What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week: October 11th 2020 – October 17th 2020

Pekin and Khaki Campbell ducks

Hello Pack. It has been a hectic week here on our homestead. A loved one had a traumatic and sudden loss that has weighed on everyone’s hearts and minds this week. We did more babysitting than prepping this week, but did manage to get some chores and tasks completed – or at least furthered.

The feature photo above shows how happy some of the members of our dock flock are that the seemingly endless pond enlargement project is making some headway.

Our Pekin ducks hens, some of them anyway, are attempting to sit their eggs. I have never once had a duckling hatch without incubating them.

I am going to let them the Pekin hens give it another shot but in a few more days I am going to collect the eggs and do the sink float test to see how many are still viable for dehydrating.

My Pekin ducks are very steady layers even during the coldest days of winter, but they are simply lousy sitters.

I had high hopes for both the laying and sitting ability of my Khaki Campbell ducks. This breed is often heralded at excelling at both activities, but so far they do not even live up to half of the laying claims.

In other preps this week, we picked and put up more tomatoes. We had a few frost warnings this week, but thankfully the temperature did not dip low enough to kill the crops we still have thriving on the vine or the plants themselves.

I will probably pull tomato plants this weekend, and hang them up in the garage to allow any nearly ready ones to ripen.

Those that are green, yellow, or orange in color I will place in a cardboard box and throw some newspaper or small brown paper bags scrunched into balls inside. In about 10 days to two weeks, all of the tomatoes inside should turn a nice juicy shade of red.

This year we did not do as much tomato juice or traditional tomato canning. Instead, we made pasta sauce, ketchup, pizza sauce, and chili starter primarily, along with some dehydrating.

I had never made the Mrs. Wages pasta sauce canning mix before this year, so we tasted our first batch instead of just stacking the jar on a pantry shelf. I was pleasantly surprised, and did not add anything to the packet when making the pasta sauce, surprisingly it was perfect just as it was.

Our nut collecting is coming along well, but just like with firewood, could always stand a little more. We are still waiting on the goat herd leader Pearl to kid again. The doeling “poof balls” Pygoras should be getting close as well.

I am hoping to raid Bobby’s junk pile and find enough scrap materials to get a second milking stand built this weekend.

If the weather stays a yucky as it is predicted to be this weekend we will also launch into our annual preps inventory.

This is an excruciatingly long process but one that is well worth the effort.

In addition to keeping track of what goes both in an out of our pantries, closets, garages, butcher shop, and storage shed throughout the year, in addition to the full-on annual inventory helps us to not only keep track of exactly what we have, but also ensures proper rotation of items to ensure they are used before they go bad and are wasted.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. What is your favorite thing to can or dehydrate at the end of the growing season or after hitting a good sale at the local grocer?
  2. Do you keep a prepping inventory to track the food, supplies, and materials you have on hand to help plan for future purchases? How do you record your preps and why?
  3. What do you think 2020 still has in store for us – and how will the election results impact society?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?
Tara Dodrill

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Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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81 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week: October 11th 2020 – October 17th 2020

  1. Good Morning from Douglasville

    It’s a chilly morning so far and we are getting ready to go out and about. Heading to the hotrod shop to see if they have anything that strikes my fancy. I made an offer on one yesterday, 1937 Chevy and as I put in the offer I found out it had just sold. Bummer.

    We are going ahead, so far anyway, with the church Trunk or Treat on 10/30 5p – 9p. I don’t like the way the virus numbers are going up but will leave it to the Elders and Pastor to decide if we go ahead or not.

    We did a complete prep inventory last week. I was surprised at some things I’m really heavy in. Started inventorying the PM store and was shocked to see the level it has reached. Seriously thinking about divesting some of that down to a manageable level. Will have a serious discussion with DW about what we need to move out of including arms and ammo excess as well as PM excess.

    Have a good week.
    73

    1. CID, checkout Maple Motors on YouTube. It’s in Tennessee but they get some interesting vehicles at relatively good prices. The cars may need a little TLC.

  2. Good morning all. Chilly this morning, but I expect it to warm up rather quickly. One of the biggest things I did this week was early voting. On day one, we bit the bullet and got it over as I expect it to get worse (crowds) as it gets closer to the actual date. Only had to wait an hour. Locations are reporting heavy turnouts, so makes that off my to-do list. Continue to pray for our country. Still the greatest nation on earth.

  3. This Week’s Questions:

    1. What is your favorite thing to can or dehydrate at the end of the growing season or after hitting a good sale at the local grocer? Right now it is eggs. We are working on a good way to dehydrate eggs when they go on sale, as we cannot have chicken at this house.

    2. Do you keep a prepping inventory to track the food, supplies, and materials you have on hand to help plan for future purchases? How do you record your preps and why? Yes, and I have 3 spreadsheets. One for food, one for ammo, and a third for the other stuff. I print the lists monthly. Works for me.

    3. What do you think 2020 still has in store for us – and how will the election results impact society? More chaos and more chicanery. I think the Dems have assumed they can’t win using the current rules, to they are tried EVERYTHING else.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    Last Saturday was another housekeeping day. Latest preps labeled, inventoried, and put away. Lawn maintenance (should be the last before real Winter gets here). Emptied “garden” pots and stored.

    Got our absentee ballots on Saturday. We’ll have them out on Monday.

    Made a run to the restaurant supply store: frozen chicken breasts for $.99/#, 40# box. Made the run for 4 families.

    DW took a 4-day weekend. No gun show, so we get to finish some projects at home: Removed drop ceiling in home office (ballast went in fluorescent light); prep for new ceiling fan/light in home office; make a batch of marinara sauce;

    Thursday, we got up to 3” of light snow and continuing. Glad we were not planning on going anywhere until class that evening.

    This morning we are on the way to getting new all-season tires on the van, our everyday driver. Mount/balance/alignment and a rebate too!

    Supply Run: Frozen chicken breast;

    Received: Instant coffee; Burn Dressing, 4×4”, 3 pk; Burn Jel, 4 oz bottle; AA case (48); “No Soliciting” sign; Coffee, Franklin’s FD, bucket; RH, Black Bean Burger Mix, #10; Mags: Mag-Pul Gen2 AR, 30 rounds; AF, Cheese Blend, #10;

  4. I did my grocery shopping twice this week and added a little more than usual to my food stash.

    Bought some #10 cans of MH freeze dried food too. Normally, I get pouches, but felt a couple of #10 cans won’t go wrong. As I know others here have as well, I’ve been reading about food prices going up and availability of food going down. This is a global issue. Assuming I ate three freeze dried meals per day (I won’t), I think I have at least a two-month’s supply of those. My plan is eating one or two per week as a change of pace if I have to delve into my stash. I did notice that Mountain House is out of stock on a lot of meals and their prices have gone up. My stash, combined with the freeze-dried stuff, is easily over one years’ worth of grub, likely much more.

