What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 56: August 4th – August 10th 2019

veggie garden during the summer

Hello, Pack. The weather has been so normal this week it is kind of creepy. We have had hot summer heat – but not too much of it AND rain – but not too much of it either. This type of a rational weather pattern hasn’t happened in these parts for nearly two years.

Forest school with the grandkiddos was a huge success this week. They are not only turning into awesome foragers, they also took their first solo woods hike.

Alright, I was on the road below them and could have caught them if they slid down the bank, but still, that’s quite impressive for 3 ½ and 4 ½ years old.

I could see them through the foliage, but they would have to look fairly hard to see me. I walked ahead and told them what tree to look for to meet me to hop back down, and they found the oak with the wiggly branch without any problem.

kids hiking in the woods on their own

I spent a lot of time weeding in the garden this week and that is surely what i am going to have to do this weekend. I have also done a lot foraging since many of the wildflowers I want for herbal remedies will be gone soon. I cannot believe it is August already.

A few of the kiddos and I made all natural herbicide – specifically designed to kill those dang Japanese beetles. I am paying $.10 for each beetle found and stomped to the kids, they are turning into quite the little bad bug assassins.

Today I made red clover lemonade and red clover tea. There is a pretty significant group of people that this natural medicinal plant is not recommended for due to other medications and conditions.

Fortunately, only one person in our extended tribe is unable to use red clover. I pick it with the kiddos during forest school sessions in the summer and then dry it for later use or use fresh flowers to make tinctures.

kids helping with homesteading chores

There is only one thing about red clover that baffles me… the name. I cannot possibly be the only person on the planet that thinks it is straight up purple – right?

The new horse in our herd is working out well. Some preppers do not see horses as a prep, but I definitely do. Even if the SHTF event has nothing to do with an EMP or solar flare, the domino effect after a long-term disaster leads me to strongly believe the light switches will eventually stop working.

If we are either suddenly or over time forced to live an 1800s existence, horses will once again be the primary mode of transportation. A survivalist homesteader that develops ferrier skills, be able to be a livestock first responder and make their own animal natural medications, and have a horse pulled wagon will have a lucrative post-SHTF career.

This Week’s Questions

  1. Do you forage red clover? If so, how do you use it in food or medicine?
  2. What do you think about the reemergence to prominence of horses during a long-term disaster?
  3. What post-SHTF career are you best equipped to do?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

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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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70 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 56: August 4th – August 10th 2019

  1. 1 no

    2 possible however unlikely except in very rural areas, it takes a lot to feed them, far more likely is that people will use wood gassification or biodiesel.

    3 same thing i do now i guess

    4. i don’t recall it all, sold a stack of hardwood lumber i hd in the barn, made a good profit on it, built an 8×11 sed to sell, sold 8 cords of firewood (real cords) stacked 5 more face cords, finished the side room on the barn now that the lumber was out of the way, stacked the huge piles of lumber i had into organized piles (one for 2x4s, 1 for siding, etc, rather than mixed, took a day to do it all). put more siding up on my cabin, so i am not in a tar paper shack anymore, rented a backhoe and put in drainage ditches so i won’t del with spring swamping anymore, put in a few culverts too, pulled most of the stumps from the garden area and all the rocks i could find. biked about 15 miles. replaced the second story floor in my cabin (cut it out 2 years ago because i hit my head on the ceiling, amish did shit work and ceiling was way too low on first floor, put new one in 10 nches higher than the old one). bought a used propane kitchen stove, much better than using a folding camp stove or dutch oven (wood stove cooking only an option in winter). also got a phone card to list that stuff i sold online that i sold, a side benefit is that i can come here.

      1. no, but i have many small ones, last time i counted i had 23 of those 20lb grill type tanks. i have a tendency to pick them up at the scrapyard where i can get them for $5 (i dig through the dumpster full of them to cherry pick the ones with modern 3 point odp valves on them) i takes those to a truck stop where i exchange them for a brand new full tank for $14 (price went up though, not sure what it is now), so for about $19 i was getting a new full tank of propane, compared to paying $45-60 for a new empty tank and then having it filled for another $15. this also removed the possibility of the tank being defective (why they might have been scrapped). i use folding camp stoves and portable heaters and such sometimes and go through about 2 or 3 tanks a year (which i get filled once a year when i have a couple to do together).

        not sure if it counts as part of the week or next weekend but i just built a raised floor in my pole barn to keep hay on (better than pallets) and just arranged a sale for the 4 cords of split seasoned poplar i had listed for sale for $500. buyer coming this afternoon, when thats done my entire firewood inventory, except some pine campfire wood and boiler wood, will have been sold, the earliest in the year that i have ever sold out. past winter was long, cold, started 40 days early, and lasted longer than ususal too, everyone ran out and was buying anything by february, seems they took to heart the experience and folks are buying early and often this year.

        1. Nemoseto,

          no, but i have many small ones, last time i counted i had 23 of those 20lb grill type tanks. i have a tendency to pick them up at the scrapyard where i can get them for $5 (i dig through the dumpster full of them to cherry pick the ones with modern 3 point odp valves on them) i takes those to a truck stop where i exchange them for a brand new full tank for $14 (price went up though, not sure what it is now), so for about $19 i was getting a new full tank of propane, compared to paying $45-60 for a new empty tank and then having it filled for another $15

          This is too funny. I do the same thing, often finding old tanks abandoned along the old country roads, sitting out where they may be seen, often with the previous owner just wanting them to go away. We do the tank exchange at the local Wal-Mart and they never even look at the old tank. It’s been a while; but, the last exchange was $17.00 + sales tax, making it about $3.80 per gallon when our last fill of the tank farm was only $0.959 (95.9 cents); but, we do get a new tank that would normally run around $30.00.

          i use folding camp stoves and portable heaters and such sometimes and go through about 2 or 3 tanks a year (which i get filled once a year when i have a couple to do together).

          We use a BBQ grill, a few buddy heaters, and have a patio gas fueled Fire Table we’ve yet to set up; but, are in the plans.

          not sure if it counts as part of the week or next weekend but i just built a raised floor in my pole barn to keep hay on (better than pallets)

          It counts if you count it. We’re still using a large palate; but, only store enough hay for our little horse so it’s sufficient.

          past winter was long, cold, started 40 days early, and lasted longer than ususal too, everyone ran out and was buying anything by february, seems they took to heart the experience and folks are buying early and often this year.

          This was a rather mild winter here, and the 1423 gallons of propane was the smallest summer fill in quite a while.
          We burned no wood this past winter, so we still have a cord or two of well seasoned wood on hand, if we need it; however, their plight is your gain, and glad to hear you’re making some good money this early.

        2. nemoseto,

          I do the same. A person in our little prep group worked at the local dump and he said people would through them away and he would get some that looked good. He gave me 4 and I took them to WM and traded them out. Cost was $15 for a full, certified tank. He doesn’t work there anymore, so I am looking on FB marketplace for some more. I have only a few on hand. It’s supposed to be a brutal winter this year.

