What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 22 – Nov 25th – Dec 1st 2018

prep week 22

Hello again Pack. I am so sorry not to have checked in with y’all last weekend, but I was sick and took the bulk of the week off work. Thanks to both herbal and unfortunately even some modern medicine, I am back on the end now. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with family and prepper friends.

Preps for the past few weeks have been light due to both illness and the holiday. Oh, and the dang weather. Ohio weather is always nutty, but this past nearly two years it has really outdone itself. I am beyond tired of living in mud. As much as I loathe the cold weather I was looking forward to a few days below 35 degrees so it would all harden.

Our muddy farm roads were almost there and then the temperature rose and once again the rain came. It was so cold yesterday the water in my chicken and duck run was one large lump of solid ice. By Sunday, it is supposed to be 63 degrees. Mother Nature is a fickle – well, you know what, right?!

There has been a lot of deer hunting and butchering going on at our survival homesteading retreat. The fully-functional butcher shop that came with the house has been a blessing beyond measure. A few more days of good hunting and our tribe will be all stocked up for a year with nice deer meat.

deer meat

We are going to use some deer bones to make a gun rack.

deer bones

Once of the hunting treehouses on the property that was not in good repair when we bought the place is no longer really safe. So a rehab or tear down and rebuild is on our spring to do list. Both of the hunting tree houses also double of LP/OPs – they simply could not have been positioned better for such a purpose.

My Buckeye chickens are still lovably weird. They still do not really grasp the concept of flying. They don’t crash land anymore coming down from their perch, but they still do so gingerly and simply refuse to flap their wings and take advantage of the massive amount of space they have been given.

We have done more rode maintenance this week and gotten our annual winter load of gravel in to prepare for more bad weather. The interior cosmetic remodel is still a work in progress. We have now taken to pulling and hauling wood from the old 1800s barn down bottom by the road and leaving it in the garage with the salamander heater going to help dry it out so it can be cut and used on the wall and for making cabinets.

I have a decently long list of homemade Christmas gifts to make out of that beautiful old barn wood, so hopefully the wall project is finished tomorrow as promised and then the pantries built by Thursday so the gifts can be made on time.

We are using an old well bladder to make a metal forge for Bobby Lee. It will not be exactly as large as his dad’s but pretty close and he should be able to have a lot of fun with hit. When he and our daughter-in-law and daughter and son-in-law all went to Prepper Camp at couple years ago, the blacksmithing class was everyone’s favorite. If anyone is thinking about making the wise choice to go to Prepper Camp next September, now would be the time to score tickets, there is a Christmas early bird sale going on. Giving the gift of survival to someone you love – what could be better?

I just finished up making a castle for Auddie for Christmas out of an old bathroom cabinet and turned another cast off table into a dinosaur play area for Colt. The kids help with some of the work on their own gifts to help introduce some early tool and painting skills, but they had no idea they were working on their own big surprise.

The photos of how my super cheap awesome Christmas gifts turned out so far are simply too cute not to share.

princess castle christmas gift

Auddie’s castle – we made Ariyah one out of scrap plywood that I will be painting this weekend.

We are going to use “L” brackets to make a terrace on the inside of each door.

dollhouse castle with open doors

Colt’s dinosaur table. Because I scored a huge box of new-looking dinos and accessories from eBay to go with the two sets I bought, we used more scrap plywood and some beech branches to make an add-on side table. We also turned a broken drawer from the table into a side play space also.

children's dinosaur table

This week’s questions:

  1. What gift would you give a love one you are trying to entice to become a full-fledged prepper?
  2. One of our TSB Pack members turned me onto Piping Rock herbal etc. supply. Got my first order in just days and loved the quality and prices. Where do y’all buy your herbal supplements and other natural medicine supplies? I hope she shared her affiliate link in the comments section.
  3. Thought on earthquake and tsunami prepping in the wake of the natural disaster in Alaska?
  4. How did everyone prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

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Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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146 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 22 – Nov 25th – Dec 1st 2018

    1. Puppy might be hurt, I checked his pad last night on his right foot as he had a limp. Thought it might be a Jagger from a blackberry bush. Didn’t see any but he may have a broken/ sprained toe. He was chasing a chipmunk earlier. I have to see how he is doing this morning to see if he needs to go to the vet.

      Mother in law is now in a home with Alzheimer’s.
      Father in law is in rehab after going to the hospital. I think he had a nervous breakdown. He will join her shorty.
      The Mrs. is sick with the flu. (Happy Thanksgiving) sarc.

      I and the Mrs. will be bringing all of his weapons to our house for safe keeping. Its so sad to do this to a veteran who fought in Korea and Vietnam, but it is the only thing we can do.

      They came out with a red flag law in many states and I am against those because it an be an ex wife or ex girlfriend or even a family member who has an argument ,calls it in to say he’s crazy and shouldn’t have guns.

      I am an NRA member and so was my father in law.

      Beware people, they are trying to pass a new bill that could start a revolution. It is called the 3D Prohibition act HR7115 and is designed to take ALL semiautomatic weapons. I will leave a link.

      Stocked up on soda and beer.
      Freeze dried turkey
      Made more jerky
      Put a plate carrier downstairs as things are getting crazy with threats of wars and illegal invasions.

      https://youtu.be/gw3rNMeFXMg

      1. This week’s questions:
        1.What gift would you give a love one you are trying to entice to become a full-fledged prepper?

        2.One of our TSB Pack members turned me onto Piping Rock herbal etc. supply. Got my first order in just days and loved the quality and prices. Where do y’all buy your herbal supplements and other natural medicine supplies? I hope she shared her affiliate link in the comments section.

        3.Thought on earthquake and tsunami prepping in the wake of the natural disaster in Alaska?
        How did everyone prep this week?

        1. A bugout bag or firearm if family. Some freeze dried eggs if friend.

        2. Grow them myself or buy from store.

        3. Are the poles shifting, they had the same magnitude of 7 in Africa as well.

      2. Thor1,

        They came out with a red flag law in many states and I am against those because it an be an ex wife or ex girlfriend or even a family member who has an argument ,calls it in to say he’s crazy and shouldn’t have guns.

        So far Ohio has kept these laws in perspective and we are currently working on more improvements to our CHL provisions. Some states juts can’t cope with freedom.

        I am an NRA member and so was my father in law.

        I have been an NRA member most of my life and a Life member for nearly 25 years and encourage any and all gun owners to become members, since there is definite strength in numbers.

        Beware people, they are trying to pass a new bill that could start a revolution. It is called the 3D Prohibition act HR7115 and is designed to take ALL semiautomatic weapons. I will leave a link.

        ”They” are not doing anything they haven’t been doing for at least 50 years and while this may be another attempt at taking our rights away, the house will no doubt be a fight and the Senate is not likely to go along. In any case, they don’t have enough botes to override a veto.

        Put a plate carrier downstairs as things are getting crazy with threats of wars and illegal invasions.

        I’m not quite there yet, since the invasion is still 1500 miles through a cold winter climate to get to me. For those on the southern border however, it’s probably not a bad prep.

          1. Thor1,

            does parts kits for ARs or AKs mean all parts? 3D could get bipartisan support……

            We won’t know that until the legislation is finalized, and then it will still be a tough road to get it put into law,
            3D is a joke, since it’s a file format that can be passed around in email or on CDROMs or USB thumb drives. The DMCA didn’t stop people from making and passing around mp3 audios of books or music, and I don’t think any legislation will stop the 3D files either.
            If I have a file you need I can email it or to keep it on the down low, copy it to a thumb drive or micro SD card and mail it to you in an envelope.

          1. Thor1,

            Is it boats, bots or votes ??? LOL

            Who knows? With the Dems now running the house, it could be all or none of those.
            I’ve heard Waters and Pelosi state things less intelligent than my typo, LOL.

      3. Thor1:

        IMO – with the Dems in the majority in the House, I expect a bunch of these types of bills. After the 1994 fiasco, I don’t see much moving past introduction, but “Hope Springs Eternal” for them.

        1. JP, I am just so sick of these people taking an oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution only to attack it as soon as they get in office. We should be able to have a trial of violation of oath of office as WE THE PEOPLE and have them impeached and imprisoned or executed.

          1. Thor1 & Jean,

            Great news for pup, you and your wallet.

            Puppies are an insignificant drain on the wallet compared to horses, LOL.
            I’m really glad we’re down to only one.

          2. Jean, yeah it was a relief on both fronts….nothing like watching your animal walking around limping, they can’t tell you where it hurts.

          3. Thor1,

            nothing like watching your animal walking around limping, they can’t tell you where it hurts.

            That’s what makes the job of a veterinarian so hard and why good ones are amazing.

  1. What gift would you give a love one you are trying to entice to become a full-fledged prepper?
    I start with a good FAK and car emergency kit.

    One of our TSB Pack members turned me onto Piping Rock herbal etc. supply. Got my first order in just days and loved the quality and prices. Where do y’all buy your herbal supplements and other natural medicine supplies? I hope she shared her affiliate link in the comments section.
    I buy locally.

    Thought on earthquake and tsunami prepping in the wake of the natural disaster in Alaska?
    A good friend’s daughter and her family are in AK and experienced the quake. Please pray for A, A, and K.

    I live in Southern Illinois, and earthquakes are a real threat. (Google the faults here. You might be surprised.) I don’t do everything that I should. A lot of the preps are the same as for other disasters. However, securing items that can fall and injure is necessary. Taking earthquakes into account when building is also a good idea, but most people don’t do this.

    How did everyone prep this week?
    -Added to the medical and food stockpiles.
    -We harvested one deer, but we gave it to a friend who needed it.
    -I placed and received my first order of garden seeds.
    -Supplementing the chickens with light has given more eggs this winter.
    -I prepped and froze enough meals to last us a month or so.
    -The doeling we kept died. I believe something was wrong with her. She wasn’t growing well and had poor muscle tone. My husband was out of town. This left the digging and burial up to me. I’m definitely out of shape.
    -I ordered and received some kubatons. Does anyone have experience with them?

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

    1. Prepared Grammy,

      Kubatons, to use effectively, require training and practice. Horsing around with them, doing thumb or finger control techniques, can result in broken bones very easily.

      I used to carry one as a police officer, but found it was more useful as a key ring.

      1. Thanks. A friend recommended that I get them. She also recommended watching YouTube videos and practicing. When I got them I thought they looked like keychains too.

    2. Prepared Grammy,

      I placed and received my first order of garden seeds.

      We’re still using year’s worth of seed both ordered and saved. We typically hit the fall seed sales and have found that germination is still pretty good, especially when you pay $0.15 per package vs. $1-2 or more.

      -Supplementing the chickens with light has given more eggs this winter.

      That can help; but, ours all molted in September and it took a month to get back online; but, we’re OK now.

      -I ordered and received some kubatons. Does anyone have experience with them?

      I have training an experience with most staff weapons including the Kubaton. You can start with YouTube videos; but, some local training or at least some real practice can be very helpful, meaning that you not only watch the videos, you practice the techniques, slowly and carefully with a partner. Also keep in mind that the important thing about the Kubaton is not the tool; but, the skills and once you have those, any dowel rod, pencil, pen, or even a rolled up magazine or newspaper can make a formidable defensive tool.