    #2 GD’s mom doesn’t have the greatest support from her mother (like, none), and has no siblings, so she has been told not to hesitate to call my #1 daughter or my Ex for baby advice. She called #1 daughter on Tuesday and said that #2GD is sleeping around eight hours straight at night and if that is normal for a baby her age (less than two-months). My daughter told her she should get on her knees and thank God for a baby that young who will sleep so well at night. #1GD still won’t sleep eight hours straight as a four-year-old. #2GD is packing on the ounces and smiles up a storm when posing for photos. Such a cutie. My son says she is a real joy for him.

    The Dims are something else. Diane Feinstein, who is normally a vicious bitch in these hearings, was fairly civil toward Judge Barrett and toward Republican Senator Graham, the committee chair. The Dims are demanding that she resign her position as the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee for her civility. I can only imagine how they would treat Joe Lieberman if he was still a senator. He was always polite and civil even if his politics were not my favorite, and I still respect him. I think it was smart of the Dims to be reasonably civil toward Judge Barrett as she had little or no room for them to try and destroy her reputation. To try to do so would have only hurt the Dims. It was smart to basically just concede Barrett was getting confirmed and live with it. As Obama said, elections have consequences.

    #1GD amazes me with her intelligence. We were watching a cartoon where the characters were raking leaves. They were wondering what happened to the leaves that fell in the nearby forest since they weren’t raked up and yet didn’t make huge piles over the years. I asked GD what happened to all of those leaves. She thought for a minute, then came up with “They turn into dirt,” which is of course, the correct answer. 😊 Her apple tree sprouts are doing OK, so she is very happy with that. #1GD officially turns four-years old on Sunday the 18th. Her mom is having a party at a nearby park. #1GD wants a dessert party, which basically means all of the adults will go into diabetic comas.

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. What is your favorite thing to can or dehydrate at the end of the growing season or after hitting a good sale at the local grocer?

    Nothing special. I really like making beef jerky, but it doesn’t last long enough around here to store.

    2. Do you keep a prepping inventory to track the food, supplies, and materials you have on hand to help plan for future purchases? How do you record your preps and why?

    I do keep a list of prepping stuff on Word. As I have a bunch of storage bins I keep most of the stuff in, my lists are by bins. I print copies, put them in document protectors, and keep them with the appropriate bin (each is numbered). I check my lists periodically to see if I want to add to the stashes.

    3. What do you think 2020 still has in store for us – and how will the election results impact society?

    Jeeze, who can tell what is left of 2020 except the election. If Biden gets elected, there will be significant issues. First, his term will be short before the Dems pull the 25th Amendment on him and make Kamala Harris the Prez. She will then select Nancy Pelosi as her VP. It could get interesting from there as I think they will start to eat each other.

    If Trump gets reelected, the Dems will try the 25th Amendment on him. Won’t work, but they’ll try. Then they will go for the old impeachment trick again (assuming they retain the House). They will do everything except things that will genuinely benefit the American citizens.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

  5. 1. What is your favorite thing to can or dehydrate at the end of the growing season or after hitting a good sale at the local grocer?
    I can oranges from the grocery store.
    2. Do you keep a prepping inventory to track the food, supplies, and materials you have on hand to help plan for future purchases? How do you record your preps and why?
    I have an inventory, but I’m not good about keeping up with it.
    3. What do you think 2020 still has in store for us – and how will the election results impact society?
    I predict that one party is going to be upset.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    -Please pray for my dad. He fell in the nursing home and has a broken wrist and hip.

    This week:
    *Animals:
    -Broody hen is still sitting on eggs. They should start hatching any day. I thought they were supposed to hatch last week, but I was wrong. I guess the last two weeks felt like three.

    *Garden:
    -Got some dill seed from a friend.
    -Starting to close down the hydroponics in the greenhouse.

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: smoked and then froze three huge loins, water primer for my Berkey,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -More cleaning and organizing. Does it ever end? Yep, I’m still doing it.

    It’s going to get bad very soon. Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

    1. PG:

      I just had my annual visit with the Dr. I mentioned in the questioning that I “wobble” a little, due to my knees. That got her attention. After 8 years, I now have a consult with the surgeon for knee replacement and I will be getting my Handicapped placard for my car. She even offered my a prescription for a 4-point cane.

      Prayers for your dad. I have a good friend who’s mom has dementia (early) and they were trying to get her into an assisted living place. She fell last week. They are finishing emptying her house (made a run 2 weeks ago) and are on another run this weekend (600+ miles each way).

      1. JT, I also got a scrip for a handicap placard this past week. After examining my
        “walking stick” (some call it a cane), Doc said I should change the end cap for a softer rubber (for better grip on floor) and stay with what I have because it also makes a good weapon (I taught riot baton in the Army). They think they have figured out my balance problems (my ears). As always, may the Lord be with you and yours.
        With a brother’s love,
        CB

        1. My right inner ears has been damaged by decades of infections, I am very wobbly but so far I do not fall down or need a cane. I also have arthritis in my hips and turned in knees, to say the least I walk funny. If I am every given a roadside sobriety test I will fail miserably. I do not drink but cops arrest people on their balance and let the judge sort it out. Maybe I should carry a cane to get some sympathy.

          1. Daddio 7,

            I never arrested people for drunk driving simply on balance, and no other cop with any sense would either. We were also trained to ask if the person had any medical issues affecting their vision and balance. A full sobriety test involved more than one type of balance test, plus other clues like smell of booze, horizontal gaze nystagmus, talking (recite alphabet and other tests). Not to mention the portable breath tester we had.

          2. Daddio7,

            Of course that could happen if one is driving under the influence of drugs (prescribed or otherwise). Only blood or urine tests can determine that and you’re going to take a ride in a scout car to get those tests (either cooperatively or by search warrant).

            If a cop arrests someone for drunk driving and doesn’t have evidence, he’s a crook. If the supervisor on duty allows the case to go forward, he’s a crook too, as is the prosecutor who would have to either authorize the arrest warrant or prosecute the case in court. The judge may not be any better.

