What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 62: September 15th – September 21st 2019

woman and kids on top of some bales of hay

Hello Pack. This has probably been the busiest and most tiring week of prepping in months. Finally, and for real this time, all the hay on our survival homestead has been baled. We put up 225 bales of hay with the help of our tribe members.

My former Marine nephew, Conner, who insisted on carrying two 50-pound square bales at a time for a large portion of the day surely woke up regretting that bold move. Cruz, a teenage tribe member, worked to keep up with Conner and his two bales at a time habit. I am sure that he was thought 17 never felt so old come Monday morning also.

We still have to buy some hay though, unfortunately. The loss of two cuts earlier this year due to flooding ran us short of our goal. If the SHTF tomorrow, I do not think that we would make it through a rough winter without buying some round bales of hay to put back.

baling hay with a tractor

I rotate my herds every two weeks to make sure the large upper and middle pastures, and the smaller side pasture and home area never get played out.

This two week cycling also makes sure that any parasites or worms in the livestock droppings will have time to die out in between rotations.

The first two years on our survival homestead we could not rotate in this prime manner because the upper pasture and lower side pasture fence had not been fully repaired and gated. Now that it is, the herds can graze until the middle to end of December – a great cost savings on hay.

In other preps this week, I taught my daughter Brea how to sew – a great survival homesteading skill – especially if someone needs stitches.

woman and kids on top of some bales of hay

She also invested in some quality meat rabbits. Since we have our own butcher shop, we can quickly and inexpensively put up meat that is hunted or raised on our prepper retreat.

The meat rabbits are also going to be a side breeding business for her – working from home and for yourself is the best way to work, in my opinion. I definitely consider working from home for myself part of our prepping plan.

After this weekend the upper pasture will be brush hogged, and hopefully we will have all of our wood put up for winter. It is in the 90s again in my area of Ohio, so burning logs in the wood stove seems a long way off, but it really is not.

We only have my nephew Conner’s help for about another week before he heads off to a NASCAR mechanic’s school in North Carolina – so I plan on working him like a borrowed mule until then to get some small projects finished up.

We are also in the middle of building more storage in our home again – I may have mentioned this before. I love having a smaller house to heat and keep up, but the lack of storage space is an ongoing issue. A highly skilled female tribe member is building the large pantries out of barn wood and old tin roofing panels – except for the frame.

I came up with a rather clever idea to keep mice out of the pantry, hardware cloth. This rabbit cage style wire is going to be stapled floor to ceiling on the inside of the pantry and a lip of it positioned across the door openings a few inches up. I don’t know if this will be foolproof, but it surely is going to be a huge help.

This Week’s Questions

  1. What livestock preps are on your agenda with the cold weather months getting closer?
  2. Do you think keeping meat rabbits is a good protein prep – why or why not?
  3. What traditional homesteading skills would you like to learn or teach your loved ones and why?
  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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80 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 62: September 15th – September 21st 2019

    1. Puppy has been doing boot camp training. Pushups, hikes & combat training. So we had some down time and went to an empty tennis court and someone left 8 tennis balls there. I closed the gate and let him off the leash and started throwing tennis balls and he was like a kid in a candy store…. LOL

      Food
      Bought more meat.
      Bought more 4 cases of canned veggies.

      Water
      Bought 2 case.

      Security
      Went to the range and practiced with the Mrs. with the glocks and beretta.
      Loaded 10 more 30rnd mags.
      Trained puppy.

      Medical
      Ordered 2 boxes of potassium iodide tablets.

      Gym
      Cross trained intense workouts.

      Thor’s questions:

      1. How high are the gas prices in your area?

      2. Have you noticed food prices going up too?

      3. Do you think there will be a war with Iran now that American boots are on the ground in Saudi?

      4. Have you noticed military assets being moved?

      1. Thor’s questions:

        1. How high are the gas prices in your area? So far it has gone up 0.05 to $2.74.

        2. Have you noticed food prices going up too? Nothing major. I’ve got a backorder of pasta coming (Monday?) @ $0.69/lb. Things are still in Fall Flux.

        3. Do you think there will be a war with Iran now that American boots are on the ground in Saudi? No.

        4. Have you noticed military assets being moved? Nothing local.

      2. Tara’s questions:

        1. What livestock preps are on your agenda with the cold weather months getting closer?
        2.Do you think keeping meat rabbits is a good protein prep – why or why not?
        3.What traditional homesteading skills would you like to learn or teach your loved ones and why?

        1. Just puppy food
        2. Yes, puppy says yes too.
        3. Gardening

        Oh, almost forgot, found a snakeskin or puppy did by the tractor.

      3. Thor1,
        Personally I wouldn’t count the Potassium Iodide as medical, more for preventive NBC

        Thor’s questions:
        1. How high are the gas prices in your area?
        I think they are averaging in the $2.50 range, with our last fill @ $2.43 and the last noted prices @ about $2.60
        2. Have you noticed food prices going up too?
        Not a lot; but, we’re a farm community and even with the wet spring & summer, there’s a lot of local produce. Canned a frozen good from Aldi’s have remained rather constant.
        3. Do you think there will be a war with Iran now that American boots are on the ground in Saudi?
        I don’t think so, just heavier sanctions on Iran. I saw an interview with Sec State Mike Pompeo and he indicated the current mission is primarily Air Defense and training.
        4. Have you noticed military assets being moved?
        None in our area.

        1. Top, I disagree about the potassium iodide not being medical. Its a pill that if taken prevents you from getting radiation sickness.

          Hey the NRA voted BETO as AR salesman of the month…..LOL

          Colt is going to stop making ARs dumb move.

          1. Thor1,

            Top, I disagree about the potassium iodide not being medical. Its a pill that if taken prevents you from getting radiation sickness.

            Actually it only prevents you from absorbing radioactive iodine into the thyroid. It offers no protection from other radio nucleotides, like strontium and is all too often considered a radiological panacea, although it is not.

            Hey the NRA voted BETO as AR salesman of the month…..LOL

            All he did was replace Obama for that same sales position, although I suspect the others in his party are still cringing as they try to distance themselves from his overt admission of what they don’t want to admit.

            Colt is going to stop making ARs dumb move.

            Actually it’s a brilliant strategic move. Colt has been in financial trouble since 2013 when they lost the US military contract for the M4 to FN Herstal. AR-15 sales have been slow since the patent expired in 1977 with fierce competition from the likes of Ruger, Bushmaster, other parts suppliers and those finishing the 80% lowers.
            With the assault on the ”Assault Rifle” they can make and sell their other products without the headaches of fighting that battle.
            I find it interesting to hear the joy in the voices of many on the news when reporting this news item, obviously not realizing that there are many other manufacturers of this ubiquitous firearm.

          1. As I understand it, Colt are selling out their inventory, just not making any more.

            From your article:

            It isn’t effective against anything other than radioactive iodine, and it isn’t recommended for people over 40

            From the National Academy of Sciences report: “People over 40 probably should not take KI tablets after a nuclear incident as they are at virtually no risk of developing thyroid cancer from the radiation, and are more likely than younger people to develop side effects from the KI. ” Side effects include thyroid dysfunction, such as hypothyroidism, especially in people who already have thyroid conditions. (Non-thyroidal side effects of potassium iodide are very rare, and can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain; skin rashes; and potentially rare allergic reactions like itching, swollen lymph nodes, and general swelling.) For infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, and people under 40, however, the potential benefits of KI pills certainly outweigh the possible side effects in the event of a nuclear incident that involves radioactive iodine.

            As we mentioned before, though, KI pills will only be helpful if there is radioactive iodine present—and they won’t help protect against other types of radioactive isotopes. Although it’s possible for radioactive iodine to be present in most things that would release nuclear material, like a nuclear bomb, dirty bomb, or accidental or intentional release or leak, there are many other radioactive isotopes that may be present as well and can pose serious effects,

            And, although the “greatest threat” is indeed to the thyroid, he says, other parts of your body can also absorb radiation. “[Potassium iodide] is a reasonable treatment, but it is certainly not the entire story,” he says. “People must protect themselves from the other risks.”

            The bottom line on KI pills: They’re important to have around in the event of a nuclear emergency, especially for vulnerable populations. But they should only be one component of an overall emergency response plan, not the only measure taken. According to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, “The tablets are to be used, if necessary, to supplement evacuation or sheltering.”

            So the bottom line is: How well are you prepared otherwise?

          2. Thor1:

            COlt has the same problem now that they did with the Python. They are overpriced for what you get; they were riding on their name. They dropped the hand fitting to save money with the Python, but not the price. Same with the new Cobra.

            Right now, if someone asked, I recommend the Ruger AR-556. It comes in various “forms”, mostly based upon the furnature. The base can be had for under $500 shipped. Price a Colt 6920.

        2. Top, people may think Colt is a sellout and actually put them out of business. Time to sell any Colt stock… No pun intended… LOL I will keep my match grade.

          As far as being prepared for a possible nuclear war or dirty bomb, I am prepared better than some and less than others…..How about you?

          1. Thor1,

            Top, people may think Colt is a sellout and actually put them out of business. Time to sell any Colt stock… No pun intended… LOL I will keep my match grade.

            People who are aware of the situation won’t consider Colt a sellout; just, an old line company caught in the crosshairs of the gun debate. About 4 years ago I sold both of my AR’s, a Bushmaster XM-15 M4 pattern and a pre ban Colt match 20” H-Bar. I was seeing the competition and the prices falling and received nearly new prices for my rifles before those prices fell to half that amount.

            As far as being prepared for a possible nuclear war or dirty bomb, I am prepared better than some and less than others…..How about you?

            In the 35 years on this property we’ve slowly built resources to survive nearly anything that isn’t a direct strike. Any direct strike whether a tornado, a nuclear device, or even a commercial aircraft, and all of us, except perhaps the main NORAD facility, would likely be toast.
            We work with specific groups that can help detect a dirty bomb long before it is detonated. All local EMA’s do regular radiological background sweeps to measure and record ”normal” BG levels as a baseline.

      4. Gas, up by the boarder, is sitting around the $3.00 at Costco, was $2.79 a gallon.
        Food prices. Yes they have been going up I really have to check prices, and use coupons, the last few times, I shop at my discount store, and Grocery Outlets.

        3 Who knows about a war.

        4. I’ll let you know we live 1 hour to the south of a Airforce base, and a half hour from the border of Canada…

  1. 1. What livestock preps are on your agenda with the cold weather months getting closer? No animals other that the dogs.

    2. Do you think keeping meat rabbits is a good protein prep – why or why not? Yep, and they have other uses too.

    3. What traditional homesteading skills would you like to learn or teach your loved ones and why? Guess I’ll find out when I have one.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    The gun show went well. A couple of guns found new homes and along with some accessories. Plus, I pre-paid for my tables at the February show. Cash, ammo, and silver went home!

