What I Did To Prep This Week: November 29th 2020 – December 5th 2020

Hello, Pack. Winter weather seems to have arrived in Ohio. Despite the nasty chill and cold rain and snow, we got a lot of prepping done this week. We spent one day at the On Guard Defense gun range for an advanced training class, and to do some survival homesteading event planning.

At the On Guard Defense gun range and archery facility there is also a big meeting – multi-purpose room and a cafe. The grand opening of the cafe has faced lengthy delays thanks to the pandemic dictates of our tyrannical governor.

The featured image above showcases a private Krav Maga class in action. The enigmatic young woman conducting the training is holding an imitation knife to a much larger attacker’s throat as part of an exercise to teach him how to get out of such a potentially deadly situation.

As I have previously mentioned, my tribe and I have been working on a huge project. After a meeting at the county agricultural society last week, we garnered approval to hold the main area of the event at the fairgrounds.

Now that all of the basics are in place, I can finally share details about this exciting and unique self-reliance event with all of you. The Old School Survival Boot Camp will be hosted in Vinton County, Ohio May 14-16 2021.

It will be three days of interactive survival homestead courses, chat with an expert and live demonstration mini courses, at least three off-site training and immersion experiences at the On Guard Defense self-defense training range, Raccoon Creek Outfitters boating and kayaking and the Secrets of the Amish Tour.

Old School Survival courses at On Guard Defense will include firearms training, archery, and Krav Maga classes at both beginner and advanced levels.

Learning water safety and boat skills for folks who plan on using a bugout boat in a SHTF event at Raccoon Creek Outfitters, as well as both hands-on experiences and demonstrations by local Amish to share how land and animals are worked in an off grid situation.

Camping at the fairground and Raccoon Creek Outfitters, as well as camping at cabins at the two in-county state parks and private operators will offer ample space for the attendees to stay.

Tickets will be capped at an as of yet undetermined amount to ensure the presenter / instructor, and immersion event ratios remain small enough that every who comes to learn or hone their survival homesteading skills will receive personalized attention.

Those are about all of the set in stone details that I can share for now. The planning for the Old School Survival Boot Camp is in full gear, though.

You, my dear Pack members, are the first to know about it outside of our tribe and event partners. Soon, the event website will be up with full details and media showcasing each trainer, demonstrator, and event.

Now is your chance to share what you would most enjoy and learn from at interactive survival homesteading boot camp and help steer the direction of the topics that will be offered on both beginner and more advanced levels. Fill up our comments sections with ideas on what your dream self-reliance weekend would look like.

This Week’s Questions

  1. What class would you get the most out of at a weekend survival event and what would you like to learn during an interactive session?
  2. What class would newbie survival homesteaders or preppers benefit from at a hands-on boot camp?
  3. What did you do to prep this week?

71 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week: November 29th 2020 – December 5th 2020”

  1. Wow I got in early this week. A friend and I sent a load of trash to the dump. Getting rid of trash helps keep things neat and means less to deal with if things fall apart.
    The new freezer arrived and while small is filling up no nicely. A Mister Buddy made it home from a shopping trip this week.

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    • My phone was about to die so with a fresh battery I’ll try to answer Tara’s questions.
      I probably won’t get to go to Ohio next year (I live on the west coast) but if I could go a really great first aid class would be top of my list. Proper long term storage and foraging instruction would also be high on the list.
      For newbies anything would be of benefit.
      What I did see first comment.

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    • This Week’s Questions
      1. What class would you get the most out of at a weekend survival event and what would you like to learn during an interactive session? Self-defense classes. I’ve had a couple but could use more.
      2. What class would newbie survival homesteaders or preppers benefit from at a hands-on boot camp? Growing and preserving food along with how to find safe drinking water or make water safe.
      3. What did you do to prep this week? Not much beyond picking up beef for the freezer.

      JP – sorry to hear of the loss of the fur baby.

      Cliff and Babycatcher – Happy Birthday 🎊🎉🎁🎂🎈

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      • Thanks for the Happy Birthday Wishes.
        We celebrated yesterday. BIL came over to work on my riding mower. While we were down in the shop the rest of the family showed up. We can back in and the house was decorated and we had a ton of food. BBQ sandwiches, Brunswick stew, Chik-fil-A chicken tenders, baked beans, slaw and all the trimmings. After we ate they brought out a cake and ice cream. Even had some gag gifts (what else do you get a 70 year old man who has everything?).

