What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did to Prep This Week – Week 28 – Jan 6th – 12th 2019

prep week 28

Hey Pack. We have been working on increasing our storage space and organizing everyday preps to keep them far more handy. I consider it a big win when I can use preps as part of our home decor – survival gear hiding in plain sight can be attractive, and a decorating money saver.

My evergrowing cast iron cookware is constantly in need of a better place to call home. So, I decided to use the durable cookware as part of my homesteading kitchen decor.

cast iron cookware in the kitchen

The cast iron looks pretty, and now takes up a lot less space, space that can be used for other things. I really loathe clutter and wasn’t sure I could deal with some many things on the wall throughout the kitchen, but ended up being really happy with the setup once it was finished.

kitchen on the homestead

I also spent a good bit of time putting my apothecary cabinet together. I now have two more empty shelves in a kitchen cabinet to store pantry type food. Having all of my medicinal and cooking herbs in one place is crucial if someone other than myself is suddenly tasked with putting together a home remedy or a bullet wound treatment.

apothecary cabinet

This is just the upper half of the apothecary cabinet. Bobby has made little bleachers out of scrap wood to give me more storage space on one shelf. I am going to have to pull them out and stain, paint, or burn them so they are more attractive, but I was very grateful for the added space to work with.

One the top shelf with my mortar and pestles are homemade natural remedy gel capsules, leaves, and roots. I am storing my gel capsule makers in the vintage metal kitchen canisters. The capsules themselves are stored in another room further away from the wood stove so they do not melt. In the cool red metal toolbox are my essential oils.

Similar attractive and upcycled storage containers are used to house more essential oils, beeswax, and carrier oils on the shelves below that are not a part of the photo.

Bobby got me this really cool staple hammer for Christmas. I had seen it being used on an episode of Alaska The Last Frontier by one of the Kilcher clan. I had never seen such a hammer before and for some reason, regular staple guns and I just don’t seem to get along. The hammer works great, I was able to use red handkerchiefs. I got two for $1 packages to recover an old armless rocking chair from one grandmother and a cool old metal chair from my other grandmother.

old indoor chairs

Extra indoor seating for when our prepping clan is on-site is always mighty useful. This was a quick, super cheap, and easy project thanks to my staple hammer. I have also now used it to deal with chicken wire and hardware cloth, and it works equally well.

staple hammer

I have some exciting prepping news on the livestock front this week. Pearl, my one-eared and only three functioning legs, Nigerian dwarf goat is once again pregnant. I do worry about her carrying all of that extra weight, but she is healthy and happy – well, actually a bit fussy with her existing brood and my blue heeler, Jovie. Pearl tends to get that way when she is pregnant.

I am looking for another Nigerian dwarf or pygmy doe or nanny goat to add to our herd, so we can create a solid breeding program. I am hoping to breed and sell the Buckeye chickens in a dual effort to help maintain the dwindling population of the heritage breed and as a little side money maker. Of course, my beautiful, incredibly docile, and weird Buckeye chickens will have to finally start laying some eggs for that to happen. They still seem to have no desire to fly. Like I said, weird chickens, but I do adore them.

This week’s questions:

1. How do you combat prepping gear storage issues economically?
2. What was the best manual tool addition to your preps in 2018?
3. Do you engage in any survival livestock breeding – or what animal would you think would be the most valuable to breed if you could?
4. What did you do to 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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87 thoughts on “What I Did to Prep This Week – Week 28 – Jan 6th – 12th 2019

  1. 1. How do you combat prepping gear storage issues economically? I have used several methods over the years, but the best is 5 gallon buckets with lids from candy makers.

    2. What was the best manual tool addition to your preps in 2018? No new additions.

    3. Do you engage in any survival livestock breeding – or what animal would you think would be the most valuable to breed if you could? No breeding.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    More prep sorting/inventorying. Milk crates (used to store commercial canned goods) are sorted and restacked. Room made for moving the single-box ammo shelf.

    Ordered some rifle and pistol magazines. This will bring me up to my “comfort levels” for guns I use. Prices are down (but need watching); better now than when “they” make it political again.

    Received: MTM magazine case (.308 mags/M1A), Mag-Pul mags for the AR, steamer basket for One Pot, AF Colby Cheese FD, #10 (107 serv.), mag case: for .300 AAC magazines, card game: Exploding Kittens (a game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats), ½ gal jugs of light/sweet molasses, gallon jar of local honey, sling adapter for new Mag-Pul AR stock (2 different ones).

      1. Thor1:

        I came across this as a recommended purchase from Amazon (guess they know more than I though). DW is the cat person, I’m know for my cat recipes. I got to thinking about the depressing times coming and that this might add a bit of levity.

        (I would not be into one on exploding puppies.)

    1. JP, I hope there is not another shooting since that is what usually happens every time the try to make a new gun law. Just watch……

    2. JP,
      It’s just more of the same from the same people, all democrats and socialists who don’t know which end of the tube the round comes out of.
      From the article:
      “Americans across the nation are asking Congress to reinstate the federal ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines”
      What they mean is up and down the coasts and in the DC metro area.
      “Last year we saw tens of thousands of students nationwide take to the streets to demand action to stop mass shootings and stem the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our communities. Our youngest generation has grown up with active-shooter drills, hiding under their desks—and now they’re saying enough is enough,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein
      Those same children are also demanding free college and a $15.00 minimum wage and also do fire drills; but, I assume taking smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, and fire extinguishers out of the school would bring outrage, since those measures work; but, for shooters, we remove the ways to protect the students. With all of those “evil” guns on the street, one wonders why someone hasn’t shot up congress or the white house like they have been shooting up the schools. Could it be that those places have armed security? Don’t know for sure; but, it’s worth a thought. The problem is that those who push this unconstitutional legislation have never had any thoughts, just beliefs and feelings.
      I also don’t think such legislation can pass muster in the senate or receive a presidential signature; but, if all else fails, I think we can count on civil disobedience en mass.

  2. 1. How do you combat prepping gear storage issues economically?
    Shop sales and free is better.

    2. What was the best manual tool addition to your preps in 2018?
    Do more can openers count?

    3. Do you engage in any survival livestock breeding – or what animal would you think would be the most valuable to breed if you could?
    I have chickens. They’re good for both eggs and meat. I have a couple of hens that go broody. This will aide in continued stock. I also have dairy goats. They provide milk and can live on less land than cows. We love the milk. It doesn’t have a ‘goaty’ taste. It tastes like whole cows’ milk. These two animals are my choices for survival animals. (I also feel that rabbits would be a good addition.)

