What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 68: October 27th 2019 – November 2nd 2019

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:

tomato plant in container indoors

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.

canned homemade chili

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:

  1. Have you ever dwarfed plants and do you consider them a good prep – especially from a portability standpoint?
  2. Do you keep a prepper inventory? Why or why not?
  3. What is the one prep you would like to purchase before the end of the year if you could and why?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

About Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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105 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 68: October 27th 2019 – November 2nd 2019

    1. Hey Pack,

      Weather finally turned cold around here, and rain to boot. Down to freezing the next few days. Trying to stay warm and dry.

      Back from Mexico with a few more things learned while there. While there, my brother and I distilled some Great Basin Sage in his distiller and I was able to collect 20ml of essential oils. The final chopper we used to chop up the chopped stems and leaves worked extremely well. It was a grain mill, very sturdy and made short work of the bowl of stems and leaves that we have pre-chopped with some cordless Ryobi 18v hedge trimmers, that also made quick work of cutting and chopping. We put the stems in a 5 gallon bucket and went to work in the bucket chopping a bunch at a time until we filled the distiller bucket. It took about 2 hours for the steam to get thru the compacted milled sage. I then collected the essential oils off the top of the water and put in the blue glass 10ml bottles. It was a fun project for sure.

      My brother has 3 pet sheep… HA… And there are plenty of coyotes and mountain lions around. As a matter of fact, we saw a mountain lion cross the road as we went out to collect the sage. Kinda scary… So, sometimes he hears the coyotes close by and will go out and shine his green laser light, and they scatter…. Since Mexicans can’t have guns legally, he finds this works well. Gonna order one of those as I can see many uses for this.

      My sister went with me to see our brother and I had warned her of the “inconvenience’s” there. We toured the ranch again, high desert, 3,000 ft elevation. We visited an old gold mine and we both brought back a variety of rocks. We are all rock hounds. Got it honest from our mother. My brother takes care of the solar system there. They have 2 solar powered water pumps, buried in a spring, that pumps the water up to a 30,000 gallon tank, up on the hill, and the water comes back down to the ranch house, swimming pool, all the ranch hand’s living quarters, my brother’s compound, and it tastes so good. He also maintains all the solar for lighting on the place and the owner’s houses. Glad I was able to go back and revisit the places, and learn some new stuff.

      This week, I confirmed my order for a propane tank installation for Nov 11th. Hoping the weather holds out so they are able to set the tank on this day. The guy said that they are a few behind because of all the wet weather. I am going to get 2 heaters hooked up. One in the bedroom, 20,000 BTU’s that will be used in the event the electric goes out. The other, a 30,000 BTU’s, will be in the middle of the house for auxiliary heat if the heat pump can’t keep up with the weather outside. I need to pretend that there is a possibility that there may not be any more available at some point, and use it judiciously. One thing that aggravates me is that they ask what I will be hooking up to it, in order to determine the size of tank. I get that, but need more to “store” up… Guess it’s the next best thing to having a fire place. Wish I had one of those.

      Friend moved out, back to the place she was renting, due mainly to having to move her horses to a place that was close to where she used to live. Now I need to get to work on getting the spare bedroom set up, and move some stuff to make room for the heaters. When she moved in, I had to empty out that bedroom…

      Worked OT last Sunday, Thursday evening, and today. Will work OT again tomorrow, so not much time for anything but eat, sleep, work. Off Monday, so will work on making room.

      Tara’s questions:

      Have you ever dwarfed plants and do you consider them a good prep – especially from a portability standpoint? I’ve never dwarfed plants, but did buy semi-dwarf fruit trees.

      Do you keep a prepper inventory? Why or why not? I would LOVE to get that done. Lots to go thru, but would be very beneficial. I love your canning/storage shelving Tara. I wish I had that space.

      What is the one prep you would like to purchase before the end of the year if you could and why? I suppose my propane tank would fit this question since I have waited a year to get this done.

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

      Overwatch, Are you still planning on a TN visit this month?

      Have a great week everyone.

      1. Sounds like a great trip! I never thought that getting more pantry space would be so exciting, but it sure is. We downsized our house greatly when we upsized our land and found the perfect spot for a survival homestead, so storage space has been at a premium – forcing us to get more creative when putting things up and selective in what we buy.

  1. DH has the computer. I will have to answer your questions later. Even though the rain hindered your outdoor plans, it sounds like you had a productive week.

    1. 1. Have you ever dwarfed plants and do you consider them a good prep – especially from a portability standpoint? I have some dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees. I like being able to harvest closer to the ground.
      2. Do you keep a prepper inventory? Why or why not? I have my freeze-dried food inventoried. I need to inventory my other supplies. As I was cleaning and organizing yesterday and today, I discovered that I have a LOT of some things and not as many of others.
      3. What is the one prep you would like to purchase before the end of the year if you could and why? I’m still wanting a whole-home generator.
      4. What did you do to prep this week?

      This week:

      *Animals:
      -Goats are getting very thick coats. This makes me wonder if we’re in for a cold winter.

      *Garden:
      -Greenhouse plants are doing great.

      *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: chicken broth, beef broth, protein bars, tea, granola bars, elderberry chewable tablets and syrup, bar soap,

      -Canned 12 quarts of apple pie filling, and 9 pints and 3 half-pints of applesauce.
      -Trying my hand at making apple cider vinegar for the first time. Fingers crossed.

      *Miscellaneous:
      -Installed a 55 gallon water barrel in the greenhouse and filled it with water.
      -Made a salve with mint.
      -Made more plantain salve.
      -I keep my grandkids while their parents are at work, and DD sends baby food for the six-month-old. I have been keeping the jars and was wondering what to do with them. I used some for the salves. This gave me some tiny jars that I’m going to make labels for and give to family.
      -The last of the hay that we don’t need has been sold.
      -I purged, cleaned, and organized a little in the house.

      *Skills:
      -Learning to make salves.

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

      1. Prepared Grammy,

        DD sends baby food for the six-month-old. I have been keeping the jars and was wondering what to do with them. I used some for the salves. This gave me some tiny jars that I’m going to make labels for and give to family.

        If you nail the lids under a shelf, you can use the jars for small items like nuts, bolts, screws, etc. You screw the jar back onto the lid and it hangs there with contents in plain sight.
        We’ve also screwed them to the 4 sides of a 2×2 and placed an axle on the ends of the 2×2 so it can rotate, giving you lots of storage in a small space.

  2. This Week’s Questions:

    1. Have you ever dwarfed plants and do you consider them a good prep – especially from a portability standpoint? I would for our greenhouse.

    2. Do you keep a prepper inventory? Why or why not? Oh, yes. Way too much to keep mental track of; too little space to keep things properly sorted otherwise.

    3. What is the one prep you would like to purchase before the end of the year if you could and why? I would like a dehydrator, but would really like an off-site facility for storage of vehicles, trailers, and a place to work on them.

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

    Gun Show weekend (last): For opening weekend of rifle season, not bad: Found some used Wilson Combat 45 ACP mags, p/u a 9mm pistol (trade), some silver, and cash; sold some scopes, couple of guns, some reloading components. I left happy.

    The Ruger AR556 (Model # 8515) I ordered from the proceeds of the show arrived. Along with some accessories – storms in the mid-West are messing with some of my stuff being delivered.

    Got the DW’s primary Christmas gifts in. Glad that is done.

    Went shopping for the Men’s Breakfast Group at WinCo for regular stuff. Prices were awesome! Banana’s @ $.29/lb, eggs @ $.59/doz., canned bake @ home biscuits and OJ for $.99 each. The only thing I got that wasn’t priced down or cheapest around were 5-gallon bucket lids w/gaskets. Their regular price for pasta is $.82/lb.!

    Supply Run: Bucket lids; DW’s Xmas; pasta;

    Received: Ruger AR; Olight charging mount; AA & AAA battery boxes; DW’s Xmas; Mag-Pul AR mags;

  3. Tara:

    I really like chili and ham and bean soup! 2 of my favorites and something even I (with my meager culinary skills) and make.

