What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 59: August 25th – August 31th 2019

ironweed roots

Hello Pack. We have had a busy week on the survival homestead again this week. Even though it has been 95 degrees in the shade most days, our projects were nearly all cold weather focused.

We have worked on getting out half mile farm road in shape for winter, a constant project, especially with all of the flooding we had this spring. Loose boards and drafty areas in the barn are getting some upgrades just in case we get another wretchedly cold winter this year.

Getting more firewood in remains a top priority – but thankfully one that is almost finished… as much as dealing with firewood is ever finished. We will soon be down to mapping out trees that have been cut and drying in the woods from last year and earlier this year to do an inventory of on hand fuel supplies.

I also spent many hours harvesting and processing ironweed root to make tincture and dry for use as a medicinal tea.

grinding ironweed root

The wood splitter needs a new exhaust – I didn’t even know it had one. I am waiting for the UPS guy to arrive with that and some parts for the Polaris Ranger now, actually.

The Ranger always seems to be in need of some type of a repair. The Massey Ferguson was in two pieces – very odd to see a big tractor separated like that, but it is all back together now and the clutch issue and something else I didn’t quite grasp, are all fixed.

I have been doing a whole lot of foraging and preserving this week. I need to get everything harvested from the upper pasture before it is brush hogged this weekend. Brea and the kiddos have been busy learning more about herbs and what to do with as I dehydrate and powder them and then use my gel capsule maker to put up homemade pills for specific issues.

My home apothecary stockpile is growing so much it may soon require its own room! The kiddos are learning so much about what they can pluck from our land to eat and treat minor to major conditions. I never, ever, use a commercially manufactured medicine unless it is 100% necessary. My Bobby is finally starting to admit to how well natural remedies work whenever I “subject him” to them.

The other day, Auddie had a bug bite and walked right over, picked some jewelweed to rub onto it – all by her 3 year old self. That was a very proud moment for us both.

Pearl, my 3-legged and 1-eared nanny goat is about to give birth again. She is such an amazing little powerhouse. Never once has she needed help kidding, and always throws such healthy and smart baby goats. I hope this time the kiddos get to watch the entire kidding process. Tending to the animals on our survival homestead has been an amazing learning experience for them.

My friend, Sarah, just bought three nanny goats that were bred, and we worked out a barter for a female to come to me after they deliver. Pearl needs a bit of help keeping up with Not Negan’s romantic demands. We are going to make some goat milk cheese and maybe some soap this weekend.

I am now into full blown homemade self-reliance themed Christmas presents. I thought I would be further along in my homemade Christmas gift making, but there have been so many birthdays and baby showers this summer that my non-outdoor working time has been spent creating gifts for those occasions.

DIY rabbit coaster

Bobby and I used firewood cut on our land to make coasters as a part of his mother’s birthday present. Making gifts saves money that can be used for preps, one-of-a-kind presents made with love, and reinforces the idea of exploring our land to wisely harvest its natural beauty in useful ways.

I am now woodburning onto larger chunks he cut to make trail head signs for the survival homestead.

DIY coaster

Being able to note quickly where on the property we are is vital in case of either an emergency or during a SHTF, in my opinion. I am going to use Google Earth to make a personalized map as both a prep and for fun and educational using with the grandkiddos and during trail rides.

This Week’s Questions

  1. How will you heat (or cool) your home during a long-term disaster and how are prepping for such an event?
  2. Have you used ironweed in any home remedies or wild edibles – if so, how?
  3. What can you use from your environment to make self-reliance related gifts or ones that showcase your survival homesteading skills?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

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Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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158 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 59: August 25th – August 31th 2019

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

    Bought a manual carpet sweeper like I mumbled about doing last week. Bought a couple more cloths for my Cuban mop too.

    I ordered and received another 22000mAh battery pack. I’m almost as bad with those as flashlights and lanterns.

    Ordered and received my monthly Mountain House freeze dried food pouches.

    Went to the range on Tuesday. Re-zeroed my M&P-15. It only needed a one click right windage adjustment on the EO sight. The iron sights were still dead on. Did a little bit of CQB shooting using the EO holographic sights. Also did some concealed weapon drills with my pistol. That went OK too. Still have the touch. I would like to have done some rifle to pistol transition drills, but the range kind of frowns on techniques that tend to let the muzzle stray from pointing downrange and/or hanging off slings. They don’t care how skilled you claim to be for some odd reason. 😊 The place I go to had two suicides there a couple of years ago, and I guess they don’t like mopping up blood and brains. In fact, I can’t find a public range, indoor or outdoor, anywhere around here that will allow you to do multi-gun tactical drills. Most annoying. I just have to do the drills at home, dry fire. I was also a little annoyed at the range as one of the employees, probably in his mid- 20s, kept coming in and giving me advice on how to zero my rifle. He was polite, but annoying as he had nothing new to tell me I didn’t already well know. It was either smile and thank him or nail him with a vertical butt-stroke. I’m here, so you know what I chose.

    It looks like Orlando is going to get brushed by Hurricane Dorian. If the forecasts hold somewhat close to true, the storm will track north, just off the east coast of Florida. We’ll probably get wind and rain here in Orlando, but certainly not at Cat 2 or higher levels. I’m as ready as I can be. The east coast of Florida is liable to have a real problem with storm surge. We’re in a period of “king tides” which are higher than normal high tides that happen a few times a year. That will just add to the problems.

    To a degree, it’s kind of disappointing to plan and prep, then the storm skips past. But realistically, it’s a lot better to not be nailed and suffer potential property damage, injuries, or see other folks suffer the same.
    I had my annual property inspection this week, and both the property manager and the assistant PM came through. I get along well with both ladies, so it was a friendly, chatty visit. The assistant PM noticed that I had a WaterBOB box on top of one of my kitchen cupboards and mentioned it. The PM had no clue what it was, so I got it down. Turns out the assistant PM is a prepper and she was quite familiar with them. I showed her my DIY water purification system, and she said, “Oh, it’s just like a Berkey!” She always wanted one, but they’re expensive. So, I dug out the info on where to get the filters and instructions on building one. She was very excited. I also gave her the link to this site.

    Granddaughter loves to look the stands of bamboo in the parking lot of my bank. Last time she went with me, she asked if I could get her a piece. As I didn’t have anything suitable to cut bamboo with me, I promised I would ask next time. She was good with that. I went to the bank on Friday, so I took the Off Grid tool with me (not into the bank Thor1. I hear you wondering). I asked at the bank and they said the bamboo isn’t actually on their property, if it was, it would have been gone a long time ago. They told me to help myself, they wouldn’t tell. So, I cut down a 21-foot stalk, cut it into two 9-foot and one 3-foot sections so they would fit in my SUV and off I went. The saw on the tool did a good job. Granddaughter will be an excited girl as I’ll give her a long piece and the short piece. #1 daughter is aware of this and I sent her a photo. She won’t tell granddaughter until we can surprise her.

    Tara’s questions:

    1. How will you heat (or cool) your home during a long-term disaster and how are prepping for such an event?

    Heating should not be much of an issue here in Central Florida. It does get nippy for a time in mid-winter, but proper clothing and sleeping gear takes care of the cold. Cooling is another matter. We can easily get over 100-degrees in summer and did earlier this year. With no A/C, one needs to stay hydrated, dress accordingly, put curtains over windows during the day to keep the sun out, open in the night for the cooler air. I have rechargeable fans which hopefully I can keep charged through use of portable solar panel systems.

    2. Have you used ironweed in any home remedies or wild edibles – if so, how?

    No, I don’t.

    3. What can you use from your environment to make self-reliance related gifts or ones that showcase your survival homesteading skills?

    As I don’t homestead, I haven’t given this a lot of thought. I usually buy prepping/survival products and give those as gifts.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

    1. might be better to just find someone who will let you use their property to practice on instead of a range. i learned to shoot back as a kid since my parents owned land and my father worked with people who didn’t and just didn’t want to pay for range membership, they would sometimes come over after work to shoot out back. them and my crazy uncle sometimes

      1. nemoseto,

        Yeah, but that is the hard part. Finding someone with enough land in an area where it is legal (and safe) to shoot.

        I could join a club and get the opportunity for a little more leeway, but even still it seems like if you aren’t shooting a supervised 3-gun training or competition session, multi-gun shooting is a no-go. Plus 3-gun shoots are not proper tactical courses of fire. Much better than just standing still and pointing one gun only downrange, true. I miss those SWAT training days when we did all kinds of shoot and move stuff, we moved, our targets moved, both shooters and targets moved at the same time. Just as well, my old broken down body can’t really handle that stuff anymore, anyway. 🙁

      1. Well, Dorian seems to have shifted again, this time to the west, a little closer to the coast of Florida. Still a nasty Cat 4, 150mph sustained winds. If the storm shifts enough to come ashore as originally predicted, Orlando won’t be hit with a Cat 4 storm, probably more like Cat 2. Still nasty, but not as bad.

        As it is predicted now, Orlando will get wet and windy, not not too badly. The coast, however, will have problems with higher winds and storm surges. They (the ubiquitous “they”), are ordering mandatory evacuations on the barrier islands.

        1. Oops. Now a Cat 5 with 160mph winds. Still a slow sucker, 8mph, which is not a good thing either. The track does not seem to have shifted either way.

          1. Zulu 3-6,

            Oops. Now a Cat 5 with 160mph winds. Still a slow sucker, 8mph, which is not a good thing either. The track does not seem to have shifted either way.

            These are the events that let me look at winter and just bundle up and shake it off. We do get tornadoes; but, the probability of one hitting any specific place (like my house) is really low. In 35 years here I’ve only seen one close to use(1.5 miles); but, going to the northeast north of me, so not a problem.
            Hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires, OTOH would really concern me, since no amount of preparation can forestall the fact that bugging out (evacuating) is a real scenario and using an INCH bag a real possibility.

          2. TOP,

            Sometimes there is just nothing you can do but take the punch and hope to roll with it.

            There has been no word from the Bahamas yet. I’m sure that place is getting wiped off the face of the earth with 185mph winds involved. For the most part, there was nowhere to evacuate to unless you could get to the US and even that wasn’t much of a hiding spot since the storm was going there next. Honestly, I’m scared to hear the news when it comes. The US Navy is going to have to get there fast to help because there is no one else. I’m sure they will.

        2. Z36, its up to 185 mph….. I hope everyone got out of the Bahamas…… This maybe the most powerful hurricane ever…before its over. Take care brother….

          1. Thor1,

            Thanks, but as long as the storm doesn’t make a big dodge to the west, I should be just fine. Wet and windy, but not blown away. I’m watching a presser on TV now by the Orange County EMA (Orlando’s county). Evidently the storm hasn’t started making the northward turn yet as they expected it to do by now. So it may well barge inland.

            The Orange County pressers are funny because people keep referring to the county mayor as “Sheriff.” The mayor was the county sheriff for a number of years before getting elected mayor last November, so I guess they are still in the habit. The current sheriff laughs whenever it happens as people still sometimes call him “Chief.” He was the Orlando police chief for a long time too.

            I see they are predicting Dorian to drop in intensity to a Cat 4. It has slowed down to 7mph which is probably why. A really slow storm like this one, has time to suck deeper, colder water up to the surface. They need warm water, so the cold water lowers their intensity.

    2. Zulu 3-6,

      I ordered and received another 22000mAh battery pack. I’m almost as bad with those as flashlights and lanterns.

      A man after my own heart, since you can never (almost never) have too many lights & power sources.

      I was also a little annoyed at the range as one of the employees, probably in his mid- 20s, kept coming in and giving me advice on how to zero my rifle. He was polite, but annoying as he had nothing new to tell me I didn’t already well know.

      I suspect with all of your military and police background you may have some kit, patches, or something that could be displayed on your coat or range bag. I have patches I keep around so that when such annoying things happen you just point at the kit and ignore the intrusion unless the person is too thick to get the message.

      It looks like Orlando is going to get brushed by Hurricane Dorian. If the forecasts hold somewhat close to true, the storm will track north, just off the east coast of Florida. We’ll probably get wind and rain here in Orlando, but certainly not at Cat 2 or higher levels.

      I’ve been watching this and if the power fails you are well set for lighting and battery power. LOL

      Turns out the assistant PM is a prepper and she was quite familiar with them. I showed her my DIY water purification system, and she said, “Oh, it’s just like a Berkey!” She always wanted one, but they’re expensive. So, I dug out the info on where to get the filters and instructions on building one. She was very excited. I also gave her the link to this site.

      Could this be the beginnings of a loose MAG or at least an LMI that could be useful in a pinch?

      I went to the bank on Friday, so I took the Off Grid tool with me (not into the bank Thor1. I hear you wondering).

      Well thought out and my thoughts exactly.
      I suspect you really didn’t need the tool in the bank since I assume you were otherwise prepared.

      I asked at the bank and they said the bamboo isn’t actually on their property, if it was, it would have been gone a long time ago. They told me to help myself, they wouldn’t tell.

      I wish I had bamboo in the area. I’ve used it (purchased) a few times and it’s a great versatile material.

      I have rechargeable fans which hopefully I can keep charged through use of portable solar panel systems.

      Or perhaps by using a spare 2200 mah battery pack? LOL

      As I don’t homestead, I haven’t given this a lot of thought. I usually buy prepping/survival products and give those as gifts.

