What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 15 – Sep 30th – Oct 6th 2018

Hello fellow preppers. I has been a busy and surprisingly productive week here on our survival homesteading retreat. The surprise along the productivity front stems from tasks accomplished even though we got some rain – that of course generated even more mud, and had trouble with the tractor battery….again.

Our wood shed is now not only completely full, we have chunked up wood that is ready to be split, stockpiled on the side of the shed. The Farmer’s Almanac, which I trust far more than any weather guy or gal on television, says we are not in for such a bad winter this year. Last year was the first true winter we have had in years – and that suited me just fine.



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I hate the cold – meaning any temperature below 75 to 80 degrees. Last year we went weeks upon weeks without hitting even 8 degrees. I do not want to have to use a pry bar to crack livestock water or the creek every half an hour so the animals can drink again this winter.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, we are going to have a really wet winter with lots of snow and rain. It seems we just can’t escape the rain this year in my region of the Buckeye State. The temperatures this week have been in the 70s to 80s, almost hitting 90 once, so I was loving the extra gasp of summer.

The horrifically cold winter last year should have killed off the bugs far better than it actually did. Ticks were ridiculous this year. We would come indoors covered in multiple almost too tiny to see ticks on a regular basis. Thankfully, once my guineas were large enough to free range, they went right to work eating the nasty little things – guineas love ticks like kids loves ice cream.

Now that it is seasonably chilly (at least at night), spiders and snakes are starting to try to find their way inside our outbuildings and house. We currently have a “pet” snake in the butcher shop. A young ringneck I affectionately refer to as, “Bart,” has taken up residence in there.

My mother thinks I am nuts for not having Bobby kill lil’ Bart, but he isn’t doing any harm. I will relocate him when I get a chance to catch him – he slithers so quickly, but he can rid the storage room in the butcher shop of mice before I scoot him back to the great outdoors. I am thinking of building a snake house on the side of the butcher shop to deter mice – I loath mice like some folks do snake.

Once, a tribe member’s son came across a baby corn snake earlier this week and brought it in to show us. The grandkiddos had a lesson about native snakes, and finally worked up the nerve to touch the little guy after I did. Once they touched him once, they really became intrigued and wanted to know all about him.

kids touching a corn snake

Corn snakes are often mistaken as copperheads and killed. They are extremely docile snakes and love to devour mice and rats that can find their way into your barn, storage buildings, and livestock grain bins.

Close up of the Corn Snake:

corn snake

Earlier this week, a Timber rattlesnake, one of the two venomous snakes in my region of the state, was found – at record length, in the next county over… about 15 miles away. I would shoot a rattlesnake on sight, they do not get second chances for relocation. Some, if not many, non-venomous snakes are capable of vibrating their tails in an effort to scare away a threat – this act gets a lot of them killed if they even somewhat closely resemble a rattlesnake.

Bobby killed a rat snake last year because it appeared to be rattling. Once it was dead, he saw upon closer investigation he had mistakenly killed a snake that is valuable to have around a farm. A tribe member almost killed a water snake because of how closely it resembled and behaved like a copperhead – the other venomous snake in my area. I am truly sorry about the unnecessary killing, but if I have to get within striking distance to determine the true heritage of the snake, it is always going to wind up being a dead snake.

ducks and chickens

My Peking ducklings and Buckeye chickens are growing and healthy. I am looking forward to hatching Buckeye chicks in the spring. They are a heritage breed with dwindling numbers. They are both great meat and egg birds, avid forages, thrive in a free ranging environment, and consume bugs in large numbers.

The young flock is moving out of the starter outdoor brooder this weekend. They will get their first taste of free-ranging, and have the mansion of an enclosure to begin exploring.

We also spent a good portion of the week collecting nuts. It seems like we are going to have a bumper crop of acorns and hickory nuts this year, but fewer walnuts than normal. We had to cut down a Black Walnut tree over the summer because it was too close to our garden and hurting our tomato yield. I am going to make hickory syrup and hickory jelly once we are all done collecting the early fall bounty.

nuts in boxes

The home renovations using materials provided by our land, is coming along nicely. I am so glad we could reporpurse the 1800s era barn that had to be torn down because it became unstable. I love to be able to preserve history, create something unique from what others would deem junk, and save money on projects that can be put to far better use – like straight into our prepping budget.

Here is my upcycled barnwood and plywood microwave cabinet:

upcycled barnwood and plywood cabinet

I am now off to a massive flea market that takes place three times a year a few counties over – Lucasville Trader Days. My daughter and the youngest grandkiddos are off to look for all kinds of bargains, including preps, and maybe even more livestock…but shhh, don’t tell Bobby I am driving the small livestock trailer on my own and looking for calves and goats, please.

This Week’s Questions:

1. Are you a flea market preps shopper? I so, what’s is your most awesome find?
2. How do you feel about snakes on your property?
3. Do you collect (or buy) nuts as a part of your preps? How do you use the?
4. And…how did you prep this week?



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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 15 – Sep 30th – Oct 6th 2018

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

    Not a lot else going on in the prep world for me. I’ve been reorganizing my office a little. Same thing with my ammo closet. I’m thinking about adding to my freeze-dried food supply a little (maybe six or so more pouches).

    My back pain has improved significantly since I started going to a chiropractor. It still aches but doesn’t feel like I’m being stabbed anymore. My knees feel better too since I started taking the glucosamine sulfate daily as recommended by Bam Bam.

    I’m having a lot of fun with granddaughter. I’ve taught her how to hold up two fingers to show how old she is once she does turn two in a couple of weeks. Her vocabulary is extensive, and she learns to say new words very quickly. She learned “mozzarella” after just a few tries (her favorite cheese). She knows what an electrical outlet is and when I ask if it is a toy, she gets a very serious expression on her face, shakes her head and says “No.” I do have anti-child plugs in the outlets. No sense in tempting a very curious child.

    I remember how my grandfather taught me not to play with electrical outlets. He sat there calmly and watched me stick a finger into a light socket and get zapped. He said, “Learn anything from that?” You’re damned right I did! Haven’t done it since. Experience is usually the best teacher, if it doesn’t kill you first.

    Tara’s Questions:

    1. Flea market shopper. No, I’m really not a flea market shopper. I have gone to some over the years, but didn’t really get anything prepper useful (a hat here and there).

    2. Snakes on my property: I’m not fond of snakes. I’ve seen folks who have been bitten by venomous snakes, a couple fatally. But I do know that most snakes are actually beneficial (even the venomous kind) in that they hunt rodents and other little pests. Once I knew a snake, snaking around my property, was non-venomous, I would leave it alone. When I lived out in a semi-rural area, we had a lot of black racers and corn snakes around. Since I was close to a large lake and a creek, we also had water moccasins that kept the gators company. Venomous snakes were dead on sight as I didn’t want my kids bitten. A neighbor was constantly shotgunning water moccasins behind his house which was right off the creek. He said he went through over 100 rounds of birdshot one year, and I believe it as it sounded like a small war around his place. My apartment complex had a rat snake doing it’s thing and for the most part management left it alone until somebody really raised hell about it. The maintenance guys got rid of it. I don’t know if they killed it or just relocated it. Knowing Ish, he probably relocated it.

    3. Nuts. No, I don’t collect or buy nuts. I am nuts and I’m satisfied with that. 😊

    1. Zulu 3-6,
      I think I may have a solution for your ham radio in an apartment problem. It’s called DMR and I’ll contact you via email with details, along with other follow-up emails I owe you. It’s just been too darn busy here lately.

    2. Lol on the nuts! I have this irrational fear of cottonmouth snakes. They are not SUPPOSED to exist in Ohio, but every year people claim to see and/or kill a water moccasin. There is a water snake that looks very similar to a water moccason/cottonmouth, and ODNR staunchly maintains that is what is being spotted.

      My irrational fear of this particular snake began when I was in later elementary school and read Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove for the first time. Later, when Dad and I watched the mini-series and the same scene of the water moccason “attack” played out on the screen just as it did in my head, the fear was concrete in my brain. It makes no sense, I swim in the ocean where there are sharks, but getting into a lake, pond, or creek always keeps me on edge.

      1. Tara,

        We have a couple of species of rattler around here in Florida too. A few years back, my county’s emergency management director killed a very big eastern diamondback rattler hanging around an elderly neighbor’s house. Unfortunately, he got careless handling the dead snake and was bitten. Despite immediate EMS care and multiple anti-venom injections, he died after a few days. The snake just dumped too much venom. Eastern diamondbacks’ venom is also considered the most powerful of all venomous snakes in North America.

        In a TEOTWAWKI situation, someone getting bitten like this is just not going to make it and will not die well. A mercy killing may need to be considered.

          1. I think the people we should be keeping in our thoughts are those in Georgia, like GA Red & Cliff in Douglasville, since the strength of this storm is maintaining much of its energy over land and is right at the Florida / Georgia border. They are projecting high winds and power outages clear up as far as Atlanta and problems in both of the Carolinas

  2. Puppy was out by the woodpiles and I thought he had foundation snake. He was digging at the ground wagging his tail so I knew he had found something. It turned out to be another large box turtle. He went running through the yard, turtle in mouth… Poor little guy, but he dropped him on demand and I released him on the other side of the fence pointed at the swamp.