    1. JP, the Mrs. Was just talking about making chilli and 15 bean Cajun soup with the leftover ham tomorrow. I want to freeze dry some of it…..😀

        1. JP, it always comes out good as long as the meat is no more than 1/2 thick or not butter…

          It comes out in one piece, you break it and feel the center. If it is cold in the middle it needs more processing

          I still need to try milk and chicken noodle soup…..

  4. Puppy has been jumping through the air like superman….LOL

    Canning
    Bought 12 large mouth pint jars
    Bought 12 regular mouth half pints
    Canned 12 pints of pickles
    Canned 2 half pints of habaneros

    Dehydration
    Made 4 lbs of jerky

    Fruit trees
    Picked 1 lemon off of tree
    Brought lemon tree in
    Brought avocado tree in

    Veggies
    Brought Serrano peppers in
    Brought celery in
    Carrots are growing like crazy
    Potatoes started growing again
    Picked green peppers
    Onions are growing again

    Food
    Bought 2 more canned hams
    Bought buy 2 get one free bacon

    Water
    Bought 2 cases
    Shutoff outside facets and opened.

    Fireplace
    Cleaned and brought wood in

    Furnace
    Replaced filters ( all winterized)

    Communications
    Setup new TV, SW radios, table and seat.

    Lots of stuff going on

    Interesting videos

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

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GnDY62ioHHg

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Is Beto still going to come for your AR15 or your AK47 ? LOL

    2. What are the UN doing in Mexico and Washington DC ?

    3. Is the new depression coming and is it going to be worse with an economic collapse and a food shortage combined?

    4. Have you heard of a red flag nuclear attack coming tomorrow at either/or LA or Seattle ?

    1. Thor’s questions:

      1. Is Beto still going to come for your AR15 or your AK47 ? LOL By himself – I wish. Now, not with any National Authority. (Quitter)

      2. What are the UN doing in Mexico and Washington DC ? No Idea.

      3. Is the new depression coming and is it going to be worse with an economic collapse and a food shortage combined? I think it will be much worse. My reasoning is that the government (and a lot of people) will be in denial until it is too late to be able to help themselves. Too many people that I know have laughed at me or nodded and done nothing, when I try to get them to “pack it and stack it”. They seem to think they have plenty of time. I think some of them are feeling that they will get sufficient notice that even a small start is not necessary. If they have not even started, I am not willing to help them when, not if, it happens.

      4. Have you heard of a red flag nuclear attack coming tomorrow at either/or LA or Seattle ? No, but there have been a lot of commercials for shows giving out 15 minute nuclear attack alerts. Unless you have a 10 minute plan, 15 minute alerts are just going to get a bunch of people killed. IMO.

      1. JP, in DC, the Marines have been activated approximately 6 miles from the UN. Supposedly for possible civil unrest……

        3. I agree its going to be really bad. I hope people wakeup, this is the perfect storm…..

    2. Tara’s questions:

      1.Have you ever dwarfed plants and do you consider them a good prep – especially from a portability standpoint?
      2.Do you keep a prepper inventory? Why or why not?
      3.What is the one prep you would like to purchase before the end of the year if you could and why?

      1. I have a small lemon tree and an avocado tree I just brought in from the early cold spell….the lemon tree is self pollinating….
      2. Yes ammo, food, water… Ect…
      3. An Adams arms AR15 piston pistol upper… They are indestructible… Christmas present from Santa…..LOL

    3. Yes, we are 2 hours North of Seattle, it’s scary, thinking of it we are ready, to leave if we need to hopefully it’s not true.

    4. Thor1,
      The videos were interesting; but, nothing new or alarming.
      EMERGENCY!! BANK RUN STARTING GLOBALLY! BANK OF AMERICA GOES DARK!!
      More hype to get YouTube clicks. They mention BOA taking trillions of dollars which is patently incorrect; but, does get the attention of the unwary and ignorant who don’t bother to check things any further. We used to watch horror movies and tell ghost stories; but, now get our fear fix from information like this.
      The mentioned massive hack or collapse moment with liquidity problem is unlikely; but, in a large system with lots of internet connected nodes, systems sometimes just get overwhelmed. It happens to Air Traffic Control and Airline reservation systems on occasion also.

      CONGRESSMAN WARNS OF GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS | Every Needs to be Aware Of This
      They mentioned the African swine flu or fever; but, I think they meant the Asian swine flu. No surprise here since it’s been reported for weeks as annihilating the Chinese swine population.

      Thor’s questions:
      1. Is Beto still going to come for your AR15 or your AK47 ? LOL
      NO. He’s a joke and dropped out due to lack of interest by the voters.
      2. What are the UN doing in Mexico and Washington DC ?
      Having meetings and pontificating like they always do. I support dropping all funding and taking over the NY building for condo development.
      3. Is the new depression coming and is it going to be worse with an economic collapse and a food shortage combined?
      No & No. At this point we’re not even looking at a recession, unless of course Sanders or Warren get elected along with a democrat controlled congress who are then stupid enough to repeal the tax breaks and then tax the corporations into oblivion.
      4. Have you heard of a red flag nuclear attack coming tomorrow at either/or LA or Seattle
      No; but, perhaps a drill, since we do those all of the time to keep EMA and other first responders in good practice.

      1. Top, FYI the swine flu actually started in Africa.

        Wow, banks are collapsing, farmers are committing suicide, food wasn’t planted due to flooding and now an early winter and you think everything is just peachy…. I wish I had your optimism…. (Sarc)

        1. Thor1,

          FYI the swine flu actually started in Africa.

          My point was that in the video they called it both flu & fever and mentioned both Africa & Asia. Inconsistencies like this indicate to me that they may not know or be telling the entire story.
          The originating country however isn’t as important as the fact that many porcine and avian strains come to us via China, since their peasant population lives closely amongst their pigs & birds. Some 20 years ago, in 1998, swine flu was found in pigs in four U.S. states. Within a year, it had spread through pig populations across the United States. Scientists found this virus had originated in pigs as a recombinant form of flu strains from birds and humans, so it requires pigs, birds, and humans living in close proximity to create such viruses. Ala China.

          Wow, banks are collapsing, farmers are committing suicide, food wasn’t planted due to flooding and now an early winter and you think everything is just peachy…. I wish I had your optimism

          I know of no banks that are collapsing and while many of my farmer neighbors are having tough times, weather and fluctuating prices are part of that lifestyle, and most are working on contingencies; but, I know of no suicides.
          I prep because I am generally an optimist; but, if you prefer conspiracy theories and pessimism, then you are welcome to that lifestyle. It’s just not for me, and optimism, which is not to be confused with naiveté makes me and mine happy and make our live much less stressful.

          1. Top, my motto is

            1.Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
            2. Keep an open mind until you know all the facts.

          2. Thor1,
            My motto is essentially the same; but, once you have completed #2: Keep an open mind until you know all the facts. there is generally a way to proceed, and that should make all of us optimists.
            An ELE (Extinction Level Event) like a giant asteroid strike could of course change all of that; but, for me, nothing less than that would count.

    5. Thor’s questions:

      1. Is Beto still going to come for your AR15 or your AK47 ? LOL

      If he is, he’ll be by himself. Good luck with that, Beto.

      2. What are the UN doing in Mexico and Washington DC ?

      No clue. Whatever it is, it probably isn’t being done very efficiently.

      3. Is the new depression coming and is it going to be worse with an economic collapse and a food shortage combined?

      I don’t think a depression is coming. We might have another recession and that will be thanks to the Fed screwing with interest rates, along with the same lending practices that blew the bubble in 2008.

      4. Have you heard of a red flag nuclear attack coming tomorrow at either/or LA or Seattle ?

      No. Maybe I should put my range muffs, sunglasses, and gas mask on? Take some iodine tabs? Nah. If that happens on the Left Coast, got plenty of time before any potential fallout gets to Florida. If it gets this far in the first place.

