Homesteading and Preps For The Week: May 12, 2018

Well, folks, here we are again. I hope that you are as excited to be here as I am… I’m loving this new site and it’s growing much quicker than my old Survivalist Blog site which took years to gain any traction. I learned from my mistakes with the other site, and also what works and what doesn’t and I’m using that knowledge to build this one much quicker.

If you want to learn what I’ve learned about blogging because you want to start a blog of your own then I have a 100% free 7-day blogging course that you can take to do that.  I’ve also published several articles that you should read if you’re interested in doing this yourself including – How to Start a Profitable Blog in 2018, Step-by-Step Guide, and How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost.

I’ve been actively publishing this site for around two months and the daily page view numbers are already near what they were on my old survivalist blog and the subscribers to MDCreekmore.com are getting ready to pass the 5,000 mark with my goal being 25,000 subscribers by the end of the year.

And I can do that, however, right now I’ve not even been focusing a lot on getting new subscribers or readers, no, what I’ve been focusing nearly all of my time and attention on is my new project that I call “The Bulletproof Survivor” check it out!

One more thing, I know that most of you have already bought my book “The Preppers Guide to Surviving The End of The World As We Know” however, new folks coming to the site haven’t so I put together a new page for the book that I will send those new readers to.

Please take a look at the page and let me know what you think and post any comments and ideas on improving it the comments below. Thank you!

Okay, now what… Oh yeah, I have a huge 5,000+ word article on alternative power systems including solar, wind, and water power that I’ll be publishing here next week. You’ll love it!

Now, let’s get to homesteading and preps for the week…

This week I planted tomatoes, peppers, squash, and potatoes in the garden… and then just like that the rain stopped! After raining what seemed like every day for months as soon as I plant boom, sunshine and dry as a powder house with no rain in sight.

Preps for the week include adding a Fire B.O.S.S.- Bug Out Bag Survival Fire Starting Kit and a Fishing and Hunting B.O.S.S.- Bug Out Bag Survival Kit to my emergency cache “Mono Vault” that’s hidden in the forest (buried but easily accessible and that’s all I’m saying).

Here is a photo of my Mono Vault

boss kits
B.O.S.S. Kits

Well, folks, that’s it for me this week… what about you?

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  1. Bought a 100 ft roll of 4 ft tall corn crib fencing for $99 that we’re cutting up into potato grow cages. Oddly, the same roll of fencing was $224 on sale the following week. Glad I managed to track down the remaining roll at a distant store.

    Got lucky at the Sally Ann and found a model 3680 Foodsaver unit, identical to mine, for $25. Now I can get more production line work done when sealing bags. Also bought 10 more used quart mason jars, a dozen used pint dry seal jars, and 8 dozen snap lids from the Mennonites. Also canned 10 pints of sale chicken breasts for storage.

    ODS was driving his 18 wheeler home during the horrific wind storm we had last Friday and he said barn roofs were ripping off, big tree limbs and metal garden sheds were bouncing across the highway, he was dodging unlucky chickens blowing across the highway, flipped trucks, and one very strong gust of wind lifted up one side of his trailer and nearly flipped him over. PTL the wind weakened and dropped him back down on the road. It scared him quite a bit. An area near us lost power to 160,000 residents for 21 hours and our area had a lot of mature trees come down. The wind wasn’t classed as a tornado but it sure had the same force. I’m glad when we build things here we take wind factor into serious consideration.

    YDS and family all have the human version of foot and mouth disease that the grandkids picked up from daycare. I truly wish daycare was not a breeding ground for every disease and sickness going around. Poor son has it the worst and must still go to work.

    I signed up for the Home Medicine Summit:
    http://thegrownetwork.pages.ontraport.net/home-medicine-summit-2018-registration

    On advice from the wolfpack last week, I went to the doctor about my persistent coughing, and the kidney stone I suffered with later that day. I’ve now got 2 kinds of puffers to clear my viral bronchitis and go for an ultra sound next week for the kidney problem. The doctor suspects my coughing might be a side effect of the BP med I’m taking so we’re doing the elimination route before any change in med.

    To add to expenses, our dog has developed an abcessed tooth, the biggest, priciest one in a dog’s mouth. She’s taking antibiotics that are already helping but must get surgery extraction for permanent relief.

    • Good morning. Just wanted to say I feel your pain with the dogs teeth. I had to shell out big bucks for a dentist for my dogs teeth. She somehow managed to jab a stick under the gum line and kill the tooth! Big ouch to my purse!

      • Dog surgery fees are almost like extortion. I don’t spend that much money on a car let alone a dog’s mouth, much as I love my dog.

        • You got that right and on top of the tooth extraction, dentist said dog might have a heart murmur! Really? What is the fee scale to tear that! Definitely extortion!

          • Hate spell check. I meant to say what is fee scale for that!

            • Jean ,

              You got that right and on top of the tooth extraction, dentist said dog might have a heart murmur! Really? What is the fee scale to tear that! Definitely extortion!

              If you think it is extortion, then perhaps you could go back to school and become a vet to do it yourself. That would be at least a 4 year bachelors in biology or a related field, then getting accepted to a Veterinary college, which is harder than med school, followed by 4 years in Vet school.
              After graduation you have to lease, purchase, or build a building, furnish it with normal furnishings like chairs, plus all of the medical equipment required, hire a small staff or try to do it all yourself. Once this is all complete, you can then start charging customers if you have any, and once you make enough to cover all expenses including your school loans and the tax man, you can start to have money to live on and to save.
              I have a good friend who is our small animal vet and I have other friends whose children have pursued or are pursuing this vocation, and it is very expensive and time consuming.

          • There is nothing the vet, can do for a heart murmmer, our cat, has one and the vet wanted to charge $400 plus, to see how bad it really is… Both hubby and I said no it won’t extend her life we are just enjoying her and letting her be a cat…

            • They love running tests. Our cat was hardly eating, and losing weight quite badly so we took her in to Dr. Poke ‘n Prod. He said she was running a fever and wanted to run several hundred dollars worth of tests.

              We asked what was the most likely easily treatable problem. Bacterial infection. So we had him give her a shot of antibiotic, crossed fingers, and went home. She’s getting her appetite back and seems just fine. Only test required was a thermometer.

              The tests may be wonderful, but if all they do is reveal an untreatable condition, what’s the real point?

    • Gloria,

      Bought a 100 ft roll of 4 ft tall corn crib fencing for $99 that we’re cutting up into potato grow cages. Oddly, the same roll of fencing was $224 on sale the following week. Glad I managed to track down the remaining roll at a distant store.

      It always pays to know the price of what you’re getting. When I was a kid I attended auctions with my parents and my dad told me to specifically pay attention to a used roll of fencing that was being auctioned at the time. When we got home he had me look up the price of that same roll of fence in the Sears catalog. That new roll cost less than the used roll at auction. It’s best to know your price and don’t get caught up in the moment and spend too much.

      An area near us lost power to 160,000 residents for 21 hours and our area had a lot of mature trees come down.The wind wasn’t classed as a tornado but it sure had the same force. I’m glad when we build things here we take wind factor into serious consideration

      We take that wind factor into consideration here also. It isn’t technically a tornado unless there is rotation and it actually touches the ground and starts lifting debris into the air. Quite often the thunderstorms that can spawn tornados have what is called a gust front, when a large volume of cold air simply falls off the front of the cell and races thousands of feet toward the ground. When it hits the ground it basically ricochets in all directions producing only straight line winds; but, often very strong wind gusts that can do a lot of damage.

      On advice from the wolfpack last week, I went to the doctor about my persistent coughing, and the kidney stone I suffered with later that day. I’ve now got 2 kinds of puffers to clear my viral bronchitis and go for an ultra sound next week for the kidney problem. The doctor suspects my coughing might be a side effect of the BP med I’m taking so we’re doing the elimination route before any change in med.

      Any time I have persistent coughing or other unexplained problems, I’ll go see my doc, since catching things early is always the better choice.
      Is one of your BP medications Lisinopril? I take it with no problems; but, know some who have had a relatively common side effect, a persistent cough. It is one of the ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) inhibitors for which there are substitutes. I had problems with one of my diuretics, and using elimination I was switched to another, so elimination will probably get you going.

      • Hi TOP, all the good advice on auctions includes ‘set your limit before you bid.’

        As you said, know what something is worth before going after it at auction. I attend a fair number of auctions, and there are always people who bid on stuff until they get uncomfortable. They are the consignors and auction houses’ best friend.

        Last week I watched part of the Christie’s auction of the art and household goods of Peggy and David Rockefeller. Lamps which were reasonably estimated at $600-800 (yes, expensive, but Rockefellers didn’t shop much at K-Mart) sold for $20,000-$24,000. Lots of home furnishings -nice stuff, but not any kind of collectors’ items- estimated reasonably at $800-2000 went for $5000, $10,000, $20,000. Some people like the names of famous people attached to their stuff, but if they had sat down before the auction and asked themselves ‘What is having this piece worth to me?’ would they have bid anything like ten times estimate on second hand high end household goods?

        As you said, know what it is worth, and decide ahead of time what your limit is.

    • If you are taking Lisinopril for BP it could very well be the cause of your cough. It’s a pretty common side effect, sometimes for people who have taken the drug for years with no problem.

      • I take Coversyl which has only 3% side effects and why the doc is reluctant to replace it now with more complicated BP meds with higher risk factors (30%). We’ll do process of elimination until we’re sure it actually is the meds.

  2. I’m first again wow

    • Nope, mines in moderation.

    • Took the Mrs her Mom and Dad and kids out for a steak dinner for Mothers day, it was hard as this is the first Mothers day since my Mom past.

      Brought puppy a Tbone home with some meat left on it for him. He ate it in 5 minutes and it was a big bone.

      Bought 20lbs of rice
      Bought minute steaks,chicken, hamburger and eggs for the freeze dryer.
      Bought 2 cases of water.
      Bought 3 more bags of dog food.

      Freeze dried meat and eggs
      Added another rain catchment barrel.

      Added epsom salt to tomato plants and they really took off.
      Install an irrigation system for the main garden and one of the raised beds.

      Watched some movies dealing with blackouts which were cyber attacks, not EMPs.

      Just wondering when WW3 will start.

      Hope everyone in Hawaii is safe.

      Hope everyone has a good Mother’s day.

      • Thor1,
        It was tough when I lost my mom, and it’s still tough 10 years. I still bought a mother’s day card that first year and sent it to my dad. We all were sad. It does get better. Just wish I could call her sometimes.

        • Hi AT, for at least the first year after my Mom died, every once in a while I’d think ‘I should call Mom….Oh….’ It does take time, and never goes away completely. It does get better, though.

          • I had the same issue. After my mother passed, I would actually catch myself dialing her number … and then realized I couldn’t speak to her because she wasn’t there. One day I was sorting through some house junk and found an old cassette tape. Not knowing what had been recorded played it, and what a treasure it was to hear my mother’s voice one more time. I cried a little. It does get better, but keep those wonderful memories always.

          • Penrod, what is your situation? Are you on the Big Island? South side of Big Island looks really bad.

            • Hi Docj, we are over 200 miles away on Oahu. Only effect I’ve noticed has been some vog when the wind is southerly, but that has been true for about theee decades now. People who are close downwind may have serious health issues, but Oahu should be fine.

        • AT – not being able to ask my mom questions is probably the hardest thing about losing her – especially with plants and gardening.

