What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 43: May 5th – May 11th 2019

dog with head stuck in chicken feeded

Hello Pack. Most of this week has been devoted to sewer line adventures. I am very thankful that we own an old backhoe, and it has remained in working order for a while or this project would have cost us a bundle.

We have been battling water drainage issues after a storm or heavy rain (which seems nearly constant from fall through spring these past two years) that causes the septic tank to remain full. Once we ruled out a well issue and replaced the well pump after we bought our dream survival homesteading retreat, we have been focusing our attention on the sewer.

The yard between the house and shelter house is a like some type of deep ditch obstacle course at this point. We have been tracing pipe to find both the problem an the leach bed – which just might be beneath our shelter house…ugh.

In other preps this week, I discovered three awesome walnut trees I didn’t even know we had while hiking in the woods behind our upper pasture:

walnut trees

The baby goats are coming along great. We successfully banded the male kid, so he is now a wether. In about one more week the kids will be fully weaned, and I can start milking Pearl. We are all looking forward to me making (and preserving in wax) sweet cheese from her milk again.

goats and horses free-ranging

Our various herds are thrilled to be once again allowed in the upper pasture where apparently all of the sweetest clover on our survival retreat, is located.

I am still trying to talk my beloved into investing in some Dexter cattle. These miniature bovine creatures produce a delicious meat, quality milk and take up little pasture area. I still have a cow phobia. I know being fearful of cows and their mean-looking eyes is irrational, especially since I love working with green horses, but it is what it is.

Training Bobby’s puppy, Henry, the offspring from his blue heeler Ruger and our daughter’s Australian shepherd Cowgirl, remains ongoing. I made the mistake of bragging what a superb farm dog and watchdog Henry was shaping up to be, and then he got his head stuck in a chicken feeder.

dog with head stuck in chicken feeded

It was hilarious until I had to fight the metal hanger on the chicken feeder for about 10 minutes to release the puppy.

Our garden is growing well, thanks I believe, to my homemade natural pesticides and fertilizers. I have also expanded my knowledge of making DIY natural disinfectants, wood cleaner, leather cleaner, and air fresheners.

This Week’s Questions

  1. Do you keep goats for meat, milk, and weed control – or would you if you could? Why or why not?
  2. What is your favorite DIY garden pesticide or herbicide recipe?
  3. Do you make your own home cleaning supplies and stockpile them to help prevent the spread of illness during a long-term disaster? What is your favorite DIY cleaning recipe?
  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.
View all posts by Tara Dodrill →

92 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 43: May 5th – May 11th 2019

  1. 1. Do you keep goats for meat, milk, and weed control – or would you if you could? Why or why not? No. Aside from being a semi-city dweller, time is not available to do so at this point in my life.
    2. What is your favorite DIY garden pesticide or herbicide recipe? Vinegar
    3. Do you make your own home cleaning supplies and stockpile them to help prevent the spread of illness during a long-term disaster? What is your favorite DIY cleaning recipe? No but I have made it in the past. I currently purchase an hypoallergenic laundry detergent by the case that lasts about a year so I try to restock about six months into a case.
    4. What did you do to prep this week? The garden is ready for planting which I’ll be doing after dinner each night this week. We restocked feral fur butt food and added two more cases of canned fur butt food to the rotation for the non-ferals. We also bought seedlings for those plants that either weren’t successfully seeded or I forgot to start from seed.

  2. Ha, First again Thor1… What’s you excuse this week?

    TOP and I were just talking about when the blog would be out…

    Happy Mother’s Day to all you mother’s out there. I sure miss mine.

    Do you keep goats for meat, milk, and weed control – or would you if you could? Why or why not? I would, but don’t have the land for it.

    What is your favorite DIY garden pesticide or herbicide recipe? Going to try Neem oil this go round.

    Do you make your own home cleaning supplies and stockpile them to help prevent the spread of illness during a long-term disaster? What is your favorite DIY cleaning recipe? Haven’t yet, but it’s on the list. Some with lemons and vinegar come to mind. Also, Melaleuca oil.

    Just got back from my nephew’s graduation. We had a grand time. We went to see where Kennedy was shot and to the Fort Worth Stock Yards. Lots of cowboy history there that I just LOVE…

    Went to GW while there because I didn’t bring a long sleeve shirt to wear under my jacket that I did bring. My sister from FL did not bring a jacket at all, and it was unusually cold. While there, I found a Pampered Chef’s cookie sheet for $5… I think my sister was shocked as she mentioned she had one and it cost her 7 times more….

    Garden was tilled on Wednesday, the day I left for Texas. Now it’s had more rain on it and I’m getting ready to get out there and get some stuff in the ground if it’s not too muddy.

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

    Have a great week all.

  3. I did my low-carb grocery shopping this week. Added a little to my stash. Did some cooking,

    Finally got my BOB 100% re-organized and reduced in weight. It’s still probably a little too heavy for me at my current age and physical condition. A light marching pack for my Marine days though. 😊

    I thought I had an Esbit stove and extra fuel tabs in the BOB, but I was wrong. I have one in there now and ordered a replacement stove and hexamine tabs to replace the spare I had. Nice little stoves for running about the town and country. They were standard issue for the German Army from 1936 to the present I believe. I bought and carried one for most of my military career. I always bought hexamine tabs for them, but the stove can use the USGI trioxane tabs too. However, the trioxane tabs are a bit unpleasantly fumey when burning. Hexamine is less so but does smell like cat pee when it’s new (zip-locks keep that under control). Either kind is not suitable for cooking in poorly ventilated areas, like tents. Of course, a bit of C-4 can do the trick too. 😊

    Bought some yellow HEET for my backup alcohol/rocket stove. My primary SHTF stove is propane fired, but the alcohol stove is the backup. The Esbit stove is my primary travelling stove and tertiary backup SHTF stove. An old-fashioned fire is the final backup.

    Bought a nice titanium spork for the BOB as well, replacing the plastic job I had. No increase in weight, but a big increase in reliability.

    I did get my general prep stuff reorganized and put away. At least that’s done. Since the weekly post hadn’t come up yet on the blog, I was able to finish re-organizing my medical stuff. People can get around in the spare bedroom now. Gun stuff has to wait until next week. I did order a battle pack of 200-rounds of 5.56mm 55grain so I can go to the range and burn some powder. Can’t use green tips there. But, alas, I did order 450-rounds of green tips as it was at a decent price at Midway.

    Ordered and received some spare parts for my German made Sig Sauer P-228. Those pistols are really reliable and can shoot forever, but better safe to have some extra parts than sorry. Tough to get parts for this gun from one source, even Sig Sauer. I had to buy at two other places as well, Midway and Brownell’s and I’m still looking for a source that has an extractor in stock. Finally found an extractor for a pistol in the right year range and ordered it.

    Received my spare parts for the AR-15 and ordered a few more items plus a couple of AR-15 specific tools. One of my next projects, after I finish the medical stuff reorganization, is to reorganize my gun cleaning and repair stuff. When I lived in a house, I had a large mechanic’s rolling tool chest for my gun tools. No room for that here. No place for a bench vise either, but luckily no need for one right now. I have a Tipton’s gun vise which takes care of 90% of any vise needs I might have.

    Also ordered and received some desiccant packs. Something to keep with the new gun parts.
    Ordered another battery powered lantern. I’m bad about that. I have plenty, but it seems like just one more is always better. Also ordered two hard-shell shooting glasses cases for glasses I already have. I already have one in my range bag that I like. These are going in my rifle cases.

    TOP gave me a tip to try Absorbine Jr on my terminal athlete’s foot. I’ll be darned if I could find any in the drug stores around here, so I ended up ordering a bottle from Amazon. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I will give it a good try out and see what happens. I did do some research and a number of people report good anti-fungal results with the stuff. The sting on application I can handle – cheerfully if it works.

