What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 70: November 10th 2019 – November 16th 2019

butcher a doe

Hello Pack. Winter has arrived on our survival homestead folks, or at least it feels like it. Only in Ohio could you go from wearing sleeveless clothing to cracking ice in a poultry waterer in such a rapid amount of time.

One day this past week we had 60 degree weather, the next day we had temperatures below freezing. In this state, you better be prepared for multiple season wardrobe changes in the same day – or wind up feeling awfully uncomfortable when Mother Nature decides to be wicked.

Bobby did some off grid fuel preps this week. A tribe member went to a local mine and picked up a ton of coal chunks to stockpile. If you put one of these black hunks of earth into the wood stove it will go all night no matter how cold the temperature gets.

He and a tribe member also went to a local lumber mill and bought some “slack” I think he called it. A load of really long excess lumber cut from trees for whatever reason, often quality, is tossed in piles and sold dirt cheap.

It was actually cheaper to buy three truckloads of this slack wood than it was to run the chainsaw to cut what we already have laying in the woods.

The slack is not as seasoned, but since the weather turned nasty from drought to intense rain to snow, it was simply easier and more economical to go buy this extra “just in case” wood.

If need be, we can run out into the woods and cut more firewood to split, but we have more than enough to get us through a hard winter already in the wood sheds.

In other preps this week, I expanded my indoor garden yet again. We are now growing more garlic, miniature tomatoes, onions, miniature peppers, lettuce, carrots, goji berries, elderberries, and lavender.

One of our tribe members got a nice big doe, so our on-site butcher shop saw some action. A host of older children helped with the processing and our youngest grandkiddos got to have another lesson about the circle of life and where our meat comes from.

Our dogs kept a keen eye on the deer when it was hanging up on the butchershop porch winch. They were eagerly awaiting the tossing of bones.

I ended up with quite a collection of deer bones by my back door. Every time we use the butcher shop the dogs try to sneak in the bones, and succeeded several times.

These are not nice cleaned up bones like you can buy at the grocery store, they are fresh off the animal bones with all kinds of gooey stuff (that the dogs love) still attached.

They have no place on my floors – regardless of what stage of clean they are in at the moment a sneaky blue heeler wants to bring a snack inside.

Pearl’s kids are doing well and growing big and strong. I have not officially broken the news to my beloved that I have decided to keep Lunch and sell Dinner.

Not Negan is a Billy goat legend, but he will be ready to retire from breeding in another year or so (at least a normal Billy goat would) and I do not want to be without a mature intact male on our survival homestead.

Keeping only one male goat would make as much sense as having only a single rooster – at least if you are a prepper determined to have a sustainable survival homestead.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. Do you know how to butcher your own meat and have the space and tools to do it during a SHTF situation?
  2. If not, how do you plan to supply protein during a long-term disaster that could last for years?
  3. It is Christmas shopping time; are you giving preparedness themed gift to your loved ones this year? Please share you gift giving plans.
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

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Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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59 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 70: November 10th 2019 – November 16th 2019

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

    Granddaughter is much better, but still had coughing bouts early in the week. Some elderberry syrup took care of that. Bonus, granddaughter likes the stuff. I think I caught something from her as I am coughing and have a slightly woozy feeling. Not nearly as sick as she was though. Elderberry syrup keeps my coughing to a reasonable minimum.

    I’ve been keeping my non-food prepping purchases to a minimum so I can save more money. However, I did buy some items for gun cleaning that work very well. They’re called RamRodz and are essentially big q-tips designed for bore and breech cleaning. I bought some for 9mm and 5.56mm and they work very nicely. They also come with adapters to screw the bamboo rods onto a regular cleaning rod for the longer barrels. You can get them in .50 cal, 7.62mm, and 12ga too. This is the Amazon link for the 5.56mm/.22 cal items, but you can find the other calibers easily enough.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076HX6BJR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Weather is a little goofy here. High temps are only going into the 60s this weekend. In fact, as I write this at noon on Saturday, 60 is the current temp. This is rather chilly for Central Florida in November.

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. Do you know how to butcher your own meat and have the space and tools to do it during a SHTF situation?

    No, I don’t know how to butcher meat, nor do I have the space or tools.

    2. If not, how do you plan to supply protein during a long-term disaster that could last for years?

    I guess I’ll have to drop back ten and punt.

    3. It is Christmas shopping time; are you giving preparedness themed gift to your loved ones this year? Please share you gift giving plans.

    I do plan to give preparedness related gifts again this year. That has been my standard for the last several years. However, I’m still trying to think up what I want to give and to whom.

    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    See above.

    1. I’m battling what my grandkids were sick with also. I’ve been using vapo-rub, oils in the diffuser, and taking honey and elderberry extract (with vitamin C and an OTC allergy pill) at bedtime, but it wears off before morning and I end up coughing my head off. Elderberry is fairly new to me. (I first used it about nine months ago.) Do you have any suggestions?

      1. PG,

        Other than the elderberry, I have nothing to add. I personally prefer the syrup as I don’t drink alcohol, so the tincture is a no-go (even though I make it). However, one of my SIL’s aunts and my Ex really like the tincture over the syrup. They mix it with tea, coffee, or orange juice (my Ex calls that a “purple screwdriver.”)

        I was a little snotty last night, but a 50mg Benadryl capsule took care of that and I actually slept quite well, for a change.

          1. Prepared Grammy,

            Thanks. I will just keep on keepin’ on and hope to get better soon.

            Sometimes palliative care is the best you can do while you just let the body heal on its own.
            We have no illness here now; but, the cold weather and its associated drop in humidity is killing my sinuses. I’m using some saline nasal spray or taking an extra shower just to humidify the nasal passages. The DW seems to be unaffected.
            Of course in another 6 months or so I’m bee complaining about the humifity again when it back in the 80-80% range.

      2. If you can use a difuser frankincense and myrrh.. works well as a preventative, is used in a lot of sick clinics- to keep staff from getting sick while takig care of sick patients or their pet parents.

  2. Do you know how to butcher your own meat and have the space and tools to do it during a SHTF situation?

    Actually no, I am woefully inept at hunting and dressing kills. My dad never had the time to teach me these skills and after leaving for the military at the age of 18 and being all over the world for the next 23 years there wasn’t much chance to hunt or gather. I did a lot of shooting but most of it was either with an M-16, 12 gauge shotgun or .38 pistol and I’m proficient with all of them but am trained to neutralize the threat which does nothing for effective shot placement to avoid tearing up a lot of meat.

    At almost 69 it is unlikely that I’ll take up hunting any time soon, so, other than the meat that I have put up in long term stores I really don’t have a good plan but will give it more thought.

