What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 9 – Aug 19th – 26th 2018

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This was primarily a learning and buying week on our survival homesteading retreat. I went to the annual library sale in my home county with my mother, like I do every year..and struck gold! We always make an afternoon of the annual event held during a local festival.

You can buy a canvas tote bag for $4 (was only $3 until this year when there were small and large bags offered) and fill it up with as many books that will fit. I am an excellent bargain finder and sack filler. I came home with 209 books, most of them hardbacks, for what amounted to
Only $.11 per book!



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Our prepper library has expanded once again! I love digging through the tables filled with gardening books almost as much as I love diving into the children’s book tables.

self reliance books

The flip books on the bottom are awesome for identification, use, and control purposes. They are printed on a thick and coated paper so they should be extremely durable and great quick reference guides for many years to come.

weeds and bugs identification flip books

Several years ago Bobby wanted me to try to find a set of almanacs. I not only found a full set at the library sale, but also found a junior set and a science almanac set designed for school library and student use. They kind library ladies who so did not want to pack those sets of heavy books back inside the library and upstairs to the storage area, let me have each set for the cost of one bag of books.

This year I found a car repair manual for Bobby. It was for older vehicles, but we have a lot of those in our survival group. Apparently Chilton’s is a prime mechanic’s manual type. My beloved was very happy with my $.11 purchase!

chilton's auto repair manual 1993

Here is a glimpse of the book bags I filled this year. Quite a few of the books and one sack were sent next door to our daughter’s cabin. You can’t see one of the sacks in the photo because it is on the bottom back. In all, I bought five large bags and one small bag.

bags full of books

Our new dehydrator arrived. I spent several hours researching and trying to make a decision about what one to buy. My Bobby said to go ahead and order the Excalibur one, but we have really had great luck with the Nesco brand, they are less expensive, and made in America.

dehydrator

I knew I wanted a square tray one this go round. They are easier to fit a lot of different types of food on, as opposed to the round trays. This Nesco dehydrator holds 40 percent more food than our older round tray version. This machine has a 700 watt motor, our last one had a 600 watt motor, so an upgrade on power and enhanced drying time.

Many purchasers also maintained there as no need to rotate trays during the drying process, as often helps the processing of any type of food when using more than four trays – at least in my past experience.

Folks who reviewed it after purchasing raved on an on about its incredible ability to make jerky. We almost always use the smokers to make jerky, but am thrilled to know the new dehydrator can accomplish the task so well, also. The only negative aspects of the machine noted in the 200 or so reviews I read while comparing brands, stated it lacked an on and off button or timer like the Excalibur. Neither of our old dehydrators had these extra features, so that didn’t bother me any.

One reviewer stated her disappointment about dehydrating herbs in the machine. She was drying basil and said the machine just did not get the herb leaves crisp and dry on the recommended setting, which was lower than what she had typically used. Even when she turned the heat up to her typical setting, the woman stated she still had to finish off the herbs in her oven. That review did give me pause, because I dry a lot of herbs when making natural home remedies. I often mix up medicines and turn them into gel capsules using the cool little manual machine Bobby surprised me with. He is such a wonderful hubby – it is our wedding anniversary as I am writing this – work now for both of us then fun with adult beverages while riding our trails in the side-by-side later.

I have not dried any herbs in the new Nesco dehydrator yet, but I plan on doing so over the weekend. I did dry some corn tassels for a wreath homemade gift project and was quite pleased with the results.

My other prepping purchase this week were three sets of indoor-outdoor herb planters. I wanted to expand our indoor medicinal and edible growing over the fall and winter. I typically grow lettuce, onions, and garlic inside. Well, I was careful to read the dimensions of the pots before ordering, but apparently the dimensions noted were for the entire tier (three tiered planters) and not the pots on each tier. They are nice planters, but I think I overpaid for them by about $5 per set.

herb planters

Our Buckeye chicks are thriving and moved outside today. Which is a very good thing because one little one (I am sure it isa future rooster) is pecking above and below the eyes of all the other chicks. I had to separate him several times and was on the verge of putting him down, but so did not want to do that because they are a threatened heritage breed of chickens.

Buckeye chickens do not do well in confinement, which is why they almost disappeared when factory farms began taking over the agriculture industry in the United States. Now that the chicks are in their permanent home outside and have a lot more space to roam and plenty of boredom busters in their run, everyone is getting along famously.

Ok, Pack, I am only going to pose two questions to you this week. Afterall, it is my anniversary so I would like to put the laptop away and get a shower before my Bobby gets home.

What kind of dehydrator do you have and what are its pros and cons?

Our daughter is going to put a wood burner insert into their fireplace. I think this is a superb idea, fireplaces are pretty, but do not generate or circulate heat the way a wood burner does. But, I have exactly no knowledge about these types of inserts. If any of you do, I would appreciate an opinion.

She has her choices narrowed down to two. A refractory wood burning fireplace insert as shown below, is one of her choices.

wood burning stove

Her second possibility is a wood burning fireplace insert with cast iron walls, Both photos used with courtesy of WoodCookStove.com

I am eagerly looking forward to hearing how y’all prepped this week!



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96 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 9 – Aug 19th – 26th 2018

  1. I cleared several shooting lanes and cleared a bunch of brush on my property. I also organized my food stores and began cycling out some of the older canned goods. I installed my bow target and spent a few hours sighting in my bow and cross bow. I Michigan archery deer season starts in about a month. While clearing brush I found a bunch of bear scat about 50 yards behind my house.

    1. Looks like PatriotFarmer beat me during the time it took to post, LOL. So maybe it’s not Twilight Zone. Deer archery season starts here
      Sept. 29 through Feb. 3. The deer gun season will run from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 and Dec. 15-16 and I’ll be waiting for that. I sold off my bows and cross bows a few years ago and may be getting another cross bow at some point; but, I’ll more than likely wait until gun season and hunt the property here or in southern Ohio.

      1. Thor1,

        Wrong channel, you are now in THE OUTER LIMITS….. LOL

        As I get older that seems to be the case more often than not. I have a talking watch that synchronizes each night to the atomic clock run by NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) and can tell me the time, day, and date at the press of a button. There are days I have to hit that button more than once to find out where I am, LOL.
        Prior to retirement, you looked forward to the weekend and could more easily keep track of days of the week; but, one of the retirement challenges, at least for me, is keeping track of basic space time, LOL.

    2. Guys I have been away for month’s what happened? everything is different! My son had heart surgery, My dad passed away, I took a new job and by the time I got everything sorted whats all this! I am so behind the times please fill me in, BTW started canning Jelly and Jam I have plenty of spagetti sauce froze when the plants die I will can for good and plan on at least 30 pints of salsa.

  2. Continued moving preps to a different location in the “basement”. Cleared the last 7 pallets of stuff from the “build” area. It will be 3+ weeks before we can get the work actually done, but I at least have the area cleared and the funds ready.

    DW did up the free apples. 3 sets of apples into the crock pots for apple butter, then into ½ pint jars (13)!

    Financial: Got my S&W rebate. Submitted on the 9th (on line), got in the mail on the 20th! Fastest I’ve ever gotten a manufacturer’s rebate.

    Gun Stuff: 9mm practice fodder (Federal brass 100 round box currently cheaper than aluminum), parts for 22 WMR rifle arrived.

