What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did to Prep This Week – Week 26 – Dec 23rd – Dec 29th 2018

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Happy almost New Year’s Eve, Pack. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Because of the holiday, we did not do a lot of prepping this week. Having friends and extended family in over the course of three days did give us the opportunity to push more of our self-reliance lifestyle onto them (again, for some of them) as they all fell in love with our secluded patch of land. Our youngest grandson turned 4 on Christmas day – he was born at 3:16 a.m., making his special day one that coincides with my favorite Bible verse.

Showcasing the homemade gifts and the skills it took to create them also gave us the chance to coerce others to learn or hone their own skills and expand the tools they possess. Even our littlest grandchildren were able to show of their outdoor knowledge during the Christmas holiday.

We got Colt a “bear hunting” kit for part of his birthday. The kiddos love to go up on Mad Dog Drop trail and hunt for bear, dinosaurs, and of course their ultimate favorite thing to hunt and actually find (in copious amounts) acorns.

The little drawstring backpack kit had a pair of binoculars, a decent compass, a solar – manually powered flashlight, canteen, magnifying glass, and several other handy items. We also got him this wild animal caller megaphone toy. It makes a bear, bobcat, coyote, eagle, and wild duck calls. Kids of all ages that have been in and out the house have had a blast with it and all wanted to know if we could do a bear hunt while they were there. Learning the sounds the animals in the woods make, and being able to distinguish between them is the next step in our orienteering and tracking private wilderness school curriculum.

Now that my Christmas tree is down and all the excitement and gift making is over, Bobby and I have been working out plans and location spotting for a new greenhouse in the spring and building a new chicken coop with an extra large run. The one that came with the property is falling apart – it was make out of particle board! We reinforced it and make it the Fort Knox of chicken coops, but it is barely going to make it through this winter.

I love to let my flock free range, but that has cost us birds. Now, with that dang bobcat still in the area, I am even more concerned. Making a huge run has always been part of our prepping plan. When the SHTF allowing the flock to free range unattended simply will be too risky.

No one can see our meat and egg livestock from the road or hear them unless one of the miniature donkeys start carrying on, so humans are only a secondary worry. Losing birds now is upsetting and an added expense. But during a long-term disaster when there is a finite supply of livestock, losing birds could lead to the starvation of our family.

The new coop and run will be right next to my barn and attached to Bobby’s pole barn that connects to my barn in a tunnel type fashion. They will be better protected from predators because the mini donkeys hang out in that area all day. Mini donkeys are superb coyote attackers, they seem to love to kick the stuffing out of them.

The large and tall nature of the run, that will be built entirely out of scrap materials except for the additional hardware cloth we will have to purchase, won’t leave me with gut-wrenching guilt because they won’t really seemed caged. They will be, but will have about the space of a two car garage to roam, and will be able to fly and roost way up high.

It has been an adjustment not having the birds out all day for weeks now. They are not getting enough protein in their diet, which is especially important for my Buckeye chickens. Finding game bird feed locally has been impossible, and kinda surprising. Game bird feed boasts a higher protein content than typical chicken feed.

I am so grateful to have found Buckeye chickens, and feel it is highly important to preserve heritage breeds of all livestock. But, those cute birds are, well, just plain weird. They really do not like to fly – or just do not know they are supposed to.

Every once in a while I catch one flying up to the sawhorse perch in their run, but that’s about it. They mostly hop or flop down to the ground to get off of it and not fly. All of our other chickens love to fly up in the rafters in the barn, and spend the day when they are not foraging for food, but not my Buckeyes. The hens also do no seem to care for dirt baths. It does not look like a hen has ever once flown up to their nesting boxes. Like I said weird chickens… but beautiful multi-purpose birds all the same.

When you raise birds in a cage they also do not naturally get the grit in their diet that they need. So, free-ranging is both more natural and a money saver. While we stockpile livestock feed, how long it will last during a SHTF event will depend upon how long the disaster lasts and the weather. A year like last year when winter went on for what seemed like forever, that would make us dig deeper into our stockpiled livestock food and ration it out far more slowly.

We need our poultry flocks to be able to feed themselves as much as possible just like our goat herd, horses, and cattle. The goats can survive on underbrush all winter, and as long as the weather is decent, we have enough pasture and hay fields to support the horses and cattle, that only leaves our smallest livestock to find a sustainable way to feed during a disaster.

I believe our new large run will do that just that, at least enough to supplement supervised free ranging if it becomes necessary. Our new greenhouse will give us more space to grow food just for the flock that can be dehydrated and rationed out as needed.

So, onto this week’s questions:

  1. Do you have a greenhouse or plan to build one?
  2. If you have a greenhouse, please share some details about it and what you grow.
  3. How are you prepping to feed your livestock during a long-term disaster?
  4. Were you able to urge some loved ones closer to becoming preppers this year? How?
  5. How did you prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

About Tara Dodrill

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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100 thoughts on “What I Did to Prep This Week – Week 26 – Dec 23rd – Dec 29th 2018

  1. Hi gang,

    WOW, I may be first this time… Thor1, you are slacking if I made it to the top… 🙂

    1. Do you have a greenhouse or plan to build one? Thought about it, but other stuff first.

    2. If you have a greenhouse, please share some details about it and what you grow. See #1

    3. How are you prepping to feed your livestock during a long-term disaster? Don’t have any, but 2 kitties. Guess they will eat what I eat…

    4. Were you able to urge some loved ones closer to becoming preppers this year? How? No.

    Already posted some stuff in last week’s post. Yesterday, I got all 4 propane tanks filled and the guy will save me 3 more whenever they get tossed. Was thinking of building a rack for them all. Later though…

    Still raining, windy and cold here. Not much can be done outside or in the garage, so work will continue in the “food pantry” area and trying to find my heater hook ups… They are here somewhere….

    Bought some more Knorr’s pasta sides, Progresso soup (their creamy tomato bisque is really good) and keeping an eye on the hunting stuff for discounts as I found a cap and jacket that I really need.

    That’s it for me.

    Prayers for the President, the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, America. Keep prepping people.

    https://neonnettle.com/news/6056-world-s-youngest-leader-closes-mosques-deports-imams-from-austria

    1. AT:

      Since our current house is so grid dependent, we use propane for backup everything. Over the years I have collected about a dozen 20 pound bottles and put them in a storage rack made for 5 gallon water cooler jugs. Works for us.

