What I Did To Prep This Week: December 13th 2020 – December 19th 2020

Merry Christmas, Pack. I hope you are gathered with loved ones and celebrating the joy of the season. 2020 sure has been one hell of a year. I would like to hope it was not merely a coming attraction trailer for what 2021 has in store – but with Joe Biden looking more like he will be sworn into the Oval Office next month, I fear that is the worst is yet to come.

We have gotten a little snow around here this week, but not the mega storm the weather guy was forecasting. Our preps this week have mostly been Old School Survival Boot Camp and barnyard related. We went to the monthly agricultural society board meeting, and updated them about how our plans are progressing and solidified the camping rates they want to charge.

Three survival and bushcraft experts from North Carolina to Mississippi have contacted us this week to ask to be a presenter. All three were awesome additions to the presenter lineup. I have spent a lot of time working with local potential vendors and demonstrators so they can share their skills, expertises, and their wares at the event, as well.

While 85 percent of the attendees of the Old School Survival Boot Camp will be from outside of our region, the more local folks who do attend, the better prepared our community will become during a disaster of either short or long duration.

The better prepared the folks around you are – even when you live in a secluded spot on lots of acreage like we do, the fewer people who will be desperately searching for food, water, medical aid, and shelter.

In our rural patch of heaven county, nearly every household contains at least a few guns, in addition to hunting, fishing, foraging, and gardening skills. These simple yet essential facts alone are the primary reason I consistently fail to understand why any prepper would not choose to live in a rural area.

Urban and suburban areas are just too full of the unprepared and liberal loons. It will take only a small spark for a city or pampered suburban area to erupt from the tiniest of flames – the marauding hordes will form quickly, my dear Pack members.

My Christmas wish for all Pack members who do not already call a rural zipcode home, is to seriously consider moving. There is nothing to lose by moving to a rural area – absolutely nothing that is at all important, but there is everything to gain.

  • You are not safe where you live, no matter how skilled you are on an individual level.
  • You can not provide for yourself in any sense of a sustainable way if you do not live in a rural area – there is just not the space or natural resources to do so.
  • You are not surrounded by like-minded or self-reliant people.

My Christmas wish for rural Pack members: in the giving spirit of the season, reach out to a non-rural Pack member you have grown to know well, even if it is virtually, and tell them more about your region.

Perhaps they will choose your little patch of heaven to move to and help bolster the survival tribe you are a part of, as well.

This Week’s Questions

  1. If Santa paid a visit on Christmas Eve to preppers, what three things would you like for him to bring you, and why?
  2. What are your predictions for the first three months of the new year related to Biden taking the oath of office and the pandemic?
  3. What did you do to prep this week?

61 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week: December 13th 2020 – December 19th 2020”

  1. #1 a better sausage stuffer, night vision, conibear traps. I think all 3 explain their selves.
    #2 it depends On how the Georgia senate face goes. If they get the senate they will hit us hard and heavy via congress on restrictions to freedom . If republicans retain senate then expect them to hit us hard through the bureaucracy with regulations.
    If they push to hard expect some of the red states that are sound financially to push back . Then it’s any bodies guess.
    Have a turkey cold smoking this weekend that has been in curing brine for two weeks. Will be using a blend of maple, Apple and cherry woods to smoke it. Nothing improves a turkey like making it taste like ham.😀

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  2. This Week’s Questions

    1. If Santa paid a visit on Christmas Eve to preppers, what three things would you like for him to bring you, and why? Sovereign land deed, tractor with accessories, new dog.

    2. What are your predictions for the first three months of the new year related to Biden taking the oath of office and the pandemic? Confusion, violence, shortages.

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

    Went to the “big city” on Saturday primarily to look at a new dog. Did some shopping while we were there. Stopped on the way home at Wheat Montana Deli to get a 10”x10”x3” “fat pill” (caramel/apple cinnamon roll) for sharing tomorrow.

    I have had a problem for some time sitting on the couch and/or the love seat set we bought 10 years ago. Sunday I finally found a chair I can stay in for more than 10 minutes; it’s being delivered on Friday. (Man, has furniture gone up!) On Wednesday, I’m on the road (cell phone coverage has gone back to 2000!) when the delivery guy called; it was either Wednesday night or Saturday delivery (COVID got his guys) so DW came home and I have my new chair!

    Picked up my new Danner LW waterproof 8” hiking boots and got my military discount. Glad I already had to go over there, definitely not worth the $9 just for that.

    Sent my WonderMill off to be repaired. It only has to go to Pocatello, ID, so at least it should get there pretty quick.

    I found a new source for some Augason Farms freeze-dried good. Midway USA. Prices and service are better than WalMart.com.

