Homesteading and Preps For The Week: May 5, 2018

Well folks, here we are again. It’s been a beautiful week here in Tennessee with plenty of sun, however, according to the local weather forecast rain is on the way. I love the rain but not the grass mowing that comes after that last drop falls to the ground and the sun pops back out from behind the clouds. Growth rate looks like three or more inches in only a couple of hours after a rain.

As you all know I recently had trouble with my tiller but thankfully got it fixed and this week I managed to finally get my garden area tilled up and ready to plant. Next year I’m going to go with raised beds instead of row planting though because it’s less work once set up and in my experience more productive.

Another thing that I’ve been working on and plan to release next Saturday is my new product “The Bulletproof Survivor – Homesteading and Prepping for Troubled Times and Beyond”

 

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Well, folks, that’s it for me this week. What about you… what were your homesteading and preps for the week?

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197 Comments

  1. I was lucky to find 14 qt and 1 half gallon used mason jars cheap. Also hit a good clearance sale and bought ODS some good T and cotton shirts for summer. I wanted other storage food items but sales have been few and far between lately, mostly just ‘featured’ items.

    Our chest colds are very slowly clearing up and we have to limit how much work we do so we don’t exhaust ourselves and bring on bad coughing spells. Many friends and acquaintances suffered with it.

    We got lots of rain this week that washed away the last of the snow and I was finally able to start clearing garden rubbish like dead stalks, excess leaves, etc. Friday we had very strong winds buffeting everything and shook still more branches from trees. The spring lion really roared.

    • Gloria – I ended up with Bronchitis this year and have used more than I’ve needed it in years. I also had to take a round of steroids but it worked. May you and yours heal quickly.

      • It does feel like bronchitis, which I’ve had before, and I’m trying to stay away from prescription drugs if possible. But if it persists, I might have to go that route. I’m hoping the now warmer weather will help.

        • Gloria,
          I don’t know your age and it really doesn’t matter. However, don’t let this thing linger. The year before retiring, I carrying around a dose of bronchitis all year. All I could do was cough and wheeze. I may have had a mild fever. I just felt like a truck had run over me. I’d go to the pharmacy and pick up OTC drugs or sometimes, just try to tough it out. I retired the first time sometime in September, 2011. I was on a project in the Southeast. I got home my wife took one look at me and made an appointment with the doctor. I went that day. The doctor immediately put me in the hospital in what they called the “pre-CU’ unit. I was put on IV antibiotics and fluids for the first 3 days of the stay. Seems my bronchitis had advanced to a good case of pneumonia, and somehow along the line, they found I had idiopathic thrombocytopenia, ITP. That is a blood disorder where you spleen destroys the platelets. All this because I tried to tough it out and stay on the job.
          Bottom line, take care of yourself. You only have one life and it belongs to your family.

          • That is some of the best advice I have seen. As we age, there is less margin for error and we do not fight these things off the way we did at younger ages. It is not a good idea to allow them to linger and perhaps cause worse problems.

            • I can attest to that. I’ve never been one to get sick or have it hang around. I’m 60 and I had bronchitis and it took two weeks to get better. I still feel like it is lingering. I go for my yearly physical next week so I can discuss with the doctor than.

              • I wish I cud lick bronchitis in only 2 weeks! Day 43 – but, then, I also am asthmatic, so… have

          • Oren ,

            Bottom line, take care of yourself. You only have one life and it belongs to your family.

            I agree and I personally think it’s a guy thing. I see too many guys who somehow can’t be bothered going to the doctor or think they can tough it out. I was having my annual visit to my ophthalmologist a few weeks ago and he was amazed that my condition has persisted for15 years and I was still being treated. My first bout of this was from a piece of plaque that came loose from my carotid artery and ended up causing a stroke to one of my eyes by cutting off the blood flow. This was back in 2000 and the other eye was affected in 2003. My doc told me that they now have statistics on this type of retinal arterial occlusion (blockage) and that many people, who have them, die within 5 years. In my case, I had high cholesterol and heart disease and was being treated for those conditions prior to the event; but, often, an event to the eye like I had is the first sign of a problem, and it may have already advanced too far to be adequately treated.
            My point to all of this is that we have medical knowledge and treatments that can benefit us all, and prescription medications and procedures are part of that mix. While it’s nice to know alternative means of treatment, like using herbals, those should IMHO be kept for emergencies where modern treatment is not available, which would be primarily in emergencies.
            I recently saw a statistic that hypochondriacs live longer than their non hypochondriac counterparts, and that was attributed to seeing a doctor often enough to catch disease processes in the early stages.
            As we get older, that routine well check to the doctor (required under Medicare) can be a life saver and life extender.

            • I have been sicker with this cold than I was with the flu… took shots and meds, but it lingered on and on, now I am so better, I was afraid I was getting Pneumonia. coughing spells and very congested, never had a cold like this, It too remined me of bronchitis .

        • If you have a diffuser put peppermint oil, or frankinsence and Myrrh in the diffuser and run those. I alterate these and it keeps our chests clear in spite of allergies to all the pollens and junk in the air..

      • I’m just getting over bronchitis – day 43. The older we get, the harder it becomes to overcome!

        • LTD,

          I used to get bronchitis at least twice a year while I was smoking. I quit in 1992 and have had bronchitis maybe twice since then. However, when I get it, it’s a doozy. Luckily, I haven’t had it in almost ten years.

    • I got the flu in January and pneumonia quickly followed. I was down for six weeks. Luckily this was over Christmas break. I had no choice but to see the doctor. I had a temperature of 103.7. I was incoherent and couldn’t sleep because of the coughing. Fortunately, one of dh’s good friends is a GP. He got me in quickly and put me on some very strong drugs.

  2. Prepared Grammy

    I just started a couple of raised beds last year, and I like them.

    This Week:

    I know it’s just a symbolic gesture, but my county in Illinois has been declared a sanctuary city for firearms. DH made the comment that he feels like it’s the start of a new civil war.

    A friend’s 21 year old daughter just downloaded a music app and got quite a shock. Four hours of her private conversations were recorded. (Ordering at a chain restaurant, talking to her dad, etc.) She’s totally creeped out and realizes that nothing is really private now.

    -Added to the stockpile: condiments, spices, bread flour, canned vegetables, rice,

    -Goats: Disbudded all four kids. Banded two of the bucklings and left the other intact. He looks like he’ll make a good buck.

    -Chickens: Lots of the eggs I donated to classrooms are hatching! The teacher across the hall is giving the chicks to me since I gave her the eggs. I’m still trying to decide how many to take. A coworker will take some too.

    -Homestead: It looks like we’ve fixed the leak. Pond is quickly filling up. Planted two peach trees, another apple tree, and three blueberry bushes.

    -Garden: Planted beets, radishes, carrots, green beans, corn, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes, herbs,

    -Information: Lots of reading about gardening, beekeeping, and goats.

    -Health: LASIK is a 100% success! I’m seeing wonderfully well.

    -Skills: This was my first time disbudding a goat.

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

    • On the disbudding, keep an eye out for what are called scurs. This happens when not quite all the horn bud is equally cauterized, and a small section of horn tries to grow back. It can curl and dig into the goats skull, over time. Just an FYI. Good job though. Many people cringe when they hear the kid hollering when they get disbudded, and chicken out, and don’t do it anymore. I have a scar on the side of my head that says I should have done my kids when I had the chance. Fortunately he didn’t hit my eye.

      • Jesse Mathewson

        Prepared Grammy, always enjoy your posts you live the life for sure. And that you remain in the land of my birth *Aurora Il* is additionally amazing, before we moved this direction many many years ago our neighbors in Il, had full auto firearms “legally” and NO ONE had an issue with it

        • Prepared Grammy

          No one in the southern part of the state minds, but Cook County seems to think more control will solve the problem. After all, it’s such a success with them. :/

    • Prepared Grammy ,

      I know it’s just a symbolic gesture, but my county in Illinois has been declared a sanctuary city for firearms. DH made the comment that he feels like it’s the start of a new civil war.

      What does this mean? People with firearms are immune from the law or no firearms allowed? Just wondering, since the term as used here could mean nearly anything.

      A friend’s 21 year old daughter just downloaded a music app and got quite a shock. Four hours of her private conversations were recorded. (Ordering at a chain restaurant, talking to her dad, etc.) She’s totally creeped out and realizes that nothing is really private now.

      It’s possible to have privacy; but, you have to understand the technology well enough to ensure it. I have several encryption tools that I can use to communicate with others via voice or email that can do that; but, to simply assume anything is private is rather naïve.

      • Prepared Grammy

        My county believes in Second Amendment rights. We are not agreeing to any restrictions the state may impose.

        • Prepared Grammy,

          My county believes in Second Amendment rights. We are not agreeing to any restrictions the state may impose.

          Good for you. Our large cities have what is known as home rule; but, that was overridden by our CHL law, meaning that CHL cannot be restricted by any lesser jurisdictions who try to override a general law. Several municipalities took their cases clear to the Ohio Supreme Court and lost.
          I watched the president’s speech on TV to the NRA National Convention in Dallas and that speech I suspect is making a lot of the leftists even queasier.
          They then had his speech to a business roundtable in Cleveland, where local residents and businesses got to speak their minds. More than a few mentioned to the president that he should tel Nancy Pelosi that the hundreds of extra dollars per paycheck and the thousands of dollars in bonuses are not “crumbs”.

        • Prepared Grammy; Just my opinion, but Chicago seems to think IT is the state. It has been the bastion of socialism/Marzism/communism since Capone days. I was so glad to get out of northern IL.

    • Prepared Grammy

      MD,
      I want to pre-order the CD. How do I do that?

  3. Just a few things this week – ordered and received the following:

    – graviola leaves (for storage)
    – “Turn This Book into a Beehive” for Mason Bees
    – Curtains for our bedroom

    We also ordered some Christmas gifts for the daughters that will arrive in a few days. I tend to pick up smaller items throughout the year.

    Garden is finally ready for planting today before the possibility of rain arrives this evening. This is three weeks later than normal for us.

    That’s about all for the week. Prayers for all, especially those in need.

    • Prepared Grammy

      I was late in planting my garden too. It’s been wet here, and I didn’t get everything planted before even more rain. Oh, well. I’ll finish when it dries up again.

  4. Jesse Mathewson

    It has been a good week. Should be recieving my 20 gallon water distilling system soon… in addition everything is in bloom which is a good sign in southern az, planting has begun on late spring items and hoping for a better year growing-

    Chickens are laying gangbusters and one is brooding which means possibility of more layers.

    • Hey, Jesse! Do u grow prickly pear cactus? I’m sure u know it’s a food source – but did u know it’s also an important natural medicine? Did u know u can sell it? I see it on ebay.

      I have a small one growing in a container, as the AL Shoals is supposed to be too cold to grow prickly pear cactus.

      So, where did I get mine? From a lady growing it, not far away. She has a HUGE plant w/lots of “babies” growing outdoors where it should not. And it survives winter here!

      • Jesse Mathewson

        Livingthedream, I dont grow them they are wild and grow very very large, I do harvest regularly… several hundred pounds a year without touching the vast majority- I will try and put some pictures of patches in this area.

