What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 49: June 16th – June 22nd 2019

geese enjoying their new run

Hey, Pack. It has been another busy, productive, and slightly muddy week here on our survival homestead. We have been tending to our garden primarily for the past several days.

Our chicken, duck, and guinea flock is immensely enjoying the ultra spacious run on their new coop. Eggs are so much easier to get since there are small doors on all of the sleeping quarters – though the ducks still tend to drop the occasional egg in the run.

I vastly expanded my apothecary patch to basically a full container garden. Growing our own medicinal and healing both us and our livestock naturally is extremely important to me – even before a SHTF situation. I love learning new things about healing with herbs, foraged wild things, flowers, and essential oils.

Although I have dabbled in making my own essential oils, but have now vowed to double my efforts on that front. During a long-term disaster, I surely will not be able to click a few buttons and order what I need online.

Now that my herb, root, and medicinal flowers operation has grown substantially, I’ll have enough materials on hand to make oils. The large amount of natural ingredients to make a decent amount of essential oil and the patience it requires to make them, I believe has been what has deterred me from venturing more into this area of medical preparedness for so long.

After a couple of weeks of not having any tractor issues, we are back to repairing something on four of the five. Little things mostly, but it is still an aggravating issue – and an expense. Thankfully, my Bobby and several of our tribe members are quite accomplished garage mechanics.

Which brings me to another thought. Well, a couple, actually…

Slightly Different Version Of Weekly Questions

First, I wonder how many of the Pack members have some type of a tribe or extended family that preps with them. What skills does your group abound in and what ones are lacking?

If you were courting another prepper into your tribe, what skills and experience would you require them to have?

Did any of you that went to vacation Bible school as a child? Both when I was an attendee, and later a teacher at the annual summer vacation event at church, there were five things we always did: sang songs, learned a Bible verse, had a snack, did crafts – and were challenged to bring a new person with us on the next night.

I am now issuing the same type of challenge to all of the Pack. One of my prepping mentors and sweet homesteading friends, Survivor Jane, always says, “We are all in this together” when talking about being a prepper.

And I agree. We need to make more preppers – we need to surround ourselves with them.

Now, I am not asking anyone to instantly add a new prepper to their group or even reveal themselves as card-carrying survivalists to their neighbors. I just feel it is our duty, as the most enlightened folks in America, to shed our light and share our knowledge with others.

I am asking each of your to merely introduce one self-reliance concept to a single person in an attempt to intrigue and entice them to learn more. It could be something as simple as sharing a jar of food your grew and preserved yourself, giving some homegrown herbs or eggs to a neighbor, offer to teach someone how to shoot, fish, forage, or hunt.

Make a meal from your long-term storage food and share it with someone so they can see how nice it tastes, as you remind them about how caught unaware they were during a recent storm.

Please share, and continue to share, how you introduce prepping to folks you know and care about in the comments section. Even if the effort turns out to be failure, we can all learn from them, and hopefully help improve our own tactics when trying to convince others to become more aware and self-reliant.

The more we can urge self-reliant behavior in those around us, the fewer panicked and starving folks that will wind up our our doorstep after it is to late to start prepping.

The thought of firmly turning away people I know and care for when they come begging for help is heart wrenching. But, I will do it time and again because one can of food will not save them and a series of cans of food given away could mean my grandchildren go hungry.

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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100 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 49: June 16th – June 22nd 2019

  1. Picked up DW’s new Glock 43X. Accessories on order.

    More house repairs: whole house water filter replaced, “doggy door” installed in back porch screen door, new rain gutters on the back of the house, vent pipe on rood re-caulked, new front screen door installed (now the prevailing wind shuts the door rather than blow it farther open/bending the hinges).

    Solved the “problem” with my progressive reloader not dispensing powder; you have to have a case under the powder feeder or it will not dispense powder (safety switch – duh!). Now I can get working on my training ammo backlog.

    Changed my cell phone plan. With having a “smart” phone I no longer need a “hot spot”. So, we dropped that line and went to “no frills” unlimited data from 4 GB/mo. w/roll-over. As it stands now, the bill will go up less than $5/mo.

    Received: Glock 43X; sugar; syrup; DW’s holster;

    1. Additionally …

      We are always looking to expand our network. Right now our MAG is very small and scattered. We do share info, sales, etc. We do not have the physical facilities to have a large group with us. Just not enough space to even grow enough for us.

      Although I didn’t go to “vacation bible school” we have worked with the youth in our church(es) whenever we can. (DW has much more patience than I have so I look after the leader’s needs.)

      I am finding both kinds of people; those who can see a need and those in complete denial.

      1. JP, I bought a brand new Glock43 last year. Kept having problems with hitting target. I kept hitting low and left, with hundreds of rounds fired. Tried EVERYTHING, thinking it was me. Finally took it to my gunsmith. It had a nearly imperceptable burr on the trigger mechanism. He removed the burr. Problem solved!

        1. carolbama:

          Thanks for the info. I’ll keep an eye out for that.

          I just finished putting Tritium Fiber-Optic sights on it.

  2. Rain, rain, go away….let my garden live another day!

    Hey folks, I thought I saw a flying object from outer space last night during the storm and strong winds. As it turned out, it was my patio umbrella. Boy can that sucker fly!

  3. -I am very concerned about letting others in my group. As far as skills, I would first look at their character. Next, I just want skills that compliment my family. Looking for people who can fill in our weak areas would be nice. They would definitely have to have a strong work ethic.
    We are strong in growing our own food, preserving it, animal husbandry, all kinds of repair and building, firearms use and repair, among other things. We are weak in communication and no one in my immediate family is a medical professional, other than DIL being a dental hygienist.

    -I have been in VBS as a child, taught, done crafts, and been the recreation leader.

    This week:

    *Animals:
    -I have enough hay at home to take care of the goats for over a year.
    -LGD chewed wires under the camper.

    *Garden:
    -Cucumbers, zucchini, and yellow squash are blooming.
    -I have a few green tomatoes.
    -Potatoes, beets, and cabbages are doing great. I will be pickling beets next week.
    -Corn is still a bust, even after planting it twice. When the garden dries up, I may try again.

    *Added a little to the stockpile: 2 lbs. of wire cage clip, LOTS of paper plates and bowls, spices, bought two huge loins (I smoked them, sealed in Foodsaver bags, and froze them.), flour, canned soup,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -Got three more pieces of CI at a great price.
    -Discovered the 4-wheel drive in DH’s truck isn’t working. Took it back to the dealership. Glad it still had warranty left.
    -I have spent a great deal of time this week working on the house. I am cleaning, reorganizing, and making rooms more functional for our needs. I changed the sewing/craft/storage room into a playroom for the grandkids. This should help keep the toy clutter out of the bedrooms.
    -Dermatologist removed a big chunk my leg where biopsy showed pre-melanoma.

    *Skills:
    -Learning to do small household repairs by myself.

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

    1. I agree with your philosophy about not just letting ‘anyone’ into the group without some vetting. To me, character is the most important.

      1. Jean,
        Exactly. I don’t consider myself as having a “tribe.” I have my family, and all of them don’t even know the extent of my preps. DD and one DIL would think I’m crazy to have as much freeze dried food as I have stockpiled. I honestly don’t talk to anyone about my prepping. I strongly suspect that a coworker is a prepper, and I know she suspects that I am. We both have homesteading lifestyles and have some items that are common for preppers to have. Best friend/neighbor and her family can count on me during TEOTWAWKI, and vice versa. They have two RNs, a chiro, and a pharmacist in the family. They also have extensive firearms and ammo stockpiled, among other things.

    2. Prepared Grammy:
      We are also lacking in communications but a neighbor down the street has the largest ham radio antenna in town. My kids have all been given his call sign and have instructions to communicate in the event of a major problem.
      I think leading by example may be the best way to communicate self-reliance. Large vegetable gardens are popping up all over the place.

        1. most farms i know are struggling and many have gone under/bancrupt, over regulated and farmers don’t get paid much, milk for example the farmers only get about 5 cents per gallon and the stores sell it over $5 a gallon, middle men and excssive regulations drive up the price. and you can’t fertilize fields in a lot of places, down around hudson ny where my neighbor is from the area banned fertilizing the fields, they have to put in pipes to inject it from under the plants because all the rich douches from the city don’t like the smell when they buy a house in farm country. that system is very expensive and drives prices up. i think its getting more common to see gardens because of the price of food

      1. Moe & Prepared Grammy,

        We are also lacking in communications but a neighbor down the street has the largest ham radio antenna in town.

        All too oftent people equate large antenna with good communications and in town that may be something required; but, here where we have some property, most of my antenna’s are virtually invisible.
        My local communications antennas for VHF are 8’ 11” in length and for UHF/VHF combination only 5’ 10” in length. The VHF sits just above the roof of the house, the combination antenna on top of the 50’ tower. For longer distance communications (HF) I use a single 125’ wire with a second 125’ counterpoise wire, with both only about 30 feet off the ground. I will be installing a few more antennas in the upcoming weeks.
        Ham radio licenses are now easy to get since the code requirement has been gone for a long time and the starter equipment is priced well under $50.00. You local ham would I suspect love to be a mentor (Elmer in radio lingo) or could at least point you at local hams & clubs to get you educated & licensed.
        Nearly all hams form a national & international MAG of sorts, at least on the communications side of things.

        I’ve been a ham for more than 40 years; but, we also have Almost There, Babycatcher and her DH and no doubt a few more.

        My kids have all been given his call sign and have instructions to communicate in the event of a major problem.

        Perhaps it’s time to see if he can get you and your kids trained & licensed.
        We’ve trained kids as young as 10 or 11 who are now on the air and still learning.
        Many engineers I’ve known got their start with Amateur radio.

  4. Hi everyone,

    Yes, rain, rain, rain, and more rain for 3 more days… Last night, we had tornadoes in the area. One time had to go to safe space. I need to work on organizing my stuff there. I put down a moving pad to lie on, but it took me a few minutes to find something suitable… So, I need to just keep it there with the other stuff. I also need to get the cat crate inside the house instead of the shed, so I have it to put my kitty in. I know it would be an emotional trial I would have to deal with in the aftermath if I just let him fend for himself in the house while I took to shelter in my safe place. I don’t know how I would handle that.

