What I Did To Prep This Week: February 28th 2021 – March 6th 2021

Hello Pack. We are really enjoying this lovely spring-like weather here on our survival retreat. Rain will come soon, as will more cold patches and likely a bit of snow. But, for now, we are thrilled to be back outside and working our land again.

All of the snow and ice melted and then we of course had a few days of rain, earlier this week. We knew exactly what was going to happen next – our creek flooded.

The feature photo shows what out misbehaving creek looked like after the water had receded enough to take a pickup truck through. You cannot tell from the photo, but the creek was still running incredibly fast even after we could get through it with a vehicle if it was a must.

In other preps this week, we canned potato soup, more chili, and finished processing blackberries we had picked and frozen – turning them into jam. Canned food has become a common Christmas present to loved ones that are not preppers, or who are elderly.

We put it in a big basket, often with a few pouches of long-term storage meals, tie a bow on it, and give the gift of shelf-stable food to folks we love.

I love springtime in the barnyard, it is so full of life and promise – and baby animal antics. Growing our goat herd further is definitely part of our survival plan for this year. I think that goats and ducks are the perfect livestock for preppers to keep.

Even though we have 56 acres and our own hayfields and equipment to provide year round feed for cattle, I still believe goats are the way to go if you are only going to keep one type of medium or large livestock.

Unlike hogs, which are easy keepers on a small acreage homestead or prepper retreat, goats provide not just meat, but milk.

Goats are far better at feeding themselves than either hogs or cattle. Our herd of miniature goats could make it through the winter eating dead leaves, brush, twigs, and acorns on our land if we could not use our farm equipment to bale hay – or if we lost the hayfield to flooding, fire, or man-made means.

We could keep a larger goat breed than the Nigerian, Pygmy, and Pygora goats (mini fiber goat breed) with the amount of land that we have, but these are all hardy breeds that are solid meat or milk producers.

The fiber sheared from the Pygora goats can be used to make yarn for knitting, crochet, or needle felting projects to make outerwear and blankets. Goat mohair sells for far more than wool from sheep, which generates more money to buy preps pre-SHTF.

Ducks produce larger and more eggs than chickens – many breeds produce at least a small amount of eggs even during the winter months. They are far more hot weather hardy than chickens.

As long as ducks have water to get into to cool off there is virtually no chance of them becoming ill or dying during periods of intense heat.

Ducks do not suffer from the same cold weather woes as chickens, frostbitten ducks are nearly unheard of on farms even in exceptionally cold climates.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. What do you do to help convince non-preppers you care about to become more self-reliant? Has it been easier to get loved ones to prepare because of the pandemic?
  2. What types of livestock do you consider a best for preppers to keep, and why?
  3. How do those of you that do not raise and grow their own food plan on preventing starvation during a long-term SHTF event that could last for years?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

56 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week: February 28th 2021 – March 6th 2021”

  1. Good Morning from Douglasville
    For Tara’s questions:
    What do you do to help convince non-preppers you care about to become more self-reliant? Has it been easier to get loved ones to prepare because of the pandemic? I no longer try to convince anyone other than family to prepare. Every time I raise the question, even in a round about way, I get the response of (1) The Government is going to take care of me or (2) I’ll come to your house. Neither one of those things are going to happen so I just don’t mention it anymore. Everyone has had ample time and exposure to know what to do.

    What types of livestock do you consider a best for preppers to keep, and why? I don’t keep livestock so that is not a fall back plan for us.

    How do those of you that do not raise and grow their own food plan on preventing starvation during a long-term SHTF event that could last for years? I have enough food on hand for quite a long time. I also have plans and supplies for raised beds, plenty of dirt, doing a lot of composting and I have more Heirloom seeds than I can ever plant. There will, hopefully, be a long enough overlap between my food running out the first crops coming in to get us safely through. I am enough of a planter to be able to establish a good garden, but at the same time I’m 70 now and won’t be around all that much longer so the farming task will have to go to the nieces and nephews and my daughter and her family if she comes back here.

    What did you do to prep this week? I sold off my reloading equipment and also the first of many weapons that I am planning on getting rid of. There was much demand for both things. I have 4 or 5 more weapons that will be going up for sale this week. I also got out all my stashes of PM and combined them and got a good inventory. Found quite a few silver eagles, bars and silver dollars I had forgotten about along with a pretty good amount of 90% coinage.

    Stay safe, keep smiling under the mask. Get your shot when you can.
    73
    P.S. Grammy Prepper, I answered your HAM radio questions a could of weeks back but never heard back from you. I’m on PrepperNet now and in their HAM channels but not going to stay too long as they are hard core digital modes, and I’m a CW/SSB guy and not going to tie up computers and such with a lot of software when I know what works best for me.

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    • My apologies to Prepared Grammy for mangling your name several time recently. My dyslexia, along with dirty glasses are the things I will blame.