          3. I’ve got balance problems, too. My back (and right leg) is so bad that I couldn’t walk the line no how no way when perfectly sober. On another note, wish I’d stopped at the cane shop in NYC last year. That won’t be happening again anytime soon. There are some things I’d prefer to buy in person vs online.

        2. CB:

          Thanks for the encouragement. I have a “Blackthorn” cane from Cold Steel. I also have another, slightly longer “cane”. Both have a significant “handle” for uses other than supporting my weight and balance. I understand there is a Blackthorn staff, so I am looking for one of those. I’m also looking for the small handicap sign/bracelet charm. I figure I’ll work one into the staff so those that don’t think it’s a medical device can be readily corrected.

          JP

          1. JT, I had a blackthorn with a 5.5” thorn hand crafted by a friend’s father in County Cork, Ireland. It was in the safe that walked off a few years ago.

        3. Curley Bull,

          I tend to agree with your doctor on the cane, and especially since you have some experience using a single stick (as the Brits call it) as a weapon. Back in the 1800s that is why so many English gentlemen carried a walking stick. If you read in some of the Sherlock Holmes stories, he does use his walking stick as a weapon. I have a metal cane and a wooden one. I think the wooden one is better.

      1. I got it! Thank you so much.

        Yes, Dad is seven miles from me. So, I’m able to visit…through the window. He’s only allowed food brought in if it’s from a restaurant. But, I’m breaking the rules. He’s lost a lot of weight. He likes my cooking and if I have to break the rules to help him gain some weight, I will.

    2. PG, will add your Dad to my morning prayers. The DW just lifted up a prayer on his behalf.
      With a brother’s love,
      CB

      1. Thank you SO much. You don’t know how much I appreciate that. And it’s good to hear from you. I hope you’re doing well.

  6. Tara’s Questions

    Favoite? i don’t have one, most prolific would have to be apples, but thats because i have so many trees, i have half a bushel basket drying on poles in the sun every 3 days in good weather, 2 bushel baskets fit down into a 2 gallon bucket dry, then i have huge amounts canned, and over winter i might open jars of sauce onto cookie sheets and use the cabins low humidity to make it into leather, 1 batch per day

    oh thats a funny one, this fall i canned up 24 quarts of corned beef and cabbage (a single serving size in each jar to heat and eat, corned beef, cabbage, potato, and carrots with some cider vinegar to give it more bite), then bean and bacon soup, but then when i finished the addition and turned it into a pantry i found the 24 jars i made last year and forgot about, so i have 48 quarts of corn beef and cabbage for this year. generally i plan my canning around single serve diner from each jar combined with oatmeal in the morning. i usually only hvae a general idea of what i have until now that i have a pantry with shelves, but even then a lot is grouped by type (pints of meat, then 1 jar ration like cbnc, other are fruit, dry stuff on the bottom tier in buckets, other stuff i buy is stocked like grocery shelves so i can see how many jars i have). i don’t specifically plan and use whatever i have available, like the cabbage and apple thing i canned up, i had lots of apples, and someone gave me 2 large heads of cabbage so i made something with them.

    well i don’t like it but i think biden will win, then have a stroke just before being sworn in and we will have president harris, who is what makes a biden win so dangerous, biden himself would be another easily forgotten president who might not make things muh worse on his own but certainly won’t make things better. i see the pandemic spiking rapidly in late november and a return to shutdowns, followed by more strict quaranteens, economic shutdowns, more people will be angry and frustrated and take to rioting and trashing stuff under any flag they can find just to vent, both left and right. ny is expecting a 50 billion defit in 2 years mostly supporting the city so locally emperor cuomo will jack up taxes upstate to get more to support his supporters in nyc, i won’t be directly affected but the economic disaster means nobody will buy from my farm and i may actually see people brazen enough to try stealing (though my reputation in the area goes a long way towards stemming that off, heavily armed crazy guys in the woods are not often messed with). i’ll largelly wait out the winter not leaving, then have a hard time coming up with money to get the farm going in the spring, i’ll have lots of stuff to sell but no customers, only beggers asking for handouts. i see ferderal troops sent to quell riots (left or right, doesn’t matter, and trump or biden will have about the same effect) but it won’t do anything but make the riots worse.

    not much this week, was raining a lot, i split and stacked a lot of wood for my woodshed barn, when i could, but other than that all i did was finish my book and put the finalized copy online, i have a few chapters in mind for a bonus section on the end but i have no idea when that will be done. i am sitting in 40 degree weather in shade outside and having trouble typing, won’t be coming back often as the weathers getting too cold

    https://www.keepandshare.com/doc22/show.php?i=2887291&cat=2

    1. nemoseto

      Funny you mention corned beef and cabbage. I had the Mrs make some last week. Mmmmm

      24 qts is a lot though. At 90 minutes for meat. Wow good job. I never tried to can that.

      1. oddly enough, as it was in the past, corn beef brisket is still one of the cheaest meats in the grocery store, priced per lb that is, though its always around 4 or 5lbs at a time so at $3 a lb its got a higher tag than any other beef, but a 2lb steak might have the lower tag but being at $5 per lb its really more expensive.

        i was just trying to get the most out of the little money i had and wanted more 1 jar rations based around lots of vegatables with some meat and when it came down to it corn beef and cabbage was the most practical price wise. i don’t make it normally because a 4lb brisket, whole head of cabbage, etc is a lot for one person to eat and with no refrigeration i couldn’t keep it long enough to go through it all. so came up with canning it into singe serve rations.

        i tried it without vinegar and this time tinkered with the recipe, much better with vinegar to add more bite to it. haven’t opened on yet but i have a few jars i added mustard seed to as well.

        1. Nemo, it sounds really good. I like corned beef & cabbage (& potatoes). The 2 additions are good ones. Curious question — does the cabbage get very mushy?

          1. yeah, thats an unfortunate side effect of canning it, it gets less mushy with vinegar for some reason but still mushy. the corn beef also looses most of the fat in the water so its leaner, i am not thrilled about how it comes out canned but i am more concerned with nutrition over texture, and when i lock myself on my farm for months at a time its better than eating oatmeal all day every day

    1. This Week’s Questions:
      1. What is your favorite thing to can or dehydrate at the end of the growing season or after hitting a good sale at the local grocer? Depends on what’s available each year for me and how much I’ve already done but I think my favorite thing to can anytime is pepper jelly. I have used all kinds of hot peppers in the recipe and each one or combination has its own unique flavor.