          1. Thanks JP. Prices keep going up… Looks like they have options for holding 9 and 12 tanks too. Added to my save for later list. Another thing to save up for.. 🙂

      1. You’re most welcome Moe.

        Glad someone had some tanks they didn’t want. I think he kept 3 for himself. And he lives close by…

    2. Almost There,

      Prayers for the President, the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, America. Keep prepping people.

      That’s an interesting link and story. It looks like Austria has a young Trump on its hands, dealing with the Islamists as they should be dealt with. We could deal with them here that way; but, I think too many people, at least on the left don’t know the difference between Islam the religion and political Islam and try holding up the first amendment rights to protect hateful rhetoric.
      Heck most don’t even know that the “Establishment of religion” in the Constitution really has nothing to do with freedom “of” or “from” religion as it is often touted for political gain.

      1. TOP,

        A major problem with Islam is there is no separation between religious and political Islam. It’s all the same to them and needs to be seen that way by non-Muslims too.

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          A major problem with Islam is there is no separation between religious and political Islam. It’s all the same to them and needs to be seen that way by non-Muslims too.

          While this is generally true, there are some high profile members of that community like Zuhdi Jasser who are trying to make the change and warn the west of the problem.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuhdi_Jasser
          This seems to be where our first amendment hits a bit of a snag where one of the free religions is intent on being the only one by almost any means. Like most things in life, it’s just complicated and not easily solved.

    3. This could have only been a God intervention and I have to share… Today, we had tornado watches, and wind and rain and so I went outside to batten down the stuff outside. I had a tote that had some moving blankets in it that I had taken out of my car a few weeks ago that were waiting for their permanent resting place. The edge of the lid wasn’t as secure as I wanted it to be and I wanted to make sure they weren’t wet. So I lifted the lid to get the water off, and saw a gray bag on the end. I picked it up and looked inside…. And lo and behold, it was all the fittings for the propane stove…. I would have NEVER looked in there or out there, and had already looked everywhere in the house, garage and car to try to find them and had come to the conclusion that I just needed to stop dithering on getting it set up and go buy some more…

      Tomorrow is heater and stove setup day. WooHoo.. I know it’s a small thing, but small things matter. Thank the Lord.

  2. This week’s questions:

    1. Do you have a greenhouse or plan to build one? We really have no room or time, although we could have something 5’x10′ maybe, but not plastic.
    2. If you have a greenhouse, please share some details about it and what you grow.
    3. How are you prepping to feed your livestock during a long-term disaster? The only “livestock” we have are 2 dogs, a medium (55 lb) and a small (9 lb). We keep 2 months of rotated dog food on hand, after that, they eat with us
    4. Were you able to urge some loved ones closer to becoming preppers this year? How? We have a couple (mid-30’s) with a blended family (his, her’s, and soon their’s) who are doing what they can, but they have a debt whole and space issues. But they are reading ALOT!
    5. How did you prep this week?

    Well….

    More sorting/inventorying/reducing/moving of supplies. Trying to stay frugal but sales have interfered some.

    Got in a Streamlight Siege lantern (regular $35, on sale for $20), as a spare. Driver’s window motor and regulator are in for the van, Got in a spiral bound book on bread making, w/PDF copy (homemade bread is my #1 treat). Ruger SR556 Takedown rifle and SR9C pistols came in. Ordered some magazines for the new Ruger’s (now’s the time, politically and economically). Got a new tablet (Amazon Fire 8 HD) to play with. Got a cover for the Fire and a replacement to DW’s tablet (worn out).

    Turns out the latest problems with the van are symptoms of the original PCI buss problem diagnosed in June. Getting the part for that on order and installed the window motor/regulator. Our 4×4 diesel is getting some “winter work” while we wait.

    Christmas dinner with DD1 and family. We don’t do a gift exchange with the adults anymore, but we did sent food to their pantries. One is just starting out and DD1 is finally getting things in order (financially). Had a pleasant time visiting.

    I just realized that my “boom box” for my satellite radio did not have an AC adapter. Got one on order for $10. I already have an outside antenna installed.

      1. Moe:

        I got it off Amazon. Some things I’m in the current market for, I keep in my cart (save for later portion). Then when the price is right, I move it to the cart and buy.

        1. JP,

          I got it off Amazon. Some things I’m in the current market for, I keep in my cart (save for later portion). Then when the price is right, I move it to the cart and buy.

          I used to do this; but, since the DW and I share the same Prime account, I now use the Wish List, since she wanted to order a few items and the cart had something like 20 items sitting in it.

  3. Like Almost There I just posted on last weeks thread. Very long commentary with some observations on how quickly civilities can break down. I am so glad to be home back in the middle of nowhere.

    As for Tara’s new questions:
    No greenhouse but a dream of mine. Did find out I might need a “city” permit depending on type of structure. No livestock at house. Family farm usually grows enough to feed small amount of the cattle. Don’t know about nieces chickens. My green thumb could keep us as vegetarians with surplus to trade.
    Most of the family is committed to preparedness, a requisite for rural isolation. The younger generation on the Front Range have plans to get out either to a family stronghold in near mountains or out to the farms on the plains.
    No prepping due to travels but plenty to catch up on.

  4. 1 & 2 — the greenhouse still needs to be squared up and leveled. I used it some, but results were negligible.
    3 — would like to get goats, but fencing has to be improved.
    4 — I have taught canning, dry canning, dehydrating and making tinctures to interested individuals and will continue to do so.
    5 — At a Christmas exchange game I ended up with a scented candle and room freshener which I traded for a Dewalt socket set. She looked at me like I was weird, oh well. It is a good addition to the tool box in the little truck.
    The rain continues to limit progress here too. I only have 8 hours on the new tractor and much to do. A popular CW tune is in my head with alternate words, Rainfall, Sunshine, Chemtrails, Repeat.
    I checked flashlights in the vehicles/horse trailer and moved the GravityLight to the house. Got a collapsible lantern – very neat.
    Had an unusual occurrence last week. I heard a thump outside the back door and a Cedar Waxwing was flying into the carport ceiling, fall to the floor, then do it again. After 6 or 7 times it fell to the floor and died. Appeared to be a healthy bird.
    Best wishes to all for a good new year.

    1. Wow! Thanks for that link, AT. There’s a treasure trove in there! Gonna download and pack onto a thumb drive. Got a EMP-proofed Chromebook I could use it on when TSHTF.