    Planted the avocado tree in a planter and put it by the bay window to grow.
    Started 2 more avocado trees in water.
    Picked a few more tomatoes…. They just keep giving…

    Made more jerky as it is so good and doesn’t last long….LOL

    Charged more batteries as we are supposed to get a G2 solar storm.

    I’ve heard we are supposed to have a cold winter this year due to the Sun cycle, Tara I believe you might need all of that firewood….

    Political prepping is important…. Look at Venezuela…. Thank God we have the 2nd amendment.
    People on the left are openly saying they will attack people on the right/ conservatives. That equals civil war.

    Watch this video, its eye opening….

    https://youtu.be/kf_Fgvrw0ZE

    1. Are you a flea market preps shopper? If so, what’s is your most awesome find?
    2. How do you feel about snakes on your property?
    3. Do you collect (or buy) nuts as a part of your preps? How do you use them?

    1. Sometimes…., A .38 derringer and a nice survival knife.

    2. As long as the snakes aren’t venomous its OK. I had found a corn snake in the woodpile before and thought at first, it was a copperhead. I did see 2 water moccasins go through my yard before I installed the fence because there is a swamp behind the house and have had black rat snakes come in still.

    3. Peanuts, almonds. There are some oaks with acorns and walnut trees in the woods, Be careful with acorns, they can cause kidney damage…..

    1. Thor1,

      I’ve heard we are supposed to have a cold winter this year due to the Sun cycle, Tara I believe you might need all of that firewood….

      Here we have both firewood and full propane tanks at the ready. As for the cold winter, John Casey gives compelling details for that premise in his book: “Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell” that is well worth a read. Many local libraries may have it available.

      Political prepping is important…. Look at Venezuela…. Thank God we have the 2nd amendment.
      People on the left are openly saying they will attack people on the right/ conservatives. That equals civil war.

      Possibly; but we not only have the firearms and ammunition, we are the ones trained & skilled in their use. I hope this will all stay peaceful; but, I think we would be on the eventual winning end, if there is such a thing in any war.
      And while your video was interesting, it’s common knowledge to those in my crowd; but, perhaps with a little exposure on YouTube, Mike can wake up some of the slumbering masses.

      1. And Thor1 (and all), here’s the latest on the ignorant socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
        Cortez Calls for Abolishing Electoral College as a ‘Shadow of Slavery’s Power’
        And calls herself the ‘Therapist’ For Her District Because Of ‘Re-Traumatizing’ Trump Policies.
        She seems to have TDS in a bad way.

        1. Looks like she understands the difference between a democracy and a democratic republic in the same manner as she under stands making everyone a millionaire will solve poverty.

          1. Ethan,

            Looks like she understands the difference between a democracy and a democratic republic in the same manner as she under stands making everyone a millionaire will solve poverty.

            You mean that the government can’t just cut checks to everyone,? LOL
            She is also a striking indictment of our higher education system, since she purports to have degrees in economics and international relations from Boston University. All you have to know is Maggie Thatcher’s attitude and understanding of socialism, and how It works reasonably well until you run out of Other Peoples Money. She’s one of those OPM addicts.
            OTOH, she did work at one time for Senator Ted Kennedy’s office, and that itself says a lot.

    2. I so hate cold weather, but very grateful we found the perfect land in the perfect spot so we could provide our own firewood on a sustainable basis.

      I completely agree, political prepping is so very important. Can you even imagine what it would be like if we had a second Civil War and modern liberals were forced to try to run a state and survive on their own? It would be over not much longer after the politicians of the time mistakenly thought the original war between states would conclude.

  3. Tara,

    If you hate cold, you better not come to Montana. We only have about 60 days a year when it’s above 75, and they are usually not consectutive.

    Questions:

    1. No real flee markets around here. We do shop at some garage sales. I’ve found some nice things (Pyrex stove top coffee pot – NIB for $5.)

    2. We have never had a snake (too cold I suspect). Although we have friends who occasionally get a rattler (about 20 miles away), but it’s dryer there.

    3. We only get ours at the store. When my mom was alive in Oregon, I could ask here to pick us up some and get them on our September trip.

    4. This week? Well – we went to a business convention this last weekend. Good face time with the DW.

    Picked up 3 1-gallon buckets of local honey. Got in my tablet covers for my “Deep Sleep Kindle Library (now to put them on and repack the can) and a new dress/CCW belt. Now that we get to use our grocery rewards for $$ off of gas locally, I saved $.70/gallon on the last fill up. Got a box of 10 K-cup coffee singles for free.

          1. TOP, how about OP1KANOPEY…..LOL

            METHIONYLTHREONYLTHREONYGLUTAMINYLARGINYLISOLEUCINE

            LOPADOTEMACHOSELACHOGALEOKRANIOLEIPSANPTERYGON

            PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS

          2. Thor1,
            Try again once you get your Caps lock turned off and your Space Bar unstuck.
            I haven’t seen such gibberish since my days running the old radio teletypes for Navy MARS.

          3. Thor1,

            these ARE the 3 largest words in the world unless, you break down DNA

            Perhaps; but, two of them are simply fictional and even then would not be spelled with a stuck caps lock key. Also, DNA, while presented in all caps, only uses four letters and they have very specific relationships. Finally, spending time decoding these “words” wasn’t worth my time, especially when Google showed them to be fictional, and not relevant to prepping or anything else in my life. Can you Grok that? V. M. Smith did.

          4. TOP, I PUT THEM IN ALL CAPS SO THAT YOU COULD SEE ALL THE LETTERS….. LOL

            BETER GLASSES MIGHT BE A PREP…….

          5. TOP,

            LOPADOTEMACHOSELACHOGALEOKRANIOLEIPSAN …P TERYGON

            The longest word ever to appear in literature comes from Aristophanes’ play, Assemblywomen, published in 391 BC. The Greek word tallies 171 letters, but translates to 183 in English. This mouthful refers to a fictional fricassee comprised of rotted dogfish head, wrasse, wood pigeon, and the roasted head of a dabchick, among other culinary morsels.

            Could be survival food…..LOL

          6. Thor1,

            TOP, I PUT THEM IN ALL CAPS SO THAT YOU COULD SEE ALL THE LETTERS….. LOL
            BETER GLASSES MIGHT BE A PREP…….

            IHAVEVISIONISSUESTHATGOBEYONDBETTERGLASSES.WHILEiHAVESOMEVISION,IAMLEGALLYBLIND,ANDFORMOSTTHINGSIHAVETHECOMPUTERREADTHINGSTOME,SOALLCAPsWITHLITTLEORNOWHITESPACEISJUSTSOMEONEWITHNOCLUEABOUTWRITTENCOMMUNICATIONSORTHECLASSCLOWNWHONEVERGREWUP,TRYINGTOBEFUNNY.I’MNOTSUREWHICH.

          7. Thor1,
            Do you by chance find this easier to read? I suspect most normal people do, as I do.
            I have vision issues that go beyond better glasses. While I have some vision, I am legally blind, and for most things I have the computer read things to me, so all caps with little or no white space is just someone with no clue about written communications or the class clown who never grew up, trying to be funny. I’m not sure which.

          8. TOP, I tried to put it in braille for your touch screen, but my tablet doesn’t have that app…..LOL

            – — .–. .-.. — .-..

          9. Thor1,
            I don’t read brail and even if you had the app, my screen is flat with no raised bumps to render & display braile, so I have to rely on large fonts or having the computer read to me, and even the computer is smart enough to require proper syntax and spelling. In fact I can often proof listen faster and more correctly than most people can proofread.

      1. I was also able to Google the word and suspect it’s not one you use often, if at all, in normal conversation. This is what Wikipedia tells us about the word.

        In his play Assemblywomen (Ecclesiazousae), the ancient Greek comedic playwright Aristophanes created a word of 171 letters (183 in the transliteration below), which describes a dish by stringing together its ingredients:
        Lopado­temacho­selacho­galeo­kranio­leipsano­drim­hypo­trimmato­silphio­parao­melito­katakechy­meno­kichl­epi­kossypho­phatto­perister­alektryon­opte­kephallio­kigklo­peleio­lagoio­siraio­baphe­tragano­pterygon.

        You will note that the word uses both lower and upper case and whitespace.
        Perhaps we can all start posting our recipes here in your UPPER CASE, no whitespace format, anyone game for that?

          1. Thor1,
            When you finally grow up, you’ll realize that bigger isn’t everything, unless you’re talking about IQ, bank accounts, or your number of “real friends” . I do great in all of these categories. Perhaps you also do; but, your attempts to one up everyone would seem an issue you could work on; however, there is a possible solution as described by none other than Albert Einstein who stated: “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” My vision is a limit; but, my other attributes more than overcome those limits.

          1. Thor1,
            (blockquote>if you can’t beat it, GROK it…..LOL(/blockquote>
            Actually, if you GROK it, you’ll understand that you don’t have to beat it. It’s the inherent nature of GROK.