      1. Hi Ohio Prepper,
        Your ears must be burning because several folks have mentioned you in the “What did you do this week” on the Modern Survival blog that I participate in as well. They wanted a way to get in touch with each other, and the host doesn’t want to be the go-between. Your name came up from one of our former members here saying that you were a stand up guy and you have helped many members reach out to each other. I told them I would reach out to you. I can send you an email too.

        1. OP,
          For some reason, I can’t email you. I’ll try again later because I’ve been having some trouble with my internet today.

          1. Hi Terra,

            Katzcradul is a good person to learn canning from. Yes, green beans are what I started with as well for pressure canning and strawberry preserves for water baths. The one thing to remember is that all meat, fatty foods like butter or fat with meat, anything that is not acidic needs to be pressure canned. Things that are acidic can be water bathed. There is an awesome FB group called Rebel Canners that I am a member of and they are great… The name for them means what it says… I, like you, need to get the meat out of the freezer. I figure it will be a good winter project since the weather will most likely be too cold to be outside.

            I have your e-mail address from where we met up last year for the Great Appalachian Homesteading conference. If you want me to send it to TOP, just let me know.

        2. Terra,
          Just send an email to [email protected] and I’ll get it.
          You need to place your name somewhere in the subject or body so I know who you are. I keep OPSEC and will only send information to my list as BCC (Blind Copies Circulated) or connect two folks who ask to be connected. I have about a dozen connections to date and no complaints.
          In some cases I also have addresses and telephone numbers; but, that is not at all required.

          1. OP,
            I have sent you my information before, but somehow your link didn’t work for me. I’ll go ahead and send you an email later tonight.

          2. Terra,

            I have sent you my information before, but somehow your link didn’t work for me. I’ll go ahead and send you an email later tonight.

            I just received it @ 22:39 (10:39 PM) and will respond either tonight or n the morning.

    3. Hooray for prepping, Friday at 08:29 all hell broke loose for 90 seconds. While many of our building had draconian building codes due to the “64” quake all of our buildings stood although some did suffer slight damage. Our roads didn’t fare so well as pictures have been posted. But by today Sunday 12/2 with the exception of a few detours, things are back to almost normal. We are now getting ready for a snow storm but many of us are ready for crap like this. There was a brief run on the stores for water and gas stations but that is over. The railroad going north to Fairbanks has some damage but the roads north and south are open with some slight detours.
      For me and my family well the wife and dog are nervous wrecks me I’m taking it in stride. We have adequate preps. But we never needed them.

      1. Old Alaskan:

        Good for you! It’s aways good to hear from people who planned ahead and rode out the “storm”. Glad you guys are okay!

        1. Almost There,
          Somehow I don’t think you get to be an ”Old” Alaskan if you don’t have the right attitude and skills. Like Hawaii, Alaska is a distant place with logistics problems; but, unlike Hawaii, you can freeze in the dark if you are unprepared.

      2. Glad you made it through okay! The pics were quite amazing, I personally figured most Alaskans would be okay, well maybe not all those in the ‘city’…

    4. Granny, saw your post on PPl in Alaska, got them covered. with prayers, individually and congregationally….. there are several that you tube and have been following some of them…

    5. Prepared Grammy, in southern Illinois you are in the New Madrid Fault zone. There have been some serious preparedness exercises among the states in this area. Long and short, prepare for an earthquake as if you lived in California or Alaska. Nothing imminent, but the signs are concerning.

  2. I did my low-carb grocery shopping this week. Added a little to my stash.

    Had a little excitement here last Tuesday. #1 daughter came over to pickup granddaughter and she was complaining about upper left abdominal pain, then she essentially collapsed on my dining room floor (she was able to control her fall). I did some assessment on her and when she said the pain was worse than giving birth (which she did naturally), I called 911 and her husband.

    Poor granddaughter was calm while all the firefighters were here, but when she saw them taking her mommy, she freaked out. I waited until the firefighters got my daughter on the stretcher, then I brought the baby out for a kiss and hug. Luckily, her daddy showed up right then and I passed her off to him. I had to continue watching baby for a few more hours. She was pretty upset for a while, but we played explore the dark apartment with flashlights and that cheered her up enough to eat some supper and have a couple of books read to her. She loves playing with flashlights.

    Basically, the docs suspected #1’s gall bladder, but the ultrasound was clear. Her blood sugar was normal, so that kind of ruled out pancreatitis. So, it ended up as a case of “I dunno” and she was referred to a GI specialist. They had her on Demerol, which is not conducive to breastfeeding, which she still does in the evening. But the pharmacist did some research for her and said if she pumped and dumped what she had, then she could breastfeed OK. So, everything worked out alright for the time being. #1 sees the GI on Dec 11.

    Thanksgiving dinner was very nice. Unfortunately, I could only stare wistfully at the pecan pie (one of my favorites). That stuff is a diabetic coma on a plate.

    I did some more bulk cooking this past weekend for my meals this week. How I long for my days in the Marine Corps when I was a young stud and could eat anything because I was going to work it off the next day. I’m down 29lbs and my blood sugar is right in my normal range. I have a doctor’s appointment on Dec 7, and I’ll ask if I’m good for some vigorous exercise (within reason).

    The last couple of years I gave Christmas gifts that were prepper related. This year, I decided to get everyone a basic first aid kit they can keep in their cars. I researched making them myself or buying a pre-made kit. I decided to go with a pre-made kit from Doom and Bloom as it would be a bit cheaper, but still have good quality stuff.

    Speaking of Doom and Bloom, I bought the Alton’s new book on antibiotics and infectious diseases. So far, I have skimmed through the book and read the first few chapters. I like it. They keep the medical terminology to a relative minimum and explain what they do use (not a biggie to me as I understand a lot of that stuff), but it’s not written at the idiot level either. Later in the book, they get into detailed discussion of fish and avian antibiotics in the austere setting. I recommend it, especially if you have antibiotics in your prep kit.

    Tara’s Questions

    1. Gift to encourage prepping. As I wrote above, I’ve been giving prepper related gifts for several years now. My Ex seems to have taken the suggestions most to heart and #1 daughter after her. The Ex, being also an ex-communist (just kidding, she never was but lived in a communist country as a kid), is very worried about the political situation in the US.

    2. Herbal suppliers. I don’t really have a specific supplier. What I buy I generally get through Amazon or some other suppliers I can’t think of right now.

    3. Earthquake/tsunami prep. Luckily, so far anyway, we don’t have much in the way of seismic activity in Florida. Tsunamis are a potential, however, as there are a couple of places in the Atlantic that could be problematic and cause tsunamis to strike Florida. I live well inland, but Florida is so flat a real butt-kicker of a tsunami could still theoretically affect Orlando and environs. Such a tsunami could be a real problem here and not allow much time to head for the hills which are a long way off. I think standard hurricane prep is all one can do here in the Land of the Mouse as bugging out just won’t be an option if it’s a nasty one.

    4. This week’s preps. See above.

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      Thanksgiving dinner was very nice. Unfortunately, I could only stare wistfully at the pecan pie (one of my favorites). That stuff is a diabetic coma on a plate.

      It’s also one of my favorites; but, if you gotta go, LOL. About 12 years ago I got serious about my eating habits (not diet) and lost 60 pounds from 235 down to 175; but, with real portion control, healthy eating, and some exercise, I now maintain about 150 and feel pretty good all in all.
      As for tsunamis in Florida and along the east coast, the only real scary one I think about is La Palma in the Canary Islands that could be the killer of the entire east coast. That makes me glad to be 800 miles inland with the Appalachian range in the middle.
      And your flashlights in the dark remind me of those same fun times I had with the DD 25 years ago.
      Hope they find out what’s up with your #1, since this idiopathic mystery stuff can be a real concern.

      1. TOP,

        You’re not a very tall person so you must have looked pretty chubby at 235lbs. I’m 5’11” and I definitely looked tubby at 257. OK, I’ll be honest. I looked friggin FAT. I’m down to 228 now and feel much better in my knees and back. I’m still going to lose more weight. I mentioned my ability to eat whatever I wanted in the Marines. I was 165lbs then, but very physically active.

        La Palma in the Canaries was exactly what I was thinking about as a potential problem. Very serious problem.

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          You’re not a very tall person so you must have looked pretty chubby at 235lbs.

          I barely scrape 5’ 6” an @ 235 I was not chubby; but, grossly overweight. Now at 150 I’m in pretty good shape; but, do still have a small roll around the midsection, made from the skin that used to cover 85 pounds of ugly protruding fat

          La Palma in the Canaries was exactly what I was thinking about as a potential problem. Very serious problem.

          That just means that great minds think alike, LOL.
          My real hope / biggest fear has to do with the DOD / DHS threat assessment teams who I sincerely hope are aware of that place and the potential danger. I’m pretty sure they track potential bombing and nuclear threats within the home land, and I know from others, including some on this forum that nuclear sensing and tracking is superb; but, a small nuke or even conventional high explosives in the right place on that island, could potentially unleash a real unstoppable cataclysm from 5500 miles away

          1. TOP,

            A nuke in the right place might do it. But it would require a lot of conventional explosives emplaced in numerous locations. Like blowing an extremely large quarry with ANFO. Sneaking a single nuke in might get past, but not all the work necessary to emplace literally tons and tons of conventional HE. Even with a nuke, I’m not sure it could affect the geography in the right way.

          2. Zulu 3-6,
            I hope you are right; but, I’ve read estimates many years ago, that there is a large slab that might not take much to break loose and slide into the ocean. I’m pretty sure we have satellites that can provide overwatch, and just hope someone is at least paying attention.

  3. This week’s questions:

    1. What gift would you give a love one you are trying to entice to become a full-fledged prepper?
    – MY youngest was living on a farm turned into a rental house. When the power went out, and it does regularly, they loose everything including water. I sent her a Luggable Loo and some other supplies along with a short list of other recommended items she just out in the closet and forget until the next outage. The hint really didn’t take. With her Mother living with her, there is a lot of anti-me thoughts in that house.

    2. One of our TSB Pack members turned me onto Piping Rock herbal etc. supply. Got my first order in just days and loved the quality and prices. Where do y’all buy your herbal supplements and other natural medicine supplies? I hope she shared her affiliate link in the comments section.
    – we use a couple of essential oils, for which we have various sources and dried elder berries we get from Amazon.

    3. Thought on earthquake and tsunami prepping in the wake of the natural disaster in Alaska?
    – My worry about an earthquake is Yellowstone. Not much I can do about it except move, and I’m not sure that it won’t just be postponing the inevitable.

    4. How did everyone prep this week? For the last 2 weeks of November:

    We started at a Gun Show. Friday, we sold NOTHING! Saturday & Sunday were significantly better; sold a couple of guns and some accessories. Only bought a box of .429 bullet for reloading (ordered 4 more), added some to the savings stash, and paid for DW’s new oven (Sunday delivery)!

    Black Friday (or Friday of Color) was limited to Micro SD Cards for the tablets.

    No family this Thanksgiving weekend, so we just enjoyed each other’s company. Assembled 3 sets of HD commercial shelves to form 2 (ordered the parts I lost). Getting rid of the plastic drawer sets we were using for larger, locking lid clear tubs. Started the moving of supplies and equipment, IAW the new construction plans. Took delivery of the new oven. My $17 holster for my 686+ came in from eBay. 

    I had a prostate biopsy last Tuesday, still waiting for the results. Nothing much to do about it until then.