      Sorry

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    • I guess I missed your reply. I will look for it. I’m on Preppernet, but I honestly don’t know what they’re talking about most of the time.

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    • Cliff:

      I too am cutting back on my ammo and firearms. Getting back to taking care of me and mine, the rest have had plenty of time to get themselves ready. We started the year with 3 major debts, and due to sales have med one “go away” and significantly reduced a second.

      I too am more selective on who I talk specifics to about preparedness. I do stress having a “robust” pantry (especially to the clerk that noticed I bought 60+ pounds of $.59/lb. pasta). As far as “coming to your house”, most know I’m a bit cranky and not “drop-in friendly”. When it gets mentioned now, I tell them I’ve already notified those who are welcome, if you didn’t get your letter, don’t show up.

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  2. I did my grocery shopping twice again this week and will keep adding more to my food stocks. Got to keep on getting that stash deeper. I did pickup six Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice freeze dried pouches to add to that specific stash. I’m running out of room in the bin.

    I’m being prescribed the non-insulin injectable Ozempic. If I tolerate lower doses well, eventually I’ll be up to a max 1mg dose once per week. I looked up prices on-line. The average price for a carton with two 1mg pens (five doses in each pen), is $846. Holy smokes! I’m glad I get it from the VA for free. The people who run these drug companies should be drawn and quartered.

    Nothing spectacular to report in the silver market this week. Prices have bobbled up and down a little, but stayed over $25/oz.

    The weather here in Central Florida has been fairly decent. High 70s mostly and sunny. We did have rain one day, which was needed. Supposed to rain this weekend too.

    My granddaughters are doing well. #2GD is starting to really notice the world around her. She loves looking at herself in a mirror too. She’s 6-months old now. #1GD is still a happy, playful girl and she is very aware of the surrounding world. Her mom took her to Leu Gardens here in Orlando this week and she spent a lot of time looking at, touching, and smelling flowers and other flora. Her vocabulary continues to amaze me. I don’t think most 4-year old’s have such an extensive vocab with the multisyllable words she knows. Her reading skills are starting to improve as well.

    Getting things ready for #2 daughter’s wedding in a couple of weeks. As she is planning an outdoor wedding, she needed to get some tents. I paid for the rentals.

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. What do you do to help convince non-preppers you care about to become more self-reliant? Has it been easier to get loved ones to prepare because of the pandemic?

    All of my family here in Florida are preppers to one extent or another due to hurricanes. I’m probably the most dedicated followed by #1 daughter. Some of my family are also at least minor preppers due to living up north and having to deal with snowy/icy weather and power outages. So, it doesn’t take much to convince them to prep to some extent. My sister who lives outside of Chicago is probably the most dedicated prepper of the bunch up north.

    2. What types of livestock do you consider a best for preppers to keep, and why?

    I don’t keep livestock but based on my learning here and on some other prepper sites, it seems that goats take first prize for those with some land, followed by chickens for those who don’t have a lot of space.

    3. How do those of you that do not raise and grow their own food plan on preventing starvation during a long-term SHTF event that could last for years?

    I do have a food stash that is running close to two-years’ worth now. Admittedly, that really doesn’t qualify for a truly long term SHTF event. I don’t know other than keeping my consumption as low as possible and trying to stretch out the stash. I may have to resort to scrounging, which I would start doing as soon as reasonably possible.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

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    • Zulu 3-6:

      When we retired from the military I said that I espect a check, anything else is a bonus. Well TriCare for Life has really turned out to be a bonus! Between Medicare and it, I don’t need any other medical insurance; so, $150/month ain’t a bad deal (not counting the cost of the shoulder, both knees, and my lower back).

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      • JP,

        I have Tri-Care for Life from military retirement, Blue Cross-Blue Shield from police retirement. Medicare for being an old fart, and VA for being 100% disabled. I use VA most of the time as the facilities are close and the people I see are pretty good at what they do.

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    • Ever consider a farm cashe? I buried so many barrels of preserved food i got creative with a barrel. I find seeds last a lot longer than people think if stored properly. So i had a bucket of seeds i saved that do well, with an axe, hand saw, hoe and shovel heads, wheel hoe cultivator, etc. If everything was lost i have enough to plant an acre again and the tools to do it, all redundant, had 3 wheel hoes, 6 axes, etc

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    • Hi Zulu,
      I also get my meds from the VA, but to comment on the prices of most drugs, I believe it is the middle men, etc. who are raping us.

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  3. Good morning, we’re going to have a break in the weather this coming week at least 5 day’s of Sunshine, our flowering plum trees, are in there beautiful glory, tho we need to take one tree down it’s dead.

    I did some refrigerator grocery shopping and vegetables, this time around hubby, has been juicing again many of his concoctions, have been really tasty.

