Homesteading and Preps For The Week: May 19, 2018

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Well, folks, I’m happy to let you all know that this site is growing at what I consider a spectacular rate with a DAILY average of over 100 people signing up for our newsletter/site updates!

Yes, you read that right! Over 100 per day… every day… this is great! The goal of any site owner is to get more readers, because well if no one is reading then there really isn’t any use in writing.

Writing without readers… well that’s like talking to yourself just to hear your own voice with no one else in the room.

Thankfully, that’s not the case here on MDCreekmore.com because our readership is growing and our subscriber numbers are too…

I’m also happy to say that sales of my Bulletproof Survivor CD have been phenomenal with a large number ordered in the past seven days!

I’ve been working 12 to 15 hours a day trying to get all of the orders packaged and shipped out!

If the orders keep coming in at the current volume I’m going to have to make it unavailable for new orders until I can catch up with the demand. Thank you all for your support and patience it’s greatly appreciated.

As for preps and homesteading progress this week I didn’t get a lot done (but I did mail over 500 copies of The Bulletproof Survivor), other than planting more tomatoes and peppers.

I also ordered a copy of Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor.

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And, just in case you missed it… I published parts one and two of my alternative power sources articles this week:

Parts three and four will be published next week… I hope you enjoy and find those useful.

And, as always, if you have any questions feel free to email those to me. I do my best to answer every email but please be patient because sometimes I get behind and it can take awhile to catch up. Thank you.

Okay, now over to you…

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

263 Responses

  1. Prepared Grammy says:

    This Week:

    Nearly everyone here is distressing over a problem with the water supplier. Hotels, restaurants, bakeries, etc. had to close due to lack of water, and everyone has been asked to conserve water. Many people have no water at all. It’s been quite the wake-up call.

    -Added to the stockpile: bottled water, paper plates, powdered sugar, brown sugar, condiments, syringes and hypos, batteries,

    -Goats: Nursed a doe back to health after having bloat.

    -Chickens: Picked up more egg customers. I’m not trying to make money (I don’t think this is possible.), but it’s nice to have some chicken feed money.

    -Home: Lots more cleaning and organizing.

    -Garden: *The bugs have already found my beans. I can’t believe it’s already started. They’ve just sprouted!
    *Everything except the carrots planted last have sprouted.

    -Information: Ordered our host’s CD, and received it VERY soon after ordering. I look forward to digging into it during my summer break from teaching. Thanks for all you do.

    -Health: I think the doctor has found something to get rid of my hip pain. Woo hoo!

    -Skills: Learning more home veterinary skills, specifically with my goats.

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

    • Prepared Grammy,

      Thank you very much. I hope that you find the CD very useful and I think that you will. Thousands of pages of information.

    • Goatlover says:

      Good job saving your goat from bloat! Never have had it happen on my farm, but know to keep baking soda and olive oil on hand, just in case!

      • Prepared Grammy says:

        Thanks. The vet told me how to puncture with a hypo to relieve the gas, but I’m glad I didn’t have to do that. However, I did document how he said to do it in case I have to some time. I try to look for the silver lining. I’m glad I learned what to do during easy times so I’ll know what to do during hard times.

    • Livinthedream says:

      PG – generally, what area r u in?

    • Almost There says:

      PG,

      Why are you (the town) running out of water?

      • Prepared Grammy says:

        There’s plenty of water, but there was a huge pipe in the plant that broke. They’re now realizing they need some redundancy in their delivery system.

        hesouthern.com/news/local/governor-declares-southern-illinois-counties-disaster-areas-as-water-supplies/article_1ca18627-59de-5abd-9326-2d58c02b30c4.html

    • Prepared Grammy ,

      Nearly everyone here is distressing over a problem with the water supplier. Hotels, restaurants, bakeries, etc. had to close due to lack of water, and everyone has been asked to conserve water. Many people have no water at all. It’s been quite the wake-up call.

      Wow. We’ve had more than usual rain this spring and summer and our water problem here in some places is either flooding or excessive mud. I know several farmers who are just now starting to get into the fields to plant. Wish we could send some your way.

      • Prepared Grammy says:

        OP,
        We have plenty of water. We had a 36″ pipe break. So, plenty of water. No way to get it to people.

        • GA Red says:

          PG – our water infrastructure was built in the 1950s and 1960s. We’ve already experienced two major repair issues in the last 3 years. What hasn’t been replaced already is on a long list to be replaced and being prioritized. I was already keeping water on hand prior to the first problem and started using my countertop filter after the second problem – it’s not an if, but when situation waiting on the next one. I also figure since many of the old pipes had asbestos in them, the extra filtering can’t hurt.

          • GA Red ,

            our water infrastructure was built in the 1950s and 1960s. We’ve already experienced two major repair issues in the last 3 years.

            I think a lot of our countris infrastructure was build then or earlier and it’s one of the things that angers me about some holdouts in congress, who know about our aging infrastructure and would rather play politics than fix it.
            I’ve been on well water for nearly 4 decades and often forget that some people still rely on government infrastructure for water an sewage.

            I was already keeping water on hand prior to the first problem and started using my countertop filter after the second problem – it’s not an if, but when situation waiting on the next one.

            This is just a smart thing to do, since often contaminants are in the water for a while before the public is informed. I have a friend who runs water & sewage plant for a small town and the stories he tells are interesting. They can pump water from the city wells out of the ground; but, may not discharge that same water without treatment. EPA mandates come down with no reason, other than some bureaucrat demanded it. People like my friend are conscientious; but, are often stymied by layers of bureaucracy that make the job harder.

            I also figure since many of the old pipes had asbestos in them, the extra filtering can’t hurt.

            True, a lot of the old concrete pipes had asbestos filler for strength and while the treatment plants are supposed to remove asbestos and other harmful things, better safe than sorry.

            • GA Red says:

              Always better safe than sorry, especially since the pipes being replaced are the ones delivering the already treated water to homes. Oh how I wish I had a well, even if it weren’t for every day use. It would cut down significantly on the watering bill for our garden. Rain barrels only go so far.

    • Sarah says:

      GOODMORNING from a wet SEATTLE,WA. ! Prepared Grammy I know about “PAIN” I had 4 hip replacement a knee a shoulder YES I know about pain all the damn DR. likes to give shit the damn side effect is real bad for my old age ! 3 months ago I started tacking “CBD OIL” DAMN get read of the pain sleep better! and able to do stuff “WOW” cant believe how well it does!
      AND I just got from “AMAZON” a little sewing kit to put in my STUFF it not much ever little helps

  2. Gloria says:

    Not much done this week. Kidney stone was so painful I had to go to the ER and also get an ultra scan done. I’m on meds now until it passes and have an appt with a urologist next week.

    Between pain sessions I got some veg plants in the ground. Not all of them yet, only what i could manage and what the still cool temps allow. Stupid birds are still sneaking under my mesh covers and pulling out onion bulbs.

    ODS spoke with his beekeeper friend this week and learned the guy lost 3/4 of his 1100 hives this past winter due to a wet summer and very cold winter. Even for him that’s very serious and he won’t be able to sell us a couple of replacement nucs. The Canadian Beekeeper’s Association sent out a survey to members asking how bad their losses were. Sadly, many members are now totally out of the business. My province is expecting another wet, cool summer which will make things worse. Guess we’ll be hunting for swarms this year. Thank goodness Mother Nature keeps rolling along.

    It figures that while I’m in pain that I was offered a 5 day job with advance poll Elections. I accepted because we need the decent money to cover unexpected expenses for repairs to 3 cars and upcoming surgery for dog’s tooth extraction. I’m very glad that I’m still basically quite mobile to work when possible. You do what you have to do.

    I’ve been watching the home medicine summit and really enjoyed the one on worm composting in an old insulated chest freezer. I hope to try a version of this eventuallyl

    • Kidney stones are just awful… Will be praying for you. Get well soon!

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      I’ve had kidney stones too, and they’re awful. I hope you’re better soon.

      • AXELSTEVE says:

        Kidney stones suck big time I hope everyone who has them pass them easily. I taught a kid how to use a tire patch kit last week. He had a flat tire and did not have a socket to fit his spare so I fixed the flat tire with him helping me. We had compressed air so that was good. Hw=e bought me lunch for doing it that was nice of him .I got my 10/22 back together ,I refinished the stock. I used stain on it then I linseed oil on it. I have about 5 coats on it now. It looks good better than the crummy stuff the factory uses. At least as far as I like. My son is going to Iraq on the 27th. I was worried for awhile than I realized it is people in Iraq that should be worried.

        • Almost There says:

          Axelsteve,

          I bet that kid won’t ever forget your kindness.

          Prayers for your son.

          • AXELSTEVE says:

            Thank you Almost there. He also learned that when you have aftermarket rims to make sure you have the adapter to get the tire off the rim.

        • Izzy says:

          Axelsteve; I will definitely put your son on my prayer list. My oldest son did 5 tours in Iraq and 1 in A’stan. Let us know if your son would like or need care packages. Or…at the very least a little pick me mail.

    • Jean says:

      Hope that stone passes quickly so you can be pain free. Horrible news about bees.

      • Gloria says:

        Thanks all. The urologist the ER doc spoke to said the stone would pass in a day or two. That was Tuesday. Little beast is still hiding in there causing frequent havoc. The urologist would also like me to catch the stone when it comes out so he can analyze it. Hah! I have to stretch out my use of ibuprofen so it doesn’t affect my other organs. It’s the only pain reliever I can take. The prostate med I must take to help open canals, veins and arteries makes me a bit nauseous and dizzy. By the time the stone finally passes I should be ready to build myself a humdinger mancave LOL

        • Jean says:

          Ha! Ha, Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

        • Babycatcher says:

          Something I read a couple years ago and tried it, and it worked! I was diagnosed with kidney stones about three years ago. Went to ER cuz I was in such pain. Once diagnosed, I went home and looked up how to dissolve them. Our water has lots of calcium in it( limestone). So I put two or three tablespoons full of apple cider vinegar(Braggs) in a 6 ounce glass, filled it with filtered water, and drank it over the course of 30 minutes. It dissolved the stones( there were several ), pain went away, and has never come back. I do this about every 6 months as a maintenance treatment. Told the doc and she was interested.

          • Anonamo Also says:

            Corn silk capsules work as well. make them break up into a fine sand and they are passed , urine becomes frothy and white… one bottle was sufficient for DH’s. on e bottle lasted 2.5 weeks taken by directions on bottle..

          • Babycatcher,

            . Our water has lots of calcium in it( limestone).

            Ours does also, which is why we invested in a good water softener (Kinetico) when we bought this place back in 1986. Other than adding salt, the softener still works fine. The soft water also makes things like showering, hair washing, clothes washing, and dishes a lot easier.

            So I put two or three tablespoons full of apple cider vinegar(Braggs) in a 6 ounce glass, filled it with filtered water, and drank it over the course of 30 minutes. It dissolved the stones( there were several ), pain went away, and has never come back. I do this about every 6 months as a maintenance treatment. Told the doc and she was interested.

            For those who may not like the vinegar, Cranberry Juice (cocktail) can do the same thing. I drink some each week, switching between OJ, and other drinks for variety..
            BTW, since you are posting here, I assume you did not make it up to Hamvention. I skipped this year also due to tons of rain. Some of the local crew attended and found a few bargains; but, the rain and the mud were evidently rather horrible.
            Today is the final day & it’s raining again; but, that is Hamvention tradition.

            • Babycatcher says:

              It’s funny you should mention that! I talked to a couple people here and one was actually in. The Boneyard! There were several from our group who went. We had too much to do here to go. Next stop Knoxville Hamfest. We have a booth.

              • Babycatcher,

                It’s funny you should mention that! I talked to a couple people here and one was actually in. The Boneyard!

                I’m not sure what you’re calling the Boneyard; but, we had numerous folks go for at least one day. Had you and your DH been there I would have made it to say hi; but, since I didn’t hear from you and it was forecast to rain the entire time, I stayed home and it did rain the whole time. People were being hauled to and from the busses on wagons hauled by trailers; however, this is not uncommon among many of the local county fairgrounds, generally when dealing with 4H, FFA, and animals.
                I never missed the Hamvention in Dayton from 1974 until 2000 and in the 1980’s usually spent all three days there, in part to man the MARS booth; but, with my vision issues starting in 2003 and a lot of pretty good local Hamfests along with Amazon Prime, it’s not nearly as critical as it once was, and with age, I tolerate crowds and sleepless weekend adventures, less than I used to.