  3. Tara,
    Because of my vision issues I don’t collect as many paper books any more but, in the past, I’ve cleaned up when our library has their annual sale. They have had tons of technical, agricultural, and medical texts, and a few for just plain fun or history. Ours were not by the bag; but, often a good hardback “outdated” nursing or medical text went for $0.50.
    I have purchased a few Chilton manuals over the years, they were decidedly not $0.11; but, more like $20-30; but, well worth the cost when you don’t need the mechanic to fix some of the problems.
    I have some of the Nevco (similar to the Nesco) and they worked OK; but, our Excalibur holds more food than those little round trays, and I think does a much better job. My old round Nevcos had no motor or fan, just a heating element; but, were purchased at Odd Lots more than 20 years ago. I added a fan that helped; but, I don’t regret our purchase of the Excalibur that is orders of magnitude better. Our Excalibur has a thermostat; but, no timer; however, a plug in style from Harbor Freight corrected that issue for around $7.00.
    Right now we’re stuck @ 6 hens; but, I think we’ve taken care of the problems that cost us 5 of them last week. This spring we may look at other breeds, perhaps including buckeyes. Our birds are closed in at night; but, the coop is about 150 ft2 with a paddock area wround 400 or more ft2 so they have room to roam and forage.
    We have an air tight insert in our fireplace that was here when we rented the place in 1984 and other than pulling it out every few years to allow access and maintenance to the chimney, it just plain works. Ours plugs into an AC outlet to run a fan to help circulate heat; but, even without power it does a good job of heating the 450 ft2 living room where it is located. The other good thing about a real masonry fireplace is that if you keep your insert burning continuously during the winter, the masonry heats up and provides thermal mass that helps even out the heat.

    This past week we did or acquired the following:
    1. You will recall that last week we lost 3 chickens on Saturday and another 2 chickens on Sunday, so we got out some boards, screws & tools and batched probable entries to the chicken coop.
    2. To support #1, the DW learned how to use our little 5” Ryobi circular saw, something she had always allowed me to do in the past.
    3. Since we think the chicken killing culprits are raccoons again, we set and set up our raccoon traps. Our neighbors run an animal sanctuary and had a lot of raccoons that killed off most of their chickens. After shooting a bunch, they ended up setting up a raccoon feeding station and have not had any chickens taken since. It’s an interesting approach; but, not one we.re currently planning to embrace.
    4. We caught one raccoon and dispatched it. It died of .22 caliber lead poisoning.
    5. Watched an interview on Fox News “Next Revolution” with Dr. Jordan Peterson about political climate, parenting and “Rules for Life.” You can watch it here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5824144164001/?#sp=show-clips or watch Dr. Petersons excellent videos on YouTube
    6. Received a portion of our yearly propane fill of 900 gallons @ $1.419 ($1.42) per gallon + tax. They ran out of gas in the delivery truck and will be back next week with an additional 500 gallons or so.
    7. 12 (refillable) butane lighters from county EMA for our kits. A case of these were donated to the organization and handed out to the volunteer members.
    8. Trip to the local harbor Freight with coupons in hand for the following:
    • 4 foot 12 outlet power strip for the summer kitchen project
    • Two 12” tool bags
    • Two Wireless Driveway security alarms
    • Magnetic Mini LED work light
    • 4 ½ inch metal cutoff wheel (10 pack)
    • Titanium step bit set
    • 9 piece combo wrench set (SAE)
    • 24 foot 12 bulb outdoor light string (for lighting and mosquito control)
    • 100 4″ cable ties
    • Four 15 foot ratcheting tie downs
    9. Supported our local radio club for the Ohio QSO party, where our county attempts to contact all of the other 87 of 88 counties. The most important thing accomplished was to let some of the new hams operate an HF station and make contacts outside the area. I haven’t gotten the final county tally yet; but, I think we contacted most of the other counties along with several other states.

    1. Greetings, OP!

      For your birds, perhaps this would help? We ran hardware cloth halfway up the bottom of the henhouses, and halfway out across the grass. We secured them in the soil with tent pegs. Then laid concrete blocks across them, up against the base of the house. We have fox because we find their prints. They just can’t get in!

      1. LivintheDream,
        We have it all covered now. We’re using a hundred year old chicken coop with a lopsided, ill fitting door that needs to be replaced and the raccoon was getting in through a loose place or two around the door. Some plywood cut and screwed in place has covered the gaps and concrete blocks and pavers stacked in front of the door at night take care of that gap. Next spring we really need to construct and install a new door; but, for now, our measures including catching the raccoons should do the trick. This is a repeat of an incident that happened about 5 years ago, and we just didn’t get around to replacing the door as we should have.

    2. TOP,

      I try to watch everything I can with Dr Peterson. The guy is incredible and tears up liberals like no tomorrow. I really enjoy watching him on Bill Maher’s show. Maher is smart enough to know he isn’t in Peterson’s league and is polite and civil towards him. Then Maher sits back and watches Peterson tear the rest of Maher’s ignorant guests to shreds. Occasionally Maher will throw a little red meat in there to stimulate the liberals to greater feats of stupidity, just to keep the show moving along. Funny.

      I’ve read his Twelve Rules for Life. Well worth the read. I’ve got his first book, Maps of Meaning, and I’m plugging through it. He admits it’s a tough read as it was meant mainly for academics, but says it’s easier to get through if you read Twelve Rules first. His university classroom lectures are great to watch too.

      He is a big believer the Gulag Archipelago should be required reading in US and Canadian high schools. I agree.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        I try to watch everything I can with Dr Peterson. The guy is incredible and tears up liberals like no tomorrow.

        I think I have seen all of his YouTube presentations. They give me a workout as I just continually nod my head and do the fist pump. Common sense and logic is all too uncommon and to see someone like him who is young enough to be around a while is exciting. He’s 10 years my junior @ age 56 and my other common sense intellectual hero, Thomas Sowell is 88 and we will likely lose him in my life time.

        I really enjoy watching him on Bill Maher’s show. Maher is smart enough to know he isn’t in Peterson’s league and is polite and civil towards him. Then Maher sits back and watches Peterson tear the rest of Maher’s ignorant guests to shreds. Occasionally Maher will throw a little red meat in there to stimulate the liberals to greater feats of stupidity, just to keep the show moving along.

        I don’t generally watch Bill Maher’s show; but, perhaps I should look for Peterson as a guest and tune in. Thanks for the tip; but, I’m not sure I even know when and where to find Mahr.

        I’ve read his Twelve Rules for Life.

        I haven’t yet; but, his audio book is on my list as soon as it’s available on a CDROM.

        He is a big believer the Gulag Archipelago should be required reading in US and Canadian high schools. I agree.

        I also agree. I read Solzhenitsyn’s tome years ago, when I was single (around 1975 I think) and it was at the time hard to get through; but, well worth the effort. If more of our population understood the end game of socialism as depicted in that series of books, there would be no call for it from anyone; however, these same people seem to ignore the plight of Venezuela where reports have current inflation @ 1,000,000%. I don’t know that we are doomed; but, I am confused at some of the population that buy into this crap.

        1. TOP,

          I’m pretty certain I’ve written on this before, but one of the problems with our home grown wanna-be socialists, is they’ve gone ahead and read some Karl Marx and think they know all there is to know about socialism/communism.

          Part of their problem is they likely haven’t read ALL of Marx’s writing, particularly his later stuff, which gets dark. Marx’s stuff is communist THEORY. The major part of their problem is they don’t seem to have made any study of the abundant literature of communist PRACTICE. The Gulag Archipelago being only one example, though a good one. One can read the abridged version and get a very good grip on the topic. Solzhenitzyn helped write the abridged version, so the important stuff is in there.

          You can give the early Russian communist revolutionaries a little slack in that they were only working from theory. They had no examples of practice to work from. Lenin, Stalin, and Mao (especially) have provided the world with major amounts of communist practice to learn from, but our little twinks either don’t or won’t read that stuff. “We’ll do it the right way!” they say. No. They’ll do it exactly like it’s already been done, only maybe worse. Communist governments make the Nazi’s look like amateurs when it comes to mass murder.

          1. Zulu 3-6,

            I’m pretty certain I’ve written on this before, but one of the problems with our home grown wanna-be socialists, is they’ve gone ahead and read some Karl Marx and think they know all there is to know about socialism/communism.

