This Week On The Homestead

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Well, folks, it seems that my switch from a “survivalist blog” to a “homesteading blog” was a great decision! The response has been overwhelming in support of the change and most have said it is a great improvement.

One concern that many readers of my old blog (www.thesurvivalistblog.net) did express was about the loss of the content on that site when it is taken offline and asked for a CD or thumb drive with that content archived.

Well, that’s a good idea, however, I think that a better idea would be to pick and choose the very best articles and then combine those into an anthology and make that available in paperback! What do you think about that idea?

Let me know what you think of that idea in the comments below and also if you have favorite articles from www.thesurvivalistblog.net then, please mention those with a link to the article in the comments below.

Also, let me know if you have any ideas for other free courses that I can put together for you all, article ideas and or any other improvements to this site. I want this to be the best homesteading blog with a prepper twist that’s online…

Okay, now what happened on the homestead this week…

I cleared up an old dead tree that fell on my property, repaired some fencing, planted some roses, organized my tools in my shop (still not finished with that), and a few other small jobs.

Unfortunately, my biggest plans this week were thwarted by a garden tiller that refused to run.

Now, that the threat of frost is over (I hope!) I had planned to till my garden area and start planting, unfortunately, my tiller which is only three years old refused to run long enough to get the job done. So I’m taking it to have it repaired today.

garden tiller
My tiller loaded and ready to go… to the repair shop.

Hopefully, it will be fixed by next week and I can get to moving some dirt and planning some seed.

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

256 Comments

  1. I’m back in first

    • Sad news I had to put our other puppy down…. She was 19 1/2 years old…… I will miss you Yoda

      Puppy is looking around for her and I think he knows we buried her n the backyard.

      Freeze dried bananas, chili, zucchini and squash and peppers & onions. That machine is great.

      Bought anothe container for the freeze dried food. I can separate into categories, veggies, meat/eggs, desserts.
      Bought deep Wood’s bug spray.
      Bought more dirt for potatoes
      Bought another shelf for long term food storage
      Bought more fire extinguishers.

      Cleaned other air filter and changed water filter.

      Cut the back 40 and trimmed
      Son trimmed the front 40….LOL

      Pressure washed the back porch, porch furniture and internal gas grill. Ready for Summer !!!

      • I want one of these but alas its not in the budget….. LOL

        I am looking at a new jeep though…

      • Thor1,

        Sorry to hear about Yoda. 19.5 years is quite a long time for a dog and I’m glad you got to spend so much time together. Poor Puppy too. Looking for his friend is such a sad thing to visualize.

      • Thor,

        So sorry to hear about your fur baby.

      • How ironic, New York , the land of the environmentalists, sends its poop by the train load to other states, what???

        Buy gas, a Texas refinery exploded.

        • Thor:
          The train loads of sludge started back in the 90’s. Mixed reviews from the farmers on the high plains.

        • I wonder what part of New York does that. I’m going to guess “The City”, because this state is fond of sending train loads of toxic waste to my county. I’ve heard some of it even comes from Canada. I can’t wait to get out of this state.

          In other news, I’m still looking at homes for sale in TN, and have checked out a few in KY and AL. In the meantime, I’m starting to pack up seldom-used stuff.

          • NANN!,

            I wonder what part of New York does that. I’m going to guess “The City”, because this state is fond of sending train loads of toxic waste to my county. I’ve heard some of it even comes from Canada. I can’t wait to get out of this state.

            And yet it’s one of the states that won’t allow fracking, a revolutionary technology that along with guided horizontal drilling is making states like North Dakota wealthy and cutting their unemployment rate to near zero. Fracking is also done in Pennsylvania and in some cases may actually be extracting oil that NY could be getting.

            • TOP, did you feel the 3.6 M earthquake in Ohio ???

              • Thor1,

                TOP, did you feel the 3.6 M earthquake in Ohio ???

                I’m afraid not. I’ve lived through perhaps a half dozen quakes here and missed all of them. I had friends years ago who were sitting at the dinner table when one occurred, and while they didn’t feel anything, the hanging lamp in the middle of the room above the table did start to swing. The only things we keep really close track of are the thunderstorms that can have high velocity straight line winds and spawn tornados.
                I participate in weather nets during these times and in this modern era we can watch the same Doppler radar the weather service is watching with only a slight delay.
                Ohio is still a pretty good safe place to live.

          • The Alabama Shoals – Frankljn county is the Appalachian foothills – beautiful country. The closer u get to any of the lakes in North Alabama, the more u pay. Just over the AL line in mid to SE TN an excellent choice, as well.

          • nanni,
            read “confessions of a crazed cattlewoman’ for info on how they moved to kentucky.

        • And they also move to the South and try to tell us how great New York is. If they love it so, stay in New York. Not to sound too negative, I’ve fished Upstate New York. I really enjoyed it. But, I would never want to move there.

      • Sorry to hear about your pup being put down. For folks who don’t live with dogs, they don’t understand that the dog is part of the family and it really wounds your soul to lose one.

      • So sorry to hear about your other puppy Thor1. You took really good care of her for her to live that long. I’ve never heard of a dog living that long. I still miss my puppy, and it’s been since 2004. I still haven’t gotten another one, mostly because I’m away from home a lot. My 2 kitties will have to suffice for now.

      • My sympathies. Old dog here is almost 15 and I dread that day.

      • Sorry to hear about your fur baby. We do hate to lose them.

    • Thor. Sad to let four legger go.

    • Good puppy Thor1.

      • Thanks everyone your condolences. She had a good life, an old poodle who was on here 3rd German Shepherd. She would hold her ground and bite them in the nose or ear to show them who was boss. She was going in circles, wrecking into walls and pooping blood. It was time. In dog years she would have been 133.5 years old. Wow….. I wanted her to make 20 years old but she needed Mercied.

        • So sorry to hear about your dog. They are part of the family for sure. You must have taken great care of her to make it to 19 years. Small dogs live longer, but that was quite a feat to have her so long. Makes missing her even harder. Bless you.

        • My condolences on Yoda’s passing. I thought ours was old, when she died naturally at age 15 a couple weeks ago. Wow! 19.5! But it’s the quality that counts. We were thinking we would have to have Janie put down, but she died before it could be done. She had a tumor near her spleen that ruptured.

        • My Lab, Gabby has been gone 3 years and I still miss her. Sorry to hear about the demise of your four legged family member.

  2. Yes ,a book would be super and if I’m lucky maybe I’m the first to post ! Yeah .i would buy a book ..great idea ,maybe have a period to get ideas and suggestions for what the pack would like to see in a book ?
    Will be looking forward to it

    • Northern – agreed maybe a simple list from each person via email- combine list and add as needed

      • Ref: Survivalist Articles

        Make them available as .PDFs for download individually, or by year, and as a group for a SD card either for a fee or a user provided SD card. That way many can choose which articles to obtain. and print as needed.

    • Northern wolf & MD,
      I have more than enough books with several thousand in my library and think something computer readable would be better, with an inexpensive thumb drive perhaps the easiest to produce. With my vision issues I rarely purchase paper books anymore, since I can store a lot more information in a smaller space, with easier access. On the computer it is also more easily searchable and many people now use E-Readers to carry entire libraries with them. In my case, text to speech not only allows easier access to the information, I can often be doing other things while listening.

      • I have been wondering if it is practical to buy another tablet just for storage, not Internet, with several thumb drives filled with my docs, and music, stored in a Faraday cage.
        Any thoughts?

        • Shirlgirl:

          Personally, I have several. They come out to be charged and updated, then go back into Deep Storage. I look for sales, then pick ones that fit the size (7″ for reading, 10″ for ones with illustrations) as needed.

          • Good idea. Do those run windows? Guess I need to work on that next, in my spare time… What’s that? Not much of that anyway…

            JP, what kind do you have?

            • Almost There:

              Mostly I have RCA 7″; usually around $20 – 25 each. DW’s main and one of mine is a 10″ Fusion 5 (these are more, bur available on Amazon).

              They do not run WIndows (as such), they are Android-based. But I do have MS Word and Excel loaded on them, along with Adobe, to read my e-books inventories, and documents. The newer ones all can be charged off a micro-USB (a requirement for me). Some of my older ones will require more equipment t recharge.

        • Shirlgirl ,

          I have been wondering if it is practical to buy another tablet just for storage, not Internet, with several thumb drives filled with my docs, and music, stored in a Faraday cage.
          Any thoughts?

          That’s absolutely a good idea.
          Most tablets are or can be charged via USB power and in an emergency that can be obtained from hand crank devices like the Kaito Voyager radio or the 10,000 mAh Hiluckey Solar Power Bank that was recently reviewed by Jesse M. I just received one of thos to play with and @ only about $20.00 on Amazon; it’s another good option to have on hand.

  3. Where is everyone? Usually by the time I read M.D. s articles the comments are full.

  4. MD:
    I love the idea of a paperback anthology. I will spend some time this week reviewing articles and can either post here next week or send an email direct. Thanks for all the good work.

    This week was more repair than prep. We had a series of strong wind days and quite a bit of damage still remains for this weekend to work on. We did have electricity cut out two nights in a row. Our saving for a whole house automatic generator was worth it, A good long term prep that will be needed by anyone looking to move away from populated areas with steady electrical service.

    Anyone looking to blog I highly recommend listening to M,D, and his sources. It has worked for me.

    Stay safe everyone.

    • Moe,

      Thank you. An email would probably be best and easier for me to keep up with. Glad you are having success with your blog. That’s awesome to hear!

    • We were in a very rural (no roads, just canals and boats) in SEA a while back for 6 months.. Blackouts were the norm, three of four a week. Sometimes two or three a night..

      The criteria for tour Blackout “system” is: automatic bright light upon power failure and later, Then night light with bright light when needed.

      The solutions was first a power failure lanterns, a local 230VAC product, with about a 5 hour light span using a compact fluorescent tube. It is designed to be plugged in all the time.

      The first hour or so was used to calm people down, get flash lights, kerosene and candles going and help the neighbors. Coffee and hot chocolate were made for the big (adult) and little kids. Depending on the time, a meal was prepared .

      All the thermoses were refilled with hot water (also a nightly SOP).. Our personal Thermos and Klean Kanteen vacuum bottles had hot water (64 oz), and rice and/or oatmeal (32 oz. wide mouth).