      • Jesse Mathewson

        Livingthedream, I would hesitate to transplant it- I have no doubt that most cacti in arizona could in fact with minor babying for first year grow anywhere. They are downright hardy – and while we do not get months of cold, a few days/weeks of sub zero often hit and the cacti are still solid!

        • I know of some places people have brought it into Zone 7 a-b. It grows well here..does well in spite of cool winters. My Great Aunt had a bunch and she was trying to thin it out…used a tractor to move large sections of it… just ended up moving it… LOL

  5. As was said above pretty week in Tn. but rain is here for a few days. Had a “weed” come up in my garden that looked interesting this year so I just left it alone . It bloomed this week and I said ok now I know what you are . Camomile! I am bad about letting seeds be . Which is why you see clovers , rocks , jimpsom , lambs quarters and wood so real all over the place.
    Planted okra and readied a bed for beans this week .
    Spent yesterday morning harvesting cat brier to serve at a 0430034 meeting this afternoon . That is it for me this week.

    • Wood so real? Wood Sorrell?Jimpson? Jimsonweed, aka, “Devil’s Snare”? too funny!

    • I have all kinds of weeds in my yard and the hubby mostly doesn’t spray in the back yard or near anything edible. I picked dandelions this year and want to try cleavers eventually. One thing at a time. I have other projects on my plate for now.

    • Fixit,

      “I am bad about letting seeds be.” LOL I have squash looking plants coming up in my flower garden and I am not sure what they are–watermelon, yellow squash, zucchini squash or spaghetti squash. I dumped out my compost in this area. So they could be anything. The plants look really healthy.

  6. Jesse Mathewson

    The anthology will be an amazing addition plus the books to any library! Solid!

  7. Good Morning Pack / homesteaders!
    Been very busy the last few weeks trying to get the homestead ready for spring. We actually had a snow “storm” last week and then it was 60* so it’s really been messing with any schedule we planed (LOL planned schedule with Mother nature Right?). We did FINALLY get our land turned over for planting 30 acres of corn, it’s the first turn over and 2 more will be coming but so far behind. Have started seeds in pots and more to go just feel like I’m running against the wind and not getting anywhere. Made soap, cleaned up garbage from winter storms, moved and stacked 90% of the wood that was seasoning (we went threw 16 face cord of wood the most EVER for a winter!), pigs processed and in the freezers, planted 75 pine tree saplings and 25 more to go, fertilized all the fruit and nut trees with organic fertilizer and have 16 fruit bushes to plant but will do that this week as I have found a spot on our land that cannot be seen from any neighbors (Opsec you know 😉 ). DH has been talking to some people who have 55 hives and they are going to help him get setup with his own pair of hives and help him through everything he needs to know on bee keeping. I’ve decided not to get goats this spring as I just don’t have the time and since I won’t have children at home starting in the fall (HUGE HELPERS) I won’t have the time to dedicate to them and that is not fair to the goats. I have a lot of projects to start and finish up and that is what I’ll be doing this summer THEN hopefully I will be doing goats as my time will be better. We finally received our tax appraisal and they dropped us 20,000 dollars and correctly figured our AG discount so we should see our tax bill go down which will mean less money payout to our mortgage company for escrow YES!!!
    Puupies have discovered a wood chuck on the property and are determined to get it. They make a bee line for the area everytime I let them out and they stay there and they go from 1 hole to the other trying to dig it out – looks like the “baby JZ” has the hunter/killer instinct after all LOL.
    DH has done several repairs on the vehicles and we are now looking for another vehicle for DD as she will be commuting to school now as she no longer will be dorming. She figured it out and even with paying rent, driving and eating at home she’ll save herself 10,000 a yr and she won’t have to do any loans so YEA!! Still working 2 jobs so between the jobs and homesteading been too busy to even be online.
    Hope all is well with the “pack” and blessings / prayers to our people in Camo and Blue! PEACE

    • JD,

      Same here with no adding to the already full plate of things to get done this year. I have to get rid of stuff, get rid of my storage units, and get all my preps organized. So…. not planting anything this year. If I want to can anything, I will just buy it. I am too disorganized and need to get organized so I know what I have and what I still need.

      My friend and I will be having a yard sale in June, so hoping to get rid of a lot of stuff at that time, and hopefully a little more before then using FB MP.

      Might make some raised beds for hoops after seeing the class on year round gardening this weekend.

  8. We have sunshine and above freezing weather and the rain this week helped get rid of the rest of the snow. It also took us out of the wildfire red zone, but in my area we are still at high risk for fires. Am reorganizing our bobs with that in mind.

    Ordered my husband a Hiluckey solar charger (the one that Jesse reviewed about a month ago) because he liked the one I bought for me. It came in this week and he loves it. In fact, I showed it to my 5 year old grandson when he was looking for a plug in for his tablet (yeah, awfully young, but this nonna couldn’t resist for Christmas) and now his dad wants one as well as a daughter and a granddaughter. This Christmas looks to be a solar tech one.

    I am readying my plants and porch for container planting. The cauliflower, broccoli, and some cabbages are ready to go in. I’m also getting the front yard ready for raised beds. My husband wants to participate in the garden this year instead of looking at everything from the front porch. He is learning to use a rollator walker so he can get out on the ground this summer. He will still need to have a gait belt on and be supervised with the walking. He is working with a pt in doing his exercises to improve his standing and to strengthen his legs. He aches but is happy to do what he needs to do to participate as much as he can in the garden. And the porch will be finished this spring, covered ramp and rails and steps on the sides. Yippee!

    As I am posting this, I am looking out my living room window and seeing glorious sunshine. God Bless, everyone. Have a good week.

    • cgbascom – bless you! Sounds like you have your hands full. My MIL lived with us for 7 years, during which I cared for her in similar circumstances. I get it.

      There is one company in particular you may want to look at for excellent raised bed choices:
      https://www.gardeners.com

      If you can’t buy from them, you can get some excellent ideas.

      Best wishes to you and your brave DH for wanting to be part of the solution! Attitude is half the battle!

  9. I, too, got my okra planted this week—along with seminole pumpkins and more pigeon peas. Did some dehydrating, lots of banana slices and also in the other machine I dried oregano. Right now, I’m staring at a counter covered in tomatoes, so I guess it will be salsa time here when the rains start. (Supposed be a rainy weekend here in Florida.) Oh, I made a really nice mozzarella cheese a couple of days ago! Had to share it with my son’s family so I wouldn’t eat the whole thing. Learning how to be self sufficient NOW will make for an easy minimal transition should things get hairy. I’m a loving this whole homesteading thing. Blessings to all!

  10. Puppy is an eating,playing machine….LOL. I think he caught a chipmunk the other day but all that was left was the tail.

    Renewed a 5 year membership with the NRA while watching the speeches in Texas. How cool!

    Garden is doing great tomato plants are blooming and tasted some of the green leaf lettuce. So much better than store bought.
    Planted spinach, radishes,more bush beans, pickling cucumbers.

    Cut more grass, beating back the forest is hard work. Also did some aeration and weed control.

    Made leads for adding an external battery to the solar generator from an old car battery charger that died.

    Kind of worried about all the explosions at refineries and the chemical plants after 600 lbs of dynamite was stolen in Pennsylvania.

    Hope everyone is safe in Hawaii with the volcano and earthquake.

  11. Gardening began, with 3 days of beautiful weather. Finally!
    Ordered, received & planted 2 Yacon plants from ebay. These are very nice plants, well worth the $. Do some research on Yacon – produces inulin, good for Type 2 Diabetes and hypoglycemia. Thus, may prove a “medicine replacement” post-IHTF.
    Got long-leaf (Bloomsdale) spinach planted; supposed to be good in warmer regions. Also got this seed off ebay @ good price, as heirloom seed seller sold out.. One of my favorite ways to prepare spinach is to simply saute it in olive oil with garlic and serve as a side veggie, when I don’t eat it raw.
    One variety of heirloom corn planted. 2 more to go. Have Blue Hopi and Japanese Hulless popcorn to seed out yet.
    Due to all the sickness and poor weather from Jan-April, I did not get seeds started. No worries. Picked up heirloom tomato plants @ Rural King on sale – pack of 6 for $1.50. But we got the bonus! Our little 6-pack actually contained a total of 11 plants! Not all of them the same size, of course, and that’s okay, as they will grow and produce at different rates.
    Picked up a new tip on growing tomato plants from seeds indoors. Use a fan on them, for about 5-10 minutes, twice a day. Apparently, this strengthens the plant stem. Outdoors, the wind moves them. Indoors, you need to add wind. The movement of the plant actually forces the plant to become more “erect”, strengthening the plant.
    Of course, most growers also know to pick off those little “suckers” that appear between tomato plant stems. These pull nutrients unnecessarily to areas that won’t produce fruit. Remove them so the energy can go where it is needed in the plant.
    And Miracle Gro – just had this discussion with a man yesterday who is trying to learn to grow organically. Miracle Gro is NOT organice. Nor should you ever use it on tomatoes. It is the wrong kind of fertilizer for most veggies, in fact. You will get lots of beautiful greenery, and little to no fruit. Or, fruit that is small.
    Bees are doing great! Still feeding them, as we don’t have anything growing to speak of that would serve as food supply, other than a little clover here and there. Seeded out two large flower gardens for them – bee balm, Echinacea, a.k.a., Purple Coneflower (for tea), and lots of Russian Black Mammoth sunflowers. The RBM sunflower produces a dinner-plate size head with lots of great black oil seeds. Good for human food, expelling for oil, winter bird seed, etc.
    Roses are in bloom. Will gather rose hips later in season from them – also for tea, rich in Vitamin C.
    Weather has warmed enough I could move one-week old chicks from house to greenhouse, with red warming light, of course.
    Yard sale season has begun! Woo-hoo! Picked up some nice bargains, including a battery-powered emergency flashing light; a rechargeable cordless screwdriver, and a NIB one-pot propane camp stove; hard cover books, etc.
    Starting to prepare for “Always Ready” Emergency Preparedeness Class at our church June 2. Haven’t done one in a while, so, it’s time.
    Raining right now. Hopefully, we’ll have more beautiful days to follow. It’s all good!

    • LTD, I’ve used miracle grow on small tomato plants before as well as miracle grow soil with amazing results. I had so many cherry tomatoes and Roma tomatoes I was impressed. I had a Roma plant that looked like a Christmas tree covered in fruit. I do use an organic tomato fertilizer that is impressive called Mater Magic.

      The fan makes sense on different levels. Thanks for the idea.

      • Interesting, Thor. Did u use miracle grow formulated for tomatoes? It’s still not organic, but, it will work, if all u want is fruit & r not worried about what’s in it. But the “regular” Miracle Gro will produce the results first mentioned, as will the planting soils infused with it. Seen it, many times.

        Glad u like the “tip”!

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE0v-7Eveck

      How to make your own Miracle Grow for pennies.

      • Oh, no! Using ammonia…or putting something that goes on ur food supply into a bottle that held anti-freeze? There r many NATURAL & organic things from ur kitchen, things u can just buy, without adding chemicals to ur food supply.

