it I will post for those who would like to try it.

      • worrisome says:

        Can I be on the mailing list should you get the urge to play Santa Claus????

        • worrisome;
          Yes, you can be on the mail list any time. Oh, forgot I am married to someone who looks like the ol St. Nic, except mine has to be fatten up again. Guess that is why they made those fluffy pillows.

  10. Although didn’t do this THIS week, a few weeks ago I made my own bow case and storage case for my arrows. I found the prices in stores to be way high. Now my homemade case was for the long and recurve bows. Picked up in the plumbing section of Lowes the 6″ in diameter PVC pipe. Sometimes they can cut it and other times I just use my electric saw to get a smooth cut and do it myself. The pipe is quite long so out of one piece I ended up being able to cut the pipe into two sections. I used the end caps to close the ends of the pipe and wrapped my bow in a sheet (I plan to move and don’t want it jostling around), and slid it into the PVC pipe.

    I also got the 4″ in diameter pipe and used for storing my arrows. One piece of pipe will make about 4 separate arrow cases, I fit about 18 arrows per case and use the end caps to secure both ends of the pipe.

    I don’t recall the exact price for the largest pipe as it was the most expensive, but it may have been around $40 bucks. So, I have 2 bow cases for about $20 each vice about $150-200 that I would have paid for the store bought ones.

  11. I’m getting bees tomorrow!!!!

    Picking them up on the way home from the coast tomorrow. We won’t get any honey this year, they will need any stores they make to survive the winter, but the area we live in does not have any bees, and my neighbors have been spraying flowers with some stuff in a bottle to make them set.

    Last week was a much better prep week, and I didn’t post, but this week with my little girls coming home, I just had to brag!

    • Michelle, I wish you the best with your bees. I am a long time bee keeper and its really mesmerizing watching these little miracle workers !!! Arlene

      • Michele,
        I agree with Arlene. The DW was afraid of bees and kept me from keeping them for some time, but now that we have them, she’ll actually go out into the bee yard, and watch them. She also now calls them “our” bees. Not quite like a horse, goat, cats or dogs, but still fascinating.

    • Kermit5575 says:

      I wanted to get Bees last year, did my research and in the Great State of Fla, state insppectors can come on your land at amytime/unannounched to inspect your Bee Hives. NO THANK YOU!!!!! Fla. Happy for You….. enjoy the girls.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Michele,

      Our yard has two LINDEN trees. I guess they are about 25 years old and around 35 foot tall. Every year in July they are full of smallish yellow & black bumble bees. You can hear the buzzing if you stand under the tree, but the population of bees there is small enough that it’s hard to spot more than a few bees.

      We can always find a few bees working the vegetable garden, so we are grateful for those 2 trees. If anyone lives in a growing zone that is habitable for the Linden, consider planting one or two.
      I haven’t seen any honey bees in our area, just wasps, yellow jackets and our junior size bumblebees.

  12. Hello Pack,
    I hope that all of you had a blessed week. If you saw my post on the recent article about why I won’t survive the collapse, then you know that I’m catching up again with my preps. Yes, random NSA guy reading this post, I’m doing my part to stimulate the economy. Today I went out to a rural lake to see the water level. Even with all the rain we’ve had lately it looked more like a sink hole than a lake. Have you noticed that at nearly every body of water that is big enough to float a dinghy there is a ranger station? I also went and looked at some BOL’s farther away from the city as a plan C. I also rearranged my GHB and looked at my dismal food preps. Time to get the rotation going again. My vegetable garden has plants but not vegetables. don’t know what I’m doing wrong but I need to read up on why my garden is not producing, when my neighbor doesn’t even weed his and has veggies everywhere. There is some hope. My citrus trees look like they may have something this year. Hope y’all had a great week and prayers out to those who need them.

    • worrisome says:

      Mexneck, glad to see you back getting ready to take care of yourself. It is hard to stay motivated. I am going to go fix up my ghb right now. Glad you mentioned it!

  13. Jason @ The Best 22 Rifle says:

    I made sure all my rifles were in clean working order!!

  14. Cleaning up the garage…….grrrrrr. I could not find the screws we needed for the decking so I went to H/D to buy more screws, nails and received sticker shock. Who could think a box of nails or screws that was $10.00 a couple of years ago is now over $20.00. Millie, like you I grabbed the charcoal when I was in the store.
    Ok, now to preps–friend found a different supplier of honey for our storage, boy what difference in the taste from store bought and fresh. Picked up more FG buckets to wash up, and I am packing away more coffee and tea into vacuum seal bags. Due to the heat wave, it was early rising to feed the livestock, water, and back into the house before it reached over 90 degrees outside. I melt when the heat goes over 80, and it the pits trying to get stuff done when you turn into a puddle.
    Hope you all had a family 4th of July.

  15. I picked up a 20 pound bag of rice that was on sale for 6 bucks at wal-mart. I also bought a #10 freeze dried banana’s as we needed to rotate out one can. Picked up 4 extra roll’s of toilet paper also on sale, uhm I think that’s about all until tomorrow – my cousin is having an estate sale and gave me the heads up on maybe handing over some “camping supplies” – nothing better than freebies! Sunday or Monday hubby and I are going to get a few more 5 gallon water jugs.

    I was however, a little upset when I came home today – we were gone from early morning till 8 pm, when I came home I noticed that the neighbor just disassembled almost his whole addition to his house! I would have loved his windows (they were all broke) would have made a cute small greenhouse on my “rented” porch. 🙁

    Hope you all had a fantastic week!
    God Bless~

    • They were broken after he tore it down, not before – I just noticed I didn’t make sense, LOL

  16. Here in the Mojave most days last week were over 110 (high of 117). I have come to the conclusion that anything over 110 just feels equally too hot (sort of like anything below minus 20 feels equally cold).

    I have been watering my container gardens morning, noon and early evening to try to save what I can. All but one summer squash plant has died from a combination of heat plus drying winds. Half my young tomato plants have died. Most of the tops of my potato plants have died down. The carrots and the Kentucky Wonder beans look healthy but their growth has slowed. Of the remaining three pepper plants that survived transplanting, one actually has a fruit on it. The two pomegranate greens are healthy and have kept their immature fruit.

