What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 55: July 28th – August 3rd 2019

goat and horse eating hay

Hello Pack. It has been a great weather week in our little patch of heaven on earth in Appalachia. We had hot sunny days and just enough rain to give the garden some needed drinks in the late afternoon or evening.

It was fair week here, so lots of self-reliance learning and reaping the rewards of hard work for the nearly 1,000 kids on our rural county who belong to 4-H and FFA. If you children or grandchildren are not members of these groups, please check out local offerings in your area.

Even if you are living in an urban or suburban area, both groups still exist, and can help teach the littlest members of your tribe valuable skills and character building.

If the part for the Massey Ferguson comes in that Bobby needs, we will spend the weekend baling hay. The part arrived, but it was wrong – it irritates me beyond belief how often that happens.

It was supposed to fit but did not, or came for a gas engine instead of a diesel – it’s always something when dealing with a parts store. We have far better luck when getting a used part from a junkyard than ordering in a part for the tractors, ATVs, or vehicles.

Hay prices are going way up, as it livestock feed, thanks to all of the flooding in a multitude of regions around the nation. Look for food prices to begin soaring by the beginning of September, if they have not in your area already.

Berry picking season appears to be almost over. Some black raspberries are still coming on, but the bushes are nearly played out. The youngest grandkiddos and I spent a good bit of time harvesting chicory this week, then roasting it to preserve it.

Forest school these past days included more in the woods orienteering, foraging and wildcrafting chicory, ironweed, goldenrod, more jewelweed, and yarrow.

chicory tea
Photo: a cup of chicory tea

If you want to learn more about chicory wildcrafting and how to make coffee from the roots, check out the article I wrote for Survival Sullivan.

We finally got rid of all the poison hemlock. I have the stalks that were cut with a machete soaking in a bleach bath in the sun. The clothes, plastic safety glasses, thick medical gloves, and face masks are bagged up and will be soaked in bleach as well.

Soon it will be time to get out the canning jars and preserving our harvest. Well, hopefully. A lot of what we planted this year will be a fall garden – thanks to all of the flooding and tractor issues.

Prep purchases were few this week. Just a belt for the small Kubota tractor, sound, vibrate, and shock collars for herd dog training, and a new horse. Our daughter got the horse, a Peruvian Paso like my Ruby – which is a rare breed in our region.

Rarely do I do much sewing in the summer, but a cousin’s granddaughter was having her first birthday party. I thought I had another week to create a special handmade gift for her, but I had the date wrong.

So, I took a denim dress circa 1984 and turned it into a pinafore dress with a matching purse and hair pretty. Bella loves butterflies, so I embroidered (cheated and used my machine) some butterflies onto her outfit.

repurposed pinafore dress and purse

I am excitedly getting ready for a trip to Prepper Camp in Saluda, North Carolina in September. I fell in love with the event my prepping mentor, Rick Austin, invited me to present at during its very first year. Prepper Camp is so NOT a prepper expo. It is a three day deep immersion hands-on self-reliance training for adults.

When you arrive it will feel like you have come home and are completely surrounded by your own from the minute you step foot at the campground. Folks travel from all across the country to go to Prepper Camp – and no one ever wants to leave. If you have never been, you should make plans to attend ASAP, you will be glad that you did.

This Week’s Questions

  1. This is something I am continually curious about, so I am going to throw it out here to the Pack members because y’all are always eager to share insightful tidbits along with your thoughtful opinions. As preppers, why do any of you choose to remain living in a non-rural area? Other than medical reasons to be near a doctor or hospital, I just have never been able to come up with a solid reason for not relocating to a safer and more sustainable environment?
  2. What will you be canning or preserving in another manner, from your garden harvest this year?
  3. Have you ever been to Prepper Camp or other survival events? Please share some details about your experience and/or what type of self-reliance event you would create if given the opportunity.

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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116 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 55: July 28th – August 3rd 2019

  1. Hello!!

    Made a friend for life this week. Babycatcher is a great person and, although we were unable to meet face to face while she was in Massachusetts, we talked and have plans to meet up in the fall when I head down to TN.
    Friends are your most important prep. Thank you, Babycatcher and thank you, TOP, for putting us in contact.

    To our host’s questions,

    I am going to move South in a year or two. It’s a rural area and I do have ideas for a business. Right now if the SHTF, I’d be able to persevere due to all my family, friends, business and political associates. Still, I want to be more free so I’m making similar connections down there.

    No garden, no canning.

    Back in the 90’s, we had Preparedness Expos and gun shows often. I used to help my FFL dealer friend at these events. They slowed down after Y2K though.

    1. Overwatch,

      Made a friend for life this week. Babycatcher is a great person and, although we were unable to meet face to face while she was in Massachusetts, we talked and have plans to meet up in the fall when I head down to TN.
      Friends are your most important prep. Thank you, Babycatcher and thank you, TOP, for putting us in contact.

      You are quite welcome and I’m hoping that Babycatcher can get a little meetup together when you move down. Assuming our health is still OK the DW and I plan to make the trip for a face 2 face.

      Back in the 90’s, we had Preparedness Expos and gun shows often. I used to help my FFL dealer friend at these events. They slowed down after Y2K though.

      WOW!!! I had forgotten about my participation in helping to put on the ”Great Preparedness Expo of 1996” in Columbus Ohio. I think I still have a T Shirt around somewhere.
      I got to meet and talk with James Talmage Stevens who autographed a copy of his ” Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook”. I mentioned I had an older copy, and when I brought it in the next day, he also signed that one and told me I had one of the few early printings. I’ve been doing this for a very long time, and still can’t believe that expo was more than 20 years ago.
      I also got to chat with Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge fame, and he was quite honestly not at all what I thought he might be like. Cordial and humble IIRC.

      1. TOP,

        I have a friend who lives in the same county in Idaho where the Ruby Ridge incident took place. He says the FBI and ATF are still not popular around there, even with the local law enforcement. He did not know Randy Weaver personally.

        1. Zulu,

          What do you think about the following?

          #1) If there’s only one shooter, why did so many eyewitnesses report multiple shooters at the scene?
          #2) Why did the local police arrest and hold three suspects in custody, as was widely reported by the media before the story was changed to a “lone shooter?”
          #3) Why does the so-called “manifesto” appear to be written by someone far older than 21 years of age? (Answer: The manifesto is a hoax. It was not written by the individual who was arrested as the shooter.)
          #4) How does one man kill 20 people and wound another 30 people with a single magazine that only holds 30 rounds? The surveillance photo shows no chest rig, no battle belt and no spare magazines.
          #5) If the shooter is on a suicide mission, why does he bother to wear both eye protection and ear protection? Answer: Because he knows he will survive his “mission” and be taken into custody after surrendering to police. It wasn’t a suicide mission at all. Eighteen months from now, the world will have forgotten the name of the shooter, and the media will never report anything about him again. (He will likely be relocated under the witness protection program, living under a new identity after having completed his “mission” for the deep state.)
          BONUS QUESTION: If you hate illegals and want to protect America, why would you mass murder Americans shopping in an American store? Wouldn’t you theoretically want to target illegal aliens if that’s who you want to destroy? Nearly all the people who were shot were Americans. It makes no sense to hate illegals and then turn around and mass murder Americans.
          ONE MORE QUESTION: Why was the shooter’s online profile changed from “Democrat” to Republican / Trump supporter / QAnon follower? Clearly the deep state is modifying his online profile to match their own conspiracy theories and official narratives about QAnon followers being “domestic terrorists.” This is Orwellian-level psyop stuff being run on the entire nation…
          In summary, the official narrative doesn’t add up. In fact, it’s all a “staged violence” event which combines real violence with a fake narrative to achieve a specific political purpose. In this case, the goal is the complete disarmament of the American people, blaming Trump for everything and positioning illegals as “victims” of a mass shooting when, in reality, it was Americans who were actually shot.

      2. I let my enlistment lapse after they murdered his family. Never met him but I did meet some of the other people in the movement back then. Sheriff Mack, Jack McLamb, and a few others. Those were heady times. Alas, everything I was warning people about started coming true in a big way. “May you live in interesting times” is the curse Arabs throw around.

        1. Overwatch,
          I let my enlistment lapse after they murdered his family. Never met him but I did meet some of the other people in the movement back then. Sheriff Mack, Jack McLamb, and a few others.
          I also met Sherriff Mac; but, I was never a formal member, however, it did irk me when the MSM piled on and always got it wrong. They called him a white supremacist instead of the white separatist he was, and while I don’t agree with either position, the MSM did the hatchet job it continues to do today. Thank heavens for Rush, Fox, Newsmax and social media.
          While they never admitted being wrong, the government did eventually capitulate, awarding him a $100,000 settlement and his three daughters $1 million each in 1995. All it cost him was his wife and son.

          Those were heady times. Alas, everything I was warning people about started coming true in a big way. “May you live in interesting times” is the curse Arabs throw around.

          True; but, we are not unique, and throughout history everyone has in their own way lived in those same interesting times.
          • WW 1 with chemical weapons
          • WW 2 with no common antibiotics available
          • The cold war where the world could be incinerated
          • And now social media addiction.
          The facts are that we all live in one of the best times and countries in the history of the planet. We worry about cancer (in our 80’s and 90’s) and food additives in the plentiful food we eat. Throughout history people died from common diseases mostly now extinct or easily treated, and starvation used to be rampant, while one of our biggest health issues is now obesity.
          A ”Woe is me” attitude is both ignorant and self defeating and we should all wake in the morning, take that first breath and smile, because we have been gifted another day of life in this wonderful place.

          1. True. Every day above ground is a blessing. Virtually all here would agree that we are but a hair’s breadth from civil war. I find myself to be a “positive realist”. I know things will be ok. My most immediate concern is the safety of my family, as anyone. I do enjoy the “animating contest” of fighting for freedom politically. Our side is winning.

      3. O.P.,

        I am going to post this to a number of our trusted friends. I want to see what you think about the following. It was posted by my son’s wife’s brother-in-law.

        #1) If there’s only one shooter, why did so many eyewitnesses report multiple shooters at the scene?
        #2) Why did the local police arrest and hold three suspects in custody, as was widely reported by the media before the story was changed to a “lone shooter?”
        #3) Why does the so-called “manifesto” appear to be written by someone far older than 21 years of age? (Answer: The manifesto is a hoax. It was not written by the individual who was arrested as the shooter.)
        #4) How does one man kill 20 people and wound another 30 people with a single magazine that only holds 30 rounds? The surveillance photo shows no chest rig, no battle belt and no spare magazines.
        #5) If the shooter is on a suicide mission, why does he bother to wear both eye protection and ear protection? Answer: Because he knows he will survive his “mission” and be taken into custody after surrendering to police. It wasn’t a suicide mission at all. Eighteen months from now, the world will have forgotten the name of the shooter, and the media will never report anything about him again. (He will likely be relocated under the witness protection program, living under a new identity after having completed his “mission” for the deep state.)
        BONUS QUESTION: If you hate illegals and want to protect America, why would you mass murder Americans shopping in an American store? Wouldn’t you theoretically want to target illegal aliens if that’s who you want to destroy? Nearly all the people who were shot were Americans. It makes no sense to hate illegals and then turn around and mass murder Americans.
        ONE MORE QUESTION: Why was the shooter’s online profile changed from “Democrat” to Republican / Trump supporter / QAnon follower? Clearly the deep state is modifying his online profile to match their own conspiracy theories and official narratives about QAnon followers being “domestic terrorists.” This is Orwellian-level psyop stuff being run on the entire nation…
        In summary, the official narrative doesn’t add up. In fact, it’s all a “staged violence” event which combines real violence with a fake narrative to achieve a specific political purpose. In this case, the goal is the complete disarmament of the American people, blaming Trump for everything and positioning illegals as “victims” of a mass shooting when, in reality, it was Americans who were actually shot.

