What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 45: May 18th – May 25th 2019

grass on the homestead

Hello Pack. It has been a weird mix of weather this week on our survival homestead. One minute it feels like glorious summertime, and then the next it is raining just enough to curtail outdoor work.

We keep hoping for three straight days of sunshine to get the first cut of hay in, but no luck yet. The hayfield is ready to be cut and with any luck, we will get three cuttings out of it this year. Anxious to see what the new to us conditioner can do.

hay conditioner

Now that our old backhoe is not tied up on the septic tank and leach bed project anymore, we can finally get busy on our pond enlargement project. We just discovered we currently have a snapping turtle infestation. I had never spotted a snapping turtle anywhere on our property, but all of a sudden we have at least five in our pond.

Well, had five, four have now been killed. I have long loved turtles and have kept aquatic ones, rescued and released box turtles, and even fostered three Sulcata tortoises over the years. But as for snapping turtles, I only view them as being good for soup!

Our tribe member who spotted and killed four of them brought one to show all of the children. I didn’t want any little ones to go over to one thinking it is a friendly visitor. I had Adam dangle a stick in front of a young snapper he was holding by the tail so they could see how the reptile attacked the stick and noting (perhaps more importantly) how it fought to keep the stick squarely within its powerful jaws. It was a powerful visual lesson for sure.

Our gardening plans are moving along nicely. I have expanded my medicinal herb garden substantially this year, and look forward to sharing images with you once all of my planters are filled and growing.

We are doing a lot of gardening smarter and not harder this year by growing green beans lettuce, potatoes, and carrots in barrels. Picking green beans is such back-breaking work. I hope our tabletop raised beds will also be helpful in keeping rabbits out of our growing groceries.

Simply because you own a lot of land does not mean you have to wholly garden conventionally. I would never recommend growing all of your food in one, or even two, places, for OPSEC and survival reasons.

Because we are growing some crops in a container style garden, they are closer to the house. That is better for security than the large ground plot a half mile away from our home on the other end of the property. This freed up more space in that area for more vine crops, additional rows of sweet corn, and space to grow field corn, as well.

With the way I figure grocery prices are going to go skyrocket after the flooding out West, I wanted to increase our growing operation in a larger increment than usual this year. When I went to Piggly Wiggly for a few items this week, the cashier mentioned how she is stocking up on beef and produce now – preserving the produce, because she doesn’t think she will be able to afford to buy those items in the coming weeks and months.

This Week’s Questions

  1. Have you had to deal with snapping turtles on your land, and how did your curtail their squatting?
  2. Are you concerned about increases in grocery prices this year – as well as quantity limitations?
  3. How is your garden growing? What is you favorite homemade pesticide or herbicide recipe?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

About Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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146 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 45: May 18th – May 25th 2019

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

    The weather here in Orlando has been hot, sunny, and for a few days, almost cloudless. Next week looks like a repeat, only hotter (95-97 degrees).

    Got my gun stuff all reorganized. I’ve got a lot of sh-, er, stuff. It took a while to go through all of it, sort it, bag it (if necessary), and decide where it went. I found a short trigger for Sig-Sauer pistols and a bunch of breech block roll pins (inner and outer pins) that must have been left over from my police armorer days. The roll pins will come in handy as I want to take my breech block out for a detailed cleaning in the near future. They aren’t cheap either.

    Now I’m working towards making a Faraday cage. In the process of buying a few duplicate electronics to go in there (ham HT, NOAA/AM/FM radio, solar panel, FRS radios, battery chargers, maybe a CB HT, etc). I already have the materials to make a cage.

    I am keeping my promise to save more money. I did manage to save some for this month and will next month too. Most of my Faraday purchases will have to wait until next month.

    I should make a mention here that the tip I was given about using Absorbine Jr was an excellent piece of advice. The stuff works very well on my back pain and quickly too. I also use it on my feet, and although the athlete’s foot was kind of in a low cycle, I haven’t had any issues since I started using Absorbine Jr on my feet.

    I found a couple of oldies but goodies in my ammo collection. A .32 Long and a .44 Henry, both rim-fires. The .32 has a US headstamp and research indicates it might have been made during the Civil War for the Smith and Wesson Model 2 Army revolvers sometimes issued to Union cavalry as a backup pistol. US headstamped ammo production stopped when the war did, although the .32 Long was made until just before WWII. S&W also sold the Model 2 during the Civil War to civilians, and as private purchases by soldiers and officers wanting a backup. The Model 2 was discontinued in 1874. The .44 Henry looks as old, but it was used in several firearms during and well after the Civil War, so a little harder to date. It has the Henry “H” headstamp. An interesting diversion.

    Granddaughter spent last weekend with her mom at abuela’s (Spanish for grandmother for those that don’t know) house. #1 daughter and the Ex both report that she was exceptionally well behaved, and was a hard worker helping to clean out the garage, shed, and other stuff. She would pester them for something to do if they weren’t keeping her busy, work hard at it, and do a good job. Took constructive criticism well. Great kid, not bad for a 31-month old. Hope it lasts 😊

    My Ex just had an offer she made accepted on a condo in Lake County, FL (west of Orlando). She low-balled their asking price by $10 grand, and they took it. Plus, she weaseled a few pieces of their furniture as well. She has always been a tough bargainer. We went to Nogales, Mexico once early in our marriage and she gave the store owners fits. In Spanish, of course.

    Tara’s questions:

    #1 – Snapping turtles: Never had to deal with them, though I have seen them and what they can do.

    #2 – Concerned about grocery prices, limitations: I wasn’t, but lately I have become so with the continuously crappy weather in flyover country (i.e., where the food is grown).

    #3 – How is my garden? Don’t have one.

    #4 – Preps this week: See above.

    1. Z36, metal ammo cans make great Faraday cage for small items. Remove metal seal, line with cardboard, and put metal tape around the lid.

      Interesting ammo you have there. I have some old .50 caliber slugs for a flintlock which is the last ditch no ammo left gun…LOL

      1. Thor1,

        I know about ammo cans. But I’ll be storing more items than an ammo can can hold, unless it’s a mini-gun ammo can (1,500 rounds of 7.62mm).

      2. Thor1,

        Z36, metal ammo cans make great Faraday cage for small items. Remove metal seal, line with cardboard, and put metal tape around the lid.

        You also need to remove the rubber gasket and scrape the paint down to bare metal

        Interesting ammo you have there. I have some old .50 caliber slugs for a flintlock which is the last ditch no ammo left gun…LOL

        That’s not so funny. I still have .50 caliber round balls and slugs (both Minié ball and Maxi-Ball®) for my percussion cap rifle and still occasionally shoot it. Muzzle loading rifles in Ohio give you extra days of deer season and could be used on zombies if all other ammunition ran out.

    2. Zulu 3-6:
      Good info to know on the condo. DS is looking at foreclosures in Seminole County. Made a bid but the auction company was not realistic. Restarted the process when they had a good high bid. (Not his.)

    3. Zulu 3-6,

      Most of my Faraday purchases will have to wait until next month.

      Cardboard boxes & aluminum foil are an inexpensive first start for that.
      In fact, since you’re getting some new equipment, check them out, place them back in their boxes, and wrap the boxes with several layers of foil in multiple directions.

      I should make a mention here that the tip I was given about using Absorbine Jr was an excellent piece of advice.

      You are welcome!!! I first encountered it as a kid, and for some ailments it still just works. Although it’s a commercial product, the ingredients read like an alchemist or herbalist’s concoction: Menthol, Acetone, Iodine, extracts of Calendula, Echinacea, Wormwood Herb, Potassium Iodide, Thymol (extracted from Thyme), Water and Wormwood Oil. You could almost make it yourself.

      I found a couple of oldies but goodies in my ammo collection. A .32 Long and a .44 Henry, both rim-fires.

      The really expensive part is finding the guns to shoot all of that ammunition so it doesn’t go to waste. LOL

      Granddaughter spent last weekend with her mom at abuela’s (Spanish for grandmother for those that don’t know) house. #1 daughter and the Ex both report that she was exceptionally well behaved, and was a hard worker helping to clean out the garage, shed, and other stuff. She would pester them for something to do if they weren’t keeping her busy, work hard at it, and do a good job. Took constructive criticism well. Great kid, not bad for a 31-month old. Hope it lasts 😊

      I give it about another 10-11 years, since my DD was like that until she hit her teen years and instantly knew everything I didn’t. LOL

      1. TOP,

        I’m using a large plastic box from MTM, heavy duty aluminum foil and tape. Got all that now, just need to buy the stuff to store. I do have a couple of items already.

        It would be really expensive to find guns to shoot those rounds as I only have one of each. 🙂 An S&W Model 2 Army in reasonable condition goes for $900-1,300 these days.

        #1 daughter was much like her daughter is. Until high school. She has since apologized for her behavior and acknowledged we had a method to our madness that she didn’t see at the time and thanked us for raising her like we did. #2 daughter was a wild child right from birth and still is to a degree. Our son was a pretty good kid, for an active boy, but something clicked in middle school and he is adrift. I thought I had him pointed in a right direction when I homeschooled him for high school, but I guess not. At 21 he’s still mostly interested in skateboarding and video games (and his girlfriend who is a flake).

  2. My Dear Father in law has passed away. God rest his soul. He will be truly missed.

    Puppy liked my cooking so much the other day he started to eat the paper plate….LOL He caught a tennis ball yesterday, after it bounced out of his mouth and then jumped back in the air and caught it. Truly a ninja dog.

    Freeze dryer

    Freeze dried 1 & 1/2 lbs. Of hamburger
    7 lean steaks
    2 lbs of chicken
    And one tray of spaghetti with meat sauce.

    Garden

    Tomatoes are popping up all over the plants and found 2 volunteers from last year.
    Zucchini, squash and cucumbers have produce on them as well.
    Peppers are producing too.
    Lettuce and carrots are doing great. (Lettuce is supposed to be up in cost 34%)

    Gym

    Worked out again finally, over did it a little earlier and had a shoulder issue.

    Tara’s questions:

    1.Have you had to deal with snapping turtles on your land, and how did your curtail their squatting?
    2.Are you concerned about increases in grocery prices this year – as well as quantity limitations?
    3.How is your garden growing? What is you favorite homemade pesticide or herbicide recipe?

    1.No snappers just box turtles but some water moccasins.
    2. Definitely
    3. See above. Praying mantises and wasps

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Who is paying for the migrants? (It costs $3,000 a year to moderately feed one person)

    2. Will the welfare system collapse due to the food crisis cost and the immigrants? What’s next?

    3. Are you worried about diseases and pandemics? (6 migrant children died from flu. Could it ave been Ebola?

    Interesting videos:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=v0-taFzZZ50

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-a5X7DqmrOY

    The second is about a true life mini series called The Hot Zone which premieres May 27 @ 9 Pm EST
    Its about 400 Ebola infected monkeys that came into our country.

    Also a new Terminator movie is coming out in November.

    1. Sorry for the loss of your Father-in-law.

      1. Either directly or indirectly the cost is added to the national debt.
      2. I don’t know where the tipping point is. But there is always a point of no return with overspending.
      3. No more than normal.

    2. Thor’s questions:

      1. Who is paying for the migrants? (It costs $3,000 a year to moderately feed one person): We, the taxpayers are paying for it.

      2. Will the welfare system collapse due to the food crisis cost and the immigrants? What’s next? It might if food costs do indeed skyrocket. If Trump could cut all welfare programs to illegal aliens, it would probably drive the majority to self-deport, pretty darned fast too. But, liberal judges will get in his way every time.

      3. Are you worried about diseases and pandemics? (6 migrant children died from flu. Could it have been Ebola? I’m not particularly worried at this time. As far as the illegal alien kids dying, it could be from the flu, or actually secondary bacterial infections. Ebola does present with flu-like symptoms but testing or autopsy would confirm or discredit that. I think if illegal aliens are bringing in Ebola, Trump would use that to slap the commies with and shut down the borders with use of the Insurrection Act.

      1. Z36, what if just like the miniseries, they don’t want to cause a panic……..

        Its on national geographic.

        We have more restrictions on fruits and vegetables or animals coming into the country,and people can transfer diseases much more easy to our own species. It doesn’t make sense.