    I have stopped running my dehydrator indoors until the weather cools off some but have continued vacuum canning dry goods. Recently vacuum canned different varieties of couscous (after 72 hrs in the freezer) after reading the label and realizing this stuff takes less cooking time than instant rice. Will be a nice change from instant rice and pre-cooked pasta in a grid down situation.

    Am still re-labeling and storing away boxes of vacuum-canned storage food. Right now the sky has darkened and I hear thunder, so maybe a cooling gully washer is on the way. So am going to turn off the computer until this has passed.

    • S'wt Tater says:

      Have you tried putting down plastic bags, over the ground..
      maybe cover the plastic with mulch to keep it from burning roots.. and watering with an inverted cola bottle, stuck down into ground about two-three inches below the plastic….watering from below…plastic keeps water from evaporating so quickly, can use fertlizer in water also, but sparingly. Is it possible to put a tarp above, to reflect noon -mid day heat?

      • It’s not really lack of water in the container gardens that’s the problem here in the desert. The potting soil actually gets too hot for temperate zone vegetable plants when the outdoor temperature stays above 110″ F.

        Watering three times a day helps briefly cool the soil and the foliage. And I did paint all my big containers white to help reflect the heat. But there is only so much that can be done when it stays so hot all day and the hot winds are blowing.

        I thought about digging big holes and setting the containers in the ground to keep them cooler, but a check of my desert gardening book showed me that the alkali in the desert soil will then leach into the potting soil and slowly poison the plants.

        I think my best bet is to plant more vegetable seeds now and hope there will be enough time before the first cold snap in October to get in a small crop. I expect I will just have to experiment a few years with gardening in this climate to learn how long my vegetables plants have each season before it gets either too hot or too cold for them to survive. The info on the seed packets is useless for any weather advice other than last frost in a climate zone.

        • JeffintheWest says:

          Have you tried contacting your local county extension agent? Or the Master Gardener program, if there is one? Both of them should be able to offer you tips on helping your plants through the hot times.

          One thing to remember (I was raised in El Paso, Texas) is that shade automatically cools things off by about 20 degrees. Do you have any umbrellas (whether for your table, or even just a regular umbrella you can mount securely to shade your plants)? If not, you may want to consider hanging a white sheet over your plants to provide some shade for them in the afternoons.

          Good luck!

          • Good thoughts! I can price shade cloth at my local hardware big box stores. It’s been a while since I checked out the County Extension website, so I should probably look there for suggestions on local planting times and varieties suited to desert climates rather than trying to re-invent the wheel.

            • JeffintheWest says:

              Oh, I should add, the reason I suggested temporary shade (umbrellas and sheets) is because some plants NEED direct sunlight, and in the mornings when it’s still cool is the best time to both water them and make sure they get that sunlight. Then, as it warms up again (usually by about 10 or 11 in the morning in El Paso), you rig your shade for the rest of the day (and the evening/night, because as it cools off at night, the temp changes can run up to 50 degrees difference, and having the “shade” hanging there helps the plants retain some of the heat of the day). In the winter, if you’re stuff is in pots, it’s a good idea to move them near a wall that reflects and absorbs the heat of the day — it both extends your growing season, and helps keep the plants from freezing to death in a cold snap (and as you know, the desert can be one of the colder places on Earth!). Obviously, some plants you won’t have to worry about “wintering over” and others you may want to bring inside, but things like potted trees and the like can really benefit from these things. This is all based on our experience with growing things in El Paso, of course, and your desert may be different! 😉

          • Just a quick reminder if you use an umbrella for cooling make sure it isn’t black. When I was a child we were in Pasadena for a weekend, my parents put us under a black and white umbrella to help keep the heat off of us. In addition we were sitting in front of a concrete barrier. Between the umbrella magnifying the heat and the heat bouncing back off the concrete and then playing in the pool that night, I got a case of sun poisoning and a burn so deep that the skin on my upper arms just sloughed off and talk about being sick. It can be tough to find umbrellas that are white but it is definitely worth it not only to try to save your plants but also for us and our small animals.

          • Thank you for the excellent advice, even though it was for Linda. I’m going to try a little cammo net over the garden and see how that does. When I was poking around I lifted one of the leaves and to my surprise there was a cucumber under the leaf. I feel like a gardening success all because one little cucumber.

            • JeffintheWest says:

              To me, that’s exactly how success is measured — one cucumber (or whatever) at a time! 😉

        • Linda;
          In our first raised garden beds we built shades to give the plants relief from the sun and heat. Time, wind, heat have destroyed the covers but it protected the plants on those blistering hot days. I would recommend using wood stakes, or building frames from pvc piping to attach the sheets. The sheets I would purchase at a Goodwill, thrift stores, who cares if they match, just so they can be made into shade tarps for your plants.
          This year I used the shade cover from the dogs kennel to protect the plants since it also is a barrier against the deer and rabbits.

          • JeffintheWest says:

            I recommended white sheets due to the intensity of the sun down there (though as you well know, it gets pretty darn hot where YOU are too!) which serves both to provide shade, and to reflect some of the sunlight — which makes it even cooler (a dark, or patterned sheet will actually absorb a lot of the heat, and re-radiate it downwards onto the plants, as well as upward).

  17. Donna in MN says:

    I got my pink slip that my main job is ending in December. I have to be creative in finding free stuff for food, so I will be fishing a lot, collecting the berries for syrup, pies, muffins and cakes besides jam. I may go wild ricing in August, and collecting weeds for a substitute of greens and spinach, puffball mushrooms, pineapple weed for tea, and rose hips this fall. I will ask local hunters if they have Deer parts they want to give up for my dogs, and I will have to be on the lookout for road kill deer this winter.This will keep my long term food storage in tact in case there is a national disaster at that time.

    I might have to cancel my internet service to make ends meet at the end of the year. I have to consider other options until I find other work. I am not allowed to draw unemployment, so my scenario for SHTF can happen with losing my job and not finding another for a while. This is what I am preparing for and I am glad I have time to do it.

    • Warmongerel says:

      Sorry to hear that, Donna. All of my relatives are from up there.

      The Iron Range has been in a recession since the Jimmy Carter years. And they just keep voting the same fools in year after year, expecting things to get better.

      I would move up there in a second – if there were any jobs to be had.

      Good luck and Godspeed.

      • Donna,
        I so sorry to hear about your troubles. I’ve always read your post because we are both Christians and living in MN. I’ll miss ya, you bet’cha.

