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  • #8682

    Daisy
    Keymaster

    This month, we’re going back to our roots and doing a Prep Every Day Challenge. We want you to check in every day with ONE THING (at least) that you did to become better prepared. If you check in daily, at the end of the month you will win a prize!

    This month’s prize will be a PDF copy of The Stockpile Cafe, my book on using stockpile items to make tasty treats.

    So let’s get going! What are you doing to prep today?

  • #8699

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant
    1. Can’t see in my frig and want to become more independent of it anyway, so every time I put something in (even if I had it out only a minute), I have to take 2 things out that are expired or spoiled. Have been doing this for 2 days now. My family is holding me to it. Once it’s “dejunked”, will clean it and re-evaluate everything I buy for whether refrigeration is necessary or not. Also clearing a shelf for more robust fresh produce.
    2. Making out February’s menu today – will be designed for using stockpile + fresh items that have to be refrigerated as little as possible. Darci Isabella has a shelf in her kitchen for fresh items that can last a week outside the refrigerator. Will be working on that, too, today. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCgYXaylM7I around minute 5:20). When I was in my twenties, I used to visit a convent where the refrigerator had broken down. The sisters were completely dependent on donations, and no new refrigerator arrived, so they decided they needed to learn to go without. People would donate fresh garden produce all the time, however, so they used up the more fragile items immediately and put the more robust items, like squashes, peppers, tomatoes in bins on the wall. They had no significant problem with spoilage because they used things wisely, and the meals were lovely. I want to learn to do that.
  • #8702

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    February 1

    Today I had a twenty gallon propane bottle filled and hope to be able to do one every month.

  • #8703

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Love this challenge. My plan for the month is to live off my pantry items and use up whatever is fresh in my refrig. I’m not going to go to the grocery store at all! This should show any current holes in pantry. I know I will miss fresh veggies but that’s where my start at indoor gardening may help a bit. I still have spinach and onions growing in the tool shed.

    Today, I bagged and vacuum sealed the veggies I dried yesterday: celery, sliced carrots, red and green peppers, and mushrooms. Focusing on learning more about preserving staples that don’t require refrigeration or the freezer is going to my number one goal.

  • #8708

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Twenty-six below zero last night and the water froze in the bathroom sink.  Snow blower had gas frozen in the carberator (sp?) so had a neighbor fix it and put something in the gas so it won’t freeze again.  So I guess that was the main thing for the day.  For supper- leftover bean soup and cornbread and cheesecake for dessert.

    Also worked on gardening info to organize it so it will be more useful in the spring.  Testing some seeds too for viability.  Gotta get the earphones to work so I can practice morse code.

  • #8710

    corsaire
    Participant

    Today I learned about the different types of nails; eg galvanized, bright, sinker.

    Tomorrow I plan to create my “sane space”; as the Kitchen is unusable due to the remodel, and I want a clean corner for my toaster oven, hot plate and coffee maker.

  • #8711

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Today I stocked up on some sale items at the grocery store.  As a matter of fact, only 2-3 items I bought were NOT on sale.  In addition, they blessed us with a $5 off any purchase coupon in the mail.  We also bulk ordered some cornmeal.

    My goal is to bulk order one item per month, preferentially one that is on sale.  Last month was black beans.

    I also put in our bulk health and wellness product order and ordered extra items there.  My goal is to order extras every month to have just in case. 🙂

    Wow, I guess it was a productive day.  I got a decent amount of housework done too.

  • #8712

    Metanine
    Participant

    Feb 1st: New Month, New Fun!

    Added plastic hooks on my front door in order to put a curtain in lieu of privacy screen. The vinyl we had did not last with this cold weather.  Bonus is that it will keep that area warmer, it’s a big glass pane inside a wooden door.

    We are traveling a lot lately, so we added more items in our Emergency Car Kit, on top of rotating the ones already in it. With the degrees going down, we added winshield liquid, wool blankets and extra clothes in a spacebag. Printed a list of items that cannot stay outside for long, like water bottles, and attached it to our other Car Kit that follows us wherever we go. Without that list, I would loose my bearings. Too much stuff to think about, that I would forget my head if it were not attached to my body.

    Have fun and stay safe with warmth

  • #8715

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Okay I’m up for this challenge!  Today’s prep is putting holes in the collected milk jugs and soda bottles to start seeds for the garden. I winter sow outdoors as well start some seeds indoors to be ready for spring.  I started a notebook to keep track of projects, things to learn, things to buy and inventory of preps we already have. I’m determined to kick up the preps this year.

  • #8725

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Whoa….y’all are off to a big start here in Feb ’19.  Planning to participate fully this month [not audit the challenge like January].  🙂   So today DH and I have been trying to record WHAT we’ve run low on due to the illness/almost illness.  Since we haven’t been going into stores much [to save energy more than anything] we have gotten low.  DH checked inventory on the illness-prevention formulas[ that he’s in charge of].  Making note to reorder and get those stocks back up….this winter isn’t done yet.

    I’ve been updating my Ongoing Master Shopping List.  I have really liked having that on my computer desktop….when I think of something, I can record it immediately.  I have low-tech scraps of paper/pencil in the kitchen.  That’s my other point of inspiration/revelation on things we need.  So I’ve made a separate List Subcategory:  Grocery/medical =  soda crackers, 7-up or substitute, ginger, honey, garlic, green tea, Gatorade powder, Brach’s [not Broch’s] lemon drops, lemon juice concentrate, cayenne pepper, …..  We always have some canned soups for exhaustion emergency food.  But if at all possible, I make my own soups/stews.  Freeze some for later emergencies.  Canning my soups would be better but….I’d need help with that now.

    OldMtWoman  ….glad to have had what we’ve needed.

  • #8727

    Mama cando
    Participant

    Don’t know if this qualifies as a Prep but got a manual pasta roller on clearance from BB&Y and was able to use the 20% off coupon on it as well, cut the price down to $20 after taxes. DH is on a low carb diet and this will help me make low carb chips, crackers for him as well as low carb home made pasta.My hands aren’t doing too good due to “Arthur-itis” so it’s hard to roll out the dough thin enough for the chips and crackers to crisp up.

  • #8733

    Type A
    Participant

    Might be a day late since it is after midnight 🙂

    My husband read an article by you tonight at dinner to all of us. He tries to read something each night and then we all discuss it.  So that is how I even heard about you!

    So – I have actually gotten everything out of the pantries and gathered it all together so I can combine things I have multiple of and make note of things I need more of.

    Its a long process but this will help me prep better because now I can see what I actually don’t have and not waste money on things I have plenty of.

  • #8738

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Day 2 of challenge, I’ve a big plan and just hope my energy holds out. Recently I purchased a special sale on six varieties of dehydrated soups in #10 cans by Auguson Farms. Well, I’ve learned that once a can is opened the product will begin to deteriorate rather rapidly. As I live alone, there’s no way I could consume all that soup in a timely manner. So, my plan is to put 2 servings of each soup in individual small Zip lock bags; then, I will put six of these small bags into a larger bag which I will vacuum seal with one of those oxygen thingies. That’s 12 servings of soup per vacuumed bag. Then I will put these bags into a five gallon can with a gamma lid on it. That’s my plan for today. I’ll report back how well the day goes.

  • #8741

    Xant Dewit
    Participant

    I fell of the wagon during the January challenge. I found it also a bit difficult to think of what I make from scratch which is most of our food. Even the granola I make are from whole oat berries which I flock.

    I have been reading up with daisy’s Financial book and stockpile cafe (I’m taking the course building a better pantry). Also finished my eco veggie gardening course and started my another course (bee related). I made honey propolis cough syrup and propolis healing balm. I bought a bigger car (an oldie but good one) and now I can put the sweet dog in a bench so she is not bouncing around while driving. I bought a couple of books about propolis, beeswax candles, honey wine and beeswax in general.

    This week and next week 2 papers are dues from my work related study. So have to do something about that.

    In februari I will continue with my food inventory and how to use the stuff I already have in my menu planning.

    Today I went with a friend to an orchard where the farmer didn’t pick all the apples. I got three bags. Will dehydrate and make apple compote. I also got some potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes. The lather will be made into soup and I will can that.

     

    Another reason I fell off was that I’m not so well health wise.  (My blood values are/were worrisome)February 21th I have an appointment in the hospital and they will check me before probable admission later on. What I did do was sign me up for the gym and I’m going there three times per week. Hopefully an improved overall condition will help the blood values as well.

    Steadily working on improvement. I will try to get on more often.

  • #8746

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Feb. 2: Made progress on emptying the frig of non-essential items. Putting food dehydrators right by the place for more robust veggies that can last a bit outside the frig, so I will remember that if I have a lot, I need to dehydrate them pronto. Setting up work station in utility room/pantry for both dehydrating and grain/bean grinding. Will try to remember to post a picture when it’s done.

  • #8747

    corsaire
    Participant

    Picked up the book “869 uses for old things” at the thrift store. It contains unconventional uses for everyday items. Its hardly perfect, but for the $2.00 I cant complain.

    @Xant Dewit So sorry to hear about your illness. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • #8753

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Warmer today.  Hot water thawed out.  Today I’m working on morse code.

    Leftovers for supper again, just different ones, cleaning out the fridge.  Also taking some time to refresh myself by listening to music.

  • #8758

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Today I started working on the pantry inventory.  I got the freezers done in January.  This month it’s the pantry.  I also dehydrated 4 bags of carrot slices I got at markdown at the grocery.  I am planning on some meals in a jar with some of the freeze dried foods.  I spent some time online today looking up instructions for making a solar cooker and thermal cooking bag as I’ve added both of these to my project notebook.

  • #8762

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Xant….have missed your posting.  Sorry to hear of your medical issue and pray you’ll be doing better and better.  Sounds like you’ve been busy tho!

    Corsaire….that sounds like an interesting book…can’t beat the price.

    Well FINALLY today we got a commitment to deliver hay for our critters.  We had someone back out on us in early January.  We’ve been hauling 3 at a time on the roof rack.  During our time of DH being gone, blizzard conditions and all sorts of stuff, THIS issue was very pressing since 3 bales does not go far.  Tomorrow, we’ll meet truck in barnyard and have to sled each of those many bales over to the hay shed….and THEN….all the pressing emergency stuff is done.  Usual stuff to maintain will always be there but no one dies….  {roll eyes}  ….if we get a siege of weather.

    OTOH….we haven’t been to a store since before DH left ….  Still have a bit in that half-gallon of milk.  Used up the last of the roast tonite.  Have cleared stuff out of freezers.  Not all….and may have to use up more there.  I’ll go on a hunting expedition to the basement freezers tomorrow.  Get something thawed.  This is actually overdue so being forced to use it up has helped.  Maybe if DH is feeling better by mid-week, he might make some bread.  He’s our baker.  But we eat his bread so fast….  LOL

    OldMtWoman

  • #8763

    grammy em
    Participant

    i’m in…late signing up–but i have been busy. on the 1st, i finished preparing a 400 sf garden. today, the 2nd, i began transplanting perennials to that garden–cranberries, ozark beauty strawberries, 2 blueberry plants, onions and garlic. have another small patch of winter wheat that i weeded. also, emptied one 6 foot shelf of my pantry, scrubbed the shelf and returned the goods, while inventorying the foodstuffs.

  • #8769

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Xant Dewit – I’m sorry to hear of your medical problem.  I hope you will be feeling much better soon and that your blood values will be good when you go in for your appointment later this month!

  • #8770

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Corsaire – Sounds like you got a great deal on that book 🙂

  • #8784

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Prep everyday challenge: I typed cooking directions for all the soup mixes I packaged yesterday -a copy to put with the bags in a five gal can and a copy for a personal  cookbook I’m putting together of my very most favorite recipes. I’m looking for ideas for using the six #10 cans rather than tossing them. They’ll find a home in the tool shed for now. Ordered new gamma lids for 5 gal buckets I’ll purchase at Lowes. This afternoon after my nap I plan to continue working a bit on my pantry inventory lists. 🙂 Goal is to have inventory completed by the end of this week.

    • #8803

      Coffee girl
      Participant

      @Muffy1938  use the cans for personal hygiene kits/ with small bottles of shampoo, hand sanitzer, razors, tissues, soap, towlettes, etc.  stuff them full of hygiene comfort.  Or make potty packs with tp and personal wipes.  And they make good rocket stoves or even just an alcohol stove and use heet in the red bottle.  it and firestarter can be stored in the can. if you do a web search, there are many good instructions and ideas.

  • #8787

    Littlesister
    Participant

    I am late on doing this. But anyway. It’s hard for me to keep up with challenges. But on the 1st. hubby had to cook collards for market, so that got him out of my way for a few hours to be able to go through papers and get boxes together to pack up books that I am giving away. Yesterday, I worked on taxes some more and paid bills. Utilities all seem to come in at once. All that got my hand hurting so bad. I had to soak it in the hot wax. That really makes my hand feel better and takes down the swelling. Went out to mailbox and here comes my neighbor running down her drive before I could get away.  Wanting me to keep the dog again after keeping her for a week already. I told her she really needs to find someone else to take care of the dog, that it is getting to be to much on me with having to watch out for hubby and his problems. Only thing he does now is cook collards for the market and I don’t need to be with him because they all know to keep an eye on him there. That is my only break. She is not happy but will get over it. Felt good to be able to come home from Church today and fix lunch for hubby and  without having to run across street for a while. Don’t think she took the no for an answer but I am prepared to let her know I will not be doing it anymore. Today I am just relaxing before going back to church tonight. Tomorrow I will jump back into the decluttering. It’s hard to give up some of those books. But I am working on it. Did get some oven canning done as well. So that is out of the way now.

  • #8789

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    February 2

    Late posting for yesterday because it was a hectic day.  My prep for yesterday was getting my washer to work off a propane generator and filling the washer by hand from fifty five gallon water barrels.  For me clean bed linens and clean clothing along with having an evening shower is an emergency.

    February 3

    My prep for today is ordering some whole milk powder, not non fat, but whole milk, so I am going to try Peak Whole Dry Milk and if that taste alright I will order some more.

  • #8791

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    After several years away, I recommitted to The Compact (rules here: http://sfcompact.blogspot.com/2006/01/new-years-resolution.html). No one has added to the blog in years, but the email group is still active. The reason I’m doing it is because I think it’s the best challenge for making sure I learn to barter and trade.

  • #8792

    corsaire
    Participant

    Printed out info on natural pain killers, and recipes for capsaicin cream

  • #8793

    Columbia River
    Participant

    The 1st was taken up with driving to the big city airport to meet son and acquire his rig and pets. They will be housed with us while he does a one year deployment.  Not personal prepping but definitely supporting large scale prepping.  And prepping my heart – this deployment isn’t as rough as some he’s had, but it’s still tough on Mom

    2nd I found a new granola recipe that I think will be a big hit.  Also researched a  “local” preparedness meeting and decided that given everything there really wasn’t anything of enough value to make a four hour round trip.  Meeting people is nice, as is learning, but I think I need to be dealing with the things before me  right now.

    Today I cleaned up and put away a huge bin of plastic blocks I found at thrift store and that was half price of the thrift store price so definitely a score. One of the things I want to have is activities for grandchildren who might end up at Grandma’s if it gets too bad in the cities.  Can’t go wrong with toys that require imagination.   Also was going to can some rice to have available for quick meals, but with everything being “somewhere-who knows where?” in our transition, I don’t know where my pressure canner is.  So I’m going to cook up a bunch and just freeze it.  (Love my instant pot). It’s not ideal but part of preparation is being flexible.  And I can probably do it one handed much easier than the canning  anyway.

    And I am starting to prepare myself for not being “all back to normal” in just a few weeks with this shoulder mess.  Probably my most important prep of all because I could slide into depression/despair if I don’t stay on top of it.

    And although we had snow for a little bit today it is melting off the roof  — dreaming of gardens

     

  • #8795

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Today was spent garden planning.  I worked on making self-watering pots out of 2 liter soda bottles.  My daughter and I got some potting soil and seeds.  So far we’ve planted a few herbs. Otherwise my only other prep today was stocking up on toothpaste that was on sale.

  • #8797

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Inspiring to hear what you all are doing!!!

    Today the hay truck arrived at 10am.  The guys stacked bales right near the gate while DH and I began two hours of sledding one bale at a time over to the hay shed.  I’d told the truck guys to leave themselves space to back out and leave…cuz it would take us a while.  They saw the wisdom of that.  😉  It actually went very well….cuz we have packed snow the whole route.  If we do this when it’s dry dirt, it wears me out very quickly.  With nearly zero resistance snow, I kept checking behind to see if the bale had rolled off the sled.  🙂  Poor DH still isn’t feeling well.  He wore a surgical mask to keep the hay dust out of his plagued respiratory track…and it did help.  But he had to keep taking rest breaks in the shed.  The WIND was blowing strong thru our valley…but I was too warm and welcomed the ventilation.  [Old ladies, y’know]  He’s the one who had to carry the bales up to stack…tho we only had to go about 4 or 5 high.  The shed is taller than it is big…to keep within the maximum before you need a county permit to build it.  But…we have hay til spring grass, hopefully.  It’s a good place for grass along the creek.  Real benefit of this location….despite a lot of drawbacks.  [this hay business was a LOT easier 20 yrs ago!!! Hmph!

    Thanks to Daisy for sharing her method of keeping rice bags warm.  Finally  I’m able to use my bag of old rice as a warmer/non-electric heating pad.  NICE!  I’ve had some old [uncooked] rice wrapped in the center of a ‘flour sack’ towel.  Closed it up with a rubber band.  But not having a microwave, I never figured how to heat it.  Oven took a long time.  I’d found it recently while decluttering and then read that Daisy puts theirs in a crock near their fireplace [or wood stove?]  Well duh!  I have a pellet stove and it does not get hot on the sides.  Only the front and top.  So instead of a decorative brass teapot on top, I now have a small SS bowl and plunked the rice bag in there….with a trivet under it.  PERFECT!  Very pleased.  Not too hot but stays warm a long time.  \0/

    OldMtWoman  ….gonna be short of energy for the next couple days but ….hay is in!

  • #8798

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    For Feb 3rd- Went to church this morning, hired a couple of guys to shovel off the roof this afternoon.  Snow is getting too deep up there on house and garage.  I looked up how long it takes to heal a sternum injury- 4-6 weeks.  Still hurts when I move wrong or cough, sneeze or hiccup.   Made an order for prep ingredients to call in tomorrow.

    Worked on Morse code again.  That will be an ongoing thing.  I go to LCWO.net.  IT has different ways you can learn by sound and pick your own speeds and methods.  I find that I can receive best if I go faster.

