What I Did To Prep These Past Two Weeks: July 1st – July 15th, 2021

Hello Pack. I hope your summer has been a fun and healthy one full of great prepping accomplishments. We have multiple projects going at once at the moment, and hope to put at least a few of them in the done column very soon.

Perhaps the most exciting bit of news on our survival homestead is the birth of our first mini donkey. As you can see in the photo above, she is absolutely adorable. The grandkiddos named her Lily after their favorite fairy in their lovely fairy pop up books.

mini donkey and her baby

This cute bundle of fluff is definitely a part of our homesteading livestock preps. We, like so many ranchers around the country, keep mini donkeys to thwart attacks on meat and dairy livestocks as they mill about the pasture. Mini donkeys absolutely love chasing coyotes and view kicking the stuffing out of them as their favorite sport.

Not only will little Lily one day be able to help protect her barnyard companions, but mini donkeys (even the unregistered cuties like this one) sell for $450 and up. So, the money raised from breeding them can also be funneled back into our preps.

Two of our other mini Jennies are also bred. Sadie is the only mini Jennie that has rebuked Bo’s amorous intentions – which is a good thing because she is over 20 years old. She kicked Bo hard enough a few times that he does not even bother attempting to mount her anymore.

In other preps, we have been doing an enormous amount of foraging and dehydrating wild plants that I use in healing herbal remedies. I made three dozen tubs of jewelweed and plantain salve last Saturday. We use the salve on anything you would use Neosporin or Cortisone for, and especially for bug bites, stings, and poison ivy.

Bobby is in the midst of getting his dream workshop – mechanic’s garage. Once that is complete I get to turn our attached garage into a rec-room.

Not only will the room give us a large meeting area for our mutual assistance group during a SHTF event, it also gives us ample sleeping space for inflatable mattresses that can be used during a disaster and fun electric-free activities that will be used as morale boosters.

Old School Survival Boot Camp planning is ramping up, even though we just held the first annual event in May. During the pre-sale of tickets and campsites for 2021 attendees only the campground got nearly booked except for primitive spaces.

I attended a meeting at the local gun range where a group of local constitutional patriots meet regularly. This month the speaker was an engaging and knowledgeable man from the John Birch Society named Robert Owens. It was, as usual, an inspiring meeting.

Turns out Robert had heard of Old School Survival Boot Camp because one of his members came this year. After a wonderful chat, Robert agreed to come be a speaker at the 2022 event that will be held May 13-15 in the Hocking Hills.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. How will you protect your livestock from both 4-legged and human predators during a disaster?
  2. What do you forage during the summer and how do you use it?
  3. What self-reliance event do you plan to attend and why or why not?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

52 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep These Past Two Weeks: July 1st – July 15th, 2021”

    • Puppy is doing good again, full of energy. He loves his new pig toy. It squeals like a pig when he squeezes it. No banjo music.

      Security
      Bought a double rifle and pistol case. It has Molly gear pouches that can hold 20 AR mags. It has the shoulder straps.
      Bought a box of 9mm, 40 Cal, critical defense .380 and 12 ga ammo.
      Bought 2 30rnd , 1 40 rnd and 1 60 rnd drum all p-mags
      Bought a m17 sig pellet trainer.
      Bought 3 ammo cans

      Food
      Bought 3 #10 cans of freeze dried food

      Water
      Bought 1 2 1/2 gallon container.
      Bought 4 cases of water.

      Medical
      Bought 2 CAT tourniquets
      Bought 1 bottle of penicillin for my fish.

      Power
      Found out I can put 123 batteries in my battery Daddy in the 9v slots.

      Garden
      Picked lots of cucumbers
      Picked lots of beans
      Picked lots of REAL tomatoes
      Picked lots of jalapenos
      Planted more onions and garlic

      Trapping
      Caught a cucumber and tomato eating rat using a peanut butter cup as bait. Pellet demised.

      Canning
      Canned 10 Qts of pickles
      Canned 8 Pints of jalapenos

      Freeze dryer
      Freeze dried 4 trays of cooked hamburger
      Freeze dried 4 trays of beans

      Thor’s questions
      1. If anyone got the jab here, are you worried about dieing in the next 4 years as 2,046 people in the USA died from it last week and only 1,500 died from Covid ?

      2. Have any jab recruiters come to your door yet?

      3. When they make the vaccine mandatory for the military in September, do you think the invasion will begin?

      4. How long do you think we have before America looks like South Africa?

      5. What or who think is the greatest threat to our Republic?

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      • Thor’s questions

        1. If anyone got the jab here, are you worried about dieing in the next 4 years as 2,046 people in the USA died from it last week and only 1,500 died from Covid ?

        Haven’t gotten the jab. Don’t plan to either. I mentioned Neil McCoy-Ward, a British financial wonk. He related on one of his videos, that when he was in the British Army, he was paid 2,000 pounds to participate in a vaccination clinical trial. As he was saving his money to get into the real estate market at the time, he thought this was a clever idea to get some extra cash. He was very sick and out of action for about three months. The money wasn’t worth it. He says he refuses any vax that doesn’t have a long track record of safety. The Kung flu vax does not come close to be under that category in his opinion.

        2. Have any jab recruiters come to your door yet?

        Nope, and they won’t stay long if they do. You need a door code to get into my building and I doubt the managers will give up their master code.