        Monday is my actual birthday. I’m taking the day off but everyone else has to work. So it’ll be a good opportunity to take the mower out and see if I can mulch some leaves in the front yard so I can put out the rest of the Christmas decorations.

        Enjoy your weekend. We are off to church service.

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      • Thanks! Next Birthday, im truckin to GA with my hubby(if Cliff wants any company) and we can bring some of my homemade TN wine,and talk about radios! We might even have things he might like to have, here! Thanks for the bDay wishes!

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  2. Good Morning from Douglasville,

    I was up and about early this morning. I wanted to be first in line to mail out the last Christmas package to my daughter in California. I was actually 4th in line since I had to scrape ice off the windshield of the jeep before I got go out of the yard. Got that taken care of, went to the bank for some cash and then to Martin’s for steak biscuits and hash browns. Now I’m back home and waiting on BIL to come by to surprise me for my birthday (12/7 I’ll be 70) with the supposed reason he’ coming is to change out the carb on the riding mower. I’ll take what ever I can get.

    Last week was not a prepping week. Found out that my full time hours at my job are being cut back to part time hours at the first of the year. I’m taking inventory of all the stuff that will eventually turned in to cash. There is a lot of stuff I accumulated to trade in for money over my life time so sales will start when the bank account drops below a certain figure.

    I suspect my Ham radio gear will be at the top of the list to move out since my hearing has deteriorated to the level that even with my hearing aids I have a hard time understanding voices on SSB. That will be followed by a portion of the PM and a lot of guns that I bought for investment. Always a fun thing to consider. I have a lot (emphasis on LOT) of collectibles that will have to go to auction before or after I am gone. The actual timing will depend on a lot of things but they aren’t up for sale yet.

    This coming Saturday we are having our annual Out Door Trader Christmas party at Hudson’s BBQ in Douglasville. It is usually well attended. Everyone brings a gift and they are put in a pile, you get a ticket of each gift you bring and then they call numbers and you get the next gift in line. I’m bringing a couple of boxes of ammo, a 25 round magazine for the 10/22 and a AR15 30 round mag. Last year I got AK furniture, a damascus switchblade and some unidentified holsters. A good time is always had by all. It is the only gun related board I’m active on and have made quite a few good deals there.

    Supposedly the covid numbers are going up. Today is the annual Christmas parade that my church always has a float in. For the last 7 or 8 years we have worked on the float and walked beside it in the parade tossing candy to the kids (and handing candy to the old people who deserve candy too). This year we are leaving it to the yougner ones to take care of. I wish them good luck and hope they all lmask up.

    That’s all from me for now.
    Take care
    Merry Christmas
    73

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  3. 1. What class would you get the most out of at a weekend survival event and what would you like to learn during an interactive session?
    I would like to learn more about home remedies. It would be great if it included seeds and growing instructions for the needed plants.

    2. What class would newbie survival homesteaders or preppers benefit from at a hands-on boot camp?
    Gardening and raising small livestock.

    3. What did you do to prep this week?

    This week:
    *Animals:
    -We got our first wintry weather this week. I wasn’t completely ready for it, but everyone was okay. I finally got out the heated water buckets for the chickens and goats. Even though we don’t have really bad winters, it still makes it nice during the winter months to have electricity near the barn and coops. Heat bulbs, heat lamps, and heated water buckets make chore time easier.

    *Garden:
    -Saving seeds from pie pumpkins that I bought. I don’t know how well they’ll do, but I’m going to find out.

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: cleaning supplies, zip-top bags, plastic wrap, foil, a little extra chicken feed, curing salt, jerky seasonings,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -#1DS is getting #1Granddaughter a BB gun for Christmas. I can’t wait to see her learning about safety and shooting.
    -DH harvested two deer. Gave one to DIL.
    -DH got me a new kayak for Christmas. I can’t wait to use it!

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

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  4. I did my grocery shopping twice this week and kept adding a little more to my food stock. Still working to get the food stash a little deeper.

    I like the photo above. Something enjoyable about watching someone getting strangled (and or throat cut). Yes, I am a bit of a sick SOB 🙂

    Got my Pachmayr slip-on rubber pistol grips and replaced the worn one along with a clean and lube job. As usual, the grips are a pain in the butt to put on but worth it to me for the firm handhold I get. The second set is put away as a spare.

