What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 36 – Mar 17th – Mar 23rd 2019

prep week 36

Hello, Pack. We have had a busy week here on the homestead. I am delighted to report, not only have we not been flooded in in quite a while, but only had a brief sprinkling of rain.

I sure hope my excitement about no rain does not come back to haunt us this summer. Last year, we went from the wettest and coldest winter on record in nearly four decades, to a hot and humid summer with nearly a record low for precipitation.

Our home is looking a whole lot like an edible forest right now – or at least a bountiful greenhouse. Our seeds have all sprouted and are thriving, and so are the herb plants and dwarf trees.

Because the weather was decent, we spend a good bit of time chopping up firewood for next winter. Trees that we cut last year were attached to chains and hauled out of the woods for the nearest clearing – or at least level ground, for cutting.

One twentysomething member of our tribe ignored his father’s sound advice and cut trees in the woods that were bunched up where they fell. The saw hit off a lower branch and jump back and tore the heck out of his leg.

When our newest young tribe member came out of the woods far too soon, I figured something was wrong. I figure it was a chainsaw issue and they forgot to take extra fuel, blades, or some tools with them into the woods. But no, there was blood. Lots and lots of blood.

I cleaned out the wound with tea tree oil and then coated it thickly with cayenne pepper to stop the bleeding. The nurse at the ER where the twentysomething tribe member went, couldn’t figure out what on Earth was on his leg.

She had never heard of using cayenne pepper to reduce blood flow. I have found that is works better than one of those expensive QuikClot bandages because it can get down into the wood and attached to the skin quite well.

The wound was long and narrow on the lower leg. At first I thought we were dealing with a chipped bone situation, but thankfully that was not the case. The cleaning out of the wound at the ER was far more painful than the stitches that were given, the young tribe member’s girlfriend told me after the ordeal was finally over.

We are about to get not only some nice meat rabbit kits, but the breeding pair…for free. I love freebies. I am not really fond of rabbit meat, but we stock our pond with fish as a SHTF protein source and I do not eat fish.

ducks on the homestead

Our duck and weird chicken flock are now free ranging experts. They are doing well with all of the other barnyard critters and our blue heelers, as well. Three blue heeler and Australian shepherd puppies were introduced to the barnyard during the free range training and all went well.

Well, almost. The puppies are absolutely terrified of the baby goats and the main Buckeye rooster loathes the goat named Rooster. Watching a rooster beat up on a goat three to four times larger than itself, is basically hilarious.

a goat and some chickens

The goat rooster tried to push its way into the chicken and duck coop run one too many times to steal their nightly snack, apparently. The rooster ran the other young goats away from the free ranging flock, but did not attack any of them, only Rooster.

The lead rooster is otherwise docile, the preschool age and toddler grandkiddos hand feed it on a regular basis.

I cannot hardly wait to finally be outdoors on a daily basis working in our garden. Our vastly expanded group of medicinal and fruit dwarf trees are probably what I am most excited cultivating, harvesting, and using in natural remedies.

This Weeks Questions:

  1. Are you growing anything new this year for eating or healing? Please tell the Pack all about it, if you are.
  2. What is your favorite edible that can also be used as a quality natural healer?
  3. Do you use cayenne pepper as a natural first aid item?
  4. What is the most hilarious animal fuss you have ever witnessed?

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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136 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 36 – Mar 17th – Mar 23rd 2019

  1. Good morning.

    To your questions, Tara…I don’t plant much but may next month. Something small perhaps. Nice job on the wound. I didn’t know about cayenne pepper as a clotting agent so you’ve taught me something new. Lastly, as a child, we watched a little pig trying repeatedly to jump over a goat from behind (much to the goat’s chagrin). I guess it was funny unless you’re a goat.

    Made significant progress on the home renovations with my neighbor. He’s amazing. We even got the garage organized with my tools and fishing poles mounted on the walls. My office is about to be completed so the guns, ammo, books, and FD foods will be centralized along with PMs. Organizing is a huge preparation. I have more than I knew.

    Got rid of a ton of crap in three dump runs. Gave away a box of toys to a grateful dad and his little boy. Traded a bicycle trailer for about $5.00 face value junk silver.

    Got my old tenant to stay over while we take another trip to Tennessee next month. Doing more scouting during our visit, cementing friendships made on previous trips. Their school vacation is a different week than ours so I’m bringing my little boy to the school I checked last time for a visit. I’m sure he’ll like it. They seemed really nice.

    Looking for a cargo van for the expansion of the business. It’ll have paid for itself after a couple of months. Taxes are done and were far less painful than anticipated.

    1. Overwatch,

      Nice job on the wound. I didn’t know about cayenne pepper as a clotting agent so you’ve taught me something new.

      We’ve use cayenne for a clotting agent; but, mixed with A&D ointment it makes a good topical analgesic for sore muscles, and while not as good as BioFreeze it works well in a pinch, especially since you can purchase both for $1.00 each at Dollar Tree.

      Organizing is a huge preparation. I have more than I knew.

      Amen!! And if you are at all like us, you’re finding things you’ve forgotten you had stashed.

      Taxes are done and were far less painful than anticipated.

      Our taxes are still on the “Round To It”; but, we’re hoping to finish them this upcoming week. We’ll be using freetaxusa.com. We set up an account there last year to file an extension, and used TurboTax (for the last time) for the final filing. I keep track of all income taxable and untaxed in a spreadsheet and we may even get a smallish refund this year. The past two years were 0/0 with nothing back and nothing owed, and I took full advantage of the new tax laws to start pulling income from our accounts, prior to the 70 ½ RMD in another 2.5 years.
      Free tax Usa now handles farm income (Schedule ‘F’) so we’ll be trying it and saving a bit more.

      1. Nice, OP. I remember Dirty Harry saying “A man’s got to know his limitations.”. I’m not a numbers guy. I hire a professional tax preparer. He helps me throughout the year at no extra charge too. I’m very lucky. We’re going to keep him even after the move. Technology is a wonderful thing. Virtual meetings, email, and USPS Priority Mail will maintain the relationship.

        By the way, thank you for the email. I don’t always reply but I’ll always read it. You are the glue that holds us together.

        1. Overwatch,

          Dirty Harry saying “A man’s got to know his limitations.”. I’m not a numbers guy. I hire a professional tax preparer. He helps me throughout the year at no extra charge too. I’m very lucky. We’re going to keep him even after the move.

          I’ve always been a numbers guy, and have only had taxes prepared once by someone else in 2015 when still recovering from my stroke. I was less than impressed by a CPA firm that told me I owed money due to a taxable IRA distribution. When I pointed out that the $7500.00 distribution was paid directly to a tax deductable HSA somebody there finally figured it out and we got a smallish refund.
          I run a spreadsheet on all of our income, taxable and not, and track the taxes paid from distributions, all balanced against that wonderful $24,000.00 standard deduction, so I can pull other monies out with minimal taxes an no penalties.

          Technology is a wonderful thing. Virtual meetings, email, and USPS Priority Mail will maintain the relationship.

          I agree, and for me, about 12-15 of my 40+ year engineering career was done telecommuting from Ohio to AZ, Chicago, and the UK. We live in wonderful; but, sometime scary times.

          By the way, thank you for the email. I don’t always reply but I’ll always read it. You are the glue that holds us together.

          I don’t normally expect replies; but, sometimes there are connections or deals that can’t wait for this forum.

    2. Overwatch – the goat and pig story was hilarious – unless you were the baffled goat, of course. Sounds like your relocation plans are coming along really well. If you are scouting the portion of Tennessee that is along the North Carolina border, please email me and I may be able to make some worthy prepper introductions down there.

  2. Puppy got drunk……not on alcohol, but a tranquilizer from the vets office. I gave him one but it really hit him hard. I took him for a followup appointment to check his ear that had an infection. The infection has completely cleared up. I gave the the tranquilizer to keep him calm before the visit as he doesn’t like wearing a muzzle. He also doesn’t like them taking stool samples and giving him shots, so I don’t blame him. From 2:45 PM till 9:00 PM he was stumbling around with a glazed look in his eyes…..LOL

    Started work on the garden.
    Getting more organized.

    Bought 2 lbs of salt
    Bought more beef ( plans to freeze dry)
    Bought dog food and treats
    Bought water.

    Put .357 and 44mag ammo in ammo cans.
    Worked out in the gym and lost another 5 lbs.

    Food prices are going to skyrocket, especially beef. It is estimated over a million cattle have died in the floods.

    Farmers haven’t planted potatoes yet due to the snow. Its going to get bad !!!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cRFq5TCVTI4

    Tara’s questions :

    1.Are you growing anything new this year for eating or healing? Please tell the Pack all about it, if you are.
    2.What is your favorite edible that can also be used as a quality natural healer?
    3.Do you use cayenne pepper as a natural first aid item?
    4.What is the most hilarious animal fuss you have ever witnessed?

    1. No all the normal herbs and spices, some flowers.
    2. Garlic and cayenne.
    3. Yes, as a blood clotting agent and a blood pressure med.
    4. A drunk puppy…..LOL

    Thor’s questions:

    1.Do you have or plan to have a garden of some type?
    2. Do you have at least 6 months of food stored? Animals too?
    3. Are your neighbors preppers ?
    4. Do you pray that the United States doesn’t turn into a socialist Venezuela?

    1. Thor1,

      Food prices are going to skyrocket, especially beef. It is estimated over a million cattle have died in the floods.

      Luckily we’re still sitting on more than 300 lbs of beef, and the flip side of this predicament is that some of our local farmers may actually start getting a decent price for their beef and beef feeder calves. I feel sorry for those in Nebraska, et. al.; but, it could help some of our local people, including BLACK who often posts here.

      Thor’s questions:
      1. Do you have or plan to have a garden of some type?>/strong>
      Absolutely!! We have a tiller and are seriously considering a new Kubota tractor with a 50” rear tiller and a loader bucket. Guns are not the only toys on my list, LOL.
      2.
      Do you have at least 6 months of food stored? Animals too?>/strong>
      Yes; however, we might have to make some cat food. We could
      ”easily” feed 4 adults for most of a year; but, then could feed those same adults longer and less easily, by grinding and sprouting grains, etc.
      3. Are your neighbors preppers ?>/strong>
      Not many would call themselves that; but, they all are, since rural living means long trips to purchase things and running out of TP in the middle of the night would be a big problem. Most folks also keep their gas tanks full and keep extra fuel for home heating as well as a good stock of food.
      4.
      Do you pray that the United States doesn’t turn into a socialist Venezuela?>/strong>
      I don’t know that we have to pray, since the progressives and their MSM lapdogs are seemingly doing most of the hard work for us. When we see AOC on the late night
      “comedy?” shows, unable to answer even their fluff ball questions, and Speaker Pelosi is sometimes tongue tied, the opposition is doing much of the work for us. Now with the Mueller investigation in the hands of the A.G. making the dems apoplectic, they have painted themselves into a corner, don’t seem to know how to get out without stepping in the paint, and I think at least middle America is finally on to them and their ”Resist” tactics.

      1. TOP, I have a tractor and a tiller too. I might expand the garden due to what’s happening with the flooding. Puppy had half a cheese burger tonight in his food. He likes swiss cheese better, he picked it. Smart puppy. LOL

    2. Answer’s to Thor’s questions.
      1. Yes- Big and a lot of work but I can quite a bit of the produce.
      2. Yes and Yes.
      3. I am not sure who preps in the community but I know some do. If you don’t get to the grocery early, the special items are sold out.
      4. Of course. Never say never-anything can happen. Don’t underestimate those in favor of socialism.

    3. Thor1, I clean our beagle’s ears regularly with ACV, as he is quite prone to ear mites. Might want to try that with Puppy, as a preventative. Much cheaper than the stuff the vets try to sell you, and works just as well.

        1. Thor, a few drops of Oil of oregano will kill mites…and prevent ear infections. can use as needed. once or twice is usually enough to stop mites. and it works quickly and cheaply. Nothing like fresh smelling spaghetti ears.!

          1. I would add the caveat that the oregano oil should be mixed with a carrier oil before use (in case one is not familiar with use of essential oils). And do a patch test. Also, do a sniff test with your pet. If they don’t like the smell of it, it’s not a good fit for them. Even tho EO’s are ‘natural’, they do need to be used with caution, especially with pets and children. (Sorry to get on my high horse here, AA. but a recent post on Organic Prepper about why she uses but doesn’t sell EO’s, it just made me take notice of your suggestion. And I may well try it! But there is so much mis- and dis- information out there about EO’s. I just want to make sure ppl do their due diligence and use any natural remedies safely and efficacsiously )

    4. Thor1 – Sorry to hear about the puppy problems. Here is a link to a great natural remedies etc. for dogs website, in case you are interested. My Fluffy lived to almost 17 years old and the only treatment he ever received from a vet were rabies shots.

