What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 67: October 19th 2019 – October 26th 2019

making diy Christmas gifts

Hello Pack. I hope you all have had a productive week of prepping. We have spent most of our time doing some fall planting, tractor repairs, welcoming Pearl’s kids into the world, and Christmas present crafting.

Ok, I was doing Christmas present crafting, but Bobby did make the templates I needed to create larger folding fabric dollhouses than I did last year. Some might argue that making homemade gifts is not really a prepping activity, but I truly believe that it is – at least the way I do it.

I am using the homemade gift making to teach the grandkiddos and the little ones some valuable self-reliance skills, the joys of low tech life with toys that are powered only by their imaginations, and the importance of using natural materials in toys instead of plastics and other materials made overseas that could contain harmful chemicals.

The pride you feel when making something with your own hands simply cannot be replicated by running to the store and grabbing a piece of plastic junk made in China off a shelf.

The children are learning to make their own toys and toys for presents for others right alongside me. I am hopeful that this practice instills in them a desire to build and fix far more substantial things as they grow older.

Pearl broke with tradition and gave birth to her newest set of kids in broad daylight on a sunny and clear fall day. We have been extremely lucky, and never had to assist her with a birth nor has she encountered any problems after kidding. Goats are notorious for requiring human aid during the kidding process, especially Pygmy and Nigerian Dwarf varieties.

Both of the kids are males, which is also unusual for my Pearly goat, she tends to always throw one of each. I had them both sold before they were born.

I was not going to name them since they won’t be staying on our survival homestead, but the grandkids wanted to call them something while tending to them during morning chores… so Bobby named them Lunch and Dinner. I doubt they will actually be eaten, they are being sold to a farmer for breeders.

I am still in the midst of getting my Fall indoor growing operation going. In addition to growing garlic, onions, carrots, lettuce, and herbs, this year I am going to attempt to grow a few tomato plants and green beans plants indoors.

Worst that can happen is that I fail. I know it can be done, so I decided to give it a shot and attempt to dine upon freshly picked tomatoes all winter.

We are growing red winter wheat to make straw on a half acre. This is a new activity for us, one that we have been looking forward to doing for several years. We spent the first two or so years on our survival homestead fixing things and purchasing equipment that we could not do every activity that we wanted. Now, we are finally at the stage where we will have far more time to work the land than prepare it to be worked.

Tonight begins the annual nut hunting season on our survival retreat. We use the walnuts, hickory nuts, and acorns in a variety of ways. Some are used for eating in their natural state or for recipes, others are used to make wood stain and for tanning animal hides.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. What are you growing indoors as part of your food assurance plan this year? If you do not grow indoors, why not?
  2. Do you grow red winter wheat? Share some tips on the growing and usage process if you do, please.
  3. Do you forage for nuts in the fall? If so, how do you use and preserve them?

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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95 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 67: October 19th 2019 – October 26th 2019

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

    I received the thermal imager I ordered. It seems pretty nice for what it is. I did some research on interpreting the images. I discovered there is a very good reason that military and LE helicopter/aircraft, tanks, and fixed position thermal cameras tend to be either white-hot or black-hot color palettes. With the cooled imagers they use, those colors have the best resolutions when searching for people or objects, particularly among terrain.

    The other colors are usually better for commercial uses, such as examining heat loss from buildings, electrical stations or boxes (you can detect shorts using a color palette). Often, if you watch YouTube vids of military attack helos or AC-130 gunships using thermal, they often appear to be a bit fuzzy. They are intentionally degraded before public release so as not to reveal how good they actually are.

    I played with my little uncooled imager and discovered that the white-hot and black-hot palettes are still the best when searching. But the full color palette was really good to examine my refrigerator for insulation effectiveness as it shows the range of heat differences better.

    Granddaughter got her three-year-old well-baby checkup this week. Doctor’s offices leave her completely unconcerned. She is tall and slim but muscular. They had to use an infant BP cuff on her. She also got a flu shot and didn’t flinch. She passed 100% The doctor was impressed with her vocabulary and how clearly she can speak.

    They day after her well-baby check, she started complaining about her right eye bothering her. While at my place, the eye started producing a greenish discharge. I thought maybe pink eye, but the sclera didn’t look red enough or bloodshot enough. Her parents took her to urgent care and the doctor there didn’t think it was full-fledged conjunctivitis either, but there was an infection going on. So, granddaughter got some antibiotic eye drops. She isn’t paying any attention to her eye at all now. She was just thrilled the urgent care clinic had toys she could play with while waiting her turn.

    The People’s Democratic Republic of Kalifornia is trying to burn itself up. Those Santa Ana winds are nasty, especially when they have wildfires to play with. I was at Camp Pendleton for three summer/fall seasons and those winds and fires were something else, regardless of cause. One summer, the base had wildfires and they brought prisoners out of the brig to help fight them. They were working an old WWII artillery impact area that was supposedly cleared, but EOD missed some. I think like five prisoners were killed and several more wounded when a couple of those old unexploded shells decided it was time to explode after all. Make no mistake, those wildfires burn HOT and do an exceedingly efficient job of burning things to nothing, including metal objects.

    Tara’s Questions:

    1. What are you growing indoors as part of your food assurance plan this year? If you do not grow indoors, why not?

    I grow nothing indoors. Mainly, a lack of appropriate space precludes me doing so.

    2. Do you grow red winter wheat? Share some tips on the growing and usage process if you do, please.

    No winter wheat here.

    3. Do you forage for nuts in the fall? If so, how do you use and preserve them?

    No, I don’t forage for nuts.

      1. TOP,

        Good point. The thermal imager is a Leupold LTO-Tracker HD. It cost me $625 from OpticsPlanet, but that is a discounted price from the normal, about $688. It’s a hand-held monocular device, but their videos say you can mount them with 30mm rings, but the device is not recoil rated and has no reticle.

        I have a synthetic M-1 carbine stock that I’m thinking of modifying to hold the imager. Might be easier to search like that. The eye relief is much longer than a regular rifle scope, so it could work.

          1. JP in MT,

            I don’t know, it might. But the imager is not recoil rated. It is 1-6X by itself.

            In Desert Storm, we had PVS-7 night vision. I would put my mini-binoculars up to the objective lens and get 10X magnification. Worked nice sitting still, but not practical if I had to move or do anything else.

  2. 1. What are you growing indoors as part of your food assurance plan this year? If you do not grow indoors, why not? I have tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuces, and basil growing in my greenhouse.
    2. Do you grow red winter wheat? Share some tips on the growing and usage process if you do, please. I buy a beef from a friend. We have it processed and share with our adult kids. It’s their Christmas present, and they say it’s the best thing we’ve ever given them. (We may do a hog this year.)
    3. Do you forage for nuts in the fall? If so, how do you use and preserve them? We discovered a pecan tree on our farm. I’m going to shell them and put them in the freezer. That is, if any make it that long. I do a lot of baking, especially around the holidays.

    This week:

    *Animals:
    -Took both dogs to the vet.
    -Cleaned out all three coops.

    *Garden:
    -Everything in the greenhouse is growing well.
    -Turnips got some rain a week and a half ago, so they’re finally coming up and growing.

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: bought a bushel of #2 apples from the orchard and I’ll can pie filling today; laundry detergent, bleach, vegetable oil, salt, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, sugar, canned vegetables, canned fruit, TP, and OTC allergy meds, disposable lighters (I know they won’t last forever.), all on sale and most with additional coupons; bulbs for heat lamps; a large feed/water pan for the animals; pocket knife with LED light, rope-belt cutter, and window punch; vet wrap;

    *Miscellaneous:
    -DH’s slug barrel needed repair. Took it to the smith.
    -DH’s bike was stolen years ago. Bought two used mountain bikes and a cart to pull behind and haul a child (or other important stuff). They also added a push trike for a little one. All of this was $65. I’m pleased with the price.
    -Had a dental exam and cleaning.

    *Skills:
    -Made salve from plantain.
    -I printed a few recipes to use mint. I’ll try them soon.

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

    1. Well, I should have read the questions more carefully. I thought it said “meat,” not “wheat.” That’s what I get for scanning the internet, texting a friend about camping, canning apple pie filling, and sorting through the mail at the same time.

