What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 38: Mar 31st – Apr 6th 2019

prep week 38

Hello Pack. The weather has been cooperating this week, so we have gotten a lot done on our survival homesteading retreat. The rain we have gotten has been extremely minimal. It never ceases to surprise me how much even slightly warm weather and sunshine on your shoulders can vastly improve your mood after a long winter.

Prepping this week has consisted of working on our road and creek. We are still fixing issues created by the massive amount of rain and flooding we endured from basically October through March.

We (meaning my hubby and some male tribe members) used our backhoe to dig a ditch and put in a new culvert to help curtail our septic system and well from backing up after being waterlogged for so dang long. It isn’t smooth sailing on that front entirely yet, but we are getting there.

The trench that goes along our uphill winding dirt ½ mile driveway had to be reworked entirely after it nearly washed out – and the same thing done to “up top hill road” that leads to our top 20 acres.

We also had to untangle three entire sections of fencing that fell into the creek and became packed with debris after a portion of the tallest part of the creek bed fell in after the most recent flood. The flood waters created a new tributary in another section and was dumping all of the water into our lower growing plot and hayfield.

I also “went shopping” in my beloved’s “junque” pile and scavenged an old rabbit hutch, and I’m in the process of turning it into a new chicken coop. Another rabbit hutch that was turned into a chicken brooder is going to be attached to the new coop.

making chicken coop out of a rabbit hutch

They flocks’ living quarters are going to be in my apothecary patch so they can devour all the bugs that want to eat my herbs, roots, and medicinal plants. I am also going to make chicken wire and wood furring strip covers for the tabletop style growing areas to protect what I am cultivating from the chickens and ducks.

We got a lot more firewood cut, split, and stacked, thanks to the no rain days we have been having. I also sold two goats – yeah, homesteading income! I had a hard time parting with them, but ya can’t actually be a goat breeder if you keep them all, right?

I am sure Whiskey is extremely happy in his new home, he had a plethora of girlfriends eagerly awaiting his arrival. Sunshine will now be the top female goat at her new home, a position I hope she thrives in as well as her mother, Pearl has. Pearl’s two kids are growing nicely, and love hanging out with my horse and free ranging close to their mother’s side.

horse and goat

We have another predator lurking in our woods. It has not gotten any of our livestock (yet) but it is too close for comfort to my barn. I was never a believer in coywolf sightings, but after catching a glimpse of this thing, I believe my mind has been changed.

It was not a typical Eastern coyote, nor was it a wild stray dog of a fox. Whatever it is, its chances for peaceful relocation will evaporate if an armed tribe members catches it near our animals.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. How do you plant to upcycle “junque” into a prep or homesteading money saver this spring?
  2. What flooding preps have your learned after the long wet fall and winter?
  3. Have you encountered any coywolves where you live?

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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124 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 38: Mar 31st – Apr 6th 2019

      1. Almost There,

        Where’s the rest of it Thor1?? Gotta have quick fingers… Lol!

        There have always been people and organizations that thought being first was better than being accurate or having real content. For example, CNN & MSNBC, LOL.

        1. TOP, being 1st is well 1st. If you lead the view always changes….LOL

          As for CNN, MSNBC ECT….They lead too, but in fake news….LOL

          1. MaineBrain,
            So glad Alex Jones never lies. Neither does Trump. /s
            Trump doesn’t lie more than any politician, remember “You can keep your doctor”, “You can keep your plan”, and “ It will cost at least $2500.00 less”
            As for Alex Jones, who listens to that moron?

        2. TOP, how’s the view back there in 6th place?

          LOL

          Wait a minute, I ate some beans last night……ROTF FAL……😂 😎

          Z36, give TOP your gasmask….LOL

          1. Thor1,

            If I give TOP my mask, what am I going to use? Sorry, TOP, but you’re SOL on this one. 🙂

          2. Thor1,

            TOP, how’s the view back there in 6th place?

            It’s a comfortable and leisurely walk back here, mostly because we put the expendable ones on point. This way, if I hear a BOOM!!! I’m out of range and can more easily make my way around the hole in the ground in front of me, LOL.

            Wait a minute, I ate some beans last night……ROTF FAL Z36, give TOP your gasmask….LOL

            You forget that I live within a few miles of an egg plant with nearly 1,000,000 laying hens, many dairy cows and lots of pork on the hoof. Living here you mostly get immune to most odors, or what we hereabouts call “Dairy Aire”

          1. …and now a word from the real purpose of this weeks blog…What did you do to prep this week?

    1. Puppy has really been cute lately. Sleeping with his stuffed puppy as a pillow…LOL He is so territorial that if the carpenter bees fly around he attacks and eats them in a quite impressive aerial combat…Flying puppies…..

      Prepping has been mostly food this week with all the food shortages getting ready to happen. Farm land getting flooded, loss of approximately a million calves, in China a staggering 55 to 100 million pigs lost to swine fever. That said……

      Freeze dried 10 lbs of cooked hamburger.
      Freeze dried 10 lbs of cooked steak.
      Freeze dried 10 lbs of cooked pork.
      Cleaned the vacuum pump.

      Planted part of the garden
      Tomatoes, Roma, cherry and beefsteaks
      Yellow squash, zucchini and cucumbers
      Peppers, cayenne, Serrano, habanero, sweet banana, jalapeños, California wonderful and another bell.
      Garlic
      Cilantro

      Still need to plant potatoes,beans, lettuce,corn, carrots and onions.

      Bought another AA/AAA battery charger with 4 AA batteries.
      Changed some smoke detectors 9v batteries. Why don’t they make these in rechargeables too?
      Mounted a fire extinguisher in the armory.
      Recharged AA and AAA batteries
      Recharged solar system battery.

      Tara’s questions:

      1. How do you plan to upcycle “junque” into a prep or homesteading money saver this spring?

      2.What flooding preps have your learned after the long wet fall and winter?

      3.Have you encountered any coywolves where you live?

      1. I don’t really have any junk but if I needed it would be a yard sale.
      2. Food can be wiped out. Live at the top of a hill because water and shtf rolls down hill..
      3. 1 possibly, it walked at a fast pace down the street at night. Definitely not a dog and to big to be a coyote.

      Thor’s questions:

      1. With the threats of famine, are you increasing your food preps ?

      2. Do you think war is imminent with China and Russia?

      3. How can democrats keep a straight face telling us that we need to keep illegal alien families together while promoting abortion of American babies? Did anyone see the movie Unplanned?

      4. How can the Democrats talk about reparations of tax money being paid to African American slaves when slavery ended 154 years ago ? Do you think they are trying to use tax money to buy the black vote?

      1. Thor1,

        Thor’s Questions:

        #1 – Threats of famine. Increasing food stash? Not especially. I add to my food stash weekly anyway and occasionally buy some more freeze dried food pouches. I am going to keep an eye on things and if events prove more is necessary, I will get more.

        #2 – War imminent with China and Russia? I don’t think so. We are useful to communist and socialist countries as external enemies to be feared and who are responsible for stirring up trouble in the home land (and thus responsible for food shortages, etc). They need external enemies to blame for their own shortcomings and need to reallocate resources to building the military. Having a shooting war with those enemies will usually mean greater hardships, even for the ruling class (who also risk being blasted out of office).

        #3 – How can Demos keep a straight face? I really don’t know. I suspect that a great many of them do not see the dichotomy that is created.

        #4 – Slave reparations: Of course the Dems are trying to buy black votes with cash. Why else would they offer reparations? Certainly not out of the goodness of their former slave-owning, KKK, Jim Crow Law enacting hearts. I do believe in reparation to slaves. Prove you were actually a slave in the US in 1865 or earlier, and you can have $10million. Reincarnation does not count.

        1. Z36, excellent answers as usual.

          3. I watched an interview of the actress who played in the movie “Unplanned” and she talked about abortion and what is done that they have to put the baby back together like a jigsaw puzzle to make sure they got all the pieces or the woman could get an infection. She said and the little face….I cried uncontrollably for 5 minutes and had to get drunk after just thinking about it.

          4. I tell my black friends things like that hoping they get it. Such as….

          Who killed the man, Abraham Lincoln the Republican who freed the slaves? A Democrat
          Who killed Martin Luther King? A Democrat
          Who founded the KKK? A Democrat
          Who helps fund planned parenthood that is responsible for aborting mostly black or minority babies? The Democrats…It was also founded by ? A Democrat.
          I then ask whose side are you on? The say Hmmm

          1. Thor1,

            As a paramedic I was in and out of emergency rooms all the time, as might be expected. Periodically, they handled a spontaneous abortion (technical term for a miscarriage). The fetus was usually placed into a specimen jar with preservative and sent to pathology for testing.

            Once in while, I would see the specimen jar behind the nurse’s station and would stop to take a look. I’ve seen fetuses from barely developed blobs, to babies who were 5-6 months old. When they are that old, they look exactly like a full term baby, except much smaller, of course.

            I don’t know how any medical person can look at a fetus of that age and not say it’s a human being. Anyone who chops up a living child in the womb in order to abort it is no different than the Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele to me. The lowest circle of Hell is reserved for those people.

