What I Did To Prep This Week: February 14th 2021 – February 20th 2021

Hello Pack, I hope you have all stayed warm during this miserable week of winter weather. As I write this column we are officially just 29 days away from spring – oh glorious spring! Staying warm and being grateful that we have a robust wood stove that keeps us that way was quite a blessing this week, that’s for sure.

I know we are going to go from snow and ice to absolute mud once all of this starts melting next week, but at this point I would love to be dealing with mere mud and not sliding around on ice and having snow halfway up my calf in some places.

There was very little outdoor prepping on our survival retreat this week. Other than trying to keep our farm road passable by ATV or a staunch 4-wheel drive vehicle and daily critter feeding in the barnyard, we remained primarily inside.

Our daughter’s new home site prep has slowed to a crawl with all of this bad weather. She really hates having already signed herself into years of debt when the loan was approved and still has her modular house sitting an hour away on a lot.

Hopefully, the weather breaks soon as it is supposed to and work can resume on widening the creek entrance so it can get through as soon as the well digging also gets to finish.

More seed buying and garden planning was on our self-reliance agenda this week. I want to add to my medicinal herb and root apothecary substantially this year. My Bobby had gout this past week horribly bad in one foot. I used turmeric, ginger, and dandelion root along with elderberry and moringa to help him.

We also did foot soaks in garlic and apple cider vinegar with a shot of distilled white vinegar. I am not sure what part of all my home remedies did the trick, but he was walking mostly normal after two days – a record for when he gets gout!

Our family doctor keeps saying he is learning a lot from my natural tips and tricks – although he still shakes his head at a few of them.

Most of the rest of our prepping this week has revolved heavily around getting ready for the Old School Survival Boot Camp. I have met both online and over the phone some amazing new and seasoned preppers from all around the Midwest.

I am really enjoying getting to know so many like-minded folks and looking forward to a whole weekend of hanging with other preppers come May.

My prepping mentors, Rick “Survivalist Gardener” and his lovely wife, Survivor Jane are graciously going to SKYPE into the boot camp and be the keynote speakers. If weather permits, everyone is going to get a virtual tour of Rick’s famed survival garden after I set up a huge projector screen on the stage.

I do not like to rush time, it passes so quickly anyway, but I cannot help but wish it was time for camp right now.

It has definitely given me something to look forward to after all this bad weather everyday, and getting frustrated every night watching the news, and wishing our country was not in distress after the election.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. Has the pandemic and all the turmoil brewing in our republic caused you to change your prepping plan for the coming year?
  2. Do you grow an apothecary patch with healing herbs as part of your medical prepping plan? What are your favorite things to grow and how will you use them?
  3. What did you do to prep this week?

107 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week: February 14th 2021 – February 20th 2021”

  1. 1. Has the pandemic and all the turmoil brewing in our republic caused you to change your prepping plan for the coming year?
    Ans: No
    2. Do you grow an apothecary patch with healing herbs as part of your medical prepping plan? What are your favorite things to grow and how will you use them?
    Ans: A. I grow herbs-culinary/medicinal scattered through my garden plots. Some things I still gather rather than grow.
    B. Most will be used as teas or infusions in alcohol-vodka
    3. What did you do to prep this week?
    Ans: Husband had a rough week and weather was terrible. Storm moved out 2 days ago. Today’s is winds up to 50 mph. That will mean a lot of the mud will dry quickly but I ts also precious moisture lost to us. In high mountain desert moisture lost is not good.

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  2. Well spent the week at home due to weather . Firewood supply held out nicely. Used the time indoors to can up the last of the tomatoe sauce. Also canned some smoked turkey . Won’t go out tell Monday which makes a nice but short test run of preps . Had no hitches .

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    • Well my plans got changed for the day. Phone rung telling me we had a food truck today. So I fired up the 4×4 and headed to town. We gave away a semi load of food . Lots of meat ,eggs, and dairy . Came home with a case of bacon and a case of butter among other things . Guess I know what I will be canning next.

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  3. Greeting from Douglasville,

    We just got home from the vet. It was time to send Hank to the Rainbow Bridge. It was easier watching my mom and my sister die than watching him. Old dogs and old men.

    I’m going down for a nap.

    Take care,
    73

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  4. Well, I have quite a bit to report this week. I received my first disposable income since mid-December. I failed to return a signed contract at one job, so I didn’t get paid—my bad. I did a massive grocery haul—to the tune of $800. I have been watching the price of corn. Storms in the central U.S., especially Iowa, destroyed crops. China has been busy buying up corn and soybean futures. My concern is that corn is used to feed livestock. The higher the price of corn (a la supply and demand), the higher the price of meat. Couple this with the polar vortex that has killed livestock throughout Texas and crops along the Rio Grande . . . .

    I think that once Americans get their third stimulus check, there will be another run on staples. Also factor in the eventual increase in inflation due to the government creating money out of thin air, and we have a recipe for food shortages. I still remember seeing a photo in a grade school history text of an elderly man taking a wheelbarrow full of cash to buy a loaf of bread as hyperinflation set in—Re: Weimar Republic, 1922. If anyone understands this better than me, please explain. I guess I had a prepper mindset even in 4th grade. Note that for home schoolers this would make an excellent real-world assignment.

    My food haul focused on five primary areas: pet food, canned food, medicines, cleaning products and paper goods.

    I placed a large order with Chewy—three cases of canned dog food, six 40 lb. packages of cat litter and a 22 lb. bag of dry cat food. This brings my stock to three months for the fur babies. I will order more next paycheck.

    I am actually pondering what I should do with savings. If hyperinflation hits, the cash in my bank account will take a hit. I do have money in on-hand silver. I just don’t know what I should do with my cash. Please, if you have ideas about this, I would love to hear what you have to say.

    I ordered a lot of canned food—cases of sweet corn, stewed tomatoes, canned chili (dh’s favorite), canned soups (we like Campbells chunky soups). We have a very good supply of dried beans. The instant pot makes beans a quick meal.

    We already have a good supply of rice, oatmeal and beans on hand—thanks to the Mormon Church. I purchased bulk products from their distribution center at cost. I emailed and asked what I could do to “pay them back”. I was told to check on my elderly neighbors and make sure they have meals. I like to cook. So, this is a no-brainer. I have the upmost respect for Mormons even though I am Catholic. I wish my church did as much to help the poor as theirs.

    I am rather surprised people in Texas were not better prepared. They knew in 2011 that most of the electric grid was not winterized and would collapse under extreme cold. Weather forecasters were talking about the polar vortex and extreme cold two and a half weeks before it hit. Yet people are running out of food. People note they are having to throw out contents of their refrigerators. You would think more people would have put the most important contents of their refrigerators into coolers and placed them outside to keep them cold.

