What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 16 – Oct 7th – 13th 2018

Hello, Pack. I hope everyone has had a productive and safe week of prepping. We have had a rare week around our survival homesteading retreat – nothing broke!

The amphibious vehicle engine rebuild is still a work in progress, but all of the SUVs, trucks, ATVs, tractors, and machinery are all in full working order. Yes, I did just knock on some wood.



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All in all, it has been a pretty quiet yet productive week. The wood shed is now completely full and more logs are stacked beside and behind it to split if needed. We actually started the first fire of the year this morning.

I season my cast iron on top of the wood stove during the cold weather months. Against Bobby’s wishes, I also put wax melts in a little cast iron skillet on the stove top. I have been doing this for years now and not once has it actually proven to be a fire concern or get spilled.

The propane delivery guy came yesterday and got out 500 gallon tank filled for the winter. He is going to run a line over to Bobby’s new garage by the woodshed in the spring so we don’t have to get a second tank. His office will be on the second story of the garage and a reloading shed unattached but adjacent.

The delivery guy was really cool. They don’t like to make deliveries until the tanks are at least 20 percent empty, but laughed when we called and said our hill being our hill, they are more than happy to come out now before we all call the “fall rainy season” and snow arrives.

We struck up a conversation about smoking meat for some reason, not really sure why. He is an avid smoker and told me for the best pork butt and pork loins ever – and I mean tug on the butt roast bone and it comes right out, put it directly on the rack, fat side up, and slather it with regular mustard and your favorite rub -that’s it.

He said he smokes an eight or so pound butt roast at 270 degrees for about eight hours. I was surprised at the high temperature, Bobby thinks I get the smoker too hot at 250, but the gas guy said he smokes at this temperature for almost everything. Looking forward to trying out his directions on Sunday.

We have a family baby shower this weekend our oldest grandson Crosley turns nine on the 16th and Ariyah, our youngest granddaughter, turns one on the 19th, so it is going to be a lot of family fun in the coming days.

I painted wood peg dolls for Ariyah that turned out really cute. I love making wood and cloth old fashioned toys for all kinds of kiddos. I lucked into an affordably priced Waldorf style machine embroidery design this week, and am looking forward to trying it out tonight.

A few years ago I would have laughed about being excited about spending a Saturday night nestled at my embroidery machine, but with an adult beverage in hand and Bobby being patient about the machine noise sacked out in his chair, that is exactly what I will be doing.

The only other prepping we did this week was additional nut gathering, preserving some water dipper gourds, working on our road and ordering another load of gravel, made a door from scrap and turned an open and unused exterior barn stall in an equipment shed.

invasion of the hay loft

pygmy goat and two baby goats

baby goats on feed tub

Our baby goats are now entirely weaned and full of energy. I now have chickens that do not know they can fly. It is the weirdest thing.

I have never raised Buckeye chickens before, so maybe they are late bloomers? They are dang near laying age now, so they really should fly about and enjoy all of the perches and swing in the large beginner outdoor run. Even during free range training they do not fly.

Bam Bam, thank you so much for emailing me the farmhouse table plans, I absolutely love them and it exactly what I had in mind.

This Week’s Questions

1. Are you all prepped for winter?
2. If the grid fails in January would you survive and how?
3. What is your funniest, weirdest, or most precious experience with raising young livestock?

How did y’all 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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101 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 16 – Oct 7th – 13th 2018

  1. last week we pulled the last harvest of honey off of the hives, now to get it all sold. pretty decent year. i think i finished with 6 full hives and 3 swarms, we caught, treated them for mites, still need to put on the winter covers after it gets colder.
    anoter group posted a question, for reflection/ what event would really knock you way back in preparedness?

    well my feed grinder broke and i am borrowing a neighbors. then i had a combine fire , now i am shopping for a good solid older machine. hopefully, i can go check out a 6620 today. learning the insurance game is eye opening. insured for value at fire versus cost of replacement. something is to be said, for having neighbors, you can ask for help and being held in good respect. we know someone in K.Y. . if something happens. they would just sit back and watch you fail. [have a good repoor with your neighborhood]

    it’s been rough not being able to do field work and watch the grain elevators fill up. my local has a full of soybeans sign up, call before you come. pray these tarriffs go away soon. so they can make space for incoming crops.we have bills to pay also.

    i swapped out running gear on a wagon and rebuilt it, to make it through another year.

    sanding some drywall for my wifes pantry, were redoing.

    1. BLACK,
      Once you finish that pantry, maybe we can get a wire up and at least get you listening to the ham bands. I talked with Joe L and he just winterized his hives. He installed the bottom board upside down and decided to try and fix it with no smoke. He got his first swarm attack; but, most of the stings didn’t make it through the jeans. He says he’ll always use smoke now, LOL.\Again, let me know if I can be of any assistance.

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

    Just not much going on with my prepping beyond adding to my grocery stash. I did order six more Mountain Home freeze dried pouches. I am considering buying some fractional silver rounds.

    I’ve been talking with my ex-wife about her prepping. She has believed in prepping to a limited extent for hurricanes and power outages. Now she is extremely concerned about the potential of a civil war. While she was born in Cuba, it was just after the Castro revolution (actually a civil war). Before he died, her father was telling her about the fighting going on in their home town and how the family had to hide because they were business owners. She has photos of her town after the fighting and it looks a lot like Beirut. Moreover, her father said that he was very concerned about the political situation in the US. There are a lot of similarities between what is going on now here and what went on in Cuba before the shooting started. He considers Democrats to be very much like Castroists and Republicans are not doing much to politically or legally stymie them early. Aldo was very much an anti-communist and so is my ex.

    She has a natural gas whole house generator and an NG stove, battery powered lanterns and some oil-fired lanterns. But I have been advising her to expand her pantry and to obtain a backup stove, camping style.
    She also needs to get herself a long-gun. I suggested an AR-15 as she can handle that well and used M-16s when she was in the service. Hates shotguns though. She lives in a semi-rural area and there is open ground between her house and the neighbors. Actually, it was the house I lived in until I moved to where I’m am now. I’m writing up a list of stuff she should get.

    One chat we had the other day, she mentioned that she was surrounded by illegals, millennials, and old, retired people, and didn’t know who might be more dangerous to her. I told her absolutely the illegals should be #1 on her list. At least she would be able to hablar en español and try to warn them off if possible, whereas I would probably have to put one between their lookers early on in the non-conversation if “vete ya” (go away now) didn’t do the trick.

    Granddaughter is turning two-years old this week. She is now well trained to make the number two with her fingers. She spent this weekend out in Melbourne, FL with her daddy while mommy was doing her monthly thing as an Air Force Reservist. Baby got to see her mommy every evening. Daddy takes baby to the beach and she has lost her fear of the ocean. Daddy has to keep a close eye on her as she will head for the deeper water. She may be pretty well trained in pool swimming now, but ocean swimming is another matter.

    Granddaughter often comes with me to the chiropractor. Last week she was lounging in her stroller while we waited in the treatment room. The doctor came in and granddaughter sat up and said, “Back hurt!” That floored both the doctor and me. She just smiled and sat back down. Funny girl.

    Tara’s Questions:

    1. Prepped for winter: As much as necessary for Central Florida.

    2. Grid fail in January: It can get chilly during winter in Central Florida at times. Rarely does that mean freezing temps. If it gets into the low 50’s, around here people will be wearing heavy parkas, hoods, and gloves. I am not kidding. But, assuming a grid fail during a chilly time, I’m good. I have plenty of fleece blankets, bedspreads, etc, for warm sleeping. I do have a warm jacket, watch caps, and gloves. Also, a couple of hoodies. I also have a couple of sets of long johns just in case stuff gets really ridiculous as it has in the past (i.e. 15-degrees at night). I also have my backup propane camping stove and a rocket stove to take care of cooking needs. A mid-winter grid down is taken care of mostly by hurricane preps plus blankets and jackets.

    3. Livestock adventures: Don’t have any of those.

    1. Zulu 3-6,
      While I do concur with the rabid people on the left, the comparison to Cuba is I think a bit of a stretch. Cuba with a land mass of about 42,426 square miles is 83 times smaller than the mainland US @ 3,531,905 square miles with the population density of 270 people per square miles vs. approximately 1 per square mile in the US. I think here the other difference is that many of us are armed and trained, and while the other side might purchase arms, I suspect most are not trained and many don’t even know which end of the tube the round exits. This could however get a bit sticky for those living in the cities.
      I also heard the following:

      THE US Air Force’s Tyndall Air Base in Florida has taken a direct hit. Many of its ultra-advanced F-22 Raptor stealth fighters have been caught on the ground. Exactly how many of the $475 million aircraft were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Michael has not yet been revealed.

      Hope you and yours are well, and my DW loved the photo of your GD.

      1. TOP,

        True, it is hard to make a direct comparison between Cuba and the US, however, I think we need to look more at attitudes and motivation. The rabid people here are evidently willing to start widespread violence regardless of their state of training or supply. Fine by me if the great unwashed is also the great unarmed, if it has to happen. I don’t like fair fights. Fair fights indicate a lack of planning. A lack of planning indicates a lack of experience. Also, professional soldiers discuss logistics, amateurs discuss tactics.

        In Cuba, it was much the other way around with the rebels having better and more arms and more experience (they were mostly country folk who did hunting with guns, whereas the city slickers did not). The Cuban military also tended to lean toward the rebels as many soldiers were draftees from the rebel controlled areas and discipline in the Army was poor and draconian. When soldiers deserted, they took their arms with them.