      Something made from bamboo comes to my mind, especially for a darling little girl.

      1. TOP,

        As far as using solar systems, my actual plan is to use the battery packs for charging devices, and the solar for charging the packs. The trick is having sunlight available. Even in Florida, sunlight is not easy to find in stormy weather.

        Granddaughter is going to get big pieces of bamboo (a 9- foot and a 3-foot piece). I’m certain her mom and abuela can concoct something with those. The Ex grew up with bamboo being used for household and play stuff. And, yes, I was otherwise prepared in the bank. 🙂

        Regarding the kid at the range, I do have a couple of spare patches from my membership in the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). Get #1 daughter to sew some Velcro on the back of one, and in business. That ought to do the trick. Maybe I should have asked him if he knew how to set battle sights on an M-1 Garand or M-14? Or, even trickier, an HK-91.

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          As far as using solar systems, my actual plan is to use the battery packs for charging devices, and the solar for charging the packs. The trick is having sunlight available. Even in Florida, sunlight is not easy to find in stormy weather.

          That’s the plan here also and we often have the same sunlight problem you mention, although it surprises me that you have it in sunny Florida. Along with some large panels yet to be deployed, I have some of the smaller ones with the lithium battery pack and attached panel that may be just set in the sun until they are charged.

          Granddaughter is going to get big pieces of bamboo (a 9- foot and a 3-foot piece). I’m certain her mom and abuela can concoct something with those. The Ex grew up with bamboo being used for household and play stuff.

          I’ve purchased some to play with; but, I really need to get some more to make fire. I can make fire (actually flame) numerous ways; but, I’ve never tried the fire saw, a friction method requiring bamboo. It’s really more of an interest and not all that important unless I’m stranded somewhere where it grows

          Regarding the kid at the range, I do have a couple of spare patches from my membership in the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). Get #1 daughter to sew some Velcro on the back of one, and in business. That ought to do the trick.

          That’s what I’m talking about. You just give him the evil eye, smile, and point; but, perhaps be prepared to answer questions.

          1. Thor1,

            Not only is having a gas generator a violation of my lease agreement, my breaker box is not rigged to accept non-utility power input. I’d have to plug whatever directly into the genset. I suppose I could safely run a small genset on my balcony if I was of a mind to do so.

            However, I do live in a pretty sturdy building, so that is a plus.

          2. Zulu 3-6,

            Not only is having a gas generator a violation of my lease agreement, my breaker box is not rigged to accept non-utility power input. I’d have to plug whatever directly into the genset. I suppose I could safely run a small genset on my balcony if I was of a mind to do so.

            Since you can have extended outages, perhaps a small really quiet genset, like one of the Honda’s running on bottled propane (20 lb BBQ tanks?) might do what you need. Prior to our whole house auto start Generac I first had an old WWII Onan W3M Military Generator. You can see one in operation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_6FWIyu5t8
            The manual for the unit is labeled ”WAR Department”
            My next generator was (is) a Champion 3500 (4000 peak) and in all cases these used a string of 12 Gauge extension cords to plug in the freezer, refrigerator, and well pump, with an outlet strip where we could plug in UPS units and chargers. Harbor Freight has some inexpensive, heavy duty power cords that do the trick.
            Both of those generators are now for sale.

            However, I do live in a pretty sturdy building, so that is a plus.

            True. Your Google street view looks like some kind of stone castle.

          3. TOP,

            My place is nicely built. All of the exterior and interior load bearing walls are poured reinforced concrete. That not only makes for a sturdy building, but a quiet one. Even when my neighbors decide to hammer in a nail to hang a picture frame on our common wall, I can hardly hear it (even with hearing aids in). The walls are also covered with drywall, which just compounds the sound deadening. This place was originally built in 1966 and renovated several time since.

            Like any building though, the hurricane weak points are the windows (double-pane), and the roof.

            I’m on the second floor, so that helps in the event of flooding.

    3. Z36,

      My sister, who lives on Merritt Island, had flown up to Connecticut on Friday, for her great grand son’s 2nd birthday. She was going to stay until Monday… Change of plans and she flew back today. The neighbor that was watching her cats and birds was headed to GA before the storm hits… My sister is staying… She has the gas generator, gas stove and gas water heater.. It’s the first storm she will be weathering without my dad and BIL. She is nervous. Saying prayers for you all down there. Will give an update on how it goes next time.

    4. Zulu,

      I have a friend who posted a family video from Acabo Island during the eye of the storm. (Both her father and grandmother were born on island.) She doesn’t think anyone survived the second half of the storm. The water was rising too quickly.

      1. Bam-Bam,

        Before I went to bed last night, the Weather Channel was showing some video a woman took on her cell phone and somehow got a connection. The storm surge where she was at had already mostly flooded out single story buildings and getting higher. She was on the second floor of an apartment building that already had the roof stripped off. The lady was quite frightened as you could tell by her commentary. She had seen people being washed away in the surge.

        Like I said in a post yesterday, the only hope the Bahamas will have is the US Navy getting to them after the storm passes. They need a Marine Expeditionary Unit/Amphibious Ready Group which is helicopter heavy, and has ships capable of handling mass-casualties, and producing fresh-water and power. Not to mention a bunch of studly Marine grunts who will be more than happy to help with search and rescue and other heavy work. The MEU combat engineers can also bring ashore water-purification units that can do de-salinity work as well.

        Basically, an MEU/ARG is built to do the kind of work needed even though they are a combat force. Humanitarian aid work is one of the things they train for during their work-up period.

  2. 1 same way i do any other time, my cabin was built with windows, doors, covered porch, etc in mind to make the best use of prevailing wind for cooling, plus lots of cedar to the north and a few large maple and a hickory to the southwest creating a heat island effet in winter and shade in summer. also have some 12 volt personal fans for when there is no breeze, i have a very large stockpile of firewood, the main supply will last 1 and half average winters, plus i have enough in reserve stacks located away from it to last 2 or 3 winters (reserve can be used by me, for sugaring, or selling if there is a late winter opportunity).

    2 nope

    3 made wine in the past from wild grapes, honey, and apples, made jam and jelly, etc.

    not as much, had a few rain days, bought 700 rounds ammo (ny is crazy and just getting more and more strict lookng for any way to disarm the public, i had guns in the past that were useless because ammo was just not available, had a carcano but could never find 6.5mm, had mousers and could never find 8mm, then in 2012 i bought a 22 and could never find any ammo not till last fall anyway, ny city politicians keep pushing for ammo rationing limiting people to 1 box of 20 rounds per 3 months with background checks, ammo may one day be impossible to find, so buying 30-30 and 12 guage and etc when its on sale now don’t want to have useless wall hangers from not having ammo, also taught myself to do homemade reloads when 12 guage ammo was hard to find from 2012 to 2016), got various spare parts for tools, fixed the leak in a gas line on my ford 641 tractor. got 2 pairs of barn boots, cut about 150 cedar posts, skidded a few logs, split a ittle firewood to add to a reserve stack, cut 4 face cords of wood for next fall. installed a used propane stove in the cabin (kitchen type 4 burner with oven) removed the ventless propane heater i had as a backup but never used and hooked up the stove instead, remodeled the kitchen (rough cut lumber cabinets and counter) to fit it. run it off grill type tanks since i have so many of them now, just a convinience since previously i was limited to wood stove/campfire cooking and occasionally a folding propane stove.

    deleted all my online accounts that can be traced back to me in any way (here i use my old discontinued email and an alias so its ok) got rid of facebook, amazon, etc, anything online now that ny red flag law went into effect. been on the receiving end of bs complaints from people who didn’t like me before, so better to wipe as many records of myself off the internet than risk that bs. trapped a raccoon 2 years ago in a cage trap cause it went after my chickens, sent word through facebook to someone i used to work with who runs a traditional skills preservation program on the rez with all kinds of federal funding and permits, asked them if they wanted the coon for anything before i shot it, they didn’t so i shot it and buried it out back according to neusance animal laws. well a friend of a friend thing and someone stuck their nose in hating traping or hunting and they brought in a bunch of peta types who started spamming bs complaints to the state dec hedquarters that i was trapping out of seasone without a license (as a farmer i can trap on my land without a license, and hunt too as per state law but this was a nussance coon in summer), saying i was taking 100s and selling the pelts, and drowning baby raccoons, had the dec up my ass till they dropped the investigation when they realized i trapped, shot and buried 1 raccoon that was going after livestock and did so in accordance with the law (the plce on the rez was also legally able to take it from me but they had no use at the time for it). the peta types then procceeded to harass me for months stalking me online and doing anything they could think of to attack me, twisting the law to go after me just because they hated that i killed 1 raccoon. disapeared from the net for a year then came back with a new alias, now that there is this new lawout there i know how this potentially go so off the net i go.

    had 3 cats fixed (males, cost me $450, only had the girls done then the dominant female was less teritorial and the top male started attacking her driving her away from the farm, he spent 2 weeks locked up then was fixed in hopes it stops his bad behaviour, option b was to shoot him since te femle he was attacking cost me $250 to have her fixed and i didn’t want that investment run off the farm, had to go half way accross the state to find a vet that cheap too, closer vets wanted $700 or more per cat, if i shot the bad behaving male then the 2 young males born this spring would become jerks next summer too, had all 3 done as a group to get a bulk discount, ny sucks).

    also tried to see a dentist about pulling 2 wisdom teeth that crmbled away to the gum line, the last time i had a tooth pulled i had to also go half way across the state (was out there for the cats so stopped at that dentist to see about making an apointment) they changed teir policies since last i was there and even as a cash payment they had all kinds of new bs policies, insisting i go on a seperate trip for xrays, then another for a consltation, then on the 3rd they would pull 1 tooth, 4th trip for the next, then 2 more for 2 other bad teeth need pulling. the new policies seem to exist just to drive up costs so they can bill more. i have to hire a ride to get out there, and all my dificulties the receptionist answered without helpfull or even related answers like she was reading off a FAQ sheet she memorized. they were the only dentist i could find last time i needed one pulled (most refused me on the grounds i had no insurance, after 2 years of trying that tooth rotted and i searched for places to have it pulled while stll looking for places to have fillings done, again ny sucks, was denied low income insurance when i was desperate enough from painful abcesses to try signing up but they denied it on the grounds i “refused to show them my electric bills” since they require all kinds of bills and forms to prove financial elegibility, i am off grid and generally refuse any kind of welfare as i despise it, so i had nothing to show and the application was denied. eventually was using fish mox forte to deal with abcesses while trying to find a dentist who would pull that previous bad tooth. anyway got more bad ones and the place i went to last time after much searching now has all kinds of bs policies and jacked up the price they estimated. i can’t afford what they now want and their suggestion to look into low income insurance was spectacularly aggrivating and unhelpful as i been there done that. anyway, got large supply of fishmox forte ready and the book “where there is no dentist” to deal with it myself or letit rot till it comes out on its own. sorry theres some ranting here.

    nemosetos questions

    if your state has a red flag law are you worried about it being misused by people who don’t like you?

    are you prepared to deal with dental problems on your own if you can’t get to a dentist for any reason?

    if ammo was impossible to find are you knowledgable enough to make your own?

    1. 1. Definitely, argument with a neighbor ect.

      2 Yes short term. Dental fill, pain meds Worst case pliers, air drill….

      3. Yes, black powder is easily made for the muzzle loader.

      1. Thor, and nemoseto , On the dental preps I have found Essential Peppermint oil to be highly effective for gum abcesses,the instructions i was Orig. given was TID for 3 days, then Bid for 2 days, then daily . with one drop, the amount one gets on a finger when bottle top is inverted to finger and uprighted…It worked to heal an abscess that was antibiotic resistant.. in 5 days the sac came out. has not returned.
        Some people are sensitive to topical mint, the strength can be cut with food grade olive or coconut oil should this be the case. a quick intake of breath will “cool the area”. I have to further cut peppermint oil i give to my adult daughter to 75% of orig strength. having extra small brown bottles with droppers enables this effectively. I pull out number of full dropper fulls and dilute with the appropriate number, to get dilution she needs. You both will be aware that the best effect is the strongest one can tolerate…without injury…This is not for long term, result will be gum burns in that case from too many applications, .. additional Essential peppermint oil can be applied to the outside jaw/area of concern,utilizing soft tissues to get as close as possible, ie..under jawline rather than to outside if the problem area on lower jaw… just keep away from eyes, and other tender membranes… if one gets near eye with unwashen/inadequately washed fingers a cool, moist cloth helps in just a few min.
        … Clove oil also is used and recommended by some dentists. I would use fish flex forte, or bird biotic (doxicycline).both come in amounts to be effective..as long as not allergic.
        also i am very concerned about the “red flag laws” in ALL states.. have no contingency for alternate ammo at present. Need to get more pellets/rocks for “my flip” and practice more..develop better coordination…

    2. Nemosetos questions:

      1. None of those “red flag” laws here (yet).

      2. I’m trying to get as many of the main, potential dental problems fixed NOW as I can. I am somewhat prepared to deal with the minor ones.

      2. Ammo. I have losts of notes on how to make smokeless and black powder, and firearms I would trust with using them.

      1. JP,

        2. Ammo. I have losts of notes on how to make smokeless and black powder, and firearms I would trust with using them.

        I’ve made BP from scratch using the information in the Foxfire books.
        I used soft willow charcoal and still have a TC New Englander with balls & caps to shoot it.
        Here it’s one of the few rifles that may be used to hunt whitetail deer.
        Here are the basics.

