What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week: November 15th 2020 – November 21st 2020

boy during scavenger hunt in the woods

Hello Pack. I hope you all made it through another chaotic week in American history. We still don’t know who will be standing at the presidential podium on January 20, 2021 as of this writing – and I would be willing to be both my dog and my horse that we will not know the answer to that question before the end of the year … at least.

Our Ohio governor is being called a tyrant more and more over mask mandates, gathering rules that defy common sense, and have a myriad of exceptions, and threats of yet another shut down. We have gone down the rabbit hole since the supposed two week shut down to that first began all this insanity way back in March.

Ironically, the unprepared masses that would have mocked the concerns of preppers like us about pandemics, food supply issues, rising food prices, and government overreach that felt like a Jack boot on our necks during a pandemic we ever so eager to embrace every freedom snatching order as they rushed out for toilet paper in full panic mode.

I have never donned a mash since this all began and do not intend to. At last count, there were a little more than 900 pandemic patients in all of the hospitals across Ohio. That is far fewer than hospitals see every year at one time during the height of flu season.

For that, even if those statistics are actually valid, the entire state would be shut down and everyone has to strap a thin piece of cloth to their faces to prevent germs from wafting into the air.

Squeeze a squirt bottle filled with water into one of those masks and then tell me they actually offer any real protection. I just don’t buy it, not at all.

I am not opposed to anyone who wants to “mask up”, wear double masks like Joe Biden, or heck, even through a plastic face shield on top of all that cloth from doing so, but the government forcing everyone to strap one on when they step outside of their house … no sir, not gonna do it.

In spite of all the insanity swirling around in the outside world, we kept on with our usual preps this week. As you can see from the feature photo, I spent some time in the woods with the grandkiddos. We did a forest school lesson scavenger hunt style to hone their orienteering skills. The hunt culminated with a sack full of goodie for a little picnic and story time along our favorite trail.

In other preps, we did our fall garden clean up, bought a greenhouse kit, and are getting it assembled to add to our seed starting and non-native crops in containers growing efforts.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. What do you think about the various mask mandates across the country? Are people complying in your state?
  2. What do you think of the non-prepper response to the pandemic?
  3. How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to be as independent, and self-reliant as possible?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?
Tara Dodrill

About Tara Dodrill

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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75 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week: November 15th 2020 – November 21st 2020

  1. BAM! What a busy week. I was just looking to see if this was posted, and here I am! Hope each of you have a blessed week and get to enjoy a little Thanksgiving joy with the ones you love. More later.

  2. I think the mandate for masks will get worse before it gets better. I see the majority in masks out in public places like Wal-marts, grocery stores, and restaurants. What’s crazy to me are those who wear masks in their car! Living in the country now (happy, happy, happy), many businesses don’t bother. Ok if you do, ok if you don’t. Your choice. I wonder if the vaccine will be mandated for all?

    The non-prepper may have a rude awakening come the new year. The signs are everywhere.

    Regarding teaching children (none). I just live my life as an example.

    Not much prepping this week except for getting outside projects finished up before really cold weather arrives.

      1. Zulu beat me to the punch line….no food, no poop! There are many things that can be used to take care of the hygiene issue, but you gotta eat!
        What amazes me is that some folks just don’t get the food thing. There is a gas station/quick mart near me, and on the rare times I go in, I see people practically buying their weeks groceries! I know some have reasons why they can’t get to a grocery store, or buy in bulk, but good grief, you can make your money go further at the most expensive grocery store and still beat the prices charged at most gas centers.

          1. My point exactly!

            I had a roommate one time that gave both her children gas credit cards so that if they got caught out somewhere and needed gas, they could use the card to get enough gas to get home. You know where this is going I hope.

            Her son and his girlfriend went on as
            Ending frenzy buying gas, beer, soft drinks, smokes etc. Needless to say that privilege was revolved once mama got the bill.

        1. The non-preppers are obsessed with TP and chicken. Their non-cooking escapades involve convenience store sandwiches and MickyDs. They could be in for a real big surprise.

  3. 1. What do you think about the various mask mandates across the country? Are people complying in your state?
    I don’t like mandates. The longer this goes on, the fewer people want to wear a mask. The were told that masks work, but it doesn’t seem to be making a difference locally.
    2. What do you think of the non-prepper response to the pandemic?
    I’m amazed at the people who laughed at preppers for “hoarding” supplies. They’re the ones who are now grabbing everything they can get their hands on, even if it’s something they don’t use.
    3. How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to be as independent, and self-reliant as possible?
    The grands help out with gardening, animal care, and cooking.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    This week:
    *Animals:
    -All three does APPEAR to be bred. Yippee!
    -Chickens are laying a few more eggs than they were.