      Your Questions:
      Yes
      Yes
      We don’t have any actual neighbors, but most folks in our rural county would qualify as preppers to some degree. May not have the food stockpiled that they should, especially with produce and beef prices about to go sky high, but they grow some, can hunt and fish for it, shoot, reload ammo, fix and build their own guns, bows, and arrows, track, trap, and accomplished unprofessional mechanics and repair men and women. The only thing I would think most of my fellow county residents lack to a real degree, would be the knowledge of how to treat illnesses and injuries without the aid of modern medicine.
      I used to worry about the kind of world we would leave our grandchildren, now that socialism is taking hold more than ever before, I am spending more time tying to figure out how the battle lines will be drawn during the second Civil War to prevent its spread and total take over.

    5. Thor’s questions:

      1.Do you have or plan to have a garden of some type?
      Definitely! I have three, small (4’x8′ each) raised beds and a small (about 40’x40′) garden, which I want to enlarge. I also help DIL with her garden. (She lives next door.) We’re going to start planting a few things at our 40 acre farm, too.

      2. Do you have at least 6 months of food stored? Animals too?
      Yes, for people. No, for animals.

      3. Are your neighbors preppers ?
      I don’t know about all of them, but some are.

      4. Do you pray that the United States doesn’t turn into a socialist Venezuela?
      I pray for our country’s leaders and all leaders worldwide. We’re definitely headed that direction. I don’t want to think about what our country will be like for my grandkids and the generations after them.

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

    Some bad news from here. #1 daughter’s tiny baby seems to have died in the womb. The OB/GYN was worried the baby was too small from the last ultrasound and that my daughter’s hormones had not fully balanced since she quit nursing. The new ultrasound showed the baby had not grown and there was no heartbeat any longer. I don’t know yet if they’re going to do a D&C or wait for her body to naturally expel the poor little darling. ☹ I am so grateful that I have the wonderful grandchild I do have.

    One piece of good news for #1 daughter. She graduated with her Masters in Education/Training and Performance Development, with honors. How she managed to do that, work, serve in the reserves, have a baby, keep track of a house and husband, plus do sewing in her free time for a side job, I can’t understand. Super Woman, I guess. 😊

    Did my taxes and e-filed. I owed money for the first time in years, not a lot though.

    I worked on my medical junque, although I did not finish everything. I ratted through one of my closets and found stuff that needs to be in with the medical gear in order to use natural ingredients for medications (mortar and pestle, various bottles with and without eye droppers, hand grinder, measuring spoons, etc.). I had to order another large tub to store that stuff.

    Ordered some more Mountain Home freeze dried pouches. I just periodically add a few. My plan is to eat one or two pouches a week for a change of pace if I have to dip into my food stash in a SHTF situation. At that rate, I’m easily over six-months’ worth. Not counting the few I have in my BOB.

    Tara’s Questions:

    #1 – Growing anything for eating/healing? No. No place to do it.
    #2 – Favorite edible usable as a healer? Raw honey and garlic.
    #3 – Do you use cayenne pepper as a natural healer? I have not used it, although I have it in my medical gear for use.
    #4 – Most hilarious animal fuss? I don’t know, I’ve seen a few. Probably watching a friend’s blue heeler chase a feral cat up a tree and climb the tree after the cat. I don’t think the cat knew whether to poop or go blind when that happened. It did recover its wits fast enough to get higher in the tree to branches that couldn’t support the dog. That was one great dog though.

    Thor1’s Questions:

    #1 – Do I plan to have a garden? Nope. No place for one.
    #2 – Do I have at least six-months food stored? Yes. No animals to worry about though.
    #3 – Are my neighbors preppers? I don’t think so. If they are, they’re quiet about it.
    #4 – Do I pray that the US doesn’t turn socialist like Venezuela? I do, although I don’t think it will. There will be a hot civil war before that happens, I think.

    1. My condolences to your daughter and family, for the lost of her baby, life is so precious and I hate hearing such sad news, I’ll be praying for your daughter and son-in-law.

      1. Mom of three,

        Thanks for the thoughts. The baby was only 7 or 8 weeks along, but my family is very much pro-life and we considered the baby a human being and worthy of love.

    2. Zulu 3-6,

      Some bad news from here. #1 daughter’s tiny baby seems to have died in the womb. The OB/GYN was worried the baby was too small from the last ultrasound and that my daughter’s hormones had not fully balanced since she quit nursing.

      This is sad news and reminds me of something similar that happened to us back in the 1980’s. My DW had an ectopic pregnancy that caused horrible pain, emergency surgery and a short hospital stay. Since the growth was in one of the fallopian tubes, the fetus / baby never grew more than a week to 10 days; but, the hormones and loss were real, and she still occasionally thinks about what that child would be like. We successfully had our DD about 5 years later and she was fine, after a C Section. Your super woman DD will require some time and support to heal; but, I suspect it will be given by all involved.

      #4 – Do I pray that the US doesn’t turn socialist like Venezuela? I do, although I don’t think it will. There will be a hot civil war before that happens, I think.

      I hope that your prediction of a hot civil war is wrong; but, it could well happen, in which case we know who has the guns and the skill to use them, and at least most of the “Oathkeepers” I know will be on the correct side.

      1. TOP,

        Ectopic pregnancies can be extremely dangerous for the mom. If the Fallopian tube ruptures, the bleeding is tremendous. I’ve treated several of these and there isn’t much that can be done outside of the hospital other than treat for shock, load, and code.

        This is actually #1 daughter’s second miscarriage. Her first pregnancy involved twins and they both miscarried a couple of days apart. They were about a month older than this most recent baby. My granddaughter is from her second pregnancy and we sweated bullets for a while with her, but she was healthy as a horse. Still is.

        Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers for my daughter and her unborn child, too small to know if it was a boy or girl yet.

    3. Z36, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandchild. I’m praying for all of you during this time.

    4. A warm help to fellow preppers. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to get away from all the cold and rain and went out to AZ to visit a friend. Well, the. First day was as expected (warm and sunny), then two cold fronts came through and it rained an entire day (Really?) and then temps dipped into the high fifths and low 60’s. Oh well, I still enjoyed myself and got some much needed rest.
      This weekend, I began to get my raised gardens ready for planting. Raked and supplemented the soil around my shrubs. Front and back yards are cleaned, so I’m ready to go. This past weekend was only the 4th weekend that we didn’t get any rain since the New Year. Rain is in the forcasr for today however.

      Thor’s questions:
      1. Yes, I do plan to have a garden, and have expanded my garden this year. All raised beds.
      2. No, I don’t have six-months offood storage, but working on it. When I began, I went on others suggestions of what to store, and lost quite a bit as it was items I really didn’t eat, so I make a new plan, and now with needed basics, I stash includes more foods I will eat. No animals in the household at the moment.
      3. I don’t believe any of my neighbors prep (I could be wrong). My neighborhood has become very transient (mostly renters). For the most part, everhone is friendly and respectful of each other. We all know the ones to watch, but those come and go.
      4. I do pray daily, and yes, I pray that our nation does not turn into a Socialist nation, and yes I vote and try to stay informed. I would love to make a blanket statement and say it can’t happen here – not in this country, but it can, and my private fear is that we may just be one election closer to socialism. My grandfather said this about politics when I was little, and it stuck with me. He said that if you pick apples and place them in a basket. You need to check them everyday. If one apple goes bad, and isn’t removed, it can result in ruining the others. Pretty much sums it up politics today for me. We have allowed the rotted fruit to remain in office and now we have almost more than we can handle, so yes, I pray.
      Have a great week!

      1. I didn’t mean to place my post as a response to your daughters loss. Please pardon my slip. I meant no disrespect. Just went to wrong post box.

    5. Z36,

      I am so sorry to hear about your daughter’s loss. Some things we don’t understand the plan. Prayers being said for your family.

  4. 1. Our gardens will contain the usual veggies and more raspberries, a peppermint patch and a pecan tree to the orchard.
    2.Honey.
    3. Have not used cayenne this way.
    4. No hilarious animal stories.

    The only prep this week was new tires for the BOV. Old ones were down to 3/32 inch tread. The only thing 4WD does for you is let you get stuck farther off the road! Except they are better in the snow.

      1. Almost There,

        Right, but better than starting to bug out only to have flats when bugging! We have been prepping for a long time and have done quite a lot of those preps anyway : food, water, shelter, defense, medical, lighting, cooking, have all been prepped in depth. We follow the “one is none, two is one and three is two” philosophy.

        1. Billy T,

          We follow the “one is none, two is one and three is two” philosophy.

          I understand, and in some cases when we start hitting 50 is 49, we have to take stock and rethink our plan, LOL. For me that would be lighting and cutlery.

          1. Grammyprepper,
            I assume the laughter comes in part from the other site you, Tara, and I also visit. If not for a recent discussion there I would not have thought of my reply, LOL.

      1. Thor, That stuck farther off the road comment was made by my old buddy John who lives in Fairbanks. Many of the places he hunts contain no or few trees to tie your winch to. John specializes in hunting big horn sheep. He has gotten them all except the desert bighorn, which is a VERY tough permit.

        The wench vs winch comment reminds me of real estate listings pronouncing the availability of Bridal trails, instead of bridle trails! Images of riding a bride down the trail!

        1. Billy T,

          The wench vs winch comment reminds me of real estate listings pronouncing the availability of Bridal trails, instead of bridle trails! Images of riding a bride down the trail!

          This is the kind of thing that makes English perhaps one of the most rich languages and one of the hardest to learn, with of course the wench example being more of a dialect than a homonym.
          I can row a boat or sit on a bench in a row of benches or have a row (argument) with someone
          I can steal your tool made from steel, and I can read from a papyrus manuscript made from reeds. A mathematician can also get some numbers and sum them up.
          It’s late (actually early) & I’m headed for some sleep before I do more of these, LOL.

          1. TOP,

            Yeah, English is a tricky language to learn, especially as a second language. Even when I try to teach granddaughter why some words sound the same but mean different things, she gives me a fishy look like I’m trying to pull one over on her. 🙂

            My ex-wife didn’t speak any English until she came to the States at 10-years old. I met her when she was 19 and I thought she was a native English speaker. She had no Spanish accent and her vocabulary was extensive, verbal and written. I was, and still am, quite impressed on how well she learned English. She was maybe still a little bit literal, but now many years later, not so much. She’s mastered the subtleties.

          2. Zulu 3-6,

            Yeah, English is a tricky language to learn, especially as a second language. Even when I try to teach granddaughter why some words sound the same but mean different things, she gives me a fishy look like I’m trying to pull one over on her.

            Wven though it’s been more than 25 years since teaching English to my daughter, I had to laugh at this one, since I can still recall that exact look when things don’t quite add up in their brain. By the time she was 4 or 5 years old she had mastered language rather well; but, I think there were two primary reasons, first being wicked smart (intelligent) and second that she was mostly around adults who talked “adult” to her. Water was “Water” and not “WaWa”, etc.
            She had mastered use of the dictionary by about age 6-7 and at that point the rule on words was that you don’t ask dad fir a definition until you’ve looked it up yourself. One day I came home from work and she asked me about the word “illiterate” and upon asking what the dictionary said, she stated that she had looked it up and the dictionary was wrong. We looked up the word together, and while the definition was indeed correct, I got that same “fishy eye” look. It turns out she had looked up the word after seeing a TV PSA about adult illiteracy, and in her world, adults who could not read or write could only be fictional characters.

            My ex-wife didn’t speak any English until she came to the States at 10-years old. I met her when she was 19 and I thought she was a native English speaker. She had no Spanish accent and her vocabulary was extensive, verbal and written. I was, and still am, quite impressed on how well she learned English.

            I suspect that is because when learning English from an ESL teacher, that simple; things like syntax and grammar were taught as being important parts of the language structure. Unfortunately, too many American English speakers already start out with poor grammar and English teachers who don’t also have poor grammar (and there are quite a few) don’t think correcting those bad habits are important. I know relatively smart and literate people who often say things like “We was”, “They is”, or “We have went” and while it makes me cringe, I now try to pretty much ignore it since there is generally nothing to be done about there (or is it their) grammar. LOL

          3. TOP,

            Illiterate adults should be fictional, but unfortunately are not. It is a sad situation when a 29-month old child can read more words than some adults.

            Like you, we have never spoken to granddaughter (or my own kids for that matter) in baby talk. Sometimes when they were older and knew the correct words, we might say something like “wa wa” as a joke, but the kid knew it was a joke by then.

            I am astounded all the time by granddaughter’s vocabulary and her ability to pronounce some tricky words. Wicked smart I guess 🙂

          4. Zulu 3-6,

            Illiterate adults should be fictional, but unfortunately are not. It is a sad situation when a 29-month old child can read more words than some adults.

