This Week on The Homestead: Homesteading Progress and Preps For The Week / June 16, 2018

Hello everyone. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve received a number of emails from readers letting me know how broke that they are and how that they could not afford to buy any preps, or homestead, however, the strange thing was that when I emailed back asking what they were doing to try and earn some extra money the conversations went silent.

Folks, complaining about being broke isn’t going to help you. As far as I know, complaining isn’t a marketable skill and no one is hiring for it. So stop complaining and get off your butts and do something to earn more money if you need it.

I’ve been broke and I’ve even been homeless, however, I did not just give up, nor did I expect anyone to give me anything. Instead, I got up and hustled. I planned, I worked and I failed a lot, but I kept at it and I finally started earning a living as a handyman.

And you know what… the more jobs I got, the more satisfied customers that I had, which led to repeat business with those customers and also to those customers letting their family and friends know about me and my work which led to even more customers…

And then about 12-years ago I decided to start a blog.

At that time I didn’t know anything about blogging or doing anything online other than a google search. But I had always wanted to publish a print newsletter and a blog is a modern version of that so I moved forward. And after doing a lot of studying, and planning I started my first blog.

I spent hours every day working to add content and to get everything just right. Somedays I’d work 16 hours a day just on my blog and you know what… nothing happened. No one was reading, no one was commenting… nothing.

But I didn’t give up because I have knowledge that I wanted to share with others. I wanted to teach and help others so I kept at it and after a few months and hundreds of hours of work, I started to see my pageviews trickle upwards.

So I kept working, and the page views started to grow along with my subscriber numbers by which 10 or more every day, and it just kept going. It was slow, very slow but as long as those numbers kept going up, even slightly, I knew that I was doing something right, so I kept doing it.

And then after several years and thousands of hours working on my blog for free, I started earning a few dollars a month from it. If I remember correctly my first month as an Amazon.com affiliate I earned just over $1.50.

Keep in mind that this $1.50 was after several years of blogging and having several hundred subscribers at that time. But I kept at it and each month my page views and subscriber numbers increased as did my earnings to the point where I was able to stop working as a handyman and start blogging full-time.

Anyways, the point is that instead of complaining while doing nothing isn’t going to work. You need to figure out how to earn more while spending less on stuff that you don’t really need.

I’ve written several articles recently on doing both… but just reading those articles isn’t going to help you… you have to actually do something.

I’ll link to a few of those articles below:

I even have a free blogging course – yes, it’s truly free, with no strings attached – just click on this link to get started.

Okay, now what about my homesteading and preps for the week.

This week, I put in another raised garden bed, set up a 55-gallon barrel to catch rainwater runoff, that I’ll use to water my garden. Planted more peppers and tomatoes.

And ordered one of these that I’ll pull behind my UTV.

Oh yeah, I only have a limited supply of the super awesome Bulletproof Survivor CD left so order now if you want a copy.

And don’t forget to check out my T-shirts and book.

Please, let me know which of my T-shirt designs that you like the best as well as the one that you dislike the most.

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

306 Comments

  1. What did I do this week?
    I took some time
    To write it all down
    And set it to rhyme.

    I hope you enjoy it,
    And it’s not boring.
    I came up with the idea
    While my husband was snoring.

    I need to catch up on sleep,
    But I can’t ‘cause I’m working,
    Or just laying around
    My duties I’m shirking.

    A little more stuff
    Was added to the pile.
    I got it on sale
    That only lasted a while.

    The weather didn’t cooperate.
    The garden was full of weeds.
    I want to send some rain to Jesse,
    ‘Cause I know that’s what he needs.

    I worked in the garden
    Hilling, weeding, and seeding.
    Nothing was done during last week’s camping,
    So that’s what it was needing.

    Hubby helped with the corn,
    Tilling and chopping with a hoe.
    That’s better than diamonds
    And stuff just for show.

    It’s happened again to me.
    Neighbor sprayed chemicals on his field.
    He was careless and it drifted.
    I hope it doesn’t affect my garden yield.

    The baby goats are ok.
    Their mommas are proud.
    To have the weaning started,
    But boy they’re sure loud!

    Now I’ve started the milking.
    I do it by hand.
    It’s a little more work
    Living off of the land.

    I have lots of milk,
    And want to make cheese.
    I would like for you to share
    Your successful recipes.

    Taking care of the chickens
    Is so much more fun.
    Since no worries of being attacked
    Yes, the roosters are minus one. 😉

    The hens lay many eggs,
    And have lots of poops.
    I worked quite a while
    Cleaning out the three coops.

    I rearranged the chickens,
    To coops that are new.
    I hope for happier hens,
    And breeding better too.

    The apiary’s doing well.
    We have lots of honey.
    The nucs are almost ready.
    So good-bye to some money.

    I’m getting rid of stuff
    That I no longer use,
    Clothes, knick-knacks, dishes,
    And a few pair of old shoes.

    I need to get busy.
    My To-Do list is large.
    Don’t forget what I say.
    Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

    • As a teacher, I hear a lot of parents complain about not having enough money for…fill in the blank. This translates to: I want you to pay my water bill, car repair, kid’s clothes, Christmas presents, etc. It’s amazing how quiet these people are when I tell them about two or three jobs I know of that they’re completely qualified for and they can even walk to them! You’re right. Do what we’ve both done. Get off your butt and DO SOMETHING!

      • PG, Oddly I learn that a lot of folks don’t have money for supplies or prepping because it was all used on their latest vacation or adding to their ATV/RV/vehicle/etc. How you balance your money is something these folks just don’t understand.

        • Gloria,

          PG, Oddly I learn that a lot of folks don’t have money for supplies or prepping because it was all used on their latest vacation or adding to their ATV/RV/vehicle/etc. How you balance your money is something these folks just don’t understand.

          How true. Back in the mid 1970’s I knew a financial planner who said he would love to get a hold of some of the local factory workers. It drove him crazy how much money they wasted on their new toys like ATV’s and vehicles. He could have made some money and had each of them on a path to early retirement. The biggest thing that bugged him was the financial illiteracy where they generally only wanted to know “What’s the payment?” and if they had that much to spare each month, they would make the purchase. Things like interest rate and number of months to payoff didn’t count, and items like 401K contributions or other savings were neglected. Many also only made the minimum credit card payments.
          I graduated from college in 1973 and purchased my first house ( a fixer upper on a land contract) in 1976, while contributing at least the minimum amount to my 401K for the match.
          I don’t feel sorry for those who will not work and prefer to just complain; but, we have a society that’s been headed there much too long.
          The DW and I scream when we hear or see commercials about debt relief, where some company can reduce what you owe to the IRS or help you walk away from credit card debt just wiping it out, while the rest of us pay our debts and lead responsible lives.
          Arrrrgh!!!!!

          • Ohio Prepper,
            You are right. My hubby and I saved for years and contributed to our 401K. Even when I was a divorced mom of three children, I always contributed as much as I possibly could. We have a comfortable retirement because of over 30 years of saving and doing without. We are not rich by any means. We are able to live without depending on anyone else, pay our bills, help our kids out within reason and generally purchase what we need and want. We don’t buy frivolous things either. We were so worried the last few years of working and we couldn’t make it without a paycheck, but you would be surprised at how little you spend when retired.

          • Right on!! When my son started working at a well-known steel company he was told that they never laid off anyone, except for just cause, during the slow times. They cut everyone’s hours during those times so employees should save some money from the busy times, with lots of overtime, to tide them over the slow times. Some put some money away & some didn’t. They bought pickups, boats, campers etc. and when the slow times rolled around the bulletin board filled up with notices of all the toys for sale. Some people just never learn.

        • Loved you poem PG! I’m finally ready to buy a couple things and really need advice from everyone! What would be a good thermal monocular? Not too outrageous, but works well. Any advice on a thermal scope? And lastly, best kind of 2 way radios for neighbors and us?

      • That hurts me just reading about your injury. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

      • I agree completely MD. I’ve been broke before with my back up against the wall. I remember paying my bills and only having $20 remaining until the next paycheck. Then I went to work. I negotiated lower payments with my credit cards. Browned sacked my lunch to work and cut how the expensive coffees and soft drinks. I even took a second job for awhile. I was worn out by the end of the week, but I climbed out and am a better person for it.
        Our church gives out sack lunches to the needy and food boxes to family’s in need. You would be amazed at the number of well to do people who drop by not because they are in need, but because it’s free and they feel as entitled as those truly in need. They come in reeking of tobacco (I once told a woman covered in cigarette smoke) that with the price of tobacco, she could use that money to feel her children. They look at you like a deer in the headlight. Oh, and the woman who come by (dresses to the nines with the MK purse, designer sun glasses and Mercedes, wanting sack lunches for her five children. She didn’t care for me telling her that I would need to see the children for that many lunches, otherwise she only got one. Next day, she stopped by again and requested five lunches. I repeated the deal about seeing the children. She pointed to the car to which I saw heads, so I walked out to the car and saw two young men (maybe in their early twentys) sitting in the back seat, I gave. Her 3 lunches, she never came by again. I absolutely hate the people who are just working the system. Great empathy form those in real need, we had a guy that came in regular. He rode a bicycle because that’s the only transportation he had. He worked full time at a chicken processing plant down the road, but it wasn’t quite enough money. He asked if we had anything he could do part time. We hired him part time. Who do you think would be the most apt to survive in a shtf situation?

        • Jean, to some degree those who “work the system” survive well by learning to take advantage of every opportunity and not letting the pesky thing we have “principles” get in the way. I’ve asked others many times why we should continue to be plagued by our principles…their response is always, it’s what separates us from the animals.

          And a an aside, in my recent article I was clear about giving, getting and receiving- eg., something for nothing always creates more problems in the end than it solves. *dont feed the bears*

          That young man who offered to work for his lunch…that’s a man I’d want to know

    • Love it, PG,! U cud be a rapper!

    • Love your rhyme.

    • Sorry PG, I accidentally put my post in the wrong spot.

    • Prepared Grammy,
      Bravo !!!!!!!

    • Prepared Grammy, thank you! Started raining last night and hasn’t stopped yet! Loving it!

      • Jesse, I’m so glad. I’ve honestly been thinking about you a lot this week and hoping you were getting some rain.

        • Pg, and docj, we are getting good rain- it was raining in Tempe earlier today as well! And thank you PG hugs very much!

      • Jesse, so glad for your rain. Sister in Phoenix. Temps are at 109 during the day. Hope she gets the rain also!

    • Love the poem!

    • Rapper Grammy…. instead of Prepared Grammy…. Na….

    • Excellent. Thanks!

    • Prepared Grammy, Well done!

    • I just love it! What a great start to this week’s responses, PG. Lol.

  2. Managed to temporarily incapacitate dominant hand with Mandolin slicer. Only 10 stitches, but, not much accomplished!

    • Livinthedream,

      Wow! Did you damage any nerves? Hope that you heal up soon!

    • LTD, your not accident prone are you ??? 10 stitches, ouch.

      • Well, Thor…aren’t ALL Homesteaders, by the very nature of what we do every day, more accident-prone than the average bear?!

        • LTD, stay away from the chainsaw and log splitter/axe…..LOL

          I hope it doesn’t hurt when you laugh…….

        • Livinthedream,

          Well, Thor…aren’t ALL Homesteaders, by the very nature of what we do every day, more accident-prone than the average bear?!

          I know I am not; but, that’s because I assume everything will take longer than planned and we use safety equipment even when it is a pain in the ….
          Even rushing up the stairs can be hazardous so we try to do things carefully and slowly, even though it may sometimes drive us a bit crazy.
          Being less accident-prone must be part of the mindset, since those accidents can also take longer to get help by the very nature of where we live.

    • Ouch! Prayers that you heal quickly with no infection. Take care.

    • Heal quickly and well! That hurts just thinking about it!

    • LtD,

      I broke my right (dominant) arm in 2nd grade falling off a horse named 50 cents… I have to learn how to do things with my left hand. It was a good thing because now, I am pretty much ambidextrous.

      I’m always afraid of those things… Hope you heal soon and fully functional…

      • Thank you, AT!

        Hey, this IS a prep, learning to use ur non-dominant hand better, right?!

        • That’s what I was thinking. Adapt!

          • Jean, the new owner of thesurvivalistogdotnet is now hosting “What I did to prep this week”. Tara, who posts here, as well, runs it. Plz come over ti week 1 & join the conversation.

    • Prayers for fast healing.

      • Thànk you, Greg M! All pràyers are precious to me.

      • Greg thesurvivalistblogdotnet is again hosting “What Did I do ti prepare This Week”. week 1 is up! Tara, who also writes for this site, runs it (very well!). Plz come join the conversation.

    • Dang Livin….that is a lot of stitches. Just thinking about it, I kinda felt a tingle in my lower spine. (:

    • LTD,
      That sounds like something I would do! Ouch! I have a couple of mandolins but won’t use them because of that. Praying for a quick healing.