        These holding areas for migrants are nothing short of incubators…… Scary……

    3. Thor1,
      Sorry to hear about your loss. My folks and in-laws have all been gone for between 8 & 18 years, and we’ll never stop remembering them, especially this weekend.
      Your questions:
      1. Who is paying for the migrants? (It costs $3,000 a year to moderately feed one person)
      We are of course. The Dems haven’t figured out that Maggie Thatcher was right, since we haven’t yet run out of all of the other people’s money; but, we’re trying hard.
      2. Will the welfare system collapse due to the food crisis cost and the immigrants? What’s next?
      It depends in part on who takes or holds the government next year. If the adults get control again, we may have a chance. Otherwise, be glad we all have stored supplies and are planning some sort of EOTW mitigation.
      3. Are you worried about diseases and pandemics? (6 migrant children died from flu. Could it ave been Ebola?
      Ebola? Heck it could have been the Andromeda strain; but, influenza with malnutrition and secondary infections can easily kill and I don’t think CPB would hold back that information, since most of them are in this battle on our side.

      1. Thor1,
        I looked at your videos and neither are a surprise.
        BTW, the National Geographic series ”The Hot Zone” will air this upcoming Monday (5/27) evening Episode 1 & 2, Tuesday 3 &4, and Wednesday 5 & 6.
        They have been advertising it for more than a month; but, I now have it set to record all 6 episodes.
        Even if we have an epidemic or pandemic, living away from the crowd in a rural area and not ”needing” to leave for extended periods should be helpful. This is our normal mode of living, often not leaving the property for days at a time.

        1. TOP
          Watched the first one and part of number 2, the others are scheduled for recording. It is a really good show, hoping my sister & bil recorded the series. Of course it will scare the poop out of her since she works in a medical lab, the irony of the situation.

          1. AC,

            OMGOSH…. INTENSE for sure. It is slated to come on again I think on Saturday for a marathon, starting at 5ET, I think… It just flashed…

            Remember, they have to warn us.. If folks don’t know what I mean by that, I won’t explain.

          2. Antique Collector,

            Watched the first one and part of number 2, the others are scheduled for recording. It is a really good show, hoping my sister & bil recorded the series.

            I had meetings and other things to attend to; but, they have all been or are recording. I read the book some 20 years ago; but, often, books like those don’t get wide coverage, while a series like this might open some eyes. It will be interesting to see / hear if people are starting to purchase some ”new” items because of the show.

            Of course it will scare the poop out of her since she works in a medical lab, the irony of the situation.

            I hope the irony is her work, and not that she finds prepping unnecessary, even in the face of such potential threats.

      2. TOP, just think, they are busing immigrants to Democratic cities….. LOL

        Soooo, if all the Dems get Ebola we get rid of them both…..LOL

        Is that a win win ???

        Karma

    4. Thor, I am sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.
      To your questions:
      1) Obviously, we taxpayers are paying for the migrants. I’d say keep shipping them to the sanctuary cities/states and let them deal with them, but it still falls on all of us in the long run.
      2) Great question! And, I see with the growing ‘food crisis’ as well as the immigration crisis, it is going to (again) cost the taxpayers more, not only in rising prices, but potentially additional taxes.
      3) Pandemic is always ‘a concern’, particularly with the free flow of illegal immigrants who not only bring diseases ‘this country’ has ‘eradicated’ with vaccines, but also bringing diseases we have not seen here in a very long time or ever before (ie., more ‘tropical’ type diseases). That is not only an issue with immigrants, but world wide travel like we’ve never known before. This is why it is important for folks to learn more about natural remedies.

      Our beagle must have an iron stomach. I’ve seen him cat turds. Don’t recall him eating a paper plate, but boy he wants a little bit of everything we eat.

      1. Grammyprepper,

        2) Great question! And, I see with the growing ‘food crisis’ as well as the immigration crisis, it is going to (again) cost the taxpayers more, not only in rising prices, but potentially additional taxes.

        Your comment here gave me an idea. Haven’t we been told those immigrants just come here for work and that they all are needed by the farmers and seemingly love to work the fields. If we send them to the PDRK, Problem solved!!!

        That is not only an issue with immigrants, but world wide travel like we’ve never known before. This is why it is important for folks to learn more about natural remedies.

        And to be prepared to live away from crowds and comfortable with you and yours. I’ve sometimes gone a week or more without leaving the property and have gone days where I only left the house for a few hours.

        Our beagle must have an iron stomach. I’ve seen him cat turds. Don’t recall him eating a paper plate, but boy he wants a little bit of everything we eat.

        Back about 15-20 years ago when we had both a large herd of cats and two dogs we had a similar problem. The dogs were sisters and one could be trusted on her own; but, the other loved those same ”cat treats” and with all of those cats, there were plenty around.

    5. Thor1,

      I am so sorry to hear about you father-in-law. Prayers for you and your family.

      Thor’s questions:

      1. Who is paying for the migrants? (It costs $3,000 a year to moderately feed one person). I would think the cost is more than that. It costs us $39K for a refugee per year.

      2. Will the welfare system collapse due to the food crisis cost and the immigrants? It’s already collapsed.
      People that can work, don’t. Have more kids because they get more money, states allowing Food Stamp recipients to get actual dollars off of their EBT card. Insane. What’s next? It will continue. Luke 21:11 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

      3. Are you worried about diseases and pandemics? (6 migrant children died from flu. Could it ave been Ebola? See #2.

  3. This week we had a late frost. We are usually good to go after May 15, but stuff happens. Lost a few plants in the big garden but all the plants near the house survived intact. We have quite a micro climate on the southeast side of the house and that is where most of the herbs are. I had to replant eggplant and melon. The tomatillo looked iffy so I bought another of those as well. Fortunately the sweet potato slips have not arrived since I think they would have been hurt as well.

    I continue to harvest the spring crops. We live off the garden all summer. I will be sharing garlic bulbs once they are harvested. A bumper crop thanks to the extra winter moisture. I need to find a good recipe for horehound candy as the herb has started to bloom and it is my understanding that is the best time to harvest.

    We mostly have box turtles in this part of the country. I haven’t seen a snapping turtles in ages. But it is good to teach the little ones the difference.

    As stated above, we grow the majority of our groceries in the summer. I do think prices will edge upward a bit. We live in flyover country but on the western edge. So far we have missed the worst of the weather. In fact the added moisture has been ideal.

  4. Questions.
    1. The water dried up on my place twenty years ago, no turtles.

    2. I do not think prices will get unreasonable. The stores in my area have different marketing styles and if I shop each one in turn I can get all my needs on sale.

    3. My garden is just getting going. My two sweet pepper plants are keeping my wife in peppers. She is having to adjust to having a pepper everyday, before they were too expensive to have more than two a week. My one banana pepper is producing, I will have to start saving them up to make pickled pepper rings.

    My okra is starting to bear, I did something right, less then 2 feet tall they are producing and the leaves are two hands wide. My container tomatoes are just coming on, the two grape tomatoes make about six a day, a third plant is just getting ready. The other varieties are getting loaded with green ones. The wife loves to fry them up. I have to stake my cluster tomatoes we planted in the garden. The strawberries are a bust, it got hot before they could set many. My blueberries look like they have a light crop again. I an going to watch some videos about how to cultivate them.

    I am two months late so my corn and melons are just 8 inches high, it will be July before I get anything from them. At least with the fence I will get something.

    I tried to hoe the weeds and grass last week and found out my back can no longer stand that so I got an electric tiller. It is a Greenworks 10-Inch 8 Amp Corded Tiller. It has slicing cultivating tines and the first tines on either side can be removed to make it only 5 inches wide for tilling between plants. I just got it so after it cools off today I will try it out.

    We are in a dry period so everything has to be watered daily. I have drip tape laid in the garden but I have to hold a hose on the container plants. The plan today is to group them together and string more tape along each row. I can then program my water control system to turn it off and on without any effort (or thinking) from me.

    Inexpensive and home grown foods are often bland, I ordered large containers of my favorite spices. My favorite commercial one is “Cracker Boy”, it is mostly salt, MSG, garlic, pepper, and other spices, pricey at $1 an ounce. I figure I can make my own for $.25. I will just have to find a way to keep partially used containers from getting hard. Even though we have air conditioning we use it sparingly and with our high humidity things that draw moisture clump quickly.

    On a health note last week my lower left leg swole up like a sausage. A trip to the doctor revealed nothing but very high blood pressure, 200/110. They made me take a fast acting medication to get it down. The doctor also gave me a prescription for a diuretic to go with the blood pressure medication I was already on. Two side effects, dizziness and nausea, or “motion sickness”. I haven’t puked like that since my first sea voyage in the Navy. We will not be using anymore of that. At least my leg did go down.

    1. D7, sounded like a blood clot. Be careful. You should grow some Cayenne peppers, they help reduce BP. A new one I read about, coriander is also good an garlic of course.

    2. Try ALA, alpha lipoic acid for blood pressure, and magnesium citrate caps 2, if gastric tolerance. if not soak feet in epsom salts water 3 x a week for 15-20 min. per mix on container.MSG is a neurotoxin, avoid it.
      To keep seasonings from clumping in high humidity partially fill container, about 1/3 add 2 or three dry beans. fill almost to top and repeat…. can also do it with white rice, but some shakers allow it thru..

      1. Anonamo Also,

        Try ALA, alpha lipoic acid for blood pressure, and magnesium citrate caps 2, if gastric tolerance. if not soak feet in epsom salts water 3 x a week for 15-20 min. per mix on container.

        Good to know and worth trying.

        MSG is a neurotoxin, avoid it.

        MSG is not a neurotoxin and perpetrating myths like this are why we have a significant measles outbreak in parts of the US. Some people are sensitive to MSG and should avoid it, as others are to gluten, and still others to peanut butter.
        Have a look at ”Is MSG Bad for You?” @ http://www.yalescientific.org/2011/04/is-msg-bad-for-you/
        We all need to stop making unproven assertions and realize that each of us has a unique and individual metabolism.

        To keep seasonings from clumping in high humidity partially fill container, about 1/3 add 2 or three dry beans. fill almost to top and repeat…. can also do it with white rice, but some shakers allow it thru..

        If it doesn’t make the seasoning texture unpalatable, corn starch can also do the job. For making DIY long term stored baking powder, this is used to keep the ingredients separated until mixed in the food.

          1. Almost There,

            MSG is a neurotoxin… Actually an “excitotoxin” and it is bad for you. No myth. Truth.

            OK. That article was compelling; but, not quite definitive; however, it shows how we often misuse words.
            Neither MSG nor Aspartame are neurotoxins, since they affect people differently, based on dosage and metabolism.
            Exposure to real neurotoxins like Botulinum, Cone Snail venom, or VX agents do not rely on individual metabolisms and will kill indiscriminately without the effective antidote.
            This goes way beyond someone maybe getting a headache.
            In a recent Hazmat training, one of the fire chiefs called these nasty chemicals ”Methyl Ethyl Death” for good reasons.

            Calling MSG, aspartame:, and others by their correct name: Excitotoxins and understanding what that means is important.

            Excitotoxins are a class of chemicals (usually amino acids) that overstimulate neuron receptors. Neuron receptors allow brain cells to communicate with each other, but when they’re exposed to Excitotoxins, they fire impulses at such a rapid rate that they become exhausted.

            So if you are overly sensitive to MSG, Aspartame, or other foods, avoid them. They are neither poison nor neurotoxins any more than lactose, or peanut butter or soy protein, all of which can give people problems.
            My DW is lactose intolerant and my DD breaks out in hives if she eats soy protein. I have no such problems, and we should each understand and respect others with or without these issues.

            Simply stating that MSG is a neurotoxin that should be avoided is IMHO tantamount to Nancy Pelosi stating the president is involved in a cover up, just before her infrastructure meeting. It does not promote dialog or increase understanding; but, just fans flames.

        1. MSG causes REAL problems for many people and it is found in so many food items is often hard to isolate.,Those who have no reaction to MSG tend to lean to oh you are just over-reacting and spreading mis info… ones who have problems, say “just check out what you are consuming and try omission of this one thing and SEE if it makes a difference for YOU”.
          Unless one KNOWs to look for it under the many names it is now hidden under- by the food industry…would not know it is being consumed. My family has problems with it increasing nerve pain, some have severe headaches.. it is an EXCITOTOIN, see.excerpt below….MSG Side Effects.