        Here’s one source: http://www.spray-n-grow.com

        Monterey products r good. U can sometimes but these off-the-shelf @ Stuff Mart.

        • LTD, yeah growing food in cow poop is better….LOL

          I guess either way we eat crap and die…..LOL

        • Livinthedream ,

          Oh, no! Using ammonia…or putting something that goes on ur food supply into a bottle that held anti-freeze? There r many NATURAL & organic things from ur kitchen, things u can just buy, without adding chemicals to ur food supply.

          While I agree that the reuse of an antifreeze container without thorough cleaning could be a bad thing; since, standard antifreeze (ethylene glycol or propylene glycol) are completely water soluble, the container can easily be completely cleaned to reuse. I would not want to use it for direct food storage; but, to mix the mixture as shown in the video should be fine.
          As for ammonia, it is a natural compound and is used for fertilizer all of the time. Anhydrous ammonia (NH3) is injected directly into soil to provide nitrogen for the plants. While a bit messier, chicken manure is used to do the same thing and degrades into ammonia, albeit with a bit more phosphorus content and more possibility for bacterial contamination.
          As for adding chemicals to our food supply, everything, including distilled water is a chemical and NATURAL means nothing, unless you count lead, arsenic, botulinum toxin, and snake or bee venom.
          We all too often toss out words like “chemical” being bad or ”NATURAL” being good, and that is simply not the case.

          • OP, the point here is to get people steered toward CLEAN FOOD. While I do not have a science degree, nor am I an engineer, I have spent many years studying our food supply & its effects.

            I am going to disagree that washing out a plastic bottle will remove all antifreeze – it is a very thick chemical compound. Plastic “breathes”, and it porous, so it readily absorbs everything u put in it. It wud be impossible to remove all chemical trace. I suppose this comes down to whether one is comfortable with knowingly & willingly consuming ANY amount of chemical in our food supply. I am not. I can’t control what other food suppliers do – but I can control what I do. So can everyone else.

            I’m also going to disagree that ammonia is a safe fertilizer.

            I come from a long line of farmers, cattle ranchers, & hog farmers. I know how it’s done “conventionally”. I also know the price they paid for those chemicals & methods.

            I have also worked as an Ombudsman in a senior living center & as a volunteer on a so-called “Alzheimer’s” ward. I believe much of what we see today is the direct result of what we consume. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT (and what we drink).

            Post-IHTF, the last thing people need is health issues that cud have been avoided, had they only known.

            • Livinthedream; You are absolutely correct about washing out plastic antifreeze containers. There is a reason certain chemicals are stored in plastic and it isn’t because the containers can be “thoroughly” washed out.

              As for ammonia, some ammonia is beneficial for plant growth. But, as with most modern chemical products, it is overdone. Ammonia that comes from urea is beneficial and has been for centuries. Human urine is a great fertilizer.

              Re: Alzheimers. I also believe it can be prevented to a certain degree. Yes, modern chemicals have contributed to a number of diseases.

              • Good to hear from u, Izzy! How are you?

                • I am healing…slowly, but sure…for now. Thanks for asking Livinthedream.

                  Do you live on the Shoals area? Gorgeous area.

                  • I do, indeed, live in the Alabama Shoals, Izzy. And you are correct – it IS a beautiful place! We are in the Appalachian foothills, so you get mountains – small mountains, but, mountains. I personally prefer them to larger mountains, and I’ve spent time in both.

                    The water is clear and there is plenty of it. Lots of outdoor activities – hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, swimming – and for golfers, the Robert Trent Jones Trail, of course!
                    It’s a very inexpensive place to live. The people are warm and friendly, and very pro-2nd Amendment.

                    Of course, it’s part of The Tennessee Valley: NE MS, North AL, and SE TN.

                    And there’s always room for more “good people”, Izzy!

            • Livinthedream,

              OP, the point here is to get people steered toward CLEAN FOOD. While I do not have a science degree, nor am I an engineer, I have spent many years studying our food supply & its effects.

              Once again we need to define terms. What exactly is CLEAN FOOD?
              The terms natural and organic have been thrown around for years and at least we now have a legal definition of what organic means.

              If you see the “USDA Organic” or “Certified Organic” seal on your food, the item must have an ingredients list and the contents should be 95% or more certified organic, meaning free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes, and must not be processed using industrial solvents

              Even this definition is IMHO a bit lacking, since it’s only 95% and doesn’t really define industrial solvents
              For instance: Liquid Carbon Dioxide or Supercritical CO 2 is an important commercial and industrial solvent. It is used to remove the caffeine from coffee beans to make decaffeinated coffee with the caffeine collected and sold to add to soft drinks and pharmaceuticals. As it warms up, it completely vaporizes back to the CO2 in the air and does not leave a trace in the food. Even a basic understanding of chemistry would help everyone discern the difference between good, benign, and harmful chemicals, and any analysis should include this basic understanding. From what I have seen over the years, no one on this forum is stupid, and with Google, YouTube, and other freely available resources, anyone can keep learning this information and do their own analysis.

              I am going to disagree that washing out a plastic bottle will remove all antifreeze – it is a very thick chemical compound. Plastic “breathes”, and it porous, so it readily absorbs everything u put in it. It wud be impossible to remove all chemical trace. I suppose this comes down to whether one is comfortable with knowingly & willingly consuming ANY amount of chemical in our food supply. I am not. I can’t control what other food suppliers do – but I can control what I do. So can everyone else.

              Actually it depends on the type of plastic and normal propylene glycol and ethylene glycol can be rinsed; but, after reviewing the video once again, I realized that the bottle he is using most likely did not contain those products; but, more likely, windshield washer & antifreeze and living in NYC where he probably didn’t have a car, he was just trash picking and showing how to recycle by reuse. If that is the case, then the chemical would be alcohol and would evaporate from the container on its own, even before rinsing.

              I’m also going to disagree that ammonia is a safe fertilizer.
              You may disagree or believe what you want; but, if that is the case then you should not use any compost that contains animal urine or chicken manure (ammonia in urea). In any case, the ammonia simply breaks down into nitrates and water and allows the nitrogen to be used by the plants. If you look at the NPK rating of any fertilizer, the ‘N’ is for nitrogen and Anhydrous NH3 contains 82% N, the highest amount of any “N” fertilizer

              I come from a long line of farmers, cattle ranchers, & hog farmers. I know how it’s done “conventionally”. I also know the price they paid for those chemicals & methods.

              My DW comes from that same line of farmers, with her brother and nephew still farming the old farmstead not far from here. By price I assume you mean health costs, and if that is the case, perhaps it is because they take shortcuts. When using any chemical, including water, there are certain precautions and protective gear that should be used, and far too many people don’t wear that cumbersome and often hot protective gear, Blaming the chemical for this is however, akin to blaming guns for crime or autos for auto accidents and injuries.

              I have also worked as an Ombudsman in a senior living center & as a volunteer on a so-called “Alzheimer’s” ward. I believe much of what we see today is the direct result of what we consume. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT (and what we drink).

              Once again you ”believe”!!! When we should all be looking at facts and thinking. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease process that begins with genetics, as in if one or more of your ancestors has / had it, you are at higher risk and then have other avoidable risk factors known as the 6 pillars. The DW & I try our best to stick to these pillars as much as is possible. Here are the details:
              The 6 pillars for Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

              Post-IHTF, the last thing people need is health issues that cud have been avoided, had they only known.

              I agree and that is why we get all of our yearly well checks, eat as healthy as we can, exercise, stay involved socially, and try to get enough sleep. For us, the sleep is the hardest part.
              For me, I went through a lot of procedures to get off of all anticoagulants so I can now manage my aFib with only a daily dose of ASA (Aspirin) that can be acquired in bulk as an OTC medication. We all do what we can.

              • OP – I agree with you on most of what you say, but you’ve gotta admit that if those cumbersome suits are needed to spray the food we eat, it’s a bit worrisome that we eat the food after it’s sprayed. I know most of it washes away, but they are finding traces of glyophsate in human urine so it’s gotta make you at least wonder.

                • GA Red,

                  I agree with you on most of what you say, but you’ve gotta admit that if those cumbersome suits are needed to spray the food we eat, it’s a bit worrisome that we eat the food after it’s sprayed.

                  To some point; but, the protection is for using a concentrated form of the chemical. People here talk about making and eating cowboy candy; but, that same spicy ingredient (capsaicin) when concentrated and placed into a container with a propellant as pepper spray or pepper gel, would make you want that same protection if it’s pointed at you. Tobacco tea has long been used as a “natural” pesticide; but, we all know that nicotine in high doses can kill you.

                  I know most of it washes away, but they are finding traces of glyophsate in human urine so it’s gotta make you at least wonder.

                  I would like to know the conditions where they found glyphosate in human urine, to know how it was introduced. Like any chemical there is a tolerable limit and I know that the local farmers who use it as a pre emergent herbicide not only are careful due to their license and training; but, because it is very expensive, so you don’t ever use more than absolutely required.
                  If we didn’t use mechanical means to plant and harvest, as well as some chemicals for weed and pest control, we simply could not feed this nation, let alone the entire world. We may acquire cancer or other diseases at a late age; but, in the past we often did not live long enough to acquire these diseases. It seems that everything in life has its catch 22. Die at a young age from simple infections before antibiotics, or in later life due to age related problems. At 67 I’ll take the later, since at least mentally, I don’t feel anywhere near my chronological age.

                • GA Red; Re: no bread. I have quit eating almost all bread as well. I noticed a change in my system…for the better, once I started stopped eating it. Once in a blue moon I buy a loaf of Rye bread and I usually end up drying out half the loaf for critters.

                  Good article btw. Good old Monsanto has a choke hold on farmers in this country and they lie through their teeth.

                  • Izzy – for me, no more bread (or any gluten at all) meant no more joint pain, no more bloating and no more acne. Yes, I was still having acne in my late 40s. For the hubby, no more acid reflux and no more plantar’s fasciitis.

                    • GA Red; After you mentioned joint pain, I realized, I wasn’t having near as much either. Plus the bloating went away. Amazing isn’t it. To the best of my knowledge, I don’t have a gluten problem per se, just can’t seem to tolerate most bread products.

                      Because I have so much pain daily, I think I forget what isn’t hurting. I don’t leave home without a Capsicum patch on my lower back. Sadly, that issue isn’t going away.

                    • I am not gluten intolerant nor intolerant of anything else, thank heavens, and I still eat a bit of bread, both home baked and store bought; but, only for the use it was intended, to hold other stuff together, since PB&J and other proteins and carbs are kind of messy without it. I also use it to make French toast on occasion; but, with really good eggs. I always eat my sandwiches with a plate to catch and recover all of the stuff that falls from between the bread when I’m eating.
                      For those who don’t eat bread, can you or do you, still eat pasta?

                    • OP – I avoid regular pasta as well. Thankfully, there is rice and there are some gluten free pastas that are passably tasty – i.e. I can eat them with butter only.

                    • Izzy – I will say that I don’t entirely believe that all the bread intolerance is related to the gluten, but I think it is a viable choice to eliminate if you’re having issues that a) aren’t resolved with conventional means or b) you’re tired of taking medications that can have their own side effects constantly. For me and most of my family, it’s both.

