This Week on The Homestead: Homesteading Progress and Preps For The Week / June 23, 2018

Good morning everyone… remember…

Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of a day.

Anyways, we are all up and awake and that’s great, however, I do have some bad news to report…

After days of my brain not registering the fact that my email load had dropped from an average of 100 emails a day down to 15 or 20 at that those emails that were being sent were sent directly with my email address and not with the contact form of my contact page.

Well, once it finally did register I started looking into it and to my dismay, I discovered that my email contact form was broken and NOT sending me any email. So if you have sent an email using my contact form and I’ve not answered, then, please don’t think that I’ve been ignoring you… I’ve simply not gotten your email because the form was broken…

But the good news is that it’s fixed now, so if your email was really important then please resend it and I will get back with you as soon as possible… thank you for your understanding.

Okay, if you look closely you’ll notice a few changes to my blog design… look closely… there have been five changes to the design over the past few days… the first person to describe all five changes in the comments below will get a new Lifestraw Personal Water Filter!

I also made a few changes to my recommended must have prepper gear page but we won’t include those in the five design changes mentioned above. Now let’s see who has been paying attention… Good luck.

Okay, now let’s get on with our homesteading progress and preps for the week…

My main homestead expensive/progress for this week was that I received my Swisher 10.5 HP 44-Inch Finish Cut Trail Mower. I had to order the mower through Amazon.com because, unfortunately, no one in my area is a dealer for that type of mower.

I have some hillside on my property and mowing it with a typical riding mower was dangerous and exhausting. Once that I finally got the Swisher 10.5 HP 44-Inch Finish Cut Trail Mower unloaded and uncrated, I checked to make sure it had been filled with engine oil (it had) and then I filled with 100% gasoline as I prefer to not use gasoline that has had ethanol added.

I gave it three cranks and it started up and after letting it run idle for about ten minutes I hooked it up behind my side-by-side UTV and proceeded to mow my hillside in record time.

This mower is great for mowing on hillside land if you have a UTV or ATV and it can also be pulled behind a regular riding mower while off-set to the side to mow two times the normal area in one pass which cuts mowing time in half. However, if you’re pulling it behind a regular riding mower then you’ll need to stay on level ground.

Well, folks, that’s my main homesteading for the week… of course, I did other stuff like gardening and removed the suckers for my tomato plants and fed the chickens several times but I know that you probably don’t want to hear all of the details about that…

Now over to you…

276 Comments

  1. Picked up 6 lbs of mushrooms for $6 and pressure canned them into 3 pints and 10 half pints in beef broth. They sure do shrink. Also pressure canned 17 lbs of boneless chicken breasts on sale. Stocked up on 3 cases (36 boxes) of K mac dinners, 10 jars of our favorite mayo, and 4 bottles of DH’s fav sauce, all on sale. At the bulk store, with a discount coupon, I stocked up on more mac cheese powder and organic buckwheat flour.

    Catching up on garden and yard chores, lots of pruning, mowing, trimming, mulching, weeding, etc. We’ve had little rain to speak of so watering and mulching are important. Great news, we finally got rain most of last night. Everything really needed it.

    We thought we’d have only one hive this year after we bought a fertile queen for the small colony I bought from a neighbor. But last Saturday afternoon, ODS got a call from a seller who had a last minute cancellation of 2 locally raised nucs and was he interested? He was up there first thing next morning despite 30C heat and no car A/C, then set the hives up in the miserable heat. We’re not used to such heat and it’s a real slog for us. We now have 3 vigorous hives working hard. Such a relief.

    Finally getting our rat problem under control with special rat bait (hidden from cats) and the pellet rifle.

    I thought I’d passed the kidney stone plaguing me but the CT scan shows it’s just hiding in another area. The urologist says it will do ‘sleeping damage’ that can eventually become critical so in 3 weeks I’m booked to have it ‘sonar blasted’. I’m really glad my province has a good health care system that pays for these expenses.

    • Gloria, funny how they both say 8:30…….I think there is some kind of collusion here because how did you know you were in front of me when there is no seconds on the time.

      I demand an investigation….. LOL

    • I think apple cider vinegar is supposed to eliminate the formation of kidney stones. Good luck.

      • I did try apple cider vinegar and it helped a little but not enough.

        • Gloria,

          I did try apple cider vinegar and it helped a little but not enough.

          Apple cider vinegar can be a bit strong to drink; but, cranberry juice cocktail is more palatable, something I like, and something I drink regularly. I had gall stones and my gall bladder removed back in July 2012 and so far, so good.
          A Google search found the following:

          Drink cranberry juice to help kidney stones pass. According to the British Journal of Urology, consuming cranberries and cranberry juice is an effective method of protecting the kidneys from the formation of oxalate kidney stones and helping existing stones to dissolve.

      • AF, the conversation has begun over @ thesurvivslistblogdotnet

    • Gloria, we r up & running over @ thesurvivalistblogdotnet, thanks to Tara. hope u will hop on over & join the conversations!

  2. Nice equipment

    • Puppy is still growing, it seems daily. Is he an inch taller today, maybe……LOL

      Garden, planted the experimental garlic just in time for a rain storm.
      Harvested a couple of red, yes RED cherry tomatoes…… Mmmmmm

      Bought an electric single burner that uses 1100 watts. It will work great with the solar power generator and gives me another way to cook or boil water.
      Bought 2 cases of water.
      Bought more meat for the freezer.
      Bought another propane tank.

      Received an Omaha steak package from the kids for Fathers day. Mmmmm

      Been hearing of a lot of water contaminations in other States and the possibility that underground aquifers could rupture from earthquakes. Hmmm

      • I heard Gloria might have been brought in for questioning by the FBI………LOL

        Something about the Russian’s again……LOL

        • No, just ahead of you in moderation. This time it’s for smuggling shoes according to your illustrious leader.

          • Gloria, you didn’t throw them over the Mexican fence again, did you…….LOL

          • Gloria,

            No, just ahead of you in moderation. This time it’s for smuggling shoes according to your illustrious leader.

            All of this competition about whose first or second reminds me that everyone should remember, that: “The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”
            Think on that a moment.

            • I’d rather be the early bird with the worm than the first mouse with nothing or the second mouse with old cheese.

              • Gloria ,

                I’d rather be the early bird with the worm than the first mouse with nothing or the second mouse with old cheese.

                The second mouse doesn’t always get the old cheese; but, the first mouse often gets no cheese at all, which is the reason the second mouse gets any.

                • Wild fire started Saturday morning. Was 1500 acres now it has grown mandatory evac. So it has begun fire season. I put a coat of linseed oil about a hour ago on my 10/22 and it is mostly dry now it is that hot. Friday was so hot that our boss sent us home at 10/30. We stocked up on some food today.

      • Oops, also added a surge strip for the backup TV. It also has an HD antenna so no cable necessary to watch. This comes in handy with bad storms coming in so I don’t risk messing up the big TV.I leave the backup unplugged with antenna down when not in use. This way I can still get weather updates on TV.

        • A WET DAMP COOL SATURDAY MORNING FROM SEATTL WA. I had a few extrude $$$ SO I went to the “GOODWELL” I found a very good wind up clock for 3.00$ pile up over in the Conner! The 3.00$ clock works wounderful “WOW” add it to my more STUFF I ! LOVE shopping cheap!

      • So, if an emp happens and I still have solar power, with the new electric burner, I should be able to can effectively due to regulating the heat……

  3. i will keep this short as we are teAching a tomato class this morning. Well the wine making class went well this week . Set another duck on eggs this week . Oh and for those that have been waiting for info on the October Hohenwald event they have told me it should be ready Tuesday night . I will be demoing my oil press that night .

    • Fixit – the conversation has begun over @ thesurvivalistblogdotnet – plz join us!

  4. picked 5 gallons blueberries & making Jelly. Went to Amish produce auction in Ethridge, Tn again. Bot peaches # $74/bushel. ‘Bama peàches here r $90/bushel. New baby red potatoes & wilt-resistant tomatoes. Saving seeds. Mu beautiful matured tomato plants have wilt. I have to burn them & sanitize soil by covering w/clear plastic at least 5 weeks. Bummer

    Hànd healing. Stitches out this week.

    • Hopefully you’ll heal so well that you won’t have a scar.

    • I’m glad you’re healing well.

    • LTD, with your accident proneness, you might get cut when they take out the stitches…. LOL

      Be careful……..

    • LtD,
      You mentioned in one of your earlier posts that you sprayed your apple trees to prevent the rust. I see this appearing on my trees now, and need to treat them asap. And then I am reading it comes from juniper trees. I have 2 Leyland Cypress’ close to the apple trees, so I will need to treat them in the winter. But, I wanted to know what the organic spray is that you bought for yours that you said works well. It thought I had copied the info and sent it to myself via e-mail, but can’t find. The Japanese beetles are also coming around… ARGH!
      Thanks in advance.

      • Hey, AT!

        Well, to CONTROL Cedar Rust Blight, I use JMS Stylet Oil, which I buy online from Arbico Organics, out of the FL panhandle. It comes with handling warnings, but it is organic. It’s a type of mineral oil. It “smothers” the fungus, and insects, etc.

        HOWEVER, this is a control – not a “fix”.

        Before I started spraying JMS Oil, I gave ONE spraying of nasty ol’ Capstan. Yeah. Bad stuff. I bot HazMat suit online & I wear it for Capstan. I wear a full head coveribg and hat with full plastic face shield. I also wear an N-95 respirator mask under full face mask. I wear bots & disposable gloves Yes, it gets hot in all that. But this should be sprayed late in day, esp. if u have pollinators – like, just before sunset.

        A strong fungicide is necessary.

        If u don’t want to use Capstan (my trees were mucho infected), there’s always Neem Oil. Safer makes one. The truth is, a serious fungal disease needs a quick knock-out. Organics are not as quick.

        Capstan should not be used with less than 30 days to harvest. Soak fruit in cool water w/white vinegar – one cup vinegar to one gallon water. Rinse thoroughly. Eat.

        Wait recommended time 7-14 days), then spray JMS Oil. Stay on schedule with spraying.

        Next year, spray JMS Oil @ first leaf break & first bud break. Then spray on schedule thru season.

        I use an old spatterware water bath pot to mix Capstan. I bot powder @ local farm co-op. DO NOT BREATHE IT OR HANDLE IT BARE SKIN.

        I also bot a trombone sprayer from Lehman’s. DH & I love the thing! It will shoot high, so u don’t need ladder. Just don’t stand directly under while spraying. Duh! I know.

        I wish I cud afford a second trombone sprayer. For now, I spray hot water through mine after Capstan to clean it out.

        Instructions for control of CRB indicate also spraying cedars I do not. Our cedars are 60 ft tall! OK, really tall.

        Our little apple trees are thriving (mostly) even tho spring sickness put us behind spraying. But I did Capstan treat last Fall.

        Meanwhile, look up Cedar Rust Blight apple varieties. And remember u need a cross-pollinator. Rural King has trees on sale I got Liberty, but I already have CRB-resistant cross-pollinators.

        Hope this helps.

        • I wear boots, not bot.

          NEVER mix these things in aluminum. Can create a chemical reaction.

          • Thanks LtD. I have only 2 small trees, one Honey Crisp, the other Gala. They’re only about 6ft tall and have a few branches on them, no fruit. I think I will go with Capstan then. I don’t need that fungus getting out of hand.

            Found this chart of apple varieties with their susceptibility rating and the Gala is HS and the Honey Crisp is H. And we’ve had a wet spring adding to the trouble. Thank you again.

            https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-7538.pdf

        • Livinthedream,

          Well, to CONTROL Cedar Rust Blight, I use JMS Stylet Oil, which I buy online from Arbico Organics, out of the FL panhandle. It comes with handling warnings, but it is organic. It’s a type of mineral oil. It “smothers” the fungus, and insects, etc.

          I find it interesting when people try to promote “organic” as something special, while using it with a petroleum based product (mineral oil) which is technically organic in origin as are most chemicals based on petroleum feed stocks.
          Just sayin’

          • “Organic”, the way it is used today, is supposed to refer to the fact that it is OMRI-approved for use as a designated “organic” treatment.

            • Livinthedream ,

              “Organic”, the way it is used today, is supposed to refer to the fact that it is OMRI-approved for use as a designated “organic” treatment.

              Organic Materials Review Institute eh?
              I didn’t know about this; but, I’m glad to see it and will investigate.
              For too long words like Organic and Natural have been tossed around like they mean something. I like to see real definitions and perhaps this is a good starting place.

    • LTD, did you get any damage down there with the storms? We read there were twisters.

  5. Planting more tomatoes I got blessed with . Elder-sitting, so, although not a direct prep, the money will go into the kitty, which IS a prep. Did well at the Hamfest last weekend, and today is Field Day, so I am practicing my skills by cooking Chicken Stir fry over an outdoor burner for 25 people! Prayers for the Pack. Nice mower MD.

  6. Long week and took care of a couple of large bills. Bought seeds to fill in some holes in the garden with some later harvest items. Also got some more flower seeds for attracting polinators. Started picking squash, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. Added fertilizer again as it’s definitely been helping this year in a more obvious way – my tomatoes are larger than in years past.

    Since I often read the blog on my cell phone, it’s difficult to notice differences. Wish I could tell.