    Going to try some soybean meal in my bread for added protein. We’ll see how that goes.

    Second LMI meeting with more people! 3 hour “meet and greet” with 4 families. All at different locations and levels of preparedness.

    Supply Run: Soybean meal; ammo; rice;

    Received: Mag-Pul Type 3 sling mount; adj. paracord rifle sling; propane tank weight scale

    1. Soy messes with hormonal stability in Men and women.. better choices COULD be Amaranth or Quinoa both are higher in protein..

        1. JP.I’ m trying to avoid soy because i don’t know of anyone planting heirloom.. varieties. Think all(97% soy) are genetically changed in some manner. I have enough problems without adding a known or unknown contaminant unnecessarily. Processing changed items thru the animals could make it safer, but the real information is we Do NOT Know, we are being used as an experiment once again…If i got a great deal on it i would probably use it until gone and then replace with something like rolled oats or corn for winter..
          I can not afford organic feed for critters, but I am minimizing commercial feeds … adding protein supplements for the chickens… whey, old milk,yogurt, allowing them to run..as winter draws near they are eating more feed and getting less bugs…so time to step up my game giving them any extras I can come across.
          Those old beans I stored and can’t eat,, they will eat them ground and put in cornbread or biscuits.. or soaked with brown rice… same for the canned foods that tastes like the can., tastes much better once processed, via chickens. The kale and other greens …ditto. Our chickens much prefer a cooked-soaked feed , that is well mixed over the commercial feed. I am also looking at sprouting..as fodder…for both the chickens and rabbits..as a back up feed supply.

          1. Anonamo Also,

            as winter draws near they are eating more feed and getting less bugs…so time to step up my game giving them any extras I can come across.

            It’s pretty much the same here, supplementing with meal worms; but, since our first frost hasn’t happened yet, they’re still getting some worms & insects in the paddock.
            We’ve had some rather high temperatures so with the expected rain, we’re likely to have more clover and perhaps even a few dandelions yet.

            The kale and other greens …ditto. Our chickens much prefer a cooked-soaked feed , that is well mixed over the commercial feed. I am also looking at sprouting..as fodder…for both the chickens and rabbits..as a back up feed supply.

            Our girls really like greens like clover and a special mix we purchased from mypetchicken.com; but, also available on Amazon called: “Chicken Salad” Seed Mix” (non-GMO).
            It Contains: Broccoli Waltham, Purple Top Turnip, Bracco White Mustard, Forage Kale, & Ladino Clover. We’ll be growing some of it under LED grow lights in our basement root cellar, so it can be clipped and fed to them as a treat all winter long.
            I suspect other sprouted grains would also work well.

      1. Anonamo Also,

        Soy messes with hormonal stability in Men and women. better choices COULD be Amaranth or Quinoa both are higher in protein..

        I would also add Chia to that list.
        While we do eat some soy, like the bits of tofu in some foods like soups at the Chinese buffet, we generally try to avoid it.
        My DD breaks out in hives when she eats any soy protein, and has to be careful reading labels for all her foods.
        With the rise of vegetable based meat replacements, like the impossible burger, we have to really be on top of things and carefully read labels.

  2. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    This has also been hay bailing week around here, with farmers trying to get in as much as they can, in an otherwise short wet year.

    My former Marine nephew, Conner, who insisted on carrying two 50-pound square bales at a time for a large portion of the day surely woke up regretting that bold move.

    My youngest former marine stepson tried something similar years ago hauling bags of softener salt. This is why most farm kids are not obese and sleep well at night. LOL

    We still have to buy some hay though, unfortunately.

    We’ve always purchased our hay; but, now that we’re down to just a little horse, 1 or 2 large square bales usually last the year, and in summer we can use grass.

    She also invested in some quality meat rabbits. Since we have our own butcher shop, we can quickly and inexpensively put up meat that is hunted or raised on our prepper retreat.

    That’s the nice thing about having younger kids & grand kids around. Over the years we’ve had meat rabbits, goats and quarter horses, and butchering is as simple as some space and the right tools. We still have the tools, space and skills; but, keeping extra animals for the moment is just too much extra work, so it’s good you have younger folks to help out.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. What livestock preps are on your agenda with the cold weather months getting closer?
    Nothing special. The horse has a good stall and plenty of bedding and we already have heated water buckets, so just plugging them in takes care of the water. For the chickens, we’ll plug in their water heater and make sure the heat lamps work. We operate those remotely and can turn them on if the temperatures get too frigid, without trekking out into the cold. We also constructed the roosts up front for better cold weather protection.
    2. Do you think keeping meat rabbits is a good protein prep – why or why not?
    It can be, and we once did. Keep in mind however, that rabbit meat is so lean that a diet of only rabbit can give you protein poisoning AKA rabbit starvation, so you must include some fats in the diet. Bacon wrapped rabbit filets I think would fill the requirement. LOL
    3. What traditional homesteading skills would you like to learn or teach your loved ones and why?
    I actually cannot think of any right now, since all the kids live hours away on their own; however, I do need to get out and practice some I already know and have a few local teens we’ll be working with for orienteering, basic shelter construction, primitive fire starting (at least 6 methods) and marksmanship.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    See below.

    TOP’s question
    I have only one question this week. Are you a good caretaker of the planet?
    If not you can confess your sins @ NBC’s Climate Confessions website: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/specials/climate-confessions-share-solutions-climate-change-n1054791
    Example sins can be:
    • Do you blast the A/C?
    • Do you throw out half your lunch?
    • Do you grill a steak every week?
    • Do you use plastic drinking straws?
    This would be serious if it wasn’t so funny.

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. A neighbor gifted us 6 ears of sweet corn. Not bad since we were not sure there would be any this year.
    2. From Tractor Supply Company with a 10% coupon
    • 1 gallon Gordon’s horse spray
    • 100 foot tape measure
    • 3 bales of wood shaving (horse bedding)
    • 4-pack Advantage II flea medication for the cats
    3. From Aldi’s
    • 1 Avocado
    • 1 gallon 2% milk
    • 2 cans peas
    • 2 cartons of baking soda
    • 4 4-packs of blueberry muffins
    • Butter Pecan Ice Cream 1.5 Qt
    • Jar of Bavarian sweet mustard
    • Loaf of whole wheat bread
    • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 1.5 Qt
    4. 10 – 59 oz Arizona Iced Tea with lemon @ Dollar Tree
    5. 3 Pack Of Dry Erase Wall Calendars with 30 Markers / 3 Erasers / Thumbtacks – 24″ X 36″ from woot.com to help with ongoing organization
    6. Received a 20″x48″ Cosco Folding Table from Amazon, to continue decluttering, sorting, organizing and setting up the new building.
    7. Ten 59 oz Arizona Iced Tea with lemon from Dollar Tree
    8. 20 roll pack of toilet paper
    9. 3 boxes facial tissues
    10. 5 cans Progresso soup
    11. 4 8-packs of Cheesed / Peanut Butter crackers.
    12. 20 pieces maple sugar candy from the farmers market.
    13. 4 cans SPAM light
    14. Installed new Smoke and C.O. detectors.
    15. Downloaded and installed new updated maps into the GPS navigator
    16. At this past week’s EMA meeting, we setup our JIC (Joint Information Center) satellite equipment for both testing and training. The self pointing dish and the Iridium earth station can be deployed anywhere in the northern hemisphere and give us voice and data communications capability when other methods are unavailable.

    1. Top,

      I am a sinner…..

      Blast AC, cook steak at least once a week, drive a gas guzzling truck, use plastic straws, eat beans and fart, there goes the O-ZONE… Oh yeah spread lead all over the ground….LOL

      1. Thor1,
        I am not a sinner, since I plant more trees than I burn, and we’ve been living on half of one steer for more than a year now. We just had some and some corn on the cob for lunch.
        You will also find very few black absorbing areas on our property, so we either absorb the sunlight and CO2 to convert into organic matter, or reflect it back into space.
        I was watching the reports of children taking off school to protest inaction on climate, while most were just standing around using their phones, like they use no power.
        Maybe someday those children will grow up.

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

    Didn’t do a whole lot of prepping this week other than add to the food stash. I did get a First Aid Manual 5th Ed., published by the American College of Emergency Physicians, from Amazon for $14.95. It’s a basic first aid book, but it has lots of color photos showing the various techniques. I got it mainly for others to use, just in case. It is a little more advanced than the Red Cross basic first aid materials, but still basic enough. It was written by British authors, so some of the terms and language may be slightly different, such as their use of “casualty” instead of our use of “patient” or “victim.”

    I’ve had granddaughter all week, mostly. She is in pre-school Monday and Wednesday mornings. She is enjoying school so far and her teacher says she is well behaved, obedient, and plays well with the other kids. Unsurprisingly, she is also a perpetual motion machine when out on the playground. On Thursday afternoon she spiked a low-grade fever (101.5) and had been tired and a bit lethargic. I dosed her with Tylenol and the fever went down pretty quickly. During the evening, she complained of a sore throat to her dad and he looked and saw whiteish appearing bumps. I suspected possible strep throat. She did well overnight and her dad brought her over here for a couple of hours as he had stuff to do at work that absolutely had to go out. The little princess insisted I come to the pediatrician with her and daddy, so I did. She was so well behaved and 100% cooperative with the nurse and doctor. She does have strep throat. At last report before I posted this, she was doing well, still a sore throat, but about 95% normal otherwise.

    #1 daughter is stuck doing her military thing for four days to make-up drills she missed due to the ectopic pregnancy and Hurricane Dorian. She isn’t happy about not being home when her little girl is sick.

    The folks in the Houston area got nailed with a tropical storm that stalled over them for several days and just rained. I saw some report that parts of the area got four feet of rain. That seems almost biblical to me. My son-in-law’s brother lives in the Houston area (he works for NASA). So far, his neighborhood is OK, but he’s taking his pickup truck to work every day, just in case. But he reports things are really nasty in some areas around Houston.

    Other storms out in the Atlantic are possible threats to the US, although it looks like Bermuda is going to get run over by Hurricane Jerry. There is a disturbance still on shore in western Africa that bears watching too.

    Tara’s questions:

    1. What livestock preps are on your agenda with the cold weather months getting closer?

    None. No livestock to worry about (except maybe the multi-legged variety) .

    2. Do you think keeping meat rabbits is a good protein prep – why or why not?

    It is if you don’t depend on rabbit meat for your sole or primary meat source unless you are able to supplement your diet with adequate amounts of unsaturated fats from other sources. There isn’t enough fat in rabbit meat alone to sustain humans. Luckily there are plenty of adequate substitutes (nuts, olive oil, etc). But rabbit alone won’t cut it for the long term.

