What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did to Prep This Week – Week 30 -Feb 3rd – Feb 9th 2019

prep week 30

Hello Pack. Hope you all are doing well and got a chance to read the piece I wrote for Dan last week that took a political view of prepping. Our preps this week focused upon digging out from snow and ice, and then working on our ¼ mile farm road so it would be passable (at least in 4-wheel drive) because we became a mud bog yet again once the temperature hit nearly 70 over the weekend. Ohio weather is a fickle witch. If you don’t like what it is doing, just stick around for about 15 minutes… it will change.

Our winter hardy dwarf banana plants are doing well. We also got some of our garden seeds started in preparation for the coming planting season. I am beyond excited about our gardening smarter not harder plan for this year – and beyond.

winter dwarf banana plants

The tabletop or raised beds on stilts growing areas were are going to start constructing this weekend will make weeding a lot less time consuming, and far less hard on my beloved’s lower back and my knees that crack and pop from playing and coaching sports for decades.

Our daughter’s Texas heeler and Bobby’s blue heeler had puppies – I think I shared the dog-knotted photo when I was rather displeased at the scene I found when going outside to investigate what all of the whining was about. I knew what was going to come next – Bobby would want to keep a pup.

Of course, we had the coldest weather in 30 years while they were still nursing, so into our attached garage they went. I made it quite clear I was in no way responsible for puppy chores or cleaning up after their momma, Cowgirl, made a mess. I stuck to my statement very closely – at least I did not scoop up the first bit of dog poopoo.

new puppy

Bobby and Brea came up with Henry for the puppy’s name, to keep with the gun theme that began with Ruger. Ironically, both dogs, neither of which are mine, are named after my guns. If my spunky beast Jovie ever decides to let a male dog mate with her without trying to kill him, maybe I will name the pup are my remaining firearm…but AR-15 is kind of wordy for a cute little puppy to carry as a name.

The herd dogs are an excellent resource around our large survival homestead. They also make awesome “redneck doorbells” and alert us anytime someone is about to cross our creek at the lower front of the property. Breeding quality herd and livestock guardian dogs can be a great side hustle on a homestead that churns out quite a bit of extra cash for preps. Dogs of the type Ruger and Cowgirl created typically sell for around $400 to $500 each.

The only other prepping I was actively involved in this week was taking the youngest grandkiddos on an outing to a new children’s museum that opened up in the next county over. It is small, but created great wonderment in the kids.

auddie at the children's museum

Both they and I loved the entire section of the museum devoted to farming. We spent several hours here exploring and learning about the crops that were “growing” on the wall, how a tractor is useful on a homestead, identifying vegetables on the produce cart, discussing how much it costs to buy verses raise your own groceries, and of course, hanging out in the chicken coop and checking out the eggs the stuffed hens laid.

children's farming museum

This is what learning should be like, not sitting at a desk all quiet and still copying down information to regurgitate later. I now know what the big gift for the kiddos will be come Christmas, a scaled down version of farm section at the museum. I have already drawn up plans and added in a stuffed cow with a sewn-on glove for udders to teach milking – I am hoping to make a goat as well.

The play and learn area will be an incredible addition to Brea’s homeschooling efforts.

Oh, I forgot, I did do some other prepping this week. I made up a big batch of healing herbal shower bombs.

healing herbal shower bomb

These simple “medicines” are now going to be a staple not only in our own house, but given as gifts in baskets filled with homemade goodies for loved ones. Thanks to my little herbal bombs, I was finally able to breath out of my nose for more than a few mere moments at a time.

Simply mix together enough baking soda and water to create a runny paste, about a 2 to 1 baking soda to water ratio, and then add in up to 15 squirts each of eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint essential. Once I ran out of my lavender oil, I used straight eucalyptus and the bombs worked essentially as good.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. What natural remedies do you make or buy to help treat winter colds and to stockpile for a SHTF event?
  2. What survival retreat money making side endeavors are you involved in or would like to be?
  3. Do you grow dwarf non-native trees as a part of your gardening efforts? Please share what you grow and how or would like to grow.

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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114 thoughts on “What I Did to Prep This Week – Week 30 -Feb 3rd – Feb 9th 2019

    1. First off I would like to ask for prayers for my dear Mother in Law who recently past away last weekend from the nasty disease called Alzheimer’s. She was truly a great woman. This while my dear Father in Law is in rehab and exhibiting the same symptoms of Alzheimer’s. We did not tell him she passed so as not to give him a heart attack. He said yesterday that she came to see him and he talked to her and God.

      Puppy impressed me the other day, I was cleaning up some of the raised beds and main garden getting it ready to till and inside of a chicken wire fence. I threw an old pepper plant from the raised bed into the main garden and he chased it. The next one I thew over the 3 foot fence expecting him to go to the opening. Nope he jumped the 3 foot fence like it wasn’t even there. I laughed till I cried. LOL He looked like a jumping deer. It was from a dead stop no run. LOL

      Planted new indoor herb plants, Basil, cilantro, parsley and oregano. Of course I will plant more outside when it gets to be a stable warm temperature in one of the raised beds.
      Transplanted one of the avocado trees into a pot. They look like little Palm trees.

      Cleaned the 44 magnum carbine after breaking it in. Its a great little carbine. Now I have to get more ammunition to replace what I used.

      Tara’s questions
      1 What natural remedies do you make or buy to help treat winter colds and to stockpile for a SHTF event?
      2 What survival retreat money making side endeavors are you involved in or would like to be?
      3 Do you grow dwarf non-native trees as a part of your gardening efforts? Please share what you grow and how or would like to grow.

      1 Garlic, Cayenne pepper and oregano.
      2 None, OPSEC
      3 Avocado trees.

      Thor’s questions

      1 Will the border wall be built soon ?

      2 Will we go to war in Venezuela ?

      3 Will the Democrat socialist eliminate farting cows ?
      Airplanes and cars too?

      1. Thor’s questions

        1 Will the border wall be built soon ?
        You need to define soon; but, it will be built, one way or the other.
        2 Will we go to war in Venezuela ?
        No. I suspect sanctions on their remaining oil exports, less foreign aid to their military (they have been stealing it) and offers of amnesty to their military will force an internal change of government. The problem is that historically, anything “conquered” by the Spanish and the Portuguese, have turned long term to crap, and we’re just seeing the inevitable outcome of colonization vs. conquest.
        3 Will the Democrat socialist eliminate farting cows ?
        Airplanes and cars too?

        No, I think they have misunderestimated the strength of the middle of the country. Perhaps when they have to ride the trains and the greyhound busses, and their lights go out for a while, they’ll start to understand. One good things about all this left wing socialist leaning is the hurt and pain it puts on Nancy Pelosi who is truly stuck between a rock and a hard place, and hopefully will be metaphorically crushed. Anyone who watched the “State of the Union” no doubt saw the pained look on the faces of Cortez and Sanders, when the president said that socialism ”will not happen” here. I love to watch the idiots squirm.

        1. Top,

          On 3 I’m going to do my part to remove farting cows by buying steak and hamburger and having a cook out… LOL

          Hey , question #4

          4 Is a collapse coming as Well Fargo banks are having difficulties?

          1. hor1,

            On 3 I’m going to do my part to remove farting cows by buying steak and hamburger and having a cook out… LOL

            We did our job nearly a year ago and have enough beef in the freezer to keep us well fed for years. I find it interesting that the methane produced by food production is somehow suspect, since those poor farmers are obviously hivkes that can’t cut it in the city; but, somehow, the methane produced by the huge landfills that keep those cities from being piled high in trash, don’t seem to bother anyone. From my perspective, those city folks can become vegan and freeze or roast in the dark

            Hey , question #4

            4 Is a collapse coming as Well Fargo banks are having difficulties?
            No.. Wells Fargo tried to game the system by creating more than a million fake accounts so their sales people could get commissions and bonuses. They also signed up existing customers for auto-pay without telling the customers to further drain accounts. I suspect before it’s over, some people will be going to jail. Here’s the latest on the scandal:
            https://money.cnn.com/2017/08/31/investing/wells-fargo-fake-accounts/index.html

  1. i don’t get sick often, in the winter i can go weeks at a time without seeing anyone so am rarelly exposed, i keep medical face masks with me on the rare occasions to go out, if someone near me is visibly sick i mask up. been 4 years since i had a cold. also keep rubber gloves with me. at home i keep lots of basic over the counter stuff like caugh drops, and i dry things like mullen leaf (when congested i smoke it to get the oils into my lungs and it breaks up congestion)

    nothing more than the usual money making on the farm, got no primary income so its all side incomes

    nope, don’t grow any non native stuff, and i have plenty of land to grow full size things on, lots of apple trees, hawthorn, black cherry, raspberries, blackberries, wild rasins, black currants, wild grapes, acorns, maples for syrup and cake sugar, butternuts, and a few hickory.

    as per what i did this week, sold a little more firewood, put $200 of it aside as my base budget for march, $200 for my base budget in april, and $200 for may, with the rest i bought a couple boxes of deer ammo for my rifle, 2 dog proof raccoon traps, and a burner phone and 30 day card so i could file my taxes (nothing need to pay in but nothing coming back) and a few misc groceries like fresh broccoli (had a neighbor going into town earlier in the week, rode along to get that stuff). otherwise all i been doing is waiting out the bad weather this week.

    1. nemoseto ,

      nope, don’t grow any non native stuff, and i have plenty of land to grow full size things on, lots of apple trees, hawthorn, black cherry, raspberries, blackberries, wild rasins, black currants, wild grapes, acorns, maples for syrup and cake sugar, butternuts, and a few hickory.

      By raisins I assume you mean grapes that you make into raisins.
      We use dwarf and semi-dwarf varieties of fruit trees, not for lack of space; but, to make the harvest a bit easier, since we don’t have to climb way into the trees to do the harvest, and we’re not getting any younger, LOL.

      1. no, wild rasin is a type of shrub in the viburnum family similar to sweet viburnum. similar in size to dogwood but not related

        1. Nemoseto,

          no, wild rasin is a type of shrub in the viburnum family similar to sweet viburnum. similar in size to dogwood but not related

          Thank you. I don’t know if such a plant will grow around here; but, if it grows in the Adirondacks there’s a chance and another possibility of a perennial food source that could be worth investigating.

  2. Long time not posting…

    I make elderberry tincture and have made fire cider.

    I don’t really have a side income but do try to offset some canning costs by “accepting cash gifts in return for canned goods.” I also trade some raw foods for prepared foods.

    I have a Meyer lemon tree and two avocados in pots. I do get lemons but haven’t gotten avocados yet. I do have some non-native trees that are supposed to do well in our area – almond plus some non-native mulberry and apple.

    Prayers for all especially Thor and his family.

    1. GA Red,

      I make elderberry tincture and have made fire cider.

      We’ve also made the tincture and the syrup; but, I was wondering what recipe you use for the fire cider. Do you start with actual cider or ACV and what do you add to it?

