What I Did To Prep This Week: January 17th 2020 – January 23th 2021

Hello Pack. I hope you all have stayed warm this week. We have had a constant ebb and flow of a little snow, freezing (Yeah – hard ground to walk upon!) and then mud – lots of mud.

During the winter we do not do a lot of outdoor prepping because the wood and hay have already been put up, and it is still too early to start seeds.

vintage wood planer

This time of year we are typically busy with fence maintenance and minor repairs to the barn and other buildings – and serving tractors and other equipment.

This time of the year we do a lot of self-reliance learning, shopping, and inventory checks. One of my beloved’s best and most recent prepping related purchases is an antique wood planer.

He and some of our tribe members are working on it right now. She is a rusty beauty from the late 1800s. This simple machinery will work as well as a modern version, but is both hardier and easier to work on.

The matching attachments from the same era that were also subsequently scored to go with the antique wood planer include a cutter, lathe, grinder, and the separate companion sawmill piece. We will be able to take trees from our land and make our own lumber – quite an awesome resource and prep.

There are still two big piles of logs, both hardwood and softwood, that the gas company cut down that we have not gotten to yet. Turning some of those into board’s will be a wonderful money-saving asset to use to build a new reloading shed – and a host of other projects.

I had the pleasure of chatting with GrammyPrepper on PrepperNet the other night. It was fun to run across a Pack member outside of our group of commenters here. PrepperNet has been a vastly growing online community of preppers across the country for about five years now. I think.

Initially, PrepperNet used regular social media platforms and MeetUp like a lot of other prepper groups. But now, PrepperNet has its own platform and even a mobile app! You can join groups from your state and region, prepper topic focused groups, and interact without mainstream media overlords.

Sure, there are rules about behaving decently and not doing illegal – common sense stuff and not politically correct micro-managed conversations. It is an online community for preppers by preppers and offers members the freedom to be themselves in a welcoming environment.

In other preps this week we are continuing to work on the Old School Survival Boot Camp event. This has become nearly a full time job, but this labor of love will be worth it.

When we created the tagline – “3 Days That Could Change Your Life” it wasn’t just a marketing ploy, it was an honest assessment of what attendees should expect from experiencing the hands-on training and mingling with like-minded people from Ohio and surrounding states.

The January special that runs through the end of the month offers military and first responder families – including veterans, Gold Star families, retirees, and volunteer firefighters, 50% off tickets by using the code: American Heroes at checkout.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. What piece of vintage farm, homesteading, or survival equipment would you like to score as part of your preps, and why?
  2. Do you still belong to mainstream social media platforms amid the ongoing purge of Trump supporters and patriotic thinkers? Where do you chat with like-minded folks online?
  3. What did you do to prep this week?

105 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week: January 17th 2020 – January 23th 2021”

  1. This Week’s Questions:

    1. What piece of vintage farm, homesteading, or survival equipment would you like to score as part of your preps, and why? I like the idea of a “sawmill” but currently lack the available personnel to run it.

    2. Do you still belong to mainstream social media platforms amid the ongoing purge of Trump supporters and patriotic thinkers? Where do you chat with like-minded folks online? Never did. I could not find a source that would not compromise itself.

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

    With all the rumors, we took two shopping trips to the “big city” (Costco, WinCo, Wal-Mart) (Saturday and Friday) this week. After mail ordering 2 floor lamps that came in broken, we picked up an end-able/floor lamp at the store. Other than that, nothing more than groceries (spares for the spares). Instant oatmeal was still on sale for $1/10 so I now have enough for 2 5-gallon buckets full. Found our WinCo has a small selection of Augason Farms foods.

    DW put in her “1st of the year” seed order this week.

    Supply Run: Grocery top off; instant oatmeal; canned/seasoned beans; SPAM; Chicken & Dumplings; soup; 5-gal Mylar bags; canning lids; hard candy; 2-gal Gamma Lids; AF Egg mix;

    Received: Wonder Mill (replacement); hobby parts;

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    • We have breakfast with my oldest and her husband on Saturday morning. This morning she got a text from her sister (her Mother lives with her) than my ex has C-19 and is in the hospital. Caught her by surprise. My youngest has to self isolate for 10 days, which may effect her working as she can work from home, but not knowing what was happening will have to have someone bring it to here. This is the first issue with C-19 in our family.

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  2. Im first? Amazing! Prepping is on hold, as my midwifery practice has been growing so fast, thats all i can do right now. Helping another mw right now- weve attended 3 births in the past week, a first for me(my practice is normally 1-2 births per month.) apparently people dont want to give birth in a hospital right now. Imagine that! Happy New Year and hugs to all Patriots!

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    • Babycatcher,

      Plus there have probably been more births since couples were asked to stay home. We have a granddaughter due at the end of April. Everyone in the clan is excited. She has chosen a midwife with a “pool birth”. My understanding is that they will set up a pool in the dining room and prego can get in and out as she pleases. Paps and I, and her husband are totally onboard–though it was truly her decision. We don’t want to be anywhere near a hospital. Doctors in hospitals do C-sections just for convenience and not because they are medically necessary, and if there are complications, Prego is minutes away from a hospital.

      Babycatcher, I would like for you to describe a “water birth”. I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen.

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      • Bam Bam,

        I’ll let BC got into the detail, but my #1 daughter gave birth to granddaughter in a pool. She felt it was the best way .

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          • BC,

            #1 daughter went to a place called Inspiration Family Birth Center in Winter Park. It’s closed now. However, the former owner is doing home births like you do and she is getting 2-3 jobs per week also (#1 daughter stays in touch on a FB mom group). She also says there are bunches of women making inquiries on that mom group about home births. Nobody wants to have a baby in a hospital it seems.

          • BC,

            The kids live in Jacksonville. I have total confidence in their decision to pick a midwife. I wish I could have been as smart as them at 30-something.

        • Zulu,

          I sent this message to GA Red. I wanted to post it here. Please give me your thoughts.

          There is something odd going on with silver right now. I think Reddit is going to do to silver traders what it did with GameStop. I want you to send out this email to generate conversation. I am not an expert. I just read a lot. If my analysis is wrong, I want to know why.

          Background

          GameStock is a tanking company. Gamers get games online; they don’t go to stores; couple this with COVID and you understand why their business plan is outdated–sort of like Blockbuster.

          Wall Street was banking on GameStock to fail. Many companies shorted GameStock stock. Here’s how shorting works. You borrow from a company. You put up stock as collateral. That company identifies stocks that they think will tank. The company “borrows” those stocks and then waits for the stocks to tank. When the stocks do tank, they sell the stocks for less than they originally purchased the stocks. This nets them a profit. What Reddit users did essentially screwed over pariah short sellers. (These are companies who make money from other businesses failing. They don’t create anything new; they prey on failing companies.)

          The motive here appears (to me, at least) to “stick it” to the big guy. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/30/business/gamestop-reddit-rebellion-explained/index.html

          Current News

          In the last few hours, Reddit has targeted the silver industry. My understanding is that silver is different from regular stocks–you have to have physical silver to short the stocks. Silver has been at an 8 year high. So it is a prime target for short sellers. I really think the goal of Reddit users is to bankrupt the elite who have profited from the misery of others.

          Here’s the point: If the trading silver is attacked by Reddit like GameStop, then given the requirement that they have physical silver to back up their bets, physical silver will erupt exponentially in profit. If this happens, folks like us who hold physical silver should look to sell.

          Please note that I am not an expert. I am sending you this email because I want the feedback of those who are more informed than me.

          Bam Bam

          There is something odd going on with silver right now. I think Reddit is going to do to silver traders what it did with GameStop. I want you to send out this email to generate conversation. I am not an expert. I just read a lot. If my analysis is wrong, I want to know why.

          Background

          GameStock is a tanking company. Gamers get games online; they don’t go to stores; couple this with COVID and you understand why their business plan is outdated–sort of like Blockbuster.