      So, no on the wheat. 🙂

  3. (1) I don’t grow anything inside because of where I live. No snow, very rarely even get frost in the winter….so it’s actually my busy season for gardening!! I need to thin my mustard green plants later on and feed the thinnings to my chickens.
    (2) Never have tried growing wheat but I do have an insane amount of it properly sealed and stored for “just in case”.
    (3) I planted a couple of pecan trees a few years ago and am hopeful that we will get nuts eventually. There are some very old pecan trees about a mile from our farm, so I know they CAN grow in these parts. I’ve also grown peanuts in the past and keep a supply of those for replanting. (I know, they’re not technically a nut, but that’s how we use them,

    Prepping this week included my never-ending banana harvesting, pureeing and preserving. The rain has been plentiful this week, making for a stinky situation in my critter pens, so I spent a couple of hours this morning cleaning those. Still trying to “harvest” a gator that has taken up residence in our back pond. He’s too big to ignore—5 feet or more at this point. That rascal is challenging to get a bead on. He’s very perceptive of anyone getting very close. Ah well, sooner or later, we will prevail!

    Almost ready to plant my lettuce and carrot seeds…waiting for the weather to cool a tad. Will need to use shade screening for the first month after planting to limit how much sun they get. We got our sugar cane patch tied up with heavy string to keep them from laying over and taking root. Late January is harvest time for them, so they’re getting quite tall right now. That stuff would take over the whole place if we didn’t contain it.

    That’s it for me this week.

    1. Rain really does make a stinky mess of animals. I planned on cleaning coops today, but a lot of rain was predicted so I did it yesterday. It’s a good thing I did. We’ve gotten a LOT of rain so far, and it’s still raining.

  4. Puppy had an incident, some how his name tag and rabies tag hooks released his leash hook while being confronted by 2 barking dogs. I thought he might kill the other dogs and ran to stop him. I told him no and he stopped. The other dogs were medium and small and made no more aggressive moves or barks at him since he was standing next to them. LOL .I told puppy go home and he did, sat waiting on the porch for me. Good boy. Smart boy.

    Food
    Bought canned beans
    Bought canned beets
    Bought canned mushrooms
    Bought canned carrots
    Bought canned peas

    Fruit trees
    The 2 lemons on the lemon tree are almost ready to pick. (Tequila) LOL

    Water
    Bought 2 cases

    Medical
    Bought 2 large and 2 small plastic containers for meds and other medical supplies in case of a bugout situation arises.

    Security
    Did some plinking with the 22lr’s

    Gym
    More heavy cross training Lost 10 lbs

    Jeep
    Added flares to emergency pack

    Communication
    Watched videos on the Baofeng radios. Not a bad little radio for $25. I have 2 and might buy 2 more.

    Thor’s questions:

    1. What do you think the reason is that Democrats don’t want a border wall?
    (My thought is they are being paid by drug cartels)
    2. Do you think the Chinese have anything to do with the fires in Commiefornia ?
    ( My thought is they are trying to drive out conservatives)
    3. If and when the food crisis hits, will American grown and raised food be sold to he highest bidder?( AKA other countries)
    4. Does George Soros’s statement that global elite’s are taking control back and that Trump was just a short setback that will end in 2020 or sooner bother you and should the secret service pay him a visit?
    (I think yes on both)

    1. Tara’s questions:

      1.What are you growing indoors as part of your food assurance plan this year? If you do not grow indoors, why not?
      2.Do you grow red winter wheat? Share some tips on the growing and usage process if you do, please.
      3.Do you forage for nuts in the fall? If so, how do you use and preserve them?

      1.Lettuce, spinach herb and peppers. I will also bring in the lemon tree and avocado tree when it gets cold.
      2. No
      3. No but there are nut trees just outside my fence.

    2. To Thor:
      1- They want open borders to water down the American electorate with more mendicants. The watering down of the privileges of Roman citizenship was a precipitate cause of the downfall of the Empire.

      2- I hadn’t thought of that. They own the ports. It’s the chicoms foothold in North America.

      3- I believe the food crisis is most likely to begin commensurately with a coup and the impending civil war. Tool up, stock up.

      4- I’d like to see the Russians or maybe the Hungarians bring him back for trial. He’s openly working for the destruction of our country. He was a Kaserne Polizei, or KaPo during the Second World War and turned his fellow Jews in to the Nazis, profiting financially the entire time. How he saw 1946 boggles my mind. Then again, cockroaches can survive anything, right?

    3. Thor’s Questions:

      1. They used to be for imigration controls. I can’t help but think it is simply “Anti-Trump”.

      2. No. I think it is bad forest management and a lack of understanding on fire prevention.

      3. Without government controls – yes. To I agree to the controls – no.

      4. I think the Secret Service should be a lot busier than they are. A lot of treats, open and implied, against this president are being allowed – it sets a dangerous president. IMO.

      1. JP, I think the Secret Service should take him down town and let the TSA give him a cavity search.. LOL You know as training tool for all of the TSA agents,..ROFL

      2. JP in MT,

        The Secret Service isn’t blowing everything off. Eminem got a visit from the boys over some lyrics he sang in one of his songs. He got a warning, but I’m sure he’s on one of their s**t lists.

        Old Marshal isn’t the brightest bulb in the box. He grew up a couple of blocks west of the city I policed. I know cops from that city who had contact with him and they found him to be a meek little boy unless he had his posse around. Then there was the time he pulled a gun on some other idiot. Turned out, his gun wasn’t even loaded. Got arrested anyway. Dunce.

    4. I have noticed fewer vegetables and fruits on the store shelves over the last few weeks, but nothing like I saw this week. The shelves had nearly nothing on them and a note was attached stating that there was a shortage of vegetables and fruits due to poor weather conditions in recent months.

        1. PG ,, The big K is reducing inventory accross the system ,and having supply chain problems too boot ,,I’m told that there are store closings coming ,, if you shop Amazon you are part of the reason ,,get use to shortage ,grow your own,if you can’t grow your own find a group that you will be a benefit to that can feed you in exchange for the skill you have that be of value to the group ,, a old saying ,some can grow,some can sew , or cook or can , as far as a group is concerned needs to be close ,in a SHTF driving over will most likely not happen ,if your in the city or burbs you won’t have a good outlook ,the exception would be the old fashioned small town out in the hell and gone,,,
          Find the neighbors that think like you ,there out there,
          Time for tea and corn bread

          1. I garden and preserve what I grow. I’ve just started growing in my greenhouse, too. I have been told that Kroger is cutting down on what they’re stocking, but I was surprised at the shortages of the items they do stock. People who don’t know how to grow their own food are going to be hurting. (As far as food goes, the only thing that I buy from Amazon is Mexican vanilla and carob powder.)

          2. Oldhomesteader,

            I was just reading in a Detroit area on-line newspaper that the last K-Mart still in my old county (Macomb) is closing. Macomb is not an underpopulated county, in fact it’s the third most populous county in the state. So things must be really bad for the Big K (or not-so-big K anymore).

          3. PG ,Zulu and others..
            . The downsizing is going on in many stores of all kinds… including China mart.. look at some of the aisles getting wider, they are not doing that for your ability to meet another shopping cart with room to spare. The displays on end are primarily one item… and the price may or may not be visible. Many displays are non perishable items and perishable things are being given less space in every store.
            Sale prices now are well above the retail price of 6 mos ago. Keep your receipt, make a copy so you will be able to read it. because the print won’t be readable in 3 months… go over that receipt before you leave the store. make sure all shelf sales are honored.
            ..When prices on generic brands are as high as the name brand. and you have an alternate store that is cheaper, it is a very good time to boost home inventory of that product.. I ran into this, yesterday on a frozen vegetable we use often. same brand, 2 different stores, one was 50 cents cheaper…. 10 miles apart.
            As fuel fluctuates – grocery store prices always go up and never drop.
            was in news this week Walgreens is closing some of their clinics. There is a nation wide chain putting up” box doctors” as fast as possible..one at both county seats we frequent -noticed in last 3 weeks…one is already operational. Their advert on the sign outside said…”if you have an itchy throat come here.” I am sure they will give you the utmost care by giving you directions to get an OTC anti histamine and sugar pill. They will not give you any incentive to do your own research for your common problems of allergy to ragweed, honey suckle or any thing that is giving off pollens…
            Taking control of own health is imperative…those calls from “your health advocate”- are bogus. You should be your own ADVOCATE. If you can’t get someone like a trusted family member to help….because calls come from your insurance company can not be blocked./stopped.
            Our Freds store , was closed and pharmacy said … we will serve you, then.. wham bam. .. Getwell Pharmacy closed on short notice, and patient records were sent to a walgreens… we will not be doing business there, because too far from area we travel. We will be blessed to have a community pharmacy opening… and will do all business possible with them… as soon as they are open.However we have few prescription needs and fewer OTC needs ever, even as we grow older…( beats the alternative)

          4. Anonamo Also,

            The downsizing is going on in many stores of all kinds… including China mart.. look at some of the aisles getting wider, they are not doing that for your ability to meet another shopping cart with room to spare. The displays on end are primarily one item… and the price may or may not be visible. Many displays are non perishable items and perishable things are being given less space in every store.