        From The Foxfire Book, Volume 5 – © 1979 The Foxfire Fund; Published by Doubleday Books

        https://www.dangerouslaboratories.org/foxfire5.html

    3. Nemosetos
      It’s too bad about your dentist problems. We have opted for no dental insurance and pay cash (actually credit card) with no problems. We use the card as cash with a delayed payment and no interest to help with cash flow.

      And you questions.
      1. if your state has a red flag law are you worried about it being misused by people who don’t like you?
      We currently don’t have one; but, there is discussion about one after the Dayton shooting. It’s being held up by legislators that want to include due process as a part of it as well as penalties for false allegations; but, in any case, it doesn’t worry me, since I really have no enemies or people with whom I have problems, as far as I know.
      2. are you prepared to deal with dental problems on your own if you can’t get to a dentist for any reason?
      We are and have. A dental kit containing wax & clove oil that contains a chemical called Eugenol, acting as n anesthetic and antibacterial agent as well as being anti-inflammatory and antifungal, helps a lot here. I have also gotten dental work over the years and have few problems. Like many other aspects of keeping healthy, prevention and proper tooth care (brushing & flossing) is important.
      3. if ammo was impossible to find are you knowledgable enough to make your own?
      Yes. I had a Dillon RL-550B and have reloaded a lot of ammunition over the years; but, with my vision issue it was taking too long so I sold it to a friend and neighbor cheap and still have access to it. I also keep a lot of ammunition on hand and Ohio laws are not like those in NY.

  3. Been prepping for the hurricane….great opportunity to think through “what if” scenarios…gotta say that it is emotionally exhausting. Having farm animals adds a ton of work.

  4. nemosetos questions

    if your state has a red flag law are you worried about it being misused by people who don’t like you?

    Absolutely. I saw how domestic violence orders were abused when they first came out in Michigan (I was a cop then). The legislature eventually tightened up the requirements and punishments for false reporting and things settled down for the most part. We (cops) also kinda forgot to mention how to get DVOs when we suspected there was going to be some abusive use of the system. At least only certain people where allowed to file a DVO unlike red flag laws when it seems any clown can file one.

    are you prepared to deal with dental problems on your own if you can’t get to a dentist for any reason?

    As much as I can. I have fish meds and a dental kit if necessary. Luckily, I can get free dental from the VA and the dentists are pretty decent.

    if ammo was impossible to find are you knowledgable enough to make your own?

    Not really. I know the basics, but I have no equipment to do so.

    1. not much needed for making shotgun ammo, a nail with the tip cut to make it flat, some scraps of wood, a hammer, preferably a vice, a razor, and a candle.

      what i did was use kitchen matches with the extra volitile tips as powder and primer. used the nail to push out the primer cup and to hammer it back out (hammer out the dent created by the firing pin hitting it the first time). then i packed the powdered tips from the match heads into the cup to replace the primer. put the anvil back in (the little striker inside the cup, when the firing pin hits the bottomm of the primer cup it causes the anvil and the inside of the cup to colide making a spark that ignites the primer). then i put the cup back in so it was flush with the bottom of the shell (best to use a vice for this but not impossible without one, just much harder).

      i used the rest of the match head material broken up to refill the shells brass, then i used some wadding to cover it (the plastic cups are good if recovered after use, or those felt air fresheners or something similar). after that put anything in for shot, stones, bbs, lead pellets, a bunch of nuts (the kind for bolts), and then use some warm wax to cover the end of the shell to hold the shot in, or use the shot to make wax slugs (done in the 30s to make deer rounds from regular shot, the slug arrives as a single projectile and breaks up in the target).

      i lacked a vice and i was self taught based off an old book, my early reloads like this had a 50/50 misfire rate, but after getting a little experience only 1 in 7 failed. i have read the same method can be used to reload centerfire ammo as per powder and primer, but getting an accurate projectile is much harder, usually its just some solid object that fits in the cartridge and maybe gets held a little better with wax. never tried rifle reloads like this, just shotgun ammo for a crack barrel 12g. was only doing it for a few years after the un-safe act was passed in ny and ammo was either exhorbitantly expensive or just plain impossible to find.

  5. Puppy had an exciting week. He had to be locked in the laundry room while a new air conditioning/ furnace was installed. He did manage a break to use the restroom AKA backyard and played some Frisbee. He also had a peanut butter bone and some eggs and smoked sausage.

    Heating/cooling
    Bought and had installed a new AC/furnace. Its a Trane made in the USA very expensive by also very dependable. I also kept some parts from the old AC unit for spares for the other unit. The blower assembly, board, capacitor and thermostat.

    Security
    Laser bore sited the new Adams Arms upper with the UTG T-DOT red/green site
    Mounted the flip up sites and zeroed to the laser bore site. It saves ammo.(to the range for tests next weekend)
    Recieved 6 new magpul 2nd gen 30 rnd AR mags.
    Received all ammo that was ordered. 2,175 rnds.
    Received kevlar trip wire and put in bugout bag.

    Medical
    Installed the gunshot trauma kit to the level 3 plate carrier. (Molle gear)
    Put the CPR masks in the kit

    Puppy
    The Mrs. Is making homemade dog treats for puppy.

    Thor’s questions:
    1. How bad will the hurricane be for you? Will you bugout?
    2. Have you watched any videos about the UN and the new world order?
    3. What is the most likely natural disaster to hit in your area?
    4. What is the most likely man made disaster to hit n your area?

    1. Tara’s questions:

      1.How will you heat (or cool) your home during a long-term disaster and how are prepping for such an event?
      2. Have you used ironweed in any home remedies or wild edibles – if so, how?
      3.What can you use from your environment to make self-reliance related gifts or ones that showcase your survival homesteading skills?

      1. Heating, firewood, electric oil heaters, kerosene heater, wool blanket ( unwashed) LOL
      Cooling electric fan powered by solar/ gas generator. ( new AC/furnace hopefully)

      2. No

      3. Tomatoes, pickled peppers ect.

    2. hurricanes never get out where i am and the remnant if anything is just a little heavier than usual rain, ice storms are the real weather to worry about

      nope, my internt is not much better than dial up so can’t watch anything

      ice storm, had a big one in 98, then there are occasional tornatos but they are very rare and short. blizzards are a few times a year, and maybe a drought, but they are nothing like droughts elsewhere.

      recession, economic collapse, though this area is extremly high poverty, no jobs, exhorbitatnt taxes and regulations and very low population durring the good times so we don’t see much different in bad economic times, just that the city people complain a lot more in the paper.

    3. Thor’s questions:

      1. How bad will the hurricane be for you? Will you bugout?

      Based on the weather reports as of 11:00am Saturday 31Aug, the storm track is showing the center to be moving further east of Florida, but still a strong storm. Weather guessers have said that they don’t have enough confidence to predict exactly when and where it will turn north until tomorrow. As of now, Orlando is going to get wet and windy just like before. Just HOW wet and windy is still an open question. In fact, it is raining cats and dogs right now. Not very windy yet. I’m not going anywhere and wasn’t going anywhere before.

      2. Have you watched any videos about the UN and the new world order?

      Not really. I don’t think the UN can do much in the US.

      3. What is the most likely natural disaster to hit in your area?

      Hurricane.

      4. What is the most likely man made disaster to hit n your area?

      Some kind of haz mat incident or an EMP type incident.

      1. agreed about the un. they have no real power or influence except what member nations agree to. if they put economic sanctions on a country then member nations follow because they don’t want to look bad, however that doesn’t mean a country can’t ignore it and trade with a sanctioned nation anyway. i recall north korea and cuba have had good trade relations though nobody else will trade with either of them, except other countries that don’t care.

        the un also has no military power, if they want something done they have to ask member nations to do it, and the military force of the un is usually the us, few other countries have the troops, supplies, equimpment, etc to do anything. the only difference is that they wear un sashes when doing things for the un. most other contributions to un military action comes from countries providing logistical support or other support from the side, but again the main force is made up from the us.

        so if the us doesn’t go along with the un on something what can they really do? ask the us to have us soldiers wear un sashes to enforce something in the us that the us didn’t want to do? would take every other member nation to just try to match the us, so the us is usually given a pass when ignoring un stuff since the un can’t really do anything without the us

      2. Z36, the UN is just a guise to have foreign troops on our soil AKA Russia and China, during a civil unrest time AKA gun confiscation. Half or less of our military may side with an unconstitutional government + the UN. The other half of the military would have patriots, preppers and retired military, WE THE PEOPLE on our side. Scary scenario…

        1. Thor1,

          I know that attempted use of the UN to put foreign troops on US soil to control our population will backfire on the government. Like nemoseto says, the UN depends heavily on the US to provide money and logistics and some troops to any “peacekeeping” endeavor. In the past couple of decades, US troop assignments to “peacekeeping” duties have gone down for a few reasons, chief among which are Iraq and Afghanistan. The rules of engagement are normally ridiculous, with the average American street cop having far more latitude to defend him/herself than an average UN “peacekeeper” has.

          If the US government allowed armed, organized units of the Russian or Chinese armies to set up camp in the US, I think that civil war you are thinking about might just happen. Such an effort, to have the slightest chance of success, would require the disarming of the entire US population, and that would mean almost all illegal, ghost, and black market weapons too. Probably an extensive purging of military officers and senior NCOs too. Good luck with all that. If they thought the Iraqis and Afghans were clever with IED making, they never saw a bunch of Americans do it yet.

          Having said that, the US has allowed organized, armed, military units of some allied nations into the US to train at US facilities and with US troops. I personally know the Royal Marines almost always have at least one of their Commando units (battalion equivalents) training in the US every year, Brit Army, and Canadians too. I also know that an attack air group of the Italian Air Force trained at my old Air Guard base (and we trained at their base in Italy too, nice trips, I went twice).

          1. Zulu 3-6 & Thor1,
            If you only count the armed hunters in the major states they make up a force larger than any foreign army that could be deployed here. Add to that the tactical knowhow of our veterans, National Guard, and police units and I don’t see foreign troops standing much of a chance. Those foreign troops without US support would also have logistical trails much too long to manage with any efficiency.
            As Zulu stated, we occasionally train allies here on our bases. I recall Saudi pilots flying sorties against Iraq in the 1990’s using aircraft and training purchased from us.
            As Nemoseto pointed out, UN sanctions against Cuba, North Korea and Iran have often been ignored by both enemies and so called allies alike.

            The likely hood of a ”Red Dawn” occurrence outside of that movie is highly unlikely if not impossible.

          2. Z36,

            “If they thought the Iraqis and Afghans were clever with IED making, they never saw a bunch of Americans do it yet.”

            My Grandfather was a member of the IRA before escaping to America…..LOL

            They always bite off more than they can chew…..

        2. The secure/safe cities agreements , and the humanitarian models of “fair care” for children etc…are ALL UN… best consider carefully!

          1. Bam Bam,

            There is not enough gas for folks to bug out!

            It of course depends on the vehicle and the mileage it gets; but, using the ½ is empty rule we could get 200 miles on either vehicle any time. If we lived in your area during hurricane season I suspect we would change that rule to ¾ is empty. We also keep some gas on hand for the mower & tiller that could be used in the vehicles.

    4. Thor’s questions:

      1. Not too many hurricanes in Montana.
      2. NO! I have enough stress and consternation in my life now. Next week we will be using light blue cantaloupe to insure proper zero on the .308’s.
      3. Blizzard. and not too many of those. Next would be sever cold; much more likely and persistent. Then there’s Yellowstone – but what’s the worry with that – we’ll be gone and quick, depending on the wind and velocity.
      4. Train derailments can be a problem for us. We are a fly-over area so the overall effect of the accident would be limited, but the rail disruption might not be.

    5. Thor’s questions:
      1. How bad will the hurricane be for you? Will you bugout?
      We’ll likely get some rain into the Ohio valley late next week. We will not bug out.
      2. Have you watched any videos about the UN and the new world order?
      A few; but, I mostly find them speculation by fear mongering people trying to sell books & videos.
      3. What is the most likely natural disaster to hit in your area?
      A tornado.
      4. What is the most likely man made disaster to hit n your area?
      A power outage, often caused by a drunk hitting a power pole.

      1. AT, its trip line 80lb test black kevlar. It can be used for snares, fishing,tent repair, medical kits or boobytraps. 75 feet at CTD. Diameter of the spool is about the size of a silver dollar. I think it was $5-6 .

  6. This Week’s Questions

    1. How will you heat (or cool) your home during a long-term disaster and how are prepping for such an event? Our only backup is bottled propane. That (and water and sewage) is why I want to move.
    2. Have you used ironweed in any home remedies or wild edibles – if so, how? No, but I just tried Yew bark tea for pain relief. Yep, tastes like tree bark; needs a lot of help to be palatable.
    3. What can you use from your environment to make self-reliance related gifts or ones that showcase your survival homesteading skills? Not sure.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    Home Depot bucket saga, part 2: I didn’t get my buckets picked up until Monday. Seems that the military discount is not on special order items at the store either, so from now on I’ll just have them sent to the house. Next I’ll try Lowe’s.

    I couldn’t believe that large eggs at WinCo were $.72/dozen; regular $.89. It’s okay, they don’t go bad around here.