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    • Bam

      It’s crazy that people in Texas didn’t have enough foresight to fill up juice or soda bottles with water and set them outside to freeze before the loss of power. I bet everyone puts a generator on their to buy list this year.

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      • Unlike Florida, Texas does not require gas stations along evacuation routes to have back up generators. So no electricity means no gas. One of my main concerns is storing enough gas should a hurricane hit.

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      • I am from Texas , although not there during all this , my family is. Complacent is exactly right! Only one person in my entire family and one in my husbands family had a secondary source of heat . We did not, in our house and my grown daughter was there with the animals. I told her to fill the bathtubs in case of broken lines, to fill her car up (she didnt) and there was plenty of food and water cause I am a prepper. Ha! We were not prepped with a heat source for days long power outages in the middle of the first snow storm in a decade.
        But we will be next time.
        Texas like any other state is also full of cities and towns people that believe that nothing will ever happen to the food or gas or utilities and if it does the government will fix it
        Hopefully a few less after this

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        • Nell,

          I am going to purchase two Mr. Heater Little Buddies. This will be sufficient to heat our master bedroom. I am doing this out of an abundance of caution.

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          • Great minds think alike ! I bought one for the RV at a local Walmart here in Arkansas and bought the bigger one online and had it shipped ,with adapter hoses ,to my house in Texas . Should get there Wednesday.

        • We were very prepared for whatever comes our way. We aren’t all electric and ever will be. We have propane for our fireplace, Cook stove and water heater. We had plenty of food, and candles and water and oil lamps. Plus, we do have a generator, dual fuel, gas and propane. We didn’t lose power or water, but we’d have been fine if we had. We’ve been through a week or more without power, so we’ve pared for that many years ago. I don’t understand people that don’t prep, but at my age, I ope for the best and prepare for the worst. Maybe it’s just me. Oh, we have extra water as well. Not enough for me, but enough to make it for a while.

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      • Part of the Texas problem is the grid here is cobbled together with old (OLD!) components. The major energy companies totally mismanaged the event which added to the disaster. So where has our money gone? Heck if I know. Folks believed the grid would hold; after all, it’s the Texas grid, the best in the country, right? The co-op companies did much better. Add to this the price gouging that’s appearing– hello, Griddy! a $17,000 electric bill for one homeowner? Not nice!– isn’t helping.

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    • Bam Bam,

      I keep as little money in the bank as possible. Granted, hyperinflation will still affect any cash I have at home, but at least the bank can’t get their grubby little fingers on it. Same with my silver. None of that is in the bank either. Sure, they don’t know what would be in my safe deposit box, but they would know I have one and if Uncle Sam sent his little thieves along to do some safe cracking, they will learn I don’t have a safe deposit box to crack. If they come over here, they will learn of that really tragic boat accident not only took my guns, but my precious metals as well. Too bad, so sad.

      Anyway, I suggest you keep almost nothing in the bank except what you need to pay bills.

      Catholicism. When I first met my ex-wife, I was surprised to learn she was not Roman Catholic. I thought the majority of Cubans were. Nope. She was a Baptist along with her family (two of her brothers are Baptist ministers now). I asked why that was, and it was simply that the Baptists gave any donations they received to poor people who needed it. The Catholics spent it on the church. Gold chalices, stained glass windows, keeping the priests fat and happy, etc. The poor Cubans paid attention and converted over to being Baptists. I am no longer Catholic either, although I was born Catholic, baptized and confirmed. Actually, I don’t consider myself any certain denomination except simply a Christian. I will say that every Catholic chaplain I knew in the military was a first class human being as were the other chaplains. I know there were some that weren’t so great, but I never met them.

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      • Zulu,

        Yes, I struggle with the funding priorities of the Catholic Church. I actually left the Church when the cover up about the sex abuse hit the news. I became a member of a Baptist church–which, as per doctrine, I support. But then I married a cradle Catholic. He has really drunk the Kool-Aid about indulgences. When we visited the “wealthy” local Catholic church they gave us a tour pointing out how much this statue costs and that stained glass window costs. I felt anger in my gut. My dh defended the church, arguing that they do give to those in need. I have learned to step lightly when it comes to criticizing the Church.

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        • Bam Bam,

          I started having my doubts about the Catholic church while still a teenager. My mom was born into an Irish Catholic family. Having her seventh child nearly killed her so she went to the parish priest to try for a dispensation so she could take birth control as an eight baby WOULD kill her. The priest refused to even discuss the subject with her, so mom quit the church. I couldn’t understand why the church was so deadset against even birth control. Abortion I understood, I was personally against abortion even then and still am (excepting for rape and protentional death of the mother). So my faith was wobbly from then on. I was the oldest child, so I was well experienced with how each successive pregnancy was affecting my mother. My father was born Presbyterian, so taking birth control was OK with him. Actually, after WWII he was more of an agnostic.

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          • Zulu,

            The official line is that God is the “Author of New Life” and by using birth control man places himself in the role of God. I think the real reason is that Genesis says that after the Fall women’s punishment would be to feel pain during childbirth. The use of birth control exempts women from this punishment; therefore, use of birth control is wrong. Fundamentalists back in the day opposed use of epidural during childbirth to reduce pain of labor. (Note these same men had no trouble riding their John Deer tractors, despite the fact that man’s punishment was to “toil in the earth” to get stuff to grow.

          • Bam Bam,

            I believe a change in thinking is in order. Not all Christian religions believe this punishment idea anymore, and haven’t for a long time.

          • Bam Bam,

            Yes, the Philosopher’s Drinking Song is a pretty good one. Monty Python has a hell of a play list actually. 🙂

  5. 1. Has the pandemic and all the turmoil brewing in our republic caused you to change your prepping plan for the coming year?
    I’m stocking a pulse oximeter and a few more medical supplies. The turmoil has prompted me to buy more lead.
    2. Do you grow an apothecary patch with healing herbs as part of your medical prepping plan? What are your favorite things to grow and how will you use them?
    The only thing I grow is toothache plant.
    3. What did you do to prep this week?

    This week:
    *Animals:
    -The chickens are refusing to come out of the henhouse during this cold and snowy weather.
    -Two bucklings were born on Wednesday afternoon to a first time mama, and it was COLD outside. I’m thankful they are in a warm barn with some heat, and mama is doing a great job taking care of them. Then on Friday, two more bucklings were born. One needed one bottle feeding, now he’s doing fine on his own. So much for adding a new doe to the herd.