    Sold a couple things this week… Getting ready to pick up some more totes from a lady that is cleaning out her storage unit.

    It has been a little edgy driving home 2 times this week with all the storms. Seems people drive slower when I’m in a hurry to get home. I’m not talking about driving crazy or anything. But, they obviously are oblivious to what happening weather wise or they wouldn’t be so pokey…. driving 10 miles slower than the speed limit.

    My garden has so far withstood all the weather. I planted my Comfrey in the ground a few days ago since it was doing so well in the pots. With the cloud cover and sufficient rain, I figured it was a good time to get them in the ground, even though it was a little muddy to dig the holes.

    Tara, my brother collects oil from his Oregano plants using his distiller… This year he got absolutely none when he went to harvest even though the plants appeared to be the same as they have always been. He does this once a year when the plants bloom… He’s not sure if it was due to the colder extended winter they had or what. He was shocked… He has also bought something that will grind up the stems and leaves instead of him doing it by hand. I can let you know what he bought if you are interested. He has a copper distiller that he bought from a company in Colorado. He makes ethanol with sugar all the time too. He’s going to be distilling the Juniper later on. We’ll see how that goes.

    I would like to learn how to produce essential oils as well. Organizing my stuff is my main priority now though. I try to share prepping here and there, but am selective on who I share it with. Most people aren’t interested in hearing about it though.

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

    Have a great week everyone.

  5. I did my low-carb grocery shopping this week. Added a little to my stash as usual. Did some weekly cooking.

    Got everything I need for my Faraday box and have it assembled. I decided to not put my thumb drives containing my documents in the main box. I am assembling smaller Faraday boxes to contain the drives as I may want to update them and it’s easier and cheaper to tear open a small box, than a big one. I won’t be able to print out everything I will have on the thumb drives as I am saving my personal journals on them too. I’ve been keeping a daily journal since late 1997 and we’re talking thousands of pages. My journal for 2019 to date alone is over 150 pages. I also put photos of granddaughter and other things in the journal, so that kind of inflates the page count.

    I bought an Off-Grid Survival Axe Pro that TOP mentioned last week. It’s pretty cool, except the ax blade is not very sharp. Rectifying that will be a project in the next week.

    Nothing special happening in the tropics. Fine by me. Unfortunately, it’s just a matter of time before something kicks off out there. We’ve had a couple of good t-storms here this week. Got well over two-inches Wednesday afternoon. We do need the rain, although rain on a tropical storm/hurricane level is not needed. Where I used to live, there would occasionally be bog fires when it was really dry. The fire would get underground and couldn’t be extinguished without tropical storm or hurricane level rains. Lots of smoke over the roads. Bam Bam and Daddio7 likely know what I’m talking about. My Ex, who lives where I used to, reports that they have received a lot more rain than Orlando has. Temps are back into the 90s and low 100s in my neighborhood.

    Tara’s questions:

    1. If you were courting another prepper into your tribe, what skills and experience would you require them to have? I would want him/her to be skilled with weapons, particularly firearms. I would like them to be experienced in the realities of fighting (a former police officer or military person with combat experience). I’d like them to be in better physical condition than I am so certain types of work can be physically handled. Also, have adequate first aid skills.

    2. Did any of you that went to vacation Bible school as a child? No. My family was Roman Catholic and we went to Catechism classes. Strictly business, no playing or snacks. Nuns with rulers.

    I would like #1 daughter and her family to move in with me if things were heating up. #1 daughter has some experience with firearms, her hubby has less. While #1 daughter was in Afghanistan and knows firsthand the results of combat, she doesn’t have actual combat experience. Of course, she has no illusions about the “glory” of combat. I would still like them here so I can help them, and they can help me. #1 daughter does do some prepping, but not as extensively as I do. I’m not certain that she would like to abandon her home, however. Maybe I’m biased, but I think my apartment is a more secure location than their house.

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      Got everything I need for my Faraday box and have it assembled. I decided to not put my thumb drives containing my documents in the main box. I am assembling smaller Faraday boxes to contain the drives as I may want to update them and it’s easier and cheaper to tear open a small box, than a big one.

      The easiest thing to do and what I do with those thumb drives is to make sure the cap is on (no metal exposed) and wrap each one with a few opposing (criss cross) and overlapping layers of aluminum foil.

      I won’t be able to print out everything I will have on the thumb drives as I am saving my personal journals on them too.

      I have a personal journal that doesn’t go into great detail; but, does list dates & activities, basically to jog my memory. I also have copies of this post WDWDTPTW & WIDTPTW) going back more than 2 years and taking up only 3.2 MB of space.

      I bought an Off-Grid Survival Axe Pro that TOP mentioned last week. It’s pretty cool, except the ax blade is not very sharp. Rectifying that will be a project in the next week.

      I carry it, plus a long handled tomahawk recently purchased from Rural King (thanks Almost There) and a Habilis Bush tool. Add some space blankets and a few other things to the kit, and I can make a comfortable place to shelter in our region if the need arises.

      We’ve had a couple of good t-storms here this week. Got well over two-inches Wednesday afternoon. We do need the rain, although rain on a tropical storm/hurricane level is not needed.

      I would love to send ours down your way; but, the line of cells just keeps coming at us from the west. Thankfully most of them are tracking slightly southward with I-70 being the dividing line. As I watch the weather reports and the radar, I often think of Tara, since many of these and their propensity for flooding, seem to be making a beeline in her general direction.

  6. no, i am not really a prepper, i am a self reliant homesteader, but there is a lot of overlap, since i have no actul employment, and am inelligable or plain refuse to use handouts, i have to plan sometimes years in advance for everything, so i have stockpiles of food to cary me through crop failures, and surplus firewood to deal with hash winters, since i don’t have the resources to just buy my way out of trouble, i also can’t count on a single method for anything, because if that fails i am screwed, so everything is made redundant, thus i end up with lots of supplies and lots of skills that look like a prepper without actually being so. i have no family, at least not that i will admit to being related to (monday was the 10 year aniversarry of not talking to them without calling the cops).

    i have a few close friends who are also farmers/homesteaders and help them and they help me do do things when one of us lacks skills or resources. i was a writer for a while trying to pass on my skills and be an example to get other people more self reliant, but then my relatives saw my articles and made repeat calls to state police that i was “living off the grid” followed up by repeat police investigation and harrassment (since i refused to talk to them cause they were a bunch of dicks). cops eventually realized they were doing it to just harrass me and i was not doing anything illegal or wrong, but i still stopped writing to stop them from getting info on me. i do try to encourage people to be more self reliant and “prep” and it sometimes gets people to make changes, since my long term planning and redundancies mean when things suck i am able to weather it out while they face iminent desperation and beg for help.

    i never attended bible camp

    didn’t do as much this week as i would have liked, i hauled out a few wagon loads of firewood and fence posts, and skidded a few logs. then car pooled half way accross the state to have some of my barn cats fixed (found a place 3 hours away that would do it for only $260 a cat, unlike the closer ones that wanted $800 each, for barn cats i think population control of unwanted kittens by 22lr is more pactical than spending a half years income to have a few cats fixed, $260 each was better and worth it since i hated the old school way. could get them done $90 each IF i sign up for welfare but i won’t, rather shoot the kittens, low income programs depend on proof of some kind and not having a job and no bills or money is not proof enough. the day after i had the cats fixed i rode to the other side of the state to help my neighbor move some equipment up from his old far, york rakes, plows, etc. and saw the farmall 706 with loader i bought from him, it will be the last thing moved up since its needed to load things onto the trailers, like the haybines. thursday was heavy rain, friday i was scouting around on my bike and found some free bunnies on the roadside, took home and after i put the hides to tan i gave the rest to the barn cats, and what they didn’t eat went in the maggot charger in the chickens run. then i was burning slash from 3pm till dark, and was doing it again today till 11, but its saturday and i might have a sale on the larger pine firewood between 11 and 3 (guy only comes on saturdays and wanted to get as much as 10 cords this year, real cords not the face cords everyone else around here sells by, i get $75 a real cord for larger pine rounds they use in their outdoor boiler), and i am also expecting a menonite to stop in today or monday to assess my place, i am hiring him with his large excavator mounted stump grinder to clear the bigger pine stumps all over the place that i can’t do much about, and dig some out in the gaden for easier plowing. so gotta sit in cabin waiting for those 2 if they show, otherwise i would be out hauling up more.

    1. Nemoseto,

      no, i am not really a prepper, i am a self reliant homesteader, but there is a lot of overlap,

      You could also be a ”survivalist” LOL; but, no matter what we call ourselves; it reminds those less prepared of their situation and makes them nervous. Those with spine and ambition will do something about it; but, many will simply try to ignore us, make fun, or tell us the timeless, ”I don’t need to prep, because I know where you live”
      Like you, most of my rural neighborhood is hard working, frugal people who are mostly self reliant out of their basic nature.

      i have stockpiles of food to cary me through crop failures, and surplus firewood to deal with hash winters

      Sounds like a prepper to me LOL

      thus i end up with lots of supplies and lots of skills that look like a prepper without actually being so.

      What’s in a name anyway?

      i have a few close friends who are also farmers/homesteaders and help them and they help me do do things when one of us lacks skills or resources.

      This is our basic neighborhood and our loose MAG. We’re there for each other in the here and now and are not waiting for the TS to HTF.

      i was a writer for a while trying to pass on my skills and be an example to get other people more self reliant
      …….
      i do try to encourage people to be more self reliant and “prep” and it sometimes gets people to make changes, since my long term planning and redundancies mean when things suck i am able to weather it out while they face iminent desperation and beg for help.

      Instead of writing, perhaps you should be teaching.
      There is a trend among many people, often wealthy who can purchase anything and have started to wonder, how many cars or TV’s can you have?
      Just buying stuff can get boring, so many are looking for ”experiences”. Perhaps spending a day or a weekend on the farm, learning how to chop, cut, split wood, and build a fire over which they cook a meal with cast iron, Dutch oven, or a stick would be an experience many would enjoy. Imagine someone coming to your place, helping you with chores, and then paying you for the privilege. Just a thought.
      We do something similar here with firearms and basic survival classes; but, I do them mostly pro bono.

