What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 44: May 12th – May 17th 2019

jovie the dog

Hello Pack. The weather has alternated between gloriously sunny and in the 70s to rain and dreary damp conditions this week. We are still dealing with a septic tank and leach bed issue. All of the rain we got over the course of several days turned the ditches dug with the old backhoe into nasty lagoons.

My faithful companion, Jovie, fell into one of the lagoons when Bobby’s puppy Henry was bouncing on her wanting to play. She frantically tried to jump out but the pit was too steep and her hind paws got stuck in the muddy mirky bottom of the pit.

I grabbe a shovel that was nearby and tried to dig a slope into the pit so she could get out, not knowing at the time she could not get her feet free. I tried getting her around her upper body beneath her front legs and tugging, but she was just too heavy and her feet were stuck too firmly.

I kept yelling for my daughter and Justin that I could use their help, but being the very early morning hours when this happene on the way back from barn chores, they were still asleep and the bedroom is in the back of the cabin.

Jovie was exhausted, we had been on a 1 mile run before the accident, and in a panic at this point. She was too tired to keep her head above water and was now wriggled just a little shy of the pit bank and couldn’t rest her paws on it to give herself a rest and to lay her head against.

While still yelling for Brea and Justin to come help, I climbe into the pit, that had around three feet or so of water in it, nasty water that I could only hope didn’t include much raw sewage, and kept a hold of Jovie so she could rest herself against me.

Our hill is busy most days with various tribe members in and out, so I figured we would just hang there until someone showed up to help me hoist Jovie out of the pit. My voice carries, or so I have been told, so eventually (what seemed like an eternity) Brea and Justin heard me and came running.

Thankfully, the extra muscles Justin has garnered from working for a tribe member’s logging company, allowe him to free Jovie without any problem. There were showers had all around after that nearly tragic ordeal.

In the photo below you can see the two of the about 8 ditches that have been dug to get this septic issue sorted out. The furthest one away, right in front of the shelter house, was the one Jovie fell into – but it had a good bit more water in it at the time.

ditches

The day after Jovie’s ordeal I had to shoot a rooster. We called this rooster Goat. Figuring since we had a goat named Rooster (after John Wayne because this little guy has true grit) we would name a rooster Goat.

He had been an incredibly docile rooster. Both the kids and I could hand feed him. In fact, about 30 seconds beore he decided to attack me, I had been hand feeding him. Goat accidentally got back out of the run after put up when he tried to mate with a hen, and fell out chasing after her as she frantically tried to get away.

He is not a soft mater, not by a long shot. I kept having to doctor my hens because they had no, and I mean no, feathers left on the top of their heads and back. The hen ran for her life and hid under a piece of Bobby’s farm implements. No amount of coaxing or treats was going to get her back out that night.

After an hour of trying to get her and the rooster put back up, I dedided they were on their own and wished them the best of luck. Well, I lost the hen by morning but the rooster refused to go back in at put up for three days.

All the time he was out he would pace and watch #2 rooster mate with his gals. Hours were spent trying to get him back in until I figured he would either go if he wanted to or be eaten.

Until he turned on me. I was shocked, he hadn’t shown even the tiniest bit of mean side until that very moment that it came out in spades. I gave him a rather gingerly kick with my muck boot to deter him and started to walked by to the ATV and he gave chase, and was relentless with his attacks.

Well, the subsequent kicks and hits in the head with the feed scoop I had in my hand were anything but gingerlly done. Had I not kicked him one final time and turned the ATV key and left, he would have kept at it.

Such behavior will not be tolerated in a barnyard where kids go to learn, do chores, and ride horses. The next morning I grabbed my favorite low key rifle – Henry .22 (hence Bobby’s puppy’s name) and shot the scoundrel.

Except bugs and mice, that was the first time I had ever personally killed an animal. It wasn’t pleasant, but it needed done, he was my responsibility, and I did it without a second of regret.

In happier survial homesteading news, Bobby found a great new to us conditioner (hay cutter for your city folks) and hauled it home, so it is ready to be put into service next week. He also purchased some more elderbery and papaw trees at the local farmers market. We ordered Goji berry also, but they are not ready yet.

This week we did a but of waterway learning at our creek – or the private beach as all the kiddos call it. Armed with toy boats from Dollar Tree, the kids learned about the power of water, floating vs. sinking objects, boating safety with the little Playmobil people who got to ride in the boats, water depth, and navigational skills.

kids playing with playmobil toys

This Week’s Questions

  • If you could have one piece of heavy equipment around your homestead – or dream homestead (other than a tractor) what would it be and why?
  • Do you have a funny or harrowing rooster story? How would you deal with an out of control rooster?
  • Do you teach your children, grandchildren, or tribe children about using water as a means of transportation and navigational skills? If so, how do you do it or what tips could you offer from your own boating expertise?

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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148 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 44: May 12th – May 17th 2019

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

    Pulled out my knives, hatchets, and tomahawk. Touched up edges where necessary and wiped all of them down with Marine Tuf-Cloth.

    My cleaning lady was over while I was doing this, and she was pretty amused. Nice lady. She’s from Columbia and we talk about events in Venezuela sometimes. She says that trouble is causing economic and crime problems in Columbia too with Venezuelans escaping to Columbia, hoping they can get fed and stealing if not. She’s going there to visit family next month and she’ll deliver a firsthand report when she gets back.

    Bought and received four more freeze-dried food pouches. That puts me up to 55, plus three in my BOB.
    Ordered 100-rounds of Hornady 9mm Critical Duty ammo for my stash. I think I’m OK for 5.56mm and 7.62mm, but felt a little low on 9mm duty ammo. I think next month might see 50 more rounds of Critical Duty in .357 mag.

    #1 daughter and her hubby moved some heavy food stash boxes for me. #1 said she knew I had a decent food stash, but what I do have kind of exceeded her expectations. I don’t intentionally keep my stashes hidden from her, but I also don’t especially talk about the extent of them either. She, and her hubby and baby, are the very few people I would welcome into my home in a serious SHTF situation. I know she has stuff stashed, not to my extent, but if she could bring it with her, it would be a welcome addition.

    I got the Absorbine Jr on Monday and tried it out. My feet aren’t really bothering me much lately, so I didn’t notice a big change. But anti-fungal effects will take some time anyway. However, I tried it out on my lower back which has been tearing me up, and it really reduced the pain within about 30-minutes. I dosed my back again on Tuesday morning and it seemed to help once more. I used it throughout the week on my back and it did help.

    I bought a Milwaukee toolbox system to use with my gun tools, cleaning, and parts storage. I made #1 daughter promise not to tell her mom about it otherwise she’ll run out and buy more sewing machines. The Ex seems to think we’re in a “he/she who dies with the most toys wins” contest. We are, but she doesn’t have to KNOW that. 😊

    Had a little info exchange last week with TOP and JP in MT about Tupperware and Sterilite containers. TOP mentioned shoebox sized Sterilite containers, which are not carried at my local Publix. So, I queried Amazon, and presto, shoebox sized Sterilite containers! I ordered a six-pack of them. Combined with the smaller versions that I have still unused, I should be good for waterproof storage for a while.

    I’ve been working on re-organizing my gun stuff. It’s coming along pretty well especially considering the breaks I have to take periodically to settle my back down. When I’m done posting here, things will start to go back into the closet. I knew I had some more 38/357 speedloaders and I found them. I’ll load them up when I take my next sit-down break. I have a lot of old timey ammo I collected over the years as a cop when people brought them in after grandpa died. Some fairly large caliber rim-fires too. I’ll have to research those, but I’ll bet they’re of late1800s manufacture.

    Tara’s questions:

    #1 – One piece of heavy equipment and why? Well, I don’t have a homestead, but I would like a fully loaded Abrams M-1A2 tank. That’s heavy equipment, isn’t it? Protect your home from 3,000 meters away. No sweat. If you want to get technical, we could put a bulldozer blade on the front. 😊

    #2 – Funny rooster stories? No, none from the city boy. But if I had one attacking me, he would probably meet Mr. Sig-Sauer. Or my employees from Question #1. “Gunner, target, aggressive rooster in the open, canister, fire.” Wouldn’t even be a greasy spot left for cleanup.

    #3 – Teaching children water transportation/navigation? I don’t, but my granddaughter’s parents do to an extent. She knows boats float and carry things on water, but she is having a tough time learning how to use a sextant. 😊

    1. I love the Hornady Critical line. I have some in my Glock 23. I especially love the fact that they have boycotted the State government of New York due to the unconstitutional acts of governor Culo (did I spell his name correctly?).

    2. Z36,

      Loved the tank wish but I thought you would call in an air strike for the rooster and have them use napalm… Fried chicken…..LOL

      I ordered a 1000 rnds ea. of 9mm hollow points and .40 cal hollow points in bulk. It was a good price but not as nice as the high dollar stuff like gold dot, hydro shoks or critical duty. I keep the high dollar stuff for EDC but if the shtf its good to have a lot…..

    3. Zulu 3-6,

      Bought and received four more freeze-dried food pouches. That puts me up to 55, plus three in my BOB.

      I got the Absorbine Jr on Monday and tried it out.

      Good, we keep some in our FAK supplies for the just in case situation, since sometimes only that will do. It’s rather versatile.

      Had a little info exchange last week with TOP and JP in MT about Tupperware and Sterilite containers. TOP mentioned shoebox sized Sterilite containers, which are not carried at my local Publix. So, I queried Amazon, and presto, shoebox sized Sterilite containers! I ordered a six-pack of them.

      I’ve been using these and the Rubbermaid versions when on sale for years, more for organization than water proofing. The last batch I got were 16 with locking lids from woot. I think I keep woot in business. LOL

      I have a lot of old timey ammo I collected over the years as a cop when people brought them in after grandpa died. Some fairly large caliber rim-fires too. I’ll have to research those, but I’ll bet they’re of late1800s manufacture.

      As a sworn member, (volunteer) with county EMA we can often get perks like sitting in when they do their yearly hazmat turn-in. This is mostly insecticides and old paint; but, we can often intercede on the bulk powder and ammunition, since many people don’t know what things are and sometimes scared of it. I have a small collection of odd cartridges; but, some of my favorites are new in the box ”Black Talons” and a couple of boxes of .22 short from my childhood. The .22 are in their original red & white Sears & Roebuck boxes.
      There are BTW cartridge collectors who will often pay crazy amounts for the right ones.

      #1 – One piece of heavy equipment and why? Well, I don’t have a homestead, but I would like a fully loaded Abrams M-1A2 tank.

      Personally I’d settle for an MRAP

      1. JP in MT,

        I get the big Sterilite 40-gallon tubs from Wal-Mart.com. Best price I’ve found so far. and delivery is free. The smaller lockable Sterelite containers I get at my grocery store as I walk down the aisle, I grab one.