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: penicillin for the animals, vitamin supplements, 30 steroid pills (PA wrote a prescription for me in case I needed them. I got it filled, but don’t think I will have to take them. So, to the stockpile they go.), lead,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -I got the mobile Ham radio (Until I can afford another radio, I’m going to use it in the house, too.) programmed, thanks to DH. I kept trying and trying to program it with the same problem over and over. I was following all of the directions and IT WASN’T WORKING! DH looked under HELP and we discovered that the radio was locked. Easy fix. Then I tried to transmit. It completely lost power every time I tried. It turns out that I got the wrong power converter. I got the one that the Elmer told me would work with the unit. He was wrong. Now I’ve ordered another (which came in yesterday), and I can’t return the one I have. Lesson learned.
    -Cleaned the desk and put Ham equipment on it.
    -Cleaned and organized two kitchen cabinets. I put several of the binders that I use more often (gardening, goats, dogs, warranties, home remedies) in one of them.
    -A friend was looking for firewood to give to their neighbor who was running out and had no money to buy more. They came and got a truckload from trees we’d cut down on our property. It was nice to see them doing the work to help their neighbor.

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

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  6. Hello all,
    I wanted to thank GA Red and Bam Bam for reaching out yesterday. Bam Bam, the similarities between now and the Weimar Republic are close but the better analogy is Spain in the Spring of 1936. Stack it high and stack it deep.
    I’ve been organizing local Patriots since the Trump rallies. People are angry, on edge, and unsure of the future. I’ve been purchasing supplies daily and stashing some hither, thither, and yon. This week, it was a couple of boxes of 44 Russian to feed my 44 magnum. Nice light recoil.
    When we make our move, we will do an herb garden. No point now.
    The Plandemic has only changed a few things. I saw the incipient medical tyranny and simply decided to not play. I don’t comply with any of it. I do find the sheeple disturbing. We’re supposed to be Americans!

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      • Hello Thor,

        These are 210 grain flat point lead 44 Russians from midway arms. We joke that the UPS man hates my guts now. One day a couple of months ago, a case of mountain house freeze dried meals in number 10 cans arrived at the same time as 1000 rounds of 7.62 x 39 and 100 pounds of wheat.

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    • Overwatch:

      For the historian in my, especially the 1920’s and 30’s in Europe, there is a lot of lessons there for the observant. The same goes for this winter storm going down into Texas. We have, for some time, been evaluating where we are dependent on resources we don’t control, and trying to lessen or eliminate that potential impact. Mostly me with the DW fully on-board.

      I also like the 44 Russian. Last year I stumbled on a great by and got 300 rounds of the stuff. Then a buy on the brass. It uses the same 200 gr bullets I load for the 44 Special, so it’s a plus all around.

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      • Sorry for the delay, JP. I thought I’d replied but it didn’t seem to post.
        Yes the armchair historian in me loves reading about that period. There’s an amazing series on The Great War on YouTube. It also spills over into the post 1918 chaos which led to the Second World War.
        I’ve said it before… you and I have similar tastes in guns. I’ve finally gotten to where I can shoot that gun well and the light 44 Russian loads promise smooth sailing.

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  7. Our weather is the typical wet, windy and cold February weather of the Oregon Coast. Where I live our biggest potential natural disaster would be the cascadia subduction and/or tsunami. Despite warnings and encouragement many people are woefully underprepared and don’t even consider our utilities will be gone. I feel very badly for Texans and am glad that their weather is moderating.

    I continue to get additional propane for my Mr buddy heater, picked up a case if mushrooms, dehydrated a no. 10 can of corn, picked up my new glasses, may have a line on a new to me vehicle, my car battery died one to many times so I replaced that.
    I am limited to raising herbs in large pots. Last fall I had mint, rosemary, thyme, and horseradish.

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    • You can buy an adapter to fill 1 lb tanks from a 20 lb bulk tank, the best YouTube video is from a man called Howie Roll, How to fill propane tanks.

      I have filled small tanks for years but he taught me how to burp a tank, also the importance to weigh the tank.

      My only suggestion would to wear gloves, propane gas will burn you. Never has happened to me but safety first.

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        • Bam Bam

          For everyone that does not know the story of the Big Chicken.

          In Marietta, GA, at the intersection of US 41 and Roswell Rd sits a KFC restaurant, on the roof is a large chicken head with rotating eyes and beak that opens and closes, the local joke is when someone asks for directions, sent them to the Big Chicken and tell them to turn………wherever.

          I now live a few hours south, so my name.

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  8. Puppy help me carry firewood up to the house. He must have been cold. After the fire was going good, he laid down on the rug in front of the fireplace like a Norman Rockwell painting.

    Firewood
    Split more firewood
    Chipper shredded more small branches for mulch

    Security
    Changed batteries in the motion detectors as the cold weather weakened them.

    Fuel
    Topped off all vehicles and cans with gas as prices will go up.

    Garden
    The starter greenhouse trays are doing good.
    Made plan for new fencing around garden
    Made plan to buy small green house for starting plants early and extending container growing season for everything except the lemon tree.

    Fruit trees
    Put in fertilizer spikes and put mulch around them.

    Food
    Bought meat, whole ham, ribs, lunch meat and hamburger
    Bought canned goods
    Bought fresh produce except corn (frozen)

    Water
    2 cases

    Tools
    Found all of my funnels
    Made plan to put a peg board above the air compressor for Ryobi attachments
    Need to reenforce the bicycle racks.

    So many projects so little time.

    Thor’s questions

    1. Should politicians be sued in court as a means of the people to keep them in check? ( AKA violating their oath of office to defend the Constitution by making unconstitutional bills and law’s)

    2. Did the Federal government help Texans at all?

    3. By re-entering the climate accord, did Biden hand the keys to the world to China?

    4. After witnessing Texas’s emergency, have you seen holes in your own preps?

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    • Tara’s questions

      1. Has the pandemic and all the turmoil brewing in our republic caused you to change your prepping plan for the coming year?

      Grow more food. Water purification.

      2.Do you grow an apothecary patch with healing herbs as part of your medical prepping plan? Yes

      3.What are your favorite things to grow and how will you use them?
      Oregano, cayenne pepper, garlic. Wounds and illness.

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    • Thor’s questions

      1. Should politicians be sued in court as a means of the people to keep them in check? ( AKA violating their oath of office to defend the Constitution by making unconstitutional bills and law’s)

      That’s a nice idea except for a few hiccups. First, if they are sued as part of their job, the government has to pickup their legal tab. Second, the likelihood of a judge going along with such a suit is slim to none.