                There were several from our group who went. We had too much to do here to go. Next stop Knoxville Hamfest. We have a booth.

                I have a friend who went all three days and is a bit of a Hamfest junkie who has traveled great distances to some Hamfests. I’ll check with him to see if he’s going to Knoxville and perhaps com along.
                June is already busy here with our local (2nd annual) Hamfest / trunk fest on Saturday June 9, and field day on the weekend of June 23-24 so we’ll just have to play by ear with Knoxville on June 16 since I don’t drive.

          • Gloria says:

            I did this treatment on Sunday morning and Sunday evening and it seems to have worked, Monday morning I’m relatively pain free. Don’t know if the stones dissolved or simply shifted elsewhere but the urologist will be able to tell me. I also stopped taking the prostate med that made me nauseous and dizzy. It’s nice to be able to eat again and feel relatively normal.

            I regularly drink pure cranberry juice but it doesn’t seem to have worked for me. The apple cider vinegar definitely does so I plan a 3X a year maintenance flush to keep things cleared.

    • GA Red says:

      Gloria – I’ve watched some othe home Medicine Summit too. I really enjoyed the one on bees and the one on gout. I’m going to work on incorporating some of the ideas for the bees. The information on curing gout was interesting too because it talked a about keeping your kidneys healthy with the foods you eat so that your body doesn’t have gout. Some of those ideas may help with the kidney stones too. Just an idea.

  3. Livinthedream says:

    Hey, PG! I almost got to take “first” off my bucket list Well😉, can’t think of any one I’d rather “lose” to!

  4. Jean says:

    Good morning everyone. Finely got All Of the. Garden in this week, lots of work done, so I’m feeling good. Everyone else getting as much rain as I am? Everyday!

    • Jean says:

      The girls must be up early today. 3rd again..

      • Almost There says:

        I checked at 7 my time, 8 ET and it wasn’t there. Come back from the farmer’s market and there are 18 posts…

    • Jean ,

      Everyone else getting as much rain as I am? Everyday!

      I don’t know about everyone; but, here it seems to nearly never stop. I finally got my Greenhouse assembled this past week and Friday morning we used a 10×10 popup to shield us a bit; but, then just got wet. I found out once again that I’m not sweet enough to melt, so all is well, LOL.

      • GA Red says:

        Getting a decent amount of rain here this week but not quite every day. I had to water the garden and fig trees yesterday. We still need to plant two watermelon plants and water the plums.

      • Babycatcher says:

        Would you be willing to come down and help me get mine up? Free room and board! Also tourist side trip.

        • Babycatcher ,

          Would you be willing to come down and help me get mine up? Free room and board! Also tourist side trip.

          If I could drive I would; but, since I can’t I can’t commit any friends to do so; but, with some care, the manual isn’t too bad. The base dimensions in the manual are also off a little bit.
          What I will do is take some photos and perhaps a short video I can send to you.
          Also, a Google search for: youtube assembling the harbor freight 6×8 greenhouse has a few interesting videos.
          Come to think of it, the friend who helped me install it did live in Atlanta for most of a decade.

  5. Zulu 3-6 says:

    Did my weekly shopping and added to my grocery stash as usual. I also had to buy some additional things to replace those that spoiled when my reefer went down last week.

    Been raining every day of the past week. Not dumping down monsoon level rains around my place, but steady. Some areas around here have gotten more. Good for the gardens and keeping wildfires down.

    I ordered and received the filter kits for two gravity drip water filter units. One for me and one for #1 daughter. I also got some gamma lids as they will make filling the source water bucket easier, not having to pry the lid off. Next on the list are the food grade buckets.

    Bought an ice chest and some more 1-lb propane tanks.

    That’s about it for this week. Granddaughter has been a good little girl and she is starting to say more and more words.

    • Moe says:

      Zulu:
      Someone needs to design super small generators just for apartment dwellers. They need to be stealth!
      Glad the area is getting rain. It was awful dry in March during my last visit.

      • Zulu 3-6 says:

        Moe,

        Yeah, it was dry. Things look much more alive around here now.

        I don’t know if a small generator for apartment dwellers would work. My breaker box is not at all set up to take a generator feed and I doubt management would like me to rectify that. I don’t know how other complexes have their boxes set up. Quite likely the same as mine.

        • Anonamo Also says:

          They make one that is solar powered, has a panel, and battery pack place to plug things in… but kinda expensive…

        • Zulu 3-6,

          I don’t know if a small generator for apartment dwellers would work. My breaker box is not at all set up to take a generator feed and I doubt management would like me to rectify that. I don’t know how other complexes have their boxes set up. Quite likely the same as mine.

          Back before I had a whole house auto start generator, I had one I could drag up, fill with gasoline, and run essential things with extension cords; but, I rarely needed that one because I acquired some large UPS units. It really depends on what you are trying to power and for how long. Plugging a standard desk lamp into a UPS and using an LED bulb will give you lighting that simply works. Even now when I have a power failure and the generator starts I barely notice it, even though all power drops to the house for about 20-30 seconds until the engine starts and the transfer switch operates.
          In my case I need to keep well pump, sump pump, and refrigeration running; but, I assume in an apartment, refrigeration might be the only large power use, so a large UPS, or a homebrew version with batteries, charger, and inverter might do what you need for some amount of time. It’s taken us 30+ years to get to our current state of self sufficiency; but, anyone can plan and move toward that direction.
          For lighting, the high output, high efficiency LED lanterns and flashlights are something I would have killed for 20 years ago. Getting started in preparedness has gotten a lot easier; but, still take some thought and planning.
          For apartment dwellers, a small ultra quiet Honda generator on an outside patio or deck and some long heavy duty extension cords could fill the void, assuming your landlord would allow it and you have a place to store the fuel, in which case 20# BBQ size propane tanks might safely fill the gap. You could run it intermittently to charge batteries and keep refrigeration running. Placing water container in the freezer can also extend the refrigeration time by acting as a thermal mass.
          I do however suspect that unlike here in a rural area, a single apartment with lights still on, might draw some attention, LOL.

    • Livinthedream says:

      Lowe’s and Home Depot both carry food-grade plastic buckets in-store. U might check farm stores, also. I have gotten them free from bakeries and grocery stores. Sometimes they do want to sell them.

    • Zulu 3-6,

      I ordered and received the filter kits for two gravity drip water filter units. One for me and one for #1 daughter. I also got some gamma lids as they will make filling the source water bucket easier, not having to pry the lid off. Next on the list are the food grade buckets.

      It’s a shame you live so far away, since I have stacks of buckets I can’t find enough people to take. I have several of those gravity systems and you don’t really need to pry the lid off, since you can just set it on the top bucket to keep out the dirt & bugs, and in fact, sealing it may create a vacuum that doesn’t allow the water to flow via gravity; but, since you already have the Gamma seal lids, you might try something I’m trying. Since the lid will seal the bucket and create an air tight seal, I’ve installed a Schrader valve on a few of the lids and plan to pressurize the top bucket with just a little shot of air from any source. I have a Ryobi battery powered inflator/deflator; but, even a bicycle pump or hand pump like you used for basket, foot, and soccer balls would probably work, since you don’t need a lot of pressure.
      Just a thought that could increase throughput over the gravity system

      • Zulu 3-6 says:

        TOP,

        I’ll give that Schrader valve idea some thought. I was going to drill a small hole in the bucket edge to take care of the vacuum problem. We’ll see.

  6. Stellamaris says:

    This week we got our package bees, so we installed them in the hive. My back problem decided to act up on Tuesday, so I haven’t done a lot, but we have a graduation this weekend, so I wouldn’t have been able to do much anyway.

    • Livinthedream says:

      Hey, Stellamaris! Another beekeeper – yay! Just got my first bees early April. There r surely others here, but, I know Prepared Grammy & Ohio Prepper are experienced beekeepers. I’m in the Alabama Shoals, so, it was (just) warm enuff early April. My first two hives r doing great! I’ve had first stings – 3 @ once. Denver’s Salve took care of, quickly. I bot mine from Rossman Apiaries. What is ur beekeeping experience?

      • Livinthedream says:

        And Gloria and MarineMike are Apiarists.

      • Livinthedream & Stellamaris ,
        BlackBQI also keeps bees. I think he currently has about 7 hives and is also a good resource for your questions.

      • Oren says:

        I’ve noticed a dramatic drop in the number of honey bee’s in my area. I live in the upper north west corner of SC. I’ve considered bee’s but I have one question. How secluded should the hives be? I want to put them in a corner of my garden which is fenced. The location would put them about 30 or 40 feet away from the area which is tilled, but I do run a mower thru there. Would this be a problem?

        • LivintheDream says:

          The noise from the mower might very well upset the bees, especially if they are new to the hive and just getting settled in. Bees don’t need to be secluded. Where you live, they can take full sun. The hives need enough sun all year around to keep certain health challenges to bees under control.

          Bees do need a windbreak for their hives. Just tall bushes or trees work. The hives should not face north – the coldest direction with least sun.

          I don’t know how much land you have; make sure the hives won’t be close enough to a neighbor to present a problem. Check your local and state ordinances. In AL, we have to register all beehives once a year, starting in October. The cost of registration is very minimal. It’s only to keep track of hives in case of outbreaks. It’s against state law to buy or sell used hives and move them from one site to another. It’s against the law to buy out-of-state used hives.

          There are just some things you need to know before you jump in. You can find that information on your state’s government web site, I’m sure.

          And if you have a neighbor who likes to give you a hard time, be careful not to give them a new reason!

          Best wishes, and welcome to the Apiary World!

        • LivintheDream says:

          BTW, my favorite beekeeping manual is the FFA Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping. Lots of good color pics, easy to understand…makes it simple. I picked mine up @ Tractor store but you can order online.

          https://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Guide-Beekeeping-Everything-Need/dp/0760344477

        • Oren,

          How secluded should the hives be? I want to put them in a corner of my garden which is fenced. The location would put them about 30 or 40 feet away from the area which is tilled, but I do run a mower thru there. Would this be a problem?

          My hives and most of those I’ve seen in the area sit out in the open. You do need to make sure that they get morning sun and a little sun during the day. Fenced in or open, once they orient themselves to the area, they are good to go. As for mowing, we’ve mown within feet of the hives with generally no problem; but, on occasion one or two workers will perceive a threat and chase you. Mowing at a distance of 30 feet I suspect should not pose much of a problem.
          Keep in mind also that if you keep bees, you will on occasion get stung, and that’s just one of the hazards.

  7. Goatlover says:

    Tuesday, we got SIX inches of rain in TWO hours! Power was out for a few hours and our road was a washboard slip-and-slide. Back up generator kicked on just like it’s supposed to and we were just fine until FPL arrived. No barn flooding, thank goodness.

    Other than that, I was given a large bag of zucchini and squash so I canned up 16 pints of that yesterday. I’ve also started my very first quilting project–two children’s blankets for my toddler grandsons. So far, so good.

    Harvested the first yard-long beans of the season. I like them grilled with olive oil and Italian seasoning. Green beans, tomatoes, peppers, mulberries, and bananas all continue to produce, though not gangbusters anymore. Will be shutting down the garden soon as the heat, humidity, and rains will do it in!

    Blessings to all.

    • Livinthedream says:

      Goatlover – do u mind if I ask – (generally) where r u that heat is an issue already?

    • Goatlover,

      Power was out for a few hours and our road was a washboard slip-and-slide. Back up generator kicked on just like it’s supposed to and we were just fine until FPL arrived. No barn flooding, thank goodness.

      I had a 4 hour outage this past week also and it’s really nice to hear that Genset start up and life just goes on. By FPL I assume you mean Florida Power & Light?

      Will be shutting down the garden soon as the heat, humidity, and rains will do it in!

      Already done and we’re not yet planted. Our last frost date just passed this past Tuesday (May 15); but we’re still waiting for things to dry out enough to till & Plant.

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      Wow! That’s a lot of rain!

    • GA Red says:

      Goatlover – I’ll be interested to hear how your quilting project goes. It’s one of the things I’ve been thinking about since I sewed back in high school (30 years plus).