    Then I took a nap while super bowl was on.

  • #8800

    Anonymous

    Late to this challenge but just now read through all your posts and do not want to miss any

  • #8802

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    I doubt if I can post everyday, but I will jump in, when I can.

    Feb 1, it’s time to clean out the freezer.  I have two and each year I pull out the fruits and veggies from the year before and dehydrate them.  It cleans the freezer out and gives me plenty of room for new garden stock and farmer’s market finds.  I can any meats that are due to come  out.  Today, I started sweet peppers, green and yellow.

    Feb 2  Today, I worked.  I picked up some great deals on shrimp and crab meat.  Into the freezer they go.  I also got ten pounds of basmati rice half off.

    Feb 3  Bean soup and rolls for supper.  The hens are loving the warmth after such a cold week and I have EXTRA eggs for a change.  Those go in the freezer.  I did make a quiche and vacuum packed that for the freezer, also.  The dehydrator now holds shredded zucchini  from the freezer.

    Feb 4  The zucchini is almost ready to come out of the dehydrator and, when it does, I will be putting sliced zucchini and summer squash in.  I sprinkle garlic salt lightly on them and it  makes a great chip for snacking..

    I have gotten a couple of books that I ordered, one that was recommended in Prep Club “Making It, radical home-ec for a post-consumer world” and Tammy Gangloff’s “Dehydrated Meals in a bag”. that I had been wanting to get.  I dehydrate alot and wanted more options for the future.

     

  • #8804

    Mama cando
    Participant

    Hi all,  just catching up,  Saturday was baking day. Made DH a bunch of low carb snackies  for the game Sunday .He watches the game , I just watch the commercials LOL. Went to the store and added to the TP and Tissue stash because of the sale AND coupons Yeah!!Today is laundry day. Am getting everything done in the laundry cart (3 bags for sorting)Tomorrow will be searching out some more low carb recipes, printing and putting in the binder I started last Friday.Will be traveling this month to see oldest and the kids and hit the prep store by him,sorry can’t remember the name off hand, found it last time I was down there. Then on to FL to see my aunt (mom’s sister) and my 91 year old uncle(dad’s BIL) and the cousins down there. So I may not be able to get on here. Will try and let you know what I was able to pick up.

  • #8805

    Molly Malone
    Participant

    I got this email. Looks interesting. I am intrigued with using a sun oven, but have no open space.

    A Beginner’s Guide to SUN OVEN

    Date:  Tonight, Monday, February 4, 2019

    Time:  7 p.m. Mountain Time (9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CST / 6 p.m. PST)

    Duration:    60 minutes plus live Q&A

    Cost:  There is no cost for the class, but advance registration is required.

    Register:

    https://www.sunoven.com/a-beginners-guide-to-sun-ovens-workshop/?mc_cid=6372b7e996&mc_eid=f4d0fa1702f4d0f

  • #8806

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Working only half days because of shoulder and lots of physical therapy. DH found some store bought chickpeas that need to be used so will have some of my rice with them – didn’t realize how immediate that prep would be used. But I’ll still have 11 frozen servings in baggies.

    Today I’m going to get some depth to my vitamins. A chewable D3 for my sunshine (oh do I notice when the days get shorter – I also use a light but that’s a different challenge) and glucosamine for the arthritis where I broke joints in two fingers – really makes a difference. We have a very small “health foods store” in town and I like to support them but if they’re out there’s nothing else around. So this way I won’t mind waiting a few days to get a new bottle every month as I’ll have a nice rotating stash.  If they’re out today I’ll just place an order for several

    I’m also going to make some cold packs (made with water and alcohol) to leave in freezer for times when I need to ice sore muscles.  I have a store bought one but I leave it at the office

     

  • #8807

    Loving Life
    Participant

    I checked out of the forum for a bit. I hit ice and totalled my SUV. My only injury was to my pride as this was my first accident in over 25 years.

    Last week, I purchased a used SUV. The winter is rough here and you need a rugged vehicle, so I purchased a classic Range Rover. The first few days of this challenge was prepping the Rover.

    Feb 1. Bought Range Rover (2001 with 122k miles but nicely maintained),

    Feb 2. Took Rover in for service. Mechanic went over vehicle. Only a few very minor things needed (oil change, etc).

    Feb 3. Put all my prep gear (winter, basic survival including maps etc) in Rover.

    Feb 4. Read through last few days of posts that I missed. I had to catch up on the escapades of @oldmtwoman, @muffy1938, and others.

  • #8809

    corsaire
    Participant

    Today was a “aha” moment via Claude from ask a prepper. In blog he talked about homesteading when you are sick. As a person with a  chronic illness, and clumsy, it caught my attention. The biggest take away was the crash cart.  A multi drawer cart with every type of medical medical supply. Bring out the cart and viola.

  • #8811

    Littlesister
    Participant

    It has been a slow day today. I just can’t seem to get it together for the past 2 or 3 weeks like I need to be. Very tired. Something is going on health wise. Don’t see doc till March for test.  But I have been plugging away at going through books, clothes and other stuff to get rid of.  Tonight we had breafast for dinner. Eggs, a couple of left over sausage from the other day and hash browns. Homemade biskets and gravy. My hand is hurting so bad right now, I am going to have to work on getting swelling down again. So icepac and then heat for a while. I fear the joint replacement is coming rather I want to do it or not.

    Got a place in linen closet cleaned out to keep all my extra first aid supplies in there. That got it out of office/craft room/sewing room. I am half way through this room. Other bedroom is done. All 5 closets are now clean and organized. Hubby is collard cooking for market tomorrow. So while he is out of house I am going to try to get some dusting and floors mopped. Need to get bathrooms cleaned again as I always try to give them a deep cleaning once a week. So much easier to do when hubby is not here as he has asthma and can’t handle smell of bleach or any cleaners.

  • #8812

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Today’s prep was in the pantry.  I used some of the staples to mix up a batch of pancake batter and baking mix.  The first set of shelves has been inventoried.  One set to go.  I’ve made a list of items that we need to stock up on.  I’ll be looking for sales. There’s also a set of shelves in the basement with home canned foods that needs to be inventoried.  It’s not part of the regular pantry but also needs to be done.  I’ve also been trying to calculate the amount of empty jars it would take to can up all the meat in our freezers in the event of a long power outage as well the amount of propane I’d need for the camp stove. If there’s no power for an extended period I don’t want to lose two freezers full of meat.  Tonight I’m signed up for an online solar cooking class.  I’d really like a Sun Oven but may have to build my own for now as those things are pretty pricey.  It would be nice to have some experience using solar power for cooking.

  • #8813

    Columbia River
    Participant

    I took the sun oven course a year or two ago.

    VERY interesting information. If you can find the time I recommend it.

  • #8814

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Late checking in.  I will need to make up the lost days with double prep activity.

    Feb 2.  Ham radio club meeting.  Several friends were talking about how they learned Morse and how they practiced.  So, when I got home I looked up the most common letter combinations, and the 100 most common words, and saved them to my computer.  Also, found a site that will give you each of those words at different speeds.  The slowest speed is 12 wpm.  Too fast for me.  Perhaps I can reach 12 wpm by the end of the month!?!

    Feb 3.  Working on Morse Code each day.  I am using Ham Whisperer.com to learn the letters.  I am on lesson 6 of 11; three letters and a number each lesson.  I also found morsecode.scphillips  which allows you to put in the text, and it will convert it to code and you can hear it.  Too fast, yet.

    Feb 4.  One of my goals for this month is to cook from my freezers – both of them, to get rid of the dibs and dabs, plus the Fridge’s freezer.  They are stuffed!  Today, I made dinner from the freezer, Turkey ala King.  I had, in small packages: red peppers, sugar pea pods, reg. peas, mushrooms, turkey, chicken broth and rice: to which I added fresh onion and garlic, plus chicken boullion.  Cleaned out 4 plastic containers!  Now, what will inspire me for tomorrow?

     

     

  • #8815

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Corsair do you have a reference for the natural plain meds you printed?

    old mtwoman – I have a heater that is full of buckwheat. I love it. It’s made with what I call upholstery cloth or something like a softer duck cloth. It’s a tube with flat ends and with little rope handles on each end. If I put it around my neck I can grab the handles with thumb and fingers and hold it closed.  It’s also a great use for out of date grains.  I admit that I use the microwave for it and if I need to heat something on the wood stove usually just get water out of the pot that is always on if the stove is on and put it in the rubber hot water bottle. But sometimes want the other kind of heat so I will remember this trick. And I love to put the tube on my spine – it is really relaxing.

  • #8817

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Feb. 4: The Compact rules are already forcing me to be more creative. Started going through clothes today and needed some boxes or baskets for storage a la Marie Kondo and looked until I found some baskets that I could repurpose. Normally I would go out and buy something. Also verified that I already have the materials to a legal fire pit (so I can have an open fire in the back yard and practice 3-stone fire cooking).

    Dehydrating/grinding station not finished yet, but hopefully by Thursday. Will take a picture then. It won’t be perfect.

    Made inventory sheets for my food stores/ prep supplies so I can write down what we have as I go through it this month and find out where the holes are / make it all more efficient.

  • #8818

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Feb 4 Prep activity report. Spent some time working on pantry inventory which I hope to have finished by the end of this week. Worked hard to remove gamma seal ring from busted bucket and felt proud of myself when it finally came off. Unfortunately, ring doesn’t seem to want to fit on Lowes bucket I purchased yesterday. I watched a youtube demo on how to do this so obviously it can be done. My helper came today and she gave it a try but she couldn’t get the ring to seal properly. We’re wondering if perhaps the new bucket is the problem. She raises animals and has a lot 5 gallon buckets so she’ll bring several the next time she’s here and we’ll hopefully figure out what the problem is. Bucket or ring?

    She also was able to make the food saver jar vacuum thingy work properly so that’s a relief. I had made some dried Italian bread crumbs from a loaf I made several days ago that I thought would be nice to have in a jar. I’m definitely like a kid playing with a new toy.

    Good to see Cinnamon Grammy on the forum. I’ve always thought ham radio would be the coolest thing to get involved with. Maybe down the road that’s something I can put on my bucket list. 🙂 And, Little Sister, I’m remembering you in my prayers. Sure hope you can try to keep your spirits up during this rough patch. Remembering, this too shall pass. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Right? 🙂

  • #8822

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Cinnamon Granny- Have you checked out LCWO.net?  You might like it better tan ham whisperer as you can do so much with it and choose whatever speed you want.

    I felt a little under par today so practicing code is about it for today.  Also reading “Lucifer’s Hammer”.  IT s a long book with small print so going slow with it.  I haven’t gotten to the part where anything much is happening yet.  The weather outside is frightful.  IT rained all day (daughter was amazed that it rained HERE this time of year) and now its freezing- a good time to stay off the roads.

    Loving Life- Sorry you totaled your suv but glad you are okay.  Those kind of things are such a hassle.

  • #8823

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Loving Life…..whoa!  So glad you were all right!  Here we worried about you staying WARM but it was the icy aspect that got you.  🙁  Well, vehicles can be replaced and you’re fine.  Good!   [ @muffy 1938 ….she thinks we do “escapades” !  Us?  Must not be toooo old then, huh?]  😉   LOL

    Nanna Mike….good idea to have jars, propane enough to save the freezer stocks in and extended blackout.  We’ve all thot of doing that but ….actually calculating it is important.

    Lil Sister….sorry you’re not feeling well.  You do seem to still get a lot done [w/ hubby cooking collards] tho.  Take care of yourself and hope your medical appt will be productive.

    Cosaire…we’re finding out that since we’re “never” sick, we had let certain medical supplies go extremely out of date.  AND the both of us had to search and search to find the thermometer.  It WAS where we thot…but slid down a bit.  When ill/injured….not the time to search for things OR need to drive to the store.  Esp. us old, tired folks.  Good ideas.

    Mama Cando….safe travels!

    OldMansd….there you are.  Missed your posting.

    Well today was  S L O W  for me.  Hay day really wiped me out.  As expected.  We continue to cook/eat from the freezers and they’re beginning to look empty.  DH went to a store today.  First time in 2 wks.  Just the small closer one cuz he couldn’t afford the energy to go all the way into small town.  Prices generally higher but less than the C-store on the highway.

    Mostly he’d run out of the NyQuil-type stuff to keep him from being awake, coughing all nite.  We could have worked around the rest.  As long as he was there….and we have no plans to go to real grocery store til next week….he also got eggs, half gallon of milk, bread, potatoes.   Goodness…he didn’t pick up anything sweet?  I hope one of us gets some energy to make something then.  🙂

    Tonite was again: Heat Up Leftovers Nite.  I also baked about 7 potatoes.  I always do more so I have something to work with for other meals if I’m using the oven.  [like fried taters for breakfast]  So DH ate the last of roast meat/gravy with a baked tater.  I ate more of the stew…which is beginning to seem like it will last forever. Better than laboring over stove when I’m this wiped out tho.

    I’d baked more bacon last nite.  It’s from Ziplock repackaging I’d put in freezer years ago and lost track of it.  Trying to use all of them up….cuz they do have a slightly ‘off’ taste.  But still edible.  We had that with our breakfast eggs.

    Tonite I did walk the dog on the road…watching out for icy or sloppy patches.  Since I needed two support poles, I used a carabiner to attach dog’s huge retractable leash to my waist belt and we trucked along nicely.  Til I had to get us out of the way for a vehicle.  I spun her in quickly and scooted into ditch but dropped one of my support poles.  Dumb thing skittered down the ditch and nearly into our rhubarb area.  We ALMOST made it to our driveway with no vehicles.  I had to use dog for support to lower down into ditch to fetch the runaway pole.  [Repurposed broom or mop handle, actually]  But we arrived back in barnyard as DH was done with the rest of chores.  Both of us more than ready to get into house and stay there.  Got my exercise and ….stretching…for the day.

    And….I did something else preppy…and can’t remember WHAT.

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 1 week ago by  OldMt Woman.
  • #8829

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Muffy1938 – I know what you mean about the FoodSaver jar sealer attachment.  I did the same thing when I first got mine – rummaged through all my pantry shelves looking for more and more things to vacuum seal in jars, then started bringing home more and more dried foods from the grocery store because they’d just fit/look so nice in the canning jars, LOL.  Then I started keeping track of how much of each particular type of dried food I could fit in a pint, or quart, or half-gallon jar so when I shopped for new food items I could get enough to exactly fill the number of jars I had available without any left over beans, rice, etc. 🙂

  • #8830

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    I’m not actually participating in the challenge this month – just chiming in . . ..

    Littlesister – I’m sorry to hear you’ve been feeling so tired.  I hope you’ll feel better soon!

    Coffee girl – Thanks for mentioning the book by Tammy Gangloff.  I have her first book but didn’t realize she had written another one.  Have to put it on my wish list!

    OldMansd – Good to see you posting again 🙂

    Corsaire – Great idea about the medical ‘crash cart’ for home medical supplies.  Now I just have to find a closet to store it in, lol.

    Columbia River – I take Vitamin D3 also but year-round, not just in winter.  Since I had a squamous cell skin cancer tumor cluster removed three years ago, I basically stay out of the sun as much as possible and have to get my Vitamin D in other ways.

    Loving Life – I’m very glad you weren’t injured in the SUV accident!  Lucky you though, getting a Range Rover – it sounds great 🙂

    Molly Malone & Nana Mike – I’ve watched the Sun Oven online presentation several times and enjoyed it each time.  There are so many things you can do with the Sun Oven, and I figure if I watch the presentation often enough all that information will finally “stick” in my brain, lol.  I have a Sun Oven I got a few years ago when the company had a few available on their “demos & dents” sale.  The discounted cost was a good deal, and I really couldn’t find any visible damage to the unit they sent me.  It works perfectly.  If you get on the company’s email list they’ll notify you when they have another one of those special sales – seems to be about once or twice a year.  So far, I’ve only used my Sun Oven to cook casseroles.  I hope to bake bread in it later this year.  On a different topic, Nana Mike, you probably already know this but from what I’ve heard one pint canning jar holds about 1 pound of meat.

    Woodsrunner – Very sorry to hear about your sternum injury!  I hope you’ll feel much better very soon.  I’ve read Lucifer’s Hammer 3 or 4 times over the years.  As you can tell, I like it very much, lol.  I think you’ll find that if you can stick with it a bit longer, the pace of the plot picks up a lot.

    Cinnamon grammy & Woodsrunner – Congratulations on working so diligently on learning Morse Code!  You’re inspiring me to get off my duff and finally get my basic HAM license and begin studying Morse Code myself. I just have a Baofeng UV-82HP unit though, nothing fancy.

     

     

  • #8831

    Anonymous

    Feb 4

    We finally got some snow here in Astoria….tiny little bit but was pretty. then it melted so that might have beenour winter.

    I went out and got a tiny snowball for my wife and dropped it in her hand….she was glad to hand it back and did not throw it at me.

    Been working on my leather more and am learning more and more.  May post a couple of pictures tomorrow

  • #8835

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    Feb 5  HA!  I have a few minutes before I have to leave the house, so………  Dehydrator is still going full steam ahead!  added onions and celery from the freezer and took off the zucchini chips.  I can’t find a bucket of solar electronics that I know I have, so more organization is needed in the storage room.  I need to label better, apparently.

    Going to the feed store,  Stocking up on feed while the weather is decent.  Carried in fire wood, because everyone is feeling under the weather this week, so I’ll do it for a couple days.  I’m actually the only one that isn’t feeling rough.  I keep telling DH that I’m to tired to catch anything.

     

  • #8839

    Littlesister
    Participant

    First: I want to thank everyone that has wished me well.

    Second: Just want everyone to know that I am thinking of you and praying for good health for those who have been suffering with colds.

    Loving life{ I am glad you were not injured in that accident.

    woodsrunner: Hope you are doing better as well.

    Now off to what I have been doing all day. Got up at 5:30 to get hubby out door to go cook collards. Then I started back on the office/ junk room at this point. I have packed up 7 tomato boxes of books I have already read to go out. The rest I organized onto 2 shelves that I haven’t read yet. I now have a shelve for all my canning books. Much better as I can now find them. Changed the room around a bit to make it easier to work in. Still have a lot of papers to go through. Most of it is things I am working on like receipes I got off internet that I want to keep as I do try them out.  Need to go through all of that to put in my binders. Seems like a never ending job that I will never see the end to as I am just so slow getting it all done. Hubby got home early at 10:30, comes in and sits at desk where I was working to play a card game on computer. Right in the middle of what I was doing. So gave him 30 minutes and chased him out. Then about 12 o’clock I took him to subway for lunch so he would come home and take a nap. That will keep him out of my way. He’s so cute when he’s asleep. What can I say. He doesn’t know yet he’s cooking chicken and dumplings for dinner tonight. I have most things together for him.