    • GA Red ,

      Bought seeds to fill in some holes in the garden with some later harvest items. Also got some more flower seeds for attracting polinators. Started picking squash, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant.

      Other than a few items in containers, we’ve gotten nothing of a garden going yet; but, may still be able to purchase some plants a get some old weather veggies going.
      It’s still just too wet, with another 6.5 inches this month and 4.2 this past week

      • OP – we’ve already hit our summer weather pattern – highs in the 90s with a 20-30% (or more) chance of afternoon thunderstorms. I always hope for the storms to make it to us every other day so I don’t have to manually water the garden. Unfortunately, right after we planted, we had about a week of hot/dry weather. That’s probably why I didn’t get good germination from some of the direct planted seeds. Hopefully, you’ll get something good going this year.

    • Forgot to add – I found some $2 off coupons for Ball jars that I used at Kroger while they had their jars marked down to about the same price as the local Wal-Mart. Never have enough jars.

      • GA Red: Never have enough jars. Truest words ever spoken.

      • OMGosh GA Red. Have you seen the new amber colored jars? I have to get some… They block 99% UV light and so they will be good for dry things. Of course, they are high dollar like the ones they had that were purple, blue and green…

        • AT – I found a bunch of the purple pints at Kroger in the overstock/clearance section for either $1.99 or $2.99 a six pack a few months after they came out. I bought all they had.

          • GA Red,

            I bought all they had.

            Oh you little hoarder you, LOL.

            Almost There & GA Red,
            We still have some of the very old blue & green glass jars with the gasket, glass lid and bale around; but, had not considered them good for anything except ornamental. Dry goods however make sense. Thanks for mentioning it.

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

    We had some discussion here last week about finances, foolish spending, wise spending, savings, etc. I think it all jinxed me. My check engine light came on a week ago and before I got it looked at, I started hearing a rattling sound, particularly when I first started up. The neighborhood mechanic across from #1 daughter said one of the downstream O2 sensors on my catalytic converter was shot and recommended replacing both. However, the rattling noise is another matter. He was certain that it is my tranny making the noise. He isn’t a tranny guy, so I found one nearby with a good rep. They say it is not my tranny, but the catalytic converter after all. I’m having them do the work and it will cost me about $1,800. I should get it back Monday (the shop is closed on weekends).

    Then I got notified by my bank that someone was trying to misuse my debit card. The bank’s security software caught on quickly and refused to allow the transactions, but they have to cancel my card and issue a new one. Bummer, as I use my debit card a lot, although I am able to use checks and cash as necessary. And a credit card too, although I really avoid using that as more than an emergency backup.

    The ”Politically Incorrect” t-shirt came this week. I like it.

    Got labs done at the VA on Friday. #1 daughter had to drive me since my car is in the shop.

    Also, since my SUV is in the shop, I won’t be attending the ham radio summer Field Day this weekend. I was only going there for the afternoon on Saturday anyway. The Orlando Sentinel did a very nice article on ham radio this week and quoted several members of my club too.

    That’s about it on the prepping front. I was busy for four days this week with granddaughter, but that is a prep as far as I’m concerned. She’s a delight to be with and that makes me feel good. Plus, she is learning things at an amazing rate, so it’s a prep toward the future.

    • Z36, anytime you get a check engine light you can hook up an auto scanner and it wil tell you what is wrong provided its a 2nd gen computer.. They don’t break the bank and can save lots of money.

      • Thor1,

        I don’t know if I have a 2d gen computer, possibly as the mechs all hooked up scanners to the SUV. However, it doesn’t tell them everything that can be wrong, just gives them clues and leads. They both had to get up under there and take a look.

        • If you have a Auto Zone, they do it for free that is how we have found out many things that were going wrong and it saved us a lot of money..

          • mom of three,

            I got all of the checks done for free. Plus a military discount on the repairs.

            • TOOK my van in and had the oil change + the oil in the transfer case ! then went for a little drive to “CABLAS ” and bought a HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER 22 single action It got me out of my house “YAHOO”!

    • Zulu 3-6,

      Then I got notified by my bank that someone was trying to misuse my debit card. The bank’s security software caught on quickly and refused to allow the transactions, but they have to cancel my card and issue a new one. Bummer, as I use my debit card a lot, although I am able to use checks and cash as necessary. And a credit card too, although I really avoid using that as more than an emergency backup.

      Although we’ve never had this happen with our debit card, it has happened a few times with our credit card, which means issuing another and no use for as much as 10 days. We do use the debit card; but, the credit card is actually a better fit, since even when hijacked and used by someone else, the Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA) limits your liability to $50.00 if you report the problem promptly. No matter how much we use the credit card we only charge what we have on hand to pay it off each month. It also gives us a bit of float, since any charges after the 6th of the month are not due until the 2nd of the second month following. For instance, the account cycle closed on June 6 and the bill is not due until July 2. In addition, we convert those points into free gift cards and have paid no interest in nearly 20 years.

      • TOP,

        My bank does the same thing with their debit cards. I lost nothing yesterday as the bank’s software caught the fraud immediately and declined the transactions (there were several attempts). They notified me immediately by text message and we verified things right away. I use BofA and their security computers seem to be very good. I’ve had this happen before and they were on it almost instantly.

        • Zulu 3-6,

          I use BofA and their security computers seem to be very good. I’ve had this happen before and they were on it almost instantly.

          We use Citi Bank who handles an AT&T Universal card issued fee free for life, back in 1990. Along with similar great security, one of the great features we have from the online portal, is the issuance of a: Virtual Credit Card.. I log on to the portal, where I can also see and check transactions and exchange points for items, and request a Virtual Credit Card.
          The Virtual Credit Card is another number and security PIN number that can be used only one time. It is usually generated as another card with my normal remaining limit and an expiration date a week into the future. There is an advanced generation capability that allows me to set a lower limit and specific expiration date.
          I use this feature the first time I’m using a new site on the web that doesn’t take PayPal, since it limits what the vendor can charge and doesn’t allow additional charges.
          Properly managed, Credit Cards can be very useful for cash flow management and free items with those points.

          • TOP,

            I know that properly managed credit cards are fine, but I don’t really need to use them 99% of the time. My Ex used to treat them like free money and we ended up in bankruptcy. She seems to have learned her lesson, and my take-away was not to use them at all except in an emergency.

            I did get a Home Depot card to pay for badly needed new windows on my old house as it was a 24-months same as cash deal. I had the card paid off in 22-months and I immediately cancelled the card since I had no need for it any longer.

            • Zulu 3-6,

              I know that properly managed credit cards are fine, but I don’t really need to use them 99% of the time. My Ex used to treat them like free money and we ended up in bankruptcy. She seems to have learned her lesson, and my take-away was not to use them at all except in an emergency.

              As Harry Callahan said, “A man’s got to know his limitations”” so you need to do what you need to do.
              We don’t need to use them; but, they have helped us both manage and extend our cash flow. For instance, the closing amount from June 6 that is due on July 2 is about $3500.00, and we have 5 times that waiting in savings. On the 6th of next month, those 3500 points along with a few points accrued and not yet used, will get us another free $50.00 Home Depot gift card and we will no doubt find some project to use that for this summer.

    • Zulu 3-6,

      Glad that you like it. Thank you!

    • “OMG” you used the word “TRANNY” that can be use is a different way LIKE this month is on everthing YAK LGBT month !

      • Sarah,

        Notice in my main post for this week, I bought the “Politically Incorrect” t-shirt. I know you’re just pulling my chain, but I really don’t care if I offend someone. 🙂

        • Z36, LOL, like a Granny tranny would be a low geared transmission….. LOL

        • HELL I have a few of them too ! I even still have a CSA FLAG does that count?

          • Sarah,

            I have a CSA battle flag too and I’m a Yankee from Michigan. 🙂

            The longer I live down South, the more I understand why the War Between the States happened.

            • Z36, sad but wonder if it will happen again. Americans need to wake up. The more immigrants that come in, the more we pay for them. School, health care,food, shelter…ect.

              People who should be worried about this !!!

              Older people……cut benefits in social security.

              Welfare recipients…… Cut benefits

              Working people….raised taxes.

              So who wants to vote for a Democrat ???

              Things aren’t free, the American people pay for it !!!!

              • OMG TAXES I live in WA. STATE. IT is getting as bad as CALIF. the only one that has right here is the “ILLEGALS” here they get ‘FREE” medical and food stamps and the ASSHOLES in GOVERMENT what to cut my SOCIAL SECURITY AND OH YES CUT MY MEDACARE I was born here and YES I CAN speak only US ENGLISH! SORRY I have lived to damn long SORRY about me on my soap box

                • Sarah,
                  Both the DW’s pension and both of our SS have had COLA’s this past year and nothing has been cut. Our Medicare with some well chosen supplemental coverage has been great.
                  I had good private insurance for my entire working career and like everyone, got screwed with Obamacare, AKA PPACA or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was 2 untruths in one title.
                  In any case, our transition to Medicare has really worked out well for both of us and if yours Is problematic, perhaps you should revisit your supplemental coverage.

              • And then

                The young people….entry level jobs, gone

                The schooling/college you pay student loans for, the illegal immigrants get for free and then get a job after graduation with no debt. Hmmmm

                Are you still on the lefts side ???

            • Zulu,

              You mean the “War of Northern Aggression” right?

              • Bam Bam,

                I don’t know if I want to go that far. After all, Southerners were kind of cranky and bellicose about things too. 🙂

                • Hi Bam Bam, Especially when it came to owning their employees.

                  • Ah…like William Ellison Jr.? Or Antoine Duboclet? Along with 3,ooo fellow black slave owners.

                  • Penrod,

                    Hi Bam Bam, Especially when it came to owning their employees.

                    What I will say here is not PC; but, is the truth.
                    Black slaves were actually treated better than white sharecroppers, since they were property and had intrinsic value. The act of buying and selling people is abhorrent; but, the facts are the facts, and slaves were relatively well taken care of, like one would a valued piece of farm equipment.

                • Zulu,
                  I had relatives on both sides, family split as the war moved in on them. ..from both sides of my Gandparens families…
                  That said… One can only kick a dog so many times before someone gets bit. The southern people were kicked enough.. The war of Northern aggression is apt. They are still Aggressors, thats what the carpet baggers and Sherman’s march to the sea was about…. not defeating the army, but stopping the people from having anything to eat., burning raping and pillaging the entire country.. Sherman? such SCAT need to be buried., and we have them again today in the form of liberals and Hollyweird.

                  • Anonamo Also,

                    Aggressors, thats what the carpet baggers and Sherman’s march to the sea was about…. not defeating the army, but stopping the people from having anything to eat., burning raping and pillaging

                    Those acts were horrible; but, were more than 150 years ago in the winter of 1864.
                    Isn’t it well past the time to bury the hatchet on this and on slavery? Most who protest slavery had no slaves in their ancestry, and only use the subject as an excuse to fleece guilt ridden liberals who in turn try to fleece the rest of us with their policies.

                    the entire country.. Sherman? such SCAT need to be buried., and we have them again today in the form of liberals and Hollyweird.

                    Yep and these are not the traditional northerners; but, mostly the elitists on the coasts who think those who live in the south and flyover country are the aberrations and are still confused about how the Hildebeast lost the election. I love confusing liberals.

                    • What exactly are “traditional northerners”?

                      No, it is not time to “bury the hatchet” per se. People need to remember what happens when a govt. gets too big for it’s britches and we are there now.

                      Btw: The Civil War didn’t start over slavery. It wasn’t even an issue until 2 years into the war and Lincoln was losing. The slavery issue is a bogus argument considering there were over 3,000 black slave owners…some of whom had more slaves than their white counter parts.

                    • The Democrats are at it again, mark my words. They are trying to create slavery through immigration. Cheap house keepers, gardeners, pool boys….ect. Its nothing short of legalized slavery.

                    • Thor1 ,

                      The Democrats are at it again, mark my words. They are trying to create slavery through immigration. Cheap house keepers, gardeners, pool boys….ect. Its nothing
                      short of legalized slavery.

                      I think calling it slavery is a bit harsh. More like dependence, with welfare and other things keeping the illegals beholding to the democraps and creating a permanent democrap voting block, even for those who are not citizens.
                      Eternal vigilance is the cost of freedom, and that’s even more true today.

                    • Izzy,

                      What exactly are “traditional northerners”?

                      I have no idea; but, the north was considered to be anyone north of the Mason Dixon line, regardless of their politics and the fact that cousins and brothers fought on opposite sides shows the real insanity of the conflict.

                      No, it is not time to “bury the hatchet” per se. People need to remember what happens when a govt. gets too big for it’s britches and we are there now.

                      I agree; but, bringing up the Civil War, or the War Between the States, or the War of Northern aggression serves no modern day purpose other than to put people in the south and the north at each other’s throats while allowing the DC swamp to run roughshod over all of us. It’s the typical progressive tactic of identity politics, pitting us against them.

                      Btw: The Civil War didn’t start over slavery. It wasn’t even an issue until 2 years into the war and Lincoln was losing. The slavery issue is a bogus argument considering there were over 3,000 black slave owners…some of whom had more slaves than their white counter parts.

                      Anyone with an education already knows this; but, in 1861 Virginia split into pieces creating West Virginia over the subject of slavery, so it was a component of the issue.

