What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 35 – Mar 10th – Mar 16th 2019

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Hey Pack, the baby goats finally arrived! I was wrong about Pearl throwing three kids this time. She had one of each and everyone is healthy. You can’t tell in the photo, but the male, the taller one, has an adorable white fluffy patch of hair on his forehead.

I have promised my beloved that I am not keeping all of the kids this time… and hope to be able to hold to it. They are just so stinkin’ cute, and of course the grandkids love them.

baby goats and their mother

But, I really have no use for another related female. I am sure there will be a 4H member in need of a project goat, and short on cash to buy one. I have been looking for a nanny or doeling to add to our herd to continue this quality line of goats. I haven’t found one yet, mostly due to price. Once the 4H deadline for buying project animals passes, I will surely find a better bargain.

I have taken to calling the male Bo, and plan on banding and keeping him. Bobby didn’t see a point in having another wether, but we have a ton of brush they can keep back so it doesn’t grow too thick along the trails or into the pastures and hayfield. My beloved did not think I would eat Rooster or Bo, but he is wrong. I do love those little goats, but if the SHTF and our grandchildren are hungry, I would not hesitate to butcher and grill up every last edible bit of Rooster and Bo.

goat and horse eating hay

We were very fortunate to find a little extra hay to get the herds through until the pastures are fully ready. I don’t want to allow them total access to each paddock until the grass has a good start. If they eat if down to the dirt it will be stunted for the rest of the year.

The black goat is Whiskey, a junior Billy that Pearl had last year. He was the sweetest thing until the day his newest siblings were born. Hopefully the attitude adjusts shortly – or he will become pepperoni.

We are “grubbing” some semi-hilly terrain to make more relatively decent pasture areas. We will lose some berry bushes in the process, but we literally have hundreds of them.

The other preps we were deeply involved in this week involve our beehive expansion project. Thankfully, due to the flight territory habits of bees and our large acreage, there is really no chance they will come into contact with any GMO plants, Roundup Ready – or any other similarly harmful products.

When Monsanto finally lost a court case and had to pay early $230 million to a man suffering from cancer, I just about tried to see if I could pull off a cartwheel. The biotech industry, even with the World Health Organization’s recent findings about a connection between glyphosates and cancer, still has not been forced to admit how harmful their products are to bees.

Because so many former Monsanto high-ranking employees garnered jobs at the EPA and USDA during the Obama administration, it is unlikely they ever will. As much as I vehemently oppose 99% of Obama’s policies, the biotech stronghold was not all his fault.

Biotech giants like Monsanto have donated heavily to career politicians in both parties for decades – ensuring that America will be the last developed country to limit or ban neonicotinoids and glyphosates.

These two active and primary ingredients in so many chemically manufactured agriculture projects are threatening our food security. Bees pollinate 70% of the food we eat. If the bees die (as they have been doing in record numbers since 2004) the human race will not be far behind.

Glyphosate and neonicotinoids not only can affect a bee’s sense of taste, they also can make them so lethargic that they die of starvation even when food is readily available to them. The nervous system of the honeybee can also be damaged by the ingredients in Roundup Ready and similar products. Their sense of direction becomes impacted and the bees die of exposure when the cannot find their way back to the hive.

Genetically modified seeds are not needed to produce a bumper crop and feed the planet – not by a long shot. This growing season, save a bee (and by extension yourself) by using equally effective natural homemade pesticides and herbicides.

This Week’s Questions

  1. If you could raise any type of livestock to increase your family’s chances of survival, what would it be and why?
  2. What is your favorite homemade weed killer recipe?
  3. Do you raise bees to pollinate your plants and to garner honey for food and medicinal purpose? Why or why not?

Tara Dodrill

About Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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87 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 35 – Mar 10th – Mar 16th 2019

  1. 1. If you could raise any type of livestock to increase your family’s chances of survival, what would it be and why?
    I raise chickens and dairy goats. The requirements for them are well-suited for us.
    2. What is your favorite homemade weed killer recipe?
    My favorite garden weed killer is pulling the weeds by hand.

    3. Do you raise bees to pollinate your plants and to garner honey for food and medicinal purpose? Why or why not?
    I have a few bee hives. My garden has benefitted from them, and I absolutely love honey.

    This week:
    *I was released from the retina specialist. He doesn’t believe the retinas are going to tear. Woo hoo! An answer to many prayers!

    *Goats: All three does kidded. The first had one doeling (This was her first kid.) the second had four (Two bucklings and two doelings. We sold one doeling to DIL’s sister. She had the buck we used, and lost one of her does and kids during birthing.), and the third had two bucklings (only one lived).

    *Picked up our beef from the processors and gave adult kids their portions. The ‘meat freezer’ is full. That’s a wonderful feeling.

    *Added to the food and medical supplies to the stockpile.

    *Bees: I didn’t lose any hives this winter.

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

    1. Prepared Grammy, glad your retinas aren’t torn.

      I just watched Andy Griffen show where aunt Bee filled the old freezer with beef and needed a new freezer…LOL

      Definitely a good feeling having the freezers full…..

      1. Thor1,

        Prepared Grammy, glad your retinas aren’t torn.

        Same here; but, they can do amazing things today. I had a detached retina and while it takes a while to heal, they can patch and reconnect retinas almost like magic.

        Definitely a good feeling having the freezers full…..

        I agree and ours are; but, the one downside is when you see that great deal on meat or other frozen foods, and have to turn it down, due to no room at the inn.
        While it’s a pain, it’s not really a problem, LOL.

    2. PG,

      Excellent news on your eyes…

      Sorry to hear about all the goat issues. I can’t believe a goat can have 4 kids… WOW.

      1. AT, We’re actually pleased with the goat situation. Losing farm animals is sad, but an unfortunate part of raising them. Both Alpines and the Saanen are raising their kids. I’m having to milk one of the Alpines. Her kid is nursing from the same side every time.

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

    I did move all my medical stuff to my spare bedroom. I also got a good inventory. Now I’m moving a few things around to more logical locations and ordering a few additional items. As soon as I get everything I ordered put away and added to the inventory, I will stack the boxes in order, and attach copies of the inventory to the outside of each box, plus keep a master copy in my “Admin” box.

    My laryngoscope order came in. Granddaughter was rather fascinated by them and was thrilled to be allowed to hold them.

    Other than that, prepping has been minimal this week. I have been reviewing medical videos and textbooks on laryngoscopy, cricothyrotomy, chest decompression, and some other procedures. In a TEOTWAWKI scenario, some of those procedures may be tricky to manage long-term without more advanced equipment and knowledge available.

    I did buy a few more small propane tanks at Wally World along with some printer paper. WalMart carries the best printer paper I’ve used and at a decent price. Also got some more kitty litter for the emergency toilet buckets.

    Granddaughter has been keeping me busy too. Mom, dad, and I are on a concerted program to get her potty trained. She is willing to sit on the can, essentially as long as we let her, but she only does her business once in a while. She does ask to go potty, but we suspect she pees in her diaper first and that reminds her to ask. Not every kid can be like #1 daughter was. She was potty trained and out of diapers at 15-months. Also, granddaughter is reading simple words out of her books. She jumps ahead of what I am reading to say the upcoming words first. She has her alphabet and letter sounds down pat, so I think her pediatrician’s prediction that she will be reading at three-years old will be true. She is essentially 29-months old now.

    Tara’s Questions:

    #1 – What type of livestock to raise? Probably goats. Reason being is my ex-wife helped raise goats when she was a little girl in Cuba and has some knowledge. Either that, or pigs. Pigs would help solve the body disposal problem in a TEOTWAWKI/WROL scenario. Yeah, I know I’m sick, but practical.