      I wish Klean Knteen would get their 64 .oz vacuum bottles in production.!

      After the first hour or so, the the lanterns were turned off to be used for bright light tasks later.

      We have two personal flashlights.

      A “big” Fenix E12, 1 AA cell which provides 20 hours of light on Low @ 8 Lumens.

      A “small” Fenix E99Ti, 1 AAA cell which provides about 3 winter/4 summer nights long night light @ 4 Lumens. Once your eyes are adjusted to the dark, that is enough to walk safely.
      slowly. The E99Ti is out of production. The aluminum LD02 (zero two) has the same light output. in a pretty much the same package.

      Both lights will stand on their tails to reflect light off the overhead.

      • Bob,

        The E99Ti is out of production. The aluminum LD02 (zero two) has the same light output. in a pretty much the same package.

        My go to battery LED lighting has become several items from the “As Seen On TV” products and a headlamp from Rural King.
        The Atomic beam lantern & atomic beam flashlight
        The flashlight takes 3 AAA cells in a cartridge or can use a single rechargeable 18650 and the lantern takes 3 AA cells. I use generic NiMH or Panasonic Eneloop batteries with the Panasonic being IMHO the best option.
        The headlamp is $5.00 and comes with batteries, here’s the link: 80 Lumen COB Headlamp HLPY

  5. Another week with not much in the way of supplies getting bought, but we did spend enough.

    Free Stuff: gravy mix (4), HD buns, tomato sauce, sour cream

    Had a business meeting out of state last weekend. Our furbaby was staying with DD1. She and their dog got into a tussle and mine came out the worse for it. Stiches, drain tube, et. al. Not happy with 15 yr. old grandson who sent them outside unsupervised, after being told not to. We have made other arrangements for future trips.

    We are losing the last anchor store in our mall; even the theater is not renewing its lease. These people provided mid-range clothing, and if you shopped wisely you got good stuff for a discounted price. So now it’s small “uptown” specialty stores or Wal-Mart. DW found out Thursday at work that starting Friday everything goes into liquidation. So, full retail and 10% off. We went Thursday night. Spent $175 on business wear for both of us and saved over $350 dollars! The last time we shopped there was the Black Friday sale; did good then too.

    I did pick up some more 9mm to run through my new guns now that the weather is better and the ground has dried out.

    I understand about projects being put off due to equipment failures. It happens. Fortunately, (?) I have plenty of projects that I can pick up on. Cleaning, building shelving, sorting, and storing are the current ones. I still haven’t got anything finished.

    • JP. Uggg. I detest Walmart so very much tiis why I started buying via amazon much of the time. To avoid Walmart

      • Jesse,

        I detest Walmart so very much tiis why I started buying via amazon much of the time. To avoid Walmart

        May I ask why? Our local Wal-Mart supercenter provides tons of jobs with benefits for people in the community and inexpensive groceries and other goods.
        For groceries we also have Aldi’s the produce from which can be questionable as well as Kroger and they are way expensive.

        • MD,
          On my last comment post I received the following:

          thank youI really value readers who comment, so I’m here to say THANK YOU! (You’ll only see this message the first time you comment on my site.) Your participation and support are awesome!

          Now that you’ve spoken up and made your first comment I hope that you will stick around and become part of our community.
          This occurred on my 4th or 5th post and gave me no way back to the comment to which I just replied.

        • TOP. I worked for Walmart 3 different times as a younger person, the fact is walmarts actually tend to cost smaller economies far more than they bring in.
          Additionally while pre 1998 Walmart purchased primarily made in America which helped local and national economies they in fact do not anymore. I personally was in 2 of the 4 class action suits for Walmart policy forcing workers who already make crap wages to work off the clock.

          The misconception is they help, I believed that at one time…of course I also believed government was not a mob with better support too…

          I firmly believe in competition and if a business cannot compete than too bad for them, however , since Sam Walton died Walmart has become Microsoft of retail, abusing the system to ensure competition isnt possible.

          I won’t disagree that amazon isnt similar. Except at this point they haven’t used government to ensure their continued dominance yet! *unlike Walmart

          • The problem with amazon (for me) is that they collect information from what u buy, give it to certain entities & sell it to others. Be careful what u buy thru amazon.

            • Livinthedream,

              The problem with amazon (for me) is that they collect information from what u buy, give it to certain entities & sell it to others. Be careful what u buy thru amazon.

              Do you mean they do the same thing as Google, Facebook, and a lot of other “Free” social media and search sites? Nothing is free, and selling some of the statistical information for analytics helps subsidize the low prices.
              As for being careful, that means when I buy my poisons and explosives, I should do it elsewhere, right?
              I suspect if you looked at all of the items all of us purchase there and elsewhere, it would be rather dull and boring.

            • The problem for me is that they treat their employees crappy. My brother was fired because he didn’t make their production expectations. He was at 88% after 3 months. When he was fired they told him that another 126 employees were also stated for firing.
              I still shop Amazon because living away from population centers it is hard to find things locally.

          • We can’t win for loosing. Amazon prime gets free shipping dollars from every taxpayer. for every package shipped… was in some of the news last week… Not msm, (I don’t have tv hooked up.)..

            • Anonamo Also,

              We can’t win for loosing. Amazon prime gets free shipping dollars from every taxpayer. for every package shipped… was in some of the news last week… Not msm, (I don’t have tv hooked up.)..

              I do have TV and the report was that the USPS subsidizes Amazon on their shipping; but, like all headlines, the details tell the real story. Since Amazon ships a lot of packages they have been able to negotiate bulk rate pricing with USPS; but, also with UPS and FedEx, and it was pointed out that the USPS has a real cash flow problem and that Amazon actually helps alleviate that problem. This started with a complaint from President Trump who really doesn’t like Jeff Bezos who is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon and who also owns The Washington Post that has been critical of the president.
              What will no doubt happen is that when negotiations come up in a few years, Amazon may not get as sweet a deal as they have now; but, that same sweet deal is used for many other large volume companies who also get a break on shipping from numerous carriers.

              • OP,
                You are absolutely right. Amazon uses USPS which helps USPS financially. Yes they are losing money, but that is due to email, electronic transactions and the decline of regular mail, not due to Amazon.

          • Jesse ,

            I worked for Walmart 3 different times as a younger person, the fact is walmarts actually tend to cost smaller economies far more than they bring in.

            That may be true some places; but, there are a lot of unskilled people in this area that work there and most seem reasonably happy to have the jobs and the money. As for competition the closest large city to me is about 15-18 miles, has a population of about 24,000 and supports a Wal-Mart supercenter, an Aldi’s, Kroger Marketplace, Meijers, Home Depot, Lowes, TSC, Rural King, and several independent auto and hardware stores. That gives us variety in selection and cost competition which halps my bottom line.

            Additionally while pre 1998 Walmart purchased primarily made in America which helped local and national economies they in fact do not anymore. I personally was in 2 of the 4 class action suits for Walmart policy forcing workers who already make crap wages to work off the clock.

            I know that some of what Wal-Mart purchases is from overseas; but, our local Wal-Mart has a lot of items that are made here in the USA. It’s up to the purchaser to read the labels. I personally don’t get involved in any kind of lawsuit, since it’s eaaier IMHO to just walk away.

            The misconception is they help, I believed that at one time…of course I also believed government was not a mob with better support too…

            If you have a better way to do government, you could always run for office and try to fix it.

            I firmly believe in competition and if a business cannot compete than too bad for them, however , since Sam Walton died Walmart has become Microsoft of retail, abusing the system to ensure competition isnt possible.

            Microsoft of retail? I’m not really sure what you mean, since Apple and Google (with Android) plus numerous other *NIX platforms from Sun Microsystems, Debian and others are all thriving. While MS Operating Systems are all pretty marginal, they work well enough for a lot of inexpensive desktop applications with Linux being a big player.
            I use several versions of windows; but, use Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird for most browsing and for all email again, running mostly on a Windows platform.
            For retail or computers, there are a lot of options for everyone and it’s up to each of us to choose what works for us.

    • JP,

      I get a lot of my higher end clothes on Ebay. Pendleton blazers that cost $200+ new can be found for $25. I get them dry cleaned and they are as good as new. Higher quality clothing lasts forever. Some of these blazers are from the 1950s and they are still in perfect shape. I also got some Eddie Bauer pants that would cost $65 new for $10.

      • Bam Bam:

        When you are built like a beer keg, you get dress shirts and jackets where you can, when you can. And buying new every 5-8 years works for me. But thanks for the tip.

        • I have to try on all my clothes before I buy them. Sizes are all over the place.

          • Almost There ,

            I have to try on all my clothes before I buy them. Sizes are all over the place.

            It’s the same here and especially for shoes. I have purchased a few items of clothing and shoes online; but, only when I already have the same product purchased locally that I know fits, and then I have to order the exact brand, model, and size.

            • That’s what I do. I find brands that I like and only purchase them online.

            • Try being tall and fat. I have to buy pants online. 44W x 34L. Can’t find them in stores. 6’4″ and 280. My weaknesses for beer and good food have done me in.

          • Ditto. Women’s sizes are all over the place. Men’s, not so bad (yet). Aaargh, so much for quality control. Size is “what country, what day of the week”, etc.

            • When you buy clothes on Ebay the actual measurements are given. So you know what you are getting.

        • One of my mom’s brothers had an unusual body shape that required custom made suits. His job required business suits. So he bought a sewing machine and learned how to tailor his own suits and shirts. He always looked snazzy.

  6. Had a few very late snowstorms sweep through and make gardening impossible at the moment. Normally I’d have peas planted by now but I can’t find the soil for iced-over snow. All the weather mess should clear up soon as we’ve never had a snowy May here.

    Dehydrated many quarts of lemon slices on clearance and juiced a lot of frozen lime cubes. Caught a good sale on chicken breasts and pressure canned 13 pints of meat and 5 qts of broth. Replenished some cold meds ready for the next bout. Also bought a dozen LED lightbulbs on special for 50c ea.

    Finally over the deep chest colds we’ve all had this past few months but we’re still dealing with the followup exhaustion from too much coughing the past months. After one short outing to a store I thought I was going to pass out. We’re definitely taking it slow and easy for a while.

    • Gloria:
      Slow and easy wins the race.