        I’m not sure of the type of work you are looking for, but my DW’s friends who live in “The Cities” say that there are jobs to be had there.

        “All things work together for good for those who love the Lord”.

    • I am very sorry to hear about your hard times. Have you considered taking in a boarder to help pay the bills? This could be a possibility if you have a spare bedroom and can offer a simple breakfast and basic dinner. If you have extra stuff you no longer use, you may also want to consider holding a garage sale and converting that old outboard motor or box of LPs into cash for food storage.

    • Donna, will send prayers your way. I really hope you can find another job soon.

    • Seeuncourt says:

      Donna in MN,

      I’m sorry to hear that you are losing your job! I hope that you are in an area where you can replace it easily. If not, consider using your skill for a “self employed” cottage industry. Don’t sell yourself short, everyone has an innate talent or two. I’ll try to remember to keep encouraging you!

  18. Mrs. K in MO says:

    It’s been a busy few days of traveling, visiting friends and family, picnics and fireworks, but I did manage to get some work done. Picked and canned 6 pints of green beans on Thurs. have more to can today. Picked up some medical type stuff. Ibuprofen, med tape, bandages etc. Added some paracord to GHB. Did a little target shooting. And lots of weed pulling!!! Hope y’all had a great 4th!

  19. Repair Mama says:

    Not much here, juat coping with new diet, reading blogs and news, letting mr man ds play outside between rain,, and just being lazy.
    I did leave info to this site on some other blogs like shtfplan. Lots of drama over thete, but is fun to read the comments. Tjete are not like us here
    We are way more family oriented and share more info and tjey just get nent out of shape.

    I found old perculator with inside basket and little glass doodad handle so i can have coffee if i have to use camp stove, charcoal grill, or wood kitchen stove i got earlier this year.
    I

  20. My experiment has come to an end. This week my Scythe came in and I went out and hand harvested my small oat field (probably around 75×100′). Well sorta. It’s been cut down and about a third of it is currently residing in the back of my truck… the rest is still on the ground thanks to needing to get ready for work.

    It took me a little over an hour and a half to cut the field with the scythe. Tomorrow I will take care of the rest. Some will get fed directly to the chickens and some I will try to thresh to harvest the seed.

    There is one good thing that has come from this experiment. I know never to plant oats on April 9th again. They have to be harvest during the same small window that my blackberries are needing to be harvested and canned. The blackberries will win out in this situation and most of the oats will probably just get fed directly to the chickens since I only have a few hours before work each day to get things done.

    • K. Fields says:

      SW – Congratulations on your oat crop. That was a good bit of work to accomplish in only an hour and a half!

      I just finished getting mine into the barn earlier this week to beat the rain but it’s still in shocks. I usually will feed the shocks directly to the livestock, but some, of course, must be threshed and dehulled for storage and table use and that’s one job (dehulling oats) that I don’t care much for and will usually put off as long as possible. My chickens also prefer them dehulled but that’s a treat in their case rather than everyday occurrence.
      Oats also make good hay if you cut it early (before it’s fully ripe) – good to remember if your harvesting schedule gets tight.

      The scheduling of crops is always a bear if you don’t have minions to give you a hand during harvest – just be sure to keep good records to refer to next year. It will get easier.

      • K.Fields… I got lucky in that respect. I planted hull-less oats 😉

        • K. Fields says:

          SW –
          That’s great. I’ve tried that in the past but never had much luck with it – poor growth and poor yields.
          Maybe it’s time I try again.

    • SW;
      When I am bombarded with all the fruit coming all at once, I use zip lock bags-place the fruit(blackberries)inside the plastic bag flat side down. The bag is resting on a cookie sheet, fill with berries so they layered but not crushing berries on the bottom. Place the cookie sheet in your freezer, when the berries are frozen you can more “frozen berries” to your bag until full. When you are ready to make jam, pie, juice take the frozen berries out and let thaw.(DO NOT WASH Berries Before FREEZING)
      My df does the same thing with strawberries-but-she washes them after removing tops and any blemishes. Then freezes them for jam, which I though you could not do but it apparently works if done in a timely fashion.
      This lets me can this fruit in the winter time when a little heat in the kitchen is so appreciated.

  21. Since the “What have you done this week” seems to be a learning tool for most folks let me toss this out there to ya.

    Double the amount of toilet paper you think you need to store and be sure to add lots of pepto to your stores.

    I usually don’t get sick but today I’ve spent the last two hours staying real close to the bathroom (and apparently I’m not done yet)… brb

    Anyhow… moral of the story. When the SHTF chances are we won’t even be eating remotely close to right, and we may not have the best water supply so we may get a bug that keeps us tied to certain parts of the house. Best to be prepared for that instead of not thinking about it until it’s too late.

    I hate that I got this today since I had to call in sick to work which means I miss out on Sunday premium pay, but it was an eye opener in the preps department.

    • riverrider says:

      sw, i got a bug once that nearly killed me. had to go to army er doc, on duty. he told me NEVER use pepto, that if he could take one thing off the market it would be pepto. he said it makes the stomach feel good but screws the small intestines, which is the real location of trouble anyway.. he put me on flat ginger ale and saltine crackers. it worked in six hours. since then i have used that against several bugs to great effect. point well taken on the tp/imodium. btw, he said imodium only delays the inevitable but sometimes the body needs that time to recoup for the fight. ymmv. gws!

      • After around 7 hours of making the multiple runs each hour I ended up calling mom. Had her run to the store to find something other than pepto (it’s worked great in the past) and to get some Gatorade. I could tell I was probably getting dehydrated. She brought back Imodium. I popped the suggested dose and within a half hour I was plopping the ‘other’ end down on the toilet. I’m pretty sure the dry heaves were the worst part of the whole day.

        I didn’t take another one because I didn’t want to go thru that again. It’s now around 10 hours later and it seems to have run it course. Maybe I got some of the benefits from the Imodium… dunno. I do know that I feel like someone ran over me with my own truck.

        I guess this is another example of how the “lone wolf” prepper may run into problems in the future. There is no way I would have attempted making a run to the store. It’s 30 mins one way and not a lot of trees to hide behind in the farmland for an emergency pit stop.

