What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 50: June 23rd – June 29th 2019

auddie preserving flowers

Hello, Pack. This week we actually had multiple days where it only rained briefly. The ground is still too soft to work in the garden and bale hay, but signs of improvement are at least on the horizon… maybe.

Our dwarf banana plants and elderberry trees are coming along beautifully. The tomato plants are struggling a little bit, but growing as well. This is just going to be an awful gardening year. Corn and soybeans are big crops in our state, and only a very small portion of them have been planted.

The prices of food and hay – and the quantities available, are going to be problematic in the coming months. I am also concerned about the bees. Recently released reports about the colony collapse statistics over this past winter show that once again the population numbers have dwindled to a new low.

I hope that all of the millions of dollars Bayer is losing via a growing myriad of lawsuits attempting to defend Monsanto’s Roundup Ready will spark laws limiting or preventing its use as it has in other countries. Then, the bees might have a fighting chance.

Some milkweed bushes appeared out of nowhere in our upper pasture this year. Because both the butterflies and honeybees flock to them, my Bobby nicely agreed to cut around them to preserve them for out little visitors.

milkweed

Bees pollinate at least 70 percent of the food we eat. If they all die, the human race is not far behind. Why are so few people concerned about this? Most of the same folks who have never heard of the blight of the honeybees or dismiss it are likely the ones who don’t grasp the wisdom in keeping their cupboards full of shelf stable food in the first place.

Our wild black raspberries seem to have survived this weird weather well but I am not sure about all of our honeysuckle bushes. The daisies are growing in great abundance. My flower-obsessed granddaughter Audriella was very interested in helping learn how to preserve them as wild edibles, for medicinal purposes, and art projects:

auddie preserving flowers
Yep, those are sharp scissors you see 3-year-old Auddie using. I am not a believer in “dumbing down” any tool that can be safely used under adult supervision.

Colt and Ariyah aren’t as into all of the flower love, but they do absolutely love going on hikes and were willing to help in the picking of the daisies.

During out forest school outings with the grandkiddos we were delighted to discover we have not only shagbark hickory trees but shellbark – the king of the nut trees, as well.

Last year there was no way we could harvest all of the hickory nuts, acorns, beachnuts, and walnuts on our survival homestead, I am hoping for the same robust yield.

shellbark tree leaves

This week’s questions:

  1. How did you help foster a greater degree of self-reliance or prepping in friends, neighbors, or family this week?
  2. Do you think food prices will go sky high, there could be a shortage, or both?
  3. Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

About Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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117 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 50: June 23rd – June 29th 2019

  1. Good morning – long week at work and not much prepping beyond watching my garden try to grow and survive the rain.

    How did you help foster a greater degree of self-reliance or prepping in friends, neighbors, or family this week? Always talking to my children about paying off debt.

    Do you think food prices will go sky high, there could be a shortage, or both? Oddly, food prices here have not increased but other things we buy have been noticeably higher – cat litter specifically.

    Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees? It bothers me but I believe many individuals are doing things to help stop the problem. I am more concerned with an overall pollinator population and I’m beginning to see insects returning in larger quantities, telling me that my efforts are paying off as they are combined with other individual efforts. I’m seeing dragon flies that I haven’t seen in years.

    What did you do to prep this week? Rotating the foods and eating what I can out of the garden. Not much else.

  2. 1 haven’t really seen anyone this past week except for monday, but they are aleady fairly well set farmers

    2 no, some prices will go up but i have seen several critical faming regions suffer huge losses over the years and cautioned people to buy food to store expecting prices to jump. most remained stable, onl thing that has really gone up was dairy, in 2012 a lb of butter was as cheap as $1, now its $5. i am of course talking about droughts and flooding fromthe last 10years, at this pont i am not as concernedsince i have seen it before. if anything there may be regional fluxuations but thats about it.

    a friend of mine keeps bees and accorrding to him and beekeeper groups all over the numbers have actually been steadily rising and they are moe neumerous than they used to bee. additionally the honey bee is the only one affected by that collony collapse problem, and it is far from the only bee or pollinator, mason bees are quite effective and are not having any number problems, as are some wasps and a lot of flies. the honey bee is actually not native to north america, it was introduced to many parts of the world by european colonists bringing them with them and displacing native polinators. even if they go extinct the worrld will get along without them as that will just give the other pollinators their place back. north america didn’t have bees till the 1600s and there was a lot of food grown here before that without them.

    bought 1000 rounds of ammo for my sks and 60 rounds for my 30-30, a few more raccoon traps, a brush saw, parts to fix one of my chainsaws, parts to fix a few other things, resupplied a few things like my bucket of powdered milk that was getting low. then i hauled out a lot of firewood, and brushed out about 2 acres (was too wet to drive tractor on for a long time and tractor needed work, now there is brush hiding all the firewood and i can’t see it and its a mess to work in and can’t use tractor brush hog now that the tractor is fixed). got another delay in getting that tractor i paid for. the guy i bought it from is reliable, but the movers are lazy bums, last week the mover cancelled because he wanted to go to an auction, then on the rescheduled day (today) he said he wasn’t feeling well, i’m more than a little pissed off since my friend insists on that mover since it was the lowest price quote and i need that tractor to do work thats long overdue and i paid a years worth of savings. if he doesn’t deliver soon i’m biking 250 miles south and driving it home myself or going to expect a full and immediate refund and consider the sale cancelled if he has not delivered within a month of the sale. also i am looking into other movers to do the job, i am not at all happy, but i do have signed sales contract paperwork for it so thats something

    1. update, the first mover was fired for being a lazy bum, my friend finally took my advice to call his competators and the tractor and other equipment is being moved tomorrow

  3. Hello, everyone! Mostly just been checking in on occasion. Good to know everyone is carrying on!

    Grocery prices: they have already gone up — all meats by 50¢ to $1 a pound. Butcher tells me another increase is coming, soon.

    Bees: saw a report from KY this week. They lost 9% of their hives to excessively cold winter. I’m sure other states, as well.

    But here’s the good news – more and more people are taking up bee keeping! Most want honey. All want pollinators. Yes, there ARE other pollinators. Perhaps none more important than the honey bee.

    I am a beekeeper. I also own the MeWe site, “Bee Keeping 101”. It’s a very active site, with everything from wannabees (pun intended) to masters. Started one year ago with only one member, it is now 250+ strong. So, yes, there is a strong interest and effort to save our honey bees!

    1. Hey there love! I haven’t been on MeWe in awhile, I’ve been trying to avoid most social media…But I seriously recommend to the rest of the Pack, looking into MeWe and carol’s pages!

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

    My Faraday box is safely stashed away and wrapped in a fleece blanket to protect the foil. I’m still working on digitizing my documents. My new scanner is doing a good job and I’m glad I got it. The old one was such a pain in the booty.

    Ordered and received some more freeze-dried food pouches. I’m trying to order a few every month. I also bought a Timex wind-up wristwatch and a wind-up alarm clock. Stashed a triple pack of duct tape, a roll of Gorilla tape, and a roll of aluminum tape with my general preps. I still have some HD aluminum foil and additional aluminum tape left over from the Faraday construction.

    Got the Survival Axe Pro sharpened and put away with my general preps. It was a bit of a pain working the blade on the coarse hone, but it was easy on the smooth hone. Steeled it and put it away well coated with Marine Tuf-Cloth. Nice and sharp. I can think of a few people I’d like to test bonk on the head with it, and with my SOG tomahawk too.

    I had to think about it as I would not be able to save much money this month, but I ordered an EOTech 3X magnifier to go with my EOTech holographic sight on my M&P-15. My eyesight just isn’t what it used to be, and I need every advantage I can get if SHTF and things really go sideways. I do not fight fair.

    Mounted the magnifier just fine. Had to move the holographic sight forward a little so the magnifier could fit ahead of the Magpul flip-up rear sight. I may need a trip to the range to double check the zero.

    I didn’t watch the communist party’s debates on TV this week. I don’t believe much of what they say, although they do accidentally tell the truth sometimes. They aren’t pleasant truths, however.

    I have to change my email address as the Ex is closing on her condo July 1st and will be cancelling the Internet service at her (and my) old house soon afterward. If anyone has my old email address, just change it to @gmail.com instead of @windstream.net and you have the new.

    I see the media is making a big deal out of a weapons trafficking bust involving people in the US and some South American countries. The photo they show on FoxNews appears to be mostly old rusty weapons, including one I think might be a WWII-era Japanese Arisaka bolt-action rifle. There is an old, probably Korean War vintage 2.5” bazooka, a water-cooled machine gun that I can’t otherwise recognize (it might be a Russian 7.62x54R Maxim). I think the only reasonably recent weapon looks like a beat-up Soviet RPK light machine gun (magazine fed), but I can’t be for certain. If they were trafficking in those things, plus AR-15s and parts, I wouldn’t view them as a really dangerous trafficking group. Amateurs.

    Granddaughter has been incredibly well behaved over the past week. It’s actually kind of scary that a 2-1/2-year-old can be that way and still be a fun, happy, and playful child. We started working on learning to tell time, both digitally and analog at her request. I’m not going to push yet it as her parents want her to master days of the week and months first. She’s pretty good with days of the week, but sometimes mixes up Tuesday and Thursday. That’s OK. I do too, but that’s from old age.

    Like Tara’s granddaughter, Auddie, my little girl loves flowers and planting things with her mom and abuela. If she goes with her mom or dad to a place with plant and flowers for sale (Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc), she will bee-line there and browse the offerings. The toy section is second. Unless it’s Publix, then the bakery for a free cookie is first. Priorities. 😊

    Tara’s questions:

    1. How did you help foster a greater degree of self-reliance or prepping in friends, neighbors, or family this week? I don’t think I really fostered a great deal in anyone this week. I did talk with #1 daughter about hurricane season and whether she was prepped for it (she thinks she is).

    2. Do you think food prices will go sky high, there could be a shortage, or both? Food prices have already gone up here in Orlando, no question about that. I’m sure there is bound to be at least some level of shortage this year, but I haven’t seen any yet.

    3. Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees? I am concerned. I understand the symbiotic relationship between honeybees and plants, particularly food bearing plants. How do we replace what honeybees do? Is it even possible? I know there are some other natural pollen spreading processes out there, but is it enough and is it directed at the correct plants? I think not.

    4. What did you do to prep this week? See above.

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      Nice and sharp. I can think of a few people I’d like to test bonk on the head with it, and with my SOG tomahawk too.

      I also have an SOG tomahawk, purchased a while back from Rural King @ Almost There’s recommendation. I’m also betting I could guess the intended bonk targets in less than 3 guesses. LOL.

      I need every advantage I can get if SHTF and things really go sideways. I do not fight fair.

      As for fighting fairly, there is no reason to do so. They say that ” Old age and treachery will always defeat youth and skill” so I will do what I have to and blame it on my more mature age.

      I didn’t watch the communist party’s debates on TV this week. I don’t believe much of what they say, although they do accidentally tell the truth sometimes.

      I recorded and watched pieces of them; but, if you watched Fox News, Fox business, or listened to Beck or Limbaugh, you got the nasty highlights, including the pandering in Spanish.
      This economy is collapsing and the tax cut has only helped the rich, so you gonna believe Bernie or that extra cash in your wallet, or maybe that high standard deduction that is saving me and the DW a fortune.