    My reefer was acting up. Specifically, the ice maker was overdoing it. The maintenance guys figured the water pump was done for, so I de-iced the thing and they got the job done the next day within a ½-hour. Also, a good excuse to empty the thing and do a cleaning. #1 daughter took some of my frozen stuff home to put in her extra freezer and the rest went into my ice chest.

    There is a lot of crap floating around out there about that reported assault on the server farm in Germany. Supposedly, the farm was a CIA operation, and they were helping with the voter fraud stuff. They even brought in CIA para-military units to guard the place against a DoD assault. Also, supposedly, DoD SpecOps (under Presidential orders) raided the farm. Five soldiers and one CIA agent were killed. It was believed that Delta Force did the attack. However, most CIA para-military contractors are ex-US spec ops people, including SEALS, Green Berets, etc. I don’t think they would be thrilled about having a shoot’em up with old friends. The reports claim that all of the servers were successfully seized and are being investigated by DoD cyberwarfare people now. I don’t know what to believe. However, the well-known war correspondent, Michael Yon (ex-Green Beret) says the SpecOps v. CIA paramilitary story is a bunch of BS. He has the contacts to know for certain.

    However, some things reported recently in the lame stream media do start to make sense. Such as the SecDef getting fired and not allowed to resign, Kissinger and Madeline Albright also fired from a national security committee, and some other stuff. LtGen Flynn being pardoned and now supposedly reinstated to a senior national security position by Trump, with his Top Secret clearances also reinstated.

    Other stuff floating around include stories of some Deep State people having already been arrested. I would imagine if some well-known Deep State actors were arrested, it would be big news in both the Lame Stream Media and the more reliable media. So far, no such folderol. Also, there are rumors that Trump will be invoking the Insurrection Act and having the military make arrests, seize evidence, and maintain custody of those prisoners. Military tribunals may also take place. Essentially, a limited form of martial law will be declared for Insurrection Act violations and some other statutes as the FBI, DOJ, and the courts cannot be trusted. Evidently, regular criminal and civil matters will remain within the normal civilian justice system, so the majority of citizens won’t be adversely affected by a martial law declaration under the Insurrection Act and the other few statutes involved. I guess we’ll see.

    So far I have had no new problems with my ears, balance, or vertigo. I saw my PCP on Thursday and he set me up for a consult with the audiologist. I have an appointment with them on Dec 21. Also saw my clinical pharmacist and she doesn’t think any of my meds are acting up, but she will hold off on a definitive decision until after the audiologist consult.

    I’ll be having some fun with #1GD this week. Her parents are getting their house re-wired, so they are staying at my place while the work is done. #1GD is all excited about being able to spend nights at my place for the first time.
    We’ve had some chilly weather lately. Cold enough for me to wear a hoodie. Native Floridians are wearing winter parkas, watch caps, and gloves. We did have some frost on the ground and on cars. A few of #1 daughter’s plants may have bought the farm as a result, oregano specifically.

    This Week’s Questions

    1. What class would you get the most out of at a weekend survival event and what would you like to learn during an interactive session?

    I would benefit the most from learning edible plants that I could scrounge up in my area.

    2. What class would newbie survival homesteaders or preppers benefit from at a hands-on boot camp?

    I think newbies would benefit most from how to properly create a food stash and properly storing bulk foods (rice, beans, etc). Also, something on high priority equipment and how to use it (lanterns, propane and wood stoves, candle safety, solar lighting and power storage, etc).

    3. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above

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    • Zulu, the server farm rumor is probably mostly BS but there may be a bit of truth in it somewhere. Where is Haspel? Something is definitely going on in the background that isn’t public knowledge yet. I caught a cryptic phrase from someone in the know a few days ago. Something is afoot and things may get very very nasty. Global infiltration (along with sedition) is everywhere and it appears many trees are in the process of being shaken.

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  5. This Week’s Questions

    1. What class would you get the most out of at a weekend survival event and what would you like to learn during an interactive session? Shooting instruction (I’m out of practice and sure I’ve picked up some bad habits) and unarmed defense.

    2. What class would newbie survival homesteaders or preppers benefit from at a hands-on boot camp? FOOD STORAGE…What to buy 1st, what lasts longest, good sources to get it (and ones to avoid).