    If not, how do you plan to supply protein during a long-term disaster that could last for years?

    I don’t have a good answer to that question. If the long term thing goes on for years then neither I nor DW will make it through to see the end. We are med dependent and if that supply runs out then there won’t be much future ahead of us.

    It is Christmas shopping time; are you giving preparedness themed gift to your loved ones this year? Please share you gift giving plans.

    About 5 years ago I put together GHB for the family and most of them tossed them in their car trunks and after the first look through never looked at them again. I figure it is time to update so that will be the first thing on the agenda. I have new backpacks and supplies of essential things and will be putting them together but will tailor each on to the individual getting it. The basics will be the same but the specialized stuff will vary according to the individual. That will be Christmas this year.

    What did you do to prep this week?
    I have to admit I didn’t do much prepping at all. I am shopping for an additional water catchment system and am looking at rain barrels and systems. Other than shopping and web surfing I didn’t do anything productive.

    1. Cliff,

      That’s pretty much why I don’t know how dress and butcher game. My dad knew how and had hunted a lot as a kid, but after WWII, he wasn’t interested in killing things anymore. He said he would hunt if the family needed the food, but as long as he could afford to buy the food, he wouldn’t hunt.

      I could hunt if necessary (out of a blind) as I am proficient with many different firearms and own some suitable for hunting deer and larger animals. But I’d need a friend to handle the rest and teach me how.

      1. Zulu 3-6, Cliff & all,
        If you’ve ever carved a whole chicken or the thanksgiving turkey. You’ve gotten a good start.
        The most important thing when hunting is to field dress the game, which means opening up the chest and belly, removing the internal organs, and getting the whole animal to cool. At that point you have just raw meat that can spoil if it doesn’t get cooled. We’ve been known to hang a deer and hose out the inside to get rid of the bits of blood, guts, and dirt and to chill the meat. After that, you simply start severing at the joints similar to cutting the legs & wings off a turkey, with each major bone and muscle group being set aside to be worked on separately.
        You then cut the large muscle groups into strips to make steak or roasts, or collect the smaller bits to be ground.
        Sweetbreads like the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver are easy to identify and deal with.
        The process is pretty much the same for a deer, hog, cow, or squirrel, with the obvious problem of the larger animals being a bit harder to man handle.
        While your final product may not be as good looking as that from a professional butcher, it’s not rocket science, and anyone with a few good sharp knives, cleavers, and maybe a bone saw, can do a ”good enough” job, keeping in mind that our early modern human ancestors took on bison and antelope with only stone tools (sharp rocks).
        The final product doesn’t have to be pretty, just edible.

  3. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,

    One day this past week we had 60 degree weather, the next day we had temperatures below freezing. In this state, you better be prepared for multiple season wardrobe changes in the same day – or wind up feeling awfully uncomfortable when Mother Nature decides to be wicked.

    Winter has also settled in here with a vengeance, with the actual temperature hitting 3° and the expected high still below freezing. There is a forecast for 50’s next week; but, we’ll wait and see if that actually happens.

    In the past few years we’ve spent a total of nearly $15,000 for the last of the windows, the exterior doors and storms, foam insulation, the new furnace, and the additional ventless heater; but, days like this are where all that money pays off, since the house is more comfortable than it has ever been, and we’re pretty much done spending money on these improvements. It is however still less expensive than spending winters in Arizona or Florida, or starting over in one of those places. These improvements also helped with last summer’s heat, so it’s a double win.

    He and a tribe member also went to a local lumber mill and bought some “slack” I think he called it. A load of really long excess lumber cut from trees for whatever reason, often quality, is tossed in piles and sold dirt cheap.

    That may be ”slab” and we’ve used a ton of it in the past. When we first moved here with mostly only wood heat and nothing put back, we were lucky in that there was a hard wood lumber mill just down the road. They took oak and other hardwood logs, and cut them into rough dimension lumber. The first cuts on the round log trimmed off slabs, straight on one side and curved with bark on the other. They stacked the slab in a pile and charge $75.00 for a pile. I would take my FIL’s large flatbed truck, and they would use a forklift to set a pile on the truck. We brought it home, dumped it and then went at it with a chain saw. You could easily get at least 1-2 cords of hard wood from a pile, and the fact that it was flat on one side allowed it to stack easily and to stack rather nicely in the wood burner, especially when banking it for the night

    In other preps this week, I expanded my indoor garden yet again. We are now growing more garlic, miniature tomatoes, onions, miniature peppers, lettuce, carrots, goji berries, elderberries, and lavender.

    In a similar vein, we’re attempting to put both a root cellar and some grow space in the basement. I picked up some LED grow lights and as soon as I make some wooden benches, we’ll be starting that.

    Tara’s Questions

    1. Do you know how to butcher your own meat and have the space and tools to do it during a SHTF situation?
    Yes. I have the equipment and the stainless steel work table; but, it would have to be cleared of other tools and appliances when needed for that.
    2. If not, how do you plan to supply protein during a long-term disaster that could last for years?
    Small game, rice & beans would also help.
    3. It is Christmas shopping time; are you giving preparedness themed gift to your loved ones this year? Please share you gift giving plans.
    Not really. We all pass around lists, many of which are links to things needed or wanted; but, there have always been some preparedness items over the years and the kids would fair well enough with their skills and items on hand.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?
    See below

    TOP’s question
    1. Did the ignorant little girl, former bartender and waitress, just Let the real cat out of the bag on impeachment? https://ijr.com/aoc-impeachment-preventing-potentially-disastrous-outcome/
    If so, another congress critter beat her to it: Al Green: “If we don’t impeach this President, he WILL get reelected.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3mffaPZA6Y
    2. Will this circus ever end?

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. 2 bales wood shavings for horse bedding
    2. 50 lbs Dumor layers chicken feed pellets
    3. Received a First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm from woot.com and installed it. We already have another C,O. alarm; but, need another for the second floor of the house, since we are now in the heating season and have numerous combustion devices operating. Woot offered this @ about a 50% discount over local stores with free “Prime” shipping.
    4. Assembled several new antennas for my amateur radio communications and hoping the weather report about some upcoming warmer weather is correct, so I can get them set up before next year.

    1. Top’s questions:

      1. Did the ignorant little girl, former bartender and waitress, just Let the real cat out of the bag on impeachment?
      If so, another congress critter beat her to it: Al Green: “If we don’t impeach this President, he WILL get reelected.”
      2. Will this circus ever end?

      1. It reminds me of Tyson, if you can’t beat him, eat him….LOL
      2. Only if the real criminals are tried and executed.

