What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 65: October 6th 2019 – October 12th 2019

puddle on farm road

It rained, fellow preppers – it rained! Our creek is still not running, but it has a few inches of water as far as the eye can see through both sides of our property. I am not sure if the rain we got was enough to prevent the grass from dying out, but I am keeping my fingers crossed.

The big and little herds are both working diligently on the grass and brush growing along the edges of our forest and driveway. I am not going to go dipping into hay just yet – it is simply far too soon.

I am hopeful that the intense heat has passed and we will get more rain this week so the grass in the upper pasture has a chance to grow a bit before I rotate them back into it.

We just received a few pawpaws from my mother-in-law, as well as some more seeds. I am excited to get them into the ground. I hope they grow as well as our dwarf banana plants – they are getting humongous:

pawpaws and seeds

We are getting ready to relocate our fruit grove before a gas company project requires work on an existing lease. The new location on our survival homestead is actually a better spot with more room for trees, it just was not ready for use when we first moved onto our fixer upper dream land.

I received an email today from Dr. Drew Miller, a retired United States Air Force Colonel and the head of the Fortitude Ranch project. When I saw him during a Fox News interview over a year ago, I was googling him to find contact information before the segment was even over.

Not only is he an impressive and highly knowledgeable man, the Fortitude Ranch project was one of the most exciting, and affordable prepper retreat concepts I had the pleasure to learn about.

The email newsletter gave an update about the Fortitude Ranch project in West Virginia – there is an open house on October 13 from noon to 5 p.m. if you live close enough to attend.

The planning and organization that has gone into creating Fortitude Ranch compounds across the country is incredibly impressive.

The same email shared his interview on The Washington Post, which wrote about Fortitude Ranch and the increase in prepping in general that I consider a must read. Shockingly enough, the mainstream media didn’t do a hatchet job when referencing preppers … this time.

The reasons for prepping are different for everyone, but the interview shared in the email brought up several that have been talked about here by the Pack in great abundance before.

The possibility of a second Civil War looming on the horizon appears to be creating new preppers with both great frequency and urgency.

This Week’s Questions

How has the bizarre weather in many parts of the country this year, and to some degree, the last several years, impacted your prepping?

  1. How concerned are you about an EMP attack – and why?
  2. Do you thin a second Civil War in the United States of America is possibly and why?
  3. What did you do to prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

About Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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161 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 65: October 6th 2019 – October 12th 2019

  1. Hi gang,
    Weather here has turned cold like some of the rest of the country… Had some much needed rain yesterday and last night. Have some black-eyed peas left over in the overgrown garden. Not sure if they are harvestable, but will check them out this weekend. Monday is a holiday for me. Need to pull up the metal stakes now that it’s rained, so the yard guy can do the last mowing for the year.
    Went to Sam’s and picked up my card. Bought some TP, PT (paper towels), 20lbs of rice, 40 lbs of sugar, 2 gallons of Dawn dish soap, canned chicken breast, disinfectant, vegetable oil, lemon juice, herb stuffing, Velveeta shells, socks, cans of tuna, box of rice krispy treats, paper plates. Went for sinus medicine, but they said they had been out for 3 days…
    Picked up my car from repair guy, and he said I didn’t need a new transmission. Hallelujah! He put it on his machine, and drove it around again, and ended up flushing it out. Changed out the back brakes as they almost needed changing, checked out the antifreeze, and everything else, and said there was nothing else that needed to be fixed…. He was a mechanic at the Ford dealership for 10 years, and works at his house now as a mobile mechanic. I really like his work, and the fact that he doesn’t fix things that aren’t broken. Drove my car to work for the last 3 days, and so far no issues.
    Haven’t done much more cleaning and organizing this week, but this weekend, I will get some more done. So far so good with the friend moving in. 
    Called a local propane dealer to get a quote on installing a 325 gallon tank and run the lines. The guy went on a month long fishing trip, and evidently is the only one that can do quotes… So, I’m waiting in line for a call back as he just got back on Tuesday. In the meantime, I bought another tank for $10 off of FB MP and will get filled today. I won’t pay more than $10, don’t see anyone giving them away anymore, and most are priced at $15 and up.
    Went to a fall gathering at a lady’s house that has a more than 100 year old house that is decorated with period stuff. She has a shed out back that she sells candles, antiques, old timey new stuff, corn stalks, etc. It’s always a treat. Found a jar of buttons and an old cast iron hanging candelabra (needs no electricity)
    Tara’s Questions:
    How has the bizarre weather in many parts of the country this year, and to some degree, the last several years, impacted your prepping? Prep on….
    1. How concerned are you about an EMP attack – and why? I prep for any possibility the best I can.
    2. Do you think a second Civil War in the United States of America is possibly and why? I think we are headed that way. Praying there’s not. We can’t take the Dems agenda any longer.

    Prayers for those in need, for The President and for America.

    Have a great week everyone. Stay warm, be prepared.

    1. Almost There,
      First of all, congrats on being first. Don’t know where Thor1 is hiding this week.

      Have some black-eyed peas left over in the overgrown garden. Not sure if they are harvestable, but will check them out this weekend.

      If they’ve not rotted, they should be usable.

      Monday is a holiday for me. Need to pull up the metal stakes now that it’s rained, so the yard guy can do the last mowing for the year.

      In TN, is Monday Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day? Arrrgh!!!
      And you have a yard guy? LOL

      He was a mechanic at the Ford dealership for 10 years, and works at his house now as a mobile mechanic. I really like his work, and the fact that he doesn’t fix things that aren’t broken. Drove my car to work for the last 3 days, and so far no issues.

      Good for you. I think good mechanics are one of the most underrated professions around. When people move, finding a doctor or a lawyer is rather easy; but, a good mechanic is well, Priceless.

      Called a local propane dealer to get a quote on installing a 325 gallon tank and run the lines. The guy went on a month long fishing trip, and evidently is the only one that can do quotes… So, I’m waiting in line for a call back as he just got back on Tuesday.

      Do you have more than one dealer in your area? We have 5 that can service us and call them all, often pitting one against the other for the best price.
      This past summer we had quotes from about $1.65 to the $0.959 (95.9 cents) we ended up paying. The same would I suspect hold true for tanks.

      Went to a fall gathering at a lady’s house that has a more than 100 year old house that is decorated with period stuff.

      The main part of our house is that old; but, has no period appeal. It’s not antique, just old.

      1. TOP,

        Guess Thor1 was walking his puppy… LOL

        I live in TN. It’s definitely Columbus Day.

        Yes, I do have a yard guy. I don’t own the mower or weed eater to mow 1.3 acres. He’s been mowing it since he was in high school 11 years now. He comes while I am at work, or before I get home from work. So it’s worth it to me. He also trims the bushes, digs holes and cuts down trees and hauls it off when I need it done. I hate mowing and weed eating.

        We do have more than 1 dealer for propane in the area. There are 3 that I know of. One place didn’t answer the phone when I called. That is an immediate, “don’t want to do business with” a company that doesn’t answer the phone. The other I have already been in there, and the lady is really hateful. The guy I am waiting a return call for has good reviews, even though it was only a few.

  2. This Week’s Questions

    How has the bizarre weather in many parts of the country this year, and to some degree, the last several years, impacted your prepping? Early snows for us. A freind’s garden took a hard hit, what was not already harvested, died.

    1. How concerned are you about an EMP attack – and why? It is a big part of what we prep for. Because it will change how we do things – transport, communications, information flow, commerse.

    2. Do you think a second Civil War in the United States of America is possibly and why? Yes, but you would have to be more specific. A battle of arms across the country – 30%. A division of the country into areas of influence – 70%. Initial cooperations after things settle down – 25%.

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

    Got gifted number of wide mouth jars (11 quart & 8 pint) from a friend who is moving.

    Wednesday morning woke up to 4-5 inches of snow. Same as last time, just enough to kill the last of the gardens that didn’t die with the last one. It’s supposed to get to 40 on Friday, so it will all be gone soon.

    Got the first part of my “case lot” sale items Monday. The remainder are on back order.
    Made a Costco & WinCo supply run. P/u a revolver from gunsmith after a grip frame reduction.

    I found out that I can “special order” beans and such from WinCo ahead of time with just a phone call (they are 70+ miles away); they actually prefer it. And their 5-gallong bucket lids are thicker and come with gaskets so they are definitely worth the $0.70 more. The lids WalMart has in stock here are also better quality and $.30 cheaper.

    Our local “ranch supply” store was having a Carhart sale. I finally replaced my hooded, winter, work coat. I bought it big enough to wear layers, but it’s almost too roomy.

    Supply Run: Gun; rice; barley; 3.5-gal & 5-gal buckets, lids; Excedrin (300); Duracell 500 lumen/4xAAA flashlights; candy thermometer; meat thermometer; ammo; coat.

    Received: rice; HW wheat; FD strawberries; powdered milk #10’s; Book: People’s Republic; boxes for 6 x #10 cans;

    1. JP,

      Can’t have too many jars… Free is always good.

      I don’t have a Winco here, so was curious about those lids at WM. Are you saying they are worth checking into? Do you get their 5 gallon buckets too? I still haven’t bought more.

      1. AT:

        I did buy one of their buckets; it is better (thicker) than the last, and under $3 each. I have been going with 3.5-gal ones I get from Home Depot for about $2.60 each. I like this batch of lids. They have the gasket, so here we don’t really need mylar bags; saves some money, and the difference between moving 33# buckets vs. 25# makes a big difference on my back.

        1. I think you’re on to something JP… I can handle 3.5 better than 5 gallon too.

          Did you buy the 3.5 gallon at HD or Winco? Does the bucket actually say Food Grade on it? I think I saw some 5 gallon at HD that has the “Food Grade” or something like that on it, and they cost a little more. I’ve noticed that some have the #2 symbol, and still are not food grade unless it actually states food grade on it. Using the bucket that has the #2 symbol, but not the “food grade” stamped on it still requires mylar to keep the plastic from leaching into the food.

          1. As of this week, I buy the 3.5-gallon buckets at Home Depot and the lids at WalMart. The buckets are $25.94/10 (free shipping to the store, free shipping to home is a bit more) and the lids are $1.68 at WalMart. The important, for me, thing on the lids is they are are about 1″ think at the lip and have a gasket.

            A 3.5-gallon bucket holds 25# of rice, wheat, or beans. I have used a 6-gallon mylar bag w/an O2 obsorber, but with the new lids, I’m going without. I’d just add a little Food Grade DE to grains as you don’t know what bugs might be hidden in the original packaging.

          2. Almost There,

            I saw some 5 gallon at HD that has the “Food Grade” or something like that on it, and they cost a little more. I’ve noticed that some have the #2 symbol, and still are not food grade unless it actually states food grade on it. Using the bucket that has the #2 symbol, but not the “food grade” stamped on it still requires mylar to keep the plastic from leaching into the food.

            The inexpensive HD Orange buckets are #2; but, are not food grade.

            Any of the following plastics can be food grade
            • #1: PETE Polyethylene terephthalate. (most soda & juice bottles are this plastic)
            • #2: HDPE High-density polyethylene (many buckets are this plastic)
            • #4: LDPE Low-density polyethylene
            • #4: PP Polypropylene
            A number 2 does not mean that the plastic is always food grade, it only means that it is HDPE and may be food grade. You also need to look at the binders, coloring agents if not white, and the mold release agents used in the making process as.
            Food grade buckets are generally more expensive.

  3. Hello everyone- The bizarre weather makes it tough! We had temperatures in the 90s on Wednesday and the overnight low Thursday night was 14. So lots of work to get everything possible harvested. Peanuts are hanging to dry in the garage and the dining room table is covered end-to-end with green tomatoes. The last time we had extremes like this we lost some of the bushes. I am a bit worried about the young cherry tree planted in the spring.

    Plenty of canning left to do!

          1. Almost There,

            Ran across this in my e-mail today.

            Interesting article.
            We either let them ripen or do my favorite: 3. Make fried green tomatoes.
            However this one: 9. Make a BLT. seems interesting since it’s not usually done with green tomatoes.