      Also, I’m curious how you canned your zucchini and squash. I’ve only ever frozen them.

      • Anonamo Also says:

        GaRed Try dehydrating some zucchini and squash… they become really sweet. can use as cips with dip.. wash slice uniform…no blanching just dehydrate, may salt if wanted, we don’t. DH can eat a quart at a time with dip. no further cooking required. Rehydrated in warm water for 30-45 min will return to fresh that can be used in any manner you use fresh squash.

        • GA Red says:

          Thanks AA – I’m wondering if I could get the hubby to eat them that way. He is addicted to blue cheese dressing and he’s even said he might eat veggies if dipped in it.

  8. Livinthedream says:

    Enjoyed a fine Mother’s Day (expensive!) meal on my adult “children”. Let the payback begin! 😉

    Celebrated 40 years of marital blisters…er…bliss..(sorry, honey!).

    Got garden almost planted out. Many things r up. Having to use DE to control slugs already. Time to set out beer traps.

    Isbar chicks r growing by the minute. I have one tiny Ameracauna with 8-week old hatch. She’s one-third the size of all others. I’ve had this happen w/another breed. That one lived a few months, then, without known cause, died.

    I’ve named this pullet, “cat”, bcuz she seems to have 9 lives! The others in her flock have pecked her & squished her – 3 times. Of course, I’ve separated them. And she wants her flick back, of course.

    Speaking of cats, neighbor’s cat has adopted our barn and is now raising 2 kittens in it. Of course I feed them! And I will worm them, etc. I need barn cats. And, yes, I’ll have them “fixed”, if they stay. Furkids hate them. Some training in progress.

    Seem to have a minor problem w/bees, but, will address. Overall, bees doing great!

    Working hard to prepare for upcoming Emergency Preparedness class in local community. Response so far is excellent. So much hard work, so worth it.

    Estate sale: DH is happy. He snagged new electric stapler for $7 & lawn sweeper attachment 4 garden tractor @ $25. Also 4 new aluminum louvred vents @ $5 each to be used in new chicken layer house we’re building.

    Pucked a mess of organic strawberries this week. Yum!

    Blueberries ready in about a month.

    New seed orders from Annie’s & Baker Creek (rareseedsdotcom).

    Organic garden supplies ordered & delivered from sprayngrowdotcom.
    Also ordered & received organic treatments for ailing pecan trees from Greenway Biotec. Anxious to get trees treated.

    Other than these things, ‘nuttin’ to do – how ’bout u?”

  9. Livinthedream says:

    Cat wants her flock…not flick

  10. Livinthedream says:

    DH got staplegun..I reckon there is a difference!

  11. Moe says:

    Busy week here so I am behind on my reading. I still need to read the article on wind power.

    The “monsoon” rains have arrived. Three separate rains this week with close to a total of an inch. Still drizzling so maybe we will reach that level.

    I traveled a couple hours to confirm the need for cataract surgery. While in the big town shopped at four garden centers and picked up a few transplants. Trying peanuts for the first time. DH says they should grow well with all our sun. Also picked up some chocolate peppers.

    The new garden is great. I built it on the guidelines of the Raised Row Gardens from the book put out by Old World Garden Farms. I believe the review was on the old website. The heavy straw is keeping the weeds at bay. I thinned the beets and used the thinning’s in a smoothie. Radishes are ready to harvest too.

    A bit disappointed in my asparagus patch. Some of the stalks are very thin. Not as many as usual either.

    Sorry for the long post. Just feeling chatty today. Stay safe everyone.

    • GA Red says:

      Moe – we are trying peanuts for the first time this year. Hubby is excited but doesn’t even eat them. No signs of life yet as we did plant from seed. Hopefully they will sprout soon.

      • Moe says:

        GA Red:
        I love peanut butter so I thought I would plant some just in case. We have plenty of sun but not much humidity Hopefully the outcome will be good.

        • GA Red says:

          We definitely have the humidity and it has already started. The rows where we planted the peanuts also receive plenty of sun. Now, if only the seeds would sprout and the plants produce…

  12. Fixit says:

    Not much this week . Have a class on using wild plants this week. The curly dock and Turkey meatballs with wood sorrel white sauce that we served was a hit.
    Did find a website I GOTTA that might save some people some money.

  13. Thor1 says:

    I have to say something about puppy that I didn’t think was even possible. Puppy and I were outside playing ball gun when one bounced into the woods but still in the fenced yard. All of a sudden there was a huge commotion from some cardinals. Puppy came out of the woods with a baby bed in his mouth. I thought I was going to hear a crunch. I said NO, and he set the baby bird on the ground unharmed. Unbelievable!!!! I took him in the house and went back with a plant bucket and convinced it to get in and put it in a grass pile on the other side of the fence. I guess it got knocked out in a big storm we had.

    But when a meat eating animal recognizes the importance of a baby animal…..GOD is coming.

    OK preps this week:
    Changed 2 more security lights to LED, they only use 10.5 watts ea. compared to 65 watts ea. of the old ones.
    Cleaned another air filter again The pollen and dust is heavy.
    Cut some dead branches off of trees.

    Garden, saw the first tomato growing on a plant. Excited !!!!
    Planted some more zucchini and squash that hadn’t grown. I think some birds found the seeds…..

    Learned something new, take the celery stalk ends that you get from the store after you eat the rest of the celery, and put it in water. It will grow roots and new leaves and you can put it in your garden. Its like recycling… LOL

    Freeze dried more burgers and chicken. Can’t wait to do veggies from the garden..

    • Thor1 says:

      Baby bird not bed…LOL

      • Livinthedream says:

        and u were pickin’ on ME, Thor! Karma, Dude! 😘

        • Thor1 says:

          LTD, well I slept in this morning after waking up at 6am. We had a lot of rain last night with lightning and woke up earlier. The bright side is this is excellent weather for the garden…..

    • JP in MT says:

      My fur baby got her 1st “kill” yesterday; she caught a field mouse. She was so proud of herself, but unsure of what to do with it. DIsposed of mouse, dog got a cookie.

    • Thor1,

      But when a meat eating animal recognizes the importance of a baby animal…..GOD is coming.

      Perhaps; but, I know a lot of people with various hunting dogs that will bring back quail and pheasant instead of running off with them and chowing down. I also suspect some dogs would eat anything they found.

    • Terra says:

      Thor 1
      I love your puppy stories. He is too cute. I know you get so much joy from him, and we get joy hearing about him.

      • Thor1 says:

        Terra, thanks, he is a handful but has a heart of gold. We picked him well or he picked us. He came to me as a puppy and tripped over my shoe. Too cute……LOL

    • Always Forward says:

      Onions will regrow themselves too!

      • MaineBrain says:

        As will green onions (scallions) – leave about an inch of flesh above the root, stick in a glass of water, put on a windowsill that gets some sun. Scallions and celery won’t come back as strong and hardy as the store-grown stuff, but we have a window box of them in the sun room that hubby planted late last fall after I rooted them on the windowsill, and they’re still putting out shoots. The sunroom smells like celery.

  14. marine mike says:

    I lost my only hive this winter due to cold. I harvested 12 pints of honey from the hive and it is delicious. I didn’t get a nuc to replace and with all the rain we are having it might of been a bust. I will get two or three hives going next year. After that first honey harvest I am really loving bee keeping. I started another worm bin. Put up deer netting around my garden and received both of my copies of CD. I’m going to give one to my youngest son who is very interested in surviving and self sustainability. Heading to the farm next week for log delivery for new home build. Still on pace for a September retirement from the rat race and into a new carrier as a homesteader/farmer.

  15. Jean says:

    Always good to hear from you!

  16. Livinthedream says:

    M.D. – is it possible to start threads that have a permanent location here, by topic? Beekeeping wud be nice, for example.

  17. JP in MT says:

    What a week! U-Haul fire last Thursday. Recovery Friday. Return to Montana on Saturday. Sunday & Monday things were moving forward well. Elderly friend decided she needed to be in a motel on Tuesday. Wednesday I got her apartment ready, rental furniture on order, delivery on Friday. The plan is to move her back in on Saturday AM. She jumped the gun and had someone move her in on Friday evening. Went over to give her her key, updates on professional cleaning, and other mail on her claim.

    Thursday evening the computer chip in the van died. The interesting thing is this failure, if we’d been on the AZ trip, would have put us broken down somewhere between Scottsdale, AZ and Monecello, UT. Not a fun area to break down.

    Host’s link Amazon order arrived: Printer black toner cartridge (70% of the stuff I print now in prepper related), pyrometer gauge for diesel truck, Bearcat 980 SSB 40 channel CB for diesel truck. I also got our hosts CD in the mail.

    The post office is trying to delivery my book to the wrong city, and now it’s my fault. We’ll see.

    Added another case of pint jars and 2 boxes of lids to the stash.

  18. Almost There says:

    Hi everyone,

    Rain and heat were on the menu for this week. Broke the heat record 2 days in a row, one being from 1881. I think my yard could make a few bales of clover hay now with all the rain.

    Went to HAM class Friday. Test is set for the 23rd. Studying will be on the agenda for tomorrow.

    Not much buying this week. Just got back with a flat of strawberries that I will rinse, dry and freeze on cookie sheets, then put them in the food saver bags whole. They last a long time like that.

    Healthy Traditions – Received the 2 gal of their Golden Label virgin coconut oil.

    I am checking with our local farmer’s market to see if they need any volunteer help. There are only 2 of them managing it, and they farm, so maybe I can help them in some way.

    I brought my comfrey that I got at the Homesteading conference, in the house to get watered since we didn’t have much rain last week, and my boy cat decided it needed to be trimmed back… Thank goodness I caught him in the act and he had managed to have eaten only half off each of the small tender leaves. I went outside and picked some tender grass for him. He just loves it. I think I need to look into growing some sprouts for them. They don’t like the wheat grass, so need to find something else.

    Signed up for the Home Medicine summit, but was unable to watch any of it. I’m thinking about buying the thumb drive.

    Bought our host’s offering. Can’t wait to take a look.

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

    • mom of three says:

      I bought a catnip plant, for our Ellie cat, she’s not into it yet but this morning I heard a big howl out of her, one of the neighbor cats, knocked the plant off the ledge. I went out and brought it in I forgot to bring it in last night. Cats are funny creatures when it comes to their stuff.

      • Livinthedream says:

        Catnip makes a powerful bug repellant! I use the Essential Oil – about 15-20 drops to a cup of PURE witch hazel in a spray bottle. I get small plastic spray bottles from travel section @ Walmart.U can infuse ur own just by putting fresh leaves & stems down in witch hazel for two weeks. Make sure herb fully covered. Keep out of heat & light. After 2 weeks, strain & spray. Or leave herbs in, as u prefer. U can also mix w/peppermint EO or fresh herb for more impact & nicer fragrance.

        • mom of three says:

          Thanks for the tip I will do that, always good to have other uses for the cat nip.

          • Anonamo Also says:

            Catnip is not just for cats… can be cooked with in stews and soups… fro Drugs dot com… here is a brief…. It is a calming herb…
            ” Medicinally, the plant has been used to treat intestinal cramps, for indigestion, to cause sweating, to induce menstruation, as a sedative, and to increase appetite. Additionally, the plant has been used to treat diarrhea, colic, the common cold, and cancer. In Appalachia, nervous conditions, stomach ailments, hives, and the common cold have been treated with catnip tea. The dried leaves have been smoked to relieve respiratory ailments, and a poultice has been used externally to reduce swelling. In the early 1900s, the flowering tops and leaves were used to induce delayed menses. During the 1960s, catnip was reportedly smoked for its euphoric effects.”

    • Almost There,

      I brought my comfrey that I got at the Homesteading conference, in the house to get watered since we didn’t have much rain last week, and my boy cat decided it needed to be trimmed back… Thank goodness I caught him in the act and he had managed to have eaten only half off each of the small tender leaves.

      Thank goodness indeed, since comfrey as well as all of the Allium plants (Garlic, Onions, Leeks, Ramps, etc) can cause liver damage. Best to keep an eye on your kitty.

    • GA Red says:

      AT – I have white clover all over my back yard. The bees are loving it. According to the Home Medicine Summit’s video on bees, I’m accidentally doing something right.