    Due to a clerical error, we missed out on a 2 yr old female cattle dog who should have been perfect for us. Starting the search again.

    Supply Run: SPAM; rice; DM C&D; baking soda; face masks; zip lock bags; clothes; plastic sheeting (3 mil, black and clear); LED light bulbs; timer (for Xmas lights); canned beef strips; 39-gallon trash bags (need to stock up on these); replacement groceries; chair(!); boots;

    Received: NIV Bible dictionaries; 3-shot extension tube for Rem 1100, 20 ga.; AF Tomato Powder; FD Meals; 2-shot extension tube for Rem 870, 20 ga.; AF black bean burger mix, #10;

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      • PG:

        We don’t have any cattle so I really don’t need a specific breed. Right now small and medium sized dogs are in short supply (LOTS of cats and large dogs). But about an hour ago we made an appointment to see/get a dog an hour or so away from us next Saturday (only day we are both free).

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  3. I did my grocery shopping twice again this week and keep adding a little more to my food stock. Still working to get that stash a little deeper.

    Got my Christmas shopping done finally. Normally I’m done shopping and wrapping by the beginning of December, but not this year. 2020 has been a crappy year all around. Not everything has been delivered yet.
    At least, all in all, everyone’s health has been pretty good. No known encounters with the Kung Flu. My little faux stroke episode last month was pretty much the most exciting. Hope it stays that way. I have an appointment for the audiology consult at the VA hospital on Monday afternoon.

    I do not intend to get a COVID vaccination. #1 daughter, being in a military medical unit, says that the COVID vaccine is coded pink right now, meaning it is an optional vaccine. She expects it to become a red (mandatory) vaccine for medical personnel. She doesn’t have a medical specialty but being in a medical unit will probably cause her to get stuck anyway.

    They are making a big deal out of some folks having adverse reactions but let’s be realistic and understand that there are always a percentage of adverse reactions to any vaccine. And the silly fuss over the person who fainted after getting stuck. I am not a needle fan and I used to DFO (done fall out) all the time. I don’t anymore now that I have matured a little. Having said that, I don’t trust the COVID vaccine at this point due to lack of testing and experience with the stuff.

    The dimocrats aren’t wasting much time telling us how they are going to screw us over. I really think things are going to get ugly in 2021. Antifa and BLM are not going to be the only troublemakers, but they will likely be the prime targets (among others) of conservatives like the Proud Boys. The PBs aren’t going to settle for being stabbed at protests much more. Michael Yon is predicting (using military calculations) that we could be in a full-blown civil war by the end of August 2021.

    I am concerned about 2021. 2020 sucked purple kool aid, but 2021 has the potential to be a real nightmare. That is one reason I keep piling up my food stash and obtaining other supplies that may be of use in a SHTF situation.

    I have to correct my family health status report from a couple of paragraphs ago. My SIL’s mom has been diagnosed with Kung Flu. At last report she is doing fairly well. Her fever has gone away although she is still coughing periodically. #1GD has been told her other grandma is sick, but she doesn’t quite grasp the potential of the Kung Flu. She is worried about her MiMi, but not in a panic state.

    I can’t believe that the idiots in charge decided to call members of the Space Force “Guardians.” When VP Pence made the announcement, I swear it was all he could do to keep from laughing out loud. God Almighty are they going to get the crap teased out of them. Even the Coast Guard has someone to tease now (I won’t mention what my Ex, a former Coastie, said to me about that). They’ll have to call the general officer in charge “Star Lord.” Who is going to get the ranks of Groot, Rocket, Gamora, Drax, Yontu, and so forth? I can just see it, Groot First Class, Gamora Major, First Yontu. 😊 Sure, it sounds mean, but us Jarheads never pass over a great opportunity to rag on someone else.

    This Week’s Questions

    1. If Santa paid a visit on Christmas Eve to preppers, what three things would you like for him to bring you, and why?

    More food supplies, 5.56mm ammo, and 9mm ammo.

    2. What are your predictions for the first three months of the new year related to Biden taking the oath of office and the pandemic?

    I think the initial few months will be mostly legal battles. Some riots, but mostly legal fights that will go nowhere.

    3. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

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    • This Week’s Questions
      1. If Santa paid a visit on Christmas Eve to preppers, what three things would you like for him to bring you, and why?
      Let’s see – a good-sized cabin in the North Georgia mountains on about 20 acres with a year-round running creek and pasture areas that are relatively flat. Good neighbors who are like-minded. Peace and rational thinking to our nation.
      2. What are your predictions for the first three months of the new year related to Biden taking the oath of office and the pandemic?
      I do think Biden will try to undo everything good that Trump did, force mandatory masks and force mandatory vaccines. No vaccines for me as I’ve had the virus and remember what I learned in high school – you CAN NOT get the exact same virus twice.
      3. What did you do to prep this week?
      I don’t feel like much was done but probably more than I remember – it’s a way of life now. The DH and I are continuing to recover from the virus. I just get tired some days and still have some cough/throat tickle periodically which isn’t all that unusual for me after a cold or flu. The DH is back to his normal amount of congestion and sneezing. I can neither get the virus nor transmit the virus – this is per my doctor and the nurse practitioner at the place where I was tested.