      2. Do you keep a prepping inventory to track the food, supplies, and materials you have on hand to help plan for future purchases? How do you record your preps and why? No. I keep certain things in certain areas of the house and try to replace it but extra as things are used.

      3. What do you think 2020 still has in store for us – and how will the election results impact society? I try not to make predictions but either way there’s likely to be rioting/looting/increased theft/violence.

      4. What did you do to prep this week? I found #2 pencils on sale for 10 for 19 cents. I bought 30 packs for DD#2 as she facilitates testing at the high school. Pencils come in handy for all sorts of things too.

      We continue to clean and organize the house, going through nearly 20 years of accumulated stuff along with all the stuff we brought with us. Things we know we will never use again are being donated, trashed or burned. We are both tired of clutter.

      Garden has slowed which is good since my focus has been elsewhere. I may have peas to pick soon and the radishes are mighty tasty. I do need to make more pepper jelly – I have Carolina Reapers to use. I’ll probably make cowboy candy for Christmas gifts for the family too. We don’t eat it but I have a brother and a nephew that do.

      Food preps are a delicate balance between wanting to continue to stash more in the pantry while not wanting to move it all. I’m concentrating on keeping inventory high for those things I absolutely know we both eat while limiting specialty items.

      House hunting has stalled a bit due to lack of a buyer (at the right price) for our house and a lack of possible houses for us to buy. We drove by four places yesterday that just don’t meet the requirements – we didn’t even have to look inside once we saw the outside. We also have the added factor of one of our jobs possibly requiring us to return to the office full time. Neither of us needs to be there full time, but even with this situation, the powers that be haven’t figured out that there could be a big financial upside for the company. With all this, we have been contemplating a five year delay for a backup plan.

      Thor’s questions
      1. If Biden is indicted for treason and/or tax evasion from the scams by him and his son, what would happen to the early votes for Democrats? Would they be thrown out as a candidate cannot run while under indictment? No idea but they’d probably transfer to Harris.

      2. Are you willing to accept an illegitimate government (Biden) if he is elected by fraudulent voting? Example of rally attendance is self-evident. Hard to say.

      3. Have you heard of an upcoming blackout? By hack or EMP attack? No but I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if it happened.

      4. Are you ready for a cold winter? Alternative heating, extra blankets? We have firewood and a fireplace that works. We also have a way to isolate that room from the rest of the house and sleep in it if necessary. We also have wool blankets, down comforters and sleeping bags that can be used as blankets. I once slept in a bed with 20 quilts and no heat – there was no way to truly move in your sleep but I was not cold.

      1. Have you ever thought about an electric blanket. Been using one for years, even with wood heat sometimes even that needs a little help. We have heated for over 50 years with wood wouldn’t have it any other way.

        1. Sally – currently have electric blankets on our bed and use it for auxiliary. If the power goes out, they won’t do much good. I have always liked to sleep in a cold room with lots of blankets and the weight of the wool blanket is awesome.

  7. Puppy has been training hard in doggie judo. He has learned to land with less impact and snatch a peeble from my hand. He can strike on command and quiet when he needs to be. He has obedience to stay in a location when told while I walk around a building out of sight and come on command. He is truly an asset to security.

    Security
    Bought 15 12″ concrete slabs
    Bought 4 4′ rebar

    Food preservation
    Bought an 8 1/2 cubic foot freezer

    Firewood
    Bought a 30 ton splitter
    Bought a chipper shredder for the garden and fruit trees. (It will provide stuff for compost as well)
    Bought a new fire pit grill, old one rusted out.

    Freeze dryer
    Freeze dried 1 gallon of milk (4 trays)
    Freeze dried 2 trays of beef stew and 2 trays of Brunswick stew ( good comfort food)

    It got chilly last night and we had the first fire in the fireplace. It got down to 41° and the upstairs thermostat said 62° this morning so I kicked the furnace on to 67°. Nice that the house held that kind of temperature.

    Thor’s questions

    1. If Biden is indicted for treason and/or tax evasion from the scams by him and his son, what would happen to the early votes for Democrats? Would they be thrown out as a candidate cannot run while under indictment?

    2. Are you willing to accept an illegitimate government (Biden) if he is elected by fraudulent voting? Example of rally attendance is self-evident.

    3. Have you heard of an upcoming blackout? By hack or EMP attack?

    4. Are you ready for a cold winter? Alternative heating, extra blankets?

    1. Thor’s questionshe won’t be indicted, if he does at all it wll only be after a trump win but will be thrown out and accused of being a personal attack instigated by trump

      i think he will win legitimatly, but it will be close, its the way society works, the guy in charge takes the blame even if he couldn’t do anything about the problem, so many early kings were sacraficed because of droughts and famines, i see biden winning but it will be close, like a 55-45 win, or even closer but it will lead to even more chaos in america

      nope, can’t the point of it, if china did it they would just provoke all the pissed off people in america to unite behind something-revenge, with the japs attacked pearl harbor most of the country wanted to be isolationist, and was mostly consumed by internal trouble, then we had someone to turn our united animosity on, mobilized huge number of volunteers to the military and breathed new life into factories all with a singular mind to beat the crap outta anything japanese. anyone attacking the us now would actually be helping the us and committing their own suicide in the process

      i have enough firewood in my new woodshed polebarn to last 3 years and it will be full for 5 when i finish, then i have enough left stacked dry on pallets all over the farm to last 60 years or more, i should be fine. as a precaution against fire all the stacks are far apart from each other over a 6 acre area.

    2. How is puppy with walking on damp rice paper? 🙂

      Thor’s questions

      1. If Biden is indicted for treason and/or tax evasion from the scams by him and his son, what would happen to the early votes for Democrats? Would they be thrown out as a candidate cannot run while under indictment?

      If something like that happened, the Dems would either ignore it and run him anyway, or presto-chango, Kamala Harris becomes the candidate for Prez.

      2. Are you willing to accept an illegitimate government (Biden) if he is elected by fraudulent voting? Example of rally attendance is self-evident.

      Fraudulent voting would have to be proven. Admittedly, his rally attendance has been pretty piss-poor lately.

      3. Have you heard of an upcoming blackout? By hack or EMP attack?
      I haven’t heard that a blackout from any cause is imminent. I might admit that winter weather could be a cause that could be semi-predicted.

