What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 58: August 18th – August 24th 2019

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Hello Pack. It has been a flurry of activity on our survival homestead this week. We have been working on filling up the last wood shed to be all ready for that season I hate…winter. I, like almost no one else where I live, never liked fall either.

My blue heeler, Jovie, is glad some of the intense heat and humidity has passed, and loves hanging out in the woods while we chop firewood.

Partially because it meant winter was coming and also because of all the leaf peeping tourist traffic, at least all of the hunters that pour into our rural county from around the country to hunt know how to drive!

In addition to putting up more firewood, I have also been foraging like a fiend to harvest all of the wildflowers and so-called weeds before they are gone. Tonight we are putting up a clothesline type feature in the living room so I can hang-dry my most recent from the forest bounty – far too much to run through our dehydrators.

Below is a photo of some fabric swatches I dyed using plants the kiddos and I foraged in our upper pasture and some tomato plants.

fabric swatches

We were without television for most of the week because Brea’s new horse decided our satellite dish made an excellent scratching post. I know it was her horse because of the color of the tail she left behind as evidence on my now taco shaped dish and arm. I did not mind going without television at all – I was able to watch Yellowstone on my phone, but Bobby sure missed spending hours watching the news after work.

I used to enjoy watching the news for hours on end also, but all of the liberal bias and then goofball stuff they do – yes, I am talking about that insipid game show segment you have on Thursdays, Tucker Carlson, it just agitates me too much to watch for very long.

Teaching a non prepper who is interested in low tox cleaning products and natural remedies was one of this week’s highlights. Her husband, a firefighter and postal worker, died of a rare brain cancer, sparking her interest in going low tox and natural for home and health needs as much as possible.

If you get the chance, and I really hope you do, please check out the many low tox DIY natural cleaners articles I wrote for Dan on the New Life On A Homestead website. Keeping the home clean during a long-term disaster will be essential to the health of yourself and loved ones.

The chemicals manufacturers put in everything from deodorant to toilet scrub could be very dangerous to your health – and thanks to proprietary laws, the companies do not even have to list all of the things you are being exposed to on a regular basis.

Being August, it is time to focus on learning for the kiddos again. I had a ton of fun putting together two Charlotte Mason style learning units for Brea to use with the kids this week. One day, hopefully one day soon, I will have an entire preschool through senior year self-reliance focused curriculum ready for not just my grandchildren, but to turn into a program other families can use as well.

In the photo below you will see how I turned part of a $1 plastic tablecloth into a math and nature science game. The kids helped draw on the “bad bugs” we were learning about to help protect our garden, onto the tablecloth.

We drew a specific number of bugs in each section and also wrote the number of bugs in the same square after counting them. The children drew a number card and raced to match it with the number of bugs it called for and swat them with a flyswatter.

playing a science game

In the photo above you can see one of their favorite books about animals in the woods who live near a pond with a boat dock. I wrote out a series of interactive questions, including counting and color matching, for each page. The questions coincided with plant, tree, and animal identification we were working on.

The story basket on the right has a set of fun little things in it to use for comprehension questions and retelling of the story after the book is done. In the front is a wooden boat craft for the kids to make while following oral directions that was set adrift in our pond once it was done and dried. In all, this self-reliance homeschool lesson took about 30 minutes max to make, and cost $2.99 for the boat kit.

homeschooling learning materials

Each time I get close to thinking it is ready to put in a book or program format and put out there to the public, I decide it needs “just one more thing” before I start editing.

Y’all may recall me mentioning my prepper mentor and friend, Rick Austin, and the ultra cool self-reliance camp for grown ups – Prepper Camp. Well, Rick emailed me yesterday that Prepper Camp made the front page of the New York Times.

While not being a NYT fan because he has far too much common sense and patriotism running through his veins to be a liberal, the national recognition was good for the event. Unlike when CNN did a feature on Rick’s efforts a few years ago, preppers were not mocked in this piece.

The “A Boom Time for the Bunker Business and Doomsday Capitalists,” article featured multiple prepping events and businesses. It basically described what a boom time it is to be a purveyor of self-reliance. Check it out when you get the time, it is an interesting read.

This Week’s Questions

  1. What have you done to help teach non-preppers a little self-reliance this week?
  2. What are your plans to keep your home clean and help prevent the spread of bacteria and disease during a long-term disaster?
  3. If you could start a survival business or service, what would you do and why?

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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113 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 58: August 18th – August 24th 2019

  1. 1 nothing, haven’t really seen anyone this week other than a handful of people who are pretty much a lost cause in that deprtment.

    2 same thing now, i do nothing, i sweep as needed, and i keep everything dry, but other than plain water i don’t use anything for cleaning (well ok, bar soap in the bath).

    3 probably the same i do now, produce stuff and sell it, just sold the last face cord of firewood this week

    4 what i did this week, sold the lst face cord of wood i had left to sell, split and stacked 9 face cords (3 full) for my personal supply (mostly from cull pine i cut over winter that was unfit for lumber and also slabwood from pine, i clean the chinmeny myself and have a cast iron stove so i will burn pine and sell the better wood). tried and failed to buy some junk silver, golden eagle initially took my order then rejected it, they hd nothing on their site saying they don’t take prepaid debit cards so now i have $1000 tied up in 2 cards waiting for the refund to go back on them, annoyed about it. made a large shopping trip and bought lots of ammo, spare parts to fix a few things, a better inslated cooler, etc. tried to look into body armor (in an ongoing fued with local drug dealers after i reported them and they were raided, they did time for shooting someone before so i felt it might be a good investment) all the places selling it refuse to sell to non lw enforcement personel, thinking of making my own from 1/2 inch plate steel. rode bike 35 miles (to get prepaid cards that ended up being waste of effort).

    nemo seto’s questions

    1. do you have or have you considered buying body armor?

    2. what have you considered or done to make savings that are relativly safe from inflation? (burying fiat money will loose value over time).

    3. in a long term crisis would you be able to provide your own heating and cooking fuel?

    1. another question i should have asked since winter is coming again, if the winter is long and cold and your stuck indoors for months what have you go to avoid going insane from boredom if there is no power available?

      last winter i had no computer able to run dvds or games and i was going nuts, even without a coat i was bored enough to walk into town (4.5 hour walk each way with good shoes, 5.5 hours with the boots i had before that, had to choose between boots or a coat). this summer i ordered a bunch of books through the mail and bought a pile of jugsw puzzles in a yardsale. spent too many weeks playing solitare that when i closed my eyes i saw a card deck laid out it was burned into my memory. also got 2 more laptops when i found them used cheap. also got half a dozen coats.

      1. nemoseto,

        Keeping your mind happy is very important. In my case, I have a bunch of books to read (real and Kindle). That alone would keep me going OK as I’m a reading fanatic and have been since I learned to read at 3-years old.

        I could also watch my collection of DVDs (which is not that extensive) on my laptop. Tinkering with my guns would also kill some time.

        Hopefully, I would be able to spend time with my granddaughter too. That would be a most pleasant way to fill time.

      2. nem

        I have a gym, pool table, solar power so I can run most electrical devices some of which is in Faraday cages or EMP bags.

        Playing cards are great for BOB or at home.

      3. nemoseto,
        We are never at a loss to keep busy and are never without power to run at least basic things.
        Even before the generator I acquired UPS units that will run our computer fir many hours, or the TV, satellite and VHS / DVD players for days with sporadic use.
        Living here in one place for 35 years has had the advantage of slowly improving things a bit at a time, as we could pay for them. That’s at least part of the reason we’ll not be moving anywhere else or downsizing as some elderly people often do. I know of a few people older than I who downsized to smaller properties or even to senior communities or condominiums that require less maintenance and now all I hear from them are the complaints and the wish I hadn’t moved.
        Our last trip from this property will indeed be our last, hopefully decades in the future.

    2. 1. do you have or have you considered buying body armor?

      Yes. I have an old set of soft body armor from my police days. It no longer fits me and is pretty old. I have considered buy a new set.

      2. what have you considered or done to make savings that are relativly safe from inflation? (burying fiat money will loose value over time).

      I do have a stash of US fiat currency. I also own some silver rounds. Otherwise, I expect to have to barter my skills.

      3. in a long term crisis would you be able to provide your own heating and cooking fuel?

      Being a Central Florida resident, heating fuel is not a high priority item. It can get pretty chilly here for a short time during winter, but nothing that a good selection of clothing, sweaters, coats, blankets, and sleeping bags can’t easily cope with. Those items I have. Cooking fuel I should be OK for long term as well. If I run out of propane for my camping stove, I have a couple of rocket stoves I can fuel with wood easily available even here in the city. I have a small stash already seasoned and good for four or five cooking sessions until I collect more. My tertiary cooking system is a military Esbit stove and hexamine tablets.

        1. nemoseto,

          I’ll bet Hardwire will refer you to a local retailer. These armor companies rarely deal direct with their customers unless they are bulk purchasers, like police departments. There is a local retailer here in Orlando, as I already checked. I don’t know about your location.

    3. nem’s quest8os:

      1. do you have or have you considered buying body armor?

      2. what have you considered or done to make savings that are relativly safe from inflation? (burying fiat money will loose value over time).

      3. in a long term crisis would you be able to provide your own heating and cooking fuel?

      1. Yes, level 3 plate carriers for everyone. (Except puppy but that’s in work)
      2. Precious metals, gold, silver, copper, lead…
      3. Yes, firewood is plentiful for fire pit and rocket stove. Also solar power.

    4. nemo seto’s questions
      1. do you have or have you considered buying body armor?
      I’ll be ordering some today or tomorrow. It’s something Thor mentioned a while back called the ”Cover Me Seat”. It’s a seat or a back brace for use in the stadium or elsewhere providing soft body armor, with pockets to insert plates for heavier and better armor.
      2. what have you considered or done to make savings that are relativly safe from inflation? (burying fiat money will loose value over time).
      I have some cash, some gold (coins and bars), some silver (coins and bars), lots of food and ammunition. In a future scenario a 50 round box of .22 RF could be quite a barter item.
      3. in a long term crisis would you be able to provide your own heating and cooking fuel?
      Yes. Lots of seasoned wood on hand and lots of trees we could cut. The sticks the DW picks up prior to every mowing could alone heat or cook quite a bit. We heated primarily with wood when we first moved here for the first nearly 3 years, so I have the tools and skills if I had to go that way. We also have numerous cooking appliances from Coleman stoves to butane and propane with a quantity of fuel for each. I have and use cast Iron Dutch Ovens in the back yard, where those sticks would work great.