            Indeed it is. While illiteracy is often blamed on our school system that no doubt has some long term blame, when a little girl not yet 3 years old and not even going to kindergarten for at least two years can outperform some adults, it says something about our society, where the apathy of the adults allows the brains of their kids to rot. When teaching ham radio and electronics to teens & adults studying for their license, often the mere mention of the word “Algebra” makes eyes glaze over; but, show them how to work a simple algebra problem without mentioning that word, and they do fine. My wicked smart DD was class valedictorian and a National Merit Scholar; but, since her extracurricular activities did not include sports, she was often shunned and ostracized. For her sake I hope your GD can be a bit more rounded than mine; but, in a way it was my fault, since I also don’t watch conventional sports, persuading unconventional ones and other activities instead.

            Like you, we have never spoken to granddaughter (or my own kids for that matter) in baby talk. Sometimes when they were older and knew the correct words, we might say something like “wa wa” as a joke, but the kid knew it was a joke by then.

            I think this is how you raise a kid to understand that correctness and standards have their importance, along with proper moral and ethical values. Something else we did not encounter, and I suspect you are also avoiding is the “Terrible Twos” and I read some time ago why that was most likely the case. Somewhere around age two the brain has developed to allow the child to more clearly understand the world and start having their own ideas, wishes, and wants; but, often, not yet have the verbal skills to convey those wishes to the adult, so when they want juice and cannot get you to understand what in their own mind they are clearly asking for, they get frustrated and upset. With our DD and I suspect your GD, that problem is avoided.

            I am astounded all the time by granddaughter’s vocabulary and her ability to pronounce some tricky words. Wicked smart I guess

            Unless a child has a disorder, like Down syndrome or a few others, I think most kids have the ability to be at least a little wicked smart.
            One vow I made was to never blow off my DD or any kids who asks a question and is seriously interested in the answer. If your GD has not yet started this, she soon will, and ”Why” will become a large part of her vocabulary, as she enters what I call the “Sponge Mode” where they keep asking “Why” and taking in that information and related information like a sponge. My advice and something I suspect you already know, is to always admit you don’t know something and help them look up the answer and never get frustrated and blow them off, since they will soon after that stop asking. Some of my fondest memories are of a little 4-7 year old girl, discussing the wonders of nature and the universe with her dad, often as we walked out through the fields and woods around the house.

          5. TOP,

            My granddaughter hasn’t had a true terrible twos. She has her moments of frustration with me for certain as my hearing is screwed and even with my hearing aids in, I sometimes have a hard time understanding her. She is soft-spoken normally and I hesitate to get her sounding off like a Marine recruit. I thank God I have not had to suffer what my parents did with me. I understand I was the poster child of the terrible twos.

            Granddaughter seems to love science and outdoor learning. The Orlando Science Center is her favorite place (possibly exceeding Disney) and her parents take her there a couple of times a month, at least. Plus she loves an organized outdoor learning group called Tinkergarden where kids around her age and a bit older meet in parks and learn about leaves, insects, plants, etc. Plus they get to play in dirt, which is a favorite activity for my little girl. She loves swimming and is trained in the baby lifesaving methods. In fact, she will be starting a refresher session soon.

            And run? The kid will run around my apartment or her house continually. Her home is a perfect race track for a little kid and she will go for 15-minutes at a time. Anything worth going to is worth running to.

            She had an exciting time the other day. My complex had some tree people in trimming the trees around the place. They put their wood chipper in the parking lot, literally under my bedroom window. Granddaughter had a box seat view of the chipper in action and was just fascinated. I told her the chipper was very dangerous for the people using it and sometimes they could get pulled into the machine by accident. She looked at me and said, “That would be a BIG owie.” She’s figuring out cause and effect already. 🙂

            The “why?” days are coming soon, I’m certain. I have no problem answering those questions and like you, I will admit not knowing an answer and taking the time to look it up. Then we both learn something. Bonus!

  5. Hi Tara & all,

    One twentysomething member of our tribe ignored his father’s sound advice and cut trees in the woods that were bunched up where they fell. The saw hit off a lower branch and jump back and tore the heck out of his leg.

    Ouch!!!!! I’ve been using chainsaws for more than 40 years, and still have my original Stihl 028 Wood Boss that with a bit of maintenance still runs well. I’ve always been careful to follow the rules with any chainsaw, mostly because they scare the crap out of me. When my 028 and 16” bar can cut through a 12” hardwood log like a hot knife through butter, it engenders both respect and a little fear, if you are thinking straight at all.
    While his accident was luckily not fatal, I know of a veterinarian down your way that had a fatal accident working with a saw and logs some years ago, so fear and respect are required, and bunched up trees are not called “widow makers” out of whimsy.

    She had never heard of using cayenne pepper to reduce blood flow. I have found that is works better than one of those expensive QuikClot bandages because it can get down into the wood and attached to the skin quite well.

    Quick Clot bandages while useful for some situations work OK; but, I keep a supply of Bleedstop powder and Woundseal powder on hand for such occasions; but, Cayenne also works well as you already know.

    We are about to get not only some nice meat rabbit kits, but the breeding pair…for free. I love freebies. I am not really fond of rabbit meat, but we stock our pond with fish as a SHTF protein source and I do not eat fish.

    I have eaten rabbit; but, since it’s a bit dry, marinated and wrapped with bacon helps a lot. It is a very lean protein source. As for fish, we have some small pan fish in our creek, and in a SHTF situation, we could fish for them or perhaps even net or shock them.

    Your questions:
    1. Are you growing anything new this year for eating or healing? Please tell the Pack all about it, if you are.
    We are planning on something new & old. We used to grow spaghetti squash and will be growing it again this year. We usually get our corn from one of the relatives who plant an extra header (6-8) rows of sweet corn; but, while we will still most likely get some from that source, I think we’re going to try something else on a small scale. Another site I visit is AskAPrepper.com and this week they have a good article on “The Three Sisters” . This is a specific method for planting of Corn, Beans, and Squash, in a 10×10 foot area. This will be simple and cheap to try.

    2. What is your favorite edible that can also be used as a quality natural healer?
    I don’t know that I have anything specific with the possible exception of honey, that is perhaps the most versatile “natural” product around.
    3. Do you use cayenne pepper as a natural first aid item?
    Yes. We have used it as a wound clotting agent as you did; but, mixed with A&D ointment it makes a good topical analgesic for sore muscles. A tube of A&D and a small jar of Cayenne from the Dollar Tree makes this an inexpensive thing to try.
    4. What is the most hilarious animal fuss you have ever witnessed?
    While not quite a fuss Per Se, we had a quarter horse about 12 years ago that had a pet barn cat. One of our barn cats would sit on the top of the short stall wall, and that horse would lick the cat from one end to the other. The cat looked like he had been held by the scruff and dipped in a bucket. Critters can do the darndest things.

    This past week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Received an AcuRite 75155M 14.5-inch LED Clock from woot.com for the ham shack & office. This large bright green digital clock can be seen, even by me, from across the room. It also displays Day of week, Date, and temperature. A pair of AA batteries keeps the clock running (without display) on a power outage.
    2. Received the replacement 20 piece stainless steel bowl set (10 bowls with 10 lids)
    3. We assembled our last 5 shelf wire shelving unit for a new charging station and additional storage. This clears out another area in the seemingly never ending task of decluttering. Sometimes I feel like I live in a 3-D ”15 puzzle” .
    4. Worked on a team installing and testing our new Amateur radio repeater. It still needs a bit of work; but, is functional and has a coverage area nearing the entire county from an HT (Handy Talkie)
    5. Purchased 4 more 1.5 quart packages of Sherbet, still on sale. Pineapple, Orange, Lemon, & Lime.
    6. Received two Patriot Pantry 1-Week Food Supply Ammo Cans from woot.com
    7. 60 ton of gravel fir the driveway and as a base for our new planned building addition.
    8. Received two desk chargers for some of my handheld radios. These will be included on the new rack with all of the chargers and allow me to keep some of the batteries charged without being attached to the radio.
    9. With our new front room (104 inch width) windows installation a few years ago, we’ve needed new curtains, so we finally found a deal the DW liked and ordered ”Amrapur Overseas Black Out Curtains” 4 – thirty-seven inch Panels (in Taupe) from woot.com
    10. Signed up for “nixle”. (nixle.com), a service being offered to county residents for useful alerts. Our old system called “Code Red” sent only weather related alerts by telephone voice message. This new service will use telephone voice, email, and text messaging for weather, road closures, and other alerts that may be of interest to county residents.
    11. 3 pounds of ham salad and 2 pounds of potato salad for quick meals & snacks.
    12. Received a 2-PacK of 1000 Lumen Viper Rechargeable Flashlights in a case from woot.com. I don’t really need more flashlights; but, these were very inexpensive and each came with the standard 3-AAA cartridge and an 18650 Lithium ION battery and charger for not much more than the cost of either individual component. These items I call “Spiffs: and some call “Chachki” or “Chotchke” are often gifted to beginners or used for barter, especially when someone helps you out and will not accept anything in return. I’ve found that people who will not accept payment for helping you, will often accept a gift card or a useful item like one of these lights.
    13. Received my April issue of the NRA’s
    ”American Rifleman” magazine via digital means.
    14. Three bags of wood shavings (horse bedding) from TSC, along with 3 heavy duty metal “C” Clamps and a butane torch.
    15. A two pack of wasp and hornet spray from TSC. We generally don’t use poisons; but, sometimes with wasps in the eaves, this does the job without involving a ladder, potential stings and falls. We also on occasion have to use this under the lids on the propane tanks, where the wasps often build their nests.
    16. A 7/16” drill bit for tree tapping. We were ready to tap yesterday and today; but, couldn’t find the required 7/16” bit. It looks like the weather will also be cooperating a few more days this upcoming week to try once again.
    17. From Aldi’s: 12 blueberry muffins and a package of honey roasted cashews
    That’s it for this past week, and since spring is officially here, I hope Mother Nature will start looking at the same calendar and start getting warmer.

    1. LOL, TOP, I read the same article and while I’ve never had much success growing corn, I am also considering doing a Three sisters spot as well.

    2. I will now use the phrase “widow makers” at the end of my work quickly but never at the expense of safety speech before the boys go out into our woods!

      Loved the horse and cat story!

      I am almost positive the Three Sisters Garden article you mentioned was one of mine 🙂 I write for Ask a Prepper every once in a while.

      1. Tara,

        I will now use the phrase “widow makers” at the end of my work quickly but never at the expense of safety speech before the boys go out into our woods!

        I first heard it decades ago when learning how to properly use a chainsaw, and what to look for in the woods around and above you before cutting. For instance, when you cut the notch to fell a tree and make the final cut, ”always” stand to the side of the tree and have a path to run perpendicular to the fall line. That one rule has saved me more than a few times, since a large tree can fall perfectly where you want it; but, hit another tree that stops the fall, at which point the energy shifts down the tree, breaks the hinge cut, and the tree shoots back against the fall line like a battering ram. If you’re in the wrong place when this happens, and it will, you will at the very least get something very bruised or broken.
        You also need to look up for loose limbs, that can come loose and drop on your head, with some limbs large enough to kill you.

        Loved the horse and cat story!

        That Cat has long ago gone to kitty heaven and the horse was retired to the West Wind Stables Equine Rescue & Rehab near Bellefontaine. When the DD left for college in 2009, we were pretty much done with horses, except for our miniature who is pretty much just a pet for the DW and hasn’t been harnessed to the cart since then. We do BTW have a pony cart and harness available for sale.

        I am almost positive the Three Sisters Garden article you mentioned was one of mine I write for Ask a Prepper every once in a while.

        Actually it was; but, I just usually don’t pay much attention to anything except the contents. We have a 10×10 or so spot picked out for a try; but, I still don’t think a 1×1 would work all that well, LOL.
        My big problem with Ask a Prepper is that their email formatting is spotty, and quite often when I get a comment email, I cannot find the comment on the page. I’ve had some email correspondence with the site owner and I think he’s trying to work on it.
        I do BTW see some of the pack over there on occasion.

        And finally, did you see my email to you about the propane article.

  6. WOW, I can’t believe how fast this month has gone last weekend hubby and my dad, did a bunch of singing with the barbershop group so last weekend, was a bust as far as doing much. It’s starting to get nice here in the PNW, did my first mowing the lawn, feels good to get it cut. This week hubby and I went to Costco, and because we got our tax credit back we decided to get extra food for storage and I pulled a storage rack out of my Green House, and will be cleaning it up and putting it in my upstairs, so I can have extra space to put any extras. We are still getting thing together for my mother in law, I’m going to see if I can find a dementia home for her we have some time on our side to get thing’s in order. She believes her son is in Washington, and California, oh my gosh, this is a sticky situation.. I did replant 4 of my plants two blueberries, in the ground and my Elderberries, in larger containers, and my son’s evergreen tree that is now three year’s old is doing well put in it a bigger planter too.

    All of Tara’s questions, I can’t really do much due to the small yard we have. I may get some new Herb’s to use but not sure what ones. I did plant some lettuce, cilantro, and parsley, are good to have.