        3. When they make the vaccine mandatory for the military in September, do you think the invasion will begin?

        No. If they (the ubiquitous they) have half a brain, they will need to wait to see how many military people DFO (done fall out) first. #1 daughter, knowing it was just a matter of time before the vax was required, went ahead a got it a few months ago. She was out of sorts for several weeks afterward. Not really “sick,” just feeling weird. Her husband got the vax too and reported no issues except a sore arm for a few days.

        4. How long do you think we have before America looks like South Africa?
        Hard to say. Too many variables in play right now. South Africa has been on the cusp of current events for over 100 years. See the Zulu Wars in the 1870s.

        5. What or who think is the greatest threat to our Republic?

        The Democrat Party and their useful idiots (Antifa, BLM, and others).

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        • Z36,

          2. No walking jabbers here yet either. I think I will let puppy answer the door. Was watching a retired LEO’s response to handling that situation. Don’t let them in.

          4. The free rent ends at the end of the month so if there is an attack on the grid….soon.

          5. Communists as usual

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          • Have you seen the latest fromSuspicious Observers? Very good vid on a recent CME. Basically, its a good thing it wasnt earh-facing or we wouldnt be talking to each other right now.

      • Thor’s questions
        1. If anyone got the jab here, are you worried about dieing in the next 4 years as 2,046 people in the USA died from it last week and only 1,500 died from Covid ?

        2. Have any jab recruiters come to your door yet? Nope.

        3. When they make the vaccine mandatory for the military in September, do you think the invasion will begin? Nope.

        4. How long do you think we have before America looks like South Africa? Cities will be the first indicator.

        5. What or who think is the greatest threat to our Republic? People. People who can’t/won’t mind their own business. Ones that think they know what is best for you, crave control, and want to force you to agree with them.

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  1. Good Morning from Douglasville,

    Went to as estate sale of a SK (Ham Radio Silent key – departed) and picked up a J36 key that needs a little cleaning and repair to be working well again. While there I met two other Hams and after the usual chitchat I was invited to one of their homes to check out his shack. The inviter is an Elmer (look it up) and is mentoring the younger newbie. Short trip to the shack and I was very impressed. Nice 60 foot tower with a big tri-band yagi atop and with some 2 meter stuff hanging to the side, and multiple half wave dipoles at different heights. He had some of the nicest new gear along with some wonderful Collins stuff that he had restored and rebuilt. I like the older tube stuff.

    Turns out he is a like minded individual and we shared tales of guns past and present and military service past. You never know who you are going to meet when you are out and about.

    At the same estate sale I picked up a couple of black powder revolvers at good prices along with power, balls, caps and wads. Also the owner had a lot of trains and I would have enjoyed sitting and talking HO and Lionel with him, but alas, he’s gone and the vultures tore through the trains before I had a chance to look. Seems like everyone walks around with phone in hand to check the ebay comps on everything. No interest in getting something they like, just something they can sell.

    Our local deer population is increasing but we lost a fawn to a car a week or so ago. I put out deer corn, sunflower seeds and deer chow behind the back fence and the local buck brings his bride and all their children to eat at least every couple of days. I got a good deal on apples and cut them up and put them out and they made short work of everything. Also put out a new salt block and mineral block for them to lick on.

    That’s it for me. I have been having trouble understanding what other people say so went to the audiologist yesterday. She tested and my hearing had gotten a lot worse over the last few years. She adjusted my hearing aids so that helps in the volume but my ability to understand words has gotten a lot worse. My hearing has become asystemic so that is the root of the problem. I’ll see the ENT doctor in a couple of weeks and see what he has to say.

    73

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  2. Got my twice weekly shopping done. Adding some extra canned goods every week now, two or three per trip. This week, however, I expanded my canned food shopping considerably. I got about $100 worth more than normal. Prices have gone up, but not drastically.

    I’ve been continuing my study into the economy and the BS the politicians are up to. A financial guru, whom I’ve mentioned before, Neil McCoy-Ward, published a short article on his Patreon page about the speaking pattern of politicians. We often jokingly remark that we can tell when a politician is lying: His/her mouth is moving. This is actually very close to the truth. They employ what is known as Neuro Linguistic Programming, specifically a sub-set called “Word Weaving.” McCoy-Ward said his speaking instructors all recommended he study Adolph Hitler as a master of the technique.

    Here is the relevant clip from McCoy-Ward’s post:

    “A New Stage of Strange… & How The END Will Occur
    I was just watching some World Leaders (from different countries) do press conferences just now and it struck me how they were all saying the same unusual/bizarre things…
    They also seem to be using the same speech patterns, take Jacinda Ardern from New Zealand for example here on this Twitter post as a perfect example… https://twitter.com/_whitneywebb/status/1415312950253035520?s=20
    I studied speaking from some of the top professional speakers in the World, and there are certain speech patterns that always give me a lot of concern. This is when a politician emphasises almost every word with this type of anger/passion of authority, and usually this means they are not telling the truth and trying to hide something/persuade to something that is often hard to believe otherwise.

    Not to compare these current politicians to Hitler, but that’s who all of my trainers told me to study Hitler’s speech patterns during WW2, as a way to understand how crazy people can take control of a crowd through a speaking style called NLP, (Neuro Linguistic Programming) or a sub category if this is called ‘Word Weaving’ – this is what many of the World leaders are doing at the moment, by emphasising every word in this aggressive way – this obviously makes me quite concerned.

