What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 74: December 8th 2019 – December 14th 2019

rustic DIY pantry

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:

new rustic replaced door

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.

cookware on rustic shelf

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?

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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118 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 74: December 8th 2019 – December 14th 2019

    1. Puppy has been going crazy lately with the full moon. Last night he ran out in the pouring rain and wanted to play…LOL wet puppy

      Inside garden
      Lettuce is growing like crazy. Good with all the recalls on it.
      Dill,oregano, basil and parsley are doing great.
      Lemon tree has blooms all over it.

      Outside garden
      Carrots are doing great
      Chives are still growing

      Water
      2 cases

      Food
      Case of green beans
      Case of corn
      10 lbs sugar
      20 lbs rice
      4 QTS of honey

      Security
      100 rnds of .223 45gr frangible police ammo.
      Shot and cleaned the AA AR15
      Bought new ear protection muffs for the range X2

      Communications
      Charged all hand held 2 way radios
      Hooked up new smart TV system

      Interesting videos

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=peRHu6eFL4o

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo3_ie_Cr94

      Thor’s questions:

      1. Is the govenor of Virginia abusing his power and slapping the face of the NRA?
      2. Is he violating the 2A?
      3. Is he inciting riots and violence for political purposes of disarming Americans?
      4. Or knowing patriotic conservatives are gun owners, trying to thin the herd?
      5. Have yu heard Networks national guard has said they will help confiscate firearms in Virginia?
      6. Have you heard the governor said he would cut power and communications in Virginia and it will happen on 02/20/2020..???

        1. Thor1,

          Who said the NY Guard will help VA confiscate weapons? If it was the governor of NY, he is overstepping his authority over the NY Guard. If it was the Adjutant General of the NY Guard, then he/she is setting themselves up to be thrown under the bus. The AG has even less authority to send the NY Guard to VA on his/her own say so than the NY Governor.

      1. Thor’s questions:

        1. Is the governor of Virginia abusing his power and slapping the face of the NRA?

        Not just the governor, but the liberals in the legislature as well, are abusing their power. Of course they are slapping the face of the NRA and American Citizens as well.

        2. Is he violating the 2A?

        If the law, as proposed, goes into effect, yes.

        3. Is he inciting riots and violence for political purposes of disarming Americans?

        I don’t know that he is inciting riots. I think he believes most people are just going to roll over and acquiesce, and the stubborn ones will submit to the National Guard. Of course, he is assuming that members of the Guard will go along with his program.

        4. Or knowing patriotic conservatives are gun owners, trying to thin the herd?

        I think he will run slap bang into a wall called Donald Trump. The president can pull the VA National Guard (Air and Army) out from under the governor by nationalizing the Guard. Then Trump is their commander-in-chief, not the governor.

        5. Have yu heard Networks national guard has said they will help confiscate firearms in Virginia?

        What is a Networks national guard? I seriously doubt the whole VA National Guard will cooperate nor will Trump allow them to. Remember that the federal government pays most of the money to support the National Guard and provides almost all of the equipment, weapons, and aircraft.

        6. Have you heard the governor said he would cut power and communications in Virginia and it will happen on 02/20/2020..???

        No, I haven’t heard that. Why would he do such a thing in the middle of winter other than trying to incite riots that will probably take place in the Capital Building, his office, and his home.

        1. Z36,

          6. That is when the new guñ laws will be signed and the confiscation is supposed to start.

          I bet the governor will go on vacation right after signing to Hawaii or New York……

          1. Thor1,

            I thought the law wasn’t taking effect until July 1st? Assuming some court doesn’t issue a restraining order first. In any event, the law has not been passed yet. They are making some of their famous “common sense” changes to it.

            The Gov might have some problems cutting communications. The FCC controls that stuff, not state governors. He might have a visit from the FCC and US Marshals over that if he tries.

        2. Z36, how would you like to have the job of the state police giving him security after this?

          They probably still have the 2 King Air 350’s…….

      2. thors questions

        1 no idea, i haven’t heard anything new, i saw your questions last week andlooked up whats going onand it looks like they are still not as bad as new yorkistan where i am stuck

        2 yes but thats a fight nobody will take on, from what i heard anyway last week

        3 no idea

        4 no idea

        5 nope but i doubt it would fly

        6 i doubt that will happen

          1. too large and sparsly populated outside the city, the sheer manpower required would be larger than the entire us armed forces and even then it would not be very sucessful, i have not seen anything about door to door confiscations in the news but will look it up again. ny could try but it would never work, if anything it would spark an armed revolution, probably the same would happen if they tried it in VA

          2. nemoseto,

            I agree with your analysis. However, I don’t think the powers-that-be only have conservative gun-owners to be concerned about. There are also the criminal gangs (i.e. MS-13, Bloods, Crips, and the like), plus run-of-the mill armed criminals who will not be happy either with such governmental intrusion. In fact, they may be more dangerous as violence is a way of life for them.

          3. still found nothing about door to door confiscations, that may just be talking points in the news to exagerate what they are doing. from the look of it they will be copying the ny safe act which banned a lot of guns, everyone had a short time limit to turn the guns over to the police, sell them to a dealer (who can resell them outside the state) or otherwise remove them from the state. anyone who owned a banned gun had to voluntarily submit to the ban, i know many who did not (in fact i don’t know anyone who did) if the cops arrest them on unrelated charges and find their pre safe act guns they can be charged with possession but the state isn’t activly trying to find them, they just banned any new ones from being sold legally, will take ddecades or cenuries for the guns now illegal to be removd from the population, not counting guns made illegally or brought in from outside the state or just plain stolen from police. yes uner the safe act a lot of guns are now illegal, but nobody is dumb enough to try door to door confiscation, even if they did they would have to have warrants and have proof the person still has the gun, anyone can hide one and say they gave it to their cousin out in texas or somewhere the gun is still legal, searching the house for it would never fly as that would spark an immediate armed rebellion, they will however search when they arrest someone for unrelated stuff and tack the weapons charge on, i see it in the paper alot, someone gets busted for dealing drugs, having a few lbs of coke and 20lbs of weed in their appartment and a couple illegal guns, cops didn’t go after them for the guns, they went after them for dealing drugs, then taked the weapon charge on. anyway from what i see nobody legitimatly is pushing for door to door confiscation, the liberals aren’t even stupid enough to pull that kind of thing. but it does look like va is just copying the bs us in new yorkistan have been living under for years.

          4. Nemoseto,

            from the look of it they will be copying the ny safe act which banned a lot of guns, everyone had a short time limit to turn the guns over to the police, sell them to a dealer (who can resell them outside the state) or otherwise remove them from the state. anyone who owned a banned gun had to voluntarily submit to the ban, i know many who did not (in fact i don’t know anyone who did)

            For those who can, the “otherwise remove them from the state” option sounds good to me, removing yourself along with them.
            It would be good to see some other related sales figures to see if the Australia Affect is happening. That was where for a short time there was a real shortage of schedule 40 PVC pipe & end caps. Enquiring minds want to know. LOL

          5. top, ny has seen a mass exodus in recent years, excessive taxation, liberal bs policies, no jobs, high poverty, etc, a lot of people have left ny, 2 of my formerly best firewood customers left and moved to tennesse and florida. i myself was looking into maine, taxes are considered ecessive but they are far lower than ny, and i could go into any gun store buy a handgun and wear it on my belt when i walk out (some cities have restrictions but statewise its open carry), though riding mybike around coul get me attacked by a moose (hence why everyone can carry protection). aristook and penobscot (the remote northern counties) are sparsly populated and the farm industry has mostly collapsed and the sawmills are gone so lumber inustry is dead too, last year i saw tracts of around 40 acres going for under $15k. but those areas look as impovershed as where i am now with no work to be found, but firewood is worth almost 3 times as much as it is here (and winters are worse). would be about the same for me, just making a new homestead there, only difference would be comparable lower taxes, less liberal bs and excessive wanna be police state stuff, but i would have to build a new network of friends and associates.

            chairman cum-o insists everything is fine in ny, that the economy is great (the only places in the state with ok economic situations are in albany, nyc, syracuse, buffalo, and a couple other smaller cities, the rest of the state is an overtaxed, impovereshed mess that gets ignored) and when asked about why people are leaving the state in such large numbers he claimed that it was “because of the weather”

            state now dealing with a huge budget deficit and cum-o ordering police to issue more tickets so they been cracking down on anything even more than usual, and policies to squeeze money like manating everyone buy new lisence plates, its only going to get worse since the budget shortage is mostly due to hand outs, the week long voting period the state made just cost the biggest town in thsi county around $10k to do it (population around 5k, that expense was a huge hit to meet the new mandated week long voting period)

            ny sucks

      3. Thor1 ,
        Two thoughts on your videos and Virginia in general
        1. It’s good to see people pushing back, including law enforcement.
        2. I am really glad I don’t live in Virginia or anywhere near the DC swamp

        Your questions:
        1. Is the govenor of Virginia abusing his power and slapping the face of the NRA?
        Yes; but, beyond that since NRA HQ is located in Fairfax VA, it hopefully will be moving to a better place and stripping VA of another business and jobs. The problem is that they need to be located close enough to DC to keep in touch with the congresscritters.
        2. Is he violating the 2A?
        Probably; but, the courts will no doubt have to decide again, since until they get their hands slapped, the anti 2A politicians don’t care squat about the constitution.
        3. Is he inciting riots and violence for political purposes of disarming Americans?
        I don’t think that’s the intent; but, could well be the outcome.
        4. Or knowing patriotic conservatives are gun owners, trying to thin the herd?
        Nope, since in the end it’s a losing battle for both sides and the country.
        5. Have yu heard Networks national guard has said they will help confiscate firearms in Virginia?
        No; but, that could end up being big and bloody news if they try.
        6. Have you heard the governor said he would cut power and communications in Virginia and it will happen on 02/20/2020..???
        No; but, I really don’t pay much attention to the antics of other states unless I think they will affect me.

        1. Top, they (the democrat) are declaring war on the American patriots

          “Right now in California, Oregon, Washington, Ohio, Nevada — there are ballot initiatives to remove gun rights,” he continued. “I watched it happen in Washington state.” (Initiative 1639, which contained sweeping gun control laws, including “enhanced” background checks and banning domestic abusers from obtaining firearms, passed with 59.35% in 2018.)

          https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/idaho-redoubt-gun-control-rights-second-amendment

          1. Thor1,

            I have a Marine friend who lives near Bonners Ferry, ID. He has never thought well of Sandpoint as it is way too liberal for his taste. He is medically retired from the Corps due to Vietnam injuries. A Navy Cross and two Purple Hearts. He is a gunsmith by trade. He used to do some great rifle stock stippling, checkering, and carving, but old age has caught up and his hands aren’t as steady anymore. He still does some repairs and part replacement, mostly for friends and neighbors. Needless to say, he carries whenever he leaves the house and also used to have a carry permit from Washington State as he goes to the VA Hospital in Spokane. I don’t know if he still does.