            Perhaps this is a regional thing; since our Wal-Mart seems to still have a good supply of everything, as do the Aldi’s, Meijer’s, and the new Kroger marketplace.

            Sale prices now are well above the retail price of 6 mos ago. Keep your receipt, make a copy so you will be able to read it. because the print won’t be readable in 3 months… go over that receipt before you leave the store. make sure all shelf sales are honored.

            We do this all of the time and keep a running total of our cart as we add items.
            The DW uses a calculator and I try to keep the total in my head; but, we always watch the register as the items are scanned, especially for those sale items that sometimes do get missed.

            As fuel fluctuates – grocery store prices always go up and never drop.

            I thought that was the fuel prices that never drop. LOL

            Taking control of own health is imperative…those calls from “your health advocate”- are bogus. You should be your own ADVOCATE. If you can’t get someone like a trusted family member to help….because calls come from your insurance company can not be blocked./stopped.

            We’ve never gotten those calls; but, do have a good primary care doc, several MAG members that are docs or other medical personnel, as well as urgent care facilities in the area.
            When the socialists talk about ”Medicare for All” or better health insurance with improved Obamacare, what they fail to mention, or perhaps don’t understand is the coming shortage of medical providers, meaning we are likely to be seeing more NP’s and fewer MD’s.

          5. Well, I see a PA and am very happy with him. He is very knowledgeable and takes all the time needed to make sure I am getting the best care. Just like anything else you get more of what is subsidized. give qualified people free medical educations and pay them to go and you will have plenty of medical professionals. My wife went to nursing school on a scholarship and got $3000 cash for expenses. Several women in her class had to drop out because they could not work 40 hrs a week and study enough. Her job now is taking care of disabled children on Medicaid.

            I am 67 and am on Medicare, millions in America have single payer coverage like me and those children. Is this bad and should be eliminated or is it good and should be expanded to cover more Americans in need? American medical care hasn’t been free market since the early 40’s.

          6. TOP and Daddio7,

            The big difference between PAs and NPs vs full-fledged doctors, is that the PAs and NPs are trained to be clinicians first and foremost. They don’t admit patients and they don’t have to follow them in the hospital. Doctors are basically overworked. I think they need to mostly work in hospitals doing the technical stuff and surgery. Let PAs and NPs handle the runny noses in their own practices. Let them refer patients they think need more specialized care to doctors already at the hospitals.

            I’ve been seen by PAs and NPs and I found their care to be more than satisfactory. Like Daddio7 said, they take more time to drill down and check your complaints.

          7. Daddio7,

            Well, I see a PA and am very happy with him. He is very knowledgeable and takes all the time needed to make sure I am getting the best care. Just like anything else you get more of what is subsidized. give qualified people free medical educations and pay them to go and you will have plenty of medical professionals.

            I see a combination of MD’s, PA’s, and NP’s and for most things the mix works well; but, there are times that a specialist MD is really required.
            As it turns out, some of this shortage may be alleviated by Home Depot founder Ken Langone who recently donated $100 million to help make NYU’s medical school tuition-free for all students. Private sector IMHO always beat public sector control by partisan politicians.

            I am 67 and am on Medicare, millions in America have single payer coverage like me and those children. Is this bad and should be eliminated or is it good and should be expanded to cover more Americans in need?

            AT 68 I’m also on Medicare; but, I paid into it my entire working life, and the ” Medicare For All” proposals are all very light on the details and the funding sources. As it turns out both Medicare & SS are likely to run out of funding in the next decade or less, and then we will all be in the same sinking boat.

            American medical care hasn’t been free market since the early 40’s.

            True, and once again Henry Kaiser showed how private sector capitalism will find its way around government mandated wage & price controls.

    5. Thor’s questions:

      1. What do you think the reason is that Democrats don’t want a border wall?
      (My thought is they are being paid by drug cartels)

      The cartels could easily be one reason, but I think the primary reason is they want more people in the US dependent on governmental handouts and in gratitude will illegally vote for the Democraps.

      2. Do you think the Chinese have anything to do with the fires in Commiefornia ?
      ( My thought is they are trying to drive out conservatives)

      No, I don’t think the Chinese are involved. Kalifornia seems to be doing a good job running conservatives and rich people out all on their own. Wildfires are very common in that state (of confusion) and have been for a long time.

      3. If and when the food crisis hits, will American grown and raised food be sold to he highest bidder?( AKA other countries)

      No, not as long as Trump is president anyway.

      4. Does George Soros’s statement that global elite’s are taking control back and that Trump was just a short setback that will end in 2020 or sooner bother you and should the secret service pay him a visit?
      (I think yes on both)

      Yes, anything of that nature coming from Soros is a concern. However, I don’t think his comments about Trump legally rise to a need for a Secret Service visit. I think the “or sooner” caveat applies to a potential impeachment. At least it’s easily explained away that way.

      1. Z36, they still need to do cavity search, he might be hiding something…… It could be a reasonable probable cause search…LOL

          1. Z36, 7 out of 10 Americans think a civil war is coming. People like Soros are instigating it as well as the Dems and their gun grab agenda. When they come for the guns it will be time and I think they will truly regret waking the giant.

          2. Thor1,

            That is likely true. But remember, leftists like to use explosives and fire, same as jihadis.

          3. Z36, yeah when the switch flips, there will be nothing stopping it until oñe side is completely annihilated.

    6. Thor1,

      Watched videos on the Baofeng radios. Not a bad little radio for $25. I have 2 and might buy 2 more.

      I also have several. Are you licensed to use them? Only licensed amateurs may legally use them. Use in any service except the Amateur radio service (part 97) is illegal since they are part 90 radios and may not be used in commercial or part 95 applications.

      Your questions & my answers:
      1. What do you think the reason is that Democrats don’t want a border wall? (My thought is they are being paid by drug cartels)
      They are hoping that illegal immigrant aliens who are given sanctuary and support will be the next democrat voters and support their continued power grab.
      2. Do you think the Chinese have anything to do with the fires in Commiefornia ? ( My thought is they are trying to drive out conservatives)
      No. It’s decades of kowtowing to the environmentalists and providing poor and negligent forestry management in the belief of some greater good.
      3. If and when the food crisis hits, will American grown and raised food be sold to he highest bidder?( AKA other countries)
      At least some of it will, since the farmers deserve to get the best prices for their risk and labor. The alternative is more farmers go bankrupt and no one eats.
      4. Does George Soros’s statement that global elite’s are taking control back and that Trump was just a short setback that will end in 2020 or sooner bother you and should the secret service pay him a visit? (I think yes on both)
      It doesn’t bother me, since it’s been his goal for decades, long befor Trump; but, as a clear and present danger to the world, I personally think he should have been incarcerated a long time ago, and think that there are countries in which he would be detained. OTOH, he’s only worth a measly $8B and @ 89 years old, can’t live forever.

  5. Hello,

    To your questions, I grow nothing indoors or out due to a lack of space. The front yard has Hosta and flowers but that’s about it. The backyard is for growing the dog and the kids. There’s not much room back there. Also, I would forage for nuts but there aren’t many around here. I can’t eat them unfortunately because of the diverticulitis anyway.

    This week, I went to a local coin shop and met the owner/ proprietor. Nice man. I was able to buy a San Francisco minted 1904 Morgan in XF condition for $25, a 2019 Silver Eagle for $20, and $2.00 face value in silver quarters for $25. I’ll be back weekly. I just don’t trust mail order for something like coins. Last week my Amazon order (shirts) was left on the wrong side of the house in spite of contrary instructions.

    I was able to score a couple more preban Glock 17 mags and another 500 rounds of Remington branded surplus FMJ. Had the van looked over during an oil change and got a nail removed from one of the tires. Bought some extra boil in a bag rice and some Spam.

    Got my NH carry permit in the mail a couple of weeks ago so we’re going to take the munchkin on a foliage ride up there. I might know a back road or two, LOL. Maybe I’ll get to extend a finger to some Democrats while they’re campaigning for the destruction of our country.

