What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 64: September 27th – October 5th 2019

pasture where it hasn't rained-in-a-while

Hello Pack. We just finished yet another week without rain. The forecast keeps teasing us with some rain, but it never materializes. The chances of losing our upper pasture to this mini drought are getting greater and greater.

I am going to buy more hay, and just figure the pasture is lost. Worst case scenario I have too much hay. If I wait any longer, everyone else also scrounging for hay because of the lack of rain will have snagged it all up.

As you can see by the photo, the grass is really low in our upper pasture and the leaves on the trees have changed or fallen far earlier than they normally would for this time of year, thanks to all of the weeks of record temperatures and no rain.

Our preps this week are largely the same as last. We are still working on building more storage in the house, garage, and butcher shop. Bow deer season is underway, so the butcher shop is going to be a happening place.

Having a butcher shop on our survival retreat makes meat processing cross-training sessions quite handy. I am going to be tanning a cow hide, and then a deer hide with some fellow tribe members in the coming weeks.

My embroidery machine has a special needle and attachment for leather. I am hoping to make some moccasins for tribe member Christmas gifts and then do a bit of embroidery and beadwork on them.

Being able to make your own footwear, bags, coats, etc. from the meat harvested and processes on your land definitely enhances our level of self-reliance and sustainability.

Footwear is something every prepper thinks about, or should. But, I think the extent of footwear needed, along with the ability to repair and make your own, should be a really high priority. Nothing has taught me more about how quickly boots and work gloves wear out than living and working on a 56-acre survival homestead.

Just yesterday I cursed a bit when harvesting more milk thistle because I was getting pricked pretty regularly through my leather work gloves. They are not new, but I only got them out of my super secret work glove hiding place when my then current pair had worn out and I needed one of my backups.

I write my name on my work gloves in permanent black ink with a threatening message for anyone who even thinks about walking off with them – men especially. In my experience, men do all kinds of nasty work with their hands BEFORE thinking to put work gloves on, before getting down to even more nasty work or dealing with barbed wire.

I do not want nasty ick from a man’s hands inside of my work gloves, hence the threatening warning written on my gloves in bold black letters.

But, back to footwear. I used to buy a pair of good quality leather cowboy boots and hiking boots, and they would last for a decade. The cowboy books I got in junior high did not wear out until I was graduating high school, and even then still had plenty of life left in them to be back up boots for dirty jobs and muddy trails.

This same scenario of boot wear lasted until about six years ago. Now, I am lucky to get a single year out of boots before they are literally falling apart. I have muck boots for wet work, everyday boots I wear around the homestead, hiking boots, and my “go to town” boots – that are identical to my everyday boots…just clean.

How often I switch out my boots to meet the work and weather they will be subjected to just does not seem to matter – not even when I am wearing the same good quality brands that I have always bought.

My cowboy boots have always been Tony Lama, Dingo, Laredo, or Ariets. My hiking boots have always been Rocky because it is a local company owned by folks I know, and still stand the test of time better than other hikers I have seen folks pull onto their feet.

At least with the Ariets (which tend to now stand up the best) have a 12-month warranty on them. A single year out of a pair of boots is now the best we can hope for? Do a bit of math in your head, fellow preppers, and that figures out to a lot of boots that need stockpiling for a long-term disaster of epic proportion.

I haven’t owned a pair of tennis shoes since high school sports, I usually kicked off my heels from work and coached barefooted for the 15 years I had volleyball, softball, and cheerleading teams. But, I imagine the quality of that type of footwear isn’t made as solidly as it used to be either.

This Week’s Questions

  1. If a nuclear war or EMP attack happened tonight, the footwear you have in your closet now would be the last your would be able to get from a store for an extremely long time – perhaps forever. How many years of footwear do you think you own?
  2. Do you stockpile shoe laces, insoles, rubber cement, a leather awl and other stitching tools to repair your own footwear?
  3. If you have children or grandchildren, how are you prepping for their footwear needs in years to come? I have clearance and yard sale bargain footwear stockpiled enough to last all of the little ones until they hit adult size.
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

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146 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 64: September 27th – October 5th 2019

          1. However, if you don’t bring what you are supposed to, the team suffers, no matter how skilled you are.

          2. Thor1,

            but if you do more with less it shows your skill level…..LOL

            True; but, it seems you’re confusing doing more with less and doing nothing with less, and typing first doesn’t count.
            My team members have a variety of skills including ones I no longer have; but, they all carry their own load for their individual AoO.

    1. Puppy was really showing off for the Mrs with his tennis ball catching skills. If he could only throw better he could play for the Braves….LOL

      Food
      Freeze dried more bananas
      Freeze dried leftovers ( spaghetti, chicken and noodles)
      Made poached eggs and hollandaise sauce for the first time

      Water
      Bought 2 more cases

      Security
      Went to an outdoor range for 3 gun practice (Watch out John Wick…..LOL)
      Loaded 9 33rnd 9mm mags and 4 17rnd 9mm mags with hollow points
      Bought 2 ghost gun 80% lowers and tooling to make just because of Democrats…LOL
      Bought new batteries for the laser bore sighter/trainer

      Electrical
      Charged and did maintenance on 2 12v batteries

      Medical
      Watch video on gun wound treatment.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sLCwmFkh8PU

      Thor’s questions:

      1. Do think the Dem’s will ever stop harassing Trump? Is this harassment in the work place?

      2. Do you think America might be under invasion with the open borders for drug cartels, ms13 and terrorist?

      3. Have you heard of California stopping the use of shortwave repeater towers?

      4. Have you heard that California opened an embassy in Russia ?

      1. Thor’s questions:

        1. Do think the Dem’s will ever stop harassing Trump? Not as long as he is in office and they aren’t.
        Is this harassment in the work place? Yes, but only as a logical, not emotional, evaluation.

        2. Do you think America might be under invasion with the open borders for drug cartels, ms13 and terrorist? We have been for decades. Now they have the numbers to be a problem.

        3. Have you heard of California stopping the use of shortwave repeater towers? No, but it would not surprise me. A lack of government control.

        4. Have you heard that California opened an embassy in Russia ? No. Is Hillary going to be the Ambassadress?

        1. JP, on the harassment, I wonder if its actually sueable. Thats what the Dems did since he’s been in office.

          It is illegal for a state to have n embassy I a foreign country…… Calexit….

      2. Tara’s questions:

        1.If a nuclear war or EMP attack happened tonight, the footwear you have in your closet now would be the last your would be able to get from a store for an extremely long time – perhaps forever. How many years of footwear do you think you own?
        2.Do you stockpile shoe laces, insoles, rubber cement, a leather awl and other stitching tools to repair your own footwear?
        3.If you have children or grandchildren, how are you prepping for their footwear needs in years to come?

        1. A life times worth. New and used hiking boots,wool lined waterproof winter boots, 5 pairs of old and new tennis shoes, a pair of moccasins and a pair of dress shoes.
        2.yes and for laces paracord.
        3. They have a lot of shoes

      3. doubtful, maybe after he finnishes his second term tey may let up

        doubtful, its like a beuacracy, invasion implies an intended coordinated effort with a planning leadersip behind it, a beuacracy is like many bricks in a wall where things just happen often with no individual having any real plan.

        nope

        nope

      4. Up in northern California, the PG&E, shut off for up to 48 hours, in Butte county, how will you address this new norm, and will it spread to the whole state or just Northern California??

      5. Thor’s questions:

        1. Do think the Dem’s will ever stop harassing Trump? Is this harassment in the workplace?

        No, they never will, and I think they’ll continue even when he’s out of office. Yes, it is harassment in the workplace in my opinion, but legally, no.

        2. Do you think America might be under invasion with the open borders for drug cartels, ms13 and terrorist?

        We already are from all three and more (China for instance).

        3. Have you heard of California stopping the use of shortwave repeater towers?

        No, I have not. I haven’t been paying attention to all of the ARRL emails though. They would certainly have something to say if so. I went on their site and found nothing about California doing anything of the sort.

        4. Have you heard that California opened an embassy in Russia ?

        Nope. Technically they can’t as the Constitution only gives the President authority to do that. States can, and do, set up trade delegations, however.

        1. Zulu, #1,agreed. they will not stop til they have been jailed for high treason, attempting to murder and overthrow an “elected” government is Treason. #2 Been going on for years, they do things like this over many decades… began with educational brainwashing @ every level. we respond in 1-3 decades.#3. No Don’t worry about their local laws.
          #4 Yes, it happened several months ago…even Tho it IS ILLEGAL for them to do so.. There is a grounds to arrest every one guilty of voting for that measure and doing it.

      6. Thor’s questions:
        1. Do think the Dem’s will ever stop harassing Trump? Is this harassment in the work place?
        Not until they get shellacked in the 2020 elections and lose control of the house.
        2. Do you think America might be under invasion with the open borders for drug cartels, ms13 and terrorist?
        We have been for years and the left seem to like it. Hopefully they will pay the cost in the upcoming elections.
        3. Have you heard of California stopping the use of shortwave repeater towers?
        What is a shortwave repeater tower? I have no idea.
        4. Have you heard that California opened an embassy in Russia ?
        Actually it’s not a California embassy; but, the California secessionist movement that has an embassy, in Russia. Better there, than ruining good places like Texas.

        1. JP, what’s the first thing that you do when attacking a country? Take out communications and infrastructure….. Power is next…. Stay vigilant…

        2. JP,
          After watching this I sent it up my chain to the county EC, the Ohio Section Manager, our section emergency manager, and our EMA operations chief, all of who I know personally, so I expect their comments quickly.
          The video mentioned part of why PG&E shuts off the power. It seems that high wind conditions can get lines to touch and when those phases short out, theye cause many sparks that can start fires, once again in part due to the poor forest management performed by the PDRK.

          1. Insane but 800,000 PG and E customers have no power since last night.event could last for 5 days or more. We have people on this blog who regularly post in these areas, many have medical complications. The info being released is after power is off and winds are no longer an issue helicopters will check all infrastructure before power can be reinstated to these areas.. 34 counties involved in outage.

          2. AA:

            This is why a preparedness plan should definitely include “loss of infrastructure” contingencies. Even though I have a “grid-dependent” house, I still have plans for loss of services that should keep us safe for 1-2 weeks.

            Using infrastucture as a weapon has not been seen for a while, but is definitely a possibility. Food and it;s distribution fall in the same catagory.

          3. JP,

            This is why a preparedness plan should definitely include “loss of infrastructure” contingencies. Even though I have a “grid-dependent” house, I still have plans for loss of services that should keep us safe for 1-2 weeks.

            I agree and we could go as long as a year or more here, being only inconvenienced; however, living rural we already live with some less conveniences than many urban folks; but, only if you count your morning Starbucks, Pizza delivery and unplanned shopping close by, and we don’t.

            Using infrastucture as a weapon has not been seen for a while, but is definitely a possibility. Food and it;s distribution fall in the same catagory.

            True, at least not in this country in recent history; but, licvng in places where widespread disruptions can occur from hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, or wildfires is really indistinguishable from an attack by an enemy, and one needs to be aware of and deal with these threats.
            Actually in this case, the gubment of the PDRK may well be that enemy, allowing poor forest management practices to make these power situations almost inevitable.

  1. This Week’s Questions

    1. If a nuclear war or EMP attack happened tonight, the footwear you have in your closet now would be the last your would be able to get from a store for an extremely long time – perhaps forever. How many years of footwear do you think you own? I have 3 new pair of boots and 4 pair of shoes in storage.