          Wall Street was banking on GameStock to fail. Many companies shorted GameStock stock. Here’s how shorting works. You borrow from a company. You put up stock as collateral. That company identifies stocks that they think will tank. The company “borrows” those stocks and then waits for the stocks to tank. When the stocks do tank, they sell the stocks for less than they originally purchased the stocks. This nets them a profit. What Reddit users did essentially screwed over pariah short sellers. (These are companies who make money from other businesses failing. They don’t create anything new; they prey on failing companies.)

          The motive here appears (to me, at least) to “stick it” to the big guy. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/30/business/gamestop-reddit-rebellion-explained/index.html

          Current News

          In the last few hours, Reddit has targeted the silver industry. My understanding is that silver is different from regular stocks–you have to have physical silver to short the stocks. Silver has been at an 8 year high. So it is a prime target for short sellers. I really think the goal of Reddit users is to bankrupt the elite who have profited from the misery of others.

          Here’s the point: If the trading silver is attacked by Reddit like GameStop, then given the requirement that they have physical silver to back up their bets, physical silver will erupt exponentially in profit. If this happens, folks like us who hold physical silver should look to sell.

          Please note that I am not an expert. I am sending you this email because I want the feedback of those who are more informed than me.

          Bam Bam

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          • Bam Bam:

            I know I’m not Zulu 3-6, but I have been watching this PM situation for quite a while. As with ammo, silver (and gold) has gone up quite a bit. Last year (Jan/Feb), I bought ammo instead of silver, but silver was still a good buy. It steadliy went up to about $17 an ounce then jumped into the mid to upper 20’s. It had calmed down to the 24,s then took off again.

            IMO, silver has been a better investment, LONG term, than gold; more room for movement. In 2010 I needed to generate some cash and sold gold at $1840 and silver at $38. When it was “unpopular” gold was around 1250 and silver 12-13. I stopped buying at just under $17; other things were a better buy for my purposes.

            IMO, gold and silver are a hold right now. If it starts getting into the low-to-mid 30’s, I might start to let some go, as I am currently doing with some ammunition.

            My personal philosophy is that if it is in the news as a shortage, I stay away from it and look for other things that are a “bargain”. Most people are not sitting on a variety of capital or commodities to sell/buy, so if they are after silver, something else is open for purchase.

            Personally, I am advising those who will listen to secure their food stockage. Secure their personal infrastructure. Secure their water and heating/cooling. You NEED those things. Shinny metal is nice but not essential.

            Just my opinion.

          • Bam Bam and all,

            I am not an expert in precious metal trading, but I have learned a few things. First, PM are a physical product unlike stocks which are a paper promise to provide either more paper promises or possibly cash depending on what the holder of the stock wants to do, or the company that issues the stock is capable of doing (more stock or money).

            PM, particularly silver, are not only a simple product, but they are also important in the manufacture of other products. Electronic products in particular as silver and gold are excellent conductors of electricity.

            Neil McCoy-Ward is a English financial guru who is big on silver. I suggest you watch this YT video of his about silver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VADiANSSTh8 He is not an Oxford don and his accent is a little tough to get through sometimes, but he knows his stuff. He was a sergeant in the British Army also, so obey! 🙂

            He has a bunch of other YT vids, some of which are very recent. I haven’t had a chance to get through them yet.

            If the SHTF, our fiat currency may have no value. Neither will stock certificates. Unless people think those items will regain value in the reasonably near future, they’ll only be good as fire starters. What will have value are things that most people believe have an intrinsic value. PM may or may not have value to all people.

            Food will always have value. Ammunition may have more intrinsic value than PM, depending on the caliber a potential trader needs. Certain skills will also be valuable. I think PM will always have some intrinsic value because of historical factors. It depends. To me, owning some PM is simply a storage medium of some wealth and a hope it will be useful in a TEOTWAWKI scenario. Also historically, I keep a heavy duty cutter in my safe in case I need to clip my rounds into smaller value pieces like they did in the olden days. Of course, getting caught clipping the coins of the realm frequently resulting in a beheading. Luckily, my rounds are not minted by the government.

            Like McCoy-Ward, I believe silver is the best PM to hold if you are going to hold any. He displays the silver to gold ratio quite graphically in the above linked video. Most folk just won’t have a real clue of the value of gold in a trading scenario. Silver, being cheaper to start with and known to be so by most folks, has a better chance of being useful in a trading scenario.

      • Well, mom uses the water to help alleviate pain, and to help make the labor easier. We monitor moms temp, BP, and babys heart rate often(more often the closer labor gets to birth.) mom is free to come and go as she pleases, we keep her fed and hydrated(can you imagine running a marathon on ice chips? Same thing!) and make sure her bladder is empty, so she can nap when she’s tired, get in the tub when things are intense, and generally work with her body to get the baby in best position for birth. As far as the birth goes, the baby is born into water, but does not try to breathe until his face hits air. So all other things being equal(no unusual stress etc) we do counter pressure on mom’s bottom to help prevent a tear(less common in waterbirths anyway), baby is born, and we get him on mom’s chest right away. We check babys color, respirations, heart rate, reactions and vigor,(APGAR score), check mom’s blood pressure and watch for indications that the placenta is coming. We wait two hours,(we do NOT pull it out like you see in the hospital-thats a prime way to cause an inverted uterus- a true medical emergency) sometimes longer, but most times it comes within 30 min or so. Constantly monitoring mom’s BP and bleeding, if any, and checking on the baby and seeing if he’s ready to nurse. This can all still be done while mom is sitting in the warm pool water, holding baby(we put a warmed towel around them to keep him warm, but body heat does that too. Also regulates his heart rate, respirations, and temperature). When the mom feels ready or for some other reason, we get mom out of the pool(baby doesnt have to be separated yet) and get mom onto the bed or birth stool to birth the placenta(if its not out yet). Once its out, we do vitals again on mom and baby(about every 15 min inthe first hour) and help mom get to the bathroom to empty her bladder(a full bladder can prevent the uterus from clamping down properly). We get mom and baby tucked into bed, and nursing, check mom for tears(usually doesn’t tear) and do a complete newborn exam on the baby. Then we get mom fed and hydrated, do more vitals, and let the parents bond for awhile while we sit in the other room and do paperwork. We usually stay at least 3 hrs. We go over the postpartum instructions(i have a set of them i give to every client), warning signs, and when i will be coming next to check on them. We generally do a 24-48 hr visit, a 1 wk, 2 wk, and a 6 wk (with sometimes a 3 or 4 thrown in there if desired or needed. But we are also no further away than our cell phones and the clients know they can call at any time with questions or concerns. I know this was long, but wanted to give you the general layout. About 70% of my clients do waterbirth, and i highly recommend it.

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        • What an awesome career! I can’t imagine the joy you must get from your work, and what a blessing to do something that makes such a difference. Nothing more touching than new baby humans lol

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    • Last Week’s Questions:
      1. Is your prepping plan to bug in or bug out, and why? Bug in, if at all possible. We don’t currently have an appropriate or well-stocked bug out location, nor can we afford or locate an appropriate one at this time.
      2. What do you think are the pros and cons of portable prepping in an RV or on a boat? Like others – no room for storage but it is portable.
      3. What did you do to prep this week? Cleaning, clearing and de-cluttering. Realized we have a canned pear shortage in the rotational supplies.

      Thor’s questions from last week:
      1. If they need 25,000 troops for security at an inauguration, do you think Biden was elected by the people? LOL – no.
      2. Did you hear they are jamming phones and other communications in DC? No
      3. Is Bill Gates buying farmland to control or kill the people? Control is a driving factor in why many people do what they do.
      4. If Biden is installed as president, how long do you think it will take America to look like Venezuela? That all depends on which way the winds are blowing.

