What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week: Apr 19th – 25th 2020

DIY homemade lip gloss

Hello, fellow preppers. I hope you have also had a productive week prepping. Here on our survival homestead we got a lot done both inside and out.

Our spring gardening plans are moving along nicely. One cold snap threatened our fruit grove, but we covered all of the trees and bushes, and they appear to have gotten through the night unscathed.

On the rainy days that once again graced us this week (one of which we were flooded in) I took the time indoors to make a large batch of tallow, and had the children help me make all natural lip gloss.

I worked a lot on expanding my apothecary patch space so I could not only grow far more medicinal herbs, roots, and plants, but to put in some conventional crops, as well.

There are far less destructive insects in my apothecary growing area thanks to our free ranging flocks, so with no Japanese beetles to worry about, I wanted to put in more vegetable plants up here, as well.

The largest ground growing plot on our survival homestead is located down bottom near the start of our driveway. For OPSEC reasons, I always worry about the crops planted there will quickly disappear if they are not mature enough for harvest when the SHTF.

A hog pen was once located in the same spot, so the ground is simply too fertile to waste.

Our awesome rural county just got a little more unique this week.

Not only are we one of the very few counties in the entire country with only one traffic light, a county seat that is a village and not a city, and has zero zoning laws, building permits, or Walmarts, but is also the only one of Ohio’s 88 counties without a single case of the pandemic virus.

The man who owns the screenprinting shop that typically supplies all the ball teams and groups with shirts, just today designed a special one to note our county’s newest distinction.

If living through this pandemic has taught me anything, it has vastly reinforced my already strong belief that living in a rural area is the only way to go if you are a prepper or just trying to raise a family.

I am really kind of surprised no one here was stricken with the disease because the whole county is definitely one large bedroom community.

Easily 75 percent of the good folks who live here do not work in the county but in the adjacent ones and as far away as Columbus – all with ongoing if the potentially deadly disease.

In other preps this week, we purchased sugar, flour, cornmeal, and baking soda in bulk, and preserved them in 5-gallon food grade buckets with oxygen absorbers.

We have been doing some online browsing to see prices on other fruit trees we can place in the expansion we have planned in our grove with the CARES stimulus check that will hopefully arrive sometime in the near future.

Our youngest grandchild is nearly 100 percent potty trained, which our daughter definitely considers a prep because now she will no longer need to stockpile disposable diapers or make and wash cloth ones.

Pearl is getting close to kidding again, my bossy 3-legged goat seems to be continually pregnant. If she has any females we will be keeping them, but I am not sure if I want to keep any males and band them this spring.

With the gas company leasing our upper pasture and part of the side pasture, we will be a little on grazing and browsing area until about July.

Had my goats not taken one too many cues from the horses and miniature donkeys, they would happily romp about the woods eating more brush and twigs.

But alas, they think that they are merely small horses and now want to graze on pasture land – the exact opposite of what I would like to occur.

Our last batch of spring chicks will be leaving the brooder in the coming weeks. We lost two of the young chickens we located out in the coop last week.

A bad storm came through and they were either blown or knocked into the duck pool which was overflowing with water after hours of heavy rain, and drowned.

Here in just a few minutes when I am done writing for the day the three youngest grandkiddos and I will be going on a dandelion hunt. I want to beat the horses and goats to the abundance of dandelions growing in the pastures at the moment.

I am going to use the dandelions to make some delicious cold tea and some for wine. But, the bulk of the dandelions will be turned into a natural healing salve.

While the dandelion salve is not difficult to make at all, one must muster patience when starting the process.

After picking a plastic grocery sack full of the so-called weeds, they need to dry either naturally on a screen or in a dehydrator and then be turned into an infused oil all before you can actually start making the salve.

It takes roughly seven days to two weeks of the oil sitting in a cool dark place and being shaken once a day for the infusion process to complete – hence the need for patience.

The dandelions are then strained away through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer and the oil is combined with beeswax and shea butter that are combined by melting and stirring, to make the salve.

Because of their natural anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties, dandelion salve is excellent to use on aching joints, sore muscles, strained tendons, and bruises. This all natural and super cheap to make salve is excellent to use on dry and cracked skin, as well.

This Week’s Questions:

  1. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for?
  2. Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? If you have never tried it, dandelion wine is deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day.
  3. Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock?
  4. If you do not live in a rural area? Why not. I am always baffled to come across a prepper who does not since working from home and making a good living is entirely feasible – I do it from literally the middle of the woods. Only an elderly parent or a child that does not live with me could ever keep me living somewhere other than a place just like my little patch of heaven.
Tara Dodrill

About Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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99 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week: Apr 19th – 25th 2020

  1. his Week’s Questions:

    1. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for? Nope.

    2. Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? If you have never tried it, dandelion wine is deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day. This years are going under as that is where the front yard garden will be.

    3. Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock? No birds.

    4. If you do not live in a rural area? Why not. I am always baffled to come across a prepper who does not since working from home and making a good living is entirely feasible – I do it from literally the middle of the woods. Only an elderly parent or a child that does not live with me could ever keep me living somewhere other than a place just like my little patch of heaven. We have reached a decision to do that last year. I was to clear up the last of our debt before we do, so we can live on less.

    This week…

    Work continues on the new shelving on the porch. The putty work, sanding, and priming are done. The 6’ section has its final paint. DW took Thursday & Friday off to paint.

    Delivery job on Thursday. A little income and a change to pick up/top off stuff in the “big city”.

    Three weeks of seedling starts and the beans and garlic HAVE to be replanted. They are about 7-10” tall and getting too big for the little starters! DW is talking about taking a couple of days off from work (and she’s working from home) to get the starts planted outside.

    Got my “Canned HAM” (amendment1preparedness.com) this week. I have not set it up, but I know people that run these. It’s a Leixin 898 Ham radio all set up in a 50 cal. can, with internal batteries, ready to set up to an antenna and go. Very portable set. I acquired a vehicle antenna some time ago.

    Supply Run: grocery top off; gardening supplies; UHT milk; SPAM; powdered milk;

    Received: Peanut Butter Powder, AF, #10; Sliced Strawberries, AF, FD, #10; ammo; AR mags; AR repair vice; 30” x 7” rectangular planters; “Canned Ham” radio; Music: Journey GH Vol 1 & 2;

  2. 1. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for?
    No
    2. Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? If you have never tried it, dandelion wine is deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day.
    I’m going to use them this year.
    3. Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock?
    We’re getting a LOT of eggs from our chickens. I have about two dozen hens and a few roosters.
    4. If you do not live in a rural area? Why not. I am always baffled to come across a prepper who does not since working from home and making a good living is entirely feasible – I do it from literally the middle of the woods. Only an elderly parent or a child that does not live with me could ever keep me living somewhere other than a place just like my little patch of heaven.
    I do live in a rural area.

    This has been an awful week. A very dear family lost their one-day-old baby. Because of the coronavirus, no one was able to physically be there for them.
    This week:
    *Animals:
    -Three chicks died. Not sure why.

    *Garden:
    -Harvesting asparagus and lettuces.
    -Planted in the garden: cabbage; onions; cucumbers; yellow summer, zucchini, acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squashes; broccoli; 2 kinds of tomatoes (24 plants); three kinds of pepper plants;
    -Planted strawberry patch.

    *Prepping purchases/added a little to the stockpile: TP, paper towels, Epsom salt, bandaids, first aid supplies, wet wipes, sunscreen, deodorant,

    *Miscellaneous:
    -Received my new pressure canner.
    -Exterminator came and conquered the army of ants that invaded our house.

    *Skills:
    -Still looking for a recipe for a really soft loaf of sandwich bread.
    -Foraged for asparagus.

    Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

    1. I was listening to someone who was having chicks die for no apparent reason. Turns out they couldn’t get water. The “nipples” were plugged. Cleaned it out and all was fine.

      FYI…

      1. I don’t use that kind of waterer. It looks like the chicks, which were the three smallest, were suffocated/crushed by the others. But who knows what happened. The circle of life.

    2. PG:
      I highly recommend Bread Illustrated put out by America’s Test Kitchen. Next to my Fannie Farmer it gets the most use. Sandwich breads and whole wheat version mirror store bought. I make the American sandwich bread on a regular basis but have tried several of the others. Worth buying.

  3. I did my grocery shopping this week. Went to the store twice. Publix was mostly well stocked up but was zero on TP again (still). I don’t know why TP is so short yet. I would have bought a pack if there had been any available just to off my personal stock, but no crisis. I have a DIY bidet so I don’t need as much TP as I otherwise would. I have a good stock anyway.

    It rained pretty good on Thursday night and all day Friday. We needed the rain around here.