    We got the travel trailer, back from the shop started to rearrange and restock the cupboards, for Spring/ Summer enjoying the beach. We’re planning on putting up two Raised beds, on the back of the property. We are going to look at Palm Harbor homes, and have one built for us I’d love to build, but with all the restrictions and cost on new construction, we have to have Solar panels, on the house, even though we live in the woods, it’s not going to offset anything for our power, it’s going to cost us more this year then it would have last year, a huge chunk of change. Our children are young adults, so they aren’t as hard on stuff like they use to be as youngsters, but we will look and research more to see if it’s a good fit for us.

    Question 1. I don’t talk to anyone about prepping, haven’t done it in many, many year’s, it’s not worth my breath and sanity, anymore.

    Question 2. No livestock, we have friends who have a farm, I was a farm girl, I can always help them out but we don’t have any room nor do I want to start now 15 year’s ago I would have jumped at the chance but now I’m over it.

    Question 3. I will continue to grow food, and save seeds our neighbor is growing food so we would help each other out. Having a good library of books, and magazines, are a plus for the gardeners.

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    • mom of three
      Look at the difference in the construction between a manufacture home and a modular home. If you are going to have them construct on to your specifications. May I make a few suggestions for your area where you will reside in the future.
      1) Find out the additional cost to have the exterior walls & roof lined with Reflectix before the other insulation is layered inside. Reflectix will do two things for the home, it will keep the heat in during the winter time, and heat out during the summer months.
      2) Sprayed in foam insulation on the exterior walls/interior roof, and the under carriage of the home ‘if possible’ an alternative to the Reflectix.
      3) Request the price of having PEX water lines installed instead of the other and also request standard home water fittings(not manufactured home parts-as in travel trailer parts).
      4) Walls & roof insulation find out what they offer.
      5) Roofing materials you want it ‘nailed’ down NOT stapled down.
      6) My suggestion to keep the cost of hot water down go with a Rinnai, either propane/natural gas or electric. Do you own research for this system, it does make a difference.
      7) Solar Panels–Keep them off the roof of your house. Worst mistake, over time they damage the roof because of the hole which has to be drilled. In the ground mounted poles to carry the panels are better. You can clean off the snow in your area and if they need to be rinsed to remove dirt build up on the ground is better especially as we age.
      8) Insides are fixed up to attract the purchaser–think of kids in a candy store. When you walk through them, & do not let the sales people sweet talk you. Get your facts & figures down and those homes are like all homes….negotiable.

      If you have questions please ask as we have a manufactured home. This is our second one, first one was lost in a fire way back & we have learned a lot.

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    • mom of three

      Believe your dh is an electrician.
      Have him ask if the electrical can be up graded from a 200 amp service to higher box for the home. As we have discovered a 200 amp is not enough because of the newest electrical equipment we have in our homes now.

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      • Yes, he is an electrician, we did go and look at a couple of homes, they are out over a year, just like building, I swear we take two steps forward and get pushed back 10 steps lol. Thank you for the advice I’ll print it off to have. If we can get a fence built around the front and side, I will be jumping for joy.

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        • Something to consider, we bought a repo. We Looked until we found a brand that was a very well built and had a floor pan we liked.
          We remodeled the interior to our liking after we got it set up. We saved a ton of money and ended up with a home we really enjoyed

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  4. 1. What do you do to help convince non-preppers you care about to become more self-reliant? Has it been easier to get loved ones to prepare because of the pandemic?
    I am to the point that I’ve given up on trying to get people to become more self-reliant. If recent events didn’t do it, nothing I say will. I will say that MANY have done so.
    2. What types of livestock do you consider a best for preppers to keep, and why?
    Just like I’ve said before: Chickens, goats, and rabbits are my choice for “livestock.” They take up less space and provide more bang for your buck.
    3. How do those of you that do not raise and grow their own food plan on preventing starvation during a long-term SHTF event that could last for years?
    I garden; have fruit trees and berry bushes; have chickens, dairy goats, and bees; and have a large pasture and hay field. So, we may not have everything we want to eat (No citrus.), but we won’t starve.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    I’m so excited for our great news and glad that I can finally share it with everyone. We have grandchild number 7 on the way! A gender reveal party will be next Saturday. #3Grandson is going to be very disappointed when his new cousin gets here. He wants his aunt and uncle to “have a goat baby.” No amount of talking can change his little two-year-old mind.

    This week:
    *Animals:
    -The little buckling who was having trouble last week didn’t make it. We had to put him down. He was no longer eating, was in pain, and couldn’t even lift his head.
    -Disbudded bucklings.
    -Person with the bucks I used to breed my does wants to trade one of my bucklings for one of her doelings. If the doelings look good, I’m going to do this.
    -Chickens are picking up on laying. (They had slacked off during the bitter cold and cloudy weather.)

    *Garden:
    -Planning garden (Companion planting and rotating crops from last year.)