      • GA Red,

        I have white clover all over my back yard. The bees are loving it. According to the Home Medicine Summit’s video on bees, I’m accidentally doing something right.

        We must be doing the same thing, since we have both clover and dandelions. For the dandelions, the trick is to not mow until they turn from yellow to white. Another thing is that our lawn maintenance consists of only mowing and a little raking. Weed & feed never touches our 3+ acres and it just seems to draw and keep numerous critters around.
        The only pruning that gets done on occasion is when the DW picks some of the clover for the chickens, who almost fight over it.

        • GA Red says:

          We have dandelions and plantain too. I see the bees on the clover mostly. Even though the hubby mowed over the weekend, the mower didn’t quite get all of the clover since there are plenty of low spots. I try to keep him from using chemicals around the yard, but don’t always succeed. I do think most of our “weeds” are safe to eat though. We also don’t use weed and feed, plus the hubby is learning that some more natural products can do a better job killing weeds than all the chemicals at the store.

          • GA Red ,

            I try to keep him from using chemicals around the yard, but don’t always succeed. I do think most of our “weeds” are safe to eat though. We also don’t use weed and feed, plus the hubby is learning that some more natural products can do a better job killing weeds than all the chemicals at the store.

            For me it basically comes down to your definition of weed. We occasionally get some poison ivy growing on some of the trees and that gets killed quickly with a hand axe and some salt. It also may come down to where you live and what your neighbors think of as weeds also. Back a Few years ago when I was still recovering from my stroke and the mower was on its final legs, our yard started looking like a hay field. One of the neighbors stopped by when he saw it; but, it was not to complain; but, to check and see if we were OK. He did bring his ZT mower over and give it a quick cut for us, after which we sprung for the new ZT mower.
            Many plants we now try to kill, like ground ivy was actually imported in the past as food crops or for their medicinal value.

            • GA Red says:

              I wish more of my neighbors were like yours. My neighbors complain to the county if your yard gets overgrown. SOMETIMES they will try to contact the owners to get the yard cut, but most often resort to making complaints rather than just cutting the grass themselves. Of course, I have also learned that many of them pay to have their lawns maintained, so it’s no surprise they can’t help a neighbor since they don’t seem to be able to help themselves.

              One year, a storm went through knocking down several tree limbs in the area. We knew a couple of our neighbors were older, so we helped pick up their downed limbs. We even moved one out of the road. Didn’t even see anyone outside while we did it either.

              • GA Red,

                I wish more of my neighbors were like yours. My neighbors complain to the county if your yard gets overgrown.

                You have to understand that my closest neighbor is about 150 yards away on the other side of two barns and a large field and they run an animal sanctuary with pot belly pigs, goats, horses, cats and dogs.
                The next closest neighbor is across the highway, 200 yards away, and keeps dairy cows both there and in a barn adjacent to our property.
                This is farm country and high grass is quite often a hay field waiting to be mowed and baled. The DW has been off with the DD for the past two weeks, and another neighbor who knows I have some health issues, contacted her because of the high grass that needs mowed; but, once again just to check on us old folks, LOL.
                If you recall, I already have your email address. and if you would like to look the place over, I can send you the address for a Google street view that is actually pretty good.

                • GA Red says:

                  I do remember your general location. I have lived in a similar area in Georgia and miss some of the people who just check on each other to make sure they’re OK. We try to be that kind of neighbor and be an example to our children.

    • shirlGirl says:

      my cats have always chewed the ends off the leaves of muy spider plants…and they grow well anywhere.

      • GA Red says:

        I have one cat eating my spider plant and had never seen a cat do it before. Glad to know it’s not just my crazy cat.

  19. Penrod says:

    DW had rotator cup surgery Thursday, so we are in recovery mode right now. Not much else.

    • Antique Collector says:

      Penrod
      Was thinking of you and Mrs. P, an wondering how you were doing. Good t hear that Mrs. P surgery went well and taking it easy.

      After the last explosion from the volcano an the wind drift, yet knowing you & Mrs. P are prepared for such items, yet still concerned for both of your safety.

      Waiting to hear from Kulafarmer to see if he & his family are alright.

      Take care both you, don’t forget to spoil Mrs. P during her down time.

      • Penrod says:

        Hi AC, we should be fine no matter what the volcano does. It’s over 200 miles a way, and we are only downwind now and then. It could get pretty lousy for outdoor work, but that is about it for us. Not true of the Big Island or those closer to it though, as air quality can be dangerous, especially for anyone with respiratory issues. People who knowingly built or bought in a lava flow zone…well…not exactly preppers. I did read a headline several days ago tho that the govt instituted policies years ago which did encourage people to do so….something about affordable land. Short term thinking.

    • Thor1 says:

      Penrod, prayers going up for the Mrs. speedy recovery.

      Evacuate/move as soon as she is healed.

    • Penrod says:

      I’ve been meaning to ask M.D.: do we need to reset our Amazon links from this site, or do the old links still give you a piece of the action?

      • Penrod says:

        Hmmm. The above did not go to moderation. MD, do we need to reset links to this site for Amazon so you get $?

        • Penrod,

          Hmmm. The above did not go to moderation. MD, do we need to reset links to this site for Amazon so you get $?

          Now that you mention it, I posted a link to an Amazon item in the past few days that also did not get moderated.

          • GA Red says:

            Maybe there’s something in the algorithm that sees y’all as trusted posters.

            • Penrod says:

              It may be that it doesn’t recognize his initials if they have periods after them. First time did, second time didn’t. First: no moderation, second: moderation

              • Penrod ,

                It may be that it doesn’t recognize his initials if they have periods after them. First time did, second time didn’t. First: no moderation, second: moderation

                I’ve notice that also with the initials in upper & lower case and mixed and with and without the dots. Some URL’s get moderated and others don’t. Perhaps it’s the Trump method of algorithms, where you never let them know what you’re doing until it happens, LOL. It seems to be working so far with NK & others.

            • When I stated:

              Now that you mention it, I posted a link to an Amazon item in the past few days that also did not get moderated..

              And GA Red replied:

              Maybe there’s something in the algorithm that sees y’all as trusted posters.

              OTOH, perhaps our host and Amazon have things working correctly, meaning that any time you click a link on a site; the target site gets information on the referring site if they want to use it. If they have that working, then any Amazon link on this site would automatically become an affiliate link without any further work.

    • Almost There says:

      Penrod,

      Yes, prayers for a speedy recovery, and hopefully tolerable pain. It’s going to hurt. She will need to do what PT’s tell her. It will be excruciating…. But if she doesn’t move it, she will loose mobility.

      Hope all is well regarding the volcanoes.

    • Almost There says:

      Penrod,

      Have you seen this? The lady where the pics were taken had this to say…

      ‘My son in law is flying in today. He is a police officer and he is bringing 18 gas masks for local police to use as they have not been issued with any! The locals are handling things better than officials and more efficiently exchanging information between each other,’ she said.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5748057/Hawaii-resident-75-snaps-incredible-photos-volcano-Kilauea-EXPLODING-bedroom-window.html

      • Zulu 3-6 says:

        Almost There,

        Gas masks, as used by the police in riot control circumstances, are not suitable for volcanic gases or use in fires. The filters used by those masks are not designed for those gases and they do not produce O2. There is a reason firefighters use tanks and positive pressure full face masks on their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Their tanks are also filled with regular air, not O2, as O2 is very flammable (and there are other issues with using continuous 100% O2).

        Military gas masks are essentially the same as those used by the police, except the filters are more specialized for chemical, radiological, and biological hazards used in war.

        So, sorry to say, unless your SIL is bringing full sets of SCBA for those police officers, those masks won’t be of any use until the next riot.

        • Almost There says:

          Z36,

          It’s the lady that the article that was written on, whose SIL is bringing “gas masks”. Surely, since he is a police officer, he knows the difference in his equipment and is bringing something that can be used. I bet his MIL used a generic term to mention it rather than what he is actually bringing. Let’s hope so.

          For her second part of her comment, glad to hear that they are at least doing something for themselves, rather than waiting on the officials to do something for them.

          • Zulu 3-6 says:

            AT,

            Most police officers probably would not know that. Also sorry to say. People hear “gas mask” and figure it works on almost anything gaseous. Also, SCBA units are much more expensive than riot control gas masks and also require specialized air compressor support to refill the tanks with filtered air which are normally only good for about 30-45 minutes use.

            In the military, we used training filters on our gas masks which were only rated against riot control agents. When deployed, we switched to our combat filters, which filtered against the chemical, radiation, and biological hazards we might encounter. We did not use the combat filters in training because they were much more expensive and had shorter service lives. But, none of those filters worked against CO gas, or provided O2.

            People who buy gas masks for SHTF situations need to possess filters that protect against chemical, radiation, and biological agents. Having mask filters that only work on tear gas is next to useless outside of a riot.

        • Zulu 3-6,

          So, sorry to say, unless your SIL is bringing full sets of SCBA for those police officers, those masks won’t be of any use until the next riot.

          I suspect he is not bringing a full setup with tanks; but, even a basic NBC mask would be better than nothing, since you just need to filter out the Sulfur dioxide (SO ₂) gas and would work fine in low concentrations where no protection could still be harmful or fatal. Since the SO ₂ combines with water to make an acid, you may need to change out the filter elements more often; but, they would still most likely be better than nothing until the gas concentration was high enough to suffocate due to lack of O2 at which point SCBA would be required.

          • Zulu 3-6 says:

            TOP,

            I really doubt riot control agent mask filters will have any real effect on SO2 regardless of the concentration. I’m sure the filter manufacturers would have apoplexy at the thought of their filters being used for that and certainly would never endorse the use with SO2. I guess they are better than nothing, but are next to nothing as well.

            The only SO2 filters I can find online are large commercial items used primarily to purify CO2.

            Another thing riot control filters are useless against is the smell of rotting corpses. Only SCBA units work. Ask me how I know that. 🙂

            • Zulu 3-6 ,
              I’m talking about any port in a storm where even a wet rag soaked with baking soda water could help. It’s obviously better to stay indoors and away from the SO2; but, from what I’m seeing on the news, some areas are getting rather inundated. As the lava hits the ocean, it’s creating yet another vapor that’s being detected 15 miles away. The Hawaiian Islands were a great place to visit and Kilauea was nice to see erupting from a distance and looking at the old lava flows; but, I’m not sure living there would be my choice of retirement destinations.

              Another thing riot control filters are useless against is the smell of rotting corpses. Only SCBA units work. Ask me how I know that. 🙂

              Amen!!! Whether you’re talking human or animal, there isn’t a much worse smell than rotting flesh. On occasion we’ve had a raccoon or even a field mouse perish under the house in the almost crawl space, and it’s a stench that can cut through anything.

    • Penrod ,

      DW had rotator cup surgery Thursday, so we are in recovery mode right now. Not much else.

      I wish you luck getting her healed up. My DD had Cubital Tunnel surgery on one elbow on the 10th and the DW has been up in MA helping her out. She’ll be home this upcoming Tuesday; but, that left me batching it for the past few weeks so a lot of the preps like getting the greenhouse up, came with the help of a lot of friends.
      Here’s hoping everything works out so you can continue planning your move to the mainland.

      • Penrod says:

        Thanks, TOP. We’re still planning on getting out on schedule, but flexible if need be.

        Doc said after surgery that it all went well, should have an excellent recovery. Took off the bandages today and the incisions are clean with no infection. At-home exercises are going well, basically to maintain flexibility. Physical therapy starts after the first doctor visit.

  20. Antique Collector says:

    Thankful we put gas up before the price hike, it came in handy with no taking the truck into town an fill it up. Last time I was in town the price of gas was $3.29, yesterday it was $3.50, it was $75 to fill it up. That vehicle stays at home an it takes a month of use before we have to fill it up, guess will have to start taking it in to town every two weeks to keep it full.

    Home Depot is having a spring sale, stopped by for mulching bark, and two stringers to replace the ones I messed up. After hiring a crew to remove the weeds around the place, spoke with dh about barking the planter beds an putting pots on top with drippers. It will reduce the amount of outside work that I have to take care, as he can no longer assist me.