    Put up pasta, rice, barley, beans into buckets and moved to the storage facility.

    DW wants to finish painting the garage. Needed an extension ladder (for multiple reasons) and may need to replace the paint (it’s been a while since we started this).

    With our next supply run, we will be at my “long-term storage comfort level” for the DW and I. After that, it is storing for family that will not be prepared enough to survive long without help (mostly pasta, rice, wheat, and beans) and replacing what gets used. Still nothing put up for those who won’t prepare now, and especially those who openly mock me for prepping (too bad- so sad).

    Supply Run: Rice; beans; pearl barley; 16’ extension ladder;

      1. That’s why we bought 6 dozen. I wish I had the money for a freeze drier with meat and egg prices where they are. I don’t care too much for dehydrated eggs, but I may have to try again.

        1. JP, yeah a freeze dryer is a great thing. I’ve done tons of eggs but not at that price. I wonder if harvest right refurbishes older freeze dryers if someone trades in for newer models?

          Freeze dryers are also great for leftovers.

          1. Thor1 & JP,

            JP, yeah a freeze dryer is a great thing. I’ve done tons of eggs but not at that price. I wonder if harvest right refurbishes older freeze dryers if someone trades in for newer models?

            Ours is a refurbished analog control version; but, was still $2200.00 and another $200-250 for shipping.
            If you go to their site you can sign up for email announcements and they occasionally send out deals.

        2. Thor and JP,
          Eggs have been 35-37 cents a dz for months in Northern [email protected] Aldi’s store. ( looks like they are marketing that and milk as “loss leader” items.) Wally world tried a egg war about 6 weeks ago and local to the Aldi’s they had 25c dz.grade a large eggs… I have chickens and can’t have my own that cheap. so i pick up several dozen every time we go to the area…need to fill the refrig with those so can boost my long term survival buckets of lime’d eggs…since the girls are molting and slowing on eggs.

          1. AA:

            The regular price for eggs is $1.98/dz. Sale price is $.99 or $.89 (about every 4 weeks or so). $.72 is just unheard of around here. “Farm-fresh” eggs go for $3.00/dz at the Farmer’s Market.

            I shop for our Men’s Breakfast group, we go through 2-3 dozen per week. With me shopping sales and driving the miles I save them $30-40/month. It works out better than the way they did it before. I’d pay $5/week and someone else shopped (usually at regular price) (they spent them money like it was someone elses and last year we paid for the churches $1500 sound system upgrade out of our “fund”.). We now have our own refridgerator, and the ladies (who do the Wedsnesday night dinner) know to keep their stuff separate because I will normally keep ours full. Bacon, sausage, coffee beans, juice, and potatoes in the freezer. Eggs, jelly, onions, made up juice, and mini-cinnamon rolls take up the space in the refridgerator. We have to keep our 16 oz. coffee cups, our cords, and our non-stick fry pan in the fridge too; otherwise we have kids who want a drink of water filling a 16 oz cup, taking 2-3 sips, then leave it or spill the rest, and they use metal tools on the skillet.

          2. Almost There & Thor1,
            I don’t see the humor since I think they still have that plan.
            You can contact Harvest Right for details; but, they allowed you to pay for the unit plus shipping in installments, and when it was paid off, they shipped it to you.
            There was no interest; but, your price was locked and I think there was a time frame of something like 2-3 years.

          1. Thor1,

            They do have a layaway plan. I thought about getting one, but being by myself, I felt I could buy a lot of #10’s with the money I would spend on it.

            WE’VE MADE IT EASY TO OWN A FREEZE DRYER
            1 Lock in your sale price with a downpayment ($250 minimum)*
            2 Pay as much as you want, when you want
            3 When you reach the downpayment amounts shown below, your freeze dryer will be sent to you

            $1,400 (Small Freeze Dryer)
            $1,500 (Medium Freeze Dryer)
            $2,000 (Large Freeze Dryer)

            4 Pay the remaining balance equally over 12 months with 0% interest

  7. Good morning,

    1- My alternate heat is coal. I can get most of the house to a comfortable temperature using an antique caboose stove I bought a few years ago. Coal is cheap, easy to store, and I don’t have to split it.
    2 & 3- I don’t do anything like that. My business consumes way too much time.
    4- This week I bought some 5.56 ammo. I grabbed extra batteries for the Maglite flashlights and a couple of those Atomic Beam lamps. They work well and are non-flammable.
    Given that it’s hurricane season, I rotated the Parmalat milk and some canned foods. I filled a few gas cans and treated them with Pri-G. Going to buy plywood for the windows this week too. Hurricanes are rare in New England but there’ve been a few which were destructive enough. My only real dread is the lack of WiFi after the storm. The little demon in the next room will not understand why his iPad won’t get YouTube cartoons. (Autism). This will stress out the rest of the family as he escalates. This is a topic that people don’t consider post SHTF. The stress on the family will be enormous. This is why we prepare for the worst.

    Nemoseto asked about red flag laws. These are typical of tyrannical socialists. They promote what I refer to as “rat culture”. I’m reminded of Hitler Youth informing on their parents. The Soviets had Young Pioneers who ratted to the KGB. As I’m of Italian descent, I find this revolting on a visceral level. You know how rats are dealt with in that culture.

    1. Overwatch, do you have/considered any of the old type VHS tapes and a player, to set up for short term alternate…? garage sales, estate sales,antique stores. e bay, has player and some assorted tapes… if you have power to run.. player, and tv. Might be viable short term for sanity of all.

  8. Spent the week making hurricane preps. Tuesday I made a fuel buying trip after loading my three new 30 lb LP tanks and seven 5 gal gasoline containers into the truck. Wife and granddaughter had to go of course to help. I went to Tractor Supply to get my LP, $2.59 a gal, not bad for here. Home delivery here is outrageous, I got the small bulk tank (57 gal) that supplies my gas range filled yesterday, $4.20 a gal. When it gets empty (about a year from now) I am just going to get an adapter to use my 30 lb tanks.

    After stopping at Home Depot to get the 30 amp plug I need to hook my generator to my home we stopped at the large gas station near my home. My granddaughter just had to help with that. My wife put her in the back of the truck and she handed the empty containers to my wife. After I filled them my wife put each one back into the truck and my granddaughter shoved each one to the front. She is tiny but powerfully built and OCD, each container was placed side by side facing the same way. Two rows of three with one left over.

    Now it looks like the storm will mostly miss the entire state with any effects not getting here until Tuesday. Good, more time to do the little I was going to do. Unfortunately for my wife her relief nurse did not show up this morning having left Jacksonville without telling anyone. On top of that her agency has no one on standby so she is trapped until the parent gets home this afternoon.

    1. Daddio7,
      $4.20 a gallon for bulk fills?

      WOW. My bulk fill counting sales tax this year was only $ 1.03 per gallon with one of the higher places quoting us $1.26 including tax. That was for more than 1500 gallons; but, even smaller amounts are not much more.
      It’s good for me to see how good I have it sometimes.

  9. Hurricanes are not a problem where I live but we do get the Pacific ocean’s equivalent during the winter. We also get high winds on a semi regular basis so are used to that.
    It was interesting the way people reacted to the earthquake 177 miles to the west of my hometown mostly questions on if people felt it. The quake was 177 miles out and 6 or 7 miles below sea level. A few mentioned getting prepared. This was the wrong fault line for the cascadia so there is still time to prepare.
    Picked up some buckets to put preps in, picked up tuna to can, mouse traps and more cat food as I’m apparently feed 3 strays and a herd of coons. Hope to get the cats caught, fixed and rehomed. The coons will move on when I’m not feeding outdoor cats. In oregon ODFW wants you to discourage coons but will issue trap and decease permits if necessary. I did get out the bear spray if they become a huge problem.
    Discovered a rodent had been chewing on the wires in my car. The car had needed jump started every day since Tuesday. Now that we have discovered what happened I won’t need to jump start it but push the cut wires together and it will start. Not sure I’ll be able to get it fixed this weekend or if it will have to wait til Tuesday. The parts store suggested vanilla scented trees under the hood and a couple of other suggestions were peanut butter baited mouse traps around the tires and scented dryer sheets.
    Just had a visit from the neighbors pygmy goats. Against city ordinance but if they eat some of my brush I won’t say anything right now. They are quiet and don’t bother me.

    1. suzyq try just feeding the cats in the daylight hours and put the food inside at night, the coons will not get it then, although you will probably have all the cats sitting at the door waiting every morning. my barn cats do that, i get up and look out the screen door and there are all 8 of them sitting there watching me waiting for me to put the food out. i made the screen door myself so it was easy to add 1 inch spacers to it then a layer of poultry netting so they stopped climbing on the door and just sit there meow.

      1. I also have crows and seagulls in the area. They have excellent radar and eyesight. They spot food a mile away. While I haven’t had a seagull in the house I have had a crow get in the house. The mess they make is horrendous. The cats are very skittish and only come by late evening or during the night.

      2. Nemoseto,

        suzyq try just feeding the cats in the daylight hours and put the food inside at night, the coons will not get it then

        That may not work and doesn’t work here. While coons are supposed to be nocturnal, ours didn’t get the message and will brave the daylight for a free meal.
        I’ve ended up trapping and dispatching some with a dog proof coon trap; but, we still see them sneaking around during the day on occasion.

      3. High mountain desert, NM. 6300 ft elevation. I’ve seen snow three foot deep and -20° temps here but the usual is more like 8″-12″ snows and a few -10° nights. Still when it its cold and windy it takes some planning to keep my little mobile home warm. My main heat is a rocket stove with an add hopper to hold a full bag of pellets and a metal burn basket under the pipe from the hopper. It works quite well. I can also burn wood chips from the chipper cleaning up branches. I just save the chips in a bin and old pellet bags with the top stapeled shut. Then they become trash bags and are stapled for the trip to the dump now and then. The stove has a double heat chamber. The top is 16″ across and plenty hot to keep a 3 gallon pot of water hot, a large old tea kettle sits there as well. I can fry a pan of potatoes there easily beside the pot of water. I just scoot about 3″ of the water pot off of the flat top and cook. I have a heat activated fan that sits near the side of the heat chamber and helps circulate the heat. If its real cold I use a Heat buddy propane heater with a 5 gallon bottle of gas to heat the kitchen but aim it down the hall with another little heat activated fan to put some heat in our bedroom and bathroom. We burn most of 2 tons of pellets or wood chips each winter.
        Cooling the 90 to 100 degree summer days is just open the windows and enjoy the slight afternoon breeze. Work on the garden or water fruit trees when it cools in late afternoon. We may go sit outside where its much cooler around sunset and a while after.
        Days can be 100 and nights about 50. The body does need a way to cool some. I have put wet towels or table clothes over the open windows to get a little cooling from the evaporation. Remember a normal humidity here can be 12% or single digits when its really hot.
        We have well water and we run it till it’s cool for a drink or to make instant tea. No refrigerator so no ice either. We wear less clothing in summer and more in winter. I often work around here in a tank top and jeans with my work boots. Thankfully I tan more than burn. My husband might wear lighter weight materials such a cotton for summer but the poor guys burns incredibly easy.
        Christmas gifts are a mix of things purchased on sale during the year and things handmade and or handpainted. I make jewelry and often incorporate carved wood items or little water worn stones with a shinny coating so they look polished. Sometimes I make stone paperweight or smaller stone row markers that I paint. I may pain a full picture for a gift but its as likely to be on a canvas as a reclaimed cupboard door. I also make candles poured in small glasses with tiny twigs lined up around the cup. I sell many of those and give some at the church gift exchange. I tried my hand at spinninging yarn. I can make a grand mess! So I purchase my yarns then knit caps, scarves, and baby blankets. I like working on those in the winter. There are native clays in the area. I have made and painted small turtles et. with them then fired them outdoors in hot covered fires. One year we used a native red clay, collected along a road in Oklahoma on a trip, to paint coffee cups for a birthday gift. I’ve made many wooden items from wood grown here. Apricot wood clocks hand painted or with turquoise in place of numbers, small branch slices to set a cup on to larger angled slices to set a hot pan on. Some decorated with wood burning or acrylic paints. All sealed. Cement stepping stones cast with pretty colored stones or smooth pebbles from the arroyo set in pretty patterns. Some for me and some as a gift to a neighbor. I raise rabbits and I made and gifted old time style fur muffs to keep hands warm with. I’ve also made long rabbit fur boot liners. Sure nice while they last. Last longer bonded to cloth.
        I make cottonwood bud and cottonwood leaf oils for antibiotic and analgesic use. Usually in coconut oil but new buds sometimes in olive oil.
        We harvest wild plants for food and medicine. I’m canning amaranth leaves this week. We like them canned with a bit of apple cider vinegar in the lightly salted water. I heat them with a bit of real butter. . Almost ready to collect seed now as well. I harvest amaranth, wild rye, and Lambsquarters seed to add to radish and other seeds saved from the garden. They are our winter sprouts for salads and sandwhiches. I also shade dry amaranth to crumble into winter soups. A pan full of dry leaves broken up with a bit of boiling water poured on makes a quick pan of greens as a side dish. Season as desired. My husband likes green cooked in a pan where bacon was cooked and the little crumbles are still in the pan.
        The wild rye patch has grown but I still plan to save more of the seed for planting in a corner of the property. They are nice plump seeds for grinding into flour. Same with the rare plants of wild wheat that are occasionally found in the area. I have saved seeds from little scattered clumps here on my land. Next year I’ll plant those and see how they do. They withstand hot dry weather very well. I have other grasses that bear large enough seed to make my chickens and ducks happy. I’m saving some of those to plant in new areas. I may experiment with cooking some also. I want to see if they will survive. We don’t have the lush growth and variety of plants that wetter climates have. But we still have quite a few. I keep experimenting with growing more wild things that I haven’t found here on my three acres.
        The wild plums and wild cherries make wonderful jellys and jams as do the tunas on the cactus here. Jellys are often my christmas gifts to the kids.