    OK break time is over and time to get back to work.

  • #8841

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings to all.  Whoo, reading some of your posts makes me both very thankful for our health, and tired out thinking I need to get up and do more!  So many things happening with everyone.  Stay safe driving, relax and get over your illnesses.

    Vit. D: My Vit D is part of a calcium tablet, and I take it very day.

    Muffy:  I really like the Food saver vacuum sealer for jars.  It does not always work properly for me, so I just keep at it.  Eventually it seals.  I am going to put raisins and oatmeal in some jars today. (Separate jars.)

    Project 1 -Cooking from stores:  I am going to make a butternut squash, sage, bacon pasta.

    Project 2- Morse:  More practice.  I will check it out more thoroughly, Woodsrunner.  I like using multiple approaches to learning. It also makes it stick better if you challenge it.

    Ham Radio:  If you can, do it!  We joined the club in Nov 2017, got our Technician licenses in Feb. 2018.  We spent Saturday at a club meeting and realized, after a year, how open, friendly and helpful everyone is.  We know who knows most about which subject.  There is always a helping hand or insight.  For a bunch of people from multiple walks of life, and ages ranging from 17 to 93, it is a really good group. Maybe because I was new and naive, they made me Secretary, then added me to the Board of Directors.  I warned them that I knew nothing, but they just smile and say that’s a good and different perspective.  Or perhaps they just like that I often bring cookies.

    It has been snowing all morning, but not accumulating much.  The bird feeders are getting colorful.  The Goldfinches and Purple Finches are getting brighter.  Them all on a feeder with cardinals and woodpeckers is a nice thing.

    Snowing and cold, so, I am organizing my recipes.  I copy recipes from the internet that I like.  They are put into a document, by type, and I put a list of contents on the top along with the page numbers.  That way each recipe is easy to find.  When I make one that we really like, I add it to a file labeled, “Our Favorites,” along with notes about when and how we made it.  I am also looking for recipes that can be canned into a jar as a full meal. One quart is a bit too much for the two of us, so I am buying more 24 oz jars.

    Time to find something else Prepper-like projects to do today.  Stay warm and safe everyone.

     

     

  • #8843

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Today was about energy management, mostly my wood stove. My Vermont Castings Defiant is a beast, I love it.

    In another area of this forum, we were discussing woodstove, etc. It got me thinking.

    Not much to go wrong on my wood stove, but I did order a few small things for my stove, mainly some adhesives. I also once again have plenty of cast iron for cooking on the wood stove.

    Assessing the chimney, I have an uber efficient double 8 inch pipe, etc. If needed, I have all the tools for cleaning. As I burn seasoned hardwoods, the wood stove needs little cleaning. I do get it cleaned and serviced annually.

    The biggest thing is managing my wood supply. My acreage supplies much more than I burn. I burn about 2 full cords a year. The biggest thing is deciding how many years of cut wood to have stacked. I am currently storing about 2-3 years supply with about another 2 years worth of felled trees that haven’t been chopped up. How much wood do others store?

  • #8844

    Loving Life
    Participant

    I forgot to add:

    Yes @oldmtwoman and @muffy1938. I think the both of you have escapades! Lol.

    I am enjoying reading everyone’s posts, especially on how our prep is different based upon our locale. Much different prepping here in UpState rural NY versus @mollymalone in a city apartment setting (not to mention those closets).

  • #8845

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Hi all, just finished catching up on all the posts since yesterday.  Ya’ll have been busy!  I watched the Sun Oven class online last night. I really want one of those things but it’s going to have to wait till I can save up for it.  My biggest financial priority for this year is saving up to buy some land. Instead I’m going to try to build my own. I’ve found some pretty good looking plans on the internet. Today I found a big ugly picture in a frame at the thrift store.  The glass is the perfect size for my DIY solar oven and I was super excited to find exactly what I need for only 2 dollars.  I’m hoping very much to scavenge most if not all of the stuff I need to build this thing. I’m not that great with power tools (they kinda scare me) but I’m determined to get over it. Of course I can always go old school with manual tools if I have to.

    I’ll be working on the last of the pantry inventory this evening.  I really want to get it done before the end of the week.

  • #8847

    corsaire
    Participant

    @columbia River

    https://everydayroots.com/arthritis-pain-relief-cream.

    https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/herbal-pain-relief/

    8 ‘You Won’t Believe It’ Natural Painkillers

    Dr.Axe mentions Arnica. You can find creams and oils via Amazon or if you want just  the diluted oil. Mountain rose herbs carries it.

    And this came in my email feed this morning.
    https://naturallivingfamily.com/essential-oils-for-pain-roll-on/

    I need to get some plants in planters, and hence the quest for potting mix recipes, which I found.

     

  • #8848

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Feb 5  went to the library to order a new book I read about (they either decide it’s worth having and buy it or borrow it from another library) AND just inside the door have two small shelves with books for sale for $1 each

    I was so excited — I found a fairly new edition of the Ball Blue Book.  Usually they just have fiction. My canning resources are much older than this book. So I was excited about that find even though I don’t know where my canners are.  But they are making progress on the house so someday I can start uncovering my treasures.

    Low on energy today so I think my book will be my prep for the day and who knew it could take so much energy to recover from busted shoulder?

    yes I take d3 all year

    loving life – if you had to replace something I guess a car is a good thing but what a hassle  just when we get to know all the ways to make it run it goes and does a smash job  Be kind to yourself.  I have a friend that is so afraid of losing control of her rig again she cries whenever she has to drive and I consider her a really tough lady  PTSD happens with car accidents too

     

     

  • #8849

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Feb. 5: Took daughter to another post-op appointment and came home exhausted in the afternoon, so no physical prepping. Did read some materials on reducing food costs (a dollar a day type stuff – it’s another tight month). Hubby and I don’t have any work tomorrow, so we are spending the entire day cleaning and dejunking – hoping to get that dehydrating/grain grinding station done, finish going through the pile of clothes on the couch, and make a dent in the multiple piles of papers. So doing some careful planning tonight so we don’t waste time tomorrow.

  • #8850

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Woodsrunner

    Lucifer’s Hammer is well worth the read. It was probably one of the first disaster books I ever read and definitely one of the best.

    Maybe one of those page magnifiers would help.

  • #8852

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    I’ll keep sticking with “Lucifer’s Hamnmer”.  When I mentioned the small print I was thinking how long it is.  Haven’t got to the interesting part yet.  We bought another house nearby and the battery in the thermostat failed so the furnace went off in 20 below weather.  I had it plowed out and checked it- furnace off, pipes froze.  It was warmer today so 40 above in the house and pipe sounded like a torrential rain- so… I was mopping it up, turned off the water, called a plumber (after hours) and he got the furnace going again,

    Tomorrow, gotta go over and see if the toilets are busted when the water thaws in the tanks and bowls.  Sometimes I just hate winter.  Anyway no more damage can be done since the water is off and furnace is on again.  They didn’t look broken but if they leak I’ll just mop up.

    We did not know that the thermostat even had a battery.  Very dumb design.  In the house we are in now the thermostat is an old one without that problem.  How the heck do you know if the battery fails if you go away on vacation in the winter? Grrrr.

    Today baked bread and will do some more morse code.  You don’t have to learn it to get your ham license so I encourage everyone to get your license and you can learn it later.  There is even a website that has the questions and answers and you can test yourself to see how much you know.  Not too hard to get a technician license.  I was able to have time to study and got my extra.  IT gets more complicated as you go along  DH knows way way more than I do.

    I have a dehydrator but haven’t used it much yet.  A nice one for five bucks at a rummage sale.  I’m impressed with you who are doing a lot with it.  Another thing to get with the program with- mainly in the summer here.

    I use the vacuum sealed to seal jars with and sometimes it seals them so well I find them hard to open again, but I’m glad it works that well.

    • #8861

      Muffy1938
      Participant

      Question for Woodsrunner, others: when I put dehydrated items in glass jars and seal them with the vacuum sealer thing, should I also include one of those oxygen things in the jar also?

  • #8853

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Whew……I think FINALLY DH and I are improving on our respective microbe attacks.  And we do have different ones – hoping we do not exchange microbes and begin again.  Aaugh!  Using the thumper device to break up lung/chest congestion is helping a lot.  DH can sleep longer without coughing.  My glands do not swell up as much.  Keeping moving what should be …..

    Biggest prep was getting an inventory of what medical stuff we’ve recently used up…or didn’t have in the first place.  After this siege, we’re going to have to restock!!!  DH called in some herb orders today.  I’ve been digging out a couple of small packs of herbs that I take if I’m going on a trip or some extended stay with elderlies.  Counting the contents of both of those small packs, I have enough of what seems to be helping me most…till orders come in.  These formulas are similar but DH has gotten better results with his version of illness  and I had better luck with a different one.  And…..using old supplies and refreshing with new is a good idea.

    We’ll need to restock general stuff from Walmart, etc too.  Still looking to buy a couple [2 is 1 and 1 is none] of Fahrenheit thermometers without batteries.  The only ones DH could find are Centigrade, and while we can read them…we’re used to judging fever by the other system.

    OldMtWoman …all about evicting microbes!

  • #8854

    Mama cando
    Participant

    Today was a slow day. Got the Prepper blueprint book by Tess Pennington  and have started to read it. So far I have been doing a lot of what she recommends  through out my life but I’ve just started the book. Keep practicing with the Food Sealer (or as a friend and I call it “The Sucky Machine”). DH thinks I’m a bit kooky but I have a lot of dry goods sealed up. Just check the seals after a month or two just to make sure they are still sealed. Had a couple of jars  that came unsealed but I was able to use the contents (macaroni) right away. Made chili tonight. Right now we are having freezing rain should have started at midnight but is just now raining. Gonna make it tough to get out in the morning. I need to go to the farmers market for the fresh veggies. Will probably wait til the afternoon to make the trip, if they even open tomorrow. Thank you OMW ,we hope the trip down south will be uneventful but going through the hills might be tricky, especially after the past weeks weather. But we will have the GHB and water with us. As we are picking up Son1’s kids on the way down , I’ll be adding a few more supplies(food,water,etc) to it for them. DH thinks I’m just a worry wart but I’ve told him No GHB, I won’t go. Rather be safe than sorry as you all know.

    Stay safe every one and have a good night

  • #8855

    Anonymous

    Feb 5

    Worked on leather today and goofed uo so I learned how not to do it.  Been watching videos about using mylar bags and oxygen absorbers.  Ordered some and will get ready to try it out on pinto and black beans.

    Working on modifying our smoothies to help my wife lose weight better.  Going a little less carb to try and get to a healthier weight so we can do better in difficult times

  • #8858

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Feb 6 Prep every day…I’m getting a bit confused about where i post, either here or on the chat page….whatever, I am prepping everyday and it’s fun. Today, I’m finishing the inventory list of pantry items and it’s looking pretty good. I had opened a #10 can of tomato powder which I plan to put into smaller sealed jars today. I’ve made some whole wheat breakfast cookies I plan to put into small food saver bags and seal them to keep them fresh. I’m wondering how long they’ll keep like that without any preservatives in them. I guess they’ll keep better in the freezer?

    Had my favorite breakfast this morning: cooked spinach from my little indoor garden on an English muffin I made last week, topped with a poached egg, a dollop of mayo and smoked paprika….a small glass of V-8 juice….yum….

    I look around the world and realize how very blessed I am….a good thing for me to remember every day….could be so much worse. Ya’ll inspire me to keep on keeping on!

  • #8859

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    Feb 6

    I’m dropping out, I got the flu.

  • #8863

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Feb. 6: Got through pile of clothes! Yay! Part way through papers but have thrown out a lot. Dehydration/grinding station on hold until weekend. Papers and tax stuff more important.

  • #8864

    Anonymous

    Feb 6

    Worked on my leather today.  Trying to learn to cut a straight line on little pieces…I must be line challenged.

    As I try new stuff, I am learning how to repair stuff as well.  A good prepper skill.

    Here are a couple of pictures.  The one on the right I finished last week.  The three that need braiding I did this morning.

      

    And while outside taking some pictures for my wife’s etsy account  (she makes knitting project bags) I saw my humming bird feeder was low and had a guest.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • #8865

    corsaire
    Participant

    WoW nice work @OldMansd

    @Grannyjsmith. I hope you get better soon. Please keep us posted on how you are doing

    Dog food day. Yup my girl needed food and the petco was kinda out of my way, so I looked at Wallyworld to get a replacement. Then it dawned on me that dog food may not be a commodity readily available. So off the web to find recipes. Paleohacks had some easy recipes

  • #8866

    Prepperfan305
    Participant

    First check in of February. My family has been sick since the last week of January.

    February 1: my five-year-old got a tooth extracted. Thank God for modern medicine because the tooth broke and they had to dig for it.

    February 2: stocked up on diapers and pull-ups and wipes for my baby. Also bought some medicine for the kiddos so we wouldn’t run out.

    February 3:  Took inventory of the pantry and stocked it from the storage room. Updated the storage room inventory, and worked on a shopping list for when my store does case lot sales.

    February 4:  organized the bathroom and linen closets. Came down with strep throat and was able to take antibiotics as soon as i realized what it was.

    February 5:  had DH  run some errands and pick up extra Comfort items.  Have been taking note of what we need to have on hand for sicknesses, and what we go through fast so we always have back ups.

    February 6: Managed to Do some laundry and clean up a little in the spare bedroom. It has become a pile of junk as I’ve cleaned other rooms out.

  • #8867

    Littlesister
    Participant

    grannyj smith: Hope you are feeling better soon.

    OldMansd: those look really nice. Great work.

    Been kind of a down day today. Was going to go through some papers again but just couldn’t get myself going. Was to nice of a day to stay in. So went out walking. Though I had to make sure my neighbor didn’t see me as she would be hollering for me to keep dog again. Not sure if she understood I am not keeping dog anymore.  As I told her before I wasn’t going to do it any longer but it didn’t work. Kept dog another 6 months. So this time it is a firm no. I think about 4 years is long enough. Got eye appt. tomorrow and then taking my tax stuff to mail to CPA. I now have everything ready for him. Hoping to get money back as that air conditioner is still on the top burner. Need to get it done and out of my way so I can move on to other repairs.

    Prepperfan: Take care and hope you all get well fast. It is rough being sick.

    Muffy: You are so right about being blessed. Things are so much worse in other countries. We have been very blessed here. I feel I have been very blessed for the things we do have.

  • #8869

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Cinnamon Grammy- I checked out The Ham Whisperer and will refresh on that as well as use LCW.net.  IT does more than I had thought at first.

    Muffy- I don’t think you would need the oxygen absorbers with the jar sealer.  The jar sealer takes the oxygen out so no need to absorb what isn’t there.

    Another winter day.  Blew snow today because we are supposed to get a boatload tomorrow.  Went to town for milk and some supplies.  Will read in Lucifer’s Hammer and do more code tonight.

    Checked the other house- furnace still on but toilet tanks not thawed yet.  I hope they aren’t broke and just thaw out with no more problems.  Otherwise will just mop up and leave water off till we get pipes fixed.  It isn’t going to get any worse for now.

  • #8871

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Hi all, not sure what happened to my post but I’m going to try this again.  I had to work today so most of my prepping was of the of the research variety.  I did some research on rain harvesting in my area.  No ordinances against it here (hooray!) so that won’t be an issue.  I have been comparing prices in case I’m unable to source a barrel locally for cheap.  I spent some time with the seed catalog to place an order for spring planting.

    Supper tonight I tried out some freeze dried beef.  I want to make some jar meals but needed to be sure it was something the family would actually eat.  Got mostly thumbs up so I’ll definitely be making those.

    Muffy1938 I usually use an o2 absorber when I’m sealing up jars with freeze dried meat or dairy.  It mostly depends on what you’re storing and how long you want it to last.  I’ve been using the Foodsaver attachment on my jars for many years and can tell you that seals don’t always hold long term.  The absorbers give some added protection. I always use them for things I know I won’t use in 6 months or less.  Putting a paper coffee filter over powdery ingredients will keep the Foodsaver from getting clogged.  (ask me how I learned that one)

  • #8872

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Tried to correct a word and it all disappeared. Grrr

    i found more ways to make “ice packs” and copied for my folder. Going to try the corn syrup (will buy some tomorrow) because I think it would even work better than my alcohol/water mix which is more liquidy even with the freezing — but very glad to have found the alcohol mix.

    Also made huge pot of soup (with chopping help from my honey) but not retyping the long story.

  • #8873

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Muffy….yay for you!  Really using your new ‘toys’….er, I mean TOOLS!  And they are, even if they’re also fun.  I think Nanna Mike has the good idea of being sure with O2 absorbers unless you’re going to use it up soon. The sealers remove a lot of air, but especially with jars, they obviously don’t remove all air – or jar would collapse.

    O2….moisture…and light will degrade most things, of course.  So if you have any silica gel packs…even the tiny ones saved from vitamins or whatever…I’d put one of those in too for absorbing any moisture.  I always use them with any of my home-dehydrated foods.

    Everyone please remember that this sealing method does not take the place of waterbath or pressure canning.  [because it’s not removing the nasty microbes with heat]  Just for things appropriate/safe for dehydrating [then sealing up] or things that are dry already like grains, sugar, etc.  I’ve heard of folks shrinking down rolls of T.P. too. [take cardboard roll out]  LOL

    GrannyJ …..awwww, come back when that nasty ole flu is gone.  Pray you have a quick recovery!

    OldMansd….very neat!  You’re really coming along with this leather working.  You’d be able to fix bridles and such in desperate times.  Useful skill to develop.  Straight lines…leather wiggles!

    Today DH and I were just TIRED!  Feeling a bit better day by day….  Had weather here today but it kept switching from sunny to snow to sunny.  Just enough snow to make the smooooth ice hidden and treacherous.  Tried to scratch up enough dirt/grit to ‘sand’ those icy areas I found… but ground’s all locked down/frozen.   🙁  Dashed out to do chores during not-snow.   Read some prep articles.  Some political articles.  Keeping tabs on things…..

    Made up another roast/taters/onions so I don’t have to cook much while TIRED.  We can heat and lunch.

    OldMtWoman

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  • #8880

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    GrannyJSmith – So sorry to hear about your flu.  Hope you’ll be feeling better soon!