    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    -I added a little to the stockpile, as usual.
    -Traded eggs for fresh basil. I made and froze some pesto. I prepped and froze more meals.
    -Added more articles to information binders.
    -We like the driveway alarm and camera.
    -Ordered a hitch for the new truck.
    -Taking inventory of freezer before beef is ready at the locker next month.

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

  3. Puppy is really being a good boy. He hugged #2 daughter before she left today, too cute. She came over and checked out FIL medically as she is an RN.

    Practicing cooking different meals like goulash, stuffed cabbages and beef stew. Making them into frozen pre-made meals.
    Bought 40lbs of dog food and treats.
    Bought 60lbs of rice.
    Bought 5lbs of pasta.
    Bought 2 cases of water.

    Picked up a Remington 700 in 30-06, now I need more 30-06 ammo as I had a Ruger model 77 in 30-06.
    Made a bank run of $500.00, just in case.

    1. How do you combat prepping gear storage issues economically?
    2. What was the best manual tool addition to your preps in 2018?
    3. Do you engage in any survival livestock breeding – or what animal would you think would be the most valuable to breed if you could?

    1. Shelves and sheds…..plenty of room.
    2. A 6′ crosscut 2 man saw.
    3. Chickens, meat and eggs.

    Thor’s questions;

    1. Is Iran launching EMP’s via satellites and warships off our coast?
    2. Is the bank run in France being done as an act of defiance or preprogrammed as a collapse excuse?
    3. Are the Dems coming for the guns to help China?
    4. Do gun laws of States violate the agreements made to follow the Constitution when States became part of the United States?

    1. Thor1,

      1. Is Iran launching EMP’s via satellites and warships off our coast?
      I don’t think so, since while it would cripple us for a while, the current administration would make their country disappear and deep down they know it. Also Israel and Saudi Arabia have had talks on defense against Iran, since they see it as a common threat and could / would jointly wipe them out. Just for the record, we know for sure that Israel has had Nukes for decades. Have you ever heard of Damona?

      2. Is the bank run in France being done as an act of defiance or preprogrammed as a collapse excuse? /strong>
      I think it’s an act of defiance by the population that has finally gotten tired of their socialist government with high taxation and fewer goods and services. Who would have seen that coming? LOL
      3. Are the Dems coming for the guns to help China? /strong>
      No. They have been coming for the guns since at least 1968 and simply don’t trust guns in the hands of anyone that they cannot explicitly control. They also cannot accept that their identity politics has backfired on the country to the point where we often
      “need” to individually defend ourselves.

      4. Do gun laws of States violate the agreements made to follow the Constitution when States became part of the United States? /strong>
      Of course, and then there is that pesky 2nd amendment and the Heller & Macdonald decisions of the SCOTUS; but, to Chuck and Nancy and their ilk, laws are only for the little people. Just ask HRC? 

      1. TOP and JP, here are some interesting articles on Iran.

        https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/01/10/iran-says-its-rockets-will-send-two-satellites-into-orbit-despite-us-concerns/

        Then ships.

        https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/01/07/iranian-navy-vows-to-sail-into-americas-backyard/

        Their only hope to attack America is by using an EMP type weapon.

        That coupled with the current administration talking about attacking Iran might trigger a preemptive attack on America. Just a heads up.

        1. Thor1,

          TOP and JP, here are some interesting articles on Iran.

          I suspect we have assets along with the Israelis keeping an eye on any alunches, and there could be a huge possibility of launch failures, since accidents can and do happen.

          Then ships.

          Our ships over there have a distinct advantage that they don’t have over here. The best and most well honed Logistics in the world and allies in the region that are not their allies. When you threaten everyone in your neighborhood, you need to b watching your 6 at all times, as well as your 3, your 9, and all the other places.

          Their only hope to attack America is by using an EMP type weapon.

          Possibly; but, we have ways to detect radioactive material that they cannot shield, unless the shielding is so thick, that the device would be too heavy to launch. I suspect they are under a very powerful set of microscopes as we speak.

          That coupled with the current administration talking about attacking Iran might trigger a preemptive attack on America. Just a heads up.

          I really doubt it, since they may be rabid; but, not suicidal, at least as a regime, and such actions would be their end.
          They dream of resurrecting the Persian Empire, not being completely eliminated from the face of the planet and from history.

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, how far are you from a nuclear powerplant ?

            The closest is 98 with another at 160, both in Ohio and one in Western PA @ 200. I tried your link; but, it just sat there spinning its wheels. I have this information and lot of other on hand as part of my county EMA duties, so it’s not really a problem that concerns me.

            I checked mine and I am 97 miles away. Minimum needs to be 50 miles in the event of an EMP.

            That 50 miles is kind of a rule of thumb and really depends more on the terrain and wind direction / speed than anything.
            I think there are lot bigger threats than an EMP affecting our nuclear power plants.

          2. TOP, I guess we will see in the spring when the Iranians come to the Atlantic if they have launched their satellites yet…….

  4. After last week storm and rain we are getting a few sunny, but cold day’s, my husband is loving it that we’ve been in the high 50’s but like I told him for the 100th time if we start spring this early we will get a cold snap in February, and ruin all the buds so the cold has to come back… This last week I had kid’s not 100 percent so my son, came home on day and then my daughter, came home on Friday, everyone is feeling better and hoping to a great week next week LOL…

    I did do a major cleaning got my son’s room rearrange I just hate his room everything is to big for such a small space, but I was able to get it to my liking. I went through my lazy Susan, and tossed out about 15 cans of food, I’m not going to use it and the sell by date was December 17, I kept it longer then I would have plus it’s all ready at least three year’s old when it hit the sell by date so the food was at least 5 year’s old. I only have a few cans of 18, so it should be easier to use up within this new year.

    I did pick up coupon items, got 4 cases of water, left one in our travel trailer, the other’s will be put up in the attic, I did get 4 boxes of cereal, lot of shampoo and conditioner, with the store sales and coupons, only spent $78.00 for the monthly groceries bill. Making a list of repairs to do to the house, painting the ceiling in the kitchen, and putting trim on the floor in my son’s room are two thing’s we are going to do before Spring arrives. To answer Tara, question are all no at this time we pretty much have all the tools we need, no room for livestock, I’m having a hard time keeping herbs alive.

