Survival, What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 66: October 13th 2019 – October 18th 2019

kids playing with animals on the homestead

Hello, Pack. I did not get much active prepping done this week. Two of our grandchildren have birthdays in the same week, so celebrating and finishing up homemade gifts took up a lot of my time.

I spent a lot of time at the barn on kidding watch, but Pearl still has not given birth yet. I swear, these kids are either going to be born already weaned and ready to breed or I am way off on her gestation count this time.

We did, however, get the final pantry built and are making doors for it today. For the project we used store-bought lumber for the framing and shelving, but harvested barnwood and tin from the old hog pen and barn to make the doors.

DIY pantry shelves

It took us about two hours to remove the tin panels and wood we needed, but was well worth it. Not only did “going shopping” on our survival homestead save us money, we were able to repurpose materials from an 1800s era beauty that was no longer stable and the created a beautiful rustic look for the pantry in the process.

Our new meat rabbits are growing well. The Californians appear really healthy and are quite easy to handle. The grandkids are getting attached to them, which is fine for the breeders, but won’t work so well once they start producing kits.

We rehabbed the old chicken coop and run for their home. The meat rabbit part of our survival plan is under Brea’s control and supervision. I was thrilled that she did not want to keep the rabbits in tiny pens where their feet never touched the ground and the taste of grass did not ever cross their lips.

I believe in raising animals as naturally as possible. This is not only the most humane way to treat our meat, egg, working, or leisure livestock, but also cut down on disease development and spreading and feed costs.

Dolly is our other new barn addition. She is a black Pygmy doe. So far, Not Negan is not at all interested in her. He is quite amorous 24/7, so that is a little surprising. He is so infatuated with Bess, our 20-year-old mini donkey, that attempting to mount her is taking up all of his time.

You see, dear fellow preppers, Not Negan fancies himself part of the equine herd. Except when he is romancing Pearl, he spends all of his time with the big herd.

The only bad part of this situation is the habit of grazing and not browsing that he developed. I did not need another mouth eating off of our pasture. The goats are supposed to browse and keep the woods cut back and eat all of the things that the horses prefer not to – or cannot eat.

Not Negan is as voracious of an eater as he is a lover. So, he still browses, but prefers to just stand under my Ruby (the beauty shown in the feature photo) and graze.

My Ru gets a bad rap as a mean girl – as most mare’s are, especially lead mares, but she can down right affectionate and sweet when she wants to – as her gently giving a “head hug” in the photo shows. She is instinctively gentle with children.

Ruby does not like men, only one is able to ride her, and she gives him one heck of a ride. She does well with my Bobby from a care perspective, he has absolutely no desire to saddle her up, which is probably a good thing.

Other preps this week include making and canning some bean soup, harvesting more tomatoes and peppers from our fall garden, and adding more firewood to our stockpile.

There is a lot of deer hunting going on at our survival homestead right now, I am hoping our butcher shop gets put to great use this weekend – I am eager to try out a new deer jerky recipe in my dehydrator.

This Week’s Questions

  1. If you keep livestock of any size, how are you prepping to keep them fed during a long-term disaster?
  2. What livestock do you think will make the best barter during and after a SHTF event?
  3. Do you know how to process meat that you are raising or plan to hunt – or is that a skill you want to learn?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

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Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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108 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 66: October 13th 2019 – October 18th 2019

  1. This Week’s Questions

    1. If you keep livestock of any size, how are you prepping to keep them fed during a long-term disaster? No critters.

    2. What livestock do you think will make the best barter during and after a SHTF event? Chickens.

    3. Do you know how to process meat that you are raising or plan to hunt – or is that a skill you want to learn? Still working on it.

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

    We lost one of our 4 grocery stores (now just Safeway, Wal-Mart, and 3Bears) a couple of months ago. The space now has a Family Dollar and a Dollar Tree.

    Preserved the bushel of apples we were gifted. The DW’s dehydrated slices had their lemon juice rinse (to prevent browning) a little strong so they are a bit tart. The apple butter (12 x ½-pints) is delicious! Especial still warm from the crock pot.

    Worked on our food storage area; organizing, inventory & labeled. Brought in 2-gal buckets from off-site storage.

    Grocery is having a limited-quantity sale on pasta, $.49/lb. As long as they will let me buy it, I’ll keep adding to the stash! (no rain checks.)

    More food storage into buckets (rice-5, barley-1, wheat-3). Oldest GS came over to help move buckets. If you can’t grow it, pack it and stack it!

    The van went in for a new thermostat. I was almost across town before I’d get heat, so I thought the old one was sticking. Turns out I need a head gasket, so we are replacing both; also putting on the snow tires. I’ll be driving the truck for a month until it can get fixed.

    Got the filing done to start receiving Social Security. It should start paying next week.

    Supply Run: 5-gallon buckets w/lids; pasta;

    Received: Petco pet supplies; IAW Kydex holster for G43X; battery boxes (holds 48): 1xAAA, 1xAA;

    1. JP,

      We lost one of our 4 grocery stores (now just Safeway, Wal-Mart, and 3Bears) a couple of months ago. The space now has a Family Dollar and a Dollar Tree.

      I was watching one of my business shows and they had an interview with Gary Philbin, president & CEO of Dollar Tree. They recently acquired family dollar, will be closing some of them; but, planned on either merging the Family Dollar or converting them to Dollar Tree. We have Family Dollar, Dollar General, and Dollar Tree in our area and find DT to be the best overall.

  2. If you keep livestock of any size, how are you prepping to keep them fed during a long-term disaster?
    Lots of hay for the goats. The chickens can free range.

    What livestock do you think will make the best barter during and after a SHTF event?
    Small animals: chickens, rabbits, etc.
    Do you know how to process meat that you are raising or plan to hunt – or is that a skill you want to learn?
    We know how.
    What did you do to prep this week?
    Not much this week. Got a new mag for my CC, and kept the grandkids. That’s it.

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

    Reading about the reduced harvest we can expect this year thanks to too much rain in the spring followed by a really early hellacious snowstorm in the fall. Sucks. Picked up some more canned veggies, mostly beans of different kinds. I don’t generally eat potatoes or rice anymore (white or brown) because of my diabetes. Which is sad as I like all three. I do eat them occasionally, but in modest amounts. Usually at other people’s homes when over for a party or holiday dinner. However, some of the canned soups I have in my stash have potatoes, as do many of the Mountain Home pouches. Rice too. I’ll just have to make certain I stay active when eating those things.

    Regarding the alleged salt shortage in stores. I specifically checked again at my Publix this week and the shelves were well stocked with regular salt, iodized salt, sea salt, Kosher salt, and others. For the heck of it, I bought a container of regular salt and one of iodized salt for the stash. I already have several of each kind, and one of sea salt. I don’t use a lot of salt myself, in fact I buy a lot of salt reduced or salt free stuff. I like using Mrs. Dash seasonings on my food, especially the Lemon-Pepper.

    I saved the amount of cash I wanted to for the month, so I decided to buy a hand-held monocular thermal imager. It’s a Leupold LTO Tracker, 6X, six different color palettes, and a 750-yard sensing range. It was on sale at OpticsPlanet. You could mount it on a rifle with 30mm rings, but it isn’t designed to handle recoil forces and does not have a reticle.

    I sure wish they had these things available in 1990 for use in Desert Storm. Our squadron had one thermal imager and it was a big package. Only two-color palettes, black on white or white on black. It was kept in a fixed position to cover an area that the moron of a security superintendent thought was the most likely route of attack by a terrorist force. But anyone with infantry experience and an IQ above an amoeba, knew that wasn’t the right place for it.

    Granddaughter turned three years old on Friday. She is such a loving and smart girl. We are so blessed to have her. Her mommy and abuela took granddaughter to her favorite place, SeaWorld. OK, second favorite place, after Disney. She knows most of the names of the animals and especially loves watching penguins. 😊

    We had a bit of a dry spell here in Central Florida, but Tropical Storm Nestor is helping us out with some much-needed rain. We’re not getting the full TS effects, just the outer rain bands and a couple of tornados just east of Tampa. A few towns got beaten up. The panhandle got more.

    This Week’s Questions

    1. If you keep livestock of any size, how are you prepping to keep them fed during a long-term disaster?

    No livestock.

    2. What livestock do you think will make the best barter during and after a SHTF event?

    Not being very experience in this department, my guess would be animals that can be fed as cheaply as possible using natural feeds. Goats, pigs, perhaps chickens.

    3. Do you know how to process meat that you are raising or plan to hunt – or is that a skill you want to learn?

    No, I don’t know how to process meat. I can hunt. I can kill anything I have to with a rifle or shotgun, but someone else will have to retrieve the carcass and process it.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

  4. Hello,

    No livestock so #1 & 2 are moot. Post SHTF livestock will depend on your means, abilities, and location. I’d love to raise something but only after the move to Tennessee. My oldest boy is interested in butchering as a trade (he’s a culinary student). I’d certainly raise fish. It’d be a simple transfer of knowledge from the fish tanks I used to keep successfully to pools on a grand scale. Think vegetative filtration.

