What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 63: September 22nd – September 28th 2019

newly built diy pantry

Hello Pack. It’s been another busy week here on our survival homestead. We have had typical crazy Ohio weather – 80 to 85 degree days and 46 degree mornings.

I sure wish we could get some rain. Our creek is bone dry. A few weeks from now when the fall rainy season hits we will surely be flooded in a few times – but for now, we need rain something awful.

If we do not get some rain soon all of our pasture grass is going to die out way too early. Should that happen, I won’t be able to graze our livestock through December, as is our routine. When grazing seasons get cut short, hay not only becomes scarce, but bake prices and groceries go sky high.

City folks are so far removed from contact with nature, they forget how powerful it is, and the high impact weather actually has on their lives… unless they are preppers.

I am thrilled to see the farm to table and “localvore” movement is going strong. Hopefully that will help make suburban and urban folks get better acquainted with where their food actually comes from, what goes into the process, and what impact weather has on our food supply.

Getting back to water for a moment, I am thankful we spent three years looking for the perfect spot for our survival homestead. This is only the second time the creek has run dry, save a few puddles here and there.

But, if this occurs during a SHTF scenario, we have a natural spring that is still providing some water in the ravine that flows into the creek, a pond, manual well dipper, and a rainwater collection system.

In other preps this week, our storage enhancements are moving along. Another pantry is nearly complete and we are starting to fill it – even before the cool old barn wood and roofing tin sides and doors and installed.

Our ducks are providing more than one dozen eggs a day. We also canned a few dozen pints of ham and bean soup.

Brea, the kids and I went on a homeschool field trip to the 1800s Robbins Crossing village at Hocking College. The kiddos loved the hands-on learning that coincided with homesteading skills that are a part of their chore and related books we are reading.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. What are your water preps – supply plan during a disaster?
  2. Have you made plans and gathered supplies to homeschool your children or grandchildren during a SHTF event? If no, why not?
  3. Are you canning or dehydrating what you grow or buy at the store to increase your food preps?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

About Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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105 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 63: September 22nd – September 28th 2019

        1. Thor1,

          Winning is everything…… LOL

          OK, so we’ve established you are a Sanders or Warren supporter, since taking our gun rights and money are the only thing that counts for them also and lying, cheateing, or stealing is OK, as long as in the end, you win.

        1. Almost There,

          You mean you aren’t bringing enough for Thor1 and I?

          I always have extra assuming you have at least some; but, showing up with an empty backpack and expecting to be taken care of is a metaphorical analogy for much that’s wrong in this country.
          And that should have been “Thir1 and me” LOL

  1. Wow… Thor.. where are you?

    Hi everyone,

    TN is officially in a drought. We haven’t had any rain for the whole moth of September. It set a record, and the heat also set records.. The leaves are going from green to brown and falling off… Wonder what winter will bring?

    Anyway, went to a Food starvation proof, food foraging meetup yesterday, and as always it was much fun. Got to sample lots of things, kudzu jelly, hardtack, fried kudzo leaves, cat tail, home made bread. Lot of new people just starting out.

    Stopped by GW on way home, found a couple of merino wool sweaters, a heavy SS Kitchen Aid frying pan and Bubba quart sized cooler.

    I ordered and received a 8qt SS Presto pressure cooker.

    Spent time looking for vehicles to purchase on FB, drove one yesterday, still scouring for one today. Need to find one as soon as possible.

    Tara’s questions:

    What are your water preps – supply plan during a disaster? TN has water everywhere – I have quite a bit stored up and have plenty of ways to clean it up, including a Berkey.

    Have you made plans and gathered supplies to homeschool your children or grandchildren during a SHTF event? If no, why not? No kiddos…. no grandchildren

    Are you canning or dehydrating what you grow or buy at the store to increase your food preps? Most definitely.

    Prayers for the pack, for unspoken requests, for The President, and for America….

        1. Almost There & Thor1,

          Poor little chipmunk… Not bothering a thing… Bad puppy.

          Perhaps you’ve never had chipmunks or squirrels get into your house through a hole in the soffit. They can be destructive little creatures, so I say ”Go for it.” to puppy.
          Good puppy, very good.

          1. mom of three,
            Our cats did more than chase them. We have no chipmunks and very few squirrels, although when in season I’ll take a squirrel or two for the pot or freezer. The DW detests mice and other rodents, so I have to completely dress & butcher a squirrel before the DW will even look at it.
            Some 30 years ago, shortly after moving here, the oldest boy killed one; field dressed and skinned it, and fried it in one piece laying face up in the skillet.
            The DW screamed and left the kitchen and to this day I’m not sure whether the boy did this on purpose or by accident.

    1. Almost There,

      TN is officially in a drought. We haven’t had any rain for the whole moth of September. It set a record, and the heat also set records.. The leaves are going from green to brown and falling off… Wonder what winter will bring?

      It’s pretty dry here also with only 1.1 inches in September; but, there is snow out west and we’re expecting some rain this upcoming week.
      The trees are changing here also due to the shorter days and colder nights and I suspect this upcoming winter could be the worst of both worlds. Cold & dry. Good we have plenty of propane and fire wood on hand.

      Stopped by GW on way home, found a couple of merino wool sweaters, a heavy SS Kitchen Aid frying pan and Bubba quart sized cooler.

      You seem to lead a charmed life when it comes to GW, since we rarely find anything that nice here.

      I ordered and received a 8qt SS Presto pressure cooker.

      Great, It’s the old timey version of the instant pot and I think you will enjoy working with it.

    2. AT, Indeed…Some areas have had some rain, north west tn got a few showers, and East Tn got a few showers, from observing the map and movement. some of these were retrograde storms, coming from south east. Our area did not get enough to show in a gauge. On trees, i heard someone describe as “turning and turning loose” a good way to put it… some of the trees are dying., even the kudzu is stressed in some places…heat index for Aug/Sept has been unreal . If these heat tolerant rabbits had not been heat tolerant we would have lost them in spite of all efforts we made…they do ok to about 90- with ice in water troughs and ice bottles they have made it thru the highest heat index factors i have experienced…

  2. Puppy has killed another intruder. This time it was a chipmunk at night. Poor little guy didn’t stand a chance. We got puppy to drop it and come in the house and I went out with the Gamo pellet gun to put it out of its misery.

    Food
    Bought 5 lbs of salt
    Bought 20 lbs of sugar
    Bought 20 lbs of rice
    Made 4 more lbs of jerky
    Made 4 QTS of pickles
    Was gifted a pint of hot sauce.
    Picked more peppers
    The Mrs made a blueberry/raspberry pie from our plants and a chocolate pudding pie too.

    Water
    Bought 2 cases of water

    Security
    Loaded ten more 30 rnd mags, half soft points/ half full metal jackets.
    Practiced sniping out a window with the gamo.
    Practiced a home invasion drill.

    Thor’s questions:
    1. Are any of the Democrats electable?

    2. Will Californians take back their state from the evil governor?

    3. Did the US military train a walrus?

    4. What event do you think will cause a world wide Apocalypse?

      1. Tara’s questions:

        1.What are your water preps – supply plan during a disaster?
        2.Have you made plans and gathered supplies to homeschool your children or grandchildren during a SHTF event? If no, why not?
        3.Are you canning or dehydrating what you grow or buy at the store to increase your food preps?

        1. Cases of water, barrels of water with rain catchment system, berkey water filter system, boiling, chlorine, swimming pool, ponds lakes and creeks.
        2. My wife has homeschooled daughter #2 before
        3. Yes and freeze drying too.

    1. 1- No but they’re not above election fraud.
      2- You get the government you deserve. Californians vote for amnesty and largesse from the public treasury.
      3- Perhaps. Lol.
      4- I honestly believe that a Civil War is in the making. It could escalate into Apocalyptic proportions.

    2. Thor’s questions:

      1. Are any of the Democrats electable?

      I don’t think so, but who am I to guess with so many idiots out there?

      2. Will Californians take back their state from the evil governor?

      I doubt it. The liberal courts will keep ruling their recall petition as too vague, or some other made up crap to keep the recall off the ballot. If it does make it to the ballot, California is loaded with all those idiots I mentioned in #1, above.

      3. Did the US military train a walrus?

      I doubt it. I think the Russians just ran into the aquatic version of a mama bear with cubs. She only sank the Russian equivalent of a rubber assault boat.

      4. What event do you think will cause a world wide Apocalypse?

      Who knows? A big meteor strike? Space aliens (the illegal sort)? God?

    3. Thor’s questions:
      1. Are any of the Democrats electable? Of course then are. They are openly kind and benevolent (with other peoples money).

      2. Will Californians take back their state from the evil governor? No, too many like where the state appears to be going. Too many that oppose it are voting with their feet.

      3. Did the US military train a walrus? I just saw this article. No, you don’t have to train them, or hippo’s, elk, or bison.

      4. What event do you think will cause a world wide Apocalypse? Define Apocalypse.

    4. Thor’s questions:
      1. Are any of the Democrats electable?
      No and they know it, which is why the impeach fanatics are so angry, seeing it as their only hope against the ignorant, stupid, uneducated, incorrigible voters who reject their wonderful socialist utopian plans.
      2. Will Californians take back their state from the evil governor?
      No. They keep electing those same governors, assembly, and senate members who ignore them, with the smart voters moving elsewhere.
      3. Did the US military train a walrus?
      No; but, we didn’t have too, just like we don’t train great white sharks to attack surfers, If you look like prey and are in their neighbor hood, then you are prey.
      4. What event do you think will cause a world wide Apocalypse?
      I think it could be the upcoming global climate cooling cycle. I’ve been re-reading (actually listening to) ”Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell” by John Casey and I think he’s on to something. He’s a NASA solar expert and not a climate scientist; but, noticed correlations with the bicentennial sunspot cycles and both climate and earthquake activities.
      Does anyone recall ”The Year without a summer?” or the ”Little Ice Age”?