  6. This Week’s Questions:

    1. What are you growing indoors as part of your food assurance plan this year? If you do not grow indoors, why not? Nothing special.

    2. Do you grow red winter wheat? Share some tips on the growing and usage process if you do, please. No, I live next to wheat country.

    3. Do you forage for nuts in the fall? If so, how do you use and preserve them? No nuts local.

    4. This week…

    One of our City Council governments passed an ordinance that required Universal Background Checks for all sales/transfers of firearms a couple of years ago. The State AG went after them. Wednesday it was reported that the State Supreme Court ruled that they did not have the authority to do so, by a 5-0 margin.

    Gun Show: For opening day of rifle season, not bad: Found some used Wilson Combat 45 ACP mags; sold a scope and some reloading components.

    Sold 4 old oak dining room chairs. Cash for preps.

    More $.49 pasta in buckets. Pack it and stack it!

    Changed the number of servings per person per day per category on my food inventory spreadsheet. I’d rather overestimate how much food we will use than underestimate.

    Supply Run: pasta; AF #10 Scrambled Egg Mix;

    Received: Book: Revival (book 2 of The Stonemont Series); DVD: Back to Eden (Sustainable Gardening);

    1. JP, stacking and packing here too…Yay for the 2A……

      I hear Be to is pulling 1%…LOL Just say ” NO to Beto”…..LOL

    2. JP,
      Is that ”Back to Eden” the 80 year old one by Jethro Kloss?
      I read it back in the mid 1970’s and some of his remedies were a bit off putting; but, the one I remember most was Sheep Dung Tea.
      I don’t recall what it cured; but, I suspect it could easily induce some type of purge.

      1. TOP:

        Yes, it is but it’s a new video rendition of parts of the book. I have not finished the DVD yet, report later. I’ve had the book for quite a while.

        Our soil, what we have of it, is junk. Mine waste mixed with rocks, covered with a shallow layer of top soil.

        This year’s plan is to do what we can with it. Raised beds don’t work due to the weather. DW wants to try some straw bale stuff. We’ll see.

  7. 1. Growing sprouts, micro greens, herbs, garlic, et in my large kitchen windows. A greenhouse was planned but a Spring injury and bone surgery has put that project on hold.
    2. No wheat grown here.
    3. No nuts nuts. Pinion nuts are gathered on the mountain but I can’t walk up there anymore so I’ll have to pass.
    Last week I cored, peeled and diced enough apples to make 10 pints after cooking for several hours. They have sugar, spices and a bit of apple cider vinegar. I perfect to eat with rabbit or pork or some fresh homemade yogurt.
    The last two days I’ve cored, trimmed and diced apples to fill a 5 gallon bucket. I added a bit of water and covered them tightly. No discoloring! Today I’ll be cooking and canning them. Some sugar in each batch. Some with spices, one batch with some vanilla for a richer flavor. One batch with sugar, spices, and Apple cider vinegar cooked in. All open kettle cooked. Pickled ones hot packed. Others will be processed for long term storage. Excess Juices will be canned for drinking. 1 gallon of juice will have spices and sugar and a bit of yeast and my homemade Thompson seedless raisins added. My mother grew up on a PA apple farm. Grandpa’s recepies.
    I boil the cores and squeeze that juice to cook down thick for pectin or add sugar and cook down for syrup. Depends on my time. Both take a long cooking time to cook off water. Pectin I cook down thickest. If not cooked down its a fine cider canned for later.
    The thick bruises and trimmings I’m draining with a weight on top. That liquid makes good vinegar. I just add raw vinegar with mother and let it work. Sometimes I add a little sugar to hurry it along. When its done working it can be used as raw vinegar or brought just to a boil and sealed in clean jars.

  8. taras questions

    nothing indoors, not a lot of room and don’t see a need for it, i grow everyting outdoors, have 26 acres to do it on in a cold but otherwise fertile climate

    nope, its cheap to buy it already and for the work it would take its easier to do something more cost effective then buy or trade for wheat or other grain

    butternut and hickory sometimes, i just keep them in bushel baskets (husks removed) in the cabin, humid air dries them and thats all they need

    Thor1s questions

    probably to protect their power base, ny for example has recently opted to give drivers lisences to illegal immigrants (having that could also help someone show a us id, not proof of citizenship but a cop not looking to hard might not notice them as an illegal) the politicians also want illegals to vote, only the city people vote for tose politicians but the cities (where the illegls tend to go more often than not and are the liberal bastions) have enough population to out vote the rest of the state, nyc alone can out vote the entire rest of the state, so the relativly conservative rural area that makes up most of the state geographically hates the city bs but can’t out vote it. bring in illegals who will support liberal handouts nd they pack their support base. look at rome, constantine couldn’t make as much headway with conventional supporters so turned to the christians for his power base, being the first major politician to do so he was able to change the power base in rome and rule it.

    you asked this before, no they don’t have anything to do with it, its mismanaged forest fire suppression policies and crumbing infrastructure.

    no idea

    no idea who tht is

    what i did this week, had a load of logs milled, did a little more canning, split some more firewood, dragged the old free standing porch from my cabin out to the woods and built a much better one off the cabin, twice the size of the old one too. converting the old porch to be my sugarhouse since it was a covered porch, all i need to do is run the stove pipe up through metal and put in some heat shields, even more i plan to put 3 walls on with clapboard siding, maybe extend the roof overlap to make a woodshed area behind it, and install a 30 watt solar array to charge a car battery for lights. also built an 8×8 shed to sell, and started work on an 8×11 and a 4×7 hunting shelter both to sell as well. actually rode to the store to list the 8×8 on craigslist since its ready to go. bought up nails, plexiglass for shed windows, lots of roofing metal, and 2 spray foam insulation kits. other stuff but i don’t recall off hand, just been a very busy week. also dealing with strep throat i think, treating with fishmox, not a virus, and it only started after a big piece of one of my upper wisdom teeth broke off and cut the gums before i fished it out so its probably a bacterial thing hence treating it with fishmox rather than like a cold, no other symptoms. also have a barn cat with a bad abcess in her face that i am treating with fishmox too.

    nemo setos questions

    1 do you buy fishmox or fishpen or similar unconventional means of getting pharmacy type antibiotics and do you actually use them or are you stocking them “in case” but are likely to never use them except in a shtf stuation.

    2 no other questions i can think of

      1. Thor ,,,,liquid penicillin is risky to store , better off with dryed in capsule , keep at 38f.but DON’T freeze , capsules will be your best bet for storage ,i would not trust liquid much past ex date ,yet capsules IF kept right tend to last one to as much as five years past ex date , one exception is tetracycline,it WILL do bad things when out of date ,

        Dose rates I have seen used ,use at your own risk ,at sea with no hope of med help ,tooth abscess 1000 iu amoxicillin 4 times a day till things clear then two more days ,,appendix problems ,500iu on the hour ,yes 24 x 500iu a day. For 3 days then 1000iu 4times a day till day ten ,that will kick or at least hold back the problem ,some gut problems can be expected , but that’s minor ,yogurt will help with that if you can get some,
        There other things we did a sea. When it’s ten days to land fall or longer we did things on our own ,But I don’t have time right now ,
        Tea and chocolate

        1. Starting in 1987 I have had numerous tooth infections. The first time was over that New Years weekend, after the dentist office opened I got some relief. He lanced the abscess and gave me a prescription for penicillin. I went back three days later worse of than when I first went, the penicillin wasn’t working. From then on I needed amoxicillin. That no longer works so now I have to have cephalexin.

          The newer one is needed because now I carry gram-negative bacteria in my body and amoxicillin does not work on that type. Be sure and keep both types of antibiotic on hand in case one type is ineffective.