      These questions are becoming a good part of this post, since they make us all think out of the box, and maybe find & fill any holes we have in our preps.

  2. Good morning,

    1- Non preppers usually annoy me. Anyone in my circle who hasn’t taken heed by now knows they’re not “getting on the ark” at the last minute.
    2- Cleanliness is a huge factor in determining survivability. Keeping things organized and neat makes it easier to prevent pests from gaining a foothold. It’s like the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
    3- I’d love to open a gun store. Not in Massachusetts though. After the move.
    4- Not much prepping this week. I need to hire another technician for a new territory. I did pick up mousetraps.
    I had my left side wisdom teeth removed. I did the right side twenty years ago with Novocain. The dentist back then used blacksmith tools, I swear. This time I had an oral surgeon and she used laughing gas. I didn’t think it would work but I was out in 45 minutes and only a little soreness afterwards.

    I’m still looking to pick up a pair of M-1 carbines for Mrs. Overwatch and oldest DS. Heading out today to talk to gun dealer friend. Before any armchair commandos tell me how pipsqueak it is or whatever, I’m well aware of the advantages and disadvantages of this weapon. Not this old grunt’s first choice but these are novices. We’ll make it work.

    1. Overwatch ,

      Non preppers usually annoy me. Anyone in my circle who hasn’t taken heed by now knows they’re not “getting on the ark” at the last minute.

      It’s the same here. My MAG knows who they are and others will not be welcomed unless they present with lots of skills or resources we need; but, this I suspect is highly unlikely.

      Cleanliness is a huge factor in determining survivability. Keeping things organized and neat makes it easier to prevent pests from gaining a foothold. It’s like the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

      I think I stated something similar. Better to keep up than to try & catch up.

      I had my left side wisdom teeth removed. I did the right side twenty years ago with Novocain. The dentist back then used blacksmith tools, I swear. This time I had an oral surgeon and she used laughing gas. I didn’t think it would work but I was out in 45 minutes and only a little soreness afterwards.

      I had all of mine removed by an oral surgeon more than 40 years ago. They used I.V. Sodium thiopental (Sodium Pentothal), & valium. Once the drugs hit me, I didn’t care what happened after that; but, a few hours later I awakened andthat was that. The entire time was perhaps 4 hours including recovery; but, to me it all happened in a flash.
      BTW, they no longer use Novocain, since lidocaine works faster and has a better recovery with a lower dose. These are the kind of odd conversations I have with my dentist.

      I’m still looking to pick up a pair of M-1 carbines for Mrs. Overwatch and oldest DS. Heading out today to talk to gun dealer friend. Before any armchair commandos tell me how pipsqueak it is or whatever, I’m well aware of the advantages and disadvantages of this weapon. Not this old grunt’s first choice but these are novices. We’ll make it work.

      An M1 Carbine and a 9mm Glock are the ”last” 2 firearms on my wish list. LOL.

      1. I just found some police trade in Glock 17s at a LGS. I want a couple. I already have a Sig 226 and a couple of other 9mm pistols but I love my Glock 23.
        I completely understand the list, lol.

        1. Overwatch,

          I just found some police trade in Glock 17s at a LGS. I want a couple. I already have a Sig 226 and a couple of other 9mm pistols but I love my Glock 23.

          Unless I can find one private sales or a good price at a dealer, internet or mail order is a PITA since the closest FFL that will do a transfer is 50+ miles away and charges up to $40.00 for the transfers.
          For now I get along OK with my Ruger P89DC & P95PR. The problem is that the 89 is a bit heavy and the 95 with the rail has been hard to find a comfortable carry rig. My favorite Glock is owned by a good friend. It’s a 40 cal with a suppressor and a real hoot to shoot.

          I completely understand the list, lol.

          Glad to see someone does. I’m a small frame and I like what I like, although some think I’m daft with my selections.

          1. I agree about the Rugers. The ones you have are great guns and very reliable but it’s like wearing an iron colostomy bag.

          2. Overwatch,
            iron colostomy bag?
            Interesting comparison; but, since I normally wear a a paddle holster on the hip, it’s just a drag on keeping my pants in place.
            I do have an alternate carry method for the larger guns with some great old heavy duty nylon large fanny packs made by Hafner Worldwide out of Lake City Florida, so I’ll be adding them back into the mix.

    2. All the guys I know who had to qualify with the carbine loved it and many subsequently got one. I was told by the dealer mine was made in 39, subsequent research disclosed the real year was 1943. Anyway, I love it, everyone in the pack loves it and with the soft nose bullets, I think It would ruin anyone’s day. We have an assortment of weapons. Despite my best efforts, I can’t seem to limit the assortment of calibers. So, I have to stock ammo for everything.

  3. Good morning gang. I am hoping the hottest days of summer are almost done. We have a front moving through this weekend that promises lower humidity and temps. I look forward to giving my wallet a rest!
    1. For those who know me, I have always been very independent, so for anyone who are not preppers, I guess I could say just being with me and watching me could be considedered a teaching moment.
    2. Practice good hygiene (washing hands before and after handling food). Practice safe food handling skills (wash those countertops and cutting boards) and wash your hands. Keep the air you breathe safe. Change air filters, dust & vacuum, open a window. Or two when possible for fresh airflow to move out the stale air. Just at few things I practice.
    3. I would teach common sense skills. You would be amazed at how many younger people today don’t have a clue about common sense, and what. If any plans if something happened where they had to find, cook or stay in place until help arrived (snow storms,power outages, tornadoes, fires etc.)

  4. I did my low-carb grocery shopping this week. Added a little to my stash as usual. Did some weekly cooking. Made more beef jerky (love the stuff and I blame Thor1 😊 ). Also dehydrated some more tomato slices for granddaughter’s great-aunt and cousin who love the things. I’m making some chicken jerky as I write this. It smells good and I’m looking forward to a taste in a few hours. Curse you, Thor1(LOL).

    A bit of an alligator addendum for Tara. Gators are critters to be respected for certain, but generally as long as you stay away from the edges of lakes, retention ponds, creeks, etc, they shouldn’t be much of an issue. If a gator does leave the water to go after you, simply turn and run away as fast as you can. Don’t zig-zag, just run straight away. They’re quick over a short distance but can be easily outrun by a human in decent shape. Older kids can outrun them too. They usually give up pretty quickly if they can’t grab you within a few seconds. Their preferred method is to grab you by surprise at the water’s edge and drag you in. Gators walking around on land are easily avoided if you see them. Just walk in the opposite direction and they will usually ignore you. There was a cool video on TV and FB of a good-sized gator climbing over the fence around Naval Air Station Jacksonville last week. There was a lot of rain and flooding around there and he/she was probably just looking for a new spot to hunt and hang out. https://www.10tv.com/article/video-alligator-scales-fence-florida-naval-air-station-2019-aug

    Small juvenile gators usually won’t bother humans as they can tell we’re a bit too big for them to handle. Newborn baby gators will be near their mommies, who will have a big attitude problem if you get near the little ones. Just like grizzly mommies.

    Received my 5.56mm 55gr ammo and brown PMAGs. Marked and loaded the magazines for the range next week. Also, loaded some of my 9mm pistol mags with FMJ for the range. New batteries in my electronics muffs too.

    Ordered and received another UPS power supply to hook to my routers. Like TOP suggested, they help reduce damaging transients especially during the very brief power outages that tend to happen around here during t-storms.

    Also, like TOP, I tend to be a bit of a flashlight, lantern, and headlamp collector. Ordered another rechargeable headlamp. Perhaps an intervention is in order for me too.

    I’m addicted to Chapsticks (plain, original) and have been since I was a kid. They’re like crack to me. I buy them by the box full (about 24 per box). One of my retirement gifts from my Air Guard unit was a box of 100 USGI chapsticks (which at the time were supplied by Chapstick). I guess they noticed I used them a lot. So, I ordered and received another box full this week. I have about 200 sticks available in my stash, plus whatever box I’m working on. If the SHTF and I run out of Chapstick, I’ll probably just have to end it all. An intervention is definitely in order. 😊

    #1 daughter is doing well. She just has to be careful how she picks her daughter up or she’ll get a twinge. They were all over Epcot this past weekend and are back at Disney as I write this, and all of next week at the beach. They’re using up their annual pass. Plus, there is a hotel at Disney that is reserved for use by military; active, reserves, retired, and veterans. Much cheaper than the regular Disney hotels and just about as nice. Granddaughter loves Disney, especially meeting the characters. She saw Chewbacca, Buzz Lightyear, Mickey, Minnie, and others last weekend and she talked for hours about them.

    I spent some time this past week talking prepping with my cleaning lady. She couldn’t help but notice some of my prepping stash throughout the apartment and asked about it. I gave her a few tips on how to prepare for a hurricane and multi-day power outage. I also gave her a list of things to buy (camp stove and propane bottles, ice chest, a WaterBOB, and underbed storage bins for food stash, water, water purification stuff, etc). I didn’t talk about my guns and ammo as she doesn’t go in those closets to see them, although I’m sure she has seen my 9mm pistol. She really loved the WaterBOB idea.

    The Ex went EDC pistol shopping. She bought a Sig-Sauer P365 9mm. Now her next adventure is finding a holster suitable for concealed carry that she likes. She is also giving me back the S&W Mod 60 snubbie and Beretta .25 cal pistol I gave her some time ago. She wants to go to the range with me so I can run her through some drills. Fine with me. Any excuse to go shooting. I told her to find the holster she likes first, then we’ll go so she can practice drawing from the holster too.

    Some kind of tropical activity going on at the south end of Florida. Radar imagery doesn’t make it look like too big of a deal. It looks like it will travel north just off the eastern coast of Florida and be mostly a rain event. Of course, the weather people are all agog at the thought of actually being able to name another tropical system. The last one, Chantal, would probably have never been named a few years back as it didn’t get powerful enough until it was well out of the tropics and even then, barely powerful enough. They’d be all depressed and suicidal if they couldn’t name a storm this late into the season, what with climate change and all. But, giving tropical systems their due, they can develop nasty personalities pretty quickly when they want to. There is another something cropping up west of the African coast. We’ll see what it does in the next week or so. It seems to be heading for the Caribbean.