    3. What traditional homesteading skills would you like to learn or teach your loved ones and why?
    I don’t know off the top of my head.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above

    Thor’s questions:

    1. How high are the gas prices in your area?

    Averaging about $2.45. I have seen some places at $2.39.

    2. Have you noticed food prices going up too?

    Some. Most items seem to be holding steady right now.

    3. Do you think there will be a war with Iran now that American boots are on the ground in Saudi?

    American boots have been on the ground in Saudi for some time (mostly fighter aircraft units). Trump is primarily sending air defense units right now (Patriot missile batteries and the like). Iran seems to be pushing hard for a fight. I don’t know what they expect if they keep it up. Sometimes I wish the US still had the old 16-inch gun battleships. We still had a couple for Desert Storm, and they put the fear of Allah into the Iraqis when they fired.

    4. Have you noticed military assets being moved?

    Not around here. Earlier in the summer there was some of the usual Army National Guard traffic moving up to Camp Blanding for annual training. I have a nephew in a Army Guard motor transport unit and as far as I know, it’s part-time soldiering as usual for his outfit. Same with #1 daughter’s unit and they probably would send people being an air rescue wing with PJ’s, Pavehawks, and critical care aeromedical teams.

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      Didn’t do a whole lot of prepping this week other than add to the food stash. I did get a First Aid Manual 5th Ed., published by the American College of Emergency Physicians, from Amazon for $14.95. It’s a basic first aid book, but it has lots of color photos showing the various techniques. I got it mainly for others to use, just in case. It is a little more advanced than the Red Cross basic first aid materials, but still basic enough.

      Could you list the link? I looked on Amazon and got a ton of hits, none @ the $14.95 price. I also like having things for others around. It’s good to know First Aid & CPR; but, it’s better to have those around to use it on you, should it be required.

      On Thursday afternoon she spiked a low-grade fever (101.5) and had been tired and a bit lethargic. I dosed her with Tylenol and the fever went down pretty quickly.

      I remember those times when you sent your kid into the Petri dish, err, preschool. I miss little ones; but, really don’t miss constant exposure to new bugs and viruses.

      I saw some report that parts of the area got four feet of rain.
      ….
      That seems almost biblical to me..

      I heard the same report and now with 4 dead & 400 high water rescues.
      They stated that between Imelda & Harvey, they have experienced 2 500 year floods in the last 2 years. That says a lot about statistics.
      Of course the Dm’s are now crying about lack of work on climate change, ignoring the inconvenient truth that hurricanes have not been more frequent nor severe, just covered more and affecting more people who have flocked to Oceanside areas.

      4. Have you noticed military assets being moved?
      Not around here. Earlier in the summer there was some of the usual Army National Guard traffic moving up to Camp Blanding for annual training.

      I live along a relatively main north south route and we used to see that traffic headed to camp Perry or somewhere in Michigan; but, haven’t seen any in quite a while.

          1. Zulu 3-6 & All,

            Here is a link to a PDF version of the above first aid book. The photos are not as crisp as in the book, but it is otherwise the same. Found by TOP in his continuous quest for Free Stuff. 🙂

            Hey!!! I’ve spent a small fortune accumulating resources and training over the years; but, free is always the best price, especially when you can share the wealth.

    2. Z36, glad the little one is getting better. Strep hurts.

      Maybe instead of 16 inch guns, we could just launch Pinto’s with JATOs…..at them…… LOL

      Imagine the look on the enemies faces, their throwing car bombs at us…..LOL

        1. Thor1,

          I remember a TV interview with the captain of one our battleships that were in service in 1982. The Falklands War was in progress and the Argentinians had sunk or damaged several Royal Navy destroyers with Exocet missiles.

          The reporter asked the captain what would happen if his ship got hit by an Exocet. The captain replied, “I’d call away sweepers, then we’d have a little painting to do the next time we were in port.” I laughed my butt off.

          1. Z36, launching hundreds of cars and trucks would cost Iran a lot of their SA300’s. They would think we were launching a major air assault….. LOL

            Unconventional warfare… LOL

        2. Z36, pintos have a more reliable explosion rating….LOL

          Hey, we could launch dump trucks so Trump could say we took a dump on them….LOL

  4. Hello,
    1- No livestock but we will continue putting aside black oil sunflower seed for the birds.
    2- I do but remember “rabbit starvation”. French trappers for the Hudson Bay Company died from limiting their diet to rabbits only one winter. Mix it up a little with chickens, canned preserves, etc. I believe rabbits are a great animal to raise in a small space too.
    3- I’d like to practice dressing game again.
    4- This week I bought some standard capacity magazines for my “new” Glock 17. More coming next week. Looking at the KelTec Sub2000 to complement my Glock 23 as part of my GHB. Same mags, etc. It has good reviews and they’ve been around a while now so it’s not a flash in the pan.
    We bought extra toothpaste, deodorant, baby wipes and shaving cream. I bought extra socks too. We always buy extra groceries while we’re out. This week I bought some chocolate powdered greens too. I guess it’s a superfood. My friends are having good results with this stuff. Tasted good. I’ll keep you posted.
    Tara, the hardwire is a good idea. Keep it up with traps and D-con outside too. Vermin will be as great a threat as people after SHTF.

  5. Good morning,
    Questions 1-2 We only have a cat, so nothing of the sort for us
    Question 3 Would be water bath canning , you can put up a lot of food.
    Question 4

    Our weather in the PNW, is all over the place we had a nice day yesterday and today is going to be good the next 5 days rain, and more rain. We picked the grapes, and oh my just off of one sturdy vine we harvested 4 bowl full and even shared with our neighbors, I had plenty left over to make 18 pints of White grape jelly, I was very surprised and happy, at my little treasure in my backyard, if we move I don’t know if I can dig it up and take it with us I need to do more research. I took all the dead cane’s out of the raspberries, I have them tied back for the winter. I have to wait until January, to prune back the grapes, oh its going to be cold, but I’ll deal with it. I have my rotation all most finished, just two more shelves and I’m through for 6 month’s.
    I’m really sick of our city, and the rude people, that live here it’s getting worse and worse as the months and year’s go on I asked a couple nicely if they could move their vehicle, back 5 feet so other neighbors, can park when they come home from lunch, and got treated nasty by the husband, telling me he’s never had anyone tell him how to park but when you try to inform these yee haws, they take it to a whole different level because I told them what to do (sigh) and then they proceed to downtown with all the rest of the protesters, about climate change… They park and walk so they don’t look bad. heck I don’t know, so I’m finishing being the neighborhood watch, and I won’t care anymore and my neighbors can deal with it when they can’t parking, or when the water drains plug up, or any other things that happen I am only going to care about my 90 x 45 lot, it’s the size of a postage stamp, this is why we want to move. The size of these protesters, makes me very wary and get how awful it would get if these hordes of people would tear up the city’s and move outward and onward, going into the neighborhood’s.
    We do have a plan in place believe me nothing in my home is worth my or my children’s life. Well, I hope all have a great weekend, we having a three day Friday, was a teacher work day, it’s a long weekend for us.

      1. I agree for sure it’s just been hard to leave but the transplants, from other parts of the state and county is making our area very desirable and price’s are skyrocketing each year, its not the nice college town I knew back in the 80’s and it didn’t help that on 20/20 they just did a show on a young lady Mandy, who was murdered in November of 1989, up in our area they’re showing all the Beautiful area’s which it is but we don’t need more people…

    1. Mom of three ,the book tells us to “get thee out of her ” Will guess your about Seattle ,if so a hour and a half south folks lean on the fence with coffee and talk about how the garden is doing ,and say want some apples ?got way more than I need ,or I’m going to see so and so will you watch the place ,the keys are hid so and so, DW and I haven’t locked the house doors in years ,but we will lock the gate on the road when we are home , peace and quiet never gets old ,cut some timber and can now see light of the neighbors ,time to move further out ,,, not joking ,

      The way that you wander is the way you chose ,, the day you wait is the day you lose
      Peace in you can be had

      Tea and fresh blueberries

      1. No were up by the boarder of Canada, I was raised in a very small town , after I met my hubby, he’s in the town that we live in now. He was a transplant from Northern California , I’m a Washingtonian, from birth it’s just sad because when my parents, moved up here no one wanted to live in this podunk area but now we have Canada to the North, Seattle, to the South and we are in between you couldn’t pay me any money to be near Seattle, anymore but now because of the college, everyone wants to live here now.

        1. Mom of three ,,,oh yes know that place well ,have family up there ,was nice once upon a time ,guess it still is if you don’t remember what was ,problem getting old is I do remember ,,remember your not alone in your thinking look for other like thinkers. Be part of a community of like thinkers. Have you read the book Atlas shrugged? It lays out what is happening and why ,things are not so scary with knowing the how and why ,
          You are trapped only if you chose to be
          Tea and chocolate

  6. What did we do this week for preps , still working hay ,have 18 ton still to bring out of the field ,hope finish on Monday ,received some 22lr conversions for the ARs really like them ,(CMMG) work good and quiet ,more hi cap mags. Ordered 250 large reusable canning lids (harvest guard) explored a order for the trading post first will test those just ordered , shipped two steers ,wow prices are down almost didn’t make feed on them , thinking about selling off the herd ,the question comes to mind WHO IS JOHN GALT , got word this week of new government regulations comming for cattle. Electron ear tags. And to get them premises registration and inspection,with out the tag you won’t be able to move live stockoff your place ,talk about premises registration for poultry too ,all in the name of protection of the consumer, soluant green any one ,??
    Tea and blueberries

  7. do you mind commenting on the electron tags? i know what 840 tags are. that is just for crossing state lines.

    my advice is don’t comply.

  8. Late planted garden finally producing some. Were eating squash, some corn and green beans. Just enough cucumbers to make a half gallon of pickles. May get another half gallon before frost. Eating tomatoes finally. Not a lot but fresh is always good.
    Chickens, ducks, and rabbits. I Can some whenever I butcher. Just two of us so food goes a long way. Sometimes I’ll butcher 2 or 3 rabbits to have a larger batch in the pressure canner.
    Also buying tuna, spam, chicken, roast beef in gravy, and occasionally a 1 lb canned ham. I also buy canned chili with and without beans, cream soups, tomato soup, and assorted vegetables.
    Lately my husband has almost stopped drinking water so I’m buying flavors for water. Some for 16 oz bottles and some for 2 quart containers.
    I bought more rice also this week. Saturday is the Pinto Bean Festival where I will be selling at a church sale. This years crop. Cheaper than any other day. I look to buy one or perhaps two, 25 lb bags.
    Have fun and keep prepping.