          1. Thor1,

            Z36, Top just dated himself back to the ice age…..LOL

            Not quite. The Ice Age was about 2.4 million years ago; but, the ”Little Ice Age” was only about 450 years long from 1300 to 1850, making it 170-730 years ago, so I can’t be any older than that.
            OTOH, with age comes wisdom, making me perhaps the wisest person you know. LOL

      1. Can’t remember the year without a summer , but there is a book by that name..it is worth reading, i have read a few lines from it. Might learn what might be expected with the changing of the sun spots and changes in the jet streams…etc. Maybe help us better understand our always changing climate..

        1. Anonamo Also,

          Can’t remember the year without a summer

          I hope not, since it was 1816 and I don’t think any of us actually ”remember”</strong it. LOL
          1816 saw severe climate abnormalities that caused average global temperatures to decrease by .7 ° to 1.2 °F and resulted in major food shortages in the Northern Hemisphere. Wikipedia

          there is a book by that name..it is worth reading

          I assume that would be: ”The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History”
          I’ve not read this one; but, will look for the Audiobook.

          Might learn what might be expected with the changing of the sun spots and changes in the jet streams…etc. Maybe help us better understand our always changing climate.

          I am rereading ”Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell” by John Casey and he mentions the year without a summer and other cold years, showing somewhat predictable results based on solar activity.
          It’s also kind of a prepper book, since he talks about the need to stockpile supplies for the upcoming cold spell.
          I find it a worthwhile read.

    5. Thor 1
      On the first question I miss read electable to……….eatable,,,,,, and did a doubt take to read the question again. rowl

      Rest needs to be left unsaid as I am still laughing at my boo boo…

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

    Got a diabetic retinopathy scan at the VA. All normal. My blood sugar is acting up a little even though I’m watching my carbs and taking my meds religiously. The doctor is bound and determined to find a statin that I can tolerate without near debilitating flank and back pain as a side effect. I’ve been through three kinds already and the pain is like kidney stones that won’t pass. I’m not on one now, but they’re looking. My cholesterol levels are not that far out of whack but I have a paternal family history of heart attacks and strokes.

    They had me get a blood test for my Vitamin D2 levels. That came back as a 5 when the normal range is 30-100. That might have something to do with the statin intolerance. The clinical pharmacist said it’s the lowest D2 level she’s ever seen. I’m getting a high-dose D2 pill that I have to take once a week for eight weeks then get a repeat blood test. If that is OK, then I can take OTC D2 pills and they’ll try a statin again.

    The tropical weather is still acting up, but doesn’t seem to be a big problem for the US. Fine with me. I’m still as prepared as I can reasonably be for nasty weather. Hurricane Lorenzo, even though it is way out in the Atlantic, is powerful enough to cause high surf conditions on Florida’s east coast.

    #1 daughter says that a group of people from her wing are shipping out soon. This has been a deployment scheduled for several months, nothing new. She knows where they are going but won’t/can’t say. Just “downrange.” Apparently, they are relieving a group from another base that are at the end of their tour, so they’re not “additional troops.”

    Other than adding a bit to my food stash, I haven’t done a lot of prepping other than reading some articles on-line.

    Granddaughter is doing just fine at pre-school. She enjoys it although she seems to be educationally ahead of the other kids in her class. Not surprisingly, playtime is her favorite subject.

    Thor1, as part of a comment on the Weathering The Storm Together, Chapter 4, also found on The Survivalist Blog, included a link to an instructor who advocates the Israeli practice of carrying a semi-auto pistol with an empty chamber and loading the weapon as part of the draw. As that was not the proper forum to express my feelings on the subject, I include them here.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LKgLxrO2OQ0

    I have strong objections to this practice. As most of you know, I have extensive firearms experience in the military and law enforcement. I was a police firearms instructor for both my agency and a regional police academy. Further, as a Marine military policeman, I was required to carry my duty M1911A1 .45 caliber pistol without a round in the chamber and taught to load it as part of the draw. So, I know exactly why I don’t like the Israeli practice.

    Now, I will concede that not carrying a round in the chamber of the single-action only M1911A1 was probably a wise safety practice. The pistols we had were old, worn, and heavily used. While the M1911A1 had a grip safety and a mechanical safety on the slide, I know that the grip safeties, in particular, often failed in those old guns. So did the thumb safeties, though less often. The armorers had a hard time getting serviceable parts for those guns due to lack of supply.

    As most can appreciate, getting into a gunfight is a high stress event. Like anything that invokes the human freeze, flight, or fight response, the simpler your reaction to the event, the greater the probability you will perform satisfactorily. KISS writ large.

    Adding cocking a semi-auto pistol into your reaction is unnecessarily adding a complication. If your semi-auto pistol can be safely carried with a round in the chamber, it should be. Some people who carry single action only .45 pistols, frequently do carry with one up the pipe with the thumb safety engaged, and often the strap of their holster holding the cocked hammer down. These folks are also trusting to the grip safety to work correctly (if there is one). However, unlike the old military .45s, these guns are relatively new and lightly used in comparison. Plus, if there is a malfunction, the local gunsmith can easily get new parts.

    Fortunately for my peace of mind, the vast majority of Americans do not use the Israeli practice. Hopefully, none will think to adopt it based on a YouTube video.

    Tara’s questions:

    1. What are your water preps – supply plan during a disaster?

    I have a decent supply of bottled water that should last me a couple of months. Plus, I plan to use a WaterBOB if I get some notice prior to any water shutoff. I also have a DIY Berkey style water purification system with spare filters. I can get water from my complex’s swimming pool or a nearby lake.

    2. Have you made plans and gathered supplies to homeschool your children or grandchildren during a SHTF event? If no, why not?

    Not for my kids as they’re all adults now. I do have stuff for my granddaughter that can be used, although I imagine her parents would take care of most of her education.

    3. Are you canning or dehydrating what you grow or buy at the store to increase your food preps?

    I do have a dehydrator, but so far, I’ve mostly used it to make beef jerky and some dehydrated veggies for short term storage.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

    1. I had low vitamin D levels. The problem came from taking Omeprazole daily. That blocked my uptake of calcium which is necessary for the absorption of vitamin D. I went back to Pepcid. My level is close to normal and no heartburn.

      The Condition 1 1911 is one of the greatest gunfighting tools ever created. I carry one often. In my last two years in the Army, that’s how I carried my weapon as an MP. It was against regulations but I took the chance. My first sergeant in my previous Infantry unit was famous for saying “Better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.”

      1. Overwatch,

        The problem, in the Marines there is no such thing as forgiveness when it comes to weapons violations.

        I knew of a Marine MP on Okinawa who chambered a round in his .45, then like an idiot was idly flicking the hammer when it went off and shot himself in the leg. He almost bled to death before he got help. After he got out of the hospital he was court-martialed and got 6, 6, and a kick. (6 months confinement, 6 months loss of pay and allowances, and a Bad Conduct Discharge). No forgiveness.

    2. Z36,
      1. The type of weapon Garret was using was a Glock,…. No safety except the trigger.

      2. I also made a statement of small children in the vehicle.

      3. If you practice the techniques that Garret teaches and are comfortable with it and proficient, I don’t see a problem.

      4. The exercise he did swinging the weight and running was to accelerate the heartbeat to simulate combat.

      Too each their own.

      Didn’t you say before you didn’t like Glocks and that a lot of police officers accidentally shot themselves drawing?

      1. Thor1,

        Yes, I’m not terribly fond of Glocks with factory triggers as police duty weapons. If the agency installs a New York trigger, that is much better.

        And most were shot re-holstering.

        1. Z36, I guess Glocks are an acquired taste, you either love them (Me) or hate them (you).
          Just like airplane crashes, takeoff or landing is the most common.

          Try taking magnesium with your vitamin D, it helps you absorb it more.

          1. Thor1,

            It’s not that I hate Glocks, I just don’t think Glocks with factory triggers are suitable for police work. The majority of cops are NOT gun people. For many, the police academy was the first time they ever shot a gun of any sort. And many do not shoot anymore often than their department requires. That makes them inexperienced gun handlers in my book and Glocks with factory triggers have caused a lot of negligent discharges mostly involving those inexperienced gun handlers. They just don’t get enough training, especially on keeping their flippin’ trigger fingers off the trigger when they’re not ready to shoot the thing.

            My Sig P228 doesn’t have any external safeties, but it does have a 10-lb double action trigger pull. It is a lot more forgiving than a Glock which is essentially a single-action pull. I almost shot a 15-year old kid with my duty .357 mag. Luckily for him and me, it had a 12-lb pull. If it had been a Glock with factory trigger, he’d have been shot. It would have been a legal shooting under the circumstances, but the kid was unarmed as it turned out.

            I personally like to shoot Glocks, but not enough to own one.