    Muffy1938 & OldMtWoman – I used to think it might be a good idea to put a dessicant pack into my vacuum-sealed canning jars of dried foods along with the Oxygen absorber I usually put in there but then I read the advice on apartmentprepper.com and packfreshusa.com (and other websites), which says that an Oxygen absorber actually needs a tiny bit of moisture present in order to function properly.  From what I understand now, adding a dessicant pack to a jar of already extremely dry foods could make the Oxygen absorber not work well enough.  So, I don’t do that;  I just make sure my dried foods are “crispy dry” and, before vacuum sealing them in a canning jar, I put them in a clear Ziploc-type bag on my kitchen counter for a couple of day, seal the bag, and periodically check to be sure no moisture condenses inside the bag.  If any moisture condensation appears, I put the food back in the dehydrator for another hour or so and try again.  If, on the other hand, no condensation shows up, then I put the dried food into clean, very dry canning jars, add an Oxygen absorber on top, place a canning jar lid/flat on top and vacuum-seal the jar.  According to the information on packfreshusa.com, if you really feel you need to add a dessicant pack as well, then they recommend that you put the dessicant pack in the bottom of the jar, add the dried food, and then place the Oxygen absorber on top.  Apparently that will reduce the chance that the dessicant pack will dry out the Oxygen absorber too much.

     

  • #8887

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Feb Prep every day report: Thanks Amy Dixon for the info re using oxygen absorbers in my jars that I seal! Today I finished sealing the rest of the jars of tomato powder and put labels on them. My helper lady came to day and based on my pantry inventory, we now have everything super organized (she has work experience in grocery store shelf stocking). Items that are opened and currently being used are in the main kitchen wall cabinets – spices, baking supplies, etc. or in the refrig as required after opening. Then what I call my short term supplies are on pantry shelves in the laundry room, Easy for me to see and reach. I bought one of those guizmos that help you reach things either up high or that you drop. It really works!  Then long term storage stuff such as a few #10 cans and multiple cans of various canned meats, veggies, fruits and the like are stored in some hard to reach base kitchen cabinets. I think it’s going to work really well for me. As I use things from the short term shelves I can replenish those things from my long-term storage area. My goal is to get to the point that I don’t have to go the grocery store at all but rather like a grocery store just keep things in stock as I use them up. Amazon, Krogers, and Walmart are offering a wide selection of food and non-food items via UPS. (Got a case of tuna and canned chicken breast today for long term storage.) Fresh things hopefully in time I’ll be producing in my little garden areas. Yeah!

  • #8891

    corsaire
    Participant

    More research as I am working on the place to sell. My kitchen consists of cabinets ( no countertop) and the microwave. The stove was discarded-worked, but was rusty;  as well as the dishwasher, which broke soon after I moved in.

    Cant wait to get settled and start canning, sewing ect.

    Today I learned about the different types of wounds and wound care.

     

  • #8894

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Didn’t get a lot done today as my oldest grandson came in from Texas. He is on a 21 day leave from Army. Just got back from an 8 month deployment. So we spent the afternoon with him. Still a lot of papers to go through and get in binders. Going to start on that in the morning again. So hubby and I are just going to take it easy this evening.

  • #8896

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Feb. 7: I’m afraid the only prepping done today was accidental – but boy was it informative.

    We finally had our house blessed today, and then had lunch with our priest and sat and talked for nearly 3 hours. Learned all about smuggling and hiding people “on the lam”. Evidently Father B. was quite active in the 80’s in smuggling Bibles and other religious articles into Communist Eastern Europe and the former USSR. The largest mass he ever celebrated was with around 3000 people in the middle of a forest somewhere in Ukraine – and the KGB were completely in the dark. Got some good tips….

  • #8897

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Today I ordered Pamela Ellgen’s The Ultimate Healthy Dehydrator Cookbook: 150 Recipes to Make and Cook with Dehydrated Foods  I’m also looking at another one

    My Honey dries what seems like tons of fruit every year (we have a LOT of fruit and nut trees) but I was intrigued by my granola recipe that said it’s absolutely beyond good if it’s dehydrated and some comments by other posters about dehydrated meals so found this and ordered it.  Of course now I have to wait until we can move into the house and start unpacking everything to find my dehydrator- maybe he’ll use it during harvest season and I’ll use it the rest of the year

    also the corn syrup ice pack texture is awesome  don’t think I’ll be using the alcohol/water mix now. all I did was pour about half a bottle of corn syrup in a freezer zip lock bag and put it in the freezer for a few hours

     

     

  • #8898

    Anonymous

    Feb 7

    Got some food grade 5 gal buckets today and bought sone black beans and pinto beans. Waiting for my mylar bags to show up so I can put some stuff into some Homedepot 5 gal buckets I also got

    have a nice evening

  • #8900

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    AmyD…..hmmm, hadn’t heard that about moisture/O2 absorbers.  Actually, I only use the moisture absorbers so I don’t have experience with the O2 ones.  I always use a silica packet in the dehydrated stuff that I’ve done.  I’ll keep it in mind if I ever used O2 absorbers.  We are quite dry here in the arid West…but with home grown veggies, don’t want to miss a piece that was cut  thicker and still has some moisture.  I also check them for a while, before putting them all away.  JIC

    Hieronyma…I’ll bet that was a very interesting discussion!

    About the only thing I was able to do today was begin the Shopping List.  I’ve got several scraps of paper that I’ve jotted down items….  And I still need to check my computer Master List.  It’s been nearly 3 wks now since we’ve done ‘shopping’.  DH did grab milk, bread, eggs when he went to get more NyQuil.  Unfortunately, he went to a store we don’t usually go to….quality issues.  I opened that 18 pack and found FOUR smunched eggs this morning.  He always checks but was so sick and in a hurry to get home.  Anyway, there is a lot we need to stock back up on….but if we had to, we could last longer.  If this frigid weather continues, no hope of our poultry starting to lay early this season.

    OldMtWoman

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  • #8904

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Doggone- I got quite a bit of typing done and it just disappeared, so here goes again, well maybe not all of it.

    I went to church for Bible study this morning- spiritual prep is necessary too.  Make a breakfast casserole for the breakfast for the Bible study and ordered heirloom seeds and made a big kettle of dogfood for the dogs.

    Worked on Morse code- a daily thing now.

    Copied what you guys said about sealing jars with food saver.  You have been doing more with it than I have.  I had done it in glass jars- the kind that came with jam or pickles in them and whatever they put in the inside of the lid really has sealed them well- so well they were hard to open later.  I had not even thought of using coffee filters with some foods but that sounds like a great tip and I will try it.

    OldMtWoman- IS the “thumper” you are talking about like the one that the doc hits you knee with to test reflexes?

    Columbia River- I never thought of using corn syrup in an ice pack- not so sure I would trust the zip freezer bag though, I’d be afraid of a big mess if the zip failed.  Maybe a sealer would be better?

    By the time its evening I can hardly remember what all I did during the day.

    Grannyj Smith- hope you recover from the flu very soon.

  • #8911

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Yesterdays prep was to locate the barrels for my rain harvest.  I’ll be picking them up this weekend.  I found 55 gal food grade barrels for 15 dollars.  I found another source locally for 25 dollars.  I still haven’t decided which ones to get.  The more expensive ones appear to be thicker plastic and have screw on lids.  Still investigating but I’ll be getting one or the other.  Next I’ll be sourcing the hardware for the system. There are kits available but I’m not sure if that will be absolutely necessary.  Today I’m buying Daisy’s water book.  I should have bought it a long time ago.

  • #8914

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Busy busy here with the getting used to my new “used” SUV. I am also back at the Philadelphia PA area house getting it ready to put on the market.

    With reading about everyone getting sick, I checked through my medical supplies and ordered more flu/cold supplies.

    @nanamike. My rain barrels are the thicker grade plastic. They have weathered pretty good. Yeah on getting Daisy’s water book. It’s one of those books that I pull out at least annually to review.

    @woodsrunner. I agree with needing to prep spiritually.

    @oldmtwoman. Sorry to hear about the flu. Feel better!

  • #8923

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.  Three days to catch up on.

    We are continuing to eat from the freezers.  I have several quart bags of orange melon.  Why, I wonder?  So I took out a pint of that and a pint of blueberries.  Should be a good dessert, after, the black bean “burgers” that were leftover.  Tasty and healthy.  The day before it was a bunch of leftovers in the Fridge.

    Hubby went to the store for just a few items the other day; only a $36. bill.  That consisted mostly of Tea (he does not know how much I have stashed), milk, fresh bananas, suet, and our weekly staples: snacking nuts, fig cookies, Sour Cream and Onion Chips, and Cheetos. (The chips and Cheetos are medicinal. LOL, to keep him from getting up every hour during the night to use the bathroom.  The salt, with the high blood pressure meds he is on, is not a problem because the only commercially prepared foods that we purchase are bacon and sausages.)

    Have you noticed how dull the flannel shirts for women are?  I have had four wear out (sleeves) this past year.  New ones?  Browns. Bold plaids. Yuck.  With temperatures again below zero, I decided to fix up one of my old ones. I had a purple and white plaid one with only one bad sleeve, but the body was a bit thin. I took the good part of a holey t-shirt and backed up the holey sleeve.  Then I put the body of the t-shirt over both sleeves to make it double layered, and another old t-shirt lined the back.  I made new cuffs, with elastic, plus a new collar from the body of a different flannel shirt – pink/purple.  When I wear this retrofitted shirt, it will be over a short-sleeved t-shirt and under a sweatshirt.  I will only see the pink/purple, and only worn around the house.  This took two afternoons.  That is fine; living on Social Security I have more time than money.

    I went through part of my closet the other day and pulled out a bunch of clothes that had accumulated in a heap, fallen from the shelves, – to be washed.  Most of which will be donated.  I found a favorite sweater that just needed a hole sewn up.  So I both rescued and will soon eliminate some clothes.  Yay!

    Little by little changes are made and stuff is eliminated or repurposed.

    Stay warm!

     

     

     

     

  • #8924

    Littlesister
    Participant

    It has been such a nice warm day today and the last one before the cold front moves in again, I decided to work outside today. Car was in bad need of washing and I was going to take it to the car wash but hubby said he would wash it. So he did that and it wore him out. But at least it got him out and moving around. So I cleaned the inside of the car. Then I went around and pulled weeds out of flower beds. Hard to believe the weeds have already started growing early this year. Did start to go through a few clothes but will get into that a little bit later as I am finishing up the bedrooms.

    Everyone stay well and for those who are feeling ill. Prayers go out to you for a quick recovery. Got to go soak my hand in the hot wax as it is hurting and very sore this evening.

  • #8925

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Today I ordered the Meals in a Bag book by Tammy Gangloff. to go along with my dehydrated food project that will happen when I get my food dehydrator again.

    I also told our Head Deacon about Sheepdog Seminars as one is coming to our area. The Deacons will be having a quarterly meeting and he will share. I think I might go even if they don’t. Nothing says it’s only for deacons or even church people – a large part is of special interest to those who work in schools  I am familiar with one of the instructors as I’ve read some of his stuff.

    And I continue to do my physical therapy in preparation for the day the surgeon sets me free (someday)

    the predictions for a lot of snow dropped somewhat so that’s good news

     

  • #8926

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Feb Prep daily challenge: well, I did several things I feel good about today that needed doing. I had opened some time back a #10 can of powdered eggs. I use them primarily for baking and they work very well. The large can however is hard for me to handle so I decided to put them into smaller canning jars and seal them with my new Food Saver jar sealer thing. All went well but then three of the jars refused to stay sealed! Arg…but practicing my patience, I resealed each of them; but, then shortly thereafter I would hear a little pop, check on them and they had once again lost their seal. Bottom-line, I resealed those jars at least four times and so far, fingers crossed, several hours later the seal seems to finally have taken. Technique issue perhaps? Practice makes perfect they say.

    Next thing I did today was rehydrate the mushrooms I dried last week to see how they turned out. Well, I was a bit disappointed in that they never regained their original size or softness I was expecting. Hmmm…I used them in a new recipe hoping further cooking might do the trick, but still not completely satisfied with results. Maybe the wrong type of mushroom? Try, try again is my motto, so next month I’ll buy a variety of mushrooms to see if there is any difference in how well each type rehydrates.

    So good to read all your reports. They keep me motivated.

     

     

     

     

  • #8928

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Hi All, Prepping today consisted of researching rain harvesting.  I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve wanted to do it for quite a while. I still have to decide how many barrels to get. I’m thinking of starting with two and maybe adding a third once I get the system set up. I purchased Daisy’s water book and it should be here this weekend. There are a couple of other books on rain harvesting on Amazon that I downloaded to my tablet to read.

    I decided that I really need to focus on my preps in order of importance.  That’s why the rain harvesting is coming before the solar oven.  I’ll still be making one of those but the water needs to come first.

    Agree wholeheartedly on the spiritual prep followed by getting physically fit which is also a priority for me.
    Muffy glad you finally got your powdered eggs sealed. This is one of those reasons I use the coffee filters on anything powdered. The FoodSaver will suck up fine particles that prevent a good seal. I’ve heard you can do the same thing with two lids on the jar while you run the machine. One lid would seal while the other is a barrier.

    After reading so many comments about dehydrating I’ve been inspired to do some myself.  I did some carrots a week or so ago but need to definitely do more dehydrating.  I can dehydrate plenty of vegetables and fruits and buy freeze dried meats to round out our meals.

     

  • #8931

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Today worked on some prep files and printed them out for binder.  Baked a ham that was on sale and will have a number of meals from that.  Some morse code work again.  Also a little inventory work.  That was about it for today.

  • #8932

    Molly Malone
    Participant

    @muffy1938 it’s been very interesting reading about your work with dehydrating, using the Food Saver and reorganizing your food storage. You sound so organized. I am hoping to get to that stage. I do have some freeze-dried food which is now inaccessible to me because it’s in a storage locker. Like i am going to be able to fight off the zombies to get to it in an emergency. It’s important to me to clear out these closets so i can bring my stuff back from storage. I also have a good supply of first aid items but all jumbled up in a deep box so i can hardly see what’s there. I want to put them into flat clear plastic boxes.

     

  • #8933

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Loving Life…..it’s GrannyJ Smith that says she’s stepping out of the challenge cuz she’s got the flu.  🙁   However DH had the Coughing Crud for 2+wks….almost over it.  I’ve just had invading microbes on the “doorstep” for the same amount of time – no cough, swollen throat glands and feeling a little ‘off’.  Dunno what it’s been, but I’m also nearly clear of the “attempted invasion”.  I’m thankful neither of us DID have the flu…it’s been quite rough anyway with all the rest of the things going on!

    Woodsrunner……RE: question about my mysterious description of ‘thumper’.  It’s more of a physio-therapy device.  It’s electric….plugs in to outlet and has two speeds.  Vibration to break up crud in lungs is one use.  Vibration to encourage lymph glands [like under arm pits] to keep fluids moving is another way we use this device.  It’s a vibration that is soft “thumping” rather than “buzzing”…..cuz ‘buzzing’ wouldn’t vibrate deep into the lungs, for instance. { I’M NOT A DOCTOR SO DON’T TAKE MY ADVICE }  😉   I’m just describing what helps us to move the fluids along so lungs or lymph system doesn’t get backed-up/congested. It does also help to unwind tight, overused muscles I have with my disease.  I also carefully use it on face for sinus clogging [my major headache cause] …but the ‘thump’ of this vibration, even on low setting, is kinda harsh for using on face. —- The only thing I found as an example to show you is on this link.  But it is far more aggressive ‘thumping’ than the device we use.  Far more.  But you might get the idea…. Google:   theragun.com   It has a youtube video to see it in action.  Looks like device would hurt tho.  😮

    Cinnamon Granny….we’re also still eating out of freezers.  I’ve wanted to clear them for a very long time.  Still haven’t been to store except the quick bread*eggs*milk run DH did along with his NyQuil. So we’re kinda forced into it…..it’s a good thing!

    Speaking of which, did you all know bacon that’s frozen in smaller packets in freezer in Ziplock bags gets a definite OFF taste after….years?  Couple years is ok but the long-buried stuff, I’ve decided to toss.  Taste is toooo ‘OFF’ and if it’s actually rancid, it should not be eaten.  {sigh}

    Muffy….  Mushrooms….I dehydrate the usual white button ones that come on sale.  The consistency I get when I rehydrate is more like canned mushrooms than fresh.  They do get quite soft and pretty much original size.  Have you tried using boiling water to rehydrate?  I use in scrambled eggs, soups, hot dishes, etc.   I love hearing what you are trying next!!

    MollyM …..I like the idea of clear tote boxes.  I’ve got many red totes and bags for medical stuff….at least it’s color coded and somewhat sorted by type of items.  But seeing what’s in it for some things would be helpful.

    Today’s prepping…..I keep a lot of extra water poured in our garage and house.  Some are in well-washed square juice containers.  But I have quite a supply of 7-up smaller bottles.  I keep a lot of them along the side-under my bed.  When I empty one, I reach under and grab another.  I drink water almost exclusively and a LOT in our arid climate.  Periodically I run a bunch of them thru a mild bleach/water bath and then rinse, refill.  I’ve been using these same bottles for years….cuz I only drink 7-up [and similar like Mist, Sprite] when I have stomach upset ….or pizza.  LOL  So I was doing a lot of refilling today.  We’re on a well and I like to keep most of them filled all the time.  If we lose electric….we immediately lose the water pumping system.  Unlike those of you on city water where the water pressure would last for a while, giving you the chance to fill up a lot of containers.

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

     

     

     

  • #8935

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    Feb 6-9

    I managed to find the solar electronics.  HA!  Way back in the corner, under the bottom shelf with the sugar.  I don’t know how that happened, but.  oh well.  I was gifted some venison.  They said they had too much?  Never heard of such a thing, but some got ground to mix with burger and pattied out for camp this summer.  The rest got canned, along with several rabbits the neighbors culled for the space.

    I’ve been on a dehydrating spree for several weeks now and I have enough of a variety to start putting together meals in a jar.  I love this, because it is dump and go meals that don’t require freezing.  I do the freezer meals, but have lost a lot of work due to freezer failure and power outages.  Dehydrating solves that problem.  The meats that go in the meals are canned,

    I’m not in this for the challenge.  I just like seeing what people are up to, and get ideas.  And help others in any way I can.  “Prepping” has been a way of life for me, all my life.  I never put a name on it until 2008, at which time, I really started to watch and decided to become a “prepper groupie”:.  I’m not an expert in anything, but I have done just about everything.  I mostly deal with keeping the pantry stocked and gardens and canning and chickens.\

  • #8937

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    February 9

    Nine days of having this flu and it is awful, dehydration, fever, chills, congestion, coughing, bad stomach, my whole body feels like it has been beat to a pulp, am able to breathe a little better today, hoping the worst of it is over. Many school districts here are closed because of this flu and our doctor’s office is so over crowded with people sick they are turning people away

    This flu is a lesson learned for me, prepare for unforeseen things.