  5. Hello Gang,
    I have been too busy the last couple of weeks. Last weekend I was out of town (camping) with friends. There is a small State Park that literally located in a small rural community that hosts a Halloween festival festival for the community’s children. The Park hosts a movie on the lawn, with popcorn, hotdogs and candy apples. The best Park is the hayride through the campground. The campground sells out on the closest weekend before or after Halloween, and the campers decorate their campsites and pass out candy to the kids on the hayrides. There was about 150 kids & parents that participated. The kids vote on the best campsite and we got 1st place with ‘The Wizardof Odd”. We even had flying monkeys!

    After the camping trip, the rains came and temps dropped! House is winterized, heater has been checked (amazing to me how many people wait until heat is needed only to find out something doesn’t work). Made both chili and vegetable soup this week and am just about finished painting bedrooms. I have taken lots of ‘clutter to GW, and now I have more room for preps!
    Tara’s questions:
    1. I have never dwarfed plants. For Thor: Beto has smoked too much weed. He couldn’t take away yesterday’s trash.
    2. Prepper Inventory – absolutely! It helps me to keep up with purchased dates, rotation and gaps. Per Thor – I didn’t know the UN was in Mexico, or D.C.
    3. What one prep purchase do I wish I had before the end of the year? An offsite location for more storage. Thor – I feel there will be another depression, but I see it being later in 2020 and into 2021. I think timing will be parallel with the next election. Will we be able to call our country the ‘United States’ in the next 3-5 years?
    4. I have done an inventory on my food preps, filled in the gaps. Gotten the house and cars winterized. Thor – I have not heard about the Red Flag nuclear attack proposed for L.A. And Seattle tomorrow. Curious to follow up.

    1. I have not been in here lately between wild fires and power outages and keeping things going .
      We have been getting things ready for next week suosedly power outage. My mom and both brothers were evacuated last week. my mom and younger brother lives in Windsor calif my older brother lives in Forrestvill. We have been doink ok compared who take no note. Like in Noahs Day

  6. 1- No dwarf plants but I am familiar with it.
    2- No inventory but I just kinda know what we have.
    3- Those carbines I mentioned (PC9’s and Sub 2K) … Oh yeah, and a house in Tennessee (but that won’t happen by January 1 without divine intervention while I’m buying lottery tickets).

    4- Monday, I took Mrs. Overwatch to the indoor range. One of my techs left me his Ruger SR9C when he moved to Israel permanently. It now belongs to my wife. She decided that my habit of head shots would be fun so she began to shoot her silhouette targets in the head too. Other than too much finger on the trigger (easily rectified), she was great. I brought the Glock 17 but she didn’t like it. I was impressed with it though. All business Monday.
    Tuesday, I had nothing pressing so…back we went. Brought the Remington 1911, the Colt 1903, and the aforementioned Ruger. She duplicated her stellar performance with that gun but the little Colt kept jamming. It’s 100 years old so I’ll give it some TLC.
    Purchased some PM’s this week again. A Peace dollar and a few Silver Eagles. My next two standard capacity magazines came in. Mrs. Overwatch got an Apple Watch. I got some spare groceries and ordered some heating oil. Picked up more reading glasses too. Getting old sucks.

    JP and Thor, I heard all the same stuff. I download Infowars every day and he seems to be tuned into all that stuff. My caution is this: When something is predicted for a solid date, I’m relaxing that day. Ahem… Y2K…ahem!!! I’ve been at this a while. Long before Y2K even. Getting old sucks but I’ve been vindicated lately. Everything I said thirty years ago has come true.

    1. For that reason alone, i am glad we will be almost neighbors! You have lots of wisdom, and i can learn from you and Mrs OW!

      1. We can learn tons from you likewise, Babycatcher. I’m already mentally punched out of Mass. I just have to figure out a financial means of making this happen.

        By the way, range instruction is always free for friends and family.

          1. Prepared Grammy,

            That’s very kind of you to share your expertise for free.

            Isn’t that what we all do here?
            I’ve provided a lot more free training for people than the training I’ve been paid for, and I suspect most here are similar.

          2. OP, I didn’t mean to offend you by my compliment to Overwatch. I’m sorry that you felt slighted. Yes, we’re all here to help each other, and you have provided free help, too. Once again, I apologize.

          3. Prepared Grammy,

            I’m sorry that you felt slighted?

            I don’t know where you got that impression.
            I was just pointing out that we all come here both to learn from each other and teach what we know.

          4. OP, It’s been a rough several weeks, and I guess I’m overly sensitive. I have been put in the position of taking care of things that shouldn’t be my responsibility or at the very least should be shared. When I do what I feel needs to be done, I’m criticized for not doing it the way others’ want it done. Now I’ve had a group of about twenty people invite themselves to my house this month and next month, and I’m expected to cook nearly all of the food. (This is in addition to hosting Thanksgiving dinner…where I cook the turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish, rolls, drinks, and do ALL of the clean-up. After the meal, everyone takes enough leftovers to eat a couple more meals. This means I have to fix two large turkeys. Two years ago, I only cooked one large turkey and everyone took all of it home with them. DH and I ate vegetables for supper.) I know. I need to learn to say “no.”

            That’s the long version of why I reacted as I did.

          5. Prepared Grammy,

            It’s been a rough several weeks, and I guess I’m overly sensitive. I have been put in the position of taking care of things that shouldn’t be my responsibility or at the very least should be shared.

            No problem. On top of that we’re communicating via the written word that makes things a lot more difficult, since in person we would see each other’s facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice.

            Our Thanksgiving for years has been a joint effort held at the home of my BIl & his DW only 2,5 miles west of our location.
            They always prepare a turkey and the SIL’s famous egg noodles, and other family members get there assignments on what to bring. We usually bring deviled eggs or green bean casserole or both and there is always plenty of food to go around.

            When I do what I feel needs to be done, I’m criticized for not doing it the way others’ want it done.

            When I run into this I’ve been known to pass off the job by handing the other person the tool (hammer, saw, dishrag, etc) or to simply stop doing what I’m doing and walk away,
            This is especially useful when the task was being don on behalf to the person criticizing.
            In all my years I’ve taken tons of training, worked with organizations, and taught or helped whenever I could; but, the hardest thing to learn was to say that one simple word: ”NO!!”. Once you’ve done it the first few time and the world didn’t stop or the relationships didn’t end, it’s a good feeling.

            Once again, no hard feelings.

          6. PG, The ball is in your court. You need to play the game to WIN>
            You need to tell them there will be finger foods ONLY unless they bring substantial dishes.Inform them 2 people need to bring prepared turkey, 2 need to bring different vegetables. and 2 need to bring sweets. You provide the place,provide paper dishes, paper cups a big garbage can. and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins.,iced tea, unsweet! .. You have to show them you will not be run over.

    2. Overwatch:

      If you like the SR9C, the full sized version can be had for around $320 (plus $8 shipping + FFL fee) from Grab-a-gun.com. SR9 mags (17 round) are about $35/pair. They also have the adapters for the 17’s to fit the 9C.

      1. She loves that little one. She’s mastering it. I’m more of a Glock man these days. I never thought I’d say that because I’m so old fashioned. Picking up the 1911 the other day was such an exercise in familiarity, I loved it. Anyway, the standard capacity magazines for the SR9C would be LEGALLY impossible to have here in the People’s Republic. They didn’t exist here prior to the 1998 ban. The Glock mags I’ve been getting are older, U-notch style.
        Mass laws are Byzantine on this subject. Ten round limit for new mags. No limit for preban. No new semiautomatics with folding stocks, bayonet lugs, all the things that make liberals crap their pants. Old ones that were here in the 90’s are ok to possess and transfer. The AG’s office has a list of handguns they’ll allow in the state (ostensibly for consumer safety). I can buy a Remington or S & W 1911 but not a Kimber for instance.
        Here’s the rub… I can move out of state, buy whatever I want, and bring it back without having to register it. That somehow slipped through the cracks, lol. Then again, once I’m out, I’m NEVER coming back.