    This week, I ordered two Morgan Silver Dollars from an online supplier. I also purchased milsurp 9mm Remington FMJ’s … 500 rounds for $89.99 at the local gun store. Bought some extra Deviled Ham, tuna, and Spaghettios. Sorted through some medical supplies too.

    Pulled in the back deck’s awning just in time to avoid the Nor’easter. Looked ominous. Also started looking at new (to me) vehicles.

  5. Not much prepping this week. On death watch with my sister, she declines and then rallies but the hospice nurses say that is just part of the body dying. I’m not in a rush but have whispered in her ear that it is OK to let go and slip on home to the grand reunion waiting for her in heaven. It’s the only solace I can give her.

    We shopped at Ollie’s discount store and remembering the talk of salt shortages we picked up several pounds of Mediterranean sea salt pretty cheaply and a few snacks because I was shopping hungry (bad thing to do I know). When we went to check out the lady in front of us had 2 $10 off coupons on her phone, she used one and then let us use the other one so that was very nice.

    We were supposed to have the church Fall Festival today but big storm was coming in and the temperatures dropped so they put it off until November 2. Doesn’t hurt my feelings but I’m glad I’m not standing out in the rain handing out sodden candy.

    We had new flooring put down in the house and ripped out the old carpet. That stuff gets really nasty underneath after 10 or 12 years.

    DW has gone with x-DW to a concert with Kelly Clarkston. DW doesn’t care about that stuff at all but went to appease x-DW and keep peace on my pocketbook (that is the only way she can get back at me, meaning the x so we appease when we can as I am still responsible for a lot of her bills).

    Big changes at work with the software we use which resulted in many sleepless nights and since I work from home I’ve been at the desk until 10 at night, gone to bed and got back up at 4am to start work again most of the last two weeks. At almost 69 years old I’m not going to be able to do that much longer. I just don’t know how not to work.

    Have a good week. Stay dry, keep praying, keep prepping and keep smiling so they’ll wonder what you are up to.

    1. Cliff:

      We do our Fall Festival in the Civic Center. DW and I will be at the gun show in the annex (rear of the building) then after we pack up, move to the front with the rest of our church family.

      1. JP in Mt says
        We do our Fall Festival in the Civic Center. DW and I will be at the gun show in the annex (rear of the building) then after we pack up, move to the front with the rest of our church family.

        JP, we’ve always done our Fall Festival outside. We have lots of games and a petting zoo and a hay ride. I run a plinko game and a turtle race (wooded turtles on strings that you race by pulling up on the strings). Our church is kind of on the small side. We also give away smores and popcorn and cotton candy and snow cones so they are not conducive to inside. We have always been at the mercy of the weather but we usually bring in 300 to 400 people and they get an opportunity to be churched with us. We usually get 10 or 15 families a year so it’s a good return on the time.

        At the end of this month we have the big Trick or Threat fest and we’ll be there with candy and displays along with all the other curches in the area. There are a ton of people who come to this one and we always give out a lot of candy (I bought 2 31 pound boxes of peppermints off Amazon for our perppermint mountain and I consider it a good ivestment).

        In December we have the Christmas parade and we are already working on the float. I always walk along with DW and toss out candy. I’m getting a little old to make the 1 and 1/2 mile trek but manage to make it and throw out a lot of the candy and I always get up on the sidewalks and make sure the senior citizens get some and make a special effort to put some in the hands of the local Police. A great time is had by all and all this stuff is always on a Saturday so Sunday in church it is hard to tell how many people are praying and how many are snoozing.

        We also have a big yard sale in April and we collect stuff all year long for it. We have a pricing night one Tuesday each month and then a few at it gets close to get everything done. I always bring a lot of stuff in and buy a lot of stuff and what we don’t sell we donate to another church thrift store. This is held indoors at the church.

        It all keeps me busy and out of trouble except with the DW who always looks at me sideways when I unload my yard sale treasures back home.

        1. Cliff,

          At the end of this month we have the big Trick or Threat fest

          Trick or Threat? I guess that’s one way to keep them from tricking people; however, up here, we give then treats. LOL

          In December we have the Christmas parade and we are already working on the float. I always walk along with DW and toss out candy.

          The local communities have similar parades @ Christmas, and Thanksgiving, and Halloween, and the recent Home coming parade.
          One of the things our local EMA does for the community is provide traffic management for these parades; but, mostly it is people management. Local organizations, churches, and businesses have floats where candy is tossed to the crowds along the street. Armed with our hi visibility vests, radios, and brooms, our job is to sweep errant candy to the curb and keep the kids from running into traffic for that one piece of candy, accidently dropped from a float into the middle of the road. I’ve seen kids with candy all around them on the street or sidewalk, try to dart into traffic for that one piece of dropped candy.
          Normal EMA does much more behind the scenes support such as fire rehab, SAR and Hazmat support; but, these are those few times per year where we get visibility in the community, so when they see us stopping traffic at some event, they know we’re just community members helping out.

          It all keeps me busy and out of trouble except with the DW who always looks at me sideways when I unload my yard sale treasures back home.

          I think we may be married to similar women; but, if I keep my finds to ham fest treasures, she usually doesn’t know enough to complain.

    2. Cliff,

      We had new flooring put down in the house and ripped out the old carpet. That stuff gets really nasty underneath after 10 or 12 years.

      Only 10 or 12 years? We still have some yet to replace after 35 years, that was here when we first rented the place back in 1984, and who knows when it was actually installed. We’re rearranging furniture and hoping to be in good enough shape to start replacement on up to 5 rooms next spring. We have the money available; but, there’s just to much accumulated furniture to easily do more than one room at a time.

      Big changes at work with the software we use which resulted in many sleepless nights and since I work from home I’ve been at the desk until 10 at night, gone to bed and got back up at 4am to start work again most of the last two weeks. At almost 69 years old I’m not going to be able to do that much longer. I just don’t know how not to work.

      I’m no longer working; but, do those same hours, often still developing software, for myself and the open source community. I just passed 68½ so I know your feelings; but, real retirement like sitting around, watching TV and eating Bon Bon’s has just never been my style.
      BTW, on the radio front, have you been working with any digital modes? Our area is heavy into DMR, and we also have a YSF bridge from DMR to Yaesu fusion, plus the Quadnet that bridges all 3 modes.
      73

      1. TOP
        Alas, no digital modes for me at this time. Have had no time of late, with watching sister and other family members de compensating my time is more than short for doing anything I want to do. Some day things will slow down and I can get back behind the key and start working on digital stuff.
        Take care

    3. Hey Cliff, sorry to hear the news about your sister. We all know she will be in a better place, but it’s still hard for those who remain. Remember all the good times.

      1. Hi Jean,

        Thanks for your kind reply. I just keep telling my sister about what a grand reunion it will be when she gets to Heaven and gets to be with mom and dad and younger sister and her husband and all the grand folks all waiting with open arms to welcome her.

    4. CID,

      So sorry about your sister. One thing to remember is that the hearing is the last thing to go after talking, opening eyes, moving limbs, etc. We played music my mom loved during her last few days with us, along with reminiscing and telling her we loved her.

      Will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    5. Cliff,

      Prayers for you and your family. We recently went through the same thing with a beloved friend – cousin. I feel whispering that it is ok to leave and rest and be in no more pain is definitely offering solace, as well.

  6. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,

    Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, is only about 50-60 miles from my location and recently held the CNN televised debates of the socialist gun grabber’s party. In a fitting follow up, the next Comic-Con (Wizard World) is being held this weekend. It may be hard to tell the difference in the seriousness of proposals being discussed at each event; but, both no doubt contain spells and discussions of make believe possibilities.

    There is a lot of deer hunting going on at our survival homestead right now,

    No doubt and it’s still only archery season. I’ve gun hunted your county and a few others in the area and as you well know, it will get really busy & crowded that week after thanksgiving.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. If you keep livestock of any size, how are you prepping to keep them fed during a long-term disaster?
    We have several large hay bales and adequate pasture for the horse.
    A Lot of feed for the chickens, plus a variety of greens and other vegetable matter & of course numerous insects when they free range in the paddock. We also feed our outside cats and keep a good supply of dry food on hand for them, since they are critter control, keeping the field mouse population in check that would otherwise rob the other feed.
    2. What livestock do you think will make the best barter during and after a SHTF event?
    I hadn’t really thought much about this, since most people will I think, be looking for commodities, like eggs instead of additional responsibilities like raising chickens tor eggs. Rural people may want chickens; but, most that I know already have them
    3. Do you know how to process meat that you are raising or plan to hunt – or is that a skill you want to learn?
    I’ve been hunting & field dressing everything from rabbits & squirrels to deer for more than 50 years, and I have butchered and processed those and help with a few hogs and a steer. I have all of the tools in a neat kit, plus other knives & cleavers. Most critters end up with the same general parts, and while mine may not look as neat as those from a professional butcher (actually they won’t), I can get the job done. The biggest problem with larger animals is handling a carcass that can weigh hundreds of pounds, as well as having a way to keep it cool while aging the meat.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    As always, see below.