        I had one sitting on top of my groceries one day and a lady asked me about them. I told her I was a ham radio operator and I liked to use them to keep my HT radios, batteries, and other stuff, dry. She said her hubby was a ham and she was going to tell him about them. Hey, spread the joy. 🙂

        1. 73, Patriot! I didnt know you were a ham. Did you goto the Orlando Hamfest? Someday we will get there. What bands are you on?

          1. Babycatcher,

            73, Patriot! I didnt know you were a ham. Did you goto the Orlando Hamfest? Someday we will get there. What bands are you on?

            I’ve been working with you and Zulu 3-6 trying to get all of us coordinated; but, OPSEC meant I could not work as a trio; however, now that the cat is out of the Shack, so to speak, perhaps we can all coordinate a QSO. I’m on DMR and you are on Fusion; but, Zulu is currently apartment bound with limited capabilities.
            Once you figure out your YSF (Yaesu System Fusion) system, we could meet up on Quadnet where DMR. YSF and DStar have an interconnection.
            As for the HamCation (https://www.hamcation.com) in Orlando, we have a retiree from up here that has gone and liked it; but, we still have HAMVENTION here a lot closer.
            Perhaps we can all work together for a schedule, or one or both of you could use EchoLink to check into one of our local nets.
            73’s,
            TOP

  2. Good morning Pack! Tara, thank you for posting so early today. This is a highlight of my week, and i eagerly look forward to the comments. My prepping week has been learning to fight a throat infection without antibiotics. Fail. I spent 5 days with a sore throat, coughing, and increased difficulty breathing, using elderberry juice ( I’m out of tincture) and a lot of water. I think it was due to some moldy hay i got into. Anyway, i finally caved and went to my pcp,and she did a strep test(neg), and throat swab. My throat was really raw, painful (on ascale of 1- 10 this was about a 7, worse than childbirth for me), and the eardrums bulging, so she asked my permission to use a steroid to get the swelling down( only 7 days) and an antibiotic. So Monday we should see what germ caused it. I rarely get sick, not even a cold, and this is the sickest Carter has ever seen me in our 17 yearsof marriage! It took two days of coughing junk out, sneezing, watery eyes, and freqent potty trips, but this morning i woke up rested and almost back to my regular self! I even planted some tomatoes and peppers last night! Long story short, keep those antibiotics or equivalents on hand, i cannot imagine what would have been my outcome without them. Actually, i could, cuz i thought, what if the balloon had gone up? I would have been screwed! My herbal knowlegde is weak, so i wouldnt have known how to fix it. Any comments or ideas?

    1. Baby catcher, just some ideas..(doing final packing for trip… so may not comment anywhere else.). on herbals for respiratory… on research star with common things…look for specifics which are anti bacterial and anti fungal.
      GARLIC! process for allicin release. if you do not have, buy organic/US. take bulbs and break down into cloves, cut off root end ,peel,take meat hammer and beat lightly to crush membranes.. allow to sit in open air 10-15 min. then dice /grate. smash… then there are options..#1. quickest treatment is to eat raw. by its self….but easiest done with a little honey. porton=1/2 tsp prepared garlic/1/4 tsp natural honey. if throat is sore add 1/8th tsp cayenne pepper.. mix well. repeat dose q 3 hours.. #2 another option is to place in acv and allow to sit for at least an hour.. shake well and remove each dose… dose is 8-10 cc of the vinegar off of garlic…..use about 35 nice sized heirloom cloves to 12 oz.apple cider vinegar. important half life is short on natural things 3-4 hours is usual.
      Cross reference for antibacterials for urinary system .. are interchangable..what is effective on UTI s also effective on URI , .ie…invaders are often the same.urinary antiinfectives like pyridium also may be helpful if other things are not available….herbals for urinary, USNEA tincture.one cc used sublingual at first sign of UTI, follow with 1/2 cc q 4-5 hours…til symptoms gone, using a extra clear liquids toclear. …Lomatium tincture loading dose 5cc, then 1/2 cc q 4 hours seemed to work well for me., Pippsisswea, ditto same dose 5cc loading/2.5 cc on q 4 hour interval and all of these can be used concurrent. taken about 30 min apart….sublingual gives best /quickest response…..,clear liquids, hot liquids,…anti fungals…Oil of Oregano…w/ 6%carvasols., antiviral and anti bacterial, even against mrsa..at first sign of sore throat take 12 drops in a little warm drink(coffee hot ea – a teaspoon,) hold sublingual for 2 min then swallow. then q 4 hours use 5 drops .if one can take it doxicycline is most often effective on URI with herbals. using both concurrent increases benefit of both. ther are others. look up frankinsence, and be sure to dilute. Oh if you get into poison Ivy… new go to for that is lavenderr oil a drop or two used neat 3 x a day is sufficient. for several days – as long as one stays away from offender lol. available from woodlandwildcraft at reasonable prices…I stock 4 oz bottles of several…

      1. Thank you! I will copy this and put it in my notebook for (hopefully not) future use. I appreciate any knowledge i can get on this subject.

    2. Glad you are feeling better. Whenever I feel a sore throat or sinus trouble coming on I start taking 1 tablespoon of colloidal silver each morning, make some elderberry tea, and beef up my garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, and honey intake. We make our own silver and use it for a lot of things internally and topically. I have not been to a doctor in over 13 years, I care for myself 98 percent naturally – with a little Tylenol or Sudafed thrown in once in a great while.

      1. Tara,

        I bought a CS maker recently. I think it automatically stops at the correct PPM’s. I haven’t tried it out yet, but was curious as to how you make yours.

      2. Yes, Colloidial silver is highly effective..against even resistant strains.of several bacteria ,virals, fungals… adult dose is supposed to be 10 cc Q 4hr.Also take sublingual, hold for 2 min if possible then swallow..
        Some ppl swear by tumeric. I got conflicting info on it-Re; cancer chance increase… Could not determine truth of matter, so we have elected to avoid it… .
        Beef up! yes broths from naturally,organically- fed chicken, turkey, beef.
        For sinus issues Ravensara…SNIFF it 4-6X a day during acute episodes, continue for several weeks..gradually titrating to own situation… .

  3. • If you could have one piece of heavy equipment around your homestead – or dream homestead (other than a tractor) what would it be and why?
    We have some heavy equipment now, but we would like to add a skid steer. There are jobs it can do that our other equipment is too big for.
    • Do you have a funny or harrowing rooster story? How would you deal with an out of control rooster?
    I have sent a couple of roosters to Heaven…or wherever they ended up. The worst one would try to attack my grandkids, even through the fence. He would attack me, but only when I turned my back to him. I had to carry a short piece of thick dowel rod with me every time I fed the chickens, and used it to block him when he came at me. The last time he attacked me, I hit him one time and I made the most of it. He flopped around a couple of times and stopped. I couldn’t see his head and looked for it. I knew I didn’t knock it off, but I didn’t see his head. (It turned out it was folded under him.) I yelled at my husband and son that I’d killed the mean rooster. DH yelled, “It’s about time!” I finished taking care of the other animals before going in to get mean rooster. Right before I started to grab him by the feet, I bumped him with my foot to be sure he was dead. He jumped up, and I screamed! Stephen King couldn’t have planned a more scary scene.
    There are a couple of ways to deal with an out of control rooster: 1. Dumplings. 2. Soup.
    • Do you teach your children, grandchildren, or tribe children about using water as a means of transportation and navigational skills? If so, how do you do it or what tips could you offer from your own boating expertise?
    Not really. We use a small john boat for fishing and love to kayak. We teach boat safety, but not navigation.

    This week:

    *Animals:
    -I finally sold the last wether. The woman who bought him seems like a wonderful lady.
    -Chicks are hatching! (Which is good. I lost two of the five that I got from the kindergarten teacher who hatched the eggs I gave her. I think the chicks found a way out by the gate. Problem fixed…hopefully.

    *Garden:
    -I got my first food from the raised beds. The lettuce is great!
    -I got some great looking tomato plants, and they were free from my school’s FFA.

    *Added a little to the stockpile: vitamins, TP, hygiene items,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -The camper is clean and almost fully stocked for our fifteen day trip.
    -I’m almost finished cleaning out my classroom.

    *Skills:
    -I hatched eggs for the first time. I’m glad to know that the incubator works.

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

      1. We’re still not sure. We had it planned out, but have discovered that some of the roads have damage from recent flooding. We’re waiting to hear from a friend who knows a state trooper who’s going to let us know what routes are best.

  4. Tara’s questions- If you could have one piece of heavy equipment around your homestead – or dream homestead (other than a tractor) what would it be and why?
    A mini excavator. I am in need of several trenchs to be dug and building a culvert for a 24 inch pipe across the entire width of my pasture. The bad rains we have had carved a 24 “ deep gully across the entire thing. My hero is Andrew Camerata inSaugerties NY, and has his own Youtube channel. That boy can fix anything! I encourage yall to check it out
    Do you have a funny or harrowing rooster story? How would you deal with an out of control rooster?
    i will not keep a rooster. I will trade for fertile eggs if needed. Too many reasons why, but you discovered some of them
    Do you teach your children, grandchildren, or tribe children about using water as a means of transportation and navigational skills? If so, how do you do it or what tips could you offer from your own boating expertise? Never really had the opportunity. Except for about 3 years, the grands have lived with their parents in other states. I was too busy surviving, when my own children were growing up, to have the opportunity for a lesson like that. When i homeschooled, i was planning on it, but life and safety got in the way.

      1. Prepared Grammy,

        DS has a small excavator, and we love it.

        Perhaps it’s just nomenclature; but, how is a small excavator different from a backhoe?
        My plan is a Kubota tractor this summer, large enough to handle a backhoe accessory / attachment. It will first have a rear tine tiller and then a backhoe & bucket as we save and can afford the accessories.

        1. For a year and a half I worked for an environmental company collecting hazardous waste. We did a turn in at the Sarasota dump. They collected a semi trailer full of paint. It seems new homes come with 10 to 15 gals of extra paint, after a while the new owners decide they need the room. BMWs and Mercedes with their trunks full of paint showed up. Each driver admonishing us to be careful. We also disposed of piles of good pesticides, I kept wishing I had brought a cooler to stash some of them in. We also got some mystery bottles and boxes. We were keeping track of the category of everything we got, those required some head scratching, specially the ones without legible labels.

          An excavator is also known as a track-hoe, the whole thing sits on a center pivot and spins around. I drove a little Kubota one in the woods cleaning out an old ditch, that little thing would go anywhere. I drove it down the center of the ditch throwing the muck and weeds out.