                  • GA Red and Ohio Prepper; I can eat pasta with no problem…though I do limit my intake of it. Rice is the only thing I eat a lot of as I am a rice junkie.

                    There is something about bread that just doesn’t work in my body anymore. Every so often I stop for a “Whopper”. It’s my treat. I know within 30 minutes or so, bad move. Dark Rye seems to be okay however.

                    As for eating peanut butter…don’t need bread. I eat it by the teaspoon full. Tuna or chicken salad goes on a potato chip. Since I am basically table salt free, a few chips won’t bother me.

                    • Pasta is easier on my system but still causes problems. I think it is easier because of the boiling process.

                      As for peanut butter and chicken salad – I definitely only need a spoon.

  12. Also, both Yacon and long-leaf (Bloomsdale) spinach are believed to be powerful cancer fighters.

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

    I have been buying boxes of brown rice in quick boil bags for my meals. I usually only cook two bags per week, so I thought about vacuum packing some to add to the stash. I figure I could buy a box of six bags each week, and vacuum pack four of them. I packed up six bags this week. I wonder how well they will last like that. Any ideas? Probably freeze them for a few days to kill off any potential critters? O2 absorbers?

    The rain went away, so things are dry and ready for fire around here. Supposed to be some rain this weekend and later in the week. We shall see.

    Granddaughter passed her swimming classes with flying colors. It’s amazing how a trained baby can recover from being dumped head first into a pool, and float wearing blue jeans, shoes, soaking wet diaper, long sleeved shirt, and a fleece jacket with hood. All with a smile on her face.

    Ordered and received a case each (12 cans) of German potato salad, tamales, and canned bread. All for the stash.

    Other than that, quiet week here.

    • I am SOOOO glad you guys gave your granddaughter those swimming lessons. I know a couple of people who didn’t, and their children have severe disabilities after near drownings. It’s important to “waterproof” our children, where possible. Just like we teach them how to ride a bike safely. Bless you!

      • For any family near a water body, that enjoys boating or with access to a pool, learning the skill of swimming is super important. Just the past week, we had a seven-year-old drown in the pool at the clubhouse in our subdivision. Mom is an OFW on her way home for a vacation visit. Grandma took the child to the pool but became distracted by a darn Karaoke machine. We DO NOT have lifeguards at most places in the Philippines except at a few high-end resorts, not in the budget. There are signs posted in multiple languages with age limits on how old a child must be to use the two pools without adult supervision. Hard lesson for this family. All it takes is a short distraction to lose a life.

        • Babycatcher and Jack,

          I am very glad my daughter and her hubby got those lessons too. I went to a number of child drownings and near-drownings as a paramedic and police officer. At best they were heartbreaking for all concerned.

    • Zulu – r those quick boil bags parboiled? (Pre-cooked?). They probably are; as such, they will not store as long as dry rice.

      Brown rice is much more nutritious than white rice, as it still has the bran, which is the highest concentrations of nutrients in the grains. White rice has had the bran removed, so it is not nearly as nutritious, but will safely store much longer.

      Grains r one of the few foods I pay close attention to regarding “use by” dates. Grains, esp. cooked, and pre-ground grains, go rancid quickly. That’s why I buy organic, whole grains & grind my own. I have several grinders, including a 1/2 hp 1970’s stone grinder that works perfectly, a Country Living hand-crank, & several small hand-cranks for various jobs.

      Rancid grain is very much a health hazard. I used to buy pre-ground whole grain off-the-shelf, until I learned that those r often rancid even b4 u buy them.

      If these r pre-cooked, no need to freeze ti kill off critters.

      Let ur nose b ur guide – u can “smell” rancidity in grain. If in doubt, DON’T eat it.

      • LTD,

        Thanks for the info. I think I will continue to vacuum pack the quick boil bags, but make certain I date them and smell them when time to use. I’ll skip the freezing process too. I also won’t store a huge amount of them.

      • Livinthedream,

        Brown rice is much more nutritious than white rice, as it still has the bran, which is the highest concentrations of nutrients in the grains. White rice has had the bran removed, so it is not nearly as nutritious, but will safely store much longer.

        Good point on the brown rice which can go rancid due to the oils in the bran. It will keep uncooked for about 6 months at room temperature; but, indefinitely if frozen. Here’s a site I use that covers food storage shelf life quite well for rice and other items.
        Food Storage – How long can you keep RICE, BROWN – UNCOOKED, UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

    • Zulu 3-6
      I have read that you should keep brown rice in the freezer.

    • Zulu 3-6; Brown rice has an oil in it that does not store well. It will go rancid after a short period of time…..6 to 12 months max. O2 absorbers won’t help a bit in this instance. Best to store white rice. It can last years stored properly. Just remember to wash ANY rice before cooking to remove the starch.

    • Always Forward

      What brand of potato salad do you like and where can we find it?
      Thanks!

      • Always Forward,

        The German potato salad I got was ordered on Amazon, but came from Walmart. The brand was Read.

        I opened one and tried it. It was passable, but nowhere close to the best German potato salad I ever had. I would advise skipping over the Read brand.

  14. I took a course of prednisone for my back spasms last week and now I feel better than I have in ten years. My neighbor installed deer fencing around her peppers and gifted me with some left over netting. This was just enough to fence in my plot so I have spent two days putting posts and stringing the netting. While I was at it I also fenced around my four new grape vines before they got nibbled down to nubs.

    Something interesting my farmer neighbor told me. He has a 550 acre farm four miles from where we live. FPL, our power company, wants 400 acres of it for a solar farm. They offered him $8,000 an acre. He made a much higher counter offer. They said they would get back to him. Must be nice.

    • Daddio7,

      Something interesting my farmer neighbor told me. He has a 550 acre farm four miles from where we live. FPL, our power company, wants 400 acres of it for a solar farm. They offered him $8,000 an acre. He made a much higher counter offer. They said they would get back to him. Must be nice.

      It would seem to be nice on the surface at $3.2M; but, he will have to pay a large chunk of taxes on that amount, and if he has been getting the agricultural tax discount, he may have to pay some of that back. Another thing that could happen that has happened to farmland around here is that the comps (comparison prices) on his remaining 150 acres and that of his neighbors could go up significantly as could their real estate taxes. One farm a few miles from here sold some land to a developer for some ungodly high price and our farm taxes have nearly doubled because of it.

  15. We are having a dry spell right now so I had to connect my drip irrigation for the raised beds and do some watering. I got tired of dragging the hose to each plant in my other garden and bought 3-50 foot soaker hoses. They are working well and there is a chance of rain later today.
    I planted my casabanana plants. It’s kind of a tropical melon and takes a long time to mature so it’s an experiment. Had to cut down a bunch of pine tree seedlings so my son can mow some of my yard that has been neglected. Thank goodness he still thinks the zero turn mower is a fun toy. I could do the mowing if I had to but I would rather garden.
    I made another Brandless order because they offered free shipping. Bought and received 4 more packs of taco mix, 6 more bags of tortilla chips and 2 jars of pasta sauce, all organic.
    At the local Fred’s store, got 2 bags of zip ties (love those things), a box of jelly jars, more dish wash soap and the 3 soaker hoses.
    The volcano in Hawaii is scary. I hope Penrod and family are ok.

    • LG, I warned Penrod last week. I hope he is OK.

    • A-OK here. Thanks for your concern!

      • Penrod ,

        A-OK here. Thanks for your concern!

        I was also thinking about you; but, as I recall you are not on the big island, so Kilauea is not a direct threat. How about the earthquake or subsequent tsunamis?

        • Hi TOP, not so much as a quiver here. We felt the less powerful October 2006 earthquake off shore off the Big Island quite distinctly here, but this one not at all.

          The 2006 earthquake was a wake up call for us. Until then, since we prepped primarily for hurricanes, which give notice, we had collapsible water jugs to be filled when we were sure we would be hit.

          Earthquakes, of course, don’t give notice. The tremors were big enough here to trip the safety switches on the municipal generators and it took 14 hours to bring them back inline. Only water available on the entire island was what was in the big tanks in the hills, so there was a lot of concern about running out if there were any house fires.

          Anyway, that was when we first bought several full five gallon water fountain jugs from Home Depot, and later a 55 gallon water barrel.

          Tsunamis will not affect us directly as we are several miles inland and up 400 feet. A really big one might damage the docks and possibly airports, but serious damage is apparently fairly unlikely. We have enough food and water to get by long enough for things to either return to relative normality or evacuate to the Mainland.

      • Penrod
        Glad you are OK and it sounds like you are as prepared as you can be.

      • Penrod, did you get a chance to try Boots & Kimo’s for breakfast? We had to cancel our trip to Oahu last year. I’ve been dreaming of those spectacular macadamia pancakes ever since! I will try to reschedule next year – subject to health contingencies.

  16. Cliff in Douglasville

    Pre-ordered your new CD, thanks very much for the $10 discount.

    Do you know anything about the folks that bought the old domain? Hope they don’t plan on cashing in on all your hard work by using the name. I’ll check them out when they go live and will give them hell if they try to be a cheap imitation of what we all used to be.

    Worked a massive church yard sale over the weekend. We collect stuff all year, price it, box it up and put it in a 53′ trailer that we bought. We made quite a bit of money and all the stuff left over was packed into a 26′ box trailer and given to another church which has a thrift store. On the second day we said “as many clothes as you can pack into a Walmart bag for $5”, an hour later we said “everything half price” and for the last hour “everything you can pack into a Walmart bag for $1”. I hit the floor for the last hour and spent $5. I got a bag and a half of kitchen knives, all sizes and shapes plus a lot of utensils, bot the complete set in hard back of the “Left Behind” series (all in one bag), plus some various and sundry tools that I have no idea what they do but I’m sure they’ll be helpful someday in the future. It was my second year working this project and it raised a whole lot of money for the church and that goes back into the community so it’s all good.

    My Grandfather In Law turns 86 this week and we are having a big party for him. I wanted to do something different so I built him a set of coins from 1936 (cent, buffalo nickel, mercury dime, quarter and Walking Liberty Half dollar, all graded by PCGS as MS65 uncirculated). He’s a coin collector and will enjoy them as they are coins he would never buy for himself. I have for him a sealed envelope with the prices I paid for each coin to pass on to his son/heir (they are not coin collectors) so when he passes on he can pass that down and they will have a basis of the cost and not get ripped off by a pawn shop or coin dealer.

    My mom turned 87 on April 30 and is totally lost in Alzheimer now, knowing none of us and forgetting a lot of basic skills like eating and wiping her butt. My sister, who is her caregiver, had cancer surgery so we h ad to put mom in a home for 5 days and she flourished while she was there with people her age and not being sat in front of the TV all day long. They are all strangers every day to her but she is OK. Sister is not recovering well so we had to send her back for another 5 days. Hate to put her there but she needs more care than either of us can give her. I hope, if that happens to me that medicine will have progressed so you have the option of stepping on out of this life when it gets too bad as I think being dead would be a superior option to living like that.

    That was the week. Tonight we go to my 50th year High School Reunion (go class of 1968). Over half the graduating class has died over the ensuing 50 years. This will probably be the last time we all get together but I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the people I haven’t seen for 50 years.