      Great topics, Tara! As far as livestock, I live in a neighborhood association with a covenant stating NO LIVESTOCK. I’ve done the best I could under the circumstances, and now have 3 beehives in my backyard (technically not considered “livestock”)! Neighbors are a little Leary, but they quiet down when bribed with a little honey every year 😃 🐝 🍯

    2. I think you asked about my yeast storage. I do keep it in the freezer at BOL. I keep it two years, buying a new block each year and discarding the one that is two years old. Two year old yeast retains reduced effectiveness, so it is not totally useless – probably could be used to create sourdough starter. Anyway, this way I keep active yeast and backup which may have reduced effectiveness.

      1. I dump old yeast into my septic system to encourage some action during winter months when I’m not feeding it fruit scraps, moldy surprises from the frig and vinegar during canning season….Anything that encourages fermentation..

    3. Almost There,

      Here’s a good link my brother shared with me

      This is a neat list, although I already have about 1/3 of them including paperback versions of Firefox and Abby Hoffman’s “Steal This Book”.
      There also seem to be a few broken links.

  5. i do not have one and have no immediate plans to build one, i have designed a few that i could build but don’t really need one, i per to plant row crops instead.

    i generally keep a livestock feed supply between 6 months to a year in advance. i can produce roughly half of what is needed myself (i have a small hay field and could sythe rake and sled enough hay to feed 2 full size steer over winter, or a dozen goats, i currently have 3 steer), if i needed to rely on my own feed production i would cull animals to meet what i can produce (in the case of steer i would stop keeping them and switch to goats, something i have a mind to do anyway, or both). i can plant and harvest enough beans and corn and sunflowers to make a mix feed for the chickens and i already have 100 apple trees, and 18 acres good pasture (too full of stumps to use the tractor to hay it or plow it but i could scythe it). generally my feed supply will cover 1 winter and i count on my ability to replace it either by buying, trading, or making it myself.

    nope, and they all think i’m crazy anyway, i don’t own a tv and wear the same tattered worn coat for the last 10 years but i dropped $1000 this fall into a new rifle, 4 beaver traps, 20 raccoon traps, and 10 coyote traps, and 20 muskrat traps. then they mocked me for eating raccoons and having a bucket worth of rendered tallow, telling me i should have saved the money to buy normal groceries. remodeled one of my chicken coops into a heated trapping shack, running a trap line on my farm and tanning any roadkill i can find too.

    walked a lot more, hauled home some misc groceries, cut over a dozen logs for milling (enough to make lumber that could make 2 chicken coops/sheds 8x8x8 with metal roofing, would need a few more boards for plank shingles), and about 21 face cords (7 full cords) of misc firewood for next year to either use myself, sell or trade (got a few farmers willing to trade round bales for junk firewood for their boilers, 1 face cord of pine rounds for 1 round bale)

    1. oh and as per food for the barn cats or dogs (i don’t have a dog at the moment, all i see are pitbulls and anyone with a blue heeler or border collie, the type i want, want $1000 or more for a puppy and demand all kinds of home inspections afterwards, i am a homesteader with little money, i ain’t spending 2 months income on a puppy), i keep 6 months to a year worth of feed for them, and i have traps to supliment them, i made a few minnow traps to feed cats with and use a modified bucket trap to catch mice (like the old bottle traps, bury a bucket so the lip is at ground level, then put some rocks around it and something over it, mice and such run under and then fall in and cant get out), i also feed them trap meat, roadkill (rabbits, squirrels, or cracklins from rendering tallow off coons and skunks), and extra eggs.

  6. Puppy has been having fun chasing squirrels. He ate some sour kraut with kielbasa in it and really liked it. I know it has salt in it but I read an article that it is good for dogs in moderation. It has vitamin C, minerals and pro biotics that promote healthy digestion. It also lowers bad cholesterol and increases blood flow. He is German……

    Cleaned and lubed primary and personal defense weapons.
    Reorganized ammo with the new ammo cans.
    Sharpened EDC knife.
    Reorganized long term food storage with all the extra buckets of food.
    Charged backup communication radios.

    1 Do you have a greenhouse or plan to build one?
    2 If you have a greenhouse, please share some details about it and what you grow.
    3 How are you prepping to feed your livestock during a long-term disaster?
    4 Were you able to urge some loved ones closer to becoming preppers this year? How?

    1 I’ve been pondering the idea, it doesn’t stay cold here long but home depot sells prefabs….
    2 N/A
    3 Cannibalism….. LOL
    4 #1 daughter, medicine for grandson. Next is food and water. They have defense covered.

    My questions:

    1 Will you comply and give up your weapons if the government says so ?

    2 Will the golden horde riot when the food stamps/ EBT cards run out in February due to government shutdown?

    3 What will you do if they show up at your door begging for food ?

    4 What is your #1 prep?

    1. even in ny its not likely that there will be any demand for people to turn over weapons, they already banned a lot under the un-safe act and it was completly unenforcable, the law requires anyone with banned guns to remove them form the state or turn them over to police, but almost nobody did and the cops don’t have the resources to go after them, only if someone is charged with an unrelated crime (various drug dealers were found in possession of banned guns but other than that its ignored), polie simply have too many other things to do and they don’t support the law themselves (don’t ask don’t tell kinda thing). the only real impact that law had is that dealers can no longer sell those guns, but that doesn’t stop anyone from getting one from another state and taking it into ny. its unlikely that government will go after privatly owned guns except in the aformentioned cases of people charged with something else and the guns taken as a secondary charge. i have had a number of police incidents myself (peta types harrassing me for trapping or shooting coons that raided my chickens) had swarms of dec officers come down to my farm only to drop the investigation when they realized it was just libtards harrassing me. i am more concerned over the criminals taking my guns (lots of break ins and thefts in the area), i don’t have money to replace everything so i only keep 1 rifle, 1 shotgun, and maybe a plinking gun in my cabin, the stuff i use regularly (sks rifle can take a deer and coyote, and use for home defense, single shot shotgun takes turkey, coon, deer, squirrel, woodchuck, coyote, fox, etc, and the 22 for plinking keeps my aim deadly with cheap ammo rather than hemorage money plinking with the sks), other guns get cashed where nobody will find them, if i buy a better gun than the cabin guns, or duplicates i cashe the extras and only keep the ones i use close at hand. theives might be lucky to break in while i am away, but they would only get the ones in the cabin, then i would just dig up one or 2 cashes to replace them. of course nobody messes with my place to begin with, i am one of the only people in the area with a locked gate, small windows and a long driveway, theives are lazy and they are more apt to go somewhere else, like my neighbor who is repeatedly in trouble for dealing drugs, nothing blocking the driveway, huge windows. if the cops ever came looking for my guns i would resist verbally and if i must i would turn over the cabin guns then dig up a cashe after they left, or make a replacement (my 4th cabin gun is a homemade shotgun hanging on the wall as a decoration, i made it and named it the cuomo special after the safe act was forced into law.