        In Cuba then, there was a very great income disparity. We don’t have anywhere near the disparity the Cubans had in the late 1950s. Whatever our leftist nutcases say, that disparity just does not exist here right now. Poor people in Cuba were dirt poor. Think Monty Python and the Holy Grail poor, grubbing in soil like Dennis and his woman . Our poor people are rich by comparison.

        Here, now, in the US the same circumstances don’t exist. The leftist idiots, for the most part, come from reasonably well-to-do backgrounds and have been propagandized into thinking how unfair life is that everyone doesn’t have equal incomes and lives. They also don’t realize what will happen if they win as they don’t study history, such as the Russian Revolution in 1917. They think they will be part of the government in charge. Groups like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, NAACP, BLM, ANTIFA, feminist groups, and others will cease to exist and most members sent to the Gulag or just liquidated. They are anti-government groups and cannot be allowed to continue to exist as they might change their allegiances away from the socialist/communist government when the light bulb finally comes on how they had been bamboozled. Better to get rid of them early.

        I don’t think the US military, en masse, will support any leftist attempt to take over the US. No military people I know would. The majority believe in their oath of enlistment to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

        1. I do not expect having to fight the military either. I expect more and more terrorist type atacksvfrom the left and right fringe leading to gun confiscation. All heck will break out then. I do not foresee a civil war like the last time. I do believe we are in the midst of a communist takeover

        2. Zulu 3-6,
          That was an excellent summary.

          I don’t like fair fights. Fair fights indicate a lack of planning. A lack of planning indicates a lack of experience. Also, professional soldiers discuss logistics, amateurs discuss tactics.

          True that!!!! If you have me surrounded and are out in the cold with no beans or bullets, and no way to get them, while I have plenty of each, you lose. It’s as simple as that.

          In Cuba, it was much the other way around with the rebels having better and more arms and more experience (they were mostly country folk who did hunting with guns, whereas the city slickers did not)

          It’s kind of that here, except the rebels are the city slickers, many of whom think guns are “icky” against those in the red states who don’t take a knee, and have the arms and know how to use them.

          The leftist idiots, for the most part, come from reasonably well-to-do backgrounds and have been propagandized into thinking how unfair life is that everyone doesn’t have equal incomes and lives. They also don’t realize what will happen if they win as they don’t study history, such as the Russian Revolution in 1917. They think they will be part of the government in charge

          Yes, but those who do know history think that they have solved those tricky little issues, and it will be different, this time, Right!!!! They are over educated, yet ignorant and naïve little children, who see themselves as elites, because of their education, and are more than willing to tell us how to live. When HRC told the West Virginia coal miners she would put them out of work; but, would send them a government check, she was amazed that everyone didn’t flock to her, and would rather do hard, dirty, rock scrabble work to earn an honest living. I grew up in coal and steel country and these are hard working, hard living, honest people, who don’t look for a handout. They believe that everyone should do something to earn a living, and for many of them, shooting and hunting is just a part of their lives. I think these neo-socialists were shocked when Trump was elected and still don’t understand what’s coming if they keep up their shenanigans.

          I don’t think the US military, en masse, will support any leftist attempt to take over the US. No military people I know would. The majority believe in their oath of enlistment to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

          Same with all I know as well as the first responders. I was going to mention Oathkeepers since I know quite a few members. I think they have something like 20,000 members; but, a search for their membership turned up the following:

          Oath Keepers is an anti-government American far-right organization associated with the patriot and militia movements. … It encourages members – some of whom are current and former U.S. military and law enforcement officers – not to obey orders which they believe would violate the United States Constitution.

          anti-government American far-right?

          This because they should not obey illegal orders?
          WOW!!! Sounds like something from the SPLC.

    2. Z36, it is smart of your Ex to arm up with all this chaos going on.

      I don’t know about letting the little one go swimming in the ocean with all the talk of red algae….

      1. Thor1,

        Yeah, it is smart, though I feel a little overdue. The Ex is up in Connecticut right now visiting a relative. Those Cubans don’t just congregate in Miami. They hit the US and spread out. The Ex lived her first four years in the States in Chicago.

        Anyway, when she gets back, I’ll try to get her to come with me to my favorite gun store here in Orlando and get her rigged out.

        No red tide in the area they were wading. She wasn’t allowed in deeper than her knees.

    3. Zulu 3-6:

      I would rather be “over-prepared” than “under-prepared”. My statement to the DW last year was “I hope my great-grandkids look at this stuff and question my sanity rather than you asking me why I didn’t get another one.”

      1. JP,

        I would rather be “over-prepared” than “under-prepared”. My statement to the DW last year was “I hope my great-grandkids look at this stuff and question my sanity rather than you asking me why I didn’t get another one.”

        Ditto & Amen!!!
        Those same people who might make fun of you would no doubt think you were stupid if you asked them if they were sorry that they didn’t have any vehicle accidents or have their house burn down. Think of all of those wasted premiums they paid, LOL.

    4. I would seriously ask you to reconsider those mountain house meals. They simply do not have enough calories in them for the money. Bought a home freeze drier and will never look back. It is pricey but i highly recommend. In six months we have a year of food for two. If it goes belly up it was still worth the money.

      1. GluteusMaximus,

        I would seriously ask you to reconsider those mountain house meals. They simply do not have enough calories in them for the money.

        Your comment contains a bit of conjecture. What something is worth is not only a person’s choice; but, also depends on your situation. I happen to know that Zulu lives in an apartment in the city, so freeze dried meals may be a good way to have a large supply of food on hand, that takes little storage space that I suspect may be tight in an apartment. I have some of the freeze dried meals, dehydrated vegetables, numerous cans and buckets of grains, and the skill and equipment to prepare them. So having a variety of foods on hand can be very useful.

        Bought a home freeze drier and will never look back. It is pricey but i highly recommend. In six months we have a year of food for two. If it goes belly up it was still worth the money.

        I also have a freeze drier, an Excalibur dehydrator, and ways to can and freeze food for storage. We have as much as a 4 year supply for 4 people on hand, plus a ton of propane and firewood, with more trees that we can cut if required. We all live in different situations, and before making blanket statements, I think we need to understand that many of the folks here have a rather good idea of what they are doing, and prepare for their own events based on the likely hood of the events and their budgets.
        Also, if your FD stops working, are you prepared to preserve and store food in some other way?

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, so many ways to preserve food……Canning, dehydrating, freeze drying, smoking…..I love it

            Yep & I have them all available, sort of. I purchased an Electric Smoker last year on sale; but, we’re still working on an outside place to use it. A friend turned me on to it, and has been using his a lot. The one downside to our otherwise great property is that we have no covered porch or deck where we can sit or have something like a smoker running if it’s raining. Plans to correct that are in progress.

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, what canner do you have? I have an All American 921……Best out there in my opinion. No gasket

            I have an old Mirro that I’ve been using since I bought it new in 1975; but, I have the All American 921 on my wish list. With the purchase of the new vehicle, we need to juggle some finances on large purchases like this (around $300.00) so it may end up on a Christmas list or look for sales next spring when canning season is mostly over.
            At the Ohio Homesteading and Gardening gathering last month, there was an Amish lady doing demonstrations with several of them, including a really old one she inherited from her mother. I’ve been looking seriously at these since I needed a new gasket for my old one, and could only find it online. The local Ace Hardware who stocks Mirro and parts can’t even get the old gasket; but, as I understand it, it’s because Mirro doesn’t want to encourage use of the 40+ year old canners, due to their potential liability. Once again, the lawyers strike, even if it’s only indirectly. LOL.

      2. GM, Mountain house makes the best freeze dried food on the open market. I also have a freeze dryer and have made a ton of long term food stored enough for 4 people for 1 year. While homemade is best it is expensive for the initial investment and before buying one, I have purchased a good amount of mountain house and wise. Also a good supply of MREs…….

      3. GM,

        TOP pretty much summed up my situation. Mountain House is not my primary food stash. I have other stuff tucked away under beds, in closets, etc. My Mountain House stuff fills a 13-gallon trash bag and sits in a closet on top of other stuff since it isn’t very heavy. Plus a few in my BOB.

        As far as calories, a few less calories would be good for me right now. Plus, I intend to only use one, maybe two, meals per week as a change of pace.

        If I still lived in my old house, I might consider a freeze drier. But I don’t have anywhere to put it in my apartment. But, I do agree, home-made is best.

  3. I have never seen a puppy that likes to run as much as mine….LOL I played ball gun with him and then he goes out and does laps at top speed 5 or 6 times a day. He’s like a prize fighter….

    Its puppy’s birthday today so he will get scrambled eggs and filet mignon for breakfast.

    Vacuumed and steam cleaned the carpet in the den as it has the door that leads out to the backyard where puppy goes. The rain was so heavy here from the hurricane and puppy brought mud in and it had to be cleaned.

    Put a tarp on half of a cord of firewood prior to the hurricane so it was dry for a fire pit tonight. I need a nice fire shed like Tara’s….

    Cleaned and disinfected the air filters for the AC/furnaces. Flu season is coming……

    I am going to order one of these little washers for a backup system…

    https://youtu.be/PxweVFPTSpA

    Prayers to all affected by the hurricane as it looks so devastating.

    I heard supreme court justice Ginsburg died and Hillary Clinton called President Trump up and said she would like to take her place. President Trump said it’s OK with me if its OK with the coroner…. LOL

    1. Tara’s Q/A

      1. Are you all prepped for winter?
      2. If the grid fails in January would you survive and how?
      3. What is your funniest, weirdest, or most precious experience with raising young livestock?

      1. Yes, firewood, new tires on the 4wd truck and new wipers. Still need some kerosene for the kerosene heater, but that’s last resort.