      • Thank U, Brenda! I am tossing mine out. It has a “safety handle”/ The food item is secured on the bottom of it with “teeth”. It then fits in a type of track for slicing Unfortunately, the safety handle jumps the track and one slices fingers rather than veggies. Getting out my old Salad Master with its slicing cone!

        • I bought a knock-off version of the Salad Master with slicing cone. My ex-MIL had a set of what she called “waterless cookware” that I suspect is the same thing based on a search I did. She called the cone slicer thing a gricer and used it for cole slaw a lot. It is nicer than my knock-off, but mine does the job relatively well.

    • Livinthedream,

      Managed to temporarily incapacitate dominant hand with Mandolin slicer. Only 10 stitches, but, not much accomplished!

      Ouch!!!
      Something on my wish list might work here. I’ve been planning to get one or a pair of stainless steel mesh cut gloves, primarily for processing meat; but, they might just do the trick here also.

  3. Got a pickup truck load of broken straw bales delivered for $25. It’s been dry here and the fruit trees need mulch as do the raised beds. Late frost killed most of the fruit tree top flowers but lower ones are doing well. Our Bartlett pear tree is tough and didn’t seem to lose any flowers/fruit. Noticed a local organic apple orchard lost over 30% of their young dwarf trees to winterkill.

    I’ve been working daily in the veg garden to finish planting needed veg, weed things, water the veg, and watch for pests. We average 23C to 26C temps lately and the sun has really been burning my skin this year, even in the shade.

    Still have our rats problem and will likely have to get an exterminator. DH sprays a hot sauce and vinegar mix over the spilled pigeon food the rats like but it hasn’t worked so far. Salsa rats are not something we want.

    Finally installed the 1/2” hardware cloth raised bed covers to protect the strawberry raised beds and not five minutes after we finished a bird, hoping to steal the green berries, bounced off the screen. There seems to be far too much wildlife around here lately competing for our food and almost everything needs protection from the thieves. I suspect in the near future I’ll have to screen over my whole in-ground fenced veg patch as well as all of my raised beds. Carrot flies have also become more of a problem so I’m installing a protective screen around the carrot bed. My onion-pulling chipmunk has finally given up the game.

    We had an election last week and afterwards ODS and I drove around pulling the better quality ‘vote’ signs. These are the channeled plastic signs like bee supply places sell for big bucks to set under mite catch screens. We got ours for free and I doubt the bees will care what candidate’s face is on the sign. I also salvaged quality wood 3 ft fence posts and almost new screws from the signs. Some posts went into the asparagus raised bed edges where I then wrapped fence wire around them all to hold in the asparagus fronds that flop onto the lawn. Just discovered our local dump is closing down and the replacement dump doesn’t allow salvaging. Darn! We get a lot of useful wood there.

    DH started cutting 3 ft tall x 9ft circumference potato beds for me from old chicken fencing. I bought corn crib fencing for the job but it’s too strong so we’ll use it for fencing.

    The fertilized queen bee we bought last week has settled into the hive and all is well. We hoped to buy 2 nucs from a local beekeeper but discovered she lost 50% of almost 1400 hives, so, we have to make do with one hive this year and hope it survives and build from there.

    Did a Costco run and stocked up on 10 lbs of organic quinoa and 10 lbs of organic sugar for storage. ODS renewed my Costco membership as an early birthday present.

    • Our neighbor’s cat has taken up residence in our barn even tho they have their own barn. She is raising her kittens in our barn. I keep them in food & water, as they ran off all rats & mice! If they stay, I’ll have them “fixed”.

    • Gloria, you didn’t keep your campaign promise of being first…..LOL

      • I slept in today and PG came first, which is fine. I notice you’re a late starter today.

        • I’m in moderation….LOL

          But I made no promises…… LOL

          I thought you might blame it on the bee’s or the Russians again….LOL

    • Oooh, thanks, Gloria! There are some election signs no longer ‘useful’ in our area. Need those.

    • Gloria, you are awesome!

    • Gloria
      Oh my gosh! I just pictured a line of rats doing a salsa dance! Now I can’t get it out of my head.

    • Gloria, we’re all looking for you over at thesurvivalistblogdotnet – week 1. Come see!

  4. Puppy is eating like a horse….although he didn’t eat the turtle he found at the other side of the property. I gave him the command to stop and he dropped the turtle. But then he tried to nose it in the ditch next to him…. LOL
    He was trying to hide t sohe could get it later……smart puppy. The poor turtle was so scared he was peeing. I picked him up and put him in the pond area that has a double fence so puppy can’t get him. If shtf I know where I can get some turtle soup….LOL

    Cleaned air filters again , there must be so much pollen in the air. Those filters have saved me so much money over the years I highly recommend them.

    Cut the front and back 40……..LOL woooo its hot. Stay hydrated !!!

    The storm that came n with high winds messed up my biggest tomato plant even though it was in a cage. It broke one branch and bent another. I have never seen it that windy here before. 40 to 60 mph winds. Power flickered a few times but did not give me an opportunity to activate the solar backup.

    Going to look at an assisted living place for dfl and mnl her Alzheimer’s is getting bad.

    I heard Louisiana has a brain eating amoeba in the water supply. 97% fatality rate.
    Also a new bed flu in China..40% fatality rate.

    • I have an eye “I” problem. I am missing I”s………LOL Bird flu….it…..in….LOL

    • My prayers with you. Alzheimer’s is such a cruel disease.

    • Thor,

      H7N9 has been circulating in China for several years now. I wrote an article about it some time ago. Oh–if you can still search the old website. This strain has a high mortality rate but a low morbidity rate. It does not easily transfer from person to person. In China, chickens, pigs and humans live in close contact and the sanitation is poor. Unless this strain mutates, it will unlikely be the next pandemic.

    • Thor,

      My reply just disappeared. H7N9 has been circulating in China for a few years now. It has a death rate of 38 percent but it does not transfer from person to person very well. Unless it mutates, it is unlikely to cause the next pandemic. I wrote an article about this a few years ago on the old website.. In China, birds, pigs and humans live in close contact and the sanitation is subpar. Also, people are less likely to seek medical him. In China, if a person dies, their family has to pay the medical bills. So, again, without a mutation toward morbidity, we are unlikely to see H7N9 in the U.S.

      • Bam, its airborne……. That means it mutated……

        • Thor,

          I am still not overly concerned. When the flu virus evolves to become more contagious it typically gives up its lethality. Now if the strain tested in ferrets also killed a good many of the ferrets, that would give cause for concern. The Spanish Flu H1N1 was both highly contagious and very lethal–that’s the combination that creates a pandemic.

          • Thor,

            I wanted to make sure we are looking at the same research. You are talking about the strain of H7N9 that scientists artificially mutated in a lab setting–they found that H7N9 would only need 10 mutations to cause a pandemic. Are you referencing the lab created mutation or a mutation actually found in nature? The latter would indeed be disturbing.

          • Bam Bam,

            The Spanish Flu H1N1 was both highly contagious and very lethal–that’s the combination that creates a pandemic.

            Actually, it has been determined that most of the deaths during the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic were only indirectly caused by the influenza. Most people died from bacterial pneumonia, in an age prior to the discovery and mass production of antibiotics.
            That strain or one similar today would still be nasty; but, would claim far fewer lives than it did 100 years ago.

            • True, but our medical system would quickly become overrun. Hospitals and pharmacies would run out of antibiotics to treat the pneumonia.

              • Bam Bam,

                True, but our medical system would quickly become overrun. Hospitals and pharmacies would run out of antibiotics to treat the pneumonia.

                Once again this would depend on where you live, and the preparations your local first responders and Emergency Management Agencies have taken. Our local county EMA works with the county health department and many of the EMA members such as me are also members of the county Reserve Medical Corps. We have done tabletop exercises for things like Anthrax attacks and influenza pandemics, all under the exercise title of POD (Point Of Dispensing). In a major event, there are caches of antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin that would be brought to a central location. From there EMA & MRC volunteers would start unpacking cases from pallets and boxes from cases. Some of these would be repackaged into bulk packages with enough doses to cover local first responders (Police, Fire, EMS) and their families. Some would be bulk [packaged to get to known places with a known head count of people all in one place.
                Finally, we would manage individual families with radio announcements and reverse 911 telephone contacts, instructing a single family member to come to a central location and pick up enough medication for the family.
                One of the main jobs of each county, and state EMA as well as the federal EMA (FEMA) is to have SOP’s and contingencies to cover as many disastrous events as can be conceived.

    • antiparasitic…. herbal, natural.. black walnut comes to mind, there are many others. Big Pharma has gotten so big some think – unless someone can’t make big $$ getting rich off a problem there is no remedy …and they wiill watch others die before they would try, prescribe an all natural treatment. The problem with these latest is they are often well entrenched before anyone knows they are there… Huummm.. think G ma knew what she was doing when she de-wormed everything on the far every spring and fall…

    • Thor – take a peek in over at the other site – Week 1 – we miss you.

      • Livinthedream; I posted a couple of basic comments on the other site and they are still in moderation…last time I looked. Question; How can a blog owner living in Romania support our American patriotism? THAT has me a little concerned.

  5. I agree on complaining about your situation. If you are retired as the DW & I are, then you should have been planning from age 18-65 for eventual retirement. If you are not yet retired then use whatever skills you have and don’t be afraid to take on new challenges. Even the Wal-Mart greeter gets a paycheck and a discount in the store, and fast food restaurants are almost always looking for reliable help. If you are truly tight for cash, then there should be no job beneath you as long as it is honest and adds funds to the cash flow.

    As for helping others, I run classes on firearms, preparedness, radio and electronics, and while these do help me network, they pay little or no cash; however, the benefits are tremendous with people helping me on projects and dropping off spare fruits and vegetables often expecting nothing except on occasion a few eggs in return.

    When you state:

    And then after several years and thousands of hours working on my blog for free, I started earning a few dollars a month from it.

    I suspect it’s the same for most of us. I spent a bit more than 4 years including summers getting my engineering degrees, and my first engineering job in 1973 paid a whopping $800.00 per month which works out to about $4.60 per hour and I was also paying off a $4K student debt along with general living expenses. Prepping back then was more along the lines of gardening and canning, using the time I had to make up for the money I didn’t have.

    This past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. Picked up the polo shirt and hat for our local radio club. One of the members has a 15 needle embroidery machine and did a great job for the club. Most of the members already had there’s but I was waiting for a vanity callsign to get sewn onto the new hat and shirt. My original callsign started with “KA’ and I only dropped the ‘A’; but, after 42 years, both friends and myself have to practice saying the call without that single letter. It’s a prep since it has been a long time in planning and makwill communications more easily understandable.
    2. Picked up another 20 packages of white chocolate M&M’s on sale
    3. Purchased a Ryobi ONE+ battery powered string trimmer / edger kit with spare battery & charger. Keeping the area around the fences and the propane tanks has gotten to be a chore, and this should help a lot.
    4. Received the DVD of “2016 Obama’s America” by Dinesh D’Souza. I’ve wanted to see this movie since it came out. D’Souza was prosecuted by the Obama administration for tax and election irregularities, while the Hildebeast got off scot free. President Trump recently granted him a Full Pardoned which is something I agree with since I suspect it was the movie and his criticism of Obama that really were the issue.
    5. Samsung Galaxy S6 activated with unlimited everything complements of my sister in Key West. I’ve been added to her AT&T plan for around $20.00 per month. AT&T is spotty at my location; but, gives me lots of extras when out and about away from the homestead.
    6. Trip to the doctor for a yearly checkup and some blood work so I’m now taking a vitamin D3 supplement
    7. Ryobi ONE+ 18V 10″ CHAINSAW from Home Depot
    8. Ryobi ONE+ 18V 10″ TRIMMER with LI-ION battery & charger from Home Depot. It’s fathers day and they have specials. Along with the string trimmer, this will help a lot around the property.
    9. Ryobi Replacement Spool of trimmer string from Home Depot
    That’s all this week

    • Nice, agreed with your assessment of D’Souza. Good stuff. He has another film from 2010? I think which explains how Barack Hussein Obama became such a rabid Marxist. His “father” was his influence.

      • Overwatch,

        agreed with your assessment of D’Souza. Good stuff. He has another film from 2010? I think which explains how Barack Hussein Obama became such a rabid Marxist. His “father” was his influence.

        From my perspective the best book on Obama is the one he wrote & narrated in the audio version: “Dreams from my father”. I often see the “from” written as “of”; but, the word “from” is correct and IMHO makes all the difference in his attitude, since his father who was a rabid communist abandoned him and left him with a bad taste in his mind about the USA. He still seems to think we were the colonial root of all of the worlds evils, so the complete reversal of his policies by the Trump administration must be slowly killing him, since I don’t think he, the Hildebeast, and others of their ilk have the intellectual honesty to admit they were wrong. As for D’Souza, he’s a real intellectual who has been around for nearly 30 years. He was a policy analyst in the Reagan White House, worked with The American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
        He was called “one of the top young public-policy makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily, He became known as a major influencer on public policy through his writings. His first book, Illiberal Education (1991), publicized the phenomenon of political correctness in America’s colleges and universities and became a New York Times bestseller for 15 weeks. It has been listed as one of the most influential books of the 1990s.
        His newest tome will be coming out in August, “Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party.” They mentioned this a week or so ago on an interview I watched.
        His 2015 book: “Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party.” Also did not win him any friends during the 8 Obama years.
        I however think that his 2014 book: “America: Imagine a World without Her” should be required reading for every high school student.