  9. Black,,,, as I understand tags will be needed to leave my ranch peorid ,in Washington state as of October 1 a 4.50 fee will be charged for cattle without the tag ,in 2023 no movement will be allowed without the tag ,and a heavy fine for untaged home cows the first time. Saw a bumper sticker ,cattle free in 23 , I fear there after the farts from home cows ,sad very sad to see ,at the old ranch I would feed 3,000 steers a year under contract ,did it for the joy of having cattle ,,, bit by bit government rules took the fun and good life away ,hence WHO IS JOHN GALT became something I started saying ,i have 22 girls left , not sure what I will do most likely let them die of old age ,and goats and sheep have things coming too ,Will try to expand as I can ,if I say too much I can kill my contact inside state and fed dept of ag
    Troubling thing is most young folks don’t see what’s happening ,yes some do but most not ,
    To friends I haven’t meet yet ,TEA AND BLUEBERRIES
    SHALOM,,,

    1. 0ldhomesteader,

      Troubling thing is most young folks don’t see what’s happening ,yes some do but most not

      It’s indeed very troubling. BLACK and I were discussing similar topics this evening. Hopefully enough people will wake up by next November and realize that none of the Dems have their best interests in mind. It’s about power and control, and being right, no matter the cost to the country or its population or how long or how many times they are proven wrong.

      To friends I haven’t meet yet ,TEA AND BLUEBERRIES SHALOM,

      If we could only beam this pack to some neutral place, we could no doubt work out any differences, simply by recognizing the rights of others, and understanding our differences make us stronger.
      I’m an intelligent, hard working, ethical and moral person; but, a whole world full of just me, would no doubt be a boring place. It would however have more homesteading property, since there would be no golf courses and fewer sports venues, other than target ranges. LOL.

  10. Truck came back from an expensive visit at the place it loves best, truck repair shop! NOT home, as I make it work, at the shop it gets to set around and have the mechanic replace it’s used parts. lol
    The 4 wheel drive part was wore out, I guess so since it is a 2003 model, but still less expensive than truck payments. yikes!

    Working on house clearing, giving away, donating items. Furniture that can go to consignment store will be heading that way here in the couple of weeks, maybe longer depending on schedule for acdh. Other stuff will be given away or sent to recycle/dump.

    We had hail damage to the houses roof, garage roof along with solar panels back in May. Now we are will be on a waiting list for these repairs as the summer was spent caring for a family member. It was a strange hail storm, it had winds common with a tornado, and we live upon a small mountain side. The hail cycled in one direction then came back from another direction, and covered the ground with in minutes where it gave the appearance of thick snow.

    Tara’s Questions:
    1) We no longer raise beef cattle, just have the old horse. Alfalfa not available from our usual supplier but we were able to purchase grass hay. Purchased several bales which are in the pass through barn, will have to order alfalfa from the feed store for her.

    2)Meat rabbits, no do not have the time to devote to such an endeavor.

    3) Skills, would love to pass on what I know to my youngest sibling and her kids but they are not interested.

    Thor’s questions

    1)Gas has gone up at many of the stations-tourist area prices range from $4.19 to 3.33 a gallon. state of lunacy.

    2)Gasoline goes up so do the prices on food, along with the reduction in size of package or amount of food in said package but the price may stay the same. Why I shop at a restaurant supply store most shopping days. Then break it down to smaller units for us, and also avoid the grocery stores for those who carry nasty germs.
    Walmart is no longer our store to shop in after there political stand on 2a. We are gifted with choice of other stores to buy from in this area.

    3) Are you referring to the National Guard or regular military? If NG, they have exercisers about this time of year. Have not been out on the major road way for a while so I am commenting from times before when they have their usual training.

  11. Hi Pack,
    A slow week for purchases and a busy week for chores. First the questions. starting with the easiest first..
    OH- I will pass on the solulent Green, Thank you very much. I am interested in hearing about the re useable canning lids after you assess them. I began a potato canning project this week about 22 lbs gave us 14 quarts. Now to see if by super taster can tolerate the taste of these…which were labor intensive.ie..ie water at every stage until heated in canner and clean water added to jars.w/salt…. regulating the common person out of farming- more of the same. Ice age farmer and adapt 2030 have had several interesting informative messages.. one on year zero, and the meat release in China and the amount released in relation ship to a can of spam and sharing it with 50 people…. NOw i am not hog wild about spam… but sharing(the amount of meat in) a 12 oz can with 50 ppl.. that is not enough- for even me.

    TOP- By these questions I am doing fine, and have no sins to report… My Air is thermostat controlled. I do not take flight via private jet to go to Europe for any climate change meetings nor do i drive a smart car that uses more electricity..ie energy than the one that gets 29 mpg.I have trees which I trim and encourage new growth and increases oxygen supply.. I do not throw away any lunch, it is left over from supper night before. I don’t grill the stove works fine,and do not use a straw..of any kind. The stainless steel ones have already killed a lady who recieved a brain injury when punctured during a fall by one. think plastic would be safer for those with seizures etc.

    Zulu 3-6 immune boosters, for the tyke…simple things like extra vitamin c,increase her D via sunshine, the flu preventatives have childrens formula’s now.( the one the school teacher developed.)And teach her medical style handwashing techniques with soap and water. be sure to stress paper towels to turn off water supply, and to open the bathroom door.

    Thor: Our gas prices are up and down like a yo yo.. 2 weeks ago we were in a place and lowest gas price in town was 2.119/g and highest was 2.199 /ga. Same day closest station to home was 2.499 /ga- same grade! We do not travel very far from home and typically fill 2x a month..max
    Food prices are up even at ALdi’s. frozen vegetables.. No sweetppeas available at any price or size. string beans smaller sie +up 20 cents. Calif veggies avail package a 12 oz insead of 16 and up 30 cents. mixed veggies 9 oz? were 89c.? most other things i saw were about the same. will be back down here late this week..and will recheck if/when we go.
    War, will we.?.. hope not,want all of our blessed troops home.
    Assets being moved?.. no idea.
    On the iodine, for us older folks a better choice might be a natural iodine supplement daily. Sea kelp is the form i use.The iodine in salt is not the kind best absorbed by the human body. Iodine is essential for IMMUNITY, thyroid function , and Heart beat.The last one i learned up close and personal when my resting heart rate dropped to 34 and i could not get off the bed. caffeine got it up but i began searching for why.. and added sea kelp (2 tablets for 5 days- then one daily) by end of 7th day my resting heart-rate was back up to my baseline of 56. Most people in US are low unless live on coast and regularly consume seafood.(Number I saw was 96%) This would work same way by topping off the thyroid with an essential element, so little uptake would be taken of anything contaminated. BTW- in case of radiological I would use the ONE you bought…because we are old they do not consider us as productive as the youngsters, so who cares if they get cancer is what i read into the post, on why it is not recommended. … cancer of the thyroid that necessitates removal of said gland..is horrible , no matter what your age, IF IT is found in time to do that..Hard to regulate many things in the body including minerals, without a thyroid.Great Aunt..took 45 pills daily and it changed with every bit of bloodwork they monitored q 2 weeks to keep her out of the hospital… now that will put one into ” poo in the oscillator” event in a hurry!

    Tara- Livestock preps-planned
    Yeah buddy, been on that this week and more to do. Have gathered our yard grass- untreated for hay for the rabbits and already have some sage grass for nesting boxes. cleaned out the nest boxes and dusted with DE and hen house has been totally cleaned out and all litter replaced. almost 3/4 of flooring in chicken run is completely changed…heat tolerance and arthritis and weight (limit on lift)considerations have slowed me down on finishing this, but on agenda for this week..
    We should have one more hay(grass) cutting and i will try to time it so i can get it gathered in..I have a few nail holes that missed and need some silicone put in those,Nest box needs a more acceptable repair done… hens do not like what DH did to it last time, added a material too thick…and they will not use it…. want to install a rain gutter and catchment to the roof of hen house- rabbitry and increase feed to a 3 month supply of commercial feeds.( will be stretched to 5-6 months in case fo shtf. via “non standard” methods. This will necessitate additional feed storage room,( and storage containers that are rodent proof.).. to be built and will add a place to that structure for the riding mower that is in for repairs. I will gather sage grass for the nest boxes, after frost, and have a partition to put up behind the roost once the weather cools some./prevent direct air blowing…during winter.Sometime this winter I have to set up an area that can be used for my broody hens to be safe in and to raise baby chicks..to have ready for spring…will see about meat chickens in spring…thinking it will be rabbit except for what our hens raise…young rooster is best about 4 months andrabbits are much easier to clean- from past experience.
    #2Rabbits a good choice? I hope so , looks like it. Once one gets past the idea of you are going to eat these incredibly cute little critters..and determines it is a good fit.. This spring we got a breeding trio. a pair of sisters and a male with different heritage bred for heat tolerance. first litter, born July2nd. we lost 6 of 9 from the heat…@ 7 days old : second litter she lost one due to crushing…via siblings.
    The youngest of these 12 kits is 10 weeks. They are eating well and growing via leaps and bounds..We have had excessive heat, temps in high 90’s and humidity commonly 70% for several weeks, has broken now…Heat index was 126 one day in rabbitry..Ice bottles,2-3liter cola bottles frozen 2x a day,.. a fan for a few days when no wind. and ice in all water containers… (which is big enough to become an ice bath should they desire.) fresh greens are laid on top of ice bottles..and from the age of 2.5 weeks they are out of the nestbox and show personality.. They are so cute, stretching and giving a yawn when awakened from a nap…
    The plan is: to keep at least 2 more of the young doe,for brood-stock, later will get another male from a different line. Ones from these litters are not to be named until we decide which we will keep for stock.. others will be supper, dinner , breakfast.. nipper, crescent( a marking on one) etc. I did read somewhere the ears when dehydrated make very good treats for dogs. we are keeping up with feed amounts to verify our costs to feed out the litter(s) of 12.Plus our Brood stock. They also love wild lettuce, sorrell , sweetpotato vines, the grass we have is crabgrass and higher in protein than recommended for pets. site i checked.This is the best use for crabgrass that i have found.LOL
    #3 Homesteading skills. working on some now in animal husbandry and gardening, plant propagation.raised beds in production and have built 3 more this year. Just bought a greenhouse( clearance special)to extend the growing season on both ends. I just about have all this old arthritic lady can handle right now, but am loving every minute of it.
    #4 as detailed above hay for winter feed for rabbits, clean out of animal areas and preps in place for securing areas for winter..including building up of some areas and trenching done this week…moved 2 loads of rabbit manure- to area for adding to beds as they change for season, and 6 loads of chicken manure/flooring to area for new compost pile. We have had no rain an several weeks- have been watering the sweetpotatoes and found where something had been nibbling on them. pulled 8 lbs from one area an covered remainder of small tubers with more soil.late garden just beginning to produce.Yellow patty pans found first female blossom, Tatuma have many small squash, Tomato are beginning to bloom, volunteer heirloom potato are up and seem to be doing well.. cukes are blooming. The late Okra is growing gangbusters- about 40 inches high…the Burgundy okra is producing (mid may planting)Poblano in wicking pot have done well w/3 in a 25 gallon tub.The volunteer plants from the compost pile did the best.. a charleston grey watermelon gave us 6. we got first tomato from the compost bin this week,acorn squash vine(s?) gave us a total- 42 acorn squash…chickens gathered 12 for us.before the squash-stink bugs killed it. there are still some potatoes and canteloupe growing in it. The early potatoes made back our seed + a little. I have added walking onions. and have garlic to plant.
    I have been playing with more recipes to determine: added ingredients increase to our supplies…seasonings, thickeners, base ingredients for sauces…etc. Last week i added about 50 lbs of meats…to freezer. Will be transferring much of that to jars. Dehydration of small amounts of assorted vegetables in progress…
    I have pulled some foods we no longer can eat to grinder,storage buckets designated for purpose. using to make supplemental diet for hens…= rotation of foods a continual thing.