      2. Solar power and 80 gallons of gas for the gas generator. 1 year of food, a water catchment system and filters. Medicine for the Mrs., trash and sewage would be of the biggest concerns.

      3. Chasing a cow that doesn’t exist because I have no livestock…. LOL

      1. Trivia…….Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier today in 1947…cool

        More news…..something took out a fixed Russian satellite that was over North and South America.

        Are we at war……?

      1. Thor1,

        Had to do a double take on that joke when I first read it… I think the first part is funny, and you almost had me go look it up to see if she was really dead, Lol…. but I fail to get the last part.. I’m not good at getting jokes.. Please Enlighten me… 🙂

        1. AT, Hillary wanted to take Ginsburgs place on the Supreme Court, not the morgue. But Trump said t was OK with him if it was OK with the coroner…..

  4. Hi Tara & all,
    I understand Bobby’s point on melting wax on the woodstove and I never melt wax without using a double boiler. You might actually consider this, since paraffin wax melts @ 99 °F with a flash point of about 698 °F and Beeswax melts @ 145 °F with the flash point of about 400 °F. If you don’t pay attentions to the stove and the wax od either type starts to boild, those vapors are very flammable and can fill an are like gasoline fume and cause f ire. With a double boiler, as long as you don’t let it run dry, the wax cannot get above 212° F. Also, if beeswax is heated above 185 °F discoloration can occur, so even the double boiler can allow this to happen. It’s good that you have leverage to top off your propane tanks at any time. Our provider had to make two trips with propane this year, since a prior delivery didn’t leave enough propane on the truck to fill us; but, full propane tanks going into winter is a great feeling, isnt’ it?
    I have a new electric smoker I purchased on sale last year; but, haven’t gotten around to using it yet. I am looking forward to it and can use any suggestions anyone might have who is already doing it. While you are having family gun, I’ll finally be finishing our 2017 taxes and hopefully get them finished and submitted today, since tomorrow @ midnight is the deadline.
    And now the quiz:

    1. Are you all prepped for winter?

    We are good to go here. We have several cords of seasoned wood stacked and ready to burn for backup and the fireplace, chimney and air tight insert passed inspection by a local chimney guy last summer. The propane tanks are full and sitting @ around 2900 gallons. The furnace has been cleaned and started, as have the two ventless propane heaters. We’ve dug out all of our winter gear and placed it where it is available. For the DW, perhaps one of the important things is that the new Honda CRV has remote start and heated seats, LOL.
    The only thing that isn’t complete for winter are soe antenna projects; but, ham radio legend tells us that all good antennas are installed in winter, LOL.

    2. If the grid fails in January would you survive and how?

    Lots of propane with two ventless heaters and the ability to heat the kitchen easily with the gas stove burners and some Terra Cotta pots. We have wood backup heating with plenty of wood on hand. Lots of battery powered lighting with plenty of rechargeable batteries, as well as a Coleman camp stove and lantern with extra fuel and mantles. All of my electronics sit on UPS units that will run most things without any power for many hours. And finally, the whole house generator that will run for up to 1650 hours (69 days) with only50% of the propane on hand @ full load, and a lot longer @ less than full load or in austerity mode. The generator requires service every 200 running hours or 8.8 days, so we have enough consumables (oil & filters) on hand to keep it running full time for 44 days. About half way into that time, at which point we’re all in trouble, we’ll switch to austerity mode and use the techniques we had prior to the generator.

    3. What is your funniest, weirdest, or most precious experience with raising young livestock?

    Years ago when we had quarter horses, there was one cat and one horse that always interacted. One time I watched the cat up on the stall wall sitting there as the horse licked it from one end to the other, until it looked like it had been dipped in a tub of water.
    That same horse was a messy eater and often spilled grain on the barn floor, which the mice would gladly sneak out and steal. We watched another cat sitting on a barn beam overlooking the spilled grains, just waiting to pounce on some poor little field mouse. We found several of them dead at their meal site.

    This past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. Received a Duplex MMDVM Hotspot Dual Antenna Board to build a ham radio interface for my DMR radios. This unit when coupled to a Raspberry Pi can act as a repeater, or a gateway into the DMR radio network from my vehicle while on the road and out of range of repeaters.
    2. Two 5 packs of Hot Pockets. Sometimes a quick microwave meal just hits the spot, especially on these hot days when we don’t want to bake or cook.
    3. A friend & MAG member who posts here as BLACK, gifted me some fresh and ready to plant Mary Jane Garlic. It will go in later this week.
    4. Trip to the densest for a crown. Right now I have a temporary crown while the new porcelain crown is being manufactured. It will be installed in about 2 weeks.
    5. Had the final tests for my Watchman device that keeps the aFib harmless without heavy duty anticoagulants. All I take now is a regular (325 mg) aspirin per day. Easy, readily available, and inexpensive, plus no more nosebleeds.
    6. While at the medical center for the tests, they also checked my pacemaker, a so called device check. Installed in 2015 with a guaranteed battery life of 8 years, it still has 6 years minimum left to go, and that’s one battery I dare not let die.
    7. Purchased 5 quarts of local honey from a friend& MAG member (BLACK). Some is for me and some is for others including GrammyPrepper.
    8. When he dropped off the honey, BLACK also dropped off 20 nice green bell peppers as he cleaned out his remaining garden.
    9. It’s finally cold enough to turn on the furnace. The DW got out the vacuum and made sure all of the dust was removed from the registers, the filters, and the parts of the ductwork we can reach, and then fired it up. It’s a good feeling to have all of that propane on hand.
    10. Setup accounts on ARES Connect and Brandmeister that allows better communications and coordination between hams for emergency communications.
    11. Received a pair of Philips O’Neill Construct Headband Headphones from woot.com. This stereo headphone will allow me to operate radio equipment without bothering those around me or being distracted when running communications.

  5. Tara, I will email you the recipes, for the Walnut bread,and soups unless the pack would enjoy them too let me know. We had another beautiful week the highs in the 60’s lows are in the mid 40’s, we are going to have at least 10 more day’s of this weather. I’ve been going through my freezer, made homemade spaghetti sauce, and canned up two quarts one pint, I’m cleaning one shelf at a time, and using or reorganizing it. I did dehydrate onion’s, so my jar is full again. I mowed the lawn I have a feeling I will have to do it at least one more time before the month is up. Hubby, got a great sale on K cups, Friday our store was having half off so he got 4 boxes for about $16.00 not bad for K cups. Today our Dollar tree store is doing a .90 cent sale today only so I’m going to grab some more water jugs, and a couple of shelf stable milk, and a craft item or two or three:)

    Question 1. I feel we are prepared for winter, I keep a list of things I do need but right now we’re good.

    Question 2 If the grid went down we would be fine for a while but it really depends on what the issue is to really know. I believe both hubby and I have done and are still doing to keep us going.

    Question 3 Livestock we raised Milking Short horn, and I had 4 lamb’s, throughout my highschool, year’s they were fun but a lot of hard work. Hubby, was a born city boy, but he’s ready to leave the city and be more quite on our second property.

    Have a blessed weekend and week.

  6. Preps for the week including going to pick up a years worth of hay, and getting it stacked in the barn. I was blessed to find a farmer on the other end of the county who sells very good hay for half to a third of what the stores charge. It’s a long drive, and I have to make 2 trips, but in one afternoon we can gather and put away a whole years worth. Works for me. Our new solar panel came in, will be getting more. That way we have some sort of electric for emergency comms. Everything else is ready.

  7. As the weather has gotten colder, our latest rescue (a small dog) needed a coat and sweater. Evidently, she has had them before because it was not an issue getting them on her, but we seem to have a problem keping the sweater on her (not so the coat). Snow on Wednesday and Saturday.

    I had to replace my everyday vest, the seat belt/shoulder strap in the van wore it down bad (and I hadn’t noticed until last week). The new vest has a full-length zipper and deeper pockets. My CCW belt ended up shorter than I wanted, but a friend wanted one and it fit him; I got in a longer replacement.

    Additional storage construction project (phase 4) completed. Even came in $300+ under budget!

    The van’s headlights are getting more opaque all the time. Last year I had them polished for $60. Now I find that I van replace them for $61. After I talk to the mechanic and ordered them, installation is simple and straightforward. Due in on Tuesday.

    DW up and got a surprise raise! Every bit helps.

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. Prepped for winter? Just need to change the washer fluid in the cars. Here, we can have Winter weather in July, so we are at least 60% prepped all the time.
    2. If the grid goes in January, we will be in as much trouble as October. Our house is completely grid dependent, so we are as ready as we can be all the time.
    3. No livestock.

      1. Thor1:

        Had a light snow on Wedsnasday and Saturday. It still gets above freezing, into the high 40’s/low 50’s, so it is gone before nightfall. But Winter is definitely close.

        I wish we had a fireplace! Grid dependent housing is a challenge. We have done what we can. House will be paid for in March of next year. Lord willing, I will find something I can afford with the ammeneties that I’m looking for.

        Thanks for the thoughts.

        1. JP, what about a wood burning stove? They are more efficient. I have a fireplace, it was one of the things on the list for the house. Its got gas light or it could use gas logs, but what’s the point of that? I burn wood to cut the gas bill down and have a back up heating/cooking device.

          1. Almost There,

            That looks like a wonderful stove that is multipurpose.

            It certainly does; but, I suspect shipping would cost a bit. From here Lehman’s is only a 2 hours drive and well worth the trip, even just to window shop. Are you making any progress with your 30,000 BTU heater? We just lit the pilot on ours since we’re starting to have some cold nights. Last night got down to 30 ° with the high for the day @ 48° so winter is definitely on the way.