      2. Did the Federal government help Texans at all?

      I’m not certain. I don’t remember reading or hearing much about federal assistance.

      3. By re-entering the climate accord, did Biden hand the keys to the world to China?

      No, not the whole world. Just the US.

      4. After witnessing Texas’s emergency, have you seen holes in your own preps?

      Not really. Being from a cold weather state originally, I know what to do. Living in a warm weather state now, I’m pretty much OK, but I can take proper action if Florida gets really cold for a short time.

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      • Zulu,

        What precautions would you take if we get a spell of cold weather? I have a gas fireplace to stay warm, a gas stove to cook and a gas water heater for hot water. I do have a propane stove with an extra tank (and the converter hose so I don’t have to use the small 1 lb. tanks). I would have totally put the contents of my inner refrigerator in coolers and placed on the back porch. If it’s below freezing, I can’t see why people are letting their food go bad. The garage would stay cold enough to keep the food safe. If I were concerned, I would power up the generator.

        I do plan on buying one or maybe two Mr. Heater Little Budies–that would take heating capacity to 200 square feet–enough to keep the master bedroom warm for dh and I, and the fur babies.

        I don’t know a whole lot about insulating pipes. We do keep the outside pipes wrapped in towels and covered with tinfoil during the winter. And we know to set the outside faucets on drip.

        I really think Texas screwed itself. One oversight committee covers 90 percent of the grid in Texas. A expert committee recommended after a 2011 hard freeze that all power companies in the state take steps to winterize. The problem is that they made the recommendations voluntary. The 10 percent of the state that is not run by this one corporation opted to winterize–west Texas had few issues. Southern Louisiana lost electric but was able to restore power fairly quickly.

        The Texas power grid is totally independent of the rest of the U.S. That was set up in order to avoid federal regulation. So, they were unable to “borrow” electricity from neighboring states in when hit with high demand. I think odd that Texas sells energy by demand–the higher the demand, the higher the cost. People are seeing their electric bills increase by as much as $1,700 for a two week period. I just don’t see how people who are food insecure and/or who were laid off from their jobs can pay such bills. If this is not resolved, I see the rich installing solar panels and whole house propane generators, side stepping the utility companies. This would leave the poor and the middle class picking up the tab for an overhaul of the state’s outdated electric grid.

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        • Bam Bam,

          In Michigan most houses have basements and the main plumbing runs are there. Being below ground level, they tend to stay warmer. We also did the drip trick, particularly on the second floor. That generally was all we needed to do.

          The outside hose bibs had shut off valves inside the basement, then what little water remaining in the bib could be drained.

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          • Zulu,

            The kids were over for supper tonight. Son in law grew up on a farm in Michigan. He assured me that if Florida got a polar vortex and was left without electricity, he would be prepared.

            I have much to learn from him. The baby is due by the end of April.

    • Thor’s questions

      1. Should politicians be sued in court as a means of the people to keep them in check? ( AKA violating their oath of office to defend the Constitution by making unconstitutional bills and law’s) Personally, I am getting to the point that they need to be lamp post decorations. But maybe I’ve just had a long day.

      2. Did the Federal government help Texans at all? I have only been keeping up with people I know who are down that way. I have family in OK and friends in TX. Not following the news.

      3. By re-entering the climate accord, did Biden hand the keys to the world to China? I’m just going to assume that they (Biden and the CHinese) are going to crash this country any day now, and act anything but surprised. I have a friend who says “I want to get things for my family and I, to the point if these ******** crash things on Tuesday, someone has to come out to my place on Friday and tell me.” I like his thought process.

      4. After witnessing Texas’s emergency, have you seen holes in your own preps? Always, and more than I currently can fix. Put a prepper should always be improving their position (like when we were in the military – there are no vacations, just work at different locations and speeds.)

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  9. 1. Should politicians be sued in court as a means of the people to keep them in check? ( AKA violating their oath of office to defend the Constitution by making unconstitutional bills and law’s)

    The courts already block unconstitutional laws from going into effect. For example, many states continue to pass fetal heartbeat bills which can outlaw elective abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court decision in Roe made such laws unconstitutional.

    2. Did the Federal government help Texans at all?

    Yes, many counties in Texas have been declared major disaster zones. Emergency food aid and potable water has started to arrive. The federal government will make grants available for home repairs and residents will be able to apply for EBT cards to replace the contents of their refrigerators. I just can’t for the life of me understand why people would let their foods go bad when it was cold outside.

    3. By re-entering the climate accord, did Biden hand the keys to the world to China?

    I am not well read enough to comment on this issue.

    4. After witnessing Texas’s emergency, have you seen holes in your own preps?

    I am going to order a propane heater, probably a Mr. Heater Little Buddy. Rural King has them for $49.99–the same model that goes for $69.99 at Amazon. Living in Florida, I have never worried about heat. We have a gas fireplace, stove and water heater. But global warming is going to make for stronger storms. We are going to see more issues with the polar vortex.

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    • Bam Bam,

      I haven’t been thinking about a heater because Florida generally does not get so cold for a significant length of time. I might look into that Mr Heater Little Buddy. It would certainly warm a bed room sufficiently.

      I have a bunch of blankets, quilts, and bedspreads, plus long johns, etc. I could stay pretty warm for a while, but we’ll see. Not called a prepper for nothing. 🙂

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      • Zulu,

        We have all of the same. But global warming is causing more severe storms, both in winter and hurricane season. I totally believe in global warming. The Earth has been warming and cooling forever. This is simply a paleo-geological fact. What scientists seem to be unable to answer, at least to my degree of satisfaction, is how much human activity impacts the rate of global warming. Note that the Earth was warming and cooling long before the invention of coal fired plants and the automobile.

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        • Bam Bam,

          I have no doubt that climate changes over time. This has been well proven over the centuries. Like you, I have doubts as to how much, if any at all, humans factor into those changes. Personally, I don’t think we change things nearly as much as certain political factions would have us believe. Their motivation seems to be financial and control.

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          • Zulu,

            The kids and I talked about this tonight at dinner. We are in 100 percent agreement. I talked to a local curator at a museum. We talked “off the record”. He said his career would be over if he didn’t “buy the company line”. Then we chatted–his expertise was in paleo-geology.

            Bottom line: there is simply not enough data to attribute “global warming” to human activity.

  10. Our prepping was moving my father in law in. First world problem, no place to put all our food after cleaning out his pantry and bringing it all over to our house. He might be coming home today after a week in the hospital. The traced his problem to irregular and slowing heart rate so special pacemaker was implanted. He will probably regain his strength enough to take care of himself but loneliness was killing him so from now on he will stay with us.