        2. OP,
          A backhoe is on tires. An excavator is on tracks, pivots from the center, and is sometimes called a trackhoe. An excavator has better traction, and being able to pivot makes it more desirable for certain jobs.

          1. Prepared Grammy,

            A backhoe is on tires. An excavator is on tracks, pivots from the center, and is sometimes called a trackhoe.

            Thanks.
            That explains it and I actually know about trackhoe’s by that name.
            The last one used here to install a new hydrant, tore up the ground to the point we still haven’t gotten it all repaired. Another nice toy to have when I hit the lotto. LOL.

          1. How big is your tractor. There are self contained backhoes that mount to your three point hitch and use a pto driven hydraulic pump. Minimum 18 hp needed.

  5. Hello all,

    As to your questions, Tara, I don’t really have a homestead but a yard about 100’ x 100’. My need for heavy equipment is almost nil. Never owned a rooster but the neighbors have hens. I imagine they’ll be in the pot before long. I’ve taught my boys about the water because we’re in Southern New England. We have the ocean, rivers, lakes, ponds, marshes, name it. My oldest knows how to operate a canoe or rowboat and my little guy can balance on a surfboard. I taught them to swim by deflating their arm floaties over about three days. They naturally started treading water themselves. At that point, I taught them how to propel themselves.

    Picked up a van this week and already made $600 bucks with it. Got a great deal too. Bought my Colt Woodsman back from my business associate too. He’s the one with money issues now due to an impending divorce. Gave him my attorney’s cell phone number. This guy’s the Antichrist. That’s what you need in an attorney.

    I’ve gotten back to an old strategy from the 90’s. I’m buying various denominations of silver coins and ammunition at the same time. Keeping the cost around $30-40. It doesn’t sound like much but it adds up over time. This week for example, I got a Morgan dollar and a box of .45 ACP ball ammo. Cost was $38 total.

    Continuing to organize the garage and office. Clearing out the basement too. Still buying extra groceries and rotating out the Parmalat milk. Looking at buying another .357 Magnum. I’m thinking about a Ruger Vaquero. I’ve been blessed over the last few years and now I’m looking at “cool” guns.

    Mrs. Overwatch is becoming more concerned by the day about our country’s political state. I chair my local Republican Town Committee. We’re growing even here in the Bolshevik Republic of Massachusetts. She is starting to strongly believe, as I do, that civil war is looming. She truly wants to make that move to Tennessee. We feel as if we’re screwed as a country if the Socialists (I no longer call them Democrats) should regain power.

    1. You will be welcomed with open arms when u get here. The next county over declared itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary. Yay! Keep calm and keep carrying. I think Mrs. Overwatch isonto something. We have a friend in Boston we’ve been trying to get down here for several years. Hes ready, his wife is not. Its really too bad, because by the timeshe realizes they needto get out of there, they may not be able to!

      1. A frog in a pot, right. You are welcome to get my email address from OP. Share it with your Yankee friend. As a Sox fan, that word kills me. We should hang out next time I’m down there. It was hard last time due to family obligations.

          1. Overwatch & Babycatcher,
            Done & done. Check your respective emails.
            I almost wish I were not so old and settled since it looks like a good gang getting together in TN.

          2. TOP, im gonna get AT over here when Overwatch and Mrs O move down, and we are going to party, prepper style. You and Mrs TOP are welcome to come join us!

          3. Babycatcher,

            TOP, im gonna get AT over here when Overwatch and Mrs O move down, and we are going to party, prepper style. You and Mrs TOP are welcome to come join us!

            I appreciate the offer; but, since that’s about a 400 miles 7 hours trip with only a single driver, it’s highly unlikely; but, if you ever make it up to see your colleague in Jackson (120 miles & 2 hours) we could probably make that trip. When you are there you are also only about 20 minutes from Tara.
            If I still had good vision and could drive, I would most likely have already met some of you since 4-8 hour drives to Kentucky, West Virginia & TN were not uncommon in my 20’s, usually for backpacking, camping, spelunking, & rock climbing. That was 40 years ago and an entirely different person. LOL
            We have a retired colleague (from EMA) who moved to Centerville; but, that looks to be 250 miles west of your area since TN is a rather long state.
            I still want that Star Trek Transporter.

        1. BC,

          I will come. I may be coming that way in September to go to my Aunt’s Memorial Service. Not sure of the date yet… If I haven’t picked up my stash by then, maybe a good time to all meet up. Come on down TOP.

          1. Im thinking Mr Babycatcher and i need a road trip after thesenext two babies are done, so we may end up taking the stashto you. We have the room.

  6. Fianallty my major home repair is done and not a moment too soon. I spent two days doing the painting, half the time was spent taping the windows and doors. My Harbor Freight power painter did a great job once I got started. Never having used one I just winged it using the one tip that it came with. I imagine the right tip for the latex paint I was using would made it even quicker. I overlapped my strokes and painted up and down as well as side to side. After it cured I have a smooth surface. I bought 15 gals but only used half of it. Next year the lower half will get painted again which will be easier because I will not need to tape any windows.

    The wife got a big raise (87.5% whoo hoo) and for the first time in our lives we will have a savings account. The first big thing she wants is a small solar system (3 to 5 thousand watts). With the trees down my southern exposure is shade free. I am also going to replace my 19 year old electric water heater with a hybrid unit. Some people say they only use 1000 watts a day. I do not want to wait until the old one breaks and I will need help to install it. Those things weight almost 200 lb so I need to arrange for someone to help me lift it into place. Plus Home Depot has them on sale. On my mobile home the access is on the outside which would be great but my extra rooms are located just 40 inches away along that side. I have to lift it three feet, so maybe a platform and figure some way to hook a cable puller to the eves of both buildings. I love a challenge.

    I got the tools and parts to fix my 3020 John Deere. Instead of fighting to get the spring clips off with a pair of pliers I bought a 7 piece specialty clamp removal kit. Putting the new injector boots on should be just a 20 minute job. After almost three years of effort I am starting to complete each of my homestead repairs and upgrades.

    Being I already have two tractors and a backhoe I have all the equipment I need. In place of a backhoe a skid steer loader would be my other choice. I have owned one and they are very handy. If you have soft soil one with tracks is preferable. There are dozens of attachments for them.

    1. Daddo7:

      COngrats on the DW’s raise. We are slowly (it seams) digging out way out of our debt hole, but I have managed to keep some money in savings. It’s a great feeling!

    2. Daddio7,

      My Harbor Freight power painter did a great job once I got started. Never having used one I just winged it using the one tip that it came with.

      I have a couple of the original Wagner power painters I purchased 40 years ago and I cannot even estimate the amount of time they have saved me. They have paid for themselves many times over.

      The first big thing she wants is a small solar system (3 to 5 thousand watts). With the trees down my southern exposure is shade free.

      I’ve been experimenting with the 100 WATT PANELS FROM Harbor Freight a bit at a time and they work OK for overcast Ohio. IIRC you are in Florida so they should work great. Keep in mind that the batteries are the expensive part and require the most maintenance so make sure the install allows easy access to them.

      I am also going to replace my 19 year old electric water heater with a hybrid unit. Some people say they only use 1000 watts a day. I do not want to wait until the old one breaks and I will need help to install it.

      I used to use electric but switched to gas 20 years ago. If you have natural gas or propane available I personally think it’s more efficient and you can still have hot water when the power is out.
      You need to check your 1000 watt number, since power is measured and billed in Kilowatt Hours and sometimes that 1K per day can be more of an advertising slogan than a real power measurement. If you mean 1 KWH per day, then that would be great.

      Instead of fighting to get the spring clips off with a pair of pliers I bought a 7 piece specialty clamp removal kit. Putting the new injector boots on should be just a 20 minute job. After almost three years of effort I am starting to complete each of my homestead repairs and upgrades.

      I find that the right tool is almost always worth the expense and if you are in good shape in 3 years that beats us still making improvements in 35.

      Being I already have two tractors and a backhoe I have all the equipment I need. In place of a backhoe a skid steer loader would be my other choice.

      Our neighbor has a skid loader and since we supply water and power to one of his barns (for the last 35 years), he’ll often use it on our behalf. Should I hit the lottery that would be another tool I would have. LOL.

    3. Daddio7,

      Congrats on your wife’s raise… That is wonderful…

      On the heater, do you have propane? If I was going to replace my water heater, I would get a couple on-demand heaters. Of course, after I get my propane tank I’ve been wanting (needing)… 🙂

      1. In my area propane is very costly, a water heater that uses less than 2kwh per day would be much less expensive. Living in Florida we do not need much heat, we only run electric space heaters in the room we are in.

  7. This Week’s Questions

    1. If you could have one piece of heavy equipment around your homestead – or dream homestead (other than a tractor) what would it be and why? I want a small dozer with a back hoe attachment. It just seems the next logical and useful kpiece of major equipment.

    2. Do you have a funny or harrowing rooster story? How would you deal with an out of control rooster? No chickens.

    3. Do you teach your children, grandchildren, or tribe children about using water as a means of transportation and navigational skills? If so, how do you do it or what tips could you offer from your own boating expertise? No real opportunities for us.

    This week….

    Trailer/ATV/Generator prep for the camping season. The propane tank regulator/switch is bad; one side does not work/one side leaks/switch is hard to turn. New one with stainless, braided hoses arrived on Tuesday (1/2 the price of local – these guys prices are nuts!). Loaded food and water, topped off the propane tanks. One ATV running great, the other had a dead battery; batteries for both are about $80 to replace locally.

    Also lost a seal on our RV water filter. Next year or so it will need to be replaced, probably with a Travel Berkey. Replacement O-rings didn’t work, waiting on the ones I ordered on line.

    Last Saturday was the Mail Carrier’s food drive; left out a box for them.

    I got on my Chinese nose pad plyers for eye glasses. The biggest problem was USPS. The package spent 11 days going back and forth between Sandy, UT and SLC. It’s 18 miles between them so let’s be generous and say 40. 11 DAYS!

    Received: Free (monopoly) can of veggies, bottle of water, bag of chips; new O-rings for water filter; Propane regulator/switch; Propane hoses, stainless steel, ATV batteries; nose pad plyers for eye glasses; 8’ x 50” ATV ramps

    Monopoly wins this year: Bottled water (16.9 oz), antacid tablets, organic tea (16 oz), donut/bagel (x5), can of veggies, aluminum foil – 25’, 100 cnt Aspirin (325 mg) x4, can of fruit, Greek yogurt, French bread x2, cheese (8.5 oz), $25 gift card, sparkling drink (17 oz), potato chips (8 oz), can of vegetables.

    FYI: Open a can of brand name chili with a best buy date of 03/13 that I bought in 04/11. Everything was just fine.

    1. JP,

      Thanks for the chili update… Can you tell us the brand please?