    3. What did you do to prep this week? Well…

    Stopped in to the new liquor store near us. Added some 100-proof vodka to the medical cabinet. (the Kraken is for me!)

    Still looking at houses/property. Thought we may have found our new place, but by Monday they had 2 offers for it, so “not this time”. But the loan pre-approval is about finished.

    DW made her Leek/Pear soup again. This stuff is awesome!

    “Blue hair” shopping run. Saved about $20 on FD food and jacket.

    I have a follow-up dental appointment in “the big city” so I took the opportunity to use our points to order me a pair of Danner light-weight hikers. If I pick them up at the store, I can also get my military discount, which will bring them in under $50 out-of-pocket.

    Lost my Chiweenie on Friday afternoon. She got run over. No dogs at the house now, actually for now.

    Supply Run: Alcohol; dry navy beans; canning lids; turkey SPAM; DM Chicken & Dumplings; coffee; band-aids; DeWalt jigsaw/2 batteries/bag; AF FD Vegetables; Morning Moos milk; FC Creamy Wheat cereal; granulated garlic; new Carhart coat/sweatshirt; UHT milk;

    Received: FD Meals; AF Cheese Blend; knife; sling; hobby stuff; Xmas presents; Antenna, Ham, magnetic; .308 muzzle break; Book; IWB mag holder;

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        • JP,

          Sorry to hear about your dog. They are so much like family.

          #1GD lost a cat a few weeks ago, it having to be put to sleep. Now another cat seems to have run away the other day for some odd reason. GD is taking it OK, its the grownups that are having the biggest issues. One cat left. They are planning on getting a dog next week.

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          • Zulu 3-6:

            We have been looking at adopting another dog since we lost the one this summer. We will continue to look until we find another good fit for us. After we lost the 2nd of our 1st 2, we said “no more”. Made it all of 4 months. We will be patient in looking, but it is like a new house, we will keep looking until we find the right one.

          • JP,

            Yeah, picking a new pup is a lot like buying a new house. They are looking at a 5-year old female Beagle-mix rescue dog. #1GD likes it and wants to re-name it “Rosie” after my mom’s old Cocker Spaniel that GD has only seen in photos. Rosie was a great dog and she lived a long life.

          • #1 granddaughter’s runaway cat decided to come home. SIL’s aunt was patrolling the area and spotted the kitty hiding behind a bush. Shiny eyes gave it away. #1GD and parents are happy, the other cat is not. She was enjoying being boss cat in the house.

          • Glad to hear it – cats are funny though. We have a neighbor that had two cats that were brothers. One of them decided to move down the street to another home. When he was found the first couple of times, the original owners took him home, but he moved away again. They finally gave up because the two brothers didn’t get along. A new family adopted him and their young daughter named him Dora (as in Dora the Explorer). Even though he was a boy cat, the name stuck and many neighbors now know him as Dora the squirrel catcher. He’s a good hunter.

  6. A shout out to Tara. I don’t always say this, but you are very much appreciated with all the work and preparation you do to make this blog possible. I know there is a certain amount of work involved, so know you are appreciated!

    1. I would say that I would like to work on pressure canning. My granny scared me from a tender age to stay clear of her pressure cooker, telling me it could always blow any moment when in use. Gonna get over that fear. A class would help rid my brain of the inbred fear.

    2. For new Prepper and homesteaders, I would agree that learning to grow and put up their own food is vital. Also, as they procure tools and equipment, they need to know how to use the tools they buy, and how to maintain them for future use.

    3. Not much outside prepping this week. After a cold rain, it has turned cool in Dixie. I did spend the week inventorying my storm kit in case lights go out. Checking batteries, propane, lanterns, buddy heaters etc. oh, not sure if I mentioned it last week, but I did add a multi-fuel generator to my preps to keep the freezer food intact in case electricity is out for any length of time.

    Love you folks. Stay well, and remember we are here for each other!

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  7. Woke up to a frosty 31 degrees, it’s chilly out finished decorating the house, hubby and I put up the outdoor Christmas lights, we have the old large bulb type and it looks super cute on the house it looks like a Gingerbread home my mom said she’s glad someone feels like Christmas, I can’t let life get me down. Hubby’s dad, is still hanging in there they are changing his breathing tube, to help see if he will wake up and cutting his medication down to see if that will help his liver, not to work so hard.