      One out of three of our daughters has the virus and is in the recovery phase – no longer contagious either. A friend that lives with her and her husband also has the virus but hasn’t had a test to confirm it yet, although he has lost his sense of taste. Her husband is sick with fever and other symptoms but hasn’t tested positive for the virus. He may have the virus, but he may just have the flu – they have tested him for the virus several times but haven’t tested him for the flu though. Thankfully, she is feeling better and can take care of the others now.

      Interviewed two separate contractors to do some serious work on our house and asked for a roofing quote from a roofing company. While not our preference, it looks like we will be here another 5 years.

      Continuing to clean and organize the house.

      Added some to the food rotation. Made pepper jelly from Carolina Reaper peppers that will be gifted to friends with stronger taste buds than ours.

      Thor’s questions
      1. Are you aware that propylene glycol is used in the vaccine?
      Don’t know anything about the vaccine beyond there being some allergic reactions to the point where a Chicago hospital stopped administering it to people.
      2. Are you aware that they want to vaccinate health care workers, the elderly, and children. They also want to vaccinate the military, does this sound fishy to you?
      Sounds like what normally happens with vaccines. My preference would be for all the congress critters to be vaccinated and wait 5 years to see what long term affects arise.
      3. Are you aware that hackers got into a company called fire eye which then gave them access into a company called solar wind software?
      Nope.
      4. This company has access to the power grid, nuclear launch codes ect. They are trying to blame the Russians but I believe it is the Chinese/CIA…. Be ready for anything from now till the “inauguration” Thoughts???
      I try to stay ready for whatever life throws at us. I’m still praying for a miracle that will put the crooks in jail.

      Mom of three – sorry to hear about your father-in-law. It’s a tough decision and a tough spot financially. May you and your family find peace.

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  4. We are celebrating Christmas today. I have been reflecting on how fortunate my family has been through this pandemic. Our jobs are secure. There are gifts under the tree and a 10 lb. prime rib in the oven. I have read so many stories about people losing jobs–being evicted, cars reprocessed. If Santa could bring me anything for Christmas, I would ask that every child have a gift to open Christmas morning.

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    • Bam Bam,

      Yes, it is a good wish for every child to have a gift to open on Christmas. I feel very fortunate that I am able to ensure my granddaughters get gifts from me at least.

      #1GD and I went to Publix the other day and I gave her a $5 bill to put into the Salvation Army kettle. On our drive home, she asked what they were going to do with that money, so I explained. She demanded that I go back and give her more money to put in the kettle. 🙂 I told her we would be going back next Wednesday and she could put more money in then. Sweet child.

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  5. 1. If Santa paid a visit on Christmas Eve to preppers, what three things would you like for him to bring you, and why?
    An off-grid cabin for our farmland that’s separate from our homestead, well drilled at the natural spring on our homestead, and an unlimited supply of guns and ammo.
    2. What are your predictions for the first three months of the new year related to Biden taking the oath of office and the pandemic?
    I honestly have no idea what’s going to happen. I just know it can’t be good.
    3. What did you do to prep this week?

    **Has anyone heard about H. C l i nton taking an $18 billion bribe a few years ago? It involved P a trick B y rne.

    This week:
    *Animals:
    -One of the does was bleeding. The vet said she’s either miscarrying or has a UTI. Following vet’s advice to treat. So far she’s not miscarried, and we’re on the last day of treatment.

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: lots of animal feed, animal injectable antibiotic, hypodermics and lots of syringes for animals,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -Lots of organizing of kids’ playroom/bedroom. It’s amazing how much better it looks, and I swear the room got bigger. We actually have room to move a cot in for an adult to use.
    -I noticed that my vision is worse. I was afraid that the LASIK didn’t last long. It turns out my cataracts are worse, but not bad enough to remove yet. I don’t get it. Why can’t they be removed now? Anyway, I got sunglasses to help with the way far off distance vision when driving. I’m ordering regular glasses after January 1 when the insurance will pay for them.
    -I hosted my extended family Christmas gathering last night. DD didn’t feel comfortable coming with her family, but everyone else was here. We kept the gifts and menu simple, but had lots of food…especially desserts. The little ones played for a long time with Play-doh and cookie cutters. The simple things in life really are the best.