    *Garden:
    -Turnips are doing well. They were planted as a cover crop to decrease erosion, but it looks like we’re going to be able to eat some.

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: Absolutely nothing. Since I’m still considered in quarantine, we’re using our stored supplies. It’s great to know that I don’t have to worry about running out of important items.

    *Miscellaneous:
    -I’m still organizing. One closet is nearly completely full. Organized, but full.
    -It’s deer season here. So far…it’s good that we have beef in the freezer.
    -I have been reading about lots and lots of shortages in the stores. Since I haven’t been out in over a week, I’m wondering what my local stores look like.

    *For Others:
    -We’re hosting our friends from Louisiana. They’re deer hunting with us, and we fish with them.

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

    1. Goatlover,
      I got your email, but inadvertently deleted it. I THINK I found your address, and I’ve emailed you. If it is you, please reply with your blog name so that I know it’s you. I’m wanting some soap. Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. We have out of town guests that I’ve been visiting with.

  4. I did my grocery shopping twice this week and added a little more than usual to my food stash. Still working to get the food stash a little deeper. I mentioned last week that my Publix was fully stocked with paper products. Not anymore. On Tuesday, the paper products were well picked over and I’d estimate only 10-15% left of all types. Went back on Friday and the supply was better, maybe 25-30% I picked up one pack of TP just because. Also got some 70% isopropyl alcohol and 3% hydrogen peroxide. Also, just because.

    I went on-line out of curiosity just to see what was out there for ammo. Not much, and what there was is expensive. The Ex went ammo shopping where she lives and couldn’t find what she needs either. I’m glad I stocked up already. I wouldn’t refuse a gift of another 1,000 rounds of 5.56mm in case anyone is in an early Christmas mood 😊

    The election crap continues. It is so obvious to me that massive voter fraud has been perpetrated on America. I don’t know how it will all settle. We are on the verge of a civil war or rebellion, whatever your want to call it. Whatever, it will be ugly.

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. What do you think about the various mask mandates across the country? Are people complying in your state?

    I think the mask mandates are stupid. Having said that, I do tend to wear a mask when I go places. Sometimes out of curtesy to the other people (who deserve the curtesy), sometimes just to avoid the jerks perpetrating as the mask police. I don’t feel like having some moron try to hit me as it will not end well for them and possibly me. Florida requires mask wear in public. I’ve noticed that most people are going along with the mandate, at least when they are near other folks.

    2. What do you think of the non-prepper response to the pandemic?

    I think anyone who isn’t prepping for a period of time without open food stores and other functional important suppliers (water, electricity, etc), is foolish. Of course, they should be prepped for “routine” SHTF events like hurricanes, blizzards, etc.

    3. How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to be as independent, and self-reliant as possible?

    My three kids are adults, and they are prepping to one degree or another. #1 daughter is probably doing the best. I talk with them about what they should be doing and what they should stock. #1 granddaughter is the only one old enough to work with. She actually is learning to sew from her mother She is interested in human anatomy which I work with her on. I think she might be ready for some very basic first aid training. She works in the garden with her mom and enjoys the flowers and plants. #1GD also likes to help her mom cook supper, although knife and stove use is closely supervised.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

  5. This Week’s Questions:

    1. What do you think about the various mask mandates across the country? They want you to wear a mask, for medical reasons, that states on the box that it does not work for medical reasons – That’s control!
    1a. Are people complying in your state? When they have to.
    2. What do you think of the non-prepper response to the pandemic? I treat this COVID like I would the flu or a cold – stay away form sick or potentially sick, people. Wash you hands and face regularly. Treat the symptoms. Stay home if you are sick! So far, noting in our house. ** I will not live in fear of this desease! **
    3. How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to be as independent, and self-reliant as possible? I do what I can with them when I can, and we talk about things they should do/change all the time.
    4. What did you do to prep this week? Well…

    The latest try at a new house isn’t going to work for us. I love the property, but I took my handyman, who knows me pretty well. He was seriously concerned with the foundation. Plus, there is NO storage, I would have to put some in (at least $6k) storage. Not ready for that.

    DW is having fun in the kitchen Sunday night, taking fresh produce we got this week and making soup (parsnips, onion, carrots, apples, chicken broth/water/Half & Half, with apples on top). Unfortunately, it is in the no-go (1st world problem). Nothing like the leek/pear soup.

    We started free food box delivery on Wednesday night with the church. No-contact drop off. Should be fun with the DW. More on Saturday.

