What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 75: December 15th 2019 – December 21st 2019

frozen water on tree branch

Hello Pack. We are nearing the end of another year of prepping. I hope it has been a productive, satisfying, and educational experience for all of us. This week on our survival retreat we have been busy with holiday happenings and a birthday party, but have managed to work in some vital prepping, as well.

We are back to that nasty time of year when it is impossible to keep poultry waterers from freezing, and I have to beat the shallow end of the pond with a pry bar to break up enough of the ice to allow the livestock and flock to drink.

I really HATE winter. It is time to close the front gate on our farm road again (even though the herd is not being rotated into the lower pasture) so they can drink from the creek.

All but one week since we have lived here, we can keep the ice cracked up at the creek crossing by vehicles going through it to use it for livestock watering – except for the flock. To keep them in water I still need to go take out fresh about every three hours when the weather gets really bad – like the ice storm we just experienced.

I am either going to have to break down and get a solar generator to hook a waterer hot pad to or run outdoor extension cords from the garage all the way out to the coop, or get a dusk to dawn door on the coop run, and just teach them to come to the house for fresh water to save me multiple treks out in the cold every day. Except for those dang Buckeye chickens my birds are highly intelligent and easy to train.

My beloved’s purchase of a load of coal from a local mine to use when the temperature dips really low, has turned out to be an excellent idea. I am not sure why we never thought of it before.

Putting one big lump of coal in our woodstove keeps it going all night long, even if we go to bed early because we are exceptionally tired.

I really hate waking up chilly in the morning and wishing one of us had stayed up later or had chosen the “nighttime logs” a bit more wisely. Shivering while starting a fire when you have yet introduced any caffeine into your body is not a fun way to start the day.

One of Bobby’s Christmas presents is a DIY manual pottery kick wheel. I will be sure to share some photos of it later. I consider this a prep because pottery can be used for so many things.

He has wanted one for years but they are ridiculously expensive and were never enough of a priority to work into our budget. This DIY pottery wheel cost me only $40 to make because a tribe member and I scoured Bobby’s “junque” piles for materials and only had to purchase two shseets of pressure treated plywood and some more nails.

It is hard to believe that we were so low on 1 ⅝ of an inch nails, but we have engaged in a lot of home improvements this year. Bobby has copious amounts of nails, screws, washers, nuts, and bolts in a myriad of sizes, but apparently there is really a bottom to all of those old coffee cans.

Once we get past Christmas and New Year’s, an inventory of all the “smalls” in his garage is going to be a priority weekend prepper records to do item. Our lists and lists of lists keep growing and getting updated. It is a tedious chore, but a necessary one to get a better handle on what you will have at the ready when needed.

I tend to turn our various inventory sessions into a date night activity, a few adult beverages and some good music turn a dreaded chore into a productive and fun way to spend time together.

In other preps this week, I killed a rooster. I simply have had it with him. I did not want to kill him before taking on more Bantys in the spring, but he chased people one too many times. He was as docile as could be until his mediocre egg laying hens walked over and wanted attention and to rub on your legs like they were cats.

This is the same rooster that I whacked in the head with a narrow board a few months ago, not intending to kill him but to thwart another assault.

He was a tough bird, that’s for sure, he was a fighter right up until the end – and the end again because it took more than one go to kill him.

I can admire his grit better now that I do not have to grow eyes in the back of my head every time I tend to the flock.

I miss my rooster that wasn’t generally people friendly either, but would fly up on my shoulder and hang out while I delved out feed in the barnyard each morning.

Flock Leader was a white leghorn, they are not known for their docile personalities, but we had an understanding and got along just fine. A banty rooster named Sassy that I had at the same time, was a sweet as a hen every single day – until a mink got him.

A prepper without a rooster to bolster flock numbers is not a good idea. But, my ducks can serve as meat and egg bird breeding pairs if the SHTF before I select a new rooster. I just did not want to deal with him anymore.

After two years of searching for Buckeye chickens and really want to help a vulnerable breed type – and keep a heritage breed, I am also so done with them.

The hens are just not good egg producers, at least not the ones I have, and they have zero farm smarts to help keep them alive. This breed did not live up to their “super free rangers” billing.

I hope others have better luck with Buckeye chickens than I have had, I truly do, but I am done with them. I am going strictly back to my bantys and their smaller white eggs.

My dreams of large farm fresh brown eggs are over – at least for now. I did not care for Rhode Island Reds either, I wanted to, but they were not good free rangers, were skittish, and were lousy sitters.

My bantys have always done it all, great at free ranging, great layers, superb sitters, never get broody, and don’t seem to have a mean bone in their tiny bodies.

Merry Christmas everyone! God Bless the United States of America, our president, and all of you!

This Week’s Questions

  1. Please share a “prepper year in review” of your activities this year.
  2. What will you do differently or expand upon next year in your prepping habits?
  3. If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why?
Tara Dodrill

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Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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165 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 75: December 15th 2019 – December 21st 2019

  1. This Week’s Questions

    1. Please share a “prepper year in review” of your activities this year. FOr us, it has been a bulk food centric year. We have drastically increased the amount of dried beans, rice, wheat, and barley we have stored.

    2. What will you do differently or expand upon next year in your prepping habits? I still need more space. We are also putting more time into looking for something out of town.

    3. If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why? He would bring me a non-Democratic lead House. At least I wouldn’t have to listen to Nancy for 2 years.

    This week….

    DW’s work has been a monster, implementation of a new payroll system (again) before the new year. She needed a break so we took off for a couple of days. Her agenda, I drive.

    Then came her kidney stone! Sick all Sunday (and a lot of pain), Dr’s on Monday, again on Wednesday w/CT scan – came back clear. Back to “normal” by Friday.

    I spend the week putting up supplies; filling buckets, labeling them, moving them to storage.

    I also spent several hours modifying my food storage spread sheet. I’m working on a calorie counter for the bulk foods we store. Using 2500 calories/person/day, but the spreadsheet can have that number changed in one box. I think this will give me a more accurate inventory of what we have and what we need.

    Over the last 2 years I have been replacing my 19.2V Craftsman power tools with DeWalt 20V. I’ve already gotten 2 drills and an impact driver. While we were at Home Depot Picking up my 2.0-gal buckets & other supplies we spotted the DeWalt holiday display. They had a special on 5.0A batteries. Normally these, here, are $140 each. They had a 2-pack with a charger and a tool bag for $200. The deal got even better when my DW saw the sign that said we could get another piece of gear free, so I got my circular saw ($130 value) free. So, that’s $400+ worth of gear for $200, early Christmas for me!

    Supply Run: Linear muzzle break for AR-10; molasses; tie straps (for bucket liners); work gloves; latching storage box; rice; pasta; instant coffee; 5-gal bucket lids; 2.0-gal buckets w/lids; DeWalt circular saw/2 5.0A batteries, bag, and charger; small LED flashlights (free);

    Received: Mag-Pul LW technical gloves; PSA Lower Receiver (tan); Mag-Pul 30’s; 7-10 gal clear .6mm trash bags (for smaller bucket liners); Mags: MEN Healing Herbs & Living on Less; Flash Drive: 42 years of Mother Earth News; Olight Perun (w/headband, i3E key chain light, clip, & wooden bookmark)

    1. JP,
      I got started with the Ryobi ONE+ instead of DeWalt; but, still have a few of the Harbor Freight, around, mostly for trading at this time.
      If you keep an eye on Home Depot they quite often have deals on both DeWalt and Ryobi packages; but, it’s gotten to the point that most of the recent packages contain a tool I already have.

      1. TOP:

        My old Craftsman 19.2V stuff is going to my contractor friend. He uses them, I need the space, and it’s nice to have a few credits on account.

    2. Amen on item number 3. I wish Nancy would get rid of whatever she has trapped between her teeth. Good grief! Every time she is filmed, she working to free something in her mouth!

    3. hiya jp! glad to see you’re still kicking. Merry Christmas to you and all the pack. things been heating up here. preps went from back burner to front and central. just to piss off the govna I got two more lowers. added a case of 9mm, primary arms scope and other war related stuff. ordering cat tourniquets, chest seals etc this week. never thought i’d need those….more antibiotics too. this is going to get spicy. wish me luck.

        1. jp, thanks brother. I thought about bugging out to Tennessee but then I decided what the hell, i’m a soldier, I think i’ll fight. besides the evil assault is on every front so no matter where I go it’ll just follow and i’ll be older and weaker. no brother, time to go out like a soldier should instead of waiting to die of old age. “Come Govan, if we must die today let us die like men.” Gen.Patrick Cleburne, Army of Tennessee. war to the knife, knife to the hilt.

          1. riverrider:

            But, here, you might have better odds.

            “Nobody ever won a war by dying for their country (or version thereof). The won by making the other guy die for his.”

        2. JP,
          I’m hoping that you and riverrider are seriously over thinking this.
          While I will do what is required, death by old age is not a bad way to go in perhaps another 30+ years.
          At my age perhaps my biggest sadness’s are the people passing around me, some older and some younger, so I’ll take as long as I can get, while realizing that I am way past my half way date.

          1. JP,
            Yes, the old Roman: “Si vis pacem, para bellum”
            We are prepared should it be brought to us; but, we’re not out looking for a fight, and hope any that start will be contained in the cities, far from here.

          2. TOP,

            That old Roman saying is very true.

            I am generally a pretty friendly and easy-going person, but most people don’t know that I can be a nasty, violent person when the situation calls for it. I can go from zero to mean like flipping a switch, and I fight dirty.

          3. Zulu 3-6,

            I am generally a pretty friendly and easy-going person, but most people don’t know that I can be a nasty, violent person when the situation calls for it. I can go from zero to mean like flipping a switch, and I fight dirty.

            You sound like many of my friends; but, I’m not sure what you call dirty. At 5’ 6”, 145 pounds in my late 60’s, even with all of my training I can’t go 10 rounds with some large goon, so if a pencil in his eye stops the fight, then so be it. Is that dirty?
            I’ll try to give everyone a helping hand but live by a simple maxim.
            Treat me like a friend and you’ll find no better friend; but, you “By God” don’t want me as an enemy.
            When you take an engineering background and patience you can have a real evolving situation or as addressed by John Dryden: “Beware the fury of a patient man.”
            If we could be put away for our thoughts, I would have been gone long ago. LOL

          4. TOP,

            I am sure they are DEAD serious…

            Once a soldier, always a soldier. You will never understand. No need for a dissertation.

            RR,

            TN would be proud to have you here.

          5. Almost There,
            Actually I do understand; but, don’t see any of us out looking for a fight unless it’s brought to us, at which point you do what you need to do, including as Zulu said: “Fight Dirty”

          6. JP,

            As Pastor Joe Fox says: “You do not want to fight “them” from your mailbox.”

            This is the first time I’ve heard of Pastor Joe Fox. I just watched a few of his YouTube videos and he appears to be reasonably credible and not too far out there.
            As for when and where to fight, unless you have serious intelligence, you may have no option but to wait until they come to you. Doing otherwise pre SHTF, even if you think SHTF is here can have serious consequences you may not be able to overcome.
            As long as civil society exists I plan to live within its boundaries, within reason.

  2. One of the biggest things I am thankful for this year is having found Tara’s blog (Thank you Tara for continuing, What Did You Do To Prep This Week. Also grateful to Dan as well!

    1. Jean,
      I agree with your thanks for this forum; but, some credit goes to Almost There who contacted me by email when the other column was slated to be dropped. I didn’t know or hadn’t checked that the old TSB had been resurrected; but, her nudging got me writing emails along with IIRC, Bam Bam to encourage Dan to take up this column.
      If you recall both Bam Bam and I were banned from the old place; but, happily found a home here, and I suspect that all like me, are truly thankful to Dan for keeping this tribe together.
      Thanks & wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a bountiful New Year.

      1. Thanks for your comments, as always, and of course to Almost There for contacting you. The rest is as they say, history. Very happy with Tara and Dan for this site (not to mention those who contribute each week on this site.

        I just saw yesterday where MD sent an email out (ironically), ‘What Did You Do To Prep This Week’. He did mention that there was already another weekly site in existence with the same name, so I hope by mentioning this, I’m not getting him into any kind of trouble with doman names and such. I think he is getting very frustrated with his YouTube efforts. He mentioned many of the comments he gets are about his speech and delivery instead of the subject he is trying to present. Anyone else see his email Saturday?

        1. Jean,

          I just saw yesterday where MD sent an email out (ironically), ‘What Did You Do To Prep This Week’. He did mention that there was already another weekly site in existence with the same name, so I hope by mentioning this, I’m not getting him into any kind of trouble with doman names and such.

          You are not since “What Did You Do To Prep This Week’ and our own “What I did to prep this week” are just article titles and of no consequence to the site where they are hosted.

          I think he is getting very frustrated with his YouTube efforts. He mentioned many of the comments he gets are about his speech and delivery instead of the subject he is trying to present. Anyone else see his email Saturday?

          After being bande from his site I have gotten no more email; but, as a nexus for emails for the pack, I occasionally get something forwarded to me as an FYI or for distribution.
          I tried to watch some of his YouTube videos and the combination of his off the wall flare for the dramatic and his poor pronunciation and grammar can put one off a bit. In the middle of one video on knives, he pulled out and started swinging a full length sword that was completely out of context; but, did I suspect serve his narcissistic ego.
          I read his books; but, had to bite my tongue more than a few times, since his publisher (Paladin Press) was just that, a publisher, with no editing and the same horrible spelling and grammar went straight to the pages of the book.
          I wish him no ill; but, some people just can’t learn to get out of their own way.

          1. i read one of mds books years ago, but i didn’t learn anything new in it so was kind of disapointed. i did like when he had weekly posts from that card game conflicted, then Tara took over and i think the weekly posts and questions are like a successor to that series. never saw MDs youtube channel, and stll won’t i am stuck with dial up speeds and can’t watch that site, can only access better internet 15 miles from home so probably never going to see it. but your description does sound like stuff i would do myself (the over the top thing about a sword in a discussion about knives, i once made a leather mask from scrap and made a fake comercial on youtube for “leatherface logging inc” i no longer have a channel (won’t affiliate with google so can’thave a youtube account), it was bizzar and i put a whole day into it.

            out of curiosity why did you get banned from the old site? you don’t come off as a troll or a spammer and tend to be well thought out in what you say

          2. Nemoseto,

            i did like when he had weekly posts from that card game conflicted, then Tara took over and i think the weekly posts and questions are like a successor to that series.