    TOP’s question
    1. Don’t you just love it when the other side wtarts to eat their own:
    Battle lines drawn after Clinton and Gabbard exchange insults
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/battle-lines-drawn-after-clinton-and-gabbard-exchange-insults/2019/10/19/14e43e5c-f27a-11e9-b648-76bcf86eb67e_story.html
    2. Will HRC ever get over her loss or realize it wasn’t the Russians?
    3. In the age of cashless, Philadelphia mandates stores to accept cash payments. Many poor people do not have debit cards; but, the cashless advocates say cash is only used by black marketers and tax evaders. What do you think?
    https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/in-the-age-of-cashless-philadelphia-mandates-stores-to-accept-cash-payments-119030900648_1.html

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. A bags of apples & a bag of onions
    2. 4 packages blueberry muffins (16 total) from Aldi’s
    3. Package of pork chops from Aldi’s to try
    4. Based on Tara’s shoe question and Zulu’s response, I added Shoe Goo to my Amazon wish list for later purchase
    5. Three sets of neodymium rare earth magnets having a variety of uses.
    6. Dollar tree:
    • No Salt and No SPAM (still looking for the Bacon Flavored SPAM
    • 2 travel size 1st aid kits
    • 5 Dove peanut butter chocolates
    • Wasabi peas (freeze dried)
    • 2 Boston baked beans (candy)
    • 4: 6 packs of donuts
    • Bag of chocolate covered donuts
    • Bag of powdered sugar donuts
    • Pack of 200 3½ x 5 index cards, for inventory management
    • Butter finger miniatures
    • 5 bags cheddar popcorn
    • Lays STAX Cheddar
    • Lays STAX Sour Cream & Onion
    • Large 7.05 oz can of sardines
    7. I saw an interview with Alex Epstein Founder of the Center for Industrial Progress. I downloaded his books and recommend them. He takes a human centric view of the issue, instead of a plantet centric view.
    • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels (https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=E1imXZm-JIncswWt_YWADg&q=The+Moral+Case+for+Fossil+Fuels+pdf&oq=The+Moral+Case+for+Fossil+Fuels+pdf&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0j0i22i30l2.2064.5192..5430…0.0..0.144.614.0j5……0….2j1..gws-wiz.SvYC5Az-SY0&ved=0ahUKEwjZk8Srt5_lAhUJ7qwKHa1-AeAQ4dUDCAc&uact=5
    • Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=mVimXdqID8a7tgXT-5zIAg&q=Fossil+Fuels+Improve+the+Planet+pdf&oq=Fossil+Fuels+Improve+the+Planet+pdf&gs_l=psy-ab.3..33i299l2.1936.4450..4676…0.0..0.200.642.0j3j1……0….2j1..gws-wiz…….0j0i22i30j33i160.YfZp08j68ic&ved=0ahUKEwiauaHrt5_lAhXGna0KHdM9BykQ4dUDCAc&uact=5
    8. Aldi’s
    • 2 gallons 2% milk
    • ½ gallons Lactaid milk for the DW
    • 4 4-pakcs blueberry muffins
    • An avocado
    9. 2 loaves of bread & a bunch of banannas
    10. Haircut & Beard trim for our upcoming trip to Pennsylvania.
    11. The DW & I got our yearly flu vaccinations.
    12. 2 new pairs of shoes for me

    1. Tp,

      1. Yes
      2. No
      3. Cash is king,….

      I have a whole bunch of bacon SPAM, they are supposed to have a spicy pumpkin SPAM out soon.

        1. TOP: ditto same here. They are trying to track all purchases. an effort to control everything you need. …and permit or deny purchases based on credit rating… of course who ever does the transfers gets rich. they don’t make additional money off of cash exchanges and barter..

          1. adding… skill have downloaded an article posted under a video on brining meats. calls for 8 lbs of plain rock salt per 5 gallons of water. plus salt for the bottom of the container and salt , rock salt for the top of container. plastic, crocks, non reactive only…

    2. TOP’s question

      1. Don’t you just love it when the other side wtarts to eat their own:

      • Battle lines drawn after Clinton and Gabbard exchange insults
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/battle-lines-drawn-after-clinton-and-gabbard-exchange-insults/2019/10/19/14e43e5c-f27a-11e9-b648-76bcf86eb67e_story.html

      Of course, I do. Politicians, especially socialists/communists are very good at doing this.

      2. Will HRC ever get over her loss or realize it wasn’t the Russians?

      I think she already knows that but will not admit it publicly. It allows her to badmouth Trump and other Pubbies, and even some her own.

      3. In the age of cashless, Philadelphia mandates stores to accept cash payments. Many poor people do not have debit cards; but, the cashless advocates say cash is only used by black marketers and tax evaders. What do you think?
      https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/in-the-age-of-cashless-philadelphia-mandates-stores-to-accept-cash-payments-119030900648_1.html

      Cash only certainly can be used in a black-market situation as it does not allow easy electronic tracking of your monetary transactions. Other methods, used in the past, will just have to be used to discover black-marketing activities, i.e., old fashioned police work. Evading taxes using cash is also a little easier, but not impossible for IRS to figure out. The poor don’t always have bank accounts, and if they do, rarely have debit cards due to the tracking issues, also the dope man don’t take credit/debit cards.

      1. I use cash for Craigslist items. Mostly I get free or look at moving and estate sales. Sometimes I look for things in materials. The lattice on my porch was two new plastic sheets 4’x8′ for $10. They were project leftovers. I had other scraps that matches and finished up the project. That sort of transaction is always cash.

  7. Hello everyone:

    While we live in town and have no livestock at the house, the family farm has cattle and a niece living a mile away has chickens. Currently we grow feed for both humans and animals so that should continue. We have a local meat processor in town and hope to continue working with them. Small towns tend to barter as much as exchange money so I think that will continue as well.

    This week I dehydrated and canned and canned. I did make a delicious green tomato cake. But no stir fry as yet. I think the dramatic temperature swing has damaged some of the trees. The leaves look freeze dried. A neighbor’s pear was fully laden and I think it is toast. We will see in the spring.

    No salt shortages here. Farmers are sitting pretty because the Southern Plain States did not have the flooding in the spring. The early freeze isn’t great but also isn’t a total disaster.

    Dry air and high winds have increased our risk of fire. Always good to stay alert.

    Stay safe everyone.

  8. Puppy was jealous this week. Got a call from a neighbor that his wife needed help with their GS puppy and I couldn’t refuse because they named the pup after me, Thor…LOL He had eaten a hole in the fence gate and also dug under it and got out. Gave him some of my puppy’s treats and the pup licked my arm. I stayed with the pup until her husband got home as she had a business dinner date. Puppy sniffed me when I got home and looked at me like I was cheating on him…LOL You were with another dog…..

    Food
    Picked most of the remaining peppers
    Canned 4 quarts of pickles
    Canned 4 pints of peppers
    Bought 2 canned hams
    Bought a spiral ham for the week
    Bought 10 lbs of rice
    Bought 10 packs of instant potatoes
    Bought 10 packs of gravy mix.
    Bought 10 cans of various beans
    Bought 20 lbs of sugar

    Water
    Bought 2 cases of water

    Security
    Loaded 10 more mags
    Color coded mags as to what they are loaded with. The Caldwell loader is awesome. 30 rounds of loose ammo or it can do stripper clips too. Sure beats loading with the 5 at a time beta loader.

    Yard
    Cut the front 40. Pulled the tractor up to the Jeep and used the rear always hot plug to add air into the tire. Temperature change.
    Trimmed the bushes
    Fixed the honda pressure washer.

    Fruit trees
    Got 2 lemons turning yellow on the hybrid lemon tree.(1st year)

    Thor’s questions:
    1. Are you worried about the coming food shortage?
    2. What are the weak points in your prepping?
    3. Have you watched the national geographics after Armageddon? Thoughts?
    4. Has anyone heard about an asteroid that has a 1 to 1.065 chance of hitting the Earth on 12/26/2021 ? It measures 1,100 ft in diameter.

    1. Tara’s questions:

      1.If you keep livestock of any size, how are you prepping to keep them fed during a long-term disaster?
      2. What livestock do you think will make the best barter during and after a SHTF event?
      3.Do you know how to process meat that you are raising or plan to hunt – or is that a skill you want to learn?