  2. I did my low-carb grocery shopping this week. Added a little to my stash as usual. Did some weekly cooking. Well, I lied. My shopping wasn’t completely low-carb. I got a serious hankering for some fresh baked French bread, so I bought a couple of loaves. Granddaughter likes it too, so she is helping to save me from myself.

    Ordered and received an Excalibur 3900B 9-tray dehydrator. #1 daughter also gave me a veggie slicer that she rarely uses anymore that is perfect for slicing stuff for drying. My first experience was with zukes, cukes, and tomatoes. I’m not fond of tomatoes, but #1 daughter is, and she doesn’t like zukes, so it works out. I also made teriyaki flavored beef jerky. The jerky worked out quite well. Even #1, who is not a jerky fan, thought the piece she tried was very tasty. The cuke chips were not so great as I forgot to season them before I put them in to dry. Ranch dressing fixes that. Granddaughter helped me put the cuke slices on the trays. She seemed to have fun with that. Bought an outlet timer to use with the dehydrator as it costs an additional $100 to buy the model with a built-in timer. $9 for the win with an outlet timer.

    Other than the dehydrator, I haven’t done much in the prep department this week. Did some prep and dehydrating related reading. Bought some heavy-duty band aids too.

    #1 daughter is doing well. Just a little soreness. She is cleared to pick up and hold her daughter, who is very pleased with that development. No military PT for a month. She is seeing a therapist and will think about trying for another child down the road. Right now, she isn’t too thrilled at the prospects. She might just stick with the one beautiful child she has now. Of course, I will fully support her decision in this matter.

    Granddaughter is great. Her potty training is going very well. She hasn’t had an “accident” in three weeks, either here or at her house. She rarely has to be reminded to go any more, although she still likes to loudly announce she has to go potty while on the way. Still using diapers for nap time and nighttime. She is also still very reluctant to use the potty for anything other than peeing. She has, but much prefers a diaper. We’re working on that. Her refresher swim lessons have gone very well too. The instructor has introduced some regular swimming to her as she is so good at the basic lifesaving drills. She also loves using the digital microscope to look at things. She thinks my skin looks “nasty” compared to hers. She’s right. It does.

    We teamed up to scrape a mud dauber wasp nest off of the railing of the stairs to my apartment. I had sprayed it a week ago. I figured it was probably a dead nest before I sprayed it as it’s a little late in the year for a wasp nest to hatch out. Sure enough, the eggs appeared dried out. Granddaughter was really fascinated by the contents of the nest, but disappointed when I wouldn’t let her pick up the eggs. I wish I could find a hatched-out nest so I could show her what they look like in comparison. I guess a photo on Google will have to do.

    Tara’s questions:

    1. Do you forage red clover? If so, how do you use it in food or medicine? No, I don’t forage or use it.

    2. What do you think about the reemergence to prominence of horses during a long-term disaster? I think nemoseto is right about horses. If you have the land to maintain them, horses may be useful. I know in Michigan, there were laws about how much land you had to have depending on the number of horses you kept. I think you needed five acres for one horse, then two more acres for each horse after that. The laws were for the health and benefit of the animals. Not being a farmer or horse person, I can’t say if those laws are sensible or not. In a TEOTWAWKI situation, one couldn’t count on being able to buy hay or other feed to maintain horses without the land, especially if you needed to feed them all year around because they couldn’t sufficiently forage at least in summer. Plus, you would need to grow your own hay, oats, etc., and that means still more land and work. Now that wood gasification and biodiesel engines are known (unlike in the 1800s or earlier), they might be more efficient in the long run. Not that having a horse or two as well would be a bad idea if you could care for them. I don’t know if Florida has similar laws. Probably, but I haven’t bothered to check since I live urban and don’t own horses.

    3. What post-SHTF career are you best equipped to do? I would say emergency medical. I would also say security, but my body isn’t capable of much moving around under load like I used to be (thanks to moving around under load). Fixed posts, I could handle OK.

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

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      Bought an outlet timer to use with the dehydrator as it costs an additional $100 to buy the model with a built-in timer. $9 for the win with an outlet timer.

      We did the same thing, purchasing a Digital Timer for Lamps & Appliances from Harbor Freight for $9.99 with a 20% discount coupon; but, we often find that drying times are often in multiple hours, so setting a kitchen timer and manually operating the dehydrator works as well.

      Granddaughter was really fascinated by the contents of the nest, but disappointed when I wouldn’t let her pick up the eggs. I wish I could find a hatched-out nest so I could show her what they look like in comparison. I guess a photo on Google will have to do.

      I’m thinking that it’s time for those ZooBooks where she can see creatures from the skin down in layers. By age 3 or 4 my DD would sit and go through them for hours.

      1. TOP,

        She gets Zoobies now and loves the heck out of them. I guess its time to step her up as she is learning to read more and more and is ready for more than just basics on animals.

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          She gets Zoobies now and loves the heck out of them. I guess its time to step her up as she is learning to read more and more and is ready for more than just basics on animals.

          I do recall you mentioning that. Check your local library and see if they have ZooBooks. Perhaps you could bring home a few and see where the interest and comprehension is before subscribing; however, they are not current events topical, so even if they were around for a few years, she would grow into them and they would still be new & interesting.

    2. Nemoseto,

      2 possible however unlikely except in very rural areas, it takes a lot to feed them, far more likely is that people will use wood gassification or biodiesel.
      3 same thing i do now i guess

      Somehow I think that you and I and a few others could combine your #1 & #3, since many of those folks without the skills and resources for horses, may not know about wood gas or biodiesel, or how to make and use them. I mentioned mentoring, and you listed a few good areas of knowledge, where we could teach others to convert natural materials into fuel sources, keeping in mind that wood gasification also leaves behind another fuel: ”real charcoal”.
      When we think of technology, we most often think about computers, cell phones, and the electronic gadgets of today’s modern world; but, the word technology itself is simple and only means: ”The Study of <strong technique”, so those long forgotten techniques that drove humankind incrementally from cave paintings to walking on our moon, still have value, and should not be lost or forgotten, since their sheer simplicity makes them perfectly suited for a post SHTF world.