  4. Hi Tara & all,

    Thanks to both herbal and unfortunately even some modern medicine, I am back on the end now. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with family and prepper friends.

    I don’t understand all of the hating of modern medicine. Herbals are a great thing to know, especially in an emergency; but, it was modern medicine that killed off Polio, Smallpox, and the plague, while herbals did nothing. Prior to modern medicine, millions died from simple infections we now cure with ease. I am still alive today due to modern medicine, including devices that keep me running day to day.
    Thanksgiving was good here, except I picked up a sinus problem from some of the kids that ended up with a trip to the doctor who has been seeing a lot of what I had. Right now I’m in pretty good shape, and the only modern medicine the doc told me to get was the mucous expectorant Guaifenesin. It’s the active ingredient in the OTC medication Mucinex;; but, she said it’s getting harder to find Mucinex without decongestant, so she recommended the dollar stores, where we found what we needed.

    Preps for the past few weeks have been light due to both illness and the holiday. Oh, and the dang weather. Ohio weather is always nutty, but this past nearly two years it has really outdone itself. I am beyond tired of living in mud. As much as I loathe the cold weather I was looking forward to a few days below 35 degrees so it would all harden.

    It’s raining and muddy here also; but, at least supposed to dry up tomorrow. I can put up with the mud for a while, since it means burning less propane and using no firewood.

    Once of the hunting treehouses on the property that was not in good repair when we bought the place is no longer really safe. So a rehab or tear down and rebuild is on our spring to do list. Both of the hunting tree houses also double of LP/OPs – they simply could not have been positioned better for such a purpose.

    I’ve often considered building an elevated blind here on the property; but, your tree house for hunting and LP/OP has made me decide to build one this summer, so next winter I can deer hunt on the property and not have these old bones freezing.

    When he and our daughter-in-law and daughter and son-in-law all went to Prepper Camp at couple years ago, the blacksmithing class was everyone’s favorite. If anyone is thinking about making the wise choice to go to Prepper Camp next September, now would be the time to score tickets, there is a Christmas early bird sale going on. Giving the gift of survival to someone you love – what could be better?

    Some of us are considering this, with the last event I attended like this one being Dave Canterbury’s 2011 fall gathering. I talked with him this past spring and he now only holds the summer gathering, since the fall gathering makes it harder to bring kids who are already back in school. I don’t mind cold camping since layers and a fire can solve a lot; but, 90° & 90% are horrible conditions for camping, at least at my age.
    What gift would you give a love one you are trying to entice to become a full-fledged prepper?
    That depends a lot on the person and their current situation.
    I have already passed on flashlights, lanterns; battery backed light bulbs, water filter bottles, knives, and firearms, as well as blankets, si it really requires some analysis.
    One of our TSB Pack members turned me onto Piping Rock herbal etc. supply. Got my first order in just days and loved the quality and prices. Where do y’all buy your herbal supplements and other natural medicine supplies? I hope she shared her affiliate link in the comments section.
    Mostly from Puritans pride or local vendors; but, I will be getting some Elderberries from somewhere, soon.
    Thought on earthquake and tsunami prepping in the wake of the natural disaster in Alaska?
    Prepping is always personal and requires use of your own personal threat matrix as I outlined in an article that used to reside here; but, now cannot be found. Here in Ohio I don’t worry about earthquakes and tsunamis; but, do prepare for another list of threats like tornados, ice storms, & blizzards
    How did everyone prep this week?
    Once again, this is the easy one; since I keep a running tally during the week and these past two weeks we did and acquired the following:
    1. Trip to Harbor Freight where we purchased
    • A Pack of 6 dust masks
    • 5 pairs of safety glasses
    • 2 aluminum carabineers
    • 100 pack Nitrile gloves
    • 2 pair scissors
    • 2 V-shaped hangers
    • 6 elastic tie downs / Bungee cords (Free)
    • 2 – 24 foot 12 bulb string lights with 18 bulbs (these will be outfitted with LED bulbs and used to light up our currently rather dark & dim granary.
    • 15″ Tool Bag
    2. A trip to Dollar Tree where we purchased
    • 2 packs peanut and pretzel snack mix
    • 2 bags caramel Bugles (these are delicious)
    • Jurassic world bandages
    • Package of yellow highlighters
    • Scotch tape refill
    • 3 frozen Turtle pie slices
    • 3 first aid kits containing
    o 21 Items Including 1 Carrying Case
    o Alcohol Prep Pad
    o 8 Sheer Bandages 3/4 x 3 inch
    o 4 Sheer Bandages 3/4 x 1 1/2 inch
    o 2 Sheer Bandages 7/8 x 7/8
    o 2 Knuckle Bandages 1 1/2 x 3 inch
    o 2 Gauze Pads 2×2
    o 2 Alcohol Prep Pads
    o 2 Adhesive Bandages
    3. Spent half a day at the hospital getting test run for some possible upcoming procedures. At the conclusion it was decided that we will continue on the same medications and continue our exercise plan, with a revisit of some testing in May.
    4. On the way home from the Hospital, we stopped at the local computer Mega Store (Micro Center) and I purchased the following:
    • 3 Swisstcch 6 in 1 Uttli-Key
    • 2 USB Flash DRIVE 16GB BULK
    • 2 USB Flash DRIVE 128GB BULK
    • 1 MICRO SDHC 16GB
    • 1 MICRO SDHC 32GB
    5. Received a Swisstek WEC Wi-Fi 3-Meter Endoscope Cam from woot.com
    6. Received an order of Tomato Pockets that claim to be able to grow 25 pounds of large Organic Tomatoes each. I sometimes like to experiment and this will be another variety to try next spring.
    7. I watched an interesting interview about a new Documentary: ‘The Creepy Line” – How Google and Facebook Manipulate Society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MK1TtZClPY
    8. Performed our weekly tank level check and it appears we have to date only used 200 gallons of propane. This bodes well for future use and next summer’s fill.
    9. Found an interesting article: “General Principles of Antimicrobial Therapy” available @ https://www.shea-online.org/images/priority-topics/Principles-Antimicrobial-Therapy-Mayo-Cl-2011.pdf
    10. Trip to the dentist for another crown. We start the implants in January 2019 (2019 already? It doesn’t seem possible)
    11. Received a pair of Intelligent 6V / 12V Battery Charger / Maintainers from woot.com. I have some batteries for communications I will use these on, since they are better than the simple float chargers from Harbor Freight and elsewhere.
    12. Ordered a Lot of 5 Mini BIC butane lighters from Amazon for the EDC
    13. Some intensive medical testing at the hospital to evaluate my heart condition. So far they don’t want to do anything drastic; but, we will keep exercising and do some additional testing next May. They are considering an Aortic valve replacement; but, that is now done without major surgery using a technique called TAVR. If it turns out I need the work next year, it’s rather simple with only a few days in the hospital and back on your feet rather quickly. We live in amazing times.

      1. Moe,
        Look for The LyfeLite LED Emergency bulb.
        It has an internal battery and circuitry to keep it charged and lights the bulb when the switch to the light is on and the power is out. They otherwise work just like any LED light bulb and you turn them off and on with the switch on the wall or the lamp. Like most inexpensive LED bulbs, they need a real switch and not a dimmer and they must be kept turned on regularly, for something like 1-2 hours per day, to keep the battery charged. I gifted some of these to Grammyprepper and her DW a while back, as well as a few of my neighbors / MAG members and kids. Other than keeping them turned on for a few hours per day, they require no real thoughts or maintenance.
        If they are turned on when the power goes out, they stay on. If they are turned off when the power goes out, you flip the switch and they come on.

    1. TOP:

      I just got in some battery backed light bulbs. I have some places where a hands-free emergency light would be really handy.

      1. JP in MT

        I got some of those battery backed bulbs several weeks ago. Nice.

        You can also play Uncle Fester with them, sticking them in your mouth. I did that in front of #1 daughter and I thought she was going to pee herself. I also gave her a few. 🙂

        1. Zulu 3-6,
          Uncle Fester? You’re dating yourself old man, LOL.
          I’ve have more than one person ask if we could do that, and old Fester gets mentioned quite often.

          Moe,
          I’m not sure; but, I think Zulu 3-6 probably purchased his about the same time I did, from a link I sent him, as I did some others. If you drop an email to [email protected] and identify yourself in the email, I can connect you with others in the community and will sometimes send information to the group that I find useful. I maintain OPSEC and the information is infrequent and blind copied. I’ve had several people purchase those bulbs at a great price, as well as some other things.

    2. TOP, I don’t consider it a hating of modern medicine but an adjuctiveway to take care of small issues before they become large ones.It’s economical to do that. I have no health care insurance. current cost for me alone is close to half our income to go to a insurance company each month/then the deductible on top of that. not possible.. It has been more than 4 years since I have seen a physician.last labs were wnl. Blood sugar runs low, all bood indicators runs low as does iron counts.am on natural iron supplement, do not tolerate any prescription iron. take only rx’d(all OTC) vites by as directed by surgeon at gastric surgery..(.yrs ago.)
      This week, I had a sinus issue that was just beginning,( chronic allergies) I used herbals before a doctors appoint would have been available and I did not need to go by the time an appointment could have been made. This is the true advantage of herbals that if you know what to use, and have it readidly available, it reduces” down time” and “sick time”. Mine started just grogginess, feeling ” bad-off” and could not isolate, by 4 pm sore throat, slight earache. herbals treated and by morning improvement evident with less soreness. continued for 2 days with herbals. and No doctor needed.I was down only one day, and that was before full illness became evident. cost to see Dr here?(last time with UTI was 100$,) FNP is 65$ minimum… for them to tell me what I already know?
      Since I began a regular regimine of oil of oregano.. one 2 weeks off 2 weeks… I have stopped the progression of my lyme arthritis, and Lyme flares. Oregano is effective against MRSA which has that name because it is a resistant bateria. People who do not use herbals get sick and die because it advances in resistance until there is no Pharma to combat it. Since Oregano grown in one location differs slightly in % of each compound in it, and an Oregano from a different location the bacteria do not , so far, build resistance to herbals.
      Using herbals with antibiotics generally increases the effectiveness of the antibiotic. I am not an herbalist, nor a Doctor, Nor do I play one on tv. This is from my experience of family members having resistant bacteria and then not having them with COMBINED care of Pharma and herbals. It was a very expensive learning curve. We tried many things before we found the correct combinations to use… for different bacteria. Staying out of clinics where everyone else is sick, and out of hospitals as much as possible has minimized our exposure to all kinds of illness.
      Yes, We do live in amazing times.! We have opportunity to use any number of methods for illness and injury , if we but have the knowledge we require when we need it. We have smaller surgical tools and ability to manuver them with all kinds of monitoring devices. My DH just had an ablation, both microwave and cryo technology were used….only a year ago. His strength still is not up, but seems to be slowly improving. Before was going down hill steadidly. Just a few years ago neither would have been possible.
      I had an Uncle that had the aortic valve replacement. If you can avoid an infection from/in the hospital, you should do well. Drug resistant bacteria is a major cause of death in the elder populations after ANY hospital trip. I know you have good medical care and centers there. Do not think I am knocking them, but that is the major problem with all hospitals now(is something they have to combat daily)…controlling hospital acquired infections of all kinds..airborn(pnumonia’s) surgical incision( wounds), and from surgical instruments. sending you a mail.