      1. None
      2. Chickens or rabbits
      3 Yes ,I can do it….LOL

    2. Thor’s questions:

      1. Are you worried about the coming food shortage?

      Not especially. I don’t think it’s going to be terribly bad. Not like a full-fledged famine.

      2. What are the weak points in your prepping?

      Lack of storage space. Also, a lack of a MAG.

      3. Have you watched the national geographics after Armageddon? Thoughts?

      No. Haven’t seen it yet.

      4. Has anyone heard about an asteroid that has a 1 to 1.065 chance of hitting the Earth on 12/26/2021 ? It measures 1,100 ft in diameter.

      I’ve heard about it. I don’t remember exact details, but I thought it had less chance of hitting earth. Close, but no cigar kind of thing. An asteroid that size would definitely put a spanking on whatever it hit.

    3. Thor’s questions:
      1. Are you worried about the coming food shortage? No, but having said that I keep wondering about the price of pasta. It went on sale last month for $.69/lb. This week the same brand is $.49/lb. Go figure; 30 pounds per 5-gallon bucket!

      2. What are the weak points in your prepping? Replensichment with no stores. So, until them “If you can’t grow it, pack it and stack it!”

      3. Have you watched the national geographics after Armageddon? Yes. Thoughts? Dramatic, but not very useful for determining how to mitigate the impact of those disasters. That’s what I’m looking for, my immagination can come up with lots of situations where things can go bad.

      4. Has anyone heard about an asteroid that has a 1 to 1.065 chance of hitting the Earth on 12/26/2021 ? It measures 1,100 ft in diameter. If it does come, the effects will be limited to New Jersey. (In point of fact, survival after an impact from something like that will depend upon where it hits. IMO)

      1. JP, good deal on the pasta….carbs….pasta,potatoes and rice.

        I think the video was a Murphy’s law…..what can will…..the times are getting dangerous.

        Ironic at the end…he was a paramedic…..

      2. JP,

        Thoughts? Dramatic, but not very useful for determining how to mitigate the impact of those disasters. That’s what I’m looking for, my immagination can come up with lots of situations where things can go bad.

        For your use, perhaps you should check out the Weather Channels: ”SOS: How To Survive”, many of which are on YouTube.
        They present a scenario, give you options, and then show you the correct options and why.

        1. TOP

          True and I have seen several. I was, however, refering to the Nat Geo programs. Dramatic and entertaining, but in the end not very helpful. Unless, of course, you are in denial, then you might get “woke”!

          1. JP,
            I understood you were talking about the Nat Geo docudramas, and while they are interesting to watch and make fun of, they are meant for a mass market of people with normalcy bias, and may help to educate in that case,
            They have always had a great magazine; but, their programming seems to be mostly sensational stuff like Doomsday Preppers. Since I have a DVR I can record what appears to be the good stuff and ignore the rest.

      3. JP pasta is roughly a 1$ /lb here… stack it deep. those not stocking will require food., many will underestimate their needs and the length of the shortage.

        1. AA:

          The limit is 12 pounds per day. 2 more days left on the sale. 30# goes in a 5-gallon bucket.

          “If you can’t grow it, pack it and stack it!”

          1. yep. doing what i can here as well. was talking w/ DH about the food my “others who are near” will not eat… chicken, rabbit, rice +some forms of pasta…They will/can eat beans. .. will divide them between chickens and the ppl.just need to make gas collection system…

    4. You questions:
      1. Are you worried about the coming food shortage?</strong?
      No
      2.
      What are the weak points in your prepping?</strong?
      My age and my health.
      3.
      Have you watched the national geographics after Armageddon? Thoughts?</strong?
      Yes and like its companion. “Life After People”, it gives a glimpse of a possible future, that only makes me more happy that I don’t live in or near any large cities.
      4.
      Has anyone heard about an asteroid that has a 1 to 1.065 chance of hitting the Earth on 12/26/2021 ? It measures 1,100 ft in diameter.</strong?
      No & I cannot find anything definitive on it in the NEO catalog, although there have been some close by recently and later this year. Within my ham radio group is an astronomy group including a local node in the ohio Argus array (radio telescope) and these guys keep us all abreast of the happenings in the sky above us, with no mention of this event. I’ll have to check.

    5. Thor:
      1. No personal shortage but worried if someone finds out how much I have. No housekeeper etc. so that helps some.
      2. DH has bad knees, makes bug-out to family holdings in country a small problem if no motorized vehicles.
      3. No.
      4. No and not much I can do about it.

    6. Thor.
      Q1, yes I do believe we can have a food shortage because of weather, the past three year’s, it was hot up in Washington state, and we had crops dry up , and fires, in Washington, and British Columbia, My raspberry crops, didn’t take a beating because I saved water in a garbage can and watered them every few day’s so my Berry’s kept producing now my neighbors didn’t and their berry crop was less then normal.
      Q2 Cleaning supplies, so I plan on getting dish soap by the gallons, and buying those bleach tablets from Walmart, for a start and getting the box of Purex Laundry Soap, its fairly inexpensive so I can put a few away until I did my rotation I didn’t realize how low I was getting on certain supplies.

      Q3 I do believe we watched it but I shy away from alot of doomsday T.V.
      Q4 My 19 year old told me about it she’s intrigued by stories like this again i can’t stop it lol:).

  9. No livestock unless cats count. At least I have all of them fixed so I won’t get anymore and they have taken care of my rat and squirrel problem. Yes, squirrels, two of the cats can race up to the top of my oak trees and catch them.

    I did start on my winter garden. I had to rip the drip tape out of the overgrown grass and weeds and got that done Thursday morning before it got hot again. I then hooked the heavy disc turn plow to the John Deere. I got the garden spot turned under and the orchard spot I cleared last year. My brother is retiring in three weeks and he going to want his tractor back so I have to get everything I want done with it before then. Then I will start rebuilding the motor in my Kubota.

    We started clearing out my son’s old room. He has been fledged whether or not he wanted it. He didn’t have a job and was doing nothing to contribute to his living expense even though he got his degree last year.We cut off his use of my credit card and his brother was going to start charging him rent to live there. He decided to move in with his fiancee in a mother in law’s apartment her parents have on their property. Anyway we are packing all his stuff into totes and storing those in our 12×12 storage shed. When clean I will put in shelves and make it into our prep storage room.

    Unlike Zulu 3-6 our three year old granddaughter is a handful to keep. My wife goes and gets her four days a week, after working three overnight shifts on the weekend so I have to help out. This has put a real kink in our fishing and boating plans. This child is in constant motion, does not take naps, and is very disobedient. She has been kicked out of three daycares but our daughter has to work. She loves tools and all things mechanical, she really wants to drive the big tractor. It is the one she could drive because it has power steering. Before I take it back I will let her have a little drive, tractor idling in low gear with me holding her of course. She is and probably will be my only grandchild so she can get away with a lot.

    1. Turn that room into something else before your son returns!! This generation always comes back. After I threw out my stepdaughter and her child, I remodeled upstairs and sent her stuff to her grandparents. She had a revulsion to work and drew boys like flies. I got tired of the drama. The last straw may have been the pit bull puppy. It’s been years and we’re much happier.

      1. We moved a stepson and his adult stepson off my property. They were stealing and doingdrugs here. Then I moved my friends into that trailer. I has moved into my old doublewide they’d need vandalizing just for fun. We camped in it for over a miserable year. Then I bought a repo mobilehome. A son repaired the little home my parents had lived in and another son left but his old mobilehome on the property. End of space. 🙂
        My newer home is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath home. No one is moving in on me again. I have shop buildings for workshops. The home is just a home. Some food storage in the home and some in another place.
        I like being in the smaller space. A daybed, air mattresses, and a footrest/ bed are the guest room. Plenty for a few days but not tempting to ask to move in.

    2. It sounds like your granddaughter is not ready for daycare, or it’s just to dull for her little brain, she sounds very mechanical inclined. If I could do it over I really would have homeschooled my kid’s, they I believe would have been better off the kids education is far less then in year’s pass thankfully my kid’s do research and ask questions, sounds like you have a very bright little girl, but could be tired of daycare…

    3. Daddio7,
      Have you begun teaching her ? Colors, numbers shapes, letters, songs…????
      There is much to do that will spur her love of learning and help her to focus on good things and good behaviors. It takes many positives to overcome.. one negative comment.
      Start with what she is interested in. get her a box of tools and , box end/open end wrenches. put nuts and bolts thru a board and affix it. show her how to take them off. and how to put them back on again… have her count how many nuts, washers… on each bolt… use different size nuts, bolts so she needs a different tool… if she throws a fit …let it “cost” her fun time…
      sounds like she is smart and more mature than other children… try pulling those qualities out . Maybe try to socialize with children 3 or 4 years older..? Does sound bored. And is a leader not a follower.