    2. I am going to post this as a reply to a couple of my trusted friends. Overwatch, what do you think about the following?

      #1) If there’s only one shooter, why did so many eyewitnesses report multiple shooters at the scene?
      #2) Why did the local police arrest and hold three suspects in custody, as was widely reported by the media before the story was changed to a “lone shooter?”
      #3) Why does the so-called “manifesto” appear to be written by someone far older than 21 years of age? (Answer: The manifesto is a hoax. It was not written by the individual who was arrested as the shooter.)
      #4) How does one man kill 20 people and wound another 30 people with a single magazine that only holds 30 rounds? The surveillance photo shows no chest rig, no battle belt and no spare magazines.
      #5) If the shooter is on a suicide mission, why does he bother to wear both eye protection and ear protection? Answer: Because he knows he will survive his “mission” and be taken into custody after surrendering to police. It wasn’t a suicide mission at all. Eighteen months from now, the world will have forgotten the name of the shooter, and the media will never report anything about him again. (He will likely be relocated under the witness protection program, living under a new identity after having completed his “mission” for the deep state.)
      BONUS QUESTION: If you hate illegals and want to protect America, why would you mass murder Americans shopping in an American store? Wouldn’t you theoretically want to target illegal aliens if that’s who you want to destroy? Nearly all the people who were shot were Americans. It makes no sense to hate illegals and then turn around and mass murder Americans.
      ONE MORE QUESTION: Why was the shooter’s online profile changed from “Democrat” to Republican / Trump supporter / QAnon follower? Clearly the deep state is modifying his online profile to match their own conspiracy theories and official narratives about QAnon followers being “domestic terrorists.” This is Orwellian-level psyop stuff being run on the entire nation…
      In summary, the official narrative doesn’t add up. In fact, it’s all a “staged violence” event which combines real violence with a fake narrative to achieve a specific political purpose. In this case, the goal is the complete disarmament of the American people, blaming Trump for everything and positioning illegals as “victims” of a mass shooting when, in reality, it was Americans who were actually shot.

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

    This post is going to be a bit long this week.

    Ordered and received four pair of the walking shoes I like to wear on a daily basis. Got them from Wally World. Only about $14.00 each, but they last a fairly long time (sometimes with a little Gorilla Glue help on the soles). I should be good for daily shoes for about three-years or so. #2 daughter calls them “old man shoes” because they have Velcro closures and not laces. I don’t call her “Brattykins” for nothing. 😊

    Ordered and received a ten-pack of 3M N-95 dust masks for the general preps stash. Also ordered a folding tactical antenna for my ham HT radio. It seems to work just as well as the Nagoya whip I have but it can fold up shorter. Also got a digital microscope to use with teaching granddaughter. She is really fascinated with the magnified views of many objects like leaves, her hair and scalp, my beard hairs, fingerprints, and other things. Not bad for $20.

    I also ordered an Excalibur 39000B 9-tray dehydrator. #1 daughter and I are going to team up and do some serious dehydrating. I hope I can get some good beef jerky out of it. Love the stuff, just not the prices.
    We’ve been having some decent rain storms this past week. They don’t last too long. This weekend may be rainier because of that former almost tropical depression that died out in the Florida Straight. There is another storm system in the Atlantic that might develop into something more serious than a simple rain producing event, but too early to tell.

    #1 daughter thought she was PG again, but her hormone levels dropped suggesting another miscarriage. Then a few days later (last Friday) her hormone levels spiked. Her mid-wife suggested she go to her OB-GYN. She saw her OB on Monday, and he sent her straight to the Winnie Palmer ER (the woman’s hospital in Orlando) and after further testing, they verified she had an ectopic pregnancy as the OB and mid-wife suspected. They had her in for laparoscopic surgery within a couple of hours and only had to remove the fallopian tube involved (left side). Sometimes they have to take the ovary too, but not in this case. She was out of the hospital within a few hours but is off going to work for at least a week (although she can work from home, but no military work).

    I was prepared to care for granddaughter all night, but #1 daughter wanted her little rainbow girl, so they popped by and got her on the way home. #1 showed her daughter the big band aids on her tummy. Granddaughter, rather logically, correlated the big band aids with “big boo-boos.” Granddaughter did not want to come to my place on Wednesday (which is normally a very uncommon situation for her as she always wants to come over). She wanted to stay home and help take care of her mommy. She had to come over here anyway, but I took her home early, after nap, as it was a good excuse for me to visit. The Ex has been over to help cook and maintain the house, and catch up on some of the seamstress work for our daughter that she does on the side.

    There is a medical prepping lesson here. Ectopic pregnancies can be life threatening for a woman, as I’m sure Babycatcher will verify. They are hard to diagnose early without blood work looking for certain hormones, and (preferably) intrauterine ultrasound imaging. But, with training and experience, a medic can diagnose an ectopic pregnancy on physical signs and symptoms alone and be reasonably accurate. However, at that point, the ectopic pregnancy is somewhat well advanced. As a paramedic, I had several patients with ectopic pregnancies, including a ruptured one I was certain we were going to lose in the ambulance. A lot of blood loss via the vagina and into the abdomen and no way to stop the bleeding without surgery. By the Grace of God, O2, and a lot of Ringer’s Lactate we didn’t lose her, and wheeled her straight into pre-op. The docs were able to get inside in time. It was close.

    Sadly, in a TEOTWAWKI situation, the inability to do surgery will likely mean most symptomatic ectopic pregnancies will eventually rupture the tube as the embryo grows and be fatal (and painful) to the mother. There is a medication that can be given as an abortifacient if the ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed early, but it is a med that is used in cancer chemotherapy too, so not readily available as a fish or bird med. That was an option #1 daughter had, but she preferred surgery to taking that harsh medication. I think she made the right choice since she had the choice.

    Unfortunately, that all meant my daughter was, indeed, PG again, and essentially miscarried again. Technically it was more of an abortion than a miscarriage, but no sense playing semantics. The embryo in this case was non-viable anyway and given some time, would probably have been a serious danger to my daughter. Our family is very much pro-life; however, we do agree with an abortion in cases like this.

    Coincidentally, Dr Joe Alton and Nurse Amy did part of their weekly podcast on pregnancy issues in a survival situation. He didn’t specifically mention ectopic pregnancies, so I emailed him and discussed the issue. He emailed back and said he will bring it up next week. He also told me that one thing a medic can do to aid in a diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy, is to administer a simple pregnancy test. He related that his first wife had severe abdominal pain and distension during his first year of med school, so he took her to the ER. They sent her home as having gastroenteritis. As they left, his wife passed out in the parking lot and he took her back in. They never gave her a pregnancy test and she had a ruptured Fallopian tube from an ectopic pregnancy. They took two liters of blood out of her abdomen and had to give her three units of blood. Dr Joe said that was what sent him into OB-GYN and pelvic surgery. He said he never forgot to run a pregnancy test on a woman with abdominal pain and distention in his career. He called the doctors at that ER “witch doctors.” 😊

    Tara’s questions:

    1. This is something I am continually curious about, so I am going to throw it out here to the Pack members because y’all are always eager to share insightful tidbits along with your thoughtful opinions. As preppers, why do any of you choose to remain living in a non-rural area? Other than medical reasons to be near a doctor or hospital, I just have never been able to come up with a solid reason for not relocating to a safer and more sustainable environment? In my case, it is partially medical reasons for living in an urban area. I did live in a rural area here in Florida for about 15-years. But I grew up in Detroit and worked in a next-door suburb as a police officer for a large part of my life (minus six-years active duty as a Marine). Due to my experience, I feel comfortable in a big city (though admittedly traffic sucks). As a former urban cop, I feel I am able to maintain a good situational awareness (street smarts). Of course, I am always armed with at least one pistol and a couple of knives. I know the places best avoided. I live in a place that is pretty secure, well built, well managed, well policed, and quiet.

    2. What will you be canning or preserving in another manner, from your garden harvest this year? Nothing from a garden as I don’t have one. But as mentioned above, I am getting a dehydrator and plan to team up with #1 daughter to dehydrate favorite foods. I may also invite my Ex to participate if she wants to.

    3. Have you ever been to Prepper Camp or other survival events? Please share some details about your experience and/or what type of self-reliance event you would create if given the opportunity. Well, not a prepper camp such as you are talking about. I guess the closest to a survival camp was growing up in Detroit, six-years in the Marine Corps (including a survival trip to Vietnam), 14-years in the Air Guard (including a trip to Desert Storm), a number of years as an urban EMT/Paramedic, and 24-years of police work (federal and municipal). Not to mention all the stuff I’ve learned from everyone on this blog, which is not inconsiderable, and highly appreciated.

    1. Zulu 3-6:

      I think you will like the Excalibur dehydrator, we really enjoy ours. It has a permanent place in the kitchen.

      1. JP in MT,

        Thanks. I hope so too. I remembered someone speaking well of their Excalibur dehydrator and the case of the mystery reviewer is solved. 🙂

        1. Z36,

          I have 3 – 9 tray Excaliburs, all bought off of FB Marketplace. People buy them and then don’t use them..

          Here is the recipe I use for chicken jerky, except I use Teriyaki instead of soy sauce. I marinate in my Tupperware marinating trays over nite. It is sooo good. I’m sure this recipe could be used for beef. I also do the oven thing in the recipe to make sure it’s good to store for a while. I have some that is 2 years old, stored in a Tupperware container that still tastes good. I am going to be cleaning out some chicken from my freezer and will make a bunch of it and put in food saver bags. It takes 3lbs of chicken to make 1lb of jerky. Maybe that’s why it so expensive in the store.

          Also, there is a website that has tons of dehydrating recipes on it and you can buy some ebooks from her too. She is THE queen of dehydrating. I’ve purchased many of her books. She’s also on FB if you are on there. Dehydrating Divas & Dudes.

          https://www.21stcenturysimpleliving.com/category/dehydrating/

          1. At,

            Thanks for the info. I plan to use my dehydrator, never fear. That’s one reason I’m inviting #1 daughter in and possibly the Ex if she’s interested.

          2. Almost There,

            Here is the recipe I use for chicken jerky, except I use Teriyaki instead of soy sauce.

            We make our own Teriyaki:
            • The units are kind of subjective
            • Ingredients:
            • Soy sauce – the real stuff none of the Light or low sodium will do.
            • Dry Sherry or a nice cream sherry – must be drinkable from the bottle
            • Fresh ginger – grated
            • Fresh garlic – pressed
            • Sugar, honey – sweet (I’m not sure about Nutrasweet but honey is important for stickiness)
            • Start by grating ginger and pressing garlic (at least two cloves and 3/4 to
            • 1 inch of root)
            • Add a good amount (a cup?) of soy sauce, remember you are going to have to marinate the meat in this.
            • Add sherry, a couple of glugs (1/3 to 1/2 cup?)
            • Sweeten using a blend of sugar and honey (honey for stickiness). Mixture should be both salty and sweet but not candy sweet

            • Marinate beef, fish, chicken, pork or venison, the tougher the meat, the longer the marinate time
            • Cook remaining marinade till boiling, simmer to reduce slightly. Use for dipping or drizzling

            • Hungry yet, I am!