    #2 – Favorite weed killer? Agent Orange. Just kidding, I don’t have a favorite really as I have no weeds to kill. And I’ve already had my fill of AO. Just ask my body.

    #3 – Do I raise bees? No. No place to do it where I’m at.

    1. Z36, Agent Orange…… I had a friend that got cancer from that crap. He drove a bulldozer and cleared kill zones for firebases in Nam.

      He lost some teeth from the ordeal and had some false teeth , a partial plate, his front teeth. Well he was a good friend and took a dog in that I saved out of a dumpster because an apartment complex wouldn’t let me keep him. Some a$$ threw away with some other puppies that I saved. The people were arrested, but I digress, he came home drunk one night took his teeth out and put them in his shirt pocket, then thew his shirt onto a door knob. He called me up and said your dog ate my teeth. I said WHAT ??? He again said your dog ate my teeth. He had another dog so I said, how do you know it was my dog? He said because I caught the SOB with the teeth in his mouth !!!! I pictured my dog smiling at him with human teeth… He said and that ain’t the worst part, there are two teeth missing. I said…..well follow him around for a week, you’ll get them back…….LOL 😂

      1. Thor1,

        I have Type II Diabetes, probably caused by Agent Orange. I’m in contact with a guy from my old unit in Vietnam who also has cancer and some other issues related to AO. The stuff affects people differently. We were at one of the major air bases that ran Operation Ranch Hand (the spraying of AO). I understand the place was one big Superfund site of hazardous materials (Bien Hoa AB).

        1. Z36,

          The VA covers DM II and any DM II complications that could arise from being exposed to AO. I don’t know if you go to the VA in Orlando, but thought I would mention it.

          1. AT,

            Oh, yeah. VA is covering it. I’m 100% disabled as far as they are concerned (for a number of issues besides Type II). I get most of my medical done at the VA, although I have insurance as part of my police retirement and Medicare, so I can go to civilian doctors if I want or need to without having to argue with VA.

        2. Zulu 3-6
          You are apparently in touch with a few members from your old group from Bien Hoa AB. Send them an email or how ever you are in contact with them to file now, when their claim is approved it will go back to the date of filing.

          Have them check with their VSO to see if their family will qualify for coverage as many of the children have contracted genetic defects from the contamination passed on to them from their fathers/mothers who were in service in Nam.

          1. AC,

            Everyone I know who is a Vietnam vet knows about the AO registry and has signed up, if they are not already getting AO related bennies.

            As far as I know, most also are aware of the potential genetic defects AO can cause. My ex-wife keeps insisting that #2 daughter has an AO related issue, but unfortunately, her problem is not on the list. I had her checked specifically when she was younger.

      2. Thor 1/Zulu-36/Almost There
        Since I have been the advocate for my dh know what you & your friends have gone through with the VA.
        Even if they are at 100% there are different levels of 100% under a special compensation. If I understand correctly a Veteran from the Vietnam era files for AO separately from any other claim so it will proceed without being held up in the adjudication process.

        Now I would like to also add if you know a veteran who served in Korea during the war they are also receiving compensation for AO. Our neighbor filed for it and was awarded about 7 years ago. The VA kept requesting proof, but the representatives(Arizona Division) told him to ignore those requests and let the process go through. They were snow birds at the time of filing fyi. Apparently the AO or a form of it was being used(tested)at that time.

        1. AC,

          Actually, I have had very little trouble with the VA. I have never had a claim denied. It may have taken a while to go through, but never denied. My AO claim with Type II Diabetes went through really fast.

          My medical and mental health treatments have generally been pretty good as well. Except for a psychologist at the Detroit VA Hospital, who was a grumpy a-hole, I’ve been happy. The people at the Gainesville, FL hospital were very good when I had my gall bladder removed, and I have no complaints about the Orlando Clinic or the hospital. I’ve been fortunate.

          I know some vets who have no end of issues with the VA. Much of it I think depends on the claims office managers and hospital administrators. A friend of mine who is 100% from wounds and PTSD in Vietnam absolutely hates the Spokane, WA VA hospital he has to deal with (except for the dental clinic, which he loves). Worse, he has to drive three-hours, one way, just to get there (he lives in the sticks in Northern Idaho). Another, is the guy from my Vietnam unit I mentioned in an earlier post. The VA gives him no end of grief too, although they are allowing him to get cancer treatments from civilian sources now. However, it may be a matter of too little, too late.

          1. Zulu 3-6
            Have your friend read up on “Graviola”, it is a natural plant. Friends sister was given less than 6 weeks to live, suggested she read the material on benefits(not the doc’ & big pharma). She started taking some form of this plant that was in early 2014, she lived until late 2017. Did not ask her sister if it was the cancer that caused her to pass, as it was still a tender subject at that time.
            Dh receives it once a day as a prevention. He had squamous cell carcinoma in the esophageal area from years of being sprayed with the AO in his OA. Two surgeries caused a lot of damage to his ability to swallow. See the VA adjudicators are finally recognizing that it is & was caused by the spraying.

            Hope this knowledge helps your friend.

          2. AC,

            Thanks for the tip. I’ll pass it on to him. I don’t know how receptive to natural remedies he is. He isn’t too happy with the medical ones they’re making him go through.

    2. Good luck on the potty training! Cuba is the one place I have not been that I always wanted to see. Well, that and Australia, to some degree. But this girl could not handle the confinement of a boat or plane that long – or loss of control to a stranger piloting them, lol

  3. Hi Tara & all,
    This week I received the email announcing the post; but, clicking on the link took me to an invalid page with the “404 Not Found” error; but, going to the main page and clicking the new post link, things are working & here I am.

    Good to hear about your new healthy kids.
    Our first 4H project years ago were rabbits; but, then we moved to goats, and then horses. I think I preferred the goats since they are less work and expense than horses and have a lot more personality than rabbits.

    When you state:

    The other preps we were deeply involved in this week involve our beehive expansion project. Thankfully, due to the flight territory habits of bees and our large acreage, there is really no chance they will come into contact with any GMO plants, Roundup Ready – or any other similarly harmful products.
    The biotech industry, even with the World Health Organization’s recent findings about a connection between glyphosates and cancer, still has not been forced to admit how harmful their products are to bees.

    Honeybees around here are doing fine and I’m pretty sure there are quite a few acres in the flight area that use GMO’s and roundup, with no harm to our local bees, and record honey harvests this past fall. The big one is Canadian Canola with the Neonicotinoids in the plants along with poor beekeeping. Most of the problems often called Colony Collapse are occurring out west, where they haul the hives by flatbed truck from place to place for pollinating the fruit and nut orchards, and I suspect not taking very good care of their colonies.

    As for the World Health Organization, do you mean the one that is a specialized agency of the ”United Nations” . It was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and no doubt has the concerns of the USA in mind with their decisions.
    I don’t trust Monsanto; but, I think I trust the U.N. less and think that president Trump could turn their building in NYC into nice luxury condominiums and help offset the deficit & debt.

    For This Week’s Questions
    1. If you could raise any type of livestock to increase your family’s chances of survival, what would it be and why?
    Perhaps a hog or two, since I like bacon and pork products.
    2. What is your favorite homemade weed killer recipe?
    We usually use a mixture of some combination of borax, vinegar, salt, or tobacco tea, depending on the weed. Tobacco tea contains nicotine that’s very effective topically; but, unfortunately gave the idea for systemic inclusion in the neonicotinoids.
    3. Do you raise bees to pollinate your plants and to garner honey for food and medicinal purpose? Why or why not?
    I used to; but, health and vision issues stopped that; however, I have numerous friends who do and I think I have the DW convinced to help if I purchase her a full suit instead of just the jacket & veil or hat & veil I used. I still have equipment and may start small again with a single “nuc” (small Nuclear Hive) this spring.