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: extra battery, car charger, and quick charger for the handheld Ham radio; got another handheld Ham radio for DH; chicken feed; goat vaccine; got new fishing equipment (2 rods and 2 reels); getting DH’s prescriptions refilled early and have a few months stockpiled;

    *Miscellaneous:
    -I PASSED MY GENERAL EXAM! I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I memorized the information and passed the test. DH took his technician exam and passed.
    -Celebrated our 38th anniversary this week. We actually took the Ham exams on our anniversary. I knew that DH would pass his exam, so I got him a radio as an anniversary gift.

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

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    • PG, so sorry to read that your buckling passed. You did your best. It’s the hard part of having a farm—loving them good and losing them after every effort is exhausted…..

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    • That is great news Grandbabies are the BEST thing. We got our third at Christmas and he was the first boy .
      You know he is rotten lol
      Congrats on passing that test. The HAM and the 38 year one also lol We will hit 32 this year .
      Have a great week and enjoy your blessings

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  5. I am back! Had to run some errands earlier! Kitty has become diabetic, so getting that taken care of has been an expense not needed, but I do love my, ‘Gracie Lou Freebush’, ie Gracie for short. She had a rough start in life. I assume someone probably got her as a cute little kitten for their kid, but when she was old enough to propagate, took her for a little ride instead of getting her fixed. The cruelty of people never cease to amaze me. I found her on a walk through the neighborhood. Kept hearing a crying noise, and followed the noise tillI saw her, lying in the drain by the curb, so weak, she couldn’t stand. Poor thing. Brought her home, immediately went to store for soft food, and kitty box etc. put her in a back room where she just about tore open the bag of food before I could get it to her. She ate and slept for about a week, and came out to wonder around house to see where she was. Couple weeks later, took her to vet. They had to operate because she had been pregnant, but all had died (probably due to lack of nutrition). Anyway, long story just to say she has been with me 7 years now, and is healthy and thrives. I think because she had probably ever been outside (I assume), she didn’t have skills of a farm cat, but she is learning now!

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  6. (1) I don’t talk to non-peppers any more. My immediate family knows what I do and why, though some of them might not know to what extent I have prepared.
    (2) This goatlover believes that goats and chickens are the best animals to have to help provide food. It’s a marvelous circle of life between plants and animals around here….grow food for the animals and use their manures to fertilize the plants. Take food to the critters and bring milk and eggs back to the house! I’ve had ducks and geese in the past and loved their eggs and their beauty, BUT predators were just awful. Gators and bobcats mostly. So, no more waterfowl for me…
    (3) I believe we’re in pretty good shape food-wise for a long-term SHTF event. A stocked fishing pond; chickens, goats, permaculture that covers everything from fruit to sugarcane, pecans to coconuts, yada, yada. I’m somewhat of a maniacal gardener, too! LOL It’s truly a wonderful life, regardless of whether or not the SHTF.
    (4) Preps this week were primarily getting ready for our son’s wedding which is in about 5 hours! LOL I’m trying to RELAX for a bit before kicking it into high gear. I ordered more seeds this week, transplanted some sweet potato slips that popped up from last year’s tater patch, repotted tomato plants I’ve started from seed, and made arrangements to obtain some fertile bantam eggs from a friend-of-a-friend whom I’ve never met. Still working on expanding that little bantam flock of mine, but it’s a slow go.
    Blessings to all,

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    • Bam Bam:

      Our city/county shut down the St. Pat’s parade again this year. I usually try to be out of town that weekend, I don’t enjoy the drunks.

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      • JP,

        The city I policed did not have a St Pat’s parade, but we did have three very popular Irish pubs and the neighboring cities also had a few near our shared city limits. The amateur drinkers were always out in force on St Paddy’s Day. New Years Eve as well. Lots of DUI arrests and drunken brawls to be had. Afternoon shift and Mids always hired some overtime those nights.

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        • Z36 & JP

          Corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.

          Green beer and maybe an Irish car bomb…It’s a drink, stout beer, Irish cream and a shot of Irish whiskey lit on fire and dropped in. But of course don’t drink and drive.

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          • Thor 1:

            I know it’s a personal problem but I don’t like: corned beef, cabbage, stout beer, Irish Cream, and beer should be light amber in color.

            But I do agree with “don’t drink and drive”.

            (And I really don’t like drunks, especially those that get that way by noon on St. Pat’s day.)

          • JP and Thor,

            I love corned beef and cabbage, and beer at one time. But beer wasn’t nice to me and one of us had to go. Never did like whiskey.

    • We got back into town about an hour ago. We had a wonderful time visiting the kids. DD is really showing! She has gained 80 lbs. with this pregnancy. (She was only 160 before pregnancy and in very good shape.) She is not due until the end of April. I love corned beef and cabbage. I like it with British malt vinegar and yellow mustard.

