What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 14 – SEP 23rd – 29th 2018

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It has been a week of rinse and repeat here on our survival homesteading retreat. I didn’t really focus on how long it takes to get the hay and firewood in each year until I started writing about it to share here with the pack.

Weather and equipment issues (rinse and repeat…again) plagued some of our efforts, but 90 percent of the firewood is now split and stacked neatly in the woodshed – alright, fairly neatly.

It has been so dang cold these last few days that I have been tempted to fire up the wood stove already. I have turned on the wall mount gas heaters every morning, and a few times in the afternoon. I can get goosebumps when it gets below 70 and hate wearing cold weather clothes. I am about due for the annual lecture about using the wood and gas wisely and simply bundling up when I am cold – I so hate that lecture, but attempt to heed it as least somewhat.

If the SHTF over the winter, even with my penchant for balmy weather, we won’t run out of fuel – that is one of the prime benefits of living on a large and 50 percent wooded survival retreat. Cut and dried trees and large stumps that are ready to be split dot the landscape in readily accessible areas of the property in case the woodshed would run empty.

pile of wood in woodshed

I have been working diligently on my fall apothecary growing to ensure we have plenty of medicinal herbs to go around this winter. My herbs and medicinal flowers are growing outside now, but the pots will be relocated indoors once the temperature continues to drop.

The six ducklings that Bobby surprised me with are thriving and getting along well with my Buckeye chickens in the outdoor brooder. One of the ducklings has issues with both of its feet, one more so than the other. I am glad Bobby accidentally bought that one, I doubt anyone else would have. It seems I always end up with one special duckling that has feet webbing or a hip issue.

There looks to be at least one cockerel in the Buckeye chicken flock – maybe two, one might be a late bloomer. I have never had problems intermingling chicks and ducklings but always hold my breath and closely supervise the cohabitating flocks for several hours if they are not placed together right from the store.

We are about to have two more horses on the homestead, but only temporarily to help out a cousin. Another miniature donkey is on the way here, also courtesy of a relative. I have not told Bobby that Sadie is coming here to live yet. I thought it just might be best if I just ushered her in with Bess and Blossom and waited until my beloved happened to notice we now have three mini donkeys. Anyone want to wager on how long that will take?

Yesterday I determined that Pearl has weaned Sunshine and Whiskey. This weekend I am going to milk her for the first time. Just as she was getting ready to wean Rooster last fall, she was the victim of a dog attack.

I am about to start tanning another cow hide. My homesteading friend Sarah and I are going to make moccasins and purses out of it for Christmas presents. I will make sure to share some photos once we start the sewing and decorating process. My embroidery machine has a special setting and needle for working with leather and I am super excited to try it out.

All in all, it has been pretty subdued here on our retreat. I think by the end of each day the tribe members are just too exhausted from all the winter prepping chores to do much more than slide into an easy chair and relax.

Tara Dodrill

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Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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164 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 14 – SEP 23rd – 29th 2018

  1. Did my usual shopping and added to my grocery stash.

    Not much going on this week, prep-wise.

    Granddaughter is back in town and I had her for a couple of days. Her vocabulary is increasing by leaps and bounds. What a fun kid she is. She goes with me to the chiropractor and just sits quietly in her stroller with a very studious expression. I wonder what she is thinking as the doctor beats me up? 😊

    I bought the book “Cold Times: Preparing for the mini ice age” by Anita Bailey. Just started reading it, so I have no opinion yet.

    Made more elderberry syrup. Seven 8-ounce bottles. Sent one home with #2 daughter this weekend. I would have given her more, but one was all she wanted.

    A lot of the typical big city crap is happening around Orlando. People getting shot, stabbed, run over, etc. Nothing close to my place. One of the things that happen that really bother me are the little kids being left in hot cars. Had two in one day around here on Friday, a one-year old and a four-year old. A citizen rescued the four-year old and ran him across the street to a fire station, but too late. The mother discovered her one-year old after seven hours in the car, while she was pumping gas. We’re still getting 90+ degree daytime weather around here, very sunny, so it doesn’t take long to kill a kid in those conditions. The one-year old’s mother is in jail and charged with manslaughter. I don’t know about the four-year old’s case. I’ve seen what little kids look like after dying in a hot car. It ain’t pretty. No wonder I drank. The wonder is why I don’t anymore because the memories are still there. RIP to the little ones.

    Little kids getting caught up in the crap is what has always bothered me as a police officer, and every other cop I knew. I really don’t care a lick if one dopeman kills another. I look on it as a deepening of the gene pool. But little kids don’t have control over their environment.

    At least I don’t live in Detroit anymore. It’s listed as the second most violent city in the US, after St. Louis. But, big cities are what I’m used to, and I know how to survive there. While I’m generally a pretty easy-going person, I am quite capable of flipping the switch and becoming a rather ugly person when necessary.

    1. Z36, its so sad with the children. How could any parent ever do that?

      I have saved several kids in my life so far, one from a dog attack when I was a paperboy. I heard a call for help and he was on the other side of a fence. Blood on the kid and the dogs mouth, I stuck my hands over the fence to distract the dog so the kid could climb over the fence and made sure he wasn’t going to be bitten any more. Then rang the doorbell so his Mom could take care of him. It was his own dog……

      1. Thor1,

        I went to a really bad dog mauling as a police supervisor. The family dog scalped a two-year old and he bled like the dickens. Luckily, two doors down a workman witnessed the attack and ran over and started beating the dog with a shovel. Further luck, the next door neighbor was an off-duty ER nurse and she came over and got the worst of the bleeding under control before EMS got there. It was still a close run thing as two-year olds don’t hold a lot of blood and this kid lost a lot. The little boy would never have survived if it wasn’t for the workman and the nurse.

        We had to track the dog down, but again luckily, it was summer and a lot of people were out and saw the dog running away. We tracked it to a house a few blocks away and were able to trap it in a garage until the county animal control could get there with a tranq gun. However, between the county ACO and our city ACO, they were able to noose it. The dog was euthanized at the request of the owners. Just as well since we would have gotten a court order to do it otherwise. The dog was a chow chow, which is not a good dog to have around kids at all.

    2. I agree I’m tired of parents, saying they forgot their children in the cars these excuses are OLD, VERY OLD.. I never ever forgot my children, no matter if they were asleep, or awake there is just NO EXCUSE in my book and all these parents should be in Jail. Tell people to put their cell phones in the back seat then maybe less children would die:(

      1. Mom of three,

        I’m a mom of three too and I never forgot my kids. I always kept my eye on them and knew where they were at all times. I agree with you, these parents are too busy watching their phones instead of their kids. Poor kids. I can imagine that it was a slow and painful death.

        1. Terra,
          Did you see my comment to Anon this past week on other site. name of site is listed…but not a complete link.it was still up last time i checked…just one more glimer of hope for diabetics. both Type 1 and 2. I did not think to answer about my dh’s diabetes, (anaon seemed moreinterested in nerve issues.)it has stabilized he no longer is considered diabetic eats anything he wants including ice cream and lemon icebox pie. from frozen selections.akajust sayin’

          1. AA,
            Thanks so much for thinking of me. I’ll go over and look at your message. I need all the help I can get! Thanks again

    3. Zulu 3-6,

      I bought the book “Cold Times: Preparing for the mini ice age” by Anita Bailey. Just started reading it, so I have no opinion yet.

      You’ll have to let me know what you think. I’ve read (actually listened to) “Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell” by John Casey and find it has some good points. John L. Casey, is a former White House national space policy advisor, NASA headquarters consultant, and space shuttle engineer. Unfortunately people like Casey and I suspect Bailey, will get pummeled for going against the orthodoxy of the climate change fraudsters.
      The kids in hot cars in Florida and other places now often make national news. Local news has run segments giving suggestions on how to make sure you don’t forget your kid and leave them in the car. Our DD is now 27; but, when she was a toddler and younger, we never forgot she was with us, and never left her alone in the vehicle. On occasion, one of us might run into a store; but, the other parent stayed in the vehicle with the kid. We also hear about shootings and police or other first responders being ambushed and I have to wonder when it will end, or where it will lead us as a society. One only has to have watched the witch trials in the senate this past week to know that something needs to change drastically.

    4. Children dying in hot cars should never happen. This event is a product of the society we have been manipulated into by more of the liberal agenda.
      I can not imagine the anguish of these parents, grandparents NOR the horific deaths these children suffer. This is beyond sad. Truly heartbreaking…for all involved. children, parents, first responders, hospital staff, coroner, investigators…the community at large.
      I AM NOT taking up for these parents, but we MUST realize:
      NUmber 1, these parents, from being themselves children, have been taught that man is just one more animal.
      Number 2: They have been taught to put their children in the back seat, and not to respond to them if they cry while back there and they are driving.
      Number 3 The children have been taught thru (neglect), conditioning, if Mom or Dad is driving you will not get any attention, so they sleep. Babies are quiet when they sleep.
      Number 4 Our entire moral fabric is such that parents are taught that it is not cool to ask for assistance, to be late to work.or to break routine.
      Number 5, Your children are the responsibility of the Nanny State to teach and provide for their care, especially if you are not married to the other parent of that child.

      Do I agree with these, NO! but it is what has been taught for YEARS!.
      There are things that can be done to prevent childrens deaths in hot cars.
      Going after these parents will not stop one death- that has already occurred..
      Installing car /seat alarms CAN stop this.
      Montors/alert individuals in parking lots-checking cars, Can stop these deaths.
      Putting purse, lunch, phone and other belongings ,in back seat beside child CAN stop this.
      So can a parent being a parent ,and staying home with small children. Doing home schooling , and building resonsibility skills can mitigate for coming generations.
      It will take a combined consistent effort to stop people being too rushed, too distracted, to give proper care to their precious little ones. . SAD.That one baby ,has to die this way or by any other way.

      1. AA:
        You have made some very thoughtful points. I was visiting with a young couple this past weekend who moved back from the city because daycare was so expensive, her mom now watches the little one. They do not plan to have anymore. I told them I worked nights, and just part time when my kids were little so DH could watch them. I turned down several opportunities for advancement because I felt the kids should come first. It is indeed sad that monetary gain is now more important than procreation. We need a next generation.