    1. Anonamo Also,
      First of all, who or where do I find ”Ice age farmer and ”adapt 2030”?
      It would be interesting to see other perspectives, since we hear about these conditions in places like China; but, would like to know the details, since what little information we get has been washed and spun dry. Hong Kong is I think a little glimpse of what life there is really like and it doesn’t look promising as China may be killing its own golden goose.
      As for SPAM, it’s never been a staple here; but, the SPAM light is actually pretty good for low sodium protein once in a while, when sliced thin, fried and served with a side.
      Your carbon footprint is I suspect not unlike most of us, and when I see candidates like Beto & Bernie freaking out, I suspect it’s because they are psychotic and fear things they do not understand, or see the potential to control people and
      make them conform, as many try to do when they cannot convince by winning people over with their ideas.
      Like you, we also try to capture more carbon and release more oxygen than we use; but, if the climate change activists are serious, I would support their tearing down the cities, planting trees, and teaching people how to manage their own wells, septic systems, gardens, and wood lots, as many of us do.
      Imagine the food that could be grown and the carbon capture effect, if all of the golf courses were converted back to farmland.

      Food prices are up even at ALdi’s. frozen vegetables.. No sweetppeas available at any price or size. string beans smaller sie +up 20 cents. Calif veggies avail package a 12 oz insead of 16 and up 30 cents. mixed veggies 9 oz? were 89c.? most other things i saw were about the same. will be back down here late this week..and will recheck if/when we go.

      At Aldi’s we purchase mostly canned or fresh, with most of our frozen food, starting here as fresh. Right now we have a ton of beef, green beams, rhubarb and a few other things in the freezers; but, use quite a lot of canned sweet peas and baked beans from Aldi’s, always dressed up with other additional items like cheese or eggs.
      All in all, I think most of us who have a stockpile purchased a little at a time over years, will be OK. In stock portfolios this is called dollar cost averaging and it works just as well for food and other consumables

      1. TOP: There is the difference – the shopping list each of us use… I go to Aldi’s for the organic corn chips the cheese sauce for dh, eggs cheaper than i can raise them and sometimes pick up lactose free milk…organic carrots. potatoes sometimes, frozen veggies..usually i look for string beans, (10 lbs a month.)broccoli only,(4lbs)mixed veggies without pepper,sweet peas( 8 lbs a month.) and Cafe Busello.. DH will not eat any canned sweet peas but l’seur..no canned carrots,and no canned mixed veggies. I get his specialty canned beans at another place.
        Found local store with beef for 2.79 for 24 oz can- about 18 oz meat rest cooking liquids salt only other ingredients. Pork same way but cheaper at 2$ a can.These are my backups and i have developed recipes I use these for a quick meals..using mostly standard storage foods.. dehydrated veggies or the limited canned veggies we keep.. fresh meats are used in other recipes. fried chicken, pork chops or hamburgers. we do not have anyone have been able to buy large quantity from close by.. I try to keep several cans of meats, a few spam, but what we normally eat in a year is possibly 4 cans.. usually for a breakfast or quick sandwich.. sliced thin battered and browned. pretty good with lettuce and tomato,possibly a little bbq sauce. the 7 oz one from dollar tree that is bacon flavored we prefer above all others. For health reasons, we do not eat cheesey, or jalapeno, or hot and spicy… that excludes most flavors.

        YOU TUBE, almost everything is on you tube… until they get so big that gooble takes them down because they tell the truth. many channels have had all their money pulled. they still run ads but you tube does not pay content creators, many times… local, state and national news is all on you tube/video.hurricane and weather channels about 4 …or so.. Direct weather.., MBCG combo, David Schlothauer., there are more.the real bpearthwatch, and MrMB333 also Mike Morales s hows the chemical spraying via video…earthquakes are covered by dutchsince and Mary Greely news.
        Ice age Farmer.. here is one… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9GQXhnwDHc another on from an older farmer in OHIo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jucb1uXhBow Here is one from Adapt 2030 this lady he interviews ..is worth listening to this is second part ….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5u0cxAWWBcand there are 2 or 3 more parts to this extensive interview.. one prior is on radio protective foods…

        1. Anonamo Also,

          There is the difference – the shopping list each of us use… I go to Aldi’s for the organic corn chips the cheese sauce for dh, eggs cheaper than i can raise them and sometimes pick up lactose free milk

          At Aldi’s we get the lactose free milk for the DW, blueberry muffins and their natural peanut butter for both of us, and some produce on occasion; however, our Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Meijer’s generally have a better & fresher selection of produce, with Meijer’s being the overall best.
          We also get peas, baked beans, and butter beans there; however, these end up being ingredients in something and not generally eaten just out of the can.
          Seasonally we’ll get treats like the caramel and hot fudge ice cream toppings, and purchase enough to last a while. Other treats we keep on hand are goat cheese, feta stuffed olives, and honey roasted cashews. We also get our quinoa and chia there.

          usually i look for string beans, (10 lbs a month.)broccoli only,(4lbs)mixed veggies without pepper, sweet peas( 8 lbs a month.) and Cafe Busello.

          25 lbs of string beans (called green beans here) were purchased at the Amish auction, blanched and frozen, so we have an adequate supply on hand.
          I also like the canned French cut green beans once in a while, heated with some butter, salt, & vinegar.
          I don’t drink coffee; but, the DW keeps plenty of Folgers on hand in one of the freezers and seems to enjoy the Green Mountain K-Cup Variety packs I got for her (on sale @ woot. LOL)
          There are also some darker roasts in that variety pack she doesn’t like that can be served to friends like BLACK when they stop by.

          DH will not eat any canned sweet peas but l’seur..no canned carrots,and no canned mixed veggies. I get his specialty canned beans at another place.

          Due in part to years of survival training and bachelorhood, I cannot think of anything I can’t eat; but, prefer no overly salted fish on my pizza. LOL

          Found local store with beef for 2.79 for 24 oz can- about 18 oz meat rest cooking liquids salt only other ingredients. Pork same way but cheaper at 2$ a can. These are my backups and i have developed recipes I use these for a quick meals..using mostly standard storage foods.. dehydrated veggies or the limited canned veggies we keep..

          The only canned meats we purchase are chicken, tuna, and sardines in mustard sauce. Most others are fresh or frozen with a local IGA with a real butcher shop only 6.5 miles & 10 minutes from here, so we shop their sales on pork & chicken.
          We also purchase some meats from a local place: ” Brinkman’s Cannery & Greenhouse: that produces several kinds of canned meat with nothing added except natural juices and salt or no salt.

          we do not have anyone have been able to buy large quantity from close by..

          We had to travel about 10 miles to pay the farmer for our beef and about 25 to pick it up. We arranged with two other families for the split, and the farmer hauled the steer to the meat packer. Once it was slaughtered and hanging to age (3 weeks) he called me with the hanging weight. We paid him $2.25 per pound, split appropriately with the others, and then went to the meat packer and gave them cutting and packing instructions for our portion.
          We split the $65.00 slaughter fee, and each paid $0.55 per pound for the processing. About 10 days later they called us and we went over and picked up our share, all wrapped frozen solid (to -25°) in white butcher’s paper and marked with the contents. We took along every cooler and heavy box we could muster, brought it home and stuffed it into the freezer.
          The others wanted no part of the heart, liver, kidneys, tongue, or bones, so we got extra there. Half of the ”scrap” (bits not part of a steak or roast) that would normally be ground into hamburger; we had packaged as stew beef, that we use in casseroles, homemade beef stew, or fresh grind for our own hamburger for the coarseness we want for the meal. All in it ended up costing $2.80 per pound. That’s a bit expensive for bones; but, really great for roasts and steaks.
          I guess my point here is that you might check with local meat packers who may know a local farmer that can get you involved in a deal for a share of a steer.

          I try to keep several cans of meats, a few spam, but what we normally eat in a year is possibly 4 cans

          We never likes SPAM (too salty) until someone (JP?) , mentioned the low sodium variety. We tried it and while it won’t be a staple, keeping a few cans on hand makes good food prep.

          usually for a breakfast or quick sandwich.. sliced thin battered and browned.

          We’ll slice thin & fry with no batter. It makes a reasonably good and quick sandwich in a pinch.

          the 7 oz one from dollar tree that is bacon flavored we prefer above all others. For health reasons, we do not eat cheesey, or jalapeno, or hot and spicy… that excludes most flavors.

          We’ll have to look for that one @ DT.
          We do occasionally eat real cheese; but, none of us like the spicy peppers here either.
          Another quick snack we get from Dollar Tree is their canned meat salad and crackers. The tuna is not our favorite; but, the chicken salad is actually pretty good once in a while.

          YOU TUBE, almost everything is on you tube… until they get so big that gooble takes them down because they tell the truth. many channels have had all their money pulled.

          I don’t think it’s the size; but, the message, since it’s often conservative content that gets taken down. They claim it’s done without any bias by their algorithms; but, as someone who has written software for more than 50 years; those algorithms for the most part do what they are designed to do.

          MBCG combo, David Schlothauer., there are more.the real bpearthwatch, and MrMB333 also Mike Morales s hows the chemical spraying via video…earthquakes are covered by dutchsince and Mary Greely news.

          I hadn’t heard of these; but, since they are on YouTube I checked them out using your links.