      1. i try to avoid a desciption of myself, as peppers are usually thought of prepping for something specific, part of the reason i stockpile food is that i was destitute and desperate in the past (my relatives doing), i slept on floors, went without glsses, and ate from dumpsters for too many years in my childhood, teens and 20s.

        considered teaching, but any time my name is out there officially in any was my relatives, who are only about 100 miles away, find out very quick (so fast that its like they do web searches for my name or anything i was associated with like alumni associations multiple times a week), this has led to a number of confrontations (such as when i volunteered ata sustinable agriculture and energy fair in the next county over, was going to teach a class at that in addition to being on the planning comittee, but after the second planning meeting concluded (held at a place about 18 miles from my relatves) my relatives showed up waiting for me in the parking lot, was a lot of arguing and i came just short of having to ram my vehicle to get past theirs when they blocked the way out of the parking lot, they chased me 70mph for 10 miles till i fled to the nearest police station, i had no cell with me, they broke off the chase when they realized where i was going. i discontinued any association with that group after that, and similarly had to discontinue a lot of public activity. i messed up big time when i did my writing, should not have used my name, i got careless.

  7. Good morning, I got up a bit late we stayed up a bit longer to enjoy the camp fire, we had going last night. I have taught several women to can their own food, but to have these people help us Is a no most of them are not the same mind set, heck 90 percent of my family are not on the same page either and they can and put food away, it was taught to them. It’s up to my hubby and I to take care of us and our two kids, they are learning. I’m thinking back to what I did this pass week I did freeze my strawberries, and keeping my raspberries, watered in a few day’s I’ll be picking. I am going through my cupboards, tossing anything stale, and food I just didn’t use in the last 6 months, which is not much. School, is finally out so a break for a few weeks I won’t get canning until closer to the end of July, when all the fruits and vegetables are ready. I did pick up two boxes of tea 50 count so 100 tea bags for $6.00 and 1 boxes of 25 tea for $2.00, so I have quite a bit of tea, put away. Our friends who owned the donut shop, got the business back and now they are cleaning it up they gave me a 50 pound box of high grade vegetables shortening, that my mom and I cut it up and wrapped it in wax paper and reynolds wrap and then froze, a few bars for me but I did can 4 jars, I just melted it down and had my lids and rings in hot water, filled them up and wiped the lid and put it on with the ring and sealed them up put a towel around it to keep the heat in they sealed so I can put them in my pantry. I’m wanting to learn more on herbs, I know I need to replant a few that died, and get more seeded and growing. Have a blessed weekend and week I’m just going to enjoy the summer:).

  8. I don’t so much talk to people about prepping as much as I encourage them toward a more self-reliant lifestyle. I am currently mentoring a local woman in goat husbandry. She is soon to get her first 3 or 4 goats and wants to be prepared for them. She visits my farm once a week for a couple of hours, follows me around and takes a lot of notes. She and her husband grow hydroponic lettuce for local restaurants. I’ll be sharing a few banana pups with her on her next visit so she can start her own Banana Kingdom. LOL There’s over 1,000 bananas forming on my plants right now….it’s nuts.

    Our weak link prep wise is medical…I do have a nephew who will be welcome here for that very reason. As an operating room technician, he has participated in some pretty hairy surgery situations and has no problem with blood and guts.

    What did I do to prep this week? UGH. I’m so tired of canning peppers and tomatoes that I’m letting the rest of them rot in the garden! I put up my last case of cowboy candy on Thursday. It’s so darned hot out now that the tomatoes COOK on the plants. My garden is DONE for the summer. Took my two little grandsons on a walk along our canal system to teach them about the dangers of alligators. There are currently two of them on our property and I want the boys to know how to spot them and run away. The gators are small, one looks edible. LOL

    We will be going to our BOL next weekend. The cabin is just weeks from completion. So exciting. Much to do once construction is done. I need to study the maps to figure multiple routes off the beaten path between here and there.
    That’s it for me!

    1. I wish I could have your leftover tomatoes. My garden hasn’t even started producing yet. I’ve only gotten lettuce, herbs, a few strawberries, and a handful of blueberries.

      1. Prepared Grammy,

        I wish I could have your leftover tomatoes.

        Me too!! As I read about tossing good food I was yelling No!!! LOL

        My garden hasn’t even started producing yet.

        Except for a some plants in containers that are ready to plant or be move to larger containers, we haven’t even gotten ours tilled yet.
        Too bad it’s not warm enough for rice, since we could grow that everywhere!!!

        I’ve only gotten lettuce, herbs, a few strawberries, and a handful of blueberries.

        Here, it’s only been a few berries.

        1. LOL! Believe me, if you saw the condition of those tomatoes, you’d walk away, too! I’ve tried harvesting them EARLY and letting them ripen on my kitchen counter. They end up DRY and almost dehydrated from the air conditioning by the time they change color. If I leave them on the plants until they start to change color, the excessive Florida heat cooks them, bursts their insides, and makes them R.O.T. June 1st is about the end of tomatoes in these parts.

          1. Goatlover,

            They end up DRY and almost dehydrated from the air conditioning by the time they change color.

            That’s an easy fix. Turn off the AC!!! LOL
            We only use portable AC on the hottest days here, and the only time we have really low humidity is in winter.

            If I leave them on the plants until they start to change color, the excessive Florida heat cooks them, bursts their insides, and makes them R.O.T. June 1st is about the end of tomatoes in these parts.

            This is good for perspective, since I suspect many are like me up here in the northern climes, who gently & silently curse y’all when you are picking food before ours is planted, or doing that 2nd or 3rd planting when our weather is headed for freezing.
            I guess that good weather does have its downside and that is good to remember.
            Be careful what you wish for.

    2. I haven’t done as much prepping this week as I have in getting rid of junk in my home. It is certainly a refreshing feeling to finely let go of the things you no longer need.

      Regarding adding people to my small group, I agree with what one said earlier that ‘character’ is extremely important. I want someone that is like minded, and not just prepping and preparing as a hobby, as well as skills they bring to the table.

      I attended VBS as a child and while there are many good memories, I recall the warm kool-aid and big Sunshine Bakers ‘sugar cookie’ as a snack. I loved the crafts, and the Bible study. I learned all 66 books of the Bible in VBS!

      Have a great week. After all this rain, I will need to be working in the garden this week!

      Jean

      1. Jean,
        I know how you feel. I’ve done, and I’m continuing to do, a lot of cleaning and organizing. I find myself just standing and looking at how great each area looks after it’s completed. I love it!

  9. Hi Tara & all,
    Good to see you’ve gotten to tend your garden, since around here we’re still hoping to dry out enough to start doing so.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. First, I wonder how many of the Pack members have some type of a tribe or extended family that preps with them. What skills does your group abound in and what ones are lacking?
    We have both a MAG and a large group of volunteers that work with our county EMA and I cannot think of a skill that someone in this extended group does not have.
    2. If you were courting another prepper into your tribe, what skills and experience would you require them to have?
    Because I’m not planning for a real EOTW event, even at the local level, since major natural disasters are highly improbable at my location, we look more for a flexible attitude and a quest for knowledge. I was recently making some plans with a younger guy (he’s 60) for some preparedness exercises including some camping in our woods, and we realized that we were thinking like a couple of teen boys, excited over doing, and teaching others. He is a great mechanic, auto body guy and a CERT instructor while I am a retired engineer and firearms instructor who has also been teaching outdoor skills for more than 40 years. A willingness to teach and learn, to both lead and follow, makes the best candidate from my perspective.
    3. Did any of you that went to vacation Bible school as a child?
    If you meant did any of us attend VBS? Then the answer would be yes; however, that was some 60 years ago with my DD attending some 20 years ago, so while I don’t remember details, I recall your description as being pretty close.
    4. I am asking each of your to merely introduce one self-reliance concept to a single person in an attempt to intrigue and entice them to learn more. It could be something as simple as sharing a jar of food your grew and preserved yourself, giving some homegrown herbs or eggs to a neighbor, offer to teach someone how to shoot, fish, forage, or hunt.
    I’ve been doing this for more than 40 years, and have been called on to teach classes over the years; but, have also been told that one need not prep if they know where I live. Those people have been set straight pronto.
    5. Make a meal from your long-term storage food and share it with someone so they can see how nice it tastes, as you remind them about how caught unaware they were during a recent storm.
    Living in a rural community filled with self reliant farmers and other trades and crafts, I know of no one caught unaware in recent memory. When the Memorial Day storms came through the area, our nearest neighbors, a fire chief paramedic and his NP wife, contacted us to make sure we were doing OK. We often get together with neighbors in the summertime and sit around a campfire swapping lies and cooking from scratch from our pantry supplies.

    The more we can urge self-reliant behavior in those around us, the fewer panicked and starving folks that will wind up our our doorstep after it is to late to start prepping.

    This is true and also the reason Red Cross, all EMA’s (Federal, State, and Local city / county) urges people to have at least that 72 hour kit. In a real disaster, government resources will be strained &/or delayed, and those who can care for themselves allow us to deal with those who don’t, and will simply be more comfortable and in better overall shape.
    In the past 3 years, I have helped put on 4 preparedness seminars for our local county EMA as well as ones open to the public, one at the local library. These were rather well attended with the attendees having a lot of questions, and gaining more volunteers for our EMA and a few additional ham radio operators.

    The thought of firmly turning away people I know and care for when they come begging for help is heart wrenching. But, I will do it time and again because one can of food will not save them and a series of cans of food given away could mean my grandchildren go hungry.

    I agree with you; but, one can plan for charity with care while keeping OPSEC. We have #10 cans with rice, beans, and instructions, plus some simple foods like crackers and chicken or tuna salad from the Dollar Tree as well as small bags of chips or peanut butter &/or cheese crackers.
    When dealing with complete strangers, care must be taken to not allow them to see other resources you might have, and that may include being obviously armed and well prepared.

