What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 40: Apr 14th – Apr 20th 2019

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Hello Pack. All of this nice weather has had our tribe not only in a great mood, but incredibly productive. I am so tempted to put my young plants I started from seeds outside, but know it is far too soon to do that in Ohio.

Although it has been sunny (mixed with only tiny bits of rain) for days on end and hovering around 70 degrees, that we are bound to hit another cold patch and probably even get one final bit of snow.

My dwarf Moringa plants are turning out to be my pride and joy. They do grow as quickly as I have read – possibly even quicker. I took a photo of the plants to show growth that had already impressed me and shared it with y’all.

Less than 24 hours later, the Moringa had literally grown over an inch. Two days after I snapped that first photo showing the Moringa about half a hand high , several of the little trees are more than three inches taller and hovering well above their planter.

The smallest dwarf Moringa in the photo was only peeking above the dirt when I snapped the half hand high photo. Now, it is half a hand high and thriving too. If I can grow a Moringa tree in Ohio during the winter in front of a window that doesn’t get much sun with nothing more than a cheap grow light over it… then anyone can.

I flipped out a little when, within mere minutes yesterday, I suddenly had droopy or wilting leaves on the Moringa shoots. All we can figure is leaving the back door open to garner a nice warm flow of air through the screen door chilled the Moringa. I should have closed the door before it cooled off as much as it did, apparently. I won’t be making that mistake again.

Other preps this week include learning more about keeping lambs from one of our tribe members. I am looking forward to becoming experienced at shearing soon, and then having ample wool to use when making Waldorf dolls and other homemade toys.

We plowed up our large ground growing plot this week. Buh-bye Japanese beetle larvae. I hope we killed copious amounts of those destructive bugs after exposing them to cool night air the evenings since the plowing.

using a tractor to plow the garden

All of the chainsaws needed sharpening after cutting so much firewood. The cleaning turned into an in-depth learning session for the twenty somethings in our tribe. They not only learned how to sharpen and clean the saw, but how to troubleshoot for common issues.

I scored a great deal on potato sets, and will add them to our container growing plans for this year, along with some of the potato harvest from last year we let go to seed for planting this year.

Thanks to the nice weather, I was able to spend some time outdoors in the evening honing my skills with the compound bow my beloved got me for Christmas.

I also lucked into a 50% of clearance mark down toys at the local Dollar General. I bought multiple airsoft handguns for some children in our tribe (and tons of air soft pellets) for nearly nothing. Each gun only cost a little more than $6!

airsoft gun

We are planning some shooting training with the airsoft guns this weekend. I love our tribe weekends during non-winter months. Everyone comes over for a work detail or project of some type and once we are all sweaty and dirty and done, it is time to pull out whatever was placed in the smoker and enjoy several ice cold beverages.

This Friday a regional homeschool group is coming to our homestead to spend the day in hands-on farm to table and homesteading learning activities.

Many of the homeschool families identify as preppers but most are and simply consider themselves skilled folks who grew up country and never found the need to put a label on their lifestyle. Training the children up early in self-reliance skills is a passion of mine, so I am very much looking forward to the visit from the 34 children expected to attend.

Oh, and I almost forgot – our blackberry bushes are springing to life. Even though the flooding we experienced all fall and winter probably took out about 20 bushes, there are still easily 100 left to pick from – as long as we can beat the goats, chickens, and birds to the deliciously sweet bounty.

This Week’s Questions

  1. How are you spring garden preps going?
  2. What wild edibles grow on or near your home that you make great use of in the spring?
  3. What self-reliance or prepper plans do you have to reach out to loved ones who don’t prep and/or children this spring?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

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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113 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 40: Apr 14th – Apr 20th 2019

  1. (Tuesday) And just when you think it’s Spring….3” of light snow. Not sticking to the roads as it’s above freezing, but…

    Ordered 2 “Keep Clam & Carry One” t-shirts with a Glock outline vs. a crown. I found out where the statement came from: During the 1930’s, Britons were getting nervous about Germany invading. They made posters and flyers “Keep Clam and Carry On” to encourage the people. Still seems appropriate.

    Received: Silicone gun cloth, Organic Elderberries (1 lb.),

    1. Questions:

      1. No Spring garden; no room.
      2. I am looking at getting the berry plants, including wild strawberries, going in the front yard this year.
      3. Loved ones who don’t prep? They are heard from me for 20+ years. They either are or they won’t, nothing much else I can do.

    2. JP,

      (Tuesday) And just when you think it’s Spring….3” of light snow. Not sticking to the roads as it’s above freezing, but

      No snow here the past week; but, we sit @ only 1000 feet above sea level and I suspect you may be higher than that. Makes a lot of difference.

      Did you really mean:
      “Keep Clam & Carry One
      Since What I heard and verified was a 1939 version reading:
      “Keep Calm & Carry On” along with two others:
      “Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory” and

      “Freedom Is in Peril / Defend It With All Your Might”

          1. Thor1 says:

            Look what Democrats are trying to do now

            H. R. 1263?
            This isn’t anything they haven’t been trying since NFA 1968 and IMHO doesn’t stand a chance. It will not pass the senate and will not get a presidential signature.
            They have to do this from time to time to keep their slush funds full from groups like the Brady Campaign and the Bloomberg Everytown pukes.
            Personally I am for Gun Control that often requires two hands and is signified by a tight group to center mass at 30 feet or 6 inches @ 1000 yards. LOL.
            Imagine a tax stamp for the venerable 10/22 or any semi auto handgun. It ain’t going to happen or will be ignored it somehow it does.

        1. JP,

          Nope. Ment “Calm”, but the ‘magic fingers’ must have their way occasionally.

          I wasn’t sure and had to look it up to double check. I can’t remember one right now; but, there were some of those slogans over the years that were odd like that, simply because someone else’s magic fingers screwed it up and it went to print before anyone found it. If “Clam” had already been printed on 10,000 posters, I can see an agency just trying to explain the error as a feature.

    1. Tara asked for the honeysuckle jelly recipe that I use. Here is the link for it. Be warned that it doesn’t make much. I will be doubling or tripling the recipe this year.

      https://www.newlifeonahomestead.com/honeysuckle-jelly-recipe/

      1. How are your spring garden preps going?
      See below.
      2. What wild edibles grow on or near your home that you make great use of in the spring?
      Dandelions (Don’t we all have these?), honeysuckle, blackberries, asparagus,
      3. What self-reliance or prepper plans do you have to reach out to loved ones who don’t prep and/or children this spring?
      I’ve tried in the past. I’m done. If they refuse to see the writing on the walls and take care of themselves, they’re going to have to suffer the consequences of their own actions. Sad, but true. I guess diamonds, the latest fashions, mani-pedi, new vehicles, expensive vacations, eating out at expensive restaurants, etc. are more important.
      4. What did you do to prep this week?

      This week:

      *Animals:
      -I only ended up with 6 chicks from the classroom I gave the eggs to. (Another teacher took 3. There are one or two still trying to hatch.) I ordered an incubator, and I’m going to try hatching again on my own. I hope the issue with so few eggs hatching was a result of the incubator the teacher has or maybe a little one did something to the settings.

      *Garden:
      -Strawberries are doing great. I’m hoping for a big crop.
      -Bought tomato and pepper plants at the local FFA plant sale.
      -It was too wet to plant anything else this week.

      *Added a little to the stockpile: flour, canned vegetables, wet wipes, paper plates, toiletries,

      *Miscellaneous:
      -Fertilizer was spread on 40 acre farm ground.
      -Health issue is allergy related. Go figure.

      *Skills:
      -I think I’ve learned how to keep sourdough starter alive, and I’m experimenting with recipes. A couple are good. A couple weren’t as good as my yeast recipes, but we ate them and would love them in a TEOTWAWKI situation.

      Happy Easter to everyone.
      Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

      1. Prepared Grammy,

        Health issue is allergy related. Go figure.

        I luckily have no allergies; but, just recently had a running nose & sneezing for most of a week. Lots of fluids and a shot or two of FloNase seems to have taken care of it; but, on a recent multi county radio net, more than one of the participants were complaining, since this year has been a horrible pollen year for maple, Ash, and others.

      2. Prepared Grammy,

        Tara asked for the honeysuckle jelly recipe that I use. Here is the link for it. Be warned that it doesn’t make much. I will be doubling or tripling the recipe this year.

        I looked at it and it appears to be the same recipe for dandelion jelly I mentioned to BLACK earlier, except for the use of dandelion flowers instead of honeysuckle.

          1. Prepared Grammy,

            What did the dandelion jelly taste like?

            I don’t know since I just snagged the recipe Friday from FB’s OHG (Ohio Homesteaders and Gardeners) group. Hopefully the rain will be subsiding a bit and we’ll be able to pick up sticks and mow; after gathering up some dandelions to try.
            Our own Grammyprepper is one of the OHG moderators for anyone interested, even if you’re not in Ohio.

  2. i have 2 types of onions planted, red dried starts and a white bulb type. none of the peas are up yet, some of my strawberries survived. my garlics up about 8 inches and looking fabalous.

    i purchased 6 duckling for a bargain, kept them in a large bare tractor rim and let them loose in the chicken coop today.
    i’m working on making a portable corral for the ducks. to let them weed out the main garden for planting, out of hog panels. later to be turned into a chicken tractor.
    started cutting some firewood, last week. about 2 cords so far.

    my asparagus is up, the black berries are starting to leaf. the black currants are in full leaf. my apples are grapes are looking really good.

    violets/and dandylions are edible, but you won’t survive on just them.