    We went to Fred Meyer’s, they had $10.00 off of $40.00, plus some coupons, so I got out the door with $55.00 worth of food for $31.00 . We also went to Big Lot’s, I also had a $10.00 of $40.00 coupon too so bought several goodies, for hubby to have in his van for lunch 😋.

    I’ll be getting some baking item’s to start on cookies, and a sweet cherry bread, we are going to keep it low key and we won’t be hanging with family at Christmas, but I’ll make sure to bring a few cookies for my parent’s dad, will love his Holiday nugget cookies.

    Well, take care everyone, and have a blessed weekend….

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  8. Puppy is all healed up and running and jumping like normal. I think the biscuits I’ve been giving him helped him heal faster. They support joints and hips. They contain beef,peas and sweet potatoes.

    Puppy told Major to hurt Biden. Good puppy.😎

    Security
    .22 plinking
    Cleaned the mini 14 and realized I didn’t load all of those mags.
    Loaded mini 14 mags.

    Garden
    Brought pepper plants in that we’re in trays.
    Brought the cilantro in.
    Harvested most of the lettuce.

    Food
    Bought more meat (I don’t want to eat bugs)
    Bought 20 lbs of rice
    Bought 10 lbs of pasta.

    The Mrs is making a Turkey as we postponed Thanksgiving due to possible Covid infection but was negative.
    I will have to freeze dry some leftovers.

    Thor’s questions
    1. Do you think Trump will implement the insurrection act and declare limited martial law?

    2. Do you think there is enough evidence to prove voter fraud and possible treason charges?

    3. Many bad things are going to happen this month. The electoral college is supposed to meet for the vote, unemployment benefits are supposed to run out for some Americans the day after Christmas and food banks are being overwhelmed,(I heard one food bank used to give 4500 lbs of food out in a month but now is giving out 130,000 lbs of food) the leftists are going to go nuts when Trump is declared the winner and a 2nd lockdown. Which will be the worst?

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    • Tara’s questions

      1.What class would you get the most out of at a weekend survival event and what would you like to learn during an interactive session? Livestock training, chickens ext.

      2.What class would newbie survival homesteaders or preppers benefit from at a hands-on boot camp?
      Everything. Food storage, water filtration, Medical training and firearms training.

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      • Thor’s questions

        1. Do you think Trump will implement the insurrection act and declare limited martial law?

        As I wrote in my main post, there seems to be some possibility of Trump doing exactly that. I also heard that people that get arrested under the Insurrections Act will be shipped off to Gitmo, at least temporarily. Personally, I doubt that since there are Jihadis still locked up there.

        2. Do you think there is enough evidence to prove voter fraud and possible treason charges?
        There would have to be enough evidence on an individual basis. I’m sure it’s out there.

        3.Many bad things are going to happen this month. The electoral college is supposed to meet for the vote, unemployment benefits are supposed to run out for some Americans the day after Christmas and food banks are being overwhelmed,(I heard one food bank used to give 4500 lbs of food out in a month but now is giving out 130,000 lbs of food) the leftists are going to go nuts when Trump is declared the winner and a 2nd lockdown. Which will be the worst?

        I don’t know if things will be prepared for the College to meet and vote on the designated day.
        130,000 lbs of food is one hell of a lot of food compared to 4,500 lbs. Where are they getting that much food to distribute for one food bank?

        Yeah, if Trump is declared the winner, the leftists will go nuts, but they had better be prepared for the inevitable results if they misbehave.

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    • Thor’s questions
      1. Do you think Trump will implement the insurrection act and declare limited martial law? I look at this question as “should” versus “will”. He might, but I don’t think he should; too many moving parts that are questionable.

      2. Do you think there is enough evidence to prove voter fraud and possible treason charges? Depends on whose bringing the charges, who’s hearing the charges, and who’s being charged. Outcome prediction – nothing happens.

      3. Many bad things are going to happen this month. The electoral college is supposed to meet for the vote, unemployment benefits are supposed to run out for some Americans the day after Christmas and food banks are being overwhelmed, (I heard one food bank used to give 4500 lbs of food out in a month but now is giving out 130,000 lbs of food) the leftists are going to go nuts when Trump is declared the winner and a 2nd lock down. Which will be the worst? 2020 was only a prelude to 2021!