    Found a limited supply of 9mm and 223 available at the store. 2 box limit per caliber; prices are high for what it was in March, but easily half the Internet prices.

    I have not been able to set up at a gun show since mid-Sep, 3 local shows have been canceled. On Friday I sold 2 of the ones I’ve been hauling around for a while. Then at 6PM I get a call from “extended family” wanting ammo. Just dumb luck, but I can use the cash flow.

    Supply Run: ammo; regular canning lids; canning jar, w/m pint; DM Chicken & Dumplings; Bush’s beans; FoodSaver bags;

    Received: Lancer AR Mags; AF, Cheese Blend, #10; 2400 cal. ration bar;

        1. Would you share that precious recipe with the masses? I would love to have a good one as I didn’t get my mother’s before she passed on and hers were wonderful.

      1. GA Red:

        We “taste tested” the Sweet Sue brand against the Dinty Moore. DM was more expensive but had a good amount of chicken. The SS need to have a 5 oz can of chicken added to bring it up to the DM, so it was not worth the $.07 per can you save.

        1. JP – good to know. Since I grew up on Sweet Sue and never had Dinty Moore or home made, I was apparently deprived as a child but I still love canned. LOL

          1. BCTruck did a comparison on Beef Stew (we keep the DM and pour over rice) and we/I was putting up the Chicken & Dumplings. Decided to “store what you eat/eat what you store” thing. Sweet Sue is good, just the chicken in it was a little hard to find. The DM had much more chicken in it, and it was only $.07 more per can. The rest of the SS went out to the annual food drive (drop off this year), so it didn’t get wasted.

  6. Good Morning from Douglasville,

    I have been working on the electrical problems in my shop all morning. I thought it was related to the abandoned motor for the sawdust collector so I spent a couple of hours unwiring that thing. In the process I learned that the power coming to the shop doesn’t all go through the shop breaker box as I got arc’d on once when the breakers were turned off. I went back to the main box in the house and threw that one and that seemed to elminate that problem and now I’ve got another issue narrowed down to 2 of the over head lights in one part of the shop. That is a job for another day.

    We wear mask when we go into stores but don’t wear them in church. The only people wearing mask in church are the people just getting over covid and that is a valid thing to do I think. We are having church dinner after worship tomorrow and we will all eat together.

    I am embarassed to be from Georgia with the outcome of the election recount. Now they are shredding all ballots to eliminate the possibly of signature matching. It’s going to get more and more ugly as the days go on.

    They are running TV ads talking about stock up for a couple of weeks but not long term and then showing empty paper good shelves in the stores. I was at Walmart last week and picked up an 8 pack of TP just because I could.

    We had a major breakin at one of the local sporting goods stores. They have arrested 2 of the guys so far. Gables got a lot of my business right after the breakin even though it was stuff I didn’t need but they needed the money and I’ve bought a lot of stuff from the over the years.

    DW and I are both facing Covid fatique. We managed to get out of town for 4 days but it was a rushed trip with 2 full days of driving. Seems like even though we are working from home we get no down time.

    I think non-preppers are going to jump on the bandwagon and start stocking up on TP and hand sanitizer and mask so they’ll be ready for the lockdown. They aren’t thinking about foodstuff at all.

    I have been active on HF and VHF radio with a little CB on the side and it is almost impossible to communicate. There are so many LIDS on frequency blocking any reasonable attempt at communication that I am not sure it is isn’t a planned thing. When I was active duty we used to participate in imitative deception where we would get on a frequency, study the op procedures and then introduce our deceptive comms in to the net. I have given “all clear” orders right after a “condition Red” having a lot of people unmask in the midst of a simulated toxic environment. I have revectored emergency response vehicles away from where they were needed. We always corrected before any damage could be done but all the effort of denying services to local HAMS may just be a fore runner of a denial of services attack.

    Who knows, not I. Keep saying your prayers, stocking up and being safe.

    73

  7. Puppy makes you laugh even when times are bad. I gave him a cut up cheese burger on a paper plate. He finished the cheese burger and started eating the plate.

    Heard gunshots this morning, sounded like a shootout. 2 different calibers, one sounded like a 12ga or a 20ga, the other a 9mm or .40cal. Saw another neighbor looking out his door, he’s a cop so…. One neighbor was shot at before from some druggies that got busted due to his call.

    Having a baby shower for #2 Daughter, balloons, cake, sub tray, fruit and veggie tray. We got her a crib.

    Food
    Bought fish
    Bought frozen veggies
    Bought frozen meals. The new freezer is full)

    Garden
    Building up compost in the garden.

    Financial
    Paid off 2 credit cards.

    Shoes
    Received shoes for the Mrs and I.