    Have a great week, looking forward to reading what everyone else has done…

    1. Mom of Three,

      So sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. We are dealing with a similar situation and it takes an emotional toll. Used to enjoy listening to barbershop quartet music with my dad too. If you email me a bit about your backyard dimensions and structures in it, etc. I would be happy to create a diagram of how to use the space to grow copious amounts of groceries. You can grow enough food for a family of four on just 1/4 of an acre if you use each inch to you advantage and have decent sun.

  7. We took the week off for a “southerly” vacation. The only 2 places “on the list” were Front Sight (west of Las Vegas) and NE Utah to a friend’s house. Started off going south. Found a really neat gun shop in Beaver, UT. Stopped at Front Sight and got the tour from my friend that just started as an instructor there. Had a new, flat faced Agency Arms trigger installed in my G19X – very nice! (It cost me $35 more than the one I was looking at on-line, but including installation and tax, and is approved for use there.) Bryce Canyon was a stop on the way back (40 degrees, 7700+ feet, 8-12” of snow, 10-15 MPH breeze) and the views were gorgeous! Traveled as many 2-lanes as we could. Got out to my old hunting buddy’s house to DW could see the area. Got home on Saturday, dog tired!

    Our weather finally broke while we were gone. Only scattered snow piles left (they were 4-5′ high when we left.

    Books: A House Divided (History, 1947)

    Received: 2 hooded sweatshirts (new @ ½ price – I usually go Thrift Store but nothing for the last 6 months), 4 military style black belts (to go into storage with handgun sets), brown 2 oz bottles (for tinctures), small brown essential oil bottles, pkg of MRE heaters, battery terminal cleaner (I can’t believe I didn’t have one of these), new single stack pistol magazine cases ($24.99 down to $1.99 – gun show table fodder).

    1. This Weeks Questions:

      1. Are you growing anything new this year for eating or healing? Nope.

      2. What is your favorite edible that can also be used as a quality natural healer? Don’t think so.

      3. Do you use cayenne pepper as a natural first aid item? Yes

      4. What is the most hilarious animal fuss you have ever witnessed? Nothing comes to mind.

  8. Decided to start cooking and serving some of the “survival” foods we’ve stockpiled to see what we like and don’t like. As previously noted, Dinty Moore beef stew is okay, but I make a better stew from scratch. It’s edible, though. Tried Hormel turkey chili this week – again, okay, but salty. I suppose they add the extra salt to give it some umami, but it was a bit much for me. I seldom cook with salt, preferring to add it after I’ve tasted what I cooked, which usually doesn’t need salt. (Except for steaks – I always pre-salt steaks.) This week – Spam and something, not sure yet, need to look for recipes or suggestions online.

    Continuing to clean out and organize ahead of putting the house on the market in May. Finally worked out a plan for my retirement next year. Had a lovely belated birthday brunch today with family and friends. Relationships are a prep!

    Funny animal story: Our 100-lb black lab mix used to come with me to my office. I took her outside one day and she spotted a cat, so she took off after it into the next yard. The cat jumped up on a picnic table. Dogs explore with their noses, so the dog was sniffing the ground all around the table – “I know there’s a cat here! I know there’s a cat here!” Round and round – while the cat sat on the table looking down, probably thinking “you stupid dog.” After a few minutes, the cat took off across the yard and ran up a tree, with the dog in hot pursuit, then the dog circled the tree, sniffing the ground – “I know there’s a cat here!” Eventually she gave up.

    No plantings this year. No use of naturals for healing, though I do keep honey on hand. No, I don’t think we’re headed down the path of Venezuela socialism. “Socialism” is just the Republicans’ new way to vilify the Democrats to their base. Social Security is a socialist policy. Medicare (just got my card last week) is a socialist policy. Municipal/state road construction and maintenance is a socialist policy. Public schools are a socialist policy. Our society does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. I guess I could maintain the 200′ stretch of road outside my house and charge people a toll for my work, but I’m not sure where I’d get the hot-top….. Or how the two neighbors across the road would split the work on their half of the road, and who would maintain the section that abuts a two-lane avenue that goes up the ridge. Or whether people would put up with paying a toll every 200 feet.

    1. MaineBrain, by Republicans vilifying Democrats do you mean like NJ taxing rain on the ground or Democrats wanting to disarm Americans, won’t happen !!! or getting rid of cattle, airplanes and cars ??? LOL

      They want to RULE not lead !!!

      I think Democrats went to Democratic Neurotic College. Yes that would be the DNC……LOL

      1. No, Thor, I mean that one of the smartest political analysts I’ve ever met, Charlie Cook, says that to wage a political campaign these days, your chief weapons are hate and fear. Hate and fear are powerful motivators. Think about how much the last several presidential campaigns (meh, any recent campaigns, for that mattter) are driven by hate and fear. Conservatives hated Hillary, Trump stoked fear (“murderers and rapists and drug dealers…. and some of them are good people” as he came down the gilded escalator). “Socialism” is just the latest dog whistle of the Republicans to stoke fear of the Democrats among their base. Actually, it isn’t even “these days,” it goes back to the early days of our republic. Read “Scandalmonger” by William Safire. A tale of a pamphleteering campaign against Alexander Hamilton. We all know how that ended.

        1. MaineBrain, Socialism is hatred by another name. LOL

          Socialism has killed more people after they were unarmed then all the wars combined.

          Russia, Nazis and the Chinese to name a few….

          Americans will NEVER disarm like NZ or Australia…. LOL if you think that remember the Revolutionary war against England. It didn’t go so well for England…….

          Listen to Bernie, he will rule you into the ground just like Hillary would have, but that’s right she lost sooooo….. Ha Ha Ha….

          1. Thor, I’m not sure how you turned this around to a debate about the 2nd amendment. I never mentioned guns.

            But then…. “Socialism has killed more people after they were unarmed than all the wars combined” .,.. Proof, please? Statistics? Studies? Any citations?

          2. MaineBrain,
            When you stated about Thor1’s assertions:

            But then…. “Socialism has killed more people after they were unarmed than all the wars combined” .,.. Proof, please? Statistics? Studies? Any citations?

            I think he was being a bit too rhetorical. It is however, well documented that efforts by the Nazis (National Socialists) show that nearly 11 million undesirables and incorrigibles often described as ”Untermenschen” a term that is infamous for the Nazis use of it to describe non-Aryan inferior people often referred to as “the masses from the East”, including Jews, Roma, , Poles, Serbs, & Russians. The term Untermenschen in German quite literally means Under Men” as opposed to the Übermensch or Over man. Here is some credible documentation:

            POLES UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
            https://www.ushmm.org/m/pdfs/2000926-Poles.pdf

            In the old USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) millions more were killed as documented in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Tome, ”The Gulag Archipelago<strong”
            I read it years ago; but, a good summary may be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gulag_Archipelago

      2. Rule is exactly right. I loathe the term “lead” though and when talking heads on tv call elected officials “our leaders.” They are public servants sent to office to work for us, the vast majority of them tend to forget that.

        1. Tara,

          Rule is exactly right. I loathe the term “lead” though and when talking heads on tv call elected officials “our leaders.”

          I agree; but, they also call them legislators which sets another bad precedence.
          Titles and descriptions have meanings. Drivers (Truck, Bus, etc.) Drive, Engineers Engineer, Painters Paint, and preppers Prep so Rulers must rule and legislators must legislate, even if there is nothing to be added or corrected in current law. Personally I have always thought that congressional gridlock was a good thing, assuming they can fund the basic function of the government, that in general are to protect the population from enemies, hoodlums, disease and natural disasters.

          They are public servants sent to office to work for us, the vast majority of them tend to forget that.

          That’s why we should remind them and kick them out when they fail; but, unfortunately there are still too many people who allow their votes to be purchased with their own (tax) money and don’t realize that nothing is free.

      3. Wow! I was about to comment to your post, but Thor said it for me. I could fill a server up on this site explaining the areas of your misconception, but will stick to prepping instead. Glad you prep.

    2. MaineBrain,

      Decided to start cooking and serving some of the “survival” foods we’ve stockpiled to see what we like and don’t like.

      We’ve always rotated ours trying them to keep things fresh and finding out what “might” need to be added, and most of the time, there is something that makes them better. In hard times though, simple meals like those from Bear Creek, even unmodified, would be relatively tasty and nutritious..

      I suppose they add the extra salt to give it some umami, but it was a bit much for me. I seldom cook with salt, preferring to add it after I’ve tasted what I cooked, which usually doesn’t need salt.

      I don’t understand “umami”; but, as I understand it, the extra salt is an inexpensive, relatively harmless and moderately tasty preservative. Salt is also used to cure most meats for the same reason, and the sodium content of most long term food is perhaps my biggest complaint and the reason we often add other things and more water.

      (Except for steaks – I always pre-salt steaks.)

      We don’t salt anything, and our steaks are simply brushed or dipped with an olive oil & garlic / onion powder as kind of a topical marinade.

      “Socialism” is just the Republicans’ new way to vilify the Democrats to their base. Social Security is a socialist policy. Medicare (just got my card last week) is a socialist policy.

      So when AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) states she is a self described member of the Democratic Socialists of America & embraces the democratic socialist label as part of her political identity, it’s the republican spin?
      Social Security and Medicare are more of a Ponzi scheme than a socialist policy, since each of us paid into the system during our working careers. In my case I paid more than $300K into SS and will be lucky to get back my principle, let alone any return on that investment. I paid less than half that into my personal retirement instruments and have north of $400K in those accounts, with dividends and interest still accruing each month or quarter. AOC and the slate of democrat presidential contenders have all embraced “Medicare for all” ; but, haven’t seemed to find a way to pay for it, other than more taxes on the wealthy, meaning of course all of us who responsibly saved for our own retirements. BTW, if you have anything to pass on to your heirs, they want more of that also.

      In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” (not Fox News), she described democratic socialism as part of what I am; but, it’s not all of what I am. In a response to a question about democratic socialism’s ultimate goals, she believes capitalism will gradually be replaced. She is of course young (only29) and ignorant and wasn’t alive and aware of PM Thatcher’s notation of socialism only working until you run out of Other People’s Money.
      Since she seems to be the star of the party, I almost feel sorry for Speaker Pelosi who has to try and babysit the new radical kids elected in her party.
      It’s also interesting how her criticism stopped Amazon from bringing thousands of jobs to NYC and how she wanted to take the $3B not
      “given” to Amazon and spend it elsewhere. In reality, that $3B was a tax incentive and Amazon would not only have brought in jobs; but, paid more than $25B in taxes.

      Municipal/state road construction and maintenance is a socialist policy. Public schools are a socialist policy.

      Perhaps where you live they are; but, here in Ohio they are more of a communal undertaking, with the population voting on levies and tax increases to fund such “community” projects. By communal I don’t mean communism or socialism, but something for the communal good, with that word “common” also being the root word of “Community”. We have also been known to vote down a levy, and suffer whatever consequences may occur.
      Socialism by definition is when the government owns and controls the means of production, which almost always ends badly.

      Our society does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

      Yes; but, they do it at our request, and not forced upon us, with a few exceptions like PPACA (Obamacare) and we know how well that worked, for most of us. At least for me, it cost me my good insurance, drained thousands from my savings for premiums, and left us in debt to various medical providers, who thankfully are smart enough to take payments @ 0% interest, else be subjected to massive bankruptcy.

      1. Well, I guess my wife was one of those undeserving people who sponged off of the tax paying public for healthcare. I was disabled and unable to work and she was only working part time while also helping to take care of her invalid mother. Of course we couldn’t afford any insurance but the ACA gave us 100% subsidy for a silver plan. She was able to get a major operation that cost us about $3000. Each year after that the premiums got a little higher as she started nursing and made more money. Two years ago they were $450 a month and last year would have been $950 so she used her employers insurance that cost $280 a month but didn’t cover one cent of her $20,000 (one half of her income) worth of needed medical care.

        Many people with insurance are gouged the same way by high deductibles and out of network costs. People are starting to vote with their pocket books instead of their hearts.

        1. Daddio7,

          Well, I guess my wife was one of those undeserving people who sponged off of the tax paying public for healthcare. I was disabled and unable to work and she was only working part time while also helping to take care of her invalid mother. Of course we couldn’t afford any insurance but the ACA gave us 100% subsidy for a silver plan.

          I wouldn’t say sponged, since you were disabled and really needed the support; but, what PPACA did to those of us who were working and paying for health care we liked, was change the rules in midstream. When my small company employer could no longer afford health care, we all went to the private markets with some help from the company, which in my case was an increase in salary to cover the added expense. My unsubsidized Bronze plan cost $900.00 per month with an $8000.00 deductable; but, jumped up to $1200.00 the second year and then to $1400.00 the third year. What finally saved me was when the DW & I both turned 65 within a year or so of each other and we were forced onto Medicare which along with individual supplemental policies, are actually not too bad. The problem with both SS and Medicare are that they are unsustainable, with SS designed to be that way. When the original 65 retirement age was selected back in 1935, the actuarial tables indicated that most men, black or white would be dead before they hit age 65, and that most women would only collect for a few years beyond that. Additionally, the SS “Trust Fund” had to be invested in Government securities, i.e., T Bills that are part of the national debt, and are not only NOT a Trust Fund; but, another obligation and part of the $20 trillion+ national debt. A quick check shows this fact:

          In an annual report, the Social Security Board of Trustees said the trust funds that help support the system will run out of money in 2034, in keeping with previous projections. If nothing changes, only 79 percent of an individual’s benefit will be payable at that point.