            I also like the car game posts; but, those were short lived.
            Tara and Dan did not exactly take over; but, what did happen is that the WIDTPTW post that was no doubt MD’s most popular was openly slated by him to go away. Almost There emailed me and mentioned MD’s original TSB site that had been sold to Dan and her correspondence with Dan about a new column. I followed up and since I have contact information for a lot of the pack, sent email requests to all and our letters to Dan got this thing started.

            out of curiosity why did you get banned from the old site? you don’t come off as a troll or a spammer and tend to be well thought out in what you say

            Bam Bam and I were both banned, mostly because we would dare challenge the boss when he was wrong, as he often was.
            For a while he had a column something like “The 7 most interesting things ordered through my Amazon affiliate link.
            He then started grouching that no one was seriously prepping since to many non prepping items were being ordered.
            When I tried to explain that a few years ago, all of the Christmas gifts I ordered from Amazon started with his link to help him out, he didn’t want to hear it since it interfered with his beliefs and he didn’t want the facts to confuse him,
            Some will recall his weekly changing of the header, like that would magically make up for lack of content.
            IMHO he is a thick skulled egotist who is unable to admit his failings, and that’s something we all have to do to learn, since often humility and learning new skills go hand in hand.
            If you only read his published short biography:

            About Me. I’m a nationally known emergency preparedness consultant, blogger, and author of three books including Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat, 31 Days to Survival, and The Prepper’s Guide to Surviving TEOTWAWKI.

            You see the problem.
            strong>”nationally known” is one of them; and when you start to believe your own propaganda, you are on the road to ruin.
            Perhaps Bam Bam can fill us in on her travails since I suspect a few were personal and via email..

          3. I suspect Ohio Prepper and I got banned because we actually have content to share. When Paladin Press collapsed, our former host lost his credentials. (You can’t claim to be a nationally-respected author if you don’t have a publisher.)

          4. huh, with that as his credentials i could claim to rival his fame, while i have never had books published i have had dozens of articles published in magazines. i don’t think MD was as big as he claimed, dirt cheap survival retreat was the book i read and it was basic, the kind of thing anyone could write if they lived the off grid self reliant life, for them all that stuff was common (to the lifestyle) knowledge. over the top showmanship is one thing but failing to admit when your wrong is a serious personal flaw. makes sense now, i got myself banned from a couple forums after pissing off too many people by being honest (in a forum full of petas and liberal and other in crowd types who only want to hear people agree with them and cast out any dissenting views)

          5. Nemoseto,

            with that as his credentials i could claim to rival his fame, while i have never had books published i have had dozens of articles published in magazines. i don’t think MD was as big as he claimed, dirt cheap survival retreat was the book i read and it was basic, the kind of thing anyone could write if they lived the off grid self reliant life

            He also had an extended bio that included such training as CPR, AED, 1st Aid and a list of FEMA courses anyone can take online at no cost.
            The FEMA courses are available to all of us and I suspect most of us have taken that 1st aid and CPR series. I’ve taken them numerous times; but, we’re scheduled to take them again early next year, since they do technically expire.

            over the top showmanship is one thing but failing to admit when your wrong is a serious personal flaw. makes sense now

            In MD’s case I think it was just an out of ordinary sense of self importance and no humility.
            I’ve taught hundreds of classes in numerous subjects over the years; but, have never failed to listen to my students, since some may have more expertise in an area than I, or ask a question that caused me to pause to think of an answer.
            One that comes to mind was a young boy in a Hunter Education class years ago when we talked about basic orienteering.
            Lacking a compass, you can use an analog watch (one with hands) as an approximate compass. In the northern hemisphere, hold the watch in the horizontal position and point the hour hand at the sun. Half way between that point and the twelve o’clock mark on your watch points to the south.
            It’s an easy trick; but, when I reiterated you cannot do this with a digital watch, a hand went up, and the young boy (10 years old?) informed me that with his digital watch he could lay sticks on the ground representing the analog hands and do the same thing.
            I had taught that part of the lesson for years and now teach it differently with that addition from a 10 year old.

          6. i took a lot of those fema online classes, my supervisor at the tribe mandated a lot of them (he was head of the hazmat team), wasn’t really much usefull info in them, just a good way to pad my annual accomplishments when it was time for my annual review. yeah anyone with a computer, good internet connection and a social security number can take them. does sound like he was padding his credentials

          7. Nemoseto,

            i took a lot of those fema online classes, my supervisor at the tribe mandated a lot of them (he was head of the hazmat team), wasn’t really much usefull info in them, just a good way to pad my annual accomplishments when it was time for my annual review.

            I’ve also taken some of the ICS (incident Command System) courses as requirements for my County EMA & ARES (amateur Radio Emergency Services) involvement. We also don’t use them often; but, knowing the NIMS (National Incident management System) organization and procedures allow integration of various agencies when needed.
            NIMS is what allows a team of firefighters, paramedics, and other rescue workers to travel from Ohio to Texas (Hurricane Harvey) or Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina) and be integrated and start working with other crews immediately upon arrival.
            Had your tribe had a large HazMat situation requiring outside help, you may have used that training. Be happy that you did not need it.

            yeah anyone with a computer, good internet connection and a social security number can take them. does sound like he was padding his credentials

            Other than 1st Aid & CPR, all of the others, while useful & informative are not something I would list on a resume.

          8. in all the time i was on the team the worst we ever had were a few fuel oil spills amounting to less than 5 gallons. i was one of the red hats on the team (color coded) that meant if anything big went down i would put on the heavy scba gear and go in, i was one of the red hats because unlike most people on the team i never smoked and was not morbidly obese, only me and 1 other person could actually pass the physical to be certified to wear that stuff. i wasn’t part of the tribe, i just worked there, they had a native hiring prefrence but i got the job since i was the only qualified person to apply for the job, in the 3 years they were trying to find someone before i applied. work conditions sucked so i left after a while, and from time to time when my former supervisor would show up at my farm and beg me to come back because they couldn’t find anyone else dumb enough to work under such bad conditions.

    2. JEAN,,,,,,l forth the thank you ,like some others here ,l too was banned at a different site(MSB) for telling it like it is ,was even called names by the person running it on the blog no less ,,tacky ,very tacky ,,
      Again TARA THANK YOU ,,

    3. Awe, thanks guys. I have really enjoyed getting to virtually know all of you and the shared learning we give each other this year.

  3. I was sent in this direction yesterday, and I’m glad of it. So an introduction by way of answering the questions…

    1) Please share a “prepper year in review” of your activities this year.Still working out the details of the dry garden. Reduced our water use by 3/4 from five years ago. The main water users now are the two remaining sections of grass and the main garden. The dry garden didn’t get water at all during the summer–three months without rain in 100+ temperatures. The deep mulch woodchip area did the best. Leaves were good as far as moisture retention, but lots of slugs. Moving forward on the landraces.
    2) What will you do differently or expand upon next year in your prepping habits? I need to expand the main garden into another of the woodchipped areas. Eventually it will be a perennial food (forest) garden, but for this year I need to get organics into the sand and rock that passes for soil. That means deep roots that will stay in the soil and break down. I’m going to be using the commercial sweet potatoes for that, one section at a time.
    3) If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why? Hm…Somebody I can bounce ideas off of who doesn’t think I’m nuts?

    1. Lauren,

      3) If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why? Hm…Somebody I can bounce ideas off of who doesn’t think I’m nuts?

      First of all welcome to the pack & you’ll find that someone here. Among this group there is expertise in about anything you could ask, so have at it.
      BTW, we may all be a little bit nuts; but, that’s also OK. LOL

        1. Lauren,

          That’s dangerous. : ) Anybody here working on natural hydroponics without chemicals?

          I’m just starting to look into it on a small scale in my basement / root cellar this winter.
          BTW, what is dangerous?

          1. Lauren,

            The combination of expertise in everything, and it’s OK to be nuts.

            That’s not dangerous as long as you are only nuts and not a psychopath or sociopath. Crazy people with scruples have often been the ones who do big things.
            There once was a couple of brothers from south of here in Dayton that thought they could put wings on a bicycle and make it fly. Nearly everyone who didn’t know them well thought they were nuts; but, Wilbur and Orville took that odd bike to Kitty Hawk, NC and 116 years ago this past week on December 17, 1903, that bike flew and created a new future for the world.

            What nutrients are you using?

            Don’t know yet. Right now our basement contains the well pump, sump pump, water softener & salt storage, and water heater, and some cold storage (root cellar) for root vegetables. We’ve been collecting parts for an indoor garden using LED grow lights, and I’m just now looking at small scale (5 gallon bucket) hydroponics so this is all a new project with us at the start of the learning curve.
            Our traditional large garden has been subject to serious water problems the past 2 years and our greenhouse is too small and cold in the winter to be really useful.
            Si we’re looking at options.

          2. I’m using ash and eggshell in a modified Kratky system, with vinegar to cancel out the alkalinity of the ash. Iron nail, penny and dime in each (iron, nickle, copper), and some source for nitrogen. Haven’t figured out sulfur yet, so I’m using a hint of epsom salt (I have ideas for sulfur, but they haven’t been tested yet).

            I just started this last summer so I’m still working out the details. I’ve gotten bean plants to full maturity and fruiting, but they kept dying shortly after fruiting. I recently realized that the roots stopped growing as soon as they hit the nutrient dense water. When they fruit there’s not enough root to support the plant and the fruit as well. The current test is letting the roots grow before I put the nutrients in, and see how they do with that addition.

    2. Hi Lauren,

      Welcome. I got into prepping when I realized the Arab Spring was the result of the failure of the Russian wheat crop–food shortages lead to civil war. People thought I was nuts for thinking the same thing could happen here. I stopped talking to people who have their heads in the sand and started prepping. I have been chatting with most of the folks here for years. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We are a friendly bunch.

      1. Yeah. My favorite was a woman whose family fled Germany before WWII. “Your constitution will never allow it.” I think a lot of it is fear. If they acknowledge that it could happen, they’re responsible.

    3. Hello Lauren,
      Welcome to the group. We are a friendly bunch of like minded folks who are happy to bounce ideas off each other each week for the sake of learning new things, new skills and simply being prepared.

    4. Lauren ,,,,good to see you here ,,, NO your not nuts ,,have watched you work and project from the blog ,you can and will make a difference for those that listen.
      Hey folks pay attention when this lady gives us knowledge ,

    5. just be careful with the permiculture thing, if you plant jeruselam artichokes be sure to put them far away from everything else and try to create barriers to stop them spreading, and wash off tools after working with them. they are high in sugars and grow prolific but they can spread out of hand, friend of mine had them conquer the rest of his garden (i transplanted a few from his place to my place and stuck them in a corner of my yard full of stumps and rocks where they can be undisturbed as i can’t go through there with the tractor, they just grow around everything).

      also if you have places full of stumps and rocks that are otherwise useless for most stuff you should try pumpkins in those spots, use a hand shovel to mix up dirt wherever there is a pocket of it to work with and mix in some seed and fertilizer, the vines then grow out over the obsticles and put new roots in any other soil they find.

      some of my top advice for permiculture or low labor gardening

      and welcome to the forum

      1. Jerusalem Artichoke does seem to be the one plant everyone jumps on as a cure-all, which it’s not. I put it in the parkstrips, completely isolated, I just need to make sure they don’t seed, which hasn’t been a problem to this point since they don’t even start flowering till late September into October. So far they seem to be behaving themselves. Low effort harvest if it ever becomes necessary, and in the meantime I can pretty much ignore them. Planted watermelon around them last year and they got along great. This is one of the dry garden areas, and with deep mulch they didn’t get watered at all last summer.

        I’ve covered most of the yard with woodchips to try to fix the soil. The earthworms last spring were amazing in the areas I had already done, so I’m thinking I should be able to plant most of it this spring. Then it’s just rotation and keeping the soil covered until the plants naturalize.

        1. another tip i can offer if you live in a northern climate is to pick up free hay or straw bales in the spring. its common for people in mobile homes to buy maybe 60 or more small square bales and use them outside the skirting to insulate the crawlspace. in the spring the bales are water damaged from snow melt and unfit for livestock to eat, they also rot so people want them gone as soon as the snow is. in the past i could put a want ad up locally and get 2 or 3 people call and let me have all those hay bales free by hauling them away. took them home an unbaled them into huge compost heaps.

          i also rode around town picking up clear leaf bags offf the curb if the house looked clean (no sign of pesticide use, no dogs, no trash in the bags). made compost bins from pallets and just filled them with hay and leaves and whaever else i had. my old place had some really over productive soil, current place still being worked on.

          1. It’s a process. I got probably 30 bags of leaves last fall–filled in the fallow area of the garden and one of the dry gardens. The fallow area they’ll just sit until a year from now. I’ll plant through the others in the spring.

          2. Lauren,
            If the fallow area is relatively flat and free of rocks and sticks, a trip with the lawn mower over the leaves can help them break down a bit faster.
            Here we rarely rake the leaves, since they often blow out of the lawn area.
            Our big summer task is playing pickup sticks before each time we mow.

          3. Hehehe. I cheat. I have a big piece of chainlink that I lay down over the leaves. By spring they’re broken down enough to stay in place and the chainlink covers the bean towers for the summer.

          4. Lauren,
            That’s not cheating, just efficient, smart and something we should consider should we decide to take the time to actually rake 3 acres of leaves into the garden area.

      2. I only last week added Jerusalem artichokes to my spring growing list after being asked to write about them for Ask A Prepper. I am planning on putting them around the fencing in one pasture for the horses and donkeys and goats to dine upon in the fall.