            I personally think that is because there is a tendency if not a planned action by the education establishment to teach only the highlights of socialism while ignoring or outright degrading capitalism. Capitalism isn’t always fair in its outcomes and quite often requires austerity, will power, risk and hard work for someone to get ahead. We are now retired and living quite comfortably on a fixed income; but, have only ever had 2 new vehicles in our life time, and live in a home that after 34 years still needs some upgrades to things like flooring, and still has no central air. The home is however, ours, free & clear.
            Those homegrown kids see the work involved in capitalism and compare that to the offer of “free stuff” from the socialists. From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” sound so innocent, until you recall Mao’s speech at the sixth Plenary session of the Chinese Communist Party, “Every Communist must grasp the truth, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party., or even Thatcher’s “Socialism is great, until you run out of other peoples money”

            Part of their problem is they likely haven’t read ALL of Marx’s writing, particularly his later stuff, which gets dark. Marx’s stuff is communist THEORY. The major part of their problem is they don’t seem to have made any study of the abundant literature of communist PRACTICE.

            Study? That sounds like work and I’m just here for the free stuff!!!!!

            The Gulag Archipelago being only one example, though a good one. One can read the abridged version and get a very good grip on the topic.

            I’m not up to reading (listening) to it again; but, I’ll look up the abridged version that might be nice just to have around. Thanks for the mention.

            You can give the early Russian communist revolutionaries a little slack in that they were only working from theory. They had no examples of practice to work from. Lenin, Stalin, and Mao (especially) have provided the world with major amounts of communist practice to learn from,

            That learning or the lack thereof is not new, having only to look at Cuba or much of South America for more recent examples.

            “We’ll do it the right way!” they say. No. They’ll do it exactly like it’s already been done, only maybe worse. Communist governments make the Nazi’s look like amateurs when it comes to mass murder.

            They’ll do it the right way, because they have studied the failures and won’t make the same mistakes this time. They are clueless not only about economics; but, to basic human traits and instinct.
            And also, let us not forget that the term “Nazi” is just an abbreviation for National Socialist.
            I could go on, and on, and on; but, I think I’ll stop here, LOL.

          2. O.P.,

            I am starting to see the pendulum swing the other way. I have more conservative students than republican students. I am not sure if this is a bias from ratemyprofessor (where students can get information on faculty) or whether I just lead students into a conservative way of thinking. I would say the split is 65-35 in favor of Republicans.

          3. Bam Bam,

            I am starting to see the pendulum swing the other way. I have more conservative students than republican students. I am not sure if this is a bias from ratemyprofessor (where students can get information on faculty) or whether I just lead students into a conservative way of thinking. I would say the split is 65-35 in favor of Republicans.

            This is good to hear; but, doesn’t surprise me all that much, since if I recall correctly, you are in Florida. I think many of the west coast schools like the UC system or the Ivy Leagues in the East tend to have more entrenched liberals in their professorial staff.
            Last night on the Fox News show “Life, Liberty, and Levin”, Katie Pavlich and Candace Owens discuss why they are conservative, and talked about some of the issues they have had as speakers on various “liberal” campuses. Here is the show: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5827153615001/?#sp=show-clips

          4. TOP and Bam Bam – even in the super liberal land of Atlanta (my youngest attended college in the big city), I’m seeing a trend of the younger generation being more conservative. Several of my daughter’s friends have their concealed carry permits and/or own firearms.

            I also found it quite interesting that while I was taught that FDR’s programs saved the U.S. from the great depression, my children were taught that those same programs actually extended the depression. That alone is a great pendulum swing, especially from their not-so-conservative teachers.

          5. GA Red,

            I also found it quite interesting that while I was taught that FDR’s programs saved the U.S. from the great depression, my children were taught that those same programs actually extended the depression.

            Your children are finally being taught the correct history. I too was taught that FDR saved the world, so to speak; but, my late kid brother taught me the truth of the matter. He & I are proof that nature plays more of a factor than nurture. While I loved science and math from a young age and ended up with engineering degrees, my brother loved history and related fields, ending up with a degree in economics with minors in history and political science. He was my go to on those subjects and taught me more about economics and history than I ever learned in all of my schooling. The other thing we should note is that current Liberals now calling themselves ”Progressives” , started out as ”Progressives” back under Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson; but, their socialist nanny state governing styles gave the word ”Progressive” a bad name, so they started calling themselves ”Liberals” and now that the “L” word has been exposed, some now are back to using the ”Progressive” label once again or some just plain ”Socialist” , although the typical “Man in the street” interviews I’ve seen show that most cannot define the term.
            I did however recently hear a Q&A joke that defines socialism in the most succinct way I’ve yet heard with Venezuela being only the most recent example.

          6. I was taught that it was WW2 that ended the Great Depression–that before entering the war, the U.S. made a lot of money selling arms and other wars supplies to both sides.

          7. Bam Bam,

            I was taught that it was WW2 that ended the Great Depression–that before entering the war, the U.S. made a lot of money selling arms and other wars supplies to both sides.

            I think there is some truth in your assertion; but, I don’t think we were selling in any quantity to both sides.
            The government went into debt, and much of the money raised by that debt was from “War Bonds” , the precursor to the US Savings Bond. It was and still is cheap money from the perspective of the government. Here is the current deal on Series EE bonds issued May 2018 through October 2018. They will earn an annual fixed rate of 0.10% and that rate applies to a bond’s 20-year original maturity. These are the bonds that our children are most likely to receive as prizes or gifts from grandparents.
            Much of this money was spent to build the Arsenal of Democracy and much of that arsenal was sent to the UK via the Lend-Lease Act / Policy, formally titled An Act to Promote the Defense of the United States, which was a program to defeat Germany, Japan and Italy by distributing food, oil, and materiel between 1941 and August 1945. Proposed in late 1940 and It was passed in March 1941, the Lend-Lease Act was the principal means for providing U.S. military aid to foreign nations during World War II.
            People were hired by the thousands to man the factories, including women who were performing traditional male jobs, and thus “Rosie the Riveter” was born.
            The one downside that haunts us to this day, were the wage and price controls imposed by the government. Capitalists being what they are, they found legal ways around those controls and employer provided health care was born.
            This article fails to mention that in part, the medical care offered by Kaiser was to entice workers who had their wages fixed by the government. It otherwise tells the story rather well. https://share.kaiserpermanente.org/about-us/history/

  4. Puppy can run really fast. I taught him a new command and all I have to do is point. Good boy…….Caught Frisbee yesterday and had a cookout with puppy. He loves Nathan hotdogs.

    Bought water
    Bought a propane tank
    Bought a new battery for the tractor.

    Cut a half cord of firewood.
    Filled up the BOV

    Wife and son both had doctor appointments.

    Asking for prayers for my dear wife as she could have cancer.

    1. Now for a weekly rant….

      1) How can any company make a policy that violates the Constitution ?

      This would be like saying its OK to rape or kill someone at my company because we have a policy saying its OK. Nope its breaking the law !!!
      Banning someone from you tube, Twitter, ect. For exercising their first amendment is illegal.

      2) I’m buying a bunch of plastic straws…..they want to ban these….why ?
      Are people littering ? Are they toxic ? With all the problems in the world this takes priority ??? LOL

      Sorry but I feel a little better now. LOL

    2. Thor1,

      Caught Frisbee yesterday and had a cookout with puppy. He loves Nathan hotdogs.

      He has good taste. Nathan’s hot dogs and Hebrew National are the only ones we purchase and actually have some flavor.
      Did you know that, according to legend (and the company), the first ever hot dog eating contest took place on July 4, 1916 between four men arguing over who was the most patriotic. They set to scarfing down Nathan’s hot dogs, with the winner, James Mullen, eating 13 hot dogs in 12 minutes.
      Your bit of trivia for the day, LOL.
      And here’s hoping for good news on your wife’s diagnosis. She will be in our thoughts.

      1. TOP, I didn’t know you were a weinerologist….LOL

        Interesting trivia though……

        Thanks for your thoughts, I’m worried……

    3. Thor1,

      I am so sorry to hear about your wife’s troubles. Prayers going up for both of you. Don’t forget about Graviola. God is in control.

  5. Did my usual shopping and added to my grocery stash.

    Finally got to the range to zero my HK-91. I managed to get the elevation right on for the EO sights rather quickly, but couldn’t get it to zero for windage. Kept shooting left. Personally, I think it was the shooter. I was shooting nice groups, but off left. I was not comfortable and didn’t enjoy shooting the rifle at all. I also forgot to put ear plugs in along with my muffs and now my hearing is all screwed up too.