    May our Father God rain down his blessing on each and everyone of you.

  17. Acquired a nice heavy duty 6″ belt/ disc sander at estate sale for still in progress forge project, along with some smaller tools. All for $25.
    Renewed my pledge never to allow my guns to be registered or confiscated. I spent 27 years of my life in sworn defense of the constitution, being willing to give my life if necessary. I always agreed with George Patton, “no Bustard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won the war by making the other poor dumb Bustard die for his country”. So, I am not eager to die. I am willing to if necessary, however not without all the resistance I can muster. Bottom line, when you come for my guns, you better come hard.

    • Billy T,

      So, I am not eager to die. I am willing to if necessary, however not without all the resistance I can muster. Bottom line, when you come for my guns, you better come hard.

      Patton was a one of a kind and while he could be a bit gruff, he was right on who should die in a war. As for taking my guns, it may be a bit cliché; but, “From my cold dead hands” has meaning for me, and the fact is that in a mass confiscation there will no doubt be plenty of blood to go around, since many agencies now send out SWAT to make even small arrests, let alone someone known to have firearms. At least for now, my state is doing rather well in that regard, and living in a rural community halps a lot.

  18. Sold some more unneeded stuff and socked away the money. Been thankful we are over 200 miles from the volcano and usually not directly downwind as the vog (volcanic smog) can be at best debilitating and at worst deadly.

    Getting ready for DW to have rotator cuff surgery: got a lift chair from Amazon, which arrived yesterday. I heard a funny noise outside and went to look. Found the delivery person lacked a hand truck so she was rolling the 121 pound box up the driveway.

    The box was in pretty sad shape but the chair undamaged. I had to lay a sheet of plywood on the front steps (7 of them) and skid the chair up as I wasn’t able to just pick it up, toss it over my shoulder, and stride personfully up and into the Penrod Family Bunker. By the time DW got home it was all set up and works fine.

    • Penrod, glad to hear you are 200 miles from the volcano. What volcano zone do you live in ?

      Good luck on the surgery for the Mrs.

    • Penrod,
      Do you live on the big island?
      If so, ignore my earlier post.
      When we visited we saw the petroglyphs and the highway with the road closed sign embedded in the lava flow. We also saw the eruption from miles away (back in 2008 and while impressive, it was a bit scary.

      • Nope. We are on Oahu.

        • Penrod ,

          Nope. We are on Oahu.

          OK, that’s what I thought; until you stated:

          Been thankful we are over 200 miles from the volcano and usually not directly downwind as the vog (volcanic smog) can be at best debilitating and at worst deadly.

          Can the VOG from the big island affect you on Oahu across that large expanse of ocean?
          I guess that makes sense; but, as a separate island I would have thought it to be less dangerous than living there. Did the earthquake affect you?

          • Hi TOP, the vog which reaches Oahu is definitely less dangerous than it is on the Big Island, but it can be bad enough.

            The prevailing easterly winds blow vog south of Oahu, but southern winds push it north over us. The rule of thumb is that if you can’t see the horizon because of vog, the vog is severe.

            There are plenty voggy days here when the horizon is visible but obscured when I can’t do any yard work. Just can’t breath. When I can’t see the horizon (we have a distant view of the ocean to the south) there is no way I can do yard work, and on a few exceptionally bad days I can’t see the shore, much less the horizon.

            When it is really bad, some people with respiratory problems go to a movie…maybe a double feature….for the air conditioning.

            I’m not sure that any specific deaths on the Big Island get attributed to vog, but I have read that there is a statistically significant rise in deaths among people with lung problems when winds blow vog over populated areas.

            • Penrod,

              I’m not sure that any specific deaths on the Big Island get attributed to vog, but I have read that there is a statistically significant rise in deaths among people with lung problems when winds blow vog over populated areas.

              Good to hear you are generally safe. We were only on the big island for 3 days of our 10 day vacation and while the eruption was going on, it could only be seen from a distance and not much bog at that time. What I’ve been hearing on the news back here on the mainland is that there have been some areas with high concentrations of Sulfur dioxide (SO ₂). When mixed with water it forms sulpherous acid (H2SO3) that while not as bad as sulfuric acid (H2SO4) it is still toxic and corrosive, especially when mixed with water in the lungs.

        • The Alabama Shoals/ TN Valley wants u, Penrod! And u can afford to live here!

          • Livinthedream & Penrod,

            The Alabama Shoals/ TN Valley wants u, Penrod! And u can afford to live here!

            Ohio is also an affordable place to live with no earthquakes, volcanos, and weather not much different than TN. We also have the Amish and the Air Force museum with the Memphis Belle (a Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress) about to go on permanent display.
            Here is the press release:

            One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

            And it you are a shooter, we hold the national matches at Camp Perry in northern Ohio.
            Lots to do here, LOL.

            • TOP:

              A couple of weeks ago I was leaving Spokane WA and there was a silver B-17G (chin turret) flying in to town. Quite spectacular. After looking it up, I’m pretty sure it was the one from Madras, OR. I remember the tail.

    • Penrod,

      Glad to hear you are safe? Why are you still in the liberal meca of Hawaii?

      • Still here so that it will feel even better when we escape to the Mainland! We are starting to declutter the house in prep for listing it next year. DW has rotator cup surgery in a couple weeks, which has loooong recuperation, so I don’t know if that will affect our plans for selling. In any case we are flexible on timing. We’ve canceled all travel plans for this summer though.

        • Penrod, you could take a vacation to Hawaii…… LOL

          • That’s just mean, Thor. 😉

            • LTD, no mean would be saying:

              Houses in Hawaii are selling like hot cakes……hot & flat…..

              I feel so mean !!!!

              My goodness, did you see the time lapse video of the lava hit the white car ? It looked like a burnt marshmallow.

          • Thor1,

            Penrod, you could take a vacation to Hawaii…… LOL

            Actually he could. He lives on Oahu and the actual island of Hawaii (The big island) is a 200 mile flight or boat trip where he could see a volcano erupting.

            • When I went to Hawaii in 1980 or 1981, we didn’t spend much time on Oahu. We toured “the big island” and Maui. We drove as much of the coastline as possible on both, with an overnight stay in Hana on Maui that was a barely-paved (almost 50 miles) drive from the airport. Even though the road had a center line, it was barely one lane wide. Google maps says it’s about a 2 hour drive now. Then, there was a sign that said if you were leaving after lunch, that you’d better plan on staying overnight. We got lucky since we had no reservations. We stayed the next night at a hotel in Lahaina. Traveling with my mom was always an adventure because we never knew where we were going to stay most of the time.

              • When we were there for 10 days in 2008, we stayed on Oahu at my sisters rental home. We did the standard tourist things like the Arizona memorial, the USS Bowfin, the Battleship Missouri, and the Pacific Aviation Museum, saw a live show with fire dancing at the Polynesian Cultural Center, did a bit of swimming from the beach just 50 yards from her place along with lots of shaved ice. My DD also got to swim with the dolphins. My poor sister had to endure the last 9 years of her 20 on that island, and now lives and works in Key West. As a kid, like me, she went winter camping in western PA; but, I think she would freeze to death now if it got down to 40°, LOL.
                We also spent 3 days on the big island staying at Kilauea Military Camp, visited the Volcano observatory, explored old lava tubes, spent some time on the coarse black sands of Punalu’u Beach and walked the broken old lava flow of The Pu’u Loa petroglyph field. We also tried a few too many samples of goodies at the Mona Loa Macadamia Nut factory and although we bought some to take home, they were not much less expensive than purchasing them on the mainland.
                All in all it was a fast and fun 10 days; but, one where I spent a night in the hospital with bronchitis and pneumonia upon our return and the longest time I’ve ever been cooped up in an airplane. I still think that the long flight aided in my hospital sta

                • Yes – I firmly believe that long airplane rides regularly contribute to the ill health of many travelers. When my mom would travel long distances (China, Eastern Europe, etc), she would regularly come home with pneumonia or bronchitis. Fortunately, the trip to the foreign lands didn’t normally make her sick, but the returning flights usually did.

                  We also went to the black sand beach and the macadamia nut farm along with Captain Cook’s monument area. Fun memories.

            • TOP, free entertainment too…….LOL

              • Thor1 ,

                TOP, free entertainment too…….LOL

                True; but when we were there in 2008 when it was also erupting, the authorities wouldn’t let us get close enough to toast our marshmallows and hot dogs. Bummer, LOL.

        • Penrod, After your DW gets surgery, it is possible to get recouperation services here if you should desire to move things up. The Shoals area has some fo the regions best hospitals.
          Just sayin’

          • Anonamo Also & Penrod ,

            Penrod, After your DW gets surgery, it is possible to get recouperation services here if you should desire to move things up. The Shoals area has some fo the regions best hospitals.

            Actually Dodd Hall at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus is known as one of the nation’s best rehabilitation facilities. I spent about 2 weeks there recovering from my stroke back in 2015 and they simply worked miracles, taking my immovable left side to literally running up and down stairs. Good people there.
            We also have Cleveland clinic.

            • Op, you and Anonamo Also crack me up with your dueling to get Penrod to move to your respective states.

              • We might just resettle in beautiful Chicago, or maybe Baltimore instead. I understand there are plenty of outdoor shooting ranges in each place, and parts have very cheap housing. Come to think of it, I saw a handmade sign in Milwaukee a couple weeks ago advertising a house for $19,000. I guess I missed an opprtunity. I’m sure the neighbors value diversity. And guns. There seem to be a fair number of urban plinkers there.

                • Penrod,
                  If Chicago is on your list for the above stated reasons, then you should still check out Ohio, since there is at least one area in Cleveland that is similar; but, closer to the Amish country, LOL.
                  I can’t guarantee housing prices that low; but, for what I saw of prices in Hawaii, you should be able to sell out and buy a nice farm here with only a fraction of your profit. The concrete block bungalow my sister rented in Kailua, on the Windward Coast of Oahu, just down the beach from where the Obama’s stayed was only about 800 square feet on less than ¼ acre and reportedly sold by the landlord who lived back in California for something north of $1M.
                  Not sure if your position is that large; but, I suspect you’ll move back here in good shape, especially for the low income housing in Chicago, LOL.

              • G.Go ,

                Op, you and Anonamo Also crack me up with your dueling to get Penrod to move to your respective states.

                I’m glad you enjoy the banter. It’s just that we are all welcoming to pack members, any of which I suspect would all be an asset in any community they land.

              • G Go, When people are in the middle of handling a crisis they often overlook the obvious Just because some one has not fully recovered, does not mean that if necessary moving can be accomplished to anywhere one wishes to go.. It would require a large burden to be borne by the other person, but possible. A specific needed medical care /recovery should not impede ones need to move.
                I am not in the Tn valley, or Shoals area, but it is beautiful. There are many places there which would make good area to relocate to… weather is good much of the time, adjustment to temps will be greater in the northern areas. Hospitals and rehab facilities( both in patient and out..(a long with the rehab physicians that can benefit all kinds of people and injuries). are available in almost every state. Many are good. some are great.
                Ohio does have very good Hospitals and training facilities. My brother lives there( too cold for me) and ONE of the Doctors who bypassed him/supportive care after, was a family member of the man who developed the artificial heart. They were amazed that this farm boy/truck driver from Tn knew about it. Some of the members on his care team were not aware…. My DH’s heart electrician was trained in Northern Ohio 20 years ago..