        1. livestock love them, my initial planting was almost a total loss, let the steers pasture in the yard (so the artesian well would feed into a plastic basin fast enough it would never freeze thus i never had to worry about water for them, barn cats also drink from there). steers could smell the tubers that i planted and used their horns to pick the soil for them. only a few tubers mae it till spring to actually grow. i assume they would eat the geen parts too.

  4. Puppy is trying to pass as a reindeer. He put a stick with branches on his own head. Then he went outside a and ran in circles until he was airborne. Somehow I think he would just make Santa dizzy….🎅

    Food
    Picked up Christmas dinner. 10lb of prime rib.
    Ring of shrimp
    Baby asparagus
    New potatoes
    Pie crusts and a cherry pie
    Christmas cookies

    Water
    2 cases

    Security
    Installed a door breaching muzzle break on the saiga 12 with blue locktite.
    Shot the saiga 12 at the range

    Gym
    Heavy workouts with increased reps and sets
    Heavy cardio on treadmill, exercise bike, stair stepper and speed bag and heavy bag.
    Heavy abs on abs machine 110lbs of weight, leg lifts on lift stand.
    100 pushups a day

    Martial arts
    Practiced and taught wing Chun and krav maga
    Worked out with nunchucks and kendo shinai practice sword.

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Do you think it will get worse or better next year with freedom, food and wars?

    2. If you could fix things in this country, what would they be?

    3. If you could time travel, what person or persons would you like to meet?

    4. Do you own any ghillie suits?

    Interesting articles

    https://www.americanpartisan.org/2019/01/the-spr-the-ar-guerrilla-sniper-rifle/

    https://www.americanpartisan.org/2019/12/virginia-checkpoints-what-could-possibly-go-wrong/

    1. Tara’s questions:

      1.Please share a “prepper year in review” of your activities this year.
      2.What will you do differently or expand upon next year in your prepping habits?
      3. If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why?

      1. Skills, food/garden water,medical, security and puppy
      2.More training, gardening and food storage.
      3. A time machine. Visit lost loved ones and fix things before they got so broken.

    2. Thor’s questions:
      1. Do you think it will get worse or better next year with freedom, food and wars?
      Better. Since the left and their MSM lackeys have finally exposed themselves and will no longer have Cart Blanche, continuing to fool the masses. If you watched the debates, they are now eating their own.
      2. If you could fix things in this country, what would they be?
      Real conservatives with back bones taking over government and real attention to our power grid and other infrastructure.
      3. If you could time travel, what person or persons would you like to meet?
      That’s an easy one. Ben Franklin & Nicola Tesla, two brilliant inventors, and James Madison so I could convince him to word the 2nd amendment to be a bit less open to interpretation. ”Well Regulated” and ”Militia” meant something completely different in the 1700’s; but, have lost their original meaning and caused great angst within the pro and anti gun communities.
      4. Do you own any ghillie suits?
      I don’t have a commercial one; but, do have burlap, strapping and what I need to construct one if needed. My youngest boy (a former Marine Scout Sniper) spent some time with me years ago, helping me learn to build one.

      BTW, #3 is a really good thought provoking questin.

      Your first article on the AR is old stuff and the second one while interesting is going to have a problem since currently in Virginia, 85 out of 95 counties, 11 out of 38 independent cities, and 19 towns have adopted Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions.
      This will be fun to watch.

      1. Top, glad you are an optimist on #1. I’m not so much this time.

        #2 My answer was load all the Dems on a spaceship and aim it at the sun.

        #3 Ben Franklin made the top of my list second only to Jesus.

        #4 I have them for all seasons.

        1. Thor1,,

          I have them for all seasons.

          So do I; but, the key is a kit that allows you to build what you need. The foliage you stuff in summer here is different than what you would use in winter as are the inner layers.

          1. Top, could you makeup your mind?

            “4. Do you own any ghillie suits?
            I don’t have a commercial one; but, do have burlap, strapping and what I need to construct one if needed. My youngest boy (a former Marine Scout Sniper) spent some time with me years ago, helping me learn to build one.”

            Either you do or you don’t.

            Ask your son if he made any with internal space blankets to avoid thermal imaging.

          2. Thor1,
            My mind is clear, I have the parts and skill to construct what I need if and when I need it.

            Ask your son if he made any with internal space blankets to avoid thermal imaging.

            I’ll see him next month when we celebrate our late Christmas with him and his wife. His training was kind of ad hoc I think @ Camp Lejeune in late Augist, so I don’t know what they may have trained with.

          3. Top,

            I have them for all seasons.
            So do I; but, the key is a kit that allows you to build what you need. The foliage you stuff in summer here is different than what you would use in winter as are the inner layers.

    3. 1. Do you think it will get worse or better next year with freedom, food and wars? Worse

      2. If you could fix things in this country, what would they be? If the education is fixed the rest will eventually fix itself (which is why one of the “pillars” of communism/socialism is to take control of education)

      3. If you could time travel, what person or persons would you like to meet? No idea

      4. Do you own any ghillie suits? Nope

  5. I would like the Wolf pack, to stop with all the extra questions, each week if you want a question asked have Tara, put it up and then we can discuss it as a group like she’s doing.

    My husband and I did a small Costco run, bought the kid’s new winter jackets, and TP, a few cans of food’s. I went to Fred Meyer’s, got extra cereal, cat food and litter, a few refrigerator foods. I made too many cookies, I’ll freeze some after Christmas to enjoy in the New Year!!! It’s been raining and raining, I had to put a black plastic pipe hooked it under the drain spout and have it laying along side the house, to drain away all the rain water, so it’s not just puddling next to the foundation and not wreaking havoc.

    Question 1 In a nutshell, my preparedness was getting all my shelves organized and have a running list and keeping to it. I like paper, and a pencil so I can add, subtract and remove an item I can scan it to see exactly what I have.

    Question 2 Expanding I want to get our upstairs organized we are on winter break, so I’ll get started on that . This next year hubby and I need to pair down on stuff and make a choice to build, or buy a manufactured house, and let several car’s go we’re spending money on a storage unit and just keeping two property going is very hard mentally and on the pocketbook.

    Question 3 Santa bringing me something ? How about more sanity lol. Nothing really just because we don’t have room and I have all I need for my kitchen need’s, and clothing needs.

    1. MO3,

      “I would like the Wolf pack, to stop with all the extra questions, each week if you want a question asked have Tara, put it up and then we can discuss it as a group like she’s doing.”

      I for one like the extra questions and believe it helps all learn and prepare for what could happen. The only stupid question is the one not asked. It also allows preppers to converse about real issues that affect us in real life or just conversation.

      Do you believe in the first amendment?

        1. Top, I disagree on it violating the first amendment. Usually Democrats try to tell you what you càn say or do. So let’s just agree to disagree…..

          1. Thor1,
            The 1st amendment as it pertains to speech only prohibits the government from limiting speech.
            You put your soapbox on my property and start spewing things I don’t like, I can kick your butt off post haste, since as property owners we still have rights, unless you are in a seemingly ever growing protected class at which point me and mine might just have to resort to loud speakers to drown you out.

    2. mom of three
      If you go with a manufactured home, make sure you can find reasonable insurance for the home. Next check the plumbing in them make sure it is not the grey piping, along with shut off valves for each water inlet to the home. Look at the configuration of the plumbing under the sinks especially the kitchen sink. Note the way the down pipes run and the available working space for repairs. All the above you would do in a stick built home.
      If you love working in your kitchen and have plans for canning, cooking for a crowd check out the working flow pattern on the home. I regret the one we purchased, the kitchen does not flow the way I thought it would have for us. Reason I bring this up better to have someone’s experience & knowledge to avoid the pitfalls. Finally if you were to require financing on the manufactured home, the lenders charge a higher interest rate on that type of loan. FYI

      1. MOM of 3, also if you purchase a manufactured home insist on QUALITY sink and bathroom fixtures- they are putting chromed plastic in many today. They will last about 5 years. and MUST be replaced. often damage is done before a leak is discovered.

  6. Taras questions
    1, bought a larger tractor, put in ditches, built my sugarhouse, finished work on a lot of buildings, lots of other stuff

    2 not keeping cattle this year coming, may keep turkeys or rabbits, no more planne construction projects

    3 an illegal immigrant desperate enough to marry anyone just to stay in this country, American women tend to have standards too high, well maybe the amish but they tend to only marry inside their own church

    Thors questions
    1. probably about the same maybe some rights will be cipped away alittle more, will be a lot of chaos in the cmming ellections

    2. legalize dueling again for settling disputes

    3. boudicca

    4. nope

    what i did this week: not as much as the eek before, had deep cold for 4 days too cold to work in so didn’t get as much done, today int he 40s and sunny and expected the same through friday, so i am going to be busting my ass working again. lost a lot of weight since i have been on rations to conserve my budget (not countering the hard work with obscene amounts of calories), was doing pushups to stave off boredom one of those cold weather days. while working i was able to stack a lot more small stuff andd top off another 5 face cord rack of firewood (2 rows deep, 20 feet long, 16 inch wide rows, 4 feet high, could also be called 1 and 2/3 cords).

    my rations for the last 2 weeks were 1 cup dry oatmeal in the morning with 1 spoon of brown sugar and 1 spoon of butter, lunch (which i am eating now as i took a break from sawing) have been spam sandwiches, 1/4 can of spam, 1/8 lb of chedder, a slie of onion, a slice of tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a cheap hamburger bun. evening its been salads or dutch oven fries. when i could i hopped rides to town once a week for fresh vegatables, got more on a trip tuesday when i had to get to town for a few more cases of bar oil (ran out that morning). figure the rationing will continue with a quart of canned soup replacing sandwiches and salad once the fresh stuff runs out. by rationing this way what i have will last a very long time, though the excess weight will be lost fast. been tossing around 100 lbs feed sacks so theres been no muscle loss on this ration diet.

    nemo setos questions, i got nothing this week

    1. also, Tara it sounds like a tough rooster, i only had trouble killing chickens when i was inexperienced at it, now if i am killing one i just hold its feet in my left hand so all the blood drains to its head, they get slow and dull whitted after about 10 seconds like that, some may try to fly rightside up and flap around but they quickly tire from it. when they are sluggish i hold them over a tree stump with their shoulder an hea against the wood, still sluggist they hold still, then i chop the head off in a quick swing with a hatchet (sharp enough to shave with), they flap around a little and splatter blood all over, but i hold them away from me so i don’t get hit, then i hang them up by a foot with a loop of wire to drain the blood out. thats how i kill them anyway

      you could also make a killing cone, like a funnel that you stick them in so they have their feet up an the head pokes out the hole in the bottom of the cone, then use pruning shears or whatever to cut the head off an the blood drains out while they sit in the cone.

      usually what i do after is use the hatchet to chop the wings and feet off, then i skin them and fillet the breast meat off then take off the thighs and legs. only about 20 percent of the work but i get 90 percent of the meat this way, beats plucking them and gutting, i can the meat anyway, the harder way of plucking and gutting is only practial if its to be grilled, fried (like kfc) or a whole chicken like a rotisary.

      i then give the heads, feet, wings, and meatless body, and leg bones to my dogs and some to the barn cats. raw bones are fine for them to eat, though they rarelly have room for all of it and they will bring chicken heads into the cabin to snack on a few days later

  7. 1)Prepper End Year Review: Up our storage on grains, working on rice, bean’s, potato’s, and sugar at this time.
    2) Next year preparedness: Sell off items we collected over the years which are pretty but have truly no usefulness on being self sufficient. The money from selling off our items will go to debit reduction(house & land).
    3) Santa: That would be a two part request for my wish. One that his breathing would be restored back before the car accident & his ability to walk without assistance. Tall order..I know.

    This week’s outside activities were limited do the weather. It rained one day so hard I had to use the golf umbrella we have to take the dog outside to go to the bathroom. Yes, she refused it was raining that hard, never laughed so hard in my entire life. Poor baby, dh got a laugh out of it also.

    Picked up sugar since I was given several boxes of apples to be processed. Canned apple pie filling seems to be the item we are going for this year. Pink lady apples, wow those are really tasty, or maybe because they were grown locally I am not sure. Placed an order for vegetable seeds for our zone but was advised to look at seeds for colder climates do the solar minimum. Gave the sister our green house, she has a place it will not be blown away. Here we would be finding it in the neighbors yards half mile or more away because of the terrain.

    1. Antique Collector,

      Put cotton balls in your dog’s ears next time it’s raining. Dogs don’t mind getting wet. They don’t like the rain because their hearing is so sensitive the rain hurts their ears.

      1. Bam Bam & Antique Collector,

        Put cotton balls in your dog’s ears next time it’s raining. Dogs don’t mind getting wet. They don’t like the rain because their hearing is so sensitive the rain hurts their ears.

        I think it depends on the breed. Our late lab nix girls would try to drag you out the door every time it rained, and when it wasn’t raining would often try to drag us to the creek. Neither of them however, liked mud
        Just my observation understanding that YMMV

      2. BamBam
        Rain would not get into her ears, she just hates getting wet! rowl She is such a woos dh started drying her off when she came back in wet and now she thinks we should make sure she stays dry when we have a down pour. Joking with dh I pulled out the golf umbrella and sure enough she was ready to go outside to go potty.
        Yes, she is spoiled, it is his fault but he will say it is mine. 😂

  8. I’ve been quiet the last couple of weeks but for an excuse in October we put my dad’s house up for sale. Two days later we had an offer and by the middle of November the cat, a huge accumulation of stuff and I were out of the house. The stuff was easy to find a home for – it went to storage. The cat and I spent a week or so at a motel and then a week at a friend’s before we moved into a 693 sq ft house without a garage. Stuff is still in storage but I try to bring it out a couple boxes or bags a day so as to not get too overwhelmed. If I ever do this again stuff goes in one storage unit and furniture into another. I’m still working around most of the furniture being in storage.
    I did give myself some truly fun money for black Friday. New solar battery pack, more mini flashlights and some more black out curtains have come my way.
    When I finally get to the prep items in storage I plan to do a really good inventory. While packing I did find I had a lot of flashlights but I guess you can never have too many as evidenced by the black Friday flashlight purchase. But that may wait til next year.
    Finding storage space is going to be a challenge so expanding supplies may be difficult.