      • That, and those who pay him well to be their puppet, i.e. George Soros (one of the most evil men to ever live).

        • Livinthedream ,

          That, and those who pay him well to be their puppet, i.e. George Soros (one of the most evil men to ever live).

          If you think D’Souza is the puppet, then you have some real research to do, since he and his writing are the antithesis of everything Soros stands for.
          When my post above leaves moderation perhaps it will give you a starting point.
          As for Soros, I don’t know why he is still alive, since he’s a known financial terrorist and like Bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi should be deleted from the planet.
          His Open Society Foundations (note the plural) are spreading evil around the world and here in the U.S.
          His Tides Foundation (founded in 1976) claims to be a public charity and fiscal sponsor. What they actually do is advance progressive policies in areas such as the environment, health care, labor issues, immigrant rights, gay rights, women’s rights and human rights all with that socialist strong arm government twist. If we can’t convince you, we’ll just beat you into submission, and if you ignore us and elect someone like Trump, we’ll just keep screaming and using the government deep state lackeys to stop what we don’t agree with.
          You can’t be trusted since according to an unidentified FBI employee you Trump voters are “uneducated” and “lazy POS” the day after the 2016 presidential election, according to the Justice Department watchdog’s bombshell report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
          I guess I’m guilty since with only two engineering degrees I haven’t gotten the correct progressive (socialist world view) mindset and actually create things and pay my own bills.

          • OP, I clearly was not clear. My negative remark referred to Barack HUSSEIN Obama, and he IS sponsored by Soros. I happen to like D’Souza, very much, and I am grateful Prez T gave him a full pardon.

            • If I manage to be so unclear as to intent again, why not just ask? Save ur poor fingers! 😉

            • I got it Livinthedream. Maybe some can’t grasp answers that aren’t protracted into essays. 🙂

              • Izzy,

                I got it Livinthedream. Maybe some can’t grasp answers that aren’t protracted into essays. 🙂

                My problem is with my vision, not my comprehension. I wish I could just scan the pages and quickly read related comments; but, unfortunately that is not the case, so I often miss some of the larger context since I have to listen to it in pieces and probably did jump on that response a bit too quickly to keep from losing my place as I scan through the thread one email at a time.

            • Livinthedream ,

              OP, I clearly was not clear. My negative remark referred to Barack HUSSEIN Obama, and he IS sponsored by Soros. I happen to like D’Souza, very much, and I am grateful Prez T gave him a full pardon.

              OK I see that now. It’s just that the thread was discussing D’Souza with TDL only barely mentioned. Also, since I read these thread components as they trickle in via email, I may have missed the flow.
              In any case, I agree with Obama being a clueless self important brat funded by Soros and others of his ilk to push their progressive (read as controlling) agenda on a population that has clearly rejected them.

    • OP, sounds like you racked up for Fathers Day. Congratulations!

      • Jean ,

        OP, sounds like you racked up for Fathers Day. Congratulations!

        Actually only the chainsaw and the white chocolate M&M’s were for me, The string trimmer is for the DW who does most of the yard work. I help where I can; but, she pretty much monopolizes that new ZT mower. I have to admit it is fun to drive, LOL.

        • She wants to make sure her ornamentals don’t disappear! Lol!

          • Babycatcher,

            She wants to make sure her ornamentals don’t disappear! Lol!

            Nope, like me, if we can’t eat it or use it to feed bees or chickens, we don’t plant it.
            With my vision issues she claims she doesn’t want me running into the sticks or stumps that are around the yard, so once we distinctly mark them, we’ll see if that changes. I still think she’s just having too much fun, since she likes the out of doors and the ZT is fun to drive.

          • Babycatcher, thesurvivalistblogdotnet is again hosting, “What I Did to Prep this week”. week 1 is up. Plz join the cinversation.

    • Ohio Prepper,
      The movie is fabulous and so is D’Souza. He is a great writer and movie maker. His Hillary movie was great too. We bought them both.

      • Terra ,

        The movie is fabulous and so is D’Souza. He is a great writer and movie maker. His Hillary movie was great too. We bought them both.

        I have plans to purchase either the movies or the audio books and I agree that he is a gem of a person. The fact that the Obama administration went after him for what were rather trivial offenses pretty much says it all. I’m glad Trump pardoned him and he continues to work on more books. He was born on April 25, 1961, making him about 10 years younger than me and that means he is likely to be around for quite a long time. I only mention this because some other conservative freedom loving intellectuals are getting old, with Thomas Sowell now 87 and Walter E. Williams 82. While there are a few up and comers like Ben Shapiro who at 34 will hopefully be around a while longer, irritating the left by simply showing up for an invited speech at some of the larger universities .There is otherwise a dearth of upcoming people on our side.

  6. If you buy a extra box of salt or extra TP then your prepping.. a little extra here and there over the years your prepping. Living thru hurricanes you learn to plan.. This week prepping has been taxing. Reorganization has been taxing. on this old body., I had more toilet paper then I realized. The up and down on the step ladder is the taxing.

    • Jeanne ,

      If you buy a extra box of salt or extra TP then your prepping.. a little extra here and there over the years your prepping.

      Exactly. When we teach our preparedness seminars we stress “can copying” as an inexpensive starting point. When you need more beans or peaches or any other canned goods, replace the one you need with two. If they are on sale get 3 or 4 and soon you’ll have your 72 hour and then 7 day kits without thinking much about it.
      Apply the same to batteries and bottled water and you’ll be squared away before you realize it.
      When I was a kid, my parents and most of my neighbors did this just for the economics; but, back then it was not called prepping, just common sense.

  7. Not to much this week .planted some are sweet potatoes for small roots and leaves . Was given some elephant garlic and will establish a bed of that .
    That’s it this week . Busy week coming up . TeAching a class on making homemade wines on Tuesday night and a class next Saturday morning on how to make tomatoes juice,sauce,paste,dried and salsa .

    • Hey, Fixit – looking forward to Hohenwald in Oct. – plz keep us informed!

      • I will . The entry fee to the city parking lot will be $5 a day. The east end of the lot will have 4 tents setup as classrooms . The North side of the lot will be where we will be with a more primitive look . Wood cook stoves with food being cooked ,a forage , home made wine making , gadgets and gizmos of the non electric kitchen ,home canning and dehydration of foods ,traditional used of wild plants for food and health care Thomas and Jasmene Rhem will handle that on the 11th-12th and the guys from https://m.facebook.com/ScavengerandSelfReliance will cover on the 13th.. Will given a web link to the event when it comes up.

        • plz look for us over @ the “old site” for updates – look forward to connecting in Oct,!

  8. “Can’t help those who won’t help themselves” but I’m always willing to help those who will.

    Another saying in our house – “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.”

    This week has been about mulch. We bought a truck bed full last weekend and hubby got it spread Sunday morning before it got hot. This weekend, we are cutting out more brush/trees/weeds to make more of our own mulch. I think we could use about four more truck loads and still not be done, but I’m not willing to pay for it. We do have a lot more to cut out from the fence line though.

    Aside from that, we restocked cat food and some other household items. I have almost 300 days of canned cat food, but only a month or so of dry. They go through a lot of dry food between the indoor and outdoor cats – about 8 or so, plus a few raccoons and possums.

    Prayers for all in need.

    • GA Red; I have several buckets of rice, plus chicken broth and canned chicken, stored just to make cat food if I need to. It is really simple to do…even in a grid down situation.

      • Izzy, no tuna…..is that because of Fukushima???

        • Thor 1; I rarely give my cats tuna. Most tuna is pure crap unless you get the “Wild Planet” brand. It is a tad expensive, but worth every nickel. It is also not a product of China.

          • Izzy,
            Wild Planet brand. I shall see if I can find some of that. I love that it is not a product of China.

            • Terra if you go to their site, there is a place where you can type in your zip code and it shows stores that carry it. Or, you can order it online with free shipping, but it is more expensive from the company direct. It is delicious.

              • Izzy,

                if you go to their site, there is a place where you can type in your zip code and it shows stores that carry it.

                Thanks for mentioning this. I had not heard of it and as it turns out the local Meijer store is listed as carrying it.

                It is delicious.

                I’m going to try some. We used to buy whole flats of it from Aldi’s; but, lately it’s not like it used to be and has gone from nice firm meat into a can full of mush.
                Aldi’s canned chicken OTOH is still rather good.

      • Izzy,

        My cat that has the stomach problems, loves chicken… That’s a great idea.

        • Almost There; I cook the rice in the regular fashion, then let it cool. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake till brown and crispy. This stores well. When ready to use, add a little broth (low sodium) and allow to soak, then a wee bit of chicken. Or you can use the juice from the chicken after heating it. I’ve never had a cat refuse it.

          • Izzy,
            I never thought about homemade cat food. I love your recipe and will try it on my 3 kitties.

            • Terra; I forgot to add, I do wash my rice before cooking it. It gets a lot of the sticky starch out. I cook a whole chicken in my slow cooker and use the juices to cook my rice in. However, this does not store well because of the fat.

              The best part about making your own cat food is…you can add the vitamins and herbs you want and no preservatives or dyes.

              • Izzy, washing rice before cooking also removes surface pesticides like arsenic that’s used to protect the rice against rodents during storage. ODS visited the Louisiana rice facilities and was stunned that the rice is piled in mountains outside awaiting bagging or whatever, and helpers walking over the rice chasing off rodents. Kind of puts one off eating the stuff.

          • Thanks Izzy,

            I bought a rotisserie chicken for dinner with my friend, and the cat just loves it. It cost $5.47. I am going to pick it for her and may buy one a week so she can have some good protein.

            I’ll have to try your recipe. She needs to fatten up a lot. The vet said she has some sort of lymphatic stomach cancer, and she is always hungry. Otherwise, she is doing ok and still picks on her brother.

            • Almost There; See if your vet will prescribe injectable B-12. It is supper easy to give the shots and it does promote appetite. Also, Turmeric Curcumin along with some Zinc may help your baby. You can mix some of your chicken into plain yogurt. It is very soothing for the tummy.

    • GA Red ,

      Another saying in our house – “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.”

      I’ve used that quote also which puts us in good company, since it was originally made famous by none other than Albert Einstein.

    • Grid down? Put the cats on half rations. Just enough to keep them around, not enough to satisfy them. You want them a little hungry so they’ll do their jobs killing off vermin.

      • Overwatch ,

        Grid down? Put the cats on half rations. Just enough to keep them around, not enough to satisfy them. You want them a little hungry so they’ll do their jobs killing off vermin.

        That my friend is another myth. Cats catch and chase anything smaller than them that moves and quite often don’t even eat the prey once it stops moving. Our indoor cats are death to the occasional field mouse that gets into the house; but, they both go crazy up to bouncing off the wall when we bring out the laser pointer. It’s just in their nature and they seem to like to play.
        If you see an outdoor cat watching you as you cross the yard, I personally think they are just sizing you up like a mountain lion would do to any game. The only thing saving us is our relative difference in size.

    • Grid down? Put the cats on half rations. Just enough to keep them around, not enough to satisfy them. You want them a little hungry so they’ll do their jobs killing off vermin.
      One reason why the plague spread so rapidly in the Middle Ages is the fear of cats people had. They killed them thinking they were the Devil’s Familiars. Too bad… they’d have eaten the rats that hosted the plague fleas.

      • My indoor fur babies are up in years and three will soon celebrate their 12th birthday. I can tell that their age is getting to them too.

        As for the outside cats, they will be the ones on half rations.

      • @Overwatch. In a grid down situation, my good friend would be swamped with dead critters on her porch. Her 24 lbs tomcat that decided rather than be put on a diet that he’d hunt, and is a prolific hunter at the moment. I hate to think of the body count on the porch if there was a tinned cat food shortage. He really loves his mommy.

  9. Not much prepping this week. My friend had her bypass surgery, and I’ve been spending lots of time at hospital. She had a complication with her kidney function, so this is extending her stay at hospital. To make it easier for me, I’ve moved her lab and cat to my house (easier on me), Garden looking great! Friend my not get dog or cat back. They are solving my problem with chipmunks and squirrels. I welcome prayers for my friend. She’s better, but still in CCU.

    • Jean,
      Prayers for your friend. You are a good friend taking care of her fur babies while she’s in the hospital. Bless you.