          2. TOP,

            Still in the 90s here. Like you said, we need to ship some weather back and forth, you to warm a tad, me to cool off a bit. 🙂

          3. Zulu 3-6,
            I know the temperature down your way. I’ve had a new smart phone for a few months now, a Galaxy S8+ that comes with an assistant called Bixby so I’ll often hit the Bixby button and ask “Hey Bixby, What’s the temperature in Key West Florida” where my kid sister lives. I’ll then repeat it for both your location and Bam Bam’s and sometimes Sirius. It’s almost always warmer there; but, we don’t get hurricanes or run the expensive A/C year round, LOL.

          4. LTD:

            I just got a chance to look at the stove you mentioned. I have a place to put something that size, but it would still require a major remodel of the house. If we go there we will have some kind of a wood burning stove; something like this that you can also cook on is very attractive.

    1. JP,

      My CCW belt ended up shorter than I wanted, but a friend wanted one and it fit him; I got in a longer replacement.

      What belt are you using? I use a Blade Tech Looper belt that is constructed as a sandwich of nice leather with a Kydex center for strength. I’ve been using it for more than 10 years and it’s holding up OK; but, I’m always interested in other possibilities.

      The van’s headlights are getting more opaque all the time. Last year I had them polished for $60. Now I find that I van replace them for $61. After I talk to the mechanic and ordered them, installation is simple and straightforward. Due in on Tuesday.

      We had a similar problem with our 2003 CRV fogging up and polishing or new was just way too expensive. We tried the polish from the local auto parts store & toothpaste, etc; but, decided to try an
      “As seen on TV” product that worked!!!! It’s called Wipe New Headlight Restore. I orswews ir via the web but you can get it other places like Wal-Mart:
      https://www.walmart.com/ip/Wipe-New-Headlight-Restore/52550774?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227040551238&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=99649607914&wl4=aud-273067695102:pla-235709954914&wl5=9014903&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=52550774&wl13=&veh=sem&gclid=CjwKCAjw0oveBRAmEiwAzf6_rOf9lXQkCRsPQ0jkUbYj4sowRuzk62aEztl91jMaWcsZV5W8NEG6GhoCbGsQAvD_BwE

      DW up and got a surprise raise! Every bit helps.

      It sure does, and for those of us on SS, they’ve announced that next year’s COLA will be 2.8% which should add about $90.00 per month for the me & the DW.

      1. TOP:

        The belt is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017KU2WS0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. My buddy said the “38” was only 2″ longer than is old “34” belt.

        I reordered a 40 (my old belt size), even though I would normally get a new leather 38″. The “40” came in yesterday and it the right size for me with my new holster. Much less flexable than the Carhart leather belt, but it will be okay after a while.

        Although we don’t qualify for SS yet, our military retirement is tied in at the SS rate. For us it looks like about $100. Of course the water bill went up $25, cable $15, insurance $15, electricity and gas $35. So, again, I can get a pizza or two with the raise!

        I got everything together, along with a You-tube video for polishing the headlights out. New lights for my 300M (the last one I priced out) was $440. $61 seems like a deal to us.

          1. Thor1:

            That’s what I got. I may end up using the stuff on my truck, but at $61, it is not worth my time to polish them again.

  8. We were not seriously impacted by Hurricane Michael. The storm stayed well to the west of us. My family in Georgia is fine.

    Fall has arrived in North Central Florida–we’ve got daytime temperatures below 90. We were able to open up the house a couple of times.

    We picked up parts to have a tune up done on the 1997 Ford truck. We have a friend who worked as a mechanic for 20 years coming over to do the work. He is also going to check to see if we need the fuel pump replaced. I found out that the truck still has its original plug wires. The truck needs new tires. Will will have to get that done soon.

    We did another stock-up at Aldis. The short-term pantry is once again full to the brim.

    I was offered another job. I accepted. It was too good of a deal to pass up. This job offers summer work.

    Questions: Are we prepared for winter in a grid down situation? It really doesn’t get cold enough in my neck of the woods to be concerned about the winter. We might get 7-10 days below 40 degrees. But that’s it. I invested in some nice wool blankets a few years ago. We have plenty of “winter” clothing. We do a lot of bicycle riding during the cooler months of the year. So we have Under Armour cold gear. The wind can get bad at times when you are riding. The key around here is layering–cold gear, shirts, hoodies, parka. My dh said it has been cool in the mornings. (I don’t get up early enough to experience the cold. LOL I am a night owl.)

      1. Thor,

        I have no idea how many miles are on the truck. I purchased it as a repo in 1998. The guys were surprised the something hasn’t “turned over” passed 100,000. (I have made it a point to live less than five minutes from work since I was in graduate school.)

        1. Bam Bam,

          I have made it a point to live less than five minutes from work since I was in graduate school.

          My first 3 years out of college I lived only 5 minutes or less from work; but, since 1976, I’ve commuted anywhere between 45 & 60 miles or as few as 14 steps up to my office when working from home. That is one of the costs you pay living in a rural homestead and working off site. OTOH, I have no water, sewage, or trash bills and I can keep livestock, raise a large garden, and step out back for target practice. Our 8 acres only has a real estate tax bill of less than $1000.00 per year, and we can heat in part with firewood collected from the property. Every lifestyle has its costs and you must decide which you are willing to pay for yours.
          The nearest gas station is 6 miles and grocery from 6 to 15 miles, so you just have to plan your trips.

    1. Bam Bam,

      Fall has arrived in North Central Florida–we’ve got daytime temperatures below 90. We were able to open up the house a couple of times.

      Below 90°? Ours are now also below 90°; but, luckily still above 32°. I suspect that condition will not hold out very long.

      We did another stock-up at Aldis. The short-term pantry is once again full to the brim.

      I love Aldi’s and always make sure to check out the non food aisle. In the past few years I’ve gotten several sizes of wire shelving units, emergency LED flashlights and lanterns (with batteries), a single burner butane cook stove, some nice compost bins, and a pair of FRS/GMRS Walkie Talkies (also with rechargeable batteries) all at great prices.

      I was offered another job. I accepted. It was too good of a deal to pass up. This job offers summer work.

      So this is what, job number 42? Or I guess it could be the answer to “Life, the Universe and Everything” LOL.

      The wind can get bad at times when you are riding. The key around here is layering–cold gear, shirts, hoodies, parka. My dh said it has been cool in the mornings.

      Parka’s in Florida? You better hope climate change is for warmth and not the dark winter some are predicting, LOL. My kid sister used to snow ski as a youth; but, 9 years in Hawaii and now another 10 in Key West, I think has thinned her blood like yours, to a trickle of water, LOL

      (I don’t get up early enough to experience the cold. LOL I am a night owl.)

      I’m also a night owl; but, I’m often up @ 6:00 AM. Being retired however, I can nap when I need to catch up. Tonight will be a late one with my TurboTax program. We filed for an extension back in April, and those 6 months are now here tomorrow @ midnight. This reminds me of a quote by the late English author Douglas Adams who said, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

      1. O.P.,

        I got a compost bin when Aldis had them on sale. I wish I had gotten a second one, as the one I have is totally full. I keep track of the Aldis flyers and always to down “what my dh calls” the “lolli-gaging isle”.

        This is job number six. I am happy with the first five. Number six looks good. I really like that they have summer work.

        1. Bam Bam,

          I got a compost bin when Aldis had them on sale. I wish I had gotten a second one, as the one I have is totally full.

          We bought two of them and have them set up; however, only have one full at this point; but, when we next clean out the chicken coop, we’ll have another one full with high nitrogen starter.

          I keep track of the Aldis flyers and always to down “what my dh calls” the “lolli-gaging isle”.

          The problem with the Aldi’s flyers or their email adverts, is that they don’t always list some of the neat things in your Lollygagging aisle., so it is imperative to “stroll” down that aisle and look for the neat gadgets. Aldi’s is not just a food store. It’s a $43 billion distributor based in Germany founded by Theo and Karl Albrecht. “Albrecht Distributors” is the Wal-Mart of Europe. Just a few details to enlighten your DH, LOL.

          This is job number six. I am happy with the first five. Number six looks good. I really like that they have summer work.

          The most I ever worked at once was 3 and I had a hard time keeping things straight; but, it should definitely help the cash flow to pay off your property and purchased more preps.

          1. O.P.,

            I am loving life and have no complaints. Today I was able to do the bulk of my work for five jobs in six hours. I have found that working at home has challenges. The biggest challenge has been to get dh to understand that I am working. At first he didn’t understand why I couldn’t go with him for a bike ride or to take the dog for a walk. This just required communication. He is now “well trained.” He gets a sub from Publix on Monday and that’s lunch. We put out a soup for dinner from the freezer. That’s dinner. With the sixth job and the dh seeing the additional income, we are good.

            I have a question for the Pack. How many guys would feel it their “duty” to pick up household chores if their wife was holding down so many jobs? My dh has totally kicked into action. (I have had to let go of some issues–he doesn’t vacuum or mop as well as I do. But he has stepped up to the plate and done the housework.)

            I love what I do for a living. Like Supreme Court justices, I can do this job long into old age. If I accept more jobs I can pay off my mortgage in less than 10 years. I am under age 50 so that sounds good. But my jobs has limited my time for taekwondo. There is a graduation in two weeks and I have only one stripe. You need three stripes to graduate. I am not where I want to be to advance.

            But, hey, in terms of wants versus needs we are golden. I think of the folks in Western Florida. They have no electric and no water. Please pray for these folks. Among them are elderly who are caring for their terminally-ill children.