        1. Moe,

          I agree that family should take care of children. #1 daughter and hubby both work, plus my daughter is in the Air Force Reserves and has to do her thing once a month. She changed jobs before the baby was even conceived and she doesn’t have to go on full 15-day annual training tours. She can nickle-dime the 15-days through the year. On drill weekends, because of her rank, she gets a private room and her hubby comes out with the baby, so granddaughter sees her mom everyday during drill. The baby isn’t 100% weaned yet, so she still plugs in at night. Granddaughter has the run of her mom’s building when she visits at lunchtime and everyone plays with her, including the colonel.

          I don’t mind caring for granddaughter at all and I coordinate everything with #1 daughter and her hubby so we’re always on the same page with the baby as far as discipline, eating, naps, teaching, etc. She’s their baby, not mine, so I do things their way.

          I also welcome the baby’s paternal grandmother over to visit whenever she likes and they have a blast together.

          1. Zulu 3-6,
            It sounds to me that you can sum up a rather complex arrangement with a simple maxim: ”Where there’s a will, there’s a way”. Funny what correct priorities can do for you.

  2. Speaking of Orlando – I was there at Bonnet Creek for a conference this week. (So, not much in the way of preps.). I got caught in JetBlue Hell coming home – two flights canceled, the second one at 2 a.m., resulting in a sleepless night at JFK Airport in NYC (because who would want to sleep there?? Opsec. Thank goodness for the 24-hour Dunkin at luggage claim.). It did make me think of a travel prep, though. If I had to sleep on an airport floor, I’d want one or two Dollar Tree rain ponchos to spread out under me and my stuff, and a space blanket to go over me. Both small, lightweight, and easy to pack. Also, I had bought some inflatable swimming pool “noodles” off Amazon for another trip, also lightweight and pack down flat when not inflated. I could lash a couple of those together for a pillow, using my emergency stash of duct tape (wrap ten feet of duct tape around an empty toilet paper roll, cut off the excess cardboard, squish it down flat).

    Zulu, so sorry to hear about the children. It’s heartbreaking.

    1. MaineBrain,

      I got caught in JetBlue Hell coming home – two flights canceled, the second one at 2 a.m., resulting in a sleepless night at JFK Airport in NYC

      It could have been worse. You could have been at Laguardia. The last few times we flew through there on a normal flight were horrible. They would shuttle us to our gates, and then, announce that we were at the wrong gate and shuttle us elsewhere, only to be shuttled yet again. The final and correct gate, still meant almost an hour delay; but, no place to sit. I think that airport has been under construction for at least the last 10 years, and we’ll pay a little extra to fly through DC or Atlanta to avoid it.

      1. Agreed, OP. I travel a lot, for work and vacation, and I will do ANYTHING to avoid both Laguardia and Newark. JFK isn’t the Taj Mahal, but at least it has a 24-hour Dunkin. In Terminal 5, anyway.

  3. Nothing much [urchased this week. Got in a set of clamps to put the topper back on the pickup. The old set should show up any day now. And some pistol mags that were on sale a couple of weeks ago. Need to make sure we don’t get caught in the next gun/magazine ban. GS1 cm\\ame over and finished helping me move the milk crates of food from the garage into the basement. Just a few little clean ups and organization moved and we are ready for the contractor.

    1. JP, I get you on the magazine bans. Last time it was over I bought a whole lot of 30 rnd AR mags, a beta mag. Glock 33 and 22rnd mags ect…

      1. Thor1:

        Now that I am consolidating gun/calibers/makers, I find that I am long on some and short on others. It pays to update all of the inventories.

        And the inventory reductions by retailers has gotten into full swing. Of late that proceeds a new crisis.

  4. Puppy has been as playful as ever. We had our weekly cookout with beer brauts this time. Puppy had a half one. He really liked it. Maybe because he is German…. LOL

    I watched some videos on human foods that are good for dogs. Pumpkins baked, carrots steamed or boiled, beef, chicken, rice, oatmeal , salmon and broccoli were all on the list.

    The avocodo tree I started from a seed is about a foot tall now with 4 leaves. I think I will transplant it next week into a pot.

    Bought more water
    Bought 20 lbs of sugar
    Bought 10 lbs of flower

    Had son order an adapter for filling 1 lb propane tanks from 20 lb tanks. Also watched a video on how too.

    Politics in the Congress is getting ugly. I believe the deep state has sold America out to the Chinese and Russians. Your thoughts….

    I also watched an event in Ohio at a university having a 2nd amendment march for open carry on campus. Guess who showed up to protest ? Antifa, anti-gun organizations and black lives matter. Which made me think more seriously about a coming civil war. Thoughts……

    Prayers are needed for a fellow prepped on you tube. See video.

    https://youtu.be/B2Y4Q_UUisY

      1. General all purpose…. LOL

        Also some fine flower for gravy…. I love gravy. The Mrs. made some more chuck roast but it wasn’t as good as mine. Shhhh don’t tell her….LOL

    1. Thor1,

      I agree that the Deep State (aka: communists) are selling us down the river.

      I also want to file a complaint against the Democrats for sexual assault over the Kavenaugh hearings. They’re screwing We the People over big time.

        1. If you’ve never been molested or harassed…. good for you. I wish I could say that. It’s not pretty when you’re on the receiving end of it. I told my (female) supervisor about the 60-something bank trustee who grabbed my 22-year-old head and shoved his tongue down my throat in the entryway of the bank one day. Her only response was, “Oh yes, we all know not to be alone with him.” Well, someone could have told ME. That was only one of a dozen incidents I could point to over my life and career. I’m not saying all men are bad actors, but harassment is pervasive. And frankly, I’m not that attractive. Some men do it just because they think they can. “Grab ’em by the p—-.”

          1. MB, timing is everything in politics evidently. The people keep walking around with ties to the Democratic party saying ,” We believe survivors ” I think its more like “We believe liars”.

            People who are molested/raped would not wait 36 years to say something and have it announced publicly for the world to see.

            Unlike what happened with Bill Clinton and all the accusers came forward right away. With I might add EVIDENCE !!! Then Hillary covered it up.

          2. Sorry, Thor, it’s very common for victims to keep quiet. Our culture blames the victim. Why did you put yourself in that situation? Why were you wearing that swimsuit? (Because I had been swimming?). As witness my situation at the bank – I was 22 and a clerk, he was 60s and a trustee, I told my supervisor, she believed me but blew it off. If I had pressed it, I’d have lost my job, because he was a powerful man and I was a nothing. It was a male dominated culture and we women “knew our places” (ughhhhh). That’s why women keep quiet. We need the paycheck, we won’t be believed, and if we roil the waters, it will end badly for us. Dr. Ford had more to lose by coming forward than staying silent. (Death threats, having to live apart from her famil, having to be apart from her children — all ridiculous, who in their right mind levels death threats against someone who is trying to come forward to tell a truth? But this is crazy America in the crazy era of Drumpf, I guess.). That she came forward is a testament to her strength, courage, fortitude, and belief that a perp should not sit on the highest court in the land. And he is a perp. And a perv. And a liar- aside from the sex abuse part of it, he dissembled on several points. No surprise that Lyin’ Drumpf would pick a liar for a Supreme Court nominee. Birds of a feather. He is also clearly partisan, which is not something we want on SCOTUS.

          3. MaineBrain,
            Perhaps it’s just because I’m a Neanderthal; but, I think the appropriate action on your part would have been a thumb in one of his eyes, a solid punch to the throat, and/or a low kick to dislocate one of his knees. These are techniques that I’ve taught many folks, mostly women over the years in self defense classes.
            If he complains about the injuries let him explain what happened if it bothers him.
            I’ve never treated anyone, male or female in ways like that, and anyone who does, IMHO deserves whatever happens in response.

          4. MB, this has nothing to do with your experience. Sorry that happened to you.

            Ford was supposedly in highschool, so no threat of loss of job there and as I said, even her best friend said it didn’t happen, no evidence.

            Hillary lost, get over it.

          5. TOP, that was not “acceptable” female behavior in the early 1970s. And anyway, when it happens, it’s so shocking in the moment that one truly does freeze – the brain doesn’t register that it’s happening – this isn’t normal, so I can’t believe it’s happening – we discuss it on these prepper boards all the time, it’s called normalcy bias. If it’s never happened to you, it’s hard to understand, but it’s so invasive and personally shocking that it stops you in your tracks. If you’ve ever been assaulted, perhaps you can understand. If not, please take my word for it- it’s such a shock on the senses that it causes a freeze of disbelief.

          6. MB, your real names not Rebecca from the other site is it ???

            Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

            Make Abortion illegal again ……MAIA my new hat…..

          7. MaineBrain,

            that was not “acceptable” female behavior in the early 1970s. And anyway, when it happens, it’s so shocking in the moment that one truly does freeze – the brain doesn’t register that it’s happening – this isn’t normal, so I can’t believe it’s happening – we discuss it on these prepper boards all the time, it’s called normalcy bias.

            I understand normalcy bias and it may also be that I am not a female, so it’s admittedly a different perspective.

            If you’ve ever been assaulted, perhaps you can understand. If not, please take my word for it- it’s such a shock on the senses that it causes a freeze of disbelief.

            I have been assaulted; first at age 18 while walking early one morning to work. The guy had a knife, I had NunChaKu. After the event I had tossed the knife in a storm sewer and the guy had a broken wrist and several bruises. It happened once again in college in my early 20’s in the early 1970’s and the perpetrator received a dislocated knee and a few broken fingers. Granted I am a guy who has trained martial arts since age 14, and that no doubt makes a difference.
            This reminds me of some self defense classes for women I helped teach some 40 years ago. We taught the ladies very effective techniques like knee kicks and eye gouges; but, more than a few were horrified and firmly stated they could not do those things to another person. Like prepping to survive TEOTWAWKI, whatever that may be, often we need to temporarily drop social norms to push through to the other side.
            Sometime survival means stepping out of our comfort zone.

          8. Thor1,

            Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

            I suspect you are correct; but, in any case, I hope more than a few of the hypocritical democRATS get tossed out on their keisters.
            Make Abortion illegal again?

            I think everyone is really oversimplifying this. A more originalist court, cannot and by definition, will not simply pass laws willy-nilly as the dems would like. Overturning Rowe V Wade would require a compelling case to be tried and defeated at the state level, then pass through the appeals courts and finally granted cert by SCOTUS, with money and effort from both sides heavily involved in the process.
            Kavanaugh has already said that Rowe V Wade is stare decisis (settled law) and my hope is that he would help cement both the Heller and Macdonald decisions the same way.