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

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    • Prepared Grammy:
      Next time you make a road trip to the mountains, consider getting your cataracts removed in Garden City, Ks. Smallish city with world class eye clinic. Multiple family members have travelled there for treatment.

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  6. Taras questions

    first i think the dates on the thread may be skewed, last weeks widtptw ended on the 12th so i think it odd that this week ends on the 11th

    1 I can’t think of anything

    2 I choose not to speculate, whatever happens i won’t likely hear about it till its over anyway, i was able to go out today and yesterday but thats because the sun is out mking it tollerable to sit outside in 20 degrees to access internet with my laptop, once winter really sets in I won’t be heard from or hearing from anone till spring (around April when it starts to warm up), till then nothing going on in the country is my problem.

    3 this week i hardly did anything at all, i managed to burn a couple branch piles (the last of them besides the damp dirt covered stumps in the field in huge rows), dried some more apple sauce into fruit leather, I wrote 2 more chapters for my book though they are not online yet, but mostly i sat around because its been only 10 degrees outside in daytime all week. the few times i did go out was to let dogs run around field and i just walked back and forth picking up any odd roots left an tossing them on the stump rows. the stumps were pulled and piled into what the guy called windrows, like a wall of roots and stumps and debris 5 foot tall 1200 feet long and 8 feet wide (with gaps for the tractor to go through) the rows are 100 feet apart and will take a few years till they will be dry enough to burn.

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    • ok i put some thought into it, and if i got anything i would pick

      1 a Mexican or eastern european girlfriend

      2 a pot full of leprechaun gold or just a pot full of any regular gold, gold is gold afterall

      3 that 24 acre swamp to the south of my farm that my neighbor declined to sell the 2 times i asked him

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  7. While they let me leave after last Friday’s bone density test Monday the doctors office called and said I have osteopenia so back to the store for new vitamins. Research starts on more intensive medical treatments.
    The bone density test was requested because of several teeth breaking in the last few months. Was able to get in to a dentist for referral to oral surgeon. He in recommending pulling 5 teeth. Knowing the oral surgeon that should be 2 visits maybe 3. Three teeth are right in a line so that should be one visit. Hopefully that appointment will be scheduled soon.
    Grocery shopping was done 3 times this week. Slowing down on it but continuing to add proteins to the stockpile.

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    • Hope everything goes ok with the teeth pulling, i.e. no infections. Hope treatment for Ostio works out ok, and you can stop the calcium loss.

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      • Jean, The oral surgeon I see is really good so I’m not expecting any trouble. I see an oral surgeon since I had one tooth removed a few years ago that resulted in my getting a shot in the jaw to finally deadening it enough to make removal tolerable. My parents and I have spent thousands on my teeth ( root canals, caps, crowns, fillings etc) but I’m seriously considering just pulling everything and getting dentures. We will see.

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        • I had these problems with my teeth from early teenage years. Just crumbling away and no amount of money spent slowed it down. Finally at 30 I gave up and got dentures. Best decision ever ! Stopped the pain and the financial drain.
          I am 56 and I have never regretted it.
          Hope you find your solution soon, its a horrible, painful place to be!

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  8. I’m mourning the loss of my very firstborn goat who passed during the night last night. She was almost 12 years old and we had been battling a mysterious condition with her for several weeks. Vet was stumped. We tried various things, to no avail. Laura Grace will be sorely missed. As my first born, she was the most beautiful goat I had ever seen.

    On a more positive note, I had borrowed Laura Grace’s last-born son back in September and it appears he successfully bred my youngest girl….she is starting to bag up and should deliver sometime in February.

    Other things from this week: I traded 5 bars of soap for a new rooster, hopefully less aggressive than my last one. Time will tell. I will pick up a bantam hen on Monday to put with my bantam roo. Hope to see baby bantams running around here eventually.

    I got my lettuce seeds in the raised bed on Monday; processed the last of the papaya and avocados Thursday. Canned Bananas Friday; made a custom-order of soap today. All while enjoying the company of my Number One grandson from Utah. He’s 13 and we are best buds. We made Christmas cookies Thursday, which is our annual tradition and he took the lead on most of it. Gosh, I love that young man.

    (1) I would like a solar backup system for the homestead AND the BOL (Come on, Santa, I’ve been GOOD!)
    (2) God only knows what lies ahead in early 2021. One thing for sure, this mess sure has improved my prayer life.

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    • I’m sorry about the goat. Even though they’re livestock on our farms/homesteads, we become attached to them. I’m hoping that my old girl has doelings. If she does, I’m keeping them and not breeding her again. She’s probably okay to breed for a couple more years, but I would rather not.