    It seems that in our hyper partisan times, some opposition members of Congress can actually work together if the threat is real enough. While the Dems don’t consider an open border to be a threat, evidently U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Tom Carper (D-Delaware) can work together. Senator Portman is my ”good” senator, with Sherrod Brown, not so much. I had not heard of “Confucius Institutes”; but, as a news junky, I heard about a bipartisan report on them and had to look into it. Here is something well worth reading and noting.
    ” Senators Portman & Carper Unveil Bipartisan Report on Confucius Institutes at U.S. Universities & K-12 Classrooms
    https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/2/senators-portman-carper-unveil-bipartisan-report-on-confucius-institutes-at-u-s-universities-k-12-classrooms

    Now for my weekly preparations.

    This past week we acquired and did the following.
    1. 3 bags of wood shaving s for the horse stalls from TSC, While there we had to look at the chicks, all chirping; but, we decided not to bring any home now, since there will be more later when it’s warmer outside.
    2. From Aldi’s
    • Package of shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
    • 4 packages (16 total) Blueberry muffins
    • 4 cans diced tomatoes
    • 3 cans Mandarin oranges
    • Bag of Honey Roasted Cashews
    3. From Wal-Mart
    • 12 Mini Mounds bars
    • 12 Caramel Milky Way
    • Package of Toffifay
    • 4 jars (16 oz) Maraschino cherries
    • Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets (5 pack)
    • V8 (12 12 oz cans)
    • Purex Free & Clear (Unscented)Liquid Laundry detergent
    4. Received two Irwin Speedbor 6-Piece Bit Set (Buy One, Give One) from woot.com
    • Each package contains two sets of bits and for less than $8.00 each I have Christmas gifts for the two boys and a birthday gift for my sister, plus I get to keep one. A set includes 6 high quality Spade Bits 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 7/8″ & 1″ Diameter
    5. Two containers (1.5 quarts in each) of Pineapple & Rainbow Sherbet
    6. Received a Plantronics Ultra light Wireless Bluetooth Headset for the DW’s iPhone.
    7. Received a 2019 Weekly & Monthly Planner (3 ½ ” x 6″, Pocket Sized) for the DW. She has a new iPhone; but, still prefers the paper & pencil planner’ but. it works for her to keep all of our “busy” life on track, LOL. Of course, at our age that’s mostly the medical & dental appointments and the occasional visit from the Farrier.
    8. Ordered an AcuRite 75155M 14.5-inch LED Clock from woot.com for the ham shack & office

    1. Goats sure are full of personality, lol. Here is a good map showing colony collapse disorder across the country. Bee populations are down almost 50 percent in our state. Hopefully RoundupReady and similar products will be banned soon here like they have been elsewhere and one major factor in bee deaths is eliminated. There are something like 15 lawsuits pending now over cancer related to chemical agricultural products.

      1. Tara Dodrill,

        Goats sure are full of personality, lol. Here is a good map showing colony collapse disorder across the country. Bee populations are down almost 50 percent in our state. Hopefully RoundupReady and similar products will be banned soon here like they have been elsewhere and one major factor in bee deaths is eliminated.

        Thanks for the link; but, you’ll notice that Ohio doesn’t seem to be one of the Red states. I don’t know where you get your 50% number for Ohio; but, all of the beekeepers I know are doing fine, and one Amish guy north of me keeps 400 hives and all are doing fine. From the 2007 article it states that even the lateFidel Castro) has already weighed in on this, and that scientists are still baffled about the causes of the Great Bee Die-Off of 2007, a.k.a. “Colony Collapse Disorder,” as the phenomenon has been called. When I took my training about 8-10 years ago, the apiarists who taught the course an had been keeping bees for decades, said the they thought that CCD was really PPB or “Piss Poor Beekeeping”. I think what is going on is that there are lots of bees out west that are hauled on flatbed trucks from place to place and the owners paid for the pollination services. Additionally, back in 2008 & 2009 when I tried to get started, packaged bees were flying off the shelf, with everyone wanting to keep bees and a lot of beginners losing their first or second year hives, due to mismanagement and lack of experience. It just became too easy to call this CCD, and the MSM jumped on the problem to help create a crisis that they could exploit for their viewers.

        There are something like 15 lawsuits pending now over cancer related to chemical agricultural products.

        True, and at least some of them will be thrown out due to the complainant not using the chemical properly or wearing the required protective clothing.
        There are also pending lawsuits over the use of Methylene Chloride in paints and paint strippers and Acetone, another solvent, you might even use to remove fingernail polish. Any of these, including propane or alcohol, when used in a tight unventilated space, can be harmful. Millions of people use these pesticides and herbicides with no harm; but, take the time to follow the direction and use sparingly per the directions.
        Our use of Sevin will not in any way impact the fruit on our trees, since the beetle problem was a few years ago, it was only used on the leaves long before any blossoms appeared, and has long since been rinsed off by rain and diluted.

  4. Question #1 I would say chickens and fish.

    #2 Well, hoe and hands for my garden but until it runs out Roundup for everywhere else, sorry.

    #3 I am too lazy to actually do it myself but a local beekeeper has a hive at the edge of my property. No spraying anything anywhere near them.

    The wife’s overtime shifts have paid off. I got a good deal ($2200) on a Kubota B7100, a 16 hp 4 wheel dive small tractor. It comes with a roto tiller, bush hog, mold board plow, middle buster, box blade, angle blade, and a boom pole. It may need work on the induction pump but my brother worked at a Kubota dealership and can help with that. I also got my big tractor repaired and can now get my garden spot and fruit forest land disced.

    1. Daddio7,

      Question #1 I would say chickens and fish.

      We already raise chickens; but, if I were younger or more ambitious fish would be a good idea. I remember article years ago in Mother Earth News, Backwoods Home, or somewhere, where a guy was raising tilapia and catfish in a large pond / pool and built cat walks above the water to keep honeybees. As the bees died and were pushed out of the hive, they fell into the water and fed the fish.

      #2 Well, hoe and hands for my garden but until it runs out Roundup for everywhere else, sorry.

      We’ve used roundup a few times on poison Ivy and sometimes still use Sevin early on. For instance, we planted some new apple, cherry , and peach trees a few years ago and the Japanese Beetles started using them as a salad bar. Sevin stopped that in a hurry, and will in no way affect the fruit, that is still most likely a few more years away.

      I got a good deal ($2200) on a Kubota B7100, a 16 hp 4 wheel dive small tractor. It comes with a roto tiller

      As I age, this tractor with just the Rototiller sounds great; but, the other accessories like the plow & bush hog would also be welcome. We checked a few years ago at the local John Deere dealer for something like this with just the Rototiller and for a used model they wanted $4500 for the tractor and another $1200-1500 for the tiller. I would snatch your deal up in a hot second, even if it cost another grand to get the thing fixed.

      1. OP,

        I banned all commercial gardening products, including Sevin from our homestead so I had to find something else to kill those damn Japanese beetles. Mix together nearly equal parts salt and flour and sprinkle it one and around your plants. But, doing it in the early morning before the salt and sun combo could cause scorching on the plants. If you see any signs of scorching – I never had, reduce the salt level a bit. The beetles and other insects (good as well as bad, unfortunately) will eat it and swell up as they become dehydrated, and then burst. Roundup ready got the boot not long after I moved in with Bobby when we still lived in town, far too dangerous to people and bees to ever even think about using.

  5. Puppy almost got a chipmunk that was trying to make a home in one of the woodpiles. He kept circling it so I lifted up the tarp and out ran the chipmunk straight under the fence. Puppy has a great sense of smell.