          1. And Thor1, CHECKMATE is defined as “A check from which a king cannot escape”, so first of all, I have escaped and you have no hold on me; however, I do recognize that you acknowledge me as King. Thank you for finally realizing that simple fact, LOL

        1. Thor1,

          Did you notice what the braille said in Morse code….LOL

          I can’t say that I did, since if you know the Morse code, you do not need Braille to communicate. What I do know is that there are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don’t. Which are you? LOL

          1. TOP, no Demoncrap here…LOL

            Ahh, just enjoying my victory of war of words…LOL

            Checkmate was symbolic to the victory. Just wit and fun.

            Prepping is a whole different thing. Its life and death !!!

            I think pretty much everyone on this site is ready for most events, some more than others……

            “Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.”

          2. Thor1,

            “Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.”

            Great Einstein quote; but, I think you may be counting coup, way too early, since we’re still in the very early innings.

          3. Thor1,

            nope, you surrendered……. LOL

            No, I played you with a ruse, to get you lulled into a sense of security while you are actually being out flanked. You best look carefully behind you.

            I’m starting to think that you could possibly be Hillary Clinton. Get over it you lost…..LOL

            She lost because there was a deadline. Here there is no deadline until one of us can no longer play the game, and I have stamina to last for a long, long time.

          4. Thor1,

            you are like the Black Knight in Monty Python’s Hoy Grail

            You did mean Holy Grail I assume.
            I’m familiar with the reference, and once again you nearly miss the mark. I am not lying on the ground, limbless and cursing at you; but, your arguments resemble the horses Arthur and his entourage were riding, Imaginary, LOL.

          5. TOP, knowing that you would pickup on that, I intentionally left it out, but never fear Black Knight I will pay times 10….Here you go….

            Please don’t LLLLLLLEAN ON ME LOL….

        2. TOP, too late, you have already accepted the terms of surrender.

          “Works for me, since it doesn’t affect my life even one scintilla.”

          Also remember there are 2 Kings on the board. The Victor and the Victim…. You are the later…LOL

          1. Thor1,

            Also remember there are 2 Kings on the board. The Victor and the Victim…. You are the later…LOL

            As I said previously: “Works for me, since it doesn’t affect my life even one scintilla.”
            That being said, you seem to be taking the Demoncrap method of making assertions you can’t back up, while I take the actual actions like the current administration. My life is moving along nicely with plenty of food, wood, propane and other necessities of life on hand, all still unaffected by your rhetoric. There is indeed more than a single king; but, your assertion of the Checkmate is just a fantasy.

    1. JP,

      Montana is so beautiful…and cold! My favorite uncle, Uncle Jack, lives in the Black Hills so his weather is pretty close to what you have in your little patch of heaven. If he comes home to visit or anyone goes there, all the traveling is done before September ends. We kept that in mind when planning a family reunion for next year, I will finally get to meet a long lost relative, who happens to be a prepper and master blacksmith, from out your way.

  4. Good morning, it’s 8:30 PST, and we’re supposed to get rain the next two day’s and then a nice stretch of sun for October, that’s great. I’ve” made another batch of Corn chowder, it’s such a great recipe, for homemade chowder. I put four bags in the freezer, so a total of 8 quart size bags and 4 quart’s of homemade tomato soup, another good recipe, too. I’ve been cleaning all my cupboard’s, taking anything that’s old or way past it’s expired date, which is not much so better planning and eating on our part. I did do some shopping most was food’s to eat up right now we’re doing fine on our stocked piles. I do plan to dehydrate onion’s again this week, and check the produce stand up the road, they usually close at the end of the month so I want to see if they have any deals on closeout produce I can dehydrate. I have my house decorated, for fall, I took a dollar tree, pumpkin bucket punched two holes in the bottom and planted a mum, looks cute on my front porch, it’s nice to have my front yard and porch cleaned, weeded and ready for fall.

    Questions
    1. We love to thrift shop, we have found nice sleeping bags, flashlights, candle’s, cold weather coat’s, and throws.
    2. I was raised on a farm we have gardern snake’s on the West coast, East of Washington, they have the Rattler’s, my Uncle used to dispatch of them. But we leave any snake’s alone.
    3 Love nuts my parents have a English Walnut tree, they let the squirrels and Chipmunks, have at them, but as kid’s we picked them up each fall. I have a Walnut bread recipe, I use nuts in that is wonderful, plus we eat nuts they are so good.
    Have a great Sunday…

    1. Speaking of weather, I’m sure we’re going to be cold the cat, who is a Maincoon, her Tufts of fur are growing in between her toes, and her ears Tufts, are getting longer too. Next weekend we’ll need to wrap the trailer up while we have sun..

      1. Tara,
        Chowder recipe?
        I think I missed it; but, here’s one of our favorites that we’ve been making for years. It contains corn and onion; but, most importantly, Bacon LOL.

        Vidalia Onion & Corn Chowder
        Ingredients (Approximate or to taste)
        • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
        • 4 medium Vidalia or sweet Onions (approx 2 pounds). Coarsely chopped
        • 3 cups mashed potatoes
        • 1 Tsp minced garlic
        • 2 cans fat free chicken broth
        • 2 cups frozen corn
        • 2 bay leaves
        • ¼ Tsp Thyme (big pinch)
        • ½ cup fat free sour cream
        • Salt & Pepper to taste
        • Cooked bacon to sprinkle on top of finished product

        Directions:
        • Add onion, cook medium high until tender
        • Add garlic, cook about a minute to release flavor and aroma
        • Add chicken broth, stir well (Scrape bit stuck to the bottom of the can, best part)
        • Add mashed potatoes, corn, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper.
        • Cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
        • Once boiling well, remove from heat.
        REMOVE BAY LEAVES.
        • Stir in sour crème
        • Serve at once, with bacon pieces on top.

          1. We generally use frozen corn, purchased by the bag and kept in the freezer. If you have fresh sweet corn, you could cut it from the cob and use it also.

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    Hi Tara & all,
    While I don’t share your hatred of cold (below 70° weather), I do concur with your assessment of all of the rain we’ve been getting, including another small thunderstorm over the past few days. There is a good possibility that we may need to mow the yard one last time this year. Weather wise, this has been one of the oddest years I can remember in a long time. Actually, our ticks have been nearly non-existant and the mosquito’s were not nearly as bad as in years past, and with a creek running through the property, they have always been a problem. Actually a little house for Bart is probably not a bad idea, since he (she?) Will be well fed and keep down the mice. We have no mouse problem, since our cats think of them as toys, that they will play with ‘til death. Timber rattlers are rare; but, are only one of 3 venomous varieties of snake in the state, and if you make enough noise, they generally avoid humans. I’ve only ever seen venomous snakes back in my original mountains of western PA and a few times down in your neck of the woods in Ohio.
    When we attended the Ohio Homesteading and Gardening group gathering a few weeks ago, one member had a cage with several very nice Buckeye chickens on display. They are a good looking breed. BTW, Grammyprepper is one of the moderators of the OHG (Facebook) group for those who may be interested.
    We’ve but dow quite a few black walnut trees and still have a tron of the nuts we need to rake before mowing. I’m hoping by next year to have a nice screened bocs to keep them in, otherwise the get moldy before we can get to them.

    1. Are you a flea market preps shopper? I so, what’s is your most awesome find?

    I used to be; but, since my vision issues keep me from driving and the DW is not a flea market or yard / garage sale shopper, we don’t do that too often; however, there are a lot of local hams who will haul me to the Ham Fests (Ham radio & electronics flea markets) and I go to quite a few of them, including the ones down your way in Athens and sometimes Chillicothe and Portsmouth.

    2. How do you feel about snakes on your property?

    I’ve never seen a venomous snake on the property and even non-venomous sightings are rare; but, they are welcome here, as are as many bats as we can keep happy.

    3. Do you collect (or buy) nuts as a part of your preps? How do you use the?

    We have collected black walnuts in the past and plan to in the future; but, they take a lot of time for such little meat, that many of the other planned projects will have to be completed first.