    Just not a lot of prepping done. I don’t find a need to do much more prepping acquisitions other than adding to my food stash. I read a number of prep articles and watched a couple of YouTube prepping vids. I’m just busy being locked down. 😊

    I’m reading a book about Abraham Lincoln. The author is making points I’ve suspected about Lincoln for a long time. He wasn’t such a wonderful president and the Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t such a great deal for slaves as it never was intended to free a single slave. “The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

    #1 daughter is still busy making masks and Granddaughter is still busy being a good little girl for her parents. She has been working pretty hard on her reading skills. Tara, it’s good that your youngest grandchild is nearly 100% potty trained. My granddaughter is nearly so too. She is 100% during the day (both for #1 and #2), but sometimes will pee at night while sleeping. Her parents keep a diaper on her at night, but she is getting much better at staying dry all night. Soon she’ll be 100% I think. Your daughter is correct that getting a young child 100% potty trained is a big prep.

    #1 daughter’s unit XO is still working in NYC. Still busy there too. A little bit of a virus case load drop off. But not really that big of a deal.

    Received my “stimulus” money this week. I put it in my piggy bank. I don’t really need the money as my normal income streams are still there. It’s just extra money. The government should have given it to WHO, they need it more than I do (please note the heavy dose of sarcasm in that statement).

    This Week’s Questions:

    1. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for?

    Nope, never have.

    2. Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? If you have never tried it, dandelion wine is deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day.

    Nope, never have. Don’t have any here in the complex. The landscaping company keeps them under control.

    3. Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock?

    I have no chickens, but my son does. He has eight hens and a roo. They’re all mixed breeds he says. But, yes, the girls are laying a good quantity of eggs. He’s had a bit of trouble keeping stray dogs and other predators away from the eggs, but thinks he has that solved with an improved coop.

    He is having trouble with his roo picking at one of the hens. He plucks her naked. My son got a vest and that seems to be working, but the roo started in on the hen’s head so my son is getting a helmet for that. Anybody have any suggestions? My son isn’t a very experience chicken farmer though he is trying hard.

    4. If you do not live in a rural area? Why not. I am always baffled to come across a prepper who does not since working from home and making a good living is entirely feasible – I do it from literally the middle of the woods. Only an elderly parent or a child that does not live with me could ever keep me living somewhere other than a place just like my little patch of heaven.

    I’m a big city boy. Grew up in Detroit, worked as a cop in the Detroit area, it’s just my thing I guess. I can get around rural, forested, and desert areas just fine thanks to my military service and Scouting, and I used to live in a semi-rural area after moving to Florida (near where my son lives and is raising his chickens). But I just missed the big city so moved to a suburb of Orlando where I am now. I also wanted to be close to my granddaughter after she was born. I’m double retired (police and military reserves), plus VA disability and Social Security, so I have no need to work from anywhere.

    1. Put the Roo either in the s oup pot, or in a pen by himself, he needs a time out…I would get a replacement for him, get it up to age to breed and protect the hens…. and put him in pot sounds too aggressive..He might get on time out for 2-3 weeks then put back in there after hen recovers… if repeat straight to the soup pot.. He will never be cold again.

    2. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation for political benefit. He used the money to fund the War of Northern Aggression.

      1. Bam Bam,

        Specifically Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to try and keep Britain and France from coming in on the side of the South, which they were seriously considering doing at the time. But they recognized the Proclamation for what it was, a weak attempt to BS them that the war was being fought to free slaves. Britain and France ultimately chose not to enter the war because they felt the South was not able to win on their own and they didn’t intend to send soldiers to help. They also knew, Northern public support for the war was tenuous, but if foreign troops intervened, that would change Northern public opinion drastically and it would be seen as a foreign invasion. Britain did try to send supplies, food, and weapons, but the US Navy snagged a lot of it in the blockade of Southern ports.

  4. Happy Saturday Morning

    DW and I are still employed and working from home. We did not go out at all during the last week.

    Our food stuff and medicine are all in good shape for another 6 to 8 weeks.

    Talked my DD and her children on Friday as it was her birthday. I ordered her stuff off Amazon and sent her a card that DW made.

    Everything is still the same and we are just going along. My work got one of the few big loans from the government so even though work is down we are still in business. My work phone doesn’t ring much.

    We had Bible Study on line on Wednesday evening and afterwards I met with the Church Elders and Pastor to talk about when we would be able to open the church back up. I gave input on how to sanitize the church, how the seating would need to be handled, how extra PEP would have to be on hand for anyone who doesn’t have it. How to handle taking everyones temperatures and what to do if someone has a fever and how to handle communion without contaminating the bread and juice. We are not going to open up for at least 2 to 3 more weeks and maybe longer.

    DW had a zoom chat with the ladies of the church just as a social get together and catch up. They all do facebook and stuff but this was the first time to have an online chat where they could look at each other. I think it was good for them all.

    Other than that, here we sit. Praying, working, taking care of each other.

    Keep praying, keep doing the right things and keep prepping.

    73

  5. 1. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for? Answer:I made dipped candles.
    2. Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? Answer: I learned to made wine with my Grandmother. I don’t have sufficient here for anything but but an addition to a spring salad.
    3.Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock? Answer: still a bit early here. 14 hens, 2 roosters, and 8 ducks.
    4.answer: I live in a rural unincorporated community area.

  6. taras questions
    1 tallow no lard yes, i save rendered lard and use it for fying, and oiling metal tools, and in the past i made candles (fill a jar and use a wick held by wire)

    2 i use them as a potherb (cooked like turnip greens) or make fritters from the flowerhead, thinking f tying to make dandelion beer this summer (like rootbeer) i don’t like alcohaul taste

    3 some have, others are already boody, have a few chicks out already, buff orpingtons and wadanotte bantams. i was thinking of expanding to get turkeys either the beltsville small ones, or blue slate, originally thought naragansetts but they are bigger than i want to deal with though they go boody. point of turkeys is to keep a tom and some hens year round to hatch out more in sping to butcher in fall. with the economy in the shitter i have scaled back and reduced my flocks, put my expansion plans on hold, not letting them hatch lots of chicks, just enough for my own use.

    4 i have almost always been rural, i tried living in massena ny over a decade ago but that was an epic disaster so i went back to rural

    this week i shot 2 sap suckers off my apple trees with a 22 and iron sights 100 feet away, stacked 20 face cords of firewood, broke a lot of rocks with a sledge and moved them out of the ochard or wherever (easier to use tractor mounted bush mower than a hand held stihl brush saw). sold a small running gear wagon that i don’t use anymore (case, needed tires and one bearing gasket wasn’t very good, being a case the parts are obcenely expensive as a “classic” better to sell it since i didn’t use it after i got a bigger one), going to put the money into more chicken feed. other misc work around the farm.

    wasn’t planning to go online today but just sold wagon this morning, had to walk up to neighborrs for internet to pull wagon ad from a few places. otherwise was moving more broken up rocks to the fence line and had a fire going in the yard for small debris. have a metal ring over an old stump and when thats gone i will move to another stump, nott doing fast just using it as a place to cook. when i go homee lunch will be sourdough bread egg salad sandwiches with garlic honey mustard and yellow crookneck squash pickles. then i will probably be back to moving rocks or firewood.

    1. Massena, ny that brings back a lot of memories i did my student teaching there. i’m a potsdam grad.

  7. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for?No, and probably never will. Just not interested.
    Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? Nope. I kill them. I had to live with dandelions my whole life, and now im in a position to not have them, so i am. When thats no longer possible,then i will use them. They grow well here. I would like a nice lawn area.
    Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock?No chickens right now, we are replacing the fence and rebuilding the chicken yard.
    If you do not live in a rural area? Why not? I am in what used to be a rural area, but has exploded in growth since we moved here. If it were up to me, i would be farther out, but hubby wants to be fairly close to good medical help, which as a compromise i made in moving here. Turned out to be a good decision, becausehad we been farther out, he might not have survived his heart attack 7 years ago. Our area is now a suburb of a medium sized city. Most of the cows and pastures have been turned into subdivisions.

  8. I dehydrated, some refried beans, it took about six hours, to do two fruit leather trays, and crushed them with a rolling pin, in a ziploc bag, and finished drying them for a little longer and put them in a plastic container, I plan on getting two more 32 ounce cans to have my container full. I was able to root a catnip plant, and I plan on working in the green house, this week the rain is back for 8 days give or take. We did celebrate our daughter’s 20th birthday, WOW it just goes so fast. Hubby, is still working we are blessed to still have work and he takes all the precaution, each night I wash his clothes, he jumps in the shower, so far we are doing well, only 29 people in our area have died I believe there is close to 300 hundred sick so it could get worse.

    No on questions 1-3, but I may look into the dandelion salve.
    Question 4 when I started reading this blog 11 year’s ago we wanted to have a bigger place but hubby wanted to be in town near the water, prices anywhere near water, is just expensive, we lucked out and found a place 23 years ago for $83, thousand now its worth close to 550 thousand, it blows my mind and moving out in a rural area at one time we could have done it but hubby being a Californian city boy, it was never going to happen but 24 year’s later now he want’s to be out of the city, if we get back to normal we do hope to build and sell our home, it still won’t be acres, but it will be big enough to spread out and do more gardening. Take care everyone, and hang in there.