          9. TOP, sorry, I just find it disgusting to kill babies and sell body parts like planned parenthood seems to have done. Maybe they could make that a crime worse then murder…..

          10. Thor1,

            TOP, sorry, I just find it disgusting to kill babies and sell body parts like planned parenthood seems to have done. Maybe they could make that a crime worse then murder

            I don’t disagree. I was just pointing out that putting Kavanaugh or anyone else on the bench just doesn’t make Rowe v Wade go away with a simple poof!!!
            Some would love this to happen and some are afraid it would happen; but, they are both wrong. Demonizing the other side accomplishes nothing., and BTW, selling body parts in most cases is already illegal.

          11. Maine Brain – I am a woman with three grown daughters. My dealings with men are far from perfect and I have known plenty of rape victims. Yes, it is common to keep quiet and anyone who has kept quiet for 36 years will remain quiet. With your situation, you didn’t keep quiet – you actually told someone, so telling your story now isn’t so far out of the realm of possibilities.

            The bigger problem is this – our legal system is based on the belief that your are innocent until proven guilty. She has never filed charges nor talked to the police. He has never been taken to court for it. If anything really happened, she still has the opportunity to take it to the police because it happened in a state that has no statute of limitations. Why didn’t she go to the police where it happened?

            There’s too many questions and too much “junk” surrounding this one to be believed.

          12. GA Red,

            I did some research into the Ford/Kavenaugh matter. Maryland, the state the assault supposedly happened in, considered the type of assault described by Ford as a misdemeanor in 1982. That offense had a one-year statute of limitations in 1982. Whatever law Maryland has now, has no effect on a 1982 incident. The US Constitution, Article 1, Section 10, Clause 1, specifically prohibits states from passing ex post facto laws. Furthermore, there was no federal law in effect at all in 1982 that addresses this incident and the Constitution’s Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3, prohibits Congress from passing ex post facto laws.

            So, Ford would essentially be wasting her time making a police report if she expected criminal enforcement action to be taken. She can’t sue either.

          13. GA Red,

            Why didn’t she go to the police where it happened?

            The more pertinent question from my perspective is: “Why didn’t senator Feinstein take it to the president or the FBI when she received the letter back in July when it could have been handled quietly without putting Dr. Ford into the national spotlight. The answer I think is that they needed that proverbial ”October Surprise” since dirty tricks are almost always used by those with no message other than ”Resist”.
            Recall that during the 2012 presidential campaign when then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of having not paid any taxes over the past decade and did it from the floor of the Senate
            In 2011 and 2010, Romney did pay taxes and we know because he released his tax returns for those years showing a total of more than $4M in taxes. PolitiFact gave the claim a “Pants on Fire” rating.
            When pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash, about continuing to defend his statement that was proven untrue, Reid responded, “Romney didn’t win, did he?”
            The means justifies the ends for all of these Demoon-craps.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        I also want to file a complaint against the Democrats for sexual assault over the Kavenaugh hearings. They’re screwing We the People over big time.

        What they are doing to Kavanaugh is deplorable; but, what they have done to Ford is nearly as bad. She didn’t want to come to DC and the committee made an offer to send staff to talk to her; but, her lawyers failed to inform her, since they are also socialist operatives suggested by Feinswein. She was afraid of flying due to the 36 year old incident; but, managed trips to Hawaii and other places that are a long ride in a rowboat.
        With luck, November 6th will hand these people their hats and send them packing.

          1. Almost There,

            Not a one.

            And yet somebody, somewhere keeps electing them
            I’m lucky to have a great representative and senator and finally a chance to eliminate Sherrod Brown who has been in the senate since 1966 and turned 65 last year. Hopefully we’ll force him to retire and join the rest of us on Medicare

        1. TOP,

          What they have done to Brett is despicable.. I hope people see what is really going with those DEMONCRATS and do something about it with their vote.

        2. TOP,

          I know it isn’t PC these days to not believe someone who claims to be a sexual assault victim, particularly a female claimant. I do know that many such claims are indeed very true and very traumatic. However, in Ford’s case I think she is either #1: making this up from whole cloth (hence the serious discrepancies), or #2: she isn’t making up the basics of an actual event, but Kanvanaugh wasn’t involved. She decided she would just say he was.

          Personally I think she is making this all up. She is a flaming liberal and felt fame and money would be hers as a “giant killer” until she realized she was playing in the big leagues and even her liberal “friends” would screw her over for maximum political benefit.

          I don’t think unpleasant things are over for Ford.

          1. I hope she loses her job over this. After causing so much trauma and drama, I don’t think college students or anyone else deserves to have to listen to her. I wonder how much she was paid to come out with this?

  5. It was a very busy week of prepping. I did not post last weekend because I was busy with an Xtreme Hike. This served two purposes. The first was supporting a worthy cause, raising funds for the CF Foundation. The second was testing my conditioning. The hike started at 8500 feet above sea level and went mostly straight up for a mile before going sideways and back down for almost a mile and then turned back up for another three miles. at the 5 1/2 mile point was a rest before climbing to the final altitude of 11500 feet above sea level. There was some more up and down winding before the last 3 miles that went pretty much straight down. My total mileage was 22.4 miles and it took me about ten hours.

    Some observations from the hike. I was the second oldest there and the oldest to complete the trail. Most individuals were from 10 to 30 years younger than me. It was perfect weather so they had a greater completion rates as compared to prior years, but over 25% did not complete the total miles. Several of the hikers were freaked out to discover I graduated from high school before they were born.

    I feel confident I could hike to bug out location if needed with just two nights camping. The terrain is quite flat from point A to point B. I did quite a bit of walking the day following the hike so I think the second day of walking would be ok and a third could be delayed a day by spending a night with close relatives on route.

    I also think that the golden hordes would be limited. The young people participating were in very good shape compared to the general population yet many did not hike down. They took the gondola instead.

    After returning to the plains, I continued harvesting the garden. Sadly the cucumbers are done, but lots of pickles made, including a final batch of curry cucumbers. Also harvested a nice crop of sweet potatoes. Unfortunately the regular potatoes were a bust. Marble sized. Beets, carrots, beans, Swiss chard and kale continue to thrive and my fall crop of lettuce and radishes are coming along.

    DH is scouting for solid core tired bikes. His knees are shot and he can not walk great distances.

    Prayers for all. Stay safe everyone.

    1. We’re planning a camping trip next summer and will do a lot of hiking too. We’ll need to bring supplies with us. We will need to have the usual supplies to be gone for the day. I have a pack, but I don’t think it will be sufficient, and my husband doesn’t have one. What backpack do you recommend?

      1. PG:
        The pack I used for the hike was a Caribee. Might not be heavy duty enough for backwoods camping. The compartments are water proof against each other. On a previous outing a cheap bottle lost its’ cap and one part soaked through but the inside of the other compartment stayed dry. The most important thing is to practice with the weight. I walked all over town and on training hikes with the pack loaded with snacks, bug spray and sunscreen, small first aid kit and two bottles of water and two bottles of energy drinks.

    2. Moe,

      My total mileage was 22.4 miles and it took me about ten hours

      With my heart problems I might have been able to complete your task; but, it would have taken a lot of rest and perhaps 40 hour plus a little O2. I live at 1000 feet ASL and the highest point in the state about 20 miles to my west is only 1550, so your lungs must be accustomed to the thin air.

      I also think that the golden hordes would be limited. The young people participating were in very good shape compared to the general population yet many did not hike down.

      Even though we don’t have the altitude and grade you are used to, I think it would be the same here, where people in the cities drive to metro parks to walk and see nature.

      1. TOP:
        I live at an altitude of about 3500 feet above sea level. My DH insisted I buy a small can of O2. I used it going up. The altitude itself doesn’t bother me but the added exertion of climbing gets me. However the loops at the top were fairly easy to handle. Fortunately my knees are in good shape so the downhill trek was a breeze and fun.

        DH has bad knees so he sticks to a bike. While I was hiking he road down toward the next town and finished uphill. We both believe trying to maintain some type of physical stamina is a serious prep. I have an aunt and uncle in their early 70s living in the closest big city to you. Non-preppers but serious hikers. They just spent a week hiking in Newfoundland. I hope to stay in shape like they have.

        1. Moe,
          I keep cans of supplemental O2 on hand; just in case. It’s a part of my FAK. A 6-pack of cans cost about $70.00; but, like any insurance, it’s better to have it than not. I’ve tried it just to know how to use it; but, so far, the other 5 cans are still shrink-wrapped.
          As for exercise, I got some except on the really hot humid days, and we’ll be rejoining the local Wellness Center (a workout gym area attached to the local hospital) later this week. Our Medicare supplemental policies have the Silver Sneakers card as part of the benefits, so it costs us nothing to work out in a place where they have exercise physiologists on staff. I did my cardiac rehab there and the only difference will be I’ll not be wearing the 3-lead ECG. This will be a great place to work out on the cold winter days and on into the hot days next summer.

      1. Billy T,

        My friends and I used to run 10 miles and more just for fun. Sadly, those days are 60 years in the rear view mirror!

        I used to run 5 miles every day after work and 10 or more miles on at least one day of the weekend, unless I was back packing, spelunking or rock climbing. For me that’s more like 40 years ago; but, I do understand. I guess I’m growing old gracefully; but, like you, modern technology and a bit of effort means I at least get to grow old. It can however be frustrating not being able to do things remembered by the brain; but, refused by the body.

      2. Billy T:
        How has the transplant helped? There was a young gal there who received a transplant about the same time as you who was able to take part in some of the event.

        1. Absolutely! Of course, I would probably not be alive without the transplant. I was on supplemental oxygen 24/7 and my condition had taken an accelerated deterioration.
          Now, I can do many things forbidden to me before. Still, I will never be as able as I was before the illness. I have the problems of old age. Being 78 years old, after many very active years, the knees are worn out. I don’t recover from “stuff” as fast as I formerly did, etc.

          After a nice walk up and down the hills, I have to slather my knees with Blue Emu and an ointment the doctor prescribed. But, when you quit, you die.

          1. Billy T,

            After a nice walk up and down the hills, I have to slather my knees with Blue Emu and an ointment the doctor prescribed. But, when you quit, you die.