      2 doubtful, there are fequently government shutdowns and there has never been a problem with past shutdowns, and unless it lasts for more than 6 months it won’t have any effect on welfare or other handouts, even if the feds do a shutdown that affects handouts individual states will just fund it and jack up local taxes to do it to avoid problems like that, in ny the welfare crowd in the cities basically decided the state leadership (nyc, albany and 2 other smaller cities is all it takes, cuomo won them in the last election even with the entire rest of the state voting against him), if they cut off handouts then its not going to be a matter of riots, the voters will just replace them asap, the politicians giving out the most welfare is the one that stays in power, so they will keep the handouts coming. same with any state heavy in handouts

      3 they won’t come here, i am in a remote part of the state already, and even then a very remote out of the way place in a remote area, i look dirt poor with mismatched roofing and tar paper walls, and antiquated farming eqipment, i look like i have no money and am barelly scraping by, more likely they will ignore me and beg from all the amish first, and if someone does ask for food i will offer them some canned raccoon meat and tunips, basically stuff that nobody else wants anyway (food predjudice). i have had people beg for handouts and i offred them wahti had and they turned it down since it wasn’t stuff they liked.

      4 experience

      1. nemoseto and others,

        I have some advice for folks who get (especially) an unannounced visit from the police asking if they can search your house for guns (or for anything else). Always, always, ask to see their search warrant. Even if you know for 110% you don’t have anything they want to look for, demand a search warrant. It doesn’t look good for them to write up a warrant affidavit alleging certain probable cause, only for the search to come up dry. They have to file a return with the court showing what they seized in their search and it’s awfully embarrassing to have to write “nothing” on the return tabulation. BTDT.

        Even if they say they don’t need no stinkin’ warrant and push on in anyway, don’t resist. The possible beatdown isn’t worth it. Get even later in court and with internal affairs. Video if you can, otherwise make copious notes as soon as possible afterwards (known in the legal trade as “contemporaneous notes.” They are more valuable than a statement you make days later.

        Also, there are exceptions to the search warrant requirement carved out by the Supreme Court. The police may be operating under one of those exceptions and resisting them is not smart. There is a list of 4th Amendment exceptions, most citizens don’t know any of them, so be wary about “standing on your rights.” Admittedly, only a few exceptions apply to dwellings, but they are important.

        Did I ever ask to make a search of a house without a warrant? Sure I did. Not illegal to ask. Was I ever refused? Nope. Not once. Did I ever find incriminating evidence? Yep, every time. Would I have been able to get a search warrant if one was demanded? Probably not in most of the cases.

        1. Z36, great advice in normal circumstances but what if martial law is invoked and the whole reason from the search is to take your means of self-defense? AKA Katrina…….

          1. Thor1,

            One problem about Katrina. Martial law was not declared by anyone. Louisiana has no provision in state law for it, and the US government did not declare it either. The people collecting firearms from citizens had no legal authority to do so.

            Under US law (per the US Supreme Court), just because troops are being used to enforce laws, if the court system is still functioning, local and/or state laws must be followed. Any declaration of martial law is required to stipulate in plain language whether the military is allowed to use military law, or not. The mere declaration of martial law doesn’t necessarily mean all laws are out the window.

            Martial law has not been declared in the US since 1961 in Alabama and that was a state declaration against the Freedom Riders.

            That all being said, if armed police and/or military are banging on your door demanding your guns, and martial law has not been declared, one must use good sense as to whether to resist or not. I would demand a search warrant, through the door. If they force entry, well, its on them.

          2. Zulu 3-6 & Thir1,

            One problem about Katrina. Martial law was not declared by anyone. Louisiana has no provision in state law for it, and the US government did not declare it either. The people collecting firearms from citizens had no legal authority to do so.

            As I recall after the fact, some of those “collecting / confiscating” firearms were LEO’s brought in from other jurisdictions for additional support, no different than any other mutual aid situation; however, the attitude of some of those officers / jurisdictions were less firearm friendly than Louisiana and other states. I suspect that some officers from places like NYC or Chicago might have a hard time wrapping their heads around people carrying their “unregistered” firearms.

            That all being said, if armed police and/or military are banging on your door demanding your guns, and martial law has not been declared, one must use good sense as to whether to resist or not. I would demand a search warrant, through the door. If they force entry, well, its on them.

            It’s on them except that they have overwhelming force and backup, so one would just have to hope that their jurisdiction doesn’t have such matters going on, meaning stay out of certain jurisdictions like NYC, Chicago, and many others on the eastern and western seaboard.

        2. Z36, wow, I thought they declared martial law as they also employed black water mercenaries to help……

          But if things were so bad as to declare martial law, would you surrender your arms ?

          With gangs of looters,murders and rapists running around ?

          1. Thor1,

            I would do whatever I could to avoid surrendering my arms.

            At the same time, you have to remember the government can outgun you in any fight, sooner or later. Just takes one Mk19 on top of a humvee.

          2. Martial law was declared by the mayor of New Orleans after Katrina because of widespread looting. After Katrina, several states passed laws saying authorities could not collect guns even if martial law has been declared. Florida was one of those states.

          3. Bam Bam,

            If Mayor Nagin declared martial law, he did it without statutory authority. Mayors and governors cannot just declare martial law on a whim, or even for a serious reason, without an enabling statute. Louisiana didn’t have one and to the best of my knowledge, still doesn’t.

            The media was falling all over themselves to cover for Nagin and the LA governor. They both were a couple of clowns and screwed all sorts of stuff up in response to Katrina, then tried to blame Bush for most of it.

        3. Z36, if had gotten that far with Hummers with auto grenade launchers, we would probably be in civil war at that time. Then guerilla war would be in effect. I would hope it was more like the UN trying this and not our troops who took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.

          1. Thor1,

            Very likely. But my point was that somebody, hiding out in their house, defying the police or military hasn’t got a chance in hell if the government brings out the firepower they have.

            You can see mini-versions of this when police SWAT teams handle a barricaded gunman. Sure, they don’t bring out Mk19s, but they have ways. Unfortunately, that sometimes means cops have to physically enter and handle the issue essentially at knife fighting range. I had a friend on the Detroit PD SWAT team killed on an entry after a barricaded gunman who had already killed another cop.