      This Week’s Questions:
      1. What piece of vintage farm, homesteading, or survival equipment would you like to score as part of your preps, and why? The farm itself! I would like a cistern and/or a well so we could have an independent water supply.
      2. Do you still belong to mainstream social media platforms amid the ongoing purge of Trump supporters and patriotic thinkers? Where do you chat with like-minded folks online? Unfortunately, yes. I have a business and a non-profit that somewhat rely on social media. I also keep tabs on my children via social media, but I have a Parler account (if it ever comes back) and a MeWe account that I recently opened. I’m still figuring out how MeWe works and have a friend who recommends Gab but haven’t looked at it yet.
      3. What did you do to prep this week? Cleaning, clearing, and de-cluttering continues. Re-homed a washing machine, a clothes dryer and a file cabinet. Took another load to Goodwill and started another pile to donate. Started working on filling the canned pear shortage. Coming to terms with the fact that the personal fitness regime has fallen to the wayside and need to get back to it.

      Prepared Grammy’s Questions:
      What are your predictions about the next three months? Violence? Inflation? Shutdowns? Anything else? No real idea mostly, but I think violence will remain in the areas where it is currently and inflation will begin increasing. Depending on which way the wind blows, the administration may or may not take action regarding the violence. I believe the governor currently managing those areas would have to request NG assistance.

      Thor’s questions
      1. After the way the national guard troops was treated, thrown out of the Capitol into a parking garage then Trump found out and offered his luxury hotel for them and a republican congressman brought them pizza do you think there might be a military coup is possible? No but I’m sure they don’t care for the current regime.
      2. Should the joint chiefs of staff be charged with treason for not upholding their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC? Doubtful – I’ve learned a lot from folks on this site. More likely, specific governors should be charged with treason.
      3. Was Biden’s decision to shut down the keystone Pipeline good for America? Higher gas prices, higher food cost,52,000 job losses? H-e-double hockey sticks no!
      4. Will doubling the minimum wage put another nail in America’s coffin? Definitely – all costs will increase. However, I do wonder if tip minimum will change.
      5. Did you hear of the American military convoy moving in Syria with a Russian convoy moving to intercept? This after Biden is in office 24 hours. I heard it here first.
      6. What would your reaction be if the government came to your door demanding you and your family take a VACCINE??? You’re trespassing and you know what happens to trespassers. I’ve had the virus, I don’t need your vaccine.

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      • I just sent this to your private email. I wanted to post it here as well.

        There is something odd going on with silver right now. I think Reddit is going to do to silver traders what it did with GameStop. I want you to send out this email to generate conversation. I am not an expert. I just read a lot. If my analysis is wrong, I want to know why.

        Background

        GameStock is a tanking company. Gamers get games online; they don’t go to stores; couple this with COVID and you understand why their business plan is outdated–sort of like Blockbuster.

        Wall Street was banking on GameStock to fail. Many companies shorted GameStock stock. Here’s how shorting works. You borrow from a company. You put up stock as collateral. That company identifies stocks that they think will tank. The company “borrows” those stocks and then waits for the stocks to tank. When the stocks do tank, they sell the stocks for less than they originally purchased the stocks. This nets them a profit. What Reddit users did essentially screwed over pariah short sellers. (These are companies who make money from other businesses failing. They don’t create anything new; they prey on failing companies.)

        The motive here appears (to me, at least) to “stick it” to the big guy. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/30/business/gamestop-reddit-rebellion-explained/index.html

        Current News

        In the last few hours, Reddit has targeted the silver industry. My understanding is that silver is different from regular stocks–you have to have physical silver to short the stocks. Silver has been at an 8 year high. So it is a prime target for short sellers. I really think the goal of Reddit users is to bankrupt the elite who have profited from the misery of others.

        Here’s the point: If the trading silver is attacked by Reddit like GameStop, then given the requirement that they have physical silver to back up their bets, physical silver will erupt exponentially in profit. If this happens, folks like us who hold physical silver should look to sell.

        Please note that I am not an expert. I am sending you this email because I want the feedback of those who are more informed than me.

        Bam Bam

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        • Silver is a commodity like any other so there has to be the volume to back it I.E. you cant sell or borrow 140% as Robin Hood was doing the rules regarding futures trading is sketchy and that is what all the nouse is about, the system is rigged for those who have connections and money to keep making money.

          I don’t know for certain but you don’t have to physically own or hold the silver, to a certain extent it is like oil I don’t have any barrels of Brent Crude in my garage but I can own stakes in oil. I am gambling on the future price being higher or lower than todays.The same goes for Silver I believe. I am not a day trader and certainly no expert but I believe this is how it works.

          Regardless if Silver climbs to a price where it is over valued absolutely sell, and buy in when the market correction happens. Remember Pigs get fed Hogs get slaughtered!

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          • My4Sons,

            No, you don’t have to physically hold your silver. Most brokers will safely store your purchases for you (for a small fee). I know my preferred broker does (APMEX). However, if the SHTF, will you be able to get hold of your precious metals?

            I would never hold PM in paper form. “Sure, we promise to deliver X-amount on demand.” I want my PM under my control. I don’t tinker in the stock market either, especially now. It’s bad enough that a couple of my retirement accounts are in the market, but I have no control over that.

  3. What are your predictions about the next three months? Violence? Inflation? Shutdowns? Anything else?

    1. What piece of vintage farm, homesteading, or survival equipment would you like to score as part of your preps, and why?
    I would like: a small wood-burning stove to heat part of the house, a two-row corn planter for our sweet corn,
    2. Do you still belong to mainstream social media platforms amid the ongoing purge of Trump supporters and patriotic thinkers? Where do you chat with like-minded folks online?
    I am on fb and mw, but I’m going to close the fb soon. I chat on various blogs.
    3. What did you do to prep this week?

    This week:
    *Animals:
    -Making a safe place for puppy outside.

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: trash bags, toothpaste, melatonin, animal feed, two boxes (limit) of lead projectiles, garden seeds, knife and 50 extra blades,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -Having some minor health issues. Allergy patch test is scheduled for next month.
    -I have received all ham equipment I ordered except the power converter (for ac to 12 volt). An Elmer is going to help with the programming as soon as I get my call sign.

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

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    • PG:

      I was thinking about trash bags this week. IF we end up with a real shutdown, trash will need to be bagged up in heavy, odor-free bags – probably outside – as there MIGHT not be any trash pickup.

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          • JP,

            But we are talking wcs, worst case scenario. WROL, SHTF…..Have a burn barrel, but don’t use it till SHTF no service.

          • JP – burn barrels may be frowned upon, but there is still the fireplace. Not as easy, but still available.

          • GA Red:

            Currently our yard (and the ordinances) make a burn barrel impossible and we do not have a fireplace. Our current choices are very limited.

          • JP – our fireplace isn’t great but it works, thankfully. If SHTF there probably won’t be anyone to tell you that you can’t have a burn barrel. I don’t even use a barrel when I need to burn outside – I just use a clear spot in my garden currently.

        • Thor1 – we already compost, burn or recycle as much as possible – most of the time. Recycling will still be done but not as it is now. It’s easier to burn items in the winter than the summer.

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        • Thor,

          I have sent this out to the regulars. I really want your feedback. Am I crazy?

          There is something odd going on with silver right now. I think Reddit is going to do to silver traders what it did with GameStop. I want you to send out this email to generate conversation. I am not an expert. I just read a lot. If my analysis is wrong, I want to know why.

          Background

          GameStock is a tanking company. Gamers get games online; they don’t go to stores; couple this with COVID and you understand why their business plan is outdated–sort of like Blockbuster.

          Wall Street was banking on GameStock to fail. Many companies shorted GameStock stock. Here’s how shorting works. You borrow from a company. You put up stock as collateral. That company identifies stocks that they think will tank. The company “borrows” those stocks and then waits for the stocks to tank. When the stocks do tank, they sell the stocks for less than they originally purchased the stocks. This nets them a profit. What Reddit users did essentially screwed over pariah short sellers. (These are companies who make money from other businesses failing. They don’t create anything new; they prey on failing companies.)

          The motive here appears (to me, at least) to “stick it” to the big guy. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/30/business/gamestop-reddit-rebellion-explained/index.html

          Current News

          In the last few hours, Reddit has targeted the silver industry. My understanding is that silver is different from regular stocks–you have to have physical silver to short the stocks. Silver has been at an 8 year high. So it is a prime target for short sellers. I really think the goal of Reddit users is to bankrupt the elite who have profited from the misery of others.