    Watching people having to line up to buy food after only four days is very disturbing. I would say the vast majority of Americans live the same way. Frighting. I have questions about how to best invest large amounts (for me) of cash. I access to my parents bank account and my wife is on her fathers. Between those and ours we have about $200,000 in checking and savings accounts. Hyperinflation could make us paupers but the stock market is risky and bonds can be difficult to cash out of if you need the money.

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    • Daddio,

      I don’t have nearly that amount in cash but I have the same concern as you. I see hyperinflation coming. I do have that much in stocks. I am young enough that I have time for a downward trend to turn around. I have read that there has never been a 10 year period where the stocks have not recovered after a fall. (I am not sure if this is true. I need to do more research.) I do remember my mom saying that she lost more money in the 1987 stock market cash than my father earned. (She ran a mortgage company; my dad worked civil service after a 20+ year of active duty service.)

      Here’s the million dollar question: Where should I place my extra cash, realizing that hyperinflation is coming?

      I sure with O.P. were still alive. He would have a good answer.

      For now, I am investing in food and other products we will need.

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    • Daddio7:

      My advise comes in 2 parts.

      First, what services that you currently pay someone else for, can you generate for yourself and to what extent? “Invest” there; use today’s money to cover tomorrows costs.

      As far as “parking wealth” I still see silver as the place to put in. And physical silver that you hold, no paper. Silver seems to be keeping up with inflation, even though most people are not yet really being hit with the rising costs of things.

      You already said you have little space for more food, on site. But keep that “pantry” stocked and you others supplies (medical, hardware, communications, etc.) up to speed as well.

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        • Bam Bam:

          For me, silver is a hold at the current price. But then I have some to hold. It was a good buy last year, Jan-Feb, at $15-17, but availability was iffy. I am waiting to see where things are going before I buy any more. Debt relief comes first, for me

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          • JP,

            I have no debt except the house and the car. Interest is less than the cost of inflation. That’s why I am so confused.

          • Bam Bam:

            I’m just the opposite (although that’s changing fast). I own my house and (now) my vehicles. We looked at “what if we loose our jobs” and decided they could come get their credit cards and my credit rating if things got that bad, but I didn’t want to risk loosing the house or a vehicle. And 3 different financial planners (who are in debt up to their ears with too much house and too much in cars/toys) told me that I was foolish, but I sleep better doing it my way. And the DW is happy this way too. I should be debt free (again, but this time with cash on-hand/in the bank) by December – If all things hold together.

  11. (1) The turmoil in the world has motivated me to expand all of my self sufficiency efforts. My garden is expanded as is my flock of chickens and herd of goats. (2) I recently received my order of seeds to start a medicinal herb garden. Presently I am growing turmeric and elderberry for medicinal purposes. (3) not much done this week for preparedness as we are two weeks away from our youngest son’s wedding and I have been busy helping with that. I did order and receive a tube of Terramycin ointment to add to our medicine preps.

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  12. 1 not changing anything. Have not been affected by anything. 2 Nope, i pick wild only. This week i walked 60 miles, fixed some tools, but otherwise didnt do much.

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  13. My SIL’s brother lives in Huston (he is literally a rocket scientist). They’ve been without electricity for four or five days now. Being a Florida boy and living through a nasty hurricane in Huston. you’d think he’d have bought a generator. Would have thought wrong.

    At least he and his wife stocked up on food and such, but nothing to cook with.

    So much for being a rocket scientist. My SIL and their father have been chewing his ass for several days.

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      • Bam Bam,

        That’s true. It’s essentially how we cooked our C-rats in the military, except we used a solid fuel block (trioxane) or some C-4 explosive. A little gasoline too if short on fuel blocks. Yeah, we liked to play dangerously. 🙂

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        • Zulu,

          I hope that after this pandemic is over we can actually meet and have dinner. I am an excellent cook. And I think you are only an hour and a half away. GA Red has my contact information.

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  14. Howdy Folks,

    Well, what can I say about the past week and present weather? This ole Texas boy and his family have survived quite well. Like the rest of you, I can’t understand the idiots that throw out food because the electric is out when it’s this cold outside!

    I know one fella that is living in his car (Chevy Trail Blazer) and has so far done quite well. He was smart enough to do as much prep as possible (I would like to take a little credit as he was in two of my disaster preparedness classes a few years ago).

    According to the police dept. in Marshall, 9 out of 10 people that had to be pulled out of ditches and/or rescued from the road side were sightseers and had no need to be on the road. The police are upset to say the least, but the wreckers are loving it.

    BTW, today is my son’s birthday. He turned 47 (the year I was born) and if I make it to my birthday, I’ll turn 74 (the year he was born). Kinda neat . . .

    Cliff, sorry to hear about Hank. I know the feeling . . .

    That’s about all for now. Good to know that most of us are still around and can be an influence to others.

    With a brother’s love,
    CB
    1st Timothy 5:8

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    • Curley Bull,

      You said it best–I can’t understand why people are throwing out food because the electric is out even though it is so cold outside.

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      • Bam Bam,

        Yep, that’s stupid. My dad really looked forward to cold weather. He would make BIG pots of soups and stews and put them out on our front enclosed porch. Worked like a big reefer/freezer.

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    • Curley Bull,

      I fully believe that about 9 of 10 people in ditches were just out sightseeing. Saw that myself as a cop, although my town didn’t have a lot of ditches, but plenty of roadside trees, street sign posts, and traffic signal stanchions to take their place.

      When I was a senior in high school, my little brother and his best buddy went out one winter day and were shovelling out the neighborhood catch basins as the temps had gone up a bit and slushy snow melt was jamming up the basins and flooding the streets. No one told them to do it, it needed doing and they did it. While working on one, some idiot drove past them at high speed and soaked them with icy water. They finished the basin and came to my place (Kent’s parents were at work and my mom kept an eye on him). They got dried off and were sitting in the kitchen covered in blankets and drinking hot cocoa when Kent made an observation I’ve always remembered for the truth of it. “Three things bring people out driving for fun. Sundays after church, fall days when the leaves are changing colors, and snowstorms.” Smart kid.

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      • The only time I ever drove in snow without it being a necessity was when my mom took me out so I could learn what to do and what not to do along with recovering from bad situations. I still only drive in it if there’s no choice.

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        • I was driving home one Christmas vacation when I was in college, driving from northern Virginia to southern Georgia. There was snow on the ground through most of Virginia but by the time I was half way through North Carolina they snow had melted. I was just just humming along I-95. I had to tap my brakes because of an idiot in front of me. That’s when I found out I was driving on black ice. I am glad my father taught me how to drive in winter conditions. I steered with the flow making sure not to over correct. It seemed like it took me a quarter mile to get the car straight and to pull over. It turns out there was a State Trooper behind me. He stopped to make sure I was okay. There were indentations from my finger nails on the steering wheel.