      1. OP – I primarily used the Mountain Rose Herbs version of the Fire Cider recipe that calls for ginger root, horseradish root, onion, garlic, jalapenos, lemon, rosemary, turmeric, cayenne, apple cider vinegar and honey. (I did refer to several versions as I was making it too.) I added lime, cinnamon and star anise as well along with some habanero peppers I had on hand. You don’t add the honey until after you’ve marinated it for a month and strained it. I kept the strained stuff and pulled out the cinnamon and star anise, then ran it through a food processor and add that concoction to soups/stews – kinda like a relish. While I love the taste of the fire cider itself, I have to be careful how much I use and how often because it seems to make me retain fluid for some reason, although I need to recheck that after not having any for about a month now.

        1. GA Red,

          I primarily used the Mountain Rose Herbs version of the Fire Cider recipe that calls for ginger root, horseradish root, onion, garlic, jalapenos, lemon, rosemary, turmeric, cayenne, apple cider vinegar and honey.

          I see why they call if “fire cider”; but, since the DW and I are not fond of things like jalapenos & habaneros, ours will have to be a bit less fiery.
          I have gotten a few things from Mountain Rose Herbs and will check out their site for other recipes. Thanks.

          I love the taste of the fire cider itself, I have to be careful how much I use and how often because it seems to make me retain fluid for some reason, although I need to recheck that after not having any for about a month now.

          While we’ve not had fire cider, both the DW and I love things like olives and pickles, neither of which bother me; but, too many of them for the DW causes that same water retention, so perhaps it’s not all that uncommon.

          1. OP – from what I read, it is the ACV that can cause the problem. Apparently, too much ACV has the side-effect of removing potassium from your system, which then throws things out of whack.

          2. GA Red,

            from what I read, it is the ACV that can cause the problem. Apparently, too much ACV has the side-effect of removing potassium from your system, which then throws things out of whack.

            I knew about the potassium; but, didn’t think about it for the DW. I take two diuretics , one of which is potassium sparing; but, make an effort to get enough potassium from foods. While bananas in season can help a bit, the best food to add potassium into the diet is V8. Since the DW loves V8 as I do, I’ll have to mention it to her as a possible complementary food for her pickles and olives.

  3. Hi Tara & all,
    I concur on the Ohio weather and found that you sometimes just have to grin and bear it, LOL.
    We’ll be starting seeds indoors and in the greenhouse in the month or so, late February to early March; but, like last year we’re looking to some of our farming neighbors for help. One section of garden that went fallow last year for several reasons now has a light growth of grass and the new Cub Cadet tiller is nothing like the old Troy Bilt horse it replaced, so we’re hoping to get a harrow in to do the initial work, and then hope for a bit less precipitation, since we’ve already gotten more than 3 inches of rain this year already.

    but AR-15 is kind of wordy for a cute little puppy to carry as a name.

    You are right here, so I think ”Colt” would easily fit the bill.

    This is what learning should be like, not sitting at a desk all quiet and still copying down information to regurgitate later.

    I totaly agree. All of my now grown kids loved going out into nature, right here on the property where we could point out some of the wonders of nature in our back yard. Trips to the Columbus Zoo were frequent, and the DD (now 28) & DW were there again this past Christmas. Also trip to COSI (Center for Science and Industry) were favorites.

    This Week’s Questions:
    This week? This has been a very long week, LOL

    What natural remedies do you make or buy to help treat winter colds and to stockpile for a SHTF event?
    Nothing really natural; but, we do use eucalyptus and mint and just try to eat a robust healthy variety of food, since staying healthy is easier and preferred to healing the sick.

    What survival retreat money making side endeavors are you involved in or would like to be?
    I still do consulting and teaching for computer software along with teaching firearms courses. In Ohio there are still those interested in obtaining their CHL (Concealed Handgun License) and willing to pay a certified instructor for the class.
    Do you grow dwarf non-native trees as a part of your gardening efforts? Please share what you grow and how or would like to grow.
    No just dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees.

    And now for our preps, which have been varied this time around including some unexpected and unplanned things to test our Mettle.

    We got an impromptu test of our preparations on Sunday after the snow storm and cold temperatures on Saturday and into the early part of the next week. Late Saturday evening the DW noticed that the gas burners on the stovetop were not lighting, although the pilot flames were on. We then noticed that the furnace was not running and the ventless heater in the back room was running nothing except the pilot flame. The ventless heater in the front of the living room was working fine and we still have plenty of propane, so the only difference was the 2nd stage regulator, since the heater in the living room has its own.. At 11:00 PM on Saturday we were out on the back of the house with a heat gun, thawing out the 2nd stage regulator that runs nearly every other propane powered appliance in the house including the generator. We got everything working and went to bed, only to awaken on Sunday morning to a rather cold house. Luckily we had not lost our electricity so we grabbed two electric heaters and the backup propane Buddy heaters and along with the still working ventless heater in the living room, kept things warm. Sunday afternoon we were out in the 6-8 inches of ice covered snow and bitter temperatures in the single digits, and constructed a lean to shelter from cardboard and Styrofoam sheeting over the regulator, after thawing it out again with a heat gun. We left a 75 watt incandescent bulb running in that little shelter to make sure the regulator keeps running. We’ve been relying on propane for many things for 33 years (since 1986) and have never had anything like this happen before. It seems we got this all working again in the nick of time, since as I write this entry Monday early afternoon (1/21/19) the temperature is sitting @ 1.5°F with the recorded high as 3.9°F and the recorded overnight low @ -12.8°F. As it turns out, the bitter cold weather along with strong winds from the west had blown ice and snow onto the bottom of the regulator clogging the screen for the diaphragm chamber and creating a vacuum that stopped the regulator from working. We have corrected the problem; but, will be adding a better shelter for the regulator this spring.

    Lessons learned:
    • The recent expenditures for foam insulation and additional new windows really helped here and ended up being well worth the money.
    • We have an airtight wood burning insert and lots of cut seasoned fire wood stored in the out buildings so we need to bring more up to the house and bring more into the house.
    • I had been thinking about a shelter over the regulator since it’s on the west side of the house and can get the brunt of wind and weather, so we’ll be making that a priority this spring & summer.
    • Likewise with a baffle / windbreak for the generator to allow working on it in inclement weather.
    • Sunday afternoon was bitter cold; but, very sunny and warm in the sun, so the passive solar collectors I’ve been meaning to construct and install will move up in priority and get done this year before winter. I built and used these on my first house and they can add a lot of heat to a room. The proof of this is that our greenhouse with its remote thermometer is easily running 20-30° warmer than ambient when the sun is shining.

    These past weeks we did and acquired the following:
    1. The DW & I both received our 2.8% SS COLA in this months deposits
    2. Received an Avalon Premium Cool Mist Humidifier from woot.com
    • The unit is equipped with a ceramic filter to eliminate bacteria and mineral build-up, has a built-in essential oil box to use as an aroma diffuser and is equipped with a multicolor selectable LED nightlight. Our indoor winter humidity runs in the 15-18% range and we hope this will help bring it into the high 30’s or low 40’s for a healthier environment.
    3. Due to the bitter cold, we added a heat lamp to the stall for our little 3 legged rescue goat MaryAnn. She was not eating. Called the vet and she had pneumonia. He gave her anti inflammatory and antibiotic injections; but, cautioned us that at her age (approximately 14) this weather and basic old age had taken its toll. We lost her on Monday February 4th & she was buried by a neighbor with the help of his skid loader on the 5th. She lived a good life; but, now we’ll have to see how our miniature horse acts with her companion gone.
    4. Two additional 6 packs of V8 12 oz cans
    5. Received a 2-pack of ResQme The Original Keychain Car Escape Tool Safety Yellow Seatbelt Cutter and Window Glass Breaker from Amazon to replace the 20 year old one I have that has recently broken.
    6. Received and listened to ”Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain–and How to Fight Back”</strong by Vivek Wadhwa (Unabridged Audio CD) & listened to it. Interesting; but, not surprising.
    7. Received a 13.5 Inch Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Pizza and Baking Pan from woot.com
    8. Participated in local and statewide emergency radio nets during the snow and wind on Saturday & Sunday. This was more for practice than anything, and most people were smart enough to stay home and not get stuck on the roads.
    9. A bag of Hershey’s gold w/pretzel & peanuts
    10. 12 hot pockets for quick meals.
    11. The DW baked 3 ½ dozen Snickerdoodle cookies, a dozen of which were sent to the DD for her upcoming birthday
    12. A new heat lamp and three extra bulbs. We use these in the chicken coop and just added one for our little old goat fir these bitter cold nights.
    13. We’re getting prepared for finally tapping our maple trees in February or March so we picked up:
    • 10 Maple Tapping Spiles & Hooks
    • 2 Maple Sap Sack Bag 5-PacK (10 total)
    • 4 Maple Sap Sack Holders which was all the local Tractor Supply had on hand.
    14. A bale of wood shavings (bedding) for the horse and goat; but, now just the horse.
    15. A gallon of low temperature windshield wiper fluid, since we’re expecting below zero
    actual temperatures in the next week.
    16. Received LEM Products 555 Jerky Gun from Amazon
    • Makes flat strips and round snack sticks of jerky
    • Holds 3/4 pounds of meat
    • Includes two nozzles: 1/2″ round nozzle and 1 3/16″ x 3/16″ flat nozzle
    • Includes a package of Backwoods Jerky Seasoning for four pounds of meat and instructions.
    • This caulking gun for meat or one like it was first mentioned by Thor1 and it looks like a great way to make a nice and not too tough to chew, jerky.
    17. Another real world generator test on Feb 8, 2019 from 7:20:03 AM to 7:42:02 AM. The roads were icy and there was a jackknifed truck a bit north of the house; but, I’m not really sure what caused the problem. The generator started as expected, and things like the TV and satellite receivers continued working, with the only notice being that the UPS units all started beeping until the generator was up and running. Some of the Lyfelite LED bulbs also continued shining with their built in batteries so all is still good.
    18. Attended a Wide Area Search & Rescue training class in conjunction with our EMA and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) groups.

    1. I forgot that we do use a lot of garlic, onions, and honey; but, mostly think of these as good foods and not medical remedies. In our FAK we stock A&D Ointment and Cayenne pepper that mixed together makes a good topical analgesic for sprains and strains.

      1. Top, good you got a jerk gun…LOL

        I thought the same thing for naming the pup Colt. However, if they keep more then one they could name one Smith & one Wesson.

        Or Dirty Harry…..LOL

        1. Thor1,

          I thought the same thing for naming the pup Colt. However, if they keep more then one they could name one Smith & one Wesson.

          You could also use one or both of the more obscure Horace & Daniel, LOL.

      1. Tara,

        Colt would be an excellent name except our youngest grandson’s first and middle names are Colt Remington

        In that case there is always Horace (Smith) or Daniel (Wesson) to make people do a little head scratching or thinking, LOL.

  4. Cold all week with some snow. Normally we get some warming between snow showers, not this time. Had one day that was bright and sunny, and started at -22 and got all the way up to 10. Got very little solar melt. Off and on snow for the next week, then 5-6 days of snow for a week or so.

    I love how the Dems call taking 2-3% of wealthy American’s estate (not income) and call it a “tax”. It’s just outright theft. These people managed, despite the government’s best effort, to accumulate a large estate and now some POLS thing they are entitled to it. Frosts me just a bit (even though my “estate” is no where large enough to fall into their sights).