    They are saying one thing, and then in the next instance, doing the complete opposite. And the people don’t seem to be concerned by this at all. I think it’s due to these strange speech patterns that people can’t see through.”

    Google or YouTube almost any of Hitler’s public speeches and you will clearly see the same speech pattern. Hitler also added dramatic hand, arm, and body movements to further emphasize his words. He was good and he did take speech lessons and practiced his speeches to nail down the best gestures. There are only a couple of extant examples of Hitler’s normal speaking voice, but in the two I’ve seen, he is soft-spoken and calm, so you know his public speaking voice is all an act as it is with current politicians.

    My Ex-wife was in the attic of her condo Friday morning and fell through the ceiling into the common 2d floor hallway. She called 911, then called me asking that I call our #1 daughter, which I did. #1 daughter got dressed and headed out. She talked to one of the paramedics who said her mom had full range of motion (good news) but had a lot of pain in her back. The Ex was supposed to close on the sale of her condo Friday too. The title company said the closing can still happen. They are going to send a notary public to the hospital to get the Ex’s signatures. That was OK with the Ex as she wants to be shed of that white elephant. She’ll have to deal with the HOA over the ceiling damage in the common area. The Ex will not like that as she hates the HOA and management company rep.

    Her doctor reported that her L3 vertebrae has a compression fracture. I told her to call a big personal injury law firm in Orlando. #1 daughter had to go up in the attic to scout out what needs to be brought down and said the flooring material was very soft and looks rotten. She’s taking photos and video, if for no other reason than to get the HOA to lighten up. They can be a real pack of a-holes. Our son will go over and tote down whatever needs to be moved. #1 daughter can’t as she is still on restricted lifting from her hysterectomy. I told them to hold off moving anything until a law firm expresses interest and sends investigators over to take their own photos and videos.

    You can’t believe the problems my Ex and #1 daughter are having with the hospital. The Ex wants to be transferred to the VA Hospital in Gainesville, FL (which is a 100% full-service hospital in conjunction with the University of Florida Hospital just across the street and connected by a tunnel). The staff at the Leesburg veterinarian hospital is resisting the transfer, except for my Ex’s attending physician who is trying to arrange the transfer. They can’t do the vertebroplasty procedure she needs until Monday (whereas the VA can do it this weekend), and she is not reacting well to some pain meds (the attending is trying to sort that out too). Part of the problem, is they need to do an MRI, but the Ex had ear surgery done some years ago (at the VA) and has titanium as part of her implants. She doesn’t have her card, so they are refusing to do the MRI. However, the GV VA did the surgery and has her records, so they don’t need her card. #1 daughter is so pissed I’m afraid she’s going to get herself arrested. She is a great daughter.

    There is so much going on right now, I can’t keep up with it and you guys don’t need to be bored by it.

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. How will you protect your livestock from both 4-legged and human predators during a disaster?

    No livestock to protect except #1 granddaughter. 😊 Extreme violence would be my method in that case.

    2. What do you forage during the summer and how do you use it?

    I don’t forage except some wood suitable for my rocket stoves.

    3. What self-reliance event do you plan to attend and why or why not?

    None planned. I feel my training and experiences in the military, and Scouting, have prepared me well enough. And since I grew up in Detroit, I think my experiences there will help me here in Orlando.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

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    • This Week’s Questions:
      1. How will you protect your livestock from both 4-legged and human predators during a disaster? No livestock but we do keep our 4-legged fur butts indoors now because of coyotes. For the feral fur butts, we provide food and water but bring it indoors at night. We also use lighting to deter the coyotes.
      2. What do you forage during the summer and how do you use it? Nothing presently unless you consider picking the neighbor’s figs and peaches foraging.
      3. What self-reliance event do you plan to attend and why or why not? None – pretty much avoid any and all group (aka crowd) events.
      4. What did you do to prep this week? Ordered and received pet supplies for the rotation. Not much else.

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  3. (1) I currently have two livestock guardian dogs in with my dairy goat herd. The way our farm is set up, our animals are not visible to anyone who is not trespassing, and they are tucked in behind our house so I can hear any dog barking or commotion to alert me. In a SHTF situation, our family of 17 kids/grandkids will all be at the farm and we will have guard duty assigned for protection of all!
    (2) My foraging is limited to elderberries. We do have dandelions, wild purslane, bitter gourd, and plantain growing on our land….not sure what else.
    (3) It’s not easy to leave my farm with all the critters–the hardest thing is to find a good farm hand who knows how to milk a goat. We only get away maybe one week a year and it costs me $500 in farm sitting fees. My self-reliance interactions tend to be via the internet.
    (4) Preps this week: Ordered more seeds; continued harvesting and weeding, cultivating between the rows of red ripper peas with my double-wheel hoe gives me a great workout and eliminates the weeds so much easier than hand-pulling. I expanded my pineapple patch, adding additional well-draining soil to put the tops of this year’s crop back in the ground. Hilled my corn for the last time. Purchased over 50 avocados from some church friends who have a huge tree. Will mash and freeze those when they ripen. The local produce market owner sold all the cane syrup I provided for sale on consignment. Will check my inventory to see if I want to turn loose of any more. Will be purchasing half-gallon jugs from her (they are in the citrus business, too) I need jugs to freeze excess milk, but buying on line isn’t very cost effective. That’s it for me this week.