          People who already have nerve pain MAY find that omitting this thing can decrease pain…as can eliminating all but organic grains.
          .Each person must know of “possible offenders” of every stripe including MSG. The article linked below goes into detail that they followed research and this was their findings, research is all over the place…on this but when one knows your lips tingle and pain gets worse when certain foods are consumed, then that is all the research needed for THAT person.. It is my desire for each person to know of things they MIGHT want to check into. The Elimination diet is only one way to do that.

          Excerpt….”Once simply regarded as Chinese restaurant syndrome, reactions and side effects from ingesting MSG are troublesome for many individuals. In fact, in 1957, MSG was labeled an excitotoxin — a substance that binds to nerve cell receptors and overstimulates the cells to the point of damage or death.”

          “It is believed that the excitotoxicity of MSG is what causes the harmful side effects after its ingestion. Here’s a list of some of the most prevalent reactions to MSG.” from https://exercisesforinjuries.com/side-effects-of-msg-and-foods-to-avoid/
          also research on vitamin K2, shows that one can not obtain enough of K2 in diet by diet alone and is available in one pill a day…research that came out last spring revealed it balances ALL minerals in the body…moves them to the optimal locations. THis is not the one that is labeled ” vitamin K”. which has been re-designated as K1, and thickens the blood. They are continuing research on viatmin’s K#’s 3-8,have been isolated- their use/indication has not been determined with last info I received.

    3. Daddio, parsley is a natural diuretic. Add more to your diet, or you can make a tea with it as needed. Could help with the BP as well as swelling. (I am not a doctor, nor did I ever play one on TV, LOL!)

      1. Grammyprepper & Daddio7,

        Daddio, parsley is a natural diuretic. Add more to your diet, or you can make a tea with it as needed. Could help with the BP as well as swelling. (I am not a doctor, nor did I ever play one on TV, LOL!)

        You can eat that parsley with a good strong cup of coffee, since caffeine is also a diuretic. The upside is that with all that caffeine in your system, you’ll be wide awake when you need to go to do something about it.
        I take two diuretics and often on days when I miss them or take them late, the effect seems to linger. LOL.

      2. yep.. diuretic,…as is dandelion root greens and flowers.
        also FYI.parsley, and cilantro also can help clear heavy metals.to use you should do research on cleansing the system., if you want to use it long term. It is not safe for everyone.Can make some people have blood clots.Very high in vitamin K1.

    4. Daddio7, good idea on getting one of those small tillers. Saves a lot of manual work and time. Many moons ago, I had a Mantis. That little sucker would bury itself.

  5. Good day group.
    Hope each of you take a moment to celebrate those who gave their all to protect us – Memorial Day.

    1. No turtles on my place, but if you need squirrels or chipmunks, I got a deal for your.
    2. I expect food prices to hit the roof. I am seeing more and more folks doing raised
    gardening.
    3. I have tried many things, but can’t say I have a favorite. Getting ready to try Neem oil.
    4. No preps this week except just to keep my plants alive (intense heat), and a trip to TN to attend a Homesteading Convention.

    Regarding Thor’s four:
    1. We are paying for the Migrants (and illegals).
    2. Could our current welfare system fail due to higher food prices and the influx of incoming
    undocumented people’s. Yes!
    3. I am absolutely concerned about diseases that have literally been wiped now returning
    due to people coming into out country already sick, and kids not getting immunized.

    As mentioned. Remember Memorial Day and what it stands for, and be careful on the roads this weekend.

    Love you guys!

    Jean.

    Regarding Thor’s questions

      1. Thor1,

        Jean, for #2 I thought that IS a scary scenario. Food shortage + more mouths to feed= chaos and disaster.

        It does for some, especially those who are unprepared.
        While I believe in charity, it is finite and has to be a hand up and not a hand out.

        1. TOP, just think all of the welfare people, all the illegal migrants and all the unprepared showing up at your door step. Some with Ebola. All demanding food and armed…….

          You say armed….they break into gun stores…….or steal even from Walmart…..

          1. Thor1,

            just think all of the welfare people, all the illegal migrants and all the unprepared showing up at your door step. Some with Ebola. All demanding food and armed

            My doorstep is 60+ miles into a rural area from the nearest large city, and since these people are likely to be on foot, they will have to fight their way here. Those infected with Ebola would likely perish enroute, since once those living between me and the city find out about their infection, no one would be safe, and I suspect firefights would ensue, making the entire journey a gauntlet.
            The infected people would also have to get to Ohio from a border state, which would be hard to impossible for those infected.

            You say armed….they break into gun stores…….or steal even from Walmart.

            I’ve been shooting for nearly 60 years, and training people for nearly 30, and those of us who shoot, well know that breaking into a store and stealing a firearm and ammunition doesn’t make you much of a threat, other than to you and yours. Safe shooting requires training and practice, something Ebola patients on the run taking a firearm from Wal-Mart are not likely to have.
            For those few that actually make it through the gauntlet, they will face people with arms, skills, and practiced tactics & communications.

          2. TOP,

            People who start having symptoms of Ebola, quickly become quite ill. They will most likely be so debilitated that walking down the block would be physically taxing to impossible depending on how far along the disease is. They wouldn’t be able to run any gauntlet, let alone 60 miles worth.

            In the US, there are laws that allow the enforced quarantine of anyone suspected of having contact with a person ill with Ebola.

          3. Zulu 3-6,

            They will most likely be so debilitated that walking down the block would be physically taxing to impossible depending on how far along the disease is. They wouldn’t be able to run any gauntlet, let alone 60 miles worth.

            That’s kind of what I’m banking on. In our basic personal protection courses we tell students that making your house less attractive or more intimidating than the neighbor will send the thugs to the neighbor. That concept also works for neighborhoods and communities, so I’m hoping more attractive and less threatening options on the way here, will stop, delay, or at least thin their ranks. I love rural living; but, even for those who would prefer urban convenience; this might make rural more attractive.

            In the US, there are laws that allow the enforced quarantine of anyone suspected of having contact with a person ill with Ebola.

            This is similarly being used for the measles outbreaks and many are none too happy with it.
            I think however, that Thor1 was using an EOTW scenario where there are little or no government authorities available and you are essentially on your own.

          4. Sounds like what would happen in my county here in NJ. Bad enough as it is. Of course, we the law-abiding people, have ammo limitations.

          5. Mari,

            Sounds like what would happen in my county here in NJ. Bad enough as it is. Of course, we the law-abiding people, have ammo limitations.

            We have very few limitations here on anything. In the incorporated areas, e.g., cities, there are some and of course some subdivisions have HOA’s; but, out here it’s still a rather free place, with responsible people who don’t do crazy things to lose that freedom.
            I’m still not worried about Thor1’s Ebola Zombie hordes making a beeline to my place or even my area for that matter. If this occurred in winter, it would be even better for us, since we have the means to survive the winter without a problem, having done it most of our lives, and those hordes would most likely not have the skill & gear to survive very long.

        2. TOP,

          You are forgetting a few facts and rule #1

          1. You do not know these people.

          2. You do not know their training or experience. Some are MS13. Some maybe ex military from whatever country they are from.

          3. If they made it 1,000 miles to the border, surely they can do 60 miles.

          4. They can steal vehicles. Its not an EMP but it will be a WROL event.

          5. Even if they have Ebola, they may not show symptoms.

          6. Farm land is where they will head when the supplies runout in the cities.

          7. Numbers….look at the border… Even if you were Carlos Hathcock, you would be overwhelmed.

          1. Thor1,

            You are forgetting a few facts and rule #1

            1. You do not know these people.
            True, meaning they trespass, they are probable enemies.
            2. You do not know their training or experience. Some are MS13. Some maybe ex military from whatever country they are from.
            True; but, while they may have tactics, they have no communications or logistics. We (not I) do.
            3. If they made it 1,000 miles to the border, surely they can do 60 miles.
            That’s invalid logic; but, even so, there are plenty of better, easier, richer places to tackle than mine, during the long 1000+ mile trip and I don’t think anyone has me on their radar as their endpoint.
            4. They can steal vehicles. Its not an EMP but it will be a WROL event.
            So now they have vehicles. Unless they are MRAP’s or other armor, they have nothing anyone else doesn’t have, and are most likely not making a beeline for my location in any case. I am simply not that important.
            5. Even if they have Ebola, they may not show symptoms.
            Traveling 1060 miles and no symptoms? I’ll take that bet, since the probability is on my side.
            6. Farm land is where they will head when the supplies runout in the cities.
            Why. Farm land is just dirt, or soybeans, or hay. Have you efver spent time in a rural area?
            7. Numbers….look at the border… Even if you were Carlos Hathcock, you would be overwhelmed.
            I am not Hathcock nor can I shoot like he could; but, sniping skills are not as important as counter numbers, and I am certainly not alone. We can bring together a sizeable trained group of people if we had to do so.

          2. We’ve got the gangbangers in neighboring towns — MS-13, Crips, Bloods, Latin Kings, and plenty of wannabees. That’s on top of the 30% average non-working crap in our area. Zombies would be easier. Those scared of Ebola would exit the small cities into my neighborhood in a NY second.

          3. Mari,

            We’ve got the gangbangers in neighboring towns — MS-13, Crips, Bloods, Latin Kings, and plenty of wannabees. That’s on top of the 30% average non-working crap in our area.

            WOW. When I read this stuff it makes me feel even better about my location and situation. The closest big city is Ohio’s capital, Columbus, and that is at least 50 miles to the closest edge and another 10-20 or more for the bad neighborhoods. I lived on the east side during my college years, and that lower middle class complex eventually turned into slum housing, with the moniker “Uzi Alley” and was then razed. I haven’t been back in that area for decades and we sit rather comfortable here in the boonies.

            Zombies would be easier. Those scared of Ebola would exit the small cities into my neighborhood in a NY second.

            Our neighborhood has nothing for most people, save for sparse houses and large open unheated buildings like barns; yet, we watch out for each other. Last Monday night during the severe weather that spawned 10 or more tornadoes in southwest Ohio, we had several neighbors call to make sure we were OK. It’s kind of ironic, since they have been invited here for an EOTW event since we have the generator and plenty of room for others to camp out during an event like a large power outage.

          1. Thor1,

            #1 rule……Never underestimate your enemies.

            I don’t; but, they should likely do the same.
            Throughout my life I have had a motto of sorts.
            “If you get to know me you will find no better friend; but, you by god do not want me and mine as an enemy.”
            I have tricks up my sleeve and the engineering skills, resources, and discipline to do things that would make you gasp or run and hide if you are smart.

        3. TOP, so if there is 1,000 desperately hungy armed people coming at your house, you will stop them. Buses, dump trucks, garbage trucks for vehicles…… Talking a mad max scenario… and that’s being conservative…… Cleveland, Cincinnati……

          Farms have cows,chickens,pigs,veggies, fruit trees most are specialized.

          People may contract Ebola on the way to your house……

          Incubation time is 2-21 days, symptoms 7-10…….

          There are less than 1,000 Ebola cases in America this year…..

          Zombie Apocalypse is here.

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, so if there is 1,000 desperately hungy armed people coming at your house, you will stop them. Buses, dump trucks, garbage trucks for vehicles…… Talking a mad max scenario… and that’s being conservative…… Cleveland, Cincinnati

            Cleveland, & Cincinnati are at least 150 and 125 miles from me, respectively, with a lot of old county gravel roads and 1 or 2 lane bridges in between. Additionally most of those vehicles you mention cannot get very close to my location. 1000 people on horseback with a few ATV’s maybe; but, that’s an unlikely scenario.

            Farms have cows, chickens, pigs,veggies, fruit trees most are specialized.

            Specialized? I don’t know where you live; but, here the specialization of crops for foods edible without a lot of preparation are rare. You will find fields of dent corn, wheat (and straw), soybeans, hay, and even some hops. Edible vegetables except for small personal garden plots are rare. Large vegetable / truck farms are most likely found in places like the PDRK and not much around here.
            You will find a few chickens and a lot of pigs and cows; but, these are not ready to just eat with a knife and fork, and their owners will not take kindly to thieves. I don’t know any person or family in my area that isn’t armed and skilled in the use of their arms, although most are only used for target practice, hunting, and predator control. Up the size and type of predator and in a pinch it wouldn’t change the dynamic all that much. Also, unlike places like the PDRK, all of our crops are seasonal, so if you want fruit and get here at the wrong time of year, you are simply out of luck.