    Then there is the proposals (multiples) for adding a “tax” up to 50% on ammo sales. Oregon wants to limit you to 20 rounds per MONTH! Good things are on the horizon!

    Received: Desiccant packets (16), Eneloop AA batteries, 3600 cal. Ration bars (4), Mag-Pul G2, black mags,

    Monopoly has started at Safeway. 2 years ago we made out well, this year is starting out okay.

    Internet/cable outage on Saturday night (6 PM local). Lasted about 1.5 hours for us, but I noticed the they have been having problems nationwide for the last couple of days.

    1. JP,

      I love how the Dems call taking 2-3% of wealthy American’s estate (not income) and call it a “tax”. It’s just outright theft.

      It’s not only theft, it is unconstitutional and more than a few members of both the legislature and judicial have said so. These people have helped to legalize drugs and now seem to be imbibing on those substances; but, I suspect it will backfire on them.

      Frosts me just a bit (even though my “estate” is no where large enough to fall into their sights).

      How naïve. If you have any money left over at the end of the month, you obviously didn’t need it and that alone makes it viable for “donation” to a better cause. Margaret Thatcher warned us that ”The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” and when the pockets of the wealthy have been picked, guess who is next? Perhaps a better example would be the famous criminal Willie Sutton who was reportedly once asked why he robbed banks, and his response was simple, and to the point: “Because that’s where the money is.” We think our estates are too small? I certainly wish us luck, since they are now also calling for a 77% death tax.

      Then there is the proposals (multiples) for adding a “tax” up to 50% on ammo sales. Oregon wants to limit you to 20 rounds per MONTH! Good things are on the horizon!

      So far Ohio has been able to hold off these things and I’m slowly accumulating ammunition both for shooting and future barter.

      Monopoly has started at Safeway. 2 years ago we made out well, this year is starting out okay.

      I am a bit jealous since we seem to have no local Safeway, Publix, or others of those neat stores you all talk about.

      1. TOP:

        These “taxes”, along with their other anti-Right policies will all backfire. They seem to be based upon a belief that crimianls will obey these new laws (but isn’t that why they are called criminals – because they don’t obey the law?) They want to impose their will on the lives of others, becuase they are so much more “enlightened” that us mere income-earning mortals. If we would only listen and do what they want, our (actually their) lives would be better.

        But, what do I know. I’m just a pig-headed old man with no sense of social responsibility. Just greedy in wanting to keep what I earned.

        1. JP,

          They seem to be based upon a belief that crimianls will obey these new laws (but isn’t that why they are called criminals

          I think some of them are not specifically called criminals; but, a good synonym could in some cases be “politician” who are much more comfortable with ”believing” and ”feeling” than ”thinking”</strong; because the later takes too much effort and honesty, skills too many of these people are devoid of.

          But, what do I know. I’m just a pig-headed old man with no sense of social responsibility. Just greedy in wanting to keep what I earned.

          This is one case where we can be thankful for HRC in the 2016 election. You, like many of us, are one of the ”Incorrigibles.” It isn’t often that a politician is truthful enough to actually show their inner thoughts, like BHO did momentarily in his “Joe the Plumber” moment.
          From their perspective our having principles and not willing to turn over our money and firearms to those who think they are our betters has to be frustrating; but, like all self important bullies, they will eventually go away when we start to threaten their livelihoods and power, like we did in the 2016 presidential election. Somehow I think HRC is still confused over what happened and actually wrote a book about the subject with the same name. “What happened” by Hillary Clinton, an interesting book with both a question and the answer, right in plain sight on the cover.

    2. JP, isn’t a 50% tax and restriction of ammo to 20 rounds a month an infringement on the 2A ?

      Get a group together and sue them. File criminal charges against them. The great people of Pittsburgh Pa. are doing just that with an attempted “assault weapons ” ban.

      1. Thor1:

        I’m not sure. Does it in anyway “infringe” on your ability to own and use a firearm? Isn’t it reasonable gun control? If you limit the legitimate non-felons ability to purchase ammo, won’t that keep the “bad guys” from getting enought to hurt people? After all, firearms are only safe in the hands of LEO’s (who have never lost a weapon, or used one criminally)!

        1. Enacting a law to prevent ammo from getting into the hands of bad guys will work just as well as existing ones to prevent bad guys and gals from getting their hands on a gun. If such laws worked there would be no crimes committed with a firearm and no drunk driving. It is simply impossible to legislate morality.

    3. Questions;

      Tara’s questions
      1 What natural remedies do you make or buy to help treat winter colds and to stockpile for a SHTF event? Elderberry syrup, echinacea, Thieves Oil, plus general OTC meds.

      2 What survival retreat money making side endeavors are you involved in or would like to be? I buy and sell firearms and related materials, and reload.

      3 Do you grow dwarf non-native trees as a part of your gardening efforts? Please share what you grow and how or would like to grow. NO.

      Thor’s questions

      1 Will the border wall be built soon ? Define soon. I hope it will be a process over the next several years.

      2 Will we go to war in Venezuela ? Why? We might get involved if some other major player (China, Russia) wants to start a major base there.

      3 Will the Democrat socialist eliminate farting cows ? They can’t seem to get them to stop talking…
      Airplanes and cars too? I’m not sure they fart.

    4. JP, “Frosts me just a bit (even though my “estate” is no where large enough to fall into their sights).” I know, that you know, that if it’s there, they think they can take it. If they can’t steal it outright, they will pass a law to take it. So who is going to be in the goon squad to come take it physically( whatever the commodity may be) and how many people will fight back, and how many will roll over. Thinking out loud here.

      1. Babycatcher:

        I understand. I have made my decisions, about 90%, on what it will take to make me do what. I hear a lot of people who talk the talk (about physical resistance) but have so far shown me no spine to actually take action. Sad that most don’t know where their own “line in the sand” is.

        1. JP,

          I have made my decisions, about 90%, on what it will take to make me do what. I hear a lot of people who talk the talk (about physical resistance) but have so far shown me no spine to actually take action. Sad that most don’t know where their own “line in the sand” is.

          Like you I have a good idea of where that line is drawn; but, in reality it will depend on a lot of factors, which is in part why I am a news junky. I also volunteer with local emergency organization, participate in numerous amateur radio nets, and listen to police and fire dispatch.
          Large scale situational awareness can help mitigate things before they reach crisis proportions, and can also help you get on top of things if that balloon ever actually goes up.
          We have as much as been told by local law enforcement that there will be no house to house confiscation of anything, and if outside forces try something, we will also hopefully have enough lead time and warning to muster to action.

          1. House-to-house by some means likely WILL happen in blue/sanctuary states even if it starts out by “safe storage” checks. Watch out for Dem sheriffs who will follow State mandates before the Constitution. Things really going nuts here in the not-so-great state of NJ.

          2. Mari,

            House-to-house by some means likely WILL happen in blue/sanctuary states even if it starts out by “safe storage” checks. Watch out for Dem sheriffs who will follow State mandates before the Constitution. Things really going nuts here in the not-so-great state of NJ.

            Just another reason to not live in or near NJ or other democrat controlled authoritarian jurisdictions. Those who can afford it are headed to Florida and Texas for the tax issues alone, and while I feel sorry for public servants in those places, they are soon going to be hitting the leading edge of their failed pension plans, that were being horribly run and are soon to run out of funds.
            While Ohio doesn’t have the weather of California or the Atlantic beaches of the east coast, we’re in rather good shape here and plan to stay in our state and on our long paid off homestead.

          1. Tara,

            Last sentence is an excellent point.

            That would be ”Sad that most don’t know where their own “line in the sand” is.” ; but, even more sad IMHO is drawing that line and then ignoring those who cross it. BHO did that since he is a typical spineless socialist whose words are not worth the air used to speak them; but, in unfortunately not alone in the DC swamp.

      2. Babycatcher,

        I know, that you know, that if it’s there, they think they can take it. If they can’t steal it outright, they will pass a law to take it. So who is going to be in the goon squad to come take it physically( whatever the commodity may be) and how many people will fight back, and how many will roll over. Thinking out loud here.

        I think that the goon squad around here will have to be brought in from out of the area, since our rural communities still have police and sheriff’s departments that live among and are friends with the people in the area. Our children attend the same local schools; many attend the same churches and are members of the same civic organizations. Most of us will not hesitate to help someone stranded along the road and will sometimes stop to render assistance to local LEO’s who can be overwhelmed at times.
        These times don’t have to be a global crisis and are often things like local weather conditions. Tonight the DW was out doing chores and saw a vehicle off in the ditch 150 feet south of the house. Several other vehicles had already stopped to render assistance; but, the tow truck didn’t show up for nearly 2 hours, since the roads tonight all over the area are ”black ice” slick. No doubt a call was made to the sheriff’s office to report the Non injury accident; but, no deputies were dispatched, as things were well in hand.
        Community policing works well here, since our rural communities are large, and a single deputy may have to cover a lot of territory, since their numbers are limited and the county is rather large @ 437 miles2 with lots of unimproved back roads, so the citizens help where they can and the help is always appreciated.

        1. Same here, TOP. We try to care of our own neighbors and friends well, so we know it when unfriendlies show up. Most of the time, anyway.

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

    Pulled all my radio batteries out and topped off the charges. Something I could get done with granddaughter running around at the same time.

    Speaking of whom, she managed to trip over her large stuffed panda bear and whacked her face on a lamp table. Popped a tooth through her lower lip. She actually laid still enough for me to examine her. No teeth damage and the bleeding stopped quickly. #1 daughter called the pediatrician and sent a photo I took. They said if there was no teeth damage, everything should be ok with basic first aid. She was completely back to normal after a nap. I did find a small shortcoming in my first aid preps. My boo-boo drawer needs some 2×2 and 4×4 gauze. Took care of that issue.

    One thing I did, and included granddaughter, was cleaning and lubing my EDC pistol (Sig P-228). She’s a bit young, but very smart, and I went over gun safety with her (Eddie Eagle stuff). I let her wipe down the barrel and recoil spring. She was very tickled to be allowed to help. Her mommy used to help me clean my duty revolver years ago. I’d take the cylinder off and #1 daughter would clean it. Helps take that deadly curiosity away.

    #1 daughter and her hubby take granddaughter to the Orlando Science Center a couple of times per month. It is very child-centric. The baby absolutely loves that place and wants in on all of the “hands-on” stuff, even if its not really her age level yet. She knows a lot of stuff about nature and science now. I agree that hands-on learning beats boring old lectures every time.

    Tara’s questions:
    #1 – Natural remedies that I make: elderberry syrup and tincture.
    #2 – Survival retreat money making: None
    #3 – Grow dwarf trees: No.

    Thor1’s questions:
    #1 – Border wall built soon: Eventually. As TOP said, you have to define “soon.”
    #2 – War with Venezuela: I doubt it. I think internal pressures are going to take care of the socialist government. The US may temporarily put more Marines in at the embassy, but only for security and defense. The Corps already has units called FAST Companies trained and equipped for those kind of missions.
    #3 – Will Democraps eliminate farting cows, airplanes, etc: No. Cows fart. It’s one of the things they do well. As a Hawaii Democrap pointed out, it would be tough to run a train to Hawaii. Cars might be a different issue, but it would take a really long time to fully implement.
    #4 – Collapse coming re Wells-Fargo issues: I doubt it on that matter alone. I think TOP explained it rather well.