                    • Izzy, Thank You!
                      TOP,. we can NOT bury the hatchet, There is too much MIS_information abounding. IF we shut up and say nothing, then the truth will never be told.
                      My ancestors who were forced to fight, deserve better from me. They were poor Irish immigrants trying to make a living on a hillside farm. The war over took their farm.
                      Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Not only do these idiots not read and study history they are trying to actively destroy it….even to the point fo descrating graves. My daughter is 33 yeas old. Her school books did not teach anything except minor points on the un -civil war. Nothing about the aftermath!, nothing about the carpet baggers who were just invaders to control the population. which was not about slavery,… but about STATES rights… we are still fighting that BATTLE.

                    • OhioPrepper; “I have no idea;”

                      Well you made the statement of “traditional northerners” and you don’t know what they are?

                      With respect to WVA and VA. NO, they didn’t split because of slavery. They split because VA was going to secede and WVA said no. Hence becoming a new state.

                      I don’t understand people who continue to pander the idea that the Civil War started because of slavery. It didn’t. The south is entitled to keep and live their heritage just like every other area is. Politics hasn’t really changed much over the past 200 years…aside from brief periods without the “money changers”. Yup, the central bankers control our govt.

                  • AA,

                    My ancestors fought on the northern side. At least one relative is buried at Gettysburg.

                    As far as Sherman’s March to the Sea, militarily it was a good move. It worked too. Because of the system of supply the Confederates relied upon, burning out the Georgia farmers was destroying the South’s military logistics. I agree that it was morally repugnant, but sadly necessary given the times. Like the atomic bombs on Japan, I think Sherman’s March shortened the war and saved lives in the long run. As a former military man, I understand and agree with the strategy. As a human being, I regret the necessity of it.

                    Carpetbaggers were another matter. I think Lincoln’s assassination was the absolute worst thing that could have happened to a post-war South. Based on my studies of the time, I’m certain that Reconstruction would have been handled much better and more humanely than it was, had Lincoln lived.

                    • To add to my comment above, I think Southerners to this day should stand in lines to piss on the grave of John Wilkes Booth.

                    • Z36, this is a very interesting video and if any African American watched this video, they would never vote Democrat again.

                      https://youtu.be/g_a7dQXilCo

                    • Zulu 3-6,

                      I understand and agree with the strategy. As a human being, I regret the necessity of it.

                      I agree, as did Ernest Hemingway when he said the following:”Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.”

                    • Thor1,

                      this is a very interesting video and if any African American watched this video, they would never vote Democrat again.

                      I guess I already knew everything in the video; but, it was a good refresher and a link to keep on hand. Unfortunately there are too many amoral people in the MSM with their own agendas who won’t tell the real story and continue to go to the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton when they want a black leader.
                      People like the professor in the video, or Alan West, Thomas Sowell, Herman Cain, and dozens of others would be better persons; but, don’t fit the agenda of the MSM

                    • Zulu 3-6,
                      I agree; but, that would mean that the common folk would actually need to have an understanding of actual history. My kid brother ate history from a young age as I did science and math and I will admit that history was not a subject I enjoyed until after college and well into my twenties.
                      Shows like James Burk’s 10 part “Connections” series and the History Channel prior to the alien invasion really got me interested.
                      That series may be found on YouTube and is worth watching: James Burke Connections³, Episode 1 Feedback
                      Understanding history can often bring the present into a better focus.

                    • TOP,

                      I’ve seen all of James Burke’s Connections. Superb work. Highly recommended to everyone.

                    • Zulu, , I agree with your assessment of Lincoln. The reconstruction would have been much different.
                      as I said, I had ancestors from both parents sides on both sides. One was buried in a graveyard that was intentionally flooded. somewhere in Illinois…
                      There were several of my family members at Shiloh/ and other battles/shooting at each other…..I live within 60 miles of many war battle sites…and almost every one that has anything posted has incomplete information..
                      We know who writes the history books. Now it is coming out who funded.both sides of the war and for what purposes… that war and all the others…

          • Sarah,

            I even still have a CSA FLAG does that count?

            I have no CSA flag; but, do have a few Gadsden flags
            As far as I’m concerned they are all historically accurate and can be flown.

      • Sarah,

        “OMG” you used the word “TRANNY” that can be use is a different way LIKE this month is on everthing YAK LGBT month !

        With a little creative thinking, nearly any word or phrase can have a different meaning an offend someone, and the PC leftist crowd has become very creative in this way. I guess when you have no solutions and are losing ground, you can either change your habits, or be offended.
        I am personally an equal opportunity offender, LOL

      • funny thin my inlaws went to a ballgame in S.F. and it happened to be the day of pride day in the city,or the thity I should say. they will not be home any time soon.

    • #1 daughter sent me some photos and a vid of granddaughter at a park this morning. She found a small stream and some mud puddles to get into. She was quite the mess and having a great time. I’m so glad her parents let her do this. #1 daughter was allowed when she was little, so I’m not too surprised, I guess.

      I clearly remember my muddy play days from when I was young. Too much fun. Kids need this to grow up normally. If I can remember the joy I had 60 years later, it must be something good.

      • Zulu,
        I’m so glad you are enjoying those little moments with your grandchild, even if it is hearing it from your daughter. I’m in the same place and I’m enjoying those moments too. I’ve been retired just a couple of years and still trying to get used to it, but I am definitely enjoying the grandkids cute moments.

  8. MD,
    I generally send email directly and don’t use the form. Does using the form get any better or more rapid reply? I’m nearly ready to send you an article; but, haven’t yet heard back from a request from several weeks ago.
    With my vision issues and general interest mostly in content I never even pay attention to the header or any changes; but, I wish someone luck on that filter straw.
    The mower looks like it will handle some good heavy trail work. For trail work here we use a trusty old 48” cut Troy Bilt sickle bar mower, or a borrowed brush hog on occasion.
    As for critters, they (Horse, Goat, & Chickens) are tended to at least twice per day, with the hardest part recently being keeping the chicken’s cleaned out and waterer full.

    This past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. Purchased a can of Wild Planet Tuna from Meijer’s; but, discovered that the local Wal-Mart also carries that brand. It’s a little expensive; but, is very good and not mushy. Another interesting thing is that one of the cats tried climbing up on the counter to get some when we opened the can. This same cat ignores things like sardines and canned chicken.
    2. Picked up another 5 packages of white chocolate M&M’s on sale (long term rations, LOL)
    3. I’ve been feeling fatigued for no reason, so I had blood tests, a chest X-ray, and both a left and right heart catheterizations, none of which showed any problems, so now my cardiologist and I will start adjusting my medications.
    4. Ordered two PC boards with special glass diodes to construct my own model of a VNA (Vector Network Analyzer) for transmission line and antenna analysis, set up & testing.
    5. Received my Raspberry Pi kit from woot.com. This one is slated for use with the VNA listed above which will allow me to use a larger display, more suitable for my situation.

    • The Ohio Prepper,

      They both go to the same email (or is supposed to) however, the email form was not sending the emails but it’s fixed now.

    • Ohio Prepper,
      White chocolate M&Ms? Where have I been? I’ve got to get some of those!

      • Terra ,

        White chocolate M&Ms? Where have I been? I’ve got to get some of those!

        Our local Meijer has then on sale for $0.22 per package through the end of the month. Each package has 24-25 pieces and are rich enough that they each last me 2-3 days as a snack.

  9. Made a new type of jam this week…it has peaches, pineapple and kiwi in it. Boy, howdy, it’s good. Picked up another case of 1/2 gallon mason jars. My new outlet for raw milk is working out well. I have NO extra milk building up in the refrigerator. Received yet another custom soap order, this one is a bulk wholesale order. Will be cranking up my little soap factory in the kitchen here shortly. I picked the last of my grape harvest for the year. Will probably make jelly with it as my wine stash is plenty good. My son and I will be starting a 3 gallon batch of mulberry mead this weekend, though. That stuff tastes too good….LOL.

    That’s about it for this ol’ girl. Keep on keeping on, folks. Add to the stash, learn some new skills!

    • Would you share your soap recipe, please?

      • Sure, PG!
        Melt together in stainless steel pot:
        14 oz lard
        8 oz coconut oil
        8 oz olive oil
        2 oz castor oil
        Remove from heat and let cool to around 85-90 degrees (I use an ice water bath in my sink to speed things up a bit)

        In a plastic bowl:
        10 oz frozen goat’s milk
        Slowly mix in 4.4 ounces of lye using stainless steel spoon
        The milk will melt as the lye dissolves

        Slowly add the cooled oils to the milk/lye mixture. I use a stick blender. When it starts to thicken, you can add either 1/2 ounce of essential oil or 1 ounce fragrance oil of your choice for scent. Pour soap mixture into your mold(s) and allow to set up for 24 hours. I put my molds in the freezer the next day for about 2 hours before popping them out. It helps them release easier. Air dry the soap for 4-6 weeks before using!

        This recipe makes eleven 4-ounce shower bars.

  10. My main preps this week were:
    -I bought 3 nucs and relocated a hive from my cousin’s tree.
    -I made some wonderful farmers cheese.

    I’m currently waiting for an auction to begin. I’m hoping to get something good for a good price.

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

    • Good to hear from you good luck and have fun with the auction hope everything works out well for you

      • I bought a 10 gallon water cooler and a hand crank pasta maker. The auctioneer threw in an ice shaver. I honestly have no use for the ice shaver. I guess I’ll give in to the grandkids. I wanted some more cast iron cookware, but it went for more than I cared to spend.

        • Prepared, I havent seen a hand cranked pasta maker since 1982 or so, my mother used one! Great picks for sure, I’d love to find a good older meat grinder and or other grinder types to use for mesquite bean flour making –

    • Prepared Grammy ,

      -I bought 3 nucs and relocated a hive from my cousin’s tree.

      Nucs (Nuclear hives) are the way to go. I’ve always used only packaged bees; but, did use one Nuc which was nice
      When you state: relocated a hive I assume you mean a wild swarm. Free bees are always worth the effort.

      • It wasn’t a swarm. It was an established hive in a hollow tree. A recent storm took down part of the tree, and the bees were in the part of the tree that was down.

    • Some friends are wanting us to go camping at Elkmont Campground in Gatlinburg, TN next summer. Has anyone been there? What do you think about it?

      • Hello PG,

        I’ve been to Elkmont many times. It a wonderful campground. It can be crowded in the summer as it is closer to Gatlinburg than other campgrounds in the smokies. Hope this helps….Cade’s Cove is my very favorite.

        • They want all of us to go next June when the synchronized lightening bugs are there. I’ve seen videos, but never been there. It sounds like fun.

    • PG-
      I have been several weeks behind reading posts with a job change and lots of weekend fishing trips 🙂

      I read your post a few weeks ago about your friend who lost their son who was KIA.
      AP was a few years ahead of me in school. He was a very sweet boy.
      Now I wonder if our paths have ever crossed!
      Take care.

      • That’s possible.. My kids went to school with AP, and his mom and I grew up together. (She’s a few years older than I am.)

  11. Picked up by around 70 pounds of produce this morning for 12 bucks when ago Monday morning and get another 60-70 pounds of produce..
    I’m my working on book reviews right now and house and plans to go camping next week…
    Continuing to work with the kids and medical so we’re gonna be working CPR over the next few weeks

    • WOW Jesse… Good deal on the produce.

      • Almost I agree! We got watermelons, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, green peppers, butternut squash – monday doing a run to another place that has similar and should have oranges and some more awesome stuff! It’s nice, I can much of it and the food that sours gets mixed into compost for chickens to rake through which promotes better laying!

        • Jesse, Everything you have listed is around 2$ a pound here, to buy. fresh or frozen… but fresh is so much better.! Good deal.

    • What a find on the produce!

      • Prepared it’s an arizona group called POWOW and another called 3000 club basically its produce that is just over experation from grocers but still well within edible/canning parameters one more way I am able to live and eat well for under $250 a month with a family of four / chickens and dogs!

    • Jesse, are you canning or dehydrating all that produce?

      • Gloria. Canning – dehydration at this time is not cost effective for me.

        • Jesse, I’ve seen the POWOW group and they do good work. We get some stuff from them from time to time also. Looking forward to the next book review.

  12. m d ,
    have you thought of planting the hill in croen vetch or something else that provides nutrition to such things as goats and bees.
    . holds the hill, no mowing and you can keep a path mown across it if you need one.
    just a thought.

    • At a former house, we did a steep slope in crown vetch and it worked great. Until the roads dept thought they were dealing with a vicious weed and sprayed it. Groan.

      • Gloria ,

        At a former house, we did a steep slope in crown vetch and it worked great. Until the roads dept thought they were dealing with a vicious weed and sprayed it..

        Here in Ohio they are called Noxious or invasive weeds.
        A quick search for “Ohio department of transport list of noxious weeds” finds that there are 21 of them.
        We even have an: Ohio Invasive Plants Council to help define the species.
        I suspect a search for your own area would allow you to find acceptable cover plants.
        When I personally think of invasive plants the first that comes to mind is of course Kudzu, LOL

        • Where I live, crown vetch is not an invasive/noxious weed. It is commonly used by the roads dept to control steep slopes unless you get new workers who don’t know their weeds and spray everything in sight.