    2. Do you stockpile shoe laces, insoles, rubber cement, a leather awl and other stitching tools to repair your own footwear? Yes, for use and possible trade.

    3. If you have children or grandchildren, how are you prepping for their footwear needs in years to come? I have clearance and yard sale bargain footwear stockpiled enough to last all of the little ones until they hit adult size. None are that close that can not do it for themselves.

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

    Our sound system died. We use a Bose system, so we ordered a replacement, Bose Solo 5. (It is hard for us to hear the voices over the background sound with just the TV speakers.)

    Sold off another handgun this week! Most of the money will go into the deep larder.

    Case lot sale at local grocery. Put in the order for p/u next week.

    Made an out-of-town supply run. Put bulk grains up in buckets.

    Picked up 8 CD’s of Soft Rock music from the 70’s & 80’s (you know, back when you could understand the words).

    I have in issue with my foot at the joint of the little toe. Since Winter is here/coming, it’s time to get the boots out. I got in a boot stretcher with attachments to stretch the leather where I need it.

    Supply Run: Pampered Chef 4-qt mixer/pitcher ($.99 @ Thrift store); rice; beans; barley; creamy wheat cereal; music CD’s,

    Received: Book: The Reversion; Cold Steel Bird & Game knife; boot stretcher; Bose sound system;

      1. One of the reasons I haunt the Thrift Stores. Pampered Chef makes some great quality stuff, it’s just every expensive. So, when I can get some for less than a dollar…

        1. Good score JP… yes, I look for Tupperware, Pampered Chef, SS pots and pans, SS bowls. The good stuff. Yesterday was 1/2 price day at GW. I don’t go unless I have LOTS of time. That place is a mad house on those days. I like to shop in peace and study my purchases… Lol.

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

    Received the Vitamin D2 (50,000 units/gel cap). One per week for eight weeks then labs again. We’ll see how it goes.

    Ordered six pouches of Mountain House freeze-dried Turkey Casserole. A new menu item.

    Very slow week on the prepping front. I’ve got most of what I feel I need to last a few months, so I’m trying to save more cash.

    Granddaughter continues to amaze me with her intelligence, vocabulary, and her increasing reading skills. Not to mention her sense of humor. She’s a little joker sometimes. She turns three-years old on the 18th.

    Tara’s questions

    1. If a nuclear war or EMP attack happened tonight, the footwear you have in your closet now would be the last your would be able to get from a store for an extremely long time – perhaps forever. How many years of footwear do you think you own?

    I generally wear what #2 daughter calls “old man shoes.” They’re essentially running shoes with Velcro fasteners. I have four new spare pairs and the pair I’m wearing is only about a month old. I still have a couple of pairs of the older shoes too. I have a pair of combat style boots that are fairly new, and a couple of pairs of hiking boots that are also fairly new. Not to mention the Florida de regueur sandals and flip flops. With care, I think I could go a number of years with what I have.

    2. Do you stockpile shoe laces, insoles, rubber cement, a leather awl and other stitching tools to repair your own footwear?

    I stockpile boot laces for both my combat boots and hiking boots. I also have Gorilla Glue stocked as well. I don’t have any leather specific tools, but I do have some sail making needles and Kevlar thread that could do the job. Plus awls on my multitools.

    3. If you have children or grandchildren, how are you prepping for their footwear needs in years to come? I have clearance and yard sale bargain footwear stockpiled enough to last all of the little ones until they hit adult size.

    I’m not prepping anything for their footwear. My kids are adults and out of the house and granddaughter will be cared for by her parents.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

      1. Thor1,

        Not yet. They were just delivered a little while ago. I planned to try one this week. I’ll post a taste-test review when I do.

        1. Zulu 3-6 ,

          I order MH pouches from Amazon

          Woot.com is an Amazon company and if you get their ”Daily Digest” emails, they often have pouches and kits @ a discount.
          Recently I purchased a week’s worth of meals (42 servings) in a plastic ammunition box for $30.00. Free shipping with Prime and no sales tax since in Ohio food is generally untaxed.

          1. TOP,

            I do get Woot’s daily digest, but I confess to not reading it all the time. Perhaps I should.

  3. 1 infinite, i hve several old pairs of hiking boots in cashes (worn but not completly out, each barrel cashe has food mostly but also a wool blanket, poncho, coat, set of clothing, etc and a mess set with fire stater and water filter). i have 2 pair hiking boots in the cabin, pair barn boots and heavy insulated logging boots, the rubber kind, also a pair of homemmade shoes (wrote an article for bwh about making celtic style shoes based on bog finds), i have enough hides and furs to make several more pairs and am comppetant enough that if i had to could make all te shoes i will ever need plus te materials i need, so after the hicking boots wore out i would just make shoes.

    2 to an extent, but also have the skill to make the tools i need

    3 don’t have kids, so not relavant, spent all my time becoming skilled at so many things i never left time to meet any women

    4 almost nothing, been heavy rain most of the week, i did walk 70 miles and bike another 40, plus split a litte firewood, stacked a 4th reseve stack (on pallets and under tarps out in the woods way from anything else, each has 4 face cords pine and poplar split, each stack could last most of a winter if needed). did misc repairs around the cabin and modifications, made a gun rack out of scrap wood and used horseshoes. yesterday i got up at 3am and walked into town (5 hours to get there, in heavy rain and almost complete darkness, just enough light to tell that i was still heading in the rigt direction by seeng the gap in the trees over top of the road and stayed on the road by feelinng pavement, day didn’t hit till i was almoot in town). ordered some stuff online with a friends help, got estimates from ddentists (bad estimates, $350 for a filling? i would be better off with that act cement and a drill i can get onlline, been reading hesparian foundations book on dentitry as a fallback plan). the main point of the trip was that the local shelter had a young blue heeler mix tht ust came available, and i been looking for almost 2 years for a heeler or border collie. 50lbs and muscular, no obedience training or anything, was probably dumped off by fat people who didn’t know how to handle a cattle dog. got a ride home with the new farm dog (my retied tec support frined lived in town, same who helped me order stuff online, books and fishmox). at home took the dog for a 5 mile walk before dark. then a sorter 3 mile walk before i had to put hm in a shed to go out and use wifi hotpot to check weather and get other business done (arranging the sale of an extra tractor, i got my big farmall 706 and a ford 641, so i don’t need the jubilee, also to contact a spry foam company to do the cabin addition next week). can’t tust the dog not to tear up the cabin while i am gone, and can’t trust him with cats or chickens on a tie out chain, until i know he can be trusted he is on a sort leash so to speak, but i will be bringing him turkey meat ends. last week i tested out te 30-30 winchester 94 i got a few months ago with firewood money, with iron sights i get 5 inch groups at 70 yards, got a couple spike orn, 4 point and a 6 point buck regularly in the orchard, so needed to test out the deer gun ($1 a shot so can’t practice often with it, 22 is for plinking).

    last couple weeks i buried anoter food cashe (losts of rice, beans, powdered milk, salt, pepper, potato flakes, cranburies, cherries, etc), traded one of my sheds for a 24 foot camper, sold my steers at auction, did a little more logging, walked and biked a lot, scouted trpline areas and regularly walk them marking them (coyote, coon, etc are wary of traps if tey smell out of place, but if they are used to smelling me they ignore the smell of me and are easier to trap). arvested apples from the orchard. did constuction work for my mechanic friend, resupplied chicken feed, etc. been a wile since i was here, maybe a mont, so don’t recall everything.

    nemoseto’s questions

    if you ran out of footwear can you make your own from scratch? (my celtic shoes are like moccassins but te style was used extensivly in europe by the celtic and germainc people 2000+ years ago, i also know other styles from sandles to heavy insulted fur boots)

    if you have a dog do you train it or is it a sit around and maybe bark at strangers kind of dog?

    have you put serious effort into learning dentistry? (i been reading up on it more, if i have a cavety its obcene what it costs for a filling, several teeth were lost because i couldn’t get fllings done, local quacks wanted a kings ransom, or just refused to do it unless i had insurance, most of their policies are about jacking up the prices, like only 1 fillinng per visit, the flling might only be 1/3 of te visit costs, reading up on how to do fillings, tempoary and long term fillings, etc and extractions, the simple stuff, besides brushing 5 times a day. going to get the tools next and filling material, and probably practice on deer teeth or whatever before i do them on my own teeth, for the cost of 2 fillings i can get the stuff to do all the fillings i need).

    how good are you at night ops? i ask this because its fresh in my mind, traveling half way accross the county in almost total darkness relying on other senses than sight, most would tink of headlamps, and flashlights, high end night vision, or low end fire, i done such travel in the dense woods and mountains enough times its someting i tink nothing of, if you had to move around at night would you be any good at it?

    1. nemoseto,

      Wow, dentistry on yourself is tough. Good luck.

      Night ops. Did a lot of that in the military. Eventually, night vision devices became more available to the peasants (non-special operations people). I could get around in the woods without night vision reasonably well in the dark. It is hard to maintain a particular azimuth though and not sound like a herd of wounded elephants.

      Desert Storm was the first time I was issued a set of night vision whenever I worked nights (almost all the time I was there). It was a little tricky learning to drive with them, especially the area we were in was rife with wadis and such that were very hard to see as those night vision things have no depth of field worth a damn. When walking you could see them soon enough not to fall in.

    2. Nem’s questions:

      1. I have in emergencies but only for temporary relief. Lanced an abscess once on a Sunday because dentists offices were open, then got cussed out by my nurse daughter. It could have got in my blood steam and killed me she said. It already was I said…… Then temp fillings. Cepicol mouthwash helps with infections. Hurts like He!! at first put it where it hurts and let it sit until it doesn’t hurt.

      2. Have night vision but also good nocturnal vision.

    3. nemoseto,
      No dogs anymore; but, did train the lab mixes we used to have.
      We can do dentistry for small things and we’ve been spending that kings ransom for fillings and soon, implants and crowns.
      I’ve traveled @ night many times, by starlight, or moonlight or using the original ”Flashlight” method.
      What we call a flashlight used to have an on / off switch and a button, so you could push the button and flash the light on and off. This was because the original batteries were horrible, and leaving the light on drained them quickly, so you flashed the light to get a mind’s eye view of the terrain in front of you, take a few steps, and do it again.
      The British call the light we turn on and leave on by its more proper name, the ”Electric Torch”.
      I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods @ night and I’m rather comfortable there in the dark, that quickly becomes not so dark with time and patience.

      1. yeah thats the point of the question, most people i know would freak out just being in the woods at night, even among rural people.

        i have had crank flaslights in the past, cheapo types that spin the generator by squeezing the lever on the handle. just couldn’t find one when i decided to walk into town that day

        1. Nemosetom

          thats the point of the question, most people i know would freak out just being in the woods at night, even among rural people.

          For me the dark skies are one of the many good reasons to be out here. Lay out on a clear night, that in overcast Ohio are somewhat rare, and soon you can see the Milky Way and many constellations, often with the naked eye and more with a set of low power binoculars. When we have the meteor showers like Perseid (last August) and Orionid meteor shower coming later this month.
          The Boy Scout ”Order of the Arrow” ordeal I did around age 14 or 15 left me, and other individuals out in the woods over night with little equipment. At least where I’ve lived, the most dangerous thing in the night forest is most likely other people. Those in places like California (puma) or Florida & SC (alligators) may have to deal with other fears.

          i have had crank flaslights in the past, cheapo types that spin the generator by squeezing the lever on the handle. just couldn’t find one when i decided to walk into town that day

          I have 2 or 2 of those around somewhere, with a ting inefficient incandescent bulb that barely shows anything, until you are in pitch blackness.
          To demonstrate dark to people, I’ve taken then spelunking and had us all sit around and extinguish our lights, at which point you quite literally cannot see your hand an inch from your eye.
          OTOH, my EDC includes at least two flashlights and a few fire starting devices, and none of those flashlights is a cell phone.