  10. What MD said I could not agree with more…do I get depressed at times, absolutely- I never thought my life would go from well paid working man to fixed income stay at home diaper changing, child teaching dad…so yes it is absolutely hands down depressing if I decide to just sit around

    However. Even with a spine that literally doesnt allow me to walk some days I refuse wheelchairs, electric carts and quitting!

    I’ve looked for and found many ways to remain productive one is being a contributing member of an amazing family! And my children are A students and both extremely capable of handling themselves in any number of ways- all while learning to make many things and expanding my personal knowledge base as well as still being “prepared

    I know several people from here personally and many are worse off physically than I am this alone is sobering and enough to remind me of a simple reality, “when you start getting down on yourself, remember someone always has it worse”

    This said, focus on the positive aspects of our individual lives, some of you live where water is not a strain, or where the land sprouts of you breath on it. Others live in my old stomping grounds (my dear southron land) or elsewhere.

    We all face challenges and honestly I look forward to being able to get on here and read the inspiration that is your amazing lives!

    Thank you all and stay awesome!

    We got a lot of cleaning done here this week!

    • Jesse, Great reading about someone who refuses to quit. Glad to hear it. I think a lot more young people should be like your kids too. I too am trying to raise my kid to be “prepared” and to be tough enough to handle life’s problems and to not give up, not quit, not let someone else “take care” of her, but for her to handle all her problems. You are correct in saying we all face challenges. Thanks for the inspiration too.

    • Jesse,
      I think you do quite a bit with your back problems. Your reviews are fabulous, and I enjoy your articles too. Your children sound amazing and that’s because you are an amazing father. Happy Fathers Day.

      • Terra thank you kindly! We went fishing today with my dad, twas a amazing fathers day!

    • Jesse,
      My DH is the same way. He has been told for many years that he needs to be in a wheelchair, but he still pushes himself to do what is needed around the house. His pain is caused by his ankles, if he could have an ankle replacement that would be great but it is not available. His Dr is doing nerve blocker injections which help him a lot right now but eventually they will no longer work.

      Taking care of the kids is very important work. Bravo to you for doing it. Too many men will not do that.

      • Brenda. Agreed and I do get the ablations as well, as long as insurance is available I will take advantage of it for sure.

  11. Water, water and more water. Really made a haul with the specials on water…$1.77 for 32 bottles and 88 cents for full gallons of Ice Mountain. Also some good sales on canned goods and TP.

    I received my utility bill and almost passed out. I do not run A/C, I have used my washing machine once since Christmas, my dryer once. ONE lamp at night. No large stove. I keep most everything not in use unplugged. and I still had a $180 bill.

    Prepping boot camp and I am on a mission. By using a concrete mixing tub for bathing, I save the cost of my hot water heater plus extra water. Heat two 5 gallon buckets of water in the sun and I have a toasty bath. Another 5 gallon bucket for laundry. I don’t create a lot of laundry, so it works for a small amount of clothes. I do dishes the same way….the very few that I use that is. Extra work, but good exercise and practice and it will save money.

    Prayers for the fellow wolfies. Prayers for our nation. Stay strong amongst all the unbridled hostility being exhibited by the leftist fools.

    • Izzy,
      Since you are doing all these energy saving activities, why would your bill be so much? Can you call them and ask about it? That doesn’t sound right. Sounds like they did an estimate on you instead of a real reading.

      • The thing is Terra, we are suppose to have the high tech meters that report automatically. Now, I am taping the date on the bottom of the meter every morning and taking a pic of it, plus writing down the number readings. The only thing I can think of is my oxygen concentrator us using way more than it should. I so dislike power companies, I do anything I can to cut my utility bills and have for years, but not to what I am doing now.

        Today we broke 100 degrees, With my rain water and buckets, I have lots of HOT water. It is still 94, so I will start about 0200 to get my floor washed, laundry and a nice bath. I actually don’t mind the extra work. 🙂

        • Izzy,

          The thing is Terra, we are suppose to have the high tech meters that report automatically. Now, I am taping the date on the bottom of the meter every morning and taking a pic of it, plus writing down the number readings. The only thing I can think of is my oxygen concentrator us using way more than it should

          We have the remote readin meters also and they seem to work. You should not need the photos of the meter; but, keeping your own daily log with the readings taken at the same time each day could help.
          For your O2 concentrator, run it connected to a Kill-A-watt meter for a few days and it will give you exact usage information. I have two and Amazon has them for around $20.00 that will do the job assuming your device plugs into standard 110 VAC outlets. Our local library has several that may be borrowed, so that may also be worth checking. The local power companies donated the units as a public service.

          . I so dislike power companies, I do anything I can to cut my utility bills and have for years, but not to what I am doing now.

          Our local company is a member owned cooperative that pays us a yearly patronage dividend and does a really good job keeping things going. Doing what you can to cut your bill still make sense however, as it does to cut any other bills.
          I personally think a Kill-A-watt meter is a necessity for everyone who uses electricity and wants to keep track of their usage. Our new portable air conditioner runs about $0.12 per hour on hot days, so this allows us to know how much keeping my office cool is actually costing and means we get no surprises in the monthly bill.

          • A question about your portable AC, does it have one or two hoses? A single hose one takes cool air from the room and blows that through the condenser and the now hot air out the window. Of course that air has to be replaced by more air being drawn into the room from rest of the house. That is counter productive. I worked at an aircraft manufacturing facility. My work office was a 10 x 20 room built under a half enclosed shelter. When our window unit AC died maintenance brought in one of the large portable units they used to blow cool air into the E-2’s being built inside the assembly hangers. They ducted the hot air out the ceiling but the room remain sweltering in the Florida heat. It took me two days to get them to see the problem. The cool air was overwhelmed by the hot air coming into the room to replace the air exhausted from the portable cooler. The units worked in the hangers because the cool air was ducted inside the aircraft while the hot air just joined the rest of the hot air in the open hanger. The maintenance guys then ran a separate duct hose to the intake of the exhaust fan and I stayed cool until they were able to requisition a new window AC.

            • Daddio7,

              A question about your portable AC, does it have one or two hoses? A single hose one takes cool air from the room and blows that through the condenser and the now hot air out the window. Of course that air has to be replaced by more air being drawn into the room from rest of the house.

              We have two of them and they both have only an exhaust duct running out a window. I understand the physics of the air movement; but, with all double and triple pane windows and all exterior walls having solid expanded foam insulation, there is no problem keeping the rooms cool. Our kitchen does tend to be a bit warm; but, that is due to both air flow and a large south facing window. When we moved here in 1984 this place did not even have a furnace; but, the bank required one as part of the purchase in 1986, so without a large expense and a lot of remodeling, we have no central air, and thus the window units seem to keep the rooms we need, very cool and dry.
              Additionally, we keep the vanes on the units pointed upward, so the cool air travels into the room quite a few feet before settling to the floor.
              I have a friend who installs the Mitsubishi split units and we may be getting him to evaluate putting one of those here at some point.

              • We have a Mitsubishi unit in the wall of our sun porch. It does a really nice job keeping it cool in the summer when it’s super hot, but we don’t need it as much since we put a small fan in the window that goes from our den to the sun porch to circulate the cool air onto the porch. It does a fairly decent (albeit expensive) job heating the room during the winter too, but we found a much less pricey method for that too. The one thing we’ve wanted to do is install a thermostat for it.

              • I live in a double wide trailer, seven years ago I replaced my ageing central AC with four window units for one third the cost of a new central unit. By running only the unit in the room being occupied my power bill dropped by $100 a month plus I am more comfortable. In Florida we use them almost 10 months of the year.

                My youngest son is living with older brother, the house has central AC but his room gets warm because he has a computer and two monitors running all the time. the HOA does not allow window units so he got a portable AC to put more cool air into his room.

                • Daddio7,

                  I live in a double wide trailer, seven years ago I replaced my ageing central AC with four window units for one third the cost of a new central unit. By running only the unit in the room being occupied my power bill dropped by $100 a month plus I am more comfortable.

                  We live in an old farmhouse that has been extended several times before we moved here as a rental in 1984. We heated almost exclusively with wood and cooled with open windows & fans until 1986 when we purchased the place and the bank forced us to add central heat (propane fired furnace) that was paid for by an additional $3000.00 on the loan. Adding central air with that furnace would have added about $1500.00 more to the loan, so we opted not to do so. Over the years we have used small window units for spot (room) cooling; but, my office / electronic workshop & lab / ham shack needs its own cooling, since the 15×30 foot room has the long side facing west, and even being well insulated can get rather hot.
                  In addition there are 3 computers and 5 monitors running nearly constantly, plus power supplies for my communications equipment most of which is constantly running.

                  In Florida we use them almost 10 months of the year.

                  We use them only a few months of the year and need heat more often. Propane and wood easily covers the heat option; but, cooling isn’t as easy or as inexpensive.

                  My youngest son is living with older brother, the house has central AC but his room gets warm because he has a computer and two monitors running all the time. the HOA does not allow window units so he got a portable AC to put more cool air into his room.

                  Mine is a similar situation except we have no dreaded HOA.
                  The room I mentioned above does have a 2 ton (24,500 BTU) 240 VAC window unit; but, it’s old and has a non-specific problem on hot days. When the outside air temperature is about 72° and lower, it runs fine; but, mid 70’s and higher it cycles itself off & on. We’re hoping to find an A/C technician to look at it; but, it will need to be fixed in place since it weighs 130 pounds and is rather large. It’s been out of warranty for a while and too large for me to handle any more. For now I set the timer and run it at night to cool down the room as I’m doing as I write this.
                  Actually this post made me look at Home Depot where I originally purchased it, and I see that it is still available; but, @ $599.00 plus tax it’s a bit of a sting to the wallet. If however I can convince a local friend (BlackBQI) and his son to carry a new one in and disposed of the old one, it may be easier than my earlier attempts to find a technician who makes house calls.
                  This dilemma is why we recently purchased the portable unit to help keep this room cooll but, this thread may have given us another option.

    • Stay amazing izzy!

  12. I harvested more Moringa leaves this week and have them in the dehydrator. Made another few bottles of elderberry syrup, plus 8 half-pints of grape jelly with a mixture of grapes from my vines…ended up with a very pretty “blush” colored jelly! Almost done reading the first book in the Foxfire Series. Not sure how my DH can sleep with all of my chuckling next to him while I read! I’m about to give up on most of my garden, which is normal for me this time of year. Florida heat is brutal on the plants. Sweet potato vines are looking good, however, and the okra is starting to really pop. My longan tree is producing fruit for the first time this year and the limbs are so heavy with the fruit that I am having to tie them up for extra support. Need to do some research on that matter to see if I should thin the fruit a bit…..nice problem to have I suppose. Just something new to learn!
    Blessings to all. Keep on prepping…

  13. I couldn’t agree more. People who bemoan their financial status should really work harder. No Sugar Daddy is going to come save you, you haven’t a prayer of winning the lottery. Get industrious and get creative. There are thousands of ways to earn. The free blog course is generous of our host.
    Here’s another idea: if there’s a city near you, go to a courier company and sign up as a delivery driver. Maybe Uber, Lyft, or Amazon Flex. You’re paid on a 1099 so keep a mileage log and deduct that and your cell phone bills. You may wind up with no tax liability.

    I like the.45 ACP T-shirt even though I often carry “minor calibers”. You wouldn’t want someone shooting at you with a .32 or.38. Confidence and nerve will get you through a crisis. Speaking of that, the lady at the gun store told me that they’re having a used gun sale for Fathers Day. 13% off. She specifically said the Walther P38 would be well under $800. Guess I’m going there tonight.

    Still working on upstairs, Buying paneling, flooring, and trim. Going to look nice. It’ll become a family room and we can have open another bedroom. ODS will love it.

  14. I agree M.D. Moaning and groaning gets nothing done and no extra income. Budgeting, planning, extra hustle is what does the job. The ones that really get me are the ones who have all kinds of “toys” to play with or go on a cruise or other expensive vacation but can’t find a few $ to prep with or to give to charity or to invest for their future.
    The DW and I are continuing our prepping with a little extra here and there. This week bought a couple of silver rounds for the safe, bought a little extra treet for the pantry, picked a bunch of tomatoes out of the garden, picked some sweet peppers, and made some home-made whole wheat bread in the crockpot. Prayers to those who need them.

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

    Ordered and received another battery powered fan. Rechargeable. While I can put up with hot weather if the power goes out, a small fan blowing in your face does make the situation a bit more tolerable.

    Not much going on with the prepper front here. I’m trying to save up some cash just to have it. I’m technically on a fixed income, although several of my income streams do have annual COLA increases (such as they are). I do OK money wise, but I don’t trust the money will continue to come in as it all comes from government sources (retirements, etc). I also have to pay half of my police and military retirements to the ex-wife every month otherwise I’d have a really nice nest egg right now.