          • I saved my dad’s and sister and BIL’s phone messages singing happy birthday to me a couple of years ago. I play them ever so often just to bring a smile to my face. I played my BIL’s for my sister when I was down there a couple of weeks ago. We all smiled.

            • AT – you are lucky to have that. Mom died in 2000, so very few, if any, recordings of her voice.

            • Almost There ,

              I saved my dad’s and sister and BIL’s phone messages singing happy birthday to me a couple of years ago. I play them ever so often just to bring a smile to my face.

              My dad passed in 2002 and my mom in 2011; but, we have some video tapes with both of them on them. I’m still in process of getting lots of VHS & VHS-C tapes converted to DVD. It’s a rather long and tedious task that makes you appreciate how many tapes you made, especially of the children.
              My only saved voicemail came from my DD back in 2011 when she was still struggling with some math in college. She told me that our practical physics lessons had helped her understand physics in both high school & college and she was doing fine; but, then as a follow-up told me that if we have any more kids, to teach them calculus. In 2011 I was already 60 and the DW was 61, so she knew it was only a fun suggestion.

              • I saved the voicemails from my son when he was getting deployed to a hotspot. It was rare that I missed one of his calls, but you can hear the resignation in his voice, not knowing if it would be the last time he would be able to speak to me. I still cry when I hear it, even tho he’s been back home for 5 years, and is doing ok adjusting to civilian life. Only Jesus and the prayers of the saints kept him alive.

          • GA Red; I miss being able to get me mum’s chili and hash recipes. They were the best ever. Plus her cobbler aprons and sewing machine. But then…..she didn’t really have much use for me after I grew up and away.

            • I do have my mom’s sewing machine. As much as my mom disliked cooking, she was a good cook and I miss being able to ask her how to cook different kinds of meats. Her dad told her that the biggest part of her grocery money would be in the meat, so she’d better learn how to cook that well (not necessarily well done). I did learn how to time a roast, but not much about what cuts of meat to cook which way. Fortunately, I have a good cookbook for that now.

          • GA Red, So true! I wish I could discuss things with her like I used to. Especially if I’m feeling down, I would call her for advice and just to get her opinion on issues in my life, both good and bad. The closeness and friendship is what I miss the most. She was my best friend.

        • Almost There, I wish I could pick up the phone and talk to my Mom too. It’s been over 20 years but I do talk to her in heaven. I miss her so much. It’s also bittersweet today because I lost my son too and Mother’s Day hurts for that reason. But I have to have a good day for my other sons.

          Thor1, Almost There is right. It does get better. The first few years hurt badly. God Bless you.

          • Terra,

            I miss talking with my mom too. She had been a Detroit policewoman and later a child protective services investigator. We used to talk about the dirt bags we knew and loved.

      • Thor 1; I’ve been watching a few movies/documentaries on blackouts as well as civil unrest during the WWII and Vietnam eras. Having lived through the Vietnam era, I have to say…society today is a LOT worse in my opinion. I cannot recall a time when there was so much hostility and hatred in this country. WW 3 starting is anyone’s guess. The dems aren’t happy unless we have a full blown war going. As if the middle east BS isn’t bad enough.

  3. Morning all. Got the garden planted and the rain here stopped too. Still need to mulch a lot and have most of the wood chips we need to do it. It’s been a busy week for all kinds of other stuff, so not many prepping purchases – just buy a little extra each trip.

    That’s about all. Prayers for all in need.

  4. Wow! I have never been this early to post before! Am I actually in the top five first posts this morning! Delightful!

    • You go girl….

    • Hi Jean, Sorry I didn’t get to meet you last weekend at the Great Appalachian Homesteading conference. Almost There said you were there on Saturday. We could only make it on Sunday and made a really long day of it.

  5. Not a lot this week . Transplanted some coattails to a new site . This will give me more traveling resources in the future. Also cut 2 white willow switches and shoved them down in muck to root . That is it for me .
    Now if I can just get rid of that share bar on the side of the screen that covers the first word of each line on your site.

    • Fixit, what are “coattails”?

    • Fixit .
      Cattails grow wild a lot of places around here and can make an interesting wild meal; but, all too often they are found along road ditches and I wonder what and how much has been sprayed on them. When I find them off the beaten track I’ll occasionally harvest some; but, had not thought of transplanting them. Food for thought.

      • O.P. Have you eaten cattails? I’ve tried them and they were pretty blah to me. Might have been something to do with the location they grew in, not very clean water and the mud was pretty smelly.

        • Greg M,

          O.P. Have you eaten cattails? I’ve tried them and they were pretty blah to me. Might have been something to do with the location they grew in, not very clean water and the mud was pretty smelly.

          Yes I have eaten them. I took my first wilderness survival cource at age 14 and the instructor was an old guy (probably in his 40’s LOL) who showed us how to used them. My biggest fear is that many places they grow wild have polluted water that’s been sprayed with who knows what.
          We collected the tuber from the base and ate it raw, and I agree that it was pretty bland. We also roasted it and mixed it with some wild onions or leeks and it was better. The last way we prepared it was to take a bunch of the cattail pollen and add it to mashed raw tuber to make dough. The result was baked on coals and made a passable hardtack bread or biscuit.
          I’ve only eaten it a few times since, generally when demonstrating for some new person when we explore wild edibles and I would not consider it a major part of my planned food stocks.

          • O.P., thanks for the reply. I too have tried them a few times, but get worried about unknown water source quality and for the taste? Nah….in an emergency, sure. Same goes for quite a few other items, for example acorns. Lot of work for not much calories or flavor.

            • Greg M,

              Same goes for quite a few other items, for example acorns. Lot of work for not much calories or flavor.

              I’ve also made flour from acorns and whole heartedly agree. By the time you rinse them over & over to get out the tannin, you have little left.
              Growing up back in western PA we had tons of them and they were a favorite food of the whitetail deer. I always thought that letting the deer process them into meat was the most efficient way to use them, LOL.
              Out of curiosity I looked them up and they are actually rather nutritious; but, still have a nasty flavor that I suspect could be shielded when using a little of the flour, after a lot of work.
              Acorn Nutrition Facts
              Amount per 1 oz (28.4 g)
              • Calories 110
              • Saturated fat 0.9 g
              • Polyunsaturated fat 1.3 g
              • Monounsaturated fat 4.3 g
              • Potassium 153 mg
              • Total Carbohydrate 12 g
              • Protein 1.7 g
              Still, like cattails, they would only be used in an “I’m starving situation.”

              • Eating cattails?? I’ve never tried them and didn’t know you could eat them.

                • Terra ,

                  Eating cattails?? I’ve never tried them and didn’t know you could eat them.

                  You can; but, as mentioned, since they grow in swampy and marshy areas often along road drainage, you need to be sure that the water where you find them isn’t polluted with sprays that are often used along the road edges for weed and pest control.
                  Here are links to a couple of good articles that I found a while back and have kept as pdf copies on my computer.
                  7 Ways To Use The Unbelievable Cattail Plant For Survival
                  Swamp Gold: Edible Cattail Pollen
                  The nice thing about keeping the pdf’s is that they are not only local and usable offline, you can use the file names to search for the original articles, which is what I did here.

                • Wild pigs /hogs like to eat acorns. The swine that eat them are supposed to taste better also.

                  • AXELSTEVE,

                    Wild pigs /hogs like to eat acorns. The swine that eat them are supposed to taste better also.

                    I hadn’t heard that they improve the flavor; but, I do know that pigs will eat anything, as those who have read “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross will remember. It is also why we call it “slopping the hogs”

        • In themselves, cattails have no taste. Mostly, the roots are dried, ground up, and used to supplement/extend flour for most needs.

          • Gloria, agreed. Supplementing/extending flour is a good idea. Still have to wonder about water sources and pollutants.

          • Gloria ,

            In themselves, cattails have no taste. Mostly, the roots are dried, ground up, and used to supplement/extend flour for most needs.

            You can also use the pollen as a flour extender. It also adds a nice yellow color to the batter or dough.

          • Well seems i got a conversation going this week . The young green shoots also can be harvested in the spring and used like asparagus. As for the roots break into 1.5″ pieces . Then put in water with some crab boil . Comes out a lot like shrimp. Those i dug to start a new patch were at the base of a bluff on the edge of a 860 acre woodland track. They now are in bog within 20 feet of a year around spring . The white willows went in the same bog.
            As far as wild foods extending the pantry i agree. The goal is to be able to supplement the pantry so that a 1 year supply last 1.5 years of a 3 year last 5 years. This will increase variety in the diet preventing food fatigue. That is why I am always increasing the wild food plants here.

            • Fixit, A good plan and anything that would supplement would be a good idea. Have you considered dandelions? Plantain? (the weed, not the banana type). Rose hips? Jerusalem artichokes? Not sure where you live but there are plenty of other plants that are wild that you could probably also transplant to your retreat. Another idea is that you transplant some crawdads to your spring. Another good use for your crab boil. If your weather is not too extreme, you could plant jujube trees there. They produce a lot of fruit and naturally spread out and make new trees. Scientific name is ziziphus mauritania, also known as chinese date.

              • I have everything you naked except immune . To the list are servicemen , wild blueberries , huckleberry , blackberry, raspberry , daylily ,wild plum , maypops , installed and on and on it goes.

  6. I just had to comment..good job Thor on being first lol me I have been saving towards a travel trailer to hopefully expand to house sitting further while looking into traveling , so 2 things.not much with on adding to what my preps are only to say restocking what I use for now due to lack of space.
    Have picked up a hand held ham radio set and a very nice hatchet I added to my truck bug out bag. ,have to find time to attend my local ham radios club so I can get that license,the meetings are at night when I can’t get away from feeding the horses here .
    Am doing some reading to get more on things and a side entertainment as no cable tv watching a movie once in a while on the little tv I have just for movies.

  7. Added another four tomato plants to the garden. Already having to trim the basil and the lettuce is growing so fast I need to give away before it bolts.

    Since tomorrow is Mothers Day, I’m heading out today for my 60 mile ride to celebrate 60 years. It looks like it’ll get into the mid 90’s by 1400 so I plan to head out around 1000 and hopefully get back by 1400. I’ll probably spend the rest of the day just hanging out with a glass of wine….and a BIG salad. I’ll have to consider this my preps for the week.

    Oh, also ordered two sets of Luna Glass Crock weights and a new book “36 Hours”. Got tired of trying to keep mold off the ceramic weights and kill the residual smell from whatever I fermented previously.

    • Luna glass weights…ceramics mold…thanks for tip. I need some fermenting weights.

  8. I had a great week. Went to my very first homesteading conference and loved it. Met up with some friends, made some new friends and got a good look at middle Tenn area. Beautiful area.
    I have been busy planting this week like must of you guys. All my money and time has been spent on getting the garden in, and like most of you, no rain now, and dare I say I felt a little humidity yesterday?
    I have a bumper crop of squirrels, and chipmunks running around. Blue jays have arrived as well as the bumble bees have been attempting to bore holes into my garden shed, that’s why my pellet gun,Cheyenne pepper and tennis racket sits by the back door. Have a great Mother’s Day.

    • Jean, those aren’t bumblebees, they are carpenter bees……

      • Oh yeah…..I forgot. They kinda look similar….. thanks for the clarification!

        • Jean, those carpenter bees make big holes in wood and are extremely territorial of other bees/insects and will usually buzz you but are smart enough not to attack people.