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    • Thor1
      1) Honestly I think is is trying to hold off on that venue until there is no possible choice left open to him. Remember he thinks like a business person, not a bought & paid for poly tick.
      2)Treason…OH, my goodness YES!! Video footage of them pulling out ballots from under a table with “OH, we forgot they were there” or some other odd explanation after they kicked the observers out. Horse manure!! If Get mo is full, then then should give them a one way trip to the bikini islands for lying-cheating. Parachutes could be optional equipment.
      3) Loss of food for those who live on the edge every day. Because they were never taught how to feed themselves without the convenience of a grocery store, or junk food dispensary . When food runs out the :Pzzzz will hit the fan. mho

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  9. (1). I would enjoy an in depth first aid course.
    (2). Newbies need to learn about proper long term food storage first, followed by growing and preserving food.
    (3) I planted carrots where the bush beans had been. Canned the last of the pole beans and will allow the remaining pods to fill out to provide seed for my spring planting. Ordered some goat coats from Jeffers for my little herd. Some of my does are getting old and could use the help in staying warm! My farm sitter called to tell me she had to shoot my rooster! LOL. He had been getting aggressive and I told her to kill him if he got out of hand while we are here at our “camp”. A.k.a. Our BOL….will need to find a more docile sperm provider when we get back home! A mean rooster is a dead rooster at my farm…

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  10. Too much pain to do anything this week. My right rotator cuff started bothering me and favoring that side caused the left side of my lower back muscle to start spasming. Today is the worse so far, hoping I start getting better soon.

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    • Daddio,

      I too have a torn rotator cuff. Here’s the remedy: 1/3 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup gray sea salt, 2/3 cup epsom salt–put in very hot bath with a squirt of Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap. Seriously, this works wonders!!

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      • Jean

        Thank you and the others who have showed concern. Shared pain is lessened pain. I am feeling better, I made sure to not do the things that set off my back, like bending over to put on my socks. I have my wife put them on me or just wear slippers instead. I had one of those aids to put socks on with but I put it away after the last time I needed it and it hasn’t shone back up yet.

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  11. First to answer Tara’s questions:
    1. A class I would be interested in would be small engine repair.
    2. A beginning class I think is essential is home canning.
    3. Preps for the week: I have finished all but two Christmas presents and they should be ready by the big day. Still need to mail packages to Florida and Colorado. Seed catalogs continue to arrive. Both online catalogs and paper catalogs are indicating some types of seeds are/will be unavailable. My grow lights and stand arrived but I have yet to put it together. I need to since my lemon balm is getting straggly.

    We are in a light snow pattern where every two weeks we get a couple of inches of snow. I hope this continues as 2020 was a dry year with only 15 inches of rain. In between the snows it warms up to the mid 50s so some outdoor chores can be done in decent weather.

    We did not attend a family Thanksgiving. Multiple generations from multiple states did attend and now multiple members are ill. It may be a tough month or so as two of the octogenarians have tested positive for Covid-19. The family run business will also struggle as two of the late 30s are unable to work—one cannot even get out of bed.

    Cliff- it sounds like a wonderful early birthday celebration. Since you were born on Pearl Harbor Day, did your family celebrate on that day? My youngest grew up with a friend born on 9/11 and they never celebrated on the actual day.

    JP in MT- I am so sorry you lost another pup.

    Thor- I am wondering about how the Electoral College will act. It certainly has been an interesting year. Our county vote was as expected. But we are deep in flyover country.

    Prayers to Daddio and Zulu and all others in pain or ill health. Thank you to Desertdove for the link. I just hope I won’t need it.

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  12. Oh, I would love to attend a prepper camp of any kind. I would gravitate to the foraging class, however what grows back east doesn’t always grow out west. I agree that all preppergals should know how to can safely and shoot a firearm safely so that is how I would direct a newbe.
    I was busy with other things so did not get much done on preps. I did make cranberry/ apple juice and cranberry / orange juice. Made and canned caramelized onions. Did some baking with the neighbor girl I’m teaching to can. That was fun so we plan to make Christmas cookies next week. I’ve been sharing my episode with women from last week of the attempted truckjacking in hopes of improving our situational awareness. And maybe get some new students into the gun safety class. I think it helped me process the experience better too. Many thanks to Zulu for your input.
    Still need to date and put away my purchases from Costco last week and I hope to dry can some walnuts, something I have not done before.
    Take care everyone and stay safe out there… especially in the big city!