          1. daddio7, use oil of oregano w/ antibiotics to boost effectiveness,,, raw garlic munched like an apple.. one whole bulb every 8 hours x3. also works for URI, oral problems

        2. had my apendix out when i was 15, that was a terrible time. had horrible infections in my feet for 8 months walking around with just nylon socks and shoes 2 sizes too large that my mother got me at salvation army, was accustomed to pain with every step and always limping and getting rideculed from the foul smell of the infections in my toes or side of my feet, had to cut open and drain the pus myself many times since my parents wouldn’t let me see a dr and i was left dealing with it myself based on whatever i could read up about. really having a couple pairs of good socks and a proper pair of shoes would have solved that problem, but then i slept on the floor at the time and was denied glasses cause my parents couldn’t afford it they were always too deep in debt on the verge of bancruptcy from their self indulgent shopping sprees and cruise vacations on credit. then was in horrible gut pain for over a week and when i told my parents about it they would gut punch me and tell me to shut up or they would make it hurt more, around day 10 i was pissing blood an delerious unable to stand, then they finally relented and took me to see a doctor (the cheapest one they could find) after 5 hours of tests at his office he couldn’t figure out the problem and convinced my parents to take me to the hospital, as a joke they took an indirect back road to “bypass traffic” then intentionally hit every pothole speeding over it, even going into the oncoming lane to hit bg ones, me screaming each time and them laughing and telling me to stop acting like a little girl. took another 6 hours of tests at the er to determine my appendix was not only gangreene but had burst, doctors asked them why they didn’t take me to the er long ago and they claimed they had no idea i was sick. the tests kept coming up with skewed results because i had been dealing with those infections in my feet so long the blood work result were thrown off, didn’t find the problem till i drank that radioactive chalk and had a ct scan. ended up spending 2 months in the hospital because of all the complications from delayed treatment and infection spead and have a scar that looks like a second navel now. only had 3 days of classes at the start of 10th grade before i was out for months then i was lucky to catch up and barelly passed most of my classes. man i do not miss the 90s, your mention of apendicitus reminded me of my crap past and why i am such a prepper type now.

    1. Nemo ,,,,we use fish meds all the time ,also cattle meds ,it’s the same as human stuff , one tip ,don’t go light and don’t stop to soon ,learn to know the warning signs of problems ,we use fish mox forte (amoxicillin) for starters and fish cin (clindamycin) as a backup in case of penicillin allergy ,penicillin allergy can be life-threatening ,have a epinephrine pen or at least a one dose vial on hand ,the allergy can sneak up on you ,i have had it kill a horse in five minutes the one time I didn’t have epinephrine with me ,really ruined the day ,,DW lost a calf before she could react,that fast
      Hope this helps
      Tea and cornbread

      1. i took ammoxacillen for a tooth abcess years ago, was trying to see a dentist for 2 and a half years but most refued to see me without insurance then when i was depperate enough to try signing up for the low income insurance i was denied because i “refused to show them my last 3 months worth of electric bills” i live off grid having severe trust issues relying on anyone for anything. the low income insurance elligability is determined by “standard proof of financial status” since most people have electic bills it was a required thing on the forms, also wood heat was not considered a main heat source and they required a heating fuel provider with bills (wood exclusivly that i cut myself left nothing to put on their forms), had no income at the time, no bills, and was still using dummy addresses or po boxes to avoid my relitives who were stalking and harrassing me so all i could do was give my name, a po box and social security number. tooth ended up rotting to below the gum line as i tried and failed to see a dentist, seeing a small chip rot it to nothing, went to er out of pocket and was given amox and codine 3 (i threw out the codine) when i was in pain for an abcess, amox worked, but it cost $600 out of pocket at er and used fishmox to replicate the treatment several times as needed for half a year till i found a dentist half way accross the state that would pull the tooth for cash. got 4 bad teeth now needing pulling and a fewneeding fillings but again can’t get in to see a dentist for the same bs reasons, and the guy who i went to last time now requires insurance. might have to start looking in the next state over (Vermont) or risk sneaking into canada (i am banned from canada for repeated violations of canadian labor laws).

        i only use what i took before replicating past perscripts, if it fails i will go to er and if that works will replicate that treatment too for future problems, normally though i just let stuff run its course and my normally powerfull imune system kills bacteria and viruses itself.

    2. Nemoseto,

      I have a nice supply of various antibiotics for my fish and pet birds. They are quite healthy, thank you. 🙂

      1. thanks for the link, i may try that in the future. unfortunatly seeing a dentist or any dr in the police state of ny is almost impossible for the most bullshitty reasons imaginable

        1. Nemoseto,

          thanks for the link, i may try that in the future.

          I have friends who are docs and have assured me that with the exception of certain schedules of narcotic medications, purchasing, having, and using most medications like antibiotics is legal, at least in my state.
          I know several people who have purchased antibiotics from the link I provided. I have not yet, since my primary care doc has written me scripts when I ask for them and explain why.

          unfortunatly seeing a dentist or any dr in the police state of ny is almost impossible for the most bullshitty reasons imaginable

          That’s a shame. I pay my dentist with a credit card and then pay off the card when the bill comes.
          In the past when I would not afford big bucks for a few procedures, we used a system called ”Care Credit” that is essentially a credit card with a 12 month 0% interest term.
          I think the medical provider pays a small fee; but, gets all of their money (less the fee) up front. If you pay off the balance in 1 year there is no interest.

  9. I’m going to start with the questions, I grow several herbs, and trying to keep my Aloe plant from dying. At the farm there were 2 English Walnut tree’s, that me( kid) I was the only one home, dad and I would pick buckets of them and let the green husk dry and pull the walnut out to dry, we were eating Walnuts, after the new year??? Its been many moons ago!!! If there are any falling now dad, just let’s the squirrel’s and chipmunks, take them . No we don’t grow wheat in our area too wet, that happens in the Eastern part of Washington.

    We have all but our Suburban, covered for the winter, we are waiting on the truck cover it should be here today in fact, then we will wash her give her a good coat of wax, dryzee air, in the cab to keep out moisture and let winter begin, last year we should have had a cover, she was one dirty girl, yes we name our vehicles, she’s Rosie she big and rose color, hubby bought her for me 15 year’s ago because I don’t like mini vans:) hubby tried but I told him a divorce, would be easier on him, I’m a farm girl and I need my truck!!!

    Now that every shelf is re arranged and cleaned I’m using up the last of 18 and 19 canned food I’m just waiting for any good sales. Our neighbor hood farm stand is getting ready to close by November 5th, so next week they should be putting everything on sale I might grab a box of apples, so I can make apple pie filling and water bath can them 😉 .

    We are having a great stretch of sunny weather, so I pretty much have the outside cleaned, mowed and ready for the winter, so I’ll just enjoy it I did pick up two tarps, one for the BBQ and one for my wooden green bench, raking leaves are about it for outdoor work.

    I did pick up three buckets of flower’s, for $2.00 each to keep my front porch looking happy, my Halloween light’s are on and I have a fake Electrical panel box, that I put out you turn the switch and the lines, slap around and the box zaps, and blue light comes out it’s my husband best electrical work to date 🙂 everyone likes turning it on it scares them first and then they start to laugh.

    I’ve been eating out of the freezer, I made a stroganoff for lunch today and banana muffins, on Wednesday 3rd Quarter taxes were due, so I like to make a little something for our accountant, we’ve had her for 18 year’s coming to the house, she’s a real joy to call a friend too:). Its been such a nice month, I can’t believe it’s coming to an end again. Well take care everyone have a great rest of your weekend;).