        1. Overwatch:

          I spent 9 of my 20 years in the military in the PDM so I understand. I forgot where you were (it was late) when I suggested the mags. I prefer the Glocks myself, although I have had several SR9’s and E9’s, and they go into Deep Sleep when I get more.

          1. Overwatch:

            Yep. 2nd marrage was registered in Ayer.

            But I did leave you all a present – my now-ex wife.

          2. Text lacks tonality but I get the sense reading your reply that the ex must’ve been a friggin prize.

          3. JP & Overwatch,

            Text lacks tonality but I get the sense reading your reply that the ex must’ve been a friggin prize.

            Unless of course ”prize” is sarcasm, I’ve always thought the prize was the one you kept, or as in my case, kept you. LOL

  7. Well well the week that was ,split and stacked firewood , with maul, DW stacks and splits. I just split ,have a hydraulic spliter , but don’t like the noise ,have come to appreciate the quite ,and as long as I can do real work I feel younger,no small thing when your old as dirt ,HA HA 75 ain’t old any more ,
    Oh ya back to what we did this week ,,shipped the bull to freezer camp , felt a little bad about it was as nice as one could ever want , but we did hand raise him ,
    Speaking of cattle , was visiting with some cattle folks ,market is so bad that there killing new born bull calfs ,cost too much to feed them ,saw this happen 30 years ago too , was one of the things that helped me get started in cattle , before you have a hard time about this ,things are so bad for a lot of ag people that there just trying to not lose the farm/ranch ,by the end of the month I could have over 100 calfs in my barn ,just come and get them , but no we are NOT going to ,even though we still have the equipment and are setup ,,, not happing ,NO ,NO,NO,

    saw some post some place else that need talked about, ,about storing chicken feed ,I at one time in my life,in a fit of madness bought a broiler farm ,can we say half a million chickens a year ,never worked so hard for so little,back to point,,folks were talking about stocking up chicken feed from the feed store , can be a very BAD idea ,reason one once the grain is ground at the mill air gets in to it much of the food value is lost in storage over time ,second problem is something called MYCOTOXION,feed in storage in less than perfect condition well develop it ,I have seen it kill 10,000 chicks in two hours ,I have dumped tons of feed on the ground and dics it in ,it will kill every bird in the house once it starts if you do catch it in time the birds may or may not be affected ,
    A better way is to store whole grain and grind it your self ,corn and wheat will keep years with little loss unground
    Learn to make your own feed ,i have talked about how in the past on this blog ,may be two weeks ago
    Wonder if I should revisit that?
    I have Tryed to build a network of like thinkers (one of the things that got me off of a different site)my goal was to share information ,in the recent fires we were able to check up on blog family ,and see if there was anything we could help with ,we were willing to go there with the truck and trailer if need be ,remember we are NOT alone in our thinking , we are NOT nuts for preparing ,I encourage you to reach out to others ,be a leader the more you know the more you need to reach out ,our way of life is built on the knowledge we have had passed down to us ,now its your turn ,,,
    Enough soap box ,,,,,,,
    There is a problem in the ag community ,where is your food coming from ??????????
    All is NOT WELL
    Big problems with potatoes this season
    Can you grow enough to feed you and yours ??
    How about next week I tell you about the mess in the food distribution system ,

    Still have work to do ,only a 16 hour day ,

    Tea and chocolate

    1. I’m seeing more signs of problems with the availability of food each time I go to the store. Each week is worse than the one before.

      1. Prepared Grammy:

        I have been fortunate that I have not seen any issues that were blatently appearant. I do see occational problems, but mostly it’s a timing issue. It my just be us and our turn is coming.

        1. JP,
          We’re also seeing no real problems here; but, perhaps it’s because we’re in an agricultural area with some of the best mass transit hubs in the country.
          It may also be what people are purchasing that we are not; but, we do regularly see avocados and citrus.

  8. No major purchases again this week. We are saving up to replace our 15 year old, builder installed air conditioner. We are really close. I would prefer to wait until spring just to save up a bit more.

    I did some fall cleanup in the patios and the yard. There is still quite a bit of work to do.

    Do you all really think we are headed for a recession/depression? I haven’t had time to do any research.

    The kids are coming over for a late lunch tomorrow. I have to get up at 4 a.m. to put the crockpot on. I am making pork carnitas again along with a size of Mexican beans and rice. That was a real hit when I made it a few weeks ago. Anything with homemade guacamole is good.

    1. Bam, I was told by my ac technician that buying an ac unit in the winter is cheaper than buying it in the summer…. I just replaced one of my ac/furnace with a trane. Highly recommend that unit….😎

      1. Thor,

        I think we are going to go with the Trane. The cost is $800 more than the generic. But Trane is a better built unit. Thanks for the advise.

        1. Bam Bam,

          I think we are going to go with the Trane. The cost is $800 more than the generic. But Trane is a better built unit.

          Keep in mind that your Generic brand may actually be a rebranded Trane unit. Over the years I’ve help to develop equipment that was sold as numerous brands. More important are the specifications, warranty, and the quality of the local dealer doing the install and maintenance. Even a lifetime warranty is only as good as the lifetime of the dealership doing the warranty work, so be sure and ask questions and see the entire picture.
          We recently replaced a furnace that had been running for nearly 30 years, and with luck, hope to outlive the new one.

    2. Bam Bam,

      Do you all really think we are headed for a recession/depression? I haven’t had time to do any research.

      No, at least not unless we allow the Dems and their MSM lackies to spook us all into causing one.
      Unemployment is low and there are still job openings going unfilled.
      The Labor Force Participation Rate increased to 63.30% in October, up from 63.20% in September.
      Including revisions for the months of May and June, the average pace of job growth has been 187,000 jobs per month over the past year and 165,000 jobs so far in 2019, which is higher than CBO or the Federal Reserve had anticipated.
      Average pay increases have been running 3%

      1. Hey OP! I just saw your reply to me from last week. You’re correct.

        Regarding an impending economic crisis, I’ll share an observation or two.
        1- On any given day, I can pass MAJOR ports. Boston, Providence, New London, New Haven, Stamford, Portsmouth… lots of them. Each one has an average of three ships in and out. Not before Trump.
        2- I’m in and out of offices most days. Lots of help wanted signs, lots of new hires. Not before Trump.
        3- Office parks are filling up. No more empty buildings and For Lease signs. Not before Trump.

  9. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    This past week we only received about 3 inches of rain, although it’s been extremely cloudy and cold with the ominous threat of winter closing in fast.

    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.

    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’ve been pressure canning for more than 50 years and have never had either fears or problems; however, I think the fear comes from the mythical stories handed down from our elders about explosions of the old style canners. Those old style canners often had a gauge and no safety release mechanism and had to be watched like a hawk to be properly and safely managed.
    Modern pressure canners that go back to the 1960’s usually use a weighted steam release system and have a pressure release mechanism should things get clogged.
    Keep everything clean and I’ve never seem problems with them.

    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.

    For safety sake, make sure the tree stands have the TMA (Treestand Manufacturers Association) logo on them; otherwise, the could be dangerous.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. Have you ever dwarfed plants and do you consider them a good prep – especially from a portability standpoint?
    I’ve never “dwarfed” any; but, have planted and used dwarf and semi dwarf varieties of plants.
    2. Do you keep a prepper inventory? Why or why not?
    We have an up to date inventory of everything, kept in spread sheets. Over a 40+ year time span with 35 on this property, you collect a lot of stuff, so the spreadsheets allow us to search for it and find its location that is also noted in the inventory record. We also keep a photo & video inventory, primarily for insurance purposes, should we have a catastrophic incident like a fire or tornado.
    3. What is the one prep you would like to purchase before the end of the year if you could and why?
    At this point I can think of nothing we want or need and don’t have, except maybe a new Glock 17 or 19 in 9 mm that I’ll be getting in the next month or so; but, that’s only sort of a prep since I already have a few dozen firearms and lots of ammunition.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    As always, see below.