    Time for Justice Ginsberg to seriously consider retirement. Pancreatic cancer this time, although they claim they got it early. Sure. What she will probably do is die sitting on the bench hoping for a liberal president. If she does leave the bench (whether on her feet or feet first) the embarrassing show the Kavanaugh nomination hearing was will be nothing compared to the hearing for Ginsberg’s replacement.

    Tara’s questions:

    1. What have you done to help teach non-preppers a little self-reliance this week?

    As I mentioned above, I spent some time with my cleaning lady discussing the basics of prepping, specifically for hurricanes and longer than average power outages (more than 24-hours). I gave her a list of things she should buy or obtain. She was very interested in the WaterBOB. I didn’t get much deeper, and I certainly didn’t discuss firearms (at least not now).

    2. What are your plans to keep your home clean and help prevent the spread of bacteria and disease during a long-term disaster?

    Pretty much the basics, I think. I don’t have much in the way of natural cleaning products, but I do have a stock of commercial items. For the most part, I plan to either eat directly out of the food containers (ala C-rations) or use paper plates/bowls and disposable flatware. Depending on the water supply, I may use regular utensils and plates if I can wash them. As I have carpeted floors, I think I should get an old-fashioned carpet cleaner that does not need electricity. I already have a broom and the materials to make a “Cuban mop” for my non-carpeted floors.

    3. If you could start a survival business or service, what would you do and why?

    Is this now, or after SHTF? If now, probably nothing. If after SHTF, I might make my medical skills and firearm repair skills known when appropriate for some type of suitable currency or barter.

    1. Z36, I feel so guilty getting you to make jerky…LOL I never made chicken or fish jerky, let me know how it comes out. At least I had nothing to do with the ChapStick… LOL

      Good luck with the weather down there, I heard it change quick there.

      1. Thor1,

        No, you’re not guilty. Not one little bit. 🙂 I liked beef jerky before, it just tastes better when I make it.

        We’ll see about the weather. I just went to get mail and it was sunny, 95, with 60% humidity. The system off Africa is now a tropical depression and the track shows it curving across Hispaniola as a hurricane, then up toward south Florida.

          1. Thor1,

            I did check out that site. If I had the money, I’d give a purchase a serious though.

            The recipe is easy. I marinaded it overnight in a Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade.

        1. Z36, no liquid smoke like hickory or mesquite ? Honey or molasses? Texas Pete? Crushed red or fresh ground black pepper? Try experimenting a little, but your addiction might get worse…..LOL 👹

        2. Z36, I think fish jerky should only be made outside, but then every cat in the neighborhood would be at your door…ROFL

          1. Thor1,

            I generally like fish, but fish jerky doesn’t sound right to me. Maybe if I could try some made elsewhere I’d think about making my own.

    2. i had a cousin who hunted gators for a living, last i heard from him was back in 2008 when he sent me a case of gator jerky. he sold the heads to tourists. just remember when a gator looks at you and sees food you should think the same of it, they are pretty good

    3. Zulu 3-6,

      A bit of an alligator addendum for Tara. Gators are critters to be respected for certain, but generally as long as you stay away from the edges of lakes, retention ponds, creeks, etc, they shouldn’t be much of an issue.

      Yet another good reason to live where it gets cold. I can wander our creek or the many farm ponds around here and not have to watch my back. It’s good however to see another perspective on what dangers each of us may encounter.

      There was a cool video on TV and FB of a good-sized gator climbing over the fence around Naval Air Station Jacksonville last week. There was a lot of rain and flooding around there and he/she was probably just looking for a new spot to hunt and hang out.

      I find it interesting that you’re down in Orlando and pointing us to a local station here. WBNS channel 10 wakes us up most mornings @ 6:00. They’re the CBS affiliate; but, we watch their local news since it has the best weather and traffic coverage in the area.

      Ordered and received another UPS power supply to hook to my routers. Like TOP suggested, they help reduce damaging transients especially during the very brief power outages that tend to happen around here during t-storms.

      We get the same transients during storms or when the occasional drunk hits a power pole.
      Plug a lamp into the UPS with an LED bulb and you’ll have light that lasts a very long time if the power goes out.

      Also, like TOP, I tend to be a bit of a flashlight, lantern, and headlamp collector. Ordered another rechargeable headlamp. Perhaps an intervention is in order for me too.

      Intervention? At the very least you have great bartering material since food, water, and lighting are things everyone needs or at least wants even if they don’t realize it.
      Most people, especially city folk, have no idea what real dark means so spare lighting could well be worth a lot.

      I’m addicted to Chapsticks (plain, original) and have been since I was a kid. They’re like crack to me. I buy them by the box full (about 24 per box). One of my retirement gifts from my Air Guard unit was a box of 100 USGI chapsticks (which at the time were supplied by Chapstick). I guess they noticed I used them a lot. So, I ordered and received another box full this week. I have about 200 sticks available in my stash, plus whatever box I’m working on. If the SHTF and I run out of Chapstick, I’ll probably just have to end it all. An intervention is definitely in order. 😊

      . . . . . .
      I also gave her a list of things to buy (camp stove and propane bottles, ice chest, a WaterBOB, and underbed storage bins for food stash, water, water purification stuff, etc).
      I didn’t talk about my guns and ammo as she doesn’t go in those closets to see them, although I’m sure she has seen my 9mm pistol. She really loved the WaterBOB idea.
      My DW has a similar problem, and often purchases them by the box to hand out @ holidays. Christmas stockings and Easter baskets always have at least one of them. She has now however switched to something she likes even better: ” O’ Keeffe’s Lip Repair”

      This is how we get people to prep. It’s not crazy when you have real threats like hurricanes and subsequent power outages. Good job!!! I suspect she didn’t even realize she was being propagandized, LOL.

      She is also giving me back the S&W Mod 60 snubbie and Beretta .25 cal pistol I gave her some time ago. She wants to go to the range with me so I can run her through some drills. Fine with me. Any excuse to go shooting. I told her to find the holster she likes first, then we’ll go so she can practice drawing from the holster too.

      That model 60 is a nice little gun. I have the same J-Frame 640 DAO in stainless with a red dot that makes a good backup. I carry it in a Blackhawk Serpa paddle holster with stair tread tape on the release as a reminder to push before you pull. Too many ND’s have happened with that holster due to lack of practice and some local ranges have banned its use.

      Time for Justice Ginsberg to seriously consider retirement. Pancreatic cancer this time, although they claim they got it early. Sure. What she will probably do is die sitting on the bench hoping for a liberal president. If she does leave the bench (whether on her feet or feet first) the embarrassing show the Kavanaugh nomination hearing was will be nothing compared to the hearing for Ginsberg’s replacement.

      I heard that this cancer was beaten back some years ago & has returned; but, the mere thought of the current administration appointing another justice who understands the constitution and the law already has the left all in a tizzy.
      I suspect you are right on her waiting it out.

      1. TOP,

        I bought that Mod 60, used, quite some time ago (about 1980). The hammer has been bobbed and the action has been polished so it is very smooth. I carried it, off and on, as an off-duty and as a second gun. I retired it about 1986 or so. It was too nice to get rid of though.

        The Beretta Mod 20 I bought new, but shouldn’t have wasted my money. As you know, the .25 cal is a crap round. I don’t know if I’m going to keep it or try to unload it on some sucker.

        1. Z36, funny, I bought my 1st EX a .25 auto. I now have it. Its an Italian made .25. I shot it at an old dryer and it did not penetrate and ricochet. There may some self-defense ammo out there now thats better but best aimed at knee caps. LOL

          1. Thor1,

            Probably your .25 is the same Beretta Mod 20 I have. Not even heavy enough to throw at someone and expect damage. But I got it in my relatively uneducated about firearms days.

    4. Zulu 3-6:

      Where did you get the brown Pmags? I like keeping my mags sorted by color. I need some more brown and some green ones, or I’ll be adding tape to the mags.

  5. Sad day, puppy has killed his first intruder. A medium sized possum was living under a tarp that was covering one of the wood piles. The Mrs was sitting on the back porch and saw him messing around it and called me to look. I was hoping it wasn’t a poisonous snake. Just then he growled once and it was over. I guess the possum bit him and brought the wolf out. He almost bit him in half. I guess that’s what was eating some of the pears that had fallen.

    Medical
    Received all medical supplies that were ordered.
    The reproduction swiss army blankets are cool or should I say warm. LOL
    Ordered a six pack of tincture benzoin

    Security
    Ordered 300 rnds of 55 grn soft point .223
    Ordered 500 rnds of 55 grn full meta jacket .223
    Ordered 1,375 rnds of 36 grn hollow point .22lr
    Ordered an Adams arms AZ complete upper with a full auto rated gas piston
    Ordered a leapers red/green CQB site
    Ordered fold down iron sites
    Ordered 75 lb kevlar trip wire

    Electronics
    Received a 32″ Samsung smart TV ( this will go in the bugout trailer (free)
    Bought 2, 4 packs AAA rechargeable batteries

    Garden
    More tomatoes and peppers

    Canning
    Canned 14 quarts of pears in simple syrup (water bath)
    Canned 7 pints of pepperrs

    Candles
    The Mrs has been buying a lot of candles

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Do you think the power outages and wildfires are intentionally being done by foreign actors?
    2. What do you think of the Democratic candidates / party?
    3. Has your dog ever killed anything?

    1. Tara’s questions:

      1…What have you done to help teach non-preppers a little self-reliance this week?
      2.What are your plans to keep your home clean and help prevent the spread of bacteria and disease during a long-term disaster?
      3.If you could start a survival business or service, what would you do and why?

      1. Nothing
      2. Lysol and clorox
      3 Prepper supplies. Cool stuff.

    2. 1. nope, most of the US infrastructure is woefully outdated and just getting patced with bandaid measures. most power lines were put in in the 30s through the 50s, and now they are falling apart and they don’t have money to replace entire lines so its just replace a pole when it colapses and splice in some new wire. out here its very common for old poles to break under light ice and a little wind, or a tree falling on the line because nobody trims them, they just send a crew when something reaches catastrophy levels. systems just seariously outdated and overworked since it was designed to service fewer homes than it does.

      as per wildfires its smokey the bears fault. decades of ill infomed fire suppression (no fire is a good fire) in ecosystems that are adapted to periodic fires. many seeds cannot open and grow unless exposed to heat, a way to tell the seed the competition was removed, and many trees are fire resistant to an extent and need smaller fires to clean out weeds and smaller ladder fuels. those fire adapted areas filled in with weeds and decades up ladder fuels built up. so now any small fire spreads fast and becomes a huge fire. letting small fires purge and clean up those places isn’t an option (too much fuel and people moved into those areas) some places send crews out to manually remove fuels (i’m talking about you guys in Mescelaero, your forest mangment opperations were bitchin) to simulate it but still its expensive and labor intense to do it so only practical on municipal levels. its a result of decades of mismanagment and a problem that can’t be easily or at least cheaply solved.

      no idea, haven’t heard much in news, the few i hae heard of are bums and not a real challange to trump

      yes, no and no, only had 3 dogs, boarder collie when i was a teen killed gouse and squirrels/chipmunks, germain shepard around 2009 was a terrible dog with lots of problems and went back to the shelter within months, my last dog was a blue heeler and too old and blind to chase anything let alone catch it

      1. nemoseto, maybe in the resource poor North but Florida is on top of its infrastructure. Much of the money is from tourists, retirees pensions, and Social Security payments but the state is makeing the most of it. I drive all over North and Central Florida and new construction is everywhere. The highways are wide and smooth and power-line crews trim trees constantly.