    Thor’s questions

    1. With the knowledge of a server found in Germany and Venezuela, do you think America should have a revote
    on the election with much more security?

    2. Knowing the Democrats plan to disarm Americans via tax and register and even saying some law abiding citizens may be killed in the mandatory buy back (confiscation with compensation our own tax dollars), do you think a civil war is closer than ever?

    3. Democrats want to tear down the Republican party and make sure they get all the survivors, this coming from Democrat politicians themselves. Is that a terroristic threat?

    4.Have you ever been shot at?

    1. Tara’s questions

      1.What do you think about the various mask mandates across the country? Are people complying in your state? People wear masks in stores but it is not State mandatory.

      2.What do you think of the non-prepper response to the pandemic? They have TP…..

      3.How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to be as independent, and self-reliant as possible? Help in the garden, shooting skills, martial arts, camping skills.

      1. Wish my DF had figured out that I was the one to train. I was the tomboy and my DB wasn’t interested in any of it including flying. If only he had retrained my left eye dominance instead of groaning and walking away with no explanation. At least I knew what almost unlimited freedom was, unlike today’s helicopter world. Had to learn so many things on my own. And I did.

    2. Thor’s questions

      1. With the knowledge of a server found in Germany and Venezuela, do you think America should have a remote
      on the election with much more security? Acknowledged by whom? So far all I’ve seen is 3rd+ hand reporting on alt.news sites.

      2. Knowing the Democrats plan to disarm Americans via tax and register and even saying some law abiding citizens may be killed in the mandatory buy back (confiscation with compensation our own tax dollars), do you think a civil war is closer than ever? I’m thinking more along the lines of Balkanization.

      3. Democrats want to tear down the Republican party and make sure they get all the survivors, this coming from Democrat politicians themselves. Is that a terroristic threat? Of course they do, they hate dissent of any kind. Are they threatening violence for political gain? That makes it a text book example of a terrorist threat, IMO

      4.Have you ever been shot at? Yep, not my favorite thing. They missed and left. Good for them cause missing is bad, I now go armed all the time!

    3. Yes. THOR1 I’ve been shot. 38 cal – police when I was 10. Accident. Cops and robbers shootout in LA area. Didn’t hurt for awhile. Then burned. 1 1/2″ scar on left firearm for most of my life. Mostly ignored.
      I reached up with my left arm to scratch a mosquito bite on the right side of my neck. Bullet hit my arm. Mushroomed on the bone. Drs cut out a wedge to get it all. Guess it beats a bullet in the heart.
      New Years bullet through the roof spooked me a few yearsago. Guess you never totally forget. I was mad enough to shoot back… only who? Where?

      Dems seems to have become terrorists.

      Civil Wars stays too close a possibility. God bless tax resistors.

      A clean new vote would be awesome.

    4. Thor1
      1) Voting again: YES. But this time you have to PROVE you are the registered voter, as in the time before it was meddled with, a legal id. Then stamp that has to wear off the skin. NO cheating.
      2)YES, between those who feel we have no rights to the 2A and guns for self protection and keeping the gov as it was meant to be.
      3) YES, They are implying it is alright to destroy us and the Republic any way possible.
      4) NO, but dh put in many years in the jungles of Nam. Has the scars from being shot, blown up on his body.

  8. Thor’s questions

    1. With the knowledge of a server found in Germany and Venezuela, do you think America should have a revote on the election with much more security?

    I think we should have a re-vote that includes in-person voting with picture ID. Properly done absentee ballets are OK.

    2. Knowing the Democrats plan to disarm Americans via tax and register and even saying some law abiding citizens may be killed in the mandatory buy back (confiscation with compensation our own tax dollars), do you think a civil war is closer than ever?

    Sadly, yes.

    3. Democrats want to tear down the Republican party and make sure they get all the survivors, this coming from Democrat politicians themselves. Is that a terroristic threat?

    Sounds terroristic to me.

    4.Have you ever been shot at?

    Yes. First time at 14 by a sniper during the 1967 Detroit riots. Bunch of times by rockets and mortars and about 6 times (that I know of) by small arms in Vietnam. Oddly, never once as a police officer.