            People may contract Ebola on the way to your house

            Contract if from who or where? And if so, they are unlikely to survive the trip, since they are not long for this world and there are a lot of people between me and them, who will also not take their presence kindly.

            Incubation time is 2-21 days, symptoms 7-10

            This is an incubation time during which you are slowly being debilitated. It’s not like your 100% normal & then it hits you all at once.

            There are less than 1,000 Ebola cases in America this year

            If this is the case, how do those hordes contract the disease on the way to my location? You are shooting down your own assertions.

            Zombie Apocalypse is here.

            Zombie Apocalypse has always been a metaphor and remain so.
            Finally, people crossing the southern border are smart enough that they are more likely to head to the southern states or the PDRK, not head into areas that will freeze them out come winter.

  6. Hello,

    To our host’s questions:
    1- Nearby, there are lots of snapping turtles. I don’t bother them and they don’t bother me. I once caught one by accident. It was the size of a trash can cover. When I horsed him in (on a seven foot ugly stick loaded with 14 lb. Spiderwire), I didn’t know whether to shoot him or cut the line. He did us both a favor by shaking off the hook. His head was as big as a softball. A game warden friend later told me he thought it might have been well over 100 years old. Just sat in the same spot all day eating largemouth bass.
    2- Food prices will get higher so we’ll tighten up the budget elsewhere. Maybe I’ll order more FD food and do some more fishing in the salt water. Bluefish are easy to catch.
    3- No veggie garden. Maybe I’ll do something this year. I have heirloom seeds.

    Picked up my Colt Woodsman from my friend. He “bought” it when I was broke and I “bought” it back now that he’s been short due to a pending divorce. Gives me an excuse to buy high velocity ammunition in bricks.

    Bought a quarter ounce gold Liberty, two 1/10th ounce gold bullion, and five Morgan dollars. As that set me back nearly $800, the rest of my spending this week has been for essentials only.

    My thanks to OP and Babycatcher for reaching out. It’s amazing to be so friendly with people you’ve never met face to face. Maybe someday.

    1. Overwatch

      My thanks to OP and Babycatcher for reaching out. It’s amazing to be so friendly with people you’ve never met face to face. Maybe someday.

      You will recall that Babycatcher sort of invited me and Almost There to meet up when you get down to TN. Since I don’t drive and it’s a long drive (380 miles & 6 hours), when I mentioned it to the DW I expected typical rolled eyes; but, instead she smiled and said it could be a possibility. Then rethought it and mentioned flying might be a better solution, so who knows what might happen.

      1. A rendezvous was the annual gathering for mountain men in the early part of the nineteenth century. Perhaps we should have something of the sort.

        1. Overwatch,

          A rendezvous was the annual gathering for mountain men in the early part of the nineteenth century. Perhaps we should have something of the sort.

          I’m very familiar with rendezvous, since in a past life I attended a yearly mountain man rendezvous in Friendship, Indiana a few times. In retrospect it was sometimes very interesting, to see two guys arguing over the authenticity of their respective clothing, down to the buttons, while one of them was wearing a modern digital wristwatch.
          If we could set up something at the half way point, that would be great; but, having been involved in such things in the past, the amount of work setting up and coordinating such an event is enormous.
          I belong to a small FB group called Ohio Homesteaders & Gardeners, to which Grammyprepper got me involved and is a moderator.
          They have a yearly gathering we attended last year; but, the amount of work for even a small event like that means there will probably not be another, at least this year.
          The nice thing Is that we have this forum (and email) to coordinate such things should they actually happen.

  7. Thor,
    I do believe that the spigot will shut off at some point. Civil unrest in the cities will be immediate and bloody. The population of mendicants is unsustainable. I’m also thinking that TPTB may try to physically stop our President and then we’re all in a world of hurt. I prepare for all such contingencies as best I can.

  8. Hi Tara & all,
    Once again our weather seems to be in sync, although the only outdoor work being held up is some mowing and the final tilling and planting of the garden.
    Our garden plans are still a bit on hold due to all of the rain an wet soil conditions; but, hope springs eternal and we’re hoping to till and plant this upcoming week.
    We are going back to row gardening after a failed attempt at raised beds; but, have a new strategy for beans & peas. Rural King has the inexpensive plastic T-Posts, so we’ll be placing those along the rows and running horizontal lines between them and hopefully, training the vining plants to sort of go “where we want them,” that will keep them higher off the ground and easier to harvest.

    Gardening OPSEC around here is the ”Hide in plain sight” model, since everyone has fields full of various plants and spotting a garden among everything else that is growing is near impossible. Our garden will be a bit smaller this year, perhaps 25×30 feet; but, it’s only 30 feet north of the house, and far enough off the road to be just more ”weeds” when viewed from the road.

    Tara’s Questions:
    1. Have you had to deal with snapping turtles on your land, and how did your curtail their squatting?
    No. Dealt with them as a kid on the creek at my parents cottage, and had a few for meals; but, our creek, so far has only seen a few here & there.
    2. Are you concerned about increases in grocery prices this year – as well as quantity limitations?
    Not especially, since we have food enough to feed the two of us for years if we had to, and personally I think fuels, such as gasoline are the more pressing price increases. We also have pretty good cash flow with just the two of us in retirement and no mortgage or major debt
    3. How is your garden growing? What is you favorite homemade pesticide or herbicide recipe?
    So far, many of the potted plants are all that are growing, with even a few small tomatoes coming on. With luck we’ll finally get the garden tilled this week and get everything planted. We’ve not had any real pest problems, since we try and keep up with weeds and remove pests when we see them, and yes, we’ll on occasion use Sevin on non edible leaves of plants and it hasn’t killed us after nearly 40 years. You just need to be smart about its use.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    See below my quations.

    TOP’s questions
    1. Who always said: “Well King, this case is closed”?
    2. Do you think there’s finally a backlash against the elitist left when we look at who is being elected in India, Australia, Brazil, and the probability of strong conservative and Brexit champion Boris Johnson becoming the next UK PM, after Teresa May’s resignation, effective June 7th. Australia with one of the hottest summers in years and problems with the great barrier reef, essentially shunned their climate change candidate, as conservative kitchen table issues ruled the day.
    3. Do you agree with AOC that growing cauliflower is racist since it represents taking a colonial approach to environmentalism? She thinks we should grow Yucca instead. I guess planting Yucca instead of cauliflower in an NYC community garden is less racist. (That is one warped & ignorant little girl).

    TOP’s hopefully uplifting musical interlude
    I Stand For the Flag
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR3MzLMJP2Y

    And for the conspiracy theorists, here’s where you can get the real scoop.
    NTAC – National Threat Assessment Center
    https://www.secretservice.gov/protection/ntac/

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Purchased a 30 oz bag of ”Flock Party” as a treat for the chickens. That’s a lot of dried meal worms.
    2. Received a ViewTV Indoor Flat HDTV Antenna with 60mile Range from woot.com. I have a log periodic on a tower on the roof; but, the cables are loose and the weather isn’t yet good enough to climb.
    3. Received a Centon 240GB SATA III 2.5” SSD from woot,com. More fast inexpensive storage.
    4. Received a Kodak 240 GB SATA III 2.5” Internal Solid State Drive from woot.com (see #3 above)
    5. I have paper copies of ”The Mother Earth News” from #1, January 1970 until somewhere in 2010. It’s quite a stack of paper, so I ordered & received ”Mother Earth News Archive 1970-2018: Classic USB drive”. It’s searchable, easier to read and takes up a lot less space. Now I just need to find a good home for those paper copies.
    6. Received a USB GLONASS GPS Receiver from my Hong Kong supplier. This unit uses the standard NMEA-0183 message formats and will be used to keep accurate time on our radio clubs new repeater installation.
    7. Received two Amazon Basics 3-button USB mice for some of my smaller computer systems. This was a good woot.com deal.
    8. Received a 2 Pack of Bondic Refills from woot.com. I already had the kit and the refills were a good price. Bondic is an epoxy resin that is cured by exposure to UV / Blue light, so you can position everything without worrying about the resin / hardener combination turning solid too fast or too slow. Between Bondic, standard 2 part epoxy, and Cyanoacrylate glue, we have tools to mechanically repair almost anything.
    9. 2 additional 1 lb (16 oz) propane canisters for storage.
    10. 12, 32 inch bamboo skewers. These were really inexpensive and will most likely come in handy for some as yet to be defined project in the future. Bamboo as a material is supple & strong.
    11. With all the talk of EMP & CME and EOTW, I recalled a story I read in a literature class in college. I reread it and even though it was written more than a century ago (November 1909), it seems to apply in today’s world with so many relying on technology they don’t even try to understand, and so far from the land and real life: ”The Machine Stops” by E. M. Forster @ https://www.ele.uri.edu/faculty/vetter/Other-stuff/The-Machine-Stops.pdf
    12. A few weeks ago I went to the Amish Produce Auction with BLACK’s mother. She went again this past week, scored some great deals on tomatoes and stopped by to see if we wanted any of them. We picked up 18 Roma and 12 Beefsteak plants for less than we would have paid for 1 or 2 at the local big box stores, Wal-Mart, or nursery. Country neighbors take care of each other.
    13. One of my income streams is a pot of money managed for me by UBS Wealth advisors. Along with managing that money, they send me occasional updates on the happenings in DC that could affect my finances. In their latest missive, there are some encouraging highlights and one downside.
    Retirement Security that looks good from my perch @ 68.

    It also will increase the required minimum distribution age from 70 ½ to 72. We are encouraged by the House’s passage and expect the Senate to try to pass its version before August. While we think that is possible, it may take a little longer to reach a bipartisan consensus in the upper chamber. Either way, we remain optimistic that a version of this retirement legislation will become law this year.


    Minimum Wage. that I also call punishing small businesses and buying votes.

    Increasing the federal minimum wage remains a top priority for House Democrats. While the majority of Democrats support raising the federal minimum wage, there is some disagreement on how that increase should be implemented. The lack of consensus among House Democrats has stalled any action on this issue. A bill introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2024.

    Medical Surprise Bills or finally something that could help all of us.
    • Bipartisan health care legislation supported by the Trump administration is about to advance in a House committee. The bill addresses the problem of surprise medical bills that patients often receive following visits to hospital emergency rooms. Specifically, it will prevent out-of-network emergency care providers from charging patients more than the amount that would be charged by their in-network care provider in most circumstances. The bill will change somewhat as it moves through the House. The Senate is also working on a similar bill. This bill has a high likelihood of being passed and signed into law this or next year.
    Brokered Convention?
    o

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY) became the 23rd Democratic candidate to enter the race for the Democratic nomination. With Democrats changing their nomination rules and process and with such a large field, we wonder about the possibility of a brokered convention. The 2020 Democratic primary will feature proportional allocation in every state for candidates who win over 15% of the vote. As such, it would not be a surprise to see states split their delegates among several candidates, making it harder for any one candidate to collect enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot at the convention.

    Both New York and California moved their primary dates earlier, which means 64 percent of all delegates will be chosen in the first six weeks of primary season. This will encourage candidates to stay in the race until then, further spreading the delegate allocation.

    Finally, a change to the rules this election prevents superdelegates from voting on the first ballot at convention. Instead, they only are allowed to vote on the second ballot onward.

    My prediction is that they will play with the rules, lose again, and blame the whole mess on Trump for something else he didn’t do.
    14. Spent half a day with 4 radios helping our team add some capability to the local clubs repeater with links for wider area coverage. Along with the new transmitter location, we should have county wide multiband hand held coverage by mid July.
    15. Received Dinesh D’Souza DVD: ”Death of a Nation”
    16. 20 rolls toilet paper & 8 rolls paper towels.

    1. TOP,

      TOP’s questions
      1. Who always said: “Well King, this case is closed”?
      2. Do you think there’s finally a backlash against the elitist left when we look at who is being elected in India, Australia, Brazil, and the probability of strong conservative and Brexit champion Boris Johnson becoming the next UK PM, after Teresa May’s resignation, effective June 7th. Australia with one of the hottest summers in years and problems with the great barrier reef, essentially shunned their climate change candidate, as conservative kitchen table issues ruled the day.
      3. Do you agree with AOC that growing cauliflower is racist since it represents taking a colonial approach to environmentalism? She thinks we should grow Yucca instead. I guess planting Yucca instead of cauliflower in an NYC community garden is less racist. (That is one warped & ignorant little girl).