  6. We have had an eventful two weeks. My dh had to call the police on the yard guy. I thought he was a friend. I paid him in advance for a job unfinished. We tried contacting him for two weeks to finish the work. He wouldn’t return calls or texts. I am Facebook friends with his mom and messenged her to see if he was okay. When he found out I contacted his mother he went ballistic. I have just never seen anyone that angry. My message started off, “I am concerned about X.” He did return the money for the unfinished part of the job but he got in my husband’s face and threatened to “mess him up”. Shocked by his behavior, I ran a criminal background check. He has 10 prior felony changes including leaving harassing phone messages, assault and batter, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated stalking and domestic violence. And he has a current assault and battery charge pending–the DA has yet to determine whether charges will be filed. I was just stunned. I let someone on my property and in my home who has a history of violent crime.

    My dh and I had a long talk about the situation. We made three mistakes: (1) hiring someone from out social circle (he is a member of my taekwondo academy and even teaches some classes when senior master is out, (2) paying someone before the job is finished and (3) failing to do a criminal background check before hiring someone.

    I got my yearly test results back. I have elevated triglycerides and cholesterol. My doctor wanted to put my on a statin medication. I opted to pursue dietary changes. I have done quite a bit of reading. My dh is obese and has been on statins and other meds for a few years, despite our best effort to switch to whole grains and a low fat products. My research has shown that the diet recommended by the FDA is completely unhealthy. We should be eating a high fat, low carb diet. So two weeks ago we started the keto diet. We did keto-lite for the first week, eliminating sugar and keeping net carbs under 50 grams. We have been on the full keto for the past five days. I have already lost five pounds. My dh isn’t losing pounds so much as he is losing inches. He can now button his pants comfortably. The biggest differences that I’ve noticed is clarity of mind and increased energy. I have had so much energy in the past two days that I have cleaned out my pantry and all of my kitchen cabinets (and I have a big kitchen). Some of my cabinets needed to be touched up with spray paint. I threw out expired food and gave the neighbors who have three kids the rest. They were so appreciative. They referred to the gift as a “blessing”.

    The old motto is “store what you eat and eat what you store”. The problem is that I have dozens of cases of white rice, white and red wheat, white pasta, potato pearls and oatmeal. All that stuff is now off our diet. I need to do more research on food storage for our new diet. I will give it a year and make sure the new way of eating sticks. I may then either sell or donate the staples that we can no longer eat. The kicker is that I just purchased another five cases of white rice because my stocks had gotten down below 500 lbs. (We used to eat a lot of rice.)

    1. Bam Bam:

      Things have changed for us over the years, too. Some of the stuff I “gifted” to other or starting preppers. Other stuff I keep to charity, through the church, not directly. It is never a waste, unless you just throw it out.

      I think the best use is to help another new prepper with some of it, either as a gift or at a reduced price, for them the got started.

    2. i have a variant on that motto, eat what you grow and grow what you eat. my extended family were predudiced against all kind of food, and they ridiculed me for eating weird stuff like turnips and squash (they were all about mcdonalds and taco bell diets). after cutting ties with them i got far more into growing stuff and based my diet on what grew best, rather than what i wanted (this far north, no matter how hard i try, i will never have oranges, and donuts don’t grow on trees). i learned to store what i grow.

      1. Nemoseto,

        i have a variant on that motto, eat what you grow and grow what you eat. my extended family were predudiced against all kind of food, and they ridiculed me for eating weird stuff like turnips and squash (they were all about mcdonalds and taco bell diets).

        I would add that eating weird stuff could be both a life saver and a money saver. We went in on shares of a steer last year and the others wanted nothing to do with some of the meat, like liver, heart, tongue, and kidney; nor, did they want any of the great big soup bones. The DW and I recently were discussing the things that can be eaten; but, are often eschewed as odd, or weird, or too hard to fix. I learned years ago how to fix a kickin’ liver and onions, and have converted many people to liking it, when it’s cooked properly and not fried into shoe leather. I can’t mention the weirdest and interesting thing I ate as a kid in a survival training class; but, one can imagine the worse thing in nature, and when properly prepared is actually not bad.

        (this far north, no matter how hard i try, i will never have oranges, and donuts don’t grow on trees). i learned to store what i grow.

        I understand that, an actually prefer cookies, cakes, and pies that can be easily made from supplies on hand. While I like citrus, the Rose Hips from our local MultiFlora Rose makes a great tea with a little sweetener added, that contains more vitamin C than a typical orange.

    3. Bam Bam,
      It is not so much about denying yourself of never eating these foods again, but in controlling the amounts of those foods.
      anything you have taken out of diet, as long as NOT GMO , can be used effectively by using them as the ONLY carb for a [email protected] half or quarter servings. I am on a low carb diet, high protein, fat to tolerance diet. ( since 1984,.).. Just learn to use the rice in appropriate carb amounts. Start with a 1/4 cup cooked for the two of you and use ( as one ingredient in a side) in a stir fry or terriaki…( one example).
      In case of a gastric event, having rice and ability to cook/consume can make the difference in eating or not. There are days it is all i CAN consume. It can be used to make bread and keeps so much longer than flours, when stored/secured properly. Only exception I know of is wheat.
      Be sure to include coconut oil in your diet.should be packaged in glass…if possible and be cold pressed. Is the only 4 chain fat that crosses the blood brain barrier and NOurishes the brain. Include CoQ 10 in 200mg amounts for at least 3 weeks… since your DH has been on meds for triglycerides, he should get a full compliment of coconut oil. daily..NO CANOLA, CORN<rape seed,vegetable,. DO USE cold pressed Olive,Butter, coconut,lard, bacon grease and sunflower . In OUR experience:. has balanced my hubbys high triglyceriides. Peanut oil and stress eating sugars….sent triglycerides thru the roof. It took 2 months to get it back to near normal. last 3 checks were great. are due to be checked again mid march….
      . Be sure to include Vitamin K2. to balance all the minerals and send them to right places… calcium, magnesium and zinc to bones and muscles instead of buildup in arteries. Those neighbors you assisted…
      also consider… when the "LCE" for your area or them personally occurs, you will have a means to assist them without taking from your basic food stocks.

      1. Anonamo Also,
        When you say to Bam Bam:

        It is not so much about denying yourself of never eating these foods again, but in controlling the amounts of those foods.

        Years ago I was on the Atkins diet, and since the Atkins diet is the same as Keto in the induction phase. Carbohydrate intake is extremely low and is likely to induce ketosis.
        The trick is to not be out of ketosis or too far into ketosis and the way to check this is inexpensive and simple. You purchase Ketosticks (Ketone Test Strips) for around $6.00 for 50 or around $0.12-.15 each. These are urine test strips that change color based on the ketones being spilled into the urine. By using these you can fine tune your carbohydrate intake along with fat & protein to stay ”in the zone” so to speak. If you are not in ketosis you have eaten too many carbohydrates; but, if you are too deep into ketosis for too long, it can be detrimental to your health.

        1. O.P.,

          I ordered some of the strips yesterday. I am sure I am in ketosis. I have lost seven pounds in the last five days. I know this is water weight and not fat. But still I feel good. And I can’t believe the energy I have.

      2. A.A.

        I am hip on the oils. We have really done some shopping this week. We got cold pressed olive oil, ghee, avocado oil and MCT oil. I put my stocks of crisco, vegetable oil and canola oil with my soap making supplies.

        1. Bam Bam,

          I am hip on the oils. We have really done some shopping this week. We got cold pressed olive oil, ghee, avocado oil and MCT oil. I put my stocks of crisco, vegetable oil and canola oil with my soap making supplies.

          We use all of those oils including a bit of canola oil; but, not the Medium Chain Triglycerides; however, we use mostly olive oil and so little oil in general that it doesn’t matter all that much.
          We still use bacon grease for some things as well as real butter.
          You do know BTW, that if you can find inexpensive “real” butter (best is unsalted) you can easily make your own Ghee. You’ll have to do the math on costs; but, 1 pound of butter makes about 1 ½ cups clarified butter or ghee. That same clarified butter is what is used to dip your lobster.

        2. Crisco best use i have found so far is putting 3 of the emergency candles in a big can and using for emergency lighting… does not hurt to put a drop of peppermint or frankensince oil in a little of the melted oil you dig out and make a small well and pour in tin close to those wicks… for pleasant scent… I have not tried soap making yet, but do not have any plain crisco on hand.
          What i found strange, and it should not have been surprising, is that the natural oils, even Lard, ie.. rendered fat from bacon and ham,when used in conjuction with the other healthy oils ….do not have the same effect as canola or peanut oils.
          Like i said i knew about the high protein diet, Mine is cut and dry.. %0 grams of carbs for a day is my max. I do not handle excess carbs well. causes spikes and drops in blood sugars. I either hit the mark one day or don’t. If I flub it up too bad, i pay for it with 3 or 4 days of feeling horrible…. so for that reason i am careful. I just have no desire for insulin injections.This has been my contorl measure for blood sugar control for may years. a simple blood sugar check tells me if i messed it up too badly.One set of tests is enough. If blood sugar is ok, then so is my carb counts. They just need to be spaced during the day. I try for one serving of carbs..goal is @10 grams at each meal. any left over carbs are either used as basis to go with another protein for a snack , or just dropped. deoends on the day. My tolerance for fats is pretty low so am consuming mostly proteins… just enough carbs to initiate the production / release of insulin . Yes, you need some carbs to trigger that release…( according to Mosbys Nursing manual.)
          Note: there are differing sized servings for foods on the ADA diet list. They are grouped by carb density. That diet lists include one half of a medium potato.or half of a 8″ Banana… Just be aware of the amount you need to consume at a meal,… to stay within YOUR individual limits.
          Kitchen/Diet scales are wonderful tools until one gets where they can measure their water to the cc. and their food by he grams of carbs.Especially improtant to be able to know your fluid intake, if you have specific benchmarks. Water is probably your most important tool to assist in weight loss as is plain lemon water..

          1. Anonamo Also,

            Kitchen/Diet scales are wonderful tools

            We have one on the kitchen counter and use it all the time instead of volume measurements. I eat cream of wheat for breakfast at least once per week and measuring the dry cereal by the cup depends in part on humidity and how packed it gets when being poured into the cup. Measuring in grams is always more accurate and makes for a more consistent mixture each time.
            The DW has PB on toast to start each morning with her coffee; but, even the PB gets measured, otherwise she would pile it on thick and high, LOL.

      3. But does controlling the amount of something you like still satisfy? I’m having problems with this. It doesn’t make sense to me to only eat, let’s say, 1/2 cup of spaghetti with meat sauce. I make my sauce from scratch, and it’s good! So I eat two cups. If I have to control my portions to the extent I’m only eating 1/2 cup of this or that, I’d just as soon fast. No sense cooking! Lol! Is that weird?