      4. Are you ready for a cold winter? Alternative heating, extra blankets?

      I don’t expect excessive cold weather here in Florida. However, I am prepared with clothing and blankets. Some alternative heating is available.

      1. Z36,

        1. What I was getting at is if he can’t run, the votes that we’re cast early are void as he Dropped out but still sent in. So technically those people have thrown their votes away.

        Puppy always leaves muddy paw prints even when it’s dry ..🐕🤣

    3. Tara’s questions

      1. What is your favorite thing to can or dehydrate at the end of the growing season or after hitting a good sale at the local grocer?

      Can… tomato sauce or salsa, pickle….. Pickles and peppers, dehydrate…… peppers and jerky….. freeze dry…. Everything, especially leftovers.

      2.Do you keep a prepping inventory to track the food, supplies, and materials you have on hand to help plan for future purchases? How do you record your preps and why?

      Freeze drying….. Dates and what’s in it, canning, dates and what’s in it, store bought based on a use and replace system.

      3.What do you think 2020 still has in store for us – and how will the election results impact society?

      Civil unrest, civil war, war with China, Food shortages and utter chaos… Maybe more worse things.

    4. Thor’s questions

      1. If Biden is indicted for treason and/or tax evasion from the scams by him and his son, what would happen to the early votes for Democrats? Would they be thrown out as a candidate cannot run while under indictment? As I understand it, they would basically be null and void if he is no longer running. There is nothing that I know of the could keep him from being elected if he is only indicted.

      2. Are you willing to accept an illegitimate government (Biden) if he is elected by fraudulent voting? Example of rally attendance is self-evident. THIS time around, I do not think it will be a problem. Now 2024? I think that when we have 2 politicians running, the Dems will have perfected their techniques, and manipulated the regulations for them to insure “victory”.

      3. Have you heard of an upcoming blackout? By hack or EMP attack? Nope. Just “brown outs” in CA.

      4. Are you ready for a cold winter? Alternative heating, extra blankets? Been ready for that since we moved into the house in 1996.

      1. JP,

        As you say, an indictment is only an accusation. He is innocent until proven guilty. If Biden resigned from the race, then as far as I know, all of those early votes are essentially null and void. However, early votes for Biden, by extension, are also votes for Harris as VP. Those votes may still be good for her if the DNC selects her as Biden’s replacement as presidential candidate.

        Hard to say. It may end up in court particularly if the Democratic ticket won. Even some Dims may want to contest the election. If Trump wins, they may still try to run it through the courts, although I think they would be wasting time and money. Not their money, so they won’t care about that.

  8. nemoseto,

    You certainly are a busy bee. I love corned beef and cabbage as well as bean soup with bacon. I really should make some up of both. I don’t have a canner, but I can make some up and freeze what I can’t eat within a week. If power goes out, I have a ice chest that can keep some stuff frozen for a short time.

    I wish I lived near my younger brother. He is a retired chef and can make soups like you can’t believe. I’d probably have to do most of the work requiring standing up as he can’t do that anymore. Bean soup with bacon was one of his favorites.

    1. a local scratch and dent menonite store had 5lb bags of frozen, freezer burned bacon for $4 each, i got 4 bags (20lbs of bulk bacon for $16), besides canning pints of bacon (hungarian style) i made a lot of soup since i have a 50lb sack of beans, cost only a couple bucks for the other stuff to put in it.

      i have a few canners, my usual one is an older presto canner that does 7 quarts or 14 pints per load. canning jars, and lids have disapeared from shelves when everyone started panicking in spring, nobody been able to stock them since and they are a fortune online from price gouging, its like 22 rimfire after the ny safe act was passed, took 6 years till i saw ammo again for less than $1 per shot. i have a supply of lids but only till next year, so i am back into drying to extend them, i may wash and reuse lids, i have a tool for removing them without bending, but i expect a higher rate of failures if i use the used ones.

      canning is a great way to make preserved rations, but now isn’t a good time to start getting into it

      1. nemoseto,

        No, I probably wouldn’t personally get into canning, but I could probably talk my Ex or #1 daughter into helping me out with their canners and skills. As long as I brought the jars, lids, and ingredients. Always a thought. The main problem would be storage.

  9. Haven’t posted in a couple of weeks as preps have been slow. Found some thermos replacement spoons on clearance at Wal-Mart. They are supposed to go on a thermos but they fold down so small that I decided they will make excellent items for bug out bags and camping. Picked up some additional groceries. I’m looking at a honda crv later today or tomorrow. It’s older and has a new engine. I’ll test drive it on a couple of hills I know that should stress the engine a bit. Older should mean less electronics and a new or rebuilt engine should mean a longer life. At least I hope so.

  10. What is your favorite thing to can or dehydrate at the end of the growing season or after hitting a good sale at the local grocer? Any kind of meat. This week it was chicken leg quarters. I canned 20 lbs.

    Do you keep a prepping inventory to track the food, supplies, and materials you have on hand to help plan for future purchases? How do you record your preps and why? So far I have no inventory list. I can not longer write s I have to have my wife do it. With her schedule getting her to do it is almost impossible. Four days a week she is working or sleeping and the other three are taken up wrangling our granddaughter. The child wants 100% of her grandmothers attention and will not let her have a minute to herself without yelling, grabbing, or throwing things. I have a label maker that prints adhesive backed labels so I could use that and a tablet that I could put an inventory program on.

    What do you think 2020 still has in store for us – and how will the election results impact society? If, when, Biden wins the Democrats are going to try and do all the good things they have promised. Some of them are good things but most will destroy the country given time. If Trump wins the Democrats will use use every dirty trick they can think of to get the election overturned.

    What did you do to prep this week? I canned 20 lbs of chicken quarters and dehydrated 8 lbs of frozen mixed vegetables. The vegetables condensed down to 3 pints, I used the vacuum attachment on my Food Saver to seal the jars.

    Closed on my property sale and now I have serious chunk of change in the bank. I happened to see a contractors pickup with phone number in the back window and called him about fixing my roof. He gave me an estimate tat was half of what I was expecting. The difference is about half of what the solar system I want will cost. With that and the tax credit I can go ahead and get the full sized system I want rather then just the small system I was looking at. I am expecting a serious tax bill this year so why not get something useful with the money if the goverment is going to offer it.