      1. You are dating yourself….. That’s before my time…LOL

      2. Maybe..but didn’t someone over there say nationalism is racism….

      3. IDK, I’d grow some but last time the bugs had a field day. I think she’s just jealous that the vegetable has a higher IQ……LOL

      1. Thor1,
        TOP’s questions

        1. You are dating yourself….. That’s before my time…LOL

        That “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon” show ending line was from 1955 through 1958 when I was between 4 & 7 years old and only watching science shows & cartoons. It’s on here nearly every morning @ 3:00, followed by another dog, Lassie.

        2. Maybe..but didn’t someone over there say nationalism is racism

        People say a lot of things; but, I generally ignore them, as they slowly find their world closing on them. We’ll see next year who wins and whether or not we are all doomed.

        3. IDK, I’d grow some but last time the bugs had a field day. I think she’s just jealous that the vegetable has a higher IQ……LOL

        Our cruciferous vegetables usually do rather well.
        Now that you mention it, I suspect an MRI of the typical head of cauliflower and of AOC’s head might yield surprisingly similar results.

          1. Anonamo Also,

            You are not supposed to make fun of Cauliflower! Shame,.. shame.

            We were not making fun of Cauliflower. I love it and all of its Cruciferous kin, like cabbage, Bok Choy, Broccoli, & Brussels Sprouts.
            We were making fun of AOC whose intelligence appears to be on par with a head of Cauliflower.
            A little butter and vinegar and all of these are delish.
            Yucca, Yucca (the new LOL)

          2. TOP comparing a cauliflower to aoc is degrading to the cauliflower….was MY point.Cauliflower is packed with a lot of good stuff and only thing i have heard from aoc is rotten garbage..and.used food materials.

          3. Anonamo Also,

            TOP comparing a cauliflower to aoc is degrading to the cauliflower….was MY point.

            I understand. Your point is understood, accepted, and agreed upon.
            No disrespect meant for the white vegetable, just the human one.

    2. TOP, I think you need an intervention over your relationship with woot, LOL!
      To your questions:
      1) I had to google that one, it was before my time…
      2) I think we are seeing a trend here. And that trend started here when Trump got elected. Everyday folks are tired of the ‘status quo’ that doesn’t do any good for us. There will be ‘growing pains’ for sure, but as more ppl ‘wake up’, we will see more ‘progress/support’.
      3) I love to get a laugh every day about AOC’s ‘spouting’. Now cauliflower will go out of style (or get more popular) much like when Bush said he didn’t like broccoli. I just SMH that ppl take what AOC has to say seriously.
      And I downloaded the story you recommended, I will read it soon.

      1. Grammyprepper,

        TOP, I think you need an intervention over your relationship with woot, LOL!

        Who me? Actually woot.com tempts me at least once per day, and I only order things I can use and are a really great price. For instance, a while back we were looking at the Instant Pot; but, were too cheacp to get one. Then woot had the pot which sold out immediately, followed by a brand name clone for something like 60% off list. We now have one.
        In fact a woot ”Daily Digest:” came in @ 1:58 and I, see nothing I want; but, there will be another tomorrow. LOL

        1) I had to google that one, it was before my time…

        Mine too; but, that show is on TV every weekday morning from 4:00-5:00 followed by Lassie 5:00-6:00 on FETV (Family Entertainment TV)

        2) I think we are seeing a trend here. And that trend started here when Trump got elected. Everyday folks are tired of the ‘status quo’ that doesn’t do any good for us. There will be ‘growing pains’ for sure, but as more ppl ‘wake up’, we will see more ‘progress/support’.

        I think you are right with people now seeing the antics of the left full blown and out in the open. I’m not so sure the left are really Trump haters, as much as hating what he stands for and those incorrigibles who elected him. How dare we rebel and not have elected one of our betters.
        The days of platitudes and lip service may be coming to an end, or at least I can hope.

        3) I love to get a laugh every day about AOC’s ‘spouting’. Now cauliflower will go out of style (or get more popular) much like when Bush said he didn’t like broccoli. I just SMH that ppl take what AOC has to say seriously.

        The only one who has to take her seriously is Pelosi, and that also makes me laugh.
        As for cauliflower, I still like it, raw with dip, steamed with cheese sauce, or fully cooked with butter & vinegar.

        And I downloaded the story you recommended, I will read it soon.

        I think you will like it, or at least appreciate it. Considering the fact that it was written in the 1920’s, E. M. Forster’s prescience looking into a future from a place where electric power was still uncommon, the telephone was rare, and the transatlantic cable was only a mere decade old is rather amazing, and could well almost tell what happens today with people interacting on social networks and rarely meeting face to face.
        We’ve probably all seen when a small piece of our machine stops, and you have no internet, telephone, or TV for a while. I’ve seen the younger generation panic like we had run out of air. LOL.

    3. TOP’s questions

      1. Who always said: “Well King, this case is closed”? Sgt Preston of the Yukon.

      2. Do you think there’s finally a backlash against the elitist left when we look at who is being elected in India, Australia, Brazil, and the probability of strong conservative and Brexit champion Boris Johnson becoming the next UK PM, after Teresa May’s resignation, effective June 7th. Australia with one of the hottest summers in years and problems with the great barrier reef, essentially shunned their climate change candidate, as conservative kitchen table issues ruled the day. Yes, I think a backlash is occurring. I think the commies (aka: Democrats) in our country may be in for a surprise in 2020 if they don’t manage to commit massive voter fraud that affects the vote tally.

      3. Do you agree with AOC that growing cauliflower is racist since it represents taking a colonial approach to environmentalism? She thinks we should grow Yucca instead. I guess planting Yucca instead of cauliflower in an NYC community garden is less racist. (That is one warped & ignorant little girl). She is a sick person. But, I don’t like cauliflower and do like yuca (aka: cassava). But it seems everything has to be racist or some kind of -ist these days. BTW: yucca is a non-edible, flowering plant, yuca is the starchy edible root plant. Cubans love it and so I was introduced to it very early in my relationship with my Ex.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        Yes, I think a backlash is occurring. I think the commies (aka: Democrats) in our country may be in for a surprise in 2020 if they don’t manage to commit massive voter fraud that affects the vote tally.

        They would never do that; but, perhaps the Ruskies will, especially if they lose. LOL.
        Me thinks, or at least hopes you are right and we finally see conservative free market principles being once again treated with respect.

        She is a sick person. But, I don’t like cauliflower and do like yuca (aka: cassava).

        I don’t know if she is sick as much as young and deluded into thinking she’s important. I still continue to like cauliflower and its kin.

        BTW: yucca is a non-edible, flowering plant, yuca is the starchy edible root plant. Cubans love it and so I was introduced to it very early in my relationship with my Ex.

        OK, consider me properly schooled with some little credit to AOC. She pronounced it “You Ka” and I mistook it for Yucca, the cactus like plant, due to her combination of her accent & arrogance and perhaps my disdain for her.
        As it turns out I do like Yuca since cassava, manioc, and tapioca are similar, and tapioca pudding is one of my favorites.

          1. Thor1,

            Yucca or yuca that is the question…..LOL

            The simple explanation is that these homographs included a plant species whose name I did not recognize. I had heard of Cassava; but, didn’t recognize the other name and the fact that AOC mentioned it, may have jaded my thinking a bit.

            2C or not 2C that is the question…..ROFLMAO

            This has nothing to do with C’ing, just pronunciation of two homographs, only one of which I knew.
            In any case, I learned something new.

    4. TOP:
      With respect to #5 the hard copies of The Mother Earth News- perhaps a local library or museum would have space to keep the valuable information.

      1. Moe,

        With respect to #5 the hard copies of The Mother Earth News- perhaps a local library or museum would have space to keep the valuable information.

        I’ve already tried that, and most libraries are getting away from paper and also going digital. There are numerous periodicals that they only have in digital format, which of course saves them physical space.
        While they still have physical books, they generally also have audio CD versions of the same that work well for me and my situation.
        You may recall in: ”What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 41: Apr 21st – Apr 27th 2019 that Tamarind mentioned the book “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel.
        I mentioned that I had read the book; but, actually, I listened to it with a borrowed CD from my local library, with no special ordering required.

    5. TOP,

      You have Mother Earth News Archive already from 1973 – 2016 or 2017. I sent it to you last year or it may have been the year before.

      And I agree with GP, an intervention is definitely needed. LOL

      1. Almost There,

        You have Mother Earth News Archive already from 1973 – 2016 or 2017.
        I sent it to you last year or it may have been the year before.

        I guess I forgot; but, it was inexpensive enough to get the update which only requires a browser, and if we don’t spend a little money on items, the companies will go out of business or have fewer product offerings.
        I actually wish this site had an Amazon Affiliate link so we could help out a bit here.

        And I agree with GP, an intervention is definitely needed. LOL

        As long as the DW doesn’t think so, I’m good. In fact I’ve had several days of offerings and haven’t even been tempted, since I am discriminating on both item need and price.
        For instance, the latest missive had the following:
        First Alert HOME1 Rechargeable Standard Home Fire Extinguisher (2-Pack) $39.99 $59.98 33% off List Price
        Based on local offerings for the same item, that is not a good deal and is too expensive.

    6. Hello there OP,

      Looks like you had a pretty productive week! After having posted my weekly activity for the previous week, I am in ‘relaxed mode’ on this Memorial Day, re-reading everyone’s post and wanted to say that of all you did this week, the BEST was the entire Mother Earth New’s library. Now that’s sweet!

      1. Jean,

        After having posted my weekly activity for the previous week, I am in ‘relaxed mode’ on this Memorial Day, re-reading everyone’s post

        Other than meetings, doctor appointments, and chores we’ve been in relaxed mode since retirement some 2 years ago.

        wanted to say that of all you did this week, the BEST was the entire Mother Earth New’s library. Now that’s sweet!

        It is sweeter then you know. I started reading TMEN back in 1970 when I bought my first issue (TMEN #1) and have all of the issues from then until about 2009 or 2010, including the compiled indices all in nice TMEN slip cases. When I had my 2nd vision problem in 2003 reading any paper magazine or book became nearly impossible, which is why I do a lot of computer readable and audio book versions of books, magazines, and other information.
        We live in amazing times where the technology not only helps keep us alive, it helps keep us engaged with our surroundings, and people like you who I would have never encountered in a previous generation.
        I have had email and telephone conversations with some on this forum from states far away from here, and have real personal relationships (face to face) with a few.
        Even with all of the political uncertainty and sniping, most of which has always gone on out of sight, we should all be thankful for the times in which we live, and places like this forum where we can meet and interact.

  9. Oh my gosh what a day today our city had our annual Memorial day parade, even though it rained we still had a great turnout of school band’s, vintage cars, police cars, firetrucks, and all the trimmings at a parade. The rest of the weekend we’re going to spend at the beach they are having a Kite flying contest and again all the fun things to do at the beach. I’ve been keeping up on my gardening, my grapes, are finally taking off and I had to do a lot of reading up on the care of them now I need bird netting. My Raspberries, are all flowering, and my strawberries are turning red soon to start eating them. My daughter, is starting a Gluten free life change, I finally figured out what’s been her issues after just a few days she’s feeling better, not having headache, cramps, bloating, at first she didn’t want to believe me but after a few days she thanked me for getting her gluten free foods. I did do some coupon shopping, so around $56.00 in food for $22.00 so half off I saved. The rest of the weekend we’re just going to have a nice quite time it’s something we haven’t had time in the last 6 months. The hospital, finally found a place for my husband’s mom, in San Jose, at least now we’ll be able to see both his mom and dad, in the same area.. So have a great weekend and a wonderful memorial day weekend.

    1. I’m glad to hear you got MIL situated, that has to be a big stress off of you. Enjoy your weekend!

      1. We are staying one more night the kid’s only a few minutes away from school, and tomorrow is hubby’s birthday, so we’ll have a cake tomorrow night. Tonight we will have a birthday dinner early…

  10. I used my new cultivator until it got dark. It works about as I expected. It even sliced a nice hole in my drip tape, just like I know it would if I got careless. Being just 10 inches wide and having slicing blades it doesn’t pull away from you hard. The blades do spin fast so it will go where you don’t want it in a heart beat.