        2. LOL “Most people I know would freak out just being in the woods at night.” Years and years ago (back when I was in graduate school and my little brother was in college) he brought his entire fraternity to our folk’s home not too from from Jax. That was the weekend of the Florida-Georgia game. Most of his frat brothers were city kids from Atlanta. We had a keg party (of course) and my brother and I decided to take them gator hunting in the swamp at night with broomsticks and flashlights. (Note that it was 28 degrees. Nothing in the swam moves when it’s that cold. But the city boys didn’t know that.”) We absolutely terrified his frat brothers–“oh, did you hear that?” Florida beat Georgia that year and won the national championship.

    4. nemoseto, consider also herbals for tooth care. some swear by using one drop of ess. peppermint oil on tooth brush, each time brush, as antibacterial. Most cavities are caused by bacteria. ( others causes are damage from injury, mineral loss.. etc.)coconut oil is recommended by some dentists/naturopathic practitioners for rebuilding and protecting enamel in teeth.. the antibacterial effect is supposed to be achieved by oil pulling with it for 20-30 min first thing in morning. Clove oil s effective for some levels of dental pain, and i had good results of clearing of long term abcess with peppermint ess . oil.
      Your level of physical activity is well beyond anything i can even contemplate.I admire your ability and endurance. I am old and slow. I awaken in pain and there is a rare day when pain is not a normal part of my day.. I go to bed in pain, usually from the things I have done that day…I keep on plugging at my activities and in some respects I work circles around others. I have a definite weight limit and time limit to be on my feet, due to physical vascular conditions. . I do physical activities with animal care …moving manure, replacing bedding, building gardens beds, gathering their feeds, carrying water. All of these things take me longer( lighter loads mean more trips) than it might take others, but i get it done eventually… It would be an emergency that would require me to walk a half mile. …walking and biking miles … not happening.Will not be walking across country. too many wild things, to be walking around in the dark.. Bobcats, Puma, saw a Mt Lon not long ago..and everyone says none are here.( was following a deer trail/crossing of the road). A neighbor verified he has seen as well. His was a much closer encounter.

      1. i made neummerous night trips like that in the mountains, black bear is common but we also have couger and wolves (dec denies they exist, and if someone shoots one the dec claims it was a hybrid wold, being 90% wolf with 10% coyote or dog dna so not a REAL wolf, and then with couger they say it was an oddity that must have walked in from canada, mostly tey deny them beng here to stop people from hunting them illegally).

        at the ranger school me and a native friend/classmate were partners on an orienteering gps course to find 3 flags on a 3000 acre area, she had the gps and walked us right into a bog (not the kettle bog just swampy low area) where she proceeded to panic and i spent hours keeping her calm and got us out, then she ignored the logging roads and trils again and we had to climb a cliff (deciding to go in a straight line to the first flag despite all my advice). we ot to the first flag as it got dark, i always had a pack wit food and supplies, so had a hand crank flashlight and trail food and water, despite her freaking out in the dark and feaking out over bears, again she insisted on repeating the straight line to the next flag plan not wanting to go back and be ridiculed for only finding 1 flag. wandering through another swamp (i had to keep my cool and watch out for her, though she would not take my advice to just take the dam logging roads to get to the flag) and by 4am one of the search parties found us still looking for that 2nd flag. i was more ammused than anything over the adventure, but she was annoyed over the ridecule the rest of the ranger class gave us.

        another time in the spring one of our survey class teams i was on messed up on our field notes and we had to re-do a sugarbush inventory-survey at night with tape and staff compasses by flashlight, and moonlight on snowshoes. ranger school only has about 40 graduates a year, very intense forestry degree, the smallst and hardest college in north ameica, trianing forest rangers. they marched us up a mountain in an ice storm once to id non native trees at the top covered in an inch of caked ice. i was one of the toughest and hard core of the class and already a very experienced outdoors type. back ten i could pass the smoke jumper physical (extemly demanding, only 1 in 3 marines could pass that pysical, smoke jumpers fight wildfires and have to meet insanly high demands since they are air dropped into reote places to fight wildfires, they make like $100,000 in a 3 month season, i was the damn fool that was enamoured wit the idea of working with te mohawks and took a forester job on the rez tinking my old school backwoods ways would find likeminded people on the rez, turns out i was a hardcore woodsman that put most of the natives to shame, i was the only one to apply for the job, i knew more traditional skills than most of the native i met working there)

        heh, before going to the ranger school i would regularly walk 20 miles with nothing but my satchel bag and camp under the stars in a stealth camp on dec land along a river.

        thats enough of my story telling and reminicing, put me in a good mood anyway, when i get home from the wifi hotspot i think i will take my new blue heeler for a 5 mile walk down a dirt road the town abandoned, been planning to scout it again anyway for places to put fish traps (minnows).

  4. Started gathering two buckets at a time, black walnuts and pouring them in gravel driveway, to wear green hulls off, then gather them in a month to store. They are high in Omega 3.
    Need to pour rice into bu jets to store. Ordered 6 buckets of wheat (40# each) from Augason farms, should check on ordering more barley from Landmark, west of Lancaster, Ohio.
    I have 3 extra pairs of high topped work boots (LL Bean). Extra muck boots for barn and extra moccasins. Plus leather, last, glue, needles and waxed cordage. Need to pick up more laces, though.
    Built and hung a door on the barn (4′ wide, to save me from moving 12′ door when the ground freezes and raises up. Now Jersey cows and bull can exit thru 4′ door. Put up 6 more loads of hay.
    That is about it for this week, need to insulate new 16′ greenhouse and make a decision on how to heat it.

    1. Sage,

      Started gathering two buckets at a time, black walnuts and pouring them in gravel driveway, to wear green hulls off, then gather them in a month to store. They are high in Omega 3.

      After storage, what do you do with them?
      We are overrun with the things and have found them to be just too much work to process the nuts and extract the meat.
      Any suggestions would be welcome.

      1. Ohio Prepper

        Friends give their walnuts to their pigs. Pigs seem to enjoy cracking the nuts and picking out the nutmeat.

        1. Anony Mee,

          Friends give their walnuts to their pigs. Pigs seem to enjoy cracking the nuts and picking out the nutmeat.

          That doesn’t surprise me, since pigs will eat nearly anything.
          I have neighbors with pigs and black walnut trees and I know the pigs clean them up; but, also root the area into another mud hole.
          As for my walnuts, I’m not going to go through all of the work of gathering them just to haul them for pigs, although we do at least rake them into piles to a avoid being lawn mower projectiles.
          I once left a pile over winter and more than a dozen trees sprouted out of the pile the next spring. These things grow almost like weeds around here.

    2. Sage, Glad to see you posting here. was concerned about you and others were asking if anyone had heard you were ok.. We keep “SHOE GOO” for sole repair/ as the stitching comes loose. sewing and shoe goo works better than either one alone.

  5. 1. If a nuclear war or EMP attack happened tonight, the footwear you have in your closet now would be the last your would be able to get from a store for an extremely long time – perhaps forever. How many years of footwear do you think you own? I have several years’ worth, if I take care of them. My rubber work boots were just replaced less than a month ago.
    2. Do you stockpile shoe laces, insoles, rubber cement, a leather awl and other stitching tools to repair your own footwear? yes
    3. If you have children or grandchildren, how are you prepping for their footwear needs in years to come? I have clearance and yard sale bargain footwear stockpiled enough to last all of the little ones until they hit adult size. I shop clearance sales, and their parents have kept the older kids’ shoes for the younger siblings to wear.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    This week was slow:

    *Animals:
    -Took the dairy goat to be bred.

    *Garden:
    -Lots of volunteer cucumbers have come up where we tilled the garden and planted turnips. I’m going to transplant some in the greenhouse, and a couple of friends are coming tomorrow to get some.

    *Added a little to the stockpile: bar soap, pasta, laundry detergent, bleach,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -I’m building relationships with like-minded people.

    *Skills:
    -Still learning about hydroponics.

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

  6. Last weekend we were at our other property, putting a new roof on our bunk house its 10 by 14, it took us about 7 hours total to get the new roof so it took a large weight off our shoulders, because last year the squirrel’s, were getting in a ripped the paper off the sheetrock and were making nests, in upstairs attic. So this past week, I did some coupon shopping and bought over$ 80.00 of food for $42.00 dollars. I did get another 24 pack of water, and was given apples, they were little but sweet, and I made applesauce and doing apple butter, yesterday so I’ll be canning all that in the next couple of days. The best compliment from my hubby, was I’m so glad you know how to can and save all this food, to many people are relying on their freezers which if you loose power or what’s happening in Northern California. PG&E, are doing 48 hours of mandatory power off in different countries our friends are going to have power off at 10 PM, tonight to being back on at 8 am, Sunday for right now. I did buy over 60 cans of cat food, I need to keep buying 10 to 15 cans each week to get a good supply of wet food for the little stinker butt. I did do an inventory, on my stock and each time I go I get what I need on my list today I’m getting flour.

    Questions, yup I need more shoes for sure i need a new pair of tennis shoes, and a good sturdy pair of just regular shoes, I have a lot of sandals, but close toes shoes yup I do need a couple of more.

      1. So there isn’t fires like the Paradise, fire of last year. Google, it there’s so much that I don’t have the brain power to write it all down. PG &E, said this is going to be the new normal in Northern California turning off the power for up to 48 hours.

        1. mom of three & Prepared Grammy,
          When California put all kinds of regulations and companies like PG&E were not allowed to bring heavy equipment into forests to do right of way cleanup, trees got out of hand so trees got into the power lines, that subsequently caused sparks and fires.
          Since CA doesn’t do proper forest management, those fires get out of control and become wildfires.
          Since PG&E ”technically” started the fires, they have been sued for millions in damages, so they either don’t have the capital to maintain and run the equipment full time, or they’re doing it for spite.
          It could of course be both.

          1. With some additional searching and thought I think they are finally upgrading those lines that caused the fires and clearing their right of ways, as they should have already been doing.
            Those long transmission lines contain voltages in the 100,000-400,000 volt range and lineman cannot work on them when energized, so I suspect shutting off an entire transmission leg for 48 hours gives them time to safely bring in crews to fix poles, towers, and lines.
            Welcome back to the 1800’s.

          2. smokey thhe bear caused more wildfire damage than anyone else. a century of total fire suppression in fire adapted ecosystems resulted in a huge clusterduck of problems wit massive fires, small periodic fires benefitted tose places, clearing ladder fuels, killing back weeds, etc.

    1. Mom of 3:
      I remember reading about PG&E power shut off last winter. Did sales of generators increase there? That was my first thought- I would want a generator if I didn’t already have one.
      Hope TOP is right on the upgrades to wiring-lots of that happening in the Oklahoma Panhandle this summer and tons of wire on the highways.