          2. Thor1,

            Top, they (the democrat) are declaring war on the American patriots

            Are declaring? More like have always declared, since a self reliant person cannot be counted on for a reliable vote from being beholding to them and their handouts.

            “Right now in California, Oregon, Washington, Ohio, Nevada — there are ballot initiatives to remove gun rights,” he continued. “I watched it happen in Washington state.” (Initiative 1639, which contained sweeping gun control laws, including “enhanced” background checks and banning domestic abusers from obtaining firearms, passed with 59.35% in 2018.)

            He continued? What?

            There are currently 102 initiative petitions in Ohio and the few on firearms do not worry me. There are a few on background check for private sales, which I have no problem with if it does not require involving an FFL to intervene.
            The last few firearms I sold were either to known persons or I asked for ID really preferring their CHL, mostly as protection for me.
            Some of these are being perennially pushed by the lame group: “Ohioans for Gun Safety” who don’t stand a chance up against the organization of NRA, Buckeye Firearms Association, and Ohioans for Concealed Carry.
            As for banning domestic abusers from obtaining firearms, that is currently the law here and is a good one, once a domestic abuser has been lawfully adjudicated as such.

            We also have several from the potheads wanting more legal access to cannabis beyond that for medicinal purposes and some for ”fair wages”

            The most troubling to me are the 2 trying to circumvent the Electoral College.
            Presidential Election Popular Vote Amendment #1
            and
            Presidential Election Popular Vote Amendment #2
            Both sound much more dangerous and ignorant than the firearms laws.

          1. Thor1,
            Bloomberg pulls this crap, claiming to have beaten the gun lobby (NRA?); but, I think he’s still toast in his presidential bid, since we are not the stupid sheep he seems to think we are.
            It’s also nice to see Sanders and Warren attacking him, one of the few things they do I agree with.

      4. Thor’s questions:

        1. Is the govenor of Virginia abusing his power and slapping the face of the NRA? He is trying to cater to those that put him in power (IMO).

        2. Is he violating the 2A? Yes.

        3. Is he inciting riots and violence for political purposes of disarming Americans? Not yet, he’s just ramping up the rancor.

        4. Or knowing patriotic conservatives are gun owners, trying to thin the herd? Who really knows what he’s thinking. A rational person would not do this. He does not appear to care. He also appears to overestimate his support in the LEO and NG.

        5. Have you heard Networks national guard has said they will help confiscate firearms in Virginia? No, but I did read the letter from the Commander of the Virginia NG. Quite the politically correct nothing burger.

        6. Have you heard the governor said he would cut power and communications in Virginia and it will happen on 02/20/2020..??? Nope. Sounds like something that would come from Hal Turner (which is why I don’t listen to him).

          1. Anonamo Also,

            Freedom stick another way to say weapon… is not picked up on media sensor methods.

            Although I’d never heard fire sticks called this, I guess that makes sense; but, my first thought was a stick (e.g. flag pole) displaying the US flag, that seems to be controversial some places. Even more controversial would be displaying the Gladstone Flag that seems to irritate the opposition even more than just the normal Stars & Stripes.

      5. Thor1
        1) Abuse of power for the office the govenor holds- a resounding YES. Let us not leave it there, it started with legislative branch, shows the depravity that this country has fallen upon.

        2) NRA, sorry but it seems that there interest lye in collecting money for their paper pushers than doing the job they once did for the American citizen.

        3) Inciting riots–only if the foolish fall for that trap. Yes, it is a trap so that the gov & legislators can state to the citizenry of VA…”See I told you they were depraved!!” “We are right in taking their guns for their own good!”

        4)Thinning the herd because they believe those who own guns are patriots? Honestly, with the people that were elected, who really knows. It seems the socialist are using the play book from Nazi Germany’s era, Stalin, and “Rules for Radicals”.

        5) Confiscation by Newarks NG..NO but one has to remember you have to search all over the net for actual news with merit.

        6) Shutting off the power came from Dem O scat by the name of Donald McEachin. He is also the one pushing the gov to call in the NG where by they are to remove the legally owned firearms of Virginians.

        Although I would NEVER EVER suggest that some one do this to that poor man misguided man(McEachin), but doesn’t VA have left over rails from the UN civil war era, left over chicken feathers and a little tarrie like substance to attach said items. What can I say my ancestry hails from that state..enough said!

        1. Antique Collector,

          2) NRA, sorry but it seems that there interest lye in collecting money for their paper pushers than doing the job they once did for the American citizen.

          I have to disagree. I’ve been a member for more than 40 years and a life member for almost 25. They give a heads up to all of us about upcoming legislation before it becomes a bill and we provide training to millions of people including law enforcement each year.
          They have a network of more than 125,000 instructors, 8,000 coaches and 2,200 training counselors.
          I have been an instructor since 1991 and a training counselor since 1995.
          As an instructor I train regular people in the safe use of a variety of firearms and as a training counselor I train new instructors.
          NRA is still the one active organization that stands as a bulwark between the 2nd amendment and anti-gunners like Schumer & Bloomberg.
          It does take money, especially when Bloomberg alone pours millions of his own money into the fight against us.

          1. Thor1 & OP
            I understand your are life members, so is dh.

            On this matter I understand your reasoning but I am the one who handles the mail, and boy howdy they inidate us with send us your money all the time. That is what causes me to be a gritch on them.

            Not trying to start a fight as I was the one who recommend he become the life member and paid for that membership.
            Since money is tight for many Americans they should have a finanical statement showing where they are spending said funds they receive. As in the case of OP who trains up and coming firearms instructors.

            It is only my 2cents worth on what I see. Still appreciate your point(s) of view and your knowledge of what you both receive from this organization.

          2. Antique Collector,

            I understand your are life members, so is dh.

            I am actually a recent Endowment Life Member. I got a nice new jacket as a spif and I;m seeing quite a few people around here sporting that same jacket, so there is a lot of support.

            On this matter I understand your reasoning but I am the one who handles the mail, and boy howdy they inidate us with send us your money all the time. That is what causes me to be a gritch on them.

            I get those same piles of mail and a similar number of emails; but, I’ll often just set them aside. If they get only a small percentage of returns they end up making money to support the cause.

            Since money is tight for many Americans they should have a finanical statement showing where they are spending said funds they receive. As in the case of OP who trains up and coming firearms instructors.

            Actually they do; but, you have to realize that they have a distributed organization with silos to do different jobs.
            • NRA Training handles training of citizens, police, and new instructors.
            • ILA (Institute for legislative action) is the registered lobbying arm and one reason they are located in Fairfax, VA, near to the capital.
            • PVF (Political Victory Fund) raises moneys to contribute to our political friends.
            • NRA Foundation raises moneys, often through fund raisers like the “Friends of the NRA” banquets and funds camps, classes, range development, and other educational activities.
            Monies raised by the foundation, a 501(c) organization, may not be used by ILA or PVF by federal tax law.
            Each of these divisions are required to have financial statements that are available.

          3. Yes, we, too, joined, and boy howdy, was that a mistake!! I get TONS of mail asking for my money to help them with this or that. It seemed my money is the most important thing to them. We live on social security and I just can’t afford to give them a single dime!! They should save their money by NOT mailing me appeals for money every other day!!!

        2. AC, I disagree with your NRA statement as well. I am a 30+ year member and what I was pointing out was this…..

          Bloomberg put money into the elections in Virginia to try to start a civil war in the NRA’s backyard AKA their headquarters. He didn’t want to start it in NY …. So much for anti gun violence that he spews….

          1. Thor1,
            Your analysis of Bloomberg’s money in the VA election is mostly true; but, he’s spreading it everywhere. I often see commercials here also; but, so far, they are not doing much good here.
            His presidential campaign commercials are good in that local stations get some income, even if we are all onto his BS & lies.
            Most know that he wants to ban your guns and your ”Big Gulp” since he knows better than we little people,

        3. AC, Agreed all points. The threat was to cut off all communications to any house that had freedom sticks..and all entry and exit from the property.. Many people would fold in a week or two without power, sewage,electrcity and fresh food coming in… I took this they would control all of the property they could access including yards- outbuildings….by sheer numbers… so YES a direct threat. States do not have right to make laws contrary to federal ..already on books, but that does not seem to stop them from opening their moth and stirring trouble.

          1. Anonamo Also,

            The threat was to cut off all communications to any house that had freedom sticks..and all entry and exit from the property..

            Once again I’m out of touch, since I have no idea what a freedom stick is, other than the wireless LED electronic display gadget.
            Also cutting off communications for a large area is virtually impossible except as an idle threat.

            Many people would fold in a week or two without power, sewage,electrcity and fresh food coming in

            I think a week or two is a generous estimate, especially if there were hot or cold weather extremes.

            I took this they would control all of the property they could access including yards- outbuildings….by sheer numbers… so YES a direct threat.

            I assume we’re still talking about urban areas, since overwhelming a rural area would be hard or require sheer numbers beyond belief.

            States do not have right to make laws contrary to federal ..already on books, but that does not seem to stop them from opening their moth and stirring trouble.

            They can and do also ignore immigration and marijuana laws, so ot’s hard to know where it will end up,

          2. TOP and AA,

            It would be tough for any state to just cut power to purported firearms owners. First, the power companies (unless state owned) may not cooperate. Second, people would be in court so fast for restraining orders it would make the Gov’s head spin. Few courts would likely allow such behavior, especially in winter or summer. Not to mention the possibility of cutting the power to people who have medical devices they depend upon.

            Whoever dreamed that plan up is smoking something illegal (like meth).

          3. All, what is the first thing that happens when a SWAT team is called into a standoff situational? Cut power so they can’t use it as a weapon. Second, cut communications so they can’t call friends to help. They do make jammers for cellphones.

          4. Thor1,

            Having been a SWAT team commander, the reason we cut power to a building is not to prevent it being used as a weapon by the bad guy(s), but to use it as a weapon for us (the good guys). Shutting off the power means no HVAC, no lights, no TV/Internet (to watch the inevitable news coverage and potential intel of police deployment). Cutting commo is mostly to prevent them from talking to the media and secondarily to friends and family for imbecilic moral support.

            If the police need to talk to the bad guy, the phone companies can prevent the landlines or even cell phones from accepting calls except from the police. Or, we could bust a window and drop what is essentially a field telephone into the building. These drop phones are more than just phones too. They are listening devices and often have mini-cameras in them (now, but not in my day).