          Here’s the point: If the trading silver is attacked by Reddit like GameStop, then given the requirement that they have physical silver to back up their bets, physical silver will erupt exponentially in profit. If this happens, folks like us who hold physical silver should look to sell.

          Please note that I am not an expert. I am sending you this email because I want the feedback of those who are more informed than me.

          Bam Bam

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      • Trash bags not needed. What most people call trash falls in one of three categories.
        Burnable = fuel
        Rotable = compost
        Metallic/glass = reuse or recyclable
        Haven’t had garbage pickup or used a landfill in years.

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      • I sent this to GA Red, our new master at arms. I wanted your feedback.

        There is something odd going on with silver right now. I think Reddit is going to do to silver traders what it did with GameStop. I want you to send out this email to generate conversation. I am not an expert. I just read a lot. If my analysis is wrong, I want to know why.

        Background

        GameStock is a tanking company. Gamers get games online; they don’t go to stores; couple this with COVID and you understand why their business plan is outdated–sort of like Blockbuster.

        Wall Street was banking on GameStock to fail. Many companies shorted GameStock stock. Here’s how shorting works. You borrow from a company. You put up stock as collateral. That company identifies stocks that they think will tank. The company “borrows” those stocks and then waits for the stocks to tank. When the stocks do tank, they sell the stocks for less than they originally purchased the stocks. This nets them a profit. What Reddit users did essentially screwed over pariah short sellers. (These are companies who make money from other businesses failing. They don’t create anything new; they prey on failing companies.)

        The motive here appears (to me, at least) to “stick it” to the big guy. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/30/business/gamestop-reddit-rebellion-explained/index.html

        Current News

        In the last few hours, Reddit has targeted the silver industry. My understanding is that silver is different from regular stocks–you have to have physical silver to short the stocks. Silver has been at an 8 year high. So it is a prime target for short sellers. I really think the goal of Reddit users is to bankrupt the elite who have profited from the misery of others.

        Here’s the point: If the trading silver is attacked by Reddit like GameStop, then given the requirement that they have physical silver to back up their bets, physical silver will erupt exponentially in profit. If this happens, folks like us who hold physical silver should look to sell.

        Please note that I am not an expert. I am sending you this email because I want the feedback of those who are more informed than me.

        Bam Bam

        Reply
    • Who is in charge now of sending out emails to those of us who are interested in in-person contact? TOP used to do that, wasnt sure who the mantle was handed to. Please contact me by email and share your call if you like, we are quite active on the radio here.

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          • GA Red,

            Thank you for picking up the torch. Please feel free to share my email with any of our long-term members.

        • Lol. No, I wasn’t thinking of body bags. I keep larger, heavy-duty, trash bags in my truck, camper, and packs. They are great for make-shift raincoats, shelters, under sleeping bags, etc. I’ve used them to keep lots of things dry and clean. They’re also good to line a five-gallon bucket potty. 🪣 🚽 We keep this kind of potty in our cargo trailer when we travel for disaster relief trips, and put one in the hunting blind. A little kitty litter is good to pour in, and a section of pool noodle makes a decent seat around the rim of the bucket.

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  4. Well a busy week so not much done during the week. Today I have 2 pork bellies and a pork loin in the smokehouse. I also have 60 lbs of brisket and another turkey going into curing brine . The briskets brine will be a Corning brine . From there it can be used as corn beef or pulled out dry rubbed and smoked as pastrami. Did a test a few years ago and left a brisket in Corning brine through the summer . Put under the house in April was still good in October. You don’t always need a refrigerator or freezer to keep meat.

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  5. Greetings from Douglasville,

    I won’t bore you with my week.

    What vintage item would I like to have? A wood burning stove would be nice. DW has an older house that her niece lives in. It had central heat and air but it gave up the ghost and niece can’t afford to fix (she lives rent free and is just responsible for tax, insurance and upkeep). They have a wood burning stove and it keeps the house nice and warm. A couple of window AC units keep it cool in the winter. I have a gas fire place and it’s OK but not great like the stove.

    I still keep in touch with friends on facebook.

    Prepping this week? Chased after a pool. Pool folks say none in stock. Check back in March. The favored company, Doughboy Pools, is out of stock and having issues with supplies and workers going out on covid leave.

    Chased after virus shots this week. Georgia is screwed up. Governor says not enough shots for the number of people wanting them. People are cheating, sharing reservation links, 300 people turned away from one site because they all had the same reservation information. We had shots come available for some of our Sign Language interpreters and some of them turned around, told their friends and now everyone is beating on our doors and we are having to turn them away even though they have the link we won’t put them on our list. Sucks to be in that position.

    I’m going to a house clean out today. Have started a new side business with DW niece of cleaning foreclosures and homes of people who have died and relatives don’t want to mess with it. We are also buying storage units, going to yard sales and buying up other stuff. I’m part time at my job now and need something to to with my hands. Hopefully we can make some pin money and maybe find some good stuff to add to our preps.

    Have a good week
    73’s
    Take your vitamins and say your prayers.
    Always remember Wash your hands and say your prayers, Jesus and germs are everywhere.

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    • Cliff,

      The state of Florida does not have a state-wide system in place but my county has done an excellent job of prioritizing the vaccine–front-line health workers and old folks first. Next week my husband should be eligible for the jab. I am really pissed off that the CDC is recommending that smokers should get to the front of the line, ahead of first responders and teachers. Yes, I am a teacher but I get to work from home. I can wait. People who have to interact with the public, like grocery store workers, should go ahead of me. I think the decision to smoke should not be rewarded.

      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html

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      • Bam Bam – the smoking thing is irritating since smoking is a choice, not a disease.

        This is from the CDC page you shared – “Who should NOT use masks: Children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.” Asthma causes trouble breathing – I rest my case. 🙂

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  6. This is going to be a bit of a longish post. The usual weekly update subjects are first and my rant is afterward.

    I did my grocery shopping twice again this week and keep adding a little more to my food stock. Got to keep on getting that stash deeper.

    My Ex is finally getting around to obtaining her HAM license. She’s going to classes for Technician and has already bought some radio equipment. I loaned her my ARRL Technician and General handbooks (both out of date, but really most of the technical info is still good, just the exam questions may be old). Her instructor gave the class a bunch of up-to-date handouts. She isn’t going to put up a tall mast antenna, so I told her to get a J-Pole which are available on-line at reasonable cost. Showed her my J-Pole so she knows what they look like (don’t say anything nasty people, I’m sensitive 😊). She already has a 19” Nagoya whip which will be just fine for mobile use.

    I picked up several small single AA cell flashlights. #1GD wanted one because she managed to destroy her other one. She promises to be careful with her new light. She is actually rather careful with her things, but the flashlight couldn’t bear up to her enthusiasm. I also bought a couple more SAM splints and CAT tourniquets for my med kit. Great items. I carry two CAT TQs in my EDC.

    #1GD is sad today. The dog they had rescued had to be returned as it was tormenting their cats and wouldn’t stop. The cats are not youngsters, and they are used to my son’s chihuahua who happily ignores them (and they her) and my Ex’s dog, who would try to play, but wasn’t rough. That dog was recently euthanized for medical reasons and #1GD was just getting used to that happening and she still remembers their third cat that was euthanized a couple of months ago. That’s the way things go, kiddo. ☹ I still remember and miss my dogs, even from childhood.

    Weather has been reasonable. No rain (maybe some today), but sunny and generally around 70-degrees.

    Start of rant and history lesson:

    The inauguration went quietly. Refused to watch it. I wonder if Biden is disappointed there wasn’t much of a crowd cheering him on. The MSM claims Biden had a bigger TV audience than Trump did. Perhaps, but I think people were watching for the same reason many watch NASCAR, to watch for car wrecks.