          2. Yep , Magnesium, D3, zinc and Calcium should be take together with K2- (all should be taken AT NIGHT and away from all iron containing products or tea and coffee which interferes with absorption,)… K2 moves the minerals to their desired locations.. magnesium and calcium to bones and muscles instead of blood vessels .
            Me and DH take D 3- 5-10K daily..( we both took 10k until his levels came back as normal., now we alternate doses.).D3 is also an immune booster… 10 thousand daily ends up being a higher dose than the typical 50k one normally prescribed and not covered by medical insurance- as a weekly dose.
            The info on the K2 just came out a little over a year ago.It is impossible to get enough K2 in diet… would need to eat 30 lbs broccoli a day…one pill one time a day avail at china mart for 10$/ 2 months…they are still researching K3-8, have identified them, but do not know their functions yet….. the K that thickens the blood and is in green leafys i s K1-
            all of these are different from the K+ in bloodwork which is the symbol for potassium. also have been searching for supplements to strengthen blood vessels to prevent stroke,and broken blood vessels in hand.. “Biotin” and “horse chestnut” are the only real answers i have found….

        2. A cop around here, who’s Chief was notorious for not giving civilians gun permits (“ Only da police should have a gun! Whadda use people need a gun for?”) shot a toilet out from underneath himself. He was answering nature’s call and took his brand new Glock out. When he’d finished, he reholstered it before pulling up his trousers. The bowl shattered and several alarmed cops ran in with their weapons at ready. He never lived it down.

    3. Zulu 3-6,

      The doctor is bound and determined to find a statin that I can tolerate without near debilitating flank and back pain as a side effect. I’ve been through three kinds already and the pain is like kidney stones that won’t pass.

      While I’ve been taking several kinds of statins in succession over the past 25 years without any problems, my late best friend could not tolerate any of them, even in the smallest applicable dosages, so it may just be one of those things that need to be managed differently.
      One inexpensive OTC med that can help is niacin; but, only in the nicotinic acid form. The main side effect can be flushing; but, that is only temporary and in my case the niacin raised my HDL by more than 25 points with no other changes in diet or medication.
      I’ll email you a link to what I use; but, only as a reference, since you can probably purchase it locally.

      As that was not the proper forum to express my feelings on the subject, I include them here.

      I disagree on that being the proper forum and you will note my mention of keeping an unloaded firearm in the glove compartment as a poor practice when used for protection in a bug out situation.
      I’ve had email communications with Dan and he’s looking for real world critique on the storyline, and understands we’re not juts bashing someone.

      I have strong objections to this practice. As most of you know, I have extensive firearms experience in the military and law enforcement. I was a police firearms instructor for both my agency and a regional police academy.

      I mostly agree with perhaps one exception, since I have seen and heard about more ND’s with Glocks than any other handgun and the practice there might be a safety advantage.
      I’m actually looking to purchase my first Glock next month; but, all of my other semi autos have full controls, allowing me to merely sweep the safety with my thumb on the draw. I’ve dry fire practiced that a lot; but, still think the extra motion to chamber a round on the draw is just too much extra work in a real pinch.

      1. Top and Z36, keep in mind, a Glock also does not have an external hammer. But thin about this….when you rack the slide, you know you chambered a round. What if you didn’t do it previously? The gunfight starts and you realize there isn’t one in the pipe. IDF technique makes you know for sure. Practice, practice,practice……,

        1. Thor1,

          keep in mind, a Glock also does not have an external hammer.

          What does that have to do with anything?

          But thin about this….when you rack the slide, you know you chambered a round.

          That’s true for any semiauto.

          What if you didn’t do it previously? The gunfight starts and you realize there isn’t one in the pipe. IDF technique makes you know for sure. Practice, practice,practice…

          I always do it previously, doing a press check as I strap on in the morning.
          I always have one in the pipe and a full magazine, so the IDF technique wastes one cartridge space that you could well need later, and takes additional time that might be the advantage you had and gave up.
          While I practice I suspect it’s not as much as Mossad or other IDF personnel.
          In the end we each need to do what works for us, since my way is always better, for me.

        2. Thor1,

          True, the IDF method lets you know you’re loaded. But what kind of experienced gun carrier would I be if I didn’t check every day, or even more often if necessary? If less experienced people don’t check regularly, perhaps they need more training or shouldn’t carry a gun.

          1. Zulu 3-6,

            If less experienced people don’t check regularly, perhaps they need more training or shouldn’t carry a gun.

            Amen!!!
            Too many people talk about ”their rights”; but, often seem to forget the responsibilities that come attached, and training & skill are part of those responsibilities.

    4. Zulu 3-6
      If you listen to Coast to Coast you will hear Dr. Walsh and sometimes vitamin specialist Dr. Fuch (believe that is his name). Dr. Fuch has several videos & articles on what is happening with the health of the American public.

      If you have time to listen to him, you may find his knowledge helpful. Especially in regards to the medications given to you which you are presently taking.

      Personally I have learned a lot from him about our bodies health, & what it is trying to tell each and every one of us. FYI

  4. Hello,

    This week I picked up more Glock 17 standard capacity magazines. I also picked up 1,000 rds of 9mm 115 gr. FMJ. Local gun store was running a sale. He had a great price on .22 lr so I bought a brick.

    Had a friend over to service the boiler. He’s kept it running for a long time. He’s expert at extracting every bit of efficiency he can from it. We discussed solar cells to keep the boiler, water heater, and the fridge running during grid down scenarios. He’ll be back in a few weeks with answers. Not that I want to be here for long but it’ll help with resale.

    The powdered greens aren’t bad and I’m noticing a difference already. I’ve been using vitamins and fish oil supplements. My doctor says that if I lose weight, I won’t need high blood pressure medicine. I’m clear to walk/run and continue with the dumbbells.

    Tara’s questions:
    1- I have two berkefeld type filters. One is about 150 years old and in perfect shape. It’s ceramic and the dealer didn’t know what he had. I think it’s worth a fortune but I like it. Decorative and functional. I’ve also got a brand new one (modern) and some Army H2O jerrycans. A nearby pickling factory sells the 55 gallon barrels so I bought two. They’re full and treated for long term storage. We have water everywhere though.
    2- We do have homeschool supplies and resources and we use them with our little guy to keep him engaged.
    3- No special preservation beyond the original packaging. We rotate a lot and eat a lot of fresh food.
    4- See above.

  5. Tara’s Questions:
    1. We live in an area that is prone to drought. (This summer has been an exception.) So we store large quantities of water for drinking, cooking and washing. We also have filters in case we need to take the water from the nearby creek which is often dry this time of year. Worst case scenario is water from the river which would mean carrying water for over a mile.
    2. I have a complete library in the basement for educating all ages. Some consumables as well. I have very little stored electronically. Just old-fashioned.
    3. This year our rainfall has been fantastic. So I have been extra busy with canning and dehydrating. If something were to happen today we would be set for more than a year. In addition to growing the fruits and veggies, I have increased the size of the herb garden. Drying and storing herbs is quite a process. But, it allows me to can using homegrown everything except for the vinegar, salt, and pectin.
    4. Preps all revolve around the garden. I am only online because my legs have reached an exhaustion point. The DH came home from a conference on cyber security and the presenters were grim. This has pushed me even more to prep.

  6. Both companies I work for have put me on medical leave or leave saying they can’t accommodate the doctor’s restrictions. So following thru with some various angles. One told me I’ll need a clean release in order to come back. That won’t happen because arthritis will stick around even if the tendonitis resolves. The supervisor that was giving me attitude about sick pay has changed her tune so some money should be coming in.
    Dropped listing papers off with the attorney for him to review. Since funds are divided I want to make sure everything is done correctly.
    Still trying to prep where and how it becomes available.
    Tara’s questions
    1. I store a lot of water plus have filters. Living close to both the ocean and a river one would think water wouldn’t be a problem but our most likely natural disaster would likely leave the river water unusable for weeks and sea water questionable even with distillation.
    2. No kids or grandkids and niece and nephew live too far away.
    3. I dehydrate and have canned.

      1. I’ll give that a try. I don’t see either the primary or the ortho til November so should be interesting. I’ll also most likely be seeing a workman’s comp doctor in the near future.

  7. HI ALL ,,,preps this week ,,,received a shipment of HARVEST GUARD lids (a lot like tatler) ,loaded more diesel fuel for long term storage ( for55g drum) cleaned up some old logging slash to add to fire wood and make cow belly (clean ground grows more grass) had problems getting last of hay in from out side field ,farm tractor loader is down ,bobcat went out to the field soooo we have to grunt unload (1600# rounds) 42round AR mags came hope to play with this week but just don’t feel right ,50+years ago got use to 20r guess just what your use to ,see some talk about 1911 loaded or dry hole,
    55years ago I had to use on for real ,granted I was only 18 and had reflects for that age ,jacked a round and stopped the guy ,he got close enough to cut my shirt ,nano seconds count ,on the other hand I know of 5 ADs trusting the safety two of witch turned out badly ,,,,i carry dry pipe in 1911 ,and ready to go in dubbleaction
    As for water we are off grid have been for 40+years. Have two extra pump/motor setups in EMP protection
    With 5 different power source (solar/battery/inverter,,dieselgen sets ,, and if all else fails a hand pump )add in a1400g pottable tank ,a 1800 g food grade tank and 400g live pressure tank system
    The well has good sweet water ,the 1800g is rain catch ,and 1/4 ac stock water pond that only goes drying if I pump it for irrigation but refills in a couple of days ,we have a 3inch irrigation pump that dubbels for wild fire protection,
    Had to put packing to move on hold to much going on ,what to pack ,what to pitch expect freeze next day or two calling for snow in the pass at 3500 feet ,,,DW is lifting spuds ,good crop this year,,a main item in our diet ,can’t eat much wheat,or most grain

    There is a line in the book ATLAS SHRUGGED, Dagny asks “what is it that your all doing here ?” the reply was ” living ” p713 or654

    The sun is out time to go play rancher ,,, hi ho off I go,
    Tea and chocolate

      1. Overwatch,

        I love that book. It should be required reading in school.