          Ice age Farmer.. here is one

          China’s 10,000 Tons of Pork from Strategic Reserves & the Great Chinese Famine is interesting; but, not realy any surprise to anyone who knows history. The old Soviet’s did the same thing with collective farming in 1932-1933 deliberately starving 5,000,000 of their citizens.
          I find it interesting when he mentions the upcoming Chinese holiday; but, doesn’t recall what it is or which anniversary. It’s the 70th anniversary of the modern Chinese state on October 1st.
          This is how central planning always works out.
          I did find it interesting that Tim Horton’s dropped its Beyond Meat selection and wihle fake meat has become a fad, I think it’s mostly virtue signaling. Around here you can get it @ Burger King & White Castle; but, I don’t see the point.

          another on from an older farmer in OHIo

          Dire Consequences for Wildlife: On The Ground with Tom in Ohio
          Tom doesn’t say anything here we haven’t seen for years, with development and habitat destruction being the main culprit.
          As for the climate cycles, I highly recommend everyone to read: ” Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell” by John Casey
          It’s quite enlightening, and is written by a scientist who hasn’t been bought off.

          Here is one from Adapt 2030 this lady he interviews ..is worth listening to this is second part

          ” (Year Zero) A Convulsive Time on Our Planet w/Celeste Bishop Solum (MIAC #231)”
          I found her assertions interesting; but, since I had never heard of her before, I did some research.
          Here’s what passes for a CV:

          ”Have you ever wanted to know the inside story? My name is Celeste and I have an unusual blend of careers spanning allopathic medicine, government-military, environmental medicine, writing, and organic farming! That really is a mix and I love it!”

          I disagree in part because I am a natural optimist and find her to be a pessimist with statements like:

          ”Just because we live in austere times does not mean that you cannot have delicious an flavorful, nutrient-dense foods. So my cooking reflects the same passion that I have for life. I use various planting methods and make use of extensive indoor gardens.”

          Austere times?
          She starts out with a pessimistic assertion and goes downhill from there citing no real evidence.
          And then: ” In my spare, time I write articles.I just completed a book entitle, God’s Marvelous Protective Protections for the coming Nuclear and Cosmic Superstorm.”
          Nuclear and Cosmic Super storms? Sounds like pure scare tactics for her paying patrons. We used to go to scary movies for an adrenalin rush, now we can just listen to doomsayers like her.

          there are 2 or 3 more parts to this extensive interview.. one prior is on radio protective foods

          I watched them and don’t understand radio protective vitamins & minerals, since radio waves under the most likely conditions are not harmful. Should you be able to crawl into your microwave oven and close the door would be an exception.
          Radios used for cellular communications like 5G have no real, tangible effect on humans, unless like that oven, you climb the tower and hang on the antenna.

  12. Notified bosses of work restrictions a week ago Friday or Saturday by Monday one company had put me on temporary medical leave and the other said they didn’t think they could accommodate the restrictions. Since the doctor said I could work I filed for unemployment and am trying to get the sick leave pay from one of the companies. Seema that may be like pulling teeth. Currently trying to “shotgun” everything.
    Did pick up 10 jars of peanut butter, 5 extra cans of soup, 10 large cans of tuna, 4 pounds of butter and 3 packages of pasta. Cats needed food so picked up another bag of dry and almost a case of wet. Went to the insurance agent and raised my collision deductible to $2,500 which allows me to keep the rental coverage in case of a comprehensive claim. This saves over $100 every 6 months. The car is 10 years old so not worth a whole lot.
    Gas prices here are about $3.12 a gallon and propane is $1.80. With the exception of my soda fix and some snacks I only buy on sale items so haven’t noticed the price increases except for pet foods. A couple of months ago canned cat food went up 6 cents a can and his dry food went up $1 and package size went down a pound.

  13. I felt a little dirty when I picked up a Colt rifle this weekend for some target practice. Unless they wanted to enter into the gun debate and show some level of caving to screwball liberals, they just could have not make anymore ARs until stock was low enough to deem it a sound business move. If questioned on the matter, they could have just told the truth, we are stocked up and focusing on large contracts with the military that need to be filled asap – simple enough.

    As someone, I think Thor1 noted, ARs are flying off the shelf right now so Colt might be getting more orders for them soon enough and wish they had not made the announcement they just did. Only folks who do not know guns fear AR-15 semi-auto rifles – and have never, ever shot a semi-auto handgun to see how similar the shooting speed is, if rapid fire is their primary worry, have no clue about the difference between semi and full auto.

    The only mass shooting I can think of that having an AR would have made a deadly difference was the one in Las Vegas because of the range. The other shooting were “fish in a barrel” scenarios where a semi-auto handgun would have caused the same carnage – and did in some cases.

    I just hate things that are illogical – like high capacity ammo mag bans. If a person is going to shoot large amounts of people, they are not going to gently take out an empty mag and put it in their pocket so it is not damaged and kept for future use. No, they are going to click the release and let it fall to the ground while at the same time shoving in another magazine. This takes a second, maybe two – I tested out my theory with both a novice shooter and a former Marine – same rapid results that would not have allowed someone, even a Marine, to have the time to grasp the shooting had stopped and to move from a position of cover and rush the shooter before the next magazine was in and firing had resumed – unless the magazine or gun malfunctions or the shooter falters in some manner.

    Also, here is a list of stores where my survival tribe no longer shops because of liberal pandering and/or a desire to reduce our Second Amendment rights:

    Walmart
    Aldi
    Staples
    Kroger
    Target – transgender bathroom policy. It’s real simple folks, if you have a penis you belong in the men’s room or if you possess a vagina enter the ladies room. Single or family restrooms that only one person can enter at a time can be used by anyone.
    Pinterest – I LOVED Pinterest but will not use it anymore because of its anti-gun activities
    Starbucks – not a coffee drinker but won’t stop at one for anyone who is because of their anti-gun activities
    Dicks Sporting Goods

    I am sure that there are other stores with anti-gun public activities, statements, bias, or petition signings but these are the only ones I know of within 45 miles of my home.

    1. Tara,

      Years ago, when the first ban on high capacity mags was in force, mags were limited to a max of 10-rounds (except police and military and the millions of grandfathered mags). I went to a murder where the killer used a fairly new semi-auto pistol with a 10-round mag. He leaned into the victim’s car through the passenger side window and shot all ten-rounds into the guy behind the wheel. The guy had powder burns on a couple of the entry holes and all ten ejected shell casings were found inside the car. The guy was deader than a door-nail with “just” ten rounds.

      The shooter then sat on the curb, waited for the police to get there, and surrendered peacefully. It was a love triangle situation.

      One of the first thoughts that went through my head when I saw the weapon and the body was, “So much for ten round mags.” I then had to write the search warrant affidavit for the shooters house (just across the street from the scene). While I was at the judge’s house getting the warrant signed, the judge said exactly the same thing to me.

      When someone wants to murder someone else, they will find the means whether it is a gun, stick, knife, hands, whatever. After all, Cain killed Abel with something other than a gun.

      1. Zulu 3-6,
        I don’t know any law enforcement personnel except maybe a few chiefs, who are actually just politicians who are anti -2A. We have also had several local judges in our gun club over the years.

    2. TARA,,, pleasant sight you have , Good job ,,,your list of non shopping should include Amazon too,,not because Amazon in it’s self is a problem but that the revenue is used to sway thinking to take our freedom ,i see Amazon as a modern day Sears catalog,having the same effect Sears did on local stores a hundred years ago ,a example, is the turmoil in BIG food retail stores ,every board meeting time is spent talking about Amazon and how to compete ,watch as vertical inauguration takes place ,we all ready see that with COSCO and there growing chicken on there own farms , or wall Mart building there own dairy (that killed hundreds of small dairy farms )or a supermarket chain buying thousands of acers of row crop land for vegetables ,along with the packing houses ,
      If your short sweet peas I’m not surprised in my circle of farm friends I know of no peas planted this year ,now we are talking several thousand ac. One of the reasons ,but there is a number ,is folks are tired of fighting gov and buyers ,in the book Atlas shrugged the producers just quit ,i see that happening for the same reasons in the book,
      I raised beef ,i backrounded ,feed lotted ,and cow calf at times in very large numbers ,some years over 3,000 head on 7,000 ac
      , now we have 20 pets. At this place I once worked 800 to 1,000 ac this year I’m down to just 50 the rest is fallow ,
      No more grain , No more extra hay , No more peas ,just letting it go to weeds and woodys
      I’ve gotten long ,things to do ,
      Tea and chocolate

      1. 0ldhomesteader,

        your list of non shopping should include Amazon too,,not because Amazon in it’s self is a problem but that the revenue is used to sway thinking to take our freedom ,i see Amazon as a modern day Sears catalog,having the same effect Sears did on local stores a hundred years ago

        The same effect Sears had for many of us was to supply appliances, tools, and other goods at a price we could afford. In my case many items if I can find them, are a 15-60 mile trip (one way); but, I can often get them on Amazon delivered at little or no additional cost. The pressure from Amazon on other vendors has made them all better, with items from Wal-Mart, TSC, and Rural King being ordered online and either shipped free to my home or at least to the local store for pickup. In the past people could order cast iron stoves and kits for entire houses from Sears Roebuck & company.
        We have a Wal-Mart super center, a Home Depot, and a Lowes; but, still have two thriving hardware stores and several pharmacies.
        The Kroger Marketplace, Wal-Mart, Meijer’s, and Aldi’s all coexist and give people options for a variety of foods, not all of them carry; but, our local IGA still thrives with a real butcher shop and some of the best Deli foods in the area.
        Henry Ford put the buggy whip makers out of business and John Deere put many of the draft horses and mules out to pasture; but, all in all I think they made life better for more people than before they existed.

        ,a example, is the turmoil in BIG food retail stores ,every board meeting time is spent talking about Amazon and how to compete ,watch as vertical inauguration takes place ,we all ready see that with COSCO and there growing chicken on there own farms , or wall Mart building there own dairy (that killed hundreds of small dairy farms )or a supermarket chain buying thousands of acers of row crop land for vegetables ,along with the packing houses

        Kroger has farmers under contract and has its own bakeries, all of which put people to work and provide affordable food for the masses.
        Think of life and the consequences without all of these vendors?

        If your short sweet peas I’m not surprised in my circle of farm friends I know of no peas planted this year ,now we are talking several thousand ac. One of the reasons ,but there is a number ,is folks are tired of fighting gov and buyers ,in the book Atlas shrugged the producers just quit ,i see that happening for the same reasons in the book,

        Here our problem has been two years of too much rain in the spring and early summer, with farmers trying to get some crops in and glad to have crop insurance.
        A neighbor just gifted us the first sweet corn they had. It was tasty ;but, the small ears had very small kernels.

        At this place I once worked 800 to 1,000 ac this year I’m down to just 50 the rest is fallow , No more grain , No more extra hay , No more peas ,just letting it go to weeds and woodys

        Here you could sell all the hay you can make, since it’s looking like a slow and expensive year.