    However, Antifa misbehaved in Portland, which didn’t surprise me one bit. I did learn that the Portland Antifa group was the first one organized as antifa in the US a few years back. As I wrote last week, Antifa and BLM are the Brown Shirts equivalent of the Dimocratic Party, but they believe they can do as they like, when they like, where they like. The Nazi Brown Shirts took that attitude after Hitler became Chancellor, even though Adolph was telling them to lay low and be cool. They didn’t listen, caused Hitler political embarrassment, and as a result most of the Sturmabteilung (SA) senior leadership ended up dead and a bunch of the lower ranks ended up in prison (aka: concentration camps, which were mainly for political dissidents at that time, not specifically Jews). The SA was also disbanded soon afterward, and their activities folded into the Allgemeine Schutzstaffel (General SS), sometimes called the Black Shirts.

    Antifa and BLM will continue to misbehave and much of their spleen will be vented toward the Dimocrats because the Dims aren’t fulfilling Antifa demands fast enough. I’m sure the Portland Antifa expected Biden to make all kinds of big changes in one afternoon, which anyone with half of a brain would know the Dims (or Pubbies) don’t move that fast, plus they had parties to attend. Biden cancelled a bunch of Trump executive orders as it was, pissing the Canadians and some unions off along the way.

    I realize that Antifa is not a Nazi group, of course, and are not organized like the German Nazi Party was with Brown Shirts (SA), Black Shirts (SS), and other repressive sub-organizations. I use these groups simply to illustrate the activities Antifa is and will participate in. Antifa is a communist organization. They play anti-racist, etc, only because it is convenient to do so at this time. While the Soviets were organized with groups analogous to the Nazi units, most people are not nearly as familiar with them. This is partly because the Russians were (and still are) much more secretive about their organs of state security than the Nazi’s were. Because we were on the winning side in WWII our intelligence organizations had extensive access to Nazi archives far sooner than we saw anything from the Soviet Union.

    Moreover, after the 1917 revolution, the Soviets rapidly organized security apparatuses that were further sub-divided into directorates that had specific authorities. The two major intelligence and security agencies most of us remember is the KGB and the GRU. The GRU leaned more toward military intelligence than the KGB, but the KGB was nosy as hell and stuck their face into everything. Both the KGB and GRU were actually organizations created out of the originals, some of which had been run by people Lenin and Stalin had executed as they didn’t trust them (some for very good reasons). The first security agency after the revolution was the Cheka.

    Most people with some history study behind them have heard of the Nazi’s Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei – Secret State Police). They were responsible for anti-communism, anti-democracy, anti-religious, pick an anti, etc. The Gestapo had a well-deserved bad reputation for not following human rights and were scary as hell. They were a sub-unit of the Allgemeine SS. Good old Henrich Himmler ran the SS, which ended up having three major branches, the Allgemeine being the first one and the branch that handled the majority of the police work, regular street policing all the way to Gestapo.

    But very few people know which Soviet organization(s) did the same work. The KGB’s Second Chief Directorate handled most internal political control of citizens and foreigners (primarily counterintelligence). They also had a well-deserved bad rep. The Fifth Chief Directorate did much of the same work of the Second Chief Directorate, but tending to specialize in religious dissent, national minorities, the intelligentsia, and censorship of literature, among other things. Read Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago.

    Having said that, the Dims still have to be cautious with the American citizenry. A lot of guns are still out there and they’re not going away quickly regardless of what some people think or hope. If Antifa doesn’t come to heel the way the Dims want them to, we’ll see Antifa declared a domestic terrorist organization and their Dim friends will drop them like a ton of bricks. It’ll be the US version of the Night of the Long Knives. Maybe not as many killed, but a bunch will go to jail.

    I see on Friday that Portland Antifa believes themselves “ungovernable” now. OK with me. That means they must be open season and are just setting themselves up for the Dims to have an excuse to abandon them. The Dims expect Antifa to be answerable to them.

    I haven’t seen much mention of BLM lately. Perhaps they figured out behaving was a plus factor for them right now. Of course, no black people have been shot by cops recently. That’s usually the trigger for BLM misbehavior.

    The Dims in Congress or their minions pulled off a brilliant maneuver by kicking Guard troops out of the Congressional office buildings where they had been sheltering and forced a bunch into an unheated, ill equipped outdoor parking garage. The Texas, Florida, and New Hampshire governors have ordered their Guard troops home immediately even though the Dims realized they’d screwed up and let the troops back into the office buildings. Of course, the Dim politicians won’t accept responsibility and blame lower-level employees for booting the troops.

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. What piece of vintage farm, homesteading, or survival equipment would you like to score as part of your preps, and why?

    I don’t have any place to store most stuff like that. What I wish I had done years ago, was get my maternal grandfather’s carpentry tools. All I had to do was ask grandma. My grandfather (who I never met as he died in a car crash when my mom was only 14), was a master carpenter. Most of his tools were hand-made by himself or friends, including the metal parts. He died in the late 1930s, so his tools were definitely ancient by current standards.

    2. Do you still belong to mainstream social media platforms amid the ongoing purge of Trump supporters and patriotic thinkers? Where do you chat with like-minded folks online?

    I’m on Facebook as a lot of my military and police friends are there. I’m also on a Marine Corps forum. Marines and Navy Corpsmen only. Very conservative and anti-liberal people. Also, no sense joining if you can’t take a joke.

    3. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

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    • Z36,

      Antifa attacking the Democratic headquarters, breaking windows and graffiti was an act. Then they attacked an ICE headquarters trying to get Patriots to join them.

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    • Z36, tools like that, to me, are priceless! My husbands grandfather was a farm equipment salesman in the early 1900s and taught blacksmithing at Ft Lee VA during WWII. Hubby inherited all his tools. We didnt have the room to keep all the forge stuff, but do have a few pieces, and nearly all of his hand tools(woodworking) which we both use to this day. All handmade, and sharp as an arrow! What a neat collection you would have had!

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      • Bam Bam,

        No, we’re not in those dire straights, but we could be if we lose our guns and clowns like Antifa get more control.

        My Ex didn’t see any family get shot in Cuba. Some members were shot, but she was just a baby at the time. More were jailed. A few were shipped here during the Mariel boat lift (I met them).

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        • Zulu, seems her eminence the Speaker got her way. DHS to start tearing into social media communications of military personnel and supposed white supremacists. Sick. The FBI for years has had all the info they could ever need on Antifa.

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  7. I so seldom post on social media that it might as well be closed. Basically it is used to keep track of certain emergency groups I’m in.
    Went to Costco three times last weekend. Topped off a few things and helped a few friends get some additional items. Checked on a new range hood and saw a new cookstove that I liked. No way to transport either so will be checking online to see if I can get them delivered. The cookstove is propane which is the one thing I wish I had.
    Picked up a second butane stove. Putting together a liquor order for next week.

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  8. Puppy scared a salesman with his 3ft standing vertical jump after the motion alarm went off. I have a sticker that says no soliciting. I put puppy in his holding area and went back and told the salesman he looked just like his old chew toy. 😎

    Security
    Sharpened an M7 bayonet
    Found a pack of bb’s and pellets 100ea.
    Target practiced with bb and pellet guns. (Not toys conserving ammo)

    Food
    Bought more meat
    Bought more canned goods

    Water
    Bought 2 cases

    Prepper gear
    Used the solo stove to make ramen noodles

    Thor’s questions

    1. After the way the national guard troops we’re treated, thrown out of the Capitol into a parking garage then Trump found out and offered his luxury hotel for them and a republican congressman brought them pizza do you think there might be a military coup is possible?

    2. Should the joint chiefs of staff be charged with treason for not upholding their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC ?

    3. Was Biden’s decision to shutdown the keystone Pipeline good for America ? Higher gas prices, higher food cost,52,000 job losses ?

    4.Will doubling the minimum wage put another nail in America’s coffin?

    5. Did you hear of the American military convoy moving in Syria with a Russian convoy moving to intercept ? This after Biden is in office 24 hours.

    6. What would your reaction be if the government came to your door demanding you and your family take a VACCINE ???

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    • Tara’s questions

      1.What piece of vintage farm, homesteading, or survival equipment would you like to score as part of your preps, and why?