          So if you live beyond 2034 (in which case I would be 83 or 84 if I’m still alive, be prepared for a large cut in benefits.

          1. Thor1,

            You pay for STDs……LOL

            Actually this was only a single STD & an LTD.

            Does the Mrs. Know ???

            Of course she knew. She helped fill out the paperwork. After nearly 37 years (in 2 ½ weeks) together, there is little we don’t know about each other.

        2. Um, no Daddio…y’all were not sponges…you just got caught up in ‘circumstances’. I was not a ‘sponge’ when I went on ‘welfare’ while my kids were young, and used that time and resources to obtain a college degree after ‘paying into the system’ for many year prior to that period of my life, and returned to ‘paying into the system’ and a productive member of society. Am I proud of that? No, not necessarily. But I am proud of the fact that I ‘used’ the system the way it was supposedly ‘meant’ to be used. I was unemployed when ACA went into effect, so I had no taxes to file, and didn’t buy into it. So please don’t feel that anyone here is judging you. We’ve all had to do things when we had to when circumstances required it. The ‘sponges’ are the ones who ‘expect’ things, not those who utilize those ‘resources’ when they absolutely have to, and utilize the resources ‘properly’. Like you did, like I did, like I am sure others here have.

          1. Grammyprepper & Daddio7,
            Grammyprepper’s reply made me think of an analogy I used to used that would be appropriate for all of us, since I too was once on SS Disability for a short while. For me it comes down to your intention. Do you treat the help as intended as a safety net, catching your fall an helping you back on to your feet, or do you snuggle into the net like a hammock, all warm and comfortable and willing to live your life at that near poverty level allowing others to care for you.

            In my case, I had private Short Term and Long Term disability coverage (STD / & LTD) for which I paid premiums, and back in 2015 when I had my stroke (Cerebral hemorrhage) I was unable to work for several months, including one month in the hospital. The short term disability ran for 6 months, at which point the long term disability kicked in; but, the company administering and paying that LTD had another company work with me to apply for SS disability.

            Once granted, the company only paid the difference between my SS and the 60% previous salary benefit that the plan called for. I collected SS disability from July to the next April when I hit my 66th birthday, at which point the SS converted to retirement from disability. In the end it cost me some money, since I started taking SS well before my planned retirement and would still be working today had that not occurred. I was a bit troubled, since this was IMHO just more corporate welfare; but, I had to work within the system to survive.

            Financial planning and paying those STD/LTD premiums turned out to be another financial prep that one should have and could need.

            And Thor1, STD in this case is not a disease. Sometimes you have to head ‘em off at the pass. LOL

    3. No Mainebrain, socialism is NOT just the Republican way to frighten the people It has a very distinctive and well established definition; Control of the means of production. This usually extends to ownership of the means of production. Control brings things like the Solendra debacle, squelching production of petroleum and the payouts to certain corporations, such as GE. The desire to eliminate “fossil fuels”, air travel and almost all the freedoms we enjoy, which are all facets of the “green new deal”. Talking about disaster! Most fertilizer is produced from petroleum, the power to pump irrigation water comes from diesel fuel. Most of the fabric in women’s clothing, plumbing for your house, carpets, roofing and more other things than I can count. Even the cement of our sidewalks require tremendous heat to produce. Also, socialism has always been accompanied by seizure of privately owned firearms. It was one of the first things Hitler did prior to the anti-Jewish campaigns. Also when Venezuela turned socialist, all the firearms were confiscated and used to arm the militias friendly to the regime. No, socialism is not friendly to the people.

  9. I am curious why the Muller report was released on a Sunday–no news media day. (Only interns and newbies work on weekends.) It’s like they knew they didn’t have anything and wanted to release the report with as little attention as possible.

    I do think beef prices are going to increase. My freezers are too full to add anything else. I just don’t have room to add anything else.

    I have spent the week researching the stocks my financial advisor has picked for me. I really like her. She explains why she selects certain stocks and avoids others. I am feeling good with my decision to invest rather than to pay down my mortgage.

    Good news on our granddaughter. She is negative for Down Syndrome. The kids are going in Tuesday for a more intensive sonogram. But the doctor said not to worry–that the bone measurements were not that far from normal. Check out these baby shoes I purchased. These are just too cute!

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PN3ZVKZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    1. So glad to hear about the granddaughter, Bam. Our first grandson was only 5 lbs when he was born (his mother is on the small side, despite her father – my DH – being 6’6″ – she barely had a little basketball belly at 7 months) – and I was quite worried, but he’s now a robust, feisty 3-year-old, tearing up the town. Hope all turns out well. Piece of advice from a casual investor (+/- $500K in SEP-IRA, Roths, and individual investments) — rather than pick individual stocks, it’s better to pick low-cost mutual funds and let the fund managers pick the stocks. I just bought more QQQ (across-the-market fund) for my and hubby’s Roths because the QQQ I bought for my Roth last year is up some ridiculous amount. I’d make an exception for some of the blue chips. My Procter and Gamble shares have done quite well. And lately I’m favoring dividend-paying mutual funds. But still on the cheap side – look for funds with expense ratios of less than 1%. You won’t outpace inflation if you’re paying a fund manager 4 to 5%.

        1. Which is probably very well worth it, but be sure to ask your financial advisor whether they are a fiduciary. Any old financial advisor can take your money and make money for him/herself. A fiduciary must put your financial interests first. Most fiduciaries are fee-only, they don’t take a percentage of your gains. Financial education/wisdom is a prep! (And keep some cash in a fireproof safe in a closet in your home against the day when the power goes out and ATMs and credit card machines don’t work! Use that cash to make the Last Run to the stores for the French Toast stuff along with whatever else you need/want/can grab. Duct tape.)

      1. Praise Jesus! And thank you for your prayers. The doctors have eliminated Down Syndrome and dwarism. The kids get more results this Tuesday. Thank you for your prayers, Prepared Grammy.

    2. Bam Bam,

      Those shoes are way too cute :-). I sent the link to #1 daughter and she wants a pair too, in pink. So I ordered a pair.

      As far as the AG releasing his summary on a Sunday, he did promise to release it as soon as he could and it was well publicized it would be late Sunday when it came out. The MSM didn’t seem to miss a beat picking it up and throwing their spin on it among all the whining and sniveling.

        1. Bam Bam,

          I hope all goes well with your grandbaby. May is a good birth month, if I say so myself. The initial bad news now keeps getting better and better and I’m happy to hear that. My Abby has brought such joy into my life.

          BTW, I showed the shoes to granddaughter and she said, “Wow, cool!” She’s a riot.

    3. Congratulations on the good report from the doctor on your granddaughter! I worked as a trainer and educator of people with disabilities for many years. I had some wonderful people with Down Syndrome as clients and students, they led happy and productive lives. But every parent and grandparent prays for a child who will not be born with physical or mental obstacles to struggle with and overcome – and loves them regardless. Have you thought about dehydrating meat to store extra?

    4. Bam Bam,

      I am curious why the Muller report was released on a Sunday–no news media day. (Only interns and newbies work on weekends.) It’s like they knew they didn’t have anything and wanted to release the report with as little attention as possible.

      I find it interesting that you pose a rhetorical question by making a statement we all know to be true. LOL
      However, releasing this backfiring stink bomb has not made it go away, and I’m already nearly tired of hearing about it. This morning I saw explanations by both Jay Sekulow and Jonathan Turley who pretty much said that there is no there, there. The Dems will no doubt continue to harass the administration, perhaps until the investigation turns toward what started this whole thing, the fake dossier by Fusion GPS and the real Russian collusion by the HRC campaign, at which point I suspect they will all run and hide.

        1. Bam Bam,

          That is the teacher in me. LOL

          As a teacher I saw that and use the technique myself; however, sometimes even being obvious can’t get the point across to some people, especially when they don’t want to be confused by the facts.

        2. Bam Bam, TOP

          Does TOP have your personal email and can I get your permission to have it? I have something to ask you that doesn’t really belong here.

          Or, TOP can give you my email. Either way.

      1. Yes, and that is why NBC broke in to the Valspar Championship golf tournament for 5 minutes on Sunday with a special report with some of their top-line reporters. Sheesh. All the networks were on high alert all weekend. It wasn’t interns and part-timers, trust me. A lot of people lost sleep this past weekend. I work in the media. Been there, done that.

    5. Bam Bam, If you do not think you have enough beef. Make beef jerky and pack it in jars with an oxygen absorber. will not need freezer…. Just make sure it is crispy dry. can be used for snacks or to make stews/soups… we like ours thin sliced and soaked in teriyaki sauce best. do not have to pre cook just season and dehydrate at 150 degrees and up…

      1. Anonamo Also & Bam Bam,

        If you do not think you have enough beef. Make beef jerky and pack it in jars with an oxygen absorber. will not need freezer…. Just make sure it is crispy dry. can be used for snacks or to make stews/soups

        I agree, and Beef jerky has always been a staple food for storage and while camping, etc.
        We just purchased a Jerky Gun mentioned by Thor1 and will be trying it soon.

        we like ours thin sliced and soaked in teriyaki sauce best.

        That’s how we like it also; but, some use only black pepper; however, any seasoning, like honey mustard used as a marinade would also work.

        do not have to pre cook just season and dehydrate at 150 degrees and up

        We now have an Excalibur dehydrator; but, in years past we quite successfully made it in a low oven, so nothing fancy is required.

  10. Hi Everyone,

    We have had 2 beautiful days in a row here in middle TN. This morning was a bit iffy, with a few sprinkles for a couple of hours, but turned out to be very nice. I wish I wasn’t too pooped to spend time out there in the afternoon, but alas, I am way past pooped. A friend came over and helped me move totes to the new shed. Then, we moved stuff around in the front spare bedroom so I could move the stuff in the living room so that next weekend, I can finally move out of my storage unit once and for all. I’m trying to go thru stuff as I touch it, but I don’t have that much time this go round. I am going to label the totes with a number, and then create a spreadsheet of what’s in the tote under that number so I will be able to locate something quickly. I’m also filling a basket with barter day items as we are supposed to have another one this year. It’s always fun.

    Goodwill, I found a thin down blanket that I took to the wishy washy this morning and got it all looking and smelling good. I have quite a few, and I just love them. They keep you warm without a lot of bulk. I also found a brand new Paula Dean cast iron, enamel ware 5 quart baking pot.

    I will get to start working 10 hour days starting in April, and have off every other Friday and Monday for a long weekend. One day a week, I will work from home. Job in Montana must have been pulled because I saw where it had been withdrawn. Oh well, I’ll just keep doing what I do and make the best of it until something else comes along.

    Deal Alert – WM had a clearance on some hunting stuff and the Hot Hands. I bought 4 camouflage hats, all the same kind, that I have been waiting for a long time for them to go on clearance. They feel so good. A couple of months ago, the guy there said they would never go on sale… He doesn’t know: number 1 – how persistent a woman can be, or number 2, a prepper stalking something they need for their stash… LOL.

    AA, I recall you mentioning that you use Hot Hands in your 2-liter bottles. I was just wondering what size do you use?

    I put some things on FB Marketplace. Hoping to get rid of some stuff as I unearth them… Lol.

    I have a question for the pack. I bought a metal trash can to put all my charcoal briquettes in. The friend that came over said that I shouldn’t take it out of the bags it came in because it will cause it to go bad. Does anyone know if that is true? Some of it is wrapped in plastic from the manufacturer, but some isn’t.
    Glad the Mueller report is done, but sad that the Dems can’t accept it… What a waste of $30M taxpayer dollars…

    Prayers for the sick, for the folks, farmers, animals in Nebraska and other affected by the flooding… Better stock up on food. Nebraska #1 in the US for agriculture, #2 in the country for beef production and ethanol. #3 for corn. And there’s more to come for the midwest. Prayers for The President and for America.

    Tara’s questions :

    1.Are you growing anything new this year for eating or healing? I plan on trying my hand at potatoes and getting an asparagus bed going. I also have some Comfrey I have grown over the winter that I will get planted. Hoping to get cucumbers going this year as I need to refill my sweet pickle supply. People I give them to, will open the jar, and the next thing they are all gone in one day. They are so good.

    2.What is your favorite edible that can also be used as a quality natural healer? I guess it would be herbs

    3.Do you use cayenne pepper as a natural first aid item? Yes, good for circulation and to stop bleeding.

    4.What is the most hilarious animal fuss you have ever witnessed? My sister had a duck named Quackers… He thought he was human and would follow her family around whenever they were outside. At one family gathering, my brother squatted down to take a picture, and Quackers attached his private parts. My brother was mad, but we could not stop laughing… Wished we would have captured it on video… We could have sent it in to AFV….