          • Gloria ,

            Where I live, crown vetch is not an invasive/noxious weed. It is commonly used by the roads dept to control steep slopes unless you get new workers who don’t know their weeds and spray everything in sight.

            It’s the same here, including clueless O DOT workers.
            Perhaps it’s time to make some nice signs and place them along the road.
            Bright colors, arrows, and a simple wording like: ”These are not weeds”, LOL

            • Speaking about the road department. We have had rain everyday, except one, for the last 8 days. This week they were out in force (the county) washing the roadways! Somehow I miss that they want to wash the streets after it’s been raining.

  13. Hi Wolfie’s,

    Great week here in TN. Some rain, some heat, but both tolerable.

    I wouldn’t know what 5 things have changed…

    Order from Amazon came in – Scale to weigh PM’s nice and small, weights for calibration, nice set; a Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI); The Way to a Man’s Heart – The Settlement Cook Book interesting recipe like “Ada’s Caramel Frosting” – ¾ lb maple sugar, scraped; ¾ lb brown sugar; butter, size of an egg; 1 ½ cups cream; Mix and boil slowly for forty minutes. Remove from stove and stir over ice until the proper consistency to spread. If too stiff, thin with cream. Dip knife in cream to spread.” Or this under “Washing Dishes” – “Kitchen knives and forks should never be placed in dish water. Scour them with brick dust, wash with dish cloth, and wipe them dry.” Still waiting on the Ersatz in the Confederacy: Shortages and Substitutes on the Southern Homefront

    Goodwill – wool rug for living room, a SS strainer that is a pan with a flat bottom, some restaurant china, drinking glasses, San Marcos blanket – I usually only buy cotton or wool blankets, and around $5. This one was acrylic and polyester, $9.99 and rather gaudy for my taste, but I could tell by the feel of the blanket and the binding that it was a high quality blanket. Never heard of the brand before, so I had to look it up. Made in Mexico from 1976 – 2004, collector’s item now… Many selling on ebay in the $120 range. I’ll keep it because it’s a nice blanket, so soft and thick, and since there are many for sale on ebay, making a sale would be hard to do.

    2 bushels of peaches from the bulknaturalfoods folks came in. They were seconds, but don’t see a thing wrong with them for 2/3 of the price for the best ones. Cost was $110.

    Found out Wednesday that a guy I work with is also a prepper. He and his wife live in an opposite direction than me so can’t be in a MAG locally, but we swapped info, and we will share our prep updates and goings on…

    Getting stuff ready for yard sale next weekend, so between the peaches and organizing, will be extra busy this weekend and after work every day next week.

    Found out that our mean, unpredictable, vindictive, lying, trouble making sister will be coming to our dad’s funeral at Arlington… Not good. My older sister has called, along with the funeral home sending a letter, to alert the people that there could be trouble. People want to discount that she wouldn’t do this or wouldn’t do that, but I wouldn’t put anything past her, especially since she has threatened us and says “we will pay”. Makes me so sad, I almost cancelled going, that’s how afraid I am of her. Prayers for protection when the time comes would be appreciated. August 3rd.

    Prayers for the pack, for unspoken requests, for the President and for America.

    • Almost There; With respect to your ” mean, unpredictable, vindictive, lying, trouble making sister”, she can be put on a no entrance list…or by invitation only. Since burials are accessed by vehicle, she would not be able to drive onto the grounds once her ID/driver’s license is checked. Or even by foot. The funeral people should make this arrangement for you. The Army takes a dim view of trouble makers on the grounds and they can be arrested. She may just be mouthing off, but I would still take the added steps to deny entrance as it costs nothing. Trust me, she doesn’t want to get in a pissing contest with ANC security. Ergo, no need to cancel your plans.

      • Izzy,

        I’m not in charge. And what proof would they need to keep someone off the premises? I don’t know, but surely they don’t just take people’s word for it, as there are many a mean people out there.

        I shared my reservations with my older sister, so she is supposed to report off to the folks there locally. She could have told the cemetery to not display when the funeral was, but she said she wasn’t going to keep anyone from attending if they found the information out there. We weren’t going to let her know after what she did last year. I will certainly have my guard up. I jokingly asked my sister if she could see if we all could be frisked before entering the chapel.. She seems to not be too worried about it (and that didn’t sit well with me) as she was told they deal with this stuff all the time. Nothing would pleasure me if the mean one was removed from the premises prior to the service starting… She can’t keep her mouth shut, so she will most likely get carted off due to her own doings. Her son hasn’t spoken to her in 2 years, and is also afraid that she will cause trouble, but also doesn’t think it will be anything other than her using her bullying tactics. That kind of thinking is what gets people in trouble and unable to react in a split second. I don’t trust her at all.

        • Almost There,

          There are always ANC staff present at every funeral. They have portable radios and can get ANC security there in the event of an issue. The letter the funeral home sent may be enough for ANC security to be present at the chapel. I don’t know if that will be enough to keep her off the grounds.

          As Izzy said, the Army does not tolerate stupid nonsense at Arlington.

        • Almost There; With an event such as this, one person alone should not be making the decision for everyone if it involves potential hostilities. But then, I don’t like to be threatened.

          While you are there, try to visit Robert E. Lee’s home/memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier guard changing and the Eternal Flame. Amazing to see.

        • Almost There,

          I feel your pain. It’s hard to be worried about a sibling’s possible bad actions at the same time you are grieving your father’s passing.

          I dreaded my sister at my mother’s funeral too. She was just mean and cold to my mother and to me. I ignored her as much as I could. No problem at the funeral. I pray it is the same for you.

          Safe travels my friend

    • Almost, with 7 brothers and sisters and only one that talks to me … I feel your pain- have had DHS show up at my door due to their “reporting” me for being bad DHS/atf laughed and we chatted than they left

      So yes I feel your pain, that said over the past 5 years my wonderful significant and our children and myself have been the only real support with my parents…so when they head on to the big hunting ground in the sky, I will not avoid, and will also not allow for their shennanigans –

  14. Dehydrated onions and mushrooms. Hope to get the garlic started today. Picked up some plaster of Paris for a little outside work. Hope to get some blueberries today after a pie filling workshop.

    • Great workshop today with lots of good questions. Then went and picked over 4 pounds of blueberries in an hour. Not bad for the day.

  15. I like your mower set-up. Looks like it did the job for you.

    Food Prep:
    Tried two new recipes:
    Rum blueberry topping which I canned in 6 jelly jars.
    Chicken Tortilla Soup (on a can of Bush pinto bean). It made a lot and I froze several pints.
    Picked up my Zaycon pork chops. I had to do some freezer re-arranging to get them in.

    Garden prep:
    My squash is giving up the ghost. It didn’t do very well this year and something has been eating the blooms I think.
    Picking tomatoes and cucumber and will probably have more peppers than I can keep up with.
    The blueberries got damaged by excess rain, splitting and rotting. I picked some but had to sort through them and throw so many away that I don’t know if I even want to bother with the rest. I did get plenty before it started raining.
    I weeded and pulled up one garden bed of green bean plants that the rabbit harvested. I wanted to plant bush long beans there but will probably plant the vine long beans on a trellis. Sorry, rabbit, beans are for me.
    I also discovered that a drip line had been chewed on. I will have to repair it.

    Health Prep: I lost two more pounds! I got my eyes checked and I am going to try ordering glasses on-line from Zenni. My sister started getting all her family’s glasses from them and is happy with them. She has the same eye insurance that I do and it’s cheaper than using the insurance at the provider.

  16. Finished unloading from the Ranger Mountain boys camp on Sunday and went to the church’s annual lake-side camp out on Wednesday.

    We are certainly getting the rain. It started last Friday and we have only had one day without rain since. Our rivers and streams were already at capacity before this started. I must be a mess downstream.

    I did pick up an Oxygen Plus O canister at the truck stop on the way home. I might just have come in handy with my friend’s heart rate problem. Now I have one in the truck, more to come.

    While it may not be a direct prep, our bedroom AC unit’s fan is giving out so we got another unit. 12 year’s service seemed like a good deal for a $100 unit. Now I know I will sleep better this summer.

  17. No preps this week. But I do have a job interview on Monday. Please keep me in your prayers.

  18. I caught a nasty cough from my Neice, last weekend so I have been fighting that all week I’m feeling much better the last two days, I have been drinking tea, and using vitamin C cough drops. Our raspberries, are popping up big , juicy, red yum!! I pick a handful every other day and put them in a ziplock bag until they are finished up and in the Autumn I make jam out of them. I’ve been cleaning out the freezer took several tomatoes, and started to make Spagetti Sauce, so I will get it canned up tomorrow I like it to sit for two days to let everything meld together and taste it to see if I need to add any more spices to it. Staying up on yard work picking herbs, and drying them so nice to have fresh herbs. Been working on our propertywe need to make a dump run soon we have concrete broken chunks to recycle out and a huge grass pile to take to the clean green to dump. I did a bit of shopping we put two cases of water away, peanut butter, butter in the freezer, bought 5 boxes of cereal on sale plus coupons and I have to put some ground meat in tbe freezer cooked up for future meals, have a great weekend and 4th of July will be here before we know it…

    • I wish you lived closer. I need concrete chunks! I’m lining the intake of the pond and building a wall on the shallow end. Have two culvert pipes I am building end caps around. Yep, always need concrete chunks!

  19. Well, it looks like NO ONE was paying any attention because NO ONE has even tried to list the five design changes that I’ve made lol.

  20. We got the process in motion to redo our master bath shower, which really needs it. Got an old coal box repaired on the bottom and sorted and cleaned the small garden tools to store in the box. Very handy now. Ordered some more essential oils on sale. They are pretty pricey so a sale is great. They do last quite a long time. Lots of rain lately and I think the plants are not thrilled with it. We’ll see how it all turns out. Our local cannery opens in a few days and it will be comforting to restock everything again. I hate to get so low on our wintertime favorites. GD is playing soccer in the World Miltary Games in El Paso. Yesterday at game time it was 104! At least they added two water breaks. All branches of our women come together for this event. Very inspiring. Friendship through sport. Many future leaders.
    Tons of magazines I planned on reading sometime are now in the recycling pile. Enough. In hard times it seems best to be lean and mean and not have stuff messy and unclean. It must be a mental part of the equation.
    Prayers for The Pack, our nation and our president.

    • AF,

      Agree on the magazines. Never have time to sit and read… Don’t get them anymore.

  21. Unbelievable… But then they want open borders, no rules… Anything to get their agenda passed… And all those people that donated to the cause were duped…

    https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-06-21-all-faked-fake-photo-fake-news-fake-media-and-the-engineering-of-fake-outrage-to-push-an-open-borders-invasion-of-america.html

    • Not unbelievable. It is what libs do best. They are so out of control now, it is downright scary. I firmly believe we are headed for some sort of civil unrest. Too much hatred being exhibited.

      • Izzy,

        Not unbelievable. It is what libs do best. They are so out of control now, it is downright scary. I firmly believe we are headed for some sort of civil unrest. Too much hatred being exhibited.

        I concur with your viewpoint and although civil unrest is never a good thing, the one upside if there is one, is that those same liberals are and have always been firearm phobic, so if push comes to shove, we are the ones with the guns and the ammunition, skills and training to use them. That anger I understand has a name: TDS or Trump Derangement Syndrome and is I think incurable in people of that ilk.

    • Almost There ,

      Unbelievable… But then they want open borders, no rules… Anything to get their agenda passed… And all those people that donated to the cause were duped…

      True in part; but, I think the saving grace is that all of us incorrigible rubes living in fly over country are not the ignorant nincompoops the MSM would like us to be.
      I watched an interview with a CBP officer who discussed the splitting of children from the “families”
      For instance, an adult couple shows up at the border with 3 children. Each adult is taken aside as are the group of children. Each adult is asked simple questions like the names and ages of each of their kids and the kids are asked similar questions. Often the adults are clueless as to the names and ages and the children will freely admit that they were simply assigned to the adults a few days ago.
      The dems are hoping for a red wave this fall; but, I hope we are smart enough to turn it blue and send them packing, at least for a while.

    • I feel very sorry for the little girl. I’m sure she is scared, probably tired, maybe hungry, possible loaded diaper. My granddaughter is about her age. But her mother put her in this position, not the Border Patrol.

      I’ve had to arrest parents and call CPS to take their children. The kids, especially if little, often cried during the process and I guarantee, it hurts the police officers to see it. We did not arrest parents with kids willy-nilly or on a whim. At my department, a supervisor was always involved in such cases. There is a lot of extra time and work involved. But, having your kids with you is not an automatic get-out-of-jail-free card either.

      While waiting for CPS, if in a house, I’ve fed kids, changed diapers and clothing, played with them. I’ve bought them McDonald’s and Dairy Queen out of my pocket if I was taking them to the station to wait for CPS if we had been on the street. All of my officers did the same thing.

      My mother was a CPS investigator in South Lake Tahoe, CA many years ago. She had the “joy” of taking custody of many kids whose parents got arrested. She had been a Detroit police officer too and could be hard nosed, but never regarding the kids. We often talked on the phone and swapped stories of our jobs.

      The world can really suck sometimes for little kids.

    • Almost , consider why people come across our borders- and maybe we could simply get rid of those reasons?