    When I was declared 100% disabled by the VA, I became eligible to have my student loans forgiven. I had quite a debt load there (six figures), so I got the loans forgiven. There is a small problem with that as the IRS considers those forgiven loans as income for tax purposes. I did know that going in. I had to pay a large lump sum and now about $450/month for three years to pay off the rest of the IRS debt. Of course, I get no tax refund until the tax debt is paid off. On the positive side, I am actually paying less per month than I would have been had I been paying the loans off. I have less than two years to go with the IRS crap. In the long term, I will be paying much less than had I paid the loans off. But I really hate giving money to the government. At least at the end of the IRS debt, that student loan albatross will be gone entirely.

    Avoid student loans is my advice, particularly for grad school.

    I ordered one of the Bosses t-shirts, the “I’m Politically Incorrect” one. I like that one and the “I lubricate my AR-15 with liberal tears.”

    Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos starring Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychology professor, who is really anti-PC, and very anti-communist/fascist. I strongly recommend his vids. He also has a couple of books out that are pretty deep as far as the whys and wherefores of authoritative ideologies, including the current social justice warrior types.

    His first book, Maps of Meaning, is pretty dense and wasn’t really meant for the general public. I’m reading that one now. His second book, 12 Rules for Life, is meant more for the general public. He recommends reading 12 Rules first if you plan to read Maps of Meaning, which I did.

    He records his psychology lectures at the University of Toronto and puts them on YouTube. His lectures are always packed. He also goes on TV shows, speaks to various groups around the world, etc. It is a real scream to watch him destroy some of these liberal SJW idiots. Bill Maher is smart enough to not even try, but he seems to enjoy watching Peterson destroy his other guests. They can’t out think him.

    Until recently, he also ran a clinical practice for years as well, so he has extensive practical experience in psychology. Peterson’s lectures, and books, cite heavily from Freud, Jung, Nietzsche, Solzhenitsyn, Dostoevsky, Marx, as well as the Bible and other well-known works. He does not consider himself religious, though he was born a Christian and believes the Bible has many instructive things to say about living.

    He does not pound on Islam too much as he admits he doesn’t know enough about Islam to speak authoritatively about it. However, he views Islam as more of an authoritative political ideology than a religious one. This is a view of Islam I’ve personally held for many years. Maybe that makes me almost as smart as Dr Peterson. Not. 🙂

    • Hi Zulu 3-6, I agree about Jordan Peterson. He’s well worth watching on YouTube. My DW downloads some of his talks and listens to them in the car. Lefties hate the guy because he defeats them so regularly.

    • Zulu 3-6; There is a Tucker Carlson interview with Jordon Peterson on You Tube re: “demasculising men”. It’s actually pretty funny and spot on.

      • Izzy ,

        Zulu 3-6; There is a Tucker Carlson interview with Jordon Peterson on You Tube re: “demasculising men”. It’s actually pretty funny and spot on.

        As it turns out I saw that interview and some others in a series a few months ago; but, didn’t know it was on YouTube. I just watched it again and snagged a copy. Thanks for the mention.

    • Zulu-

      1. Yep on school debt, sadly you will not make over 65k a year these days without a piece of paper – unless you are fortunate enough to have investors
      2. Jordan Peterson *yep, agreed love em*
      3. Islam, (any religion that uses kids as shields / is not a religion I can support and honestly should be wiped out-) I am not religious in any way. I have seen great extensive evil in all religions and avoid them like the plague.

      • Jesse,

        1. Yep on school debt, sadly you will not make over 65k a year these days without a piece of paper – unless you are fortunate enough to have investors

        That depends in part on your skill set. I have a friend who is retired navy (mostly in the reserve) and has no formal degree; but, is one of the smartest RF, transmission line, and antenna guys I know. He applied for a contracting / consulting job at a local R&D facility, and simply blew away the engineers who interviewed him. Without a degree you still have to have skills in a relevant field however; but, even with a degree, a job is not guaranteed, as those with a PHD in art history have been finding out.

        3. Islam, (any religion that uses kids as shields / is not a religion I can support and honestly should be wiped out-) I am not religious in any way. I have seen great extensive evil in all religions and avoid them like the plague.

        I agree and it goes beyond using kids as shields. Fundamental Islamism which is more political than religious uses force to convert you, enslave you, or tax you. Conversion by the sword and cutting off heads of heretics can be common practice; but, I still think that a violent person who brings a sword to a gunfight should be allowed to quickly join those virgins waiting for him.

        • I have to agree with TOP to a certain extent on the income front for those without a piece of paper. The DH is one example – years of experience and a diverse skill set make him a valuable employee – to the right employer. Unfortunately, while he is compensated well with his current employer, he NEVER be promoted again because he doesn’t have that piece of paper. To further compound the problem, all the current job offers are hundreds of miles away and neither of us particularly wants to move.

    • Zulu , Pull up “Billy Joyce” on You tube…check him out…also from Canada and in process of red pilling….

  16. Still pretty quiet here on the prepping front.

    DW had a good report from the doc on her shoulder surgery, and another from her physical therapist, so that is moving along well.

    Continuing to read the news, as I think all of us should be. Some encouraging and some discouraging. That’s the nature of life though.

    Re: our host’s comments about income: while being frugal is important at any level of income, for most of us increasing income is more effective than economizing more than we are already. If there is a lot of fat in the budget, economizing is worthwhile, but adding a dollar income tends to be easier for most -not all but most- than cutting expenses a dollar, and has the potential to lead to far greater income than economizing can.

    It’s that potential for further increase which outweighs the potential for further economy, because income can be unlimited while economizing is clearly finite..

    Still, if I see a single greatest potential for economizing which almost -again, almost, not all- everyone can use, it is in housing. Many of us have already cut that as far as possible, but when I look around at how the average American lives, I see huge potential for cutting housing costs. Of course, once one gets used to a certain size house beyond one’s needs, it is hard to cut back. It is especially hard socially, because family and friends will see a major cut back and, instead of thinking ‘Well, they’re wise’ will more likely think ‘Oh, they’ve fallen on hard times. Poor people.’

    That’s the respectability trap, and it is exactly that. A trap. People judge our affluence, and our ‘success’ by what they see of our lifestyles. Bigger house, new cars, trips, whatever says ‘success’. Smaller, older, cheaper, doesn’t say “socking away money for the future’. It says ‘can’t afford the good life.’ Catering to those people’s perceptions is the respectability trap, and it is a tough one to escape. In the long run it is worth doing, but it isn’t easy.

    ‘Nuff. Time to go to the swap meet!

    • Penrod,

      You are right on the money (no pun intended) when it comes to economizing and to house size. Americans have indeed become used to homes much larger than their true needs. If one travels to other countries, such as the UK, Germany, France, Japan, you will find families living in homes far smaller than ours and their comparative income levels are not drastically lower (if lower at all). What’s more, many of those homes are quite old, just well maintained.

      I’m not certain I was in the respectability trap so much as I was in the “wanna bigger home.” Like George Carlin said, you buy so much “stuff” that you need a bigger place to put all your “stuff.” That’s where I was.

      When I decided to move back to the city, I cut my living space by at least 700sf. That didn’t count the big attached garage I had full of “stuff.” I had to get rid of a lot of stuff as the ex-wife was taking over my house and she had her stuff to move in. Since I’ve moved, I miss a few items of stuff, but I’ve replaced it with other stuff more directed toward prepping. I do wish I had a little more space sometimes. I could get it by clearing out the spare bedroom of baby stuff and using it for storage, but that isn’t practical to even consider until I’m no longer babysitting granddaughter. I don’t see that happening for at least another year at the earliest. I will muddle through 🙂

      Also, while moving to the city required a sacrifice in living space, it did not result in a cut in housing expenses. I pay about as much per month now for my apartment as I did for my house. But, I got the intangibles I wanted from city living. I’m closer to stores, restaurants, hospitals and EMS units (more important as you age) and probably most important, closer to #1 daughter and her child.

      • Hi Z, I like city living as well because I like to be able to walk to nearly everything. My last place, on the lower east side of Milwaukee was in a great walking neighborhood. I could walk to work in twelve minutes, walk to three theaters with total eight movie screens, walk to an Ace hardware, a copy shop, two drug stores, my barber, three museums, about fifty restaurants ranging from greasy spoon to fine dining, a couple different bakeries, and a good Mom & Pop grocery store. To me, that kind of convenience is what city living is all about.

        From a Prepper standpoint, it has obvious potential problems, but for everyday living, especially if one has no school age children, it is really nice. I never walked so much in my life as I did then, because everything I wanted was within easy walking distance. Now nothing is, excerpt the mailbox, and that shows up big time on my waistline!

        • Penrod,

          From a Prepper standpoint, it has obvious potential problems, but for everyday living, especially if one has no school age children, it is really nice. I never walked so much in my life as I did then, because everything I wanted was within easy walking distance. Now nothing is, excerpt the mailbox, and that shows up big time on my waistline!

          I’ve lived in large and small cities and while the amenities can be nice, the rules and expenses are definitely not.
          Here I can grow nearly any plant or animal I want and can even do some construction without permits and fees. I can go out back a shoot my guns or cut & stack firewood cut from the property.
          My water comes from a well with no meter or extra charge for sewage, that is often based only on water usage regardless of how the water was used.
          While this does require some planning to consolidate trips to town, I wouldn’t change it for the world, and if a trip to the mailbox is the only exercise one gets, then a change in lifestyle is probably needed not moving to the city. Actually a little less exercise can help here, by flexing the elbow with the hand holding a fork or spoon a little less often, LOL.
          And splitting firewood with a maul can burn a lot of calories, since like the old maxim says: “Heating with wood heats you twice; once in the cuttin’ and once in the burnin’”
          Good luck on your upcoming move.

        • Zulu 3-6,

          You are right on the money (no pun intended) when it comes to economizing and to house size. Americans have indeed become used to homes much larger than their true needs. If one travels to other countries, such as the UK, Germany, France, Japan, you will find families living in homes far smaller than ours and their comparative income levels are not drastically lower (if lower at all).

          If one travels to other countries you will also find that many homes do not have telephones, which is why cellular systems are in such big demand. Our house is about 2400 square feet and while we could exist in something smaller, storage for food, firearms and other prep items has never been an issue as they are for some. In a SHTF event we also have plenty of room to bring in others who have been invited to help with the potential extra work and as a force multiplier for security.

          What’s more, many of those homes are quite old, just well maintained.

          The oldest part of our house was built in the 1920’s and I realize that is but a blink in the European mindset, keeping in mind that this country is only about 230 years old. Another thing with European housing is that since most of the land mass has been covered for centuries, inheritance is many times the only way to get a house.
          I recall going to a regional science fair back in high school where some snooty kid from New England kept talking about how old the churches and houses were in his town, dating back to the mid 1700’s. He was obnoxious enough that finally one of the foreign students (from Germany IIRC) shot him down with a matter of fact statement when he said: “In my village we have outhouses a century older than that.”
          The conversation pretty much ended at that point.

    • Some of the most freeing words I’ve ever learned: “I can’t afford it,”!

    • Penrod:

      I have always liked having people underestimate me. Whether it is income, intelligence, or whatever.

      If people think you don’t make a lot of money, you are less likely to get robbed. If they don’t think you have much, they are less likely to try to take it from you.

  17. We are replanting some tomatoes and dill. They look to have died from all the rain. Picked and made blackberry jam. Then tried blackberry jelly. Whew! It is tough using cheesecloth. Can anyone recommend a juicer that would remove the pulp/seeds rather than just shred them in the juicer? I may have to get one of those old-fashioned sieves. Stopped by the thrift store and picked up some bargains. How are y’all going to wash your clothes if there is no electricity?
    More later. Prayers for The Pack, our president and our nation daily.

    • Why don’t u just cook the fruit slightly, then run it through a sieve? I have steamer/juicer pot, but I don’t like the results for jam/jelly making. I get a much stronger fruit flavor by cooking, then using sieve.

      I don’t use my juicer for jelly base either, as I like a strong fruit flavor, not very sweet.

      Some places do sell both thornless and seedless blackberry plants, I believe.

      • Thanks! I will try a batch like that and compare the ease of making it.

        • I do it the same way as Livin’. I have a fine strainer I use when I empty the steamer and does a good job as I cannot easily digest berry seeds.

    • There is a device called a Foley..food mill.. about 20$, looks like a metal strainer with a turn handle and a paddle inside that compresses te material and allows the juice and soft pulp…thru, but not the seeds. we use it for tomatoes… and small seeded berries.

      • I have Foley mills in several sizes – mine are vintage, with bakelite handles. The new ones are made in China. The Foley has a bad habit of jamming up from seeds caught under the blade.

        I much prefer using the Chinois (shen-wa, French). For those who may not know, it’s a cone-shaped sieve w/removable legs for stand, and a wooden pestle.

        • Livinthedream,

          I much prefer using the Chinois (shen-wa, French). For those who may not know, it’s a cone-shaped sieve w/removable legs for stand, and a wooden pestle.

          We have both the Foley and the Chinois; but, we always called it a “ricer” since it makes cooked potatoes and other soft vegetables into little rice like bits that may then be mashed, etc. Good to know the real name if we ever need another; however, a Google search for ricer with wooden pestle and another for Chinois bring up the same items.