      We started working on learning to tell time, both digitally and analog at her request. I’m not going to push yet it as her parents want her to master days of the week and months first. She’s pretty good with days of the week, but sometimes mixes up Tuesday and Thursday. That’s OK. I do too, but that’s from old age.

      My DD also learned those at a young age; but, her towering moment was when I showed her how to use the dictionary. All of the words in the language at your fingertips. That day she spent several hours, just thinking of thinks and looking them up.
      It sounds like her trajectory is similar and you will no doubt be pleasantly surprised many times in the future.

      1. TOP,

        My Ex watched some of the Spanish language excerpts. She thought their Spanish was poor and in poor taste as well. She would know. They aren’t going to get that Cuban on their side. No way, no how.

        “Thinks you can think.” That is one of granddaughter’s favorite Dr Seuss books we read at nap time. She knows the alphabet perfectly now and is able to read to a limited degree, including the alphabet in capitals and lowercase printing. When she gets better with reading, I will introduce her to the dictionary like I did her mom, aunt, and uncle.

  5. Puppy went crazy on the rider mower while we were playing Frisbee. He hit on a scent that something was inside of it. I went over to it and started shaking it. It has a rear catcher attachment with a tube on the side. After shaking it I could hear something running inside of the tube so I opened it. A cute little black kitten came out and hit puppy in the nose with a claw. No it wasn’t a full grown cat but it had good sized claws. Puppy grabbed it midsection so I said no !!! He let go for a second and the kitten ran back under the mower. I had a hold of puppy’s fur or he would have nailed it, he was mad!!! I took puppy back in the house and the kitten escaped over the fence. He doesn’t like cats……

    Garden

    Picked a bunch of tomatoes and jalapeños so good.Made pico de gallo.
    The Mrs. made a cucumber, tomato and onion salad with Apple cider vinegar.
    Picked pickling cucumbers and made pickles.

    Alcohol

    Bought tequila and vodka

    The package store had gluten free vodka, whoda thunk…LOL

    The package store also had moonshine pickles from Tennessee. I can picture someone eating a few,driving and getting pulled over by the police. Sir, have you had anything to drink? No, but I ate a couple of pickles. LOL

    Security

    Cleaned and lubed a few guns.
    Sharpened some knives.
    Identified some ammo cans per caliber.

    Jeep

    Quadratec is an outstanding company to buy Jeep parts from.
    I didn’t receive a part I ordered and one part had hardware missing so they sent me another part and for the hardware issue a whole other kit and said takeout what you need and return the rest. I was so impressed with the customer service that I said just bill me for another kit. They said we will give you half off since you were missing some hardware. 😀

    Freeze dryer

    Freeze dried bananas and hamburger/ hamburgers

    Tara’s questions:

    1.How did you help foster a greater degree of self-reliance or prepping in friends, neighbors, or family this week?
    2.Do you think food prices will go sky high, there could be a shortage, or both?
    3.Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees?

    1. Helped a neighbor cut a lock off of his fence. He’s a security guard and liked my puppy so much he purchased a GSD puppy too.

    2. Yes definitely. 3 lbs of hamburger has doubled in price already.

    3. Yes, but the bumblebee has seemed to pickup the slack to a degree.

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Do any Democrats care about America at all ? Should they be charged with treason?
    2. How can the Democrats say you can have 10 billion dollars for border relief, but not 5 billion for a wall?
    3. With the Iran conflict escalating, are you worried about fuel prices skyrocketing? If fuel goes up, everything else does too.

    1. in there own way they do, most of them are in cities where there is high rates of comunity dependance and less individualism, they are also disconnected from nature and have theortic ideas but little background for them, like the founder of peta who was a college proffessor in australia who never left campus grounds, never went to a park let alone a farm or spent any time around real animals. then there are the ones who say range land should be used to grow vegatables but don’t realize the problems with soil and water. then the gun control types live in cities with a cop 2 minutes away at all times and the only timesthey see guns are when they are used fo crime. unfortunatly they view their experience and theories and opinions as facts for everyone.

      same reason my parents could spend all their money on cruises and designer clothing and a 2 acre mowed lawn with a new mower but complain the couldn’t afford food and were mad they didn’t get more in stamps, and i sept on the floor and went without glasses cause they “couldn’t afford it” they are only willing to put money on things the want.

      i hardly buy anything, even if fuel prices tripple it would hardly affect me in any way

    2. Thor1,

      The package store had gluten free vodka, whoda thunk…LOL

      It just shows the ignorance of the general public. How about gluten free beef or gluten free bottled water? 200 years of public education all for nothing.

      Questions.
      1. Do any Democrats care about America at all ? Should they be charged with treason?
      No and treason requires action, perhaps like what A.G. Barr will find in subsequent investigations of the Russian collusion. HRC or BHO perhaps? The Dems need to be aware of the maxim, “Be careful what you wish for”
      2. How can the Democrats say you can have 10 billion dollars for border relief, but not 5 billion for a wall?
      Easy, since they are hypocrites who lie any time their mouths are moving.
      3. nstrong>With the Iran conflict escalating, are you worried about fuel prices skyrocketing? If fuel goes up, everything else does too.
      No, since we (the USA) are now the largest producer of petroleum products due to good old “Evil” fracking.
      You should also recall that “evil” spelled backwards is ”live”

  6. 1. How did you help foster a greater degree of self-reliance or prepping in friends, neighbors, or family this week?
    I didn’t. I have been too busy taking care of things here.
    2. Do you think food prices will go sky high, there could be a shortage, or both?
    I saw hay priced 50% higher than it should have been. This is an indication that prices will be high.
    3. Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees?
    Yes! I’m a beekeeper, and a LOT of my beek friends lost every hive over the last year. However, I’ve been getting messages from non-beekeeping friends asking what they can do to help the bees.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    This week:

    *Animals:
    -Still trying to sell two does.

    *Garden:
    -I have harvested zucchini and cabbage this week.
    -Canned 9 pints of unstuffed cabbage rolls.
    -In the process of canning about 4 gallons of chow chow. I hope it goes quickly. I have to leave to attend a wedding at noon.

    *Added a little to the stockpile: bandages, toiletries, spices, vinegar,
    -Got another water bath canner at a tag sale.

    *Miscellaneous:
    -Had a colonoscopy this week. I’m waiting on the results of biopsies.
    -Had truck repaired.
    -Still cleaning and organizing.

    *Skills:
    -Canning season has begun! I think I could chop vegetables in my sleep.

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

  7. 1. How did you help foster a greater degree of self-reliance or prepping in friends, neighbors, or family this week? I just plod along, answering questions and talking about the reasons for prepping. Most don’t seem concerned about it to do something.

    2. Do you think food prices will go sky high, there could be a shortage, or both? Prices will rise; like politicians, wholesalers can’t resist a good crisis. I think we have enough slack in the system to keep our people fed, and to keep them looking to the government to solve their problems.

    3. Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees? Concerned – yes. Know what to do about it – No.

    4. What did you do to prep this week? …

    Last week was the church annual campout/pot luck/baptism. Thursday, we woke up to snow on the ground! Mostly cool and cloudy. But a good time was had by all.

    House repair: Rear porch roof fixed. Good timing; short hail storm Wed and Thurs nights. Pea sized and covered the roofs.

    $30 in rebates from ammo purchases arrived!

    Got a set of 1-season-used studded snow tires for the van. Now I’ll look for a set of wheels for them. I felt $150 was a good price.

    Propane refill sale on Wednesday; ½ price ($1.60/gal). Got 2 tanks to topped off.

    Trading out my old 5-gal gas cans for new 2.5-gallon cans. At my age and shape, lifting a 5 gallon can to fill the generator or the 4-wheeler is just too much.

    Received: tires; display case; trailer tarp clamps; Bitter Melon capsules; mags for DW’s new Glock; sights for DW’s Glock, QD buckle rigger’s belt; label tabbed tie straps; 2.5-gal fuel cans; 28-quart cooler

    1. JP, I always pour from a 6 gallon can into a 1gallon can for items with smaller fuel tanks. What caliber is your Mrs. Glock in?

      Wow, haven’t used studded snow tires since I lived up North.

      1. Thor1:

        The Glock 43X is a 10-shot 9mm. It has the same slide as the G43 (6-shot). The G48 has the same length slide at the G19, but with the G43X 10-shot frame.

        1. Almost There,

          Where do they put propane on sale?

          I am obviously not mom of three; but I am a big propane proponent.
          If you own your own tank or tanks, you can get them filled by any vendor and summer fill about this time (June-August) is generally your best price point. If you have a leased or rented vendor tank, you must fill from that vendor; but, calling them for a fill now could still be less expensive than waiting until they decide to fill it on their schedule in late fall or early winter.
          So far it’s looking like this is setting up to be a good year for propane prices and we’ll be ordering soon also.

          1. Almost There,

            I think she was referring to the smaller tanks, but not sure.

            That’s possible, especially if you have tanks and get them refilled instead of exchanged. It could be some Independence Day holiday special since this is a big BBQ & grilling day for many. It might be worth some phone calls.

      1. mom of three:

        I only had a 30# and a 20# that needed filling. I try to keep them topped off as I use them. I do keep spare 20#’ers for backup heating and cooking incase the grid drops around the house. Plus 2 spare 20#’s in the travel trailer.

        $1.09 is great. I was happy at $1.60 as right now the going rate is #3.60.

  8. Thor’s questions:

    1. Do any Democrats care about America at all ? Should they be charged with treason? I don’t think that many Democraps care about America as it is laid out in the Constitution. However, charging people for treason was intentionally made difficult by the Framers. Back in the olden days of Kings and Emperors, simply looking sideways at the monarch was treason and off with your head (if you were lucky, drawn and quartered if you weren’t). Simply bad-mouthing the Constitution is not treason under our laws. However, some of the stunts pulled by Obama and Hillery could very well be so considered.

    2. How can the Democrats say you can have 10 billion dollars for border relief, but not 5 billion for a wall? How can Democraps say we should take good care of ILLEGAL aliens, but ignore full fledged citizens and veterans? Their excuse for logic is deplorable and should be cause for their expulsion from Congress by the voters. The only other way to throw them out is if they do it to themselves through the Article One authority to set their own rules for membership and expulsion. You know damned well they won’t do that unless perhaps an individual member did something so heinous even the Dems couldn’t ignore it. Like raping an illegal alien child on live TV. Otherwise, probably not.

    3. With the Iran conflict escalating, are you worried about fuel prices skyrocketing? If fuel goes up, everything else does too. Not really. Iran is not a major exporter to the US at all any more. If anything, Iranian oil cuts will hurt China more, and that is a good thing. China is scared to death the US will take steps to curtail Iranian oil supplies, which we are perfectly capable of doing militarily. China is not doing as well economically as they would have people believe. Trump is hurting them big time. Losing Chinese made products will hurt us for a short time until US based production gears back up.

    1. Democratic platform:

      1. Hate Trump ( impeach)
      2. Take away guns
      3. Take away freedom of speech.
      4. Raise taxes
      5. Open borders (AKA let in terrorists, disease, gang members and freeloaders)
      6. Free healthcare for everyone especially illegal aliens. ( Nothing is free)
      7. Free college tuition for Americans and illegal aliens ( again nothing is free)
      8. Can you think of anything else ?

      1. Re your #6 reply — The do-gooder know-nothings are doing everything they can to jack up the cost of medical care including demanding unwanted/un-needed services. They practiced on ACA policies, and are now frewing up Medicare. I’ll post more about this soon. Also, NJ trying to fast track “Patient Protection Act,” which is basically to stop doctors from referring patients to an out of state hospital.

    2. Zulu,

      Twenty one percent of the world’s oil supply passes through Strait of Hormuz. Attacking tankers is the only cards they have to play. The U.S. could take out Iran in a week. That’s not the issue. The issue is that we would have to rebuild the country least it become a breeding ground for terrorism. Rebuilding Iran would cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

      1. Bam Bam,

        Iran is already a breeding ground for terrorists along with being one of their bankers.

        Most Iranians are not very happy with their government. If something were to happen to severely weaken the Ayatollahs and their personal military, the people may well take things into their own hands from there.

      2. Bam Bam,

        Twenty one percent of the world’s oil supply passes through Strait of Hormuz. Attacking tankers is the only cards they have to play.

        You do realize that most all of those products go to Japan, China, and the E.U. and much of that oil comes from other Middle Eastern countries, so perhaps those getting the oil and those also selling it (OPEC) should stomp Iran and keep them under control.

        The U.S. could take out Iran in a week. That’s not the issue. The issue is that we would have to rebuild the country least it become a breeding ground for terrorism. Rebuilding Iran would cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

        Iran become a breeding ground for terrorism?
        Just what do you think they are now, being the financiers for most of the world’s terror organizations? We not only do not have to rebuild, we could then keep down anything that moved in a direction we don’t like.
        Saudi Arabia and Israel alone could keep them tamped down with a little help.

  9. To Tara’s questions:

    1- My friends in the Republican Town Committee are going to be taking a firearms safety class taught by my close friend and myself. I’ve also been working with my wife and oldest son to show them more of what I do to keep them safe over the long haul.

    2- Food prices have been strange. The last two weeks have seen me spend $700 at China Mart but I don’t feel like we got much. Then again, we started at the non-food end of the store. Still, eggs were 80 cents. I bought two dozen. I did notice the off-brand slave labor produced air conditioners were twice as much as they were last year. I’ll try to be more thrifty when in the grocery section but I’m like a twelve year old with the snack foods.

    3- Colony collapse disorder has me concerned. My father in law keeps bees in Tennessee and he seems to be doing well. His beekeeping club is very active with a lot of new members like him so there’s hope.

    4- Prepping this week included more PMs in smaller denominations. I like the idea of being able to use small denominations if the SHTF. I bought another case of .30 carbine ammo. Price was right at $139.00. I’m toying with the idea of getting M-1 carbines for both Mrs. Overwatch and the eldest. There is a good article favoring this position in Firearms News this week. It’s easy to master and hits harder than an AR at close range.
    I’ve also been practicing with my .45 a great deal. In this area, the states are close together and have no reciprocity for LTC’s. RI requires that you qualify in front of an NRA or police instructor with the highest caliber you’re going to carry. The NRA needs to sue such states for violating Article IV, Section I of the Constitution (look it up-good habit). Then again, I’m completely disgusted by the idea that some government hack who doesn’t know the business end of a weapon has the ability to deny “permission” of a civil right.
    I bought extra boil in a bag rice this week along with canned food and crackers. That’s going in a tote for storage. Picked up some single serving Parmalat whole milk cartons along with extra D cell batteries for hurricane season. We don’t usually get them up here but it’s good to be ready.

    1. Overwatch,

      You may want to put those items in a different container to store them in. I know I bought some crackers for stock, and after about a year out I tried them and they were definitely stale. I’ve heard on this blog that someone dry can’s their crackers in glass jars and open them after a couple years and they are just as crunchy as they were when she had bought them.

      1. Almost There & Overwatch,

        You may want to put those items in a different container to store them in. I know I bought some crackers for stock, and after about a year out I tried them and they were definitely stale. I’ve heard on this blog that someone dry can’s their crackers in glass jars and open them after a couple years and they are just as crunchy as they were when she had bought them.

        Dry canning will work; but, I generally package long term storage cereals & crackers in their original containers, placed in a zip lock freezer bag, with a few desiccant packets. I have saved desiccant packets from electronics items and medications for years, stored in a few air tight jars, since they can be very useful. Alternatively, you can purchase desiccants from craft shops where they have it for making dried flower arrangements.
        Sealed away from moisture, most items will stay crisp for quite a while; but, unless also vacuum packed, items with oils & fats may still eventually go rancid, so for long term vacuum packing with desiccants or O2 absorbers is a good easy way to do things.

        1. That’s how they’re packed. Original package “foodsavered” with dessicant packs, then in totes in a dry room.

          1. Overwatch,

            That’s how they’re packed. Original package “foodsavered” with dessicant packs, then in totes in a dry room.

            That has always worked for me and that basic method has kept crackers & cereal relatively fresh for years. One also needs the room to b somewhat climate controlled, as in not too hot in the summers.

          2. Hopefully the Navy has figured that out by now. I was on a destroyer in the early 70’s. The dry goods were stored in a space under the aft diesel generator. The crackers tasted like diesel fuel, yum.

          3. Daddio7,

            I was on a destroyer in the early 70’s. The dry goods were stored in a space under the aft diesel generator. The crackers tasted like diesel fuel, yum.

            The early 70’s was about when I was getting started on my own life after college and although it’s been a while, I think we were still in the wax paper & cardboard stage of packaging.
            The aluminized Mylar that we all see now in space blankets and packaging (even for the lowly pop tart) was less than a decade old, and that exotic material was used almost exclusively for lightweight thermal protection for satellites and other spacecraft, so it would be a while until they were used in every day packaging. A “real” space blanket (Aluminized Mylar) now costs around $3.00; but, I recall that the cheap knockoffs (Aluminized polypropylene) were twice that and as durable as your normal polypropylene trash bag.
            I suspect those crackers packed in Mylar could today be stored in that diesel generators fuel tanks, and still taste OK.
            We really do live in amazing times.

          4. TOP,

            It’s traditional for crackers and such aboard a naval vessel to taste stale and/or like stuff it’s stored next to. At least they weren’t hardtack. Stale, tasting like diesel, and impossible to eat. Maybe wormy too.

  10. My preps are mostly hiding from the heat. Being Florida not mush is going to get done until October. That and family concerns. My daughter and son in law took a four day vacation. They of course took thew granddaughter and my father in law. He is at loose ends since his wife died four years ago and jumps at anything to do with family, and he contently pays for everything. He has plenty and he can’t take it with him. Lucky us got to keep the dogs. Well, my wife works nights and sleeps days so I got to keep the dogs. The same two mixture dachshunds that my daughter had for the five years they live with us so the doggies were at they second home and they love us so, yeah, great.

    Now the female was a half grown pup when they fist moved in and I was recently disabled so the dog and I spend a lot of time together. Dachshunds love to snuggle so she was good therapy for me. My wife ordered no dogs in our new bed so there was lots of scratching and yipping as she tried to get in. The first night at the motel my granddaughter ask, “Where are my puppies”? She missed them, I don’t think they missed her.

    They went to Destin on the Gulf coast but someone had drowned the previous day so no one was allowed to go in the water. My daughter had a very disappointed little girl who could see the water she so loves and was not allowed in it.

    I do manage a few hours outside after the sun goes behind the trees. I got the new platform steps installed on the 3020. It required the removal one of the transmission bolts to attach it. I guess the manufacture figured anyone with a fifty year old tractor would have a 3/4 drive socket set and plenty of strength to break that bolt loose. Now I can easily climb up and get down. The bottom step is close to the ground so the tractor can not be used in rows but I got my little tractor for that.

    I had to dissemble two gangs on my 48 inch harrow, all the grease fittings had rusted away. The thing is probably as old as I am. That thing does not have bearings, just cast iron rings with a split housing to bolt it to the frame. The grease fittings are the press in type. Hopefully I can still find those otherwise I will have to tap the hole for the screw in type. Old farmers also have tap sets.

    I do not think food prices will go up much, farmstead prices are a small part of what the consumer pays, most of the cost for food is in progressing, transportation, marketing and of course profit. China easily gets by without American farmers, Americans can do the same. Most farmers are not affected by the bad weather, crops will be shifted and storages will be emptied but store shelves will still be full.

    1. D7, the law of supply and demand will take place as well as increases in fuel prices. Then illegal aliens and others on welfare…. Its the perfect storm. Only people who prepare now will survive.

  11. Hi Tara & all,
    I actually received an email announcement for this column for the first time in a while; but, good to know it’s working again.

    The prices of food and hay – and the quantities available, are going to be problematic in the coming months. I am also concerned about the bees. Recently released reports about the colony collapse statistics over this past winter show that once again the population numbers have dwindled to a new low.

    I don’t see a problem with food; but, hay will be getting a bit scarce in our area due to the wet weather. We will however likely have enough for our one little horse.
    Like climate change I think that the honeybee collapse is being a bit over blown, which I will discuss in more detail below.

    Bees pollinate at least 70 percent of the food we eat. If they all die, the human race is not far behind. Why are so few people concerned about this? Most of the same folks who have never heard of the blight of the honeybees or dismiss it are likely the ones who don’t grasp the wisdom in keeping their cupboards full of shelf stable food in the first place.

    I still see a ton of bees here and we still have a lot of white clover up and being used by them. As for those people dismissing the honeybee issue, I suspect it’s normalcy bias, and as long as the shelves in the local grocery have food, they will be OK, since it’s always been OK – Right?

    Last year there was no way we could harvest all of the hickory nuts, acorns, beachnuts, and walnuts on our survival homestead, I am hoping for the same robust yield.

    It’s the same here with black walnuts, with many just placed in piles to avoid the mower.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. How did you help foster a greater degree of self-reliance or prepping in friends, neighbors, or family this week?
    See #1 in my list for the week
    2. Do you think food prices will go sky high, there could be a shortage, or both?
    You need to define sky high since I also suspect it will depend on which food and where it is sourced.
    3. Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees?
    No and as I have stated numerous times, I don’t think there is a problem with CCD or as an apiary instructor called it some years ago PPB (Piss Poor Beekeeping). A lot of this ”collapse” is occurring out west where hundreds of hives are trucked around from farm to farm, to pollinate the fruit and nut orchards. Losing a hive or contracting a disease while putting the colonies under stress from constantly moving them, is what I think may be the big problem. On top of that, the neonicotinoids bred into the Canadian canola, can wipe out entire hives due to the nicotine in the nectar and is unlikely to affect our local bees that are doing quite well.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    See the list below.

    TOP’s question
    1. Preppers are notorious for liking tools with multiple uses. Which one of your hand tools is the simplest and most versatile & why?
    2. In 1870, John Davison Rockefeller Sr. & associates, founded the Standard Oil Company of Ohio in Cleveland. What was their primary product, what was it used for, and what product did it replace.
    3. The children’s verse ”Ring around the rosy” has a rather apocalyptic origin. What was it and why is it applicable to preparedness.

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. The reason I’m running late today is due to participation in the local Wal-Mart safety day. Held in their parking lot, we set up our local county EMA Emergency Services Unit bus & along with local fire and medic units, and a fly in and later take off of the local life flight helicopter, we allowed the public to look at the equipment up close, and ask questions of the first responders so they have a better idea of what the people in those units do. They often see a fire truck, or a medic, or helicopter flying past; but, this gave them a look behind the curtain, and allowed us to discuss preparedness in an environment where we were not surrounded by a bunch of kooks; but, hard working professionals. I discussed preparedness, 72 hour kits, and simple inexpensive things people could do with more than 50 people and I suspect most of them were listening and understanding the issues with some asking questions that I suspect will turn into action. Baby steps, Baby Steps.
    2. 20 more rolls toilet paper
    3. 16 more bluceberry muffins from Aldi’s
    4. 2 gallons of windshield washer fluid.
    5. Participated in Amateur radio field day 2019, both with our local radio club and independently operating my own station. The highlight for the club setup was a contact from Ohio to Ontario Canada, via Amateur Radio Satellite. That contact alone was worth 100 points in the contest.
    6. Received 2 RP-SMA Male to Female Antenna Extension Cables (10 meters / 33 feet) for additional ham radio projects
    7. Finally ordered our new building. 14×24 feet like this one except only a single window on the left with no internal loft and using stone color with blue trim. It should be on site in about 2 weeks. Here’s a similar version: https://miamivalleybarns.com/wp/wpcproduct/the-lofted-garden-shed/
    8. Received the battery eliminator for my Wouxun 8D that will help expand my radio coverage around the property.
    9. We had lunch with the E.R. doc from our MAG and one if the topics turned to gardening. Her BIL who is also a good friend has a great garden going this year and we found out some tricks we’ll be trying. First, till in copious amounts of sand to make the soil loamier and less likely to compact; but, the important thing is how he gets bumper crops of potatoes. He and his DW simply lay the seed potatoes on that sandy loamy tilled ground and cover them with straw. They grow under the straw and into the ground and at harvest time you move the then composted straw aside and dig your potatoes.
    10. It’s finally dry enough to get the tractor into the garden and get it rototilled. A neighbor, who is also my barber and local farmer, did the work in exchange for a harness we no longer need for the little horse. The garden will be a little smallish this year @ 25×40 feet; but, at least we’ll finally be able to plant those plants sitting around and in the greenhouse. We have started planting our plants and will get some seeds started this upcoming week.
    11. Our EMA group had some training in lift operation and securing wheel chair & personnel. If there is an event requiring evacuation of a local nursing home, we now have some of the skills to help secure the residents some of whom may be non ambulatory.

    1. TOP’s question

      1. Preppers are notorious for liking tools with multiple uses. Which one of your hand tools is the simplest and most versatile & why? My Leatherman tool. It’s of reasonable size and weight and I can do a bunch of stuff with the tools. I’ve had one for a lot of years. I’m on my third one. My first went missing, and my second is retired. I like the current one better as the tools can be locked open and not close up on you while in use (like the knife blade).

      2. In 1870, John Davison Rockefeller Sr. & associates, founded the Standard Oil Company of Ohio in Cleveland. What was their primary product, what was it used for, and what product did it replace. Their initial refined product was kerosene for heating and lighting. It mainly replaced sperm whale oil.

      3. The children’s verse ”Ring around the rosy” has a rather apocalyptic origin. What was it and why is it applicable to preparedness. It refers to the sores people got from some forms of plague. The posies in the next verse referred to pouches or pockets full of flowers and herbs believed to ward off the diseases. I would guess it’s applicability to preparedness was to make certain you had posies available in case the creeping crud came around. Not that it did any good, but people thought so.

      1. Zulu 3-6,
        You get an “A” for #2 & #3 with #1 just an opinion question with lots of personal answers.
        I agree with your Multi tool although I personally like and carry the Gerber; but, what spurred the question was some wood working I was doing with my carpenters Square and recalling all of the markings and uses for that simple tool. I’ve build stairs and roof trusses and many other things. It was patented in 1819; but, no doubt that versions were used long before that patent for a simple flat piece of metal with some markings on it.
        That new Off Grid Tools axe could also probably qualify.

  12. We did our regular Walmart run. Supplies stocked. The big news is that my daughter has a new love interest. (He is the brother-in-law of a friend from high school–so well vetted.) This one has a concealed carry permit–a welcomed break from her usual liberal friends. He is coming over for dinner tomorrow. We do Sunday dinner every Sunday–just like the show Blue Bloods. I am preparing voodoo shrimp. This is my top-notch recipe. I am hopeful. He works for the city, he owns his own home and he has skills.

    1. I hope it works out. He sounds like a good young man. Blue Bloods is a decent show. It’s odd in that it’s one of the only shows portraying people with conservative values in a positive light. We enjoy the Sunday dinner scenes especially since they remind us of our childhood.

      1. Overwatch,

        Blue Bloods is a decent show. It’s odd in that it’s one of the only shows portraying people with conservative values in a positive light.

        For some reason Blue Bloods never caught my attention; but, another good & funny show with conservative leanings is ”Last Man Standing”. I often prefer comedies to drama, which is in part why I watched some of the Democrat debates, although it was pointed out that they were probably much more like ”Fantasy Island”

    2. We have Sunday dinner every week, too. Today was hosted by Son and DIL. It was a surprise retirement party for me. My entire extended family was there.

  13. Late to the party today… Seems if I leave my house for anything…. I’ve never back before 8 hours has passed. That’s why I like staying home… It’s not like there’s nothing to do here…

    We’ve had rain and storms again every day except yesterday and today. All those storms over last weekend amounted to 11 tornadoes after it was all said and done, with most along the KY and TN border where I live. Trees are down everywhere and BIG ones at that.

    Yesterday, I went with a husband and wife prep friends to the Amish auction in KY. We went to the small auction first and I got a head of cabbage, a box of yellow squash, box of onions, and 2 boxes of Kirby pickles to make my famous sweet pickles. Then we went to the larger auction and I got 3 pecks of beans. The beans I am going to get canned up tomorrow, the Kirby’s will start their 10-day process in the five gallon bucket, and the yellow squash, onions, and the peck of additional, larger Kirby’s will go in jars for what’s called “refrigerator” pickles. No canning to them. Just fill them up with product, pour over the dill mixture and put in frig. They are also famous since people I gave them to for Christmas, many moons ago, still ask about them.

    After the KY trip, I turned around and went to a meetup where we all watched the 1962 Sci-fi classic “Panic to the year Zero”… It was about LA being nuked and what these people did even though they saw the mushroom plume. We would stop and talk about things as we watched, got in some good snacks and good conversation after it was over. Didn’t get back home until midnight..

    Today, I stopped at GW, my one visit for the next 2 weeks. I found quite a few things: Find of the day – Husky dual LED work light on the stand for $12.99. Found some kitchen utensils, 75 qt Rubbermaid cooler on wheels (was going to use for camping, but my new camping instructor buddy, Jean, said we didn’t need it, but for $12.99, I can use it if my freezer ever goes out)… Some colbalt blue plates and bowls, couple of jars with stoppers or lids, a metal scoop for feed, soap dish, a brand new locking medicine cabinet (could come in handy to store meds that need to be secured), a thermo heating pad, a old brown mug, an Aladdin water bottle, Wolfgang puck SS pouring sauce pan, a fitted sheet and 2 pillow cases (LOVE 100% cotton, both Pima and Egyptian), electric pencil sharpener, 8 packs of paper, and I can’t remember what else. Was in there for a while scouring the place…

    Went to Kroger and got some more good deals on Hebrew National hot dogs, chips ahoy cookies, ritz crackers, bandages and allergy medicine that had been marked on clearance, bottled water, Coke in the bottle and a few more things.

    Finally made it back home. I had one of those KFC chicken pot pies, that I am now addicted to, for supper, and after getting home at midnight last nite, I don’t think I’ll be up much longer.

    Tara’s questions:
    How did you help foster a greater degree of self-reliance or prepping in friends, neighbors, or family this week? See meetup info above

    Do you think food prices will go sky high, there could be a shortage, or both? Prices will go up because of the shortage.

    Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees? Very much so. We need to ban Roundup like the other countries have. Might be wise to learn how to pollinate our own food.

    1. Almost There,

      We’ve had rain and storms again every day except yesterday and today. All those storms over last weekend amounted to 11 tornadoes after it was all said and done, with most along the KY and TN border where I live. Trees are down everywhere and BIG ones at that.

      I consider us kind of lucky; since the rain in our area has actually slacked off a bit, although I see a lot of it heading south toward Tara and now I guess towards you. We will hopefully get everything planted tomorrow, assuming we don’t all die from heat stroke, since the heat and humidity could now rival the southern states right now.

      After the KY trip, I turned around and went to a meetup where we all watched the 1962 Sci-fi classic “Panic to the year Zero”… It was about LA being nuked and what these people did even though they saw the mushroom plume. We would stop and talk about things as we watched, got in some good snacks and good conversation after it was over. Didn’t get back home until midnight..

      The Science Fiction movie “Panic in year zero” was one of the first I ever saw at the local theater around age 11 or 12. I recall it being pretty good; but, then had a chance to watch it a few years ago, and realized how overacted and cheesy many of those old flicks really were. If however, they get people thinking & talking, then it’s a good thing.

      Today, I stopped at GW, my one visit for the next 2 weeks. I found quite a few things: Find of the day – Husky dual LED work light on the stand for $12.99. Found some kitchen utensils, 75 qt Rubbermaid cooler on wheels (was going to use for camping, but my new camping instructor buddy, Jean, said we didn’t need it, but for $12.99, I can use it if my freezer ever goes out)… Some colbalt blue plates and bowls, couple of jars with stoppers or lids, a metal scoop for feed, soap dish, a brand new locking medicine cabinet (could come in handy to store meds that need to be secured), a thermo heating pad, a old brown mug, an Aladdin water bottle, Wolfgang puck SS pouring sauce pan, a fitted sheet and 2 pillow cases (LOVE 100% cotton, both Pima and Egyptian), electric pencil sharpener, 8 packs of paper, and I can’t remember what else.

      As you know, I often purchase items from woot, evidently enough that some here suggested an intervention. What you purchased in a single trip to GW, including things you can’t remember, looks to me like you may be the one in need of that intervention. LOL

      Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees? Very much so. We need to ban Roundup like the other countries have. Might be wise to learn how to pollinate our own food.

      I’m not defending Roundup; but, it’s used around here and we have no bee problems, so I think it’s just getting the blame for anything that happens and cannot be otherwise explained. This is generally typical of liberals who have an agenda and look to everything that may be a bit out of ”their perceived” ordinary to blame things without the hard work of real research. Bee colonies here are mostly doing fine, with the only problem I see among the apiary community, being the harsh cold winter and the overly wet spring, which does place stress on the hives and requires more work from the beekeepers to keep them healthy.
      If it rains, it must be climate change, if there is drought, it must be climate change, and if we cannot tax the fossil fuels out of business with no replacement other than wishes and fairy dust, then it must be Trumps fault, because he pulled us out of the failed Paris Accords. Bad Donald, Bad!!!
      And BTW, our greenhouse gas emissions have gone down well past that required of those accords, while the E.U. emissions are still higher than called for in that agreement. Fracking & Natural Gas are making a big difference.

      1. TOP,

        You’re just jealous… Lol…. Did you see where I said it was my Bi-weekly GW trip? Lol… No intervention needed. Now, you and Woot, OTOH…. Lol…

        1. Almost There,

          You’re just jealous… Lol…. Did you see where I said it was my Bi-weekly GW trip? Lol… No intervention needed. Now, you and Woot, OTOH…. Lol

          So you go to GW twice per week and have no problem? What you listed was more than I get from woot in a year.
          I will however, have to admit, that your GW seems to be a lot better than our local one.

          1. TOP,

            No, once in 2 weeks… I’m doing my own intervention… 🙂 Seems it can mean either twice a week or every 2 weeks.. I always knew it to mean every 2 weeks…. Lol.. And you know the saying, “Should have bought it when I saw it”….. One of the kitchen utensils was a long Tupperware spoon… 🙂

          2. Wish I could post a FB link…

            Joke of the week…

            Husband and wife sitting in their living room TV….

            Husband: I didn’t realize Fantasy Island was still on TV…

            Wife: That’s the democratic debates.

            Soo funny.

          3. Good grief, should have went to bed…

            Besides it going under the wrong post, I have the husband and wife sitting in their TV…. LOL….

            Should be sitting in their living room WATCHING TV.

            You got me beat TOP. I can’t stay up that late… Good night.

          4. Almost There,

            No, once in 2 weeks… I’m doing my own intervention… 🙂

            I also do my own intervention, since I only purchase things I really need and for which I have money on hand.

            Seems it can mean either twice a week or every 2 weeks.. I always knew it to mean every 2 weeks

            True that, and I also always thought of it meaning every two weeks, as in a pay period; but, when there is ambiguity in a language, one should always use it to your own advantage LOL.

            And you know the saying, “Should have bought it when I saw it”….. One of the kitchen utensils was a long Tupperware spoon… 🙂

            Been there done that; but, I have learned, since I often shop @ Big Lots or especially Ollie’s, where a good deal or odd item may never be seen again. A while back Ollie’s had jars of Wasabi Mustard and we tried one. The stuff is now one of my favorites; but, we can find it nowhere except online for way too much money, and Ollie’s no longer has it.

          5. Almost There,

            Good grief, should have went to bed…
            Besides it going under the wrong post, I have the husband and wife sitting in their TV…. LOL….
            Should be sitting in their living room WATCHING TV.

            I noticed that; but, just assumed that on (in?) Fantasy Island, anything is possible.
            I recorded the debates and sort of skipped my way through them. While we have large screen, high definition TV’s it’s a good thing we don’t yet have smelevision, since the stench coming from those socialists would have been hard to get out of the house.

            You got me beat TOP. I can’t stay up that late… Good night.

            Good night? You mean good morning, since it’s already tomorrow here and I too need to head off for some food and a nap.

  14. I kinda like being a late poster, it lets me read everyone elses posts and laugh…

    As for what we did this week, not a whole lot. We grabbed the grandson to stay with us a couple days. Got him a bunch of stuff at the Dollar Tree, Pawpaw and he did some small woodworking projects, GS started writing a comic book (he is so smart and creative), they went to the park, he played with ‘his’ dog (our dog was here while DD was pregnant, and when he was born, and for the first years of his life and is super protective of him). DH attended his father’s military funeral service at the Dayton OH military cemetary (I am sorry to say I did not attend). I have had a bumper crop of snap peas, we eat them most days, and I am get ready to freeze the excess. I have small mater on my container red cherries and yellow grapes, flowers on the atomic grapes…the actual garden maters aren’t doing as well but they are later season, so I’m not too concerned yet…
    I did get one of these…
    https://sellout.woot.com/offers/off-grid-tools-truckers-demolition-tool

    As to everyone’s questions:
    Outside of helping someone get a garden started, not much else. Altho I am adding to the neighbor’s composter.
    I am very concerned about the rise in food prices. Remember, I work in retail grocery, so I see it. We can’t afford red meat at that level. Get to know your local producers and butchers. The only way we can afford beef is via a local butcher.
    I am also concerned about pollinators. We are surrouneded by large farms, and IDK who uses what. But I have noticed a signifant decrease in honeybees and an increase in wasps of all sorts. I am allergic to wasps but not honeybees. Bumblebees also seem to be decreased in numbers.
    The ‘new school’ democraps dont give a fig about the Constitution or this country. They are all about their socialist/new world agenda stuff. Why do you think nancy is fighting for her life? She realizes that crap is bad for the country….she is struggling, and I kinda feel sorry for her, but I think she is still trying to keep America America…
    Border ‘relief’ vs the Wall….Build the wall and it is no longer an issue…
    Gas prices…OH has a new gas tax taking effect 7/1…I don’t think the Iran issue affects us much as THEY think….(oh could we just blow them up and get it overwith already….I did not just say that…)
    I am tired. I am tired of having to figure out how I should be living my life and preparing at the same time. I am ‘woke’.

    1. GP,

      Nancy Pelosi is just as much a socialist/communist as the rest of them. However, she is slightly smarter in that she knows socialism needs to be inflicted on the US populace relatively slowly. The other fruitcakes like Bernie, AOC, etc, think socialism needs to be shoved down our throats, and the faster the better. Make no mistake, the Muslim members of the communist party have no interest in forcing anything down our necks except Islam. Even AOC, Bernie, etc, are in the sights of the Muslims. If they think otherwise, they are really deluded.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        Nancy Pelosi is just as much a socialist/communist as the rest of them.

        Yep & like all people pushing that philosophy, plans to be part of the Nomenklatura with nice high guarded walls around their exclusive Dachas, although they won’t tell us that out loud. Bernie owns three houses. In 2016, he bought a $575,000 four-bedroom lake-front home in his home state. This is in addition to a row house in Washington D.C., as well as a house in Burlington, Vermont. He has asked how many yachts does a billionaire need; but, seems to think multiple houses are quite fine for those in the Nomenklatura.

        However, she (Nancy) is slightly smarter in that she knows socialism needs to be inflicted on the US populace relatively slowly. The other fruitcakes like Bernie, AOC, etc, think socialism needs to be shoved down our throats, and the faster the better.

        This is so true and IMHO the reason for the affliction that too many of them seem to have: ”Trump Derangement Syndrome”. BHO had the ball and two terms to move it down the field. He had it nearly to the goal line with HRC about to score, and then the Evil Capitalist with the funny hair, ran over, blocked the ball, and took it with him to the cheers of much of the crowd. While not reported, I’m sure someone screamed: ”Curses, Foiled Again” in their best Boris Badenov impression of Russian collusion and complicity, even though one would think the Russians would support the socialists.

        Make no mistake, the Muslim members of the communist party have no interest in forcing anything down our necks except Islam. Even AOC, Bernie, etc, are in the sights of the Muslims. If they think otherwise, they are really deluded.

        First of all, we know they are deluded or perhaps just a batch of self important liars and ignoramuses; however, I think you are correct about those Muslim members of congress. All too often people think that they can outrun the lion and be the last to be eaten, or that the lion will no longer be hungry; but, I think they will not have safe haven anywhere if that time comes, since many of us will be there waiting.

  15. Florida residents may be happy to know that a new state law takes effect tomorrow that prevents local governments from regulating home vegetable gardens (SB 82). It comes from a furor over veggie gardens in Miami Shores (a bedroom community area).

  16. I played musical goats yesterday, putting a pair of doe/buck in one area and another doe/buck pair in another area for breeding purposes. Had HD put up a couple sheets of plywood for fence barriers to prevent any fence line breeding for the OTHER girls! LOL It’s crazy around here during breeding season.

    Because some here gave me a rash of doo-doo about wasting garden produce, I broke down and canned more jalapeño peppers yesterday, too. Pickled this batch….HD likes them on sub sandwiches and I also used them, pureed, and added to cream cheese to put on crackers. Probably have 3 or more cases of them now…

    I’m sharing some banana pups with a woman I am goat mentoring right now. Guess that’s my contribution to helping others become more self sufficient/prepared. It’s kind of difficult training others. They seem to think I’m just sitting around here, waiting for them to arrive for a “lesson”. Geez. Be on time, or don’t come!! I’m too busy to wait on folks.

    Two weeks until we can call the BOL cabin DONE. I am already looking around the place for where I will plant fruit/nut trees. Pecans, Persimmons, and Peaches are top on my list. It will be my weekend get-away place AND a BOL. Will get a lot of use from it either way!

    That’s it for me this week.

  17. Tara your questions are always great.
    1. Helping foster on preserve : No not this year I have in the past.

    2.Food prices going sky high : Yes, It starts slightly and now it’s very expensive.

    3. The bees : Yes, bees are important I took a picture of the bee’s in my raspberries, working and I don’t use any thing chemicals, in my yard just worm food, and water.

    4. Prepping. See below

    Oh my another week just flying by I feel like I can’t grasp it. Hubby, has been doing work for friends that are small hobby farmers, so this past week he brought home $75.00 in pork products, they owe him about $225.00 more that we will spread out over the next few month’s, they have a few more piggy’s going to the butcher in about 4 weeks. I’ve started to pick Raspberries, I’m hoping by the end I will have a gallon size bag, to freeze to do jam later in the year. I’ve just been keeping up on food buying a bit extra including paper towels, and toilet paper. Hubby and I have been spending each weekend working on our other place today I will lay more bark down and train the neighbors hops to go further down the fence. I’ve been bringing extra plants, and pots to make our yard a bit brighter and fun to look at. I’ve been fighting weeds, in the driveway we have a rock driveway so I’ve been pulling them and using vinegar and salt to kill, it helps but doesn’t get rid of them all. Each week if I do one thing I feel , we will be doing fine. Canning, still waiting on everything to finishing growing we still have about another month until dukes, tomatoes, start hitting the stands. Well, we are enjoying the water, and seagulls, it’s such a peaceful area.

    1. Mom of 3, If it is just a small area -pour boiling water on the weeds. I do this in hard to access areas, like under and around our gas meter.

  18. Have missed the site for the past few weeks. I was in the middle of cleaning out & rearranging items for the summer season from our home. It is now all on hold as acdh fell and broke his leg. He is having to train his muscles all over again, his is looking at weeks of therapy. Summer is dedicated to his recovery, I am holding down two forts, here at the rehab along with the home.

    One of ACDH’s OT, has started to question the garbage on TV. He wants to know is there HOPE, for his generation. We have been teaching him a little as time allows. He has a reading list, and I am going to give him the book Atlas Shrugged by Ann Ryand. The first thing we said was to put his cell phone way, as it was part of the younger generations down fall. Baby steps so his does not go into with drawal.
    Hope that everyone is doing alright. Typing on a tablet,,dang my keyboard is off line for this unit. Everyone have a wonderful 4th of July
    AC/acdh

    1. Antique collector,

      Have missed the site for the past few weeks. I was in the middle of cleaning out & rearranging items for the summer season from our home. It is now all on hold as acdh fell and broke his leg. He is having to train his muscles all over again, his is looking at weeks of therapy. Summer is dedicated to his recovery, I am holding down two forts, here at the rehab along with the home.

      Bless you and good luck. When I had my cerebral hemorrhage in 2015 I spent a month in rehab with the DW making the 45 mile (one way) trip, nearly daily, holding my hand and then coming home to do chores. In the middle of all of this our furnace died and she had to also manage running the supplemental heat and getting repairs taken care of. Just remember that it’s not forever and you will get through it as we did.

      One of ACDH’s OT, has started to question the garbage on TV. He wants to know is there HOPE, for his generation. We have been teaching him a little as time allows. He has a reading list, and I am going to give him the book Atlas Shrugged by Ann Ryand. The first thing we said was to put his cell phone way, as it was part of the younger generations down fall. Baby steps so his does not go into with drawal.

      ACDH’s OT?

      Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is a classic; but, perhaps a bit heady for someone new to the lifestyle, since John Galt’s speech alone is about 50-60 pages. You might start him out with the movie series, a 3 DVD set available for less than $20.00 on Amazon. Most of our MAG saw the movies together, and while they are not the best depiction of the book, they give you a taste of its philosophy to make the book more understandable from the start.
      Personally I also liked “We the Living”, “Anthem”, and “The virtue of selfishness”; but, was not all that impressed with “Fountainhead”
      I think the title “The virtue of selfishness” often throws people off; but, it has to do in an odd way with preparedness, ownership, and responsibility as in making my own way and owning what is mine, with no one having the right to simply take it without my consent nor me having any claim on what you have done for yourself.

      1. Antique collector,
        I don’t know if or when you read Atlas Shrugged; but, here’s a great start and the premise.
        All of those in government (think Sanders, Warren & AOC) who think the rich need to be brought down and forced to donate their earnings to help fix income inequality are approached by a character in the shadows named John Galt, who convinces all of those rich (producers) to quit, stop producing and disappear, while the whole world stops around them.
        Those takers are dismayed and unable to do for themselves or understand what is happening until one evening, John Galt gives his speech to the world.
        You can find the speech here, and is actually a good start for your DH’s OT (Occupational Therapist) to get a glimpse into the philosophy.
        Here’s the speech: https://amberandchaos.net/?page_id=73

        Sorry about the OT; but, my brain was in the wrong context.

        1. Antique collector,
          Another thing to keep in mind as you read the speech, is that it was written in 1957, back when I was in 1st grade, demonstrating that human nature, and those takers who would control us, is not unique to our time; but, a human condition for which we must all be aware.

        2. TOP
          Occupational theraphy=OT, he about 21-25. He sees his friends with their faces buried in their cell phones in a make believe world. He is worried that their generation will not survive as they do not have the skills nor mind set. Explained in the time we have in this rehab to pick our brains on any and all subjects. His parents raise horses, garden, and children who think to question what is going on in this nation.

          Gave him a book list to start reading, I have the Atlas Shrugged book that I will give to him for reading. He works in a rehab that has patients who are from the generation where they canned-raised their foods, little to no grocery stores. It would be another place to start his training from these folks.

          I know that there are more out there we just have to pay attention they are listening to what we have to say.

          Not sure if you caught the posting but Penrod posted on the organic prepper, first time Ihave seen anything from him in over 6 months or more. Hope he finds the revised site under Tara’s care and great wisdom

        3. TOP
          Read Atlas Shrugged about 1 year ago, so did acdh. Amazing we going through something she wrote about in the 1950’s(believe).

          That another reason we prep, the gov over reach into the life of the everyday citizens who are trying to survive in world that the gov created the mess in the first place.

          I posted a note for Penrod. Told him that you were looking for him on the old revised site but under new management. Hopefully he will now find the group once again, since we are scattered all over the net.

      2. A Pillar of Iron by Taylor Caldwell is great. Change the character names and it’d be right up to date with today’s lefty demonrats. The Manifesto in Orwell’s 1984 is also quite good.

  19. About the time I start to see real movement on getting ahead work starts slowing down. But oh well it will pick up again most likely.
    Made a quick trip to the big city (about 25,000 population) yesterday and came home with over $90 dollars worth of groceries for less than $45. It included lots of condiments as well as some meat and dairy. Condiments and spices are very important to keep food interesting and to avoid food fatigue.
    I do think food prices will go up and that there could be food shortages of some sort. How much or how extensive remains to be seen.

  20. Most all ofthe week has been focused on cutting out, designing and assembling a T shirt quilt for my sister. I have about 40 hours and $35 invested in other materials, but it turned out beautifully! She came by to pick it up today. She loved it! If i had nothing else to do i wouldnt mind making them, but i have too much going on. Four weeks ago we had Vacation Bible School, and i was dog sitting for 3 weeks. The following week, had two babies born in three days, with postpartum visits. The week after was preparing for and attending the Knoxville Hamfest, then last week was preparing and cooking for 25 people at Ft Dickerson Park for Field day. Then this week, the quilt. I think this whole month has flown faster than any month in my life! Now we get to travel, so someone here will be getting a visit before August 15, then MA, Huntsville, FL , and who knows where else!prepping is putting things away, and reorganizing.

    1. Gosh BC…. I would have loved to see that t-shirt quilt… Do you have a pic you can send me? Isn’t it a hard material to sew with?

      OMGosh…. 🙂 🙂 🙂 . We need to go eat at Chewy’s…

  21. TOP
    Found Penrod! He posted on daisy Luther’s site. He is still around & posting not sure where he is living on the island or mainland.

    1. Antique collector,

      Found Penrod! He posted on daisy Luther’s site.

      Is it possible to point him at the gang over here? He can surely post in more than one place and I’m sure we would all like an update.

      1. TOP
        Will see if I can slip it in there without getting in trouble. I have missed his wonderful humor.

      2. TOP
        Posted the note: “The Ohio Prepper can be found on the old site but under new management.

        Now we have to wait and see if he can find all of us who are still here. Sad that none of us were able to get his email address to stay in touch with him & Mrs. Penrod. Here is hoping, I will continue to scan other sites to see if he is posting there also.

        1. Antique collector,

          Posted the note: “The Ohio Prepper can be found on the old site but under new management.

          That’s about all you can do and more than could be done on the new site under old management. Hopefully we’ll see him and find out if he’s made the move to the mainland.

          Now we have to wait and see if he can find all of us who are still here. Sad that none of us were able to get his email address to stay in touch with him & Mrs. Penrod. Here is hoping, I will continue to scan other sites to see if he is posting there also.

          I have a rather good collection of contact information and do keep OPSEC; but, that information does not currently include ”Penrod” or ”Antique collector.”

          1. TOP
            Will have Swt Tater pass that on to you, it might be under my old call sign of Pacrat. Changed it after my brother passed a couple of years ago, either way will see that you receive the current contact information.

          2. Antique Collector,

            Will have Swt Tater pass that on to you, it might be under my old call sign of Pacrat. Changed it after my brother passed a couple of years ago, either way will see that you receive the current contact information.

            I don’t have Swt Tater either and I already know your old and new Nom De Plume. The easiest way would be to click on my name. That website lets you send me an email to (op (at) theohioprepper (dot) org). Just include your screen name / nom de plume / call sign somewhere in the body and I’ll note it.
            I have quite a few contacts within the pack; but, will not disclose nor share without explicit permission or request.

            BTW, ”Antique Collector” is just a fancy name for a ”Pacrat” as is my definition of ”Junk” vs. “Junque” so I do understand LOL

  22. Busy week -playing catch up. routine stock ups-milk-parmalat,sweet-condensed,lactose free; sour cream,greek yogurt, cheese sauces in jars, canned meats, beef, chicken, pork.cake mixes in preferred flavors; breads for 3 weeks; dehydrated spices-onion, garlic, parsley, chives, black pepper, fine pink sea salt; Mayo, ketchup, bbq and steak sauce; mustard, french and ranch dressing;crackers and chips in multiple x5,.several selections . 15 lb potatoes,3 lbs onions, 2 lb bag of cream of wheat,.Meat selections on sale..Gasoline rotation,.20 large bath towels,and 12 standard sized ones, 5 sets pillowcases;2 sets calif king sheets( to use for crop protection-) Materials for new rabbit cages w/ feeders watering bottles…inclusive of J clips and pliers.and laundry rack for supporting deep cages.Feed for rabbits, chickens, dogs . selections of seed…onion, beet, carrots. 12 tomato plants, bedding plants, oregano plants.weed trimmer line,gas treatment,
    Chores done rotation in general to all areas: garden beds, watered, fertilized. new plants potted/ planted. brush cutter used to clear area for Georgia Baker squash. and transplanted that.other plants started in cups…first zucchini and acorn squash gathered.sweetpotatoes are going wild.climbing over the top of their 16 inch sides of raised bed. Dug in ground potatoes- dismal.about 6 lbs. Treated some incontinence pads with scotchguard for another family member needing the use. put out food for the ants and the mice and barrier for spider control.
    I am done talking and trying to persuade others to open their eyes… stick a fork in me,Done.
    Gas is already going up. Grocery prices in general are already up, never went down from the last rise.. supplies on shelves look ragged, unless it is a “truck”day at 3 stores i have been monitoring. fresh and frozen produce is most affected.hings that should have been planted early spring… yes, I am concerned about shortages.but continue to plug along getting things as possible to keep a variety of foods required.
    we live in an area where there are several pollinators and very few honey bees. Neighbor lost his hives 2 years ago. ..another neighbor moved his hives over 25 miles – to his friends property to save them.. hay/grass fields do not seem to give bees much feed.
    as for the demonrats-they are not genuine.except in their opposition to all that is good.Everything that SEMS to be on their platform is against what i believe in…and what I believe is good for our country. Those who choose to challenge building of a wall , block the protection of our borders from trafficking and those who import drugs, no matter which agency or how high they are in those agencies., those who would do away with the election system(electoral college) we currently have.- so that only calif and ny would control all elections.(have highest populations). ..should all be arrested on reason charges.

  23. 1. How did you help foster a greater degree of self-reliance or prepping in friends, neighbors, or family this week?
    Nope, not gonna happen any more. Terminal stupidity is rampant. Amazing here in a red state with 1/3 poverty/full welfare in many counties, even tho southern NJ is somewhat conservative. Half of the dp’s family (Long Island) are dumber than doorknobs and ya literally have to tell them to go buy some food a day before they get 3 feet of snow & ice. My DD has been in DC area for several years, and she’s now almost as dumb as her neighbors; occasionally has bouts of brain alive.

    2. Do you think food prices will go sky high, there could be a shortage, or both?
    Food prices have already gotten much higher, and new larger-size steamer packs are partly responsible. Corn and soybean prices will go nuts and there will likely be a shortage. Haven’t seen any soybean fields here in southern NJ this year; no surprise. Not much corn either; which is kinda dumb. Lots of rye and some wheat. I’d guess beef and pork prices will go up later.

    3. Are you concerned about the more than a decade of colony collapse disorder plaguing honeybees?
    Only pockets of honeybees in my area. I’ll see a few in spring and then zero rest of year. Plenty of bumblebees and various wasps. Yes, I’m concerned. Uninspected hives coming up the coast several years ago brought disease.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    Not much. Had to replace microwave, Kindle, and cell phone. Then the AC didn’t work; turned out to be a connection hadn’t been tightened down. Robins whacked a double row of green beans and soybeans right thru to insect barrier in the big garden. Had to replant a lot of green beans in the small garden for the same problem.
    Working on keeping water to things after the spring rains finally stopped. Lots of shrub trimming.
    The big garden is suffering from lack of sun. This might be my last year for most of the space. Too many trees that aren’t ours have gotten way too high and there isn’t anywhere else but my tiny raised bed on south side of house.
    Once again I have many many many medical appointments plus more coming to frew up the rest of the summer. I’ll have to do a separate post to warn what’s happened already under ACA and Medicare. It’ll affect many here on this site.

    1. Mari, I am aware of refused services for certain procedures.. for example… standards are set so high one has been in abnormal ryhthm for several years unless both the Doctor and the patient are exacting to stay behind pushing it thru a permanent solution of. ablation, or cardiac conversion for a fib for instance. without that and medication compliance to maintain the conversion- with all of its side effects.( mostly flu like symptoms of complete and sometimes severe body aches.) defibillators and pacemakers are being denied. if over certain ages… Necessary life saving surgeries are being refused anesthesia… these are just ones i am aware of. take care and keep s posted.

      1. Anonamo Also,

        I am aware of refused services for certain procedures.. for example… standards are set so high one has been in abnormal ryhthm for several years unless both the Doctor and the patient are exacting to stay behind pushing it thru a permanent solution of. ablation, or cardiac conversion for a fib for instance.

        Perhaps you need a physician who is more dogged in dotting all of the ’i’s for such things. In the past few years, since my cerebral hemorrhage in 2015 I have had a new pacemaker with ablation for the aFib and finally the new Watchman” device as the final aFib relief. I don’t know how much Medicare is related vs. what your supplemental insurer will pay or if it’s regional; but, at least for me, the system has been working well.
        Billy T will have to address his details; but, due to IPF he received a lung transplant in his 70’s, so it may come down to who is fighting on your team and how hard.

        without that and medication compliance to maintain the conversion- with all of its side effects.( mostly flu like symptoms of complete and sometimes severe body aches.) defibillators and pacemakers are being denied. if over certain ages… Necessary life saving surgeries are being refused anesthesia… these are just ones i am aware of.

        See above for my non issues with nothing being denied; however, I don’t really know the wrangling that the docs may be doing on my behalf.
        Perhaps I am odd or lucky; but, I have no body aches worth mentioning except from over exertion in the garden, etc.

        Bottom line is that one needs to ”Not take no for an answer.

        1. TOP,
          You are fortunate to not need/have a reaction to medication. Everyone is not that blessed.
          DH had surgery because he failed 3 of normal treatment options.. He was qualified after 2. He had done his own research hunting for other options for treatment , his local cardio,had not considered him to be a candidate until it became evident he was not tolerating meds prescribed..Some medications to maintain rhythm can /do cause severe side effects in many people.(Those who have nerve damage, toxin exposures may be more susceptible to those drugs)..no the paperwork nor Docs do not tell you these things..nor the true numbers of people who have reactions.
          This is why I throw out facts I have found, just to tell others of POSSIBLE things to watch for. If we are prepared to fight for the care of those we love we are able to go into battle for them. Make no mistake .Someone will have to fight for most people to have the care they need.(spouse,child, or physician).
          ..Some areas have much better care than others, Your state of Ohio has great teaching hospitals from one end to the other. In fact DH’s Dr was trained in Ohio… I am NOT anti healthcare, was part of the system for many years and since have taken care of close family members, like they desired, until they breathed last breaths.
          Denying anesthesia for a surgery, is being done based on age alone..another lady posted it happened to her Dad. He had the surgery and is still fighting with the insurance company over paying for it.
          Some procedures are available thru the 70’s and are blocked at age 80.Limiting ages to not before age 6 months and not after 80.
          THis is not in the future, It is NOW. Everyone will have to continue to fight for your own health care.!
          There are others I know of whose treatment was delayed until the heart is so weak there is now no treatment possible. ie. A fib is a very weakening condition as you know. The longer it goes uncontrolled, the harder it is to correct. Each electrical short circuit, or “eddy” as the Specialist called it…must be corrected independently..each one involves either microwave or freezing technology, there must be enough good heart tissue remaining to allow the heart healing time. Once insufficient other heart tissue is present besides the areas where the mis firing occurs, nothing can be done, without killing the patient.

          1. Anonamo Also,

            You are fortunate to not need/have a reaction to medication. Everyone is not that blessed.

            I agree. I had some sensitivity to a few medications in the past; but, not something I need any longer. I actually only take a few prescription medications at this time that are required, with Allopurinol (for gout) a diuretic, and low dose (82 mg times 4) ASA for my aFib. I take a few supplements; but, would do OK without them. I could also do without the Allopurinol; but, would then have to deal with some serious food elimination to avoid gout,

            DH had surgery because he failed 3 of normal treatment options.. He was qualified after 2. He had done his own research hunting for other options for treatment , his local cardio, had not considered him to be a candidate until it became evident he was not tolerating meds prescribed..

            I am also lucky in that the medications I was on allowed me to build up my exercise tolerance, which in turn decreased the need for those medications.

            Some medications to maintain rhythm can /do cause severe side effects in many people.(Those who have nerve damage, toxin exposures may be more susceptible to those drugs)..

            Other than that errant aFib and the occasional PVC I had no real rhythm problems, and the pacemaker with the A/V node ablation has pretty much taken care of that. All of this took place gradually over a 30 year period of tests, exercise, and trial and error.

            no the paperwork nor Docs do not tell you these things..nor the true numbers of people who have reactions.

            I’m not sure they know the number of people with reactions, since the clinical trials are a fairly small sample compared to the medicated population, and unlike communicable disease processes, no single entity (like CDC) keeps track.

            This is why I throw out facts I have found, just to tell others of POSSIBLE things to watch for. If we are prepared to fight for the care of those we love we are able to go into battle for them. Make no mistake .Someone will have to fight for most people to have the care they need.(spouse,child, or physician).

            I do the same thing, noting that some things that work for me, may not work for others, and fighting for proper treatment starts with having a dialog with your physicians.

            Some areas have much better care than others, Your state of Ohio has great teaching hospitals from one end to the other. In fact DH’s Dr was trained in Ohio… I am NOT anti healthcare, was part of the system for many years and since have taken care of close family members, like they desired, until they breathed last breaths.

            True that. Ohio State University Wexner Medical center in Columbus and Cleveland clinic would be two of them. The James cancer hospital and Dodd hall rehabilitation facility, both on the OSU Wexner campus are two of the best in the country.

            Denying anesthesia for a surgery, is being done based on age alone..another lady posted it happened to her Dad. He had the surgery and is still fighting with the insurance company over paying for it.

            WOW. I had full on anesthesia in the past few years for a bone marrow aspiration and a colonoscopy, so I don’t know the reasoning, other than other potential health issues.

            Some procedures are available thru the 70’s and are blocked at age 80.Limiting ages to not before age 6 months and not after 80.

            Thankfullly I still have a dozen years before I hit that potential block; but, it doesn’t surprise me with people like Rahm Emanuel’s brother Doctor Ezekiel Emanuel pushing his Complete Lives System with the following abstract:

            The complete lives system aims to serve as a basis for just allocation of continually scarce life-saving interventions.

            With more details here: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/1616/8d39b3aebfdf3e5d0095f44eeff602a0609a.pdf

            THis is not in the future, It is NOW. Everyone will have to continue to fight for your own health care.!

            Yep and never take no for an answer. So far, it’s been working for my situation.

            There are others I know of whose treatment was delayed until the heart is so weak there is now no treatment possible. ie. A fib is a very weakening condition as you know.

            Actually, in my case, I rarely notice the aFib and the big concern were the formation of clots potentially causing strokes or pulmonary embolisms. I am somewhat exercise limited based on level and length of exertion, with extremely cold or hot & humid weather being additional factors; but, generally resting helps in those cases. Cardiac rehab and seriously pushing the limits has also helped me a lot.

            The longer it goes uncontrolled, the harder it is to correct. Each electrical short circuit, or “eddy” as the Specialist called it…must be corrected independently..each one involves either microwave or freezing technology, there must be enough good heart tissue remaining to allow the heart healing time. Once insufficient other heart tissue is present besides the areas where the mis firing occurs, nothing can be done, without killing the patient.

            This is correct; but, generally means one or more M.I.’s has occurred to cause the tissue damage. There are also potential treatments like the LVAD ((Left Ventricular Assist Device) &/or a heart transplant.
            At one time I was evaluated for an LVAD; but, thankfully didn’t need one, since patients with those must remain in a super anticoagulant state and are subject to lots of bleeding and bruising.

  24. Warm here in Florida today. The weather station closest to my place (about three blocks away) is reporting 106F. Another station, about one mile away, is reporting 113F. Humidity is close to 50%.

  25. An America submarine may have been sunk by a Russian submarine off of the Alaskan coast. The Russian submarine suffered at least 14 crew lost and it was escorting a nuclear Russian submarine. Its about to get real……

    1. Thor1,

      Where did you get the information on the American sub?

      The Russian sub info was in the news yesterday. Supposedly it was some kind of research vessel and has been known to exist for some time. The Russians didn’t make a big deal out of the sub’s existence except to claim it could submerge deeper than any other manned vessel. Maybe, maybe not.

      I do know that VP Pence was about to land in New Hampshire for an event yesterday, when his aircraft waved off and flew back to DC.

        1. JPinMT

          Well, no telling. It’s obvious a Russian sub was involved and the Russian are publicly admitting that. Whether a US sub was also involved is still up in the air.

          The US will not be able to cover up a lost or seriously damaged sub for long.

          1. Thor1,

            Both US and Russia have had subs within each other’s territorial waters almost continuously since nuke boats became common. US boats have reportedly gotten nearly into Russian naval harbors (or at least as close as water depth will allow). Who knows, maybe Russian boats have done the same here. I’m not too certain they have as I don’t think Russian boats and crews are as capable as US boats and crews.

            The US used to have a nuke boat called the USS Parche and it was well known as a spy boat that no one else’s navy could excel. No one fresh out of sub school could get assigned to her. The Parche was decommissioned in 2004 I believe and the Navy had her scrapped immediately. Supposedly the USS Jimmie Carter became her replacement (somebody in the Navy has a sense of humor).

            I’m certain that the Russians have similar nuke spy boats, and one of them was probably involved in the recent incident. We’ll see what shakes out.

          2. Zulu 3-6,

            I’m not too certain they have as I don’t think Russian boats and crews are as capable as US boats and crews.

            I think you are right; but, at least some of their gains were handed over by us.

            In 1969, the U.S. Government permitted France to sell America’s silicon microchip technology to Communist Poland, a totally dominated Soviet satellite. Miniature integrated circuits produced in Poland were soon being used in newer classes of Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles.

            In 1972, largely as a result of the efforts of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the U.S. Government authorized the sale of 164 precision ball-bearing grinders to the Soviet Union. These unique machines, manufactured only in America, produce tiny ball bearings with the remarkably precise specifications needed in space weaponry. Once in possession of this vital technological capability, the Soviets were able to MIRV their missiles, that is, place many independently targeted warheads atop a single missile.

            From what I understand, these technologies also helped the soviets make more stealthy submarines.

            The US used to have a nuke boat called the USS Parche and it was well known as a spy boat that no one else’s navy could excel. No one fresh out of sub school could get assigned to her. The Parche was decommissioned in 2004 I believe and the Navy had her scrapped immediately. Supposedly the USS Jimmie Carter became her replacement (somebody in the Navy has a sense of humor).

            BTW, those technology transfers happened under Jimmy Carter so perhaps it is more than just humorous.
            You may read the entire report from which I pulled these snippets @ https://alt.california.narkive.com/wTKpopOc/premeditated-merger

          3. TOP,

            Most of our politicians (certainly they aren’t our leaders in any form), are crooked as they come and many are power-hungry enough to betray their country for that power. If another Civil War erupts, I think most of those politicians need to be imprisoned for life, or executed.

          4. Zulu 3-6,

            Most of our politicians (certainly they aren’t our leaders in any form), are crooked as they come and many are power-hungry enough to betray their country for that power.

            I agree; but, I am personally rather lucky, with my representative and one of my senators really being some of the good ones. I think that beyond the fact that Trump beat HRC, his attempt to rock the status quo and drain the swamp is perhaps the biggest issue the swamp creatures have with him. They have worked their way into near lifelong positions of power with their MSM lackeys close in tow and none of them want to relinquish that wealth & power.

            If another Civil War erupts, I think most of those politicians need to be imprisoned for life, or executed.

            If we are talking about a real shooting civil war, then heaven help us; but, I fear those who are corrupt and in power will not even receive divine intervention, since the niceties of trial and the logistics and cost of incarceration may be one of the initial casualties of such a conflict.
            I have often thought that the anti 2nd amendment crowd fully understands those short phrases, and it scares the crap out of them and their future intentions.

          5. Zulu 3-6 & all,
            My most recent case in point was the presidential speech for yesterdays Independence Day celebration. I watched the entire thing including fly overs from each of the services and celebration of each with their service music being played and sung. This was on Fox news that preempted one of my favorite shows ”The Five”.
            At the conclusion, I looked at some of the other channels such as CNN & MSNBC and was unfortunately not at all surprised at the comments. One of their ”Anchors”? mentioned that the Army did not bring the expected M1 Abram tanks; but, failed to mention the flyover of the Apache Longbow formation and the newest Marine One, also missing the fact that should put fear in our enemies, that the B2 Stealth flew directly from Whiteman AFB Missouri to DC and would then be making the return trip back to Missouri.
            Whiteman can launch combat sorties directly from Missouri to nearly any point in the world. Like the old AT&T, we can reach out and touch someone when required and that should on its own merit be a significant warning to those who would bear us ill will.
            Once again, no mention of this fact by other than Fox.

          6. TOP,

            I believe the Army did bring in a pair of M-1 Abrams tanks, but they were located elsewhere, at the other end of the Mall I think. I don’t know for certain. I forgot the show was on and missed it. I had my face in a book and the rest of the world took a backseat.

            The B-2 bombers flying from Whitman to DC and back is just a short training hop for them.

            #1 daughter was ill yesterday, so they didn’t go to the local fireworks display (and it was rainy too). However, she sent me a vid of granddaughter eating supper (wearing supper too as it was spaghetti) with firecrackers going off in the background. The kid was nonplussed and calmly referred to the fireworks as “noise.” Thunder doesn’t faze her either.

          7. Zulu 3-6,

            I believe the Army did bring in a pair of M-1 Abrams tanks, but they were located elsewhere, at the other end of the Mall I think.

            Yes they did; but, I think alking heads assumed they would be part of the parade and were disappointed with not having another talking point.
            OTOH, I heard this morning that DC is upset at transporting such heavy things around town and want reimbursement for the damage that mayhav been done to the roads and bridges.

            I don’t know for certain. I forgot the show was on and missed it. I had my face in a book and the rest of the world took a backseat.

            Back when my eyes worked I would often get lost for anentire weekend the same way. I now listen to audio books; but, somehow that’s just not the same.

            The B-2 bombers flying from Whitman to DC and back is just a short training hop for them.

            That was my point and I think also the point of the president, letting the world know that you cannot live far enough away should you attack us.
            I now also hear the leftists complaining about the money spent on the celebration, like he is some tin pot dictator. Imagine leftists now concerned about government spending.

            The kid was nonplussed and calmly referred to the fireworks as “noise.” Thunder doesn’t faze her either.

            At a recent active shooter drill in which we (EMA) participated, a lot of the people jumped at every pop, even from the far end of the building. Our operations chief (a fellow instructor) and I barely noticed, and he smiled and mentioned that we were both probably immune to such startling noises.
            It sounds like your GD is well on the way there, and when old enough to shoot, I suspect she will start out flinch free, a definite advantage.

  26. Hi all. Busy with the garden and more projects than I should have started at once!

    1. Teaching a young man who lives near our BOL how to do stuff. Currently making charcoal for use in making black powder. Already taught him quite a few mechanical skills.

    2 Increasing food prices are inevitable. The president is trying to thread an impossible needle: reach a balance of expenditure vs revenue through growth, without igniting inflation. It is the only possible solution to our economic mess. However, you are seeing the inflation of food prices, which I believe will continue.

    3. I have been hearing of bee colony collapse for a few years and do believe it is a problem. Unfortunately, I do not have a clue what should be done about it.

    4. Not a lot of preps. Got some more .45 ACP self defense rounds and a Bianchi holster for the second 1911. I do like nice holsters!

    1. Billy T,

      Hi all. Busy with the garden and more projects than I should have started at once!

      I think this is a personality trait of people with agendas, ambition, and dreams. I cannot remember a time in my life since perhaps elementary school that I didn’t have more projects than time & money to do them.
      I think you have about 10 years on me and while we both have some health issues to deal with, every day we’re up and breathing is another day we have to continue on those projects. Our new building should be here in about 2 weeks and then the work begins with power wiring, solar test bed, shelving, and the sugar shack. While I run a bit slower now, I don’t plan to stop until I’m dead.

      1. Teaching a young man who lives near our BOL how to do stuff. Currently making charcoal for use in making black powder. Already taught him quite a few mechanical skills.

      I have found that youngsters for the most part can really get involved with hands on projects, especially those involving fire or some gadget that moves (mechanical) or makes sound & blinks (electronic / electrical). With proper mentors, many will put away their games and phones, at least for a while.

      2 Increasing food prices are inevitable. The president is trying to thread an impossible needle: reach a balance of expenditure vs revenue through growth, without igniting inflation. It is the only possible solution to our economic mess. However, you are seeing the inflation of food prices, which I believe will continue.

      Unfortunately the food inflation has little to do with the economics you mention; but, more with the weather conditions with too much rain some places & too little in others. I also think inflation numbers are often unrealistic, due to our technology and the way the numbers are crunched and reported. A modern computer from an inflation standpoint is orders of magnitude faster and more orders of magnitude less expensive; but, since we don’t buy a basket of them each week, their impact on the economy and the inflation numbers is I think too exaggerated.

      3. I have been hearing of bee colony collapse for a few years and do believe it is a problem. Unfortunately, I do not have a clue what should be done about it.

      I have mentioned my opinion of ”collapse” on a few occasions and think it is more often the way the bees are handled. It’s easier to save face when you blame some mysterious malady instead of owning up to your poor management of the colonies.
      I just received the Ohio Apiary report and here are some of the pertinent pieces, with most of the problems being weather related.

      County Beekeepers Newsletter June

      so update on our bees here. this last weekend, we put 2 sets of 15 frame nucs, into double 10 deeps. then we dropped 6 honey supers on 3 hives. we should of been much farther along than this.. i was getting ready to drop another deep on a hive of old and new come. when i smelled the wax worms. so i held off. the wax worms were in my storage barn. so i will pop out the old foundation and let them cook in the sun for a while. all of that rain. this spring. the bees wer really eating up their stores. it was pouring 1 day and i had to fix electric fence and the bees were out getting nectar from the white clovers and they sounded unhappy. must of been close to starving.
      My brother was checking the hives after the rain just stopped and removed some bur comb with nectar. we tried a piece and it was completely flavorless and extra sweet like cairo syrup. Extremely gross. just didn’t have any quality nectar supply in them.

      Overwinter death rate.
      I had 1 hive in decline. we dropped it back to a 5 frame NUC and its queen right and is surviving now.
      1 NUC was abandoned and moved in with another nuc.
      1 NUC was good
      Another great and is in a 10 frame already.

      lost 1 NUC and 1 10 frame, froze out, from losing its lid in the bitter wind. out of 3 NUCs and i think 7 deeps. Pretty good overall.

      were at the point now, if you make a split or catch a swarm.. you should be stealing some frames from other hives, to get their numbers up quick. then make some distance from the established hives to prevent robbing, new hives.

      4. Not a lot of preps. Got some more .45 ACP self defense rounds and a Bianchi holster for the second 1911. I do like nice holsters!

      I have more holsters and fanny packs than anyone should have. With my small frame, I have tried too many times, trying to get something that works. Oh to be 6 inches taller or even 3 or 4. LOL.
      On the subject of height though I have some new perspective, since last weekend we were doing a community event with EMA and one of the new members kept hitting his head on pop ups and other frame pieces of the setup. He stands 6’ 5” and complained about the burden of being tall.

      1. Hi OP. I think we will have to agree to disagree regarding food prices. For many years, I have done our grocery shopping. I have no hard and fast statistics, but it is quite apparent that food price increases predated this year’s weather problems. Meat prices have grown substantially over the past few years. There are other examples. Shelled pecans have been a part of my buying for a long time. A very few years ago, they were about $10 per pound at COSTCO, now $15-16 dollars. I eat them as a snack, use them in salads and in a couple of our stock recipes. Anyway, the increases didn’t just begin.

        1. Billy T,

          I think we will have to agree to disagree regarding food prices. For many years, I have done our grocery shopping. I have no hard and fast statistics, but it is quite apparent that food price increases predated this year’s weather problems.

          The DW and I generally shop together and in general our food prices have remained rather steady. Perhaps it’s a regional thing, since I live in a largely agricultural state surrounded by dairy, meat, and grain farmers and can often purchase direct from farms or only one level above those farms. We also have a variety of grocers that often compete. Within 20 miles we have Wal-Mart, Meijer’s, Aldi’s, Kroger, and IGA and a little farther out we have Amish / Mennonite farm markets and restaurant supply outlets and another odd store called ” Dings ‘N Dents Grocery Outlet” where we can purchased cans and boxes of new items that are quite literally Dinged and Dented at very reduced prices. We also have the dollar stores like Dollar General, Dollar Tree and the soon to be extinct Family Dollar, many of which are being converted into Dollar Tree.
          We are still sitting on nearly 300 pounds of Angus in the freezer purchased from the farmer for a total cost of $2.80 per pound and several Aldi’s Black Forest Hams for $0.89 on sale. When on sale we purchase extra and store in one of the freezers. Chicken either whole or pieces (I prefer leg thigh quarters for the dark meat) are often on sale for under $2.00 per pound. Here’s the latest flyer from the local IGA that has it’s own butcher shop and some of the best meat in the area: https://www.mosiersiga.com/ads

          Shelled pecans have been a part of my buying for a long time. A very few years ago, they were about $10 per pound at COSTCO, now $15-16 dollars. I eat them as a snack, use them in salads and in a couple of our stock recipes. Anyway, the increases didn’t just begin.

          I purchase pecans with a honey spice coating for around $10.00 per pound as a snack and just shelled and salted for around $8.00 from the local Amish Farm market. This market also has a deli and one of their best items are the cheese ends for around $3.00 per pound. When the block of cheese gets to close to the end to slice, they are tossed into a bin in the cooler and sold by the pound with a marvelous surprise mixture of what you get. It makes a good sampler and snack, often selling out faster than some other items.

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