            In my case I die if and when the battery in my pacemaker runs out, if they can’t replace the device. It took a little while to really grasp the fact that a little battery and microcomputer controlled electronics was actually keeping me alive. This is where normalcy bias is a good thing, and like those who live in earthquake country, or tornado country, or hurricane regions, you are aware of it; but, don’t lose any sleep over it. When installed in February 2015, it had a guaranteed battery life of 8 years, up from the 5 of my previous device. I also have a tiny little device that keeps my aFib from forming clots and allows me to take only aspirin instead of Coumadin or other anticoagulants.
            We do indeed live in amazing times, witnessed by the fact that you and I and those with other potentially fatal maladies are still around to converse here.

    3. MOE, Good job. You lost me at 8500 ft. I moved to higher elevation for a short while had trouble breathing without hiking!

    4. I grew potatoes commercially for 25 years. They need well tilled soil and lots of nitrogen and potash. With our sandy soil we used 300 lbs per acre total for both. Without plenty of both all will get is marbles.

      1. Daddio7:
        Thanks for the tips a few weeks ago on the sweet potatoes.

        I am pretty discouraged about my regular potatoes. I have tried grow bags and raised boxes as well as in-ground. This year the seed potatoes were sent to me by a friend in the San Luis Valley so I had high hopes.

        I will keep the nitrogen and potash in mind.

      2. Daddio7, more general potato questions… what is generally the best producer. per pound of what planted… did you plant whole potatoes are cut the clones? Dad used to plant 100 lbs and get 500-700 of red… with his method, that field is not available to me anymore… will be planting some variety of white/blue DH does not care for red ones. Land her is wet and packy so having to raise level and loosen…what fertlzer blend is recommended for mediocre soil…? would like to go to natural…blend.. as opposed to commercial blend.? ideas? your experience..all helpful..Thanks

    5. Kudos to you for that hike! I am impressed! Gives me something to work toward. What kind of hiking boots do you recommend. I’ve never had any, just hike in my new balance sneakers. I’m thinking it might be a good idea to have something a little more sturdy. I can do 5 miles on relatively flat terrain. Thanks for any help you can give. You can get my email addy from TheOhioPrepper.

      1. Babycatcher:
        I use Merrell. I have two pair, a low top for around where I live which is quite flat and some high tops which I wore on the mountain. I also wear ankle supports and on this day a back support like you see on late night TV. I own some New Balance and they are great for interval training which helps keep the heart in shape.
        Also, I took an ice bath and then iced both ankles and my right hip. No pain the next day and not much soreness or tired feeling muscles. It was a great experience.

  6. Well, last Friday we went to Seattle, to see an old friend after we had dinner took pictures and said goodbye we left the hotel, as we starting walking to our car hubby, tripped over a lip in the cement and fell on his knees and right hand slammed in the concrete, he was hurting very much so we drove home a couple of hours away. The next day we had to drive two hours going east, to go to a program and we stayed one night I bought hubby, a brace for his right hand his left was just bruised but he knew he had broke his right hand so then on Monday, he went into the walk in clinic and yes, his right hand was broke, and he broke two ribs, oh yikes. So this past week he’s been taking it slow and easy this week and tomorrow he see’s the Dr. again . We did do some clean up on our other property, and worked on getting his work van cleaned out ready to sell hopefully to a carpet guy, this van is really long. We’re getting ready to get rid of a couple of vehicals, and really thinking about selling our house, and getting out of the city. I did get a few cupboards cleaned out and reorganized, my tea cupboard was one of them. I bought two packages of dark hot cocoa, and put them in a canning jar with lid, bought 50 tea bags different flavors at Winco, bought cat litter, 3 bic lighters, 1 box of garbage bags, bought some soup, and other canned foods, a few chicken and 2 more shelf stable milk. We cleaned our travel trailer from top to bottem took some food that is nearing it’s sell by date and use at home and restocked back what I took out. I also got some drizeair from the dollar tree to keep one in hubbys work van, and one in our Suburban, and one in the front of the travel trailer storage bin. Fall, is here in the PNW, the rain is back oh boy maybe we will luck out and have a nice fall and get some more nice days back.. I’m glad we prepped while hubby, is recovering with food and money we put away it good to have money set aside for no pun intended a “rainy day” havea good week ahead 🙂

    1. mom of three,
      mom of three,
      I have a suggestion for you and your DH. I don’t know your ages; but, at 67 I still have good balance and often fall on purpose for practice. I’ve been a martial artist for more than 50 years; but, the lessons learned there can be applied to everyday life. Locally, on occasion, our county senior services organization holds classes in Tai Chi, and these classes can help immensely with learning balance and how to safely fall, things that are especially useful for we mature adults.
      On getting out of the city, it does have its challenges and takes a different mindset on organization; but, we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

      1. Hubby, was in a motorcycle accident at age 17, not his fault but that does not matter he almost died from it. He had a rod put in one leg, he had gashes on his head, and his right hand was smashed this was in 1983, the Dr. that worked on him had just come back from Germany, working on smashed bones, his bones werd like pancake battar. He was lucky to be alive his mom, would not allow him to get a blood transfustion because of AIDS, he did make enough blood to survive the surgary, his next task was learning to walk again it took him 9 months before he could this guy has been through so much in the last 36 years of his life we’ve been married 22 years, so I have had to deal with 2 major events, and now a broken hand, we just take it one step at a time.

  7. We did a major stock up at Aldis–mostly canned goods. My short-term pantry was looking a little bare.

    October will be a good month. I will collect eight paychecks, two of them substantial. We plan on getting the fuel pump replaced in the truck. We will get new tires as well. I’ve had the truck since 1997 and have only had to do routine maintenance.

    I am irritated with the Kavanaugh circus. Ford can’t recall where the alleged sexual assault occurred or when it occurred. She can’t even remember which year it supposedly happened. She can’t remember how she got to the party or how she got home. There is no corroborating testimony. She told no one about the incident. In short, there is no evidence. Yet liberals have already assumed that Kavanaugh is guilty.

    1. Bam Bam,
      Don’t forget that Ford is also claustrophobic ever since the incident and can’t fly, so they had to move the hearing from Monday until Thursday so she could drive cross country. It’s funny how flying isn’t as fearful when you’re on vacation heading to Hawaii. I think, or at least hope, the common folk see through all of this chicanery and will vote appropriately on Nov 6.

      1. I fly a lot, for business and for vacations. I’m afraid of flying. I get past it by burying my face in a book at takeoff and landing. It’s not determinative. Fear of flying doesn’t call her veracity into question. Frankly, I’m more scared of driving, because I’m way more likely to be killed in a car than in a plane. Yet, I drive to work and back every day. Would her veracity be more or less in question if she had driven across country to testify?

      2. TOP,

        Ford flew to D.C. That was one of the first questions that prosecutor asked her. How did she get to D.C.? Ford admitted she flew. I was watching the hearing and saw that response myself.

    2. She also does not know the color of the bedroom and body language expert agrees with me that she is either acting or lying. Was she attacked by someone , sometime? (Most women are by someone in their life time as are many males. Rape is not about sex, but abut power/control)… Probably, but all witnesses say they have no knowledge of the incident. They are on record under threat of perjury.Statue of limitations was out over 34 years ago.?
      FBI already tried to investigate. No location, No evidence. No old eport to anyone…not a counselor, not police, not a classmate, no one remembers. No one knows anything.. huuummm how do you investigate with no facts, details, location?

    3. Bam Bam,
      Am I correct in thinking that you live in an area that has experienced hurricanes? If so, please reply to my question about hurricane prep for my niece. Thanks.

  8. It’s been an interesting week. We’ve been looking for a larger and new (to us) tractor, but couldn’t find what we both wanted. My apples were about the size of golf balls, so I decided to buy two bushels of apples at the orchard this year to can. We went to an orchard that we’d never been to and it was an hour or so away, but it was a nice day for a drive. We enjoyed seeing some new scenery. On the way there, we saw a tractor that was exactly what we were looking for. We agreed on a price, and it’s being delivered (free of charge) this week. Woo hoo!

    -I added to the stockpile.

    -Treating a sick (goat) kid. So far, so good.

    -Back on track for my health.

    -Adult kids Christmas presents are on order. Beef. It’s what’s for Christmas.

    -New baby grandson(2 weeks old) is growing like a weed. Grandkids are the best, and number 6 is on the way!

    Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

    1. My niece lives in an area that gets hurricane damage, and she’s VERY close to the coast. I’ve made her a ‘hurricane kit’ for Christmas, but I’m giving it to her this week. She’s not prepared for anything. I would like some help from those of you who have lived through hurricanes. What are the most important items I need to include that I may not have thought of?

      1. Prepared Grammy:
        This may sound strange but maybe some life vests or even an inflatable boat/raft. The flooding seems to be a big problem.

        1. Prepared Grammy,

          Like many preps, hurricane preps depend on where you are located. Close to the coast may indicate your niece lives in a mandatory evacuation zone (assuming the hurricane is predicted to strike nearby), in which case her primary prep should be getting ready for a bug out. Mandatory evac zones are very prone to storm surge and flooding, so Moe’s idea of an inflatable raft or vest isn’t very strange at all – if she doesn’t evacuate. Failing to evacuate a mandatory zone when ordered means you can forget anyone coming to rescue you when your doom is imminent.

          In her case, I would suggest she stock up on the basic preps, water, food, camp stove and fuel. Keep her car topped off with gas, especially when a hurricane is predicted to strike nearby, some spare gas may not go amiss. Plan her routes out of town ahead of time and leave ahead of time. Have a stash of cash, smaller bills, to pay for gas or other items as ATM or credit/debit card handling may be affected, even some distance from the storm. The store may have electricity, but their data center may not. A weather radio is a must. Basically set up a BOB and add extra stuff in the car, such as water.

          FEMA does have a reasonably decent booklet on hurricane prep:
          https://www.fema.gov/media-library…/FEMA_2017_Hurricane_HTP_FINAL.pdf

          Hurricane prep is pretty much the same as any basic prepping. I don’t live in a flood zone or on the coast, so I plan to bug-in in most foreseeable cases. I have a lot of batteries (regular and re-chargeable), battery banks, portable solar panels, flashlights, battery-powered lanterns, and things to do (books, etc). I am a ham radio operator, so my handheld radios are ready to go.

          1. She works at a hospital, and she told me that she’s required to stay, even during evacuation. I hope she misunderstood.