        • I have a Chinois somewhere in the basement. It was my grandmothers and is made of aluminum, as I remember it. Not sure if I have all the parts, but might be worth locating. Of course, the basement could use some purging too.

    • In regards to washing clothes, each gal in our pod has ordered a LAVARIO washer. Look it up on a search engine. Once we each have one, we plan to group buy a wringer tub and rollers for the big jobs like jeans and jackets from Lehmans. Also buying liners for all sleeping bags from Wal-Mart so the bags don’t need to be washed often. Buying biodegradable laundry soap for our stores since we live near a water source that we wish to protect.

      • My mom had us use sheets inside our sleeping bags to help reduce the washing needed since we typically camped three weeks each summer. As our sleeping bags aged, she sewed sheets to them to make them last longer. You could probably make a liner from a sheet rather than buying liners.

    • Always Forward,

      Whew! It is tough using cheesecloth. Can anyone recommend a juicer that would remove the pulp/seeds rather than just shred them in the juicer?

      I have a Victorio Strainer that works well for tomatoes, pumpkin, grapes, and apples, and with the correct screen and auger it’s reported to work on berries.
      Jist a thought.

  18. Getting the vehicle and trailer ready to make the trip to MO starting Monday. Excited to finally get started on this venture. Grass hay cut and round bailed. Did the math and I should be able to make this work and have enough change left over for maintenance of the machinery. I will be looking at small engine repair, electrical and spot welding to help defer the costs of putting up my barn. Lots of work to be done this next year. Poor but proud. I refuse to see anything but blessings no matter how difficult things get. There is always someone worse off than me. God is good. Next week Missouri….yay!

  19. Hi everyone,

    HEAT! And more HEAT. Glad I didn’t plant a garden this year. It would be too much between trying to get rid of crap and keeping a garden up. The only thing I planted was garlic and it looks like it might be getting ready to pull up.

    DT – shelf stable milk (dated Apr 2019), 30lbs Morena sugar (2lb bags), solar stakes, magnesium citrate, antibacterial wipes for the car, small trash bags, clams, bars of lemon soap, 2 glow lights for the car.

    Amazon – Ordered a scale to weigh PM’s, with weights for calibration; a Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI); and the books The Way to a Man’s Heart – The Settlement Cook Book and Ersatz in the Confederacy: Shortages and Substitutes on the Southern Homefront

    Not a prep, but did take a chunk of prep money to buy my plane ticket for my dad’s funeral at Arlington in August. We are trying to decide what other things we want to do while there. Someone suggested Legal Seafood to eat at. I love lobster rolls. My dad was born in Provincetown, MA and we ate a lot of seafood growing up. His dad was a fisherman from Portugal. Seems fitting to me… 

    Made hotel reservations for the homesteading conference that is in Fixit’s hometown in October.

    My friend from Indiana came down for her friend’s son’s funeral and stayed with me for 2 days. We always have a great time. She took home the purple clover plant I have been saving for her, leaving me with shelf space I desperately needed. She also went home with a few other things that I had for her. Getting rid of stuff one way or another is a good feeling.

    Ordered 2 bushels of peaches from the bulknaturalfoods folks. It’s a co-op for TN. They will be here Wednesday.

    Prayers for the pack, for unspoken requests, for the President and for America. Now to get to work on some shelf organizing.

    • Almost There,
      Thanks to you and your heads up, I put on the calendar the Peach Truck coming to our area at Rural King next week and again in August. Can’t wait to get some Georgia peaches.

      What is the name of the homesteading conference in October?

    • Almost There,

      From Arlington you can catch the subway into DC and go to the Smithsonian.

      • Thanks Bam Bam. I have no idea where we are staying. My sister said I’m on my own to get to where I need to be if I’m not able to ride with her as she is directionally challenged (per her own words, she couldn’t find her way out of a paper bag), and it’s true.

        They mentioned wanting to to go to the White House for a tour, so she is checking on that. We are touring Arlington after the ceremony on Friday. And I will be flying in on Wed nite, and we all are leaving Saturday. Not much time…

        • Almost There; Did your dad serve in a war zone?

          • Izzy,

            My dad was in the Army Air Corp and AF for 20 years, including WWII and Korea. He was never in combat. He stayed state side and trained fighter pilots. At the end of his military career, he also was up in Alaska when the radar system was installed in the late 50’s. He then was civil service for another 11 doing the same job that he was doing enlisted.

            • AT, My Dad was in Fairbanks,Alaska,in early 50’s, He climbed the towers and replaced the light bulbs, elecrical wiring….among other things.
              So sorry for your loss, but glad he is able to be properly honored and you will be able to go. Seafood to eat sounds appropriate with family history.

            • Almost There; The reason I asked is, there are veterans who volunteer to drive family members around…especially for memorial services at ANC. I am only familiar with the Vietnam folks, but I would be happy to make a few calls for you if you like.

              There should be an honor guard to greet you and family in any event. Do you know if your sister has made these arrangements?

              • Thanks Izzy, That would be super…

                Lots of good suggestions to check out. Thank you everyone.

        • You can download a Metro map( and they are free at the stations I believe) you can get on the blue line and transfer to the Gray line at LongHollow(?), but doublecheck with the Metro station agent.the Gray line can take you to the Mall where all the free museums are (National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian, Natural History museum,etc. ). Wish I could meet you there. We’d have a blast! They are very helpful.

          • Ps, my grandparents used to live in DC, and we went frequently when we lived in VA. Only 2.5 hrs away by car.

        • Almost There,

          From Arlington you can catch the subway anywhere. I would not recommend driving in D.C. There’s no parking. The traffic is horrible.

    • Almost There,
      While it’s been years since I’ve been to DC, once you get to Union Station you can get a day pass for the circulating shuttle bus that takes you in a loop to all of the sites, including Arlington, the Smithsonian, and the monuments. Once the service is completed you might as well see the sites since you are already there.
      I went there with friends and IIRC we stayed in a hotel well north of the city to avoid the traffic and took the Blue Line (I think) South to Union Station. Getting there and back from Ohio was a lot easier without fighting city traffic.

    • AT, the hotels in down town are extremely expensive, its been years since I was there and back then it was $400 a night. Go to the cheaper hotels and take the train.

      Yo have to go to the Lincoln memorial though…… Breath taking.

  20. MD, I am sorry but I can’t stand to even look at pictures of snakes so that cuts down my T-shirt choices. I do like the NSA one and the gardening one.

    Preps for the week:

    Physical: have lost a total of 29 pounds and as soon as I get to 30, I will set another 10 pound goal.

    Garden: While it’s not the best garden I have ever had, some things are doing well and some, not so much.
    I finally figured out why I didn’t have any green beans on my plants (which looked quite health). Evidently, the local wild rabbits thought so too. I went out to check for beans again last Sunday and the problem was solved, as a healthy looking rabbit ran out of the patch. 🙁 This has never happened before because I always had a dog. I didn’t even know rabbits would eat green beans.
    The wildlife is moving in and my son shot a very large snake near my back garden as I was screaming “shoot it”! Did I mention I really hate snakes?

    Food for storage: sausage and bacon for freezer, 2 cans pinto beans, 2 cans fat free refried beans, 2 cans green chiles.

    Fuel: finally ran out of propane this morning when my son went to cook the london broil in the airless fryer. Sent him to swap for two filled tanks at our local Dollar General.

    It has rained almost every day here for over a week so I think the spring drought might be over. I have to dry out my blueberries after I pick them and they are staring to split from the amount of rain. Even so, I have more than I can pick and use. My new little freezer is getting full. Time to unthaw more of last years crop and turn into juice, jelly, pie filling and a new recipe I found called spirited blueberry jam. Add rum before sealing and water-bathing.

    • Labgirl,

      Yeah, snakes can be intimidating. Thank you for your input, it’s appreciated…

    • Labgirl, In days past I reacted to snakes about the way u do. One day, while visiting a large zoo, they had a very large constrictor out. They allowed people to line up and”hold” the snake. I decided I wanted to do that. There were several of us “holding” this large snake. It was a warm day, so, the snake was warm., and quite dry – not at all slimy, as expected.

      Since then, I have lost general fear of snakes. Still don’t like them. If I know it’s harmless, I leave it alone. If it”s on my property and not harmless, it dies.

      At least I’m no longer afraid if it, and will do what needs to be done.

      BTW, I can’t call DH in for snakes – he’s more “afraid” of them than am I!

      • Livinthedream ,

        It was a warm day, so, the snake was warm., and quite dry – not at all slimy, as expected.

        Unfortunately that slimy snake myth seems to persist even though all snakes are generally just scaly and muscular; but, the fear of snakes (Ophidiophobia) is the second most common phobia in the world so your situation is not uncommon. Bravo for overcoming your fear.
        At this point in my life I have no real phobias left, although fear of heights was something I had as a kid. The DW is also afraid of nothing; but, up until the last 5 years or so, a field mouse could make her levitate onto the arm of a chair to avoid it. We still joke about that; but, realize that phobias are real and nothing to laugh at.

        Since then, I have lost general fear of snakes. Still don’t like them. If I know it’s harmless, I leave it alone. If it”s on my property and not harmless, it dies.

        That’s a good policy, since snakes in general keep the mice and other small rodents down; however, they can eat chickens and eggs on occasion and the few poisonous varieties while rare, can be dangerous.

        • When it comes to snakes, I just say no. I will give them a wide berth and let the DH handle them if needed. I have learned to not kill them all, but DANG, I sure do with they would do their job with ticks. After nearly 16 years in our house, I had my first tick sighting Saturday. Maybe the possums are getting too much cat food.

    • Labgirl,

      I finally figured out why I didn’t have any green beans on my plants (which looked quite health). Evidently, the local wild rabbits thought so too. I went out to check for beans again last Sunday and the problem was solved, as a healthy looking rabbit ran out of the patch.

      Your green bean problem may actually be an opportunity.
      A few traps, perhaps baited with green beans and you can have a very lean meat added to the larder. A healthy wild rabbit can give you 2-4 pounds of lean meat when dressed out and ready for eating or preserving.

      • Do keep in mind that wild rabbits are more likely to be parasitic than domestic, so, clean it well & cook well before consuming.

  21. Terra,

    You’re welcome.

    The conference doesn’t have a website yet, but there will be MANY classes going on for 3 days. Oct 11.12.13 in Hohenwald, TN. The city is putting it on. Fixit said the folks are still working on all the details. I saw the schedule at our barter day meetup and it looks really good.

    • Almost There, how do I sign up?

    • I might be able to come one day… be good to see what the presentations and events are so could make a choice…would have to drive in/home same day….too far to make more than one trip…unless something changes.

      • AA,

        It would be good to meetup with you and anyone else that can come.

      • I am thinking of Friday Oct 12. I wud skip out about noon and head south to Ethridge for the Plowboy Produce Auction, which starts at 12:30, and then return to Hohenwald around 3. Might even stay for Sat.

        • Ltd
          Better add an hour to that for travel . That week the road between Hohenwald and Summertown is packed with yard sells and in areas becomes a 1 lane road going on both directions.

  22. Not a lot done but got 4 years of mushrooms, celery, and onions dehydrated. A few canned items purchased. The are weed eater should be going in to be fixed today. The power saw will get a tune up. Once that is done I’ll be looking into trading the saw off for something smaller. Work has been steady ethos last week and looks like it will be for the next week. After that it will slow down and I’ll have to fill in with some other types ofnwoek.

  23. Happy father’s day, to all the wonderful men.. For my family, I’m on a holding pattern, I did do Strawberry Jam and Strawberry Lemonade canned it all up . I did get my canning cupboard, all organized ready for the new season. Right now we’re going to do maintenance on our house, we need to paint one side of house, and paint all the window trim, so that will be a big project. Keeping the lawn mowed, and keep all my plants watered and alive. School, is out for Summer, so going to help our daughter get a job or at least Volunteer, to get her out of the house.

  24. Late to the dance, but here goes…

    Loaded the ATV in the truck last week. I am a wuss when it comes to heights, I hate driving my ATV into the truck bed by myself. I pulled out my ramps at my friend’s house and found they were bent, 3” off. Now they still work, but I am paranoid enough without bent ramps. I found a new pair on Amazon that are 94” (vs. by current 72”) and bi- instead of tri-fold. I’m hopeful that the extra 22” will decrease the angle enough for me. I also ordered a pair of ramps that will add 6.5” of height over 18” of travel. That should fix my “problem” and still be portable. Plus, I’m adding a 5” convex mirror to the cross bar/winch hook/window protector that I have across the front of the bed to keep the ATV out of the cab. All the parts came in while I was gone, still in boxes.

    Spent the week at the church’s boys camp on a mountain. Great time, but it rained the last morning, which turns the ground to a slick clay mess to get down. A male friend had a cardiac condition attack, so we had a Thursday medical emergency and I brought him to the hospital and then home. All’s well with all involved!