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      • I don’t breed my girls if they are over 9 years of age. I like to breed them every OTHER year so they have time to recover their health/strength. Praying for udders here in February!

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  9. Puppy loves to scare the UPS drivers off the porch. I swear he sounds like the cartoon Smedley dog laughing as they run away.

    Firewood
    Cut some kindling

    Vehicles
    Charged batteries
    Cleaned the Jeep (The only vehicle that looks good dirty or clean)

    Garden
    Turned the compost

    Gas powered tools
    Syphoned fuel from tanks in tiller and pressure washer

    Food
    Bought ham (Christmas lunch)
    Bought prime rib (Christmas dinner)

    Thor’s questions

    1. Are you aware that propylene glycol is used in the vaccine?
    I believe that is antifreeze.

    2. Are you aware that they want to vaccinate the health care workers, the elderly,and children. They also want to vaccinate the military, does this sound fishy to you?

    3. Are you aware that hackers got into a company called fire eye which then gave them access into a company called solar wind software?

    4.This company has access to the power grid, nuclear launch codes ect. They are trying to blame the Russians but I believe it is the Chinese/CIA…. Be ready for anything from now till the “inauguration” Thoughts???

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    • Thor’s questions

      1. Are you aware that polypropylene glycol is used in the vaccine?
      I believe that is antifreeze.
      I have not looked into the vaccine – I told my PCF that we would talk about me getting it in 2025.

      2. Are you aware that they want to vaccinate the health care workers, the elderly,and children. They also want to vaccinate the military, does this sound fishy to you?
      Not really. From their perspective they are treating those most likely to need it or be susceptible to the dangers of the disease. Inoculating the military is done all the time. I can’t recall how many times I got stuck with stuff because someone thought it was a good idea.

      3. Are you aware that hackers got into a company called fire eye which then gave them access into a company called solar wind software?
      Nope, but again I am not following events that I can do nothing to fix.

      4.This company has access to the power grid, nuclear launch codes ect. They are trying to blame the Russians but I believe it is the Chinese/CIA…. Be ready for anything from now till the “inauguration” Thoughts???
      Well, now things are so messed up you don’t really know who is behind what, working for whom, to what end.

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    • Thor’s questions

      1. Are you aware that propylene glycol is used in the vaccine?
      I believe that is antifreeze.

      I didn’t know it was being used, but I’m not surprised it is. Propylene glycol is a common additive for food and medicine. The antifreeze is ethylene glycol.

      2. Are you aware that they want to vaccinate the health care workers, the elderly,and children. They also want to vaccinate the military, does this sound fishy to you?

      Yes, I am aware of who they want to vaccinate. However, some states do not want to vaccinate the elderly first.

      Vaccinating the military is not unusual at all. They made us take all kinds of vaccinations. No choice. Way back in the 1970s, during the Swine Flu epidemic, it was mandatory in the military to get the vaccination. I was home on leave when my company was marched en masse to sick bay to get stuck. I was ordered to go to sick bay the day after I returned from leave to get stuck. The annual flu vaccination was also required.

      Prior to Desert Storm, the military was required to be vaccinated against anthrax. My whole unit was marched over to sick bay to get the honors. #1 daughter got vaccinated against anthrax too prior to going to Afghanistan.

      3. Are you aware that hackers got into a company called fire eye which then gave them access into a company called solar wind software?

      I’ve heard something about hackers getting into government systems recently. I don’t know the details.

      4.This company has access to the power grid, nuclear launch codes ect. They are trying to blame the Russians but I believe it is the Chinese/CIA…. Be ready for anything from now till the “inauguration” Thoughts???

      I’m not sure about nuclear launch codes. They are fairly uncommon and hard to get a hold of.

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      • AC,

        Make sure you’re not confusing polypropylene glycol (a very common food and medical product additive) with what IS an antifreeze, ethylene glycol.

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        • Zulu 3-6
          Parties that were discussing it on Saturday patriot show knew the difference, it was the version with the antifreeze in the mix. They even talked about the two different poly glycol’s, so that there would be not misunderstanding.
          The lady and the gentleman have been doing research into this since the vaccine ‘could have been a possibility’. Both are to be on the radio program again with all their research notes.
          When the show records and goes to archives will list it so that anyone who wishes to listen to it, will be able to so that each party can make up there own minds on the research information.