      1. We did get her a tool set, a very well made set with all those things including a battery powered drill driver with various bits to drive the screws into the threaded project board. This drill makes a loud drilling sound and the bits actually turn but the clutch slips at the lightest touch and makes a loud clicking sound as it does. She got tired of it after a few weeks.
        Before that she had a doctor set and for a month she and my wife played doctor. All her dolls and stuffed animals had horrible injuries and needed operations. She would bring one up and my wife was the nurse (she knows my wife actually is a nurse) and would have her described the injuries. My granddaughter would then in her version of cursive write down the diagnoses. She would write in small squiggles straight across a sheet of printer paper, double space down and write another line and so on for ten lines. After a month that stopped.

        Right now my wife is exhausted, this is our third month with her only getting Monday off and that is her recuperation and sleep day. Last week she gave up on any teaching and let her watch the Disney channel all day.

        All I know is we can’t keep this up, I’m about tired of it and I just have to stay awake and help out occasionally.

  10. Hi Tara and Dan.

    Probably chickens, rabbits and goats. During depression a person was considered rich that had a cow. Put up hay and grain for one year for critters.
    Smaller animals should barter easier. Due to greater value of large animals. More folks with less money or items to trade.
    During my life, I have butchered cows, deer, chickens and hogs.
    Preps this week: harvested peppermint and laying it out to dry for tea year round. Dry it and place in gallon jars. Still bringing in buckets of black walnuts each day. Purchased 9 dozen more canning jars with lids and rings. Going to look at more dairy goats (Saanen.) I started out over twenty years,ago with them, they are rated best milkers in the world. Repaired two places on fence and still not finished. Trees fell on fences. Firewood. Planning a 3rd greenhouse and researching where to buy shade cloth. Need to order more seeds. Put up macaroni in gallon jars. Put new stove pipe up on cookstove. Fire going in it now for new chicks and me.

    1. This week I also brought in containers of herbs , mints, and lemon balm. I cut the herbs that froze. Many survived and will come inside in the next few days. I’m going to can a couple of pints of yellow squash and save seed from the last cucumbers. I have a couple of dozen large green tomatoes. I’ll can some to use in green chili stew. Some will ripen as is and a few fried green tomatoes will finish them up.
      Gardening is done for this Fall. Time to mulch the strawberries, pile up weeds and layers of cardboard on the area for new spring garden. I’ll layer in the compost. When I get the rabbit area cleaned the dropping will go on the new garden area also. They make the best fast green growth. Cold manure. Won’t burn a garden. Chicken manure is hot. Has to compost a year or be well mixed with straw to use. Best for vegetables that bear fruit.

  11. I turned the big 50 this week. I really don’t feel that “old”. I am in better shape at 50 than I was at 30–and a lot smarter. Sierra Trading Post had the socks I like (Fox River quarter crew) for 70 percent off. I got 15 pairs for my birthday, along with a couple of t-shirts and a new wallet.

    The brown rice and quinoa I ordered last week came in. I got that put up. Our local meat market has its monster fall meat sale the first week in November. I’ve been saving for that. The problem is that I don’t have much room in my freezers. I will have to be more selective this year–probably just steaks and a smoked turkey. I still have several pork butts from their spring sale. I will just have to make more pork carnitas.

    Has anyone ever tried Amish Country Popcorn? This is the best popcorn I have ever tasted. They grow non-GMO popcorn. They have red, blue and purple popcorn, as well as caramel popcorn. I was disappointed that it didn’t pop those colors. I picked up one pound of each, as well as some white popcorn. The blue is supposed to be the sweetest. Once we figure out what kind we like the best I am going to order a 50 lb. bag. We eat a lot of popcorn. The trick to making excellent popcorn is to pop it on the stove in ghee and season salt.

    Nester has brought rain and wind for the past two days. It’s coming down pretty hard right now. The sun should come back out tomorrow. We had a cold front come through right before the storm–it got down in the 70s. It was great to open up the house.

    That’s it for me. No livestock. So no worries about how to feed said livestock. We’ve just got to worry about four cats and the Wolffeman.

    1. Bam Bam:

      I understand the “age thing”. I just turned 65. I planned to live this long, but I really found it hard to actually get there. Had a small “pity party” for myself for a few days. Them I got up and got over it. I take the statement “Do the best you can, with what you have, where you’re at.” and run with it. I’m sure you do to.

        1. Thor1 & Bam Bam,
          Actually it’s all up hill now. Every step you take will feel like you’re trying to walk up hill.
          OTOH: “You’re Not Getting Older You’re Getting Better.” Or was that the slogan of Clairol Hair products. Yep, I think it was, LOL

          1. Top, no that was wine getting better with age….but with age it will turn into vinegar so stop wining…. LOL

          2. Thor1,
            I’ve never been fond of wine of any sort; but, I’ve been full of piss & vinegar most of my life and with proper attitude, Bam Bam will find that with perspective some of life’s best, is yet to come.
            Some of my best companions are an 80 year old retired pastor, a 75 year old retired EE and a couple of youngish, 60 year old hams, all of whom shoot regularly, have sharp critical thinking minds and still camp.
            One lady in her late 50’s just came back from a 7 day hike on the AT.

    2. Bam Bam,

      I turned the big 50 this week. I really don’t feel that “old”. I am in better shape at 50 than I was at 30–and a lot smarter.

      You may recall the sage words of Satchel Paige who said: “Age is a question of mind over matter,. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”
      For some perspective, the DW & I will be traveling back to PA later this week for my 50 year High School reunion. Kid!!! LOL

      Has anyone ever tried Amish Country Popcorn? This is the best popcorn I have ever tasted. They grow non-GMO popcorn. They have red, blue and purple popcorn, as well as caramel popcorn. I was disappointed that it didn’t pop those colors.

      Is Amish Country Popcorn a brand name? We get popcorn here from the local Amish and of course only the hull of the kernel is colored, so the popped kernel will always be white.

      The trick to making excellent popcorn is to pop it on the stove in ghee and season salt.

      Or pop it over coals in a basket, or air pop it and sprinkle on any flavor you like.

      Nester has brought rain and wind for the past two days. It’s coming down pretty hard right now. The sun should come back out tomorrow. We had a cold front come through right before the storm–it got down in the 70s. It was great to open up the house.

      Remnants of Nester are supposed to impact the Ohio valley by Monday evening and bring us some much needed rain. Fingers crossed.

      1. My Mom grew up in Bucks County Pennsylvania. We all ways loved popcorn and sliced apples for a snack.
        She’d always buy a mixed bag of colors. As a child It always amazed me it popped white. I still like popped corn with a bit of real butter and salt.

        1. Clergylady,
          I grew up in Cambria county in the west; but, did travel to Bucks County a few times, since I had cousins In the Allentown, King of Prussia area in the east. As a teen I also visited Philadelphia, Hersey, and Gettysburg. There a lot of history out there; but, the same here in Ohio and I suspect most states have their historical treasures.

      2. O.P.,

        Yes, that’s a brand name. They do buy some popcorn from local Amish farmers but most of it is grown by the family. We have a hippie-farm market that sells purple sweet potatoes. The inside of the potato is actually purple. I was hoping the popcorn would be purple as well. Whenever they have some new kind of fruit or vegetable I aways buy one. This week I tried roselle fruit, a fruit from a plant related to hibiscus. It was pleasantly sour. (I really like sour stuff.) It can be eaten raw but it is typically dried and used for tea. There are some microclimates around here where folks grow tropical fruits. I would love to research “locating” or “creating microclimates”.

    3. Bam Bam
      Do let those guys pick on you about your age. Just remember it is only a number, you said you felt better than when you were in your 30’s and that is a great mind set. Keep it that way
      Happy Birthday Hope it was a great day.

    4. Happy birthday Bam Bam I too turned 50 in September, and I agree I look better then most women in their 40’s I stayed away from the sun , and drink lots of water and tea the gray on my hair, is my only down fall 🙂

  12. Hello Everyone,
    I have been busy the last couple of weeks getting all outside projects finished while weather was nice. Glad to be 90% done! Just about finished with the inside repairs. I would almost rather do the larger indoor projects instead of a bunch of little projects! That’s just me.
    Tara’s questions:
    1. I do not have any livestock, 2. If I had to pick animals to barter, I would think chickens, rabbits and goats would be good options. 3. Never processed any animal (except a fish or two). 4. My prepping this week was to finish outdoor projects & declutter inside by going through items no longer needed or used.
    It rained the entire day, so I took a break, made a big pot of chili and watched college football.