            However, in 1967, during the Detroit riots, there was a sniper in the second floor of an apartment building raising hell. They brought up a National Guard M-113
            personnel carrier and the track commander opened up with his .50 caliber machine gun. The sniper had no chance. The building took a beating too. I know this happened as I was there.

            The UN coming in this country and trying to enforce martial law won’t have a chance in hell. That is especially when the US military will revolt and attack UN troops. Besides, most UN troops tend to come from nations where they can’t even control their own populations (e.g., Pakistan).

      2. nemoseto, interesting answers.

        1 I wasn’t being State specific but it would apply. The red flag laws now being shoved down many States throats are being done by offering the State money to write a red flag law. The money comes from tax payers so we the people are paying the government to take our rights.

        2 & 3 were combined. I saw a photo of rioting after one day of the EBT cards shutdown. Most of the people on this seem healthy enough to work but they do not realize that the illegals are going to collapse the system or raise taxes on working folks to make this into a socialist country.

        4 great answer, mind,knowledge, skill and experience is something you have that they can’t take from you.

    2. Thor’s Questions:

      1. Surrender your arms? Not just on their say-so. They’ll have to make a personal visit and we’ll go from there.

      2. Golden Horde riot. Probably. After all they are entitled to that money. The politicians will fall all over themselves trying to get a continuing resolution passed just on that issue, if nothing else. I doubt if it will go that long anyway. Someone will give in when they feel the political heat is bad enough.

      3. Begging for food? “Dave’s not home, man.” (Apologies to Cheech and Chong).

      4. #1 prep? Right now, food.

      1. Z36, the reason I put the relinquishing your firearms first was if you surrender your firearms, how can you protect your #1 prep. The golden horde will just eat your food like zombies from the walking dead.

        I ask these questions to prepare people for what may happen and like lifting weights makes muscle memory or drawing a weapon, it becomes an automatic reflex.

        Remember, having a plan is half the battle.

        https://www.ibtimes.com/snap-ebt-down-not-working-users-asking-check-balance-after-outage-2636551

          1. Thor1,

            As long as the SNAP/EBT program is a computerized government program, glitches are going to happen. It doesn’t automatically mean everyone on SNAP is screwed. As long as the outages are spotty, no big deal. If an outage goes nationwide and stays out for a week or more with no satisfactory explanation, then we may have a problem.

            Martial law across America. Things will get ugly fast. I don’t think the majority of police or military will go along with a nationwide federal martial law program that has no obvious true threat to protect against. Many citizens damned sure won’t. That is why the socialists are trying so hard to kill off the 2d Amendment. They have no reasonable chance if The People are still armed. Actually, I think they won’t have a good chance even if the 2A is killed off. Too many firearms are hidden or just unknown to the authorities.

  7. Hi Tara & all,

    did give us the opportunity to push more of our self-reliance lifestyle onto them (again, for some of them)
    Showcasing the homemade gifts and the skills it took to create them also gave us the chance to coerce others to learn or hone their own skills and expand the tools they possess.

    I never try to push or coerce anyone in to this lifestyle; but, do demonstrate the benefits and joys of doing what we all do. I’ve brought more people around to this way of thinking by pointing out problems they encounter, like running out of gas, or sitting cold in the dark, even if just for a few hours. In my immediate rural neighborhood, I can think of no one who isn’t at least somewhat self-reliant, since this somewhat remote lifestyle almost demands it.

    The little kit you purchased reminded me of something I put together as a kid, before such readymade kits were available and affordable. When I was about 8 or 9 years old, I was reading one of my father’s magazines. I don’t remember either the exact month or year; but, the magazine and the article is firmly stuck in my brain. The magazine: “True: The Man’s Magazine” was a blend of “Popular Science”, “Popular Mechanics”, and “Field and Stream”. The article, described the contents of the survival kit carried by our fighter pilots of the day. Using my available resources at that age I assembled my own kit, substituting my air rifle and a squirt gun for the survival rifle and handgun. Within a few years I had assembled a pack containing a knife, hand axe, first aid and mess kits, that I carried diligently every day on my treks into the wooded hillsides west of our home, That was nearly 60 years ago, and those fond memories still bring a smile to my lips. I suspect they will do the same years from now for Colt and the other grand kids, when many other things are long forgotten.
    Our chicken coop is more than 90 years old and has been patched many times; but, it was built solidly with a standing seam steel roof, and has been holding up rather well; but, will be getting a new door this summer. Our birds free range within a paddock area of about 30 x 40 feet. We have a hot top wire that has kept out all but the most persistent raccoons, and those were dealt with individually after losing a few hens.

    Now the questions:
    Do you have a greenhouse or plan to build one?
    Yes
    If you have a greenhouse, please share some details about it and what you grow.
    We have a Harbor Freight greenhouse that measures 6×8 by 6” tall. We constructed the base from treated 4×4 & 2×10 dimension lumber to raise the whole thing up off the ground and give us some additional head space. Right now we are wintering over some strawberries and blueberries and hoping to get some garlic started. The berries are wintering over fine, since thos has been a mild and wet winter; but, I don’t know how well the garlic will do, since I understand deep cold is required to get it going, and we’ve been really short on that, with tiday (12/31/2018) sitting in the 50° range with incessant rain. This (a greenhouse) is one of those things we’ve wanted for years; but, now that we finally have one, we’re still trying to determine how best to utilize it. Be careful what you wish for, LOL.

    How are you prepping to feed your livestock during a long-term disaster?
    We only have a miniature horse, a goat and chickens, so I suspect we’ll have enough pasture and feed available on the property to keep them going.
    Were you able to urge some loved ones closer to becoming preppers this year? How?
    No; but, we really don’t try much, since most are already on board, each in their own way.
    How did you prep this week?

    This past week was a bit short, since the last WIDTPTW column was posted late; but, we did and acquired the following:
    1. Received an AOC 40″ Curved 4k UHD Monitor from woot.com. This will complete my amateur radio setup adding various digital modes and near real time weather tracking while working at the station.
    2. Reread “Cold Camp” by Tim J. I actually had the computer read my original digital copy (circa 2005, 2006?) to me. Back then it was public domain / shareware and available on numerous forums. It’s a good story and a good read. I have a pdf available.
    3. Picked up another 16 blueberry muffins and some raisins from Aldi’s

  8. Do you have a greenhouse or plan to build one?
    I still want a greenhouse. I am talking to the ag teacher where I work and a friend who owned a nursery. They’re both helping me with plans, but I don’t know when it will come to fruition.

    How are you prepping to feed your livestock during a long-term disaster?
    We have enough pasture to feed the goats. The chickens will have to free range. Hopefully they will survive predators when they’re out.