        1. Ohio prepper,,,I’m tired of being a slave to a system that regards me as such ,when I was a CEO I was just a better payed slave ,there is a saying called “going Galt” or “going to the gulch “think of that as bugging out early ,real early. When I did it I heard a lot of what will happen to us ?from people ,
          As for selling hay no thanks ,i have all I need ,both ranches are paid for ,and I have no need for more ,i have tired of more,more and more ,some thing I learned long ago ,it’s not how much you make but how much you spend ,
          As far as the food industry ,i know it from the inside ,and I repeat ,the problem is not with Amazon as such but with the profits being used to destroy the USA as we know it ,i will not help the beast that’s trying to destroy me and the country ,
          There is a trading post that trades only in silver ,or real goods , no fake greenbacks ,more about that another time ,
          Look forward to more back and forth with you ,

    3. Tara,

      If questioned on the matter, they could have just told the truth, we are stocked up and focusing on large contracts with the military that need to be filled asap – simple enough.

      The main problem is that they lost their large ($77M) contract with the pentagon to the Belgian arms company FN Herstal in 2013 and had put too much emphasis on that one large contract. Rumor has it that they were near bankruptcy.
      They also lost the patent on the gun and although ”AR-15” is still a trademarked name, manufacturers like Bush master and their XM-15 & lightweight Carbon 15 are producing quality rifles at significantly lower prices.

      As someone, I think Thor1 noted, ARs are flying off the shelf right now so Colt might be getting more orders for them soon enough and wish they had not made the announcement they just did.

      The MSR’s (Modern Sporting Rifles) are ”flying off the shelves” ; but, by competitors, at significantly lower prices than Colt was charging

      Only folks who do not know guns fear AR-15 semi-auto rifles – and have never, ever shot a semi-auto handgun to see how similar the shooting speed is, if rapid fire is their primary worry, have no clue about the difference between semi and full auto.

      Actually some of them have no clue; but, many, like NY Senator Charles Schlimer do know about them, and have been given the opportunity to fire said firearms at the NRA range in Fairfax Virginian, accompanied by other members of congress. I think he knows full well why the2nd amendment exists and it scares him, since he and his ilk cannot control an armed citizenry, nor can he received funding from the anti-gun side unless he continues to chip away at 2A.

      Also, here is a list of stores where my survival tribe no longer shops because of liberal pandering and/or a desire to reduce our Second Amendment rights:

      • Walmart This I kind of understand
      • Aldi Why?
      • Staples We have never shopped here anyway.
      • Kroger Why?
      No Target stores close enough to matter and I cannot remember the last time I shopped there.

      Pinterest – I LOVED Pinterest but will not use it anymore because of its anti-gun activities

      I never used it, even when urged to do so by some here, since I never saw the attraction.

      Starbucks – not a coffee drinker but won’t stop at one for anyone who is because of their anti-gun activities

      The DW is a coffee drinker; but, like me thinks anyone stupid enough to pay $5.00 for a cup of joe, when Mickey Dees has a good one for a buck or less is too stupid to know anything about guns or rights.

      Dicks Sporting Goods

      Too far to drive and way too expensive when Cabelas iscloser.

      I am sure that there are other stores with anti-gun public activities, statements, bias, or petition signings but these are the only ones I know of within 45 miles of my home.

      Applebee’s used to have their no gun policy; but, a number of us repeatedly stood outside, while one of us temporarily disarmed, want in and asked for the manager and handed him the laminated card pictured here: https://www.buckeyefirearms.org/sites/buckeyefirearms.org/files/ngnm-card_4.jpg
      After 10 or 20 cards, with 5-10 people standing outside and not coming in, the no gun sign finally came down, at least at our local restaurant.

      1. All of the stores on my list, except Target, signed onto that CEO petition calling for red flag last and AR style guns to be banned and/or “urged” customers not to open carry in their store. Kroger no longer carries any mag with an “assault rifle” on the cover.

        1. Tara,

          All of the stores on my list, except Target, signed onto that CEO petition calling for red flag last and AR style guns to be banned and/or “urged” customers not to open carry in their store. Kroger no longer carries any mag with an “assault rifle” on the cover.

          CEO’s have to deal with politics and what they say or think really means nothing in the real world.
          As for Kroger & magazines, I didn’t even know they carried magazines.

          I carry concealed nearly everywhere I go except for those few places where carrying is a felony and personally think open carry is pointless & stupid.
          For some it’s making a statement, also stupid and not winning over anyone, and in a bad situation, open carry only means ”Shoot me first” to the bad guy. Better he be surprised when me & mine take him down.

    4. Tara, you go girl……tell it like it is. The number one cause of death in America is abortion. How dare the liberal left claim that abortion is a constitutional right while attacking an actual Constitutional right to self-defense. I’m proud of you. 😀

    5. Tara
      Thank you for the up date on stores to avoid. There are only two in our area which I will not shop at starting with W/Mart and now Target.
      They do not like the 2A, then the do not require our money. Simple for me since I was never a fan of either store this just makes it a lot easier to avoid them.

      1. Thank you. I never liked going into either one before and made sure to stop and speak the manager at Walmart to let her know it was my last trip in there an why. I also tallied up how much my husband and I had spent in there weekly on food, general items, his medications, and the average amount my mother and in-laws spent for the same thing. I figured they needed to know how much money they were losing on a regular basis from our family and as I told them, from many others that cherished and respected the Constitution.

  14. TARA,,, pleasant sight you have , Good job ,,,your list of non shopping should include Amazon too,,not because Amazon in it’s self is a problem but that the revenue is used to sway thinking to take our freedom ,i see Amazon as a modern day Sears catalog,having the same effect Sears did on local stores a hundred years ago ,a example, is the turmoil in BIG food retail stores ,every board meeting time is spent talking about Amazon and how to compete ,watch as vertical inauguration takes place ,we all ready see that with COSCO and there growing chicken on there own farms , or wall Mart building there own dairy (that killed hundreds of small dairy farms )or a supermarket chain buying thousands of acers of row crop land for vegetables ,along with the packing houses ,
    If your short sweet peas I’m not surprised in my circle of farm friends I know of no peas planted this year ,now we are talking several thousand ac. One of the reasons ,but there is a number ,is folks are tired of fighting gov and buyers ,in the book Atlas shrugged the producers just quit ,i see that happening for the same reasons in the book,
    I raised beef ,i backrounded ,feed lotted ,and cow calf at times in very large numbers ,some years over 3,000 head on 7,000 ac
    , now we have 20 pets. At this place I once worked 800 to 1,000 ac this year I’m down to just 50 the rest is fallow ,
    No more grain , No more extra hay , No more peas ,just letting it go to weeds and woodys
    I’ve gotten long ,things to do ,
    Tea and chocolate

  15. Ohio prepper,,,I’m tired of being a slave to a system that regards me as such ,when I was a CEO I was just a better payed slave ,there is a saying called “going Galt” or “going to the gulch “think of that as bugging out early ,real early. When I did it I heard a lot of what will happen to us ?from people ,
    As for selling hay no thanks ,i have all I need ,both ranches are paid for ,and I have no need for more ,i have tired of more,more and more ,some thing I learned long ago ,it’s not how much you make but how much you spend ,
    As far as the food industry ,i know it from the inside ,and I repeat ,the problem is not with Amazon as such but with the profits being used to destroy the USA as we know it ,i will not help the beast that’s trying to destroy me and the country ,
    There is a trading post that trades only in silver ,or real goods , no fake greenbacks ,more about that another time ,
    Look forward to more back and forth with you ,

    1. 0ldhomesteader,

      I’m tired of being a slave to a system that regards me as such ,when I was a CEO I was just a better payed slave ,there is a saying called “going Galt” or “going to the gulch “think of that as bugging out early ,real early. When I did it I heard a lot of what will happen to us ?from people.

      I never considered myself as a slave unless I was doing independent contracting.
      As an engineer my skills allowed me to work on projects mostly on my own terms for 40+ years. The companies needed my skills and paid me well to develop products. Although I’m retired, I still get enquiries wanting to know if I would like another job, since my area of expertise is short on people, and some places are offering unfathomable salaries and benefits for skilled people.
      As for “Going Galt”, I am very aware of the whole concept, having read Ayn Rand’s 1957 ”Atlas Shrugged” while in high school, and living pretty much by her objectivist concepts & lifestyle most of my life.
      Friends and I made events out of seeing that book passably brought to the big screen, and I own the DVD set. I’ve also read most of her other books, like Fountainhead.
      I bugged out, from a lifestyle perspective, soon after graduating college, living rural and driving anywhere from 25-40 miles each way, to and from work.
      We’ve lived on this paid off homestead for 35 years and no doubt there are people who still think we’re crazy, not having local shopping and theaters close by.
      Deep down I’m pretty sure some are envious of this lifestyle; but, don’t have the courage to take the plunge, even though they cannot experience the freedom without facing and tackling those challenges.

      As for selling hay no thanks ,i have all I need ,both ranches are paid for ,and I have no need for more ,i have tired of more,more and more ,some thing I learned long ago ,it’s not how much you make but how much you spend

      Actually we purchase hay for our little horse. As for being frugal, there’s that old maxim: “If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall”
      Too bad the federal government can’t learn that lesson.
      We also don’t just buy more & more, and except for essentials like food and medications, we plan and think through any major expenditures.
      Now in retirement we live on SS, pensions, and IRA distributions; but, still bank more than half our monthly income. The recent planned building we purchased for my workshop, storage, and sugar shack ran $6767.00, was split into 2 charges (half & half) on the credit card, each paid in full at the end of the billing cycle with an interest rate of -1%. We don’t pay interest on cards; but, use them for cash flow management, and get that 1% back.

      As far as the food industry ,i know it from the inside ,and I repeat ,the problem is not with Amazon as such but with the profits being used to destroy the USA as we know it ,i will not help the beast that’s trying to destroy me and the country ,

      Unfortunately, most people (all city folk I suspect) have come to depend on the system for everything, so our attempt to stop the beast may feel good; but, does nothing real, so in the short term, I will exploit the beast, the credit card companies and others who willingly help fill my coffers.
      For instance, one of the best performing stocks in one of my IRA’s is Altria, the old Philip Morris. That stock has nearly doubled from my basis cost (original purchase price and pays me a regular $800.00+ per quarter dividend. It seems that written warnings & PSA’s aside, some people will jus continue to smoke, and I’m quite happy with them helping me fund my retirement.

