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.
We are going to use some deer bones to make a gun rack.
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.
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.
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.
This week’s questions:
- What gift would you give a love one you are trying to entice to become a full-fledged prepper?
- 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.
- Thought on earthquake and tsunami prepping in the wake of the natural disaster in Alaska?
- How did everyone prep this week?