    Got in my ammo order. Selway Armory lets you order on line and pick up in the store. The on-line prices are lower and there are sales there that are not in the store. Since, I go near one of their locations weekly throughout the year, this works great for me.

    The soup sample from Augason Farms came in too. Note to all: they ship those separately, once a week. So, it could take a while before you get yours.

  25. Greetings All,
    Repaired the wood splitter and got it operating good. Bucked, split and stacked a cord of firewood. Replanted some beans in the garden and thinned peaches .Did some mowing and mixed grass with horse manure to go on the garden in the fall. Had company for 2 days so nothing really got done during that time, but a good week never the less .
    We are looking forward to the garden producing and being able to preserve the results . We will have no apples this year because we did not thin enough last year. However the peaches and plums look like they are doing well.
    On a national level it looks like inflation of prices on just about everything is creeping upwards, which means that the dollar is being devalued . I had an interesting conversation with my son the other day . I showed him a 1962 quarter and said that this would buy me a gallon of gasoline when I was in high school in the late fifties ,and that same quarter would buy a gallon of gas today because it contains real silver and was worth about the price of a gallon of gas today . Educational experience and an eyeopener.
    Blessings to all

    • Welcome Bluesman. Every time I go to the store, it seems the prices have creeped up overnight.

      • Almost there,
        Yes prices on everything have been rising . I have begun using a calculator again when grocery shopping and pricing things by the ounce . Being on a fixed (retired) income we have to pay attention to costs. It certainly pays to purchase bulk items when possible .

        • Something else I noticed while talking with people at the store today – selection. Where there were 10 types to choose from, now there are 6. Some items that were always stocked are now only there the day after the truck comes in because there are not as many as before.

          As our economy shrinks, where from money issues or tariffs or whatever, we need to be ready. There are daily use items I stock up on when they have them, because they are not coming in as regularly as before. My “eat out of your pantry vs. the store shelves” philosophy has proven itself out and more people are listening.

          • JP in MT; I have also noticed “selection” issues. I am also noticing more and more generic brands. I am finding though, some generic labels are as good if not better than name brand. I guess a little trial and error is worth it if it saves money.

            • JP and Izzy,
              Yes selection is very limited… more and more shelf space is dedicated to genrics in every area of several stores used. . some generics are not acceptable and use inferior products,.. pepeprs are filled with loose skinns, ditto tomatoes and canned meats are no longer full of meat but 1/2 or more ofweight is water… If you find a product in acceptable generics, should write it down,, it is prob the one you should stick with…..Most generics are priced substantially below “name branded items”. occassionally the branded items will be cheaper, especially if one happens to have a coupon.

          • JP ,

            Some items that were always stocked are now only there the day after the truck comes in because there are not as many as before.

            It may not be a quantity issue as much as a communication issue. A few weeks back I found the pair of Generic Atomic Beam lanterns with batteries for $10.00 at Aldi’s. We purchased several, and rather than wait for the Saturday post here, I sent out an email blast to about a dozen people I know would be interested. Four emails went to members of the pack and others to friends and MAG members, since these are items that were a good bargain and might not be around long.

            As our economy shrinks, where from money issues or tariffs or whatever, we need to be ready. There are daily use items I stock up on when they have them, because they are not coming in as regularly as before. My “eat out of your pantry vs. the store shelves” philosophy has proven itself out and more people are listening.

            We do the same thing and now that we’re using the Thrive Life Cansolidator units, keeping track of stock got even easier.
            When I’m hungry and want a quick meal, I can look through the soups in just a few minutes without stacking and unstacking piles of cans. I see more people with groceries piled in their carts and many duplicates. I think this prepping thing may be catching on, LOL.

  26. I received my “Dance Like the NSA Isn’t Watching” t-shirt. It is very high quality. I love it.

    My biggest prep this week was having a black belt friend who owns a lawn service company come out and cut some branches down in preparation for hurricane season. We had one dead branch 40 feet up in the tree. He climbed up the 24 foot ladder, shimmied up the tree, pulled up his chainsaw with a rope and started the chainsaw in the tree. I had to walk inside. I couldn’t watch. The price he quoted us was just fabulous–the friend rate. I left him a review on the local “world of mouth” Facebook site. Within 10 minutes he got a call for another job.

    I had this friend and another taekwondo friend over for lunch. I made pot roast in the crock pot, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans. My blackbelt friend is a bow hunter. He hunts wild boar. My other taekwondo friend owns his own gun range and has 26 acres out of town. Now that I am in the prepping mindset, I am eager to make connections. I am good on supplies. But I want to develop friendships with people who have skills.

    I have been applying for jobs left and right. Two of my jobs right now are good. But the third is not. I think the company is on a downward spiral. I saw the writing on the wall months ago and have been applying for positions since February. I am in such a niche market that there are very few jobs. But there are also very few people who are qualified for these jobs. If I don’t find something by next spring I will start looking outside my field. I am just happy that I have no debt (other than the mortgage and car payment) and that I have solid reserves.

    • Thor1 ,

      Looks like a red flag is on the way.

      I think there is a much easier explanation than another government conspiracy.
      In this week’s thread there was some mention of Dr. Jordan Peterson who is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He has books and videos worth looking at, since he talks about and against the social justice warriors and the P.C. drama about Feminism and fighting the patriarchy.
      I personally think that some lower income and perhaps less educated people who are honest and have worked hard, get caught in the trap by those P.C. police and perhaps at their wits end, go off the deep end. IMHO, it’s some of the reason for the opioid crisis and the increase in suicide rates over time.

      • TOP, I was talking more of some type of terrorist looking attacks………think if this guy had an IED in the armored truck…..catastrophic !!!!

        • Thor1 ,

          TOP, I was talking more of some type of terrorist looking attacks………think if this guy had an IED in the armored truck…..catastrophic !!!!

          I agree; but, that is the cost of an open and free society.
          When you said “Red Flag” I took it to mean the same as Black Flag or False Flag, meaning something involving our government.
          It’s relatively easy to cause mayhem in our society with a bit of chemistry and a pressure cooker or even with just a large vehicle used to ram a group of people.
          Situational awareness is just something we all need to keep practicing and with a bit of luck we’ll not have any large incidents like what could happen to a large dam, although I think it would take a very large IED to do any real damage there.

        • Thor 1,

          Yeah, an IED in the truck would not have been nice for the people nearby, but it would likely have little effect on that dam. I’ve seen a lot of reinforced concrete structures that only end up with scuff marks after an explosion. That dam is tremendously thick and I don’t think a surface explosion would do much, if any, damage to the structural integrity.

          Look what the Brits had to do to bust those dams in WWII in the Ruhr Valley and those dams were not as robustly built as the Hoover Dam.

      • There is a radio show, Host is Drake Bailey, “The Cosmic Voice” on Blog talk radio..His message yesterday is titled,” Ending”.. much of it is about PTSD and how to obtain help, and a program he has put together to help others , how to access it.
        He gives a good summary of those who push ,and those who are pushed to their limits..It is a long program, I always need to start and stop it several times because of it’s length…well worth listening to. His programs are all archived. and accessible thru blog talk radio.

  27. Greetings Pack –
    I like the God, Family, Gardening t-shirt design, DH favors the I lubricate my AR-15 design. Least fav? The one with the small graphic on the pocket area – too hard to read, I think.

    This week the heat really hit us – 110 earlier in the week. Yesterday, we FINALLY got some rain – not enough, but it was enough to at least keep the dust down and give us some cloud cover and lower the temps.

    DH picked up a large box of plums on the clearance shelf for $2 at the fruit and veggie market this week. They were ripe and delicious and I made 11 half pints of plum preserves for the pantry.

    We were able to work on tree pruning yesterday since it was cooler and were able to take off some branches that were encroaching on the electric line coming into the house. Getting those out of the way will prevent a future power loss. With monsoon season starting, we usually get a lot of wind and micro-bursts so keeping branches back is a good thing.

    Garden – I was a little worried that my pruning of the tangelo tree was going to mean no fruit or much less fruit this coming winter – to my surprise, the tree has put out lots of new growth and has started blooming! It usually blooms in March, so I am not sure what this will mean for our harvest, probably delayed? But the hummingbirds and bees seem very happy with the blossoms, so I think some good pollinating is happening and I am hopeful we will get some fruit after all.

    Planted some Armenian cucumbers and yard long beans last Sunday. Time to plant squash soon as the monsoon season is starting.

    Next week, service time for the BO vehicle. DH still working on the Ham license…hoping that will be done soon as communications is an area of opportunity for us in our preps.

    Be safe and keep preparing,
    MM

    • MM, in case your DH is unaware, the technician HAM test question bank will be changing July 1st, so hopefully he can get it taken before then.

      • Almost There & MM,

        in case your DH is unaware, the technician HAM test question bank will be changing July 1st, so hopefully he can get it taken before then.

        There is of course another way to prepare for the test. Instead of simply memorizing the question pool, you could actually learn the theory so that minor changes in the pool questions are no longer an issue. While memorizing the pool can get people a start in the hobby, it most often leaves them in the dust, not knowing where to go, unless you have good elmers (ham radio lingo for mentors) to help them.
        I will be teaching a general & extra class course later this summer at the request of some of our newest hams who have realized that they are lacking in the knowledge to actually get equipment other than an inexpensive Chinese HT on the air. We will actually be teaching the physics and the theory so when these people do the upgrades, they will not get stuck on an unfamiliar question.
        Like many topics, YouTube can also help here. Below are some good starting points.
        HAM Radio Basics- HAM 101
        Getting Your HAM Amateur Radio Technicians License
        Lesson 1 Technician Class License Course 2nd Edition

  28. Preps…low key but on going.
    No purchases this week for long term food/supplies. Ongong infrastructure changes/in slow progress.Several more items must be purchased for projects on- going…
    … more water filtered and stored, new containers placed in rotation.
    ….. More work on securing the coop, changing/adding fresh cut grasses,and later in the week sawdust to certain areas. also added some hard wood ashes to coop.. to .which appreciation is evident. Obtained 2 -5 gallon buckets of charcoal. to finish drying, and store in feed bags.
    ….. Infirmary chicken- in recovery and laying. isolation coop outside in progress, .silver solution and gentain violet effective..
    … Hens are keeping up with our family needs…meat-roos- chickens are in line for harvest…
    ….heat index 100-108 several days. so yard and garden work limited to late…tolerance for outside activity is increasing and tea tree oil applied to outer-wear effective on the small birds referred to as mosquito’s.
    root vegetables – not so good even with watering every other day in deep bed. sweet potatoes are ok, regular weeding, ant feeding program in progress, regular watering,..
    …. Potatoes, blues, russet, gold yukon, and reds are all in progress.(2 tractor tres, 4 -35?gallon tubs.) Have added soil every 5 days, and watered every other day for a couple of weeks as blooms began….. jury is out on them. …will know in a week or so, what kind of production/from what amounts. frost and freeze(2) almost killed the blues three times..was warm so early everythng came up to be nipped back… the golden yukon were not as heavily damaged..Russets and reds are a lunar cycle behind all the others… Okra transplanted to tub is doing well,… tomatoes are just starting to bloom…have added more compost, sand/clay to their raised bed.. …..transplant of.. some volunteer cucumbers… have one more raised bed in progress for later garden planting… gathered mimosa blooms, plaintain and sorrell seed .. remains of sorrell will got to Polish..girls..
    We are still fighting the respiratory illness that began with a sinus infection draining into the lungs..now beginning its 5th week, 3rd round of antibiotics with herbals. Improving with chest congestion lesser each week… wheezing resolved but not tightness of LUL,.. multiple allergies and allergens plentiful.
    shirts.. rarely wear any shirt with any insigna/message on it.
    .I really found Jesse’s article on Prepping with a lower income reassuring.even tho things within my areas of ability we are doing as able.
    …. as far as blogging….Everyone and his brother is doing a blog, I have enough on my plate. I have enough info about me on net already….if someone wants that great, but just not MY cup of tea. .. complaining about others complaining ..understandable- but not a benefit..
    Many things I have in progress.. are in some stage… just not up to the “paying me back” stage yet, but more in the hard work aspect..some require more purchases, some are awaiting parts, some require other aspects to be done first…I am not in a sprint, but a marathon. I operate on No ones desires but our family’s, and no other family’s needs. This last 4 days i recieved no,less than 12 offers, get a free product to only pay overpriced-shipping on some product…over 3/4 of which we are unable to use.. I refuse to be placed in a box because my priorities are not on things to be purchased on the whim of everyone who wants to offer me …things they think are important.. I have been steadily un subscribing from those sites.

    • Anonamo Also,

      This last 4 days I received no, less than 12 offers, get a free product to only pay overpriced-shipping on some product

      Sounds like you got hooked up with that Survival Life site – read this https://www.digitalmarketer.com/6-million/

      That’s why every email has an unsubscribe link. The great thing about the email service that I use is that if you don’t open an email for so many weeks then the system will automatically unsubscribe you.