  9. (1) I’m a non-masker, but I don’t try to convince others to not wear them. I just don’t go where I’m “not wanted”. There are evil things behind the mask wearing, IMHO. There sure isn’t any good science behind it!
    (2) Non-preppers have had plenty of opportunities this year to WAKE UP. It will certainly make it easier for me to NOT help those who scoff at us, should that time come.
    (3) All of our kids are grown. Each of them has a concealed carry permit and a handgun they feel ok with. None of them stockpile food or tools like we do. Wish they would….the grand kids play all around “Grandma’s Farm” when they visit. I talk to them on their level about how to grow your own food and how to take care of the animals. I talk to them about Situational Awareness. I don’t try to put fear into them, just teaching them to be alert.
    (4) This week I purchased 94 turkey feet (47 birds!) from my friend who raising them to butcher and sell. You may have seen her this last week on the Today Show…..they did a piece on her since Thanksgiving is coming up. Anyway, I make bone broth for my livestock guardian dogs with them. They are now packaged 6 legs per bag in the freezer and should yield 15-20 gallons of broth. I also bought more avocados and persimmons from another local farmer friend, freezing the mashed avocados and dehydrating the persimmons. My green beans are winding down, but I did can another 5 pints of those, along with 3 more quarts of banana puree. I’ve been keeping to myself a lot lately, just reading about the chaos in the world, and trying to stay “Prayed-up.”
    I am of the opinion that we are in a slow, but steady, SHTF process. Civil unrest, government corruption, economic decline, and the so-called pandemic are all working together to make it The End Of The World As We Know It. This is what I’ve been preparing for….I’m thankful that it’s a slow process so that I can fill in any gaps in my preps as the ship sinks. I’ve been calling it my practice round of survival. I’m really good in most areas. Didn’t realize how much yeast I was going to use making several loaves of bread each week, so I’m having DH pick some up every time he defies the rules and goes, unmasked, into Sam’s Club for stuff. They are now limiting you to 1 two-pack of yeast per visit. HA HA Guess I’m not the only one out here making bread.
    Blessings to all. Keep prepping while we can!

    1. You can absolutely make bread from naturally occurring yeast. We’ve done it. Not hard. Something worthwhile investigating

  10. Just some quick thoughts before stuffing some more summer sausages.
    I think the preppers will be blamed for shortages . It want matter that we stocked up in times of plenty. I think if Biden gets in then we are looking at massive gun control resist ration ,then confiscations . Once that is accomplished its death to conservatives . Because after all we just aren’t diverse!
    Will all the judges Trump appointed matter. No because “pop up mobs ” will drag them in the streets and kill them .
    Read your real history . When regressives take power mass killings follow.
    Sorry for the doom and gloom but it is what I see coming.
    Biden win it happens in the next 2 years. Trump wins you might get 6 years. They are that close to total control.

    1. Fixit:

      I agree with the “fining” of blame. A guy got tossed out of the ranch supply store here because he was mad about the ammo shortages and blamed everybody he could, in the clerks face, for it. The real person to blame is the one who expects, especially in times of crisis (real or imagined) to spend their time and money to stock exactly what HE wants so HE can get it when HE is ready to. Once real, not panic induced, shortages start to occur, preppers will get blamed, even though I started this in 1998, they will act like I did it to hurt people today. What’s funny is the people that came to me today, hoping that I had some ammo they could buy were glad I had bought it when it was plentiful and were willing to pay a higher price for it than they could have in Jan/Feb had they not been preoccupied with COOHMPing (Moving from CA to Phoenix to Montana in the last 4 years.).

  11. 1. What do you think about the various mask mandates across the country?
    A pain! Couldn’t enter most places without it. Now in another 2 week lockdown. Heard shelves were getting empty. I haven’t been out since the new lock down. Don’t need to. Started seriously putting food aside in 2018. To i just replace a pack as we use up a package. Have some put back.

    2. Are people complying in your state?
    Yes. Land map 2/3 red and 1/3 blue but blue has the 2 main population centers . Dem Governor.

    3. What do you think of the non-prepper response to the pandemic?
    They are scared. Buy out stores when another lockdown comes.

    4. How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to be as independent, and self-reliant as possible?
    Showing him. Working homerepairs with him. Got him tools to work on vehicles with his uncle. Show him how to grow a garden, raised chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Take him forraging with me. Talk to him about how family did things in depression and war rationing. Mom is a correctional officer, dad a vet. Mom takes him target shooting. Uncle takes him hunting.
    As pastor of course we discuss God and the world in light of truly believing… God knows and both judges and rewards.

    5.What did you do to prep this week?
    Still slowly building a big pen and small chicken coop and storage area for barrels of grains. Moving them by home. The old coop was too far away to keep an eye on them. Hard in snow. Then when done I’ll affix solar panels and put controller, batteries, and inverter in the storage area.
    Power by a home without power will be handy.