            I still need to try out that jerky gun I purchased a while back; but, just haven’t had the time.

      2. JP,

        I think you will like the Excalibur dehydrator, we really enjoy ours. It has a permanent place in the kitchen.

        Our Excalibur sits alongside the freeze dryer in our summer kitchen and we love it.

      3. J.P., What do you think about the following?

        #1) If there’s only one shooter, why did so many eyewitnesses report multiple shooters at the scene?
        #2) Why did the local police arrest and hold three suspects in custody, as was widely reported by the media before the story was changed to a “lone shooter?”
        #3) Why does the so-called “manifesto” appear to be written by someone far older than 21 years of age? (Answer: The manifesto is a hoax. It was not written by the individual who was arrested as the shooter.)
        #4) How does one man kill 20 people and wound another 30 people with a single magazine that only holds 30 rounds? The surveillance photo shows no chest rig, no battle belt and no spare magazines.
        #5) If the shooter is on a suicide mission, why does he bother to wear both eye protection and ear protection? Answer: Because he knows he will survive his “mission” and be taken into custody after surrendering to police. It wasn’t a suicide mission at all. Eighteen months from now, the world will have forgotten the name of the shooter, and the media will never report anything about him again. (He will likely be relocated under the witness protection program, living under a new identity after having completed his “mission” for the deep state.)
        BONUS QUESTION: If you hate illegals and want to protect America, why would you mass murder Americans shopping in an American store? Wouldn’t you theoretically want to target illegal aliens if that’s who you want to destroy? Nearly all the people who were shot were Americans. It makes no sense to hate illegals and then turn around and mass murder Americans.
        ONE MORE QUESTION: Why was the shooter’s online profile changed from “Democrat” to Republican / Trump supporter / QAnon follower? Clearly the deep state is modifying his online profile to match their own conspiracy theories and official narratives about QAnon followers being “domestic terrorists.” This is Orwellian-level psyop stuff being run on the entire nation…
        In summary, the official narrative doesn’t add up. In fact, it’s all a “staged violence” event which combines real violence with a fake narrative to achieve a specific political purpose. In this case, the goal is the complete disarmament of the American people, blaming Trump for everything and positioning illegals as “victims” of a mass shooting when, in reality, it was Americans who were actually shot.

    2. Z36, I hope everything is OK for your #1 Daughter.

      I’m glad you bought dehydrator, you will have fun and teach your granddaughter a prepper skill and get some good jerky and treats….

      1. Thor1,

        Thanks. #1 daughter is doing well. Just a little soreness left over. She will followup with her OB on Monday and expects she will be cleared to go back to work.

        I’m looking forward to the dehydrator. I love jerky, cuke, and zuke chips. Granddaughter loves dried fruit. I may have to disown #1 daughter though. She doesn’t like jerky 🙂

        1. Zulu 3-6,
          We’ll keep your #1 in our thoughts.

          I’m looking forward to the dehydrator. I love jerky, cuke, and zuke chips. Granddaughter loves dried fruit. I may have to disown #1 daughter though. She doesn’t like jerky

          Perhaps it’sjust that she’s never had good jerky, and you can remedy that.
          For the Granddaughter you can also make sheets of dried fruit leather, commercially known as fruit rollups; but, with better control over sugar and additives.
          Here’s a description of them that you can make much better and healthier.

          Fruit Roll-Ups is a brand of fruit snack that debuted in grocery stores across America in 1983. The snack is a flat, pectin-based fruit-flavored snack, wrapped around a piece of cellophane for easier removal.

          No flavoring in the DIY stuff, just real fruit.

          1. TOP,

            #1 daughter and I have already checked up on the fruit roll ups. We will definitely be making some. Anything involving fruit, granddaughter will probably love. Anything involving veggies, fuggetaboutit. 🙂

      2. Thor,

        What do you think about the following?

        #1) If there’s only one shooter, why did so many eyewitnesses report multiple shooters at the scene?
        #2) Why did the local police arrest and hold three suspects in custody, as was widely reported by the media before the story was changed to a “lone shooter?”
        #3) Why does the so-called “manifesto” appear to be written by someone far older than 21 years of age? (Answer: The manifesto is a hoax. It was not written by the individual who was arrested as the shooter.)
        #4) How does one man kill 20 people and wound another 30 people with a single magazine that only holds 30 rounds? The surveillance photo shows no chest rig, no battle belt and no spare magazines.
        #5) If the shooter is on a suicide mission, why does he bother to wear both eye protection and ear protection? Answer: Because he knows he will survive his “mission” and be taken into custody after surrendering to police. It wasn’t a suicide mission at all. Eighteen months from now, the world will have forgotten the name of the shooter, and the media will never report anything about him again. (He will likely be relocated under the witness protection program, living under a new identity after having completed his “mission” for the deep state.)
        BONUS QUESTION: If you hate illegals and want to protect America, why would you mass murder Americans shopping in an American store? Wouldn’t you theoretically want to target illegal aliens if that’s who you want to destroy? Nearly all the people who were shot were Americans. It makes no sense to hate illegals and then turn around and mass murder Americans.
        ONE MORE QUESTION: Why was the shooter’s online profile changed from “Democrat” to Republican / Trump supporter / QAnon follower? Clearly the deep state is modifying his online profile to match their own conspiracy theories and official narratives about QAnon followers being “domestic terrorists.” This is Orwellian-level psyop stuff being run on the entire nation…
        In summary, the official narrative doesn’t add up. In fact, it’s all a “staged violence” event which combines real violence with a fake narrative to achieve a specific political purpose. In this case, the goal is the complete disarmament of the American people, blaming Trump for everything and positioning illegals as “victims” of a mass shooting when, in reality, it was Americans who were actually shot.

    3. Zulu 3-6,
      My DW had an ectopic pregnancy in 1987 and we had our DD in 1991, so hope springs eternal.

      I am always armed with at least one pistol and a couple of knives. I know the places best avoided. I live in a place that is pretty secure, well built, well managed, well policed, and quiet.

      It’s the same here with firearm, knife & pepper spray, and my follow-up to Tara’s rural question is why anyone capable of being armed, would not do so?
      Like prepping it’s just another layer of insurance.

    4. Zulu 36, I am so sorry for your daughter’s second miscarriage, I can’t imagine it. I was so blessed with two wonderful pregnancies, and stopped after 2 kiddos. I hope later on she can try again and have a second successful pregnancy, but her rainbow little girl, is a blessing for your whole family, bless you all .

      Mom of three one is a step son:).

      1. mom of three,

        Mom of three one is a step son:).

        I guess that would also make me ”dad of three” with two step sons and a not so little girl who is actually home this weekend, spending time with her mom for the Irish festival in Dublin (Ohio).

        1. Yup, I claim my boy as my own his own mother, was just not ready to be a mother. I wouldn’t even let my own two say this is my Step brother he is just brother, tho when I did introduce myself to people, I let people know he was my step son, but after that it was my son.

          1. mom of three,

            Yup, I claim my boy as my own his own mother, was just not ready to be a mother.

            In my case I married the mom and it was the dad who was immature. Been together 37 years and hope to do another 37 LOL.

            I wouldn’t even let my own two say this is my Step brother he is just brother, tho when I did introduce myself to people, I let people know he was my step son, but after that it was my son.

            It’s the same here. My daughter thinks of the boys as brothers and we would only explain to some adults since the boys surname is not mine.
            Today blended families seem to be the norm, and people generally never give it a second thought.

      2. Mom of three,

        Thanks for your condolences, but sadly, this is not my daughters second miscarriage. She miscarried twins first, then her darling rainbow daughter was born, then two more miscarriages (including this ectopic pregnancy). Her mid-wife and OB-GYN suspect there might have been a miscarriage before the twins, based on history, but my daughter didn’t suspect she was pregnant then and thought she just had a late period.

        Unsurprisingly, she is very emotionally upset by all those miscarriages. The family, both sides, is 100% on her side and we try to be as supportive as possible. #1 has begun seeing a psychologist to talk through her emotional issues. I know she wants to avoid medication for a couple of reasons and I fully understand those reasons. Right now, she isn’t certain she wants to try for another baby ever again, and I understand her feeling that too.

        1. Mom of three and others,

          I was finally able to have a long talk with #1 daughter and she also received some new information herself.

          First, her visit to the therapist went well. She likes the psychologist and already feels better for having gone (and will continue to go).

          She learned on Friday, that the embryo in her ectopic pregnancy was at eight-weeks gestation, which is pretty large and especially so for not causing her any pain. It was only the hormone levels and basic pregnancy tests that provided any early clue. The hospital ER did an intrauterine ultrasound which allowed them to visualize the swollen tube and embryo. Why the intrauterine ultrasound her OB-GYN ordered only a week earlier didn’t show anything is a question for the ages.

          I pointed out to her that anytime she was feeling bummed out, to cuddle up with that two-legged bottle of Zoloft she has for a daughter and she will feel better. I do that when I feel down about #1 daughter’s tribulations, and granddaughter’s happiness and love always makes me feel better. 🙂

          1. Thanks for the update oh I’m sorry she’s had so much trouble . When so many women just ripped their babies, out or just abuse their children and you daughter, wants kid’s, it’s not fair. I’ll keep you daughter in my prayers, blessing to your sweet family.

        2. I will keep her in prayer. Although i have never mc’d twins, i have had 6 pg losses, and could tell you to this day, how old they would have been if they had made it. There is hope, and it gets a little easier with time, but even yet i wonder what they would have been like. The consolation i have is the three that made it, two girls and a boy, ages 41,38 and 30 now, and the youngest two were born at home, which is what led me to beoming a midwife! So one never knows. I hope she cries all she needs to, and i am so glad yall are there for her. There was a time in the not too distant past when a woman was expected to not even mention a pg loss. I am SO glad its not like that now. Hug her close, she needs you more than ever. My prayers are with you all. Ps, i concur with their assessment buti wonder if they minght have found the ectopic earlier with an abdominal u/s? I wonder if the bones get in the way of a transvaginal u/s. But I’m not a doc, so don’t know. Im sureshe is under wonderful care. 8 weeks *is* large for no symptoms.

          1. Babycatcher,

            Thanks for the good thoughts. Miscarriages are tough on both mom and dad (and grandparents). My Ex and I never had to experience a miscarriage. We were 3 for 3. My mom had two, one before me and one after, then she went 6 for 6, though she almost lost my youngest sib late in the term (preeccalmpsia).

            As I mentioned, I emailed Dr Joe Alton and he told me he would discuss ectopic pregnancies in this week’s podcast. He has since posted on his site that he will be doing so. He has personal experience with a ruptured tubal pregnancy as the father and will be discussing this experience too. He said the “witch doctors” that diagnosed his first wife with gastroenteritis were idiots and that experience is what sent him into OB-GYN and pelvic surgery.

  3. Hi Everyone.

    Tara, I love the little outfit. I was in 4-H growing up and was involved with a couple of different groups. One was sewing, and I made an outfit, skirt and top, when I was about 9 years old. My mom was the leader, so that helped and it is one of the things I am so glad I did as a youngster because it has been most useful in my adult life. The other was horses. We had horse shows and went to the state fair. Our team won first place in the stable management competition. It was a lot of fun.