    1. BLACK,

      violets/and dandylions are edible, but you won’t survive on just them.

      I had forgotten about dandelions and a Facebook group (one of two I belong to) recently had a post for Dandelion Jelly. I haven’t tried it yet; but, it sounds pretty good and the dandelions will be in full bloom shortly so it’s worth a try. I’ll post it here if there is interest or I can send you the pdf.

  3. 1 very slowly, there is still snow on the ground in a lot of places and the ground still isn’t thawed in others. besides that we have had excessive rain and now its all mud soup. so not much of anything other than organizing seed and waiting for the weather to not suck

    2 i planted out jeruselam artichokes but i lost them all since the steers seem to like them

    3 nothing

    4 got a new bike, and rode around 40 miles, also walked a lot, but then we got lots of rain so i been sitting inside waiting for it to stop. got 8 clutches of eggs due to hatch this week starting with the first 2 today or tonight. dug up and started reorganizing a cashe (how i know the ground is still frozen). and went to do an advance inspection of stuff to be in a couple upcoming auctions (got my eye on a 2 bottom plow, a disk set, a 3rd tractor, and maybe a 3rd set of running gears, but thats the first in a list of auctions, the one after that has much better stuff, was an auction today too but my ride cancelled)

    How are you spring garden preps going?
    What wild edibles grow on or near your home that you make great use of in the spring?
    What self-reliance or prepper plans do you have to reach out to loved ones who don’t prep and/or children this spring?
    What did you do to prep this week?

  4. Hello everyone,
    Hope everyone is feeling well and in good spirits. It has been a good couple of weeks with relatively little rain (for a change) which has allowed me to get some much needed yard and garden work completed. I’ve really been working hard outside since the bugs and humidity hasn’t arrived yet. Now that I am ready to plant, the rain comes again (in force)! Two rounds of thunderstorms and strong winds yesterday and the day before and a drop in the temps. I can certainly wait another week to plant. The good thing is that all the yellow pollen dust has washed away!
    1. I don’t really have a spring garden.
    2. I guess I would say dandelions are about the extent of the wild edibles.
    3. When I try to discuss with prepparedness ideas with my family, I get ‘The Look,” and then the snickering followed by this question, ‘Are you gonna become one of those Doomsday Preppers?’ Followed by more humor. Too bad really…don’t knock on my door when SHTF. I probably will be long gone.
    4. Got the raised gardens ready to go. Built another one last week when weather was so nice. I am going to have to cover plants this year due to all the squirrels. They are back again, and this time it’s personal! Went to a wild plant sale this morning and bought two Elderberry bushes, so that’s it for me this week.

    May each of you have a blessed Easter.

    1. Jean – we’ve had a similar weather pattern. Lots of rain followed by a serious drop in temps yesterday with most pollen washed away. We need at least 3 days of dry weather to be able to get the garden ready for planting. Unfortunately, we’re scheduled for more rain Thursday or Friday.

  5. Hi Tara & all,

    Although it has been sunny (mixed with only tiny bits of rain) for days on end and hovering around 70 degrees, that we are bound to hit another cold patch and probably even get one final bit of snow.

    What a difference a mere 100 miles can make even in the same state. It’s been 40’s nighttime and 70’s daytime; but, we’ve received nearly 3 inches of rain in the past 2 days, bringing the total to nearly 11 inches to date, not counting snow. I hope you are right about another snow, so I can still tap those maples. May 15 is still our target for last frost; but, who really knows for sure, LOL.

    Other preps this week include learning more about keeping lambs from one of our tribe members.

    The DW’s family raised hogs & sheep, and she talks about bottle feeding and raising lambs as a child; but, at our age we’re not interested in too much animal husbandry, other than perhaps, chickens and our little horse.

    I scored a great deal on potato sets, and will add them to our container growing plans for this year, along with some of the potato harvest from last year we let go to seed for planting this year.

    We’ve never had much luck with potatoes; but, are planning on trying container gardening with a few containers this year. We also have some sweet potatoes with eyes growing on them and will also try that.

    Thanks to the nice weather, I was able to spend some time outdoors in the evening honing my skills with the compound bow my beloved got me for Christmas.

    I sold both my bow and crossbow some years ago; but, so far haven’t even gotten in much range time, since the property is still mostly just mud and I have plenty of time to wait with fingers crossed.

    I also lucked into a 50% of clearance mark down toys at the local Dollar General. I bought multiple airsoft handguns for some children in our tribe (and tons of air soft pellets) for nearly nothing.

    Airsoft @ Dollar General? We have two in the area and need to check them out. Thanks for the mention.

    Many of the homeschool families identify as preppers but most are and simply consider themselves skilled folks who grew up country and never found the need to put a label on their lifestyle.

    I think this pretty much describes most if not all of my rural community, and is often something urban and suburban people don’t or won’t understand. You have to travel 10 miles to the closest McDonalds? You’re kidding, LOL.
    We have to start scouting for our blackberries, since it’s been just too wet to work out into those thorny thickets.

    For This Week’s Questions
    1. How are you spring garden preps going?
    So far a bit slow, since the incessant rain keeps coming and the mud is everywhere. There should be some bulk plants at the Amish produce auction rather soon and we have plenty of seed on hand.
    2. What wild edibles grow on or near your home that you make great use of in the spring?
    Puff balls if we are quick enough along with various berries; but, to be honest, we haven’t really looked that hard yet.
    3. What self-reliance or prepper plans do you have to reach out to loved ones who don’t prep and/or children this spring?
    Not much for the relatives who are all grown and either prep or not with us not being able to change anything; but, we are going to run some orienteering and primitive fire & shelter courses in the upcoming months for one or two of the local kids and some of our EMA membership as part of SAR in field training.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    See below:
    This past week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Performed the 2 year maintenance on the whole house generator a little bit overdue; but, now easier then doing it again in the winter the next time.
    2. 2 more containers of coffee on sale @ Rural King (for the DW)
    3. Another portable fire starting tool with quantity 5 TurboBlue Multi Purpose Butane Torch Stick on clearance @ Rural King with these features:
    • Safety Lock
    • High temperature: 2300° F
    • Bottle opener
    • Lock on / off safety
    • Kickstand for hands-free operation
    • Refillable with standard butane canister
    4. Received 2 pounds of Starwest Botanicals Organic Elder Berries, from Amazon and have Bam Bam’s recipe from https://wellnessmama.com/1888/elderberry-syrup
    5. This past Wednesday was both our county EMA meeting and our 37th anniversary, so we celebrated by taking cupcakes to the meeting, that were enjoyed by all after setting up our hazmat decontamination equipment, tearing it back down & stowing it. We really know how to party!!!!
    6. The DW renewed her Drivers license for the new federally compliant ID, so we will both be good to fly again soon.
    7. Received a new USB-63 CAT cable that allows a computer to communicate and control some of my ham radio equipment.
    8. Ordered 2 Interactive Cat Laser Pointer Toys from woot. This thing will run a laser around the floor in a random pattern to play with the cats for us, and hopefully tire them out but good. We play with them already using laser pointers; but, we usually tire faster than they do. I initially ordered only 1; but, the DW suggested that we should order a second, one for each indoor cat that could probably stop some fights: I hate the ”creepy” synthesized voice in this video; but, it does demonstrate the toy rather well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0B1cEinptw
    9. Thunderstorms with significant wind and rain (2.7 inches in < 24 hours) have turned up a leak in the roof, so Monday, predicted to be warm and dry we’ll be going on the roof to find and fix it. Armed with a broom, tarps and Flex Seal Spray, I’ll hopefully find and seal the leak. We have a small flat area that I suspect is trapping leaves and holding water, that is finding its way through the roof. Ah, the joys of home ownership!!!
    10. Started combing through the document release on the Mueller investigation. This can take a while; but, will also cure insomnia.
    11.

    1. I think my cats would destroy the house playing with this toy. They already have late-night races throughout the house. It is always fun and games until something crashes.

      1. Bam Bam,

        I think my cats would destroy the house playing with this toy. They already have late-night races throughout the house. It is always fun and games until something crashes.

        That’s just life with cats and the reason the DW had me get the second one. The plan is to put the toys and an associated cat in separate rooms, and see if the toy will wear them out. We’ve tried various cat toys to no avail; but, the hand laser always gets them hopping until the humans get tired of playing.
        Our two current cats are an old little 5-6 pounds 12+ year old girl and a young big 14 pound 5-6 year old guy. They mostly get along and he is a gentle nice cat; but, he loves to play, often more than she does, so we get the chasing through the house & hissing at all hours. The toys are supposed to be here next Friday (4/26) so we may have a preliminary report next week. With Amazon Prime free shipping and Ohio sales tax they were only $18.18 each, so cheap enough to play with.
        The big, guy named Crichton (after the late Michael Crichton) was my DD’s dorm cat; but, after graduating, she found no apartments she could afford with pet friendly policies, so we have inherited him. For a city cat he is a great mouser; but, also a climber, and has been spotted more than a few times on top of one of the refrigerators, usually staring at the ceiling for some critter we can’t here.

        1. We have at least one of four cats that does not respond to the laser. Most of our cats are 15 plus pounds with the female weighing only slightly less at about 12 pounds. At nearly 13, getting them to play can be a challenge.

    2. TOP,

      Have you talked to your insurance agent about your roof? You may have more damage than you think and would qualify for a new roof.