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    • Thor’s questions
      (late reply, internet access here is unreliable at best)

      1. Are you aware that propylene glycol is used in the vaccine?
      just like there is arsenic in apples and grapes, thats actually what makes cherry caugh syrup work, a lot of unhealthy stuff is fine or even beneficial in very small, or trace amounts

      2. Are you aware that they want to vaccinate the health care workers, the elderly,and children. They also want to vaccinate the military, does this sound fishy to you? elderly have high risk since their immune systems are often compromised, most of the local deaths from kung flu in my area are among elderly, mostly because they live in nursing homes, lots of people with weak immune systems living in close quarters, one gets sick and the rest catch it quick. children also have underdeveloped immune systems, health care workers are at high risk because they are expected to be around infected people all the time, even if they are in top health they are exposed to it constantly. as per military, the troops often have to be in very close quarters and don’t have a choice about it while in active service, if one soldier is sick the rest of their unit will be very close and can’t do anything like social distance or wear ppe, as i recall the only person on a submarine who has a private room is the captain, everyone else is crammed together, i heard there was a clusterduck in the spring on an aircraft carrier when a bunch of sailors got sick, it spread rapidly and the captain was reprimanded for asking for help in dealing with it. thats the same logic behind a push to vax or release prison inmates who are also stuck in close quarters.

      3. Are you aware that hackers got into a company called fire eye which then gave them access into a company called solar wind software? no idea

      4.This company has access to the power grid, nuclear launch codes ect. They are trying to blame the Russians but I believe it is the Chinese/CIA…. Be ready for anything from now till the “inauguration” Thoughts???

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  10. My gosh I forgot it was Saturday, the days are blending into each other. Well on Monday, my husband told the Hospital to remove the life support off his dad, and with in the hour, he passed with a smile on his face, even though you know it’s coming it’s still hard and hubby. been a trooper I know he will have days if sadness. If we could only get his family to understand that he didn’t want to be cremated but we can’t afford the 19,000 they want for a casket funeral, he had about 14,000 that’s cash and a life insurance, still 5,000 short and we can’t do more then $1000.00 being cremated is around $3,000.00 the family may be angry but we have to be realistic. I canning up some spaghetti sauce, and I’m dry canning flour, oatmeal. Next week I’ll be doing cookies, I’ll take a small tin to my dad and mom, and have a few goodies, for us we don’t need a lot but it’s not Christmas, with out some family favorites.
    I didn’t do a lot of shopping this last week, I did go to the Dollar tree, and bought a few bags, and tags, for presents, two half gallon of the Gossaners milk , and two of the aluminum wrappers and bought some cat food, to keep her food topped up also.

    Going to drive around tonight and look at Christmas lights, in a different part of town even though the kid’s are 20 and 16, they still enjoy and being together. Have a great weekend and a great week ahead.

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  11. f Santa paid a visit on Christmas Eve to preppers, what three things would you like for him to bring you, and why? For once in my life I have a large amount of savings. I have land and a small tractor that only needs a few days of repair work. I just do not have strength and drive to do what work I can do.

    What are your predictions for the first three months of the new year related to Biden taking the oath of office and the pandemic? Depends on if they get the Senate or not. I say more lock downs, money to pay people to stay home, and punishments for hated Republicans who can no longer depend on presidential immunity.

    What did you do to prep this week? Added a bit to my food preps.

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  12. Tara’s Q.
    1. I would love for Santa to deliver about 20 solar batteries for both systems on the property. Then I would gladly open a P90 and a 9mm hellcat with ammo. Number 3 would be body armor for DH and myself.
    2. I dread the first few months of the new admin watching everything that was accomplished these last 4 years in our favor unravel one by one.
    3.This week, I canned some strawberry lemonade concentrate and raspberry too using frozen fruit from last summer. Trying to empty the freezers.
    Had great fun making cookies with my neighbor girl and we made mice for her family of 7 using maraschino cherries, Hershey’s kisses dipped in chocolate, glued together onto a Graham cracker, using sliced almonds for ears, icing for whiskers and eyes.
    It was surely a bright spot in my week as a friend of 20 years died of Covid 19 and his memorial service was in a local park today. There is such a heaviness hovering over our nation, our churches, and our homes, that I was determined to have some fun preserving an important tradition in our home. The death of someone close always prompts me to ask myself some tough questions, like, do I need to tell those I love that I’m grateful to be a part of their lives? Do I need to forgive anyone or apologize to someone? Do I need to ensure my affairs are in order to make a transition easier for those I leave behind? Do I need to visit sometime I haven’t seen in a long time and show them how valuable they are?
    What gifts of the heart would be best to give this year?
    Stay healthy and safe everyone.

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    • DD,

      I’ve got some body armor coming at the end of this month. It’s just a Type IIIA external vest, but it’s capable of taking Type III rifle plates if I buy them. I still have a set of concealable IIIA left over from the PD, but it’s too old to really trust by itself.