    The Ex chewed me out for buying so much stuff lately. She thinks I need to save more cash than I have been. This from a woman who has more sewing machines than an Asian sweat shop. I think she’s probably right though. I would say that I have an OK cash reserve now, but some more won’t hurt, I guess. I have a couple of more things on my shopping list for this month, but I will cut back next month and save more. I only have one debt item, not counting rent, and that should be paid off in about another couple of years. I like to buy prep stuff for me, my kids (and even the Ex), and stuff for granddaughter too. So, sue me. 😊

    Granddaughter is back in town. Yay! I had a very good time with her this week (just Monday and Tuesday), and she was extremely well behaved. No Terrible Twos with this girl (so far, knock on wood). I showed her vids of Jeff Dunham with Peanut and she was laughing and squealing. I’m sure she didn’t get the jokes, but Peanut’s behavior and voice inflections tickled her no end. She wasn’t quite as excited about the other characters, but still seemed to enjoy watching them. She is trying to wrap her head around the concept of a ventriloquist. She’ll get there.

    I mentioned getting topo maps the other week. On Thursday, #1 took granddaughter to the science center here in Orlando (one of baby girl’s most favorite places). They have a special sand table kids can use to create topographical effects and a computer projects contour lines and other data to match what they made. That is really too cool. The next time they go, I want to come along. That sounds like something perfect for learning to read topo maps. I’ll pretend I’m a kid and play in the sand. 😊

    Tara’s Questions:

    #1 – Do I keep goats? Nope, not at all. No place for them and the property manager would be cranky about it. My Ex would like to keep goats as she knows how, but she doesn’t have the facilities either.

    #2 – Favorite DIY bug killer? Don’t have one. I have very little bug problem where I am and some Raid takes care of those I occasionally have.

    #3 – Do I make DIY cleaning stuff? Nope. I do have some Lavender oil/water mix for spraying around to make the place smell nice.

    #4 – Prepping? See above.

    1. Z36,

      You can get Absorbine from a western store or Co-op that has horse supplies. It works great. And yes, definitely a sting…

      1. Almost There,

        You can get Absorbine from a western store or Co-op that has horse supplies. It works great. And yes, definitely a sting

        Absorbine is horse liniment and will work; but, Absorbine Jr. is a bit less strong and more suitable for human flesh.

    2. Zulu 3-6,

      Finally got my BOB 100% re-organized and reduced in weight. It’s still probably a little too heavy for me at my current age and physical condition.

      Age and condition are always the issue, aren’t they? Perhaps that’s why at our age treachery is sometimes better than skill. LOL

      I thought I had an Esbit stove and extra fuel tabs in the BOB, but I was wrong. I have one in there now and ordered a replacement stove and hexamine tabs to replace the spare I had. Nice little stoves for running about the town and country.

      I no longer have an Esbit stove; but, do have a little folding stove that uses the same heat tabs.
      I have both Hexamine (in tubes) & Trioxane (in foil packets) as a backup; but, generally use one of my little ISO Butane stoves like this one:
      https://colorado-outfitters.us/products/rocket-mini-camping-stove?variant=22034944426066&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1ZOO_fOW4gIVT_DACh2TdgYyEAQYGSABEgK9mfD_BwE
      Mine are old enough that I paid less than half of this price. It’s compact and fits in the pocket; but, the canisters are a bit larger. They fit in the BOB; but, not in the pocket; but, will bring a pot of water for a coil in 90 seconds.

      Of course, a bit of C-4 can do the trick too. 😊

      I know guys who cooked on C4; but, that would not be my use should I get some and not be arrested. LOL.

      An old-fashioned fire is the final backup.

      Me too and I carry more than a few ways to start one.

      Bought a nice titanium spork for the BOB as well, replacing the plastic job I had. No increase in weight, but a big increase in reliability.

      I have a couple of those short little things I’ve not yet had a chance to use; but, the point is to have them if the need arises.

      Also ordered and received some desiccant packs. Something to keep with the new gun parts

      I’ve taken enough medications over the years, both prescribed and OTC that I have a collection of these which at this point is actually more than I’m currently using. I guess I am really cheap (frugal?)

      Ordered another battery powered lantern. I’m bad about that. I have plenty, but it seems like just one more is always better.

      ROTFLMAO!!! My wife thinks I’m addicted to lanterns and flashlights; but, I too am just an avid collector who never plans to be in the dark. LOL.

      TOP gave me a tip to try Absorbine Jr on my terminal athlete’s foot. I’ll be darned if I could find any in the drug stores around here, so I ended up ordering a bottle from Amazon.

      We can purchase it off the shelf here at most places; but, perhaps it’s another city vs. rural thing, since farmers are notorious for straining and pulling things.

      The Ex chewed me out for buying so much stuff lately. She thinks I need to save more cash than I have been. This from a woman who has more sewing machines than an Asian sweat shop.

      Now that’s funny and reminds me of the oldest of my kid sisters. She has machines that can sew leather, and have long arms for doing some things, and at least one or maybe two sergers. I wish she lived closer, since the local seamstress in this area retired and then passed away, and a good seamstress can make rather good money.
      The youngest sister who lives south of you has more tools than a contractor, so our whole family understands excess or being prepared for anything. LOL.

      No Terrible Twos with this girl (so far, knock on wood).

      Based on my reading and experience with a bright communicative 2 year old, I suspect you‘ll not have that problem, since it seems that lack of communicating their wants and needs causes frustration and the terrible two’s problem. Sounds like that’s not an issue.

      I showed her vids of Jeff Dunham with Peanut and she was laughing and squealing.

      Never heard of Jeff Dunham; but, I looked at a few of his vids and I’m impressed. Ventriloquism with a microphone does help a bit.

      That is really too cool. The next time they go, I want to come along. That sounds like something perfect for learning to read topo maps. I’ll pretend I’m a kid and play in the sand. 😊

      Me too!!!! Me too!!! That does sound like fun. I remember taking my DD to our local COSI (Center of Science and Industry) and I’m pretty sure I enjoyed the exhibits as much as she did. Chronological age doesn’t have to turn you into a curmudgeon.

      1. TOP,

        The Ex did make a bundle when she was doing seamstress work in Michigan. She did all the work for the cops on my department and others besides. She also did contract work with a couple of dry cleaners. She can and has made entire wedding ensembles, including the gown. Now, she’s kind of retired from that and mostly works on quilts. She has a giant computerized quilting machine. #1 daughter has mostly picked up the family seamstress work from her mom, but does very little of it as a business as she has enough on her plate as it is. #1 daughter did an excellent job adjusting my heavy nylon tac vest recently. Granddaughter sits quietly and watches her mom sew. I think she’ll be in the biz too.

        The Ex gave most of her industrial machines to #1 daughter, (and a good Bernina home machine to #2 daughter, who can sew, but isn’t a fanatic), but still keeps a couple for her quilting work. The Ex also collects old sewing machines (hence the Asian sweat shop comment). She has a treadle powered machine in good working order that she keeps for SHTF reasons.

        Never heard of Jeff Dunham? Wow, were you deprived. 🙂 He’s the richest comedian in the world right now between his shows, DVD sales, and other products. Oddly, his dead terrorist Achmed character went over very well on his Middle East shows, even with the pokes at Islam, but Indonesia would not let the character appear. So Dunham quickly revamped him into a French dead terrorist called Jacques Merde (Jack Sh*t) and still played him in Indonesia. Probably his least thrilled audience is his parents as they are very religious Christians and they don’t really approve of some of his language and other sinful hints.

    1. 1. Do you keep goats for meat, milk, and weed control – or would you if you could? Why or why not?
      I have a few dairy goats. I love having them. We use the milk for drinking, cooking, making cheese, and (my favorite) making ice cream. They’re also useful for security. If someone or something comes up, they let us know.
      2. What is your favorite DIY garden pesticide or herbicide recipe?
      I pull weeds by hand. Does that count?
      3. Do you make your own home cleaning supplies and stockpile them to help prevent the spread of illness during a long-term disaster? What is your favorite DIY cleaning recipe?
      I have a recipe for homemade laundry detergent that a friend uses, but I haven’t made any yet. DIL and I did make soap from a recipe that someone on here gave me. It’s curing, and we can’t wait to try it. I have stockpiled ingredients to make more. I have a very large stockpile of cleaning and hygiene products.
      4. What did you do to prep this week?

      This week:

      *Animals:
      -Still trying to sell a couple of goats.
      -The chicks are doing well.