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  4. This Week’s Questions:

    1. How will you protect your livestock from both 4-legged and human predators during a disaster? *** No livestock. Hope to have chickens at the new place.

    2. What do you forage during the summer and how do you use it? No foraging.

    3. What self-reliance event do you plan to attend and why or why not? There’s nothing close (within 2-3 hours drive).

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

    July 4th – July 10th:

    Made a supply run on Wednesday. Need rice, canned beans, milk crates (for the move), shelving (for the new house), and a door. We’ll see what we can find and costs.

    This has been the longest stretch of high-80’s/low 90’s I recall here. And it does not look like it will change anytime soon. Glad I don’t have an outside job; I’m limiting my “outside time” to AM’s/80 degrees then I’m done.

    Supply Run: rice; pasta; instant oatmeal; canned beans; canned roast beef; canned chicken; powder gravy; baking powder; trash bags; 5-gal buckets; bucket lids; ammo; primers; reloading powder; spreads; coffee; ammo; primers; replacement computer mouse;

    Received: Battery charger; SS “jump box” for diesel pickup; power strips (for new garage); AC charger for jump box;
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    July 10th – July 17th: DW went to the Dr. Monday for her leg. She can now start bending and attending Physical Therapy twice a week. This also means she has started going into the office in the mornings, and work from home in the afternoons.

    Thursday evening the smoke from the fires was so bad the sky was yellow. The closest fire is 60+ miles away, but we have them West and South of us and that is where our winds are from, predominately.

    Friday, we got the word that the VA appraisal is in! Still waiting for the call as to when we are doing the signing. Currently it’s scheduled for Wednesday.

    Saturday’s paper says 46 of Montana’s 56 counties are considered “drought disaster” areas. If we are having a water shortage, imagine what it’s like to the West of us.

    I got some bad news on the ammo front. Things should look better over the next 90 days, then things will run really low. Brass, powder, and bullets are back ordered, on-hand stocks are low. Raw materials, all the way to the base metals, are back ordered. The government, which has priority, is restocking their ammo because the used it but didn’t resupply for 18 months. Powder from overseas is limited in the amount allowed per ship, and LA’s docks are only operating at 20% capacity. IMO, if you can find what you need (and will need) and have the funds, you might want to stock up. Estimates are 2 years to return to “normal” IF nothing else happens. (IMO, the new “normal” for 9mm FMJ is going to be around $0.30 to .35/round vs. $0.18.)

    Supply Run: Primers; ammo;

    Received: Trailer tire stabilizer chalks; Trailer towing ball lock; PSA AR-15 lower

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    • JP, glad to here the Mrs is recovering.

      Wow, didn’t realize Montana had a water shortage.

      Thanks for the ammo head’s up.

      Are you ready to get out of Dodge if the flames get too close?

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      • Actually the long answer to “bug out” is yes. The caveat is that we are moving and we are currently “in town” so smoke and air quality are an issue, but not fire. However, on of our small towns has it’s road (as in singular) to the West closed, fire on both sides.

        I too was surprised about our water issue. With the temps, water, and grasshoppers, wheat prices are going to have to go up. We also have feed corn and barley around here. I’d advise people to act accordingly.

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  5. Just figuring out what I want to can this year no grapes it got to hot for them but I will have peaches, which is wonderful. Making some raspberry/blackberry liquor, found some berries in the freezer. Its cooler the last few days which means I don’t have to water as much. Taking it easy this summer, watching California, since they are going to have people, mask up vaccinated or not because of the new flu virus. I will say 13 month’s I haven’t had a cold or flu, both my kid’s and hubby, have been fine no one has been sick only allergies 🤧 this year, so masks did help.

    Questions 1 What crops, I’m not going to worry I don’t have enough food growing to worry about it.

    Question 2. No one has come to our door’s, to ask such personal medical questions, we have fire’s everywhere lets worry about those first.

    Question 3. I don’t go to any classes, I lived the farm life and living with out electricity, and water at our family cabin, as a youngster, I’m not going to worry about it. We have item’s as back up if needed.

    Have a great weekend, plan on going to do a dump run, and scrap metal run.

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  6. 1. How will you protect your livestock from both 4-legged and human predators during a disaster?
    I’m slowly building a preditor proof pen with an internal chickrn coop, duck house, and rabbit home. My bedroom window opens into it. It will have a locked door to slow down 2 legged predators.
    2. What do you forage during the summer and how do you use it? Some medicinal but there aren’t a lot here in high mountain desert. I gather a lot of our wild amaranth that if its z watered and fertilized will grow over 5′ tall with leaves the size of my medium sized gloves. Seed heads on every stalk. Main one is usually almost 8′ hugh and 2-3″ across. The rest on the branches are about 1/2 that size. From an area 8×15 I save 1/2 gallon of seed last time. And we ate all the flavorful leaves we wanted both cooked and raw and canned many pints. I use the seed for winter sprouts and micro greens along with celery, onion, and radish microgreens. Sometine I also save a pint or two of lambsquarter seeds for winter growing. My husband hates greens but loves our wild amaranth. As garden areas are harvested the amaranth begins to grow around July and I slowly let it take over some areas
    3. What self-reliance event do you plan to attend and why or why not? None in my area and husband has alzheimers and can no longer travel well. And I can’t afford the cost of ost events anyway.
    4. What did you do to prep this week? I Canned 18 pints of meat and 9 pints of blueberries. Worked on the garden. Sorted tools in a shed to get them back where I can find things. Moved garden starting supplies out to the backyard shed. (I start flats of seed in my livingroom. ) Planned more projects according to what I have here to repurpose. Planted some more fruit trees and berries the last couple of weeks. I can only do a little at a time. But I keep at it. I have more trees and berries to be planted but I had quickly potted them all as they arrived. Digging holes is hard with peripheral neuropathy. One or two now and then is all I can manage. I soak the ground then let it sit 2 days so I can dig.