          2. Thor1,

            I watched an interview of the actress who played in the movie “Unplanned” and she talked about abortion and what is done that they have to put the baby back together like a jigsaw puzzle to make sure they got all the pieces or the woman could get an infection. She said and the little face….I cried uncontrollably for 5 minutes and had to get drunk after just thinking about it.

            I think I saw that same interview and while we probably won’t see the movie, I understand it did well its first week out with a domestic total as of Apr. 7, 2019: $12,467,510 (Estimate). I also understand that some of the MSM are not accepting ads, so I’m seeing ads and interviews on Fox & Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.
            As for the relationship between the Democrats and the minority communities, I think some are finally waking up, especially since minority unemployment is at a long time low, so we can cross our fingers and hope.

        2. Z36, I think Venezuela is going to turn into another Vietnam…….
          I also think Twain, the China sea and Ukraine may be the start of WW3.

          I heard Russian soldiers are in Mexico training… Red Dawn on the way ???

          China made missiles that can be launched from cargo containers…EMP coming.

          I hope our government hardens the grid soon.

          Hey, what about the Nerf gun legislation in Florida to make little Tommy a criminal for posting pictures on line armed with a Nerf gun or squirt gun…..LOL

          1. Thor1,

            Hey, what about the Nerf gun legislation in Florida to make little Tommy a criminal for posting pictures on line armed with a Nerf gun or squirt gun…..LOL

            That’s nothing, since Oregon is about to outlaw cowboy action shooting with those dangerous 6 shot revolvers.

            Gun owners in Oregon will see their rights eroded significantly under a proposed Senate bill that would outlaw weapons capable of firing more than five rounds and limit the purchase of ammunition to no more than 20 rounds a month.

            Here are the details.
            http://naturalresourcereport.com/2019/02/oregon-ammo-ban-would-be-nations-strictest/

          2. Zulu 3-6,

            This gun stuff is really getting stupid. Class A stupidity. Incurable stupidity.

            Yep. Ignorance which is no more than ”Uneducated innocence” can be cured with education; but, stupid is by definition, Forever.

        3. According to Trump, he has done more for the minorities than anyone, and African-American and Hispanic American employment are at an all-time high!!! He keeps bragging about it. No one has done more for the minorities than Trump!

          1. MaineBrain, I can’t wait to see the military tribunals being held for the traitors of the last administration and the deep state…LOL

            Obama did nothing but fleece America……

          2. MaineBrain,

            According to Trump, he has done more for the minorities than anyone, and African-American and Hispanic American employment are at an all-time high!!! He keeps bragging about it. No one has done more for the minorities than Trump!

            I assume that you actually meant according to the Trump administration, since he’s only touting the figures from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics that indicate those demographics are doing better than they have in decades, including under the Obama administration.
            I’m not all that fond of his tweets and bragging either; but, when it comes to producing results, he’s heads and shoulders above the previous administration; but, then again, he was a more accomplished person than Obama was prior to the presidency.

      2. Thor1,

        Freeze dried 10 lbs of cooked hamburger.
        Freeze dried 10 lbs of cooked steak.
        Freeze dried 10 lbs of cooked pork.

        You’re using your FD a lot more than I have been. Do you find cooked vs. raw meat better to dry or to rehydrate? Still a learning curve here with all of the outside work continuing.

        Changed some smoke detectors 9v batteries. Why don’t they make these in rechargeables too?

        Assuming you mean the batteries, they do; but, they are way expensive and since Smoke & C.O. detectors are required by UL to last at least a year with monthly testing, the alkaline are still the best choice.

        As for Thor’s questions:
        1. With the threats of famine, are you increasing your food preps ?
        Yes & No. We can already feed at least 4 people for at least a year, and our normal lifestyle is can copying, so we’re slowly increasing food stores each month, and often have to stop and use up some older things. So yes we are; but, not at an increased rate.
        2. Do you think war is imminent with China and Russia?
        Not a shooting war; but, perhaps the ongoing economic one.
        3. How can democrats keep a straight face telling us that we need to keep illegal alien families together while promoting abortion of American babies? Did anyone see the movie Unplanned?
        This one is simple. Dems often have no morals, ethics, or scruples and do what they must to try and hold onto power. As for the movie, no; but, the last movie we saw in the theaters was the third installment of Atlas Shrugged and that was at least 5-6 years ago. With satellite, Netflix, Prime Video and others on the 55” HDTV, we rarely drive to town, fight the crowds, and pay big bucks for tickets and even more for snacks. I recently recorded the Hunger Games series and will probably get it watched in the next few months.
        4. How can the Democrats talk about reparations of tax money being paid to African American slaves when slavery ended 154 years ago ? Do you think they are trying to use tax money to buy the black vote?
        Well duh? Of course, since purchasing votes is all they can do when they have no policies and now it looks like Trump is stealing their on possible policy, Health Care that will have to be better than the PPACA.

        1. TOP, great answers as well.

          For the FD question, Yes cooked meat is better as it takes less time and energy to reconstitute and eat. Raw meat may change color when reconstituting it as well.

          4. The Democrats say the bill for slave reparation would be between 100 to 500 billion dollars of our tax money, yet the refuse to give 5.7 billion to build a wall to protect all Americans, or another 2 billion dollars to harden the grid to keep 90% of Americans safe from an EMP……Wow Russian collusion my A$$…Whose side are they on?

          1. Thor1,

            For the FD question, Yes cooked meat is better as it takes less time and energy to reconstitute and eat. Raw meat may change color when reconstituting it as well.

            Thanks. I would assume that the FD process would be quicker with cooked; but, somewhere in the back of my brain I was picturing taking FD raw pork chops or steaks, rehydrating them and grilling out. We can all have our dreams, can’t we.

            4. The Democrats say the bill for slave reparation would be between 100 to 500 billion dollars of our tax money, yet the refuse to give 5.7 billion to build a wall to protect all Americans, or another 2 billion dollars to harden the grid to keep 90% of Americans safe from an EMP……Wow Russian collusion my A$$…Whose side are they on?

            Whose side are they on is simple, their own power over us and nothing more. As for reparations, meaning to repair, if it works like it should it might be a good thing. If I do a job for you, like putting on a new roof and it leaks, you sue me for reparations, at which point I complete the job to your satisfaction and we are done.
            If a onetime payment of ”reparations” would end the discussion and the minority set asides, affirmative action, etc. and be done with it for good, it might be a good thing; but, we all know that this is one bone the Dems will never put down, since they always need it as another club with which to beat their opponents since they have no real policies to offer.

          2. Thor, The last question you asked is easiest answered… It ain’t ours!
            Other Thor questions…#1 yes I am adding as many meats and grains as I can afford. grains in long term. mostly canning meats.Vegetables that i have trouble growing.I am buying in organic, and also trying to grow them again. working on planting more area but am not putting out frost tender stuff til at least Easter. Potatoes and onions planted.Preparing more beds/wicking pots. added grape vines.. #2, It’s all just distraction. smoke and mirrors. #3 Don’t get me to lyin’.. I can;t read peoples minds that have good minds. They are not genuine nor honest. #4 I did not see the movie, I saw some video by investigators uncovering the murder of innocents. My heart could not stand any more.The healer part of me wanted to put the perps in 2 miles of water with concrete shoes, and no life jacket. I also believe that anyone who WAS a slave, prior to 1865, should be given a generous sum of money and have all their needs provided.
            Tara’s questions #1, I am always repurposing.. have building projects in works… #2 We learned…Where the areas are that need attention and building, areas for increased drainage,how hard it is to keep a chicken run dry…
            #3 No, would not surprise em Dog/coyote/wolf/fox, just different strains…of same general genetics. have common traits, breed similar cycles. I have known of an Akita to breed with a wild coyote… only thing around to give her beautiful puppies. They were tested and tested out as full breed Akita. good $$ for owners.

          3. Anonamo Also,

            My heart could not stand any more.The healer part of me wanted to put the perps in 2 miles of water with concrete shoes, and no life jacket.

            2 miles of water is too much. 10 feet of water is perfect, since they can still see the surface just feet above them as they finally fail to be able to hold their breaths. They need to have hope before they perish, LOL.

            I also believe that anyone who WAS a slave, prior to 1865, should be given a generous sum of money and have all their needs provided.

            I agree and will chip into that pool.

            BTW, I like your style.

        2. This Dem has morals, scruples and ethics. My parents were Dems. I switched to R when Susan Collins was in a primary, and I wanted to vote for her, because I know her, and she shares my values. I switched back to Dem the day after the 2016 election, because Never Trump – how can anyone possibly support this malignant narcissist? Being a Dem DOES NOT mean one is immoral. I try to live my life to the highest standards. Honesty, integrity, fair dealing – those are not party labels. That’s just the way we live our lives.

          1. MaineRrain, maybe you you have morals, let’s test that….

            1. Is it OK to kill babies?
            2. Is it OK to collapse the United States economy by using illegal aliens?
            3. Is it OK take the rights away from law abiding citizens because criminals commit crimes?
            4. Is it OK to take money from a hard working people and give it to lazy able body people who just don’t want to work?
            5. Is it OK for illegal aliens to drag kids through water and concertina wire to come into the country? Child sex trafficking? Drugs?
            6. Is it OK to come into this country illegally and kill 64,000 American citizens?