  4. Hello everyone,

    1- EMP is a concern of mine. Back in the Barry Soetero years, the Iranians were patrolling the East Coast @ 12 nautical miles in a frigate and two corvettes. These were capable of launching a SCUD or FROG type missile to the desired altitude and detonated over the Eastern seaboard. These patrols stopped after 2017. I guess they couldn’t smell weakness anymore.
    EMP will probably precipitate a civil insurrection.
    2- Civil War is absolutely a possibility and very likely at that. I’ve said for years that our political zeitgeist mirrors that of 1936 Spain. Read up on that one. Apparently sensing the same thing, our President has signed order # 550/19 placing Marine units on alert. The USMC website verifies this and couches it in the language of bureaucratic banality. Be ready for it.
    The second American Civil War will be ideologically driven. My opinion is that the opening will be bloody as hell but it should wrap up quickly with our side being armed and ready while the other side needs coloring books and safe spaces.
    3- This week, I bought an antique wood burning oven. It’s complete and HUGE! It cost $100 and it’s going to look beautiful in our future house in Tennessee, I’m sure. Mrs. Overwatch is going to have to learn the art of biscuits and gravy on it. She loves it.
    Still mulling over the Ruger PC carbine vs. the KelTec SUB 2000. Pros and cons are so close I’m stymied for now. I’ll have to rent one of each to see.

    1. Hi all about your choice of carbines that the KelTec vs. Ruger , I have found that the 2000 is a good firearm but the PC is much better in testing and ease of use . Both have great customer service if a problem pops up, this is my 2 cents on your choices . We have put a lot of rounds down range with both with very little problems with proper lubrication on both . There is a lot of after market parts for both , I don’t know if this helps any but like I said that’s just my 2 cents.

      1. I guess the advantage to the Ruger is ease of use while the KelTec is more compact. It helps but doesn’t narrow down my choices either. What I mean is that I was more worried about reliability with the KelTec. I know the zero is off when reassembling the Ruger, not on the KelTec. You found both reliable?

        1. Weight wise the SU wins, But it has been back three times for repairs and a upgrade. The Pc has not been back ever in 3500 rounds. The PC has the option of different Magazines that can be used with a little change over, witch is a plus with us. We shoot both with open sights, Neither are target grade but will maintain pie plate at 75 to 100 yards if you can hold it there. we have one of each that we upgraded with after market parts , witch make them somewhat better than factory. The upgraded ones have been put away after checking function . Be careful of plus P ammo and reloads that have been shot in Glocks we have had some case separations. again just my 2 cents.

    2. Overwatchm

      Back in the Barry Soetero years, the Iranians were patrolling the East Coast @ 12 nautical miles in a frigate and two corvettes. These were capable of launching a SCUD or FROG type missile to the desired altitude and detonated over the Eastern seaboard. These patrols stopped after 2017. I guess they couldn’t smell weakness anymore.

      I had completely forgotten about TDL’s birth name. Thanks for the reminder.
      I had to look this up; but, did remember a book on the subject: ”Barry Soetoro (A.K.A. Barack Hussein Obama): The Puppet and His Puppeteers”. I never got around to reading (listening to it); but, I’ve been wondering if those same puppeteers are really the swamp creatures that have not conceded the last election.

      EMP will probably precipitate a civil insurrection.

      Probably? I think it would be a certainty in some areas.

      Civil War is absolutely a possibility and very likely at that. I’ve said for years that our political zeitgeist mirrors that of 1936 Spain. Read up on that one. Apparently sensing the same thing, our President has signed order # 550/19 placing Marine units on alert. The USMC website verifies this and couches it in the language of bureaucratic banality. Be ready for it.

      I had not heard of that E.O. and thank you for the mention. As for being ready, we have plans for nearly anything; but, you know what they say about plans?
      The Spanish civil war lasted about 3 years and as a mirror for those here unprepared to feed and defend themselves it could well be a brutal new reality.
      I think me & mine are well prepared; but, I could be overconfident, thinking (hoping?) that skirmishes will mostly be in urban areas, with any over flow out here being manageable. Fingers crossed.
      I will admit that my first thought of that 1936 conflict brought a chuckle to my demented sense of humor. I still recall the early SNL episodes where the top news was that generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
      It could also be the late (early) hour and my lack of sleep.

      The second American Civil War will be ideologically driven. My opinion is that the opening will be bloody as hell but it should wrap up quickly with our side being armed and ready while the other side needs coloring books and safe spaces.

      I agree and think the other side who talk about being ”woke” will finally really understand the true meaning of that term.
      Once again, Fingers crossed.

      1. Thank you for the memories of Chevy Chase’s newscast. It was certainly more factual than the drivel the globalists are passing off as news these days.
        Type into a search engine “ order number 550/19 USMC”. The first thing that pops is the USMC.mil website and it’s validated there. Stay alert. You’re correct in thinking that violence will be largely confined to urban areas. The mobs of gimmedats could make forays into suburban and rural areas. Your mutual defense groups should discuss roadblocks and ambush tactics.

        1. Overwatch,

          550/19 is the updated MARADMIN I wrote about. It replaced one issued in 2014. All branches have contingency plans like this. No Marine Reserve unit has been specially placed “on alert.”

          There are Marines near the White House. They are the usual garrison of Marine Barracks Washington D.C. They provide the ceremonial troops for the Corps, some are assigned as security at Camp David (and have been for quite awhile). These ceremonial troops are infantrymen and they do train as grunts in the off-season. The MC Drum and Bugle Corps is there as is the MC Band (The President’s Own).

          There are Marines assigned to the White House to open one particular entrance door for simply ceremonial purposes and have been doing so since Reagan was Prez. They are not armed.

          In fact, the MC Band is the ONLY military unit the President has personal control over and very few of them are combat trained Marines. The majority are simply professional musicians. They are not capable of being armed. The Drum and Bugle Corps is also mostly professional musicians, but they are all full-fledged Marines too and could be armed in a pinch.

          1. I know the various branches have these contingency plans. I also know that our President can count on Marines in a “pinch”. That seems to be the thrust of the order. The “pinch” is imminent.

        2. Overwatch,

          Thank you for the memories of Chevy Chase’s newscast. It was certainly more factual than the drivel the globalists are passing off as news these days.

          That and the Early SNL skits were actually funny. I tried watching it after Chevy Chase and Eddy Murphy left; but, haven’t watched it in years, since is ceased being funny when everyone became a pundit.

          Type into a search engine “ order number 550/19 USMC”. The first thing that pops is the USMC.mil website and it’s validated there.

          I tried “Executive Order 550/19” when I first read you post and made note.

          Stay alert. You’re correct in thinking that violence will be largely confined to urban areas. The mobs of gimmedats could make forays into suburban and rural areas.

          That’s what we’re thinking & hoping; but, there are a lot of soft targets between them and us, and we have integrated comms (various radio services), recon (drones), and defense, so will hopefully hold our own.

          Your mutual defense groups should discuss roadblocks and ambush tactics.

          Roadblocks are all too common around here, with large farm machinery just doing their day to day work. Blocking a road from vehicle traffic would be all too easy.

    3. Overwatch:

      I’ve bought both the Kel-Tec and the Ruger PC. I still have the Ruger.

      You loose the folding feature on the Kel-Tec even with a red dot. It is EXTREMELY hard to cock, the DW could not do it.

      I was making a list of the features I would want on a 9mm carbine. 3 months later they came out with the PC Carbine.

      1. It may resolve down to a KelTec for the GHB for me and a Ruger each for Mrs. Overwatch and our oldest DS. The Rugers wouldn’t leave the house much so the wandering zero won’t be an issue. Like I said, I’ll rent each one to try before I buy.
        How did you find the KelTec in terms of reliability?

        1. Overwatch:

          We didn’t fire it much, due to the DW’s issues with it. I didn’t want to get attached to something she could not use.

  5. How concerned are you about an EMP attack – and why?
    Theres stupids out there that would love to stop this country in its tracks. I can think of no better way.
    Do you think a second Civil War in the United States of America is possibly and why?I don’t think it will be quite like the first one. Here’s an article i read this morning that seems very logical https://forwardobserver.com/may-update-on-the-second-american-civil-war/
    What did you do to prep this week? Worked on the bathroom, had to throw out my entire 2019 vintage- time got away from me, and the yeast died. 😞 good news, the plants are doing well so i will do it again next year. I still have some blackberries i could make a batch with, but was saving them for jam for Christmas presents. Oh well, live and learn. Waiting on one more October baby, and trying to sell my truck. Got a new one(to me) Frontier with 4 wheel drive and two real back seats( had jump seats before). Also has a larger towing capacity so i can haul the horses or a camper. 😀

      1. Babycatcher:
        I read the link. And the comments.
        The gal from Boston must be related to the scholars that wanted Kansas, Nebraska and some other Plains states to be restored to Buffalo lands.
        I am so glad I live where I live.

        Stay safe everyone.

      2. Babycatcherm

        Theres stupids out there that would love to stop this country in its tracks. I can think of no better way.

        I agree; but, any actor with the capability would have to be suicidal, since we would still have enough unaffected assets to turn them into glowing dust.

        I don’t think it will be quite like the first one. Here’s an article i read this morning that seems very logical

        Logical yes; but, I think in some cases misses the facts. We have the lowest all around unemployment in 50 years, across all demographic groups.
        As for physical violence in this low intensity conflict, statistics show that violent crime is lower than past years, with the exception of certain areas of some large cities, many of which are run by the ”Do nothing, blame the other guy politicians” and hyped by their MSM lackeys. That random shooting in a far away city most would never have heard about, now gets reported on all of the 24/7 news channels, simply to fill the otherwise unoccupied space.
        For the things that the MSM doesn’t cover, social media fills the void, often with half truths or outright lies.
        The largest city close to me is the capital of Ohio, Columbus, and we see reports on shootings numerous times per week; but, those shootings nearly all occur in the neighborhoods where they have always occurred, and overall crime in other places and especially in our rural settings is rare. More than half of Ohio residents live in 10 of the 88 counties, with close to a quarter (25%) residing in a rural areas. For the Nation, the percentage of the population living in rural areas is slightly less @ 21%, so I think if you live rural, you avoid much of the problem, in part due to your distance from the urban population and in part because we tend to be (actually need to be, more self reliant.

        Got a new one(to me) Frontier with 4 wheel drive and two real back seats( had jump seats before). Also has a larger towing capacity so i can haul the horses or a camper. 😀

        Didn’t know you had horses. We still have the mini; but, she cannot be ridden. I kind of miss having them; but, not the work or the expense.

  6. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,

    It looks like getting a late start worked out today, for this late posting. I’m running late today because the DW & I attended a surprise party for my BIL, her brother who just turned 80. He’s retired; but, still does some farming. Relatives from all over the area, as well as his son, daughter, and their spouses were in from North Carolina & Florida. We all ate great food until we were stuffed.

    It also rained here. It was only a splash @ 0.4 inches; but, enough to keep the dust down. Our creek runs year round; but, right now it’s just a trickle. Every spring however it’s a deep and dangerous flow, with drainage from the water shed of hundreds of acres to our north.

    I am hopeful that the intense heat has passed and we will get more rain this week so the grass in the upper pasture has a chance to grow a bit before I rotate them back into it.

    Tara, at least up here that’s happening, with the high & low today 74.6° & 32.6°. Outside this morning with a little wind it reminded us that winter is on the way. When I watch the weather forecast and conditions, I often think of you and yours, just 2 hours to our south in the same state, since we often seem to live in very different climates. They are forecasting a frost advisory overnight for the entire state, or at least the rural areas.

    Watching that same local news now, they’re showing the collapse this morning, of the new Hard Rock Hotel, under construction in New Orleans with the rest of the building potentially still @ risk of collapse. Makes you feel just a bit lucky no matter your situation.
    In other news of interest, the governor has emended his thoughts on the background check and red flag laws, to provide the ability of performing voluntary background checks by sellers. Selling or giving a firearm to your brother or friend, no problem; but, selling to a stranger, most people (myself included) wouldn’t mind being able to verify if the purchaser is ineligible for cause. He thinks most law abiding Ohioans do not want to willingly sell a gun to a felon or a person who should not own one.
    Instead of a Red Flag law, they want to expand the existing pink slip law, allowing evaluation of a person with mental illness or addiction problems.
    Even these bills may have a hard time passing legislative muster; but, at least we’re finally seeing real “Common sense” laws being proposed.