    4. And…how did you prep this week?

    This past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. Picked up our new 2018 Honda CRV. All wheel drive with all of the accoutrements one expects in a new car. While I have to be careful how I withdraw the money from one of my floating IRA’s to avoid large tax issues, we should have this vehicle paid off within 6 months. This gives us a second reliable vehicle, with the other being a 2003 Honda CRV and the 1989 Chevy ¾ ton 4 WD pickup. We’re finally getting rid of the 2000 Toyota van; but, after 19 years, 280,000 miles, and two encounters with white tail deer, it is about time. We moved the DD’s ham radio callsign plates from the van to the new vehicle, so perhaps now I can finally get her to upgrade her license, LOL.
    2. Received 3 bottles of Qunol® Ultra CoQ10, 100 mg, 120 Count. By purchasing 3 bottles direct, I saved 15% and received free shipping. This gives me a year supply of a supplement I take daily, at a great discount.
    3. Dehydrated a batch of tomatoes
    4. The DW & I applied for our CHL (Concealed Handgun License) renewals. They are good for 5 years, and this time around they can be used in lieu of the NICS for firearm transactions.
    5. A friend and MAG member dropped off some strawberry plants. We will try to over winter these in the greenhouse for transplanting in the spring.
    6. Used one of the new 3 tier shelving units to consolidate my charging station. This is where we keep and charge all batteries & power banks, and keep our devices (phones, tablets, Bluetooth) charged.
    7. Sold our 2000 Toyota Minivan to the local junk yard
    8. Sold our 1989 Chevy ¾ ton 4 WD Pickup that needs too much work, to someone who can work on it. The guy who picked up the van for the junk yard asked if the truck was for sale and when we came to a decision, he brought us the cash and took the truck. As he drove it onto the flat bed, I was a little sad; but, perhaps sometime next year we can find a newer truck in better shape.
    9. Participated in the annual Amateur radio SET (Simulated Emergency Test). This year the test was called Black Swan 2018. The event was started Friday evening with the following message to all ARES members: “Please open the ECC and staff net control for the remainder of the upcoming weather event. Weather watchers please be on alert. This is an exercise.” The event was interesting since the injects were for heavy snow & ice storms on an 90 ° day. BTW: ARES = Amateur Radio Emergency Services & ECC = Emergency Communications Center
    10. Ordered another $50.00 Home Depot gift card with credit card rewards points. We put a hefty down payment for the new vehicle on the credit card, and turned those points in to Home Depot gift cards. You take free when you can get it.
    11. While cleaning out the van and truck prior to their removal we retrieved:
    • A first aid kit.
    • A set of good jumper cables
    • A tow strap
    • A multimeter
    • A small tool kits
    • “D” cell Maglite flashlight with batteries that was still working.
    • A multimeter

    1. I forgot to add that my most awesome find at a flea market was a 0-140 volt 10 amp Variac which is a variable transformer that allows you to dial the voltage you need for testing. They normally go for hundreds of dollars; but, I found this one for $20.00 from someone selling out an estate. I don’t think they knew what they had or what it was worth; but, I paid their asking price and didn’t even haggle so everyone was happy

    2. We finally sold my Mother in law’s car after a year sitting in the driveway this past week I put the money in her account, and watching it leave makes you sad, since the poor car didn’t deserve to be wrecked the way she did it driving angry…

    3. I really thought after the harsh winter we had ticks and other pesky insects wouldn’t be problem this year, but I was oh so wrong. Since you go to HAM events in my area, I am wondering if you might know Tom Cleoelo? I may have spelled his last name wrong, it has been a few years now since I was newspaper editor and he was EMA director and I typed it a lot. He was really involved in regional HAM activities here, a really good guy. Can you share the link to Grammy prepper’s Facebook group, wish I could have made the recent event, hopefully next time.

      1. Tara,

        I really thought after the harsh winter we had ticks and other pesky insects wouldn’t be problem this year, but I was oh so wrong.

        We had no ticks this year and fewer than normal mosquitoes, since after the wet spring and most of the summer, there were evidently enough dry spells to dry up any breeding pools, and we of course take care of the rest.

        Since you go to HAM events in my area, I am wondering if you might know Tom Cleoelo? I may have spelled his last name wrong, it has been a few years now since I was newspaper editor and he was EMA director and I typed it a lot. He was really involved in regional HAM activities here, a really good guy.

        No. I only go to the Hamfests (ham radio & electronics flea markets) in Athens & Nelsonville, and really only know a few people down there very well, some friends in Athens and my friends Jon Bonnet & his DW in Glouster.

        Can you share the link to Grammyprepper’s Facebook group, wish I could have made the recent event, hopefully next time.

        No problem, since it’s an open group. You will have to “Apply” and answer a few questions; but, they are simple enough. Her’s the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/ohiohomesteaders or youn can just search for Ohio Homesteaders & Gardeners.

  6. 1. Are you a flea market preps shopper? If so, what’s is your most awesome find?
    Because of work, I’m not able to go to rummage sales, auctions, tag sales, and flea markets as much as I would like. My most awesome finds are hand tools and LP fish fryer.

    2. How do you feel about snakes on your property?
    I’m afraid of snakes.

    3. Do you collect (or buy) nuts as a part of your preps? How do you use them?
    I buy nuts when the kids at the local school have a fundraiser. I eat them raw and cook with them.

    4. And…how did you prep this week?
    -I added to the stockpile.
    -Daypacks I ordered were delivered. Ordered another hiking supply.
    -We bought a new-to-us 55 HP tractor with a loader, and we’re looking into more implements.
    -Cleaned out both henhouses.
    -Inspected all bee hives.
    -Cleaned out raised garden beds. Turnips are growing really well.
    -Trail cams are showing a lot of activity in hunting areas.

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

    1. Prepared Grammy,

      I wonder if there is a Facebook county (we think of local in county terms around here) group that has online auctions and/or trading posts. Those have become quite common and usually involve a central meeting place for pickups unless the items are large and heavy. I have found some great deals on them.

  7. OP, our SET is coming in November. By then I hope it really WILL be cold! But I’m loving the warmth! I am on call right now, lady due any time, so can’t go far from the house. But did help with the church Missions Rummage Sale, and the ladies there save the canning jars for me. I also bought the following: a blue spatterware picnic set, including the big percolator(we are going to start camping and practicing field communications on digital and voice), a nearly new OLD metal Scott drop spreader(our plastic one is 12 years old and falling apart from use), some boxes of screws, bolts and other expensive hardware, some hanging baskets, and two big Peace Lily plants in 12 and 18 inch planters. It’s the planters I wanted, so these, I will repot and sell.

    Are you a flea market preps shopper? If so, what’s is your most awesome find?
    Rarely. Hubby is careful about getting used stuff. I would do all our preps from flea markets if I could, but he doesn’t mind in most cases, spending the money for new.

    2. How do you feel about snakes on your property?
    Rat snakes, corn snakes and black racers normally live nearby. I leave them alone unless they are after my eggs, then they die. We did find a nest of Pygmy copperheads when we first moved here. We destroyed them and haven’t seen them since.

    3. Do you collect (or buy) nuts as a part of your preps? How do you use them?
    We dont have the room or the time to collect nuts, but we get some nuts at Christmas. We have walnuts and acorns in the pasture, and the squirrels and horses get them.

    4. And…how did you prep this week? Mentioned above. Oh, btw, Tara, if any of your MAG needs a Midwife, one of my buddies lives near you in Jackson. She’s got 40 years of experience. Marlene Waechter. Great gal!

    1. Babycatcher,

      OP, our SET is coming in November. By then I hope it really WILL be cold! But I’m loving the warmth!

      You would love it here. Right now it’s 87° and we are running the A/C in October!!!! It wasn’t bad since we ran our SET from the ECC (Emergency Communications Center) at the county EMA building. Two HF stations running a combination of phone and audio digital like Olivia. We also had some 2- meter and DMR activity. We’ll do our review and punch list tomorrow evening to make this better the next time around.

      I also bought the following: a blue spatterware picnic set, including the big percolator(we are going to start camping and practicing field communications on digital and voice)

      I love that old enamelware. We had it as kids growing up; but, I have no idea where any of it ended up. BTW, when you mention digital, are you talking audio modulated digital like Olivia, JT65, PSK31, etc. or true digital modes like DMR, DStar, and Fusion? If you’re running DMR, We could perhaps get on the same talk group and have a QSO. This could also be a way for Almost There to talk with you and start using her license.

      ,a nearly new OLD metal Scott drop spreader(our plastic one is 12 years old and falling apart from use),

      I know those tools quite well. O.M. Scotts HQ is located only about 15 miles from here on Scottslawn Road in Marysville, “Where the grass is greener” . My local BIL retired from there after 40 years. Personally we don’t use anything on the lawn, since it grows well enough on its own and needs to be mowed more often than we would like anyway. Also, the weeds, like dandelion and clover are great bee food, so other than moswng, we do nothing to the yard.

  8. Well a tropical storm formed in the gulf this afternoon. We are in the bottom edge of the cone of uncertainty. But it’s only supposed to be a Category 1 hurricane. We are 40 miles inland. We are fully prepped. And our home was built post-Andrew. (After Hurricane Andrew the Florida legislature upped building codes. New constructions has to be able to withstand a Category 3 hurricane.)

    Speaking of Florida, how ’bout them Gators–a win over #5 LSU. I had a great time watching the game with friends.

    I made a big pot of chicken soup this week. My water bath canner doubles as a soup pot. I made 14 four and a half cup containers for the freezer. We now have 30 dinners ready to go–chili, chicken soup, pasta e fagioli and gumbo. We are ready for the “cold” weather. It has been down into the 7os at night. Time to bust out the hoodies.

    Snakes–if they rattle or they are small, black and aggressive they get shot. We can’t leave shoes out on the desk. Water moccasins like to crawl up in work boots for a warm place to sleep. Our property backs up to a creek. I haven’t seen any gators but I’ve seen plenty of snakes. We had a 4 foot rattlesnake sunning itself on the stone wall. My dh ran in and grabbed my shotgun instead of his. Mine is loaded with 00 buck. Have you ever seen what happens when you shoot a snake at close range with 00 buck? Red mist–that’s all that was left.