      1. indeed, there are a few farms around here that use biodiesel to run teir trucks and tractors etc. a horse requires acres of good pasture, salt and mineral blocks, shoes, all kinds of harnesses and tack, and farm implements made for horse use. and even lager acreage to produce ay for winter unless in the very deep south. all the equipment needed to hay that acreage, etc. i could probably support a horse or 2 with my lot but its going to be a lot of work. i already have 2 small gas tractors and a larger 65hp diesel tractor, far more practical to save manuer and set up a biodiesel reactor to make fuel for the diesel one anduse only as needed, but i could switch to a horse or a team of ox if i had to (and i considered it already).

        the past season of walking dead i found quite laughable, half the season was dedicated to the characters trying to recover a horse drawn plow and covered wagon from a museam so their one blacksmith (who was a hobbiest then became full time after the zombie uprising) could make more of them. all that work and the shows writers seem to be idiots, those plows are all over the place still, and the characters on the show already had cars all over and were using a wagon made from the frame of a car when going to get the stuff froma museam. the point i am making is that in realit it would be far easier to repurpose what is already on hand, than to try to build or retrobuild an entire system of doing things that “looks” a certain way. on that show they could just as easily modified a tractor mounted plow onto an axle and pulled it with anything. the walk behind plow everyone thinks of with horses was outdated by the 1890s, and the the amish around here have plows with iron wheels and axles and a seat on them that tey just ride behind the horse and a series of levers to control the plow depth. people just have an image of going back to the 1800s and abandoning any technoogy developed since then, even if its an improved version of 1800s technology.

        people are inherintly cheap and lazy and do as little as possible if they can get away with it. thats why i think it more likely that people would just repurpose whats already on hand than try to replace it completly.

        1. nemoseto ,
          First of all, I gave up on ”The Walking Dead” very early on when they started concentrating on relationships instead of survival, and even most of the survival scenes were not credible.

          I’ve known some of our local Amish going back more than 40 years, and watching them work is a real study in simple technology. One used a two horse team to pull a wagon down the field past wind rows of hay. Some of them pitched the hay (with pitchforks) into a bin at the back of the wagon. The turning wheels of the wagon drove a mechanism that pulled hay from that bin and baled it, while another person at the back of the wagon took the bale and stacked it on the front of that same wagon. Nothing but gears and cams and real horsepower, plus a little human effort, and they bale an entire field of hay or straw in a few hours.

          people are inherintly cheap and lazy and do as little as possible if they can get away with it. thats why i think it more likely that people would just repurpose whats already on hand than try to replace it completly.

          I think that’s a rather broad statement; but, then again perhaps I mostly associate with people who do not fit that description, and avoid those who do.
          Those who fit that description will not likely be repurposing anything, since they would most likely lack the initiative or the skill to figure out how to do the modifications.
          This is where people like you, and me, and many others on this forum, could be of significant value, once those others get past their normalcy bias and face their new reality

          1. agreed mostly about walking dead, but it has 1 benefit for watching, when the weather outside is 40 below and i have nothing to do and nowhere to go binge watching dvds shuts my brain off so i don’t go bonkers from boredom witing for a break in the weather to go do something

          2. Nemoseto,

            agreed mostly about walking dead, but it has 1 benefit for watching, when the weather outside is 40 below and i have nothing to do and nowhere to go binge watching dvds shuts my brain off so i don’t go bonkers from boredom witing for a break in the weather to go do something

            If I tried to binge watch that show I would only catch up on my sleep. I always have many indoor projects to do, mostly involving ham radio, where I’m building or testing circuits, reading technical literature, or writing software.
            There’s never any time to be bored around here; but, it’s also never as cold as 40° on either scale, except counting the wind chill on rare occasions.

    3. Z36, I’m so glad you, your GD and #1 daughter are having fnn with the dehydrator. Grew skill to learn especially jerky. 😀

  3. This Week’s Questions

    1. Do you forage red clover? No,
    2. What do you think about the reemergence to prominence of horses during a long-term disaster? Eventually, but I think things will have to “normalize” before people start traveling far.
    3. What post-SHTF career are you best equipped to do? “What you should have done” advice dispenser.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?…..

    Supplies received: Speed Loaders, HKS, for 686+; Diatomaceous Earth, food grade; water bottle carriers tabs; dual/bi-directional window fan; G48 single mag carrier 1-IWB, 1-OWB; 30-quart stock pot w/spigot; AF Quick Oats, 10# bucket; 2-gallon bucket lids;

    More stuff moved out of the basement & garage. We are going to put up another “wall” (for security) in the basement before we start filling the space. Looks like we are going to only keep some of the long-term bulk storage at the house, the rest will be off-location. Be nice if we can complete the moving before Winter proper hits. I will need to move it and keep it mobile for now; so, we are looking at a covered cargo trailer. We figured out what we need, now to start looking.

    For those who are looking at getting/adding a quality AR-15, I suggest looking at Grab-a-gun.com. They have 2 Ruger AR-556’s; a standard one for $479 and the same rifle with Mag-Pul furniture for $529. Shipping is $7.99 per weapon. Add your local FFL’s fee to that. You can buy a few that are cheaper, but these are a quality piece.

    Got in a 30 quart “turkey fryer”/stick pot with spigot. This completes the propane deep fryer (except a couple of tools). I spent more for one with the spigot because I am not really capable of pouring the oil out of a 30-quart fryer without making a serious mess.

    Complete DW’s “range belt” for her Glock 43X with the addition of a single mag pouch, goes with her 2-mag pouch and holster, all Kydex.
    Got the front “truck” lid back from the repair shop and installed. I still need replace the lock cylinders, so this weekend the trunk gets taped shut.

    1. JP in MT,

      I like those HKS speed-loaders too. I have a bunch for my 686. I used them on the job as a cop when we still used .357 revolvers. I like them because you can control the ammo release better. Plus, they are easier to load back up.

      Those are good prices for those Ruger AR-556s, especially the one with Mag-Pul furniture. I’m good for rifles I think. I really like the Mag-Pul fore-end on my M&P-15. It feels good in my hand, much better than the GI A-2 types. I have a vertical grip on my fore-end too, but sometimes I just want to hold the rifle using a horizontal grip (sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I don’t).

      Oh, and I really like your choice of post-SHTF occupation. I’m sure there will be a lot to dispense. 🙂

    2. JP,

      For those who are looking at getting/adding a quality AR-15, I suggest looking at Grab-a-gun.com. They have 2 Ruger AR-556’s; a standard one for $479 and the same rifle with Mag-Pul furniture for $529. Shipping is $7.99 per weapon. Add your local FFL’s fee to that. You can buy a few that are cheaper, but these are a quality piece.

      Those are amazing prices.
      My first AR was a 20” colt match HBAR that ran me $1500.00 and the second was a Bushmaster XM-15 (M4 pattern) that had dropped down to $850.00. In 2015 after getting home from my stroke (Cerebral Hemorrhage) I was unable to handle them all that well and got $1950.00 for the pair with a few Colt and a few Gen 1 Magpul magazines and some ammunition. I kept some good quality Winchester Power Point Ammunition for use in my TC contender (14” bull barrel. That combination has removed more than a few groundhogs from the property.

  4. It’s been a busy week here at the household. Rooted out and met 3 Ham radio operators within a half mile ride from the house. Found one just because I saw his tower with no beam. Knocked on his door and met him and helped him put up a big 2 meter beam back on top of a 30 foot tower. I’m much too old to be doing antenna parties (I’m 68 but this one was fun).