    2. around here all the slab is pine, $5 to fill a pickup worth. there are over a dozen mills in town selling lumber (all amish owned) they also put a lot of contractors out of business with their under the table labor and rough cut lumber construction.

      in the past i have picked up slab from the mills and cut it up on a sawbuck reselling it cut up for campfires, i get the slab from my own logs too (the slab in heir piles is from them buying logs and milling them, few people bring their own logs to mill, its 14 cents per board foot to have them mill logs, based on whats produced, if they buy logs at 25 cents graded board foot they sell the lumber at 49 cents per board foot, rough cut and often green, compared to home despots 79 cents or other lumber yards at up to $1.20.

      using the sawbuck i pile lots of slabs onit ten run the chainsaw through groups of slab as if it was a single log, the local amish sect is prohibited from using chainsaws so they hire non amish to do saw work or they have to use a table saw or cordwood saw to cut slab one piece at a time (often the younger kids do it) its not cost effective or time effective so they usually don’t bother unless its for themselves. i get between $75 and $150 per cord for cut up dry slab depending on time of year and how much someone wants, i try to keep 3 cords on hand for selling like that, had 13 in august then soemone came and bought it all for a faciity on the rez that wanted it for sweat lodges over winter, sold it to them at $75 a cord picked up and was cleaned out, had another cord the start of this month but same guy bought it. best time to sell it is if 4th of july makes a long weekend and its perfect weather, back in 2015 i made about $2500 in 3 days delivering it by the face cord (1/3 of a cord) for $50 plus $1 a mile rounded to the nearest 10 miles (so a place 8 miles away had a delivery fee of $10 and a place 15 miles away cost $20, making it $70 for 1/3 cord of seasoned cut up pine slab delivered), i worked those 3 days from sun up to sun down non stop till i ran out, so many people wanted bonfires that weekend. 4th of july, labor day, graduations, memorial day, and maple syrup season tend to be the big sellign times, if weather is right then it can for a fortune.

      1. Nemoseto,

        using the sawbuck i pile lots of slabs onit ten run the chainsaw through groups of slab as if it was a single log, the local amish sect is prohibited from using chainsaws so they hire non amish to do saw work or they have to use a table saw or cordwood saw to cut slab one piece at a time

        That’s how I used to do it; but, it was hardwood and was for my own use, and except for a little mess from the bark, always worked and burned well.
        The local Amish here do the same thing, hire an English to run the power tools or drive his truck; but, everyone makes money, and the work I’ve had them do was all good quality at a good price.

  4. TOP’s question

    1. Did the ignorant little girl, former bartender and waitress, just Let the real cat out of the bag on impeachment? https://ijr.com/aoc-impeachment-preventing-potentially-disastrous-outcome/
    If so, another congress critter beat her to it: Al Green: “If we don’t impeach this President, he WILL get reelected.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3mffaPZA6Y

    Well, perhaps she did for some people, but I’ve known this was the end stage the Democraps wanted all along. Al Green’s comments were the same to me.

    2. Will this circus ever end?

    Jesus, I hope so. The only way I see for it to, at least simmer down, would be for the Dems to lose the House, Trump get re-elected, and the Repubs keep the Senate. That won’t necessarily stop the circus, but it will at least make it a one-ring vs a three-ring.

  5. 1. Do you know how to butcher your own meat and have the space and tools to do it during a SHTF situation? We sure do! In fact, DH is getting everything ready now in hopes of harvesting a few deer from our family and friends next week.
    2. If not, how do you plan to supply protein during a long-term disaster that could last for years? We have chickens for meat and eggs, and also fish and hunt other small animals.
    3. It is Christmas shopping time; are you giving preparedness themed gift to your loved ones this year? Please share you gift giving plans. My adult kids get what they’ve gotten the last few years. Beef. We have a beef slaughtered and everyone gets some. Everyone gets a book, too. Kindergartner and four-year-old grandkids like to cook and are getting cookbooks. We play Bingo for small gifts. Many of these are prepper items.
    4. What did you do to prep this week?

    This week:

    *Animals:
    -Chickens are laying much better. I was even able to sell a few dozen this week.

    *Garden:
    -DS and DIL cleared lots of trees to prep for our enlarged garden next year.
    -Traded seeds with a former coworker.

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: canned beans, canned tomato juice, antibiotics,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -Got a bid on installing a whole-home LP generator. We are going to do it.
    -Getting ready for firearm deer season next week. Sharpening knives, getting shed ready to hang deer, making sure we have enough freezer bags, and even getting fresh linens in the spare bedroom for our friends from Louisiana. They come here to hunt deer, and we go there to fish.

    *Skills:
    -Reading up on making soap. Will make some later today or next week, if time allows.

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

    1. I forgot to add that I got everything ready for the bitter cold that hit us. We went from T-shirts to layers of warm clothes in less than a week. In the process of getting the heated water buckets for the animals ready, I got a hit to the head (long story) and almost passed out. Things started getting dark and my knees buckled. Thankfully I just ended up with a swollen cheekbone, a knot on my head, and a nasty bruise.

    2. Prepared Grammy,

      -Got a bid on installing a whole-home LP generator. We are going to do it

      Can I ask for the details? In November 2016 we had a 16KW Generac installed.
      This included connecting it to the propane and the 200 Amp transfer switch that was included.
      The total was $6695.00 with about $380.00 of the cost in sales tax.
      If it’s a Generac you’ll also want to have some maintenance kits on hand, since they require maintenance: oil filter, air filter, spark plug, and oil (less than a quart of synthetic) every 2 years or 200 running hours.
      The kits run about $35.00 and we still have a few on hand after doing our 2018 maintenance; but, I think the components might be cheaper individually from a local auto parts dealer. That’s something we have yet to check.
      In any case, great to hear for something that gives you real peace of mind.

  6. I’m with Tara concerning the weather. 70 one day, then a 30 degree drop, rain and wind.

    Regarding preps this week, I managed to get the house ready for the oncoming cold weather. Put away hoses, capped outside facets, stabilizer added to fuel used for lawn mower, weed eater and chain saws. Air conditioner unit outside covered for season. Now I have more room for food preps.

    I’ve also been purging the house of ‘junk & clutter’ How nice it is to organize with less destractions about. I hope each of you have had a good week.