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  15. Tara’s Questions:
    1) Yes, since dh has lactose issue. Many items we purchased in the past I have been setting aside for family that can use them. Converting over to food items that he can tolerate.
    2) Herbal plants for medicine: My niece has a love of creating items, so I leave that in her care. She has her mom grow the plants, because she has a green thumb, the niece not so much.?

    .

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    • AC:

      Did you know that “Morning Moo’s” powdered milk is good for those who are lactose intolerant? That’s why we switch what we store as the DW has a mild intolerance.

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      • JP in MT
        Thank you, will order more of it. I do have a couple of cans but did not realize it was for those with this condition.
        He can not have cream cheese in products, I had purchased a cake at Costco, did not check out the filling which was cream cheese. Yes, he had an issue…
        Goats milk is fine, no problems with it. I have found it in the powder form at a health store here in the area. Once opened it does not last long, and it only comes in one size. Thinking about dividing one down into glass canning jars 4oz & vacuum sealing the contents inside (jar-lid & ring included). It has worked on other food items that have short shelf life, chocolate is one that I have experimented with, nuts-low oil variety.

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        • We recently found that there are several types milks . And certain cows produce a milk called A2 milk that ,like goat milk , is often tolerable for people with lactose issues
          We buy A2 milk at our local grocery and some walmarts.
          It taste EXACTLY like whole milk , there is absolutely no taste difference . My DH can once again drink milk with zero issues. You may give it a try , it may be just what he needs

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  16. I wanted to share the following editorial which I co-authored. This will appear as the centerpiece in the Sunday edition of the Editorial Section.

    Bam Bam

    Health experts are puzzled by the significant drop in the number of new cases of COVID-19 in both the U.S. and the rest of the world. Why is the number of new cases decreasing? The hypothesis advanced here is that we may be getting much closer to herd immunity than the mainstream media has led us to believe.
    The media tends to focus on the negative in order to maintain viewership. Yet there is reason to look on the bright side. The following represents the best-case scenario.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 83.1 million people in the U.S. have been infected with COVID-19. (We are assuming this includes the 26 million people who have tested positive as well as people who were asymptomatic or had only mild symptoms.) The population of the U.S. is 329.5 million. So, 25.2% of people in the U.S. have been infected. That means 25.2% of people in the U.S. may have some level of natural immunity.
    According to the CDC, 9.93% of Americans had received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine at the time this piece was written. So this means that 35.13% of Americans have some measure of immunity. (Those with antibodies from previous infections and those who have been vaccinated.)
    The estimated threshold to achieve herd immunity is at least 70%. So, 115 million people in the U.S. must either contract the disease and gain natural immunity, or must be vaccinated. (Let’s hope it’s the latter, as permitting the disease to run its course in order to develop natural herd immunity would cause needless infection, suffering and death.)
    According to the Bloomberg tracker, 1.34 million people in the U.S. are vaccinated each day. So this means that it will take about 85 days from the time this was written for 35 million people to get vaccinated. That puts the target date for herd immunity in early May. (We may see this sooner, since our figures do not include the number of new COVID infections and hence the number of people who will gain natural immunity between now and then.)
    Note that there are reasons to approach our projections with caution. The first is the possibility of reinfection. However, scientists think this might be rare.
    The second rests on the lingering question of how robust the immune response and long natural immunity lasts after an infected person recovers. (This explains why those who have been infected should still get the jab.)
    The third reason centers on the possibility of the Super Bowl and spring break serving as super-spreader events.
    The fourth reason is that optimal protection is achieved only weeks after the second dose has been administered and many of those who have already been vaccinated have only received the first dose.
    The fifth reason is the emergence of new strains. Scientists are concerned that existing vaccines may not be as effective in combating some of the new strains.
    Government officials and health care workers are doing everything they can to vaccinate as many people as possible. The only factor that limits vaccination is the number of doses available.
    University of Florida Health, the Alachua County Health Department and others involved in the logistics and administration of the vaccine should be lauded. They are doing everything they can.
    We must do everything we can; and this includes being patient until our number is called, and continuing to wear face masks and to socially distance. These measures will help prevent the new strains from gaining a foothold in our community. We are in a race against time and each of us needs to do our part.

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  17. This weeks accomplishments. In between rain, pruned the trees that were left in the back yard. The side yards still need pruning along with a chain saw to bring them back to a healthy life. We had left them untouched for a few years do to other pressing matters. This year, took time to get out there and start on them.
    Uncovered the plants after our freeze warning and so far they are doing well. Fruit trees bare root will need pots soon and I have a tree that was given to us yet to pick up. Now that the truck is back I will be able to make that appointment.
    Ordered farina from a company which ships directly to your door. Poor kid was trying to move the box and it was rather floppy by the time it arrived, the bag was inside weighed 50lbs. Met him half way and had him put the box on the 3 wheeled trolley dolly. Explained how to save his back as it will walk up steps with out a lot effort on the person moving it. Showed him on our steps going to the entry way how easy it was to use. You will find it on Amazon, it is the one with the bright pink/mauve paisley swirls on the tote which fits over the handle down onto the platform or remove it for moving objects. It also folds up for placing it in your trunk or back seat of a vehicle. Last time I priced it, it was around $66 dollars, but I am sure it has gone up since then.

    Update on our puppy. She is doing rather well with the meds I have her on for pain, healing & dealing with the cancer. Pain medication came from the vets office, at 1 pm she receives CBD oil about 3 drops to carry her until the next pain pill in the evening. Around 10am she received Carnivora and 8pm she receives 5 drops of Graviola in water, then at 9-10pm she receives her last pain medication.
    She was eating on her own then stopped, wondered why when she would look at me as if to say I am hungry but you are not doing it right. It turns out if I feed her as if we were giving her yogurt., she would start to eat from the spoon then move on to the bowl. Today was a good day, she is teaching me what she wants & how she wants it. She loves to eat when we are eating, that has been a given since we adopted her. She was a homeless person dog when the pound picked her up & we found her, she has never cared for dog food. So converting her back to what we eat is working, she likes instant mashed potatoes, green beans.
    She was able to open her mouth for the first time in 3 weeks where I could see her tongue. That is a blessing, so I must be doing something correct for her.

    Hope everyone is doing well. Time for me to cut more limbs off the trees.