    Picked up 7 new aquatainers and put 49 gallons of drinking water into the shelter. I have a lot of water stored and told the wife I had 55 gallons of dehydrated water on hand but didn’t have enough water to re-hydrate it. She just shook her head and walked away.

    Preparing to sell off a lot of my long guns and pistols and the ammo for them to free up money for food and first aid stuff. I have more than I and wife and other members can ever carry or shoot so going to pare it all down to the 2 is 1 and 1 is none for the whole team plus 8 or 10 extras just because. I am also divesting myself of my straight bows and multitude of arrows. Most of them at 60+ pound pull and I can no longer do justice to them so that will also free up some cash.

    Fixing to go shopping at Sam’s Club to pick up more packs of toilet paper and paper plates and see if they have charcoal on sale. I picked up 3 railroad lanterns and need to find oil for them at a good price.

    I’ve laid low for a while. Was seriously under the weather for a couple of months and then made the mistake of cutting the back yard with a push mower so was down for the count again. I read the post each week but didn’t have anything to offer by writing.

    Did go to a yard sale and picked up a couple of old meat cleavers and they strike me as being worth their weight. Not sure what function they will end up having but I like them so they are with the knives.

    Have co-taught a couple of classes of active shooter response in church. Have identified more people carrying concealed in the church and glad to know who the friendlies are. Don’t like it if someone starts waving a gun in the middle of a response if we all don’t know them to be armed and on our side.

    Have a good week. It’s way hot down here in Georgia.

    1. Cliff in Douglasville,
      Good to see you bak.

      Rooted out and met 3 Ham radio operators within a half mile ride from the house. Found one just because I saw his tower with no beam. Knocked on his door and met him and helped him put up a big 2 meter beam back on top of a 30 foot tower.

      I attended the DX Engineering Hamfest today with another ham, and when we got back to the house I showed him some old equipment I have available for some of the new hams who have expressed an interest in old tube type boat anchors. It’s my original 1970’s vintage Heathkit gear with all documentation, free to a good home and me happy to see it back on the air; however, he asked me what was wrong with my antenna , and when I said nothing he pointed out that the top half of the fiberglass radome was missing and the top element was bent. It appears that I have a tree that has grown some antenna eating limbs, near the top of that 50’ tower.

      I’m much too old to be doing antenna parties (I’m 68 but this one was fun).

      I’m also 68 and was climbing towers up until I was 63, with a brain that still knows how; but, arms that may not obey. LOL

      I am also divesting myself of my straight bows and multitude of arrows. Most of them at 60+ pound pull and I can no longer do justice to them so that will also free up some cash.

      I did that about 5 years ago; but, have recently decided to restring my crossbow, since that is a legal deer hunting tool here in Ohio and the archery season is much longer than either of the gun seasons.

      I picked up 3 railroad lanterns and need to find oil for them at a good price.

      I have some Aladdin mantle lanterns and a Coleman Mantle lantern with fuel for all; but, I’ve switched most of my emergency lighting needs to LED lanterns. I purchased one of the ”Atomic Beam” lanterns for around $20.00 some years ago; but, have since found pairs of the knock offs at Aldi’s for only $10.00. They run on 3 AAA cells, and with rechargeable batteries I have an almost endless supply of light. The mantle lanterns are however great to use in the winter, since that incandescent mantle also throws off about 3000 BTU’s of heat and can keep the chill off of a room as well as light it.

      Did go to a yard sale and picked up a couple of old meat cleavers and they strike me as being worth their weight. Not sure what function they will end up having but I like them so they are with the knives.

      I also picked up two great old carbon steel meat cleavers about 25 years ago, simply because they were old and quality. I have used both a few times; but, they sit in a box with other quality cutlery, just in case.

      Have co-taught a couple of classes of active shooter response in church. Have identified more people carrying concealed in the church and glad to know who the friendlies are. Don’t like it if someone starts waving a gun in the middle of a response if we all don’t know them to be armed and on our side.

      Good for you. Since the wolf can walk through any door at any time, it’s good to have sheepdogs at the ready, and good to know who and where your backup may be. I carry concealed most of the time, as do many of my friends; but, we’ll often give that wink and nod to others, so we all know who is in sheepdog mode, hoping of course, the we’ll not be needed.

      1. Cliff and TOP,

        Those old meat cleavers make for nice melee weapons. A good bonk on some ne’er-do-well’s head and case closed.

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          Those old meat cleavers make for nice melee weapons. A good bonk on some ne’er-do-well’s head and case closed.

          That did run across my mind once; but, these are too valuable for actually working meat.
          I actually have a rather nice cutlery collection, with all of it useful as tools; but, quite honestly, at my age, size, and condition, close in I would rather take on a firearm than any kind of blade. Keep the muzzle from pointing at any body part, and the most that can happen is a cut from the slide as I hurt and disarm the opponent; but, a blade has too many angles and directions to be concerned with, and that alone makes them more scary to me.

          1. Zulu 3-6,

            Nobody said they had to see it coming. Back to the old age and treachery thing. 🙂

            There is that, LOL; but, I’m not usually in an offensive mode where that probably works the best.
            My comment was from a defensive, close in perspective, perhaps influenced a bit with the recent shooting and stabbing ncidents in the news.

    2. as a fellow archery enthusiest myself might i suggest learning to make bows from pvc? i use 1 inch pipe or 3/4 inch pipe, use a torch or campfire to heat the pvc to soften it them mold it into a bow, a recurve type can easily get 60lb pull. make the strings too. not only that but i have regularly sold my bows for a small profit ($4 material cost, wait for a day i am burning branches and logging slash and use the hot coals i already had from that, then sell the bow for $30). a little woodworking skill and some simple hardware and you can make crossbows too. arrows and bolts are also a good skill to learn. i use steel bands that are used with pallets for shipping and cut arrowheads, use all kindds of stuff for the shaft, and turkey feathers for fletching. some get a rapid spin and my crossbow bolts can hit a target the size of a tin can 100 feet away.

      just a suggestion since you mention freeing up money as well as archery, a money making skill that also pairs well with something you already do.

  5. Hello,
    1- I’d never heard of red clover but I’ll check it out.
    2- With so many gearheads around, cars and trucks will be available. Look at Cuba with the 1958 cars, lol! I’ve mucked my last horse stable.
    3- Post SHTF job? Lee Van Cleef style gunman.
    4- The little fella and I are like the two Wild and Crazy guys this week. Mrs. Overwatch and oldest boy are visiting Grandpa and Grandma in TN. (Heads up Babycatcher!)
    Last week was prepping for this. I bought microwave dinners, bread, lunch meat and cheese. Cereal, his preferred food, and beer were also on my list. Did pick up more 7.62 x 25mm ammo- 250 rounds @ $5.00/ box. Cleaned up some work and organized finances. Also dodged pathologically ungrateful stepdaughter’s request for money.