  10. A friend gave me several bags of yellow split peas. I stored most and opened one bag. Cooked part with finely diced ham and onions and put the rest of the opened bag in a pretty jar on the counter to cook another day. He also gave me more bags of pinto beans. I put those in storage. They’ve already been frozen for safer long term storage. I’m filling a 6 gallon fiber board container with dried legumes. It’s one of my livingroom End tables. I have another one filled with flavored pasta sides ready to cook. When covered with a pretty fabric cover you’d never guess what’s there. My next project will be filling a 55 gallon plastic barrel with a Spring clip wclosed ring and flat top. It will sit as a lamp stand by the antique metal folding cot I use as a daybed in our small livingroom.
    In between cooking apples today I’m cleaning up my leather office chair that’s been stored for three years. A good scrubbing and I’ll leave it out on the front porch till I can move it to the desk in the bedroom.
    It’s really different moving into barely over 800 sq ft. The bedroom and bathroom are together with just enough privacy for the two of us. Kitchen and livingroom are the most of the house and a utility closet and tiny laundry room at the backdoor finish it up. I bought barn door hardware to make a door so guests using the bathroom will be more comfortable. I’m building storage in the laundry room and will be using a nice full sized stacked set washer and dryer. I’m getting ready to frame in the lower kitchen cabinets for drawers as shelves for ease of access. The bedroom is going to also be my office and mending area. Sewing and crafts are going in a shed across the driveway. I have insulation for the walls. I’ll need to most likely do spray foam in the ceiling then sheetrock a sheet at a time till I can paint it. That will free up the house for just living.
    In serious about my sewing. I have 8 sewing machines. Including a seriously heavey commercial leather sewing machine. It’s for upholstery and medium to heavey weight leather. In the office I have a portable machine and an old treadle machine. I can do light weight cloth up to heavy denim there. My computers are both laptops. I can work at home or take one to MacDs to use free WiFi. The home has a forced air propane furnace but our heat is a rocket stove with an optional gravity fed pellet hopper.
    Our dining table is an antique wood table with large gateleg support under the folding sides. It seat just two when folded or 8 when opened. I figured for homesewing it can double as a cutting table or make room for company. I built a 6 ft long storage bench several years ago. That is going by the front door with breadboard behind it. It will have hooks for jackets above the bench and all the different bug out bags in the seat. Handy to grab and go. An old wooden box will catch the winter work boots.
    Storage in such a small home is important. I’m building in shelves and using space in and under things. Even the tiny toilet room has over toilet shelves and the shallow space to the side of the door will have shelves built from 1x4s clear to the ceiling for bathroom supplies. The back of the door facing the sink has towelracks. Above the doorways will be 1×6 shelves for more storage space. Under my bedroom window and kitchen windows are two low 2 drawer high dressers. In the kitchen that dresser is topped with plastic and wire shelves where I grow things. In the bedroom the low dresser has my winter clothing. I haven’t decided if I’ll top it with anything yet. Maybe my folding laundry drying rack. Then fold it away when not in use. The bedroom door back has a cloth shoe rack hanging on it. The side away from the wall has a folding drying rack. Same with the closet door. Another folding drying rack that hangs on the door. I dry all our laundry inside. A mirror is beind the bedroom door hung on the wall. Out of the way but useable. My 2 long bows hang from an old rake head by the front door with other handy items. I’m working on a quiver to hang with the bows. Guest bedding and airmatresses are under the cot in the living room in storage bins along with knitting supplies. My ottoman in the livingroom is actually a folding bed with a tray sitting in top. My End tables were 6 gallon shipping containers for herbs shipped from China so the fiber board is sturdy.
    2nd batch of Apples are cooking. Getting back to work.
    Have fun

    1. if you can expnd out of the house for storage. in my old cabin i cut a hole in the floor and tunneled under it to make a cellar and stored stuff in sealed containers, also had barrels out in outbuildings (anything that won’t freeze), old cabin was just 200 square feet. custom built all thefrnature too, was able to fit 18 5 gallon buckets undder the bed. just some tips from another tiny house dweller.

    2. Clergylady, Another place for storage is above the ceiling joists in SOME houses/ depends on the roof style.. would need to be metal/ resistant to invaders of 4 legged varieties..If you have a panel for access or can make one above a closet/hall area.opening should just be a drop down panel that is insulated like rest of ceiling on inside.(. as much insulation as you can get in both the ceiling and the floor…can greatly cut all costs associated, but you already knew that,).. so it does not stand out as being “different”. Could be used for deepest dry pantry, if secured well. vacume packing if ability..there..will reduce scents for vermin draw…if beans, legumes are open..ie not sealed in oxy reduced environment add BAY leaves to them.. they will discourage all kinds of bugs. Basil also helps repel some insects.. kitty litter buckets are often throw away by others, and can be used for all kinds of food storage, stack easily.I have one for sugars and purchased dry fruit.- raisins, prunes, dried cranberry and blueberries..

      1. Anonamo Also & Clergylady,
        Since most foods, even dry goods need to be stored cool & dry, the one possible problem with ceiling storage is heat. If you measure the temperature in a normal room at the floor level and at the ceiling, you can often measure temperature differentials of as much as 10-12 ° F. Another tool that everyone should have is a Non-Contacting Infrared Thermometer to allow easy measurement of these kind of temperatures.
        Here’s an example: Infrared Thermometer, Non-Contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun -50°C to 400°C(-58°F to 752°F) with LCD Display available on Amazon for about $15.00.
        The projected laser shows the spot being measured, which means this device can also be used to remotely measure the amount of liquid (fuel or water) in an uninsulated outside tank.

  11. First the questions.
    Tara, Yes i have some plants, have some year round in 2 windows.currently have some pepper, tomato, orchid , poinsetta, verbenia, aloe.. Plan to have a few more things, ..too many more things going on, to focus. NO wheat here…too wet. No nuts. rarely eat..ruin in freezer before we use.. .

    Yes i have herbals and antibiotics..use herbals and OTC anti infectives often. reserve antibiotics for severest need…and use them concurrently with higher rate of effectiveness, sooner. and to combat any resistant bacteria or viral illness we may experience.. Silver , FG peroxide.tinctures all have a place in our health care.
    I have not been to Physician/ of FNP in 5+ years. By time an appointment is available am already improving.Don’t need a Dr to tell me what i had.

    Thors Q
    .#1 No border wall because the demon rats are being paid,and/or are profiting from open border.
    #2 Chinese, ..port no longer under Chinese control, Aussie’s have it now. More likely trying to control deep earth minerals and attempt is to run conservatives out and take over all of the land…if illegals are there they will vote to keep the ones doing the hand outs in power…and will be too late for them before, they realize they are not on the “Keeper” list .it is all about money and power. Those in office have both so the common citizen has NO say.
    #3 Yes, Food is a weapon to control.. it will be sold to highest bidder…and John Q Public will have no idea it is gone until it is gone. Our farmers who produce have the ability to be our saving grace. could be done by them… Holding grains until they decide to release and them getting the best prices from local people . Each of us should be putting back every pound of food we can procure for our families in the most secure method we have available. .. dehydrate, can, dry can, freeze( short term). having methods to feed any livestock and putting those foods up for winter feed… all are important. If this GSM is truly in progress, and looks like it is…then every quart of dehydrated jerky, string beans,corn,zucchini, and every plant of winter squash raised this coming year will be crucial for survival in the coming years. Learning new growing techniques,securing seed for dependable heirlooms, and having a secure grow area may be vital to a family’s survival sooner rather than later.
    #4 George Soros, would love for see him put away securely for the evil he has been doing the world over.

    Now for Preps. tightening down on things this month…15 lbs of grains,few of pasta, trial of some new sauces, several cans of veggies, meats, spices, powdered onion, garlic, poultry seasoning, chives,…coffee 2 mo. supply…Juices/rehydration formula,+ chips and crackers for 5 week cycle… for storage.c.leaning supplies: laundry and dish soap,scrubbers , scrub brush,vinegar, baking soda,supplements ordered. Feed purchased /secured.Parts for lawn equipment.,
    Usual activities of he week.same chores, has rained for 3 days. had a light frost one night. to be down to abt 30 by end of coming week..
    .Prayers for: The Pack, those who prep ,for our farmers, to have ability and discernment.to be able to profit from their efforts to feed themselves and us as a nation. For Our President and those assisting and protecting him and his entire family..Prayers for those who are awakening to the truth of all the filth going on in our nation and over the world. May EACH have strength to stand up and say “no more…not on my watch”..For the homeschooling Moms and GM’s/GP’s and their struggles with teaching the wee ones Values and abilities they will need for the coming years. May each of us realize that change begins within each of us, and our abilities.
    “The power of One” can be an important factor. One of the most profitable Preachers of the World was converted via a teenager inviting him to a gospel meeting ,while he was still a younger man..The one who gave the invitation’s name has been lost. ..but the power of one has been multiplied by God.

    1. Thor1,

      FYI, the leader of ISIS has been captured or killed

      It was reported ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed this morning in Syria by the US military. I heard a report that the raid was watched in real-time by president Trump, VP Pence, and members of the national security team and pentagon.

      Bidens have more corruption to deal with…. $30 million

      Joe will be 77 next month and counting the senate & VP has ”served” for 44 years. It’s time for him and his corrupt family to retire.
      His son, Hunter worked as a lobbyist, no doubt with daddy’s help and influence.
      In 2013, he was selected as a direct commission officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, receiving an age-related waiver and a second waiver due to a past drug-related incident.

      Selected? With 2 wavers? No influence peddling or corruption here. LOL.

      Hunter Biden then tested positive for cocaine during a urinalysis test and was subsequently discharged. Honorably?

      He said he had unwittingly consumed the cocaine after being given cigarettes he believed were laced with the drug and chose not to appeal the matter as it was unlikely that the panel would believe his explanation given his history with drugs.

      Ya’ Think???
      Really??