            However, SWAT teams do not have unlimited amounts of equipment and personnel. Most teams can only handle one incident at a time and if the incident goes long, they will need help from other cities teams, who may have their own problems in progress. So, what are they going to do if dozens, or hundreds, or thousands, of gun owners tell the state to shove it? What if the President pulls the National Guard rug out from under the governor and refuses to authorize deployment of active duty troops under the Insurrection Act exemption to the Posse Comitatus Act? Don’t forget that police departments have their other duties to attend, regular serious crime, major traffic crashes, etc. Sure they can temporarily gaff off the minor stuff, but eventually people want those insurance reports and their burglaries investigated.

            Whoever is coming up with this “We’ll just call out the National Guard” plan is an idiot unless he knows for 100% that the President will go along, and so will the Guard troops. Sadly for him, he doesn’t have that assurance.

          5. Zulu 3-6,

            It would be tough for any state to just cut power to purported firearms owners.

            I agree for all of your reasons, plus the technical ones.
            While I live rural, most urban people have the same or similar situation.
            There is a 16,000 volt line running down my road, with a transformer on the pole that provides power to my house. The only way to turn off my house is to physically come out here and pull the pigtail fuse on the transformer primary with a hot stick and that cannot be done remotely.
            Remotely they can shut off entire sections of the grid; but, that would be me and 50 or 100 of my neighbors.
            In an urban environment, larger transformers are often used to provide power to groups of homes or an apartment complex. The only way to power down a single home or apartment would be to send a person to physically pull your meter from the meter base, and that can be easily if carefully bypassed.

            Whoever dreamed that plan up is smoking something illegal (like meth).

            Or maybe inhaling too much swamp gas, at least until the swamp drainage project has been completed.

            I’ve been involved in the self reliance / homesteading / survivalist / prepper community for most of my life, and the one thread that never seems to change are the big government overlord bogy men.
            From confiscation of food, or guns, cash, or PM’s, to forced relocation to the ”FEMA Camps” there always seems to be a need for some to have a reason for that new gun, food, or gadget.
            I wish that everyone had a chance to work with or within our public service agencies like you and I, since they would hopefully get a new perspective on how all of this works.
            When we explain the PODS (medical point of distribution) system people at first wonder why we get medications to the police and fire agencies first; but, generally understand when we explain.
            I can give a box of Ciprofloxacin to a cop, deputy, or firefighter liaison, and they can distribute it to other members of their agency including families. In a real SHTF situation, law enforcement and fire fighters / EMS personnel cannot be expected to abandon their families, so we take care of them first, since most of these people are just like us, only better trained and willing to step into the mess.

            This is often lost on civilians, especially in the prepper community looking for another reason.

          6. Zulu 3-6,
            I was thinking what you said; but, was hoping that someone with direct experience would chime in.
            Even should the NG be activated, enough scofflaws would be a real problem, assuming you could even identify and locate them all.
            In my case, 75% of my collection have no paper (4473), and the paper on all but 3 of the others is decades old and in some cases from FFL’s who are no longer around.

          7. TOP,

            Well, I did spend 14-years in the Michigan Air National Guard in Security Police. We were trained in our duties should we be activated for state service in a riot or some such situation. However, we knew the Guard preferred to activate Army Guard military police and infantry units for riot control. Air Guard SP units were preferred for site security, either our air base or state facilities.

            However, in the event of a large scale riot or similar mass disturbance, many Guard units would be short-handed as many of their members are also civilian police officers and that would have priority over a Guard activation for state purposes. In that case, they would activate non-cops from other units and combine them into joint units.

            My Air Guard unit had a very high percentage of civilian police officers in the unit, including at least half of the senior NCOs (me included). Since I worked for a department literally across the street from the worst police precinct in Detroit, if there was big trouble in Detroit, there is no doubt my agency would contest my state activation, especially when I was a supervisor.

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

    Not a big prepping week as far as gear is concerned. Mostly concentrated on food and reading prepping articles. Ordered my monthly supply of freeze-dried food pouches. Should be delivered today (Sat).

    Noted a few price changes at the Publix store I usually shop at. They were selling store brand canned veggies for five cans for $4.00 (80-cents per can) for a long time. Now they’re at 89-cents each. Meat prices have gone up a little too. No shortages that I have seen. Gasoline prices have been fairly steady this week, but still higher than they were a few weeks ago.

    Weather has been mostly sunny and temps in the 70s. The last few days we had some light rain, but not enough to really water the grass in my opinion. However, last night (Fri night), we had some decent t-storms. The thunder woke me up and I peeked outside and it was raining to beat hell. The grass definitely got watered.

    Granddaughter ran me ragged this week. I wish I could bottle her energy; I’d be a millionaire. She is well behaved, but active! She’s also been a bit klutzy too. Just Thursday alone she tripped over her feet four times while running (luckily on the carpet and not the tile). No injuries. She still required some cuddling though.

    All of my Christmas gifts are purchased and await wrapping. That is next week’s project. Everything for the adults has some prepping use. The gifts for granddaughter are educational and, hopefully, fun.
    Army-Navy game is on TV Saturday. Go Navy! Beat Army!

    Funny thing. The Army-Navy game day is the only day Marines will admit to being part of the Navy. 😊

      1. Thor1,

        Well, I’m sure you already know that Navy beat Army!

        Now the Navy goes back to being the Uber for the Marine Corps. 🙂

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          Well, I’m sure you already know that Navy beat Army!

          I have a good friend who is a retired navy commander / aviator and another who is a former Marine enlisted who are always poking fun at each other; but, I was informed that with this win, it’s the one time Marines will admit to being Navy. LOL

          Now the Navy goes back to being the Uber for the Marine Corps. 🙂

          I’ve heard that one more than a few times also.

          1. TOP,

            When I was in the Corps, one of our main jokes was, “Once we learn how to walk on water, we won’t need the Navy anymore.”

            I also learned not to call sailors “squids.” They always came back with “The dictionary defines squids as a higher form of marine life.” I just stuck to swabbie. They had no adequate comeback for that.

          2. Zulu 3-6,
            I’ve heard that “walk on water” remark between these two also, with a response of something like how far can you walk, and BTW we’ll be flying.
            I was also told that the rivalry between the two also dissolves during bar fights.

          3. TOP,

            Well, it depends on who is fighting who. If the Army or Air Force is involved, yeah the Marines and Navy team up.

  2. My flu symptoms are mostly gone, just a cough and feeling weak. My wife got sick last night but there is no one to take her patent so she had to drag herself to work. She is resting now at 2:25 PM and wants me to get her up at 6:00 to get ready for another night. Her agency is paying a 50% salary bonus to anyone who will help on her case but none stay more than a few days. The patient isn’t had to care for, it is just the distance and dirt road that bothers them. It is actually the closest patient my has had and with a Jeep at her disposal the road is no problem.

    I did do a little gardening, I transplanted some spenich and mustard greens from my seed starter containers. My granddaughter wnted to help but what she really wanted to do was dig up dirt and bury my transplants, that or dig up my transplants. The child is hyper active and not well behaved unless constantly attended to. She did finally decide to start using the toilet instead of wearing diapers. Her skills with electronics amaze me. We never let her touch the DVD player before but she wanted to play her movie so she turned it on, opened the tray, put the disc in, closed it and was able to watch her show. How can you get mad when she will stop playing, run and climb into my lap and say, “I love you Papa”.

    With no medical emergencies or unexpected expenses the bank account is pretty healthy. Now I have to prioritize our needs. My wife thinks getting shelters for our the vehicles is next. Keeping the sun and leaves off of them will make them last longer. I’m thinking a concrete pad and metal carport for her car and the Jeep with a side walk to the house to keep her out of the mud when it rains. A cheaper portable cover farther out for my truck because I seldom leave the house.

    I did make one purchase, an expensive (for me) pair of Red Wing work boots.

    1. Daddio7,

      My 3-year old granddaughter can do the same thing with a DVD. She is also very good about putting used disks back into their case without being told. My 21-year old son still doesn’t do that. 🙂

      She is learning electronics pretty fast. She can play video games with her dad and use some iPhone apps. Using a computer mouse is a piece of cake for her too.

      She’s a pro at using the potty for #1, but absolutely refuses to use it for #2. She will ask for a diaper if she has to #2. We’re working on it with her.

    2. Daddio7,

      A cheaper portable cover farther out for my truck because I seldom leave the house.

      Harbor Freight has some of those canopies for $99.00 with a coupon. I sibscribe to their email and get printable coupons via email all of the time.

      10 ft. x 20 ft. Portable Car Canopy

      https://www.harborfreight.com/10-ft-x-20-ft-Portable-Car-Canopy-62858.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiMTQ2NTU5MDAiLCJza3UiOiI2Mjg1OCIsImlzIjoiOTkuOTkiLCJwcm9kdWN0X2lkIjoiMTE3MjQifQ%3D%3D&utm_source=1021&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5019B_Friends_Family&cid=mEmail_s1021_5019B_Friends_Family&lid=65,442,185&uid=ee8aaeee28a55782895fcbafca05c2b469db38231031030b63284cb623088bca
      I haven’t usee this item; but, their greenhouse and workbench are excellent.

      1. I have one of those canopies. Make sure you have help setting it up, I will usually take 3 people, the taller the better (SIL & 2 boys are all 6’+, I’m not).

        Find a way to anchor it into the ground too. I used dog leash augers and ratchet straps.

  3. Added wheels to my potted Lime and Tangerine trees, so we can put them in the garage when we have frost. . Cut more broccoli and a head of cauliflower from the garden. Beets and yellow onions doing very well. Added more leaves and garden waste to the compost pile.

    Got an early Christmas gift from the DW, a DVD of a movie called ” The Reliant”. Very pro-gun, very prepper, very Christian. Takes place after an economic collapse and deals with what life might be life then.

    Worked at the ” Farm Share” at church. We fed around 100 families with donated and USDA surplus food items.

  4. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    Running a bit late to the party since I participated in our counties ”Shop with a Cop”</strong) event this morning.
    As an EMA member we handled traffic management for the parking, with our local police, sheriff, fire, and EMS lining up their vehicles, ranging from squad cars and ambulances to small fire engines at the main county building. Parents drop off preselected children who are paired with officers and first responders. They leave the building in a convoy with lights and sirens running and head to local stores like Wal-Mart and Meijer’s who provide funds to do the shopping for the kids.
    It’s a very nice example of a private public partnership with the only public money spent, being that for gas for the public vehicles. Socialists need not apply.

    When you state:

    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

    That puts you well ahead of us, since we have not yet come up with a way to finish a chapter without adding at least one more to the book and are unlikely to ever be quite finished.

    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.