    Quick tip: China Mart has tall kitchen bags which carry the label, mouse repellent. I don’t know about that but they do give off a slight funkatation. My barrels outside are devoid of flies for the first time ever. I’m stocking up on these.

    1. Overwatch,

      Last week was prepping for this. I bought microwave dinners, bread, lunch meat and cheese. Cereal, his preferred food, and beer were also on my list.

      The microwave dinners & beer just shows that no matter how long we’ve been married, there’s a youthful bachelor living in all of us, somewhere. LOL

      Quick tip: China Mart has tall kitchen bags which carry the label, mouse repellent. I don’t know about that but they do give off a slight funkatation. My barrels outside are devoid of flies for the first time ever. I’m stocking up on these.

      funkatation? That’s a new one in my lexicon. Must be a New England thing.

      1. OP,

        Good morning. Funkatation is a word I picked up in the Infantry. It was used by some white guys from the NYC area and black guys from the South. It’s been a part of my lexicon for almost 35 years. Everything worth learning, I learned at Fort Benning, GA.

  6. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    First of all, I did not get an email notice of this new post (again).

    I’m getting a late start since I spent the day @ the DX Engineering initial and hopefully annual Hamfest. It was well attended, and a welcome addition to the current runs of Hamfests within driving distance of our homestead.

    It’s been an interesting weather week, Just enough rain to keep the garden from blowing away and just enough dry to allow the lawn to be moed for the last time this year (we hope).

    Today I made red clover lemonade and red clover tea. There is a pretty significant group of people that this natural medicinal plant is not recommended for due to other medications and conditions.

    Could you elucidate on the general medications or conditions that would be contra indicated??

    There is only one thing about red clover that baffles me… the name. I cannot possibly be the only person on the planet that thinks it is straight up purple – right?

    We have both the red and white varieties and I agree that it’s hue is often more Violet than red.

    <blockquoteSome preppers do not see horses as a prep, but I definitely do. Even if the SHTF event has nothing to do with an EMP or solar flare, the domino effect after a long-term disaster leads me to strongly believe the light switches will eventually stop working.
    At our age we’ve given up on all our horses except the miniature that has become more of a pet for the DW than a work animal. Once upon a time we kept several quarter horses, all now out to pasture elsewhere.
    As for the lights going out, we have numerous ways to generate & store power and drive at least the newer LED lighting as well as keep our devices & batteries charged. Everything from a whole house generator with plenty of fuel & consumables, to the new larger scale solar we are working on, down to smaller power banks with built in solar panels for charging

    Tara’s Questions
    1. Do you forage red clover? If so, how do you use it in food or medicine?
    We forage (pick) both red and white clover in season; but, usually use it as a treat for the chickens, who love it as well as many other greens. I think it helps make the yolks that deep rich yellow color and enhances the flavor. It is otherwise simply considered honeybee food, along with dandelions.
    2. What do you think about the reemergence to prominence of horses during a long-term disaster?
    I think it is viable if you have had any experience working them (called barn sense), and have the right equipment. The local Amish use them almost exclusively; but, have older technology farm equipment, often driven by the wheels of the implements being pulled by the horse. Given their history and age, some of this equipment is downright ingenious.
    3. What post-SHTF career are you best equipped to do?
    I have done this and other survival training for a very long time, and have been and still could be a trainer and mentor to people in many subjects. While I may not have the physical strength or the clarity of vision to do everything I used to do, I can and do train people in many subjects and have done so for more than 30 years. I could be the post SHTF version of a live YouTube channel for many subjects. I am currently sought for this training today; but, post SHTF could be even more useful.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    I thought you’d never ask, so look below.

    TOP’s question
    1. Have you all seen this site? Worth noting: Gun Violence Archive https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ This table is interesting: https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting ; but, look @ how many of these incidents were in Chicago
    2. Did you see what kids can learn playing a simple board game? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ0t_BuXIrU

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Received an Aduro PowerUP Smart 6-Port USB Rapid Charger from woot.com for the charging station. We have several of these and have a single place for all of our batteries & devices to make everything more manageable.
    2. Received a General Tool TS01 Smart Laser Distance Measure from woot.com. The pocket-sized device can take dimensions up to 100 ft and can determine lengths, areas, and volumes; and display in feet, feet + fractional inches, inches, or meters. With the free Bluetooth connected ToolSmart App it can calculate the precise amount of materials needed for a job..
    3. The DW purchased a 4-pack of Egglettes. A Cooking Tool (silicone mold) to make for Hard or Soft Boiled Eggs without the shell, half price @ Wal-Mart in the ”As Seen On TV” aisle. These were originally $15.00 and she paid $5.00 to try them out. If they work, it will make cooking and shelling eggs, much easier & faster with less waste.
    4. Received a Hoppe’s Boresnake for .357, .380, .38 and 9mm Caliber Pistols from woot.com at a great price.
    5. A while back, someone here, I think it was Bam Bam was asking for bread recipes and I have a great little book full of them. When I tried to go to their website, it was unavailable due primarily to my poor vision. I found the real site and that little booklet is well worth the $6.00 cost.
    “The Bread Beckers Recipe Collection” @ https://www.breadbeckers.com/store/pc/The-Bread-Beckers-Recipe-Collection-44p2516.htm.
    Note that my problem was it’s the breadbEkers and not the breadbA</strongkers, which is where I went wrong.
    6. At the DXE Hamfest I purchased another Signal Link to connect another radio to a computer for digital communications. This working open box demo was 36% off list.
    7. At the DXE Hamfest I purchased 500 feet of high visibility fluorescent green drop line / antenna line and 260 feet of high visibility fluorescent orange drop line / antenna line. This high tensile strength polypropylene cordage allows antennas to be hung and also allows the supports to be seen.
    8. Received a gift for the DW from Wish.com. A stainless steel spoon with the words
    ”My Peanut Butter Spoon” laser engraved. She has peanut butter toast and coffee nearly every morning as a light snack before official breakfast and I’m always kidding her about it. She now has an official spoon for her PB jar.
    9. A plastic scoop & strainer from Wish.com
    10. A long handled Soft Seamless Silicone Spatula from wish.com to reach the bottom of that peanut butter, miracle whip and other jars to get those last morsels.

    1. Apologies for that, it seems that posts and comments notifications were disabled after the latest update. They should be working now, and you should be getting a notification for my reply.

      1. Dan,

        Apologies for that, it seems that posts and comments notifications were disabled after the latest update. They should be working now, and you should be getting a notification for my reply.

        I was wondering, since I posted and have commented on a few others, and have not yet gotten that ”[subscribe]” email.
        Thanks,
        TOP

        1. I understand. Can you see the two checkboxes under the reply box? And did you get a notification that I posted this?

          1. Dan,
            There are actually 3 check boxes there and all are checked each time; but, still no notifications of any type for the column this time. Sorry this took so long to reply; but, I’ve had to rescan all comments to see it there are new ones.