  9. (1) Yes I have rendered both tallow and lard. I made candles with the tallow and jarred the lard for cooking.
    (2) I have only saved the seeds for a future dandelion patch and I also feed them to my critters. My husband thinks I’m nuts for liking dandelions, so I’m not going to push the issue right now! LOL
    (3) I have 9 hens and one rooster; they are laying pretty well right now. They’re older birds, but I’m getting 4 to 6 eggs a day, which is still more than I consume. I will wait until next year before I add any more birds.
    (4) We live outside of a relatively small town in an area that is zoned one house per 5 acres.

    This week, I ordered in bulk ingredients for my soap making. Coconut oil, castor oil, lard and lye. Lavender and lemongrass essentials, too. I had let my supplies run pretty low over the past several months, so it was time to get about a year’s worth of stuff. Just finished making my first loaf of bread using my just-received bread maker. I wasn’t having much luck making a good loaf, but this little machine does pretty good (so far). Will try other recipes to see what works best.
    I also planted 2 more papaya trees and added another grape vine to the arbor out back. My sweet potato slips arrived this week, so they got planted right away. The rains that followed are helping them recover from the stress of shipment. I’m going on a 3 hour road trip tomorrow to purchase a new goat—she will be bred this summer for December kids.
    That’s about it for me this week….pretty good week over all!

  10. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for? No.

    Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? If you have never tried it, dandelion wine is deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day. I am another person that doesn’t use or like alcohol so no to the wine. Also dandelions do not grow well in my yard. I know, too bad, right.

    Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock? No birds.

    If you do not live in a rural area? Why not. I am always baffled to come across a prepper who does not since working from home and making a good living is entirely feasible – I do it from literally the middle of the woods. Only an elderly parent or a child that does not live with me could ever keep me living somewhere other than a place just like my little patch of heaven. I live in a semi rural area, it is just three miles out to a state four lane highway with two restaurants, four fast food places and the grocery store.

    We got our stimulus check, it paid for half the cost of the concrete pad for the new 20’x24′ metal carport. That money will stay local, it is going to the crew that prepped the site. The local contractor is a very friendly black man. I offered the crew all the greens they wanted from my garden when they get the concrete finished. Not a racist thing, all of us here in the South like fresh greens. I planted way more then I can use, my small chest freezer is full already. If any grow back after they take what they want I might try and can a batch. I did that a few years ago, nothing like opening up a jar of greens for supper in the middle of the summer.

    Getting the new carport has spurred me into beautifying my entire homestead. Last year used a power sprayer to paint my mobile home, now I have the garage left to do but that will have to wait until cool weather returns. I wired a sub panel into my side bonus rooms where I located my hybrid water heater. Now I can move all the separate wires that feed the lights and wall outlets from the power pole to the sub panel getting rid off the dangerous and unsightly exposed wires running from the pole to the building. I also put the wires running to my water pumps, yes I have two, into buried conduits.

    The high winds the last few weeks blew over one side of my deer fence, bending the thin metal poles I used at the ground. I will have to make a trip to Lowe’s and get some pressure treated 2×4’s to use a braces. My neighbor who farms the field in from of my home has been fighting the deer to keep them out of the potatoes and his wife’s commercial pepper patch she has planted in the first 60 ft. My fence is not necessary now but you never know so I will keep it up.

    While I am at Lowe’s I will probably get a few more fruit trees, my cats killed one of the apple trees I planted. I planted two but for some reason one of them had some attraction to them. They would lie under it and scratch the trunk. I put a fence around it but they smashed that down and kept clawing. With the bark shredded it died.

    I feel a little nervous going out but my county as few Covid cases, 50,000 population with 83 cases so far and one death. That one death was in the first weeks and was probably a winter visitor from New York, we have many that come here every year. Like I told my wife, we are living a pivotal part of history, the most life changing event since the Vietnam War. Something that also affected me and many of us here. I was drafted but managed to served my time in a safe branch of the service. Hopefully I can avoid getting caught up in this also.

  11. Hello,
    To your questions, no, no, N/A, and we’re going to get there soon. Looking like the Chicom Virus might slow us down a bit but the move to rural Tennessee will happen soon enough. Honestly, I’m just kind of punched out of Massachusetts.

    We’re still working but slow. I’ve been paying the guys out of my own pocket when they’re short and finally took a paycheck after a month out of necessity. The girls at my bank said “Oh my God! You’re paying yourself?”.

    Bought extra groceries this week. Always extra non-perishables. Scored a few cases of Ramen noodles @ $2.69. Amazon was selling them for $15 and change. Bastards. Bought some clothes from uspatriottactical. These were two pocket ripstop BDU shirts and 5.11 pants. They should arrive Monday. Looking for a good pair of Air Force sage hot weather boots. Comparison shopping between a few sites.

    We’re all straining at the bit. Cabin fever is bad. Up till three, sleeping until noon is insanity. This is about them controlling us and nothing more. Every chip against our liberty shows the globalists exactly how far they can go. I’m happy to see the people protesting and rising up in the several states. Let’s hope this becomes a groundswell. I’ll take the perceived danger of freedom over the bread and circuses serfdom we’re under.

      1. We are Americans. Our freedom is a God given right. The governor can just go get glad in the shoes he got mad in.

        1. Overwatch:

          Governors are still elected by and beholden to the electorate. That being said, National State of Emergency does grant them extraordinary, temporary powers. They may need to be reminded that these powers at TEMPORARY. The electorate will remember them come re-election time.

          I find it interesting that the more “liberal” the politician, the more dictatorial their edicts under this emergency.

          We may need to amend each states Emergency Powers to include 1). must be approved by the state legislature by a 60% margin and 2) that its duration can not 60 days without the legislature re-approving it by an 80% margin. Or something along those lines – but and end date of the duration of those powers.

          1. That is “put an end-date” on it. No arbitrary length like “for the duration”. Some (from both sides) have already proven that they like the powers and don’t want to give them up.

  12. Hi everyone,

    It’s been a trying week this week for me at work. So much so, I’ve taken next week off to plant my garden and get some meat and veggies in jars. Hopefully will get some more things listed on FB MP and/or eBay to get gone.

    Did a test experiment of some old seeds (9-10 years old) to see if they would sprout. Put a few seeds in a wet papertowel and in a ziplock bag and hung them on a south facing window for warmth. After 5 days, nothing, nada, zilch. So, for sure if you can save your own, and you are still able to buy seeds, best to buy some every year of the things you are going to eat. I have some, I just wanted to see for myself, since the seeds still looked viable to me.

    Today, more storms, some severe. Been pretty wet all week again. And a little cool still at nights, so haven’t planted anything yet. This week I need to be the Tazmanian devil and get some stuff done. Well, maybe more like the energizer bunny… Don’t run out of steam, get some things checked off the list.

    Haven’t been anywhere except to work and home, so have no idea about the stock in the stores. A friend told me Aldi’s was sold out of TP, and she could only buy 1 roll of paper towels. The cashier tried to ring up the second roll and the register wouldn’t allow it to be scanned. So, if TPTB want to limit things, they already have to capability to do so without implementing anything, but a few strokes of the keyboard to change a computer program. If you need to stock up on anything, you will have to go in multiple times to get what you need. Also, learned that Aldi’s delivered to another friend who is out farther than I am in the other direction, so I should check to see if they come my way, JIC.

    On the way home , I didn’t get lunch at work, and had a hankering for some O’ Çharley’s chicken tenders. They have a drive up spot and so I stopped by and made my order. The girl said they will be opening up on Monday. Good to hear. I’ve needed a good margarita a couple of times in the last week, and they have some good ones that are not the usual lime one. I rarely drink, but it’s been stress city at work lately.

    Slept in until 11 today… I figure I need to get good and rested up for the days ahead. 🙂

    No other purchases this week.

    Tara’s questions;
    Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for? No

    Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? If you have never tried it, dandelion wine is deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day. No, yard guy takes care of that.

    Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock? Don’t have any chickens

    If you do not live in a rural area? Why not. I am always baffled to come across a prepper who does not since working from home and making a good living is entirely feasible – I do it from literally the middle of the woods. Only an elderly parent or a child that does not live with me could ever keep me living somewhere other than a place just like my little patch of heaven. I live in the country, and wouldn’t live any where else.

    Prayers for the pack, for The President and for America. Also, for people like Jane who do nothing but obstruct and hinder, who never want to be part of the solution. May God help them see the light, change their heart and work for the common good for America.

  13. Puppy can talk. He said plain as day “I want out”. I’m going to be rich….

    Sorry for last week, it got hectic as well as frustrating with the tablet.

    Security
    Bought a roll of barbed wire and 1 1/8 barbed staples
    Took the new AR build to the the range for sighting in.