    Have a great weekend.

  5. Well, we survived ‘snowmageddon’ LOL! It’s actually kinda pretty right now, but I will be over that in, oh, a minute or two! And it will all melt and then we get the mud…yay…

    Not much in way of preps this week, but got DD a Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book. It’s a reproduction of the 1950 edition. She wants to learn to cook, and I couldn’t think of a better helper. I have my grandmothers BC cookbook, as well as several other editions, old and newish. I love old cookbooks!

    I did get the complete Tightwad Gazette this week. What a fun read!

    I upgraded my online security, which could be considered a prep. I have used Zone Alarm probably since I first got online. I have used both free and paid products and gladly recommend both–no affiliation, no kick back or anything like that.
    The one thing I am looking for is a good, reliable, less expensive VPN, so suggestions are welcome. NORD took the prize at CES, so it’s going to get overloaded and probably up their prices. We got a firestick, so I need a reliable vpn. Which we probably should be using on our phones as well.

    My FIL died yesterday. It’s bittersweet. He was in the throes of alzheimers/dementia. He was in hospice, and died at home. I ask for prayers for peace for the family, because it is going to get ugly. There is a part of the family that is gimmeegimmeegimmee, as well as a few who are just grieving. (I think y’all know which part of that we are) Family gathered, and DH didn’t go. He wanted his last memory of his father to be him smiling at him, and recognizing him, calling him by name, at a gathering this past summer. I so get it, and support him in that. We will of course be at the memorial (he will be cremated). Rich was a Korea Vet. The stories he told me…they really opened my eyes. My grandfather NEVER talked about his service in WWII. I met and was friends with many Vietnam Veterans. I was a child during Vietnam, but I knew more about it than Korea. My biggest regret is that we didn’t get him one of those honor flights to the war memorials. If you have an older veteran in your life, please give them that honor. I don’t have the link handy, but will look for it if anyone is interested.

    Love and prayers for all y’all!

    1. Grammyprepper,
      Sorry about your FIL; but, he is probably now at peace.
      I think we got about 2-3 inches of wet snow; but, it will all be gone by this afternoon. Our county was under a level 1; but, that was removed around 7:30 this morning and traffic in the area seems to be moving normally.
      I also like cookbooks and we have many, both old and new; but, my collected recipes from the web take up a lot of disk space, and often cooking from scratch to taste works as well as anything with some practice.
      The DW has a copy of ”The Tightwad Gazette and also subscribes via email to some other free things she finds useful:
      https://www.everydaycheapskate.com/
      http://smartfamily.com/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi
      https://www.couponmom.com/

      All it takes is time to sort through all of the “free stuff”, LOL

      1. Thank you TOP.

        As I’m sitting here reading all the replies, I’m watching the scrolling school closings, at it looks like southern counties are still at Level 1 (I did see one level 2 as well), but everything is hunky dory here.

        Tell DW I will check out her recommendations, and tell her hello!

        1. Grammyprepper,

          As I’m sitting here reading all the replies, I’m watching the scrolling school closings, at it looks like southern counties are still at Level 1 (I did see one level 2 as well), but everything is hunky dory here.

          Yep. That would include our host Tara; but, things here are fine. We had our radio club yearly dinner tonight and the 30 miles round trip was made without incident with a little snow on the ground in the parking lot; but, roads that are only wet.

          Tell DW I will check out her recommendations, and tell her hello!

          I did. We’ve been thinking about getting together again; but, perhaps this time in Delaware which looks to be a bit closer for both of us than our last luncheon get together. We don’t really want to wait until really warm weather that could well be April or beyond; however, I would still like to give you a tour once the cold is gone.

          1. TOP, I will email you, Delaware would be a good meeting point, but we are def coming back to visit your homestead in better weather! Now that we know how to get there, LOL! (inside joke folks, we had quite the adventure heading to TOP’s place)

          2. Grammyprepper,

            I will email you, Delaware would be a good meeting point, but we are def coming back to visit your homestead in better weather!

            I have several ham radio friends in Delaware and can get some recommendations for restaurants. We are also looking forward to a warmer weather visit, with daylight past the 5:00 hour, LOL.

            Now that we know how to get there, LOL! (inside joke folks, we had quite the adventure heading to TOP’s place

            You just got to see a lot of nice scenic rural countryside, LOL. In general it was a computer glitch, and just like auto correct can run you astray, so can GPS on occasion; but, now that you know to avoid that one nasty turn, things should be fine, on the next trip.

    2. GP, I’m sorry for your loss.

      Alzheimer’s is horrible. My MIL has it and is in the final stage they say with in 6 months. My FIL seems to have some dementia as well after a stroke.

      The Mrs. watches a lot of cooking shows but with everything going on, hasn’t been cooking much so I am watching cooking sites and getting their recipes. I’ve never had cabbage steaks before have you? It looked interesting and might be good as a winter prepping food.

      How much snow did you get ? I’ve got zero so far in the South but miss it sometimes.

      1. Thor1,

        I am watching cooking sites and getting their recipes. I’ve never had cabbage steaks before have you? It looked interesting and might be good as a winter prepping food.

        I had to look up “cabbage steaks” and as it turns out we’ve had them many times. We just don’t confuse a vegetable dish with the word ”Steak” LOL. You can also do the same thing with the little cabbages, AKA Brussels Sprouts. This is the basic recipe I found.
        Stem side down, cut 1 inch slices of cabbage. Drizzle slices with olive oil and with a basting brush distribute olive oil on cabbage. Salt and pepper both sides of slices and top with garlic mix. Bake 30-40 minutes @ 400°.
        For Brussels sprouts you just cut them in half and cook the same to make bite sized little morsels. Personally I like them better with bacon drippings instead of olive oil; but, you use what you have on hand ,LOL.

        How much snow did you get ? I’ve got zero so far in the South but miss it sometimes.

        Grammyprepper lives about 50 miles to my southeast and we all only got about 3-4 inches of wet (non drifting) snow that will all be gone soon as the weather warms up. As she said, back to the mud.

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, the cabbage steaks I took at had smoked paprika, black pepper, garlic and parmesan cheese. Along with melted butter and olive oil. Baked at 350 for 30 minutes, add cheese and cook another 10 minutes.