        I agree; but, while that’s unlikely, the movies are not bad. The DW hasn’t read the book; but, did get rather ginned up watching the movies in the theater with a group of friends. I now also have the complete DVD set. I paid $17.00 for the set and just checked and it is still available for around the $15.00 price range, so you can introduce others to the concepts.

        “Who is John Galt?”

        Actually, I am John Galt; but, so are you, and any of us that care to be.
        This does of course exclude all of the democrat candidates for about any office.

      2. Overwatch,,,,,so much that’s relevant to today ,,,WHO IS JOHN GALT? ,we are , we that believe in freedom ,,,and are willing to do what needs to be done ,,Rand tells what will happen if we continue the way we are going , in Franco’s money speech things are layed out clearly ,to the disgusted on lookers ,I find it unsettling the accuracy of the book in what happens ,yet have hope in the future for those that heed the warning in the book , remember we can rebuild, they can’t ,,,,,the future belongs to those that are “JOHN GALT ”
        The end of the book is chilling to some and of great hope to others
        And the reason I prep
        Really good TEA AND CHOCOLATE

  8. Returned Saturday afternoon from a 5 day cruise about Carnival Ecstasy one of the oldest ships in the Carnival line. Matter of fact, the cruise that is leaving tomorrow will be it’s final cruise before going in to dry dock for refit or what ever they do to make old ships better. It is also one of the smaller ships and we felt every ripple on the ocean.

    Our ports of call were Princess Cave and Nassau. We did not see the destruction of the Bahamas but every where we went people were talking about it and especially about how long it was taking to get serious aid in to them. Makes you wonder about how fast we would recover in a major disaster if we had to depend on the government to get us aid. I do know, from looking at homes on Nassau that there isn’t a lot of prepping going on there. For the most part I saw people trying to make it day to day and there was no money or availability of long term storage things or any where to go if a big wind comes through or some other natural disaster. We are very lucky to live where we live.

    I live in Douglasville, GA and it has been declared a drought area. Driving to Florida and back I did notice that a lot of the swamp lands next to the major roads are on the dry side. Local lakes and such are maintaining their status but that is because the Corp of Engineers is holding back water rather than releasing it down river. My water storage is pretty good. Got the well out back working again, but water is not great. No rainfall to speak of so all the cachement is nearing empty. Got a Big Berky and extra filters and several hundred gallons of drinkable water along with the Water Bob that can be filled if there is enough time. We will be OK on the water side, close neighbors maybe not so well.

    So, since I was traveling and weaponless aboard a ship I spent time thinking about what to do in a disaster. The ship had plenty of life boats and life rafts that they said were well supplied. Due to their restrictions I wasn’t able to take any kind of receiver with me to listen in on the day to day chatter or the ship to ship communications. I believe if there was a major shipwreck, for the most part, most of us were going to die. At 68 years old I’m not likely to be able to run up 7 or 8 flights of stairs to the life boat stations and be able to scramble over the sides in to the boats and if I did I’d probably keel over and be dead weight. Sucks to know your limitations and not be able to over come them. Security was tight going and coming and when we ported in Jacksonville they brought the drug dogs through. Saw a since woman and a young couple get pegged by the dogs and taken away in cuffs. Just because you can buy the stuff cheap in Nassau (reportedly) doesn’t mean it’s smart to try and bring it home with you.

    Keep praying, keep prepping, keep talking to other people and let them know what the Bible says and let them know how easy it is to at least start prepping. Buy double cans, shop at GW, look for sales, think about what it takes to feed your family. No one wants to see their children starve.

    1. Cliff,

      Our ports of call were Princess Cave and Nassau. We did not see the destruction of the Bahamas but everywhere we went people were talking about it and especially about how long it was taking to get serious aid in to them. Makes you wonder about how fast we would recover in a major disaster if we had to depend on the government to get us aid.

      One thing you have to remember about government aid, is that much of if comes from regional assets, spread across the country.
      When Dayton had its tornado outbreak earlier this year, the local county EMA I work with loaned them our 500 KW 3-phase generator for a few weeks to run their well field. It’s a huge thing on its own trailer; but, a truck and 3-4 hours later it had been hauled the 60 miles to Dayton and was ready to roll with diesel tanker trucks and electricians meeting it. The diesel tankers were to feed it its 1+ GPM per hour diet.
      Local EMA & power company assets have been deployed to your state, to Florida, and to Texas, all by driving or towing. Getting those same assets to an island however, presents a much larger logistical challenge needing large aircraft or ships.

      So, since I was traveling and weaponless aboard a ship I spent time thinking about what to do in a disaster. The ship had plenty of life boats and life rafts that they said were well supplied. Due to their restrictions I wasn’t able to take any kind of receiver with me to listen in on the day to day chatter or the ship to ship communications.

      No weapons or radios? That’s just one more reason to never take a cruise. LOL

      I believe if there was a major shipwreck, for the most part, most of us were going to die.

      And yet another reason for no cruses. You will recall not long ago a small dive boat on a small cruise just off the California coast had a fire that killed most of the passengers.

      At 68 years old I’m not likely to be able to run up 7 or 8 flights of stairs to the life boat stations and be able to scramble over the sides in to the boats and if I did I’d probably keel over and be dead weight. Sucks to know your limitations and not be able to over come them.

      I’ve lived those same 68 years without a cruise and don’t think I’m missing anything; but, every morning I stand up and don’t keel over onto my face, is a really good start and I’m thankful for it.

      Saw a since woman and a young couple get pegged by the dogs and taken away in cuffs. Just because you can buy the stuff cheap in Nassau (reportedly) doesn’t mean it’s smart to try and bring it home with you.

      I think this is just another example of greed and stupidity overcoming common sense.
      We all too often hear about people, often seniors, who lose tons of money on internet or telephone scams.
      If you are a senior and don’t realize that there is no free money or people you don’t know just helping you out, you have wasted a lot of your life experience.
      Personally I love the telephone scams, since I’ll often waste their time playing with them, right to the point I hang up, often after holding one of the touch tone buttons to blast their ears with noise.

      1. As an additional aside to my earlier post about the cruise I wanted to add a few things. We took DW sister and her husband and her daughter and boyfriend and her 2 kids who are 15 and 9 and her nephew and his wife and little 5 year old boy that their son gave to him since he and his wife were living in a car spending all their money on drugs and stuff. But, we gave the cruise to the family as a Christmas present last year and it was a first for the kids. I was along to tote the bags and pay the bills as everyone looks at me and say “why you look so unhappy” and either I say this is how I always look or the other answer is “constipated”.

        I was unhappy about not having receiver or even knife but I did take along binoculars. I have a telescope that I was going to take but thought better of it since it is hard to focus with the ship constantly rocking and stuff. I did do some star gazing with the binoculars and it is really great in the middle of the ocean with very little light pollution.

        On the drive home I found out we are going again with a big church group this time next year. That should be a lot of fun watching all my chruchies let their hair down.

        TOP, I understand about local aid and response from the authorities. I worked for Bell South in 1969 when Hurricane Camille came though Biloxi, MS and I packed out on a truck and put up phone lines and such for about 2 weeks right after the storm. I understand about mutual aid and stuff but am also aware that if, say Douglasville had another tornado come through that knocked out power and infrastructure, that it takes a while to come back to Ops Normal even with trucks rolling every day. It took at least 3 days to get water flowing again without a boil water advisory (hard to do when you have an electric stove and no power). It just takes a while because of the sheer area and numbers of people involved. Bahama was a fairly small island with a lot of people there and they were a long way off and it’s taking time. We are a fairly large area with a lot of people, some clumped together and some in sparsely populated areas. I don’t think we can count on anyone arriving with generators and food and water in a couple of days since they will concentrate on the largely populated areas to try and settle down and feed the masses. Once fed they don’t tend to go on quite as bad a rampage but will still be looting stores and stuff. I figure, bottom line, I’ll take care of us and extended family with no lights showing and minimal activity and we will sit and wait it out.

        Now that I’m back I’m having to catch up on a weeks worth of work that no one did (correctly) while I was gone. I really enjoy reading all the post this evening and knowing there are like minded people who can do and will do what needs to be done when the situation demands it.

        1. Cliff,

          I was unhappy about not having receiver or even knife but I did take along binoculars. I have a telescope that I was going to take but thought better of it since it is hard to focus with the ship constantly rocking and stuff. I did do some star gazing with the binoculars and it is really great in the middle of the ocean with very little light pollution.

          I suspect the sky watching would be great; but, maybe not any better than we get here on a cold clear night. I even understand the security policy of not allowing weapons, assuming they had their own adequate security measures in place but, a no receiver policy would have been a ”no go” for me.
          I do however know hams that move into places with HOA’s that severely restrict their antennas and all they can do is complain after the fact. It’s always best to read and understand the fine print and be ready to say
          NO!!! and walk away.

          I understand about mutual aid and stuff but am also aware that if, say Douglasville had another tornado come through that knocked out power and infrastructure, that it takes a while to come back to Ops Normal even with trucks rolling every day. It took at least 3 days to get water flowing again without a boil water advisory (hard to do when you have an electric stove and no power).

          I understand; but, in my case, while our county EMA will support problems within the region, a wide area issue will deploy most of us locally. That’s another good thing about being a mostly volunteer agency.
          As for electric cooking, I grew up with gas, had gas in my college apartments; but, did have electric in one apartment after college for 2 years and hated it. We not only have propane but, with the exception of the new (2 year old) gas furnace, everything operates using pilot lights, even though the range (oven & stove top) cost extra to get one with that option.