    I’m thinking about selling the HK and all of it’s accessories. It’s a pre-ban West German made rifle, so I might get an extra buck or two for that. I have a bunch of OEM accessories, magazines, and aftermarket stuff, such as Picatinny rails, etc. Realistically, the more I think about it, at my age and where I live, the HK is probably too much rifle. I really like my M&P-15 and that is likely more suitable for me. I put together a flyer about the rifle along with photos and sent it to my daughters who will ask around at work or reserve unit. For the whole lot, including ammo, I’m asking $4K. I’m willing to negotiate, but not a great deal.

    Got new ear plugs and added them to my range bag. Closing the barn door, etc…

    Got all of my ammo rearraigned so everything is tucked away in closets and not laying around my office floor. Now my back is killing me.

    I get my new hearing aids on Tuesday. Lovely timing as my hearing is still a little screwed up from my range session.

    Tara’s Questions:
    1. I do not own a dehydrator and have no clue as to what is a good one.
    2. Pretty much the same thing with a fireplace insert. No fireplace and no clue.

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      Realistically, the more I think about it, at my age and where I live, the HK is probably too much rifle.

      I know that painful decision. I had a Remington 700 PSS in .308 and an M14/M1A also in .308, and although I can shoot them here, with my vision problems and the fact that we can’t really hunt anything with them, they also found new homes. The bolt action was sold to a friend 10 years my junior who loves the rifle, and the M1 was gifted to my youngest stepson, who had mentioned someday getting one, since in his Marine Scout Sniper training, it was his favorite rifle, and it made a very inexpensive and magnanimous Christmas gift a few years ago.

      Got new ear plugs and added them to my range bag. Closing the barn door, etc…

      That’s one place where I’ve been very lucky. I was taught as a kid to use “eyes & ears” and have never strayed from those teachings. My hearing @ 67 is still pristine; but, in my case my vision is the problem. I’m not sure that I would trade; but, I think that a hearing deficit is easier to correct.

      1. TOP,

        My hearing loss is only partly due to gunfire and explosions. Too much exposure to jet noise and police/ambulance sirens contributed as well. Hearing protection was not always available or practical to put on.

        I’ve given some thought to this recently and I’ve decided that if I had to choose between deafness and blindness, I’d sooner be deaf. Reading has been too important in my life since a very tender age and I really don’t think I could handle being unable to read. I know there are audible replacements out there (some of which you use), but to me it would be a poor substitute. I’m a very visual learner. I wear glasses, mainly for reading and computer, but in the great scheme of things, my vision adjustment is pretty minor compared to yours.

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          My hearing loss is only partly due to gunfire and explosions. Too much exposure to jet noise and police/ambulance sirens contributed as well. Hearing protection was not always available or practical to put on.

          I understand and know more than a few people whose occupation or situation put them in your circumstances through no real fault of their own. I also know a few who did themselves in. One is a medical doctor (urologist) who is my age and just recently retired and wears a pair of hearing aids. He still plays on occasion in a band and evidently played loud music as both a participant and a listener in his youth. I played electric bass in a high school rock band some 50 years ago (although it can’t possibly really be that long ago, LOL); but, my tastes have run more along the lines of folk music and acoustical instruments. I played trumpet years ago and I’m trying to get back into blowing a bugle; but, that’s outside and not really all that loud. It would be fun to blow reveille on a bugle early some morning, just to see the follow-up comments from my rather large neighbor hood. I also blew taps a few times at the graveside ceremonies for the local VFW when I was younger and found that a rewarding and inspirational experience, so who knows.
          All of my shooting has been with hearing and eye protection and when I first became an instructor, the active muffs were just coming on the market, making RSO and instructor duties a lot easier than just being completely deaf to all but the gunfire. Those same active muffs I paid $160.00 for in the 1990’s are now available for $20.00 or less, so it is indeed a good time to be alive.

          I’ve given some thought to this recently and I’ve decided that if I had to choose between deafness and blindness, I’d sooner be deaf. Reading has been too important in my life since a very tender age and I really don’t think I could handle being unable to read.

          I too was a voracious reader starting as a kid, mostly science and science fiction, and agree that given a choice I’d have preferred hearing over vision, since hearing is very correctable; but, as with your hearing, we are not often given a choice, and had the choice been available I would have chosen neither, LOL.
          You would BTW be able to handle not being able to read, just as you had to handle letting go of that little dog, since we are both positive people who prioritize our decisions and will do what it takes to get the important things done.

          I know there are audible replacements out there (some of which you use), but to me it would be a poor substitute. I’m a very visual learner. I wear glasses, mainly for reading and computer, but in the great scheme of things, my vision adjustment is pretty minor compared to yours.

          It is a poor substitute; but, I still feel lucky to be alive now and doing the job I did. Had I been a truck driver, my job prospects would have been gone 15 years ago, and even as an engineer, had this happened 10 years earlier, the tools to do my job were unavailable.
          I use a computer with twin monitors with one providing a magnified view around the cursor on the other and speech synthesis software that allows me to have any text read to me, in selected multiple natural voices and at the speed I want. These tools were either unavailable or extremely expensive back in the early 1990’s.
          I also have two older versions of this device: Optelec ClearView+ 22 Inch LCD Color Auto Focus CCTV , one with color and the other monochrome CRT’s (not the newer LCD version).
          https://www.amazon.com/Optelec-ClearView-Inch-Color-Focus/dp/B005HLNM52/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1535730027&sr=8-5&keywords=optelec+magnifier&dpID=41z-3jHdIcL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
          To be honest, the thing I miss the most is the inability to drive a vehicle on the highways. It means having my chauffeur (who is also my DW so technically a chauffeuse) after coordination or having many friends or relatives who willingly haul me around. I can still mow, ride horses and ATV’s (slowly) and love where I live; but, there ain’t no Uber or Taxi service out here, so you make due or do without. I think most people don’t even give it a second thought when they hop in the car to do a quick errand. It’s sometimes the simplest things we would miss.

  6. Tara, I am GREEN with envy over that library book bonanza! Way to go!

    If your daughter is a “chip off the old block”, she has already done her homework. I would suggest to daughter that any stove they purchase be “Made in the USA”. Yes, there are still some made here. The ones made in China are notorious for tiny little engineering design issues. This is not something you want engineering design issues with; we put in a U.S.-made wood burner 2 years ago. It is an Englander, and we bought it from Lowe’s.

    Ours paid for itself in two years. Last year, when no propane was available in January and we were nearly out (on one tank), we used the wood burner stove to heat the entire upstairs. Ran us out, if we weren’t careful!

    Vogelzang is a cheap brand, but made in China. It’s just that. Cheap.

    U.S. Stove is not a U.S. product. Made in China. These are found everywhere, too.

    If you have lots of money, go with Vermont Castings. Then buy me one!

    If they go with a glass front, suggest they buy an extra “liner” for the glass, as a prep.

    1. Tara & LivintheDream,
      Another thing came to mind that we use and I had forgotten about.
      In front of the fireplace we have a fireproof Half-Round Hearth Rug. The front of the fireplace consists of masonry, to hardwood flooring, to carpet, and when you open the doors on the air tight insert to clean or add fuel, you can get the occasional hot coal or ember coming out and this keeps you from burning things. Here’s a photo of an example:
      https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/E6j4rQ00uzY6MOeXVpRLY1wzN6TAyltgFWrm3xGBX4KVRvHzNq5eP2Wh208SyDn3XdlIXzQ-kWtCcC3bSGdsn_Bpe9VmZ7g8rBAx5jtareQBDkOMLTjG9ZocupL2wuORGLRWlqHjow4fcNE2XuACCLYaZG-PWIZR0DYRX7IrhrACfOO7j-o=s500-pd-e365-pc0xffffff
      You also want to keep working smoke & C.O. detectors and a fire extinguisher close by.