    We are trying to take a few days off to visit new friends up north, working to put this place in a condition where the care taker will only have to remove the cats & dog from the place if anything so go sideways. Crossing fingers that all will be well during our time away…….if we get to leave.

    • Anonamo Also says:

      AC our gas is already 3.699 gal. I fill up the lawnmower cans and keeep them full. for back ups…when price is rising…..

      • GA Red says:

        Gas prices always jump here for summer, so Kroger does double and triple fuel points. Now, if only their gas stations were more convenient.

        • Anonamo Also says:

          Have to leave the state to get to closest Kroger here… buy some there and daughter uses th points for her gas..LOL..ties when they are changing the formulas on the fuel is when we see the hikes and almost never goes down. this is why we plan all trips and do several chores at same time……gas is 14c a gallon-20 miles north…cost to get there,.eequal to the savings on fillup…

  21. mom of three says:

    Everything is growing like weeds right now everyday I have to trim, or chop back and get my dehydrator, out and get the herbs started. We all just got over the start of allergies, and one cold, was a rough week, and this morning, I got up to watch the Royal Wedding, nothing like being up at 3 AM, I just used this week to see what I needed to plumped back up. 2 boxes of coffee pods, 8 cans of Chunky Soup, 2 Butters, 2 packages of hard cheese, cream for my tea. This week, I’ll go through the medicine and see what I need. I know I need baby wipes the Huggies brand, they are the best I’ve tried. Other name brands, and generic brands, are not as good nothing beats Huggies, I have to check back at Big lots, last two times they were out I hope they have not dropped the line.. I did go to dollar tree, bought 2 packs of Huggies, 2 cartons of milk, laundry bleach to round out my shopping trip. Keeping my yard up my trimming up bushes, flowers, mowing I hate Wild Morning Glory, that stuff is rotten to get rid of I will mow in our Ally way, black berry bushes, I can’t do anything with them but cut them back they are taking over the side of my shed. Have a splended weekend everyone take care.

    • Antique Collector says:

      mom of three
      In the dollar store I picked up applesauce for dh, and was surprised it tasted better than what I was purchasing at $1.75 in the grocery store(FM). Happened to check the latest Costco ad for you, no Huggies on sale, dh also likes those to clean his face & hands when we are out shopping.
      Black berry vines you do not harvest the fruit, is it due to the fumes from vehicles? Just wondering.

      • mom of three says:

        They are growing along inside the fence and the shed, I can’t really do anything with them and I don’t want to give the mice, anymore places to live. I may have to break down and use round up on the morning glory, and the blackberries, I don’t like to use it much. Last year a neighbor used Cross Bow, it’s awful smells like death but got rid of the Horse tails, and Shasta Daisys, that were to tall they could not see backing out of their driveway. I only use spray posion, as my last choice chopping, and mowing is my first choice.

      • GA Red says:

        AC – turnover has a lot to do with flavor. Your dollar store applesauce may taste better because it doesn’t sit in the store as long. The grocery store where my mom shopped had a store brand mayo that was actually Blue Plate. I didn’t like Blue Plate but the store brand was good.

  22. suzy q says:

    Another long week of work and I’ll be working most of the weekend. Next week’s paycheck should be ok.
    Picked up the mower so got the front gay field mowed. Now to get the back yard finished. Apparently the weedeater needs a new fuel line but that Will wait til I have some more time. Otherwise not much happening. On my way to get a car so I can go to work.

  23. Labgirl says:

    I had a nice Mother’s Day. My son and DIL took me out to eat for lunch. After lunch, my DIL and I went shopping. They had also given me a bottle of wine and a gift certificate which I spent on 4 bags of chocolate flavored coffee. Then we went to Home Depot and I finally got that small freezer I needed and it even fit into the back of her van. I only lost 1 pound probably due to Mother’s Day. LOL.

    Garden:
    Still cleaning out back garden beds. Tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplants, pumpkins and melon plants all looking good. I dug up the garlic and onions and they are drying on the carport in trays. I have started picking peaches, blueberries and blackberries. Chickens have been laying pretty good which is fortunate because eggs are zero points on Weight Watchers.

    Prep storage buys:
    Picked up my Zaycon chicken tender order and put in my new freezer. Ordered pork tenderloins on sale from Zaycon. Bought 4 – 12 packs of toilet paper and 2 flats of jelly jars.

    Home prep:
    Cleaned out bathroom cabinet and threw away really old stuff to make room for new stuff that was sitting in bags in the bedroom.

  24. Good to see the site traffic is picking up. We’ve been getting things done here; but, are still fighting the wet & rainy conditions. We’re still hoping to get some garden in next week; but, will have to purchase some of our plants which because of the wet weather are still plentiful at numerous local suppliers.
    This past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. Started teaching a Concealed Carry course for BlackBQI
    2. Received my new TYT TH-9800 Quad Band 50W Cross-Band Mobile Transceiver. This has a removable / remote able front panel and will be installed in our main vehicle along with a Quad band mobile antenna.
    3. Received the Quad Band Stainless Antenna HH-9000 10m/6m/2m/70cm for TYT 9800 or Yaesu 8900. This will be mounted to the main vehicle to support the TYT transceiver
    4. Another power outage began on 05/16/2018 00:49:28 & was restored on 05/16/2018 04:01:08. Once again I only noticed it because the UPS units complained for a while. I slept through the restoration; but, the outage information is sent via email from my power cooperative.
    5. Received 2 Mr. Beams Motion Sensing LED Lights (woot.com)
    6. Received Hillman Hollow Wall Anchor 4 – 6 – 8 100 / Box per Jesse’s review. Now I have to try them as .22 rimfire dummies.
    7. Received Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Homemade Cheeses per a suggestion on this forum
    8. Some friends came out to the house and helped me assemble my greenhouse. It’s ready to use except for some tables and flooring. I plan to use 5/4 inch treated deck material to put a 4” raised floor in the greenhouse
    9. The plumber finally got out and changed out our 50 year old hydrant for a new one that doesn’t leak.
    10. Received a 6 Pack of, canned Boost Oxygen,(10 Liters over 200 One-Second Inhalations, ) for the FAK

    • Almost There says:

      TOP:

      Received 2 Mr. Beams Motion Sensing LED Lights

      First glance at that my brain read Mr Mood Beams Sensing Lights…. LOL

      • Almost There,

        First glance at that my brain read Mr Mood Beams Sensing Lights…. LOL

        Sorry; but, after 36 years of marriage we don’t need mood sensing anything, since to us getting in the mood generally means both falling asleep in front of the TV.
        These were yet another inexpensive high efficiency set of area lights, and are probably just a variant of my flashlight obsession, LOL.
        Then again, who really wants to sit around in the dark? Even when camping most of us prefer a campfire for light, heat, ambiance, and as a mosquito repellant.

    • Antique Collector says:

      Ohio Prepper
      #10 6 pack of Canned Boost Oxygen, could you explain exactly what it is & where did you purchase it. Thank you

      • Antique Collector ,

        #10 6 pack of Canned Boost Oxygen, could you explain exactly what it is & where did you purchase it. Thank you

        I have mild Congestive Heart Failure that often limits my activity on extremely hot or cold days, especially if I am fatigued. I’m pretty good on just my meds and exercise regimen; but, when I overdo it, I have to stop and rest for a few minutes to let everything catch up. People with various kinds of heart, lung, and pulmonary problems can have similar symptoms, where your muscles are using oxygen faster than the heart &/or lungs can supply it, and once again, you stop and let the blood and muscles reoxygenate. It was suggested to me by a good friend who is an E.R. doc to get some O2 and keep it on hand to help that process in a pinch. When I’m working outside collecting firewood or working in the garden and exert myself too much, I can just stop and catch up; but, in an emergency I may not have the luxury of time, in which case taking a few puffs of pure O2 can get me back running more quickly. For people with issues more serious than me, they will often have large O2 tanks or an O2 concentrator, which so far I have been able to avoid with these little cans as a “just in case”.
        I purchased it on Amazon: New and Larger, Boost Oxygen Natural Energy in a Can, New Large Size: 10 Liters over 200 One-Second Inhalations, 6 Pack
        Hope this helps

        • shirlGirl says:

          I have several canisters in my stash. We always take several in our atv when we head to the fourteeners in Colorado. They are very helpful where the air is thin up top. And I carry the pocket size when I hike. So does our 50 year old friend who had a major heart attack 3 years ago. No 3rd necessary. Bought mine at Big 5 sporting goods store.

        • Antique Collector says:

          OP
          Wow, that is awesome. Dh could use this as he has lung issues, the doctors say he has COPD. Another fancy term for bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema issues over the years. Will order this to keep in car.

          Hope you are doing well back there

          • Antique Collector,

            Wow, that is awesome. Dh could use this as he has lung issues, the doctors say he has COPD. Another fancy term for bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema issues over the years. Will order this to keep in car.

            It’s not all that expensive for emergency use, and like most things in the FAK or prepping in general, we really never want to use them; but, really don’t want to be without them when they are available.

            Hope you are doing well back there

            As we age we all have our problems; but, with modern medicine and technology along with grit, a never give up determination, and good friends, we get by OK.

      • Zulu 3-6 says:

        AC,

        You can get it from the company, Boost Oxygen, from Amazon, and some other places.

        It;s used as an O2 supplement, particularly when you are short of breath due to exercise or altitude. It is not designed to provide continuous flow like a medical O2 bottle and regulator.

        I have noticed that the product is available in several different “flavors.” If you plan to use this for emergency medical applications, I would strongly suggest getting the “natural” type. People with lung issues might not react well to the “flavoring.”

        Something else for people to keep in mind for O2 use in a SHTF situation, is industrial O2 as used in oxyacetylene torches. People say, “But that is INDUSTRIAL O2!” True, but it is also much cleaner than average atmospheric air too. I was taught this in paramedic school. I have used industrial O2 on a heart attack patient on a freighter in the Detroit River and it worked just fine until we could get him on a portable medical O2 bottle.

        • Zulu 3-6,

          I have noticed that the product is available in several different “flavors.” If you plan to use this for emergency medical applications, I would strongly suggest getting the “natural” type. People with lung issues might not react well to the “flavoring.”

          When I was first looking for the O2 I saw the flavored variety, and my thought was only one word: “Why?” Having never been a smoker I had someone who used to smoke and now “Vapes” mention how flavors can be nice. Once again I see no reason to breathe in anything but the most pure air I can muster.

          Something else for people to keep in mind for O2 use in a SHTF situation, is industrial O2 as used in oxyacetylene torches.

          I no longer have an oxyacetylene setup and never had a big one; but, did use oxy propane and oxy MAPP gas, so there are smaller tanks of industrial O2 that I had forgotten about. Good point just to keep in mind.

        • Antique Collector says:

          Zulu3-6
          Thank you for the information as I had never heard of this before, something that might come in handy for a jic med kit in the vehicle.

  25. GA Red says:

    Busy week but not for the homestead. Thankful for the rain though as I really didn’t have time to water the garden after work. Still need to do some restocking of supplies around the house but generally have most things covered. Learned that hominy is kinda tasty.

    Gotta read what everyone else has been doing. Still need to read the solar articles. Prayers for those in need.

    • GA Red ,

      Learned that hominy is kinda tasty.

      I grew up eating hominy; but, think it’s only tasty with enough butter, LOL.
      You do know that if you dry it out and grind it up, you get grits or at least Hominy grits
      My mom would sometimes make Hominy by soaking corn in a weak lye solution for a while, rinsing it thoroughly, and then boiling it to soften. The process is called nixtamalization which can remove certain toxins, increase the niacin content, and breaks up the cellulose making it easier to digest and allows it to become sticky enough to make dough. I suspect she had no clue about this and just did it as she had been taught by her mother. The niacin BTW is what kept the Mesoamericans like the Incas and Aztecs from getting Pellagra, since corn contains little or no free niacin prior to processing.

      • GA Red says:

        The hominy I had was swimming in butter. I did do some reading on it as I had remembered the lye part but not the other info. As I remember, niacin is important for heart health too.

        • GA Red,

          The hominy I had was swimming in butter. I did do some reading on it as I had remembered the lye part but not the other info. As I remember, niacin is important for heart health too.