        I pass under three major transmission lines on the two mile drive out to the main road. Utility crews have been working for three weeks improving the road under the one closest to my home. They must be planing on bringing in tons of new wiring. The coal fired plant six miles form me is removing one of the two units and replacing it with a GE gas co-generation unit 50% bigger then the one it replaces. If you get tired of the cold come on down, we need more people like you.

        1. Daddio7,

          I drive all over North and Central Florida and new construction is everywhere. The highways are wide and smooth and power-line crews trim trees constantly.

          It’s similar here; with the newest state emblem the orange barrel, or so it seems.
          Ohio recently raised its gasoline tax by 10.5 cents… for diesel its an extra 19 cents per gallon so hopefully we’ll be seeing good things on the roads and fewer potholes.

          I pass under three major transmission lines on the two mile drive out to the main road. Utility crews have been working for three weeks improving the road under the one closest to my home. They must be planing on bringing in tons of new wiring. The coal fired plant six miles form me is removing one of the two units and replacing it with a GE gas co-generation unit 50% bigger then the one it replaces.

          They are constantly working on the lines here. There’s a substation, switching station about 4.5 miles from me with some of the highest voltage lines in the country. Three 765KV lines meet there connected to two power generation facilities on the Ohio river with a third one heading north to the nuclear plant in St. Joe Michigan.
          There are also several 345KV lines there, distributing to a more local area.
          These all belong to AEP (American Electric Power); but, local distribution is handled by different carriers, with mine being a local cooperative that has less downtime than most other service providers in the state.
          I have numerous backup methods; but, don’t often need them due to a very diligent co-op that once per year shares the profits with its member owners.

        2. its over most of the us, yeah there are places that are keeping up but for most of the country the infrstructure dates back to the 50s. i recal the army core of engineers did a study a few years ago that determined 80% of the bridges in the us are structurally deficent because of age and lack of maintinence. around here some are so bad they collapsed and the lack of money to fix them meant they just stuck a dead end road sign up at the intersections at either end rather than fix it.

          a lot of power outages have been caused by lines just breaking down. plus there are more poeple using the grid than most of it was designed for (again datingt to the 50s). i read that a lot of the big power outages out west were caused by the system just being overloaded.

          in some states they are having such a hard time (out west) maintaining the grid that power companies are actually willing to pay for some peoples off grid system if it means they can retire and turn off enough power lines, simply being cheaper to pay for several off grid setups and loose a few paying customers than it is to maintain those lines.

    3. Thor1,

      The reproduction swiss army blankets are cool or should I say warm.

      I would like a report on how well the blanket holds up after a machine washing.

      Thor’s questions:
      1- Do you think the power outages and wildfires are intentionally being done by foreign actors?
      No. The wildfires are a result of poor forestry management, brought on by radical environmental goons who see any profitable use of renewable resources as blasphemy against mother earth. They are of course aided by clueless democrats.
      2- What do you think of the Democratic candidates / party?
      Not much; but, fun to watch as they eat each other. Biden is now criticized for mentioning those once sacred Obama years and every time he opens his mouth, his early onset dementia seems to reveal itself.
      3- Has your dog ever killed anything?
      Our dogs have been gone for years; but, did kill a few opossums and raccoons. We still have quite a few cats that keep down the mouse population as well as all but the fastest squirrels and chipmunks.
      It’s just that circle of life stuff, all too common here on the farm.

    4. Thor #1 Deep state or UN #2, Very little #3 I have two dogs that kill mice, do not eat but display them so we find them.Who needs a cat with mousers for dogs? LOL

  6. Thor’s questions:

    1. Do you think the power outages and wildfires are intentionally being done by foreign actors?

    No, I don’t think so. These things happen all of the time with many different causative factors.

    2. What do you think of the Democratic candidates / party?

    I think the Democraptic presidential candidates are all socialists/communists and enemies of the US Constitution and thus enemies of The People of the US.

    3. Has your dog ever killed anything?

    I don’t have a dog now, but my Ex owned a mutt that would kill squirrels if he could get them and he tried hard to do so. He was also a championship fly hunter and killer. Bi-lingual too. He understood commands in English and Spanish equally well. I was really sad when we had to put him down.

    Most dogs I’ve owned were relatively small dogs, so squirrels would have been the top end for any of them. My 10lb chihuahua was stupid enough to try and take on a 90lb pit bull, but the pitty just looked at her like she was crazy and walked away.

    1. Z36,

      1. I think a combination of enemies are attacking. China, N.Korea and Iran.

      2. Spot on brother.

      3. I have had similar experiences with dogs. My pit was 85 lbs and had skin and ear problems. She literally bite a full grown possum in half. It bit her bad ear, bad mistake. Possums do not carry rabies.

      A Chihuahua was off leash once and came up to me and my pit circling and barking. My pit just ignored it for a little but then the head went up, shoulders out, ears up on alert ready to kill mode. I yelled at the lady t come get her dog before it became a Mexican dinner for my pit..LOL My pit was on steroids for the skin condition at that point and it wouldn’t have been pretty….LOL

        1. Z36, Christmas or birthday…….

          Need to get it while we can.

          It gives all the benefits without the negatives. Clean and cool without harmonics.

          1. Thor1,

            It didn’t take too many rounds to melt down, did it? I mean the droopy barrel, not the A2 foregrips.

        2. Z36, almost 600 nds on continuous full auto…. Still not shabby. I think that debunks an overheat condition on that platform using a 100rnd drum in semiautomatic mode. But it does make me want to purchase the other weapon…… But even if the upper fails, if you have a replacement upper standing by, 2 pins and walla back in the fight. 😎

          https://www.impactguns.com/Short-Barrel-Rifle/POF-P415-10-W-T-Rail-NP3-Coated-847313003829-POF00382-R415109T223/

          1. Thor1,

            The same site did a full-auto to fail on the M&P-15 Sport II (using a full-auto lower from another manufacturer). It took about 820-rounds to set the A2 fore-grip fully on fire and for the gas port to be scoured open too far to function. They also thought, on further investigation that the barrel was slightly warped to one side because the flash suppressor came loose and turned to one side and was essentially shoving the overheated barrel to the opposite side, causing the slight warp.

            I own a M&P-15 Sport II and I doubt very much I could semi-auto it to fail like they did on full-auto. First of all, I’d have to ask myself why I was shooting so fast, so much.

        3. Z36, I wonder how my Colt or Wilson uppers would hold up? It seem like the short barreled rifle had an advantage in cooling.

          Another thought is what is the ambient temperature during the test? The test was done in Georgia and you live in Florida….. Hmmm

          1. Thor1,

            Check that YouTube site’s channel and see if they did more shoot to failure vids. I know there are several others.

            I’m not a blacksmith or metallurgist, so I don’t know what temperatures those barrels were by color on the thermal camera, but I’ll bet they were quite hot if any warpage occurred. I don’t think a few degrees of ambient temperature will make any difference, and if so, only a few more or less rounds fired would make the difference.

            Take your AR out on a cool, or even cold, day, and feel the barrel. Fire one round. Feel the barrel again and I’d bet it will be noticeably warmer after just the one round. Based on my experience shooting ARs and M16s, I’d say the barrel would be too hot to touch after just five or six rounds. I’ve seen a lot of guys grab their rifle by the barrel after shooting and spend the next five minutes or so doing the “MFer” dance and then have to go see the doc.

  7. My home has been taken over by a three year old, well, she will be three on the first. My wife has committed herself to taken care of our granddaughter four days a week, at least until we can get her civilized. My wife is still working three overnight shifts on the weekend so Monday is her only day off. Fridays are rough, she has GD all day and then works a 15 hour overnight shift.
    GD is a very sweet child, she is just very active and does not take naps. No daycare can handle that, she disrupts the other children. One daycare said the have a room when non-nappers are shut in and can play but GD let herself out and was wandering around the building so they couldn’t have an escape artist. She will probably be my only grandchild so instead of thinking I am losing a year of retirement I am gaining a year of quality time.

    While the weather has been hot no hurricanes have made their appearance yet. I am making sure I am ready anyway. I ordered three 30 lb propane tanks for my generator. I looked into getting a 250 gal tank but buying and filling one would cost $3000 and dealers here will only fill tanks hooked to permanently mounted generators. Being mine is dual fuel I also bought five more five gal gas containers to fill and keep on hand. New gas cans have difficult to use safety nozzles but Lowe’s had a sale on old style ones with simple spouts for $14, I got three of those. The price of gas is dropping so I will wait until a storm is forecast before filling all of them up.

    My wife wants me to stock up on foods that require little cooking. Even with a big enough generator to pull a freezer and AC the more load the more gas we would use so she does not want to cook much if the power goes out. With her keeping the granddaughter and working she has little time to help me plan and shop so I have to make that my job.

    1. Daddio7,

      My little girl is almost three and extremely active too. But she will take naps. She starts pre-school in a couple of weeks and we will see how that goes. I think it will be OK. I’ll be picking her up at 1:00pm on the two days she goes to school, bring her to my place, and it will be nap time for both of us. Her mom and I have been training her to last longer before her nap (which she usually goes down for at 11:30am). She’s been a tad cranky when the later nap time comes around, but I think her love of active play and socializing with other kids will keep her mellow for the teachers. Plus her great-aunt teaches there too (older kids), and I think she will settle down for Aunt Jessie if she does fuss.