  • #8939

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, all.

    Granny Smith, so sorry you have the flu.  Find some Elderberry Syrup.  It is supposed to greatly reduce flu symptoms.  I know Walmart carries it.

    Study: Elderberry Cuts Duration of Colds and Flu in Half

    OldMtwoman: We are also on a well.  We have dozens of juice bottles filled with plain tap water to use to flush the toilet. We limit use to just one toilet and only flush when brown.  No outhouse and I would not use it at -20F anyway.

    For drinking water storage, I clean the vinegar bottles with bleach water and fill with filtered tap water.  That plus keeping the tea kettle, a couple of real 5-gallon water storage containers,and our personal water bottles filled, gets us over the power outage, usually.  If necessary we will run the generator at the well site.  That is one issue I want to address – a hand or solar pump for a 200 foot well.

    Muffy1938 – Food Saver Vacuum sealer.   I usually use two lids because that seems to help seal better.  I only add a “filter” when I m sealing powdery stuff like cocoa or corn meal, or oatmeal what will cause problems with the vacuum sealer’s “hose”.  Since we do not drink coffee, I use muffin/cupcake papers in my jars.  They are just the right size.

    I am wearing my “new” flannel shirt.  I really like the heavier sleeves, thin flannel covered with an old t-shirt.  I also made them longer so my wrists are also warmer.

    Tomorrow, I get to see my step-son and his family to celebrate two January birthdays.   They will get the knitted/crochet hats and mittens that I made in January.  The mittens may be too large for the 12-year old, but, he will grow.

    My oldest grandson is having an event next Saturday for his BSA Eagle Project.  A sort of festival of nations, but a bit more high-brow than just food booths.  His charter school is only 40% white, and about that many different original languages and countries.  They try to celebrate diversity.  He still has several merit badges to finish before his birthday in March so I hope he is successful in his short time frame

    Prepping:  I have a TV in my sewing/craft room.  Yesterday, I spent time going through articles from magazines, and throwing them away, while catching up on saved programs.  I have always cut out directions , such as fancy Easter eggs, paper flowers, sweaters, etc.  It was time to discard.  I really did!  So many things I thought I needed to have, have actually become logical with old age.  Except for knitting/crochet directions, all were recycled.  Room!  I need room! for my yarn.

    Plus, hours practicing Morse.  Just getting the ear tuned is a challenge.  It was easier when the letters were just 2 or 3 dit dahs.  Not they are at 4 and it is confusing.  I’d blast a audio through the house, but I think it would drive me mad after a while.  Last Saturday, at our club meeting, I heard about a guy who could read and send Morse at 60 words/min.  No one can transcribe that fast, so he also learned shorthand in order to write it down.  Hmmm, another language? I think I will be happy with 20 wpm.

    Time to check the freezer to see what else I can cook up.  I noticed that when I make a dish,  there seems to be more containers in the freezer with the leftovers that I originally took out. I have a lot of frozen zucchini!  Any suggestions?

    Stay well, safe, and warm.

     

     

     

  • #8944

    corsaire
    Participant

    I made my own elderberry syrup. The organic elderberry prices were outrageous, so I settled on some non-organic ones from Poland. I didnt realize walmart carried it. Good to know

    Yesterday I bypassed the washing machine and hand washed some items using the water from my new dehumidifier. The humidifier is small and it get empties at least twice a day, so nothing was growing in it. Apparently the water isnt potable.

    Today, I looked for ways to make it potable. I didnt find anything dealing specifically with that water. I dont think your tabletop Brita will cut it. So a perhaps a Berkey water filter? If anyone knows please post.

  • #8947

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Prep everyday challenge Feb 9….busy day…baked bread using new recipe….one loaf in freezer….further research on how to seal dried foods in jars….went to liquor store in town to purchase a variety of liquors for “medicinal” purposes….some brandy, some scotch whiskey, some Kentucky Bourbon….not exactly sure how they would be used but I figure if things got really tough, even my sweet Baptist friends might welcome a swig….:) I’m being rascally and it makes me laugh at myself….Hey, I’m 80 years old and I suppose I can become a character if I like….. I might even decide to wear purple.:)

    Nite all…stay warm and safe!

  • #8948

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Muffy1938 – Please see my two posts (from a few minutes ago) in the February Check-In thread, in which I explain how I vacuum-seal powdered foods – sometimes with, and sometimes without, the use of a coffee filter  🙂

  • #8951

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Feb. 8: Didn’t post because didn’t have time. Worked more on breaking down goals for the remainder of February into concrete, measurable tasks – but while sitting in the doctor’s waiting room and emergency room. Daughter had a doctor’s appointment after lunch because the visiting occupational therapist and the visiting nurse noticed some problems and the fact that 4 weeks after surgery, she really should be doing better – and they called the doctor and the doctor called us to come in, pronto. I was glad about that. We had had trouble getting the doctors to listen. But the doctor ended up sending daughter to the emergency room for IV fluids and tests. We got home exhausted around 11 p.m.

    Feb. 9: Daughter doing noticeably better, but deteriorated a bit during the day, not enough for another emergency room visit. Went out and got electrolyte solution and forced it. She actually drank it all – with difficulty. Will be glad for Monday when we can bother the doctor again.

    Tried, and failed, to catch up on work because I wasn’t able to finish on Friday. But did discover Martha Stewart’s printable checklists. Really useful for organizing, and some for prepping, so I’m making a notebook. So far, they provide the best housecleaning organization lists I’ve found – actually doable, too.

    Also putting together a wholesale Frontier Co-op order for my buying club, which takes time. I need to finish tonight and confirm amounts for everyone, and also decide what to add to my preps this month. Wrote other things down to do today, but couldn’t even start. That’s life…

  • #8952

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Finally figured out where the cold air entered the cabin we’ve been staying in during the transition. Just have to sit around on a cold windy day and pay attention and then start digging. Hadn’t been home much other than to sleep the past few days so just had been cold.

    Found some slices of foam and a bunch of used plastic bags and covered the whole area around the seeping area. Since the wind has been blowing from that direction it made a difference almost immediately. Since the weather is to get colder it is our most effective prep to date. Long term probably need to do some redesign but it’s nice to get this fixed for now.

  • #8953

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    coffee girl…..too much venison?  Not!  We used to get whatever was left in our friends’ freezer when the next hunting season started.  A little elk, some deer, some antelope.  Yum!  We like bison too but that’s not a hunting season….it’s farmed.  With STRONG fencing.

    Cinnamon Grammy…..do they make a hand pump for a 200′ well?  Unless I’m mixing my numbers [again] , ours is around that deep and the mechanics of ‘lift’ wouldn’t do it.  Don’t go by me on this tho…  Numbers are NOT my friends!

    Corsaire….elderberries at Walmart….thanks, that’s going on the List!  Can you share your recipe?  Have you used it?  This is on my mind lately.  I think a Berkey will filter anything except possibly that weird algae bloom in …? Lake Michigan?  And maybe even that.

    Muffy dressed in purple [my favorite color, actually] buying bourbon.  🙂  Just a tip….the clear stuff is used to soak herbs to make medications.  Vodka?  Not my specialty tho we have some clear stuff.  Are you having more sunny days, my friend?

    Hieronyma…..praying for your daughter!!!! And praying that all medical folks will have their eyes wide open!  Glad the visiting folks were attentive and insisted she be seen.

    OK….low energy.  Read several prep-worthy articles.  Still sorting things out of freezers and into the stove.  Love lamb but not too experienced in cooking it.  Have some lamb shanks….roast, boil, ??  Thinking of roast in the cast iron pot.  Dunno.  Sorting thru a little clutter.  Had to walk the whole length of hose for getting water to horse tank, pulling it up to the surface again.  Snow drifting in WIND keeps covering it – sun must be shining to get hose warm before we attempt water flow.  Else one has a slushy…then a plug.  [horrors…trying to undo that problem in February!]  Had a good prep talk with life-long friend.  She’s been surviving the Midwest 2′ of snow…then the ice in MO.  Her chickens are not wanting to lay just now.  LOL

    OldMtWoman

     

     

     

     

  • #8959

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Hieronyma- also praying for your daughter.

    Molly- In my craft room I have sets of clear drawers.  That works for me.  Easy to pull one out instead of having boxes stacked but that’s just me.  You’ll get there.

    Grannyj Smith- sorry you have the flu and hope it doesn’t last much longer.  I realized that when we were sick (not this year) that we sure went thru supplies fast.

    Muffy- I’m 78 and I wear purple when ever I feel like it- one of my favorite colors too.  One Christmas someone brought some of those little chocolate bottles with booze in them.  The bourbon tasted real good.  I need to buy some vodka for tinctures and chaga.

    OldMTnWoman- I looked up the ‘thumper’ the price-Yikes.  I had never seen one before.  I do have one of those heavy back massagers that feels really good on your back when you’re tired.

    Cinnamon Granny- I do morse with earphones that way I can concentrate and DH can watch tv at the same time.  After a while you will be memorizing words by sound instead of just letters.  I will do some tomorrow as I did snow today and now I am too tired.

    So… today I made scalloped potatoes and ham and for prep I did research on essential oils.  Priced some from different companies and copied some recipes in my notebook.  I really like lemon-eucalyptus for bug repellent.

    Also ordered a gardening book someone mentioned.

  • #8960

    namelus
    Participant

    Use the lemon eucalyptus in soap recipe, it works well along with permethrin treated clothes and thermacells. 3 layer defense.

  • #8972

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Hieronyma Textor – Sending prayers for your daughter. I have had electrolyte problems myself. I know how that can make a person feel extremely weak and can cause their muscles to not work properly or to spasm. Fortunately, it is usually corrected once the electrolytes are back in balance.  (I mistakenly posted this in the February Check-In thread then realized I should have posted it here;  sorry for the duplicate post!).

  • #8973

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    GrannyJSmith – I’m sorry you’ve had such a nasty flu but am glad to hear you’re starting to feel better!

    Columbia River – Thanks for mentioning Tammy Gangloff’s book “Quick and Easy Dehydrated Meals in a Bag”.  I had forgotten I had a digital copy of it.  So now I’ve finally started to read it and am enjoying it already 🙂

  • #8975

    Columbia River
    Participant

    We were much warmer last night even though thermometer said 0. Some preps are urgent need and so glad we did that one before the temperature dropped although we have sunshine today.

    I ran across my emergency evacuation list and realized the list is from “before transition” when there was a semblance of order to our lives. So that got updated as best as possible today.  Had to also add a few new things to the list as we now have son’s animals and space heaters.  Don’t plan on evacuation (and it’s definitely not fire season) but prepping is prepping

  • #8976

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Just realized some of you may not identify with cold weather forecast — sunshine means no clouds. No clouds at night means no blanket for the earth and thus cold at night. We’ve basically had a mild winter but obviously not so right now and a very strong wind out of the north. I’ve found that generally the coldest weather for a block of time is with a full moon -especially if no clouds.  I didn’t pay that much attention to this stuff when I lived in warmer places.

  • #8979

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    This has been a busy weekend.  Yesterday I made up jar meals with canned chicken and beef.  Got two large bags of green beans to go in the dehydrator.  Got rain barrels and ordered the kit for putting my rain harvesting system together.  I was going to purchase all the parts separately but the kit was cheaper and included the drill parts.  Daisy’s book as well as the dehydrator meals in a bag book should be arriving today if Amazon is to be believed.  This afternoon I’m meal prepping for the coming week.  I enjoyed the January cooking from scratch challenge and am continuing that this month as well.  It really saves us a ton of money and time.

    Prayers for healing going out to everyone that needs them. Prayers for continued good health for everyone else.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  • #8980

    Columbia River
    Participant

    OldMt woman

    I’ve been meaning to tell you when I’m around someone who could share germs or I feel something “coming on” I use Oil of Oregano.

    Maybe up to a half dropper full a few to several times a day. It’s spicy hot but I stay well

  • #8981

    Josefina Arenas
    Participant

    Columbia R….I use oil of oregano, too.  It’s burns just about anything bad out of you!

  • #8990

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Feb. Prep everyday report: This has been a good day. I’ve accomplished some things but managed to pace myself so though I’m tired, it’s a good tired.

    The big project today was trying to get my favorite recipes organized into a special binder. I didn’t get it completely finished but far enough along I can see the end of the project. Couldn’t believe how many duplicate copies of recipes I’ve printed out through AllRecipes.com. The best recipes were those where I had made some notes about how I like them or tweeks I might try next time.

    I want to thank Amy Dixon for her really thorough response to my pleas for help in vacuum sealing my powdered eggs! I was able to get all but 2 jars finally to seal. Those 2 I’ll just use up first as the powdered eggs wont go bad, and as I noted I use them primarily for baking with good success.

    Hope everyone is staying safe and well….g’nite all

     

  • #8992

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Thank you so much to everyone who is praying and has given suggestions about my daughter. That has really been encouraging. GrannyJSmith – praying for your recovery.

    Today’s prepping task was researching and printing out articles on EMP/Faraday pouches and containers for electronics. I found the usual plastic plus aluminum foil or garbage can instructions, but also found these interesting projects for a phone pouch made of conductive cloth (https://www.instructables.com/id/Faraday-Cage-Phone-Pouch/) and a scarf with a built in pouch made of conductive cloth as well (http://tinwhiskers.net/signalobscura-the-faraday-inspired-cell-signal-blocking-scarf/). Of course, the point of the conductive fabric projects is to prevent unwanted entities from tracking you – which could be a worthwhile project by itself 🙂

  • #8996

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Well, I got busy and missed a day. Need to go back and do some reading on what I missed. I do enjoy reading the things you guys are doing to prep.

    I was watching the you-tube on solar oven. I do have one that I got a great sell on last summer but have not used it yet. So I want to try it out on a warmer day. A bit to cold right now to go out.  Got the car washed Friday as it was 78 degrees. So thought I better get it done. My hand has been hurting and swollen and yes the rain is coming both Monday and Tuesday. Still going through recipes. I have way to many. So lots to sort through to get in the binders. I also have an emergency binder I am working on as well.

    Hubby did something to his shoulder and it has bothered him the past few days. I kinda thank he slept wrong as it seems to be bothering his neck as well. I have done that before and yes it does hurt.

    Also went to church today and found out one of our friends has colon cancer. He just found it out Thursday. He is seeing the surgeon Tomorrow. His wife is very upset and not taken it well. We don’t know the extent of the cancer yet. But family is in our prayers.

    I am still praying for all those on here that have illnesses and such. Hope everyone will be well and back on feet soon.

    Hieronyma Textor thank you for that info. I am going to check into it as I to am checking out things on EMPS. I do have one trash can set up for such an event and it is already full of things I know we will need. I still need to get another one as well for other things I want to try to save from an EMP. So much to learn about it.

  • #8999

    Olivia Green
    Participant

    OldMtWoman
    lamb shanks; brown well in some oil on stove top. bake at 275-300. time depends on weight. at least 3 hours.

  • #9000

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Oooo, thank you, OliviaGreen.  I actually forgot about them and made spaghetti tonite.  Now I know what to do tomorrow.  🙂

    Woodsrunner….the back massager is probably closer to the device we use.  …I didn’t even look at the price of THAT thumper…  😮

    Tonite DH is at store after work to stock back up on the basics we’ve run out of in the past 3 wks.  Not a really long list.  The stock up for medical supplies will be longer.

    I soaked the wick of our humidifier in vinegar for hours today…rinsed and put it back in.  Used the same vinegar to soak the shower head….still soaking.  Did bleach/water to give the reservoir for the humidifier a good sanitize.  Don’t want to throw microbes into the air via the humidifier.

    Have just a few more things to use up from the freezers…..

    OldMtWoman

     

     

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  • #9003

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    I’m working on using things up from the freezer too.  Today went to church this morning, made some progress on Morse code, read Lucifer’s Hammer for a while- still haven’t got to the part where the comet hit. I’m a little over a hundred pages in.

    Also have some old cans and such in the cupboard and using them up and will replace them.

  • #9010

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    More dinners from the freezer.  I do not know what to do with all of the zucchini and kale I froze.  Ideas?

    I have three afghans started that got put on hold in order to knit/crochet the hats and mittens for family. I had decided that I would make baby blankets for future great-grandchildren; now, my goal is to finish up those that are started. I know I was pleased that my grandmother had made and put away an afghan for me.

    Plus, I am organizing the yarn by type and color, into clear Sterlite containers, to make it easier to store and find.  Some odds and ends will put into a car bag to knit while we are driving; hats and mittens to be given to shelters next Christmas. I just do not like to have my hands or brain idle.

    I kicked Hubby’s butt yesterday to push him into getting rid of old documents.  It is so easy to sit by the wood stove and read, or play on the computer.  Well, he found a lot of tinder.

    We must get more of our wood split today.  Temperatures will be in the 20s.  More snow expected overnight.  Minnesota was behind on moisture in January and is making up for it in Feb. Our neighbor plows our combined drive.  Thanks to him.

    I sat and tapped my pencil last night; learning letter combinations. Hubby is amused.

    Stay warm and healthy, everyone.

     

  • #9012

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Still working on binders and recipes that I have copied from different places. I have used a great many of them. But want to put the ones I use most often into a binder of their own to keep in kitchen.  Getting laundry done before the prepping for colonoscopy tonight. Going to be a long night. But will all be over in the morning. Then I can come home and get some much needed rest and then start clearing more stuff out. Trying to get to our closet to go through clothes. That is one job I am not looking forward to as it is hard to decide what to keep and what to pitch out. My office/craft room is coming together now but hubby just noticed my sewing machine is no longer in this room. I put it in dinning room under the window. He loves his formal dinning and living room. To me it is wasted space that needs a use. So sewing machine stays. I am not a formal person. No need for formal rooms. I can find a better use for those two rooms. We don’t even use the dinning room except for Christmas. And in after this coming Christmas my daughter will take over and we will be going to meet at her house. So the dinning room will just be sitting there. So I have two more rooms to use for whatever. Need to finish going through my freezer as well as I have some meat I want to can. Never canned ham before but got a good price on some and got 2 good size ones to can. Will be trying to get to that in about a month.