          We are a fairly large area with a lot of people, some clumped together and some in sparsely populated areas. I don’t think we can count on anyone arriving with generators and food and water in a couple of days since they will concentrate on the largely populated areas to try and settle down and feed the masses.

          I think you are right; but, in general the people in these less populated areas are there for a reason and most realize that they have fewer conveniences than their city counterparts. Everyone in my rural community can live on their own for a while and freely work with neighbors, hundreds of yards to several miles away unlike many city people who don’t know the neighbors living just yards away.

          Once fed they don’t tend to go on quite as bad a rampage but will still be looting stores and stuff. I figure, bottom line, I’ll take care of us and extended family with no lights showing and minimal activity and we will sit and wait it out.

          We’ll be doing the same here with neighbors for company, general support, medical support and security.
          The really large cities are 60+ miles away and most of the locals are prepared at some level.

          Now that I’m back I’m having to catch up on a weeks worth of work that no one did (correctly) while I was gone. I really enjoy reading all the post this evening and knowing there are like minded people who can do and will do what needs to be done when the situation demands it.

          Even though we don’t all really know each other and will do what we do in any case, it does make one feel a bit less lonely (or crazy) interacting with a group like this.

  9. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    We’ve had the same typical cold mornings and hot days, with nary a drop of much needed rain. On average we’ve had more than enough this year for the aquifers, so the wells won’t be drying up; but, gardens and crops all around are really looking sickly.
    The DW is mowing the rather crispy grass today for the hopefully last time.

    Getting back to water for a moment, I am thankful we spent three years looking for the perfect spot for our survival homestead. This is only the second time the creek has run dry, save a few puddles here and there.

    I have to say that relationships and luck landed us here where our well and creek have never dried up in our 35 years on the property; but, you take your luck were you find it.

    Brea, the kids and I went on a homeschool field trip to the 1800s Robbins Crossing village at Hocking College. The kiddos loved the hands-on learning that coincided with homesteading skills that are a part of their chore and related books we are reading.

    I love those old timey villages. The Ohio village at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus is another good one. My all time favorite however, is Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan. The village along with the adjacent Henry Ford museum can easily take up a 12 hour day and still make you feel like you’ve missed things.

    We had an interesting unplanned lesson this past week. We met some friends for dinner at a local restaurant, and as we were leaving and getting in the car we heard a hissing sound like someone had opened a bottle of carbonated soda. We saw nothing that was apparent; but, started sneezing, until we opened the windows and headed for home. Part of the way home my hand landed in some goo, and when I sniffed it, my lips and mouth started to burn like I had eaten some hot sauce. When we got home and started to unpack and get out of the car, I realized that I had somehow tripped the safety and emptied the entire canister of pepper gel into my vest pocket, where it also soaked through the fabric to my jeans. We got in the house and I hit the shower, while the DW washed the jeans & vest. She later told me that vest was getting dirty and wanted to wash it anyway, so no harm, no foul, and I get a clean vest. I’ve been carrying that canister for almost 2 years with no problems; but, now have to evaluate the situation to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. What are your water preps – supply plan during a disaster?
    We have a great well that has never run dry; although we have had to replace the pump a few times so we keep a spare on hand. Our creek has a deep pool that fills to overflow in the spring that never runs dry plus some local farm ponds, with multiple ways to treat the water. We also have some rain catchment barrels and in a pinch we could use the outflow of the sump pump instead of running it into a tile down to the creek.
    2. Have you made plans and gathered supplies to homeschool your children or grandchildren during a SHTF event? If no, why not?
    No. Our youngest child is 28 and we currently have no grandchildren; but, still have books like the McGuffey Readers, and Janice Van Cleave’s ”For every kid” math & science series we used with our DD as a child. We also have the reader rabbit programs for the computer that had our DD reading chapter books by age 6 or 7.
    3. Are you canning or dehydrating what you grow or buy at the store to increase your food preps?
    Yes. The garden was crap again this year; but, we’ve been attending our weekly farm market for fresh produce.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    As always, see below.

    TOP’s question
    1. Eastern Equine Encephalitis normally only affects 7 cases per year; but, authorities have recently seen 20 cases and 7 deaths (3 in Michigan). The ailment has a 33% fatality rate. It affects anyone; but, ages 50 are more vulnerable. Have you heard about this and do you have a good mosquito protection plan?
    2. Did you see this: Ex-Cop Dianna Muller Tells Congress ‘I Will Not Comply’ With an Assault Weapons BanM. https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/video-ex-cop-dianna-muller-tells-congress-i-will-not-comply-with-an-assault-weapons-ban/ As it turns out, only 1.3% of firearms used in crimes were obtained legally.
    • Comments anyone?
    3. I suspect we all tell our children ghost stories; but, what kind of stories have people been telling 16 year old Greta Thunberg, seen here at the UN Climate Action Summit
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAJsdgTPJpU
    This sad, angry, ignorant little girl talks about mass extinctions and fairy tales of economic growth and about science she claims predates her and that I suspect she cannot understand. She also mentions how her generation needs to suck tons of CO2 from the air with technologies that barely exist. She obviously doesn’t know about planting trees. I have to say she does read rather well.
    Has she just been brainwashed or does this count as child abuse?

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. BLACK gifted us a salt block fir the little horse.
    2. From Home Depot, to convert my old Air Conditioner 240 VAC outlet to a pair of 120 VAC outlets using the pigtail 240 VAC connector and cable from the old 240 VAC unit. The new unit is 120 VAC and this will also give me another outlet for the office / lab/ shack.
    • A deep 4-square electrical box
    • 2 120 VAC duplex outlets
    • Electrical box connectors
    • Dual outlet cover plate
    3. Four small peach, 2 blueberry, and 2 cherry pies.
    4. Assembled the new dual ban antenna, attached it to a mast section & coax so it is now ready to be placed on the tower, hopefully in time for next weekends SET (Simulated Emergency Test)
    5. Still sorting through the tub of gear from my friends late husband and found:
    • HALO XR700 Range Finder with new CR2 battery
    • 2 pairs of earmuffs (shooting hearing protection)
    • 2 pairs of safety glasses
    • 50 round box of 9 mm FMJ
    • 2 magazines that fit my Ruger P89 / P95

    1. TOP’s question
      1. Eastern Equine Encephalitis normally only affects 7 cases per year; but, authorities have recently seen 20 cases and 7 deaths (3 in Michigan). The ailment has a 33% fatality rate. It affects anyone; but, ages 50 are more vulnerable. Have you heard about this and do you have a good mosquito protection plan?

      I have heard of this. I personally don’t do a lot of anti-mossie things now. The skeeters don’t seem to bother me much anyway. I probably taste too sour.

      2. Did you see this: Ex-Cop Dianna Muller Tells Congress ‘I Will Not Comply’ With an Assault Weapons BanM. https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/video-ex-cop-dianna-muller-tells-congress-i-will-not-comply-with-an-assault-weapons-ban/ As it turns out, only 1.3% of firearms used in crimes were obtained legally.
      • Comments anyone?

      She’s got more nads than most men. But she is right.

      3. I suspect we all tell our children ghost stories; but, what kind of stories have people been telling 16 year old Greta Thunberg, seen here at the UN Climate Action Summit

      This sad, angry, ignorant little girl talks about mass extinctions and fairy tales of economic growth and about science she claims predates her and that I suspect she cannot understand. She also mentions how her generation needs to suck tons of CO2 from the air with technologies that barely exist. She obviously doesn’t know about planting trees. I have to say she does read rather well.
      Has she just been brainwashed or does this count as child abuse?

      I would classify what has been done to her as child abuse. I also think the kid needs a serious shrink evaluation. A lot of hate in that kid that doesn’t make sense to me.

      1. Zulu agreed. on all points.. #1..mosquitoes love both of us, and in spite of being in drought, we still have some…2nd to land conditions, beyond our control. We use a combo of things to repel them including tea tree, lemongrass and citronella.. i mix a couple of drops of each in a 2-4 oz sprayer with a teaspoon coconut oil.. add 1/2 oz of alcohol and warm water. shake… spray on clothes, neck, and legs..
        #3 is definitely brainwashing and child abuse. most of the leftie loonies think trees are bad for us,Not knowing nor caring they take in what we breathe out and vice vesa… what they breathe out we need….love our trees! actually they interfere with 5 g so are trying to rid earth of them so we can be fried by the waves…

        1. Anonamo Also,
          On mosquitoes, they normally don’t bother me; but, drive the DW crazy. We (mostly she) uses the Off Clip On occasionally; but, the drought conditions have knocked the numbers down this year, even though we have a creek flowing through the property.
          We have a DynaTrap outside and some bug zapping LED bulbs both inside & outside; but, I think the bats help keep things in check more than anything. I have 2 bat house kits purchased several years ago that I’ve not yet gotten built and installed, primarily because our mosquito problem this year has been so mild.
          I have several pounds of lemon grass to plant, perhaps next spring if we don’t get the same rainfall conditions of the past year.

          #3 is definitely brainwashing and child abuse. most of the leftie loonies think trees are bad for us,Not knowing nor caring they take in what we breathe out and vice vesa… what they breathe out we need….love our trees!