            ECT….

            If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you have no morals.

            Note to #1 and #6, 1,748 babies were aborted according to the CDC report of 2015.

            Note to #6 17 kids died at parkland in Florida and Dems called for a gun ban.
            64,000 Americans have been killed by illegal aliens and the Dems call for open
            borders.

          2. That was 1,748 babies in one day !!!

            I agree with Z36 and TOP, the pit in Hell is not deep enough for baby killers.

          3. MaineBrain,

            This Dem has morals, scruples and ethics. My parents were Dems. I switched to R when Susan Collins was in a primary, and I wanted to vote for her, because I know her, and she shares my values.

            I don’t doubt that as my dad and brother were also Dems; but, that was before the “progressive” takeover. Now it seems that the move to the left is in progress to the point I actually pity speaker Pelosi. Had the Dems run someone other than HRC they might have stood a chance; but, even a more even tempered classical old time Dem like Joe Biden is seeing what happens when you buck the leftists who have seemingly taken over the party.

            I switched back to Dem the day after the 2016 election, because Never Trump – how can anyone possibly support this malignant narcissist?

            You mean compared to the former malignant narcissist BHO?
            In both the military and prepping there is a maxum stating that ”Hope is not a plan” and in the same line of thinking just “resistance” and “Never Trump” are not policies. I didn’t vote for Trump as much as against HRC; but, I think his policies are improving both the economy and security of the country, while those in the running on the other side seem to be accepting the general socialist policies of Medicare for all, etc.

            Being a Dem DOES NOT mean one is immoral. I try to live my life to the highest standards. Honesty, integrity, fair dealing – those are not party labels. That’s just the way we live our lives.

            I suspect that other than politics, you, I and most on this forum would get along quite well with many of those same attributes. Once of my biggest problem with Dems, at least many in elected office, is their inability to consider that those of us in the working middle class can easily manage our own lives, and don’t need their ”expert” supervision. When they decide to punish the law abiding for the acts of the scofflaw, we will stand against them. ”Gun Control” or as they like to call their lie “Gun Safety Laws” are constantly being struck down by the courts, with the California magazine limit just recently being tossed.
            I have been shooting for nearly 60 years, currently own and have owned numerous firearms and once had a bumper sticker that is still true to this day: ”Teddy Kennedy’s car has killed more people than my guns.”
            I find trying to control other people for no legitimate reason somewhat less than moral, and that appears to be the plan for most of the elected Dems currently in power.

          4. You are not the problem but the Democratic platform to me is immoral and a danger to my country. Trump may not be a sterling individual but he is trying to run the country mostly the way I want it run. Many Democrats mean well but things will not turn out how they hope they will.

          5. Daddio7,

            You are not the problem but the Democratic platform to me is immoral and a danger to my country.

            I think we would see eye to eye on this point. This country still has its flaws and a scuffed up history; but, it is still the shining beacon for many around the world and the most benign super power in history. I want government to protect me and provide required infrastructure like highways; but, otherwise to mostly leave me alone.

            Trump may not be a sterling individual but he is trying to run the country mostly the way I want it run.

            I agree here also. I voted for Ted Cruz in the primary; but, with the Dems going with their heir apparent and pushing HRC with her only qualification being a woman who called you and me incorrigible, they bet on a losing hand and lost.
            I have worked with and for many women in my career and with few exceptions they were all qualified and competent people. The exceptions BTW were no more than the men I also worked with & for.

            Many Democrats mean well but things will not turn out how they hope they will.

            Unfortunately too many who have actual power don’t mean well or are sometimes ignorant. When AOC tells the story of how the Republicans push presidential term limits to stop FDR, she is either lying or ignorant of the historical facts, since that event happened after FDR’s death, early in his 4th term; but, when one believes something is possible, facts often only get in the way.

          6. To Thor:

            1. I had an abortion when I was 19. I’m now 65. No regrets. Call me a baby-killer. I still don’t regret it.

            2. The Maine apple industry depends on Jamaicans to pick the crop. One of my most right-wing friends runs an apple orchard operation and goes off-grid every August because she has to start managing the Jamaicans’ payroll. Can’t get Mainers to do the work. And, oh yes, my forebears were immigrants and so were yours, unles you’re Native American.

            3. Examples and proof, please?

            4. I was on unemployment for a spell in my 20s. I was grateful for it. I had paid into it previously, and I’ve continued to pay into it through 45 years of gainful employment. The social safety net is for when we get down on our luck. I hope that never happens to you, but if it does, it’s there.

            5. So much wrapped up in there, I’m not sure I can answer rationally. Drugs come in hidden in semis, vehicles, etc. They come through the ports of entry. The average refugee family probably isn’t carrying a hundred pounds of drugs in their backpacks.

            6. Proof and references, please, for the 64,000 number? Please, not Breitbart or Faux News.

            I love being the resident liberal-to-hate in this conservative community. 🙂

          7. Thor1,
            I thought of another difference in the ethical, moral democrats and the current resisted administration in the way they treated “The little sisters of the poor”. PPACA mandates, as in demands without exception that all employers must offer birth control to their employees with no co pay.
            Back in November 2017, the Trump administration rolled back that birth control mandate; but, that was not the end of it.
            That Catholic charity then had to fight an effort by California and Pennsylvania to block the Trump administration’s effort to roll back that Obamacare birth control mandate. California and Pennsylvania sued to preserve the mandate.
            So once again those who claim the high ground are actually the bullies, demanding that everyone comply.
            “Resistance is futile” or maybe not!!!!

          8. Sorry, Maine Brain, Even “native Americans” came to America from elsewhere. It has been pretty well documented their ancestors came from Siberia, just earlier than ours. Also, prior to the dominance of the U.S. the different “native American” nations attacked, fought, enslaved and stole from each other on a regular basis. The dreaded Comanche and Kiowa nations were poor and small groups, occupying Great Plains territory until they were driven out by the larger, more powerful Sioux nation. Following acquisition of horses, they became more powerful and warlike. There are more examples, but they could ruin the popular narrative. Bottom line, most of the territory in north America has changed hands by conquest before the coming of the pilgrims.

          9. BillyT

            My wife is 3/4 Cherokee Indian 1/8 French and 1/8 Scottish

            I am 1/2 German 1/4 Irish 1/8 Scottish and 1/8 Scandinavian… Viking baby yeah

  1. Hi pack,

    Had a good day yesterday, sunshine, 75. Today, it just started to rain, and it will be rain for the next 2 days.

    Still organizing… Went to 2 Amish auctions on Friday with a friend and her husband from our local group. It was fun, and she and I split a tray of Red Deuce tomato plants that we got for $9.00 for 21 plants. The Amish have very nice green houses and the plants that come out of there look so healthy. That is all the plants we bought because around here, we wait until April 15th to plant anything due to fear of the last minute frost.

    After the first auction, we went to an Amish families house and I bought 10 lbs of butter. It is delicious. All made just the day before. They said they are getting around 6 lbs a day right now, and will get more when the fields get their grass up good.

    The second auction had all flowers. They were also beautiful, but unlike the smaller auction, you had to buy the whole cart. The auction price was for the each, and so if there were 10 plants on the cart, you would multiply that by 10. I only needed 3 of one of the geranium pots, so I had to pass this go round. I think that cart sold for $6.00 each, and all the plants were in the bigger pots that usually sell for $12 – $15 at Lowes….

    Then we went to the Amish grocery store. I could have walked out with a bunch of things, but had to be choosy…. I walked out with 5 quarts of raw honey, a 4 lb bag of dark brown sugar, spelt, rice spaghetti, rice penne (both of these were in a case for $1 for 12 boxes), canning lids both regular and wide mouth, 4 packages of fried pie filling (peach, blueberry, cherry), bottle of Arnica and orange oil, and 1 fried cherry pie. Would like to get some oats the net time I go.

    At GW, I found some more good stuff… A brand new, in the box, pulse oximeter, glass jars, wire baskets, plastic baskets that stack, a case of gel heat, some more long sleeve shirts for 99 cents each, a whirlypop, SS mixing bowl.

    14 totes from a friend of a friend that was selling them for $2 each. They are the mid sized, which is good because I get too much in the bigger ones and I can’t life them.

    Sold something on ebay and got it shipped.

    eBay – ASAP 22 PPM CS, 3 DVD set of The Matrix series, mesh laundry bags, Iron on fabric mend and repair, SAM splint knock off

    Seagate Fisheries – Olive Leaf extract veggie caps

    Rural King – SOG Tomahawk

    Can’t work outside today because of the rain, but got plenty to do inside anyway. Working on travel plans with my sister to go see my nephew graduate from Nursing School in Texas in May. He was in the Army, got soldier of the year in his first year, got 2 TBI’s while there, and is doing so well. He’s already secured a residency in the NICU once he passes his NCLEX. He said they only give that out to 3 each year. We are so proud of him and my dad would be too.

    Prayers for the pack, for healing, for The President and for America.