    Tara’s Questions This Week:
    1. I know how to cut up a whole chicken (does that count as a skill)? In a SHTF situation, I
    know there would be several skills I need to obtain to learn very quickly. Better to learn &
    practice these things now. I’ve made a list, and put a deadline date on these skill sets.
    2. During a long term disaster, My protein needs would be met through preps. While I love
    fresh 4 legged protein (red meat), I think I would ‘quickly’ come up to speed on some new
    skill sets (see question one). There are plenty of protein sources available, you just have to
    educate yourself and PREPARE now, not later. What’s the saying…’Make hay while the sun
    is shining?’
    3. Regarding Christmas purchases, I wish my family and friends were more into prepping
    and preparation. Most of them know how I roll regarding being prepared and such, but
    when I try to suggest things they might want to do (prepare for any situation), they just roll
    their eyes and give me that look as if I’m about to preach the gospel to them or something.
    Yet, they almost always contact me after a bad storm to say something like, ‘we lost our
    power, heat didn’t work, and could have used the fireplace to heat with, but wood is not
    covered and everything wet. None of our flashlights worked, guess we needed batteries, so
    on and such’. Then they say something like, ‘guess you did ok with all that perp stuff? If John can get to your place, could we come over with kids until heat and power are back on?
    Of course family is family (and friends), but in a real situation of a SHTF situation, they had better be prepared, as I would draw the line (my supplies are mind, and items are planned for my health, protein needs and safety, and in survival mode, I may not be so generous, especially if they haven’t done anything to prepare for little things on their own. Don’t expect me to fill in during a bigger situation, because I won’t.

    Christmas is my favorite time of the year. A time to visit with, and be with family & friends, and open gifts! While I don’t preach too much to them about prepping, they know what I do, and the door I see always open to safe info. I do every now and then give thinks like blankets, homemade items (canned cowboy candy, preserves, and jerky). This sometimes prompts them to have them show me how to do some of these things, so little tiny elf steps.

    Guess that’s all for me this week.

    1. Jean,

      My immediate family, the Ex and three kids, pretty much prep for the most likely events. Hurricanes, power outages, etc. #1 daughter is probably a little more advanced than the others. Of course, if granddaughter needed food and shelter, I would never refuse her. My son is a little bit behind the others. Everyone owns at least one gun and knows how to use them, however, my son has asked me to hold on to his shotgun for him as he doesn’t trust people in his neighborhood to not steal it if they found he had it. Granddaughter doesn’t know how to use her .22 rifle yet. Too young.

    2. Jean,

      1. I know how to cut up a whole chicken (does that count as a skill)?

      Absolutely. What we are talking about here is mostly a matter of scale, with a deer or pig being a bit harder to handle than a chicken or turkey.
      While I personally push skills over stuff, this is the one task where having the right stuff is important, since you can learn the task as you do it.
      You probably didn’t always know how to carve a chicken or turkey; but, you can stumble through it.
      The stuff you will need are several good heavy sharp knives for attacking large muscle groups, some smaller paring knives to work around the crevices, and a bone saw or cleaver for more easily detaching or severing large bones or muscles.
      A stainless steel mesh glove may also be handy for safety sake.
      Your final output may not look like you local butcher; but, it will do to put food on the table or in the freezer.

  7. Puppy is getting so ripped. His legs are so well muscle defined and just loves to run…I should have named him Forest…. LOL

    Food
    Picked up 4 #10 cans from mountain house
    1 cubed beef
    1 cubed chicken
    1 hamburger
    1 chicken fried rice with vegetables
    1 pouch of bacon & eggs
    1 bucket of augason farms 12 ct 10″ cheese pizzas.

    Water
    2 cases of water
    2 sawyer mini filters

    Security
    1000 rounds of 124gr 9mm
    2 Spartan non- ballistic trauma pads
    2 G17 17 round mags
    2 G22 15 round mags
    1 molle 2 pistol mag holder
    1 molle 3 AR mag holder
    Went to local range for pistol practice

    Communications
    Bought another Baofeng uv-5r transceiver one for the Jeep

    Gym
    More heavy workouts

    Thor’s questions:
    1. Are the Democrats just wasting time and money using a witness that has absolutely no knowledge of Trump doing anything wrong?
    2. What do you think of globalist Henry Kissinger saying we must work with China?
    3.Will HRC ever be tried for treason?
    4. Have you heard of the pneumonic plague in China?

    Joke

    Jimmy Carter had corrective brain surgery. Now he’s a Republican….. LOL

    1. Thor’s questions:

      1. Are the Democrats just wasting time and money using a witness that has absolutely no knowledge of Trump doing anything wrong?

      Yes, they are wasting time/money. I think they believe in the old propaganda saying that a lie repeated loudly and often will be believed.

      2. What do you think of globalist Henry Kissinger saying we must work with China?

      Time for old Henry to retire to the old folks home and stay there quietly.

      3.Will HRC ever be tried for treason?

      Sadly, probably not. Except, Obama needs to be tried along with her.

      4. Have you heard of the pneumonic plague in China?

      Yes, I’ve heard there has been several cases of it.

    2. Tara’s questions:

      1.Do you know how to butcher your own meat and have the space and tools to do it during a SHTF situation?
      2.If not, how do you plan to supply protein during a long-term disaster that could last for years?
      3. It is Christmas shopping time; are you giving preparedness themed gift to your loved ones this year? Please share you gift giving plans.

      1. Yes
      2. Another source of protein is beans and rice. But I do have a lot of canned, frozen, dehydrated and freeze dried meat.
      3. Yes, bread maker, food saver,Sawyer mini filters.

    3. 1 for the most part, they are grasping at straws

      2 don’t know anything about it

      3 doubtful

      4 nope and not concerned about it, all kinds of stuff pops up and disapears in the news with outbreaks of a few people, quickly treated, now if entire cities were being affected with high mortality rates then there is reason to be concerned. for the most part major outbreaks happen where people are doing things in incredibly backwards ways, like in africa where people think sex with a virgin will cure hiv, even the old us wasn’t all that bright, dr kellog started making breakfast cerials to get people regular, the problem he was trying to solve was large numbers of people with constipation or diareah which were bad things but everyone was pretty ignorant that sanitation was a major factor. sure kellogs took off making cerials but it didn’t actually solve what he was trying to do, nor did grahm’s crackers cut back on promiscuity (he thought rampant sex drives was caused by spicy food). some backwater in asia or africa has a minor outbreak from horrible sanitation but its caught fast and treated is not news for concern, 5% of the population of bejing dead in a month from disease then thats cause for alarm since a place like that has the resorces to treat outbreaks and an untreated outbreak is something to be aware of

  8. Thor’s questions:
    1. Are the Democrats just wasting time and money using a witness that has absolutely no knowledge of Trump doing anything wrong?
    Yes since they are desperate and know they will lose in 2020 unless they stop Trump now.
    2. What do you think of globalist Henry Kissinger saying we must work with China?
    I think he’s right to a point, since they are a direct challenge to us, and it’s like they say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
    3. Will HRC ever be tried for treason?
    I suspect not; but, she’s likely to have a stroke since even her own party is telling her to shush or ignoring her.
    4. Have you heard of the pneumonic plague in China?
    Can’t say I have; but, Y Pestis come in 3 forms and that’s one of them.