      What type/brand of dehydrator do you use? Up to this point we have just used solar methods or the oven.

      • I mostly use my 9 tray Excalibur which I love. I also have a Nesco with extra trays when I need more drying space.

  7. MD , Paperback/hardbound I like, though I also want to see everything available hahaha – maybe ?

    Tested some new too me approaches with “snap caps” and have new reviews incoming on those-

    Its spring time in Arizona, which means herb collecting/

    Picked up a Heritage rough rider 22lr and my son now loves it…haha

    All around a good week

  8. MD, I would love a book, hard copy, as I do not expect the grid to be available when things go south. Please include the articles on ham radios, beekeeping, and DYI projects such as making a rocket stove.

    • Docj,

      I’ll divide it into sections with each section covering a different topic.

      • Maybe call them the Creekmore Chronicles… Be similar to the Foxfire series. I like hard copies too. Having both would also be great.

    • Docj ,

      I would love a book, hard copy, as I do not expect the grid to be available when things go south.

      What does the grid have to do with hard copy books, unless you expect all computers, E-Readers, etc. to no longer be working. While that makes an interesting post apocalyptic science fiction story for something like ““Dies the Fire” by S. M. Stirling, it is unrealistic, and keeping small tablets, Kindle readers, and even small computers running should not require all that much to manage with generators, solar power, and other alternative means of producing power.

      • Some of us have other things we have to place our priorities on besides power and are not as far along in our journey as you are.
        We appreciate that you have the ability to not be concerned about a lack of power but those of us in the rest of the world are not to your level of expertise.

        • Anonamo Also ,

          Some of us have other things we have to place our priorities on besides power and are not as far along in our journey as you are.

          I fully realize that; but, the same small solar or bicycle generator systems that can be used to charge smell batteries, can also be use for Kindle readers, tablets, etc. Unless you want to live in the dark or have an endless supply of propane, natural gas, alcohol, kerosene or lamp oil, then rechargeable batteries and LED lighting is something that should top your list.
          These have all gotten really inexpensive and very efficient.
          You could of course use candles; but, not only can they be a fire hazard; they are hard to transport for portable outside work lighting at night.
          In the past, people feared the night, not because of animals or monsters; but, other humans who would prey on them and the general uncertainty of stumbling around in the dark.
          We could all no doubt heat and cook with wood; but, on long cold nights, having power for a Kindle or tablet or just for a nice light to read a book, would be almost a necessity. I recently ordered the “Solar Charger, Hiluckey Solar Power Bank 10000mAh Waterproof / Shockproof Portable External Battery Pack with Dual USB” that was reviewed here by Jesse. One or two of these inexpensive units should easily keep a Kindle, Tablet, or MP3 player topped off. Assuming it works as well as Jesse thinks it does a few of these inexpensive units can solve a lot of power problems should the grid go down.

        • And some if us just plain prefer the convenience of a book – we can hold it, read it, share it, teach from it….with zero concern for charging, batteries, what might cause it to become inoperable, etc.

          To each his own personal preference. But give me REAL books!

          • Me too, Livingthedream. Nothing like the heft of a good book! Also beats trying to “flip” thru a Kindle.

  9. We finally have sun and the temps got into the 50s yesterday. Enough snow melted that we can see some of the ground. I was able to get my van into the driveway late yesterday after several days parked by the side of the road. The two school busses that come down our short road every morning had to back up the road to get out because the turnaround at the end wasn’t plowed. We had 60 schools in the Upper Peninsula closed on Monday due to the mid-April snow storm. On Tuesday, our four local schools had two-hour delays and by Wednesday everything was back to what we consider normal.

    This week on my homestead: I continued with my seed planting. None of the tomato and pepper seeds came up, so those will be purchased at our local nursery for my bag planting. Cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli came up really well this year and I have not lost any (so far). I seeded more broccoli and cabbage and will start two kinds of kale and pop my onions starts into some soil this weekend.

    We are also having a work day today at our place and the kids and grandkids who live local are coming to work on cleaning and organizing my back foyer so that I can have easy access to the chicken feed and storage for by canning and dehydrating supplies and get them out of my kitchen. My husband cannot get out much and this is my way of getting us together so he can see his grandchildren and I get some much needed help with small projects. My contribution is homemade pizza and cake and ice cream to celebrate the birthdays of our middle son and our youngest son this month.

    God Bless, everyone.

  10. Yard pruning and pulling up volunteer pines before they get too big to pull out. A big project. Try to keep the yard “fire wise”. Replaced bed pillows for the long haul as well as towels. We are organizing totes better. For example: dental only. Planted grape vines in pots to try that we bought from the 4-H club. Just experimenting. Still 30+ degrees the last couple of mornings so holding off some on planting. Another batch of violet jelly. I think that’s about it. Every batch is a different shade – lovely to look at. Finished up all the springtime doctor/dentist appts. That’s it until fall. Staying involved in the community, which actually has an emergency preparedness committee and some going for CERT training. The community is getting older, but now younger folks are moving in with kids to get them out of the city, which is great they are thinking that way. Still trying to buy at least two of everything when it’s on sale. More shampoo and toothpaste and my favorite, Kleenex. Would hate to run out.
    Prayers for The Pack and our nation. No weapon formed against thee shall prosper.

  11. This is going to be a rant fest, so if you’re not in the mood just skip it. Several years ago I bought 5 acres on a gravel road in a little town. It’s not perfect and I kept debating if I should look for something better. I finally made up my mind that the main thing I wanted was peace and quiet. This place was perfect in that regard. No sooner than me deciding I read that they want to put a coal conversion plant right next door. They try to make it sound like you’ll barely notice it. I think I would notice coal trucks going back and forth all day not to mention the 100 or more pickups of the employees. Half the town wants it and the other half don’t. They want their town to grow. Why, so they can have their own McDonald’s and look like every other town? I can picture my tiny farm with a giant coal plant next door. I don’t know what I want to do. By the time I’m ready to make a move I’ll be pushing a walker anyway. Very discouraging.

    • Thorn:
      Is a coal conversion plant the same thing as a power plant?
      You are experiencing a typical problem in a rural area. No control over what goes in next door. Unless you can afford to buy the land next door you are out of luck. Sorry!

      • Moe, No it is a coal to diesel plant, whatever that is. They tried to put in a coal power plant a couple of cities over. The only ones that wanted it was the politicians. Locals made a big enough stink that they gave up. This one is more rural and like I said half the town wants it. On the up side, I don’t think any housing developments will pop up. Ha, ha, that’s what I was worried about.

        • Thorn,

          Moe, No it is a coal to diesel plant, whatever that is.

          When you take a complex hydrocarbon like coal and heat it in an anaerobic environment, it off gases. Those gases can be treated similar to the vaporized petroleum you get in a refinery cracking plant, and with proper temperature and pressure treatment, you can extract other fuels from the vapors. In general this is called coal gasification and the Wikipedia article is very informative.: Coal gasification

          This one is more rural and like I said half the town wants it. On the up side, I don’t think any housing developments will pop up. Ha, ha, that’s what I was worried about.

          Housing developments are a bane where I live also; but, we still have more than 10 miles to the closest one, so I hope if they make it out here, I will be long dead and gone. I really don’t want to fight off the big money that would no doubt be involved, so as in your case, you take help where you can, LOL.

  12. I made another five gallon bucket of laundry soap. I have started adding a small store-bought container of laundry detergent. I think this makes clothes cleaner. (Or maybe I just like the sent of Gain.)

    I purchased 80 lbs. of boneless chicken breast, 40 lbs. of 93/7 ground beef and 24 lbs. of chuck roast–all from Zaycon. I had a 25 percent off coupon code. The hamburger and the chuck roast now comes in family sized, sealed packets. So there is no need to Food Saver them. I wish they would do this with the chicken. This is enough meat to last us through the summer and beyond.

    I test for my purple belt today. I am confident. It took me a lot of time to master my nunchuck form.

    • Bam, good deal on the meat, good luck on your test.

    • Purple belt in hand. Yea! I passed.

      • Bam Bam,

        Good for you! Congratulations.

      • Bonsai…… LOL

      • Congrats! Bam Bam

      • Excellent Bam Bam…

        Yes, I like the way they have the hamburger, turkey, bacon and roasts. I always take my chicken, slice it in half and put in FS bags. It is a mess though. I guess the price would go up if they did. They have excellent meat and fish.

        • Packing the chicken breast is messy. The last time, I had bought some GameSaver bags from Food Saver when they were on sale. They have a moisture strip at the top so I could vacuum pack without freezing them first. This made the chicken more expensive but at least they laid flatter in the freezer and took up less room.

        • Almost There,

          I do the same thing–cut the chicken in half and put it in Food Saver (actually the generic version) bags. This is a chore but we can do 80 lbs. in an hour and a half. But the quality and the price justifies the work. Now I pray we don’t have a major hurricane that causes an electrical outage for more than four days. If we do, I will be a crazy canning lady.

      • Good going, Bam Bam. Congrats.

  13. Another crazy work week. This looks like it may continue for a few more weeks then should settle down for awhile. They are starting on another store so more work is possible. Purchases have been scarce as I haven’t even gotten home from work til about 10 or 11 at night. Love hearing what everyone else is doing.

  14. MD, I think a book with the best articles is a great idea. I would much rather have a physical book in my hands for reference purposes and it is the best for long term survival. There are so many good articles, though, that you might have a hard time choosing!. I like the homesteading ones the best.
    I ordered and received from Brandless.com because they offered free shipping again. I stocked up on organic tortilla chips and taco seasoning packs. I also got 2 bags of granola and 2 bags of crisp snacks to try.
    In the garden, I have been digging up stubborn imported Bahia grass that didn’t get smothered out last year with cardboard. It can find the smallest opening.
    I transplanted cucumbers, the rest of my tomatoes, summer squash and zucchini. I did some mulching and put up my tomato cages. I ran out of cages but I think I might have some hidden in my tree line. Will put on my boots and look for them later. I also planted some cucumber seeds as I didn’t have good luck with starting them inside. I think it was the potting soil that I used. It stayed too wet and probably rotted the seeds.
    My Zaycon orders have been pushed back so I am going to the store this afternoon to get some BOGO meat and hopefully, frozen turkey breasts for 99 cents/pd.