      None at this time

      2.Do you still belong to mainstream social media platforms amid the ongoing purge of Trump supporters and patriotic thinkers?

      No Facebook is a CIA psyops

      3.Where do you chat with like-minded folks online?
      Here

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    • Thor1:

      Thor’s questions

      1. After the way the national guard troops we’re treated, thrown out of the Capitol into a parking garage then Trump found out and offered his luxury hotel for them and a republican congressman brought them pizza do you think there might be a military coup is possible? No coup!

      2. Should the joint chiefs of staff be charged with treason for not upholding their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC ? When most of the upper management is Anti-Trump and pro-Dem, I would not think that they believe what happened with the Dems is terroristic.

      3. Was Biden’s decision to shutdown the keystone Pipeline good for America ? Higher gas prices, higher food cost,52,000 job losses ? 50K+ jobs gone. Energy dependence on foreign/overseas governments up. Costs can do nothing but rise; I don’t think they see that far ahead for it to be a problems for them.

      4.Will doubling the minimum wage put another nail in America’s coffin? I GUESS that we will have $5/gal fuel, $8 happy meals, and a 30% decrease in employment. And since tax income will subsequently decrease and outlays increase, taxes will have to go up.

      5. Did you hear of the American military convoy moving in Syria with a Russian convoy moving to intercept ? This after Biden is in office 24 hours. Strange how soon that was…

      6. What would your reaction be if the government came to your door demanding you and your family take a VACCINE ??? Good luck with that…

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    • Thor’s questions

      1. After the way the national guard troops we’re treated, thrown out of the Capitol into a parking garage then Trump found out and offered his luxury hotel for them and a republican congressman brought them pizza do you think there might be a military coup is possible?

      No, a coup isn’t likely. At least not at this time. I will bet the troops involved will not forget.

      2. Should the joint chiefs of staff be charged with treason for not upholding their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC ?

      No. Sadly, they did not violate the Constitution. They do not have the authority to determine who is a domestic enemy of the United States and very limited authority to determine who is a foreign enemy..

      3. Was Biden’s decision to shutdown the keystone Pipeline good for America ? Higher gas prices, higher food cost,52,000 job losses ?

      Hell, no, it was not a good idea. Even the Canadians are pissed about it.

      4.Will doubling the minimum wage put another nail in America’s coffin?
      Yes. No doubt.

      4. Did you hear of the American military convoy moving in Syria with a Russian convoy moving to intercept ? This after Biden is in office 24 hours.

      No, I have not heard this. Depending on the make-up of the American convoy, the Russians may not want to mess with it. Of course, knowing the Dims, the Americans may be ordered to stand down.

      5. What would your reaction be if the government came to your door demanding you and your family take a VACCINE ???

      I’d agree if they let me give them a vaccine of my own devising. Otherwise, take a hike, Jack.

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    • Thor1,

      I discovered in Vietnam that the M-7 bayonet makes a superb ice pick to break up big ice blocks. Getting big ice blocks at the Long Binh ice house, chopping them up, and icing down the water bulls was one of my many jobs. Along with avoiding getting shot while driving to and fro from Long Binh.

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    • Thor,

      We do we have such different views? Everyone was outraged by the National Guard being sent to the parking garages during winter. This is not a republican win. My GSD scares the shit out of everyone. My cousin is married to a Native American. She thinks the U.S. should respect the treaties that were made–and not encroach upon “Indian Land”. Minimum wage–can you honestly say that people working full-time should be below the poverty level? I think that if have a full-time job or work two jobs for 40 hours, you should be able to afford the basics.

      Why the hell do we have to pay for their food stamps while Walmart profits?

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      • I owned a million dollar farm. I paid myself $30,000 a year. Why should I have to pay my hired man as much as I was making who’s only investment is the cloths on his back? My harvest lasted six weeks and cost me $30,000 for the labor crew. If I doubled that what would I have left to live on? Individual farmers have no control on prices unless there are very few of them. Sure, Walmart can reduce profits and they can raise prices, most small business can not do either. Do you really want no small business at all?

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      • Bam Bam, sadly, incentive to work is NOT what a socialist-leaning admin wants. I’m a happy camper when I see inner city kids learn enough to get out and work at something well beyond putting frozen hamburgers on a conveyor belt. $15/hour yields no change when prices go up and the jobs disappear anyway.
        Current news — the Ute nation is hopping mad over Biden’s changes to what oil/gas production can happen on reservation land. Those proceeds cover a lot of their needs.

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  9. (1) Being a quilter, I would love to have a treadle sewing machine.
    (2) I dumped FB recently as I just couldn’t endure all the nastiness. My contact with others is very much limited now. Not complaining however!
    (3) Preps this week: received my new incubator and have it getting stabilized with temp/humidity so I can start some eggs. Ordered some medicinal herb seeds; transplanted two young avocado trees, along with some Mexican sunflowers. Pruned and mulched around my grape vines. Set up a tentative date for our Annual Sugarcane Extravaganza for February 6. So far, there are 4 of us who will be crushing and cooking down the cane into syrup. It’s an all-day affair, but lots of fun. Kind of makes me feel like I’ve stepped back in time about 100 years, working in that old sugar shack. When my crop is good, I get about 55 gallons of juice that cooks down into 8 or 9 gallons of syrup. My farm continues to provide me with various edibles….papaya, bananas, and greens this week. My hens are laying nearly a dozen eggs a day, so I’ve started selling some. I take great comfort in knowing how much food can be grown on this little farm! Blessings to all.

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    • Goatlover – wish I could put my avocado trees in the ground. I now have three – two of which are going on 10 years old now. They just keep going in and out of the house depending on the weather. The experimental ones that volunteered in the compost bins don’t look like they’ll survive the winter but I’m not totally giving up. I’ll wait to see if they come back in the spring.

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      • I am a bit farther south than you are, so I’m the lucky one with the avocados. I have one established tree that has been bearing fruit for about 4 years now and another one that should start bearing in a year or two. If you do plant yours outside, perhaps putting them on the south side of your house, out of the wind and in full sun will help. If it’s any consolation, I have a very hard time growing peaches! I have 3 small trees and only one has given me a few small fruit. It actually has about 4 or 5 on it right now, but they seem to fall off prematurely…..oh well, I keep trying!

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        • Goatlover – You are lucky to live where you do with the avocados – they are quite yummy. I don’t think it’s easy for anyone to grow peaches. Depending on the variety, they have to have a certain number of chill hours. You may not get enough for your variety. Then again, certain varieties bloom too early and get hit by frost or freezing temps at the wrong time. They also attract some of the bad bugs for food growing, so if you get anything from your tree, consider yourself lucky.

          I currently have two peach trees growing in pots that I managed to sprout from seed. I have no idea the variety and may never get fruit from them, but it is fun knowing I managed to grow them from seed. I also have two persimmons of a Japanese variety grown from seed. I’m waiting for them to sprout leaves again to make sure they made it through their first year. When that happens, I’ll do the happy dance. Growing things like this is fun, but I don’t count on them for my food – they are what I would term bonus food if I ever get a harvest.

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          • I bought a couple of varieties of peaches developed by the University of Florida, supposedly adapted to our heat. There are currently 4 little peaches growing on one of them. Avocados grow fairly well around here and I have 2 friends who trade me their avocados for my goat’s milk soap. My few young trees only gave me about 2 dozen fruit last year, so trading is awesome.

            Lordy, I love me some persimmons! Good luck with yours!

      • Bam Bam,
        Thanks for the link! We will actually be visiting the Gainesville area in the next week or so and I will definitely look up this place and visit it if we have an hour or two to spare. We are meeting a friend who owns 10 areas of undeveloped rural land to help her plan out a BOL retreat…..my DH has volunteered to help with a bit of land clearing in the middle of it for a small homesite. I’m excited because our BOL is just about an hour away from hers….