          It looks like great minds or at least great palates think alike, LOL.
          I knew hominy had niacin; but, had not thought about looking up what kind until now. I take niacin to help my cholesterol; but, only Nicotinic acid and not niacinamide. Both are considered niacin (vitamin B3); but, only the nicotinic acid helps raise the HDL, and it sometimes can flush the whole body until it’s almost painful, LOL. Once a again a discussion here and a little research has proven useful, since it turns out the the niacin in Hominy is Nicotinic Acid and would help raise my HDL without the awful flushing. I should probably find a way to eat it without all of the butter; but, it is another food that can help one of my problems, that being OK serum cholesterol; but, with HDL lower than I would like.

          • GA Red says:

            Good to know it’s the right kind. I need to put hominy on my grocery list. Now, if I could just get the DH to eat it. He also struggles with the good vs. bad cholesterol ratios.

            • Fixit says:

              Why not make your own hominy ? It is not hard plus you can be sure it is non-gmo . We do classes to teach people how and it will be part of our demos done in Hohenwald Tn. The second week in October .

              • GA Red says:

                Based on us both working full time and tending to the garden, it is not something I will have time to do. I will keep it in mind though.

                • GA Red ,

                  Based on us both working full time and tending to the garden, it is not something I will have time to do. I will keep it in mind though.

                  Based totally on memory of making it as a kid, it’s not all that labor intensive. Kind of like making cheese, fermenting vegetables, making wine, growing mushrooms, etc.
                  You basically mix the corn with the lye and stir it now and then, watching for completion. Gardening with weeding and canning are much more intensive activities.

                  • GA Red says:

                    Good to know. I do plan to find instructions on how to do it.

                    I have a LONG list of things I’d like to learn to do and the current item at the top of my list is to make pumpkin leather using my dehydrator, because I have frozen pumpkin puree that I also need to use. Yes, I have other recipes for it, but there comes a point in time where you need to do something other than make pumpkin soup and/or pumpkin pie.

                    • Antique Collector says:

                      GA Red
                      Some where I a recipe for Pumpkin bars, if I can track it down for you will post it next Saturday. Make sure to refrigerate them after a day or so, learned the hard way.

                    • GA Red says:

                      AC – thanks! I’ll watch for it Saturday. I love pumpkin and all winter squash.

              • Fixit,

                Why not make your own hominy ? It is not hard plus you can be sure it is non-gmo .

                I agree it’s not hard; but, how do you assure it’s non GMO? Do you have a particular source for the corn?
                Also, do you use commercial lye or make your own from wood ash?

                We do classes to teach people how and it will be part of our demos done in Hohenwald Tn. The second week in October .

                I wish I lived closer or could drive. These fairs and classes sound like fun.
                Hohenwald is about 500 miles from here; but, in years past I drove 200 miles each way on a weekend to go spelunking in KY or more than 300 to spelunk or white water raft in WVA.
                Hope your October is a fun and educational one.

                • Fixit says:

                  As for the corn i have a source for non-go certified organic corn .It only cost $2 more per the 50 lb bag. As far as the is concerned we make our own . There will be a ash hopper with drop at the fair .You can also use baking soda instead of lye .

                  • Fixit ,

                    As far as the is concerned we make our own . There will be a ash hopper with drop at the fair .You can also use baking soda instead of lye .

                    I’ve made my own lye numerous times; but, only for making soap, since when we made hominy as a kid my mom purchased the lye somewhere.
                    While wood ash lye would have a slightly higher pH than baking soda, I can see that soda would work; but, perhaps take just a little longer.
                    Good to know.

            • GA Red,

              Good to know it’s the right kind. I need to put hominy on my grocery list. Now, if I could just get the DH to eat it. He also struggles with the good vs. bad cholesterol ratios.

              Perhaps you could get him to take small amounts of Niacin. It’s inexpensive and OTC. The only potential problem is that sometimes you get a bit of a flush. I buy the Rugby 500 mg 1000 count bottles for around $25.00-$30.00. I split the tablet in to halves or quarters, depending on how much he can take without flushing. Taking it with aspirin helps the flushing; but, do not take more than 2000 mg per day. Even taking one per day means the bottle lasts more than a year. In my case it brought my HDL above 60 with no additional exercise or dietary changes. Here’s the Amazon offering for reference; but, you may also find it locally as I did.
              Rugby Niacin 500 mg 1000 Tabs

              • GA Red says:

                Thanks OP. He’s lost over 100 pounds in the last year and has changed his eating significantly, plus he is exercising. We should probably wait to see what his numbers are when we go for our physicals in July. He has done an amazing job getting into a shape that’s not round.

                • GA Red,

                  We should probably wait to see what his numbers are when we go for our physicals in July.

                  That’s probably a good idea, and it wouldn’t hurt to bring up the niacin with your doc also. I’ve been using it for years and it works well and is inexpensive; but, I don’t know any conditions or other interactions with medication that could affect your DH, so it’s worth asking while you’re there.

                  He has done an amazing job getting into a shape that’s not round.

                  And then there’s that old fat joke about getting into shape, that round, like triangle and square are shapes, LOL.

  26. I forgot to add this in this mornings post – I have a new hobby, designing pro-gun T-Shirts. Please check out my designs at the link below. All are available for order and are printed in the United States on the best printing equipment available.

    >>> MD Creekmore Designs <<<

    • Thor1 says:

      MD, nice job…….

    • MD,
      Some of the shirt designs look pretty intersing; but, can I suggest that “Trigger Control NOT Gun Control ” should perhaps be “Trigger Control IS Gun Control ” or one we’ve used for decades: “Real Gun Control sometimes takes two hands”

  27. Thor1 says:

    I have come up with a great idea to STOP school shootings.

    Micro-police stations next to or in public schools. Hmmm

    That would make them hard targets. The police station would have tax payer electricity, water, heat just like now.

    I think more shootings are coming so they need to up patrols NOW before the end of the school year.

    The left really wants to take away our 2A, so please implement this ASAP so there won’t be a civil war. IMHO

    • Thor1 says:

      Puppy told me to say K9 units would also cut down on drugs….Good boy !!!

    • Thor1 says:

      Its not gun control, its school control.

    • Almost There says:

      Thor1,

      Unfortunately, some of the right does too. They need to go ahead and implement some of the things that will help immediately. Things like, only one entrance, that has a metal detector, where people have to go thru it before they get access to the inside, like a double door. The second door into a school has to be unlocked by admin or school resource officer.

      Sadly, I think this is only going to become more common. America has lost her way.

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      A teenager attempted to shoot students and staff in Dixon, Illinois. An armed security officer stopped him. The officer was taking fire, stood his ground, injured the teen, and no one else was injured. Did anyone hear about this in the media? I doubt it. After all, a good guy with a gun saved the day.

      • Prepared Grammy,

        A teenager attempted to shoot students and staff in Dixon, Illinois. An armed security officer stopped him. The officer was taking fire, stood his ground, injured the teen, and no one else was injured. Did anyone hear about this in the media? I doubt it. After all, a good guy with a gun saved the day.

        Actually it was reported locally; but, with a twist to show how the station supports law enforcement vs. the gun control debate that has been laid to rest around here, at least for a while. We lost two officers in Westerville, Ohio back in February and many places in central Ohio have been running blue lights to show support for those and other officers killed in the line of duty. A few weeks ago while traveling through one of the local cities at dusk through a light fog, those blue lights made quite an eerie environment as we drove through town.
        I have not been to Westerville in a while; but, I worked there for 16 years (1984-2000) and did know some of the players.
        Just last week there were shootings at a Texas and a California high school.
        I generally watch our local CBS affiliate in the early morning for traffic, weather, & some local news and the TV sits on Fox business most of the day. I’m finding more and more coverage starting to concentrate on the School Resource Officers who are stopping these threats and the mentally unstable people perpetrating them, instead of the normal gun control diatribe; but, who knows how long this will last?

      • Almost There says:

        Nope….. Not a word.

      • JP in MT says:

        I “heard” about it, but I watch very little “news” now, so it was from an alternative source.

    • Anonamo Also says:

      Combine that with all possible Homeschooling their children. There are a lot of options available in this computer age, everything from books to CD’s to on line schoolhouse… where students interact with other students and teacher. in a classroom.
      cost is cheaper than buying clothes and all supplies for stocking a classroom and school with basics like bleach,baby wipes, mean green,paper towels, construction paper .
      . I helped buy supplies for 2 students last year- each set of supplies , not including books, workbooks., uniforms….was 230$ full curriculum is close to 200-300 depending on grade and number of subjects required

  28. Bam Bam says:

    Not much this week. I picked up my Zaycon order. The new washing machine was delivered.

    • Antique Collector says:

      BamBam
      Are you like us, stocking up on Zaycon before prices take a drastic jump? I ordered hamburger, chicken breast, chicken thighs, pork chops, and cod this last order period to make sure we have enough to cover another year. If dh would not freak would pick up another freezer to stock it full.

      • Bam Bam says:

        Antique Collector,

        Yes, and I had a 25 percent off coupon. Before you order go to Google and put in “Zaycon coupon codes”. I ordered the beef roast, 93/7 hamburger and 80 lbs. of chicken breast.

      • Bam Bam says:

        Antique Collector,

        I just found a coupon code for 22 percent off–STOREWIDE. I am going do some more shopping.

        • Antique Collector says:

          BamBam
          They have a super special on skinless chicken breasts fall delivery, limited amount available for 99 cents per pound code is — ‘chicken2018’.

          If you need more get it now, fuel prices are going up with that in mind so will meat.

          • Bam Bam says:

            Antique Collector,

            Thank you! I just ordered another 80 lbs. of chicken breast.

            • Almost There says:

              I bought some too on Monday…. I hope by October I have a place for it to go. Still trying to get the older stuff canned up… Canning always takes forever. With rain coming for most of the weekend, I think it will be a good day for it.

          • Almost There says:

            Someone on FB Rebel Canners just posted a pic of 200 quart jars of canned dog food they just got done making up for their 60lb dog, who eats a quart of food a day. They mix the chicken (bones and all, eggs, including egg shells, veggies) and it was an amazing site. They said they make up this amount 2 times a year, using a 2 burner gas camp stove on a stand, outside on their deck, and 2 pots going. Awesome.

      • Bam Bam says:

        I just bought 36 lbs. of ribs. Yum. We are going to be eating good this summer and fall.

        • Antique Collector says:

          BamBam
          Their shrimp from off the coast of Argentina is like eating baby lobsters. It is a lot for two people, so if you order them, be sure to pull out what you will eat quantity wise for each meal an vacuum seal your packages.

          Would love to do ribs but dh had reaction to ‘store bought pork’, so we are trying Zaycon’s pork chops to see if has the same reaction. Hoping he does not…other wise sister & niece will be receiving the meat.

          • Bam Bam says:

            They are always sold out of the shrimps before I get there. Their emails were going to my junk files. I got that fixed. So now I can get the coupon codes and the promotions.

  29. Almost There says:

    Hmm, this is from 2015, but still has good information.

    Smart Dust: Are We All Being Transformed Into Machines?

    • Almost There,

      Hmm, this is from 2015, but still has good information.

      The mention of Smart Dust caught my attention, since I worked on a related project from 2005-2008. Smart dust is only a proposal as a thought experiment and has not been implemented. The idea is to have a sensor network consisting of sensors like moisture, temperature, vibration, etc. connected to a small microprocessor and a low power radio with all of the little devices being nodes in a mesh network. I helped implement such things in large packages for control applications in whole building lighting control. You can search for 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN, and Zigby for more information. Some of the sensors are Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and can be found as accelerometers in air bag deployment sensors and Smartphone’s. For air bags they detect the collisions and for phones, they detect when you flip the phone around and the photo being watched needs to be flipped. The problem with these sensors, microprocessors, and radios is that they all need electrical power, and placing all of this technology in a speck of dust sized package has no room for any battery capacity and thus are not real things, except in the minds of the conspiracy crowd.
      After watching the video and looking at her website, it appears to me that Deborah Tavares is in the same league as Alex Jones. Lots of theories; but, no basic understanding of physics.
      Of course, no conspiracy would be complete without mentioning the Rothschild family which she does.
      She talks about water scarcity being a scam, while in places from AZ to CA we’ve tried to move millions of people into deserts that have never historically supported those population sizes.
      She talks about illusions of scarcity and how this is part of a planned mass genocide program. So once they kill us all off, the elites will walk in the horse manure manning the plows and doing the hard grunt work in the oil fields? Somehow I doubt it.
      I find it interesting that with all of the poisons she claims are being introduced into our air, water, and food, our life expectancy just keeps going up.