  19. Not much for me this week, the sun has been coming out bit by bit just been mowing and getting the yard cleaned up. I did plant beets, lettuce 3 types, hubby did buy me a few flower plants, to put in pots on our porch, it looks very sweet… We are going to work on our other place mowing, cleaning , getting my raspberries patch, cleaned up…. Have a great weekend can’t wait to see what everyone has done this past week.

  20. Echo several of the above- 3 weeks late on garden here in WNC- put it in wed and thurs. Waiting to see if the 4 hundered foot rows of Elba potatoes will sprout or rot with the crazy rain we had over a week ago . It is dry here now as well and LOTS of dust, pollen etc when mowing. Have had to water the garden-specifically all the stuff I put in in planters- cabbage, tomatos, peppers, squash, zuk etc. Thanks for the discount. Looking fwd to reading through stuff. Late lunch and then heading over to the non ethanol gas pump to restock and add somme PRI-G treatment for long term storage

    http://prepared-housewives.com/pri-fuel-stabilizer-review/
    A case of WERTZ canned non gmo beef arrived this week-
    https://www.bestcannedmeat.com/
    *very pleased with this. We are a year out on our own beef from poor planning on our part- Bull went in the freezer before he did his job- oops!!! Hayfields and pastures are looking good from rain and much sun. Hoping for another good hay crop. Now just pack a chill pill and enjoy watching the progress in the gardens……
    Enjoy the site

  21. Not much, spending or prepping. Getting this trip to AZ down and adjusting some minor stuff.

    Had to make a Costco run for other stuff, so I picked up some olive oil and canned chicken. My order of elder berries came in and the “Pain Free” book someone mentioned.

    Now that Spring is here, we discovered that our batteries for our weed eater died. So, I was happy that they are still available and ordered a 2 pack and some more string. Not really a prep but needed anyway.

    The weather has finally “nicened-up”. Hopefully I’ll get to send some rounds down range now.

    Ordered the new CD mentioned above.

  22. Those thunderstorms tracked across our region also; but, it’s finaly dried out enough to get in our first mowing. The hardest part of mowing is first removing all of the sticks that have accumulated in the grassy areas. The new Zero Turn mower make short work of the 3 acres after that, and proper maintenance of the mower assured that it started without problems.
    This past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. Received a Two-Person Hammock w/Net from woot.com
    2. Purchased an E&L Instruments FC-01 Frequency Counter (5-175 MHz) at the Athens Ohio Hamfest.
    3. On 04/29/2018 @ 19:47:27 we experienced a power outage lasting 52 minutes. The generator worked like a charm so we actually only saw about 20-30 seconds of power disruption, and with nearly everything also powered by UPS units, the outage was barely noticed, except for the loud beeping of the UPS units during that 20-30 seconds. This is only the second real power failure since the generator was installed on November 2, 2016.
    4. The two teeth removed last week became infected and I’m now taking an 8 day course of antibiotics.
    5. It’s finally gotten both warm (80°) and dry and we’ve started our first lawn mowing.
    6. Ordered from Amazon a BTECH MINI UV-25X4 25 Watt Tri-band Base, Mobile Radio that covers: 136-174mhz (VHF), 220-230mhz (1.25M), 400-520mhz (UHF) Amateur transceiver using a warranty gift card from my old dead UV-5001 that died. I also ordered a programming cable for the radio and another 4 year warranty.
    7. Received 4 Rogue Wireless 2200 mAh Power Banks from Woot. More long term electrical storage to keep other items charged.
    8. Since the DW will be leaving for 2 weeks, we voted our absentee ballots, more to stop certain candidates than elect others.
    9. Completely rewired all of the radios to add another layer of battery backup for emergency communications.
    10. Changed oil in the rototiller in preparation for hopefully getting a garden set in this upcoming week. We flirted with raised beds a few years ago; but, they didn’t compare in productivity to our typical row garden.
    11. Two new pairs of blue jeans

    • TOP, I have an old rider that’s 30 years old. Still runs well but starting to burn some oil. Craftsman with the 15 HP Kohler engine. It should be in the Smithsonian…. LOL I got it about 17 years ago for free for letting a friend stay with me until he could get back on his own 2 feet. He bought it in 1988. It starts first turn of the key but I rotate the engine by hand to get it off of the compression stroke to make it easier on the starter. I’ve changed the starter, put a new wiring harness on, changed the steering column and several cutting belts and blades.
      I also changed the starter switch after I got tired of hot wiring it…..LOL

      You might be a redneck if you have to hot wire your lawnmower….. LOL

      Why not diversify your growing areas. Some plants grow better in raised beds due to the loose soil.

      • Thor1 ,

        I have an old rider that’s 30 years old. Still runs well but starting to burn some oil. Craftsman with the 15 HP Kohler engine.

        We’ve run through 2 John Deere and an MTD (all 30” cut) and finally decided to shortcut the work with the new 48” ZT we got last summer. It was a bit expensive; but, with 42 months (3 ½ years) no interest it has cut the mowing time literally in half. Those old tractors were literally 30-40 years old and maintenance was getting to be too much work.

        starter. I’ve changed the starter, put a new wiring harness on, changed the steering column and several cutting belts and blades.

        Yep, we did the same to the old ones, since that is unfortunately standard maintenance.

        I also changed the starter switch after I got tired of hot wiring it…..LOL
        You might be a redneck if you have to hot wire your lawnmower….. LOL

        I agree and I suspect Jeff would also, LOL.

        Why not diversify your growing areas. Some plants grow better in raised beds due to the loose soil.

        We are diversified and have always had great success with standard row, hilled and furrowed and no till gardening; but, our raised beds were too small and were an unmitigated disaster, so we are going back to standard rows again where we can use the tiller to help with keeping the soil loose and weeding.

      • Redneck is using a stick to pull the spark plug wire off to stop the mower 🙂

        • Redneck is bypassing the governor to make it go faster…….LOL

          • PrepBabe,

            Redneck is using a stick to pull the spark plug wire off to stop the mower

            Then count me a redneck. I’ve also used an insulated screwdriver to short out the hot side of the spark plug to ground to do the same thing.

            Thor1,

            Redneck is bypassing the governor to make it go faster…….LOL

            Governor? What’s a governor?

    • Be careful with zero turn mowers. A friend tried to run his up a ramp, to the back of a large, enclosed truck. As all the weight is concentrated near the back of the machine, it flipped & landed on top of him. It was “iffy” as to whether he wud live, but, he did! And then a month in the hospital. Just, be careful (please). We need you!

      • Livinthedream ,

        Be careful with zero turn mowers. A friend tried to run his up a ramp, to the back of a large, enclosed truck. As all the weight is concentrated near the back of the machine, it flipped & landed on top of him. It was “iffy” as to whether he wud live, but, he did! And then a month in the hospital.

        Glad to hear your friend was OK. We are well aware of the dangers of farm equipment. When we were first married, my FIL had a small old 1950’s Ford tractor I would borrow on occasion, and this little tricycle like machine could also flip under the correct (wrong) conditions. Our ZT mower is stored in one of the barns with a straight level shot in and out and all of our mowing is rather flat, so flipping, while we are aware of it, is not really an issue. The only time the mower has been moved up or down a ramp was when the dealer delivered it and then had to retrieve it to repair a malfunction, and the dealer’s employees did the driving using their trailer.
        I’ve lived in a rural setting off & on as a kid, just out of college and full time for more than 36 years, and while I wouldn’t trade the lifestyle for anything, that freedom and self reliance takes careful thought and precautions from ZT mowers, to tractors, skid loaders, chainsaws, mauls, axes, and a host of other potential dangers. One thing this lifestyle has going for it is that we should have some time to take in an relish all of the natural world around us, and use that time to plan things and not get too stressed and hurried. The Pennsylvania Dutch have a good maxim on working that states: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get” and if we take time to smell the roses we all like you, can actually start “Living The Dream”
        Thanks for the mention, since all too often people get in a hurry and take shortcuts they wouldn’t take if they thought the task through. I will admit I had my times like that; but, now in retirement, I don’t really have to hit any schedule except for an occasional doctor appointment and to get the bills paid on time.
        It’s hard to believe that retirement and old age sneaked up on us this quickly. I turned 67 a little more than 3 weeks ago and the DW turned 68 yesterday and we’re still kicking, enjoying life, and hoping all of you do the same.

  23. Topped up the laundry soap and toilet paper supplies so should be good for a year or two on those. Picked up some tarps, filling repair and other misc. stuff. Saw my old dentist who confirmed that 2 teeth that lost their crowns are broke too far down to be fixed. Now to try to get into see the new dentist for the referral to the oral surgeon. Tried several times on Thursday but never actually got to the right office. Didn’t care for the feeling I had gotten at this office one other time so if I don’t get the response I expect I’ll request to be assigned to someone else. With my history and medical issues I will fight for the treatment that is best for me. Besides this is all part of preparedness and efficient homesteading.

  24. I took a paycheck off from paying ahead on the mortgage, and so had extra money for preps. I still have two paychecks left from the spring term and will use those to pay August and September mortgage. We picked up another three months worth of paper products and hygiene supplies.

    Publix had a great sale on top round steaks, so I picked up $100 worth of steaks. That makes $400 spent in the last three weeks on meat—Zaycon chicken, Zaycon pot roast and Zaycon 93/7 ground beef and Publix steaks. I paid off the Zaycon order. I had put that on my credit card. I don’t like bad debt. We are good through September. We defrosted the outside freezer and got that cleaned out. Now we are just waiting on the Zaycon deliveries.

    Kickboxing has been kicking my butt. We did 800 situp exercises and 300 pushups yesterday. I was sore and skipped taekwondo today. I have my purple belt form about 90 percent down. My noon classmate and I are leaning so quickly that senior master spends more time on fun things in class like sparing and combat weapons. I accidently punched senior master in the face. I went to punch him in the chest and he dipped his head. I let up on the punch and he wasn’t hurt. I need to get stronger so I have more control over my punches. Next week we are doing 1000 situp exercises and 500 pushups. Lord help me.

    • Bam, use dumbbells and rotate your arm while punching. It will increase your speed & power. Confucius says….LOL

      • Bam Bam,
        When Thor1 states:

        Bam, use dumbbells and rotate your arm while punching. It will increase your speed & power. Confucius says….LOL

        There is some truth to it. I’m doing rehab again and we’ve been using dumbbells. I actually picked up a few very nice ones at Wal-Mart for about $1.00 per pound. Using only 2 and 3 pound pairs for the moment, I do arm curls and a few other things including a standard slow punch where you invert your wrist at the end of the punch. When you do enough of these you can start to feel it in your arms.
        As for your sit ups and pushups, I’m still working on those but not by the thousands which I suspect would kill me, LOL.
        It would be great to be as young as you are once again; but, I’m glad to still be alive at my age and hope you are enjoying life as much as you can.