      I’ve bought Kroger brand sour cream on sale, had in the frig for a year unopened, and it’s still good… Also, Philadelphia Cream Cheese last that long, unopened of course.

  8. I would like to ask for prayers for my Dear Father in law who is in the ICU. His kidneys are starting to shutdown. He was a veteran of 2 foreign wars, Vietnam and Korea. He received a purple heart in Nam after repeatedly being run over by the enemy posing as a friendly. He spent a year and a half in the hospital.Prayers for my Dear Wife too. She just lost her Mom in February. This is too sad.

    Puppy really likes my cooking….he was a bad puppy..I grilled 2 steaks and 3 chicken breasts on the grill. I had one chicken breast and even gave him some of it. I had the the steaks and the other 2 chicken breasts on a baking sheet on top of the stove. The little stinker went in the kitchen and snatched not one but both chicken breasts. At least he left the steaks, they were further back and he must have been full !!!

    Had the washing machine break so prepping money was used there.

    Garden
    Weeded (is that a word?) the garden and added some Epsom salt to the tomatoes and pepper plants.

    Freeze drier
    Freeze dried bananas, strawberries and squash. Bananas are really good!!!

    Security
    Rotated AR mags out.

    Tara’s questions:

    1.If you could have one piece of heavy equipment around your homestead – or dream homestead (other than a tractor) what would it be and why?
    2.Do you have a funny or harrowing rooster story? How would you deal with an out of control rooster?
    3.Do you teach your children, grandchildren, or tribe children about using water as a means of transportation and navigational skills? If so, how do you do it or what tips could you offer from your own boating expertise?

    1. I liked Z36’s answer otherwise it would be a backhoe. I can dig it !!!! LOL
    2. No stories but one of 3 ways of handling that, grab the neck and swing it around, shoot it or let puppy eat him…he likes chicken.
    3. Don’t standup in the boat and always wear a lifejacket…..

    Thor’s questions :

    1. Do you think Trump could just shut the border down due to the fact of illnesses being brought by illegals across the border? Why aren’t we using the active denial system at the border?
    2. Do you think we will be at war with Iran before the end of the year?
    3. Reports of 20 Champs being deployed to the middle East. Do you think the lights will go out in Iran soon?
    (Champs are drones with recharging localized EMP weapons)
    4. Have you made maps of your area where possible supplies are or where possible terrorist attacks could happen?

    Tara, you had some funny stories this week…..LOL

    1. Thor1 prayers for your wife and family….been there..it has been 4 years since i lost DM and 6 months later. DF neither wanted to be helpless and were home at peace.also lost DMIL in same time.15 was a rough year…take care.

    2. Thor1’s questions:

      #1 – Do you think Trump could shut the border due to illnesses, etc? There is some talk of his using his powers under the Insurrection Act to use armed active duty troops and federalized National Guard troops to enforce the border. Of course, the ACLU and every other communist organization would be in court within hours over that. The last time the Insurrection Act was used was for the LA Riots after the verdicts in the Rodney King case. Active denial system? I don’t know how many units are in service right now. From what I’ve read, many military commanders are reluctant to use it against anyone except actual enemy military troops (like Iranian Republican Guard troops).

      #2 – At war with Iran by the end of the year? That depends a lot on Iran and how goofy their leaders want to be. I don’t think it would go as well as they seem to think. BUT, US forces have to be authorized and prepared to go medieval on them as soon as the first shot is fired.

      #3 – Use of CHAMPS? If they had half a brain, they should have hardened their military electronics, at least. I’m sure many parts of Iran would go dark if the Champs go to work.

      #4 – Have I made maps of possible terror attack sites or places where supplies could be found? No. I have a pretty good idea where they are, however.

        1. Thor1,

          TOP, you might enjoy this site.

          That’s an interesting article; but, perhaps a bit misleading to the layman. Where it states:

          The US Air Force wanted an electromagnetic pulse flying weapon that could take out enemy radar systems and leave specific areas in a blackout condition.

          This Electromagnetic pulse is not the HEMP created by a nuclear detonation in space. Any radio wave is electromagnetic energy, and when turned on briefly and then off it is by definition an electromagnetic pulse. If you set your microwave oven to a power level other than full power, it does this, since the cavity magnetron in the unit cannot be dialed back, so it is pulsed on and off to warm the food instead of cooking it. If you take a walkie talkie, push the PTT button and release it, you have created an EMP.
          What Champ does is the equivalent of putting your cell phone in the microwave oven and turning it on, pulsing electromagnetic microwave energy that induces current into the circuits and overloads their capacity, causing failure. So technically it is an EMP weapon; but, not the one people think it is.

          During the test, the CHAMP missile navigated a pre-programmed flight plan and emitted bursts of high-powered energy, effectively knocking out the target’s data and electronic subsystems. CHAMP allows for selective high-frequency radio wave strikes against numerous targets during a single mission.

          You can substitute pulses for bursts in the above to have an EMP instead of an EMB.

    3. Thor1,
      First of all ”weeded” is the correct past tense of weed as in to weed as a verb.
      Thor’s questions :
      1. Do you think Trump could just shut the border down due to the fact of illnesses being brought by illegals across the border? Why aren’t we using the active denial system at the border?
      No since the Dems and their MSM lackeys would find the one person injured and blow it out of proportion.

      2. Do you think we will be at war with Iran before the end of the year?
      No; but, perhaps a quick ass kicking on their infrastructure to put them all into the dark.
      3. Reports of 20 Champs being deployed to the middle East. Do you think the lights will go out in Iran soon? (Champs are drones with recharging localized EMP weapons)
      Those drones don’t really create an EMP; but, utilize a directed energy microwave beam. Kind of like the difference between a shotgun and a scalpel; but, turning off the lights without any kinetic injuries should get their attention.
      4. Have you made maps of your area where possible supplies are or where possible terrorist attacks could happen?
      Yep & we are so far in the boonies that everything is at least 6-20 miles away, so best to keep supplies here and establish communications with others for coordination of hostile acts.

        1. Thor1,

          I wasn’t sure about weedED being a word but the weeds definitely have an ED problem now…LOL

          I was pretty sure; but, to double check things I simply type a word in to Google and if it’s wrong, Google will correct you as in “Did you mean?

    4. Thor1:

      I was cooking chicken breasts on my Griddler. As the were cooling, I took a nap. Got up to find the dog ate 5 of the breasts (about half and all she could get to).

      1. Yep. Daisy Dog, a Belgian Malinois, was a confirmed fish eater. Woul teaar your arm off for a frozen shrimp. Turn her nose up at a T-bone steak bone. One night, I came home from a horrible day at work, put a piece of tuna steak in a bowl marinating in some soy sauce, went in the other room to drown my sorrow in a glass of wine, came back to the kitchen to find an empty bowl and a brown soy sauce stain on the floor. Clever girl.

    5. Thor1:

      Of your questions the only one I have a response to is the use of Champs. The Imman’s want to return to the 6th Century living conditions, this would be a good way to make than happen for them.

      1. JP,

        The Imman’s want to return to the 6th Century living conditions, this would be a good way to make than happen for them.

        True and it would be complete if we could swap their AK’s for bows & shields, their vehicles for horses and modern medicine for only herbals.
        Me thinks they would not be at all happy then, kind of like the liberals who only want poverty for the rest of us.

    6. Thor1,
      When I first married, the DW had a white GSD that was scared of his own shadow and stupid as a rock
      Snowball was his name and he once snagged a steak right off the hot grill of the hibachi. Dum and scared evidently can be overcome by the right food incentive.

      1. When I was a kid, my mother cooked a roast beef for dinner one Sunday. As we were having dinner, I looked into the kitchen and the family pooch (who hadn’t been fed yet) leaped up onto the counter and grabbed the leftover roast. I can still see my father beating him with a belt or a leash and saying “never, never do that again.” One of the reasons I hate my father.

    7. Thor1,

      Prayers for your family. It’s so tough to not be able to help.

      Puppy is bad dog… Too tempting to resist…

      I add crushed egg shells to my tomato plants too.

      Thor’s questions :

      1. Do you think Trump could just shut the border down due to the fact of illnesses being brought by illegals across the border? Why aren’t we using the active denial system at the border?
      They won’t let Trump do anything. They want us to be invaded. I’m not familiar with the “active denial system”.

      2. Do you think we will be at war with Iran before the end of the year? It looks that way.

      3. Reports of 20 Champs being deployed to the middle East. Do you think the lights will go out in Iran soon?
      (Champs are drones with recharging localized EMP weapons). It’s getting intense. I don’t know.

      4. Have you made maps of your area where possible supplies are or where possible terrorist attacks could happen? No on the maps. How do I find that out? On the attacks. I think they will happen in the bigger cities, at least initially.

      1. Almost There,

        I’m not familiar with the “active denial system”.

        The Active Denial System works by firing a high-powered millimeter wave (smaller than a microwave) beam at a target, that like a microwave oven causes heating of the skin, so when entering the denial area, a person just suddenly feels really hot and backs off.
        A microwave oven uses a frequency of 2.4 GHz (billion cycles per second) with a wavelength of 125 mm (5 inches) while the denial system uses 95 GHz with a wavelength of 3.2 mm (1/8th inch), so it doesn’t penetrate much below the surface of the skin; but, causes heating in a similar way. This is meant to “cook” just the skin enough to make people back off and not cause any significant damage.

        No on the maps. How do I find that out?

        Just think of places with likely supplies in your area. Kroger, Costco, Sam’s Club, your local big box stores like Home Depot, and of course pharmacy chains that would have not only medications; but, other items that looters might want.

        On the attacks. I think they will happen in the bigger cities, at least initially.

        So do I and I really hope we are right.

        I wish you the best of luck on your new job attempts.

    8. Thor1
      ACDH stated that Iran has the blessing of China & Russia at their beck & call. IF they were to use the Champs on Iran it would be the beginning of WWIII by shutting down the oil production that Russia, China use for their countries.

      1. Antique Collector,

        ACDH stated that Iran has the blessing of China & Russia at their beck & call. IF they were to use the Champs on Iran it would be the beginning of WWIII by shutting down the oil production that Russia, China use for their countries.

        Perhaps that’s true for China; but, not Russia, which has large reserves and is the largest exporter of natural gas, much of it to the E.U who is held hostage. It produces 12% of the world’s oil and a similar share of oil exports.
        The champs would shut down Iran, but, the rest of OPEC and the US could easily fill in the gap.

  9. Hi Tara & all,

    You state:

    The weather has alternated between gloriously sunny and in the 70s to rain and dreary damp conditions this week. We are still dealing with a septic tank and leach bed issue. All of the rain we got over the course of several days turned the ditches dug with the old backhoe into nasty lagoons.