    Garden
    Bought 8 bags of soil
    Bought 2 bags of potting soil
    Bought a bag of fertilizer 13-13-13
    Bought a bag of fertilizer 30-0-0
    Planted more onions,carrots,zucchini,squash and cucumbers
    Planted black eyed peas, Lincoln peas, red beans, black turtle beans

    Fruit trees
    got plums growing on both trees
    peach and pear trees are doing excellent

    Freeze Dryer
    Freeze dried bananas, strawberries and hamburger.

    Yard equipment
    Bought hedge trimmer and blower attachments for the cordless ryobi.
    Now I have weed wacker,hedge trimmer,blower, edger and chainsaw attachments.

    Meat
    Filled both freezers full of meat.

    Paper products
    Scored paper towels and puffs but NO T/P
    #2 Son ordered and received 8 rolls of T/P
    T/P seems to be my prep hole. I’m down to 60 regular rolls, 2 industrial rolls and part of a Hillary Clinton roll.
    LOL
    Although I am growing a T/P tree and it had a baby….

    Thor’s questions
    1) How long will your T/P last you in a lock down ?
    2) are you stocking up on meat with all the processing plant closures?
    3) Is N. Korean leader dead?
    4) Is an EMP heading our way by China, N. Korea or Iran?
    5) Will American warships sink Iranian gunboats?
    6) Knowing that a vaccine is not even possible, with a possible 30 strains of Kung Flu out there and Flu and the common cold are all corona viruses, would you take the vaccine?

    1. Thor1,

      But the real question is… Can puppy walk the talk????

      Do you not have a backup computer? You scared us all half to death last week.

      Thor’s questions
      1) How long will your T/P last you in a lock down ? Until it’s gone
      2) are you stocking up on meat with all the processing plant closures? Freezers are full, have to make more room. Canning this week
      3) Is N. Korean leader dead? Not sure… Heard his sister is probably the one that will take over. Heard the military won’t like that very well.
      4) Is an EMP heading our way by China, N. Korea or Iran? Sure is possible
      5) Will American warships sink Iranian gunboats? Touchy topic… What do you think?
      6) Knowing that a vaccine is not even possible, with a possible 30 strains of Kung Flu out there and Flu and the common cold are all corona viruses, would you take the vaccine? Same answer as Goatlover… NOT GONNA HAPPEN, NO WAY, NO HOW…

    2. Thor’s questions

      1) How long will your T/P last you in a lock down ?

      It depends. If water supplies are sufficient to keep my DIY bidet going, then my TP will last longer. Right now, I have at least 112 rolls, but those are just the ones I can easily count. I have more stashed away elsewhere, maybe around 50 more.

      2) are you stocking up on meat with all the processing plant closures?

      Some. I don’t have a lot of freezer space.

      3) Is N. Korean leader dead?
      Hard to tell as secretive as the NORKS are. He could be perky as can be or at death’s door.

      4) Is an EMP heading our way by China, N. Korea or Iran?

      Possibly. Again, three very secretive nations involved. I think if Trump really economically screws China (he has the capability to do it), China might retaliate. If the NORKS keep their noses out, they probably won’t have any issues with us. Iran, I don’t think has the capability at this point and is worried about US nuclear retaliation a lot more than China would be.

      5) Will American warships sink Iranian gunboats?

      Yes, they will. Trump gave them the thumbs up. The US Navy has sunk Iranian gun boats in the past, pre-Gulf War. I know one bunch was torn up by Navy A-6 attack aircraft dropping cluster bombs on them. The Navy and the Army have been exercising with Apache attack helos flying off Navy ships, including refueling and rearming. They were doing that the last time the Iranians messed with them. The Iranians will not enjoy themselves if Apaches are aboard US ships they screw with. The ships themselves are well armed against small boats too. Along with .50 cal machines guns, 7.62mm machine guns, 25mm chain guns, and 5″ naval rifles (on the destroyers), all of those ships also have 20mm CWIS Gatling guns capable of targeting small craft as well as missiles.

      6) Knowing that a vaccine is not even possible, with a possible 30 strains of Kung Flu out there and Flu and the common cold are all corona viruses, would you take the vaccine?

      Probably not.

    3. Thor 1,

      I heard one about a guy who had a talking dog. He took the dog to a talent agent who reluctantly agreed to hear the dog talk.

      The owner asked the dog: “What is on top of a house?” The dog answered, “Roof”.

      The owner asked again, “What does sandpaper feel like?” The dog answered, “Rough.”

      The owner asked again, “Who was the greatest baseball player of all time.” The dog said, “Ruth.”

      The talent agent threw them both out of his office.

      The man and his dog were sitting on the curb when the man said to the dog, “You know this is all your fault.”

      The dog looked at the man and said: “What did you want me to say? Joe Dimaggio?”

    4. Thor:
      Glad you worked out the communication bug.
      1. I am ok with TP AND the store was totally stocked.
      2. Yes and no- right now it is still mooing.
      3. At the very least doing poorly. I think the neighbors are ready to move in if he is gone/doesn’t make it and I am not talking about the ones to the South.
      4. I think they chose the biological route instead.
      5. Possible.
      6. I won’t be first in line.

    5. thors questions

      1 indefintly, i can use ust about anything in the outhouse, phone books, leaves, stray cats

      2 nope, meats plentiful in farm country, with amish butcher shops, neighbor selling meat cheap, quarts of beef butchered and delivered $4 a lb however many lbs, pork is $ a lb. wally world wants $5 a lb for the cheapest ground beef, steak almost $10 a lb.

      3 nope just in hiding

      4 probably not

      5 probably not

      6 nope

  14. Tara’s Questions

    1. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for?

    No

    2. Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? If you have never tried it, dandelion wine is deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day.

    No but they are used for compost right now but will be used for other purposes when SHTF and hungry.

    3. Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock?

    None at present but have access to chicks and chickens at a nearby farm.

    4. If you do not live in a rural area? Why not?
    I live at the edge of farmland and edge of suburbs. Best of both worlds with nearby hospitals, gas, supplies, farmer markets and its closer to work.

  15. Thor,
    (1) I’m down to about 100 rolls of T/P
    (2) I haven’t added to my meat stash. I have home-canned chicken breasts and ground beef, several cases of each. We have a stocked fishing pond, and a deep freezer full of pork, beef, and chicken. All good there.
    (3) Dunno!
    (4) I could see an EMP in our future…ugh
    (5) Dunno!
    (6) Nobody, I mean NOBODY is sticking a needle in this old girl…!

  16. Hi all ,,,,,,,were to start ,,corvid 19 ,it’s now appears DW and I have have a bought with it ,started having symptoms in February still feeling some things ,fatigue. ,O2 is coming back,,still want to sleep a lot ,the worst was in mid March ,,,beware the ides of march,,,symptoms I had ,, tired ,sleepy ,hard to focus ,head ache ,the cough!! upset gut ,,,not feeling good in general,would go out to the shop and just sit and look at projects , sores on my toes ,lungs and chest HURT

    We have been taking vitamin D3 ,4000iu all winter upped to10,000iu. Elderberry concentrate. K, E,
    Spent time learning all I could about corvid 19 , DW and I are medical literature ,and can filter JAMA and study reports ,
    40%of cases are so mild most have no idea that they have it ,the next 40% you know some thing is going on but you can get through it at home with it in most cases ,the last 20% is were the problem is ,medical help will be needed, 5%are at risk of death
    The list of compilations is long and changes with age ,a example ,teens and young adults have a high rate of permanent reproductive organ damage ,testes and overies ,, or in older young adults permanent heart ,lung, vascular damage even in fit people ,scuba diving becomes a thing of the past ,running the same ,bottom line your life will change
    Compond that with age things get interesting

    Hydrochloroquine? It works,,,,when used early on ,,,,,,there has been a lot of bad. Info lately, out and out lies,,some for political reasons ,some for Big farma money. It cost 20dollers for treatments. Big farma wants 5,000 for some thing not as good. If you need it use it ,but add zinc ,,,,follow the money ,,,,,
    I hope this helps some of you ,,,,WEAR A MASK ,,,,,WASH YOUR HANDS ,,STAY OUT OF CROUDS ,,,,,,
    VIRUS SPRAY FROM SNEEZING CAN SPRAY OVER 20 FEET , ,,,,WEAR A MASK TO PROTECT OTHERS,,,,AND YOUR SELF
    The virus can live up to 9 days on hard surfaces ,you can not know you are infected and still spread it ,
    There’s much more but I’m tired from doing this much ,,,,,,,,,
    Nap time ,tea later,

  17. Thor’s questions
    1) How long will your T/P last you in a lock down ? Longer than the lockdown will, plus. Unless we suddenly take in 20 people (in our 1100 sq ft house). Then there will be other issues.

    2) are you stocking up on meat with all the processing plant closures? Canned meat has already and continues to be on our list. We just went through the freezers to make room for more.

    3) Is N. Korean leader dead? China says yes (and I think they have the best access), Japan says coma (they have the best intel network in N Korea (S. Korea may also, but I think I know how the Japanese think, and it’s their pond).