        1. Clergylady, Welcome to the Pack! prepping in your area is certaintly a lot different than where I am…. Have you tried the zeer pot? it does not work in areas of high humidity where I am, could be used for some cooler water, or butter. putting it in a deep hole lined by a five gallon bucket could assist. Our temp today is 97 with humidity of 64%.. as temp drops to 72-75 tonight will be 82%. Forecast is never right here, we just have to see what comes
          .

  10. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    I find it amazing that we can live so close to each other (120 miles & 2 hours) and have such different weather. We hit 94° here a few times; but, barely broke 90° most days with cool nights in the 50’s and 60’s.
    We’re still sitting on a cord or two of firewood; but, since it’s only for auxiliary backup heat, we consider that to be in good shape.

    I never, ever, use a commercially manufactured medicine unless it is 100% necessary. My Bobby is finally starting to admit to how well natural remedies work whenever I “subject him” to them.

    Natural remedies can work in many cases; but, were it not for modern medicine many of us, including me, would already be dead. Having that knowledge should things break down and they were all that is left is however, a very good idea.
    It’s the same for communication where I have numerous ways including some that do not involve the larger infrastructure; but, overall modern technology, medicinal or otherwise has been a good thing. Imagine conducting this forum using smoke signals, drums, semaphore or even telegraph.

    I am now woodburning onto larger chunks he cut to make trail head signs for the survival homestead.

    I’ve done this same thing for signage over the years, and not only is it a better rustic look, it outlasts paint by a mile and is a great use for local resources.

    Being able to note quickly where on the property we are is vital in case of either an emergency or during a SHTF,

    With only 8 acres we unfortunately do not have that problem, but the surrounding few hundred acres do have identifying features we can use if required and planning this all ahead of time is a good idea for anyone.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. How will you heat (or cool) your home during a long-term disaster and how are prepping for such an event?
    • Heating: We have more than 3000 gallons of propane in the tank farm on hand that can heat the house via several means, plus smaller tanks and canisters of propane & butane with portable heaters, and an airtight fireplace insert and a lot of seasoned firewood to operate that device.
    • Cooling: This old house was built in the 1920’s & “upgraded” in the1960’s where window placement and cross ventilation was a mainstay for summer cooling. We’ve replaced all of the windows and foam insulated the entire house so it stays warm or cool quite well. Being surrounded by tall trees also shades us in the summer making it generally cooler. The only problem with the trees is the work picking up sticks each time we get ready to mow so nothing is ever free. LOL
    2. Have you used ironweed in any home remedies or wild edibles – if so, how?
    I haven’t and don’t think it even grows around here.
    3. What can you use from your environment to make self-reliance related gifts or ones that showcase your survival homesteading skills?
    We have and have used lots of natural materials from various kinds of wood and rocks, black walnuts for dyes and numerous pieces of flotsam from the creek including freshwater clam shells. Once the DD made charcloth ground and mixed with mineral oil to decorate rocks for a project. There are also some tough reeds that may be dried and used for weaving baskets, mats, and other containers.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    As always, see below.

    TOP’s question
    1. Barack and Michelle Obama are buying a $15M estate in Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a 29-acre beachfront property with a 6,892-square-foot main house. They were initially just renting the seven-bedroom, 8½-bathroom spread for summer 2019, but apparently loved it so much that they made an offer.
    1. Where does a president making $400,000 a year, plus an extra expense allowance of $50,000 a year, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment get that kind of cash? Of course the $200,000 per year retirement stipend would help; but, that still quite a pricy estate for a socialist.
    2. Since they are buying beachfront property, is anyone worried that the rising seas from climate change will wash them away, because apparently they are not?
    3. Is hurricane Dorian likely to come that far north and ruin their day?

    2. A recent trip to Venezuela by a group calling itself a Chicago Teachers Union delegation has upset some union members and expats who question the point of the trip. The four travelers, who crowd funded the July trip under the banner of the CTU, met with Venezuelan government officials and educators, visited a commune and were featured in local media. They wrote online about wanting to connect with Venezuelan teachers, students and unionists, criticized U.S. economic sanctions against the South American nation and wrote admiringly of its socialism, its communes and high literacy rates.
    Should they have been force to stay there for a year or two and teach?
    3. Joe Biden was campaigning in New Hampshire and told folks how much he liked Vermont. Is he completely out of touch?

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Last week I mentioned that the husband of a good friend passed earlier this month and I purchased a rifle & some ammunition she didn’t need. After sorting through some Rubbermaid tubs I also purchased the following:
    • Barter Seed Packet
    • Harbor Freight Step Bits
    • Hoppe’s #9 Precision Lubricator
    • Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner Spray Bottle, 8 Ounces
    • Hoppe’s Elite Gun Oil, 4 oz. Bottle
    • Hoppe’s No. 9 Gun Grease, 1-3/4 oz. Tube
    • Hoppe’s Bore Snak .308
    • Hoppe’s Bore Snak .35 .375
    • Hoppe’s bulk patchs
    • Hoppe’s cleaning Patches 500
    • Ka-Bar Hobo Utensil Kit
    • Katadyn chlorine tablets
    • LifeStraw
    • Remington 40-X Bore Cleaner
    • Thompson Center T-7 Breech Plug Grease
    • Two TACT Survival Frog BIVY
    2. Our neighbors who are our MAG’s main medical team were involved in a food drive at his fire station and had some left over produce. They brought us a box of mandarin oranges, plums, and nectarines.
    3. Our kitchen countertop was invaded by tiny little ants; but, the borax & sugar mixture took care of them as it always has.
    4. One of the Emergency medications I carry with me needed a refill; but, is no longer covered by my drug plan. Purchasing it on my own without insurance would have been $227.00 for 60 doses that would likely last several years; but, when we checked with goodrx.com we printed off a coupon that allowed us to purchase 200 doses for $89.00 @ the local CVS. I’ve seen this site advertised; but, had never before used it and the new bottle will likely (hopefully) last a lifetime. It’s worth checking out
    5. A recent routine blood test came back high in potassium. Checking my food and drinks I found that the ”Healthy” Cranberry juice I was drinking is a great source for the element, so I’ll be drinking more of other things from now on. Add this to another favorite V8 for your potassium requirements instead of supplements.
    6. 500 low dose (81 mg) aspirin
    7. 30 pounds cat litter
    8. 15 pounds dry cat food
    9. 11 small pies (cherry & blueberry)
    10. 2 cans SPAM
    11. 2 pounds macaroni salad
    12. The DW actually found something @ Goodwill. A pair of shorts and 2 pairs of Capri’s (pedal pushers) pants. Around here that is almost a miracle.
    13. I was around an aware of Randy Weaver and the tragic Ruby Ridge Idaho standoff in 1992; but, reading these excerpts from his lawyer Gerry Spence’s book: ” From Freedom to Slavery” was quite an eye opener. A sample chapter well worth reading can be found here: http://www.ruby-ridge.com/gspence1.htm
    14. Received a new paracord spool tool with 50 feet of 850 paracord from Wal-Mart online with free shipping. Added a mini bic lighter to it for one of the packs.
    15. From Aldi’s
    • 3 4-packs of Blueberry Muffins (one dozen total)
    • 28 oz jar of apple butter
    • 4 16 oz cans of baked beans
    • 3 1 lb bags of baby carrots
    • 1 gallon 2% milk
    • ½ gallon LACTAID® milk for the DW
    • 3 16 oz jars of natural peanut butter
    16. I made a connection from another site for Clergylady & Yosemite and invited both of them here to join us.
    17.

    1. 1 a lot of places ask former presidents to give speeches and make apearences, like college graduations, etc. each such appearance takes about a day and brings in as much as a quarter million. book deals etc, they make a lot just from getting paid to show up places and say stuff for like 5 minutes. when i was a kid my father dragged me along to star trek conventions where he would pay $1000 for a vip pass that guaranteed him a chance to shake william shatners hand and get an autograph, as many as a few thousand people can show up those things and shatner just showed up, talked on stage about anything for 30 minutes then there was a long line of vip pass holders getting their autographs and handshake. same convention i recall the woman who played savak in some of the movies was there the same day and nobody went to her booth, so my father sat there hitting on her half the day since nobody else even noticed (they all focussed on shatner), i assume former presidents would draw smilar crowds to a number of events and the people at such events would have more money than a bunch of nerds wearing spandex and plastic ears would. my father took out a second mortgage just to guarantee lunch with leonard nemoy, didn’t have money for his son to get glasses or have a bed to sleep on but could go on all knds of bs vacations then whine about being broke and unable to afford anything.

      2 i heard nothing about the teacher thing but they would probably hate it if they had to live there, those publicity things white wash everything to make it all look good.

      3 depends what part of the state he was in, maybe zig zagging over the line, or just confused since tey are so similar and he had a brain fart

      1. nemoseto

        3 depends what part of the state he was in, maybe zig zagging over the line, or just confused since tey are so similar and he had a brain fart

        We all have the occasional misstep; but, if you’ve watched old Joe over the years, he seems to live with an almost continuous brain fart that’s been getting worse and worse

    2. TOP Re:high potassium . There is only one symptom of high potassium. It is a numbness and “puckering of the lip…is felt , not visible. To rebalance high potassium add a little pink salt, ( an extra half serving) as you utilize any back stock. the body will rebalance self IF you provide the sodium.

      1. Anonamo Also,

        Re:high potassium . There is only one symptom of high potassium. It is a numbness and “puckering of the lip…is felt , not visible.
        To rebalance high potassium add a little pink salt, ( an extra half serving) as you utilize any back stock. the body will rebalance self IF you provide the sodium.

        Actually in some cases, like mine, it can cause other problems like cardiac arrhythmias that were the primary concern of my cardiologist’s team. Addition of sodium in this case, while simple, would not rebalance the electrolytes, since I was overdosing on potassium with the combination of my normal multivitamin (80 mg) and too many servings of cranberry juice @ 190 mg per serving. I also take an ACE inhibitor, a beta blocker, and two diuretics all of which may affect potassium levels.
        The main problem with herbal medications or those ”Natural” supplements we see on TV or hear on the radio, is that they can often have adverse interactions with other medications.

        1. TOP. I was not talking about supplementation by ANY pill. I go with more natural sources now… FOOD, and basic requirements… salt natural sugar and stevia, for Example.
          .I posted this because…. high potassium can cause heart arrhythmia in ALL people it is important FOR ALL to know how to recognize high potassium . and to know that a salt shaker will allow your body to re balance it naturally in as little as 12 hours.
          This is verified by lab tests , and the lab dept head taught us this when in nursing school 40 years ago. This is something we verified time and again when in training.. Combined values of sodium and potassium always fall within a certain value, that is measured in 100ths. When the potassium level is high on an individual the salt is necessarily low and vice versa…when sodium is high, potassium is low.
          The body naturally has them @ optimum levels when nutrients are provided. By knowing this and recognizing the symptoms it can be corrected before a doctors visit is scheduled, by Some people. A doctor can not tell your potassium is high by looking, they must have a lab test. I get potassium overload when I eat bananas. and Kiwi.unless i am extremely careful. a little sea salt on each or them prevents overload..For persons who are not as fortunate as you to have all possible sources., we must struggle thru using the Facts and applications that have worked for many years without medical intervention. Now you know how you COULD use a high potassium product safely, in moderation…and so does/will anyone else able to read this post.

          1. Anonamo Also,

            TOP. I was not talking about supplementation by ANY pill. I go with more natural sources now… FOOD, and basic requirements… salt natural sugar and stevia, for Example.

            I’m pretty much the same here. I just started taking the multivitamin since my primary care doc told me to try this for my thinning nails that could also be just a side effect of getting old.
            For sweeteners I use mostly cane sugar, maple sugar or maple syrup or honey, with most of this produced locally.

            .I posted this because…. high potassium can cause heart arrhythmia in ALL people it is important FOR ALL to know how to recognize high potassium . and to know that a salt shaker will allow your body to re balance it naturally in as little as 12 hours.

            I have no noticeable effects for a high potassium imbalance; but, since I’m more sensitive to these imbalances due to my mild CHF and other medications I take, we keep an eye on these levels. I don’t get noticeable arrhythmias since I have a pacemaker; but, an electrolyte imbalance can cause other issues left unnoticed. Even my aFib is not noticeable; but, all of these factors can pile up if I get too far out of balance.

            .When the potassium level is high on an individual the salt is necessarily low and vice versa…when sodium is high, potassium is low.

            .
            I understand it’s a balance; but, since I have to maintain a low sodium diet, adding sodium is not the proper way for me to bring that ratio back into balance, so in this case, removing the excess potassium was required.