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  10. 1. What piece of vintage farm, homesteading, or survival equipment would you like to score as part of your preps, and why?
    Ans: If, I were younger wood working items from milling to furniture making would have been a dream fulfilled. Today a lathe would be my joy.
    2. Do you still belong to mainstream social media platforms amid the ongoing purge of Trump supporters and patriotic thinkers? Where do you chat with like-minded folks online?
    Ans: I was on Parler. If it returns I’ll stay with that but would like to try out others.
    I haven’t found one to easily chat on.
    3. What did you do to prep this week?
    Tara Dodrill
    Ans: Not much. Cared for critters and bought a basket full of supplies at Harbor Freight. Replaced a framing hammer that disappeared, a new hatcht for my butchering kit, lots of things for electrical work, a 100 ft outdoor extension cord, stuff but all things I’m needing for current and ongoing projects. Still forgot a skill a blade and some 1 1/4″ screws I’ll be needing soon. It’s an hour and a half drive to most things in the city. I try to get it all when I go. I still need to get to the feed mill so I’ll be making another trip soon. Then no more for a while.

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  11. Hello everyone. Great weather today for a change. Lots of sun and temps in high 50’s. I will take it!
    In looking at what Tara man obtained, I think it will be useful when rehabbed. Especially with all the wood on their place. As for myself, I would love to have my grandfathers International Harvester tractor. It was not a huge thing, but I could drive it like a breeze and knew how to use the discs as I often helped my dad with plowing the garden and generally just clearing the weeds and brush around the home and orchard.
    Regarding the social media thing, I used FB mainly to keep up with friends and family, but as the ugliness of the election progressed, I would often post funny political cartoons which drew people I didn’t know or want on my thread, so I do still use it, but rarely post anything to draw people to comment. I have vowed to get off of it this year so working o toward that goal.
    I didn’t do much of anything to prep this week except add a bit to the stash, and organize. I did get a sweet deal on some leftover bricks from a house build down the road. I had seen them scattered by the road for a few days, waiting for rubbish truck to carry them to a land fill, so yesterday, someone was at the build site, and I asked if I could take them away, and they said go for it, so I took ALL I could pack into the back of the vehicle. Even scored some leftover lumber from a deck build (treated) and took that as well. I have been measuring the lumber for my raised gardens. Had enough for 2 4x8x2 raised gardens.

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  12. Just a few observations this week. My family members keep to themselves, just this week I found out that my 62 year old sister had C-19. She lives alone in Colorado and we live in Florida. She finally talked to my brother and told him she felt tired and thirsty Christmas morning and went to her kitchen to get some water. A while later she came to on the floor. She wasn’t hurt and after getting some water felt better. She did not go to the doctor but a few days later did get tested and it was positive.

    Still feeling low and getting nothing done aside from a short trip to Walmart (no such thing, I know). Unless you do like my wife, make an online order and just go pick it up. She has shown her dad how to do it. He has trouble walking so having his order placed into his trunk is a great thing.

    I use FB but see no nastiness, I have it set to only show my friends and I only have 25 of them.

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  13. As Tara mentioned, we had great conversation this past week. You know that whole six degrees thing? Well, come to find out she doesn’t live too far from my DD! I hope that nearby Pack members might make it to OH for the Bootcamp!
    Nice thing about working in a grocery store and having friends, I got a couple pork loins and some chicken thighs marked down and put in the freezer in portioned packages. My trusty seal a meal is however on it’s last leg. A new vacuum sealer is on the list
    As far as old timey tools, I always look for non electric kitchen tools. Being semi rural/suburban, big farming equipment isn’t really on our radar. I would love to put in a wood burning stove but since we rent that is a pipe dream.
    In general to Thor’s questions, President Asterisk thumbed his nose at unions and I don’t think they will forget that. All this administrations plans are aimed at tanking the economy just so they can blame DJT, print more money to offer up false hope to the plebes and suck more into the dependency system. You just know this dude via his handlers is going to get us into some war we can’t win because we all know war=money. Phew. Glad to have a safe place to get that rant off my chest. Not a ‘safe space’ just to be with like minded folk. I don’t need a pacifier and crayons LOL!

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  14. Hello Pack
    Running a little behind. Yesterday was taken up hosting a celebration of life for my sister that passed the Sunday after Christmas.
    Not much prepping for me this week.
    Would love to go to camp but not in the budget this year. We are building a homestead out of state and that sucks time and money dry
    I did leave facistbook and Amazon and paypal and google. Never did twitter lol
    Its hard ,but can’t support that kind of censorship.
    Im liking MeWe okay. Would like to see more once a week gatherings like this one on private webpages
    I am joining PrepperNet
    Tara Q. #1 We would love a sawmill
    Thor’s
    1 maybe.
    2 that won’t happen
    3 nothing about Biden will be good fir America
    4 absolutely.
    5 no ,but you know word is out that America is fair game again
    6 they better come committed to the job
    Have a good week Pack!
    Prayers for Health and wisdom for us all

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  15. 1. What piece of vintage farm, homesteading, or survival equipment would you like to score as part of your preps, and why?
    Treadle sewing machine. Both grandmothers had one, but they didn’t come my way. If I lived on a small farm, there are any number of nifty old implements. For kitchen use, I have some manual gizmos as backup.

    2. Do you still belong to mainstream social media platforms amid the ongoing purge of Trump supporters and patriotic thinkers? Where do you chat with like-minded folks online?
    Here, except for non-friend follow of one person on FB. Very minor presence on FB as most of my city-dwelling HS boomer friends became dumb as doorknobs. Just joined PrepperNet, awaiting forum acceptance. Minor on Citizenfreepress re current news, which has great links.

    3. What did you do to prep this week?
    Couldn’t do daily walk as foot is still messed up. I skipped shopping, too.

    Helped the DP cut part of a branch over my big garden, which might give me back a foot or two of space. Trees on other (south) side have gotten so much taller that even they have destroyed that garden’s back half. They also block sun on raised bed until around 12:30 in summer. No other places I can plant.

    Returned “safety vest” (you know what I mean) for exchange. They should get on Thursday, and I hope they can turn around quickly for larger size. SafeLife sizes are weird. Large is way too small, XL is only very slightly bigger, and I need 2XL. I highly recommend calling b4 ordering such. Their CS if very helpful, but they’re really really busy; I wonder why.

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    • Added — Perhaps now the DP will be more willing to help me with at least some prepper stuff. For a long time, I told him exactly what would happen if Biden/Harris got in and how fast it would be rammed down our throats. Surprise, not. The worst is yet to come. At least Nancy didn’t get her wish of having the NG machine gun down anything that moved.

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  16. Thor’s questions

    1. After the way the national guard troops we’re treated, thrown out of the Capitol into a parking garage then Trump found out and offered his luxury hotel for them and a republican congressman brought them pizza do you think there might be a military coup is possible?
    Not likely. We’d have to be well down the way to Venezuelan copy cat or UN or CCP kicking us around here. The higher-ups are so infiltrated by globalism . . . (I’d better not go there.)

    2. Should the joint chiefs of staff be charged with treason for not upholding their oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC ?
    No.

    3. Was Biden’s decision to shutdown the keystone Pipeline good for America ? Higher gas prices, higher food cost,52,000 job losses?
    Really bad move, but his admin doesn’t care. They only care about pleasing the globalists and their Green New Deal / Agenda 21 (2030) and their ill informed constituents. We’ll be stuck without affordable gas, oil, etc. when we need it most. Surely, we can depend upon the nutty bunch to feed us / sarc. Nor do they care about job losses.

    4.Will doubling the minimum wage put another nail in America’s coffin?
    Absolutely. Another way to help destroy small and medium sized businesses. This will mean fewer jobs. Oh gee, no jobs for the multitudes of those sneaking into the country.

    5. Did you hear of the American military convoy moving in Syria with a Russian convoy moving to intercept ? This after Biden is in office 24 hours.
    Yes, there’s an article on The Gateway Pundit. I saw it a day after I saw one sentence on it somewhere else. There are supposedly 40 trucks and possibly 200 soldiers. Nothing official as to this being resupply or more protection for Syria’s oil fields.