    4) Is an EMP heading our way by China, N. Korea or Iran? I think, if we have us a war in the Eastern Pacific than we will get one.

    5) Will American warships sink Iranian gunboats? I sure hope so; a burst of 20mm from a CIDS turret will take that speed boat apart!

    6) Knowing that a vaccine is not even possible, with a possible 30 strains of Kung Flu out there and Flu and the common cold are all corona viruses, would you take the vaccine? I am no more likely to take a vaccine for this as I do for a flu shot. I always get sick for 3 days with a flu shot, have since I was in the service. If I don’t, I get the flu for 6-7 days every 5-7 years. The math don’t work for me.

    1. 1. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for? No, but I have saved grease from bacon and sausage for use in flavoring veggies.
      2. Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? If you have never tried it, dandelion wine is deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day. I have attempted to make Dandelion Wine. I think it turned out to be vinegar – it’s marinating on a shelf in my dining room. I’d also be willing to eat Dandelion greens in a salad, but the DH says he won’t eat anything that looks like it came out from under a lawn mower. One day, he might not have much choice – praying not though.
      3. Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock? No birds here but a neighbor has a couple and I’d like to have some but don’t know that we would be able to keep them safe. I think our neighbor takes theirs inside at night. We have too many racoons and coyotes. If I can get the DH on board, we’ll figure out a way to do it.
      4. If you do not live in a rural area? Why not. I am always baffled to come across a prepper who does not since working from home and making a good living is entirely feasible – I do it from literally the middle of the woods. Only an elderly parent or a child that does not live with me could ever keep me living somewhere other than a place just like my little patch of heaven. Work is 12.5 miles away for me. About the same for the DH in the opposite direction. After driving 40 miles one way to work for several years, I’m enjoying the lower stress levels – I could tell an immediate difference. If I could continue to work from home as I am now on a permanent basis, moving would be on the list in the immediate future. As it stands now, I will HAVE to move once retired as we will be unable to meet the county’s means testing to qualify for not paying the school property taxes. We won’t be affording our current property taxes once we are on a “fixed” income. Interestingly, we removed the last of the barbed wire fencing from our home property in the last two years. The house was built on what was once farmland in 1961. We have planted multiple fruit trees and blueberry bushes to make it as close to a mini farm as we can. Most of our yard is behind the house, so we have removed several trees and our garden is about 40’ by 70’ with a rather wet area in one of the bottom corners (still trying to mitigate that issue). All the permaculture is on the perimeter of the property.

      Thor’s questions
      1) How long will your T/P last you in a lock down? When two of the girls were living at home, I figured out that went through a roll a day, so I started buying it in bulk to make sure I had enough for 365 days. I still try to keep that much just in case they return (or come shopping at mom’s) and managed to score a multi-pack at Sam’s club this past week. They had plenty and it’s one of the few places I’ve ventured into – not a lot of people there during the week.
      2) Are you stocking up on meat with all the processing plant closures? Yes, which is part of the reason we bought another freezer. I’m still on the fence as to which one is more reliable though – the new one or the one that’s about 5 years younger than me. I at least know the old one can be repaired. For now, the meat is going in the new one with random stuff like soup bones, frozen broth, fruits, mixes and veggies going into the old one. Coffee is on the door of the new one along with several of my gluten free flours.
      3) Is N. Korean leader dead? No idea.
      4) Is an EMP heading our way by China, N. Korea or Iran? Probably, which is why I want solar panels, but can’t convince the DH to get any yet – too many other priorities too.
      5) Will American warships sink Iranian gunboats? Too many variables to know.
      6) Knowing that a vaccine is not even possible, with a possible 30 strains of Kung Flu out there and Flu and the common cold are all corona viruses, would you take the vaccine? Not likely.

      This week’s preps:
      Continually doing Kroger grocery delivery and always adding extras. As soon as an order is delivered, I start my next one which makes them about every 5 days. I learned that Kroger canned chicken in the 6-pack is less per ounce than Big Lot’s Crider canned chicken and the Kroger chicken still comes in the can size I like. I’m getting a six-pack with every order, whether we need it or not. We also have a meat market where I have bought multiple pounds of beef, chicken and sausage twice now. Last time I forgot the bacon as it is by the pound and I want to store some in small packages like 3 or 4 slices for recipes. I have bacon in 12-ounce packages – probably need to add some to my next grocery order too.

      I can’t get the gluten-free pancake mix I normally order right now so it’s a good thing I bought a 25-pound bag last time I did order it. While I’m going through it much faster than I was, I probably have enough to make 3 or 4 more batches of cookies for the DH, at least. For regular flour for #2 daughter, I discovered Baker’s Authority. They even have yeast. Of course, it’s a 50-pound bag, so she will have to figure out how/where to store it all. I told her to put it in the freezer.

      Started planting the garden yesterday. I grew my tomatoes from seed, and they look fairly good. I need to start the peppers and eggplant like January 1st as they don’t look very good. The eggplant might survive but I broke down and bought 18 jalapeno plants, 10 eggplant, one catnip plant and two more sage plants (one for me and one for my youngest). Thought about Home Depot, but got there and they had a line going for the front door and the garden center was exit only – all I wanted to do was get plants and get outta there. Left there and went to Ace Hardware. It took me less than 30 minutes to get what I wanted, pay for it and leave. The only time I had to go inside was to pay and there was no line. It is weird to see so many people wearing masks.

      The shelter in place order is slowly lifting here with our governor taking a lot of heat for his decision. As I tell people, it’s called free will and common sense – if you don’t think you should risk it, don’t but don’t tell me what I can and can’t do. Yes, it’s a risk, but it’s my choice. Smart businesses (like smart people) will figure out a way to make it as safe as possible. Besides, there’s a treatment for it now, where there wasn’t before. The company where I work is opting to continue allowing people to work from home that can. Several of the restaurants are opting to continue doing only take-out. Some restaurants are choosing to seat people in every other booth. The DH and I are probably going to give the restaurants a week before we even consider dining in – yes, I cook but sometimes you need a treat and take-out is often cold when we get it home.

      #1 daughter moves to Albuquerque next week. The boyfriend is here to help #3 daughter move into a one-bedroom apartment and take #1 daughter’s stuff back to Albuquerque. Of course, I’m concerned, but I also think the move will be good for #1. Their 3rd roommate is moving to Colorado. I think I’m more worried about her than the others.

      Well, as said before, if you need to contact someone or just want to be on the list like TOP used to have, email me at [email protected]. I’m still trying to put together a web page so all you do is click my website link which will take you to an email link, but this will do for now.

      Question for Thor – why did my avocado trees practically die over the winter? I bring them inside and they looked pretty rough. There is a chance the cats were using the pots as a litter box.

      Someone did send me a link to an article this past week, but work got in the way of me forwarding it. I’m also organizing things on the computer better since my personal computer died during tax season and I had to get a new one, then transfer my files. Here’s the article – http://www.woodpilereport.com/

      Take care – prayers for all and our nation.

      1. GA Red,

        Thanks so much for the link to the woodpile report. I followed Remus for years and we corresponded often up until 4 or 5 years ago when he shut down and I had no idea he had started again.

        He posted some great stories, good art and always had a way with words that made a lot of sense to me.

        Thanks again for bringing him back to me.

        1. Babycatcher – Unfortunately, I don’t have TOP’s list to start from. As people get more comfortable with me keeping OPSEC, I’m sure it will grow.

          1. GA Red didn’t have time to work up what I did to prep last week but did just send you an email to add me to your lists.

  18. 1. No
    2. This month I’ve been making dandelion fritters. They’re pretty tasty and I’m a picky eater. I also found we have wild onion that is safe to eat growing everywhere. I add that to the fritters as well.
    3. We have 5 laying hens. Just got 10 Embdem goslings. They will help eat the lawn and weeds, be an early warning system/security, and any mean geese (to the farmer) will be meat birds.
    4.I live in rural PNW.

  19. Hi all, it’s been a crazy time…whodathunk a lowly deli clerk would be considered an ‘essential’ worker, LOL! We had a coworker in another dept test positive, and half of our dept panicked and took off two weeks to self quarantine (other depts were hit as hard, who never had any contact with that person!) So I have been working 6 days a week, 10 hrs/day.
    But I managed to put up the portable greenhouse my mom got me last year. I have peas and lettuces going, and have started from seed multiple tomato types, peppers, beans (and gosh darn it, they are already getting eaten up! I swear I have no luck with beans!) and more under the grow lights in the house.
    I am very concerned about the meat packing plants being shut down. It’s gonna cause a ruckus with the masses. Having paid attention, I have been stocking up slowly, and luckily have local resources I can rely on. I really need to reorganize and re-inventory the freezers. I do need to find a local resource for eggs, tho. I want to have chickens, and they are allowed here, but the beagle won’t allow it, LOL!
    It’s been kind of wierd for me, hearing about everyone being stuck at home, while I still go to work every day. We are homebodies anyhow, so that aspect doesn’t bother us at all. We’ve been cooking a lot more, utilizing our stores. Re stocking has been interesting tho. Even tho I work at the grocery store, I am no more privy to products than the customers. The last pack of TP I bought was at the local Dollar Tree. I can never catch it at my store!
    We employees are now ‘mandated’ to wear masks at work. Not happy about that. Why are they not mandating that the customers who bring the whole damb fambly to the store for an outing wear masks? The kids running around the store willy nilly…it’s their ‘field trip’ for the day I guess…I just shake my head and bite my tongue…
    Hey Tara, DD already got those ‘we win’ t shirts ordered for her family LOL!
    Love, virutal hugs, and prayers for all!