  9. Still working on the master bath renovation. Word of warning-dont buy Aker Maxx 4 piece showers until they fix their shipping issues. Turns out the pieces, which are long, are shipped in a box with styrofoam corners, and all on one short pallet.the shippers apparently dropped them. The back and sidewalls all had cracks in them, which(thankfully) the plumber wouldn’t install without our permission, and we said send it back. The floor is tiled, sink is installed, toilet is hooked up. It will be done right, cuz its the last time i have to do this. Prepping, got gifted several new to me buckets of grains, rice and sugar. They arent packed the way i would do it, but they were free. The previous owners found out they needed to be gluten free, so i got blessed. Most of the stuff is from 2012, is it still good?

    1. Babycatcher
      The sugar, yes it will be fine.
      The rice depends on how the put it into the buckets. If it has an odd smell, let it air out, I vacuum sealed mine in plastic zip lock bags, it had an smell but I opened up the bags to breathe. Taste is fine so I know even though it is a few years old still editable. The rice I am concerned about is the stuff I put same year as yours. Will let you know when I open the buckets up as it was done totally different. No vacuum sealing in Mylar or vacuum bags just dropped it into the buckets.
      Grains: Will depend on what type and how they were processed for the long term storage. Can you give us more information on how they were put up? Do you know how they were stored? In a garage, basement?? Also how they were processed.

    2. Babycatcher,

      Still working on the master bath renovation. Word of warning-dont buy Aker Maxx 4 piece showers until they fix their shipping issues.

      When we redid our Master & only bath in 1990, we purchased the appliances from a local lumber yard since Home Depot and Lowes had not yet come to the area. The tub & shower surround was a bit more expensive than we had planned, since we could not purchase the single piece unit and had to purchase the pieces to get them into the existing space or cut a large hole in the wall. Now nearly 30 years old, everything still works fine. If you use a plastic / fiberglass tub make sure you dump a lose bag of Quikrete with no aggregate under the tub. The powder conforms to the shape of the tub and after some years in that moist environment, it cures / hardens and keeps the bottom of the tub from flexing, adding to its life.

      The floor is tiled, sink is installed, toilet is hooked up. It will be done right, cuz its the last time i have to do this.

      Our bath is 8×12 feet and now going on 30 years still works for us, so you have the right idea doing it right the first time.

      Prepping, got gifted several new to me buckets of grains, rice and sugar. They arent packed the way i would do it, but they were free. The previous owners found out they needed to be gluten free, so i got blessed. Most of the stuff is from 2012, is it still good?

      How are they packed?
      I have grains, rice, dry beans, and dry milk older than that that are fine, packed with only an O2 absorber. Sugar should not be packed with the absorber or it will clump; but, can still be broken up and used.
      If the grains are dry, have no moldy odor, and you don’t see bugs in them or flying out of them, they should be good to go.

    3. Babycatcher,
      If rice or wheat was frozen before it was packed, long enough to kill weevils, it will be good.
      If it was not,…it will have bugs by now. I would open the oldest and check one..IF it is ok would begin re-packing…it with oxygen free packaging..mylar and oxygen absorbers..
      The first ones i packed i froze for 2 weeks in a deep freezer/allowed to come to room temp and put bay leaves n the top to prevent bugs from invading… so far they are good.
      I used the best information i had at the time…. If rice goes bad i use for chicken feed, cooking it ..(it must be swollen before giving it to chickens)
      If Wheat has bugs, freeze it….to kill bugs and larvae… thenWheat can be sprouted for chickens rabbits or people… there is sprouting procedures that involve rinsing the grain,soaking in a light bleach solution for several hours, then rinsing…and continuing sprouting routine…to stage of sprout one desires… and once it is sprouted it uses the gluten up… and releases the Vitamins and minerals in abundance.
      Sugar should just be left alone as long as it is sealed. clean and dry … no leaks in bucket and lid intact.

  10. Hi Everyone,

    Late start today, and for some reason, I didn’t get the posting this week. Glad I checked.

    Picked up some soft white wheat berries, oranges, grapefruit and walnuts from the local bulk buy. The last 3 items weren’t planned, but someone accidentally ordered double, and so I was able to pick up some extra items that I hadn’t ordered, but could use.

    Not much done this week as I worked 18 hours OT, 12 of it yesterday, and am totally pooped today. Got some washing to do today, and do something with the hams I bought at Aldi’s.

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

    I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy hanukkah or whatever you celebrate. Be safe if your are traveling somewhere and stay alert.

    1. Well, it looks like google g-mail has decided that the blog post is “Promotion” e-mail and not “Primary” anymore. Found the initial post in a different spot that I don’t generally go to. ARGH!!!

      1. Almost There
        YOU are doing better than I am it will not send me notification or new posting even though I click the little boxes everytime. I just come back scan through what everyone has been doing & recent comments.

    2. I forgot Tara’s questions:

      Tara, I would LOVE to have your storage space for your food.

      1. Please share a “prepper year in review” of your activities this year.
      Got the propane tank and heater’s installed, under the house is now reinforced, learned some more stuff from my brother, have more supplies stocked up, moved out of my storage units, sold some things I didn’t need, got my car transmission hopefully taken care of for a while, learned many things from the rest of the pack, learned about some new sites to gleam information from, made a few more prep friends, got my HAM license and a couple of radios.

      2. What will you do differently or expand upon next year in your prepping habits?
      I will try to find a job within my organization to hopefully work from home, and possibly move to a better location. In the meantime, I want to put in raised beds before spring planting and become better at gardening. Also, looking into microgreens and sprouts.

      3. If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why?
      The deed to a piece of property that I have been eyeing for the last year or so. Enough for other LMI’s to come and live on to build a MAG.

      Thor’s questions:

      1. Do you think it will get worse or better next year with freedom, food and wars?
      Same as Z36 – Depends, Depends, Depends – Freedom: Depends largely on the Demoncrats. Food: Depends largely on the weather. Wars: Depends largely on where they are.

      2. If you could fix things in this country, what would they be?
      Same as Z36 – “Term limits for congress critters, both Houses. Reduce or eliminate welfare bennies for those who can work, but refuse to, along with mandatory drug testing to get and maintain bennies.”. Also, finish the wall and not allow anyone else in and get rid of the illegals. All of them. We are full. Need to take care of the Americans we have here. Build some cities/communities of tiny homes for our homeless Veterans until they can get back on their feet, and get the services they need to be at peace mentally and whole again, as much as possible.

      3. If you could time travel, what person or persons would you like to meet?
      Jesus.

      4. Do you own any ghillie suits?
      Had to look it up. Nope.

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

    Very slow prepping week for me. Just concentrated on adding some food to the stash. Otherwise, I kept up to date with the blog here and read articles on prepping, etc. Also hurt my neck from shaking it so much at the stupidity of the leftists.

    Babysat granddaughter as usual. She is so fun and smart. However, she is also getting more adventurous and has taken a couple of tumbles from climbing on things. She loves electrical and electronic things. She knows how to turn on and off all of my battery powered lanterns, the TV and DVD player, she has her own flashlight (and has finally learned to turn it off when she is done with it). Her parents have taken her to an arcade at a mall nearby a few times and the little stinker can operate most of the games already. Loves pinball the most. She is learning to read more words as well.

    Granddaughter was baptized today (Sun). She was very well behaved and didn’t squirm or anything when the water was poured on her head. In fact, she gave the pastor a big smile when he was done.

    Wrapped Christmas presents yesterday (Sat). I was all done with that by this time last year. I did get all the gifts in plenty of time. Everyone is getting a prep related gift or two (except granddaughter, unless you count a Junior Doctor kit as a prep). 😊

    Put my SUV in the shop today. All of my brake lights went out (fuses OK). I need some other routine stuff done too, oil change, etc.

    This Week’s Questions

    1. Please share a “prepper year in review” of your activities this year.

    This year saw my big first aid “kit” more or less finished. I still buy some odds and ends like 4×4 dressings and Kerlix. I got my AR-15 tricked out how I want it, holographic sights, a magnifier, flashlight, etc. Added to my food stash. Bought some silver. Some more 5.56mm ammo.

    2. What will you do differently or expand upon next year in your prepping habits?

    I don’t think I will do a lot different. I will keep abreast of news and global events that may affect my prepping needs.

    3. If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why?

    I really don’t know. I’m pretty well set as I reasonably can be and it’s just a matter of adding or doing things as they come up.

    Thor’s questions:

    1. Do you think it will get worse or better next year with freedom, food and wars?

    Food: Depends largely on the weather. Freedom: Depends largely on the Demoncrats. Wars: Depends largely on where they are.

    2. If you could fix things in this country, what would they be?

    Term limits for congress critters, both Houses. Reduce or eliminate welfare bennies for those who can work, but refuse to, along with mandatory drug testing to get and maintain bennies. Oh, God, there is just so much. Oh, and I like nemoseto’s idea about bringing duelling back.

    3. If you could time travel, what person or persons would you like to meet?

    Julius Caesar.

    4. Do you own any ghillie suits?

    Nope.

  12. Hi Tara, Dan, & all,
    Two initial things:
    1. I did not get an email notice of this post
    2. The post title was a bit confusing, as week 74 since last week was also week 74.
    The dates were however correct.

    It is hard to believe that we were so low on 1 5/8 of an inch nails, but we have engaged in a lot of home improvements this year. Bobby has copious amounts of nails, screws, washers, nuts, and bolts in a myriad of sizes, but apparently there is really a bottom to all of those old coffee cans.

    We have a veritable hardware store in one of the upstairs rooms of our Granary; but, all of those electrical components, bolts, screws, nails and other what not do have a bottom with empty coffee cans, peanut butter & baby food jars, and drawers. Of course the mice and raccoons don’t help on keeping it all organized..

    Once we get past Christmas and New Year’s, an inventory of all the “smalls” in his garage is going to be a priority weekend prepper records to do item. Our lists and lists of lists keep growing and getting updated. It is a tedious chore, but a necessary one to get a better handle on what you will have at the ready when needed.

    We’ll be doing the same thing; but, well after the holidays, perhaps after Easter or Memorial day, since sorting old dirty items in the cold is a younger persons chore.

    We are back to that nasty time of year when it is impossible to keep poultry waterers from freezing, and I have to beat the shallow end of the pond with a pry bar to break up enough of the ice to allow the livestock and flock to drink.

    Our livestock is now down to a single horse and the hens are in a contained paddock area. Heated bucket for the horse and a heated waterer for the hens make all of the difference, with power running to all but our newest building.
    I tend to turn our various inventory sessions into a date night activity, a few adult beverages and some good music turn a dreaded chore into a productive and fun way to spend time together.<'blockquote
    Adult beverages may make the time fun; but, I’ll bet it’s a bit less productive. LOL

    I really hate waking up chilly in the morning and wishing one of us had stayed up later or had chosen the “nighttime logs” a bit more wisely. Shivering while starting a fire when you have yet introduced any caffeine into your body is not a fun way to start the day.

    I can remember those days; but, now with propane primary and wood as only a backup, we manage rather well and don’t remember the last time I had caffeine.
    A good wool blanket and heavy comfortable clothing for sleeping also helps here.

    Tara’s Questions
    1. Please share a “prepper year in review” of your activities this year.
    It’s been a rather good year. New building, full propane tanks, some more stacks of firewood seasoning, new antennas for county, state, and nationwide off grid communications and a rather full larder.
    2. What will you do differently or expand upon next year in your prepping habits?
    I suspect we’ll not do much differently, since we’ve done pretty much the same things for the past 35 years on this property and have a good rhythm with incremental improvements. I do plan to upgrade the range, wire the new building, and add a wood stove to the new building for both heat and for use as an evaporator for a sugar shack. We’ll also be tearing out a fence row to provide easier access to the northern part of the property.
    3. If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why?
    We’re looking at a new real tractor. Most likely a Kubota diesel with a 3-point hitch and PTO. We’ll start with a tiller attachment and eventually a front bucket and backhoe, since it will make work around here for we old folks, just a bit easier.

    TOP’s question
    1. Years ago I smelted aluminum and did sand casting of parts with it. I found tis video I thought people here might find interesting: Watch A Sand-Cast Slingshot Made, From Start To Finish https://hackaday.com/2019/12/18/watch-a-sand-cast-slingshot-made-from-start-to-finish/ Have you ever done this kind of thing or are you interested?
    2. The New York Post slammed Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in its Thursday cover & an op-ed published from columnist Michael Goodwin over the Democrats’ purely partisan impeachment of President Trump. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EMJPvJBWsAEW-jx?format=jpg&name=small Do you think the cover is an accurate prediction?
    This week we acquired and did the following.
    1. Received 360 Qunol COQ-10, a year’s supply for only $0.20 each.
    2. @ bales wood shacings (horece bedding)
    3. 50 lbs chicken pellets
    4. Large square bale of hay
    5. 5 bales straw
    6. New vaporizer to humidify a very dry house.
    7. Vick’s Vaposteam additive for the vaporizer
    8. A ”Pacemaker”Medic Alert from Wish.com that still needs the No MRI symbol engraved.
    9. Four: four Aduro 6,000Mah Dual USB Solar Backup Battery for Christmas gifts
    10. A BIANCHI leather holster for the new Glock 17
    11. Received our Social Security COLA notice. At the announced increase of 1.6% the amount should be $54.80; but, the Medicare premium increase cuts this down to only $45.00 per month. What the gubment gives, the gubment takes away; but, the extra $45.—will be appreciated.