      I know Tara expressed concerns about how non-gardening folks planned on feeding themselves after the collapse. First, I do not think there will be a rapid collapse. Nor I do not think the collapse will be complete. We are not going to see anything like Venezuela. We are armed.

      I am concerned for folks who put everything into their homestead. If there are significant food shortages, I think the federal government will do much like the UK did during WWII–confiscate farmland that does not produce at optimal levels (I am not saying that I agree with this; I just think it is likely.)

      The government can raise property taxes significantly. If you don’t pay your property taxes, they will take your land. No matter how well prepared you are, you cannot stand up to the government.

      Note that in such cases of mass food shortages, the government will have the unprepared masses behind them.

      I have a two year food supply. It will not be fun to survive off shelf stable foods and what I can happen to grow or buy, but as a middle class person living in a neighborhood, I will not be a target of government intrusion.

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  7. 1 i dont try anymore. 3 i am a farmer. 4 i sold a shed and some firewood so i paid off the rest of my debt for stump pulling. I was offered a small herd of dairy goats, 3 does and a billy, or 1k if i build a hog shed 8×12 for a neighbor. Its on my spring work list when the snows gone. Did another 40 miles of walking. Reconnected with a few cousins and a sister i had not talked to in a decade. Not the ones i hate.

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  8. This Week’s Questions:

    1. What do you do to help convince non-preppers you care about to become more self-reliant? I have 2 families that are looking at ways to increase their pantries, and one that wants to get into reloading. We are making progress.

    1a. Has it been easier to get loved ones to prepare because of the pandemic? People are starting to listen when I tell them they need their own “storehouse”. All have experienced shortages or difficulty getting things. We remind them to buy extra of what they use, shop sales for savings, replace when supply/pricing is optimal.

    2. What types of livestock do you consider a best for preppers to keep, and why? We want chickens (eggs and meat), small dairy cows (dairy and meat), and rabbits (fertilizer and dog food). Right now we can have none of this, but when we move…

    3. How do those of you that do not raise and grow their own food plan on preventing starvation during a long-term SHTF event that could last for years? We have a large stock of long-term food items, it’s about all we can do for now. We do some minor supplementing (and practice for a larger place).

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

    I’ve started to pick up a few 10 round mags for my AR’s and Glocks, just-in-case things get silly.

    I ordered a “touch-lock” (w/key) handgun safe from Cabela’s. After using my points and getting the sale price, it only cost $4.99 delivered! I have 2 in the bedroom, and another at my desk, but a spare for $5 didn’t sound like a bad deal to me.

    Gas, as of Friday, has gone up 10%; yet pasta is on sale for 70% off, Costco canned chicken on sale for 20% off. Case lot sale going on at the local grocery. This to really stock up on food and cut down the number of trips to the store!

    Make a “out-of-town” supply run.

    I have gone looking for bullets for reloading, mostly 10mm (.401”) and .429”. I have found it easier than I though. Loaded ammo is in short supply, along with primers. I have plenty of brass/primers/powder and the equipment to do the deed.

    Supply Run: ammo; G17 factory 10-round mags; holster; Scrambled Egg Mix, #10; IWB holster for G43X (DW); Mylar 5-gallon bags; 300 cc O2 Absorbers (50); AF FD Veggies; AF Black Bean Burger mix; leather/lined work gloves; pasta; canned chicken;

    Received: FD foods, #10 cans; clip-On sunglasses (spares); pouch: double Glock mag pouches; USB Cables; chainsaw sharpening kit; cardboard boxes (holds 6 x #10 cans); electronic personal safe, Cabela’s; Mags: Hera H1, AR15, 10-round; bullets; TFO sights for Kimber 1911, cleaning patches;

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    • JP,

      According to HB127, they want to ban any gun that can “Accept” a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds that means most semiautomatic weapons.

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  9. Tara’s Questions:
    1) Yes and No. They still have the mindset that life will return to normal, apparently having difficultly with their brain cells comprehending, there will be no return to what was considered normal. Worst offenders are the oldest & youngest siblings. They purchase a head, then think this is ridiculous and stop because it is not worth their energy. The others who we once shared ideas with are no longer interested. We keep quiet and let them slide down the slippery slope.
    2) Chickens, they provide you meat and eggs. They are also great for not only removing harmful bugs but also remove slithering low life–snakes.
    3) We have some supplies up way for the starving times, and in the process of doing garden boxes again. Youngest sibling has a good garden to share with the family, it is a stress reliver for them.

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  10. Meat shopping for the dh & the puppy that is now on a specialized diet. She will eat whatever we consume & is doing well. The margins on the cancer growth must be reducing somewhat, she is able to do things which were giving her difficulties before my healing program started.
    Laying out the deck boards to be fastened down, but they have to be in the correct order which they were cut. The crew which repaired the over hang supports for our deck area, they laid the boards down all in different areas so that now I have to put the jig saw puzzle together. gheezz
    Other projects in the works which require my attention but they will have to wait a while longer. Off to sort the more of the decking.