    Worked out in the gym more and am loosing more weight while increasing the size of my guns. LOL
    Bought another LED grow light. $14 and they use 4.5 watts
    Filled up another propane tank
    Bought 2 large bottles of ibuprofen
    Bought another ice/hot pack for injuries
    Put one blood pressure machine in the Faraday cage.

    My BP was 143/76 this morning (120 to 140/ 70 to 90 is normal) and the scare my Dr. Gave me about blood sugar was put to rest as I used the Mrs’s sugar monitor and had a sugar level of 123. (80 to 120 is normal) Not too bad. She has low sugar levels and low blood pressure.

    The weather tech. rear cargo mat fits like a glove in the Jeep. I highly recommend them !!!

    Tara’s questions:
    1.If you could raise any type of livestock to increase your family’s chances of survival, what would it be and why?
    2.What is your favorite homemade weed killer recipe?
    3.Do you raise bees to pollinate your plants and to garner honey for food and medicinal purpose? Why or why not?

    1. Chickens, eggs and meat and renewable…..
    2. Pulling weeds and throwing them at puppy, he catches them and sometimes helps me pull them. Good boy !
    3. No, the Mrs. is allergic to bees.

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Do you live in a pro-gun State, county or city?
    2. Does the mosque shooting seem to have a second goal to you? Like affecting our 2nd amendment rights or trying to invoke non-radical Muslims to attack Christians.
    3. What is one prep you wish you had or had more of?

    1. Thor’s Questions:

      1. Do you live in a pro-gun State, county or city?
      State? Absolutely not! Illinois is run by Cook County. My county and town are very pro-gun. There is a movement gaining momentum for the southern part of the state to secede and join with a neighboring state (Kentucky, Indiana, or Missouri). I have been criticized for living here (extreme southern Illinois: Shawnee National Forest area), but this is where my family is. Our farms are here, and our jobs are here. Instead of leaving, I choose to stay and be part of the movement to improve our area. I will also add that our local cops, judges, and attorneys are pro 2nd Amendment. They shoot in our local club, own a gun range/gun shop, and have even declared our county a sanctuary county for gun owners. This sanctuary county is being fought by Cook County politicians. Like I said earlier, we’re fighting for our rights.

      2. Does the mosque shooting seem to have a second goal to you? Like affecting our 2nd amendment rights or trying to invoke non-radical Muslims to attack Christians.
      Yes to both questions.

      3. What is one prep you wish you had or had more of?
      I wish I had more of everything. If I had to choose one, I suppose it would be power/heating. We’re going to get a whole-home LP generator as soon as DH gets his bonus at work. After that, my goal is a water catchment system.

      1. Prepared Grammy, fight the good fight because something’s are worth fighting for….

        I always loved the Blues Brothers movie that had the Cooks county tax assessor…. LOL

        You might be better off with solar power…… if an EMP or cyber attack takes out the grid, gas probably won’t work either…..

          1. PG, yeah this seems to be a tight knitted group. We look out for each other unlike some other groups…….

            You are more than welcome.

        1. Thor1,
          In your reply to Prepared Grammy you stated:

          You might be better off with solar power…… if an EMP or cyber attack takes out the grid, gas probably won’t work either…..

          Her wish is for a whole-home LP generator as soon as her DH gets his bonus at work. LP (Liquefied Petroleum) gas is just another name for Propane that will work without any grid, as long as the tanks contain the liquid fuel. Her next step would be to accumulate more tanks over time as we have done.

      2. Prepared Grammy,

        I wish I had more of everything. If I had to choose one, I suppose it would be power/heating. We’re going to get a whole-home LP generator as soon as DH gets his bonus at work. After that, my goal is a water catchment system.

        We have a Generac whole house auto start generator and love it. If you’re thinking about a Generac, start by contacting them on their website (http://www.generac.com/) where you can find sizing calculations, etc. They sent me a DVD and while it took some discussions with them, I ended up with a pretty good deal on my generator (propane fueled 16 KW). They connected me with a local dealer / installer and by pushing hard and negotiating; I received a 7 year extended warranty as part of the deal. You’ll need some maintenance kits also, so perhaps asked for one or more to be thrown in to clinch the deal.
        As a point of reference, our 16KW with transfer switch, installed was $6695.00 including 7% Ohio sales tax. The tax alone was nearly $500.00, so if you are a tax exempt farm or other entity, that could also help.
        The maintenance kit costs around $35.00 and contains a spark pllug, oil filter & air filter. Those components can probably be purchased separately for less; but, I opted for the kit fir my convenience. The recommended oil is Mobil One synthetic and the system holds just over a quart of oil (1.1 Qt) including the filter.
        The recommended maintenance interval is 2 years or 200 running hours (8 days & 7 hours running 24/7)
        As for your water catchment system, those are pretty easy to homebrew.
        Good luck.

    2. Thor1,

      Puppy almost got a chipmunk that was trying to make a home in one of the woodpiles. He kept circling it so I lifted up the tarp and out ran the chipmunk straight under the fence. Puppy has a great sense of smell.

      Our barn cats eliminated all of the chipmunks and most of the squirrels years ago. If they could just take on the raccoons, we would be set.

      Bought another LED grow light. $14 and they use 4.5 watts

      I get mine direct from Hong Kong for around $2.00 each. The ones I get use the standard Edison screw in socket, so we’re still trying to construct the overhead fixture to use multiples. They are nice and light on the power bill.

      Bought another ice/hot pack for injuries

      Interesting you mention this. I did something to my neck and had a trip to the chiropractor, so I’ve been using cold packs on that, since as I age, it seems to take longer and longer to heal.

      My BP was 143/76 this morning (120 to 140/ 70 to 90 is normal) and the scare my Dr. Gave me about blood sugar was put to rest as I used the Mrs’s sugar monitor and had a sugar level of 123. (80 to 120 is normal) Not too bad. She has low sugar levels and low blood pressure.

      For me 120 / 80 is high, since my normal is about 100/65; but, then I am on meds for CHF and have a pacemaker. We saw the cardiologist a few months back and they are pleased with my progress.
      As for your glucose level of 123, don’t be mislead by a single “normal” reading like that, since the long term measure is the H A 1C. Kidding yourself about the numbers can be bad, and in the case of my kid brother, fatal, so pay attention to your doc and don’t fool yourself, since we need your input around these parts.

      The weather tech. rear cargo mat fits like a glove in the Jeep. I highly recommend them !!!

      We still have to get one for the cargo area, since the CRV has numerous versions of that; but, the floor mats fit like a glove and the DW loves them.

      Your questions:
      1. Do you live in a pro-gun State, county or city?
      All of the above. The only gun license one needs is for concealed carry, and the training and BG checks are pretty easy with a cost of only $50.00 for 5 years. There is statewide preemption of cities and counties enacting stricter laws than the state, and our largely rural population is pretty gun friendly, with a lot of areas, including my back yard, having ranges. We also have some of the best Deer hunting in the lower 48. Our new BG check now includes the NIC’s so for a new purchase you fill out the 4473, show your license, and go home,

      2. Does the mosque shooting seem to have a second goal to you? Like affecting our 2nd amendment rights or trying to invoke non-radical Muslims to attack Christians.
      I don’t think it goes that deep; but, there are politicians who will try to take it there as some in NZ have already started to do with their rhetoric. As someone who has fought this fight for about 50 years, I like to turn the argument on its head, pointing out that the NZ gun restrictions didn’t help. In NZ, you apply for a 5 year Gun license that may be issued at the discretion of the police if the police consider you to be of good standing and without criminal, psychiatric or drug issues and meet other conditions such as having suitable storage facilities. Self-defense BTW is not a valid reason to possess a firearm.
      With all of these draconian restrictions, they still have these incidents, because human nature cannot be legislated and “Gun Free Zones”) actually “Unarmed Victim Zones”) only encourage these actions, which is why I refrain from them.