    We are getting ready to relocate our fruit grove before a gas company project requires work on an existing lease.

    Does your lease include a well & free gas? I have friends with property 25 miles to your northeast, and their lease included free gas at least for a while, until the well service company screwed up and they lost the bubble. Not sure what’s currently happening; but, for a while they had free heat and even use gas to evaporate maple sap to make some syrup.

    I received an email today from Dr. Drew Miller, a retired United States Air Force Colonel and the head of the Fortitude Ranch project. When I saw him during a Fox News interview over a year ago, I was googling him to find contact information before the segment was even over.

    I saw what I suspect was that same segment; but, had a few misgivings.
    The lodge is only 7000 ft2, only a bit more than twice the size of our house, not including our outbuildings and the West Virginia location is way too close to Washington DC for my comfort. The $1000 per year per person could I think be put to better personal preparedness uses, and finally, to hear a retired Air Force Colonel mispronounce “nuclear” as Nukular always gives me pause. When you look at the information about the place, it does sound like a great option for urban folk who want a vacation area with trees & animals around that can also be a secure bug out location; but, doesn’t I think offer me and many of mine much in addition to our normal lifestyle.
    The really good thing however, is that credible people like him pushing preparedness, may help make this lifestyle a more mainstream normal way of life, instead of being portrayed as we kooks who are looking for Armageddon.
    That Open House is later today, and I think we’ll pass on it.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. How has the bizarre weather in many parts of the country this year, and to some degree, the last several years, impacted your prepping?
    The only real impact is we’re purchasing more produce, since the wet weather has rendered our gardening efforts to the lowest level in years. Otherwise, no real change in attitude or outlook.
    2. How concerned are you about an EMP attack – and why?
    Like any potential lifestyle interruption, I’m concerned; but, not really worried. We’ve been preparing for decades to handle nearly any foreseeable event, and will continue to do so. I think other interruptions like, ice storms, and blizzards are much more likely. The folks in the PDRK are currently dealing with their own EOTW moment with long power outages and wildfires, so I think HEMP is not at the top of anyone’s mind, at least out there.
    3. Do you thin a second Civil War in the United States of America is possibly and why?
    I think one is possible; but, only as local skirmishes; where overbearing state or local governments forget their place as servants of the people. At the national level, I think the BS going on right now is transparent enough that the Democrat (err. socialist) candidates may get a shellacking that will give them pause; but, probably not make them see the error of their ways.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    As always, see below.

    TOP’s question
    With all of the events I worked on this past week, and planning for our upcoming trip to my 50 year high school reunion, I’ve not had time to think of any this time around. I’ll try harder next week.

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Received a 2 Pack of First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray cans from Amazon, as mentioned last week by Almost There. We have larger extinguishers in the kitchen and laundry; but, for small fires around the stove these may be a less bulky, better option we hope to never need.
    2. The DW & I, helped provide traffic management and crowd control for the local home coming parade as part of our county EMA duties. This training gets the group trained for handling these tasks during an emergency event, such as an evacuation since it teaches communications and coordination of personnel over a wide area
    3. Worked a drive through influenza vaccination clinic with our county EMA in conjunction with Medical Reserve Corp and county health department. This gets the groups working together to work out any problems in case of a large event requiring distribution of medications or inoculations for our entire county, in case of pandemic or a biological incident.
    4. Received from wish.com
    • Evriholder Easi Twist Multi Jar Opener Bottle Lid that the DW loves.
    • stainless steel Garlic Press Slicer/Chopper/Grinder/mincer/peeler
    • 4 pieces stainless steel playing card shuriken. (The DW shuddered when I unwrapped these, since blades of nearly any type creep her out.
    • Pistol Gun Shaped Ice Cream / Ice Cube / Candy Mold
    • Rifle Cartridge Shaped Ice Cream / Ice Cube / Candy Mold
    • Potato/Tomato/Onion/Lemon/Vegetable/Fruit Slicer Egg Peel Cutter. This little gadget holds the item and allows easy slicing without slicing the fingers.
    • 2 2-piece garlic presses
    • 2: 3m / 10ft Micro USB Charging Cable for the charging station.
    • USB Type C Data / charging cable from wish.com for mobile DMR radio operation. I used it today with a backpack portable system that worked quite well.
    5. Attended a local Hamfest and picked up some additional soldering equipment for the workbench

    That finally wraps up this week.

    1. I forgot to mention that this past week, our furnace came on for the first time this season.
      I also had another blood test and the medication changes have improved my low hemoglobin. It’s up to 12.2 and hopefully heading for normal 13.5 to 17.5
      Currently that’s my biggest medical issue.

  7. #2 Daughter came over and played with puppy. He missed her so much he was jumping straight up in the air and jumping up on her in the chair hugging her….LOL

    Got a lot done for prepping this week.

    Food
    Bought a classic bucket of mountain house freeze dried food.
    Made pico de gallon

    Water
    Bought 2 Sawyer mini filters
    Bought antimicrobial water tablets
    Bought 2 cases of water

    Security
    Bought 2 22rnd mags for the G22
    Bought 2 17rnd mags for the G17
    Bought 40rnds of 40 cal HST
    Bought 20 rnds of 40 cal Starfire
    Bought a Caldwell 30rnd AR mag loader ( cool)
    Bought a 3 mag molle gear for plate carrier

    Communications
    Bought 2 Baofeng UV- 5R transceivers
    Charged 2 FRS/GMRS cobra transceivers

    Power
    Charged 4 AA batteries
    Charged 4 AAA batteries

    Gym
    Heavy cross training

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Do you think the fires,power outages and ham radio shutdowns California were intentionally done as an exercise for an invasion?
    2.Can you guess who owns the electrical company in California?
    3. Do you think Democrats that committed crimes or treason may finally face arrest on 10/18/2019 ?
    4. Are you ready for civil unrest from Antifa on 10/19/2019 ?

    1. Tara’s questions:

      1. How concerned are you about an EMP attack – and why?
      2. Do you thin a second Civil War in the United States of America is possibly and why?

      1. Very, too many 2nd and 3rd world countries hate the USA or red flag……

      2. Very much, the Dems want communism AKA totàl control…..

        1. Thor 1,

          Nope. Haven’t noticed. In fact, I was at the grocery store Friday and looked right at the salt, and the shelf was full.

          1. Z36, one of my local grocery stores hasn’t had the regular 1lb containers for a couple weeks. Publics…..they had high dollar sea salt ones hidden in the very back. I’m glad I have 100lbs of salt stored just in case…….

        2. Thor1,

          You know, back in the day, cowboy days, they had power wars over salt. Those that had the salt, had the power over the other ranchers. The livestock needed the salt, and salt was a way to preserve food. I can’t recall if preserving with salt takes a specific type or not. Something to research.

          1. AT, They make canning salt, curing salt or you can use regular salt just do not use it with iodine if pickling or canning….

            The majority of my salt is regular but I have some with iodine. The Mrs ordered some Himalayan salt. It all he an indefinite shelf life.

          2. Thanks for the reminder Thor1. I have lots of Himalayan salt, sea salt, kosher salt, and a few few lbs of salt with iodine. I think I need more.

          3. Almost There,

            My understanding is for any preserving (canning, pickling, salt curing meat), it’s best to have just plain salt (sodium chloride) without iodine or anti-caking elements.

            The Morton Salt website is kind of helpful, but they point you to their grocery store products that come in 4lb boxes. On Amazon you’ll pay close to $1 a pound.

            I was able to order a 50lb bag of “canning salt” from the local Amish/Mennonite bulk foods store for $17.50. It comes in the original brown bag, and is called Morton Purex (or TFS Purex) salt. It contains only food grade sodium chloride salt, nothing else. They buy it in bulk and then repackage in smaller quantities, I just asked for the full bag. Plan to order a few more bags for myself and friend.

            Avoid anti-caking agents like sodium silicoaluminate, and iodine, food grade or otherwise.

            There’s a place for regular iodized table salt, but not in canning/curing.

            Hope this helps!

          4. Almost There,

            You know, back in the day, cowboy days, they had power wars over salt. Those that had the salt, had the power over the other ranchers. The livestock needed the salt, and salt was a way to preserve food.

            Actually Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi’s march to the Arabian sea (the Salt March in 1930 in India, was an act of civil disobedience protesting British rule in India and their heavy taxation of salt.

            I can’t recall if preserving with salt takes a specific type or not. Something to research.

            Nope. It’s just plain sodium chloride with no additives including iodine or anti caking agents. Standard non-iodized table salt works fine; but, pickling salt is just a coarser grind of the same.
            Our water softener salt is our backup, and we would just have to grind it to the size we needed.

        3. Thor 1
          When I was in Cash&Carry(SmartFoods,Inc), the canning salt, they only had two boxes on the shelf. Come to think about it the bags of salt and the salt & pepper shakers spaces were empty. It was a 1st for this store, usually they are filled several deep. I purchase my canning salt there because it is less than the grocery store by a $1 to $1.50 per box.

          There is a speciality salt store on line located in Washington state. I could not find my samples packs with their address, so if you do a search you should find them. They carry canning salt to speciality salts for curing meats(smoked). They will give you sample packages to try for free.

        4. Thor1, I have noticed the bigger bags of generic salts are gone to be replaced with name brand products…High end Himalayan salts that come in a grinder are there.. If anyone has a dollar tree check them. sometimes available in #1lb sack, for 1$, very fine does not need to be ground. If you desire a larger amount ( case lots of each product only)can pre pay for on line and they will ship to your local store for pickup…

        5. Thor1,
          No salt shortage here.
          Iodized salt in the typical round cardboard container, kosher & pickling salt by the bag and various kinds of softener salt by the 40, 80, or 100 pound bags are plentiful. Road salt (rock salt) seems to be plentiful, or at least no complaints from ODOT about a shortage.
          Northern Ohio is of course a major provider of salt along with southern Michigan, since vast salt beds formed as the inland seas dried up to form the great lakes, and left huge salt mines under the lakes.

          1. TOP,

            That’s very true about the salt deposits. A large part of Detroit has salt mines deep underneath it. However, that salt is not table salt quality. It’s primarily used on roads during the winter.

          2. Zulu 3-6,
            That salt cannot be mined directly for table salt; but, when used to make a brine solution, filtered and dried, some is used for both table and softener salt.
            Most as you mention is used for deicing roads.
            It’s interesting that the salt needed for the roads is close to the roads that get the winter weather to need the salt. Coincidence? Probably LOL

        6. Thor1,

          Publics…..they had high dollar sea salt ones hidden in the very back.

          I have news for everyone, all salt is sea salt, although some comes from ancient seas that have dried up and are now being mined.

          I’m glad I have 100lbs of salt stored just in case

          We always have at least 200-300 pounds of softener salt on hand that can easily be used for other salt needs. Some iodized salt & kelp tablets takes care of that micronutrient.

    2. Thor’s questions:
      1. Do you think the fires, power outages and ham radio shutdowns California were intentionally done as an exercise for an invasion?

      No. I haven’t heard of any ham radio shutdowns. ARRL would have been announcing that to the membership (of which I am one). California doesn’t have the legal authority to “shut down” ham radio operations. Only the feds do in certain national emergencies. Fires happen in California all of the time and have for centuries. They are an issue because the place is so heavily populated close to the coast. Plus, if Santa Ana winds get involved, that just adds to the problem as does California’s forest management policies (let it grow and hurry to put out the fires). Power outages are another thing. Supposedly, the outages are to allow the power company to do repairs and upgrades to the high-power transmission lines. PG&E is being sued out of existence because their power lines blow down and cause fires in the forest lands that California allows to become extreme fire hazards. Financial pundits are recommending people start selling their PG&E stock as it is on the way to be a penny stock.

      2.Can you guess who owns the electrical company in California?

      Uh, China?