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  11. Note to anyone who is looking at purchase a manufactured home or modular home. Do not purchase one with an over hang and decking as part of the home you would be better off adding it on yourself

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  12. Puppy has been run hard. Last night he fell asleep early. Happy with exercise and full of food. While I was splitting wood yesterday, he kept stealing my logs and running across the yard.

    I up my prepper game.

    Garden
    Tilled 2 raised beds and added compost.
    Turned compost piles
    Almost all of the tomato plants have sprouted
    I am looking forward to the tasty tomato plants.

    Fruit trees
    The nectarine, plum and pear trees are getting buds.?

    Firewood
    Split another 1/4 cord of wood the Mrs watch and liked it.
    Made more mulch for the fruit trees

    Security
    Found more 9mm , 223 and 12ga ammo I forgot I had.?
    Moved 44mag and 357mag ammo to different ammo cans and labeled.
    Put 540 rounds of 7.62×39 in ammo can and labeled.
    Moved 4 long gun case from side of safe to make room for more ammo.

    Food
    Bought more meat
    Bought 10 boxes of Bisquick for emergency bread/biscuits

    Freeze dryer
    Freeze dried 1 gal of milk (4 trays)
    Freeze dried 4 trays of hamburger
    Freeze dried 2 trays of mashed potatoes and 2 trays of green beans

    Canned/ pickled
    4 quarts of garlic dill pickles
    2 quarts of spicy hotdogs, I love these in bloody Mary’s

    Gold
    Found out the Mrs inherited $30,000+ in gold coins.

    Thor’s questions

    1. In order, what are your most important preps?

    2. Do you think it’s ironic how fast the Democrats put a fence up around the Capitol for protection but left the door wide open at the border?

    3. How high do you think gas and food prices will rise?

    4. Are you traveling less due to fuel prices or Covid?

    5. Do you think a debt forgiveness plan for all restaurants, hotels ECT. would work with the people restarting their businesses like Covid never happened would be a good plan to bring back America as we knew it?

    6. Do you think that during a recession/depression, the Democrats could put America first by not attacking oil and gun industries and not allowing migrants in until our country is back on it’s feet is a good idea?

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    • Tara’s questions

      1.What do you do to help convince non-preppers you care about to become more self-reliant? Talk about the increase in gas & food prices, Texas, the lockdowns and Venezuela and the bad weather with farms.

      2.Has it been easier to get loved ones to prepare because of the pandemic? Yes

      3.What types of livestock do you consider a best for preppers to keep, and why? Chickens and rabbits, meat and eggs

      4.How do those of you that do not raise and grow their own food plan on preventing starvation during a long-term SHTF event that could last for years?

      I grow a garden and preserve food but I could easily pick off a deer off the back porch with a baited salt lick or fish in the many lakes ,ponds and streams. There is also an abundance of geese and ducks. Foraging as well.

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    • Thor’s questions
      1. In order, what are your most important preps?

      Food, food, food, water, solar electrical production for lighting and CPAP, propane for cooking, silver, ammo.

      2. Do you think it’s ironic how fast the Democrats put a fence up around the Capitol for protection but left the door wide open at the border?

      Ironic, but unsurprising. They only care about themselves. A fence at the Capitol keeps THEM safe, no fence at the borders helps provide more voters for THEM.

      3. How high do you think gas and food prices will rise?

      No telling. Gas here in Orlando is up to $2.59 on average. That is 35-cents/gallon more than when Biden was inaugurated. I haven’t seen as large of an increase in food prices yet.

      4. Are you traveling less due to fuel prices or Covid?

      I don’t travel much to begin with. I hate driving.

      5. Do you think a debt forgiveness plan for all restaurants, hotels ECT. would work with the people restarting their businesses like Covid never happened would be a good plan to bring back America as we knew it?

      Where is the money for that debt forgiveness going to come from? Banks? Start looking for debt bail-ins to start happening if so. That is the reverse of government bail-outs. The bank depositors will see their accounts seized to prop up the banks. The Dodd-Frank Act provides for this in the US, although many other countries have similar legal provisions to allow it. Cyprus in 2013 is an example. I keep just enough money in my checking account to cover my bills and have no savings account. Although all of my income streams are direct deposited (not willingly), I immediately remove all that I don’t need to pay bills. My main bank is literally a stone’s throw from my apartment driveway, so if I need to deposit money to cover a prep purchase, it is very easy to do so. My other bank is just a few blocks away and I keep even less money in that one. See this YouTube vid by Neil McCoy-Ward about bail-ins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MIsnNpPjvQ

      6. Do you think that during a recession/depression, the Democrats could put America first by not attacking oil and gun industries and not allowing migrants in until our country is back on it’s feet is a good idea?