      My sister had hail in her area and looking at her roof you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong. But, she needs a new roof on 2 of her properties from the recent storm they’ve had. One estimate on the larger house is $27K, which her deductible is $1000.

      If “we” is you, then you need to be careful. You can get a roofing company to come and inspect for free…

      1. Almost There,

        Have you talked to your insurance agent about your roof? You may have more damage than you think and would qualify for a new roof.
        My sister had hail in her area and looking at her roof you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong. But, she needs a new roof on 2 of her properties from the recent storm they’ve had. One estimate on the larger house is $27K, which her deductible is $1000.

        This is not a storm damage problem; but, a lingering problem with a section of the roof that is flat and has a small lip that holds water. We put an entire new roof on in 2012 at a cost of $8000.00; but, this section occasionally just needs to have the leaves cleaned off of it (since it’s flat) and have all the cracks & edges resealed.
        The “old” part of the house was built around 1920 with some major additions added in the mid 1960’s some 20 years before we moved here, and those additions have always had a few issues we have to deal with on occasion.

  6. I am continuing to monitor the blooms on all of the elderberry bushes that are just down the road about 1/2 mile. That’s my favorite wild edible. I harvested about 100 bananas this week from a single stalk. Good thing I know how to preserve them. There’s about 300 grape tomatoes in bowls on my kitchen counter from a single volunteer plant. Gotta get creative this week and process them somehow for future use!

    I stopped talking about prepping with my family years ago. Fancy boats, vacations and boob jobs seem way more important to them.

    I actually took on a part time job to stockpile some of those green dead presidents. At my age, I didn’t think anyone would be interested in hiring me, but I was wrong. The lack of work ethic among many of the younger folks makes us less-than-young people more attractive. So now I will have more money for preps!

    Be blessed this Easter, folks!

    1. Goatlover,

      I stopped talking about prepping with my family years ago. Fancy boats, vacations and boob jobs seem way more important to them.

      I still talk with them on occasion and at least for their unique situations (most all in cities) they do what they can, with my youngest sister in Key West having skills & resources ready to take on the world @ a moment’s notice. She had to Evac during hurricane Irma and took it and the return to unpowered refrigerators and freezers in stride with a smile.

      I actually took on a part time job to stockpile some of those green dead presidents. At my age, I didn’t think anyone would be interested in hiring me, but I was wrong. The lack of work ethic among many of the younger folks makes us less-than-young people more attractive.

      I’ve been officially retired for a bit more than 2 years and still get calls for engineering positions I could still do; but, anything that can’t be done telecommuting, I simply dismiss.
      The lack of work ethic is only part of it, since a lack of skills from programming computers to plumbing or wiring a house also seems to be missing. I recently saw some company owners being interviewed who said that many new hires just out of college expect large paychecks, lots of vacation and benefits, and a promotion after the first year. Sometimes just ”showing up” is the key for a job.
      Many of these kids will soon find out that reality often sucks!!!!! LOL

      1. reminds me of my relatives, my parents were the kind of spendthrifts that would go bankrupt 3 times because they took too many cruises they felt they deserved (hint if someone can only afford something by using excessive credit cards and pinching pennies by making their son go without glasses and sleep on the floor then they really can’t afford it thus don’t actually deserve it).

        i moved out at 18 lived in my car then bought a falling apart house in a tax auction and worked a lot of terrible jobs struggling to survive (ate from many dumpsters over the years) and put myself through college. in contrast my sister grew up copying my parents thinking credit cards were a way of life and looked down on me for looking like a redneck (my father was a high school janitor in a small town and my mother rarely had a job and they hated rural people). she got a degree from a fancy school then had a hard time finding work cause she felt she was better than everyone, she also rented a 5 bedroom house just for herself in boston then left cause she felt her boss was jelous of her (she thought everyone was beneith her), no idea what she does these days, last i herd she had 4 new cars all on credit and a different 5 bedroom house (stopped talking to her when she stole $3000 from me in 2009, my mother stole her credit card for a shopping spree and my sister expected me to pay off my mothers debt, she would have been dragged into bancruptcy too if not, i was the only one not up to my eyeballs in debt and a paycheck away from bankruptcy, my mother used her credit card since she was bancrupt and couldn’t have one herself and felt she needed to buy a new big screen tv, my mother also tried to bill me for all the food i ate as a child)

        unfortunatly people like them never realize reality they just convince themselves they just need to shuffle resources better or say its their creditors fault for expecting them to pay so much, or like my parents they claim its their kids or someone elses obligation to fix it (and spin it to make them think its someone elses fault like my parents trying to bill me for the food i ate growing up). like it was “my” obligation to be the family bitch, used for labor and a source of money for years, my sister often called me retarded to my face when claiming she was entitled to any money i had since i was “too stupid to know how to spend it properly” (ok i have aspurgers, so i am socially awkward, but have a 138 iq and a strong back and have never taken a debt i knew i couldn’t repay quickly). haven’t talked to any of them in a decade.

        1. how this relates to prepper lifestyle, if they were broke they would buy food on credit, or the food pantry or food stamps if they could or beg for handouts or loans. i would refuse to be a begger, use a shovel to turn up my lawn, and a spading fork and plant whatever seeds i could get, then go fishing, and shoot any rabbit that tried to eat my garden and eat the rabbit too, or search the grocery store dumpsters for anything edible (expired canned goods mostly or cans with no labels, for mystery ingredient chilie). that made me a “backcountry hick, redneck, inbred hillbilly” according to my family.

        2. Nemoseto,
          WOW. You are to be commended for simply just surviving. The DW & I have often discussed our similar family situations. Other than my dad being a civil servant (38 years @ USPS) and her dad being a farmer we had loving supportive parents who made sure we always had a clean house, clean clothing, and plenty of reasonably healthy food on the table. Neither of us ever went hungry.
          I was taught how to do most things for myself from carpentry, wiring, and plumbing, to basic electronics that along with high school classes served me well into college, where I have engineering degrees that had a job waiting at the end. I purchased my first fixer upper house (on land contract) from a guy whose house I was renting, just 3 years out of college and was able over time to sell that place to pay this one off. Sometimes money was tight; but, we never were (and are still not) into extravagance with most vacations being local attractions with the big one being a trip for the DW, DD, & me to Hawaii where we stayed with my sister and only had to spend Air Fare and basic expenses for food and attractions. We plan to visit her again this fall in Key West, so once again just air fare and incidentals while there.
          In my case I had help getting through college; but, did take on some debt as school loans that I paid off while purchasing my first house. Money could be tight; but, I got by and often being able to purchase cheap food and cook from scratch made the difference.
          I don’t have Aspergers; but, have in IQ in the 160’s and really understand being socially awkward; because regardless of what Bam Bam says about just being confident, I think most women are liars. They tell you that they want that kind, sensitive, funny guy; but, then they dump those guys for the big, tall, good looking hunk with the low IQ.
          I feel your pain brother; but, it sounds like you have it figured out, so keep on keepin’ on and remember that when those who make fun are freezing in the dark, we’ll be living the life we chose.

    2. Goatlover, don’t EVEN get me started on your comment “The lack of work ethic among many of the younger folks makes us less-than-young people more attractive. ” I told our HR person months ago to not even send me ‘kids’, I want ‘mature’ ppl to train (and even the last one she sent me whined that I was ‘mean’ to him, and he was 40ish). I have had a few younger ppl that have worked out well, dont get me wrong. But if I have to listen to another ‘kid’ tell me how they can’t ‘handle’ something because of their ‘anxiety/depression/issues’, I might just go ballistic. It’s like they wear it a a badge of honor. SMDH.

    3. Goatlover, My sister doesn’t have a flashlight that works, but she does have fake boobs. I’ll give you one guess who she always turns to when she needs something.

      1. Prepared Grammy,

        My sister doesn’t have a flashlight that works

        It sounds like you now have the perfect Christmas / Birthday gift list for her, a new LED flashlight and a pack of batteries. I know these people exist; but, not in my family or circle of friends.

        I’ll give you one guess who she always turns to when she needs something.

        I suspect that being a blood relative makes it hard to say ”NO”; but, perhaps that’s the best cure, unless it’s truly a life or death situation, in which case the thinnest lifeline you can muster, would be needed.

  7. I have had a rough week. I sliced the tip of my finger off with a 3 inch parring knife. I bought this knife from Amazon and had just received it.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IBVD0W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    My husband said, “This is the sharpest knife I have ever seen–be careful!” I did a mental eye roll and then proceeded to slice the tip of my finger off. (If you need a sharp knife, I recommend this one–just be careful.)

    So off to the ER we went. Nearly $600 later I was all patched up. I had to get a Tdap as my tetanus vaccine was out of date. I quickly realized how important it is to be current on vaccines. If this had been a grid down situation. . . . I also came to see that I don’t have nearly enough medical supplies. One serious cut and you’ve used upward to 60 rolls of gauze. So I ordered more supplies. The nurse used skin glue to close the wound. (There was nothing to stitch.) Does anyone know if there is a skin glue product available OTC?

    In other news, our AC went out. Fortunately we have a friend who owns and operates an AC repair company. We called him at 8:30 p.m. He called back by 9 p.m. He was out the next morning to fix our AC. He had to weld a part to fix the unit and add in five pounds of coolant (at $70 per pound). He said that most technicians are too lazy to get down in the mud and do the repairs–most would simply say the unit was unfixable and sell you a new unit ($5,200). Yikes. I am not complaining about the $575 bill for the repair and coolant.

    It is really important to have cash reserves to cover emergencies.