    1. tops questions

      1 never saw it before, not something i would likely be very interested in, not much i could do from a practical standpoint

      2 potentially, the way the dems have behaved and pushed the impeechment, changing the proceedings rules just before the hearings and doing everything they can to stak things in their favor, confessing to high crimes of their own as evidence, they are desperate to bring down trump since they know they can’t field any serious rivals in the next ellection and people are pissed off with them, they are making an all or nothing bet with the imprrechment, putting all their resources on the table,if it works it will break the republican party and open political positions for their own club to take (like when you cut a dominant tree out in the woods, other trees that were weaker quickly fill in its place, a vacant niche is an opportunity for something else), however if it fails they have blown their best resorces, reveiled their own crminal activity, and royaly pissed off the moderate majority in americas voting population, there will be a pendulum affect that will knock the piss out of the democrati party and will take yars for them to recover. so i see them putting everything they have into it like an all or nothing bet. remains to be seen how it will all turn out

    2. Top, while I have vast experience working aluminum, steel and titanium, I have never smelted aluminum. Heat treated, hydraformed, bent oñ a brake and rolled previous metals. I have smelted lead and copper though…..

      Impeachment is a sham to hide the Democrats illegal money laundering in Ukraine and elsewhere to the tune of 12.5 billion dollars of taxpayer money.

      1. Thor1,

        while I have vast experience working aluminum, steel and titanium, I have never smelted aluminum. Heat treated, hydraformed, bent oñ a brake and rolled previous metals. I have smelted lead and copper though…..

        I have done the same as a hobbyist with everything but titanium; but, the aluminum smelting with sand casting is a good thing to know since there are raw materials all around us. Aluminum cans work well and the melting may be done with propane or just charcoal and air.
        The late David J. Gingery began publishing books in 1980. His first books published were the “Build Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap” series starting out with smelting and sand casting aluminum, cleaning up the parts with a file, and assembling primitive machines, bootstrapping your shop from ”Scrap” and elbow grease.

        The books are worth having in your library.
        http://gingerybooks.com/AboutUs.html

  13. Please share a “prepper year in review” of your activities this year.
    Most of my efforts went into getting my homestead into shape. I got the bad siding replaced, the felled oaks cut up and removed and the cleared land smoothed. I got my garden spot plowed and the deer fence installed. And I got all my feral cats neutered.

    What will you do differently or expand upon next year in your prepping habits?
    I will try to take care of small problems before the get bigger, like two cats turning into 18. I will start my spring garden before June, our last freeze is in February.

    If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why? I would say a fully stocked pantry because I hate making buying decisions.

    My wife was very sick over the weekend but worked Friday and Saturday nights anyway but Sunday morning she had to call in for Sunday night as she was getting worse. She was somewhat better by Tuesday so we kept the granddaughter the next three days. The DW was still weak so I had to help.

    I had four other children but did not pay that much attention to their daily lives. I am getting a chance with her. The DW made her a puzzle out of Popsicle sticks laid side by side. She drew a Christmas tree and a big letter T for tree. You scramble the sticks and putting them right is the puzzle. She did that and then signed her work. Instead of her name she signed (in cursive) her mothers name. Jemma, perfectly legible with all the letters linked. We will probaly be keeping her during the week until next September when she can start PreK. At first I was aggravate to lose a year of private time with my wife but the child was going down the wrong path with daycares, even though they refused to keep her. We have really bonded and in a few years I will need a helper and that child loves to work and drive machinery.

    I wish you all a Merry Christmas. We should enjoy the good times while we can. I fear the S is going to HTF next year.

  14. Prepper end of year review. Several deaths in the family so spent a lot of time thinking about personal end time and working on paperwork to make it easier for folks left behind.

    Started thinking about my own self and my own mental health and started taking time off from work. We went to Pigeon Forge, TN for my birthday (12/7) and hung out with another couple we know to share suppers and shows. Visited the Titanic Museum and was a heart hurting experience to see how fallable people can be when they make plans and an iceberg gets in the way.

    Almost ready for Christmas. All the presents are bought, a few gift cards still need to be gotten in and presents need to be wrapped. Taking Monday and Tuesday off to do that.

    Bought a LOT of prep stuff this year and the dungeon is about to overflow. Sill need more TP as no matter how many rolls we have on hand (or on roll) it’s never going to be enough and it will always be a TP emergency.

    Merry Christmas to all who participate and remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.

    73s

    1. Cliff,

      Sill need more TP as no matter how many rolls we have on hand (or on roll) it’s never going to be enough and it will always be a TP emergency.

      Amen brother.
      Lots of TP & sugar can go a long way for making foods like bulk grains palatable and handling their aftermath,
      I don’t know if we’re winning; but, I think we’re making some progress since I’m hearing ”Merry Christmas” & ”Happy Hanukkah” more often than ”Happy Holidays” for the first year in a while.

  15. My dh still has his urinary catheter. The doctor did not submit the paperwork on time for the home health nurse. Hopefully, the paperwork will go through Monday and we will get someone out here. They have to remove the catheter, fill his bladder and see if can urinate naturally. If not, they will have to put in another catheter. He says it stings just to move. Ugg.
    I am down with pneumonia and have been in bed for a week. I was just getting over the flu when he had his heart attack. I am sure I picked up pneumonia in the hospital. I am getting better but I have a persistent cough. It doesn’t help that I am up every 4-6 hours draining and cleaning his urine bag.
    Even though I have been in bed for a week, I have still done some productive research. I have kept up with the research on nutrition for the past 20 years. I read a book called The China Study years ago that piqued my interest in nutrition and the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).
    https://www.socakajak-klub.si/mma/The+China+Study.pdf/20111116065942/
    The study took place in the 1970s in China. It is the largest study ever conducted on the connection between diet and disease. China was the perfect place to conduct the study because each province has a unique diet and people remain in the province in which they were born. In the early 70’s the Premier of China was dying of some obscure throat disease and wanted to know what caused it. So, he hired tens of thousands of people and they interviewed every family in China. The aim was to correlate the typical diet of each province with the leading causes of death in each province. The results were astounding: in provinces where people eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet, cancer and heart disease were entirely absent. The diet of people in the more affluent provinces included more poultry and meat. In these provinces, there was an increased incidence of heart disease and cancer. People in the most affluent provinces in China ate processed foods in addition to meat and poultry. Cancer and heart disease were the highest in these provinces. (The findings of the China Study have since been corroborated by laboratory studies.)
    A subsequent study, The Okinawa Program, has shown that a calorie restricted, whole-foods, plant-based diet leads to healthy aging.
    https://www.amazon.com/Okinawa-Program-Longest-Lived-Everlasting-Health/dp/0609807501
    In Okinawa, where people regularly consume this healthy diet, there is no such thing as dementia. The diseases that we think are the inevitable consequence of aging are not the inevitable consequence of aging. They are a consequence of poor diet.
    Sorry for the overly-long explanation. But I am bored out of my mind. Armed with this information (and 20 years of subsequent research), I set out this week to make sense of the American Heart Association’s dietary recommendations. (My husband’s doctor said he should follow this diet. He will not be following this diet.) I have formulated some tentative conclusions.
    [1] The recommendations from the U.S.D.A. and the American Heart Association (A.H.A.) are more indicative of special interests (campaign contributions and donations) than the actual science. (The A.H.A. says canola oil is healthy.)
    [2] The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) (and even “low-fat” versions of S.A.D.) is/are the driving force behind metabolic syndrome.

    [3] The American Heart Association recommends a low-fat diet (especially one that is very, very low in saturated fat). This does not square with a well-developed body of scientific knowledge. What gives? The A.M.A. has two primary sources of revenue: (1) donations from corporations and charitable foundations set up by corporations, and (2) the A.H.A. seal of approval (The Heart-Check Certification Program). Corporations that sell processed foods spend thousands of dollars per item to get their products certified by the A.H.A. so they can put a little stamp on their packages. This allows said corporations to advertise their crap foods as “heart healthy”.

    [4] This is why the A.H.A. still attributes heart disease to consumption of saturated fat, despite the fact that 40 years of research has found no link between consumption of saturated fat and coronary heart disease. If they admitted saturated fat is not the problem, they would have to look at the science and identify the real cause: processed foods.

    [5] The science says consumption of highly processed, sugars-laded food-like substances (packaged food) is the primary driving force behind metabolic syndrome. (When you remove the fat from products like sour cream or yogurt, you need to add in more refined oils such as canola and more sugars to make the product palatable.) The A.H.A. is getting money from the processed “food” corporations. Big Food is making tons of money selling “low fat” foods. A “low fat” version of the Standard American Diet is a high fat diet compared to every province studied in the China Study.

    [6] Fact: Low-fat food, highly processed foods are higher in calories than their full fat equivalents. (See above.) The is a problem. Heart disease, cancer and Type II Diabetes (metabolic syndrome in general) is caused by obesity. Hypertension, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol and high triglyceride levels are all caused by obesity. Low-fat foods promote obesity because they are higher in calories than their full fat counterparts. (And because fat promotes satiety, if you eat low-fat foods, you get hungry sooner.)

    [7] Conclusion: The American Heart Association (and the U.S.D.A.) are complicit in genocide propagated by Big Food against the American people. They are taking money from the corporate “food” industry knowing full well these industries are killing Americans.

    With these points in mind, how can we reconcile the conflicting data? What is a healthy diet? My inclination is to turn back the clock to before World War II, a time before Big Food hijacked the government and our food supply. If your granddaddy ate it, it’s healthy. If it’s made in a lab, it’s going to kill you.

    Some obvious questions. If saturated fat (meat) is okay, why do doctors recommend reducing the amount of meat (especially red meat) after a heart attack? Americans consume too much meat. There are a few problems with excessive consumption of meat and poultry. First, meat is made of amino acids. The body prefers to be alkaline. When you eat too much meat, your body has to release calcium from your bones to neutralize the acidity. (This is why Americans and Europeans have issues with hip fractures and Asians eating a traditional diet do not.) Second, meat and poultry are calorie dense. If you eat a lot of meat and poultry, you consume a lot of calories to feel full. The biggest way to prevent/reverse heart disease is to lose weight. Studies have shown that calorie restricted diets do not work. The best way to eat food is to eat nutrient-dense, calorie not-dense foods—foods such as leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables, and other fruits and vegetables.

    For the past 10 days I have had my dh on a nutrient-rich, quality fat and reduced meat/poultry/salt diet. (We started this diet before he had his heart attack.) In 10 days, he has lost 20 pounds. His goal is to lose another 48 pounds by his birthday at the end of March.

    1. Bam Bam,
      Sorry to hear about your pneumonia. I’ve had a minor head cold this past week that’s no big deal except the drainage has caused a mild sore throat and something horrible: ”Laryngitis.” LOL

      I think you need a better definition of processed foods, since in small quantities they may be OK.
      Because of my heart issues I have tried numerous “diets”; but, found that losing weight was the biggest factor in keeping me healthy. I’m down 90 lbs since my heaviest in 2006.
      After trying the low fat, mostly tasteless cardboard diets, we have switched and now use real butter, sour cream, and ice cream all in moderation.
      Another diet model you may want to look at is the Ornish diet, from Doctor Dean Ornish.
      There was another study similar to the one you cited, I read years ago. I think it was in Japan. It studied the ”healing places” where people with maladies went to be miraculously or magically cured. Once these anecdotal places had a good scientific and statistical analysis applied, it turned out that the water and foods in the region were the real cures.

        1. Almost There,

          I am sure you’re wife might be enjoying the temporary horrible “laryngitis”

          Actually she’s not, since when she asks me a question she has to walk close enough to me to hear my faint whisper.
          She’s also had to get used to me whistling to get her attention, since I cannot make enough noise to do that otherwise. Hopefully I’ll be over this by the New Year; but, our traditional Christmas day with the oldest boy will likely be a bit quieter.
          She just left to pick up the DD whose flight comes in tonight.

  16. Tara’s Questions
    1. Please share a “prepper year in review” of your activities this year.
    This year’s main prep has been saving money for much needed home improvements. We are going to have to replace the 15-year old air conditioner this spring. We had a friend come out this past fall and weld one of the metal hoses back together. He said that was a temporary fix. We have saved up enough money to pay cash for the new AC. But we also need to replace the hot water heater and the refrigerator, both also 15-years old.
    2. What will you do differently or expand upon next year in your prepping habits?
    I am going to have to expand our food preps. I fully expect dd’s boyfriend to give her a ring for Christmas. (He has put in paperwork with his company to transfer closer and they have already picked out the church they want to get married at. And dd is cleaning out her home to make space for his stuff.) They want children. (He is really our biggest prep of the year. He grew up on a farm, can operate any kind of equipment, has a concealed carry license, his parents are preppers and he is just a great down-to-earth guy.)
    3. If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why?
    LOL If I could get one gift, would like to see Trump reelected and given a chance to replace Ginsburg and Breyer.
    Thor’s questions:
    1. Do you think it will get worse or better next year with freedom, food and wars?
    I think we need to keep a close eye on Virginia.
    2. If you could fix things in this country, what would they be?
    I would tie pay for Congress people to active duty military. (The pay for congress members can be no more than four times as much as the pay for first year officer. Pay schedules for all other active duty military would be adjusted from there.) I would tie health benefits for Congress to folks on Medicare.
    3. If you could time travel, what person or persons would you like to meet?
    Jesus, Socrates, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Nikola Tesla
    4. Do you own any ghillie suits?
    No.

    1. BamBam
      On the water heating unit, have you & your dh looked at a Rinnai system for hot water. We have a propane unit, and love the fact it does not waste fuel keeping the water hot until we need it.

      Like TOP’s idea for the refrigerator, ask for gift cards from the family for holiday giving & birthdays.

  17. Bam Bam,
    Combining two thoughts.

    We have saved up enough money to pay cash for the new AC. But we also need to replace the hot water heater and the refrigerator, both also 15-years old.
    . . . . .
    I fully expect dd’s boyfriend to give her a ring for Christmas. (He has put in paperwork with his company to transfer closer and they have already picked out the church they want to get married at. And dd is cleaning out her home to make space for his stuff.) They want children. (He is really our biggest prep of the year. He grew up on a farm, can operate any kind of equipment, has a concealed carry license, his parents are preppers and he is just a great down-to-earth guy.)