      The Democrats will do nothing of the sort unless it politically and financially benefits them. Screw America First is their motto.

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    • Thor’s questions

      1. In order, what are your most important preps? Food, self-defense, water, food/energy self-production.

      2. Do you think it’s ironic how fast the Democrats put a fence up around the Capitol for protection but left the door wide open at the border? Actually no. What really surprises me is the reaction of the Dem’s themselves and their continued justifications to keep it so. They must really be scared!

      3. How high do you think gas and food prices will rise? Much of the 3rd world spends 60%+ of their income on food. We are spoiled. As we get closer to 2nd, then 3rd world status, our prices will match.

      4. Are you traveling less due to fuel prices or Covid? Nope.

      5. Do you think a debt forgiveness plan for all restaurants, hotels ECT. would work with the people restarting their businesses like Covid never happened would be a good plan to bring back America as we knew it? Starting a business is always a risk. If you bail them out, the next risk will be higher, until we can no longer afford it.

      6. Do you think that during a recession/depression, the Democrats could put America first by not attacking oil and gun industries and not allowing migrants in until our country is back on it’s feet is a good idea? NO. They have no concept of “America First”. It is only “Me First”.

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      • Extra Credit: Who stayed home on the Senate budget vote; it was 50-49. I expected 51-50 with Harris being the tie breaker.

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  13. Thor1
    Have you ever made dilly beans? Made with the longer green bean, they are really tasty for a change in a vegetable especially with V-8 juice(no alcohol).

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      • Thor1
        I happened to like virgin Mary way back when . One place years ago served them with the dilly bean, and that is how I discovered they were worth the effort to put up for V-8 Juice. The bean helps me drink the juice as I am not a fan of tomato juice, for some reason my taste buds have changed. Still love the dilled bean…lol

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  14. Well we finally got all the plumbing repairs done. And by “we” I mean DH. lol
    Bless him, he had a hard two weeks. After repairing all the shattered pipes in the well house, replacing the pump in the holding tank, we find that water softener shattered inside and so it blew debris through all our house lines stopping up every faucet, shower head, every toilet , the hot water heater , every filter of any kind . 2 weeks work and about 1400 dollars later, thank goodness Preppers have emergency funds .
    I added some food to the pantry this week ,replaced most of the depleted water bottles and started the chore of cleaning and inventorying my food pantry. That will take a couple more days and then I will start sorting and packing the storage rooms for the move that will happen , hopefully this year.
    Tara’s questions:
    1 I really don’t try to convince anyone to prep. I casually mention it from time to time and have found very few people interested in the effort and sacrifice it takes. I can’t tell that the pandemic made them any smarter
    2 definitely chickens and either goats or rabbits depending on where you live and how much room you have
    3 I am just learning to grow food and am not very good at it . I have enough food in storage for at least a year and I continue to add to that . We can hunt and forage. We will continue to garden and I hope get better at it
    4 see above
    Hope everyone has a safe and productive week !

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  15. This has been a busy week for me. Taking advantage of the milder temps by getting raised gardens ready for planting. Things are coming along nicely at the moment.
    1. I have all but given up on trying to convince family and friends to prep. The consensus is that we will always have stocked shelves and bailout money. (Yeah…right).
    2. Not having a place for any animals at the moment, I would have to go for chickens, but if I had the space, I would add goats.
    3. I have been prepping for several years now, and one of the hardest things I experience is the rotation of food products. I pretty much have that handled. I use first in, first out rule, keep a spread sheet and focus on nutritional value.

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  16. Tara’s Q.
    1. At some point one must decide whether you keep trying to protect others, or you become greyman. Our location and social network works against us. We have hosted as many friends in years past as 250 for concerts at this beef ranch. Anyone with common sense would appeal to us for shelter and food because we have a lot of space and bovines to slaughter. Because we are generous, they would assume we would not say no to those 250 people who did not prepare. So instead of trying to convince them to prepare given the opportunity, I make it very clear they should not expect me to rescue them. I have prepared enough for us- not 20 or 5 or 2 more. Some is under lock and key. Some is out of sight. I like what someone on here said, Zulu or Thor, or JP, ” I am not prepared because of handouts but because I prepared. ”
    Everyone else has the same opportunity to do so.
    2. The best livestock to keep would be rabbits, ducks and goats. However we already raise beef, so until some hungry mob kills them all, we would have protein. The DH keeps trying to simply our life, so raising any other livestock will not be happening.
    3. I can so much food, especially meat, dozens and dozens of jars, I try to refill as soon as I empty a dozen jars. Garden is a must. Plenty of space here with a high fence against the deer.
    I suppose when I eventually run out of food, I will barter. In the end, I will likely die and not have to worry about it anymore.
    4. Purchased more food for the stash. Nurtured my seedlings. Bought more batteries. The rechargeble ones don’t hold a charge very well unless they are Eneloop. One refrigerator sits empty now. That’s progress.
    Take care everyone. Stay aware of your surroundings!