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  7. I forgot to change my name to Zulu 3-6 when I first posted this. It was up for moderation and I guess it was eliminated. Just as well. Here I go again.

    Got my twice weekly shopping done. Adding some extra canned goods every week now, two or three per trip. This week, however, I expanded my canned food shopping considerably. I got about $100 worth more than normal. Prices have gone up, but not drastically.

    I’ve been continuing my study into the economy and the BS the politicians are up to. A financial guru, whom I’ve mentioned before, Neil McCoy-Ward, published a short article on his Patreon page about the speaking pattern of politicians. We often jokingly remark that we can tell when a politician is lying: His/her mouth is moving. This is actually very close to the truth. They employ what is known as Neuro Linguistic Programming, specifically a sub-set called “Word Weaving.” McCoy-Ward said his speaking instructors all recommended he study Adolph Hitler as a master of the technique.

    Here is the relevant clip from McCoy-Ward’s post:

    “A New Stage of Strange… & How The END Will Occur
    I was just watching some World Leaders (from different countries) do press conferences just now and it struck me how they were all saying the same unusual/bizarre things…
    They also seem to be using the same speech patterns, take Jacinda Ardern from New Zealand for example here on this Twitter post as a perfect example… https://twitter.com/_whitneywebb/status/1415312950253035520?s=20
    I studied speaking from some of the top professional speakers in the World, and there are certain speech patterns that always give me a lot of concern. This is when a politician emphasises almost every word with this type of anger/passion of authority, and usually this means they are not telling the truth and trying to hide something/persuade to something that is often hard to believe otherwise.
    Not to compare these current politicians to Hitler, but that’s who all of my trainers told me to study Hitler’s speech patterns during WW2, as a way to understand how crazy people can take control of a crowd through a speaking style called NLP, (Neuro Linguistic Programming) or a sub category if this is called ‘Word Weaving’ – this is what many of the World leaders are doing at the moment, by emphasising every word in this aggressive way – this obviously makes me quite concerned.
    They are saying one thing, and then in the next instance, doing the complete opposite. And the people don’t seem to be concerned by this at all. I think it’s due to these strange speech patterns that people can’t see through.”

    Google or YouTube almost any of Hitler’s public speeches and you will clearly see the same speech pattern. Hitler also added dramatic hand, arm, and body movements to further emphasize his words. He was good and he did take speech lessons and practiced his speeches to nail down the best gestures. There are only a couple of extant examples of Hitler’s normal speaking voice, but in the two I’ve seen, he is soft-spoken and calm, so you know his public speaking voice is all an act as it is with current politicians.

    My Ex-wife was in the attic of her condo Friday morning and fell through the ceiling into the common hallway. She called 911, then called me asking that I call our #1 daughter, which I did. #1 daughter got dressed and headed out. She talked to one of the paramedics who said her mom had full range of motion (good news) but had a lot of pain in her back. The Ex was supposed to close on the sale of her condo Friday too. The title company said the closing can still happen. They are going to send a notary public to the hospital to get the Ex’s signatures. That was OK with the Ex as she wants to be shed of that white elephant. She’ll have to deal with the HOA over the ceiling damage in the common area. The Ex will not like that as she hates the HOA and management company rep. Her doctor reported that her L3 vertebrae has a compression fracture. I told her to call a big personal injury law firm in Orlando. #1 daughter had to go up there to scout out what needs to be brought down and said the flooring material was very soft. She’s taking photos and video, if for no other reason than to get the HOA to lighten up. They can be a real pack of a-holes. Our son will go over and tote down whatever needs to be moved. #1 daughter can’t as she is still on restricted lifting from her hysterectomy. I told them to hold off moving anything until a law firm expresses interest and sends investigators over to take their own photos and videos.

    You can’t believe the problems my Ex and #1 daughter are having. The Ex wants to be transferred to the VA Hospital in Gainesville, FL (which is a 100% full-service hospital in conjunction with the University of Florida Hospital just across the street and connected by a tunnel). The staff at the Leesburg veterinarian hospital is resisting the transfer, except for my Ex’s attending physician who is trying to arrange the transfer. They can’t do the vertebroplasty procedure until Monday (whereas the VA can do it this weekend), and she is not reacting well to some pain meds (the attending is trying to sort that out too). Part of the problem, is they need to do an MRI, but the Ex had ear surgery done some years ago (at the VA) and has titanium as part of her implants. She doesn’t have her card, so they are refusing to do the MRI. However, the GV VA did the surgery and has her records, so they don’t need her card. #1 daughter is so pissed I’m afraid she’s going to get herself arrested. She is a great daughter.