    Jimmy Carter had corrective brain surgery. Now he’s a Republican….. LOL
    Hey if I’m still alive at age 95 (27 years hence) I’ll just ve glad to still be breathing.

    Also, do you have a license for your Baofeng radios?

    1. Top, that is really bothering you whether I have a license…. LOL Although if SHTF or an emergency happens a license won’t matter….. Correct ?

      1. hor1,
        that is really bothering you whether I have a license…. LOL
        Yes, because these cheap Chinese radios are bringing out too many unlicensed users who cause interference with legitimate communications and the amateur radio community and the FCC are going after these LIDS, with some getting fines in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.
        Although if SHTF or an emergency happens a license won’t matter….. Correct ?
        The license may not matter as much; but, poor operating skills will likely leave you with no one wanting to communicate, since most hams hate those interfering LIDS.
        It’s no different than someone purchasing a truckload of guns & ammo and not planning to shoot them until after SHTF, in which case they will not be as useful as they could be. A license means practicing skills now, before it becomes critical.

        1. TP, but isn’t that an infringement on my 1A right of freedom of speech? LOL

          My snowflake feelings are hurt…I thought you just wanted to hear my voice…..LOL

          All kidding a side, I do plan to get a license and have used CB’s for some time evidently since I have an old Kraco 23 channel base unit.

          But one of the prepper codes is ” it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it”

          1. Thor1,

            TP, but isn’t that an infringement on my 1A right of freedom of speech? LOL

            No. You may speak all you want in the public square; but, when you put your voice on the air without a license, you are stealing a precious limited resource from those who have the license and the skills.

            All kidding a side, I do plan to get a license and have used CB’s for some time evidently since I have an old Kraco 23 channel base unit.

            Good on the license; but, that is an old radio. I also have a Kraco; but,it’s a 40 channel unit, meant for mobile; but, used here as a base station connected to my 12 VDC bus, that powers most of my equipment.

            But one of the prepper codes is ” it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it”

            True; but, the ”it” should primarily be skills and not stuff.

        2. Top, I do have 2 handheld 40 channel Bearcats and a 40 channel cobra mobile with a power Mic, A Bearcat police scanner. Sad how radio shack is almost out of business…….

          1. Thor1,

            Sad how radio shack is almost out of business

            I agree; but, they’ve pretty much gone the way of Heathkit, Lafayette, Ramsey and others that once catered to the homebrew and DIY crowd. Toward the end they pretty much all became dealers for cell phone and satellite TV companies.
            We have unfortunately become an appliance operator world, in part due to inexpensive electronics like the Baofeng radios and other cheap gadgets.
            I did get some great deals on closeouts some years ago and still have some nice scanners and receivers from the old R.S.
            We can still order components from Amazon and other online sellers like Mouser electronics (https://www.mouser.com), JDR Micro Devices (https://www.jdr.com) and others; but, you have to know what you want, and cannot easily browse the aisles.
            We also can see a lot of good stuff at Hamfests.

          2. Too many people have been taught that plug and play is the way to go, but those who can build their own(like my dh) will be worth their weight in gold, if they are still alive when the shtf.

          3. Babycatcher,

            Too many people have been taught that plug and play is the way to go, but those who can build their own(like my dh) will be worth their weight in gold, if they are still alive when the shtf.

            Absolutely!!!!
            While the new no code license classes have brought more people that we actually do need, into the amateur radio ranks, too many of them are only Appliance Operators.
            While homebrew is not completely dead, semi homebrew kits from companies like Heathkit are pretty much a thing of the past, although I still run some of that equipment here that I built. I recently gave an entire station (tube type Heathkit) to a new ham who is thrilled to have it. The fact that he is an older mechanical engineer may be part of the reason, since he has the math & science background to want the challenge of learning something new.
            I have more than enough Junque on hand to build workable equipment from scratch; but, that tube type equipment, while easier to construct, is a real power hog; but, the stuff I cut my teeth on as a misspent youth.

  9. I canned 3 pints of stuffed cabbage rolls. Last jars I had open for now. Hope to get more soon. Step son lived here for a while. Sold off my jars and extra lids to buy drugs. He’s gone and I’m rebuilding supplies.
    Yes I can butcher critters large or small but right now I’d need help to hang any thing bigger than a rabbit. I’ve butchered lots of sheep for the mission meals. The bandsaw is gone but I still have the commercial meat slicer and manual meat grinders1. Bones with joints are usually roasted then boiled for bone broth. Here native folks roast the skinned head and eat everything but the bones. Intestines are washed and deep fried. Organ meats are eaten fresh cooked. Jerkey is tasty but has no seasoning on it. I like seasoned jerky better but to add to soups or stews unseasoned dried meats work best.
    Each of my sons, son in law, and a grown grandson will be getting a good skinning knife wrapped in a dark colored scarf. A lot of guys don’t think a scarf can be Manley but wear one to help cover your face when its bitter cold outside and you won’t care. Daugher, step daughter, daughter in laws will be getting hand knit scarves and hats with purchased knit gloves to match the color schemes. Each will also have a 3″ folding pocket knife and a straight metal whistle to put on their keychain. Part prep and part homemade gift.
    I bought another 3 pak of hunting tips for arrows. It wasn’t too long ago I bought 2 used fiberglass long bows. One needs restrung. Now a few at a time I’m buying arrows and tips. Having fun relearning an old skill.

    1. Sorry to hear your stepson did that to you. Hope he has since gotten some help.
      When I was young, my grandfather and uncles would butcher a hog. I recall (as you mentioned) they didn’t waste anything. Everything possible was used. I didn’t eat everything they processed. Guess I have never been that hungry.
      You impressed me at saying you bought arrow tips for a couple of bows purchased. Good for you. I purchased a bow some time back and practiced with it some. I think it would be a good skill to know. I took archery in college eons ago.
      Have a good week.

    2. My dad competed in archery tournaments and was quite good before alcoholism took over. I would like to learn to shoot a bow… and I have always wanted to learn to play the guitar. Dreams.

    3. Clergylady,

      Here native folks roast the skinned head and eat everything but the bones. Intestines are washed and deep fried.

      Growing up the head, generally of a pig was roasted and then boiled to get everything off of it and became head cheese, often in a natural gelatin base. Pickled for a different flavor was called souse.

      Organ meats are eaten fresh cooked.

      I don’t much care for kidney; but, tongues, heart, and liver are good.

      Jerkey is tasty but has no seasoning on it. I like seasoned jerky better but to add to soups or stews unseasoned dried meats work best.