    TOP’s question
    1. With all of the hoopla surrounding the loss of a drone and the anticipated and then canceled attack on Iranian assets, does anyone here (except maybe Zulu) realize that we have been at war with Iran since November 1979 and why is that the case?
    2. DO you think the current administration will be more effective in dealing with Iran than the Obama or the Carter administration was?

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Received an AE Mirror Dashcam and Rearview Camera from woot.com
    2. Received a SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC (2 Pack). For Amazon users who occasionally select free economy shipping as I do, you get a media credit I rarely use; but, woot applied the credit to this order, dropping the total cost to $7.48
    3. Received 3 Kitchen Active Spiralizers from woot.com. These were inexpensive enough (about $4.00 each) to have as small gifts and barter items.
    4. Received 10 Pcs 8x3mm Super Strong Ring Loop Rare Earth Neodymium Magnets from my Hong Kong supplier.
    5. From time to time pack members will talk about epidemic & pandemic, something I do not really worry about due to my distance from population centers; but, those in large cities not only have to be concerned with measles; but, in the PDRK: ”Flea-Borne Typhus Spreads Across Los Angeles Area”: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/10/08/flea-borne-typhus-spreads-across-los-angeles-area/
    6. We have finally decided on the new outbuilding we want, and went to the hardware store in the local town to place our order; but, on arrival, found the store closed due to flooding. Their entire parking lot including the area with the full scale model buildings and most likely the store itself had a foot or more of water. June alone has hit us with nearly 11 inches of rain as I type this. That local hardware store resembled a marina. We are thankfully high & dry except for the garden area, yet to be tilled.
    7. A while back I posted a link to the story ” The Machine Stops” by E. M. Forster. (Cambridge Review, November 1909) and in a real world occurrence of the same we recently have this:
    ”A $50 Million Glitch? Target Takes a Hit From Register Outage” https://www.datacenterknowledge.com/uptime/50-million-glitch-target-takes-hit-register-outage
    This is what happens with a centralized system where all registers are merely terminals of a larger, single computer system and I think makes a good analogy for a centralized government, where a single upstream failure can affect everyone. That’s real trickle down and yet another reason to prep.

    1. TOP,

      Typhus is not pleasant, but the major problem cropping up in the filth ridden homeless areas of LA and SanFran is Typhoid. Typhoid can kick butt and has a somewhat higher fatality rate than Typhus. There is a vaccine for it, however. I had the pleasure of getting the vaccine a couple of times while in the military.

      I hope the liberals are proud of themselves for bringing back so many diseases that had been pretty well under control, if not all but eliminated. I’m personally not too worried about measles as I had both kinds as a kid, plus I received the MMR vaccine after granddaughter was born and before I started babysitting her.

      TOP’s questions:

      1. Yeah, I’m all too knowledgeable about why we have been essentially at war with Iran since 1979. Personally, I don’t think Trump should worry about Iranian casualties, particularly military. I think putting most, if not all, of their Navy on the bottom, along with dusting some of their AAA systems, would send a proportionate message. If a few hundred (or thousand) Iranian troops get zapped in the process, well, as we used to say in Vietnam, xin loi (sorry about that).

      2. Trump has already done a better job with Iran than Carter or Obama. Now, he just has to pull the trigger enough to let them know he really isn’t kidding.

      1. I have received the MMR vaccine multiple times, including as an adult. I am one of those that will never test positive for having been vaccinated either. I was tested within three years after my last vaccine so even my doctor knows I’m covered.

      2. Zulu 3-6,

        I hope the liberals are proud of themselves for bringing back so many diseases that had been pretty well under control, if not all but eliminated.

        What??? Are you blaming them? How insulting that you would not play the game and tell the truth. When I hear the field of candidates on the left talk about the world, I have to wonder if it’s propaganda, they really believe that bovine excrement, or I’m living in some odd parallel bizarro universe. I’m honestly not sure what is worse.

        I’m personally not too worried about measles as I had both kinds as a kid,

        It’s the same here, and chicken pox and mumps. I have since gotten the shingles vaccine, since I know some who have had that (including my DW) and it looks very unpleasant.

        1. Yeah, I’m all too knowledgeable about why we have been essentially at war with Iran since 1979. Personally, I don’t think Trump should worry about Iranian casualties, particularly military. I think putting most, if not all, of their Navy on the bottom, along with dusting some of their AAA systems, would send a proportionate message. If a few hundred (or thousand) Iranian troops get zapped in the process, well, as we used to say in Vietnam, xin loi (sorry about that).

        Personally I think Reagan would have been smart to have done the same back then and be done with it; but, I don’t doubt the sincerity of Trump if push comes to shove.
        The reaction of the MSM is also fun to watch. First, the warmonger in chief is going to get us into another war, but when he called off the strike, he is now the woos with cold feet who can’t protect the country. Trump is giving the people @ CNN & MSNBC, whiplash.

        2. Trump has already done a better job with Iran than Carter or Obama. Now, he just has to pull the trigger enough to let them know he really isn’t kidding.

        I think he might; but, I also think the current gesture and the “reported” back channel communications with Saudi Arabia & Israel may be setting things up for something Iran would be wise to avoid.

    2. Top’s questions:

      1. With all of the hoopla surrounding the loss of a drone and the anticipated and then canceled attack on Iranian assets, does anyone here (except maybe Zulu) realize that we have been at war with Iran since November 1979 and why is that the case?
      2. DO you think the current administration will be more effective in dealing with Iran than the Obama or the Carter administration was?

      1.In Philadelphia, a refinery was ablaze and a pipeline in Texas was damaged as well as a CIA agent was executed in Iran. The attack was called off due to a treasonous act against America. My info says someone tipped off Iran of the intended targets before we could attack. They put antiaircraft assets in place at the intended targets per our spy in the sky.
      2. If Iran was destroyed, terrorism would be cut by 3/4….

    3. not sure if its an official declaration of war but we sure are not friends with them, though i recal vietman was not an official war either. iran just a long history of jabbing each other politically and lots of shows of force.

      Trump will probably be a little more effective, though without an actual declaration of war from congress or a clear and imminent justification to attack his options are still somewhat limited, having to balance world opinion along with not tying to look like America is a bunch of dicks.

      1. Nemoseto,

        Trump will probably be a little more effective, though without an actual declaration of war from congress or a clear and imminent justification to attack his options are still somewhat limited, having to balance world opinion along with not tying to look like America is a bunch of dicks.

        I think he’s just waiting for that justification, and I think Iran knows that and probably also realizes that he’s no Obama or Carter; but, more like Reagan, the guy who caused them to release hostages just prior to being sworn in to the office.

        As for what we look like to the world, I think we are in better standing now than under the Obama apology tour, with NATO nations now starting to pony up their share of what the treaty obligates them to pay and trade negotiations starting to yield some real benefits.
        Trumps largest enemy IMHO are the dems in congress who dare not yield him any quarter, lest they expose the cracks in their economic strategy and lose even more bigly, in 2020 than 2016.

        1. most of the outspoken dicks in my area are dems, 50/50 roughly. the dem hihway supervisor takes his salary and does nothing, roads are shit (upstate ny), poorly managed, he is coupt and had his own road paved but ignored the rest, most of the town hates him but he runs unopposed. and he works at other jobs while he is supposed to be on the road, so gets double pay. a guy i know tried running against him and then the highway supervisor harrassed him relentelssly, going so far as to try to have him evicted from his house and have it torn down for being too close to the road, the hw sup was part of an in crowd of local dems who do nothing, get paid, and only ut effort to destroy anyone who might replace them. and thats on the local scale (hw sup also ripped me off on a firewood deal in the fall and renegged on a $3000 tab at the general store), at the state level its even worse with cum-o and his buddies, and then there is the national level dems. voting doesn’t matter, whoever 55% of the city vote for is who runs the entire state and thats why ny sucks

          so i took some lumber, a can of bright orange paint, and a constasting black paint and made a huge homemade billboard in front of my pace that says “Trump 2020, make liberals cry again”. half the town hates me more than ever and the other half cheer when i walk by

          1. “so i took some lumber, a can of bright orange paint, and a constasting black paint and made a huge homemade billboard in front of my pace that says “Trump 2020, make liberals cry again”. half the town hates me more than ever and the other half cheer when i walk by”

            nemoseto, that is a CLASSIC! Make the liberals cry again…

          2. Grammyprepper & nemoseto,

            that is a CLASSIC! Make the liberals cry again

            To do something ”again” you have to do it at least once then stop. The liberals have not stopped crying, more like whining since November 2016 so i think the operative word is not again; but, more like ”Still” LOL

          3. OMGOSH BC. THAT IS A GOOD ONE. Maybe Nemo can change it out to a new sign after a few months… THAT IS SO FUNNY!!!!!

      2. And according to a North Vietnamese general, (in the book he has written about it) we were within a week of winning that war- they were on the verge of writing out surrender terms, when Walter Cronkite announced we were losing, the media and protests escalated, and we , the US, caved. We WOULD have won that war, if the truth were told! I believe it was after the Tet offensive? Someone correct me, i was little when that happened.

        1. BC,

          Militarily, the US stomped the crap out of the North Vietnamese Army and decimated the Viet Cong during Tet 68. North Vietnam did not expect to overwhelmingly defeat the US military (they didn’t come close), they did hope to cause a lot of casualties to upset the home front (they succeeded), but they also wanted to embarrass the US politically on the international front (they succeeded). Politically, our lovely Democratic congress rolled over and didn’t just play dead, they were dead. Anti-war fervor really took hold after Tet 68 even though it was a clear US and South Vietnamese military victory. Good old Walter Cronkite did the US military no favors.

          But that wasn’t the military event that nearly caused the North Vietnamese to surrender. It was in 1972 when Nixon mined the North Vietnamese harbors and started truly bombing the snot out of them in the North with B-52 strikes. Yeah, we lost a lot of B-52s, but the North Vietnamese lost their industrial capability and the harbor interdiction prevented the Soviet Union from supplying the North Vietnamese by sea. B-52 and other air strikes took out bridges and rail lines and prevented China from supplying North Vietnam by land. We had just developed laser guided bombs so strikes against bridges by attack aircraft were much more effective.