        • TOP, heavier weights are a standard for any professional. Example, major league baseball players when batting use weights on the bats as warmups. I used rigid conduit nunchaku to increase my speed.. We used to tie bottles in trees and would practice taking them all out for accuracy skills. My Father was a gold glove boxer who was also a DI that taught hand to hand combat in the Army. Heavy weights thrown definitely increase speed and power.

        • O.P.,

          I have a nice set of neoprene weights that go up to 15 lbs. and regular weights that are adjustable. I also have an adjustable weight bench. Now that I am on a very light schedule for the summer I need to clean out the garage so I can start lifting again. I have a routine based on the Strong Women series by Tuffs University researcher, Miriam Nelson. She did studies in the 1970s that showed seniors can benefit from heavy weights. She introduced a training program to gradually build muscle and many of the elderly subjects who had used a cane for years could now walk without one. She also showed that women begin losing bone density by age 30 and impact exercises and lifting weights could reverse bone loss.

    • Bam Bam,

      Keep up the kick boxing. It’s great for you and can make a big difference, especially with confidence. I took taekwondo for a few years and did fairly well, but routinely got my butt kicked and aften my head as well. I was sparring with the instructors wife one evening (she was a black belt) and I accidently hit her in the eye, failing to check the punch in time. Although she was probably 50 lbs lighter, between her skill and anger she made me an example for the rest of the class. After that I was typically paired with one of the more aggressive students who happened to be a golden gloves boxer as well. I can’t say it actually made me any better at taekwondo, but I sure did learn how to take a beating and keep on going.

      • Mustang ,

        Keep up the kick boxing. It’s great for you and can make a big difference, especially with confidence.

        Even beyond confidence, at Bam Bam’s younger age, keeping it up will help keep her in shape as when gets older, and we all do no matter how hard we try not to, LOL.

        I took taekwondo for a few years and did fairly well, but routinely got my butt kicked and aften my head as well. I was sparring with the instructors wife one evening (she was a black belt) and I accidently hit her in the eye, failing to check the punch in time. Although she was probably 50 lbs lighter, between her skill and anger she made me an example for the rest of the class.

        When sparring with a less advanced belt there is always the possibility of being hit, due to the lack of skill and focus of the less trained opponent; but, IMHO getting angry should never be the response.. I’ve taken more than a few hits over the past 50 years as have the black belts I’ve worked with, and anger has never played into any response, since at higher rank levels anger should be more controlled as should be most situations. I personally would much rather spar with a higher rank than a lower one.
        My last Sensei (now Grandmaster) had a newly minted green belt (gokyu) years ago who was hurting some of the white belts when sparring with them. He invited me into the class and asked me to bow in at the end of the line with a white belt, at which point he introduced me as a new student. During the class he had me spar with the green belt and although I didn’t hurt him, I did counter every move and “teach him a lesson” about uncontrolled aggression, ending the match with a leg sweep that dropped him to the floor.
        I then shuffled off and exchanged belts for the bow out at the end of class, at which point he noted the difference. Sensei James later told me that after that, he had calmed down and started respecting the lesser ranked students.

        • I am glad I took most of the heat off the punch before I hit senior master. He didn’t get angry. He explained to the other student who was serving as judge that a hit to the face is only immediate disqualification if it was intentional and then he noted that he dipped into the punch, and said that made it his fault. (This is a generous interpretation.) The first instance of disrespect or anger results in a one point penalty. The second results in disqualification. I have only seen kids get frustrated and then get angry–never the adults and certainly not the instructors.

          • Bam Bam,

            He explained to the other student who was serving as judge that a hit to the face is only immediate disqualification if it was intentional and then he noted that he dipped into the punch, and said that made it his fault. (This is a generous interpretation.)

            OK, it appears we are talking about tournament rules and not pure self defense.

            The first instance of disrespect or anger results in a one point penalty. The second results in disqualification.

            That’s good for training; but, again based on tournament rules. In more than 50 years I’ve only competed in a few tournaments, since none of my instructors were fig on trophies.
            It was almost like Mr. Miyagi and Cobra Kai Sensei John Kreese only not nearly as dramatic, LOL.

            I have only seen kids get frustrated and then get angry–never the adults and certainly not the instructors.

            That’s good, since from my perspective, any martial art should teach respect and confidence and the more you learn, the more of those traits you should have, making a really good practitioner less likely to be the bully.

            • O.P.,
              We had a new white belt start last month. He is 65+ and has brain damage from a trucking accident. We have all taken him under our wings and we take great pride in helping him. He is now an orange belt. We take videos of senior master doing each segment of his form so he can practice at home. He spends hours and hours on just one segment. When you have this kind of dedication at the lowest levels, it is easy to stay committed. It is an honor to pass on one’s knowledge and to do so with the greatest respect. This is really what martial arts is all about–respect.

              • Bam Bam ,

                It is an honor to pass on one’s knowledge and to do so with the greatest respect. This is really what martial arts is all about–respect.

                Absolutely!! I have run into a few martial arts bullies over the years; but, from my perspective that not only reflects poorly on the student; but, worse for the instructor.
                I’ve only really worked with 3 Sensei over the decades and all have been caring and compassionate. I think that the more you learn and the more confidence you have, the less you need to prove it to anyone else. My first sensei @ age 14 taught that lesson to all of us, often in very subtle ways that you and I should discuss sometime offline.

      • Mustang,

        I have no problem with confidence. I took a class at my previous church called “Making Peace with your Past.” The point of the course is that most folks base their self-esteem on accomplishments like their college degrees, job titles and so forth. Since jobs can be taken away, basing one’s self esteem on job title is not good. The course taught to base one’s self-esteem on Christ. To make peace with your past is to acknowledge the mistakes and then to move on, to realize that the difficult times we have gone through make us stronger and more capable of helping others through difficult times.

  25. Not a lot of prepping…actually none, this week. Spend pretty much the entire week just taking care of daily chores, running the wife to appointments, and making flight arrangements for two weddings this summer. But, I have managed to get on the bike for some exercise about every other day. I typically cover anywhere from 24-40 miles while trying to maintain an average speed of 15.6 mph or better. Did 27 today and averaged 16.2! May `13 is my 60th so I plan to complete a 60 mile ride, but I’m not likely to be able to maintain a 15-16 mph average. I might throw on BOB and make it a “Bug Out” or “Get Home” practice. I’ve been doing quite a bit of hiking with a full bag, weapons, etc., for practice, but in all likelihood I would be using my trusty mountain bike vice all on foot.

    • Mustang,

      I did the MS 150 when I was younger. While training I completed a century. This is one of my greatest accomplishments. I spent an entire summer training. But I was never fast enough to do 15 mph.

  26. MD,

    I got the sorriest looking Covington Sweet Potato slips (from Gurney’s) planted two days ago. They still look dead and I may have to re-order–but not from Gurney’s. An outfit called Sow True Seed has them cheaper–and quite likely healthier.

    Okay, off topic, but if you ever get the chance to review a Ruger Precision Gen 3 rifle in 6.5 mm Creedmoor jump at it. I went to a local event called Range Days and nailed 6 out of 6 bullseyes at 200 yards and 8 out of nine hits on a silhouette target at 600 yards. The adjustable trigger (set at 3.5 pounds) was a dream. Once I started pulling it the shot surprised me just like it’s supposed to do. It’s a bolt action rifle and the kick, plus working the bolt did throw me off target, but re-aquiring it was pretty easy and the kick didn’t bother me at all. Needless to say, I’ve found my next rifle. Like an idiot, I didn’t get the name brand and model of the $1000+ scopes used on either rifle but I’ll get that info from the Ruger rep. Oh, I was shooting regular Hornaday factory rounds. My 68 year old eyes couldn’t believe the results as I’m not that good a shot. That rifle and scope made me look so good I got a “Damn, man. That’s good shooting from the local Rangemaster.”

    • Ray White,

      Opening something like that and seeing it in that condition is a disappointment for sure.

    • Jesse Mathewson

      Ray, I have been waffling on whether or not to invest in one- firearms are sticky for reviewing…the manufactures either pay for good reviews *almost all big name YouTube/print reviewers or like myself and two or three exceptions have used or purchase our own.

      Other possibles in the bolt 6.5creed arena for myself at this time are, Thompson Compass with guarantee of sub moa from company – ruger precision and or the savage – for the money the Thompson Compass is hands down best with a solid scope attached…

      • Jesse:

        I just passed on an opportunity to purchase a Compass in 6.5 Creedmore for $320 before the $75 rebate. Just not something I needed more than the cash right now. Now they are about $350 or so, with no rebate.

    • I get my sweet potato slips from George’s Plant Farm. wwwtatorman.com
      Always strong and healthy, Sold in bunches of 12 but they usually sent 14.

  27. I am getting back to doing some prepping. Had to use some of my water supplies during the period before and after surgery, so that has been my priority of getting it built back up.

    Had a NASTY problem when a city main water main broke and flooded my basement. The break was discovered about 9 pm and they didn’t even get out to fix it till around 10 am the next day. They didn’t want to disturb the neighbors with bright lights and noise. Hello? Now they will pay me for the damage. I lost a lot of stuff due to dampness. Not to mention the water shifted my retaining wall. Then to add insult to injury, the new neighbor decided she didn’t like the bamboo barrier and decided to kill it all off. Wait…MY property, MY bamboo. I am beyond pissed. As I start to feel a bit better, my redhead temper seems to be returning…..grrrr.

    Finally started a few tomato and pepper plants. Have 2 buckets of potatoes going and a few more herbs started. Will be slow going this season.

    Prayers for the Wolf Pack. Prayers for America.

    • Izzy,

      I didn’t know you could kill bamboo. Are you sure it won’t come back?

      • Bam Bam ,

        I didn’t know you could kill bamboo. Are you sure it won’t come back?

        I wish bamboo would grow here. I had friends years ago down in Florida who grew it and told me they could almost watch it grow. I think to really kill it, you have to do the same as any perennial grass and dig up all of the roots. since the lower part of a single culm (the jointed stem) with the rhizome base and roots attached. is basically, a complete plant system, it needs to be completely dug up and tossed or it will (or should) grow back.
        I’ve purchased and worked with some bamboo and it is a really cool material to make other things; but, a bit expensive to buy up here in the north. I used some purchase bamboo to make a fire saw and create a flame; but, it’s not one of those things we up here carry around, and quite honestly, makes me a bit jealous. I hope Izzy’s bamboo survives and grows back.

        • Ohioprepper; If bamboo grows here, it should grow in your area. It survives VERY cold temps.

          I guess I will be harvesting the stalks to save for other projects. When stalks does go brown, I cull them out and save them. It’s a job to cut the stuff. Yes, you can “watch” it grow. I just went out and took another look at it….#$#%^#^#%@.

          • Izzy,

            Ohioprepper; If bamboo grows here, it should grow in your area. It survives VERY cold temps.

            You know what they say about assuming?
            Your reply made me do something I should have done a long time ago. I googled:
            “Can you grow bamboo in Ohio?” and the first reply was:“Not only can bamboo be successfully grown in Ohio, but the River Cane species is native to Ohio “
            ‘Nuff said. It seems I have some research to do.
            Thanks!!!!