  5. Hello everyone-
    Hope those that have been under the weather are on the mend.

    Prepping has mostly been indoor inventory and making quilts. Water was added to the stock pile when the grocery store put cases on sale. I like to have a variety of containers stockpiled in addition to purification systems. Individual bottles are useful in certain cases.

    Christmas presents in the past to encourage prepping have included FAK, BOB, tents and knives. Not sure what this year’s gift will be.

    Most of my herbs are homegrown. But I do order moringa and some essential oils from an online source. I use enough moringa that I signed on as a distributor but sales is not a priority.

    We occasionally experience earthquakes here. But the fault lines are a couple hundred miles away. So far the strongest was a 3.1 about 8 years ago. Probably need to add preps in this area. Absolutely no threat from tsunamis. But river flooding could occur. We built on some of the highest ground around and have provisions if we get cut off and can’t reach our designated escape routes in time. Heading south actually means higher ground for us. There is only one major road south of town-a two lane highway. So awhile back we plotted and drove the unpaved country roads south. Takes about an hour before you hit a paved highway going east.

  6. i’ve had a issue for a while, that i was looking for a solution for. i made the jump from leather belts , to the nylon instructor /wildland fire fighter belts about 4 years ago. leather belts would bend and bow, then put preassure into my spine, triggering numbness and cramping. i really didn’t want to buy a new nylon one , with christmas coming up so soon, but wasn’t quite ready to make my good going out town belt. my new work belt. all day long, it would be 3 or 4 steps and my pants would be dropping. i would cinch the belt tight and you could watch the belt slide, with out even moving. i looked likea toddler , with a full diaper, trying to keep my pants up. so in frustration i found a easy fix. i took a muffin molded bees wax, that i use on zippers and knife blades, rubbed it directly where the belt doubles back on its self. now the belt rides so tight, you couldn’t havea accidental discharge in your drawers, if you wanted to. i may get another year out of this belt ..

    taras ?
    1 – my son went out deer hunting on monday and the wind and cold were horrible. he was huddled under a tarp trying to stay warm and dry. when he came in, i showed him a casualty blanket, made by rothco. he’s had it in a daypack, for if he goes back out. i guess he is getting for christmas,maybe my wife will get 1 for her jeep.
    other ideas are maybe a orienteering class. you may not make a horse drink water, but if you add enough gin. maybe it becomes palatable and drink the water, unknowingly. or maybe a bushcraft class. i found another bushcraft blog, that seems well done, called scablands bushcraft. [might be worth checking out]
    1- maybe a zebra cook set, a 12 or 14 cm potwould be awesome and affordable.

    1. BLACK,
      I understand about the belts. I’ve been using a Blade Tech Looper belt for about 10 years now and the only thing I’ve had to do is add more holes as I’ve lost weight. The belt is a leather / Kydex / leather sandwich so it is subtle like leather; but, stiff enough from the Kydex to hold firm with a load.
      As for the orienteering class, you and I have the equipment and skills to teach your boy, and we have pretty good terrain around here to do the course, especially to my east.
      My small woods on the north are a perfect spot for an overnight campout to learn basic bush crafting like field expedient shelters and various means of starting fires. It’s also close enough to the house for safety or for us old farts to get in out of the weather, LOL.
      We could start here with a basic introduction to map & compass and make and learn to use pacing beads, so this could all be done on the cheap.

    2. When was working in facilities maintenance I carried several tools on my belt. I got some suspenders from Sportsmans Guide. They had three clips, two on the front and one on the back that clipped under your belt. Your pants would stay up without having to tighten your belt so much.

  7. parts kits means, midway and brownells won’t have any parts. no replacement triggers, no grips, no extracort or bolts or barrels.
    my suggestion , is to have someone else, your not related to, add a spare receiver when fill ing out the form. have someone else your not related to , buy a barrel on line or usea prepaid visas, sending parts to a POBOX, in another town.
    buy all the ammo and parts you can now.

  8. My dh’s kids’ mother died this afternoon. She had bone cancer and was in terrible pain. She had been under hospice care for months and had been terminally sedated since Wednesday. Both kids were at her side. My dh drove over and waited for the cremation service to show up to get the body.

    We received the life insurance paperwork from the inheritance my mother left me. We are waiting on the death certificate so we can file the papers.

    This has been a hard year.

    1. Oh, Bam Bam. I am so sorry. This has indeed been a hard year. I remember when my mother died I felt so guilty for being glad she was out of pain. You all will be in our prayers.

      1. RoufusD & Bam Bam.

        I am so sorry. This has indeed been a hard year. I remember when my mother died I felt so guilty for being glad she was out of pain. You all will be in our prayers.

        There is no reason to feel guilty since it’s just a part of life, although a tough part of life, and as we get older, it’s something we have to face more often. Both of my parents and those of my DW have been gone for years. Mine passed in 2002 and 2011 and hers in the late 1990’s; but, when the oldest sibling of one family marries the youngest of another, those are the numbers you get.
        This is the time that we all seek comfort and support in our remaining family and friends, which includes at least in part for me, this community.
        I’m glad you are all here every week (or sometimes more often)

      2. Rufus D.

        I was happy that my mom was out of pain. She is in a better place now. It has been almost a year since she had her first major stroke. No one should have to linger that long.

    2. Bam Bam,

      Sorry to hear about the death in your family. Bone cancer is pretty painful.

      I just learned of one in my family. One of my ex-wife’s sisters died yesterday. They suspect a drug overdose. I will not be surprised if it was. She’s been a junkie since before I first met her in 1979. The surprise is that it didn’t happen sooner. My Ex didn’t get along with her sister well and I didn’t like her either.

      1. Zulu,

        Sorry to hear about your ex’s sister. I have an aunt who is a junkie. The family hasn’t heard from her in almost a year. That’s my mom’s younger sister. She doesn’t even know her own sister is dead. I just don’t get the whole drug attraction thing. I don’t buy the standard “drug addiction” thing.

    3. Bam Bam, I’m so sorry for your loss. Twenty-eight years ago we had five very close friends or family members pass away in six weeks. It took a lot out of all of us. I will pray for you and your family.

      1. Prepared Grammy,

        I don’t think I could handle another two. But then again you have no idea what you can handle until you’ve been through it. Thanks for your kind note.

    4. Gosh, I’m sorry, but she is at last free of all that pain. Cancer is the great bully. I lost my wife to ovarian cancer some years back, after a three year battle. Ovarian is so unnecessary. There is a simple, inexpensive blood enzyme test called CA125 which I believe every menopausal or post menopausal woman should have done annually. Doctors don’t like to use it because it can result in a false positive, which can frighten you, but won’t kill you and which will require further testing. It NEVER result in a false negative.

      1. Billy T,

        Cancer is the great bully. I lost my wife to ovarian cancer some years back, after a three year battle.

        I did not know that. It seems that you have been through the wringer more than once.
        I have never lost anyone to cancer; but, I know more than a few who are 5 or more years into remission and those treatments get better every day.
        To me the scariest monster around is what you had. IPF took both my best friend and MIL and it took a lung transplant to save you. There’s a lot of money and research going into the big ”C”; but, AFAIK IPF is still one of those red headed step children that/s baffling people with only one outcome and one cure. I am sincerely glad you got the cure, since until my best friend suffered for years with it, I had not really even heard of it.

        1. The worst thing is watching someone you love gradually die and there is nothing you can do about it. During my 27 year military career, I was usually the guy in charge, to whom people looked for answers. It’s hard to go from that to having no answers at all. By the time she finally passed on, she was a shadow of her formerly lovely self. It is a terrible, helpless feeling.

          1. Billy T,

            By the time she finally passed on, she was a shadow of her formerly lovely self. It is a terrible, helpless feeling.

            I actually do understand this. My best friend who passed from IPF in March of 2015 suffered with the disease for several years before the end. His DW was / is an E.R. doc and I watched sometimes as she tried to comfort him to no avail, as he tried to catch his breath after only sitting at lunch and talking too long. He was former Army Special Forces and he and I had hiked, backpacked, and hunted together in all kinds of terrain and weather. The DW & I were god parents to his girls. He was just 3 month shy of age 61 and I still miss him a lot.
            I hope no one finds this link too unthinking; but, I often hear this song in my minds ear when discussing this general topic.
            Craig Morgan – This Ain’t Nothin’ https://youtu.be/eSdItuvBxc8
            I still tear up a bit when I hear this; but, for me it helps put life in perspective.

        1. Bam Bam,

          Cancer may have met its match. A 15 year old kid has invented a diagnostic test for certain forms of cancer–it’s accurate and it costs three cents.

          As someone who has done science and science fairs since I was a kid, and who regularly judges them, I think this is more typical than one might think. I often judge the regional Science and Engineering fair and occasionally judge at the state level, and some of the projects these “kids” come up with can be amazing. The article mentioned that the kid was trying something that “everyone else knew was impossible” and I’ve seen that same “ignorance, insight, and determination do some amazing things. Kids now a days also do have some amazing tools, like affordable computers and computer modeling and kits to play with DNA at home.
          While herbals are a good backup, I hope those on this forum who use them, will at least acknowledge what modern western medicine has accomplished and will continue to accomplish, often things those herbals can’t touch. Our quiver works best when we have a plethora of different arrows from which to choose.

          1. Well said, O.P. Science and modern medicine are advancing at incredible rates. There are a few areas where herbal medicine outdoes modern medicine–and we know this because the science proves it! Without modern scientific procedures, doctors would still be blood letting. Think about that.

        2. Bam, I sincerely hope this is a bona fide test and that it is widely used. There are dogs trained to detect cancer also and they have an extremely high rate of dependability.

          Diagnosis didn’t help my Chrissy, as it was diagnosed, but she was in stage 4. The CA 125 test would have diagnosed it much earlier, but we were ignorant of its’ existence. Now, I am a crusader for it’s use by all menopausal or postmenopausal women who still have their ovaries.

          1. Billy,

            I am so sorry to hear about your Crissy. I am sure she was a wonderful woman and a great wife. I will keep you in my prayers. It is said when a wife and mother dies. It is even sadder when a wonderful wife and wonderful mother dies.

    5. BamBam, I am sorry for your loss, I know you have been a rock for the kiddo’s, and supportive of their mother through all this. *Hugs*

      1. Grammyprepper,

        We called tonight to check up on the kids. Daughter was partying it up with her former roommate and son was chilling with some friends. I am so glad the kids are adjusting.

    6. Well I guess deaths come in threes. My dh called his best from in Baton Rouge to let him know the kid’s mother died and found out that his friend’s 25-year-old granddaughter committed suicide. This was a good Catholic family. We have just been walking around dazed.

      This week I need to get back on schedule. I haven’t been to taekwondo since before Thanksgiving. I have been dealing with drafts of term papers and loss of life paperwork.

      I wanted to log on and thank everyone for the kind words. We are just keeping on keeping on.

      1. Bam Bam,
        Sorry to hear about another loss, especially a suicide.
        I lost my best friend, my brother and two good friends all in the span of 16-18 months; but, for now that seems to be over, so perhaps things on your end will also slow down
        I’ll bet that once you get back into taekwondo, it will help. That focus and concentration that needs you to set the rest of the world aside for a bit always helped me, and if you are in the mind to hit something, that I suspect can also be accommodated with no ill effects or people giving you inquisitive sideways glances and that “What the h*ll” facial expression.