    I hope everyone has a great and productive week.

    1. Oh, and to answer Tara’s questions:

      How do you plant to upcycle “junque” into a prep or homesteading money saver this spring?
      I think you meant “plan” versus “plant”, so I will answer the “plan” version. I don’t have many supplies stored and am not building anything at the moment either except a ramp to my shed. I don’t have what I need for it, so it will have to be a purchase. I guess because I find all kinds of good stuff at the thrifty stores around here, I upcycle other’s people’s junk… 🙂

      What flooding preps have your learned after the long wet fall and winter?
      That I need some gravel for the driveway. It’s on the list.

      Have you encountered any coywolves where you live? Not sure, don’t see them, but hear them howl at night, so not sure if they are coyotes or coywolves. I don’t think we have any wolves around here.

    2. Almost There,

      It looks like this was you Amish bargain week.

      we wait until April 15th to plant anything due to fear of the last minute frost.

      Once again I’m a bit envious, since our last frost date is May 15, Arrrgh, LOL.

      The second auction had all flowers. They were also beautiful, but unlike the smaller auction, you had to buy the whole cart. The auction price was for the each, and so if there were 10 plants on the cart, you would multiply that by 10. I only needed 3 of one of the geranium pots, so I had to pass this go round.

      Did you think about approaching the purchaser and offering them a small profit on a few pots, so they ”don’t have to carry that entire heavy load home with them” (wink).

      At GW, I found some more good stuff… A brand new, in the box, pulse oximeter, glass jars, wire baskets, plastic baskets that stack, a case of gel heat, some more long sleeve shirts for 99 cents each, a whirlypop, SS mixing bowl.

      A bit more envy here, since as we’ve discussed on the phone a few times, your GW is a lot better than ours.

      Rural King – SOG Tomahawk
      I need to check on this one locally.

        1. Almost There,

          I was on the Rural King Flash Sale button. Free shipping to your house, only had to pay sales tax.

          Thanks for the link. I have one on the way. It will not be my first tomahawk; but, is cheap enough to use on a regular basis, unlike my nice throwing hawks.
          As I was ordering it I realized that for all of the martial arts weapons, cutlery, and firearms I have, the most dangerous thing in my life was on that Rural King site and on some other sites: Free Shipping & PayPal one click payments, LOL.

          1. TOP,

            It’s what we are here for…

            I don’t have one, and normally I read up before I purchase. I read up on a few of this particular brand, and it was good. Hoping this one is good and glad it came with a sheath. Some of these go for around $60… I know nothing about them, but I do need something that is multipurpose like this and can cut down limbs.

          2. Almost There,

            It’s what we are here for

            True dat’

            I don’t have one, and normally I read up before I purchase. I read up on a few of this particular brand, and it was good.

            I haven’t seen any cutlery made by SOG that wasn’t first rate.

            Hoping this

            one is good and glad it came with a sheath. Some of these go for around $60… I know nothing about them, but I do need something that is multipurpose like this and can cut down limbs.

            They have a similar one in stainless on their website for around $30.00.
            The sheath is a must, as are safety glasses when using it. Hitting something hard like concrete or nail in a tree or a piece of fence and you could get a metal chip flying; but, even wood chips can fly pretty hard when chopping. Take your time when learning to use it, and make sure your body parts (like legs) are out of the line of the chop. Since missing, cutting clean through, or a glancing blow can fly and do damage to you that you really don’t want. Experience is often the best teacher; but, I’m sharing mine to hopefully save you the pain of learning yourself, LOL.

    3. AT, to answer your question from last week, in case you didn’t go back to the previous thread – our three Toyo kerosene heaters are all the fixed kind, so they are vented to the outside, because they must intake outside oxygen in order to burn. So, no smell, no exhaust, unless you are standing quite near the outside exhaust pipe, in which case you might get a whiff of exhaust, but it dissipates quickly. We have an indoor K-1 heater for backup, which we’ve never used, so I can’t vouch for that, although the intel is that you should crack a window open to use one, so I guess they give off some smell.

      1. Hi MB,

        Thanks for the reply. I’ve seen those Toyo’s before and I think they are very nice. I think they cost more than the ones that are found at places like Tractor Supply, but I read they are quality workmanship. Maybe someone here can give their opinions on the K-1 that is like the Dyna-glow.

        1. Hello Almost There. I have a Kerosun that is like the Duraflame kind and love it. It is perfect for a heat source using K1 Kerosene.

        2. We use a smaller portable kerosene heater for supplemental heat. We buy and additive from the local hardware that helps with the smell a bit, and is supposed to help it run ‘cleaner’. Never had any issues. Of course our home is not airtight either, between the doggy door, the old windows and old insulation. You get a little whiff when lighting and extinguishing the heater,. Other than that, I don’t notice it at all. But we’ve used kerosene for years, so I may just be used to it.

        3. Almost There, there are two kinds of kerosene heaters — fixed ones, like Toyostove, of which we have three, they are our primary heat source. They’re vented to the outside with a “double” pipe – one smaller pipe inside a larger outer pipe — inner pipe vents exhaust to the outside, outer pipe draws fresh air to the inside, because the heater requires oxygen to fuel the burn. Then there are the portable K-1 heaters, which sit in the middle of your living room, so they’re not vented to the outside and thus need a window cracked to let the exhaust out. We first started with K-1 stoves because, 30 years ago, they were the most efficient in terms of energy in-energy out, despite the higher cost of K-1 compared to other energy sources. I haven’t dont a comparison lately, but these days I might lean toward natural gas. Again, haven’t done a comparison.

          1. MB,

            Thanks for explaining the difference in those stoves. I didn’t know how the Toyostove works. Does it use K-1 kerosene too? I’m going to keep an eye out for the smaller one on FB marketplace or I saw one on clearance at WM last year I could have bought for cheap, but didn’t listen to my little voice that said to… Lol… Then, I need to stock up on K-1. Last time I checked, it was kinda expensive for just a gallon.

          2. AT, I guess I should have clarified that our unit is one of the smaller, standalone units with no outside venting as MB mentioned the difference. Yes, kerosene runs about three dollars and change a gallon here, but was less expensive this year than the past couple of years. It may not be ideal for main heating, but as we use it for supplement heat, it works for us. We normally fill a 5 gallon can about every two weeks thru the winter, and can run the heater for up to 8 hrs/day. It keeps our main living areas quite comfortable without having to kick on the furnace very often (depending on the outside temp). And if the electric is out, it sure is nice to have. Anyone can correct me if I am wrong, but I do believe kerosene is more stable long term than say, gasoline. If you are looking more at a main heat option, I would say propane is probably a better bet cost wise. I will note, tho, that when we use our Mr. Buddy portable propane heater, I notice the smell more than I do when we use the kerosene. We do have a vented propane heater, but we’ve yet to install it.

          3. MaineBrain,

            They’re vented to the outside with a “double” pipe – one smaller pipe inside a larger outer pipe — inner pipe vents exhaust to the outside, outer pipe draws fresh air to the inside, because the heater requires oxygen to fuel the burn.

            I’ve used that standard double wall pipe a few times; but, this was for an air tight wood stove. Is the pipe galvanized or stainless? I never knew about the stove you are talking about; but, it is no doubt better than the KeroSun we used to use for spot heating.
            With the inlet air and the external exhaust, could you have just used the less expensive kerosene and not the cleaner K1?

            Then there are the portable K-1 heaters, which sit in the middle of your living room, so they’re not vented to the outside and thus need a window cracked to let the exhaust out.

            That would be the KeroSun we used to use and in a tight house that windows is also to let air / oxygen in.

            We first started with K-1 stoves because, 30 years ago, they were the most efficient in terms of energy in-energy out, despite the higher cost of K-1 compared to other energy sources.

            We started with a combination of vented fuel oil and wood when we moved here 35 years ago; but, decided on propane since it’s easier to handle and doesn’t go bad with age.

            I haven’t dont a comparison lately, but these days I might lean toward natural gas. Again, haven’t done a comparison.

            We would definitely use natural gas were it available; but, the closest gas line is 5 or more miles away, and propane has served us nearly as well.

            Do you have any backup / secondary heating like wood, since 2 is 1 and all that.

          4. Grammyprepper,

            Yes, kerosene runs about three dollars and change a gallon here, but was less expensive this year than the past couple of years. It may not be ideal for main heating, but as we use it for supplement heat, it works for us.

            Anything we can do to have multiple ways and methods to heat is an improvement for a future event.

            if the electric is out, it sure is nice to have. Anyone can correct me if I am wrong, but I do believe kerosene is more stable long term than say, gasoline.

            There’s nothing to correct, since properly stored in its sealed Blue container, kerosene keeps for a long time without additives like those needed to gasoline or diesel.

            If you are looking more at a main heat option, I would say propane is probably a better bet cost wise. I will note, tho, that when we use our Mr. Buddy portable propane heater, I notice the smell more than I do when we use the kerosene. We do have a vented propane heater, but we’ve yet to install it.