    TOP’s question
    1. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Austere religious scholar or delusional psychopathic terrorist?
    2. Robert Mueller: top notch investigator or senile front man who never read his own report?
    3. Tulsi Gabbard: Honorable military veteran or Russian agent?
    4. Boeing 737 MAX: Engineering mishap or expected failure of a complex system, ala: De Havilland Comet, and Apollo 1 & 13?

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Received a Bernz-O-Matic Trigger Start Torch Head from woot.com. I have older torch heads; but, they require a match or flint (ferrocerium) striker for lighting, and this will just be more convenient, since I cannot misplace the igniter.
    2. 3 more paracord bracelets from wish.com
    3. Complete inventory of seeds including more than 250 packets & kits:
    • 240 vegetables
    • 14 herbs
    • 16 heirloom
    • 2 Survival Seed Vaults from My Patriot Supply
    4. Auto accident setup along with SAR (Search & Rescue) training with EMA, in the dark & the rain.

    1. TOP:

      If you like the GLock 17/19, don’t forget to look at the 19X/45. 17 frame, 19 slide. IMO the best of both. 19X has a brown finish and comes with 3 mags (2 – 19 and 1 – 17) and is more expensive, and factory night sights.

      1. JP,

        If you like the GLock 17/19, don’t forget to look at the 19X/45. 17 frame, 19 slide. IMO the best of both. 19X has a brown finish and comes with 3 mags (2 – 19 and 1 – 17) and is more expensive, and factory night sights.

        I’ll see what they have locally, since I plan to buy one right out of the display case.
        I have 9 handguns with 2 I regularly carry and this will be my first Glock, so it will be a factor of form & fit as much as price.
        I once had a FMP9 I purchased at sub dealer prices as an instructor, and while it was nice, it simply didn’t fit my hand very well and was sold.
        I’ll keep your suggestion in mind when I start looking later this week.

    2. TOP:
      Your questions are loaded. Maybe you need to add an answer of both, or an all of the above!

      I do not have your engineering expertise and so have a question for you regarding the Boeing. Is it possible the technology is beyond the ability for most pilots to operate? Could this be true of other advances as well?

      1. Moe,

        Your questions are loaded. Maybe you need to add an answer of both, or an all of the above!

        The questions are open ended and you may answer them in any way you like. Like Tara’s they are meant more to make people think and have no real correct or incorrect answers.
        All too often the ”correct” answer to real world questions should start with: ”It depends”

        I do not have your engineering expertise and so have a question for you regarding the Boeing. Is it possible the technology is beyond the ability for most pilots to operate? Could this be true of other advances as well?

        Yes & Yes.
        Most pilots would I suspect include a batch of former military with lots of experience along with those who took some basic pilot training or OJT with an airline, meaning the level of experience and capability would vary greatly.
        Keeping in mind that the first crashes of the grounded Boeing’s 737 Max jets came after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff, killing 157 people just five months after the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 killing 189 people.
        I don’t mean to cast aspersions on Ethiopian Airlines or Lion Air; but, I don’t consider them major carriers with top notch training and maintenance.
        From an engineer’s perspective, even if you know and understand all of the pieces, often the system can get rather complex and only thorough testing can make things truly safe.

        As for other advanced technology being beyond the ability for most operators, we only need to look to the old VCR, where the running joke was that nist if the clocks were blinking 12:00.
        When you flip on the wall switch and the light comes on, most people don’t even think of the complex and vast array of systems that make that little action possible, and this is century old technology.
        When you type ”TheSirvivalistBlog.net into your browser, things just happen and most people don’t know the number of complex transactions occurring to read this comment I am about to post.
        From an electronics and network perspective, I pretty much understand most of it; but, when it comes to mechanical things, they often boggle me, while my oldest stepson (a mechanical engineer) has no problems.
        We live in a complex world where understanding the details of everything is pretty much impossible, so we should all try to understand what we can, and concentrate on the things we are good at. This is why we have and earn money, so we can get those who know things we don’t to help us.

    3. TOP’s question

      1. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Austere religious scholar or delusional psychopathic terrorist?

      This must be a rhetorical question. 😊

      2. Robert Mueller: top notch investigator or senile front man who never read his own report?

      Another rhetorical question. 😊

      3. Tulsi Gabbard: Honorable military veteran or Russian agent?

      I don’t know that she’s a Russian agent (could be). I think she got hit in the head too many times in the military, then drank the liberal kool aid after she got out.

      4. Boeing 737 MAX: Engineering mishap or expected failure of a complex system, ala: De Havilland Comet, and Apollo 1 & 13?

      The MAX is a complicated system by any measure. Of course, I’m not an aeronautical engineer, nor do I play one on TV, but I have been around aircraft throughout my military career, and I know the darned things will break occasionally just like any mechanical/electrical device. Aircraft are subjected to all kinds of forces, from vibrations, to wind, to gravity, name it. I think Boeing has figured out the problem and can fix it. The problem is getting public confidence back up and the MSM doesn’t help.

    4. I agree with Z36 on 1 & 2

      3. HRC is either a Russian agent or a Chinese agent. She gave the Russian’s uranium 1 in exchange for money to her foundation and Bill’s speaking fee’s. But was the uranium given for the intent of a Russia vs America war leaving China the victor to rule what’s left of the world? ( I am not suicidal)

      4. The metal on the aircraft may not have been heat treated correctly. Metal work hardens as well. Bend a spoon or fork back and forth as an example.

  10. Question 1 We grew up with an orchard, everything was regular sized so no on small tree’s.
    Question 2 Yes, I restarted a list almost a month ago it’s been great and I don’t know why I stopped, it’s been great seeing what I have and restocking.

    Question 3 . We bought ourselves new walkie talkies, from Home Depot, hubby is going to use them for work and for home use to they are the Dewalt brand.

    I did waterbath can 9 jars of Raspberry jam, I put them away in my canning cupboard. I did do some grocery shopping on Thursday most of it was refrigerator food.
    I did hit up the dollar tree, and bought two gallons of water, two quarts of shelf stable milk, and some laundry detergent. and safe color bleach, boy the line to check out was worse then buying the stuff it’s just going to get worse as the month goes on getting closer to Christmas.. Since the weather is staying nice I need to mow again bummer I wanted to be done . I have cleaned up all the leaves, in the yard and even on the street that piles up in the gutter area. I strained my Peach Liqueur, it needs a few more weeks to mellow out. My Raspberry Liqueur, is also doing good I have another week until I strain and let it mellow out for Christmas presents. We are having a long weekend since the semester break so my son got Friday off and had half a day off Thursday, so I all ready put my clock back so we are getting use to the time change well enjoy the rest of your weekend;)..

  11. Never thought about dwarfing plants. I do need to inventory the small amount of preps I have. I am thinking hard about purchasing my solar system before January to take advantage of the tax rebate. I can do the manual labor now that it is cooling off and my brother is retiring next week and he will be available to help.

    This week I was able to get all the seed for my winter greens planted. I was able to use the 3020 with the disc turn plow to turn my 100×100 garden spot one more time and also turned the 1/2 acre I cleared last year for my orchard. I wanted to level both plots and had to walk around and pick up the large roots and cut up logs and toss them into the backhoe bucket. I did that Thursday as the temperature hit 90F. I got it done but was just able to stagger into the house. It was a half hour before my ears quit ringing and my vision cleared up. Nothing wrong with my heart and my blood pressure is under control with the medications I take. I have never been able to work hard in the heat which was a big disadvantage as a farmer in Florida.

    My brother did not come and get the tractor so I have all of next week to finish my work with it. Then I can start rebuilding the engine on my Kubota.

    I think we have a year before the Democrats try to wreak the economy (accidentally or on purpose). As for a recession my income is as safe as possible. My wife takes care of children on Medicaid and I get SS. Those will be the last things the goverment will stop paying. By then everyone will be in deep do do.