        1. O.P.,

          I haven’t been to taekwondo since before Thanksgiving. I don’t really have a reason that I can identify. I just need to kick my butt into gear. I got my mom’s death certificate in the mail today. That just kind of made everything real. I am walking through my own mom’s death while still trying to help his kids walk through their mom’s death.

  9. Hey Pack,
    All is swimmingly good here… another 3-5 inches or so of rain and I completely agree with Tara’s assessment of the mud. The chickens are in the dry and so far are not swimming…. Preps have been slow for several weeks, fighting virus’ and sinus difficulties some of us sicker than others. I have minimized mine via use of herbals. and tinctures. We obtained a “new to us car” so that our transportaion will be possible to see family without acute pain on part of DH.
    Most of our preps have been centered around purhasing of baking needs, flour, cooking oils, seasonings,treat ingredients. I did get remander of turkey canned in bone stock. and have a few more jars of jam in the works for today. celery and carrots are going in the dehydrator…today.
    I often give gifts of preparedness for all kinds of gifts, for graduation , wedding and Christmas gifts. crocheted towels and bath cloths make good dish towels and shaving towels for young men and women alike. They are equally as good in sets for housewarming gifts. Home canned goods from meats to Jellies and Jams are well recieved. The only problem I have had, is working around some allergies.
    I also give herbals and first aide kits/items for christmas gifts.This is one way i can restock DD on necessary items.Bandaids, ace or vet wrap, sterile 4×4’s, antibiotic and hydrocortizone cream, Puppy supplies will be added to list this year. I always include several ways to use and reasons to use any herbal I include in a gift..(.ex.. essential lemon oil can be used to make lemonaid or lemon water…not only does it taste good helps to alkalize the body and promotes weight loss and hydration.)

    If you are able to grow all the things you need and have gotten those set up, more power to you.It is wonderful that you are able to need so litle or grow and produce as much as you need.
    We are not there, yet . It is our goal to grow as much as we can..of the things we require.For the short term we must purchase.. By sharing this link , it helps us to have the things we NEED. If you don’t want to use this company or my link, my feelings are not broken. If you want to use it wonderful! It WILL help !. You only need to enter thru it one time…so do not have to continue to enter thru it, IF you want our family to have a small benefit. ON first order the benefit for you is 10% off the first order. and this company does run “crazy deals” which is often 30-50% off normal pricing.The 10% is in addition to the sale price.
    I am the one who shared link with Tara. I did not realize it was permitted to share it here. Since she has apoved i will share it here.

    https://www.pipingrock.com/?rwcode=CWC427
    There are several things we have not begun growing that I/we use often, among those is the essential oils, esp peppermint and oil of oregano.I do not have amount of most things to be able to extract amount of oils we use… so to buy from an affordable outlet is my best option for now. We have an incredible amount of herbals utilized by DH to assist with blood thinning medication to prevent clots. By using a standardized formula we can regulate his protocol closer with less adjustments to medicines,less danger of gastric and eye bleeds and blood clots all in one way. We also get herbals for heart function, and nerve pain supplements( astralagus, hawthorn) thru this site.

    Judge Anna has an interesting post today “saw a green beam” going to site “of Big Lake epicenter, large earthquake, in Alaska. She outed the banking system…
    The new madrid could affect us if it was a big enough event, but according to dutchsince Oklahoma and all the drill points has become the pressure relief valve for much of the country…so that lessens our chance of damaging event. If tsunami occurs here… will be abunch of people in much worse shape than we are… even tho our elevation is 500 and below we have a rim of high ground around most of the area…northern Miss flooding does affect streams here..as some flow north. our main preps are for tornado and ice, lack of power events. Not where we want to be but getting better all along. Preparedness is not a destination .It is a journey.

    Bam Bam it has been a hard and worrisome year for you in a lot of ways. everything from loss of income, to loss of health and death of Mom, now DH’s family loss. Being there for his ex and his children will be something he will never regret. Continue to support him as he grieves. I have been there and it is not easy, sharing good memories is one good way. Encourage the children to write down their good memories of their Mom. it will help them cope with loss and remeber good tiems. will be something to read in later years,,and re remember all voer again as happy times. take care of yourselves and center on t he good.

    Keep on Keeping on! Do your best to get all supplies up and in asap. winter may be very long .

    1. Anonamo Also,

      I also give herbals and first aide kits/items for christmas gifts.This is one way i can restock DD on necessary items.Bandaids, ace or vet wrap, sterile 4×4’s, antibiotic and hydrocortizone cream,

      You may have noticed the “Jurassic world bandages”< in my list. The DD will be 28 next month and she will still no doubt giggle when she opens the package with those in it.

      The new madrid could affect us if it was a big enough event, but according to dutchsince Oklahoma and all the drill points has become the pressure relief valve for much of the country

      I think the New Madrid is highly unlikely, since as you state, there has been a lot of relief on that fault; but, if it ever occurs, it could well affect all of us, since the original series of quakes in 1811-1812 were reported to have rung church bells in Philadelphia.
      As for tsunamis, we are almost 600 miles from the east coast, have a mountain range in between and sit at over 1000 feet ASL so those don’t worry me. Weather events and power outages are our only problem; but, with multiple ways to heat and ways to provide whole house power for months, as well as numerous neighbors / MAG members locally here to share and help, we have done about all we can, and feel pretty good. For power outages, our power cooperative has been ranked as one of the best in the area, if not the nation, so those are rare and short lived.
      When you state:

      Preparedness is not a destination .It is a journey.

      I will add that it is also a lifestyle and that while on this journey, you should look back in time on occasion and see how far you have traveled. For instance, we lived here for 32 years before we could finally afford and justify the whole house auto-start generator. It needs maintenance every 2 years or 200 running hours, and it’s now a month overdue for its 2-year maintenance. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, or as an older friend mentioned on one of my radio nets last week, “The toilet paper roll spins faster and faster as you near the end of the roll.” , which I thought was very appropriate.

      1. TOP,

        I like those Jurrasic World band-aids. Since I’m getting all the adults in my family first aid kits, I decided to get some of those band-aids for granddaughter. She loves dinosaur toys, cartoons, and the displays at the Orlando Science Center. She’ll love the band-aids. Thanks for the tip.

    2. AA,

      We don’t have “winter” in Florida. We did have a three day stretch last week where it got down to 32 degrees. We have on average half a dozen to a dozen freezing evenings. Dh’s kids are all grown adults. His oldest will be a father in April. They have decided they want a quite Christmas with us instead of going south to visit their mother’s family. I think that’s a good idea. They will just have to drive across down to come over for dinner instead of driving 6 hours in holiday traffic. I am making prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes and steamed green beans with bacon. Thinking about cooking always makes me feel relaxed.

      1. Bam Bam,

        I am making prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes and steamed green beans with bacon. Thinking about cooking always makes me feel relaxed.

        I hope you get relaxed; but, that meal is a feast fit for any holiday since it contains the major food groups. Those of course include garlic and bacon with the potatoes a close second, LOL.

      2. Just a suggestion – steam the green beans halfway, then throw them in a grill pan with the garlic and a little butter and olive oil and finish cooking them. Yummm. Top with bacon bits! (Real, of course)

  10. In the last couple of weeks I have tried to keep steady on supplies but I have ordered and received the following: a stainless steel canning funnel, a 12 pack of magnifier lenses that I believe Jesse recommended, a set of black out curtains for the bedroom (the bedrooms would be easy to put up blackout curtains in, the living room/kitchen areas have slanted upper windows so that may be much harder), picked up another can of butane and a couple more boxes of canning lids (try to pick up some each week). Went to a customer appreciation day at one of our local hardware stores and won a Milwaukie cord free drill (around a $160 value). Totally thrilled about it as I have to install a curtain rod for those blackout curtains.
    When the notification of the Alaska earthquake came across my phone there was some concern about tsunamis along coastal mainland. There wasn’t much I could do to be better prepared as I was on a bus headed to work so just trusted everything would work out. Earthquakes and tsunamis are a real problem in my location but all you can do is be as prepared as possible, hope you are home when/if it happens and live your life. With some potential disasters you can drive yourself absolutely crazy if you live in fear of those disasters happening.

  11. I did not do any prepping this week due to holiday, family obligations and work load. In consideration of your question, ‘What gift would I give a friend to entice them to consider prepping’. I would give them knowledge in the form of a history lesson. Where we are, how we go here, and where we are headed. If the news Isn’t a catalyst to get folks prepping, I’m not sure what is.

    1. Jean,

      In consideration of your question, ‘What gift would I give a friend to entice them to consider prepping’. I would give them knowledge in the form of a history lesson. Where we are, how we go here, and where we are headed. If the news Isn’t a catalyst to get folks prepping, I’m not sure what is.

      Oh if it were only that easy. That’s why I think ”things” like LED flashlights and lanterns, water filter bottles or extra blankets can be useful, since when the power goes out and that LED lantern saves them from sitting hours in the dark, sometimes that can be the catalyst.
      OTOH, they really don’t teach much real history in school anymore from what I can tell.

      1. TOP and Jean, kids now a days……a backup generator/power source, so they can play video games or charge their phones ….its a start…LOL

    2. Jean, Visiting sites like this, sharing with others of like mind, assessing your needs and planning are all a Part of preparing. I often do things that i do not consider ‘worthy” of posting as preps, but I don’t stop doing the little things that may not make the list. consider also rotating supplies, is definitely a prep. when we are busy with life and keeping a schedule a job sets for us, all the things we do to get thru those days, that makes life easier..for us day by day becomes our coping mechanism and a training exercise for poop and th oscillator. Hang on. Keep on coping with lifes challenges. look at where you are and where your next steps will be.

      1. AA,

        I totally agree with you. We have both been prepping for years. I assume that like me you have most of the big ticket items that are essential (or like me you are saving up for them). I don’t notice the ordinary stuff until it is not done. We didn’t clean house or go grocery shopping for two weeks. We had to pick up pet puff balls and we ran out of salad stuff. I have to admit that my biggest ordinary prep is kick boxing and taekwondo. It is so strange to get out of my regular schedule.

  12. What would I give a prospective prepper? If he/she reads, I’d give a copy of “lights out’, along with a rudimentary assortment of survival foods.
    Herbal supplements from an assortment of places. I try to support local stores as much as possible.
    We just don’t have any history of earthquakes in AZ, although there a couple of small faults. I talked to my sister in law up in Eagle River, AK yesterday. Pretty much ground center for the latest quake. She was still pretty shook up, although they escaped without significant damage.
    Prepping – got more LED headlamps, 100 rounds soft point ammo for my carbine, scored two courses of doxycycline antibotic and took advantage of the low price to buy 20 more ounces of silver for the stash.

    1. Love “Lights Out” The author was actually my first radio show guest. David and his friend Travis, who is attempting to turn the book in a series of three movies. Travis and I became friends, both are great guys. Check out YouTube for the Lights Out Devil Is At The Door trailer, short but impactful.

      1. Billy T,

        What would I give a prospective prepper? If he/she reads, I’d give a copy of “lights out’, along with a rudimentary assortment of survival foods.