      1. Unearned welfare, encourages non citizens
      2. A completely lost/pointless/ expensive drug war encourages smuggling
      3. Endless “wars” which have no reasonable purpose outside of further enriching those in charge/and or benefiting *17 years and counting and no we are not “out” of Iraq- terrorist who come across are born from these wars

      No country has ever benefited from war without end *individuals yes, but countries no…

      Vices cannot be mandated without causing more pain than by simply leaving those caught in their vices to their own demise…

      Feeding the bears will always create more problems than it solves…

      • Jesse,

        3. Endless “wars” which have no reasonable purpose outside of further enriching those in charge/and or benefiting *17 years and counting and no we are not “out” of Iraq- terrorist who come across are born from these wars

        I have to disagree with the section of your statement I tagged as bold.
        Jihad by Islamists, AKA political Jihadists is simply a culture clash by those in a religion who accept no other religion or interpretation of their own religion and are willing to kill and die for their insane beliefs.
        Stating that we have created those terrorists is I think a misinterpretation of the very statements and propaganda that ISIL puts out. You only need to read their free online magazine DABIQ to see their perspective, attitude and intention.

  22. MD,

    The only 4 things I can think of is your pic not at the bottom anymore, and now I see a category called “Product Reviews” at the top, which may have been there already… I also see that your Amazon link goes to a page for your books, and then people can follow the blog stuff from there. Have no idea if that is new either. Maybe Exclusive tips at the top of the page “I Want In” button? Free survival e-mail course?

  23. I’ve been spending most of my time gardening or doing yard work.

    Things I bought not much. I ordered a rechargeable battery powered fan. Hoping To
    have enough juice from the solar panel to run it.

    Garden is going well. Peas are finished, I got 12% more than last year but I think I just need to double what I normally plant. I haven’t been able to grow cabbage or broccoli. This year I added a lot of bone meal. The cabbages were small but had solid heads and tasted great. The broccoli was still pathetic but there has been improvement. I grew spinach for the first time and that did ok. Tried eating some sweet potato leaves, those were good. Taste like spinach. Dehydrated almost all of last years garlic. Dehydrated some plantain and lambs quarters and oregano. I may have over done it with the butternut squash. I planted 12 plus I got 3 or 4 volunteers.. they are going gang busters unlike last year.

    Yard work. I transplanted some violets from the back to the front yard. If I can get the violets to take over the lawn that would be great.

    I did get one surprise the other day. I let the dogs out at 3 a.m. and they did their usual burst of barking so the whole neighborhood would know what they were up to, suddenly they went bat-shat crazy. I thought they had cornered a cat or maybe a possum. It was in the corner of the garage behind some boxes. I couldn’t see it but it was growling and didn’t sound like a cat and I think a possum would have just passed out. Once I dragged the dogs in I went out to see what it was. I couldn’t believe it. It was a Badger. I didn’t even know there were any of those around here. That totally freaked me out.

    • HI from SEATTLE MY BING CHERRIES are doing wounderful my pair tree NOTHING first time in years ! My broccoli. is doing very good my strawberries never make in the house MY corn is getting there as well as my tomato I an not that good but living in the city it good !

  24. Not a lot of preps this past week other than still trying to catch up on restocking water.

    Electric company guy was out to check meter and I just happened to be outside when he came. Seems my power usage is too low. I told him I was fed up with their high rates and choose to do alternative methods….like laundry by hand. We have had some real gully washers, so my water tubs were full of nice clear rain water. Grey water is used for commode flushing. He didn’t have much to say back.

    Prayers for fellow Wolfies. Prayers for our nation and President.

    • Izzy, he probably thought you had a magnet on your meter…..LOL

      • Thor1 ,

        , he probably thought you had a magnet on your meter…..LOL

        While technically a few well place very strong magnets can disrupt the operation of a power meter, most modern meters make it impractical to impossible, so the guy was probably just checking proper operation of the remote reading feature that most companies now use.

    • Don’t hold the your breath for the refund -you are due for the overpayment, you have been paying while doing all the alternate methods. I would surely apply for it, and be sure to question about it. Overbilling is still called THEFT.

      • Anonamo Also; They had me racked up with a $1,002.00 water bill back in April. Let me tell you how fast they rectified that. I had the super out here inspecting my NON broken pipes. It was their stupid meter. I have always been conservative with utilities, now I am just downright stingy. And I actually don’t mind because the added exercise has been good for me.

        • Izzy,

          They had me racked up with a $1,002.00 water bill back in April. Let me tell you how fast they rectified that. I had the super out here inspecting my NON broken pipes. It was their stupid meter.

          Stories like these make me really glad I have a well and no meter. We do have some maintenance; but, I can schedule that as needed and have no bureaucracy layering on additional meaningless charges.

          I have always been conservative with utilities, now I am just downright stingy. And I actually don’t mind because the added exercise has been good for me.

          I think stingy is a little harsh. I would consider it just common sense frugality to conserve resources and money.
          Prepping is best done by conserving and using the 4 R’s. (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose) and I agree that a little exercise never hurts anyone.

      • Anonamo Also,

        Don’t hold the your breath for the refund -you are due for the overpayment, you have been paying while doing all the alternate methods. I would surely apply for it, and be sure to question about it. Overbilling is still called THEFT.

        If I’m reading this correctly, Izzy wasn’t being overbilled; but, her alternate energy saving activities were actually saving energy, and the reduced power usage was what triggered the check to see that the meter is working correctly.
        We generally use between 1400 & 1800 KWH per month with the clothes dryer being the biggest user in the winter and the A/C the largest in the summer.
        If all of a sudden we had months in the 800 KWH range, I suspect someone would be out here checking our meter also.

        • TOP,
          I was not necessarily responding to ONLY this post, Izzy posted over last few weeks all of the things doing to cut expenses, and that price had NOT dropped.
          When these things are done consistently for more than a month the bill should be bottoming out… If Not that is THEFT. by the electric/utility company.
          That is what prompted the visit…They thought Izzy wa stealing services…
          I get it,.. I know that has to be saving a lot of money, but if one is still having to pay an “estimated bill” because it is not in line with what one has been doing … …the money still goes out until that “estimation ” problem is solved. it is only done with correction.

          • You know Anonamo Also….I never thought someone might think I was “stealing services”. I wouldn’t even know how. I started this “project”…if you will, back in April when I got the idiotic water bill. You are right…the power company is gouging. At the most, I should never have a utility bill over $80 bucks (if that) during good weather now. My heat bills are ALWAYS paid off before/by April hits. Ergo, it’s like a clean slate.

          • Anonamo Also ,

            I was not necessarily responding to ONLY this post, Izzy posted over last few weeks all of the things doing to cut expenses, and that price had NOT dropped.
            When these things are done consistently for more than a month the bill should be bottoming out… If Not that is THEFT. by the electric/utility company.

            Perhaps it’s my engineering background; but, I personally like to really analyze the situation and understand the problem before accusing anyone of theft. A simple Kill-A-Watt meter that I’ve mentioned here numerous times gives everyone the ability to measure, analyze, and calculate the costs for each appliance. I have two of them and use them on any new appliance I get to give me an idea of the real cost of operation.
            You also need to check on the price of your electricity in cents per KWH, since that could have gone up for all customers on your power system. Ours is high here at around $0.13 per KWH and we generally budget around $250 per month with some months higher and others lower. Also, careful analysis can go a long way toward presenting a case to your utility if there is a problem. As I stated in an earlier post, going to the meter at the same time every day and recording the reading in a log can let you determine how much power you are using on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Perhaps some of the techniques being used to save power useage are not working or not working as well as one would think.
            The Kill-A-Watt and tracking your meter readings can give you a good idea od what things should be vs. what they actually are via the meter. It’s possible that even something like a bad ground on an appliance can make a device used more power than it should.
            You should fix things by finding the problems, not by accusing someone of theft.

  25. Control: Who is in control, and who is controlled?

    I saw a listing for an old $10,000 bill and did a little playing around with the BLS inflation calculator.

    In 1934 the feds still issued $10,000 bills for general circulation. Adjusted for inflation, one in your wallet was worth $190,596.97 in today’s money, and there were nearly 60,000 of them in circulation. To ensure financial subservience to our servants, the biggest bill our servants allow us today is a $100….which has the buying power of $5.37 in 1934. I wonder what the Founders would think of our servants. Come to think of it, I wonder what they would think of us.

    https://www.apmex.com/product/170280/1934-g-chicago-10-000-frn-au-50-pmg-fr2231-g?15992=4

    • Penrod ,

      To ensure financial subservience to our servants, the biggest bill our servants allow us today is a $100….which has the buying power of $5.37 in 1934. I wonder what the Founders would think of our servants. Come to think of it, I wonder what they would think of us.

      I think the founding fathers would be amazed and you may have as many $100.00 bills as you care to have; but, personally I think stacks of $20 bills are more practical, and in truth many people only use credits and don’t even touch physical cash.
      The amazement would be that our country is still here after 230 years. If you recall, when Ben Franklin was asked “Well, Doctor, what have we got? A Republic or a Monarchy?” his response was “A Republic, if you can keep it.”.

      “If you can keep it” and in general we have.

      In 1934 dollars, how much did a smart phone cost? How about that flat screen TV or a coronary artery bypass or kidney transplant?
      I remember my dad telling me he started in 1949 at the Post Office for $0.90 per hour and in 1973 as a degreed engineer I started my first job out of college for $800.00 per month, or $9600 per year. My last job paid well over $100K; but, by being frugal and saving for those 40+ years, we are now in good financial shape in retirement.
      In 1934 a 1 ounce gold coin could purchased a very nice custom tailored suit s it can today.
      We wax nostalgically about the $0.05 paid for a good cigar or a dozen eggs; but, forget about the $0.50 per hour wages that went with those times.
      If you recall, Henry Ford broke the mold by paying his employees a whopping $5.00 per day so they could afford to purchase the vehicles they produced.
      Inflation works on both prices and wages and I suspect no one wants’ to go back the the sub $1.00 per hour wages in what has become a global marketplace.

    • TOP and Penrod,

      I was chatting with a teller at my bank a week or so ago and I mentioned the old $10,000 bill. The teller admitted she had never seen one except as a photo in a book. I did when I was a kid when my dad took me to the bank with him and while there asked the teller to show me one.

      A lot of people don’t know why (or at least the claimed why) the US government eliminated all but the $100 bill as the largest denomination currency. It was part of the “War on Drugs.” It made it much more difficult for drug dealers to hide their cash stashes, since a pile of C-notes took up a lot more space than a few $10,000 bills. It did do that. Also, at the same time, the requirement to report cash transactions of $10,000 or more to the IRS became law. I have had to do that a few times in my life. It’s all computerized now and IRS will be easily flagged if someone has a lot of such transactions within a relatively short period of time. One today and another a couple of years later won’t set off alarm bells. But your bank will watch you and report to the IRS if you make repeated cash transactions just under the $10,000 threshold. They are required by law to do so. The IRS will come calling to find out why.

      A few drug dealers got caught up in the reporting process, some got caught taking large amounts of cash out of the US where they could trade their soon to be worthless $10,000 bills for smaller US bills, or foreign currency, without incriminating paperwork. More got caught bringing smaller money back to the states. Quite a few got nailed on the “Al Capone” charges of not filing or paying income taxes (many still do). Caesar wants his cut even if they’re ill-gotten gains.

      • Zulu 3-6,
        Even back when there were $10,000 bills, most of them were used as a transfer mechanism between banks, before electronic transfers were available or had even been invented.
        We could solve all of this with a national sales tax with exemptions for things like food or very small purchases. That would mean that purchases of vehicles, yachts, and other high end things would get taxed from even ill gotten gains, and would virtually eliminate the need for most of the IRS functions.
        While the DW & I are the odd people that do like to carry some cash, most people rarely touch it. Both our SS and her pension are direct deposited and the monthly withdrawals I’ll be setting up on two IRA’s will start doing the same next month.
        When I pay online or at the local Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and other vendors we usually either swipe a card or insert the card with a chip to transfer the “money”?
        Over the years we have all seen the futuristic science fiction where everyone is paid with “credits” that are kept stored somewhere and magically transferred when needed to acquire goods and services.
        That future is actually here now, except for the few of us that want to feel some cash in our pockets.
        My main credit card gives me “Thank You Points” for each dollar I spend and I convert those points @ $0.01 each into Home Depot Gift cards, so 2500 points gets me a $25.00 card that I spend as cash @Home Depot.
        When you talk of drug transactions using stacks of “C” notes, I’ve heard that the US has discussed making the $20.00 bill the largest, and the EU has thought about eliminating the 500 Euro note.
        From money.cnn.com in an article dated May 4, 2016
        “The European Central Bank announced Wednesday that it will phase out the 500 euro banknote because of concerns that this banknote “could facilitate illicit activities.”
        In the end it’s all just liquid barter anyway.
        So it looks like even fiat FRNs are on their way out.
        Wampum anyone? LOL

        • TOP,

          That is true about the $10,000 bill being a transfer mechanism, but they were still out there for citizens to use if they had the wherewithal. The dope man often did.

          I still carry some cash. Rarely more than $100. I just checked and I have $42 in my pocket now. I personally would find the $20.00 bill as the largest a pain in the butt. I suppose I could survive it, but it would be inconvenient. .