          2. Bam Bam,

            I am loving life and have no complaints. Today I was able to do the bulk of my work for five jobs in six hours. I have found that working at home has challenges. The biggest challenge has been to get dh to understand that I am working. At first he didn’t understand why I couldn’t go with him for a bike ride or to take the dog for a walk

            I’ve worked from home for much of my marriage, either telecommuting, contracting, or running my own business, and the DW fully understands that when I am working, I need to be left alone. It helps that my office is a large rather self contained room on the second floor of the house, well away from where she normally hangs out or works. I’m typing this sitting there now; surrounded by 4 computers, my workbench, my radio equipment, satellite receiver and HDTV. It’s kind of an office, lab, man cave, radio room, and “Fortress of Solitude” all iself contained n one room. LOL

            This just required communication. He is now “well trained.” He gets a sub from Publix on Monday and that’s lunch. We put out a soup for dinner from the freezer. That’s dinner. With the sixth job and the dh seeing the additional income, we are good.

            I can see where the extra money might be a game changer; but, does he always eat prepared foods? While we do sometimes bring back restaurant food, and do keep some microwavable convenience foods on hand (like Hot Pockets or Lean Cuisine) , we do a lot of from scratch cooking, and I actually do most of it. Perhaps the difference is that I was 31 when we were married, and I had always cooked, baked, and canned, since I was a kid. My college days were spent in an apartment with a kitchen, and after college I lived several places where I could purchase groceries and cook for myself, which I always found better tasting, less expensive, and mostly healthier. LOL

            I have a question for the Pack. How many guys would feel it their “duty” to pick up household chores if their wife was holding down so many jobs? My dh has totally kicked into action. (I have had to let go of some issues–he doesn’t vacuum or mop as well as I do. But he has stepped up to the plate and done the housework.)

            I have the same problem with vacuuming, where I never seem to do it as well as the DW would like; but, I don’t think of any household chores as a “duty”. I often do the dishes when there are enough stacked in the sink to make the time doing them valuable. We BTW do not have a dishwasher, since the DW simply doesn’t want one.
            I’ve heard that marriage is a 50/50 proposition; but, in my 36 years of marriage, I’ve found it to be more like 100/100. I feel the same way about guys who complain that they can’t do something because they had to “babysit”. IMHO, watching and playing with your own kids is being a dad, not babysitting, which I define as watching someone else’s kids, usually for hire.

            I love what I do for a living. Like Supreme Court justices, I can do this job long into old age. If I accept more jobs I can pay off my mortgage in less than 10 years. I am under age 50 so that sounds good. But my jobs has limited my time for taekwondo. There is a graduation in two weeks and I have only one stripe. You need three stripes to graduate. I am not where I want to be to advance.

            We paid off the mortgage on this house in only 10 ½ years, at least in part to the extra contracting work I was able to do. It also allows you to purchase and expense some nice “toys” , since test equipment, computers, laser printers, etc. are office expenses, along with the home office deduction I took on quite a few years. I still do the work I used to get paid for; but, now it’s fun projects that I want to do for my own use and edification.
            As for your stripe and graduation, I think you’re looking at it all wrong. After more than 50 years participating in numerous martial arts styles, I haven’t tested for a belt rank upgrade in more than 25, and have turned down a few offered promotions. Rather than focus on achieving rank you might want to look at what you have learned over time. To teach these additional classes are you looking at getting another PhD, or just using your background and expanding your knowledge in your field?

            But, hey, in terms of wants versus needs we are golden. I think of the folks in Western Florida. They have no electric and no water. Please pray for these folks. Among them are elderly who are caring for their terminally-ill children.

            I feel sorry for these folks; but, this is why we prep. By normal standards the DW & I are elderly; but, in general we are rather self sufficient.

      2. Bam Bam and TOP,

        Still above 90 here in Orlando. I’d like to open the windows too, but that will be about another month yet. Maybe.

        1. Zulu,

          We had two glorious days of open windows. Like you, we are looking forward to cooler temperatures. We typically keep the windows open at night well into the 30s. But this week our brick patio was vandalized by Antifa. Their symbol was half-way drawn into our brick patio, which is just outside my bedroom. My dog freaked out the other night alerting me to an intruder. When I went out I thought it was just an animal. I guess I was wrong.

          1. Bam Bam,

            Antifa = communist scum.

            You weren’t wrong. There was an animal outside your house, just a two legged version. Wouldn’t they have been surprised to have collected a load of 00-buck for their trouble. Well, realistically, even in Florida that wouldn’t necessarily be good for you. Good thing your dog was on the job.

            Yep, as much as I like warm weather, I am looking forward to a little less warm for awhile and opening my windows.

          2. Zulu 3-6,

            Antifa = communist scum.

            More like “ignorant communist scum.” They are thankfully unlikely to come clear out my way, since it’s a rather long trip (50-60 miles) from the big city, and the houses are rather sparsely populated with hundreds of yards between them And we all regularly shoot out here, often hearing the crack of gun fire at all times of the day and night.

            You weren’t wrong. There was an animal outside your house, just a two legged version. Wouldn’t they have been surprised to have collected a load of 00-buck for their trouble. Well, realistically, even in Florida that wouldn’t necessarily be good for you. Good thing your dog was on the job.

            While the 00-buck might be overkill, I suspect pepper gel might slow them down until the local constabulary arrives to collect them and remove the dog from their ankle. We keep this option on hand and often carry it for the less than lethal encounter situations : SABRE RED Pepper Gel Spray. This was a recommendation from Dave Grossman at the last Bulletproof your mind seminar I attended. Here is the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/SABRE-RED-Pepper-Gel Spray/dp/B002E6RERU/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1539691488&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=sabre+red+pepper+gel+spray&psc=1
            OTOH, how about custom loaded shot shells using a course grade rock salt? That would leave a very painful mark I suspect. I had a friend back in my teens get a load in his backside while raiding an apple tree one night. He couldn’t sit for more than a week and the doc said it would all just get absorbed after a while and didn’t try to remove it.

            Yep, as much as I like warm weather, I am looking forward to a little less warm for awhile and opening my windows.

            Perhaps we can send some of that less warm weather down your way, since it appears to be here now. LOL

        2. Zulu 3-6,

          Still above 90 here in Orlando. I’d like to open the windows too, but that will be about another month yet. Maybe.

          We’re finally to the point where we’re removing the portable AC units and closing the windows. We hit 31.1° sometime last night; but, the greenhouse only got down to 34° so hopefully the strawberry and blueberry plants are still OK. The furnace has been running off and on the past few days, and we’ll be adding a few incandescent lights or oil lanterns to the greenhouse to keep off the chill.

          1. TOP,

            I won’t tell my granddaughter you have blueberry plants. She’ll be up there and graze through your stock so fast your head will swim. 🙂 She absolutely loves blueberries. Strawberries come in second. She loves fruit, but is only so-so with veggies.

          2. Zulu 3-6,
            Our blueberries are relatively new plants and we only got a few cups from them last summer. We’re hoping for more fruit this upcoming summer. This past year was kind of a bust for mulberries and black raspberries also; but, I think it was mostly the monsoon rains we had. We’re hoping for better yields on those next summer also.

  9. This week:

    -Added a few things to the stockpile.

    -Spent the week without DH. He was volunteering in North Carolina for Hurricane Florence clean-up.

    -Canned 20 quarts of apple pie filling, and I have another bushel of apples to can.

    1. Are you all prepped for winter?
    I’m not prepared yet, but I’m getting there.

    2. If the grid fails in January would you survive and how?
    It depends on how long it’s down. I would be fine for a while, but long term would be tough. I need another method of heating my house.

    3. What is your funniest, weirdest, or most precious experience with raising young livestock?
    I had a problem with a stubborn dairy goat. She kept kicking the bucket over while I was milking her. I’m not a violent person, but I whacked her in the head with my hand. I looked at her and yelled, “I’m the boss! Stop kicking the milk bucket!” When she got down from the milk stand, she head butted me into the side of the barn. She stood back, looked at me, and I swear I could read her mind…”I’m the boss, and I’ll kick the bucket any time I want.”

  10. A good thread, and thanks, Tara, for the “think about it”-type questions. It just prompted me to have a conversation with hubby about propane for the generator. We have a couple or three 30-lb canisters. He says each would last about a day. So we’re looking into getting a big bottle. We had one for the pool heater, then the pool (above ground, came with the house) collapsed and died a few years ago. (I sure missed it this summer with all the heat we had!) So because we weren’t ordering propane, I guess the gas company came and collected the bottle, because one day we looked out and there it was – gone. I’d feel better knowing we could get through more than a few days on generator power, though we have the usual backups – fireplaces, wood stove, candles and flashlights, alternative cooking methods etc. Power outages during winter storms are not unusual hereabouts.

    We had the kerosene tank filled last month, before prices started their usual winter climb. When we turned on the Toyotomi heater in the living room a couple of weeks ago, it started making an awful racket, so we turned it off and brought in an electric space heater, because I was too busy to stay home to wait for the fix-it guy. He finally came this week and said that sometimes the blower fan gets “stuck” when not in use for a while, especially if it’s been muggy, and just to let it run for a couple of days (of course that was on Wednesday, when temps started out in the low 80s for a rare blast of Indian summer) to see if it would straighten out. Now, when it fires up, it rattles for a few seconds but then settles down. The alternative would be a new $450 motor – not unmanageable, but if the Timex keeps ticking, I say let it tick. This particular heater has never given us any trouble in 17 years of service, as compared to the smaller Toyo in the kitchen, which seems to need service every other year, or the Toyo water heater that we just abandoned (but kept in place, just in case) in favor of the electric on-demand water heater. So if I have to put $450 into it, it will be money well spent and cheaper than a replacement. My theory on these things is like my theory about older cars – when I have to spend almost as much in repairs each month as I’d pay for a monthly bank payment, it’s time to make a change.