        Tara,

        Love “Lights Out” The author was actually my first radio show guest. David and his friend Travis, who is attempting to turn the book in a series of three movies. Travis and I became friends, both are great guys. Check out YouTube for the Lights Out Devil Is At The Door trailer, short but impactful.

        A while back I made a comment about how people need to be more specific when they talk about a deal at the dollar store, since around here we have “Dollar General”, “Family Dollar”, and “Dollar Tree”, and it looks like there’s one more item where we need more information.
        I have and read the original “Lights Out” by HalfFast, published as a multipart novel on the internet. This concept was used in the 1990’s by Jim Rawles with “The Grey Nineties”, followed by Triple Ought”, and then by “TEOTWAWKI” and finally as “Patriots” in a real soft bound book. The same ting has happened with “Lights Out” by HalfFast and published later as Light’s Out by David Crawford.
        The confusion here, is that many people don’t know about HalfFast or Crawford and refer to “Lights Out: by Ted Koppel, so perhaps, like the dollar store reference, we need to add more detail to some of these comments.
        Gang, I think I’ve just been doing this too long, LOL.

  13. Tara & all,
    As I was getting ready to turn in for the night (morning?) an email came in with another answer to this:
    What gift would you give a love one you are trying to entice to become a full-fledged prepper?
    It was in my Woot.com daily digest that contained this:
    Army Gear 10-in-1 Essential Emergency Survival & Camping Kit
    $19.99

    And may be found @ https://sport.woot.com/offers/army-gear-10-in-1-essential-emergency-survival-kit-12?utm_campaign=Daily+Digest+02+12+18&ref=eml&utm_source=Daily+Digest&utm_medium=email&utm_term=bs_4&utm_content=Rec-Template&ref_=pe_3185080_375905670
    There Is a flat $5.00 shipping per order plus tax in most places; bur, the shipping is free for Amazon Prime members
    I bought one of these a few months ago and it’s pretty neat. I get no benefit from this link other than to share it with my fellow travelers.

      1. MaineBrain,

        The Woot website says this is sold out.

        That happens and is the reason I send links like this directly to my list of pack members for whom I have contact information. I think the last great deal like this I sent around was the LyfeLite LED Light Bulbs with built-in batteries. I know Zulu & Almost There got some of those.

  14. We got back from California, on Wednesday, we had to drive the whole way back 15 hours ugh. It’s still a mess in the Chico/ Paradise, I feel for those people. It will be months before they let people, back in and many have left the state to go to Oklahoma, the state is giving 10 thousand dollars to each family that moves and lives there many took that offer. My mother in law, is going down hill but refused to leave with us even though hubby, has full custody over her, if she says No, then we can’t force her she still has enough brain power to understand what we’re doing. Hubby’s Aunt is lowering her credit card limits, and we’re looking into places in our area. I didn’t do much of anything the last two weeks, I want to get the house ready for Christmas, so the last couple of days, I’ve been cleaning and getting rid of clothes. Found a better cat food, it’s the Pro plan from Purina, she really likes it next week it’s time to clip her claw’s. My kid’s did a great job of taking care of the cat, and the house, friends and family, we’re great at checking up on them.
    Questions 1 To help my kid’s, I’ve made get home kits for them.
    Question 2. I am lucky we have a natural herbal store, less then a mile from me . Living in the city, has it’s perks here and there LOL. So I can go in anytime in fact I’m going to go tomorrow and see if Elderberries, have come in. I do grow a lot of herbs too.
    Question 3 After seeing the California, and Alaska disaster’s, I have Family and Friends, in both States, so it has hit home hard for us. You need to keep a bag of stuff just in case, and water, sometimes, it freezes, but it’s better than not having it at all. But also understanding you may need to leave your vehicle, and be able to grab your bag and run. I believe having stuff in your car or home ready to flee will give you a hands up in any situation.

    1. mom of three,

      Keeping a BOB ready to go is primo #1. Even though I can only think of a very few things that would cause me to bug out, I still have a BOB prepared. After all, one of those few things might happen.

      Alaska seemed to luck out slightly in that there were very few casualties as compared to the California fires. But, it’s winter time there and damaged homes are not conducive to cold weather survival.

      I hope things work out OK with your MIL. Old folks can be pretty darned stubborn about moving out of their homes. See paragraph one above. 🙂

  15. Hi everyone,

    1. What gift would you give a love one you are trying to entice to become a full-fledged prepper?
    We usually don’t buy Christmas presents for family anymore. I only have my sister and brother now (one sister has been ostracized from us). My brother doesn’t exchange, lives too far away, and has everything he needs. He is a hard core prepper. My sister still “believes” and has grandchildren to celebrate Christmas with, and we will exchange gifts. I have a different opinion of Christmas now, so gift buying at Christmas isn’t as important now as it was previously. I like to give all year. Last September, I gave my sister a solar charger for her cell phone and a couple of the 180 hr candles since she lives in a hurricane zone. I don’t think she has ever used either and was without power for a few days this last hurricane that hit FL. I have given up on sharing info or buying her anything related… She’s too overwhelmed with life and has been for a while now, and it’s not helpful to cause more worry and stress when she is already drowning. She isn’t receptive to the information. I pray for her and her family everyday, and leave it in God’s hand.

    One of our TSB Pack members turned me onto Piping Rock herbal etc. supply. Got my first order in just days and loved the quality and prices. Where do y’all buy your herbal supplements and other natural medicine supplies? I hope she shared her affiliate link in the comments section.

    I have been buying from Piping Rock for a while now. Recently, I just bought some glass bottles with eye droppers. I also love all their products I have purchased thus far.

    Thought on earthquake and tsunami prepping in the wake of the natural disaster in Alaska?

    The New Madrid fault line could affect me. From the impact chart of the 1811 quake, I would sustain light damage. I prep as usual.

    How did everyone prep this week?

    Just got back from visiting family in Mexico for 10 days. Brother is off-grid and learned many things while there. He is in the high desert at 3,000 ft. Water is the main issue with only 1″ of rain so far this year. I don’t think people realize how important it is to have a good water supply from natural sources, myself included. After seeing the set up at his place, many people will be in a world of hurt unless they have a well with a solar pump, again self included. It’s only a matter of time…

    While there, we practiced with a Biolite camp stove, a solo stove, alcohol stove, cooked in the solar ovens, cooked on a camp stove with propane – all of which I had never done. Lots of propane used from on-demand hot water to heating. Wall mounted catalytic heaters worked great. Like me, he says, use the propane while it’s available, but be prepared for when it’s not. He has many solar panels set up for running his refrigerator, computers, lights. Lots of motion detected lighting, LED headlamps for moving around outside, going to the bath house. He has a “cold” room, which has the refrigerator, has 1ft thick insulated walls. He has a reverse temperature gauge that measures the inside of the “cold” room and the outside temperature, and when the temp inside reaches the same temp outside, he opens the door. It worked great. In the summer, when it’s 100 degrees plus outside, he has a window air conditioner. Since the water is gravity fed, he has another water tank that gets filled, and he uses water from it when he needs to wash clothes because the washing machine needs more pressure to fill the tub quickly. He has running water that empties into 5 gallon buckets that he uses to water the plants he has. Lots of cooking was down outside. I got to test sleeping in a sleeping bag in one of his campers with no heat… It got down to 45 degrees inside the camping trailer, and I was toasty warm… I know it seems small, but I’ve never camped out before, so wanted to try it, even if I had an enclosed area. The humidity level there is below 10%. Hardly anything grows, but yet there are cattle ranches all around. He also has a Generac generator that is solar powered.

    One house there had a great set up. All the houses on the property are made of cinder block and concrete. Concrete floor, have wood stoves to cook with, gas stove for back up and oven, fire place, water tank on a stand for gravity feed, solar electric for frig and lights, batteries for electrical storage produced by the sun. This one in particular had a porch going all the way around. It was really nice. Cool set up for the summer heat, sustainable for winter.

    Tried fish tacos for the first time in Mexico and they were soooo good.

    Went shopping at a place called Grocery Outlet in Chula Vista. I brought back some Organic buckwheat, millet, brown rice and sorghum flour (1lb bags for $1.99), Himalayan salt, EO bath products, Damak milk chocolate/pistachio bars, Duke’s tomato and basil chicken shorty sausages (77 cents), Crush Cubes in garlic & herb and chicken broth flavors, Himalayan raw honey, jar of dark chocolate sunflower butter, a jar of Ghee, and bone broth boost. I know I am crazy, but the EO products are normally $22.95 and they had them for $7.99. The bone broth is usually $30, that was $14.99. Almost everything was organic. Have already tried the Duke’s chicken sausages and they are DELICIOUS. They will be good to put in my car for a snack if I need it. My SIL is going to send me some more flour. She stores hers in her freezer, but she said I could put mine in vacuum sealed jars, stored in a cool place, that should last for a few years. My “cool” place is my spare bedroom…. I wish we had this Grocery Outlet here. It’s way better than even Aldi’s.

    Now it’s time to unpack and get to working in the garage. Weather is supposed to turn cold this week, and it may be few days far and in between to work outside.

    Have a great week everyone. Prayers for those needing healing, BamBam and unspoken requests, for the President and for America.

    1. Almost There:

      I miss our Grocery Outlet. At one point they got picketed by the retail clerks union for not paying union wages. I asked the guy who stopped me if he’d ever been in there; he said no. He was a meat cutter and I had to tell him they had no cut meat or deli. He worked at Safeway and I told him they sell Safeway branded canned goods that they couldn’t seem to sell (at a deep discount). He was very incensed that I knew more about the business that he was protesting against than he did.

      Another thing about this and other similar stores, inventory changes regularly. What you found this week will not be available next week. It all depends upon what overstock they can get.

      1. Hi JP,

        You are correct. My SIL said that she hasn’t seen all the varieties of the flour before, and was going back today to get me some more and mail it in one of those PO “all you can stuff” boxes. It will add a little bit to the price of the flour, but they also don’t have sales tax on food in CA, which we do here. And this flour goes for around $5 normally. The useby date is next year, but we all know that this is just a suggestion…

        1. Almost There,

          but they also don’t have sales tax on food in CA, which we do here.

          Here as in TN? WOW. I guess you have to get money to run the state somewhere, and your “no income tax” has made you famous, so I guess sales tax is the income source.
          Here in Ohio there is no tax on groceries, which makes things a bit funny. If we order a meal at Wendy’s, Burger King, or other restaurants and take it home there is no tax on the food except for soft drinks; but, if we eat that same meal at a table in the restaurant, they have to charge sales tax.
          We complain about paying taxes; but, I have a road in front of my house that is kept clean of snow and ice in the winter, clear of dead critters like deer, year around, and they do keep the pot holes filled and the bridges in safe repair, so I guess it’s each of us doing our part for the whole of society.

          1. TOP,
            Last I checked, food tax came down a few years ago from ~9.75% to ~6.25%, depending on the local taxes. It was 9.75% for a long time. Everything else is ~9.75%. We always have a balanced budget with money in the rainy day fund.