    Thor’s questions:

    1.Do you have or plan to have a garden of some type? Yep. Plan is to have a garden this year.

    2. Do you have at least 6 months of food stored? Animals too? Food yes, Animals no.

    3. Are your neighbors preppers ? One is a young couple, who say they are preppers, but doesn’t work towards it. I try to let them know when there is a deal, and even offer to let them ride with me when I find something good so they can get some too, but they always are too busy… No others that I know of.

    4. Do you pray that the United States doesn’t turn into a socialist Venezuela? There are many things I pray for, and America is in real trouble.

    What about you Thor?

    1.Do you have or plan to have a garden of some type?
    2. Do you have at least 6 months of food stored? Animals too?
    3. Are your neighbors preppers ?
    4. Do you pray that the United States doesn’t turn into a socialist Venezuela?

    1. AT, of course….

      1.Expand the garden, with what’s happening.

      2. I have over a years worth of food for 4 people and a puppy….

      3. Some are some aren’t. Beware…..

      4. God bless America and patriots !!!

      1. OMGOSH Thor…. ROFL or LYAO when you read this…

        For your question #2, I thought you meant animals, as in animals to EAT, NOT to have food for…. HAHAHAHA… Now reading everyone’s post, I see what you meant… Soory to say, my answer is still no… Lol…. Good grief….

    2. Almost There,
      We have had 2 beautiful days in a row here in middle TN. This morning was a bit iffy, with a few sprinkles for a couple of hours, but turned out to be very nice.
      It’s been much the same up here, with below freezing nights and above freezing days. Yesterday had a low of 26° and a high of 57°. We’re still hoping to tap trees yet this week.

      I am going to label the totes with a number, and then create a spreadsheet of what’s in the tote under that number so I will be able to locate something quickly.

      I did the same thing with both banker’s boxes and the little plastic shoeboxes; but, I used letters instead of numbers, since spreadsheets, at least Excel, wants’ to play with and format numbers, while leaving letters alone. On the Bankers boxes we’re past 26 and already started on AA, AB, etc. The boxes fit nicely on the wire shelving units if you space the shelves correctly.

      I also found a brand new Paula Dean cast iron, enamel ware 5 quart baking pot.

      You and the rest of the pack must have a different GW than we have here. While the DW occasionally finds a decent pair of jeans to wear for chores, most of the rest of the stuff is junk. Then again, perhaps we have to haunt the place more often; but, the DW, unlike me, is not a shopper.

      Deal Alert – WM had a clearance on some hunting stuff and the Hot Hands.

      Thanks, we’ll check this out soon.

      I have a question for the pack. I bought a metal trash can to put all my charcoal briquettes in. The friend that came over said that I shouldn’t take it out of the bags it came in because it will cause it to go bad. Does anyone know if that is true? Some of it is wrapped in plastic from the manufacturer, but some isn’t.

      Yes it is in general true. Charcoal briquettes are only partially charcoal. They mix a fine clay with charcoal powder or a mixture of anthracite coal powder, corn starch and lime into a dough, form it in a mold and dry it out, which is why you get those nice little uniform briquettes and why when you are done cooking, all that is left is that fine gray ash like substance.. It is generally packaged in a water resistant package, and even the paper bag it comes in is usually lined with plastic. Without that vapor barrier, the briquettes would absorb moisture and simply disintegrate, leaving you with a pile of crumbles or even a bit of goo.
      How do I know all this stuff you ask? It’s a lifelong insatiable curiosity and watching shows like Discovery Channels’ “How does it Work” instead of sporting events. Here’s the one on charcoal briquettes on YouTube: How It’s Made Charcoal Briquettes
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_wXU1k85oE
      My wife often picks on my knowledge base and my propensity to over explain things, by saying that I am a ”Cesspool of Knowledge.”

      Glad the Mueller report is done, but sad that the Dems can’t accept it… What a waste of $30M taxpayer dollars

      I think the Dems will have to grit their teeth and rant, since A.G. Barr is unlikely to commit a felony by disclosing information they want that deals with classified means or grand jury testimony that did not become an indictment.
      IANAL; but, I’ve heard numerous legal scholars describe this basically the same way.

      1. Almost There & all,
        You will notice in the video above, that prior to the drying oven, the briquettes are soft and malleable, crumbling in the hands of the worker. If your stored briquettes were to draw moisture they would eventually do the same.

    3. AT, I use the hand sized ones, just one to a 2 liter or three liter bottle. I pack the ingredients i am putting in as well as i can.. even if it means taking a long handled wooden spoon and tamping it with the handle end… to knock out any pockets of air..If it is a dense product one of the hand warmers is enough to do a gallon as well..( but not potato flakes.)I roll activate them and get them good and warm, roll and insert and close lid tightly….I have a plastic quart (mayo)of mushrooms sucked into a triangle..and a cola bottle into a square…as the air is sucked out can coax the bottles into flat sides to make them stack easier and more stable.

      1. Anonamo Also,

        I use the hand sized ones, just one to a 2 liter or three liter bottle. I pack the ingredients i am putting in as well as i can.. even if it means taking a long handled wooden spoon and tamping it with the handle end… to knock out any pockets of air. If it is a dense product one of the hand warmers is enough to do a gallon as well.

        Actually, one of the hand warmers can do up to a 5 gallon bucket. That is1155 in3 or 18930 cc/ml or 18.9 liters, so they are quite capable of handling a 2 or 3 liter bottle. I suspect that putting one in an empty bottle would cause the bottle to collapse.

        ( but not potato flakes.)I roll activate them and get them good and warm, roll and insert and close lid tightly

        When you get them good and warm you are wasting their capability. It would be better to roll them and get them in the container and sealed as fast as possible, since the heat is created by converting oxygen and iron powder to rust, and doing that to room air just limits the capability of the O2 absorbed in the container, so best to use all of it in the container and not for removing oxygen from room air.

        I have a plastic quart (mayo)of mushrooms sucked into a triangle..and a cola bottle into a square…as the air is sucked out can coax the bottles into flat sides to make them stack easier and more stable.

        Actually the air isn’t sucked out; but, the oxygen in the air in the container is converted to and stored as rust (Iron Oxide); however, making the plastic containers flat and more easily stored is a neat idea.

        1. TOP, AT, OTHERS,i do not want to be shaking a hand warmer to activate it in jar. if it is WARM it is adequately activated..

          1. Anonamo Also,

            i do not want to be shaking a hand warmer to activate it in jar. if it is WARM it is adequately activated..

            It’s not whether it is warm or not; but, how, warm, since you previously stated.

            I roll activate them and get them good and warm, roll and insert and close lid tightly

            Opening one, giving it a quick shake to start the reaction, then rolling and putting in the container will still work; but, perhaps convert and trap a bit more oxygen. When you use real purpose built O2 absorbers, you don’t even shake them; but, quickly put them in the container and close it, while keeping the extra in a sealed container.
            Letting it get good and warm would be the equivalent of mixing baking powder with warm water and letting it fizz for a while before adding it to your cake batter.

  11. I have been very busy the last week working on various preps. The work in the kitchen just lacks the new back splash behind the stove top which will be completed by Tuesday. Everything looks so good and the savings from doing it myself are great.
    I re-installed the rabbit and deer fencing around the garden. I could use some input from the Pack on if it is ok to rake the deer droppings over the beds. Currently, they are mostly on the walkways. I did try placing raked leaves followed by a layer of straw on the beds last fall. I think Thor shared that and the results are good. I removed some of the topping in areas that I planted. So far I have two types of Swiss Chard, kale, spinach, radishes, sugar snap peas and beets planted. Two heads of lettuce came up volunteer and I moved them to the appropriate row. I am a big believer in crop rotation. The garlic beds are doing great. Might have planted too much garlic.
    In addition to spring cleaning, I am getting ready for two of my kids and three of their friends to descend from the front range. Three of them will only be here about 24 hours, but I still need to get ready.
    Finally, I changed out the Go Bags and updated the list we have posted in the closet. Currently, I have a ten minute notice and a thirty minute notice of things to grab if we have to evacuate. Should I have more?
    Answers to Tara’s questions:
    1. Not sure if I will try anything new this year, but you never know.
    2. Garlic, horehound, and many other herbs.
    3. Yes
    4. Not really a fuss, but many years ago the kids and I watched as an adult pair of deer trained some babies to run and jump. This happened in the hay field down the street from where we live. The deer were at it for almost an hour. Back and forth with the jumps. The youngest of course related it to Rudolf the Christmas cartoon. I have never seen that before or since.

  12. For once I got a deal off of Craig’s List, $2200 for a Kubota B7100. It needs the injection pump worked on but the deal was the equipment that came with it. Old and a little rusty but in good working condition, a 48″ box blade, a single bottom mold board plow, a six ft rear angle blade, a 40″ rototiller, a 40″ brush hog, and a heavy 48″ three point hitch disc harrow. Plus a rear mount boom pole, an attachment with a ball for moving trailers and a cable wench that mounts on it. New that is $5000 worth of equipment. On top of that the seller delivered it all to my home. I did go over and help load it as I only lived 10 miles from him and I used my backhoe to lift everything off of his trailer.

    I found Thor1’s statement about farmers not being able to plant potatoes interesting. My neighbor grows spring potatoes (I am in north Florida, 30 miles southwest of St Augustine) for the early chip market. We were talking yesterday about what is going on in the potato business. He said the storage potatoes up North are very poor quality and very few to be had. The weather here has been perfect all winter, not too wet and no freezes. He will start his harvest April 13th. Most of his crop is contracted at a low price, he is hoping to have some over to sell at what might be record prices.

    I am sure the food suppliers will use these disasters to radially raise prices when in actuality they have forward contracted their produce needs and will spend little extra buying what they need.

    To answer Thor1’s #1 Do I plan on having a garden, what do you think? I got my brother’s 70 hp tractor and 80″ disc turn plow and am turning all my cleared land. My limit will be how much I can fence in, I am surrounded by woods and the deer will devour everything without one.

    #2 No, I have about three months and that is just basic wheat, oats, and rice. Also 40 lbs of frozen meat and half a pantry of canned food.

    #3 I have four neighbors within four miles of my home, three are Mormons and my closest neighbor is the multi-millionaire farmer that bought my farm. Mormons believe in being prepared and the farmer is more country than me and more so is his wife. They all hunt and have the same political beliefs I do.

    #4 I see that the main line Democrats are already distancing themselves from the GND and even if they take the White House their main focus will be on healthcare. I plan on being totally ready by then in case they run a false flag attack to panic the populace.

    For Tara’s questions I planted 50 strawberry plants and some leeks, things I haven’t grown before. Nothing for healing, my wife is a nurse but all she knows is the commercial treatments her patients use.

    The most hilarious animal fuss I have seen is when my wife was holding our daughter’s white dappled dachshund while setting on our couch. This dog did not like our cat. The cat was laying on a cushion at the other end of the couch and decided to sit by my wife. The cat was getting old and oblivious as to her surroundings. She saw a plump, white blob (the dogs butt) and decided to lay her head on it. She first patted it with her paw to see if it was soft enough. The dog though my wife was petting her and looked satisfied. I knew what was coming but was powerless to do anything, I also wished I was holding a video camera. The cat then put her head on the dog’s haunch and settled down. The dog looked to see what was on her and saw the cat. At first she just put her head back down but then did a doggy double take. After that it was barking, hissing and clawing, all in my wife’s lap. She also saw what was about to happen and had braced herself.

    1. Daddio7,

      For once I got a deal off of Craig’s List, $2200 for a Kubota B7100. It needs the injection pump worked on but the deal was the equipment that came with it. Old and a little rusty but in good working condition, a 48″ box blade, a single bottom mold board plow, a six ft rear angle blade, a 40″ rototiller, a 40″ brush hog, and a heavy 48″ three point hitch disc harrow.

      Your brief mention of this in an earlier post had us looking and we found a new Kubota dealer just 4.7 miles south of us, having been open less than a year. We went looking and now we’re trying to decide what we can afford, since it will make light work of both the garden and other chores around here as we age.
      We stopped, looked at & priced new equipment; but, will be going back to see what previously owned equipment they may have available or if they have leasing programs, meaning at some point equipment may come off lease and be available.
      We don’t have a backhoe; but, that would be another great thing to have on hand.

      He will start his harvest April 13th. Most of his crop is contracted at a low price, he is hoping to have some over to sell at what might be record prices.

      I mentioned to Thor something similar about beef, and how local farmers may be able to actually make some money this year.

      I am sure the food suppliers will use these disasters to radially raise prices when in actuality they have forward contracted their produce needs and will spend little extra buying what they need.

      No doubt. It’s really great to live in an agricultural area where you know the shenanigans often pulled by the middlemen, with many reporting the losses in the MSM not being any wiser or understanding how it works. We have an ever growing number of grain farmers who have invested in dryers and bins on site, so they can time the market a bit better. When you are selling 10 or 20,000 bushels of grain, an extra $0.25 or even a dime, makes a big difference. Most people also don’t realize that many farmers only get one major paycheck per year and have to not only make it last; but, put enough aside to plant the following year.