    On a fun note, our country meat market had its semi-annual sale and we stocked up–pork butts, roasts, hamburger, NY strips, ribeyes, andouille sausage and more. It took us several hours to get it all put up in food saver bags. Our freezers are full.

    We had a really bad storm roll through yesterday–70 mph winds. Trees were toppled and most of the town lost electricity. We didn’t get any damage. I am glad we had the trees pruned last summer. Most of the street lights were out. I can’t believe the number of people who don’t know that when a traffic light is out, the intersection becomes a four-way stop.

    Please pray for me this week. I text for my black belt Friday. I have been working toward my black belt for two years. I am excited but nervous. This is the weapon form I have to show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6Kph19BiFE

    1. BamBam
      Watched the video. It reminds me of a dance but with the sword.

      Understand you will be a little stressed, but is there music that you can play at home to work with this lesson so it becomes a part of you. Then when you are ready to pass this class exam play that music through your mind. It will become one with you so you will flow without thinking it will be muscle memory. Just a thought for you, as I know you will do just fine.🥋🥇🤗(no black belt on my emojis so had to wind it)

    2. Bam Bam,

      I have had a rough week. I sliced the tip of my finger off with a 3 inch parring knife. I bought this knife from Amazon and had just received it.
      My husband said, “This is the sharpest knife I have ever seen–be careful!” I did a mental eye roll and then proceeded to slice the tip of my finger off. (If you need a sharp knife, I recommend this one–just be careful.)

      Lessons learned so late in life. I did the same thing, slicing off the tip of my left index finger when I was about 14 or 15 with a dull knife. I was cutting up some sassafras and hit a knot in the wood that stopped the knife, and when I pushed harder on it, it finally cut through and out the end; but, I did the same thing you did. I had a body part in line with the travel of the blade.

      So off to the ER we went. Nearly $600 later I was all patched up. I had to get a Tdap as my tetanus vaccine was out of date. I quickly realized how important it is to be current on vaccines. If this had been a grid down situation.

      I don’t know how much the E.R. trip cost; but, in my case they simply put the tip back on with a single stitch and bandaged it well. They told me that the tip would slough off and the finger would heal, which it did. That fingertip has no sensation or fingerprint to this day.

      I also came to see that I don’t have nearly enough medical supplies. One serious cut and you’ve used upward to 60 rolls of gauze.

      60 rolls of gauze? In my case I was in the woods with only my lunch, a canteen of water, and a few small first aid supplies, so I put the tip back on the finger, wrapped everything with the paper towel from my lunch, and kept pressure on it as I walked the few miles from the woods to my home.

      So I ordered more supplies. The nurse used skin glue to close the wound. (There was nothing to stitch.) Does anyone know if there is a skin glue product available OTC?

      Yep. Cyanoacrylate was developed by Eastman Kodak in 1942 and was used a lot in Vietnam. I keep some on hand, per my E.R. doc friend’s suggestion; but, it’s nothing special. You already know it as Super Glue or Crazy Glue and I get mine in single use tubes from Dollar Tree, in a blister pack with 4 tubes for a buck.

      In other news, our AC went out. Fortunately we have a friend who owns and operates an AC repair company.

      Friends and networking are so very important and why hermits don’t have AC, LOL.

      It is really important to have cash reserves to cover emergencies.

      True that. We usually have no less than $3-5K on hand in small bills. $10,000.00 in hundreds may be of less use than $1000.00 in 1’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 20’s in a pinch.

      On a fun note, our country meat market had its semi-annual sale and we stocked up–pork butts, roasts, hamburger, NY strips, ribeyes, andouille sausage and more. It took us several hours to get it all put up in food saver bags. Our freezers are full.

      A serious; but, rhetorical question from someone who likewise has full freezers.
      What do you do if a freezer fails (like your AC) or you have a sustained power outage (hurricane?)

      We had a really bad storm roll through yesterday–70 mph winds. Trees were toppled and most of the town lost electricity.

      No power & freezers from above comment!!! That storm system started way out in the west and also visited us here, with nothing more than a few limbs down, a lot of rain, and some tornadic activity other places in the state. We watche the radar and participate in the weather networks as well as make sure the NOAA radios are in good shape.

      I can’t believe the number of people who don’t know that when a traffic light is out, the intersection becomes a four-way stop.

      I can and I’ll bet they are the same people who purchased their vehicles without the optional turn signal accessory. LOL

      Please pray for me this week. I text for my black belt Friday. I have been working toward my black belt for two years. I am excited but nervous. This is the weapon form I have to show.

      No disrespect intended; but, you don’t need prayer, you need practice. I do a similar form with a Bokken (wooden Katana) and in my style, Black Belt in two years is unheard of. I reached Nikyu (2nd brown) in about 4 years and went off to college before I could test for Shodan (1st black)

      At some point the rank should become less important than the skills you’ve mastered.

      1. The prayer isn’t for the skill; it’s for my mindset. Freezer–we have a generator. My finger is hurting and I am in a piss-ass mood. I am glad dh has gone to bed.

        1. Nemoseto,

          sounds like you would make a good accomplice lol

          I might have used a different word than accomplice; but, I was thinking the same thing. I have corresponded (via email) to many here, and talked with others on the phone, and I think for the most part we would all fit that bill. GrammyPrepper and her DH have gotten together with my DW & me a few times, and are planning to get together more this summer.
          I’m glad we have this forum, since I think this extended virtual family does us all some good and lets us know we are not the only kooks who get snickered at. LOL.

          1. Nemoseto,
            It just dawned on me that BLACK also posts here on occasion and has been a friend for years. I introduced him and Grammyprepper when she and her DH visited.
            BLACK lives about 5 miles southwest of me and is primarily a dairy and grain farmer; but produces one of the best gardens I’ve seen in the area.
            He also keeps bees and has been turning out a lot of honey that also provides him with a bit of income. Another good family guy who is a typical “Jack of all trades” farmer; but, to keep equipment affordably running, most farmers have to be.

    3. Bam, don’t use a sharp sword……or knife….

      You would cringe at my advanced weapon….half nunchaku half sword and they attach together for a staff
      Sword.

      Good luck.

          1. TOP, I made it myself and thought of getting a patent but then thought of the lawsuits of people getting injured, maimed or killed by misuse or accident and said no thanks.
            You know yourself from being a fellow nunchaku user how easy it is to get hurt, especially elbows, when learning that weapon. Think of that but with part sword. But blade speed….its like a blender. I had a machinist friend make some of the parts so it is ballbearing and chain.

            That weapon scares me. I wouldn’t even think of picking it up until I went into my full workout routine practices, which lasted hours everyday.

            But talk about razzle dazzle my friend…..

          2. Thor1,

            TOP, I made it myself and thought of getting a patent but then thought of the lawsuits of people getting injured, maimed or killed by misuse or accident and said no thanks.

            Actually getting the patent could be a good idea. The last one I was granted in 1995 was assigned (sold) to a company I was doing the work for, and while there could be no liability with the invention, if there were, it would fall on the assignee.
            If you get a patent and find another company to license and manufacture the thing, they would assume liability and you would simply get bragging rights and some royalty income.
            I have an invention for shooting I’ve been toying with; but, have the same concerns, even with the prototypes.

            You know yourself from being a fellow nunchaku user how easy it is to get hurt, especially elbows, when learning that weapon. Think of that but with part sword. But blade speed….its like a blender. I had a machinist friend make some of the parts so it is ballbearing and chain.

            Oh Yea. Sensei handed me my green belt (Gokyu) when I was 16, and when he did he grinned and simply said ”yes” which answered the question I had been bugging him with about NunChaKu and other weapons. His rule was no weapons until green belt and that was the go ahead.
            I’ve tried numerous Nunchakus over the years and never found one with chains that I liked, so I stick with the typical nylon cordage that is very flexible and more than strong enough.
            In my case I don’t remember hitting my elbows; but, did hit my own legs and head, more than a few times. Now I just break things around me in the house, and the reason I can’t wait for summer to start working out in the yard again.

            That weapon scares me. I wouldn’t even think of picking it up until I went into my full workout routine practices, which lasted hours everyday.

            I feel the same way about a katana or Wakizashi; but, have also managed to whack myself rather good with a pair of Sai, defending against a Bokken (wooden katana)

            But talk about razzle dazzle my friend

            I’ve never been into razzle dazzle, probably because my first sensei was an all business kind of instructor. Only 4 colored belts, and lots of hard work between them. They were BTW, White, Green, Brown, Black, with no stripes or other partial identifiers; however, my brown belt (Nikyu 2nd degree) does have two embroidered strips in it.

          3. Bam Bam,

            We use foam nunchucks for practice.

            I started using NunChaKu around 1966 at age 15 and they didn’t have foam versions, or at least I didn’t see any. Back then you went to a Martial Arts supply store or ordered from a catalog, so the items were a bit limited.

    4. Bam Bam,

      Regarding skin closure glues. I think Dermabond (by Ethicon) is probably the best human skin glue out there. It is expensive. It is not the super glue available in your hardware aisle. Regular super glue can cause chemical burns, but I suppose if you have nothing else…

      There are veterinarian skin closure glues out there too that are cheaper, but they are not formulated for human skin like Dermabond. I understand that the vet glues will work on human skin, but you pays your money, you takes your chances.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        Regarding skin closure glues. I think Dermabond (by Ethicon) is probably the best human skin glue out there. It is expensive. It is not the super glue available in your hardware aisle. Regular super glue can cause chemical burns, but I suppose if you have nothing else

        This is nearly word for word what my E.R. doc friend told me and while I have some Dermabond on the wish list, it has not moved up in priority quite yet. Fir field expedient EOTW needs, the basic Super Glue will fill the need. She did however stress the single use tubes for the kit and until then, I didn’t realize they existed.
        Thanks for the clarification.