    Like I said, it has slicing blades, like eight inch diameter throwing stars with a 45 degree cant near the tip. The grass was getting ahead of me between my okra rows. I just went forward slowly pivoting it on the two 6 inch wheels on the back of it. It made short work of the crabgrass. On my long rows of tomatoes I decided to go backwards as the grass wasn’t bad. Of course you have to keep tossing the power cord to the side. That way the wheels are on hard ground and it is easier to gauge the digging depth. It takes a little muscle but by keeping the digging depth shallow it isn’t too hard. I will know tomorrow if I over did it.

    I got this to get by until I fix my Kubota. However even then it will still be useful for tall crops like okra or to spot till things with vines like melons or sweet potatoes.

    Lucky for me all my cleared land is at most 150 feet from my home. I can run an extension cord everywhere. With a solar system I could quietly power till even if gas was not available. Well worth $100.

    1. Daddio7,

      Lucky for me all my cleared land is at most 150 feet from my home. I can run an extension cord everywhere. With a solar system I could quietly power till even if gas was not available. Well worth $100.

      Come on. You know the rules. You cannot get a new toy like that little cultivator without spilling the details, especially when it uses throwing stars to tear up the weeds. LOL.

      1. Greenworks 10-Inch 8 Amp Corded Tiller on Amazondotcom. Feels lighter than the 29 lbs it weighs. I thought the other make with regular L shaped tines would pull too hard. Plus, who wouldn’t want to attack the weeds with throwing stars.

        That is what it does, slicing them into little pieces while not moving much soil. Kind of fun actually. I did almost get back spasms but i quit in time. No more pulling it backwards. The grass is going to jump with the rain we had today. No matter how hot I will just have to get it done tomorrow.

  11. No trouble with snapping turtles, although Tara is right, they do make delicious soup!

    I am not an expert on ebola, but have read the book, “the hot zone” and a couple other things. Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever. In the terminal. the patient bleeds out, from every orfice. There is a very similar disease called, “Marburg”. There is an effective treatment, but not generally available, to my knowledge. At any rate, there have been a vey few cures here, but the disease is so viriulently contagious. It is extremely dangerous to be near anyone who has the disease.

    Not many preps. Replacing the single pane windows on the BOL with dual pane ones. Expanding the BOL workshop. I’m hoping we are past the last spring freeze. Still planting the gardens. Put in quite a few sweet onions and salad stuff. Carrots, cucumbers, radishes. Should finish all that next week.

    Grocery price increases are inevitable, with meat leading the parade. The more we can grow for ourselves, the better.

    1. Billy T,

      Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever. In the terminal. the patient bleeds out, from every orfice. There is a very similar disease called, “Marburg”. There is an effective treatment, but not generally available, to my knowledge. At any rate, there have been a vey few cures here, but the disease is so viriulently contagious. It is extremely dangerous to be near anyone who has the disease.

      Ebola & Marburg are related members of the Filovirus family of viruses consisting of a single strand of RNA. It is easily spread when a person comes into contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. Until modern times, meaning modern travel, those viruses did not spread far, since they burnt out fast and disappeared, often killing off entire small villages or population centers. There is another unrelated virus found in Africa called Lassa that also causes hemorrhagic fever. People who explore into deep areas of the continents along with air travel and lack of quarantine could be our (humankinds) downfall. We used to quarantine international travelers; but, would not want to inconvenience anyone today. Hawaii OTOH has a strict quarantine on any incoming plant species for good reasons; but, an odd priority IMHO.
      I also read ”The Hot Zone”, seemingly some 20 years ago (is it really that old?) and look forward to the National Geographic 6 part series starting this Monday evening 5/27/19.

      Expanding the BOL workshop. I’m hoping we are past the last spring freeze. Still planting the gardens. Put in quite a few sweet onions and salad stuff. Carrots, cucumbers, radishes. Should finish all that next week.

      Does that mean you have the forge and bellows up and running? I want to hear about your blacksmithing.
      We’ll also be doing sweet onions this year, since I ended up with two flats of candy onions at the auction a few weeks back, so if everything works out, we should have plenty & more.

      Grocery price increases are inevitable, with meat leading the parade. The more we can grow for ourselves, the better.

      So far things are doing OK here. We still have a freezer full of beef from April (last year) plus a few turkeys & hams purchased on sale at the appropriate holiday times. Should we outlive our beef supply, things may have gotten back to normal. LOL.

        1. Thor1,
          Interesting article; but, I consider it borderline “fake news:, since I don’t get my food storage tips from ”Woman’s Day” and I’ve been freezing meat for extended periods for more than 50 years. Our freezer typically sits around -5° F (-20°) C with no freeze thaw cycles, and the meat in that freezer we purchase in May of last year is still fine both in flavor, safety, and texture.

          Freeze dry it

          We’ll be doing that; but, for now, the garden and other things are taking priority.

          It might be time to toss that suspicious looking chicken.

          We have no long term stored chicken, just beef and some pork. Chicken is cheap enough to purchase in small amounts when we need it.

          1. We have also frozen meat for longer term. We freeze it first and then vacuum seal it. I have yet to have any deteriorate when stored that way.

          2. Billy T,

            I have my meat in vacuum seal bags. but I didn’t freeze it first… Good idea. I freeze my fruit first, then vacuum seal, but hadn’t thought about doing meat that way. Mine all looks good, hard as a rock. I haven’t read the article yet…

        2. Billy T,

          We have also frozen meat for longer term. We freeze it first and then vacuum seal it. I have yet to have any deteriorate when stored that way.

          Perhaps we should consider that method; but, so far, keeping the freezer well below 0° F in the packaging from our processor has done the job. Our processor takes a live animal and for a fee, quite professionally turns it into frozen packages cut and packaged to your order.
          The meat is first wrapped with a heavy duty saran / cling wrap material, and then tightly wrapped in several layers of heavy butchers paper, all neatly marked (stamped) with the cut & date.
          It is then flash frozen to something like -25° F, so even when bringing it home in cardboard boxes due to not enough coolers, it doesn’t thaw on the way.
          Just another perk of living in a rural agricultural community.

      1. Ebola is a VIRAL hemorrhagic fever- correct. There is no cure for it because drug companies can not get rich using herbals…they have to develop a “pharma- drug” to make money on another’s illness.

        1. Anonamo Also,

          Ebola is a VIRAL hemorrhagic fever- correct. There is no cure for it because drug companies can not get rich using herbals…they have to develop a “pharma- drug” to make money on another’s illness.

          It is indeed a viral hemorrhagic fever; but, I think your assertions for big pharmaceuticals are a bit unfounded. If there were effective herbals, there would be no Ebola, nor that Black Death (Yersinia pestis bacterium), nor Spanish influenza; but, herbals simply cannot fix everything or keep up with the evolutionary mutation of bacteria and viruses.
          Where there effective herbals, Pharma would extract and synthesize the active ingredients in them to provide standardized dosage medications, as they once did with aspirin, from willow bark tea.
          Growing up in the 1950’s one huge Bogyman was poliomyelitis, with both Salk & Sabin coming up with effective vaccines and big Pharma producing enough to immunize the world.
          I still remember going to our church with my brother and eating a sugar cube with the Sabin oral vaccine.

          1. TOP and AA,

            I read somewhere that they have what seems to be a promising vaccine for Ebola. Still in testing phases. Of course, the anti-vaxers will be against it.

          2. Zulu 3-6,

            I read somewhere that they have what seems to be a promising vaccine for Ebola. Still in testing phases. Of course, the anti-vaxers will be against it.

            That doesn’t surprise me, since we can now disassemble viruses at the DNA or RNA level and use A.I. to analyze them.
            The testing phase is of course a catch 22.
            Take too long and people will scream that big pharma is delaying to make a crisis and up their profits; but, don’t be thorough and have side effects and they get sued while the FDA is criticized for malfeasance.
            In my case, medications and devices have kept me going well beyond my original expiration date, so I give credit where it’s due.

        2. Anonamo, there have been at least three cures accomplished in the U.S. One was a doctor who contracted the disease in Africa – I think in Angola. The others were nurses who got it in a hospital in Texas. I don’t know if there have been others or any outside the U.S.

          1. Billy T , it is my understanding that those who recovered recovered at one hospital and many measures were made to attempt to reduce the viral load.even giving blood…which would be beneficial to someone with impairment of clotting factors.
            Do not mis understand my comment base…. It is not because i have such high regard for herbals but that I have such LOW regard for Pharma giants. I do not trust their motives so do not trust their products, including vaccines.I gave early vaccines to my DD, also took the sugar cube. When my DD began school she had to have 6 total vaccines/aged 5…. now that many is required by age 6 months. I have enough formaldehyde, aluminum and mercury already in my system.I have no intention of ever taking another one…. many vaccines are made in Saudi Arabia by our enemies… so what could go wrong?
            There are many natural anti virals, some arepresent in those areas where this originates… but if one has no idea what MIGHT be most effective would not be used. This disease is NOT new… has been spread by poor hygiene and practices for years, in pockets… I am referring to their practice of dancing with the dead.

          2. Billy T,

            They’ve had people survive Ebola in Africa too. One of the major things with treating Ebola is keeping the patient well hydrated via IV. They can’t always do that there due to lack of supplies. Also many victims in Africa are malnourished to begin with, so they’re already medically in a hole. Here in the States, we can do the hydration, but a lot of it depends on how early the disease is diagnosed and how healthy the patient is to start with.

            Also, there is no “cure” for Ebola. You have to let it run it’s course and provide necessary supportive therapy. And pray.

          3. Zulu 3-6,

            Also, there is no “cure” for Ebola. You have to let it run it’s course and provide necessary supportive therapy. And pray.

            As I understand it, that is true for all viral infections, from the common cold to influenza, HIV, and once again the measles.

            I saw this report this morning from the CDC:

            From January 1 to May 24, 2019, 940** individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 26 states. This is an increase of 60 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

            There are evidently now major airports that have now unsurprisingly become hotbeds of measles infections. They stated that in an airport, the virus can linger in the air for up to 2 hours, and even longer on surfaces and they recommend you start carrying hand sanitizer. Some in the article were even wearing gloves.
            An average person infected with influenza will pass it to 1 or 2 people, while someone with measles will on average, infect 18..

      2. The furnace is propane fired – no bellows. I made it from 1/8 mild steel, with 2 inches of lightweight high temp insulation. The fire box is 8″ x 8″x 12″. Right now, trying to make the tools necessary to use it, starting with tongs. I’m using 1/2 inch rebar. It isn’t easy. Anyway, the furnace is easily capable of reaching 2400 degrees F. Steel needs to be about 2000 degrees to be easily malleable.
        I have added a workbench top drill press and an additional welder to the shop. It didn’t make any sense to carry a welder back and forth. The furnace was my first welded construction project. Learning as I go!

        I also read “The Hot Zone” long ago, about 15 years or so.

        1. Billy T,

          The furnace is propane fired – no bellows. I made it from 1/8 mild steel, with 2 inches of lightweight high temp insulation. The fire box is 8″ x 8″x 12″..

          Cool. I made something similar years ago to smelt aluminum and por into sand casts. Nothing serious; but, just wanted to try my hand at an old timey craft with a low temperature metal, that in my case was mostly old aluminum cans.

          Right now, trying to make the tools necessary to use it, starting with tongs I’m using 1/2 inch rebar. It isn’t easy. Anyway, the furnace is easily capable of reaching 2400 degrees F. Steel needs to be about 2000 degrees to be easily malleable.

          Are you familiar with the work of David J Gingery? He has a series of books that start with the sand casting I did, and allows you to construct / bootstrap an entire machine shop, one tool at a time.
          He’s been dead about 15 years now; but, his son has taken up the mantle and continues to publish his excellent books. Were it not for my vision issues, I would have attempted at least part of this feat; but, have instead started purchasing a few “serviceable” tools from Harbor Freight. Here are Dave’s works: http://gingerybooks.com/

          I have added a workbench top drill press and an additional welder to the shop. It didn’t make any sense to carry a welder back and forth. The furnace was my first welded construction project. Learning as I go!