          Still, I can’t see them eliminating FRN entirely in favor of some system of electronic “credits” until they can prevent fraudulent activity like happened with my debit card recently. The electronic system needs to be very reliable, if not totally so. I’m not holding my breath on that.

          • Zulu 3-6,

            That is true about the $10,000 bill being a transfer mechanism, but they were still out there for citizens to use if they had the wherewithal. The dope man often did.

            The dope man and of course the bootlegger.

            I still carry some cash. Rarely more than $100. I just checked and I have $42 in my pocket now. I personally would find the $20.00 bill as the largest a pain in the butt. I suppose I could survive it, but it would be inconvenient. .

            Same here and also normally $100.00 or less on my person; but, with a sizeable amount in a fireproof box for the just in case situation. I actually find $100 bills and even $50.00 bills a pain for most things, since finding someone to make change or even accept the cash can sometimes be difficult in our rural county.

            Still, I can’t see them eliminating FRN entirely in favor of some system of electronic “credits” until they can prevent fraudulent activity like happened with my debit card recently. The electronic system needs to be very reliable, if not totally so. I’m not holding my breath on that.

            True. Bitcoin anyone? I look at Bitcoin as one analyst stated as “Tulip bulbs without the flowers; but, we do need some form of liquid barter to make the world work.

            • TOP,

              I have an envelope in my safe which mostly contains ones and fivers. I have a few tens and 20s in there too. A zip lock full of change, different denominations up to quarters.

              I don’t have any precious metals any more. I did have some silver coins, but those were gifts to my oldest daughter from an elderly Greek friend who treated her like his granddaughter and gave her a silver coin every time he saw her. I gave them to her when she got married.

              • Zulu 3-6 ,

                I have an envelope in my safe which mostly contains ones and fivers. I have a few tens and 20s in there too. A zip lock full of change, different denominations up to quarters.

                We have a safe; but, it contains mostly papers we rarely need to access, like titles, deeds, birth certificates and our marriage license.
                Cash and some coins are kept in a few fireproof boxes kept around the place in secluded places, with the coins up to quarters mostly in rolls. The cash is in bankenvelopes with a few thousand in batches of 1, 5, 10, and 20, since even in a SHTF situation cash will still be accepted for at least a while.

                I don’t have any precious metals any more. I did have some silver coins,

                I have about 2 ounces of gold in 1/10 ounce sizes and a few pounds of silver in both pre 1964 junk and both bars and rounds. At this point these are sunk costs and will most likely be passed on to the kids.

    • Thor 1; I read the one article yesterday. I had to walk away from it for awhile. The co-owner of the Red Hen is a colossal hypocrite. “I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation”. She did not really say that with a straight face. Where is her honesty? She has gay staff people that literally made a decision for her. Compassion? For a differing opinion? So much for that. as well.

      It is okay for gay people to force bakers, florists, etc to work for them, but not okay for them to serve someone from a differing mindset? Hypocrisy at it’s greatest. Wilkinson didn’t want to be known as a political establishment? Well, she is now and I hope people won’t be so forgiving of her ludicrous, albeit cruel behavior.

      • Izzy, if I lived up there, I would organize a protest outside of her dinky title restaurant and burn rainbow flags…..LOL

        I had your exact feelings…..

        • Thor 1; Look up their menu. Yikes. All things considered, Delmonicos in NYC, though pricey is a better deal and you can at least recognize the food. Plus I don’t like food that closely resembles something that belongs in an art museum. Burning rainbow flags….now there’s a thought. 🙂

      • Izzy, I also heard people are going after gay people who eat at Chick film a………LOL

        What hypocrites…….

        • You know Thor 1, I am getting to the point where I can hardly wait till the SHTF. Nothing else will turn this lunacy around…sadly. The leftist hypocrisy is mind boggling.

          • Izzy, that was Chick-fil-a. The other sounded like some kind of porno flick with Stormy…..LOL auto correct……..

          • Izzy,

            I am getting to the point where I can hardly wait till the SHTF. Nothing else will turn this lunacy around…sadly. The leftist hypocrisy is mind boggling.

            Depending on what TSHTF entails, I’m certainly not looking forward to it. While I’m in pretty good shape from the prepping standpoint and would survive more easily than most, the suffering that would happen to millions in this country is not something I would wish on anyone.
            In the end I like my life as it is, and prepping like any insurance is not something I’m in a hurry to cash in. When we leave the property, I certainly don’t pray for an accident to use my auto insurance and not waste the premiums.

      • Izzy,
        Very well said. Such hypocrites that it is ok for them to refuse service to a conservative, but the baker gets sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

      • I heard on the news this morning, that the woman at the Red Hen is a New York transplant and possibly a cousin of Meryl Streep

    • Thor1,

      Love the chicken with the hammer and sickle….. LOL

      A picture really is worth a thousand words and this image says it all.
      From one of the articles:

      She knew, she said, that her restaurant and its half-dozen servers and cooks had managed to stay in business for 10 years by keeping politics off the menu.

      The question that remains, is will she make 11 years?

      And she knew — she believed — that Sarah Huckabee Sanders worked in the service of an “inhumane and unethical” administration. That she publicly defended the president’s cruelest policies, and that that could not stand.

      Meaning she is a moron who has opinions that are not based on understanding the whole of the issues; but, blindly believing what the MSM tells her. Belief of course means you can ignore facts and substance.

      “I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” Wilkinson said. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.”

      A socialist who now claims to have morals, why am I not surprised.

      This month, they had all watched her evade questions and defend a Trump policy that caused migrant children to be separated from their parents.

      This of course ignores the unrelated adults and children who are likely being trafficked for labor and sex; but, that’s what believing instead of thinking gets you.

      They stepped outside, into another small enclosure, but at least out of the crowded restaurant.

      Out of the crowd where you can hide the confrontation. That takes real guts and integrity, doesn’t it?

      “I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion,” Wilkinson said. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation.

      But tonight we are not going to follow any of these, since we are morally superior to those who don’t agree with us. So I assume a small infraction by an employee gets you fired?

      I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’
      Sanders’s response was immediate, Wilkinson said: ” ‘ That’s fine. I’ll go.’ ”

      And thus we see the real “honesty, compassion, and cooperation”

  26. Not a great deal of prepping this week. Did download and print M.D.’s Walmart Prepper’s Checklist. Its a good list. Had a great deal of trouble with Western Union. Tried to send a fairly large quantity of money to my in-laws in the Philippines, W.U. refused to send the money. Did not want to give it back either. Finally convinced them to return it to me. Went to Moneygram at Walmart, and they did us right. Much cheaper too !!! Picking tomatoes and cuke from the garden and eating them right up. Good stuff. Have a few pumpkins and cantaloupes growing. Prayers to those who need them.

  27. I would like to get everyone here’s thoughts about 4 subjects…….

    1) If Trump makes marijuana legal, and puts a Federal tax on it to be used to build a wall, would you be for it?
    It would make Mexico pay for the wall….LOL

    2) A go fund me page for building a wall ? Think this could help stop illegal drug trafficking of worse drugs like cocaine and heroin.

    3) Eliminate fee’s for CCW permits……. I saw an article that NJ wants to raise it by 700%. Absurd and definitely an infringement especially for poor people.

    4) Make it a felony to cross our border illegally. That might stop the invasion of o country.

    Thoughts…….

    • Oh and any children crossing with their so called parents would be returned to the violating country’s department of children’s service or their government.

      • Thor 1; Every damn one of them should be put immediately back across the border. There are 8 consulate offices and 1 embassy in Mexico. Ship them all there if need be. Back to the Eisenhower days. Load them on AF cargo planes and fly them south or put them on ship and drop down by Acapulco. It worked then and it can still work. JUST DO IT!

      • Thor1,

        1. NO, only for medicinal use.

        2. I would contribute.

        3. Agree. It would have to be done it at federal level though.

        4. We just need to dig a little deeper into our pockets to pay for all this chaos. There is over 20,000 in the new military base detention centers. Prior to these being made into detention centers, each child in detention costs us American’s $35,000 a year. Why are they even here this long? Only 2,000 were separated from a “parent”. The rest were unaccompanied minors. The amount coming here has risen to 50,000 for the last 3 months, up 435% from this time last year. They need to go back where they came from. None of it makes any sense. The left has gone off the deep end and down the canyon. We can’t solve other countries problems and giving aid to corrupt countries is a waste of taxpayer money that we need to keep here.

    • Thor 1; You want to know just how stupid state govts. are getting? States are starting to allow prescriptions for Narcan. Junkies can now carry their own fix it kit. In NH, you can get Narcan and a clean needle for around $80. ER’s are also handing this stuff out to take home when someone comes in on an overdose.

      Personally, I think every drug dealer and/or junkie should be put on a chain gang. Enough of this prison crap where they can lay around with 3 hots and a cot, tv. weight rooms and libraries. And if a few get tuned up when they misbehave…so what. Somewhere, this country has to take a hard stance against the BS going on.

      • Izzy,

        I suppose that is one of the “problems” with Narcan. It has no physiological action on the human body except as a narcotics antagonist. So if you take it, and didn’t need it, nothing happens at all. You just end up peeing it out.

        • Zulu 3-6,

          I suppose that is one of the “problems” with Narcan. It has no physiological action on the human body except as a narcotics antagonist. So if you take it, and didn’t need it, nothing happens at all. You just end up peeing it out.

          I was reminded by this post of a discussion I had with a friend who is an E.R. physician. She did her internship in deep southern Ohio where the “hillbilly heroin” is a crisis.
          There is a version of opioid that is pre mixed with Narcan. Since Narcan is only absorbed via the mucus membranes, for instance in the nose, eating it along with the opioid allows the opioid to do its pain relieving job; but, when crushed and snorted, as I understand many addicts do, both the opioid and the antagonist are absorbed and literally nothing happens. I haven’t talked with her about what has happened to this version of the medication; but, it sounds like something that could help the situation.

          • TOP,

            Yes there is a version that is mixed with oral opioids. Narcan is not well absorbed in the stomach, so the opioid can do its job. However, Narcan works best when injected IV, so if junkies try to crush, liquefy, and inject their opioid, the Narcan easily does its thing. Same thing if they try to snort the crushed powder as mentioned.

            Narcan also works through IM injection (slower onset than via IV), Sub-Q, and of course, the now common nasal spray.

            When I worked as a paramedic, we only had injectable Narcan and almost always used it IV push, though we could use IM if we couldn’t get a vein. I have had to inject more than one vial several times. We had some heroin going around that had not been stepped on as was common, so the junkies were getting way stronger doses than they were used to.

            Narcan is not a complete cure. It has a limited effect, depending on the route of administration. IV can last up to around 45 minutes, IM about 30, and nasal about 30. So, if you have to give nasal Narcan on the street, someone should be calling 911 too.

            Repeated Narcan administration will likely be needed until the patient’s opioid blood level has dropped below OD levels and that will require the ability to conduct lab tests periodically as well as monitoring respiration, blood pressure, and other vital signs. In a SHTF situation, you can get by without labs tests if you can monitor the vitals and react to the changes.

            One other thing about Narcan. It can interfere with the body’s ability to use natural painkillers (endorphins). No big deal considering the relatively short action of Narcan. Other than that, you just pee it out eventually if it wasn’t needed.

      • Izzy,

        I believe they are limited to 3 doses. 3 strikes, you’re on your own. At least, I believe that is what some states are doing.

        • I meant to add on my last post that Narcan is already available OTC in up to 45 states at Walgreens and CVS, including Florida. Depending on the store, you may have to fill out a short form. It has to be obtained at the pharmacy counter most places.

          In Florida the state changed the Good Sam law to protect citizens administering Narcan.

          Something else I learned as a paramedic: if you give Narcan to a person having an opioid OD, especially heroin addicts, they may get violent when they wake up and realize you just “stole:” their high.

          • Zulu 3-6,

            Something else I learned as a paramedic: if you give Narcan to a person having an opioid OD, especially heroin addicts, they may get violent when they wake up and realize you just “stole:” their high.

            I found this out a few weeks ago from a neighbor who is a paramedic and fire chief. He said that their SOP is to only administer enough Narcan to get the person breathing regularly, at which point they drop the person off at the local E.R. and let them handle the potentially violent situation under more controlled circumstances.
            The cynic in me thinks perhaps we should keep the Narcan in the kit and let the addicts finsh the job they will no doubt try again, and again.

            • TOP,

              I don’t blame them unloading those junkies as soon as possible. I have no sympathy in my heart for drug addicts who intentionally took opioids when they didn’t need to. I do feel sorry for those who have intractable pain and have to take prescribed opioids, frequently to the point of extreme dependence.

              I have a friend who was severely wounded as a Marine in Vietnam (and got a Navy Cross at the same time). He has continual severe pain from his old wounds and is addicted to Oxycontin. While he gets most of his meds from the VA, he struggles with the fact that he needs to take more and more as he becomes tolerant to the dose he takes. The VA will not give him more than they do now, which is a lot. It scares me every time he tells me how much he has to take a day. When he runs out of opioids, he has to resort to heavy alcohol use to cut the pain and the edge until he can renew his prescription. I have helped him through withdrawals several times and it’s hard to do over the phone or Skype as he lives in Idaho and I’m in Florida. He had bad grenade wounds to his lower legs and a lot of nerve damage.