            • TOP,

              I believe the River Cane bamboo, when it’s harvested in cold weather, is one of the most favorite bamboo of the panda bears at Zoo Atlanta. Has to be harvested cold, they won’t eat it if its a summer harvest. Evidently, it grows near Atlanta too as the zoo staff can’t travel too far to cut cane for the bears and they only serve cane they’ve cut themselves. Quality control issue.

      • Bam Bam; It is almost impossible to kill bamboo. Even the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nukes didn’t kill it. Short of pouring Tordon (or diesel on the roots and firing it) , it just doesn’t die.

        • I was thinking what Bam Bam said. I’ve only ever heard of getting rid of bamboo by fencing it off and putting pigs in with it so they can root it out. Even then, you may not be successful. Right now, I wish my neighbor would get rid of his bamboo because it’s trying to creep into my back yard, but I won’t kill it since it’s on his property. I’ll just keep fighting what’s trying to grow on mine.

        • For anyone with a bamboo “problem” and if you live near a zoo that has giant pandas, often the zoo will come out, evaluate your bamboo, and if it’s suitable for the bears, they will come back out periodically and harvest it for you. The pandas will thank you for your donation.

          Zoo Atlanta and the National Zoo are the only ones with pandas that pop into my mind. There are a few others.

          • Well now that is interesting Zulu 3-6. I would have never thought of that.

            Sadly, mine would not be suitable for any creature at this juncture.

          • Zoo Atlanta has put out a request for it in recent months as well, but it has to be a specific type. I’m hoping our neighbor has the right type and decides to participate.

            • GA Red,

              Yeah, Zoo Atlanta does that on their website frequently. I like watching the panda cubs myself and so does my granddaughter. When they’re not sleeping, anyway. I’ve been lucky to watch all of the Zoo Atlanta’s panda cubs births live, as they happen, except for the last set of twins. I missed them by about 15-minutes.

  28. Good Morning Pack,
    This has been a busy week for us (last few weeks actually – we haven’t updated in a while!).
    We cleaned out and re-organized the freezer this week – working on ensuring we are rotating items.
    Canned – 8 – 12 0z packages of blackberries that we turned into jam, 4 lbs of mushrooms that became soup, Froze green peppers, canned asparagus -pickled and regular, harvested and dried oregano and basil
    Baked – 2 loaves of bread, 2 loaves of bananna bread, and a dozen hamburger buns to stock up in the freezer. (So much for the space I made cleaning out the freezer).
    Stocked up on – canned meats – sardines, tuna- and condiments, especially hot sauce (to keep DH happy, lol) added 25 lbs. of flour and 100 lbs of chicken feed and 100 lbs. of dog food to the stockpile
    Gear – purchased the solar charger JM reviewed recently, had some yard sale find – shelves for stockpile storage and Rubbermaid closet for lighter items, and we found a complete set of gently used camping/survival gear (minutes sleeping bags) for sale on Craigslist that we are going to check out today – includes 8 man dome tent, Coleman camp stove, cooking pots, pans, utensils, thermal blankets, fishing gear, propane lantern, camp shower, and a tent fan for less than half it would cost to buy all new. This would round out what we need quite well and any duplication we can pass on to the kids.
    Garden – blackberries are looking good (still green but we are happy it looks like they are going to produce this year), planted parsley, cilantro, cucumbers, green beans and a gogi berry bush. I have sweet potatoes appearing in the bed where they were last year – they look better now than before. There are few tomatoes fruiting out, but I am not impressed with our yield. I think we need to focus on serious soil amendments this fall for next year to move our gardening to the next level. Our hot season is upon us already!
    Research – looking for the best place/price to purchase 275 gallon water totes, checking out reviews on sleeping bags, pads, cots, also camp chef stove versus a propane single burner for outdoor cooking.
    Financial – received our tax refund and paid off the truck one step closer to completely being debt free independence!

    May each of you have a blessed and joyful week,
    MM

    • MM, what was the solar charger?

      Nice on the bread and rotation…..

      • Jesse Mathewson

        MM, awesome you will enjoy using it –

        thor1 it’s a Hilucky brand from amazon battery pack with solar recharge

        • Jesse & Thor1,
          I purchased one of those on Jesse’s recommendation and have just started playing with it. For $20.00 if it works at all, it’s a good deal.
          While I have the generator, I also have tons of different batteries for that “just in case” scenario and another way to charge things for that low price is IMHO just good sense.

  29. In my 3×3 raised bed I planted some multi colored bell peppers and some radishes yesterday. Still have 3 4×4 raised beds to do yet. Picked up some more TP and paper towels for storage. Oldest son’s construction company finished remodeling my bathroom with new tub and surround tiles, new toilet, new vanity and floor tiles. Looks great. The new toilet uses less water so may save some money there. Garage needs a serious clean out but that is for this summer. I have to look at the stuff in there with a new eye; if it has prepper value it stays, if not it goes. Keep on prepping because even though tensions on the Korean peninsula seam to be easing, tensions here at home are growing as the progressives in our educated class are obviously at war with the American people who just want to be left alone to lead their own lives as they see fit. I was a boy scout once and our motto was Be Prepared. Great advice.

  30. Lots of repairs made around the house this past week which means that my neighbor and I have consumed a lot of beer. We are bringing the plan together. Fixing everything with an eye toward selling in a couple of years and heading to Eastern Tennessee.

    Worked on the yard this week. Burned the last of the blue spruce branches from the nor’easter and worked on some logs for the fire pit.

    Buying a Remington 1911 this week. Don’t know yet if it’s going to be stainless or GI finish. Going to put the old Colt in semi-retirement. Next week, we’ll see how the $$ is and , if we look good, we’ll get a pair of Ruger LC9S pistols for me and Mrs. Overwatch. One of those loudmouth teenage anti-gun pinkos was telling people not to buy Ruger. That made me want several. Next month, a Vaquero!!!!

    • Overwatch:

      When I bought my LC9S, I got the Pro model, due toit’s lack of a magazine safety. A feature I have never been fond of.

      • JP, that’s why I’ve never bought a Smith and Wesson auto. I don’t want machines thinking for me.

      • JP,

        When I bought my LC9S, I got the Pro model, due toit’s lack of a magazine safety. A feature I have never been fond of.

        Pretty much the same here; but, I use it on my little .380 auto when in close at hand storage. By leaving a round in the breach, setting the safety, and slightly loosening the magazine, you have to grab the gun, click the magazine into place and release the safety to fire the gun. I’ve practiced this enough that It simply happens when I grab the gun that’s kept in its holster, ready @ hand. When I bought the .380 it was a great deal and little things like the magazine disconnect didn’t matter as much, so we just adapt. Unfortunately most of the new handguns have that “feature” along with an “integrated trigger lock”, as the manufacturers try and avoid being sued.
        My Ruger P89 and P85 don’t have the magazine disconnect and I carry one of those if I’m traveling somewhere I might need more rounds and more firepower.
        It looks like I might get in some range time the next few weeks, since it’s finally warm and dry at the same time. Hope you all can do the same.

  31. Good evening everyone,

    Late to post again. Went to the Great Appalachian Homesteading conference this weekend. Nothing short of spectacular. Got to listen to Eustace Conway, from Mountain Men and the Turtle Island Preserve, 2 different times telling his story and he sharing stories about how he got to the place he is in his life now. Said season 5 will start soon. Fascinating to say the least, so knowledgeable, and demonstrated making handles, spoons, and other things out of pieces of wood. He likes to share his knowledge with children too with kids camps on his Turtle Island Preserve. Jon Townsend spoke about colonial living and shared some cookbook titles to check out, Old Alabama Gardener shared his knowledge on Comfrey and making salve, Starry Hilder spoke about things to treat the most common medical problems high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. There was emergency preparedness 101, soap making using coconut oil, gardening all year long, Ham radio guy that was nothing short of spectacular for us green horns. He had 4 different radios on a stacked stand made by the LDS folks in Utah. It was the last class of the conference, and he unhooked the microphones and antennas and stuck it in a faraday trash can lined with a $20 pond liner folded over at the top and some foam in the bottom. Talked about setting up solar to charge the batteries that will run the radios. That part got a little over my head… He recommended 2 books, one a series named 299 days by Glen Tate, and A Great State: The Divide by Shelby Gallagher. Water discussion, essential oils, raising chickens, what type of dairy animal to have and so much more. Demonstrations and wares for sale from living history folks, making candles, tin cups, horns, leather wares, cooking lye… Vendors where I bought some lemongrass soap, orange sugared pecans, black drawing salve, face lotion. Met up with friends from local meetup group and Jean and Terra and her husband from the blog. We all had a great time and wish we could have spent more time together. Looking forward to next year’s conference.

    Went to HAM class Friday. The class isn’t moving as fast as the instructor would like, but most of us are older folks and some of us work during the week, and are having a hard time squeezing in time to study before class. We think we will be able to test the week before Memorial Day weekend.

    Bought some more new Tupperware very cheap. Sold my rice cooker on FB MP.

    MD, could you please send Izzy my address? Thank You.

    Prayers for the pack, for unspoken requests, for the President and for America. Now, to catch up on what I’ve missed.

    MD, I tried to preorder the CD, but I am only getting my Paypal account sign in page.

    • Almost There & Izzy,

      M.D., could you please send Izzy my address? Thank You.

      I think our host is rather busy, so if this doesn’t happen, Izzy can send me an email via the web page linked to my name. Just mention your name here in the email and I’ll get you two connected. I’ve already done this for Sirius & Billy T, Sirius & Zulu, and Overwatch & City Susan and also have contact information for Bam Bam, GA Red, and of course, you; but, will keep OPSEC and not share anything without a specific request to do so.

  32. Well, we have finally had the weather to plant our garden. Our little boy helped out and was learning valuable ideas on why we do what we do. We resupplied a good amount of medical items and picked up 250 rounds of 9mm XPT rounds. The wife decided she was going to put an order in on the Taurus Spectrum. I am not a big fan of GEN 1 guns, but she wants to go for it. We also purchased clothes for our son the next size up and put them in lock seal bags for the fall and winter. Picked up two more more packets of long-term seeds as well as 100 bars of Bermand Kelly travel soap. I also found two CCKS 2-step kinfe sharpeners on sale and scored some very nice locally made jewelery for Mother’s Day presents. Outside of that, we decided to have some fun and hit a local indoor water park. Finally, picked up summer passes for the water park near us, got to have some fun!!! Take care all. Mike T.

  33. MD,
    Now I don’t see the pre-order button at all. I clicked on it last night and only got my paypal account sign in, which I signed in and it only gave me my account information. Nothing to order. Could you please check on it? I would like to pre-order as well. Thanks.

    • Almost There,

      I took it temporarily. It will be officially released this coming Saturday and can be ordered then.

      • MD,

        Will we be able to purchase for the pre-order price? The first time I clicked the pre-order button, it only went to my paypal account, and it didn’t order anything.

        The second time I went to order, the button was gone.

        • Almost There,

          I removed the button until I can get caught up – I have a page ready that I’m going to link to Saturday where everyone can order. The folks that preordered will get a version of the CD with all of my books on it, future CD’s will be not have my books but will be priced to reflect that.