    We are lucky in that our 34 year old septic system is in good shape from the tank to the leach field and all elevated high enough from our creek to not be a problem. The only time we had a problem that required being pumped, was when the DD still lived here as a teen and the two women in the house were using way too much TP. This was the soft multi-ply TP like Charmin, etc. and from that time on we switched to single ply Scott and have had no further issues.
    It’s good to hear that Jovie is none the worse for the incident; but, your ditches full of water fired long rested neurons about a similar incident. In 1974 I purchased my first new vehicle, a Toyota Landcruiser and had that vehicle all over the place, including some of the logging roads not far from your place. I was visiting my family back in Western PA and took some friends for a spin to show them my new awesome off road vehicle. We were on one of the surrounding hills and found a construction site that looked like a perfect place to show what the LC would do. We climbed piles of dirt and were having a good time until I was ready to head back to the highway and go for some food. There was a long straight muddy road heading straight out of the site and I hit it at about 40 MPH. It turned out not to be a road; but, a set of very deep caterpillar tracks that had filled with muddy water, so the LC instantly came to a screeching halt on its belly, with a 4 wheels just spinning in the water. I carried tow straps and a come along so we did eventually get it unstuck; but, lesson learned.

    My voice carries, or so I have been told, so eventually (what seemed like an eternity) Brea and Justin heard me and came running.

    We teach an emergency technique in our hunter Ed classes that might also be good in this situation. A plastic whistle carried on you at all times is a lot louder and more sustainable than a voice yelling. Also note that 3 short blasts on a whistle is a signal for emergency help, both for the person needing help and the SAR personnel looking for them

    Except bugs and mice, that was the first time I had ever personally killed an animal. It wasn’t pleasant, but it needed done, he was my responsibility, and I did it without a second of regret.

    Sometimes you just have to do what needs to be done. I still get a little lump in my throat when I’m about to kill a critter while hunting, or even dispatching a raccoon or groundhog. Mosquitoes and ticks are another matter though.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. If you could have one piece of heavy equipment around your homestead – or dream homestead (other than a tractor) what would it be and why? A backhoe, since it would make a lot of jobs faster & easier. I’m still hoping to get a Kubota tractor this summer and can add attachments like that.
    2. Do you have a funny or harrowing rooster story? How would you deal with an out of control rooster?
    No; but, I have dealt with a few Ganders who didn’t want me to walk near them on ”my”</strong property. Most critters like that will back down quickly when you show them you are unafraid and willing to kick or club them.
    3.
    Do you teach your children, grandchildren, or tribe children about using water as a means of transportation and navigational skills? If so, how do you do it or what tips could you offer from your own boating expertise?
    Yes; but, just some canoeing on our creek and other places.
    With the two T’s Tara and Thir1 asking questions, I came up with a few of my own this week,
    1. Can any of you, whatever your age, keep up with 75 year old Mick Jagger as he shows off his dance moves just Months After heart surgery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fH7Ag_jzhA
    2. Do you think the addition of secret diversity questions added to the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) are a good idea or just more PC BE / BS.

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. 5 cans of mandarin oranges from Aldi’s
    2. 4 packages of blueberry muffins (16 muffins) from Aldi’s
    3. 2 bales of wood shavings for horse bedding from TSC.
    4. My sweet potatoes are sprouting like wildfire and ready to cut for slips
    5. More rain so tilling the garden & mowing the lawn are still projects in waiting
    6. While getting a haircut and talking with my barber, I mentioned needing to get the garden tilled. He has a tractor & rear tine rototiller and agreed to do the work in exchange for a pony harness we no longer use. Now we just need to find someone who needs a pony cart since our little horse is getting too old to pull that cart and we’ll no longer have a harness.
    7. Installed the portable Air Conditioner in my office, since it starting to get hot.

    Seemed like not much this week; but, we stayed busy and have more to do.

    1. TOP,

      1. The Stones are all immortals……

      2. This is nothing more than a way to keep conservatives/ Republicans out of the Liberal colleges… Lawsuits will be pending……

      1. Thor1,

        2. This is nothing more than a way to keep conservatives/ Republicans out of the Liberal colleges… Lawsuits will be pending

        I don’t think it keeps out the conservatives, just lets those who are unprepared get into college so they can flunk out. The important thing is that it lets liberals ”Feel good” about themselves,
        BTW, the head of the college boards that is pushing this was instrumental in pushing the common core curriculum. No surprise here from the self important Educrates.

      2. “The Stones are Immortals” you say.
        True enough in Keith Richard’s case. The man is living way beyond what the actuarial tables said.

        1. Overwatch,

          “The Stones are Immortals” you say.
          True enough in Keith Richard’s case. The man is living way beyond what the actuarial tables said.

          He and Jagger are both 75 and I suspect modern medicine has a lot to do with them both still being around.
          Same for me and I thank God for modern medicine.

    2. States are getting rid of affirmative action programs. The bonus points on the SAT is a way around the laws banning affirmative action. The large state school in my town used to send over data on the racial breakdown of their incoming freshman class. I was a young reporter for the local paper so I called up the registrar’s office and asked for the racial breakdown of the graduating class. That really hit a button. Within 10 minutes the president of the college was on the phone with the paper’s publisher. More than half of the freshman fail out of college in their first year. I am sure it’s not the kids who are actually qualified to be there that are failing out.

      1. Bam Bam,

        States are getting rid of affirmative action programs. The bonus points on the SAT is a way around the laws banning affirmative action.

        I know and there are pending court cases that could kill affirmative action all together. The educrats however, never seem to get the message.

        More than half of the freshman fail out of college in their first year. I am sure it’s not the kids who are actually qualified to be there that are failing out.

        It seems that to the left who desperately want to feel good about their actions, flunking out of MIT is preferred to an engineering degree from the local community college.
        The later could yield a job; but, the former would make yet another person dependent on the swamp.

  10. TOP’s questions:

    #1 – Could I keep up with Mick Jagger? No way, no how. More power to the old guy though.

    #2 – Adding diversity questions to the SAT invalidates the whole damned thing as far as I’m concerned. Just more communist PC BS.

    1. There has been a possible terrorist attack in Learn NJ. A chlorine plant had a fire. The train in Alabama that derailed may also have been. Israel attacked Iranian targets in Syria, lots of activity in the middle East.

    2. Thor1,

      This video is very important and very scary. Watch all of it, this is how the mark of the beast comes into play.

      Important? Mark of the beast? Sorry I just don’t follow.

      IMHO Block Chain Crypto currencies are still tulip bulbs without the flowers, based on nothing more than the fiat currencies that could well collapse. In the end, ”everything is fiat currency.” unless you can plant it, eat it, wear it, or use it as a tool. A pound of gold could be worth a bag of rice if you are hungry enough.

      I don’t follow his 20% winning in a 6 way race, since it still takes 270 in the Electoral College; but, assertions can be made without challenge if no one challenges them. In the beginning he mentions Andrew Yang like he’s important; but, then no follow-up.

      BTW, I have no idea who that cat he mentioned was.

      He says that the only way to win is by making your currency lower to make items the best or cheapest option based on your currencies value and that is not the way to look at it, confusing best & cheapest. Poison dog food anyone?

      You need to look at value based on necessity and not mere convenience. He further claims that since the Chinese middle class is greater than our entire population our businesses need to be able to sell their goods on foreign shelves. He states that this interaction will cause all fiat currency to deflate in value and assumes that all crypto currencies ”automagically” go up, so putting your savings in crypto will maintain its value. How does that work?
      He then tries to link an Ebola outbreak in the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and says it has morphed (his words) or evolved (my words) into a strain that is undetectable; but, the virus can only be detected in blood after onset of symptoms and that has not changed a bit from the original discovery in Zaire in 1976.
      He then implies that fiat (he actually means physical) money will be too dangerous to use, since it could be contaminated with Ebola virus that will cause the collapse of physical money, again implying that the whole fiat system will implode with it. He simply doesn not understand even the meaning of what ”fiat” money means and tries to scare those who are as ignorant as he is. This scenario is however a very old one, told in the 1982 science fiction novel ”The White Plague” by Frank Herbert.
      While it’s true that paper money is dirty and nold, cocaine and other substances can be detected on it, often more on the larger bills, it’s a leap to imply that they will all contain Ebola.
      He then tells the story of the doctor who had Ebola virus living in his eye and states that it was completely undetectable, in which case I have to ask how they detected it.
      He than states that the #1 way to spread the virus will be through money and I admit I do still use some cash; but nearly all of our current income just appears in our accounts from SS and other funding sources, and we often pay with credit & debit cards with no cash (physical money) involved.
      He then restates that to compete you have to make your currency worthless and is simply fear mongering with an obvious lack of understanding of Economics 101.
      Alll of this discussion of course takes place with the image of those scary, spooky, bloodshot eyes, to add to the effect.
      He finally states that adjustments will need to be made, like not touching door handles or anything in public that another may have touched and we may have to start ordering more on Amazon? That assumes that no on touches the goods or the boxes before we get them. He then mentions how North America will be hit hard and how the agrarian regions of the world will skip straight to electronic currency and how we (the US) are only a tiny sliver of the world’s population; but, fails to mention the productivity created by our capitalist democratic republic that has brought most of the world out of their poverty and those agrarian roots he mentioned. His final statement is that he will do what he has to to take care of his people; but, offers no suggestions.

      There is really nothing new here, since as preppers I think we are all used to that and perhaps already doing it, both the Amazon and the keeping away from crowds.
      Personally I love people and simultaneously hate crowds.

      To be totally honest, if a high school student turned in a term paper with all of these unfounded assertions and innuendo, I would mark it with an ”F”</strong and hand it back.

      1. TOP, what he said was Ebola is spread by contact and cash is the vessel by which the virus will be spread. He also said it has mutated, my word, into an undetectable form. He also said the guy that committed SUICIDE by through himself in a pond that worked for the CDC was going to go public.

        How convenient to eliminate cash due to disease and go all electronic. Then every transaction can be traced except bartering, which will be made illegal.

        1. Thor1,

          what he said was Ebola is spread by contact and cash is the vessel by which the virus will be spread.

          It has always been spread by contact and the assertion that cash will be the vessel is just speculation, ripped from the pages of an old 1982 science fiction novel.

          He also said it has mutated, my word, into an undetectable form.

          It has always been undetectable until the infected person shows symptoms and simply stating the obvious doesn’t’ change that or alarm me.

          He also said the guy that committed SUICIDE by through himself in a pond that worked for the CDC was going to go public.

          He stated that; but, can he provide even a modicum of documentation on the matter? Spurious assertions can just as easily be spuriously dismissed without any documentary proof to back up the assertion.
          Also, who is this guy and what is his CV to make what he states even a little bit credible.