            These are the boxes:
            Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
            Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
            Notify me of new posts by email.

          2. TOP,

            I checked the mail you used to post this comment but I can’t see it among the other emails. can you try clearing your cache and subscribing again?

          3. Dan,

            I do see your other email though, I deleted it so you can resubscribe again.

            I cleared my cache and I’ll try again.
            I was thinking about the logic and using multiple email should send email to one of them.
            Subscribe with #1
            Post with #1 with no notice, since it’s the same ”me”
            Subscribe with #2
            Post with #2 with no notice, since it’s the same ”me”; however, this post notice should go to #1.
            The cache clear must have worked, since my auto fill isn’t working for this one.
            Here we go.

          4. Dan,
            That appears to have worked, and worked twice, since I just received two subscription notices, one normal and the other a variation on what we normally see.
            Confirm your subscription for The Survivalist Blog

            [Subscribe] Confirmed subscription to posts on The Survivalist Blog
            Both came to my ”normal” address: [email protected]

          5. Dan,

            So you got two “confirm subscription” emails, or was the second one the confirmation?

            There were two separate emails asking me to confirm my subscription.
            The subject line of the first one was new:
            Confirm your subscription for The Survivalist Blog

            With the second one being the “normal” one we’re used to seeing.
            [Subscribe] Confirmed subscription to posts on The Survivalist Blog

            I clicked the follow button on both and got the same subscribed web page.

            Assuming your hosting provider doesn’t update & change things again, I suspect next week will be working like normal for everyone.
            Thanks for the attention.

      2. Hi Dan,

        Still not getting any notifications. Just posted my initial post and didn’t get anything in e-mail to subscribe.

        1. It could ha happened that you still saw an older version of the page. Did you get a notification to my reply to this comment (assuming you’re able to see and that you’ve checked the “Notify me of follow-up comments by email.”)?

    2. TOP’s question

      1. Have you all seen this site? Worth noting: Gun Violence Archive https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ This table is interesting: https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting ; but, look @ how many of these incidents were in Chicago

      I don’t like how these organizations define a “mass shooting.” Most of these are gang and/or drug related criminal-on-criminal shootings. To me, if no innocents are involved, these shootings are a good thing for society. Deepens the gene pool.

      2. Did you see what kids can learn playing a simple board game? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ0t_BuXIrU

      Taxes are not fun, whatever your age, or whether you’re playing a board game or not. But they are inevitable, like death.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        I don’t like how these organizations define a “mass shooting.” Most of these are gang and/or drug related criminal-on-criminal shootings. To me, if no innocents are involved, these shootings are a good thing for society. Deepens the gene pool.

        I think that often an innocent is involved and is only in defensive mode.
        The NRA’s magazines have a monthly column: ”The Armed Citizen” with real life stories like this one:

        A cabbie picked up a fare on the campus of Indiana State University during his midmorning shift. After entering the cab, the passenger gave the driver directions to a nearby apartment. As the passenger exited the vehicle, he suddenly pulled out a gun in an alleged attempt to rob the cab driver. In response, the cab driver grabbed his own firearm and shot the passenger, who ran away from the scene. Police found the would-be robber after he called for emergency medical treatment. The injured man was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police later charged the man with armed robbery. The cab driver wasn’t facing any charges in the incident. (Fox59.com, Indianapolis, Ind., 5/20/19)

        I’ll bet these incidents are included in those violence statistics,

        Taxes are not fun, whatever your age, or whether you’re playing a board game or not. But they are inevitable, like death.

        Inevitable perhaps; but, there are ways to legally reduce the amount paid. I’m doing that now, using a spreadsheet to withdraw as much tax free (under that $24,000 standard deduction), before hitting that magic 70 ½ MRD. There’s talk of moving the 70 ½ to 72; but, until it’s final; I’m drawing things down as much and as dast as I can.

  7. Hi Gang,

    Been extremely hot again this week. Hot again this weekend. Will be working in the house organizing.

    I picked up my peaches Wednesday, and will be canning them Monday if I end up having to work tomorrow.

    Power went out Sunday night and was off for 7 hours. All I could think about all night was all the meat in the freezer that could be ruined. Blessed that it was still all frozen when I got up at 4am and the light came back on. I will be taking care of that worry this fall. I have a 9w Lifelyte that comes on when the power goes out, that keeps the living room low lit with light. I am so glad I purchased these. They work great. Thanks TOP.

    Tara’s Questions:

    Do you forage red clover? If so, how do you use it in food or medicine? No, but it is good for a few things.
    What do you think about the reemergence to prominence of horses during a long-term disaster? I don’t think with the famine coming, that people will be able to feed them. I think the equipment that they would use is all but gone to the antique malls or sitting outside to deteriorate. No one makes those things anymore, nor many people would know how to even fix, no parts.

    What post-SHTF career are you best equipped to do? Been canning food.

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

    Have a great week everyone.

  8. It’s been a few weeks since I last posted so here goes:
    No to the red clover
    Yes to the horses but I don’t live on a big enough piece of property for horses
    I can teach food preservation.

    House is going on the market soon so a lot of time and effort going towards that.
    Did stumble onto a great deal for toilet paper. While not the preferred brand or size 15 cents a roll was a pretty good price so 10 packs came home. Picked up nearly $30 of products at dollar General for $12.85 saving $17.

    1. lol, i just bought a couple bulk packs of 30 rolls scotts brand, was the cheapest in the store, though i was prompted to buy so much only because i ran out and had to use a phone book in the outhouse for aout a week till i got a ride to a store where i could get a bulk supply, will probably be careless when i run out again in about 4 years, as seems to happen.

      1. Nemoseto,

        i just bought a couple bulk packs of 30 rolls scotts brand, was the cheapest in the store, though i was prompted to buy so much only because i ran out and had to use a phone book in the outhouse for aout a week

        We use that Scotts single ply all of the time; but, make sure we never run out.
        Paper thicker than normal TP would not flush very well, and phone books or that proverbial ”Sears catalog” are pretty much a thing of the past. Our last phone book is probably 10-15 years old; but, we keep it since in our small area, many of the important addresses and phone numbers have not changed.

  9. Thor1
    Puppy is an awesome guard dog. A couple of salesmen came up wanting to sell some security stuff and FREE STUFF. Puppy hit the door with hair on his back standing up. Both salesmen jumped ff the porch and said that dog scares me. LOL Like I don’t have enough security…..

    Security
    Received magazines and ammo ordered.
    Ordered Hopper’s AR bore cleaner brushes
    Ordered Otis AR cleaning kit
    Ordered another lower parts kit
    Ordered another upper maintenance kit

    Survival
    Ordered a blast match for the fire kit in the BOB
    Ordered a GI canteen cup in stainless

    Food
    Watched video on canning pears ( soon)
    Pear trees are full….

    Water
    Bought 2 cases of water.