    1. “Down to the 70s – time to break out the hoodies” — Hahaha, Bam Bam! My sister and her family who live just above Ft Lauderdale would probably agree with you, but it’s mid-60s and muggy in Maine right now and we have the doors open and fans going.

      Flea markets – An electric popcorn maker for $2, a pressure canner for $3, numerous candles and emergency lighting, an XXL flannel-lined raincoat for DH for $4. Haven’t been yard-saling or flea-marketing much this summer because we’re trying to pare down in anticipation of listing the house next spring. Need to actually get rid of some stuff we hardly ever use.

      Snakes – never have seen one around here. We don’t have any poisonous snakes in Maine so they don’t scare me. Wish I could attract some to the property to keep the mouse population down. A side benefit of redoing the front walkways and porch a few weeks back – when the crew lifted the faux brick off the porch, there was a big hole in the supporting concrete. Underneath is a crawl space behind the chimney (good for protection from tornados, which we actually get from time to time here) and we would always get at least one, sometimes three or four, dead mice down there in the winter. Now we know how they were coming in. Hole plugged up now. Hubby has already caught two mice in the garage, but they haven’t made their way into the house.

      Nuts — Not particularly. No nut trees hereabouts. I suppose there are oaks in the forest up the hill but it’s private property. Cocktail peanuts, almonds, cashews and macadamias from the store.

      Preps — Was up to my eyeballs in the WEA/EAS national test this week and still dealing with the fallout (trying to convince the FCC that “by midnight” on test day is not long enough for 8,000+ EAS participants to report their results). I think I’m making some headway. Otherwise, decided I needed a relax weekend so have pretty much been sitting around doing nothing. It’s delightful.

      Very disappointed in the two heirloom tomato plants I bought in Vermont back in the spring. Will have to go out tomorrow and see if I can salvage anything. Water cracks, blossom end rot, you name it. On the plus side, I had a credit with my farm share and they delivered a box this week without my even ordering – stuff I wouldn’t necessarily have ordered (can take or leave kale, frankly) – but I’ll try to make use of it all. Bought some Italian sausage on sale so might try to make some zuppa di toscana and see if we like it.

      Peace.

      1. MaineBrain,

        Was up to my eyeballs in the WEA/EAS national test this week and still dealing with the fallout (trying to convince the FCC that “by midnight” on test day is not long enough for 8,000+ EAS participants to report their results).

        I was a bit disappointed with the test myself. The Initial WEAS was scheduled for 2:18 EDT, with the EAS @ 2:20 EDT, just 2 minutes later.
        At 2:18 my Samsung Galaxy S8+ did the alert; but, the Samsung Convoy flip phone setting next to it did nothing. Two minutes later, on the local CBS affiliate I heard the modem alert tones with a crawler across the top of the screen; but, none of my SAME EAS equipped weather radios did anything. I know quite a few mature adults that only have a flip phone, and if my experience was common, they could well be left out in the cold in a real emergency.

          1. BAm Bam,

            I fail to understand the concept of 60 degrees and high humidity.

            We quite often have muggy cool weather this time of year when the dew point is close to the temperature. What that basically means is that the air is saturated with moisture to the point that it easily condenses, which means, evaporative cooling of the body by perspiration doesn’t happen, and wet and cold is much more horrible than just plain cold.

          2. Billy T,

            It struck me that the ideal time to launch an attack on America would coincide with one of these tests!

            Perhaps; but, they don’t occur all that often, and I think this was the first full blown test, since the introduction and ubiquitous use of cell phones in general & smart phones in specific.
            Some friends and I war gamed this out decades ago when working on scenarios that could be national in scope, and we think the best time would be on December 31 @ midnight EST, on any year, as the ball drops in Times Square. Many first responders are out managing the masses, and many of the masses are at least a bit tipsy. A coordinated attack on power systems to major cities at that moment would cause complete chaos.
            It’s yet another reason to be rural and somewhat self sufficient.

        1. OP, you would not have received the WEA message on a flip phone. WEA is an incomplete solution. The list of companies that opted out of WEA is twice as long as the lists of companies that opted in, in full, or in part, The Big Four (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mo) opted in in part, meaning they would carry alerts in some, but not necessarily all, of their service areas, and good luck trying to find out where they do and don’t. EAS is mandatory for broadcasters and cable systems. WEA is voluntary for the cell companies. Early reports indicate that about 75% of cell phones received the WEA alert.

          1. MaineBrain,
            After discussing the test with my DW and other communications people in my radio club and EMA, it looks like it was the Flip Phone that was the weak link. My Samsung Galaxy smart phone received the alert via AT&T and my DW also received it on her iPhone via Verizon.
            For a full up national balloon goes up, warning those with flip phones would be nice; but, I suspect that is beyond our capability to convince the FCC.

      2. MaineBrain,

        I fail to understand the concept of 60 degrees and high humidity. I live in Florida with 98 percent humidity and 90+ degrees for most of the year. Now I did go salmon fishing with my grandpa in the straits between the U.S. and Canada. Now that was cold–wind chills below freezing. My grandpa would give me apricot brandy if I complained about the cold.

        1. Bam Bam,

          Which straits between the US and Canada? There are several. Not including the Detroit River. It is actually a strait, but not conducive to salmon fishing. Detroit is actually the French word for strait.

          Below freezing wind chill is not cold as Northerners would define it. Below zero temps, plus wind chill would be cold. Not to mention horizontal snow. That’s one reason I live in Florida now. 🙂 I played outdoors with the Air Guard one time on a firing range with the temps about 15-below and the wind chill about 40-below. We were dressed pretty well for the weather, but it was still not fun. I’m surprised our weapons worked.

          Also, drinking alcoholic beverages in cold weather does not actually warm you up. Temporarily it makes you feel warmer from the dilation of blood capillaries, but it is that same dilation of blood vessels that allow you to lose more body heat and succumb from hypothermia faster.

          1. Zulu,

            We went salmon fishing in the Straits of Juan de Fuca. This is between Washington State and Canada. I was very young. Whenever I complained about the cold, my grandpa would give me a swig of apricot brandy. To this day when it gets cold (below 60) I get a bottle of apricot brandy and have a toast to my grandpa.

          2. Zulu,

            I think you are south of me. I am smack dab in Gator country. Georgia goes into Death Valley. We play Vandy.

          3. Bam Bam,

            I know you live in the rough vicinity of Gainesville and I’m just a couple of miles north of Orlando, so yeah, I am well southeast of you.

            That is a nice tradition with the apricot brandy though.

        2. Bam Bam, we can get humidity anytime the temps are above 50. Just the way the east coast weather patterns work. PS, good luck with the hurricane, I hope you can ride it out in good shape. PS, 79 degrees here today, woot! More of the same tomorrow, then a cold snap (highs in the 50s). And this is how I know I’m a pretty good typist – sitting in the almost dark on the patio, watching a gorgeous orange sunset, listening to the crickets, hate to go inside, tapping on the keys of my ipad keyboard case. 🙂

          1. MaineBraine,

            We are prepared. I had my dh go out and fill the last four cans of gasoline. Last time we had a hurricane gas was in short supply. We have enough gasoline to run the generator for three days. That should be more than enough.

    2. Bam – Bam, lol on the red mist – we are very familiar with the effects of 00 buck out here in the country. Water moccasins just flip me out. Now, I don’t want to encounter a gator in the wild, but they are such beautiful creatures, I have always enjoyed watching them. My Bobby used to have a camen. Boot grew to about 5 feet long he said. He was eventually released into a conservation breeding program, so I am sure he was one happy boy!

      1. Tara,

        When I was in graduate school I rented a place right on the water. I got a great deal and I just had to walk across the street to go to work. The apartment complex was right on the water. (Note this place was almost condemned.) I stepped on baby gators on more than one occasion. The snakes scared me more. This was when I was a novice graduate student and didn’t really know any thing (except to look out for mama gator).

      1. Bam Bam & all,
        I was watching the Weather Channel early this morning and Michael looks like it is going to cause a real mess. They are talking storm surge along the coasts to 15 feet, and even higher when it can’t escape some of the bays. They also predicted high winds and potential power outages clear up into Georgia and the Carolinas. They were also showing the mad dash as people cleared off the store shelves of food, batteries, and generators, and telling people to make sure all of their batteries and devices were charged. Do we really need to tell people this stuff?
        I spent some time years ago in Fort Myers with the lodging at the Pink Shell on Fort Myers Beach. It was pretty; but, I can imagine a 10 foot surge coming up that beach and hitting all of those little efficiency cottages right at sea level. I’ll take the occasional Tornado and all that goes with it, any day.

        1. O.P.,

          I have been so busy that I have not done grocery shopping this week. We are out of bread–dh used the last three slices as hotdog buns. If Michael dips a bit south we will be impacted. That’s not a big deal. With my short-term and long-term pantries I can make just about anything. (I can bake loves of bread for years.)

          One of my taekwondo instructors (only 18 and a CNA) has to stay with her people in the nursing home where she works. I am starting to expand my understanding of prepping. It is not just about my family–prepping is about helping those who cannot help themselves.

          1. Bam Ban,

            I am starting to expand my understanding of prepping. It is not just about my family–prepping is about helping those who cannot help themselves.