          2. TOP,Yep, Food is taxed at a lower rate, everything else is higher rate of close to 10%. car tags, price is for acquiring pay a ONE time transfer tax, and after that is controlled by county. most tags cost around 108 yearly… some counties have higher taxes than others. we have a wheel tax that has gon from 20 to80$ per year, per tag. which was supposed to assist withgarbage control issues/landfill costs of land and ect….me thinks- it went in someone’s slush fund.. There is also a landfill fee for garbge on attached to land tax. it is a set amount for each property.type industrial vs household.households pay about 150 a year. in landfill fee.. there is no garbage pickup and one take items to a recycle center..there is no cost at the center.land taxes are not too high, no payroll tax but no jobs in rural areas except things like prison and elevator plant. few retail chains like dollar general , freds, building too many for the area.is my estimation. think they are just using some of them for write offs like wally world did in northern ms/mid Tn.. with their neighborhood market concept… did not go over well in country…several closed in 6 months of opening.

          3. Anonamo Also,

            TOP,Yep, Food is taxed at a lower rate, everything else is higher rate of close to 10%.

            Ohio has a general state sales tax of 5.75% and some counties can add 0.75% to 2.25% on top of that. We do not collect tax on food unless it is eaten on the premises or is a soft drink, meaning it has an added sweetener. Purchasing your hamburger, fries and juice to take home would not be taxed; but, ordering it with Coke or Pepsi would involve taxing the drink. Eating on premise would involve taxing everything. Common non sporting clothing items are not taxed, unless they get expensive, so a coat or gown costing more than $250.00 would incur tax on the amount over the $250.

            car tags, price is for acquiring pay a ONE time transfer tax, and after that is controlled by county. most tags cost around 108 yearly… some counties have higher taxes than others. we have a wheel tax that has gon from 20 to80$ per year, per tag.

            When you transfer a car title, either used or new, you pay the sales tax on the price of the vehicle one time at that point. There is a yearly registration fee when you renew your tags, based on the registration type. Personal, commercial, vanity or special vanity plates all cost a little bit different. The DD has her ham radio callsign plates on the new vehicle and I think that costs an extra $10.00 per year on top of the $30-35 for the yearly registration.

            There is also a landfill fee for garbge on attached to land tax. it is a set amount for each property.type industrial vs household.households pay about 150 a year. in landfill fee.

            We pay no additional fees here; but, used to pay a monthly fee to a private refuse company. A neighbor farmer has a barn on the adjacent property; but, we provide the barn with water and power in exchange for him keeping the driveway in good shape and clear of snow. He needed a place to set a dumpster about a year ago, and since it now sits on our property, we get to use it at no cost. The refuse company that owns the dumpster pays all of the tipping and dump fees as part of what he pays them for the unit.

            one take items to a recycle center..there is no cost at the center.

            Same here except we have to pay to dump old tires.

            land taxes are not too high, no payroll tax but no jobs in rural areas

            Taxes on raw land, like our co owned 200 acre farm are currently crazy high; but, that’s because some old farmers died off and their heirs sold the property to developers at crazy high prices and blew the comps into the stratosphere.
            If a household member is disabled or over 65, the household can qualify for the homestead exemption that dropped our taxes by more than 50%.

            Here we have quite a few employers with the largest being Honda American Manufacturing; but, also Wal-Mart, Kroger, Meijer’s, Home Depot, Lowes, and some other local businesses. We have payroll tax; but, it’s not all that bad.
            When we hear all of the good things about the no or low tax states like FL, TX, and TN, I suspect we should all do some research and look hard before we leap.

      2. JP,

        This is the same with Aldis. If you find something you like that is not a regular item, you had better stock up for the year. Overstocked items can really help the prepping budget.

        1. Bam Bam,

          This is the same with Aldis. If you find something you like that is not a regular item, you had better stock up for the year.

          Actually our local Aldi’s has most of the things we use, most of the time, and when we stocked up on summer items like Hot Fudge and Caramel sauce, they continued to have them until just recently. Your statement is however definitely true for that “lollygag” Aisle and when they have shelving units or specialty kitchen, gardening or camping items, we’ve been known to go and get another cart for the haul.
          Sometimes when we’re in town, we’ll stop and just get milk or a few items; but, the DW still allows me to “lollygag “ for at least one pass, lest me miss that one time great unadvertised item.

    2. Almost There,
      10% humidity also means you have to stay hydrated. While visiting AZ, I was told and later verified that a human can expel a liter or more of water per day, just by normal breathing in that low humidity atmosphere.
      It sounds like your trip was quite the learning adventure.
      Your grocery outlet sounds interesting and we have something similar here in Ohio called “Gordon Food Service” who describe themselves as a ”foodservice distributor based in Michigan serving the eastern half of the United States. It operates cash and carry stores in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
      This is basically a restaurant supplier with an outlet store for the rest of us. Most of their goods are in large sizes that might not go over well for a non-prepper; but, it’s a good way to purchase quality & quantity at good prices.
      As you know, I have a Generac, propane fueled whole house generator; but, I did not know that they also made a system to integrate with wind and solar. As it turns out, their ”Generac EcoGen” system does just that. Thanks for the mention.

      1. TOP,

        The Grocery Outlet is not like GFS… This place buys from other stores that may have gone out of business or were getting rid of overstocked food. Most things are organic. GFS is a bulk supplier. We have one here, and it’s not the same.

        On the generator, good to know, as I didn’t look it up or ask him. There would be no way he would have a generator on anything but solar as there is nothing where he lives. He has to go 1 1/2 hours a way just to fill his smaller propane tanks. Would be very tough for a propane truck to get to where he is. Roads need a 4 wheel drive, especially if it rains. They are dirt/sand, very rough, washboard and aren’t maintained.

        1. Almost There,

          The Grocery Outlet is not like GFS… This place buys from other stores that may have gone out of business or were getting rid of overstocked food. Most things are organic. GFS is a bulk supplier. We have one here, and it’s not the same.

          OK, now I understand. It sounds a lot like “Odd Lots” before they became “Big Lots” ; but, here we have something similar called “Ollie’s Bargain Outlet” whose motto is “Good Stuff Cheap” and still seems to have the old overstocked, train and truck wreck salvaged goods like Odd Lot’s used to have.

    3. I forgot to mention:

      1. Bought a wide Alpaca headband at the Hohenwald homesteading conference. Highly recommend. Very warm and not bulky to wear. Wore it today while working in the garage as it was very windy today.

      2. Brother uses Polyurethane sealant for roof and flashing. He mends clothes with it, fixes soles of shoes, sealed the seams in his solar cooker so the spilled food doesn’t make a mess below, you name it. On his shirts that he had gotten holes in, he puts a dab on, and puts one of those peel and stick backing’s down, and presses it down… Uses spit on his finger when pressing it down and it doesn’t stick to his finger, water on the finger doesn’t work… and it remains pliable, doesn’t crack, doesn’t tear, doesn’t come off after repeated washings…. He said it comes in black and grey and lasts forever in it’s container. Great stuff.

      3. Wore some Wigwam brand Merino wool socks while there. They are THE best. Nice and warm, not scratchy, and thick at the toe and heel. They were the thicker hiking socks. Will have to get me some more of those.

    4. AT, Glad you had a good trip to see your brother. ..and made it a learning adventure as well. on… The crush cubes.. I take it they are a replacement for bullion cubes…. do they have msg in them? I have used plain flour stored in oxygen free for 4 years…self rising lasts almost 2 years then goes rancid, think it is because of the additives and reaction between the fats and baking additives.( powder). You do know that baking powder is made from baking soda and cream of tartar each stored individually has an indefinite shelf life..

      1. AA,
        The Crush Cubes –
        The garlic and herb are butter cubes for seasoning cooking veggies, stir fry, meat, pastas, sauces, dips, stews, etc. so yes, sort of like bullion – gluten free. Ingredients – Butter, Thyme, garlic.

        Chicken Stock Soup-er cubes – chicken stock (vegetables and vegetable juice concentrate (carrot, onion, celery), sea salt, powdered cooked chicken), yeast extract, spice and spice extracts.

        On the flour – none are self-rising. 🙂 Got some recipes to look up using these types. My SIL muscle tested me and I am not supposed to have any wheat, dairy, sugar… Sort of Keto diet foods, but no dairy for a while. Have a leaky gut that needs some work. Then may be able to add back. Buckwheat tested as “very good” for me. It’s not a grain. This will be challenging… Hard to work on a strict diet while trying to organize everything at home. Not enough time to plan out meals too. Will have to take it slow.

        1. FYI, when a ingredient named SPICE is on list it is often MSG… Rumford has a GMO free corn starch for thickening should you need one, price is really close to argo brand…in container.. and alum free baking powder most recipes use 1.5- 2 tsp baking powder to one cup flour.some use baking soda and vinegar. baking powder is made from baking soda and cream of tartar. You will find if you limit carbs to 20-30 grams per day and increase protein… and B complex sublingual( I use one from Dollar general., it will stop the carb cravings. The meat tenderizer from dol gen. is also msg free.
          After you have adjusted to no sweets for a while and get to pint to want something as a treat….If you need something sweet, try thePyure brand stevia. it is made form a special stevia that is made for less bitterness and is processed cleanly without chemicals. It used to be avail at wal mart, if you find it, and like it, stock up. it is not on shelves here. They are replacing it with their own generics which is NOT a comparable product- because they are processed with many chemicals and are a form of stevia that has more bitterness…. cheap is as cheap does.

          1. AA,

            The package says natural. My SIL “tested” everything I bought and she recommended these as something good to buy.

            Thanks for the info on the other products… Corn/corn products is another thing I’m not supposed to eat… Corn is in EVERYTHING.

  16. Hi everyone, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving was good especially since I didn’t have to host a house full of people like last year. Don’t get me wrong. I love to have family and friends come over, but last year I had 20 people on Thanksgiving, which was just 5 months after my second neck surgery. I was beat and swore I would be nicer to myself this year. We went to my DH sister’s house and I brought a couple of dishes. So much easier and relaxing. Next year I plan to have everyone over at my house again, but I feel much better than I did last time this year.

    My prep this week was learning. I’m reading and watching YouTube on canning. I have a Presto canner and used it last year to make my first ever bath of bread & butter pickles. They were great and I was so proud that I made them. What maked them even better was I grew the cukes myself. I want to learn how to can because we have a freezer full of meat and if the electricity goes, I want to be comfortable in canning the food so it does not go to waste. How many times have we all said to learn skills before we need them? Well, I agree and I want to be super comfortable before I ‘need’ to can. It will be a challenge, but a lot of fun. One YouTube channel I saw said that the best food to start on is beans because they are so cheap. Watched several videos and it looks pretty simple. I’m going to do some bean canning this month. That’s my goal.

    1. Terra,

      We went to my DH sister’s house and I brought a couple of dishes. So much easier and relaxing.

      We’ve gone to my DW’s brother’s (my BIL) house for the past few years and it ends up being a lot less work for everyone, with each contributing a little to the meal.

      I want to learn how to can because we have a freezer full of meat and if the electricity goes, I want to be comfortable in canning the food so it does not go to waste. How many times have we all said to learn skills before we need them? Well, I agree and I want to be super comfortable before I ‘need’ to can. It will be a challenge, but a lot of fun. One YouTube channel I saw said that the best food to start on is beans because they are so cheap. Watched several videos and it looks pretty simple. I’m going to do some bean canning this month. That’s my goal.