          Actually I think they understand how trees and other plants work for carbon capture; but, a million people like you and me planting trees doesn’t give them any control over our actions and especially the actions of the ”evil: corporations who only make money for thier owners and executives. Never mind the stubborn fact that as a shareholder I am an owner and that employees who do nothing more than show up to work get paid for that work.

          actually they interfere with 5 g so are trying to rid earth of them so we can be fried by the wave

          Perhaps in the cities they get rid of trees so they can use their devices unobstructed; but, here in a rural area we’re used to not having blinding internet access and learn to work around it. The 5G frequency spectrum 600 to 6000 MHz (.6 to 6 GHz) and 2400-8600 MHz (24-86 GHz) are no different than some of what is used today for satellite and other systems. DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite) like DirecTV, DISH Network, and Orby TV use frequencies in the 1650-2150 MHz and 250-750 MHz and your microwave oven uses 2400 MHz (2.4 GHz)
          The key is to limit close exposure/strong> to these radiation sources, since their effect decreases exponentially with difference. That is to way that the effect at 12 inches is 4 times less than that at 6 inches and gets weaker with every move beyond that.
          I think the main contribution of 5G will be to make people even more impatient. My internet speed started as really slow dial up and now gets me a whopping 5-6 Mbps, while many city folk complain because their 60-100 Mbps isn’t fast enough. TEOTWAWKI for some of them will be no bars. LOL

    2. Top’s questions

      1. Deep woods off, citronella oil.

      Hey heard 3 horses caught the west Nile virus in Ohio,

      2. Yes I watched the video.

      3. How dare she say we stole her childhood when so many babies are executed every day from abortion. Where is her outrage on abortion?

      1. Thor1,

        1. Deep woods off, citronella oil.

        We’ve found that the Off Clip on works quite well.
        It has a little fan and battery the keeps you inside an anti mosquito force field.

        3. How dare she say we stole her childhood when so many babies are executed every day from abortion. Where is her outrage on abortion?

        Amen!!

  10. This Week’s Questions:

    1. What are your water preps – supply plan during a disaster? We have water sources, but they are downhill from most of the older parts of town. We have lots of storage containers, filters, and purification chemicals on hand; I just hope it’s enough.

    2. Have you made plans and gathered supplies to homeschool your children or grandchildren during a SHTF event? If no, why not? We have supplies but no texts, as such. We do have several friends who have home schooled their kids, so that’s a resource. Next generation to get brought into this will be great-grandchildren.

    3. Are you canning or dehydrating what you grow or buy at the store to increase your food preps? Yes, we dehydrate meats and frozen vegetables.

    4. What did you do to prep this week? Well….

    Paid off another credit account. Got notified that we have a $234 refund coming from VA from fees we were charged when we paid off our house we should not have been charged!

    DW has a date for her retirement, so now I have a debt-free goal date.

    I love sales! $0.69/lb. for spaghetti, 4 jars of JIF peanut butter – $14.76 down to $2.71. Got a $5.03 rebate/refund from Starkist tuna, which is on sale this week, so we got 6 cans for $0.97.

    Put up rice, soymeal flour, and spaghetti into buckets for storage.

    Prepping for 8-12” of snow this weekend! Added anti-freeze to trailer’s water lines and got ice-melt and traction sand for the house. New wiper blades on the van. As of noon Saturday, we were just “leaking” flakes below 6,000 feet. Woke up Sunday to a light snow covering.

    Supply Run: Pasta, silicon cupcake mold (for recycled soap shavings), PB, tuna,

    1. JP in MT (& Mrs JP)
      Congratulations on paying off your home!! 🤗😊

      See you have a snow report and Halloween has not happened yet. My stepchildren would dress up for that event even though it was snowing. lol

      1. When I was in New England with the kids, Halloween was always a crap shoot for weather.

        Our dept is now down to just consumer debt. Physical assests are paid for.

  11. 1)Water preps: we have 2700 gallon tank full, 1550 gal tank in the midst of being repaired. Hopefully it will not leak at the outlet valve, it was a problem before, we will see if I was able to seal it from future water dripping. The main tank will require draining so it can be raised up for back filling of the sand base. The outlet valve attachment(pvc)has to be replaced as the tank settled it caused a crack & of course another water leak.
    2) No grand children
    3) Canning or dehydrating, well this year is a bust so no to either question.
    4) Sorting through our household items on what we are going to keep. What will be sent to storage for possible move from where we are to where we will be going.

    Road base was delivered, time to start the tractor for up moving it around. This is the first load of many yet to come, doing it as we can afford it. Will see how far this truck & trailer load covers as I want it fairly thick.

    Back to packing & sorting…mostly sorting right now.

  12. The last several weeks have been busy. I’ve seen a PA and three doctors, but got the news this week that my biopsies came back negative. Thank God for a completely treatable issue.

    1. What are your water preps – supply plan during a disaster? I have a lot stored, a pond, a creek nearby, and a filter.
    2. Have you made plans and gathered supplies to homeschool your children or grandchildren during a SHTF event? If no, why not? Yes, I have.
    3. Are you canning or dehydrating what you grow or buy at the store to increase your food preps? I you could see my basement, you would know the answer to that question. I sure do!
    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    In the last few weeks:

    *Animals:
    -The chickens are molting. Therefore, not many eggs.
    -Cleaned out all three henhouses.
    -Gave a few hens and a couple of roosters to a friend who had something kill several of hers.

    *Bees:
    -Inspected hives in preparation for cooler weather. Added a small box to a hive. One hive doesn’t appear to have enough honey for the winter, but another has a huge amount. I will transfer some between the hives.

    *Garden:
    -I received the hydroponics supplies that I ordered to replace the few pieces that were broken, and got everything set up.
    -All but one of the pepper plants that I transplanted from the garden are doing well in the greenhouse.
    -Started tomatoes, lettuce, and basil in soil in the greenhouse. All are quickly growing.
    -Two days ago, I started two kinds of lettuce and spinach in the hydroponics system.
    -Bought some seed.
    -Turnips are coming up.
    -Gave some seed and mint plants to the friend who’s teaching me about greenhouse growing and hydroponics.

    *Added a little to the stockpile: wet wipes; canned milk; canned beans; bar soap; 100 (I think.)Scrubzz rinse free bath sponges (I’ve never tried these, but someone on a blog recommended them.); printer paper and ink cartridges; months worth of paper plates, Kleenex, plastic wrap, Ziploc bags of various sizes, shampoo, sugar, dish detergent. Our local Kroger is redoing the shelves…again. During this process they have a lot of closeout deals. I was able to get a lot of canned foods and popcorn at a great price.

    *Miscellaneous:
    -Organized and inventoried all bee equipment.
    -Organized gardening equipment.
    -Got another bailing in our hay field.
    -Ordered a different holster for my CC.
    -Everything I’ve been reading calls for a bad winter here. My parents live in a rural area and eat every, and I mean EVERY, meal out. The only food they have in the house is coffee, Pepsi, and ice cream. I put together a box of supplies that should get them through four to five days at home, and I will give it to them next week.

    *Skills:
    -Still learning about hydroponics.

    I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP ON TRAINING A PYRENEES. I SPECIFICALLY NEED HELP IN GETTING MY PUPPY (9 MONTHS OLD) TO STOP JUMPING ON ME (HE’S SO BIG THAT HE EASILY PUTS HIS PAWS ON MY SHOULDERS.) AND TO QUIT CHEWING EVERYTHING IN SIGHT. HE SEEMS TO ESPECIALLY ENJOY CHEWING METAL.

    Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

    1. Granny,,,the near by Kroger distribution warehouse has things happening ,am told inventory is being reduced , good chance things you picked up were part of inventory reduction ,watch and see if there on the shelves next time your in the store,,,,tis my understanding the K is reducing inventory to save money for a buy back in anticipation of possible economic slowdown,, but then I’m told Safeway is doing the same,,a common tactic to boost stock prices ,,,
      And reduce debt ,
      My read is possible hard times coming ,food is the ultimate weapon ,can you feed your self with your lifestyle and where you live? If the trucks stop running what will you eat? ???
      Are you a lone wolf? Or part of a community of like thinkers? I can produce food ,i can’t sew to well ,can you ? How about we trade ?or I have food , but you need your car fixed JOE down the street can fix it , but needs food I need a shirt fixed. So around we go ,
      Community of like thinkers ,,,,,,find them now ,, I think as important as any other prep ,maybe more so
      Tea and chocolate

      1. 0ldhomesteader,

        My read is possible hard times coming ,food is the ultimate weapon ,can you feed your self with your lifestyle and where you live? If the trucks stop running what will you eat?

        I think the hard times if they come will be more weather related than economics per se. Most of the economic indicators are pretty positive; but, the media with its TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) and support for the leftists are doing their best to spin the true.
        If President Trump cured cancer it would no doubt be reported as how he purposely put all of those highly trained oncologists out of work.

        Are you a lone wolf? Or part of a community of like thinkers? I can produce food ,i can’t sew to well ,can you ? How about we trade ?or I have food , but you need your car fixed JOE down the street can fix it , but needs food I need a shirt fixed. So around we go

        We have a MAG that fills all of the holes in our skill sets and they know who they are and the expectations. Our large house, generator with plenty of consumables, alternate wood heat with plenty of seasoned firewood, and stocks of foodstuffs are ready. They each bring resources and skills with them to help us all weather the storm together.

        Community of like thinkers ,,,,,,find them now ,, I think as important as any other prep ,maybe more so

        We have; but, it has taken years, since finding trustworthy people can be tricky. The best time to start doing this was BTW last year.

        Tea and chocolate

        Indeed!! And always better than coffee with anything LOL.

      2. Old Homesteader, Friends and family who work at Kroger agree with you. The items on closeout will not be restocked. In some cases it’s the size of can they won’t carry, in others it’s that the item will no longer be carried. My BIL said that he’s surprised that the store is still open. Things aren’t going well.