          How convenient to eliminate cash due to disease and go all electronic. Then every transaction can be traced except bartering, which will be made illegal.

          That’s a nice fictional story; but, stopping 327,000,000 people living in an area of 3797000 square miles is as impossible as stopping murder by making it illegal.
          I hope you are just trying to make conversation; because if you find this credible, you probably don’t get much sleep.

          Personally I think we are more likely to have an epidemic or pandemic brought here by some illegal border crosser sneaking in from central America.

          1. TOP, three,3 immigrant tested positive for Ebola and were being detained after crossing the Mexican border. Then there was 20 suspected of having Ebola , they were from the Congo. The 3 that tested positive just disappeared and nobody knows where they are…..

            The CDC worker left his house without his keys, wallet or phone, his house was unlocked and he left his sister a strange message about their here……before his disappearance. I always have those 3 items on me even if I’m just walking the dog.
            It was ruled a suicide very quickly. He was I believe a retired commander from the navy.

            https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/05/22/cdc-worker-who-mysteriously-disappeared-committed-suicide-medical-examiner/634228002/

            But my point is, do YOU have money in your wallet???

            He has a valid point.

          2. Thor1,

            Rationally thinking people don’t intentionally leave home without their keys, wallet, and cell phone. People who are on their way to jump off a bridge aren’t necessarily thinking rationally. Admittedly, people being kidnapped don’t necessarily think of taking those things either.

            Two-months in water leaves a very ugly body. Massive case of dishpan body. Some evidence of violence may be destroyed, but other kinds won’t be.

            Did he know Hillary?

          3. Thor1,

            TOP, three,3 immigrant tested positive for Ebola and were being detained after crossing the Mexican border. Then there was 20 suspected of having Ebola , they were from the Congo. The 3 that tested positive just disappeared and nobody knows where they are

            Ok; but, where did you get this information and how does it relate to the discussion of the video about infected cash?
            Like the democrats you simply changed the subject rather than address the outstanding questions.

            The CDC worker left his house without his keys, wallet or phone, his house was unlocked and he left his sister a strange message about their here……before his disappearance. I always have those 3 items on me even if I’m just walking the dog.

            I usually have at least those items; but, how often when you leave are you in tent on killing yourself, in which case you might not need everything you normally carry.
            While USA Today is a reasonably credible source, they really don’t go into detail all that much as to imply some Ebola conspiracy. The articles states:
            From the USA Today article:

            Gorniak said her office spoke with law enforcement and members of Cunningham’s family and found there were a number of “stressors” in his life, including his career and relationships.

            AND

            A toxicology report only found marijuana in his system, the newspaper reported.

            From a quick Google search:
            With the exception of mental disorders, such as, schizophrenia, substance abuse is a known risk factor. Some suicides are impulsive acts due to stress, such as from financial difficulties, troubles with relationships, or bullying.

            It would seem he fits some or all of these criteria with no conspiracy required, especially since in 2016, there were 44,965 recorded suicides, up from 42,773 in 2014. Suicide is unfortunately an all too often occurrence with no conspiracy required.

            It was ruled a suicide very quickly. He was I believe a retired commander from the navy.

            You can believe what you want; but, how does this apply to the discussion?

            But my point is, do YOU have money in your wallet???

            I do most of the time; but, the chance of getting Ebola on enough money is infinitesimally small when you consider the numbers involved.

            From a quick search:

            There are approximately 11.7 billion one dollar bills in circulation in the US, with 8.9 billion 20 dollar bills and 11.5 billion 100 dollar bills. There are about 39.8 billion notes in circulation all together. For coins, there are about 28 billion in general circulation..

            This again comes down to the statistical probabilities that are often ignored. As an example, it takes 70 micrograms of botulinum toxin to kill a 70 kg (155 pound) person, so to kill everyone in the US (327200000 people) you would need only 327200000 people x 0.00007 grams = 22904 grams = 50.45 lbs of the toxin. Transporting 55 pounds of a substance is relatively easy; but, delivering a lethal dose to every person in the country still represents a large and statistically impossible task.

            He has a valid point.

            “He” is just an unnamed voice and still lists no CV and his points are merely from my perspective, just paranoid assertions.
            I still sleep well at night.

          4. Thor1
            ACDH & I were wondering where you read that 3 immigrants were infected with Ebola along with 22 possibilities coming across the border?

            I wanted to read the story and pass it along to family and friends in the health care business.

  11. My dh had foot surgery this week. So he has been hobbling along. The doc gave him a script for oxytocin. We got the scrip filled but he didn’t feel the need to take them. We will put them in with the medical storage. OTC pain killers seem to be working.

    No preps this week. I spend much of the spring making extra mortgage payments, as I don’t get paid much during the summer months. Next check I will pay the September mortgage and that will bring us to the fall term.

    1. Bam Bam,

      My dh had foot surgery this week. So he has been hobbling along. The doc gave him a script for oxytocin. We got the scrip filled but he didn’t feel the need to take them. We will put them in with the medical storage. OTC pain killers seem to be working.

      Did you really mean oxytocin? Oxytocin is not a pain killer like Oxycodone, which is an opioid (narcotic). Oxytocin is a hormone often used to cause or strengthen labor contractions during childbirth. I have a small supply of the narcotic kept for potential future use and when they recently had Drug Take Back Day I was one of the rebels that ignored them

      No preps this week. I spend much of the spring making extra mortgage payments, as I don’t get paid much during the summer months. Next check I will pay the September mortgage and that will bring us to the fall term.

      This sounds a lot like when I was doing engineering contracting or how all of our local farmers operate. You get relatively large sporadic chunks of cash that have to last until the next one. Personally I think this makes you into a better money manager (by necessity) than getting the weekly or bi-weekly paycheck. Currently we only get monthly income and also have to plan accordingly.

  12. Hello everyone, Its been a week since Mother’s day, had a fantastic day with my parents and all my loved ones. Today, hubby and I are working on our other place we took a dump load of green clean, and recycling, and a bit of garbage. I’m starting to clean the bunk house, and spray painted some of our metal chairs, bought some pillows second hand washed them up to use on our outdoor furniture. We’re getting good weather on the West coast, I think Winter is over for us. We have three more weeks of school, everybody is ready to be out for Summer. I’ve done a bit of coupons shopping, and keeping a list of things I need to buy. I’ve been to the Dollar store, more then I should lol, but have gotten extra shelf stable milk, 1 16 ounce of sea salt, and dried onions in a 16 ounce bottle, for summer there getting larger size of spices good time to grab those bigger bottles. Lowes had some clearance paper towels so I got one bag 12 rolls, for $6.00. Well, that’s it for us we’re going to just enjoy this afternoon.

      1. Tara & all,

        I love Dollar Store preps too!

        I’m going to ask one more time. Which Dollar store? I have ”Dollar General”, ”Family Dollar”, and ”Dollar Tree” all in my area and it helps to know which one.

        1. We have the Dollar Tree, I wasn’t crazy about Dollar General, when I went and I believe Dollar Tree bought out Family Dollar, which is not out West to my knowledge. I like the Gossners Shelf stable milk, and the large 16 ounce bottles of spices, Reynolds wrap sheets, the Dial soap I try and get it when its a bonus 9.25 ounces, Spa Natural Coconut oil Cream, is a nice product, its not super thick but it has a nice smell, Im on my 3rd bottle and its made in the USA, and products from Canada, are the only places I buy from.

          1. Dollar Tree did indeed buy out a portion of Family Dollar. FD are still around, but not so much in our area (and I really miss them). Our DT has some good items, they carry shelf stable milk and beef/chicken stock that are non GMO –I’ll be darned if I can remember the brand name, but diff from what you mentioned. I personally don’t care for Dollar General. The local store, as well as any other I’ve been in are way to crowded product wise, disorganized, and often dirty. I will say, tho, that I got some great bedding at DG, their comforter/sheet sets, long wearing and the comforter is really warm. Pillows are kind of hit or miss tho.

          2. mom of three & Grammyprepper,

            Dollar Tree did indeed buy out a portion of Family Dollar. FD are still around, but not so much in our area (and I really miss them).

            We still have all three of them in the area with DT being our favorite.
            One thing about DT is that everything is $1.00 or several for $1.00, while the others often have things priced higher than other local stores, so you need to know a good price to go there and not assume anything,

            I personally don’t care for Dollar General. The local store, as well as any other I’ve been in are way to crowded product wise, disorganized, and often dirty.

            That’s been my experience also; but, we make trips there for specific items no place else seems to carry.

            My DW thinks they are the ”Go To” place for greeting cards with both good prices and selection. She also wears artificial nails, since her real ones are thin and worn, and they have a really good version of these. It’s her one vanity and from my perspective a good one, compared to lots of expensive clothing, jewelry, shoes, etc. She’s more comfortable in jeans, flannel shirts, & tennis shoes or muck boots, than fancy clothing & high heels, and I am not only fine with it; but, feel rather lucky.

            The last time we went to DG it was a specific trip to purchase a 6 mm Airsoft pistol & ammunition, based on a post by Tara. It’s a neat little handgun. While there they had those artificial nails and the DW bought 5 or 6 packages, since they don’t always have them and she likes to keep some ahead. 2 is 1 and all that, LOL.

  13. Not a good week for prepping around here with my mom’s health issues….one of our county’s hospitals kept sending her home from the ER so we took her to the other hospital, where she’s been since Wednesday. They’ve determined she has a blockage in the tube between her right kidney and her bladder. A stent will be put in on Tuesday, which will hopefully fix her problems. I have managed to harvest enough jalapeños to make some cowboy candy tomorrow after church. I also have about 4 cups of fresh elderberries ready to be made into syrup. Over 30 tomatoes on the counter at the moment that will make there way into a canning jar sometime this coming week. Here’s to a more productive prepping week coming up!

  14. Answers to Tara’s questions-
    1. DH is from a farm family so we have access to a lot of equipment, the upkeep is a lot of work.
    2. No roosters- niece a mile away provides me with all the eggs I need.
    3. Make sure the kids understand how currents work. Even though you don’t have riptides in Ohio, river currents can be strong in the spring and/or after a heavy rain. In addition to life jackets, learning how to swim at a very early age is a necessity.

    Preps this week include the harvesting of garlic scapes, radishes, baby carrots, and lettuces. Most of the garden is now planted.

    Trying to finish quilt before first grandchild arrives.

    Finished remodeling project.

  15. No preps this past week. I have been on beach time. Sometimes you just gotta refresh your mind and body.
    May all of you be richly blessed this week.

    1. Thor1,

      B-1 bombers have always been nuclear capable. Bomb bay rack systems are modular and take little time to switch from carrying bunches of regular bombs, to carrying relatively few nuclear ones.