    1. Grammyprepper,

      Personally I wouldn’t want to bring my child(ren) to a grocery store, but I understand why some have to. If the kids stay under control, that’s fine. My Publix is quick to take action if out of control kids start running around the store, even pre-pandemic.

      #1 daughter and SIL do not take granddaughter to the store anymore. She is a very well behaved child, but they want her exposure to other people limited. Granddaughter has a good sized privacy fenced yard to play in, a kiddy pool, and she often gets to walk to a grassy park with her parents to get extensive running around exercise and even a picnic. Sadly, they’ve stopped taking her to the swing set park until this mess is over. Granddaughter loves swing sets and slides.

        1. GA Red,

          They do have the space but prefer to use it for a kiddie pool, which Granddaughter probably loves more than a swing set. She is a Florida girl after all and that means swimming.:-)

  20. We had a quiet week; more projects around the place. DH finished the our rock patio and we are loving that. Planted a few more vegetable seeds and some pretty stuff . Picked up a grocery order to add to the pantry and replace some things. Finally able to get flour and cornmeal, that has been unavailable here for awhile. Have some stored for long term but I hated to break into that if I didn’t have to. We are once again raising our 9 year old GD. Having to virtual school at home is new and not entirely pleasant. I am seeing first hand why the are so many issues with our public school system.
    Still only 4 cases of the virus in our county, Texas governor is beginning to open things up , in kind of random and often silly ways that don’t seem to make much sense. Our little town appears to be as active and busy as ever,other than most of of our mom and pop businesses sitting closed and the big guys all open and busy you would never know there was anything amiss.
    Two of our clients came back to service beginning May first; we are happy to see that. Paying lost hours out of pocket for our 6 employees as long as we can, praying that we will pick those clients back up, soon or new ones to replace them.
    No stimulus check for us yet, we pay Uncle Sam each year not the other way around, and hadn’t filed our 2019 yet so we are at the bottom of the list I guess.
    But we are being taken care of by the only One that knows what the plans is and that’s what matters.
    1) No I have never rendered tallow, or (2 )made anything dandelion ,(3) we have four hens and get three eggs a day , bought new babies this year so we have 9 chicks we are watching grow.(4) we live on the very edge of our little town that is quickly becoming a big town. Our back yard fence borders the city limits and a piece of property that has just gone up for sale and zoned mixed use 600 rooftops. We want to move to further out with several acres but property here is ridiculously expensive and we are in our fifties, can’t make ourselves jump into that kind of debt. Would love to make a living from home ,I just can’t seem to figure out a way to do that .
    Thor’s
    (1) I own a janitorial company, I have few rolls of tp , maybe 800 or so
    (2) I am working to stock up on meat and as of now all my freezer space is pretty much packed. Don’t feel like it is enough but haven’t decided if I should buy another freezer
    (3)hope so
    (4) hope not
    (5) Iran needs its ass kicked
    (6) nope, don’t take their joke of a flu vaccine either
    Have a good week , pack. So great to be back here reading about everyone’s week each Saturday. Really look forward to it

  21. The days just seem to roll together. I can’t remember what I did this week or last week. So forgive me if I repeat stuff. I think it was last week that I found two 20-packs of Scott toilet paper. That sets up us solidly for a year’s supply. I was in Walmart today to pick up some of dh’s prescription medications. They had ramen, to I picked up three cases. No toilet paper this time; but we are good. They had mac and cheese. So I got two additional 5-packs.

    I think it was Friday that we went shopping. First stop, deliver food to my adopted mom. I have known this woman for half my life. When I was in graduate school and totally broke, she feed me grits and ramen. Now I make a good income and can bring her food. She loved my gumbo and my black beans and rice. I define the term “integrity” as meaning you do good by people who have done you good.

    I also adopted a son, a former student who came out and did some work at our place. He lost his job when the state of Florida closed non-essential businesses. I told my former student I had $100 I could pay him for repairs. (When I asked him about what he would charge for the job, he said he would take whatever God provided him with.) He and his roommate came out to our house. They cleaned and fixed the gutters, trimmed the trees, trimmed the shrubs, leveled the bird bath, and cleaned the fish pond. The two men worked for three hours and they worked their tails off. We gave them $250.

    My elderly friend saw my post about these two guys’ work ethic and hired them to clean around her fish pond–it’s a 1/2 acre fish pond.

    I just think this reinforces the idea that if you are a hard worker you can survive. If you think everything happens to you because you were born poor or you were born black, you will never take control over your life. you will always remain poor.

    Note this is not a black or white issue. My former student (the young man I adopted this week) is black. The key is that he take responsibility for his life and the lives of his children.

    1. YEP! There are worse things than death. Virals exist -in plant and animal kingdoms. We will learn to keep our immunity up- to be able to function.. some will have problems and need additional supports.That happens every year. That does not negate this fact this was intentionally designed to do maxiumum harm… there are 30 strains found so far., because of mutations or design I know not, not my expertise, No vaccine will be done for that to help the people. Possibly to help them die early or testing that is contaminated.. think i will by pass both.. …

  22. I forgot to answer Tara’s questions. The only one that applies is why I choose to live in suburbia. The answer is my job. When we are not under distancing orders I go to work two or three times a week. I spent quite a bit of time in college and graduate school to prepare for my job. It’s a job I do well. It’s a job that typically requires that I drive to work. I like the convenience of getting to work in five minutes.

  23. Hello Pack,
    It has been one of those weeks! One you are glad you got thru and glad it is past and time to begin another one…We are ok., mostly,.. I have stressed shoulder, ligament again and most of 4 days have been spent on heating pad.. finally getting to point where can do the things restricted, but possible. All chores must be done in 10-15 minute intervals. with 30-45 min of rest, heat and pressure on shoulder after…Has meant delay in several things that are necessary.. Our monthly trip to take care of business/needs has been done. We have researched several natural things for viral loads and are on a variety on some schedule. Addressing health concerns that have been chronic.
    Tara’ s Q’s.
    1#, no /little beef=no tallow…Lard yes, for cooking…been a long time.
    #2 Dandelion greens young and tender mixed with some fresh onion tops and drizzle of bacon grease.. yum. also like to mix them with sorrel and plantain herb for mixed greens – cooked and either canned or drained, pressed dry, dehydrated, and powdered to add to soups and stews.
    #3.No duck, few hens plan to add more soon to add to layers for the fall and winter… We had a coon visit last year, and took out 7 . also working toward additional sources for food for them thru the winter… fodder system is a possibility… concerns for additional minerals, and protein stability in their diet from first frost til grass growth and increase in insects…steps already in progress..
    #4 Never remained in city long..short stints as necessary only.
    Thor’s comments and questions…
    Thor teach your puppy to speak on command in answers/needs and identifiable words..Reward him when he repeats on command…. I had a pug brother who would say… “Help me!” , “Mama, I want out”, “Let me out,” “he also said… “Don’t go , I luv you”…. but never if he thought you wanted him to ..so we could never get the little guy on tape..
    Teach puppy to type, or send note to someone.. to let us know you are ok…if you must be out of touch..There are too many things going on that are in the “not good “category. Life is short, even if we live to be 100…We are really glad it was just a computer problem..
    Q’s #1, Don’t know- Not all TP is created equal and everyone who arrives , may not have their full supply. there are back up solutions available and we have those covered.Not near out and as long as it is for sale on a monthly basis we will continue to purchase a pack each month.
    #2, I have been watching the grain and meat supply(interconnected) for a good while now. so did not just start and have been heeding the warnings-given….When one ” preps from poor”- without much budget for wants above needs. it can take a while to get where desired. Paying attention to warnings, and gut feelings can help offset the false information… coming from media.
    #3 Don’t know…On Kim…does not look good for him or his country…
    #4I don’t know what my future holds, I do KNow who holds it..He Knows what they will and won’t do so i’ll leave it to God..He will sort it out.I am taken care of either way…
    #5 Iran “should not press their luck” …Unless they desire to meet their “Maker”
    I took last vaccine in 2007, was sick all winter. will use own natural things… Dr that worked with Fauci had her career destroyed/ was jailed…. for exposing that he had deliberately placed cancer causing agents in vaccines given over several years..in manditory vaccines…Next news had an interview with her , it hit record numbers of views, of course you kube took it down. #6 I cheated, i purchased some shelf stable things this week… grains and meats…was focus.. More canning coming up this week from freezer and fresh. Few frozen veggies have been placed in dehydrator for longer term storage and stability… Midnight has made a good Mom to her kits.Their little cousins are growing like little weeds. weaned between 3 and 4 weeks.
    Take care everyone… ” Keep your head when all about you are loosing theirs and blaming it on you” .. Think and find your shortfalls and fill those for your family as best you can.. What ever you are able to add above present need will be needed for the long hard winter to come.. Is still too cold to put out most things here. Some areas of our country are having very early 100+ degree temps with UV index of 11.
    Those Uv index above 10 indicate a thinning of ozone. This is part of the grand solar minimum… We will need to know how to protect the plants- we will depend on for our needs. consider what you can do to give the plants a shade during part of the highest intensity, how will you provide the water and nutrients to those plants and keep their roots cool enough they do not bake. Think, plan, get your supplies ready for all your contingency plans.
    There have been strong storms across our nation… several homesteads were damaged, including Gemini Homestead.. they had truck, house, shop, and garden damage. If you can go watch their channel and give them some play time,.. to help them with $$. they had said in a video they have insurance. It will take time and they could be necessarily displaced with this much damage.
    …More storms are predicted for next weekend across the general area.including Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma..eastern Texas/northern Louisiana,Mississippi., then east from all points…..
    Do what you can now. Every item completed, is one more thing that can be faced w/o fear, in difficult times..Take care of yourselves and each other.
    OH, get some rest. Keep taking the immune boosters.. get some sunshine. fresh air. try not to exhaust self with needed chores.. Break them up as much as possible in short spans of needed energy.
    Hot tea, green tea with lemon or orange., Oil of oregano… colloidal silver in diffuser. or misting machine… (humidifier) Rest…epsom salts foot soaks for mineral replacement. 10min… rinse feet and dry/moisturize. Potassium replacer, no salt… one serving per package.., evaluate.. and consider every day for 2 then every second or third day…Q know signs of potassium overload? Answer….lips feel like have eaten a green persimmon…only symptoms .. is subjective only.. if that occurs antidote is one serving of salt ( size on salt box)in hand and lick follow with a 12oz water. and fully hydrate… stop any supplementation.unless diarrhea or emesis. sodium and potassium will be balanced.. Experience is a good teacher…
    Prayers for our nation, Our POTUS and those who support him for him to be upheld and have good energy and ability. For the failure of all who oppose our nations founding principles.and those who say their agenda is to destroy all we hold dear..The patience of the people to learn, to apply natures healing power.
    Keep on Keeping on.!