      I absolutely agree with your feeling about getting quality time with your girl. They’re only young once and you won’t regret it. I didn’t get to spend this kind of time with my kids because of work and I didn’t really know what I had missed until I had granddaughter since she was 7-weeks old until now. My Ex didn’t think I would manage it, but I did and it is amazingly easy and fun for me. I guess being the oldest kid of seven helps too.

    2. Daddio7,

      I looked into getting a 250 gal tank but buying and filling one would cost $3000 and dealers here will only fill tanks hooked to permanently mounted generators.

      WoW!!!
      $3000.00 here will get a a new 1000 gallon tank, installed with regulators and filled. A refurbished 1000 gallon tank will save you between $200-400.
      What you could do, is install a permanent, gas water heater, gas range or ventless heater, like the one Almost There and I have, and then add a compression ”T” and ball valve to connect to the generator on the low side of the regulator. It’s pretty easy to do.

      1. Daddio7,
        When I stated compression ”T” fitting, I should have stated “Flare” fitting. Compression works OK; but, flare fittings are more reliable over time and what I’ve always used here

      2. I do have a gas stove and a 120 gal tank. My generator will be housed in my detached garage about 20 ft from the tank. I would just make an adapter hose and only put it in place if I my portable tanks run out.

  8. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    This has been a great week with cool nights and not so terribly hot & humid days. We’re finally seeing some more tomatoes on the plants in the garden and the cabbage is starting to head; but, the candy onions are most likely a wash this year, quite literally ?washed out” due to the incessant rainfall this spring and early summer.

    Below is a photo of some fabric swatches I dyed using plants the kiddos and I foraged in our upper pasture and some tomato plants.

    We have the ultimate brown dye here, often dying things whether we want it or not. Black walnuts!!!!
    I have used it in the past to die cloth; but, you can also easily dye (stain) your hands and it’s hard to get off; but, just part of the lifestyle.

    We were without television for most of the week because Brea’s new horse decided our satellite dish made an excellent scratching post. I know it was her horse because of the color of the tail she left behind as evidence on my now taco shaped dish and arm. I did not mind going without television at all – I was able to watch Yellowstone on my phone, but Bobby sure missed spending hours watching the news after work.

    Our only satellite problem is occasional rain fade, since the dish sits high on the roof of the house in order to see over the many trees on the property.
    I too like the news; but, that’s one of the very few things we ever watch live, with other shows we like picked up by the receiver and stored on the DVR for later watching during our down times. We also get all of the major networks from an off the air antenna, so rain fade only affects certain shows and not often.

    I used to enjoy watching the news for hours on end also, but all of the liberal bias and then goofball stuff they do – yes, I am talking about that insipid game show segment you have on Thursdays, Tucker Carlson, it just agitates me too much to watch for very long.

    No liberal bias here other than the occasional listen to gauge what our detractors are saying, and with shows like Tucker recorded, I can easily skip through the uninteresting or uninformative crap.
    Real time or what the DD called appointment TV has been rare here for a long time between DVR & streaming.

    Each time I get close to thinking it is ready to put in a book or program format and put out there to the public, I decide it needs “just one more thing” before I start editing.

    As an engineer I understand your plight, since every product can be improved with one ”last little tweak”; but, at some point you need to take that deep breath and pull the trigger. Improvements can be made in ”Revision 2” or the ”2nd edition. “

    Y’all may recall me mentioning my prepper mentor and friend, Rick Austin, and the ultra cool self-reliance camp for grown ups – Prepper Camp. Well, Rick emailed me yesterday that Prepper Camp made the front page of the New York Times.

    I wish you would list the URL for this, since a search for it found many prepper related articles in that rag, some good and some not too bad; but, none looking like the one you mentioned here.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. What have you done to help teach non-preppers a little self-reliance this week?
    I helped moderate a tabletop discussion for our county EMA, discussing the Earth EX 2019 training scenario where an EMP or CME takes down the power grid for 6 months or more. Topics included what can each do personally, what our agency can do, and what should other county agencies be doing in preparation for such an event. Ongoing talks with those other agencies will be upcoming this year.
    2. What are your plans to keep your home clean and help prevent the spread of bacteria and disease during a long-term disaster?
    We keep plenty of soap, vinegar, ammonia, both cloth & paper towels on hand and keep the place clean on a regular basis. During good times; but, especially during bad times, keeping ahead of any mess will be preferable to playing catch-up. Paper goods can be useful, since when contaminated they may simply be burned to stop the spread of infection.
    3. If you could start a survival business or service, what would you do and why?
    I have been teaching firearms, wilderness survival and preparedness for 30-40 years, generally as a free service, since keeping those around me prepared, means they will not be a burden on me or the system as a whole. Some of this I do independently; but, some in concert with our local county EMA. A prepared community is a better community, and may actually be able to help me in a pinch, so this is not completely altruistic.

    TOP’s question
    1. Does this represent the view of most of the caring, loving, tolerant progressives? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MepqpR0-l0
    2. If the following person won the presidential election and passed her policy, would you comply? I would not.
    Gillibrand suggests support for mandatory buyback of assault weapons
    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/14/mandatory-buyback-assault-weapons-kirsten-gillibrand-1462712
    3. The newly released summer Energy star suggestions for your thermostat settings are 78° when home, 82° when sleeping, and 85° when away from home. Will you comply? If so will you be comfortable and will your pets be happy? Keep in mind that the future smart grid and thermostat will allow someone to force this control on you.
    4. As a follow up, while on a summer vacation you may choose a cabin with one of the following. Air conditioning or WiFi; but, not both Which do you choose?

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. When JP mentioned Jericho last week, I recalled watching it a long time ago and enjoying it, so I popped over to Amazon and ordered a boxed set of DVD’s. With Amazon Prime free shipping, the total was only $16.00 and the DVD set has already arrived. I’ll probably not start watching it until colder weather; but, JP, thanks for mentioning it.
    2. I upgraded my NRA membership from Life to Endowment Life a while back and received a new NRA jacket. The DW thinks it’s nice enough to wear at more formal occasions, which for us would be weddings & funerals.
    3. Received 20 AA & 20 AAA Energizer Advanced Lithium Batteries from woot.com. The lithium batteries are a little more expensive; but, have a 10 year shelf or low load life and still deliver full rated current in the freezing cold, so they will be used in the outdoor perimeter alarms and other outdoor electronics.
    4. Received a digital food thermometer from my Hong Kong supplier.
    5. The husband of a good friend passed earlier this month. While it was not unexpected, it left her a bit short of cash, so I purchased a like new Ruger 10/22 in a tactical stock (adjustable length, red dot optics, laser & bipod), along with 5 Butler creek 20 round magazines and 4900 rounds of various ammunition, including some subsonic. Also a Winchester cleaning kit, gun vise, and several bore snakes; a 20-60×60 rubber armored spotting scope with a tripod. I probably over paid a bit for these; but, I’ve known this young lady for more than 40 years since she is the middle daughter of a late good friend and this was a way to help out.
    6. Move equipment and supplies to the new building and added ti the inventory spreadsheet.
    7. Installed PCMatic on another machine and it’s also working better
    8. Received from Wish.com
    Non Stick Meat Ball maker
    Plastic Over Cabinet Door Hooks
    4 pack Stainless Steel Metal straws with cleaning brush. These will be used for making antennas and not to replace plastic straws
    9. 18 pound bag of cat food.
    10. 50 pounds Dumor Layers chicken pellets
    11. 2 bales wood shavings for horse bedding from TSC
    12. 5 blueberry & 5 cherry pies
    13. 2 bottles, cranberry juice cocktail
    14. 1 can SPAM light to try
    15. 1 can SPAM Low sodium ti try
    16. Some additional Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets from my Hong Kong source (dx.com)
    17. We did a tabletop exercise with EMA in coordination with a widespread power outage for the Earth Ex 2019 exercise. Discussions centered on personal mitigation, county mitigation and how our agency may be involved. To date it looks like we are the only agency evaluating this scenario.
    18. Mini HD camera
    19. A 5 pack of Gilden ankle length socks for $5.00 @ Dollar General. I wear these all of the time and this was a great price.
    20. 2 bottles of cranberry juice cocktail
    21. Aldi’s:
    • 2 loaves whole wheat bread
    • 2 16 oz jars natural peanut butter
    • 1 gallon 2% milk
    • 3 packages blueberry muffins (12 total)
    22. A digital food thermometer from wish.com
    23. 6 month checkup with my cardiologist. Other than renewing a few prescriptions, nothing but another appointment next year. So far, so good.
    24. Spent some time helping diagnose a nasty noise problem on our local ham radio repeater; but, think we have it solved.

    1. TOP’s questions

      1. Does this represent the view of most of the caring, loving, tolerant progressives? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MepqpR0-l0

      I would suspect so. Maher hopes for a recession, so Trump loses. What if the recession doesn’t end if Maher’s socialist hero gets elected? Which it probably wouldn’t. It would get worse.

      2. If the following person won the presidential election and passed her policy, would you comply? I would not.
      • Gillibrand suggests support for mandatory buyback of assault weapons
      https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/14/mandatory-buyback-assault-weapons-kirsten-gillibrand-1462712

      I wouldn’t comply either. But my question is: how much money is she talking? You know it won’t be anywhere close to the true value of the weapons/mags.

      3. The newly released summer Energy star suggestions for your thermostat settings are 78° when home, 82° when sleeping, and 85° when away from home. Will you comply? If so will you be comfortable and will your pets be happy? Keep in mind that the future smart grid and thermostat will allow someone to force this control on you.

      No, I wouldn’t comply. I wouldn’t be comfortable (although I could gut my way through it if those temps occurred because of a grid down situation). BTDT a number of times already. But I won’t use those temps voluntarily as long as the grid is up, and I can afford electricity.

      4. As a follow up, while on a summer vacation you may choose a cabin with one of the following. Air conditioning or WiFi; but, not both Which do you choose?

      Wi-Fi. I can entertain myself better with Wi-Fi.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        I wouldn’t comply either. But my question is: how much money is she talking? You know it won’t be anywhere close to the true value of the weapons/mag

        Since they would be illegal to own, they would be considered worthless, so $50.00 at gunpoint would be their generous offer or maybe an Amazon gift card.
        All but a few of mine are paperless for a good reason.

    2. Top’s questions:

      1. Yes, its all about hating Trump and the American people.
      2. NO!!!
      3. NO you can always by pass with a jumper wire..LOL
      4. AC…you are in a cabin to get away anyway. But be comfortable.