        • Sw, sorry you got sick. My go to whenever someone has ‘stomach’ issues is peppermint and chamomile tea. It doesnt always stop the problem, but it tends to calm the stomach, soothe the cramps, and if you are constantly sipping at it, it can help you stay hydrated.

        • Ah, the ultimate remedy.. Mom!

  22. Rider of Rohan says:

    Inspected, cleaned and rearranged all my arms this past week, and was able to add to the store of food for them. It’s buy, buy, buy while I can. I noticed a perp was caught at a university in Washington State about to do some more dirty work. Any day can bring another incident that will put everything in short supply again. I’m using excess funds to buy all the accessories I need, and I encourage you to do the same. The source could be cut off at any time. I know, preaching to the choir and all, but it needed to be said.

    Food preps suffered this week, but I did spend Wednesday evening at the home of a HAM radio operator observing the things he does to have fun, interact with folks, and still be prepared for an emergency. Looked at some of his equipment, got some ideas, and he gave me a few tips if I wanted to get started in amateur radio. We shall see. My job is still taking a lot of my spare time.

    Not much else other than watching the US make a fool of itself worldwide, more drama in Austin, and the usual silliness in Washington, this time with Obamacare. What a world.

    • riverrider says:

      i’m with you rider. too many people are relaxing and one day soon it will bite them. mags and ar15’s are cheaper than before dec. and ammo is coming back online. i pretty set that area except i want a couple of optices to help my old eyes out. nothin fancy just a truglo 2×42 dot., maybe a micro holo sight. biggest thing i need right now is motivation 🙂 keep up the good work.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        10-4 on the motivation. On the Truglo optics, I’ve checked them out and wondered how good they were as the price is right. Do you have experience with them, riverrider?

        • riverrider says:

          my buddy has one on his deer shotgun and loves it. seems bright and clear enough. i have their sights on my kimber and love them. they get good reviews. i just need a little help with close in targets and want as small profile as practical. would prefer a trijicon but $$$.

  23. Helped to set up a Preparedness and Bushcrafter meeting that is on the 20-21 July in Huntsville Ontario
    info to be found through here
    http://canampreppers.net/forum/index.php?topic=130.0

    I will be giving a show and tell on Fire/Stove/Shelters there are a lot of presenters as well as door prizes, networking and just a general get together with like minded people.
    Bit of a drive for the USA Folks but, we have ONE coming as of now 🙂

    Look forward to seeing some of you pop by
    Cheers ~Wild_E

  24. Papabear says:

    Hello Pack. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Did rearrange some of the preps this week. Looking for more places to store things so it isn’t so messy. Pulled up the onions and garlic from the containers. Picked up some extra canned veggies. The store was discontinuing a brand and had them on sale. Also picked up a silver Eagle.

    Have to toot a horn for DS1. A buddy of his was cleaning house and >gave< him some stuff. He handed it off to me to help with. Some of the items are: a led camp light, big bunch of knives, camp cooking/eating utensils, paracord (3), light rope, hammock and back pack. After inventory and sharpening most of the knives will be sold off. The pack will be used to make a new GHB. It is bigger and better than what he had to use before.

    The new doctor at the govmt clinic is reading the wife's history and paying attention. She goes in for an ultrasound test and colonoscopy this week. Will let you know outcome next week, and why.

  25. Texanadian says:
  26. Warmongerel says:

    Haven’t posted in quite awhile. Just felt that what I was posting was redundant (food stocks, ammo, camping/survival supplies, etc.). Lather rinse, repeat.

    That’s definitely not a bad thing. It’s what needs to be done when you’re prepping. But didn’t see the use of posting it every week.

    So, lately I’ve:

    – Picked up a Ruger Mark III Target pistol. A guy at work was selling it for a price I couldn’t refuse. Now I just have to find 22LR ammo. Going to be my daughter’s pea-shooter. It’s a beautiful – and extremely accurate – gun.

    – Finally got out to shoot my Sig Sauer P250. The thing kicks like a mule, and the double-action trigger is going to take some getting used to, but I love the thing.

    – Sent my Goal Zero Nomad solar charger (and a few other things) to camp with my daughter for field testing. She says it works great to keep her flashlight batteries charged, but doesn’t do so well on her I-Phone.

    – Finally got my 7.62 from Sportsman’s Guide. They had originally back-ordered it until July 23rd but, for some reason, it was sitting on my doorstep towards the end of May. Not complaining. That was a huge thing that I was missing.

    Hope you’re all well, pack. It isn’t getting any better out there.

  27. Warmongerel says:

    Almost forgot: did you know that Fritos corn chips make excellent firestarters?

    Light up 3 or 4 of them and they burn for about 5 minutes.

    Just thought that was hilarious.

    • Seeuncourt says:

      Even funnier….dryer lint combined with vaseline and rolled into balls….cheap fire starter for the bob…put in an empty pill bottle or mint tin.

      • JeffintheWest says:

        Steel wool (don’t use the kind with the soap already on them) makes a fantastic fire starter. Never leave home without it!

    • worrisome says:

      Warmongerel. Doritos also make a good fire……..we accidentally spilled a bag one evening around a campfire….most of had to grow some new eyebrows………….:)

    • riverrider says:

      peanut butter, and most bug repellent so don’t apply any next to the fire.

  28. Evening pack!

    The DW is out of town for a wedding this weekend. She’s staying with a friend and was admiring how nice their garden is. She sent me a text that makes me think she is starting to come around to the prepper culture. She said, “Babe, I think we need to get some canning stuff and learn how to can our own food.” Of course, after I picked my jaw up off the floor, I told her that would be a great idea.

    She loves the dehydrated fruit and beef jerky that I make. She tolerates the large amount of prep items I keep stocked. This is the first time she has suggested something unsolicited in that area. It really feels great to think she may be getting on board with prepping. I’ve read and heeded the advice from the pack about not pushing anything. I think it’s worked and now she is starting to come around.

    Take care all!

    • An aha moment flipped the lightbulb on. The friend’s garden had to be a great motivator. Yaaay.

    • PERRIN- Way to go .May your wife continue her enthusiasm.
      Extension service has classes on canning !!
      Arlene

    • That’s great news. The way I nudged my wife to get on board was to go easy on the “prepper” stuff and sell her on “homesteading”, when I did that she took to it like wildfire.