    I always have to laugh at the common term “hot water heater”, since if it’s already hot, what are you heating? I think water heater is the more appropriate name; but, I bring it up here because it’s an easy DIY installation I have performed many times for both gas and electric models.
    If you are not confident in your own abilities, I suspect your soon to be SIL can get the job done and with your help, you can see how easy it is.
    For the Fridge, unless it’s a crisis, look at lay away.
    Our last fridge was purchased free with Home Depot gift cards I collected using credit card rewards points so there are other frugal ways to get things you need.

  18. Long hard week. Got a sinus infection, pounding head.
    Ion lithium generator charged full. Can run washing machine. Solar generators charged. All back into faraday cages.
    More calves, ordered more seeds, more critters due to throw offspring.
    Shopped for grain, sugar and potatoes again.
    New woodburner keeps house above 70 degrees. Spent a day moving it into place, and using tin snips to custom cut stovepipe and fire it up. Hallelujah! Love it. Need to put away extra stove pipe, doublewalled, insulated pieces (9) that came with it. This may come in really handy, during harder times, than now. I thank God for his many blessings, that I am undeserving of. Time with friends and gift exchanges. Have a great blessing coming that I can not discuss online. If i get time, will put up tree, if not, the nativity scene will suffice. Love all my friends, since my family have passed, friends seem more special.
    I am greatful for each of them.

    Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah to everyone!

    God is very good.

    1. Sage
      Wonderful news on the stove to keep your home warm during the winter time. Don’t forget to add rice to your plans-if you like it.

      Merry Christmas to you

    2. Sage, Glad you have those heating /cooking needs covered..in such an awesome way.
      We have also had sinus issues hit. ours today. Flu is going around here, not it… but ear and throat involvement. we have herbals for that. some better today…Family 200 miles away also having problems. coincides with spraying before the last storm…so multiple attack for a multi-faceted attack is in order. Plan: use both anti virals And anti bacterials. ..concurrent.in progress.improvement within 12 hours…May get to go to DD’s after-all.
      On the rice..with a grain grinder/mill it can be processed into flour and also used for thickener…Our goal for it is: to rotate our rice and pasta meals so that we do not burn out on any of them… we already rotate thru both…If we have a spicy pasta entre’, (something like a chili mac.)we will follow it with a savory of rice.( a rice gumbo-with polish sausage/chicken or rabbit) by using a variety of meats in rotation..as well . We rotate stews, soups, fried , baked meats. for same reasons.

  19. Hello Everyone,
    Just 10 more days, and we will have made another loop around the sun.
    For Tara’s questions: (1) I called it quits after working 43 years and retired. Bought myself a new car and did quite a bit of traveling the first part of last year. The biggest task I accomplished was to de-clutter the house, getting rid of things hardly or never used, and
    (2) I plan to move to a more rural location with room to do more gardening and such. I also want a bigger storage. Area for my preps. I got everything organized the way I want and got everything on a spreadsheet. This helps with items about to expire, and menu planning.
    (3) If Santa could bring me one prep item this year, I could always use a new bug out vehicle.
    As for Thor’s additions, (1) I think freedoms will remain for awhile, at least another year (2021), food will be dependent on the weather, and wars and rumors of wars will always be everpresent. (2) Definately term limits on Congress and House. More focus on our Veterans and their benefits, and of course build the border wall. We need to protect our borders.
    (3) Time travel is an interesting concept. I think I would like to spend the day with President Donald Trump. (4). I will have to look up that last item.

    1. AT:

      The problem now is they have “blown smoke” at the general public for so long, they have put them to sleep. 72 hours is “top of mind” with the general public, anything else is now just noise.

      I’m now getting more comments that “they aught to start putting something up”, but have not noticed them actually doing anything about it.

      I think it will take a major fear-inducing incident for them to “get it”. I’m not waiting for them, or depending on them being any help to me and mine in the event of an emergency.

      1. Isn’t it odd that the dates these were published, by different sites, is exactly one year to the day. I found that odd.

        Yes, I’ve talked till I’m blue in the face, and I don’t even bother anymore. I think one person I’ve talked to may have a little bit more. I wish I had her basement. Still looking for LMI’s near me though.

        I agree, and I’m not waiting or depending on them either.

      2. JP,

        The problem now is they have “blown smoke” at the general public for so long, they have put them to sleep. 72 hours is “top of mind” with the general public, anything else is now just noise.

        I think that due to normalcy bias, even the 72 hours is just noise to many people.
        Being prepared takes some planning, some time, and some bit of cash; but, what I see are people who think it cannot happen here and just go on about their normal lives. Over the past few years I have put on a short (2-3 hours) seminar on preparedness as part of our local county EMA. In a community of about 20,000 and a county of 57,000 we are lucky to get 30 people showing up for the free event; however, quite often those who do show up seem to be interested in doing something.

        I think it will take a major fear-inducing incident for them to “get it”. I’m not waiting for them, or depending on them being any help to me and mine in the event of an emergency.

        I’m with you; but, the people that are waiting need to realize that the ”them” they may be waiting for are just people like us, often neighbors with families who would be in the same situation as those waiting for their help. We often think of FEMA or local EMA, Police, Fire, and Medics as “Them”; however, working with them you get to see them as just people like us with training, who cannot be blamed for staying home to protect their families in a disaster, perhaps leaving the unprepared to their own ends.

        1. Too many people have been trained to “leave it to the experts” and “someone will come fix it”. Well, you live long enough or are smart enough to see, that if WE dont become the experts, or at least try to learn skills, we have no right to complain when it all comes crashing down!

          1. Babycatcher,

            Too many people have been trained to “leave it to the experts” and “someone will come fix it”.

            That is where I was very lucky. Both of my parents could do nearly anything and expected us kids to be the same. Growing up our house seemed to be in constant renovation mode and I was expected to help and to learn. Rough and finish carpentry, plumbing and electrical were things we just did.
            At age 10 I helped an uncle wire a house, first as a basic gopher; but, actually making connections and running wiring myself by the time we were finished.
            I bought my first house at age 25 and completely renovated it mostly by myself.
            When you do that you save a ton of money; but, you get a sense of satisfaction that can’t be duplicated any other way.
            My big problem now is that with my vision I get frustrated when I am unable to do things I once could do, or they take a much longer time to perform; however, I am able to work with others as a mentor, getting the work done and simultaneously teaching them a skill.

            Well, you live long enough or are smart enough to see, that if WE dont become the experts, or at least try to learn skills, we have no right to complain when it all comes crashing down!

            I agree; but, I’m sure that will not stop the sheep from complaining when their world goes inverted and dark.
            I hopefully live far enough from the masses to at least give me a buffer from them; but, since necessities like gasoline may not be readily available and too many wait until the fuel empty idiot light comes on, I feel relatively comfortable out here, although prepared to defend if required.

    2. Almost There,
      The 1st linked article: National Infrastructure Advisory Council: Cyber threats pose an existential threat to the nation is no surprise to those of us who have been involved in this area for decades as I have. I have helped design components and worked on SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems that were essentially ”hack proof” because they were housed in air gapped (not internet connected) facilities, with secure building access and security safeguards including people. To make things more convenient many of their facilities started with a lone computer for handling email; but, eventually connected that internet connection to other things, allowing convenient remote access and control. Unfortunately all too often proper security measures were not put in place and convenience was placed ahead of security.
      Fir this reason I personally do not use the cloud, preferring to have all of my storage located here where they cannot be accessed externally. When I need to take storage with me, it does require planning; but, with inexpensive thumb drives now available in 256 GB sizes, carrying data securely in your pocket is easy.

      The 2nd linked article: ” DHS Says Americans Need to Start Prepping for up to six months without electricity!” is something I find as an interesting admission.
      While I don’t think this will happen nationally, since the grid components and control are divided into large mostly unconnected segments, we are already seeing short versions of this happening. Back in July of this year (2019) an outage beginning around 6:47 p.m. caused by a transformer fire, affected 62,954 customers according to electric company Con Edison. Power started returning to the affected parts of Manhattan at 10 p.m. and was expected to be fully restored by midnight. Add to that the planned outages by PG&E and our aging infrastructure, aided by a congress more set on politics than serving the citizenry and we could all be in the dark
      While I don’t expect such things here, we are as prepared as we can be; but, do have limitations. Since our summer fill of propane we have ysed nearly 500 gallons fo the remaining propane would last oly about 2 months running the generator @ full load; but, in austerity mode can easily last 6 months or more. In that hace we will have to use water and power more carefully, according to our preplanned austerity mode.
      Over the years Local EMA, FEMA, Red Cross and others have pushed the 72 hour kit with only a modicum of success, so expanding that to 2 or more weeks with threats of 6 month power outages, may catch some people’s attention; but, I don’t have any real feelings that normal people will actually pay attention.
      Normalcy bias, wins again.

  20. Tara
    Missed last week to convey your storage cabinets are gorgeous. Love the look of the wood grains it has a unique texture, that is a once in a life time piece.

    As many have conveyed to you and Dan, I truly appreciate your taking this site over to give us a place to share our ideas along with yours. Those of us who were/are family(sharing/caring/grouching/forgiving) have a home to call our own once again. Thank you both for all your hard work.

    1. Amen! I second that! And , if any of you older folks remember BC, he has his own YouTube channel, and apart from having some breathing issues, seems to be doing ok. Go see his vids, and like them(and no, he does not know im asking this). Hes just a great guy and one of the originals on the old board. He just finished renovating the interior of his garage/workshop, and its beautiful!

      1. Babycatcher,
        Good point. BC is a good guy. When I had my stroke back in 2015 and disappeared from this forum for a few months, he was the first person to contac me via email.
        I do watch his videos and should probably email him to let him know we’re still here and thinking of him.

        1. TOP
          Besure to tell him I said Hello.
          He probably will only recall me from my given name. As I am not sure if he was still posting when I changed it to Pacrat, in honor of my brother hurassing me on my collection of American kitchen items.

  21. Did anyone hear about 3 buses burning at LAX airport? They are blaming it on Electricity again. Funny how they want us to switch to Electric vehicles……

    Israel also attacked Damascus.

  22. Antique Collector,,,,
    Stores are rice heavy, as main stay. Love rice, but try to eat less of it because we could burn out on it in much harder times than now. But shall be greatful for whatever God provides. Attitude of gratitude is so very important as right attitude before God. More spices should be on my radar to flavor dishes, could be lacking in that area. Plus additional seeds to grow favorite seasonings.
    Have always kept extra $100 Bill’s, because, at times, I have received calls on Christmas eve, that there have been families missed, that had no holiday food or gifts for their children. This seems impossible to believe, but it is real in this country. Calls come in, in the last hour stores are open. Remember one year, got a call, that a little boy had no gifts. Had to get gas on Christmas eve, stores closed, when the need came, went in BP service station and there were BP tanker trucks (toys). That little boy loved it! Plus stocking stuffers.
    So, there is always need in this world, just pay attention and do your part. The gimmiedats will take care of themselves, but there are honest hardworking families that barely make it and that is where we can all jump in and help. Don’t expect others to take care of this, does not always happen. One year a family, the dad worked for a local dairy, and they were depending on his Christmas bonus to get gifts out of layaway on Christmas eve. The dairy let the employees go on Christmas eve day, with no bonus or job I got the call, that family had a very good Christmas because one old woman ( me) on limited income had put back $100 each month in case of such an emergency happened.
    You can make a difference.

    Merry Christmas to Tara and Dan. And the entire TSB family.

    1. Sage,
      We are also rice heavy; but, use it for numerous things.
      Added to beef or chicken broth with some vegetables (frozen or canned) and soe bits of meat and it makes a hardy soup.
      Cooked rice added to raw egg and gently cooked with your favorite seasonings makes a good omelet
      I have a sweet tooth so adding milk and either brown sugar or maple syrup and heating for a few seconds in the microwave makes a tasty snack / desert.
      You can also combine it with ground beef and onions to make a burger, meat loaf, or stuffing for peppers or cabbage rolls.
      While none of these are traditional Christmas fare, I see at least one of them in my culinary future this week. Yum!!

          1. Thor1,

            It looks like they’re good for doing splits in, so they could possibly be good for your workouts… Lol…

            No man around here, soooo…

          1. Thor1,
            I’ve never seen TSA do a strip search and since we always seem to fly Pre Check they don’t even do a pat down on the DW & me.
            The DW walks through the magnetometer and since I cannot (pacemaker) I step into the whole body scanner and we both go on our way.

          2. TOP,

            Hopefully, you will never SEE a TSA strip search. They are supposed to be done in a private room out of sight of the public. But they are done occasionally.

          3. Almost There,

            ROFL….. That would make their day!!!!

            I suspect you are right; but, when you handle as many people as they do, I suspect nothing surprises them anymore; but, does give them something to talk about around the proverbial water cooler.

          4. Zulu 3-6,

            Hopefully, you will never SEE a TSA strip search. They are supposed to be done in a private room out of sight of the public. But they are done occasionally.

            The only time I’ve had anything out of the ordinary was about 8 years ago flying back from PA while visiting my mother during her last days. Flying out of the local small airport (Johnstown) they swabbed my hands for what I suspect was a nitrate check. Perhaps my NRA jacket and hat was the culprit.
            The last several times I’ve flown both the DW & I were TSA pre-check; however, we haven’t signed up for that plan and don’t know why or if future flights will have that status. As a 20 year sworn member of EMA, a 28 year hunter education instructor and Concealed Handgun license holder for more than 16 years, perhaps all of those repeated background checks have done something; but, probably just mentioning it here means I’ll not have that status on my next flight.
            Jinxed again.

          5. TOP,

            I’m on the Pre-Check program due to my retired military status. I fly rarely these days, but Pre-Check is helpful.

          6. Zulu 3-6,
            I also rarely fly these days with the last two in 2015 for my DD’s college graduation and the wedding of a good friend’s DD both in Massachusetts and both pre check. Per check is helpful; but, I’ll only know the next time we fly, perhaps next spring to my sisters place I Key West.
            Queries on the matter show that others get the status in a hit or miss fashion, so I’ll take it if they give it to me, or be prepared to take off my shoes.