      1. Thor1,

        4. AC…you are in a cabin to get away anyway. But be comfortable.

        I agree. Since I’m camping in a cabin, instead of a tent, the only reason would be comfort, like AC. Been tent camping many times; but, these old bones don’t like a ground cloth like they used to if I can help it.

    3. at the higher ranks probably, but the grunts of the party probably wouldn’t agree with him either even if only because they would be the ones most harmed by a recession, the higher p have money to ride one out.

      don’t know who that is, but i wouldn’t have to comply: i “sold” all my “assault rifles” to “some guy” up on the “rez”

      3 wouldn’t matter to me, i’m off grid and designed my cabin carefully with heating and cooling in mind, don’t use ac anyway.

      4. don’t use ac anyway so i would have to choose the wifi.

      1. Nemoseto,

        don’t know who that is, but i wouldn’t have to comply: i “sold” all my “assault rifles” to “some guy” up on the “rez”

        She’s one of the many hoping to be a president on the democrat side.
        As for your ”Assault Weapons” it would not matter, since any tube that launches a projectile would be fair game.
        All they initially wanted was background checks; but, NICs was only the start and they won’t be happy until the only firearms are carried by just their own security.

        1. yeah, ny states red flag law went into effect today, anyone can now have anyone elses right to own a gun be taken away if they call the cops and claim they think the peron might commit a crime.

          most gun owners here are fudds, except on the rez where laws don’t exist (jurisdictional nightmare, 2 canadian provinces, 2 countries, 2 ny counties, international shipping through the river, and the rez is right in the middle of it like some lawless no mans land), every 4th of july there are drug fueled parties along the river with everyone setting off fireworks, shooting real assault rifles into the air (full auto) and lighting the marsh on fire or piles of tires or some vacant houses. over winter several cop cars were stolen, driven out on the ice and set on fire. i cannot begin to tell you how many pot plants i saw growing in peoples back yards when i was working there.

          i have a feeling if guns become cracked down on there will be a flood of them coming through my area (barrels of cocane get tossed off the freighters going down the river, 55 gallon drums of coke, friend of mine found one once and reported it, was a huge smuggling op)

    4. TOP:

      Glad I cold help you with that excess disposable income issue. I will also be waiting for cooler weather, seems I’m a bit busy right now.

  9. I just got in from a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) leaders meeting. It started at 0800 this morning, and since it was a 3+ hour drive, I spent last night there. Good stuff to come!

    We had an unadvertised sale on Smucker’s jelly here; $1.25/jar (reg. $3.59), so I bought the shelf clean of seedless Boysenberry. I have yet to have a sealed jar go back in the pantry, or an open jar go bad in the refrigerator. Good commercial prep stuff!

    More de-cluttering. Went through a couple of old desks/dressers, through out what needed, Thrift Stored what was salvageable (including the desk) and made space for an exercise machine (that I really need to increase my flexibility). Boxes to recycle, trash to dump.

    I wanted a pair of shorts to wear other than around the house. I got a pair of Condor brand Maverick shorts from Amazon. They are light weight, Teflon fabric protected, 93% nylon/7% Spandex, 4-way stretch with belt loops, knee length, rivet button and zipper closure. They have 4 “regular” pockets, “coin” pockets in each front pocket, and 2 “gear” pockets at the waist between the front and rear pockets (knife or pistol mag?). These are really close to what I was looking for Everyday Wear with my vest during the summer. More later as I use them.

    I was comparing prices on dried beans we eat, and found I am better off buying 1-pound packages of chili & navy beans, along with pearl barley, at WINCO (since I go twice a month) than driving 250 miles (round trip) to buy them in 25-pound bags! Strange.

    I found 3.5-gallon buckets (perfect for 25-pound bags of beans & rice) on Home Depot’s website for $27.57/10 and lids are an additional $12.59/10 (I can have it shipped to my local store, or, with a $45 order, I can have it shipped to the house for free – since I get my military discount only at the store, off I go!). Not free, but doable. 5-gallon buckets are just getting too heavy/awkward for us seniors; but I took the free ones I was offered this week.

    I have been looking for a way to carry my handgun (and other stuff) under my coat when I’m out 4-wheeling and such. I just got in a chest pack from Amazon for about $24 that should do the trick. I have a friend with the same need; we’ll see what he thinks.

    Submitted my Medicare application this week. Just another indicator that I’m getting old.

    DW is busy with the MEGA Sports (Kids) Camp at the church. Through sports they are learning about goal setting and a Christian mindset. Good stuff.

    This week I heard about a herbal relief for ache pain (light but persistent). It’s from Bighorn Botanicals. It’s from the Yew tree. I’m told that the capsules do more for you than the tea, but several of the Tuesday Morning Men’s Group expressed an interest in having some of the tea with that meal. So, I’ll order the tea for the group and the capsules for me, and see which I like better. The person that recommended it has chronic ache pain and a cup in the morning and another at night gives him serious relief. I’m willing to try it; 4-6 Excedrin a day is getting old.

    Supply Run: ammo; jelly;

    Received: Condor Maverik shorts; yellow shooting glasses; silver rounds; used 5-gallon buckets; Chest Pack; Labeling Tape, P-Touch, 1”; buckets (2 and 3.5-gallon) and lids

    Tara’s questions:

    1. Non-preppers. I give them free advise, my everyday reasons for food storage/debt management/self-defense and leave it at that. If they want more info, they know where to get it.
    2. No special cleaning supplies.
    3. I already do. I dabble with firearms/reloading. Mostly getting rid of stuff I thought I needed to buy stuff I want.

    nemoseto’s questions:

    1. Body armor. I have one set, probably should have 4.
    2. Savings safe from inflation? Reduce debt (less debt/less need for income), durable supplies (things I know I’ll need and are now on sale), means of producing/preserving food, firearms/ammo, a little in PM’s.
    3. Long term heating/cooking? Not at present at this location.

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Foreign actors? I have not seen anything to make me think so.
    2. Democratic candidates / party? If this is what the main-stream politicians have to offer, I’m buying more sandbags.
    3. Has your dog ever killed anything? Not to my knowledge, although #1 and #2 did eat the squirrels I shot before I could get there!

  10. Hello to the Pack..
    I too have been watching the events unfolding/non public releases/ substances we do not need in our bodies(.like pu233 and others.) from info from friend,with latest equipment and knowledge ,say levels are rising after event that put Russian monitors off line…for some reason.
    I have been able to make head way on getting the things we have- secured and purchased 35 lbs grains( flour, cornmeal, oats, wheat,popcorn,rice-all in small bites.. and like amounts of meats. some feed for the short term..I also have checked my supply of iodine.Have filled our boxes with our normal daily dose.
    I finally got tomatoes,yellow patty pan, and more cukes out in raised bed/ fall production..Planted in area where can be protected from early frost… The Tatuma that were planted a few weeks ago,has taken off and is blooming great guns. I have a fence around them as well and can ,for extra production time.Have put a temporary sun shade over for these hottest days.
    The Georgia Bakers are blooming but all are male blooms so far. I have given all an infusion of fish emulsion to get them up and going. I pulled up the acorn squash.the squash bugs who were residing there met their demise with the brush burner, and the fly swatter. I pulled 18 acorn squash off the vines this week, and had already pulled 15 over several weeks.. It really liked the place it volunteered.

    The 12 Kits are growing like crazy .. The youngest of them will be 12 weeks.early Oct. Plan is to keep two more females for breeding….. we have been gifted some wire to make another couple of cages for them to protect from the many critters that love chicken and rabbit..I found out the junk grass i have been struggling to keep out of garden is actually good choices to feed the rabbits.crab grass, burmuda, fescue and trumpet vine and kudzu all are good for forage..They are not crazy about the fox grape vines.will be gathering more in to have forage for them for the winter. drying and storing. in large bins./ feed cans.
    ..The hens are down to 13, lost my last Colombian hen last week to something.(, not determined what yet, suspect coon. will set it out some food, as a special supper invitation.) Several hens are beginning a molt @ about a year. Still laying well most days..11-12 usually. I have upped their protein feed/in special lots for 3 or 4 feed a week.. in addition to them free ranging, and free choice of pellets/coral calcium under the watchful eye of the Columbian roo who takes all of his job seriously.
    busy week, and productive one. in spite of the heat, we were able to complete some outside chores… and more are on tap for coming week. Car repair in progress for DD as a rescue vehicle…
    Keep on, Keeping on,… Do what you can to protect your family from the fallout that life provides.and give them a safehaven.
    Tara, Q’a,…just continued education of those already aware and learning..
    #2 cleaning Vinegar, bleach, baking soda, laundry soda, borax, plain soap, Peroxide, alcohol , essential oils,
    #3 Probably something plant based…assist hubby ,w/ what ever he is doing.

  11. my states red flag law went into effect yesterday, now a large number of people can call the police and ask to have someones rights to own a gun suspended by claiming they think the person may commit a crime. the police can then confiscate any guns the person owns and hold the guns for up to 1 year, the person whos guns were confiscated will have to pay fees to get them returned and prove they were not going to commit a crime.

    i have seen laws be twisted and used to hurt people for personal reasons before and these kinds of laws always, and without exception, get used to hurt people in personal grudges.

    that said i should add an update to what i did this week, i deleted any online accounts i had anywhere. in the past petafucks had gone after me when i killed raccoons that were after my chickens, complelty legal, but they spammed the state dec and state police with complaints exagerating it and saying i was trapping out of season without a license and selling the furs and had taken 100 raccoons and was drowning caged baby raccoons, etc, the dec kept on me till they learned that i had killed 1 raccoon and i shot it in a trap after it was trapped trying to get to my chickens and i buried it out back since it was summer fur and not worth tanning. the petafucks then not satisfied and feeling i should be hurt in some way despite not having committed a crime then spent weeks harrassing me any way they could think of. those same types would just get boners at the idea of sending the cops after me claiming they thhink i might use the gun to shoot a raccoon out of season, better to eradicate my online presence than tempt that fight.

    1. nemoseto,

      I clearly remember some years ago when Michigan enacted domestic violence orders. Very similar to red flag laws. At least with DVOs, not just anyone could file them, but that didn’t stop angry wives, ex-wives, girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, and even children from filing false DVOs. The filer had to appear before a judge and raise their right hand at least and the judge would issue the DVO, ex parte (one side only heard). 90% of the time, the person the DVO was filed against had to move out, or otherwise stay away from the filer. Then the cops could go over, seize guns, etc.