        1. Babycatcher,

          But does controlling the amount of something you like still satisfy? I’m having problems with this. It doesn’t make sense to me to only eat, let’s say, 1/2 cup of spaghetti with meat sauce.

          It’s a will power / mind over matter kind of thing. Try eating nothing but protein lean meat and eggs for a few days and you will still be satisfied, as in full stomach and not hungry. When you get that craving, step on the scale and remember the end goal. Back in 2006 I went from 235 down to 172 in 6 months with this kind of behavior; but, on some days when I was very very good I could have a cookie, or some fruit or a small amount of ice cream and that little bit of carbohydrate as a reward was very satisfying. I now do nothing special; but, maintain a typical weight around 150.

          I make my sauce from scratch, and it’s good! So I eat two cups. If I have to control my portions to the extent I’m only eating 1/2 cup of this or that, I’d just as soon fast. No sense cooking! Lol! Is that weird?

          It’s not weird; it’s just a bad habit. Making your own sauce means you have control over it, so leave out as many carbs as you can )other than the tomatoes of course) and try that second helping not on high carbohydrate pasta; but, on something like quinoa.
          One cup of quinoa contains 220 calories, 39 grams of complex carbohydrate, 5 g of fiber and 8 g of protein. The same amount of cooked spaghetti contains 45 grams of a more simple carbohydrate.
          You could fast and consume nothing but water for a few weeks and lose a lot of weight, and a lot of health, so keep in mind that we still need to maintain a healthy body during this time and that it is not forever. Once you lose that weight, you will naturally begin to consume less food as a normal consequence of a smaller body requiring less energy and perhaps a stomach that fills more easily. Also, eating more slowly and chewing more allows the body to register the food intake so you stop sooner.
          The DW is amazed at how little I now eat in comparison to how much I could put away back in my fat days. The one big downside to all of this is that the occasional trip to a buffet is not nearly as profitable as it once was, and we have a great Asian buffet locally.

    4. A keto diet mimics the diet of hunter-gatherers. A high carb diet has fueled civilization for 10,000 years. In a SHTF situation being a hunter-gatherer will be a dicey occupation. Growing your own food takes lots of calories. High carb foods are cheap and easy to store. People will have lots of problems but obesity will not be one of them.

      Either keep your high carb food for such a situation or if you are sufficiently well heeled you can give them away and store much more costly keto ingredients.

      1. Daddio7,

        A keto diet mimics the diet of hunter-gatherers. A high carb diet has fueled civilization for 10,000 years. In a SHTF situation being a hunter-gatherer will be a dicey occupation. Growing your own food takes lots of calories. High carb foods are cheap and easy to store. People will have lots of problems but obesity will not be one of them.

        True. Our hunter gatherer ancestors spent most of their time just finding enough calories (both food & fuel) to stay alive, especially if they live in climates with cold winters. They also have a genetically developed taste for high calorie food likes sugars and fats, since they are the most calorie dense.
        We modern humans however, still have their genetic predisposition to like those foods; but, don’t expend the work they did to find them, easily purchasing at the local grocery or fast food restaurant. Most people don’t even chop wood anymore; but, simply turn up the thermostat. Even entertainment means sitting in your recliner and clicking the remote or perhaps the mouse, and we wonder why there’s an obesity problem.

        Either keep your high carb food for such a situation or if you are sufficiently well heeled you can give them away and store much more costly keto ingredients.

        I agree and in our case we have a lot of carbs on hand. Once you lose the weight, sensible eating and some exercise can easily keep it off. Back in 2006 I hit the scales @ 235 lbs which @ 5’ 6” is well, ”FAT”; but, manage today to eat most anything I want in moderation and correct portion size and maintain my weight around 150 lbs. I still eat cookies, muffins, ice cream and sherbet and love fruit; but, when added to high protein things like cottage cheese and lean meats, along with exercise, it is possible to keep the weight off. One thing I do consciously is to walk a lot, many times, to or from my upstairs office to other parts of the house, often 25 ore more times per day. In the end it all adds up.

      2. People who do not process carbs correctly now have a Obesity problem. I used to be one of them, pushing 300 lbs. I had/ Have a metabolic variance that triggers fat storage when i consume carbs. energy is under the floor ., but carbs make me gain weight.
        THIS is GENETIC. My family has the trait, DM and I were in part of a study released by the Obesity Wellness Clinic in conjunction with University of Tn/memphis back in the 90’s. The gene is the one that controls the function of liver , pancreas and many other enzymes and hormones.
        IF you gain weight from eating CARBS it is NOT your fault…unless you do not modify your diet to control the problem.

        1. Anonamo Also,

          People who do not process carbs correctly now have a Obesity problem. I used to be one of them, pushing 300 lbs. I had/ Have a metabolic variance that triggers fat storage when i consume carbs. energy is under the floor ., but carbs make me gain weight.

          You need to keep in mind that this genetic trait is an evolutionary protection against starvation. Our hunter gatherer ancestors scratched out an existence never knowing what or how many calories they would be able to find, so when they did find the high calorie foods like fat from a kill or carbohydrates from in season fruits or the occasional batch of honey, they gorged themselves. Having a taste for fat and carbs and layering it on was protection against the lean times, that were inevitable, so the fat cyclically layered on and was burned off as various foods were available. In the modern era, we still have those same genetic cravings for fat and sweet; but, find those foods inexpensively and easily available, so as thinking sentient creatures, we need to employ our brains and will power to make up for the difference in lifestyle today from back then.

          IF you gain weight from eating CARBS it is NOT your fault…unless you do not modify your diet to control the problem.

          It is at least partly your fault, since we can all eat more protein or less food in general; but, once again it takes will power that can be psychologically and emotionally painful. Back in 2006 when I lost those 63 pounds, looking at some of the “round people” I knew and not wanting to be huffing and puffing like them or using a CPAP was great for my personal will power. I now have tons of energy, inpart from a better diet; but, carrying around an 85 pack on your front everywhere you go, is also very tiring, so there is a double benefit to eating right and doing some exercise.
          Also, like saving money for retirement that was once many years in the future, getting to the retirement age with no creaking knees is just one more benefit. I know too many people who are my age or younger who have already had hip &/or knee replacements, that at least for now do not appear to be in my future.

  7. I, too, make elderberry tincture and elderberry syrup as home remedies. I also have LOTS of essential oils and books on how to apply them to certain situations. I am particularly impressed with how peppermint knocked out my headache in 5 minutes flat, just by rubbing one drop on my temples.

    To make money, I sell eggs, goat’s milk soap, and other farm “goodies” to friends I’ve made over the years that I attended farmer’s markets.

    I’m trying to establish a few peach trees that are “supposed” to be adapted to our HOT Florida weather. Other than that, I stick to what grows well in the tropics. Fortunately, there’s so much that we can grow that I’ve go an extensive permaculture system on our hobby farm.

    This week I ordered in Roma tomato seeds because I purchased the attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer for making tomato sauce. I also ordered in more Jalapeño seeds so I can stock back up on Cowboy Candy, pickled peppers, and salsa. I added five more books to my library….3 on essential oils, and 2 on medicinal uses of herbs. I harvested the last of my loofahs for this season and have started harvesting carrots, grape tomatoes, and lettuce. My grape vines finally got pruned back by yours truly earlier this week, too. Guess it was a pretty productive week after all!

    1. Goatlover – I bought the saucer/juicer attachment for my KitchenAid mixer. It has made processing tomatoes for sauce a much faster process. I have used it for a few other things too (hot sauce) and have thoroughly enjoyed having it. I have some apples to do something with and may try it for speeding up that process as well.

      1. GA Red,

        Goatlover – I bought the saucer/juicer attachment for my KitchenAid mixer. It has made processing tomatoes for sauce a much faster process. I have used it for a few other things too (hot sauce) and have thoroughly enjoyed having it. I have some apples to do something with and may try it for speeding up that process as well.

        We have a Kitchenaid stand mixer with the grain mill and meat grinding attachments; but, long before I could afford the mixer, back in the 1970’s I purchased a “Victorio strainer” that we still have. It’s half the cost of the mixer attachment and especially for those with no mixer, does a great job on lots of things. I have processed bushels and bushels of tomatoes, made apple sauce, processed berries, and even pumpkin and other squash varieties with ease. It needs to be clamped to a countertop or table and is easily operated by a hand crank, so you need no close power outlet and it’s automatically useable in a grid down situation, making it the perfect homesteading food processor.

  8. Not much stocking going on just tredding water at the moment. Have canned some clam broth and have a few other things in the que to take care of. Winter has hit on the Oregon coast and we have had snow, hail and black ice in the last couple of weeks. In the last week or so 3 people have died on the highway within 75 miles of where I live and in areas I drive on for work. We are just not used to these conditions.

      1. Almost There,

        Be careful suzyq. Nothing keeps you from sliding around on black ice…

        Look for instep crampons that work quite well on any ice.
        or
        Yaktrax Walk Traction Device that our oldest boy wanted this year for Christmas. He has a paved driveway with a slope to the street and these keep him stable walking around without sliding into local traffic.
        https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/yaktrax-walk-traction-device-15ykxuyktrxwlkrblfbo/15ykxuyktrxwlkrblfbo?
        BTW, do you have your propane heater & stove working yet?

  9. Hi all,

    This week I finally picked up a rifle in .357 magnum. I got a Navy Arms 1873 carbine. Cute little rifle. Even Mrs. Overwatch likes it. She wants me to hang it over an interior door. Of course, I had to pick up some .357 ammunition.

    I’m gutting the upstairs where the wife’s daughter used to live. New ceiling, walls, floor. It’ll give me more room to organize things and allow the family to spread out while we’re still in Massachusetts. It’ll translate into cash when we sell.

    Looking at old cube trucks due to an impending business expansion. Any advice and warnings are welcome. Gasoline engines preferred.

    1. Overwatch:

      I really like my .357 carbine. I would love a 20″ 1873 in .357 and one in 45 LC. That being said, my “travel” gun with my GHB is a 1892 .357 in stainless with a 16″ barrel. Very quick and easy to carry. Enough gun to get me out of trouble, not enough for me to get into trouble. Try it with 180 gr “bear loads”, I find them nice in the rifle.

      1. I like my 1894 in 44 mag. Great brush gun and same caliber as my model 629…..Go ahead make my day……LOL The model 24V Savage in 30/30 and 20ga is also a good brush gun.

      2. Will do, JP. I have a lot of the 125 grain JHPs. Their terminal performance from handguns is superlative to say the least. I have a few 180 grain JHP as well. Recoil oughtta be fun out of a five pound rifle.

        1. Overwatch,

          I have a lot of the 125 grain JHPs. Their terminal performance from handguns is superlative to say the least. I have a few 180 grain JHP as well. Recoil oughtta be fun out of a five pound rifle.

          For deer hunting I started with a Ruger Blackhawk in .357; but, had to immediately change the original plow handle grips for Pachmayr, since the original grip was brutal. That same grip on my Single Six is quite comfortable; but, the .22 LR & .22 WMR have no recoil to speak of.
          In the past 10-15 years I’ve switched to a scoped 10” barrel for the TC Contender; but, still think a rifle for that cartridge would be fun, scoped again of course.
          For deer I’ve normally used either the 147 grain Hydro-Shock or the 145 grain Winchester Silver Tip and have had good success with both.