            When you’ve been cooking for more than 50 years as I have, you pretty much only need the basic time and temperature for the bake and do the rest to taste. I’m not big on paprika and don’t use black pepper at all; but, any variation on the theme that tastes good is worthy of trying. You can do the similar baked “steak” thing with slices of eggplant and it’s also pretty good as is nearly any vegetable with enough melted cheese, LOL.

            What’s for dinner? LOL

            I think today it’s left over roast beef and some kind of vegetable.

      2. Thank you, Thor. I’m sorry about your inlaws. It’s a horrible disease for everyone involved.

        Cabbage steaks? You piqued my interest, and I found this recipe:

        https://www.platingsandpairings.com/roasted-cabbage-steaks-with-bacon-garlicky-creme-fraiche/

        Sounds scrumptious!

        We got around 4 inches of snow this time around, and apparently are due for round two this next weekend, and the predictions say this one will be worse…But a lot can happen between now and then…

        1. GP, I hope I helped, but I know God will.
          Bad things happen to good people, but that’s life. My Mom was a Saint but God still took her.

          Yes I just tried the cabbage recipe and it was good. Better with pepperoni…. LOL

    3. GP,

      I got to take my dad on his Honor Flight. We had begged him for years before he finally accepted going. It was THE most awesome thing I have ever seen and participated in. We went in 2014, and he died in 2017, so I am so glad he finally got to go. He really enjoyed it and all the people involved, the people meeting them at the airports, the parting of the traffic on the roadways around DC was something to see. A VERY worthy cause for supporting too, as each Veteran gets to fly for free. We created a book for him, and they received cards at the airport, from people thanking them. I’ll never forget the smiles on their faces. My sister was able to go with another Veteran on the same trip.

      Where I live, the flights are few and far between now since there aren’t many WWII and Korean War Veterans left. I think they have started taking Vietnam Vets.

      The website is:

      https://www.honorflight.org/

      1. AT,

        I wish we had done an Honor Flight for him. That’s why I encourage anyone who has a family member left from those wars, to take advantage of the opportunity. By the time we really thought about it, he was pretty bad off, and I think it would have been more for us than him. Thanks for sharing the link!

        GP

  6. I received my inheritance check in the mail this week. My dh and I went right to the bank and put it into savings. We are meeting with two different sets of financial advisors next week. I have learned that banks want to keep you in debt and that if you want to pay down your debt, they want to increase your mortgage rate. (I am thinking of some choice cuss words right now . . . . ) Note that you would think that as their risk decreases, my interest rates would decrease as well.

    We are getting some much needed work on the house ordered. My dh will get new front tires on the truck and an alignment done this week.

    Nothing much changes this week. More dog food. More cat food. Additional cases of water. The same old same old.

    1. Bam Bam:
      Maybe you can find a small bank in your area. The family owned banks are quickly being gobbled up, but they are a lot better to deal with. We are lucky enough to have a couple in our neck of the woods. Unlike the big regional and national banks, they don’t seem to have sales quotas for their employees.

      1. Moe,
        We have some state banks here; but, enough of them that they are always trying to compete for business. They don’t give away toasters anymore; but, will often have incentives to attract and keep their customers. Like any product, you should always play one against the other and let them compete for your business.

    2. Bam Bam,

      I received my inheritance check in the mail this week. My dh and I went right to the bank and put it into savings. We are meeting with two different sets of financial advisors next week. I have learned that banks want to keep you in debt and that if you want to pay down your debt, they want to increase your mortgage rate.

      Generally when you pay down the mortgage, the rate should remain the same; but, you are now nibbling away at a smaller balance so it goes down faster; but, in any case, the rate should not increase, unless you’re doing a refinance and your original rate was really tiny.
      With your current equity, your additional money from the inheritance, and your multiple income streams, I suspect there may be another bank out there willing to work with you on a better all around deal. You may have to shop around a bit; but, don’t be afraid to walk away. The bank is simply selling a product, and like any product, you shop around for the best deal.

      1. I bank with a Credit Union and have for the past 30 plus years. They have helped me out many times and are wonderful to work with. They are not in the business of making a profit and treat their customers great.

        1. Terra,

          I bank with a Credit Union and have for the past 30 plus years. They have helped me out many times and are wonderful to work with. They are not in the business of making a profit and treat their customers great.

          We bank with a state licensed commercial bank, a credit union, and several other banks and brokerages, each selected for the products they have for us that make the most sense.
          An Credit Unions BTW do make a profit; which is how they pay for their facilities and employees; but, as nonprofit entities, they can make less profit, since they only need to pay expenses and interest with no shareholders expecting returns.

    3. Bam Bam:

      I have my mortgage with Quicken/Rocket. I have increased my payment every year for the last 6 years. When we refinanced last time, we only borrowed what we needed to cover what was owed on the house, and still got a lower rate.

      I’m not sure where you are with paying your house off, but it might be worth a call to them to check out your options. They have done great by us.

        1. Bam Bam,

          We are meeting this week with the bank folks from three different places. I am definitely going to shop around.

          Good for you. Too often people go to banks, hat in hand almost begging to get the money they need. That may be OK if you have a poor credit score or less income than you actually need for the intended loan; but, in your case with multiple income sources, an inheritance check, and equity already in the property, you should be the one in the cat bird seat. The banks are trying to sell you a product, no different in many ways than the next vehicle you purchase, or a simple loaf of bread. Be hardnosed and get the product you want at the price you like or walk away to the next bank. You can also of course leverage one against the other.
          Finally, make absolutely sure that any additional payments are / can be targeted directly at the principle and how much equity stake you need to eliminate that PMI costs if it applies.

        2. Bam Bam:

          One other thing. When you are negotiating make sure you can pay extra and/or early with no penalty. Both in a lump sum and/or by increasing what you send monthly.

          Since our last refi was our 3rd, it was something I was really interested in.

          With my original mortgage, I would have been 82 when it was paid for. I will have it paid off when I’m 64.

  7. Answers to Tara’s Questions:
    1. Storage- We utilize closets now that the kids are gone. The front closet has always held go bags and emergency equipment. We also use furniture such as old bookcases and china hutches picked up at yard sales. I love the apothecary shelves!
    2. Pressure cooker, flashlights (a key tool)
    3. Chickens and goats would be the first animals I would want to have.
    4. Preps this week include annual check up, adding canned goods at 39 cents per can and rotating dry goods.

    The checker at the grocery store started talking about stocking up as he checked me out. I am sure he is like minded but I wasn’t to thrilled about the comments with others standing nearby.