    • Hey, Jean! Are those bumble bees? Or, Carpenter (Bore) Bees? DH made traps from 4×4 posts & Mason jars. They work SOMEWHAT. U can find instructions all over internet. But I’ve killed 14 by smackin’ ’em with a board about 2 inches wide by 2 feet long. While CB’s ARE pollinators, u do not want them around. Wasps & honeybees are my preferred pollinators.

      • Yep, carpenter boring bees (I was misinformed thinking they were bumble bees). My cousin is making me a one of the traps pronto. Already saw a small pile of sawdust, so the sucker has created more work for me!

        • Jean,
          They did horrible damage to our deck. We bought some carpenter bee catchers, where you screw in a coke bottle, and they work really well. So far this year we only see a few. Last several years there were hundreds. It got so bad the grandkids wouldn’t go outside.

          • I pick up badminton racquets at yard sales and hang them around my property so I can grab one when I see a carpenter bee buzzing any exposed wood. They work great at knocking them down but then it’s crunch time.

        • Jean ,

          Yep, carpenter boring bees (I was misinformed thinking they were bumble bees). My cousin is making me a one of the traps pronto. Already saw a small pile of sawdust, so the sucker has created more work for me!

          We have them here also and the biggest problem is that the garage has old yellow pine in the rafters and the sawdust has either pine pitch or some kind of sticky bee stuff in it that sticks to the vehicles and can peel paint. Once again, comments here have gotten me to thinking. I had never heard or thought of carpenter bee traps, and I’ve always been wary of traps or gadgets that could hurt the honeybees; but, a quick check found a few interesting YouTube videos showing traps that should be cheap , easy to make, and honeybee safe..
          Homemade Carpenter Bee Trap
          and
          Best Simple Carpenter Bee Trap
          These should be cheap and easy to make from material on hand.

  9. Did my weekly shopping and added to my grocery stash as usual.

    Went to the range with my son and his girlfriend. God, she is tiny. Even an AR-15 kicks her ass. She is not going to enjoy being in the Army. All my womenfolk who have been in the military thought the M-16 was a nice rifle to shoot. Way better than a 12-ga shotgun. But they are also taller and heavier than that little thing (NOT fat, no, no, not fat). She also struggled with my Sig P-228 which is easier than the Beretta M-9 for most smaller females in my experience. My son had a good time and really enjoyed the AR-15. With some practice, the kid could be a real dinger with one of those.

    Got my AR sighted in. The iron sights were easy and quick as I shot good tight three-round groups (I still got it!). It took nine rounds to zero, plus three more to make certain. The EO electronic sights took a little work though. Took a full mag. They’re on now. I’m not as used to electronic sights as iron. I think I’m pushing my pistol a bit though as those groups tend to be a tad on the left side of the bull. My sights look square, so it must be the shooter. Anyway, my son was impressed with my groups. His girlfriend, sadly, didn’t have a clue.
    I hit the big six-five last week. I guess that officially makes me an old man.

    Bought the bosses new CD. Also ordered and received some of the snap caps Jesse reviewed. Just got them yesterday and haven’t had a chance to try them out yet.

    Got more rain here in the Orlando area last weekend. Needed it but need still more. That railroad overpass area flooded again. Evidently two of the three pumps didn’t turn on for some reason. This time nobody was stupid enough to drive through the water.

    Trip to the dentist for a cleaning. Getting two crowns installed next month to replace some work I had done while I was in the Marines, many, many moons ago. The dentist said it was good work, just got old and worn with time.

    My fridge went on the fritz and I lost some food. I think the compressor went out sometime on Wednesday and I didn’t notice anything wrong until Thursday morning. The complex maintenance guy replaced a relay and capacitor that had fried and was preventing the compressor from running. All better now.

    • Happy belated birthday old man……LOL You are only as old as you feel……

      • I’ve been actively publishing this site for around two months and the daily page view numbers are already near what they were on my old survivalist blog and the subscribers to MDCreekmore.com are getting ready to pass the 5,000 mark with my goal being 25,000 subscribers by the end of the year.

        Are all of these new subscribers? I know you probably had quite a few who followed you here from the old site as I did.

        Preps for the week include adding a Fire B.O.S.S.- Bug Out Bag Survival Fire Starting Kit and a Fishing and Hunting B.O.S.S.- Bug Out Bag Survival Kit to my emergency cache “Mono Vault” that’s hidden in the forest (buried but easily accessible and that’s all I’m saying).

        Thanks for the mention of the Fire B.O.S.S. I like lists for comparison so I checked the contents and mine already has what theirs has except I have 500 feet of unwaxed dental floss and 100 feet of 550 paracord instead of the Kevlar Thread ; but, mine also contains a Fire Piston, Flint & Steel, potassium permanganate & glycerin, some shredded kiln dried poplar, cotton balls and a tube of chap stick.

        This past week we did and acquired the following:
        1. An engineering friend is working weekly in Detroit and passes by my place going up on Sunday and coming back on Friday, Last Sunday he stopped by. He hadn’t been here in a while and when looking at my rather cluttered man cave / ham shack / laboratory area, he remarked: “Very efficient use of space”, so instead of cluttered, I think I’ll be going with that, LOL.
        2. After application of the capital credit from our power cooperative of $258.38, we received our latest electric bill of $-57.00. A nice $57.00 credit towards next month’s bill. Every little crumb helps.
        3. A friend (Black BQI) was over and helped me cut some old logs and pile them on the backstop for the range.. I’ll be running a personal CHL class for him this upcoming week. Being friends and MAG members has its perks for everyone involved.
        4. BlackBQI gifted me 2 pounds of fresh asparagus
        5. Received a BTECH MINI UV-25X4 Tri-band Transceiver: 2 meter (144-148 MHz), 1.25 meter (220-230mhz), 70 cm (400-520mhz). I’ll get it programmed and installed this weekend.
        6. Purchased 500 shares of Ford Motor Company on a dip. They are selling out their pickup trucks as fast as they can make them and this could add a bit to my retirement.
        7. Purchased a 2-pack of Mr. Beams Motion Sensing LED Lights from woot.com. These use 2 C-Cells which should provide another reliable and long lighting source.
        8. I tried to order a few 12000 mAh ZBANK ZTSP001 Ultra-Compact High-Speed Solar-Powered Chargers for $14.99; but, I first did some research and looked for some reviews and comparison prices. The reviews were good; but, when I returned to woot.com to place an order, they were already sold out. Lesson learned, LOL.
        9. Another brief power outage occurred on Thursday 05/10/2018 from 04:59:00 AM until 07:41 AM. Due to the UPS units and the generator, I didn’t even notice the 102 minute outage occurred until I received email notifications from my power cooperative. Then again, I could have just missed it since I was still sawing logs, LOL.

        • TheOhioPrepper,

          About half are new subscribers and the feedback has been super positive. Feel free to signup for my free blogging course some of the tips might help you with your own blogging efforts.

        • TOP,

          Strangely enough…. I know what you are talking about on your #5…. I’m getting there. Maybe I should look into getting one of those…

          One more class and then the test the week of the 20th…

        • OhioPrepper, I hope this question does not appear like I am pushing my nose into your business. I am honestly curious if there are other preppers that earn extra income in the markets as I do each week? You said “6. Purchased 500 shares of Ford Motor Company on a dip. They are selling out their pickup trucks as fast as they can make them and this could add a bit to my retirement.” I am wondering if you or any other prepper type individuals sell call options against their stock positions to juice the returns? I like doing covered calls on my long stock portfolio as it provides downside protection if the stock pulls back and is a steady source of regular income for me. I NEVER touch capital but occasionally will withdraw some of the money I earn selling options. BTW, nice purchase on F stock, the DIVY is around 5% now.

      • Zulu 3-6 ,

        My son had a good time and really enjoyed the AR-15. With some practice, the kid could be a real dinger with one of those.

        My youngest stepson was 10 when his mom & I were married and we did a lot of back yard shooting, mostly with bolt action and the Ruger 10/22. He was good enough to be qualified as one of the 3selected to attend Marine Corps Scout Sniper School. He was only a reservist; but, his recruit company was graduating on Saturday August 4, 1990 and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on Thursday August 2, 1990 had everything in flux. He and most of his company were activated right after SOI and since the Corps had tons of people with no plans, they were finding places to keep them until the situation settled out, so he and a few others were offered sniper school, where he had a blast. Encourage your son with the black rifle, since you never know how things will turn out.

        Got my AR sighted in. The iron sights were easy and quick as I shot good tight three-round groups (I still got it!). It took nine rounds to zero, plus three more to make certain. The EO electronic sights took a little work though. Took a full mag. They’re on now. I’m not as used to electronic sights as iron

        I was always an iron site shooter; but, now with age and vision issues, those electronic sites, including projected rail mounted lasers can be a blessing.

        . I think I’m pushing my pistol a bit though as those groups tend to be a tad on the left side of the bull. My sights look square, so it must be the shooter. Anyway, my son was impressed with my groups.

        It could no doubt be the shooter; but, as Sirius and I have discussed more than a few times on the phone, for defensive distances, if you can hit the “center of the blur”, it’s probably good enough.

        I hit the big six-five last week. I guess that officially makes me an old man.

        Well kid, you are only as old as you feel. I hit 67 last month and the DW hit 68 last week; but, attitude is everything (most of the time) LOL. I don’t know if your prior military service qualifies you for Tricare & V.A; but, if not, Medicare , now available @ 65 with a good supplemental policy is working better for us than the insurance we had for the last few years under the PPACA.
        PPACA, two lies in 5 letters.

        Got more rain here in the Orlando area last weekend. Needed it but need still more.

        We finally started to dry out; but, more rain & thunderstorms later forecast for today and tonight. We’re still hoping to get a garden in. Arrrrgh!!!

        • TOP,

          My mind thinks I’m younger than my body tells me I am. The arthritis in my knees and back have been kicking my butt lately. Hard to carry my granddaughter and she likes to get picked up.

          I’m 100% disabled from the military so I get full VA bennies, plus Tricare as I’m retired from the military, plus a Blue Cross-Blue Shield program from my police retirement. Also Medicare, which I never use (yet). I have to pay for a Tricare dental program for my two youngest kids as part of the divorce, but #2 daughter turns 26 in November so she’ll be dropping off all my insurance.

          Center of Blur. Yep, that makes sense.

          I’ve been an iron sight shooter until recently when I got electronic sights for the AR and the HK-91. I shot competition in the Air Guard with an M-1 Garand one year then the M-14 for a few years, but I never placed terribly high. It’s hard when some of the competition lived in the Upper Peninsula and had their own KD ranges out to 500-meters. I was able to shoot bulls at 500-meters with a 16″ barrel on my issued CAR-16 (the father of the M-4). Of course, it helped that there wasn’t any cross-wind that day.

          Your stepson did well to get a scout-sniper slot. Tough to get even as a good shooter, and even tougher to pass the school. My dad was a Marine scout-sniper in WWII, but the training was a little more informal back then and mostly done at the unit level. He got picked for the 6th Marines scout-sniper platoon at 17-years old and did most of his training on the big island of Hawaii before having to do it for real on Saipan and Tinian. The old man could shoot.

          I’d like to see my son get an AR-15 before something happens. Unfortunately, in Florida now he has to be 21-years old to buy and own one (unless grandfathered), and he can’t afford one or the magazines and ammo he would need. He’ll have to make do for the time being with his tactical 870.