    That will have to be a big wound, so I hope your FAK wound care kit has some smaller ”Irons” for versatility.

    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

    I hate to break this to you; but, if they are the common radios I think they are, they have no real OPSEC since with at least the proper knowledge and other inexpensive radios, all of your channels may be heard by anyone, including anyone with an inexpensive scanner. What the manufacturers of those radios often call ”Privacy Codes” only keep the radio from hearing other radios on that channel using what is called “Tone Squelch”. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception since the term Privacy Code is really misleading and misunderstood, so never assume others cannot hear your transmissions.

    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.

    We finished our road / driveway & building work by summer’s end; but, will be getting that same freezing rain topped by snow in the next few days. I guess weather has finally caught up with the calendar.

    A tribe member used his skid steer to do some manure moving in and around the barn.

    A MAG member keeps dairy feeders in a building adjacent to our property for which we provide power & water. He is here often with his skid loader moving manure to the fields and other things like dirt and gravel around for us.
    When we hit that big lottery, a skid loader is on the wish list. LOL
    Tara’s Questions
    Only one question this week?
    We run radio networks every Thursday evening and while my turn as NCS (Net Control Station) only comes around every few months, coming up with a discussion topic is the most difficult thing about the job, so I do understand.

    TOP’s question
    1. Does anyone remember James Underwood Crockett or Crockett’s Victory Garden and if so, were you a fan?
    2. At midnight on June 30/July 1, 1997, the crown colony of Hong Kong officially reverted to Chinese sovereignty, ending 156 years of British rule. After a formal handover ceremony on July 1, the colony became the Hong Kong special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China all in return for terms guaranteeing a 50-year extension of its capitalist system (until 2047). Based on the current treatment of Hong Kong by China, do you think China can be trusted for ongoing trade agreements or to respect HK autonomy?
    3. Tourists on New Zealand’s White island were killed and trapped by a volcano. Have you ever visited an active volcano?

    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. TSC:
    • 50 lb bag of scratch for the chickens
    • 2 bales of wood shavings for horse bedding
    2. Rural King:
    Glock 17 Gen 4 with 3 magazines, hard case, magazine feeder (AKA thumb buster) & cable lock. I have a pile of cable locks. They also had the Gen 5; but, I couldn’t justify an extra $45.00 for the slight difference.
    • 50 round box of 9 mm Blazer brass on sale
    • 2 Folgers Classic Medium Roast Coffee 30.5 oz for the DW
    3. Received a Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repellent from woot.com. A fellow hunter uses a personal version of these in the field and recommended them as working well, so getting ready for next spring & summer if they are as wet as the last few.
    4. Ordered 360 Qunol COQ-10, a year’s supply for only $0.20 each
    5. Received 2: 25 Foot OxGord Heavy Duty (4 Gauge) Jumper Cables from woot.com. Good price a now a new one for each vehicle
    6. Received a Nano VNA antenna analyzer for the test bench
    7. Worked with our local radio club team to get our relocated repeater back on the air. While we still have some field testing yet to do, it appears that the new location & tower will give us the performance boost we were expecting and hoping for. Once complete we are hoping to have county wide and multicounty coverage using only HT’s (Handy Talkies / Walkie Talkies) and preliminary testing indicates this could be the case.

    1. TOP,

      TOP’s question

      1. Does anyone remember James Underwood Crockett or Crockett’s Victory Garden and if so, were you a fan?

      No. Never heard of it.

      2. At midnight on June 30/July 1, 1997, the crown colony of Hong Kong officially reverted to Chinese sovereignty, ending 156 years of British rule. After a formal handover ceremony on July 1, the colony became the Hong Kong special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China all in return for terms guaranteeing a 50-year extension of its capitalist system (until 2047). Based on the current treatment of Hong Kong by China, do you think China can be trusted for ongoing trade agreements or to respect HK autonomy?

      I do not trust the Chinese Communist Party, period. Trump is working them over economically, but good. He should keep it up and bankrupt the CCP. The CCP is scared to death of Trump.

      3. Tourists on New Zealand’s White island were killed and trapped by a volcano. Have you ever visited an active volcano?

      Nope, never an active one.

      1. Zulu 3-6 & all,
        James Underwood Crockett died in 1979 @ age 64 and was replaced by Bob Thompson; but, his Victory Garden shows were a big hit for the homesteading crowd back in the 1970’s
        Here are some example shows with the later host.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBXs9MRi1No

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKOGz3hNNnA&list=PLOj8txIbnv0Ht-5jGBUyeSx1daFNbIJEK

        As for active volcanoes, We visited Kilauea on the big island back in 2008 when it was quite active, and while they made everyone keep their distance, is was still an awesome sight.
        We also got to clime around on old lava flows that covered roads and buildings.
        Glad I don’t live there either (for many reasons). LOL

        As for China, I wholeheartedly agree.

    2. tops questions

      1 nope, never heard of him, i have heard of victory gardens from ww2 however and its a good idea too bad that kinda thing would never fly today, all the bums would rather wait for handouts than plant a garden

      2 china is untrustworthy in general

      3 nope, never been near one and have no interest in it

      1. Nemosoto:
        A few years back under the previous administration the county social services applied and received a grant to create a community garden. Raised beds were built, irrigation system put in and water bill paid. Less than 2 dozen plots in all. Goal was to teach families to grow food. The lottery system set up was not needed since fewer families than plots were interested. A real shame.

      1. JP,

        IMO the new barrel is worth the $45.

        Now you tell me. LOL
        This makes handgun #10 not counting the Contender, so there is always room for another later.
        This was my 1st Glock so there will be room for others.

    3. Don’t want to stomp on anybody’s toes here but PLEASE forget the Hot Cauterizing of wounds friends.

      Hollywood Cowboy “Medicine” and or Medieval “Medicine at it’s worst.

      As a retired medical soldier and actively working inside Operating Room PLEASE drop the hot cauterizing idea. Worse than a Bad Idea.

      FIRST the Disclaimer this is information you need to research for yourself. Your making decisions in a hurry that will affect the lives of many for years to come. IF you have ANY 911, Ambulance, ER and other superior resources available CALL THEM NOW. Any good out in the field mountain medicine book would have better information than I can comment here.

      Here is why:

      First off the worst case arterial bleeding, Bright Spurting Blood requires immediate attention! You will bleed out pretty fast. No time for cowboy hot irons here. Non-Arterial bleeding is easier to deal with.

      Direct pressure followed up by a pressure bandage DONOT peek to “See” if it stopped. If quick clot or powdered cayenne pepper is available I’d use it as any complications afterwards means they are STILL Alive to complain. Check distal pulses to see if blood flow to the farthest from the heart is still there. If so you have a fighting chance to save that limb.

      1st Direct Pressure for 2 minutes PLEASE Don’t Peek that Re-Starts the 2 minute clock STOPS over 90% of NON-Arterial bleeding.

      2nd If you use a hot cautery your chance to actually burn into a blood stopping char is nearly nil AND you have even more trouble trying Direct Pressure to help the body develop a clotting effect. Also there is now the PERFECT dead tissue for bacteria to breed and kill you with infection.

      3rd and to me the MOST Important issue id the Human Bodies remarkable ability to self repair. Arteries are important BUT secondary veins also carry blood around. If they survive the initial injury and are kept from shock and infection the body CAN restore the artery by reforming a secondary vein into a “new” artery.

      Burning up the area with Cowboy “Medicine” will prevent that from every happening.

      1. Michael,

        As a former paramedic and wilderness medicine instructor, I concur with your post regarding using cauterization to stop bleeding. In addition to everything mentioned, cauterization also causes additional injuries: burns. Frequently, more than just the bleeding vessel is affected by the hot cautery iron. As you stated, the burns will provide necrotic tissue, perfect breeding ground for infection.

        I suppose in austere times with no chance of professional medical treatment, as a last resort with a major bleed, cauterization may be used. But expect serious side-effects that may well kill the patient, just slower and more painfully than the bleed itself.

      2. Michael,
        My response to Tara on the hot cauterizing of wounds using an old flat iron was rhetorical, since those things are heavy and huge so they would not seem to be useful for cauterizing all but huge wounds.
        Our FAK contains Quikclot gauze, Bleedstop powder, WoundSeal powder, NasalCease (Calcium Alginate) that may be used on other cuts and single use Cyanoacrylate (super) glue.

    4. Top’s questions:

      1. No

      2. I don’t trust China. I’m still waiting for the inevitable invasion of Taiwan.

      3. No, I’m smart enough to realize the dangers. Pompeii rings a bell.

    5. TOP, #1 NO, #2 No,
      number 3- NO… and not only did these people “Visit” an ACTIVE volcano, they paid 500$ per person to get themselves in serious danger on a Private property…An isolated and hard to access.place.Just can’t FIX stupid.

  5. Finished up one of my 4 cord sheds of firewood…..that will burn the winter of 2022-23.

    Been helping my neighbor connect up his mini-split heat pump today, got the nitrogen on it to pressure test, leaving it overnight to leak check. Tomorrow, assuming it holds pressure OK, I go over with vacuum pump and evac the system, turn the gas loose, and fire it up. First 3 head system (3 indoor heads, one outdoor compressor unit) I’ve run across, so it’s been a learning experience.

    Next week if the weather will give me a break, I’ve got 16 310w solar panels and a 5kw inverter to add to my existing solar setup.

    Other than that, we’re pretty well setup, not a lot to do in the winter except curl up by the wood stove with the latest Grisham novel.

    1. I want to install a solar system about that size this year, would you mind sharing some details of your installation? Things like mounting system, inverter type and cost and places purchased from.

      1. I bought Mission Solar brand panels and a 5kw Sunny Boy grid tie inverter from ThePowerStore(dot)com in Texas. Panels ran $2976. inverter $1108 (antennae extension kit so it can talk to my rounter another 50 bucks) and shipping to local trucking terminal $381…..around $4500 total, plus the cost of new racking/pipe (see next)….about $1000, and some wiring/conduit yet to go….say $300…..so around $6k total.

        I already have a ground mounted 11kw system in place using 1.5″ pipe set in sonotubes of concrete with 3/16″ galvanized angle welded horizontally to the pipe for panel mounting. It’s all titled 45 degrees to the South, and up on a cleared hill above my house. This 5kw is an add-on to the existing array.

        The existing 11kw system is a combination of 2 systems…..a 5kw that is grid tie only, using 20 – 250w panels and individual Enphase micro inverters plus 6kw of grid tie/battery backup panels run thru Outback charge controllers ( 2 60amp and 1 80amp), a pair of 2500w inverters that normally grid tie, but will allow us to use the power if the grid is down, and a 1200amp/hr 24v AGM battery bank. I wired in a 100amp subpanel off our 200amp main panel , with a 100amp manual transfer switch. Flipping it allows us to use the 6kw Outback system off grid if needed.