  12. Hello Pack!
    This is the season, where you feel like a squirrel. Store and save time. After all, they are the original preppers.
    Questions:
    1. No
    2. No, I do not have time, inventory mentally.
    3. More firewood and hay

    This week was rain and cold, picked mint for tea about 2 hours per day for the three dryer days. It is drying everywhere.
    Which brings up the subject of vitamin C. Articles written concerning settlers, when purchasing Conestoga wagon also bought supplies, including a rose bush and rhubarb. The rose bush for rose hip tea and rhubarb stalks ( not the leaves LEAVES ARE POISON). The stalks chopped make great pies and sauce and jam. My original mint plants made seed that the birds spread to 1/2 acre that was wet and it spread to the entire wet land area. The first hard freeze hit two nites ago. The rose hips are ready to harvest. I leave old fashioned floribunda rose bushes in areas ( because they have the larger hips.) So maybe I will get time this week to take walks and harvest them for tea.
    So, since our bodies can not make vitamin C, I choose to store:1. Rose hips. 2. Rhubarb. 3. Mint.
    Did not get time to harvest lemon balm, too busy. Maybe will check later this week. It too, spreads, while fixing the fence, I was driving steel fence posts this week, right there was lemon balm that had spread and growing wild in fence row. Need to harvest it, if time allows. Also harvested first 5 gallon bucket of black walnuts, green husks deteriorated, and ready to bring in and dry by woodcookstove ( remember I had several days of rain.) If you leave your black walnuts ( remember, they are high in Omego 3), small worms will start on the green husks, if your chickens free range, like mine do, they go out in the driveway and scratch at the walnuts to turn them and eat all the worms on the green husks as they rot off. So the nuts get turned, to help them get rid of green husks, chickens get fed and wormed because the chemical in the green husk is a wormer, and the nuts get rotated to dry the down side. All things work together for good, to those that love the Lord.
    Also, cut and screwed more treated plywood to trim outside corners of the greenhouse. Added more insulation. Picked more apples, horses are expecting sliced apples each day, they will be disappointed when apples are all gone for this year. About time for baked, raisin stuffed cinnamon apples, maybe today.
    When you are the only one on a farm, time management is a problem, plus I am in my seventies, so our health is: use it, or lose it. So I keep on working.
    Time for last of the fried green tomatoes. Tore out some of the plants this week, must clean up the garden and start spreading manure and wood ash from cookstove. Saved a 5 gallon bucket of used coffee grounds, that will go around 7 blueberry bushes. Need to gather echinacea seeds, basil seeds, and cushaw squash seeds.
    No one ever stole work.

    1. Sage,

      This is the season, where you feel like a squirrel. Store and save time. After all, they are the original preppers.

      I guess I thought more of the ants being the original prepper, when of course compared to the grasshoppers; but, you do make a good point about squirrels.

      The stalks chopped make great pies and sauce and jam.

      We have a ton of rhubarb in the freezer, and the pies are even better when combined with strawberries.

      My original mint plants made seed that the birds spread to 1/2 acre that was wet and it spread to the entire wet land area.

      We’ve been looking into planting some mint, since what little we have here is often hard to find.

      The first hard freeze hit two nites ago.

      We’ve been down to 28 over night; but, that’s not quite yet a hard freeze and I’m sure more is coming.

      The rose hips are ready to harvest. I leave old fashioned floribunda rose bushes in areas (because they have the larger hips.) So maybe I will get time this week to take walks and harvest them for tea.

      We need to go hunting for rose hips; but, we don’t actually cultivate them, since MultiFlora rose grows wild here in most of our wooded areas.

      So, since our bodies can not make vitamin C, I choose to store:1. Rose hips. 2. Rhubarb. 3. Mint.

      We have rose hips and a good amount of ascorbic acid in capsules and powder, since it may also be used for cooking & canning.
      We also have a lot of pine on the property that I planted 32 year ago and while some may not know this Pine Needle Tea contains 4-5 times the Vitamin C of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and is high in Vitamin A.
      It is also an expectorant that thins mucus secretions, decongestant, and can be used as an antiseptic wash when cooled.
      It’s not my favorite tea; but, with a little honey is not bad.

      Also harvested first 5 gallon bucket of black walnuts, green husks deteriorated, and ready to bring in and dry by woodcookstove

      We gather those to keep from being lawn mower projectiles, so perhaps we’ll try some this year for the nut meat. It still seems like a lot of work for the little meat you get.

      When you are the only one on a farm, time management is a problem, plus I am in my seventies, so our health is: use it, or lose it. So I keep on working.

      We work here as a team; but, in our late 60’s understand and some days you just have to put one foot in front of the other and keep pressing on.
      We often say that it’s better to look at the top of the grass than from underneath it; but, another oldster recently mentioned that you then have to mow that grass, so nothing comes free. LOL

      Time for last of the fried green tomatoes.

      We put most of our late tomatoes on the window sill and they are ripening nicely.

  13. Hello everyone!
    We had a cold wet week here as well. But our moisture was a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow. Good for staying inside and organizing and rotating stock. We did buy water and salt and I added to my fabric stash.
    I have been watching the news from the West Coast. Seems like a lot of people pointing fingers. We have enough drought from time to time that I have a healthy respect for wildfire. There are things to lessen the risk and/or damage, but sometimes Mother Nature gets her way.
    Not sure how to answer the many questions thrown out this week.
    Tara’s Questions:
    1. No, I have never tried to cross plants in order to make them smaller. But I have a Meyer Lemon indoors for the winter and I have planted cherry tomatoes in the past. Otherwise, even my attempts at planting dwarf specimens have been a huge fail. My Miss Kim Japanese Lilacs which are supposed to be around 4 feet tall are every bit of ten feet. The same holds true of my dwarf cherry trees.
    2. Yes I have excel sheets set up for inventory plus I use sticky notes atop the five gallon buckets. The inventory process lets me know two things, areas I need to supplement and those items I am not using up fast enough to beat the expiration date.
    3. I need to replace my canning supplies before the end of the year. Both lids and pectin became hard to find by late October in my area.
    Stay safe every one.

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

    Tara posted late-ish last night and I was already in bed reading and sort of watching a football game. So, I’m really late to the ball today. Already 44 posts ahead of me.

    Just added some food items to my stash this week. Holding off on buying anything as I want to save a little more cash this month than I usually do. So, I mostly researched prepping stuff and did some reading on-line. I did make my monthly order of MH freeze-dried pouches as that is food stash stuff.

    I watched a documentary on YouTube of some archeology work done at the WWI battlefield of Ypres, Belgium. This is the place where the term Flanders Fields and the Memorial Day poppies came from. They dug out a section of British trench and 120 meters away, a section of German trench. Very interesting. Also, scary and sad.

    The Democraps in DC are getting goofier by the day it seems. I think most of them need to be involuntarily committed to a mental hospital, just before they go to prison. A large dosing regime of Thorazine would be helpful too.

    Weather here in Central Florida has been in the 90s this past week, but it appears we’re headed for a cool down, 70s and low 80s this weekend and next week. I opened the windows yesterday and aired out the place. I’ll do that again today.

    Granddaughter’s eye infections are all cleared up, not that they bothered her a great deal. She just soldiered on. #1 daughter took her to work one day when they had to drop daddy off. They went inside to visit as everyone knows granddaughter. Granddaughter trooped into her mom’s office, got up on the desk chair, and told her mom, “OK, you can leave now.” 😊

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. Have you ever dwarfed plants and do you consider them a good prep – especially from a portability standpoint?

    No, I’ve never dwarfed plants, but I could see where they might come in handy for someone with the space to grow them.

    2. Do you keep a prepper inventory? Why or why not?

    On most of my stuff, I do. My food stash is a little unruly, but my medical, general prep gear, and firearms stuff I do have inventoried. I keep my inventories by boxes or tubs so I know where to find things quickly.