  8. The newest addition will be arriving around the first of June. Sister & bil are happy first grandchild so I have been sewing clothes for her. Niece received a lot of gifts at the baby shower but as we all know they grow so quickly that I made clothes for her when she is a year old an working beyond that age. My sister does not sew, and never learned how, now she wishes she had taken the time learn. That is ok, she is better at gardening than I am.

    While beef is still somewhat affordable, we went shopping on Thursday picked up 93/7 hamburger, 2 spiral hams from Safeway. Usually I do not shop there because they are so expensive but they had a good price on meat so we splurged. Cash & Carry(resturante supplier)had Sirlion Tip along with Ribeye in the large packs so I purchased one each. It package the meat for the two of us, the ribeye is cut into small roasts. Sirlion I am not sure how I will portion it out yet, may slice it thin and jerky the meat.

    1) Spring prepping, leaving that to my sister she has the garden set up and I am in the process of trying to replace our worn out field & stock fencing along with painting.

    2) Looking for the wild weed plants which are coming up now. Need to identify them as some areas are sprayed which will take them off the harvesting list.

    3) Have tried to get across that we can not carry those who will not take care of their own needs. The oldest sister finally(hopefully)understands that what happened to the food chain supply during the rains/snow storms along with the loss of a dam taking out growing fields, livestock, and replacement seeds for re-growing crops was severely damaged. Many think it will be a year or less for recovery but from what I have read it could be a longer recovery period than expected.

    1. AC,

      Would you report your prices on beef? I fear prices will go up due to the massive fooding. I just want a frame of reference.

      1. Bam, the prices will really go up next year as we live off of last years stock/crops. The prices will start going up towards the end of the year. So much going on, its biblical…….

      2. Bam Bam,

        AC,
        Would you report your prices on beef? I fear prices will go up due to the massive fooding. I just want a frame of reference.

        If you have freezer space perhaps you can find a farmer who will sell you shares (quarter, half, etc). We purchased our beef just about a year ago and it will still last us for a while. The ½ hanging weight was $2.25 aged hanging for half of a 660 pound steer. Processing was 1/2 of the $65.00 slaughter fee & $0.55 per pound processing, all processed to our required standards.
        So $65.00/2 + 330*2.25+330*0.55 or $ 956.50 / 330 or $ 2.89 per pound for everything from bones (a bit expensive) to steaks & roastes, a good price.

      3. BamBam
        It is from the land of fruits & nuts so they toss in the gas hikes.
        Here is what I found:
        Safeway (Ralphs) had a special on half spiral hams $1.47 per pound/ 93/7 hamburger $2.99 per lb/ half hams .98 per lb. Cash & Carry(restaurant supplier)Ribeye $7.77 per lb but you had to purchase the 15lb+ packages for that price, and the Angus Sirloin Tip package was 5+ lbs @$5.99 per lb. Pork Loin premium quality meat was on sale for $1.69 per lb at 10+ pounds, one could cut it for chops or roast. Bacon is running around $4.99 per lb last time I looked but it could have gone up a dollar per pound. Again it is in bulk about 5 pounds per package.

        Is there a specific meat you are looking for at this time? I really miss our old company Zaycon but think it went bell up, do the big boys buying out the mom & pop farms.
        I did price Foster Farms chicken whole birds were around $1.69 per pound at Safeway.

        Found a new American home grown & processed chicken in Texas, company is Sanderson. Believe that is the correct name of the company, found this chicken in WinCo. Sanderson raises the chicken from egg to full grown birds, sent to the local plants for processing to the markets for selling. Price of the bird per pound I do not recall but it was reasonable compared to chicken I have seen lately. Did my research on this meat as we go through a lot of chicken.

          1. Bam Bam:

            We are not experiencing much in the way of meat price changes where in MT. But we do have our own industry and I personally have access to beef ranchers. I many end up getting with them for future beef if prices change too much.

            I think it will take a while (3-4 months) for retail prices to reflect future beef losses.

  9. Hi Pack,
    Not much in the way of purchases… we have worked to clear a fence row of tree limbs, honeysuckle, poison ivy and saw briars…
    worked several hours this week and ended up with good breakout of poison ivy on arms i did not think got anywhere near the stuff. I came in and washed off with good lather of soap, but did not do a vinegar or bleach wash…. (I will next time).. that was just before the 2 days of rain,,,which i slept thru from the benadryl… treatment for itch included…. plantain triple tincture and cortizone cream has rounded it out and is much improved but still itchy at intervals. The deer tick and lone star ticks are crawling- today i scattered DE in all areas where we have been working. and put some lime in stagnant water/effluent.. we piled 4 large piles of brush,dead limbs and honeysuckle vines and have burned 2 .
    Mulling over area where we wish the next two raised beds to be… and the orientation. materials cut already. materials for wicking bed for corn in place. several more wicking pots to be set up. pulled 28 more shoots off the sweet potatoes and are in window in glass to root. 35+ ready to trench out in pots until can be placed outside. in designated bed.. We went to old mill area loaded a pickup load of rotted sawdust and unloaded for amending the new beds..
    Tara’s questions. #1 and #4 see above., #2, wild edibles. nothing more than various wild greens. have a few things we want to add to these, but are not prepared to do that now…just not ready….too many things on the do it now list…. do not have any wild asparagus here. way to early for blackberries.sweetgum is putting out and leaves on small trees are ready to gather.
    No real plans to reach out. i’m tired of the eye rolls. Some people do not want to be assisted until the fat is in the fire…will not be mine.I do intend to help DB set up a few wicking beds for selected plants.

    1. Anonamo Also,

      worked several hours this week and ended up with good breakout of poison ivy on arms i did not think got anywhere near the stuff. I came in and washed off with good lather of soap

      I have never had poison ivy rash and seem to be immune to it, since I actually camped in the middle of a patch as a kid; but, one of my sisters can get the rash I swear, by walking across the road from a plant. We do keep remedies on hand, for that just in case, and do kill any ivy we find climbing the trees on the property.

      we piled 4 large piles of brush,dead limbs and honeysuckle vines and have burned 2 .

      We also burn brush; but, if you have the space and the proper situation, leaving a pile or two away from the house can help the environment as prime habitat for nesting birds and small game species. Over the years on more than one occasion, I’ve kicked at a brush pile and bagged a rabbit for the pot as it ran out

    2. AA – the last two times I’ve had poison ivy, I’ve had to call the doctor for a round of steroid treatment. I now have an extra pack on hand, just in case, as the stuff grows quickly in our yard.

  10. Puppy showed he was fearless. I was walking him down the road and a neighbor was walking a south African bull mastiff. Puppy said your to close to my Daddy backup, at least that’s what I think barrra barra grrrrr means. The mastiff turned and jumped on his owner and said let’s get out of here…..LOL

    Preps this week

    Security
    Bought 10 magpul pmags
    Bought 420 rnds of 55g .556
    Bought 20 rnds of 220g .300 WM
    Bought another voodoo molle holster

    Garden

    Planted carrots
    Planted corn
    Everything else is growing good.

    Water

    A lot of rain filled the rain catchment system

    Tara’s questions

    1. How are you spring garden preps going?
    2. What wild edibles grow on or near your home that you make great use of in the spring?
    3. What self-reliance or prepper plans do you have to reach out to loved ones who don’t prep and/or children this spring?

    1. Great see above.
    2. Blackberries, later
    3. The kids know wear I live and they have younger legs and their own bicycles……LOL

    Thor’s questions

    1. How long could you survive without electricity?
    2. Are you prepared for a pandemic?
    3. Do you think a “Red Dawn” scenario is possible? Wivideos Jong-un meeting Putin???
    4. Do you have body armor?

    Interesting videos

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e8t5eHOJCb0

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

    1. For Thor’s questions:

      1. How long could you survive without electricity?
      Pretty much indefinitely; but, with the whole house generator, plenty of fuel and consumables we don’t have to. If running on generator the only limit we would self impose would be not using the electric clothes dryer, since it sucks a lot of power.
      2. Are you prepared for a pandemic?
      Yep. N95 masks, and numerous types of antibiotics; plus, I’m part of our county EMA and Medical reserve corps that have plans for such things.
      3. Do you think a “Red Dawn” scenario is possible? Wivideos Jong-un meeting Putin???
      No, for the reason that we are a large country to capture and hold, and the reported quote of Japanese Fleet Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy Isoroku Yamamoto. “You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.”
      While not tactically trained, just the hunters east of the Mississippi make up one of the world’s largest armies.

      4. Do you have body armor?
      Not currently; but, the video on the ”Cover Me Seat” was compelling enough to get one next month (after June 7th)

      Your other posted video BTW unfortunately did not shock me at all.

      1. TOP, I thought you and everyone would like the body armor….. In this crazy world, it only makes sense.

        On the other side of the border, babies in Christian churches being grabbed by their ankles and their heads being smashed open from radical Muslim extremist terrorists isn’t shocking?

        1. Thor1,

          I thought you and everyone would like the body armor….. In this crazy world, it only makes sense.

          At 68, 5’ 6” & 150 pounds I cannot really carry a vest with plate along with other gear; but, this one is something I can afford and will be part of our kit soon.