  29. Hawthorne Prepping Inc says:

    Hey y’all its been a while I started posting here a little ways back and then left to work for the summer. Stopped in to update the pack on that process and to ask a few questions. First off the job is still in the air its secure but i need to get my drivers license first. Well at first it was no big deal till I started to parallel park. I got 3-point turns and other associated nonsense quick but after hours of practice only got the parallel park once. So I’m hoping to nail that soon there is still a month and a half of summer before school kicks back in and if I want a car I need to work all of it.

    I would also like to ask for the packs prayers this week, my dad goes to the dentist Thursday to have a root canal and two large fillings and he is allergic to Novocaine. I am going to try to be there with him so I can drive him home as the Novocaine leaves him shaking and dizzy however as far as we know it is the only pain killer offered by dentists atleast the ones he has been to.

    Speaking of the dad I plan on talking to him soon about serious prepping. As of late we have lots of plans (more like ideas) and no substance. Trying to talk about ways to splice the budget to allow prepping in. The roadblock here is my brother. He enjoys his modern conveniences and is highly allergic to anything I suggest no matte how logical. He sees it as just another fad or something that will blow over. No matter how I try he simply will not be convinced. Yet I am conflicted because I feel a strong need for a group i just cant see going lonewolf and leaving any of my family behind is unthinkable.

    O.K. almost done.. been thinking about post-college plans (yes im not even in college yet but planning is prudent). The situation over at my mothers house is not good. During my time with her we live very close to the family, over there i have no neighbors im not related to. While in most instances this is a good thing that entire family lives in dependency. My aunt cant live without multiple perscription meds, my cousin is a kleptomaniac and was just recently arrested. The long and short is that noone who lives there comes out better and I have decided just to escape that particular pit. Been thinking about moving out to the Cumberland Plateau as it is not far from where i live and if all i hear is to be believed a very good place to be. My question here is for M.D. and those who live in the area how are jobs out there? easy/hard to find and in what capacity/field? Or would it be more prudent to put aside storage based preps and become self-reliant first if i happen to end up out there?

    Final note i have a small planning note to take up with the Pack. I have read M.D.’s 10 things to do now and 10 more things to do now but my question is what next? Both me and my dad have planning issues which is why we left it to my stepmom before she left us. I realize that i should accumulate a small stockpile of necessities first but how should i decide when to add what to the preps?

    Thanks for bearing through this awfully long post God bless to all the Pack!

    • Hawthorne Prepping Inc says:

      On a unrelated note how do y’all get the pictures next to your names!?!?!?!?

      • Hawthorne,
        http://www.gravatar.com
        We used to be able to click on anyone’s picture and go straight to the site, but for some reason it isn’t working.
        I like the photo because it is easy to track your comments and responses.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      A couple of thoughts;

      First, on the parallel parking. That was always a big concern of mine when I was getting ready for my drivers test. Just keep practicing, and remember to read the “how to parallel park” instructions you undoubtedly received. Also, since I’m a more visual guy, I would suggest watching a Youtube video or two on the process right before you go out to practice again. On the “that wasn’t so bad” side of things, when I took my test, it went very smoothly (take a couple of deep breaths before you start and remember to get off to a good start by buckling up, checking your mirrors and making sure the person giving you the test is buckled up — they appreciate that last part), and the parallel parking was pretty easy since they have you park between cones and not actual cars. The big thing to remember is to relax and not choke up on the test — being relaxed almost guarantees you a good score assuming you have been practicing a lot.

      Second — tell your dad to ask if they have something besides novocaine to use on him. I can practically guarantee they do. When I was a kid (which was 40 years ago) I had to have two root canals and caps put in after shearing off my three front teeth in a motorbike accident out in the desert. They used so much novocaine doing it, that novocaine no longer works on my (literally they once gave me twenty shots of it while I was in the USAF and they were going to do a filling, and I never numbed out — the doc DIDN’T have any other stuff, so he said “We’ll just have to do the painless dentistry bit” and he did — but he also told me they had alternate stuff that he was unfortunately out of that week. So even 20 years ago they had alternatives. I’m sure your dentist does too.) Ever since, I simply inform them that novocaine doesn’t seem to work on me, and they give me something else that does. 😉

      Third — you can’t choose your family. Some people get it, and some people don’t. Assuming your brother is an older sibling (which was always my problem with MY brother), there is a certain amount of disrespect going on (“He can’t possibly know anything — he’s younger than I am!”). Conversely, if he’s a younger brother, then jealousy might be rearing it’s head, in which case it’s more a question of seeking to undermine anything you come up with just on general principles — remember, all his life he’s felt like a second fiddle to you. Immaturity comes in a lot of forms, and age has only a part of it. The thing is, you know these people and if you can disengage from the immediacy of it, you can get some perspective and see how to talk to them about what’s going on. Not manipulating them, but rather seeing what the real issues are and addressing them so that you both get what you need/want out of it.

      Fourth, if you want a good planning model, see if you can get the money together to buy MD’s book, “31 Days to Survival.” It’s a really excellent beginner’s guide, and it also will serve you for years to come by helping you to focus your energies.

      You are obviously eager to get started, but exercising a bit of patience is good training too, and working to persuade those you want to work with without “steamrolling” them (or at least making them feel that way) will pay dividends for you for years into the future. You are on the right track. Good luck!

      • JeffintheWest & Hawthorne Prepping,
        Good point on the dentist. Checking the area for someone who does “sedation” dentistry might be a good place to start. Either gas or IV instead of the Novocain.

    • Hawthorne Prepping ,
      Richard Bach, in his book, Illusions, said this about family, “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” I’m not saying that you should abandon your blood family, but at some point you need to make your own way in the world, and understand the difference between those who help you, and those who hinder you. Everyone including your family, must at some point realize that as adults, they choose their lifestyles, and that actions have consequences. Plan your own life and those who see your example may decide to follow; however, if they don’t, it should not be your burden.
      As for college, don’t think of it as higher education as much as job training. Engineering and Medicine (from Docs, to PA’s to nurses) are good fields both for job prospects and prepping resources; but, don’t necessarily rule out the trades. Plumbers, Electricians, Carpenters are useful skilled trades that can’t really be outsourced. In short, don’t go to college, just to go to college. Think it through to the endpoint and what you will gain in the job market, and choose accordingly.