          2. Prepared Grammy,

            It is possible some staff at hospitals, fire and police stations are required to stay. If she is medical staff it is very possible.

            She should still have a well stocked BOB with her just in case. Look what happened to some hospitals in New Orleans during Katrina. A lot of staff and patients were stuck due to flooding and then no power from any source. A lot of critical patients died (some supposedly euthanized by doctors).

          3. Prepared Grammy,
            While I don’t live in a hurricane zone, I do live in tornado country and what Zulu 3-6 lists makes a lot of sense to me. For personnel who are stuck in a place like a hospital, she should have a frank discussion with their emergency preparedness manager about the facility plans for such events. Working with our county EMA I know a lot of these non-descript people who work silently for schools, hospitals and large companies and they all have lists of SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) for any foreseeable event.
            I agree that a good NOAA weather radio is a must. I’ve purchased quite a few over the last 40+ years and recently settled on this one: Midland WR120B/WR120EZ NOAA Weather Alert All Hazard Public Alert Certified Radio with SAME, Trilingual Display and Alarm Clock (https://www.amazon.com/Midland-WR120B-WR120EZ-Certified-Trilingual/dp/B00176T9OY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538489178&sr=8-1&keywords=Midland+WR120B%2FWR120EZ+NOAA+Weather+Alert+All+Hazard+Public+Alert+Certified+Radio+with+SAME%2C+Trilingual+Display+and+Alarm+Clock+-+Box+Packaging). I purchased my first one last spring for $31.00, and my most recent one a few months ago @ $29.00; but, it now lists for $28.00. Unlike earlier version where you had to look up numerical code to setup your state and counties of interest, this once has it all there and selectable from the setup menu. That’s 50 states with a few more than 3000 counties, all easily selectable. For those who want to hide in a shelter (bunker) this radio has an external antenna jack, so you can easily setup where the radio may not normally “hear” the signal.

          4. She’s a medical surgical nurse, but too much like her mother. They don’t even prepare for their regular monthly necessities that every woman needs, much less a natural disaster. I have the usual emergency kit items for her home/car. She’s anxious to get them. She said that she’s going to put them in her car if she has to stay at the hospital or evacuate. I hadn’t thought of life vests or rafts. That’s the kind of advice I need from the experts. Thanks.

  9. IMHO the Dems decided before Kavanaugh was even nominated he would not get seated, and the GOP is so afraid of their own future they caved in because they didn’t have the courage of their own convictions. This isn’t going to end well no matter if Kavanaugh does get seated their will always be doubt.

    DH now has more blood clots in his lungs (7) and on Eliquest to the tune of 398.00 for a 30 day supply, our co-pay is 47.00 which isn’t to bad but with all the other co-pays we have it is nip and tuck each month to get everything paid on time. So glad our family helps in the little ways they can, such as bring our winters wood supply each year. We don’t want to be a burden and I try not to ask so we make out ok.

    Haven’t been grocery shopping other then for milk and a few basics and at this point I’m out of more things then I care to think about, I need to get my stocks up and running winter isn’t far away it was 47 here last night not a good sign.

    Still working Christmas gifts for the family and reading at least it keeps me busy.
    Prayers for all who need them, and for our beloved country who needs them most of all

      1. MaineBrain,

        Well, the Republicans decided long before Merrick Garland was nominated that he would never get seated. They set the bar.

        Could you explain to us dumb folks what you mean by this?
        What I see is a socialist leaning resistance movement that cannot accept the will of the people in the last presidential election, and who have always tried to have the courts create laws that they can’t pass and stay in power. Neil Gorsuch & Brett Kavanaugh would continue to allow the legislature and the constitution to be the law of the land, allowing “We the people” to continue to control the government and it’s actions against us as defined in the founding documents.
        The hold on Merrick Garland had to do with the timing, since President Obama nominated him only 10 months before leaving office for good. If the democrat party had selected a better candidate than the Hildebeast, Garland could well have been on the SCOTUS by now.

        1. Nope. The hold on Garland had nothing to do with anything but politics. He was eminently qualified- More so than Kavanaugh the Groper Like His Mentor Drumpf. And your mentions of “Hildebeast” and “Feinswein” clearly show that you’ve drunk the Drumpf koolaid. Thanks, Tara and Dan, for keeping this going, but clearly I’m 180 out from most of the folks on here. If you’ve never been harassed, you don’t get it, but I recommend that you figure it out in a hurry, because the female tsunami is about to swamp your neighborhood. Bye, all, and best wishes.

          1. Like Judge Bork? Like Justice Clarence Thomas?
            Anyway, the incidence of false memories in “recovered memories” is extremely high, particularly when hypnotism is used, as it was apparently used in Dr. Ford’s case. I suspect that is why the psychologists notes were withheld.

          2. MaineBrain,

            And your mentions of “Hildebeast” and “Feinswein” clearly show that you’ve drunk the Drumpf koolaid.

            There is no Kool-Aid drinking here. I’ve been watching Feinstein and Schumer for 20 or more years, and Metzenbaum before them. As for assault and the Hildebeast, do you remember Paula Jones or Juanita Broaddrick? How about HRC and her bimbo eruption squad? Of course these were only called “infidelities” when performed by a perjuring and impeached ex-president; because of course, he was a democrat.

          3. Billy T,

            Anyway, the incidence of false memories in “recovered memories” is extremely high, particularly when hypnotism is used, as it was apparently used in Dr. Ford’s case. I suspect that is why the psychologists notes were withheld.

            Possibly; but, you’re just an old Jar Head (IIRC) and I’m just an old engineer and both guys who can’t possibly understand, so perhaps a few words from a female who is more clued into the subject and the law would be appropriate: Justice With Judge Jeanine 9/29/18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-e–HofeO4
            You only need to watch through the Opening Statement if you like.

          4. But we still love you. BTW, I have been harassed also and accused of racism, despite my black friends who stood by me. I was sure thankful they were there, much like Judge Kavanaugh’s female support is a blessing to hin.

            I believe there has to be some hard evidence before you ruin someone’s life. In this case, only Dr. Ford’s word. The people she named as witnesses all said there was no such party, including Dr. Ford’s best friend who denies ever meeting Judge Kavanaugh. Sadly, few “liberals or progressives” care that the charge is obviously fraudulent.

          5. Thank Joe Biden for that little nugget. I didn’t entirely agree with this at the time but you are presenting only part of the story. What has happened to Kavanaugh is a whole other league of partisanship. Stop being a victim. It is your choice how you deal with things

    1. Tuckerhollow, Bloodclots in lungs with dh been there, done that. You do not ahve to answer these questions here, but asking so you are aware..and can ask about causes…. is it heart producing them? AND has he been checked for factor 5 Leiden Deficiency. is a lab test…genetic. causes clots treatment is coumadin only med for that condition, approved.30% of white s in USofA have one marker.Small percentage have trouble from it, but if that point 1% is you, the ODDS do not matter!

  10. Hi Tara & all,
    Self Reliant living is often time consuming indeed, and at my age we’ve had to make lists for a long time to prioritize what gets done, and yes, those lists can be quite revealing in the amount of time & sweat expended to do things the simple way. Makes you really appreciate the Amish and be glad I’m not one.
    We’ve fired up the gas panels a few times this week also; but, the new windows and foam insulation has helped a lot, meaning the panel runs on low for an hour or so and then gets shut down using only about 4 ounces of the 3000 gallons of propane on hand, so we don’t worry about early use. I for one like layering and I am a big fan of wool sweaters and wool blankets. Often one of the cats will curl up with you and act also as purring body warmers. Today however started out in the 50’s and now sits @ 76° with a high today of 81° meaning I started out with a sweater and now sit typing this in a T Shirt.
    We have a rather good supply of firewood; but, using the basic rule of woodlot management for firewood, one can harvest about a cord per acre per year, generally only taking the dead trees and dead fall. The little wooded area on the property plus the trees left standing don’t make up a lot; but, like you we have several large trees felled and seasoned in place for later cutting as required, and the adjacent properties contain lots of wood we could legally harvest if needed.
    I’ve never tanned cow hide; but, I suspect it’s similar to deer hide, with fleshing being the hardest part.

    And now for the quiz. What, no quiz? You must be really busy.

    This past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. The DW snapped, blanched and froze a peck of green beans. I offered to help; but, she said it was a one person job. We’ll have enough green beans to last a few years, LOL.
    2. Received 100 Pack: 24″ Royal Green Plastic Mesh Produce and Seafood bags from Amazon. With all of the onions and garlic I have, I was tired of trying to reuse the old mesh bags salvaged from years of purchasing oranges and things, it was time to get some real bags, especially when they were only $0.15 each. With this many, I also have some to share with other locals.
    3. Received a 66 foot spool of “2 Boom Bond Green Garden Twist Ties” from Amazon. These are used for many things; but, in our case they will be primarily used to cinch the mesh bags above as we pack them with produce.
    4. Ordered 3, 100 mg, 120 count bottles of Qunol COQ10 directly from Quten Research Institute, LLC. By ordering three bottles I get a year’s supply at a 15% discount and free shipping. This is what I meant last week about being frugal by spending money, since this purchase saves nearly $25.00 (for the year) over purchasing locally on a supplement I take daily.
    5. Received our final propane fill, so now all of our tanks are sitting @ 80% for a total of about 3000 gallons on hand, just in time for cold weather.
    6. A Quart of maple syrup and some maple sugar candy from the local farm market.
    7. Since our newest vehicle is 15 years old, the truck nearly 30 years old, and our 18 year old van out of commission due to multiple white tail deer encounters, we made the decision to get a better vehicle. The 2018 year end deals are running now, so we took a look and a few test drives, and will pick up our new 2018 Honda CRV early next week. We financed the vehicle; but, have enough cash in one of the IRA’s to pay it off by early next year. The trick now is to take the distributions in a way to pay the least amount in taxes; but, this new vehicle should last us the rest of our lives, and is only the third new vehicle I’ve ever purchased.
    8. Received Corel AfterShot Pro 3 Photo Editing Software from woot.com. Now that I have some free time I plan to be doing more photography like I did years ago. Back then I photographed people and weddings and made some extra

  11. Mostly harvesting produce from the gardens. Still working on the propane furnace. Had to return home – more tests for the Transplant team. But we will go back to the BOL asap.

