Hello Pack. Hope you are prepping well for both a long-term disaster and Christmas. We finished up some pantry and closet storage projects you may recall me mentioning before.
They drug on for far too long because of both weather and other tasks bumping them on our “to do” chapter book. But they are all finally done, used 99% scrap materials, vastly enhanced our stockpile storage options – and look beautiful.
We even replaced some doors that were unattractive that came with the house and / or created new doors to fence in new storage areas from materials sourced form our survival homestead:
I did some decorating in our new spaces and on our storage areas. I love hiding our preps in plain sight so they are handy and show off their attractiveness.
In addition to antique metal and glass lanterns and hurricane lamps that now adorn the tops of cabinets and storage areas, I hung up my great grandmother’s washboard and two cast iron irons on a shelf in the laundry room.
The irons work great when placed on our wood stove to heat up and yes, unwrinkled clothes will not be a priority when the SHTF, but cauterizing a wound will be.
If you glance back up at the other two photos you will see some of my cast iron and copper cookware adorning a wall and the side of one pantry – ready to be used and showing off their rustic beauty all at the same time.
In just a few days, Christmas will be here – and then gone. Each year I look at the holiday season as not just a chance to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to spend time with family and friends, but also as a vehicle to infuse more self-reliance into the lives of folks I care about.
I like to give both homemade gifts and gifts with a purpose to our relatives and dear friends who are not necessarily preppers. I have found that putting some exciting new survival gift or homemade goodie into the hands of a loved one does more to instill in them an interest in prepping than any pearls of wisdom that I utter throughout the year.
Here are some of the items we purchased or made this year as gifts to our prepping and not necessarily prepping loved ones:
- Cool large pink pocket knives for the teen girls and ladies
- A set of two-way radios – that are compatible with the ones we use along with a channel and code guide that we developed to ensure OPSEC
- Solar cell phone charges
- Ammo reloading basic start up supplies
- Sling shots
- Wood bow and arrow sets for little ones
- Animal call loudspeaker type toy for little ones
- Snow shoes
- DIY gun and bow range targets
- Dehydrated medicinal herbs and plants with a recipe and a user’s guide
- Basket of home canned goodies
Most of our other survival homestead activities this week involved winter road and barn work. We are once again getting pounded with rain that is supposed to turn to snow.
Living literally in the middle of the woods a half a mile from our mailbox is unbelievably awesome – but having such a secluded prepper retreat also means there is a lot of work you must do to keep is accessible when bad weather is coming.
Bobby spend many hours on his beloved old Massey Ferguson tractor moving around dirt and scraping mud. A tribe member used his skid steer to do some manure moving in and around the barn.
Another tribe member hopped on our aging but working backhoe, and did some digging to enlarge our pond, and make a wider backstop on the gun range to expand the area to make room for a dedicated archery range and hatchet throwing area.
If anyone would have told me eight years ago that I would be so incredibly excited about heavy equipment and manure-rich matter being dumped into my compost mound I would have laughed right in their face.
So, what did you do to prep this week?