          I used to do some stick and wire welding, taught by my late FIL farmer and my late brother who was a welder for Bethlehem steel in the car shop; but, my pacemaker excludes me from doing any kind of arc welding, and my vision makes gas welding rather hard and somewhat dangerous. LOL
          In any case it’s good to see you are finally getting your shop running after a long and hard fought wait.

          1. Shop is pretty complete now. Metal top work bench with anvil, vise, 4″x22 inch belt sander with 6″ disc sander, drill press, small bench grinder and welder, in addition to furnace. Furnace is on a reinforced metal service cart, on top of two layers of concrete fence cap blocks for insulation from the cart. Propane tank is on lower level of the cart. I still need a couple types of hammers and tongs.

  12. Tara’s questions”
    1) no water features here, so no real dealing with snappers, altho we do sometimes come across them when camping, and yes they are good for soup!
    2) Yes, I am very concerned about the flooding in the midwest and the potential effect on food prices. I am noticing it already. Simce we are looking to move, I didn’t plant as big a garden as I had planned on. We also have to work through the freezers we have before we can make any purchases. We get ‘packages’ from a local butcher a couple times a year, and I watch their prices. I am very judicious in watching the markdown prices at the local grocery store I work at, and I will tell you, I rarely buy the marked down meat because it is still outrageous. That used to be my ‘go to’. And sometimes, your tastes have to change. I often find ground pork marked down to a reasonable price vs ground beef, so I will grab it.
    3) You can read the post or listen to the podcast, but Jill (a blogger I follow) did an experiment with ‘natural’ pest controls here
    https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/05/21/3-organic-aphid-control-methods-tested/?ck_subscriber_id=78763382
    4) Garden planted and container planted plants all seem to be doing well. I have extra tomato starts I plan to share with friends. Cantaloupe starts that didn’t make the cut to the garden, sitll in their starter cells, are flowering, so I have to find a place for them in the garden.
    DH works commercial construction, and is really hard on pants belts. I recently purchased this one for him. It’s not cheap, but I am hoping that it means he doesn’t need a new one every month. I am impressed by the quality, it is heavy leather, Amish made (per the web site) and they offer a 100 year warranty. If anyone can bust that warranty myth, it will be DH, and I will be sure to update.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KTUQWWA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I hope those links come through.
    Happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone, please take a moment to pray not only for our lost veterans but those currently serving. And to all of you have or are currently serving, thank you for your service. I mean that from the bottom of my heart!

    1. Grammyprepper,

      2) Yes, I am very concerned about the flooding in the midwest and the potential effect on food prices. I am noticing it already.

      I’m not all that worried; but, it finally dawned on me why I wasn’t while watching a news report and an aerial view of the flooding. It reminded me of the Great Flood of 1993. Back in the late 1980’s and well into the 1990’s I worked for a company doing real-time software development and became one of the subject matter experts on an operating system created by Microware of Des Moines IA. I traveled to IA a few times and developed personal relationships with some of their engineering staff, often able to cut through the customer support folks with direct lines to engineers. In 1993, the world out there changed, with endless rainfall that flooded enough places that they developed their own micro climates, where those large lake sized puddles would evaporate and then rain again. Some of those people I knew personally had water in the first floor of their homes; but, in the end they all got through it, and came out the other side.
      From the following article link you will note that these floods occurred in 1927, 1993, and now again 2019, so it’s not all that out of the ordinary and as preppers, we all know that these are the likely things for which we prepare. While cause for concern and planning, we should not be losing sleep over any of this.
      Here are some of the details from 26 years ago, that many may have forgotten as I had until that aerial photo jogged my memory.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Flood_of_1993

      3) You can read the post or listen to the podcast, but Jill (a blogger I follow) did an experiment with ‘natural’ pest controls here

      I bookmarked it. Thanks.

      4) Garden planted and container planted plants all seem to be doing well. I have extra tomato starts I plan to share with friends. Cantaloupe starts that didn’t make the cut to the garden, sitll in their starter cells, are flowering, so I have to find a place for them in the garden.

      We have seeds and plants doing OK & ready to plant; but, a thunderstorm this morning brought yet more rain (0.4 inches), making me wonder if we’ll ever get that garden tilled with 5.3 inches so far this month.

      DH works commercial construction, and is really hard on pants belts. I recently purchased this one for him. It’s not cheap, but I am hoping that it means he doesn’t need a new one every month. I am impressed by the quality, it is heavy leather, Amish made (per the web site) and they offer a 100 year warranty. If anyone can bust that warranty myth, it will be DH, and I will be sure to update.

      I added that belt to my wish list and now need to see that belt. Right now I use a 1.25 inch Blade-Tech Looper Reinforced Leather/Kydex belt that’s 25 years old and while it’s still doing OK, I may need another at some point. The Blade-Tech belt carries my multitool, a firearm and often one or more radios without sagging, and for a short guy like me, that is very important.

  13. Iran knows about Champ… They can run but they can’t hide. Even with the electronics hidden underground, they are not safe. Their military is totally vulnerable to attack from Champ.

    Now they will negotiate for a new DEAL !!!

    Thor’s one more question:

    1. Do you think the cutting of jobs at major corporations such as Ford, is an attack on Trump’s great economy to try to hurt him in the 2020 election? Hmmm

    1. Thor1,

      1. Do you think the cutting of jobs at major corporations such as Ford, is an attack on Trump’s great economy to try to hurt him in the 2020 election? Hmmm

      The financial wonks are predicting an imminent recession. That might be merely a hope that we of the great unwashed will think Trump has failed the economy, or it may be true: a recession is imminent. In which case, the CEOs are being proactive in reducing their expenses.

      The main job of the CEOs of public companies is to create value for their owners (i.e., stockholders). If they can do it while maintaining current staffing levels, they usually will. If the bottom line is slipping, then adjustments have to be made and that often means layoffs. Sometimes, when earnings are stagnant for some reason, layoffs may be ordered to boost the bottom line a bit.

      I would have to research the annual and quarterly financial statements of these companies and study them for drops in sales, income, stock price, dividends (if that company issues dividends, not all do), and other indicators of losing money. I used to know how to do all that (I do have an MBA), but I am way out of practice.

    2. Thor1,

      Iran knows about Champ… They can run but they can’t hide. Even with the electronics hidden underground, they are not safe. Their military is totally vulnerable to attack from Champ.

      Their military en mass is vulnerable; but, individual pieces of equipment or systems may be protected from Champ with Faraday shielding; but, only when in storage and not when operational.

      Now they will negotiate for a new DEAL !!!

      Perhaps; but, remember that while the citizens of Iran like us, their dictatorial leadership are religious fanatics who consider martyrdom something to look forward to, including martyring their own population.

      1. Do you think the cutting of jobs at major corporations such as Ford, is an attack on Trump’s great economy to try to hurt him in the 2020 election? Hmmm

      No. Ford Motor Company has simply cut expenses to keep the company running, as GM had to do with their Lordstown Ohio facility. I am a shareholder / owner of Ford and they have managed to maintain a 6% (actually 6.09%) dividend, paying me $0.15 just last March with another due in early June. They are also trying to maintain their share value, currently sitting @ $9.83 down from a high in the mid teens.

      The one criticism the socialists have about capitalism, is that the capitalists make money on the backs of the workers, and to a point that is true; however, those workers simply show up, for a job for 8 hours, leave, and receive a paycheck, which I think is a rather fair trade, while the owners who provided the capital so those workers could have employment can often lose some or all of their investment. Enron & WorldCom come to mind here.

      1. TOP,

        According to the the secretary of state (Michael R. Pompeo ex army officer and CIA CEO)
        Champ cannot be shielded from even if buried underground.

        More C’s…..yucca yucca

        How many C’s do you see?

        1. Thor1,

          According to the the secretary of state (Michael R. Pompeo ex army officer and CIA CEO)
          Champ cannot be shielded from even if buried underground.

          Here he is of course talking about operational systems. Placing an offline, disconnected system in a properly constructed faraday enclosure will shield anything. If however, they should unbox and deploy it, either Champ or a HARM will quickly make short work of it.

          More C’s…..yucca yucca

          How many C’s do you see?

          I C 6 Ceeze.

          1. More C’s…yucca yucca

            ^ ^^ ^^
            | || ||
            1 23 45

            How many C’s do you see?

            ^
            |
            6

            Pompeo stated it could NOT be shielded against.

            Pompeo is a politician with talking points and not a physicist or engineer. A properly constructed Faraday enclosure can, and will stop any EM (electro Magnetic) energy by the simple laws of physics.
            The equipment stored therein will not be harmed; but, also cannot be deployed while packed away and that works as well

      2. TOP,

        According to the the secretary of state (Michael R. Pompeo ex army officer and CIA CEO)
        Champ cannot be shielded from even if buried underground.

        More C’s…..yucca yucca

        How many C’s do you see?

        There is actually 14 +see I missed the c in seCretary and offiCer……LOL

        I’m glad you have more information the an ex- CIA CEO. Phantom works is classified info.
        Maybe there’s more than meets the eye…..Like C’s…. LOL

  14. Hi Everyone.

    Just a reminder as to remember what Memorial Day is for. Thank the Lord for those that have sacrificed so much.

    Got back today from The Great Appalachian Homesteading Conference, and another great year. Met up with Jean and her friend and a couple of other folks from my prep group that were going. Learned quite a bit about herbal remedies. Old Alabama Gardener was there. He has really good YT videos about gardening.

    Found a Eddie Bauer down sleeping bag at GW, along with some SS trays. Sold the freezer, so that was good. Now both are frost free.

    Very busy week, not much else going on.

    Tara’s questions –

    Have you had to deal with snapping turtles on your land, and how did your curtail their squatting? No

    Are you concerned about increases in grocery prices this year – as well as quantity limitations? Yes, it’s always a concern and so I get as much as I can every time I go in there.

    How is your garden growing? What is you favorite homemade pesticide or herbicide recipe? Tomato plants are doing good. Checked it when I got home, and I see some things coming up. I don’t have any homemade pesticide recipe except for the ant killer recipe. I’ve got to make some more of it up as I got some ants in the house… Those pesky little thing appear from nowhere. The solution I mix up really works.

    Prayers for Laura, for those needing healing, The President and for America.

    Have a great week everyone.

    1. Tara’s questions.. I prefer snapping turtles fried, do not currently have any , would love to be able to isolate a family growing out and get grandpa and grandma….do not know how garden is doing. used essential oil spray on potato bugs… tea tree, oregano, and some thter ones, lemon grass… did not see any the next day.. also use DE. very concerned with grocery prices, prices for pound are going up every week…across the board.have not gone down any over past year. The powers that were will do anything to crash the system..and create havoc. IF they think it will hurt Trump, they say they are for the little man as long as they can use the unrest, but really want all of us peons dead.

  15. Don’t think I got to comment last week so this will be for 2 weeks. New window panes put in. Picked up some mouse food for the unauthorized kitchen tenant. I hate to do it but he has had several opportunities to relocate.
    The steroid shot in the right knee lasted 2 weeks (almost to the day). There are 6 weeks before I can get another shot. Will be looking into options for that. Physical therapy is progressing on the shoulder. Saw the oncologist and after seeing him I graduated. Hard to believe 5 1/2 years ago I got the dreaded “c” diagnosis.
    Should be picking up 4 cases of chili in a few minutes if I can find my raincheck. Ordered a few things from Costco that a friend will pick up this week.
    No snapping turtles and no garden this year. We are already seeing a big jump in the price of some things. Celery has gone thru the roof.

    1. suzyq,

      Good to hear about the “C” diagnosis. I’ve had a steroid shot in my foot before for Morton’s Neuroma … It only lasted 3 days. Won’t do that anymore. Got some orthotics that helped immensely.

    2. try collagen formula or chicken sternum cartilage collagen type ii,… they help some people with knee issues.both are supposed to help rebuild tissue, in knee. Neither should do harm..unlike Steroid shots are destructive to joint..so even tho pain relief does occur, it always returns and worsens..

  16. As of last Saturday, all the motors are running; ATV’s, camper propane, generator. DW’s ATV is on its trailer. The weather is supposed to be wet and cold so I’m not taking my ATV (cold and damp do not go well on my knees – no fun riding). Tightening up a few loose ends to leave for camping.