  12. Just my 2 cents worth maybe we should keep the world issues out of this segment this was the problem M.D. was having too. I know it’s hard we all have difference on many topics but it just seems like people get angry, and offended and sometimes I leave for a while and won’t check in. We have lost a lot of people, posting and coming to this sight over the last 5 years, I’ve been here since 2009 so almost 10 years, I miss most of the people, because we have let to many negitive problems ruin this sight. We need to stick with the topic, and leave the world problems, out of here I’m including myself as well.

    1. mom of three,
      Ignoring those world problems doesn’t solve anything, and IMHO actually makes things worse. One of the problems with our society seems to be that healthy, respectful; opposition seems to be a thing of the past. We all have a world view and perspective based at least in part on our experiences and challenges in life. Some university campuses have :safe spaces” where people can hide and not be exposed to ideas they don’t like. Conservatives like Ben Shapiro are invited to speak on a campus by the local republican or conservative club, and are either shouted down or cost the school a fortune for security.
      When MaineBrain states:

      Thanks, Tara and Dan, for keeping this going, but clearly I’m 180 out from most of the folks on here. If you’ve never been harassed, you don’t get it, but I recommend that you figure it out in a hurry, because the female tsunami is about to swamp your neighborhood. Bye, all, and best wishes.

      I hate to see her go; but, if she is either unwilling or unable to defend her position in a civil discussion and the preparedness information we all share is no longer useful to her, then I wish her well. As for the female tsunami, I don’t know where it’s coming from, since we are a rural area in flyover country where Donald Trump received 51.69% of the vote, Hillary Clinton 43.56%, and Libertarian Gary Johnson 3.17%
      I think those people on the coasts who have discounted we rubes and deplorables in the middle, are still confused about the last election, and unwilling to admit that they just may have been wrong.

      1. PG, and you were missed. I had not seen you post and wondered if you were ok. All of us go thru times, we have more or less time to do the things and “converse” with others who are LMI’s. Sometimes I just have little to add. Sometimes I do not get to sit and read until monday… saturday and sunday have been extremely busy for me lately.
        Preps for the week… Replaced and added to healthy oils,
        …Added shelf stable meats, canned more from the freezer..
        Purchased some canned foods, different brand, from normal to try as will have access to those routinely.. without long trip. If sufficient, no off taste, ect… will be purchasing and continuing to rotate out older foods to dehdration and keeping newer ones for monthly use…
        Continue to make strides toward spring garden preps…compost bin working.. .heating up… Drainage ditch almost ready for sand /pipe/ landscape fabric..too mucky at present.. Filtered water in constant rotation obtained containers for 10 more gallons and in process of filling those. More coming this next week. Rinse and repeat is a good way of putting the weeks work.
        That all folks.Keep on Keeping on ! Do what you need to do to take care of your family, no one will care for them as you do.

  13. Hi all! Hubby’s been spending a lot of time getting the yard ready to expand the garden and plant more fruit bearing plants and/or trees in the yard. He has taken down a lot of over-grown bushes the size of trees that will help get more light into the garden.

    I’ve been picking peppers, a few tomatoes and eggplant. The peanuts are almost ready to dig. The fall plants are sprouting. I just wish I could get carrots to germinate better. I did pull out the main rows of tomatoes, but my cherry and grape tomatoes are still producing. I’ve had requests for peach-pepper jam and made a second batch this past weekend. Started a second big batch of hot sauce to be processed later.

    Went to Sam’s to restock on cat food, eggs, toilet paper, Powerade and few other items. Ordered some large Tupperware containers for storing sugar and Pamela’s Pancake Mix (gluten-free yummy stuff). I found that I can order the Pamela’s in 25 pound bags from Amazon for about half the per pound price of the bags I can sometimes find at the grocery store.

    Keeping everyone in my prayers.

    1. GA Red:
      Nut trees are hard to grow around here. I have one almond that was planted 18 months ago. On a drip system so still ok. A neighbor down the way has two pecans but the squirrels do all the harvesting. I have not dug up my peanuts yet, not sure what to expect. Just trying in a raised box for the first time. The peach-pepper jam sounds good. May have to try next year if I can get them to produce at the same time.

      1. We have a dwarf almond and a regular pecan tree. The pecan is generally stripped clean by the squirrels but it has only recently begun bearing nuts. We weren’t even sure what it was until the last few years. The almond tree has bloomed the last two or three years, but I’m not sure we have enough early pollinators out when it blooms and we had a late freeze this year that killed many of the blooms.

        The peanuts were a first time experiment here too. The hubby is excited about them, even though he doesn’t eat them. LOL

      2. GA Red,

        We have a dwarf almond and a regular pecan tree. The pecan is generally stripped clean by the squirrels but it has only recently begun bearing nuts.

        We have no almonds; but, we do have squirrels that help themselves to fruits and bird feeders; however, there may be a simple inexpensive way to foil them. This assumes that the trees are somewhat isolated from other things and that the squirrels cannot climb other things and leap into the nut tree. If that is the case, you can take some metal flashing and create a cone with the tip pointing upward. You then fasten the cone around the trunk of the tree, 3 or more feet above the ground. When the squirrels climb the tree, they may reach around from the tree to crawl around the cone and on up; but, since there is nothing to grip on the smooth metal of the cone, they cannot climb any higher than the cone, and cannot get to the nuts. I hope this description makes sense; but, it does work in many cases.

      1. Thor1,
        As long as you realize it’s fiction. This is a big country, and the UN cannot field enough people to take everyone before we start to fight back.
        Like “The Purge” mini-series that I am now watching, pure fiction.
        As for your other link, I have no doubt that there are crazy armed people out there; but, there are also not so crazy armed people and numerous joint task forces assembled with local law enforcement and no doubt the Secret Service. We prepare to survive and plan for the worst; although I don’t think these mad max scenarios are at all likely.
        It could of course depend on if you live in a free state, which of course excludes California, Illinois, New York, and a few others.

  14. I’ve just had a couple of scotches and a lobster dinner (wait, what? On a Monday night??? It’s a weekend celebratory thing!. Hubby’s VFW club had a lobsterbake on Saturday so he brought me a plate of leftovers. Woot.) Feeling a little more mellow than a couple of days ago, post-JFK-all-night, post-hearings-dredging-up-memories-from-the past. Two thoughts:

    1. I didn’t start the discussion about Kavanaugh, only reacted to it. I think Dr. Ford has waaaay more to lose than to gain from coming forward – she’s already lost the use of her home, lost her family who have had to go into hiding, gotten death threats etc. – In her shoes, I’m not sure I’d speak up, frankly, but it sure makes me think there’s some fire behind that smoke. But, in the interest of comity on this website,

    2. I’m going to take Mom of Three’s admonition to heart and eschew politics in favor of preparedness. After all, the title of this thread is “what did you do to prep,” not “what do you think about the latest headlines” (as awful as they are, day after day, week after week).

    Eating lobster is a prep. Hereabouts, at least. Lots of good iodine and such.

    Peace.

    1. MaineBrain,

      I didn’t start the discussion about Kavanaugh, only reacted to it. I think Dr. Ford has waaaay more to lose than to gain from coming forward

      First of all, I’m glad to see you reconsidered this site and hope you realize it was nothing personal. The real culprit in this whole mess is IMHO, Senator Feinstein, who had Dr. Fords letter since July, did nothing with it such as passing it to the president or the FBI, then broke the confidence she had asked for. Rather than just voting against Kavanaugh, she had to try and destroy him, hurting Dr. Ford in the process. We really have no idea what might have happened 35+ years ago; but, there are unfortunately still some politicians whose ethics are beyond questionable.

      Eating lobster is a prep. Hereabouts, at least. Lots of good iodine and such.

      Around here it would be beef & beer or maybe a good wine or hard lemonade. No iodine per se.; but, Kelp tablets, Potatoes, Prunes, Bananas, Corn, Cranberries, Green beans, and Strawberries all contain some.
      I would however much rather have Lobster, LOL.

      1. To All,

        I would argue, that discussing events involving our “Representatives” and government in general is part of prepping. I add the caveat that our discussion must be civil so as to distinguish ourselves from the behavior of our “Representatives” and the declared internal enemies of our nation (Antifa, BLM, socialists, etc).

        If we are unable to be civil toward one another, even when discussing sensitive topics, we are no different than the forces attempting to destroy our nation.

        1. Agreed – rational discussion is something we are losing in this country, which is part of the problem. I too avoid the site if I’m getting over-stimulated by political information, but I also appreciate the rational and often, well-informed discussions. Reason over emotion is what will help us survive.

          1. GA Red,

            I too avoid the site if I’m getting over-stimulated by political information, but I also appreciate the rational and often, well-informed discussions.

            I at least try to be rational and well informed, and as an engineer it has always served me well. Engineering requires looking at and understanding the entire system or process, in order to see the flaws. The hardest time I’ve had in engineering is when you design and build a system and it simply works the first time, It does sometimes happen; but, you still end up troubleshooting it to make sure it’s really doing what it’s supposed to.

            Reason over emotion is what will help us survive.

            This is something I taught my DD from a young age. When someone presents an argument there are trigger words that are easy to spot. Starting an argument with I “feel” or I “Believe” should get you listening more closely than someone whose argument starts with “ “”think” .
            Faith belief and feelings are fine for religion; but, not for managing real everyday life decisions. One good example are when someone is called a climate change ”denier” by one of the ”believers”. Belief and denial are terms of religion and not science, so that can pretty much tell you things about many of those who follow that religion.

        2. Zulu 3-6:

          I agree. As a nation (and in the world in general) we have lost the ability to have a civil discussion. Even the Israelis have a policy that if all the people of their ruling board agree, one person has to take the opposing view so that nothing gets missed. Because you have a dissenting view does not mean that you hate the other side, it just means that you don’t see things their way.

          I have a sister who lives a different life style than I do. She won’t even talk to me now because she is sure that since I don’t agree with her, I hate her. No, two things. One is I will simple not incorporate those things into my lifestyle (nor should I be required to). The other is I refuse to pay for her life choices (nor should I be required to).

          1. JP in MT,

            Nothing wrong with a devil’s advocate, particularly in a discussion involving money or killing people.

            I too have a sister much like yours. Except she feels all six of her siblings feel the same way and hate her for political beliefs. Yes, politically six of us are on the conservative side, while she most decidedly is not. Her daughter is the same, maybe worse. Her son is a dunce and no one knows what he thinks, if he thinks at all.