          • Zulu 3-6,

            My mind thinks I’m younger than my body tells me I am. The arthritis in my knees and back have been kicking my butt lately. Hard to carry my granddaughter and she likes to get picked up.

            I understand; but, so far have been lucky to have no arthritis other than a bit in the shoulders that grabs me once in a while. Aches and pains as we age are uncomfortable; but, really beat the alternative.

            I’m 100% disabled from the military so I get full VA bennies, plus Tricare as I’m retired from the military, plus a Blue Cross-Blue Shield program from my police retirement. Also Medicare, which I never use (yet).

            My youngest sister is I think 60% disabled after 20 years. She was airborne trained (her boot camp at the suggestion of her ROTC advisor); but, was primarily an Intel analyst. She now works as a civilian analyst for the DOD down in Key West. She spent her last 9 years (Army) on Oahu and thinks 50° is frigid, LOL.

            Center of Blur. Yep, that makes sense.

            At least for handgun point shoulder shooting without benefit of sites, it translates well as we all age and slowly go blind, LOL.

            I’ve been an iron sight shooter until recently when I got electronic sights for the AR and the HK-91. I shot competition in the Air Guard with an M-1 Garand one year then the M-14 for a few years, but I never placed terribly high. It’s hard when some of the competition lived in the Upper Peninsula and had their own KD ranges out to 500-meters.

            When you were in Detroit I would think that you could easily shoot at Camp Perry; but, a quick Google search shows it to be about 100 miles down I75, so about as far away as I am. I’ve shot about 6 spring clinics there on the 600 & 1000 range; but, it was still quite a drive and could get expensive. When I was learning to shoot the M1 Garand and M1A we could spend a whole 3 day weekend there and only shoot the issued 48 rounds; but, we were also learning to run the pits.

            Your stepson did well to get a scout-sniper slot. Tough to get even as a good shooter, and even tougher to pass the school.

            He was a tough kid who camped, shot, and played football so passing it worked out; but, had it not been for the Kuwait invasion, that opportunity would likely not have happened. You take your luck and opportunities when and where you can.

            I’d like to see my son get an AR-15 before something happens. Unfortunately, in Florida now he has to be 21-years old to buy and own one (unless grandfathered), and he can’t afford one or the magazines and ammo he would need. He’ll have to make do for the time being with his tactical 870.

            Who would have thought such a thing in Florida? We expect that in the commy states like CA, MA, NY, and NJ; but for years FL was the one easy state to get a license to carry concealed but, now this. Perhaps too many east coast people moving there for the tax law and bringing their liberal ideas with them. I know TX is fighting that kind of thing with libs from CA moving there. So far Ohio is staying in rather good stead on that front.

            • TOP,

              I used to shoot the Governor’s Twenty at Fort Custer, just outside Battle Creek, MI. My first year was with the M-1 Garand. The Army Guard whined and sniveled that somehow we Air Guardsmen had an unfair advantage with the M-1 while they had to use the M-14. They were upset that so many Air Guardsmen were getting Governor’s Twenty tabs. So we had to convert to M-14s. Nothing changed, the Air Guard still dominated. I used the M-14 in Marine boot camp, so it was nothing new to me. If anything, I was behind the curve the year I shot the M-1 as I had never used it before. Managed to avoid M-1 thumb somehow. Of course, having been in the Marines, I was already well familiar on operating the butts.

              I already told my son that he is getting a CWL as soon as he turns 21 next year and to start savings his pennies to buy a pistol.

    • Happy birthday!

      I hope your son’s GF gets better. The hubby calls my M1a my squirrel gun. I sure love shooting it.

      • GA Red,

        Whatta gal! Not too many women like to plink with a 7.62mm semi-auto.

        • Zulu 3-6 & GA Red,
          I was wondering that myself. I would think of an M1 Carbine as a squirrel gun; but, not an M1A, which I think would instantly turn squirrels into little balls of gas.
          I had a M1A; but, with my vision issues and the weight, I gifted it to my youngest stepson for Christmas a few years ago. He mentioned wanting one like he used in the Marines and didn’t even know I had it until that Christmas. He’s a big guy and you could have knocked him over with a feather.

        • Z3-6 – I used to have an AK-47 with a beautiful stock that I loved to shoot too. The ex got it in the divorce because he told the court he would have it destroyed. Now I have MY M1a and I get to shoot the current DH’s Tavor. It’s on my wish list too.

  10. MD:
    I like the new page for your book. The multiple links to buy on Amazon are something I would not have thought about. As far as editing, I did not notice any glaring errors. The text was easy to read. The only thing I might add would be a comment about learning to prep right the first time around. I know I made plenty of mistakes before discovering your books and website. Looking forward to the article on alternative energy. I have noticed more people around me installing whole house generators as well as solar panels.

    My focus the last week is to get some of my plants into the ground. I forgot to label one four pack so I may end up with squash in my melon row. I am very pleased with my new raised row garden. Lots of growing veggies including broccoli, rutabaga, carrots, cucumber, radish, beets, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, peas and onions from direct seed. Transplants are tomatoes, peppers, tomatillo, beans, cantelope and eggplant.
    No sign of potatoes in the bags, but a volunteer came up adjacent to the compost bin.

    Stay safe everyone.

  11. We have had sunshine all but one day this week.. Night time temps have been in the 20 degree range so I have been moving my plants in and out every day. But, those day time temps are getting into the high 60s and low 70 degrees. We still have a burning ban and we are expected to have a high temp, high humidity summer, but considering that last year we a cold and wet summer and this spring we had a snowstorm in the middle of April, I will take the hot, humid summer. I’ll be able to grow what I need and it will give me something to complain about in the winter.

    Not much in the way of preps this week. My husband is scheduled to see his neurologist for the last time this week (the VA authorized three appointments). The Parkinson’s meds seem to be working and he is able to move a little smoother. That helps when he is learning to use a walker properly. And with this nice weather, he is able to use the walker, with assistance, on the property.

    Have a good week, everyone. God Bless.

    • Antique Collector

      cgbascom
      Morning, it has been a while since I took time to post on the site. Try to read when time allows an look for the old posters from the original site.

      That is wonderful news on your dh being able to walk around the yard.

  12. Getting netting ready to keep the birds off our fruit in the fruit trees. Some should be ready for picking fairly soon. Rotating pantry items to ensure first in/first out. Dry here so gotta water every day. Prayers to those who need em.

  13. It’s still dry here but might be getting rain this week.
    I received and planted out: 4 sugar cane starts and 3 assorted edible hibiscus plants that I had ordered.
    I finally finished planting out all the rest of my seedlings: golden melon, watermelon, Hisbiscus sabdariffa, Moringa and Korean agastache. Now I need to start some basil.
    I ordered 3 books from Amazon after listening to the Food Revolution Summit. I also signed up for the Home Medicine Summit and hope I remember to listen to it.
    I ordered 80 pounds of chicken from Zaycon. I eat a lot of chicken breast meat on this Weight Watcher’s diet.
    I have lost a total of 25 pounds now.
    Ebay: ordered seeds for sword lettuce and Indian leaf lettuce.
    Wal-Mart on line: 12 cans of organic corn.
    Bought locally: 2 foil packs of sriracha salmon, 2 bags of chicken tenders & 2 London broils BOGO, 3 bags of peas for the freezer, 24 pack of bottled water, 2 bottles of wing sauce, 4 packs of Shore Lunch chili soup mix.
    I

    • Labgirl:
      Where did you find Moringa? I would like to grow as an annual. I drink the tea daily and think it helps prevent chest colds. I have not been hit this winter and lots around have had the lingering cough.

      • Hey, Moe! Re: Moringa – do an internet search for “buy Moringa plant”. Lots of hits. You can buy the seeds from Baker Creek (rareseedsdotcom), and the whole plant from ebay. Make sure it is Moringa Oleifera, of course. If you have not already, do some research first. It can be difficult to grow, and may not grow everywhere.

      • Moe, I live on Luzon in the Philippines. Our subdivision has a moringa tree growing on almost every street, often an entire row of them. There are over two dozen names for the species, just in the Phils that I am aware of but the most common Tagalog names are malungai and mulanggay. When my wife makes a soup, the fresh leaves are a regular addition. I tried some moringa dried powder but honestly, it tasted like mud to me. My thinking is dry my own whole leaves or perhaps give freeze-drying a whirl. Malungai is known to be very good for you. Poor people will boil it in water if they have nothing else and amazingly it appears to keep them alive. A little rice, a little malungai and you may expect reasonable health.

      • Moe, I bought Moringa seeds from E-bay. I think it is an ECHO variety (place in Florida). They do quite well as an annual. Mine have so far come back up from the roots but my zone is 8b/9a and they like fertile soil. They even do well in pots. They don’t have much taste but I use them fresh in omelets and dried in all my soups.

        • Labgirl:
          Thank you. I am in zone 5a/6b so I know the plants will not over winter. I have seen beautiful pictures of Moringa growing in rows in Southern California. I may plant some in pots. I have never used it fresh although I saw the leaves in the produce section on the Big Island last summer.

      • Moe,

        They are very easy to grow from seed. I suggest buying seeds rather than seedlings. Note that they do not do well in the cold. Mine trees died in the first cold snap. But they grow really, really fast–as in 8 feet in one summer.

    • Congratulations on the weight loss! Bet you feel better and have more energy!

      • Thanks, I do feel better physically and have more energy. I have been able to expand my gardening this year and feel better about myself also.

    • Labgirl,

      Don”t worry about the weight you lost. I found it. 🙂

      • Zulu, I might have to be on the Weight Watcher app for life to keep it off or I will go back to eating all the bad yummy stuff.

    • Antique Collector

      Labgirl
      Congratulation on the loss of weight, well done! I started using a mineral that Just Sayin recommended for another reason, but it helps with cravings we all go through each day. It is –acetyl L carnitine 500mg, the nightly bowl of popcorn is a rarity now and think it was for the salt content more than the popcorn.

  14. I’m glad to say there isn’t much news here. The volcano keeps chugging along, of course, but is over 200 miles away so little direct effects. We did get quite bit of vog yesterday as the wind was out of the south and that pushes it over Oahu.

    It’s still dark out but my guess from my breathing is that it may be worse today.

    One of the local TV stations ran a segment on prepping for disasters. The new part is that the government is now recommending that everybody in the state have supplies for two weeks and a Get Home Bag at work or in the car with three days of supplies. That is up from five days of supplies at home and no GHB.

    So, the emergency response people are getting serious about getting the rest of us getting serious. I hope they succeed in persuading a lot of people, because two weeks would be transformational. Of course longer would be better, but two weeks including water would get most people through almost any natural disaster.

      • Penrod, being its an island with at least one active volcano, I would think the best prep might be a boat with at least 2weeks of food and a desalination system on board……

      • Pretty basic information on the video. Hopefully many will follow through. More people prepared might cut down on some potential unrest by panicked good people. But the bad guys are going to be bad.

        • Very basic. I think this is mostly about building awareness of the issue, which is the basis for doing anything.

          I’m not sure if it is still the case, but a couple years ago the Honolulu website had a list of specific things everyone should have: so many cans of SPAM, so many jars of peanut butter, and so on. No suggestion that people should stock what they normally eat. This is what you should have: 5X, 2y, 3Z. Looked to me like someone who had never thought about prepping for disasters got assigned the job, didn’t know where to look for info, so just made a list. It was a start.