    2. mom of three,

      putting a new roof on our bunk house its 10 by 14

      I almost have to laugh at this, since there have been suggestions that my new 14×24 foot outbuilding might make a good dog house, with me as the dog of course.
      We paid $6767 for the building, constructed and delivered in less than 3 weeks after ordering, and my kid sister in Key West tells me such a place would rent for as much as $1000-1500 per month for what I consider a shoebox or now a bunk house.

      getting in a ripped the paper off the sheetrock and were making nests, in upstairs attic.

      Sheetrock? Another colloquialism since where I grew up we called it sheetrock; but, here it’s drywall, plasterboard or gypsum board.

      The best compliment from my hubby, was I’m so glad you know how to can and save all this food, to many people are relying on their freezers which if you loose power or what’s happening in Northern California.

      We do rely at least in part on the freezer and refrigeration and for that and our water supply we invested in the generator.
      It’s good to see that your DH complements you, as the DW and I do for each other, since often just a kind word can mean a lot on a hard day.
      I often see people to quick to complain or criticize, when everyone knows that honey (or maple syrup) always works better then vinegar. LOL
      I think most of us are lucky and more importantly know we are and that hard work and frugality make for a good life, that others often miss.

  7. We do have extra boots and shoes. Hell, if you counted Mrs. Overwatch’s shoes, it would rival that of Imelda Marcos. I have several pairs of boots (I hate shoes and sneakers). I usually wear a backup gun in an IWB holster in them. I still have my Army low quarters for dress shoes and I have a twenty five year old pair of Topsiders that I’ve had to rescue from the trash five times. They’re comfortable, good luck fishing shoes, and they reek of low tide and feet. I told Mrs Overwatch that I like to wear them when mowing the lawn in case I miss any dog mines. They have no tread so they clean up quickly.
    I do have shine, awls, laces, Gorilla Glue, etc. for repair. I have old black leather combat boots from the eighties, cheap Walmart knock offs, Rocky boots, and two brand new pair of Corcoran jump boots with field treads. I was Infantry, after all.
    The oldest gets new shoes. He’s stopped growing and he takes after Mommy. Small sizes. He hands down old shoes to my little guy who takes after me in the size department. I’m a 13.
    Acquired: More real, standard capacity Glock mags. 500 more rounds of 9mm ball, and a case of milspec 00 buck in 12 gauge made by Olin/Winchester. I also got 500 rounds of SS109 5.56 for short money.
    I picked up some beef stew, AAA bulk packs, and had the van PM’ed with an oil change.
    Re-did GHB for winter. It comes in at night. Rotated the food out. Changed batteries. The “gently used” batteries go to a stash upstairs for remotes, kids toys, etc.

  8. HI ALL,,,,,a EMP today? And shoes? Add to the question ,how long with no grid ???? Lets face it us in the out lands will be without a long time ,a very long time , And what is the chance of never again ,grim thoughts,oh back to shoes ,,remember ho chi Minh sandals? In cold go over size with canvas outer socks , how do I know it works ?winter on a alaska homestead ,instead of a toe strap use overstraps with a heel strap ,and in the summer think of the socks you can save,you might want a foot bath by the door too ,
    Preps this week ,,finished hay in the feeding shed ,a long hard hay season , baler fire ,second baler broken stub axel,loadertractor loader hyd system went down ,normally have one tractor out in the field and one at the hay shed this year we had to pull bales off the truck and trailer with a tractor and ropes at the shed ,(800 and 2000 # bales )
    We are having early winter , about a month to six weeks early ,wet weather , snow on the hills and in the mountain pass , to wet to plant winter wheat ,
    Took time to play with 22lr conversion in the AR ,great fun ,really recommend the CMMG kit ,
    Last of the BF 5 radios came now to learn how Ito use the full potential of then ,
    As for home dentist ,things I learned from being at sea and out on range and remote homesteading ,a lot of problems can be handled with the right antibiotics ,the same for appendix problems ,
    There is a scam going around about EMP protection , Sorry folks but I worked in a related field ,a friend was on the starfish prime test and did later work on EMP testing ,i did not work EMP as such but was at testing for other reasons
    it is my opinion based on what I did do and know that the little box with wires being hyped on some of the blogs is
    A scam ,don’t waste your money , don’t have time to explain more right now , OBTW seems folks are being sued for naming names by the little box people ,,at a later date maybe I can go into what we (valleypeople)are doing to protect things
    Tea and chocolate
    Who is John Galt?

    1. 0ldhomesteader,

      Add to the question ,how long with no grid ???? Lets face it us in the out lands will be without a long time ,a very long time , And what is the chance of never again ,grim thoughts,

      I have fuel and consumables to maintain full on power for at least 6 months, and perhaps 2 years in austerity mode, and that doesn’t count the solar we’re starting to add to the mix. Local Amish do well without electricity; but, they do rely on the English for some things like kerosene for lanterns and prescription medications; but, otherwise do OK as we all could if forced to do so.

      back to shoes ,,remember ho chi Minh sandals? In cold go over size with canvas outer socks , how do I know it works ?winter on a alaska homestead ,instead of a toe strap use overstraps with a heel strap ,and in the summer think of the socks you can save

      Back in the 70’s when I was in college those sandals in numerous configurations were available and also a great way to use up old tires by repurposing them into something useful. Not hard to do with a few tools.

      you might want a foot bath by the door too ,

      I’m not sure I understand this one, since we have footpaths all over the property.

      Took time to play with 22lr conversion in the AR ,great fun ,really recommend the CMMG kit

      I sold my AR’s 4 years ago to get other things; but, I had the CMMG along with both CMMG & Black Dog magazines. They were lots of inexpensive fun.

      Last of the BF 5 radios came now to learn how Ito use the full potential of then

      First get your technician license, then get a programming cable, and download the free ”Chirp”. After that it’s easy peasy.

      it is my opinion based on what I did do and know that the little box with wires being hyped on some of the blogs is a scam ,don’t waste your money , don’t have time to explain more right now , OBTW seems folks are being sued for naming names by the little box people ,,at a later date maybe I can go into what we (valleypeople)are doing to protect things

      I looked at that EMP Shielding device and while their claims are impressive, they list nothing in their specifications of any meaning. It pretty much looks like any Type 2 whole house transient suppressor, but all of those have specifics including surge protection capacity in joules and any repeatability factors, since like fuses, these things often give up their life for their jobs.
      Here we’re just going shielded twisted pairs, with metal foil and clamp on ferrites.

      Who is John Galt?

      I am and I suspect you are too!!!!

      1. TOP….

        0ldhomesteader – “you might want a foot bath by the door too”

        TOP – “I’m not sure I understand this one, since we have footpaths all over the property.”

        FOOT BATHS… Not FOOT Paths. Lol

      2. TOP ,,,,,,when you have cows or chickens or any critters you have mud and manure ,sooner or later your going to step in it ,foot bath time ,,, As for John Galt ,, I’m just the janitor ,must be I’m cleaning up other folks messes,,
        Tea and chocolate ,

        1. Almost There & 0ldhomesteader,

          when you have cows or chickens or any critters you have mud and manure ,sooner or later your going to step in it ,foot bath time

          Strike one for proof listening, since what I heard was not what was written; but, a close approximation for the text to speech software.
          While we do not have a foot bath, that would infer a pool in which to immerse the foot or feet, we do use a foot shower. It’s a hydrant near the doors where we can hang a foot and rinse all of the guck off of it. With cats, cows, chickens, a horse and other woodland critters, you often have need for such a shower that we’ve been using for decades.

          As for John Galt ,, I’m just the janitor ,must be I’m cleaning up other folks messes

          We all do that and in concept can all be John Galt, since John Galt is basically a lifestyle and state of mind.

  9. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    We received 0.2 inch rain this past week with forecast for more next Friday. Only time will tell.

    the leaves on the trees have changed or fallen far earlier than they normally would for this time of year, thanks to all of the weeks of record temperatures and no rain.

    The rain has little to do with this; but, the temperatures and daylight have shifted drastically this year. It seems that sunset hasn’t gone to dusk and dark; but, just straight to dark and we’ve gone from flip flops & shorts to shoes and sweaters almost overnight with daylight saving time still most of a month away.

    You say ”I am going to be tanning a cow hide, and then a deer hide with some fellow tribe members in the coming weeks.” and I was wondering what process you’re using. For deer we’ve always brain tanned as I was once told that a deer usually has just enough brains to tan its own hide. The hardest part that I would delegate if I could, is fleshing out the hide, and of course teaching the other members how to do so correctly. Tom Sawyer would be proud. LOL

    Being able to make your own footwear, bags, coats, etc. from the meat harvested and processes on your land definitely enhances our level of self-reliance and sustainability.

    I would agree; but you need to try it all without that machine, using only an awl, sail needles, and leather or sinew, using straw for padding and insulation.

    My hiking boots have always been Rocky because it is a local company owned by folks I know, and still stand the test of time better than other hikers I have seen folks pull onto their feet.

    One of my best pair of hiking boots are Rocky, purchased more than 20 years ago at the outlet store in Nelsonville, back when they were also made locally. I also still wear a good hunting coat purchased at the Mossy Oak outlet just down the street from the Rocky outlet. Good stuff.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. If a nuclear war or EMP attack happened tonight, the footwear you have in your closet now would be the last your would be able to get from a store for an extremely long time – perhaps forever. How many years of footwear do you think you own?
    I have a lifetime supply of shoes & boots, since we’ purchased them when on sale and others are starting to wear. We generally wear flip flops around the house and in the summer, except when doing chores that need the feet protected.
    2. Do you stockpile shoe laces, insoles, rubber cement, a leather awl and other stitching tools to repair your own footwear?
    All of the above and years ago when I was really poor I learned to do makeshift repairs using things like corrugated cardboard for insoles and glue or duct tape for other repairs. Old leather and denim (blue jeans) are kept around for pieces that can be used for patching. One of the most important things for repairing shoes is to lose your pride.
    3. If you have children or grandchildren, how are you prepping for their footwear needs in years to come? I have clearance and yard sale bargain footwear stockpiled enough to last all of the little ones until they hit adult size.
    The kids are grown & gone and no grandkids so far.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    As always, see below.

    TOP’s question
    1. When bugging out you now have a convenient place to relax on your journey. Would you use one of these You can take a seat anywhere with this wearable chair? I would not. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFkT_Is8aRw
    2. Do you think someone is watching you? They are if you live in one of yhe world’s most surveilled cities. https://www.comparitech.com/vpn-privacy/the-worlds-most-surveilled-cities/
    3. Just heard that more than 50 children died this year after being left in hot cars. How in the heck does this happen? We raised three kids and might have occasionally left lunch or keys in the car; but were never so spaced out that we left a kid there.

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Harvested another 24 tomatoes from one of the small garden plots
    2. Can your BOV keep up with this one? Bugging out in style:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmlsqo_cNzc
    3. Received 4 Universal 4 in1 USB charging Cables from wish.com. These will be used at the charging station to simultaneously charge phones, tablets, cameras, and battery packs.
    4. Received a USB A to USB C power / charging cable to run my android phone in the vehicle during road trips to use the data connection.
    5. Rugby Niacin (Nicotinic acid) Time Release 1000 mg 100 count bottle from Amazon. I’m trying the time release since the regular often flushes me to the point of pain. So far, so good on testing the new version.
    6. Received 2: 5 In1 Multi-Functional Braided Survival Bracelets with Compass ,Magnesium Rods, Rope Cutter, Knife, Whistle Bracelets from wish.com
    7. Performed Net Control duties for our Amateur Radio clubs weekly net in preparation for the upcoming state wise SET (Simulated Emergency Test). I will be coordinating mobile stations deployed to sheriff, police, and fire stations throughout this and adjacent counties for
    8. Operated the NCS (Net Control Operator) station for the 2019 SET (Simulated Emergency Test), demonstrating our ability as ham operators to conduct multi county communications using no infrastructure except our own personal emergency powered radios. This is practice for real emergencies like those during tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and similar large scale events.
    9. Maple sugar candy from the local farmers market. 15 pieces.