    This week has been rather hot again, with no rain. The grass doesn’t need to be cut, so that is good.

    I put my cereal in qt jars and will be vacuum sealing them. I may switch them out to half gallon since it took 2 qts for the one box of cereal. I would like to put crackers, cookies and some other things like that in glass jars. I canned up 30 pints of corn and dehydrated the mangos.

    I am still picking cukes and tomatoes in the garden and the corn ears are getting bigger. Not sure when the black-eyed peas will be ready, but they are still percolating… I will fix up some more refrigerator pickles, adding some squash and onions to the mix. I ordered another box of peaches that will be coming in next Wednesday. This bunch will be canned. The other 2 boxes were frozen.

    Sold something on ebay, and got it mailed yesterday. Need to get more stuff out of here. Today, since I don’t have any pressing produce items to do something with, I will work on getting my kitchen organized and put up the canned items on the shelf in the “food” room. I did buy a few more canned items from the store.

    Hearing about the Dems imploding has been fun. I would never waster my time watching all the ruckus this go round. Watched “Alone” this week, and it is getting to be grueling for those that are left.

    Tara’s questions:

    1. This is something I am continually curious about, so I am going to throw it out here to the Pack members because y’all are always eager to share insightful tidbits along with your thoughtful opinions. As preppers, why do any of you choose to remain living in a non-rural area? Other than medical reasons to be near a doctor or hospital, I just have never been able to come up with a solid reason for not relocating to a safer and more sustainable environment?
    I think there are people who just want to be close to everything. Friends, grocery stores, medical, work, health reasons that won’t allow the physical labor required for living a sustainable lifestyle like gardening, chickens, etc. I live in the country. I like seeing the stars. I HATE traffic, and have to drive 1.5 hours to work and 1.5 hours back home, so I don’t want to have to deal with it during non-work hours. I like smelling the smoke from the tobacco barn across the street during tobacco harvesting season, I like peace and quiet.

    2. What will you be canning or preserving in another manner, from your garden harvest this year? Refrigerator pickles, dehydrating things.

    3. Have you ever been to Prepper Camp or other survival events? Please share some details about your experience and/or what type of self-reliance event you would create if given the opportunity.
    No, but Prepper Camp looks like a lot of fun. I would like to go, but not sure I can get off work.

    Prayers for the group, for the President and for America. Stay safe everyone.

  4. Questions:

    1. We live in a smaller town. It’s where we ended up when we retired from the military. It was my first home purchase. We would like to move, but the opportunity for “the right” property has not come up yet, so we wait and do what we can here.
    2. Since we have very little that we harvest ourselves, we confine our preservation to jams and jelly’s, and dehydration of frozen vegetables and some meats (for stews and soups).
    3. We have attended a couple of “events” but most are outside of our 3 hour driving limit. I go mostly to get more ideas on how to maximize our current situation.

    This week…

    Supplies: Creamy wheat cereal; low-sodium SPAM;

    Evening thunderstorms this week, with fire warnings. Welcome to August in Montana!

    Back on the “putting up food” bug. First there’s space, so we brought up another batch of stuff from the basement. Moved the stuff to Trash/Thrift Store/off site. DW cleared out an area in our storage. Now we can bring back some of the off-site buckets.
    Rounded up our spare buckets. We’ll get them cleaned out this weekend, washed and dried, then “lube” them with vegetable oil to keep the stacks from sticking together. Then I’ll inventory lids and make sure we have enough.

    Put some items, like dry beans, into 2-gallon buckets of which I have several. The challenge is lids; only the original brand seems to fit, although I did get some Gamma-Lids to work. And buying just lids (on line) is more expensive than buying new buckets with lids locally!? (I finally found some late Friday night, so I ordered them – $10/10 – we’ll see how they work.) I also put a case of elbow pasta into a sealed 5-gallon bucket. Next week it’s more rice and filling 2-gallon buckets with the last of the loose packages of beans & barley.

    Ordered some supplies as it is the 1st of the month. They’ll come in over the next week or so. Many will finish off projects/kits, that just needed one or two items to get most of them checked off the “to-do” list.

    Did our 1st-of-the-month shopping (1st Thursday is Senior Day). Between sales and senior discount, we got it for ½ price! Freezer is filled back up, along with the pantry. I think taking advantage of sales and discounts is a big part of prepping, as it makes your resources got farther.

    1. I love the low sodium Spam, JP. My tastes have changed. Maybe it’s for the best. Can’t hide behind lisinopril forever.

      1. Overwatch:

        I figure there is enough salt in my other stored foods that if I can pick up the low-sodium for the same price, I will.

        1. Good stuff. I like the no salt chips now too. Imagine a bear holding a trash can over his mouth. That’s me with the last few low salt Pringle’s as I empty the can.

  5. Puppy has been a little edgy lately. Spooked is the word. Maybe coyotes in the area or maybe the hoot owl.
    Criminals are breaking into people’s car and some people are stupid enough to leave guns in their vehicles. Puppy alerted me so I opened the garage door and heard what sounded like a shotgun cycling, I had my trusty pump right there so I cycled it 2 times and heard people running. LOL

    #1 daughter thanked me for the new refrigerator/freezer, the company I ordered it from sent the wrong one so they got it late. The one they sent was bigger ad the same model but wouldn’t fit. Too bad, it cost about $400 more and they would have got it at the cheaper cost.

    Security

    Ordered 2 Bersa thunder 22lr mags
    Ordered 2 marlin 22lr mags.
    Ordered 500 22lr round nose and 500 22lr hollow points

    Gym

    Worked out 4 days this week.
    Walking puppy every other day.

    Garden
    Picked more tomatoes and peppers

    Food preservation
    Canned more salsa
    Canned more pickles and peppers.
    Made pico de gallo ( its good on chips, Taco’s and eggs)

    Tara’s questions:

    1.This is something I am continually curious about, so I am going to throw it out here to the Pack members because y’all are always eager to share insightful tidbits along with your thoughtful opinions. As preppers, why do any of you choose to remain living in a non-rural area? Other than medical reasons to be near a doctor or hospital, I just have never been able to come up with a solid reason for not relocating to a safer and more sustainable environment?
    2.What will you be canning or preserving in another manner, from your garden harvest this year?
    3.Have you ever been to Prepper Camp or other survival events? Please share some details about your experience and/or what type of self-reliance event you would create if given the opportunity.

    1. Close enough to work but in between suburbs and rural. Best of both worlds.
    2. Beans, tomatoes, pickles,peppers (freeze dried, pickled, canned, dehydrated.
    3. Yes, at an Expo at a mall and a local prepper store. Checking out new equipment.

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Do you think space aliens exist?
    2. What is your biggest concerns if the grid goes down?
    3. How have you improved your preps since 1 year ago?

        1. Now, we get to listen to O’Rouke banter his gun grabbing garbage. Antifa needs to be designated as terrorists.

          Saying prayers for those affected by this tragedy.

      1. Thor1,

        Active shooter in El Paso Texas

        Yep. 20 dead and 26 injured. The suspected gunman has been identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas. Who graduated from Plano Senior High School in 2017. No doubt more to follow and then cries from the pols for gun control.

        Antifa said they were going to have a violent protest this month

        This is not new; but, what is, is that some lawmakers are now considering having Antifa named as a domestic terror group, which would change everything.

    1. Thor1,

      Good puppy…

      1. Yes.
      2. Being by myself, not that I’m not going to be self-sufficient, but the security factor.
      3. By leaps and bounds and on many fronts. Food, knowledge, tools, supplies.

      What about yourself? 🙂

      1. 1. They’re here.

        2 Medicines for the Mrs. Chaos and telling some people I can’t help them. (There are several pharmacies and hospitals with in 3 to 5 miles though)

        3. Increases in food,water,medical, ammo and firearms, skills, health/ strength/ endurance, food preservation, gardening, vehicles. I’m off the hook !!! LOL

    2. Thor1,

      Ordered 2 Bersa thunder 22lr mags

      Bersa? I’m often told that they are junk. Good to see this, since there’s a Thunder 380 on my belt as I type this, and it has never failed me.

      Thor’s questions:
      1. Do you think space aliens exist?
      I do. The universe is too vast to think that we are the only life in it, and NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a mission designed to search the sky for Exoplanets, has discovered its first potentially habitable world outside of our own solar system, about 31 light-years away.
      2. What is your biggest concerns if the grid goes down?
      None really, we have a good generator and enough consumables to last as much as 3-5 years, since we just got our propane tanks filled. Security could be a concern, except in a long term situation. We have MAG members who are welcome to move here and will provide the additional manpower (people power?) we might need as well as medical and other skills.
      3. How have you improved your preps since 1 year ago?
      We’ve added a new building, increased our food and ammunition supplies, and have additional communications resources working.

        1. Thor1,

          Top, well the Bersa is made in Argentina, its similar to a Beretta & a PPK.

          I know and in the very early days both Bersa (Argentina) and Taurus (Brazil) used questionable metallurgy; but, now seem to be first rate firearms. The Bersa plant started out as a Beretta plant and uses most of the same dies and tooling.
          I’m quite happy with mine, acquired gently used for $200.00 some 15 years ago.

  6. Thor’s questions:

    1. Do you think space aliens exist? Well, we’re here, so why not sentient beings someplace else too? Where they are and how technologically advanced they are, is another matter. I don’t think we are particularly that technologically advanced at this point. As far as space travel is concerned, we’ve only sent a few people to our moon and a few unmanned probes out into our own solar system. One or two have traveled long enough to have passed out of the official border of our solar system, but what are they doing of real use? However, sometimes I think Washington DC is full of space aliens with no good intentions.

    2. What is your biggest concerns if the grid goes down? Sleeping in the dark. Just kidding. 🙂 My biggest concern if the grid goes hard down for a long period will be food after a time, medical, and security. Sure, I’m prepared for a reasonable period of time for food and water. I have a good stock of medical supplies, certainly more than adequate for myself (except for some prescription meds). I also have a good stock of ammo for the firearms I own (which are a good selection for most situations) and more than adequate skill in their use (and I am prepared to use those skills if necessary). I’m not a young guy anymore, so I may resort to deadly force sooner than I would have a few years ago. I would worry a great deal about my kids and granddaughter too.

    3. How have you improved your preps since 1 year ago? Other than continual addition of food stocks, some addition of ammo and related defense items, my biggest improvement has been in the medical supply area. I have quite a bit of med stuff, particularly for trauma. I have also improved my general prep stuff, tools, tarps, plastic sheeting, etc.

    1. Z36, its funny about the aliens in the government, I was thinking the same thing. What if they control the Democrats or are the Democrats? I watched a video lately that pertained to a giant alien race that ate people. Just think if they are the ones eating aborted babies……like a delicacy… Sounds far fetched I know maybe a syfy movie.

      Sounds like you got a plan Sir…..

    2. Zulu 3-6,

      I’m not a young guy anymore, so I may resort to deadly force sooner than I would have a few years ago.

      Join the crowd Old Man LOL.
      I think I recall that: ”Old age and treachery always overcomes youth and skill” so one should refrain from picking on the old guy.s

        1. Zulu 3-6:

          As a US Army MI electronic technician NCO in the 1980’s, I told our guys with one nuc they go from “highly trained electronic maintenance technicians” to “under-trained Infantryman” in a split second. Therefore if you are in a “fair fight”, your tactics suck.