    Were you able to urge some loved ones closer to becoming preppers this year? How?
    I bought supplies for some to use. Are they closer to becoming preppers? Who knows. Only time will tell.

    How did you prep this week?

    -Added a little more to the stockpile: food, paper products, hygiene products,

    -We added a driveway alarm and camera at home.

    -Bought a new FoodSaver. The old one can’t keep up like it used to when I’m sealing numerous bags in a short amount of time.

    -The search is on for a 3/4 ton truck. We need increased towing capability.

    Christmas with the kids and grandkids was great. We had simple gifts and food, and enjoyed time together.

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

    1. PG:
      Did you install the driveway alarm and camera yourself? I am toying with the idea of installing the same. My niece that lives nearby did, and so did a BIL but both had companies do the work and monitor when they are away. My concern is then the monitoring can be done anytime. Not sure if I have the skills to install myself but I would be willing to try.

      1. Yes, we did. I actually bought the alarm three years ago, but we didn’t install it until a few days ago. We used a trail cam that sends alerts to my phone for the camera. Both were super simple to install.

  9. See most of the group from the old site posting here.

    Question has anyone been on contact with Penrod since the site change? Have been wondering if they moved or still have that blue water lapping at their shore line.

    1. Antique Collector,

      Question has anyone been on contact with Penrod since the site change? Have been wondering if they moved or still have that blue water lapping at their shore line.

      I’ve been wondering the same thing; but, it would take someone who is not currently banned from the old site, slipping in a comment to him to come over here and join us, and that would most likely get you banned.
      This reminds me that we haven’t heard from bctruck in a while, so I’ve just fired off an email missive to him also.

        1. Grammyprepper,

          BC used to have an active youtube account, that might be another way to contact him

          I have his email and had an older phone number. I already sent off the email and expect I’ll hear back in the next few days. Back when he was driving truck he had a terminal he would drop off and pickup from in Grove City, so we almost got to meet and have talked on the phone. I know there was some illness in the family that was keeping him busy. I’ll let everyone know when and if I hear back from him.

          1. Bam Bam,

            I can contact BC Truck. I have his private email. He want to high school with my mother. LOL Small world.

            It’s smaller than we know.
            I have what I think is his private email. I contacted him with that email; but, have not yet heard back.
            I just sent you an email with the email address I have for him.

      1. The Ohio Prepare
        One can get banned from the old site? That is really sad to hear but it is his right but wow no wonder certain folks with knowledge have gone to others blogs.

          1. Antique Collector,

            One can get banned from the old site? That is really sad to hear but it is his right but wow no wonder certain folks with knowledge have gone to others blogs.

            Yes. When he didn’t have the WDYDTPTW column for quite a while, someone asked about it and he said he was dropping it. At that point, Almost There, Bam Bam, and I contacted Dam Sullivan and Tara picked up the column as WIDTPTW. Bam Bam and I as well as a few others started pointing people here and from that point on, when Bam Bam or I posted a comment, it simply disappeared. I didn’t go there for MD or anyone in particular; but, for the community, and I think that is why most of us come here. I’ve been doing this lifestyle for a very long time; but, I continue to learn from this group all of the time.

          2. Antique Collector,

            The Ohio Prepper
            gheezz sorry about the miss spelling your call sign

            No problem with the callsign / nom de plume. The only thing I hate being called is “Late for Dinner” LOL.

        1. The Ohio Prepper
          Penrod posted to a EQ article on 26th of December so he is still reading that site but not posting very often.

          1. O.P. is right. We were banned from posting on the new site, even thought we had contributed so much. I am glad, at least, that I won so many writing contests. I think our former host bit the hands that fed him.

          2. Bam Bam, Thor, TOP & all others from the old site:

            I truly appreciate that Tara took over this section from the old site. We need to support her & the other host as much as possible. Bless you Tara for taking on this group of knowledgeable & sometimes a weee bit outspoken group of wonderful people.

  10. Moe,

    I am so glad to be home back in the middle of nowhere.

    While our individual versions of the middle of nowhere are probably slightly different, I totally understand and agree. While we do travel into the big city on occasion, primarily for medical specialists, I prefer trees and open fields to the canyons of buildings surrounded by people and vehicles. As I type this just an hour or so before the new year, I recall many of the news shows today showing the area around Time Square, who will be hosting, and all of the security, making it “One of the safest places in the U.S.” according to one NYPD official. They have vehicles blocking ingress and egress points, undercover LEO’s mingling in the crowd, bomb sniffing dogs and handlers circulating in the crowd, and snipers on overwatch, supported by drones and helicopters. They are expecting 1,000,000 people, all of which must pass through security checks and some of which were already there, standing in the cold rain @ 7:00 this morning. I can think of no more horrible place on the planet to be at this point in time, than there with that mass of people. The DW is already fast asleep in front of the TV and I’ve just gotten off the radio as I read through the latest comments on the WIDTPTW post for this week.
    Happy New Year everyone, and may 2019 be another safe and prosperous year for all of us.

    1. TOP:
      Since I have relatives in Ohio, it is a bit easier for me to compare locales. Just picture your neck of the woods without any trees. Happy New Year to you!

  11. Happy New Year to all! The holidays are obviously a busy season for me at work, so I will be happy when NYD is over, LOL!
    Had our Christmas with DD and SIL and grandkids this past weekend, I finally got to meet my new GD! Came home with some deer, turtle and squirrel. Deer, I know how to cook. Open to suggestions on the turtle and squirrel, tho.
    I have decided that 2019 is going to be my year of exploring more natural options for health and home. I have gotten a little more into essential oils, and made some purchases of basic oils, and started using them again. I also finally made some elderberry syrup (and wouldn’t you know, I caught a dang cold, so I’m kicking myself that I didn’t make it sooner, to use as a preventative instead)/. I am also looking at replacing cleaning products with more natural alternatives this year.
    I broke down and subscribed to Prime, and we also got a Firestick…so I watched Atlas Shrugged, all three parts. I tried to read the book when I was a teen, but it went way over my head. Might be time to re read it. But anyhoo, the movie was rather intriguing, and frightfully timely. (the casting changes across all 3 parts was a bit confusing)I still recommend viewing it.
    As for Tara’s questions, I do have a portable greenhouse still in the box. Mom got it for me last Christmas. I haven’t figured out how to make the best use of it, since it’s not rated for long term or year round use. We don’t have livestock at the moment, so I have nothing to share on that front
    God Bless that kid in Austria, I wish him well. He’s got some balls. Here’s hoping he can hang onto them.
    And hey, with all the crazy weather, OH has officially had it’s wettest year on record. And boy is it crazy windy for this late at night tonight…Hope everyone has their hatches battened down…

    1. Grammyprepper, try again reading Atlas Shrugged. Much better than the movie. Too bad they switched actors in the movie series.