      1. TOP,

        The Biden brat’s waivers are not very unusual. Age waivers happen frequently, but it does depend on how much time they’re waiving, what they are joining for (direct commission as a lawyer, doctor, nurse) and the physical condition of the candidate/recruit. The Marine Corps, for instance, does not accept direct commissions. ALL officer candidates must pass OCS and The Basic School, even lawyers and pilots. The Corps does not have doctors or any other medical personnel. The Navy handles that.

        Morality waivers (arrests, convictions, drugs) are another matter. They are granted frequently to enlisted recruits, but it depends on what the crime was and how far in the past it is, and if all particulars of any sentence have been satisfied (probation over, all fines/costs/restitution paid, etc). Felonies are tough to get waivers for.

      2. Another follow-up on the take down of Baghdadi.
        Reports now indicate that he was surrounded by children, cried like a baby, and then set off an explosive, taking his own life and that of the children.
        It’s seems to me that these people are often essentially cowards in the end, as it appears that he was.
        And then there are the real traitors in our midst:
        The Washington Post came under fire on Sunday for the initial headline on an obituary for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that called the leader of the Islamic State an “austere religious scholar.”
        https://www.thewrap.com/washington-post-criticized-for-obit-headline-calling-isis-leader-austere-religious-scholar
        /

  12. Finally getting two days of rain. Hope it keeps pastures green longer.
    In the greenhouse are tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, mullein, garlic, geraniums, marigolds, blue morning glories and mums. Hope to add more as time permits. In the process of buying a used wood burner, if the deal goes thru, will arrive in a week. If not, I will get another one.
    No, I have no wheat planted.
    I have and have used in the past 5 years, twice fish antibiotics once I had a sinus infection and when the dog had infection in her ear. Worked great each time. Also stock penicillin in refrig. For animals.
    I have spent about 20 days carrying in black walnuts. Carried two 5 gallon buckets per day until yesterday, which was the last of the walnuts. They are on the gravel driveway. Green husks are deteriorating and in a couple of weeks I will carry out a cushion and sit for a few hours gathering the walnuts into 5 gallon buckets to store in an unheated room until I am ready to crack and eat raw plus in brownies, fudge and applesauce loafs.
    Have not dug herbs in herb garden to bring in yet, can not find enough hours in my days. One parsley is over 2 feet wide and 2 feet tall. Basil is huge with several dozen flower stems turning into seeds. Comfrey is about 40 inches wide. Lemon balm huge and peppermint and chocolate mint doing good. The on ly thing saving them from frost is the house on two sides and goat house on third side plus wood burning cookstoves chimney comes out just above and pretty much centered, so smoke comes out and deters frosty mornings. Since I keep it burning for baby turkey chicks staying warm, it protects herb garden from first frosts by smoke above it and walled in on 3 sides.
    Goats are about to receive three new additions in November. Saanens.
    All the news from this side of the road.

    1. Sage, Three times in the past 6 years someone i loved has had an infection highly resistant o antibiotics. Each time I learned by trial and error what worked and what did not. each time was respiratory and urinary. Pseudomonas and serratia marcens. the serratia took everything we had to throw at it. was highly resistant.to 3 antibiotics usually given as first line…. 21 days of antibiotic plus the herbal blends..

  13. Greetings from Georgia.

    Sister died Saturday morning. No more pain, no more sorrow, she’s attending a heavenly reunion will all the family that went on before. Spending time comforting and talking with her family. Visitation is Monday and funeral is on Tuesday. I’ll be off line during these times and will check back in Tuesday night.

    Stopped by Ham neighbor house yesterday afternoon (the one with the tower with no antenna) to try and meet them. Cars were there but they did not come to the door when I knocked. I guess people are just too frightened to open the door to someone they don’t know. Was going to knock some Morse Code on the door but thought better of it since they might not recognize it for what it is and it might sound like an attempted home invasion. I may try one more time before I give it up.

    You may have heard about the planned gun buy backs here in the state. It’s getting a lot of bed press. Told DW that if I had the time (and I’ve got spare cash) I’d go down and try to buy some good stuff off people before they get to the buy back and hopefully avoid getting rousted by the police. May just give it up as a good idea better left to someone else.

    Heading out to church. We had the Thanksgiving Trick or Treat village yesterday but it wasn’t well attended due to the torrential rains. We have lots of candy left over for the Fall Festival this coming Saturday and the Christmas parade on December 7th.

    Have a good week. Asking prayers for my sister and her family.

    73s

    1. Cliff I’m sorry about the loss of your sister. I know your faith and presence will be a great help to the family. My little church group will be keeping all of you in our prayers.

    2. Cliff, So Sorry for the loss of your sister. try to center on the good memories as you grieve and assist the rest of her family…with the change in her abode. hugs.

  14. Cliff,,,,
    Our hearts are heavy for your sister’s passing. Isaiah 61 reminds us that one of the reasons Jesus came was for those who mourn, he gives us beauty for ashes. We are with you in prayer.
    Anamo Also,,,,,
    Your post is the very best ever. You said more than you may have realized. Keep up your in depth messages. We all need it.
    The clock is ticking closer than any may think to life as self sufficiency. Webs are being spun to enclose us in food deprevation, water rationing, power company rationing what our needs are, constitution being stripped away before our eyes, gun rights running amuck. So far, maybe we will be permitted to breathe? Questionable.
    Received a phone call this week that said Canada banks are paying 6% interest, they decided to put their money out of country. Well, I had a lot to say about that thought, but to much for this post. The good news is that God is in control, we are just along for the ride. Just submit to His will and make pop corn because it is going to be quite a show to watch.
    TSB family, we all will be in this together- whether we want to be or not.
    Tara, good questions to keep us thinking. Keep up your good work, you are appreciated.

    1. Sage, In your green house in early spring plan Tatuma squash… similar to acorn./very mild n flavor can go savory or sweet with it… they put down roots a intervals along vines, so gives them resistance to squash bugs… interplanting basil helps too.Friend estimates she gathered 150 lbs off of 3 plants.. she separated them out when planted in ground after danger of frost.small they can be cut up and simmered/fried like any summer squash left to get bigger and begin turning orange they are winter keepers.. they run on the ground and resist climbing, so give them plenty room .. her 3 plants covered between 30-40 ft. several feet wide….i was able to see/ taste them early in season.t hey bloom for a while before producing female blooms. but when they start they go gangbusters.

  15. HI ALL ,,,just talked with antique collecter (AC) and ACDH , there safe and ok ,power is out , and will be ,might be out till Wednesday but no one sure when ,kincade fire is to the west some distance,in its self not a threat , but has most of fire fighting resources Tryed up ,so any other new fires will be a problem ,
    ACs computer is down for lack of power , as I can’t post on MSB would one of you that can pass the word ,

    Now for a new pot of tea ,,

  16. Made a little my progress on my garden. My brother called and said he needs his tractor back. He is retiring in two weeks so I guess he wants to get a jump on all the projects he has been putting off. It looks like summer is not going away so I will just have to drink lots of fluids and work in the heat. Speaking of the big tractor my three year old granddaughter loves it. I took her for a ride (idling in first gear), she carefully watched what I was doing. The next day I gave her another ride, she was standing on the flat platform and was trying to push the clutch with her tiny left foot. She then ducked under the steering wheel and started pulling on the shift lever. She then took her right foot and was pressing the brakes. Now I am taking the key out of it, I doubt she could get it to crank but I remember my grandfather being very mad when as a little kid I left the key on and ran down the battery on his IH model H.

    Last week UPS left a package by my front door that was supposed to be delivered to my farmer neighbor. I drove over to give it to him, the first thing I noticed was a new $200,000 motor home sitting on his parking pad. He had told me he had a very good year, I guess so. I talked to his wife for a bit and she mentioned they would like to buy some of my land. I have the south half of the 26 acre wooded lot we live on. My home is on the east side so I could sell the west 10 acres and keep my cleared land. He just wants to enlarge his yard a bit and make sure no one else gets the property. It was last logged off 50 years ago so is now covered with 100 ft tall pine trees. Now I have to come up with a price, I do not need to sell so I can set my price, comparable land goes for $3000 to $8000 according to where it is. I am no good at negotiation, that is why I no longer have a farm. My wife on the other hand, well, I think I will let her make the deal.

  17. 1. Sprouts are grown indoors in a mason jar with a cheese clothe lid. An outdoor winter garden of various greens such as several kales, winter-hardy lettuces, collards, and spinach are grown covered by plastic is often grown, but has not yet been established this year. Elliott Coleman’s books have been great resources for us.