      *Garden:
      -My coworkers gave me a “surprise” retirement party. I got the best gifts. The rocking chair will be used to rock my grandkids. They also got me a small garden tiller. They know me well!
      -I finally got the garden planted. It’s been wet around here. I planted three kinds of tomatoes; bell peppers; jalapeno peppers; corn; contender green beans; red, white, and Yukon gold potatoes; cucumbers; zucchini; and yellow squash. I still have a little room left in the garden. I may add a few more tomato plants.
      – We looked at a greenhouse for sale. We weren’t sure if we could disassemble and move it without damaging it. We went to a coworker’s house and looked at her greenhouse. It’s a simple design that I think would work for us. We’re going to check on the price of materials. Here’s hoping we get a greenhouse soon.
      *Added a little to the stockpile: dehydrated fruit, cleaning supplies, trail mix,

      *Miscellaneous:
      -We bought a new-to-us flatbed trailer. DH repaired the brakes and lights, and got the title and plates. Now we can haul the tractor to our farm ground, haul hay, and move equipment for DS.

      *Skills:
      – I’m still experimenting with sourdough recipes. They’re going quite well.
      Happy Mothers’ Day to all of the moms.
      Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

      1. Prepared Grammy,
        For greenhouses, take a look at Harbor Freight. They have several models in various sizes and price ranges; but, the small one: 6x8x6 WLH we have was only $199.00 on sale with a coupon. I have two friends with the same one and we all like them.
        Congratulations on your retirement. I’ve been retired now just over 2 years and will make one suggestion for you to practice. Firmly say the word ”No!!!”. Since you are retired and have skills, many people will be asking for you to help them in your spare time, and unless you learn that word and are prepared to use it, you will have no spare time.

        1. I am finding that out myself! It’s like I’ve put an add in the paper or something..friends are calling me to see if I will come over and help them with things.

          1. I’ve actually already had someone wanting me to make strawberry jam for them. After all. Mine is SO GOOD! Seriously?! Make it yourself! The recipe is in the box of Sure Jell.

          2. Jean,

            I am finding that out myself! It’s like I’ve put an add in the paper or something..friends are calling me to see if I will come over and help them with things.

            I had older friends who complained about this; but, until you’ve experienced it, it almost seems like the latest joke; but, then it happens to you. Hopefully those younger “kids” can learn from their elders. LOL

          3. Prepared Grammy,

            I’ve actually already had someone wanting me to make strawberry jam for them. After all. Mine is SO GOOD! Seriously?!

            While you are at it, I could use a couple of jars. LOL.

            Make it yourself! The recipe is in the box of Sure Jell.

            I’ve always found cooking & canning to be almost like meditation. You are so focused on what you are doing, that the whole world around you cimply melts away, and for at least a while, politics, weather, and other things are put out of mind. Some of my most peaceful long days (from early morning into late evening) were marathon canning sessions.

  4. Spring has finally sprung ( apart from the 2 inches of snow mid- week). Grass is turning green, trilliums are up and we’ve been harvesting fiddle heads all week, enough for side dishes twice and a batch to pickle. Keeping eyes peeled for morels and ramps.
    Bees are doing strong. Purchasing a mic instead of a package has made a major difference.
    Our six hens were put to work in our vegetable garden and a darn fine job they did. Introduced our 3 americauna puppets to the group for a short while. Hopefully we can keep them altogether in a couple of
    Weeks. The pheasants have been Laying a lot of eggs, We have had to nurse a couple after receiving injuries from the male.
    We would love to keep goats but can’t until we build a shelter that would protect them during our Siberian like winters.

      1. OggyMn,

        Should say a nuc not mic (fat fingers )

        You beat me to the question. LOL
        I’ve always used packages or caught swarms; but, know people who swear by nucs and I’m hoping to get back into bees next spring, probably with a couple of nucs.

  5. This Week’s Questions

    1. Do you keep goats for meat, milk, and weed control – or would you if you could? Why or why not? Nope. No space for more critters.

    2. What is your favorite DIY garden pesticide or herbicide recipe? No garden, not pests.

    3. Do you make your own home cleaning supplies and stockpile them to help prevent the spread of illness during a long-term disaster? What is your favorite DIY cleaning recipe? I don’t really have any DYI stuff; I like the Lysol wipes.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    Spent last Saturday on the road w/DW & dogs. We to a local “Buy Local” expo. DW found a couple of “local” vendors for stuff we need and I found a local Tupperware lady! Stopped at a gun shop. They had both the Glock 48 and 43X. I wanted DW to try as the grip is significantly thinner than my 17/19, which did not work for her. A plus is I’d rather she was in a Glock than anything else. She came to pretty much the same conclusion I did, 48 for the range, 43X for carry; guess I need to get both (darn!).

    Dentist bill came in for my new tooth (finally). And it came in under budget! Followed by $1800 in property taxes! There went the savings account; but that’s what it’s for!

    Received: $25 Safeway gift card from the Monopoly game, #4 shot shells for .357 and .44 Mag., Chicken Chunks, FD, MH, #10, Ground Beef, FD, MH, #10, Gamma Lid for 2.5 gal., “Stay Calm and Carry One” Glock T-shirts.

    1. JP,

      Did you get any Tupperware? They have sales all the time on different things. They don’t have everything at all times, so I buy when on sale and BOGO sales. Love the Thatsa bowls and have all sizes, including jumbo. Actually I have 2 sets in different colors. I think they are on sale right now, BOGO, and in a pretty blue color. I have the Modular Mates too. The marinate Season Serve with a shaker is on sale right now. I use it to marinate chicken for dehydrating. I love them all.

      With my Tupperware couple, they buy for stocking their “store” supply and then let me buy one set of bowls if that’s all I want. They have special flyers too for special pricing. They let me buy hostess stuff sometimes because they know I don’t/can’t have any parties, because I have bought so much over the last few years.

      I need one of those shirts…

      1. Almost There:

        We actually met up with her at the May Fair (our home products show) today. I ordered some additional bowls that I like for heating leftovers and instant oatmeal. At least now I have a source again.

        1. JP,

          I have those too. They work great and are made for reheating.. The plastic has some NASA space age material in it that doesn’t let it melt when heating up something with fat in it. No more bubble rings in my bowl when heating up chili. I take mine to work all the time. The soup ones are nice too.

          1. Thor1, AT, JP in MT,

            I have a couple of Tupperware bowls that the Ex gave me, but otherwise I don’t bother. I do buy Sterilite latchable, watertight, 1.4-liter boxes that are great for storing HAM radio stuff, including handy-talkies, batteries, etc, and keeping them organized and dry in my radio go-bag.

            I get them at my local Publix while grocery shopping, so I really have no clue if Tupperware has something similar, cheaper. Probably similar, but not cheaper.

          2. Zulu 3-6:

            I use A LOT of those Sterilte latch-top boxes; I literally have 4 shelf sets FULL of them with all kinds of stuff sorted and labeled. The tupperware I get is for cooking, especially in the mocrowave; it just works.

          3. I too have tons of plastic bins and keep a few Ziploc or Glad containers when I give stuff away or for storing things. Tupperware has a Stack Cooker (and I just saw a Stack Cooker recipe book) that you can cook a whole meal at one time. Comes out delicious. Here is what it looks like.

            https://www.tupperware.com/tupperwave-stack-cooker-1135.html

            The modular mates keep things fresh and crunchy, like Cheetos, for at least a year. They are also air and water tight as well as stack well in a cubbard so you can see what you have.

        2. Zulu 3-6 & JP,
          We also use those Sterilite® containers for storage. My favorites are the shoe box size with the locking lids. I mark those and banker’s boxes with a letter code and keep track of everything in a spreadsheet.
          We have a lot of old Tupperware; but, that came with the DW into the marriage, since in a former lifetime, she was a Tupperware representative / Salesperson.
          These are not microwave safe (as in they will melt) and we prefer glass (Pyrex or Corelle) for microwave and other cooking.