      • M.D.,

        This last 4 days I received no, less than 12 offers, get a free product to only pay overpriced-shipping on some product

        I get some of the same email; but, since they don’t cost me anything I leave them krrp on coming and do occasionally get to see an interesting video.

        That’s why every email has an unsubscribe link. The great thing about the email service that I use is that if you don’t open an email for so many weeks then the system will automatically unsubscribe you.

        Then I could be in danger of being unsubscribed, since when I open them I don’t allow the images to load as part of my security and that’s the way the email provider knows they have been opened. This is a known security problem going back a few decades called the hidden tracking pixel and most good web browsers require user permission to load them.
        The article explaining how Survival Life did their marketing was BTW, very interesting.

        • The Ohio Prepper,

          It does cost the sender because they have to pay by the number of subscribers… right now I’m paying almost $200 a month just for my email service that delivers my free courses and emails letting subscribers know about blog updates…

          • It does cost the sender because they have to pay by the number of subscribers… right now I’m paying almost $200 a month just for my email service that delivers my free courses and emails letting subscribers know about blog updates…

            I had no idea of that cost, since I manage all of my own email lists; but, probably not as many as you do per month.

      • I open much of my mail every day… I may not read this site the day,.. an article comes out, but often catch it on second day. Just a time and responsibility issue. ometimes will skim and come back and do a slower read…asssimialtion of wat ever presented.
        I .am quickly whittling back down to few sites visited 3 -4times a week and very few sites I visit. weekly. in addition… Often will read and if nothing real to add, just keep my fingers still.. .I.. have 2 or three regular., visited but not on “their list”…I enjoy reading articles hate most video presentations…too long.. I want the short and sweet,
        …..Just the facts.. will often skim a transcript if one is available. to find info i desire… then write or copy the info i need.. The best way I have found to get rid of unwanted is to actively unsubscribe… after i have unsubscribed 2 times…and still getting messages wll send them a personal message detailing why I am unsubscribing..It can take 3 days for some lists to get the messages thru….
        Some of these companies/addresses i have no idea where they got my e mail…

      • Every e-mail is required by law to have an unsubscribe link, but not everyone follows the law as we well know. You have to be careful which unsubscribe links you click too. I have gotten in the habit of clicking the unsubscribe link, placing the em-mail in a folder called unsubscribed, then forwarding all future e-mail from those companies to spam.

  29. A long week, counting last weeks events here. Came back from a two day trek helping a friend with transport to find a note from my DW that water not working right. Well pump still had good pressure, but blowing air into the lines. Inline check valve part of the issue, but found a hole in the galvanized pipe below it also. All fixed now. We had enough water for our essentials, we’ve dealt with lack of water for days before.
    Finally got rain after over a month without any, a big help for the fire fighters. Picked up some extra odds and ends for the go bags, making some extras for others also. Stay safe.

    • thatldo,
      I’ll bet after this incident she checks the contents of any other old boxes before loading them, LOL. With the possible exception of being in a vehicle, that’s yet another reason to always carry both a gun and a knife.

    • That poor woman. she must be traumatized. I know I wud be! Eeeks!

    • Almost There ,

      Ok ya’ll, I think I would have had to go home to change my britches…..

      This is another good reason to have a fully stocked car kit. You could change without making the trip home, LOL.

  30. Good Afternoon All,
    I somehow have started to think that a lot of people have gotten the message to stock up especially the 65 and over crowd, just came back from shopping at the semi small grocery store down at the foot of the mountain from our cabin, great sales this week 80/20 ground beef 1.99 lb, peanut butter 24 oz .99, house brand Pork & Beans 4/1.00, There are 3/24 can cases sitting in the back of the Jeep until Sunday when one grandchild or another will show up. I knew something was really on sale for sure with the amount of the cars in the parking lot. I didn’t have a large sum of money this month as DH’s medications were quite high as he is just recovering from a upper respiratory infection that has been treated with the second round of antibiotics which were quite pricey to say the least, but he’s worth it for sure.

    Garden growing good we have had more rain then I expected so keeping it watered hasn’t been such a chore this year, and since my YGS has gotten his drivers license he shows up a couple of times a week to help, think he just likes to drive the car and be somewhat independent . Whatever I’ll take all the help I can get.

  31. CREEKMORE ………… you can lead the horses to water but you cannot make them drink . Survival of the fittest and let the chaff fall away from the wheat .

    I seem to recall my time living in shed before you were in a trailer . Stepping stones in life .

    • I guess no preps this week?

      • Izzy, next weeks will be longer….LOL

        The site he sold did the same thing. He must have been really busy.

        • Busy doing knife laws?

          Thor, you can entertain us with puppy stories. 🙂

          • Puppy is a very tough puppy. I was playing Frisbee with him yesterday and he was showing off and way over jumped a Frisbee and went upside down trying to catch it and landed on his back. I mean that would have knocked the wind out of me but he just jumped right up grabbed the Frisbee and brought it back. I asked him if he was OK and he just looked at me with his tongue hanging out like this it again, throw it again…..LOL

            • Thor 1; How old is he now?

            • Thor1,

              Puppy is a very tough puppy. I was playing Frisbee with him yesterday and he was showing off and way over jumped a Frisbee and went upside down trying to catch it and landed on his back. I mean that would have knocked the wind out of me but he just jumped right up grabbed the Frisbee and brought it back.

              I think the key word here is blockquote>Puppy and not blockquote>dog . I took a lot of hits doing various activities from preteen and well into my 20’s and just shook it off. Even the slightest of those activities today could potentially take me out for some time, if not permanently.
              I suspect you could do similar things if you were once again a puppy and not an old dog as I think many of us are.

              • Top, if you saw him you would say dog at over 100 lbs. But he doesn’t know it so he is still a puppy…..LOL

                If I caught a football and landed like he did, I would definitely have difficulty breathing
                Maybe some whiplash or a concussion. Strong puppy….

      • Izzy,

        I guess no preps this week?

        I hope MD is just busy; but, if not, IMHO he’s slowly killing this site by not attending to the column with the widest appeal, and the most reads and comments.
        The fact that you and others have asked about it tells me that, even if nothing else does.

  32. M.D.,

    I would hate to see you drop this column. As TOP has pointed out, it seems to be the most popular of all your threads. Personally, since I joined the Pack it has been my favorite and the one I most look forward to seeing weekly.

    Please re-consider your position.

    • Agree.

      • No more puppy stories……. 🙁

          • Thank you Thor 1. Of the few I looked at so far, none seem to be like this one…at least with respect to weekly/daily posts by members. I will keep looking.

            I will miss the camaraderie of the “Wolf Pack”. In fact I noticed a subtle change when the wolf header was deleted. Nonetheless, I have learned a LOT from various folks on this site. This site was unique.

            • I will miss the posts wherein we learn from one another every week. I will miss Thor’s wit & puppy updates. Keep preparing, all. It’s only just begun.

              • LTD, maybe I’ll make my own site…..

                Preppers, Puppies & Politics……

                Triple P like the Triple D

                Drive ins, dinners & dives…….LOL

          • Thor1,

            Peppers always have a plan B……..

            As do Preppers, LOL.
            Thanks for the link & hopefully it doesn’t come down to that.

            • Its been fun learning and debating all of the preppers here and look forward to seeing them on other sites. Stay safe and aware of today’s problems. Puppy say bye bye or woof woof.

              Last joke???

              What do you get when you put Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi together…….. A negative 50 IQ…….LOL

              • “Puppy say bye bye or woof woof.”

                Okay, now you are going to make me cry Thor1.

                • Izzy,

                  Okay, now you are going to make me cry Thor1.

                  I wouldn’t shed any tears yet. This is a community and if the current owner wants to throw in the towel, the web is a big place where I suspect we can all fine another home together.
                  I have email for a lot of the pack and anyone who emails me with their name and a good email address will be added to my list so I can help coordinate a move if it becomes necessary. Click on my name and the otherwise barren site will allow you to contact me.
                  I do keep OPSEC.

                • Izzy, you were suppose to laugh at the joke…….

                • Me too Izzy.

                  This is a great bunch of folks, who respect each other, share, don’t cuss, inspire, motivate, pray for each other, patriotic, informational…. Can’t believe it, no warning, nothing. 🙁

                  Yes, Plan B.

  33. I just got caught up on comments, and I am shocked that MD would consider dropping the hottest feature of the website. I hope he will reconsider. While I am considered a relative newbie to The Pack, I lurked for a long time before I got involved in the conversation. One of the things that kept me here when I got ‘burned out’ on all the other prepping sites was WDYDTPTW not only for what I learned but for the camraderie (sp). support, and education. Perhaps he needs to consider ‘admins’ for the comment section, rather than trying to do it all himself. Doesn’t necessarily need to be a paid position, considering the passion we all have, and the community we have built. We have a wealth of experience in The Pack. Why can’t WE keep this feature going?

    • Grammyprepper,

      would consider dropping the hottest feature of the website. I hope he will reconsider. While I am considered a relative newbie to The Pack, I lurked for a long time before I got involved in the conversation.

      Newbie is a relative thing in a family with similar interests and that always reminds me of a quote from the book “Illusions” by Richard Bach:
      ” Our true work is this adventure . . . The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” And although most of us have not nor will ever meet, we are indeed family.

      One of the things that kept me here when I got ‘burned out’ on all the other prepping sites was WDYDTPTW not only for what I learned but for the camraderie (sp) [camaraderie], support, and education.

      Based on the comments and email I’ve been receiving, that appears to be a concensus.

      Perhaps he needs to consider ‘admins’ for the comment section, rather than trying to do it all himself. Doesn’t necessarily need to be a paid position, considering the passion we all have, and the community we have built.

      Some of us have offered to do such; but, were turned down, stating that no help was needed. Since I and others read pretty much every comment as they trickle in on email, I agree it would be no burden, especially to us retirees.

      We have a wealth of experience in The Pack. Why can’t WE keep this feature going?

      It will keep going. Some of the pack and I have been communicating via phone and email and are looking at contingencies. I have been contacted by a few others with their email contact information and since I already have your email, we will keep everyone updated as we know more.

    • Hey, GP! Hope all is well w/u & urs.

      I agree that shutting down the one feature that made this site stand out from all the others…doesn’t make sense to me.

      GP, u have my email address. Wud u kindly send it to OP for me?

  34. Top, I might just call it quits with posting. Prepping is something you do for yourself and family. Maybe we shouldn’t waste time posting……..

    • Now listen Mr. Thor 1 old man. We ALL learn from the various posts. Where else do you need to be on Sat mornings? Well… that was when there was a new week.

    • Thor1,

      Puppy says Bad Master…

      Agree with Izzy. We all learn, and I don’t know about anyone else, but I have VERY few people I can talk to about prepping, and learn about prepping from and who will pray when prayers are needed…

    • Thor1,

      Top, I might just call it quits with posting. Prepping is something you do for yourself and family. Maybe we shouldn’t waste time posting……..

      You can do what you want; but, I don’t think posting is wasted time and find that prepping is good for my immediate family, my MAG, and my community. Working with local Emergency groups from EMA, to CERT to radio communications, I find that when the larger community around us is prepared, the better off we all are, since we can all help one another. This community has developed over time and while I hope my posts and insights have been useful, it is rare that I don’t learn about some new resource here on a regular basis, so we’ll be forging ahead and trying to help hold this together as best we can.

      • How can u miss someone you’ve never met? Don’t know, but, I wud surely miss you, all of you.

        Tara D had the new post up @ thesurvivalistblogdotnet. Go on over & join the conversation. In case u have not noticed, Tara Dodrill also writes for this site.

        I learn from you, I’m encouraged by you, and I’m entertained & amused by you. Could it be that in these turbulent times, we need one another?!

        • Puppy is running AT the firecrackers. Perfect military canine…

          He watched me light off whistling rockets with reports and packs of firecrackers. He is an amazing puppy.

  35. m.D. While I understand the OPSEC thing and have been selective in what I post . I have noted that some post things I never would . The free exchange of useful info e I’ll be missed and the number of hits on your website will drop . Hope it works out .

  36. OPSEC? After all these years. you are just NOW bringing that up?

  37. Izzy, “What Did I Do To Prepare This Week?” is posted @ the “old site” (thesurvivalistblogdotnet). Come on over and join the conversation!

  38. I am very sorry to see that the “What we did this week”will not be continued. I have just come back since I really missed reading everyone’s post.

    M.D, I understand why and am very sorry to see this end. I don’t know if anyone would be interested but I do have something similar on my website if anyone would be interested. It is a fairly new addition so not many readers yet.
    http://frugallivingontheranch.com/

    M.D. if this isn’t ok to post just delete. I really do hope you reconsider and start it back up.

    Ranchers Wife

  39. Love this! David and I both work full-time jobs, while we also are growing a homestead, plus I am blogging on top of it. We have over 30 animals and a small garden. It’s work! And I wouldn’t have it any other way.