          Believe me, a B-52 strike with about 75-100 bombs per aircraft (depending on the bomb size) was nothing to sneeze at. The Air Force normally used cells of three B-52s in echelon. The resulting coverage on the ground was about 1/2-mile long and nearly that wide. They were called Arc Lights. I witnessed some from a distance and they scared the crap out of me. It was like an earthquake.

          The military wanted to mine the North Vietnamese harbors years before, but LBJ was afraid that a Russian ship would hit a mine (quite possible) and upset the Russkies. Like who cares? Nixon gave the Soviets some warning so they could get their cargo ships out of Haiphong Harbor, but also told them that if they lost ships after the mining, that was all on them. No Russian ships were lost, but a few were trapped in the harbor until after the war and the US Navy de-mined the place.

          I was in Vietnam when all of this was going on. The North Vietnamese couldn’t sign a peace treaty fast enough.

          How did the North Vietnamese end up taking over South Vietnam? Well, after the harbors were de-mined and all US troops went home, the Russkies and Chinese started resupplying North Vietnam again. We were expected to do the same for South Vietnam, but the Democraptic Congress refused to appropriate the money to supply South Vietnam. Things went downhill fast for the South Vietnamese after that.

          I was back overseas when Saigon fell. The unit I was assigned to (Marine Air Group 36) provided all of the helicopters off the US ships that did the evacuations in Saigon and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I was not there, but back at the home base on Okinawa. We were told to pack our trash in case more of the Group needed to be sent. We weren’t.

          1. BC,

            I was prompted to research the mining of the NV harbors a little more. Evidently, the US eventually dropped thousands of mines in various harbors and even inland rivers. One day a bunch of them spontaneously exploded. They figured out that a relatively minor CME had occurred and the resulting EMP set off some of the mines which were magnetically detonated.

            Interesting tidbit, I thought.

          2. Babycatcher,
            Zulu 3-6 beat me to the answer and actually had personal experience I did not have; but, for all of the crap Nixon had piled on him (some of it like Watergate justified of course), he had the backbone to finally end that conflict. Those massive B52 attacks were part of ” Operation Linebacker II. if you want more information. An old friend of mine (now gone) was on a LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol) during the period and actually called in some of the Arc Light strikes as well as aimed fire from ships in the Gulf and even knowing they were coming and watching from a distance, scared the crap out of him. He told me that one of the most impressive things was sighting a single shell fired from a navel battery, where a 16 inch shell could take more than a minute to arrive; but, could quite literally land on the ‘X’.
            The other awesome thing he said he called in were the occasional AC-47 gunships nicknamed “Puff, the Magic Dragon”. He said that they would do a 360° banked turn with the guns blazing out the side door, and that the triple canopy jungle below looked like a fine mowed lawn when they left the area.
            It was France that got us into the conflict and people like the democrats & Walter Cronkite often called “the most trusted man in America” that helped turn opinion around and lose that conflict.

          3. TOP,

            The base I was stationed out of (Bien Hoa) had C-119 cargo aircraft (the old Flying Boxcars) fitted as gunships (called Stingers). A step up from the AC-47, with the AC-130 airframe being the next, and so far, final step in the gunship evolution.

            We used to watch them operate at night (the only time they do). The 7.62mm mini-guns, when they fired, looked like a solid stream of tracer headed for the ground. Mini-gun ammo is packed with every 10th round a tracer (unlike regular machine guns where every fifth round is a tracer). So, it was quite obvious the guns fired fast and put out a lot of rounds.

            The newest model AC-130 gunships no longer use mini-guns or Vulcan cannon. They use chain guns, which have a much slower cyclic rate (and can be fired one shot at a time), but are more pinpoint accurate. This is critical when operating danger close to troops in contact like they have to do a lot in Afghanistan. The chain guns are loaded with two different ammo feeds that the gunner can select with the flip of a switch. Usually high explosive and HE/incendiary are the mix.

            The Taliban do not like the AC-130s. Their low-light and thermal sensors are the best and totally steal the darkness away. I mean, when you’re just innocently tootling along a dirt road at night on your moped with your trusty RPG over your shoulder, heading off to do Allah’s work, when out of nowhere a 105mm cannon shell tears you a new one. How rude.

    4. TOP:
      I was in high school in 1979 and vividly recall the crisis as we had an Iranian exchange student who was in my calculus class. One of the few movies I’ve been to in the last decade covered the incident. As for the second question, I am not sure there is an effective way to deal with the country. They have some wicked smart people and I don’t like the fact so many underestimate their abilities.

  10. After a dry spring June has been very wet. I left a empty 5 gal bucket outside last week and now it is over half full of rain water. We finally got money ahead so my wife call the well drillers. The well we have now has iron water and she is tired of dingy cloths. $6,500 for a 4 in deep well with a new tank and 1 hp submersible pump. I will keep the hand pump on my shallow well in case there is no power. I will have to get a large taste filter because that water gets nasty if the well is not pumped often.

    I bought a new step the 3020. It has a flat platform that is waist high with only one small step to climb up with. Going up is hard but getting down is worse. The new step has three wide steps and a hand rail. My brother and I plan on using that tractor for years to come and we are not getting any younger. I figure it is $320 well spent. One man commented that he bought one after falling off his tractor and wreaking his knee. I do not want to emulate him.

    The only things producing in my garden are the okra and tomatoes. Some how I managed to get mostly Roma plants, Every two days I get a good mess of okra, my wife fries it with yellow corn meal and these are the sweetest okra I have ever had. I did get a few cucumbers and they taste sweet like melons, I can’t wait to see how good my sweet corn is.

    I do have a few small watermelons and cantaloupes but my squash get the size of my thumb and fall off. I only saw one bee working. The hive I had died and the beekeeper took it away.

    What kind of heathen didn’t go to VBS? Kidding, just kidding! Fond memories of Southern Baptist Vacation Bible School. In the Fifty’s many mothers did not work and we had 2 weeks of it. Being a farmer my dad could come on some days. I wish I have their recipe for Kool-aid punch and sugar cookies. My neighbor the farmer has gotten very friendly lately. Yesterday he was mowing around his wife’s pepper patch with the side mower and came up and knocked on my door and ask if I wanted him to do the ditch by the driveway. We share the driveway as his field is on the other side but he was being polite. We talked farming for a few minutes. He said he had one of his best potato crops ever. The two neighbors on each side of us are Mormons so I am covered that way.

    My children live in town so I want to have enough supplies on hand in case some of them need to move in with me and of course I could use the help. I do need to talk to my oldest son to see if he has any prepping plans. As a lawyer he has a good income.

    1. Had another thought, in a nearby town a veterinary clinic fixes feral cats for $15 each. I have had three done and have ten or twelve more to go. I did not know about this place and balked at spending over $100 and while I was dithering my cat population exploded.

    2. Daddio7 says:

      The two neighbors on each side of us are Mormons so I am covered that way.

      For sure!!! We have a few Mormons in our MAG who are involved with emergency preparedness, ham radio, and on CERT trained teams.
      The young (60 Y.O.) guy I mentioned in my post is one, and I’ve been mentoring him in electronics and ham radio, a prep where he is relatively new. The biggest attribute of all of the LDS I know is their self reliant and helpful mindset / lifestyle.

      My children live in town so I want to have enough supplies on hand in case some of them need to move in with me and of course I could use the help. I do need to talk to my oldest son to see if he has any prepping plans. As a lawyer he has a good income.

      My oldest boy is single and a mechanical engineer, with a paid off house, good income, and more guns than I have, and may be coming here if things really get bad. As an engineer, being frugal and living here for 35 years, and slowly adding to our plans as money allowed, we are in good shape in retirement, so for you younger kids, planning, saving (contributing to your 401K), etc. you will eventually find it well worth the effort.
      Our whole house generator is only 2 ½ years old, we are about to add another outbuilding, and still plan to finish the summer kitchen this year.
      You can either have debt or patience; but, hacing the later has worked well for us.
      And BTW, in retirement, those younger than us can also often do tasks that tire us out too quickly. LOL

    3. Daddio7:
      We had quite a few bees early on but I am afraid our late freeze may have zapped them. Or their hives were moved. At any rate, concerned about the decrease in numbers this summer.

  11. Garden is struggling but I got a cucumber today. I think about half my pepper plants have died and my tomatoes are looking rough. I’ve even had green bean plants die. I have harvested basil and dehydrated it. I’m hoping to harvest more within the next week to make pesto. First it was too wet to plant. Then it turned dry after planting. Now too much rain seems to be drowning what didn’t die from the drought. Ugh.

    As for my tribe, I prep for myself and our children as long as they can make it here. We are aware of a few neighbors with skills that will be welcomed. The DH has non-chalantly found ways to encourage one young neighbor to do prep type things and they at least have a generator now. Our older neighbor has a natural gas generator too. I also know of a few neighbors with fruit trees and bushes, one of whom does some raised bed gardening. I suspect I’ll be doing some teaching of skills.

    Prayers for all in need.

    1. GA Red sounds like you may need a large greenhouse for your garden. I picked some more cucumbers tonight for a salad and have a ton of tomatoes starting to turn red. The green ones are endanger of being fried though…LOL Peppers haven’t been as productive this year except for the habaneros which haven’t turned orange yet but there is a ton that’s going to be pickled, hot sauce or salsa.

      Hope you have better luck. The weather has had a very big effect on plants this year. Pears have done great..😀

      1. Thanks Thor – hoping for a miracle at this point. My basil in the garden isn’t looking too great either, but the Thai basil on the patio is ok. I resorted to getting some things at the grocery store today.

        1. GA Red,

          I resorted to getting some things at the grocery store today.

          It’s good to know that we still have that option. We’re at the point where we may have to actually purchase some eggs, since the girls are molting and we’re getting no more than 1 or 2 eggs per day. OTOH, we could probably harvest enough feathers to make a bed.

      1. Moe,

        Does dehydrating the basil create a different consistency than just hanging a bunch up to dry?