  7. Monday, went to Ethridge, TN for Plowboy Amish Produce Auction. Bought a few crookneck squash and zucchini, garlic bulbs, lots of peaches and Mt. Fresh Tomatoes. Have been canning like crazy! (Peaches and tomatoes).
    DH has been busy rebuilding the pond – again! The dam broke 3 years ago, after 30 years. The pond is a little over an acre, so, it’s big. We lost all of the water and fish. Spent a few thousand to have it rebuilt. Filled up again (it is spring fed). Restocked it. And then, an old pipe, which had apparently rusted out, gave and the water and fish ran out again!
    So, DH thinks he can fix this problem. He’s trying. Rented a pump to remove the last of the water so he can get to the problem and repair it. Must (almost) completely drain the pond. Then start all over again.
    Yes, it makes us sick!
    Neighbor’s cat took up residence on our property about 5 months ago, and she’s not going back, apparently. She gave birth to a litter of kittens in our barn. Only one remains, a Tom, and he’s staying close to Mama. But she’s having another litter of kittens. I aim to get them ALL in to have them fixed as soon as possible.
    DH fusses about the cats, but I remind him that since the cats arrived, we no longer have rats in our garage, chewing through the wires of our tractor or vehicles. Yes, they did this. We no longer have mice running about in the chicken tractors at night, either.
    Gathering free-falling persimmons for a persimmon pudding. We have a persimmon tree producing, and never noticed it before. That’s because the squirrels at the fruit before we could. But the cats have taken care of most of the squirrels running about our yard, too. That’s okay. Plenty of squirrels around.
    Bees are happier since I gave them more room. Changed my mind about trying to harvest their honey this year. Just got them in April, so, I’ll wait until next year for first harvest.
    Sunflowers dying back. Will soon have seeds for next year, and for winter bird feeding.
    Okra, tomatoes, and melons still growing!
    Last of concord grapes coming in.
    Scuppernong grapes will be ready soon.
    Chickens are laying well.
    Reading what’s going on in our world every day and trying to maintain perspective. Holy G-d is always in control!

  8. Hubby won a Walmart gift card a few years back and since I do not like Walmart, I was unsure what to do with it so I bought my Nesco Dehyrator, I want to say 7 years ago now and I love it I always do herbs in mine and NEVER have had an issue with it not drying what I need. I have done up 6 cartons of mushrooms that filled my quart jar, and a baggie full, just last week, and I do my onions outside but always get my large jar full with 6 large onions. I did do a rotaion in my pantry only took out 10 cans of 18 to put in my lazy susan, I have a few holes, that I need to refill Tuna, chicken, and canned ham. I have two 5 pound of flour, one bag will be in the bucket of flour the other will be in my quart jars, tip on the flour in the jars to oven can is don’t pack the flour down packing it down makes it hard and clumps it up. I also have 2 pounds of rice to oven can too, I will be doing a dollar tree run to get the shelf stable milk, Gossners is the brand, they have 1 and 2 percent, the green package is the 1 the blue is 2 and whole milk is in the red package up to a 10 to 12 month shelf life. Grocery Outlet has 10 pounds of rice for reasonable, so I’ll grab another package there. I have been finding candles, for cheap too I have alot but when they are .10 to .15 cents it’s just stupid not to pick them up. I’m doing a deep clean of my house next week I will steam clean my hardwood floors put the carpets down it looks nice and I’m amazed how dirty the water is when I’m all done. I have three bags to donate I’m sure I can find more to fill. Getting the yard and flower pots ready for Autumn and Winter, will bring in all my herbs to over winter it will be here before we know it Cheers, and have a great week ahead..

    1. mom of three,

      Hubby won a Walmart gift card a few years back and since I do not like Walmart, I was unsure what to do with it so I bought my Nesco Dehyrator,

      I have a question for you and everyone. Why is everybody hating on Wal-Mart? We shop there as well as other places and they have a good selection with low prices and they provide jobs to hundreds of people in our area.

      I have done up 6 cartons of mushrooms that filled my quart jar, and a baggie full, just last week, and I do my onions outside but always get my large jar full with 6 large onions.

      I might have to look into a Nesco just to do the onions, since I don’t really want to stink up my Excalibur or set it outside. For now we’ve just been purchasing bulk minced dried onions from the LDS and that’s working out great.

      I will be doing a dollar tree run to get the shelf stable milk, Gossners is the brand, they have 1 and 2 percent, the green package is the 1 the blue is 2 and whole milk is in the red package up to a 10 to 12 month shelf life.

      Our problem with the shelf stable milk is getting it used up. That long shelf life disappears quickly and @ $4.00 per gallon, it’s rather expensive. We purchase our milk for under $2.00 per gallon as we need it; but, also have lots of various versions of powdered milk on hand in #10 cans.

      Grocery Outlet has 10 pounds of rice for reasonable, so I’ll grab another package there. I have been finding candles, for cheap too I have alot but when they are .10 to .15 cents it’s just stupid not to pick them up.

      Are you talking about less than a cent per candle? At .10 to .15 cent they would be 10 or 6 candles for a penny. That’s great if true.

      will bring in all my herbs to over winter it will be here before we know it

      What few things we have out we’ll be moving to the green house to see how well that works. This is our first year with the green house and we’re still figuring out how to utilize it, since summer temperatures with the door and vents open, often reach 120°. Next we’ll be trying spring seed starting.

      1. Walmart, in our area is always busy, and I have not cared for most products that they carry plus they don’t take alot of coupons any longer I have had to have the check out gals take many coupon items off of my order and it’s frustrating to me and to the check out person. I go to Fred Meyers, or Winco, Safeway all have taken my coupons. There is a vibe with Walmart, that I don’t like and as far as low prices they are usually only a few pennies cheaper then Fred Meyers, or even Target, I don’t really shop at Target either. As far as the shelf stable Milk, I only have about 4 to 6 on hand if we’re getting low on Milk, I don’t want to make a milk run I will wait until I need more items from the store or I end up just picking up stuff I don’t really need.

        1. mom of three,

          Walmart, in our area is always busy, and I have not cared for most products that they carry plus they don’t take alot of coupons any longer I have had to have the check out gals take many coupon items off of my order and it’s frustrating to me and to the check out person. I go to Fred Meyers, or Winco, Safeway all have taken my coupons.

          We have no Fred Meyers or Winco here, just a Kroger Marketplace, Meijer’s, and Aldi’s. I think our Wal-Mart Supercenter still does the price match and Kroger does coupons; but, no longer doubles any of them.
          I guess it’s a regional thing that makes me a bit envious, when I hear about the deals at Winco and Publix, LOL.

  9. Hi gang,

    Worked OT yesterday, so pretty spent today. Also worked OT on Monday and Friday for 4 hours. This week not a lot of prepping done…

    Today, did purchase a new knob and 12 replacement poly screen tray inserts for my Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator. Tara, they are made in Sacramento, and are the best dehydrator made. The fan is in the back, which passes the air evenly over all the food. They have a smaller plastic grid that allows smaller pieces to be dehydrated without falling through and they also make great jerky. I have 2 of them, both bought used.

    Placed my order for Gala apples, pears, plums and garlic from a TN coop. All their stuff is great, high quality and minimally sprayed. My garlic that I planted in Feb and harvested last month didn’t do too well, so will try again, getting it planted in the Fall instead.

    As far as fireplace inserts, have no idea. I have read up on some stoves though, and I would probably want one that could burn pellets and wood. My mom and dad had a Franklin stove, and I just loved it. Didn’t know much about them at the time, and I believe they were made in the USA. This was in the late 70’s.
    There was one for sale this past week, but I passed on it since I don’t have a place for it at the moment and need to get some other things that are needed now.

    Prayers for everyone, those with unspoken requests, for the President and for America. Many saying the financial collapse will happen soon.

    1. Almost There,

      Tara, they are made in Sacramento, and are the best dehydrator made. The fan is in the back, which passes the air evenly over all the food. They have a smaller plastic grid that allows smaller pieces to be dehydrated without falling through and they also make great jerky.

      I absolutely agree; but, I think I may look at one of the square Nesco units to do onions and garlic outside.

      My garlic that I planted in Feb and harvested last month didn’t do too well, so will try again, getting it planted in the Fall instead.