      3. What is one prep you wish you had or had more of?
      I wish I had more time & better health. I’ll be 68 next month and cannot do many of the things I could do 20 years ago; but, realistically, we are wanting for nothing and prepping for more than 40 years has paid off rather well.

      1. TOP,

        1. Constitutional carry is the way to go. I mean ANY restrictions on the 2A are illegal. By having to pay for a CCW is an infringement on that right especially if a person was poor, thus only giving the right to keep and bear arms to the wealthy. Its not what the Founders wanted……

        2. I think mass church shootings/ bombings are on the horizon. The deep state wants to disarm the people and get rid of God worshipping Christians. They also seem to want to sacrifice children though abortion.
        3.TOP, there is hope. A scientists has made a major breakthrough on DNA that can actually regenerate body parts. It will be awhile but until then stay alive. We need your input here too my friend….

        PS how ironic, you were an EE and now are being kept alive by an electrical device. You used to get into your work, now your work has gotten into you. Maybe you could also design a new long/ indefinite lasting battery… You have a work shop.

        1. Thor1,

          1. Constitutional carry is the way to go. I mean ANY restrictions on the 2A are illegal. By having to pay for a CCW is an infringement on that right especially if a person was poor, thus only giving the right to keep and bear arms to the wealthy.

          I agree; but, I’m not wealthy enough to fight the system or willing to go to jail, and the current system does at least help keep guns out of the hands of violent people. As for keeping poor people out of the game, the CHL is $50.00 for 5 years, $10.00 per year, or $0.85 per month, and I don’t know anyone who cannot afford that amount that can afford a firearm and ammunition to feed it. Philosophically I agree; but, realistically, we have to play by the rules or move to VT or AZ where they already have Constitutional Carry.

          2. I think mass church shootings/ bombings are on the horizon. The deep state wants to disarm the people and get rid of God worshipping Christians. They also seem to want to sacrifice children though abortion.

          I agree and that’s why many people carry in their places of worship, with some people I know actually designated as armed security. God worshipping Christians are not their target, just anyone who fails to worship the state and rely onits “fairness”. When some politicians actually talk about delivery and then deciding what to do with the baby, we have gone too far, and I sincerely hope its waking more people to the cause. Here in Ohio there is such a movement in place.

          Ohio ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban passes Senate as governor vows to sign it
          https://www.foxnews.com/faith-values/ohio-heartbeat-abortion-ban-closer-to-becoming-law

          3.TOP, there is hope. A scientists has made a major breakthrough on DNA that can actually regenerate body parts. It will be awhile but until then stay alive. We need your input here too my friend….

          They have already been “constructing” some body parts, mostly from cartilage using a framework, and what is being done in stems cell replication and organ growth is pretty amazing. I fear that if they could reprogram me to fix things, that I may no longer be welcome to some on this group as a ”GMO person”; but, I would be willing to take that chance. Thre is some research in stem ceel reprogramming that could one day regrow my retinas and that would pretty much fix the major thing I deal with.

          PS how ironic, you were an EE and now are being kept alive by an electrical device. You used to get into your work, now your work has gotten into you. Maybe you could also design a new long/ indefinite lasting battery… You have a work shop.

          The problem with working on my own battery is that a mistake could not be repaired in time, so I just hope that we are still able to get the device replaced in 5 years and then go for at least another 8 or more. The next battery change will be required @ age 73 and the following one @ 81; but, like so many things in life, we just do our best each day and cross our fingers.
          From my perspective, each day I wake up, take a deep breath and can stand on my own two feet without falling on my face, is a great start

    3. Thor1:

      A better check on your blood sugar is an A1C test. It runs, without insurance, about $75 at the hospital lab. WalMart used to have a kit, for about $65, that you mailed in the test.

    4. Thor,

      Glad that chipmunk wasn’t a tasty snack for puppy.

      Increased work outs = More Ibuprofen and ice packs… Lol…

      Also, BG of 123 is pre-diabetes range. It needs to be < 100 for normal diabetes… Your increased exercise should help with that… http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/prediabetes/

      What are you thoughts on the second goal of the mosque shooting…?
      What is one prep you wish you had or had more of?

    5. Thor , according to “THE SOUTHERN HERABLIST” huckleberry( also known as sandberry) leaves and small twigs used as a tea 2x a day will MODULATE both blood sugar and blood pressure. ( For those that may be new to herbal use….of term modulate means: if blood sugar or pressure is too low, will raise it and if too high will lower) The blueberry is a relative.and the dose may need to be modified a little, to get same results. It takes 10-14 days for effects to kick in. 3 tablespoons of leaves are placed in a cup and very hot water, not quite boiling are poured over the leaves and allowed to steep for 30 min. strain and drink the tea. can be served cold if preferred.

  6. Thor’s questions:

    1. Do you live in a pro-gun State, county or city?

    I suppose Florida could be considered a pro-gun state, although some recent shootings have begun to throw that into doubt. Red flag laws, etc. Orlando City and Orange County governments are anti-gun, but they can’t do anything special about it as Florida law prohibits cities and counties from passing ordinances which supersede state statutes. Florida is a must issue state, so far.

    2. Does the mosque shooting seem to have a second goal to you? Like affecting our 2nd amendment rights or trying to invoke non-radical Muslims to attack Christians.

    Having taken place in New Zealand by an Australian, I’m not certain the attack was necessarily aimed at US firearms policies and laws. It certainly will affect New Zealand laws; the prime minister has already promised that. The fake news MSM seems to want us to think the shooter’s manifesto was “pro-Trump” but he was only mentioned once, in passing, in a 74-page, 16,000-word document. This shooting will not necessarily encourage radical Muslims to specially target Christians. They are already doing that and the Quran orders them to do so in any case. Maybe a few non-radicalized Muslims may switch over, but who can tell how they think? I believe the shooter has a secondary goal of encouraging right-wing extremists to attack Muslims.

    3. What is one prep you wish you had or had more of?

    A mini-gun? Just kidding (or am I?). More ammo and medical stuff would be nice.

    1. Z36, I always wanted a mini-gun too !!! It would look nice mounted to my Jeep 😀 But alas, there are only 3 legal mini-guns in the country and it costs a lot to feed them. Your better of with an M60….LOL

      For guns, its looking like good against evi my friend…….

      1. Thor1,

        Yeah, but a boy can dream.

        Actually, I would prefer an M-240B machine gun over an old M60 (aka: Pig). The 240 is more reliable and has a bit higher cyclic rate. Regardless, they too cost a bundle to keep fed.

        The machine gun I had the most fun shooting was an old German MG-34. That sucker could rip. So could the MG-42, although I shot that in it’s more modern version as the MG-3, re-done for 7.62 NATO instead of the old 7.92mm.

          1. Thor1,

            The Ma Deuce is a good gun and recently they’ve thrown a few overdue updates into it. The new model doesn’t require a headspace gauge after a barrel change. Screw the new barrel in, load her up, and let her rip.

            They also created a new M-3 .50 cal for helo use. Different barrel and higher cyclic rate. The Marines carry them on the tail ramps of the Ospreys and windows of the CH-53s. The Air Force mounts one on their MH-60 Pave Hawks (pararescue birds). A mini-gun goes on the other side.

    2. Zulu 3-6,
      1. Do you live in a pro-gun State, county or city?

      Orlando City and Orange County governments are anti-gun, but they can’t do anything special about it as Florida law prohibits cities and counties from passing ordinances which supersede state statutes. Florida is a must issue state, so far.