        1. Thank you, that is exactly what I wanted to know. I plan on setting it up as off grid to use like a generator. I do not think my 40 years of casual wiring would pass any inspections.

  6. had a lot of workable weather thsi week so i been out from sun up to sun down running the chainsaw, piling branches, buiding firewood racks and filling them. hardly talked to anyone or left the farm all week. helps that i am essentially flat broke. i loaned my neigbor money to bail him out of a tight spot but i am not going to get repaid till his settlement from workmans comp comes in (he owes me about $4000). he put me in a tight spot when he begged for my help with that loan, it put me in a bad spot to do it but had i refused i would have been a dick and he has helped me a lot with mechanical issues. i am now greatly regretting loaning him the money.

    at the moment i technically have $1100, but that has to cover property taxes next month then $200 a month allotted out through april and i hope to get that loan repaid by then since that was most of the money i had for the year. anyway i burned through 5 gallons of bar oil this month, only have 1 and a half left, one of my saws needs repairs (oiler needs to be replaced, not lubricating the bar, its worn out), and so i am relying on just 1 saw. had 30 gallons of gas at the start of the month but burned through most in the tractor and then 10 gallons through the chainsaw, have about 2 left for chainsaw and 4 for the tractor and 1 for the generator. at the rate i am going i will be out of gas and oil in a week.

    weather been very cooperative as the snow has been light and then melts the next day so i been able to finish off some overdue areas in the sugarbus and orchard, then i been getting to the former scott pine stand i had logged off 3 years ago logger did it with a feller buncher, also my 8 acre sprce stand, both are covered in stumps, but the scott pine has a lof of ash saplings and poles, punji sticks from ash cut when pine were, about 12 inch high tire killers, and then lots of standing dead elm, i asked them to leave the hardwoods, took this long to finally get to that area. in snow i can’t find the punji sticks and in summer they are hidden by leaves and such, late fall and early spring are the best times to get that area done since i can see everything and can cut them down flat to the ground or close to it. lots of sawing and piling but very little firewood generated. done a little over a half acre this week, and have 1 and a half to go. if i can get it all done before grass comes in i can use the brus og to maintain it and it buts up against my 4 acre hay field, was a hay field 40 years ago before the pine were planted and i can convert it back.

    anyway my big concern over the gas and oil is that i just done have the funds to go buy more, or pay for saw repairs if i need any, unless i sacrafice money out of my budget. to get gas and oil to keep going will cost almost a months allotment in my budget. unfortunaty i can’t sell the little firewood i been cutting as its all wet, don’t forsee any more money coming in till april, was not expecting to have so many good working weather days. good chance i will sacrafice my phone for the next 4 months (and internet access through it) to cover the working expenses.

    thats what i did this week anyway, just work all day every day. was disapointed today since they called for rain but it stopped at first light and didn’t start again till it got dark again, so i had to work all day again and didn’t have a rain excuse to sit inside. being self employed sucks, my boss is a ruthless asshole who doesn’t beleive in breaks

  7. Tara, I like the look of the kitchen/pantry!

    DW put up her Christmas decorations outside. I still have to put some of my stuff away so we can put up our small holiday stuff inside.

    DW has been making Christmas fudge (my personal intake is severely limited now). She came up with something new this year, salted caramel fudge. This stuff is killer!

    DW needed gloves that she could work her cell phone while wearing gloves. Up comes Mag-Pul’s Technical gloves, so I ordered 2 pair. I wear mediums (the smallest they come in) but these have a problem. My hand is short and a little fat, so the opening has to be stretch or Velcro. These are neither, they are fixed. So, DW got 2 pair that are a little big for her but will work. I found Spider brand knit ones at Costco, so I’m trying those.

    Reworked the food inventory spread sheet. Included calories and moved some things around so it would make more sense.

    Up here sugar is on sale in 4# bags for $.99. Pasta for $.49/lb. Stock up time! Put sugar up in 2.0-gal buckets (16# each).

    DID YOU SEE THE NEWS! Glock has come out with the G44! A G19 sized 22 LR! There goes the budget! Will probably give up the Ruger SR22’s for one G44. Bud’s Gun Shop is taking pre-orders!

    Supply Run: sugar; canned chicken; peppercorns; Duracell flashlights; Spider technical knit gloves; CoffeeMate; creamy wheat cereal, elbow pasta;

  8. Week of rain and more rain. Mud everywhere. Woodburner arrived. Took 4 people to unload it and wrestle it into the house. While that was going on, Lilly, a cow, calved. So I was torn between the house and barn. Cow knew what she was doing, not so much for the crew moving the woodburner into livingroom.. it came with 9 sections of 8″ stainless steel, insulated pipe. A footed shield 4′ wide behind it, a good brand name and the picture on Craig’s List showed the front of it, the depth of it was 3′, so it should burn longer wood than I am accustomed to burning and bank a fire at nite better. Plus new firebrick, new tempered glass doors and all new roping. $650, delivered. Need to find time to hook up stove pipe and try it out. The insulated pipe alone was more than worth the price. Came out of a prestigious home in the area. If there was anything weird about that day, the folks ask if they could come to my farm and spend the nite sometime. I wanted to ask, ” do I look like a bed and breakfast”, but I was nice. Also I think they were caught up in the farm experience. With calves being born, wanting to learn about bee keeping and of all things, they fell in love with the turkeys that were strutting around. City people are funny learning about a farm lifestyle. Maybe all preppers should consider giving farming courses as life looks shakier every week. Ran to the barn to stall Lilly and new calf and when I returned to the house, they were all in the kitchen, hand cranking the big 16″ wheel on grain grinder, loved pitcher pump hooked up at sink and had questions about big meat grinder ( Cabelas) which could be hand cranked or belt to motor. They said they thought they were in a museum. Folks are funny.
    You could tell they were not preppers.
    Long hard week. Bud the bull took an onrey streak, the horse reached over sparring and bit him on the horn, the bull tore the 12′ gate clear off, leaving the gate vertical, up against the barn. You know what my project was till dark.
    Life is good, God is great and people are unusual.

    1. Sage
      If you were a mind to, you could have classes teaching the ‘city folk’, about country living while charging a fee for their education. Here is the win-win you get paid and have extra hands for working on the place. Just a thought.

      Yes, you would have to limit the areas which they had access to but they would be paying a good price for your knowledge.

      1. Sage,
        I second this idea. Do consider it! There is a LOT to consider… It would depend on what they wanted to learn and you would need to have extra hands with.
        For doing apple butter plan they could be charged with a fee and bringing portion of sugar- you would need to specify…. required to make some of the apple butter/jelly products.
        …. could also teach how to begin apple cider vinegar… Pectin needs could also be addressed.
        I think, needs to be a 2 day event. and you would need someone experienced , familiar with your kitchen to help, if any way possible….. A Bed in a hay loft overnight?-would need to bring heavy quilt or sleeping bags w/ no smoking… They would also get cooking experiences like none had before.
        Wanda at Deep South Homestead teaches canning classes on line…and in person…is able to teach a in person and on line at same time…for max $$ benefit…

    2. Sage,

      Also I think they were caught up in the farm experience. With calves being born, wanting to learn about bee keeping and of all things, they fell in love with the turkeys that were strutting around. City people are funny learning about a farm lifestyle.

      I think many are fascinated with the rural lifestyle, and deep down realize that without rural people, city people would starve. They treat brown eggs like gold, not realizing that some breeds like our rocks produce only brown eggs and that luscious golden yellow yolk has to do with what they are fed and how they get to free range and eat insects, worms, and greens, along with their normal grains.
      Many could be preppers; but, see it as too out of the mainstream, too much work and too expensive, and when not live as a long term lifestyle, the latter two are true.

      Maybe all preppers should consider giving farming courses as life looks shakier every week.

      We have farms here that do just that, with an open house run at least one weekend per year, with demonstrations for a lot of on farm experiences.

      Ran to the barn to stall Lilly and new calf and when I returned to the house, they were all in the kitchen, hand cranking the big 16″ wheel on grain grinder, loved pitcher pump hooked up at sink and had questions about big meat grinder

      Too bad you didn’t know that was coming or you could have loaded up that grinder with wheat, getting them to “have fun” grinding your grain. Tom Sawyer would be proud. LOL

  9. Nemoseto,
    I’ve met people in the past who talked about starting their own businesses and being their own boss, not realizing that in general, your description is how self employment works, feast or famine, often scratching to make ends meet.

    being self employed sucks, my boss is a ruthless asshole who doesn’t beleive in breaks

    Over a 40+ year career in engineering I had a few years where I was totally self employed; but, often had side contracts to make extra money, and I’m pretty sure in those situations I had that same boss. LOL

    1. yeah, so many of my friends and aquantenses think its the easy life, but they wouldn’t last more than a few days since they tend to do as little as possible and hemorage money away. off grid i have almost no expenses, but i also have to do everything manually and it takes a lot of labor and planning to compensate for not having it outsouced, i budget my wattage not my ellectric bill, while i do tend to have more money kicking around than them i also have very little coming in while they have money come in regularly an spend it as fast as they get it.

      the top benefit is that i on’t have to put up with a lot of bs, though i did get the mindset that any time i can be working on something i must be working on it since i don’t have money coming in i have to save as much as i can and work when i can to generate more.

      all the firewood i cut now will set my budget for 2021, its green now, will be split and restacked at the driveway as i have time in the summer and it will sell in the fall, mid september through november, thats when i have to set aside money to cover the next year and have surplus i can put into luxuries and investments. really the work now won’t actually be aid for for almost a year.

      knowing that and how precarious market demand can be i am driven to produce as much as i can and a variety of products to increase the probability of selling something.

      i have a little time this morning since we ha rain last night and its lightly snowing now with slush everywhere and 23mph wind and heavy clouds, the weather starting to suck, but it just means i will start work a little later, yesterday all i did was cut small stuff and pile it, the handfull of trees taht will make for firewood were left up and i can cut them any time later and toss the branches on the piles. come spring those piles gonna be a pyromaniacs fancy. will probably be at it today from 930 till sundown again. most people i know would stay insie on a day like this, but for me the weather is tollerable.

      1. I do my best gardening on days likethat! Nobody bothers me, and its dry enough to dig without tearing up too much good stuff. Then i come inside and have a nice hot cup of Constant Comment tea!