    2. Wheat is not grown, but we had purchased oats to plant last year. Unfortunately, they were not planted.

    3. We have gathered black walnuts and hickory nuts in previous years. We planted hazelnuts on our property this year for harvest in future years.

    The site iceagefarmer.com has an interesting, thoughtful explanation for California’s PG&E planned blackouts and for the Kincade fire: food control. His latest video and podcast, “California Burning: From PG&E’s Ashes Arise “Smart” MicroGrids (& Coming To You),” was released on Saturday, October 26. I don’t know if anyone else has ever viewed his site, but he makes me think.

    1. Heliotrope,

      1. Sprouts are grown indoors in a mason jar with a cheese clothe lid.

      This is a different perspective for me. We’ve sprouted grain the same way with a glass jar and cheesecloth or flour sack cloth for decades; but, I never thought of this as growing something, since it’s harvested shortly after sprouting; but, now that you mention it, it is indeed indoor growing and another great nutritional way to use grain instead of grinding it into flour or meal.

    2. Helitroupe, Yes watch IAF, saw this video…,… and in addition: adapt 2030( he has one been out 4 days on food shortages..), the real bp earthwatch, mary greely news , william mount,marfoogle news,my wyoming life, deepsouth homestead, gardening with Leon,mike morales.and dutchsince. together they give a good mix of info on many subjects. gives much more info than MSM.

  18. Tara and all:
    In addition to herbs, I am trying to grow a Meyer lemon inside. We will see how that works.
    Lots of winter wheat on the farm both red and white. Don’t usually just harvest for straw. We grow for the grain. Rotate your crops!
    Acorns are left to feed the wildlife. The deer like them as much as the squirrels.

    Added oats and beef to the larder. Starting on Christmas stocking for the little ones new to the family.

  19. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    There was no email for this week’s new post.

    I’m late to the party since I spent the long weekend back in western Pennsylvania for my 50 year high school reunion. With a class of 817 we had about 50-60 attending including graduates & spouses, so not a bad turnout and I actually knew a few of them.

    With all the talk about crop failures and a potential upcoming food shortage, I couldn’t help but notice all of the piles and bags of pumpkins in the grocery stores, and have to wonder how many are headed for Jack-o’-lanterns and the trash instead of pumpkin pies and other foods. I’ll admit we’ve carved a few; but, usually the scraps go to the chickens or other critters.

    Some might argue that making homemade gifts is not really a prepping activity, but I truly believe that it is – at least the way I do it.

    It’s no less a prepping activity than planting a garden, since it accomplishes getting a resource you need, while spending less cash money and perhaps learning a new skill.

    The pride you feel when making something with your own hands simply cannot be replicated by running to the store and grabbing a piece of plastic junk made in China off a shelf.

    That also goes for preparing your own food when compared with purchasing ready made foods.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. What are you growing indoors as part of your food assurance plan this year? If you do not grow indoors, why not?
    We’ve not chosen the plants yet; but, have set up LED grow lights in the basement to start something as well as convert a part of the basement to a root cellar.
    2. Do you grow red winter wheat? Share some tips on the growing and usage process if you do, please.
    No; but, we plan to try buckwheat next spring
    3. Do you forage for nuts in the fall? If so, how do you use and preserve them?
    We pick up black walnuts, mostly to keep them from becoming projectiles when we mow; but, with urging from folks here, we may start trying to use them.
    TOP’s question
    Too busy traveling so none this week.

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Supported some local boy scouts at their camp about 20 miles from here, working with hams at camp for the annual JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) event.
    2. Received an electronic handheld magnifier from Amazon. This works a lot better for some things than my lighted magnifying glass.
    3. Voltclaw-12 Nonconductive Wire Pliers from woot.com to help witing electric boxes.
    4. From Tractor supply with a 10% coupon
    • A 4 pack of Advantage II flea medication for the cats
    • 3 bales of wood shavings for horse bedding
    • Blister pack of 50 assorted coin cell batteries
    • 10 screwdriver bit magnetic bit holder with extension
    • 33 piece security bits with holder & extension
    5. Aldi’s
    • 2 12-pack French Vanilla Cappuccino K-Cups for the DW
    • 3 4-packs Blueberry Muffins
    6. From Dollar Tree
    • 6 packs of coconut donuts
    7. 3 additional paracord bracelets from wish.com
    8. A tube of Shoe Goo on the suggestion of Zulu in response to Tara’s questions
    9. While on our trip to Pennsylvania my sister, who is the consummate coupon user & deal finder took the DW & I shopping and we found deals:
    • At a local thrift shop on seniors day I purchased:
    i. The DVD movies ”Frequency” for $2.00
    ii. The DW found a nice pair of blue jeans that fir her for $0.50

    10. Also on vacation shopping with my sister @ Dollar General, that are holding their yearend gardening clearance where we picked up:
    • Exotic Eco Grow Tomato Kit
    • Exotic Eco Grow Summer Bouquet
    • 6: 72 cell seed starters with compostable media pot inserts
    • 64 seed packets from Dollar General. These were $1.00 for 2 @ 90% discount; but, since they were slated for the dumpster if not sold by end of Saturday, My sister got them for $2.00 if she took them all so they averaged $0.03 per package.
    • Included were:
    • Bean Contender (2)
    • Bean Harvest Select (2)
    • Bean Kentucky Wonder Pole (2)
    • Bean Little Marvel
    • Cantaloupe Hale’s Best (4)
    • Carrot Harvest Half Long (4)
    • Cauliflower White
    • Cilantro (4)
    • Cucumber Muncher (4)
    • Cucumber National Pickling (3)
    • Gourmet Blend Radish
    • Lettuce Iceberg (4)
    • Okra Crimson Spineless (3)
    • Onion White Lisbon Bunching (6)
    • Pea Alaska
    • Pea Little Marvel (3)
    • Pepper California Wonder Green Bell (4)
    • Pumpkin Connecticut Field (2)
    • Radish Early Scarlet Globe (5)
    • Spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing (3)
    • Spinach Giant Noble (3)
    • Squash Dark Green Zucchini (3)
    • Squash Table Queen Acorn (3)
    • Squash Waltham Butternut (3)
    • Watermelon Crimson Charleston Gray
    • Watermelon Crimson sweet (5)
    • White Moonflower?????
    • American Seeds $2.00 boxes tossed int the deal @ no charge
    • Bird & Butterfly Blend [covers 100 ft2] (2)
    1. Hummingbird Blend [covers 100 ft2] (4)
    2. Pollinator Wildflower Blend [covers 100 ft2]
    3. Shady Area Wildflower Blend [covers 100 ft2]
    4. Sunny Area Wildflower Blend [covers 100 ft2] (2)

  20. Anamo Also,,,,
    Thank you for squash suggestion, I will read up on them and order seed. Moved more herbs today into greenhouse. Do not want to fill it up until decision is made on woodburner and moving it in and setting it up. Talked to men today that said they will come and unload it out of the truck when I bring it home. Knew I could not do that alone, to heavy. Then I can set up tables for plants in there. Tomorrow to be pretty, so will dig more herbs to move, take 5 gallon bucket to gather more mint in wet areas. Brought in sage and tied in bundles, now they are drying. Dogs roaring, hunters hit a deer and they are out there tracking it in the dark. Need to move aloe pots, ginger pots, extra grape vines started in pots; already need bigger greenhouse. In my next life I shall just live in a barn with a huge attached greenhouse ( only joking, maybe barn and greenhouse with my name on it in heaven.

  21. The generator did it’s job, now I have to do mine. Change the oil,,ohhh yah. lol
    Found the manual on line so I could figure out the oil is changed on this unit, it does not have an oil filter as our first one did. This is an on job training for me as acdh used to do all the maintenance on the out door equipment. It has now fallen on my shoulders to learn, which I believe all partners in life should be able to pick up for the other should something occur and they can no longer participate.
    He broke his leg in June, and using a walker now to get around it is not his favorite exercise. It will be his permanent mode of transpiration as a precaution. One to many years of jumping out of airplanes to keep up his qualification for service, helicopters did not count as they were closer to the ground..sometimes.

    This past year we have been hit with high winds so I have to acquire 3 bids for roof replacement. The shingles being torn off the house, garage, hay barn, other small out buildings. That does not include the hail damage to the solar panels which have to come off the garage for replacement. Fun year & next ahead for us, plus the other repairs that need to be taken care of. Never ending fun-fun-fun(my friends saying).
    Chores are calling

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