    2. Overwatch,

      This week I finally picked up a rifle in .357 magnum. I got a Navy Arms 1873 carbine. Cute little rifle. Even Mrs. Overwatch likes it. She wants me to hang it over an interior door. Of course, I had to pick up some .357 ammunition.

      I’ve been looking for a rifle of some sort in that cartridge for deer hunting. Rifle hunting deer in Ohio is an odd thing, since we cannot use the normal .308 or .30-06; but, can use .36 caliber or larger in a muzzle loader.
      We have been able to hunt deer with a handgun (my preference) using .357 and other cartridges; but, in the last few years they have added rifles in those same handgun calibers, so I guess I NEED yet another rifle, LOL.

  10. Hi all!Long time no see! Just finished a long-awaited trip toVirginia for the FrostFest (Ham Radio) in Richmond, then see Daughter#2 we haven’t seen in two years, and catch up with several friends. Tomorrow is prune the vineyard day, and prep for the garden. Greenhouse isn’t likely to be up in time for seed starting, cuz it’s simply raining too much here! Can’t get anything done! But we do have plans for finishing the house once it gets warmer. Missed you guys the past two weeks, hope that doesn’t happen again!

    What natural remedies do you make or buy to help treat winter colds and to stockpile for a SHTF event?
    Elderberries and tincture, both grown organically, echinacea, mullein and comfrey, peppermint and a couple other herbs.

    What survival retreat money making side endeavors are you involved in or would like to be? Midwifery is the obvious one, but I also do landscaping, dog sitting and house painting, among other things.

    Do you grow dwarf non-native trees as a part of your gardening efforts? Please share what you grow and how or would like to grow. Nope, not here, not ever. I found out Lemon trees have thorns, and except for my antique roses and thorny perimeter plants, no Thorns are allowed on the property. I’m of the grow what you eat crowd, where possible, and barter for the rest!

      1. Howdy! Looking forward to your move. Tomorrow I am playing chauffeur for a friend who lost her husband last week, and her sister who is from Chicago, and is helping her organize after the funeral. It will be a tour looking for old barns(lots here) a covered bridge, and Cade’s Cove. Since it rained so much, I bet The Old Mill river dam is roaring. I think we shall check that out as well!

        1. Our trip to your area has changed. We’re going to Yellowstone instead. I’m hoping to be in your area next year and hope to meet you.

  11. Hi Pack.
    First Tara’s questions. #1, For our “hard times” events… I use a varety of herbs and had sweetgum tincture, elderberry tea,lemonw/ginger tea, colloidial silver, Essential oils in… peppermint, spearmint ,franskinsence and myrrh, Oregano. at least 24 dbl rolls of TP,( for nose use) THIS past 3 weeks we have used all of these and more I had sinus infection w/ear involvement… Dh had flu + bacterial infection This flu had a nerve disturbing component to it he said he felt like he was being prikced from the insides when he coughed…. He used all naturals plus he used mucinex. . I had amoxil ,keflex, doxicycline and used with herbals. finally the doxi kicked my infection. mucinex and oil of oregano worked as decongestants and we cooked with fresh garlic daily. He took some garlic vinegar several times.
    #2 I do not have my eyes on any side jobs connected with our homestead. I do have chickens. If i have extra eggs i have several elderly who are no longer able to have chickens. They helped me as I was maturing and i will be returning the favors as I am able.
    #3 I want a lemon tree, but will need to be potted and in house duing fall and winter here., so far not enough light.. have to finish installation of windows. before that can happen.LLemon is my DH’s absolute favorite thing he would be so pleased to pick his own lemons. … I have been growing some things out of season each year .. last year it was peppers, this year it is basil. Have started sweetpotato slis for spring planting.
    Other questions. #1 yes the wall will be built… eventually .
    #2 define: war . something will happen there. Some reports say that the big three are actually working together to get the Venezulian people able to eat on a daily or more basis…80% want Mudero gone. we have No way to verify that as right or not.Intel report said it was verified….to a point. by more than one source. beyond my scope. #3 Some have eposed themselves fro being utterly stupid. building a railroad across the pacific and atlantic ( big waves?, deep water) to do away with airplanes…and cars.. Oh and while they are at ti they spray us with chemicals called geo engineering to force the trees to die. alumiunm poisoning and who knows what else.? they want to kill the trees because they produce oxygen… can’t ahve things being green ,??? what.. They have totally lost it, not knowing or caring we as humans need the oxygen and give off the gasses they need…I do not think their goal s jsut the cows but the whole of humanity and animals we depend on. . As for the vehicles…. why not just go with one of the water powered or force multiplers like solar or wind generated that our patten office has suppressed and threatened many creators for thru the last 50 years.
    … yeah wind propelled car get speed up to 30 mph it charges electrical battery to run at lower speeds when not enough wind goes thru funnels to propel unit. Was designed sometime prior to 1980…by a steelworker. talked to the man, lost contact thru the years. Man and entrie family were threatened . You will sell this car and design. and you will not build any more of these. or everyone in your family will die. Big oil . Big energy. Yes Gestapo tactics.. just like they did to Roger Stone and his family. Make no mistake if they can do it to him and get by with it , they can do it to anyone . Him challenging this is a very good thing.
    #4 wells fargo is just the first many other banks are in the same boat doing the same illegal and unethical practices. They have been caught with their appendage ( which ever one you prefer) in the wringer. Jail is a fitting place for those who do such illegal and unethical practices. ,, but under it and no key.
    Preps have been in healing and using what we have most efficiently . rotating supplies, trying different recipes…changing our menu’s to something both can eat and from same ole to something different we with limitations of both combined a true challenge.. no hot/spicy, no cheese, no milk, few legumes for one no broccoli green leafys or cauliflower for the other.
    ..one step at a time. slow and steady… Preps a little better this week than were last week.

    1. nonamo Also,

      at least 24 dbl rolls of TP,( for nose use) THIS past 3 weeks we have used all of these and more I had sinus infection w/ear involvement

      We keep lots of TP on hand for the obvious intended use; but, are you using it for blowing your nose or for nose bleeds? If it’s for the later, I’ve become an expert on stopping nose bleeds, since I was on numerous anticoagulants for years, and the bloody nose was one of the worst things while on that medication. I have several excellent and proven ways to stop nose bleeds if anyone is interested, all using non-prescription OTC medications. We still have a separate nose bleed kit in the FAK, just in case.

      mucinex and oil of oregano worked as decongestants and we cooked with fresh garlic daily. He took some garlic vinegar several times.

      We get our generic Mucinex (Guaifenesin Expectorant) from Dollar Tree labeled as Mucus relief. It is less expensive there and was recommended to us to check there by our primary care doctor.

      1. TOP, I do not buy any name brand products if i can help it. The gollar sore and close out sales are my friend. I store everything in cool room sumer and winter….so lasts for years beyond dates. Just used “Mucinex ” as the right ingredients and amounts…in writing easier to write. and remember.
        DH was so sick it took that much TP for HIM to use for blowing nose…No bleeds.Over 3 full weeks and at least 3 relapses. I do not keep that much kleenex. My TP stash took a hit, but has mostly been replaced. I do not like it to get blow a certain #. another month should get it past that number. *** The end result was we used 3x normal during 3 weeks.***. He had Flu, sinus infection followed by lung involvement of infection draining thru the night… it is 6 of one and half dozen of the other: bronchitis VS pneumonia, infection of bronchioles VS infection of the lungs. but not pluracy( infection of the lining of the lungs) yet.
        Neither of us go to the doctor for such issues…He has Heart specialist that does all followups. for blood thinners and for bloodwork. I have not been to a Physician/ FNP in more than 5 years. Do my own monitoring. could use blood work but would cost OVER 1k to get it all done. am not spending over half of income to do bloodwork. IT is un necessary. Will Take my iron and necessary vitamins and move right along.

        1. Anonamo Also,
          We also avoid the doctor unless something nagging won’t go away; but, I always had great insurance benefits until Obamacare was enacted to save us. I did get to keep my doctor; but, my plan got way expensive. The saving grace was that the DW & I turned 65 and were essentially forced onto Medicare.
          Now that we are both on Medicare; they require some testing when you first start @ age 65 and encourage a wellness checkup once per year. We both got colonoscopies the first year we were on the plan and my next one will be scheduled in 10 years.
          The yearly wellness checks cover some limited blood work, plus some balance and cognitive tests, that are actually a good idea. It’s real preventive medicine, trying to catch problems before they get out of hand and expensive.

  12. Winter, is finally hitting the PNW, we have about 2 inches, of snow that has fallen in the last 4 hours, they have all ready closed school, for Monday its supposed to snow Monday and Tuesday night so school will be closed all week I have a feeling. We stocked up on extras last week so we won’t be going anywhere unless its on foot, or hubby driving. Been looking through seed catalogs, going to put in a order soon, hubby and I have been figuring out what the next 5 year’s will be like for our future we’ve been getting on the same page about what to keep, sell, or donate, thank goodness the last 5 year’s were just fighting not good for either of us. I made some great soups and froze them so I have some quick dinners.

    Question 1 I make tinctures, and home made cough syrup
    Question 2 and 3 is No don’t have the room

    Have a good week everyone.

  13. Got another 500 rounds 5.56, more powdered buttermilk for the stash and 10 lb paraffin.
    1. We harvest rose hips for the vitamin C, Spruce needles for tea.

    If we intervene in Venezuela, it will be a black op, not overt war.
    Wells Fargo will survive. I have two mortgages with them!
    Demoncrats “green new deal” is an abject failure. No American will allow that great a loss of freedom and liberty.
    Abhorrent that so many democrats are perfectly ok with killing newborn babies.

    1. Billy T,

      1. We harvest rose hips for the vitamin C, Spruce needles for tea.

      Same here with the Rose Hips; but, what’s with the Spruce needles. I have both Blue Spruce and Pine on the property and have made pine needle tea, once again for vitamin C; but, not as tasty as Rose Hip tea.

      Demoncrats “green new deal” is an abject failure. No American will allow that great a loss of freedom and liberty.

      They know that and that’s why it’s an imperative that they get the guns. The militia being necessary for ensuring a free state and all that.

      Abhorrent that so many democrats are perfectly ok with killing newborn babies.

      Worse is that the race and sex scandals are being treated with more coverage than delivering a fetus that is now clearly a baby, making it comfortable, and then deciding what to do next.
      The potential upside is that if we can extend this decision making well beyond birth and allow the mother to make this decision years later, we just have to convince the mother’s of NY governor Andrew Cuomo or Virginia governor and pediatric neurologist Ralph Northam that they made a mistake and they need to rescind their original decision, LOL.

      1. And Billy T,. I forgot to mention that Sirius told me you sent him a really nice package.
        BTW, Sirius is alive and well; but, is having to dedicate more family time due to some issues with elderly family members, and tells me he hopes to be back here soon.

        1. It is a short step from it being OK to kill an unwanted baby to expanding that to the insane, to the elderly, etc. Soon, we would be in Hitler territory, killing anyone deemed undesirable. Oh, except murderers. Those are protected.