  15. Picked up more water and received some orders of gardening items. Put the seedlings outside for two days then back inside overnight due to another frost possibility. They went back outside last night. Hopefully we are past all frost and will get the garden planted next weekend.

    A book might be a good idea. You might think about offering a book and/or the thumb drive.

    Prayers for all in need.

  16. Yes I think you putting articles and information in paper-back form would be great.I’m all for all the information I can read and use.
    Enlarged my garden, don’t know how many more years I can put food by and store. I’m 84 . Each year is a little harder.
    The news isn’t good and I don’t trust the government. Batten down the hatches and trust in the Lord.HE’S THE ONLY ONE TO TRUST.

    • Bebe, Every jar you are able to do is one less you will need to buy.. It is being made harder for all of us each year….ie. harder to obtain what we need/want…less selection…higher prics…. People like you are an encouragment to us all. We look forward to your updates. Hang in there…

      • Anonamo Also,

        It is being made harder for all of us each year….ie. harder to obtain what we need/want…less selection…higher prics….

        Perhaps I’m just the contrarian; but. For the DW and I (now @ 67) things just keep getting better. Perhaps it’s because our wants are sort of simple, and we are happy just living on a great piece of land surrounded by great neighbors and friends. As for selection, we can always find anything we need or especially want, even though that may mean saving for a while. We live comfortably on our income of SS times 2 plus her small pension, and midyear we’ll start drawing about another $800.00 per month from my retirement accounts. We have lived a frugal, DIY homesteading style life since we moved here in 1984, two years after getting married. We have little other debt and have always paid attention to too many who are killing themselves with debt and payments, easily fitting the maxim of Existentialist philosopher Bill Earle who stated: “If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall.”
        You need to really know the difference between wants and needs and be willing to do without some things while you save for others.

        • please stop responding to MY every post . your position means not a wit to me . I don’t know who you are talking about debt to… but not to me.. I am where I am. No debt, but little money. Many projects to do and the end of the money comes well before the end of the month We still make it work and I do not need your input. We refuse to buy things we can’t pay for..

          • AA,

            I value OP’s comments. We are here to share our experiences and knowledge with others.

            • Bam Bam; With all due respect…sharing knowledge and experiences is one thing, but redundant lecturing is something else.

              • Izzy,

                Bam Bam; With all due respect…sharing knowledge and experiences is one thing, but redundant lecturing is something else.

                It’s only lecturing it you take it personally and it’s only redundant for those who have been on this forum for a while. We still see new people, and although they should perhaps troll through the archives if they have time, repeating things to and for those new people can IMHO have some benefit.
                I eventually read every comment and quite often glean something I missed that had no doubt been repeated on an earlier thread.
                No one here should take any comment personally.

    • Bebe ,

      Enlarged my garden, don’t know how many more years I can put food by and store. I’m 84 . Each year is a little harder.

      I just turned 67 and the DW will turn 68 in about two weeks, and seeing someone @ 84 still doing gardening and canning of any sort is an inspiration. As we age, going a bit slower is a natural part of that process; but, having the attitude to keep on moving, even a little at a time, makes life worth living.
      We recently started exercising 3 days a week for about an hour, and we are also using the Stretchy bands and small dumbbells at home for strength training, and haven’t felt this good in quite a while.

    • Bebe

      I can only hope I can still garden at age 84. You are definitely an inspiration to us all.
      And Yes, TRUST in the Lord always because it doesn’t matter how much we have accumulated, it won’t matter in the end if we aren’t trusting the Lord for all our needs and telling others about Him.

  17. I have the same tiller. Mine had a Tecumseh engine. I was constantly working on it and replacing parts. I finally had enough and replaced it with a $100 engine from Harbor Freight. It has been flawless ever since. Strongly recommend this as option to dealing with unreliable crap. It was an easy swap. Only took about an hour. All I needed to install was hand tools, 4 bolts nuts and washers and a spacer bushing

  18. Shared a full day of farming/homesteading skills with someone this week. I love teaching and sharing things I’ve learned. Baby goats got their hooves trimmed and booster shots this week as they will be going to their new homes next Saturday. Replenished my soap supply by making 6 batches on Tuesday (about $400 worth if I sold it all). Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans are now at the picking stage. And I have mulberries coming out of my ears. Not complaining, just very purple-fingered these days! I’m freezing them until I have a day to start another batch of Mulberry Mead…that stuff is wicked good.

    Keep on keeping on, folks!

    • G2, you are freezing your purple fingers ??? LOL

    • Recipe please on the mulberry mead… I need to buy some mulberry and elderberry bushes…

      • Almost There ,

        I need to buy some mulberry and elderberry bushes…

        We have lots of mulberry here on the property and they are BTW, trees, not bushes.
        I used to pick elderberries back home in PA years ago, and they are also trees; but, very short ones that could be harvested from the ground.
        Mulberries can often need a ladder.

        • An FYI on mulberries. Do not plant them near sidewalks or where children play. The berries are messy, and can be slick, and can stain clothing. I believe it used to be (and still can be) a dye for wool. Do check on the average mature size of the tree, and add some feet beyond the final dripline. That will give a good idea of where to plant it. Hope this helps.

          • Thanks BC.

          • Babycatcher ,

            An FYI on mulberries. Do not plant them near sidewalks or where children play.

            Actually we didn’t plant them and were just lucky to have some already on the property.

            The berries are messy, and can be slick, and can stain clothing. I believe it used to be (and still can be) a dye for wool.

            I think you are right on the dye from the mulberries; but, I had just forgotten, so between the mulberries and the black walnut, we have a veritable die factory here, LOL.

  19. Other than ordering some seeds and citric acid didn’t do much this week. Teaching a feta cheese making class on Tuesday night.

  20. Did my weekly shopping and added to my grocery stash as usual. Made an extra trip for some stuff specifically for my stash, paper towels, TP, water, etc.

    Ordered and received some desiccant packs for my ammo boxes and radio boxes. My apartment is pretty much climate controlled, but the extra dehumidifiers won’t hurt anything. Got all the boxes loaded with desiccants and re familiarized myself where everything is. I wish I had more space to store my ammo better.

    I have a box full of all kinds of old timey ammunition. I should sort through that stuff, identify it, and re-box it all. One of the perks of being a police officer. People bring in the really old stuff they find when cleaning up after a deceased relative. Sometimes they bring in stuff they should have left where they found it and let the bomb squad come and get it. I bought my M-1 .30 cal carbine that way and could have bought more guns if I had the cash. I had a gunsmith/dealer friend I often referred people to with guns to sell as he wouldn’t cheat them on price.

    I wasn’t going to do this yet, but my finances are allowing it. I ordered another 450-rounds of 5.56mm green tip, 50-rounds of .357 magnum Critical Duty, plus two more speedloaders for the .357.

    Granddaughter is really moving along on learning her alphabet and basic numbers. She turned 18-months old this week. She knows what tons of stuff are and will point things out when asked. Time to start teaching her what different calibers of ammo there are. 😉 She is kind of fascinated with ammo when I let her hold it.

    Poor thing was goofing around last night with her daddy and tripped over his feet (which are like size 14, no joke). She face planted herself. Luckily no dental damage, no perforated lip, but she did bust her upper lip tie. She’s OK. Just took her a little while to settle down with some hugs and cuddles. #1 daughter sent me a photo of baby about 20-minutes after the event and she was smiling with a bloody upper lip. Not too traumatic, I’d say.

    I received the iTarget system, downloaded the basic dry fire app, and bought the Quick Draw app too. I plan to play with it this weekend and try it out on both my 9mm and 5.56mm. I don’t really want to use it around granddaughter yet as it will just look like some old fool playing with a gun to her. Perhaps when she’s older, had some gun safety training, and knows what is actually happening, I’ll dry fire in front of her.

    I think a print anthology of previous articles would be a good idea. Maybe in downloadable format too. Personally, I would buy a print version so as not to have to rely on anything electronic. I am a Kindle addict, but I much prefer my important reference materials to be in print.

    • Zulu, you’re a good dude!

    • Z36, ouch, sounds like a tough kid though. Have fun with your new toy and ammo.

      • Thor1,

        Thanks. Yeah, she’s pretty tough. Her mom says she’s been just fine all day and acts like nothing was wrong. She even ate and slept more than usual today.

        I set up the iTarget system, but I’m having trouble getting the iPhone and the target to zero with each other properly. It works nice otherwise. I’ll horse around with it some more tomorrow. I think the problem is mostly operator error.

    • Zulu 3-6 ,

      Granddaughter is really moving along on learning her alphabet and basic numbers. She turned 18-months old this week. She knows what tons of stuff are

      My DD was the same way at about that age and I think it was a combination of a native high IQ; but, a lot of influence from older parents (we were 40) and all of the adults she was around. We didn’t talk baby talk and she was soon talking in full sentences. We also skipped the “terrible twos” which as I now understand it is due to the frustration of 2 year olds failing to communicate their wants and needs. It will be interesting to see how your little one fairs; but, it sounds pretty like you’re on a great track to me.

      Poor thing was goofing around last night with her daddy and tripped over his feet (which are like size 14, no joke). She face planted herself. Luckily no dental damage, no perforated lip, but she did bust her upper lip tie. She’s OK. Just took her a little while to settle down with some hugs and cuddles. #1 daughter sent me a photo of baby about 20-minutes after the event and she was smiling with a bloody upper lip. Not too traumatic, I’d say.

      If you are like me and the DW, we would rather get punched in the face than see our kids in pain. Glad to see it all worked out.

      I received the iTarget system, downloaded the basic dry fire app, and bought the Quick Draw app too. I plan to play with it this weekend and try it out on both my 9mm and 5.56mm. I don’t really want to use it around granddaughter yet as it will just look like some old fool playing with a gun to her. Perhaps when she’s older, had some gun safety training, and knows what is actually happening, I’ll dry fire in front of her.

      I am expecting a mini review when you get some experience and time, and for the child safety training, I highly recommend the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program. A carton video with comic and coloring books. Google “YouTube Eddie Eagle” and it will take you to the video.

      I think a print anthology of previous articles would be a good idea. Maybe in downloadable format too. Personally, I would buy a print version so as not to have to rely on anything electronic. I am a Kindle addict, but I much prefer my important reference materials to be in print.