            As you know we are a big advocate for propane and use it for heating, cooking, domestic hot water, and to run our standby generator. Our fill last summer was $1.849 + tax or $3.64 per gallon so @ 91,600 BTU per gallon the cost is about 0.002 cents per BTU. At $3.00 + tax per gallon and 146,000 BTU per gallon for Kerosene the cost per BTU is also about 0.002 cents per BTU; but, we find propane easier to use, since a phone call and the credit card gets the truck here to fill the tanks.
            We do also have some small propane tanks and cylinders for the portable Mr. Buddy heaters and an air tight fireplace insert for burning wood.

      2. MaineBrain,

        We have an indoor K-1 heater for backup, which we’ve never used, so I can’t vouch for that, although the intel is that you should crack a window open to use one, so I guess they give off some smell.

        The cracking the window isn’t as much for smell, although it helps; but, for low oxygen and C.O. (Carbon Monoxide). We haven’t used our K1 heaters for years; but, do have three ventless ways to burn propane and in all of these cases you should have smoke & C.O. detectors with working batteries, and test them once per month. We also found that the fiberglass wicks for the K1 heaters work best, since the wick won’t burn and create soot if the unit runs out of fuel.

        1. Same here. I don’t see this Asia problem, plus you can get the Kerosene scented now, so it’s barely detectable.

          1. Jean,

            Same here. I don’t see this Asia problem, plus you can get the Kerosene scented now, so it’s barely detectable.

            Asia problem ? Somehow I think autocorrect struck again, LOL.
            We never used the scented paraffin oil except in lamps; but,”real” K1 has no odor. Put some K1 in a glass jar and look through it into the light. Real K1 is like water, with no tint or any kind of discoloration.

          2. Really? Don’t you just love spell check! ASIA?????

            I have never opened a window when using my Kerosun. For me, it’s like the first time you turn on your central heat for the first time – an odor, but it goes away quickly. Same with my Kero. First time lit, a small odor, but it goes away quickly. Plus, as said by someone already, with real K1 Kerosine, no odor.

            Nothing more to report on Asia this week.

          3. Jean,

            I have never opened a window when using my Kerosun.

            This depends on how tight your house is; but, if you have working smoke and C.O. detectors you are probably OK, since the C.O. should go off quickly on low enough oxygen to produce C.O.

            For me, it’s like the first time you turn on your central heat for the first time – an odor, but it goes away quickly.

            It’s the same for us, whether it’s the furnace, woodstove, electric heater in the bathroom, or any of the ventless propane heaters. I think it’s mostly the accumulated dust burning off; but, does let you know the equipment is working.

            with real K1 Kerosene, no odor.

            I only mention the glass test, since I’ve seen pumps marked Kerosene and K-1 Kerosene next to each other and have known of some marked K-1 that were really not. Authorities should be testing like they do gasoline & diesel; but, it never hurts to double check, since the sulfur in the real kerosene not only has an odor; but, can give me a headache.

            Nothing more to report on Asia this week.

            Actually, President Trump met with the Chinese trade delegation last Thursday; but, did not yet announce a final trade deal with China. In an Oval Office meeting with the Chinese delegation he said it may take another four weeks or more to secure an “epic” trade agreement.
            So perhaps your spell check has some prescience. LOL.

      3. Grammyprepper,
        Jeez, it seems that sometimes I can’t do simple math, since when I stated:

        Our fill last summer was $1.849 + tax or $3.64 per gallon so @ 91,600 BTU per gallon the cost is about 0.002 cents per BTU. At $3.00 + tax per gallon and 146,000 BTU per gallon for Kerosene the cost per BTU is also about 0.002 cents per BTU; blockquote>
        The propane cost was way over the top and should have read.
        Our fill was $1.849 + tax or $1.98 per gallon so @ 91,600 BTU per gallon the cost is still about 0.002 cents per BTU. The kerosene still costs the similar amount. I guess I did the math OK; but, was too tired to copy the numbers, and I still have to do taxes today, LOL.

  2. Questions:

    I. I am in the process of “pairing down my gun room”. Gun show fodder. The latest money is going into the house, redoing the pantry/rear porch this summer.

    2. No real flooding here, just large snow piles this year. That’s why we are going to rebuild the porch this summer (ice dam back up water under the shingles).

    3. Probably 20 years ago I saw a larger canine with a coyote’s gate. Wrong for a wolf or coyote.

    This week: We like to put bacon in our hot cereal. We prefer Hormel brand real crumbled bacon. The store where we normally get it no longer carries it. Amazon has it for $23.85. Walmart.com has is for $11.98 with same day pickup (I later found it in the store). So off I’ll go later to get it cheaper.

    Received: G96 synthetic gun oil, Glock Gen5 gun mat, charging base and case for cell phone, AF #10 FD Colby Cheese, AF #10 Creamy Wheat cereal, case of peanut butter,

    Got a Harnds Desert Fox Hk5006 5” knife from Amazon. What a nice, substantial camp knife. The sheath is a little on the thin side, but I really like the knife.

    1. JP,

      Thanks for the ammo recommendation. I was able to get that one marked off my list, at least for now til I can get some more.

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

    One of Thor1’s questions last week about gas masks prompted me to check on my old USGI M-17 mask. Aside from needing new filters, it was in pretty sad shape with dry-rotted gaskets and head straps. I went ahead and bought a new IDF mask and three new filters. Also bought a mask carrier for it. Realistically, I think if I need to use it, it will be only for riot control agents. NBC filters do not last long when dealing with nerve and blood agents and without a full MOPP suit, you will be screwed anyway as those agents can be absorbed through the skin. If you don’t have autoinjectors of Atropine, nerve agents will have you dead pretty fast with blood agents not far behind. Immediate follow-up decon and medical care is also imperative.

    If you don’t have all of that available and you are exposed and getting sick, a 12-gauge under your chin may look quite friendly. Really messy, but quick.

    Granddaughter thought I looked pretty funny in the gas mask and wasn’t the least bit scared. She was even willing to try it on herself – for about five seconds. I guess since she has seen me in my CPAP mask so much, it wasn’t a big leap to a gas mask.

    I also ordered a new Camelbak 3L hydration pack. I picked up some inexpensive denture cleaning tablets too for cleaning the bladder. They’re as effective as the Camelbak type, but a lot cheaper and more for the buck too. Also, you don’t have to rinse the bladder as extensively as you should with the Camelbak tablets.
    I also ordered some 5-gallon buckets and Gamma lids for them as part of my SHTF clothes washing gear.
    I also ordered some extra filters and parts for my water purification systems (a DIY Berkey-type).

    I’ve mentioned before that my ex-wife is very skilled at sewing and quilt making. She entered a quilting contest the other week and submitted a number of quilts in different categories. Blue ribbons on all except one red ribbon, plus Best in Show on a couple of them. The woman is good. In case you all wonder, the ex and I get along OK. We just can’t live in the same house with each other and survive.

    #1 daughter officially miscarried her baby on Monday (also #1 daughter’s birthday too, loverly). I had granddaughter at the time, so #1 was able to lay down and rest. She asked on Tuesday morning if I could watch granddaughter again and I did. Later that morning, #1 daughter passed out in her bathroom and her hubby had to take her to the Winnie Palmer Hospital ER (a women’s hospital in Orlando). It was a good thing I already had granddaughter. Sonograms showed she hadn’t expelled everything that needed to go yet, so they put her on a med to speed things up. The docs think the fainting episode was a combo of blood loss and low blood sugar as she hadn’t eaten yet that day. She has a follow-up sonogram scheduled with her OB. If the meds work, great. If not, a D&C is in her future.

    #1 daughter was feeling and looking much better Wednesday afternoon, except she kept finding more bruises on her arms and legs. Her fainting episode must have been a little more dynamic than she originally thought. Good thing she was sitting down when it happened. She has drill this weekend and plans on going. If she has issues, her unit is filled with critical care medics, nurses, and physicians, so she’ll be well cared for until they can get her to an ER. I talked with her last night (Saturday). She feels OK, but tired from drill. She’s got a lot of stuff to catch-up on with her regular job that was put aside while she was on active duty doing a different job. At least she has an assistant now.

    #1 daughter finished the alterations (before the miscarriage) to the tactical vest I bought. I need a little help finishing up the strap adjustments (or grow eyes on the side of my head), but otherwise its nice.

    Tara’s Questions:

    #1 – Junque use. No can do here.

    #2 – Flooding preps: Nothing special here. It isn’t 100% unlikely we could get flooded in my location, but the likelihood is rather low. I’m also on the 2d floor of a substantially built apartment building, so I should be OK even if there is some flooding.

    # 3 – Coywolves: Not around here. Coyotes are not unheard of in the general vicinity, but wolves? Not here, too urban, I think. I haven’t seen any coyotes myself here in the Orlando area, although where I used to live, more out in the sticks, I did see a few here and there. Black bears too.

    1. Zulu 3-6,
      My condolences on your daughter and her problems, glad you were there to help with the little one, since she obviously didn’t need one more stresser.
      I have a few camelbacks and the cleaning kits (tablets & brush); but, it’s good to know that there’s a less expensive and perhaps better cleaning solution for them.
      Thanks for the mention.