        1. Thor1:

          As I recall, one of the changes the the treaty made in the B1 was the number of external hard points on the aircraft. This limited it load out to only internal ordinace.

          Just think of what a flight of NOE B-1’s with an external load of AA missiles would do to an intercepting fighter group.

          1. JP, yeah that would be nasty. Think of F35’s controlling stealth drones and missiles from the B1……Iran should run away….LOL and with the B52’s carrying Champs…
            Turkey shoot.

          2. Thor1,

            I think Iran would look like Venezuela very fast

            Perhaps; but Maduro wants to keep breathing and those mullahs claim that they look forward to martyrdom, at least for their population.
            Properly executed, I think it could be over quickly.

      1. Zulu 3-6,
        You beat me to the punch. The Rockwell B-1 Lancer was designed to operate as a supersonic deep penetration nuclear capable bomber from its inception. I think it was meant initially to replace the aging B-52’s and I think has now been supplanted with the B-2 stealth system.
        Since it operates at supersonic speeds, the ejection system is special and that could be some of the issue here. Problems like these occur more frequently than we might know unless there is a serious enough impact to make the news. The Boeing 737 Max comes to mind.

        1. TOP, the B1A was supersonic, the B1B is not. The range was upped though. I wounded if the engine upgrades are the return of afterburners…..

          1. Thor1:

            With the loss of top speed came greater stealth and less complexity with the engine design, specifically with the intakes.

  16. I was just on WalMArt.com. The have Red Feather canned butter on closeout. If you get it as a case of 24 cans it is only $6.59/can ($158 per case w/free delivery). I usually get as much as I can when they would sell for $7.50/can at the gun show.

    1. JP,

      I was just on WalMArt.com. The have Red Feather canned butter on closeout. If you get it as a case of 24 cans it is only $6.59/can ($158 per case w/free delivery).

      I just went there and all I could find were 12 cans of 12 oz each for $158.00. I’ve used it and their Ghee in the past; but, we’ll probably just stick with local 1 pound blocks of unsalted butter, stored in the freezer.
      Thanks for the heads up.

        1. JP,

          Try this:

          I looked at it and find it interesting that they call it:

          Red Feather Creamery Butter 24 Cans High Quality Cheese

          Cheese?
          That’s not too bad but since the containers are only 12 oz, that still makes it about $8.75 per pound so I think we’ll pass on it. We normally purchase 1 lb solid blocks or 4 quarter lb sticks for less than $3.00 from Wal-Mart or Kroger.
          Thanks for the link.

          1. TOP:

            True that’s what the description says. But I’m sure it’s just butter. Like what I have in the pantry right now. Guess I’ll see for sure on the 24th.

          2. TOP:

            It also does not require refrigeration. I have $2.50/lb butter in the regular freezer, but it I loose electricity for a long time, I don’t have to worry about this stuff.

        2. JP,
          I saved your link, which does say “Cheese”, and 24 cans for $158.00. So it will be interested what you end up with. And if you get 24 cans. I also checked on it, and found it was listed as 1/2 a case, 12 cans, for $158.00. Even if it is the cheese, you are getting a good deal if it’s 24 cans.

          Can you let us know what you end up with?

        3. JPinMT
          It is butter, and it is on sale as the normal price for 24 cans is 199.00 for this product.

    1. Hi Tara,

      I have lots of butter in the freezer that I plan on canning. Here are a couple of Katzcradul videos that I will use her process. It’s been a while since I watched them, but I recall her saying that hers last many years… The Red Feather butter from across the pond doesn’t have an expiration date on it… She also cans cheese.

      https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=katzcradul+canning+butter&view=detail&mid=B1B75C8E48F504BADBDAB1B75C8E48F504BADBDA&FORM=VIRE

      https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=katzcradul+canning+butter&view=detail&mid=7C3121C810BF9C6D92297C3121C810BF9C6D9229&FORM=VIRE

    2. Tara,

      We can butter, have any of y’all done that? Longest we have kept it before using is 2 years

      As I understand it, there are no safe canning recipes to preserve butter. In fact, butter with all of its milk solids intact can breed Clostridium Botulinum and cause botulism.
      I have however made Ghee, which discards the milk solids and keeps for a long time.

  17. Morning group
    Late to the party, sometimes work comes before checking in on everyone to see how you are doing.

    What was here is coming your way…rain. wind, rain. For us, we need it to soak down into the drought soils of idjoit CA. It also means more grass to grow but that is life in area where we reside for the time being.

    Putting items into storage for up coming fire season, cleaning the house out for a sale at the neice’s home, yes a yard sale. Hope it all sells so I do not have to drag it back home.

    Have all the items to start my wicking garden show on U tube by Leon in OK. He has a great set up for growing vegetable in tubs, no pulling weeds my kind of gardening..lol The deer can not eat my garden, that is even better!!

    Time to clean up the hay barn for stock piling for next years food for the horse. Catch up with later.

  18. Hi Everyone,

    Cow’s tail this week. It’s been a busy one.

    Tara, that was a terrifying story about the dog… Gosh, who knew a dog could get stuck like that. Glad you were around to help her and then your kids to help you. Having voice that carries has its advantages… WOW.

    Freezer happenin’s: Friday, I had found a new to me, upright frost-free freezer, on FB MP for a really good price and was 20.2 cu ft, slightly bigger than the defrost yourself one that I had. I also have a smaller upright 13.7 cu ft frost-free one. Both packed to the gills. I had planned on selling both of the ones I have and put everything in the bigger one. So, a friend of mine, that helps me with picking/moving big stuff agreed to go pick it up for me. He delivers it later that afternoon, as I had just finished removing all the stuff from the non-frost free one into totes. We had to figure out how to manage 3 freezers, getting them easily moved by myself when they sell. It took a little bit of planning and moving things around in the garage. So, I proceeded to fill up the new one and ended up having only a little bit of room left. ARGH! What to do… I had already posted the ones I had on FB MP, since the whole point of buying a frost-free bigger one was to put everything into one…. So I had to remove the smaller freezer posting until I can get things whittled down to the one. I see chicken jerky and canned chicken in my near future…

    Saturday, I went to an Ultimate BOB class, that was most excellent… The guy teaching the class brought all his gear, from comms to sleeping bags, to packs, to knives… We watched videos of different events to determine if a BOB would have helped the situation. There are times so catastrophically unplanned, no warning, that it wouldn’t have helped. But most situations it does help, and depending on how much warning you have, you can augment even the simplest BOB. It was a lot of fun.

    After the class, a few of us went to eat pizza, and then I went down to my office at work and applied for a job that was posted on Friday. It’s a job I can work from home. They were only accepting the first 100 applications, even though the posting is good until the end of May… There will most likely be more than 200 apply for the one position… I hope I made the cut off. I am still waiting to see if I get an interview for the one I was referred to last week. It’s also work from home, but is a different class series than my current position, which would cause me to loose 2 hrs of annual leave every 2 weeks, but I am willing to hear what they have to say.

    Yesterday, I planted my garden in the early morning.. Beans, kale, lettuce, kirby pickles, corn, peas. Then I went and had my tires rotated, balanced, and alignment done. Then I went to Kroger and stocked up on some of my favorite water (Vapor distilled) as I had a coupon for $1 off that was going to expire soon. Then, I went and picked up my tomato plants my friend had been keeping for me, and brought those home and got them planted. Some of them already have tomatoes on them. I was glad to stop for the day..

    I put my Comfrey plants outside on Friday to start hardening them up to plant in the garden, and they wilted right away… So, I put them in the shade on the front porch, and they perked up. Today, I put them in the sun for a few hours. So far so good, but it will get really hot later this week, so I don’t think they are ready for the garden just yet. I’ve babied them in the house over the winter, and surely don’t want to loose them. I have them to make salve and other things with.

    Today, I will be working in the flower beds.. Gotta get going…

    If you could have one piece of heavy equipment around your homestead – or dream homestead (other than a tractor) what would it be and why? I think a backhoe. Not sure what the best all-around, if you could only have one piece of equipment, would be.

    Do you have a funny or harrowing rooster story? How would you deal with an out of control rooster? Nope, not been around chickens before. Would probably do what you did though.

    Do you teach your children, grandchildren, or tribe children about using water as a means of transportation and navigational skills? If so, how do you do it or what tips could you offer from your own boating expertise? I don’t have any children, no tribe children, no grandchildren…

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

    Hope you all have a great week. Now to catch up on all the happenin’s for the week.

    1. Almost There,

      I proceeded to fill up the new one and ended up having only a little bit of room left. ARGH! What to do… I had already posted the ones I had on FB MP, since the whole point of buying a frost-free bigger one was to put everything into one.

      Personally I like having more than one refrigerator & freezer, since 2 is one and 1 is none and all that. Assuming you can fit everything in that one freezer, what happens in an extended power outage, during which a generator could help, or your single freezer dies late one Saturday night?

      Saturday, I went to an Ultimate BOB class, that was most excellent… The guy teaching the class brought all his gear, from comms to sleeping bags, to packs, to knives… We watched videos of different events to determine if a BOB would have helped the situation. There are times so catastrophically unplanned, no warning, that it wouldn’t have helped. But most situations it does help, and depending on how much warning you have, you can augment even the simplest BOB.

      The most important thing you can carry with your BOB or EDC are the knowledge & skills tucked in your head. Knowledge & skills are light to carry and cannot be stolen from you.

      Yesterday, I planted my garden in the early morning..

      With the current forecast, we are hoping to get our garden dried out enough to till in the next week or two. I have tons of plants ready to go in; but, soil still too west to till.

      Then I went to Kroger and stocked up on some of my favorite water

      We keep some of the water from Aldi’s on hand; but, most often use our R/O system for general day to day requirements.

      I went and picked up my tomato plants my friend had been keeping for me, and brought those home and got them planted. Some of them already have tomatoes on them.

      That’s not fair!!! LOL
      Soon you all will be telling us about your 2nd planting.

      We’re still working on our first planting if the weather cooperates.

      1. TOP,

        I planted some things that it may be too late for, but I need to practice gardening. I didn’t grow up with it, and haven’t done it that much. I learn from the masters… This go round, I learned, after the fact, that I should have planted my snap peas in a circle, inside a tomato cage… instead of a row!!! Oh well… Have to improvise now… And I needed taller t-posts for my tomato plants, and a t-post tamper… I’ve tried the cages and can’t get them in the ground deep enough, and the welds break… I have 5 ft t-posts, but when tamped down, they are only 4 ft… Not tall enough according to the person who is helping me learn the ropes.

        1. Almost There,

          I planted some things that it may be too late for, but I need to practice gardening.