        I think dehydrating it will give you more consistency, since the heat keeps the humidity more constant and dries the product faster, meaning less evaporation of the oils & VOC’s that contain the good stuff.
        If for instance you hang mint, you smell that minty aroma in the room; but, eventually the compounds creating that aroma dissipate at which point the mint no longer makes a good tea.
        Air drying something like garlic works OK, because the cloves are inside a bulb and covered by layers of membrane that keeps the good stuff in.

  12. We finally had the funeral for my Mother in law and Father in law. It was a joint funeral. Some how I feel this made it easier on the Mrs. to have one. They were both cremated and the military presented a the Mrs. with a flag at the funeral. One of my Father in Law’s best friends gave a great speech and is a fellow prepper who also has a freeze dryer.

    Puppy has learned to count to 3. He has learned watch, scan and go find. Smart boy……

    Preps

    Tools

    Obtained a soldering gun, deep well socket set, tap and die set.

    An edger attachment for the

    Security

    Obtained a gun cleaning kit.

    Garden

    Planted more garlic

    Picked green beans, cucumbers, Zucchini, peppers and a bunch of tomatoes. Oh the tomatoes are so good, I mean when you cut them your mouth waters from the smell alone.

    Harvested seeds from a cilantro plant.

    Pantry

    Reorganized the pantry in the prepper room.

    Water

    The Mrs. seemed shocked that I had filled the new water barrel with tap water. She said we don’t have to do anything to it. I said no and the construction people hit the water main again….

    Tara’s questions:

    1. If you were courting another prepper into your tribe, what skills and experience would you require them to have?
    2. Did any of you that went to vacation Bible school as a child?

    1. Good health, survival skills, medical skills, military skills, beer making skills, honest and trust worthy.
    2. No bible school, like Z36 I was raised a Roman Catholic.

    Thor’s questions:
    1. Do you believe we are under attack from Iran? Here and abroad?
    2. Do you think we will be in full blown war before the end of the year?
    3. Do you keep your gas gauge above a half tank?

    1. Thor’s questions:

      1. Do you believe we are under attack from Iran? Here and abroad? Yes to both.

      2. Do you think we will be in full blown war before the end of the year? I don’t know about that. We can do a lot to Iran without putting boots on the ground. Iran is not popular with the Arab countries around it (Iranians are not Arabs, which is one reason for the dislike, they’re being Shiite is another). Iran likes to threaten Israel a lot, but they don’t want to scrap with the Israeli Air Force any more than they should want to scrap with ours (I include Naval aviation in here). Without air superiority, Iran will have a tough time. Sure, they have AAA systems, but those are not terribly hard to destroy by a strong military. Ask the Iraqi’s and the Syrians about that. As I mentioned before in a reply to TOP, I think we should seriously consider sinking as much of Iran’s navy as possible. They don’t have a spectacular navy. A lot of small boats which should be sunk the moment they get within weapons range of a US naval vessel. They do have some destroyer/frigate sized ships, but a couple of Harpoons in the guts takes care of that. Personally, I think the US Navy should send some more missile cruisers and destroyers to join the Lincoln Strike Group. It would give the admiral a little more flexibility and close-in protection.

      3. Do you keep your gas gauge above a half tank? Yep, 3/4 or greater.

      1. Z36, I think Russia sold them the SA300 system which is formidable for 4th generation aircraft like the f18, f16 and f15.

        Otherwise spot on…..

        1. Thor1,

          Yeah, I think Russia did sell them that system. In fact, it may have been an SA-300 system that got the drone. Luckily, the US has several stand-off munitions that can be used on advanced AAA systems. However, unless Iran accepted Russian instruction on the system, crew skills may be poor. An example of an advanced AAA system coupled with poor crew skills and lack of basic military discipline was the SA-300 system Israel took out in Syria. I think the Iranian military is a little more disciplined than an Arab force like Syria, but skill is equally important.

          1. Zulu 3-6,

            However, unless Iran accepted Russian instruction on the system, crew skills may be poor. An example of an advanced AAA system coupled with poor crew skills and lack of basic military discipline was the SA-300 system Israel took out in Syria.

            I’m not sure if this was the same incident; but, I recall an incident where the crew overrode the orders of the Russian advisors and irradiated the targets prior to being ready to fire, at which point the Russian advisors bailed and ran, with the AAA battery being destroyed behind them.
            I knew people who worked with the HARM systems and some who worked with JDAM, and one should not spit in the wind or tug on superman’s cape without a really good plan, or a death wish.

          2. TOP,

            The one I read about, and saw photos, was a SA-300 system in Syria. The crew parked the damned thing in the open, made no attempts to camo it, then they took lunch and a siesta. The Israelis caught the activity (or lack thereof) on a drone and sent a couple of F-16s in for an up-close and personal visit. No more AAA system and most of the crew got waxed as well. The Russians were supposedly very upset at Israel and the Syrians. I doubt the Israelis cared what the Russians thought.

      2. Zulu 3-6,
        I think we could relatively easily HARM those AA batteries, and while the carrier group carries SLCM’s, I suspect that flight of B52’s carry ALCM’s, so it could well be that ”Shock and Awe” we always hear about.

    2. Thor’s questions:
      1. Do you believe we are under attack from Iran? Here and abroad?
      At some level yes; but, I think they realize that ”The Donald” is more like Reagan than Barack or Jimmy and will eventually react accordingly. I think the Dems are more of a real threat than Iran at this point in time.
      2. Do you think we will be in full blown war before the end of the year?
      It depends on your definition of “full Blown”. There’s an old saying that if you and I have a fight, there will be only two sounds, ”Me hitting you & You hitting the floor.” I suspect any battle with Iran will be similar, with Saudi Arabia, Israel, and perhaps a few others joining in.
      3. Do you keep your gas gauge above a half tank?
      We always have. Living rural you would be stupid not to do so.

    3. 1 and 2 a little hotter than the cold war but i doubt we will be in a full on conflict with Iran, they may be hotheads wanting to push their influence around, but they are not suicidal, a real war with the US would end very quickly wth Irans government, military and infrastructure in ruins, but the occupation would last decades as that would mean they no longer keep their own lands in order and they will see a breakup into regional and shifting powers with groups like isis getting a strong foothold. remember thats what bin ladin wanted, he knew the taliban and al queda could never stand a war wth the us, all they had to do was draw us out and survve hiding in caves, make the islamic world pissed off, radicalize them and turn islam from a waning influence forgotten by the rest of the world with somewhat stable regonal powers into a massive mess where they start expanding again. 911 was more of a recuitment act than anything else, and while the organizers may be deadthey paved the way from groups like isis to rise and push islamic influence further out (even moderate muslims who fled to europe to escape the chaos ended up bringing islamic influence to europe forcing european states to make policies to pacify resdent muslim refugees or deal with their children who never lived through the chaos and became radicalized and spread terror in places islam has not had much influence in before). a full war with Iran would be just another mess, better to keep pressure on them without ever putting boots on the ground.

      sort of, most of what i have does not rely on gas, its a great asset to have but i can get by without it. i keep my tractors and generators full and have a few extra cans, but rarelly enough to last more than 2 months. fortunatly i just bought a bigger tractor that is diesel (sold my truck and sawmill this spring and had that money combined with about a years income worth of savings, even penny pinching i only manage to put a few hundred to $1000 in savings every month, best months are when i am selling firewood). besides being much moe powerful than the other ones i have the diesel means i can make biodiesel if other fuel is unavailable (a few farms around here make it to run their trucks and tractors off fermented manuer). i like havng redundancies, and this would be better than having a wood chip gasifier on my gas tractors. i also put my smallest tractor (ford jubilee) up for sale to recoup some money, i don’t need 3 tractors and not many parts ae interchangable (all 3 of my chainsaws are the same model for this reason, wish i had that with more of my equipment)

  13. Absolutely, we have a family based survival group, with only two non-family members. The only area lacking is I would like some to have more woodcraft knowledge/experience among the members. We have two EMTs, a firefighter, several cooks, carpentry/general trades, hard workers.

    The number one and two requirements for adding anyone to our crew are integrity and discretion. After that, skills, but without the first two, no way Jose.

    Yes, I enjoyed VBS as a child. We would study bible verses, do crafts and have an inexpensive snack, accomanied by coolaid!

    I a scored some mesquite wood for the woodstoves. On our trip, I saw truck after truck loaded with heavy duty construction equipment, as I never saw before. Number 1 grandson graduated from high school, EMT school and firefighter school in the same week!

      1. Thanks Granny. He’s quite a guy, 6’4″, good Christian, head firmly on his shoulders, great goals. Too bad I wasn’t like that at his age!! He’s a good looking kid. My fear is some chickee is going to glom onto him and distract him too early!! We have had extremely frank discussions, regarding sex and the political correctness he will encounter in college – white privilege, “toxic masculinity”, etc.

        1. LOL, Billy, it sounds like he has a good enough head on his shoulders to find a like minded woman! I would venture to guess that a lot of us weren’t as ‘aware’ when we were his age, I know I wasn’t.

  14. Quite the lively conversation this week!

    With all the rain we’ve had, I really need to fertilize the maters. I’ve got flowers, and need to get the container tomatoes staked up. (TOP, I keep telling you to look at container planting, and raised/lasagna beds…they’ve been handling the rain quite well) Snap peas are going crazy, and while I haven’t gotten enough of a harvest to preserve, we have been enjoying them with our meals couple times a week (I would need to plant a whole lot more than the 5 plants I have in order to preserve them, good learning point for us). With looking to move, y’all know I didn’t plant the garden I wanted this year.

    On to the topics of discussions:

    We do not ‘have’ a MAG, but it’s been made known that we are welcome to join a well established group, should the need arise. That ‘welcome’ came about not necessarily because of our ‘skills’, but based on our personalities and work ethic. Of course, our skill set is more than welcome. But MY first priority would also be personality and work ethic. Skills can be learned. The ability to work with others and lead if need be, not so much. The ability to lead in what you may know but still learn from others, to be humble enough for that, is not something that can necessarily be taught. Humbleness to accept that others have more wisdom than you, that you can learn from. Critical thinking skills are very important. Being able to act first and react later (because we are all human).