        1. Zulu 3-6,
          I do not have a drying hanger for my Camelbaks and have usually used some combination of Rube Goldberg contraptions for drying them; but, this looks interesting and has been saved away as a pdf for later use. Thanks.

        2. Zulu, thanks for the link, I had to jerry-rig a contraption for drying our shower camp, this might be helpful.

          Hugs and prayers for you and your family during this tough time.

    2. Z36,

      I am sorry to hear there was more that had to happen regarding the miscarriage. Prayers for your daughter to heal both mentally and physically.

      1. AT,

        Thank you for the thoughts. #1 seems to be doing OK now, physically and emotionally. She has her wonderful daughter who is extremely loving, a husband who is the same and takes a lot of burden from her around the house, and of course, her parents, in-laws, and siblings.

        She did go to drill this weekend and put 15-16 hour days in. She was too darned busy to think about anything else. Too bad she doesn’t get overtime pay.

        She will see her OB for a follow-up this coming Friday and get a sonogram. That should tell what the next step will be. Hopefully, the meds she is taking will have cleared everything out and that will be the end of it. Physically at least.

        1. Zulu, so sorry to hear about your daughter. We’ve had a few of those in our family. It’s a terribly sad occurrence. My sympathies to you all.

    3. Sorry for your daughters miscarriage. I know this has been extremely stressful on everyone. Prayers to everyone.

    4. I have continued praying for your daughter and your family.

      Thanks for the cleaning tip. I will use it this summer on our camping & hiking trip.

    5. Zulu, so sorry to hear about your daughter. We’ve had a few of those in our family. It’s a terribly sad occurrence. My sympathies to you all.

  4. Major prep for the week was seeing the doctor on Wednesday for regular checkup. Next week will be making an appointment with the orthopedic doctor as I have arthritis in both knees. At home physical therapy for the bursitis that is back and for the contracture in the right middle finger that is new.
    Work is getting busy and I will have at least one 12 hour day this week. Climbing ladders is getting harder all the time. But work is a prep because it allows me to pay the bills and buy needed things.
    Did get in some new spices, soap colorant, and melt and pour soap.

    1. suzyq,

      I feel a few years back, and landed on my left ring finger. It was in terrible shape, and I had to go to physical therapy for months because I didn’t want it to stay bent. They used the paraffin wax, ice running thru this pad thing, and also ultra sound. I now have a Dupuytren’s Contracture in my left hand due to the injury… I would have been in more trouble if I hadn’t had PT. Try to stay on top of that contracture.

      What kind of soap are you going to make? What is your melt made of?

      1. Usually you can’t find out exactly what the soap is made of. The doctor gave me some physical therapy to do for my fingers which involve range of motion and massage. So trying to do something on that everyday and sometimes two or more times a day (should be done twice a day but life gets in the way).

  5. Hi Tara & all,
    The weather here has been similar to yours; but, I am still hoping for one more freeze cycle, since we never got a good one to allow tapping the maples. We are thankful that same massive rain that we received here only created puddles and mud that are gone and drying up. Our septic & leach bed are on high enough ground that they have always drained quite well. Doncha just love the challenges of rural living? For our chickens we were lucky enough to have a chicken coop on the property when we moved here, although it needs some additional repair and this summer is scheduled for a new replacement door.
    While we used to sell some critters and produce we raised, the final one is the horse that has pretty much become a pet for the DW, so no homestead income from our livestock; but, we do often have eggs for semi-barter.
    Where you state:

    I was never a believer in coywolf sightings, but after catching a glimpse of this thing, I believe my mind has been changed.

    While I’ve never personally seen a coywolf, I have seen and dispatched coydogs a few times, and considering the more remote forested areas where you live, neither would surprise me; but, a coyote and a German Sheppard mix would no doubt closely resemble a coywolf.
    When you mention an armed tribe member dispatching that critter; that reason for those who think going about armed as odd or paranoid, is only one of the reasons many of us do so, as in go about our day armed.

    This Week’s Questions:
    1. How do you plant to upcycle “junque” into a prep or homesteading money saver this spring?
    We save nearly anything of value, often with no plan per. se.; but, when a project comes up, we then look through the Junque for items that might fit the need.
    2. What flooding preps have your learned after the long wet fall and winter?
    We had to make few preps other than adding some gravel to the driveway (listed below), since we took that into account when we purchased this place years ago. Renting here for the first two years and living within only miles of the DW’s old homestead helped a lot in the assessment as did the flood maps kept by our county engineer.
    3. Have you encountered any coywolves where you live?
    No coy wolfs; but, we have encountered and dispatched a few coy dogs and for those who are wondering, a coy dog is a mixture of a coyote (a wild canine) and a domestic canine.

    This past week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Another 11.5 tons of gravel for the new building base. Hoping to get the building purchased and set later this month or by mid May.
    2. Received: 2 additional Silcock keys per Zulu’s response. I have one in my CERT kit; but, having one in the EDC and car kit is probably a good addition.
    3. Received: 2 Swiss Safe 5-in-1 Fire Starter with Compass, Paracord (20 inch) & Whistle from woot.com
    4. Things in the PRK may be looking up: Federal court strikes down California gun magazine ban: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/federal-court-strikes-down-california-gun-magazine-ban
    5. 3 cans of Folgers coffee on sale @ Rural King (for the DW)
    6. 5 packs of 4 blueberry muffins from Aldi’s
    7. 6 boxes of facial tissues
    8. Annual visit with my hematologist and some adjustments to medication to try and raise my low hemoglobin.
    9. A power outage occurred on 04/05/2019 from 20:57 until 22:27 (1 hour & 30 minutes). The generator worked flawlessly; but, I did find that one of the power supplies for my radio equipment was not powered by the UPS, so two radios restarted mid communications. That has been corrected.
    10. Received my federally compliant state ID card. It took only 10 daysso now I’m good to fly, etc. for the next 4 years.
    11. Ordered a Hanging Strawberry Pouch & 10 Bare Root Plants AND an 8-Pack of Granny/s Giant Blueberry Plants from woot.com

    1. TOP, those boxes of tissues will do you well back here…..LOL

      Hey, I didn’t say you couldn’t FD raw meat, I just said its more efficient to cook it first. I mean if you are eating FD food, the SHTF has probably happened or you are camping or traveling. I learned about the FD cooked food from a farmer who has an industrial freeze dryer. He traveled around the country for 3 months in an RV eating almost nothing but his FD food other than an occasional restaurant meal.

      Hanging strawberry pouch…..do tell

      What do you do with the state ID card? Hold it up in the air and say SHAZAM ??? LOL

      1. Thor1,

        Hanging strawberry pouch…..do tell

        Yep, another thing to play with: Gardening4Less Hanging Strawberry Pouch & 10 Bare Root Plants. You can see them here and they are not yet sold out.
        https://tools.woot.com/offers/hanging-strawberry-pouch-10-bare-root-plants-4

        What do you do with the state ID card?

        I use it to identify myself in places where one would normally use a driver’s license. Since my vision problem doesn’t allow me to drive on the highways, I have no license and this replaces it.

        1. TOP, let me know how the hanging strawberry works out. I had one of those topsy turvy tomato planters, it disintegrated in the backyard……

          I glad you clarified the ID, I thought it gave you superpowers…… LOL

          1. Thor1,

            let me know how the hanging strawberry works out. I had one of those topsy turvy tomato planters, it disintegrated in the backyard

            I’ll do that, we have played with different types of berries & planting methods and wanted to give this one a try.

            I glad you clarified the ID, I thought it gave you superpowers…… LOL

            No, it just lets me fly or visit secure Federal facilities that I’ll probably never need.
            As for the super powers, I have other things for that, LOL.

        2. I tried two last year. Park Seed had a sale, two bags and 25 plants for $11. Didn’t work for me or many people who made comments on the site. It is hard to keep the plants moist, the top dries out and the bottom gets water logged. So this year I ordered the deal and just planted the strawberries in pots and trashed the bags. Some of the plants were low quality and five or six quickly died. For the price I was satisfied. I also go 25 higher priced plants of a different variety. All are doing fine and I should have some fruit next week.

  6. hello all
    I went to Habitat for Humanity resell store and got 5 more glass jars with glass lids. I’m also getting ready to try my hand a planting a small raised bed garden. got 8 strawberry plants planted.

    Has anyone tried using recycled plastic containers for planting?

    1. the biggest thing with container gardening, well two things actually, is 1)make sure your containers are deep enough for the root system of whatever you are going to plant in it (ie, kitty litter pans aren’t deep enough for tomatoes but a 5 gallon bucket is), and 2)remember that you need to water more frequently than in ground or even raised beds. And it is recommended that you use potting soil for containers. You can certainly make your own, but don’t just use ‘dirt’ from your yard, it just doesn’t work well.

      1. Grammyprepper, system referred to above is a wicking system..with reservior and air buillt into system,,,. don’t have to water as often, but use fertilizer each time.