      3. Do you think Democrats that committed crimes or treason may finally face arrest on 10/18/2019 ?

      I haven’t heard anything of this.

      4. Are you ready for civil unrest from Antifa on 10/19/2019 ?

      Well, if they do act up, as long as they stay away from me and mine, I won’t get involved. I’ll let the authorities handle it. If they feel the need to bother me, they might be in for an unpleasant surprise. I think if they rampage around Orlando, they will probably do so downtown where the federal building and various court houses are. I’m north of there about 6 miles as the crow flies.

        1. Thor1,

          OK, California didn’t “do away” with ham radio, period. They are just not using that resource anymore during emergencies. Ham radio still exists in California. Typically foolish decision on their part.

          1. Zulu 3-6 & Thor1,
            Actually that whole thing is bogus, as I reported from my ARRL Section manager (N8SY) back on October 5th, and I quote: “Fake news..!! ARRL was all over this just after it was originally posted”

          2. Zulu,
            They are trying to extract money from ham operators. They do not intend to allow any towers on state controlled land unless $$ greases their slimey pockets… and they cut power to them, the resources for each power supply to towers was inadequate( was my understanding). It is all about the money.

          3. Anonamo Also,

            the resources for each power supply to towers was inadequate( was my understanding). It is all about the money.

            This was a discussion topic on one of my nets last night and it seems to only be a few small municipalities that are hurting for cash in their taxaholic state.
            Infact the power required to operate a repeater is only that of running 2 or 3 100 watt incandescent light bulbs. It may be a money thing; but, all too often it’s a power thing with politicians showing how powerful they can be by stepping on the little people.
            The unfortunate thing is that when those same towers stop working for official communications due to power loss or other interruptions, most hams when asked will still use their own equipment, skills, and time, to bail out with emergency communications.
            In a situation like this we would all be justified to show them the proverbial middle finger and let them squirm; but, all of the hams I know (and that’s a lot) would come to their rescue, since that part of what we train to do.
            At least in my area, our LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) knows what value the hams provide, and we get good support, with hams often, also supporting the official equipment on those same towers.

        2. Thor1,

          Interesting videos

          Interesting yes; but, pure unmitigated B.E.

          Video #1 is just someone repeating more fake news. I specifically checked with our ARRL section manager and have posted his reply here several times. I understand that one community council asked the hams to stop using a municipal tower for their repeater; but, when they find another spot for the antenna, things will continue.

          Video #2 is yet another 911 conspiracy where the Bush administration and the deep state pulled off 911 and the blogger is trying to educate us. Yet more unmitigated B.E.

          As for who owns the electric company in California, the globalist Rothschild

          You really like trying to stir up trouble; but, you should first check your facts, since they are so easy to check if you understand the world.
          PG&E is owned by its shareholders, who in total own 200180000 shares.

          As for the Rothschild involvement, vice chairman of investment banking firm Rothschild Inc, was on the board; but, has sine resigned.
          Please check your facts.

          1. Top,

            Rothschild Inc. (“Applicant”), financial advisor and investment banker to the debtor and debtor in-possession (“Debtor”) of Pacific Gas & Electric Company (“PG&E” or the “Company”), makes this first application for interim compensation and reimbursement of expenses, and in support thereof respectfully represents: 1.Aug 1, 2019

            Fact check completed

          2. Thor1,

            Rothschild Inc. (“Applicant”), financial advisor and investment banker to the debtor and debtor in-possession (“Debtor”) of Pacific Gas & Electric Company (“PG&E” or the “Company”), makes this first application for interim compensation and reimbursement of expenses, and in support thereof respectfully represents: 1.Aug 1, 2019

            This is simple: PG&E equipment has been implicated in starting the Paradise wildfires. They are being sued for an estimated $ 20,400,000,000 settlement and have filed for bankruptcy protection.

            Prior to the bankruptcy filing Rothschild Inc was and is just one of the shareholders, whose SEC 13D indicates they hold about 5% of the 529,220,000 outstanding shares. 5% is far from controlling the company.

            What you listed is just their filing for a share of the carcass when the bankruptcy is completed.
            I suspect other debtors are filing similar paperwork to get their share.

            Fact check now completed

          3. Top, I find it hard to believe at 5% they had someone on the board who resigned. But never the less they owned them at least partially.

            Fact check done. Thanks for proving my point. LOL

          4. Thor1,

            Top, I find it hard to believe at 5% they had someone on the board who resigned. But never the less they owned them at least partially.
            Fact check done. Thanks for proving my point. LOL

            You will recall that your original question was:
            2.Can you guess who owns the electrical company in California?
            By the standard rules of English ”own” means the entire entity, not to own a small piece of it. I own my house, my vehicles, my guns, my radios, etc.
            I own shares of stocks (little pieces) of Caterpillar, Verizon and others; but, do not say I own Caterpillar.
            Now you’re trying to twist the language to redefine your original loaded question.
            BTW, 5% of PG&E’s total value of $4140000000.00 is valued @ $207000000.00 and that kind of money will get you a seat on the board of almost any publicly traded company. As for leaving the board and selling out, that’s probably the rats getting off of a sinking, ship facing bankruptcy.

          5. Thor1,
            I guess if you’re OK with winning by cheating or changing the rulesafterthe game has started, then you win.
            I’ve never thought that cheating was ethical; but, perhaps in reality you’re really just a Democrat in drag. LOL

          6. Top, I think your real name is Hillary. Did you go in to hiding in Ohio after your failed election? LOL Maybe you are Nancy Pelosi……or maybe AOC….the “O” could be for Ohio… LOhioL…..

      1. How close are you to Winter Park? We have a close friend there we may be seeing within the next two months. Would love to meet up and say howdy.

          1. secondrecon,

            We could probably do that. My weekdays are generally filled up, but most of my weekends are open.

            Does TOP have your email? You could ask him to send you mine if he does.

          2. Zulu 3-6,
            I do not have secondrecon’s email address; but, like many of you, he can click on my name, and the website it takes you to will allow you to contact me.
            In the body of the message mention ”thesurvivalistblog” and the name you use here, and I’ll make the connection.
            I have contact information for quite a few and they will all tell you I observe OPSEC.

        1. Babycatcher to Zulu,

          How close are you to Winter Park? We have a close friend there we may be seeing within the next two months. Would love to meet up and say howdy.

          I’m not giving away anything mentioning that Zulu lives in Orlando, so what I do is type the following into Google: ”distance from winter park fl to orlando fl” and get the answer: “14 min (7.5 mi) via FL-426 W/E Fairbanks Ave and I-4 W” that should be a good ballpark estimate for you answer.

          1. Sounds good to me. TOP, Z36 has permission to have my email addy ok? I would like to touch base when we go down there. 😁

          2. TOP and BC,

            Actually I live north of Orlando and essentially next door to Winter Park to the north in Maitland.

      2. Zulu,

        I read up on PG&E. They declared bankruptcy, fearing lawsuits because of the fires they caused. They failed to maintain equipment and that’s why some of the fires started. The kicker is that they paid shareholders $4.5 billion before filing for bankruptcy. I am really surprised we are not hearing more about civil unrest in California. I can’t imagine that the cupcakes are well prepared for five days without electricity.

        1. Bam Bam,

          I read up on PG&E. They declared bankruptcy, fearing lawsuits because of the fires they caused. They failed to maintain equipment and that’s why some of the fires started.

          That’s the story the gubment is pushing; but, at least some of the blame goes to bad forestry management practices and environmentalists keeping heavy equipment out of some areas to do right of way maintenance.
          There is plenty of blame to go around.

          I am really surprised we are not hearing more about civil unrest in California. I can’t imagine that the cupcakes are well prepared for five days without electricity.

          Axtually there are qiote a few who are prepared. Our own Sirius has enough solar capacity to run his house; but, I don’t know how much storage capacity he has for night time.

          1. TOP
            If you are in contact with Sirius, would you give him a shout out from us. Have been wondered how he was doing. Could not keep up that much with the blog after acdh fell & broke his leg at the beginng of the summer as our days were filled with doc’s and rehab..

          2. Antique Collector,

            If you are in contact with Sirius, would you give him a shout out from us. Have been wondered how he was doing.

            Will do. We’ve been playing phone tag the last few days; but, hope to speak with him yet this week.
            Last time er talked he was doing OK; but, didn’t have a lot of time, while dealing with his aging mother.

        2. Bam Bam,

          I knew they were going to file, but I didn’t know they had already done so. I really don’t pay a great deal of attention to the stupidity out of Kalifornia.

          Like TOP mentions, a lot of the fire damage is on the People’s Socialist Republic of Kalifornia and their forest management practices (or lack thereof). But politicians aren’t going to take the blame, especially if there is someone else to point fingers at. PG&E’s maintenance shortfalls make for perfect finger pointing.

    3. Thor1,

      Bought 2 Baofeng UV- 5R transceivers

      Are you licensed to use them for transmitting?
      If so, get the programming cable and download ”Chirp”, the free programming software. If not, you can only use them for listeneing.

      Your questions:
      1. Do you think the fires,power outages and ham radio shutdowns California were intentionally done as an exercise for an invasion?
      No. It’s due to decades of blind environmental activism, allowing poor forestry management to create a situation where wildfires are inevitable with a single spark, perhaps along with poor power line right of way management by PG&E. The later could be PG&E’s fault or more activism not allowing heavy equipment into the forests, since I’ve heard of both.
      2. Can you guess who owns the electrical company in California?
      As a publically traded company, it is owned by its shareholders, and traded on the NYSE, Symbol: OGE. Current price in the $53 range with a market cap of $8.68B, a P/E of 20.43 and a yield of 3.57%
      3. Do you think Democrats that committed crimes or treason may finally face arrest on 10/18/2019 ?
      No; but, I think investigations will continue and the IG may recommend indictments. Unlike the Dems, we should not get the cart ahead of the horse.
      4. Are you ready for civil unrest from Antifa on 10/19/2019 ?
      Yep, since it won’t happen anywhere near me. Good luck to all the urban dwellers.

  8. 1- slight to moderate/ global politics . i think we’re loosing at the tarrif war , despite a slight bump the other day. i would slash and burn , if i felt cornered. i would say. i am more concearned with hacking of the grid, than emp. i think the country is naive, that were winning or safe. china still wants fed and needs us. but want us to go back to the old normal. the u.s. as global cop, is probably over.
    2 yes i think something is coming. some call it the boogaloo. years and years of abuse and over taxation. the lines been drawn, where they won’t be aloud to cross with out consequences. its happened before, it can happen again. look up shays rebellion. the time for everyone , to go play in their own yards and get along or peacefully divorce are about over.
    3 sold a dozen milk cows last week, got in touch with a guy to build some hi tension wire fencing. started cleaning out the garden, pushing up the hugel bed sides and added a little more finished compost on the center top. started combining beans a few days ago. later today, i will put some more wheat out. on small acreage. i’m looking into a long term solar farm lease acreage,. [ i don’t know yet.] i’m still looking for a angus bull, to breed my holstiens heifers. get them bred and sell them in exchange for 1 live beef calf back. that i can graze on the pasture. then sell freezer beeef.
    moved a few full boxes away.
    listed small square hay bales for sale in a local forum. $9/each hi end fescue.

    is anyone else not getting notifications of follow ups. i’ve checked the trash and spam folder, of my throw away email accts. all 3 boxes are checked.

    1. your paw paws are supposed to get started , just by dumping the whole paw paw and letting the flesh eat through the seed shell, to encourage germination.

      i have a 1/2 bucket. i’m planning on planting. the next day or so

      1. Black
        I have not been able to receive them and I am not sure what is going on. I marked the boxes and checked the folders for spam. Not a darn thing…so I am not sure what is happening.

        If someone can tell us why this happening would love to know how to work around this so I receive them in the email. Otherwise I have to skim through all the postings each day.

        1. Antique Collector,

          I have not been able to receive them and I am not sure what is going on. I marked the boxes and checked the folders for spam. Not a darn thing…so I am not sure what is happening.

          I mark the boxes and within seconds after posting my 1st comment I get the ”Subscribe: Confirm Follow” email.