  11. Finally, a moment to post something. We have been slammed with business all this month so have barely enough time to read let alone post.
    In spite of the demands on my time, managed to have a young man remove the straw in the veg garden, pull up remainder of the tomato plants, and cover with steer manure. Plan to till in and plant a cover crop of oat/ pea mixture to be tilled under when preparing for spring planting.
    I find the easiest things to dehydrate are mushrooms. I can’t grow them in the desert so buying in bulk and drying is the way to go for great flavor in midwinter meals. Getting supplies gathered for canning turkey next month when prices are best. Doing my last batch of marinara sauce with the last of the tomatoes on the kitchen counter. The only thing left in the garden are jalapenos and poblanos. Pickling and making mini rellenos. Yum.
    I have just relocated my pantry to a cooler, darker room after 25 years and in doing so, cleared out many old jars of stuff. It sure helps when you need canning jars and there are none to be had in our area.
    My method of inventory for my preps is to have most in numbered boxes. Contents of Each is recorded on paper. Then box placements on shelving, are recorded on a different sheet so I can find and also rotate. This is for the big locked storage room that is cooked in summer. All other non food items are recorded as to where each is stored, s/a medical, ammo, lavario washer , etc.
    It’s a wonder I don’t lose sleep over this coming election. I’ve been praying regularly that P. Trump is not assassinated if he wins. These people are rabid and a danger to all of us. I may live in a remote area, but after reading my favorite prepper series, “Trekking home”, “leaving Home, and “Defending Home”, I know the ugly ones would eventually find us.
    I hope ti have more time this week ti get more done. Pew… just writing it all down makes me tired. Stay safe everyone. We need to increase or S/A even though we are busy preparing.

  12. It’s my birthday today. I turned the big 51. I got some gardening supplies and a couple of plants that have been on my wishlist. Daughter and son-in-law got me a grow lamp that I have been wanting. My dh took me out for cajun food. I love shrimp etouffee. He got the crawdad etouffee. It was excellent. We will have cake and ice cream later tonight.

    The kids are driving into town next weekend. My ds1 told them how good the Thanksgiving dinner was that I fixed for him, so the kids want me to fix that for them. The wedding was wonderful. I can’t wait to see the pictures. They hired a professional photographer. He sent a preview and the photos are great. I want to compare his photos to the ones I took so I can learn and get better.

    The weather is back into the 70s. We have the windows open and it is great. The games this week and next week have been postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among the UF football program–21 players and two assistant coaches tested positive. I was really hoping to watch the Florida vs. LSU grame on my birthday. The COVID-19 numbers are increasing and that’s bad news. Flu season starts next month. I am considering getting a flu shot this year. I have never gotten one in the past. But I’ve had the flu twice now and it’s not fun.

    That’s it from Florida.

    1. Bam Bam,

      You’re quite the youngster. Glad things are OK with you and yours. I love Cajun food myself, particularly anything with shrimp in it.

      I noted in my post that #1GD’s birthday is tomorrow and she is hitting the big FOUR. 🙂

      #2GD is over here now. She’s spending the night with her mom and dad and we’ll all go to #1’s party tomorrow. I just chased her mom and dad out to spend some alone time while I’m watching the baby.

    2. Bam Bam:
      Belated Happy Birthday. Sorry to hear about the Gators. With that many, surely some real positives unlike Nick Saban. Lived on U of F campus in ’68 and remember (vaguely) some student unrest. Maybe having campuses shut down by Covid will have a silver lining come November.

      I did get a flu shot a couple of weeks ago. Slightly sore at injection site for about a day. No soreness for DH.

  13. (1) My favorite thing to can is green beans….raw pack makes them easy; and the family all love to eat them.
    (2) Yes, I have an excel spreadsheet with my preps listed. I did a long-overdue inventory in July and was pleasantly surprised an the amount of stuff I’ve accumulated. Biggest surprise was having over 50 #10 cans of freeze-dried food. Didn’t realize I had ordered so much.
    (3) Hard to say how bad things will get right after the election. I’m ready to hunker down for several months…just in case.
    (4) Preps this week: we bought a Big Berkey water filtration system! YAY!! I also spent a lot of time this week planting the second phase of my fall garden: mustard greens, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. Life is good this time of year around here. Love the slight reduction in temperature and communing with nature while working on my farm projects. Blessings to the Pack, and Happy Birthday Bam Bam. Wish I was 51 ! LOL

  14. FYI…

    We had some cardboard boxes get up against the basement walls and get mold/moisture damaged. 2 of them were Datrex 24 oz canned water from 2011, “good for 30 years”. because of some rust we just dumped them out (we now store some water in the 4-8 oz bags). One of the cans the water was dark brown and another was black! No real outside evidence that they should be bad, but there you go.

  15. 1.What is your favorite thing to can or dehydrate at the end of the growing season or after hitting a good sale at the local grocer?
    By seasons end I can plain tomatoes and greens.

    2. Do you keep a prepping inventory to track the food, supplies, and materials you have on hand to help plan for future purchases? How do you record your preps and why?
    I have a notebook. Every shelf, container, and even shoe pockets of tiny items and vitamines are all listed.

    3. What do you think 2020 still has in store for us – and how will the election results impact society?
    Its’ been a strange year. Socialism and maoism /communism have been well accepted mostly by the left. Scarrty times. Vioence , rioting, burning, looting and more are called peacefull. Attacking police is acceptable? Makes shower and use females dressing rooms. Makes compete as females in school athletics. It still blows my mind. But even more mind blowing is the wholesale murder of our unborn children. Their body parts sold to enrich the ghouls running those death shops. Then the lockdown and loss of many constitutional freedoms. Casinos are open while churches are closed. You can screem at protests but can’t sing in church. Hmm. No matter who wins the election we have much potentially to fear.

    4. What did you do to prep this week? Still earning slowly on ghe fowel house. Also agreed to buy up to 3 ducks that should hatch in another week or so. They just want 1 for a grandchild. Above 3 any that hatch are mine free.

  16. Prayers for those either needs.
    My neighbor who always helps me is quaranteed at home with covid 19. I’m struggling to get by but I pray for them and the 3 little grandchildren they are raising.

  17. Great post. I love the diary style.

    I personally like dehydrating tomatoes since sundried tomatoes are so pricey – big bang for the buck.

    Oh 2020 what a year. Unfortunately many of the western states may need to evacuate yet again this winter. The fires have stripped the hills clean of vegetation and the water will likely flood downstream towns and properties. We are being told there’s little to be done and evacuations are eminent if rains come.