          Anyway, awareness comes first.

    • Antique Collector

      Penrod
      Happy to hear you & Mrs. P are alright over there.
      Klulafarmer is out of that area, an nice to know you both are far enough way to not be impacted from the volcanic eruptions.

      The gov is finally trying to get the non-prepared into being self reliant for this kind of emergency. Nice to hear they upped their requirements, if only they made it mandatory for each person and household.
      Stay safe over there.

  15. Continuing work on my upstairs area. This will give us more storage space and improve the eventual resale value of our home. I’ll be able to see and organize my supplies as well.

    Bought the Remington 1911 R1S after a thorough examination. Very tight, only a bit over $700. As I said last week, I’m putting the old Colt Series 80 in semi- retirement. A lot of memories with that old gun. The new one shoots very accurately (better than this old grunt) and seems reliable, gobbling up all sundry ammunition I put through it. Mrs. Overwatch says it’s pretty but she won’t try and usurp it like she did with the 1903. Too heavy she says.

    Still looking at Monroe County, TN real estate. Nice!!

  16. FYI on buying a gun in Hawaii: http://www.khon2.com/news/local-news/the-steps-you-need-to-take-to-own-a-firearm-in-hawaii/1174721912

    Note that we are required to make three separate trips to the downtown Honolulu police station, and only during the work week. So if one has an actual job, three half days off from work.

    If you want to buy a handgun you also have to take a safety class and get a notarized certificate saying so. That adds $150-250 and of course a few weeks, so you better not be in a hurry.

    Our public servants, of course, require a permit to carry, and they do not issue them, so forget about being armed outside your home. It is t going to happen.

    • Penrod, sound like a major violation of the 2A……

      • Thor1, Thor1, Thor1…don’t you know that there are no requirements which rise to the level of ‘infringin’? Not in Hawaii.

        • Penrod, I do understand that some States think they do not have to follow the laws of the Constitution. They are breaking the law. When States agreed to becoming a State, they signed a document accepting the Constitution as the law of the land. The States could give you MORE FREEDOM but not give you less tan what the Constitution allows. That’s the law…… Liberals think they are above the law. We need to ban liberals and Democrats which is one in the same.

          I heard Commifornia is trying to pass a law to get rid of George Washington’s holiday and Abraham Lincoln’s holiday and have May day as a paid holiday. May day is a Communist holiday…. Wow We should let them secede from the USA and then send in the Marines to take it back under martial law, no voting that way a Democrat won’t be elected again…..

          • I’m satisfied that Hawaii is a hopeless case. This is a totalitarian culture which demands The Man do all things for all people. We have zero Republican state senators, and I think five of fifty state Reps are Republican…and they have no influence. The 2016 Democratic Party caucuses here went 70% for Bernie Sanders.

            We have big, inefficient, micromanaging, slightly corrupt state and local government because that is what the vast majority of the voters want. That isn’t going to change.

            I’ll be glad to get back to the Mainland, stressful as the move will be.

    • I thought Massachusetts was bad. Wherever you land will be better. This is one of the reasons I’m looking at Tennessee. I want the FN 5.7 mm pistol with the 20 round magazine. I can’t get one in this state. There’s a problem with that.

      • Hi Overwatch, not here, either. Any pistol mag over ten rounds is a misdemeanor, unless inserted in a gun, in which case it is a felony.

        All AR mags over ten rounds are banned under that law as well, because there are some AR based guns which are classed as handguns. Mini-14 mags are OK because there are no handguns which take them. All pistols with mag wells in front of the trigger are banned as well, because assault pistol. Sound suppressors: you guessed it. Frangible ammo like Glaser Safety Slugs: felony. Et cetera.

  17. MD; I looked at “the page”. Nice clean and streamlined. Not too busy as to cause distractions.

    W What is about.
    W Where to get it.
    H How much it costs.

    Simple and to the point.

  18. Prepared Grammy

    This Week:

    Same here on the weather. It was raining like crazy. It finally dried up enough to plant, and then no more rain. I’m having to water the seedlings I transplanted, and some of them didn’t make it. (I tried something new. FAILURE.)

    -Added to the stockpile: rock salt,

    -Goats: *Sold two bucklings to be delivered when they’re weaned. My cousin’s three children are excited to have two new pets. *Ordered my own electric dehorner. I have been borrowing some. *Doeling is got an infection where I disbudded the first horn I’d ever done. (My fault. I didn’t have a good hold on her.) Called the vet. He recommended Scarlet Oil and Penicillin.

    -Chickens: *Cleaned out all three henhouses. *Added chicken wire to the ‘nursery coop’ to keep chicks in, and put chain link fencing under to keep predators from digging under. *Gave hatched chicks from classroom across the hall to a coworker and a teacher’s father-in-law. It’s nice to help others in their homesteading endevour.

    -Homestead: *Getting the camper ready for camping season. *Marking property boundaries.

    -Garden:
    *Planted more herbs, red potatoes, white potatoes, red onions, white onions, broccoli, cabbage, several kinds of tomatoes (Rutgers, Amish Paste, Mortgage Lifters, Brandywine, Supersweet 100, Beefsteak), a few kinds of peppers, 3 blueberry bushes,
    *Beets, carrots, radishes, corn, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and beans are up!

    -Information: Reading (and talking to others) about gardening. My grandpa was 75 when he passed away, and he’d been gardening his whole life. I remember he never stopped learning. He would say that there’s always something you can learn to be a better gardener. He was right.

    -Health: DH hurt his back a little over two weeks ago at work, and he’s still down. He also had a cancer scare, but it was a false alarm. Praise God!

    -Skills: *I don’t think I’ll ever think I’ll ever quit learning about gardening. *Since DH is hurt, I’m doing many things that he typically does. This is adding to my skillset. Silver linings.

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

    • Prepared Grammy,
      Wow, you have really worked hard to get your garden going. Good for you to be working so hard without your DH help. My DH has had some issues with his back the last few weeks and it has slowed us down too. Because of DH and my own set backs, we are having a smaller than usual garden this year. We are mostly planting perennials this year to get a good start on them in addition to berries.

      • Prepared Grammy

        Thanks. It really bothers him to be watching me do all of the work, especially when it comes to lifting heavy bags of feed and doing other things that require more strength. I’ve managed so far, but I’m worn out. By the time I get the outside chores done, I’m too tired to do housework. My house is a mess, and it’s really bothering me. But the garden is dependent on the weather, so it can’t wait.

        • I’m in the same boat, or nearly. Hubby mows the grass, but can’t do the heavy lifting, etc. my house isn’t as clean as it should be, but we manage. And that’s all you can do! Hugs to you

  19. I bought a Pro2Go water filter. More water to add to my depleted supply. Spent most of my week cleaning out the ruined cans from my flooded basement. Thankfully, most of my supplies were up off the floor. Still…going to be interesting to explain to the city why I have so much ruined food down there. I can’t believe how fast rust set in. Onward and upward.

    Prayers for the pack. Prayers for our nation.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers here. 🙂

    • Hi, Izzy! Why did u choose the Pro2Go filter?

      • Livinthedream; I chose it because of the reviews and size. I have a couple of others, but this one just appealed to me. I have found a number of interesting ‘toys’ on the Daily Caller shop site. The prices can be terrific as well.

  20. Received my books from Amazon. Keeping 2 and probably sending 1 back. It will depend on shipping costs. Really don’t see much reason to spend almost as much to return something as it cost to buy in the first place. Oncologist’s office called regarding this year’s appointment so that is scheduled to take place in 2 weeks. Still haven’t been able to make contact with new dentist. If I don’t get some kinda response from them I’ll be putting in a request for a new dentist. My insurance actually assigns patients to dentists. Hate it as my old dentist was very good but no longer takes that insurance.
    Did get part of my lawn under control before the fuel line went out on the weedeater. Interestingly I was able to continue to use the weedeater as long as I kept the fuel tank full to the top – let it get below the full line by much and it would stop working. Will be picking up the lawn mower later today so hopefully will get the lawn finished this weekend.

  21. Got tomatoes, zucchini & yellow squash in the ground. Put up deer fencing around the garden with a gate I had gotten at a yard sale. Started prepping town house for sale, move to Tenn. farm should happen in Sept. Planning a trip there at the end of the month to check on log home build and to be there when logs and glass are delivered. Had my annual physical this week and found out that I really need to lose some weight. My body fat was at 33% so diet and exercise is now part of the daily routine. Need to drop 20# asap.

    • Weight loss takes commitment. I’ve dropped 18 pounds since the first of March but would still like to drop another 20. I served 23 years in the Air Force back in the day and managed to keep my weight fairly stable. But now that I’m getting older I can’t maintain that level of activity. I can’t run any more but my wife and I try to walk at least a couple of miles every morning in addition to whatever walking and physical exercise (yard work, gardening, etc) we do. I emptied the cupboards of all snack foods and other unhealthy stuff. I try to look at weight loss as just another prep.

      • Absolutely! I treated it as a project, with plans, milestones, etc. It worked too. I went from 215 to 190. With me, it was all about the carbs, When the nutritionist evaluated me for lung transplant, she said, “you are perfect”! We all know that is far from true, but she really did like my weight and body mass index. Unfortunately, following the transplant, I had unplanned and undesired loss down to 165! Back up to 180 now and I like that level.

        • Billy T,
          It is so good to hear that you are doing so well. We have all prayed for you. You are a strong and brave man. God Bless.

          • It truly is a miracle. Thank you for your prayers. I won’t go into details, but God really had a hand in this. I try to do my part. of course. I was taught that God helps those who help themselves and all good things come to he who waits, provided he works like hell while he waits!
            I have been so blessed. The capstone was last Sunday when I and son in law baptized my youngest grandson. I am not a minister, but the church recognizes baptisms performed by Christians who have themselves been baptized. It was one of the highlights of my life.

        • Owl Creek ,

          Weight loss takes commitment.

          Billy T,

          Absolutely! I treated it as a project, with plans, milestones, etc. It worked too. I went from 215 to 190. With me, it was all about the carbs,

          Back in 2006 I hit the scale @ 235, which at 5’ 6” is well, fat.
          I had tried the Atkins diet and it worked OK; but, I missed simple things like fruit so I took a different strategy. I purchased a gram weight kitchen scale to weigh and account for every single calorie I ate. I still have the spreadsheets I used to keep track of things. I found some calculators and checked with my doctor and to hit my target weight of 175 with my modrate activity level, I needed no more than 2000 calories per day (average) and the doc told me to not get below 1200. When I occasionally ate out, I could find the nutrition facts for everything at the restaurant or online, and I made note of everything on my voice recorder, transcribing the food to calories consumed each evening. I’ve told other people this story and they say they couldn’t do it; but, as was just said, it takes commitment and it does work.
          Within 6 months I had lost 63 pounds and hit my target weight @ 172. I’m now keeping about 165 and exercise at least 3 times per week.
          The unexpected benefit of the way I lost my weight, was that on occasion, at the end of the day or each week when I tallied my calories, I was well below my average mark of 2000 and that meant some oranges or even a bit of well measured ice cream was in order. All in all it worked at least for me and the habits I learned have kept me doing well without measuring and weighing things. It means that two scoops of ice cream are really just as satisfying as 4 or 5 and the DW now purchases snacks in the little bags; but, in this case mostly for her; but, one bag will do instead of a large bowl.
          I think part of my original weight problem may be common to a lot of us older folks, tracing back to the way we were raised. My mom and dad had both lived through the depression and our family rule on eating was that you cleaned your plate. Pushing back when you were full, meant sitting there until the plate was clean, and while it still bothers me a little bit when I toss out perfectly good food for the outside critters, one can shed a lot of unneeded calories doing just that.