      I missed planting last year; but, will try again this year. Around here you plant around October 10th and should be able to harvest on the 4th of July.

      Many saying the financial collapse will happen soon.

      I think it’s already here now; but, only for Venezuela. The U.S. economy is on fire with low unemployment, inflation low enough and growth high enough that the Federal Reserve is easing up rates, stock prices are up based on real profits, and consumer spending going strong. I’m rather heavily invested in the market and watch all of the business shows, and the general consensus is that this upturn in the economy is real. The tax cuts and removal of many Federal regulations has energized the system, and also helped improve consumer confidence, with most non niche retailers expecting a good Thanksgiving and Christmas / New Year’s holiday sales season.
      There are of course some places still lagging due to their Neanderthal leftist leadership. Western PA is booming due to fracking, while just across the line in NY, their prohibition on fracking in the state is costing them jobs and money. The funny thing is that the gas from those western PA fields would be the same gas NY could be getting if they lost their religious zeal for controlling people through the use of Climate Change.
      When winter finally gets here, they can starve and freeze in the dark for all I care. Democracy and free markets mean you can vote in the idiots; but, then have to deal with the consequences until you wisen-up and vote out your masters.

  10. Went to the range. Old eyes, right-handed, left-eye dominant, & tired of wasting ammo shooting pistol two-handed at 30 yards, which is where the pistol range target frames are set. Couldn’t get on the plinking range for shorter distance. Anywho, much better one-handed, but my shoulder/arm/elbow/wrist sure are tired & sore. Once upon a time, people laughed when I said I had a pair of Hi-Point C9’s. NJ just passed law to drop max from 15 rounds to 10 (yes, there’s a lawsuit). Those folks with the high$ Glocks ain’t laughing now.

  11. Not a lot this week . Pushing a work related deadlines . Dehydrating is something we do without the use of electricity .

  12. Well I broke down this week and bought a cell phone. I got an i-phone 8 plus. I needed it for my new job. I don’t mind so much because it is a tax write off for me. I ordered this device https://www.amazon.com/OBi200-1-Port-Adapter-Support-Service/dp/B00BUV7C9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535310802&sr=8-1&keywords=obihai200 from Amazon. I will try to install it later today. It has a five star rating on Amazon. This replaces the telephone company–there is no monthly charge for your home phone. This device works over the Internet. We are going to drop our cable this week and switch to AT&T Internet. We want to drop all of our cable services. That’s it for me. We are off to Walmart to do some weekly shopping.

    1. Bam Bam,

      Well I broke down this week and bought a cell phone.

      We have three active cell phones and I have a collection of old phones going back to my original bag phone and flip phone in the 1990’s. The bag phone was off lease and was purchased for $25.00 with a $12.00 per month charge that got you a whopping 5 minutes of air time, with additional air time @ $0.35-0.50 per minute. It plugged into the vehicle cigarette lighter and was truly carried for emergencies. The fact that you are now just getting a cell phone is interesting, since I know lots of people who have nothing but cell phones. We have our cell phones; but, also still have a landline (wired) telephone that we will not ever give up. As well as getting our Internet (a whopping 5 Mbps DSL) we have unlimited calling and other features for a budgeted fixed price per month. I spent 1/3 of my engineering career working in telephony and when all of the cell and VoIP quit working, you will still most likely get a dial tone.

      I ordered this device ?????? from Amazon.

      That device and many others are now available for doing VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol); but, the POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) adapter is a nice touch, allowing you to use your normal old telephone. In our case, our telephone line is our Internet connection, so it would just be added cost and complexity. There are a lot of other VoIP applications in areas of ham radio and even Skype can allow calls to non-Skype connections.

      I will try to install it later today. It has a five star rating on Amazon. This replaces the telephone company–there is no monthly charge for your home phone. This device works over the Internet. We are going to drop our cable this week and switch to AT&T Internet. We want to drop all of our cable services.

      Here we are hoping that the local cable providers (Spectrum or WOW) finally give us service. We would take the basic TV and eliminate our satellite and finally get Internet speeds of 50 or more Mbps, and that would be nice. The landline phone stays in any case.

      We are off to Walmart to do some weekly shopping.

      We usually make a weekly trip there and Aldi’s, and I’m glad to see at least one less Wal-Mart hater in the group, LOL.

      1. O.P.,
        I had a friend come over who hooked up the devise in less than 10 minutes. We have a meeting tomorrow with AT&T to switch over to their system. (Our local cable company sucks. If you don’t purchase all of the premium channels, you can’t watch ESPN.) Tomorrow we meet with the AT&T person to completely switch over.

        A fun fact for you. I emailed my employers to give them my cell phone number and to let them know my home phone number may not work. One of my (long time) department chairs labeled me a “luddite”. I had to email him back and tell him that I had only days before gotten a cell phone. I really would have never thought of myself as techneologically backward. HaHa

        1. Bam Bam,

          I had a friend come over who hooked up the devise in less than 10 minutes. We have a meeting tomorrow with AT&T to switch over to their system. (Our local cable company sucks. If you don’t purchase all of the premium channels, you can’t watch ESPN.) Tomorrow we meet with the AT&T person to completely switch over.

          The equipment is not all that hard to configure, and a lot of companies are using the VoIP technology. The main reason I want cable is for high speed internet, since I can watch nearly everything else online as a stream. We need Fox News, Fox Business, and history & National Geographic channels if available, plus the locals. We neither want nor watch any of the sports channels; but, the bundling of ESPN may not be the fault of your cable provider, since often the programming providers do the bundling. ESPN for instance is owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications, and Walt Disney is in the process of acquiring 20th century Fox programming assets. Evidently content is king, and we are pretty much at the mercy of those who create and own it. Content is in part the reason Netflix is $365.00 per share and the company is valued @ $1.52B.

          A fun fact for you. I emailed my employers to give them my cell phone number and to let them know my home phone number may not work. One of my (long time) department chairs labeled me a “luddite”. I had to email him back and tell him that I had only days before gotten a cell phone. I really would have never thought of myself as techneologically backward. HaHa

          While I’ve worked and designed equipment at the leading edge of technology, part of me loves being a modern Luddite, since old tools like the axe, maul, adze, froe, and draw knife, that can be used to turn logs into beautiful barns like I have need nothing but muscle power and skill, and are usable with no other resources, other than a sharpening stone.
          I have a modern auto start generator and some of the newest ham radio technology; but, still have an affinity for the local Amish, who are truly EMP proof.

          1. AT&T just installed fiber optic cable in my neighborhood. They are installing high speed Internet next Wednesday. I can’t wait.

          2. Bam Bam,

            AT&T just installed fiber optic cable in my neighborhood. They are installing high speed Internet next Wednesday. I can’t wait.

            That’s cool!!! I know my phone company CenturyLink is in process of upgrading DSL to 25 Mbps instead of the 5 Mbps I now have; but, I’m hoping Time Warner (now called Spectrum) or its competitor (called WOW) are working their way out toward my rural area.
            The FCC Omnibus Broadband Initiative (O.B.I.) is supposed to help fund this infrastructure, similar to the R.E.A. (Rural Electrification Act of 1936 that funded electrical distribution systems to serve isolated rural areas of the United States.
            I also can’t wait; but, will most likely have to. We had 52Kbps dialup modems in 1998 and 5 Mbps DSL in 2018 (20 years) so I’m used to getting by, since I like the rural living more than I need the extra speed.

    1. Thor1,

      Info on shooting still coming in. I just woke from a nap, so this is new to me. All I know is #2 daughter and her boyfriend are not involved (they live in J’ville and go to that mall sometimes).

    2. Thor1,

      Active shooter in Florida…….. Might be gang related

      2 dead and 11 injured at the Madden NFL 19 video game tournaments in Jacksonville. 24 year old from Baltimore was evidently competing in the tournament an lost, then started shooting.

      1. TOP, he looked surprisingly ike the kid that did the Sandyhook shooting.

        He was an anti-Trump resistance member…. Democrat…..

        What is it with these Democrats, they shoot people and then want to take our guns…..

        That was probably a gun free zone again.