            True, the six of us are not fond of that sister, but not for political reasons. There are family issues involving things she tried to pull off when our mother was in early dementia. I really think that the six of us are pretty mature and rational when it comes to politics and we are not always 100% in agreement with each other, but we just shrug our shoulders and find something else to talk about when we disagree.

        3. Z36, I also agree, I prepare for ALL situations. I have found liberals/ progressives/ Democrats, don’t care what others think because they think they know what’s best for us.

          We know they are wrong, but they will never admit to being wrong.

    2. Rebecca, I usually have Chardonnay with seafood and maybe a Scotch after dinner. What brand of Scotch do you drink ? drink Glenfiddich 12 to 18 year old.

      Lobster is OK, but I, like TOP, prefer a good steak/ porterhouse and Merlot……

      1. Thor1,

        Lobster is OK, but I, like TOP, prefer a good steak/ porterhouse and Merlot

        I don’t actually prefer steak and love a good lobster or better yet, the pair as surf and turf; but, I have a freezer full of high quality angus, purchased at a great price locally, right from the local farmer. Assuming that MaineBrain is actually from Maine, her local selection of seafood far outweighs mine here in Ohio. If I could as easily purchase local lobster, the freezer would be filled with surf & turf.

        1. MaineBrain is actually from Maine. Born here. “Lived here all your life?” “Nope, not yet.” We currently live just outside Augusta, the state Capitol (or as we like to think of it, a hundred square miles surrounded by sanity). And sorry, TOP, but there’s no such thing as purchasing “local lobster” in Ohio*. :). Lake crawdads, maybe. That said, the internet is lousy with mail-order lobster outfits*. Pricey, compared to dock prices in Maine, but you can get it — and I wish you would — Trump’s and China’s dueling tariffs mean our lobster exporters have lost an important market, and they’re in a world of hurt.

          *Some years ago, when the price of Maine lobster was rock bottom ($2/lb wholesale), DH and I got the idea to buy a bunch and transport them to North Carolina, where his sister lives, to resell them. She called a bunch of restaurants and got one to say they “might” take a half dozen. It’s a regional thing, I guess.

          *I recommend Mainelobstersdirect – dot- com but there are many others. Check around for prices. The prices dip this time of year because the fishing is still good but the tourists have gone home, so there tends to be a market surplus. You might wind up with soft shell lobsters (after the lobsters have molted their shells and grown new, softer ones – they harden over the winter – that’s how the critters grow), but the meat still tastes mighty good.

          1. I love nearly all shellfish and grew up with my dad making arrangements to bring lobster home with him from trips he took to the NE. Once when we were camping, my mom boiled all the pliers my dad had in his tool box so we could crack the lobster we bought direct at the dock in Nova Scotia. YUM.

            BTW – mainelobsterdirect dot com is the correct site. I got an error when I spelled it your way.

          2. MaineBrain,

            And sorry, TOP, but there’s no such thing as purchasing “local lobster” in Ohio

            That was my point; but, our local angus is high quality and inexpensive when you purchase the whole steer or bull. I suspect it is similar with you and lobsters. I spent some time in Florida doing some engineering work and we could purchase some lobster and lots of shrimp right off the boats at bargain prices. It’s interesting how you can save money on nearly anything when you cut out the middleman.
            I may have to check out your suggestion of Mainelobstersdirect – dot- com; but, the few times I really ”Need” lobster, it’s usually just an occasional expensive trip to the local Red Lobster restaurant.

            Trump’s and China’s dueling tariffs mean our lobster exporters have lost an important market, and they’re in a world of hurt.

            Yep, the world market is a complex place to play; but, it looks like some of our dairy farmers may finally get a more level playing field into Canada. Also, if you look at the battle with China; it’s as much or more about theft of Intellectual Property than just trade dollars. China joined the WTO in late 2001; but, hasn’t really tried to play fair with any of the other member nations, and they are all starting to coalesce on the fact that China is not an honest broker in most of these deals.

          3. GA Red is correct – mainelobsterdirect -dot- com with out the S.

            And TOP —

            “it’s usually just an occasional expensive trip to the local Red Lobster restaurant.”

            Red Lobster came into Maine about 15 or so years ago and opened several restaurants. They’ve all now closed or been converted to Olive Garden, Bugaboo Creek, whatever. Just couldn’t compete with the real deal. We ate at the local one a few times, and the only good thing was the cheddar biscuits. If Red Lobster is your only fish/seafood experience, better to mail-order real Maine lobster, northwest salmon, whatever, and cook it yourself at home. You can pretty much mail order anything these days (even Kona coffee-glazed macadamia nuts from Tropical Farms on Oahu — mmmm, one of my faves!)

        2. MaineBrain,

          If Red Lobster is your only fish/seafood experience, better to mail-order real Maine lobster, northwest salmon, whatever, and cook it yourself at home.

          I’ve eaten local lobster when visiting in Maine decades ago as well as in Florida. Red Lobster is good enough, since it’s only done perhaps once per year, often along with their all you can eat shrimp deals, and is just a treat that I would not eat on a regular basis even if I lived in Maine.

          You can pretty much mail order anything these days (even Kona coffee-glazed macadamia nuts from Tropical Farms on Oahu — mmmm, one of my faves!)

          I like Macadamia nuts; but, the last time we had lots of those, we purchased them at the Mona Loa factory on the big island. That was back in 2008; but, we brought back enough to keep us in nuts for about 5 years. Like lobster, they are an occasional treat. My favorite confection is maple sugar candy that I can purchase locally, and that I hope to produce myself this upcoming spring. I guess we all end up finding our favorites from what can be easily and inexpensively acquired; locally.

  15. I saw yearbook pictures of Ford and Kavanaugh and 17 and 15…..LOL He wouldn’t have given her the time of day…… 🙂

    1. Grrrrrr…. I am so tempted to respond to this in the most searing of terms! But – preparedness, not politics. (PS, I’ve been hit on by a lot of men whom I considered to be 1 on a 10 scale. Are you kidding, dude? My dog wouldn’t find you attractive, and he thinks every day is hump day.)

      1. MaineBrain ,

        Grrrrrr…. I am so tempted to respond to this in the most searing of terms! But – preparedness, not politics…..

        I think you showed great restraint and had you unloaded in the most searing of terms, I for one would not have blamed you. When someone deliberately pokes you in the eye, IMHO you have a right to hit back.

      2. MB, I wasn’t being vindictive just brutally honest. I was on the football team and usually cheerleaders would chase after us. It was like a click……

        This farce is just as bad if not worse than Russian collusion…..

        I drank beer in highschool and never sexually assaulted any girl, but on the other hand an ugly girl did spike my beer once…..my friends saved me and took me home. That’s how it works….

        1. Thor1,

          I drank beer in highschool and never sexually assaulted any girl, but on the other hand an ugly girl did spike my beer once…..my friends saved me and took me home. That’s how it works….

          I actually never drank beer until college and in high school I was in band. We ovviously had significantly different high school experiences.

          1. TOP, you only go around once so might as well have fun while you can. I was also in a band but we played rock & roll. (Before the whole out house goes up in flames) Said the late great Jim Morrison……

            Maybe Tara should add a political page to this blog. Call it patriots and nots….LOL

          2. For those of you who pray, please say prayers for TN on our Senate race. It is VERY close, even though we are a Republican state. Looks like Texas, Montana and Florida are in the same boat… I can’t stand the thought of Schumer and Pelosi and the rest of the DEMONCRATS running the country. They have ruined the country…. Just got thru watching college kids tearing up Kavanaugh supporters posters…

            News just out that FBI has turned in their report. No new news…

          3. Thor1,

            TOP, you only go around once so might as well have fun while you can. I was also in a band but we played rock & roll.

            We do only go around once; but, I didn’t have to get it all done by age 18. I played in concert band, marching band and orchestra for 6 years and a rock & roll band for 3 years. In college I played with a folk group. I still have fun; but, my fun generally didn’t (doesn’t) involve alcohol poisoning). I’ve climbed and rappelled on 400 foot rock faces, SCUBA dived as deep as 180 feet, piloted an airplane and jumped out of airplanes, spent hours deep in caves, and hiked many miles over many days camping along the way. I’ve killed; field dressed and dressed deer, hogs, and chickens. I’ve designed and constructed complex hardware and software systems, and taught numerous subjects to people of all ages. My life has been mostly nothing but fun, with only a single regret. I never got the chance to pilot a helicopter.

          4. and protesters/looters did 11 k worth of damage to Judge prospects home. Need to arrest those who incited the violence as well as ones who should be on tape…doing the acts. This is not OK, and needs to be stopped now.

          5. Anonamo Also,
            protesters/looters did 11 k worth of damage to Judge prospects home
            I don’t know who Judge Prospect is; but, looting and any kind of violent protesting should not be tolerated.

          6. OP Judge prospect is Kavanaugh. Home vanidalized.11k in damages. If they can get by with damaging his home because he is high profile they can damage any one elses. and get by with that too. DH just saw that from report before i posted… Spelling is not my strong point. had to find correct spelling did not realize anyone would not know who supreme court jusge nominee is.

          7. Anonamo Also,

            prospect is Kavanaugh. Home vanidalized.11k in damages. If they can get by with damaging his home because he is high profile they can damage any one elses. and get by with that too. DH just saw that from report before i posted… Spelling is not my strong point. had to find correct spelling did not realize anyone would not know who supreme court jusge nominee is.

            Keep in mind that I do not read the comments; but, have the computer read them to me and ”Judge prospects” sounded like a name to me and I assumed there was another judge somewhere being attacked for supporting an unpopular cause. If you meant Prospective Justice I would have understood you meant Kavanaugh. I had not seen the report on the damages.
            As for attacking our homes, we each must decide what to do based on our own convictions, abilities, and the applicable laws where we live. Here in our rural community, physically attacking my property would most likely result in a call to the sheriff and the application of firearms if it were more than a simple assault on the house. Bring weapons or fire and you better hope that neither me, nor my neighbors are home. Unfortunately , some of the demonrats have been encouraging these behaviors on any of the Trump cabinet or supporters, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and family recently hassled in a restaurant. The Dems have thrown out anything that even looks like civil discourse. Their policies have failed, they have lost, and they are simply sore losers, willing to do anything including violence.
            Ted Cruz heckled in Washington restaurant over Kavanaugh controversy:
            https://www.texastribune.org/2018/09/24/sen-ted-cruz-texas-heckled-restaurant-over-kavanaugh-controversy/

        1. Thor, have you ever been molested or harassed? I don’t consider cheerleaders in high school trying to make a play for the football players by flirting as harassment. I mean grabbed, kissed, fondled without permission – or threatened that you won’t get promoted, or even have a job tomorrow, if you don’t “go along.” Has a female boss ever threatened to demote you if you don’t “go along”? It happens to women A LOT. If you’ve never been on the receiving end of it, you have no right to make light of it, because you have no idea how demeaning, humiliating, and frightening it can be.