  8. Hi Tara & all,
    It seems we are all decluttering and trying to improve and better organize our storage space. While we don’t try to use preps as decoration, we are slowly getting old stuff sorted and tossed. We’ve been living here now starting our 25th year, and you can just collect too much stuff in that amount of time.
    We’re in the proves of having rack to handing cookware in the new summer kitchen; but, that will not likely be in place until early to mid summer. Your cast iron cookware as displayed looks efficient and nice; but, I can almost hear the DW wondering how dusty the stuff will get just hanging there in the open, LOL. Ask me how I know, LOL!!!
    When you state:

    I am going to have to pull them out and stain, paint, or burn them so they are more attractive, but I was very grateful for the added space to work with.

    You forgot to add dusting, to your list unless there’s a front to keep things covered, LOL
    Staple hammers are a great tool with practice; otherwise, you can often miss your target.
    Our extra seating consists of additional unused kitchen chairs and some folding chairs along with a card table.
    We also have a notched eared three legged goat; however, Mary Ann was a rescue and is unable to kid; but, gets around amazingly well, and keeps our miniature horse ”Liberty” (AKA Fat Pony) in check, while providing good companionship.
    1. How do you combat prepping gear storage issues economically?
    We’ve lived here for going on 35 years and have done things incrementally. We have quite a few of the wire shelving units in various sizes, including some still new in the box. The best place to get these is in the April / May time frame from Aldi’s. A few years ago we invested in some of the Thrive Life Cansolidators and set up on the wire shelving makes a great way to conveniently organize, store and rotate canned goods. Additional shelves are attached to some of the walls using
    Dual Trak Adjustable Wood Shelf Brackets like these:
    https://www.amazon.com/Knape-Vogt-Sterling-Adjustable-0122-11PM/dp/B00DXZLFPI/ref=asc_df_B00DXZLFPI/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198097826602&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16946504992075574821&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9014903&hvtargid=pla-321036525348&psc=1
    which take a standard 1×12 pine board for shelving. I’m not endorsing this brand; but, just stating that there do work well.
    It also helps to have a large 12 room house with 4 bedrooms, two large barns, a chicken coop and machinery shed and greenhouse with space to add more
    2. What was the best manual tool addition to your preps in 2018?
    I’m not sure we added any manual tools since we already have two or more of most manual items. I did add a few more battery powered tools to the mix. My kid sister gifted me a 7 piece Ryobi ONE+ tool set a few years back and we’ve been adding to that when we need a tool, and Home Depot has their sales, which is quite often. As I get older, good battery powered tools are appreciated more & more, LOL.
    3. Do you engage in any survival livestock breeding – or what animal would you think would be the most valuable to breed if you could?
    I think chickens would be best for us, since they are potentially good for both eggs & meat. We have several dairy farmers locally where we could barter for milk in a pinch. Bee’s of course would be another one that can really bee productive without a lot of effort.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    This past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. The DW & I started the first week of a 13 week Tai Chi (pronounced Tie Chee) class. We are taking this along with a fellow ham radio friend and his DW. One gray haired woman in the class is 75 years old, and moves with the grace and balance of someone in their 20’s or 30’s so we are very hopeful.
    2. Our 33+ year old R/O water system was leaking and due for a filter change, so instead of doing it myself I called the company that originally installed it. It turns out that the cartridge that holds the R/O membrane was cracked, so the technician took the unit back to the shop for a repair or replacement that he tells us will be no cost. Other than changing the 0.5 micron and activated carbon filters each year and replacing the pressure tank a few times, the system has been running nearly flawlessly and with this repair may outlast us.
    3. Still working on redesign of my ham radio and public service radio system corner. Should have everything in place including the 40”monitor and computers today or tomorrow.
    It seems like a short week; but, we are in pretty good shape, and hopefully barring another broken thing like the R/O water system, we can continue to coast a bit, LOL.

  9. I did my low-carb grocery shopping this week. Added a little to my stash. Cooked my weekly meals.

    Again, not a huge amount of prepping work done. I did order a waterproof/fire resistant bag to put my valuable documents in. One never knows if one has to bug out against Plan A (bug in).

    Granddaughter is doing fine. She is turning into a proper mini-smart-aleck. Quite a sense of humor for a two-year old. Can’t imagine where she got the smart-aleck thing from.

    Tara’s questions:

    1. Prepping storage issues: I am somewhat limited in space living in an apartment. I have underbed storage boxes and my closets are pretty well filled up.

    2. Manual tool addition in 2018: I have a nice tool kits already, both standard and firearms. I guess the tool addition would be a new AR stock wrench to replace the one that went missing. And has since been found, of course.

    3. Livestock breeding: Nope. My property managers drew the line at chickens. 😊

    4. Prepping this week: See above.

    Thor1’s questions:

    1. Iran launching EMP: I doubt it. As TOP said, the current admin would turn Iran into a glass parking lot. Failing us doing it, Israel will. Plus, Iranian warships are not in a class with most US warships.

    2. Bank run in France: I think that is just the people worried that the banks are going to go four paws to the sky and take their money with them. The French government hasn’t been very comforting when it comes to finances lately.

    3. Dems coming for guns to help China: Don’t think so. First, China is not interested in militarily/physically conquering the US. Economically and politically conquering? Yes, absolutely. The Dems want to take over the country, and citizens with guns will get in the way of that goal. Does China mind the Dems trying to take our guns? No, it may help them in the long run economically, but it isn’t at the top of their list right now. Oddly, some Dems are not particularly fond of China, Nancy Pelosi being one of them. I think those Dems view China as their prime communist rival, and rightly so.

    4. State gun laws violating the Constitution? Yes, many of them, but not all according to the Black Robe Society in D.C.

    1. Z36, Iran is being pressured much like Japan in WW2. Does that mean a Pearl harbor style attack. I mean they hate us so much always saying death to America and burning our flag.

      Besides, their religion wants the end of the world….

      1. Thor1,

        Actually, Islam does not want the end of the world (except as we infidels know it). They want the world to be 100% Muslim.

        Iran has limited military power projection ability, unlike Japan in 1941. Sure, they can send out some destroyer-sized vessels and some small submarines to try and raise some hell, but the US (and a lot of other countries) have better and bigger. They might get a ship or two, but that would be the end of the world as they know it. Some terrorist attacks, etc. But the powers that be in Iran would like to survive whatever fuss they started. Suicide attacks are for the great unwashed.