          If someone can tell us why this happening would love to know how to work around this so I receive them in the email. Otherwise I have to skim through all the postings each day.

          I hate that skimming also; but, perhaps the only difference is how we get / read our email.
          I use an email client (Mozilla Thunderbird) as a POP3 client that goes out and downloads the email to my PC and deletes it from the server.
          If you are using webmail, meaning you access your email via a browser, perhaps that’s the issue; but, I don’t know why it would be.
          I personally don’t like webmail.
          Thunderbird is BTW a free download; but, you would have to check with your email provider for configuration instructions and your email access would be somewhat limited to the computer running the program.

          1. i unsubscribed. then resubscribed and notifications are coming again. maybe my gmail has a count tripper . where after a year , they stop showing? IDK

          2. TOP & Black
            Will try that to see if it straightens out the email.

            Black like you we have the awful G account. It does not like choice of business we receive into our mail, it slows down everything where I had to use the old standard down load. Especially since I refused to down load chrome.

  9. (1) EMP possibilities are strong. What a nice, “neat” way to cripple a country! UGH
    (2) Civil war? Probably to some degree, not sure how long it would last. We’re as ready as
    we can be for such as that.
    (3) Prepping this week…just typical farming endeavors. Growing, harvesting, canning. Pen cleaning.
    Mulching around the fruit trees with what the farm critter poop out! LOL I make it sort of a game to
    see how much of a closed ecological system I can develop here on my 5 acres. Right now, there’s a four-foot long gator living in our canal/pond system. Had one shot at him so far, but missed. He will become nuggets eventually!
    We are housing 2 Bahamians who lost it all in Dorian. We have a couple of immigration attorneys working on their situation to get them permission to remain here after their 6-month “vacation” is up. Our Bahama Brothers have been a blessing to be around and we count it a privilege to help them. It’s been sobering to hear the stories of the storm they endured and the losses they experienced—it was their SHTF event for sure.

  10. Papers have been signed to list the house. Sorting and packing to be ramped up.
    Have been helping a cousin in law and his son to move. He has given me his deceased wife’s clothes and shoes. Most of which I have washed or sprayed with freshner and passed on to those who can use them. Most were far too large but was able to find a few things that I can use. He was going to leave all her cake pans and decorating ripples so I rescued those and after keeping a few am in the process of distributing the rest to places they will be used. Got some folding chairs and my step grandmother’s sewing machine. I have some great childhood memories of both my dad’s mother and step mother. Was able to trap 4 cats and relocate them plus a 5th that was friendlier. The cats went to a rescue I know where they will be safe and fed and fixed. My cousin in law is moving into town along the highway. Too much of a chance of running afoul of cars plus 4 of 5 were feral or semi feral. Hopefully there is a chance for the kittens to be tamed.
    I’ll have to start building fires in the morning soon as the weather has turned colder in the morning but is pleasant the rest of the day with little wind.

    1. suzyq

      Are you moving to smaller home or completely different area due to your injuries?

      You are farther along then we are, one step forward 10 steps backwards.

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

    After Tara’s question last week about shoes, I decided that I should get some stuff specific for leather and shoe repair. So, I bought some tools, including awls specific for leather work, leather needles, and waxed thread. I’ve used Shoe Goo in the distant past and it worked well, so I got some of that too. So much for saving money, eh? Nah, I’ll still have enough to save and make me happy.

    As I mentioned last week, I bought some Mountain House freeze-dried turkey casserole (a new menu item for MH). I promised Thor1 that I would post a taste test review, here it is: All in all, it’s not bad. Not as good as my favorite (Italian Style Pepper Steak with Rice), but still satisfying and tasty. I recommend it. But remember, I liked C-Rats and MREs too. So, no accounting for taste.

    Granddaughter was playing with toys at home with her daddy. She held up a piece and asked what shape it was? Her dad said it was a diamond. He said she got a smug look on her face and said, “No, it’s a rhombus.” Which, of course, was correct too. Where is this kid learning plane geometry?

    I bought (12) 1/2oz silver rounds for granddaughter’s 3rd birthday gift. She’s the kid who has everything and her paternal grandmother will likely bury her under toys and clothes as usual. I hope the rounds will have good future value for her along with the rounds I bought her last year. My Ex also tends toward practical gifts that will last a long time; she makes quilts for granddaughter.

    Central Florida got some much-needed rain earlier in the week. A few storms were real gully washers, two of which I had to drive in. Not fun. Admittedly, better than snow.

    I went to the range with my Ex to get her locked in with her new pistol (Sig P365). Before we left for the range, I drilled her on racking the slide properly. She was taught in the bad old days to use her thumb and forefinger on M1911A1 .45s. She could do it back then, but she was a young Coastie. She still has a hard time with the slide using both hands to push in opposite directions. The magazines have amazingly stiff springs. Even I had a hard time getting the 9th and 10th rounds in. I got her a magazine speed loader and she loves it. She shot mostly OK. She was anticipating the shot a lot and ended up pushing low and right. She was always in the rings though, no fliers. I think I ticked her off a little when I ended up shooting the X-ring out of my target (with my P228). She called me a showoff. I gave her an exercise to do, called “Squeezees,” that if she does it several times a day and keeps pushing the rep count, her hands, fingers, and wrists will become stronger. She should be able to handle the slide with no issues in just a few weeks.

    Tara’s questions:

    How has the bizarre weather in many parts of the country this year, and to some degree, the last several years, impacted your prepping?

    It hasn’t had a huge impact on my prepping. Weather-wise, Florida weather has been basically the same as it has been for years. We haven’t been nailed by that many hurricanes, nothing out of the ordinary except Cat 5 Michael last year and even that was really a statistical eventuality. Most of my preps are hurricane related, although many of those have application to other SHTF situations too (food and water, battery-powered lighting, portable solar charging units, etc).

    1. How concerned are you about an EMP attack – and why?

    I’m not excessively concerned, although I do have some backup electronics in a Faraday cage, just in case. An EMP would be tough, but my preps should get me though the early parts. I also know that if an EMP occurs and the National Command Authority can pin it on a national actor, that country is going to be flat, black, and glow in the dark.

    2. Do you thin a second Civil War in the United States of America is possibly and why?

    It is possible, anything is. But if a Civil War breaks out, this will not have easily delineated “sides.” Such as North v. South. This civil war will involve Patriots v. Socialists/Communists and your next-door neighbor could easily be the “enemy.” There will also be third party actors involved. Gangs, such as MS-13, will take advantage of the confusion to do whatever they want to do and that will involve violence. However, the triggers will be many and will primarily revolve around truly serious attempts to take away basic Constitutional Rights by government. There will be assassinations of politicians of all stripes, and people will coalesce around leaders seen as strong and representing their world-view. It will be ugly even if the socialist side is seen now as poorly armed and trained. Which way will the military go? Probably just like it did in 1861. Some to one side, some to the other.

    3. What did you do to prep this week? See above.

    1. Z36, thanks for the review. Did you have cranberry sauce with it?

      Your analysis on civil war is good but remember, the UN is waiting to jump in with Chinese and Russian troops in a “PEACE KEEPING MISSION” sarc.

      1. Thor1,

        No cranberry sauce.

        The UN won’t do anything of the sort. If they tried, they wouldn’t like the result. For one, the UN building may end up looking like the WTC.

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          The UN won’t do anything of the sort. If they tried, they wouldn’t like the result. For one, the UN building may end up looking like the WTC.

          I agree that without the US cash and military, the UN is just a group of self important bureaucrats with tons of outstanding parking tickets; but, hopefully we wouldn’t damage the building. Simply shutting off all services would soon empty the place, at which point the Trump family company could take it over like they did the old DC post office, and make it into a profit center.
          In 10th grade @ age 16 I took a trip to NYC to see the UN from the inside. They have a huge meeting hall for the general assembly, many offices that could be repurposed into office and living space, plus a large kitchen and dining area, that could be another 5-star NYC restaurant.
          That’s prime real estate that allows to many foreign spies access to the country with diplomatic immunity and would serve both NYC & the country to many better purposes.

          1. TOP,

            That’s true about the UN building, IF the government wanted them out. Although, I imagine it would start with a more diplomatic eviction, with utility service cutoffs as a next step, followed by physical evictions (which probably wouldn’t be needed).

            I was thinking about some home-grown radicals who would not take well to any UN military “peacekeeping” in the US. Load up a cargo plane with ANFO and fly it into the building. Ugly. Lots of collateral damage and casualties though.

          2. Zulu 3-6,
            Do you think the plane would even need ANFO. Full fuel tanks alone worked rather well for the towers.
            Also, after the routine air traffic on 9/11 caused such chaos, do you think a plane flying into that building would go unnoticed or potentially be intercepted.
            OTOH, if intercepted, what do you do, since splashing it would rain debris over populated areas.
            No good answer that I can see.

          3. TOP,

            As a strictly academic exercise, I think you would need a somewhat smaller aircraft that can fly low. As such, it wouldn’t have the velocity on impact those airliners did on 9/11. So, I think a little booster like ANFO would be necessary.

            I don’t know exactly what ATC procedures they have set up right now as I’m not a pilot. Regardless, a skilled pilot willing to immolate him/her self would be required, not some half-trained monkey.

            Anyway you look at it, casualties and property damage would be high.

      2. I agree Thor1 on the civil war. Thanks to Obammer, they are allowed to keep “peace” in America.
        We have no say so. They are now on high alert as well as the Marines around the WH.

        1. AT,

          Whatever “agreement” Obama may have made was never ratified by the Senate. Therefore it has no legal effect on the US. Trump has pulled us out of several treaties that Obama signed, but were never ratified. People screamed like those treaties were written in stone, but in reality, they were printed on toilet paper.

          1. True Z36… So why are the UN people that are here are on high-alert then? What are they doing here anyway?

        2. AT,

          Where are people getting the “Marines are on alert” from?

          I know the Corps just issued an updated MARADMIN (Marine Administrative Notice) on when and how Reserve Marines, in particular, are alerted and placed on active duty to support civil authorities in the event of a disaster or other emergency. The Corps has had a MARADMIN like this for a long time and it is periodically updated just like every other MARADMIN and MCO (Marine Corps Orders).

          The Navy and Marine Corps are not affected by the Posse Comitatus Act except by DoD and Dept of the Navy policy. Only the Army and Air Force are legally bound by it. However, there are many exceptions to the PCA.

          None of my Marine contacts have heard anything either except for the newly updated MARADMIN.

        3. AT,

          What “UN people?” And where are they?

          Yes, there are people from foreign militaries in the US. Some are undergoing training, others work on the staff of a couple of major commands (Southern Command and Central Command being two).

          1. Z36,

            Re Marines on alert: It’s what Overwatch mentioned in his post. I don’t know if that is the same as what you are talking about, but it doesn’t sound like it’s the same. There is a coup going on…

            Re UN: They are throughout the country. They are not our friends. Just like ISIS, waiting for an opportune time…

          2. Almost There,

            Re UN: They are throughout the country. They are not our friends. Just like ISIS, waiting for an opportune time

            Waiting for an opportune time to do what?
            The fact is that the UN is just a building and some bureaucrats.
            Any troops they have here are sparse, outnumbered, outgunned, and have no logistics support.
            Like a well organized gang, they could be trouble; but, it’s a big country with a 2nd amendment and people who would not long put up with their crap.

        4. AT,According to what i have heard thru several sites…Dave Hodges, and Drake Bailey, the blue hats are in Calif, Morgan hill ,( Park area),vid./the common sense show.. as are the Marines and other “well armed groups” that will see the blue hats do not cause trouble.I got the distinct impression it will not be pretty… Could not keep them out due to ongoing rules.. would like to see their building repurposed into a low cost housing option for the needy. UN is supposed to be relocating to their country of choice, they are about 4 years too late….Marines around WH need to be fully armed.not ceremonial.

          1. AA,

            As I’m sure you know, White House security is the province of the Secret Service. If they want armed Marines all they have to do is ask. However, the Barracks really doesn’t have a huge number of Marines available. Essentially, roughly two companies. Plus they will have to keep their own security force onsite to protect the Barracks.