      • Hawthorne Prepping Inc says:

        Wow that first part is deep. As for college and job training im planning on entering the IT field though any computer jobs would be fine. As far as I can gather its a growing market as more and more companies go to automated assembly and the like.

        • Hawthorne Prepping,
          Deep is what makes you think for yourself. You’re already in this forum, and that means you’re at least on your way.
          IT is a good, but very wide field. A degree in something like computer engineering which works with both hardware and software, allows you not only to do the IT type of work, but allows you to understand how things work at a detail level most do not know, and this can be the edge you need when competing for work. As an EE who does mostly embedded software, I kind of developed the skills of the CE over the years, and there is plenty of work, often amiable to telecommuting, in this area.

          • OP – the hubby works with EEs all day. He’s a mechanical design engineer with loads of RF experience who incorporates his machining background into everything he designs. He also manages all the computers for his department. Having varied experience has helped him over the years, but not having a degree has caused him to hit a brick wall with his career.

            • GA Red,
              perhaps it’s time for him to go back to school, especially if the company offers tuition reembirsement.

              • I’m not sure about the tuition reimbursement thing, but at nearly 50, the long term cost-benefit (stress) analysis isn’t working out for him. He’d had to start with what we call the BS courses too. I’m sure there’s a way he could do it and get credits for his experience, but I’m not sure there’s a will. I think if there were any way we could afford to do it, we’d both quit working, head for the hills and try to find a way to make a living away from where we are now.

                • GA Red,
                  The “will” is definitely a factor, but can be done. I have a good friend and MAG member who has two engineering degrees, and in her 40’s, realized she had always wanted to be a doctor. A year of college to pick up a few required courses, 4 years in medical school, and 4 years of residency, and she’s now a practicing E.R. doc. Takes will, time, and effort; but, can be done.
                  As for tuition reimbursement, a quick call to your DH’s HR department should tell you that.
                  As for the BS courses, I know full well about those, but there are possibilities that can get you around them or make them less burdensome. Look for instance into an Associate’s Degree. Here in Ohio there are many schools that have teamed up with universities for what they call the 2+2 program, where you go for your Associate’s and then attend 2 years at the University for the Bachelors. The school I went to (many decades ago) offered a 3 year Associates Degree with very little BS (I have that one) and then an additional year with less technical and more BS courses, to round out the degree for the Bachelors (I also have that one). My initial class was around 300 guys (yep no gals in engineering back then), many of who took jobs after 3 years; while the final class was around 40, who stuck around for the Bachelors. There are options around if you look and ask.
                  Finally, to utilize your DH’s experience you can look into CLEP (College Level Examination Program) testing to get college credit for what you already know (http://clep.collegeboard.org/).
                  I understand about just bugging out now into the hinterlands and homesteading, and I hope you someday can make that happen, but sometimes reality gets in the way, and you have to do your best with what is available.

                  • Thanks for the encouragement. I’ll see what I can do but he can be stubborn (just like me) and he always struggled in school. I honestly think he’d do well now, but he’s got to convince himself first.

                    I finished my degree just a few days after my 40th birthday. I got lucky and returned to school before all my old credits from two prior attempts ran out. It took 2-1/2 years of hard work, sleep deprivation and the right spouse, but it is done. 8 years later, I’m still paying my student loans but am fortunate that my payment and interest rate are really low.

                    • GA RED, Like you I finished college in my forties. Our children told me that after their stories and prayers and good night tuck ins that they felt comforted hearing me type as they went to sleep. (yes I am old -typewriters- smile !!).I started a Masters and I allowed life and loved ones to come first and I never finished but I loved what I learned . Good for you !!!! Arlene

      • OhioPrepper – you did an excellent job putting into words something that every young person graduating high school should hear. My DH has talked to several “kids” about the need for more people going into skilled trade jobs rather than just going to college to get a degree (in whatever). At 49, he is the youngest person in his department with no one coming along to do what he does. What will happen in 15 years when he wants to retire? He also sees very few people becoming machinists – which is where he started his career. There are many skilled trades that need young blood, including farming.

        • GA Red,
          I have a friend who is a high end contractor, who told me years ago that he was slowly losing his “Masters”. Master Masons, Cabinetmakers, carpenters, etc. These guys were skilled and ran businesses that almost literally printed money; however, they could not get anyone to apprentice to them, with most kids wanting a factory job that paid well “right now” or going to college because they thought they were somehow obligated.

          • S'wt Tater says:

            With the robot stuff going on line, skilled welders are hard to come by as well. .. Not only should our children be gaining job employment education and skills, they should be duplicating..learning multiple skills, Having multiple skills has saved my bacon a couple of times.

        • GA Red, I still have a few years to go before my oldest thinks about college and I am the only parent I know that isnt pushing the college regime. A lot of the ‘careers of tomorrow’ are being filled with immigrants, are getting outsourced, or completely disappearing.
          There are jobs, that while ‘mundane’ will always be around. Too many kids today spend way too much on college, then cant find a job when they get out. I have even heard instances where mcd’s will tell people that they are over qualified for a position.

          • TG,
            College is still a good deal if you plan it as job training. There is a growing shortage of [people entering the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) area, and lots of jobs to be had there; however, you need decent math and science skills, and be prepared for 4 years of hard work, with little time for partying.

            • OP, that is very true. I am not discounting college at all, just that it isnt the only option. You really said it best when you said dont go to college just to go to college. I am working with my dd to see what it is she wants to do. I dont tell her ‘you are going to college’ like that is the be all end all like I hear so many other parents.

              I know a few parents who stick their kids in so many extracurricular activities, and other such things, not because the kid enjoys it, but for scholarships and to look good on college admissions. They dont even think about what the kids will go for. So if my kids choose it isnt for them and that a trade school will be better, I will back them in that decision.

          • We have pushed for college as we have both had situations of being passed over for promotion because we had no degree. It all depends on what you really want to do with your life. With three girls, most of the careers they have considered really require degrees – two want to be teachers. Exposing our children to various ideas for careers is extremely important and we have to be careful to NOT push them toward something we want them to do. On the other hand, we can’t discourage them from doing something they really want to do. There’s also a fine line between challenging them to really explore their dream and discouraging them from it.