  22. Tried a new cheese recipe this week…..Derby Cheese it’s called. It’s drying on the counter now and will be waxed on Monday. Canned up 8 half-pints of mulberry jelly. Did major barn cleaning this week since we’re expecting several days of rain….poor goats will be cooped up until it passes.

    Received the supplies I ordered for making homemade deodorant and also ordered a new pair of muck shoes to wear in the garden this summer. Muck makes some durable footwear!

    That’s it for me I think. Sometimes I feel like the movie “Groundhog Day”. LOL Farm rounds, goat milking, gardening, home food preservation. Sleep. Repeat!

    • Prepared Grammy

      Would you mind sharing the cheese recipes that work well for you and how to successfully wax cheese? I’ve not had success with waxing cheese.

      • PG, I use a book written by Ricki Carroll called Home Cheese Making. Every recipe I have tried from that book has turned out well. As for waxing cheese, the trick is to NOT wax the cheese too soon….most of mine are air dried for 2 – 3 days before I wax them. They must be dry to the touch first. I buy my cheese wax from the New England Cheesemaking Company. I have a small saucepan that is solely dedicated to cheese waxing….I slice off enough wax to give me about 1/2 inch of melted wax in the bottom of the pan. Let the wax cool a couple of minutes, then dip your brick of cheese in it quickly. Lift out the cheese and let the wax cool about 2 minutes, Turn the cheese over and wax another area, repeating until all cheese is covered with 2 good coats of wax. I leave the leftover wax in to saucepan between uses! Good luck, it’s worth the effort….

        • Goatlover2,
          I played with making cheese a while back; but, have just gotten an opportunity to acquire some free or inexpensive materials to try making more in quantity, so Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll may just fit the bill and I just ordered it. It should be here by Wednesday.
          I have a question on the wax. Is there a specific wax used for cheese making or would bees wax or paraffin work as well. I already have some beeswax and a few hundred pounds of paraffin, so if I could use that, it would be great.

          • TOP, Great question! I had to go to the website to find out. There is a difference…cheese wax contains paraffin and another type of wax that helps keep it from becoming brittle. My guess is if you use paraffin you risk cracks forming during the aging process, which could mess up your cheese. You can read more about it a cheesemaking.com and searching “wax”. Hope that helps….

            • Goatlover2,

              Great question! I had to go to the website to find out. There is a difference…cheese wax contains paraffin and another type of wax that helps keep it from becoming brittle. My guess is if you use paraffin you risk cracks forming during the aging process, which could mess up your cheese.

              After doing a search for cheese wax, the answers reminded me of other things I’ve done with paraffin, from candle making to making ballistic wax.
              For candles you add Stearic acid as a hardener and for ballistic wax you add Vaseline jelly as a softener so I think just the paraffin and the Vaseline in the right proportions would do the trick.

              You can read more about it a cheesemaking.com and searching “wax”. Hope that helps….

              I found nothing specific on cheesemaking.com other than the use of micro crystalline wax which is kind of a generic term; but, they do offer several waxes and reasonably priced starter kits that might be worth considering.
              In any case, thanks for mentioning that site.

    • Goatlover2,
      It might seem like Groundhog Day to you, but I can assure you we all love to read about your farm adventures. I really look forward to reading your posts! Thank you for sharing your farm life with us. From reading your post, it looks like you had a very productive week. I’ve got to order some Muck boots. I hate the boots I wear in the garden. Please share the homemade deodorant instructions.

      • Terra, thank you for the kind words. I found my deodorant recipe at the website for wholesale supplies plus. The first time I made it, I just ordered their “kit” that included all the ingredients and instructions. This time, I just ordered the ingredients and will blend essential oils for the fragrance. Check out their website…you can print out the recipe from there. The kit will make twelve 2.5 ounce tubes. Not bad for $60. Ingredients include bees wax, cocoa butter, vitamin E oil, arrow root powder, baking soda, and coconut oil. Good Luck!!!!

  23. There is a new EMP Commission report out. If I understand the article there are actually ten of them which came out last year, but now three have been declassified.

    Upshot: an EMP attack would require serious prepping.

    More here: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/emp-commission-warns-blackout-of-electricity-food-water-to-last-year-or-longer-huge-death-toll

    • Antique Collector

      Penrod
      Thank you for the 2 articles, I sent one to my mail box to read and share. The tv news program will check it out after I make up dh’s lunch.

  24. Well Claude, in the last 2-3 weeks I purchased some skinny little bright red or coral color worms for about a dollar and some spools of line for under a dollar each. These items were $5 or more. I don’t fish, don’t like to eat fish, but if I get a few hooks and a bobber, I’ll have a nice emergency fishing kit.

    I also picked up some other small items (sporks, spoons, utensil set, a flashlight).
    And one item in particular was and Everything was marked for clearance and less than half normal price. One item in particular was a duck call.
    I don’t hunt, never have, but I always figured I’d learn someday to hunt with dogs and maybe become knowledgeable and skilled at executing animal calls. This way I can contribute

    Now many people on YouTube get reamed by viewers for packing too much in their emergency kits and “get home” or “bug out” bags, so I consider what is or isn’t a priority to pack, but I figure if I must acquire food, an animal call would help lure the food to me. And coincidentally, there are many natural ponds plus fountains and retention ponds that lure birds and so there are always a few ducks around.

    • Frank,

      MREs are good to keep in your BOB. They are lightweight and don’t take up too much space.

  25. This week we added fifty rolls of TP, twenty pounds of rice, another case of bottled water, another fishing pole with more gear and twenty pounds of frozen vegetables.

    I’ve never had allergies but I’ve never seen tree pollen as bad as it is this year in NW Arkansas. There’s a yelow-green dusting of the stuff everywhere and my eyes feel like they’re filled with sand some days. I decided to use my leaf blower to get rid of the oak catkins that were all over my driveway and porch. Clearing them off the driveway wasn’t a problem but when I got to the porch, I manage to kick up a massive cloud of pollen that was all over me before I realized what was happening. It took me a couple of minutes to get my breath and eyesight almost back to normal. Just one of the joys of living in a heavily wooded area.

  26. If you are taking Lisinopril for BP it could very well be the cause of your cough. It’s a pretty common side effect, sometimes for people who have taken the drug for years with no problem.

  27. Antique Collector

    Hired a crew to come in for the weed abatement, it is 3 to 4 acres that we keep clean for fire season an that includes our road way frontage. Boxing up books, genealogy materials, keep sakes for the off site storage room. This is a yearly process we go through each year never knowing when someone will do something dumb putting us in danger. Especially when recreational pot is now available, for the less than one working brain cell. We are in deep phooo

    Looking for a enclosed trailer we can set up for items that would be required for a long term $ htf. Hoping to find a used one in good condition as new are pricey, an beyond what our budget would allow.

    Time for me to pack up more items, have a great week ahead

  28. Well no preps this week. Our washing machine broke and I I had to order another one. We just got back from visiting my mom in the nursing home. We brought her a card and some flowers for Mother’s Day. She had a good day. I wish all the mothers on this site a wonderful, family filled Mother’s Day. May God bless you and keep you.

  29. Got another 2 cold weather sleeping bags. All that cold weather stuff is on sale now. Awaiting MD’s survival CD. Thanks for doing that MD. And for the discount,, Had a “procedure” which is supposed to CURE BPH. Urologist uses the heat from water vapor to remove restriction from the urethra. He sez it is a permanent cure. Hooray, fewer drugs, no more yellow stains on underwear, dribbling, etc. Recovery is a couple weeks. I’ll let you all know how it works out. Got 30 more Percocet’s and took 3 total, leaving 27 which theoretically could be added to the BOL stash, unless I theoretically destroy them as I’m supposed to!

  30. I am charging my phone, watching modern family on TV,charing my tablet and running a fan outside off of solar power…..very cool.

  31. No real prepping this week, the move to AZ for elderly friend pretty much took my time.

    Free Stuff: bread, bottled tea, bagel

    Finished reading “Is this the End?” by Dr. David Jeremiah. Some quality background information, from a Christian perspective, on many topics related to today’s current events. Along with some forward-looking points of view.

    AZ Trip. Wed: p/u the truck, HHG loaded, fueled. Van loaded, fueled, cleaned – ready for 0730 start on Thursday. Then Thursday evening the truck caught on fire on the freeway, outside Salt Lake City @ 4:15 in the afternoon (lots of people not happy when you turn 5 lanes into 2!); lost 80% of the load, but everyone was alright. Spend 2 nights in Salt Lake City and then return to Montana. We’ll try this again later (with much less stuff). At home 7 PM Saturday!

    • JP,

      Thank the Lord you are ok. That must have been very scary.

      • Actually, it was all reaction. No panic (old habits: fix what is broke now – worry about what happened later). I was (at least to myself) amazinly calm. Once DW say me out of the truck, she was too.

        The it was just – watch it burn.

  32. Hi pack,

    Weather here this week was a little bit crazy… Rain earlier in the week, and the last 2 days have been down right scorchers…. Think we even broke a heat temp record today. Monday it’s supposed to be 94. I saw 97 on my car this afternoon… We are supposed to be in the 70’s.

    Went to HAM class Friday. Test is set for either the 22nd or 23rd.

    GW today – medical supplies, wool blanket, cotton quilt, couple other blankets, 2 containers that is made for holding rolls of ribbon that will work well for my seed packs and they are all over the place, 10- 1 qt bottles, SS cream pitcher, SS trays, popcorn tin, 5 reflective vests for barter day, stackable crate, 3 drawer plastic rolling cart.

    FB MP – Sold a couple of wooden tables.

    Car maintenance – 2 new tires, lifetime balance and rotation and road hazard. Took a good chunk of money.

    Healthy Traditions – 2 gal of their Golden Label virgin coconut oil, on special for Mother’s day until tomorrow. Free shipping to boot. Never bought before, but reviews are good, and needed some for stockpile anyway. Wet-milled by hand and glyphosate tested.

    Work continues to be pretty stressful. Continued prayers appreciated. A new org chart was sent, so hoping I can go under someone else and possibly apply for a new job for new positions that will be created, even though I LOVE my job and get compliments from a variety of professionals… Just don’t like to be micro managed by someone who is intimidated by my experience and is condescending to those of us in the group that do the most work of all 5 of us.

    Prayers for the pack, for unspoken requests, for the President and for America. Glad to see the Embassy moved.

    • Almost There,
      Prayers for you to finding another position or another manager. Nothing worse than having a micro-manager. I’ve had a few of them in my career and there is nothing more demeaning and counter productive than having someone over your shoulder when you are working hard. Luckily, most of my career I didn’t have that problem, but it is hard to deal with. Take care.

  33. I found fish traps on sale 60% off so purchased one to try it out since I’m not the worlds greatest angler.

    The garden is in, and sugar snap peas are blooming. Looking forward to the first pods of the year.

    Strawberries are fruiting, there’s nothing better than fresh strawberries over shortcake!!!!

    • Chaya,

      I found fish traps on sale 60% off so purchased one to try it out since I’m not the worlds greatest angler.