    3. What is the one prep you would like to purchase before the end of the year if you could and why?

    What I’d like and what is practical is two different things. I’d like to get some more 9mm and 5.56mm, but I am trying to save more cash right now. I’d also like to get some more 1lb propane tanks for my camp stove.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

  15. Z36, it wasn’t the Georgia vs Florida game was it? The dog’s QB looked awesome in that game.

    I think what the Democrats are doing has actually crossed the line into treason. Trying to convict an innocent sitting President with fake made up evidence and not letting the other side enter real evidence of no wrong doing is absolutely disgusting and they are an embarrassment to our great nation. Locking them up is too lenient.

    I read an article on the horrors of California and think why haven’t the people there revolted yet? The post has been taken down now so I can’t put the link. Some of the people were peppers to a point by putting bottled water in the freezer prior to the power going out. They said generators were like diamonds and were siphoning fuel from cars to keep them running.

    1. Thor1,

      Not GA/FL, that I watched earlier. Boy did the Gators flop on that one. I forget what I was “watching” last night. I really spent more time reading. I did enjoy UMich v. Maryland though. Michigan set the tone returning the opening kickoff for a TD.

      I really don’t know if they have legally committed treason according to the Constitution and US statute. We don’t have a lese majeste law on the books unlike some other countries (Thailand comes to mind). I don’t know if 42 US Code ss1983 can be applied to those cockroaches. This is a civil lawsuit for deprivation of civil rights under color of law. A criminal case requires force or threatened force and comes under a different statute. If Trump can sue them under ss1983, then he should probably let the BS continue to play out and let them have some more rope.

      1. Zulu, These rats are by their position of authority.. in congress/house/senate ..”officers of the Court ” as such they can face military Justice. This is an attack on not only our President that was elected, but on each of us. If they can do it to the highest official elected in the land , They can do the same thing to any of us as they choose. It must be stopped very soon.

        1. AA,

          Congress critters, by being Congress critters, are not “officers of the court.” Nor are they subject to “military justice” as they are not in the military as Congress critters or “officers of the court.”

          An officer of a court is the judge, bailiffs, clerks, and the attorneys admitted to the bar of that court.

          However, I fully agree that certain Members of Congress need to be stopped and soon.

          1. Zulu 3-6 & AA

            My “concern” is that once the invalidate the soap box and the ballot box, that only leaves the cartridge box.

          2. JP & Zulu 3-6, & AA,

            My “concern” is that once the invalidate the soap box and the ballot box, that only leaves the cartridge box.

            I think that most congresscritters well understand that, which is why they are so bound and determined to invalidate that pesky 2nd amendment, the one that protects all others.

          3. Zulu and JP. ( also agree w/ soapbox comment.) when most of those you just named are corrupt, evidence produced (as in” They have it all”-Mil Intel?) and guilty: they will need to be replaced and Military command will be stepping up to take those slots. Congress critters hold FEDeral Office and are subject to the FEDeral law and CONSTITUTION they have sworn to uphold., but have trashed ! These will not be done under the corrupt state Jurisdiction(s)… Those who are members of BAR association are comprimised,because they have pledged obedience to that association in ENGLAND.They can change that if all it is.

        2. Anonamo Also,

          If they can do it to the highest official elected in the land, They can do the same thing to any of us as they choose.

          True; but, for the most part, none of us present a threat large enough to be bothered with.

          It must be stopped very soon.

          For those with primaries, we start there, and then next November, 12 months that will pass all too quickly, we reelect the president and give him LMI’s in congress to work with.
          That cartridge box is the very last and most desperate option I hope we never need.

  16. Hi Pack,
    Another week has flown by! Chores done as required. Truck repair done. Lawn mower re-make progressing well. w/motor upgrade via DH and a friend. Dr’s appt completed for DH with good report of no etopic beats…ablation successful.Herbal -Supplemental order rec’d and rotated. Light purchases, 2 pks of meat ,few bags of rice,few pasta,20 lbs of potatoes purchased on deep sale.16 cans of assorted vegetables, to make specific recipes..was gifted items 25 lbs potatoes, 9 lbs apples. 2 hands bananas, 2 heads lettuce and pk of cabbage slaw.
    Hard freeze this week , gathered in all tiny veggies…tomatoes and squash.2 full sized poblano peppers re-potted, brought in and under grow lights.Moved more manures to grow beds, added more cardboard to new garden area for coming spring.Continuing to consolidate, purge items. Tried out 2 new recipes for stretcher meals with food storage items.
    Researching prices and items to buy for self mixing of feeds.w/ main concern being chicken feed.
    Last year got some bad feed/packed or got wet somewhere between production and use..Was lucky , did not loose any animals. changed suppliers. unable so far to find straight run wheat here, have 2 more places to check.(only avail so far in 50# scratch w/corn). None grown in our immediate area. Not thinking large amounts .. 14 chickens= free ranging + 200lbs/3months, layer pellets. That = 27 ga. trash can full. Not sure what will be as bugs decrease, suspect double- easily, plus extra corn , milo or oats..needs will be increasing as the cold comes in w/in 2 weeks…heads up folks: intense cold to be all way to Gulf and Atlantic by 15th. according to weather, Direct weather(U tube)report out today.
    AS customary Prayers for the Pack, all that prep and our President and those who protect Him and family.
    Now for the questions.:
    Tara’s. I have never dwarfed plants, have no clue how to go about it and too many things on plate to try it in winter. I do believe it would/could be a valuable skill to use especially in a confined area such as a small grow room/window or green house.
    I do not keep an inventory list., I have oldest foods one place, use form those… and newest in another, ..everything else between..in order.of supply boxes packed.no shelving avail to place individual items on.
    Items wanted to add ASAP include a Genny that is dual powered and extra batteries for energy storage.Large volume water catchment..
    Re: solar tax incentive…. Consider that self reporting of resources one has enables easiest ability for someone to zero in on what one has worked hard for…
    Thor’s q.#1 Hope he has better luck finding it than I did. #2 UN is in every state. they need to be dis-invited.. They need to be working for free. STOP paying the SCUM who are trying to destroy the sovereignty of our nation and every other nation on this earth…THEY SAID so. Take them at their word.
    #3 There are some who want the population to be frozen in fear by what they can not control.The Banksters and Fraudsters are at the top of this list of scumbags.They steal and destroy from the population from the time they are born until after they are buried. Preppers are a threat to this agenda, they have the ability to control (to a measure, of their preparedness) the depth of any depression or recession and food shortages.Having supplies on time for the longest possible time gives the community at large more supplies to split by fewer people, those w/ greatest need.The more people who are prepared for 9 -12 months, the longer time we have as a group to grow/harvest additional supplies.Stock seed, potential needs , knowledge accordingly. Prepping takes away fear. #4 Yes, i heard about both Seattle “needle”, a building scheduled for demolition. Fires already in progress in LA. Yes, it is intentional. Gov. has been saying for many years they have ability to create rain anywhere on earth they desire. Yet we have areas that have no humidity or very low levels with high winds and fires. set by___? power lines, stupid people and cigarette butts, beams suddenly coming from beyond the clouds?( see several of Mike Morales vids.U tube) and a lack of management of forested areas with dead and dying timber..Even the American Indian used fire to limit risk/manage forested areas.These people in management are idiots and they are being rewarded by increased bonus in multiples.!

    1. Almost There,

      Just in – Deutsche bank bankruptcy

      This is old news, since Deutsche Bank has been poorly run for a long time and has tried to be one of the banks holding up the failing EU. Brussels has been using Germany as its cash cow, and now Maggie Thatcher’s ”Other Peoples Money” maxim is proving true once again.

      Your Halturnerradioshow mentions some news; but, doesn’t go into much detail.

      Here is a little history

      ”Russia Today” is not my normal source for credible news and while Jim Roger’s is usually pretty spot on, he has some questionable background when you look at his bio: James Beeland Rogers Jr. is an American businessman and financial commentator based in Singapore. Rogers is the Chairman of Beeland Interests, Inc. He was the co-founder of the Quantum Fund and Soros Fund Management. He was also the creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index.