  6. no, but its on my list of stuff to do eventually

    don’t have a specific one

    cleaning supplies? i haven’t had a bath or shower in about 2 weeks, been wearing the same socks since then, wood chips and all maner of debris litters the floor of my cabin, i never get sick, repeat exposure has made my immune system fork knocks, i even walk barefoot in the chicken coop in summer when collecting eggs, and count on grass and leaves to wipe my feet clean before going inside. i tend to have better things to do than worry about stuff like that.

    sold my truck, i ain’t paying $200 a month for insurance for something i don’t need, sold a few other things, been walking 30+ miles a week with a 30lb or heavier pack on and leg weights, and up to 60 miles on a bike, just today i got back from a bike trip to town and hauled home about 70 lb of supplies in a frame pack. been eating around 10,000 calories a day but loosing 7 lbs a week, i should be absent body fat within 2 weeks. also got a bunch of new hooks and sinkers to bike out to do some fishing, depending what i get i will be canning up fish, or just tossing them to the cats. ground still too wet to work in, so much mud the tractor can’t even leave the barn it just ruts and sink into the mud floor, puddles a foot deep in the garden areas. not likely to do a garden this year, and haven’t been able to do much other work, so focusing on physical training and getting stuff done elsewhere.

  7. Hi Tara & all,
    We rented this place for two years before purchasing it, and the septic system was horrible, until the land lord finally replaced it. This is a 4 bedroom house, so the septic was sized for that metric and is huge, so with only two of us living here, it’s never been a problem, except for once being plugged with TP when my DD was a teen. We switched to single ply TP and have not had a problem since. Our only maintenance is to flip the leech bed diverter once every year or so.
    Since we lived here while the new system was being installed, we know where all of the parts are located.

    You mention:

    In other preps this week, I discovered three awesome walnut trees I didn’t even know we had while hiking in the woods behind our upper pasture:

    What kind of walnut? We have tons of black walnut and they can be a real pain when they drop their nuts in the yard, seemingly all at once.
    You need to visit here once to get over your ”Bovinophobia” or is it “Taurophobia” ? Actually both are correct and rather irrational; but, that’s what phobias are. In any case, our daory cattle here will run from you if you stare at them too hard.

    Our garden is not yet in place, as I mention below; but, will be doing OK soon (if it stops raining)

    Tara’s Questions
    1.
    Do you keep goats for meat, milk, and weed control – or would you if you could? Why or why not?
    We kept 2 wither’s for weed control and a 4H project when the DD was a kid. Bucky and Lucky were eventually sold at a 4H auction. We also had a 3-legged rescue goat. Maryann was a companion for our miniature horse Liberty; but, she passed away last month, mostly from old age.
    2. What is your favorite DIY garden pesticide or herbicide recipe?
    Dawn soap in water with a little ACV; but, we have been known to use Sevin and the leave of the fruit trees, since the little we use is all gone by the time the trees bud out.
    3. Do you make your own home cleaning supplies and stockpile them to help prevent the spread of illness during a long-term disaster? What is your favorite DIY cleaning recipe?
    We keep copious amounts of chlorine bleach, ammonia, and clenser which work well when mixed with elbow grease. Gojo hand cleaner is also used for cleanup.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    This past week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Received 4 RS-232 to TTL converter modules from my Hong Kong supplier for use in various electronic projects such as interfacing GPS modules to radios.
    2. While not a prep we actually performed, this month our electric co-op paid a capital credit of $289.60 against a bill of $249.60 leaving a bill for May of $0.00. No bill this month and a $40.00 credit for next month. It’s good to be a member/owner.
    3. Received an Off Grid Tools Survival Axe from woot
    4. Received an LED lamp replacement for one of my C &/or D cell Maglites
    5. Received 2 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitors from my Hong Kong supplier for the FAK
    6. Received 46 more Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets from my Hong Kong supplier
    7. Received a large disposable CPR Mask from my Hong Kong supplier for the FAK / EDC
    8. Setup chargers and charged batteries using the new outlet strips
    9. I accompanied <strong<BLACK’s mother to the Amish produce auction mostly for potted plant stock. She doesn’t even sign in, has a permanent number and they know her on sight so she was the perfect companion for this trip. Probably bought too much; but, the prices per flat were too good to pass up, and worst case, I’ll have lots of onions & cabbage to pass out.
    • 6 rhubarb plants (trying to reestablish our rhubarb bed)
    • 64 candy onions
    • 48 potted red cabbage
    • 12 Beef Steak tomatoes
    • 2 Better Boy onions
    • 12 lbs rhubarb (ready to eat)
    10. Watched the Weather Channel documentaries
    • Top 10 worst tornadoes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_XA8P86bWw)
    • Top 10 worst hurricanes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHFHSYnDWTU)
    It’s interesting to see how many of these weather events happened prior to the 1940’s, well before they could be blamed on Global something or other, since sometimes I guess that “weather” just happens.
    11. Received a 40 K-Cup pod Green Mountain Variety Pack Favorites, from woot.com. This was for the DW as both a birthday & mother’s day gift. She usually makes her own pods with Folgers and is too frugal to purchase the pods; but, this was too good of a price to turn down.
    12. Had a long conversation with Sirius on the phone. He’s been really tied up with things; but, may stop back in this week.
    13. Received a Long Range 433MHz Wireless Transceiver Kit from my Hong Kong supplier for my propane tank monitoring project
    14. On the ’Real” EOTW scenarios, it seems that Deflated by helium shortage, Party City will close 45 stores. Helium is the most abundant element in the universe so how can this be?
    15. Received another 40 K-Cup Pod Green Mountain Variety Pack Favorites, from woot.com. This was for the ability to have quick coffee on hand for guests, since this was such a great price. Since I don’t drink coffee, it seemed like a good item to have handy for those who do. With Free Amazon Prime shipping and no sales tax, these cost only 32.5 cents each ($12.99 for 40 pods)
    16. Received a High Sierra PackNGo 2 20 Liter Sport Backpack from woot.com
    17. Pack member BLACK gifted us 3.8 lbs of fresh picked asparagus
    18. Received a GPS Module w/ Ceramic Passive Antenna from my Hong Kong supplier. This will be used to keep correct time on our new amateur radio repeater, being installed this summer. The new repeater, tower & location will allow county wide communications with an HT (Handy Talkie – hand held radio and support both government (EMA) related as well as private emergency communications.
    19. Made the first rototiller pass of the garden; but, left mostly mud trails, with more rain on the way. We’ll get it tilled on the ”dry days” and hopefully get the plant stock & seeds planted yet this month. May 15th is the official 1st frost free day, so it’s not yet too late. I hope!!! LOL.

  8. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all Mothers and prayers to all who have lost their Mothers.

    I hung a Texas flag outside yesterday in memory of my Mom, she was born in Texas and that was her flag that she bought after finally getting her birth certificate from Texas after a court house burnt down. I’d like to think she was looking down at it smiling.

    My DW lost her Mom this year to Alzheimer’s. So this is a rough one. I lost my Mom 2 years ago.

    Tara, your puppy stuck in a chicken feeder reminds me so much of my puppy stuck in a tomato cage. He looked like some kind of German brat. I was so glad he didn’t get impaled.

    Puppy got some new treats, one was bison and beef. The other was duck and chicken. I held the 2 bags up and he sniffed both and then chose the duck and chicken first by putting his ose on it. Solo smart.

    GYM
    Been working out in the gym more and am starting to et my abs back. Biceps are getting big. 20 inches and growing…..
    Used alternative natural meds for sore shoulder from bench pressing. Pineapple…
    Also eating beets and onions for muscle repair.
    Spinach,Brussel sprouts,eggs,lean red meat and chicken for protein plus milk and whey protein for muscle building.

    Jeep
    Got the Glock entrenching tool and saw for the Jeep.
    Put a canteen in the Jeep.

    Attire
    Bought a new Glock hat, shirt. Bought the Mrs. a Glock shirt too, and a sticker.

    Food
    Freeze dried 2 pizzas, pepperoni and cheese. Tastes like pizza crackers.
    Freeze dried strawberries, pineapple and tomatoes.
    Bought bananas for the freeze dryer.

    Garden
    Picked some bell and Serrano peppers.
    Tomatoes are popping up. Actual tomatoes….yay. Beef steak,cherry and Roma.
    Lettuce and carrots are doing good.
    Potatoes and onions are growing like crazy.