      1. Thor 1
        I did laugh but did not respond. Purchase dh nutcracker underware last year from the underware company we all see on tv. Yes, an it was two pairs of those just for the fun of it.

          1. Thor1,
            The colloquial name of NO2 as “laughing gas” coined by Sir Humphry Davy is a misnomer in my case. I’ve never used it or other compounds for their euphoric effects having had it only administered a few times for dental work years ago where it was definitely “sleeping gas”. Actually I do very occasionally use alcohol for the same; but; more for the taste than the euphoria. As I recall it did not change my sense of humor.

          2. I am finding out my body responds differently to many drugs and foods. NO2 did make we laugh the first time I had it. Now it just makes dental procedures less stressful. For several months I became resistant to numbing injections and had to be sedated to have dental procedures done. I did not try alcohol until I was 30, I found it only made me feel heavy and out of breath, no fun in that. All drinks taste nasty to me. Wine is spoiled grape juice and rum taste like Windex (yes, I accidentally swigged some once).

          3. Daddio7,

            For several months I became resistant to numbing injections and had to be sedated to have dental procedures done.

            I still do fine on the injected lidocaine; but, my dentist doses me rather good.

            I did not try alcohol until I was 30, I found it only made me feel heavy and out of breath, no fun in that. All drinks taste nasty to me. Wine is spoiled grape juice and rum taste like Windex (yes, I accidentally swigged some once).

            I turned 21 on a Thursday and my so called college friends took me out on Saturday and got me drunk, for the first and only time.
            I like certain good full body dark beers like Bass or Negra Madira, a few wines that must be sweet, hard lemonade and good quality 86 proof dark rum, generally mixed with Coke or some other sweet concoction.
            My total yearly intake amounts to perhaps 2-4 beers, 2 mixed drink and maybe 2 hard lemonade’s.

  23. Please share a “prepper year in review” of your activities this year.
    Mostly home repair/renovation. If the zombie apocalypse does not occur in my lifetime and i become too old/enfeebled to stay here, i want it to be in relatively saleable condition. This house is a big chunk of the estate i have after hubby is gone. Hes considerably older than I, but thats no guarantee( we have had 12 men lose their wives to various diseases in the past 5 years, two of the men followed by natural causes within a month of their wives-yes its a pretty old congregation). So i want it to be fixed up while I’m still able to do most of the work.
    What will you do differently or expand upon next year in your prepping habits? Learning more about our fire sticks. Its one area that was never considered proper for girls to know( along with woodworking- ha!) So I want to learn how to take apart and clean and put together my pieces so i know how to maintain them
    If Santa Claus could bring you one prep this year, what would it be and why? Some handyman young enough and strong enough to help me finish the fences, build the greenhouse, build the addition to the barn, a woodshed, and a separate shed in the second paddock. Oh, and one of my goals this year is learn to operate a mini excavator, rent one, and dig the trenches for the irrigation system and the underground water,LV lighting, and antenna conduits. Not much to ask for, ya think? Merry Christmas to all on TSB, and to the special ones, and a Happy New Year!

    1. Babycatcher,
      Good luck on your handyman; but, learning to run an excavator is not that hard.
      I’ve run backhoes and skid loaders off and on most of my life, and if you have access to one, an area clear of obstructions then some time on board is all that’s required.
      When we opted for our new ZT mower a few years ago, I tookt the DW to a neighbor who has one, and with the mower disengaged, he allowed her to drive it around his yard. At first she was very tentative; but, within about 15 minutes she was driving it like a pro. A ZT mower of course has no steering wheel and steers with two horizontal bars as do most skid loaders. While the mower is packed up for the winter, she still did not let me mow at all last summer, since she found it to be so much fun.
      My point is that if you have driven other vehicles and have reasonable vision and depth perception, operating a skid loader or backhoe is really no big deal, after you take the time to learn the controls.

      I’m betting that in the long run it’s easier and less complex than catching babies.

  24. Hello to the Pack,
    I want to add my Thanks to Tara and Dan for starting this posting up …and making it available for us.
    I have tried to add my name to the list to receive a notice of post but ..has not worked yet… so i just check it when i can …and come back and try to read it 2 -3 x after posting…
    Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas- Or what ever holiday you celebrate at this time of year- and a Happy New Year. I also enjoy the extra questions, as long as it is not so many i get lost in them…
    Tara’s questions… #1 Our prepper review..and #2 expansion projects…..This year was about adding protein to our stores, live and secured… With an eye to sustainability:we were able to add a breeding trio of rabbits.. we have ability to put up hay from our own property for winter consumption of a small herd.- with late start and learning curve did not get enough this year, is definitely a chore . Is worth doing. ..the heat of summer we need to do a better plan for. Have some ideas, but nothing implemented yet…. Have winter kits now, will only hold breed stock thru the hottest summer months.Rest of rabbits will have the best secure housing available…..Heat index was scorching for a long time this summer and that is how the Grand Solar Minimum works, intensifying the cold and the heat with less time to adjust for what were normal seasonal changes…
    . I had success in lime-ing of Eggs for storage. we have used some and they have no change in taste, and require no refrigeration. just pickling lime and a place to sit the buckets cool and dry..
    .Our Americana hens were one full year in Sept. so they should be able to have successful chicks this coming spring…Will set apart one more roo from somewhere,..(may purchase a few more RIR’s…and some Columbian Wyandot hens, if i can find them.).
    .We also added more dry goods, rice,milk, spices, and potatoes to long term storage. Finally found a way my DH will eat them that i can prepare with no special equipment. Will continue to expand on root crop dehydration,thru the winter as available. Carrots, onions, potatoes…and the butter peas, and sweet peas we like but have had difficulty growing.. We added several bricks of coffee and have experimented with new to us brands at bargain prices.Some we liked and some ended up in the compost pile…I have built up the raised beds we used this year…adding compost and cardboard… and to the one full of worms i am feeding them extra table scraps.( potato peelings)I emptied the old compost area and have restarted 2.. one with mostly chicken manure .. It should be ready by spring… the other one with mostly rabbit manure….building up an area with this one to begin some early planting…
    I transferred some foods that were in medium term storage to long term by dehydrating and repacking canned vegetables that were out of date and good/or nearly so. This project will continue until all the older canned goods are dehydrated. The dehydration reduces the volume significantly, so more can be stored in a smaller space.. is a work in progress….like me. Been replacing the foods we use most often in commercially canned already… I have concentrated on purchases of foods we like and tolerate well-yet do not/can not grow, due to season/land conditions or other factors.Some things using as replacements for others… instead of dry beans am purchasing only canned ones that are seasoned to DH’s liking..since I can not(medically) eat them.I have a few things i eat he does not also in a protein..so I am getting more of those for me.
    I have added more canning jars and more lids and rings.Probably need many more regular pints…thought we had enough and ran out! Learning which commercial non-standard jars are most easily re-used for various needs. favorite ones are short pint jars that cheese sauce and or salsa comes in… Have added a” new to me” pressure canner. Old one is on holiday…until different gaskets are obtained.
    Santa Clause has already come early. we were able to get a greenhouse. It is not up yet and will require additional structural/foundational supports.. Santa may also come a little late to help with those things needed., will give more room for growing/starting/protecting plants…once is up.
    Thor’s Q’s #1 Depends… on many factors beyond my immediate control. This is why we prep. We hope and pray for the best, prepare for our worst case concerns..Preps should safely fall with in those bounds.
    #2 Allow only congress and house representatives to work for 1/3 time to run country.Rest of the time they should be working a job.. No perks.. except travel mostly by car/never by private plane. those far west should have a shuttle serving no less than 1/2 of all representatives.(NO PRIVATE accommodations) -quarterly to and from seat of government. salary to be NO greater than the lowest paid person working a 30 hour week in the COUNTY they represent. Pay should only represent time spent in gov. seat…All of their medical be borne by their private enterprise, and MUST be in same market as everyone else. No lifetime retirement. TERM limits.3-6 years max. Anyone coming out of government with net gain of millions WHILE in office, should be evaluated for illegal conduct. Stop all the dead , non working tax sucking deadbeats, illegals from voting. Go back and reinstate the true 13th amendment. Get rid of the FED , IRS., FEMA, FDA,( whole system is corrupt- approve drugs with faulty fake science and deny people ability to use natural means, even denying them information.) Defund the UN , This last will stop the geoengineering that makes houses burn and trees remain standing.and help with controlling human trafficking…..will be a good start. There is more… but all i have time for tonight.
    No- on the suit.

    1. Anonamo Also,

      I have tried to add my name to the list to receive a notice of post but ..has not worked yet… so i just check it when i can …and come back and try to read it 2 -3 x after posting

      So far I’ve not had that problem; but, others have and it looks to me like it’s your email provider, some of which analyze the posts as SPAM or commercial email and block them. I think Yahoo & Gmail were some of the culprits.
      Within a few minutes of your first post on a column, you should get a <strong<[Subscribe] email that has you acknowledge that you really want the follow-up posts. If you don’t get that one, then something is blocking it from your email system and you will get no other follow-up messages, so be sure you look for that one right away.

      Heat index was scorching for a long time this summer and that is how the Grand Solar Minimum works, intensifying the cold and the heat with less time to adjust for what were normal seasonal changes

      Actually what is being called the Grand Solar Minimum is only another in a series of them over the years. Grand solar minima occur when several solar cycles exhibit less than average sunspot activity for decades or centuries. The 11 year solar cycles still occur during these GSM periods but are at a lower intensity than normal and historically are more likely to bring global cooling than heating or large temperature variations.
      The GSM from approximately 1650 to 1715 is called the Maunder Minimum and was a period of extremely low solar activity, that historically, is associated with a period of cooler global temperatures, referred to as the Little Ice Age, and thus taken as compelling evidence of a large, direct solar influence on climate.
      Globally our biggest problem is feeding our population, with about 1,000,000,000 people in 1650 and 7,000,000,000 people now.

      I transferred some foods that were in medium term storage to long term by dehydrating and repacking canned vegetables that were out of date and good/or nearly so. This project will continue until all the older canned goods are dehydrated.

      That’s a good idea.

      Learning which commercial non-standard jars are most easily re-used for various needs. favorite ones are short pint jars that cheese sauce and or salsa comes in.

      We don’t generally purchase cheese sauce or salsa; but, other than some pickle and olive jars most everything we find are now made of plastic and not useable for canning.

      Santa Clause has already come early. we were able to get a greenhouse. It is not up yet and will require additional structural/foundational supports.. Santa may also come a little late to help with those things needed., will give more room for growing/starting/protecting plants…once is up.

      Can I ask where you got your green house?
      We have one we purchased on sale from Harbor Freight a few years ago. It’s a 6x8x6 W / L / H and we attached it to a treated 4×4 & 2×12 base to raise it off the ground by a foot for more head room. We’ve had it working a few years; but, are still really learning how to use it.

      #2 Allow only congress and house representatives to work for 1/3 time to run country.Rest of the time they should be working a job.. No perks.. except travel mostly by car/never by private plane. those far west should have a shuttle serving no less than 1/2 of all representatives.(NO PRIVATE accommodations) -quarterly to and from seat of government.

      It will never happen; but, I think this is a good start.

      salary to be NO greater than the lowest paid person working a 30 hour week in the COUNTY they represent. Pay should only represent time spent in gov. seat.

      If this is the case, only the wealthy will be able to take office, since many times they have to keep two households, one in very expensive DC and one in their home district, where there families may live.
      I think we could add a perk by giving them free housing as part of the job, just like we do our military. Small sleeping rooms or dormitories with a mess hall where they can purchase cafeteria style meals.

      All of their medical be borne by their private enterprise, and MUST be in same market as everyone else.

      Works for me.

      No lifetime retirement. TERM limits 3-6 years max.

      Those numbers don’t work well for current terms of 2 years for the house and 6 years for senate. I’m thinking more like 3-4 terms total.

      Anyone coming out of government with net gain of millions WHILE in office, should be evaluated for illegal conduct.

      Amen, except that they’ve already stacked the rules to make what they do be legal actions.

      Stop all the dead , non working tax sucking deadbeats, illegals from voting.

      There are places like here in Ohio doing that by cleaning up the tax rolls; but, getting sued and fought tooth and nail against ”purging”

      Go back and reinstate the true 13th amendment.

      I hope you meant the 14th amendment, since the 13th abolished slavery.

      Get rid of the FED , IRS., FEMA, FDA,( whole system is corrupt- approve drugs with faulty fake science and deny people ability to use natural means, even denying them information.)

      Without the FED, congress will print money and spend us into debt even faster
      Without the IRS, there will be no funds to run the country.
      We could probably do without FEMA; but, if your little neck of the woods has a crisis, you are on your own with only your own resources.
      Prior to the FDA we actually had real snake oil salesmen, selling burnt cork and alcohol as a cure all. Original Coca Cola syrup contained extract of cola beans and real cocaine.
      Getting rid of these agencies would be throwing out the baby with the bath water; but, I agree they need real reforms.

      Defund the UN

      We should have done this years ago.
      I’ve visited and toured that building in NYC and with some renovation it could be turned into some nice office space and condominiums that could actually turn a profit for the US treasury.

      Prior to his presidency in 2013 the Trump organization remodeled the Old Post Office (Washington, D.C.) and turned it into a profit center for the government, so I suspect the U.N. building could be likewise converted.

      From Wikipedia:

      In 2013, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) leased the property for 60 years to a consortium headed by “DJT Holdings LLC”, a holding company that U.S. President Donald Trump owns through a revocable trust.[2] Trump developed the property into a luxury hotel, the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., which opened in September 2016, with room rates ranging from $650 to $15,000 per night.