      2. Nemoseto,

        i also have to do everything manually and it takes a lot of labor and planning to compensate for not having it outsouced,

        I had a few times when I was between jobs that I did contract work and had the same attitude. Make hay when the sun shines and you can sleep when you’re dead seems to be the maxims during those times.

        i budget my wattage not my ellectric bill

        We actually do the same thing, since the bill is paid on the KWH consumed, and things like UPS units (near constant load) and LED bulbs can easily pay for themselves.

        while they have money come in regularly an spend it as fast as they get it.

        That seems to be what too many people do; but, paycheck to paycheck is not nearly as bad as running credit card debt and making minimum payments.
        We always plan our CC expenditures and pay off the balance in full.
        For instance, when we purchased out wholes house generator and sine other things the balance was $7,774.88; but, the minimum payment was only $116.00 that even with interest would take 67 months or 5 ½ years.
        When we purchased our freeze dryer, whole house foam insulation, and 4 new windows, the balance was $9,903.02 with the minimum payment of $148.00 that again without interest would take that same 5 ½ years.
        When you add usurious interest rates, you can seemingly never pay the cards off.

        i did get the mindset that any time i can be working on something i must be working on it since i don’t have money coming in i have to save as much as i can and work when i can to generate more.

        That’s never a bad idea, and something I did most of my working career; however, monies accumulated are best socked away for future needs instead of being spent on the newest toy.

        all the firewood i cut now will set my budget for 2021, its green now, will be split and restacked at the driveway as i have time in the summer and it will sell in the fall, mid september through november, thats when i have to set aside money to cover the next year and have surplus i can put into luxuries and investments. really the work now won’t actually be aid for for almost a year.

        It’s good to see you are doing some investments, since the hard work you do @ 37 will only get harder as you get older. When I was 37 I could do anything; but, now just past 68, I can still do almost anything as long as it’s not too heavy and I can take my time doing it. LOL
        Someday you may want or need to retire.

        knowing that and how precarious market demand can be i am driven to produce as much as i can and a variety of products to increase the probability of selling something.

        It’s hard and seemingly never ending work; but, I think you’ll see it pay off in the long run. It did for us.

  10. Hi all ,,,,a busy week ,,#1 son and we were on the road in meetings and looking at used farm equipment and a pear orchard ,as I write this he’s picking up DW and kids and heading for Hawaii for a well needed rest ,back to ag news , first off potatos !!!! Do you know it takes 4years from start to finish to put potatos on your table ? Yes 4years ,we start with tissue culture starts in the lab to the greenhouse for the first year ,second year little tubers are field planted in a rested field to grow out to what you would expect to see ,third year are cut for seed potatoes like you would at home and planted in again a rested field ,forth year again cut for seed potatoes and planted in again a rested field and harvested for table potatoes ,,,note the number of rested fields ,all this to have disease free plants ,remember the lrish potatoe famine?bet you had no idea the work that went into the potatoes you eat,,
    As a side note ,work is being done to make direct seeding possible ,
    THE PEAR ORCHARD, sad thing to see ,40 ac of established trees a young man and family life long doing pears ,unable to make things pencil out ,the packers won’t pay enough to pay the water bill ,or taxes ,vertical ingration by the grower/packer with no option to sell elsewhere ,trees will die with no water ,the farm will die with no income
    But can’t make it on .15 lb ,,,packer pays itself .60 lb for canners ,1.50lb for fresh pack
    We had a driving rain this week ,give thanks ,,up to that point the rain we had had not soaked in , 4″ over night ,,snow in the mountain pass

    Saw over 100ac of apples not picked and dropping ,that’s bad !! apple maggots have a place to winter over ,

    Did you know two weeks ago 5.7 million head of pork went to freezer camp ,was told that’s at least 4 times normal.

    Do you also know that mother cow and helfer kill is at a all time high ,that’s brood stock folks ,,
    Do you know that a Brazil company bought another packing house ?

    We have decided to sell down the cows ,will keep a few of the old girls just to keep the grass down ,
    Place next door had 90 head got word that they have 10 left ,,,on my road 30 years ago there were hundreds. Now just the two of us ,and who knows for how long ,,
    Offers to give this ranch to one of the grandkids ,just take over ,no one wants it ,,just can I sell it? And for how much ,,my how times change ,too much work ?

    Set aside sugar folks ,i am ,and while your at it rice ,

    And now for the TEA and FRUITCAKE

    1. when i offer apples to people around here they all refuse telling me my apples have maggots in them, espite that they never tried them, they think that anyone who isn’t heavily spraying has bad apples, mine have almost no maggots in them, out of 2 bushels i had only 3 apples that had a single brown trail in them each the rest were clean. i keep mine clear because i had steers pasture in the orchard, sure they pick and low leaves and fruit and are pests when i go to pick apples, but they eat the drops as they hit the ground, and if they miss any then the deer and wild turkeys take them, and they all drop fertilizer down to make the orchard soil richer.

      1. nemoseto
        What one say they are spoiled from commerical fruit that is shipped to the stores. Friends gave us apple from their tree after canning all they wanted. I have three boxes of fruit that no one else wanted to be bothered with the apples. First crop off their tree and yes they are small, more work but they were a gift. I was raised to accept gifts in the spirit they were given. To our household these are a blessing which I shall be making applesause, canned apple pie filling and chopped apples for cookies.

      2. nemoseto
        What one say they are spoiled with the blemish free fruit that is shipped to the stores. Friends gave us apple from their tree after canning all they wanted. I have three boxes of fruit that no one else wanted to be bothered with. First crop off their tree and yes they are small, more work but they were a gift. I was raised to accept gifts in the spirit they were given. To our household these are a blessing which I shall be making applesause, canned apple pie filling and chopped apples for cookies.

      3. Nemoseto,
        We are sometimes gifted blemished fruits and vegetables, and don’t always have the time to use them, so, they are quickly cut up for the good parts and those parts piled in a bowl, then bagged an frozen.
        We often don’t even blanch, since that’s mostly for color of the end product.
        When we thaw and remove from the bags they may be a bit discolored,; but, still work for sauce or jelly, since they are still tasty and nutritious.
        This past summer a neighbor dropped off some rather stunted sweet corn. The ears and the kernels were a bit small; but, boiled and covered with butter and salt, they were as tasty as large ears and we made 3 meals from them with addition of some canned tomatoes.

      4. we don’t have fruit here. early frosts took all our fruit..borne on trees.. no peaches pears nor apples….. Deer got surviving blackberries.

  11. Hi gang,

    Another soggy day here too. And chilly. Monday, we are in for some rain and possible wind damage, slight tornado risk as well.

    Today, I went with a friend went to a couple of flea market/antique places. I found a Dietz lantern #8, square Wagner cast iron skillet, 3 glass mixing bowls, a rubber mallet, a hand sickle, boomer and a 6 ton jack.

    Ordered and received Bionic wrench, atomic type lantern’s and Kaito solar radio. The wrench has a lifetime warranty, made in USA and works with 5 SAE and 9 metric sizes.

    Still working on organizing.

    Went to the local ARRL Christmas dinner. Won a headlamp and multi meter and spoke with a HAM that lives close by. He said he would work with me after the first of the year… Everyone in the group is so nice and helpful.

    Been watching all the drama, and it is truly a sad day in America. I hope the Senate will take care of business.

    Prayers for unspoken requests, for The President and for America.

    Have a great week everyone.

    1. Almost There,

      Monday, we are in for some rain and possible wind damage, slight tornado risk as well.

      No tornados here; but, calling for up to 6” of snow.

      Ordered and received Bionic wrench, atomic type lantern’s and Kaito solar radio. The wrench has a lifetime warranty, made in USA and works with 5 SAE and 9 metric sizes.

      A Bionic wrench? Like I need another tool; but, that does look like a handy one to have on hand and has been added to the list.

      Still working on organizing.

      And hauling home more loot like lanterns and cast iron will help that a lot. LOL

      Went to the local ARRL Christmas dinner. Won a headlamp and multi meter and spoke with a HAM that lives close by. He said he would work with me after the first of the year… Everyone in the group is so nice and helpful.

      Good to hear that. All of the hams I know are willing to help others pursue the hobby and I’m glad you found some help.

      Been watching all the drama, and it is truly a sad day in America. I hope the Senate will take care of business.

      I know I shouldn’t think evil thoughts about people; but, watching those same hearing, I’m thinking thought I haven’t in a long time.
      I’m not a big fan of Mitch Mcconnell; but, think he’ll do the right thing on the trial in the senate. My real hope is that Dems in Red districts who voted for this sham impeachment, will be looking for new jobs by next Christmas.

  12. TOP,,,,
    There was corn in the big grinder, they did not know that there was no pan on the opposite side to catch fine ground corn for young chicks. It just went on counter. There other learning experience was at the island with kitchen sink. High rise ” goose neck” faucet is from well, lower faucet from gravity fed spring up hill from the house and pitcher pump hooked to 1,000 gallon concrete cistern for rainwater. It never occurred to them that there should be a backup plan, if well pump did not kick on from electricity. There other food for thought was seeing ion lithium generator ( solar) for washing machine, or other needs. So, they did learn a little about self sufficiency, while they were here. Think that is why they wanted to come back and learn more. If they were that anxious to come back, they obviously wanted to learn more.
    Antique collector,,,
    It would take extra hours, that I do not have, to set up for visitors to teach about ” old time ways” on a farm. But I will pray about that idea. When I was 20 and my people were all still living, we made a two day event out of making apple butter. All the women pared apples on day one and before daylite, the men kept the fire going and everyone took turns stirring the big copper kettle. The end of the day yield was 88 pints of apple butter divided among everyone that helped. I still have big copper kettle and 3 legged stand that held it over the fire. Maybe I could have “applebutter days ” at the farm. That was a job for many hands, but well worth the effort, and such fun we had. Orchard here provided the apples too.
    Old Homesteader,,,
    Info received, will keep adding sugar and white rice to stores and just a hand full of cows for beef, with the new little steers and milk, butter and cheese from mom cows.
    Not making money at this, but have good clean food and hard work never killed anybody, makes us all stronger as we age.

    1. Sage,

      There was corn in the big grinder, they did not know that there was no pan on the opposite side to catch fine ground corn for young chicks. It just went on counter.

      That’s kind of funny that they didn’t notice; but, you can sweep it up and still feed it.

      There other learning experience was at the island with kitchen sink. High rise ” goose neck” faucet is from well, lower faucet from gravity fed spring up hill from the house and pitcher pump hooked to 1,000 gallon concrete cistern for rainwater.

      Sounds like a great setup as long as you know that the rainwater is not potable without treatment.
      Our new EMA building uses cistern water the same way, mostly for flushing and other non potable water needs.

      It never occurred to them that there should be a backup plan, if well pump did not kick on from electricity.