  7. My preps was mostly getting the final few rotten pieces of siding on my home replaced. I only have two 4 feet wide places to replace, then I can concentrate on painting everything. From now on the lower few feet will get painted every year. I do not want to do this again and will not be able to anyway, this time pushed me to my limit. I had a half of a case nails for a air powered framing nailer left from when I put the siding on 15 years ago. I had borrowed a nailer from my co worker so I decided to get a good nailer for myself to do this job. Good nailers are well built and heavy. Being it was a small job I should have got a cheaper, lighter one. I can hardly pick the thing up.

    From 1996 until two years ago Florida was very dry, people forgot what normal Florida weather was like. Anything wooden has to be painted often or it will rot. Now the lakes are at normal or even higher levels. We drive by a place going to Gainseville that has a very nice home built during the dry time that now has the lake lapping at their back steps where it has been for the last year. Other places have 30 foot high trees that have now drowned, of course the cypress trees are happy.

    I got good news and bad news about my Kubota B7100. I had the Kubota dealership come get it and let their mechanics look at it. They said it cranked and ran fine for them. The knocking the seller had heard was not the engine but something else. They would have to split the tractor to find what it is but I had them bring it back and I might tackle that job myself. The thing is small enough I can easily block up and move the separated pieces by myself. I have much more time than money.

    1. Daddio7,

      My preps was mostly getting the final few rotten pieces of siding on my home replaced. I only have two 4 feet wide places to replace, then I can concentrate on painting everything. From now on the lower few feet will get painted every year.

      Have you thought of using an airless sprayer for outside painting. We have two of the electric, piston driven Wagner power painters and like them. The only problem with them is that the “motor” that runs the piston creates a rather large internal electric arc, so spraying flammables like some types of clear waterproofing can be hazardous when that aerosol hits the spark. They do however work great for latex based paints.

      The thing is small enough I can easily block up and move the separated pieces by myself. I have much more time than money.

      That more time than money seems to be a common thing we all have. LOL.

      1. Way ahead of you on the airless sprayer. I got a good one from harbor Freight. When I had my roof painted one of the young men saw it and ask if they could use it. I let him because I wanted to see how it worked. I had thick elastomeric paint for my roof and it sucked that stuff right up. Problem was I had wanted the paint bushed on and shoved up under the lap joints of the roofing material. Them stomping around made leaks in some places.

        I’m going to do the walls with it but I want to brush on paint at the bottom where moisture collects, specially on the bottom edge of the sheets. The ends wick water inside where it swells and rots the wood.

  8. Hi all,

    To Tara’s questions:
    1- I’ve unloaded a ton of junque over the last month as we’ve been redoing the house. Sometimes you find stuff you can use, other times, we toss it or give it away.

    2- Flooding isn’t an issue where I live.

    3- In the Eastern US, it’s been reported that, as coyotes have returned, they’ve crossed with wolves while out west. Most of our coyotes are big. I see them often. You’d be surprised at the wildlife here in Bristol County, MA.

    Continued with home repairs. My neighbor is doing it and he does beautiful work. I swear for under $3,000 he’s added 30K to the value of our home. My office is being filled with my books, ammo, and guns but organization continues apace. I’m learning a lot too. Mrs. Overwatch, I fear, won’t want to sell and move next year as we’ve planned.

    This week was not exciting in the way of preps. Just extra groceries and personal hygiene things. Two is one and one is none. Ten is great though.

    1. Overwatch,

      This week was not exciting in the way of preps. Just extra groceries and personal hygiene things.

      I’ve thought about those weeks when I didn’t purchase or do a lot; but, if we remember that since prepping is a journey, as we near our destination, we should be able to do less & less and still be ready for nearly everything; therefore, a short week is perhaps a good indication of your preparedness.
      Also, at my age, straight and steady often is better than exciting, LOL.

        1. Overwatch,

          Boring does seem to have a certain allure as I age, too.

          Actually, I prefer the happy medium between exciting & boring; but, do on occasion find things boring, at which point it’s probably time for a nap, LOL.

  9. 1. How do you plant to upcycle “junque” into a prep or homesteading money saver this spring?
    I am going to use another dog pen for a chicken coop.
    2. What flooding preps have your learned after the long wet fall and winter?
    Our property doesn’t flood. We’ve just had a lot of mud to deal with. Our roads flood, and we have been unable to get out, but so far it hasn’t been a big deal. We plan for it.
    3. Have you encountered any coywolves where you live?
    We have coyotes. That’s why we got a LGD puppy. We have done everything we can to keep predators out of the coops, too.

    This week:

    *Animals:
    -Goats and chickens are doing well.
    -Puppy is growing, but I had to shut the gate to the fenced in part of the yard on the back of the house. I’m tired of him bringing me ‘treasures’ of deer bones, pieces of animal hides, bird feathers, and anything he drags up from the shed. He puts them on the doormat at the back door.

    *Garden:
    -Lettuce is starting to come up, and I planted a garlic bed.
    -200 strawberry plants arrived. I need to get them in the ground, but it’s a bit too wet.

    *Added a little to the stockpile: 40 lbs. sugar, soap making ingredients, flour,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -Completely cleaned and organized the pantry. I love knowing where everything is. Although I do my best to keep it organized, it still gets messy. Things don’t always get put back where they belong, by others and myself.

    *Skills:
    -Made soap. I think it’s going to turn out great! Goatlover, Thanks for the recipe. DIL and I made it today. We added a little honey, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil.
    -Made chevre cheese. It turned out slightly dry, but tastes great.

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

    1. PG, at least puppy leaves your ‘gifts’ outside! I had a friend whose cat liked to bring me dead birds and drop them in my guitar case when we had church music group practice at her house!

    1. AT,being a nomad would but you on a list for sure… Some you tubers were traveling and in parking lot in Southern Cal. were followed by poice each time they parked for a few hours… go to gym, gro. store…rest break…etc.

      1. Anonamo Also,

        AT,being a nomad would but you on a list for sure… Some you tubers were traveling and in parking lot in Southern Cal. were followed by poice each time they parked for a few hours… go to gym, gro. store…rest break…etc.

        I agree. As a nomad you could accidently end up in the PRK or IL, NY, or a few other foreign countries within the lower 48.
        There are quite a few countries in the world where I would not want to travel; but, there are nearly as many states.

    2. I read that earlier today…just another reason to avoid ‘that state up North’ LOL (college football fans and the OH contingent here know what I’m talking about!). But seriously, partnering with the splc tells me all I need to know. Whack job.

    3. Almost There,
      They got me at the phrase Southern Poverty Law Center. One of the self important racist hate mongers who started that group is 82 year old attorney and former chief trial counsel for the SDLC Morris Dees, Jr. SDLC is beased in Montgomery, Alabama and I’ve been watching it for decades, since every group they call out in general are ones I would probably support. He ran a direct marketing firm, before founding SPLC which I think explains a lot.
      . Along with his law partner, Joseph J. Levin Jr., Dees founded the SPLC in 1971.

  10. Hi all!
    Seedlings are doing well, almost ready to be repotted. Actually finally got some parsley to sprout, think I dumped half the packet in the pot, and got about half of that to sprout. I got about 50% germination on the basil. I am going to be putting peas in the ground this week, I have 2 diff types of snap peas this year (they are our fave), haven’t decided yet what else I might put in. We still have 2 snows before we are done for the year, so only cool weather stuff going in now.
    Grandkids (and their parents of course) are coming up this weekend! Yay, haven’t seen them since Christmas time! This prompted some long overdue parsing of stuff to clear out a room for them (mostly DH excessive clothing, I swear, the man owns more clothes than I do). Fingers crossed, that room will stay more clear, for better storage of preps. (he still has his garage, as well as the third bedroom, which is a conglomeration of preps/camping stuff, and other miscellany).
    I got a couple of new cookbooks this week. One is Never Buy Bread Again by Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Homesteading. The other is a coffeetable worthy book, The Prairie Homestead Cookbook by Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead (both are bloggers that I have been reading and following for years). Laurie rush shipped me her book after I emailed her about my need to learn how to bake bread d/t my concerns about the flooding in the midwest. Jill’s book is a wonderful read. It’s not just recipes, but stories about homesteading in rural Wyoming. I highly recommend both books and blogs.
    And I bought a breadmaker. My first loaf came out okay. I followed the recipe included in the manual. I was like a kid in a candyshop, I almost kept my nose glued to the window all through the process, observing how the dough looked at all steps thru the process. DH thinks the breadmaker will find it’s way into gadget purgatory, and he may be right, as I get more comfortable using it, I will gain more confidence into going ‘old school’ , But for the time being, it will be useful.
    DH hit his first yard sale of the year, picked up an Energizer battery charger along with 4 D batteries, but the station will also charge AA, AAA, C and 9V.
    Tara’s ?:
    1) we try to up/recycle what we can. no particular projects in mind, other than all the cardboard boxes that will be the base for the new garden spot this year
    2)we aren’t in a necessarily flood prone area, but it’s always a concern since our home is a concrete slab ranch with a yard that is often more mud and puddles than anything else. lots of plastic storage totes, lol
    3)coyotes are getting bad around here, as the ‘Big C’ encroaches upon on our small burb. (2 new housing developments going in, and industrial park in the works) There’s been some rumors of coywolves, but I think a more pressing issue could be coydogs around here.
    Thor’s ?:
    1) Yes, as evidenced by above, learning to bake bread. Learning to water bath my excess tomato harvest this year. Getting another meat package from the local butcher earlier than we’d planned to. If it weren’t for our beagle, I’d have had chickens already. So yes, I am concerned, more how the flooding in the midwest will affect our food prices.
    2)I agree with whomever posted earlier (sorry, it way close to the top of the posts), that Russia and China do need the US to continue to be their frenemy. Not to say it can”t happen, but it’s not on the top of my priority list.
    3 and 4) IDK how those politicians keep a straight face either, with all the idiocy coming from their mouths. I am constantly SMDH (it’s enough to make one dizzy, LOL). As far as the reparations go, yes if you can absolutely prove you were a slave back in the 1800’s, I’ll gladly help pay. Otherwise, no…And I’ve not seen the movie you mentioned, I doubt Netflix or the other streaming services would have the gumption to show it. If they do, I will be sure to see it.
    Have a great week everyone!