            The body naturally has them @ optimum levels when nutrients are provided. By knowing this and recognizing the symptoms it can be corrected before a doctors visit is scheduled, by Some people.

            I have no overt symptoms, and some of my medications can upset the normal balance, so we test and keep an eye on things.

            A doctor can not tell your potassium is high by looking, they must have a lab test.

            Yep and that’s why we test regularly, typically every 6 monts.

            I get potassium overload when I eat bananas. and Kiwi.unless i am extremely careful. a little sea salt on each or them prevents overload..

            This is the first time I’ve had this problem; but, it was from binge drinking Cranberry juice cocktail and that has been solved.
            I was starting to develop symptoms of a UTI and the cranberry juice often heads that off at the pass; but, this time I overdid the prevention. Lesson learned. LOL

            For persons who are not as fortunate as you to have all possible sources., we must struggle thru using the Facts and applications that have worked for many years without medical intervention.

            As fortunate as me? I’m not sure I understand this one, since I have a pacemaker and take 7 prescription and 5 OTC medications per day. I guess I am fortunate from the perspective that modern medical intervention and technology has kept me alive for as much as 2 decades beyond my expiration date without such intervention.

            Now you know how you COULD use a high potassium product safely, in moderation…and so does/will anyone else able to read this post.

            This is good for people without my health problems, reminding me of the age old maxim: ”If I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself” LOL
            Having an understanding of, and maintaining that electrolyte balance is important, especially when doing hard work in a hot environment or taking medications that can affect the balance. Factory workers in the hot steel mills where I grew up were given daily rations of both water and salt tablets along with scheduled breaks, for this reason.

          2. TOP, Yes you are very fortunate. Truly blessed to be where you are and have the things you need. You have a good insurance, and you have good care close to your location. Many people have health issues that can not be addressed because there is very substandard care for anyone who lacks a very good teaching hospital being available and health insurance. Many places are no longer accepting the lower grades of insurance. If cranberry juice helps your urinary issues. Cranberry concentrate comes in a pill gel filled or powdered capsule now.The stronger the pill the less one needs to take of them to get a desired effect. The dry pill i keep for back up – and the liquid one we rotate thru more often. It also helps reduce reducing inflammation,in nether regions of man’s anatomy… so Cranberry definitely has a lot of benefits for anyone that has a Urinary tract. .. Cherry concentrate is also now available in pill form.for gout.( for others)
            Moderation is the key…in potassium or sodium overload..When one is limited OR added the same must be done to the other to maintain balance. Since you are strict on your sodium limit, you will also need to be on your potassium. ..to maintain it in balance.
            I restrict my sodium drastically,most of the time -to my DH’s dismay. My “craving” will be for salty things @ times and i eat them in limited amounts and the cravings goes away. Keeping a diet diary enabled me to see -that many times those events come after i have consumed a series of foods high in potassium.

          3. Anonamo Also,

            TOP, Yes you are very fortunate. Truly blessed to be where you are and have the things you need.

            I guess I am both Fortunate & blessed Being that I was born in this country to loving parents who expected me and my siblings to strive to do our best, no matter what we tried.
            I suspect I was also fortunate that I had a passion for math & science at a young age, leading me to a well paid career where I rarely ever felt I was working and kept me employed nearly all of a 40+ year career.

            You have a good insurance, and you have good care close to your location. Many people have health issues that can not be addressed because there is very substandard care for anyone who lacks a very good teaching hospital being available and health insurance.

            My insurance for the past 3 years has been Medicare with a well researched supplemental plan, and prior to that I chose employers at least in part by the offered benefits, turning down larger salaries on a few occasions.
            My current situation is pretty good; but, required planning, hard work, and sacrifice over the years.

            Many places are no longer accepting the lower grades of insurance.

            I don’t know of those places; but, I suspect there are some. I do know that the PPACA was the worst and most expensive insurance plan I’ve ever had, draining our savings and leaving us with one of our few debts to medical providers.

            If cranberry juice helps your urinary issues. Cranberry concentrate comes in a pill gel filled or powdered capsule now. The stronger the pill the less one needs to take of them to get a desired effect. The dry pill i keep for back up – and the liquid one we rotate thru more often.

            I don’t know if it helps; but, it surely cannot hurt and at least for now the juice is inexpensive and readily available; but, looking into the capsules is now on the list.

            Cherry concentrate is also now available in pill form.for gout.( for others)

            I have both Black Cherry juice (concentrate) and some capsules and while it’s a good backup, 100mg of Allopurinol daily, keeps me gout free with virtually no food restrictions. Should the medication not be available, I would not only have to rely on the black cherry; but, also severely restrict my diet, although I don’t really eat all that many of the ”trigger” foods or drinks any more.

            Moderation is the key…in potassium or sodium overload..When one is limited OR added the same must be done to the other to maintain balance. Since you are strict on your sodium limit, you will also need to be on your potassium. ..to maintain it in balance.

            I fully understand that and my mistake in this case was only looking at carbohydrates when reading the cranberry juice label, only thinking about high K in bananas & V8.
            Lesson learned.

            I restrict my sodium drastically,most of the time -to my DH’s dismay. My “craving” will be for salty things @ times and i eat them in limited amounts and the cravings goes away.

            I’m pretty much the same; but, rarely have cravings; however, do on occasion have a salty snack that we keep on hand for such occasions. The DW is the salt person; but, has no issues with its intake.
            Back in college I had a roommate who had a kidney transplant and was severely restricted on his sodium intake. When it came time for him to cook the meal for our group, he baked several chickens without a grain of salt, making the first bites a WTF moment. LOL. Helping him out with that restriction we all gave up salting food when cooking, only adding it to our own plate when eating, and from that time on, knowing what real food tastes like, I’ve rarely use salt for any cooking.
            My DW OTOH salts perfectly good foods like tomatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe, which is something I still do not understand; however, her vitals and blood work all come back normal, so I can’t really complain (too much).

            Keeping a diet diary enabled me to see -that many times those events come after i have consumed a series of foods high in potassium.

            I’ve only done that (a food diary) once, back in 2006, mostly counting calories and fat. This allowed me to drop 63 lbs (235 to 172) in 6 months, keeping a healthy diet the whole time. I now maintain my weight in the 145-150 (a 85-90 pound loss) range with no trouble, by losing those cravings for high fat and sugary foods.
            We all must do what works for us individually.

  11. We got back last week, we were gone to California, we went to San Jose, Santa Cruz, Capatola, and San Francisco, back up to Vacaville and Chico, that was a lot of driving, the kid’s really got to enjoy this vacation, the last time we did this trip was 10 year’s ago they were 5 and 9, so 15 and 19, they really loved it. We started back to school, our daughter has 9 credits left this semester she should get 5 and the the second semester, the last 4, so by January, she should be finished with high school, our son is a Sophomore, and I told him stay on track, I want him to be done on time, I’m going to check into automotive classes at our tech school and get him going in that direction. I did get some tomatillo sauce made and red salsa, lost only 1 jar to cracking in the canner. I’m debating with myself how much more to can as the canning season is finishing up soon. My grapes, have at least another week before I pick them were supposed to have a nice warm week in the mid 70’s, I did cut back my potato vines, to let them harden off I hope I get some big ones. I cut the finished raspberry vines and letting them die back so I can pull them out with out damaged to my other vines. My Tom thumb tomatoes, are getting red, it’s fun to pluck off a handful to eat, my radishes are coming along nicely, and my cilantro, will need to be chopped back and dehydrated. I did buy two bags of onions, next week I will chop them and dehydrate them too. I need to do a rotation, soon so I may try and fit that in this week too. Our neighbor gave us a table patio heater, he doesn’t need anymore that was super kind of him, probably won’t use it this year as we will be wrapping up our summer place getting the trailer winterized by the end of the month. Hubby and I took care of a hole in our roof of our bunk house, we had left over roofing so patching that up will keep until next Spring, he’s going to try to re roof it this month, if the weather holds, we might be able to do it but,,, I won’t hold my breath lol.. I hope September, brings cooling for those still in the 90’s, I would love it if we have weather in the low to mid 70’s for the month!!! Have a blessed rest of a long weekend…

  12. Tara, I keep forgetting the questions

    1 We have natural gas, and a fireplace. but fireplaces are getting to be taboo, so if we do burn it’s around Christmas time, I would have to bring some wood back from our second property, we are pretty even for weather, we do have lots of blankets, and jackets, if we lost power, our house stays pretty warm we’ve insulated pretty well over the year’s

    2 no on the Iron weed, I’m going to look into it though sounds interesting.

    3 Because we did the California trip, kids also got money, and gifts, I’m not doing much maybe a stocking with a gift certificate. and a few candy, that’s it . I love homemade gifts, I still have my doll my sister made me 40 year’s ago, yes this weekend I turn 50 oh my!!! Lol, and the dresses and fabric shoes she made…

    1. mom of three,

      1 We have natural gas, and a fireplace. but fireplaces are getting to be taboo, so if we do burn it’s around Christmas time

      Taboo? Around here fireplaces and wood stoves are pretty normal. When we first moved here (1984) we heated almost exclusively with a fireplace and air tight insert, that is now one of our backup heating sources.

      yes this weekend I turn 50 oh my!!! Lol,

      So you’re just one of the kids here. LOL
      Our oldest boy and both of my kid sisters are older than you and I look back at 50 as the good old days LOL.

  13. Hey, has anyone else heard of the red flag gun confiscation of a Marine in Oregon? He made a statement ” if Antifa starts killing us, I will slaughter them” Definitely shows whose side the Oregon’s government is on.

    1. Thor1,

      Yes, that red flag confiscation has made the news. The FBI filed on him and took his five guns, including an AR-15. He did make the comment that if Antifa starts killing people, he will kill them in self-defense. He never specifically threatened an individual, and only asserted his right to self-defense. Evidently claiming your right to self-defense is red flag material in Oregon.

      1. i got into an argument on a forum the other day and someone claimed that carrying a sidearm for personal protection is the same as premeditated violence,that having a weapon meant you were planning to use it, doesn’t matter if it was self defence, to them self defence is only legitimte if you are unarmed. bunch of damn libtards out there

        1. nemoseto ,

          i got into an argument on a forum the other day and someone claimed that carrying a sidearm for personal protection is the same as premeditated violence, that having a weapon meant you were planning to use it, doesn’t matter if it was self defence

          I’ve had those discussions with people over the years and I simply ask them if they have a fire extinguisher at home. If they do, I accuse them of planning an arson fire to collect insurance, and that usually gets them sputtering. The same goes for insurance on your house or vehicle, and is defensive driving really just another form of aggression?

          to them self defence is only legitimte if you are unarmed

          I’m not sure even that is true. Having practiced various martial arts since I was 14 there are numerous unarmed ways of defense that could be devastating to an attacker; but, if I maimed someone, broken numerous bones or blinded them, I suspect these same people would not approve.
          Self defense is only for appointed people defending the elites.

      1. JP,

        True. But I’ll bet Oregon law makes absolutely no distinction and anyone can make a red flag complaint. Just because you’re a federal officer doesn’t mean you can’t enforce a state law within that state. The guy was not arrested either, just had his guns taken (which is bad enough).

        When I was a federal police officer, all of the traffic laws we enforced were Michigan traffic laws, and what’s more, they were tried in Federal Magistrate Court.

        When I was an MP in the Marines, in California we enforced California traffic laws on both military and civilians (just the type of traffic violation form changed and the place of trial). Same thing in North Carolina.

        In fact, just the other day in Detroit, some nutjob broke out windows in a very popular downtown eatery (Lafayette Coney Island), often frequented by cops of all kinds. It happened a group of federal agents were in there at the time, they arrested the guy, then arrested three employees when they decided to lay an ass whuppin’ on the nutjob after he had been arrested and cuffed. Everyone was charged with either state law violations or city ordinance violations. Totally legal.

    2. read about it after you mentioned it, had to look it up, looks like jurisdictional overlap, see that all time on the border, tribal pd can enforce laws off the rez, state cops can enforce on the rez, border patrol can enfoce on either, etc. a lot of overlap and its usully who responds first, but if another agency is better equiped for a speciic case it gets handed off to the other agency.

      former coworker (an idiot i had a feud with) was arrested by tribal police and handed over to another agency (forgot which one) a few months ago for terrorism, apparently he got annoyed with the tribal admins bs (reason i quit) and started making a scene in the admin building shouting that he was going to go home and come back with his ar15 and shoot all of them (his was converted to full auto, as is common on the rez), he never did it but was arrested anyway for a “Terroristic threat” and also fired. my feud with him happened 2 years after i quit when he was caught pirating movies to his computer in his office, using his log on passwords and supervisor password to bypass the network firewall, whe confronted he claimed to not know how to use a computer and accused me of somehow romotely hacking it wirelessly to pirate movies through it (despite that the system had no wireless equiment) when asked how he thought that was possible he claimed i was a computer genius and that he didn’t know how it could be done, it was all a desperate excuse to save his cucshy do nothing job when he was caught. his supervisor wanted to fire him for his bs but another one above him decided to drop the investigation, i was only informed when the tribal police asked me for a signed statement that i was not involved in any way (had not seen that guy or been to his office in the 6 months prior to that so t was out of nowhere), held a grudge and wouldn’t talk to him or his brother nor would i sell them firewood for their camp anymore, thats not really a fued just a grudge, anyway what he did was a threat.

      what that marine did was not a threat, antifa has been ignored and allowed to harrass and attack people that were not considered politically connected (similar to how that guy on the rez was connected so his repeated piracy of movies off his office computer was ignored). the marine only stated that he would defend himself if attacked and antifa’s mob mentality and aggression has shown they are very capable of it towards anyone they don’t like. the marine was just clarifying that if they did they would be messing with someone who wouldn’t go down easy. his statement was misinterprited and twisted, and he had to appolagise to stay politically correct and placate a mob.

      this is exactly why i disapeared from most of the internet, anything that is said can be twisted and warped and used as a weapon if someone just doesn’t like someone, and anyone who knows me knows i have a hard time shutting up and tend to annoy people (especially peta’s and libtards).