      I also prefer seasoned jerky; but, generally add unseasoned raw meats without the extra work of the drying step.

      A lot of guys don’t think a scarf can be Manley but wear one to help cover your face when its bitter cold outside and you won’t care.

      I have several scarves, and for someone follically challenged, they can help cover more than just the face.

      a straight metal whistle to put on their keychain. Part prep and part homemade gift.

      We don’t do metal whistles except in our classes as what not to do. Put a metal whistle in your mouth on a really cold day and there’s a possibility it could stick to your moist lips. A brightly colored plastic whistle works well for this, won’t stick to your lips, is easy to find if dropped, and virtually indestructible.

    4. Clergylady,

      In winter I almost always wore a scarf, even when on-duty as a cop. Spending hours directing traffic at a major intersection after some clown ran the traffic signal poles over in January or February was no joke in Michigan.

      I was gifted a Canadian Army scarf by a Canuck friend. Best scarf I ever owned. Long and wide, you could do a lot of stuff with that thing. To heck with “manly,” I want to be WARM.

      I gave that scarf to #1 daughter to use when she went to Afghanistan as it got pretty cold there too in winter. I still have a US military scarf that works well.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        In winter I almost always wore a scarf, even when on-duty as a cop. Spending hours directing traffic at a major intersection after some clown ran the traffic signal poles over in January or February was no joke in Michigan.

        It’s no joke here either. County EMA often goes out to a scene for traffic management, and warm by any means is the watchword.

        I was gifted a Canadian Army scarf by a Canuck friend. Best scarf I ever owned. Long and wide, you could do a lot of stuff with that thing. To heck with “manly,” I want to be WARM.

        First of all, who defines manly? Anyone who laughs at someone with a scarf out in the cold directing traffic can feel free to join and help without the requisite layers.
        One advantage I have over my DW and perhaps quite a few others is my love of wool. I can wear a wool sweater directly on bare skin with no issues and the DW thinks I’m crazy. The important point of fact is that I’m WARM.

    5. I wish we lived closer together, i would give you some of my jars. The ladies at the church collect them for me 😃 i actually, at the moment have more than i can use.

  10. Can I butcher an animal? Yes, I have helped clean a deer and several hogs. It would no be professional but it would be in pieces.

    Getting protein in a SHTF situation will be difficult so all sources must be explored. For those of us with liited abilities storing protien sources is the best bet.

    While my financial situation is better I am not much of a gift giver. My wife is going to load up the granddaughter though. Yesterday we went to Target, what a toy selection! We got her a bicycle (she is a powerful little girl, no trike for her) and a small Hot Wheels set.

    Made use of my brother’s tractor and got my garden disced and hilled. My dad came by and dropped off six collard transplants a farmer he had worked for brought him. Now I have to make sure the fence stay closed or I will end up with stalks. For some odd reason deer love collards but will not touch mustard greens.

    The wife decided time is getting short and started cleaning our house and extra rooms out. She cleaned out my son’s room and painted the walls yellow, now it is the granddaughters room. The extra room got organized and she is going to put all the clutter from her bedroom out there. The extra rooms are not cooled so no food or sensitive items can be put there. Her bedroom will become our prep larder.

    Every week I say what I want to do when I feel good and the weather cools off. OK, this week will be that week, I will say what I did after I actually do something.

  11. This Week’s Questions:

    1. Do you know how to butcher your own meat and have the space and tools to do it during a SHTF situation? Not at this house. One city lot does not leave you a lot of room.
    2. If not, how do you plan to supply protein during a long-term disaster that could last for years? We have agood supply of storage; it’s after that where I have concerns.
    3. It is Christmas shopping time; are you giving preparedness themed gift to your loved ones this year? Please share you gift giving plans. Yep, I’d tell but she reads this too.
    4. What did you do to prep this week? Well….

    Food storage: Put up more buckets of bulk food this week.

    Got the van back from the shop on Wednesday. The bill came in $150 less than planned! Including studded snow tires and rims!

    Paid out the property tax on 2 properties. It took a chunk out of the savings, but it was there to do it!

    I picked up some MRE entrees and heaters to put in the van for the winter.

    Supply Run: Bucket lids; rice; beans; pearl barley; pasta; ammo

  12. Questions:
    1.yes, table, knives,saws,blades, pans, 4 types of grinders, freezer wrap, canning jars, jerky seasoning, etc. Knowledge and material to set up a smoke house, with stainless racks and hooks. Plenty of salt, like 5 gallon buckets of salt and syringes and needles to inject saline solution to the bone.
    2.protein: canned meat, frozen meat, dried meat, cases of peanut butter, rice and many forms of beans preserved in various ways, plus eggs, on the hoof critters both wild and domesticated.
    3. Giving canning jars, seeds, multi tools.
    This week I put away more clothes: jeans, sweatshirts, socks, coats etc. Canned chicken and broth. Rehung 12′ gate that the bull took down. Added more herbs to storage, once they were dry enough. Since iceage farmer said potatoes shortages and seed potatoes lost from weather conditions; I added 4 types of potatoes to the stash, some for eating and some for seed potatoes and some for raising slips for 2020 garden. Ordered more grain.
    Ask God for wisdom.

    1. Hello Sage,
      Have you put away the clothes because you’ve lost weight, or are they a prepping item? I ask because Ihave been purging clutter, and have given lots of clothes (never worn) to go.

  13. WOW, the last 3 days have been “hair on fire” days.

    Yesterday, nice and sunny, but a bit cold in the morning, when the propane people showed up, as planned, in 2 HUGE Ford trucks. I did a second take, and one of them had my tank in the back… I was able to get a 500 gallon one at the last minute. The other truck had the ditch witch in tow, 3 guys came to do the work. The main thing they needed to know was where to put the tank, and were there any underground lines. I didn’t want to see the tank while looking out the back windows that are in the kitchen, and had decided to place it a little to the left, but still behind the house. When I quizzed them where to put it, they said they could put it 100 feet away if I wanted. Just would cost more line… Then they mentioned they could put it behind the shed…. Bingo….. and perpendicular to the road, even better. I asked them if I could paint it. He said he’s not saying I can and not saying I can’t. So, ask forgiveness later right? So, I found another 30,000 BTU blue flame heater Thurs nite, and picked it up. Brand new, on FB MP. The one I thought was blue flame that I had bought a couple of years ago, was actually radiant heat. Still 30,000 BTU’s, but puts out heat differently. I wanted blue flame, so now I have one to sell. Also, I had bought a 20,000 BTU to put in the bedroom, and they wouldn’t do it. Said codes wouldn’t allow it. I’d have to have a 10,000 BTU unit for that. Soooo, long story short, I am trading my 20,000 BTU for a 10,000 BTU that has a thermostat. They didn’t have any in stock, so they will come out when they do, and install, and take mine back to sell. And they aren’t going to charge me another service call. Now that is service… They went ahead and plumbed for the one in the bedroom, so they just have to mount and hook it up. And they installed a 4-way so I can easily add a gas stove later. Southern States company, top notch folks for sure. This was very exciting…

    Next, yesterday a couple of friends came up, husband and wife. Wife is going to help me with organizing. Husband, who’s an engineer, is going to work on leveling my house back up. He did all kinds of measurements, we plotted and planned, wrote up a supply list, ate a good meal, and worked out the cost. We are bartering, so it won’t be much out of pocket for me, but fair for both of us. They are coming back tomorrow and Monday. Hoping it’s all done by Monday. So excited to have level floors again. It’s been since July 2015 when all that water damage messed up the floor.