            That young lady is the purpose of a MAG (Mutual Assistance) which allows both helping and being helped. Call it karma or just being a good human; but, when we all pull together in the same direction instead of every which way, we can make tremendous gains.
            As our founders understood, a single stick can be easily broken; but, when bundled together, they can be nearly indestructible.

      2. Thor,

        Thanks for your concern. I was going to wait to announce this next week–but, I was offered another job. (This brings my job total to six!) Once all the mess clears, I am going to do an analysis to see who offers what. Priority number one will be who offers summer work. It is weird for me to be in a position to turn down work.

        1. Bam Bam,

          Priority number one will be who offers summer work. It is weird for me to be in a position to turn down work.

          Welcome to the Trump economy. The BHO sycophants still try to give him credit; but, most of us who are clear thinking, know the truth.
          I’ve been in that position of multiple job offers twice in my lifetime and it is a good feeling to have that many people needing your skills.
          Good luck and choose wisely weedhopper, LOL.

          1. Thor1,

            I know roughly where she lives. Things are probably wet, but unless they had a tornado, I would guess Bam Bam and Hubby are OK.

    3. Sending prayers your way. Storm has turned into monster. Trying to keep tabs on all the relations in the general vicinity of landfall as well as the four legged critters closer to you.

  9. Planted garlic today and started the fall cleaning of beds. Still have tomatoes, peppers, green beans beets, Swiss chard and kale. Some fall lettuce is up but I don’t know how it will do. Weather is kind of funky around here and we might have a freeze this week. My focus will soon switch from gardening to quilting.

    1. Moe,

      I recently planted garlic as well. Have you tried growing lettuce inside? I am going to this year, my homesteading pal Sarah who lives nearby has great luck with indoor window planter lettuce and onions.

      1. Tara,
        I have not tried growing much inside. I have some cold hardy greens growing outside in a sheltered area. We will see how long things last this winter.

  10. Hi Gang,

    Weather here in middle TN is HOT. Crazy for this time of year. Will be glad when Fall finally arrives and stays.

    Worked on the garage this weekend, and will work on it again tomorrow since I’m off from work. Trying to get things organized in there so I can bring more stuff from inside the house, out… It’s hard to do when you work full time, and have 3 hours of driving to and from work everyday… And it’s been too hot… Had to get it done this weekend, so had to grin and bear it… I also worked on the yard, clearing out leaves and dumping out water that got trapped in some empty cat litter buckets. Bought some pumpkins for the front porch and hung my Fall wreath since my yard guy cut the bushes back and made it look really good. Makes me feel good too.

    Getting 2 new tires on the car this week, getting ready for winter. That took a chunk of my prep money.

    Looking forward to next weekend for the Homesteading Expo in Hohenwald. Will be meeting up with a few friends.

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. Are you a flea market preps shopper? I so, what’s is your most awesome find? When I get to go. It’s been a few years, so don’t remember…
    2. How do you feel about snakes on your property? I don’t mind snakes, and actually have one in the garage. A rat snake… So, I’m not sure how all that will turn out. Maybe it will just slither away.
    3. Do you collect (or buy) nuts as a part of your preps? How do you use the? I do buy pecans and cashews. I store them in the freezer until I use them.
    4. And…how did you prep this week? See above.

    Thanking the Lord that Kavanaugh is finally in. This was a fight for America. Urging everyone to vote Republican to keep the momentum we have started going. The Demoncrats have taken themselves to a whole new low. Really shameful what they have done. Off soapbox.

    Prayers for the President, for unspoken requests, for healing. Have a great week everyone.

    1. Almost There,

      Amen for Kavanaugh. I read some media article about his being confirmed and sworn in just in time to sit on a couple of gun cases. What ignorant asses.

      I read the SCOTUS website all of the time (old habit from my police days). I looked at the site and they post the cases and questions being presented to the court. Yes, both have guns involved, but that is the extent of it. They are criminal appeals about how some dirtballs were convicted and sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act. Technical appeals on the definition of their underlying convictions of “burglary.” They have nothing whatever to do with gun rights, but the article implies that they do. More Fake News.

      1. I wonder if all the controversy surrounding Kavanaugh was a smoke screen. With this appointment Republicans have control of the Court for the rest of our lives. The only way liberals can win would be to caste doubt on the legitimacy of Kavanaugh’s appointment. To caste doubt on this appointment would be to question the entire political process. The normal process is: (1) president is elected, (2) president names Court pick, (2) Senate confirms or throws out President’s pick.

        My concern is that popular media could disrupt the democratic process–“We don’t think the Court represents America. Therefore we take power into out own hands and subvert the free process. This would lead to the tyranny of the masses.

        It is my experience that young liberals are entirely ignorant of the Constitution. They simply lack an understanding of how our founding fathers broke up power by breaking up the branches of government.

        If you “do away” with the Supreme Court, you do away with the nation”s fundamental protective mechanism. Popularity cannot be the test mark of justice–if it were, we would sill have slavery and segregation..

        1. Bam Bam,

          I wonder if all the controversy surrounding Kavanaugh was a smoke screen. With this appointment Republicans have control of the Court for the rest of our lives. The only way liberals can win would be to caste doubt on the legitimacy of Kavanaugh’s appointment. To caste doubt on this appointment would be to question the entire political process.

          IMHO it’s not a republican thing; but, an originalist thing, where everyone obeys the laws passed by congress and signed by the president. The left knows that their proposed laws are unpopular and since they cannot get them passed, they have relied on the courts to “legislate from the bench” by having partisan judges. They know that the snowball started by BHO to be continued by HRC has stopped rolling and is fast melting, and they are scrambling to save what they thought would be their final Coup de Gras on the constitution. Did I hear someone murmur “Curses, Foiled again!!!!” (or was that only Snidely Whiplash), LOL.
          They are not yet finished however, since there is now talk of packing the court if they take back the congress, so we must not let that happen. Back in 1937, FDR tried to pack the court by changing the lifetime appointment of associate justices and force them to retire @ age 70. Congress saw this blatant attempt to pack the court; but, they may try it again, perhaps by adding more justices and appointing ones with partisan leanings to their side.

          It is my experience that young liberals are entirely ignorant of the Constitution. They simply lack an understanding of how our founding fathers broke up power by breaking up the branches of government.

          young liberals? I think it’s most of them, since the old liberals are just as ignorant or possibly just evil & hypocritical. Calling them ignorant would be a complement compared to what I think is their true description with Feinstein and Schumer as prime examples.

  11. I don’t go to flea markets frequently, but since we have a house in a retirement community (AKA known as God’s waiting room), I do go to estate sales and occasionally pop by Goodwill. I have acquired many items, including tools, a great leather jacket, winter boots, wool blankets, food grinder – too many things to list.

    I have killed many poisonous snakes – mostly rattlesnakes in Texas, copper heads and water moccasins where I grew up in Alabama. I never kill a harmless snake.

    I am planting a pecan tree this year. We have walnut trees on our property.

    Bit the bullet and got a case of assorted Yoder’s canned meats. We had to go down for medical tests. That’s about it.

    1. Billy T,
      God’s waiting room?
      I always thought those were nursing homes and I’ve made the DW swer to let me expired before putting me onto one of those depressing places.
      Unfortunately our local Goodwill is a bit of a joke; but, we do go there occasionally and once in a blue moon we’ll find something useful, generally at a good price.

      1. OP, I think you were in the Phoenix area for a while. Our house is in Sun City. Minimum age 55. Our other name for it is “Geezer Gulch”! Actually, it is a very nice community, but we go for night time walks any time after 7PM – IN THE STREET! Lots of good aspects, including the fact it is very safe. Many of our neighbors are gun carriers.

        1. Billy T,
          I’ve never lived in the Phoenix Area; but, back in 1984 I cofounded a company with a fellow engineer. By 1995 he had bought out my share and in 1995 he and his family moved to Fountain Hills. The company “Technologic Systems” is still located in Fountain Hills; but, Bob and his wife now live in Scottsdale. I have been out there several times both to visit and to perform some additional engineering work. We spent some time up in Sedona and although it’s a beautiful place for scenery, the place is much too hot for my tastes. Most of the little towns and villages around here (populations from around 2000-20,000 are safe enough to walk around any time; but, you do need a variety of outdoor gear for your strolls. The closest of these little places is about 6 miles, so our walks are generally on the property, with the same variety of gear stipulations. Just about everyone I know carries, generally concealed in town, or open when on the property. We do have open carry; but, there are some restrictions without the CHL (Concealed Handgun License), which is rather easy to get and removes most of those restrictions. There have been some attempts to convert Ohio to a Constitutional Carry state like AZ; but, they have all pretty much hit dead ends.