    Tara’s questions:

    1.Do you keep goats for meat, milk, and weed control – or would you if you could? Why or why not?
    2.What is your favorite DIY garden pesticide or herbicide recipe?
    3.Do you make your own home cleaning supplies and stockpile them to help prevent the spread of illness during a long-term disaster? What is your favorite DIY cleaning recipe?

    1.No, but the Mrs. wants a screaming goat.
    2. Vinegar
    3.No.

    Thor’s questions :

    1. What is your favorite prep?
    2. Do you think the country is divided enough for a civil war?
    3.Do you think we are doomed to an epic battle of good verse evil in Biblical proportions?

    Interesting video:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Iic0OEP8NDw

    Interesting article:

    http://allnewspipeline.com/Food_Shortages_Rationing_Cuba_NK_VZ.php

    1. Thor’s questions :

      1. What is your favorite prep? Kind of a toss up here between medical stuff and gun stuff.

      2. Do you think the country is divided enough for a civil war? The divisions are there, but I don’t think they are deep enough yet. The liberal/socialists are digging very hard, however. I don’t think they really understand what they might be getting themselves into.

      3.Do you think we are doomed to an epic battle of good verse evil in Biblical proportions? I see the good v. evil as an Islam v. The Rest of the World. As much as I am not in favor of genocide, it may be that will be the only way to eliminate Islam. Of course, Islam is not a race (like Jews are), so it wouldn’t technically be a genocide, but it would be close enough to count. Islam is a political system masquerading as a religion.

      1. Z36,

        1.I agree on guns but substitute food for medical.
        2. I think its imminent. Not wanted, but no choice.
        3. I think the Dems and Islam is one in the same. Evil…….

        1. Thor1,

          I guess I’d have to agree that food is an important prep, although I could live off my fat for a while like a polar bear.

          1. Zulu 3-6,

            I guess I’d have to agree that food is an important prep, although I could live off my fat for a while like a polar bear.

            I used to have that polar bear problem; but, managed to lose it years ago; but, be aware, that the skin that now covers that bulge doesn’t go away with the fat and will kind of hang around your waste (yes it’s waist; but, pun was intended)
            As for food vs. medical, if you have extras, the medical might be more valuable along with your skill set. In my case I have some medical supplies such as sutures that I can use in a pinch; but, those stitches would not be anything fancy or well practiced, so someone with skills could use them on my behalf.

        1. Jean,

          This is not a hard thing to reason if you read the Quran, some of the Hadith (commentaries), and world history, plus know the other political systems in existence (republics. democracies, fascism, socialism, communism, monarchies, etc).

          I drew this conclusion many years ago, while I was in the Marines actually. There are a lot of weird “coincidences” in the Quran as how rules apply to Muhammad compared to the rest of the Umma.

          The only way is to abolish Islam and simply making laws prohibiting it won’t work. Islam will have to be dug out root and branch.

          1. Zulu 3-6,

            world history, plus know the other political systems in existence (republics. democracies, fascism, socialism, communism, monarchies, etc).

            Islamism or political Islam is all that you state. When Ahmed Salman Rushdie detailed this in his book, ”The Satanic Verses” in 1988, there was a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini quite literally for his head. He had to be protected by the British government against assassination for quite a while.

            I drew this conclusion many years ago, while I was in the Marines actually. There are a lot of weird “coincidences” in the Quran as how rules apply to Muhammad compared to the rest of the Umma.

            For some reason we seem to have that infection here within the Democrat party, since they protect the slanderous words of Rashida Tlaib and her ilk. I’m not sure if it’s just PC or fear.

            Then there was the video posted last week of children reciting violent poems and songs in Arabic during a program at a North Philadelphia Islamic center that we are of course supposed to tolerate and ignore.

            The only way is to abolish Islam and simply making laws prohibiting it won’t work. Islam will have to be dug out root and branch.

            I once would have argued with you; but, it becomes clearer every day that this is true.

          2. TOP,

            I think the libs defense of their wonderful Muslim colleagues is PC. I don’t think they fully realize that they can support Islam all they want to, but unless they convert, their life is as forfeit as any other non-Muslim.

            Then again, maybe they do want to convert, but it would be so politically suicidal in their districts (even the really lib districts) that they would be voted out next election. Supporting Islam while remaining a liberal/socialist/communist is OK to them. Remember too that communism is a political system that essentially requires atheism – only the government is all powerful. A definite no-no outlook for Muslims. Off with their heads too!

            Lenin and Stalin were not gentle with the Muslims in the USSR. Their successors were not much nicer.

          3. Zulu 3-6,

            I think the libs defense of their wonderful Muslim colleagues is PC. I don’t think they fully realize that they can support Islam all they want to, but unless they convert, their life is as forfeit as any other non-Muslim.

            I suspect they see Muslims the same way they see any other identity group that they can exploit for points, votes, and power. While we in the pro gun side of things are an armed threat, that threat is in truth more rhetorical than actual, unless things get really bad and they know this. I think that many also perceive Islamism in the same way, not realizing the actual planned end game of their opponent.

            Lenin and Stalin were not gentle with the Muslims in the USSR. Their successors were not much nicer.

            In truth, they were not nice to anyone except the communist party Nomenklatura and their Apparatchiks. It was a true “Who you know” and not “What you know: society, much like the modern Democrats.

    2. 1. What is your favorite prep?
      Hmm. My favorite? Probably the homestead animals and insects. Having chickens, goats, and bees gives such a feeling of security knowing we have food.

      2. Do you think the country is divided enough for a civil war?
      I don’t know about a war, but we’re definitely divided.

      3.Do you think we are doomed to an epic battle of good verse evil in Biblical proportions?
      I believe we are.

    3. Thor1 questions:

      1. Favorite prep: Ammo and food. I love to shoot and eat!

      2. Do you think the country is divided enough for a civil war? Almost. I hear a lot of people who are advocating violence, but many seem to think they will be immune from the effects/response.

      3.Do you think we are doomed to an epic battle of good verse evil in Biblical proportions? So far God’s word has been accurate. I see no reason to doubt it now.

    4. Thor1,
      Your questions:
      1. What is your favorite prep?
      That would be our location. Living on 8 acres in a rural community with a large house and outbuildings, low taxes and no mortgage that makes the rest possible is a good place to be.
      2. Do you think the country is divided enough for a civil war?
      No, at least not in the shooting sense
      3. Do you think we are doomed to an epic battle of good verse evil in Biblical proportions?
      No!! Within limits, good and evil are subjective and I think the country, however divided is large enough to accommodate us all.

      Interesting video: It is; but, not for me & mine, since we produce much of what we eat, and shortages will only raise prices for my local farmer neighbors.

      And your article primarily on Venezuela:

      But starting in 2014, the South American nation began suffering a startling collapse. With Venezuela’s gross domestic product plummeting even more than the United States during the Great Depression, many of its nearly 32 million inhabitants became unable to afford food, and resource-starved hospitals did not have enough soap and antibiotics.

      They point out 2014 as the date; since that’s when their economy fell off the cliff; however, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was the Venezuelan President / Dictator Starting in 1999 until his death in 2013, so from 1999 until his death, they were inching toward that cliff, at which point Nicolás Maduro Moros struck the final, fatal blow.
      This wasn’t socialism as much as it was a kleptocracy.

    5. Thor’s questions :

      1. What is your favorite prep? My M1A Rifle
      2. Do you think the country is divided enough for a civil war? Not yet and not if the #WalkAway Campaign has anything to do with it. It appears that some people are beginning to wake up and it gives me hope. People are realizing they are being baited into the division and that we don’t have to agree with everything someone else says or does to live in peace.
      3.Do you think we are doomed to an epic battle of good verse evil in Biblical proportions? Unsure.

  9. 1) In reference to the goat question, dh had goats a long time ago. We had a neighbors goat move in & it has been a royal pain in my backside ever since, tried many times to get rid of it. Although it is not the variety of goat you have on your farmstead, which are so cute would be hard to put in the freezer.

    2) Nothing has survived the deer to use any kind of spray on it for harvesting.

    3) Natural cleaning products, no but my niece makes them for sale.

    My snake boots from TSC came in & I have been using them when I am in the pass through barn jic. Received the cream of wheat for dh & myself since I am not a fan of oatmeal unless it is a cookie, priorities lol.