            • JeffintheWest says:

              It’s definitely a tight-rope walk. I was career military as was my father before me (and my brother too, for that matter). And every one of my male ancestors fought in some war here in America, on down from King Phillip’s War. So I was very careful NOT to push a military career on my kids, though I encouraged them to look at it as one of many options. One chose to be a nurse, and the other went to work for the railroad — both of which strike me as just fine.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Ohio Prepper, some excellent advice on family. After making multiple attempts to convince, talk to, persuade and induce some members of my mother’s family to prep and prepare for hard times, we have given up, dusted our shoes off, and left them to their own devices.

        They are convinced the government will take care of them, that there is nothing to worry about, the US has always made it through every crisis, and that we are probably some kind of radical survivalist types for even trying to prepare for hard times. One of my cousins even suggested that he might have to turn us in as hoarders if something bad happened. Needless to say, we’ve cut ourselves off from these people, and no longer consider them anyone we want to talk to, much less have any physical contact. To tell you the truth, they disgust me with their entitlement mentality. There, I’ve said it, I feel better now.

        • Rider of Rohan,
          It’s a very hard decision, and is not taken lightly; however, my “real” family are people I’ve met over the years with common interests and goals. My “blood” family are people I still love, but who are all adults making their own way, as it should be.

      • Hawthorn=you brought back a great memory of Richard Bachs book-smile-thanks. We have college degrees and we chose to learn organic farming and have done so for our lifetime. All kinds of education are valuable. Yes we desperately need young farmers and tradesmen and women. Years ago people took great pride in their jobs no matter what they did. Thats very important. Whatever one does do it well. Some people with very limited formal educations are the wisest . Arlene

        • arlene,
          We are part of a farming operation, since my DW came from a farm family, and a share of the farm was part of her inheritance. Unfortunately, getting into farming can be very cost prohibitive for someone who doesn’t already have a farm relationship, such as marrying into the family, or being “very” good friends with the family. The cost of land, and equipment to get started can easily run into hunfeds of thousands of dollars or more. It’s still a good field, because people have to eat; however, unlike many businesses, the startup capital can be overwhelming.

    • Jeff is right, there are always alternatives for the pain. I am a big wuss when it comes to dentistry that I have them knock me out cold. It usually cost a bit more but for me, worth it.

      The parallel parking, again, what Jeff said. I lucked out and just had to park curb side, no cones or cars to deal with.

      What OP said about family is so true. One thing I have learned is that sometimes it is easier to love your family from a distance. I have people I consider family that are in no way related, except thru the heart. Sometimes those are the strongest bonds.

      Dont wait on your family to start prepping. You may not be able to do a lot, but do what you can, when you, with what you have. Maybe instead of asking your family to prep, you can start of with having your family get together a small disaster kit. The 72 hour kind that the various agencies out there recommend. Then just start adding a bit of extra food and water when you can. But remember, there are some roads you have to travel alone, so if your family never gets on board, dont let that stop you.

      A big thing to remember, have fun and live life. Having a plan for your life Iis great, thinking ahead for what the future might hold is also a wonderful thing. Just dont let today pass you by while you are planning for tomorrow. Everybody needs to act a little crazy, make mistakes, and more importantly make memories.

    • Winomega says:

      Hawthorne, have your dad talk to the dentist. I got a triple root canal in the top front last year with nothing more than valium and codeine. Then again, I spent about five years letting the infection kill the nerve first.

    • Hawthorne P Inc. – Add some food as you can afford to-add items you like and will eat. (peanut butter, tuna, soups, veggies, canned fruit, nuts, dried fruit, juices in the can or bottle, oatmeal,
      store up water from your tap -vitamins, flashlights, batteries ,
      first aid items, hope this helps a little bit. A few at a time and they will add up. Wishing you the best. Arlene

  30. There is a lot to be said for opposable thumbs..

  31. Good afternoon, novacaine is is a very old medication which isn’t used much any longer. Lidocaine or even xylocaine are more common today. The shakiness and dizziness sounds like a possible reaction to epinephrine. Many dentists use lidocaine with epinephrine. The epinephrine is added because it slows down blood flow by promoting constriction of blood vessels which prolongs the effect of the medication, slows bleeding and provides numbing of the site. Some possible side effects [epinephrine] can be the shakiness you mention, dizziness or even heart flutter. The dentist may have plain lidocaine, xylocaine, bupivicaine or even ropivicaine without epinephrine, It may be worth asking to see what they actually use. If this isn’t the case check your area for dentists who offer sedation dentistry. Make sure they are properly trained and certified in their use. I am not a Medical Doctor and only offer the above post for reference only. I recommend you ask specific questions of your dentist.

  32. Black rosé says:

    I decided I don’t like banks. I am trying to get my BOL and today on the 34 day the bank denied the loan. We were asked to put down 25% and sent them all the needed paperwork right away. We told them from day 1 we have 4 other small loans on investment properties and 5 other owned outright. They did not tell us the home did not appraise until after the contingency period and all along I’d everything was fine, we were pre-approved and it was not until last week after the contingency period that they first told us they would need to review it for an exception approval.

    Today after many calls and emails to the loan officer supervisor we
    We’re told the loan officer made an error by not telling us 4 loans may be a problem. Does anyone know what can be done ? I am going to be out 10k due to the bank not letting us know the home did not appraise with in the contingency period. If they would have told us 4 loans would be any issue we never would have moved forward. Both our credit scores are over 700.

    Is there any ex bankers or loan officers out in the pack that can let me know if there is anything we can do? Did the bank violate any laws ? Or do they pretty much get to mess up and not be held liable?

    I am so upset 🙁

    • Wow. That’s sound extremely illegal. I am so sorry. I wish I could help.
      Worrisome would be the go to person on real estate/investment banking, I believe.
      If no one responds with some help maybe MD could forward a helpful message.
      I hope you get it resolved very soon.

    • Texanadian says:

      Most offers are contingent on getting appropriate financing. If your realtor didn’t write that in they messed up, even with preapproval. Preapproval is for qualified property. Loaning 100,000 on a property appraised at 80,000 would be negligent on the banks part. Somebody dropped the ball could be you, the appraiser, the bank or the realtor. Read your offer to buy. Always use your own realtor, do not buy the property from the lister. They work for the seller, the realtor you engage is supposed to work for you.