    No livestock, except for three beloved dogs who are now in doggie heaven (border collie, black lab, Belgian Malinois). Oh, and the mice. Hubby “found” three more in the garage this week. They don’t have much meat, they don’t lay eggs, they don’t pull their weight around here (as insignificant as it is), so away they go. Not very Zen, but better than hantavirus and having them chewing up wiring and such.

    Very busy week at work and a weekend filled with gatherings of extended family, so not much else in the way of preps. I’m afraid the Astros’ bullpen is better than the Red Sox, and that may tell the tale in this series. But hope springs eternal.

    Peace.

  11. 1 Prepped for Winter – multiple cords of firewood. 400 gallons of propane in the large tank, at least 6 of the 25 pound propane tanks full, an additional 100 pound propane tank full, 7 KW dual fuel generator, food for at least one year. 3 sources for water.

    Prepped for grid failure. See above. Also, solar power system for limited refrigeration, lighting, etc. Large stock of rechargeable batteries and two chargers. Multiple walkie talkies. Several LED lanterns.

    No livestock. and no unusual stories regarding previous livestock.

    I am a richly blessed, highly favored, imperfect but forgiven child of God.

    I married DW 9 years ago. She had two daughters and one son. Middle daughter was openly opposed to the marriage. I was like an imposter at all their numerous family events. I think she secretly hoped her mother and father would reconcile and remarry, although they had been divorced 10 years. That started to change a little a year later when her father died. Still, the relationship was frosty. Over the intervening years, the relationship gradually warmed and now, are wonderful. Long story to get to this: her husband was a bit opposed to guns. There were none in their home. Last week I took my other grand sons for target practice and weapons training. Knowing there has been an evolution in their home, I invited the 16 year old step grandson to join us. He did come and had a ball. Now step daughter has dictated 14 year step grand daughter must have weapons training also. I am absolutely delighted. I already had them on board our family prepper team. Now we are adding two young members to our defense team also.

    Praying for God to influence voters to choose candidates who will be most beneficial to his church.
    Praying for the pack, the nation and the president.

    1. Billy T,

      I married DW 9 years ago. She had two daughters and one son. Middle daughter was openly opposed to the marriage. I was like an imposter at all their numerous family events.

      I kind of understand you feeling like being the imposter. My DW was divorced with two boys when we married, although I had known her long before the divorce and think her former husband was simply an idiot, or as it turns out, a little boy who still doesn’t seem to have grown up. When we attended family events, usually at Thanksgiving and Christmas, I would try to get to know her brothers and various other relatives by trying to make small talk. After the meal, most of the guys would head to the living room to watch football or other sports, that simply don’t interest me, and I would hang out in the kitchen with the women folk, sometimes helping tidy up or doing the dishes. After a while, I felt accepted and I was probably over blowing things; but, I do understand sometimes feeling like the stranger. That was 36½ years ago, and all is well now.

      her husband was a bit opposed to guns. There were none in their home. Last week I took my other grand sons for target practice and weapons training

      That was never an issue here, with everyone shooting and hunting from an early age. My oldest stepson purchased the families first AR-15 at age 18, and I started teaching the DD how to shoot (a .22 RF) at age 5. My FIL and I often hunted deer and small game together. I think your grand children are lucky to have you, since learning to shoot at a young age when taught and learned properly, can help make a person responsible as they grow up, and help them understand what the media can’t seem to grasp, that a firearm is just another tool.
      Also, instilling that prepping mindset at an early age, will IMHO help them cope with future events, no matter how gentle or hard they may be.

      1. Yeah, it’s hard feeling like a skunk at a garden party. The other step daughter was wonderful. The son also, but the son isn’t a big family guy and the other stepdaughter lives on Turks and Caicos island, so wasn’t usually involved. Anyway, I remained civil and friendly as possible. Endurance won out!

        1. Billy T,
          My relationship with both boys is great and I feel like a member of the family at our events. One BIL & his DW live only a few miles from us and we interact with them including the holidays on a regular basis. The other BIL and his DW moved to Texas 10 years ago, so we don’t really interact with them. The boys live an hour and two hours away (respectively) and we spend at least a Christmas celebration with each. The DD went to college in Massachusetts and now works and lives there, so we generally only see her at Christmas, when she flies home. That’s still a far cry from Turks and Caicos.
          The boys were 10 & 14 when we married and I knew them since they were much younger, so things were always OK there. I think it’s just that marrying into a large family with lots of relative sand established relationships is a challenging thing to do, and takes time to feel like you fit in.

  12. Ordered 100 (I think) Mylar bags and.oxygen absorbers which should be here Tuesday. Picked up 25 pounds of oats. Visited my 2 of my local dollar generals which were having a 50% off clearance sale. Stocked up on seeds, laundry soap and shampoo. Continuing the process of sorting, organizing, donating and trashing. The weather here is beautiful and hot which is somewhat abnormal for the Oregon coast. No work scheduled this week for one of the companies I work for so will fill in with some other work plus I hope to have a vision appointment this week and order new contacts and glasses.
    1) our winters are usually not too severe. Wind and rain will do what they will.
    2) I have a woodstove and propane cookstove so would be fine. Could always use another propane tank or two but as it stands I have enough propane for 9 months if they are full and I am careful.
    3)funny animal stories would include coming home and finding my cat 2 inches from my back tire. This was the one and only time I saw him chase a mouse (which he didn’t catch). He and the mouse ran around that tire a few times before the mouse took off and the cat lost it.

    1. suzy q,

      Ordered 100 (I think) Mylar bags and.oxygen absorbers which should be here Tuesday.

      If you’ve never used these before, hopefully the O2 absorbers are packaged in several smaller packages; but, if they are all in one package, be sure to prepare the food in the buckets and Mylar bags first, open the package, take what you need and close the package tight. Simple exposure to air will start the chemical decomposition of the contents, so keep both the ones you’re using and the one’s you’re saving exposed to air for as short a time as possible. Be aware that these can get rather hot when they are working, so if they feel warm, they are not only working; but, beginning to expire.

      Visited my 2 of my local dollar generals which were having a 50% off clearance sale. Stocked up on seeds, laundry soap and shampoo. Continuing the process of sorting, organizing, donating and trashing.

      We didn’t have the 50% here, so I hope it’s not a preclosing clearance.

      2) I have a woodstove and propane cookstove so would be fine. Could always use another propane tank or two but as it stands I have enough propane for 9 months if they are full and I am careful.

      You can turn the stove burners into a great and efficient heating device, with the addition of a few inexpensive Terra Cotta flower pots. We have a half dozen we purchased for about $1.00 each, more than 15 years ago. On occasion I’ll see the DW setting one on a burner to take the early chill off of the kitchen.

  13. Hi Everyone,

    Got a nice rain today, that watered the new planted blueberry bushes and fig and peach trees on Monday by my yard guy. He’s worked for me since I bought this place 10 years ago, and he was in high school. I hate mowing, and he has it done in no time. He also cuts my bushes and plants things when I need it.

    I got my garage straightened out enough to get all the canning jars, that were on the floor, up on the shelves, making room for more buckets and my trash can for the charcoal. Still more to do, but getting there. It looks good.

    Went to a homesteading conference this past Friday, and ended up having to come home early yesterday due to having vertigo really bad. I was disappointed, but didn’t think I could make it all day, so came home. Got to see lots of good stuff and hear some good classes. Fixit was there cooking hominy starting from scratch. Jean came in and we roomed together, and she had to go back home on Saturday. But we had a great time meeting up with the others.

    Spent yesterday and today getting clothes washed for work, not doing much with the ear issue. Did do the exercises a few times to try and get the crystals back in the canal, and packed my ear with Tea Tree oil in case there was infection, and started feeling a little better this afternoon.

    1. Are you all prepped for winter? As good as I can be. Plenty of warm clothes, blankets, getting new tires next Saturday morning.

    2. If the grid fails in January would you survive and how? Same here, it depends on how long it’s down for. Still want to get backup propane heat and found a 500 gallon tank on FB marketplace for a good price except it doesn’t have the hardware on top of it. I already have the 30,000 BTU heater. I will have to find someone to go take a look at it to see if it’s fixable as I don’t know a thing about them. It looks to be in decent shape and the guy was advertising it for someone to make a BBQ smoker out of it. Not sure how much it would cost to get it fixed and hauled up here. It’s too late in the year to buy propane, so it will have to be next year, but if this works, that will be okay. I am sure the gas company will not help me with it, except maybe to hook it up after they inspect it when the time comes… They’re kinda funny about that stuff.

    3. What is your funniest, weirdest, or most precious experience with raising young livestock? Haven’t raised any livestock as I grew up in the city. My parents bought me a Sheltand pony when I was 7. I rode bareback all the time. One day when we were riding, we stopped to let them eat grass out in front of the barn. I thought I would be like the cowboys on TV and try and mount him from the back… He set me straight with his 2 back legs… Took my breath away… Was not funny at the time.

    Prayers for America, the President, pray that people vote Republican…. It will be an all out war if the Demoncrats become empowered. They have destroyed America, along with the MSM.