      Most city folks seem to take technology and its complex infrastructure for granted. When they turn on the tap or flip on the light switch they should be gob smacked that it all just works; but, usually don’t give it a 2nd thought until it doesn’t.

      There other food for thought was seeing ion lithium generator (solar) for washing machine, or other needs. So, they did learn a little about self sufficiency, while they were here.

      What is an ion lithium generator? I can see using Lithium Ion batteries for storage; but, not for generation of power. Can you give some details?

      It would take extra hours, that I do not have, to set up for visitors to teach about ” old time ways” on a farm.

      There’s an elderly couple in my area of Ohio that sets up at the local farm market and with the help of family and friends hold a 2 day weekend open house one weekend in October that brings in a lot of people and I suspect makes them some good cash income. Just a thought.

  13. Everyone might want to listen to Iceage Farmer posted 12-13-19. Reason corn shortages, it’s impact on food chain. Big powers, world wide getting involved in adverse ways for control.

    1. Sage
      I received the posting via 0ldhomesteader, and took time today to listen to the report. As stated not good at all for the coming year(s), an I ordered corn for our place. Although we do not eat a lot of it, better to have it available than no have it at all. We love homemade corn bread and I use it for fried okra. Time to pick up some of the items we eat on a rare occasion-jic.

  14. Hello everyone- Late this week but we had traveled to the Front Range for the weekend. Called an audible an came home early in case they were a bit off in the forecast.

    Tara- Love the cabinets- great storage.

    Thor- Thank you for sharing East Coast news. With the exception of Central Florida, I don’t pay as much attention to what is happening there as I should.

    Sage- Thank you for the links. I find the grain reports interesting. We have so much feed in this part of the country that the silos are too full to hold it all. Very common to see large mounds of silage adjacent to the rail road tracks/state highways. Most are covered by large tarps. Varied crops- some corn, some milo, some just plain feed.

    The cattle prices are low. Hard for the feeders to make money. But I believe your comments about high grocery prices. Someone in the middle is making a profit.

    Best gift find of the season- knit caps with rechargeable and removable(for washing) led lights attached. They are everywhere around here with prices in the upper teens. All the family will receive one this Christmas.

  15. I’m at the hospital. My husband woke up Saturday morning with chest pains. So off to the emergency room we went. We walked in and was seen in less than five minutes. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a “slow” heart attack. (I always imagined heart attacks were sudden and fatal.) He had burning pain in both pectoral muscles that went down through his arms into his elbows. He said it was the worst pain he ever felt. His initial troponin level was 50. That’s the enzyme that is realizes when the heart is damaged. The higher the number, the more severe the damage. They put him on IV medications and retested an hour later. His level was 3,000. So they had the ambulance come and take him to the main hospital. His troponin level was then up to 22,000. (A normal male should be around 20.) His cousin’s husband is a cardiologist and has been practicing for 30 years. He said he had never seen such a high level. He described it as “spooky”. They rushed him to the cath lab. The doctors found and treated the blockage. He is resting at the moment. He should be able to come home tomorrow. (The doctors want him to urinate on his own before releasing him. If he isn’t able to urinate by 9 p.m. they have to cath him again.) This is probably way too much information. But I am decompressing.

    We have had a steady stream of visitors, family, friends and folks from church. A friend who works at the same hospital (and whose husband had the same procedure three years ago) stayed with him overnight so I could go home, let the dog out and feed him and the cats, and get some rest. I got only two hours of sleep in 36 hours. I was delirious. (They had free coffee and hot chocolate. They were out of sugar. So I put hot chocolate mix into my coffee. I had half a dozen diy moca-coffees. I imagine this is what it is like to smoke crack. LOL)

    In other news, I am getting interested in hydroponic gardening. I ordered a few things so I could start by grown herbs and salad greens in mason jars. Here’s one of the tutorials I am following.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ezeP1VAEoc

    I want to learn with salad greens and herbs over the winter, and then move onto tomatoes and cucumbers in 5 gallon buckets this spring.

    1. Bam Bam,

      I certainly hope your hubby pulls through OK. BTW, the info about urinating is not TMI for me as I am well aware of the importance of such things, both as an ex- paramedic and as an ex- surgery patient myself. It’s a major sign that the kidneys are working OK and blood flow is adequate through them.

      Good luck and keep us informed.

    2. Bam Bam:

      Your husband was luck. God is not done with him yet (IMO).

      Decompress all you want! That’s what family is truly all about. Most of us are too far away to do any physical good. So, if it helps to “rant” to us – rant away!

    3. Thanks, all. I found out a bit ago that dh has been afraid to drinrk because he can’t urinate. I had to explain that when you are dehydrated, your body wants to hang onto fluids. So in the past hour I have had him drink 6 boxes of cranberry juice, a Gatorade and a ginger ale. His nurse gave me permission to get him as many drinks as he “wants”. They think that if he drinks a lot of fluids in the next few hours, he might be able to urinate on his own. If he doesn’t pee by himself in the next six hours, they have to do a full cath and he won’t get released tomorrow.

    4. Bam Bam,
      One of the big misconceptions about an MI is the crushing chest pain or pain in the arms; but, it can present in many forms including abdominal pain.
      Combinations of procedures like catheterization, angioplasty, and stents, along with clot busting medications like TPA and streptokinase can make all of the difference. Once your DW goes home he will likely have other medications and perhaps some kind of rehab, all of which should be taken and followed religiously.
      The long term prognosis if you do what is required is usually rather good. I am living proof of that prognosis, with several angioplasties in the early 1990’s, a quadruple CABG in 1998, and a few more angioplasties since 1998, and now on my 3rd pacemaker. I take 7 daily medications including ASA (aspirin) and 6 OTC supplements and life for the most part is normal.
      From a medical perspective we live in really good times and I think you will all one day look back on this as just another of life’s learning experiences.
      I also suspect that you are more scared than he is, so as long as you support each other, you’ll be fine.

    5. Thanks for the prayers and comments. My dh is home and doing well. He has to wear a urinary catheter for the next week. We have to empty and clean every six hours. I went and picked up his medications today. He is on the road to a full recovery and should actually be better than new.

      1. Bam Bam,
        Good to hear he’s home and will recover fully.
        On your “slow heart attack”, sometimes called a silent heart attack it turns out that they are somewhat common, and especially in men, can be fatal often due to the macho tuff it out attitude and ignoring the pain, so it’s good you took it seriously and went to the E.R.
        Back in the early 1990’s my health insurance changed and I had to get another cardiologist who was on the new plan. My first visit to him was a basic checkup and 12 lead ECG, at which point he asked me when I had my 1st MI. When I told him I never had one, he pointed to a spot in the ECG and informed me that I had indeed had one; but, to this day I don’t know when or where; but, it did make me very aware and attentive to my heart health and from now on I suspect your DH will also be very attentive to this facet of his health, and with modern medicine should not suffer any continued ill effects since they caught it in time.
        If you have any questions on medications or need a pep talk, you have my email.

      2. BamBam
        Good to hear that your dh is doing better an coming home. May you both have a Merry Christmas and a better New Year.

  16. BamBam
    Sending our best to you and your husband, hoping that he passes his tests and is allowed to come home.

    Good thing you took him asap to the ER when you did. Hugs to both of you
    AC & ACDH

  17. Bam Bam, That was a close call! Nothing “lucky” about that,. more like “BLESSED”.. Ditto TOP’s orders to follow guidelines given by Cardio.
    Gong forward… He should also be following research and looking for ways to reduce the calcium, mag, zinc.(mineral plaque )that he has active.
    Just a FYI: Generally there are blood thinners involved after surgery.. Have him be very careful in diet to prevent gastric complications, irritations, preventing bleeding is critical. .ie Most blood thinners…have no antidote except transfusion to dilute the medication.. Coumadin/warfarin/ ie rat poison is the exception and can be reversed with Vitamin K1. it does require tight titration. DH is on this one because of hereditary factors.
    Catheters are not trivial. Had to wear one after surgery for 2 weeks because of intense bladder spasms…Nurses refused to do bladder training and it was not pretty nor comfortable. Bladder training is a NURSING procedure… DID NOT require a DRS order…but can get one if needed … for Nurses not trained properly.
    . if they have to reinsert it… they should leave it in long enough to do bladder training… (5-8 hours is sufficient. He should continue to drink as many fluids as he tolerates…. Bladder training is done with clamping of urine flow before total bladder empty.. max output shoudlbe 700-800cc. clamp allow bladder time to adjust- 10 min. release another 3oo-500 cc clamp 15-20 min… release 300-500cc. clamp 30-45 min… release… should be a complete drain … leave it clamped for one hour, drain completely. should be able to do without pain…or spasms in bladder. repeat at least one more time, clamping for 2 hours. releasing. final drain.. heavy po intake.. tthen should be able to urinate within 3-4 hours.. This is a post operative procedure we did routinely in the early 80’s…to prevent people from requiring catheterization repeats. it is just so much easier when done initially. Part of the discharge planing is to plan the discharge on admission… Putting the Cart before the horse. Keep updated… Hang in there and keep on supporting each other.