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  13. Oh I would love to attend a prepper camp. I would gravitate to a foraging class, however, what grows back East doesn’t always grow out west.
    I agree that all preppergals should learn how to can safely and shoot a firearm safely, so that is how I would direct a newbie.
    I was busy with other things last week so did not get much done in the preps dept. I did make cranberry/apple juice and cran-orange juice. Should be ready to sample first of January. Canned some caramelized onions. Did some baking with my neighbor girl who I’ve been teaching to can. It was fun so we are planning to make Christmas cookies next week.
    I have shared my episode of the car jacking last week with a number of women hoping to improve everyone’s situational awareness. I think it helped me process my role in it. Many thanks to Zulu for your input last week. I’m hoping more women will take the women’s gun safety class.
    Still need to put away all my Costco purchases of last week. I hope to dry can walnuts this coming week as I have not done that before.
    Take care everyone and stay safe… especially in the big city!

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  14. Thank you for all your kind birthday wishes. This being my 70th is really hitting home for me. All of my childhood friends have passed on and a large number of my military buddies have like wise gone on.

    My birthday being on December 7th or Pearl Harbor Day isn’t a big deal with me and we usually celebrate on the actual day but this time we had to shift back to Saturday since everyone but me has to work tomorrow. DW is going to take me out to dinner, I think to the Juicy Crab in Douglasville when she gets off work tomorrow.

    A word about Japan and the cowardly attack all those years ago. My dad was in the Army and was stationed in Japan in 1946 and 1947. I was stationed there from 1986 to 1992. The people there are not the same people who attacked us and went to war with us. Just as we are not the same people who dropped the atomic bombs on them. I hold no bad feelings actually to most people in the war. I’ve had some that have tried to kill me but in their minds they had good reason since we were killing them and burning their homes and doing other atrocious things to their people. I didn’t go to any place to kill people or rape or pillage and I’m glad. Right now I am trying to resolve the feelings I used to have for our enemies and trying to forgive myself for the people that I caused death and destruction to rain down upon them due to my intercept of their communications and the intelligence I was able to gleam to enable our troops to vector in on and destroy from a distance. I had no evil in my heart, just doing my job to eliminate a threat to our guys.

    I’m turning maudlin in my old age this evening so forgive me if you will.

    Today was a good day of church service, left over BBQ and stew for lunch and an evening of spending time sitting close to my DW.

    Enjoy your evening. Keep smiling even if they can’t tell you are smiling behind your mask, your eyes will smile and people when know when it is important for them to know.

    73 and time for me to shut down the radios, turn off the computer and climb in to bed. Old people like me have to go to bed early since we’ll be up a lot during the night to go pee.

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  15. 1. What class would you get the most out of at a weekend survival event and what would you like to learn during an interactive session?
    Firearm tear down & cleaning, foraging, small livestock, pressure canning.

    2. What class would newbie survival homesteaders or preppers benefit from at a hands-on boot camp?
    Gardening, seed selection & saving, and food storage.

    3. What did you do to prep this week?
    Minor shopping for food rotation plus more AA / AAA batteries. More raking of leaves, including cleaning out most of shady end section of garden. I’d love to till & fertilize but the ground just isn’t drying out from multiple rains. Snow blower off to repair shop; my guess is the DP didn’t let it run out of gas before storing = gummed up carb.

    Thor’s questions:
    1. Do you think Trump will implement the insurrection act and declare limited martial law?
    Not much would shock me. Methinks there’s lots going on behind the scenes, add CCP issues to the voter fraud nightmare. I think that would be DJT’s last resort, and it depends on if military on board. If he does, I think it would be limited. The radical left will go nuts (umm, nutser?).

    2. Do you think there is enough evidence to prove voter fraud and possible treason charges?
    Absolutely. Vids and affidavits galore. Treason if CCP intervention & payoffs can be proven.

    3. Many bad things are going to happen this month. The electoral college is supposed to meet for the vote, unemployment benefits are supposed to run out for some Americans the day after Christmas and food banks are being overwhelmed,(I heard one food bank used to give 4500 lbs of food out in a month but now is giving out 130,000 lbs of food) the leftists are going to go nuts when Trump is declared the winner and a 2nd lockdown. Which will be the worst?
    All of the above at one time. Close the liquor stores (including inventory) and watch the cities burn. Too many people are too stupid and/or lazy to take care of themselves.

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