          1. MB, you keep making this about you or me, the confirmation of the supreme court justice has nothing to do with you except as a citizen. You will have to abide by His rulings or face the consequences.

            My advice to you is that you should have reported anything done to you to the authorities, then at least there would be a paper trail to sue.

            Maybe Trump should have picked the woman Justice just to see what the left would do then ….LOL She was 100% against abortion. I have a feeling she will be the next pick after Ginsburg retires,passes or is removed do to her mental state. She is 85 and does seem a little off. That would make it 6 to 3…

            I see a trend here, the left thinks sexual accusations and that’s what they are, will disqualify a candidate because it worked in Alabama. After the candidate lost the election, it was found that it was a lie. Most American’s are not fools and see this.

          2. Here is a question for you.

            Do you think Justice Scalia was assassinated ?

            The police report said no foul play was suspected even though he was found with a pillow over his head. The coroner made a phone call from her car stating this.

            1. Before seeing the body

            2. Before an autopsy.

            Hmmmm

    2. Thor1,
      So let’s see. Dr. Ford says that Kavanaugh assaulted her 35+ years ago; but, can’t remember when or where. OTOH, you looked at 35+ year old yearbook photos and are trying to speak for someone you don’t even know. I’m not sure anyone has thought this through completely.
      BTW, I was never the chick magnet in school; but, had many female friends, a lot of whom shared common interests without being so shallow that only the way they looked mattered.

        1. MaineBrain,

          you just redeemed yourself. Thanks.

          I didn’t know I needed redemption. In perhaps the last 40 of my 67 years I have paid close attention to the politics and the back and forth between the parties. And think the late Dr. Charles Krauthammer hit the nail square on the head, when he stated: ”To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.”
          Stupid in this sense means more like naïve; but, evil is simply evil. For more details and an explanation better than I could ever muster, all of you can read the following Krauthammer column: http://www.unionleader.com/news/Charles-Krauthammer-Its-fundamental-liberals-are-stupid-conservatives-are-evil-20180622
          In any case, I hope you and everyone realizes that while I may sometimes be terse and less tactful than I could be, there is never any malice. I only wish everyone here the best that they can be, and even when we disagree on some things, we can always learn from one another.

  16. I was just reading that the FCC has banned the import of a lot of small, handheld radios, like the Baofeng 5 and 8 series. DW and I kitted them out when I first heard the rumor. Not a lot of them, but enough for us.

    FCC Enforcement Advisory No. 2018-03

    I have not read the Advisory yet. I wanted to pass this notice on incase someone else was interested.

    I also did not know the FCC had the authority to make an import ban.

    1. JP,

      I was just reading that the FCC has banned the import of a lot of small, handheld radios, like the Baofeng 5 and 8 series. DW and I kitted them out when I first heard the rumor. Not a lot of them, but enough for us.

      This is month old news and is specific to a particular Baofeng importer; due in part to the way they market the radios. They are FCC Part 90 type certified; but, the transmit range of the radio along with its advertising exceed the frequency authorization and maximum power requirements for Part 90 devices.
      I have 4 UV5-R, a UV-8, Wouxun 8D radio, and a BTECH 25-X4 as well as Kenwood, Yaesu & home brew. IMHO dropping the code requirement and the Baofeng radios have brought a lot of new people into the hobby.

      FCC Enforcement Advisory No. 2018-03. I have not read the Advisory yet. I wanted to pass this notice on in case someone else was interested.

      The advisory is a bit technical; but, the summary here says it all: FCC Cites Baofeng Importer for Illegally Marketing Unauthorized RF Devices: http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-cites-baofeng-importer-for-illegally-marketing-unauthorized-rf-devices

      I also did not know the FCC had the authority to make an import ban.

      The FCC has authority over any equipment that radiates RF energy, either a purposeful transmitter or any device that during operation emits harmful interference.
      Also, 47 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 90 – Private Land Mobile Radio services (or other) authorization is granted by the FCC for operation within the United States, givne them authority over interfering operations.

      1. TOP:

        Thanks for the clarification. Knowing that we have long-time hams out there, I figured someone would set things straight.

        After I posted this I printed the “Public Notice” to read tonight and went to Amazon and found plenty of radios still for sale.

        1. JP,

          After I posted this I printed the “Public Notice” to read tonight and went to Amazon and found plenty of radios still for sale.

          I also read the notice; but, the ARRL summary pretty much says it all.
          As I understand it, the notice was to specific importers, so there may be others. In any case, there are no doubt distributors and retailers with stock they can still sell.

        2. Almost There,

          TOP,
          I have the BaoFeng UV-82HP. Is it on the hit list? We just got them.

          Essentially; but, all that means is you may not be able to purchase another one from certain vendors. What you have is still legal to own and operate, especially since you now have your license. BTW, how are you, the radio, and the local hams and repeaters doing?
          Have you gotten on the air yet?

          1. TOP,

            I read that a person can be fined if they even own one and use it if it hasn’t been approved by the FCC.

            I’m going to the ARRL meeting tomorrow and will take it with me again and ask. No, I haven’t used it yet… I did find out that the repeater, that I have a visual on from my house, will be something I can use.

            Still working on getting rid of stuff, so no time for that at the moment. Oct 20th, we are going to have the people that sold them to us, come in and teach us all how to work it, and I think he is going to talk about using it for e-mail… I just want to get the basics down. Not ready for e-mail yet… He’s an engineer, and doesn’t listen to what I asked for… Has his own agenda. Maybe I can get him to do what I asked instead.. Sorry for the comment about engineers, but you know you people are hard headed… Lol… 🙂

          2. Almost There,

            I read that a person can be fined if they even own one and use it if it hasn’t been approved by the FCC.

            No one can be fined for owning it; but, using it for transmitting can be a problem for unlicensed operation like FRS, GMRS, or MURS. As a licensed ham, you have no problems with it, and in fact can start with a pile of parts and legally build your own transmitter as long as its emissions fall within the frequency and modulation limits of CFR 47 Part 97. Hams can do this because we had to study and test on the technical issues.

            I did find out that the repeater, that I have a visual on from my house, will be something I can use.

            Great, if you can see it, then you can probably work it. There are repeaters here in what is comparatively flat country from your perspective that are 15-60 miles from here and I can work them without problems. In fact, we have our local club net tonight @ 20:00 (8:00 PM) eastern and if you or anyone would like to listen in, you can go to http://ohiohams.net/ and hit the scanner feed link at the top. Net control tonight is Paul N8IG and I’ll be checking in as K8LVZ.

            He’s an engineer, and doesn’t listen to what I asked for… Has his own agenda. Maybe I can get him to do what I asked instead.. Sorry for the comment about engineers, but you know you people are hard headed

            We people? No, it’s just certain people who are unsure of themselves. I remember back in college when I was learning to play acoustic guitar at a local hangout. The “good” guitar players would wow you with what they could do; but, never seemed to want to share or teach, since you might eventually take some of their spotlight. The ”Great” players would spend time and show you anything you asked. I asked one of the great ones why he wasn’t afraid of being bested, and he said that if I got better than him, then he would learn new things from me. It’s no different for engineers or any other skill.
            Tell the guy that if he is incapable of explaining what you need, you have other options, and see what he says.

    1. Thor1,

      Yeah, I’m glad of that. I was on the phone with my ex-wife during the last ten minutes of the vote. She feels that all liberals/democrats are communists in disguise (I agree) and she thinks they are all lying swine. Actually, she calls them other things too in English and Spanish, but we have polite company here.

      I may have mentioned before that she is Cuban and didn’t come here to the US until she was 10. She has very vivid memories of what her life under communism was like. Such as being so hungry, she found a castor bean plant and stuffed herself with the beans. She was hospitalized for several days over that, and still didn’t get much food to eat. She has some pictures of herself back then and she was a pretty skinny kid.

      Anyway, she’s happy Kavanaugh was confirmed and upset he had to deal with that travesty of a confirmation process.

      1. Z36, I and the Mrs. totally agree with your ex-wife and you. My Mrs. is half Cherokee Indian, unlike senator Warran, she IS a real Indian……LOL

        1. Thor1,

          Who I prefer to call Senator Fauxcahotas. Then there is that faux-Vietnam vet. Even Jane Fonda has more time in Vietnam than he does. All scum.

          1. Z36, Oh my, Hanoi Jane……My Father-n-Law was in Nam and wounded twice, he loves to pee on Jane urinal cakes at the VFW. He also served in Korea.

          2. I was in Vietnam at the same time Jane was. We listened to her parrot communist propaganda on the Hanoi Hanna radio show. I haven’t watched anything she is in since.

          3. Z36, your a good guy and have my respect. FNL was also a DI after the war. My Dad was also a DI after WW2……

        2. Thor1,

          My Mrs. is half Cherokee Indian, unlike senator Warran, she IS a real Indian……LOL

          But, but, she has such high cheek bones, LOL. Today for well under $100.00 that I assume she can afford, places like 23andme and AncestryDNA can perform the haplotype grouping and nail down your ancestry with certainty. She could prove for once and all that she is not a bald faced liar; but, then again, the proof could be that she is indeed a liar, errr. Well. Misinformed, LOL

          1. TOP,

            I did the 23and me thing a year or so ago and confirmed what I suspected for years. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Anglo-Saxon white boy, with a couple of European odds and ends thrown into the mix.

            My kids will be a little more mixed up with their mom being Cuban. In fact my Ex is pretty sure there will be some Negroid in there (Moors). She keeps hemming and hawing about taking a DNA test though. But if you see her, there is no question she is of Spanish ancestry, unlike Fauxchoantas being Native American, and the trait has spread to our kids.

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