  13. CID prayers for this hard part of life. Loosing a family member is a roller coaster of emotions and memories. I pray for both strength and comfort.
    This week I added 20 lbs of sugar, 2 containers of stevia, 10 lbs of rice, 2 lbs more of salt, and I canned 10 pints of spiced sweetened apples. I have 3x more apple yet to cut, cook and can. I’ll dry some also.
    I raise a garden, forrage, and plant more wild edibles and medicinal so they don’t look like a garden. Finished up the 8×8 front porch. And added 2 1/2 sheets of white plastic lattice up t o the railing. I need to stain the floor, paint the rest then Reglue and paint my old pair of rocking chairs.
    After this month I’ll be fully retire…maybe. I’m 72 and I have been driving 100 miles each way to pastor a little country church.
    I raise ducks, chickens, and rabbits. My home is now 100 % off grid solar. I love it! I’m saving up to add another 100 ah of battery storage.
    I grow some grain for my critters and sprout seed to winter supliment feed. Sumner there is grass and a stand of alfalfa along a community irrigation ditch. I cut those for fresh and dried winter forrage. I butcher my own meats. When I can I buy a sheep. I kill it, skin it, clean it and cut it up. Some is cooked right away. Some is frozen and a lot canned or dried. When I can get a leg of elk or beef from a neighbor I smoke and dry most of it.
    I brain tan hides when I can get the hides. I miss having help with those things. The husband and sons who helped aren’t here. Husband died. Boys went in the military branches then married. Some live close enough to see now and then. New husband used to help some. He has Alzheimer’s now so I work alone most of the time. He’s always near but doesn’t help anymore. Sad disease. I’m blessed he’s stayed sweet and loving. I’ve worked with others with Alzheimer’s and seen nice folks become violent and hard to care for.
    I have 5 new motion sensor lights now. Three for outside my home and one for in the new coop when I get it built and one for the chicken pen along the wire side. I have a motion sensor light in the room with my rabbits. Solar panel is outside. Tiny hole in the wall for the wire. Sensor inside. Walk in the door, wave a hand and the light comes on. Set for longest possible setting. Sure is easy and works nice.
    I like to save up a bunch of front legs from the rabbits and make a spicy Cajun stew with them. Sure is good eating. Nice way to use the drying onions, fresh garlic and the last bell peppers and hot peppers of Fall.
    By the way when I’m processing apples, trimmings, cores and feelings can be cooked with a bit of water. Once tender squeeze the juice of it in an old pillow case. Use as is for fresh cider or lightly sweeten and add some spices. Serve hot. Spike if desired. I have 6 quarts of apples working and bubbling nicely. It would be drinkable I guess but I’m heading toward apple cider vinegar. Has to make alcohol before lactic acid.

    1. Cy, sounds like you’re dong pretty good at 72. I recently read an article about a medical study of the effects of marijuana on Alzheimer patients and it stopped the progression and even reversed the symptoms. Something with the THC stopping the proteins.

    2. I understand the Alzheimers, it sucks my grandmother had it and now my mother in law, has it she wanted to move back up with us it broke my heart, the medication they have her on has helped but her old self is gone if we did have a bigger place I would bring her home my husband, can’t call the place she’s at he’s afraid he’ll hear who is this???

      1. Yes alheimers is hard. A few years ago it stole my best friend… My mother in law. It took her mother also so it can run in families. My husbands mother died because of dimensia. She was driving the week her son’s were going to take the car. She had an accident and somehow ended up in an avocado orchard. There were search parties and fly overs for days looking for her. The day the search was being called off, the owner of the orchard drove out to check on his property and found her uninjured sitting in the car. She was hospitalised but still died of exposure.
        When my husband started getting lost in a familiar area I quietly took over driving everywhere. We moved to my old property soon after that. It was just easy to say I know the way around here. So he let me drive. Its been over 4 years now that I do all the driving. He keeps complimenting my driving. Lol. I always drive fast. But no accidents on my record. 🙂
        Sometimes its hard. And he halucinates people. Mostly if we get in a vehicle to go somewhere he wants to know if “they” are going to ride with us. Heading home, ” where are they?” .
        Simple answers suffice. Arguing is pointless.
        He’s still a provider/protector at heart. His hands are stronger than mine since a bone surgery on my right wrist and forearm. So he opens things. I pay for gas with my debit card so I don’t leave him alone and he always pumps gas. He wakes up in a strange new world every morning and wants to go home. The home He can remember is where he grew up in Banning CA. He remember being a drummer with bands in Palm springs. Later a drummer in a matching bagpipe group. Last he played drums with our church group band till we closed a couple of weeks ago. He hasn’t said a word about the drums. He was forgetting he was the drummer and owned that set. But when he sat down to play he was still right on perfect time or songs he really didn’t know he’d follow me as I played the piano. I just look at it as never boring. And a dozen times he day he tells me he loves me and now adds he’s Greatful I’ve stayed with him. He gets sweeter as the disease progresses. For that I’m greatful. My sweet mother in law turned vicious. I couldn’t have handled that.

        1. Clergylady,

          Dementia, regardless of variant, is not a happy time. My maternal grandmother had some form of dementia, back then it was just called senility. Added to that was Parkinson’s. My mom and dad built an addition on our house and set up a care facility for her. My mom did 90% of the work, plus had to keep track of seven kids. A couple of my sisters helped out too. It was several years before grandma passed on.

          Then sadly, my mom came down with dementia herself. One of my sisters move her to the Chicago area where she lived and saw to her needs (with help from another sister who would come down from Wisconsin periodically). It was a number of years before mom died and it was pathetic to see such an educated, intelligent, loving and caring woman go down like that. Very sad.

          1. Thank God family worked together to meet needs.
            My mom lived with me her last 13 years. Sound mind but a stroke left her paralysed one the left side and she was almost totally deaf and blind. Passed on at 95. My 2nd husband was dying at the same time. Both were in diapers and wheelchairs. My youngest son and his wife quit their jobs, took $9 an hour from a special program that I believe is gone now. My husband was rated at 68 hours of care a week. Son took the 40 and daughter in law took the 28. It made it possible for everyone to live at home.
            I’ll care for husband three as long as he stays sweet enough for me to care for him. His daughter, her son and some of the great grandchildren plan to be here in 3 weeks. They want to get things so we can have hot water.. Showers.. 🙂 and hope we have a weather break so everyone can have a fishing day. It’s way too cold right now.

    3. With My Dad, we gave him citicoline 2 caps daily… a natural chemical normally produced by the brain. and coconut oil in oatmeal in mornings , or to fry his egg in, about a half teaspoon..(only 4 chain fat that nourishes the brain).He had gotten to the fighting stage. Cold cocked my DH. could tell it helped after first bottle ran out.- 2 doses and he was ok once again….restored HIS memory.,even tho he was very weak at the end, he was easier to care for because he knew we were trying to help him and was not scared.

  14. Looks like the house may be sold. Went on the market a week ago and 3 days later we had a reasonable offer. Closing is less than a month out and they would like the house empty 3 days before closing. Inspection Monday. The sale is all cash.
    With the above preps are on hold and eating down the stock pile is necessary. Will be canning items from the freezers. Finished helping my cousin-in-law move. He gave me my cousin’s (she died about 4 years ago) clothes and all her cake molds. The clothes were sorted, washed and dispersed to places they could be put to use. (She was much taller than I so I only kept a few things). She had wanted to decorate cakes professionally so she had all kinds of pans and decorating tips. I kept just a few and sent the others to people who could use them.
    Had a crow get in the house the morning that the buyer was going to look at the house. Fortunately the mess he made was easily cleaned. Also have had several run ins with coons this week. My cat hates coons and will growl, lunge, hiss and spit at the coons from the safety of a glass door separating them. I have been told he was seen chases a coon down the street.

    1. suzyq
      That was a fast sale of the home. Congratulations!
      Understand the packing to move is the pits, but you now can start a new adventure in your life with the kitty.

      1. It was fast but we have a lot of Californians moving in. The couple interested in this house put in an offer site unseen. They have seen it and now we just wait for the inspection tomorrow. Building is booming and prices are thru the roof. This house was about the only one listed in its price range. A house across the street sold for under $80,000 and is a serious fixer upper. I’ll be glad to be out of this house. It’s too big for me and with tendonitis and arthritis in the shoulder hard to keep up on the yard work.

  15. Clergywoman,,,,
    I too was/ am a clergywoman. Worked first year as a Circuit Rider, filling in for sick, vacationing, or hospitalized pastors , all over Ohio. Took first appointment church in another county and drove eighty
    miles three times a week, plus worked a job, had farm and livestock and gardens. Can only imagine what you must be going thru. Tragic about your husband. Hang in there, you know we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities. Their goal is to tear God’s kids down. And our goal is to pray the gates of hell off of them. We need to connect by email ([email protected]).

    Hope to hear from you.

    Hang right in there, the best is yet to come!!!