      #3 I have four neighbors within four miles of my home, three are Mormons and my closest neighbor is the multi-millionaire farmer that bought my farm. Mormons believe in being prepared and the farmer is more country than me and more so is his wife. They all hunt and have the same political beliefs I do.

      This would also pretty much describe my situation, except for the multimillionaire part, LOL.

      Your dog & cat story was hilarious and I know the stress of seeing something about to happen and not being able to either stop it from happening, or make that video. I still remember a photo I didn’t get many years ago. A big green John Deere 4WD tractor with dual tires stuck in a field in the mud, up to the axles, with an Amish team of draft horses pulling it out of the field. I can still see it in my mind’s eye.

      1. A double reply to some of your posts. I just got a call from the Kubota dealer. I had them look at the tractor. They said it ran fine for them but had a noise in the transmission. They charged me $200.01 to look at it. That included pickup and delivery and they cleaned the fuel water separator. Being it is so small I feel confident enough to split the tractor and see what that problem is.

        My oldest daughter was reading when she was 3. She was the star pupil at her elementary school but was aced out of valedictorian of the high school class. Being frail and blind in one eye she avoided sports ad took the most rigorous academic classes offered. Two jock girls were on the tennis team and got 5.0’s in PE. They took top honors. Undeterred she continued her education culminating in a PhD in English and is now a college professor.

        I have only one grandchild, a girl from my other daughter. At two and a half she is just now making short sentences. She is more physical, small for her age but is very healthy and loves to climb. I see a budding gymnast and soccer player.

        1. Daddio7,

          A double reply to some of your posts. I just got a call from the Kubota dealer. I had them look at the tractor. They said it ran fine for them but had a noise in the transmission. They charged me $200.01 to look at it. That included pickup and delivery and they cleaned the fuel water separator. Being it is so small I feel confident enough to split the tractor and see what that problem is.

          A fuel water separator? I had to look this one up and it looks kind of like the old sediment bulb on my Onan W2c Generator and some other old engines. If we make this acquisition it will be our first real encounter with diesel engines so that is another variable in the equation; however, most of my farmer neighbors use diesel so there is expertise around, and perhaps one more thing to learn.

          My oldest daughter was reading when she was 3. She was the star pupil at her elementary school but was aced out of valedictorian of the high school class. Being frail and blind in one eye she avoided sports ad took the most rigorous academic classes offered. Two jock girls were on the tennis team and got 5.0’s in PE. They took top honors. Undeterred she continued her education culminating in a PhD in English and is now a college professor.

          My daughter was also reading by about age 3-4; but, just didn’t like sports, especially since I didn’t encourage that activity; but, she was a top flight equestrian and attended horse camp and took lessons from age 7 to 17 along with having several quarter horses she rode and showed in 4H. She was class valedictorian, in part because we had a weighted system, where an ‘A’ in AP classes or harder math courses like Trig & Geometry were worth more than the normal 4.0. She also skipped a grade in math and was taking geometry at the high school while still in 8th grade at the middle school. She attended MIT and while they did not accept her AP courses, AP biology made her freshman biology class an easy ‘A’. She has only a baccalaureate in neuroscience; but, that landed her a job doing research at a Harvard lab and she now works for the Harvard business school, while taking additional courses for her next step, whatever that may be. In any case she is employed full time wit benefits and enjoys her work, so we can’t ask for much more than that.

          I have only one grandchild, a girl from my other daughter. At two and a half she is just now making short sentences. She is more physical, small for her age but is very healthy and loves to climb. I see a budding gymnast and soccer player.

          I have a stepson age 52 & single, one 48 & married with step children; but, currently have no grandchildren; however, the DW is still hopeful for our daughter if she ever steps back from her studies and other activities.

  13. Hello y’all,
    I’m new to this. I have done some prepping in gathering and saving some supplies. I hope to start a garden this year. We live in a suburb about 25 miles from Charleston, SC. My husband and I are both 65. When I was young I grew up in the salt water creeks.

    1. Hello Sanddollar,

      I love the low country, and go there when I can. My favorite place is Edisto island.
      A big welcome from your neighbor in Ga.

    2. Hello sanddollar,

      Welcome to the pack. Never too late to start. It can be overwhelming, but a little at a time is how we all get to where we think we need to be. Everyone has different goals. If you have any questions about anything, there is a treasure trove of knowledge here and we share information with each other.

      Hope to see you hear each week.

    3. Welcome, sanddollar! Feel free to ask questions, a lot of great experience here with the Pack! I’ve gardened off and on thru the years, and I am still learning! Same with prepping. We look forward to getting to know you!

    4. Sanddollar,

      I’m new to this. I have done some prepping in gathering and saving some supplies. I hope to start a garden this year. We live in a suburb about 25 miles from Charleston, SC. My husband and I are both 65. When I was young I grew up in the salt water creeks.

      At age 65 you’ll find you’re not the youngest here, nor the eldest. The DW (Dear Wife) and I are 68 & 67; but, in 2 weeks from this Saturday we’ll be the same age (68) for a little more than 3 weeks when she’ll turn 69. In between (when we’re the same age) we’ll have our 37th anniversary, arranged that way on purpose so I wasn’t marrying an older woman, LOL.
      The best time to start prepping or anything else was yesterday; but, the second bast time is right now and you’re going to do OK.
      Rather than just starting out purchasing things that you may end up not needing, it’s best to form a plan, and I have one right here:
      Something you might want to do to organize your start is a technique called ”The Threat Matrix” , that I will describe here. This tool is not hard or complex; but, will take some clear and honest thinking as you create it, and once it’s completed, you’ll have a map to start you on your way with some semblance of organization, and perhaps a little less stress. You can use paper and pencil, a dry erase board or Post-it Notes, or a spreadsheet or word processor, if you’re comfortable with one of those tools. Here is how you construct the one for your situation.
      Start with a list of threats in prioritized order, with loss of your income, death in the family, or sudden acute illness at the top. Add global nuclear war and life ending asteroid strike at the bottom. Fill in the middle with the threats you and your family could actually face. As an example, in my location we can have blizzards and tornados; but, are not concerned with earthquakes or hurricanes and generally not much with floods or wildfires at my actual physical location, so be honest with yourself for your area, location, and situation.
      Next, starting at the most likely / highest priority event, make a list of the resources required to mitigate that threat. A resource in this case would be Materials, knowledge, and/or skills.
      Keep in mind also that often people confuse information, knowledge, and skills with each other. There is; however, a simple way to understand the difference and that is the application of each to your own situation. A library with all of its books or the internet with all of its web pages, podcasts, & videos, contains absolutely no knowledge. That content is only information. When you apply that information by reading, listening, or watching, then you gain knowledge when you start to understand the concepts.
      That act of absorbing and understanding information does not however make a skill until you then apply that knowledge by ”doing” something to create a skill, and then practice that skill to become proficient. One additional concept to keep in mind is that the old maxim, ”Practice Makes Perfect” is only partially correct, since only ” Perfect Practice Makes Perfect” , especially when doing things that could be dangerous, like chopping or splitting wood or running a chainsaw, so take your time.
      Once you have made your threat list, and added the knowledge, skills, and resources required to mitigate that threat, move on down to the next one on the list. What you will find is that as you move down the list, you start needing to add fewer & fewer items, since they have already been covered in the levels above. Once the matrix is complete, you have a plan with a map for the supplies, knowledge (books and other information), and skills to acquire, and like any journey, it just gets easier with a map to the destination.
      Also, note that as you prepare your way down this list, other things you missed will pop into your head; but, be assured that this is normal, and as you move on this journey in an organized fashion, you should occasionally stop and smell the flowers, looking back for just a minute to see how far you’ve come. Always looking ahead will only tend to disappoint you, because this journey like life itself never has a final destination. I’ve been seriously on this journey and lifestyle for 50+ years, and still on occasion wonder what I’m missing.
      Your journey forward into preparedness will be constantly changing as you acquire new resources or skills, many of which will then equip you to think of and ask questions that might not even have been thought of at the start, since we are often sometimes to ignorant to even ask the right questions. One of those resources are the incredible people here who are not too proud to admit ignorance and ask a question and often have the knowledge or skills to answer one., so don’t be shy and ask or answer.
      Sometimes not knowing what we don’t know is our biggest problem; but, as you move forward, often very obvious things will pop into your head, at which point you go back and rework the matrix; but, I think you’ll find that it will only get easier and you will eventually gain some peace of mind.

        1. Grammyprepper,

          TOP, excellent reply, in and of itself it could be a blog post!

          It already was, sort of. I penned the piece for this forum many years ago when under the old management where it was published in a much longer form with more starting topics and links to free resources. I have explained it so many times in a short form, I decided to shrink that article down to something more bite size so I can just copy it into a comment reply to save typing and ensure I didn’t miss anything, so I hope no one gets tired of those words, that may pop up again now and then.

  14. This has been an austere week for us, as DH was in between jobs (good Lord, the crap that goes on in construction…) but he has gone back to work at another company he used to work for (the backstory to that could be a post in itself).
    On top of that, with no paycheck coming in from him, I shamefully admit that we have gotten stuck in the rut of a car title loan to pay our rent each month. And we were working to get out of that. Now, the state no longer allows title loans. Which is a good thing, like I said, we were trying to get out of that cycle, but boy the timing sucks! We lack an ’emergency fund’. as my job loss and subsequent few years of unemployment lead us to burning through all our financial resources. Preps helped big time at that time, for sure. We don’t live an extravagant lifestyle, we like to be at home and in each other’s company. We have ‘cut the cord’ . WE obviously have some other expenses to look at cutting back on. We don’t live an ‘extravagent’ life, heck, our lunches out with TOP and his DW are pretty much the only time we get out, LOL! (okay enough dumping my issues…)

    Tara’s questions:
    I am expandung my garden this year. Last year, I only grew tomatoes in a new garden adventure. I will be putting in a new bed for my maters this year, and using last years bed to grow beans, cantalopes, and try the Three Sisters method. And this answers other question, I am getting more into companion planting, and will try growing echinacea and other flowers and herbs in the garden. I have never used cayenne to stop bleeding but grow it and have preseved it.
    I have two funny animal stories I can share, both involving the same dog, our beloved Rufus, he was a scroundrel! He was a mutt, and a rescue, and one of the most loved dogs. We moved into our new house in the dead of winter. We didn’t know the area well, and let him outside, and he got skunked twice within our first week there. In the middle of the city. Go figure.
    City squirrels are a lot different from country squirrels. The city squirrels would sit and taunt Rufus, first on the fence, then on the neighbors garage roof..until the dog finally got one of them…then they took to taunting him from the phone wires…

    Thor’s questions:

    Yes, we have a garden and I was planning on expanding it anyhow. I AM concerned about the rise in meat prices,but we buy from a local butcher in sort of bulk packages, so we will ‘up’ our purchase before prices go up. I also agree that this sad situation will help local farmers get a more fair price for their products.

    I think we could make three months with what we have on handm honestly. That is just evaluating the pantry. We might have another couple months of long term stuff that I don”t honestly consider. We have work to do.
    Neighbors? One is my gardening BFF, and while we’ve never discussed it, I know he is reliant and a go to. One other household I could rely on. The rest of them, not so much. I know a couple that are libtards, and I have helped them through short term situations locally. They don’t know what I have. But I have helped then in rough patches because the have kids.
    While I fear that we could be facing a Venezuala type situation, I have hope that there are enough God fearing, Constitutional wise ppl here who will help us uphold our God given rights.

    1. Grammyprepper,

      This has been an austere week for us, as DH was in between jobs (good Lord, the crap that goes on in construction…) but he has gone back to work at another company he used to work for

      I was wondering about you guys since the weather here has been somewhat iffy, with cold rain sometimes mixed with sleet or snow. Real spring has to be here soon, doesn’t it?

      WE obviously have some other expenses to look at cutting back on. We don’t live an ‘extravagent’ life, heck, our lunches out with TOP and his DW are pretty much the only time we get out, LOL!

      Actually, that lunch was the last time we really got out, although when running errands we may eat at one of the fine eateries in our area, like Wendy’s or Burger King, LOL. Yesterday we tried the new Arby’s that recently opened and it was pretty good. Like Wendy’s their “senior” discount is a free drink. Sometimes old age has it’s perks, LOL.
      We’re still waiting (hoping?) for warmer weather so you guys can haul the camper over here for a cheap &fun weekend.

      and try the Three Sisters method. And this answers other question,

      The DW & I have decided to try that method also, since it looks to be an inexpensive (both time & money) thing to try

      I am getting more into companion planting, and will try growing echinacea and other flowers and herbs in the garden. I have never used cayenne to stop bleeding but grow it and have preserved it.

      I have an old Rodale press book on companion planting; but, the only thing I’ve ever done much is using Marigolds around the edges of the garden.