        1. Thor1,

          What is it with these Democrats, they shoot people and then want to take our guns

          When you are devoid of real ideas and your old ideas get routinely rejected by the majority, I guess it must lead to frustration. When you have lived your life believing and feeling instead of thinking, you must be left with only one final action, violence against those you blame for your sad condition.

          That was probably a gun free zone again.

          As I understand it, they had no check at the door, so it was only gun free in the sense that most of the participants didn’t think to bring a gun with them.
          I personally avoid large crowds and rarely go anywhere I can’t carry.

  13. Picked 35 lbs of sweet corn this morning. Finishing canning them as I write. Chickens are over the moon with the cobs.canned 9 pints of spaghetti sauce from our Roma plants earlier this week. Have been making a lot of bread and butter zucchini pickles.
    Acquired a dozen young pheasants this week.
    Don’t know too much about them yet other than they don’t seem to be smart

  14. We have been heating with wood for over 50 years, nothing like it, we have a soapstone stove we moved from our other house when we moved to the cabin for good 4 years ago. wouldn’t change to any other type of heat if you paid me.

    I have an original Excalibur dehydrator from the 70’s still works great although we rescreened the trays some years, it’s not hard just time consuming.

    Got to town this week and filled up the holes in my preps and got a really good deal on chicken breasts skinless and boneless 5.99 for 5#. I also got a bushel of pie apples (Northern Spies) for the coming winter they are sitting on the back porch for now but as soon as one of the grands come up they will put them in the root cellar under the trap door in the floor of the cabin.

    DH is about the same, he did spend the night in the hospital last week as he now has gout and he was in such pain I wasn’t sure what it was so my daughter took him in just to check it out he is on meds that have helped a lot.

    Everyone have a good week should be getting cooler soon, can’t wait for it to get here.

    Blessings for all.

    1. Tuckerhollow,
      Back in 2012 I had a bad case of gout to the point I couldn’t walk; but, a friend who is an E.R. doc put me on a course of Colchicine & Prednisone and it knocked the gout within 24 hours. I now take a daily 150 mg dose of Allopurinol and have not had any issues since, even though I still eat red meats and occasionally even shrimp and liver. The backup plan that can help is black cherries. Black cherries, black cherry capsules, or black cherry juice can all help when other medication is not available.

      1. I just called my DGD as she is coming up one day this to cut my hair so I asked her to bring DH some black cherry juice and we will give it a go. Thinks so much for the help.

        1. tuckerhollow,

          I asked her to bring DH some black cherry juice and we will give it a go.

          While the cherry juice can help and can’t hurt and I keep black cherry juice and capsules on hand and eat the cherries in season, I still take the daily dose of Allopurinol and can pretty much eat anything without a problem. The medication is inexpensive; but, knowing about the cherries is good to have in your back pocket if you can’t get the medication. The other thing you can do is diet modification by not eating things like:
          • Red meat and organ meats (liver, tongue and sweetbreads)
          • Shellfish such as shrimp and lobster.
          • Refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, pasta, sugar)
          • Processed foods (chips, snack foods, frozen dinners)
          • Sugary beverages.
          I don’t know if avoiding these will make you live longer; but, it will make you feel like you’ve lived forever on the foods you can still eat.

      2. Celery is even better for gout treatment/avoidance than Black Cherry! I keep it in the fridge, cleaned and ready. DH (who has gout) eats a stalk a day. So do I, but, I just like celery.

        1. LTD,

          Really? You are the first person ever to admit to liking celery. I only like celery during Florida football games when it is served with chicken wings and ranch dressing.

        2. LivintheDream,

          Celery is even better for gout treatment/avoidance than Black Cherry! I keep it in the fridge, cleaned and ready. DH (who has gout) eats a stalk a day. So do I, but, I just like celery

          I had not heard this before and of course had to look it up. Here’s what I found:

          A study in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism found that eating cherries or taking cherry extract lowered the likelihood of a gout attack. Luteolin, a major component of celery, blocks the enzyme that leads to uric acid formation.
          Four to eight fresh celery stalks daily. They are fresher if they are not limp. The 3nB is in the stalks, not the leaves. Celery goes well with cheddar cheese, which is a low purine food that doesn’t add much uric acid — all foods contain purines to some extent.

          I actually like both celery and sharp cheddar. For now I’ll stick to my Allopurinol; but, this is a good one to know, since in a pinch, celery is way easier to grow than black cherries.
          I’ve always considered celery too fattening to eat on a regular basis; but, perhaps it’s the cream cheese or the peanut butter that so easily fits that curved spoon like shape, LOL.

          1. TOP and LTD – one of my brothers refuses to take prescription medication for his gout. Instead he uses nettle. He says he has had no more problems since he started using it and has changed his diet very little.

  15. Finally received the antenna extension cable for the CB we are having installed in the BOV. Hang up on the 2M rig due to inability to locate a faceplate cable. I may have to buy a different transceiver. If anyone has an xtra faceplate cable for a Yaesu ft-8100, I would love to have one. OP has my contact info.

    We have new neighbors near BOL who are prep minded. I have spent a couple days schooling them on gardening in this area, as well as the care and feeding of fruit trees. They toured our setup today, (we observed OPSEC) and were really intrigued by the root cellar. Gave them some of our marigolds for their gardens. BTW, for anyone who doesn’t already know, a strong infusion of marigold blossoms may be sprayed on gardens for insect repellant purposes. I also like to heat cedar or juniper chunks in water and use that liquid the same way to repel harmful moths. Unfortunately, they need to be reapplied after each rain.

    1. Billy T,

      BTW, for anyone who doesn’t already know, a strong infusion of marigold blossoms may be sprayed on gardens for insect repellant purposes. I also like to heat cedar or juniper chunks in water and use that liquid the same way to repel harmful moths. Unfortunately, they need to be reapplied after each rain.

      While we plant marigold as companion plants, I did not know or think about using them sprayed as an insecticide; but, since the Pyrethrum daisy or Chrysanthemum are cultivated for that purpose for the Pyrethrum they contain, it make sense.
      I’ll also remember the cedar. I keep some of that on hand for the smoker for my bees.

  16. Late to posting – reading and picking veggies from the garden after working all day during the week, then canning over the weekend. Did manage to add another 50 pounds of sugar to the rotation but now I need to figure out where to put it. Also restocked some cat food and picked up some consulting work that should be paid this week. Using some of that money to get an attachment for my KitchenAid mixer to hopefully make canning go a bit faster.

    The DH is warming up to the idea of chickens – especially now that he’s figured out one of our neighbors has a couple. We just haven’t figured out where they are keeping the chickens since there’s no coop that we can see in their yard. And believe me, their yard is tiny (1/16th of an acre), so it would be pretty easy to spot. We have seen one of the people who lives in the house out in the yard with the chickens and the chickens are never outside unsupervised.

    That’s about it this week. Prayers for those in need, as always.

    1. GA Red,
      May I ask which attachment you’re getting? We have the meat grinder and the grain mill and wonder if there is something useful we’re missing.
      I would just ask the neighbors how and where they keep their chickens, after of course expressing interest and no dismay. Who knows what other preps they may have. Perhaps the start of a small MAG over time.

      1. KitchenAid KSM2FPA Food Processor Attachment with Commercial Style Dicing Kit – it is on sale at the moment on Amazon for the best price I have seen so far.

        I’m also considering the KitchenAid KSM1JA Masticating Juicer and Sauce Attachment, but the current price is daunting unless I get a refurbished one.

        As for the neighbors, I’m not entirely sure how much English they speak. It’s also difficult to communicate over an 8 foot tall wooden fence. We’ll see what happens, but it is good to know that a) they have chickens and b) they do try to grow SOME food in their yard.

        1. Only way to figure out how much English the neighbors speak is to talk to them. If they are from a country that has seen its share of hardships, they may have some good survival tips and tricks.

          1. MaineBrain & GA Red,

            Only way to figure out how much English the neighbors speak is to talk to them. If they are from a country that has seen its share of hardships, they may have some good survival tips and tricks.