      I’ve read thousands of books over the years; but, poor vision has really limited my ability to read print books, so as we get older, or into a SHTF situation where we may not have glasses, it’s one other option to keep in mind.

  21. I really like the book idea, nice to go back over stuff I forget. I also have the same type tiller, been lucky I guess, still runs great. Knock on wood. Finally getting snow, no wind with it, thank goodness. As for preps, ordered a couple dump truck loads of road base for the driveway, should be here next week, there goes the money, though worth it.

  22. Fantastic idea! Sign me up for a copy.
    I was hooked by your article of things to buy now and its follow-up piece.

  23. MD, if you have not used your tiller over the winter (I keep a garden going continuously), most likely your carb is fouled. I picked up a one gallon can of carb cleaner at Auto Zone. I pulled the carb off of the tiller and just dropped the whole thing in, without taking it apart. Left for 24 hours, pulled it out, blew it out with the air hose and put it back on. My 1964 Troybilt cranked right up.

    • Oren,

      I sprayed some into it but didn’t soak it in it. The repair guy said he would have it ready by Tuesday so it will work out okay, probably charge about $30 bucks though.

      • MD, my thoughts exactly. I inherited the Honda pressure washer from a friend, and evidently he didn’t shutoff the gas and let it stall because the float in the carburetor was frozen solid in old fuel. It was like concrete.

  24. Hi All-
    So thanks to MD for the free course and hope to see more. There is always something to learn from others. Also, thanks to Jesse for the recommendation on The Lost Ways…it came without a problem this week and hope to start reading it tomorrow. We picked up (8) MTM Crate Utility boxes in order to keep everything uniform. They are stackable and hold a good amount. I was able to secure (4) more packs of water purification tablets, and (2) packs of Survival Garden seeds for later on down the road. With all of the new crates, everything is finally in good military order lol. We have finally begun looking for new property in the area that we very much like and our son loves his school so we won’t keep him in the district. We are looking for 3+ acres but will sacrifice in an acre for a basement and garage. I also began to inventory with the help of the misses to package and store the numerous optics we have for the rifles. I am sure I sound nuts, but because most of them have rangefinders in them and other essential elements I decided to put them in a faraday cage. This includes well-wrapped batteries for all of them as well if they require batteries. The other major event I took on this month was to ensure that each one of our weapons has the necessary spare parts required times 3. It was undertaking and a bit of money, but I feel comfortable everything is set to take care of any weapons problems that arise. This includes back up cleaning supplies that have been stored for long term. A local shop decided to close its doors, I was able to pick up (2) 1 gallon bottles of gun oil for 50 bucks total. Needless to say, I threw my money at the guy and ran out the door. As for food and water, we added a bit more as usual. I have been researching Generac generators for the next house, that and if required a new wood burning stove if the house doesn’t have one. Taking time to do that as well as waitiing for nice weather, we have snow again the other day. We all had our dental check-ups and nothing bad to report. The final accomplishment was that my wife and I agreed on what plants to put into the ground this year for vegetables. Mike T.

  25. Sorry meant keep him in district.

  26. If I recall correctly, that how Foxfire books actually got started. A series of articles about Appalachian living by students at a well known mountain college’s English class, ended up becoming a book, then another, and another til they had 7 of them.

    • Foxfire started as a class project at a Georgia high school in the mid 1960’s.
      Students interviewed neighbors and wrote a series of articles, which turned into a quarterly magazine. I think I have a copy of that original magazine around somewhere. The magazine was turned into a book and then a series of books in 1972, the year before I graduated college, and started having money to buy them. The project was spearheaded by American oral historian, folklorist, writer and former educator Eliot Wigginton.
      I think that there are now 12 books in the series plus the 40th and 45th Anniversary Editions. I have the first 6.

    • Not a college but Rabun Gap Nacoochee School – grades Pre-K through 12.

  27. The Alabama Shoals – Franklin county is the Appalachian foothills – beautiful country, but not much flatland. NE AL more “metro”, & between Huntsville & Chattanooga. Guntersville is home to world-class bass fishing. Scottsboro is nice. The outlying small towns are even better. The closer u get to any of the lakes in North Alabama, the more u pay. Just over the AL line in mid to SE TN an excellent choice, as well.

  28. My comment disappeared, so, I’ll try again.

    I am happy to share that I found an ORGANIC CEDAR RUST BLIGHT treatment – JMS Stylet-Oil. I got mine from JMS Flower Farm out of Vero Beach, FL. Just order online. They seemed to have best price w/shipping costs lowest, as well.

    If u grow apple trees within 2 miles of cedars, u must treat for CRB – or plant CRB-resistant varieties, which, of course, I did not do.

    I admit, I’ve used nasty chemicals (capstan). U CANNOT mix this oil w/capstan.

    JMS Stylet-Oil will not harm honey bees.

    I also found organic Monterey Garden Insect spray, which claims useful against rusts. HOWEVER, it IS toxic to honey bees for 3 hours after application (until it dries).

  29. Prepared Grammy & OP – I opened my hives & guess what I found? An empty queen cage, a busy colony, & lots of new comb built! In both of them! Doing my happy dance!!!

    Have u heard this one? Use microfiber towels – such as from auto stores, stuff mart, etc. Lay them out flat. According to one bee biologist from Auburn, controls Small Hive Beetle.

    • Livin’, I’m interested in the microfiber towel trick. Could you explain further or give me a link. I don’t think we have small hive beetle but one never knows and it’s good to have a cure ready, just in case.

      • Sorry, Gloria, but I do not have a link to share. I attended my first mtg recently of TN Valley Beekeepers Assoc. They skype-linked to this prof, who did a teaching & Q&A session. I don’t recall his name.

        As I understood, just spread these microfiber clothes across the top of the hive’s vorroa mite board. Their legs get stuck in the fibers, & they die.

        Hope this helps.

        • i asked my brother . he says it’s like using the swifter pads in the hives.
          So the bees start tearing it apart to get it out piece by piece. Which fluffs it up. And then the hive Beatles gets stuck to it.

    • Livinthedream,

      Prepared Grammy & OP – I opened my hives & guess what I found? An empty queen cage, a busy colony, & lots of new comb built! In both of them! Doing my happy dance!!!

      I know exactly how you feel so I’m silently doing my happy dance with you. Congratulations.

      Have u heard this one? Use microfiber towels – such as from auto stores, stuff mart, etc. Lay them out flat. According to one bee biologist from Auburn, controls Small Hive Beetle.

      I had not heard that and our only problem here are Veroa mites that I’ve also not had; but, that’s good information to keep in the tool box should the need arise. These are the tidbits of information that keeps me coming back here.

  30. Good evening pack,

    Agree with the rest of the pack about the articles. Could call them The Creekmore Chronicles. All quality stuff. Maybe even have one for the reviews that Jesse has done. 

    Weather today was nothing short of wonderful. Blue skies, in the 70’s. Had frost most mornings this week and then rain a couple… Rain for the next 4 days.

    Went to the HAM study group last night. Went over resistors, schematics, power, and lots of math questions that I did well on. Unfortunately, the instructor said that there’s only 1 or 2 math problems… We have a great instructor.

    Didn’t get the mangos in the dehydrator… ARGH! Glad I bought them at different stages of ripening…
    Don’t think my fig tree is going to make it. It looked good when I bought it last fall, but not sure what type it is, and so I don’t know if I bought one that will make here in middle TN. Will know next time. Still need to get some mulberry and elderberry bushes.

    On job posting… I decided not to apply for it. There is too much stuff to have to go through. And next weekend I will be in FL for my brother-in-laws’, mom and nephew’s funeral/memorial service. The next weekend after that is the Great Appalachian Homesteading conf. It would cause me more stress than I can handle at the moment. Learned there may be a job opening where I am currently, similar to the one that was open, that may be a good one. It hasn’t posted yet, and will have to see what is required. I wouldn’t be under the same group of folks I am under now and THAT would be good. It was very crazy at work… Really, unimaginably stressful. Most I’ve ever had in 10 years of being there. Still not over all the goings on. Prayers appreciated.

    Set up a move to a smaller storage unit tomorrow morning. Took one cat to the vet this morning… She has lost a lot of weight over the last few months (even though she was only 8lbs to begin with) and has stomach problems, but eats like a horse and her coat looks good, drinks a lot of water, and beats up on her brother that’s twice her size. I just wanted to find out what’s up with the weight loss. No Diabetes, no Thyroid issue. Came down to best educated guess without doing an intestinal biopsy that she has IBD or intestinal lymphoma. The vet said that IBD usually eventually turns into lymphoma. She is 12 years old and considered a senior kitty. Treatment is the same, a shot of cortisol and Demerol. Don’t like those, but felt it was for the best at the moment. Will study up on it to see if there are some diet changes or additions I can do. The vet said she may need continued shots if her symptoms don’t get any better or if they get better and return. Said they could be needed every 6-8 weeks, or go as long as 3 months. She’s down to 5.5lbs now. They also trimmed her claws as they were sharp as needles. She’s doing okay except for the stomach issues. Funny story, she’s a feral rescue from about 1 year old, so very skittish. She had an accident (or maybe it was on purpose) while there… And they cleaned her up and put some nice smelling stuff on her… When she came home, her brother hissed at her, and still is after 8 hours… I guess he thinks she’s an imposter… Hope he stops that…

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

    • Almost There,
      It sounds like you have enough stress in your life, and really don’t need any more… 3 Memorial services in one weekend is more than enough… Had 2 at one time a few years back. and the 3rd was a separate event… We lost 3 parents within 6 months..in 15. We will be in prayer for you as you encounter so many changes and for your safe travels.
      If that cat was me, I/DH have pre-determined we will take no chemo or radiation should any abnormal growth occur. I would take a small dose of baking soda 2x a day every day for 2 weeks and see if i felt better, passed any unusual material….etc. dose for me would be 1/8tsp in 10 oz water….divide that dose by 5 or 6, and that is where I would start. OR Food Grade peroxide would work in filtered water… an adult of 180 lbs uses 6-10 drops in 3 oz water..ould try her on 2 drops in 3 oz filtered water. If you want more info on that get the free pdf, “the one minute cure” ..Your fur baby got her “odour ” changed, maybe from the medical treatment she had and what ever they used to clean her… he does not recognise her.?.. is he blind?