    1. Marcus, yummy on the sun-dried tomatoes. They really add depth to soups & stews. I had started a few Principe Borghese in the Spring but then we got hit with very cold weather, and that was the end of that for 2020.

      I’m a bit concerned for those folks with potential flooding and mud/ash slop. Heavy rain will be a disaster.

  18. I forgot to mention, I had jury duty this week. It turned out it was grand jury duty and they were empalening two juries. This was the first jury since March and they had 50 issues to consider. I sat through several hours and then they did a random selection and I wasn’t selected. I got sent home and will get my $35 check later on. We all wore mask, they took our temperature going through the metal detectors and when we got into the main room every other bench was closed and they had tape on the seats so only 3 people could sit there and were were socially distanced. Early voting was also at the courthouse and the lines were long but I got to walk around them to get to where I needed to be. Next time they call me I can be exempt if I want since I’ll be 70 by then.

    It’s always something

    1. Cliff,

      Years ago my mom got a jury questionnaire from the Wayne County, Mich Circuit Court (Detroit area). One of the questions involved any relatives being cops. She answered truthfully that she had been a cop, her husband had been a cop, and one of her sons was currently a cop (that would have been me.). She got called up anyway and sent in for voir dire to be selected to a criminal trial.

      Of course, the first question the defense attorney asks is about law enforcement background. Mom gave him the same answer as she did on the questionnaire. The attorney asked that she be excused for cause and the judge granted it. She was done.

      Mom was pretty upset that she had to get up early, dress nice, take a bus downtown, sit around the jury room, just to be sent home. She only got a half-day juror’s pay to boot. That was Wayne County though. She shouldn’t have been so surprised having worked for the county for years as a social services case worker.

  19. 1. What is your favorite thing to can or dehydrate at the end of the growing season or after hitting a good sale at the local grocer?
    Usually just herbs, and rosemary & oregano freeze quite well but absolutely need to double bag & put in a glass or plastic that seals well. Jerky is another that I’ve done a few times.

    2. Do you keep a prepping inventory to track the food, supplies, and materials you have on hand to help plan for future purchases? How do you record your preps and why?
    No on the inventory. I’ve thought about it but most things are readily visible or easily checked.

    3. What do you think 2020 still has in store for us – and how will the election results impact society?
    If Trump wins, the radicals will go absolutely nuts; far worse than now. If Biden wins, we’re totally frewed. CCP must be rolling on the floor.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    Canned 4 more pints of applesauce, so now I have a total of 12. Poked around on web re seeds, vests, etc. Spent much of the week in cleaning the house for my DD & SIL visit yesterday. Hard going with re-injured shoulder along with destroyed back and leg. Looked at garden and groaned about all the work to do. I’ll get to that this week.

  20. Thor’s questions

    1. If Biden is indicted for treason and/or tax evasion from the scams by him and his son, what would happen to the early votes for Democrats? Would they be thrown out as a candidate cannot run while under indictment?
    Harris would likely wind up as Prez (may God help us). I highly doubt that Biden will be indicted anytime soon. If Trump wins, maybe indictments in a year or so. The swamp is far far deeper than the average person could ever dream of.

    2. Are you willing to accept an illegitimate government (Biden) if he is elected by fraudulent voting? Example of rally attendance is self-evident.
    No.

    3. Have you heard of an upcoming blackout? By hack or EMP attack?
    Haven’t heard of anything definite but I expect it. Hack of at least sections of the grid quite possible. EMP attack would end the perp’s country. Wouldn’t put nuke missiles from a few freighters out of the realm of possibility.

    4. Are you ready for a cold winter? Alternative heating, extra blankets?
    Just as normal. Can’t put a stove insert into fireplace as there are cracked blocks up in the flue, which can’t be repaired due to integrated system. Aargh. Last time I bought another blanket, the DP demanded that I return it. He has zip zero survival skills and just about flips when I explain anything. Yep, I get a lot of strange looks. At least he doesn’t scream any more about food. Still trying to convince him to have spare propane tank filled for grill & outside stove. How ’bout fill the gas cans & add stabilizer. It’s laughable when I tell him we should get the heck out of NJ.

  21. Biden all the way. That orange menace in the White House needs to go. He’s driven this country into the ground. He only decided to run in order to pump up his brand and prop up his failing businesses. He’s a con man and a grifter. If you’re a taxpayer, he’s grifting you right now, by making the Secret Service pay for rooms at his properties. He was also in violation of the emoluments clause from the instant he took the oath of office, by virtue of his lease on the old post office building for his faux-glitzy hotel. (I’m glad I took the elevator ride to the top of the clock tower ten years ago, before he got his short-fingered paws on it.). He and his criminal spawn are going up the river next year, and well deserved, and we’ll be well rid of them. If you’re on the Trump Train, you’re being conned, make no mistake about it.

    1. has anyone seen beowulf lately? me thinks we have a troll in our midsts

      Eli, if your going to post something please keep it on topic and not some random anti trump tirade

    2. Eli, I know you’re not supposed to feed trolls but……

      The only criminals are the Clinton’s, Biden’s and Obama’s….. Liars, thief’s and cheaters they are.

      Multiple Child molestations, child trafficking and tax payer theft. Biden wants to raise taxes, steal our property via gun buy backs that won’t happen and take more rights away. They haven’t and can’t even imagine the giant they are awakening.

      Don’t Tread on Me 🐍

  22. Hello everyone-it has been a busy week. The temperature hit 32 a few nights ago and today’s high of fifty will be followed by temps in the twenties. So my canning days will be coming to an end soon. My favorite end of season canning is Green Tomato Relish- green tomatoes, cabbage and hot peppers. Put up a double batch this morning and have enough for another double batch.

    My inventory is in an excel spreadsheet. I probably should print it out. Also have post it notes on outside of containers to remind me of what is stored together.

    As far as what is left for 2020- I think we will face another lockdown after the elections are over. In the meantime our little town has exploded with cases. Nineteen since last Wednesday so we have broken the 100 barrier. The JV football team is one of the casualties. Several residents hospitalized and then flown out. I am so glad I have enough to limit the grocery store to just once a month.

    Stay safe everyone.

  23. I got a text from a friend earlier tonight. She has some contacts that gave her the heads-up that we’re about to get shut down again. I don’t know if it’s just our part of the state or the entire state. Either way, I told my few people that I trust and made a quick run to the farm store, grocery store, and topped off fuel in my truck.