      • Black rosé says:

        The contingency was 17 days. All paperwork was sent to bank as soon as they requested it, they had all the information prior to the contingency period expiring. And I agreed to put down 25% , plus the extra 11k out of pocket that was below the appraisal. And we still got denied. Now I am considering cashing out 401k to pay for it.

        I am trying to talk my self into that by thinking stock market may crash and my 401k would dwindle away so I might as well spend it now.

        Oh, I am in California, so I do not know if there are any different loan laws here.

        • worrisome says:

          Black Rose, if the property does not appraise for what the owner wants, why would you want to pay cash for it? That is no deal. If this is property is something that is absolutely perfect for your future, that may be a different story. In which case that may weigh in on the “value”.

          Taking your $$ out of the stock market to invest in real estate is just an exchange of investment. However, when you remove funds from your 401k, you may incur penalties and taxes, penalties if you are under 59 and 1/2, and will have to pay income taxes on whatever you take out if you are over that age.

          My best advice, run it by a consulting atty as to what your options are to get out of the deal should that be your choice. But if it is a good BOL, with redundant water sources, a good garden area, room for animals and secluded and secure, it may well be worth more than it appraises for. Banks don’t know how to appraise country property anymore……….all I got for ya, hon, good luck!

    • worrisome says:

      Black Rose, different states have different laws, but most states have a law that allows you to have your down payment refunded to you out of escrow it the property does not appraise correctly. Which sounds like the case here. 4 mortgages on real estate as long as 1. None of the properties are upside down on value to loan and 2. There is cash flow for each of them.
      When a bank does not finish its work within the proscribed time frame,you are not to be held to the contract. If the down payment was in escrow, and someone is trying to present this differently, threatening an atty or finding one that will at least see you for one consult free may be the answer. Best I can do since I don’t know where you live. But that is how it would work here in California.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      I thought one of the standard contingencies was that if the loan fell through for any reason, the contract was off. It was always that way when I was looking for a loan, anyway. Bank errors notwithstanding.

      Maybe you ought to contact a lawyer. Usually the initial consult is free, and s/he can tell you what your rights are. Since you’re out $10K anyway, s/he might be able to save you at least some of it, even with legal expenses figured in….

      You really ought not to be liable for the bank’s mistakes and stupidity.

      • Black rosé says:

        Thank you everyone. I will do more research and see if I can get out of this mess without to much money out of pocket.

  33. Southern Mama says:

    No prepping for the last couple of weeks. My heart hasn’t been in it or anything else. I lost my great neice (2 1/2 Yrs) to a tragic accident on the 30th of June. We are all so heartbroken, my twin brother is barely making it. She was the apple of her Papaw’s eye. Her parents like all of us are crushed. She was a bright light in everyone’s life. I’ve lost my parents and my husband way to soon, but this is really,really hard. The strength and comfort of the good Lord is all that is getting us thru right now. Please pray for me and my family. Thank you. I started not to share this with ya’ll because this is so incrediably sad, but I know all of you are good people and would lift us up in prayer. We need all the prayers we can get right now. Our rural community has been so good to us. So many prayers and support from our family and friends. In these times where it is so hard to see good in people, believe me when I say, there are still people that are good, and compassionate and caring. Love for fellow man is still out there, even tho it is hard to see at times. God bless you all. Hope to be back to prepping with ya’ll soon.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      I’m incredibly sorry for your loss. I can’t begin to imagine the pain you must feel, and the parents must literally be beside themselves.

      I will pray most fervently that you all may find the peace and comfort you need.

    • Praying (and tearing).

    • Extremely sad, thoughts, prayer, love, and blessings for your and your family. I’m so very sorry to hear 🙁

    • Southern Mama, Praying for your family, especially your brother. Shed tears with and for you as well as I read your post. Prayers.

    • Winomega says:

      Southern Mama, you have time to mourn. Take care of her brother, yourself, and the family. Get back to the future after taking care of the present.

    • Encourager says:

      So sad, Southern Mama. Praying for you and your family. May the Comforter bring you peace and ease your grief.

    • Black rosé says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. We lost our 26 yr old nephew, a Navy pilot, last year in a car accident as well and our family is still in the process of mourning and coming to terms with the tragedy. I will pray for you and your relatives. Life will not be what it was before and it will take time to adjust. Take care.

    • Prayers out to you and the parents. Take it day by day. Sorry for your loss.

    • Lantana says:

      Our prayers are with you and yours, Southern Mama.

    • Southern Mama, I know words rarely help in dealing with loss. There will be so many platitudes, and others who just dont know what to say.

      I know that many times just breathing can hurt so much, you just go from one moment to the next, many times unsure of how you even got there. There will be anger, questions, guilt and blame, even if it seems unreasonable. Just know that thru all of it you are not alone.

      My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. May you find the strength to get through your loss, may you find comfort in your memories and may you find peace in knowing she is with her Creator, wrapped in the arms of love.

      • TG -thank you for being so sincere and eloquent-Mama please know I send you these sentiments and prayers.Arlene

    • My heart goes out to you and your family. I can empathize with you. I have lost both a son at 16 and a grandson at 3. I know it doesn’t help right now but time and prayer will heal the void.

  34. Southern Mama says:

    Thank you all so much for your prayers and words of comfort.

    • worrisome says:

      Southern Mama, You and your family are part of our prayer chain. I hope you can feel God holding you in his arms tonight. Take good care of each other as you find your way…………..

  35. Haven’t done much this past week. Did count up the food storage: looks wimpy to me, but we probably have enough food for at least six months, if we’re careful and supplement with foraging and hunting/fishing (not that anyone here knows really how to hunt. Yet.). It’s been too hot to breathe outside, so garden is in dire need of attention (lots of rain and very HOT lately). Plants are happy, but so are weeds and slugs.

    Hope everyone’s doing well — I am keeping you all, especially those extra-in-need, in my prayers.

    • Wen;
      If you have old can of beer around open it pour put some in a low profile bowl in the early morning. Place it where the slugs are most active. Slugs love beer…….I am not sure if they get drunk and drowned or just get drunk and die. No, these do not make good escargot slugs, you have to cornmeal those guys for a few days before you make them into dinner. I was taught that from a friend whom I worked with in a garden shop, early in my training years(she was Italian). Her mom would go through her plants looking for dinner, an then kept them until they were ready. I know, I know–it is just that I prefer mine from the restaurant with garlic buttered toast & stuffed mushrooms.

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