      • AA,
        Thanks for the info. I don’t think I can get anything down her, but may try. She is so thin, and grabbing her behind the neck is kinda cruel since she has NO body fat… I could see about the peroxide in the water. They have such a great sense of smell, not sure.

        Yes, she got her odour changed, and evidently he didn’t like it. He’s a little better today. It was very weird how he acted, but my sister said it was common when one comes home from the vet… He’s not blind… He didn’t even sleep with me because she was on her dog bed at the foot of the bed… Oh well, his loss… Maybe he will change his mind tonight.

        • Almost There,
          I hope you get the job once it’s posted. There is nothing wore than stress and drama at work. I don’t miss that part of working.
          I hope your kitty gets better.
          Big Hug

          • Thanks Terra. It’s stress and drama every day. Have an interim boss, that was once my coworker and he’s causing a lot of us undo stress. Today on our huddle call, another person gave him down the road on the call, so I was glad to hear it’s not just me. We are all tired of it. He plays both ends against the middle so he can move up. We don’t like to be micro managed… We all do our job well.

    • Almost There:
      Prayers coming your way.

      • Thank you Moe.

        • At least I know I can still visit when I’m in that area! Lol! My friend still talks about how much fun we all had!

          • 🙂 Yes, we had fun. Come over anytime.

            • Babycatcher,

              At least I know I can still visit when I’m in that area! Lol! My friend still talks about how much fun we all had!

              On the subject of visiting and having fun, are you and the DH still considering the Dayton Hamvention (in Xenia) this year? It’s only a bit more than 3 weeks out (May 18-20). If you’re still planning on coming up and would like to perhaps stop by here on your way home, we should talk. If you email me your phone number and a good time to call, that might be better than here, or more emails.
              73’s & 88’s
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    • AT, prayers for all the bad things happening and that you and your kitty do well.

      • Thank you so much Thor1. Very much appreciated.

        Brother kitty is not hissing as much. Sister kitty seems to be doing well. Still trying to figure out what she will eat to put some weight on. She likes the Baby Bell cheese. Gobbles it down. They never get people food, but might need to go ahead and get some for her (and me). 🙂

  31. With luck our tiller and mower will start fine, now that we finally have some weather to start using them. This weekend is the first day of the season that is both warm and dry. Up until now everything has been cold and dry or warm and raining (e.g. muddy).
    This past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. Ran into trouble installing TurboTax on my Windows Vista machine as I’ve done for a decade. TurboTax now requires a minimum of Windows 7 and my Windows 7 and Windows 10 machines were not fully configured on the local network for printer access, so for the first time in my life, we E-filed for an extension.
    2. Our Honda CRV would not start on Monday morning and we finally located the root cause of an intermittent problem that has been bugging us, so hopefully this will be the final time we have this issue. Some connectors and having the starter rebuilt and things appear to now be working fine.
    3. Purchased two 3-pound dumbbells as the exercise regime continues and we start doing more at home
    4. Send a dead multiband mobile radio back for a warranty replacement and received an Amazon gift card in exchange. Now I have to pick out a new radio for the vehicle.
    5. 16 pounds cat food
    6. Ordered 4 Rogue Wireless 2200 mAh PowerBanks from woot.com

    • Only 16 pounds of cat food? That wouldn’t last us a month.

      • Y’all need to stop eating cat food….it ain’t that bad yet……LOL

        • Thor1 – Dry cat food has absolutely no appeal. On the other hand, canned cat food sometimes looks and smells better than some of the canned meats I’ve used. LOL

      • GA Red ,

        Only 16 pounds of cat food? That wouldn’t last us a month.

        That is added to the 40-50 pounds we keep on hand. Right now the problem is storage; but, we’ll be expanding that with another building now that the weather is finally warming up and drying out.

        • Ahhhhh… that makes more sense. We try to keep 5 24-pound bags of cat food in the rotation, but I end up buying 2 to 3 at a time..

        • If you treat dry dog or cat food, like grains, in storage it will last much longer…. dry dog/cat food can be frozen, then put in oxygen free bags/cans .. for much longer shelf life…I sprinkle a 1/4 cup of DE in every bag, just before sealing for long term… that tak care of any latent larvae, and intestinal paracites in the animal safely… by the time it is open is disappeared , via absorbing the oils…. mix well after you place it in…. I stir it in the top 1/3rd.. seal and rotate ..I plan it for 2-4 years rotation …since we lost one dog last fall it has extended the present supply….with low consumption of smaller animal.

          • Anonamo Also,
            Right now we’re only feeding 2 inside cats an about 5 outside (barn) cats. Our last pup passed in 2015 @ about age 14 about 6 months after her litter mate.
            We’re currently without a dog; but, do still have a horse, goat, and chickens which at this point are enough work & expense.

    • Just wait TOP, rain is coming your way…

      • Almost There ,

        Just wait TOP, rain is coming your way…

        It looks like we’ll be getting a little bit early this upcoming week. Highs in the 60° range with lows in the high 40° range. It has dried out enough that we’ve been able to get some outside work done. Tomorrow we’ll be picking up sticks and getting ready for our first mowing of the year; but, we’re still hopeful to get the tiller working on our little bit overgrown garden plot. The plan is to scrape the top a bit and then do “no till” planting with holes for each plant and a few rows for seeds. We also have to transplant some more blueberries.

  32. RE: Anthology. MD, I would save up for that! So glad to see you’ve just relocated, and I really like the additional emphasis on homesteading. Even living in the suburbs now, seems I always pick up some tip or inspiration I can use. Wishing all of you the best as we head into Spring and go full bore on the gardens.

    • Rain23,

      Homesteading is great even if we don’t fall into a WROL situation.

    • We call it urban homesteading. Might not be able to do everything we want but we can do a lot that many won’t even attempt. And there’s always something to learn.

      • GA Red ,

        We call it urban homesteading. Might not be able to do everything we want but we can do a lot that many won’t even attempt. And there’s always something to learn.

        I did some urban homesteading for about 6 years and even if you can only have a small garden or use containers, being able to have even a little bit of fresh produce is very rewarding and of course, Tasty.
        If you plan to eventually move to a homestead, all of these skills are also transferable and scalable.

        • Fortunately, our urban homestead is big enough for a 30′ by 50′ garden, so we are able to help feed some neighbors and our children. Still learning and getting things figured out on gardening, but that’s a good thing – learning.

          • GA Red,

            Fortunately, our urban homestead is big enough for a 30′ by 50′ garden, so we are able to help feed some neighbors and our children. Still learning and getting things figured out on gardening, but that’s a good thing – learning.

            That’s great on the garden. My urban homestead before I was married was a smallish corner lot; but, I did manage a 15×15 garden, plus some hanging planters. I also planted a pair of apple trees ( red & gold delicious). I sold that house back in 1994 and used the proceeds to pay off this place. When I drive past that big old house it now makes me sad, since the garden is gone, the trees that were producing fruit have been cut to stumps, and the house needs a serious pain job. I don’t know who owns it now; but, from my few times driving past, they have to be soulless people.
            As for learning, even a few containers on a patio can produce fresh food and do take some care, and learning to prepare or store that food is also a transferable skill for those who yearn for more land in a rural setting.

  33. M.D. a book sounds great. The Best of or as mention a Fire Fox type series. Also thank you on the free courses.
    As I have not posted regularly, in the last three weeks , I have been given two cord seasoned fire wood, green wood from downed trees compliments of nor Easter # 2 of March this year. Spring clean up around yard, tilled garden, transplanted seedlings from starter trays to pots. Built a compost bin behind the chicken house and duck pen which is next to the garden. Removed the last stump from trees that we had felled several years ago. That ten cord lasted us thee years. Active shooter courses being given around here for free. Trying to attend one but they fill up quickly.

  34. I am sitting here at 3:00 am feeling discouraged. I have a large homestead like many of you desire but I can’t enjoy it. I was a potato farmer here for 25 years. We grew spring potatoes that are harvested in late April through May. It was exciting to start harvest and see how good we had done that year. So for me April is go time, even though I had to sell the farm twenty three years ago I still get the urge to work. Last April I got busy and using a large backhoe knocked a bunch of tress around my place and then sawed up some of them for mushroom logs. All that work aggravated the compressed discs in my back and I was laid up for the entire month of May. Well, I have tried to be energetic again and now it’s almost as bad.

    To add to that Friday we went and picked up our 20 month old granddaughter and on the way back I stopped at Harbor Freight and got some things. When we got home I used our Red Rider wagon to help move those things from the car over to the garage. I took them out and was pulling the wagon back to were our tree swing is so my wife would have it to give the granddaughter a ride. I was pulling it with my right hand and was leaning over and turned to the right when my right boot caught a root. With no time to turn I just went down hard with my right cheek bone slamming into the packed dirt of my driveway. I haven’t felt such an impact since my last motorcycle wreak in 1970. I lay on the ground for a minute and felt old and helpless. I have a bad hip and fall sometimes but usually I am able to land on my hip and shoulder. This time I didn’t even realize I was falling until I saw the ground rushing at me. Here I am, my face hurts, my back hurts, but there is a ton of things I could be doing. Most of which I need to bend over to do, which doesn’t hurt much, and then straitening up, which feels like an ice pick stuck into my back.

    My wife is only 51 and will have to work for at least the next 15 years. At least I do have a few options. My wife’s father is eighty and his wife passed three years ago. My wife is going to inherit his place. He lives in a mobile home as old as mine but recently had the siding replaced and a good metal roof installed. It is on a one acre lot, There are a few neighbors but it is in an unincorporated area. I imagine it will still be many years before I have to make some decision, his two older brothers are still alive and in fair health.

    I am very good at being lazy and killing time but when I do decide to do something it is quite aggravating not to be able to do it.

    • Try reading Pete Escogue’s book “PAIN FREE”. It is great. There is hope for everyone. He was in the military and totally banged up and feeling hopeless when he decided there HAD to be way to get better. I have three friends who are greatly improved. All the best! We all need you to be up and moving again.