      City squirrels are a lot different from country squirrels. The city squirrels would sit and taunt Rufus, first on the fence, then on the neighbors garage roof..until the dog finally got one of them…then they took to taunting him from the phone wires

      City cats must be different than county cats also, since we have no chipmunks and very few squirrels.

      I think we could make three months with what we have on handm honestly. That is just evaluating the pantry. We might have another couple months of long term stuff that I don”t honestly consider. We have work to do.

      handm honestly? I only point this out because I do it all of the time, as someone put the ‘m’ key next to the ‘comma’ LOL.

      While I fear that we could be facing a Venezuala type situation, I have hope that there are enough God fearing, Constitutional wise ppl here who will help us uphold our God given rights.

      I don’t know how many people fit your exact definition; but, one thing we have that Venezuela and many other countries do not have is that ”Pesky 2nd Amendment”

        1. I haven’t had the Arby’s fish sandwich, but I will say that the Kroger fish sandwich rivals the McD version. And I don’t say that just cuz that’s where I work. It really is better. Plus, we bake them not fry them. They are on sale on Fridays during Lent.

          1. Grammyprepper,

            I haven’t had the Arby’s fish sandwich, but I will say that the Kroger fish sandwich rivals the McD version. And I don’t say that just cuz that’s where I work. It really is better. Plus, we bake them not fry them. They are on sale on Fridays during Lent.

            Actually another good fish sandwich is the one from White Castle; but we’ll have to check out the ones @ Kroger since there are 5 more Fridays unless they count Good Friday as the end.

      1. LOL. TOP, I’ve come to expect that there WILL be typos since I type directly in the response box.

        I have always put marigolds in the garden, and/or zinnias Must have learned that from grandma. I am excited to delve more into companion gardening this year. Now if it would just dry out a LITTLE bit, so I can get out in the dirt. More rain this weekend? Mother Nature is slaying me (and probably the farmers too, I would imagine).

        As for that “Pesky 2nd Amendment”, I am glad it’s pesky, and so are the folks that support it!

        (we’ll be in touch soon)

  15. 1. Are you growing anything new this year for eating or healing? Please tell the Pack all about it, if you are.
    I have grown a few strawberry plants in containers before, but this year I’m planting 200 plants in my garden and DIL’s garden. (She lives next door.)
    2. What is your favorite edible that can also be used as a quality natural healer?
    Honey, of course!
    3. Do you use cayenne pepper as a natural first aid item?
    Yes, and I just bought another container for the camper.
    4. What is the most hilarious animal fuss you have ever witnessed?
    I’m not a violent person, but I had a moody goat who insisted on repeatedly kicking me and the milk bucket. After getting several bruises and a good milk bath, I’d had enough and punched her up-side the head. She stared at me for a long time, but stood still. I was convinced I’d won the battle and the war. When I let her off the stand, she rammed me into the side of the stall, stood back, and looked at me. I swear she smirked. Me-0. Goat-1.

    This week:

    *Goats: Goats are all doing well. We’re getting some milk, due to having to milk two does to even them out.

    *Chickens:
    -Gave fertilized eggs to a kindergarten teacher for incubation. I will get as many of the chicks as I want. Score!
    -Two hens have insisted on sitting on eggs. I’m letting them.

    *Garden:
    -I planted beets and lettuces in the raised beds.
    -Plowed garden. Will till when it dries a bit.

    *Added a little to the stockpile, including some cheesemaking supplies, tourniquet, and Quik Clot bandages.

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

  16. Hey Pack,
    Zulu, Sorry to hear of your Grand child’s passing. It is always sad to hear, and causes can be so many. Continue to love and support each other as you all go thru this heart wrenching event. Superwoman has nothing on Your DD#1.
    Bam Bam we ahve continued to keep Baby Olivia in prayer.. glad it looks like she will be ok. The Doctors do not know everything, and to them a pregnancy is just a “problem” Not a life to be treasured.. too many times our Doctors and personal care people get too wrapped up in projecting what will be an outcome. Having the faith and belief as Zulu said that every life is precious from the conception helps us to understand how beautiful the plan of procreation is for mankind especially….
    I am late to t he party as Usual. Have had a lot going on. so no time to even read til today..
    It is still too early to plant frost sensitive things…I received some long heavy boards today for making a couple more grow beds for veggies.. We have been working with trying to get up a new grow system this year for several of our plantings. our plan is to expand in a way that will ease us into the growing season.With less watering frequency, less tilling, and weeding. Since our soil is so heavy and does not drain well I am excited to get these up and working..Going to try of 8… will see.
    It is a hydroponic/ wicking pot. each time one waters liquid fertilizer is added to the water and the pot holds several gallons of water in the reservoir in the bottom of the tub. using hydroponics grow solution.to keep out weeds the recommendation is adding cover to the top of the pots. .. If anyone is interested put in you tube search…Gardening with Leon, he shows how to make the pots up and tells how to feed the plants. he has a straight hydroponics cucumber video that is awesome as well…
    not many preps this week, just rotating supplies out and replacing them just ahead of use or just after depending on the item and how much we use of an item and how much we anticipate needing. I have bought one of he Bacon flavored spam’s to try… to use for breakfast replacement meat… if it goes well plan on picking up some more. we do not care for regular spam or any of the similar products( I stock a half dozen mixed in with monthly supplies.-one a month is too many for us.)..the one we will use is the dollar tree product, 7 oz.bacon flavored.. we like it ..sliced thin and coated in flour and browned and heated thru in a skillet with a skim of butter for a n oil… I am thinking we will get more of both as available $$$ this coming week..
    . I have been watching and hearing of the homes, farms, storage facilities for grains, the many cattle and hog operations wiped out by this set of flooding…which will continue thru the snow melts… with the understanding that areas covered by moving water is not going to be planted….the dams that are now non operational-to regulate water flow to those areas. How can such devastation not cause hardship and price increase? I was thinking from this point of view;;;All those who had their daily needs on a farm met by their labor-suddenly have nothing and must begin again from scratch. That means what they need must be purchased by someone for them and it will be diverted from where it was not needed to now where it is…result will be shortages if from that alone, but that is only the beginning. Wish I had the ability to take one family and make sure they had all their needs met. i don’t have that ability. We do without things we want all the time to get things we need..

    Tara’s questions. #1 I am adding more herbs, flowers that are insect repellant/crop friendly to all my grow areas. almost everything we grow will be and addition . have more sweetpotato slips almost ready and still have another month before can plant them… we only had small grow last year because of limited space. I learned valuable lessons last year. I have worked all fall and winter to increase soil available and bio availability for this coming crop year. Our goal is to have something by fall that will function in part at least, as a greenhouse..to extend our crops into the winter well past our first frost in early October..
    #2 MY number one edible healer is the herb plantain. I have some triple tinctured and it works quickly to take down allergic wheals … another severe allergic reaction on 10th.to an unknown ..think it was to a 4 day old bite. chewable allegra, held under tongue for 3 minutes, and given with cola to follow…. total of 120 mg, with benadryl 50 mg given . as several blisters raised to 1/2″ in height. on torso in all high heat body areas…applied plantain tincture multiple times in rotation..to all wheals and within about 20 min they began changing…first simply no new ones and some of ligher ones became less red and then big ones began to collapse. Plantain tincture can be given internally as well all of the plant is medicinal and safe. This was not near as bad as the vagal response that put blood pressure at 68/50 and heart rate of 142… o2 sat was 90,w/lung congestion.treated with deep breathing 3 puffs of rabbit tobacco and a burping episode and heart rate returned to 82 and blood pressure to his normal of 110/70..
    #3 I knew cayenne pepper would stop bleeding i have it in my first aide kit for that purpose.
    It also helps to staunch internal bleeding. One teaspoon dose is to be given in 8 oz.warm water. stirred vigorously and slugged down.I have read of it being used to successfully treat accidental gun shot victims and allow time for the persons to be treated successful in spite of being well outside the normal window of viability.
    #4 funniest animal attack… a 3.5 lb Polish Rooster chasing a 35 lb collie/blue healer mix and puppy running.Rooster correction was quite effective.

    Thors questions.
    #1 yes having almost triple what we had last year if all goes according to plan.
    #2 yes.at least for people and enough to transition animals to other foods…dogs yes. chickens ..could do it if necessary for 6 months. will definitely be more work for me to feed 22 birds, than presently. have two that will meet demise quickly in shtf….Working on plans for food closet/system for longer term of their primary feed.
    #3 neighbors: most have some stock for deep winter reserves…it might not be optimal this early in the spring. None of them would call themselves preppers.
    #4 Thor , I pray for the positive side of things… for our President, His team who are true and protect him, The plan to restore our democratic republic..The true ones who are loyal to those oaths taken for the protection against our enemies foreign and domestic., for the many who have served and want to even now- but are riddled by disease because of the abuse given to them by the system, they served faithfully…., for the pilots of the geo engineering planes to wake up and quit., for the white hats to take over the radar sites that emit heat producing waves that heat the atmosphere…causing severe thunderstorms to fire from” no where.”.. Any concern I have left off my list,… I have confidence He supplies.
    Take care Pack and prep on.. looks like things could get tighter.

    1. Anonamo Also,

      The Doctors do not know everything, and to them a pregnancy is just a “problem” Not a life to be treasured.. too many times our Doctors and personal care people get too wrapped up in projecting what will be an outcome.

      Perhaps a few health care providers have that attitude; but, none that I know of. I do however think we can blame the personal injury lawyers and some of their greedy clientele for forcing the doctors to practice defensive medicine. I see legal ads on the TV all of the time, stating if you, or your child, have this or that, you may be “owed” compensation, so if a doctor sees any anomaly and don’t report it to the patient, and a bad outcome ensues, they are likely to be sued in what I have heard called “The malpractice lottery”
      You may also recall when President Obama (a lawyer) stated that a surgeon makes $30,000 -$50,000 to amputate the foot of a diabetic, while receiving a pittance to prevent the diabetes that necessitated the procedure in the first place, essentially saying that cutting off a foot makes more money than treating the diabetes, so doctors allow the patient to get sick enough for the higher paying procedure. I have several doctor friends who get really frustrated at the patients who have lost no weight and still have high blood sugars; but, are obviously lieing when they swear they are exercising and eating correctly.

  17. Jussie Smollett tried to start a race war while being paid by George Soros. They then dropped charges after the prosecutor had $400,000 donated to her campaign and another $70,000 in cash. That is BRIBERY and needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    A lot of people could have been killed due to this farce. We the people are angry !!!

    1. Thor1,

      Jussie Smollett tried to start a race war while being paid by George Soros. They then dropped charges after the prosecutor had $400,000 donated to her campaign and another $70,000 in cash. That is BRIBERY and needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

      You sometimes post things I think border on conspiracy theories, and I haven’t seen any fingerprints from Soros on this yet; but, I agree that something smells pretty bad on this one. I don’t however think it is over, since it appears that some law enforcement folks in Chicago have sent evidence to the DOJ, and are asking for a Federal investigation. From what I’m seeing on the news, they have phone and text messages, plus a check written by Smollett to the brothers who did the deed and have confessed / explained why. Who hires thugs to commit a crime and pays by check?
      I guess you cannot blame the guy for trying to get national attention and a decent raise, since he was reportedly only making $20,000.00 per episode!!! As of March 2019, only 78 episodes of Empire have aired so after taxes that 1.5 million would have been tough to live on, LOL.

      A lot of people could have been killed due to this farce. We the people are angry !!!

      I spent about 2 hours waiting to renew my state ID that expires in about 2 ½ weeks and just listening to the conversations around us; this incident at least has people talking, concerned, and in some cases pissed.

  18. Tara’s questions :

    1.Are you growing anything new this year for eating or healing? Please tell the Pack all about it, if you are.
    *The garden is constantly evolving – I grew kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts over the winter for the first time. I plan to grow more herbs and more of those things that have been successful, plus there’s a plan to try some new varieties of beans and peas.
    2.What is your favorite edible that can also be used as a quality natural healer?
    *Garlic
    3.Do you use cayenne pepper as a natural first aid item?
    *No, but I have read a little about it.
    4.What is the most hilarious animal fuss you have ever witnessed?
    *Can’t think of anything at the moment.

    Thor’s questions:

    1.Do you have or plan to have a garden of some type?
    *Yes – it’s growing to be about 40’x70′ this year too, thanks to a new tractor and tiller, plus zero percent interest loans.
    2. Do you have at least 6 months of food stored? Animals too?
    *I don’t store my animals, but I do try to keep at least four to five months of certain kinds of food on hand for them. I also probably won’t be able to feed the feral fur babies anymore except through scraps I can’t use. As for human food, I think I have enough for 3 to 4 months, but that is constantly changing and evolving.
    3. Are your neighbors preppers?
    *Doubtful, but there might be a few.
    4. Do you pray that the United States doesn’t turn into a socialist Venezuela?
    *I do pray that we don’t go that far, but agree that the media and others are pushing us in that direction.

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