    1. TOP’s question
      1. When bugging out you now have a convenient place to relax on your journey. Would you use one of these You can take a seat anywhere with this wearable chair? I would not. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFkT_Is8aRw

      I would not use this either.

      2. Do you think someone is watching you? They are if you live in one of yhe world’s most surveilled cities. https://www.comparitech.com/vpn-privacy/the-worlds-most-surveilled-cities/

      I don’t live in the top 50, but Orlando is working on it. There are cameras downtown. Detroit has some cameras, also mostly downtown, with facial recognition software. The chief of police gave a tour to that Muslim congresscritter, Tlaib. She told the chief, in front of others, that only black people should be hired as facial recognition analysts as white people can’t tell one black person from another. The chief did not take this with grace (he is black and pro-gun).

      3. Just heard that more than 50 children died this year after being left in hot cars. How in the heck does this happen? We raised three kids and might have occasionally left lunch or keys in the car; but were never so spaced out that we left a kid there.

      Unfortunately, many of those cases involve parents/guardians who are druggies or drunks. Not all though. Some are people that just have their heads square up their behinds. I’ve never left a kid in a car either. It breaks my heart every time I hear of one.

    2. would not waste money on gimmics. i done a lot of hiking and taking a seat is not something i would do if bugging out, just sitting down causes problems, the cool down and resting mean your going to be twice as stiff and soe trying to move forward, old boy cout handbooks from the 50s used to say rest with your feet elevated, but that causes a lot more trouble getting up and going again, bet to find a rock or tree to lean on, staying upright.

      i don’t think i know, wifi hotspot in the general store, and there are security cameras in the general store. this is also ny where they put thhose cameras up all over every road to track licence plates, so tey can track specific cars wherever they go. when they started putting them up i started leaving my tailgate down just to stop them tracking me, don’t have a truck anymore and tey don’t ping bikes or walkers.

      one of my asshat neighbors got out of jail after a child endangerment sentence and celebrated by taking his kid in a stroller to the bar, left the kid in the parking lot in the stroller under a tree for 3 ours wile he was drinking to celebrate being out of jail. then he was hiding from the cops for 6 months in a camp near my place and when they caught him he did a year for child endangerment for leaving te kid in a stroller outside the bar for 3 hours.

  10. I won an eBay bid on a heavy duty commercial leather sewing machine with motor. I’ll build a heavy duty table for mounting it. I figure a solid wood top that I have with 2x4frame and 4×4 legs should do it.
    I also recently bought a nice treadle sewing machine. I need to glue a broken support for one side of the drawers and replace one peeled apart drawer bottom that isn’t worth saving. I bought some end of season flip flops cheap for the thick soles. Thought I might try using both new machines and leather and old jeans for tops for shoes to wear around home. I have 6 thick colorful hides and a couple of big boxes of jeans in various degrees of wear to experiment with. I also have a smaller box of garment weight leather in a mottled light bluegreen color. Wasn’t accepted by a factory because of the color imperfections. All free at one time or another. I have 50 regular sewing machine needles and 100 leather sewing needles coming.
    Craigslist find..free.. A pickup bed full of drawers, 100 sets of drawer glides, 2 boxes of 2 styles of door hinges and a drawer full of knobs and pulls. My lower kitchen cabinets have never had shelves in them. I saved the trusses and framed walls from a 14′ mobile home we tore down. The 2×2 walls will frame in for drawer glides and drawers will be easier to access than shelves anyway.
    The trusses were saved to cover a planned walapini- pit greenhouse. The rest of those 2×2 walls will build my new chicken pen. The 2x6x14 planks that were under floor supports are mostly now part of my new 8×8 front porch. They made good framing and bracing along with purchased 4x4s.
    My second well is currently capped but collecting the parts to set it up on solar power. I have a manual winch for it if we needed water. The first well is still on commercial power. I’m required to have something on commercial power. Eventually it may just be the old motor home plugged In at the pole. That would keep it legal here. Crazy local laws.
    I found 330 gallon water totes on sale for $75 each delivered and placed where I wanted them if I bought 4. I bought 6. Next part of that project will be gutters for collecting rain water. Then.. fitting to reduce from 2″ down to 3/4″ hose fittings. They will be for the garden and part of the fruit trees.
    By the way if you’re wondering if I can actually sew. I can.
    I had to unload all my food shelves in the hall between the kitchen and bedroom so we could move the desk. Food is stacked in my bedroom until I get help to move a low dresser and another couple of cabinets into the office area by the window. Then I have the fun of moving the food out of my bedroom. I have two taller thinner cabinets I’ll use there this time.
    Planning fire escape routes is easy except from the bedroom/bathroom area. The window is large but were too old and husband with Alzheimer’s wouldn’t jump the 5.5 ft from the window to the ground so I’m going to set an old set of mobile home steps under the window. In good weather I’ll put potted plants out there. In winter they are on wire shelves in front of my large kitchen windows. The steps will make it possible to step out safely. Not great for other security but we have to be able to get out. At 72 and 81 you do things differently than we would have at 60 or younger.
    I have solar powered motion sensor lights for around the chickens, ducks and rabbits. Also for my front door. Back door I’ll used a motion detector that rings in the house same as on the driveway and along fencelines. I’ll use the backdoor as a dark exit if needed at night. I patroll the property now and then in dark clothing carrying, but not using a flashlight. But armed. 🙂
    I was away for 12 years so returning is in many ways starting over new. Its interesting the changes in what’s cheap and available today compared to when I acquire this property in 1981. The room where I have the rabbits for now doesn’t have windows or power. I have a solar motion light there. Panel outside. Wire through a tiny hole in the wall. Walk in, wave my hand and a light comes on. Set it for the longest possible setting. If it goes off while I’m still there feeding I just wave a hand again and light returns. I’ll do the same in the new chicken coop and duck house when I set them up. The duck pond will be an old fiberglass boat abandoned on the land, stripped out to use. Body is sound but useless as a boat anymore. I’ll use an older sump pump for draining and cleaning. Someone just gave me a brand new pump I’ll save for clean water pumping.
    I’m amazed at what’s been given to me free at moving sales and at then end of estate sales. The new pump, a new 5 lb vice still in the box, bicycles that just need flat tires fixed, a pickup load of tools including a new plastics welder and hand saws and supplies for my wire feed welder. Safety glasses, small refrigerators, sewing machines only needing cleaning and some oil. A lawnmower that works just fine. No lawn here but it cuts weeds just fine. Or cheap- 2 heavy plastic chairs, glass top side table and a double glider seat for $15, a heavy duty folding picknick table with benches built on for $10. A nice sewing machine in a good cabinet for $10. Free boxes with heavy blenders and nice mixers with the bowls and attchments even dough hooks. Lots of wrenches and screwdriver sets. 2 bow saws and an extra blade. Round shovels, square shovels, pointy shovels, short and long handled. Even a snow shovel. A two year old full sized fridge for $100 that works like new. And 2 fiberglass long bows, 6 books and a water bottle with a special collar that acts as a small bowl for your dog to drink or a straw for me to drink. $50 total at a secondhand store I like to support. A leash and harnes to fit “little girl” for a dollar. Looks unused. She doesn’t like a leash on her collar but will put up with it.
    Two months ago I bought enough new 2″ thick Styrofoam to insulate my craft building 12’x24′. Another winter project.
    I just bought 48 AA batteries. Handy for many smaller flashlights et. I have rechargables and solar chargers but I try to save most of those for later.

    1. Clergylady:

      Congrats on the sewing machine. They are on our wish list, but as long as DW is working and I have no talent for it, it will have to wait (and we need more room!).

      1. Clergylady,
        I know you’re a bit older than me; but, I’m getting tired just reading your list of projects.
        The DW has a Singer treadle sewing machine inherited from her mother, that has been converted to use a motor, so I’m looking for the few treadle pieces I need to convert it back. The problem with those machines around here is that as working antiques, they cost a fortune.
        As a working antique myself, I don’t understand it, especially since much of our every day furniture is antique.

        1. I saw some treadle parts for sale on eBay. Look for listings from your area of the country. Sometimes there aren’t many bids and machines go cheap with local pick up.

  11. Been a while since I commented here, can’t believe how quickly time flies! Been busy this week starting to get my garden put to bed for the winter and trying to do it better than last year, which left me with too much work last spring. “Pay me now or pay me later!” Will be adding 3-6 more 4′ x 8′ raised beds for next year.

    The discussion about footwear has me thinking I need to add a few more things to my preps. I have some related supplies, but need much more. Enough shoes/boots, & laces (paracord), but need more repair items and skills.

    One thing I would like to do is find a way to take advantage of something I just found out this week. We have a small meat processing shop in the little town near me (pop. 400), and apparently, if folks who bring in animals to be processed don’t want the hides, they just toss them in the dumpster! When I was a kid, we raised rabbits and tanned their hides, wish I had to time to take on a larger project like beef or deer now, but what a resource going to waste.

    Back to the garden before the rain gets here.

    1. Finally out of ,,DW has stored hides raw for years in tubs ,wet in a mix she makes up ,will find out what she uses and pass it on ,,

      1. Finally out of California ,,,,,DW tells me she used a mix of Alum and salt in water to soak hides , 8oz of Alum and all the salt that will dissolve in the water per 5 gal of water,,,non ionized salt ,,,non metal container,,we have hides in a tub for 20years

        1. 0ldhomesteader,

          8 oz of Alum and all the salt that will dissolve in the water per 5 gal of water,,, non ionized salt ,,,non metal container,,we have hides in a tub for 20years

          I assume you meant non iodized salt. Don’t you just love autocorrect that knows more than you do? LOL

        2. Thanks, 0H (and 0HDW)!

          Will scare up some bulk alum and an appropriate tub and give it a try. Do you flessh them first, or can they sit as they come off the animal?

          Maybe this winter will be able to play around with tanning etc.

          1. That album and non iodised salt sounds interesting. It should preserve hides quite well. I’ll have to try it. Thanks

    2. Even raw hide is very useful. Wish it were available here. Soak till hair turns loose scrape and dry for later projects. Hardshaped to fit foot as mocasin soles wears well. And wet lashing that shrinks as it drys very hard- wears well as long as it’s dry. Native drum skins. Tambourine top. Just add jingles.
      Skins could even be commercially tanned for use. Such useful stuff. A shame if it goes to waste.

      1. Clergylady,

        Skins could even be commercially tanned for use. Such useful stuff. A shame if it goes to waste.

        I’ve always found tanning to be the easy part. It’s the proper fleshing out that takes all of the time.
        We’ve also stored skins by just layering them with rock salt between the layers.

  12. Good evening and happy weekend.

    Boots? I’ve got winter and summer leather combat boots from my years in the service. Love the winter ones as they make me taller and keep my feet warm. Keep them polished and they are good forever. Waterproof too. Extra laces and cans of polish so I’m good there. DW not so much, she has shoes and boots but nothing you could force march in and she doesn’t want to hear it.