      Ohio is similar with Cleveland and Cincinnati doing their best to be a PITA; but, state preemption taking precedence. We are also a “Shall issue” state, where you can get your CHL in your county of residence or any adjacent county, so those PITA county Sheriffs who try to slow things down with odd appointment times, etc., generally get an end run by adjacent and more rural counties. The DW did our CHL renewals last October (her 1st and my 3rd) and it went very smoothly, with new up to date equipment for fingerprints that worked well. Renewal cost was $50.00 for a 5 year license, so still pretty reasonable.

      1. TOP,

        One nice thing about Florida is the State handles the concealed carry process, not local sheriffs or county governments. Most sheriffs in Florida are pro-gun, but the liberal areas are not (Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, etc). Oddly, the state Department of Agriculture handles the licensing and they are actually quite efficient at it. Of course, that was under Republican Ag Directors, now there is a Dem in there. But I think if she started playing stupid games with the licensing, the Republican governor will suspend her from office for malfeasance and refer her to the State Senate for removal proceedings. So far, I haven’t heard anything from her about playing games.

        The Gov didn’t waste much time suspending that incompetent liberal sheriff in Broward County once he got into office in January.

    3. Zulu 3-6,

      A mini-gun? Just kidding (or am I?). More ammo and medical stuff would be nice.

      I once considered a mini-gun; but, several things stopped me in my tracks, mainly the part about first winning the lottery to afford one.
      I got to shoot one (actually I think a Gatling gun), for a price @ the Knob Creek shoot about 40 years ago and remember talking with the guy who owned it, about how he spends most of the year reloading .50 BMG, that at the time was nearly a buck a round for components. I’m a member of OGCA (Ohio Gun Collectors Association) who hold a meeting / private show where such things are displayed, and sold with the proper two kinds of paperwork, a Tax stamp and a pile of C notes, LOL.
      Also, even in our rural area, finding a safe place to shoot such a toy, would be problematic; but, one can still dream LOL

  7. We have had a rough week. Our 19-year-old friend was put in hospice care. They think it’s a matter of days. Our son-in-law’s nephew died in a skydiving accident; he was one day away from his 18th birthday. My son and his wife got bad news about their daughter. The sonogram showed her long bones were not developing correctly and this increase her chances of heart disease (if the chest cavity doesn’t develop normally) and Down syndrome. The doctors cannot give a diagnosis until after birth. So the kids have two more months of waiting. Please pray for Baby Olive.

    Our diets are going well. I have only lost a half a pound in the last two weeks (I am in the normal range) but dh is down a full pant size. He has lost two inches from his waist.

    I invented a new recipe–Keto pizza casserole. Cook cauliflower rice according to package directions and then dump in casserole dish. Flatten and sprinkle with olive oil, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Cook at 425 for 20 minutes until browned. While crust is in oven, cut and saute veggies. I used onion, peppers and mushrooms. When crust is ready pour on pizza sauce, dump veggies, add other ingredients. I added ham and pepperoni. Then top with mozzarella cheese and more red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. Cook for an additional 10 minutes to warm toppings and melt cheese. This was really good.

    I finished taxes. Trump’s tax reform eliminated some of our favorite tax deductions. I had to cut a check for just under $500. So, no prepping related purchases this week. We just stocked up on pet supplies. Dh’s birthday is the week after next. I got him a watch and a new pair of orthotics.

    1. Praying for baby Olive….think positive Bam and talk to God….He loves babies.

      Try egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast, a salad with a lean meat for lunch and a normal dinner, just a smaller portion. Then do cross training weight lifting and cardio workouts.

    2. Bam Bam,

      Prayers are outbound for Baby Olive from here. So sorry to hear about the nastiness for the rest of your week.

      I’m not supposed to tell anyone yet, but #1 daughter is PG again. She’s about 7-weeks or so along right now. She had a sonogram last week and the baby’s heart was beating at an estimate 6-weeks, 3-days (5.63mm in size). I’m worried because #1 miscarried her first pregnancy (twins), although her second resulted in the wonderful little girl we are all enjoying now. Granddaughter got to go with her parents to the sonogram and watched the proceedings with interest, although she isn’t quite associating the little blob she saw with an actual baby.

    3. Bam Bam,

      Our 19-year-old friend was put in hospice care. They think it’s a matter of days.

      I’m so sorry to hear this and send you my heartfelt condolences. As I age , I think the loss of loved ones is perhaps the worst thing; but, especially when they are so young.

      Our son-in-law’s nephew died in a skydiving accident; he was one day away from his 18th birthday.

      That’s horrible. I did my skydiving back at about that same age; but, I suspect at the time I didn’t think of the potential consequences and how it could impact others.

      My son and his wife got bad news about their daughter. The sonogram showed her long bones were not developing correctly and this increase her chances of heart disease (if the chest cavity doesn’t develop normally) and Down syndrome.

      My DW worked with Down syndrome and other disabled children for 15 years and I think that the most common form of Down syndrome (The genetic replication error Trisomy 21) can be tested via amniocentesis, although that is only used to verify; but, not change the outcome. In any case, little Olive will I suspect be well loved and cared for, and she will be in our thoughts & prayers.

      Our diets are going well. I have only lost a half a pound in the last two weeks (I am in the normal range) but dh is down a full pant size. He has lost two inches from his waist.

      When I lost all of my weight, I lost more than 4 inches and my only problem now is that fold of skin that used to cover that big belly. It doesn’t go away and I’m not up to surgical removal, so I wish the DH well.

      I finished taxes. Trump’s tax reform eliminated some of our favorite tax deductions. I had to cut a check for just under $500. So, no prepping related purchases this week.

      I don’t know what your lost deductions were; but, once you get the house paid down, even under the old tax laws, those deductions get harder to do. As soon as the law changed I started to restructure our income to take advantage of the $24,000 standard deduction. I hope to finish our taxes this week and may even get a small refund.
      Since you work multiple jobs, you might want to revisit your W4’s and perhaps setup a tracking spreadsheet. I’ve been doing this for quite a while and generally come rather close on the amounts; but, primarily don’t want any surprises.

      Dh’s birthday is the week after next. I got him a watch and a new pair of orthotics.

      Orthotics? I thought those were for old people, LOL. Actually I used to use them, and he may find he needs them less & less as he loses weight. Coming down from 235 to my current 150 helped a lot of things, including no more orthotics. BTW, I also have a birthday next month on the 13th; but, this year it’s at least not on a Friday, LOL.

  8. Questions:
    1. If you could raise any type of livestock to increase your family’s chances of survival, what would it be and why? Chickens (eggs & meat), then rabbits (meat), then cow/calf (meat/dairy); the 1st 2 because of space, the second because of what I can do with it.

    2. What is your favorite homemade weed killer recipe? Don’t use it as of yet.

    3. Do you raise bees to pollinate your plants and to garner honey for food and medicinal purpose? Why or why not? If there was a space and we were growing outside, I would.

    This week:

    Grocery shopping on Saturday and the DW saw whole chickens on sale, then another 30% off! Crock pot fodder!

    The melt has started! Although it is just getting up to freezing, we are having hours of solar heat on the asphalt which is melting the snow and ice slowly (that’s good). I did get above freezing on Tuesday, more water flow! Rest of the week it was low 30’s w/solar, so more melt!

    Moved 2 feet of snow and a bunch of ice off the back porch/pantry add-on. When the roof was replaced it was not done right and if we get an ice dam, the roof will leak. It’s all getting replaced this summer.

    Received: Book: Edible Wild Plants, pistol ammo, rifle ammo.

        1. JP,
          That looks like an interesting book; but, I have all of the earlier versions of the original “Stalking Series” books by the late Euell Gibbons.
          • 1962 “Stalking The Wild Asparagus”
          • 1964 “Stalking The Blue-Eyed Scallop”
          • 1966 “Stalking The Healthful Herbs”
          • 1967 “Euell Gibbons’ Beachcomber’s Handbook”
          • 1971 “Stalking The Good Life: My Love Afair with nature”
          • 1973 “Stalking The Faraway Places ”
          • 1979 “Euell Gibbons’ Handbook of Edible Wild Plants”
          I was younger and tougher back when I first started using those books.