        Their air force is not particularly fearsome, and many of their aircraft are old F-4 Phantoms and early model F-14 Tomcats. Fighting their army might be a chore, but who needs to actually invade Iran?

        1. Z36, they want the second coming of God, which is brought about from the end of days. They also like suicide vests similar to kamikazes…..

        2. If you were in a street fight with Tyson in his prime and you knew you had to fight or were going to, wouldn’t you hit him with a sucker punch and hope for a knockout ?

  10. I meant to put this in my main post, but forgot. The author has been a China expert in the US government since the Nixon era. He admits frankly having screwed up his analysis of China over the years, but has since come to Jesus, as it were. This book was published before Trump was elected, so it doesn’t contain anything Trump has done to encourage or dismay the Chinese. However, Trump is mentioned briefly as anti-Chinese appeasement from his business perspective.

    The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower
    By: Michael Pillsbury

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IWUI7B4/ref=oh_aui_d_asin_title_o03_?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    1. Zulu 3-6,
      I personally think that Michael Pillsbury is a bit over rated. And think that Gordon G. Chang has had better insight. He is known for his book The Coming Collapse of China, in which he argued that the hidden nonperforming loans of the “Big Four” Chinese state banks would likely bring down China’s financial system and the communist government with them. They have had a building expansion spending billions on ghost cities that now sit empty; but, for a very short time did employ some of their population and kept them from noticing the poverty and horribly dirty environment. I think their house of cards is beginning to fall, since the whole world is now looking at their I.P. theft and dumping and ways to stop it.

      1. TOP,

        I think the Chang book is a bit out of date. Things have changed significantly since 2001. For instance, China is now a member of the WTO and wasn’t in 2001.

        Yes, Pillsbury spends a lot of space in his book confessing his mea culpa, but I think his book is a bit more up to date. I wish it had Trump’s recent activities involving China, but it came out in 2015.

        I do think that China’s banking system is wobbly and Trump could really screw them bad with hard-nosed trade deals, tariffs, and out-right embargoes. People might say, “But China owns so much of our debt.” True, but if the US gives them the middle finger on repayment, then what? Sure, we will suffer some economic problems of our own along with shortages. But unlike China, we can rebuild much of the structure needed to fix those shortages. Many products China makes, we can flat get along without. We have the technology, after all China stole most of it from us.

        1. TOp And Zulu:
          I will look for both books. For my contribution i encourage both of you to find a copy of the 1/11/19 Wall Street Journal. On the front page below the fold, is an in-depth account of the Russian hack of the power grid. The DH and I think when versus if. And maybe by a party other than the Russians.

          1. Hi, Moe. There are quite a few bad actors out there who could really do a number on our power grids. I’m about a mm away from being surprised it hasn’t happened yet.

          2. Mari,

            There are quite a few bad actors out there who could really do a number on our power grids. I’m about a mm away from being surprised it hasn’t happened yet.

            It’s good to see you mention plural “grids” since there are at least 4 main grids for the East, West, Alaska, and Texas. The link below is a depiction of them. While an EMP would probably bring down the whole thing, hacking would most likely only bring down segments, that could be recovered with relative ease.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_U.S._power_transmission_grid

            In any case, having a way to stay warm and lit with some kind of communications would be essential. In our case that is layered with UPS units and a generator, plenty of various combustion and LED lighting, and multiple ways to heat the house.
            The layered approach has happened over the years before we could afford the whole house generator; but, are still in place in case of a generator failure, or when a long term outage means only running the generator part time to conserve fuel.

  11. Its been a few weeks since I commented. I received a set of black out curtains for one room. I still need to get them installed but that shouldn’t take too long.
    Made good use of store points from last quarter and got $55.18 worth of food for .18. Have a good start on this quarter’s credit. The store gives bonus points for buying specific products that change every week. So by making use of those (products I would buy anyway) points accumulate quickly.
    Best 2017 tool was probably the Milwaukee cordless drill I won.
    Storage is always an issue particularly since I want to sell this house this year.
    Only animal I have is a cat who it is debatable would know exactly what a mouse is.

    1. Suzy q,

      I think between you and mom of three, you got us all beat with those deals you get for pennies on the dollar. What store is this?

  12. Hello all,

    Please forgive my absence. I’ve been busy but I’ve been lurking occasionally. OP kindly stayed in touch and I’ve spoken with Sirius and Bam Bam. I want to thank you guys for reaching out. Btw, Bam Bam, I’ve read most of your paper and it has given us some hope.

    To sum up, I’ve been active in both my business and in politics. I worked for a while as a driver and bodyguard for Geoff Diehl in his campaign against Fauxcahontas. I’m in some pictures in a black suit eyeballing the crowd. He was the real thing, a man of unimpeachable character with no vices or skeletons in his closet. He is no RINO and would never sell us out. Inspired by his example, I helped establish, and now chair, our town’s Republican town committee. We’ve been active, and the local socialists are getting worried.

    My business has expanded to five times its previous size since the summer. Our client is of the opinion that our team is about the best in the country at what we do and I couldn’t be happier or more proud of my workers.
    Needless to say it’s keeping me busy but I have been able to spend more time with my family as I’ve taken on a more administrative role.

    I’ve also been preparing to relocate our family to Eastern Tennessee. I’ve been down making reconnaissance trips making connections and getting a feel for the area, with my father in law as my guide. I’ve visited the local Masonic Lodge, the school department, and some Sheriff’s deputies along with local businesses. The towns I’m looking at are adjacent to the headquarters of Ready Made Resources. Bob, the owner, took the time to meet me there and I was able to buy some supplies. He’s a real stand up guy and has been in business since the mid 90’s. He recommended a realtor and we’re starting to work together.

    This week, I was able to buy more.30 carbine ammo as well as 5.56 and 7.62×39. I purchased some FD foods and extra groceries. I’m getting my teeth fixed by a new dentist too. Robert Spear advised in one of his books back in the 90’s to get your teeth fixed. He was right. A friend has bequeathed his guns and ammunition to me now that he’s moving to Israel. He knows where they are if he comes back. An S & W .38 snubbie and a Ruger SR9C. Mrs. Overwatch can keep them at hand.

    To our host’s questions:
    1- Buckets, shelving and totes. All date labeled.
    2- A good battery operated drill.
    3- No animals other than my dog.
    4- See above.

    1. You won’t be far from me. When you get settled, contact me thru TOP and you can come visit and I can give a tour of our area. Maybe send you home with some plants for yard and garden. Welcome to Paradise!