    I talk all the time with my neighbors and customers about the regular weather related issues we deal with, and how it just freaking makes sense to be prepared for them. I don’t get on rants, talking about a years worth supplies, just ‘parrot’ the gooberment recommendations of 3 days supplies. Heck, we aren’t supplied enough beyond maybe 3-6 months ourselves. But we have the knowledge and work on our stores all the time.

    So, to bringing others along, my millenial aged boss is going thru a divorce, and I gifted her some tomato starts, and will be helping her plant them this week. She was raised in the country, so she’s got some good roots. She’s in a tough spot and we’ll help her along. She’s not your typical millenial, she has some out their beliefs, but she’s also a realist and a tough worker. I think she’d fare well in a TWEOTAKI situation, she’s not dumb, and I would be happy to have her on my team. She takes direction as well as she gives it. As far as my neighbors go, my gardening buddy next door is likely a prepper even if he doesn’t admit it. He’s a plus! The ‘crazies’ across the street have chickens and a garden, but their drug use and personalities don’t bode well for a ‘situation’. The neighbor on our other side, she’s too busy finding a ‘daddy’ (and a whackadoo) to be relied on for much of anything, even tho she was ‘country raised’. Then there’s the libtard on the other side of her, who just is ‘dying’ to get someone to confront him so he can shoot them under Castle Law (yeah, he’s an ass, and tried this with DH before). (Sorry, that was a little rant there)

    As far as the whole Iran thing, combining TOP’s and Thor’s questions:

    The whole thing revolves around who controls access to the Straits of Hormuz, thus control of the flow of oil.

    Carter was proven inept in his handling of the hostage crisis. Obama, well, he kissed Iran’s ass and gave them the biggest gift they’ve ever been given. Trump ain’t playin’. I have no issue with his backing down on bombing, I agree, it wasn’t an ‘even shot’. It was also a chance to let Iran escalate a bit, to where there WILL be retaliation. And that doesn’t need to be ‘full out’ war. Strategic shots, without boots on the ground, can devastate Iran. I feel bad for the people of Iran, but it is what it is. Keep the targets military and their nuclear stuff, try to minimize the impact on citizens.

    And we keep our vehicles topped off as best we can, never go below half a tank. Kroger gas isn’t the best, but when I have double points off all summer, it makes it easier to also fill a couple extra gas cans.

    Hugs and prayers for everyone! Hope y’all have a great week!

    1. Grammyprepper:
      Kudos for supporting your Millennial boss. Most of my kids fall in that category and they are hard working individuals.

      1. Moe, they aren’t all failures, there are sparks of hope. Honestly, it’s the next generation that worries me more. IDK what they call them. I am so tired of hearing about their anxiety/depression, and how they can’t do their job because of it, or that they are ‘triggered’ by having to do their jobs or dealing with customers…

    2. Grammyprepper,

      TOP, I keep telling you to look at container planting, and raised/lasagna beds…they’ve been handling the rain quite well.

      We have been and are already doing containers, with a plan to move some of our plants to larger containers this upcoming week. We tried raised beds for a few years and found that the row gardening we used for most of a decade, just works better for us.

      Skills can be learned. The ability to work with others and lead if need be, not so much.

      I agree. Leading is often something people try; but, too often let their egos get in the way or try leading in an area where they have no expertise. True leadership often involves inclusion of the ideas of those who are being led.
      I knew a guy years ago who was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, and sent to Viet Nam. His first act was to call in the most seasoned NCO’s in his group and make them his leadership team. It’s hard to argue with a sergeant who’s been in country for a year or more and is still alive.

      The ability to lead in what you may know but still learn from others, to be humble enough for that, is not something that can necessarily be taught. Humbleness to accept that others have more wisdom than you, that you can learn from.

      As you and others may know, I’ve been teaching firearms and hunter education for nearly 30 years, and some of the best training I’ve had forced upon me, was when some 10 year old asks a question without an obvious answer. It makes you think on your feet, ask one of your team for their opinion, or tell the kid you’ll get back to them, often spending the afternoon or evening doing research for the answer. When I train new instructors, we emphasize that one should never BS an answer to a question, and that admitting you don’t know and doing follow-up, yields much better credibility.

      Critical thinking skills are very important. Being able to act first and react later (because we are all human).

      There is a time and place for both. In self defense, whether against a physical opponent or something dangerous like a fire, often training and reaction are necessary. When dealing with people and personalities however, I agree that thought and reflection is usually a better method.

      I talk all the time with my neighbors and customers about the regular weather related issues we deal with, and how it just freaking makes sense to be prepared for them.

      I rarely find anyone who would argue with that attitude; but, all too often find people who carry it no further and often have flimsy excuses as to why.

      Heck, we aren’t supplied enough beyond maybe 3-6 months ourselves. But we have the knowledge and work on our stores all the time.

      I bet if push came to shove you would be surprised. If your stores got low, you would find ways to use and combine things that may not be obvious when things are relatively good times like the here and now. Desperate people often just lose it; but, I find that desperate preppers, most often just pause, think out of the box, and continue on.
      When I state we have enough food for years for multiple people, that is true; but, I fully understand that some of that food will require work, like sprouting or grinding grains and a lot more cooking from scratch, perhaps in a Dutch oven over an open fire.

      As far as my neighbors go, my gardening buddy next door is likely a prepper even if he doesn’t admit it. He’s a plus!

      That would describe most all of my neighbors in a 4-5 mile radius. Just country folk doing what country folk have always done.

      Then there’s the libtard on the other side of her, who just is ‘dying’ to get someone to confront him so he can shoot them under Castle Law

      A libtard with a gun? How oxymoronic, since I thought they are the gun ban supporters. Also, Ohio has no real Castle law and use of lethal force still requires very specific circumstances, involving eminent threat of severe bodily harm or death.

      The whole thing revolves around who controls access to the Straits of Hormuz, thus control of the flow of oil.

      It does indeed and we could well pull out and supply our own oil, at which point Iran would control the rest of the world, from large parts of the E.U. to most of Asia. OTOH, Iran started that war in 1979 and perhaps we should finally just finish it by total elimination of their air and sea assets.

      Trump ain’t playin’. I have no issue with his backing down on bombing, I agree, it wasn’t an ‘even shot’. It was also a chance to let Iran escalate a bit, to where there WILL be retaliation. And that doesn’t need to be ‘full out’ war. Strategic shots, without boots on the ground, can devastate Iran.

      The MSM seems to think Iran is either capitulation or all out war, failing to see that there are middle grounds of which they cannot (or will not) conceive that would quickly end this. The administration has locked up Iran’s finances and that is in part what is causing this; but, once again, the blind (MSM) cannot see anything but their hatred for being disappointed and proven wrong, time after time.

      I feel bad for the people of Iran, but it is what it is. Keep the targets military and their nuclear stuff, try to minimize the impact on citizens.

      That is generally true for any dictatorship, where many of the common people are caught in a trap they cannot escape without help.

      1. It has always been my ‘style’, in all my ‘job experience’, whether in a supervisory/management position or entry level, to seek out those who i can learn from. I never ask someone, co worker or employee, to do something I cannot or will not do myself. /if i don’t know how to do it, I ask them to teach me how. (I draw the line at my current job, I do not want to know how to use the things they use to move pallets around. But the boys in the next dept are okay with it, cuz I feed them well, LOL) I am also not afraid to say that I don’t know the answer to any given question, but will research it and get back with as definitive an answer as I can give. I was well known in my nursing education and career for the care I gave to researching for the best answers. Docs either loved me or hated me for questioning their ‘orders’ because they knew I had done the research. “Old school” nurses who gave up their seats for doctors and never questioned their orders got pissy when we asked them questions at shift change, saying, well you’ll read the chart and figure it out…(those same nurses felt bed baths were a priority over wondering why a patient needed a particular medication even if it might be contraindicated) Okay, sorry for that rant…

        Yeah, that ‘libtard with a gun’ is a hot mess…one of the reasons we want to get out of here, as much as we love it. He once proposed a ‘wife swap’ to DH…he’s all kinds of wrong…now he thinks he has a big *d*ck* cuz he got a Harley…it’s amusing to see him on it with his biker jacket and a bright orange helmet, LOL!

        ” Desperate people often just lose it; but, I find that desperate preppers, most often just pause, think out of the box, and continue on.”
        You are likely right, we probably could manage longer than I figure. Not necessarily comfortably, but then again, one needs to realize that ‘normal’ isn’t going to be ‘normal’ again.

        And just have to tease TOP, I have found the first mater on one of my container plants, it’s tiny, but hey, its a mater!

        1. Grammyprepper,

          It has always been my ‘style’, in all my ‘job experience’, whether in a supervisory/management position or entry level, to seek out those who i can learn from. I never ask someone, co worker or employee, to do something I cannot or will not do myself.

          I have and still do ask people to do things I cannot do, like reach for something on a high shelf, or move something too heavy for me. You met BLACK when you were here and there are simply some things he can help me with that are beyond my scope in height or strength. I OTOH do help him quite a bit on then ham radio, electronics, and the electrical side of things.
          There are jobs I’ve not done in quite a while; but, none that I was too proud to do when the task called for it.

          if i don’t know how to do it, I ask them to teach me how. (I draw the line at my current job, I do not want to know how to use the things they use to move pallets around. But the boys in the next dept are okay with it, cuz I feed them well, LOL)

          I can and have used a pallet jack to move large things around, with the most important things being to watch for clearance when moving and turning. It’s another good skill to know how to do; but, perhaps not to let the people at work know that particular skill. Sometimes having a skill and keeping quiet is a good way to learn from others and to assess a situation before making comments or taking actions. It’s just a version of the communications maxim we teach & use in ham radio. ”Listen first and the speak:

          Docs either loved me or hated me for questioning their ‘orders’ because they knew I had done the research.

          I do this all of the time as a patient, and have only ever had one doctor question my asking him questions. He was promptly replaced. All of my other doctors are pleased that I look up things, ask questions, and take an active role in my healthcare. Any doctor who has a problem answering your questions, who is treating you like a mushroom, should IMHO be replaced.