          1. JP in MT,

            You got that right.

            Did you ever learn who the baddest person in the military is? It’s an in-flight ICBM repair specialist with a two-mission badge. 🙂

  7. Good afternoon folks,
    It’s been a somewhat good week. With all the afternoon showers, I’ve had to stay inside which I liked because of the heat and humidity, and…I didn’t feel guilty about all the things still needed to do outside.
    Answers to Tara’s questions:
    1) I admit, I do like being close to hospitals, doctors, grocery stores, a variety of restaurants
    and such. Decision was based on how much wear and tear I was willing to put on my
    commute to work daily, and wear and tear on my vehicle. It’s really a trade off. Would I
    rather be in a more rural location? You bet, and I,ve planned for that move upon
    retirement. I won’t miss the traffic and work aggravations, nosy neighbors, traffic and
    noise pollution. The trade off for me is still a desire for good doctors and hospitals and
    such.
    2) My garden is pretty much done for this year. I have canned, frozen and dehydrated
    peaches, beans, tomatoes and I have butter squash coming out of my ears!
    3) Yes. I have been to several

    1. Jean,
      My commute to work my last 41 years ranged between 25 & 40 miles one way and was well worth the trip to live where we live. Half the trip was country roads and I listened to talk radio or books on tape (real tape of the cassette variety) or talked to other hams on the radio, so the commute was always worthwhile.

      1. axelsteve well the gun commies are out thicker then the line for obamaphones since the shooting in Gilroy calif. I know that it sucks but it is nothing compared to a busy weekend in Chicago. Keep your senses everyone.

      2. I get your point TOP, and I guess everyone is different. At one point in my career, I did live in a rural area that I enjoyed very much. The trade off was that I had to commute 71 miles one way to work, and if I had taken back roads, it would have been an even longer drive. I also enjoyed listening to books on tapes, and I knew all the words to just about every classic rock song as well as country music library, but the drive was tiring, and not enjoyable because it was at night. I finely got tired of the ‘long haul’ and moved closer (urban area) to my job which has it own drawbacks as I mentioned, traffic, congestion, and just too many people to deal with and such. Both urban and rural areas had their advantages and disadvantages. While I am a rural gal at heart, I fought the traffic until my retirement and now I am ready to move back to the rural area. Thanks for your input. Always enjoy hearing from you.

        1. Jean,

          At one point in my career, I did live in a rural area that I enjoyed very much. The trade off was that I had to commute 71 miles one way to work, and if I had taken back roads, it would have been an even longer drive.

          71 miles would have been grueling and I would have had to look for another residence or another job. We’ve live here for 35 years and I have had 4 different employers in that time, all luckily within the 25-40 mile range.
          One thing that kept us here was the house I purchased at age 25, before I was married, that provided the funds to pay this place off only 10 years after we purchased it, so mortgage free living also took the edge off that drive.
          Additionally, the boys were 10 & 14 and already settled into country life and the local school system, so moving would have been a real unneeded hassle.
          In short, I’ve lived both city & country and jus prefer country, not really missing the restaurants, theaters, and accoutrements of city living others seem to ”need”.

          I also had very flexible hours so I could schedule work around lower traffic times. My only problem driving is that all of the jobs were east of here, meaning that most of my morning commuting was into the sun and the drive home also back into the sun; but, you learn to cope, especially when the salary and benefits were generally very good.

          I also enjoyed listening to books on tapes, and I knew all the words to just about every classic rock song as well as country music library, but the drive was tiring, and not enjoyable because it was at night.

          I also love to sing and suspect that anyone watching me drive would think me a bit daft as I sang all those tunes when they played on the radio, since more often than not. I would get to my destination and not remember most of the journey; but, always remembered the storylines or the songs I sang along the way.

          I finely got tired of the ‘long haul’ and moved closer (urban area) to my job which has it own drawbacks as I mentioned, traffic, congestion, and just too many people to deal with and such.

          On nasty weather days (normally in winter), I had friends who lived closer and I could ”camp out” at their place and since I always had a go bag in the vehicle, it could be spur of the moment. I also would pass the time on the ham radio, with a large group of folks I talked to regularly.

          Both urban and rural areas had their advantages and disadvantages. While I am a rural gal at heart, I fought the traffic until my retirement and now I am ready to move back to the rural area. Thanks for your input. Always enjoy hearing from you.

          Good luck finding a place, since at least around here rural properties are in short supply, with more and more people wanting to leave the rat race & HOA’s and try their hand at getting their hands dirty.

  8. Now to Thor’s questions:

    1). Aliens? Why not? I agree with Thor that lots of them are in Washington at the moment. Seriously, there are other galaxy’s and such. That has been proven, so there could be other forms of life out there that we don’t know about, and then again, we could be it.

    2). I think my most immediate fear of the grid going down would be the looting and such like what happens in Venezuela. People will panic and go crazy before any government or militia can organize enough to deal with chaos. I go for food, shelter, water and firepower.

    3) My prepping has taken on a maturity. At first, I read and collected items recommended by others (which was good), but now, I have reorganized and fine tuned my prepping specifically for me and circle (family and friends). Ramen noodles may be good, but not good if you hate them (meaning I prep food items that sustain, meet calorie and nutritional value as much as possible, but also understand the value of items you can trade and harder with. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. At gunpoint, if someone wants my food, of course I will point them to my stash of Raman noodles and spam, keeping other stashes out of sight and hidden well.

    That’s it for me folks! Have a great week! Remember, this next election could be a BIG turning point for this country we call home. Stay focused and Prep on!

  9. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    It’s likewise been a great weather week here, with just enough rain to not need to water the garden. Cool nights and warm days with a low dew point so very pleasant to be outside.

    Hay prices are going way up, as it livestock feed, thanks to all of the flooding in a multitude of regions around the nation. Look for food prices to begin soaring by the beginning of September, if they have not in your area already.

    Hay here is also getting scarce; but, we have managed to get two large square bales that will keep our little horse happy.
    As for food prices, we’ll just keep doing what we’ve done for years, purchasing what we need, as we need it, to refill the stores as we use it. I’ve been managing my own IRA stock portfolios for more than 20 years and for stocks they call this ”dollar cost averaging”. That normal can of beans costs a dollar, and now may cost $1.25; but, the ones you purchased last year were on sale for only $0.70. This is why keeping a stock on hand is not only important to cover shortages; but, to level out the price increases over time.

    Soon it will be time to get out the canning jars and preserving our harvest. Well, hopefully. A lot of what we planted this year will be a fall garden – thanks to all of the flooding and tractor issues.

    It’s kind of the same here. We’ll be getting some sweet corn from relatives or neighbors; but, our garden is likely to have mostly red cabbage & candy onions plus some tomatoes and peppers, since that’s all we managed to get planted after the garden plot finally dried out enough to use.
    We may still get some sweet potatoes grown in the basement root cellar under LED grow lights. They are sprouting and we have nothing to lose by trying.

    Bella loves butterflies, so I embroidered (cheated and used my machine) some butterflies onto her outfit.

    Why is this cheating? Use of technology has helped mankind flourish. You could just as well dump the tractor and do the hay with a Scythe and a hay rake, gathering the hay into armload bundles. The important thing is knowing how to do this without the technology; but, using the technology to gain time for other things and make life more enjoyable.

    Your prepper camp sounds like a fun time and perhaps something to consider next year.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. This is something I am continually curious about, so I am going to throw it out here to the Pack members because y’all are always eager to share insightful tidbits along with your thoughtful opinions. As preppers, why do any of you choose to remain living in a non-rural area? Other than medical reasons to be near a doctor or hospital, I just have never been able to come up with a solid reason for not relocating to a safer and more sustainable environment?
    I have the same questions and have lived rural most of my life. I would not change it for anything. We did have to wait more than 30 years for decent internet and since pizza delivery is non-existent, we make our own from scratch or enhance a box or frozen one. Local doctors & hospitals are 15-20 miles away; but, close enough when we need them.
    2. What will you be canning or preserving in another manner, from your garden harvest this year?
    Hopefully tomatoes, onions, and cabbage and some sweet corn. We already have quite a few green beans and rhubarb in the freezer.
    3. Have you ever been to Prepper Camp or other survival events? Please share some details about your experience and/or what type of self-reliance event you would create if given the opportunity.
    I’ve been to the Pathfinder School gathering, run by Dave Canterbury, a southern Ohio boy from down your way, as well as the OHG (Ohio Homesteaders & Gardeners) get together last September. We occasionally hold a small meetup here where we exchange ideas and training with others, often with ham radio involved.

    TOP’s question
    1. Did you watch either of the Democrat debates on CNN?
    I did, so:
    a. Do you think we will all be gone in 12 years unless the democrats save us from climate change, or is that now 10 years?
    b. Do you think Bernie Sanders can negotiate peace in the Middle East and end all conflicts there? He thinks he can
    c. Is Bernie Sanders a real person, or just a father time scarecrow with his arms flailing in the wind?
    d. All of the candidates are promising health care as a right, while denigrating the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Can anyone pick out the single point of failure in all of their plans?
    2. Can you define cisheteropatriarchy?
    Hint. If you are in California you may soon have to.
    3. The Federal Reserve just cut the prime rate by 25 basis points. Was this due to Trump or the low ECB (negative) rates?

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Installed the new 12,000 BTU window air conditioner in my office / lab / ham shack and I’m really enjoying it with the hot sticky days
    2. Replaced batteries in smoke detectors and replaced one detector
    3. Set out new fire extinguishers where they are ready @ hand if needed in the kitchen and laundry area.
    4. Installed a ladder rack in the new building.
    5. Installed some shelving in the new building.
    6. 2 5-gallon buckets from Home Depot for general storage. The last time I <bought” these, they were $2.00 and are now $3.75. Inflation over 20 years will do that, LOL.
    7. Received a 12-Pack of Sterilite 6 quart boxes with clear base, and latching lids. The decluttering and organization continues.
    8. 10-Pack of bankers boxes for more decluttering and organization.
    9. During declutter and organization operations I discovered my Barnett Wildcat crossbow and 12 arrows. It may need a new string; but, otherwise looks ready to start deer hunting with again.
    10. 3 pack of facial tissues
    11. 8 pack of paper towels
    12. Finally determined how to let PCMatic run all of my programs without complaining or stopping them. In stalled it on a few more machines. The machines all now run better.
    13. Sad news for our MAG. A 72 year old member, friend, practicing veterinarian and Vietnam era medic passed suddenly and unexpectedly this past week. As I age, perhaps my biggest real issues are the friends I’ve been losing.
    14. Received a NV100 Nanovault 100 Nano Pistol Safe for the new vehicle from woot.com

    1. Tops questions:

      1…Did you watch either of the Democrat debates on CNN?
      I did, so:
      a. Do you think we will all be gone in 12 years unless the democrats save us from climate change, or is that now 10 years?
      b. Do you think Bernie Sanders can negotiate peace in the Middle East and end all conflicts there? He thinks he can
      c. Is Bernie Sanders a real person, or just a father time scarecrow with his arms flailing in the wind?
      d. All of the candidates are promising health care as a right, while denigrating the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Can anyone pick out the single point of failure in all of their plans?
      2. Can you define cisheteropatriarchy?
      Hint. If you are in California you may soon have to.
      3. The Federal Reserve just cut the prime rate by 25 basis points. Was this due to Trump or the low ECB (negative) rates?