          1. Oh, I forgot to mention, the pungent aroma from pine and spruce tea may be better for treatment of upper respiratory distress.

          2. Billy T,

            I forgot to mention, the pungent aroma from pine and spruce tea may be better for treatment of upper respiratory distress.

            So is this tea a beverage or an aroma mist for inhalation?
            I’ve made the pine needle tea for drinking for the vitamin C; but, it’s rather nasty stuff without a lot of sweetener.

      2. Spruce tea is not a very pleasant drink. More a medicine. Yes, sweetener makes it more pleasant to drink, but it’s no one’s idea of a wonderful taste.

        Sirius needs the machine and we were happy to provide it to him.

        I failed to respond to all the questions. I plan to use blacksmithing as a community service, perhaps barter. Also, I am practically an electrical engineer, which may be also useful to other survivors. I worked when a teen as a laborer to a small general contractor, and can finish concrete, lay blocks, do carpentry, roofing, etc . From summers on my grandfathers farm, I learned about mules, how to plow behind a mule and how to grow things. I know how to butcher animals and cure the meat. I know methods of preserving food.
        My only problem is my own survival!! Odds of me living long after SHTF aren’t good. I will probably run out of anti-rejection meds and my body will reject the lungs and that’s all folks!

        1. BillyT,
          I am familiar with the whole transplant protocol. Did they not tell you that you can taper off the anti rejection meds eventually (it doesnt happen soon)? I have no firm knowledge, but have you looked at natural alternatives? I would be happy to help you look into that! I am just glad that you are still here with us!

          1. Thanks Granny. We have tapered off anti-rejection meds already and that will continue as time passes. I had not considered natural alternatives to prednisone or tacrolimus, the two most critical and effective anti meds.
            I do thank you for the suggestion and will look into that possibility. If you know of any or can suggest some, that would be great. Also, direct knowledge and history of any effective alternative would be gratefully accepted!
            According to the transplant team, all transplant patients eventually experience rejection at some time. I am encouraged that that has not happened to me and also most rejection occurs during the first year. My first year anniversary was Oct 24 last year. All good so far. I have retained a “burst” prescription of prednisone for future contingencies. That is 40mg/day for five days. So far, so good!

        2. Billy T,

          Spruce tea is not a very pleasant drink. More a medicine. Yes, sweetener makes it more pleasant to drink, but it’s no one’s idea of a wonderful taste.

          A medicine for what ailment? Pine is mostly for the vitamin C and some minerals.

          Sirius needs the machine and we were happy to provide it to him.

          He was blown away when he received it; but, more importantly, the fact that you no longer need it is amazing, considering where you started, and where my best friend finished with the same ailment.

          I failed to respond to all the questions. I plan to use blacksmithing as a community service, perhaps barter. Also, I am practically an electrical engineer, which may be also useful to other survivors. I worked when a teen as a laborer to a small general contractor, and can finish concrete, lay blocks, do carpentry, roofing, etc . From summers on my grandfathers farm, I learned about mules, how to plow behind a mule and how to grow things. I know how to butcher animals and cure the meat. I know methods of preserving food.

          I’ve only done a bit of blacksmithing in a class years ago; but, otherwise we sound a lot alike. My father was one of those who could do nearly everything, and expected us kids to be the same. My youngest sister did her 20 in the US Army and now lives in Key West; mostly rehabbing a house down there she bought for a steal. I have a great set of Ryobi ONE+ battery tools; but, she actually got me started there and has more tools than I do. While I’m ”officially” retired from a 42 year engineering career, I’m still doing little hardware and software projects and counting the days for warmer weather here to get my smoker and sugar shack built and running. I also do most of my own labor on projects; but, the hit I took to my vision does limit me just a bit, with longer timelines and frustration being the worst part of things.

          My only problem is my own survival!! Odds of me living long after SHTF aren’t good. I will probably run out of anti-rejection meds and my body will reject the lungs and that’s all folks!

          For me it depends on the timing and type of SHTF, since I am pacemaker dependent. Right now my battery life has been measured @ 5 years, so as long as things are still in or back in reasonable shape around that time line and I can get a replacement (pacemaker not battery) I’ll be OK; otherwise, when the battery goes dead, I will very quickly follow.

          1. Spruce tea can be useful for upper respiratory distress. It can loosen congestion and be a palliative for that lousy feeling. Also, I’m not sure but think it could be useful to combat some allergies.

          2. BTW, do you have a good medic in your team? perhaps it would be possible for you to obtain a spare pacemaker or two and seek out a contact who could replace it? Could be worth the effort. We are blessed to have a very good RN and a certified EMT in our herd. I think either could replace a pacemaker.

          3. Billy T,

            do you have a good medic in your team?

            We have a paramedic / fire chief, a paramedic / Nurse Practitioner and an emergency physician in our lose MAG.

            perhaps it would be possible for you to obtain a spare pacemaker or two and seek out a contact who could replace it?

            This is highly unlikely since pacemakers cost in the $30-50K range each, plus another $15-20K for the equipment to remotely access and control them, since they do not have a simple on / off switch or a Bluetooth interface with a Smartphone app.

            Could be worth the effort. We are blessed to have a very good RN and a certified EMT in our herd. I think either could replace a pacemaker.

            In my case this means using a mixture of fentanyl and Versed (Midazolam) in the correct dosage and excising the skin to expose the device in its pouch above the left breast. You then get the replacement device in place and ready to install. Using the near field remote you turn off the original device and then have about 20-30 seconds to swap the leads and start the replacement device, during which time my heart is not beating. After swapping the leads, you start the second device and then return it to the pouch and close. For anyone; but, an experienced Electrophysiologist to do this work would be risky at best.
            You could well be correct for someone who had the pacemaker as a backup and defibrillator; but, in my case, my heart doesn’t beat without the device in place and running, which it has been doing successfully since February 2015 and in full control of the heart since July 2015.
            I personally don’t think we are in for any event that will inhibit you from getting your medication or me from getting my new pacemaker in another 5 years; unless, that event was so devastating, that none of us survived it anyway. Something like a viral plague or a thermonuclear war would do it and all of our preps in that case would probably not matter much.

  14. So nice to hear from everyone again! IDK about the rest of you, but I do read the other authors’ posts on this site, and comment when I see fit. It would be nice to see everyone else participating as well (I know some of you do). It’s the least we can do for Dan ‘hosting’ us. (And that’s just my humble opinion,)

    Ah, fickle OH weather…I think Mother Nature is permanently menopausal (I can say that, as a woman, LOL)…Working in the grocery business, I laugh my butt off every time an ‘event’ is announced. Even tho we live semi-rural, we have enough ‘city slickers’ in the area that we get the shelf emptying droves every time. You know what really made me feel good? I didn’t have to do ‘french toast shopping’, as it’s been termed by the local media. Not once! And have to laugh as well, at myself, because the latest weather ‘events’ have happened at the time I do my normal grocery shopping. But I was able to forgo shopping, had enough at home to get by. We would not have ‘gone without’.

    As for what I have done the past couple weeks, I got my seeds from Baker Creek! Yippee! Added pantry items a little bit at a time. Got DD a replica copy Betty Crocker cookbook, as she is trying to learn how to cook more than prepackaged foods (and her DH is a hunter, so she needs to know how to make meals with game). I plan to get her some basic kitchen tools as well. They do live with his parents (but SIL owns the house, he is well established and works in a higher paying construction business), so they have established kitchen, but I want her to have her ‘own’ stuff. I’ve packed her cookbook along with a Valentine’s package for the GS and some goodies for the baby GD, which I will get mailed out later this week.

    Thor, I am sorry for your loss and your FIL’s condition. As you may recall, we recently lost my FIL to the same disease. Puppy’s jump sounds amazing, too bad you didn’t catch a picture!

    Zulu, have you looked at the Prepper Pete series of books for GD? I got GS this one for Christmas, as he is in a home with firearms present, but his actual father is a pussy pacifist Satan worshiper (thank God for my SIL and his God fearing family)

    https://www.amazon.com/Prepper-Petes-Gun-Son-Friends-ebook/dp/B00JFK9C82/ref=pd_sim_351_1/144-0409372-4185532?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00JFK9C82&pd_rd_r=b31fc1d2-2e68-11e9-86bf-ad3e08606905&pd_rd_w=HCoym&pd_rd_wg=RRQn6&pf_rd_p=90485860-83e9-4fd9-b838-b28a9b7fda30&pf_rd_r=4EHC2ZJK98G6FZNX7Y6P&psc=1&refRID=4EHC2ZJK98G6FZNX7Y6P

    BamBam, check out the 8 week cholesterol cure by Robert Kowalski. I had a cholesterol scare many years ago, and found this book. I still use many of the ideas and recipes to this day. Keep in mind the ‘sustainability’ of ‘specialty’ diets in austere conditions. I personally don’t recommend elimination of any specific foods/groups unless there is a truly known allergy. I am a big proponent of the importance of healthy fats, which modern day society so eschews. Don’t be so quick to get rid of your stores, and find a way to use them in moderation now, so your body doesn’t have a ‘shock’ should you need to go back to using them regularly.

    To Tara’s questions:
    1) I only buy locally sourced honey (I consider the honey I got from Black local, even if it did come from a couple couties away, it’s close enough for me), I did get elderberries and make syrup this fall, and am going to try growing echinacea this year. I was gifted some elderberry shoots, but I didn’t care well for them, so IDK that they will amount to anything. I also use essential oils and am learning more about using herbals.
    2) No ‘side gigs’, but in an austere situation, DH’s knowledge of small engine repair and my medical skills (as well as my learning in herbals/natural remedies) could potentially help keep us going (or make us targets)
    3) I would love to try growing Meyer lemons, but like Anonamo, there is not enough sunlight in our house to be able to overwinter any non natives here in OH.

    Hugs and prayers for all!

    1. Grammy , when we get all the windows put in it will help with light..in zone 7… and i will have a few grow lights, for deepes days. so have hope for the lemons eventually …just not yet. have a fried who sent us some this Christmas, Dh has really been enjoying them in his water.

    2. Grammyprepper,

      So nice to hear from everyone again! IDK about the rest of you, but I do read the other authors’ posts on this site, and comment when I see fit. It would be nice to see everyone else participating as well (I know some of you do). It’s the least we can do for Dan ‘hosting’ us. (And that’s just my humble opinion,)

      I do read and sometimes comment on the other articles; but, a little feedback from the authors would be helpful. I get the feeling that I could post that the article was the dumbest thing I’ve read or perhaps the best one I’ve read and would get no feedback from the author for either comment. What makes this Colum so great at least IMHO is the interaction between the members of this group and Tara, where we have a dialog that can educate each other. I often feel that the other articles are just written, thrown over the transom and ignored.

      Ah, fickle OH weather…I think Mother Nature is permanently menopausal (I can say that, as a woman, LOL)

      I agree with your assessment on Mother Nature; but, if you look at the larger picture, it’s not just Ohio this time around.

      But I was able to forgo shopping, had enough at home to get by. We would not have ‘gone without’.

      We could easily eat for a year or more and never leave the house if we had to. I am so looking forward to finally getting our other improvements this summer and getting the second (summer) kitchen up and running. I love to cook and bake, and this will be another laboratory for experimenting with meals from scratch.