    Just Sayin(aka Swt Tater)recommend a sight on U tube for gardening in sweet lick buckets. It is a wicking process that saves on watering(over & under)for garden plants. It is was rare that I sat to watched as many of his videos I was able to locate . Enjoyable to learn the how to and the process behind the method of his wicking process(Leon on Gardening). He is in Oklahoma, wears bib overalls in case you pick the wrong guy.

    TSC picked up the soil he recommends for these buckets, horse cookies(treats), salt for the horse. Raley’s(aka Ralphs) for FF whole chicken on sale, it looks like FF is being kicked out of the retailers, for store name brand(land orgin will be unknown). Know that this is more to share but not at this time, chores are calling.

    1. Antique Collector:

      We love Cream of Wheat too. I have found that I like the Augason Farms Creamy Wheat better (and it’s cheaper, Walmart.com) and Food Club carries a bagged version for about the same price/serving.

      1. JP &Antique Collector,
        I also love Cream of Wheat; but, it generally needs either brown sugar or maple syrup and some milk. I have it for breakfast at least once per week. Cheep to eat.

      2. JPinMT
        Augasons Farms for the Cream of Wheat next time I am in W/Mart. Sometimes our store carries the cans, most times I have to purchase it online.

        TOP I like it with a little sugar, milk and cinnamon but no butter. 😋

        1. AC:

          We like our with brown sugar, and I like 1/2 & 1/2 on mine.

          Our WalMart does not carry it. A few other stores used to but I have not found it anywhere so I order it @ WalMaert.com with enough other stuff to get free shipping to the house (then no impulse buys!).

          1. Try Walmart.com. not WalMaert.com (fat fingers).

            And add bacon bits (Hormel brand bag – not Kirkland).

        2. Antique Collector,

          Augasons Farms for the Cream of Wheat next time I am in W/Mart. Sometimes our store carries the cans, most times I have to purchase it online.

          While I have purchased a few things from Augason Farms, we just buy the 28 oz box of Cream of Wheat Brand (Semolina) that dates back to 1893.

          TOP I like it with a little sugar, milk and cinnamon but no butter. 😋

          I’ve not tried it with cinnamon; but, the butter doesn’t sound good at all.
          Actually, cooking it, or oatmeal until it thickens, and pouring it into a bread pan or other mold does make a good lunch or supper meal with butter and syrup, similar to making corn meal mush. Once it’s congealed, you slice and fry it, like the corn meal mush or its cousin, scrapple. The butter & syrup or jam or jelly makes a tasty meal.

  10. Tara
    I thought it was a cone doctors give to stop a pet from scratching up by their head and was baffled by the spikes, until you said was the top of the chicken feeder.🙄🤦😅

    1. Antique Collector, lol it did look like a vet cone. Henry keeps things interesting around our survival homesteading retreat, that’s for sure!

  11. No preps this week. I finally got the use back of my index finger and so was able to start typing again after three weeks of finger in bandage. The summer term starts Monday, so I spent the week getting ready for summer classes.

    My dd came over for Sunday dinner. She brought her violin. My dh sings and plays guitar. We had a really nice mother’s day–a good dinner and some great music.

    Questions:

    I don’t keep livestock. My main cleaning supplies are vinegar and bleach (not used together, of course). I do stock ingredients to make laundry soap. The biggest thing we have done to keep our home clean (and cool) during hurricane season and post collapse is to get rid of all the carpeting. We had tile installed in the whole house. My biggest mistake in designing this house was to go with carpet. Note: Carpet in Florida is a bad idea. It’s hot and sand gets tracked in.

  12. 1.Do you keep goats for meat, milk, and weed control – or would you if you could? Why or why not?
    2.What is your favorite DIY garden pesticide or herbicide recipe?
    3.Do you make your own home cleaning supplies and stockpile them to help prevent the spread of illness during a long-term disaster? What is your favorite DIY cleaning recipe?

    1. No, I can scarcely manage to feed the cats every day. I do not need anything else to take care of.

    2. As a farmer I used commercial pesticides for almost three decades and had a restricted pesticide license. I am comfortable with the milder versions sold at the big box stores.

    3. No. Commercial products are fine.

    Had an experience this week that I have not had in a very long time. My wife brought home 32 fish to clean. How did she manage that? Well, long story shorted a little. The mother of my wife’s current patient is an avid fisher woman and has a male fishing buddy. Last week they were driving around Bam Bam’s part of the state and saw a fishy looking spot under a bridge. Can’t say anymore, anyone familiar with that area will recognize it. There is a water control structure to keep the lake water in and something rare in this part of Florida, a waterfall. They started fishing and shortly caught their limit (50 apiece). Fishing with live minnows all the fish were large, Crappies, war-mouth bream, huge red belly bream. The next day they limited out again, this standing on an 18 inch wide concrete wall with water flowing over it.

    My wife is friends with the woman and the week before my wife and her had taken their kayaks fishing in a lake near the woman’s home. Well, my wife had to get in on the action. Thursday afternoon my wife drove the hour over to her home and then they drove an hour over to the fishing spot. This wasn’t fishing, it was catching. Just tossing a minnow down into the boil under the falling water immediately produced a large fish. The water is flowing into a swampy area so I do not know where those hundreds of large fish are coming from. A few other people are fishing there also. Anyway, by dark they had 32 large fish, including a 14 inch black bass that the woman caught by sticking her rod in a hole on the impound side as they were walking out. It was 1:00 AM before my wife got home so there we were for an hour and a half cleaning fish. Something I hadn’t done in decades and she had never done. The stringer was so heavy my wife couldn’t pick it up by herself.

    I can’t say if it is climate change but since 1997 Florida has been very dry, many lakes disappeared. Two years ago it started raining aging and swamps that had been dry land for twenty years filled back up. I think the fish have been gorging on all the food available on the acres and acres of newly flooded land. Floods here have just put things back to 1950’s normal.

    Fifteen pounds of fish in the freezer is a good prep and my tomatoes are starting to produce. Unfortunately my strawberries are not. After just a few of them produced a berry now none even have any flowers. My mushroom logs were a bust, 10,000 plugs and all I got were 10 mushrooms. Most of the logs simply dry rotted into powder. Hopefully my sweet corn and watermelons will produce and I have my sweet potato slips planted. I got a late start and it will be almost fall before any of them are ready. At least this year I will be ready for my fall greens planting.

    1. Daddio7,

      Regarding the drop in lake levels in Florida, part of the problem was the proliferation of sand mines, and population increases, in addition to a reduction in rain fall. The sand mines created artificial lakes that had to get their water from somewhere, same with more people, and that was the aquifer. Some lakes are higher in elevation than others (mere feet make a big difference here in FLA) and they drained into the aquifer more dramatically than others.

      I happy to hear that lake levels are rising and fish are biting.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        Regarding the drop in lake levels in Florida, part of the problem was the proliferation of sand mines, and population increases, in addition to a reduction in rain fall. The sand mines created artificial lakes that had to get their water from somewhere, same with more people, and that was the aquifer. Some lakes are higher in elevation than others (mere feet make a big difference here in FLA) and they drained into the aquifer more dramatically than others.

        It’s good to hear a different local perspective. Too often the religious zealots of the climate change religion blame humanity for all ailments, and while they are in some ways correct, they seem to blame the wrong things.
        Local water usage by large populations can drain 1000 year old aquifers faster than they can recharge and that water is often used in excess to keep lawns green so they can be mowed more often. Blacktop roads, parking lots, and dark roofs on buildings where there was once green space absorb the daytime sunlight and radiate it back into the air at night, which is why city night time low temperatures are often higher than rural lows; but, this heat bubble can affect other things, like the path of storm fronts, by deflecting them around the metropolitan areas.
        Most things humans do affect the climate, both micro & macro; but, unless we have a die off and allow nature to take back everything, there is no really good solution, save for our technology and I do not see those zealots in line, volunteering to be euthanized first.
        Often I see the same people who shun modern farming techniques are also against the use of fossil fuels, seemingly not understanding the technology that keeps us all living comfortable lives and being well fed and healthy.
        As I sit here typing this, I have a pacemaker that keeps my heart running and that upon battery end of life or a failure of the device would end me with it. Back in Feb 2015 when it was installed and in July 2015 when it was made primary, I thought about it quite a lot; but, other than my yearly device checkup, I no longer think about it, since it simply works. It is also checked once per week and I will be told of a problem if one occurs.
        When I talk about a prepping journey I often mention that one should occasionally stop and look back to see how far you have come. In that light, we might all do the same reflection on humanity with a great website that will take some time to digest: https://humanprogress.org/
        Enjoy!!!