          I doubt that since we cannot plant much of anything until May 15th and you have a longer season than we do. If you look at the seed packages they will give you an idea of how long it takes to produce and I suspect you are fine.

          I didn’t grow up with it, and haven’t done it that much. I learn from the masters… This go round, I learned, after the fact, that I should have planted my snap peas in a circle, inside a tomato cage… instead of a row!!!

          Your snap peas are fine. The circle around tomatoes in a cage is just a way to better use the space and assumes you cage your tomatoes. We do not; but, do stake and loosely tie them if they get too large.

          And I needed taller t-posts for my tomato plants, and a t-post tamper

          We are using either wooden stakes or plastic T-Posts we get at Rural King for $1.49 each. If you place a post at each end of the row of peas, a few in the middle and run a few lines of string or wire along them, the peas will wrap their tendrils around the horizontal )string or wire) and also around the post, and will be just fine.
          This will be our first real garden in a few years, due to a combination of health and too much rain.

          I have 5 ft t-posts, but when tamped down, they are only 4 ft… Not tall enough according to the person who is helping me learn the ropes.

          Not tall enough? They are probably taller than any cage and should be fine. If you get them too tall, you’ll need a ladder to pick your peas.
          Relax and enjoy and things will all work out fine.

  19. BamBam
    It probably is not in your or my area, but someone took over the gap left by Zaycon.

    Lady in the Dakota’s, her site is freshfarmusadotcom, received an email believe it was this morning posting. It happen to land in the junk file an decided to check it out to see what it was, glad I did.

    How is your baby granddaughter doing? Send our best to her family & of course you.

    1. AC,

      I’ve been getting their emails for a few months now. If they don’t have a delivery site set up in your area, they are wanting us (the folks that used to buy Zaycon) to let them know where they could set up a stop. I told them about the TSC in my home town, they called them up and asked and they deliver there. TSC folks agreed to let them come there since they have so many others making it a stop on a food tour. I haven’t needed anything yet, but will try them out sometime. The one I used to go to to pick up my stuff was 30 miles away. Much closer now.

      1. Almost There
        Thank you for the information.
        Zaycon used a local church in town before they went into bankruptcy. Will see what is in store for our area.

  20. I’m late to the party, but I had a rare weekend off, and really needed it. I had originally requested it off to attend a race, which we ended up not going to, and it was rain shortened, so kinda glad we didnt go!

    I did get the garden in, sorta. I already had the snap peas planted, so had to plan around them. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do gardening wise since we thought we could be facing a ‘forced’ move. After talking with the landlord, we don’t HAVE to move (but still want to) so I went ahead with the garden. I planted a couple of tomato varieties in the raised bed from last year and caged them ahead of time. I decided to do some container gardening as well. I set a 5 gallon bucket with a tomato plant, basil, and marigolds. I also repotted some of my tomato starts to share with friends. If you are on FB, you can see what all I did. I had greater hopes to extend the garden this year, but it is what it is.

    I have to laugh about this one. I have a big food processor, but I most often use my little 1.5 cup now that it’s just the two of us. Well, it finally gave up the ghost. The cup and lid broke (motor still worked just fine). Looked online, best I could come up with was $10 at DG. On a whim, I looked at work (Kroger) and found the exact same model I had for 7.99. Score! Bought it and saved the blade from my original too. I’d had the original for probably ten years.

    While we don’t have to move as soon as we were looking at, we are still looking, and are whittling down on our ‘stuff’. We are not in a position to buy, but looking for ‘rent to own’ or land contract if we can (there are multiple reasons why).Tara. I will be sending you an email or message about that.

    I have read all the prior responses. All I can say is, pray for us all. And pray for our President. He might be a doofus, but he’s got an agenda, and it is to get this country right, and he has a mighty force against him.

  21. OH! I forgot to mention that my raised bed is FULL of worms! I’m talking night crawler status, some of them! I was SO excited! I did transfer some of them to the containers I planted.

  22. Greetings to all. It has been a while since I last checked in. Lots of thing going on and they all seem to suck up my time.

    Sister has a bout with squamish cell carcinoma (spelling is bad) on/in her female parts. They did radiation and thought she was clear. Did a PET scan and it came back on the other side and some broke off and went to her lungs. She started chemo this week since the part in the lungs is growing fast. Chemo was Tuesday, yesterday she went to the hospital with fever and some type of nasty infection. Prayers appreciated for her, her name is Laura.

    At church over the last 6 weeks we have had 5 people injure themselves and break their left legs. What are the odds of that? Two were in motorcycle accidents and one ended up dying last Friday after 5 weeks in the hospital. They did surgery, he got lung infections, then other infections and then pneumonia again and died. We buried him yesterday. He was only 54. Big drain on the church (it’s not a really big one) feeding families, visiting hospitals and taking care of the rest of the congregation. Seems that the hospital is the worst place a sick person can be.

    I am having issues with ex-wife demanding updates to my will. I have son in law putting dibs in on various guns, HAM radio and asking about silver stores. I will give him what I want him to have and am concerned that he knows as much as he does about what I have. Not sure who is talking but everything is moving to new hiding places.

    I am continuing to add to the silver stores while the price is down and am only buying silver coins (1964 and before US dimes, quarters and halves). I’ll know when I have enough.

    I took an inventory of on hand ammo and think I have enough for the time being but will top off here and there as I go to the range.

    Got my HF radios back up and on the air for a short period then got intermittent issues with my antennas so they will have to come down now that the weather is better for some PMI. I have spotted a tower with an antenna a few miles from the house and what looks like a huge 2 meter log periodic antenna in the back yard. I will drop by tomorrow and ask to talk with the HAM of the house and see if they are active or a SK and if SK then see if I can buy the tower as I would be much happier with a tri-band yagi than a vertical and multiple dipoles.

    Anyway, have gone on long enough. Just watching the days go by and quietly listening to other people talking. There is much angst in our church because a Muslin place of worship is going up within a mile or so of our little church. Many of the people are not happy about the Mormon Church, the 7th Day Adventist and the Masonic Lodge (I am a Mason but don’t advertise that to the members since they are sure all Mason’s worship satan) that are in the surrounding towns. Saying nothing on my part is, I think, the better part of valor. At least I know where they gather rather than having them come out of the woodwork.

    Take care and keep doing what you are doing.

  23. Oh, one other thing that has me deeply concerned that I thought I would toss out. Georgia recently passed an anti abortion law (goes in to effect at the first of the year) that would ban abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected (said to be about 6 weeks). Major business and movie making concerns are talking about leaving Georgia if the law is enacted. I don’t see the movie people leaving as a big deal but the major companies could hurt a lot. I was not born with a uterus so I really don’t have a stand on this, but I am concerned that so many states are passing laws about this so quickly. I am sure it will go to the supreme court and this is an issue that could seriously split the country when we really can’t afford to be split.

    In my heart of hearts I believe it is the woman’s decision to do what is right with her body. I don’t believe that when a woman has 8 or 10 abortions in 2 or 3 years that she is using that for birth control and I don’t think that is the right thing but I can’t dictate what is right for every situation.

    Probably a sore subject but it sure is taking up a lot of news time nightly and cutting in to the news coverage of the border and the issues with Iran and the major outbreak of measles.

    1. Cliff, how ironic when a criminal kills a pregnant woman and the baby dies that he/she is charged with a double homicide but when an abortion Dr. kills a baby its getting rid of unwanted fetus matter.

    2. Cliff,
      I also don’t have a uterus; but, I have a wife and daughter. My DW thinks abortion as currently defined is an abortion itself, and when I recall that marvelous little girl growing up & learning and what she has now accomplished, I cannot imagine having made a decision to just terminate her either then or now.
      Personally I think termination for the real safety of the mother should be legal (true safe, legal, & rare); but, the two sides are both looking for binary absolutes. The pro life (anti abortion) side wants none of them; but, the prochoice (pro abortion as a cash business) side would like abortion at any time, even shortly after delivery. You don’t have to believe me; they are out of the closet and saying it loud and clear.
      New York Reveals Its Blood Lust for Baby Killing
      https://stream.org/new-york-reveals-blood-lust-baby-killing/

      Ohio BTW, has recently joined Georgia and 6 others, to codify such laws.
      As for the Hollywood people boycotting any place that pays them money, it’s another threat that rings hollow. How many of them were going to leave the country if the ”evil”</strong Trunpster won the election, and how many have decided to stay, collect a paycheck and continue to whine & complain.

      Probably a sore subject but it sure is taking up a lot of news time nightly and cutting in to the news coverage of the border and the issues with Iran and the major outbreak of measles.

      I’m still hearing about all of the other things, even in Ohio where our bill just passed and was signed into law. Like guns, and corporate taxes, some topics will never be settled.
      I personally find it interesting that Roe is supposed to be untouchable
      ”stare decisis” or settled law; but, Heller V DC & Macdonald v Chicago will continue to be ignored as the Dems attempt to pass yet more ”Gun Safety” initiatives.

      1. TOP and Cliff,

        My Ex and I feel the same way about abortion. It’s murder. One of my Ex’s sisters had over six abortions that we are aware of, plus had four kids (by four different men).

        As I know TOP is aware, my #1 daughter recently miscarried a baby, but some years ago, she miscarried twins. Her daughter was born between the miscarriages, and she is an absolute doll. I wonder often how the other babies would have turned out. So does my daughter.

        I agree that abortion should be kept legally very rare. People need to learn that if they don’t want a baby, takes steps to not have one in the first place.

        1. I Do have a uterus, and i do have remembrance of a writing… that says…”before I formed thee in the belly , I knew thee.” That is a little person in there. not a glob of tissue.. The Baby does not get a vote?.ALL babies would vote for life.. and many men and women, unable to conceive- would gladly love and cherish a little one into their life.
          The woman has a right to use many kinds of birth control to prevent a pregnancy-conception. That is her right, to not become pregnant.. BTW, crossing ones legs and saying NO! and meaning it DOES work..I have tried it.

      2. TOP, the REAL question is why is Hollywood so anti baby? Wouldn’t they be future movie ticket buyer’s? Is it because they are using baby blood and baby parts to extend their lives?

        1. Thor1,

          the REAL question is why is Hollywood so anti baby? Wouldn’t they be future movie ticket buyer’s? Is it because they are using baby blood and baby parts to extend their lives?

          You mean those people who ruin their own children’s lives by buying their way into elite schools so they (the parents) can feel better.
          You evidently just don’t understand Hollywood. When you are beautiful and important, some concessions need to be made by the uninformed, unenlightened masses. How else can we afford our lifestyles and still have enough left to donate to Planned Parenthood for our spare parts.
          And besides, it’s, it’s, there for good women’s healthcare also, since many cannot afford real doctors, doncha’ know.

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