    1. Okay, back to politics. I’m a Democrat (was a republican for several years, but then Trump), but I’ll let that snark slide. But PLEASE stop demonizing the mainstream media. Without them, you get only the extremes of opinion (Fox News and Breitbart), or whatever the government chooses to spoon-feed you. If you want to know whether a hurricane is bearing down on your neighborhood, do you turn to Breitbart? The MSM outlets are populated by people of good will who want nothing more than to inform their fellow citizens of what their governments (federal, state, local) are doing on their behalf – or, in some cases, against their interests. They are informers, nothing more. This fake news b***s*** is becoming dangerous, not just for the journalists, but for our national discourse. If you think the mainstream media should be done away with, please move to Russia and drink the Putin koolaid for a while, or move to China and swallow the party line (and risk jail if you disagree – remember Tienanmen Square – the brave guy in front of the tank hasn’t been seen or heard from since). Or move to Saudi Arabia and wind up like Khashoggi if you dare speak your mind (or wind up in jail if you dare drive while being female). Without a free press, our democracy dies. So pick your poison carefully — freedom of information, or authoritarianism. It’s a pretty easy choice for me.

      1. I listen to both Thank you. And what is shown on the MSM makes me sick. There is no longer truth being told, or the facts… Only opinions. And Good will my patooty… Prime example, if you didn’t hear what they were saying about Kanye West’s visit last week with the President, trying to turn African-Americans against the President only because of the color of their skin, and chastise African-American’s who support the President. So, who’s the racist? They are. Really? What kind of garbage reporting is that? They are part of dividing America. And yes, some on Fox get under my skin too. Fox backs up their information with real data. I don’t listen to or watch Brietbart. Journalists (which not many of the MSM are that anymore) should not be dogging anyone with their own opinion when they are REPORTING, especially the President, no matter Republican or Democrat, and stick to the facts and be impartial on their reporting. If we want their OPINION, then let them have their own show. Let the viewer decide. And, quite frankly, I get more of my information from alternative sources than either of them. Off soapbox.

        1. Almost There, & all
          Did anyone hear that the job openings have hit 7,000,000+? Also, according to ADP, there were 340,000 new manufacturing job openings, in the last 21 months; but, only about 33,000 in the prior 21 months. I watch the MSM, usually CBS & ABC and never heard this mentioned by them, since it is good news for the current administration. I heard these numbers from Fox Business, which is one of the places I go to for some news and most economic analysis, since their business shows are the top rated shows, and some of their tips and guidance have made me quite a lot of money in my retirement accounts.

          1. TOP,

            There are a lot of jobs open. My #2 daughter decided her current job wasn’t blowing her kilt up anymore. In less than one week she was hired at another place, for more money, better bennies, better work hours, and closer to her home. She’s putting her two-weeks notice in today.

          2. Zulu 3-6,

            My #2 daughter decided her current job wasn’t blowing her kilt up anymore. In less than one week she was hired at another place, for more money, better bennies, better work hours, and closer to her home. She’s putting her two-weeks notice in today

            That was another stat they mentioned. It’s the unofficial “Quit Rate” meaning that people are confident enough in the economy that they can quit and change jobs. My point here was that the MSM seems to ignore this good news about the economy, unless they are still trying to imply that the current administration got a rolling start from the economics of the last administration. I’ve been retired since my stroke in 2015; but, I still get a few email and telephone contacts per month wanting to interview me, based on resumes I haven’t updated in 10 or more years. And remember that Bam Bam has just started yet another job.

      2. MaineBrain,

        But PLEASE stop demonizing the mainstream media. Without them, you get only the extremes of opinion (Fox News and Breitbart), or whatever the government chooses to spoon-feed you. If you want to know whether a hurricane is bearing down on your neighborhood, do you turn to Breitbart?

        No, I turned to Fox News, Fox Business, the Weather channel, and in some cases my local MSM affiliates, all of whom had excellent hurricane coverage. As a ham I also turn to our hurricane nets, where thousands of unpaid volunteers provide communications when the normal infrastructure disappears.

        The MSM outlets are populated by people of good will who want nothing more than to inform their fellow citizens of what their governments (federal, state, local) are doing on their behalf – or, in some cases, against their interests.

        Are we talking about the same MSM that demonized Brett Kavanaugh over allegations of something done in high school 35+ years ago; but, pretty much ignored the provable antics, of Bill Clinton that got him impeached and a Disbarment?
        Are these the same MSM that constantly push “Gun Safety Legislation” and know in most cases absolutely nothing about firearms, except for the fact that some of their bodyguards carry them. A politician who doesn’t push gun control is often put into that category you mentioned of “against their interests”. When you choose sides, except in a few cases, you are no longer just reporting the news.

        They are informers, nothing more.

        Except that they choose what is important enough to inform and what to hold back, and much of what they don’t say, says much about them.

        This fake news b***s*** is becoming dangerous, not just for the journalists, but for our national discourse.

        I agree and perhaps it’s time for them to fully vet their coverage before releasing the stories to try and catch the first headlines.

        If you think the mainstream media should be done away with, please move to Russia and drink the Putin koolaid for a while, or move to China and swallow the party line

        I don’t think they should be done away with; but, one must realize that they also serve their own flavor of Kool-Aid, and I find it interesting that attempting civil discourse that doesn’t agree with some, has them telling us to move to some totalitarian country, instead of staying here and fighting for the rights the Creator has endowed to all of us.

        remember Tienanmen Square – the brave guy in front of the tank hasn’t been seen or heard from since). Or move to Saudi Arabia and wind up like Khashoggi if you dare speak your mind (or wind up in jail if you dare drive while being female).

        It’s a pretty easy choice for me also, and a free press means that I am free to read or ignore as I see fit.

        Without a free press, our democracy dies. So pick your poison carefully — freedom of information, or authoritarianism. It’s a pretty easy choice for me.

        First of all, your assertions between a free press and authoritarianism are an illogical construct with many other potential outcomes and interactions. For instance, without the 2nd amendment, this country could have slipped into anarchy many times.
        we do not have a democracy, which is defined as Two wolves and a Sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” What we have is a democratic republic, where eating sheep is illegal and the sheep are armed.
        For some reason you seem to think that disagreeing with the other side indicates we have ill will toward the other side. We simply disagree with some of the policies, and Trump’s win should not be a threat; but, a message, that many of us just want to be left alone, and are quite capable of running our own lives without interference from government or press.

      3. MB, please…..a democrat, the only Russia collusion was done by Hillary and Obama. Hillary sold uranium to Russia and had money go to her ” charity”/ self. Obama approved it. Obama was also caught on a live microscopic saying I will have more flexibility after the election. What???, were the Russian’s going to teach him yoga??? LOL

        I watch FOX, OAN and yes even Info-wars, they all have more credibility than CNN,MSNBC,CBS OR ABC…..LOL I prefer to be informed not brainwashed or lied too.

        1. there is more to collusian, than buying uranium. the original charge was the russians influenced the primaries.
          we need to follow the money after hillary , took it.

          from wiki leaks and [seth rich] , we know she paid glenn beck 103 or 106 grand, to suppport 1 of the worse two gop candidates [most easilly defeatable]. that being ted cruz or trump.

          and this is from a hard core conservative, that left the gop, because it’s become so wishy washy.

    2. The media “ignored” the allegations against Bill Clinton??? How in the world do you think you know about them? Because they were WIDELY reported at the time. By the MSM. That statement is just laughable.

      The choice plays out worldwide — free press, or state-run media. Bottom line – given the choice between the First Amendment or swallowing the Drumpf Drivel, hook, line and sinker, via state-run media, I’ll take the First Amendment every day of the week.

      Myanmar state media claims the Rohyngia were plotting an overthrow, despite no evidence to support it, thus justifying mass murder and forced evacuation. Saudi Arabia state media claims the kingdom had no hand in the killing of Khashoggi. Russian state media airs every falsehood of Putin.

      Yes, I’m glad our media have the freedom to question and doubt and investigate. If you lived in Flint, Michigan, and your children were being poisoned by lead in the water, you’d be grateful for the media who exposed that travesty.

      But it appears your minds are made up, so. Peace.

      1. MaineBrain,
        I don’t dispute that the media on all sides provides a valuable service; but, when it comes to politics, some have a definite left leaning bias, and I think that is obvious to most of us who pay attention. Reporting on the lead in the water in Flint Michigan, or the antics of the Saudi’s in their consulate in Turkey concerning the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi is one thing that was BTW reported by everyone. In the Khashoggi instance I think we all need to watch,, since IMHO neither the Saudi nor the Turkish governments have a good track record.
        The problem comes when Trump overstates some fact and everyone jumps on it; but, when President Obama lied to us about keeping our doctors & plans and saving tons of money, they helped cover it up and push the plan through. I’ve had good health insurance since my first job out of college and paid at least a part of it from my own funds; but, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (two lies in one title) drained my savings at the rate of $1400.00 per month for the Bronze plan, and left us in debt to medical providers that thankfully are taking payments.
        You seem to disparage Fox News and I have to ask how often you actually watch their coverage and for how long. I quite often watch CNN and a bit less often MSNBC; but, generally watch Fox business, since other than voting I can do little to drain the swamp, and the annalists on Fox business have helped me make money in my IRA’s.

  14. This week has been a mixed bag for us. (Actually, the past two weeks)

    /DH van died, as I believe I previously mentioned, one of the computer modules. Well, he bought a ‘beater’ van which turns out to have a tie rod issue. So I am relegated to driving it since I work 5 minutes from home vs his 30 plus minute drive. And of course, it will likely crap out on me before he is able to get it fixed.

    My first paycheck since returning to work was spent mainly on our DD baby shower. (I was in your neck of the woods, Tara, sort of, between Macaurther and Hamden. Noriced quite a few for sale signs with the Dodrill business name on them.) It was a great time, a couple other DD made it, got to see two of our GS, and met DD in laws finally. It was cold and gloomy, I made pasta salad that DD asked for, but also took ham and bean soup with cornbread, and the warm dish was greatly appreciated!

    My big score for the week was some of Black’s local honey, thanks to TOP. Now we just need to work on picking it up.