      They also mention that other bogy monster, HAARP (The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program). Yet another physics experiment that most don’t understand; but, the conspiracy buffs love to trot out. And then of course there are those chem. Trails, the best kept secret of all, since every commercial and military jetliner produces them when the moisture in the exhaust from the engines hits the cold air of the upper atmosphere and turns to ice. They say that the skies are not the same as those when we grew up, and they are at least correct here, since when I was a kid, no one but the wealthy could afford to fly. My DW is spending time with the DD in MA and each leg of the flight was under $300.00, so of course there are more flights and exhaust trails. He also finds it “fustrating” since he can’t pronounce frustrating? As it turns out, those chem. trails contain the magical smart dust, LOL. Smartdust causes Morgellons which from what I understand is simply another mental condition that I put into the same category as the nut jobs who go out and shoot up someplace, because they are incapable of managing their own lives in this larger society; but, the video somehow thinks they are modifying our DNA? We are way past the deep end; but, that doesn’t matter since we humans are being phased out for robots. There may be some truth here, since many people seem to be glued to their Smartphones.

      When she says we have a de facto government, I would disagree, otherwise the left wouldn be getting in such a tizzy about the Trump election.
      Now even doing an energy audit to save some money is part of a global conspiracy instead of a way to save money on energy consumption. All I know is that the foam insulation and windows I installed have made this place more efficient, less expensive and more comfortable in both summer and winter.

      And of course Federal Government = World Bank = Rothschild’s?

      She says she is in the belly of the beast in Southern California and I would agree. More coastal elites trying to tell us what to do, as we just continue to ignore them and they put up with all of this regulation. I guess it’s easier to whine and warn all of us, than to do something about it, like move out.

      Once again she as others do, takes a simple factual statement like the best energy is no energy and modifies it into a conspiracy of how we will all be forced off of our land and allowed to die of exposure. As I said, the whole house foam insulation we put in 2016 has made the house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, while reducing our energy needs for both, and thus fitting the D.O.E. statement, with no conspiracy involved.

      When she says we are being cooked by cell towers, all she shows is her absolute ignorance of basic physics; but, that would never stop Alex Jones and his minions, LOL.

      She talks about how auto accidents went up in the 1960’s due to more radio waves in the air, ignoring the fact that more people could afford cars and with the new interstate highway system could more easily travel more often and farther and thus were more likely to have accidents. Now she fails basic history & statistics.

      She talks about smart meters and I’ve talked with the head of our local power cooperative metering department, and they see no benefit in deploying these expensive things. Our current meter does have a radio link that can only be used for remote meter reading, since that saves paying a person to travel throughout our county and perform the readings.

      One of my pet peeves is when she pronounces, etc. as Eksetera instead of the proper Etcetera. It’s basic grammar and pronunciation; but, when she gets something this simple wrong, how can we trust her other wacky theories.

      I think her largest bias comes from the fact that she sees everything through the lenses of a Comradfornia resident where they complain about lack of water in a desert and over regulation by the government and yet do nothing about it. We have no such issues here, nor does most of the eastern Appalachian region.

  30. tuckerhollow says:

    MD,
    Why don’t you design a tee shirt for your Homesteading and Preparedness blog ?

    • tuckerhollow,

      I’ve been trying to come up with an idea for that, but so far have drawn a blank…

      • tuckerhollow says:

        Since we began with the wolves and a pack maybe use some of the head line images with the old time lanterns, canning jars & fire wood would work for you. I am a retired art teacher and sometimes wild life illustrator maybe I could help. I can’t get into doing a full blown project as just keeping up with DH’s needs is almost a full time job but a few hours a week maybe I could handle. At least I could offer an opinion.

  31. MM says:

    Good Morning Pack –
    It has been a busy couple of weeks for us – not all of it preparing, family, work, etc. A summary of our prep activities:

    We bought a full complement of camping gear that was posted on Craigslist. 8 person tent, two changing room/shower tents, camp stove, utensils including a knife set, lanterns, propane bottles, pots and pans, coffee pot, solar showers, sleeping bags (fleece so they were easy to wash), tools, tarps, fishing rod/reel/complete tackle box, and a tent fan all in Rubbermaid storage totes that came with. It worked out to be a great deal and saved us from running around buying everything individually. The guy said he bought it all and only went camping twice, so it all looks brand new – some of the items are still in the original packaging.

    Stockpile – purchased bulk buys of paper plates, zip lock bags, yard size trash bags. Found some apples for .59/pound and bought a good amount of those. Picked up some used storage shelves from a estate sale – worked out great for increasing our storage in the laundry room and to help organize the camping gear and were super cheap.

    Garden – harvested a huge amount of limes from the lime tree – (squeezing for juice is on the agenda for today). Blackberries are just starting to ripen – had a couple of the early ones yesterday, they were delicious!

    DH worked on studying for Ham test this week.

    Repairs – Got the outlets working on the front of the house again with help from an electrician friend. One of our AC units stopped blowing cold about 2 weeks ago, so we were able to use the home warranty to get that fixed. Definitely a number one priority in AZ as we head into the hottest time of the year.

    Hoping family and work stuff settles down a bit so we can focus more on preps!
    Take care and stay ready,
    MM

    • shirlGirl says:

      Wow!you hit the jackpot with the camp gear. Good for you! I cannot imagine where you are in Az since my blackberries along Oak Creek don’t ripen till mid- July. We will be looking for storage shelves by summer’s end. I may look on the Flagstaff Craigs list for those since you did so well with camp gear.

      • MM says:

        ShirlGril –
        We are in the low desert, so everything ripens earlier here than by Oak Creek – right before we hit the hottest part of the year and then it all comes to an abrupt end!
        Facebook Marketplace has been a good place for us to find items as well as Craigslist. It certainly is worth looking first before heading out to pay full retail for items!
        Good lick on your storage shelf search,
        MM

  32. Always Forward says:

    Lots of rain this week, but got three rows of beans, some tomatoes and peppers planted, caged and staked. Made peach jam. Ordered and received a couple of pairs of Teva sandals on eBay for spares. Got some more spices and essential oils. Planted fig tree and got some T stakes for the snap pea row. Shopping for a new small freezer and generator. Ordered the medicine classes from Majorie Wildcraft. No time to watch them all right now. We are also trying to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually for whatever comes. Still fast paying the mortgage. It goes down so fast now. No car payments.
    Prayers for the Pack every morning as well as our president and nation, schools and colleges. Heaven help us all.

  33. Oscar says:

    I’ve spent 2 days in ridiculous debates on gun control with several anti-second amendment friends. Does anyone have some fact resources handy that I can help to enlighten these friends. Thanks, Oscar

    • Oscar,

      I’ve spent 2 days in ridiculous debates on gun control with several anti-second amendment friends. Does anyone have some fact resources handy that I can help to enlighten these friends. Thanks, Oscar

      The obvious places to look would be NRA, GOA, and NSSF operation child safe; but, first you need to assess whether the arguments are worth your time. If these friends are truly open minded and willing to listen to reason, then there are points to be made; but, if they believe or feel rather than think and already have their minds made up, it may not be worth the effort.
      First I would ask them what rights they cherish, and which ones they would be willing to trade for more perceived safety or security. Then ask them if they think that taking all guns would make us safer, and if so, why the world was such a dangerous place long before guns or if they think we should disarm or disband the police. I suspect they would not be inclined to do this and count on someone else with a gun, putting their lives in danger to protect them.
      We remind students that think 911 can help them, that when seconds count, help is only minutes away.
      These are just a quick stab at the subject I’ve debated for decades; but, we can probably give you better arguments if you let us know what your friends arguments are.
      BTW, I have no anti 2A friends.

  34. secondrecon says:

    I live just north of the Island Kinda sorta OPSEC you know. Thanks Hey if you want to hook up some time ,We can get them to hook us up . thanks secondrecon.

    • Almost There says:

      secondrecon,

      Sure, I go down there a few times a year. MD has my permission to give you my email address.

  35. MaineBrain says:

    Business trip to DC this week so not much prep. The guy who was helping our lawn tractor and generator limp along finally declared that both were beyond repair, so he paid us $400 for them to strip for parts. Neither one owed us anything, so good deal all around.

    Found a good sale at the grocery on t-bones and 93% beef.

    Our kerosene-fired water heater (we heat the house with Kero) conked out today after 17 years (and many repairs in recent years), and hubby declared he wanted to go back to electric. Ughhh. When we put a K-1 on-demand water heater in our former house, in place of an electric tank heater, it paid for itself in 18 months through the savings on electricity So, I was skeptical, but he found an on-demand electric water heater that’s available at Lowes — Eemax — anyone have any experience with them?

    Watched the royal wedding yesterday. Then watched it again. Hate on me if you will, but it was nice to take a break from all the bad news and get caught up in love and flowers and pageantry. It was decidedly not a traditional British royal wedding! Harry is my favorite royal, and Meghan is a breath of fresh air. Doesn’t rank up there with beekeeping or gardening, but it was a nice mental health break. “Two young people fell in love, and we all showed up.” In a SHTF, we’ll all need our relationships.

    • Almost There says:

      MB,

      Never heard of an electric on demand water heater, nor one that ran on K-1…. Will need to check it out. I don’t have a propane tank yet.

      I watched it too.. during the day. It was good.

      • Almost There,

        Never heard of an electric on demand water heater, nor one that ran on K-1…. Will need to check it out. I don’t have a propane tank yet.

        I’ve seen both gas and electric on demand heaters; but, which one you pick will probably depend on your usage and electric rate per KWH. The places I see these most are in small applications where you need instant hot water for drinks; but, properly sized they are useful for normal household use like showers, and laundry and unlike the electric heaters that keep a tank hot all of the time, they are rather efficient.
        I’ve not seen a Kerosene water heater; but, it doesn’t surprise me, since the Amish use kerosene for everything.
        I have a ham radio acquaintance that is getting ready for a permanent move to Florida, and has an old Kerosene refrigerator. I’m trying to convince him to sell it to me; but, so far he’s not committing.
        As for your propane tank, that heater we both have was working here all winter and very nicely takes the chill off of a well insulated; but, otherwise unheated room. Hopefully you’ll get the tank and get it installed before it gets cold again, which gives you 5-6 months.

      • MaineBrain says:

        Almost There, on demand is the only way to go! As I said, we put one into our old house soon after we bought it in 1989, We immediately saw a dip in our electric bill, for not having to keep a tank of water hot all the time (as OP notes below). Also, with on demand, you never run out of hot water. First thing we did when we bought our current house was to put in another on demand, so we don’t have any comparisons on the electric bill, but I’m sure we would have seen a similar drop. But the darn things don’t last forever, and I don’t know that it’s worth having the tech come and fix this one vs paying $440 for a new electric unit that I know we’ll be able to count on until we selll this place.

      • Izzy says:

        Almost There; I was up at 0 dark 30 watching the wedding also. I watched it mostly to see what guests were wearing. But, I was appalled at certain parts of the ceremony. Personally, I don’t believe this marriage will last. Markel is too much of a feminist and not close to being disciplined enough to deal with the rigors of a royal marriage. However, Harry is certainly besotted with her.

        • Almost There says:

          Izzy,

          I thought the same thing… Had to look up “besotted”…. And yes, I think you’re right on that one too. I think she will get pregnant rather quickly… And I won’t comment on what I think about that.

          • Izzy says:

            Oh yeah…she will have the anchor baby to solidify her monetary future. Little does she know….that which the Queen giveth, she can also take away…like titles.

    • MaineBrain,

      hubby declared he wanted to go back to electric. Ughhh. When we put a K-1 on-demand water heater in our former house, in place of an electric tank heater, it paid for itself in 18 months through the savings on electricity So, I was skeptical, but he found an on-demand electric water heater that’s available at Lowes — Eemax — anyone have any experience with them?