  14. Hi everyone,

    I didn’t post last week because I worked OT both Saturday and Sunday. Worked again yesterday, and I am p.o.o.p.e.d… May work again OT tomorrow. Gotta make hay while there is grass to cut… Most of the time they don’t allow me to work OT because they shift people around… It will be okay if they don’t need me. It’s not like I don’t have anything to do around here… 🙂

    I bought a few things that have come in – Red Feather butter (24 cans), First Alert Smoke/Carbon Monoxide detector for when I need to fire up the propane heater, Mityvac Vacuum Pump kit to be able to manually seal my canning jars that I put dry stuff in, 2 – 1/2″x 5″ferro rods, Tuf-Glide/Tuf-Cloth set, US Army wet weather poncho and poncho liner for my BOB, 1 lb of elderberries.

    GW-GE dehumidifier, wool blanket, jackets

    FB MP- Bought a webber kettle grill, 2 – post pounders, toy organizer shelf for the bins it has on it, a full and re-certified 30lb propane tank. Sold a couple of items.

    Ebay – Sold and mailed an item

    Another quick visit with Baby Catcher this week. Chuy’s was delicious. Was gifted 2 bottles of wine…

    Tara’s Questions:

    How will you heat (or cool) your home during a long-term disaster and how are prepping for such an event? Still working on my propane heater set up, got lots of coats and blankets, hats, gloves, long underwear. Cool, not so sure if the electricity is off. Houses today are not built to do cross-ventilation. No windows on 2 sides of the house.

    Have you used ironweed in any home remedies or wild edibles – if so, how? Never heard of it, and will need to check it out.

    What can you use from your environment to make self-reliance related gifts or ones that showcase your survival homesteading skills? I want to make some plantain and Comfrey salve. I share my canned goods as gifts.

    Prayers for the pack, for the President and for America. Have a great long weekend for those that work and are off on Monday.

      1. Why Thor1… Whatever do you mean? Lol… I’m no Scarlett O’Hara… I haven’t had time to crack open one of those yet… Not much of a wine drinker, but BC said they were sweet. I am sure she’s makes some good stuff. 🙂

          1. Why Thor1, Fiddle deedee… little ol’ me is very sure… Honest.

            But… I did forget what I found at TSC last Monday….

            Clearance items-
            3 – Game Face Ghost airsoft pistol – and it even has a scope on it. They were $5… Regularly $20.
            2 – “Cowboy shirts” for my brother (Wrangler)
            4 – 4-pack of Ball pint canning jars with the flag and star on them
            1 – Schmidt stay-dri t-shirt

            Not clearance but a deal-
            1 – Terro ant killer in a bottle to refill my other baits
            1 – pkg of Wiley Wallaby Strawberry licorice to try
            2 – bags of Farmer’s Pantry cornbread chips to try
            2 – bags of Ricolla cough drops
            1 – small little metal sign that says “Notice-you will encounter American Flags, Armed Citizens, Country Music and Prayer in this area”

            AND the BEST thing I found was 2 fly swatters made like the old ones with the long wire handle and flip floppy slapper… Got a pack for a friend too… 🙂

  15. Tara’s Q’s.
    Heating and cooling grid down… working on alternate propane set up. still need to get line…have a few smallish bottles for shorter term events. on NG, but even that could be interrupted by EQ.event…depending on event.
    Still working on insulation increases in walls and ceiling( and the walls and ceilings). floor is slab. so no insulating that..for benefit of either winter or summer.. with additional windows to go in,no cross ventilation here. with enough back up energy, possibility of window a/c would be possible, for one room only. Not there yet. Daily living takes priority over “possible” scenarios. AnOther way to change our situation would be an outside shade/ tented/screened area. utilized for some cooking and resting…not there yet.
    #2 Have never heard of that ironwood plant , and when i checked pictures, do not recall it being here.. I do plantain tinctures,and rabbit tobacco tincture. do not have any cottonwood on my property. Brother has a male tree. need to get some buds this coming spring.,Have some other plants/cuttings will try to get started this fall inside protected area..a variety of things. working on plants to attract/feed pollinators..
    #3 I usually buy cotton cordage and make gifts, and do few..thru the year. Make baby blankets for family . No time or energy for a lot of crafts right now. Have some ideas, but nothing is done, nothing completed along this line. .
    #4 This week we bought a greenhouse, to be delivered on tuesday after missed delivery on friday while buying parts for mower., feed, and goats milk… …parts for the car DD is to drive..are still arriving.got 2 and neither was right… most expensive one was “made to work”..
    … Buying repair and replacement parts for mower, rider getting an upgrade from12.5 hp to 20…still in multiple pieces…Push mower self propelled unit is out/belt issue. the brush cutter has to be physically primed w/ first start of the day., and is not drawing air properly DH has to look at it. The new weed eater, has to be carried, small circumference…. and starts “ALL-most” as good as the push( self propelled) lawn mower…4.5 years old. A Husky.. if it just had a seat i would not mind the 21-22 inch cut, for the almost 2 acres we cut- and the 3 acres we want to cut….oh, If frogs had wings!LOL
    Have rotated more dry goods into the freezer and other things out. added about 60 lbs of meats, secured by freezing for the minute. , a few frozen veggies and a few canned goods. cleaning supplies in form of baking soda, vinegar, bleach. Monthly run for crackers, chips ,cheese sauce… worked/tweaked some more recipes from food storage, using staples… have expanded recipes to use long term dry foods readily available and now stocked. Some “poo poo” the idea of food fatigue, it is a challenge for us now… trying to come up with different recipes we both like and tolerate with many diet restrictions can be time consuming..So improtant to store splurge items to break the cycle of same ole, same ole.
    I have completed the change over to goats milk because of dairy intolerance. I use mostly for coffee so the canned evaporated works for my needs…ends up being cheaper than Lactaid and is tolerated better by me.( takes on half gallon of lactaid or one can of goats milk concentrate for 8 days., cost for goats milk is 1$ to 2$ cheaper depending on store and location.).. It IS a different taste., to make transition, I ended up adding ( to a 11 oz coffee mug) 2 tbsp goat milk concentrate, one teaspoon sugar and a big cube of ice…for first day… over 3 days I cut the sugar out, and have reduced the amount of goats milk to about 20 cc. I add about 4 oz ice to can stored in glass pint jar in refrig. It s also avail in powder/makes 3 qts. tummy troubles are better overall but still am getting something with hidden milk, probably a bread..think i have isolated that.
    NO to answer, unwritten question… I am NOT getting and milking goats. I have enough things to do. Would be painful with arthritic fingers.. will delete ALL milk from MY diet before I begin milking.
    Rabbits: This week we separated the Does from their Kits..they were ready for respite.Kits are growing by leaps and bounds. received some wire for cages as a gift. this week.in 2×5 ft length and width.. will be nice size.. Chickens still laying slowly, about half production now 13 hens, w/ 6-9 eggs daily.. occas. will get 3. Upping their protein for replacement feathers with the molting of these birds that are close to first Birthday.have increased access to calcium…
    . Worked on plans and location for new feed room. Have space for a 7×12. w/storage for riding mower to side.Ended up with poison ivy once again..( between fingers and up arm.???. despite gloves and handling plant material with rake and cutters…. Planning/debated future location, supports, foundations/ greenhouse w/ pro/cons. have settled., agreed.
    Our most frequent emergency back up needed is for electric secondary to pole/ equipment /or crash.. second most likely are weather related tornado or ice storm. least frequent , but potential to be worst is earthquake.. It will be what it will be. We will be n better shape than many.
    Prayers for those in harms way, for the turning of the storms…for the Pack and those with like minded ness. Those who have experienced heart wrenching loss. and other needs not verbalized.
    Keep on keeping On.! your family depends on your knowledge, experience and common sense when all the world is in chaos around them. Stability.. steady as she goes. Do what you can for where you are in life…

  16. Nemo’s questions: if your state has a red flag law are you worried about it being misused by people who don’t like you?no, cuz i get along with most everyone, and if somebody did pull that, they would probably lose in court. In any case God and I win, its gonna get real uncomfortable for me for awhile, but VERY uncomfortable for them in the end.

    are you prepared to deal with dental problems on your own if you can’t get to a dentist for any reason? yep, as much as possible, and i have seen the wonders of garlic with one of my clients. Sure convinced me!

    if ammo was impossible to find are you knowledgable enough to make your own no, but i will trade my services for someone elses. Babies will always be being born. ;).

    1. Babycatcher,

      its gonna get real uncomfortable for me for awhile, but VERY uncomfortable for them in the end.

      This is pretty much my attitude on life also. There isn’t much I can’t mumble through one step at a time with my eyes on the horizon, knowing there are surely better things to come.

      if ammo was impossible to find are you knowledgable enough to make your own no, but i will trade my services for someone elses. Babies will always be being born. ;).

      Yet another good attitude I sort of share with you. My situation is unlikely to be birthing babies; but, I have other skills of value.

    2. i wish i was that way, unfortunatly i tend to piss people off left and lefter, just being in a building pisses people off sometimes. mostly because i am so self reliant, when i moved to this town half the town hated me since i didn’t grow up here (cliquish attitude found in small towns, even though i was born int he next county over same river vally and lived in the general area for almost 40 years, not growing up with them makes someone an outsider) and they assumed i was some kind of perverted criminal doing something illegal since i was a single man who bought land out of pocket and was living camped out and building a homestead alone, most of the other people like that do it temporarily to run a meth lab or a large pot grow. the only other people who choose bikes over cars are the welfare rats who lost their lisences, or kids, so seeing me ride a bike they assume its because i was a criminal too. the welfare people hate me because i am not one of them, the working people hate me because they think i’m welfare and don’t contemplate how someone could live without working a 40 a week job or several part time jobs. people think a 36 or 37 year old man who is single is some kind of degenerate (hard to find a woman when working all the time alone in the woods, most women here are already in relationships or have no interest in some old school woodsman). the dumb people don’t like me because they think i am too smart (they call me the proffessor, there are a lot of people here who are illiterate and dropped out of middle school) the smart people don’t like me because i don’t have a high paying job and a huge mortgaged house and new cars and the debt to go with them. all the liberals hate me because i hunt and trap, and there are more liberals than conservatives but the people that seem to love everything i do are the handfull of old school conservative farmers since i am often the living embodiment of everything they value. half the town are drunks or junkies, and i hate the taste of alcohaul and have never willingly used any kind of drug.

      yup everywhere i go i piss someone off, just wearing clothes that are faded, and hand stitched repairs, rubber boots and a straw hat and a long red beard and huge muscles makes me stand out among peoplewho throw out anything with the slightest wear, only wear new stylish clothing, and are weak from doing as little work as possible except chair polishing

      1. Nemoseto,

        I don’t know, you seem like a pretty interesting and decent guy to me. Move down here to Florida into one of the more rural counties and you’ll probably fit right in. And if you don’t, you can always becomes a “Florida Man.” 🙂

        1. unfortunaly i already own my place debt free where i am, most of the people who liked me have left the area, a lot moved to tenessee or montana or florida. ny has had a huge exodus in recent years and chairman cuomo insists its because of the weather and has nothing to do with the excessive bs of albany. i have looked into reloaction but my main reason to stay is because my place is already owned with no debts and costs almost nothing to maintain.

          though the menonites have been moving into the area and are displacing the amish and regular farmers, and unlike those 2 groups the menonites have a lot of money and are spending it, a 40 acre farm with an old house and a falling over barn to them is worth half a million, 3 such farms were bought this past year, one of the guys who sold moved next door to me since his father owned that lot and they put in a new modular home on it, next door is relative however, still half a mile but now my second closest neighbor. if a menonite offered me $200k for my 26 acre farm i would auction off everything i can’t fit in a moving van and be out of ny within a day and never come back

        2. Zulu 3-6 & Nemoseto,

          I don’t know, you seem like a pretty interesting and decent guy to me. Move down here to Florida into one of the more rural counties and you’ll probably fit right in.

          Our weather may not be as nice; but, here we don’t get hurricanes and I suspect you would fit in here as well.
          When shopping in any of the local towns and villages you will see nicely dressed folks driving nice cars, mingling with rural folks still dressed for the field driving old pickup trucks, as well as the occasional Amish. Some of the smaller towns also have hitching posts in the corner of the parking lot.

      2. nemoseto:

        We’d probably get along just fine. I have had people who think I’m dumb ecause I don’t think like them. I’m lazy because I don’t have a “job”. Think I’m cheap/poor because I don’t have a big house. I actully enjoy being underestimated. There are a few who know me a little better. I do what I can, when I can, with what I’ve got. And at the end of the month I’m farther along than most. I’m happy with that.