              It would help if he was physically capable now of doing some of the things he enjoyed only up to a few years ago, like guns and shooting (he’s a trained gunsmith and was a very skilled gun stock engraver) and riding his Harley. No can do now. He can drive his pickup to go shopping and go to medical appointments, but its a three-hour drive to the nearest VA hospital, one-way. He doesn’t even carry his handgun concealed anymore as he doesn’t really trust his own judgement. He’s not a youngster anymore at 72.

              People like my friend I have sympathy for. “Voluntary” addicts are scum as far as I’m concerned.

    • Thor1,

      consider why people come across our borders- and maybe we could simply get rid of those reasons?

      1. Unearned welfare, encourages non citizens
      2. A completely lost/pointless/ expensive drug war encourages smuggling
      3. Endless “wars” which have no reasonable purpose outside of further enriching those in charge/and or benefiting *17 years and counting and no we are not “out” of Iraq- terrorist who come across are born from these wars

      No country has ever benefited from war without end *individuals yes, but countries no…

      Vices cannot be mandated without causing more pain than by simply leaving those caught in their vices to their own demise…

      Feeding the bears will always create more problems than it solves…

    • Thor1 ,

      1) If Trump makes marijuana legal, and puts a Federal tax on it to be used to build a wall, would you be for it?

      I’m for it in any case, as long as safeguards are in place against DUI which should have harsh penalties in all cases, no matter the intoxicating substance.

      It would make Mexico pay for the wall….LOL

      Mexico will pay for the wall in any case once it’s built. Many illegals come here and work for untaxed cash with a large part of it remitted back home to families, which helps keep the Mexico social structure from completely collapsing. As I understand it, there is also a lot of cash from the cartels making its way to the government and this could also be stopped.

      2) A go fund me page for building a wall ? Think this could help stop illegal drug trafficking of worse drugs like cocaine and heroin.

      I might contribute a bit; but, raising $12B is a long hard thing to do for this method.

      3) Eliminate fee’s for CCW permits……. I saw an article that NJ wants to raise it by 700%. Absurd and definitely an infringement especially for poor people.

      No. Here in Ohio the CHL is $67.00 for the initial license and $50.00 for renewals. The money goes to the local sheriff and the license is issued for 5 years. $10.00 a year is not a burden for someone carrying a $250+ gun and ammunition to practice.

      4) Make it a felony to cross our border illegally. That might stop the invasion of o country.

      But then what do we do with all of the felons? House them in a prison at thousands of dollars per year each. How about we just truck them back a few miles south of the border and dump them in Mexico.
      Remember that murder and robbery are already felonies, and that hasn’t stopped all of those from occurring.

    • Thor, already for these.. except last one.
      Re entry is already a felony, and we have some who have returned up to 6 times…and been caught and killed our citizens.
      .already a felony ,when someone has been deported or is trafficing humans and drugs… has not stopped that… but shooting the ones doing the trafficing..should cut it down..
      Those who are victims should be ID’d ,.sent back home, maybe to a different area of their own country? .,wipe out drug cartels…and there threatening of the masses of those in exodus..
      .Help those sent back…in some manner in their OWN homeland…. with micro loans, to establish own businesses… raising chickens, and other livestock for meat. teach them all aspects. Give them a hand UP not a hand out. They can begin to repay micro loans within 6 months, ..
      The people in these countries are not at fault and most of them are very good people. If they need/want to come here they need to apply, get in line and come legally. Have a sponsor who helps them get on their feet, without any government or tax dollars…provided to any agency for this.

  28. I forgot the most important thing yesterday: Finally ordered and received 4 black buckets. Already have the portable toilet seat lids and bag liners to fit. Also have 4 commercial-size rolls of toilet paper, plus some pet bed wood chips. Not the most exciting prep, but cleanliness is right up there with being mentally and physically fit. Each is responsible for their own bucket. The buckets were 1/2 price on Amazon and the lids can be found for about $10. Even Walmart had them. Also now have lots of shampoo and soap. We don’t want to be demoralized!

  29. Hello from Seattle for years we Legal pot And I hate opiate painkillers So in the last few years I turn to “ CBD” to help with my pain like in my back And the damn oil does a better job the Opioids painkiller and “NO SIDE Efect “ yahoo !

    • Sarah,
      What is CBD??

      • Re:
        CBD.It is an extract from the Hemp plant that can be used for making linens, producing fuel, and many more commercial uses, regrows readidly and is compatable with most climates. It is only, The plant that could put the oil companies out of business and put America back to work… not only with products for sale but relieved of pain and able to do a days work without acute pain… look it up… do your research.! …
        … has been proven successful on many issues..including nerve pain. multiple sclerosis, ALS, and cancer… can’t alllow anything to take Big pharmas money from them… so gotta keep all that stuff related under mis information….and lies.
        It has no/minimal THC, by definition and assay.

        • Anonamo Also,

          The plant that could put the oil companies out of business and put America back to work… not only with products for sale but relieved of pain and able to do a days work without acute pain…

          May I ask how it will put the oil companies out of business? While hemp can be used to fuel a boiler like coal or wood, and hemp oil can be used as a diesel and fuel oil replacement, both corn and soybean oil are already used for the same things when converted to biodiesel; but, with crude oil currently sitting around $70.00 for a 42 gallon barrel, none of these can compete economically, especially with the new finds using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

          … has been proven successful on many issues..including nerve pain. multiple sclerosis, ALS, and cancer… can’t alllow anything to take Big pharmas money from them… so gotta keep all that stuff related under mis information….and lies.

          First of all, the fight against cannabis originally had nothing to do with the big Pharmaceutical companies that did not even exist back in 1936 when William Randolph Hearst funded the anti cannabis movie: “Reefer Madness”. In his case it was sheer racism and sensationalism to sell newspapers.
          Second of all, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time approved a drug directly derived from cannabis yesterday (Monday June 25) Epidiolex that will initially be used for treating epilepsy.
          Also, a quick search found the current status of CBD oil (Cannabidiol):
          CBD oil derived from Industrial Hemp is legal in all fifty states, as this plant never has more than trace amounts of THC, but is generally rich in CBD and other Cannabinoids

          • TOP and AA,

            I agree that hemp cannot compete against crude oil, particularly right now. Extracting the oils from hemp is not a cheap process.

            “Reefer Madness” was quite a show. I’ve only seen parts of it, years ago when I was a teen, and I thought it was a bunch of BS then. I’ve never smoked marijuana in my life, but I have been around it a lot, especially during my police days. Hearst was well-known to sensationalize anything that suited his political viewpoints. Or just make stuff up. The “Fake News” man of his age. Nothing has really changed in the media. Remember their motto, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Sometimes they have to stab the news a little to get the blood they need. Then there is the media’s other motto, “Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story.”

            As I mentioned in another post, I ordered some of that CBD oil to try and see if it can ameliorate my arthritis pain. I got the bottle yesterday and it does seem to work to some degree. Perhaps I need a higher dose. I will try this 300mg dose for a little longer (24-hours is hardly a fair trial).

            • Zulu 3-6 ,

              I agree that hemp cannot compete against crude oil, particularly right now. Extracting the oils from hemp is not a cheap process.

              Growing it may be a bit less expensive than corn or soy; but, extracting the oil in a large enough quantity to compete with crude @ the current price of $69.00 per barrel or $1.65 per gallon is not currently economical. The county just north of me used to grow hemp back in the 1930’s to support the war effort; but, the places that still have any growing are now rare.

              “Reefer Madness” was quite a show. I’ve only seen parts of it, years ago when I was a teen, and I thought it was a bunch of BS then.

              I saw the whole thing; but, I agree that it’s B.S.; however, back in the day before mass audio and video media, it had impact. KDKA in Pittsburg went on the air in late 1920 and TV didn’t really get started until 1948, meaning movies had much impact back in the day.

              I’ve never smoked marijuana in my life, but I have been around it a lot, especially during my police days.

              I did a couple of times in college more than 40 years ago and although I did inhale, it offered me nothing I couldn’t get with alcohol, a perceived lack of control over my situation, which something I don’t like.

              Hearst was well-known to sensationalize anything that suited his political viewpoints. Or just make stuff up. The “Fake News” man of his age. Nothing has really changed in the media. Remember their motto, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Sometimes they have to stab the news a little to get the blood they need. Then there is the media’s other motto, “Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story.”

              He was also a racist and the implication from the movie was that allowing black men to smoke reefer made them attack innocent white women, doncha know?

              As I mentioned in another post, I ordered some of that CBD oil to try and see if it can ameliorate my arthritis pain. I got the bottle yesterday and it does seem to work to some degree. Perhaps I need a higher dose. I will try this 300mg dose for a little longer (24-hours is hardly a fair trial).

              Out of curiosity in case I ever need it, is it administered orally or topically?

  30. Sarah Querry,

    I’ve done some recent research on CBD oil. My son mentioned it to me while visiting on Father’s Day as the arthritis in my knees, back, and hips was really acting up. The pain isn’t agonizing, but it is tiresome.

    I found a company that makes and markets it and they had high reviews (no pun intended). So I ordered some and it’s due here tomorrow. I’ll give it a try. It is made from the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant, so the THC levels are below the max legal (which is o.3mg). It is a bit expensive, $54 for a 4-oz bottle of 300mg/dose. I’ll see how it goes.

    • I was born in 1960 and the daughter of a WWII/Korean Veteran, and all I heard all my life was that marijuana was bad, and I still think so for the recreational part and getting high. Medicinally, there is much to be learned. It’s a shame that states don’t approve it for more medical indications than they do. And why does it need to be regulated for medicinal purposes? $$$$$ There hasn’t been much research in the states because the government doesn’t want to allow it. They want to control many plants, like this and comfrey, and big pharma is greedy. There are plenty of studies world wide. I have since changed my thinking about the oil after watching the series “The Sacred Plant”. It was most informative. It had 7 or 8 episodes, and just found they’ve released at least come of them on YouTube.

      Here’s the first episode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqcDfyTnYA8

      Here is the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFRE6ojweBbb_sMZSlGM54g

      You need to start with episode one so you can get a foundation of how it has been demonized for a very long time.

      Z36, I will be interested in what you think. There are different combo’s between the THC and CBD and they are trying to figure the right amounts depending on the issue.

      • R I just too my 2 drops of oil it sure helps with my damn back pain ! It is a bunch better than the. Opiate pain meds ! On Monday I go to the pot shop for a bottle at 50.00$ it is well worth it ! Plan Monday I get old people discount ! And my Dr. says it is ok

      • Almost There,
        Medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio; but, they are still in process of setting up the growers and dispensaries.
        On June 8, president Trump indicated he would support leaving the marijuana issue up to the states. There is currently a congressional effort to remove the drug from the federal restrictions.
        I did inhale it a few times when in college more than 40 years ago, and like alcohol I found it does nothing for me. If however, it can ease the pain or nausea of people undergoing chemotherapy and other procedures, I see no problem with it, except for driving under the influence, and potentially retraining drug dogs, with the later already being a problem in some states.

        • TOP,

          Ohio, like most states, only approve it for use for specific medical conditions and in certain forms. Unfortunately, some states barely allow any condition. like TN only allowing it for intractable seizures. We have no dispensaries here and you cannot grow it. Until they remove it from it’s Schedule I class, the people who sell it cannot put the profit from sales in the bank as they are federally regulated. I heard in CO and NY, they have these big safes on site to keep the money.

          Here’s a good site to check laws across the country.

          http://norml.org/laws/medical-marijuana-2

          • Almost There,

            Ohio, like most states, only approve it for use for specific medical conditions and in certain forms.

            I understand that; but, since I have no plans to use it, haven’t looked into the details. There has been coverage in the local news about which counties get how many dispensaries.

            Unfortunately, some states barely allow any condition. like TN only allowing it for intractable seizures. We have no dispensaries here and you cannot grow it.

            Like many things, you have to start somewhere. The shame is that the whole ban on it came from the racist ranting of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, who produced the film, “Reefer Madness” in the 1930’s as a way to create explicit headlines and sell more newspapers.

            Until they remove it from it’s Schedule I class, the people who sell it cannot put the profit from sales in the bank as they are federally regulated. I heard in CO and NY, they have these big safes on site to keep the money.

            Yep. An all cash business that uses large safes and often has armed security.

      • AT,

        I got the CBD oil yesterday. I think it has had some positive effect, but 24-hours is hardly a fair trial.

        I will comment on it come Saturday on my weekly prepping report.

        • Perfect Z36. Wonder what strength and how often Sarah uses her. Maybe she will let us know.

          BTW,
          TOP and others,
          The Hemp plant and the marijuana plant are not the same thing. Watch the Sacred Plant videos and you will learn a whole lot about.

  31. Antique Collector

    Since dh has been pretty much home bound for the past few years, he is finally feeling up to visiting. Yesterday we took time to visit friends not far from our home. The guys watch and discussed golf & the players while my friend and I just talked about plants, gardening what she had been doing for the past few weeks. It was a nice break from the every day schedule we have been keeping, besides doctor appointments.