    There is so much going on right now, I can’t keep up with it and you guys don’t need to be bored by it.

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. How will you protect your livestock from both 4-legged and human predators during a disaster?

    No livestock to protect except #1 granddaughter. 😊 Extreme violence would be my method in that case.

    2. What do you forage during the summer and how do you use it?

    I don’t forage except some wood suitable for my rocket stoves.

    3. What self-reliance event do you plan to attend and why or why not?

    None planned.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    See above.

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    • Zulu 3-6 – as a fellow introvert, it is sometimes easier to talk about those things that are bothering us with people we don’t see every day that it is to talk about them to our family. I don’t find it boring. On the contrary, the tales of your grands bring a smile to my face and all the stuff that is going on, reminds me that I’m not the only one with issues. Others have “stuff” too.

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  8. Just a short update. The Ex left that veterinarian hospital AMA. #1 daughter made certain the discharge paperwork showed she was leaving to go to the VA Hospital in Gainesville, which they did. Handy having a daughter with a good grounding in medical stuff and paperwork.

    Things seem to be progressing smoothly at the VA. She’s had x-rays and a CT scan, but will probably hold off on an MRI until the specialist looks at her and orders it. They have all the info needed on her ear implants so that is not an impediment to getting an MRI if ordered. We shall see.

    I had my gall bladder taken out at that VA hospital and they took very good care of me. Three colonoscopies too. No complaints.

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    • It sounds like your daughter is a great advocate for your Ex. That can be very important in a hospital situation, whether VA or not.

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      • GA Red,

        Thanks. She is a great help for her mom and was for me when I was in the hospital overnight. Of course, I was in a much better non-VA hospital than my Ex was so she didn’t have to pound on desktops (so to speak). The VA nurse taking care of my Ex in the ER knows the hospital she was in and agrees leaving AMA was a good idea and that EMS shouldn’t have taken her there in the first place.

        We’ve been joking “Where is Geoffrey Fieger when you need him.” He is a very well known medical malpractice attorney in Detroit. He also likes to go after cops (yes, his firm has sued me). He is also well known as being a flaming a-hole. But he is a good lawyer. As an aside, his brother Doug was the frontman for the rock band “The Knack” and sang “My Sharona,” their biggest hit.

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        • Another update,

          The Ex is being admitted for at least tonight. A neurologist from the Univ of Florida Hospital is coming over to see her tonight. They’ve finally found a pain med that won’t make her throw up, but it does make her loopy (more than normal anyway 🙂 ).

          She had to submit to a COVID nasal swab test. #1 daughter said her mom was fighting it like a little kid and then demanded some hydrogen peroxide after the test to clean out her nose in case the sterile swab had germs on it. I suggested they check her for a traumatic brain injury as well.

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  9. Here on flipphone again. Been months since i could access good internet. Most of my so called friends are cunts since my accident. Almost all wouldnt even bother to wish me well let alone help me with anything. I did a lot to help all of them in the past. This whole thing made me more mysanthropic than ever. I cut contact with most and the ones who stole from me will get a barbed wire wrapped dildo for for christmas with a card telling them where to put it. In other news i tried to get a covid shot when i was last in town and was denied unless i gave them photo id and insurance info. It either doesnt exist or i wont let some store have it in their records so i cant get it. Just as well i leave the farm less than ever and sit on the porch with my rifle all day. I was able to mow the lawn with dificulty and am a little more mobile able to walk 30 minutes. I still have large numb areas below my armpits, mostly my entire left side, and the sensation of water on my skin is painful. After months searching i was able to hire reliable help. He and his son have brush hogged my orchard and sugarbush and have hauled and stacked half the wood i cut over winter, and they have kept me having some faith in other people. As per this weeks questions i am armed and have heightened ptsd senses, not related to the tree falling on me, my dogs are on watch, my place is also semi fortified. Though it will be a long time till i can do physical stuff again. 9 vertibrae fused. Damage to lungs and all ribs shattered, plus my back muscles were destroyed they are growing back but if i do light work for 3 hours they are so strained i can no longer hold my own head up and its like im looking at my feet. I foraged a lot but not this year, focused on recovering from that accident.

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    • Sorry to hear about the state of your “friends”. We all need them, but it seems that most people are more concerned with themselves than anything else.

      Heightened awareness is being experienced my more and more people I know. Mostly due to fear of a future they do not understand or have any control over.

      I’m glad you are recovering. My DW broke to top of her left tibia and a collision with our dog. She is just now going to work (after 8 weeks working PT from home) in the mornings, with PT 2 times per week. Too soon to see any real progress, but we know it’s coming and she’s determined. It also looks like she’s lost about 10 pounds; hard to know for sure as it’s difficult to balance on a spring scale. (PS – got the bill for the initial emergency room and surgery. Pretty much our normal disposable income for a year.)

      Take care and keep us posted!

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      • JP,

        Luckily for her wallet, my Ex is a 100% disabled vet so all of her medical bills will be covered by, uh, the taxpayers. I’m 100% too.

        I’ve been working on much of my protective gear this weekend. Getting my armor and load bearing vest properly rigged, along with my Kevlar helmet, gas mask, and other stuff. My weapons are good to go. I’m always armed when I leave my apartment, even to go into the hallway. Its not that I don’t trust my neighbors, but I don’t trust my neighbors to not let trouble into the building.