  • #9013

    Metanine
    Participant

    We’ve been so busy the last two weeks that I almost forgot to take notes for the challenge. Being that we are bound to travel a lot in the upcoming weeks/months, I am going through everything once again! Can be anal this way on certain topics. But I believe it can be a strenght more than a weakness.

    Just re-read an article about which blankets you should keep in the car in the Emergency Car Kit. I was proud to have added more blankets, but now considering adding at least two sleeping bags. They are quicker to dry. Plus it’s better adapted for our kind of Extreme cold weather. Luckily, found one at my thrifstore not long ago. It will do for now. My vaccuum sealed bags fit nicely under a carboard in the trunk.

    A family member was recently injured and will need surgery. Made me realize that we were not really fully prepared for that. My partner and I will assist in any way we can, meal prepping, organizing etc… Gives us a good practice run to know what needs to be improved asap.

    My to-do list seems to grow every day. My notebooks follow me every where we go. Jotting down every thing done, to read, to research etc… People are now used to see me reaching for one in my carry bag. I don’t carry a purse, hate them.

    Spent time teaching loom-knitting to more than willing kids. Their friends want to learn too, so that is scheduled to happen this Summer, probably on rainy days when they are bored inside lol

    Learning to mend more types of clothes. Got fabric glue and fuseable web as well as more thread bobbins. Not planning on only using duct tape for repairs, unless really necessary.

     

     

  • #9016

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Got an order placed with Azure Standard before the cutoff this afternoon. Needed more sunflower seeds to make a big batch of granola (there are some things I can do even with a busted shoulder) and DH and I started adding things we “could use more of” and so it grew.  Now we just need to show up later this week and pick it up.

    I told my physical therapist about the corn syrup and she said she likes either the alcohol/water mix or corn syrup and that the corn syrup definitely has a nicer texture.

    Therapist also told me of her experience dealing with before the storm shopping-only one loaf of bread left and it was pumpernickel and she didn’t think that would make good PBJs so she bought the supplies to make a loaf of bread.  Creative thinking wins!

    Otherwise enjoying the sunshine and glad for my cabin fix. The heat is out in part of the office so there are little space heaters everywhere and it’s so nice to be warm at home.

  • #9017

    corsaire
    Participant

    And good Monday to all

    Yesterday another aha moment from one of my prepper feeds. This talked about the realities of bugging out and bug out places. What struck me was the need to be super fit physically. Now to some that may not be possible, but I am thinking little by little, step by step.

    OldMountainwoman. The recipe I used for elderberry syrup came from Wellnessmama.

    https://wellnessmama.com/1888/elderberry-syrup/#wprm-recipe-container-203279

    I tasted it, but havent used it

    Elderberries was one of those hot commodities this fall. Prices were and still are high.

    These are the ones I purchased back in September.

    https://www.amazon.com/HerbaNordPol-ELDERBERRIES-Europe-Premium-Quality/dp/B07GSJGTLQ/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=elderberries+poland&qid=1549920225&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

    Today looked at the farady pouch project. The vendor link, wasnt valid as the company wasnt selling the fabric anymore.. Found another one though

    https://www.lessemf.com/fabric4.html

    Also looked at land to purchase. I dont need 9 acres, but a water source is critical.

  • #9018

    Loving Life
    Participant

    I have been busy packing things up in my Philadelphia PA house. I hate moving! I have been donating a lot of items. I am looking good for my expected end of April listing time.

    Combining my preps between the two houses will put me in really good shape.

    The last few days I have been reading various herbal remedy and essential oil books. I also signed up for a boot camp on essential oils starting Feb 18.

  • #9019

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Ok. I have to make an admission. I have been stockpiling supplies for my furkids, but I hadn’t done a full inventory for them . I finished the furkid inventory for my spaniels. Yikes. I have over three years worth of ALL supplies for my furkids.

  • #9020

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Cinnamon Grammy, thanks for sharing your interest in needlework and sewing. In times past I’ve done quite a bit of that sort of thing but gave it up for travel. Now, my traveling days may be definitely more limited so I’m taking a look again at what is in my supply room. I think making baby quilts for my someday great-grands might be a fun thing to start. Like you, I need for my hands to be busy….

    My prepping today was more of the same…putting things away in long-term storage, finishing up my special recipe binder, scratch cooking my meals.

    A pleasant surprise visit from my oldest sister today. She’s widowed now and lives several hours away so we don’t get together it seems that often anymore. But, I gave her one of the 115 hour candles I had bought back some months ago on sale and a pack of the six varieties of the dry soup mix I had vacuumed sealed. We also spent a little time talking about why we perhaps need to be a bit more prepared for the unexpected things in life. At least she’s thinking a bit more of what she might need in an emergency.

    The rain in my area is drowning us….day after day after day….and I noticed what may be a leak in my laundry room….oh, bother….but I’ll definitely have to get someone on the roof to check it out. Still, I’m warm, have a roof over my head and food in the pantry, taxes are paid, I’m relatively healthy for my age, so I’m focusing on gratitude. And, lots of super cool folks who post on these forums so I know I’m not alone in prepping.

    G-nite all…stay safe and warm those of you in the northern climes….

     

     

  • #9024

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Muffy1938 – You’re welcome!  I’m glad you were able to get most of the jars of powdered eggs to seal 🙂

    Hieronyma Textor & Corsaire – There is EMP shielding cloth available at Dr. Arthur Bradley’s website also:  https://disasterpreparer.com/?product=emp-cloth   but it might be thicker than you’d need for making pouches.

  • #9027

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Amy Dixon – thank you for the link!

    Daughter is significantly better today! 3 balanced meals and a snack or 2, and she actually took the initiative to make sure she had 8 glasses of water today – and even got up and made her favorite snack of peanut butter coconut raisin balls! I am ecstatic!

    As for preps, it seems like I never get to completely finish anything. Progress is being made, but I don’t have a picture of my grinding and dehydration station yet because it’s still not finished! Prepping time today was taken up, out of necessity, by a visit to the bank to take care of an item which will, however, put us on the road to better financial health. So that will have to count as a prep. For this year, there is a personal financial plan (for getting out of debt and developing stability), a business plan, and a prepping for collapse/disaster plan. They’re all related. At least we made some headway on the personal financial plan today.

  • #9029

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Namelus- When spring comes I will need all the layers I can get- we have black flies first, then mosquitos and also wood ticks.  Ugh

    Cinnamon Grammy- how about a casserole with zucchini, rice, tomatoes, onion.  hamburger, cheese and whatever else you would like in it.  I really like it.  The rice soaks up the juice from zucchini.  No exact recipe- I just make it up each time.

    Today went to town to do errands that needed to be done- no grocery buying as we will be going to a large city this week.  For prepping caught up laundry.  If it starts to pile up I think what if EMP.  Also worked on Morse  code words and read more.

    Have also been reading the Bible daily.  Sometimes I used to get busy and not do it for a few days so that’s my new years resolution.  The more I read, the easier it is and the more I want to.  Spiritual Prep.

  • #9030

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Cinnamon Grammy…..zucchini and kale?  I’d use some in scrambled eggs.  I’m always looking for different stuff for breakfast.

    LilSister…..ugh, good luck with tonite and tomorrow.  Then it will be done!  Unpleasant but wise.

    Corsaire….thanks for the link.  I’ll get that copied into my Lil Blue Book [things I might need most some day]

    Hieronyma…..GOOOD news on improvement for your daughter.  \0/ Tell her we’re all cheering for her.  Financial is always a good prep.

    Muffy…hope you can get some sunshine but a family visit does that pretty well too, doesn’t it? 🙂

    Whoa, we’re down to zero right now.  Must be a clear nite again.  The daytime isn’t too bad tho yesterday was much warmer.  I was not functioning for most of today.  So I sat in a chair and just reached for things in my piles to sort/discard.  I made some progress on throwing out old catalogs that inundate me during the holidays.

    AND…..I FINISHED SOMETHING.  {don’t ask home many half-finished projects around here…groan!}  A embarrassingly long time ago, I set out to repair a fairly good nylon knapsack.  But the seams were not sealed in it’s construction and a couple had frayed/ripped out.  I’d already done the hard part which is to seal those nylon seams:  Turn it inside-out and trim the frayed nylon edge.  Then carefully run the nylon edges thru the flame of a candle [ do outside on a non-windy day].  Try not to burn fingers or melt anything but the very edge.  Then the project sat by my chair for ….  >_<

    Today I threaded needle and began to sew up a small hole, 2 seams and replace a broken buckle.  It didn’t take long.  And something I could do on a sit-down day.  Thot I was on a roll and would get a small hole repaired in a tank top….or the really long-ago project of putting a patch over the knee of jeans [I need those jeans now] by hand sewing.  Easier than working a machine with heavy denim.  I have the two long seams done on the patch and most of a third.  Really, it can’t take that long to finish!!!  We’ll see.  It is a good skill to have…repairing clothing and such.  And yeah….not always with duct tape.  LOL

    OldMtWoman

  • #9048

    Olivia Green
    Participant

    OldMtWoman
    was a bit muzzy when i wrote about lamb shanks yesterday. forgot to say add a little liquid, either some water or broth. and put on the lid. for small amounts of shanks i used a dutch oven. for large, had to bake in 9X13 pyrex covered with foil.
    about 18 years ago discouvered this works amazingly with corn beef. no browning. just put in covered kettle with a little water. at 275-300* oven for 3-4 hours. it is pink like you get at the deli. all the flavor is intensified cause not simmered in water. very good.
    can’t figure time zone this forum is using. for me, it’s now 3:15pm

  • #9049

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

     

    Greetings, all.

    I had some leftover, soaked, beans in the Fridge for a week.  Checked and they smelled good, so I added some pint bags from the freezer:  parsnips (carrot allergy), zucchini, kale and mustard greens. Tuscan bean soup, with 6 slices of bacon instead of 1-lb of pancetta.   I asked The Forum and got two answers about using zucchini and kale from the freezer.  Casserole and scrambled eggs.  Can do.  Thank you.  The zucchini just seems to disappear into things.

    I have been going through a file cabinet of un-filed papers.  Today I started putting the ones I want to save into folders.  An entire grocery bag of papers to recycle.  I can only take a few hours of that before my brain cannot function again.

    I started piecing together the one baby afghan that it ready.

    My god-daugher is getting married next month.  Must think of a good gifts.  Getting married 150 miles away.  They have not had apartment so there are no furnishings.  Plus, they did not “register.”

    Now, time to practice Morse while the soup cooks.  Maybe I should have added more bacon.

    Take care and stay safe.

     

  • #9050

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Good news about your daughter, H. Textor….she is in our prayers….

    Feb everyday Prep report: had ordered new gamma seals which arrived today…found food grade 5 gal buckets offered by Lowes with free shipping so ordered 5 new buckets…Space organization is next big thing to think through….Also, ordered a few of those N95 face masks after viewing several youtube videos to get a better sense of what was best and also added in some disposable gloves for my emergency medical bucket….beginning to feel a bit sheepish about all this extra prepping activity I’m doing…one thing seems to lead to another….is there no end? hmmm….On balance, though, I’m finding these activities to be enjoyable and helps give me a sense of purpose and meaning for my days. I guess I’m also figuring that should there ever be a need, I have things to share with those who’ve not thought ahead to possibilities.

    And, it’s hard to believe, but somehow I stumbled across a FREE book to download, a post-apocalyptic thriller, Glimmer of Hope, and the book is actually set in my part of the world!!! Uses the names of real cities and towns I know well. One town I shop in regularly and the University that is an integral part of that community. Obviously, it’s fiction but it’s likely the scenario this writer has imagined is not that unrealistic. Quite sobering to put it mildly.

    Hey, the sun finally broke through this afternoon and it was lovely!!!

    G-nite all…be blessed

  • #9051

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Using up the last of this batch of potatoes as they are starting to sprout. In the transition we’ve lost our kinda sorta root cellar and produce doesn’t last as long. Not sure what I’ll do with them but they are cooking.

    Had DH pick up more tofu (not fooling with making it with busted shoulder). Went through all the grocery ads. Not a thing on sale that I want or need so “done” shopping for the week. Yay!  Well, we still have to pick up Azure order Thursday but I’m through -DH can do it when he drives me to work.

    Surgeon said come back in 3 weeks and basically told me this is not going to get well as fast as I want it too so just preparing my mind for a loooong medical process

    and DH is snow blowing as the snow just keeps coming down.  A lot of school districts closed today but we’re just on the edge of the worst of it.

    Thinking about how I want to arrange my favorite recipes in a notebook when I get my cookbooks again

     

     

  • #9052

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Muffy1938

    thanks for heads up about free kindle book Glimmer of Hope by Ryan King

    it says vol 1 but it’s over 400 pages. I can handle a series like that!

  • #9054

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Yesterday I stocked up on cheese that was on sale $2 off per package and purchased two chickens on sale.

    Today I roasted one of the chickens along with some frozen vegetables for meals tomorrow.

  • #9055

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Feb. 12: Daughter ate more than I did for supper. Now I KNOW we’re on the road to complete recovery. Thank you for all the prayers.

    In other ways, the day was a disaster. I lost a file I had been working on when my computer restarted without warning, and I had to start over. I had it saved, too, but it just disappeared. So now I am approximately 24 hours behind and have to ask all my clients for extensions. What a mess!

    Then there is the minor financial disaster we’re going through right now because cash flow went so low in December and January. Had a bit of a breakdown early in the day, but recovered, and we’re just pushing ahead. Still determined to follow the steps of the financial plan and lower our payments while getting out of debt. It’s going to take a lot of discipline and hard work, and I can’t have a meltdown every time there’s a surprise. 🙁

    Otherwise, no other prepping. Just more determination to do so.

  • #9058

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Hieronyma- just keep moving ahead.  We’re all rooting for you.

    Another zucchini and breakfast idea-  A while back when out of town I had an omelet at Denny/s with zucchini, onions, summer squash, tomatoes and I forgot what else but it was very good.

    About free kindle books- does anyone else get emails from Bookbub?  You can go to the site and sign up.  Most books cost a couple of dollars but there are free ones too- mostly for just a day or two.

    Today- stormy and I’m not feeling very energetic at all.  I dread going out and blowing snow again.  getting very tired of winter.  I may be fighting off something- have a stuffy head.  Anyway I’m reading again today and halfway thru Lucifer’s Hammer.  It did get more interesting, but a comet hitting is not my main concern by a long shot.  Still interesting how people may react.

    Working on Morse code again.  I was doing it a few months ago and got sidetracked but now I’m going to master it.

  • #9063

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Olivia Green….Yes!  Thanks again….the lamb shanks turned out WONDERFUL.  🙂  We love lamb but it’s been decades since I cooked it.  DH had gotten it on significant mark-down.  I browned in my heirloom cast iron dutch oven.  Then put into the oven with the lid.  Kinda thot that would be best.   I didn’t add any water but it was fine.  As happens with lamb, the meat pulled off the bone and was tender and cooked well.  It was a good surprise for DH when he got home tonite.  🙂

    Muffy….even if you don’t use your preps, someone in your family will find them useful some day.  We all actually hope we don’t HAVE to use them, but just for rotating our supplies and having them for daily use or minor emergencies. RE: free ebook….  I checked and found I already “bought” that book some time ago.  Haven’t read it yet so let us know how you like it.  Some of that genre are quite harsh to read.  Others…not so much…which I prefer.

    I scavenge for free ebooks nearly daily.  Have done so for years.  I’ll never read them all but have a huge selection to fit what I want to read.  I don’t get to libraries any more.   It’s fun to find the free ones….scavenger hunt.  😉     …..http://pamspriderecommendations.com/……. is a source of some free daily; some inexpensive ebooks.  Generally about dystopian scenarios …or how-to …or some western romance …or pioneer …or ….well, a variety.  But I keep overloading my Kindle For PC on my laptop….. {roll eyes}

    Yes, I’ve grabbed an occasional ebook from Bookbub too, Woodsrunner.  But don’t go there regularly.

    There is also the Amazon top 100 free ebooks list that changes slightly all the time.  [ But the covers of some of the books are enough to make me close my eyes!]   Still….I find a few good ones in my preferences if I check that every few wks.  I do check the reviews and descriptions to see if it’s MY type of book.  😮

    ColumbiaRiver …..shoulder incident in winter ….doesn’t sound like a good time at all.  Do be careful not to slip!   🙁

    Hieronyma……  Yay!! …. your dd is eating well.  🙂   As for your computer shutting down suddenly…I have a question:  Did your screen turn blue suddenly…with a message about having a problem and a  ‘colon’ plus ‘parenthesis’   type of sad face?    If so, that’s happened on my laptop twice recently.  2nd time just tonite.  And it does not restore me to pages I had open.  How very weird [and tragic]  that it did not retain your “saved” work!!!  I’d definitely be hopping up and down UPSET over that. 🙁

    So today…..I did quickly repair that annoying hole in the front of my tank top.  Not repaired well enough to wear out anywhere.  But will work for bed clothes.  And I pounded the loosened nail back in place above the dresser drawer so it doesn’t catch on anything else.  Didn’t get to the patch on knee of jeans….yet.  Been reading some of Daisy’s articles…I’d gotten behind.  Had some thots on an aspect of our preps….that I hadn’t realized.  Had long discussion with family member re: the eventuality for our elderlies. That was a bit grim….but best to prepare ahead of time.

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

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  • #9064

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Hieronyma Textor – You’re welcome!  If that link doesn’t take you directly to the info about the EMP shielding cloth, you should be able to find it by clicking on the “EMP” heading near the top of the home page at http://www.disasterpreparer.com.  I’m so glad your daughter is starting to feel better!!!

  • #9072

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    February 13

    Reading all your post to learn new things and wanted to say thank you for your well wishes, not doing anything in preparing since being sick.  DH woke at three o clock this morning sick,  guess he caught flu from taking care of me.

  • #9073

    corsaire
    Participant

    Yesterday I watched one of those real life survival stories. The characters however made some glaring errors amongst them were: Not telling anyone where they were going, didnt have an accurate map and didnt bring enough water. This of course made me think and research about water requirements. Hence this gem:

    http://www.wilderness-survival.net/desert-3.php

    Even though I live in a suburban area, one car breakdown in the Florida heat and I could be in big trouble.

    Today after uncorking a bottle of Riesling, I wanted to know how to reuse corks.
    https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/10-uses-wine-corks

    At the home front, Someone came to give an estimate regarding siding repair. A con-man this one was. Asked a bunch of questions not relevant to the project. He was trying to feel me out and gave me a price at least double of what the project was worth.

    Anyway, my thoughts and prayers to everyone who is sick. Hope that healing comes quick.

