Hello Pack, I hope you all have had a productive week of prepping. It has been bitterly cold here in my part of Appalachia – the payback for unseasonably warm temperatures has begun.
Every time I head down to my barn I am either sliding on ice or getting stuck in the mud as the temperature hovers just below and just above freezing.
Our newest doe, Dolly, is FINALLY finding her place in the herd. My three-legged one-eared nanny goat Pearl has stopped ramming her at feed time – so I no longer have to put Dolly in the back of the side-by-side ATV to feed her.
I doubt she and Pearl will every be chummy, but at least the sneak attacks have stopped. It is amazing to see the speed and power my physically challenged Nigerian Dwarf goat actually has when she is determined to get her in the herd.
This week I did some bargain preps shopping on the online auction website that I have mentioned to y’all before. One of my most unusual and exciting finds this week was a manual shoe repair device.
I scored the handy dandy tool that will repair shoes, tack, bags, and belts for less than $4.00 – it sells for about $158.00 on Amazon.
I also bought two dehydrators labeled as “open box” for about $1. They will probably not work, and were returns to a store for just that reason, but I only wanted them for the trays.
I do a lot of solar dehydrator and even indoor drying near our woodstove, and the stackable dehydrator trays are excellent for that purpose.
I have spent a lot of time tending to our indoor seed growing for our garden. When the seed catalogs arrive in the mail it is such an exciting time. My granddaughter, Auddie, usually snags them first and delves through each page with her nearly 4-year-old mind all excited about the plants we can grow.
I made my husband shake his head when I purchased some plantain and purslane seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds this week.
I must admit that buying something that grows wild here and most people wrongfully consider merely a weed, did feel kind of wrong. But, the goats and horses always beat me to a large portion of both plantain and purslane and they are prime ingredients for many herbal remedies I use – and I like to dehydrate some to put up with our shelf-stable food stores, as well.
Also on my seed orders were several different types of peppers so I can try my hand and making my own paprika. I am not a fan of peppers, but in the past two years I have used paprika more and more. It is not necessarily my favorite medicinal spice, but it is definitely up near the top.
We are still eagerly awaiting the temperature to rise in a couple of weeks so we can do some maple tree tapping. Other than some fence mending and work on our private farm road to keep it passable to 4-wheel drive vehicles, that is about all the prepping we accomplished this week. Well, that and some pro-Second Amendment activism, that is.
This past week our Ohio county considered a Second Amendment Sanctuary declaration that a group my husband is involved in. There was a large crowd that showed up at the courthouse to present the commissioners with the declaration – which our local sheriff fully supports.
Tomorrow we go back to the courthouse again for a vote on the resolution after the county prosecutor submits here amendments to it. It might be a cause for celebration or a cause for frustration, and more pressure to get the resolution passed, depending upon what the Democrat elected official chose to amend.
It is an election year, and her seat is up in a primarily Republican and conservation “country Democrat” county, so it would be in her best interest at the voting box not to behave like a liberal.
On another Second Amendment related note, I was very proud of all the patriots that showed up at Lobby Day in Virginia, they did our country proud.
This Week’s Questions:
- How is the weather in your area impacting your winter time preps?
- Have your ever intentionally grown “weeds”, and why?
- Do you infuse more spices into your food or stockpile them, for their respective possible healing properties? If so, which ones and how do you use them?
- What did you do to prep this week?