      1. Mari,

        Grammyprepper, try again reading Atlas Shrugged. Much better than the movie.

        I agree; but, I thought the movie adaptation was pretty good all things considered, since just John Galt’s speech could take a long time by itself. It reportedly took Ayn Rand two years to compose and write the speech for her book. For those who have neither read the book nor seen the movie, here is a quick less than 5 minute introduction to ”The Speech”
        Atlas Shrugged: John Galt Speech (raw footage)
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN6JV2GXyvg
        The ”They” in the speech could easily be Chuck and Nancy or any number of politicians, especially with the ilk of ignorant children like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being elected to “rule” we underlings.

        Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum in 1905, (Saint Petersburg, Russia), emigrated to the US at age 21 after witnessing the Bolshevik revolution. Her early life and the nationalization of her father’s business set her on a course for life and helped her produce two great, if a bit long and hard to read books.

        Too bad they switched actors in the movie series.

        I agree; but, taking a heavily intellectual movie with no sex or violence that cheers the individual instead of the collective was having a hard time getting funding. You’ll note that some more sensual scenes were added to the final installment.
        I was an investor in the movie (crowd sourced micro payments); but, there were simply not enough of us who knew the work to make it work. Today perhaps a GoFundMe page could do the trick; but, the movie series with all its shortcomings is still a good introduction for those not yet familiar with the ideas.
        I have the DVD set and it used to be available on Netflix; but, I had heard it was now gone.

        1. Every once in awhile, I hear something from a left-wing politician that’s almost a direct quote from Atlas Shrugged. Scary. Of course Netflix no longer has AS, as it’s theme is conservatism.

          One book I like better than AS, is Taylor Caldwell’s The Devil’s Advocate. Ancient Rome; change the names to reflect today’s cast of characters.

  12. Grammyperpper,
    You can cook squirrel much like chicken, baked or fried; but, it is more like the breast than the dark meat and can be a little dry if overcooked. Turtle can be a little chewy, so what I remember about cooking it is to dice into small chunks and make a casserole or stew with plenty of liquid, like you would make beef stew with a tough cut of beef.
    I’ve read Atlas Shrugged several times, saw the movies at the theater and have the DVD set. The inconsistency between the first and ending movies was a bit of Hollywood addition that strays quite far from the book; but, all in all hits the theme good enough for those who haven’t read the book. As I understand it, the final movie was short on funding and the Hollywood investors had to “spice it up: a bit to get the financing.
    Now that you have Prime, if you should see any bargains, like those LyfeLite LED bulbs on woot.com, you can log in with your prime credentials at checkout and get free shipping. I think I paid for 1/3 of my membership last year, just with free shipping, LOL.
    Weather has indeed been odd with the current temperature @ 40° and the high for the day @ 60°. Rainfall today @ the homestead was 1.7 inches, bringing the total at our location up to 43.5 inches for the year. While I’m really tired of the mud, it has been good on the propane and our wallets, since a typical summer propane fill usually runs us in the 900 to 1600 gallon range at whatever price we can get during the summer fill season. To date we have used only about 400 gallons of propane and burned no firewood, so unless January through March really dive into the deep freeze, our summer fill could be the least expensive in 15 years.
    It’s windy here also; but, while I hear the tower rattling, so far the antennas have been holding firm, and the dumpster is too large to blow away.
    Happy new year everyone.

  13. Not too much to report due to the closeness of the two columns.

    Happy New Year to all.

    We had a full Zulu family Christmas gathering at the Ex’s house last Saturday. I gave everyone their first aid kits, which were well received, except by my Ex who was in a cranky mood that day. I gave lessons on how to use the SWAT-T tourniquets and Israeli dressings that come in those kits. Everyone (except one) thought the TQ and Izzies were pretty neat. I also showed them a CAT tourniquet, which I think is the better TQ, except when you need to use a TQ on a child or very skinny adult. The SWAT-T is a better choice then as its much more elastic.

    I had last week off from watching granddaughter, but I’m back at it this week (today excluded). Granddaughter got an Owlette mask (a cartoon character she loves). She wears it all of the time. We went to the bank yesterday, and she insisted on wearing it. The bank manager told her that normally they frown on people wearing masks in the bank, but he would make an exception for her. 🙂

    Tara’s Questions:
    1. Do I have a greenhouse or plan one? Nope. No place for one.
    2. Plant in greenhouse? N/A
    3. Livestock feeding in disaster: Don’t have any two or four-legged livestock. I’m sure the multi-legged varieties will fend for themselves quite well. Haven’t seen any of those lately though. My complex is good about spraying.
    4. Urge loved ones to prep: I talk about it periodically, and they seem to all be on-board, at least to a limited extent. I also give them prepper related gifts, like the first aid kits this Christmas.

  14. Tara, have you thought about a movable chicken cage? An opening on one end so the chickens can get in from their coop. Made of chicken wire on a wooden frame, with wheelbarrow handles on one end, and wheels on the other end, with no bottom, and hardware cloth flaps attached along the bottoms of the side walls so they don’t get out when you move it around the yard. Should only have to raise it an inch or two in order to “wheelbarrow” it around the yard. Since the chickens don’t fly or roost, they should be happy on the ground, and that way, they can get around the yard to get fresh greens, bugs etc. Just a thought, we don’t have chickens, but I think I read about a setup like this somewhere on the interwebby.

    1. MaineBrain,

      Tara, have you thought about a movable chicken cage? An opening on one end so the chickens can get in from their coop. Made of chicken wire on a wooden frame, with wheelbarrow handles on one end, and wheels on the other end, with no bottom, and hardware cloth flaps attached along the bottoms of the side walls so they don’t get out when you move it around the yard. Should only have to raise it an inch or two in order to “wheelbarrow” it around the yard.

      I have always heard these called a “Chicken Tractor.” It is a movable chicken coop without a floor. Most chicken tractors are a lightly built A-frame which one person can drag about the yard. It may have wheels on one or both ends to make this easier. There a simple plans available with a search for constructing them in all sizes and shapes; but, some scrap wood, chicken wire, staples or nails, and wheels with an axle are all that is needed. We don’t use one since we have a large chicken coop and padock area; but, for limited space, these can help maximize use of a yard or other area without much expense or work.