    Went to Aldi’s and bought a few things. They have the non-GMO sugar, bought 30 lbs. Powdered sugar, Organic diced tomatoes, corned beef hash, corned beef. Kroger – had a sale on non-gmo green beans, buy 10, cost is only 49 cents each. Also bought some canned white shoepeg non-gmo corn. Didn’t think I would find any non-gmo corn since Monsanto owns all the corn seed… need to get some more. Publix – 5 pkgs of Golden onion soup mix. I can’t find it at Kroger or WM. This is THE best stuff to put in a roast.

    Thrift store – Infrared electric heater, 100% wool bed pad, solar big-numbered calculator, strainer spoon.

    Tara’s Questions:

    Do you know how to butcher your own meat and have the space and tools to do it during a SHTF situation? No.
    If not, how do you plan to supply protein during a long-term disaster that could last for years? Barter for meat.
    It is Christmas shopping time; are you giving preparedness themed gift to your loved ones this year? Please share you gift giving plans. No. Only 1 person to buy for, and she’s not a prepper.

    Prayers for the pack, for unspoken needs, for The President, his family, and for America.

    Have a great week everyone.

    1. Almost There,

      The main thing they needed to know was where to put the tank, and were there any underground lines. I didn’t want to see the tank while looking out the back windows that are in the kitchen, and had decided to place it a little to the left, but still behind the house. When I quizzed them where to put it, they said they could put it 100 feet away if I wanted. Just would cost more line… Then they mentioned they could put it behind the shed…. Bingo….. and perpendicular to the road, even better.

      My tank farm is more than 100 feet to the southwest and now sit’s behind the new building, so a 100 foot service line is not a big deal nor out of the ordinary.
      Keep in mind however, that you’ll have to access the tank on occasion to check the fuel level, so don’t allow it to get too buried or covered with weeds and bushes.

      I asked them if I could paint it. He said he’s not saying I can and not saying I can’t. So, ask forgiveness later right?

      I don’t know why they would say such a thing; unless you’re planning on painting it some wild color. We own our tanks and have a bit more responsibility; but, we do at least an annual inspection, and will often find peeled or blistered paint and small rust spots. We wire brush the spot and hit them with a shot of white Rustoleum spray paint. Our oldest tank is right @ 20 years old and still in good shape with just this simple maintenance.

      So, I found another 30,000 BTU blue flame heater Thurs nite, and picked it up. Brand new, on FB MP. The one I thought was blue flame that I had bought a couple of years ago, was actually radiant heat. Still 30,000 BTU’s, but puts out heat differently.

      Puts out heat differently? I don’t know where you’re finding this; but, I’ve been heating with these things for more than 20 years, and there’s no real difference, except the blue flame without the ceramic plaques are significantly less efficient.

      I had bought a 20,000 BTU to put in the bedroom, and they wouldn’t do it. Said codes wouldn’t allow it. I’d have to have a 10,000 BTU unit for that.

      That makes sense since the 20K BTU unit in a smaller tighter space might use too much oxygen and even with a low O2 sensor could be a CO2) not CO) hazard. I’m assuming you have at least one operational CO sensor.

      They didn’t have any in stock, so they will come out when they do, and install, and take mine back to sell. And they aren’t going to charge me another service call. Now that is service

      That is indeed good service.

      They went ahead and plumbed for the one in the bedroom, so they just have to mount and hook it up. And they installed a 4-way so I can easily add a gas stove later. . . . . This was very exciting

      I’m excited for you, since we’ve been discussing this for a year or more and because of you I purchased that same 30K BTU heater we use in our back room. BTW, the DW was just thanking me again for that heater, since it’s really handy to come in when doing chores to warm up. I reminded her that it was your idea, so yet another idea from this forum helps out. This crew rocks.

  14. Butchering? I could figure it out. My oldest boy wants to learn it as a trade. We’re looking into places to learn it. I’ll let him process our meat after that. The Portuguese family next door keeps chickens so he’s going over there next time one is ready for the fryer. I can clean fish with no problem. God knows I’ve caught some good ones over the years.

    We didn’t do any prepping this week. New work software has kept me a prisoner of the desktop. On top of that, I’ve learned that my dog has contracted leptospirosis. He’s in a veterinary hospital for a few days. Ridiculous money but we love him. The vet thinks he may have gotten it from drinking out of a puddle. He is eight years old and it’s not in my nature to give up. We’re going to circle back on Monday with the vet and see if there’s any improvement. His name is Ivan and he could really use a prayer. Thank you.

    1. OW,

      Saying prayers for Ivan. Pets are family… I don’t know what I would do without my kitty Todo… Well, I would go on, but it’s not the same when pets are around. Being single, I do talk to him a lot and he answers.. Lol…

      Do you have a date on TN visit? If so, please send in e-mail. 🙂 December will be here soon.

      1. Thank you. We ended up having to put him down after all. The poor boys kidneys stopped. I’m just back. My family is devastated.

        Tennessee visit should be the second week of December. Can’t wait.

        1. WOW. Do you think someone poisoned him with something. That is so sad. Prayers for your and tour family.

          Please send us what dates you will be in town. It will be a good time for sure.

  15. I didn’t do much of any shopping during the as we were paid on Friday, I usually don’t shop at Target, at all but since I was at the mall with my daughter, I found a few thing’s that will tide us over. Tho on Wednesday, we decided to stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday, since the last two year’s we we’re in California, dealing with hubby’s mom. We went to Winco, and bought the Turkey, cranberries, creamer, I have the rest of my dinner, in the pantry. Picked up the cat some food yesterday morning, and made monster cookies last night the only thing I didn’t have was the M&M’s, I have forgotten how simple these cookies are to put together tho next time I’m going to cut at least a half of cup of sugar, they are to sweet for me but they make a hefty breakfast cookie with 9 cups of oatmeal. We got one of our first storm’s in last night I can’t sleep, well when the wind is whipping so hard it reminds me of my childhood and after each storm we had the clean up the yard and some of those widow makers, were huge. Dad, had a crew come and take 7 trees down that we’re on their way out anyway but as a 10 year old those tree’s were monster’s ready to drop on the house..