          On the other side of the border, babies in Christian churches being grabbed by their ankles and their heads being smashed open from radical Muslim extremist terrorists isn’t shocking?

          I didn’t say it wasn’t shocking; but, ”Your other posted video BTW unfortunately did not shock me at all.”, that is perhaps badly stated. It’s simply that I’ve heard these stories before, and what Islamists do to infidels is well established.
          The real crime is that the Demon-rats’ who have to know all of this is going on, are willing to let things like this continue, just to stop president Trump from getting a win. I’m not sure if the Islamists or the Demon-rats’ are worse.

    2. Thor1 , As long as that is the interpretation the other dog,… interpreted your Puppy’s statement , that WAS the meaning. Sounds like he was fully understood.

    3. Thor1,

      Puppy said your to close to my Daddy backup, at least that’s what I think barrra barra grrrrr means. The mastiff turned and jumped on his owner and said let’s get out of here

      They say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight; but, the size of the fight in the dog. I have seen many small farm dogs run off a much larger critter when their (the dog’s) ”Turf” is invaded.

    4. 1. indefintly, i lived without electric most of my life, while i use t as a luxury i don’t rely on it

      2. probbly, i am in a fairly remote location nd long way from neighbors, easy to drop a few trees to cut off the road and really be isolated.

      3. no, even at the height of its power the soviets could never have made a successful invassion of the us, even with all its power the us couldn’t make a successful occupation in iraq or afganistan and those countries had less population than nyc. simply put even if half of the russian population were occupation soldiers they could never hold the us, sure they could make a mess of things but they would be repelled very quickly. the germans only made a successful occupation in ww2 of neighboring countries because they were very close and could truck resources around quickly. far more likely an emp attack, coupled with drone strikes and cyber attacks destroying critical infrastructure would be more realistic, they wouldn’t risk all their resources and would mess up ours. leave a big mess and te us would have to focus more on maintining order nd rebuilding than on a counter attack (though it would happen), take the us out of world politics and europe would quickly fall to the russians. thought he us would conter attack and it would be equelly devestating to russia, they know it so they won’t attack. there is a reson its called mutully assured destruction.

      4. not the modern kind but yes i have armor.

      1. nemoseto,
        Your replies were well thought out for a ”farmer”. LOL
        I wholeheartedly agree that things could get bad; but, as a country we would survive with perhaps some of those on the dole perishing. This would be another time that rural living would be an essential blessing.
        As for MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) that’s why we still have the boomers or SSBN’s /FBN’s (Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines) that could & would extract a penalty for bad actors, assuming of course we have a Trump or Reagan in the White House and not a Carter or Obama

  11. How are you spring garden preps going? Haven’t even got started! Too busy keeping up with other things

    What wild edibles grow on or near your home that you make great use of in the spring?
    I don’t use them, but have access to Willow, Plantain,Nettle, raspberry,rose hips, dandelion, and others

    What self-reliance or prepper plans do you have to reach out to loved ones who don’t prep and/or children this spring? nothing unless they ask. They are aware slightly of what we do,but we will only help if they ask for it, and then only produce, wine, canned food and books
    What did you do to prep this week? helped another prepper acquire goods

    1. BC, my Uncle was a POW in a German POW camp in WW2 and he said dandelion soup was really good. He had my GM made it for him after the war with his recipe and he said it was horrible. Funny how when your hungry anything tastes good. Sad we may have to resort to this in the future……..

      1. Thor1,

        BC, my Uncle was a POW in a German POW camp in WW2 and he said dandelion soup was really good. He had my GM made it for him after the war with his recipe and he said it was horrible. Funny how when your hungry anything tastes good. Sad we may have to resort to this in the future

        I don’t know who your ”we” is; but, we’ll not be doing such things except for experimentation like making dandelion jelly. We can grow, forage, hunt, and fish a lot of critters that are edible when cooked right.
        While it may take some cleaning and preparation, even things like muskrat can be quite tasty, and with a bit of cunning, our creek can yield a lot of little fresh water lobsters, AKA crawfish.

    2. Babycatcher,
      I hadn’t even thought about rose hips. If times were tough, I would pull out my books and discover lots of things I hadn’t thought of.

  12. Happy Easter/Passover to all!
    I planted two varietys of snap peas this week, seedlings as well as seeds, so we will see what happens with that. I am hoping to extend the harvest. Even tho it is early, I also sowed marigold seeds around the front of the veg garden. I have two bush bean plants that are ready to flower, so need planted outside, even tho it is early for them. My tomato seedlings need to be repotted, planning on doing that Sunday since I am off (how on earth did I end up getting a holiday off, LOL). I also need to separate and repot my parsley (YES I finally got parsley seed to grow!) I started way too many tomato seeds, and I hate to see them go to waste, so I am hoping that between the gardening neighbor and DD I can share them. It just feels so good to be able to play in the dirt again!

    Tara’s questions:
    1) see above
    2)We have plantain, chickweed, and of course plenty of dandelions. I ‘know’ how to use them, but outside of using plantain for minor wounds, I need to learn more.
    3) Outside of suggesting folks be prepared for local weather emergencies, I am done talking about it. We have lived personal SHTF more than once. Most of our combined kids are more about their city life/drama. We are ‘wierd’ cuz we don’t live in the city, we have a pantry, grow a garden, etc. We choose to spend our energy working with the ones who are of a similar mindset.

    Thor’s questions:
    1) We have alternative/intermediary ways that would help us maintian ‘some’ eletricity, as well as help us wean off reliance. There are some gaps that would need adressed. But I would say we could live without.
    2) Not so much. Isolation (meaning stay at home) is my primary at this time. And that is not the best option considering our jobs.
    3) Honestly, this new class of Dems and their cluelessness scares me more. I don’t fear a ‘Red Dawn’ more than I do the slow, insidious acceptance of UN Agenda(whatever year you put on it).
    4) Nope. can’t afford it. (and that does not mean you can come shoot me, we have plenty other ways to protect and defend ourselves LOL) Thor, all you need to do is send Puppy to kill me with kisses, LOL!

      1. Thor1,

        This is affordable body armor, Although they are out of their level 4 plates now.

        Hopefully they keep restocking, since I need to order two on May 7th or later.
        This is the first really affordable thing I’m willing to keep on hand that I’ve ever seen. Perhaps I should have waited to order mine before sending it to my list of shooters, since some of them may be part of the shortage.

      2. Thor1, that seems a reasonable price, just outside of our budget right now. I like the portability/conversion, and as we do attend one or two major sporting events when $ allows, this is a great option.

        1. Grammyprepper,

          Thor1, that seems a reasonable price, just outside of our budget right now.

          The next time we all get together I’ll have two of them you can see & touch. Depending on the timing, I may or may not have plates for them; but, the nice thing is that they offer protection immediately, with the plates added as they are available and can be afforded.

    1. Thor1,

      Be careful in church…..Bombings in Sri Lanka

      I saw that on both Fox & CBS.
      Be careful anywhere there are crowds. I carry everywhere I can and avoid any crowds I can avoid. Since I’m not a big sports fan, that’s rather easy; but, situational awareness and paying close attention to that hair standing up on your neck is important.

      More church burnings

      If you are talking about the ones in the south, they caught at least one guy who was the son of a local lEO, a sheriff’s deputy IIRC.

      Do you think Notre dame was a terrorist attack?

      No. It’s been already ruled as an electrical fire and all of that old 800 year old seasoned hard wood was only waiting for a spark.
      Now they are having riots by the so called “Yellow vest protesters” that are angry over high taxes and inequality. They said on Saturday that Paris could become “the capital of rioting” because they see the almost $1B in pledges to rebuild Notre Dame as money that could be spent on them, regardless of the fact that it’s all privately donated money.
      Such is the end of any socialist nanny state.

      1. TOP, you are aware they ruled out terrorist attack before they even looked….
        The people in France, especially the yellow vests would go nuts and probably still will.

        The body armor seat was going for $85 dollars, the plate was extra which is still good because a plate carrier alone would run at least $85, this had ballistic soft body armor which, per the demo, stopped .357 mag.

        1. Thor1,

          TOP, you are aware they ruled out terrorist attack before they even looked….

          That’s not what I saw. There was an interview (in French and translated of course) with a captain of the fire brigade with other firefighter scrambling around behind him discussing the preliminary findings of what started the fire.

          The people in France, especially the yellow vests would go nuts and probably still will.

          Probably? I saw videos of just that. It’s funny how being completely disarmed peoples more than often hold the most violent protests (NOT).

          The body armor seat was going for $85 dollars, the plate was extra which is still good because a plate carrier alone would run at least $85, this had ballistic soft body armor which, per the demo, stopped .357 mag.

          Yea I saw that and will order two after May 7th. I’ll purchase the plates as they and money become available. I think the NRA is still offering some plates for IIRC $70.00. Since I’m starting with nothing, anything will by definition be an improvement. Up to now I’ve just relied on situational awareness and knowing where I can find cover and concealment in any venue I visit.
          While there is some protection without the plates, getting hit will still hurt like heck.

      2. TOP
        Norte Dome was the 11th church to burn in France this year, which they ever so quietly left off the news. The fire started within 5 minutes of the workers leaving the work area, yes, it makes me very suspicious of how it started, along with the rate of fire.

        Are you aware that area is surround by those of the non C faith? Fox news during one of there hour long show, the host brought that fact up.

        Now we have the attacks on the Christian houses of worship during and at the end of the holy week. Food for thought of what is happening, and makes me think, is this just the beginning for another round of hate towards those who do not walk the same path as they think we should.