  12. Prepping this week. Learning how to repair and maintain the tractor, thank goodness for those who post their
    “how to” fix it videos for folks like myself.
    Dh said call the repair shop to fix it. That means they pick it up take to their shop for repairs & bring it back to us. Nice with one problem the shop that we use to send it to sold. The reviews for the new owners are not very nice or encouraging to hand over this expensive equipment. I am learning as much as can since it is a simple tractor for the everyday usage of a small property owner. No, dh can no longer work on it, he has health issues. Beginning to feel like the ‘jill’ of all trades and master of none. OK, a few-maybe.

    1. You learn todo whatyouhave to do. I asked hubby to show me, teach me, howto do all the maintenance he does- tractor, water furnace, chainsaws, tillers, water pumps and other gas/diesel mix machines. Its been a real education!

    2. I am not especially mechanically inclined. It’s amazing what you can learn from YouTube. We were ready to buy a new tractor and we ended up fixing it ourselves. It’s been five years and still going strong. Don’t be afraid to try. If it’s already not working, you have nothing to lose.

  13. The news just reported that they closed the WalMart near us at 2 PM Saturday (today) until 7 AM Monday to do a deep cleaning and get the store restocked.

    Of course “they” also said the 1st round of COVID closures/restrictions would only last for 2 months.

      1. JP, statewide, Montana’s dashboard shows 2,336 in hospital. NJ’s site, when it works, last showed 1,439 in hospital with 89 on ventilators and 234 in ICU. Still in NJ, almost half who die were in nursing homes. Almost sounds like a game plan to get rid of people over 45 or 50.

        1. Mari:

          I just had a “tele-med” video conference with my primary Doctor this week. She must enjoy worrying because she had a “come-a-part” when I said I was having 3 guys over for a bible study. The youngest is 45. The rest are over 60.

          She is “severely distressed” that I am not “taking COVID seriously”. I do, but I won’t live in fear. I am careful, wash my hands and face regular, use mouthwash, and stay away from sick people. But, I won’t live my life under a rock (or locked in self-quarantine). Why? What good am I to anyone if I “live” like that.

          The last time I looked at the COVID age demographics for Montana, the 10-29 groups was the largest, and if you add in the 30-39 age group, the combination is greater than ALL the rest. The fact is the 10-39 group, more than most, have believed that this is 1). and old people’s problem and 2). they see nothing past this life, so why take precautions. IMO, that is why we are having this huge increase, increased testing and an instant gratification attitude. They are careless.

          1. JP, I’m with you. Totally locking down one’s life isn’t living. If MT is anything like NJ, the severe cases are any age with bad underlying conditions or those over 45/50. Well over 96% of the deaths in NJ were people over 45; I think it might even be 99.4%.

            Increased testing winds up with more cases of people who say they aren’t even sick, false positives from swabbing on outside edge of nostril, etc. Massive parties galore by the under 40’s and they, unfortunately take it to older people. You got the instant gratification attitude pegged; seems bad in the 18-30 group. Oddly enough, nurses in our area aren’t concerned at all about their 20-something progeny ramming around and possibly catching COVID. Go figure. In town, I’ve seen 2 or 3 siblings or close friends walking around, but carrying masks for when they get where they’re going.

          2. JP,

            I don’t tell my doctors anything like that. First, I don’t need the lecture, and second, I don’t want them possibly ratting me out to the authorities.

            The only doctor I talked guns with was a VA shrink I had. He was a retired Navy captain medical officer and had been the head shrink for the West Coast SEAL teams and the spec ops boat operators. He was a gun nut, loved to shoot, and had a concealed weapons permit. Really nice guy and knew his guns.

          3. The young folks mostly have the “10 ft tall and bullet-proof” mentality. My son was like that til he went to Iraq, then all the other hell-holes he ended up in with the Navy. He learned quick.

  14. 1. What do you think about the various mask mandates across the country? Are people complying in your state?
    People rely too much on a flimsy mask that only blocks big droplets. N95 better but everybody stopped wearing them. Now, people getting sinus infections and facial sores from cruddy masks. People are complying here in NJ. The only place the DP and I haven’t worn masks away from home was at an outside housewarming party back in the summer. Many of the people there were getting tested frequently by their HVAC or construction employer. Nope, the only person who ever tested positive caught COVID while in hospital for surgery.

    2. What do you think of the non-prepper response to the pandemic?
    Many are terrified they’ll catch COVID and are rabid about masks. Now they’re worried again about TP, PT, and chicken; buying it all up. Gee, now they’re even thinking about ammo; way late for that as shelves have been bare for 3 months except for some 12-ga and very odd calibers.