      It didn’t take long for cops and judges to realize the majority of the DVOs were BS and rife with perjury. The law was modified to require a hearing, within something like ten days after the ex parte order was filed where the other side could get their say. Previously, that hearing could take place whenever the judge could find room on his docket. Whenever. A vast majority of DVOs hit the trash can after those hearings. However, the prosecutors were reluctant to file perjury charges because of the political optics of charging a “domestic violence victim.”

      My department would return firearms as soon as possible (assuming the owner was otherwise eligible to possess them, some weren’t). Other agencies would drag their feet forcing the owner to go back to court and get a specific order to return the guns. Of course, one needed an attorney for all this court business and as the orders and hearings were civil proceedings, one couldn’t get an appointed lawyer if you were eligible. Unless you violated the DVO, then it all became criminal.

      In my opinion, red flag laws are inherently unconstitutional. However, if those orders are issued ex parte, the respondent should be given a hearing as quickly as possible. No longer than 10-days later. If the judge invalidates the red flag order, police departments should be enjoined to “immediately” return the guns (immediately being defined as within a maximum of three business days), with no monetary fees assessed against the owner. Moreover, the law should also enjoin the police to maintain the weapons in the same, or better, condition than they were when seized.

      All-in-all, I see little good coming out of those laws. It will be dangerous to the police and to the citizen involved, as we have already seen in several instances around the country. I suggest to any police officers who are executing a red flag order against a Vietnam vet, and they hear the song, “Fortunate Son” playing when they get to the house, they should turn around, go away, and rethink the situation.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        DVO, ex parte (one side only heard). 90% of the time, the person the DVO was filed against had to move out, or otherwise stay away from the filer. Then the cops could go over, seize guns, etc.

        Here we do have the TRO; but, I think they require more than a statement from a single party. I’ve never filed one or had one filed on me; but, the few I knew who did unfortunately deserved.

        It didn’t take long for cops and judges to realize the majority of the DVOs were BS and rife with perjury.

        About 25 years ago a colleague was in the middle of a divorce and his soon to be ex mentioned something about him molesting their daughter. He had done no such thing; but, she had been reading a book about getting the most from a divorce. He informed his lawyer who in turn talked with her lawyer who informed her that if true, she should file; but, if not, she could lose everything and that ended that. Some book on divorce actually listed accusations and perjury of this sort as a tactic.

        In my opinion, red flag laws are inherently unconstitutional. However, if those orders are issued ex parte, the respondent should be given a hearing as quickly as possible.

        There is a serious discussion going on in our legislature about a Red Flag law prompted by the Dayton shooting. It seems to be stalled at the moment, since some legislators have serious concerns about Due process, so who knows where this will end up. The fact that the Dayton shooter was a Bernie supporter, had recently visited mental health clinics and had several illegal drugs in his system, seems to be lost on most of the media who still blame the president for the vitriol.

        No longer than 10-days later. If the judge invalidates the red flag order, police departments should be enjoined to “immediately” return the guns (immediately being defined as within a maximum of three business days), with no monetary fees assessed against the owner.

        I would add that the accuser should be investigated to see if the original complaint had any merit, and if there was none, appropriate actions should be taken there. If one can falsely accuse anyone of anything with no repercussions, that would be tempting and dangerous for some.

        Moreover, the law should also enjoin the police to maintain the weapons in the same, or better, condition than they were when seized.

        Yep. I’ve heard too many stories of seized firearms returned after a year of fighting, only to get a pile of rusty junk back.

        I suggest to any police officers who are executing a red flag order against a Vietnam vet, and they hear the song, “Fortunate Son” playing when they get to the house, they should turn around, go away, and rethink the situation.

        I don’t know why I find this funny; but, it’s more an ironic laugh. LOL.

        1. unfortunatly i am in ny, home of most of the most adamant anti gun politicians the countr has, home of the safe act, and they also just passed a law that extends background check wait times for 30 days in many cases (if a person doesn’t come back cleared imediatly with an instant check they have to wait 30 days even after the fbi might clear them). ny leadership only get there because of the support from the city, and the city is anti gun to the point guns are all but illegal there. chairman cuomo and his buddies can’t remove the second amendment so they just pass as many laws as they can against it. they made the red flag law intentionally vauge so it can be applied often, they don’t care if inocent people get railroaded by it, to them any gun they can remove from the citizenry and have “lost” in police hands or delayed with paperwork is a victory to them.

          i’ve been on the receiving end of injustice many times and have seen how these laws get used. if there is one thing i have learned though experience its cover your ass, dig in, and stand your ground.

          i’m also laughing at the vietnam refrence, i’m not old enough to have seen it (my father was a draft dodger though and an overall terrible person). but the image just seemed amusing.

      2. Z36, I was talking to a guy while grocery shopping, and he was loaded for bear like me with a 50cal and some class 3 full auto’s. He said 1776 will commence if they try a red flag law on him….

        The Constitution specifically calls for duty to resist if they try to disarm American’s.

        My life for my country……I am not afraid.

        1. Thor1,

          The Constitution specifically calls for duty to resist if they try to disarm American’s.

          Can you cite the clause that says this?

          My life for my country……I am not afraid.

          None of us should be and the oath I took stated in part: “All enemies, Foreign and Domestic.”; but, it’s a fine line to be drawn by the individual in resisting their own government. Choose your battled carefully.

          1. Thor1 and TOP,

            There is no such clause in the Constitution. Mores the pity.

            The oath of enlistment I took had no expiration date. An enlisted oath requires one to defend and protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Perhaps that is where the thought comes from. However, deciding who an enemy is can be the problematic issue, followed by what can you lawfully do to “protect and defend.”

          2. Zuly 3-6:

            Then there’s the old line from a movie:

            “How do we tell the good guys from the bad?”
            “If they are shooting at you, they’re bad.”

            I agree. I don’t care what you are wearing, or what you are calling out over a megaphone. Shoot at me, I shoot back.

          3. Thor1,

            Not adhering to the Constitution is not treason. That word has been bandied about way too loosely in recent years. In other countries, treason has a much more flexible legal definition, but it is not that way here.

            Treason 18 U.S. Code § 2381
            Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

            That’s it. Nothing else qualifies as treason in US law. Furthermore, per the Constitution, to be proved, the treasonous act(s) must have been witnessed by at least two people or confessed in open court.

            Article III, Section 3, US Constitution:
            Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

            The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

          4. Thor1,

            My bad, its more of a quote from Thomas Jefferson.

            Actually “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” is most likely not a Thomas Jefferson quote.
            I’m no Jefferson expert; but, did some research on him some time ago since we share the same birthday (April 13).
            FACT CHECK: Did Thomas Jefferson Say, ‘When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty’?
            https://checkyourfact.com/2018/04/13/fact-check-thomas-jefferson-quote/
            From the article: “The Thomas Jefferson Foundation calls the quote “spurious,” and etymologists say there’s no evidence Jefferson ever said it.”

            Confusion with the founder’s words is quite often misconstrued as content of the constitution, with ”Separation of Church and State”</strong. perhaps being the one I see most.

            In any case misquoting Jefferson, Mark Twain, and Winston Churchill seems to be a common thing and I’m sure I’ve done the same before Google and other search engines made checking it easy.

          5. Thor1,

            What red flag laws do is Violate the Constitution. 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th amendments.

            That’s what’s holding up such a law in Ohio, with many legislators not signing on until due process is part of the legislation.
            For now we’re at a stalemate.

            If a law violates the Constitution, it is null and void. When do law makers commit treason?

            While violating the constitution may be unethical and hypocritical, it is not in itself treasonous unless it meets certain definitions as cited in ”18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason”:

            ”Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

            There may be a few who fit this definition like John Kerry or some of the Squad; but, throwing around that word is IMHO no different than the other side calling everyone racist.

          6. All, we need to change the definition of Treason. If a politician takes an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and violates their oath while in office should be punished according to the extent of the violation.

            The attack on the American peoples rights is IMHO, war on the American people.

            They are supposed to lead not rule.

            Now Antifa is also violating the Constitution under the first amendment by not peacefully protesting and the police that stand down while they beat an old guy with a crowbar and do nothing are also violating their oath of office of protect and serve.

            These violations should at the very least mean immediate termination from employment and not being allowed to hold any public office for police and politicians a like.

            “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” is a very good statement.

          7. Thor1,

            Antifa is not required to obey the Constitution. The Constitution sets forth the duties, authorities, and restrictions on the US GOVERNMENT, not the PEOPLE (even those scumbags). However, the 14th Amendment added some of the acts of the States and local governments to come under the restrictions of the Constitution. The Supreme Court added still more citing the 14th Amendment as their authority.

            To change the definition of treason would require an amendment to the Constitution. The Framers intentionally defined treason the way they did to prevent the government from inventing any resistance or criticism of government as treason like the Brits liked to do pre-1776. Criticize the King? Treason: hanged, drawn, and quartered (unless you were of the nobility in which case you were just beheaded). Plus your estate forfeited to the Crown and all of your family impoverished (the forfeiture and corruption of blood prohibited in the Constitution).

            If you carefully read the Constitution, much of what the Articles and Bill of Rights (first Ten Amendments) prohibit the Government from doing, reflects directly back on what the Brits did to people, both to colonists and citizens in Great Britain.

            Members of Congress are not our rulers OR leaders. They are our REPRESENTATIVES who should execute the will of the PEOPLE. Of course, they don’t, and get away with it.

            Why do the police watch Antifa types beat people and do nothing? Damned good question. Mostly, I think it stems from their being ordered by their mayor and chief to do nothing and resultant fear of job loss for disobedience, not to mention prosecution or exposure to civil action without being backed up by their employer. Can this happen? Yep, and it has. Hence the seeming refusal to act.

        2. Zulu 3-6,
          First of all you beat me to the punch again LOL.

          The Constitution sets forth the duties, authorities, and restrictions on the US GOVERNMENT, not the PEOPLE (even those scumbags).

          This seems to be one of the most misunderstood concepts by many. If you want to protest on my lawn (personal property) and I tell you to leave, too many will scream how I’m violating their first amendment rights.
          I chock this up to poor education; but, sometimes wonder if the miseducation is intentional.

          To change the definition of treason would require an amendment to the Constitution. The Framers intentionally defined treason the way they did to prevent the government from inventing any resistance or criticism of government as treason like the Brits liked to do pre-1776.

          Unfortunately even this was tested by our nascent country with the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts by the 5th US Congress and signed into law by President John Adams in 1798. I won’t go into detail; but, anyone can look it up and understand the struggle and the miracle that is this country.