    Left for camping on Tuesday. Next party showed up on Thursday. Rain, snow, and cold for the 1st 2 days, then warmed up with occasional rain. No cell service, texts, internet, radio, or TV for 6 days. Looks like the world didn’t blow up without me watching! No major problems for us, but one of the families is still having problems with their Suburban. New engine is losing power, brought the truck back on a trailer and their trailer back with another truck; so, I didn’t get home until after 7 PM vs. 3 PM, Monday night.

    The O-rings for the water filter didn’t show before the DW got to the site, so repairs will have to wait.

    Our closing grocery is down to 50% off markdowns. Along with “pantry fixins” we got some AF #10 cans, ½ pint canning jars, and some extra lids.

    Received: HD ratchet straps (3); AF #10 Tomato Powder; AF #10 Cheese Blend; ½ pint jars (2 cs), small lids (2), large lids (2); Red Feather butter; book (Thrift Shop);

    Tara’s questions:

    1. Have you had to deal with snapping turtles on your land, and how did your curtail their squatting? Not a Montana issue.
    2. Are you concerned about increases in grocery prices this year – as well as quantity limitations? I always watch them. Yep, they are going up, and it will get progressively worse. It will hurt low/fixed income people most.
    3. How is your garden growing? What is you favorite homemade pesticide or herbicide recipe? Garden?

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Who is paying for the migrants? (It costs $3,000 a year to moderately feed one person) The government. They have the free money!

    2. Will the welfare system collapse due to the food crisis cost and the immigrants? Yes, but not sure when. The current system is unsustainable. What next? Just wait for the next EBT “burp” and you will get a good idea what things will be like.

    3. Are you worried about diseases and pandemics? (6 migrant children died from flu. Could it have been Ebola? Nope, it will get most everybody else first! I live in fly-over country. Besides, the government will fix the problems within 3 days; that’s why they recommend a 72-hour kit, right?

    1. JP,

      No cell service, texts, internet, radio, or TV for 6 days. Looks like the world didn’t blow up without me watching!

      It sounds like a typical camping excursion and one of the best ways I’ve ever found for real rest.

      BTW What is an AF #10?

      2. Are you concerned about increases in grocery prices this year – as well as quantity limitations? I always watch them. Yep, they are going up, and it will get progressively worse. It will hurt low/fixed income people most.

      We are on a fixed income and don’t see any pain so far, since we bank about $1800.00 per month after all bills paid. It took living in one place, scrimping, saving and planning for a long time to get here.

      What next? Just wait for the next EBT “burp” and you will get a good idea what things will be like.

      EBT “burp”? I like that, and living where very few have or use EBT is a good thing; however, we do avoid shopping at Wal-Mart & Aldi’s around the 1st of each month.

      3. Are you worried about diseases and pandemics? (6 migrant children died from flu. Could it have been Ebola? Nope, it will get most everybody else first! I live in fly-over country. Besides, the government will fix the problems within 3 days; that’s why they recommend a 72-hour kit, right?

      Like you I am unconcerned about this scenario for the same reasons; but, cannot convince Thor1.
      As for the 72 hours, that is the minimum time until help mayarrive in a regional disaster. We encourage people to have more than that; but, at least that much, and even that is akin to pulling teeth for some.
      In our rural community most have more than that; but, some local small city & village dwellers do not.

    2. JP,

      Glad your camping went well. Nothing blew up while you were gone, but flooding in Arkansas today and more tornadoes in OK, EQ in Peru 8.0. Means more potential issues with food and gardens. Heard there has been 138 tornadoes this year so far, and one every day since May 17th.

      And…. The mistake of the canned cheese, was actually butter like you had hoped… Great deal…

      1. Almost There,

        Glad your camping went well. Nothing blew up while you were gone, but flooding in Arkansas today and more tornadoes in OK, EQ in Peru 8.0. Means more potential issues with food and gardens. Heard there has been 138 tornadoes this year so far, and one every day since May 17th.

        Several tornados here last night had us up watching the radar, listening to NOAA weather, and hanging on the Skywarn radio nets with other storm spotters.
        The nearest was 50 miles to my southwest, so no real problem here, other than more rain. We may never get our garden tilled and planted.

        And BTW, Earthquakes in Peru and all along the Andes range are rather common.
        Most of the peaks in the Andes are active volcanoes that make it (the Andes range) prone to earthquakes. There is also a tectonic plate of Nazca that was responsible for the earthquake in Chile in 1960. Most mountain ranges save the Appalachians are very earthquake prone, due to their up thrust formation. The only thing that saves the Appalachians is their age and settled-in smaller size due to erosion.

          1. Moe,
            Not sure where you are located; but, that’s good to hear, since Kansas, Nebraska, and Ohio got wacked rather hard. The DW has an online / phone friend from Oklahoma, and their problem is massive flooding. As of yesterday, all 77 counties were under emergency status from high water all over their state.
            Situations like that of course are why we prep.

  17. So it’s 1:00 am, power has been off since 5:00 pm. 1200 customers are out, it was just normal thunderstorm, what about the next hurricane? On line outage page says main line damage, first guess was repaired by 12:30 am, well no. My generator is humming but it is too small to pull my water pump, I was working outside and hate to go to bed sweaty.

    Next prep is something big enough to power my water system. Westinghouse makes a 4250 watt inverter generator that will run for 18 hours on 2.6 gal gas. Half the reviews are negative, guess it is the luck of the draw. Next best is a Champion 5000 watt, three hours per gal usage, $800 on Amazon.

    1. Daddio7:

      If you have any choice, based upon my camping group’s experience, avoid a Champion Generator.

      You may find they are a lot of work and maintenance intensive.

      1. I have small engine and electrical systems skills. When my Colman generator quit working, I diagnosed a blown capacitor and replaced that. Before that the Briggs and Stratton motor stated leaking gas. Turned out the ethanol in unleaded gas had melted the needle valve seat. A new carburetor fixed that and now I only use ethanol free gas in my small engines.

        I imagine most of the problems people experience with cheaper generators stem from the same causes. Keep them dry, use ethanol free gas, put fuel stabilizer in the tank and running the carburetor dry after every use will prevent most small engine problems.

      2. Daddio7 & JP,

        If you have any choice, based upon my camping group’s experience, avoid a Champion Generator.

        My first commercial generator was a Champion (3500 / 4000 peak) and it has worked well enough. I do run it dry and perform proper maintenance on it, which is basically oil & filters. For the price it works OK and was something to fill the gap at the time.

        I imagine most of the problems people experience with cheaper generators stem from the same causes. Keep them dry, use ethanol free gas, put fuel stabilizer in the tank and running the carburetor dry after every use will prevent most small engine problems.

        I agree; but, have decided on propane for my generation needs since it needs no stabilizer and doesn’t eat away the seals. US Carburetor (http://uscarb.com) has propane and natural gas conversion kits, and having a dual fuel genset also gives you other options.
        I have not used them; but, have friends who have.

        1. In my area propane is very pricey, $4 a gal. That is bulk delivery, small tanks are much more. I only use it for cooking and 40 gals last me a year. I am about out so I might talk with my supplier to see what a larger tank would cost. If it could be set up to supply my BBQ grill and a generator it might be worth some investment.

          1. Daddio7,

            In my area propane is very pricey, $4 a gal. That is bulk delivery, small tanks are much more. I only use it for cooking and 40 gals last me a year.

            Considering the typical 20 lb BBQ tank contains 4.7 gallons and the tank exchange places run $15-20, that makes the propane very expensive @ $3.20-$4.25 per gallon respectively. I haven’t had a 20 lb tank filled in quite a while; but, the places that fill them still get $2.50’ish per gallon. On occasion I’ll do a tank exchange for an old tank to get a new full tank, but that’s not often, since a 20 pound tank lasts a year or more on the BBQ grill.

            I am about out so I might talk with my supplier to see what a larger tank would cost. If it could be set up to supply my BBQ grill and a generator it might be worth some investment.

            If your supplier only sets in a larger tank, then they are still going to fill it, since by law, you may not have others fill it, and they will charge what they can get.
            If however, you purchase your own tank, you may have anyone fill it, which means calling around mid summer for the best price for your bulk fill. Normally the larger the quantity you purchase at one time, the less expensive it will be per gallon. When you have your own tanks and are getting a quote for propane, make sure there is no added delivery cost or ”tank safety inspection” or at least take that cost into account.
            You have to do the calculations for tank size, cost and savings; but, our calculations also included the security of having heat & power during a long term grid down situation. I’m not talking zombie apocalypse; but, an ice storm, blizzard, or even a tornado outbreak like we had in Ohio earlier this week, a truly memorable Memorial Day.
            In our case we purchased our first1000 gallon tank back Iin1999 @ a cost of $1200.00, delivered & installed with regulators and buried service line (180 feet) to the house. In 2001 we purchased a second 1000 gallon tank that was simply connected to the same service line and still $1200.00.
            In 2016 we finally had the cash to install our whole house auto start generator (16KW 95 cc, propane fueled air cooled Generac) which was simply pigtailed into the same service line & regulator. That year (2016) we also added a 500 gallon tank to the mix for $800.00 installed.

            Our final tank was added in 2018; but, some wrangling took place. The company we have been dealing with for the last 7 or 8 years (Thrifty Propane (http://thriftypropane.com) was getting $1600.00 for a new 1000 gallon tank, which was now the going rate for that tank; but, were offering refurbished tanks that had been taken off lease, for only $1350.00, so I ordered one. When it came time to deliver and install the tank, they called and told me that their refurbished tanks that year were all very subpar and offered me another new tank for the discounted price of $1425.00. Since that was going to be our final planned tank purchase, we agreed and had it installed.
            Since they normally only fill tanks to the 80% mark, that gives us 2800 gallons after our summer fill; but, since we’ve been filling with the same company for a while now and the delivery driver and I have talked a few times, he’ll often fill one or more to the 90% level, since he knows we’ll be using it for cooking and domestic hot water, so it is not likely to have a problem with expansion from summer heat while waiting for the winter heating season. Another thing in our favor around here is that many farmers have large tanks to run their grain dryers, and often then also used to heat their house, so a tank purchase is not out of the ordinary.
            Tank maintenance only requires checking it over for blistered paint and rust spots, easily fixed with a wire brush and a can of white Rustoleum paint.
            Our first tank, 20 years old this summer is still working as well as when it was installed, with our only problem, being that wasps love to nest in the covers, so when checking tank levels, one needs to go armed for battle.

    2. Daddio7,

      Do you have a Harbor Freight near you? They have some that appear to be nice, and good reviews.

  18. Hi, Everyone. Been awhile since I’ve keyed more than one line here.

    1. Snapping Turtles — nope, none in our yard, but there are quite a few a couple of miles away. More than one was big enough that a vehicle had better not hit it. You know, ones that push 3 feet+. Only way I’d ever move one would be for it to latch onto a very thick longish stick.

    2. Grocery Prices — oh yeah, they’ve been going up. I’d expect much higher as the year goes on. Will definitely buy stuff on periodic sales, like usual.

    3. Garden — had a short season in my little raised bed, with just lettuces and radishes. Now have some green beans planted there plus a few okra and chard. We’ve had rain after rain after rain here in southern NJ. I finally tilled, but then had to wait for soil to dry enough to walk on to get the deer fence in so then I could get a few tomato and pepper plants in. It’s rained again now every day for a week. At least the neighbors now have a 3-foot fence around their whole back yard to hopefully keep their chickens corralled. What a nightmare that was, and I had to put tulle fabric around everything on the property. With all the medical issues, I’ll probably get just a few things planted, i.e. different green beans, soybeans, okra, herbs, chard, maybe some lemongrass (seeds).

    3-1/2. Pesticides / herbicides — BT, Safer products (at sunset), neem oil, and brush killer only on poison ivy.

    4. What I did — not much so I’ll start back a couple of weeks. Fridge, microwave, and Kindle went kaput. The almighty DP wouldn’t listen to me to keep the big microwave. Would have been a nice Faraday cage. Visit to a back surgeon, then drugs and an epidural by another doc. (Need to get knees drained, and series of injections next.) Planting when I can. Keeping up with food & supplies for the homefront. I’d better check on my battery stash as the DP keeps taking them.

    Prayers for all who need them, and congrats to everyone for all their successes.

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