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  18. Well we didn’t do much this week. It iced and snowed and then snowed again in the Ozarks and we spent all our time trying to keep RV parts from freezing and us from freezing too.
    Actually I went back to my childhood raisin and hung blankets and towels over every window and door , we put pipe wrap in every nook and cranny around all the slides . We were finally able to keep it at a tolerable warmth level. But drain tanks all froze and then the water lines inside the belly froze. But we were prepared and we were bored stiff but blessed with all we needed.
    We were staying in touch with family in Texas. And have NEVER felt so helpless as my daughter struggled to stay warm because we never got around to installing the propane cookstove I have wanted for years and so electric heat was all we have. We got on the phone and ordered and paid for plumbing supplies to be held until we get there Monday , as there will be none to buy anywhere in just a few days. We are sure to have busted lines in our well house , but we did have BIL turn water off as soon as electric started to go.
    There were so many totally unprepared for food shortages and gas shortages. Three days in to the storm and they were walking miles to stand in line at stores already emptied out . Hopefully , some learn to do better.
    Texas will see an investigation in to the governing body that controls our Grid. Our Governor is furious , our attorney general didn’t have power at his house , so things will shake. Probably not change but they will
    Shake.
    I do know this Fans freeze in an ice storm. No matter how big they are!
    Stay aafe everyone and thank you all for your concern and prayers for Texas.

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  19. Tara Q.
    1.. my prepping plans have not changed. Slow and steady is my game. My current dilemma is buying more gas now as prices rise and secure storage of gas in our endless 110 degree summer heat.
    I need to be done canning for awhile… the DH said after a funeral today that he might put my ashes in a gallon Mason jar at my service… I’m thinking that is quite appropriate!
    2. I have planted large beds of oregano around the property. I planned peppermint along the irrigation ditch. Mullien grows all over the pastures here, chicory, watercress, plantain, burdock, purslane are easy to forage for salves and such. Always have onion and garlic in the kitchen garden. Plenty of willow trees here to offer bark for a headache. Black walnuts for tincture.
    3. This past week taught my prepperteen how to start tomato, Anaheim and jalapeno seeds in plastic restaurant take home boxes.
    Dry canned dog biscuits.
    Added to the stash.
    I spent most of the week praying for my DIL in Arkansas. Her 3 space heaters are keeping her house at least around 60 degrees with all but one room closed off. Her central heating went out 3 weeks ago and the bid to replace was $8000 for a 1970 mobile home she paid $6000 for. Yeah, I was skeptical back then. If her power stays on she will be ok at night temps below -15. By Tuesday she lost water in just some of her pipes, crawled under and found no leaks. Yesterday water company shut off her water because she was using 10 gallons a minute. The leak actually was on a hose bib outside that she has since capped off. Temps are going up Monday so the 13″ of snow, her water source for bathing will be gone. So she filled up the tub, sinks with snow and made it in her 4 wd jeep to the closest local store for bottled water.
    I ordered her a hot oil heater for Amazon to deliver directly to her. I thought of a little Buddy, but I think their limit is 3 hours before small tank needs replacing. I’m too concerned re CM poisoning. She is hunkered down with her wonderful dog, who is another heater, under several fleece blankets I’ve made her over the years.
    I’m quite proud of her. Since she and my son split, she had been picking up food from several food banks for her neighbors and herself. I bought her a dehydrator and she is bursting at the seams with stored food.
    When the crisis first hit I asked myself, what would Clergylady do? She is so knowledgable, experienced in living very simply, and is very resourceful. I admire her sooo much. So, because I read this blog, I have been able to give DIL some good advice.
    Thank you everyone for sharing your struggles and tips for overcoming hardship and sorrow and inspiring the rest of us to be diligent preppers.
    Ever grateful-

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  20. This Week’s Questions:

    1. Has the pandemic and all the turmoil brewing in our republic caused you to change your prepping plan for the coming year? Not really. It has sharpened our focus, and some close friends are starting to pay attention to the need to keep “things normal” during abnormal times, which is good. I have told those around me, “If things get bad, I will help those who have been helping themselves – proportionally. If you won’t take time and steps to take care of your family, why should I?” The message is starting to hit home.

    2. Do you grow an apothecary patch with healing herbs as part of your medical prepping plan? Not really; we would as we acquire more space for food sustenance preps.

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

    There was a lot more time involved in getting some stuff done, that doesn’t seem to show up in this report.

    Got a new office chair at the house. You never quite realize you need a new chair until you get one. Then you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

    Got the van loaded with the ammo we are taking to the gun show this weekend. After leading, we ended up having to move things around because it dropped the rear bumper about 4”. I let it be known that I was “thinning the herd” on my ammo and already sold $200 worth. Good start to the weekend! More next week.

    On the 14th of Feb, the Montana Governor sighed the Constitutional Carry law into effect! I think that makes us #18.

    Supply Run: Office chair and floor mat for me; desk lamp for DW; ammo; SPAM, canned roast beef;

    Received: “Doggy downer” treats for the puppy x 2; mag for G43X; white grips for 1911; AF Tomato Powder; AF Cheese Blend; AF Peanut Butter Powder; Lifesavers hard candy; water-soluble labels;

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    • Are you able to post somewhere online or email what lead and launchers you have for sale and ship to any of us who may be interested?

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      • PG:

        Unfortunately, shipping both is an issue for someone without an FFL. And ammo is HEAVY (hence my needing air shocks in the van). Our local Mail Boxes Etc. gets all kinds of upset if you try to ship either through them. I can go through the UPS station, but they are only open to the public for an hour a day. GA Red has my email and after this weekend, I can send you an updated list, if you’d like and we can go from there.

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        • That would be great. If you have anything that we’re needing, I would rather buy from you. GA Red, please share my email with JP.

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  21. 1. Has the pandemic and all the turmoil brewing in our republic caused you to change your prepping plan for the coming year?
    Will keep on adding to food & supplies. The DP better get better at getting his arse on board. Maybe need to get a huge branch down for a bit more sun in garden, as I need to get more plantable space. Need to add 2 each early & mid-season blueberry bushes to front bed. Need more pint canning jars & lids plus a 16-qt canner. Keep a good eye on devaluation & inflation to move what I need within 401(k) & IRA. Hoping gold prices come down a bit.

    2. Do you grow an apothecary patch with healing herbs as part of your medical prepping plan? What are your favorite things to grow and how will you use them?
    Only have the normal rosemary, oregano, cat mint, lemon balm, elderberry, echinacea (purpurea, not angustifolia). Not much space to put what I’d like. Have wild sorrel, wood sorrel, dandelion, plantain. There are a few catalpa trees around for leaves for boils.