    1. PG:

      DW and I were just discussing that possibility. We were looking at where we need to go to shop in the next 48 hours. She was telling me that Wells Fargo here, has a case of COVID that has completely shut down that branch, drive up and all. It’s ATM or nothing.

      1. I didn’t have a debit card, but I got one A couple of months ago after reading comments here. I also set up online banking. At least I will have some access to my accounts then.

  24. PG Prayers for your Dad..for his peace and his healing. Fallng and getting a serious injury can b scarey…
    Clergylady prayers continue for you and those that have assisted you. You are one strong woman. i wish we were close enough to assist you..
    .
    Daddio7 Glad you got your transaction completed.

    Zulu – enjoy hearing your stories of DGD’s…I had a baby that slept thru the night every night from first one… – unless she was sick… is truly a blessing. Babies are trained in the womb, to sleep.
    .If she has another one.. tell her to always talk to baby and let her know when it is bedtime and time to rest… and when it is time to get up…

    Bam Bam, Happy b-lated B day… Glad you had a good time.

    Curley BULL, If you still have contact with TOP”s widow.. Please let her know He is not forgotten and we pray for her as well… I think of him every time i can… it was he who gave me tips when i could not get jars to seal… ( to condition the lids) I rarely have on open now.

    Mari ,… I feel your pain, I told my dh i must not re hurt my back over this coming months- when it is time to garden i have to be able to do it…..my injury to shoulder is to ligamnet connection to spine. ..also have rotor cuff tenderness…heating pad and pressure is my relief.. not using any nsaids. glad since i was listening to dr Guthrie on you tube last night He said nsaids cause futher injury ..Key is.. trying to increase nutrition to bones and ligaments. i am using sea kelp, multiple collagen( 5 different sources) and Moringa.( from wal mart) I have found if i do not stress or injure for 3 weeks, it gets much easier. shoulder injury takes a long time to heal up to 2 years for 75% strength.. My hacks…Break every hard chore.. into three tasks- and call for help with the one that is hardest on your injured area….. I am learning to use left and call for help. For me low and elbow. braced on hip is usually safe..Nothing high with affected side. and nothing over 25 lbs with either side… Oh best shoulder blade support is the tightest sports front zip bra you can find.
    .. sorry guys.. FYI, they Would WORK for guys too.. the inserts come out and they will go almost flat if needed The pressure across back gives light support and a gentle reminder not to over lift/strain affected area….would be better than wrapping torso in a 6 inch ace wrap.stay in place better than an abdominal binder… or a lifting belt. I tried both of those, could not keep adequate pressure where i needed it….

    Tara’s questions.. #1 favorite things for caning or dehydrating- dehydrating Okra and mushrooms for vegs.. for meat- Ground beef crumbles….. Canning- meats. #2 inventory- not exactly… have a FIFO via the box.. ingoing goes to a stack and outgoing is pulled from a specific place… #3 Expect trouble makers to rhear up no matter what outcome….
    Preps for the week..
    i harvested sorrel for the critters.3 days….Canned meats, harvested animals, canned more meats, took care of critters..all aspects of care..training new roo to take over duties and that he should not attack the humans nor challenge the dog… after 2 attacks on a chained dog, and a close call he awoke that was not too bright…. DH said he was just young and dumb.. I told him if he did not learn, he needed replacement.!, Placed Doe in for breeding -then separated her to new quarters… . general organizing.light yard work and plant care, pulling foods from freezer at family members house…( things they won’t eat..), Rotated some grain out of and more back into that freezer.Doing regular cooking from scratch and doing routine chores….. Going thru boxes of stuff from parents, and a move…..all of this accomplished in small bits- due to shoulder ligament issue.
    Thor… Q’s #1 and 2….Not my problem what dems votes do. Know they are trying to void the election- already. I am over 60 arthritic and sick. not much i can do about it, couldn’t do anything when the Bum was placed in office…. Yes i think the many elections have been stolen.including almost everything since JFK>think they were appointed/not elected…. and… not 2016.what i believe about 2016-.PPL got fed up and voted in bigger numbers than projected- and some good guys stopped electrical transfers of illegitimate numbers.They were intending to use to change outcome.)
    #3-4… Yes i have heard about all kinds of issues.. corn and grain shortages the world over, canned food big whse’s closed now that would be normally open.. and would hold hundreds of thousands of cans of veggies and fruit., Other whse’ low or empty…..freight coming in on door and going out another to store. .. Big farms of blueberries(200 acres) selling and being tuned into a housing project. and the EMP CME scare. also threats from major world players/ or wanna be’s… POTUS sent clear message from radio broadcast.. .. if’n U do this… “we will do things to you that have never been seen before.”… I’m not where want to be…with winter things… we will survive.. may be some 3 dog nights.
    Take care. Prayers for our country, for eyes to be opened. for our POTUS and his helpers and the destruction of those who oppose God in this country. for the sick., and the nurses and Dr’s who care for the injured and sick.
    O, y’all should know Old homesteader has taken a backset.. has been 7 months and he is fighting this kung flu again…same symptoms…so much for immunity…
    Keep on Keeping on..! Your families are depending on you…

    1. Anonomo Also:
      Thank you for the many tips in your post. I have issues with right arm and lower back. Also thank you for keeping us in the loop on Old Homesteader- I will add him to my prayer list.

    2. AA, yeah, pain no fun. I was going to clean out garden today, but yesterday I badly bruised my right leg in area of previous splinter break. Ice today ’cause it hurts like crazy. Maybe I need to big hamster ball to roll around in.
      Thanks for Moringa reminder; it’s now on my Wally’s list. Rarely and NSAID for me. Nope, nope, nope.

      Sorry to hear Old Homesteader knocked down again with the virus. Glad you let us know.

  25. The radical nut-jobs are hitting rural, in this case setting harvest equipment on fire. “Following is an incident in Clay County, NE: According to the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s office, the fire destroyed a combine, two trucks and trailers filled with grain, a tractor, and a grain cart.”

    There are reports of threatening letters being left at suburban doors, often politicians or yards with Trump signs, re fires and taking out electric.

  26. In case anyone interested, here’s link for Pump-N-Seal (manual sealing w/o electric). I use mine for sealing dry goods in glass jars (usually spaghetti jars). People must be ordering like crazy as they are out of stock on the basic $35 pump w/accessories. I really need to order some more seals ($14 for 100).

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