      1. No

      A No nuclear war maybe

      B He couldn’t win a fight even if they paid the other side to throw it.

      C He is a Family Guy ( the old child molester) character…..

      D Single payer, but loss of jobs….

      2. A socio-political system in which cisgender heterosexual men have authority over everyone else. Also, the way we describe society as fundamentally based on heterosexism, cissexism, sexism, and male dominance. Here, all actors are presumed to be heterosexual, cisgender, and operate in alignment with strict gender binary roles. Patriarchy is reliant upon ideologies of domination and the exploitation of all things related to the feminine, queerness, and transness. (Very strange dictionary) out of Michigan… LOL

      3 Maybe….. I believe they will collapse the economy before the 2020 election. Its the Democrats only hope other than election voter fraud.

      1. Good questions Thor, here are my answers:
        1. No
        a) No – The Dems can’t even save themselves. They are so split on so many facets.
        b) I doubt it. He doesn’t have the right barber.
        c) Old Bernie is a ‘wanna be’ candidate so bad, but not quite tall enough to grab the ring.
        What is scary however is that he has a following of young people.
        d) Pretty easy — Who pays?
        e) Heck no – I can’t even pronounce the word!
        f) Maybe a little of both maybe.

  10. TOP’s question

    1. Did you watch either of the Democrat debates on CNN? I watched a short amount from the first debate and that was more than enough to give me a headache. I didn’t expect the second debate to be an improvement.

    a. Do you think we will all be gone in 12 years unless the democrats save us from climate change, or is that now 10 years? I think the Democraps need to worry whether they will still be around in 10-12 years as a party.

    b. Do you think Bernie Sanders can negotiate peace in the Middle East and end all conflicts there? He thinks he can. Bernie Sanders is mentally ill. He is as a Democrap, as a socialist, and with his supposed skill at conflict resolution with a conflict in progress for the last 1,700 years and still going (like the Energizer Bunny). The Middle East makes the Northern Ireland issue look like a bunch of grade school kids having an argument over kick ball.

    c. Is Bernie Sanders a real person, or just a father time scarecrow with his arms flailing in the wind? He’s a real jerk-off.

    d. All of the candidates are promising health care as a right, while denigrating the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Can anyone pick out the single point of failure in all of their plans? The single point of failure is where the hell is the money going to come from? Not enough “rich” people to pay for it, even if all of the rich Democraps chip in.

    2. Can you define cisheteropatriarchy? Near as I can determine, it means government by rich, straight men.

    3. The Federal Reserve just cut the prime rate by 25 basis points. Was this due to Trump or the low ECB (negative) rates? Hard to tell exactly. Could be either/or. Time to get rid of the Fed anyway.

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      1. Did you watch either of the Democrat debates on CNN? I watched a short amount from the first debate and that was more than enough to give me a headache. I didn’t expect the second debate to be an improvement.

      Actually the second debate was really entertaining. It was a circular firing squad with Sleepy Joe in the middle. I was sorting, organizing, decluttering and putting up some shelving with the debate as background noise, so it wasn’t a total waste of 6 hours.

      d. All of the candidates are promising health care as a right, while denigrating the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Can anyone pick out the single point of failure in all of their plans? The single point of failure is where the hell is the money going to come from? Not enough “rich” people to pay for it, even if all of the rich Democraps chip in.

      You can in the short run always print money; but, you cannot print new doctors willing to work for pennies. My E.R. doc friend was visiting today, and she’s already thinking of retiring in her late 50’s since the paperwork and the B.E> is already too much. She will however be keeping her license up to date, so our MAG will still have an on call Doc.

      2. Can you define cisheteropatriarchy? Near as I can determine, it means government by rich, straight men.

      That’s very good and by the new California education standards, a bad thing along with the oppression of capitalism. If you live in the PDRK you should get out and if you’re stuck, home school your kids.

      3. The Federal Reserve just cut the prime rate by 25 basis points. Was this due to Trump or the low ECB (negative) rates? Hard to tell exactly. Could be either/or. Time to get rid of the Fed anyway.

      I think it’s the ECB since their treasury notes are offering a negative interest rate, so even our current 2% stable T bills look like a great investment to foreign capital.

      1. TOP,

        The problem is liberals/socialists seem to think it’s OK to just print money until you run out of paper and ink. Anyone with the slightest education in economics (non-Keynesian that is), knows better. They damned sure haven’t read Adam Smith.

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          The problem is liberals/socialists seem to think it’s OK to just print money until you run out of paper and ink. Anyone with the slightest education in economics (non-Keynesian that is), knows better. They damned sure haven’t read Adam Smith.

          I agree that printed money with no GDP to back it always ends up badly; but, I’m not sure they haven’t read Adam Smith and may even understand Bastiat’s broken window; but, like a criminal who knows robbing banks is illegal, they can keep doing what they want until they get caught (tossed out of office). It may not even be ignorance of economics; but, blatant disregard for its effects, as long as they get to stay in power. When Elizabeth Warren discusses her health care plan and taking billions from the evil insurance and pharmaceutical companies, she does it with a gleam in her eye and toughness in her voice that reminds me of the wicked witch of the west.
          In any case, my point is that however you come up with the money, slavery is illegal and doctors cannot be forced to work for nothing. As it is now we still often see NP’s instead of doctors, with the doc doing a follow-up. Why would anyone spend 10 years and $250,000.00 to be placed into medical servitude?

          1. My son is a lawyer, a good lawyer can argue both sides of any subject. If, if I was tasked with a national healthcare system I would implement VA for all. Military officers earn a good income and many get a free education at the service academies. If the Goverment can run Annapolis and West Point it can run medical schools. My wife went to nursing school on a state grant and works for an agency that provides nurses for children on Medicaid. Just expand both programs to cover all nurse’s training and child healthcare. She is being paid $30 an hour, no telling how much the staffing agency is getting to cover expenses and shareholder profit.

            I am on Medicare and I see a male NP for my care. He is very competent and concerned with my well being. If I had a Ferrari I would have to take it to a Ferrari dealership and pay huge money to have the brake pads changed. American medical care treats every skint knee and common cold as if every person was a Ferrari when 95% of visits just need a brake job on a Pinto.
            Don’t get me started on drug prices, most research is done at public colleges and then the drug companies hire the lead researcher and claim they own the patent. We have been lead to believe that new drugs can only be developed with billions of American citizens dollars, ignoring the fact that some of the biggest drug companies are foreign owned.

            So you love you subsidized workplace insurance, wonderful but what of the other half of Americans who can not get that and pay huge medical bills while you get a low bill negotiate by your group plan. I would not eliminate private insurance, I would just eliminate group plans and ban negotiated prices. Medical care is a necessity just as food is, would you think nothing of paying $2 for steak because you had a group food plan while the cashier at the store had to pay $10 for hamburger because she was not given food insurance by her employer? Think about it.

          2. Daddio7,

            My son is a lawyer, a good lawyer can argue both sides of any subject. If, if I was tasked with a national healthcare system I would implement VA for all. Military officers earn a good income and many get a free education at the service academies.

            True; but, there is a big difference, being that academy attendees are often the cream of the crop, have obligations they must meet upon graduation, and are subject to the UCMJ, so lackluster performance or lazy attitudes are neither permitted nor tolerated. Try that in the private sector and the ACLU will stop you cold.

            If the Goverment can run Annapolis and West Point it can run medical schools.

            Perhaps; but, getting a history professor to teach at the war college is a far cry from getting a specialist physician to teach for peanuts for the government, when they can make better money in the private sector.
            In a similar vein, I’ve often thought that public housing has a good model in the military boot camps. Everyone has quarters, everyone has medical care and is fed (at the mess hall); but, more importantly, everyone has a job to do. Some could do maintenance; some run the kitchen and mess hall, some run the day care, and some have off campus work and others get training. There would be no one sitting around watching soap operas, fighting, doing drugs, or general vandalism. Beyond subsistence each could earn a small wage, saved for them in an account they could access, either a bit at a time, or to finally get out on their own and leave all the rules behind, living free of the drill instructors and the rules.

            My wife went to nursing school on a state grant and works for an agency that provides nurses for children on Medicaid. Just expand both programs to cover all nurse’s training and child healthcare.

            Was she actually trained by the state or did they just pay for it, and like the service academies, required some post graduation service?

            She is being paid $30 an hour, no telling how much the staffing agency is getting to cover expenses and shareholder profit.

            That’s good for her for now; but, where does the actual money for the program originate? Taxpayers I suspect.

            I am on Medicare and I see a male NP for my care. He is very competent and concerned with my well being.

            The DW and I are also on Medicare and see an actual physician for our basic wellness care. Specialists usually start with a visit by an NP and a quick follow-up with the physician.
            In your case an NP for primary care seems interesting, since Florida has about 1,400,000 people on Medicare out of a total population of about 21,300,000 or 7%. Ohio has about the same number on Medicare with a population of only 11,700,000 or 12%. We most often see NP’s along with specialists or to augment primary care docs.

            If I had a Ferrari I would have to take it to a Ferrari dealership and pay huge money to have the brake pads changed. American medical care treats every skint knee and common cold as if every person was a Ferrari when 95% of visits just need a brake job on a Pinto.

            That can be true; but, is in part left to the discretion of both the patient and the medical provider and in my case, we try simple things first. My doc has on occasion told us what OTC med to get and where. Mucinex for instance is just Guaifenesin (an Expectorant) and told us the stuff at the local Dollar Tree works fine, which it did.

            Don’t get me started on drug prices, most research is done at public colleges and then the drug companies hire the lead researcher and claim they own the patent. We have been lead to believe that new drugs can only be developed with billions of American citizens dollars, ignoring the fact that some of the biggest drug companies are foreign owned.

            Mostly true; but, some of the big expenses they have to prepare for are the human clinical trials and a pile of cash for the expected litigation.
            Creating a drug that cures thousands of people of anything is good; but, let one person in those thousands have an adverse reaction, and the lawyers will often squeeze millions from the companies. Malpractice is another expense that also hits doctors, often when your outcome wasn’t what you expected, even though it was explained to you, causing the docs to do defensive medicine and ordering every test possible to cover their backsides. Tort reform would help a lot; but, stupid greedy people and the politicians that exploit them for votes make that highly improbable.

            So you love you subsidized workplace insurance, wonderful but what of the other half of Americans who can not get that and pay huge medical bills while you get a low bill negotiate by your group plan.

            Quite often that group plan offered by an employer is a benefit in lieu of salary or wages, so nothing is free. The whole idea of employer based health insurance was started by government actions in WW II. Look for the story of Henry Kaiser and the liberty ships.

            I would not eliminate private insurance, I would just eliminate group plans and ban negotiated prices.

            The last tax law expanded those group plans, allowing any group to form and negotiate prices. Affiliations like unions, large church organizations, and others have taken advantage of this and it’s not any worse an idea than labor unions or cooperatives.

            Medical care is a necessity just as food is, would you think nothing of paying $2 for steak because you had a group food plan while the cashier at the store had to pay $10 for hamburger because she was not given food insurance by her employer? Think about it.

            I think you are mixing metaphors here.
            In my case I do pay less for steak (and ground beef, and roasts) than others, because my small group purchased a steer from the farmer, instead of a piece at a time from the grocery. Should I be banned from doing that?
            That cashier could no doubt join a food cooperative, and get a better price on steak and other foods with the purchasing power of the larger group, or with enough people behind her, get and employer benefit for a food subsidy.