    Preps, picked up a pail of foods that I like to eat from Auguson Farms on sale on Amazon with free shipping so that’s a good thing.

    Found a HAM on QRZ that lives a few miles from me, K4PI, and he has two sites, one nearby and another about 35 miles away and he has, I believe 4 major towers at the main site and has hit DXCC and way over and does mostly CW so we had a good chat. We are going to have coffee soon and I’ll get to meet some of the guys who ground crew for his towers and antennas. I’m not climbing anything over 20 feet now as my knees are starting to give me fits.

    Downside, my sister who is 65 is in home hospice. She has lupus and has cancer and it has spread to her lungs. She had one chemo treatment and it didn’t work and then one treatment with this drug that is supposed to kick start your immune system to fight the cancer. No luck there. So, I went to visit with her today and she looks bad. Doctor says it’s weeks, not month. Spent some times with her sons and they had gone earlier today to the funeral home to make arrangements. They listened to me on the idea that you have to do pre-need stuff with the funeral homes as at-need cost a lot more. Turns out sister let her life insurance laspe and they needed a pretty fair amount for down payment. Luckily I have a pad in my account so was able to cover it for them. Not sure what they will do once she dies as her whole family lives there. One son is on dialysis 3 times a week, has liver and kidney failure, is blind from his diabetes and has some strange thing going on where they have to pull about 8 liters of fluid off his abdomen every two weeks. I just pray that he outlives my sister so she doesn’t have to go through his death and burial. Sorry to unload bad luck but on the good side I’m proud of her sons and daughter in law for jumping in and taking care of her at home. On the bad side I had to drive about 60 miles to her house, a lot on 285 around Atlanta and it was a mad house. People are nuts driving when there isn’t an emergency. It’ll be chaos if everyone tries to get out of the city in a hurry.

    Had a strange request from my house insurance company and they want a self inspection and they are asking every one of their clients to take pictures of everything about the house inside and out. It feels very obtrusive but they threaten to not renew the policy if you don’t do it and they only give you 10 days to get it done. I’m old and they want pictures of the heater and it’s in the crawl space under the house. Not sure I want to crawl up to it and take pictures but can’t afford to lose the policy. We’ll see how that shakes out.

    Have a good Sunday. Keep praying, keep prepping and keep smiling so they don’t know what you are up to. Remember as God fearing good Christians it is our job to try to bring as many people to Heaven as we can. let’s get Heaven crowded and make Hell an empty wasteland.

    1. Cliff,
      When you finally have coffee with Tom, tell him LVZ likes his callsign and sends 73’s.
      I’m still climbing towers with care, since my knees work OK; but, my upper body strength is miserable and in need of more work.
      I have a new dual band antenna to get on the 50 foot tower for better simplex operation. We did our SET today and found that my station and two others have good simplex range; but, a lot of the new hams are just getting their first lesson in emergency communications without a repeater in the middle.
      Stark revelations to some of them who thought they could just drive to one of the local police, fire, or EMS stations in their mobile and operate.
      Good lessons learned and we now have a plan and justification for some additional equipment, mostly higher mast mounted antennas at some of those locations, specifically for amateur use during Ecom.

    2. Cliff,

      Sorry to hear about your sister. Regarding your nephew on Dialysis – The fluid on his abdomen is called third spacing volume overload because his kidney’s are not getting rid of all the fluid naturally.

      I hope my insurance company doesn’t ask for pics around here… With my friend moving in temporarily until she finds something, it wouldn’t look so good.

  13. Hi Everyone…

    We’ve had a good couple 2 days, at least at night. Broken heat records all week, and no rain. Hoping tomorrow brings some, as they are saying 60% during the day and 30% at night. Praying it be so.

    For the last 2 days, I have been working on clearing stuff out of my front bedroom so a old horse riding buddy of mine can move in while she finds something on my side of town. She’s good at organizing, so she said she would help me getting stuff organized, though it be forced just to make some room, it is needed. Currently going through clothes in the clothes closet, donating some, going to try and sell some.

    My car, according to the local mechanic, doesn’t need a new transmission after all. At least for now. I had called him to find out when he could start working on it and he wanted to drive it first to make sure it needed it. I told him about the folks that said I did, one he knows and trusts, but we drive it around on Thursday afternoon, hooked up to his machine, and he said it wasn’t showing anything. I left it until Monday, and told him to give it a good once over for me and see what needs to be fixed. When we got done driving around, he said he would trust it enough to drive to CA and back. It has 190K, and I’ve tried to take care of it… But transmissions don’t last forever, and I don’t want to be stranded at 5 am, headed to work, on a 2 lane road, pitch black outside, and no shoulder to pull over on.

    Have been able to work from home a couple days a week for the last 3 weeks. This is good, but does take some getting used to and finagling on how to accomplish things without talking face to face. I do really like the fact, that I can turn off the computer, and be done right at the end of the day and not have to get in the car, fight the traffic, finally reaching home 1 hr or more later.

    Received the spare gasket for the pressure cooker.

    Tara’s questions:

    If a nuclear war or EMP attack happened tonight, the footwear you have in your closet now would be the last your would be able to get from a store for an extremely long time – perhaps forever. How many years of footwear do you think you own? I have some quality shoes like Dansko’s, Ariat boots, a good pair of hiking boots (non-leather), Ked’s tennis shoes, Merrell’s and some others. My Skechers would not last more than a year.

    Do you stockpile shoe laces, insoles, rubber cement, a leather awl and other stitching tools to repair your own footwear? I do have a few pairs.

    If you have children or grandchildren, how are you prepping for their footwear needs in years to come? I have clearance and yard sale bargain footwear stockpiled enough to last all of the little ones until they hit adult size. No.

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

    Have a great week everyone.

    1. I forgot to add… When I went to Lowe’s to find latches, I picked up a fire extinguisher and a can of fire extinguisher for small fires like the stove. I didn’t have one, and feels good to have one around.

      My friend that moved in temporarily is not a prepper. She throws lots of perfectly good food away…. She says she can only eat certain kinds of food… Can only drink a certain kind of milk, can only drink a certain kind of coffee. Her cats and dogs have to have special food, her horses have to have special food, it never ends. She’s allergic to this and that, and the list goes on and on. She spoils her dogs with chicken tenders for breakfast every morning. She is looking for a job, and has Soc Sec coming in. For her to get moved on my side of town, I’ve been helping her with gas money and food this last month while she moved to my house. I gave her some chicken from my freezer stash a week ago… Some of it evidently was chicken tenders… Didn’t register until this morning, that she had cooked it up for her dogs. When in crisis mode, there will be no chicken tenders given to dogs… Sorry. She mentioned something about “if you have any more” … NO.. I don’t have anymore. The dogs will live without those chicken tenders. I gave a turkey and some chicken to another friend in need last Saturday while at a meetup. They like to feed their dogs real meat. I told them that what I am giving them is for them to eat… Not for animals. When in crisis mode, dogs can eat dog food and everything doesn’t have to be organic.

      1. AT,

        I’ve found that there are people who don’t realize they’re in a crisis. They don’t appreciate the hand up they’re given by nice people like you and look upon it as a hand out. Soon, a sense of entitlement comes with your generosity and that’s followed often by resentment. I could be and I hope that I’m wrong in the case you’re presenting.

        In other news, I’m visiting Eastern Tennessee around the end of November/beginning of December. I’m planning on visiting Babycatcher. If you want to meet up, TOP has my contact info and so does Babycatcher.

        1. Hi Overwatch,

          Yes, I hope it doesn’t turn out that way. I have no expectations and think it’s best that way. She can move when ever she wants to. I’m not holding the little bit of money I have helped her with as ransom. We’ve been off and on friends since 1998, and she has moved many times during this time, had many jobs, both in state and out of state. I think as some people get older, they get set in their ways (she’s 68), and don’t leave room for the least little flexibility, even when people are helping them. I pray that I’m never like that. Now that you mention it, maybe she does feel entitled to think that I am willing to keep feeding her dogs chicken tenders… Lol… She is a really good-hearted person… But, she’s someone that bases her decisions on emotions instead of head reasoning. Everything is an extreme, terms like “really allergic to mosquito bites”, “really, really, sick”. I’m sure we all know someone like that and it usually doesn’t go so well to live like that. I’ve overheard her tell people that her little Chihuahua’s have to have extra meat protein every day because the breed has low blood sugar. But I guarantee, people that have these dogs don’t feed them chicken or some other meat every day. And their dog food should have enough protein in it. The meat I have is for emergencies, and feeding dogs chicken tenders just blows my mind… If she wants them to have chicken tenders after what she has runs out, she will have to buy it herself. What she has done is put her animals over friends and reality, even though she is in crisis mode and just needs to survive at the moment. Gotta have at least one crazy friend in our life right? I’m not sweating over it, that’s for sure. Lol.

          Definitely would love to meet up. If it is possible to plan ahead, I work 10 hr days, and am off every other Friday and Monday for a 4 day weekend. BC’s place is about 4 hrs east of me. I will have a 4-day weekend on Nov 29th and Dec 13th if either of those weekends will work. I would still like to meet up if they don’t and will plan accordingly. TOP and BC have my info as well.

          1. Overwatch,
            I just sent an email to Babycatcher, Almost There & you, to make sure you have working email for each other.
            I don’t think I have your number; but, have both of theirs.

          2. AT,

            You’re right about chihuahuas. I used to have one and my Ex still does. They do just fine on regular old dog food. I did get the small dog kind (dry food), which is really just smaller kibbles. Of course, they performed the crumb patrol at every human meal. 🙂

      2. Almost There:
        I have not heard of a can fire extinguisher. What size is the can? Does it work for both electric and gas ranges?

        I hope your friend does not over stay her welcome. Organization by tossing is not organization to me.

        1. Moe,

          It is a regular sized can, like a spray paint can. I’ve never seen it before. It’s called Tundra by First Alert. They had a display with all the smoke detectors and stuff. Here is a link for Home Depot. Reading up on it, it says it lasts 4 times longer than a regular fire extinguisher. I need to study up on the difference, but the smaller can is a better size for me if they do the same thing.

          https://www.homedepot.com/p/First-Alert-Tundra-Fire-Extinguisher-Spray-2-Pack-AF400-2/202788918?cm_mmc=%7c0%7c0%7c0&msclkid=1e7fe4beaa2a12888f53b9242f3377ec

          No worries on the organization… I will be touching everything, making the decisions of what stays and what goes…

          1. Moe & Almost There,

            I have not heard of a can fire extinguisher. What size is the can? Does it work for both electric and gas ranges?

            It is a regular sized can, like a spray paint can. I’ve never seen it before. It’s called Tundra by First Alert. They had a display with all the smoke detectors and stuff. Here is a link for Home Depot. Reading up on it, it says it lasts 4 times longer than a regular fire extinguisher. I need to study up on the difference, but the smaller can is a better size for me if they do the same thing.

            I don’t have one of those yet; but, do have a Halon fire extinguisher in a can.
            I looked up the Tundra and here’s the information:
            • 4 times greater discharge time vs. traditional fire extinguishers
            • Easy to use aerosol can and spray nozzle design is intuitive to use
            • Easy cleanup – simply wipe it away with a damp cloth.
            • Biodegradable
            • Extinguishes small fabric, wood, grease, and electrical fires
            This item is not for sale in CA, NV and NY
            The DW & I just took our required annual fire extinguisher training with EMA and there are several points worth noting.

            Remember the acronym: PASS
            Pull the pin
            Aim the nozzle
            Squeeze the release
            Sweep the spray back and forth at the base of the fire.