            The location of the Barracks was intentionally placed where it is by President Jefferson and LtCol Burrows, who was Commandant at the time, as it would be within easy marching distance to the White House (though it wasn’t called that back then).

            However, if necessary, more infantry can be provided by the Army’s 3rd Infantry at Ft. Myers. They too are ceremonial troops primarily, but they are also infantry and they do train in the off-season as well.

            If really necessary, more Marines could probably be flown in Ospreys from Camp Lejuene in North Carolina and Army paratroopers from Ft. Bragg, also in North Carolina, not to mention operators from Delta Force and the Special Forces Group stationed there.

          2. Zulu, My point is like our home security./ emergency medical care here…The need may be great, and immediate when assistance is 30 min away.I am glad POTUS packs!

          3. Anonamo Also,

            would like to see their building repurposed into a low cost housing option for the needy.

            I think it would make a better office and condo complex, using the profits to help the needy, since locating poor people in down town NYC would probably be way too cost prohibitive, with no other local supporting services like grocery stores, doctors & dentists.

            UN is supposed to be relocating to their country of choice, they are about 4 years too late

            I’ll believe that when I see it. Not holding my breath.

            Marines around WH need to be fully armed.not ceremonial.

            White house security is handled by both plain clothes and uniformed members of the Secret Service, and except in emergencies, they are reticent to have anyone except their agents armed around the president and other executives (Pres, VP, and families). In addition there are a large; but, classified number of technical security features around the WH, such as seismic sensors capable of detecting foot falls and heat sensors detecting approaching humans and these are only some of the few we know about.

    2. Zulu 3-6,

      I’ve used Shoe Goo in the distant past and it worked well, so I got some of that too.

      I just added it to my wish list and will get some on the next CC billing cycle. Thanks.

      All in all, it’s not bad. Not as good as my favorite (Italian Style Pepper Steak with Rice), but still satisfying and tasty. I recommend it. But remember, I liked C-Rats and MREs too.

      I’ve never had C-Rats; but, also like MRE’s.
      I may also try that Mountain House Italian Style Pepper Steak with Rice, since I like the real stuff, as well as stuffed peppers when peppers are in season.

      Granddaughter was playing with toys at home with her daddy. She held up a piece and asked what shape it was? Her dad said it was a diamond. He said she got a smug look on her face and said, “No, it’s a rhombus.” Which, of course, was correct too. Where is this kid learning plane geometry?

      ,,
      Osmosis? Me thinks you have a future engineer on your hands. LOL

      I hope the rounds will have good future value for her along with the rounds I bought her last year.

      I do too, since I’m sitting on north of 1200 troy oz, waiting for the price to pop

      Admittedly, better than snow.

      Perhaps I’m twice as odd as you, since I like MRE’s AND Snow. LOL.

      I also know that if an EMP occurs and the National Command Authority can pin it on a national actor, that country is going to be flat, black, and glow in the dark.

      I think you are correct, and that capacity would take a nation state actor, all of which I suspect are being closely watched.

      This civil war will involve Patriots v. Socialists/Communists and your next-door neighbor could easily be the “enemy.”

      I think I can confidently state that none of my neighbors would be in that category. It’s yet another reason for rural living, and more range time out back.

      There will also be third party actors involved. Gangs, such as MS-13, will take advantage of the confusion to do whatever they want to do and that will involve violence.

      Hopefully again in the urban areas, far from here, doing most of the battle with law enforcement, national guard, and perhaps a few urban fighters.

      However, the triggers will be many and will primarily revolve around truly serious attempts to take away basic Constitutional Rights by government.

      I agree so keep a close eye on this Tuesday’s debate, being held only 40.1 miles from my location. You couldn’t pay me to be in that little town this upcoming week.

      Which way will the military go? Probably just like it did in 1861. Some to one side, some to the other.

      Maybe; but, I think the sides are not as well defined now as they were then, and I know of no military, reserve, or veterans that buy into the socialist line of B.E.

      1. TOP,

        The vast majority of police officers and military (including vets) that I know are on the Conservative/Patriot side of things. Some have very scary combat experience that people like Antifa would not like to meet.

        But, every outfit has their ten-percenters who will go in the other direction.

    1. AT,

      This is good news. It comes from Judicial Watch which is pretty reliable. Obama was selling the US away. I wonder if the Chinese are going to demand a refund of the kickback they probably gave him?

    2. Australia is supposed to be operating it now…. they “bought the lease”??? I know Australia is one of our friends, but I think should be run by people from our own country… ARE we operating complete ports in other countries??? anyone?

      1. AA,

        Why are we even leasing our ports? Aren’t they a Federal Entity? Or, are they owned by the State they are in?
        Never made sense to me. When China had it, we weren’t even allowed to inspect the containers. China is buying up all the empty warehouses in California. Connection? I think so.

        Agree with you… But, why would we want to lease a port in someone else’s country? What was China doing with all those containers? What was IN all those containers?

        1. Almost There,
          It’s great news; but, why is everyone burying the lead:
          ” Trump Rids Major U.S. Container Port of Chinese Communist Control”

          Why are we even leasing our ports? Aren’t they a Federal Entity? Or, are they owned by the State they are in?

          Actually most are a public private partnership operating at a profit, with a private company having the expertise to run the place, and the state & feds providing security and customs. Our own Sirius who’s been busy used to run dogs at the port of Long Beach, searching incoming container ships for contraband.

          Never made sense to me. When China had it, we weren’t even allowed to inspect the containers. China is buying up all the empty warehouses in California. Connection? I think so.

          I think so also; but, the biggest challenge with China is their investment in the 3rd world, making other countries beholding to them and potentially having bases and jumping off points all over the globe.

          Agree with you… But, why would we want to lease a port in someone else’s country?

          Because it gives us a base of operations for global trade with a bit more control of the process and keeps others from doing the same and locking us out.

          What was China doing with all those containers? What was IN all those containers?

          Tons of cheap Chinese imports, and the kind of things Trump has been harping about and perhaps a little fentanyl, which is why CPB has dogs in those same ports. Sirius has told me some really interesting stories about his time with CPB.

        2. i saw a pic, one had mil hardware…big pieces. that was one opened? I did not catch date or time/who opened but displayed.. No one knows how many. to go with those undocumented Chinese, and Cartel traffic paid by those same ppl. stack it high and stay alert… White hats are watching, waiting. I don’t want to pop popcorn, they might SMELL it and come after it. LOL

  12. Hi Tara, to your first two questions, I do what I can do because that’s really all we can do is take care of our own.

    Our weather, this year was more like it used to be in the pass the last three year’s, our summers were HOT, for our area we are not used to 85 to 95 degrees at all its usually 75 to 80, but we dealt with it because you can’t do much about it.. We’ve had a nice October so far these next few days the rains are coming back which is fine with me I’m hoping to mow one more time before the grass is so saturated with water, you can’t mow. I finished with my food rotation, and have a running list finally after a few year’s of not having one. I’m starting to go through the refrigerator, and freezer I took a bunch of tomatoes and made a huge batch of Spaghetti sauce, so I got another three QT jars one broke that’s so disappointing that a whole meal lost:( Boo hoo . I want to keep my freezer, at a minimum same with the refrigerator food, it seems like I get to much or try and extend it by freezing but then I get busy and forget so the less I keep in my refrigerator and freezer, the better for me. I did pick the last of my Tom Tomatoes two weeks ago and put them in a paper bag so weekly I go through them and use them in salads, I think with the dozen I have left I will make another batch of bloody mary mix, that was so refreshing to have for our Sunday breakfasts, this past summer. I’m getting ready to start making a few homemade Christmas decorations , if I don’t start now I won’t do it. This year Christmas, will be a couple of item’s for my kid’s since we took our vacation to California, this past August, that was a bit in money and we let our kid’s buy stuff normally they would have gotten at Christmas, and they know this lol. Im glad we did go to California, when we did with everything going on there is no way we would be going at Winter break this year..

    1. I also forgot, how could I last night we got together with almost the whole family to celebrate my parents 60th wedding anniversary, October 11th, was their real date .

  13. HI ALL ,,,,,,preps this week ,,,cut and hauled in 10 cords of fire wood ,cleaning up this year’s logging slash in the north pasture ,getting ready to burn slash/trash piles ,only have 40 cord to cut left ,,,other preps ,more saw chains ,55 gal of treated diesel fuel for storage ,,spuds are all up and in now to get them cleaned and packed ,frost most nights ,rain coming later in the week that will end fire wood work ,too much risk of gitting the cat stuck ,
    As for EMPs I worked on a related project years ago (post starfish prime) was close enough to feel the ground shake ,,,
    I know a place that is prepped for EMPs ,I call it the valley, as of late I have been thinking of producing EMP kits to retrofit certain older Chevy pickups and suburbans (75-82)
    EMP proofing on newer late models is unworkable in most cases ,and some cases not possible ,, in fact onstar and like vehicles are not allowed in the valley ,best vehicles to EMP proof ,pre 1980s and pump injection diesels ,remember that old grandpa car that no one has driven that’s sitting in the garage since grandpa died ?

    As for a civil war ? I see no way around it , not states against states , but ideology driven ,neighbors against neighbors ,do you really know your neighbors? In the first civil war(1775- 1783) yes that was a civil war.folks killed neighbors
    The war of northern aggression(1861-1865) was a region against region war , but then too ideology is the driver in all conflict ,,what do YOU believe in ? I saw first hand men willing to charge in to my machine gun over ideology ,
    Don’t think the snowflakes will be a pushover ,they WILL learn to fight ,they believe ,learn from the lesson of the Warsaw ghetto ,who were the forest people?history is going to repeat it’s self ,what’s the difference between THE CAMPS in ww2 and a FEMA camp??

    What do you think about the kail power outs ,? I smell a rat , do you have a generator for your freezers?fuel for as long as you need so you can can up things that are going to spoil ,??what about the extra jars and lids ?extension cords heavy enough to run the freezer ?what about your water pump
    In alaska we canned salmon with a pressure canner over a open fire on the beach , can be done ,firewood is calling !!!! would like to cut 2 cord today.

    Strong coffee time

    1. 0ldhomesteader,

      As for a civil war ? I see no way around it , not states against states , but ideology driven ,neighbors against neighbors ,do you really know your neighbors?

      Actually I really do know my neighbors, have trained some of them and shoot with some of them. Urban dwellers may not be as lucky.

      Don’t think the snowflakes will be a pushover ,they WILL learn to fight ,they believe ,learn from the lesson of the Warsaw ghetto

      They may; but, I suspect most have never heard of the Warsaw ghetto, at least in the historical context and once again, I pity the urban dweller.

      what’s the difference between THE CAMPS in ww2 and a FEMA camp??

      What is a FEMA Camp? People keep talking about them like the bogyman; but, with the exception of housing people after disasters like Katrina, they simply don’t exist. I’ve worked with county EMA for 20 years and alongside state and federal EMA (FEMA) and I’ve seen no nefarious plots going on, with most people just doing their best to plan for the worst.

      What do you think about the kail power outs ,? I smell a rat , do you have a generator for your freezers?fuel for as long as you need so you can can up things that are going to spoil ,??what about the extra jars and lids ?extension cords heavy enough to run the freezer ?what about your water pump

      The rat is the state government and their namby-pamby policies on forest management, now blaming PG&E for some of the fires.
      We have a generator and lots of fuel and consumables. We have extension cords; but, don’t really need them for much, since the whole house runs on the genset when the transfer switch does its thing on a main power fail.
      Our only concession when running on generator power would be to not use the electric clothes dryer and the electric bathroom wall heater. Life would otherwise go on unaffected for months, with the occasional shutdown of the genset to do minor maintenance.
      When this clothes dryer dies, I think we’ll replace it with a propane version.

      In alaska we canned salmon with a pressure canner over a open fire on the beach , can be done

      It sure can and any heat source may be used. The local Amish do all of their cooking and canning on a wood fired stove and have been doing so for centuries.