      Since meat and beans need to be pressure canned, beans or other low acid vegetables like corn are also good candidates to learn pressure canning. For meats you can also use dehydration or the much more expensive freeze drying.
      Pressure canning Is no harder than water bath canning. You just need to follow the steps carefully and make sure everything like jars and lids are clean and sterilized when you use them. Many people are still a bit scared of pressure canning because they have heard stories of canner’s exploding. While this can happen and has happened in the distant past, modern canners have safety mechanisms that make it highly improbable. I have been canning for more than 50 years, and have never had to pressure safety plug go off. You do however; need to make sure that all of the controls, like the vent pipe where the regulator weight sits, are clear of obstructions. I’ve also found that canning of any type is a bit easier on a gas cooktop, since you have better and faster control of the heat, compared to electric.
      Take your time and enjoy your new skill and all of that nicely preserved food.

    2. Terra,

      You will need an All American to pressure can meat and soups. You can use the water bath canner for pickles and salsa. But meat needs to be pressure canned.

      1. Bam Bam,

        Terra,
        You will need an All American to pressure can meat and soups. You can use the water bath canner for pickles and salsa. But meat needs to be pressure canned.

        I agree with your comment on pressure canning and have discussed botulism, heat, pressure, and acidity more than a few times here; but, while an All American is probably the best pressure canner and is on my wish list you don’t ”Need” one, since Mirro and Presto also make good canners. I’ve been using my Mirro for pressure canning meat and vegetables for more than 40 years, and the only issue I have now is finding a gasket for that old thing. Mirro and Presto pressure canners can be purchase new for under $100.00; but, the All American canners start at around $250.00. , so it depends in large part on your budget.

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, but having a canner that doesn’t need a gasket….priceless.
            All American 21 quart is the way to go……LOL

            I agree; but, although they’ve been around since the 1930’s from the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, they are only recently (15-20 years?) widely available, especially on the Web. I purchased my Mirro back in 1974 and didn’t even know about the All American back then. Prior to that in the late ‘50’s and early 60’s I learned to pressure can and pressure cook on a similar Mirro my mom had.
            An All American is on my list by canning time next fall; but, when a 21-24 quart Mirro starts @ around $60.00 and the All American starts in the $250-300 range, not everyone can afford to get started with that model. Most people start out with the used Ford or Chevy and work up to the new Lexus.

  17. Tara
    Sorry to hear you were ill. When the post did not link as usual figured someone in the household was ill, and you were caring for them.
    Hope you are feeling better now.

  18. Neighbor came over so he could do the roof repairs for us. Had planned on doing it myself when I discovered our ladder was a little bit to short…lol. Any way with all the high winds it appears the original roof installers did a lousy job, hopefully the business is still around to make good on their unprofessional job.

    Purchased a 24ft ladder for the same price as a 20ft ladder which we have needed for some time in order to make repairs on the building. A friend is bring it home from the store for us since he has a special rack on his truck to carry the longer loads.

    Going through the house to down size and clean out. It has been something we had been planning on doing but never got around to it. Now appears to be a good time for us to get this done,, 🙄I hope

    1. Antique Collector,

      Any way with all the high winds it appears the original roof installers did a lousy job, hopefully the business is still around to make good on their unprofessional job.

      This is a consideration many need to think about. I often hear or see commercials about something with a “lifetime warranty” ; but, one needs to remember it’s thelife time of the company that’s more important than the product.

  19. We had the pleasure of the hospitality of TOP and his DW today. We took the roundabout way to get there, but it was a nice day for a Sunday drive, LOL! It was great to spend time and break bread together. If it weren’t for the shortened days, we could have stayed much longer, and gotten the full farm tour. TOP also gifted us with some local honey, from Black’s hives, one spring jar and one fall jar–DH thought the spring honey was sweeter, I thought the fall was…And we also got to meet Black, as well! (And TOP, you can tell him, it took me a minute, but I get his sense of humor now, LOL, regarding the roundup bit of the conversation!)

    Thor, I am glad Puppy is okay!

    Zulu, when I had my gallbladder out a couple of months ago, the US was not ‘definitive’, and they had to do an MRI, which I was totally againts and freaked out about, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought…DD may still need to have it out, but the laparoscopic surgery isn’t too bad to get over. There are also herbals she can do in the meantime which might help resolve her issues before needing surgery. If need be, you can get my email from TOP if you want to discuss further!

    BamBam, sending more *Hugs* your way just cuz..

    AA, I will check out your link to Piping Rock, it appears from a quick perusal that it offers things I would order anyhow, and if it helps you out, it’s a win win!

    As to this week’s questions:

    1) I’ve given small things like paracord bracelets, p35 can openers, and the like, to the kids. I have also gifted them with pantry boxes when needed. When I was at a low spot in my life, I asked my parents to grocery shop for me. Not give me money. (I wasn’t into drugs, but the ex was, so that way I could make sure we had food on the table, not cash going to his habit, and my parents were all about that) So the kids know they can always raid my pantry. I think Lifestraw or similar device would be my next ‘go to’ gift.

    2) I like Spark Natural for essential oils, the quality is good, and the prices reasonable (not ‘cheap’ but reasonable, if you know EO’s at all, you know that ‘cheap’ does not always equate to quality). I recently joined AMAC (the conservative alternative to AARP–got a free one year membership) so I just placed an order for Puritans Pride supplements. I saw TOP buys from them regularly. Since I haven’t gotten the order, I can’t comment on quality. I should be recieving a kit to make elderberry syrup soon that I ordered through The Grow Network (Marjory Wildcraft’s website). Again, can’t comment till I get the product.

    3) Earthquakes are not unheard of in OH, I’ve experienced a couple myself. Tsunamis, not so much of an issue. Flooding yes, but tsunami, no. I think overall preparedness puts us all in a better situation than 99% of the general population. I also think that rural living puts folks in a better spot, as we have to deal with things like power outages more frequently and for longer times than urban dwellers. And I am by no means dissing the city dwellers here in this group. I grew up suburban/city living. And we never panicked when the power went out, unlike the neighbors…

    4) In addition to our visit with TOP and his wife (growing community, breaking bread together, and the gift of honey), we made a trip to a local butcher shop and got a meat package to get us through the winter. We don’t have the space to get a portion of cow or pig, so this is our next best option. There is a butcher shop in town, but the shop we go to outside of town has much better quality meat in our opinion. When the kids were still here, we went more often, but since it is just the two of us now, I think we can manage with visiting twice a year.

    I am in a union because of where I work. I have been in a union before, in another field, and never had a very high opinion of unions. They aren’t what they once were. BUT…in a non-contract year, our union approached the company to renegotiate our wage structure (hard to get employees when fast food is offering higher wages) and got us a better wage with minimal collateral damage to the existing contract. I add this, because it means I have a little more money in my pocket, which enables me to prep a little more. It also means my company will probably raise prices some. It’s a viciouse circle. Black and I talked some about how the tariffs are affecting his farming, and how his income will go down because of them. I have to find the link to an article I recently read about parity farming policies for him. I know this went off, but it just goes to show how screwed up our economy is.

    I will leave it at that. Love and prayers to all!

    1. Grammyprepper,
      It was good to host you all this afternoon and I look forward to longer warmer days to do it again.
      I had my gall bladder out in 2012 after pancreatitis from gall stones, and they didn’t need to do an MRI or other imaging in my case. The laparoscopic surgery was pretty easy and recovery was not bad. I had the surgery on July 3rd and will never forget that day or the preceding days, since I was in the local emergency room on the afternoon of Friday June 29 when the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Derecho occurred. They had to transport me to a Columbus hospital by ambulance instead of chopper and when I got there they were on emergency power, so no ice or TV. When the power did finally come back on, the local cable system was out, so TV was also pretty much out.

      I’ve been in Ohio when there were earthquakes; but, in every case I was doing something where I missed them, like driving down the road. I had friends who in one case were sitting at their dinner table, when the hanging lamp started swinging; but, they had no other sensation. I concur on rural folks being a little better off by necessity, lest you run out of that proverbial TP in the middle of the night, LOL.

      P35 can openers? Are you sure it wasn’t a P38? Trivia question of the week. Why is it called the P38?
      Answer: Legend says that it took inserting and pulling the thing 38 times to open a can of rations.
      The DW & I refuse to join AARP because of their seemingly self interested left leaning positions; but, when we looked at AMAC some years ago, they really didn’t seem to offer the things like savings on phones, vacations, insurance, etc. as AARP; so, I’ll be interested to hear your assessment as you get time.
      We have been using Puritans Pride for years; but, I will warn you to always wait for their specials, since BOGO or even Buy 3 get 2 free and similar offers come all of the time.

    2. Grammyprepper,

      I had my gall bladder removed some years ago. They tried to do it laproscopically, but the surgeon couldn’t see the landmarks he needed to safely do it that way. So he backed out and did it the old fashioned way. Much more painful and longer to heal from, but I got through it. #2 daughter was a wonderful nurse. My ultrasound was most definitely positive for stones. I could see them easily myself on the sonogram.

      TOP, my hospital experience was good (it was a VA facility). I was in a four patient room and one of my roomies was an old WWII Army vet. He’d fought all over North Africa and Europe and had the funniest stories and told them well. I’m here to tell you, it ain’t fun laughing when you’ve got fresh abdominal surgery. But he was too damned funny not to laugh.

      We’ll see what the GI has to say next week when #1 goes to visit.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        My ultrasound was most definitely positive for stones. I could see them easily myself on the sonogram.

        Mine could also be easily seen; but, the real clue was my exhaustion and blood / urine chemistry from being in pancreatitis. Both the surgeon and several of his fellows / interns kept coming back to poke and question me, not believing that I had not been in terrible pain; but, other than feeling completely drained, I felt fine.

        I’m here to tell you, it ain’t fun laughing when you’ve got fresh abdominal surgery. But he was too damned funny not to laugh.

        I have only indirect experience for abdominal surgery from the DW who had our DD via C Section; but, I have a zipper in my chest from a 4 way CABG back in 1998 and that one didn’t allow laughing, coughing, or using my arms to lift from a chair for nearly 2 months; but, like you, we do what we need to do to get through it. They did send home a “special” pillow that I had to hug when I felt a cough coming on and that worked OK; but, I was really glad when it was over.

    3. Grammy, Thanks, It will help,I have never gotten a product there that i did not like the quality. and they ship much faster than the other companies. ..S– or Purit. I have used all of them and still do once in a while… depends on our need.

  20. 1)Gifts of prepping: The younger men receiving LED head lamps for their vehicles for that emergency when you require a light. The bil & ds, their girls, hubby & hubby to be receiving paper USA foldable maps for their vehicles. They rely on dump ‘smart’ phones for directions which can get one in to deep trouble any time of the year, more so in winter if we get snow.
    2) Piping Rock, we already order through them when required
    3) Earth quake or other disaster: We have a tote in the carport with clothing for different weather, emergency medical bucket filled with supplies, water. Creating a case(pillow) for under the bed with grab & go, should something occur, picked this hint up from a poster quite a few years ago.

    Purchased a 24ft ladder which the neighbor will pick up for us due to the length. We lost roofing tiles off the house during one of the massive wind storms, and the ladder we have is to short for a safe exit onto the roof.

    Christmas sewing projects are still in the process, color matching to the person & personality takes time. This something I have never done for my family creating individual item for them, as a keepsake. Something they can use or save, hopefully they will use them but knowing my family they will save it(shaking my head). Each item is basically a work of art, no two will be a like yet each item is the same design.

    Time for dh’s lunch. Have a wonderful week ahead & hope all of you stay healthy.

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