            And finally, if you cannot completely knock down a fire in 5 seconds, abandon the area and call for professional help. Your life safety is more important than any material possessions.

          2. Moe,

            Thanks for the Info! I will look for these next time I go to the city.

            I just ordered a 2-pack on Amazon. $23.43 including sales tax with free prime shipping. Saves time when in town next and it should be here by Wednesday.
            Same price as the local Home Depot; but, cuts time and mileage off our next trip to town.

      3. Almost There,

        When in crisis mode, dogs can eat dog food and everything doesn’t have to be organic.

        Actually, when in crisis mode, dogs can end up as people food.
        As for organic, if you have farm fields, roads, or highways within miles of you and can get drift from them, you may not be officially organic; but, in reality, all carbon based life, plants or animals are organic.
        As for dogs in a rural setting, especially with cats around, they often eat things I will not mention here. LOL

        1. TOP,

          In some Asian countries, dog is not a crisis food. They are often bred to be butchered and the meat sold.

          I had a dog stew in Vietnam. Didn’t know it was dog until I was done eating. However, the stew wasn’t bad tasting at all and I did keep it down.

          1. Zulu 3-6,

            In some Asian countries, dog is not a crisis food. They are often bred to be butchered and the meat sold.

            I had a dog stew in Vietnam. Didn’t know it was dog until I was done eating. However, the stew wasn’t bad tasting at all and I did keep it down.

            I knew this; but, not from firsthand experience and was hoping someone would confirm what I had heard. Thanks for the feedback & confirmation.

            I’ve never eaten dog; but, have eaten rattlesnake, muskrat, and a few critters I’ll not mention here.

          2. secondrecon,

            Vietnam was a treat for several reasons, the food only being one. I also had monkey, but I knew what it was before I ate it (a bit greasy). Had water buffalo too (chewy, must have been an old one).

  14. Tara and all:
    I am trying to be more consistent with posting. Preps this week continue to focus on the garden. We are forecast to have our first freeze this week. So harvesting, canning and working on putting the garden to bed with once exception. I have bought a cloth hoop cover in hopes of extending the season for some of the salad greens.
    Added fabric to the stash. Once the freeze occurs it will be time to move indoors with the work projects.

    Tara’s questions:
    We could go quit a few years with footwear but not the rest of our lives. I have a nice set-up for sewing and kept the leather making tools from one of the kid’s 4-H leather craft days. Will need to work on that skill. Will talk to D-I-L about granddaughter’s shoe needs. Not something I have thought about since she hasn’t started crawling yet.

  15. Anonamo,,,
    Glad to be here; glad you are here too!
    Will look for ShoeGoo.
    The Ohio Prepper,,,,
    After gathering hulled black walnuts, I put them up in 5 gallon buckets in house. Get them out and use black walnut nut cracker from Lehman’s Hardware ( around $40.) Since it is a daunting task, I only crack what I need for a week. In baking and snacking, or extra for holiday baking. High in omega 3. Would be important, if it was limited source of omega 3 available. Usually store four, five gallon buckets in very cool area of the house.
    FYI, if any of you are new at raising baby turkeys; they are not like baby chicken chicks. Chicken chicks know to drink and eat at hatching, but new hat hed turkey chicks have to be taught by dipping their beaks into water and fine ground feed every few hours till they catch on in a few days and figure it all out. Gotta go dip beaks now, they are fussing under heat bulb and still need help eating and drinking.

    1. Sage,
      Thanks for the information on the walnuts since up until now they’ve been mostly a messy nuisance.
      I’ll look for that nut cracker on our next trup to Lehman’s.
      Do you roast them or eat them raw?

  16. TARA,,,, would it be ok to on Saturday to vear off a little ? I have a wealth of knowledge about EMPs ,CME ,and nuclear events , I would be open to answering a question or two a week , As my time permits , maybe TOP could help out on what he knows too ,,just a idea ? Your call ,,,,,

  17. Hello All…
    I’ve had lots of projects on-going this week and this is the first chance I’ve had to check in. The heat has slowed down my outside projects greatly as I just can’t deal with the humidity. On Saturday morning, the temps finely broke and its twenty degrees cooler and humidity has dropped (thank goodness!)
    I have power washed the house, and cleaned the deck, sanded, painted and sealed it. Looks brand new. Noticed steps to deck needed replacement. My neighbor works construction and brings home extra lumber, so he had enough to rebuild the steps (savings to me!). He offered to help me replace the steps, but Friday morning, I just woke up with an abundance of energy, and tore down old steps and now have new steps that are treated lumber and have been stained. They look great! (I’m developing self-sufficiency skills).
    I got all my propane tanks filled (20 lb ea), and bought an attachment to refill the 1 lb bottles. Put garden to bed for winter, cleaned up all my growing containers, and even installed a flood light for back yard. Went to my bug out location on Saturday to check out things. Someone took down my ‘Posted – No Hunting signs’, so had to get more signs, and now they are posted again, and a secret trail camera in place.

    Tara’s questions: I have lots of quality boots that I figure would last a couple of years. Also several pairs of trail runners and sneakers. I would like to add some muck boots to my stash.
    Yes – I have extra shoe laces, and in a pinch, Could use paracord. Need to acquire some leather tools to add to the stash. That’s all, no kids…

    Hope we can have some ‘Seasonal temps’ for awhile before we go straight into winter! Have a good week…

    God bless all of you and prayers for our Country & President!

    1. Jean,

      He offered to help me replace the steps, but Friday morning, I just woke up with an abundance of energy, and tore down old steps and now have new steps that are treated lumber and have been stained. They look great! (I’m developing self-sufficiency skills).

      Good for you. This shows that you are never too old or poor to develop skills.

      I got all my propane tanks filled (20 lb ea), and bought an attachment to refill the 1 lb bottles.

      I have that attachment and keep in mind that it can only be used in very cold weather, or if you have freezer space for the 14 & 16 oz canisters for chilling prior to filling. You also need a scale and something to support the 20# tank since it sits upside down on the canister during the operation. It’s best to consider and plan for the logistics ahead of trying to fill a canister that looks so easy on YouTube.

      Put garden to bed for winter, cleaned up all my growing containers, and even installed a flood light for back yard.

      We’ve installed several very bright solar powered motion sensing floodlights and all you do is stick them where you want them with the included double stick pad.
      We live in great times for being prepared.

      Went to my bug out location on Saturday to check out things. Someone took down my ‘Posted – No Hunting signs’, so had to get more signs, and now they are posted again, and a secret trail camera in place.

      I hate when that happens; but, if you catch someone removing the signs, you need to prosecute.

      I would like to add some muck boots to my stash.

      We use the knee high gum boots from Tractor Supply; but, wait until we get the 10% coupon to purchase such things. We’ve also successfully patched these boots with rubber cement, duct tape, and flex seal tape.

      I have extra shoe laces, and in a pinch, Could use paracord.

      Paracord? Great minds really do think alike. LOL

        1. Jean,

          Thanks for the info regarding propane refills! I see another skill set coming soon

          Yep & this one is easier if you already know how to juggle. LOL
          You might want to practice your setup with both empty canister and tank, since it takes a while for the liquid fuel transfer, and the right fixture will make all of the difference. My biggest problem refilling them is you should do it out in the cold, and I hate cold more and more as I age.

  18. I signed up for a “Stop the Bleed” class at the local hospital.
    Collected a crap load of brass at the local gun range for reloading.

    1. Bill,
      Bill,
      We recently ran that class here for our new EMA members. It’s a short class that can be invaluable for serious bleeding situations to stop the bleeding until medical help arrives. You’ll learn how to use common items and should you want to expand your kit, modern Bleedstop chemicals and devices are inexpensive and readily available.
      You’ll find out things that work out to be common sense, like why you need a watch and a sharpie marker available when you use a tourniquet.
      The biggest thing in any of these situations is for someone to stay calm, focused, and in control, and hopefully you can be one of those persons.

  19. Hello Pack. all is ok finally here. DH got shard of metal in eye while grinding…( had on safety glasses must have came up from under them.) got it out on monday and an anaphylactic reaction x2 to eye antibiotic. one called moxifloxin. this is a very dangerous drug,,, reacts with oer 400 naturals and medications and 1 disease processes are known to result from it’s use….. had we known we would have never purchased at 25$ a cc… first drop no reaction but second dose started 45 min after a single eye drop to affected eye. but began on his lower legs., palms of hands . benadryl and allegra and plantain tincture. ..controlled it within 45 min.. the second reaction began at 11 am , with large raised areas in all the warm places of the body. behind knees, groin, armpits..large blisters around waste.with no other medication and i gave a 30 mg allegra chew + 50 mg benadryl in pancake syrup sublingual..held for 2 min then swallowed. worked within 25-min. This was first reaction we know of to an antibiotic this severe. Bites like mosquitos and ticks have a similar delayed reaction..and always in the middle of the night. FYI,low dose allegra gives less problems than any other antihistamine for Men…a daily dose is recommended for short time until body recovers…the childs 60 mg dose does work for this purpose.
    we dug sweetpotatoes and from a 4×9 ft area( out of a 4×10.5 ft bed.) we dug a total of 125lbs. we do not know how many the rats harvested , they left some good sized holes where the tubers were removed. Grow bed had almost as many redworms in it as had sweetpotatoes. were really glad to see that. will feed them this fall with chicken poop and cardboard… and replant and re work sides of bed for spring planting.
    routine maintainence to animal areas. rabbit grow out cage completed and hay racks installed.sexed the kits have 9 males.names are supper, supper2, stew, ..etc. when they have had time to cure will can all the smallest and the damaged ones… We gt second mess of yellow scallop squash and had them this week. the clemson spineless okra is now producing.. ..
    Sunday afternoon i worked to get all outside things done before t he waves of rain arrived… after being without rain for about 4.5 weeks, except for a sprinkle 2x, it was welcome…more on that next week.

  20. Well, I am just now getting a chance to read this week’s segment. I am working the equivalent of three full-time jobs and have had very little time. I got a bonus from one of my employers–several hundred dollars. (One of my employers received a major national award.) I spent the money on food and Christmas gifts (mostly shoes and clothes). My Christmas shopping is just about done.

    About shoes: my dh wears flip flops 24/7 for much of the year. I get him a new pair every Christmas. I buy the following brand from Ebay for $7.99. Even if you don’t wear flip flops, the soles could be used to re-sole a pair of shoes or boots. And you can’t beat the price.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Alpine-Swiss-Mens-Flip-Flops-Beach-Sandals-Lightweight-EVA-Sole-Comfort-Thongs/401124134917?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=671665974794&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    I have to confess as for myself I could last the rest of my life with the shoes in my closet. Did someone say Imelda Marcos? LOL I have a good supply of trail running shoes, casual shoes, and boots (rain boots, cowboy boots, hiking boots, combat boots). I really like Doc Martins. They are expensive but they last for decades. I bought a used pair when I was in graduate school for just a few bucks. They lasted a good 10 years. And the company will fix them for free if they wear out–you just have to pay shipping. (I didn’t send the used pair I purchased back to the company–that didn’t seem right as I felt I got my money’s worth.) I have two pairs of Doc Martin shoes and one pair of boots. I have worn them for years and they still have no sign of wear.

    My son sews all of his clothes (except, presumably, socks and underwear). He is currently learning to make his own shoes. He is having a bit of trouble getting the mold for the soles right. (He spent a couple of years designing costumes for theater productions. He started out sewing them himself.)