      Zulu, have you looked at the Prepper Pete series of books for GD? I got GS this one for Christmas, as he is in a home with firearms present, but his actual father is a pussy pacifist Satan worshiper (thank God for my SIL and his God fearing family)

      Another good program is the NRA Eddie Eagle program, aimed at preschool and up. My DD literally cut her teeth on the Eddie Eagle dolls beak. The doll is plush but the beak is hard plastic. They have backpacks, plush dolls, coloring books and other things available very inexpensively and if you work with a school or preschool, the NRA will often donate materials. Here’s a good starting point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIEBrb_wRYc

  15. OH, and regarding the new green deal or whatever they are calling it…let those idiots eat their lab created ‘meat’, I will take cow farts any day (soylent green anyone?) . And while I don’t travel by air, I would just LOVE to see how ‘they’ expect their cheap China made imports to get here to America without fossil fuels, since they are also going to outlaw American manufacturing -no fossil fuel use- and still give the ‘unwilling to work’ a stable income and have no one else able to work to support them since there won’t be any jobs left…Oh, my brain hurts just thinking about the circling drain….

    Venezuela…so FINALLY the rest of the world is taking notice? Daisy Luther at theorganicprepper.com has had a guest author for the past year or so who is a Venezualan expat, who got out while he still could, and struggled to get his family out. He still has contacts in country. His posts are sometimes difficult to read, as English is not his native tongue. But he has been talking about all of the things the MSM is just now reporting. And then some. Sure, it’s opinion, but it’s also a great insight into what has been going on all along. I don’t see the US putting boots on the ground, unless Russia gets antsy. Cuba has played a big part in how Venezuela got to where it is, so I could see not only more sanctions on Venezuela, but also Cuba, going forward.

    As for the Wells Fargo deal, I think America in general has had enough of the ‘too big to fail’ deal, and Trump is a business man who knows that businesses fail. No bail out there. Let those idiots pay the price, but find a way to help the victims (that won’t cost us taxpayers). That’s why I won’t bank with national chains. I will stick to my local credit union or local banks (as hard as they are to find anymore).

    And yes, ‘the wall’ will get built in some way shape or form. It might not be exactly what DT wants, but he will stand his ground, he is willing to compromise to some extent, ie, steel slats, etc.

    Okay, off my high horse, LOL. Don’t ask if you don’t want me to share my opinion~ 😉

    1. Grammyprepper,

      And while I don’t travel by air, I would just LOVE to see how ‘they’ expect their cheap China made imports to get here to America without fossil fuels

      Actually most of the Chinese stuff comes here in large containers on ships; but, since the ships are not of U.S. registry, they will use whatever fuel they want and keep bringing the stuff here. The interesting thing for may of the pols will be the restriction on air travel. While we do fly once or twice per year, all of those pols in D.C. like to travel back to their districts on break, so those in the Midwest or west will be stuck in their hypocrisy.

      Oh, my brain hurts just thinking about the circling drain

      The good thing is that those closest to the drain will go down first and they live in D.C, after which we can perhaps place a stopper in the drain and keep them there. Leader Pelosi now has to herd a batch of socialist cats that are putting her in a bind and I love to watch this.

      Venezuela…so FINALLY the rest of the world is taking notice? Daisy Luther at theorganicprepper.com has had a guest author for the past year or so who is a Venezualan expat, who got out while he still could, and struggled to get his family out.

      I’ve been following the situation in Venezuela for a long time; but, then again I rarely watch the MSM. Fox Business has a contributor who is an Ex Pat who still advises the “rebels” and keeps us all in touch with what’s going on.
      If you recall, In 2006, El Presidente Hugo Rafael Chávez made a dramatic speech to the U.N. general assembly, describing then US President George W Bush as the “devil”. Chávez dies in 2013 at the age of 58 and Bush is now 72 and still alive. So much for socialist health care, LOL.

      That’s why I won’t bank with national chains. I will stick to my local credit union or local banks (as hard as they are to find anymore).

      We have accounts with both a local bank and a credit union; but, I do have my most used credit card with Citi bank. The card was issued in 1990 and is ”Fee free for life” and has some great features like virtual credit card numbers and rewards of which I take full advantage; but, NEVER pay even a penny of interest.

      Okay, off my high horse, LOL. Don’t ask if you don’t want me to share my opinion

      I don’t see it as all that high since we usually look each other in the eyes on most subjects and I personally value honesty in an opinion.

  16. O.P.,

    I ordered some of the strips yesterday. I am sure I am in ketosis. I have lost seven pounds in the last five days. I know this is water weight and not fat. But still I feel good. And I can’t believe the energy I have.

    1. Bam Bam,

      I ordered some of the strips yesterday. I am sure I am in ketosis. I have lost seven pounds in the last five days. I know this is water weight and not fat. But still I feel good. And I can’t believe the energy I have.

      There could be more fat loss than you think, since the diet starts consuming fat for fuel instead of layering more on.
      The strips not only make sure you are in ketosis; but, ensure you are not too far in for too long, creating a situation that can be harmful. Ketosis can become a dangerous condition called Ketoacidosis, which occurs when the body stores up too many ketones and the blood becomes too acidic, which can damage the liver, kidneys, and brain. Left untreated, it can be fatal.
      The treatment in this case is prevention, by adding in enough carbohydrates to stay in mild to moderate ketosis. Psychologically and emotionally, that piece of chocolate, piece of fruit, or cookie can also help you realize that your life isn’t now just bland fuel for the body, and you can still enjoy some things with care, even that rice you mentioned, LOL.
      Been there, done that. No T-shirt; but, I still have the book.

      1. TOP and Bam Bam,

        Blood chemistry, particularly the acid-base balance, can be very tricky to mess with. In paramedic training, a LOT of classroom time was spent on that subject. The body has three ways to reduce acid in the blood: liver, kidneys, and lungs. The liver and kidneys cannot handle large amounts of blood acid (usually lactic acid) and they are a day or two in doing such adjustments. The lungs, however, are very powerful at acid reduction. They can handle quite a bit and quickly.

        Paramedics see increased blood acid usually in respiratory arrest, full arrest, or diabetic ketoacidosis. With the exception of ketones (using an advanced blood sugar meter), they cannot measure the exact amounts on the street as that requires a hospital lab, so certain assumptions have to me made in treatment.

        On the street, prior to any IV or drug administration, the paramedics should draw a blood sample for later testing as a baseline. For diabetic ketoacidosis, primary street treatment is an IV (usually Ringer’s Lactate), and support breathing as required. Often, as insulin shock (too much insulin) or diabetic coma (severe ketoacidosis – serious lack of insulin) can be very similar in presentation, an IV bolus of 50% glucose is administered. If the case is insulin shock, this can be rapidly lifesaving, if diabetic coma, the additional glucose won’t make things worse (believe it or not).

        For respiratory arrest, the primary treatment is to support breathing with a bag-valve-mask or ventilator. Some amount of hyperventilation is probably indicated, as the lungs are very efficient at lowering blood acid.

        In full arrest, an IV with Normal Saline is usually started. One of the initial medications will usually be a 50ml IV bolus of sodium bicarbonate. Lacking paramedic medications, a first responder can hyperventilate the patient to help reduce the blood acidosis. I have done this several times and the initial arterial blood gases test pulled by the ER, always showed a reasonable blood acid level where it should have been worse. I do note, that this hyperventilation is hard to do by yourself and without a BVM. You can hyperventilate yourself into blood alkalosis and pass out.

        This messing with ketones in the keto diet, is the reason many doctors are not thrilled with that diet. My doctor included. Type I Diabetics are particularly susceptible to ketoacidosis, Type II diabetics less so, but they are not totally immune.

        1. Zulu 3-6,
          In my case the Atkins diet was suggested by my cardiologist; but, he admonished me to read the material and get the strips. I see too many people who have just started cutting carbs and eating protein and fats without any method of determining what their body and associated blood chemistry are doing. Using the strips a few times per day helps you to stay ”In the zone” so to speak, and in my case generally allowed me to add some healthy carbs for a night time snack. The problem with many of these diets and some medications, is that too many people want the easy magic bullet method to accomplish their goals without needing to use any will power.
          Back in 2006 I managed to lose 63 lbs in 6 months (235 to 172) by simply accounting for every calorie I ate and restricting them to around 1500 average per day, by keeping a food log and weighing all of my portions. It took some will power; but, worked better than other things I’ve tried. I still have friends who complain about not being able to lose weight; but, scoff at counting calories as I did as too hard. I now weigh around 150 lbs and keep this weight by just restricting my food to “normal” serving sizes.
          I think the one thing going for many of the diet plans is that people have spent money on them, and stick to them to not waste the money.

  17. I have a Meyer lemon tree in the “sunroom” – I put quotes around that because it’s on the west side of the house, and given the blockage from the south side of the house (1960-era ranch, long and narrow, the sunroom is about in the middle), it gets direct sun only from about 1:00 to 5:00 pm this time of year. Nevertheless, I’m about to harvest 4 or 5 fully ripened lemons. I guess it gets enough bright light during the day to survive. Worth a try, for those interested.

    DH has been down with the flu for the past 10 days, finally took him to the VA ER midweek last week because he was afraid it was pneumonia – thankful I haven’t gotten it – and I’ve been busy at work, so not much prepping. Wish I’d known it was flu he was coming down with, but it’s hard to tell with him. I have some Tamiflu that a doc friend prescribed a few years back because I/we travel a lot (germy airplanes), and it might have helped him in the early going. The strain that’s going around here apparently isn’t covered by the flu shot.

    Still trying to clear out clutter and eat down the freezers ahead of listing the house for sale in the spring. Debated between holding a yard sale in the spring or just donating everything to Goodwill or the local church rummage sale. Think I’m going to go the donate route. The few hundred $$ I’d make at a yard sale just aren’t worth the time or effort. We did a MAJOR cleanout some years back, now just picking away at the waffle iron, slider pans, and other stuff we haven’t had our hands on for a few years.

    Will be interested to file our taxes and see how we fare. I bumped up my withholding at work because some of DH’s income streams are taxable, but not subject to withholding. Hoping I don’t get an unpleasant surprise.

    7″ of snow here today, schools closed, but nothing we can’t handle. Keep on keepin’ on, all.

    1. Almost There,

      Latest gun grab

      These are only surprises to those of you who are new to the fight.
      I’ve been fighting this crap since high school when they introduced the first laws in 1968. The one thing we all need to understand is that one more law is never enough and they will keep trying to chip away until they have gotten rid of the second amendment and confiscated the last gun in private hands. These same people of course will never give up their armed security, often paid for by we, the taxpaying public. I’ve been an NRA member for more than 40 years and a life member for 25 years and contribute to the ILA (institute for legislative action) on a regular basis and the PVF (Political Victory Fund) around election time as much as I can, and would suggest other do the same.
      ”Eternal vigilance” is indeed the true cost of freedom, so we can never let our guard down for even a moment.
      Hopefully the family of the 61 year old victim in the article will sue the pants off of someone; however, in the end it will once again just be the taxpayers who foot the bill.

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