      I’ve made fish traps in a survival setting years ago for practice; but, had not thought about using them for just plain fishing. We have a creek that runs through the property that does have some small pan fish; but, I generally have considered fishing a bit boring, and usually thought of it as drowning worms; however, trapping fish, much like trapping fur bearing critters might be a relatively easy way to add some meat to the larder.
      Since the creek flows through the property, I can fish without a license from either side; but, I don’t know about using traps. Based on your comment I now have to do some investigation and see how I might add another tool to the tool chest.
      Thanks.

  34. Not really a prep, but I’m starting my new job on Monday. It’s 27 miles closer to home, so easier to walk home if something happens. Really going to cut down on my car costs.

  35. My DH and I went to the Great Appalachian Homesteading Conference.last weekend. It was great, but the best part was meeting Almost There and her friend. Almost There is such a warm and lovely person and she took us under her wing and showed us around. We also had lunch together during the conference. I got to meet Starry Hilder, who is one of my favorites, which was the highlight of my visit. Unfortunately we missed the first day, but I think we were able to see and learn quite a lot for one day.

    The night before we went to the conference, we had dinner with the inlaws. I mentioned that we were driving for several hours to attend this homesteading conference. The looks that I got from the family were shocking. They thought I was the weirdest person they had ever met. They kept questioning me–“Why would you drive xx hours to get there?” “Why are you going? What’s it about? What is homesteading? Are you crazy”? It was so embarrassing.

    When we got home, DH said he felt sorry for me for all the comments and them making fun of me. Of course HE didn’t open his mouth to my defense. He told me that I should never have brought it up and why did I even mention it. I told him I was just making conversation and what is wrong with telling the family we are going to a conference?

    My feelings are still hurt about it. Lessons learned. Don’t share anything you do with clueless people who only will allow name brand items into their home, and keep my big mouth shut.

    • Awwww Terra; I would tell it shouldn’t hurt, but I know from experience it does. I would be furious with my hubby for not sticking up for me. Oh wait….I was…more than once.

      Ignorant people make insipid comments and they don’t much care if they hurt people’s feelings. As long as you had a good time and learned, that is all that matters. When/if the SHTF, your in-laws will probably be begging for help. Something about ‘poetic justice’ comes to mind when it comes to know nothing nasty folks.

      • Amen to that Izzy… I give up trying to share with others… I just continue on my merry way, and keep on working towards self sufficiency, even being alone and knowing I can’t do everything on my own. I can’t let others keep me from what I know is right. I also pray a lot for guidance from the Lord so I’m not doing my will, but try to do His will. No matter what I buy or learn, if it’s not what I’m supposed to be doing, it will all be for nothing.

        Terra, I was so glad to meet up with you and your DH. It was nice to be around LMI’s at a conference like this. I hope we can get together more often.

        • When the conversation turns to the topic of preparedness, I tell them I am trying to mitigate the conditions I find myself in based on events I cannot control. That covers a lot of topics and we follow their lead, giving general advise without tipping out hat on what we are doing really and to what extent. If they want more, fine. If they think “That’s just wierd!”, fine.

          I am responsible for MY family, and as such will do what I think is best. Their negative opinion only hurts them and theirs.

          • Maybe I just live in a different world. We live in hurricane country. I have never met a person who thinks having a hurricane kit is stupid.

            • Bam Bam:

              We live on the Continental Divide and most people don’t have a real spare time, water or blankets in the car, or tire chains. They are convinced that help is a cell phone call and only minutes away, when living in the 4th largest state in the Union with just over 1 million people total, mostly in 6 areas. Not sure what word to use to describe that except stupid.

              • Wow, JP, I don’t have a blanket in my car or tire chains. I have never seen tire chains. That’s for snow, right? I do have a first aid kit, a road-side kit and water in my car. And I can walk home from work in 15 minutes. I think that to make prepping seem realistic, you need to figure out likely natural disasters in one’s area and talk about prepping from there.

                • Bam Bam,

                  Wow, JP, I don’t have a blanket in my car or tire chains. I have never seen tire chains. That’s for snow, right?

                  They sure are and although they are most useful in hilly or mountainous areas I have used them in the past. Our winter car kit contains blankets, space blankets, a sleeping bag, a candle heater, along with FAK & jumper cables and a battery power pack that can jump start the vehicle. A cell phone with charger and a AAA membership can also be handy; but, in a really bad situation like a really bad snow storm, that combination may not work all that well so it’s best to have alternates.

                  I do have a first aid kit, a road-side kit and water in my car. And I can walk home from work in 15 minutes. I think that to make prepping seem realistic, you need to figure out likely natural disasters in one’s area and talk about prepping from there.

                  It sounds like you have what you need and if you and other recall, I wrote an article about this on the other site, that just still happens to be available.
                  The very second step for starting your prepping adventure -The Threat Matrix
                  Everyone should do at least a small version of this to help buide you on you preparedness journey.

                • Blankets are useful for shock treatment if you come across an accident, but I would really be surprized to find tire chains in a FL vehicle.

                  Just FYI, some people use cable sets insead of chains, but for the same purpuse. They are lighter, cheaper, and easier to install.

                  THE most important thing in prepping, even for your vehicle, is where you are or going, absolutely!

            • Bam Bam,

              That’s the truth of it too. Of course, some folks don’t exactly create reasonably substantial hurricane kits.

              My apartment complex maintenance manager was over fixing my reefer. He commented on the cases of water I have on my kitchen’s back counter. I mentioned they were my hurricane supplies and he said, “Oh, yeah. It is that time of year again isn’t it? I guess I’d better stock up too.”

              Of course, I didn’t tell him what he saw was just part of my water stash.

              • Zulu 3-6,

                Of course, I didn’t tell him what he saw was just part of my water stash.

                While we only suffer from tornados and blizzards that do not do as much widespread damage as a hurricane, I’ve found that for my food and water stores, hide in plain site with a good explanation makes pretty good OPSEC as you did. As we age and bending gets harder, or actually the getting back up part gets harder, crawling under the bed to retrieve food and water is often much harder than just filling your shelves and telling a good story.
                I’ve even offered some of the long term stuff (like Bear Creek and Knorr pasta mixes) to people, explaining how all they need is two quarts of water and a heat source. Sometimes they take them which I hope will make them think and sometimes they recall that they don’t have a pot large enough; however, often they will see how inexpensive these things are and when they find out they are available from Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart, and Kroger’s decide to get their own.

              • Zulu,

                If we get under 10 cases of water I get nervous. We only had eight cases on hand for the last hurricane and had to go out looking for water. That will never happen again. We went to place after place, and they were sold out of water. We have a storm brewing in the Gulf right now–not much development expected, but still. I don’t want to have to bust out my Big Berkey and strain pool water.

                • Bam Bam,

                  I don’t want to have to bust out my Big Berkey and strain pool water.

                  But the important thing is that you could if you needed it and many people don’t have that capability. Prepping doesn’t mean to be huddled in a bunker, just preparing to weather events that can and sometimes do, disrupt our lives.

                • Bam Bam,

                  I’ve got more than 10 cases and I’m a single guy. I think my next big prep purchase is going to be a Big Berkey. I’ve been researching and pondering on this for a bit now and it’s time to get off the pot.

                  My complex has a nice sized pool that could do as an emergency source. There are some small lakes nearby too, although I’m not wild about the likely quality, not to mention having to tote it with my arthritis. At least the pool is a short walk from my building.

                  • Zulu 3-6,

                    I think my next big prep purchase is going to be a Big Berkey. I’ve been researching and pondering on this for a bit now and it’s time to get off the pot.

                    I looked at the Big Berkey; but, I’m simply too frugal (read as cheap) so I went with a less expensive system using a couple of food grade buckets which I have by the stacks.
                    You can purchase Berkey filters to make the system or use one of these that are sold by many vendors:
                    DIY Make Your Own Gravity Emergency Water Filter Kit with Silver Ceramic Filters
                    $23.00 plus buckets
                    These are gravity drip like the Berkey; but, I’m also building one with a Gamma Seal lid and a Schrader valve to allow pressurizing the top bucket for faster flow.
                    Note that the kit also includes the spigot to allow easy access to the filtered water.
                    The only tool needed for assembly is a drill with various bits and a crescent wrench or channel locks.

                  • I kind of like those DIY filters. You also get a generally larger capacity too. I’ll give these a good think.

                    I got curious and counted my cases of water. I have 27, 12 of which are 32 bottle cases, the rest 24 bottles. Should be adequate for the average hurricane.

                  • Zulu,

                    Check out the Texas Men’s Baptist Association water filters.

        • Almost There,
          It was so nice meeting you and I really appreciate you being with us and showing us around. We should definitely get together sometimes. I know how hard it is to do things on your own. I was on my own raising my family for a long time. Just do what you can as best you can.

      • Izzy,
        You got that right about when SHTF. That is the first thing that I said to my DH when we got home. Just wait until they need food, water, medical supplies…I’ll be the first one they will want to turn to. And yes I blasted my H (not DH) when we got home. He blamed me for opening my “big mouth” just because I thought they would be interested that we were going to a conference to learn new skills. He is intimidated by them and won’t open his mouth. No problem…I’m not saying anything anymore.

        • Terra ,

          You got that right about when SHTF. That is the first thing that I said to my DH when we got home. Just wait until they need food, water, medical supplies…I’ll be the first one they will want to turn to.

          Unfortunately that is all too common amongst preppers and those who don’t or won’t. I’ve been told many times that a person doesn’t need to prep since they have guns and know where I live. While I think it was all in good fun, I tell them that I also have guns and neighbors with guns and that they should be aware of the colored rocks around the property. They will generally have a puzzled look on their face until I tell them the rocks are yard markers so we know how to correct our aim for distance.
          When one guy heard me talk about all of my propane, he mentioned just coming and taking it, thinking it was those little 20 pound BBQ tanks and not the 3 ½ ton 1000 gallon tanks. That is why security and OPSEC should be part of every plan. You don’t necessarily live like a hermit and not discuss things with other people; but, care does need to be taken.

    • Terra,

      That really stinks that your husband didn’t stick up for you. That happened to me . . . once. The next time I was in a situation with my sister he let her have it. He shut down her toxic anger real quickly. Talk to your husband and let him know how hurt you are.

      • Bam Bam,
        How right you are, it really did stink! I did tell him how hurt I was. Maybe I should talk to him again because it is still bugging me after a week. Thanks for your advice.

    • Izzy,

      You got that right…. Unfortunately it’s been raided by the government, even enforcing the one child rule… And they have started allowing tourists there. You know once that happens, that can’t be kept a secret for long. Thank the Lord for the American who helped them with electricity and schooling while it lasted. Too bad his legacy didn’t continue.

      Did MD ever send you my contact information? If not, MD, could you please send Izzy my contact information? Thank You.

      • Almost there; I think the Chinese will back off of them. After the money ran out for the trolley, tourism slowed down, so maybe the govt. won’t see any benefit in displacing the residents. Tourism ruins a lot of places.

        Missouri has some seriously huge caves that are totally untouched…basically. I know of several that will make good hidey holes if need be. Amazing what you can find when you go spelunking.

        • Izzy,

          I could never go spelunking. I can get claustrophobic pretty quickly. Can barely take getting an MRI…. and CANNOT stand it where I can’t move my hands. That’s why I didn’t pursue being a plumber… HA…. Not crawling in tight spaces to fix something.