    Questions 1 I watched the butcher’s, but never really helped hubby, has cleaned a fresh salmon, tho he almost tossed his cookies the first time he’s a city boy…

    Question 2 I will keep stocking up on Tuna, Spam, and Chicken, in the can if a long grid down eat grass lol…

    Question 3 I’ve made homemade gifts in the pass but this year Christmas, will be small our trip to California, this past summer was Christmas tossed in.

    Have a nice rest of the day:)

    1. mom of three,
      Back in April’s WIDTPTW: Week 38: Apr 7th – Apr 13th 2019 column, you stated in part:

      I ordered from Amazon, a water filter for the Hideout Camper, and electric lighter, it charges with a USB cable and it’s supposed to get 1000 light in between each charge, I’ll let everyone know next week how we like it and if it was worth the money I spent.

      I have four different versions of these ”Plasma” lighters and really like them; but, don’t recall you reporting on the one you purchased.
      Just wondering how it worked out for you?

      I carry one in my EDC all of the time.
      These plasma lighters produce a small arc at 1100 °C or 2012°F and will light almost anything

  16. HI ALL ,,,,,,on butchering, in Alaska I used a chain saw to cut into manageable sizes , moose and buffalo ,in the Bush working alone ,yes hide and hair was a problem , but being alone working on a kill had risk of bear attack,i have lost half a buffalo to bear ,,, hide and hair can taint the meat a bit ,and jam the saw chain at the drive sprocket ,all that saw was used for was meat ,used corn oil for bar oil ,use care opening the belly so to not cut deep ,could cut and load and be gone in ten minutes

  17. Jean,,,,
    In answer to your question, to me being prepared is physical: good health, physical active and on no meds. Prepared means ample food and water and other necessities, including clothing. We do not have to be wealthy to pick up nice looking clothing to put back for days when the abundances we have always known could become scarce. I check Goodwill as one source or Salvation Army. Then I make up buckets (5 gallon ones) with Jean’s, sweatshirts, 10 pairs of new work socks, underwear, etc. Or a nice coat usually under $5 with a scarf, gloves or maybe a hooded sweat shirt if the coat is large enough to fit. My clothing buckets are filled and under $20. In buckets, no mice or moths can harm them and they stack to the ceiling. Just one bucket per month puts you ahead of the curve. Gives you peace of mind for living thru really hard times.
    Tara mentioned multiple male breeders for livestock
    I agree, here there 3 roosters, multiple Tom turkeys, 3 goat bucks, 4 buck rabbits to give multiple possibilities of breeding lines, but only one male horse and bull, to keep down the fighting.
    Preparation is also spiritual, allow God to lead you, He will thru His Word.

    1. Almost There,

      Bubonic plague

      There seems to be certain words and phrases that scare people because they are misunderstood. Among them are Radiation, EMP, and Plague.
      In the case of Plague, the bacterial culprit, Yersinia pestis has been around forever and can still be found widely across the planet.

      It is a Gram-negative bacterium that can cause the disease plague, which takes three main forms: pneumonic, septicemic, and bubonic. The Bubonic plague infects the lymphatic system, causing inflammation in the lymph nodes. The Pneumonic version starts with an infection of the lungs causing pneumonia, and the worst one, Septicemic is an infection of the blood system, that can spread to the organs of the body.
      While the plague devastated medieval Europe, its consequences are not as dire now, since we have effective antibiotics they did not have, like Streptomycin, Tetracycline, and Chloramphenicol.

      From the story, this hunter in a remote area was not unique and even large cities can have outbreaks:

      The case comes after the Chinese government announced on November 12 that two people were being treated for the pneumonic plague in the capital of Beijing

      Cities might actually be a bad place to be with an epidemic, overcrowding, and close living.

      Also from the article:

      Although plague is inextricably linked to the Black Death pandemic of the 14th century that killed around 50 million people in Europe, it remains a relatively common disease. .

      Even the modern US is not immune:

      An average of seven Americans get the plague every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, two people in Colorado died from the plague, and the year before there were eight reported cases in the state.

      Arizona and the desert southwest also host potentially bad pathogens. Things like Valley Fever (a fungal infection) contracted by a friend who lives there, and Hantavirus (Orthohantavirus) so there are still many disease creating bacteria and viruses in our modern world and we should neither fear nor dismiss them.

  18. Tara’s questions

    1. i am ok at it, mostly my experience is with chickens or wild game, my tools are fairly simple, just a relly good knife and i usualy grab any pine board scrap as a cutting board.

    2 i hunt and trap, i been through hard times before and am comfortable with less than desirable foods

    3 fortunatly for my shopping i have no loved ones, i also don’t celebrate christmas

    not much at all, did spend a day sawing white pine that came down in a storm, but other than that my accomplisments have been negligable, been around 0 or ice storm or heavy snow, so mostly stuck indoors. i was booted from my usual wifi hotspot, the weather sucked as i mentioned so i was walking in mornings to the general store ariving as they opened (or waited an hour at the door when the staff ran an hour later from snowy weather), sat using wifi for 2 or 3 hours a day, nobody else comming into the store again due to crap weather, and when i would leave i bought a 50lb sack of feed that i would carry 6 miles home (6 mile walk wit 20 lbs then 6 mile return trips with 70+ lbs on my back, putting feed sacks on shoulders). on the 4th day i got dropped off by my neighbor and bought $140 worth of stuff (several 50lb bags of feed, and a lot of ohter stuff that was marked down), woman that worked there then complained that i was there too long and told me to leave, that day there was only 3 other customers at all and they were just picking up coffee. i was very offended but left, wasn’t a freeloader i was a paying customer. anyway i will not be going back to that place again, unfortunatly its the only wifi hotspot left in the area oter than walkign 15 miles of a friends place or another friends 15 miles the other direction, my neighbor ran to town earlier today so i got a crappy prepaid phone again to teather for internet access, it sucks but its about the only way to go online now. so thats why i was late to the party again this week but probably won’t be next time

    also i mentioned doing my own fillings, the method i was looking at used high viscosity petrolum jelly and glass ionomer to make perminant fillings (intermediate compared to drilled type, but for $20 i can do all of them several times over even if some do fall out nd the material releases floride into the decay to stop it after the filling is put in).

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