        1. Grammy ,,,,,,the board said cut 20percent , My family is well connected in food production and supply ,and government ,yes it’s all inner connected,,,big K and Safeway/albertsons/Fred Meyer are all inner connected ,if the truth be known ,I post about what’s going on from personal knowledge , if I say to much it will come back on me,have been sounding warnings since last year on a different site ,I’m over here now as long as Tara will put up with me, most worry about feeding there own. I and mine worry about feeding large numbers of good people , most think in pounds of food ,, we think about truck and rail car loads ,some times the numbers are hard to comprehend ,a 48ft semi trailer holds about 80,000 rolls of TP ,a good store can use a truck load a week (around holidays) you do have lots of extra don’t you ?
          Been a long day with the cows (our girls)
          To late for tea

          1. 0ldhomesteader,

            After I get my car situation under control, it will be back to accumulating TP, other paper products again. I have been trying to find LMI’s near me for the last 5 years… None have I found close by, within 20 miles. Sad… And I have kept my eyes and ears open, and been many places, and subtlety mentioned some things that would strike up a conversation and potential MAG member, but to no avail. And I live in the country.

          2. Almost there ,,,,keep looking ,as I told my DD when she was single ,and complaining about the guys she was meeting ,,what pond you fishing in ????? Have you gone to a prepped fair? Or expo , funny to meet some one from down the street hundreds of miles away at the expo ,
            A name tag can break the ice ,I’M SO AND SO ,I’ M FROM THIS PLACE ,,type of thing ,just first name , just town or county
            Know this works
            Tea and chocolate

        2. PG, When one reduces inventory in stores and whse, one reduces labor and costs associated with that labor..like insurance ,liability and health,benefit packages…for instance: if a whse has levels of inventory 60 feet high they need a different lift and operator capable of placing and retrieving that pallet of merchandise. When that is only stacked 16 feet it takes a lift not half as bit and someone with limited skills can quickly gain those skills. Just another way to reduce outgo and increase income/profit stream, and in addition to controlling what you will and won’t eat.. We have to decide how much we will allow them to control. Looks like we need to be considering adding/buying a pig or 2 this next year.a lard pig…chickens don’t have enough fat, nor do rabbits…
          kroger is not the only store this is happening in. I have noticed huge displays of certain foods( GMO oils) changing…4 ftx 4 ft displays on shelves.. and healthy food becoming smaller and more limited on the shelf… ie..placed on top shelf with a single front.

    2. PG, Our puppy just turned a year. we got a training collar. for hism at TSC, a bout 40$. ours just wants his lovin’ so yes he jumps up, now most of the time it is like a rearing stallion,(lol) when he gets near you give the sit command. reward him with lovin’.. teach stay next.. so as he begins to jump give him a sit and stay… also have to teach him to lead where you wish him to be beside you.. takes time. for the chewing.. we put out an object did not care if was shredded… gave a” leave it.”..No!.. As he approached it- picked it up….with training collar on gave him a warning buzz., he walks away give a reward buzz….he does not drop it a shock,… and it has many levels 12 or 16 don’t remember which we started about 7, … 11 opens up ears quickly.you will need a couple packs of batteries to fit it…. He has made for a major highway twice and did a very quick about face on a 11. trucks were coming both times..this training tool has saved his life several times… He began with chewing the spoilers from under the car, both front and back on drivers side… I told DH he wanted it balanced…next he tried to chew off the side mirror( and he loves all plastics)..then we got the training collar….after about 300$ damage to the car in 2 days. The jumping is a potential safety hazzard. You must get him to stop. Ours is a heeler/border collie mix, and weighs about 50 lbs….when he does jump up i use knee to chest to bump him down and give the” down” command. its a process. stay safe. Consstency is the key.

      1. AA, thats pretty cheap for a training collar. I have one but it cost $150. It has a 900yrd range but it is a last resort. It also has a rechargeable battery. Another collar is for barking.

        1. We liked it because it has a reward tone a warning vibration and a swift correction that can be adjusted in a big range. This is the one we got, just checked.. it has gone up since we got it.about 10 months ago.. now 55$.. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/330y-remote-dog-trainer-with-b we did have to get another collar and install it on a bigger/heavier collar. This pup can tear up a tank.
          Now i need to put it back on him and take him walking around my “dinosaurs”. We have those in the yard , they cackle and give us eggs.. We eat “chicken” .. I need him to understand he doesn’t bother, chase or herd the “dinosaur’s” nor bother their eggs..I found an egg i had set aside, in the kitchen( was cracked).. he picked it up and carried , 6 feet, put it down on the concrete floor without breaking.
          Our JR got the message when the roo and 2 hens gave him a correction, now to teach the pup.
          There is also a muzzle developed by a Veternarian, is plastic, dog can eat and drink with it on, but not bite. thinking to get Pup one, then put him in with them..See if they can and will enlighten him..found them for the JR, he is allergic to water and gets mad when/after bathed. wonderful find ,has saved his life…many times was cheap.. 10$ .smallest size fits JR.

          1. Anonamo Also & Thor1,
            They also have those collars operated by a radio signal in a wire. You bury the inexpensive wire ($25.00 for 500 feet) around your yard or another area and energize it with a unit at the house or barn.
            When the dog approaches the wire the collar starts to beep then vibrate, and finally a quick shock. This system allows you to ”fence in” an area with no unsightly fence or fence maintenance.
            The system is called <Radio Fence” or “Invisible Fence”
            We currently have no dogs; but, I would recommend the system if you have dogs and plenty of room to let them run; but, need some constraints.

  13. (1) Water supply here is everywhere you look. Artesian wells: FIVE. Swimming pool, water catchment system off of one of my farm buildings. Stored a bunch of pool shock stuff for purifying.
    (2) I started collecting text books a few years ago, in case we need to help educate the grandkids. Also have a few hundred books on various subjects ( I read a LOT).
    (3) Food preservation is a serious hobby of mine. I have 2 pressure canners, 1 water bath canner, 2 dehydrators, a grain mill, an oat flaker……etc! I have an inventory of about 400 jars of canned items I’ve grown, plus a gross of empty jars for just in case.
    (4) What I did this week: I got half of my fall garden planted, green beans and mustard greens mostly. Will prep the rest of my garden for planting other items by November 1. Canned more bananas, with several hundred more needing to be picked. Squirrels are starting to bite them! Figs are ripening daily, but there’s not enough to make preserves. I’m just adding them to smoothies and yogurt. Key limes are also ripening. I made lots of soap this week, and I’m happy to say I have a pregnant goat in my barn, due in December. The milk will be flowing again soon.
    That’s it for me.

  14. For some reason my blood pressure is way high so my doctor now has me on four different medications and my kidney function is getting so poor that if it drops as much in the next three mounts as it did the last three I might be looking at dialysis. That and my cholesterol keeps going up and I am maxed out on my statin use.
    I think I eat a health diet but it looks like I am going to have start eat like a rabbit diet. I am 6 ft tall and weigh 212, which is what I have weighed for the last 45 years. I think the blood pressure medications and the kidney problem might be related and the cholesterol gain is from lack of activity because the medications make me tired and sleepy. Maybe with the cooler temperatures predicted (highs only in the mid 80’s) I can force myself back outside and get my fall garden going and then start repairing my Kubota.

    My father in law gifted my wife with his 2014 Jeep Patriot. He bought it a few years ago to pull a small pop up camper but now is to frail to set it up. My wife’s current patient lives down 3 miles of rutted dirt road, her sub compact car has a hard time negotiating it when it is wet or dry and sandy. Now she can take the Jeep and save wear and tear on her car.

    I have my old shallow well with a pitcher pump on it but the water gets nasty if it is not pumped regularly. I guess I would need a big taste filter to make it drinkable. I am thinking about getting a deep well hand pump for my new 4 in well.

    Because my wife is looking after our three year old granddaughter I do not keep a round chambered in my FNS-9 hand gun. I have limited use of my left hand so I can not draw and cock it. I have to brace it in my left hand and rack it with my right and then transfer it to my right hand. It has both a thumb and trigger safety, I leave the thumb safety off because I need two hands to move it. It has a stiff recoil spring so I figure that is all the safety I need.

    1. Daddio7,

      For some reason my blood pressure is way high so my doctor now has me on four different medications and my kidney function is getting so poor that if it drops as much in the next three mounts as it did the last three I might be looking at dialysis.

      I am on 4 medications that lower my BP; however in my case it’s for mild CHF and not a blood pressure problem per se. I take a Beta Blocker, an ACE inhibitor, and two diuretics and when a recent test showed some mild renal problems and high potassium, it turned out the high potassium from overdosing on cranberry juice was the problem. I tapered my intake of the juice and as my potassium dropped, my renal function returned to normal.

      That and my cholesterol keeps going up and I am maxed out on my statin use.
      I think I eat a health diet but it looks like I am going to have start eat like a rabbit diet.

      I’ve been there and my biggest help came from losing weight and small changes in diet. I no longer eat any pure fat, like the marbling in a steak, the fat on roasts, and skin on poultry. I switched from mayonnaise (made with oil & egg yolks) to Miracle Whip and use more mustard in places where I once used Miracle Whip. I also added Niacin (the nicotinic acid form) to my daily supplements, and that alone brought up my HDL. I also happen to like salads, so I do eat more of those.

      I am 6 ft tall and weigh 212, which is what I have weighed for the last 45 years.

      I’m not a big fan of the BMI; but, that combination shows as overweight using that method and like you, I was no doubt in much better shape 30-40 years ago when compared with today, so losing just 20 or 30 pounds might make a big difference. At 5’ 6” I peaked at 235 (really fat) and now @ 145 I feel better and have much more energy.