            Amen!!!
            They also may speak more English than they let on, practicing their own OPSEC, until they get to know the intentions and integrity of their new neighbors. Once they know your interest in their chickens is to have your own, and not to turn them in, a whole new relationship that is beneficial to both sides, could develop.
            I would personally extend my hand, show interest, and explain my interest.

          2. MaineBrain and OP – agreed. However, talking over an 8 foot wooden fence at 5’7″ does prove difficult and the only way to get to their front door is to walk or drive nearly a mile. If the opportunity arises to have a chat, I’ll take advantage of it.

          3. GA Red,

            However, talking over an 8 foot wooden fence at 5’ 7″ does prove difficult and the only way to get to their front door is to walk or drive nearly a mile. If the opportunity arises to have a chat, I’ll take advantage of it.

            WOW. A mile around the fence? It appears you need either a ladder or a drone, LOL.

    1. Almost There,

      Alert – on NOW… War coming? Strait of Hormuz controlled by Iran

      Iran has threatened the Strait of Hormuz since Jimmy Carter’s failed presidency. Should they try to control it, it would first block off any and all oil shipments they are trying to sneak past the embargo, and then Israel , Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and perhaps a few others would pounce on them. It would be war; but, I suspect not long and drawn out.
      And this from: “Blogtalkradio” where the para normal is normal, what?
      Not even a credible source from my perspective.

      1. The Saudis would be hurt more than the U.S. Make the Saudis pay their fair share. The U.S. fracking industry is going strong.

      2. OP I don’t think even the mullahs are that stupid. I think they are most likely to engage in harassment as in the past. Unfortunately for them, Obama is not president and Trump has empowered military commanders to make on- site decisions. Any such encounter would not end well for Iran.

        1. Billy T,

          Yeah, the idiots in Iran are probably just trying to blow smoke. I think their posturing is more for internal consumption. Governments like theirs always have to have external enemies at the gates, even if they’re just made up or exaggerated. Must keep the great unwashed focused on something other than the crappy way they are being governed. Kind of like ours, except we do have some external enemies (ISIS, AQ, etc).

          I the past, Iran has tried to push the US Navy too far. I recall the Navy sinking several Iranian patrol boats by aircraft using cluster bombs. This was at least 25-years ago or so.

          Nevertheless, given their religious tendency to do stupid things thinking Allah will pull their chestnuts out of the fire, bears close watching.

    2. Bam Bam,

      Make the Saudis pay their fair share. The U.S. fracking industry is going strong.

      In the first Gulf War the Saudis were all in, providing preconfigured and supplied air bases and additional aircraft and pilots to help in the effort. The only country that really resisted us and caused issues as it still does today, is the supposed NATO ally, Turkey.
      As for fracking, it’s going gangbusters where it’s allowed; but, unfortunately some leftist knuckleheads like the governor of NY are still placing a prohibition on its use, in what are the states own fields with abundant nat gas and oil reserves.
      Their loss is Pennsylvania’s gain.

    1. JP,

      ALERT – White stuff coming to a mountain near us….
      Fortunately, it is not us, but the colder weather is here.

      You can call me crazy; but, I almost can’t wait.
      Today was a 92° 90% day and we have A/C running in two places. Last month our electric bill was $285 and on an average month is $200. I can heat rooms inexpensively with propane &/or wood or throw on a sweater. I actually like the colder weather where I can stay comfortable on the cheap.

      1. TOP:

        I like to tell people “I didn’t move to the Continental Divide for 80 degree temperatures.” I’m really happy at 72. I don’t put on a coat until below 40.

  17. TARA & DAN: I hope it’s okay to share this here. If not, please delete.

    FREE TRAINING COMING! “What You Need To Know Before an EMP Strike” and “Radiation Ready”

    I mean, really…is an EMP strike all that likely to occur? Or, is this just a way to keep people with tin hats occupied? Or do you really need to worry about Radiation poisoning?

    What if we told you the threat is very real? That it has been for a long time? And what if we told you that no matter how many web site blog posts you’ve read on the subject, you may not be well prepared for the inevitable likelihood, at all?!

    And what if we told you we can help – and it’s FREE?!

    How about Radiation? Do you know simple, inexpensive ways to be prepared? That will be part 2 of Thelma’s teaching series.

    “Prepared Seniors & Friends” on mewe.com is honored to make available an upcoming training from “Thelma”, one of our own.

    Thelma is (in our opinion) IMMINENTLY QUALIFIED to teach the danger and what you can do NOW to be a survivor, not a casualty, if and when it does happen. And chances are higher than you know that it will.

    Thelma is a Patriot American, a Veteran. Thelma served as an Electro-Magnetic Environmental Engineer for EBASCO ENGINEERS and E-CUBED ENGINEERS as a civilian. In the military, she was Training NCO for Survival Escape and Evasion, as well as Nucler Biological and Chemical Detection and Mitigation.

    The series will begin during the first week of September. We hope to have our first post up on the first Monday of September, 2018. We will keep these posts at the top of the group page so you can copy and paste if you wish. The series will last as long as it takes for Thelma to teach us well.

    In order to participate, you must be a member of mewe. That is not hard. And a member of Prepared Seniors & Friends. That might be a little harder. Patriot, American, Conservative, no vulgarity, no dissin’ people, no shills/trolls/libtards. That covers it.

    http://www.mewe.com

    PS&F: https://mewe.com/group/5b5f2c72538aa611b40590b7

    1. LivintheDream,
      This could be interesting. I’ve had a bit of training over the past decades in this area; but, another perspective is always welcome.
      I’m already a mewe.com member; but, still trying to determine how to navigate it. For those in Ohio and surrounding areas, GrammyPrepper is one of the moderators of the Ohio Homesteading & Gardening group (OHG) on mewe.
      I’ll check out the Prepared Seniors in the next few days.

  18. As usual, late to the party, LOL! Y’all have been busy this week!

    Maters coming on in spurts. Garden is a mess, I will never stake them again, they are all falling over each other, but still producing. Wanted to try dehydrating some, but the yield has been sporadic.

    SO I am trying something new, freezing them in jars. Saw a video from a trusted blogger.Chopping them, skins seeds and all, adding the juice, and topping with tomato juice rather than water, to add to the tomato flavor. Since it will become sauce in the long run, it made more sense to me than freezing them in bags, as some suggest.

    Harvested the last of the snap peas, let them ‘go to seed’, even though I still have plenty of seeds left from my purchase from Baker Creek. The new plants are in the same container, and using the dying stalks to climb. Looking forward to a bigger harvest in the fall. Funny thing, a blogger I follow suggested we were harvesting them too late. We love to eat them raw, when they are plump. She suggested they be harvested before they get plump. Guess it’s a matter of taste.

    On the flea front, I finally convinced DH to get the Seresto collar for the beagle, and boy has it made a difference. I tried all the natural methods I could. DH bought a bunch of stuff that was not effective. The fleas in our area are just so resistant to so much. I drew the line at oral meds. But the collar has helped, and I have my beagle back. He actually wanted to play tonight! We are still using DE in the house and yard. And adding it to his food.

    I am looking forward to meeting TOP for lunch this week! Talk about community! I’ve lurked on the old site and our new home for years, and found like minded folks in my ‘backyard’ so to speak! Speaks volumes about building trust and building community.

    As to Tara’s questions, I know nothing about stove inserts. I do, however, love my Presto dehydratorl It’s a round one, no on/off switch, but use a timer bought somewhere else to deal with that issue. I do find that I need to rotate trays, but it’s not a big deal. I would love to have an Excalibur, it’s on the wish list!

    Closing this with prayers and hugs for all the Pack, I also pose a question…other than canning, what is your go to for preserving the harvest?

    1. I’ve had the best results with tomatoes by slow-roasting them for a few hours, then bagging and putting in the freezer. The roasting concentrates the flavor – can even be used to improve the flavor of midwinter plum tomatoes. When making spaghetti, I add some to the jarred pasta sauce to amp up the tomato flavor. Also good served with Italian bread and mozzarella cheese (bruschetta) with some fresh basil.

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