        (Although I do enjoy having a DW who walks with me. Found her when I was 35 and it’s been a great run!)

        1. JP & nemoseto,

          We’d probably get along just fine. I have had people who think I’m dumb because I don’t think like them.

          I’ve not heard anyone call me dumb; but, have been shunned because I’m too educated with an engineering background and an insatiable thirst for knowledge and trying to understand everything, and other people think that is odd, since those other things don’t affect their lives. My wife has called me a ”Cesspool of knowledge” on more than one occasion; but, she is of course joking, while others are not.
          My biggest ”fault” is my lack of interest in sporting events. Here we have the OSU Buckeyes, plus various teams in Cincinnati, and Cleveland and I just don’t get the enthusiasm people have to watch someone else play a game. I would rather be out back shooting or hunting.

          Think I’m cheap/poor because I don’t have a big house.

          I actually have a big house; but, it’s not a new modern house with the original old part built about a century ago and the modern addition built in the 1960’s. We’ve slowly been changing out windows & doors, plus a new roof and next up, flooring, all paid for without adding any debt.
          We’re mortgage free and that helps the cash flow more than anyone could know.

          I actually enjoy being underestimated.

          Same here, since it gives you an edge.

          I do what I can, when I can, with what I’ve got. And at the end of the month I’m farther along than most. I’m happy with that.

          I’ve pretty much run my life like that. Driven old beaters and live in houses constantly being remodeled; but, I’ve owned two houses outright and that alone freed up cash to live the way we want to live.

          (Although I do enjoy having a DW who walks with me. Found her when I was 35 and it’s been a great run!)

          We were both 31 & just hit our 37 year anniversary.
          She’s a farm girl who grew up only a few miles from here and is definitely a keeper.
          The mere fact that we try to be self reliant and prep makes us what Orson Scott Card once called ”The folk of the Fringe”; but, I’m in good company here and elsewhere.

  17. Why aren’t they calling the storm a Category 6… ? If they use the normal gap for sustained winds of even 25mph, it is over a Cat 6 at 185 mph sustained winds.

    Are they keeping it low on purpose? Perfect storm?

    1. AT,

      They don’t have a Cat 6 storm level because storms with 185mph winds are pretty uncommon. Plus once a hurricane hits Cat 5 status, it is about as dangerous as it gets most of the time.

        1. Thor1,

          It really must suck (blow?) to be in the Bahamas right now, especially Grand Bahama Island as that thing is still beating them like a drum. Now stationary at 145mph wind speeds.

          The powers-that-be aren’t messing around with this storm. They’re serious about evacuating. If you’re in a mandatory zone and don’t leave, don’t bother calling 911 when the storm comes knocking, assuming you even have signal. Nothing they can, or will, do for you except maybe say a Rosary for you (if they’re Catholic).

          The Marines are in process of evacuating the boot camp at Parris Island, SC. The recruits are being bussed to the Marine Logistics Center at Albany, GA and they’ll still get to play fun and games with their DIs.

          I talked with #1 daughter again. She says depending on needs in the US, the Pave Hawks from her Wing will probably be sent to the Bahamas. I guess the Coast Guard sent most of their east Florida coast based ships to Key West and they are standing by to do whatever they can do in the US first, then probably help the Bahamas.

          The weather guessers are saying that serious storm surges may come ashore in Florida before high winds even get here. That’s lovely news. Time will tell. We are all witnessing history with this storm even if it doesn’t lay waste to US territory. This is the most powerful hurricane in recorded history.

          1. Z36, I can’t even imagine having a storm of that magnitude being parked over your house for days….. This is definitely a Bahama Momma……

          2. Thor1,

            Z36, its almost like the hurricane is being controlled. I have never seen one stop like this before.

            Controlled by elements like the jet stream and basic chaos theory, plus elements of weather modified by land use
            As for never seeing things like this, perhaps that’s because you’re not old enough or haven’t done enough weather training.
            The 1935 Labor Day hurricane, originally called Hurricane Three was very similar. There was also another back in the late 1800’s.
            The big problem today is that many of these places had much less development and many fewer people back then; plus, modern technology allows us to cover it in detailed 24/7 so it may seem larger than life.

          3. I see where the US Coast Guard has already sent five helos to the Bahamas and are busier than one armed paperhangers with hives. The US Navy is supposed to be sending something, but nothing specific has been mentioned. The Brits already have a ship in the area that is designed and equipped for humanitarian operations and is en route.

            I think the birds are out of Clearwater and Key West.

            The US has to be careful with the amount of resources they send to the Bahamas right now. Dorian still seems to have a vote in this.

  18. By noon tomorrow we should have a good understanding of Dorian’s path. It is too late to bug out. There is not a lot of gasoline. I am happy to say that my future son-in-law is a prepper and has a concealed carry permit. (He carries a Tauris 45.) He came over Saturday to help my dh clean out the gutters. We like him. He drive a truck for the city. He isn’t one of these “woss-ass-college students.” I cooked steaks. I gave the young man the choice of steaks. He grew up poor. The choice of steaks for work made an impression on him.

  19. One thing about hurricanes is you have plenty of time to procrastinate, specially this one. I live 15 miles due east from Marine Land, the only damage I have had from a hurricane in the 48 years I have lived here is I cracked a window when I put a screw too close to the glass when I was boarding up. This one promises to be no more than an extended thunderstorm for me. I am just going to try and keep water out of my garage.

    For 10 years I lived in a small wood frame home my dad moved onto my home spot. When I got my mobile home I deconstructed the house and moved it onto a concrete slab off to the side of the mobile home to use as a garage. I put a sidewalk on the south and east sides and now the soil has risen up because of the two trees I allowed to grow there and rain water is running under the walls there. Who knew oak trees grew that fast. I cut the trees down but couldn’t dig out the stumps without damaging the slab. I will need to take My reciprocating saw and cut away enough roots to dig a trench alongside the sidewalk to drain the water away.

    Fortunately now I will have my wife to assist me, our daughter’s hair salon is closing until Thursday so she can stay home with the granddaughter. By waiting I didn’t have to do all that work by myself. It’s almost 5:00 am, I have already ate breakfast. I will drink some coffee waiting on daylight and start. The wife won’t be home until 9:00 and will probably sleep a few hours, after she gets up she can help me finish up if I hadn’t already finished.

  20. I’VE BEEN A BIT BUSY, neglecting to check my throw away email acct.
    i purchased a used john deer 347 square baler, with a kicker. bought a old sided grain wagon/hay wagon for square baling. i’m in negotiations on a JD5400 utility tractor. offered a low ball of 10. for 11 he adds on stuff i would of bought anyways.
    so i baled about 250 bales, so far. i figure if i can’t make money with corn and beans. can sell hay and wheat and straw. i’ve been looking into other alternative crops to grow. think i found something. looking into renting out hay ride wagons.
    placed a order for rough cut oak at the amish. to build another hay wagon.
    started harvesting tomatos and a few peppers.

    last night, we had a bonfire with some friends. if things go bad. we will needthem for mechanical work and labor. i gues were building additional tribe and they dont know it yet.

    started getting parts for teh chain saw. just waiting on a needle bearing. new chain and c clip and sprocket already. i have enough wear on them. it is just time to do some maintanence before cutting season.

    just been really busy.
    yeah we heat our entire home with wood, it’s going to get cold. it s a bear to cool in the summer with no air.

    1. BLACK,

      so i baled about 250 bales, so far. i figure if i can’t make money with corn and beans. can sell hay and wheat and straw. i’ve been looking into other alternative crops to grow. think i found something. looking into renting out hay ride wagons.

      Have you been looking @ ”Nextdoor”? Someone there was looking for straw.
      You need to consider insurance for those hay rides, since one stupid accident can be a big financial problem.

      started harvesting tomatos and a few peppers.

      All of a sudden we also have a ton of green tomatoes, so we’ll also be picking soon. Deciding if we can still vine ripen or need to bring in the house.

      last night, we had a bonfire with some friends. if things go bad. we will needthem for mechanical work and labor. i gues were building additional tribe and they dont know it yet.

      You of course know that you and yours are part of our MAG / tribe any time you need something.

      just been really busy.

      When is that ever not the case. LOL

      yeah we heat our entire home with wood, it’s going to get cold. it s a bear to cool in the summer with no air.

      We’ve found that a portable A/C unit does rather well to keep the big living room cool without a ton of cost, and at least gives you one place for a bit of respite.

  21. All,

    I talked with #1 daughter this morning. She belongs to the 920th Search and Rescue Wing at Patrick AFB, FL (next door to Cape Canaveral). They have flown out all of their C-130 aircraft to safe havens, but moved their HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helos further west in Florida to standby for search and rescue. The Pave Hawks are used by pararescuemen who have a well deserved reputation for being very good at rescue and emergency medical care whether in combat or civilian situations. They were the people both US and British troops most liked to see come do their medical evacuations in Afghanistan.

    I expect the Pave Hawks will be sent to the Bahamas after the storm finishes with the US. Those helos can be refueled in the air too and their pilots are flight deck qualified as well, so they can land on any US ships capable of handling them (Pave Hawks are heavy).

        1. Thor1,
          There is really no perfectly safe place to put a nuclear power plant; but, they are constructed to stand up to any perceivable threats they may encounter.
          Whether earthquakes, hurricanes, or tornados are common to the area, the fuel containers and pressure vessels are all housed within a containment building that is very solidly built. Unlike Fukushima Daiichi or Chernobyl the few incidents we have had are contained and the system designs are rather solid.

          1. Thor1,
            I never said infallible or unsinkable, just that these plants are engineered to withstand all predictable and reasonable risk factors for their area of operation.
            The same is true for aircraft and automobiles; but, we still have accidents and life has always been risky.
            Move back into the solid cave with a campfire to avoid modern technology and you could trip and fall into the fire.

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      I talked with #1 daughter this morning. She belongs to the 920th Search and Rescue Wing at Patrick AFB, FL (next door to Cape Canaveral). They have flown out all of their C-130 aircraft to safe havens, but moved their HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helos further west in Florida to standby for search and rescue..

      While I know generally the capability of the Pave Hawk, I looked it up and it’s an amazing purpose designed SAR aircraft equipped with such things as both GPS and inertial guidance and color Doppler weather radar.
      HH-60G Pave Hawk
      https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104508/hh-60g-pave-hawk/
      I learn more interacting with this group than almost anywhere else.

      1. TOP,

        The Pave Hawk is a pretty amazing machine. #1 daughter’s Wing holds a record for the longest over-water rescue (500 miles) because the helo can refuel in-flight, while the Coast Guard helos cannot. They rescued a couple of Germans whose boat caught fire and was floundering 500 miles east of Cape Canaveral. The only real problem was the two victims couldn’t speak English and none of the crew scheduled to fly, knew how to speak German with any proficiency.

        While the birds got ready to fly, someone ran around the Wing HQ and found a female admin type who spoke fluent German and she volunteered to go and provide translation. She had no experience or training on the Pave Hawks or the gear she had to wear. They gave her the Reader’s Digest version of training and off they went.

        Mission accomplished with no serious issues. They flew two Pave Hawks and two C-130s rigged to do in-flight refueling.

        This only happened in late 2017.

        #1 daughter has been on a few orientation flights in Pave Hawks and likes going when she can as the PJs are “hunky.” 🙂

  22. So I have my big new generator with a weeks worth of fuel, my garage boarded up, the yard picked up, and, nothing. Maybe an inch of rain and a few stiff breezes, that’s it. After seeing what the Bahamas look like of course we are glad to have prepared for everything and got nothing. Hopefully some of the money Florida saved will be used to help those poor people.

    1. Daddio7,

      So I have my big new generator with a weeks worth of fuel, my garage boarded up, the yard picked up, and, nothing. Maybe an inch of rain and a few stiff breezes, that’s it.

      We’ve had our Generac for 2 years & 9 months now and have only needed it about 6 hours total in all that time; but, like you I’m glad it’s there.
      We’ve also paid homeowners insurance on this property for 35 years and auto insurance longer than that without having to collect on any claims; but, I’m not hoping for an accident, fire or tornados strike. I guess that’s the nature of insurance.

      1. Well of course I am joking about being disappointed I didn’t need my generator. The storm slowed down so much we had already eaten most of our hurricane snacks, next time we will have to buy twice as much.

        As for insurance since I lost my farm 25 years ago I haven’t had any, except for on my cars. Until the ACA and now my wife’s job I only had health insurance for the four years my wife worked as a teacher’s aide and the 15 months I worked at my last job.

        1. Daddio7 ,

          The storm slowed down so much we had already eaten most of our hurricane snacks, next time we will have to buy twice as much.

          Well at least something good came out of the event. Anytime we can learn and adjust for the next time is a useful lesson. LOL

          As for insurance since I lost my farm 25 years ago I haven’t had any, except for on my cars. Until the ACA and now my wife’s job I only had health insurance for the four years my wife worked as a teacher’s aide and the 15 months I worked at my last job.

          I have had health insurance ever since graduating college and often made a job choice based on the benefits offered, selecting a job with lower salary for better benefits a few times; however, I was trying to use a metaphor on not really wanting to collect on insurance, whether from a car accident, a house fire, or really needing to use your preps.

          No one complains that I paid premiums and never had a house fire, and likewise we should look at preps the same way.

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