    3. How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to be as independent, and self-reliant as possible?
    My DD used to be fairly on board. Since she took a left-turn, she’s drunk the kool-aid and dumb as a rock.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    Bought more food plus a pack of TP that I scored just because. If it weren’t for all the acre #*%@ leaves that the DP insists must be raked / bucketed / dumped into truck / truck emptied at street, I might actually have time to get things organized and put away. And then we have the #O*%( FireTV that his #1DD gifted us with that MUST be set up on Sunday. Yes, he’s obsessed. I’m normal.

  15. Thor’s bonus questions

    1. Why was American votes sent to 2 countries that hate America, Germany and Venezuela servers?

    2. Do you trust the outcome of this and future elections?

    3. Do you think the sudden increase in covid is a smoke screen to cover voter fraud or a revote?

  16. Thor’s bonus questions

    1. Why was American votes sent to 2 countries that hate America, Germany and Venezuela servers?

    Very good question that lacks an equally very good answer.

    2. Do you trust the outcome of this and future elections?

    No, I don’t trust the outcome of this election at all. Didn’t trust it going in. I doubt I’ll trust future elections either.

    3. Do you think the sudden increase in covid is a smoke screen to cover voter fraud or a revote?

    Kind of convenient for a new wave of Kung Flu to pop up and take over the news cycles. Yes, I think it is a big smoke screen to try and draw our attention away from the vote fraud.

  17. Mask mandate: Gov thinks we should wear them everywhere, inside our vehicles, walking out side. Then he
    had the audacity to put a curfew on our state, there by the Sheriff’s said they would not comply. Apparently there rallies at the 10pm hour to let him know that it was not going to happen. He is pompous dictator!
    Yes, there are those who will follow his lead because they are unable to think for themselves. They must be led through life like a child. Many are not complying, only to enter a business then they pull the mask off, or put it under their chin.
    Non Preppers: They hold those who are responsible for their families to plan ahead as hoarding. Poor guy in the grocery store was dreading that rush & complaints that will follow. It will be his and other employees fault because it is not on the shelf when they show up.
    Children/Grandchildren: We do not have any, if we did I would explain & guide them the same as my parents did myself and siblings. Who by the way are not prepared.
    Posted earlier when I had the time.

  18. I am late to the dance again this week. I did a major stock up at Aldi and Walmart. I keep adding paper products and cleaning supplies. Both Walmart and Aldi had a limit of one on pandemic items. We have plenty. I just want to keep the stock up.

    I bought a 22 lb. turkey. The kids and my godsons are coming over for Thanksgiving. I really need some family time.

    I am watching the run-off in Georgia. This will determine the balance of power in the Senate. We need to hold at least one seat if we are to block Biden’s gun grab.

    Tara’s Questions:

    [1] What do you think about the various mask mandates across the country? Are people complying in your state?

    Masks are required here in Florida. It is rare to see someone without a mask.

    [2] What do you think of the non-prepper response to the pandemic? I think most are still in denial.

    [3] How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to be as independent, and self-reliant as possible?

    The kids are at different stages in prepping. DD1 and husband lost there home a few months back in a hurricane. His church helped him build a studio apartment in his workshop while their home is being rebuilt. DS1 is a mess. DD2 and husband are in good shape. They don’t stock a lot of supplies but he is perfectly capable of defending his home. My godsons will survive anything. They have skills.

    [4] What did you do to prep this week? See above.

  19. Thor’s questions

    1. With the knowledge of a server found in Germany and Venezuela, do you think America should have a revote
    on the election with much more security?
    Yes. Unfortunately, the voter rolls won’t be purged of all the dead and those who moved. ID would be nice, but Dems would fight that tooth & nail forever.

    2. Knowing the Democrats plan to disarm Americans via tax and register and even saying some law abiding citizens may be killed in the mandatory buy back (confiscation with compensation our own tax dollars), do you think a civil war is closer than ever?
    Possibly, and bad things will happen even if it doesn’t go that far. Technology being what it is, the underdogs would need some silent help along the way. Dems would call in their UN friends.

    3. Democrats want to tear down the Republican party and make sure they get all the survivors, this coming from Democrat politicians themselves. Is that a terroristic threat?
    Absolutely a threat.

    4.Have you ever been shot at?
    Yep, but not a catcher. DH1 was a nasty drunken, doped up s.o.b. Missed me a few times, various firearms (.22 rifle, shotgun, Beretta handgun), as he would aim at the wrong me. Only time I’ve ever panicked was when he was chasing right behind me with the Beretta and I had to run between two 60 mph oncoming cars (left & right). Whew, that was a long night. Took years to get a cop to take him down on other charges, and eventually a judge to send him off to rehab after I finally managed to afford to get out. Oh, and his young female psychologist there berated me because his excuse was that I was better than him. My fault, yeah, sure.