      1. Babycatcher,

        You won’t be far from me. When you get settled, contact me thru TOP and you can come visit and I can give a tour of our area. Maybe send you home with some plants for yard and garden.

        I have contact information for both of you so just say the word.

        Welcome to Paradise!

        Actually, he’s skipping paradise and heading through Ohio and on down to TN, LOL.

        1. Hey OP!!! I’m sorry. Tennessee is paradise. No income taxes, low property taxes, and easy gun laws. Besides, Ohio is too damn cold! I would like to visit you one day though.

          1. Overwatch,

            Hey OP!!! I’m sorry. Tennessee is paradise. No income taxes, low property taxes, and easy gun laws. Besides, Ohio is too damn cold! I would like to visit you one day though.

            Actually at our age the taxes are a breeze, since we pay no income tax on the SS and the “taxable” income is low enough we don’t pay anything on federal and little if anything on state. The last two years our taxes were 0 /0, nothing owed and nothing refunded both state and federal (since nothing was paid in). At age 65 we qualified for and were granted the ”homestead exemption.” that knocked the real estate taxes on our 8 acres with a house and 5 outbuildings to less than $600.00 per year.
            Our gun laws are also pretty easy and on par with TN. We can be a bit colder on average than TN; but, the weather and the gun laws are still an order of magnitude better than where you now live, LOL.
            It would be great to meet sometime; but, TN is still a far piece away from here. From my town to babycatcher’s town is right around 380 miles and a 6 hour drive.
            In our case we are debt free, except for the new car and are finally getting this old house in shape, with the summer kitchen as our final large project. We also have rather deep roots in the community and lots of friends who form a pretty skilled MAG in case things actually do go into the ditch.
            You know of course I’m just razzing you, and hope you and Mrs. Overwatch find the perfect place and live a long and fruitful life, no doubt adding value to any community in which you land.

      2. I absolutely will, Babycatcher. Monroe county is beautiful and I’ve fallen in love with the people there. Next trip is this spring. OP is welcome to share my contact information with you.

  13. Overwatch:
    Thanks for the update and good luck on the move. I think your timing is good. I hope people can see through to the danger of electing Fauxcahontas for an even higher office.

    1. Nice to “see” you too. I can’t get out of here fast enough. As I cross back over the Mason Dixon line, I can feel my freedom ebbing away. It’s those intangible qualities that are hard to describe to people who aren’t awake. That, and the prejudice that northerners have towards southerners. As I explained to my new friends down there, I’m no carpetbagger. I’m escaping and I don’t want to bring anything Yankee with me.

      1. Overwatch,

        I can’t get out of here fast enough. As I cross back over the Mason Dixon line, I can feel my freedom ebbing away. It’s those intangible qualities that are hard to describe to people who aren’t awake. That, and the prejudice that northerners have towards southerners.

        The Mason Dixon line is a good reference boundary; but, I think you’re being a bit harsh on how the freedom slips away or the attitude of the north to the south. Growing up in western Pa we would often drop south into West Virginia and other than the sign at the state boundary, you often could not tell the difference. The same thing goes for most of Ohio outside the big cities, with the only notice you’re entering Kentucky being the crossing of the Ohio river on the boundary. Most rural folks and those in southern Ohio are almost indistinguishable from our southern counterparts. As you go farther north into New England though I suspect you’re right. As you know the DD lives in your area and at least for now is happy, although at times we do worry about the potential situation there.

          1. Overwatch,

            While we’re still here, know that we will look out for her as if she were our own daughter, should you ask.

            That’s really appreciated; but, she now has much of the staff at the Harvard Business school looking out for her. She was amazed at some of the gifts she got from the professors for Christmas. Since many of them fly for lectures they have lots of CC points they traded for Amazon gift cards, which were gifted to her.
            I would feel better were she not in the big city in that state; but, she seems to be happy, has a good head on her shoulders, and can think on her feet. During the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 there was a shut down on the MIT campus, and she simply took charge of a group who were freaking out, barking orders to set up a defense against the potential threat. An MIT officer was assassinated not 300 feet from her (their) location. These are the kind of moments that make you realize that sometimes when kids are growing up, they really do pay attention and then make you proud.

  14. Tara, your stove looks familiar, mine is stainless steel and black. Your kitchen looks like a true homestead.
    The new year is starting out right, except for a small car payment we are debt free. My wife needed cataract surgery on both eyes and her surgeons surgery center and anesthesiologist were out of network. We had to pay $15,000 out of pocket. Fortunately God will provide. Six months ago she got a case that pays a $10 an hour bonus. She still has it so barring any more problems we should really start building our savings.
    My tree clearing project is complete. Yesterday using my backhoe I wrestled the last huge stump out of its hole and shoved it into the woods. Now all I need to do is haul some soil into the low spots and clean out my drainage channel to drain the swamp on the south side of my yard. After it dries a bit I can borrow my brothers tractor, harrow, and box blade and smooth everything off. That will give me over an acre of cleared land. Cash and cleared land, lots of possibilities.

    For storage I have plenty of room, a three bed room home with just the two of us, a 450 sq ft detached room next to my home, and a 12×12 storage shed. That plus a 24×35 ft garage that is only half full.

    I didn’t get any tools and no livestock. My wife really wants chickens but being she is either working or resting guess who would have to take care of them.

    1. Daddio7,

      Tara, your stove looks familiar, mine is stainless steel and black. Your kitchen looks like a true homestead.

      It’s hard to tell from the photos fir sure; but, is it gas or electric? Gas wins in my opinion for numerous reasons.

      The new year is starting out right, except for a small car payment we are debt free.

      We were completely out of debt; but, recently took on a new car payment. I’m looking at the 2019 taxes to see how best to pull the funds from investment account and plan to pay off by year end. We verified that we can pay additional on the principal when we took on the loan, so now it’s just cash management for the rest of the year.

      My tree clearing project is complete. Yesterday using my backhoe I wrestled the last huge stump out of its hole and shoved it into the woods. Now all I need to do is haul some soil into the low spots and clean out my drainage channel to drain the swamp on the south side of my yard.

      I really wish I could justify a backhoe or a skid loader; but, we have friends who can often help out. Those big boy toys are just so much fun to run, LOL.

      My wife really wants chickens but being she is either working or resting guess who would have to take care of them.