  18. Hi Pack,
    I am late to the party today… This week has been busy as shoulder would allow. Christmas gifts not so much… few handmade gifts- dish towels shave towels. few necessary purchased gifts, Our home Christmas will be things for remodel on house and doing those projects. DD’s will be very low key a dinner, few small items. quality time…DS/DGD live far away and gift cards will have to suffice, they will be sent close to B days.
    early in the week… I canned some pork for second time, Have the back up canner unit up , and it will now be main one…Love this All American.. converted to a jiggle top via a tube made for a mirror and a round select a weight from same company. threads match and it works beautifully… all after “an expert in hardware store” said it would not seal/work.. We did get several packages of various size food bags/plastic wrap..etc.. for freezer/general use.
    I have several dehydration projects in the planning. and things on hand to do them..have to pace all work with hands because of torn ligament… so it is slow and steady.. progress. DH is doing well.and he can and does help with things that are heavy or out of reach.. for mobility limitations.
    I removed fire roasted tomatoes from large cans and they have been peeled and are in dehydrator. and 20 cans older cans diced tomatoes are now home canned as diced concentrate and juice…in glass jars. have one more canner to do before the holiday arrives.will be broths. Took advantage of some sales-potatoes and chicken breast this week…will get to process those in the next two weeks ….Potatoes do not hold long in our house… don’t know if is the age already in storage,temperature or the light, but they begin sprouting after 2 weeks…
    After worship yesterday , before the rain started i rushed to the animal areas, re supplied all of my “close storage..” the 30 gal hay”container for rabbits, the 30# chicken feeder and waterer, rabbit feeders topped and extra quarts placed with each set of cages. bucket refilled so access to large containers not necessary in 2 days of projected rain.. added a wheelbarrow full of pine shavings to soggy areas and refreshed dust bathing area for hens..
    .. Gathered 2 – 50 gal sacks of dry sage grass for bedding needs for rabbits,placed a big bag on top of one of the cages to give more of a burrow feel., one of older doe who did not breed.w/ her daughter Mittens…. and added a nest box to an expectant doe., extra straw to every area for all rabbits.
    Blanca received a generous portion of honeysuckle leaves & vines as a well deserved treat…. Blanca dropped her litter of four this week and they have full tummies and are covered well. Mittens lost her litter last week/prob. stress related.,(only saw one) Midnight is due this week and Gumdrop is due the wk of Christmas…
    Yes, Tn is getting some rain.. and we have had enough already!.high temp sunday was at 11:59pm and rose after that, after this front is thru is to drop to a low of 25. We did get a brief glimpse of the sun on Saturday- I needed reorientation to determine what it was.
    I have been following ice age farmer, adapt 2030 , Dahboo77, and others on the crop/solar minimum and weather events. Gardening is taking xtra importance each year….so the Victory garden will be returning to the households that are serious about having food to eat. ..BYW, Gardening is a learning adventure in each location… an experiment each year. and smart gardeners learn more each year. how o preven insect damage, sol and garden nutrition needs, individual crop needs.
    . Just sayin’ the first year you garden may not produce much- so best get started. .. producing something, like the hydroponic lettuce.? sprouts?, microgreens? Mushrooms? a kkitchen counter, kitchen window, ou under sink are all areas that can be utilized to produce food. You choose, learn and apply.! If you are not stocked for a year… and don’t want to eat, Sit on the couch and watch the TV… they will placate you until it is too late to do anything.
    We Continue to think about every thing we can not grow/ hard to produce….and stock those things first..sugar, rice, dry beans…Olive , Coconut, and Sunflower oils…in pure forms… many are now packed with GMO additives..to cut pure types.
    …They are using Canola = rape seed -which began as genetically modified,-to make COWS fat. This OLD Cow is FAT enough.! I don’t need additional inflammation in guts, so is MY personal choice to avoid.
    Each has to decide ON their own. What ever your family needs, better stock it up. Packing houses being bought by foreign interests means that food will NOT be available here.. Look at smithfields. and now the beef houses.. look at canneries closed ,and can companies closing.
    I don’t ahve questions that require a public answer this week, But ask each person reading this to Consider This: .that product you are planning to gather from the garden_ How will you secure it? Freezer bags/paper, mylar, oxygen absorbers, vacume sealer, or brake bleeder? Do you have enough jars? Do you purchase any food in Glass jars that you may decide to re use for dehydrated or high acid foods.? Can you get replacement lids for those, or is it possible for you to re condition said lids.?
    Friend who cans black beans had an issue this week.
    Black beans she received in current shipment appeared black but when processed as batches before -did not swell sufficiently nor were the right color after processing. Pictures prove ..using three different batches..They have double the liquid of 2 prior batches and look similar to red beans.after processed. This will change her use of them to a soup bean instead as a stand alone dish.. Thinking they were not mature and were dried artificially… if anyone is expecting these will sprout , they would be terribly disappointed.

    .. additional grow areas are very much in the plans for this coming year. On You tubes Gardening with Leon channel. Video #55.//He has a new tub design out for people who need less maintenance- he mentions for people that travel more and need up to 2-3 weeks between feeding… (or who need to grow more thirsty plants… like tomato..that in high production drink a lot of water/nutrient solution.) Here is the link… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5V03OPyZws
    We continue to pray for POTUS, family and those who are assisting him and for all challengers to be exposed and negated.
    Take care and do what you can to have family ready for what ever comes. I can think of no worse thing to have to report to my family ..than I did not try….to do my best. think about it. Keep on Keeping On!

    1. Anonamo Also,

      Love this All American.. converted to a jiggle top via a tube made for a mirror and a round select a weight from same company. threads match and it works beautifully… all after “an expert in hardware store” said it would not seal/work.

      An All American is on my list; but, I plan to install the components from All American, since they are available here: http://www.allamericancanner.com/allamericanpressurecannerparts.htm

      All American Pressure Canner 68 Pressure Regulator Weight $7.49.
      All American Pressure Canner 69 Vent Pipe $8.99.
      I’ll go with original parts since I don’t want to cannibalize my 40+ year old Mirro that still works.
      BTW, your nay saying expert might have just been walking the party litigation line, since when I went to the local Ace hardware store to get a new gasket for my Mirro, they didn’t have and couldn’t order one, although I could get one online. I know the owner and he candidly told me it’s a litigation issue when you start dealing with decades old pressure vessels in unknown condition, if they sell you a gasket or other component to keep the thing working and it fails catastrophically, they (Mirro) could potentially be held liable.

      You choose, learn and apply.! If you are not stocked for a year… and don’t want to eat, Sit on the couch and watch the TV… they will placate you until it is too late to do anything.

      I agree and we have been well beyond that for a long time.

      We Continue to think about every thing we can not grow/ hard to produce….and stock those things first..sugar, rice, dry beans…Olive , Coconut, and Sunflower oils

      That’s pretty much our list; but, we also include corn, canola & peanut oils and quite a lot of wheat that can be ground or sprouted, plus honey and maple syrup / sugar, although we’ll be finally producing maple this spring.

      Each has to decide ON their own. What ever your family needs, better stock it up. Packing houses being bought by foreign interests means that food will NOT be available here.. Look at smithfields. and now the beef houses.. look at canneries closed ,and can companies closing.

      One should look in their area for smaller outfits that can serve your local needs.
      We still have farm to store or farm to family / group meats here, with the local slaughter / packing house keeping busy with local orders from farmers direct to consumers.

      When we purchased our beef last year, the farmer dropped off the live steer. It was slaughtered and hung to age for 3 weeks. We paid the farmer for the hanging weight, and each of us taking a share told the packer what and how we wanted it cut and packed. We split the $65.00 slaughter fee and paid an additional $0.55 per pound processing for our share. One family paid $0.65 per pound to have half of their ground beef packaged as patties, so this was all pretty much custom cut and packaged. All in the total cost for us was $2.80 per pound for enough beef to last a few years. Some local farmers handle their hogs the same way.
      Doing it this way with the whole steer things were divided rather evenly so one didn’t get a rump roast and another a shoulder roast, with all cuts, great & good being rather homogenously divided.

      that product you are planning to gather from the garden_ How will you secure it? Freezer bags/paper, mylar, oxygen absorbers, vacume sealer, or brake bleeder? Do you have enough jars? Do you purchase any food in Glass jars that you may decide to re use for dehydrated or high acid foods.? Can you get replacement lids for those, or is it possible for you to re condition said lids.?

      All of the above along with freeze drying with stacks of can & lids.
      The only thing still on that list is to try some Tattler reusable lids.

      .. additional grow areas are very much in the plans for this coming year.

      Same here with table gardening in our basement under LED grow lights, and maybe an attempt at hydroponics, since the recently posted videos almost make it look easy. LOL

      On You tubes Gardening with Leon channel. Video #55.

      I’ve been looking at those and will try to incorporate a combination of aspects of each into our basement garden.

      Take care and do what you can to have family ready for what ever comes. I can think of no worse thing to have to report to my family ..than I did not try….to do my best. think about it. Keep on Keeping On!

      We will do as we’ve been doing for the past 40+ years, each day getting alittle farther down the path.

  19. TOP… the vent pipe was 5$ and i had the weight already… … needed asap.. threads are the same hubby a metal worker and could verify../had the gauges to verify… The mirror gasket has an issue and it is the right one…. right number, right fit, but still leaks .. used it 3 times followed all instructions and it failed…. is thinner than the orig. on the canner. at some point i will pick up more weights for this stem…
    We do not have that kind of contacts to do the beef- in that manner..It is wonderful that you do… prob. would need to do a half minimum…. just not an option for us.
    I was just giving some quick examples, our list to buy is much longer than my example.
    The Beef houses have been sold, the big ones… meaning those will not be packing food for the regular public, but to be shipped overseas- it will not be available here- except the small farmer… that WAS my point. Having food to put away and nothing to secure it in, would be waste. in times past people smoked, salted, brined meats, fermented vegetables in crocks if they ran out of jars. Today not one house in 20 has a crock or knows what it looks like.! So if they are awakening, they need to consider how they will store anything they produce.
    I understand the harvest right lids are similar to tattler… and work well. People who are just starting are not going to do those – too much expense for what they see as a single use-not as an investment. I have removed the freeze dryer from my want list for now. not practical for us… too much expense.
    Key to the hydroponics/and or wicking tubs is in the fertilizer that is water soluable and minerals… from what i can see and have experienced.

  20. Top,… every one does not tolerate every oil… We found out the hard way. we do not use peanut oil because it was the one change we did about 10 years back.. after 4 weeks DH’s triglycerides were thru the roof. changed back to olive, sun butter and coconut oil. and they returned to his low normal…we use bacon grease when we have it as well., and pork fat, but have not purchased it separately… just a glob off of some cut of meat i render out after a good amount is ready for processing.
    This is why i said everyone must make their own decisions. Often a little information will encourage someone and too much will become overload.

    1. Anonamo Also,

      every one does not tolerate every oil… We found out the hard way. we do not use peanut oil because it was the one change we did about 10 years back.. after 4 weeks DH’s triglycerides were thru the roof. changed back to olive, sun butter and coconut oil. and they returned to his low normal

      That is why we each need to know our own metabolisms and tolerances.
      I am lucky in that I can eat nearly anything without a problem; but, my incessant taste and liking for fats of all kinds in the past were what caused my current helth problems.
      My DW is lactose intolerant as is my DD who is also very sensitive to soy protein, so we each need to know our own limits. I am holding steady @ around 145 lbs, down from 235 back in 2006, and by paying reasonable attention to my fat intake, I’m now in rather good shape. Some of it is genetic luck of the draw and other parts are just paying attention to what our bodies tell us.

      we use bacon grease when we have it as well., and pork fat, but have not purchased it separately… just a glob off of some cut of meat i render out after a good amount is ready for processing.

      When we (actually the DW) cooks bacon, it’s usually done with 5 or 10 lbs that is stashed away for later use; but, all of the bacon grease is kept for cooking, since some things just taste better using it. We also try to keep butter on hand and purchase it in bulk when on sale.

      This is why i said everyone must make their own decisions. Often a little information will encourage someone and too much will become overload.

      That’s why this printed forum is so valuable, since you can consume the information at your own pace and save some ot it for later reference.
      I try to get in to the WIDTPTW relatively early so I’ll get email for all of the additional posts. Email posts with good or useful information is tagged and archived for later use.

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