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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- What natural remedies do you make or buy to help treat winter colds and to stockpile for a SHTF event?
- What survival retreat money making side endeavors are you involved in or would like to be?
- 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.