    2. Zulu,
      Are you a lost brother of mine? we agree completely…on your answers,… full disclosure..I did not watch any of either debate, saw plenty on brief segments covered by You tube news reporters i watch ..regular. We access all thru internet. no tv.utilized..no reception..I did not know the big word.. I don’t “do” big words. Sometimes have trouble pronouncing the short ones… just don’t want to be bothered with big ones.. My DH loves to play with them., words are just not my “love”.
      Re: Bernie mentally ill and jerk off are just two of the adjectives that come to mind, some others are ” sell out” ,”sle-eze bag”, “money grubber” – Yeah how did he gain so much money thru a job that pays small beans.. I know his wife was “rich” in her own right , but tracing that money trail will prove how much of it was gained legitimately.
      Bernie let it slip in a interview this past week it would cost the recipients significant money… from what i could get from the comments – there and other places-more than our total income for a month, every month. Now that would be more than a weight loss program.!
      Zulu, Many places mince words on spontaneous abortion,( intentional) abortion and miscarriage, pregnancy loss and tubal pregnancy. You already know a tubal pregnancy is a loss, emotionally and is life threatening to the mother. Not removing a tubal pregnancy is a death sentence.
      I Have a friend in India, Their culture values EVERY pregnancy. His wife became pregnant in tube. Hospital did not want to abort the child, They were able to move the embryo to her uterus and she carried baby full term. she has had 2 more children since.

      1. Anonamo Also,

        You already know a tubal pregnancy is a loss, emotionally and is life threatening to the mother. Not removing a tubal pregnancy is a death sentence.

        Indeed it is. When my DW had her tubal pregnancy, the tube burst and the surgeons had some real cleanup. She still had all of the hormones and emotional feelings of a ”real” pregnancy and a few years later we had our daughter, now grown & gone, so I guess all’s well that ends well.

      2. AA,

        I know that in a few ectopic pregnancies, the surgeons can try to re-implant the embryo in the uterus. Usually, those are done when the embryo has originally implanted itself close to the uterus. The problem is not all re-implanted embryos “take,” and they end up in a spontaneous abortion, and the OB-GYN has to go back in and D&C the deceased embryo’s remains out. Double the trouble and emotional upset for the mom.

        In my daughter’s case, the embryo implanted at the other end of the tube, close to the ovary. They originally suspected they would have to take her ovary too (based on imaging), but when they got inside, it was decided the ovary was OK and could be left alone.

        1. Zulu, I’m just glad precious daughter got the medical care SHE needed promptly., and is recovering,physically and mentally with support surrounded by those that love her.She needs that ovary for hormones.leaving those is a good call -almost always.
          Of course every case is different, it has only been a few years since this was done- at that time i had not heard of it being effective.
          . Not all are aware that those embryo’s can sometimes be saved and reimplanted.in proper location.. India seems to have done a lot of work on getting these to stay viable.. I am guessing they give some hormones to encourage..implantation. Take care and give the Grand baby and MOm an extra hug

          1. AA,

            Thanks. #1 daughter will be fine I think. She certainly has the support of both sides of her family. Granddaughter knows something has happened involving her mommy and that mommy can’t pick her up or hold her and isn’t asking (daddy, abuela, and I have filled in there). She has been very well behaved (which is normal for her anyway).

  11. I only have the energy to concentrate on one project at a time so last week that was fixing up the used boat I bought. I got the trailer lights working and the tilt rim on the motor. Wednesday we took it out. I haven’t driving a boat in 33 years but I still got it. The motor is slow to rev up but at two thirds throttle it jumps to full song. Any less and it drops back off plane so some linkage tinkering needs to be done.
    It was a prep as we practiced fish catching. My wife caught a good sized channel cat and not to be outdone I fished until I caught a small bream. My wife sat uncomplaining as I did this when she should have been telling me she was getting overheated. She lasted long enough to get the boat trailered, even wading in to pull the boat on the trailer after the motor conked before I could get fully on the trailer. She spent the half hour trip home throwing up and stayed in bed until the next afternoon. The question for this is how does a 52 year old slightly overweight woman who works nights and does not like exercise prepare for loss of air conditioning and fast food?

    My homestead prep is the new well, four inch casing, 150 feet deep with a one hp submersible pump. As long as I have 220 volt electricity I have access to ten gallons a minute of good water. My old shallow well is still usable with a hand pump but the water gets unpalatable if it is not pumped steadily. I will have to see if there is room to put a deep well hand pump alongside the electric submersible pump. Unfortunately if you go deep enough to get iron free water you get sulfur water, it gives off sulfur dioxide gas that can have a bad odor and worse converts to sulfuric acid that corrodes refrigerator and AC coils. My water has little smell but I am installing an aerator to vent this gas. The aerator is a 150 gal fiberglass tank with screened vents that you spray the water into the top of. This requires a separate pump and pressure tank to send the aerated water into the home. My outside faucets and irrigation system will come off the well so as to not drain the aerator tank.

    Where I live in north Florida I can drive 20 minutes on one road and not have have any cell phone signal and I can drive 50 minutes on three other roads and be surrounded by a million people.

    1. Daddio7,
      I am just a few years ahead of your DW,. I worked in a very hot enviroment for a good while.(6 years)I had never worked in temps of 120-140 degrees inside trailers, but the seasonal adjustments helped, the gradual increase….extra breaks were scheduled because of extreme heat.. I would suggest finding a nutritional shake (higher protein and lower in carbs..)she likes to have on hand for her to use as a cold/cool drink..to get in nutritional needs while boosting her liquids. Guessing she will sweat heavily and tolerate poor…(like fishing trip not realize it til too late.) She will need K2 and magnesium, and other electrolytes.epsom salt foot soaks will boost and stop many heat stress cramps, just rinse feet afterward and dry and moisturize. Home made electrolyte replacer…would be another necessity to help her adjust. using unsweet koolaid type powder flavored mix she prefers, a small amount of cane sugar, salt and NO salt,(sodium and potassium, in equal amounts) goes a long way to rebalance
      Loosing the fast food will help the abdominal fat loss.(many who carry abdominal fat have difficulty with heat)..and will improve breathing., and in proportion some of the heat tolerance…Using wet towels, or one of the sports towels- avail in camping sections of big box stores.( the ones that are dampened and slung and chill).. will help via cooling heavy vascular regions of neck and head…look up the appetite hormones, and the hunger hormones and how to control those hormones. Ghrelin is a good place to start.
      If lack of air conditioner is from winter, the adjustment will be gradual, challenging. but possible.
      The sudden changes are not easy.. I would suggest cooking outside., washing down with white vinegar, the towels..both wet and activated ones. keeping plenty ice in freezer to transfer to an ice chest.. for short term events. growing hydroponic lettuce in 2 liter bottle, can give assess all year even if you lived in he north. as close to natural food as one can get will help with reducing the desire for those foods. about 72 hours is critical after that not as hard…
      Hope some off these things help.

    2. Daddio7,

      She spent the half hour trip home throwing up and stayed in bed until the next afternoon. The question for this is how does a 52 year old slightly overweight woman who works nights and does not like exercise prepare for loss of air conditioning and fast food?

      It takes will power to lose that weight and working up to exercise a bit at a time, since I know of no one that likes exercise
      In 2006 @ age 55 I hit the scales @ 235 and for a 5’ 6” person that is grossly obese. I pictured myself looking like some of the people I knew who were big round balls with tiny feet that were always huffing and puffing, and decided to do something about it. I started weighing my food and counting calories and in 6 months I had lost 60 pounds. I now weigh about 145 and feel great.
      The bottom line is that any personal change from excessively drinking alcohol to smoking cigarettes, exercising or losing weight, only works if you really want to do it, so hopefully she will have that epiphany and take those first steps.
      The DW and I also like fast food and will often (3-5 times per month) stop at a Burger King or Wendy’s for lunch, at least trying to eat healthier fare.

      My homestead prep is the new well, four inch casing, 150 feet deep with a one hp submersible pump. As long as I have 220 volt electricity I have access to ten gallons a minute of good water.

      Sounds like it’s time for a good generator. Our 16 KW Generac provides 120 / 240 volts to the house and can run everything, with the well pump, sump pump, and refrigeration being the most important.
      If you live in hurricane country, this would also be a good hedge for that.

      Unfortunately if you go deep enough to get iron free water you get sulfur water, it gives off sulfur dioxide gas that can have a bad odor and worse converts to sulfuric acid

      We have some iron and lime in our water; but, a good softener can easily remove both. We installed a Kinetico non-electric softening system when we purchased this place back in 1986, and except for changing the sediment filters and adding salt, have been very pleased with its operation.

      Where I live in north Florida I can drive 20 minutes on one road and not have have any cell phone signal

      Here at the house we only get a good signal with Verizon. AT&T mostly works; but, T-Mobile and Sprint phones are just paperweights. You might check with other carriers, keeping in mind that they all seem to lie about their coverage areas.
      If you have friends with other carriers, you could take a poll on where their phones work and don’t work to draw your own map.
      Here at the house our best phone service is still the trusty old POTS landline (with DSL for internet).

      1. Maybe you missed it, three weeks ago I got a Westinghouse 7500 kw dual fuel generator. Turns out here you can’t hook a portable generator to a stationary LP tank. I will have to buy multiple 30 lb tanks (I can’t lift a 100 lb one and 40 lb tanks cost twice as much as a 30)

        Five years ago my wife was in a medical study a received a free ADD medication, she turned into super-wife. She lost 40 lbs and was able to attend nursing school and make top grades. She was so different she change her name, going by her first name instead of the middle name she had been using all her life. When she started making money her ACA plan went to $950 a month so she got her company plan that did not cover the $300 a month for the medication. Super wife has lost most of her powers and is ready to pay whatever to get back on the good stuff. Her company was just acquired by a larger company with real insurance so maybe the new plan will cover some of it. I know, group plan but you do what you have to, right.

        When I talked about no cell coverage I was remarking how isolated the small fishing and retirement community on the river was even though an hour’s drive in three different directions would put you in a large city. On my road DSL and cable stops a mile and a half away. Without my Hughesnet satellite dish I would’t have internet.

        1. Daddio7,

          Maybe you missed it, three weeks ago I got a Westinghouse 7500 kw dual fuel generator. Turns out here you can’t hook a portable generator to a stationary LP tank. I will have to buy multiple 30 lb tanks (I can’t lift a 100 lb one and 40 lb tanks cost twice as much as a 30)

          Now that you mention it I do remember; but, just a lot going on around here.
          I have a question? What makes a generator portable vs. stationary?
          Would a small concrete slab and some U Bolts make the generator permanent enough? My Generac 16KW weighs about 420 pounds and is definitely not portable; but, installation was a bag of large gravel and a small concrete slab upon which it sits. Nothing short of a direct tornado strike will be moving it.

          Five years ago my wife was in a medical study a received a free ADD medication, she turned into super-wife. She lost 40 lbs and was able to attend nursing school and make top grades. She was so different she change her name, going by her first name instead of the middle name she had been using all her life.

          I know that when I lost those 60 pounds (now 90), I was a new person and not only liked; but, wanted to keep the new guy.

          When she started making money her ACA plan went to $950 a month so she got her company plan that did not cover the $300 a month for the medication. Super wife has lost most of her powers and is ready to pay whatever to get back on the good stuff. Her company was just acquired by a larger company with real insurance so maybe the new plan will cover some of it. I know, group plan but you do what you have to, right.