  9. Bam Bam, Tell the parents not to stress..it will not change anything to stress. They told My DH and his first wife same about their son. (She was 4 ft 10. He was normal and brilliant.)Will keep praying for those connected to you and especially Baby Olive.Baby Olive will be very special whether she meets the Doctors standards of perfect or not. EACH baby is special…
    I received some freebies this week and have gotten them put up and also have gotten some sausage made.

    Tara’s questions.#1, I have chickens, would add rabbits and a couple of pigs. #2 WEED killer, boiling ho water, Hot vinegar and hand pulling, and burning the roots and seed pods.. Will not use roundup or any of those things on my property , 2 nd to nerve damage already present and overuse in entire county by electric company…. to kill anything over 5 ft high. Several times a year we are aware someone has been spraying the NERVE KILLER, can smell early am. #3 No bees. family members with acute allergic reactions to some things. Love honey. Trying to plant more things that are bee friendly this year…and on more of our property.
    Other questions..
    . #1Pro gun state.
    #2 Yes the agenda to make people defense-less is part of the agenda 2030.
    #3 More FD, and LTS foods in individual items…Things I have not been able to grow..organic .mushrooms, carrots, onions, fd potatoes, FD meat and/ or Jerky. and an additional Propane tank for our backup systems.

  10. We do not have any animals of any kind. I have thought of building a dovecote and starting a flock of pigeons, simply because of their ability to fend for themselves. Not the best solution, but perhaps the easiest.

    We don’t use weed killer, preferring the hoe and hand to remove them.

    We don’t have bees, but there are sufficient wild colonies near our BOL to pollenate everything.

    Preps: I devoted an afternoon to firearms training for some Canadians. Perhaps not a prep for me, but certainly for them! Acquired more tuna at 50 cents/can. Got 200 more rounds of soft point ammo for the M1 carbine. I know it is not the best weapon for neutralizing someone, but all the ladies of the pack are much more comfortable with it than some of the heavier weapons and I have never heard of anyone who wanted to be shot with one!

    1. There’s nothing wrong with that M-1 carbine. If a person is confident with it, they’ll be competent with it.

  11. Answer’s to Tara’s Questions:
    1. Maybe rabbits. A nearby niece has 20 or so chickens, neighbors less than a quarter mile away have goats. Currently focusing on my garden. But also lots of game in the area.
    2. I pull my weeds by hand but I did read where two successive cover crops of rye will knock out bindweed. Might try that.
    3. I feed the bees with mt garden but don’t have hives on my land. Usually have some gifted to me.

    Preps:
    I finally bought a dehydrator. Added a water filter to the emergency bucket in the car. Added 10 pounds of flour and canned goods to the pantry.
    Finished wallpapering the kitchen and breakfast room. This next week I will add a chair rail and a new back splash. A neighbor is lending me a wet saw. But I need to research and see if there is a tile adhesive that dries clear. Some of the back splash is glass and rock squares.
    We survived the big wind storm. The generator ran for about 3 hours. We could have survived without it for such a short time but it was nice to have.
    I am hoping for a continued warm-up of temperatures. We have had a very wet winter which is great for us. I am anxious to get the early spring crops in, but need another week or so.

    Prayers for all in need.

  12. Hi Everyone,

    Sunshine yesterday, in the 50’s, and going to be a nice day again today. Working in the shed today putting up shelving and moving stuff in the garage out there.

    The grass looks like it could use a cut already. I have blooms on my peach and pear tree, so maybe I will get some this year. Last year they were killed with a late freeze.

    Found some really nice metal wire baskets at Goodwill that will help keep things nice and straight that I can use in either the shed or garage. Something like my many canning lids and rings… or even canning jars that are loose. I think this was my find of the week.

    Went to a meetup yesterday and we had a lesson on “Stop the Bleed”. It’s a new campaign going on and the website that was developed is https://www.bleedingcontrol.org/ . Of course, we wouldn’t use “A” in our situation because there won’t be anyone to call. But all the other information is great. The presenter, a county EMT, said that our county is going to start using the newest tourniquet called SAM XT. One of the most common reasons that tourniquets don’t work is because they are put on tight enough. Here is one place to purchase, and some videos. https://www.rescue-essentials.com/sam-xt-tourniquet/ The reason it is better is that there are 2 prongs that will click in the holes when it’s tight enough, and then you would still do one or two twists of the windlass rod. Something else to add to my wish list. We also planned our next meetup topic, which will be fire starting. I know I need all the practice I can get.

    Tara’s questions:

    If you could raise any type of livestock to increase your family’s chances of survival, what would it be and why? I think chickens.

    What is your favorite homemade weed killer recipe? Depending on the size of the area needing weeding, my hands. 🙂 I think I could use Preen. Or tilling and turning over the dirt, and then raking all the weeds. Some weeds are actually good things to have around.

    Do you raise bees to pollinate your plants and to garner honey for food and medicinal purpose? Why or why not? No, maybe later. Trying to stay focused on my de-cluttering and organizing. It will help keep my sanity… 🙂

    Thor’s questions:
    1. Do you live in a pro-gun State, county or city? Of course.

    2. Does the mosque shooting seem to have a second goal to you? Like affecting our 2nd amendment rights or trying to invoke non-radical Muslims to attack Christians. I think there was an ulterior motive… I think it will have an affect on our 2nd amendment rights. If the Dems get control of both houses, we are doomed.

    3. What is one prep you wish you had or had more of? PM’s (more of)

    Prayers for the pack, for those with unspoken requests, for The President and for America.

    Have a great week everyone.

    1. Typo ALERT- Tourniquets AREN’T put on tight enough…

      Just saw an ad for 60 minutes for tonight talking about the frequency damage done to our ambassadors…. Should be good.

  13. Get ready, we had power failures in Venezuela, then oil facilities blew up there too. Now we have an oil storage facility on fire in Texas….. At least the price of gas will go up.

    Keep your fuel tanks full, your batteries charged and powder dry……

    1. Thor1,

      Get ready, we had power failures in Venezuela, then oil facilities blew up there too. Now we have an oil storage facility on fire in Texas….. At least the price of gas will go up.

      We’ve had oil storage facilities catch fire and explode many times over the past decades and I don’t think an analogy to Venezuela is even close, since they have nationalized their petroleum sector and tried running it with untrained military personnel.

      Keep your fuel tanks full, your batteries charged and powder dry……

      Our vehicles are never under ½ a tank and we still have more than 2000 gallons of propane on hand, since this was a rather light winter.
      The propane will be topped off midsummer.

  14. 1) Do we live in a pro gun state–NO, but the county is at this time.
    2)Mosque shooting- the opposition party (d) will find something to push their agenda. Again!
    3) If we were to raise livestock animals again this time I would look at Guinea hogs and Dexter cattle(polled). Smaller size animals where by requiring less food for their up keep until they are ready for the freezer.

  15. While preparing lunch I remembered this for those veterans who do not qualify for “aid & attendance”.
    They have opened up the “Care Giver” program for those vets who have a family member who have to give up his or her job to take care of the Veteran. At this time I know it is a stipend for those who qualify for the program. The application is available on line or your can see your VSO for more information.

  16. Spring has hit us like a lion, so the next few weeks will be weed removal. The neighbors horses are doing a good job on the pastures so far. It is the inside 5 acres that require a lot of work for meeting the fire guide lines for this area. That is my prepping, whipping mother nature back into a manageable mode..rowl. Yes, I know that will never happen. Would turn the horses in to the inner yard but they like to visit our horse that is partially blind. Then the alpha female start all three of them since, yes they are all girls. The grassing stops,, then the whinnying at each other begins with the stomps of the hooves..yada yada—that is horses for you. lol

    1. Antique Collector,

      Spring has hit us like a lion, so the next few weeks will be weed removal.