  12. Hi All,
    We have continud to slog away at big projects…preping of gardening plot, prep for building necessary structures., helping on home place with various tasks, with expected muscle results.
    I have article almost ready.
    Internet is spotty , with frequent outages, since we had a thunderstorm last week, must have affected a circuit in tower or on roof. evening and night interruptions . Tech team is supposed to be working on it.. will call and report outages as occurred over the weekend.
    We have addressed medical issues perisistently this last couple of weeks medications to help one issue produce symptoms in another system..UUUGGGH..
    Canned more meats from freezer and labeled, packed.
    Received a gift of some pears, yesterday .. on schedule for pear butter.. prepared more dried grasses for hay for winter.. for chickens/ packed in containers.
    .. fertlized late veggies ,picked first cucumbers from second batch of cucumbers and beans in pots are blooming.. will protect from first frost due within next two weeks.
    ..Louisiana Velvet okra,2 plants survived the ants intruding into the planting bed….it got huge this year, good output have several pods saving for seed..DH must have a ladder to pick.. need to get a picture…must be 12 ft tall and biggest plant is 2 inches acrosss the stalk.
    Tomatoes have produced a few for table use, most of summer… stopped blooming for a bit in summer, but with a good shower or two they began.
    Waiting until last minute to dig sweetpotatoes…
    Flea Markets, have not hit any up in last few years.. too much driving to get out and walk too far. Used to work them frequently. Have a local consignment shops, + another junk store, … we watch these for needed items,…tools have been best buys. a tile saw, handtools, an air compressor were purchased over past year.
    Snakes, best stay out of chicken coop if they wish to live. We have 4 varieties of poisonous snakes here.. timber rattler, pigmy rattler, copperhead and cottonmouth. they have shown themselves territorial, in past have had them block passage of 16 ft roadbed, and be aggressive toward animals. those do not survive.
    Nuts, buy only a few for fall speciality breads…don’t have any nut trees here, except someOak/ small acorns… deer get those..

  13. Hi all! I’ve finally gone back to work, and boy what a hot mess I walked into! I’m kind of scared at how well the managers are treating me…Finances being what they are with my time off work, DH was surprised that I shopped today and came in under $100 (as thing got depleted while I was off). Not much prep wise, but enough to get us through a couple weeks. Making a list and keeping to it makes a big difference. If DH did the shopping, things would be WAY different!

    Tara–I am a freeze baby too! I personally find it easier to cool down than to warm up, no matter how many layers you pile on! I wonder what you and everyone else thinks about the disparate forecasts between the Farmers Almanac and the New Farmers Almanac? Doesn’t an abundance of nuts forecast a tough winter? And while we haven’t dealt with ticks so much, I agree the fleas have been really bad the past couple of years, as we have had milder winters.We ended up investing in a sorento collar for the beagle, it got so bad. And I hate using chemicals on our people and fur persons.

    I am not much of a flea market person, but do frequent the thrift stores. What I have found is that when you are looking for a specific item, wait a bit and you will find it. I wanted a Corningware percolater. Absolutely nothing for the longest time….then BOOM…found 3 of them within a matter of weeks, and gifted one to my SIL…

    Snakes…them and spiders are on my ick list, but appreciate their worth…I am okay with little garter snakes…but there was this one time, we had a permanent campsite, and I went to grab some wood off the wood pile, lifted the tarp and there was this HUGE BRIGHT BLUE snake sitting there…IDK what the hell it was…I screamed and DH came running from the opposite side of the camper but it was long gone…IDK who scared who more…But DH also never questioned what I saw, since he’d camped there since he was a kid…

    Nuts…well, depending on your take on that, it could be its own topic, LOL! With my dental issues, nuts aren’ t a great option or me right now. I would like to have nut trees on our property tho, once we find it.

    The late snap peas planted aren’t doing so well, I think they need a jolt of fertiliizer. Maters are still there, but just about done. Think I will take a bag of them to work to share. I’ve done my best to pick up the fallen ones, but think I will have more than enough volunteers next year.

    As an aside…if you have to access the medical system, please be sure to ask for a DETAILED, ITEMIZED bill in order to be able to fight/derease your charges. My insurance dropped my cost so far from almost 30K to 5K And I am GRATEFUL for that…But I will be asking for and looking over itemized bills. I am not about to pay for a pill I didn’t take. As I told a friend, I was totally aware of everything that happened except while I was in surgery. I’m a nurse. Aside from the surgery (and don’t think I won’t scrutinize that too), as I said, I remember everyything. Do not hesitate to demand detailed bills for any medical care. Even from the doctor you’ve relied on for years. Don’t hesitate to use the medical system as it is. The pain I had, my age, it could have been my heart, it could have been (and turned out to be) my gall bladder, or it could have just been gas. As a nurse and one who chooses to use the medical model as little as possible, you have to realize that there are times when it is needed. Don’t fear it. Use it when you need to (like I did, and in any emergency situations…thats what they do best). But know that when the bills come rolling in, you don’t have to just roll over and pay them. Each hospital also has a ‘charity’ allotment. Look into that.

    I do have a prayer request, for those members so inclined. Positive thoughts from those not religious would aslo be appreciatd. Dylan Martin, a young man who is a race car driver, was involved in a non racing related accident. He was on his way to an event for his charityl It was touch and go, but things are looking up. He has a long road ahead of him, recovery will be long and hard. I am posting daily updates on my FB page. This is not prep related. But he needs all the prayers he can get. Thank you.

  14. Its been a few weeks since I posted so this is a little longer than normal. I received a new tactical backpack to use as a get home bag which I need to finish packing. Been picking up jar lids and butane almost every ttime I get to Wal-Mart so getting a nice supply of both. Picked up $83 of groceries today for $58 using grocery store rewards – this includes $53 worth of beef for canning. Traded with my cousin for some work. He got some good quality pans, baking dish and groceries and I got some light bulbs changed, the floor under the propane stove cleaned, some brush cut. He was happy and so was I. Then I had to call his dad because we discovered the hose from the inside propane shutoff to the stove had sprung a leak. All fixed now. The hose was 15 years old so I guess that’s not too bad. I had had a mouse a few months ago and was afraid he had a nest under the stove because I could smell something whenever I turned the oven on which wasn’t often and then became never. There was no nest but he had spent time under the stove and in the broiler tray so the broiler tray is next to be thoroughly cleaned (not part of the stove I ever use).
    Next up will be installing the new exterior breezeway door and getting the furnace fixed. Hopefully the furnace is another cheap fix as I think it is an element.
    1. Thrift stores in my area often think their goods are new and made of gold so great deals are hard to find.
    2. My part of Oregon is generally considered too cold and wet for poisonous snakes and the others are generally safe unless they get in the way of the mower.
    3. I like peanuts and walnuts but store only the peanuts on a regular basis as I don’t like nuts mixed into my food.
    4. See above. I also agreed to help teach our next CERT class. Hopefully we get a good class.

    1. JP,

      Just to let all of you whiners know, we got our 1st snow this morning. It’s not sticking, but it’s here.

      Whiners?
      I’m actually one of those who like the colder weather. For one, it’s less expensive to stay warm than to stay cool, since wood here is free for the cutting and propane is relatively inexpensive. I also have adequate cold winter gear and can add layers for the cold, where you cannot do anything that easy with the heat.

      1. I AM one of those whiners, LOL! I find it much easier to cool down than warm up. I like spring and fall, LOVE summer, detest winter. I joke often that when I moved from CLE to central OH I didn’t move far enough south!

        1. Grammy..

          I have found that I can only take off so many clothes before people start to complain. Easier to put on more clothes.

          I also have issues with extreme cold, but I usually am in short sleeves until it’s under 40F.

          1. JP,

            I also have issues with extreme cold, but I usually am in short sleeves until it’s under 40F.

            I used to be like that; but, that was 10 years and 85 pounds ago. Now I’m generally good into the 60’s; but, I have lots of wool and fleece layers I can add on without getting too bulky.

          2. LMBO, JP! You sound just like my DH! He hesitates to take his shirt off because of a comment by one of his kids 30 some years ago… I’m no model, but I rock my daisy dukes and tank tops, and don’t give a crap what other ppl may think…(and while I don’t, i could probably wear yoga pants in public without a gasp from everyone else) /Seriously, once I get cold, I find it very difficult to warm up. I have always been that way. I used to snow ski and ice skate as a kid…Winter has now become my enemy. I am sure poor circulation has a part to play in that, as well as my weight. I’m a little person (I don’t own a scale, and was blown away at my weight at my recent hospitalization). I think the shorter days affect me just as much if not more than the cold.

        2. Grammyprepper,

          I joke often that when I moved from CLE to central OH I didn’t move far enough south!

          Perhaps not; but, at least where you and I live we don’t get all of that lake effect snow that can really cause extra work.

          1. It’s so funny you mention that TOP, when I first moved down here, i was told that the area basically shut down if there was an inch of snow, and I laughed. But it was true! But in the dozen or so years I’ve been down here, I have also seen the amount of snowfall increase, as well as the response of ODOT and local communities. But ppl STILL don’t know how to drive in the snow, LOL!

          2. Grammyprepper,

            It’s so funny you mention that TOP, when I first moved down here, i was told that the area basically shut down if there was an inch of snow, and I laughed. But it was true!

            We don’t see that out here in the countryside; but, I remember as a kid visiting my grandfather in Selbyville Delaware over Christmas, and when they got a light dusting of snow, they shut down everything. I was perhaps 9 or 10 and didn’t understand it even at that age.