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      • Zulu 3-6:

        This year I bought the DW and myself a set of Level III plates and vests. This Summer I upgraded to IIIA plates. Next upgrade is IIIA Polymer plates (3.5# vs. 9#, ea.). We’ll see if that happens with the new admin.

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          • Mari:

            I don’t think they are going to be too sneaky about it at all. That’s why we did ours in stages as finances permitted.

          • JP, I hear ya. They ain’t cheap. The darling loony PTB will make it quite clear very quickly what they think of horrible awful unwashed masses of deplorables and their rights. It’ll likely have to start with eliminating mfgr’s legal protections and slamming them with lawsuits. Cuomo will be happy to help.

          • DD,

            I don’t know that a polymer plate is better. They are still testing them. They do seem to be efficient within their limits, but some folks in the biz think they need more testing.

          • Desert Dove:

            Polymer plate weighs about 3.5#/plate. Steel weights 9-9.5# per plate. With 2 plates per carrier, you are at 20# before you add ANYTHING else. Those days are pretty much behind me. We used to make the overweight guys wear their “flak jackets” not even as good but weighted about the same) when they ran PT to get them to loose more weight.

          • Desertdove, in addition to other comments, IIIA good against pistol rounds (some up to .357 mag). The weight is roughly half that of the armor against rifle rounds. With all my former injuries, no way could I wear heavier armor. What we can can afford is also an issue.

      • Hi Jean. If this was meant for me, thank you for your empathy. He was a longtime friend who worked for us on our property, made us laugh, allowed us to take vacations, and shared his family with us. I suppose at some point all of us will lose some close to us from Covid 19. Sure hoping 2021 is a healthier fir all of us.

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  13. Good evening from Douglasville,

    It has been a busy week so far. Thursday night we had our company annual holiday party via zoom, with an elf delivering goodies and wine a couple of hours before the party and most of the team of 8 plus spouses were soused. DW and I had ice water and enjoyed the games and such.

    Today was our annual Christmas breakfast for the wife’s side of the family. We have always gone to IHOP but this year thought it was a bad idea so we had it here. We thought we had everything until this morning when I had to make an urgent run to Publix. We had a total of 15 family members show up and a ton of scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage links, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy, and more sweets than anyone could eat, and the final family member left about 6pm. We had gag gifts for everyone under the tree and it was a great time.

    I took everyone down to the dungeon and showed them the supplies and told them all they were welcome here if something bad happens but don’t pop up out of the dark without letting me know you are breaching the perimeter. They all understood and if it happens they will all adhere to the plan.

    No church tomorrow except maybe on line. We had a 20 person group test positive shortly after the annual Christmas parade. We sat this one out.

    Have a great week. Merry Christmas.
    73

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  14. Hello folks,
    Good to hear from everyone. I truly wish each of you (and your family members) a very nice Christmas no matter how you choose to celebrate.
    1. If Santa showed up at my place on Christmas Eve, it would be extra sweet to drop off a new truck, and a delightful amount of 9mm ammo, and food preps galore.
    2. 2021 – Let’s just say I’m kinda holding my breath. I don’t expect things to go well at all. My gut tells me that the Dems will take GA by any means possible, and it certainly will be rather easy to manipulate the votes as they are STILL using the same voting machines used in the Presidential election. I kinda agree with someone else who said the next couple of months will be a lot of legal items and such. I certainly hate to see all the things put in place by Trump to be undone. Saddens me, but I know who is in control.
    3. Have t done too much this week except to get my cold weather stuff together and organized. Bought a new generator, and new cords to run minimal household should storms take out the power. Checked flashlights, fuel and cook stove etc. Rest of time has been spent picking up what bargains I can find for last minute Christmas presents.

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  15. 1. If Santa paid a visit on Christmas Eve to preppers, what three things would you like for him to bring you, and why?
    Just the last items to get my polar power going. No power 13 months now.

    2. What are your predictions for the first three months of the new year related to Biden taking the oath of office and the pandemic?
    Too upsetting to want to contemplate.

    3. What did you do to prep this week?
    Canned turkey … many pints and a quart of orange cranberry relish.

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  16. 1. If Santa paid a visit on Christmas Eve to preppers, what three things would you like for him to bring you, and why?
    A large cabin on secluded property complete w/escape hatch & underground bunker and clean spring water; armor; rifle mags and ammo for what I have. Yeah, I’m appropriately greedy. My DF used to suggest 50 acres in the middle of nowhere with a tall fence. I added the suggestion of 2 very large dogs.

    2 What are your predictions for the first three months of the new year related to Biden taking the oath of office and the pandemic?
    Biden/Harris and their handlers will jump right out of the gate with lockdowns & mandatory masks. They’ll attempt to undo everything Trump did, faster than spit; try to shut down any proposed oil/gas; carbon tax; raise taxes; free crap for the lazy; explore how to pack the SC so they can slam 2A (they’ll try that anyway); open borders; etc etc. We can only hope to win both Senate seats from GA, but the fraud train is running. 2021 will be horrific.