  • #9076

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Everyday prep report: quite honestly not much specific accomplished toward prepping today….a lot of little “tweeks” on projects underway….my cookbook just doesn’t seem to want to go together easily…and figuring out how to find space for everything I’ve added to my stock is proving a bit challenging….and remembering WHERE I’ve put stuff can either frustrate me or make me laugh….my choice…laughter is my choice as the Good Book says that’s good medicine…

    Simply had to break done and get the hair cut today….have toyed with the idea of just letting it grow and grow and grow and then I could put it up in a little tight bun the way my great grandmother did her hair…nah, not goin’ happen….

    I listen to audible books….one I’m listening to currently is discussing the poet William Wordsworth whom I’m sure we all remember from our high school literature textbooks…well the poem I want to direct your attention to is “Lines Written in Early Spring” published in 1798….lovely, but thoughtful, could have been written yesterday….

    Nite all….

  • #9080

    Nana Mike
    Participant

    Hi all,  Ended up with some kind of stomach bug the past couple of days. I was pretty sick for a day or so but much better now.  Today’s prep was to attend a water webinar.  The timing couldn’t have been better! I had just purchased Daisy’s water book and I’ve been working on my rain water catchment system.  Looks like a water distiller is next on my list of preps. I will be exploring building or purchasing one.  It seems the list of prepping things to do is never ending. I have enough projects to keep me busy until fall.

  • #9082

    Columbia River
    Participant

    I found an REI backpacking book. I am no longer the younger person who spent three weeks backpacking through the desert and climbing mountains nor the one who was living out of a backpack all across Europe but it has a lot of useful information in it. And I have children who still do those things. No backpacking with busted shoulder so maybe later  I will think about that

    But even better I found a new road atlas. We have a few local maps but this is the entire continent. Since ours is 20 plus years out of date I felt like that was a great find.

    Also found a disaster response book for businesses which will help with some of what I do at work.

    Altogether a great day at the thrift store.

  • #9083

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    GrannyJ ….glad you are better but ….oh, not good that your dh now has the flu.  Hard not to catch it when someone in the household has it.  🙁

    Nana Mike….glad you are better too.

    HORRIBLE wind today.  I stayed inside.  Not a good health day.  Reading mostly….some prep articles and several keeping an eye on global/national situations.  Finished an entire paperback book [that I’ve read 5x before].  Just not much focus for anything challenging.  Was supposed to visit elderlies but postponed that.  Hope the wind doesn’t keep me awake – blasting the house tonite.

    OldMtWoman   …G’nite all.

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  • #9087

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    I am happy to hear the illnesses are going away and forum members are recovering their health.

    I enjoyed the Tuscan Bean Soup made with zucchini, kale and mustard, and leftover white beans.  It made 6 quarts, so I had five to can.  I put them in the canner – cold and let them slowly heat up for nearly an hour with fresh lids.  When the water was too hot to touch and the jars were warm, I put on the All American canner’s lid and turned up the heat.  I processed as normal, 90 minutes at 10 psi.  I thought something was wrong because the canner did not want to climb over 10 psi; normally I must turn the flame down.  At the end, I realized that the lid was not seated properly and steam was also leaking out the side.  4 of the 5 jars sealed. Proper pressure and time, so I am calling them good.

    On the other hand, I also tried canning some dry beans at the same time.  Those are not “good.” Since there was space in the canner, I put 1 cup of dry beans in a pint jar and filled with water.  Results:  1) Too many beans in the jar, 2) Not enough water, 3) beans filled to the top, squashed together and dry.  So, I need to figure out how to can the dry beans for a last minute canner filler, and what to make with the not-so-well-canned-beans.  Plus zucchini and kale.

    While the canner was processing, I worked on a recipe file and sat under my Sunbox Light. I had downloaded diet plans and recipes for diabetic and vegan diets.  I added page numbers, created a table of contents with the page numbers, reorganized the fonts/sizes, reduced the pictures and made it look more professional.  Now it will be easier to find the recipe I want.

    I started organizing a file for my grandson who will be off to college next year.  Mug Meals.  I found online recipes for breakfasts, some dinners, and desserts.  I figure he can make something simple, with minimal ingredients, in his dorm room.

    Other than that, still working or organizing the old files from decades ago and discarding the unnecessary ones.  It takes a long time. I need to finish it because the piles are blocking my sewing machine!

    Going out to dinner with my Sweetie.  Hope you all have a warm and happy day.

  • #9088

    Prepperfan305
    Participant

    I’ve been trying to be away from my phone more, so I haven’t been checking in.

    7th: Still recovering from strep. DH getting over flu. Worked on daily chores.

    8th: Went through winter clothes, hats, scarves. DH went on overnight camp out with his job.

    9th: Built Fire and spent the day going through papers, burned junk mail, paperwork no longer needed.

    10th: Organized paperwork, printed off forms for filing taxes.

    11th: Worked on cleaning and disinfecting my house. DH came down with something.

    12th: Doctors appointment for DH, oldest, and youngest. DH has pneumonia, oldest has a chronic cough, youngest (6 mo) is growing perfectly.

    13th: Built a set of shelves for master closet to organize more stuff. Went grocery shopping for the week. Secured bathroom shelves so they wouldn’t fall. Did all laundry.

    14th: spending the day doing crafts and having fun with my family. (Also taking note of what we need to stock up on more for power outages or SHTF to keep kids entertained.)

  • #9090

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Feb 14-

    Found a pile of herb magazines I had forgotten about- still decluttering.  Studied some info about essential oils and herbal medicine.

  • #9091

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Today Feb 15- had planned to go to city and take DH to Dr Appt but weather prevented that.  Ordered some stuff over the phone- some supplies for making dogfood and some essentials oils I didn’t have.  Also back to Morse code.  Every once in a while I take a day off to let it jel in my mind.  I am working on using up old stuff in the freezer and on the shelves to replace with new.

  • #9092

    Columbia River
    Participant

    The main prep of the day was to get home ahead of the snow which pushed the partly sunny sky away and turned the sky dark and very heavy looking.  The snowfall could be pretty heavy tonight so we’ll see how the morning goes

    We picked up the Azure order, bought a second comb for my hair so I would have a spare if I lost my comb again (2 is one  and one is none). I also got a major project off my desk at work and we got out of town just as the snow started coming down right when predicted.

    I think that’s enough for right now. Will do some office work on line and then get the granola in the oven before bed so it can slow bake all night.

  • #9093

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Haven’t been on in a few. Very busy. Been trying to get a lot of medical things done as we have had a quack doctor for a couple of years that did nothing for us but collect from insurance. So we have been starting over with a new internal med. doctor. Guess you can call it all part of prepping. Making sure we are phy. fit.

    Still going through recipes and getting them in binders as well as my emergency binder. That has been slow going as I am coming down with a head cold. Not really feeling up to par.

    Got estament on new air conditioner. Price is great so that will get installed in next few days. Hubby used to work for gas company and installed air conditioners in past so knew just what questions to ask. Plus the time of year gives us a good discount.

    Going to be 70 degrees tomorrow so going to make good on that and do some outside work as we fired our yard man. This contract thing and us having to keep on him about his not doing things was enough.  As he cracked a window. Was told not to cover the drain pipe to air conditioner up and he used roundup on my flower beds after told not to do it as well. So we have to get window replaced. Had to dig out the drain pipe that he also sat a trash can on top of and cracked the end of it off. As well as now we need to replace the flowers in flower bed he killed. So we ended the contract. As it is he was suppose to trim trees and he never did that either.

    So not been a fun week with this cold coming on. But will survive that to. All in all, I do see better days ahead. Starting to check out the seed catalogs and going to be getting the garden ready for planting by end of March or April depending on weather. We have been known to have our worst snowstorms in March. But so far we have had no snow this winter.   I can feel for those of you that have had snow. Be careful, no slipping and sliding. It’s just not good to be falling down and getting hurt.

  • #9095

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Prep everyday challenge report Feb 14: busy day, lots of little piddly things, baked a loaf of bread from a mix base I put together from the dehydrating book just to see how it would turn out. Flavor was great but used my powdered eggs so it didn’t hold together well…makes me wonder if eggs had deteriorated as they have always worked before….hmmm…

    Worked on boxing up some books to take to church library….surprise call from my granddaughter who’s a graduating senior at Univ of MO…sort of blew a hole in my plan for the day….so proud of her…completing her degree requirements in three calendar years….woo hoo!!! A film production major with two minors – in Spanish and French….she’s fluent in both languages…

    Sorry this is suppose to be about prepping….well, in some ways my prepping efforts are about my grandkids, especially my granddaughters….they are going to live in such a different world and I want them to be prepared for whatever might come….no snowflakes in my family…:)

    nite all…stay safe those of you in all that snowy bad weather….

  • #9096

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Mugfy 1938 said “we’ll, in some ways my prepping efforts are about my grandkids, especially my granddaughters…”

    Ah. That is the bigger picture of prepping and why I look for children’s books or toys of all ages at the thrift store.

    Yep I can be a hyper prepper but my family is why I prep.

    Blessings to all   May we continue to improve. This challenge is a bit much with my shoulder but I’m being conscious of prepping every daily and I just look at thing through a different angle. I’ve been doing this as a lifestyle a long time and have learned much over the Years but there is much I learned -especially the 31/2 years with no power (2 1/2 with no running water) and children including a newborn. But I learn things here and the daily posts force me to review how I frame my life and think about things

    Thanks for the training everyone

  • #9097

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    LilSister….oye!  Rotten doc and yard man.  Yeah, fire his rear outta there!  Round-up?  Ack.  Hope you can ward off the cold quickly …Vit C and any immune booster you may have…before it fully gets you.  But glad you have a good deal on new A/C.  And your dh is experienced.  The things we need to know these days…to keep from getting ripped off!  Hmph!

    Muffy…did the recipe account for the liquid you don’t have when using powdered eggs?  If it’s a recipe for dry ingredients, I guess it should have.  I hate when I spend time, resources and energy and it doesn’t turn out.  Oh well, nothing is a waste if we learn something!  🙂

    Muffy and Columbia River….good thots on the bigger picture of prepping.  I agree.

     

    Today I felt better but DH has a spastic muscle in back.  So I went down for chores with him AM and PM.  I walked dog.  I try to do that anyway, for light exercise.  I barely made it far this morning but by PM, I did fine.  I just never know.

    Reading a lot today again.  I read Selco’s latest article about movies and that they might be just fun but not at all educational for dire situations.  But some can, as well.  But he made a statement that caught my attention:  Quote:

    [Now, survival movies may give us those stupid ideas about being faster than a bullet, or mess up our opinion about what cover is good enough for coming bullets, but they can mess up at a higher level, too.

    <b>They can give us an opinion that everything has to make sense.</b>

    <b>When SHTF you may easily end up dead looking for that “sense” in everything.</b>

    No, there does not have to be any sense in events happening around you when SHTF, and be careful in categorizing people and events in good or bad and similar because you might be surprised many times.]  End of Quote    <Bold is mine>

    Well since I’ve always been one to cherish logic/sensible/productive/genuine….. Hmmm, yeah well, this is something that WILL be a problem for me.  Not that I haven’t worked in social service type jobs where I met so many NOT genuine folks with hidden motives.  Great percentage of any folks are not actually striving for logic/sensible approaches to their lives — they’re based in the emotions of the moment.  But this IS how my brain automatically works.  As if:  one would not do that if it’s that illogical and unreasonable.

    Hmph…I’m also aware that no one, including my leaning-toward-logic-perspective, can always stay logical/reasonable.  MUCH LESS in a huge stress situation.  Logically I can see that, of course.  But I can easily get confused on motives of others if I can see NO SENSE…NO ADVANTAGE from their side.  I cannot ‘read’ that sort of situation correctly.  A weak spot I’m mostly aware of …but the article rang that bell again…loudly.

    Ahem….I’m also one who does love to ponder on such things….in preparation for when such awareness must already be firmly in place.  Anyone else here a ‘ponder-er’?

    Thanks, Selco!

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

  • #9100

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    OldMtWoman: I am definitely a “ponder-er.” A blessing? A curse? I’ll need to ponder that for a while. Have an awesome day! I always look forward to your posts.

  • #9101

    Loving Life
    Participant

    It’s been a few days. I have been down with some flu. Good thing I had recently stocked up on my medical supplies.

    During my down time, I did some reading. I finished the “Catalyst” series by JK Franks. I would recommend it.

    I have also been reading everyone’s posts. I am a very logical person; it may be in large part due to my military career. Reading @oldmtwoman post made me smile. I agree that the vast majority of the public run on emotion. Many don’t even think about why they do things, the vast majority just follow. The majority are lemmings. I am in the minority, a ponder, a thinker.

    Having been in various war and emergency zone, I have seen many things that don’t make sense. Irrational behavior always throws a spanner in the works. You must always be prepared for the unexpected. Flexibility in a situation is key. Don’t expect logical behavior by most people. Be flexible in your plans to cope with this irrational factor. Crowd mob mentality can especially be very irrational. More for @oldmtwoman to ponder. Lol.

  • #9103

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    February 15

    I started some Spring cleaning in my daughter’s bedroom by clearing clutter from her closet and organizing her drawers and in going through her drawers I found mates to the socks that had been missing for weeks.

    While I was sick I printed out calendar pages for each month until December, on each monthly calendar page I list the debt, due date, and monthly payment, I also printed out full page check register pages and printed the 800 number to the twenty four hour banking line so I don’t have to wait for the monthly bank statement to come before I know which checks cleared and exactly how much money is left in the bank.

     

  • #9105

    corsaire
    Participant

    Yesterday I looked for alternatives to bleach and ammonia. I needed the ammonia to remove window film from the house windows. Finding bleach alternatives was easy, ammonia not so much. Since it was effective, I decided to find something similar in PH, as it is a strong base. Going to try castille soap and leave it on for a bit

    Now today was to find info in helping the severely mentally ill prep. Couldnt find anything, so I will probs have to develop my own plan and practice, practice, practice with this family member.

  • #9106

    Columbia River
    Participant

    I realize I need to get in better shape so I found out which programs my insurance supports and tried to call about various facilities.  There was no answer so maybe they ran away from the snow (yes it’s dumping on us again) but I did get signed up with insurance company – just need to pick a facility and start going.  Even with a busted shoulder I can do some things but I’m certainly not going for a brisk walk in the country or in town until roads are clear of this mess that caused shoulder issue in first place.

    I probably will have to get a boatload of physician waivers, but I need to do this.  even without the shoulder I slow WAY down in the winter and it is not very healthy.

  • #9109

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Hi all – the last 3 days have been crazy for me – not fun. I have missed reading everybody’s posts and really enjoyed it this evening when I finally got to it.

    @oldmtwoman: My computer itself didn’t crash (although it could at any time…), it was the software I have to use for processing documents. In the industry I work in (translation), we use something called a CAT (computer-aided translation) tool. You load up your document, whether it’s a Word doc, a PDF, Excel file, InDesign, whatever, and the program puts it in a form you can easily work in, i.e. see everything clearly instead of having to glance back and forth between the computer screen and your desk. It is supposed to save everything automatically so you don’t lose your work. And then it spits it back out at the end as the same kind of document. For instance, I don’t have to have InDesign or PageMaker on my computer – I can simply load the file sent to me and translate it. What happened is the software failed me. It failed to save my document, for some reason, and when I walked away for a bit and the computer restarted without warning, I lost everything.

    So for the last 3 days, I have been playing catch up. Every waking hour has been at the computer unless I absolutely had to fix a meal or go to the bathroom. It’s been a nightmare because the client had a deadline to meet.

    And by the way, a CAT tool is not machine translation, that pie-in-the-sky miracle that politicians bring up every once in a while, promising the end of language barriers. Clinton talked about it – and there was some other president a few years back that touted it as well – had to go between laughing myself silly and shaking my head in disbelief at the ignorance.

    @corsaire: Yes, that’s a challenge. I have a brother with autism and a father with Alzheimer’s. My brother has a difficult time handling money. For instance, he would get his SSI at the beginning of the month, and even though, logically, he had everything he needed in order to get through the month with money left over, he was always broke half way through the month and would come to us for more money, which was not a good thing. I told him he needed to learn to make it last, that he had enough, and we were only going to give him food if he ran out of money again. Of course that didn’t work. Then he started going to the church telling everyone that I couldn’t help him any more, and could they help him please. I was horrified.

    So we came up with a “psychological” plan where he gave me at least $200 at the beginning of each month. Then he had to also put 30 or 40 dollars in his underwear drawer for emergency taxi rides (he spends a lot of time in the emergency room in the middle of the night –  social worker and psychiatrist are working with him on that, too…). Then if he ran out of money, it was there. And it worked. He learned that he could make it last and didn’t have to ask others for more money all the time. Last month, we decided to do a trial run of him keeping the $200 in a secret place in his apartment, and then he calls me and talks to me about it if he needs to spend some of it. So far, so good. I told him if he ran out again because he went out to eat too much, I would have to start keeping the money for him again.

    I think that with someone with a mental illness or cognitive deficiency, it’s a matter of repeat, repeat, repeat. And there probably has to be some sort of teaching aid that really motivates (like me keeping his money back until he really, really needed it). My husband and I have been trying to work with a couple down the street from us who both seem to have cognitive deficiencies as well – they are actually sweet people (with horrible families) who are really trying to do better. But it’s repeat, repeat, repeat, and it can get really discouraging.

    So I really enjoyed Daisy’s article on “Doomsday Hoarders”! It reminded me of myself, and I am definitely going to use her method.

     

  • #9110

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Columbia River: take care of that shoulder.  I need to start walking again as I have been feeling like my legs and back are getting a bit weak. Muscles not what they used to be. It has been way to cold for the most part to get outside and walk. Might have to drive down to one of the malls but that is about a 30 minute drive. So not so sure I want to do that.

    Meanwhile, I vac. packed some flour, oatmeal, and non fat dry milk with 02 aborbers and got those put away.  Cooked steak on grill and had baked potatoes, corn and green beans. Veggies were from garden that I had canned last summer.

    Still fighting this dredded cold. Head hurts now but am ignoring it.   I have to get the linen closet emptied for the air condition guy as our drain pipe from attic goes down wall of closet and under house. He is going to make some changes to it.

  • #9113

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Snow just keeps on coming, I had to go out and snow blow today and keep backing it up and going forward again it was so deep.  Drifts three feet in some places and windy.  Anyway got it done again this afternoon, but not much energy left today.