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  17. Life has been a bit busy in the last few weeks, so I’ll get to this week’s questions right off, then back to doing taxes.

    This Week’s Questions:
    1. What do you do to help convince non-preppers you care about to become more self-reliant? Has it been easier to get loved ones to prepare because of the pandemic? All I can do is live by example. I have friends who are at least doing a little bit more for themselves now than before. Older family members (siblings) tend to be pretty self-sufficient, but I don’t really know how much they prep. Younger family (adult children) know they have a place with us although one is doing her best to be self-sufficient and debt free. Beyond that, I believe if my siblings and I lived closer, we would be able to pool our resources and skills well enough to live.
    2. What types of livestock do you consider a best for preppers to keep, and why? I have no experience in this realm beyond the pet goat we had when I was a child and what I’ve read here on the blog. Nanny was great for weed control, but we didn’t breed her so I have no idea but suspect miniature goats would be marvelous given enough property. I love goat cheese. I also think chickens would be awesome because they can be dual purpose having both meat and eggs.
    3. How do those of you that do not raise and grow their own food plan on preventing starvation during a long-term SHTF event that could last for years? I do raise some food but would need to rely on what is stored with grown food for supplementation and extension of the stores.
    4. What did you do to prep this week? It’s tax season and I’m the family accountant. Beyond that, not much. I am getting used to the 20% reduction in work hours. Working four days at the job is allowing me to fill my extra day with chores that were crammed into other days along with doing some writing. I may have taken a 20% pay cut but the lower stress seems to be worth it so far.

    Thor’s questions
    1. In order, what are your most important preps? Water, food, self-defense.
    2. Do you think it’s ironic how fast the Democrats put a fence up around the Capitol for protection but left the door wide open at the border? Not particularly.
    3. How high do you think gas and food prices will rise? I suspect we will see $4 a gallon again withing the year and not sure it will stop there.
    4. Are you traveling less due to fuel prices or Covid? No. We did for a while because we weren’t sure what would be open where we were going, but learned that the further out of the city we are, the less bothered people are.
    5. Do you think a debt forgiveness plan for all restaurants, hotels ECT. would work with the people restarting their businesses like Covid never happened would be a good plan to bring back America as we knew it? Debt forgiveness can be a double-edged sword. First, where would the money come from? Second, that debt “forgiveness” may be treated as income to the business – much depends on how the plan is written and how the IRS interprets it.
    6. Do you think that during a recession/depression, the Democrats could put America first by not attacking oil and gun industries and not allowing migrants in until our country is back on it’s feet is a good idea? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – Dems haven’t put America first in recent years.

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  18. 1. What do you do to help convince non-preppers you care about to become more self-reliant? Has it been easier to get loved ones to prepare because of the pandemic?
    I no longer bother. Those who are willing to prep are already doing so.

    2. What types of livestock do you consider a best for preppers to keep, and why?
    Chickens, rabbits, goats. Easier to care for. And, yep, I like how chickens take care of snakes.

    3. How do those of you that do not raise and grow their own food plan on preventing starvation during a long-term SHTF event that could last for years?
    I grow some food, which is mostly eaten as it’s ready. Could do some cold frame for longer harvest. Other things from shopping are stored.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    Received holster. Didn’t start feeling better from Moderna #2 until late Wednesday. So nothing really accomplished. Now I’m stuck preparing for a week’s worth of company (incl dog) week after next.

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  19. Thor’s questions

    1. In order, what are your most important preps? Food, water (not enough), defense, supplies incl batteries etc.

    2. Do you think it’s ironic how fast the Democrats put a fence up around the Capitol for protection but left the door wide open at the border? Not at all as they only give a crap about themselves and their power, money, & control.

    3. How high do you think gas and food prices will rise? Gas will go sky-high and could become rationed when price goes beyond a certain point. Even/odd days doesn’t cut it. Food prices will rise just from higher fuel costs (farm & truck). Expect lots of “free” food to disappear. Enter Billy & his fake beef to save us (yeah, right).

    4. Are you traveling less due to fuel prices or Covid? Yes, due to Covid. Except for family on Long Island, we don’t travel.

    5. Do you think a debt forgiveness plan for all restaurants, hotels ECT. would work with the people restarting their businesses like Covid never happened would be a good plan to bring back America as we knew it? Now just where does all that money come from? Us? Maybe stop sending so much money overseas and wasting it here. Besides, there’s still $1T unspent.

    6. Do you think that during a recession/depression, the Democrats could put America first by not attacking oil and gun industries and not allowing migrants in until our country is back on it’s feet is a good idea? Now why in the world would they do that? Their agenda is way off from reality and only serves to take us down.

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