    2. OH, It is my understanding that if EMP is intentional, to expect a repeat performance to take out any backups that have been used after first event., and that destruction of event will be determined by location and it’s shelter/lack of .. Know we are not ready for having electrical after such an event so are working with making sure we have backups for the backups..as in:lighting, heat,.food storage,w/o req. of electricity… water from back ups.. /multiple. Supplies we Know we use daily, and concentration on what we do not grow at all.. Changing and adding grow methods…all part of daily living exercises.
      .. I was listening to a report and it stated there was even a” plan Z”.. Now that is a SERIES of plans!

      1. Anonamo Also,

        It is my understanding that if EMP is intentional, to expect a repeat performance to take out any backups that have been used after first event., and that destruction of event will be determined by location and it’s shelter/lack of

        I don’t think we know for sure that this is the case; but, the war gamers nearly always plan for a worst case scenarios like this one, and have many plans in the can, ready to pull out and execute.
        Years ago I heard people outraged when they heard we had a plan to invade Canada, not realizing the whole scenario had to do with the Soviets invading Alaska across the Bering Strait, and the Canadian invasion was part of a puchbadk up and into Alaska from the lower 48.
        At a much lower level, our local EMA has plans for some scenarios that are highly unlikely for our locale; but, just in case, we need to know what resources are required and what to do, should the time arise that we encounter such an event.

        I was listening to a report and it stated there was even a” plan Z”.. Now that is a SERIES of plans!

        There are numerous plans, all of which list the needed resources and the required trigger events. As far as is possible, little is left to chance.

  14. Question #1
    EMP, you betcha. Create the most damage for population decrease with the least effort. Will not damage infrastructure or resources and leave usable country. Read ” ONE SECOND AFTER, or the movie LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD. Depicts EMP aftermath.
    Question. #2
    Civil War may become a reality due to such a split of thinking. Evil will overcome if good men and women do nothing. The ball is in our hands.
    Question #3
    Purchased 240 pounds of hard white wheat, bought more canning jars, purchased 500′ of razor wire for top of 8′ fence around garden and greenhouses. Went to Good Will and picked more pairs of jeans, sweatshirts, summer tops, two coats, one Cabelas.
    Added cases of bushes baked beans, spam, 40# rice.
    Hatched more turkeys, under heat bulb. Bought more garlic to plant. Need to move big pots of ginger inside.bought Shoe Goo and leather boot laces. Baby chicks should start laying in April. Ordered more firewood to be delivered in Nov. Still waiting for last three loads of hay to be delivered ( when farmer gets time.) Received 3 cases of Bibles, figure when folks get scared enough from what is coming, they will need a place to turn (GOD.)– ONLY PLACE TO TURN. Still looking on Craig’s List for 70’s pickup truck to be made EMP proof. Added more insulation into greenhouse yesterday because it frosted last nite.
    About it for this last week.
    Take care, prepare!

    1. Sage,

      EMP, you betcha. Create the most damage for population decrease with the least effort. Will not damage infrastructure or resources and leave usable country. Read ” ONE SECOND AFTER, or the movie LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD. Depicts EMP aftermath.

      I read ”One Second After” when it came out 10 years ago, and while it’s a good read, Forstchen really misses the mark on the technical aspects.
      Since Forstchen is a historian and Professor of History at Montreat College, in Montreat, North Carolina, he does seem to get the social and geographical aspects correct, since he uses that same area for the location of the story; however, as a historian and not an engineer or physicist, many technical aspects are way overblown.
      I’ve seen some mention that when the daughter of the protagonist dies from lack of insulin being a unique look at reality, I would tell people to read an earlier 1949) title ”Earth Abides” by the late George Rippey Stewart broke that ground 70 years ago.

      Here are two versions:
      https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiGmsLu95vlAhVUpZ4KHXwaA-YQFjAAegQIARAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fbamfordsworld.weebly.com%2Fuploads%2F8%2F7%2F0%2F3%2F8703302%2Fgeorge_a._stewart_-_earth_abides.pdf&usg=AOvVaw3aIoQj5e93aY8IM0vMTAgI

      https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=10&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiGmsLu95vlAhVUpZ4KHXwaA-YQFjAJegQIABAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdigitalassets.lib.berkeley.edu%2Froho%2Fucb%2Ftext%2Fstewart_george.pdf&usg=AOvVaw2E8ZD80UevstN8gaOP1ynL

  15. As an aside for our Post-Apoc book readers, I just finished The Reversion, Book 1 of the Stonemont series.

    As these books go, it is well written, not bloody or firearms centric. They work through post-EMP issues, building a community. A society based on what I wish ours was link.

    I not only enjoyed it, but took hope from how they resolved their issues.

  16. Hi Pack ,
    Enjoy reading everyone’s posts, accomplishments and comments…late to the party in getting to post my preps this week. Was glad to get substantial rain this week.. total of about 4.5 inches. in 3 days…ground was very thirsty .Temp today has been around 68, low was about 40 with fog this morning.
    No purchases , received some gifts of veggies this week and 7lbs of beef.dehydrated 1 qt.ground beef, a head of cauliflower,corn silk ( for kidney stones) . Cabbage and lettuce.. added to daily use items. 3lbs of tenderized steak +other cuts cooked, sliced for several complete meat/meals over 5 days. We had corn for 2 meals and the balance in storage after blanching…
    Chickens are continuing to give eggs in spite of being still in molt, have increased their protein via wet feed mix and put out additional oral calcium…eggs/ 5-10 is norm, filled another bucket a 3gal. w/ fresh clean eggs in lime water , holds abt 8 dz. ..
    ..Rabbits : have 9 preparing for freezer camp growing well. added tarp to outer areas for periods of blowing rain…this past week… Gumdrop is expectant..
    Picking up, cleaning up – garden areas, still have a few veggies going..temps are cold no frost in our location yet.,have covered things 2 nights…to get more production on these yellow patty pans. Have a new compost started, enhanced and and more material to be added this coming week..Continued to define exact site for greenhouse. cleared part of that ground. On rainy days work continues with clutter removal/and several projects in the works..
    A nearby tree fell,were able to get 4 wheelbarrow loads of small wood , from the scraps,(neighbors tree)for our rocket stove ( 3rd.backup) to add to stash. Now cut up small and covered.

    DH got metal and rust removed from eye. (yes he had on eye protection,) and vision is close to normal, after several days of dilation. Then…allergic reaction 2x(hives 9 hrs apart) to a single eye drop given on second dose..an antibiotic, floxin, had not reacted to /any of these..full body reaction/hives from an eye drop. Since AO a factor in allergic/immune response we remain vigilant to all new stimuli.
    Took opportunity to visit w/ DB, encouraging deep winter preps..
    Now for Tara’s questions…#1 EMP? concerned yes, too many players with have proven bad intent. Agenda 2030 tells us they plan to kill off a huge number of folks. I do not intend to make it easy.
    #2, Civil War? internal war… already in informational and fake news war. Yes it is a concern for the cities, will hit especially hard with the various cults being fed lies…. the truth is billed as fake and the fake is billed as true… Polls for all kinds of “data” is always skewed… by EVERY main stream media outlet…
    The plan of demons is to set certain groups against each other with false narrative. It usually starts w/ “white man/ white woman did ______ 200 yrs ago.” Things that happened that long ago have no ability to be changed now. Those days are gone. and the people alive today are not 200 years old., .. Too many snowflakes think they have a right to ” not be offended.” Their feelings can not be hurt.???? , go somewhere else-IF you don’t like it here… .. I never read that in that “Bill of Rights”. DH says ” if I ever Cease to offend you, let me know and I’ll fix that.”
    How do we change this… #1continue to build community,
    #2encourage others to prep to feed their families and grow their own food.. have backup heat , medical necessity’s, light- for what ever winter weather we may have
    .#3 Teach the children you can influence, skills..and LOGIC.
    . #4 Be a friend to others who are in stressful events…Give a hand up.
    #5..Pray for our family.. individual and Pack, neighbors, nation, POTUS, and the good guys and gals of our Military and those who will defend our nation. Pray for the failure of those who would destroy our nation.Pray for the destruction of evil forces.
    Q on preps at top..

  17. How has the bizarre weather in many parts of the country this year, and to some degree, the last several years, impacted your prepping? I try to be prepared for all weather that we experience here, but I know that if anything lasts for too long it’s impossible to be prepared. For instance: All of the rain this year made for poor garden production.
    1. How concerned are you about an EMP attack – and why? It could definitely happen. I homestead and continually try to be more self-sufficient.
    2. Do you thin a second Civil War in the United States of America is possibly and why? I’m not sure what it would look like, but we’re definitely a divided nation.
    3. What did you do to prep this week?

    This week:

    *Animals:
    -LGD is STARTING to calm down. I will be glad when the puppy stage is over.
    -FOR THOSE OF YOU WITH CHICKENS: HOW LONG DID YOUR HENS NOT LAY EGGS WHEN THEY WENT THROUGH MOLTING?

    *Garden:
    -Transplanted cucumbers and tomatoes are doing well in the greenhouse, as are lettuces and basil that I started inside.

    *Added a little to the stockpile: vitamins,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -I’m building more relationships with like-minded people.
    -Went camping for the weekend. We hiked and checked out local historical sites in New Harmony, IN.
    -Cleaned and winterized the camper when we got home.

    *Skills:
    -Still learning about hydroponics.

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

    1. PG,
      My chickens have continued to lay, but at a reduced rate.. about 1/2 to 3/4. Rare days i get 4-5, but usually 7-9 with 13 hens. I give a much protein as possible thru molt. They free range most days. I add whey proteins, and soy protein to their diet… milk, buttermilk, and yogurt, are also high, with the cool temps i am preparing them warm high protein feed from vegetable scraps cooked with grains and the protein powders i had stocked but became intolerant to.I am doing about every -nd to 3rd day..,, ….considering isolating my roo for a week or so… to give the girls a rest…the flip side is they depend on him for protection ..treating their backs is definitely easier done at night when they are on roost.
      I had the first batch of girls,( lost due to predator attack) they stopped laying completely for about 5-6 weeks.. they did not get extra protein, except for the bugs they got from fresh ground daily.- as i moved their chicken tractor.
      go to you tube mhpgardener.chanel. he has some awesome hydroponics,( several kinds dutch bucket, and kraty) and tells about his fertilizers. in detail. Leon on gardening with Leon also address fertilizer in one of his video’s.. with the wicking tubs.- he explains to use sea minerals…to replace what is not in the light potting soil mix he uses.. I think this and the heat… will correct my gardening deficiencies…

      1. With 6 hens we normally get 4-6 eggs per day; but, a combination of the recent hot weather and another molt has dropped that to 1 or none; but, with the cooler weather, we’re seeing 1 or 2 again, and expect full production soon.
        We have a mix of White & Barred rocks.

    2. Tara and anyone else with experience- I have a huge amount of fresh mint, even after giving away a lot. What medicinal uses does it have? Can you share recipes?

      1. hang it and dry it can be used all winter long,to add to regular tea to flavor or as a stand alone..tea( takes a lot more.. well tolerated by intestines, and is soothing to them… makes a good base for adding rabbit tobacco to for intestinal crisis… “sweet everlasting” has gastric enzymes and many beneficial compounds.Mint helps me get sufficient down as a tea… one effect is to allow limited consumption of milk, for me…found this by accident. everlasting has a definite earthy flavor.Mint helps.

  18. 1 not at all, while i would loose my laptop and solar array thats only a luxury thing and would make little difference to me.