    1. Sage. Ill email later. Its time to head off to church. Have the 100 miles to drive. Thankfully its mostly on human interstate so baring accidents it’s around 1 1/2 hours and I aim to be about an hour early.

    2. Sage
      If you are the Sage I have read before on another posting.

      YOU will like TOP, he is a very nice person. We met on the net years ago, if you want to meet a nice family give them a shout out.

      1. Antique Collector,,,,,

        I am the same Sage on MSB. Love to hear
        from TOP.

        So good to hear from you. Hope all is well with you. How is your husband doing with his recovery. I have prayed for him.
        Life is one challenge after another.
        God healed me of a heel spur this week. Now walking is great again. Bull decided to leave over a tree that fell on the fence, in two places. Fixed the fence and gave the bull what for. He was so upset that I fixed the fence, that he rammed his head into the barn about 6 times. I told him not to act out like a toddler.
        Life is a challenge, but God is good.

        Sooo good to hear from you.

  16. HI ALL ,,,,,,,what a week !! Finished winter firewood 20 cord in ten days cut and in ,,,a race with the rain ,
    RAIN and more rain 6 inches in 3 days ,creek is running , was a marathon to get hay and firewood done,
    Looking at a second LGD a Anatolian ,like the breed ,good with live stock ,lots of heart ,last one was a rescue from a apartment in the city why would a person try to keep a dog that gets to be 150 -180 pounds that way ?
    Went to auction friday ,heavy equipment ,things went too high for my liking ,
    other preps,went to my FFL guy ,more toys ,,
    The questions ,,,,
    We have beef cattle ,chickens ,
    I have no problem killing for food , BUT I can’t do the butchering. PTSD from another time comes back to play ,
    I can help DW to a point ,i can chain saw a beef in to quarters if I have to , but pay a price ,
    Oh the ghost of the past ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    CHICKENS ,,,,as preps. I had a broiler farm years ago 1/4million birds a year ,that’s a story in it’s self ,
    DW and I have had birds steady for 40+years ,she had a laying flock (500) in Alaska ,me ,ranch living off grid with more or less with no refrigerator was easy to keep a few birds for fresh eggs.
    Some things I learned ,oat hay makes great winter feed ,the birds have a good time hunting the grain and bugs
    Worms love the mulch that’s left ,birds love the worms ! Unlike ground feed that sours with time oat hay that’s packed or baled and kept dry last for years ,if you go that way make sure to have some kind of grit too ,
    Something else for feed is clover ,fresh or dried ,mixed in with the oat hay ,and don’t forget Some DE for the other type of worms,some breeds will thrive like that ,turkens (naked necks ) come to mind ,,nice thing about oat hay is you can do it with almost no equipment. Just hand tools to harvest ,harvest just past the milk stage before the seed is lose , if your late cutting and the seed is lose lay a sheet or tarp down and fall what you cut over on it ,start cutting On the side of the field cut like your cutting rows
    Oat straw after the combine is fun for the birds and wonderful for bedding but poor as feed.

    Cattle market has been a mess of late ,oh to sell or quit or add to the herd ???some days I ask why keep doing this ,then I go out and talk to the cows ,next thing I’m thinking about expanding again ,,,the love of the ranch life ,
    You know how to make a small fortune ranching ?? Start with a large fortune,,,HA HA lordy lordy I wish I was forty,

    Picking up cross talk about UDC and NSA ,leads me to question the wisdom of saying much on the web ,it’s like the walls have ears and are closing in ,are we making problems for our selves ?,is it too late to worry about it ,?would going dark matter?can you live without the web? What about no TV or computer? Is your life better or worse ?
    The valley is calling ,what is the price of true freedom?if we lived in the time of Moses would you listen to him ?think about going into the wilderness with him , into the unknown ,or would you chose the known and be a slave ?
    The valley is calling ,can you hear it ?
    It’s the nagging little voice that you have to drown out with stuff ,,,,,,

    What would John Galt do ?

    Tea and lemoncake

    1. OH,
      Good food for thought… along lines i have been considering. That is a lot of work for even a young man, and you said it yourself, “Oh to be 40 again”..
      Don’t know why we always find these things out when we are too old to do them easily…
      It has been so long since we heated with wood, i don’t remember what 20 cord of wood looks like, but do know Dad always wanted about 8 cord., and it was mostly my job to stack, protect, deliver inside and sometimes to make the fire…and stoke it at night before bed.So all those skills i still have-just not energy to do them all consistently.
      ..Been looking at adding clover and oats to our back lot..
      any special kind better than others for chickens and rabbits? .. also looking into doing sprouting /fodder system..Plan is to change the run area this coming spring, and use current run/dog kennel for rabbits totally… desire a burrow system, but that will not happen.. our land will not allow…..would minimize summer work for cooling and winter heat/protection.. Keep DE, coral calcium and ACV, Oregano for chickens.
      Can live without Tv , and web, for now it is my main info highway. Valley is cold. sun shines on the hills.. late to be grey man/woman. sheer numbers give advantage, many have some things for greedy to desire.some will make the price to obtain -challenging.. have not gotten into other comms yet.. have several projects in works…time and strength will be required for completion.

      1. A A,,,,,,,MID 70s ,,have a hard time quitting ,just not my way ,getting ready to change engines in a truck ,only bad thing is getting back up from under the truck ,ouch ,
        If you quit you die ,,,,so it takes longer ,some things a lot longer
        Shalom

        1. OH, Like you …Don’t know “QUIT”..Never met him… everything “takes a lot longer.”.Yep, have perrsonal experience with him…… I am 15 years younger and can’t do the get up from floor/ground/under truck thing… easily. Squatting out of question.That is why there are stools and tree stumps.

          1. 0ldhomesteader & Anonamo Also,

            Like you …Don’t know “QUIT”..Never met him… everything “takes a lot longer.”.Yep, have perrsonal experience with him…… I am 15 years younger and can’t do the get up from floor/ground

            I’m that same person and suspect I fall in the middle on age (68 ½); but, have no problem with getting up & down. I thought I had arthritis; but, back in 2012 found instead it was gout. A daily 150 mg dose of Allopurinol takes care of it and I don’t even have to watch my diet.
            It probably helps that I’m not overweight (BMI of 23) my office is up 14 steps and I make that trip up & down at least a dozen times per day.
            Someday it may catch up with me; but, I’m doing what I can to stay physically and mentally active.
            Everything does take longer; but, you just need to pace yourself and have lots of patience.

    2. i’m a dairy farmer, so i know where your at. the cattle market is broken by corrupt corporations and krony politicians. the factory meat cutters, buy from brazil versus us. i’m working on quitting milk cows and switching over to beef. i’m cutting back , freezer beef is the only glowing coal of a market left. i will remind you. it is not our job to feed the country for less than it cost to produce it. cut back and let he cities pay full price. we fought a war over this before and almost a 2nd one. britian viewed us as a slave to purchase from them at a high cost and them toss us crumbs, for everything we provide them. then we had shays rebellion. the cities view us the same. we should pay for their kids schooling and buy their over priced vehichles and supply them welfare priced food. let them cash out theri 401ks and pay full price.

      we need to think out of the box to grow cattle. ground cob corn, get you a xtra 20% feed volume, but it is hard on the f eed grinders. i planted wheat for the first time in 25 years. i’m going too use some as cover crops for corn. then others i will use as a fermented hay bale,or chopped silage. combine crops and then graze off the residue. i don’t know if i will insure the cover crop or not. IDC about the rules.
      wheat gets me straw bales i can sell. i’m looking at the farmers markets. don’t let anything go that can breed, you castrate or sell as hanging weight carcases for heifers. make it so the corporate farms, can’t expand.
      and i’m john galt and the rules have changed

  17. Hubby and I decided to reclaim our upstairs, since his mother departure 2 year’s ago so we were busy putting stuff into boxes, and getting the whole place dusted it’s sad because she won’t be able to enjoy her stuff any longer and we need to figure out who gets what. I did do some couponing, and made my master list of what I have on my shelves, I decided to do it the old fashioned way of writing it down in pencil and a notebook, it keeps my brain moving and keeps my writing skills up. I made some Peach Liqueur , waiting on the second batch of simple syrup to cool down, and this week do some Raspberry Liqueur, for Christmas presents this year, my apple pie moonshine, was a hit last year so I’m hoping for the same this year. I made my batch of corn chowder, and had some for dinner and froze the rest tomorrow I will make a bean soup with the rest of my 18 and 19 canned food and then I’m caught back up on canned food my next batch to work on is June 2020. Well, it was a three day weekend for us the school had an in service day Friday, my daughter will be getting her school computer next Tuesday, she has 8 credits to retrieve and should be finished by next March it’s the light at the end of the tunnel, for all of us well, that’s it for me 🙂