  20. What do you think about the various mask mandates across the country?
    >>As another poster said, they are “mandated” for medical reasons, but the boxes say “not for medical use.” I think they’re useless.
    Are people complying in your state?
    >> I’m in southern Ohio. People are because businesses won’t allow them in without one.
    What do you think of the non-prepper response to the pandemic?
    >> I think the non-preppers were smacked in the face with their unpreparedness. Even my family, who have been prepping for years without a need to use them, found some areas of weakness.
    How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to be as independent, and self-reliant as possible?
    >> I have 4 homeschooled children. Their life hasn’t changed much during this pandemic.
    What did you do to prep this week?
    >> Further secured the chicken area, added security cameras, bartered some things I wanted, prepping for Turkey Day.

  21. This Week’s Questions:
    1. What do you think about the various mask mandates across the country? Are people complying in your state? I think it’s unnecessary and putting many at risk for other health complications. The DH and I do not comply unless absolutely necessary then remove the masks as soon as possible. Georgia does not have a mask mandate and depending on where you are in the state, many businesses do not have signs up requiring them. Further, some businesses have signs up saying masks are welcome but not required. I have indirectly encountered a few “mask shamers” and am starting to call them out as bullies. As the DH says, the Spanish flu showed us that masks don’t work; why would they work now.

    2. What do you think of the non-prepper response to the pandemic? Ignorance is bliss. I do think there are a few people unconsciously figuring it out – people with small gardens and chickens.

    3. How are you preparing your children and grandchildren to be as independent, and self-reliant as possible? We have been trying to teach our daughters to be independent nearly since they were born. Two of the three are now married. Only one of those is halfway prepared. The other married one is now married to a Marine. I think they’ll be ok. We are concerned that the third daughter is falling into the “government should take care of me” group. She’s currently living primarily off of unemployment but also working with her uncle in Florida.

    4. What did you do to prep this week? Finally got back in the garden – peppers and eggplants are still producing but much less. Also picked peas and pulled some turnips.

    Continuing to clean, donate and organize. Took another load to the thrift store. Will have another load ready by Monday if all goes according to plan.

    DH and I spent Saturday enjoying life – took a stroll through a gun store, ate lunch at a restaurant in the mountains, went bowling, had dinner at a local airport restaurant, checked on the grand-cats and got home late to feed our fur-butts. Not once did we wear a mask. We also listen to a lot of podcasts when we are roaming like this. In the words of Dennis Prager – safe equals never.

  22. I have an interesting solution to one of the voting issues.

    Have all of the Republican voters in one state (pick one) vote for Trump using the machines.

    The people will be counted as they sign in and the votes will be tallied.

    Now compare that with the election number. They can’t switch the vote.

    1. Thor1 – with Georgia’s dual system of both electronic and printed, they still managed it. There was a hand recount of the paper ballots but there will now be a machine recount of paper ballots due to documented cases where Biden was marked for more than were physically recounted. The bigger problem is there is no way to audit the mailed ballots for signature matching. Way too much shady Sh!€ to make me believe the outcome.

  23. New York checkpoints for Holiday travelers. (Papers please)

    New Mexico to shut down grocery stores for 2 weeks.

    I think there will be a big trucker protest if Biden walks into the Whitehouse. Stock up on food and medicine if possible. (The people fight back against the evil)

    As far as the Ga Senate race, what makes anyone think there won’t be voter fraud involved.

    Perdue already won by 1,000+ votes

    Loeffler had 26% +20% from Collins =46% Warnock only had 33% (remember this)

    AOC said that if they win Ga. they won’t have to negotiate.

    1.What if I were to tell you that the real reason they want to get rid of petrolium fuels is because they could be used as a weapon.
    2. New LED Christmas lights were convenient because old Christmas lights could be used as blasting caps.

    3. Put that together with what the Democrats are drooling over assault weapons ban and disarming American.

    Why is this the Democrats goal? China’s Leader said Americans with guns are a problem. The Democrats are taking money from the Chinese to weaken the USA.

    Think about Obama and the other globalists weakening the military, wearing out equipment and not buying new or even replacement parts. Not having a responsible VA. Trump has helped America so much and without even a paycheck. Think about that one. He and his family were attacked for 4 years which he had made American great again until the pandemic. All of these Democrats said he should have handled it differently but, Democrats didn’t want a wall or close the borders.

    Uphold and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC.

  24. Thor, I agree, Oh, and airlines working on a COVID vax passport starting with int’l travel. Bet that gets extended to all public transportation, etc. Papers please. Yep, the DP told me I was being silly when I brought this up back very early this year.

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