  35. i thin k i finally subscribed to the new site, wewill se if this works now.
    pruned my apple tree s at easter.
    this last week i started building a modified hugal bed, out of old horse bedding,mostly straw and poop.
    then started capping it with some finished compost, i couldn’t sell locally. i received my a.o.k, from my agronomist buddy. that i shouldn’t worry about any ecoli or salmonella contamination, on the juicier crops. if it doesn’t show signs of promise. i will just bulldoze it into my garden center and disk it under..

    i’ve noticed midway has started making their own ar barrels and other parts., under the name of ar-stoner. they have had some really cheap sales , down to about $89.. my next builds going to be a higher end.,extreme durabuility build…

  36. I have .22 revolvers which prefer Remington standard velocity solid point ammo (the gilded bullets) for accuracy, I have been unable to find any for years. I stopped at a Fleet Farm in West Bend, Wisconsin for some rope yesterday and found they not only had the ammo, but it was on sale, so I bought 1200 rounds. Left several hundred on the shelf for the next guy, though. Also got an ammo can for it, and shall stash it with our Wisconsin cache.

    Given the incredibly unreliable supply chain I’d be happy to have several times that in inventory. The days of correctly assuming a quick stop at the gun store on the way to the range would produce a couple or three bricks -and leave many more for the next guy- are long gone. When the supply chain is unreliable, best to maintain a substantial inventory.

    • Penrod, do you mean the golden bullets?

      Another wacked out kid went into waffle house with an AR15 and killed 4 people in Tennessee. He was from liberal Illinois…..#Ban Dems

      • Thor1,

        Got a link in moderation about that. Wacked out for sure. Went there wearing only a jacket… Went out wearing nothing… Bizarre. Reports are that he moved here only 2 months ago. they are checking out his house in Il now.

      • Yep. Haven’t seen any in years. I read some where that Remington sold the plant to Aguila or someone like that, so I thought the golden bullets were out of production or produced under the Aguila label…which I haven’t found in Hawaii either. Surprised me to see 100 round packs with Remington label on them. .22 has been so hard to find that for a while I was buying any brand I could find and just stocking up. The problem of course is that different brands shoot to different points of impact so can’t just switch brands/load but have to sight in all over for decent accuracy. Another reason to make sure one has a good inventory. I asked a couple gun stores in Hawaii how they sell .22 rifles and handguns when they don’t have ammo for them from one year to the next, and they did not want to discuss it. We can’t get mail order ammo in Hawaii so that option isn’t available even when there are stocks available on the Mainland.

    • Penrod:

      I agree. That’s what happened with me many years ago. All it took was a couple of times where the opportunity came to go shooting and there was no ammo available (or at least what I wanted) to get me to start stocking up. Since then “current events” have made that a continuing process.

  37. I’m sure you will hear of this soon if you haven’t already. Sad….

    3:20am…. The shooter was wearing only a jacket when he came into the restaurant. Reports at this time is that he shot 2 people dead outside in the parking lot, one was a cook taking a smoking break,, shot thru the window and then went inside and shot more people, 1 dead on the scene inside the restaurant and one died at the hospital. 4 dead and 4 injured. He paused to reload his gun, when a patron in the bathroom (not sure if the patron immediately went to the bathroom when it started or was already in there) tackled him to the ground and got the AR 15 away from him and threw it over the counter. The shooter got away, stark naked as he had taken his jacket off when he went inside. Still looking for him, helicopters, K9’s looking, but it is raining now. Said guy was from IL, and had “dealings” with local police there as well as Federal. The Waffle House has only been open for 6 months, and is only a 1 1/2 miles from last year’s church shooting. Things still unfolding. The Brady Bill folks already commenting…

    http://fox17.com/news/local/3-dead-4-others-hurt-in-waffle-house-shooting

    • How did they ID him ? And so fast ?

      • Thor1,
        I was thinking the same thing. They haven’t said… He drove his truck to Waffle House (witness outside in parking lot waiting a few minutes to go in, saw it all happen), and the plates are from IL. So maybe they looked up the tags and then the person who’s license matched the tags. They used robots to go into his apartment. Not clear how they knew where he lived if his license was IL. Someone called the police from an apt complex close by, when they saw someone running into the woods from the apartment complex with black pants on, no shirt. The search dogs had to have a break. Would think they would have had other dogs to take their place. But the same ones are going out again. Still raining, very windy, and turning cooler. They still haven’t found him. 2 patients are at Vandy, critical condition.

        • And of course, Jim Cooper calling for restrictions… Nashville area is Dem country. We only have 2 areas in the state that are. Memphis and Nashville.

          I get so ill with the news media wanting to interview the people that witnessed all this. They are all obviously in shock, but they just keep prodding… and asking stupid questions…. GRRRRRR!!!!!!!

          • WOW, the hero guy that grabbed the gun, had been shot along his arm from the window shots, grabbed the barrel of the gun when the shooting stop, and tossed it over the counter, and started pushing the guy towards the door to get him out away from everyone. He went to the hospital, got treated and then went to church… His hands are burned, superficial wounds on arm, and sounds like he has survivor remorse, as he was sad that he didn’t save more people. Very stoic guy. Wondering if he was in the military? He said it won’t change him, and cause him to have a different opinion of all people, saying not all people are bad.

            They just took the truck away.

            • Found paperwork in truck for apartment so they knew where he lived. All folks killed were local folks.

            • The reason he was on Federal radar was that he was found in restricted area at the White House last July, was arrested and they confiscated 4 guns from him at that time, including the AR15 that was used today. They returned the guns to his father, who then returned the guns to him. They’ve found all the guns except one.

              • Press conference. Correction, 2 guns still missing. was not arrested in July, but questioned and released, and firearms license revoked. got rid of jacket a block away, it had 2 more magazines in it.

                • Ok. last update. WAS arrested and charged for being in an off limits area in July last year at the White House, moved here last fall. Still on the loose

                  Guy who grabbed gun, college educated, works for AT&T, no military background. Had to make a split second decision on whether to live or die. Chose to live and fortunately was able to get gun away and others also lived. Has 4 yr old daughter. Very soft spoken and humble.

                  • At least the libs can’t really blame the gun, this guy was running around naked in a waffle house…. Screw loose ……

                    • Oh No Thor1. Jim Cooper (House member), and the mayor are already wanting more controls…

                      Guy is still on the loose. Bet they will find him dead by suicide….

                • Almost There ,

                  Correction, 2 guns still missing. was not arrested in July, but questioned and released, and firearms license revoked. got rid of jacket a block away, it had 2 more magazines in

                  Yep, he was from Illinois where they actually require a FOID and they revoked it an confiscated the guns he had registered. Looks like the registration process didn’t help here; but, some on the left are still trying to push such laws.
                  I personally don’t plan to give in, since like many here, all of my guns were lost in a fishing accident years ago.

                  • TOP, I’m surprised more fishermen aren’t shot by deranged fish armed with AR15’s…….

                    Bigger question would they ban fish?

          • Almost there; I read your post a while back about possibly moving to Johnson City. The whole area is very nice. You might consider even looking at Elizabethton, TN. Maybe 8 – 10 miles from JC., but much smaller and friendlier. And…a LOT of history there. Property is also less expensive. In any event, the area is much nicer than Nashville in my opinion. I considered moving there some years ago.

  38. We went out to our other property, to take extra wood on Saturday, and to do some cleaning up mowing the lawn , will need to get the gas can refilled today. Bought a couple of starts peas, cilantro, like everyone the weather, has been a big factor trying to get started we are cold and wet. Were starting to get sun and warm up mornings are still chilly around 10 in the morning is a good time to start working. Hubby, got the water turned on in the camper, we still have not taken the cover off we’re thinking of waiting until the first of May, to do it. I pulled all the outdoor furniture out to wipe down and got it set up by the firepit. Watch a you tube blogger, on how to recover cushions on a RV trailer, she explained and showed step by step, now I feel comfortable that I can do it we have a 1964 Oasis trailer, we’re putting back together we have been finding items from the 60’s it’s been fun and hard but stuff is still out there I just have to be on the look out all the time.
    We are heading back today to take more wood and I have the back side of our trailer to mow, we also bought 5 bags of bark to refreshen up the plant beds. Hubby, and I sat down to figure out what to do with both places and finally got a game plan together to build a small comfortable home to use as a Spring/ Summer rental , it’s really exploding with people, wanting to rent cabins, so I want to get going on it that can be a second income for us and when we retire we will still have something to fall back on, it’s paid for so it’s taxes each year and water/sewer and power.

  39. I like this site and would be interested in the articles in printed form.
    WM finally had 5 gal camping showers and got 4, 2 for the horse trailer and 2 for home outdoor shower. Cannot lift full bag overhead, hence two for each. Might be able to rig a small pulley though.
    The camping/endurance ride was a good test with heavy rain, hail, high wind, flooded and muddy trails. The horse pens were down at some point during the night, but the herd stayed in camp. We finished the 25 miles in respectable time, my horse passed the vet exam with all A’s, so I was happy.
    I made a cooler cozy from an old quilt with pink insulation panels held in place with elastic and it worked really well all weekend.
    Tried out a Comforttac ankle holster and ordered one. Very secure and works for open carry on horseback.
    I’m heading out to the annual highway 80 yard sale, hoping to find a few bargains.
    Best wishes all and keep stacking.

    • HB, drill small holes in a lid for a clear plastic juice container for a shower. Easily controllable and leave in sun for warm water. Have a couple more standing by and just swap the lids….Cheap shower…..

  40. gas is crap now days, corn gas eats rubber parts and molds systems, try to run real gas

    • roy w hunt & all:

      My ATV dealer is death on gas with ethanol. He says it brings his shop more business at the start of the season because people leave it in the fuel lines and carburetor and it gets gummed up. We now have pumps that only have ethanol-free presidium, which is all we use in our small engines (ATV’s included).

    • the gas is fine.
      the issues is, certain manufactures are trying to cut corners with lesser grade rubber parts , only to be forced back to the bettter quality ones.
      my local stihl mechanic, the last time i had my saw in the shop, said the rubber fuel line, had a hole eaten through it, from the gas. he also works on a few husqvarnas. i asked when was the last time he had a fuel line, needing replaced on the husqvarnas none recently, was his reply.
      i have worn out stihl chain saws, never to have a hose go bad. then on the next saw, had them go out once a year. then not have them go bad for 3 + years.. what happened? stihl chainged the formula of the rubber used… my current saw is a stihl 361, i cut about 17 cords of wood per year with.it. i believe, i’ve had it for 8 years. only replaced 2 sprockets/1 c clip/and possibly 3 fuel lines.

      now i do keep a spare fuel line in my kit, for less than $15 , that is cheap insurance, it will probably never go out again.