    2. Daddio7,

      2. As a farmer I used commercial pesticides for almost three decades and had a restricted pesticide license. I am comfortable with the milder versions sold at the big box stores.

      While I don’t farm per se, I am surrounded by relatives and neighbors who do, and I’m glad to see someone with a license who can pop in here and mention this. Many people who are against “chemical” pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers don’t understand that not just anyone can buy the stuff and dump it on the crops. Not only are these substances expensive, they are restricted in how and where they are used. People also need to know that even the ”natural” versions are “chemicals.”, often with little difference than the manufactured ones.

      Thursday afternoon my wife drove the hour over to her home and then they drove an hour over to the fishing spot. This wasn’t fishing, it was catching.

      In our classes we talk about having patience, since it is called hunting and not shopping for a reason; but, this sounds like shopping and the kind of fishing I would also enjoy.

      It was 1:00 AM before my wife got home so there we were for an hour and a half cleaning fish. Something I hadn’t done in decades and she had never done. The stringer was so heavy my wife couldn’t pick it up by herself.

      That’s funny & amazing. My closest analogy was some 30 years ago when one of the boys hit a deer @ 1:00 AM and we were out on the highway, field dressing it to bring home. In both cases it was worth it for the meat in the freezer.

      I can’t say if it is climate change but since 1997 Florida has been very dry, many lakes disappeared. Two years ago it started raining aging and swamps that had been dry land for twenty years filled back up. I think the fish have been gorging on all the food available on the acres and acres of newly flooded land. Floods here have just put things back to 1950’s normal.

      I think it is definitely climate change; but, not the hoax being perpetrated by the leftist control freaks. I saw several interviews on Fox Business with Dr. Patrick Moore who was one of the founders of Greenpeace, and who has now been disavowed by the movement for his heresy of sorts.
      Greenpeace Founder Questions Global Warming
      https://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4503674/#sp=show-clips

      Fifteen pounds of fish in the freezer is a good prep

      It certainly is. Too bad I don’t live closer, since that’s my kind of fishing. LOL

      Hopefully my sweet corn and watermelons will produce and I have my sweet potato slips planted. I got a late start and it will be almost fall before any of them are ready. At least this year I will be ready for my fall greens planting.

      Our watermelons are almost always hit or miss; but, the sweet corn is usually always pretty good. As for fall planting of anything, except garlic in October, you have the definite advantage there and I’ll admit to being a bit envious. LOL

        1. TOP,

          Why not? Hillery called conservatives and anyone leaning conservative to be “deplorables.” You see where that got her.

          AOC is an idiot and I suppose it takes one to know one.

          I think if there is a serious attempt to amend the Constitution to put term limits on Congress-critters, there should also be a minimum IQ requirement too.

          1. Zulu 3-6,

            I think if there is a serious attempt to amend the Constitution to put term limits on Congress-critters, there should also be a minimum IQ requirement too.

            That could be pretty subjective and there are many very smart villains around. Luckily, AOC is only 29 and has 6 more years to mature before she would even be eligible to run. By then she will have lost her luster or we will have already lost the country.

    3. Daddio,

      I have lived here for 20 years and still have no idea where you are talking about (actually the exact location). Please email O.P. and transfer info.

      1. Bam Bam,

        Daddio,
        I have lived here for 20 years and still have no idea where you are talking about (actually the exact location). Please email O.P. and transfer info.

        So Bam Bam is planning on some fishing? LOL
        And Daddio7, I can forward emails or connect you with Bam Bam if you send email via the link on my name above. Click it and the web page it takes you to has an email link.

  13. Part two of my comment. I visited WOOT and did find some good preps. I got two tactical light sets. A pop up lantern, a flashlight and a head lamp. The lights are bright but the construction is just fair, worth the money but not top dollar. The head lamp does have a very nice head band, wide and comfortable. I got two of the Green Mountain coffee deals, very tasty coffee. I also got the 16 piece play mat for my granddaughter. My wife said it is perfect. The granddaughter was a terrible two. We watched “The Miracle Worker” with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. During the dinner scene when Helen throws her fit we both exclaimed we’ve seen that before! She is very bright and curious. The other day she was over and noticed my wife’s heating face mask. It is filled with gel beads and she heats it up in the microwave and uses it to sooth her dry eye condition. The granddaughter poked it a little bit, looking at her grandmother to see if she wasn’t supposed to touch it it. My wife let her pick it up. She felt it a little bit then ask my wife, “Nanny, what is this?” When told it for granny’s eyes she just said “oh”. She was thinking it had to something exotic because she had never seen anything like that.

    I used up all the old paint I had priming the new wood siding I put on my home. with a week of clear weather ahead I can now spray paint the entire thing. A job I have been dreading for years. Hopefully the Harbor Freight power painter will make the job go faster.

    1. Daddio7,

      I visited WOOT and did find some good preps. I got two tactical light sets. A pop up lantern, a flashlight and a head lamp. The lights are bright but the construction is just fair, worth the money but not top dollar. The head lamp does have a very nice head band, wide and comfortable.

      I have several of these, since they are inexpensive enough to hand out to others if the need arises either for a ”situation” or as an inexpensive preparedness based gift. I actually have too many lights of all sorts; but, I’ve found them to be very useful, especially at that price point.

      I got two of the Green Mountain coffee deals, very tasty coffee.

      I got one for the DW for mother’s day and another for company. Since I don’t drink coffee, I hope they are as good as I hear about that brand; but, the company (Keurig Dr Pepper, formerly Keurig Green Mountain & originally Green Mountain Coffee Roasters) makes a lot of good drinks including Dr. Pepper, which I do like.
      How I find out about these things is by signing up for the woot daily deals email. Sometimes they have nothing and other times they have gems, always at extremely discounted prices.

        1. Zulu 3-6 ,

          Daddio7 needs an intervention like we do on flashlights and lanterns. 🙂

          I don’t know about Daddio7 or you; but, I don’t need no stinkin’ intervention, cause I can quit any time LOL
          When you have a destructive habit like too much alcohol, you hirt both your health and your finances. Being ”well lit” OTOH, hurts neither, and gives me nice inexpensive gifts to hand out to people when TSHTF.

          1. TOP,

            I’ve contacted A&E and we will be up there the week after next…. Lol…

          2. Almost There,

            I’ve contacted A&E and we will be up there the week after next…. Lol

            You are of course welcome any time; but, I don’t get the A&E reference, Since it’s a channel I rarely watch. I think they have ”Storage Wars”; but, I’ve only seen that a few times since it is irrelevant to my life.

  14. Hello Folks,
    Hope Our Mother’s in this group enjoyed their day with family and friends. My mother and father have both passed, so these holidays hurt me a little as I miss both my parents terribly.

    No prepping this week as I just got back from a week at the beach. We were blessed with good weather. Mild days, plenty of sun and the only rain we experienced was yesterday when we headed back home.

    I was happy when I got home. the garden is looking great, and my strawberries are abundant this year! Didn’t lose anything while gone a week. God is good.

    1. My favorite prep is food preparations and various ways to store and preserve.
    2. Our country is divided,but I don’t think we are headed for a civil war yet. I think this next presidential election will be interesting. For those who lived through the Vietnam era, you can remember the divisions we had during that time.
    3. I do believe we are headed toward a battle of good vs evil. We have that already to a great extent, but it could easily reach epic proportions. ReadtheBible.

    Have a great week everyone!

  15. Work has kept me busy but am getting burned out. Saw the ortho Friday and got steroid shots in both knees. Waiting for word from the physical therapists for shoulder therapy. Ordered 4 cases of chili at $10 a case. Picked up some freebies at Safeway. Friend gave me a box of candles she didn’t want.
    No farm animals (except chickens) allowed in town but not interested in goats – bad experience from childhood. No garden as house is supposed to go up for sale. Use very few cleaners so haven’t worried about making my own.