          “Old school” nurses who gave up their seats for doctors and never questioned their orders got pissy when we asked them questions at shift change, saying, well you’ll read the chart and figure it out…(those same nurses felt bed baths were a priority over wondering why a patient needed a particular medication even if it might be contraindicated) Okay, sorry for that rant.

          No need to be sorry. You full well know and I suspect others do also, that recently in Columbus, Mount Carmel medical center fired Dr. William Husel when numerous patients were overdosed with fentanyl ordered by the doctor and not questioned by pharmacy or nursing staff. Criminal charges and lawsuits are now flying around and this kind of incident makes one wonder how safe some hospitals may be.

          Yeah, that ‘libtard with a gun’ is a hot mess…one of the reasons we want to get out of here, as much as we love it. …now he thinks he has a big *d*ck* cuz he got a Harley…it’s amusing to see him on it with his biker jacket and a bright orange helmet, LOL!

          Both of my boys wanted and eventually purchased Harleys. The oldest took the trip to Sturgis, South Dakota and had some fun with it; but, eventually realized that the riding season in Ohio is just too short for such an expensive bike. After about 4 ½ years he sold it at a profit and now owns a pickup truck.
          The youngest of the boys purchased his and was part of a diding club (not gang) until a drunk idiot in a van cut him off. The van driver tried to escape; but, local folks stopped the van, dragged the guy out, and held him for the police. My boy almost lost a leg over it; but, modern medicine and along hard slog with Physical Therapy got him back working like new.
          I rode Honda 45 years ago; but, gave it up for my Landcruiser.
          It’s a phase many have and grow out of.

          ” Desperate people often just lose it; but, I find that desperate preppers, most often just pause, think out of the box, and continue on.”
          You are likely right, we probably could manage longer than I figure. Not necessarily comfortably, but then again, one needs to realize that ‘normal’ isn’t going to be ‘normal’ again.

          I know you and the DH camp, and that is not the comfortable normal that many people cannot live without. Just having camped and getting by with a small space and makeshift and less than optimum cooking, sleeping, and hygiene arrangements, IMHO already makes you more prepared than many. At my age, roughing it in the woods with makeshift everything is not as appealing as it once was; but, I have done it and could in a pinch do it again.

          And just have to tease TOP, I have found the first mater on one of my container plants, it’s tiny, but hey, its a mater!

          I think we’ve gotten a few tomatoes, some strawberries & some blueberries; but, the year is young and we have nothing but time (sort of)

  15. Not sure how to answer Tara’s questions. We don’t have any type of formalized prepper group. The part of the country we live in is quite different than most of you. Our small town of 7500 has about 50 churches. Two food banks open to the public run by two of the congregations. One requires volunteer hours of work in order to receive any goods. I believe the Church of the Latter Day Saints also has a large storage facility of food, but I don’t think the distribution is open to the public.
    Our county is very poor with over 80% of the school children on free or reduced meals. Total population is about 12,000 people in an area of over 1800 square miles. Our biggest natural disaster threat is blizzards. But we haven’t had a bad one in over a dozen years. We also deal with drought.
    I know there are others that prep. But I don’t know of any organised groups other than the Mormons. (I have them to thank for getting me to have extra on hand.)

    Combining TOP and Thor: The extremists groups in the world scare me the most. We need to realize conventional warfare is not necessarily what we will be hit with. Currently reading a novel where a crazy scientist has launched radioactive material into space in order to detonate an EMP. But I think computer viruses can wreck as much havoc. This was the point I was trying to make last week. Power grids around the world are vulnerable. Private companies and public entities are quietly and sometimes openly paying hackers ransom.

    Sorry for the long post! Preps this week included harvesting the small cherry crop due to the May 21 freeze we had. Greens continue to be harvested. We also had 2.5 inches of rain spread out over 5 days. That does not include whatever we received from a thunderstorm last night. Just starting to harvest a few early beets.
    Some folks from Oregon moved into town. They converted a garage sitting on a lot into a home. Then they promptly put in a garden larger than mine. Others have also added to existing gardens or started one. Not sure why such a renewed interest in growing produce. Just an observation.
    Will try to check in next week but travelling to the Sunshine State.

    1. With a lot of focus on Iran, I found Oregon’s reaction to “the militia threat” interesting. They shut down the government because they were afraid of their reaction to what they were doing. No threats made, just fear of an armed response. Did it give them pause, and have them reconsider their actions? No. And this is not the first time if I recall.

      Interesting.

      1. JP:
        I completely missed what was going on in the Oregon statehouse. Definitely representative of the current state of the union. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

      1. secondrecon:
        My great-grandparents are buried in downtown Orlando. I grew up with some years in Alachua County and others in Volusia. My parents are in Orange County and my son in Seminole. Their counties match their politics. To be honest, I miss the way the State was before the coming of Mickey and the McMansions.

  16. Hi All,

    Sorry I haven’t logged on in a while. I have neck/back injury. I am getting better, slowly. Good news: DD is serious about a “republican boy” and he has a concealed carry permit. He is not a college boy. He has skills. She is bringing him home next weekend. I will make my famous voodoo shrimp. (In my family this is the “welcome” or “special occasion” dish.) It takes two and a half hours to make.

    Question: If he already has a carry permit, how effective is the usual “I see you are dating my daughter” and then “if you mess with her I have a shotgun”?

    1. Bam Bam,

      Good news: DD is serious about a “republican boy” and he has a concealed carry permit. He is not a college boy. He has skills. She is bringing him home next weekend.

      Do those skills include a good job? If so, it sounds like a good start.

      I will make my famous voodoo shrimp. (In my family this is the “welcome” or “special occasion” dish.) It takes two and a half hours to make.

      Come on. You know the rules. One cannot mention a special food item without some details, or preferably a recipe.

      Question: If he already has a carry permit, how effective is the usual “I see you are dating my daughter” and then “if you mess with her I have a shotgun”?

      Assuming the carry permit is for a handgun, at defensive distances (1-7 yards) I’ll still take the shotgun, every time. LOL
      The nominal version of that threat BTW is “I have a shovel and a shotgun, and don’t think anyone would miss you” and comes initially from the 1995 movie: “Clueless”: “Anything happens to my daughter, I got a .45 and a shovel, I doubt anybody would miss you.”

      In any case, it sounds like he could be a mature guy who takes life and security seriously; but, I suspect you’ll figure that out rather quickly when he visits.

    2. Bam Bam:

      If he carries, he understands how fast he can run.

      I always told “them” (I had 2 daughters) that I would not announce my intent. If they heard the shot, I was not aiming at them.

    3. Bam Bam – with three daughters myself, I sometimes have a similar question. The youngest got her permit the day after she turned 21. She and her current boyfriend are pretty serious. While he doesn’t have his permit yet, he just shipped off to Marine boot camp, so there’s good potential there.

      The middle one is married – he’s got good skills but I’m still not 100% sure about him in some ways. He doesn’t vote and doesn’t want to vote.

      The oldest just started dating someone. He’s apparently made a good impression on her because she’s already introduced him to us and we haven’t met any of the last three or four boyfriends. He has introduced her to his family too. He has skills as he helped rescue and evacuate someone that got hurt while our daughter and the boyfriend were hiking. Much remains to be seen with their relationship as they are currently in separate states.

      May things go well!

  17. Just had a gourmet garden lunch. Maybe I could feed myself if I had to. I did buy the steak but I seasoned and grilled it to perfection myself and the potato I baked was grown in the field in front of my home. Everything else was from my garden. Two ears of sweet corn, fresh cucumber slices, fried okra, and tomatoes oven roasted with basal and rosemary.

    I was lazy and planted everything late so my cantaloupes, watermelons, and sweet potatoes are not ready yet. I guess the one lone honey bee I saw is doing her best, lots of flowers but not too many melons but at least there will be some.

    1. Almost There says,

      Signs of the Times – Weather patterns.

      An interesting article; but, nothing new, since weather patterns have changed off and on in long cycles for centuries with some old and more recent examples as follows:
      The Anasazi (AKA Ancient Pueblo People) were an ancient Native American culture who lived in the Southwestern United States. Sometime after the 6th century CE., the Anasazi of Chaco Canyon and other settlements switch from a primarily hunter gatherer culture to one of agriculture growing crops like maize (corn). To grow maize, they needed rain, but the area was dry and rain was sporadic so the rain that did fall was collected and used sparingly. There is archeological evidence of dams, canals, and other water control features that show the importance of water to that culture. Due to extreme drought, the Anasazi were gone by the 1300’s.
      Moving forward to the 1930’s the US experienced drought that coupled with poor farming practices, cause the infamous dust bowl.
      Not unlike the Anasazi, dams and levees once again tamed & contained the waters until 1993, when extremely rainy conditions flooded the Midwest, like we’re seeing right now. Levees were topped and failed flooding thousands of acres of previously protected farm fields, and creating a large enough body of water that it contained its own microclimate. The water over that large area, would evaporate and release enough moisture into the air, that it condensed into clouds and rained back on itself.
      When we look at a large enough area over a significant time period, we see patterns that when only looking at a small flooded area (like Tara’s kitchen) or a short time span like the past 12-18 months, erroneously makes us see individual trees where there is a full blown forest to be analyzed.

  18. In the “Well ain’t that special department”…

    This week California started requiring a background check to buy ammo. Name going into a data base. Cost you $1. Not sure if the data base says you are okay or not okay. Will be administered by their Department of Justice; not sure if they already have the data base up and running.

    Perhaps someone more familiar than I can comment on the particulars of this new tax on law-abinding citizens.

    1. JP,

      Perhaps someone more familiar than I can comment on the particulars of this new tax on law-abinding citizens.

      If you fail the BG check and cannot purchase the ammunition, is that considered gun control? I’m not prohibiting guns, so perhaps it’s a work around in the simple minds of the antigun politicians.
      OTOH, if I allow you to purchase 9mm and our records show your only ”registered” firearms are 38 special and .22 RF, is that significant probable cause to come into your home and look for unregistered firearms.
      I know some people are simply stuck in CA; but, I would have been planning my escape a long time ago.

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