      I moved from electric to gas for heating water and nearly everything else years ago; but, have helped install some on demand electric heaters and there is a difference between the tank and tankless water heaters.
      The pro’s for the on demand heater are low operating cost since you’re not keeping a tank of water hot & almost endless hot water, which if you like to lounge in the shower as I do is great.
      The obvious primary con is that if the power is out you have no hot water and if you’re counting on a generator, it must be properly sized for the load.
      The other potential issue is scaling if you have hard water; but, that can be managed with proper routine maintenance.
      BTW, for you coffee drinkers, if you have a Mister Coffee or a Keurig that makes coffee by the cup, you already have a small on demand electric water heater built into the appliance.

      Watched the royal wedding yesterday. Then watched it again. Hate on me if you will,

      I don’t hate on anyone; but, I fail to see the interest in the royals who we fought for our freedom 240+ years ago. My problem was that I couldn’t find anything except the wedding. I tried the major networks, and even Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, and even (ouch) MSNBC and they were all covering the same thing, so I found something else to do and got my weather forecast from my NOAA radio. I watched a bit of news this morning and they are still talking about it.

      • MaineBrain says:

        Good point about the coffee maker, OP! Poor hubby had to take a cold “marine bath” in the sink yesterday. I could at least have brought him some hot water but didn’t even think of it.

        As for the wedding – different strokes for different folks.

        • Zulu 3-6 says:

          MaineBrain and TOP,

          I watched the wedding too, but I enjoy British military ceremonial. I was a little disappointed there was very little. Nobody puts on a military parade like the Brits. Not even the USMC.

          Coming up time for Beating Retreat and the Trooping the Colour for the Queen’s Birthday. Both early June events. The Household Division is doing Beating Retreat this year (sometimes the Royal Marines do it). Trooping the Colour is always a Household Division event.

          Beating Retreat is a little more informal and the program varies from year to year and sometimes has invited foreign bands. Trooping the Colour almost never varies in format and never has non-Household Division units involved. The Irish Guards are trooping their color this year. If you can get BBC1, you can watch it live on June 9. Unfortunately, I have to wait until it comes out on YouTube.

          Lighten up TOP. We won. 🙂

          • MaineBrain says:

            The Windsor Grey father-and-son horse troop on the post-wedding carriage ride was pretty cool.

          • Izzy says:

            Zulu 3-6; Beating the Retreat is only done every 2 years. This year it will week after next….6 & 7 June. In 2016 the U.S.M.C. band participated along with the Netherlands Marine Corp Band. The Royal Marines always do this event. I think the confusion comes in because it is at Horse Guard Parade.

            You might look at CBS for this year’s Trooping the Colour. They seem to be good about televising royal events. You Tube is suppose to have live streaming this year. The Coldstream Guards will be Trooping the Colour this year. If you listen carefully, you will hear a sand paper like sound when the troops straighten their lines. Watch their rehearsals on You Tube.

            I was there the last year the Queen rode on horseback…along with her children and husband. Now they all ride in barouches. I was also there in 1990. Amazing to be so close and watch such a performance.

  36. Tad Lyon says:

    M D
    Would it be possible for you to make you materials available in some downloadable form, or PDF? My computer(s) no longer have CD players.

    • Tad Lyon,

      I’ve been looking into how to do that – it would also make it much easier for me and cheaper for customers.

      • MD,
        Tad Lyon,

        I’ve been looking into how to do that – it would also make it much easier for me and cheaper for customers.

        If you still use Dreamhost, you can do what I often do. Put the file(s) in a blind directory and send the link to those who have paid you for the information. You could do this globally or on an individual basis. For instance, my tornado photos @ http://www.theohioprepper.org/Tornado2002/.
        You can find these with a search; but, only because I’ve published the URL in places like this forum where Google can find them. As long as you keep them private to the person to whom you send them and don’t have any links on your other pages to the files, they could be distributed easily. You could even add a simple PayPal link if you have an account.

  37. Dave from Georgia says:

    Question for anyone, do anyone have an opinion about the large job boxes for contractors, used for tool and supply on site storage, the large metal kind. To be used with some alterations as a faraday cage. They are large enough to hold lots of items and would be accessible to use every day. Thoughts?

    • GA Red says:

      I would think there would be issues fully sealing the box, not to mention keeping it properly sealed if accessing it regularly.

  38. Crazy Joe in South Jersey says:

    Good Afternoon All ……… due to my quitting the job 31 Jan 2018 …… my garden was ahead of schedule this year by 3 weeks . In 45 years it has never been ahead of schedule or even on time . I should have quit work when I was 25 .

    3 weeks ago at a yard sale ( thank you Craigslist ) got the $ 18 . roll of chicken wire for $ 3 .

    Spent a total of 7 leisurely hours for EBAY last week to earn a leisurely $ 20 hr . Now geared up for big sales on EBAY this Memorial Day Weekend , but before all that 1 hour of typing … first I will make some coffee .

    Today CRAIGSLIST , again , was good enough to save me 60 % on an almost new dog crate , epoxy coated , 2 door .

    Yea , shoulda quit work 40 years ago . All that time missed that coulda been for fishin’ .

    A good Memorial Day Weekend to all ! Crazy Joe

  39. seeondrecon says:

    ok I will contact him later thanks Secondrecon.

  40. Mustang says:

    Since we still haven’t found a suitable piece of land for our homestead, I’m seriously thinking of bringing all my preps back from storage. Just seems strange not having everything close at hand.

    Just picked the last of the first batch of lettuce. It bolted pretty quick once the weather warmed. Still have another batch I planted about four weeks after the first batch and it’s getting ready to start picking.

    All the tomatoes are looking good. Spent some time pinching off the suckers and thinning the leave a bit. The eggplant, peppers, and squash are looking great so far, but I suspect I’ll need to pollinate the squash if I expect to see any fruit. Lots of flowers, but not many insects to complete the process.

    Purchased “36 Hours” from Amazon. After I started reading it I realized I already bought it a few years back so I finished it an ordered the #2 in the series “Zero Hour” Could be the TBI or maybe just getting old, but the memory sometimes isn’t quite what it used to be!

    Continuing to ride the bike for exercise, but keeping most of the trips to 30 miles or less for now. Will try to mix it up with some hikes while carrying BOB.

    Prepping another batch of krout and will be using the Luna glass weights vice the ceramic weights. Never liked the ceramic. Hope to have a nice batch by mid summer for all the grilling.

  41. Antique Collector says:

    OP
    Hope you catch this message it is for one an all who live in Ohio. Have you read or heard about a bill #160 referred to as the “OHIO FAIRNESS ACT”? If it passes it will restrict you rights to free speech an other liberties. Thought you would like to know it is in the works,

    • Antique Collector,

      Hope you catch this message it is for one an all who live in Ohio. Have you read or heard about a bill #160 referred to as the “OHIO FAIRNESS ACT”? If it passes it will restrict you rights to free speech an other liberties. Thought you would like to know it is in the works,

      Yes, that House Bill 160 and we are aware of it.
      Groupd like the Ohio Liberty Council and the various (/12 & Tea Party groups watch all new legislation.
      Here it is in a nutshell:
      Short Title: Expand civil rights and related procedures

      enact the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation to the list of informal methods by which the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use to induce compliance with Ohio’s Civil Rights Law before instituting a formal hearing, and to uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio’s Civil Rights Law.

      I personally don’t see this infringing on my rights and is basically a sign of the times in which we live.

  42. Lint Picker says:

    Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve been on a survivalist blog. Last time was years ago on MD Creekmore’s SurvivalistBlog.net.. Over there, I saw that an article I wrote (“What Will Become of the Old People?”) was still available to read! Sure brings back good memories of that great bunch of survivalists and their comraderie.

    Now let’s talk prepping in the age of driverless cars, drones, and google earth! Bring it on!

    • Lint Picker,

      I’m leaving that site up for a couple more months so long-time readers can use the content for reference.

      BTW welcome to MDCreekmore.com.

    • JP in MT says:

      Lint Picker:

      Welcome Back!

      • Lint Picker says:

        Howdy, JP, thanks for the welcome. It’s good to be back and to see some folks still around from years ago.

    • Lint Picker ,

      Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve been on a survivalist blog. Last time was years ago on MD Creekmore’s SurvivalistBlog.net.. Over there, I saw that an article I wrote (“What Will Become of the Old People?”) was still available to read! Sure brings back good memories of that great bunch of survivalists and their comraderie.

      Hey Lint,
      We’re pretty much some of the same old gang that were on the old site; plus quite a few new folks.
      I often think of you when we talk about flashlights in odd colrs, like Pink (or Salmon) LOL. I guess I’m now officially among the Old People, since I’m retired.
      Good to hear from you & hope you continue to hang around here, since it’s still a good site and a good crowd of people.

      Now let’s talk prepping in the age of driverless cars, drones, and google earth! Bring it on!

      If you recall I was an engineer and have retired after more than 40 years wirking with technology, so I find the entire new tech intriguing, especially the brightness and efficiency of the new LED flashlights and lanterns with white LED’s coming of age; plus newer and somewhat better rechargeable batteries to run them.
      Welcome back old friend.

      • Lint Picker says:

        Sure, I remember you, TOP! Thanks for the warm welcome back. And congrats on your retirement. Yeah, new tech is changing the face of everything, including survival, in both great and kinda scary ways. It’s a brave new world. As for the odd colors of flashlights…that was a real hoot when somebody wanted to give me a pink flashlight and I refused it in order to maintain my manly virtues. Salmon color, on the other hand would have been acceptable! LOL.

        I’m back in California now. Spent some years on a small farm in No. Nevada. The winters were harsh and drought was tough. Now that I’m 68yo, thought the
        good weather of coastal CA was where I needed to return to. Gotta contend with the radicals here, but mostly I ignore their rantings. Got some veggies growing in raised beds and some chickens in a pen. Married the real estate agent who sold me the property in NV. Sold the farm, kept the wife! Life is good.

        • Lint Picker,

          Yeah, new tech is changing the face of everything, including survival, in both great and kinda scary ways. It’s a brave new world.

          I agree; but, as long as you use the tech and don’t let it use you it can be useful and fun. I have an Amazon Echo Dot (the little Alexa) to play with; but, I have no intention of giving it control of my lighting, thermostat, or door locks. The wireless remote control has already made a generation of couch potatoes, and adding a servant that you can just talk to is neat; but, just too lazy for my tastes.

          As for the odd colors of flashlights…that was a real hoot when somebody wanted to give me a pink flashlight and I refused it in order to maintain my manly virtues. Salmon color, on the other hand would have been acceptable! LOL.

          Every now and then your nom de plume and pink flashlights have been mentioned. You seemed to have left a bit abruptly; but, were in you own way still infamous and well remembered.

          I’m back in California now. Spent some years on a small farm in No. Nevada. The winters were harsh and drought was tough. Now that I’m 68yo, thought the good weather of coastal CA was where I needed to return to.

          That explains where you went when you disappeared and I suspect you have a lot of advice based on the experience, especially lessons learned. I’m only 67; but, the DW is 68 and what we once looked at as old, is now just middle age with a few more aches, LOL.

          Gotta contend with the radicals here, but mostly I ignore their rantings. Got some veggies growing in raised beds and some chickens in a pen. Married the real estate agent who sold me the property in NV. Sold the farm, kept the wife! Life is good.

          It sounds like you made a good trade. Good to see you back and hoping you’ll continue to visit from time to time.

    • suzy q says:

      Lint Picker, it is so good to “see” you again. You have been missed.

  43. Izzy says:

    Is there a new week out yet?

  44. Almost There says:

    Izzy,

    I don’t think so…

    • Is there a new week out yet?

      Izzy &Almost There ,
      I’ve been checking since yesterday (Saturday 5/26/18) afternoon and so far, nothing new.
      Here’s wishing all a good Memorial Day

    • Izzy says:

      I certainly hope he (and his) is okay. Highly unusual for him to miss a day entirely. But, he is entitled to a weekend off.

  45. tuckerhollow says:

    I was wondering where this week’s news letter was also thought I was losing it. Hope all is well with our fearless leader. Check back later.

  46. Goatlover says:

    I, too, missed last weekend’s article and hope all is well with MD! Looking forward to this weekend’s posting…

    • Izzy says:

      Goatlover; I checked accidents reports for the State of TN and no one with his name appeared. Prayerfully he didn’t fall and hurt himself on his property. Maybe he is on a honeymoon. 🙂