    1. Grammyprepper,

      Seedlings are doing well, almost ready to be repotted.

      We opted not to do seedlings, since even my master gardener dairy farmer friend who you and the DH met (BLACK) is going to purchase flats of things from the Amish auction later this month, and we’ll be tagging along. It’s only about 23 miles north of here. .

      I am going to be putting peas in the ground this week,

      We’ll probably be planting peas and some squash soon. I love my spaghetti squash.

      We still have 2 snows before we are done for the year, so only cool weather stuff going in now.

      I certainly hope you are right, since I’m hoping for at least one more chance to finally tap my maples.

      I swear, the man owns more clothes than I do). Fingers crossed, that room will stay more clear, for better storage of preps. (he still has his garage, as well as the third bedroom, which is a conglomeration of preps/camping stuff, and other miscellany).

      Clothing is preps. In an SHTF situation, clothing, at least in our area with cold wet winters can be gold. Extras also mean you don’t do laundry as often and worn or torn things don’t have to be mended by hand as quickly.

      I bought a breadmaker. My first loaf came out okay. I followed the recipe included in the manual. I was like a kid in a candy shop, I almost kept my nose glued to the window all through the process, observing how the dough looked at all steps thru the process.

      We’ve had ours for years and will admit that we did the same thing, just to make sure it was working OK, Right!!! LOL

      DH thinks the breadmaker will find it’s way into gadget purgatory, and he may be right, as I get more comfortable using it, I will gain more confidence into going ‘old school’ , But for the time being, it will be useful.

      Ours sits at the edge of gadget purgatory; but, even if you want to bake in the oven, it will do the hard part of mixing, rising, kneading, etc. and still allow you to do the fun part. If you were a professional baker, you would most likely have an apprentice / assistant to do this grunt work, so think of it as your robot assistant.

      And I’ve not seen the movie you mentioned, I doubt Netflix or the other streaming services would have the gumption to show it. If they do, I will be sure to see it.

      I think “Unplanned” will eventually make it somewhere online or at least as a DVD you can borrow from the library. I just checked Netflix and they don’t currently have it; but, Amazon already has the DVD @ $25.00, so in a while it will no doubt be available for much less, and then you can probably borrow it from me.

  11. Maybe of interest – Tonight at 7pm CT on darkmatter blog talk radio

    In what promises to be a most interesting broadcast, scientist Stan Deyo will join Stewart & Larry to discuss a host of events cropping up all over the world as we close in on the end of Israel’s 70th year – from the so-called “peace accord” to the rebuilding of the Temple, from a North Korean EMP attack to the 3 days of darkness! We will get the latest thinking of Stan on the rise of antichrist, the arrival and the rapture of the Church. I will be asking Stan about his thoughts on the arrest of Assange and the border problems, as well as Venezuela, Israel, North Korea, China and Russian threats and counterthreats and whatever Stan has on his heart to tell the Church!

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/darkmatter/2019/04/12/best-taylor-news-hour-with-guest-stan-deyo–descent-into-chaos

    1. Almost There,

      Maybe of interest – Tonight at 7pm CT on darkmatter blog talk radio
      In what promises to be a most interesting broadcast, scientist Stan Deyo will join Stewart & Larry to discuss a host of events cropping up all over the world as we close in on the end of Israel’s 70th year – from the so-called “peace accord” to the rebuilding of the Temple, from a North Korean EMP attack to the 3 days of darkness! We will get the latest thinking of Stan on the rise of antichrist, the arrival and the rapture of the Church. I will be asking Stan about his thoughts on the arrest of Assange and the border problems, as well as Venezuela, Israel, North Korea, China and Russian threats and counterthreats and whatever Stan has on his heart to tell the Church!

      This is the lead in and when I listened to the entire thing, it reminds me a lot of the tactics of Alex Jones, where you throw out enough facts to seem credible; but, then let the uninformed audience take your lead and conjecture and make their own, often unknowingly false conclusions by relying on both “Normalcy Bias” and “Conformation Bias” to let people feel good about their own beliefs and ideas without actually checking the facts.

      What kind of scientist is Stan Deyo? All I can find about him is that he has held Above Top Secret Security Clearance, worked undercover for the FBI, and was part of an exclusive “black project”, headed by Dr. Edward Teller specializing in the development of “flying saucer technology”. All of this comes from Mr. Devo’s own website. Dr. Teller is well known as having worked on the Manhattan Project; but, since he has been dead since 2004, we cannot verify this “secret: stuff. As a person of science myself, I listen to his assertions with a critical ear, and don’t hear much that is truly base on science.

      I found it interesting that they mentioned Julian Assange and the deep state, then mentioned some book about MIT modeling the universe like we were trally in “The Matrix”; but, then only talked about some kind of black “tiles or particles they were playing with that slid around and moved with no real scientific exploration on their part; but,only conjecture.
      They seem to be moving like a living mass that was stopped by a barrier of Vaseline.
      I have seen things similar to this as basically soot from steel manufacturing; and to me, the properties they describe about this stuff also sounds like the properties of laser printer toner; but, their totally unscientific description makes me wonder about their credentials or lack thereof.

      When they mention the Matrix I have to look back to the 1964 book about the same kind of thing, “Simulacron-3” by Daniel F. Galouye especially since they threw in the MIT reference, perhaps in another attempt to add credibility.

      He claims to be a scientist; but, when he talks about looking at these things under a microscope, and then claims he probably doesn’t have a strong enough microscope I have to wonder. Some scientist.

      He then talks about the Slow earthquake in NZ and high lake temperatures at Ruapehu.

      And further that: ”He had a dream / vision and mentions it being a dormant volcano.”
      It only took 15 seconds to dispute this claim.

      Mount Ruapehu is an active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand. It is 23 kilometers (14 mi) northeast of Ohakune and 23 km (14 mi) southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo, within Tongariro National Park.

      A hot dormant volcano might get someone excited unless they look it up and find yet another stretching of the truth.

      He then talks about:
      Chinese dam failure along with the erupting volcano.
      The flip flop of the magnetic field within 10’s of years and that the north magnetic poll is splitting. 1975 the pole moved in a straight line at 1 mile per year; but, in 1990’s it was moving 37 miles per year.
      The rim of fire has constant earthquakes

      Most of this was just a bunch of unconnected ramling as far as I can tell.

      He then mentions the Olaf Jansen story and the ages old story of hollow earth which is an interesting read and may be found here:

      World Top Secret Our Earth IS Hollow!
      http://www.ourhollowearth.com/index.html

      Olaf Jansen
      http://www.ourhollowearth.com/ourhollo/index.html

      PART TWO: Olaf Jansen’s Story
      http://www.ourhollowearth.com/PartTwo.htm

      PART THREE: Beyond The North Wind
      http://www.ourhollowearth.com/PartThree.htm

      PART FOUR: In The Under World
      http://www.ourhollowearth.com/PartFour.htm

      PART FIVE: Among The Ice Packs
      http://www.ourhollowearth.com/PartFive.htm

      PART SIX: Conclusion
      http://www.ourhollowearth.com/PartSix.htm

      PART SEVEN: Author’s Afterword
      http://www.ourhollowearth.com/PartSeven.htm

      The number of low level earthquakes are dimishing and the stresses are building for the big one.
      And: Prior to the great flood the earth was 75% smaller quoting the bible, What?

      It was an interesting discussion; but, not much more than rumors, and conjecture using very old and well know natural phenomenon to “predict: the future.

      There were also discussions of loud noises and vibrations that could be tunneling under the earth?

      At solar minimum there are large charged particles with no sunspot activity and with the weak magnetic field; those particles will be changing us, once again discussing bible prophecy.
      And then there is that blood moon and bright output from the sun that sill kill 1/3 if the life on the planet and a bright star, meteorite will fall into the ocean and we will see a major change in the solar dynamics with a 7X burst of light. Babylon (the USA) will be destroyed in 1 hour?

      It was an interesting discussion; but, no real science.

      The US has to be neutralized to allow Russia to take out Israel?

      We will be taken on by Venezuela AND Mexico, like either would be a real threat.

      I could go on; but, perhaps it’s time to stop, LOL.

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