          The small company I worked for had to let some of us use the ACA plan and my Bronze plan was $1400.00 per month with an $8000.00 deductable.
          Aging out and moving the DW and me to Medicare was a definite benefit; but, even then, the supplemental and part D plans had to be scrutinized to make sure the formulary covered our needs. Life is just not simple, and we have to deal with it.

          When I talked about no cell coverage I was remarking how isolated the small fishing and retirement community on the river was even though an hour’s drive in three different directions would put you in a large city. On my road DSL and cable stops a mile and a half away. Without my Hughesnet satellite dish I would’t have internet.

          Been there, done that, and hopefully your area will catch up.
          I started out with dialup @ 1200 & 2400; but, was able to get 19,000 & 23,000 with a special very expensive modem made by the now defunct Telebit Corporation. V.92 upped the dialup speed to 52K and then I opted for satellite via DIRECWAY (now Hughes net); but, Gen 1 was relatively slow and expensive, and the latency was often a problem telecommuting to work. I then moved to a WISP (Wireless ISP) getting 3-5 Mbps with some occasional issues. I live 11,800 feet from my central office and eventually 1.5 Mbps DSL was available followed by 5.0 Mbps DSL with promises for 25 Mbps eventually.
          All of this of course is based not only on the length of the wire from the office; but, also the age and quality of the wire.
          Considering the deployment of the telephone system was just over 100 years ago, the fact that I can type something here in Ohio and you will soon be seeing it in Florida, is still rather miraculous.
          I suspect you will also eventually have higher speeds available at somepoint.

        2. Daddio7, If your wife took provigil for ADD,( it is one of many drugs used for that) it’s precursor is/ has been available . In case you are not familiar the precursor is the original substance, in this case,provigil is made from, the body can convert it and is normally in the body in some amount. name is adrafinil. ( I did a quick check is available 30 caps/26$, nootropics depot.)We got several times had to encapsulate it. in single “0” capsules. My DH took it for a time for sleep apnea and side effects from the apnea episodes..Dr wanted to put him on provigil again and cost was beyond our ability to pay. ..even as a generic. adrafinil costs was 30$ for 50 days … The reason he took was that he maintained wakefulness during the day, enabling a deeper more restful sleep at night because of sleep cycle changes. It minimized his apnea.

  12. Another shooting, Dayton Ohio at a bar…9 dead 16 injured. The person knew bars are basically gun free zones. If you drink, 6ou can’t carry.

    These shootings come after ISIS made threats to kill people in America.

    Could they be red flags from the deep state? To attempt to disarm Americans?

    What a stupid argument, there is a bad guy with a gun that’s going to kill you unless you give us your guns. Yeah right…

    Buy stock in body armor…… And body armor…

    https://safelifedefense.com/body-armor-guide/

      1. Overwatch,

        Buy magazines, ammo, and weapons too.

        I pretty much have all of those I need, except perhaps for my first Glock.
        I also don’t call them weapons.
        This is standard NRA instruction where we call them ”Defensive firearms”, since ”weapon” and especially ”Assault Weapons” are terms used by the enemy and we should allow them no quarter even in the semantics of terms and definitions.
        I just saw an interview / press conference with the Dayton mayor, who mentioned that the weapon used in the shooting was a “Two Hundred and Twenty Three large capacity magazine”. It made no sense; but, like most pols. They often pass legislation that makes little sense based on even littler knowledge.

        1. TOP,

          I avoid calling them guns. Life was not good if you called your rifle a gun in Marine boot camp. Weapon was acceptable, however.

          The more politicians (especially Democraps) talk about firearms, the more they display their gross ignorance.

          1. Thor1,

            My drill instructors didn’t play that singing game. They started with a slap upside your head and finished with “bends and thrusts until I’m tired.”

        2. As an old Infantry NCO, it’s weapon. It’s one of the tools of the only trade I really know. As Zulu and Thor said, weapon. It has been alleged that I own and carry weapons everywhere. Guns are usually in reference to crew served weapons. A cannon is a gun, for example.

    1. Thor1,

      Another shooting, Dayton Ohio at a bar…9 dead 16 injured. The person knew bars are basically gun free zones. If you drink, 6ou can’t carry.

      True; but, a choice I’ve made many times, since generally gunpowder and alcohol don’t mix well (tastes horrible, LOL). We can carry in an establishment that serves alcohol; but, may not drink while carrying, which I think is a perfectly sane choice. Pick one, and if the only way you can have fun is to drink, then it’s on you.
      And BTW that’s now 10 dead & 17 injured in Dayton.

      These shootings come after ISIS made threats to kill people in America.

      Perhaps; but, I think ”post hoc, ergo propter hoc” applies here.

      Could they be red flags from the deep state? To attempt to disarm Americans?

      Yes; but, they could also be aliens or time travelers; however, I’m betting on another loser with mental problems.

      What a stupid argument, there is a bad guy with a gun that’s going to kill you unless you give us your guns. Yeah right

      That works as well as any other argument they make, like the rich will pay for all of us to have health care or Trump is a racist for saying things about Baltimore first said by Bernie who is not a racist. BTW, I saw interviews with Biltmore residents who agreed with Trump.

      Buy stock in body armor…… And body armor

      I’ll be ordering 2 cover me seats next week and staying away from large crowds, which is general SOP.

      1. Top, prayers to all except the gunmen in these cases.

        I totally agree not to carry while drinking… That would be a GUI pronounced gooey. It would be like the old west.

        Been watching the news, Dems cling for more gun laws.

        The worst thing is its school season again. I believe there will be more shootings until the Dems can get a new law passed which will do nothing.

        Kamala Harris is talking executive order which doesn’t pass the smell test as the 2A is a right.

        1. Thor1,

          Kamala Harris is a mentally ill idiot like Bernie and every other Democrap politician.

          I like how she puffs herself up as an African-American, when she is only 1/4-black, or as they used to be called, a quadroon. However, I will concede she has far more black in her than Elizabeth Warren has Native American.

          1. Z36, very funny….

            I bet CNN’s rating goes up as people watch what the other side is doing.

            Kamala said universal background checks. That is already happening unless its a private seller or fàmily member.

  13. TOP,

    ”Post hoc, ergo propter hoc” is a very common Democrap way of looking at things in order to fit their agenda, not just guns.

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      TOP,
      ”Post hoc, ergo propter hoc” is a very common Democrap way of looking at things in order to fit their agenda, not just guns.

      I agree; but, in my case the Post Hoc fallacy was in response to Thor1’s implication that ISIL may have instigated the shootings in El Paso & Dayton when he stated:
      ”These shootings come after ISIS made threats to kill people in America.“
      That fallacy along with others like the ”Petitio Principii” and statistical percentages are used all too often, showing either ignorance or subterfuge on the part of the user and ignorance or naiveté on the part of the consumers.
      I think that may not only be part of why Trump was elected; but, one of the things that upsets people the most is his unsophisticated truth in a rhetorical and obfuscating swamp.
      ”Affordable” care act and Gun ”safety”</strong legislation, come to mind as examples.
      You are not supposed to know what’s behind the curtain.

  14. They are releasing some interesting info on the Ohio shooting. One of the so called victims, was the shooters sister. Some of the other victims and his sister arrived in the same car ??? The shooter was a registered Democrat. Were any of these people in a drama club in highschool? Just a thought……

    1. Thor1,

      They are releasing some interesting info on the Ohio shooting.
      One of the so called victims, was the shooters sister.

      ”So called victims”?
      Are you really Bernie Sanders trying to stir up trouble, since you are talking like him? They’ve been covering it with local Dayton news and she really was this whack jobs sister.
      Some of the other victims and his sister arrived in the same car ??? The shooter was a registered Democrat. Were any of these people in a drama club in highschool? Just a thought
      Et too Thor1?
      They been interviewing some of the family members of the victims who are really pissed at these kind of allegations
      Occam ’s razor tells us that the conspiracies are the least likely cause, when you see the background on the losers who perpetrate acts like this.
      And people wonder why I go armed every time I step out of the house (even when on my own property). Well some people may wonder; but, not the DW or most neighbors.

      1. TOP,

        I am wondering exactly what the sister’s place in all of this is. I doubt seriously that she was a co-conspirator. That leaves two things: he intended to kill her too, or she was collateral damage. Personally, I lean towards collateral damage.

        I give the Dayton Police an A++ for their response. They responded about as fast as humanly possible, but when some clown is shooting as fast as he can with an AR variant with a 100-round double-drum magazine into a highly crowded place, people are going to get hurt before the cops can get there. Their ballsy and rapid response most assuredly saved many more lives and injuries. I’m also very glad that none of the officers were killed though they were running into the mouth of the beast.

  15. Hi All,

    I am just checking in. Zulu, I am sorry to hear about your daughter’s miscarriage. That is really tough.

    I took a bad fall carrying in a rug; I sprained my hand pretty bad. Three of my neighbors are nurses so I was able to knock on my friend’s door and get immediate advise.

    My dh and dd just got back from LA, visiting our granddaughter. My son and daughter-in-law are thinking about moving to Colorado. I hope they do.

    I had to put my cat down this week. He was a 26 lb. Tom Cat. He loved ice water. Every time I filled up my Teva cup he asked for ice water. Now I think about him every time I get ice water. My sweet Bobo had become incontinent. It’s funny. I was the only person who could pet him or pick him up. My dh was afraid of his fangs; and yet my dh fed him just about every morning. I will miss him.

    1. Bam Bam,

      Thanks for the thoughts on my daughter. She went back to work today, so we’ll see how that goes.

      Sorry about your cat. Those fur babies are just like having children. Good sized cat too.

      Sorry to hear about your wrist. You’ve been having a streak of bad luck regarding injuries. Hope that goes away.

    2. Bam Bam,

      I took a bad fall carrying in a rug; I sprained my hand pretty bad. Three of my neighbors are nurses so I was able to knock on my friend’s door and get immediate advise.

      Good to know you have medical assistance close. Have you thought about starting a loose MAG with one or more of them? You don’t have to go full prepper mode; but, starting out with scenarios like supporting each other during hurricanes, could be an opening that could grow.
      As for your fall, did you not learn how to fall in your martial arts training?
      That was the first thing we learned and practiced decades ago; but, once learned, it does tick with you. I was at a gathering in August 2015 (age 64) and took a fall down a loose step on to a hard wood floor. I tucked, rolled, and took a beat receiving nothing more than a small insignificant bruise on my elbow. As you age, practiced techniques like these can be very helpful.

      I had to put my cat down this week. He was a 26 lb. Tom Cat. He loved ice water. Every time I filled up my Teva cup he asked for ice water. Now I think about him every time I get ice water. My sweet Bobo had become incontinent. It’s funny. I was the only person who could pet him or pick him up. My dh was afraid of his fangs; and yet my dh fed him just about every morning. I will miss him.

      My best cat was put down about 15 years ago @ age 20. She was also incontinent and nearly blind. Rescued her as a not yet weaned kitten and she was my constant friend and companion. Her name was P.J. (long story there) and putting her down was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
      They really are family members and I still often miss her.

  16. BamBam, glad you had medical help close, sorry about your fur baby… I also had an injury this sat., lower back-sciatica, I was able to realign vertebrae, but muscle spasms have kept me best friends with heating pad.just now getting mobile again and not up to snuff yet.

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