    3. What did you do to prep this week?
    Ordered seeds from 2 companies, staff, holster, mag pouch. Hasn’t been ammo for about 6 months. Foodwise, just got a few things for rotation. Ice outside most of the week, so didn’t go out much at all.

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      • Thanks for the reminder. I’d forgotten about them, probably ’cause I try to avoid credit card for such things. Ouch, just checked on only .22 mini mags = .30/round at LAX. That’s 4x normal price. Afraid to look at other calibers. Guess I’ll have few hours at the range. Hope my shoulder starts feeling better so I can pull out the bow.

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  22. Howdy Folks,

    This subject of climate change/global warming; do ya’ll remember when Al Gore lost to Bush, he decided to make a few bucks pushing the subject. Even made and sold a few CDs and DVDs. The two so-called scientist he used did not tell the whole story. The evidence they used was from core samples from the artic, but they stopped at a point to show only their side of the case. Deeper samples showed that the natural cycle of global warming happens about every 2,000 years. It was going on when Christ was walking this earth. It seems to me that everything is about money and power (JMHO).
    With a brother’s love,
    CB

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    • Yep, and add “control.” The temp has actually gone down by ~1 degree over the last 120 years, or whatever number others have come up with. At this point, I’m far more concerned how frewed up the oceans are with all the plastic, mostly from Asia & Africa, and the havoc it’s caused.

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  23. I am exhausted. I cooked for six hours today and have been cooking all week. My dd is expecting in April. So, I have been making extra freezer meals for her and S-o-L.

    Today I prepared quite the spread. I made cheese fondue, oil fondue and pasta sauce fondue. With the cheese fondue, I served tortilla chips, crusty bread, new potatoes and steamed broccoli. With the oil fondue I served steak, shrimp and mushrooms along with a tempura batter. For the pasta sauce fondue, I served meatballs, cheese sticks and cheese tortellini. For dessert, I made a chocolate fondue and served it with fresh strawberries, cherries and Walkers Scottish shortbread. The meal could have fed 12+. I sent most of the leftovers home with the kids.

    I really wanted to “do it up right.” I just don’t know how many more elaborate family dinners we will have, given the expected food inflation and food shortages I anticipate.

    I was able to send the kids home with several frozen meals–chili, spaghetti sauce with meatballs and several soups. Just add bread, pasta, and/or a salad and you have a complete meal.

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  24. Good Evening from Douglasville

    First I would like to say thanks for all the good words and prayers on Hank’s passing. It was really hard and continues to be difficult for DW. She had him for 13 years, long before I came back in to her life and he was by her side during the terminal illness and death of her son. He provided a significant amount of comfort to her and an almost human understanding in his eyes for what she suffered through. He was there when we first started dating again and accepted me immediately and became my shadow (second to her). He will be missed and there is a hole in our hearts and a vacuum in our family that only time can heal.

    Thank you again for you understanding and kind words. As I said before, it was easier to be with my mom and my sister as they lay dying than it was holding him as he passed. I have seen considerable death in my 70 years, none of it has been easy, but I am consoled with the sure knowledge that I will see Hank, just like all my other friends and family and pets when I too cross over.

    Have a good evening. Pet your pets and hold your family close.

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    • Cliff,

      I will have seven cats, a beagle and four German Shepard Dogs when I cross over. I think my favorite of all time was Bad Kat. He bonded with me and only me. He was 20+ lb. tom cat. Visitors would go out of their way to avoid him. Bad Kat once thought my GSD at the time was attacking me (we were just playing). But Bad Kat backed the 100 lb. dog across the room in order to protect me. He was much more like a dog than a cat.

      It is always so hard to put down a fur baby. Like you, I had an easier time with the passing of my mother than with the passing of my pets.

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      • If it’s true that our beloved pets will meet us in Heaven, I’ll have a dozen dogs, 5 cats, one horse and a minor bird waiting for me. Wow . . .

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  25. A few other thoughts before I head off to bed in preparedness for a long work week ahead.

    DW and I met with a long lost cousin of hers yesterday. We were still reeling from Hank’s passing but it was good to have human companionship for a few hours. We met them at a local Italian restaurant, Pasta Bella in Austell, GA and had a delightful meal, the other parties shared wine (I drink water) and we ate way too much food.

    During the conversation with Molly and her husband I found kindred spirits. She prepares and we had a great conversation about all the food and such that we have stored. I regaled them with stories of the #10 cans of dehydrated water that I have on hand (not really but it makes a good joke). I told them you open the #10 can, pour the contents into a gallon container, add a gallon of water, stir, and you have a gallon of fresh water. The dehydrated water is not expensive but storing all those #10 cans is a pain.

    I talked with her husband about hot rods and restoring cars. He has a vintage Porsche that he is having professionally restored and we talked about my 1923 Ford T bucket that I sold 6 or 8 months ago. He has a telescope and we laughed at both of our inabilities to see the moon well while we can spot the constellations and planets fairly easily. He is an avid shooter and reloader and we bemoaned the fact that while ammo is in short supply, reloading supplies are non-existent. We talked a lot about primers and how there are none available. I had to admit that I had primers, powder, cases and bullets but no longer have the eyesight to undertake reloading on my own. I can’t see the numbers on the micrometer any longer and have no clue how close the seating of the bullet is going. I will gift him all my reloading supplies so he can continue to do what he loves.

    We talked about different carry weapons and why we each liked what we like. He had never served in combat and has never fired a shot in anger or self defense. That made for interesting conversation.

    Anyway, we ended the evening with promises of future dinners, trips to the range and general home visits so that was a very positive thing.

    It is always nice to meet someone you can talk to about the things you do to secure your family and to see nods of approval from a like minded person.

    I am now ready to trundle on off to bed. I just sat and wrote out the checks for my bills, along with a big one to the IRS (had my taxes done on Friday and found out that, once again, I didn’t pay enough in.)

    73
    I would encourage anyone who hasn’t gotten their HAM ticket yet to go ahead, get the question pool and take the test. If you get on the air, even if you are just listening, you will hear a lot of interesting things coming from all over the world. I have made friends all over with people that I will never meet and only know them by their first name and callsign, but we have some great conversations. If the world goes to crap in a basket then it’ll be nice to talk to someone and find out how they are faring in their part of the world.

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  26. FYI. CME (minor) Alert

    http://www.spaceweather.com

    CHANCE OF STORMS TODAY: A coronal mass ejection (CME) might hit Earth’s magnetic field today, Feb. 23rd. The storm cloud was hurled in our direction by a solar filament, which erupted three days ago. NOAA forecasters say the CME might cause a minor G1-class geomagnetic storm when it arrives.

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