      1. TOP,.. Greenhouse….. I sent you a link via mail… to show you which one we got… will require a lot of support bracing…and will do a foundational wall to raise and tie the walls into… part of our problems is site related….
        I know the Grand Solar Minimum is very complex…in the way it functions and the changes we can expect…. Years 2025, 2026 and 2027 are supposed to be very challenging for growing- unless something changes… It is my understanding that areas of the country will see mini- climate variances… an area that had a wonderful amount of rain, may suddenly get none… and vice versa….
        I believe all are so corrupt we need to OMIT putting our babies in these bath waters and set up completely different systems… I do not have ALL the answers- and neither does Wikipedia!..I trust their knowledge base as far as i can throw the building i live in.
        The FED being removed would NOT give unlimited printing but a control on the presses. The FED is neither Federal nor our friend. IT is a debt slavery system. Every time one of these notes changes hands we owe for the transfer of that currency.
        UNtil our currency is once again based on gold, silver, other natural resources… they just key in how many spaces they put between the $ sign and the (.) it is just junk paper. Only has a value because people accept it as currency. The IRS is run out of ENGLAND. foreign agency.
        The amendment I was referring to is no longer on the books. IT WAS the FIRST 13Th amendment….was removed illegally in early 1860’s before the- now 13th….. IT wasted in part…: that NO member of any foreign agency/ government can serve IN our current government. It would eliminate BAR lawyers and Knights of the Queen, and people pledging allegiance to ANY OTHER government from serving in ours. Jesus’ teaching was ….MT 6:24. ” No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
        I will take his word for it.. Here was talking about serving God and riches at same time…. would also apply as serving 2 countries at same time… would necessarily BE a conflict.
        The FDA accepts money and FAKE science as valid. It IS CORRUPT. Those who go against it DIE, JUST ASK the families of HOmeopaths/ Naturalist Dr’s/ who committed suicide, struck on road by strange car’s, fell to sudden deaths, drowned tho wonderful swimmers… etc.. When they are getting ready to expose the corruption they are murdered and made to look self inflicted or stupidty…vaccines are corrupted with all kinds of bacteria and virus….and the FDA pushes them to general populations. the elderly and babies…who are already weakened.!
        We have a huge amount of autistic children, with a rate parallell to the increase in the number of vaccines.Every one of these children had a “reaction of brain swelling to their vaccines.” and nothing is done to mitigate the cerebral edema,( parents are told, “they may get a headache, it will be ok, just give them some more liver toxin- acetaminophen” … result is BRAIN DAMAGE. THis has got to stop… WAS not that many..required when i was 5 nor when my daughter was 5… Now the aluminum, formaldehyde, mercury, aborted cancer cells, the volume of these contaminants in 50 vaccines required before children can start school…is overwhelming to immature immune systems and TOXIC. Mercury in every form is toxic, including thimerosal. It is forbade in any other setting. and yet deemed safe to give to our most vulnerable.????

        I use NON -Standard jars for dehydrated items, freeing up standard jars for canning. I have used… Pace jars for canning tomatoes. is the exception.. we try to buy as much as possible in glass..DH loves his regular cheese sauce,.salsa and questo from Aldi’s and those are some wonderful jars… to be opened with care, cleaned thoroughly and reused.

        1. Anonamo Also,

          I sent you a link via mail… to show you which one we got… will require a lot of support bracing…and will do a foundational wall to raise and tie the walls into… part of our problems is site related

          I got the email and already replied. It’s bigger and nicer than mine, and may get added to my wish list for next year.

          As for the Grand Solar Minimum, we have seen these before under different names and even with historical perspective we cannot see firm dates such as those you list. For instance the Little Ice Age was a period between about 1300 and 1870 during which Europe and North America were subjected to much colder winters, so even historically we can only detect long trends in the data and not firm dates.
          We do have good recorded dates for one of the named minimums as recorded by solar observers at the time: ”The Maunder Minimum”, that was also known as the “prolonged sunspot minimum” during the period around 1645 to 1715, a period in which sunspots became exceedingly rare.
          On this forum we have those who call meteorologists ”Weather Guessers” and that is in part a true critique. Within the science and engineering community we talk about the “WAG” (Wild Ass Guess) and the “SWAG” (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) with the later being an estimation made by someone with expertise in a subject; but, still essentially a guess. Any predictions of the future impact, dates, and length of the GSM are simply a SWAG and will no doubt vary with region.
          I would again suggest you and others read the book ”Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell” By John L Casey. I have the audio book and I’m reading (listening to) it for the 3rd time.
          The one big problem with the solar affected climate theories such as MM & GSM are that they would tend to disprove the current climate change models where a lot of funding, politics, and religious zeal get in the way of real science.

          When you state:

          I believe all are so corrupt we need to OMIT putting our babies in these bath waters and set up completely different systems… I do not have ALL the answers- and neither does Wikipedia!..I trust their knowledge base as far as i can throw the building i live in.

          I lost track here; but, do understand your distrust of Wikipedia. Any time I look at it as a source I check out its bibliographical references for the credible ones and follow those.
          Ehrn you state:

          The FED being removed would NOT give unlimited printing but a control on the presses

          I used to think this until my late brother, an economist and historian, corrected me.
          Elimination of the FED would allow congress to spend with abandon, simply ordering the treasury and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to fire up the presses, since they take section 8, permitting Congress to coin money and to regulate its value to also mean to print paper money. Where do you think that palate of cash ($1.4B?) shipped to Iran originated?

          The Fed does however do it’s best to keep enough liquidity in the system with minimal inflation, something that most in congress fail to understand. Give a group (Congress?) Unscrupulous people a credit card where someone else pays the bill, and this is what you get.

          UNtil our currency is once again based on gold, silver, other natural resources… they just key in how many spaces they put between the $ sign and the (.) it is just junk paper. Only has a value because people accept it as currency.

          That has always been true, since any money system is just liquid barter. From wampum, to tulip bulbs, to beanie babies, the medium of exchange varies.

          Historically, the main reason we used printed money, is that the U.S. economy, let alone that of the world has outstripped the available amount of precious metals to represent it. Would you be willing to carry a bag of gold dust, a pair of tweezers, and a scale to do all of your shopping?
          If that were the case, then there would be little or no credit available, so one would have to rent a small apartment and save until they could afford to pay cash (in gold or silver?) for a property, a vehicle or any large purchase.

          The IRS is run out of ENGLAND. foreign agency.

          You will have to explain this assertion to me; since it’s the first I’ve ever heard this one.

          The amendment I was referring to is no longer on the books. IT WAS the FIRST 13Th amendment….was removed illegally in early 1860’s before the- now 13th….. IT wasted in part…: that NO member of any foreign agency/ government can serve IN our current government. It would eliminate BAR lawyers and Knights of the Queen, and people pledging allegiance to ANY OTHER government from serving in ours.

          Even with this description I can find no reference to this version of the ”original” 13th, so a credible reference would be appreciated, although I think that the basic oath of office would cover this. This oath taken by members of Congress, the military, and other state or federal agencies is essentially this:
          I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
          In my case the oath also included the Constitution of the state of Ohio and I suspect other similar variances may be seen for other positions or organizations.

          The FDA accepts money and FAKE science as valid. It IS CORRUPT. Those who go against it DIE, JUST ASK the families of HOmeopaths/ Naturalist Dr’s/ who committed suicide, struck on road by strange car’s, fell to sudden deaths, drowned tho wonderful swimmers… etc.. When they are getting ready to expose the corruption they are murdered and made to look self inflicted or stupid

          Once again just more assertions that you are free to believe; but, without evidence I choose to treat most as conspiracy and myth.

          vaccines are corrupted with all kinds of bacteria and virus….and the FDA pushes them to general populations. the elderly and babies…who are already weakened.!

          I am one of those elderly and watched those same vaccines eliminate the most dreaded disease of my childhood: Infantile Paralysis (Poliomyelitis). I have had numerous vaccines for influenza, pneumonia, shingles, and others, with no ill effects.

          We have a huge amount of autistic children, with a rate parallell to the increase in the number of vaccines.Every one of these children had a “reaction of brain swelling to their vaccines.”

          Once again can you provide credible documentation for your assertions, since most recent research sees no causation between vaccinations and ASD and seeing a simultaneous rise in tow events is statically meaningless.

          nothing is done to mitigate the cerebral edema,( parents are told, “they may get a headache, it will be ok, just give them some more liver toxin- acetaminophen” … result is BRAIN DAMAGE.

          Acetaminophen is a liver metabolite and must be used sparingly in both children and adults; but, once again, can you show me credible data for these assertions?

          THis has got to stop… WAS not that many..required when i was 5 nor when my daughter was 5… Now the aluminum, formaldehyde, mercury, aborted cancer cells, the volume of these contaminants in 50 vaccines required before children can start school…is overwhelming to immature immune systems and TOXIC.

          Aborted cancer cells?
          My kids received all of their required vaccines back between nearly 30 & 50 years ago as did I more than 60 years ago, with no ill effects. I think when bad things happen to us, and they do, we always want to look for a scapegoat, and many use vaccines for that with little correlation, let alone causation.

          Mercury in every form is toxic, including thimerosal. It is forbade in any other setting. and yet deemed safe to give to our most vulnerable.????

          It was used for good reason in large multi-dose vials,; but, has not been used in vaccines for children since 1999 as detailed here.
          https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=2ahUKEwjgopn3zdHmAhXKB80KHU3jD1EQFjABegQIDBAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fvaccines%2Fhcp%2Fpatient-ed%2Fconversations%2Fdownloads%2Fvacsafe-thimerosal-color-office.pdf&usg=AOvVaw2WWzUn6sWskD4Mnk6nDnau

          I use NON -Standard jars for dehydrated items, freeing up standard jars for canning. I have used… Pace jars for canning tomatoes. is the exception.. we try to buy as much as possible in glass..DH loves his regular cheese sauce,.salsa and questo from Aldi’s and those are some wonderful jars… to be opened with care, cleaned thoroughly and reused.

          We regularly purchase pickles and olives from Aldi’s in glass; but, the olive jars are so small we’ve not yet found a use for them; however, storage of dehydrated and freeze dried items might be a good use for them. Thanks for the suggestion.
          I’ve never tried their cheese sauce, generally preferring to make my own; but, if your DH likes it, we’ll have to pick some up on our next trip.
          Come to think of it I think we also used their pasts sauces. O just looked an we currently have several each of their:
          • Marinara Pasta Sauce
          • Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
          • Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce
          We don’t purchase any meat based sauces, preferring to cook and drain our own beef to add as we like it.

          Actually having beef, tomato paste & sauce, various cheeses, rice and pasta on hand allows you to make a wide variety of foods pretty much from scratch.

  25. Deal Alert – Yesterday, I went to Kroger and they had clearanced all the Ball citrus powder, pectin, pickling mix and the pickling crisp granules for $1.49 each

  26. Merry Christmas to all!!!

    Before I report to the barn, must share my gift from God.

    Christmas eve has always been special to me out in the barn. Listening to the sounds of animals eating, breathing of big animals. Then I wonder what the sounds in the stable ,2,000 years ago, were like, including a baby crying.
    This year was a little different, while doing chores, I saw big bag of water protruding from Clover ( Jersey cow). Her water broke, contractions started, then two front legs, about 15 minutes later, two nostrils, twitching. A few more contractions and a head out, then one mighty push freed up shoulders and out rolled a heifer. First female, last two weeks were all bull calves born. God was saving my surprise till Christmas eve. All the cows have flower names, so ” Poppy” joined the farm family yesterday. She has really long legs. Mother and calf doing great.
    Such a gift for Christmas!
    Two years ago, Holly was born on Christmas eve(Jersey cow.) God loves us all so much and gives us the desires of our heart.
    Just had to share my Christmas surprise with you.
    Have a blessed day.

    1. Sage,

      How exciting.

      I love being in the barn too. I especially love the smell along with the sounds.

      Merry Christmas to everyone.

  27. I was going to post some neolib snark about all the neocon whines on here. About how, when Obama was elected, omigod, birth certificates, tan suits and coffee cup salutes, and a black man was inhabiting our WHITE House, this can’t stand!!! But, you know, we all survived, with a much healthier economy than what he inherited, and with NO scandals, NO convictions of aides or associates, a great president who rose above all the insults and threats.

    So now we have a grifter, thief, adulterer, liar, con man, serial bankrupter who couldn’t even keep casinos afloat, who’s committed all seven deadly sins, impeached for self-dealing and lying about it, several of those around him have been convicted, indicted, or disgraced (birds of a feather), but all the neocons are okay with that.

    But I decided, in the spirit of the season, not to post any of that. So happy holidays, all.

      1. Neolib,
        I’m sure you’re a leftist, since you are the ones who bring up race and identity politics right out of the box.
        Personally I didn’t care about Obama’s skin color; but, I think time has shown his policies to be disastrous, no matter what kind of spin you want to apply.
        Early on we saw his policies with his simple unscripted candid reply to Joe the plumber when he said: “when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
        As for scandals, sending a palette of cash to Iran doesn’t count?
        Or how about when AG Holder authorized illegal straw purchases of firearms that were shipped to the cartels in the ”Fast and Furious” operation?
        I think when the AG and the US Attorney are finished with their investigation into Carter Page, he will b exonerated and heads on your side will roll. It turns out that he was talking to Russian assets as an agent of the CIA, and the FBI counterintelligence operation was told that; however, an agent changed the official documentation to indicate he was not a CIA asset and has just been caught. If you pay attention and have patience as I do, I think your little smile (smirk?) will soon turn upside down.
        It does however take an open mind.

    1. Obama….LOL he was nothing but a puppet for Soros…

      ALL politicians should be for making America great again, if not they are traitors.

      Not only did Hillary lose,but the house will also be lost next year…LOL

    2. you sound like what i have seen on many webforums, just someone going around not actually contributing to any conversation but just complining about trump. please go away if you have nothing constructive to contribute to this forum

  28. Lauren,,,,
    So glad to have you here!
    Have missed you since leaving prior site. Glad for your knowledge and faithfulness to share with all of us.

    On TSA,,,,
    Yes the TSA tore into a total pat down, while returning from a mission trip. The ladies searching me kept apologizing to me. They said they were made to search me because I was wearing a blouse that was sown into my jacket, making it a one piece jacketed top over slacks. Those ladies kept apologizing. How scary can a woman in her 60’s back then, that looked like anyone’s grandma, be. Even the TSA ladies thought so.

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