      • black,

        my local stihl mechanic, the last time i had my saw in the shop, said the rubber fuel line, had a hole eaten through it, from the gas. he also works on a few husqvarnas. i asked when was the last time he had a fuel line, needing replaced on the husqvarnas none recently, was his reply.

        I still have a Stihl 028 Wood Boss I purchased 40 years ago, and after a bit of clean and lube, it still runs like a top.

        i have worn out stihl chain saws, never to have a hose go bad. then on the next saw, had them go out once a year. then not have them go bad for 3 + years.. what happened? stihl chainged the formula of the rubber used… my current saw is a stihl 361, i cut about 17 cords of wood per year with.it. i believe, i’ve had it for 8 years. only replaced 2 sprockets/1 c clip/and possibly 3 fuel lines.

        Other than small parts that I stocked years ago mine generally needs nothing more than a good cleaning of the air filter.

    • rory w hunt ,

      gas is crap now days, corn gas eats rubber parts and molds systems, try to run real gas

      By real gas I assume you mean something with no as in Zero ethanol. I’m not sure where you find that. My tools all run fine with the standard E10 & E15, so far. On the chain saw end of things I’ve been slowly switching to battery electric (Ry obi) for the small stuff; but, my old Stihl 028 Stihl continues to do the job.

  41. repurposed our old entertainment center into a cold frame today. i might need to rebuild it later in hardwood, if i like how it works. i just need the klutter out of my house.

  42. Life liberty & Levin comes on at 1:00 am, I saw the earlier one partially it pertained to EMP, protecting the grid, nuclear defense. It was very good.

    • Thor1 ,

      Life liberty & Levin comes on at 1:00 am, I saw the earlier one partially it pertained to EMP, protecting the grid, nuclear defense. It was very good.

      I saw just a piece of it; but, it’s one of the shows I regularly record so I’ll probably get around to watching it tomorrow evening. The piece I saw was an interview with the Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the director
      Of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum Dr. Peter Vincent Pry who said that in general the congress is aware of the issue since these groups are advisory bodies to congress.
      The show is already available on YouTube:
      Fox News Today – Life, Liberty & Levin – Peter Pry 04/22/18 ( 10PM )

      • TOP, 2 to 3 billion dollars to protect American’s from an EMP or CME…..We have given that much to our enemies Pakistan…… Same with the wall. We also need to deploy the brilliant pebbles antimissile system. All of this should be immediate !!!

        • Thor1,

          TOP, 2 to 3 billion dollars to protect American’s from an EMP or CME…..We have given that much to our enemies Pakistan…… Same with the wall.

          I know and I suspect there is easily that much waste in many aspects of the Federal Governments expenditures. I heard that 2 billion number years ago and it really hasn’t changed much in years. Even if we place expedited orders for the main grid interconnection transformers and started stockpiling them it would help; but, the current lightning mitigation already in the system could be beefed up to make a significant improvement.
          One problem I had with the show is that Dr Pry is not an engineer and when he showed the telegraph key and discussed the Carrington event, he really stressed how this old gear could be destroyed; but, did not mention that it was all connected in a large grid of antennas e.g., metal telegraph lines. I still remain convinced that most small electronics that are not connected to outside wiring such as internet, telephone, power, or antennas, would still probably survive.

          We also need to deploy the brilliant pebbles antimissile system.

          As far as I know that system and its adjunct the Brilliant Eyes sensor system has not been in development since the mid 1980’s; but, with the advancement of computer systems that are small and amazingly powerful, I think it could be up and running in a few years, with the proper money and motivation. Unfortunately, many of our congress critters still act like elementary school kids fighting for turf on the playground.

          All of this should be immediate !!!

          Amen!!!!!

          • TOP, on a lighter note, I feel sorry for the Dr’s name and abbreviation. I don’t know which is worse. He is extremely intelligent….LOL

            • Thor1,

              on a lighter note, I feel sorry for the Dr’s name and abbreviation. I don’t know which is worse. He is extremely intelligent….LOL

              Peter Pry? Yea, I hadn’t thought of the abbreviation and do suspect he took a little ribbing in his time.
              He’s an intelligent guy and concerned with EMP; but, didn’t really know a lot on the technical aspects of things being a policy wonk; however, to convince congress to put the best interests of the country ahead of their politics, he’s probably the kind of guy we need in that position, since very few in congress really understand the physics involved, or for that matter, the basic financial math needed to balance a budget.

          • OP, I agree, particularly when the small items are not powered up.. Experiments conducted on automobiles were inconclusive, at best, although the EMP was much less than would occur from CME. Still, the worst auto tested would still start and run, although raggedly. Those worse ones started and ran well after the battery was disconnected for a few seconds, which in effect, rebooted the car’s computers.

            • Billy T,

              OP, I agree, particularly when the small items are not powered up..

              Being powered up should not be a factor, as long as the small items are not connected to an outside connection acting as an antenna. This could be a charger plugged into the wall, or anything that directly connects (via wire) to a telephone line, cable internet connection, or even the wired CAT-5 network wiring you would find in a home or office. The plan that I have implemented is to use UPS units as the first line of defense and used those to operate the power supplies for generic USB charging of Lithium power banks. These can then be unplugged when charged and used to charge the devices. Now that the weather is starting to warm up & dry out I’m hoping to get my whole house surge protection added to hopefully protect the generator and transfer switch. I recently received a 10,000 mAh Hiluckey Solar Power Bank to start playing with for complete autonomy for charging off grid. This unit was recently reviewed by Jesse M.

              Experiments conducted on automobiles were inconclusive, at best, although the EMP was much less than would occur from CME. Still, the worst auto tested would still start and run, although raggedly.

              That is my understanding and once again unless connected to the grid during an EMP or massive CME with something like a float charger, the wiring is unlikely to intercept and deliver enough power to do much damage. For a CME the big advantage that they did not have back in the massive solar storm of 1859 (AKA the Carrington Event) is that we now have 24/7 monitoring of solar activity with the SOHO satellite and other sensors, and get plenty of notice (typically 1-3 days) when a Coronal Mass is Ejected and is determined to be headed for an intersect with planet earth.

              Those worse ones started and ran well after the battery was disconnected for a few seconds, which in effect, rebooted the car’s computers.

              No effect here, it actually reboots the numerous small computers on the vehicle network.
              We recently have the alternator rebuilt in our newest vehicle (a 2004 Honda CRV) and after the radio was “rebooted” the DW had to enter a portion of the VIN number into it to unlock it and allow it to work, so even our AM/FM radios have computer (microprocessor) controls that need to be rebooted or reinitialized.

  43. Haven’t been doing much prepping lately. Circumstances dictate otherwise. Hopefully I can get back to it within another month or so.

    Thank you Almost There and Moe for the prayers. They were greatly appreciated.

    Finally some warmer weather. Longest winter in many years, I’ll take 60 over 20 any day,

    Everyone stay safe.

  44. got up early this morning, ran the garden tiller for about an hour. started some more cabbage and cauliflower seeds. planted a pack of leeks , on the hugal-mound.

    • Thor1,

      Alert……

      /romaine-lettuce-warning/
      I saw that on all of the media outlets I watch and listen to. The last I heard there were 64 people ill in 16 states that included Ohio. They suspect the lettuce came from AZ; but, were still trying to nail down the actual source of contamination.
      Is there any other better reason to grow your own vegetables and have your own layers?
      I have a now deceased aunt and uncle that were stationed in Greece back in the 1960’s and they talked about purchasing produce, bringing it home, rinsing it with bleach, and then with clean water before preparing. Hopefully it won’t come to that here.

      • TOP, I heard of the Ecoli with the news agencies, but not a word of the salmonella from the eggs which is even more deadly.

        • Thor1 ,

          I heard of the Ecoli with the news agencies, but not a word of the salmonella from the eggs which is even more deadly.

          Actually I heard about both of them on the local news of our CBS affiliate, CBS This morning, and both Fox News and Fox Business. They even listed the lot numbers for the eggs; but, I didn’t pay all that much attention since we don’t buy eggs. They did mention one young lady who had been hospitalized after eating a salad at Panera Bread. and there was of course mention of lawsuits against Panera and their supplier.
          As for salmonella being more deadly, that would depend on several things. One is the strain of the E coli, since Esherichia coli O157:H7 can cause hemorrhagic colitis and hemolytic uremic syndrome, both of which can be fatal to the very young, the elderly, and those who are immune compromised.
          The other factor in both of these is what has been infected. In the case of the eggs, if they are thoroughly cooked that heat will also kill the bacteria; but, in the case of the lettuce, it is generally eaten raw without cooking, so the bacteria stay intact. Thoroughly rinsing the greens can help in this case. I remembered and did a quick search for an E coli outbreak back in 1993 that came from fresh pressed, non-pasteurized apple cider.
          Kind of makes you want to grow your own and cook everything until you’re sure it’s really dead.

  45. Heads up … someone posted they had first year garlic….and it was not doing as well as they wanted. garlic takes 2-3 years to give a big bulb… good article on backdoor survival site re: garlic. this am…

  46. Well, so much for plants from Gurney’s. Tried a few varieties of tomato, eggplant and peppers. Revived all in really poor condition. The jalapenos and 2 of the 3 sweet peppers seem to be getting stronger, but all the others quickly died. Ended up buying replacements at the local Home Depot for probably less than ordering. No issues with a refund from Gurney’s other than no one I spoke with spoke very good English. They were actually very pleasant….just wish all the plants survived!

    Heading back to TN next week to look at a few more properties and take a second look at the two parcels being re-surveyed. Although they look great, I’m not sold on buying into another development quite yet. I hope to find a few larger parcels that the wife will like and agree on. I’ll be expanding my search to north east Tennessee and north central Tennessee.

    • Mustang ,

      Well, so much for plants from Gurney’s. Tried a few varieties of tomato, eggplant and peppers. Revived all in really poor condition.

      I had a similar experience with Gurney’s a few years ago. The strawberries all arrived in a large clump making it hard to distinguish what was what and I’ve pretty much abandoned them. We’ll purchase from local greenhouses or from Stark Brothers where I’ve had good experiences.

  47. The paperback idea is perfect. I want one when it’s ready.