    2 more like localized revolts rathe than an organized conflict

    cut some more firewood, took a load of logs to the mill, picked a few baskets of apples to can, got a dog previous week so been taining him this week. and sold my jublee tractor, and sold a ittle firewood.

    dog been trained to not chase cats or chickens, and basic commands like sit, working on more complicated training now.

    other day aound 9pm he stated barking, i heard a car door shut, so i turned out the light and grabbed my rifle. opened the window and looked out, a tuck was along the road in front of my place, 3 guys had opened the gate and were walking up the driveway. i slipped onto the porch and crouched out of sight, aimed the rifle at the first guys chest and told them not to take another step or it would be there last, and demanded to know who they were.

    they said they were there to buy the jubilee tractor. i was highly suspicious of them, but recalled they came by days before, the first trip they offered me half what i was asking for the tractor and i firmly refused as it was insulting. they had emailed me last saturday offering more and i accepted with a eply email and told them my cell number and to call before coming out as i was not going to check email for about a week (not accessable from home, have to bike 6 miles away with laptop in the hours the general store is open with wifi). i also told them my nneighbor borowed my big tractor and would need advance notice to bring it back to load the jubilee loader onto a trailer. they ignored everything i said and randomly showed up in the middle of the night unexpected, they also brought a dog with them that they let run loose and told me “you better not have any cats cause she’ll kill them”, i told them i would shoot their dog if they didn’t get it back in the truck immediatly. huge clusterduck in the dark with flashlights since neither my frmall or jubilee had working lights and my place isn’t well lit by the road, and had to wake my neighbo up to come down with the farmall. well they paid for it so that was ok and i thought that was the end of it. but now they are demanding i give them my hay wagon too for free, which was also for sale but listed seperatly, so now dealing with that bs. checking messges now, was online sat morning but this article was not, so i am late to the party. after i leave here i will be picking up free pumpkins on way home, a neigboing farm has a lot of defective culls they can’t sell and they said i can help myself to them out of the field, going to can the good sections and toss the rest to chickens. dog really playfull and thinking of getting a second.

    thor1s questions

    doubt it, just decaying infrastructure

    2 nope

    3. no idea

    4. they don’t do anything out my way, not enough people, and plenty of people who won’t take their shit

    nemo setos questions

    no questions this week from me.

      1. got 2 dogs now, after picking up pumpkins yesteday i ran to town with my neighbors wife and daughter (grocery run), called the shelter to see what dogs my new dog had contact with looking for a second he already knew, they were rude to me and largelly ignored me talking to their co-workers about personal stuff again, the one in the cell next to my dog was not going to be ready for another 2 months (not fixed) and he had no direct contact with other dogs, asked about the husky that was in the next cell after the one not available and they hung up on me. neighbors wife heard me on the phone waiting for them at the door to the store, an they told me about some menonite friends of theirs that were trying to get id of boarder collie german shepard mix puppies (twice they tried to slip a puppy into the back of my neighbors car while he wasn’t looking). despite being trying to get rid of puppies they insisted on selling one to me for $150, i got the price down a bit when i rode out tosee them on way back from town, and brought home a second dog.

        second was born in a barn, mother dog not registered and never had any kind of shots, menonites just don’t give a damn and look at surplus mutt puppies as an income, tey shoot anything thts sick. so have to train it to be house trained (learning fast copying first dog) second is 3 months old and 1/3 the weight of the first dog. decided to get a second after the late night tractor thing.

  19. I ordered some bulk brown rice and quinoa. That should arrive tomorrow. I want to experiment with different grains–primarily for nutrition purposes. White rice lacks nutrition. I want to replace white rice with grains that are higher in protein. It’s strange to think I have never really incorporated brown rice or quinoa into my cooking (until recently). We have a hippie-farm store about a 10 minute drive. They have all kinds of grains I want to try. I need to do more research.

    The temperatures have dipped below 90 degrees. We got some outside work done. We cleaned and organized the garage and pressure washed the driveway. I watched a video on how to replace cedar trim. (We have Hardie Board which I have never worked with before.) So far I have cut out the dry rot. My dh will go down to Home Depot tomorrow and pick up some rough cut cedar.

    I am really surprised we haven’t seen rioting and chaos in California because of the power outages. I seriously doubt many of these folks have generators and enough gasoline to keep their freezers cold for five days. Of course this is California. I imagine most of them don’t have an extra freezer in the garage.

    1. Bam Bam, from our experience…both brown rice and quinoa are acquired tastes..
      we like the brown rice with pineapple and ham… only way we will eat it… so am feeding our supply, and any incoming thru gifts, to the chickens. Quinoa we like with a vegetable mix cooked in. and meat served on the side…usually a meat gravy served over it… hamburger grease used, make rue, and use beef broth for a thick gravy, and hamburger steak on side.sometimes gravy over the quinoa and sometimes over the Hamburger… we eat some every 6 weeks or so.. not our favorite but good for a change…we eat a lot of rice because of digestive issues…is a “first food” a food that in case of digestive problems can be consumed in limited quantities to re introduce food into a system and can be cooked and used to make rice milk…

      1. AA,

        You can also grind white rice into a flour-like consistency and use it to make bread. I don’t know if or how much yeast you need. When I was in Vietnam, we would buy baguettes made from rice flour. Delicious.

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          You can also grind white rice into a flour-like consistency and use it to make bread. I don’t know if or how much yeast you need.

          Rice flour when mixed with water will also form a gel that traps the water. I have heard that it is used in disposable diapers to trap the urine and keep it from leaking. Not sure how useful this may be; but, it’s another good thing to note should you ever find an application needing water absorption.

        2. Yep, one more reason to store plenty… I have not played with the home made rice flour, have used purchased from a deep sale, (and potato flour )to thicken sauces../stews.
          We have one recipe we can use and accept brown rice in… not practical for long term storage for us…JUSt don’t like it.. but chickens don’t seem to mind it….mixed with split peas or lentils./pinto’s..is our best way to consume is processed thru chickens and into eggs.

      2. Anonamo Also,

        from our experience…both brown rice and quinoa are acquired tastes..

        I agree and thank you, at least with the Quinoa. Since everyone talks about how good it is, I thought I was missing something.
        We usually add it to casseroles or other dishes, so it basically disappears and becomes part of the mixture, thereby getting the nutritional value without eating it directly.
        Cooked brown rice can be improved by mixing it with chopped vegetables, chopped meats like ham or bacon and some fruits like pineapple or maraschino cherries and making a stir fry.

        and can be cooked and used to make rice milk

        What is rice milk? Can you give more details?

        1. TOP,

          I’ve eaten Quinoa in kale salads before.

          You can buy rice milk at the grocery store. It is actually good with cereal.

          1. Almost There,

            I’ve eaten Quinoa in kale salads before.

            Somehow I think combining 2 things I don’t care for is not likely to improve either. LOL

            You can buy rice milk at the grocery store. It is actually good with cereal.

            I can also buy so called almond or soy milk; but, here in farm country we understand that milk comes from cows (or goats).
            I think I’ll stick with my 2% pasteurized, homogenized dairy products.

        2. TOP,
          Just found your note…
          If one has cooked rice, takes less than 5 min to prepare..
          Rice milk is made by taking 1/2 cup of cooked rice- brown or white.
          Blending with 2 cups of water,
          adding fruit ( some people use dates)or sweetener of choice..
          .. . let it sit a moment then strain.
          …, can be used without straining if you need a thickener for a recipe….
          . It can be used as a milk replacer for those intolerant to dairy milk.. and for those removing dairy/legumes from diet.
          It is not my first choice..because it does not have any protein, but is well tolerated gastrically by most…but is a possibility.. keeps in refrig for 3-4 days..

    2. Bam Bam,

      I ordered some bulk brown rice and quinoa. That should arrive tomorrow. I want to experiment with different grains–primarily for nutrition purposes. White rice lacks nutrition. I want to replace white rice with grains that are higher in protein.

      Green peas that I like purchased dried and split make a good soup, especially with a bit of pork (ham or bacon) for flavoring, and contain 8 gm of protein per cup of dry product.
      Then there is the proverbial, ”Beans & Rice”, which when eaten together provide protein and a nearly complete complement of required amino acids.

      It’s strange to think I have never really incorporated brown rice or quinoa into my cooking (until recently).

      Don’t feel too bad. We’ve been doing this a long time and are just starting to play around with Quinoa and other grains like Chia and Barley.

      We have a hippie-farm store about a 10 minute drive. They have all kinds of grains I want to try. I need to do more research.

      A hippie-farm store? LOL
      I thought those were all gone by the early 80’s.
      We can get grains like Quinoa & Chia at our local Aldi’s, and other grains at normal grocery or restaurant supply outlet stores.

      The temperatures have dipped below 90 degrees.

      The temperatures are also moderating nicely here too, into the goldilocks range of not too hot & not too cold. Last night’s low was 34°; but, now it’s a pleasant 70°. Just a few weeks ago it hit the mid 90’s with oppressive humidity. I could live with this weather year round; but, we’ll be seeing cold and snow all too soon.
      I am really surprised we haven’t seen rioting and chaos in California because of the power outages. I seriously doubt many of these folks have generators and enough gasoline to keep their freezers cold for five days. Of course this is California. I imagine most of them don’t have an extra freezer in the garage.
      I think at least some of them have solar power. I know that Sirius does, and suspect that even California has preppers; but, probably like any other place it’s a small percentage that takes potential lifestyle disruptions seriously, like those on this forum. Places like California (earthquakes & wild fires) and Louisiana, around Florida, and up the east coast have to deal with hurricanes, so I suspect that people are at least aware of the potential for disruptions and have some plan and resources to mitigate those events.

      1. Well, I guess I’m having one of those days when technology isn’t working for me, or I need to pay more attention to what I’m doing. I meant to reply to Bam Bam, and I ended up posting the same thing three times.

        1. Prepared Grammy,
          Unfortunately this is what farmers have dealt with for at least a century. My DW’s father farmed as does her brother, our nephew, and many of our local neighbors. It’s often feast or famine for the farm community, and perhaps now they’ll start getting some credit for the awesome, tedious, backbreaking, labor intensive jobs they perform to keep society fed & clothed.
          Floods, droughts, and blizzards have been with us since the dawn of this country with the only difference now, being that the internet & social media, is bringing the often untold story to the masses.

    1. …. And now we are sending our food to the highest bidder…. and allowing other countries to buy our business and ports… Tell me again< Now HOW can this end WELL?
      seeds and sprouting seed, heirloom varieties, indoor growing. greenhouse/hoop house growing… small animal husbandry….are only the beginning of the answer…

      1. Anonamo Also,

        And now we are sending our food to the highest bidder…. and allowing other countries to buy our business and ports… Tell me again< Now HOW can this end WELL?

        We should not be selling our ports; but, selling bulk grain worldwide to the highest bidder has been standard practice for decades. Back in the early 90’s I worked on a system for quickly weighing large batches of grain (tons) as they were being loaded onto cargo ships.
        The problem right now is that wet weather has strained the farm belt production, making some shortages a reality.

        seeds and sprouting seed, heirloom varieties, indoor growing. greenhouse/hoop house growing… small animal husbandry….are only the beginning of the answer

        We’re doing a lot of that; but, those who live in urban areas are limited by zoning, space, skill, and intention. Many do not seem interested in such things as gardening. They will just continue to pay high prices and complain to the farmer, often not realizing all of the middle men and processes involved.

        1. Thor ,,,,,we have had USDA slugs come out to GPS our grain bins and other farm products,and tell us we have NO options in the matter ,,,,my grain bins are now down on there sides ,,, longer have a combine available,,,was just mulling what to do with the grain drills and grain box for the truck ,seeing as the slugs think they have the right to them if they need them ,what would you do ?? Cutting torch?? Hard thoughts?? Really nice John Deere grain drill ,,grain bins might make good root cellers ,??any ideas?? Or ???
          Oh well who is John Galt???
          Back to work ,tractor is calling ,it’s saying fix me ,,again

  20. Hundreds of birds hit the NASCAR Hall of fame building. A bird strike shuts down a doomsday plane. Groups of Apache helicopters in Iowa and UN armor in Texas…..Hmmmm

  21. Anamo,,,,
    I agree, OP seeds, been considering high tunnel greenhouse, also. Have a small 10×10 and a 10x 16.
    Maybe I have room, must measure area.
    Small animals, yes. Considering more Saanen does ( goats), plus chickens and rabbits.
    Read military upturn from Thor.
    Need more grain procurement. Read, Old Homesteaders comment on grain bin for root cellar or shelves for extra storage?
    Found 9 more dozen used canning jars plus laundry basket full of new lids and rings. Offered him $35 for all, why, if this collapses and we end up with more folks than we have planned for, jars will be necessary to put up more food. Now there is a thought ( nitemare) are we planning to help others? If each of us just helped one extra person, it could save their life. Are you up for the challenge?

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