    If anyone needs clothes, especially the guys here, check out Belk. They are having a ridiculous sale on their store brand (Saddlebred)–like high quality t-shirts, polo shirts, flannel shirts and casual shirts starting at $5.99. I even got a few BOGO shirts–that’s two shirts for $5.99.

    I tried a new recipe this week–pork carnitas (Mexican pulled pork). It was really easy and tasted great. Just rub down a pork butt with a mix of olive oil, salt and pepper, oregano and cumin. Throw in crock pot with about 2 cups orange juice, lime juice, 1/3 cup of dehydrated onions, diced hot peppers (I used four) and some minced garlic. Cook on high for about 6 hours, depending of the size of your pork butt. Serve with Mexican rice and a side salad with guacamole. Yum! I will be making this recipe again.

    I cannot for the life of me figure out what is going on with Turkey and the Kurds. I know Russia wants the Kurds to make peace with Syria. I know Turkey wants to establish a safe zone along the Syrian-Turkish border so they can send back them millions of Syrian refugees. I know Trump wants out of the middle east. (Or at least he is bluffing good enough to force our allies to take on more of the burden of keeping peace in the middle east.) I know Trump wants to protect Israel. If Turkey can create a buffer zone in northern Syria, then perhaps Iran will have a more difficult time getting weapons to Hezbollah. (I am not sure this makes sense geo-politically.) Trump has said that by pulling out, he leaves Turkey to deal with ISIS should it rear its ugly head again. Without the U.S. backing the Kurds, the Kurds may have no option but to make peace. (I don’t think they will.) Trump said he would destroy the Turkish economy if they slaughtered the Kurds. My suspicion is that Trump and Putan have reached a deal–Russia gets to keep propping up Assad in Syria. In exchange, Trump gets to withdraw troops (effectively ending the Syrian civil war), and Trump gets to cut off Iran’s supply chain to terrorists who want to wipe Israel off the map. If this is right, then Turkey would place a check on Iran.

    I have no evidence to back any of this up. It’s just an intuition. What do you all think?

    1. News today shows Turkey attacking the Kurds. Kurd guards over institutions are having to leave to care for their families so there is a chance the captured Isis fighters will go free. Kurd families are running for their lives.

      1. Bam Bam,
        A clarification please?
        Where you state:

        Throw in crock pot with about 2 cups orange juice, lime juice, 1/3 cup of dehydrated onions, …

        Are those 2 cups each, a cup of each, or what?
        We’ll not be using the hot peppers; but, I think we’ll be trying this soon, especially as the weather here starts to turn cold and we eat more hot foods.

        1. O.P.,

          Here’s the whole recipe.

          Prepare rub: olive oil, cumin, garlic and salt and pepper. Rub down pork butt. Put in crock pot fat side up.

          In crock pot: put in 2 cups orange juice, 1/3 cup lime juice, 1/3 to 1/2 cut of dehydrated onions, 2T minced garlic, a bit more cumin and oregano, and salt and pepper. Next time I make this I am going to add some cilantro base. I really like cilantro. You can omit this if you don’t care for it.

          https://www.amazon.com/Goya-Recaito-Culantro-Cooking-Ounces/dp/B003T0E1ZS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=cilantro+base&qid=1570820414&sr=8-1

          Grocery stores around here carry this. We have a large Cuban population in Florida.

          Cook on high for 4-6 hours (depending on the size of your pork butt).

          I served this with a side of Mexican fried rice which was killer. Start with pre-cooked (cold, leftover rice). In frypan, add diced onion and diced peppers. After 2 minutes add garlic, salt and pepper, cumin and hot peppers (if using). Let that cook up for a few more minutes. Add a small can of red enchiladas sauce and some salsa (if you want a bit more heat). Mix up. Add a can of corn (or frozen fire roasted corn) and a can of drained and rinsed black beans). Mix up. Add the cold, cooked rice. Cook until rice is warm. This is so good.

          You can serve this as a burrito bowl or in tortillas. I also served with a side salad topped with homemade guacamole.

          If you make a huge pot of pork carnitas, you can add some chicken broth to the pork and freeze it. This dish really freezes well. (But don’t freeze the rice. LOL–just the meat in broth.)

          1. Bam Bam,
            2 cups orange juice, 1/3 cup lime juice, 1/3 to 1/2 cut of dehydrated onions, 2T minced garlic
            Thanks for the clarification.

            Next time I make this I am going to add some cilantro base. I really like cilantro. You can omit this if you don’t care for it.

            I didn’t think I had ever had cilantro; but, as it turns out I have. Around here it’s also known as Chinese parsley or coriander.

            Grocery stores around here carry this. We have a large Cuban population in Florida.

            It’s available at the local Wal-Mart & Kroger Marketplace.
            I may just have to try some.

            Cook on high for 4-6 hours (depending on the size of your pork butt).

            I think we may try the instant pot, and let everyone know how it works out, since right now we’re experimenting with that new kitchen gadget that can cut down on time & make food tenderer.

            I served this with a side of Mexican fried rice which was killer. Start with pre-cooked (cold, leftover rice). In frypan, add diced onion and diced peppers. After 2 minutes add garlic, salt and pepper, cumin and hot peppers (if using). Let that cook up for a few more minutes. Add a small can of red enchiladas sauce and some salsa (if you want a bit more heat). Mix up. Add a can of corn (or frozen fire roasted corn) and a can of drained and rinsed black beans). Mix up. Add the cold, cooked rice. Cook until rice is warm. This is so good.

            I think we have everything except the hot stuff in the supplies and we make our own, not very hot salsa.
            We may have the makings of a cookbook here.
            It could be called: <strong The Prepared Prepper's Cookbook:” LOL. Nah!!!!

            If you make a huge pot of pork carnitas, you can add some chicken broth to the pork and freeze it. This dish really freezes well.

            Good idea. With just the two of us, we like cooking enough for easy to prepare meals from the leftovers.

    2. Bam Bam,

      The Kurds and Turkey have been at each other for a looong time. The Kurds claim lands in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran. None of those countries wants the Kurds as Kurds want that territory for their own nation. The Kurds living in those countries try to run their territories as independent from the “host” country and that goes over like a lead balloon. Historically, the Kurds do have a valid claim to most of not all of that territory. As a practical matter, they are the little kids on the playground. Tough little kids, but little all the same.

      Kurds are mostly Muslims, but they tend to not be fanatical about it. They feel themselves Kurds more than Islamic. That attitude does not endear them to other Islamic countries who use Islam as their political system as well as religion (Iran in particular).

      Something about the Kurds is important to remember. They are out for themselves. Yes, they will play nice with the US as long as they are getting aid. They will use terrorism, but mainly against the nations occupying the territory they claim. They aren’t too much of an international threat as they just want their homeland first. If they get their own nation, maybe in the years to come, they might become a bigger pain in the butt to the US, but not right now.

      I think Trump is leaving Syria and the Kurds because the Kurds have been demanding that the US invade Turkey, Iran, etc, and conquer their claimed territory for them. Trump will not do that as there is no US national security interest in doing so, particularly with Turkey.

    3. Bam Bam,

      I am just now getting a chance to read this week’s segment. I am working the equivalent of three full-time jobs and have had very little time.

      While I am now retired, there were times when I worked a full time+ job and took on private development contracts, often not knowing which end was up, so I know what you mean, and hope you are taking enough time to sleep and eat, lest it cause you health problems. You’re still rather young; but, this is the kind of thing, that ignored, can come back later to bite you, as you age and become less invulnerable. LOL

      my dh wears flip flops 24/7 for much of the year. I get him a new pair every Christmas. I buy the following brand from Ebay for $7.99. Even if you don’t wear flip flops, the soles could be used to re-sole a pair of shoes or boots. And you can’t beat the price.

      The DW and I pretty much live in flip flops year round, although only indoors (in winter and these look pretty nice; however, the description doesn’t tell a lot.
      Are the straps & toe loop made from cloth or plastic? We don’t care for the plastic that can get stiff in cool or cold weather and try to purchase only the cloth versions, that are out of season here.

      (I didn’t send the used pair I purchased back to the company–that didn’t seem right as I felt I got my money’s worth.)

      We would do the same as you, and I think this kind of sentiment and ethics may be one of the things current society is often lacking. Good to see we’re not alone.

      If anyone needs clothes, especially the guys here, check out Belk. They are having a ridiculous sale on their store brand (Saddlebred)–like high quality t-shirts, polo shirts, flannel shirts and casual shirts starting at $5.99. I even got a few BOGO shirts–that’s two shirts for $5.99.

      I checked them out and the polo and flannel a look good; but, my pocket Tee’s, “Fruit of the loom” normally only run about their BOGO price @ $12.00 for a 4-pack. Since I’m a small frame and often hard to fit, we try to purchase locally, where thing may be tried on for proper fit.

      I tried a new recipe this week–pork carnitas (Mexican pulled pork). It was really easy and tasted great. Just rub down a pork butt with a mix of olive oil, salt and pepper, oregano and cumin. Throw in crock pot with about 2 cups orange juice, lime juice, 1/3 cup of dehydrated onions, diced hot peppers (I used four) and some minced garlic. Cook on high for about 6 hours, depending of the size of your pork butt. Serve with Mexican rice and a side salad with guacamole. Yum! I will be making this recipe again.

      This sounds pretty good sans the hot peppers.
      I normally don’t like crock pot cooked food, so how do you think it might turn out in an instant pot

      I cannot for the life of me figure out what is going on with Turkey and the Kurds. I know Russia wants the Kurds to make peace with Syria. I know Turkey wants to establish a safe zone along the Syrian-Turkish border so they can send back them millions of Syrian refugees.
      ………
      I have no evidence to back any of this up. It’s just an intuition. What do you all think?

      That whole region has been a complicated mess since post WW I, with the imposition and signing of the ” Treaty of Sèvres”, that carved up the Ottoman empire that had allied itself with the Axis powers.
      (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_S%C3%A8vres).
      The treaty recommended a Kurdish homeland (Kurdistan?); but, instead of carving out that east west region for the Kurds, a simple division on a map, regardless of the effect on tribes and cultures was created in haste, and we have paid the price for that haste ever since.

      As a member of NATO, Turkey is ”Technically” an ally; but, you will recall that the 4th infantry division was not allowed to launch from Turkish soil, causing the Gulf war invasion of Iraq to be more complicated, less timely, and expensive.
      I think they were meant as a buttress against the Soviets; but, they have never really been a true ally.
      Unfortunately the Kurds have bcome pawns in the region for the last century, and I have no idea how we solve this long standing problem.
      You will note that all of this occurred before the discovery of commercial quantities of crude oil in 1938, and that vast wealth has only made the situation worse.
      I suspect others will also have opinions; but, this is in part some of the regional history.

      1. O.P.,

        The toe thingie in the flip flops is a comfortable nylon cloth. These are really great flip flops for the price. I have been buying them for years now. I would totally recommend.

    1. AT:

      Tuesday/Wednesday we got 4-5 inches over night. Sunny today, but cold, so most of the snow is gone.

      We’re prepping too; buckets getting filled, more FD fruit and eggs.

    2. The temperature here in Florida has dipped down below 90 degrees. I am starting to see students on campus wearing hoodies and jackets.

  21. Congratulations to our California friends.

    It looks like your Govenor has signed 15 new gun restriction bills, this should make it one of the safest states from gun violence.

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