          • Almost There,

            I could never go spelunking. I can get claustrophobic pretty quickly. Can barely take getting an MRI…. and CANNOT stand it where I can’t move my hands.

            In my 20’s and early 30’s I loved spelunking. Carter county KY and Greenbrier county WVA have some wonderful wild caves. I don’t know if I’m physically fit to do it now, since crawling on my belly for hundreds of yards would be a lot more work than 30-40 years ago; however, it might still be fun with new gear. Back then we were still using the old brass carbide miner’s lamps, carrying extra water and carbide in plastic baby bottles, since battery head lamps were heavy and dull. I now have amazing LED battery lamps that are brighter and lighter than those old brass lamps and would not require carrying the extra lamp support gear.

            That’s why I didn’t pursue being a plumber… HA…. Not crawling in tight spaces to fix something.

            I used to do all of my own plumbing; but, crawling in places like under the kitchen sink are just to darned hard at my age, and that’s just the cold hard facts. I can get into place to see and fix things and those same headlamps are helpful; but, getting back out and onto my feet is getting harder by the day.

    • Ugh, me live in cave……

  36. Bacon Alert – Bacon roses just in time for mother’s day… Who’da thunk…

    https://www.bing.com/search?q=bacon+roses&form=IENTHT&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&refig=bb6e9c2e914b4ab5add2109beec19d1f

  37. I’m really late it’s Sunday, and were going to drive to my brothers for a mothers day early lunch. I found a few sales on soup, cheese shreds, coffee. Our weather, has finally turned very nice here upper 70’s so everything is popping up. I have to replant a couple of pots nothing is comming up in them so i’ll have to figure out what to do. I have quite a few lettuce plants, and spinch, is going gang busters, and my potatos are popping up I’m excited to see how well, they do this year. We got the travel trailer opened up and cleaned the inside of the dust that settled, got everything up and running. We’re going to borrow my dad’s truck to finally get rid of the last few things that need to go to the dump. I need to kill off Ivy, I need to figure what I can use besides posion, I will cut it out but putting something on the roots maybe hot vinager??? Also getting rid of my pile of yard waste take it to the green clean so lots of work for the next few weeks. Well, have a wonderful mothers day to all us moms… Cheers.

  38. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms! I became a (step)mom for the first time at age 56 (looooong story! What can I say, he was a sailor. 🙂 ). Couldn’t be happier about it. Grandbaby #2 on the way.

    Trimmed 3 lb of fiddleheads that hubby brought home from a picker who frequents his VFW club. Now getting ready to blanch and freeze them. Fiddleheads are quite the springtime delicacy here in the frozen north. The picker said the season has already passed by in central Maine – a good sign that spring has truly arrived! – and these came from about 40 mi north of here. I’ll leave y’all to google it. :).

    Been trying to pick away at getting-the-house-ready-for-sale projects, but I came down with a cold a week ago Friday, so that has kind of sapped my energy. Can’t complain, first time I’ve been sick all winter, and I missed the flu this year. I had a doctor friend write us prescriptions for Tamiflu last fall ahead of an airplane ride/trip to Mexico, so I’m sure that had a lot to do with it – we were prepared so the flu stayed away.

    Topped off our Roth IRAs for the year a few weeks ago and finally got the money invested today.

    Pulled a few things out of canned-good storage that I was pretty sure we wouldn’t eat (Progresso tomato soup gives me awful heartburn) and left them out for yesterday’s Postal Service food drive.

    Keep on keepin’ on, all.

  39. Still here! Completed the 60 mile yesterday in a little under 4.5 hrs. Average speed was a little lower than I wanted (14.7 mph), but I’ll attribute it to the 93 degree temps during the last 20 or so miles. Legs started cramping every few miles once I hit the 48 mile mark and it caused me to slow a bit. 100 miler is next in store, but I won’t be looking to maintain a 15 mph speed. If I can complete in 8 hrs with BOB on my back I’ll be satisfied.

    Luna glass crock weights arrived. Look good and will definitely clean easier than the ceramic weights.

    Just looked at my eggplants. Already getting buds so I expect to see some little fruits soon. Can’t wait to grill some nice eggplant slices!

    • GOSH!!! IRONMAN… I mean Mustang…. You made me tired just reading your post…. That is amazing…. 100 miles in one day?? Are you hiking or riding a bike?

  40. I so enjoy reading everyone’s posts and interactions, y’all have me laughing and praying…

    I was going to hold off on planting the tomato starts outside, repot them and harden them off. But the weather here in central OH has been so good, I’m skipping the repotting and just going to plant. (I’m originally from NE OH, where Memorial weekend is traditional planting time, and that’s usually done me well down here, but every year is different). The past couple of years, I container gardened with saved, marked down veg/herbs from the local Kroger I work at. Today, I finally perused our garden ‘center’ (it ain’t what it used to be), and all they had was tomato plants and a few pepper plants, no herbs, no other veg at all. BUT I noticed that at least some were heirloom varieties (not that the average Joe or Jane REALLY knows what that means–but in my semi rural area, it does, I know because I admin a local homesteading FB group).

    So, even tho I am working the next 6 days in a row (for a weekend off to enjoy the ARCA race in Toledo this coming weekend) we will be busy planting.

    I would like to put forth that if any of the WolfPack from OH would like to network, I am open to having my email shared. I know roughly where TOP is, not real close, but close enough. Never hurts to have like minded friends!

    Happy Mothers Day, and hope everyone has a great week!

    • Grammyprepper,

      I was going to hold off on planting the tomato starts outside, repot them and harden them off. But the weather here in central OH has been so good, I’m skipping the repotting and just going to plant. (I’m originally from NE OH,

      Your general locations caught my eye, since I’m in Central Oh & the youngest boy lives in Parma (NE Ohio). Perhaps we could actually have a face to face meetup sometime. If that would be a possibility, you can click on my name and send me an email via a link on that site. We could be hours away or maybe even neighbors.
      If you send the email just be sure to mention this site and your Nom De Plume (Grammyprepper). The DW is out of state this past week and next; but, will be back and I’m hoping to get at least some garden planted this upcoming week. I regularly talk with some here on the phone and others via email; but, it would be great to meet someone from this forum, other than BlackBQI who is a friend and local farmer.

      • Grammyprepper,
        Another thing on vegetable plants. If you have a Rural King near you, they have a good variety and what we plan to plant this year. They had tomatoes; but, also several of the cabbage family such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Hoping to get the greenhouse up and going in the next few weeks, since I’ve lined up some help assembling it from a friend who already has one and another who purchased one for his DW as a mother’s day gift, so we will hopefully be able to start seeds more easily next year. And BTW, traditional last frost day here is May 15 and that’s looking pretty good right now.

  41. My garden is growing by leaps and bounds this part of the Ozark’s skipped spring we got about 2 days and then here comes summer, was 88 today. We put in eggplant & broccoli this year for the first time in many years hope we get a good crop along with the usual tomatoes,peppers,sugar peas, beans & onions. Had someone say ” isn’t that a lot of work?” well yes it is, but do you want to eat healthy or not? I don’t say to much about prepping if they don’t say something that leads me to believe they are a least like minded I say nothing about it. Mumm’s the word. In a SHTF situation I don’t need them on my door step.

    DH is about the same, he had a real bad time last night, hope he does much better tonight. He wanted to get up for MD and see out the big window in the LR so with some help from DGS we got him in the recliner for most of the afternoon he had some color in his face and he enjoyed all the grands and our children hope it gave him some enjoyment.

    Read someone was putting Epson salts on their tomatoes why?, what does it do for them???

    Prayers for the pack.

  42. Been quite busy the last 2 weeks getting both parents settled into a small assisted living home near their house in Tucson. The 4 hour drive each way is hard on this ole girl. The transition went well with the help of hospice and previous caregivers, but I am certainly exhausted. So the few preps I did were to buy 2 extra cases of TP from Costco, carry home more medical supplies from parents’ home, and attend our pod meeting to form a covenant and core value list that we all plan to live by. In the process of meeting, we realize that our first priority is safety. That said, we don’t have enough manpower to protect the size of this place 24/7. So the ones we would welcome “later” would be ones that are marksmen and young enough to do some hand shoveling for several hours….The various members are bringing out their boxes and buckets and tubs of clothes and linens to store here. Consequently, my H is now converting a building we used as a studio to hold more stuff…. people included. I guess he just has to have another building project. When he feels good it is amazing what he can accomplish in a 6 hour day! One member will be programming our had held radios to the same frequency soon.
    I have printed off maps for my friend with a working vehicle to know my route home should I get stranded in Tucson or anywhere far from home. The difficult thing is, my walking/ horseback riding route would take me where cars don’t go…along various rivers, through the mountains. I cannot possibly cross the desert and sleep with the rattlers! No trees tall enough to hang a hammock from! I am also walking more to get into better shape now that I’m not sitting in a car every week for several days.
    I just gotta do what I can and hope the Lord has me at home when the big one hits. But I plan to be prepared either way… cause I kinda like to be safe.
    Glad to hear everyone is finally getting their gardens in. We could sure some of that endless rain you all had back east out here in AZ!

  43. New meaning of word – Halfbacks – Making prices go sky high. There’s no place to hide…. 🙁

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/retirement/in-small-town-appalachia-the-retirees-come-from-down-south/ar-AAxiNLB?ocid=ientp

    • Almost There,

      New meaning of word – Halfbacks – Making prices go sky high. There’s no place to hide….

      That’s an interesting article; but, Blue Ridge GA has been a spot for wealthy people for at least 35 years. Back in 1974 a college friend of mine and I went to Linville Gorge Wilderness areain North Carolina. We first headed down to Blue Ridge and spent 3 days an 2 nights with his elderly aunt. While there she took us around to meet some of her friends who had marvelous homes, with one being a retired Xerox executive. We were told to use their pool and when I said I hadn’t brought a suit, I was told to look in the pool house and you’ll find something that fits. These were people who could have probably bought me with their pocket change; but, were not at all pretentious or snooty and were genuinely nice people. We backpacked and rock climbed for three days at the gorge and had a great time in a place where we only saw three other people the whole time we were there.
      I hadn’t thought of this for years until I read that article, and unfortunately, the places to hide are getting more rare, depending on your definition.
      Being discovered is not something you really want to happen to your area, in which case maybe Penrod should move to TN and leave Ohio alone, LOL.

      • OP and AT – there is quite a bit of truth to the story. While OP is right in that the area has attracted the wealthy for many years, it was not until more recently that the development started. We actually avoid that part of the state due to the 4 lane highway, traffic lights, and fast food restaurants. Most of the lights and restaurants have happened in the last ten years. Locals can benefit from there being more jobs available but homes and land do cost more. As for infrastructure, most are on well water and septic systems, so it’s mostly roads being affected.

    • Almost There,
      I was watching Varney & Company on the Fox Business channel this morning and they mentioned and described the Halfbacks. It’s a financial show and they have recently been talking about the migration of people and companies from the high tax states to the low tax states.
      There’s a big problem in Seattle where the liberals in charge of the city think they can solve the homeless problem with more money and have instated a head tax of $275.00 on each employee of companies with gross incomes of $20M or more. In Seattle that accounts for 150,000 jobs, with many being high volume, low margin places like groceries & restaurants.
      The $275 (down from the originally proposed $500) will cost businesses $41,250,000 in total that the city fathers are going to use to build low income housing for the homeless. They never learn.