    3. What did you do to prep this week?
    A medical 2 weeks. Remicade infusion. Got needles in my right index finger and right shoulder. Finger has been hurting bad, then I worsened it opening a soda bottle Shoulder is likely re-torn rotator cuff, so prepping (or much else) has slowed. Got eye exam; replacement lenses for 2 pairs glasses on order and I got trial sample contacts yesterday. I rotate frames so that if SHTF, I have 2 pairs of backups with usable lenses. Plus I’ll have 3 pairs of previous contacts that’ll be ok.

    Since both shoulders have had torn rotator cuffs, I’m somewhat hesitant over walking staff. Both pulling and pushing hurt like crazy. Cold Steel has been out of stock, so I have a bit of time to think hard. Maybe a cane w/a quiver (LOL). Since right lower leg splintered, weight could be a problem; so IIIA armor would be max. I’ve really got to convince the DP. Hey, even he admits our property isn’t defensible.

    Most purchases over last 2 weeks were just normal food/supplies to replace what used. Absolutely no ammo to be had anywhere in area. Nothing I use available online, either.

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    • Mari:

      I got a Cold Steel Blackthorn staff from OpticsPlanet.com. It was the lowest price out there (under $40) and $50 orders ship for free (otherwise the shipping was $17) and I seldom have a problem finding something from them to make the order enough for free shipping.

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      • Thanks, JP. I didn’t think of checking them. Just hope my shoulders can deal with much push/pull action. Rats, rats, rats. Old injuries never go away, which is why I always tell younglings to do all the cool stuff while they’re young. Can’t always do cool stuff when one gets old, other than tell cool stories.

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  17. Merry Christmas to everyone!
    Tara’s questions:
    1) Well, a Berkey system has been on the wish list for some time now. Food and ammo are always welcome

    2) I think 2021 is not going to be any better than 2020.

    3) Getting ready to host DD and family Christmas day! And ‘adopted’ DD and GS the day after! Adding to preps took a backseat to Christmas preps, but always add a little here and there anyhow. Found a new source for fresh eggs, AND duck eggs as well as chicken eggs! Not to mention a lot cheaper than my previous source!

    Thor’s questions: We must read some of the same sources because I also question the Russia RussiaRussia narrative. China wants America weakened, it’s the only way they could possibly stand a chance against us. Kung Flu, the vaccine, cyberattacks, election interference all are within their purview. Look at how China has infiltrated so many levels of our society already. I’ll get off my high horse here. Y’all know enough to question the narrative we get fed.

    Tara, I am looking forward to the Boot Camp! The fairgrounds are just around the corner (so to speak) from DD’s home, so we will probably just camp there, and hopefully bring her family along!

    And, again, Merry Christmas to all of you and your families!

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  18. Thor’s questions

    1. Are you aware that propylene glycol is used in the vaccine? I believe that is antifreeze.
    I’m aware. Nope, that’s not antifreeze. Could be why some people have reactions to the vax, or could just due to allergies.

    2. Are you aware that they want to vaccinate the health care workers, the elderly, and children. They also want to vaccinate the military, does this sound fishy to you?
    Yep, but I’m way against vaxing the kids. Not surprised with military as they get vaxed for everything under the sun. Healthcare workers makes good sense, same for elderly (those willing). Now there’s talk of skipping the elderly and vaxing people who work in stores. That’s not where it’s spreading and asymptomatic people aren’t spreading the virus. Dopes!

    3. Are you aware that hackers got into a company called fire eye which then gave them access into a company called solar wind software?
    Yep. I heard SolarWind’s Orion software. I heard something about FireEye, but don’t remember what. CCP / Chinese companies involved somewhere along the line of backing SolarWind.

    4.This company has access to the power grid, nuclear launch codes etc. They are trying to blame the Russians but I believe it is the Chinese/CIA…. Be ready for anything from now till the “inauguration” Thoughts???
    Could be Russian hackers or could be CCP who hacked thru Russia. They can shut down our utilities anytime they want. I expect it to happen at some point. Dark Winter? Oh, and rallies incl on Jan 6 to really ramp up. The thought of Biden/Harris/CCP/NWO in power is beyond scary.

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  19. If Santa paid a visit on Christmas Eve to preppers, what three things would you like for him to bring you, and why?
    -a good AR-15, night vision, Mountain House food
    What are your predictions for the first three months of the new year related to Biden taking the oath of office and the pandemic?
    -gun control, more covid restrictions, peace w/ China

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