          Members of Congress are not our rulers OR leaders. They are our REPRESENTATIVES who should execute the will of the PEOPLE.

          Amen!!! Now if we can just convince more of them of that status since they seemingly argue over black and white things like what to call them.
          Call a senator a member of congress and you will surely be corrected; but, while members of either the house or senate are members of congress by definition, the senate somehow sees itself as superior.
          What we need is a term limit on all of congress of perhaps 12 years.

          Why do the police watch Antifa types beat people and do nothing? Damned good question. Mostly, I think it stems from their being ordered by their mayor and chief to do nothing and resultant fear of job loss for disobedience, not to mention prosecution or exposure to civil action without being backed up by their employer

          That’s how I see it. Trying to be an officer in a sanctuary jurisdiction has to bee a headache many just don’t want. Has to be one definition of ”Catch 22”

          1. One big problem with this is the Framers followed the Constitution because it was the LAW OF THE LAND. It was what they fought, bled and died for,

            The Dem’s want us disarmed for one reason and one reason only. Power to control the people. The candidates are outright calling for confiscation. If this happens the guillotines are next.

          2. Thor1,

            One big problem with this is the Framers followed the Constitution because it was the LAW OF THE LAND. It was what they fought, bled and died for,

            Actually they didn’t follow the constitution since it did not yet exist. What they did was sort of follow The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union” However, fears of central authority and extensive land claims by states kept it from being ratified until 1781 and in 1797 they tossed it out completely and based on the Declaration of Independence began work on our current constitution; but, even then it took amendments to get enough signature sto pass it.
            Politics played a large role back then also, and the inherent opposition to slavery, without giving the southern states a reason not to join accounted for numerous changes.
            The Declaration initially read as ”Life, Liberty, and Property”; but, was changed to ”Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” primarily due to opposition of people being held as property and not giving the southern states something to confirm their position.
            The other was the 3/5th rule for apportionment of representatives.
            Everything was a compromise and the founders quite artfully walked the razors edge

            The Dem’s want us disarmed for one reason and one reason only. Power to control the people. The candidates are outright calling for confiscation. If this happens the guillotines are next.

            I agree with what they want and things are unlikely to happen the way they want it. They know this or otherwise they would ignore Trump, confident in their position for the 2020 presidential replacement.
            As for the guillotine, I doubt we would be using them today; but, recall that during the French Revolution, the guillotine was used to execute the King (Louis XVI ) and Marie-Antoinette, the leadership and not the peasants fomenting the revolt.
            In short, we outnumber them.

  12. Well I am late to the dance again. I now have four jobs–they were all just too good to turn down. I love working online. I can work at home in my pajamas. I have been so busy that I haven’t logged on in a while.

    We have a potential Cat. 3 hurricane headed our way. We should see some early winds Saturday evening and the storm should hit in force Sunday evening and into Monday.

    We went to Walmart today just to pick up a few things. I have been so busy with work that I let my water supply dwindle to four cases. (But I still have 10 cases of Gatorade, a water bob and a water barrel, as well as a Berkey if we had to filter from the community swimming pool.)

    My dh was taking a nap this afternoon when I heard the governor declare a state of emergency. I thought we should jump on things early and go out and get supplies. So I woke up dh and we went to Walmart. They were sold out of water, batteries and non perishable, ready to eat food like ravioli and chili. (Totally empty shelves.) That was really creepy! It is only Wednesday and the stores are sold out. We went to the nearest Publix and they were sold out of the same–no batteries, no water. Then we went to our local Publix and got about just the last of the water. There were still no batteries. They had only three cans of ravioli. (We have a totally good food supply. But ravioli is cheap and easy to fix–better than going into one’s long term food supply or expensive MREs.

    Our last stop was the gas station. We had to wait for 20 minutes because there was a line. They were only accepting cash. (This is four days before a potential hurricane!)

    1. Bam-Bam,

      Wow, they’re taking this one seriously where you live, eh?

      I went to my neighborhood Publix yesterday morning about 9:30am and stock levels all seemed normal, no lines of significance, normal crowd. I chatted with the cashier as I always seem to get the same lady and she said they expected things to pick up that afternoon. I don’t know if they did. I picked up two cases of water and just a few odds and ends for eating through the week.

      I have a full tank of gas, so I don’t need to sit in a line. But I didn’t go out after coming back from Publix, so I don’t know what is going on in that department. I may go out and scout around a little later on.

      I noticed the track has shifted south a bit, though Orlando may still get knocked about, assuming the track stays as is predicted. That’s good news for you guys.

      Good luck.

      1. Zulu,

        I imagine they got in a few shipments overnight/early in the morning. The supplies were probably gone by noon. Publix and Walmart are really good about responding to disasters. This particular storm is difficult to project. We don’t know where its going yet, so the stores don’t know where to send the bulk of their products. That will likely change tomorrow.

        I think people are taking this storm seriously. In 2017 we had a major hurricane. It was a tropical storm by the time it hit Gator country. But still most gas stations were out of gas.

    2. Bam Bam:

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I hear these things and think – “What is it going to be like when a real emergency (long term type) hits?”

      1. JP,

        I hear these things and think – “What is it going to be like when a real emergency (long term type) hits?”

        When you look at these minor things like hurricanes where we have plenty of warning along with those short term unplanned events with little warning like a power outage in NYC, I think we all see a glimpse of what can happen with the wolves coming out of the woodwork to prey on the unsuspecting or unprepared sheep.
        For me it means I reconsider my situation and try to continue to be that prepared sheepdog, constantly looking at my situation and trying to fill the gaps.
        I’ve been doing this a long time and think I’m in pretty good shape; but, one of the best things about this forum is people doing things that make you think or challenge your situation, always presenting an opportunity to make it better.

      2. JP,

        Last time we had a significant storm we were without electricity for four days. We had water the whole time. Some folks who lived further out were without electricity for three weeks.

    3. Bam Bam,

      I now have four jobs–they were all just too good to turn down. I love working online. I can work at home in my pajamas.

      I worked a lot from home telecommuting; but, never worked in my PJ’s except perhaps for some final tweaks late at night. Getting up, showering & having breakfast put me in the right frame of mind to get serious; but, if it works for you.

      I have been so busy that I haven’t logged on in a while.

      Busy? With only 4 jobs and some sleep, I cannot imagine what keeps you busy LOL.

      We have a potential Cat. 3 hurricane headed our way. We should see some early winds Saturday evening and the storm should hit in force Sunday evening and into Monday.

      The last I saw the models were converging into a potential Cat 4, so good luck.

      So I woke up dh and we went to Walmart. They were sold out of water, batteries and non perishable, ready to eat food like ravioli and chili. (Totally empty shelves.) That was really creepy!

      I can understand the creepy; but, is this a good thing, people getting prepared or a bad thing, people in panic mode?
      You are aware and try to be prepared; but, even you felt the need to fill some of the gaps that occurred while you were busy.

      It is only Wednesday and the stores are sold out. We went to the nearest Publix and they were sold out of the same–no batteries, no water. Then we went to our local Publix and got about just the last of the water. There were still no batteries.

      OK, so maybe panic mode.
      We don’t get your perennial nice weather; but, we also don’t get widespread events like you do, so I think it’s about an even tradeoff, with us spending more money on energy in the winter; but, rarely have to bug out.

      They had only three cans of ravioli. (We have a totally good food supply. But ravioli is cheap and easy to fix–better than going into one’s long term food supply or expensive MREs.

      Ravioli is OK; but, both Campbell’s and Progresso make some hearty filling soups with pull top cans that are easily eaten right out of the can in a pinch. We do a lot of from scratch cooking; but, a quite heat & eat meal is handy when you have other things on your mind, like not getting literally blown away.

      Our last stop was the gas station. We had to wait for 20 minutes because there was a line. They were only accepting cash. (This is four days before a potential hurricane!)

      Cash? I find that interesting, since it would I think take more time and be more complicated; but, at least you were not in line the day it was about to hit, so perhaps overall there is some progress.
      I watched an interview with a Red Cross representative this morning and she was still stressing the 72 hour kit, so perhaps a few more are paying attention, with Michael and Irma occurring not that long ago.

    4. Bam, fill up the water Bob or get water containers from Walmart and fill them up. Bathtubs full and don’t forget to freeze water in the freezer.

      Did you checking the gas station for cans of raviolis?

      1. Thor1 & Bam Bam,

        don’t forget to freeze water in the freezer.

        That’s a good point. Not only will it give you potable water if you melt it; but, filling all of the empty air apices with containers of ice will help keep the contents cold for a longer time if (when?) the power goes out.

      2. Thor,

        We always do that. It keeps the food cold longer and ice is a premium post storm. I ordered a portable ice maker from Amazon but it won’t be here until Tuesday. (I’ve been thinking about getting one for about a year now. Last week our ice maker crapped out. So I had an excuse to buy one.) If it comes Tuesday and we are out of power, we can still make ice by plugging it into the generator.

        If it looks like the storm is going to come close to use, we will fill up the water barrel, the water bob and the eight 7-gallon water tanks that we got from Walmart. If that isn’t enough, we’ll pull out the Big Berkey and filter water from the neighborhood swimming pool. I think we are good on water. It’s ice that’s a precious commodity post storm.

        1. Bam Bam,

          If that isn’t enough, we’ll pull out the Big Berkey and filter water from the neighborhood swimming pool.

          You might just want to fill the bottom reservoir of the Berkey with tap water as a starting point. Just one more place to keep potable water without a lot of work before you start hauling it from the pool.
          Also, if you set out your water barrels with open tops (tied down of course) won’t the rain from the storm fill them for you? IMHO every little bit helps, even if you only use it to flush.

          1. TOP,

            Power outages can cause sewage lift stations to shut down and essentially they stop pumping poop. Eventually the sewage lines back up and toilets can overflow. Two years ago, when Orlando got popped by Irma, some lift stations in my city lost power and citizens were asked to not flush stuff. They were able to get them up and running (no pun intended) within 24-hours. Some stations were scheduled for new backup generators as a result.

          2. Zulu 3-6,

            Power outages can cause sewage lift stations to shut down and essentially they stop pumping poop. Eventually the sewage lines back up and toilets can overflow.

            That was exactly my point and another reason to live rural where I manage my own infrastructure.
            Even if my well pump goes out as it has 3 times in 35 years, I can still use buckets of creek water to make the poop go away.

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