    Questions for the week:

    We need to get the plastic on the windows. The abrupt change from 80 to 50 and lower degrees caught us by surprise. I like to keep my windows open as long as I can. We are also on the hunt for a new kerosene heater, since the last one got left outside and rustier than it was. Didn’t find any on the roadside or at yardsales this year. So have to buy new. We do have a ventless propane heater we scored, but don’t have propane stores other than a couple (well, a few) 20# canisters, since we are ‘on grid’. We have supplemented with kerosene as long as we have been together. We do have our Mr. Buddy heaters as well, for camping and as a ‘last resort’ heating source. We do have the kit to convert to 20# vs the 3# canisters.

    Getting through a midwinter power outage? Well, see above. We do have a portable generator (or two). Since we rent, not about to invest in a whole house/permanent generator. But this is a good reminder to fire it up, check it, and also rotate out the gas storage. I asked my parents a couple years ago to focus Christmas gifts on warm clothing, so we have plenty of warm socks and I also purchased some of the wicking type underclothes, which I have worn year round. Not name brands, but boy do they work well year round! DH has his carhart stuff for work, I need to work more on outerwear too.

    We have not yet had any livestock. But I can talk all day about how to deal with a purebread hunting stock beagle as a house pet! I can also help anyone who wants to look into their local laws regarding keeping chickens, as I did do the research but didn’t end up getting chickens because of the aforementioned beagle.

    Prayers for all dealing with the aftermath of the latest hurricanes, all here that need them, and of course for our country.

  15. I am really quite disturbed. Someone vandalized my back patio, right by my bedroom window. The Antifa symbol was partially written in chock. My dog must have scared the person away. The last two lines to form the “A” were missing. A few days ago I thought there was an animal in the backyard. My dog alerted me and I went out to see what was up. I heard movement and just assumed it was an animal. (My property backs up to a creek.) We fly an American flag 24-7, so we could have been targeted. We are going to put up motion sensor lights. We already have floodlights. We just need to figure out how to make them motion sensitive lights.

    1. Bam Bam,

      We just need to figure out how to make them motion sensitive lights.

      We use a couple of these for our driveway with a distance of more than 200 feet between the sensor and the alarm in the house: Wireless Security Alert System. If anyone break the “watched” area the alarm will sound.
      https://www.harborfreight.com/wireless-security-alert-system-62447.html

      For outside security lighting we use one of these:
      60 LED Solar Security Light
      https://www.harborfreight.com/60-led-solar-security-light-69643.html
      and these:
      36 LED Solar Security Light
      https://www.harborfreight.com/36-led-solar-security-light-60498.html

      If you look around you can find coupons for Harbor Freight that will reduce the prices quite a lot. The Wireless Security Alert System with coupon is only $9.99 each.

        1. Bam Bam ,

          We have a Harbor Freight down the road.

          When you look at the wireless alarm systems, pay attention to the details of the model numbers. There are several models that are the same price and look identical; but, they come as pairs. I use a pair of the one model to allow me to have the remote alarm unit in two places in the house, with one sensor unit outside. I use one of the other models to allow me to place different sensors around the property to keep an eye on equipment like our ZT mower and tools in one of the barns. This way the in house alarm unit that alerts, indicate shich sendor has been tripped.

    2. Hey bam they have battery operated lights on amazon that if one is tripped they all come on. we have them and they work well .

  16. Set up empty tin cans, hanging across things, to set off alarm. Put broken glass around where they might access. Post “No Trespassing” Signs. Will be useful when you have to defend by shooting intruders.

  17. Two quick things:

    BamBam, I am sorry that you were vandalized like that. I second what LTD said about posting no trespassing signs. We have that and no solicitation signs, and we get very few ‘visitors’ anymore. It can also be a CYA kinda thing…

    Lastly, I will comment on MaineBrain’s comments regarding MSM, and hope that we as a group can tone down the rhetoric.

    I fully agree that MSM is ‘in cahoots’ with certain groups (big pharma, big ag, a certain political agenda–not just the ‘dems’ but the ‘globalists’). That said, I still review MSM as well as ‘alt news’ sites in order to form my own opinions. As I hope we all do. MSM itself has become very opinionated, which is not ‘news’, IMHO. I pay more attention to my local news providers, who seem to provide a more balanced perspective, again IMHO. Problem is, ‘big tech’ is doing their best to ‘beat down’ ‘alt media’. THAT should worry us all much more. Social media ‘choosing’ what is ‘fact’ and ‘not fact’ is scary. Many younger folks get their ‘news’ from SM outlets. Those outlets (which are private businesses, and as such have the right to pick and choose who may be ‘members’) are actually influencing opinion more than any ‘Russian’ or ‘Chinese’ ‘meddling’. Chew on that one. First amendment rights are being stepped on here. I don’t want Zuckerberg, et al, choosing what information I see. If I choose to believe a ‘conspiracy theory’, that is my right. And sometimes, they get proven true in time, LOL.

    We may not all be on the same page, politically, and that is fine. We all have a lot more in common, though, or we wouldn’t all be here. So let’s keep that in mind in our replies to each other. We are all friends here, and IIRC, personal attacks are not allowed (keep that in remind in your posts and replies).

    And BTW, OH, welcome to winter….at least it is in my mind! One extreme to another, LOL…Don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes….

  18. Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Grammy. I wish to respectfully refute one of your arguments. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law…” Meaning that the government may not infringe on free speech, religion, or the right to gather. But private companies such as Facebook or Twitter are under no such constraints. The First Amendment does not apply to them, it applies only to the government. It was an important freedom to the Founders, since the British government under colonial rule tried to suppress speech and press.

    If I had employees at my small business (which I don’t), I’d be well within my rights to tell them that they have no right to disparage my business. If I owned a newspaper (which I don’t), and the guy who wrote the gardening column started spouting political opinions, I’d be within my rights to fire him for not sticking to the task.

    Free speech applies to public sidewalks, but not to my home or private business. It means the government cannot silence you. That’s a good thing.

    1. MaineBrain,
      While we obviously don’t agree on some political viewpoints, I wholly concur with your assessment of what is covered by and not covered by the 1st amendment. It is a prohibition of government against curtailment of certain liberties as follows:

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

      This means that Facebook, CNN, MSNBC, Fox and others may present what they like; but, we are all free to ignore or turn them off. One also needs to keep in mind the difference between opinions and journalism. I expect to see various viewpoints both in concurrence and opposition to my opinions on the OP Ed sections; but not on just plain reporting, keeping in mind that leaving out issues can be as biased as covering things incorrectly.
      In March 2008, during MSNBC’s Primary coverage, Chris Matthews was discussing Barack Obama’s speech. Matthews, who in the past, has both cried over an Obama speech and compared him to Jesus, described exactly what happens to him when Obama speaks:

      I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.

      The feeling most people get? How out of touch are these people.
      While MSNBC and Matthews have the right to say things like this, they should not be surprised when people turn them off and their ratings fail.

      And since we’re discussing the amendments of the US Constitution, here’s another one worth noting:
      Amendment 2: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the Right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
      Shall not be infringed is a rather simple statement, and the Heller v DC and Macdonald v Chicago opinions of SCOTUS, confirmed that ”the people” means all of us. I find it interesting that those who cherish the 1st amendment often disparage the second, or that Roe v Wade is untouchable and settled law, while Heller, Macdonald, and others, can be repeatedly challenged.
      It is often this inconsistency and hypocrisy that separates the two sides.

      1. I would posit that the preamble to the second amendment, “A well regulated militia,” is just as important as the preamble to the first amendment, “Congress shall make no law…”. But — no more politics. Done. Over. Forgotten.

        Peace.

        1. MaineBrain,

          I would posit that the preamble to the second amendment, “A well regulated militia,” is just as important as the preamble to the first amendment, “Congress shall make no law…”.

          I wholeheartedly agree; but, it basically comes down to the definition of “Militia”
          Founding father George Mason in the 1777 Debates on Ratification of the Constitution stated: “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”
          This is the definition intended back then and the definition hasn’t changed a lot since then.
          10 U.S. Code § 246 – Militia: composition and classes

          The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

          I suspect that the 45 year and male limits would be soundly struck down in the modern age, so as SCOTUS stated in both Heller & Macdonald, the “people” is all of us, and we are all the militia by definition.
          This is not a political discussion, just definition of current law.

  19. Today is my birthday. My kids came over for dinner and cake. My son took a look at the “Anti-fa” symbol. It was not an “Anti-fa” symbol; it was a burglary code. A group is targeting my neighborhood. My home got “nothing to steal”. Tomorrow I will check with my neighbors to see if they have symbols.

    1. WOW! I am curious how your son knew the symbols, without getting too personal. But I am glad that you got marked as ‘nothing to see here’!

      Happy Birthday Bam Bam!g

      1. Bam Bam,
        I think Grammyprepper has a pertinent question about your son, LOL.
        Was your statement about having nothing to steal, an opinion on your own evaluation of the value of your “stuff”, or was that indicated on the symbol? If it’s the later, I would learn those symbols and chalk my own location as bad jou jou, LOL.
        My DW talks about how the Hobo’s in the 1950’s would occasionally come around and past the farm and sometimes do a bit of work for food or a little cash, and that they left markings that their community understood indicating whether the house would help you or shoot at you, so I guess signs and symbols like this have been around for a while.
        I know we count birthdays by the years; but, we are all actually only a day older, or as the old song says: “Another day older and deeper in debt.”; however, with your extra work you are actually getting less deep in debt, a laudable attitude and position to be in. In any case, Happy warm Birthday where your current temperature would seem to be 86° while ours is a balmy 48° with last nights low @ 28° and the forecast high today in the mid 50’s.

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