  18. Q’s. Livestock. chickens and rabbits, plan is to have 4-6 months feed going into winter and transition to free range and sprouts over that time…and free range chickens.+ oldest supplies will supply adequate nutrition for winter feed should it be required. Rabbits can grow and produce on our yard grass thru the summer and fall+ any thing i can safely forage…in their preferred diet..
    I believe they , ( along with goats, possibly sheep,)will be valuable for or family and others… having cage materials, and materials to protect from wild things- 2 and 4 legged will be as important.
    Yes we can process our own meats…not a pleasant job, just necessary to do as efficiently as possible. Our animals have one bad day..
    I am not “worried” about a food shortage. I am doing everything possible, where i am, with what i have to secure for our family.. It is the things we can not know for sure, length of “shortage” and severity of weather events that affect all aspects of stocking up.. that gives me pause… we are beginning a greenhouse/high tunnel this year so for the coming spring we are wanting to get a jump start on our plantings.. Shortfall., have already begun filling in the gaps…. some of the cleaning supplies,scrub pads of all kinds. sink stopper that works, dog foods.. grains. Biggest challenges are: our special diet NEEDS,.. has necessitated a change in types of supplies use-able…+my physical limitations and lack of a Prepared MAG. Oh to be able to do the things I did when I was 40 again!.. but still work circles around my twin., just pay for it for 2 days after…LOL Asteroid? no concern, can’t do anything about it. God is in control.
    Preps:was able to get 6 wheelbarrows of small oak from nearby fallen tree., cut and stacked. for outside cooking.. 10 + lbs of meat was gifted this week and secured in some manner. Ground beef 10# was dehydrated and stored in jars.Frozen veggies have been dehydrated this week.continue rotation of oldest foods out, new in to replace., with longest possible dates. picked some summer squash, okra, a few cukes, deepened the bed with compost and formed a new compost bed , covered it… began a second one.
    Hard matter to stay informed without listening to the bickering and treason going on in our government -seemingly without consequences. Continue to pray for the good guys in key roles all over out great nation and our President who was truly elected. concerned re: the take over of voting data by amazon.
    In news tonight PG and E are doing another grid down event in Northern Calif. 2100 children rescued from tunnels and bases during last one… some died from no electric. Where is the murder charges against PG and E, for cutting off those helpless.? UUUGGGH!

  19. If you keep livestock of any size, how are you prepping to keep them fed during a long-term disaster?The chickens will freerange as much as possible, and the hoses i would farm out to some local neighbors’ pastures for rotation. If we have goats by then i would do the same thing. We only have 5 acres.
    What livestock do you think will make the best barter during and after a SHTF event?Rabbits, chickens and goats. I will not do rabbits again, just chickens and goats.
    Do you know how to process meat that you are raising or plan to hunt – or is that a skill you want to learn? Ive done deer, turkey, chickens and rabbits. Someday will do a hog or two. Always willing to learn and help out to share the bounty.
    We sold my Canyon this week to a young man who would like it for a work truck. To be 15 years old, it was in very good shape, and i sent a bottle of wine and a houseplant with him as a peace offering for his wife, who wasn’t sure he needed a truck. He called the next day, telling us she loved the truck and the plant, hadnt checked the wine yet.
    Still waiting on one more baby, primed the bathroom after finishing all the mud and taping. Will still have a little more to go when we set the shower in. But its getting there. One of my former clients’ husband is coming overnext weekend to take down two Bradford pears, which were in the way and now we will have space for two more antennas and the solar array hubby wants to set up.

    1. BC, Interested to know,…What is your resistance to rabbits? Heat tolerance?
      We just got some bred for heat tolerance from SOUthern Texas… in early June, an it was a tremendous amount of work to keep them cool in summer with litters arriving.. we lost 7 before eyes were open to heat..after big enough to move on their own-no losses, ice bottles worked to keep them cool w/ a fan on hottest , no air movement days.. Changes already in progress.
      for the rest of this year and next..Will do breeding at different times this fall and spring.. Goal will be to have all not on a breeding program, On way to freezer camp …as hottest weather progresses- to minimize work load..in Aug. and Sept when we have the hottest and driest weather..
      Have alternate method still researching-( Burrow system) will try should perm lights out occur, will take some time to set up.( already gathering supplies,, for infrastructure..)..but possible with minimal costs. even where we are.

      1. Anonamo Also,
        Our only experience raising rabbits was a 4-H project one of the boys did. We built a hutch off of the ground with 3 doors on the front for 3 compartments and hardware cloth all around. On hot summer days, we took the large soft rubber pet dishes and froze them into solid blocks, placing one in each compartment, often swapping several times per day as it melted.
        We also had several fans running to move the air.
        This group went to the local fair and won ”Best pen of three” and then returned home and like yours, were sent to freezer camp.
        Of all of the critters we’ve had here, I think rabbits and horses were the most delicate.

      2. I just dont want to fool with them. They dont give me enough meat to justify my time on them. I would rather have something bigger, hence the goats. Mind you, i might change my mind when the s hits the fan, but until then, im content.

  20. late to the party again

    Taras quaestions

    1 i currently keep chickens, and plan to get turkeys, and maybe rabbits, and possibly goats, had steers but sold them at auction at a loss, won’t again till my hay field is developed to reduce overhead costs. as per feed i keep at least a year supply of feed in waterpoof barrels or salvaged chest freezers (500lb or more in a freezer i get from the transfer station for free, metal exterior, and gaskets keep moisture out and vermin. also keep a year supply of dog food and cat food. could gow corn beans etc to feed chickens if needed and feed eggs to cats and dogs, educe the flock if needed to only a few, they are a breeding flock and hatch more that i sell or eplace old birds with.

    2 chickens, rabbits, goats, etc, smaller stuff that is easier to keep, a cow takes a lot to keep and is worth a lot.

    3 i trap, and i pick up roadkill when its fresh enough, tan furs, render lard, can the meat (dog food), haven’t done drying yet but plan to, and the left overs go into mggot chargers (buckets hanging over chicken run with the bottom cut out and replaced by wire mesh, then maggots drop to the ground for the cluckers all week long). make fish taps too and can dry them (minnows), i read that sled dogs back in the day were only fed dried fish, bucket traps in the ground catch rodents and such to give to cats. butche chickens myself when i have surplus.

    4 what i did this week, sold a little pine firewood, split a cod of wood, took a wagon load of logs to the mill and got the lumber back ($73 for 530 board feet of lumber, mostly boards and 2x4s this time), picked a bushel of apples from my best tree and ended up with just over 5 gallons of canned apples (21 quarts), 2 gallons canned potatos (8 quarts) and just under 7 gallons canned pumpkin (27 quarts), plus lots of seeds. weather been kinda sucky. also continued training the dogs.

    Thor’s questions:

    1. nope, got enough at my place to last me 2 years, and the means to produce a lot more

    2. fairly well rounded, though i am usually flat broke, i tend to make everything myself or do without as a result and am accustomed to redundant or tiered systems.

    3. no tv, no internet either, take an old laptop running linux to a wifi hotspot on the other side of town when i can, very limited amount of time to use internet when the general store is open and the weather is good enough to travel (don’t want to bike o walk with a laptop in the rain or snow), but not good enough to do anything else.

    4. nope, haven’t heard of it

    TOP’s question

    1. haven’t heard of it

    2. probably not, she was foced though as the dem candidate and surrounded by yes men and was sue that it was her desiny to be president and without any disident oppinions in her inner circle she assumed everyone agreed with her, her world view got a little shat on, or shattered and she can’t reconcile that she was not right and looks for reasons that would support her view in defiance of facts.

    3. i have been locked out of much of the economy by being cash only, most of the places i do business don’t accept plastic (see above, i paid $73 cash to an amish sawmill), to have a cad reader a store has to pay for it, and if they don’t have lots of transactions daily then they actually loose money on it (like a small chainsaw dealership thats only open on saturdays and weekday evenings, he was paying $30 a month to have a card reader and most customers did cash or checks, he stopped taking plastic since it didn’t pay for itself). it only really works in cities or suburbs to be cashless where there is a high volume of transactions and conviniences and a possibility of being mugged for cash. i lost tens of thousands wen my relatives were able to get my info and steal it from the bank electronically, cops would do nothing as they said there was no way to prove i didn’t transfer the money to them myself. i refuse to use banks since a jar full of cash hidden in the woods is safer. this means i only do business locally, and am locked out of just about everything else (no utility bills so thats ok). thats my thoughts on it, another bs city thing were if it works in the city then they assume it works everywhere and they try to force it on everyone else and make insinuations like black market since they can’t contemplate why it doesn’t work elsewhere. i’m in ny state as far from the city as possble but nyc crap still gets dumped on us in rural upstate 500 miles away and we are judged by the rest of the country on what those city pricks do.

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