    Medical
    Bought osteo bi flex cream (awesome stuff)
    Bought icy pain spray
    Bought benadryl capsules X2

    Gym
    Did cross training, 2 miles wearing level 3 body armor, hit heavy and speed bag.

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Did anyone hear about the power outages in London?
    2. Russia is playing with nuclear propulsion missiles, will they blow themselves up?
    3. Has anyone heard about Ebola contamination in the water at Fort Detrick MD?
    4. Does anyone else want one of these?

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

    1. Tara’s questions:

      1 Do you forage red clover? If so, how do you use it in food or medicine?
      2 What do you think about the reemergence to prominence of horses during a long-term disaster?
      3 What post-SHTF career are you best equipped to do?

      1Not at this time.
      2 If other machinery stops due to EMP or fuel shortages, I can definitely see it happening. My Brother’s in-laws own 8 horses.
      3 Hmm good question as I am a Jack of all trades…. A Survivor

    2. 1 nope, only heard about it now that you said it

      2 probably not

      3 nope, again only heard because you said it

      4 want yes, but i’m in ny state where the libtards of the city force their bs down the rest of the states throats, so i ain’t gonna get one. saw a used mini 14 in a local shop though and might buy that, was in the shop 2 weeks ago buying a used 30-30 winchester ranger for $300, been seeing a lot of deer int he orchard, and every time i see cuomo in the news i get the urge to buy another gun

      1. nem, I don’t see how politicians like that get elected. One thing is certain, they fear an armed America.

        Yeah I think it would be the perfect zombie gun.

        1. emperor cuomo has the support of ny city which is a liberal stronghold, in the last election almost the entire rest of the state (50 counties) voted against cuomo, however it came down to the city where more than 60% of the states population live (in 5 counties) and always vote libtard. he kises their asses and the city love him, then they push libtard bs on the rest of the state and bleed us dry in taxes to support the city and simply put we can’t do anything about it via voting. truly our votes don’t count. its comparable to circumstances that lead a group of colonies to rebel against an overseas ruling party that ignored them except for taxes and to throw new rules on, or when some states out voted and pushed lopsided economic policies on others that only had 2 real means of industry that had unpopular labor practices, who ten failed a rebelion, i don’t think upstate will rise in rebellion against the city though. latest bs cuomo decided ny dmv offices have to give drivers licenses to any illegal immigrant that asks for one. many people are simply leaving the state because of the bs.

    3. Thor’s questions:

      1. Did anyone hear about the power outages in London? Yes. It seems the Brits are having infrastructure problems too, plus their citizens are less prepared to deal with short-term power disruptions than we are in the US. Maybe because we have more serious weather events that affect the grid than they do, so we have more experience dealing with them.

      2. Russia is playing with nuclear propulsion missiles, will they blow themselves up? I doubt they will “blow themselves up” in a wide area sense. They’ve had a lot of problems with explosives storage facilities blowing up periodically for decades. Their idea of industrial safety is much different than ours.

      3. Has anyone heard about Ebola contamination in the water at Fort Detrick MD? No, but if there is any place in the country that is possible it would be there or at the CDC.

      4. Does anyone else want one of these? Nah, not really. They look cute and if someone else is paying for my ammo, I might like to play with one.
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VYoPovsM-GM

    4. Thor1,

      Ordered Otis AR cleaning kit

      I have one of the Otis pocket field kits, and it is fun and useful.

      Thor’s questions:
      1. Did anyone hear about the power outages in London?
      I did not.
      2. Russia is playing with nuclear propulsion missiles, will they blow themselves up?
      Perhaps; but, we’ll not hear about it. We’ve lost several astronauts over the years and were public about it. It’s been common knowledge they’ve lost more cosmonauts; but, pretend they haven’t. It would be the same here.
      3. Has anyone heard about Ebola contamination in the water at Fort Detrick MD?
      No; but, since USAMRIID is located there, I suspect it would be possible.
      4. Does anyone else want one of these?
      Not really. I’ve fired enough full auto to know it’s fun; but, rather expensive for the common person. That Gatling gun has an MSRP of $5000.00 and if you gave me one, I still could not afford the ammunition.

      1. Top, you couldn’t afford the ammo? As the man said, you can use the cheapest ammo there is due to the mechanical feed and you could reload. The only limit is the head spacing.

        The CDC actually shut them down.

        1. Thor1,

          you couldn’t afford the ammo? As the man said, you can use the cheapest ammo there is due to the mechanical feed and you could reload. The only limit is the head spacing.

          When I was reloading, the cheapest I could load 9mm was about $0.18-$0.24 per round. That means 100 rounds would cost $18.00 on the low side, and who wants to stop @ only 100 when you’ve paid $5000.00 for the gun. Also, reloading, even with my Dillon RL-550B, is very time consuming and I have many other things on the agenda.

          The CDC actually shut them down.

          Shut who down?

    5. Thor1,

      I looked at that Otis AR cleaning kit and I think it’s a bit expensive for what you get. I prefer the USGI M16 kit for field use. It’s cheaper, sturdy, and capable of some customization. Plus you get a steel sectioned cleaning rod which can be used to knock a jammed cartridge case out if necessary (which it was in the M16’s early days). Not nearly so much anymore, but if you’re using the rifle as a defense weapon, you don’t want to leave such things to chance. A flexible rod or snake won’t cut the mustard.

      The M16 kit was just a slightly reduced size version of cleaning kits for the M-14 and M-1 Garand.

      For bench work, the Otis might be nice, but again, a bit expensive I think.

      I do like Hoppe’s bore brushes though. I still have a small pile of USGI bore brushes, but have some Hoppe’s brushes in reserve for the AR. Pistol, shotgun, and revolver brushes are all Hoppe’s.

      1. Z36, I have tons of steel and aluminum cleaning rods and brushes. This I a good portable kit for the BOB. The most important part to keep clean is of course the bolt and cylinder star area. That’s what the forward assist is for but I know I’m preaching to the choir.

        Diesel fuel works great as a cleaning solvent and lube.

        1. Thor1,

          I understand low weight and compactness is a necessary in a BOB. If you like the Otis, go for it. Confidence in a product is most of the battle anyway.

          I’ve used all sorts of stuff for cleaning solvents. In boot camp, while getting ready for final inspection, we all chipped in a quarter or something, and the DI’s bought gasoline and motor oil for us to clean our M-14’s with. A no-no by regulation, and dangerous, but it got every bit of crud dissolved. We did all of that work outside, needless to say. That cleaning session was the most fun I had in boot camp. The DIs let us talk and BS all we wanted while we worked, they told sea stories, and the platoon commander and one of the privates had a Queen Anne’s drill competition. They were both good, but the private had the most recent practice at it and he was voted the winner by the other two DIs.

          I’ve used dry cleaning solvent too. In Vietnam, the aviation ordinance shops used it to clean the 20mm cannons. Did a great job on M-16s too. Draw back: The drums exploded in great gouts of flame when hit by 122mm rockets, and went flying through the air with the greatest of ease. Been there, saw that. I do have pictures. Also, a good lubing was absolutely necessary afterward as it sucked all existing lube out of the metal.