            But in the dozen or so years I’ve been down here, I have also seen the amount of snowfall increase, as well as the response of ODOT and local communities.

            You have my address and the road I live on is a major north south truck route. In the summer the truck traffic can be a bit noisy, since the little berg a ¼ mile up the road from us has a 45 MPH speed limit, and the trucks use their Jake Brakes to slow down. OTOH, it means they don’t go speeding past the place, and ODOT hits the roads hard, often before the snow starts to fall.

            But ppl STILL don’t know how to drive in the snow, LOL!

            I hear you, and it isn’t always just the snow. When I move to Ohio nearly 50 years ago, I thought that turn signals were optional in this state.

          3. LMBO TOP, so does that mean you are ‘one of them’? Or were while you were still driving? (Meaning you found them optional)

          4. Grammyprepper,

            so does that mean you are ‘one of them’? Or were while you were still driving? (Meaning you found them optional)

            Absolutely not!!! I grew up in western PA and everyone knew that you could be flawless on your driving test and simply forget to use that turn signal once, and you failed. I always used them and think of them as a protective device like your seat belts. If I let the other driver know my intentions, they are less likely to guess wrong and do something that would have us meet with a crash and bent metal.

    2. I must admit I am no fan of cold weather. Having said that, I have ample clothes to keep me warm way below zero. Also, it isn’t nearly as cold when I am hunting, regardless of the temperature!! We were at the BOL the last few days. It was below freezing. Winter is nigh.

      1. Billy T,

        I must admit I am no fan of cold weather. Having said that, I have ample clothes to keep me warm way below zero. Also, it isn’t nearly as cold when I am hunting, regardless of the temperature!!

        Same here on the clothing and Amen!! On the hunting, LOL

        We were at the BOL the last few days. It was below freezing. Winter is nigh.

        It seems to me that I can accept winter or move where they have no real winter; but, then I have to tolerate hurricanes or wildfires. I think winter wins this one.

    1. Secondrecon,

      Oh yeah, I know how lucky we were.

      #1 daughter sent me a copy of a message from Tyndall AFB near Panama City, FL. The base got absolutely bullseyed and the place is a real mess. Lots of damage. All aircraft and most personnel evacuated in time. No known injuries on the base to the team left behind. Tyndall is the main base for F-22A Raptor pilot training.

      My old Air Guard base in Michigan is loaded with evacuated aircraft. They had to activate some additional Guardsmen for aircraft handling and security.

      1. Z36, speaking of fighter planes, did you hear that the F35 might have IC chips made in China ?

        One just crashed in South Carolina after Trump said he wanted all Chinese IC chips removed from military hardware. Amazing !!!

        This might be what happened to our destroyers that went dead in the water.

        On another note, the stock market may crash due to the Fed/Democrat/deep state….. Then a triggered false flag terrorist attack…..

          1. Thor1,

            First I’ve heard of it. Well, if it does, I guess I’ll just have to read more books. 🙂

          2. Zulu 3-6,

            Certainly makes one think, doesn’t it?

            Keep in mind that many chips are made in China and other places, and all of them, especially those used by military vendors are tested thoroughly before use, and then the subassemblies are tested again. I’ve been involved in testing of units that were cycled for 24 or more hours in an environmental chamber that operated from -40° to 120° F (-40 ° to 50 ° C) and put through a battery of tests during that time. We also varied the power to the units and made sure the testing found what we expected.
            Complex integrated circuits are all tested by computer and finding a problem gets the IC flagged and removed.

          3. Thor1,
            What do you mean you heard?
            Can you cite a credible source?
            Also keep in mind that the internet is a complex system of independent interconnected nodes, designed by DARPA from the beginning to be largely fault tolerant. The internet going down Is one of those things I’ve heard for the nearly 40 years I’ve been using it, and that rumor has credibility on par with Y2K.

    1. Thor1,
      Once again someone who doesn’t know how this entire system works, linking to articles written by people who don’t know how this stuff works. My active firewall keeps copies of the DNS for the sites I go to, and as long as I stick to those, I rarely use any external DNS. It’s the equivalent of looking up a number and then writing it down, so you don’t look it up every time.
      The second article mentions countries whose governments shut down their internet capability; but, that is not what is happening with the ICANN cryptographic key updates. For up to 48 hours some people may see glitches and have connectivity problems; but, I don’t think they will affect me.
      As for ATM facilities not working, there may be some instances of that; but, as a prepper you should have more than enough cash on hand to ride out 48 hours; but, if those ATM’s don’t work, then a lot of the gas pumps that accept credit and debit cards will also stop working, since most of those use DSL internet connections to validate transactions.
      In short, like Y2K, this is mush squalling about nothing, and since I did without the internet for the first 30 years or so of my life (until about 1984), I think I will be fine, and most of my communications need will continue.

      1. TOP

        “Chess makes men wiser and clear-sighted.” – Vladimir Putin

        Russian collusion…. LOL

        I am jet trying to help you see…….

    1. The author of the article only vaguely understands the operation of the Internet and the DNS servers. When ICANN shuts down for temporary maintenance, it if the equivalent of the local telephone company not having their operators available to answer the 411 calls and give you the numbers you want. If however you already have those numbers, you can continue to dial without a problem. Additionally, all of the local ISP’s maintain local copies of the DNS and can easily resolve name to IP requests. To get to this sit you could also build the proper header using its direct IP address of 104.31.87.187 and skip the DNS, just like having someone’s phone number in your address book. This kind of maintenance goes on regularly, and the only thing that will have problems, are new web sites going online during the maintenance period, since their DNS information will not be spread to local DNS servers for a few additional days.
      Once again, there is no conspiracy and no shutdown.

        1. Thor1,
          Reporting by propaganda outlet “Russia Today”, Really?
          Even they however got it right, when they stated the following:

          “To further clarify, some internet users MIGHT be affected if their network operators or Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have not prepared for this change. However, this impact can be avoided by enabling the appropriate system security extensions,”

          In my case my firewall maintains copies of access information to the sites I visit regularly, so I maintain my own DNS (phone directory), and most browsers also hold onto that information in their cache to speed access and not do the lookup.
          You seem to think that since your local traffic lights are not working, that the entire freeway is unusable; but, that is simply not the case.
          Your second link is a video in a language I do not speak, so use of that for proof falls I suspect on deaf ears for most of us.
          In short, there may be some congestion and lags in accessing some sites; but, this is a far cry from saying that the internet is going down, yet another subject you seem to enjoy, assertions of conspiracy with no proof.

          1. TOP, so then quit…..LOL

            synonyms: give up, stop, cease, discontinue, drop, break off, abandon, abstain from, desist from, refrain from, avoid, forgo
            “quit living in the past”

            Webster…..LOL

          2. Thor1,

            “Nobody ever won a chess game by resigning.”

            I have better and more important things to do with my time, so I’ll take the advice from Samuel Langhorne Clemmons who stated: “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience”
            And BTW, in the really important things in life, that do not include chess, I’m already a winner. Good day.

          3. TOP, just like the left when they can’t win they resort to name calling and false accusations.

            “Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate.” – Sun Tzu

            Again , I accept your surrender……LOL

          4. Thor 1,

            Again , I accept your surrender……LOL

            No surrender here, just leaving the field to deal with more important adversaries, like my 2017 income taxes, and a stack of firewood.

  15. Saudi cut diplomatic ties with Turkey and gave Turkey citizens 14 days to exit Saudi for security reasons. Hmmm

    Gas prices are going to increase.

    1. It’s getting ugly Thor1. But no mention of all this on MSM, or even other places normally folks get their news.

      Gas here has already increased. I think it was 7 cents in the last week. Have heard it was either close to or over $4.00 in CA.

    1. Thor1.

      Yep. A Cat 4, almost 5, can really tear stuff up. I was at Tyndall for a two-week annual training back in the late 80s. Nice base. The mainside of the base is literally on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The operational side, with hangars, runways, etc, are across a highway and not directly on the coast, but plenty close enough.

      Even without any F-22s being destroyed, there is a lot of very expensive electronics stuff there used to control drones for air combat training, plus facilities to electronically keep track of all the air combat over a range in the Gulf or over Eglin AFB. None of the drones could probably be flown out due to radio range limits. They are meant to be shot down after all.

      I’ll bet doing a FOD walk on the runway and some taxiways had to be a pain in the butt so they could get some C-17s in with structural engineers, equipment, and additional troops. I did a lot of FOD walks in Vietnam when our base got rocketed and mortared, especially when runways and taxiways got hit, but we probably had more people available. Everybody was out FOD walking, including officers. Can’t run those giant vacuum cleaners they call jets over debris. The engine turbine blades don’t like it.

      1. Z36, I agree, the FOD walk would have been crazy with all that debris everywhere. At least C17’s have high wings, not like B737’s……AKA mechanic eaters.

        The compressor blades are what gets damaged first, they come off and then take out the turbines. I’ve seen them look like they got hit with a 50cal after slinging a blade.

        I knew a guy that was in Nam working on the tail of an F4 and he wound up in a toolbox with his butt getting about a 100+ stitches after a rocket or mortar attack.

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