Hello, Pack. I hope you all have had a great week and accomplished a plethora of vital prepping. We have been getting a lot of rain lately – it’s what we call the “fall rainy season” here in our part of Appalachia. We went from being in a drought to expecting to be flooded in.
The rain this past weekend and week nixed our outdoor prepping plans, so we opted to get busy indoors with projects that were also in our “to-do chapter book” instead.
We are still adding a bit more storage to our home and in the process rearranging a bit to maximize space and doing the one thing all preppers may loathe to do… but do anyway: take inventory.
I can now tell you exactly how many ounces of each type of essential oil I have in my apothecary pantry, and the number of dried roots I recently put up after summer foraging.
We look at inventory weekend as a survival homesteading form of date night, and have fun spending time together accomplishing a project, having some laughs, and typically a few adult beverages.
We poured a lot of diatomaceous earth and bentonite clay from the bags or containers they came in to Mason jars for better keeping and measurement. Doing this helped me to realize that I was getting far too low on both for my liking.
In other preps, some tomato and pepper plants that I had been in the process of finishing drawfing were just transplanted from the four or six packs they came in when purchased as part of a flat, transplanted, and moved indoors for the winter:
We also made chili and pressure canned it, and will be doing the same with some ham and bean soup later this week. I do not like pressure canning, it always scares me, but so far so good, and my hubby is an expert canner.
I scored some super cheap preps via the Bid Fast Track Auction group that is now serving our area in the next county over. You have to hear about it coming to your area via whispers, apparently.
Somehow someone learns about the auction and then tells one or two loved ones who are sworn to secrecy so others don’t get on the live auction website and run the bids up – and so on, until you learn about this super secret deal.
You have to read the description carefully because some items are open box or only appear new, or even one box of multiple, but if you read carefully you can score some incredible preps, gifts, outdoor, and home goods for a fraction of the retail price.
This week I won a full and twin blow up bet with automatic pump for less than $1 each, a 5-gallon cast iron pot with lid, hangers, and stand for less than $100, solar and USB powered lanterns – a set of six for less than $2 each.
Odds are this group might operate where you live, and it could be worth checking out. Right now I am bidding on two .22 caliber air rifles for some youth in our tribe, two hunting blinds, a deer tree stands, and a host of decent looking and super cheap clothing items.
This Week’s Questions:
- Have you ever dwarfed plants and do you consider them a good prep – especially from a portability standpoint?
- Do you keep a prepper inventory? Why or why not?
- What is the one prep you would like to purchase before the end of the year if you could and why?
- What did you do to prep this week?