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    • Nemoseto, good to hear from you. It’s been awhile. Hundreds of miles away so I can’t pop over and lend a hand. Sounds like anybody who might still be somewhat of a friend is too embarrassed to show up at this point. Have you called any of them and asked a tiny favor whenever? Yeah, I know, it’s rough and a total PITA to be in pain and feeling rather unable to do the stuff normally done. Hang in there and recover! Try, try, try to be positive, and smile when the father & son show up.

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    • Glad to know you are getting better Memoseto. It’s a real B____ not being able to do what you were doing. I know and want you to know that if you go too long without doing something, you’ll get to where you can not do it anymore ever again.

      Keep working at it cause you not whipped until you give up.
      CB

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  10. Good to hear from everyone. I have been way to busy with family and friends for the 6-8 weeks, so glad everyone is gone now. My granny used to say this about kinfolks who dropped bu for a visit, ‘Relatives and fish go to stinking after 3 days’. I now understand what she meant! My friends stayed with me for 10 days! I love them, enjoyed their visit, but was certainly glad when they had to leave!

    Garden wise, everything is coming in now! So pleased with my tomatoes this year! Last year, was horrible as I had just moved, and really didn’t have a good place prepared for gardening. Got it nailed this year with raised garden spaces, and supper soil!

    No livestock unless you count the dog and cat, and they stay close to me, and are ready to travel at any moment! Not foraging anything at the moment. I need to be better educated on that subject. No self-reliance events in the plans.

    As for ‘The Jab’, still holding out at the moment. No one better come to my door to inquire about anything that isn’t their business. How rude! I am also of the belief that the Media is the biggest threat at the moment.
    Stay well everyone. Prayers to all of you!

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    • Jean – I can relate to what your grandmother used to say. Our youngest has been here since Friday and the oldest arrived yesterday. The DH and I can only handle them in small doses. The DH has a really hard time being able to be part of the conversation because they just don’t stop talking.

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  11. HI ALL ,,,,,,#1we have Anatolian stock dogs. Or did have lost one in my the heat wave , the big male was lost in the 117f heat.
    #2 we have much wild lettice in places that the cows can’t get it ,
    #3 this is a for real working ranch ,we can only get away for a couple of hours at a time
    #4 preps for the week ? bailed about 70 tons of hay ,DW worked in the garden ,,, has been 4 weeks since a trip to town or a store ,,its hay season ,,, the heat we had has forced us to start irragation early ,cows are starting to slip started to do some drought feeding ,normal that starts in late August , will try to put up a extra 30ton of hay ,
    Grandson wants a AR so we are building him one from scratch,, one upper as m4 in 556 second upper 26in bull barrel in 223 for target and varmints ,set trigger ,6×24 x44scope, he knows what he wants from his days in the marines
    Geat grands are getting a 10 22. That there dad learned to shoot on ,,

    The shortages are real folks ,, I personally know of thousands of acres of wheat that won’t be harvested ,between the heat and flocks of birds our orchard is a total loss
    Folks the coming food shortages are real ,,,you are running out of time to lardder your food preps ,,IT HAS HIT THE FAN ,, I fear that two years supply is not enough ,, and with the grand solar minimum we are in gardens are not dependable ,,,,i do not believe food will be available by December as we know it , I’m my much younger days I was part of a food store chain. I know the business from the inside. ,,,stock up NOW
    Tea and chocolate ,,,back to work

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    • OH,
      I’m so sorry you lost one of your dogs to the heat. Must have been heartbreaking for you & Mrs OH.

      Question for you: with all the discussions we’ve had about existing and worsening shortages, why in particular do you believe December is the likely timeframe for very serious food shortages/outages? I know (just from reading – not seeing with my own eyes) that retail warehouses are low to empty on inventory, but why is year-end a probable tipping point as you see it?

      Thanks as always, SCG

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    • OH, you spoke somewhere about wet packing rice for an open and eat carb. How is it canned and processed. (never heard of it.) Teach this old girl some new tricks. Thinking you mean plain white rice.?

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      • A A,,,, I cook rice like normal,when still hot pack it in hot half pint jars or pint jars ,like normal canning ,then put them in the oven at 200 for one hour , then I turn off the oven and let it cool on its own,this has worked well for me over the years ,, I also will add different canned soups making up the rice and can it that way ,cream of mushroom most often, this also works well with brown rice too ,have tryed adding cream corn too ,, the idea is to just add a different taste ,at my first ranch living alone it was normal at night to be too tired to want to eat let alone cook something ,a jar of rice and some jerky was a meal a lot of nights ,i kept a jar and jerky in the truck and my saddle bags too , on more than one occasion I would sleep out under the stars. And that was dinner ,,,,cowboy cooking ,,,