      1. ‘Chicken tractor,” sounds familiar. It might be a stopgap solution to get the hens more protein and scratch until the larger coop gets built.

        1. MaineBrain,

          ‘Chicken tractor,” sounds familiar. It might be a stopgap solution to get the hens more protein and scratch until the larger coop gets built.

          I think it’s more for use when you don’t have a large enough paddock area for the hens. One of the things that attracted us to this place was the extensive number of various outbuildings, including a chicken coop. We simply fenced in a paddock area for the hens around the existing 90+ year old building and keep the sides and roof patched on occasion; but, we are otherwise using the original building.

  15. Well, I’m really late to the party but had a great New Year!!! Both kid’s picked up a germ now they are both fighting off getting sicker.
    We start back to school, tomorrow we’ll see if they go.

    I’ve mostly have been eating out of the refrigerator, freezer, and Pantry, so no going to the store that was the best. But now I’ll be making a shopping list and looking at what coupons I have.

    I cleaned the whole house, these last few days getting a few bags of donations, and garbage was today only it was recycling which was great all three bin’s we’re to the brim. Hubby, and I took all the Christmas tree and stuff back to storage, we are going through our stuff and deciding what to keep and donate. We took a bunch of cardboard boxes, and recycled them out less to step on.

    Question 1 and 2 we have a greenhouse, but it has taken a beating, I’m going to turn it around so the ruined windows , are facing the fence and hopefully get a couple more year’s out of it. It’s made out of rods, and fabric tent. I usually do my re potting plants, and use it to store all my equipment and over winter some flowers, some make it some don’t.
    Question 3. No livestock.
    Question 4. I was happy to see most of my family, have extra water and food on hand and the guy’s even had tools, and other very important tools, that shhh we don’t talk about LoL.

    1. mom of three
      Don’t you have Michele’s recipe for Elderberry syrup & tincture from the old site? If you need it she recently posted it on another site, and I printed it out as I missed placed ours.

  16. In response to Tara’s question about a green house.
    We have one but did not assemble it where we reside, but we may give it my sister for her place.
    Livestock animals, when we raised beef cattle for sale. Nothing like walking in the snow to the hay barn to feed the animals. Having to call them in from where they were taking shelter so the hay would not become soggy before they finished it, stomping it into the ground fighting over the dry alfalfa. Waiting until they arrived to make sure they had not gone visiting the neighbors property, which always happened when the weather was at its nastiest.

    What we did over the weeks past will have to wait, time for putting the dog out & bring the cat.

  17. Well I am late to the party again! I have my first granddaughter on the way–Olivia Lynn. She is due in April. We are so excited. My son got a bow for Christmas. Both he and my daughter are naturals. He hit an orange from 40 feet on his first try. Their biological mother is dead. My daughter is buying my son out of the house. That works well for everyone. I sent the insurance paperwork into the wrong address to get my inheritance. The paperwork was not clear. So it may be another three weeks before I get a check. We are going to make an appointment with an investment counselor to get professional advise but I am 90 percent sure I will pay down the mortgage. I think we are heading into a recession. Given my profession, I am protected from the markets. But I still want to invest wisely.

    1. Thor1,

      Here is an interesting video with a warning……

      Are you on the USCCA payroll? LOL
      I only ask because I think you’ve posted this a few other times. I have their pamphlet; but, pretty much know the drill since I’ve been teaching the CHL course for nearly 30 years and have heard at least 4 attorneys discuss this with our classes. I’ll be renewing my USCCA membership in a few weeks, since the insurance alone is well worth the yearly cost.

  18. No greenhouse, no livestock. A Meyer lemon tree in the sunroom, an aloe in the kitchen, that’s about it for now. Big plans for an edible landscape when we land our retirement home.

    Bought some of the Lyfelite battery-backup light bulbs recommended by TOP. Haven’t put them in lamps yet. Also bought a 5-pack of letter openers on Amazon. All of ours seem to have grown legs and walked away. Maybe a “want,” not a “need,” until you realize how difficult it is to open an envelope with your pinky finger or a pair of scissors. Also useful as a weapon in a pinch, I suppose?

    Replaced a 14-year-old toaster oven that was on its last legs – amazing how much we use that thing for everything from toast to casseroles, no need to turn on the big oven for nachos or pizza or a pan of apple crisp. Also cleaned out the cabinet of baking pans – why do I need three pie pans, I never make pie. Off to Goodwill.

    Some weird flu thing is going around here – my niece had it over Xmas and it’s now morphed into a sinus infection, a BFF has it and is now a week and a half into it. I’m sucking down sambuca in hopes of warding it off, as we’re taking a two-week trip in a couple of weeks.

    Maine’s first governor from Franklin County … er, first female governor (both) was inaugurated tonight. Woot!

    Happy 2019, all. Wishing you good health and good fortune.

      1. Thor1,

        my condolences on the election of Mill’s. But at least I make more than she does.

        Maybe for now; but, with the Chuck and Nancy show now seemingly in full swing, we may be in for another hard ride, so it’s time to hold onto your saddle horn and take a deep breath.

        1. TOP, I wonder if they will be under the military tribunals ?

          Have you heard anything about the envelopes handed out at the Bush funeral ?

      2. I actually know Janet quite well. She’s not a hair-on-fire liberal, more of a centrist. (Her brother Peter, whom I also know well, is a Republican, as was her father.). I think she’ll do a great job if she can rein in the tendencies of the Ds in the legislature to want to pass bills on everything and anything they knew they couldn’t get through in the past 8 years. And, she’s a refreshing change from the bluster and drama of Paul LePage.

  19. Regarding the discussion of ‘chicken tractors’, may I suggest checking out Justin Rhodes youtube channel.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPCYnxbjxQQ&t=19s

    If you are not familiar with Justin and his family, get to know them. They are homesteaders, and are one amazingly interesting family. (I can’t help but think there has to be family money there somewhere, to fund their ventures, but they are amazingly open with their struggles living a homesteading life. And how involved their young children are is to be applauded, IMHO)

  20. #1 & #2 — No greenhouse, and really nowhere to put one. The best I can do is use row covers.
    #3 — No livestock. I feed the squirrels and birds in the winter. No doubt the squirrels appreciate as we’ve had two years in a row of zero acorns.
    #4 — No, I’ve given up. My DD keeps batteries and flashlights, and that’s it.
    #5 — Mostly just keeping up with medical, such as new glasses and contacts. Got most of the yard(s) raked up. Already have most of the seeds that I need for 2019.

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