      I think the blood pressure medications and the kidney problem might be related and the cholesterol gain is from lack of activity because the medications make me tired and sleepy.

      I may be lucky since my medications don’t tire me or cause any noticeable ill effects; but, it could simply be a combination of weight, age, and those high temps & humidity you get in Florida. Heat and humidity drag me down like I’m wearing a backpack and ankle weights

      Maybe with the cooler temperatures predicted (highs only in the mid 80’s) I can force myself back outside and get my fall garden going and then start repairing my Kubota.

      If you have to force yourself back outside, you may have that same old age & heat problem I have. LOL

  15. I am not a combat trained former military or former LEO but I never have to check my weapon to see if it is actually loaded. If I loaded it how would it get unloaded? Now I know my M1 carbine is unload but of course I would check just to be sure if I was going to do anything with it. Just as I now know my pistol is unloaded because I keep it by my bedside and my three year old granddaughter comes over four days a week and made sure to unload it. I can barely rack the slide and my wife won’t touch the thing and I doubt she can rack it either.

    1. D7, I have a 5yr old grandson who is à little hellion. All firearms downstairs are locked up when he visits. Better safe than sorry……

    2. D7,

      You don’t have to be a combat trained gun handler. It is a matter of paying attention to the details. This is a practice that Marine drill instructors work hard to instill in recruits. If you watch any YouTubes of Marine boot camp and see the DIs nitpicking over the smallest seeming things, that’s the level of attention to detail the Marines want.

      If you carry concealed, like I do, I want to know, beyond any doubt, that my pistol is loaded and 100% ready to go if I need it. So I check. My life may depend on that little detail. Conversely, how many people get shot by “unloaded” guns? Someone wasn’t paying attention to the details (and basic gun safety as well).

      1. Let me ask you, do you check the oil and water in you car every time you get in it? No, you just jump in and go, it was fine when you got home yesterday. I check the oil and water in my backhoe and tractor every time I use them. I also did this with my brand new tractors when I farmed. They were tools and I had to be sure they were ready every time. To you guns are like that, tools that get fiddled with a lot and the only way to be sure it is going to work is constantly check it.

        My guns are rarely touched so I can easily remember how they were the last time I touched them. But, just as I look left and right before I pull out of my yard onto my driveway because someone might be driving alongside the field I will check the action of any gun I am going to move or clean, just to be sure.

  16. Hello Pack, I am late to the party again.. got a chance to read a little sun eve but not chance to answer…
    DADDY-O consider, and have your MD, consider changing your meds completely. You may need to seek a specialist.. continued high blood pressure will cause additional kidney damage. IT is Possible.. You could be having allergic or adverse reaction to one or more of your medications. not all medications are compatible with all people. Some people have found,ALA takes about 3 days to lower blood pressure.,taken once daily. it is Alpha Lipoic Acid and our body normally produces some,.is avil at china mart..about 8$ for 3 mo supply. sometimes it is packed in capsule with another supplement , ..My DH has taken both.It was suggested for him for nerve support and it did help him begin to be able to feel the carpet beneath his feet. ALA’s primary action dilates the blood vessels…so can increase blood flow to all vital organs. Web MD has an article that you could find helpful on uses and effectiveness…for several issues.. read it carefully and completely to get the most info.One section discusses early research in several areas involving vision, mental clarity and kidney function

    For Tara’s Q.. water , yes we have back ups, some in storage a pond and pre filter and filter system. working on getting parts for a hand draw system…. for extreme back up. static water line around 75 ft.. working on water catchment and gutter system for hen house and rabbitry.. still not done.. many parts are present.could be rigged if became absolute immed. need. No rain in 4 to 5 weeks except light sprinkle 2 x-neither enough to wet parking area.,grass in yard was cut 9 days ago, looks like cut yesterday… relief there since all mowing equip but the last item i bought is down… hard to cut 2 acres with weed trimmer… in 93 degrees, humidity between 40-80%, it is not happenin’. can tell fall is gettin’ closer because of falling humidity..forecast: mid 60’ss lows/ friday…leaves on timber turning yellow and beginning fall from drought.
    Q2No children close enough to assist. in family…Have some books that could be used for that purpose in a variety of levels.
    Q3 Definitely doing all i can to secure food from what ever resources available…on going this summer have used farmers market, others who have excess of select veggies. frozen sweet peas, string beans and corn are all things i have done from frozen recently.. for our long term pantry. I buy x amount every month, and all that is left over after the month is done , are dehydrated.
    This week i have run Okra, mushrooms, and celery thru dehydrator, and canned several pints of meats and meat products.. Feed has been procured.for all animals.
    Q4 ..our garden is still in play, summer squash are just beginning to bear on second planting.all the volunteer plants have out performed what was planted intentionally…. ditto tomatoes and tatuma squash. the second variety of okra are loving their bed…should be getting first fruits from them this week.. plan is to protect from first frosts… since they are inside fence / tall grow bed area . the wicking tub of poblano did great,.. the three plants in25 gallon tub are still heavily loaded… but the tomatoes were in location too hot/w/o shade. that will be changing .
    Sweetpotatoes are still growing and being watered 2-3x a week., armadillo are leaving me the message they want some..
    ….we went to our usual stores and made the rounds getting the supplies we think we need for immediate and replacing the deep storage items we used.
    Aldi’s frozen veggies are lacking. broccoli and cauliflower are stocked heavily. Mixed veggies/string beans avail n 12 oz now. and sweet peas in 9 or 10 oz. Prices all close to double what they were just a few months ago.: the bustello coffee is still 2.88 10 oz brick,.:canned veggie,the one we normally buy- a rotel is stable in price.eggs/grade A large still 37c.: organic chips 1.99 bag. price changes and size changes on some of the crackers we were buying.
    . a total of 22 lbs meat were secured. Chicken canned/ pork is resting in freezer.. considering putting up some pork roast with veggies.. as a trial for taste… and canning some of the acorn squash that has had to be slice/diced bec of damage..

    finished cleaning of chicken run this week. with it’s replacement for the flooring and removal of old material. new compost area in progress..with waste. back and shoulder have complained from my efforts. As a child I was called stubborn, now it is called persistence.
    .good amount of crab-and fescue grass hay put up for the rabbits for feed/winter. may get another cutting,..if mower is completed.. then the challenge of where to put it….LOL
    Sorrel is up again and have begun feeding them it and the fox grape vines… they much prefer the wild lettuce.
    Hens are still molting , beginning to put back feathers, have slowed on laying , average 8 eggs , from 13. got 5 one day and 11 the next.. like a box of chocolates. …never know how many/what kind/color..LOL . giving them a heavy protein feed 2-3x wk/ in addition to normal pellets and them free ranging during the day..
    .. got in some seed we ordered for native plants. purslane and epozote.
    Prayers for the Pack, and the nation and our President.

  17. I am late to the dance again. The supplies we collected for the Bahamas finally arrived. A friend traveled with the supplies to make sure they actually got to the people in need. The government there is so corrupt–government officials stockpile the supplies so they can sell them later. There were so many tropical systems between the Bahamas and Florida the captain of the ship had to postpone the trip. We have another trip planned for this weekend.

    Questions:

    Water–I have a 90 gallon water drum, a water bob, eight 7-gallon aqua tanks and I keep a minimum of six case of water on hand at all times. I also have a Big Berkey and access to the our neighborhood swimming pool.

    Home schooling–our kids are grown. We have one granddaughter who lives in LA. They plan on moving to Colorado in the next few years. Still, that’s really far away.

    Canning and dehydrating–I have a water bath caner, pressure caner and Excaliber–plus several hundred jars and extra lids. I haven’t done a lot of food preservation this year. I have just been too busy with work.

    Gardening–nope. We didn’t do a garden this year.

    Now that I have checks rolling in again I can start back on food storage. I found another online deal site that I like: https://www.dealnews.com/. I purchased a dozen bottles of Heinz 57 for $9 with free shipping. I like to use this as a marinade. I also purchased 40 bags of individual serving chips for $14.99. We can’t purchase the regular sized bags because they go stale before we finish the bag. So this is a good deal for us.

    1. Bam Bam,

      A friend traveled with the supplies to make sure they actually got to the people in need. The government there is so corrupt–government officials stockpile the supplies so they can sell them later. There were so many tropical systems between the Bahamas and Florida the captain of the ship had to postpone the trip. We have another trip planned for this weekend.

      You and yours are an anathema to those on the left. Only big government should be able to do what you are doing, and people like you and your friends are a thorn in the side of the likes of Sanders and Warren.
      I know this was not the intent; but, it’s good to see regular people doing great things, and that little jab to the socialists is just another unintended benefit. Good job!!!!

      I found another online deal site that I like: https://www.dealnews.com/. I purchased a dozen bottles of Heinz 57 for $9 with free shipping. I like to use this as a marinade. I also purchased 40 bags of individual serving chips for $14.99. We can’t purchase the regular sized bags because they go stale before we finish the bag. So this is a good deal for us.

      Thanks for listing yet another crack site. LOL
      I’ll no doubt add that to woot.com and wish.com, especially if the prices are good for things we normally use.
      Those small bags of snacks are also how we buy them; however, it’s not for keeping them fresh; but, limiting the amount per serving, since the DW will empty an entire large bag in a day or two, just grabbing a few at a time when she passes the large bag, so the small bags are more for rationing. LOL.

      1. O.P.,

        Wish.com is great. I purchased four Christmas gifts (a backpack and three pairs of earrings) for less than $20. And this is all stuff my daughter will love.

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