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  12. Hi Pack,
    Glad to be meeting back here again.. seems like been a real Long time.!
    Tara’s Q’s #1 protecting livestock.. fenced n at night, fenced in most of day with dawg to alert for changes in landscape/sounds..
    #2 Forage: Everlasting dry leaves for smoke/congestion, asthma attacks, also tea/or tinctured for gastric symptoms on either end of bad scale.Works for IBS symptoms and restores gut flora and enzymes modulating gastric system.
    Wild lettuce, pain, sleeplessness, rabbit food.
    Sorrel/Dock,+ lambs quarters: food/rabbit food.
    Plantain herb: allergic reactions raw squezed and triple tinctured for winter emergency use.
    #3No events.. no one to hold down the fort while we go play. emergencies we have been able to get covered…all events too far away to go to easily and most are expensive…
    #4 Preps for 15 days… Canned things from freezer. making room for water bottles for critters
    .Added 55 gal water for critters into rotation. and 14 ga. filtered water added.
    Rotated out all filtered water , jugs/containers cleaned and refilled.
    Made first batch of ghee.
    Friend had large area of purslane and did not cherish or value, i got several plants to transplant and it is doing well..We purchased horse manure and it came and poke sallet, and lamb quarters are in abundance.. was one plants we had wanted here..have a few stalks of poke…in back now in front..
    .. animal and yard/garden chores.daily and in heat those intensify to 3-4x a day…currently getting a brief break from heat . harvest soon on rabbits… they don’t grow well in heat….. tomatoes slicers and canning varieties are doing well so far in wicking pots..using miracle grow +minerals. cucumbers are climbing on a hedge and loving it blooming heavily… okra transplanted w/o blinking. tatuma are running, heavy male blossoms they do this for several weeks before female… then look out!

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  13. Had my fun for a Monday. “TruCheck” showed up to my door, ready to install my new “smart meter”. I got a bit excited when I told them “NO!!!” They could check back in October and ask the new owner, if they wanted. After the hearing that my worst fears about “remote controlled usage” have come true – not happening if I can help it!

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  14. 1. How will you protect your livestock from both 4-legged and human predators during a disaster?
    No livestock.

    2. What do you forage during the summer and how do you use it?
    Two-color bolette mushrooms when I’m lucky enough to get a good flush. Quick fry in butter. Not a lot of other stuff around. I munch on wood sorrel pods once in awhile. The DP can’t because of the oxalic acid. Cat tails not really in the neighborhood. No nettles.

    3. What self-reliance event do you plan to attend and why or why not?
    None anywhere close.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    Canned eight half-pints of blueberry preserves. Forgot the lemon juice in the second batch of four. Ooops, I’ll just eat those first. I’ll probably do another four half-pints tomorrow. Did three 24-oz jars of refrigerator dill pickles. Dummy me for not realizing how much salt was in the pre-mix and I added shy what I normally
    would w/o using premix. Whew, rinse before eating. Cuke plants look like they’re getting virused, not surprised. Cherry tomatoes coming on. Did first pickings of filet beans, awaiting 2nd flush. Okra plants really really slow growing even as hot as it is. Picked & served quite a few frying peppers.

    Lost time last weekend to DP’s nieces 30th b-day. This past weekend was annual sibling’s picnic. Lots of time spent cleaning, picking, getting ready. His sister decided last minute not to come (Covid fear), then called Sat a.m. to say on way, then called back to say changed her mind and she & hubby going home. She’s totally lost it. Says she doesn’t want to give us Covid. She doesn’t have it. How could she. She rarely goes out. Shops with rubber gloves, 2 masks, plastic cap, washes clothes & showers as soon as she gets home. She admits fear controls her.

    Grocery shopped to replace what used plus a bit more. Rebuilding stock of pasta, canned potatoes & beans, etc. Next trip will add more flour, sugar, pectin, pint or half-pint jars (if available), magnet on a stick, etc. No ammo available here.

    The DP isn’t doing too well. Heat & humidity hitting him bad, not as bad as me ’cause it just about melts me. He’d better not get another mini stroke. We both have plenty of medical appts coming up.

    I’ve pretty much decided not to do trip in Sept to Ohio. Plane is out, can’t sit that long on train (and not thrilled that would be via NYC). Something(s) is/are coming and I don’t want to be stuck somewhere.

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    • Mari,

      Some folks develop completely unreasonable fears when it comes of diseases. Sure, there is need for some concern and reasonable precautions, but some people go overboard.

      At one point when I was a cop, I was the corporal in charge of special investigations. One of our jobs was investigating murders and suspicious deaths. My partner and I went to a murder-suicide scene one night. The decedents were an elderly married couple. The husband had been a trapper as a hobby for many years and over those years had sustained many tick bites. Somehow, he convinced himself he had Lyme Disease and had given it to his wife (it isn’t transmittable between humans, a deer tick has to be the vector). He had gone to almost every hospital and specialist to get tested for Lyme and kept coming back as negative. He refused to believe and felt he was in the terminal stages and couldn’t leave his wife to suffer through the disease alone. So he shot her with his 12-guage while she slept, then shot himself. A son-in-law found their bodies a couple of days after death when he went to check why no one had heard from them or answered their phone.

      When we did the crime scene we found dozens of letters and lab reports saying he was free of Lyme. We even found an envelope in the mailbox with an appointment to see an entomologist at the University of Michigan Hospital in a few days. The autopsy, without surprise, found no Lyme in either body. Just a terminal case of 12ga slug through the heart.

      Sad case, but it really hit the news wires. Even the English language paper in Kathmandu, Tibet published the AP story with quotes from me.

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      • Zulu, it’s amazing and sad how some people obsess and give in to imagination and fear on something like this that has been proven negative. Concern and even worry is one thing, until it gets out of hand. Again, sad.

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