      Here are a few more details.
      Last Chance for Deutsche Bank as 18,000 Employees Face the Axe
      https://moneymaven.io/mishtalk/economics/last-chance-for-deutsche-bank-as-18-000-employees-face-the-axe-seSkUjn1nkmIaO7RWP0UVQ/

      Some of the most concise and accurate financial news may be found @ zerohedge.com
      Bank Run: Deutsche Bank Clients Are Pulling $1 Billion A Day
      https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-16/bank-run-deutsche-bank-clients-are-pulling-1-billion-day

      A Bank With $49 Trillion In Derivatives Exposure Is Melting Down Before Our Eyes
      https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-20/bank-49-trillion-derivatives-exposure-melting-down-our-eyes

      Bottom line is that the EU and the ECB are disintegrating and our best bet is to bank locally, watch your funds, and continue to prep and be frugal

      1. JP,
        I think your article just put the cherry on top of what I had already expressed, that being the E.U. is on shaky grounds with Germany and its Deutsche Bank being the keystone, linchpin, or glue holding the failing E.U. together, and finally crumbling. Greece and Italy have had failing socialist leaning economies with the U.K. trying to get out with the stalled Brexit, being held up by those same global elitists that conceived the E.U.
        Add to that the willingness of many E.U. states still pretending to be part of the Paris climate accords and being willing to trade with the likes of Iran, ignoring the U.S. sanctions on those who do.
        The E.U was / is a failed concept and it appears that it’s real central banker, Germany as the once strongest economic state is finally about to give up, since they are the ”Other People’s Money” that is running out.
        I still think that the U.S. economy is going to continue to do well as long as one of the angry leftist socialist democrats don’t get their hand on the steering wheel.

  17. Got a question for the pack.

    We have an abundant amount of water from ponds, creeks, rain, etc 99% of the time in TN. I want to go ahead and fill up my 55 gallon water barrels, and get them stored. I hear of people putting bleach in the water, and heard people say water goes “bad””. I have a Big Berkey and calcium hypochlorite.

    How does water go bad? I’ve have RO water stored in different containers, as well as cases of bottled water in the garage, and it looks fine. I wouldn’t be putting RO water in these, but rather from the water hose.

    If a person has a water filter system like the Berkey, why would someone worry about how their water is being stored?

    I would put the barrels on top of a pallet as I have read that they need to be stored off the concrete floor.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Almost There,

      I want to go ahead and fill up my 55 gallon water barrels, and get them stored. I hear of people putting bleach in the water, and heard people say water goes “bad””. I have a Big Berkey and calcium hypochlorite.

      How does water go bad?

      Large amounts of water can easily become a breeding ground for algae and some types of bacteria or fungi especially if the container contains warm water. The bleach kills those organisms.

      I’ve have RO water stored in different containers, as well as cases of bottled water in the garage, and it looks fine. I wouldn’t be putting RO water in these, but rather from the water hose.

      Your RO water and bottled water should be OK if kept in a cool dark place, since heat and light can degrade the plastic bottles. RO water kept in sterilized in a stainless container will keep indeginietly until opened. I have some 32 ounce Yeti bottles, and pouring boiling water into them and capping as they cool will keep for a long time.
      Filling your barrels (plastic I assume) with a hose will introduce organisms into the water and the reason why a little treatment will allow the water to keep longer by killing any organisms.

      If a person has a water filter system like the Berkey, why would someone worry about how their water is being stored?

      I have some DIY Berkey’s using food grade buckets and those filters have a limited use, so pre-filtering the water or keeping organisms out of it will simple extend the useful life of the filters.
      As an example, if you put muddy water through your filter, the silt will clog the filter faster than clear water, so running the muddy water through a coffee filter to clear it up, allows the Berkey filter to last longer.

      I would put the barrels on top of a pallet as I have read that they need to be stored off the concrete floor.

      That’s true about putting them directly on concrete like the floor of your garage. The plastics can absorb flavors and odors from gasoline, liquids spilled on the floor, and chemicals used to create the concrete.
      You might also think about putting the barrels more elevated than on a single pallet, since the higher they are stored, the more easily you can drain or siphon the water from them when its needed. The alternative could be a long handled dipper or small bucket like getting water from a well.

      1. TOP and Almost There,

        True about warm water and bacteria, etc. One of my jobs (of many) in Vietnam was to occasionally power wash the insides of my squadron’s water bulls (water trailers). Another job was to go get large ice blocks from the Long Binh ice house and load up the squadron’s water bulls with ice. M-16 bayonets made great ice picks. Corpsmen would come around periodically and test the water and check the temps.

        The bulls were also kept under cover to keep the sun off of them, but 110-degree days didn’t help. But nobody got sick on the water from my water bulls. I’m sure I would have heard loud and clear if someone did.

        1. Z36,

          Good reason to have barrels that have the ring lid so they can be easily cleaned. Thank the Lord, these have that.

          1. AT,
            you can get a new suction pump for those barrels fairly cheaply… . cleaning anything used for dipping thoroughly will prevent contamination. Might consider putting a tap down near bottom of barell. but with top opening completely not necessary..Consider washinga down entre inside of units with pure vinegar. it disinfects as well .
            I stored some water inside in one of 55 ga. drums for 9 months. and i did filter it., ( private well) it was good.and used it for several different needs.Had to move the location.I did not treat. we do not use any kind of bleach in our water.. not very much in the entire house.since we need bacteria in the septic.

          2. AT,

            That’s true for a prepper who is staying put. But a water bull has a 400-gallon capacity and is towed by a 6×6 truck.

      2. TOP,

        I already know about the Berkey filters… I don’t think I need to filter my hose water thru the Berkey filters. That would take forever.

        The water would be stored in the garage. Not in the sun.

        How can there be organisms in the water if using a water hose. It’s the same water that comes into my kitchen sink. If the barrel is cleaned, the end of the hose is cleaned and I allow the hose to run for a few minutes before I start filling, make sure I have a small opening for the hose, how can it be contaminated?

        NO DIPPING. That would allow contaminants.

        1. Almost There,

          I already know about the Berkey filters… I don’t think I need to filter my hose water thru the Berkey filters. That would take forever.

          It would and would shorten the life of the filters.

          The water would be stored in the garage. Not in the sun.

          How warm does you garage get in the summer heat?

          How can there be organisms in the water if using a water hose. It’s the same water that comes into my kitchen sink. If the barrel is cleaned, the end of the hose is cleaned and I allow the hose to run for a few minutes before I start filling, make sure I have a small opening for the hose, how can it be contaminated?

          If your hose is kept in the house until you use it and you take the listed precautions, then it should be mostly OK; but, keep in mind that cheap PVC garden hoses can have toxins such as bromine, lead, phthalates, and antimony. They can also contain BPA which is typically found in the plastic unless you have a potable water or drinking water hose designed for thispurpose.

          NO DIPPING. That would allow contaminants.

          It can; but, dippers & buckets have been used for a millennium and may be used with care in an emergency.

        2. Clean barrels, one teaspoon of bleach per 5 gallons of water. Put them on their sides with a spigot on the head near the bottom. Elevate to waist high. Make sure the ass end is slightly higher than the spigot.

          Organisms are everywhere. Unless you’re operating in a pharmacy grade clean room, you’ll get algae. A case of bloody diarrhea will ensure you use the correct hygiene for water storage, lol. Seriously, think about it. How many colonies of bacteria can fit on a pin head?

          Regarding Berkefeld type filter systems, the British Empire was able to succeed in far flung lands because of these ceramic filters. They often boiled water before they filtered it. Waterborne diseases are nothing to screw with. Cryptosporidium, Giardiasis, and a host of others will make you a casualty as certainly as a bullet. Water is one of your most important preps and probably the one we speak about least.

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