      We thought it did here; but, then today we got about 2 inches of the big fluffy stuff. Current forecast is subfreezing nights and mid 40’s daytime through mid week.

      1. Ohio Prepper
        Hi, we are going to get a few rain showers mid week. But not like you snow with freezing temperatures. We have been in the 70’s for the past few days that is why the weeds are growing so fast.

        Nephew in Law will be weeding via weed eater for us, and I will be pulling the weeds out of flower beds from all the rain we had this year.

        Replaced the trim board & hinges on one of the outside building. The hinges that came with the building were the cheap set, now at least the buildings door will hold up for a while longer.

        Stay warm back there.

        1. Antique Collector,

          Hi, we are going to get a few rain showers mid week. But not like you snow with freezing temperatures. We have been in the 70’s for the past few days that is why the weeds are growing so fast.

          We actually hit 65° over the weekend; but, these gyrating temperatures may at least let me try to tap my maples today or tomorrow.

          Replaced the trim board & hinges on one of the outside building. The hinges that came with the building were the cheap set, now at least the buildings door will hold up for a while longer.

          We also have a lot of that to do this spring & summer. One of the barns has a door that used to slide; but, the top rail is all mangled from age, so we’ll be replacing the whole thing and working on others.

          Stay warm back there.

          That’s the easy part, getting out in the mix of snow and mud is the hard work; but, I hope that spring will not follow to far behind the official date in 2 days, although mother nature seems too often to ignore our calendar.

  17. To Tara’s questions:

    1- Someday ducks. Less noisy and never egg bound. Also fish of some type.
    2- My hands. Actually, Mrs. Overwatch’s hands. I don’t garden. I mow the lawn and drink Miller High Life in glass bottles.
    3- My Father in Law is getting his bees this week. When we move down near him in TN, I’ll probably join him in beekeeping.

    Thor…
    1- I live in Massachusetts. Most of my guns are grandfathered from before our state ban but I don’t like living in a state where my rights aren’t respected. Hence the coming move to TN.
    2- Another false flag. The shooter is a National Socialist (Nazi) and a self described “eco-fascist”. The various left wing mouthpieces will paint him as a conservative. The aim of this transparent Hegelian dialectic trick is to raise popular support for civilian disarmament. Just ask how he got full auto weapons in a country where they’re restricted.
    3- Prep item I wish I had more of? Time.

    Few preps made this week. My business expansion has all of my attention.

  18. TOP posted “This week I received the email announcing the post; but, clicking on the link took me to an invalid page with the “404 Not Found” error; but, going to the main page and clicking the new post link, things are working & here I am.” and I got the same.

    My head is swimming reading everyone’s comments tonight…Praying for Baby Olive is top of the list, she is loved no matter what the doctors have to say…
    I find it interesting, the spin being put on the NZ shootings (and IDK what AOC says, prayers ARE important for the victims and their families).
    As far as OH being a gun friendly state, in order for me to get my CC, the application is not necessarily ‘user friendly’ , the information they want goes back further than my memory can recall (exact addresses and dates ie).
    I want chickens, for eggs and meat. Perhaps goats for milk. And Tara, those kids are WAY too cute!
    So far, a soap and water combination has worked for treating for aphids, IDK what I would use for a stronger deterrent, but it would def be more natural.
    We are never prepped enough. Our needs have changed, as the kids have left and it’s just us two now, but I also know that one kid is prepped, and the others may head our way. So it’s finding balance. Kind of like I am having to learn a new normal in our ‘normal’ weekly shopping and cooking.
    To the convo re AO, I worked with a gentleman in my prior life, who had multiple health issues, likely d/t AO but the VA wouldn’t recognize it as such because he wasn’t ‘boots on’, he shipped stuff back and forth and was base outside Nam. I haven’t had contact with him since I lost that job, but I hope that has changed for him.
    So what did I do this week? I started my seeds! DH keeps shutting off the grow lights, but I have growth anyhow! Now for Mother Nature to start to modulate, so I can get my new bed in, and prep the existing bed for the early season crops. With my crazy work schedule, it’s nice to have the longer daylight hours.
    Have a great week everyone!

    1. Grammyprepper,

      As far as OH being a gun friendly state, in order for me to get my CC, the application is not necessarily ‘user friendly’ , the information they want goes back further than my memory can recall (exact addresses and dates ie).

      They don’t need any of that for a renewal and it’s actually more lenient than the initial application would suggest. I lived in numerous apartments (in the same complex) during my 4 years in college; but, what I put on the initial application was ”1969-1973 Various locations in Franklin county while attending college” and it went through without a problem. When they do the background check they will check with the sheriff’s office in each of the counties you lived, since any felonies or domestic violence misdemeanors would show up that way. The current application also runs a NICS check and those who are likely to fail actually know who they are ahead of time, so I suspect you’ll be OK.
      We can talk offline if you need help.

  19. Regarding TOP’s share
    https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/2/senators-portman-carper-unveil-bipartisan-report-on-confucius-institutes-at-u-s-universities-k-12-classrooms
    This is some scary stuff. Couple that with the eagerness of Chinese to invest in US property around ‘fresh water’ like the Great Lakes areas. (because their water is already so contaminated, plus occupying large swaths of our land, for what intention?)(Not being paranoid, but this is a scenario that is plausible)
    If it’s caught the attention of the gooberment, IMHO, it’s already beyond being a problem.

    1. Grammyprepper,

      This is some scary stuff. Couple that with the eagerness of Chinese to invest in US property around ‘fresh water’ like the Great Lakes areas. (because their water is already so contaminated, plus occupying large swaths of our land, for what intention?)(Not being paranoid, but this is a scenario that is plausible)

      I’m not worried about the fresh water as much as access to large infrastructure like ports and the Panama canal.
      Consolidating power in the Panama Canal
      https://www.thetrumpet.com/13973-china-buys-panamas-largest-port

      If it’s caught the attention of the gooberment, IMHO, it’s already beyond being a problem.

      It’s not even the whole government; but, one if the good IMHO senators, Rob Portman, who happens to be our senator. In any case, knowing about these things and spreading the word before our kids are corrupted is at least a start.

  20. After reading the comment from Ohio Prepper and Grammyprepper about the Chinese .gov taking over certain aspects that will affect us.

    Thought I would remind those who know & those do not know, of the chicken processing business. A few years back a certain East coast chicken provider was and still possible shipping their live chickens to China for processing then bring them back to sell as fresh.

    From a good source they are after the chicken producer on the west coast FOSTER FARMS. Noticed that FF is dumping chicken on the market at the wrong time of the year for their sales which usually is during the fall season.
    It could be a two fold occurance 1) preparing to sell their contracts & business to a foreign .gov under the disguise of a private business 2) due to lack of grains being grown on the west coast by their suppliers. Have a distant family member who use to raise chickens for FF and grains. They are getting out of the business due to gov regulations and age. No one wants to work from sun up to sunset for pennies on the dollar, and being in debt for generations. They are the lucky ones they are debt free, and are not beholding to the powers that be.
    Wanted to pass this on while I had time before I tackle the chores for this day.

    1. Antique Collector,

      After reading the comment from Ohio Prepper and Grammyprepper about the Chinese .gov taking over certain aspects that will affect us.

      While we all like things like inexpensive electronics, etc., we should keep in mind what Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, Better Known as Vladimir Lenin, allegedly said. “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them,”
      We all need to be aware of these insidious things going on in the background, before they come back to bite us with our own teeth or hang us with our own rope.

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