    Received our Zaycon chicken an that is in the smaller freezer, trying to find the time to pull frozen food out of the big freezer to defrost it. Arrange the meat in that unit for the other orders coming in from Zaycon in the next couple of weeks, then time to clean the smaller freezer.
    We are purchasing a half beef, depending on what we share with other family members out these orders, we may have to pick up another freezer. Will know more as we get closer to the month of October, if need be, we can split the beef with the youngest sister.

    Due to the heat wave have been staying inside out of it as much as possible, there was no adjusting to the heat this year. Went from 80’s to high 90’s then bam 102++ for the week, and there has been little cooling at night so it is hard on all the animals.
    Hope everyone is doing well.

    • Antique Collector,

      We are purchasing a half beef, depending on what we share with other family members out these orders, we may have to pick up another freezer.

      I understand this one precisely. We were purchasing a mixed quarter beef April of 2017 and when of the people backed out, so we ended up with a half. The others didn’t want the heart, liver, etc. so we also got all of that and it completely filled our 16 ft3 freezer, that we had nearly emptied prior to the purchase. We have given some of the meat to the kids and will attempt to freeze dry some of the steaks to send to the DD later this summer. We otherwise have enough meat to last the DW & I for many years to come.

  32. Antique Collector

    Wanted to let those who are TYPE 1 diabetics on the KTLA news last evening(6/23/2018)they discussed a vaccine for TB which is being used over seas. They gave it to those who were TYPE 1, hoping this vaccine would reverse the diabetes. They were expecting a reversal in weeks to months, but it was actually years before the change occurred. The time frame was 2-4 years, and it was most noticeable in those who were born with diabetes or was discovered in younger patients.
    “”IF”” we heard correctly, it does reverse this medical condition. I would suggest you find it on line to hear exactly what was stated on this medical data. You will be looking for the TB article, where they refer to the CBE vaccine.

    If you have a family member/or a friend please let them know. This could be something wonderful for those who have this medical condition.

    • AC,.., I saw the article somewhere… It was a very small study, and they are now trying to replicate it…. It is still under research but early research looks promising. Out of all the vaccinations, this would be the one to get, especally if type one diabetic.. Might be a good thing to find where the research is being done and sign up…..try to get in on one of those studies…ie…. Nothing else has given any hope in the 2-4 year, (for TYPE 1″s),…. time frame except more needles and more pain….
      . My understanding was that…the theory of process is: the immunization prevented the further attack on the Isles of Langerhans , allowing the immature cells to come to maturity and insulin production.. There are articles on WEB MD and Health dot com, and Bosto herald /lifestyle page. can find all of these, and more… by putting in tb vaccine and tye 1 diabetes in search bar.

  33. Did not get much done this week or for the last few months since driving to tucson once a week to get both parents on hospice, then get each one moved from their beloved town home to a small care home nearby. I’m back here again cause I had a strong urging to be here that I could not explain. My step-dad died friday night, so been busy making arrangements and sitting with my mother.
    Each time I come down here I think I might be able to connect with Jesse, and each time I am totally consumed with my parents care. Oh well… tis the season of my life I guess. Now arranging a service and clearing out their home. Except for all their medical devices, no time to prep right now.
    Maybe most of this will be taken care of before canning season starts.

    • ShirlGirl,

      I am so sorry to hear about your step-dad. We should listen to that small voice. Assuming you were able to be there before your step-dad passed. My dad passed away last May, and it was a long journey for my sister and I. I hope you can find comfort in all the good memories.

      I don’t know if you’re the only one that has to go through stuff, but there were quite a few people that helped us go through my dad’s stuff, and believe it or not, it was a prep because I was able to get all my dad’s tools, good SS flatware, SS pots and pans, blankets, medical supplies, and a whole host of things I can use. I put them all in totes, organized for the most part. There was more stuff I would have kept, but my sister looked at me funny, that ended up being sold for pennies in a yard sale. Praying for you to have strength during this difficult time.

      • Thank you, you sweet thing! I am the only one liquidate everything so i am sorting now and boxing up loose stuff my H would not mess with.after an open house, he will help empty the place and make repairs to prepare the house for sale. In the meantime my mom sits and waits to join my dad. But that pacemaker just keeps her heart ticking at 30%. So I do what I can then drive 4 1/2 hrs back home. Return a week later to do some more.
        Thank you for your suggestions, Almost There.

    • ShirlGirl,
      Sorry you are having to deal with all of this at one time. Hugs to you.
      I also had to put my parents under hospice… ( on the same day). I know how conflicted one is when they have to make decisions such as this.
      I was blessed to be able to stay with them and take care of them until they passed. .. so did not have to deal with them being away from their home. They passed 6 months apart.
      .. In doing all we can for our parents we return the care they gave us when we were helpless. Having you come on a regular basis must be very comforting for your MOM…Hold her hand, talk to her, if she is able get, get her to talk… tell you about where they lived when she grew up…her favorite family member, her favorite animal…just love her.. stroke her hair, show your care. It will increase her peace. and comfort.. Hang in there. Prayers for your safety in travel.
      We are still cleaning out their home, there is no rush on it., and is not selling..

    • my sons ar is in Colorado

    • Thor1,

      I feel so sorry for people in California………..

      So do I but I have a question that was only more confusing after reading the article. What is a ‘bullet button assault weapons”
      Yet one more made up spooky name by the anti bill of rights crowd.
      This is original fake news going back to the 1960’s.

      • TOP, a bullet button assault weapon is like an AR15 where you have the magazine release button. Only you have to use a bullet to push the release button to make it more difficult to change mags.

        If I lived in Commiefornia, I think I would have an SKS with stripper clip……LOL

        • Thor1,

          a bullet button assault weapon is like an AR15 where you have the magazine release button. Only you have to use a bullet to push the release button to make it more difficult to change mags.

          This sounds like a real PITA and as I reread the article; these are the ones they want registered. Makes no sense to me; but, then again, most 2A violations make no sense except for the eventual elitist takeover with no armed resistance.

          If I lived in Commiefornia, I think I would have an SKS with stripper clip……LOL

          If I lived there, I would have left long ago. Nice weather doesn’t nearly make up for all of the regulations and taxes you have to endure.

  34. MD, caught the color change, but not much else. I don’t really get on the computer as much as I would like, lack of money for the upgraded megabytes plans, plus lack of decent signal.
    Z36, I understand the cat converter thing. Had that issue a couple months ago, but I figured it out, ordered the cat converter and replaced it. Then of course a coil went out, replaced that too. No more cat converter rattle at least.

    • thatldo,

      Good catch! You were one of the few.

    • thatldo,

      I got my SUV back from the shop and it runs very well now. A bit expensive, but a lot better than a new tranny.

      I have almost no automotive mechanical skill (and I still wonder why the Marine Corps put me in motor transport). Plus, with my arthritis I can’t bend and move like I need to do, especially if I have to kneel. Fuhgitbboutit.

      • I can understand that. I can’t crawl around under the vehicles like I used to, and when the power steering went out on my DW’s car, I had to leave that to the younger and smarter mechanics. Still, I do manage to not make things worse for the most part, and I’ll deny it if I do.

    • Izzy,

      Talk about revising history.

      WOW!!!
      I knew about Mark Twain and some of the old movies; but, Little House on the Prairie?
      I’ve read the series several times including once to my DD when she was about 6-7 and then she devoured them again herself around age 8-9 years old.
      She also had many of the American Girls books and dolls, and also read them over & over, and I think perhaps some of the ethnic issues might not be as acceptable today even with those dolls and stories.
      This moral relativism by the left is slowly killing us, and the Common Core History as I understand it has virtually eliminated the founding fathers.
      As an engineer who has taken math through calculus and differential equations, Common Core math is also absurd and incomprehensible.
      I’m thankful that my kids were all out of school before it was forced on all of us.
      One of my satellite channels recently ran the movie “Blazing Saddles” that had been a favorite I had seen many times back in the 1970’s. For those that have seen it, it was modified a bit for modern times, with words simply omitted as blank spots with no bleeps.
      Tearing down statues of even hideous figures may make some feel better or morally superior; but, as philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist George Santayana stated: “”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. “. Better that we leave the statues and attach plaques detailing the history.
      Personally, I think the left wants us to forget history, so we can bring back socialism without the stigma of failure that has always occurred when it has been tried.

      • Izzy,
        And BTW, when I mention “burying the hatchet”, I don’t mean we should forget history, just stop feuding over past events.

      • TOP,

        A lot of people don’t realize that Blazing Saddles was created to mock and ridicule racism. The N-word was intentionally used frequently. Moreover, the main script writer was Richard Pryor. He was to play the part of Sheriff Bart, but the studio was scared his drug-use reputation might hurt the turnout. So Cleavon Little got the gig even though he was an inexperienced movie actor. He was a very experienced Shakespearean actor, however. The holding himself hostage scene was the best in the movie, in my opinion.

        • Zulu 3-6,

          A lot of people don’t realize that Blazing Saddles was created to mock and ridicule racism.

          I would think that anyone with a pulse would have guessed that; but, it does take all kinds. I saw that movie 7 times in the theater or at the drive in. One of the good parts of the movie are the little background things that are hilarious when you catch them, like in the opening portion when Clevon Little is riding across the desert with nice big band music in the background, at which point he meets the Count Basie Orchestra playing the background music live. Then there were the Christmas tree ornaments on the cactus and of course, Howard Johnsons One Flavor, that added more flavors as the movie progressed.

          The N-word was intentionally used frequently. Moreover, the main script writer was Richard Pryor. He was to play the part of Sheriff Bart, but the studio was scared his drug-use reputation might hurt the turnout. So Cleavon Little got the gig even though he was an inexperienced movie actor. He was a very experienced Shakespearean actor,

          Yep and of course Mel Brooks who encountered young Barts family wagon train and commented “Schwartzes.” the word for Blacks in German or Yiddish. Having studied German I let out a howl as did a few more in the theater; but, you had to be in on the joke to see the humor.

          however. The holding himself hostage scene was the best in the movie, in my opinion.

          “One move and the N**** gets it”
          And from the clueless racist mob audience,
          :I think he means it.”
          Yep, one of those memorable parts.

          • I find a lot of people don’t get satire and will get their panties in a twist over it. I learned about satire in the 50’s and find it quite humorous.

            • G.Go,

              I find a lot of people don’t get satire and will get their panties in a twist over it. I learned about satire in the 50’s and find it quite humorous.

              Unfortunately, satire is now used as a weapon by the social justice bullies.
              A progressive comedian (?) can call Trump and his cabinet anything in the name of humor; but, say one thing about their side and you’re a racist, bigot, homophobe.
              Jack Parr, Johnny Carson, and even Jay Leno, were equal opportunity humorists and were funny, even when they were poking fun at “your” side, since it was all in good fun.
              I also learned about satire in the 1950’s with things like Mad Magazine (“What!!! Me Worry?)
              Then in the 60’s there were “The Beverly Hillbillies”, “Green Acres”, “Petticoat Junction” and “Hee Haw” that poked fun at the south and rural life; but, in a humorous and wholesome way.
              I’m afraid that the wholesome humor has become anachronistic and progressives really have no humor any more, with it being mostly replaced by vitriol.
              On a lighter side of sorts, did you and everyone catch the overnight happenings in New York?
              Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old waitress and member of the Democratic Socialists of America from South Bronx, who volunteered for Bernie Sanders, used a grassroots campaign to beat Joe Crowley, one of the Democrat stalwarts in the party’s New York primary on Tuesday. Crowley has served in congress since 1997. The Cortez campaign platform includes Medicare for All, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a universal jobs guarantee, protection for Dreamers and a “clean campaign finance” system. but, like most of her ilk, hasn’t told us how she’ll pay for it.
              People like her succeeding either means that the Democrat party is about to fall off the cliff and we on the right and center right are going to win, or that it’s time to prep even harder and then lock and load for the upcoming battle.

              • TOP and G. Go,

                You would think most people would get the satire, but alas. I have a niece (who lives in, surprise, California). She thinks Blazing Saddles is one of the most racist movies she’s ever seen. Trying to explain the satire to her is a total waste of time. The N-word gets used and that is it as far as she is concerned. Even trying to explain who Richard Pryor was is a waste of breath. No clue about Mel Brooks and doesn’t care to know.

                I do like what Mel Brooks says about his use of Nazis and Hitler in so many of his movies (including Blazing Saddles,. “I’ve made more money off Hitler than any Jew in the world.”

  35. Zaycon Alert – For anyone that has bought Zaycon products, as of yesterday, they have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, which allows them to reorganize. I don’t think they are refunding any money at the moment, but you might want to watch your bank account or credit card for a credit back. I’m a member of Rebel Canners FB page, and one person reported she got her money back, but so far myself and another friend has not.

    • Almost There,
      I have heard of most people getting their money back by calling their CC company.

  36. Hi Gang,

    I was wondering why I wasn’t getting any e-mails about sales for Ball jars from freshpreserving like last year, when I racked up on lots of jars. Well, come to find out, they are not selling directly anymore. They show the types of jars, etc they have available, but everything is ordered online from WM… Go figure…

    I do like the new brown jars, they are very cool looking and will block 99% UV…. So, I will “need” to get some of those. They would be good for dry storage for sure, like ground dehydrated stuff. Meat maybe too.

    Happy Independence Day everyone. Be safe.