      Actually, once you get the chickens set up they are easy to manage. We do a complete cleaning of the coop about once per year in the spring, adding the manure and litter to the compost. The rest of the time is just keeping the feeder and waterer full that takes less than 20 minutes per day. You do also have to collect the eggs.

  15. i own 26 acres, and i have plenty of trees and a sawmill, i generally just build onto my cabin when i need more rooms or i build outbuildings. this fall i set up one of my older buildings as a trap shack, set up a small heater and dc lights and a solar panel, the 10×10 building is used to store all my traps and trapping/tanning supplies and acts as a heated work area for skinning and working hides.

    no specific tool comes to mind

    i run 2 breeding flocks of chickens, buff orpingtons in one coop/run and bantams in the other, they go broody a lot, i sell and use eggs, sell hatching eggs, sell chicks, sell poults, butcher surplus birds for meat, etc. thinking of getting goats this year because of the high price of butter and cheese, much easier to cut hay for goats by hand than cut hay for cattle if i have to cut by hand in uncertain times (i trade firewood for round bales for my steers now, i have lots of cheap wood left from milling, cull logs that are not high value, sell that to people who use it in boilers, or trade it for hay)

    almost nothing, weather has been very poor, i did get into town and bought a new pair of boots thursday, my old boots wore out and fell apart, also started making a capote since my former employers threatened to sue me for still wearing my old work coat, had to give them the old coat and had no coat, sub zero temperatures outside so i made a capote, then when i got the boots i picked up a fleece bathrobe that is also being used as a coat. just waiting for the weather to improve, also sold a cord of wood (how i had money for boots)

  16. I just got a short version of Washington state’s I-1639.

    1. No semi-auto rifles to anyone under 21 (.22 LR to 50 BMG).
    2. Manditory 10 day wait.
    3. Proof of firearms training (DD-214?).
    4. $25 fee (tax?)
    5. if not secured, owner is liable.
    6. Letter of approval from local Chief Law Enforcement.

    Background checks required since 2014.

    Glad I don’t live where King County gets to dictate what I have/need/want on my Eastern Washington farm.

    1. JP,

      I just got a short version of Washington state’s I-1639.

      That’s an interesting list; but, could you add some context? What is I-1639 and to whom does it apply.
      If it’s the requirements / restriction for all state serfs to own a firearm, that’s horrible; but, we could use some context since I suspect most of us don’t follow far east & west coast politics and firearms laws, other than to avoid them.

      1. TOP:

        These are state law’s, so they only apply to WA residents. I-1639 is the state legislatures nomenclature. King Country is the Seattle metroplex, containing most of the state’s population, therefore the most votes.

        I passed this on for the benefit of those who don’t have to deal with a major metroplex regulating their lives (as of yet). We are fortunate that our largest city only holds 10% of the state’s population, so several have to get together to pass anything state wide.

        1. JP,

          These are state law’s, so they only apply to WA residents. I-1639 is the state legislatures nomenclature.

          OK, here we have a bicameral legislature and would have two bill numbers like HR-10 & S-10; but I understand now that there is context.

          King Country is the Seattle metroplex, containing most of the state’s population, therefore the most votes.

          We have some of the same problems in the Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati / Dayton areas; but, so far we have enough rural population and sane people in the cities to keep the laws reasonable.

          I passed this on for the benefit of those who don’t have to deal with a major metroplex regulating their lives (as of yet). We are fortunate that our largest city only holds 10% of the state’s population, so several have to get together to pass anything state wide.

          They certainly try; but, so far, we’ve been vigilant and made those phone calls and donations to the opposition. I’m not sure that people in California, Illinois, NY, and most of the east coast have a chance; but, for now, we’re holding them off.

  17. Hi Gang,

    First off, welcome to TN Overwatch.

    Tara, I like the colors you have chosen and the cast iron looks really nice. Apothecary jars lookin’ good too. One of these days, I will be that organized.

    I worked both Saturday and Sunday, and am totally pooped. I worked the Sunday before, so will be working 13 days straight when all said and done.

    Not much done last week. Cat food.

    Waiting for shed to be delivered. So much rain. For days and for days more. And this weekend too. My driveway gravel is getting deeper and deeper… More gravel to be put on the list…

    Read that Zimbabwe has gone belly up. Terrible things they are doing to their own citizens. Grateful to be born in America.

    Prayers for Trump, for the Federal Employees, for America. And good for Trump on cancelling Pelosi’s trip… That was a good move. Shameful to be flying off and totally disregarding the folks here not getting a paycheck. They don’t need to get paid either. They are doing absolutely nothing.

    1. AT,
      I laughed my butt off when I heard about Trump cancelling the trip! Tit for tat, some call it childish. But what makes more sense in a government ‘shutdown’…cancelling the Address, or cancelling a globetrotting trip? Methinks the globetrotting costs more than broadcasting the State of the Union address. So who seriously has the high ground? Anyone with common sense–sorely lacking in todays society–can see which makes more sense. While I feel for those affected by the shutdown, this is just one example of who cares more about the American people.
      Love him or hate him, Trump is shaking things up. And that’s a good thing.
      GP

      1. Grammyprepper,

        I laughed my butt off when I heard about Trump cancelling the trip! Tit for tat, some call it childish. But what makes more sense in a government ‘shutdown’…cancelling the Address, or cancelling a globetrotting trip? Methinks the globetrotting costs more than broadcasting the State of the Union address.

        The globetrotting does indeed cost more, and since Nancy just returned from a similar “fact finding” trip from Puerto Rico and a vacation in Hawaii, perhaps it’s time for e ”StayCation in D.C. to get something done, although resisting seems to be her only move. The broadcasting BTW was not the expense; it was the “security” in the house chambers to invite in the president, or so we rubes are all supposed to believe. I’m pretty sure we will all see the State of the Union address; but, it could well be from the Senate Chambers or as some have suggested, taking it on the road into middle America with a campaign style rally and thousands of people, just to tweak Nancy a bit more, LOL.

        So who seriously has the high ground? Anyone with common sense–sorely lacking in todays society–can see which makes more sense. While I feel for those affected by the shutdown, this is just one example of who cares more about the American people.
        Love him or hate him, Trump is shaking things up. And that’s a good thing.

        He is indeed; but, even more so, I think newly elected leftists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who is only 15 months older than my DD) are going to be a seriously sharp pain in Nancy’s neck, back, and places south of there, and I think Nancy knows that.
        This is actually kind of fun to watch.

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