  13. Tara,
    I picked up one of those Dollar General Airsoft guns and 1000 6mm pellets. While the gun will be fun to shoot, and they call it Airsoft on the package, it still uses a spring to fire the projectile instead of the compressed gas I was expecting. Thanks BTW for the mention and the photo, since that helped us find the right thing and it will be fun to shoot.

  14. Work has been a killer. Covering 3 stores during reset season is hard work.. Fourteen resets/new sets in 5 days makes it hard for strained muscles to recover and really puts a strain on the arthritic knees. Fifteenth reset is tomorrow and then the week after it starts again. Does allow me to pay off some bills and maybe get a few needed items.
    Trying to gently persuade a mouse that outside is the better place to live. Afraid I’ll have to actually get serious with a mouse relocation/containment devise. What I have I decided wasn’t a good idea with a cat around.
    Today is just being taken as a day of getting a few things done but primarily resting for tomorrow’s on slaught.
    No garden this year as hopefully the house sells and no real time to deal with one even if the house wasn’t up for sale.
    Where I live wild edibles are everywhere if one knows what to look for.

      1. could be a millenial demo-cat. i had one that never caught mice, he just sat around and took the ones from the traps i set (have problems with them in the eves of my cabin, poor quality amish construction, i set traps on small ledges on the outside to catch mice the cats miss, the black cat last year would just grab the ones in the traps when the traps fell after snapping on a mouse)

        1. nemoseto,
          Perhaps we’ve been lucky; but, in 35 years on this property, all of the barn cats and even the indoor cats were good mousers. Our newest and youngest cat is a basic “city” cat that grew up in my DD’s college dorm along with a bunch of 18-24 something kids and some other cats; but, is one of the best and most patient mousers we’ve had. He’s also a lap cat so we have to be careful since sometimes he’ll bring a still living mouse in his mouth into the living room and want to jump up on someone’s lap. While that doesn’t faze me, it really freaks out the DW. I have seen her take on horses, dogs, and even snakes; but, show her a mouse, even close up on the TV and you’ll hear that standard cartoonish “Eeeeek!!!”
          We had a quarter horse years ago that was a sloppy eater, and would spill grain on the barn floor. One day we saw one of the barn cats sitting quietly on one of the beams staring down at the spilled grain. Further observation found that when the horse finished and left the stall, mice would run out from under the low beams to feast on the bits of spilled grain. The cat would in turn, pounce and feast on those mice.
          Critters of all kinds make life much more enjoyable.

          1. this cat was an exception compared to all the others, i never saw him cat a mouse for himself, but i did see him carry around mice and traps (i lost a lot of traps because of it), someone else told me it was a millenial cat, given then common assertion that mellenials are lazy entitled bums who can’t do the simplest tasks and expect someone else to do everything for them (and they are getting worse thanks to things like participation trophies, making accomplishment and effort meaningless, same reason socialism kills society, if everyone gets things equaly there is no incentive to do anything, the russions towrds the end started allowing farmers to keep a small percentage of what they produced, then they started producing 4 times what they had before, the more they produced the more they got to keep, most of what i see in the workplace now is people doing just enough to not be fired and everyone expecting a “living wage” no incentive to do anything, they get everything regardless of how much or how little they do, and millenials have grown up in a comfortable setting and will just get lazier every next generation, in a way i was fortunate that my family was so bad, struggle and hardship made me think more like people of past genertions, and to value hard work and accomplishment). anyway i probably just didn’t see the cat catch his own mice, he just had a trend of taking the ones in the traps that the others ignored (took a few out of the traps and tossed the injured mice to the other cats, who ignored them, i think its because an injured mouse is a sign of being sick and the cats instinctivly won’t eat them as a precaution).

            had plenty of other mice i caught live (by hand) in the barn, toss them to a cat and they all go crazy. i got one cat that will take it to the middle of an open area and let them go just so he can catch it, then take it back to the open area to let it go again, after 4 or 5 tries the mice get an attitude and stand on their hind legs and look the cat in the eye as if they are saying F-you to the cat, refusing to play along, then the cat looses interest and just eats it.

            i end up with a lot of cats, can’t get them fixed so kittens born every year, then when they are about a year old the older dominant cats harrass the young ones until the younger ones wander off. costs a fortune to have a cat fixed in ny ($400 each, thats more than i live on in an average month). could get the price lowered to $90 but i would have to sign up for all kinds of social welfare in order to qualify (i may not have much money but i have pride, the system is set up to reward bums for begging and punish those who refuse to). no idea what happened to that cat that took all the trap mice, he started wandering away for a week at a time then just stopped showing up, either dead or driven away by the dominant cat.

          2. Nemoseto,

            someone else told me it was a millenial cat, given then common assertion that mellenials are lazy entitled bums who can’t do the simplest tasks and expect someone else to do everything for them (and they are getting worse thanks to things like participation trophies, making accomplishment and effort meaningless

            My DD is a millennial by age; but, never received a participation trophy and while she was wicked smart, still worked hard for what she has gotten. I think that millennials in many cases have gotten a bad rap, at least in part because the media needs to sell the story, and the lazy, self important, indulged kid is a better story than the hard working kid who earned everything he or she received. For those who remember the old TV sitcom, “Married with children” many look at it as an odd show; but, to many whose lives are not so good, that show lets them say to themselves, “At least I’m not Al Bundy” and “I don’t have his stupid shiftless wife and kids.” So maybe my life not so bad by comparison. I think media shows the dregs of society for that same reason, and is at least in part, why I don’t generally watch.

            same reason socialism kills society, if everyone gets things equaly there is no incentive to do anything, the russions towrds the end started allowing farmers to keep a small percentage of what they produced, then they started producing 4 times what they had before

            True. That’s basically capitalism without direct financial capital, and it works all of the time.

            in a way i was fortunate that my family was so bad, struggle and hardship made me think more like people of past genertions, and to value hard work and accomplishment).

            While my situation was actually pretty great, my parent’s instilled hard work and accomplishment in us kids from an early age. Any job worth doing is worth doing complete and right. As an engineer, this attitude served me well, since not completing a job means the end product doesn’t work. Bridges & buildings collapse and aircraft fall from the sky. It did occasionally get me in hot water, since we engineers always seem to ask the same simple question: “Why do I not have enough time & money to complete the project correctly; but, time and money is always found to fix the problems from that oversight?

            i got one cat that will take it to the middle of an open area and let them go just so he can catch it, then take it back to the open area to let it go again

            This sounds like our indoor big male cat, who likes to work with a mouse in our rather large bathroom and do the same thing; but, also reminds me of something I saw here years ago, when we had sever litters of kittens running around.
            A mother cat had a live mouse in her mouth, dropped it on the ground, and pinned it with a paw. She let out a rather odd meow, at which point kittens came from all around and formed a circle around her. She then released the mouse and backed off, watching the kittens all start playing with that little mouse. In the end I think it got away; but, it was clearly a training class, and had I not seen it myself, I would have been skeptical of it happening.

            i end up with a lot of cats, can’t get them fixed so kittens born every year, then when they are about a year old the older dominant cats harrass the young ones until the younger ones wander off.

            Years ago that used to happen here, and we would often see people pull into our long driveway, drop off cats and leave. That doesn’t happen too often now, at least in part because of our neighbors who run an animal sanctuary. Their place looks like a land based version of Noah’s ark.

            but i would have to sign up for all kinds of social welfare in order to qualify (i may not have much money but i have pride, the system is set up to reward bums for begging and punish those who refuse to).

            Legitimately using the social welfare programs do not make you a bum. I have been on unemployment twice in my lifetime, only long enough to find a job and the DW & I are now collecting Social Security and on Medicare, both social welfare programs, and I do not feel like a bum.
            These social safety nets are in place to catch you, and if you don’t then lay there and treat it like a hammock, are still good things, at least as supplemental support.

          3. i started another comment that i don’t have a thing against short term help,and the problems i have had, but it was getting way too long, its a sore spot with me. i did try to apply for some of that stuff in 2012 (at a time i was laid off, using crisco for candles and eating dandelions and roadkill). i had a bad tooth and was refused by every dentist becasue i had no insurance, i was desperate enough to try signing up for low income insurance (no income at the time), but was denied on the grounds that i lived off the grid (could not give them last 3 months electric bills, or list a heating provider, etc, all i could give them was name, birthday, address and ss number). i was denied access to insurance because i was self reliant. i was denied access to a lot of other stuff for similar reasons. they reward people for signing up for everything and not working (i know people who been on the system since the 80s, never working just sitting around drinking and watching tv on the taxpayers dime, they can get all kinds of discounts and free stuff but i got to pay full price or do without). i was denied access to those low income rates for cat fixing because i was not on any of that stuff, all i could show them to prove low income was my tax returns, but it wasn’t enough. unless i become one of those bums i am effectivly locked out of any of that stuff. in my case its not short term unemployment, i have not had official employment since 2013 (2012 when it became unstable and i was laid off and rehired a couple times), and i have no intention of getting a job, i have one but its not considered one by everyone elses standards, though i work harder than most, rather than buy food i grow it, rather than buy housing i make materials and build what i need, rather than pay a fuel service i cut all my own heating fuel. i sell the surplus and it brings in enough to get what i can’t make. the more i do the more i make and my living is directly tied (like engeneering) to my effort. but i am also locked out of any kind of social benefits for the most agrivating bs reasons (also while i worked i was sent out of state to confrences, but was denied access to hotel rooms and had to sleep in my car in the confrence locations parking lot on the grounds i didn’t have a credit card).

            i eventully found a dentist who would take cash, it took 2 years of searching and i had to go to another state, by the time i found one all they could do was pull the remaining root out.

            as i type this a dump cat is sitting on my leg, someone dumped it off out here in the fall, inured and morbidly obese, she spent the winter in my cabin on a diet and she is a healthy but lazy cat now. had others dumped off but the dominant cats always chase them away, this one is in the cabin so doesn’t mix with them. she is the only cat i have seen that will go under the covers at night, so she stays in as a good foot warmer.