    6. What would your reaction be if the government came to your door demanding you and your family take a VACCINE ???
    “Nobody’s home” or “Mary just left.” I’d be hauling azz if I thought they were coming around with nanobot vax.
    The DP and I are scheduled for Moderna #1 this week. We were going to hold off, but his nephew kept pestering and signing up on state list, blah blah. Even tho I’m autoimmune, I’ve got pretty good defense against flu but this is worse. If the DP gets the virus, it would probably kill him due to very weak spot on lung. We’ve encountered another person who got it and wound up in hospital for a week; now has heart and lung damage.

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    • Mari,

      I’ve already told my kids that I am not interested in any vaccine for Kung flu. Maybe, maybe after there is some track record of efficacy (a year or two). If they tried to sign me up without my prior permission, they would hear what a Marine sergeant can sound like. I’ve already turned the VA down a couple of times. They will pester me every time I have contact with them.

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      • Zulu 3-6 – my PCP always mentions the shingles vaccine when I visit his office. I always say no. I have learned recently that your chances of getting shingles supposedly increases as you age and get further away from when you had chicken pox. Based on that theory, I’m not overly concerned since I was 30 when I had chicken pox. However, I’m not sure I believe the theory since my youngest daughter had shingles at 16. As with all medicine, they are still “practicing.”

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        • GA Red,

          Yep, mine does too. I understand that the current shingles vaccine is now made from dead cells, whereas previously, they were made from live cells. I was going to get the vaccine around the time #1GD was born, but could not because of the live cell issue. That was four-years ago.

          One of my sisters got shingles, but lucked out with a mild case. When she recovered, she got the dead vaccine and you have to get boosters every so often.

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          • The boosters were why I didn’t get my children vaccinated for chicken pox. At the time, we were told they would need to be vaccinated every 10 years. That would mean that they would be in their twenties and probably not get a booster.

          • GA Red,

            Way back when, they didn’t have a chickenpox vaccine, #1 daughter was never vaccinated (nor was I or my Ex).

            The Ex and I got vaccinated the old fashioned way, we got the pox and suffered through it and graciously passed it on to our sibs and close friends. So did #1 daughter. However, while #1 was sick and itchy, #2 daughter was a newborn. The pediatrician felt #2 wouldn’t get sick since she was nursing from a mom who had the pox. #2 did get a very mild, hardly noticeable case. She did get the MMR vaccine when it came out a couple of years later and never has had a full dose of the pox. Same with my son as he had the MMR vax as an infant.

            For kids, chickenpox is a miserable illness, but otherwise mostly benign. For adults, it’s another thing entirely. Part of my Air Guard unit was deployed to Shaw AFB, SC for a month. The first morning there, one of our guys came down with chickenpox. He was sicker than a dog and quarantined in a negative pressure room at the hospital for two-weeks. Only three of us could prove we had chickenpox as kids and we were the only visitors he was allowed (in full bio-hazard suits). Not fun for poor Brian.

          • Zulu, interesting on the shingles vax. I learned something new with your comment. Back in the day, we caught everything including chicken pox. If one got it, the whole neighborhood did. (My dad wasn’t very happy with my giving him mumps.) My DP and his sister got shingles really bad. I’m not allowed to get the vax now anyway due to Remicade infusions.

        • GA Red:

          Having had shingles, I can endorse getting the vaccine. I had it at 35, on active duty, having just come back from overseas, found out I was getting a divorce, single-parenting 2 preteen girls, and a new job. They told me stress was a key to getting it and I sure was under stress.

          A friend said he wouldn’t take it as he was 72. He got it 6 months later.

          I took it because I NEVER want to get it again.

          Your mileage my vary.

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          • I took care of my dad while he had shingles. About a year later his sister got shingles. Her’s was around her eye, his was on his waist. When they offered me the shingle shot I was happy to get it. In my aunt’s case she did not lose her eyesight although that was a distinct possibility. In my dad’s case any gravel road was hard on him and if there were potholes the pain was excruciating – not something I would wish on anyone.

          • As noted previously, the youngest had shingles at 16. Thankfully, anti-viral meds were available and she managed to recover pretty quickly. I keep those same meds on hand thanks to a pharmacy re-fill from a little over a year ago. They attributed the daughter’s outbreak to stress, which completely made sense. Of course, I have also heard that “they” are now saying Shingles isn’t really related to stress. Odd since most people I know who’ve had it have been under a LOT of stress at the time. I’ve also heard that Bell’s Palsy has been linked (possibly) to the chicken pox virus. Would that mean the Shingles vaccine could prevent Bell’s Palsy? I’m not so sure about the link to chicken pox or the question regarding the vaccine since I’ve also known (second-hand) several teens to have had Bell’s Palsy in recent years.

            The only vaccine available for chicken pox when I was a child was having a case yourself. Believe me when I say my mom tried to get me to have chicken pox, going so far as to make me visit my best friend when she had chicken pox. Unfortunately, nothing worked and that’s how I had chicken pox when my children did – anti-virals work for chicken pox too.

            Fortunately, they did have various other vaccines when I was a child including the MMR. You’re supposed to test positive for antibodies for Measles after having the MMR vaccine but I don’t. One of the blood tests they did when I was pregnant was for Measles anti-bodies. After the first pregnancy and subsequent delivery, they gave me the vaccine before leaving the hospital. After the second pregnancy and subsequent delivery, they tried again and I refused. I have since found the records for the original vaccination and another in my teens. I have also done research and learned that some people will never show antibodies even though they are vaccinated and won’t contract measles.

            All this to say – remember, they are “practicing” medicine. Hopefully, practice will make perfect before it’s too late, but I’d rather not be the one they practice on most of the time.

      • Zulu, I understand and agree with you. We were going to wait a year, too. The ONLY reason I’m getting the Moderna (God forbid the Pfizer) is because of the DP. The virus would absolutely kill him. I’m the only one who really leaves the house amidst a high number of people who have it. We’re finding out about more people we know who have it and it’s really hitting heart & lungs.

        Just like I’d figured a year ago — Fauci is knee deep in disobeying Obama and pursuing virus gain-of-function at Wuhan Lab. Betcha Gates and his $ involved, too.

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  17. Hello All,
    It has been a spell again! Life as a dad, student, and an employed adult doesn’t make it easy! The turmoil in the election has me on point it proves once again the Conservative voice will always be drowned out or made to be the target. I look at it as follow the dollars or the power who benefits tells the story!

    In answer to the three questions:
    Hand tools, I mean old-school hand saws and planes, etc. I bought a big box at auction that included 2 Jerry Cans and a ton of old school woodworking stuff. In building the buildings at our lake property they already returned the 40 bucks I spent and I have never even tried to sell the Jerry Cans!

    Yes I am still on Facebook and intend to be censored as often as possible! I just opened up MeWe to see what happens and I plan to get active here again I miss the old days of posting here often. I am not sure who is still all on, Baby catcher, JP, BC Truck, The list continues but I will be more active I promise!

    What did I do to prep this week? Kinda been damn near 6 months but we got a new Lab Puppy she is loved but a rascal, she loves the 4-year-old Boy yet chews on him constantly! I buy ammo as it is available and thanks to a well timed Christmas gift have been making Jerky like crazy!

    Other than that just your average over weight 40 something (That is also my focus losing 40 pounds this calander year) it is a struggle cause I like Beer and it aparently has calories!

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  18. late to the party and nobody likely to see this but….

    1 if i had a pick i would want an earthway garden seeder, or the parts to fix the one I have and a brand new planet jr with all the implements, i have one with a lot of missing implements and homemade repairs

    2 I am on facebutt, I only recently got on it and i regard it as a burner account, I don’t take it seriously and just use it for boredom (sean o’brian of bombay ny). with most of the web forums i used to use gone this comment section weekly is about it…

    3 absolutly nothing, we had terrible winter weather, knee deep snow, and 10 degrees out, nowhere to go and no money at all, so i sat inside and finished my book, lots of heavy edits and new chapters, its done now in its almost finished form. I just went up to use neighbors hughsnet to upload it

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