    1. suzyq
      Do not know if your are anemic but I have found that vitamin K triple play has helped me, and it may help you. I also use Aspercreme for the times I need fast relief, it works in a matter of minutes since it is absorbed directly into the muscles topically.

      The vitamin K helps distribute the product directly to the cells where the medication is required. Something I learned from Swt Tater aka Just Sayin

      1. Antique Collector & suzyq,

        Do not know if your are anemic but I have found that vitamin K triple play has helped me, and it may help you. I also use Aspercreme for the times I need fast relief, it works in a matter of minutes since it is absorbed directly into the muscles topically.

        Keep in mind that Vitamin K can be a problem if you take any anticoagulants, especially Warfarin / Coumadin, since it inhibits vitamin K–dependent clotting factors. Ig you are prone to clotting, Vitamin K can be a problem

        1. TOP SusyQ and AC…..
          K1 is reactive with anticoagulants.It is NOT the one you want. The one you want is a different one is available as K2 in wally store. There are a whole bunch of “K family” vitamins with numbers 1-8. they are still doing research on the 3-8 group and do not know their actions yet. I am sure when they know someone will market them. I read eardly research and K2 was released for sale when its effect was proven to balance minerals of the body, magnesium, calcium , zinc and others….

      2. I’ll check into the vitamin K. Fortunately I haven’t been anemic since 2014 (later this month I have what should be my final visit with the oncologist) and I don’t take any anti-coagulants. Physical therapy on the shoulder should commence on Friday.

  16. Hi Pack,
    Starting with everyday living preps.We have found life requires a prep as a matter of course.It takes no major area/regional event to be a life changing one for our family……Putting things in high gear for necessary trip.. supplies being packed, for needs….List is long that has to be completed in now less than 7 days. Things being secured from freezer via canning and dehydration…Hauled 2 more loads of sawdust for chicken care.Bartered for backhoe work to be done this summer(DH’s dept) Hen house cleaned and nest boxes replenished..coop run area-covered has new floor.w/ old littter removed. and to composting area. 2 raised garden bed frames set up… Trellis began for grape vines/acorn squash.poles up..
    The Gardening with Leon channel on You tube has some new videos out …keyed for new gardeners.latest one is on differences in types of tomatoes and some qualities. He explains what one can expect from several varieties..Leon’s interest seems to be on teaching people to grow a portion of their own food and teaching others, children especially, where their food comes from… Some people still do not understand that the grocery store does not produce chicken or cucumbers.One can hear their stupidity gone to seed in their talk.
    Goats? no place for them -at present…meat goats/and weed control a possibility… feeder pigs a possibility,just not now… No to cows of any type because of nearest neighbor and their bull.want to keep the fences we have intact.rabbits are next project…
    DIY herbicide/Pesticide? Vinegar w/ boiling water… for spot treatment after pulling/cutting as much as possible. Pests.. depends on the pest. ants borax and sugar….spider mites etc. dawn water spray followed closely by DE dusting… now for further comment….Nerve pain is a horrible condition. We have tracked increased nerve pain to the increase and decrease in residue pesticides in corn, soy , and premade products …like asparatine, sweet-n-low,and MSG in their many forms and re naming.Even tho others are quite comfortable with commercial grade products as was our east neighbor, until he found he had a terribly aggressive cancer and died within 5 weeks. Was it only his commercial exposure? , no one admits/knows.He is just as dead either way. All are warned. Be careful what you expose your body to because if you do not tolerate or do cleansing of some type, it builds and can cause many issues.
    We DO know nerve toxin exposure increases DH’s pain…so our response is to up our game in the garden and raising our own animals this year.
    Cleaning supplies… still use a few commercial products but on a reduced level… chlorine bleach, ammonia(personal intolerance) and fabric softner are being reduced gradually.but continually.Many have been eliminated. Have changed air freshener to blends including vanilla, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon, rosemary., 90% and 50% alcohols ..still working on some blends since am allergic to some that are commonly used in theives blend. For those who are allergic to Eucalyptus- Peppermint is the replacement for it… Using a lot of baking soda, laundry soda, vinegar, borax and select commercially available laundry soap and bath soap solutions. Have changed some other things we stock/don’t use.rotating out and replacing items with less toxic, more pleasing ones. Have added more essential oils/natural products/tinctures and some recipes for immunity responses, breathing, anti viral benefits.
    Favorite prep? not really but canning and dehydration gives me a lot of satisfaction.
    Not yet, because some are awakening. It is harder to manipulate those who are aware .
    Good vs evil has been going on since the days of Adam and Eve…It will continue until “the earth is burned up with fervent heat” at that time the final battle will be fought and we know who wins.
    Ditto Jean: read the Bible.

  17. Tara, Henry looks like he is going to be a handful! That picture is too precious!

    Tara’s questions:
    1) no goats here, but I do see their value should we find property
    2)I use a lot of Dawn soap/ water, as well as judicious use of DE to deter pests
    3)I think the only DIY ‘cleaner I/ use right now is vinegar instead of fabric softener. I want to do more, just need to make it a priority
    4) Not much prep this week, trying to get caught up on bills and find a new home to rent. Trying to find a ‘new normal’ since being relegated back to closing shift at work (which means DH and I are back on different schedules, fewer home cooked meals, regular chores are more neglected, etc)

    Thor’s questions:
    1)Food is my most important and favorite prep.
    2) Things are crazy, but I don’t think those fomenting the divisiveness have any idea what they are proposing nor what would happen to them if it came to fruition. I hope cooler heads will prevail. If not, it will be what it will be. I know which side I will be on.
    3)It’s been foretold. As others have mentioned, read your Bible. We may not see it in our lifetime, but it will come. The way things are progressing, it’s gonna be sooner rather than later. But as I stated in above, I am hoping cooler heads prevail so I can teach my grands to be prepared. I may be ready physically and spiritually, but I want to make sure they are too.

  18. No goats. I do wish we had a renewable protein source in addition to the animals easily hunted right now, but which will probably be hunted out quickly post shtf.

    Natural pesticides: cedar shavings, marigolds, citrus oil, vinegar.

    preps: planted a plum tree, tomatoes, cantaloupes, green beans. The rest will wait until later.

    I believe we are in the midst of a good vs evil war right now. All around us, we see/hear evil called good, good called evil, truth called lies and lies called truth. Morality is turned upside down. Godless people call believers any bad thing they can think of and the “mainstream media” sings right along. As for me, I will “cling to my guns and religon” and oppose evil as long as I last.

    1. Billy T,

      I do wish we had a renewable protein source in addition to the animals easily hunted right now, but which will probably be hunted out quickly post shtf.

      I’m not sure I agree. It’s called hunting and not shopping for a good reason. Anyone who has seen the old (1972) mountain man movie ”Jeremiah Johnson” will recall his woefully provisioned and unskilled attempt at hunting and wilderness survival in the beginning of the movie. I suspect that many city people, except those who have been successful hunters, will find themselves in a similar situation; but, with little help from the natives.

      Natural pesticides: cedar shavings, marigolds, citrus oil, vinegar

      I forgot about cedar shavings. I have quite a lot of those since I used them in my smoker for beekeeping. When purchased in large quantities from a pet store they are quite inexpensive, as are marigolds that are easily grown and are used as companions in the garden.

      I believe we are in the midst of a good vs evil war right now. All around us, we see/hear evil called good, good called evil, truth called lies and lies called truth. Morality is turned upside down. Godless people call believers any bad thing they can think of and the “mainstream media” sings right along.

      Good and evil have always been a battle and too often even believers are at odds with one another over seemingly insignificant points of dogma. This must be movie night in my head, since I just thought of the simple things that some argue about and the old story: ”Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift.

      As for me, I will “cling to my guns and religon” and oppose evil as long as I last.

      I’ll do the same; but, for me it’s more than religion (a hypocritical utterance considering the original source was BHO); but, an inner sense of morality and ethics that transcends the dogma of individual faiths, too often at odds.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *