What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 53: July 14th – July 20th 2019

queen anne's lace

Hey Pack. It has been a very busy week here on our survival homestead. It has only rained briefly a few times in the evening. I am hopeful that we are not going from months of intense rain to a long dry period like we did last year. Time will tell, I guess.

I did some more harvesting of wild carrots – Queen Anne’s Lace this week. Some of it I will preserve, and the rest is going to be used to make jelly.

Most of our preps this week centered around gardening and tractor repair yet again. My Bobby might just about be ready to curse and kick his beloved vintage Massey Ferguson tractor. He might do it in private and deny it, but I do believe he is just about to that point.

The tractor was part of the $17,000 worth of used equipment we worked into the purchase deal when signing on the bottom line for our fixer upper survival homestead.

The older man who had the place said what was wrong with it at the time – super nice guy. But, some things he had fixed temporarily may have caused others to not work well, along with normal repair and replacements that have been needed. It seems like the tractor has been down at least once a week for months.

Bobby has two other tractors, but none that have the hydraulics and can handle the tow weight for some of his implements like this one can. Driving up our private farm road (all uphill, mind you) backwards on the little Kubota so the too large and heavy tilling blade doesn’t keep the front wheels off the ground is not a reasonable alternative.

No matter what all the guys in our tribe think, I have warned my Bobby many times, that if I have to use his radio to page dispatch for a squad over unsupervised male antics, I am going to make up one humdinger of a hilariously embarrassing story to accompany the call.

Now, don’t think me mean fellow preppers, holding my that over my Bobby’s head, along with him knowing I will actually do it, has kept him safe for years.

We are battling Japanese beetles, but not half as badly as last year, thanks to the use of beneficial insects and pre-treating the growing areas with my homemade bad bug killer. Yep, it can kill good bugs too, but sacrificing them for the good of our survival food supply is a trade off I am willing to make.

Combine 2 parts flour to 1 part table salt, and stir in about 1 cup of diatomaceous dirt in a bucket. Spread it around the base of plants and on them during a cool part of the day during the growing season. The bugs eat this, then swell up, burst, and DIE.

Before the growing season I sprinkle it onto the growing beds, containers, and onto the ground in the traditional growing plot – as well as around the perimeter or the area to kill any bugs that emerge out of the ground or into the area before I plant.

We lucked into some great deals of extra vegetables to plant. Due to the heavy rain and flooding, so many folks could not put in a garden this year in our area, or had to vastly decrease the dimension of their growing plot. I have no doubt the wonderful mom and pop places we buy anything from that we don’t grow from seed, were hard hit in the wallet this year.

Everything we bought was at least 50% off. We were even given two flats of tomato plants just so they could be rid of them and close up shop for the season. They didn’t look great, tall and spindly and a bit dry, but now they are established in some good dirt, and nearly thriving.

Our one big prep purchase this week (well in quite a while, was an awesome gun safe Bobby had been wanting. You can never have too many weapons or storage for them, at least in my humble opinion.

Having the grandkiddos help in the garden has been a pure joy for me and a wonderfully dirty hands on learning experience for them. Auddie is fairly addicted to it. I so did not schedule more gardening into my day yesterday after going at it hard for several days in a row, but the little thing just had to plant and weed something. Colt did not want to miss a chance to see what was living in the dirt we moved around.

kids playing in the apothecary patch

Auddie took her baby sister, Ariyah (1 ½) by the hand and gave her a tour of the apothecary patch and container garden. Little miss thing is not allowed in there while we work it, because she tends to pluck growing veggies or rip plant right out of the ground if we turn our eyes off of her for a brief few seconds.

Auddie walked Ariyah around and told her what all of the plants were, and showed her where she and Colt kept their little metal shovels before pinching off a little bit of lettuce she was growing all by herself for a fresh from the garden treat. Self-reliance training the grandkiddos continues to be the highlight of my week.

This Week’s Questions

  1. Do you use beneficial insects in your garden – if so which ones and how?
  2. Did you do any self-reliance training with kids or entice others to prep this week – if so how?
  3. How are your gardens growing?
  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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69 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 53: July 14th – July 20th 2019

  1. This Week’s Questions: No garden should answer most of the 1st 3.

    Installed another set of TFO on a G43X. Things went much faster this time.

    Ordered 2 of the LifeStraws on Prime Day.

    Had my phone notify me it had an Android update. Broke a rule and did not do a complete backup beforehand. Yep, the new download had a problem and I had to reset the phone. Lost all 8 pictures on the phone (no problem) but backdated my phone book by years. Then managed to send my most current back-up into the either.

    Received: Batting gloves (for shooting), silver felt pens (marking equipment); Fisherman’s sandals; Kydex holster for G43 (I reversed the belt loops to make it a high rise); LifeStraw purifiers: 2; tactical nylon belt, 1.5”; Book: Gospel Treason (about idols); EDC Vest; spaghetti (30×1 lb. packages in 5 gal buckets)

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

    Updated my Hurricane Plan. Added a few bullet points to reflect new preps.

    Ordered some more white Cyalume light sticks. Also, two more LifeStraws that were on sale during the Amazon Prime Days. Thanks for the heads-up JP in MT.

    Decided to get an FCC GMRS radio license. I’m thinking about getting a couple of GMRS radios to communicate with #1 daughter better during power outage situations as they push a little more power than the FRS radios she has now. She doesn’t want to get a ham license, but she can operate under my GMRS license as immediate family.

    I figured out my finances for this month. I can save the amount of cash I want and still afford the GMRS radio setup I also want. So, I put the savings aside, and ordered the radio stuff. A mobile rig with a 6dB antenna accessory, and four HT radios, two for me, and two for #1 daughter. All Midland gear. Also got an AC to 12v DC converter so I can run the mobile in the apartment (as long as the grid is up).

    The weather here in Orlando has been pretty hot and humid. Although the temps haven’t gotten quite into triple digits this week, the heat index certainly has. We’ve gotten some decent rainfall a few days. Enough to keep the grass and plants growing well. I’m glad I don’t have to cut grass.

    My Ex got the old house listed for sale the other day and already had a showing. She was going to list it for $290K but the realtor suggested $325K, so she went with it. It will be great if she gets anywhere close to that as I will get a slice of the action. All into savings if I do, except for a ham dual band mobile radio setup.

    Tara’s questions:

    1. Do you use beneficial insects in your garden – if so which ones and how? No insects.

    2. Did you do any self-reliance training with kids or entice others to prep this week – if so how? No self-reliance training per se. I spend a lot of time with granddaughter working on reading. She has the alphabet down pat, and can read the letters correctly regardless of order, or if in upper or lower case printing. She knows the vowels too. We are working on the upper-case cursive alphabet and she is getting it pretty well. Some of those letters look like Chinese to her, I think. Personally, I consider reading a first-class prep for kids. She can say “autodidact” clear as a bell and knows the meaning too. She can read some simple words and knows some of the punctuation marks too. She starts pre-school in September, two-half days a week. I think she is going to be bored during the basic learning sessions. Play sessions? Her specialty. 😊

    3. How are your gardens growing? No gardens.

    1. Zulu 3-6:

      Comms is an area that I want to work on over the next year. I have 5 & 8 watt portables, but I want a scanner in the house and the camper, along with a UHF/VHF set.

      1. JP in MT,

        I have a handheld scanner, but I rarely use it as all of the local police agencies are on trunked systems and some are encrypted. I’m not terribly interested in listening to fire or EMS, but many of those are trunked too.

        My ham radios are just 8-watt handhelds, though I have a J-pole antenna I can connect to them that helps with range. I’m hoping for a money windfall if my old house sells for a decent price, in which case I will probably buy a mobile dual-band ham radio.

        I know that GMRS radios are not a whole lot better than FRS radios, but I did get a 15-watt mobile in addition to handhelds. The radio comes with a magnetic 3dB antenna, but I bought a 6dB to use instead.

        1. Zulu 3-6:

          I am going to have to get with some local guys. I’m just too ignorant of what out there and what I could use to make quality decisions at this point.

      2. JP,

        Comms is an area that I want to work on over the next year. I have 5 & 8 watt portables, but I want a scanner in the house and the camper, along with a UHF/VHF set.

        You should consider an amateur radio (ham radio) license, since with the question pools and the no code requirement they have become extremely easy to get. There is a lot of online training and practice sessions free for no more than the time spent to use them.
        If you are at all handy with basic electronics and constructing or assembling simple projects, perhaps the best, most versatile, and inexpensive scanner you can get is the RTL SDR USB dongle like this one:
        NooElec NESDR Mini USB RTL-SDR & ADS-B Receiver Set, RTL2832U & R820T Tuner, MCX Input. Low-Cost Software Defined Radio Compatible with Many SDR Software Packages. R820T Tuner & ESD-Safe Antenna Input
        https://www.amazon.com/NooElec-NESDR-Mini-Compatible-Packages/dp/B009U7WZCA/ref=asc_df_B009U7WZCA/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309707619534&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9695353732052640230&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9015669&hvtargid=aud-643574997066:pla-404766729279&psc=1

        This little USB device plugs into the USB port on a Windows or Linux computer, and you then download, install and configure the ”free” software. Frequency range is 25-1400 MHz and the software allows decoding of AM, FM, and digital trunked systems, including aircraft chatter & transponder telemetry.
        For Linux, you can use a Raspberry Pi and easily take the thing on the road, which you can also do on a laptop.

        Here are a few videos that explain things.
        The Beginner’s Guide To Software Defined Radio RTL-SDR
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB6XQSEFwVA

        Getting started with SDR# and an RTL SDR tuner
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaKEYEyrRgk

        5 Cool Things You Can Do With An RTL SDR Receiver
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QzklSyKqQM

        And here’s perhaps the best place to start you journey: https://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-quick-start-guide/

  3. Hi all, Z36, sounds like you have a comm plan! I love it! Love the pasta score too, JP. We have been prepping for the upcoming trip to MA. Ive already been in contact with one of our “family” members here (i consider us family) and hope to meet up with them there. My hubby bought me an Instant Pot! Background story: i was never taught to cook as a child, our family was very disfunctional and my parents were divorced when i was 16, and my father got custody of us. So, that made me the default “homemaker”and “housedaughter”. We cooked, but it was hamburger helper, frozen veg, and the occasional boxed cake. So i missed all the fine nuances of cooking from scratch. When i first married in 1975, i was given a Fanny Farmer cookbook, then inherited my mother’s 1955 Joy of Cooking. So i began to learn the simple stuff like mashed potatoes and gravy, spaghetti with meat sauce, etc. my current hubby( of 17 happy years so far) likes good food, and his mother was an excellent cook, but she was in a nursing home, and we had to wait til she passed on, to get married! (He did propose to me in her hospital room tho). So fast forward, and i have built up a commercial kitchen, with capacity and practice to serve seated meals for 25, and because of prepping, i can cook on several modes. Only woodstove cooking is lacking. It will come. Now i am venturing into pressure cooking, to add to the canning skills i have learned. Big triumph, i finally figured out how long to cook jam til it gels! No recipe ever mentioned it! So im a happy camper. Now i can make chicken and rice in 20 min, not an hour like I’m used to. Sorry for the long letter, but im excited to see all this cooking progress over all this time. I do all my own canning (ketchup will be new on the list this year), freezing and dehydrating. Now time for sausage making! Prayers for the pack, and for Bobby’s tractor. Tara, have you contacted local antique tractor buffs? They might have the parts you need.

    1. BC,

      I’ve been contemplating getting one of those instant pots. I went to a free class last year and the food was delicious.

      Safe travels.

    2. Babycatcher:

      Congrats on the InstaPot. DW wanted one a cople of years ago, she works and likes to cook, but time is always an issue. So, it’s either the crockpot all day (the dogs go nuts over the smell) or an InstaPot when she comes home.

      Pasta was $.69/lb agao\in. Hard to pass up if you have the room.

      PS. If your going to MA, don’t forget your shots! I spend 9 or my 20 years in the Army up there. Whatever they have seems to be contagious.

    3. Babycatcher,
      We (I?) got an instant pot a while back; but, have not yet had the chance to use it. I grew up with pressure cooking and have done a lot of it, so I’m hoping for good things with this new appliance since it should pretty much be a set and forget type of cooking, much like our NuWave convection oven.
      For some reason I’ve always found crock pot foods to be kind of bland in texture; but, remember great taste & texture with easy cooking using a pressure cooker, so once we get around to using it, I’ll report back; but, I hope all of you will do the same.

      1. My daughter just got an Instant Pot last week and I was skeptical – until she tried it and shared multiple meals now. It is quite impressive and I like it a lot better than the NuWave – which also surprised me

        1. Tara,

          My daughter just got an Instant Pot last week and I was skeptical – until she tried it and shared multiple meals now. It is quite impressive and I like it a lot better than the NuWave – which also surprised me

          I have friends I trust who love the instant pot so we got one on sale last year I think; but, have not had time to use it YET.
          The new building, garden, and other activities have just taken too much time.

          I too was skeptical of the NuWave oven; but, my late brother had two of them and raved about them, so we purchased on with a lot of extras thrown in. We have vooked a 14 pound turkey in it, as well as ribs and other things, and it does a good “set & forget” job.
          The DW is not too happy since it can be a greasy mess to clean up; but, I tell her that at least the grease is contained in one place.
          She remains somewhat unconvinced.

  4. Puppy did his first no no when I took him for a walk. He pooped in the park by a tree. I guess when you got to go you got to go. I drove back in the Jeep because I had enough exercise and good I did as the bottom dropped out. Oh well didn’t have to water the garden.

    Security

    Got AR parts it’s in that I ordered.
    Sharpened my M9, M7 ànd 2 Italian stilettos.

    Food

    Canned 4 more quarts of tomato sauce.
    Bought another case of wide mouth canning jars.

    Garden

    Picked more tomatoes and peppers

    Gym

    Hit the heavy bag, ab machine,treadmill , bench press and curls.

    Tara’s questions:

    1.Do you use beneficial insects in your garden – if so which ones and how?
    2.Did you do any self-reliance training with kids or entice others to prep this week – if so how?
    3. How are your gardens growing?

    1.Wasps and praying mantises. Naturally
    2. No
    3. Still harvesting tons this year…..

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Should the Congress woman be sent back for fraud? Fake name, marrying her brother, committing immigration fraud and calling Americans garbage while not taking care of veterans?

    2. How long till war breaks out in Iran?

    3. Do you think the recent power failures are terrorist attacks?

    1. Thor1,
      When ya gotta go, ya gotta go includes the fur babies…

      Hadn’t heard about the fraud, marrying brother, etc. Let me guess… the Somali wonder…

      Iran is violating many things. Playing with fire for sure.

        1. JP, oh no, I walked him to the park and then went back in the Jeep with the poop scoop to clean it up. LOL He only pooped in the house once and only because he was sick. Good boy…

    2. Thor’s questions:

      1. Should the Congress woman be sent back for fraud? Fake name, marrying her brother, committing immigration fraud and calling Americans garbage while not taking care of veterans? Immigration fraud, if found guilty, is certainly a loss of citizenship and deportable offense, and yes, she should get the heave ho. Calling Americans names is not nor is not taking care of veterans. Mores the pity.

      2. How long till war breaks out in Iran? No telling. Iran is being ignorant. They are asking for a nasty visit from the British SAS and/or some other Tier 1 spec ops units.

      3. Do you think the recent power failures are terrorist attacks? No. I think we have a screwed up electrical grid that needs serious updating.

      1. Zulu 3-6, agree 100%. On #3, I’d add the grid needs to be hardened as part of upgrade. Oh, never mind everybody cranked up their AC; so much for sharing the power.

    3. Thor1’s questions:
      1. Should the Congress woman be sent back for fraud? Fake name, marrying her brother, committing immigration fraud and calling Americans garbage while not taking care of veterans?
      Only if her fraudulent actions can be proven. We know what they did to Cavanaugh and we should not stoop as low; but, play nice and show them how to win fair & square.
      2. How long till war breaks out in Iran?
      There’s already war going on there, it’s just that the US & Brits are not quite ready yet, other than crashing one of their drones with an E.M. defensive weapon and warning them. Trump has indicated that taking the life of a single US citizen will not be tolerated, and so far, they seem to be complying. Trump is NOT Obama and I think they know that.
      3. Do you think the recent power failures are terrorist attacks?
      No. It’s more an indication of the state of our grid, especially in large areas controlled by the progressives, who seem to think that money grows on the trees of the wealthy and electricity comes from fairy dust & magic.

  5. Hi everyone,

    BLISTERING HOT are words of the week. I have had sinus issues this week too. Sore throat, swollen glands, headache, runny nose, sneezing, the whole nine yards. Trying out my 22ppm CS and olive leaf extract. I haven’t gotten much done this week because of it, but think I’m on the downhill slide now.

    I bought 6lbs of Mayan beans on clearance, mangoes to dehydrate, 2 life straws (thanks for the alert JP), sold something on ebay that I mailed yesterday. Still clearing out and getting rid of what I can. I had bought a Towncraft electric skillet on ebay and it arrived yesterday.

    Worked in the garden this morning at o’ dark o’ clock and done by 7:30. At least there was a breeze and not so hot. Picked some green beans, cukes and tomatoes.

    Had made 27 qts of refrigerator pickles and took some up to the antique barn to share with some friends and they all loved them. I told them I had thought about selling some to reclaim my frig space and ended up selling 13 jars. Wow.

    Went to a fellow preppers house and learned a little bit about growing microgreens. Got to bring some home and so far so good.

    Went to GW and found some of the old glass refrigerator containers. They will keep stuff cool if the power goes out. Also found a smaller sized cooler, a couple of “cowboy” shirts for my brother and a pair of sweats.

    Prayers for unspoken requests, healing, the President and America.

    Do you use beneficial insects in your garden – if so which ones and how? No, but did see a ladybug out there.

    Did you do any self-reliance training with kids or entice others to prep this week – if so how? See above.

    How are your gardens growing? Excellent

    Hope everyone has a great week.

    1. Almost There,

      Went to a fellow preppers house and learned a little bit about growing microgreens. Got to bring some home and so far so good.

      You need to tell us about the microgreens. Since ”micro” means small, is this something one could do in an indoor space, perhaps in the winter?

      1. TOP,

        Yes, they can grow indoors. I have the few I brought back with me in my kitchen window in those rotisserie chicken tray from walmart. I got them for free just by asking for a few. They different than sprouts. These are growing in a layer of dirt, but the coconut stuff can be used.

  6. AT, I hope you don’t have EBOLA……..

    27 qts of pickles..and sold 13…. Must not be aunt B’s pickles LOL

    1. Thor1,

      No not Aunt B’s. Lol. Got 7 left. Gave away some too.
      Was told I could get a little frig and set it up at the antique barn… with all the blooms on my Kirby vines, I may just do that… I do the yellow squash and onions too. People love them.

  7. I guess most people are napping this Sunday afternoon. My garden is shot, the heat and rain have finished it off. Even the okra looking peaked. I garden conventionally with sprays.

    We haven’t started training the granddaughter yet, she is too headstrong. Have you ever seen one of those bumper stickers the says, “My kid can beat-up your honor student”? Well, that’s Bea. She was suppended from daycare, again. Not for fighting this time, he just didn’t want to be quiet and take a nap. They call her mother who works across the stree so my daughter came over to talk to her, that didn’t help. My son in law works for the small town water department and they have a liberal personal time policy so he came over to talk to her but my daughter just had to take her home. The next day my wife went and got her to bring her to our house.

    Hmm, pitch a fit and mommy and daddy pay attention to you, then you get to go to Nanny’s play house for several days. I think we are being played. The second day was Thursday and Murphy was hard at work. Thursday afternoon we had planed to go out of town to a concert to see members of Yes, Asia, Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer of ELP. My wife was going to have our daughter do her hair but she had a license credit class she had to attend and someone would have to take care of Bea. Her dad could have got of early but he had a required meeting to attend after work. OK, my son in laws sister was off work, no, she had a work meeting also. They finally got the other grandmother to watch her. All the drama because a little girl refused to take a nap. She goes to a different day care Monday, they said they do not require naps.

    The concert was great, four hours of the music of my youth. One last time before they are all dead or too old to travel. The original drummer for Yes played a few numbers but the replacement drummer had to hold him up for the curtain call.

    The bank account is healthy so I made some purchases. I am adding to my food stash and I bought a big generator. A Westinghouse 7500/9500 dual fuel one. I have been breaking it in. I plugged my one hp air compressor into it with a 100 ft 12 gauge extension cord. I powered it on and the generator barely grunted. The compressor ran faster than it does plugged into the wall. I have ran it with my 3000 watt generator and even plugged directly into it the motor struggled to come up to speed. The voltage readout is 246v, it might be running a bit over speed. I wanted something that would pull the 1 hp submersible pump that will be on my new well.

    Getting propane here is not as easy as in some places. The dealers here will not put in a tank for portable generators, I can only use portable tanks. I could rig a tee on my 420 lb tank I have for my stove and use that in the event of a long term outage.

    I am about to get my fun purchase fixed. The tilt trim on the 50 hp motor quit so the owner just removed the bottom bolt and was lifting up the motor with arm strength. I am not that strong and want it functional anyway. I have the new seals installed and just have to install the new electric motor and mount the unit back on the boat.

    1. Daddio7,

      The concert was great, four hours of the music of my youth. One last time before they are all dead or too old to travel. The original drummer for Yes played a few numbers but the replacement drummer had to hold him up for the curtain call.

      I mostly don’t feel all that old and still have a clear and quick mind; but, there are those things like your concert that make one take stock on how old we actually are. Finding out that famous people are dying and they are in their 80’s & 90’s can make you take stock about that Beach Boys concert I went to, really was a long time ago.
      I watched Armstrong take those first steps onto the lunar surface on our families’ first color TV, that was relatively rare back then and while I know that date arithmetic tells us it’s been 50 years, my brain still just can’t (or won’t) quite comprehend that fact.

      1. Since I had my bad back/sever depression in 2009 I have no stamina. Today I stood for several hours at my workbench rebuilding the hydraulic tilt trim unit for my outboard and now I can hardly stand. Anytime I do intricate work my left hand gets mostly numb, decades of holding vibrating tractor steering wheels with it damaged the nerves. I have to hold my fork like a 2 year old to eat.
        I looked up the ages of the musicians I saw. Carl Palmer is 69, the show was at an open air amphitheater and he got hot drumming like a mad man and ripped off his shirt. All the old ladies in the audience cheered, he looked like Charles Atlas. After his set he jumped off the drum platform like a gymnast. Steve Howe is 72, he played an almost 2 hour set, walking up and down the stage and managed a few leg lifts. John Lodge is 74, he has burly chest, trim waist and a head full of hair.

        And last The Rolling Stones played in Jacksonville Friday night. The local news programs showed clips of their performance. Mick Jagger is 75, he recently had heart surgery but he was prancing up and down the stage just like he did 50 years ago.

        Looks like sex, drugs, and rock and roll isn’t bad for you after all.

  8. Thor’s questions:

    1. Should the Congress woman be sent back for fraud? Fake name, marrying her brother, committing immigration fraud and calling Americans garbage while not taking care of veterans? Yes, but it won’t happen. She’s just an example of people using the system for their advantage, then trying to get it changed.

    2. How long till war breaks out in Iran? I’d rather let Christ handle it.

    3. Do you think the recent power failures are terrorist attacks? Personally, I think our infrastructure is so bad that we are going to be having major disruptions without terrorist “help”. I don’t know much about the software they use, but what better way to seriously cripple this country, without weapons?

    1. JP, re #3, the scary thing is how many times I’ve heard that hackers have gotten into various utility systems. Sooner or later . . .

  9. What is wrong with these people????

    onstandard.com/bombshell-pulse-night-club-shooting-doctor-admits-shes-not-a-real-doctor-didnt-remove-77-bullets-from-32-victims

    1. AT,

      They are stupid aren’t they.

      It turns out that the doctor in charge of the ER all of the Pulse victims came to serves in my #1 daughter’s unit and she knows him. He’s not only an ER/trauma surgeon, but he leads Air Force Reserve CCAT teams. They travel on evac aircraft taking care of the critically injured troops, essentially an intensive care unit. Very experienced and capable trauma doctor.

      His assistant that night was a newer doctor, but he had been an Army combat medic during a couple of trips to Iraq and was about to be commissioned in the Army Reserve as a battalion surgeon. He wasn’t seeing anything new either.

      Every patient that came into that ER alive, left the hospital alive. It also is very unlikely one surgeon would have handled 32 patients in a major urban hospital. A battalion aid station in the middle of a hot combat zone, maybe.

        1. AT,

          No, most of the patients required surgery at some point, along with at least a few days stay. But every patient from that shooting that arrived at the ER alive, eventually left the hospital alive. I imagine, a few were treated and released. A large percentage were not brought in by EMS, but by citizens and police officers. A 100% survival rate of wounded patients through the ER reflects heavily on the skill of the ER staff. I forget how many went through the ER, but it was quite a few.

          Knowing how these types of shootings go, I’m sure the injuries ran the gamut from “Here’s a band-aid. Go home” to “Type and cross a bunch of blood for this guy.”

          1. Zulu 3-6,

            No, most of the patients required surgery at some point, along with at least a few days stay. But every patient from that shooting that arrived at the ER alive, eventually left the hospital alive. I imagine, a few were treated and released. A large percentage were not brought in by EMS, but by citizens and police officers. A 100% survival rate of wounded patients through the ER reflects heavily on the skill of the ER staff. I forget how many went through the ER, but it was quite a few.

            This reminds me of another point tangential; but, related to both the shooting and the medical care.
            In one of the Bulletproof your mind seminars I attended Dave Grossman discussed the statistics of accidental death and homicide, warning all of us to look at the raw data, since a homicide of 20 years ago from a GSW, might in the same instance today just be assault, due almost entirely to medical and trauma care now available. The same applies to vehicle accident vs. vehicle fatalities.
            I all too often see politicians citing statistics that when you look at the raw data, are meaningless.
            One example I use are two similar small towns having similar demographics, with one having the year over year homicide rate doubling vs. the other where the rate dropped over that same period by 50%. Based on that statistical percentage, it would be obvious that the second town must<. be the safer place to live, until you see the raw data.
            The first town had 1 homicide 2 years ago and 2 homicides last year (100% increase), while the second had 200 homicides 2 years ago and only 100 last year (a 50% decrease).
            It is said that while “Figures don’t lie”, “Liars do figure” so be aware of the hal trith and percentages often bantered about.

          2. TOP,

            I like to remember the statement attributed to the long ago British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli:
            “There are three kinds of lies. Lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

        2. Zulu 3-6,
          That’s another one I often use, since all too often statistics are manipulated to make invalid points that sound truthful to the unaware.

          Here are a few more facorites:

          “Torture numbers, and they’ll confess to anything.”

          “98% of all statistics are made up.”

          “Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you should be perfectly comfortable.”

          “Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.”

          And another bunch of good ones here: http://www.quotegarden.com/statistics.html

          Everyone simply needs to be aware, since statistics can be powerful tools or used to make us all unsuspecting fools.

          1. Thor1,

            I don’t wonder.

            Don’t hear anymore about the mall bombing down there and the cause, unless someone here knows what happened.

  10. Tara’s Questions
    1) We would buy lady bugs for the place each year after the fire to re-establish them on the property.
    2) Two-20ish year olds about being self reliant. The young man is more into this type of lifestyle, the young lady is a city girl. Will see what the book “One Second After” does for her mind set.
    3) No garden this year, my schedule with the dh is taking all my time.
    4) Made up several special meals for dh to consume but other than this project. Days are filled with driving to and from the rehabilitation site where he is receiving his treatment.
    If one considers packing up the house for a move prepping, then it has been an on going process the past few months.

  11. Hi Tara & all,

    First of all, I did not get an email announcement for this week and the title:
    What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 53: July 14th – July 29th 2019. seems to conflict with my calendar unless I’m also supposed to predict what I did ”next week”/. LOL

    Our county fair starts today & I’m just back from helping with crowd and traffic management, so getting a little late start.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. Do you use beneficial insects in your garden, if so which ones and how?
    We don’t ”use” them; but, allow them to flourish and have relocated them into the garden area on occasions. Ladybugs & Praying Mantis are the ones that come to mind.
    2. Did you do any self-reliance training with kids or entice others to prep this week – if so how?
    Not kids per se.; but, our EMA group has done training that includes some of the teenage children of members with some specific kids events coming up later this summer.
    3. How are your gardens growing?
    Actually quite well considering the late start and planting the plants, with just enough rain so we have not yet had to water the plot. We are still evaluating what short maturity seeds we can still plant; but, since they are cheap, we will still be trying a few things.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    See below.
    TOP’s question
    1. Did you order anything from Amazon on Prime day?
    I only ordered a pair of LifeStraw Personal Water Filters. I didn’t really ”need” them; but, for less than $10.00 each, it was too good a deal to pass up.
    2. Our military claims to have taken down an Iranian Drone using an E.M. weapon (Champ?). The Iranians claim it never happened. Who do you believe?
    (Perhaps the Iranians should listen to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruNrdmjcNTc

    3. Is this national heat wave affecting your area, and how are you dealing with it?
    4. Saturday July 20th, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of Armstrong & Aldrin stepping out onto the moon. Assuming you are old enough, were you aware and watching at the time? In my case I was not only watching; but, days before and afterward I was huddled in a basement radio room (ham shack) listening to the command module as it went to and came back from the moon.
    5. What single action can each of us take that will simultaneously help our gardens and upset the liberals, and why?

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Five sheets of foam board from Dollar Tree
    2. Three 6 oz bags of Cheddar Popcorn from Dollar Tree
    3. Additional keys for the new building
    4. A quart of bar oil for the chainsaws
    5. Five 38 oz bottles of AZ tea @ Dollar Tree
    6. Six 23 oz cans of AZ Tea @ Big Lots
    7. Received a pair of Atomic Beam Sun Blast solar powered motion detector security lights and installed one on the new building. We previously placed one on the house and we’re quite pleased with the operation and the brightness level.
    8. Purchased & received a CDROM copy of PC-MATIC. I’ve seen the advertisements everywhere and ”Almost There” is using it and has recommended it.
    9. A 9 outlet surge protected power strip with surge protected connections for telephone and TV cable from Goodwill. This is the first neat thing I’ve found @ the local GW in ages and it was less than $5.00
    10. Received an Extra Long 9800M/300000M Compass Flashlight + infrared Distance Night Vision High – Angle Monocular Telescope Laser from wish.com (their description, not mine)
    11. Sorted through seed packets in preparation for more gardening.
    12. Mass casualty & triage support training @ our EMA meeting, that included interaction with one of he local fire chiefs, and inventory / restock of the Mass Casualty trailer.
    13. Ordered & received 2 Full Size (12″x20″) Stainless Steel Steam Table Pans 6″ Deep from taurantstore.com. Thanks to Nemoseto for the idea that saved a lot of money over the normal evaporator pans for the sugar shack. This forum still rocks.
    14. Purchased and received 2 LifeStraw Personal Water Filters from Amazon on Prime day. I heard on the news that this was the single largest volume item sold in the US on that special day.
    15. Assembled the LEADZM TA102G amplified TV antenna with integrated rotor, purchased from wish.com. We’ll be setting it up and testing it this upcoming week.
    16. Purchased a 12,000 BTU window air conditioner to replace the no longer functional 23,000 BTU unit in my office, since the little 6,000 BTU portable unit isn’t keeping up. The purchase was from Home Depot and paid for in part with our free gift cards. Our whole house insulation from a few years ago makes the smaller 12KBTU unit a good fit.
    17. Ordered a 24 pack of AA & a 24 pack of AAA Energizer Alkaline Batteries from woot.com
    18. With the help of BLACK and his boy, moved a workbench and a 7’ tall 19” electronics rack from the house to the new building.It will be used for some radio & monitoring equipment.

    Finally from my question about songs that define the United States and its people. I have compiled the following list with some help from the pack:
    1. Come and take it – Steve Vaus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl0ZpHvZGjw&app=desktop
    2. Kate Smith Introduces God Bless America :: Best Quality https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zF7a0wB-Lg
    3. Colt Ford – Answer to No One ft. JJ Lawhorn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esnSbBuf9f4
    4. If You Have a Right to Burn My Flag (Then I Have a Right to Kick Your Ass) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVi9bVeqH9E
    5. Toby Keith – Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruNrdmjcNTc
    6. Darryl Worley – Have You Forgotten? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6yLQRF-cEU
    7. Aaron Tippin – Where The Stars & Stripes & The Eagle Fly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruNrdmjcNTc
    8. Brooks & Dunn – Only In America https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN1iI-DaJNw
    9. Trace Adkins – Arlington https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJO7lJIxG10
    10. Craig Morgan – This Ain’t Nothin’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSdItuvBxc8
    11. Tyler Wood Dad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSh6rlNnW14
    12. America – Lyrics – Simon & Garfunkel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc9onKMl46E
    13. Neil Diamond’s America https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTSLRbm8L9E
    14. Gomer Pyle, USMC – The Impossible Dream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJlgio-UOng
    15. And just for some fun: Straight No Chaser – The 12 Days of Christmas (original from 1998) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fe11OlMiz8
    16. John Prine – Hello In There https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfwGkplB_sY
    17. I Think My Dog’s a Democrat Bryan Lewis Official Video</str

  12. Hello Pack.
    No purchases, but rotation and securing things we already have on hand for past 2 weeks. Have begun removing food items we will not eat, have not eaten in more than a year. All of those can be processed into eggs/protein thru chicken. also have begun whittling down on personal things. working on closets, moving building materials for next project- to get another window in inner wall completed.with new sheetrock.. Made list for short term and long term purchases.
    ..Heat Index has been horrid..temps in the low to mid 90’s and humidity terrible. air too heavy to breathe. very light wind. was able to cut grass. after dumping of rain by Barry. .We awoke at 3:45 this am to rain and welcome downpour around 7am. has held temps down to mid 80’s with heat index of 96 today. Thankful for break from heat.
    …Got veggies just coming into production fertilized with poo tea. before rain event.and added extra compost. .
    …okra has just begun to give production Volunteer acorn squash( huge vine) is awesome have already gotten 9 and chickens destroyed 9.. fenced, sprayed with essential oil mix. and vine has at least 8 more on…..
    …Have one volunteer watermelon.looks good, so far.
    ..I have Georgia Baker and Tatuma squash just beginning to vine. so having winter squash is a hope. both are good winter keepers.

    ..gladiolias and canna’s finally bloomed. got butterfly bush and it has survived being moved at wrong time….
    …sweet potatoes look good,climbing over the top of raised bed with fiberglass surround to contain and keep chickens out…. should be ready just before frost..
    … heirloom potatoes, might have gotten seed back. getting ready to put in fall things. beets, carrots, more potatoes,
    Have added Rabbits to our homestead and Cally dropped us 2nd litter of 10… 9 survive and eyes just opened… in spite of excessive heat-97 in their area,under shade, under roof… Humidity ranging 65-99% depending on time of day..Heat index as high as 112 here several days. ( has broken) have given ice water to adults. OF First litter 3 remain, lost 6 due to excessive heat. ice water bottles for everyone2-3x day.., against outside of nest boxes, fan, and ice in water troughs..
    Chickens….. getting 10-14 eggs daily, securing some for long term storage via Limewater . cleaned out hen house and chicken run. replaced floor cover with pine shavings.Having to vent nest boxes and hens have been appreciative of fan. giving them iced water. and adding ice to their protein supplement am giving in late evening.
    .OLD dog can learn new tricks and commands.. .2 Hens and rooster finally gave old man, JR his come-up-pittance. Been telling him not to chase the chickens, “leave them alone”. Don’t have to tell him anymore- since all 3 decided to give him the” what for”. DH told him to leave those “dinasours” alone. think he got it that time.LOL
    Puppy was one year old on friday. He is finally settling down and listening. Border collie/heeler mix. Has pink lips,.. hair around mouth is real light and white, with black spots… looks so funny on male dog.He got a bath yesterday, it is real hard to give lap dog a bath. I was as wet as he was -once finished. at least he doesn’t bite when I bathe him…
    I have been cutting greens for rabbits daily , and picking up ticks on certain days, find them hours later. Think i have finally found the area where they are coming from and as soon as rain event is over will treat that area with DE., wait 14 days and repeat.

    AC, Yes packing for moving is a prep. so is giving care and comfort to ACDH, Sometimes our plates is just too full.! and we are taking what lemons we have and making lemonade. The more people we can get to see the light of preps to some extent the better off everyone will be in the long term. have talked with a couple of people this week, do not know the extent they will take information.
    Have gotten some plants up from the “Tatuma” they require a large area to run and put roots off at leaf nodes when on ground.(gives some resistance to vine borer ).do not like to climb but prefer reaching for the next county., prolific… 3 plants started in a solo cup, planted in friends garden… cover 20 feet in 2 directions… and am sharing those with 2 other large families..

    Tara, I see you had a long week, pretty long since you dated it for 2 weeks. lol. That’s how long it felt when we had sister to our puppy here, and she did not remember her brother..

    AT, also fighting some sinus issues, ear congestion,ear aches and sore throat. oil of oregano seems to work better and faster for us.Is decongestant ,antibacterial, anti viral,anti-fungal…all…on deep infections I used with doxi, experienced effectiveness against HAP, serratia m, when we had it about 2.5 years ago. Other things knocked it down, but not out…I keep some in capsules for those who do not like the taste and don’t use sublingual..Daughter uses those 3-4 3x a day… and has good results with that remedy.. Olive leaf seemed to help me, but was more of a long term requirement. I may not have been taking sufficient dose.. I also used the OTC nasal steroid for 2 days.then swapped to saline, for flushing… could also use CS intra-nasal.empty out a sterile saline bottle and use it, must wash it out VERY well… with DISTILLED water..allow to dry before loading I have not taken CS,(also antiviral) but DH has w/good results. . I had allergic reaction to silver jewelry, so have not done test site to test for true allergy to silver solution. guess I should be,getting that done. we also have food grade peroxide and DH is doing some research on 2 more natural things for back ups.
    I have an insta pot and love it. look for one with stainless lining..Money saver, time saver. Mine will cook food, has a delay feature and will hold it warm for up to 12 hours after cooked…So is possible to set it. delay cooking for an hour or so, then cook and still be warm when return from 12 hour shift.

    Zulu High 5 on the GD, and her continued learning, and your instruction/encouragement.Also will keep ex wifes sale in prayer., glad you will get a benefit.

    Thors questions..
    . My pay grade is not that high. We Just keep praying that God’s Will be done. ..HE knows what that is.
    I believe multiple armed conflict’s are a scheme to reduce population and make multi-millions for the select families who own the “war machines” manufacturing/armaments. It’s and easy way to siphon $$$ off of every country involved.
    Many of my family members have fought and died because someone told them they were protecting” our homeland and our families, to right injustices”..and any other thing that would sound reasonable. I am proud of them and all who served and continue to serve.ALL of those who died and ALL those who returned. Just tired of “war/conflict/police actions”. Want our troops home.No need of them fighting for those who are too lazy to defend themselves.

    1. Anonamo Also,

      Chickens….. getting 10-14 eggs daily, securing some for long term storage via Limewater

      I must say I’m a bit envious here. Our 6 girls have been molting and are just starting to lay eggs once again. We are getting 1-2 eggs per day; but, hoping that we are back to 4-6 soon.

      Just tired of “war/conflict/police actions”. Want our troops home. No need of them fighting for those who are too lazy to defend themselves.

      War has always been with us and I suspect it always will be; but, people like Reagan and Trump know that ”Peace through strength” is not just a campaign slogan; but, a warning to those who would test our resolve.
      Red lines crossed should have consequences in uncertain terms, so hopefully people will keep their heads on straight and not cower against the likes of those freshman congresscritters or the Warrens or Sanders who are some of the biggest hypocrites around.
      I don’t know that others are all lazy; but, because defense is not always a pretty thing and can be expensive; some allow others to fend for them, and at some level that includes all of us at the micro level having police, fire, and other emergency services at hand.
      Rant mode off!!!

      1. TOP, Allow me to clarify…I was NOT saying OUR troops or firefighters are lazy, but when we go to other countries and “right their wrongs,” and they can not even get a standing army to defend THEMSELVES -WE do NOT need to be there.
        They need to get ahold of their big boy/girl panties and pull them up and take care of their OWN business. Tired of us being the world Police at expense of our youth, under guise of world banner who wants to destroy our sovereignty.They want our youth to die for them and they are not willing to do anything.

        Chickens… Boost your girls protein.It takes a lot of protein to put feathers back on… have some whey powder? eggs on sale at aldi for 35 c a dz.?old beans, peas, swell them like you would for human use, add…liquids. soy protein, milk/ powder milk? can you get old milk from store who would throw it away? that needs rotating out. make some up, put over rice or cornmeal. Be sure to allow rice to sit long enough to swell/I partially cook mine then add supplements to it..(can also use DE in this mix effectively to de worm them….thick paste consistency. I try for average of 9 or 10 extra grams of protein per bird…Roos need the protein as well. I don’t give it every day but if production is down to 8-9 eggs…I’ll give it for 2 days and by end of second day i always have 14 eggs. My birds are about 11 months… have not molted yet.
        They may also need minerals ,ACV in water and/or oyster shell,..and good place to dust bath… I add DE to several areas , and use a lot of pine shavings. I lack about a dozen eggs having 2 -5 gallon buckets of eggs , for when My hens do molt or winter comes and production slows. It takes from 200-230 eggs to fill a 5 gallon bucket and about 8.5 oz of pickling lime. to 8.5 quarts of filtered water.Stir the water to distribute lime as each new batch of eggs is added….16-18 dz roughly =6 weeks/bucket. Suggestion:Use easy open lids. Just makes it easier.numbered the buckets, friend has some still good after 2 years. said that quality has suffered and gave them to pigs and beginning again.

        1. Anonamo Also,

          TOP, Allow me to clarify…I was NOT saying OUR troops or firefighters are lazy, but when we go to other countries and “right their wrongs,” and they can not even get a standing army to defend THEMSELVES -WE do NOT need to be there.

          No clarification required and I both understand & agree; but, unfortunately too many of our elected representatives are more concerned with being re-elected, or hitting on the president to act like adults. When president Trump ”asked” our NATO allies to start contributing their ”required 2% of GDP” for their own defense, you would have thought he committed treason; but, most of NATO are now following their treaty obligations and have stepped up funding.
          My point is that funding your military, not unlike funding your police, fire, and border protection is not an act of aggression, as many on the left seem to imply, since anyone with a clear head, honest intentions, and a knowledge of history, knows that “Peace through strength” actually works and is only detrimental to aggressors.

          They need to get ahold of their big boy/girl panties and pull them up and take care of their OWN business. Tired of us being the world Police at expense of our youth, under guise of world banner who wants to destroy our sovereignty.They want our youth to die for them and they are not willing to do anything.

          I think that is changing, and if we do not allow the progressive socialists to take over and rewrite our history, we can get this county back on track, and keep the wolves at bay.
          Personally, I would warn the world that any more Islamist terrorism will cause Mecca to be erased from the planet, and that unlike BHO, a red line crossed has consequences, that with modern weapons systems, need not put our kids in harms way, once we take off the gloves.

          Chickens… Boost your girls protein.It takes a lot of protein to put feathers back on… have some whey powder? eggs on sale at aldi for 35 c a dz.?old beans, peas, swell them like you would for human use, add…liquids. soy protein, milk/ powder milk? can you get old milk from store who would throw it away? that needs rotating out. make some up, put over rice or cornmeal. Be sure to allow rice to sit long enough to swell/I partially cook mine then add supplements to it..(can also use DE in this mix effectively to de worm them….thick paste consistency. I try for average of 9 or 10 extra grams of protein per bird…Roos need the protein as well. I don’t give it every day but if production is down to 8-9 eggs…I’ll give it for 2 days and by end of second day i always have 14 eggs. My birds are about 11 months… have not molted yet.

          Thanks. We can get milk and the protein may be the answer, since when there is not as much rain, they have insects and worms galore.
          The DW sometimes break up bread for a treat; but, we can certainly make a treat with more protein.
          Our girls are all rather old and this is perhaps their 3rd or 4th molt, so we’ll need some new ones next spring in any case.
          Rather than purchase and raise chicks, we can often purchase birds already laying from 4H kids and help us both out.

          They may also need minerals ,ACV in water and/or oyster shell,..and good place to dust bath… I add DE to several areas , and use a lot of pine shavings.

          We’ll consider the ACV; but, unfortunately, dust baths this year have been more like mud holes.

          I lack about a dozen eggs having 2 -5 gallon buckets of eggs , for when My hens do molt or winter comes and production slows. It takes from 200-230 eggs to fill a 5 gallon bucket and about 8.5 oz of pickling lime. to 8.5 quarts of filtered water. Stir the water to distribute lime as each new batch of eggs is added….16-18 dz roughly =6 weeks/bucket. Suggestion:Use easy open lids. Just makes it easier. numbered the buckets, friend has some still good after 2 years. said that quality has suffered and gave them to pigs and beginning again.

          You are doing this for long term preservation & storage; but, we generally give or trade those beyond what we can eat, and reap the bounty in return with other goods or services.
          In the past I did this using Sodium Silicate AKA”Water Glass”

          Would this method work with eggs that have been washed?
          The DW generally washes eggs and dates them, since the nesting boxes have never been used and the eggs are found everywhere and often covered in scat.

          1. TOP ,
            IF you agree and understand my position.. THen, Please do NOT rant on Me. It makes it appear- as if I mis-spoke or did not make My position clear.Just say you agree and expound how/why etc..

            for replacer chickens… TSC has chick days.think it is to start this week…. If you get some layers now. they should be starting to lay in 5-6 months. train them to nest boxes. They should be easier to train with weather cooler.make the nest boxes pleasant, put good hay in for them..I got Columbian wyandot and Americana last year in Sept. they began laying in Feb. The Americana are “flighty- very aware, easily startled”..it took them a long time to settle down.The Americana start laying a smaller egg, like a smaller-medium and as they get older.. now at 11months are laying a borderline large egg..they are all colors. ranging from pale creme, several colors of green and sometimes a light blue.. The Columbian are alert yet calm.The only bad thing about them is we got 6 and only 2 were hens. Roo’s? ..They did taste good.harvest about the time they begin trying to crow.I also have a 2 RIR’s same age.
            All of my older chickens(,+My RiR roo,Cogburn.). 2+yrs and one columbian hen and one american was killed by coon while we were gone to rescue son.
            Limeing….This will not work with washed eggs. eggs must be clean and unwashed. out of 14 eggs i typically get 2-3 not use-able for limewater.If is above that #, i clean the nestboxes. They prefer two …and often 2-3 are in one box… Mud and dirty feet is issue. If mine begin laying everywhere, I make them stay in covered run until the most of eggs are laid. a few days of that and i have them retrained.
            I have put pine shavings in bottom of covered run and henhouse.If it is too wet outside they will go to a corner of the henhouse away from roost, by their outside door… and use the cleaner sawdust and pine shavings there for a dust bath… Shavings can also be mixed with DE and play sand. There are 2 areas of run they prefer to dust bath as well. I try to make sure they have loose shavings there, and under their feeder…
            Our situation is different, most people HERE have some chickens if they want eggs. Making extra eggs,not necessarily a good thing…some sell them at 1.50 dz for large eggs.( not sold as large., just as country eggs… very small ones go for 90c to 1$ a dz.)a few families think their chickens lay gold and want 4-5$ per dozen. I do not know how many they have or sell. ..those prices would make it a profitable venture.
            WE have a few families I Give eggs to.They are ALL on low fixed incomes.All have helped me at some time in the past- on something. None are heavy users. 3-5 dz / mo..for one, 2 others use 2 dz/ mo, We use 2 to 4 dz a WK. I am using mine and securing for our future needs before I would barter. with only 14 layers..and NO powdered eggs, seems a reasonable approach.4 buckets for our use would give me 60 -70 dozen toward the 5 mo. needed raise some pullets if something happened to my chickens… so that is my Goal before they stop /slow laying.time to double down on them since we just gave out eggs to other families this week.
            I looked up info on 6 old time methods for egg preservation. I did not have materials/chemicals for egg glassing. I had lime already on hand… and friend had good success.so just mixed up bucket of lime water and began dropping clean eggs in.
            The eggs MUST have their BLOOM…It protects from invasion of lime into egg. I have some that have a smudge of dirt.or piece of nesting material is stuck to the egg. If i can easily wipe clean with a damp paper towel- I will lime. Otherwise, I wash and refrigerate asap.When taking eggs from lime water to use, remove and place in strainer and rinse the lime off.with running water.. use for any recipe.
            another way to add protein for chickens is mealworms./and or fly larvae I have read of it and saw the set ups via you tube. I will pass for now…but may be needed in the future.

          2. TOP consider getting in contact with ones who raised yours last year and see if they wish to raise some off season for you? Just a late thought.

          3. Anonamo Also,

            TOP consider getting in contact with ones who raised yours last year and see if they wish to raise some off season for you? Just a late thought.

            The young lady, daughter of a friend raised them for 4H; but, is about to head off to college; however, we’re in touch with some of the local 4H clubs and are looking to acquire some additional hens, perhaps yet this fall.
            We paid her $5.00 each last year, which is about average in an auction, and got us hens already laying and helped her out without having to transport to and from the fair or compete for prices in anauction.

          4. Anonamo Also,

            IF you agree and understand my position.. THen, Please do NOT rant on Me. It makes it appear- as if I mis-spoke or did not make My position clear.Just say you agree and expound how/why etc..

            I am sorry if you thought of my comments as a ”rant” since that was not the intention; but, your mention of ” fighting for those who are too lazy to defend themselves.” seemed to me to disregard the recent actions in the past year that brought the NATO countries into finally stepping up and honoring their commitments.

            for replacer chickens… TSC has chick days.think it is to start this week.

            TSC, Rural King and others have had chicks out for quite a while; but, we have no good place to raise little chicks, and would rather spend a bit more for someone else like a 4H kid to raise them and make a bit of money.

            If you get some layers now. they should be starting to lay in 5-6 months. train them to nest boxes. They should be easier to train with weather cooler.make the nest boxes pleasant, put good hay in for them..

            We have good nest boxes with clean straw and have had two sets of birds (Barred Rock & White Rock) that simply refuse to use them. We would sometimes see one in use; but, then they end up on either the roost or hay or straw on the floor of the coop.

            All of my older chickens(,+My RiR roo,Cogburn.). 2+yrs and one columbian hen and one american was killed by coon while we were gone to rescue son.

            We have a hot top wire around the paddock and still had a small raccoon problem that was eventually solved with a few Dog Proof Coon traps and a .22 rifle. They killed two, left one and ate most of the other. They are no longer a problem.

            Limeing….This will not work with washed eggs. eggs must be clean and unwashed. out of 14 eggs i typically get 2-3 not use-able for limewater.If is above that #, i clean the nestboxes. They prefer two …and often 2-3 are in one box… Mud and dirty feet is issue. If mine begin laying everywhere, I make them stay in covered run until the most of eggs are laid. a few days of that and i have them retrained.

            No covered run here; just a nice big coop with roosts and nest boxes and a large open (fenced in) paddock area.
            We keep loose straw and have mixed some sand and DE in the paddock area; but, this year has been record rains. In summer they love being out in the paddock where they eat greens and insects along with what we feed them.
            The DW has decided what to do with the eggs, each of which is cleaned, individually marked with a date, and stored in one of our refrigerators.

            Our situation is different, most people HERE have some chickens if they want eggs. Making extra eggs,not necessarily a good thing…some sell them at 1.50 dz for large eggs.( not sold as large., just as country eggs… very small ones go for 90c to 1$ a dz.)a few families think their chickens lay gold and want 4-5$ per dozen. I do not know how many they have or sell. ..those prices would make it a profitable venture.

            We used to purchase eggs ; but, are hooked on the ”good” ones and have enough income that the little extra money eggs could make us for the work involved is better offset by gifting eggs to friends and neighbors, often in return for other help they give us on occasion.
            For instance, we’ve given one neighbor perhaps 10-15 dozen eggs over the past year; but, when I needed 20 ton of gravel spread and leveled as a base for the new building, he simply came over with his skid loader and did the job in about 30 minutes. No one keeps score; but, in this case I suspect I am way ahead of things.

            That same neighbor also needed a place close by to set a dumpster for his farm use; but, had no good place for it. It sits on our property, right on the line near the driveway and we get to use it at no cost, saving us perhaps $30-50 per month. The trash we put in it is barely noticeable compared to what his large dairy operation generates.

            We use 2 to 4 dz a WK. I am using mine and securing for our future needs before I would barter. with only 14 layers..and NO powdered eggs, seems a reasonable approach.

            We have only 6 layers, down from 12, that the DW thought was too overwhelming along with the horse, garden and other outside activities, plus wee only use perhaps a dozen per week all total and I do have quite a few cans of powdered eggs, milk, and other goodies collected over the years.

            I looked up info on 6 old time methods for egg preservation. I did not have materials/chemicals for egg glassing. I had lime already on hand… and friend had good success.so just mixed up bucket of lime water and began dropping clean eggs in.

            I tried that a long time ago; but, with two refrigerators we have sufficient space to keep quite a few on hand that way.
            When I first encountered Sodium Silicate (water glass) as a kid, it was a magical chemical that allowed me to grow crystal gardens, seemingly out of nowhere. You add something like small copper sulfate crystals to the water glass and crystals grow up from the bottom like magic. I’ve also added it to clay when making pottery when I was in that part of my life 40 odd years ago.

            The eggs MUST have their BLOOM…It protects from invasion of lime into egg. I have some that have a smudge of dirt.or piece of nesting material is stuck to the egg. If i can easily wipe clean with a damp paper towel- I will lime. Otherwise, I wash and refrigerate asap.When taking eggs from lime water to use, remove and place in strainer and rinse the lime off.with running water.. use for any recipe.

            The DW generally wipes the bits off of the egg with a paper towel; but, on occasion uses one of the plastic “scrubber’s” to remove bits really stuck hard. I’ve mentioned water glass and lime water numerous times only to be told we now have refrigeration; but, have given up on that battle, considering she accepts and participates in more things than many others spousal units might. LOL

            another way to add protein for chickens is mealworms./and or fly larvae I have read of it and saw the set ups via you tube. I will pass for now…but may be needed in the future.

            We have large bags of freeze dried meal worms often given as a treat; but, normally feed DuMor Layers pellets with 16% protein plus scratch grains, ground oyster shells and fresh greens. This lack of egg production has been cyclic and will pass once again.

  13. I had an eye exam and ordered new glasses. My eyes got so bad that I couldn’t read my textbooks or the computer. I didn’t realize my eyesight was this bad until a new textbook arrived for one of my classes–I had to redesign one of my classes but I couldn’t read the book. I am typing this now at 300 percent.

    1. Three years ago my 50 year old wife had Lasik surgery. Her vision got a little better but quickly got worse again. She got several pairs of glasses, those only worked for a while. She finally went to an eye surgeon and was diagnosed with cataracts. Why none of the optometrist found them I can not say, either they were incompetent or did not care.

      If you need eye surgery make sure the doctor, the anesthesiologist, and the surgery center are ALL in your insurance network. We didn’t and had to pay the $5000 in network deductible and the $15,000 out of network deductible.

    2. My vision completely flipped from nearsighted to farsighted at about 48.Eye Dr said i was 8 years laer than normal..for this to happen… common issue.Can be disorientating and frustrating.
      Cataracts can now be treated with natural drops. NAC for opthalmic use called different things for animal and man. initial instructions i read were for 2 drops applied 2-3 min apart each eye affected 4x a day. expected use of 5-6 weeks at this level then one bottle every 2 months applied daily to maintain vision. NAC normal in body as production diminishes so does vision.

  14. Just getting to comments of last week…There is a smart meter cover, Developed by private contractors who supply gov installations etc….allows meter to work properly and shields both inside and outside available. also there is an EMP protector, also works against lightening and CME’s. units available for house, motor home, cars, and trucks….avail about 300$ . For info on both and links is advertised on you tube Marfoogle news.

  15. Hi Tara & all,

    First of all, I did not get an email announcement for this week and the title:
    What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 53: July 14th – July 29th 2019. seems to conflict with my calendar unless I’m also supposed to predict what I did ”next week”/. LOL

    Our county fair starts today & I’m just back from helping with crowd and traffic management, so getting a little late start.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. Do you use beneficial insects in your garden, if so which ones and how?
    We don’t ”use” them; but, allow them to flourish and have relocated them into the garden area on occasions. Ladybugs & Praying Mantis are the ones that come to mind.
    2. Did you do any self-reliance training with kids or entice others to prep this week – if so how?
    Not kids per se.; but, our EMA group has done training that includes some of the teenage children of members with some specific kids events coming up later this summer.
    3. How are your gardens growing?
    Actually quite well considering the late start and planting the plants, with just enough rain so we have not yet had to water the plot. We are still evaluating what short maturity seeds we can still plant; but, since they are cheap, we will still be trying a few things.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    See below.
    TOP’s question
    1. Did you order anything from Amazon on Prime day?
    I only ordered a pair of LifeStraw Personal Water Filters. I didn’t really ”need” them; but, for less than $10.00 each, it was too good a deal to pass up.
    2. Our military claims to have taken down an Iranian Drone using an E.M. weapon (Champ?). The Iranians claim it never happened. Who do you believe?
    (Perhaps the Iranians should listen to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruNrdmjcNTc

    3. Is this national heat wave affecting your area, and how are you dealing with it?
    4. Saturday July 20th, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of Armstrong & Aldrin stepping out onto the moon. Assuming you are old enough, were you aware and watching at the time? In my case I was not only watching; but, days before and afterward I was huddled in a basement radio room (ham shack) listening to the command module as it went to and came back from the moon.
    5. What single action can each of us take that will simultaneously help our gardens and upset the liberals, and why?

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Five sheets of foam board from Dollar Tree
    2. Three 6 oz bags of Cheddar Popcorn from Dollar Tree
    3. Additional keys for the new building
    4. A quart of bar oil for the chainsaws
    5. Five 38 oz bottles of AZ tea @ Dollar Tree
    6. Six 23 oz cans of AZ Tea @ Big Lots
    7. Received a pair of Atomic Beam Sun Blast solar powered motion detector security lights and installed one on the new building. We previously placed one on the house and we’re quite pleased with the operation and the brightness level.
    8. Purchased & received a CDROM copy of PC-MATIC. I’ve seen the advertisements everywhere and ”Almost There” is using it and has recommended it.
    9. A 9 outlet surge protected power strip with surge protected connections for telephone and TV cable from Goodwill. This is the first neat thing I’ve found @ the local GW in ages and it was less than $5.00
    10. Received an Extra Long 9800M/300000M Compass Flashlight + infrared Distance Night Vision High – Angle Monocular Telescope Laser from wish.com (their description, not mine)
    11. Sorted through seed packets in preparation for more gardening.
    12. Mass casualty & triage support training @ our EMA meeting, that included interaction with one of he local fire chiefs, and inventory / restock of the Mass Casualty trailer.
    13. Ordered & received 2 Full Size (12″x20″) Stainless Steel Steam Table Pans 6″ Deep from taurantstore.com. Thanks to Nemoseto for the idea that saved a lot of money over the normal evaporator pans for the sugar shack. This forum still rocks.
    14. Purchased and received 2 LifeStraw Personal Water Filters from Amazon on Prime day. I heard on the news that this was the single largest volume item sold in the US on that special day.
    15. Assembled the LEADZM TA102G amplified TV antenna with integrated rotor, purchased from wish.com. We’ll be setting it up and testing it this upcoming week.
    16. Purchased a 12,000 BTU window air conditioner to replace the no longer functional 23,000 BTU unit in my office, since the little 6,000 BTU portable unit isn’t keeping up. The purchase was from Home Depot and paid for in part with our free gift cards. Our whole house insulation from a few years ago makes the smaller 12KBTU unit a good fit.
    17. Ordered a 24 pack of AA & a 24 pack of AAA Energizer Alkaline Batteries from woot.com
    18. With the help of BLACK and his boy, moved a workbench and a 7’ tall 19” electronics rack from the house to the new building. It will be used for some radio & monitoring equipment.

    1. TOP’s question
      1. Did you order anything from Amazon on Prime day? I also ordered a pair of LifeStraws thanks to the tip from JP in MT. I have a few already, but, as stated, the price was too good to ignore.

      2. Our military claims to have taken down an Iranian Drone using an E.M. weapon (Champ?). The Iranians claim it never happened. Who do you believe?// I believe our military. The Marines positioned the weapon (which is vehicle mounted) on the forward end of the flight deck of the USS Boxer before they started transiting the straight. Just in case. A wise precaution as it turned out. I hope they let the weapon crew paint a little drone “kill mark” on their buggy. 🙂

      3. Is this national heat wave affecting your area, and how are you dealing with it? // Actually, the temperatures are slightly cooler than they were a couple of weeks ago when we went into triple digits almost everyday. The heat index is still triple digits though. Being a typical Florida summer, most folks know what to do. Drinks lots of water, stay indoors in A/C if possible, stay shaded, etc. You’ll see people parking their cars under tree shade clear at the other end of parking lots. The same folks would probably pull a gun on you in the winter if you snagged the space closest to the store.

      4. Saturday July 20th, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of Armstrong & Aldrin stepping out onto the moon. Assuming you are old enough, were you aware and watching at the time? In my case I was not only watching; but, days before and afterward I was huddled in a basement radio room (ham shack) listening to the command module as it went to and came back from the moon.// Yep, I was plenty old enough. Watched it with my family (except those sibs who couldn’t stay awake). B&W TV too.

      5. What single action can each of us take that will simultaneously help our gardens and upset the liberals, and why?// Not having a garden, I’m not certain how to answer this question. I know at least some liberals are upset here in Florida with the new state law that prohibits local governments from regulating home gardens.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        5. What single action can each of us take that will simultaneously help our gardens and upset the liberals, and why?// Not having a garden, I’m not certain how to answer this question. I know at least some liberals are upset here in Florida with the new state law that prohibits local governments from regulating home gardens.

        So the locals can’t tax (err. regulate) you garden? What a shame. LOL
        My answer is a simple one based on the liberal thought process (assuming any of them actually think instead of believe or feel).
        We exist, and by that action we regularly convert O2 to CO2 and thus increase greenhouse gases and hasten the destruction of the planet.
        Perhaps we don’t even have those 12 years AOC has mentioned, LOL.

        1. TOP,

          Actually, what prompted that law was a town in liberal south Florida didn’t like people putting gardens in their front yards and prohibited that. Not anymore.

  16. TOP, did not order anything from/thru amazon or any other mail order.
    #2 Don’t believe very much of what anyone says on national fronts and do no fully trust any of them..all is posturing. Hope they just continue to “play at being Johnny bad ,donkey rhear ends.”…and no one pushes too hard and too far…think the red line must be respected as well.#3 answered in my post.
    #4, yes was aware of the drama.would have been 10. wondered about the shadows…just thought that was strange…for a place that is a reflector of sunlight for earth to have shadows from 2 different directions.
    #5 Most important question..This is the one that got my attention…. grow enough/as much as you can for you and your family . Save seed from very crop possible and have seed to plant for the next 3-5 years.. Secure food in a manner that yours will eat it and others may not know what to do with it/where to locate it. dehydration, freeze drying.come to mind….. things like carrots can be left covered in their deep beds..( even in UP according to northeastern gardeners.on you tube.). under plastic/and straw..just get in a months or so at a time..so do not have to dig it out in middle of a snow event.
    Long storage squash come to mind…acorn, butternut the tatuma and Georgia bakers are all used similarly..They are a good veggies for replacing the GMO’d potatoes ad the ones grown saturated in pesticides…and contaminated land.
    Learn to use short season vegetables new ways..Grow in a window pot…for fresh supply in winter.. baking /roasting radish comes to mind.I have not tried it yet, but i hear they are good with a salt, pepper and smear of butter or butter spray on them…baked til tender.
    ..greenhouse, hydroponics,geothermal heating, aquaponics all come to mind as possible solutions to short and medium term events. Learn to sprout to grow veggies with high Vitamin B content and good absorption. Get sprouting supplies so can sustain your flock/animals thru long winter with little purchased food. put away dry grasses, not use-able for hay… for nestbox materials for winter.(Sage grass comes to mind.)Use shredded paper for mulch in garden.combo that with composted grass and chicken poop…= rich garden beds.. chicken poo tea also produced one stalk of okra for me that was 12 ft tall last year. was Lousiana Velvet. variety.(only had 2 of those, second one was about 9 ft…. re use everything possible at least 3 times.Waste not:Want Not!

  17. 1. We had a bumper crop of ladybugs at the BOL. Didn’t do anything to cause it, but the little guys (girls?) are every where.

    2 No teaching or recruiting last week.

    3. Gardens are doing well, despite the late start due to our 4000+ mile road trip. Going to have good crops of tomatoes,, beans, sweet onions and cukes. Don’t how the other stuff is going to do.

    4 Not much prepping, although I did recycle our storage gasoline. Also, if you missed my last post, I discovered gasoline lasts longer than two years when treated with double dose of STABIL. I inadvertently missed recycling two 5 gallon jugs in 2016 and it was as good as if it had just come from the gas station. Could be useful info post- SHTF.

  18. Deal alert – If anyone wants to buy the Thatsa jumbo bowl from Tupperware, it’s on sale in the parrotfish (turquoise) color for a limited time and comes with 2 mini Thatsa bowls and 2 forks for $39. If you go to the Tupperware site, it’s under the “Limited Time” section. I LOVE mine. Please support your local Tupperware person if you decide to purchase rather than going to an online site to buy.

    1. Sarge,

      Potato pearls or potato flakes For home storage?

      We keep both and I use the pearls a lot.
      Bring 1 cup water to boil (in microwave is fine), add 1/8 or1/16 pound (1/2 or ¼ stick) of butter (more or less as you choose) and stir in ½ cup pearls. I can go from zero to 2 servings of mashed potatoes in about 8-10 minutes. While the mixture is still boiling hot, I’ll sometimes stir in some shredded cheddar cheese for another tasty dish.
      While the flakes will store long term in a sealed container like a (#10 can) and O2 absorbers, the pearls must be kept in the freezer or refrigerator since they already contain some oils that can turn rancid. We keep unopened bags in the freezer and the opened bag in the fridge for easy access.

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