          Then there is the famous ye olde timey boiling water and soap, with some ammonia if you’ve got it. Used that on our Communist weapons collection when we had used Soviet blanks in them. Corrosive like you wouldn’t believe. Regular ball and tracer were OK, but those blanks were nasty. I actually learned to use boiling water from my father who had used it in the Marines during WWII as much of the ammo they used in stateside training was old and corrosive. They got the newer, non-corrosive stuff to use overseas and in combat.

          I’ve really used all sorts of stuff. Sonic cleaner solutions, with and without ammonia, Break-Free, Hoppe’s #9, name it, I’ve tried it. I generally use Break-Free though.

    1. Almost There,

      Brutal winter ahead

      What? No more global warming (er changing)? LOL
      We are as ready for winter as we can be, with several cords of wood for extra heat, 3000 gallons of propane on hand, and the house finally all buttoned up with new windows, doors, and insulation.
      Being retired we really don’t have to go anywhere. And only venture out for the occasional doctor appointment and to take care of the little horse and chickens.

  10. Couldn’t do much this week, the heat is brutal. It rains every afternoon but instead of cooling off it just gets steamier. Yesterday morning I fitted the top to my aerator but 30 minutes of the morning sun on the south side of my home was all i could stand. I can inside but for 20 minutes I could hardly breathe and my vision was getting cloudy. No more playing in the heat.

    Speaking of heat the news reports that July was the hottest month on record. I imagine August will be just as hot. Yes, climate change is real and “SOMETHING” is going to done about it. More the reason to prep now before the do gooders shut down modern society by banning fossil fuels. The SHTF situation will be created by these people who are not near as smart as they think they are.

    Things are a bit tense at home as both my children are having problems. My granddaughter was kicked out of her daycare because she will not take a nap and is disruptive with the other children. She was also kicked out of the next two daycare my daughter sent her to. Last week my wife used her four days off to keep her including all day Friday even though she has to work a 15 hour shift Friday night. She is OK one on one but like the Terminator she…never…stops. Her little body is in constant motion and I have to help as she has to have someone doing something with her constantly. My wife can’t fix lunch or go to the restroom unless I take over for a few minutes.

    My youngest son lives with his brother and just turned 28. He has not gotten a job in the year since he graduated collage and has been using the credit card I gave him for school to buy food and gas. He is engaged to a wonderful girl but she has one more year of college and plans on getting her Masters. Next month I am cutting off the card and his mother is going to talk with him about his situation. Hopefully he will man up and get going. Orlando is one of the best job markets in the US. His degree is in Business Management but what work he is doing is side jobs with computer graphics. The next few weeks are going to rough for all of us emotionally.

    1. Daddio7,

      I know what you mean about issues with the youngest son. Mine is 21, but he lives with his girlfriend in a single-wide in Putnam County. She cashiers at a 7-11 and he works as a fry cook at a decent sea food restaurant, both jobs pretty close to their residence. But they barely make enough to cover their rent and bills. I sometimes chip in to cover his car insurance.

      The Ex and I just can’t get him interested in a trade school or the military. He used to depend on his mother for things periodically, but she has moved a fair distance away and is selling the house. She changed the locks and he isn’t allowed in there while it’s listed. She did give him all of the groceries in the house when she moved, partly as payment for his help in moving furniture.

      My daughters have been the complete opposites of their brother. Both have been reasonably well employed since they moved out (as soon as they could). Both are college educated (#1 with a masters). Both now own their own houses and can pay their bills with money left over for savings. #1 is married with a baby and #2 lives with her long-time boyfriend (whom we call Saint Chad for his ability to put up with #2’s occasional cranky moments). Neither girl lives very close to their brother and they are on their parent’s side regarding trade school or the military for him.

      My granddaughter starts pre-school next month (two, half-days a week). We’ll see how that goes, but her parents and I are optimistic she will enjoy her time there and play well with the other kids. She does get along well with other kids at parties, the Orlando Science Center, and a few other kid oriented places. She also takes instruction well from teachers (she’s a pro at swimming already). One of her great-aunts works at that school (with older kids), so she can fix problems on the spot if necessary. Granddaughter likes her a lot, so I don’t see school issues ahead.

      Speaking of hot. I just got back from the chiropractor with granddaughter (I walk there, her in a stroller). The temps are already near 90 and humidity at 82%. I wanted to sit down for a bit, but GD put my old butt to work playing catch with her (luckily in the house with a light plastic ball). 🙂

    2. Daddio7,

      Yesterday morning I fitted the top to my aerator but 30 minutes of the morning sun on the south side of my home was all i could stand. I can inside but for 20 minutes I could hardly breathe and my vision was getting cloudy. No more playing in the heat.

      While I haven’t gotten quite there yet, I do have to slow down in the heat and humidity; but, my biggest problem is keeping the DW hydrated. She won’t wear any kind of hat for shade, and only drinks when I force it on her when she’s working outside.

      Speaking of heat the news reports that July was the hottest month on record. I imagine August will be just as hot. Yes, climate change is real and “SOMETHING” is going to done about it. More the reason to prep now before the do gooders shut down modern society by banning fossil fuels. The SHTF situation will be created by these people who are not near as smart as they think they are.

      Climate change is real ;but, the reasons are always fluid. I attended the 1st Earth day back in April 1970, where the subject was global cooling. That didn’t pan out to control us all, so then it was global warming, and now just change, since that may be applied to anything.
      I see some potential relief, since recently there has been some mention of the output of the solar cycles and the urban heat island effect, that I have been talking about for years. Take a 100 acre field, with 80 tillable acres, bordered by forest land. The leaves in the forest as well as the leaves of the crops, take water and minerals from the soil, energy from the sun, and CO2 from the air, producing O2 and carbon based biomass. Some of this biomass if food; but, in any case it’s not carbon In the air, and all of that energy is absorbed and used.
      Flatten that field and forest, build building with black roofs, surrounded by black top (asphalt) parking lots, and you not only lose the conversion, you build a sink that collects heat during the day and releases it at night, and the heating / cooling cycle is disrupted.

      Those do gooder elitists are also some of the biggest hypocrites as this event shows. A-listers flock to Google summit in private jets, mega yachts to talk climate change
      https://pagesix.com/2019/07/30/a-listers-flock-to-google-summit-in-private-jets-mega-yachts-to-talk-climate-change/

      My youngest son lives with his brother and just turned 28. He has not gotten a job in the year since he graduated collage and has been using the credit card I gave him for school to buy food and gas.

      Both of my boys did OK, with one first doing a stint in the Marines before college. My DD, also 28 isn’t working in her degree field; but, is at least employed with benefits, so we have hope for her.
      Cutting off that card may just be the tough love he needs.
      Good luck.

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