  15. Slow week for me, as usual, no prepping, just some driving around. The wife and I took our two and a half year old granddaughter to the beach, a 45 minute drive for us. The water temp was in the upper sixty’s but it took three hours for her to get enough of that. The wife was keeping track of her, I was surf fishing,not catching, just fishing but it was very relaxing. I have a four wheel drive truck so we went down the beach away from the crowd near the ramp.

    The plan is to put plant my garden this week. Last weeks heavy rain showed me where the low spots are. I will drag some soil into those and the using my little Kubota and a middle buster lay off my rows. Then use the rototiller to pulverize any remain grass clumps and plant. Wish me luck.

  16. I went through my closet and moved all of my 2019 out into my lazy Susan, I have a list going of canned foods I want to restock. My husband really likes the Vienna Sausages, from Dollar tree, so this pass week I grabbed 4, I also will get more shelf stable Whole Milk at least another 4 to 6 to add at home and in our travel trailer. Our weather, is going between rain and sun so getting stuff started outside has been my goal. Hubby, and I have been working on our other place he bought be a flat edge shovel so I can clean up all the debris behind our bunk house, keeping up on the Ivy, ripping and getting it off our fence. I’ve got some starts going and my Raspberries, and Grapes, are leafing out. I’ll get my bucket’s out and get new soil in them and figure out what I want to grow for picking and eating off the vines. Hoping for a good week and hopefully some sunshine 🌞.

  17. I did my low-carb grocery shopping this week. Added a little to my stash.

    Added a Schrader valve to my pseudo-Berkey to pressurize the top bucket and speed the filtering process a little. Idea from TOP. Also installed one on #1 daughter’s filter system. I bought a small bicycling pump and it does a good job pressurizing the bucket. Only a few PSI needed as you don’t want to force the water through too fast and get an incomplete filtering job. Also, you don’t want to pop the lid (I use Gamma lids). Got an extra tire pressure gauge so I can leave one in my SUV and one for the filter system.

    Bought two more 40-gallon totes like I use for my medical supplies. I realized that my general prepping stuff is kind of scattered around in different drawers, closets, etc, and I can’t remember where all of it is. So, this will help organize the stuff a little better.

    Also bought two more 1lb bags of elderberries while the prices are somewhat reasonable. $21/lb now, they were $50/lb last year.

    I asked granddaughter what she wanted to be when she grew up. “A butterfly” she answered. How adorable.

    Went to my Ex’s house for Easter supper. All Cuban food. I overdosed on carbs. The kids were all there and granddaughter had a good time with her uncle playing video games. He let her win. She is a 21st Century kid for certain. She already has some expertise with smart phones, video games, and computers. This weekend trip is the reason I’m behind on posting this week.

    Tara’s Questions:

    #1 – Spring garden preps? No garden preps.

    #2 – Wild edibles near my place? There might be some despite this being a very urban area, but I don’t know where to look or what to look for.

    #3 – Prepper plans for family? I work mostly with my two daughters on stuff. My son is kind of a lost cause unless it involves video games and his girlfriend. I also work with my Ex a little bit, but she is pretty much in the know for herself. Wild edibles, etc, she knows. She also grows many medicinal herbs. In fact, she was harvesting some Saturday and taking granddaughter around, teaching her the smells and what plant was what. Little girl had a good time learning. She loves being outdoors.

    #4 – Preps this week? See above.

    Thor1’s Questions:

    #1 – How long could I survive without electricity? Good question. Probably for a good period of time. A year plus. I grew up with minimal electronics, so I could get by just fine. I would want to keep my Kindle running, so the battery packs and solar panels I have should keep that one addiction going. Plenty of C, D, AA, AAA, and 9-volt batteries, both alkaline and rechargeable (again via battery packs and solar). I have six or seven battery-powered lanterns, a couple of solar powered lanterns, lots of flashlights and head lamps. Plus, I have a bunch of candles. I would probably miss the Internet a little. I like researching things and the WWW is very handy. However, assuming I could get to the materials, I am well versed in the old fashioned methods of research. One of my neighbors is a nurse, so we could play cards by candlelight. 😊

    #2 – Prepared for a pandemic? To an extent. I have surgical masks, N-95 masks, a couple of biohazard suits, some meds for my fish in case they get sick. Assuming I am not infected before the warning goes out, I can isolate myself from the world for a while.

    #3 – “Red Dawn” scenario? No, I don’t think so. Like TOP wrote when he quoted Japanese Admiral Yamamoto, a rifle behind every blade of grass. However, they are trying their best to get at us internally. I present AOC, Bernie, and the rest of the communists, as evidence.

    #4 – Do I have body armor? I have some old Level IIIA soft body armor from my police days. It’s old, so I don’t know how efficient it is now. Likely, not very if at all.

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      Bought two more 40-gallon totes like I use for my medical supplies. I realized that my general prepping stuff is kind of scattered around in different drawers, closets, etc, and I can’t remember where all of it is. So, this will help organize the stuff a little better.

      I feel your pain brother, LOL. Totes, bankers boxes, plastic shoe boxes, it almost doesn’t seem to matter. 35 years in a 4 bedroom (1 bath) nearly 3000 ft2 house is the definition of scattered, although we do try to keep track of most of it with a spreadsheet, generally not quite up to date.

      Also bought two more 1lb bags of elderberries while the prices are somewhat reasonable. $21/lb now, they were $50/lb last year.

      I have 2 of those @ less than $20.00; but, haven’t had time to deal with them yet. Amazon does however; already want me to evaluate them. The request arrived the day after the product.

      #3 – “Red Dawn” scenario? No, I don’t think so. Like TOP wrote when he quoted Japanese Admiral Yamamoto, a rifle behind every blade of grass. However, they are trying their best to get at us internally. I present AOC, Bernie, and the rest of the communists, as evidence.

      This seems like a good place to insert some potentially good news.
      I don’t have all of the details yet; but, it seems some Democrat fund raisers are mounting a primary challenge against AOC.
      And then there is the ever sinking MSNBC, whose reporter confronts / harasses Robert Mueller outside church after Easter services. He didn’t get them the answers they wanted, so he is now fair game.
      https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/04/21/nbc_reporter_confronts_robert_mueller_outside_church_after_easter_service_mueller_makes_no_comment.html

      #4 – Do I have body armor? I have some old Level IIIA soft body armor from my police days. It’s old, so I don’t know how efficient it is now. Likely, not very if at all.

      But still better than a T-Shirt and better than what I have; however, I will be getting a couple of those Cover Me Seats and some plates shortly.

  18. Hi Everyone,

    Late to the party. I’m still in FL, back home tomorrow.

    Went to see Garth at the UofF stadium concert with my sister. Let me tell you, I highly doubt I will do that again. WAYYY too many people for me… 78,000. People packed in like sardines, not to mention being around those that had a little more than their fair share of the beer. The line to the women’s rest rooms (multiple of them), were around the building. We weren’t allowed to carry anything in except a few things. No purses were allowed. It was on my sister’s bucket list, and the music was, of course, excellent. Nothing but the best from Chris Young and Garth. Coming and going was total grid lock. Finally got back to the hotel at 1:30am.

    Found a really good deal on CL, that a good friend had sent me on Friday. And thanks to BC, I was able to score on it. Thank you BC. A volcano propane stove, sun oven, 2 – 55 gal water barrels, 2 Coleman lanterns, a gallon of Coleman fuel, 2 – 5 gal water jugs, 11 cases of canning jars and a box of lids and rings, all brand new and all for $120. Hard to believe. The solar oven alone goes for $300. I had none of these things, so will be put to good use for sure.

    Not much else went on last week as far as preps.

    Prayers for those that need healing, for unspoken requests, for my Aunt’s family, who is having an ambulance take her home from the hospital today, with hospice waiting at home for her. They expect her to live only a couple more days. She got weak, has pneumonia, and hasn’t eaten in at least a week. She’s the last of my mom’s family. My sister is heading up there to NC tomorrow morning and I am hoping she makes it there before she passes so she can say her goodbyes. She was scheduled to drive up on Wednesday morning.

    Now to try to catch up on all the pack happening’s.

    Have a great week everyone.

    1. Oh, I almost forgot… My sister had a 22kw natural gas generator installed and had her water heater and HVAC changed out. It comes on automatically and tests itself every week. She is learning… 🙂

    2. Almost There,

      My sister had a 22kw natural gas generator installed and had her water heater and HVAC changed out. It comes on automatically and tests itself every week. She is learning

      Good for her. It sounds a lot like our 16KW system except we use propane instead of natural gas.
      78,000 people in a confined space with limited supplies makes me anxious just thinking about it; but, I suspect since you survived you’ll have great memories.

      Once again it looks like you scored some good stuff, since both our GW and Craig’s list generally have nothing good. CL is usually old stuff @ new prices.
      Welcome back & glad you had fun.
      In my case the older I get, the more hermitlike I become and 78,000 makes my head spin. LOL.

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