    1. AA:
      I am so glad I am not the only one that distrusts Fauci- I didn’t lnow any of what you related just got bad vibes from him. Worried about the few young seedlings in the garden, not from frost but from a 97 degree day forecast for the end of the week. Yet we had a dusting of snow a few days ago. Thank you for all the information.

      1. Moe, go to dustin nemos you tube,..channel asap. the dr does interview. tells experience, will be taken down,

    2. AA, have you considered light treatments on your shoulder? It was the only thing that started my torn rotator cuff to heal, even after cortisone.

      1. Mari, I have no idea where i could get light treatments… I have had no medical treatment for this tear. I have no medical insurance and no way to get into see ortho.. I did research takes 18-24 months for full healing. tear is where scapula muscles attach to backbone… I did this in late fall. had healing and i stressed it again… just grabbed something without thinking… so set me back… Usually it takes 5 days of heating pad and pressure to get relief.. then i must be extremely careful for several months …will have to recruit help to do all things for entire summer….and fall.

    1. Yep, and a very handy one. Not to downplay how contagious it is and how nasty it can be for some, but it’s really playing into some elite’s hands.

  24. Hello everyone:
    This has been a busy week for me. We had a light dusting of snow to begin the week and a cold drizzle to end it. Unfortunately the forecast is for temperatures in the high 90s next weekend. Not the best circumstances to transplant. But I did quite a bit of work in the garden.
    I prepped beds for planting. My home grown compost was stretched a bit. I am gambling with a few seedlings placed out early. Our last frost date averages around Mother’s Day but with the forecast it is worth putting out a few early.

    The first trip in a month to the grocery store was interesting. There are now arrows telling you which way you should go. Quite a few of the elderly shoppers were quite confused and two stubborn women refused to follow any social distancing let alone had masks. I would say customers were 50/50 on the masks. But all the employees were wearing them.
    Wondering about the fact that the store was not keeping up with the restocking. Produce boxes were stacked 5 feet high and wide. But no good avocados. The store was also out of jars of yeast-they did have the expensive individual packets but I passed. and no elderberry of any kind.
    A ton of TP. Enough for the whole town it seemed. Light on paper towels and Kleenex. Meat was thin but only item totally out were whole chickens. Wide variety of beef, buffalo, lamb and pork. Just not overflowing. Milk was also thin with quite a bit set to expire that day so wonder if shipment did not arrive.

    Spent a lot of time in my quilt room working on presents for little ones. Also read William Forstchen’s 48 hours- had DH read it as well.

    On one of my walks saw a neighbor dressing a turkey his oldest daughter had shot. They are members of the LDS church so visited a bit about expanding their vegetable garden. They are a nice young family and good to have close by as we have traded produce for a few years.

    Tara’s Questions:
    1. Made dipped candles as a child.
    2. Add the leaves to salads.
    3. N/a
    4. I’m here and plan to stay.

    Stay safe everyone.

        1. I have a friend in our town that owns a health food store. When yeast and flour became hard to get he
          started carrying it. I bought this same yeast that amazon has for 19.99 for 4.99 from his store. Might be an idea for finding it locally without the price gouging

          1. Moe, my nearby grocery store has that same yeast. I’d be happy to pick one up and send it to you! Better than waiting on Amazon to finally get around to shipping it to you in a month or 6 weeks!

  25. Hi Tribe, got a lot accomplished this week, need this rain, to give me a day of rest.
    Tilled an area that had been my grandparents’ garden spot. Took 5 times over sod to turn to garden soil. Knew rain was coming, so I spent all day Friday planting.
    I needed more plants than I had raised, so I ran to pay bills and swung past box stores, garden centers open, flowers, no garden plants. It occurred to me ( leading of the Holy Spirit,), to go out to greenhouses that are commercial growers. They were glad to see me. No trucks to haul plants, no outlets, closed, no customers, but me. Their plants were 18″ high, just sitting there, I ask how much, they said $1 for big tomatoes, .50/ for big cabbage or broccoli, $3 for huge pots of rhubarb. So I filled the truck, front, back under cap too. I knew they were in trouble, so I bought way more than normally. Went back the next day too. They also had 4 banty hens on eggs and incubators full, plus new hatch. So there are now Banty chicks here too. I had some in the 70’s, they got broody every other month or so and were fierce moms plus I use to set them on other types of eggs also. If we loose power, for whatever reason, and my solar would not be sufficient for incubator plus other things. So Banty hens would be my alternative power source for hatching. Plus I have an additional 16′ chicken house, not in use.
    The second garden is completely planted now, worked Friday and Saturday, and the rain came in last nite, right after I had 12-12-12 everything. There is now a row of rhubarb (28′) between apple tree, which is in bloom and a pear and plum back there too. It was a week of procurement and planting.
    When God leads us to more than sufficiency, I believe the message is, this is going to be far worse than we are expecting. He loves us and restores, protects and heals His children.
    Stay safe Tribe, plant like your life depends on it.

    1. Sage,
      The lives of many depend on as many as can, growing everything we can, and securing it for use as needed. not only are we securing for selves, but to help any nearby we can, who are unable.
      . The ones who already have veggies put away-will not need to buy as much, reducing stress on overall market.stack it deep and secure.

      1. We tilled part of our neighbor’s yard for them so they could grow a garden this summer too. They have four rows about 20 feet long each. They have bought some seedlings, but I’ve given them some tomatoes I grew from seed, plus green bean seeds. I’ll give them some squash and zucchini seeds after I get mine planted. They have only ever grown lettuce before and said it didn’t taste that good.

  26. 1. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for?
    No, not yet. I have the “leaf” fat from a cow we butchered. but its frozen, haven’t been brave enough to try it yet.
    2. Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? Nope. Haven’t been brave enough to do that, either. Not entirely sure I want to.
    3. Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock?
    Yes, they are all laying quite nicely now. We have 16 hens, 2 roosters, 5 chicks that are about 6 weeks old, and 11 other chicks that are nearly 2 weeks old. I am either going to buy from tractor supply or order 10 or so Rhode Island Red chicks. Want to try them out. My main flock is Buff Orpingtons and Delawares. No ducks. Not interested.
    4. If you do not live in a rural area, why not?
    I do live in a very rural area. Its an hour drive to any groc ery store and 1.5 hours to closest Wal-Mart. We love it. Was very glad to leave the Dallas area behind!!! (Lived right in the middle of Metroplex, near the Ballpark and Cowboys Stadium. YUCK!!!!)