      There is a trading post that trades only in silver ,or real goods , no fake greenbacks ,more about that another time

      Fake greenbacks?
      The truth is that all money is fake and only worth what the people making the transactions deems it to be worth.
      Wampum, tulip bulbs, pieces of 8, paper currency, gold coins, and block chain crypto currency are all really the same thing. They are Liquid barter that allows real goods and service to be exchanged in a large society.
      Prior to these liquid barter currencies, if I had eggs, and need your hay; but, neither needs the others goods, we had to find someone who traded his beef for your hay and the hay for my eggs.
      Money, no matter the physical (or virtual) form, has only that one use.

      Look forward to more back and forth with you

      Likewise.

  16. Ohio prepper,,,,,engineer here too ,nuclear marine ,,how about you? ,got out of it 40 years ago ,long story,, lost track of odd jobs ,started own company ,off grid flyin homestead 135 miles from town ,,,cattle ranches that no one else wanted again off grid ,who guess that would be great bug out /retreat ,still no web out there or phone ,very peaceful,

    Sun is shining ,corral needs fixed

    Tea and chocolate

    1. 0ldhomesteader,

      engineer here too ,nuclear marine, how about you?

      My degrees are EE and I’m just recently retired (2017). I started my career doing hardware in the telephony area; but, since I had been writing software since high school, I found a nice niche in that area, doing embedded systems work. At one point I worked in an R&D center, noting that for every hardware engineer we had 5 or more doing software. At that point we were also transitioning to the use of microprocessors for nearly every project instead of huge boards of complex circuits to accomplish many of the same functions.
      As it turned out, someone with the skills to work on the interfaces to complex hard ware and integrated circuits, and understand and write software for the kernels & drivers in real time systems, or on hardware with no operating system were in demand. I still get email offers to interview for job opportunities, based on resumes that have not been updated in 10 years.
      Over my career I worked on telephony, process control, wide area networking, radio and wire line communications, and HVAC (Smart thermostats, Furnace controllers and heat pump controllers), as well as design of both smoke and C.O. detectors.
      In 1984 I cofounded a company that still manufactures a variety of products; but, sold my shere to my partner when he and his DW wanted to move to Arizona and we did not. That company is still thriving with about 40 employees and I still occasionally do work for them.

      started own company ,off grid flyin homestead 135 miles from town

      I kept working for several other companies; but, settled here with my DW 35 years ago, with drives ranging from 25-40 miles (one way) being the only real cost of living on a debt free rural homestead.

      cattle ranches that no one else wanted again off grid ,who guess that would be great bug out /retreat ,still no web out there or phone ,very peaceful,

      We have thousands of acres of farmland around us and enjoy the same peaceful setting. We do have landline phones and cellular coverage for some carriers, with internet access an ever increasing service.
      We started out with dial up @ 1200 bps and eventually 52Kbps, transitioning to satellite for better speed; but, with the inherent latency & rain fade issues. Next was a wireless ISP @ 3 Mbps and finally DSL @ 5 M bps which is where we sit today. We keep our landline, since I worked in telephony designing the central office equipment for more than a decade and know its capabilities and resiliency. When the SHTF, we’ll have dial tone long after cell phones have no bars.

      Sun is shining ,corral needs fixed

      In Ohio the sun shines; but, often through a blanket of clouds; but, all in all, we live a rather comfortable and care free life, doing what we want and wouldn’t want to do it any other way.

  17. Hi Everyone,

    Late to post. Went camping with Jean this weekend. We had a blast. I learned how to put up the tent and start a fire. We cooked veggies on the fire she built the first nite, had ribeyes that were talked about by some of the other campers. For breakfast, cooked bacon that was so good, ate marshmallows on the fire I started on Saturday evening. Went to the closest town on Saturday and found a few bargains at GW and the Fred’s store that was closing. One item we both got was one of those canister’s for putting in charcoal that will be spread onto a cast iron pot. I brought the cast iron to cook in, but we ran out of time. We will do it next time for sure. Oh and Jean brought a pouch of the Spam lite… We both tasted it. It would have to be fried, and I would choose something over it if it was available. Read up on the “pink slim” and it doesn’t look or taste too appealing.

    Haven’t had any rain since the end of August. Everything is getting crispy. I picked up my bushel of Gala’s that I had ordered, along with 30 lbs of red potatoes, garlic bulbs and sage honey. The apples are delicious.

    I have pears I need to pick off the tree. I am going to make some apple pie filling with the apples I just got. Will also can the pears…

    Friend is moving in temporarily. Will be nice to have someone around to talk to, watch tv together, go a few places like we used to do. Hoping she lives up to her promise of helping me get some stuff organized and sold.

    1. What livestock preps are on your agenda with the cold weather months getting closer? No animal other that the kitty cat.

    2. Do you think keeping meat rabbits is a good protein prep – why or why not? Yes, but not solely. Need additional fat for brain and muscles, etc

    3. What traditional homesteading skills would you like to learn or teach your loved ones and why? I want to learn some more camping skills and cooking out of cast iron. Going to purchase a SS pressure cooker to have on hand for sterilizing like Dr Bones mentioned in his article. The instant pot is electric. No electricity, no sterilization by this method. Getting something that can be used on a stove top, on a camp stove or in a fire.

    Gas prices are around $2.39. Much too high if we are producing our own gasoline. It shouldn’t matter what happen in Saudi Arabia. Wasn’t that the whole plan with opening up more places to drill?

    Food is very expensive. Shelves are empty at times. Hearing of a bad winter this year on multiple fronts. Best be prepared for the worse.

    Prayers for the pack, for those with unspoken requests, for protection for the President and his family and for America.

    Have a great rest of the week everyone.

    1. Almost There,

      Late to post.

      Better late than not at all.

      Went camping with Jean this weekend. We had a blast. I learned how to put up the tent and start a fire.

      It’s never too late to learn any skill, and in a pinch these could be lifesaving skills and still a fun time, even for adults.

      We cooked veggies on the fire she built the first nite, had ribeyes that were talked about by some of the other campers. For breakfast, cooked bacon that was so good, ate marshmallows on the fire I started on Saturday evening.

      Almost anything cooked on a campfire just seems to taste great, and bacon doubly so.

      Went to the closest town on Saturday and found a few bargains at GW and the Fred’s store that was closing.

      Any store that’s closing is usually a good bet; but, somehow I think you have some magic with GW, since you find things we never see. Wish I could send you to our local GW and ”Shazam”, good stuff would simply appear. LOL

      One item we both got was one of those canister’s for putting in charcoal that will be spread onto a cast iron pot.

      Can you describe this better or give us a name?

      I brought the cast iron to cook in, but we ran out of time. We will do it next time for sure.

      As long as you’re carrying heavy cast iron, the best single item for campfire cooking is the venerable Dutch oven. You can cook anything from bacon to casseroles to breads, cakes and pies in one of those things.

      Oh and Jean brought a pouch of the Spam lite… We both tasted it. It would have to be fried, and I would choose something over it if it was available.

      We fry ours and keep some on hand; but, mostly for emergencies.
      It’s still better than the original that IMHO contains too much salt.

      Read up on the “pink slim” and it doesn’t look or taste too appealing.

      I assume you meant “pink slime” and I wholeheartedly agree. It’s basically beef byproducts puree and another good reason to purchase your beef from the farmer, a trusted butcher shop, or purchase lean cuts and grind your own.

      Haven’t had any rain since the end of August. Everything is getting crispy.

      We’ve received 2.75 inches of rain since the end of August; but, still not quite enough for the garden, so we’ve had to water a bit.

      I picked up my bushel of Gala’s that I had ordered, along with 30 lbs of red potatoes, garlic bulbs and sage honey. The apples are delicious.

      We’re hoping for some bulk produce at the Amish auction early next month, since this has been a rather bust year for most of our own produce.

      Friend is moving in temporarily. Will be nice to have someone around to talk to, watch tv together, go a few places like we used to do. Hoping she lives up to her promise of helping me get some stuff organized and sold.

      My roommate is my DW; but, when I lived as a bachelor I occasionally had roommates, and good ones can be a real benefit. You may find out that some tasks when done with two people take a lot less time than just one person, and I mean significantly less time beyond the 2:1. Good luck.

      3. What traditional homesteading skills would you like to learn or teach your loved ones and why?
      I want to learn some more camping skills and cooking out of cast iron. Going to purchase a SS pressure cooker to have on hand for sterilizing like Dr Bones mentioned in his article. The instant pot is electric. No electricity, no sterilization by this method. Getting something that can be used on a stove top, on a camp stove or in a fire.

      Keep in mind that you can practice camping skills in the house or the back yard, since at least part of those skills are familiarity with equipment. The simple task of putting up a tent once per year usually means dragging out the pieces and trying to translate the directions, often by flashlight or campfire light. Likewise, just stowing the sleeping gear can be a real challenge unless you’ve practiced.
      As for pressure cooking or canning, we have an Instant pot that’s convenient; but, also have pressure cookers & pressure canners, that can be used for sterilization. When you pressure can food, you are essentially sterilizing by killing off even the hardiest of pathogens, like a homemade autoclave. So pressure canning is good practice for that task.

      Gas prices are around $2.39. Much too high if we are producing our own gasoline. It shouldn’t matter what happen in Saudi Arabia. Wasn’t that the whole plan with opening up more places to drill?

      The problem is not the crude product; but, the refinery capacity and the transportation of all products. Remember the Keystone XL pipeline stopped by the Obama administration? Trump signed an authorization; but, these things take time that was lost during the previous administration. Additionally, much of the refinery capacity sits along the Gulf, and hurricanes and other weather often shuts down production, further limiting the supply of the end product.
      OTOH my propane fill this past summer @ $0.959 (95.9 cents) per gallon was the best price in a decade although there us a 7% sales tax added to that.
      For vehicle fuels you also need to look @ state and local taxes that contribute to the total. Ohio just raised their tax by 10.5 cents to 38.5 cents per gallon.
      Your tax in TN is 21.4 cents per gallon up 6 cents over the past few years.

      Food is very expensive. Shelves are empty at times. Hearing of a bad winter this year on multiple fronts. Best be prepared for the worse.

      We’re not seeing any serious food price increases or empty shelves, except for some items at times when on sale. We do however shop a variety of places (Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Aldi’s, farm markets) to get the best prices and selection, often purchasing in bulk to have on hand @ home.

        1. Almost There,

          It’s a vertical cylinder with a handle on the side, and a few holes in the side to allow air in, with an enclosed bottom to hold the coals in.

          OK, I see now and have made a few of them from a few old #300 size cans.
          What through me off was when you said:

          One item we both got was one of those canister’s for putting in charcoal that will be spread onto a cast iron pot.s/trong> I brought the cast iron to cook in, but we ran out of time.

          I’ve only used these to start charcoal for a grill and didn’t understand the cast iron pot reference.

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