    I finally got my new canning jars in!! YAY!! I canned potatoes yesterday, going to do carrots and the rest of the potatoes today, also making more peasant bread today, and dehydrating broccoli. As far as preps done, haven’t been able to do much cause of rain, storms, mud, etc.

    Thor’s questions:
    1) How long will your T/P last you in a lock down ? I think it would last us at least 6 months, but I haven’t really done the math. I know I have at least 4 huge packages, along with some smaller pkgs, out in yje rafters of the coop, so not real sure, but think I have plenty for now.

    2) are you stocking up on meat with all the processing plant closures? I have already stocked up on chicken and beef, much of it canned, so wouldn’t be able to make burgers out of it, but lots of other delicious meals!! My dad was a butcher, and I grew up eating lots of beef. For this country girl to be caught without beef would truly be a disaster!!! But I also have chicken canned up. I also have meals-ready-to-eat canned up for those nights when time is short and a meal is needed quickly!!

    3) Is N. Korean leader dead? China says yes (and I think they have the best access),
    It sure sounds like it!

    4) Is an EMP heading our way by China, N. Korea or Iran?
    Well, I hope not, but with those idiots, who knows?

    5) Will American warships sink Iranian gunboats?
    Sure would be a mice show of force, wouldn’t it?

    6) Knowing that a vaccine is not even possible, with a possible 30 strains of Kung Flu out there and Flu and the common cold are all corona viruses, would you take the vaccine?
    The one and only time I got a flu shot, I was very sick for a whole month!!! NO WAY am I EVER going to take any more medicine, especially injected, from ANY doctor (or anybody else, for that matter!). I use natural remedies, and mostly keep my immune system strong with healthy eating, some exercise, and vitamins!

    I WILL be buying more meat (mostly beef and chicken),(and canning much of it), tea, flour, sugar, rice, canned tomato sauce, honey, wheat berries if I can find them, and whatever else I can think of, every time I go shopping. http://www.Thereadystore.com has some buckets (35lbs) of long grain white rice on sale. They are not currently in stock, but they are on order and they will ship them as soon as they come in. I have placed an order for two buckets. i like that they are already packaged for long term storage.

    We have not received our virus stimulus money yet. We thought we had, but turns out it belongs to our son. I do his taxes every year, and last year, because he owed us money, he had me deliver his refund into our checking account. I just filed his taxes for this year on April 14. So now its a big mess, and not sure how to straighten it out. Because we ARE supposed to get one, too. But since we have already used part of the money, makes it even more complicated. We are expecting a check to cover more than what we have spent, but it has not arrived yet. Frustrating for both of us.

    Hope every one is well, stays well, and has a good week!!

  27. 1) How long will your T/P last you in a lock down ? We are good for at least a year. We had over 100 rolls. Last week I bought another 40.

    2) Are you stocking up on meat with all the processing plant closures? Our freezers are full—the inside frig/freezer, the garage frig/freezer and the garage freezer. We were at Aldi yesterday. They are limiting customers to two small cans of tuna fish and two small cans of Vienna sausage. I ordered 35 cans of tuna from Walmart.

    3) Is N. Korean leader dead? Word is that Kim’s sister is next in line.

    4) Is an EMP heading our way by China, N. Korea or Iran? I don’t think anyone wants a war right now.

    5) Will American warships sink Iranian gunboats? I think Iran is posturing.

    6) Knowing that a vaccine is not even possible, with a possible 30 strains of Kung Flu out there and Flu and the common cold are all corona viruses, would you take the vaccine? They are testing several vaccine candidates right now. I will do the research and make an informed decision. In general, I think vaccination is the single most effective medical intervention in the history of mankind.

      1. Moe, What is worse is they will SAY they have tested it…. and have not. one has already been in the works, and tested in some south african country.Nambia?.(I forget which one) and 6 child victims died within the hour of receiving the covid vaccine.. sure i want some.( snark)…This story is maybe 2 weeks old.. so is the test just that id does not kill immediately? what is the standard.?

  28. Our State announced its “return to normalcy” plan. It actually starts today, 26 April, in phases. The county actually was ahead of the state in shutting down, but it looks like they are in line with the state on reopening. The county has already announced 2 major events for the summer have been cancelled (tourist events), so there will be future revenue reduction issues. DW’s work actually confirmed that they will slowly bring people back to the main office, as needed. Since I’m considered “high risk” due to age and health factors (especially by my DW), we will be taking it slow. Our church is going week to week looking at when they will start meeting again (skipped this week). Since our income, and our lifestyle, was not negatively affected by the shutdown (only in a common sense restriction of travel), I really have no opinion to offer.

    We, as individuals and a country, have racked up an enormous amount of debt during this time. Plus loss of income. We can’t borrow our way out of this one. I think we, at least as individuals, all need to take a serious look at what we are regularly spending, and reduce that amount. Find a “safe” way to invest it (I’m looking at usable durables, skills, and debt reduction first) so that we will be better off for the next round. Government won’t reduce it’s spending, it’s not the way they think. I don’t need a vacation or a newer/nicer car just because I may be able to afford those payments. I need a secure location to live, with secure sources of food, water, and sewage disposal much more than I need Netflix and an 80” curved 4K Ultra TV and surround sound. Maybe something like a rototiller.

    1. That sounds like very good advice , that everyone could stand a dose of.
      I know I am guilty of spending a lot more than I “need” to and need to face the likelihood that our business and our income will probably not be doing as well next year.

    2. JP:
      I had a refund from a cancelled conference on credit card bill. Used the money to order and send gardening books to my two youngest. Both girls finally have indicated an interest in getting ready for the next event. My sons are older and already were paying as they go and saving for rainy days. One son has taken a pay cut but should be ok. He bought a house with a food pantry set up in the basement that is a prepper’s dream and they are fully utilizing it.

      1. Moe:

        It is always good news when we can bring others to an understanding of how serious things are and are going to get. That goes extra if it’s family. It would definitely make my like easier if my daughters had a deeper larder.

        1. Our daughters have varying degrees of understanding – especially with the current situation.

          The middle daughter has always had a knack for pinching a penny, but also enjoys spending money. Fortunately, her current situation is allowing her inflow to out match the outgo. She’s also teaching herself to make bread and has seriously increased her gardening for the year.

          The youngest has decided to grow some herbs and a tomato plant on her balcony to offset her food costs. She’s also a strict budgeter.

          The oldest is frugal. She likes spending money but will find ways to get quality over quantity.

          I do worry about all three of them given the current situation, but they all know as long as we are here and they are willing to work hard, we will help them. They don’t “expect” it for free.

    1. No matter what Trump tries to do, the bastages try to sneak around him. I could believe short-term issue with animal feed and changes in packaging, but this whole thing is nothing but BS to allow the elites to take over. Manufactured supply chain breakdown. I’ll really worry if the UN comes to help everybody.

  29. Thor’s questions first:
    1) How long will your T/P last you in a lock down? Quite some time.

    2) Are you stocking up on meat with all the processing plant closures? As best I can, mostly beef (beautiful steaks) as I only have the freezer above the fridge. I’ve been reminded that the nephew-in-law has a big outside freezer. Hmm.

    3) Is N. Korean leader dead? I’d say not yet. Could be in a coma after surgery or sick with coronavirus.

    4) Is an EMP heading our way by China, N. Korea or Iran? Probably not, but if one is, it’ll be the last thing they ever do.

    5) Will American warships sink Iranian gunboats? Yes if necessary. And they’d darn well better.

    6) Knowing that a vaccine is not even possible, with a possible 30 strains of Kung Flu out there and Flu and the common cold are all corona viruses, would you take the vaccine? Doubtful unless it’s from a company other than a Gates-sponsored nightmare. And I’m autoimmune. The DP might have to take it due to a lung issue.

  30. Tara’s questions:
    1. Have you ever rendered tallow and what do you use it for? I haven’t. If I had it, I’d probably make candles.

    2. Do you make good use of all the dandelions in your yard? How do you use them? If you have never tried it, dandelion wine is deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day. We have lots of them, but they are very small and not very tasty. I’ve threatened to make wine, but haven’t. One of my DD’s great grandmothers made some great wine (and whiskey) back in the day.

    3. Are your poultry birds ramping up their laying now that we are into spring? How many chickens or ducks do you keep as part of your survival flock? No animals of any kind.

    4. If you do not live in a rural area? Semi-rural, small lots. If I had my way, we’d have been long gone.

  31. We are having a productive week. Drained the remainder of water from the backup barrels and refilled with clean water. added a 1/4 cup of Clorox to prevent bacterial growth. Serviced battery which provides power to backup system. Did some fire prevention clearing around the BOL Scored some marked down T-bone steaks at the grocery store. Tested some of our survival food – six year old frozen eggs, tuna with 2017 expiration and oatmeal vacuum sealed with oxygen absorber. Everything was perfectly good.

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