    I’ve been working on using up old stuff- made some dogfood with some of the oldest.  Realizing that I wasn’t getting it turned over like it should have been.  Its in so many different places in this house.  Murphy’s law says that as soon as I took it all out someone would come over without calling first.  I liked Daisy’s article though on organizing and have started work on it.  But I just can’t bring myself to pull it ALL out at once.  All from a shelf or an area ok.

    I am a ponderer too.  One thing I am sure of- God is always right and Satan is evil and that makes a lot of things make sense.  When people get mad at God they are mad at the wrong person and people so not always make sense.

    Been reading Lucifer’s Hammer and almost finished with it.    Its the kind of book that sticks in your mind a long time after reading, but I don’t see myself reading the whole thing twice.  Selco’s books are better.

     

  • #9131

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Frontier order came in and I divided it up between the 4 families that ordered.

  • #9132

    Columbia River
    Participant

    We rely on electronics a lot so today I’m researching small solar chargers.

    Found one place on my phone with a great sale ending in 14 minutes but phone got slow. Almost 9-10 minutes later got computer up and pulled up the same page – gee I still have “14 minutes” until the sale is over. I think – NOT

    amazing how many ways greedy people can come up with to take someone else’s money. I’m sure the product was maybe worth the sale price but don’t think it would be worth the “regular” price.

     

  • #9134

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Hieronyma…..no, my computer didn’t crash either.  But it was triggered to restart without my permission.  Since it happened twice, I’m wondering WHY it did that?   At least I didn’t lose what you did.  Hope you’ve caught up.  🙁

    A tip about putting valuables/money in the drawer with one’s undies…. You’d think it’s sacred, right?  Nope.  After a burglary, I was told it’s one of the first places thieves look.  They did at my house….and I should have told my friends here… cuz she lost stuff from that hiding place too.  🙁  Guess it’s a common at the front door key under the flower pot.

    I’ve been trying for the past couple days [ too wiped out yesterday to post] to use a tip I ran across somewhere on the Net.  Using boxes [kleenex, soda cases, or other boxes] to form a small version of the rotating storage for [commercial] canned goods.  Use them on shelves.  Feed cans in a hole you cut in the top and they dispense from a hole you cut in the bottom of other side.  Not sure I’m convinced yet.  But I’m super annoyed that they now make cans that do not firmly stack on top of each other.  Jury still out on that project.  Kleenex boxes seem to be too flimsy.

    On pondering… blessing/curse?  Personally I LIKE pondering a lot…but those around me?  Sometimes they roll their eyes.  😉   {shrug}  As for expecting non-logical behavior…I worked for years at a state-run hospital for mental health issues ….LONG ago.  Fortunately this institution HAD modernized out of the horror that some such institutions had been in earlier decades.  But I’ve seen pretty much all the extreme behaviors and thot patterns [or thot jumping].  I don’t think there is any ‘spanner’ like severe mental health issues.  Really wrecks folks.  I think in my case, I would have to get myself into a mindset that I used when I worked there.  Some of these people were very dear to me and some functioned way better than others.  And some were sharp enough to ‘game’ the system. Of course.

    I also worked in some depressed urban areas for much of my career.  There is quite a lot of different thot patterns going on there….compared to my rural childhood.  Or where I am now, also rural – sparse population density.  I think I would have to travel back to these situations from long ago and watch for the signs I knew then.

    Frankly, I like being a sort of ‘hermit on mountain’ so I DON’T have to ponder this stuff.  Yet if Stuff Hits Fan, no area is immune.  And some of our WILD WEST mountain folks are …. LOL ….wild to begin with.  I was more than a little shocked when a situation developed rather quickly in front of me once, years ago up here.  I certainly have the skills to have diffused that before it developed.  But…..my brain stalled.  HUH?  I’d handle 6 of those type of situations in a single work shift….”back in the day”.  And there I stood…..stuck in that stupid Normalcy Bias, I think.  THIS….does not happen here!  This is a man I know and he’s going OFF…  This makes NO sense…. blah, blah…

    And THAT’S the sort of disconnect I fear.  I run scenarios in my head A LOT!  Trying to fight Normalcy Bias [Google it if you’re not familiar with the term!]  ….and yet, I’m not sure why it would take me that long to ‘get up to speed’.  I can snap into EVAC-mode in a minute or two…load for a wildfire quite quickly.  My brain and body has done this numerous times.  But a violent situation begins….and I freeze?  Aaaugh!  I feel like a skill has be excised from my brain.  🙁

    OldMtWoman …pondering

  • #9137

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Tonight finished Lucifer’s Hammer.  Not going to read it again though.  Later started reading new gardening book I bought that arrived today.  Also working on decluttering and working out how to store things more efficiently (and being able to find them when I want them).  Finding them is a trick sometimes when things are stored here and there.  I sure would like a room for nothing but storage- not going to happen.

    More snow last night and when I went out to go to the post office the driveway was a lot more clear than the path and I thought “what?” at first and then realized a neighbor had plowed the drive for me.  So nice to have great neighbors.  Meter reader cannot even get to it to read it as snow is piled way high- almost as high as the house on that side.  Will have to do something about that.  A lot of blowing and drifting.

     

  • #9139

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    OldMtWoman – thanks for the reminder on the money in the underwear drawer. I am going to have to go over there and work out something more creative with him.

  • #9142

    Columbia River
    Participant

    I have an achy finger joint so wanted to find some natural ways to deal with arthritis setting in. Did a web search and actually found a lot of information on the Arthritis Foundation page   I was surprised to see so much information with research references on supplements and diet.

    Need to add just a few things to my routine and maybe start growing some things so I don’t always have to depend on a store.

  • #9145

    corsaire
    Participant

    @hieronyma Textor thanks a ton for the tips. Right now he has elderly family members who are enabling him and thats not helping. Time to sit and have a talk with everyone.

    Yesterday was thrift shop day and found some exercise equipment to build my hand strength.

    Today, read about sewing awls in my email feed. One of the comments suggested to scavenge the yard sales for good fasteners. Even though the article of clothing, or tent may not be what you need, the fasteners will come in handy. Also read about the disadvantages of velcro; eg doesnt last, noisy, gets gummed up easily.

  • #9146

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    @corsaire – will be thinking of you.

    Just went to church today – but it was a very good Sunday because daughter was able to come with us. It’s been about 6 weeks since she’s been able to go.

    Had a talk with some other members at the potluck lunch about making a run to an Amish discount grocery I’ve seen in a town about 40 minutes from here. I have never been, but a couple of the church members have found incredible buys at these types of stores, and they want to find things for the church food pantry as well. Evidently, these stores buy up food that is near its expiration date really cheap, and then resell it really cheap. We had some food at last week’s potluck that was delicious – $6 worth of frozen meatloaf fed about 30 people with a bunch left over, and it was perfectly good. Evidently it came from an Amish discount grocery in Iowa, where a few of our members had traveled. So now I’m going to have to go take a look at the one nearby and see if there’s anything there that would be good for prepping, too.

  • #9147

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Hieronyma Textor – I shop at an Amish-owned “Bent n’ Dent”/salvage grocery store once each month and get great deals on canned goods, cereals, rice mixes, pasta, salad dressings, condiments, baking mixes, candies, crackers, snacks, soft drinks, frozen foods, some produce, some breads and rolls, cleaning supplies, pet food, paper and plastic goods, toiletries, medical supplies, vitamins, etc.  The prices on those types of items are typically 50% to 75% lower that what you’d pay at a “regular” grocery store – really!. Plus, you can often find unusual or gourmet foods there – it’s not all just boring, bland food.  Here’s one example:  I found pouches of Tasty Bite Indian vegetarian dishes there last month for 75 cents each that normally sell for $3 each!  Since I love that company’s foods (which are retort packaged and microwaveable), I bought lots of them at that great 75% off price!  The “Bent n’ Dent”/salvage store I go to also sells excellent local dairy products but those are sold at closer to “normal” prices since there is a lot of turn-over on those types of foods so the store doesn’t need to mark them down much to sell them.  I also often find tremendous bargains on pantry items there that I add to my mid and long-term food storage (such as rice, various types of dry beans and legumes, spices, pastas, extracts, oils, canned and dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned soups, etc.).  It’s an adventure shopping there because the inventory is a bit different each time you go.  Before you make your first visit to the Amish discount grocery in Iowa, you might want to read this article that contains some good tips on shopping at salvage grocery stores:  https://www.thespruceeats.com/salvage-grocery-stores-1388627   I hope you have lots of fun on your shopping trip, and please let us know what bargains you find 🙂

  • #9150

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    I’m reading articles ….some political, since keeping an eye on that is always a good prep.  Some about lifestyles globally, which is interesting but you can also pick up some of the handiest ideas.  Especially from people groups who are low tech.

    Had little sleep due to many factors.  We have too much going on….but must keep surviving.  I think we’ve turned a corner on one issue and we’ll both sleep tonite.  But if we go subzero again….sunlight hitting the logs on just one corner of the house makes the wood SNAP * CRACKLE * POP ….LOUDLY!  It certainly woke us up this morning.  Sounds like a vehicle hit the house!  One of the oddities of living with logs.  >_<

    Made a batch of sliced potatoes, ham, onion, spices and merely cream of mushroom soup.  My mother used to make the best scalloped potatoes so I don’t even call my creation that.  But tonite was not going to be a ‘white sauce’ type of meal.  Throw all in cast iron pot and stir…cover…bake.

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

  • #9152

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    Hope all are doing well.  We keep having an inch or two of snow.  Not enough to plow. This morning, it was a rare sunny day and the snow looked as if it was covered with white glitter.

    Saturday we attended our grandson’s Eagle Project.  He had a mini-Festival of Nations.  All of the people represented were students at his school.  While some were born in those countries, others had parents born there and visited with them.  It was interesting to watch these high school students make table presentations to their friends from school.  Max is in the National Honor Society, so this also counted for a service project there; and many of the NHS members participated.  It was supported by the Humanities teachers, who were all there.  After the presentations of countries, he held a discussion about the differences/similarities in several religions.  Listening to those four speakers was interesting to me.  I was raised in one of those religions.  After hearing that Pastor talk, I would not choose to take a deeper look into it.  I was impressed by the Muslim Imam, and the Native American Speaker.  It was a respectful and interesting discussion.

    There is another student who wants to do have the Festival of Nations next year and carry on the tradition.

    Today we are uploading the pictures that we took so that Max can add them to the analysis of his event for the board of review.  We had told him, of course, that we would help set-up or do anything he needed.  When we arrived on Saturday, the first thing he said was,”Please put up this sign at the door.”  Not even a hello.  He was busy, and we understood.  I got a hug later.  He still has a couple merit badges to complete, but I think he will make the deadline.

    I was able to gift the mittens and hat and scarf to the family.  The scarf is the only piece to not come back.  The hat was too small, and the opening on the mittens was too large.  So, learning from that and re-doing them.  I still have 4 items waiting for the other family.

    Leftovers for dinner yesterday:  thawed pork chops that were better for stir-fry so that is what I did.  With a bell pepper, red onion, parsnip/carrot, soy sauce, ginger, along with leftover pineapple, oranges, and sweet potatoes, it was delicious.  Now to get Hubby to cut up the two pork roasts I bought (2-for-1), so they can be put up as Flemish Stew (with onions and beer!).

    I put away the files in my sewing room, the table is clear and can now start sewing and mending again. Hopefully finish the corduroy shirt I started last winter and make a new flannel shirt for this winter.

    I also took a bunch of stuff out of our bathroom cabinets.  You know us ladies; half empty jar of this and half empty bottle of that.  I threw a bunch away!  Found some duplicates that should be put into the storage area. Plus, decided to actually USE some.  Why wait?  Enjoy the items now while I can.

    Oh, must take the 55 Alive training course for Seniors so we get a 10 percent discount on our car insurance. At least we already took the original eight hour class, and now just need the four hour refresher. Busy next few days.

    Take care everyone.

     

  • #9153

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Yesterday (Sunday) went to church, read quite a bit in the gardening book, decided I didn’t need all of it so took it apart and put it together again after tossing some of it and adding other stuff.  Now just need to comb bind it (I have the comb binder).  I just thought I would be using it a lot and didn’t want so many pages to just be in the way.  Yeah, I know- very nitpicky.

    IT is still winter here with a lot of snow.  You have to creep out with the car because you can’t see over the snowbanks.  In fact the bank cutter was out today.  Haven’t been to town but will probably go this week to do errands and replace some fresh things.

    Just working on decluttering, organizing and Morse code today (Monday).  Getting very tired of winter.  Hasn’t been sunny.  If its not snowing its cloudy and that makes me feel like a slug.

  • #9154

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Feeling better from the cold I’ve had all week. But still a bit stuffy. Yesterday and today was sunny and warm. Yesterday was better than today but still in low 60’s. Worked outside abit on flower beds and today I decided it was time to fumigate the house. So stripped bed and washed everything in lysol and sprayed the house down with lysol spray. Got clothes washed and mopped floors using a lysol solution. Seems every time I clean with lysol the colds just go away. I guess with hubby and me both sneezing and coughing the germs linger everywhere. So everything got a good cleaning. Cooked pork chops and succutash that I canned last summer. Made some bread and had applesauce and pototatos. Getting a bit tired now so will head to bed. Want to get an early start tomorrow.

  • #9157

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Amy Dixon – will let you know when I go to the discount grocery.

    Today, I listened to a recent interview of JJ Luna, the privacy expert. Currently reading his book “How to Be Invisible”.

    Finished a major financial prep task that I have been dreading. Next step is filing taxes, then 2 other big financial projects that will involve a lot of paperwork. I don’t like any of these things, but they should make a huge difference in moving us more toward financial freedom.

    Need to get a nice pressure canner because my last one got lost in a move, before we really downsized. So I am looking at what’s available. I really want the All-American, but don’t think it’s going to happen after setting all the financial priorities. Probably need to find a used one I can get parts for.

  • #9159

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    My heart is heavy, friends.  One friend has cancer, another friend’s mother has cancer (they found out less than a month after the father passed away), a relative is in the final stages of a disease he has been fighting for 11 years.  Another relative has been unemployed for almost 5 months.

    Prepping has taken on a new meaning for me.

    What I did today: purchased multiples of almost everything at the grocery store, took a walk, and treated myself with natural remedies for two recent diagnosis (neither is life-threatening, thankfully).

  • #9160

    Columbia River
    Participant

    I have been making a lot of a tofu-sweet potato-onion-kale bowl in my Instant Pot because I really like it.  It also goes very nicely with the rice I put in freezer. And I made another big pot of rice in instant pot. Tonight I put some on a tray to dry along with some rice (my DH found the dehydrators) as an experiment. If it works I will dry a batch or two in addition to setting some aside for lunches. Am really looking forward to the arrival of my dehydrator cookbooks so I don’t have to do so much guessing

    If it doesn’t work I do know how to freeze things.

  • #9161

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Red Carnation…..sorry about your friends with cancer.  🙁

    Lil’Sister….hope all your sanitizing in your house chases those nasty microbes away!

    Cinnomon Granny….congrats to your almost Eagle Scout.  It’s quite an accomplishment.

    I’m tired with a back spasm today.  Where did that come from…..sitting too long with a puzzle while visiting our elderlies?  Possibly.  DH was at store and stocked up on more of our medical supplies that we’d depleted.  We’re slowly replacing things.  Got LOTS of Kleenex!

    I’ve been organizing…..my laptop files.  I was missing two things in particular and finally found them on an old thumb drive.  Yay!  So glad to see them intact and accessible!

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

  • #9166

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    February 19

    Was so behind on the laundry from being sick with the flu that it took the better part of a day to get it all done.  Washed all the pillow protectors and mattress covers in hot water then I sprayed the mattress down with homemade spray made from lavendar and tea tree essential oil.  I sprayed the pillows down despite them being covered with protectors then put them on high heat in the dryer, just trying to get this flu virus gone.

    I wish I could get back to feeling well with this flu, dh still has a cough and says he is weak and exhausted,  so no work or getting much of anything done by either of us.

  • #9167

    Coffee girl
    Participant

    2.19

    So, it looks like I haven’t been on here for ten days!  Wow!

    I have been dealing with muddy chicken runs, frozen water, slick walkways and a shortage of straw.  I gave up and put a heat lamp in the chicken coop and wouldn’t ya know it, the weather warms back up above freezing.  I had to buy pine chips for the runs and the walkways, because hay and straw is horribly expensive this winter and I ‘ve run out of what I had.  I will be storing a ton more this summer!

    I have had to replace the fence between me and the neighbors, I was feeding their chickens, as they were coming through the fence and had learned what time I got home from work and gave mine scratch!

    Work has been brutal!  A co-worker at another location has been not showing up for work and my supervisor has been calling me to do her work, as we are fairly rural and I am the only other employee for the company, in this area.  I hope they hire someone else, as this is supposed to be part-time, and it hasn’t been.

    We finally put a regular attic trap door in.  before, it was just a trap door and you had to use a ladder.  I’m getting a little too creaky for that now.  We also gutted the one chicken coop, as we had butchered the hens and relocated the rooster.  It has been re-purposed as a wood/tool shed.  We won’t be raising as many chickens now that I have gone back to work.

    The old wood truck has been dis-assembled and what wasn’t useful was hauled in for scrap.  The bed portion has been turned into a trailer for hauling logs, hay and such.  The new wood truck is another beater, but less abuse and mileage, so hopefully will last a few years.  We are hard on the wood trucks, as they are constantly in the woods and trees don’t move for you.

    Mostly food prepping going on when I’m home.  I’ve ordered my half hog and quarter beef from my uncle.  He butchers every quarter.

    Well, I’m sure it will be, at least, a few days before I post again, but I will try.  Internet is spotty during the winter months.

  • #9171

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    I’ve hit a small bump in life’s road, so continuing to post on the everyday prep challenge is not going to happen; however, I will post on the chat page as time and energy allow….and I am doing something preppy everyday….still trying dehydrating things, and dry canning things, and making bread, and on and on….later mi amigos/amigas

  • #9173

    corsaire
    Participant

    Thanks Hieronyma

    Red carnation. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your friends

    Yesterday, I learned about all the uses for zip ties in an email feed.

    Today, Daisys article really hit home, about having everything convenient. Since the siding repair work is going to get done soon ( snowbirds are here keeping contractors busy, so nobody is returning calls ). I am going to start a  no Amazon challenge. Its my weak point sadly. I think the only time I’ll purchase online will be for essential oils and food. I get my meats  and raw cheeses delivered from The Family Cow out in Chambersburg PA.  Even that will be scaled down to essentials.

    Still not using my microwave and using dehumidifier water for clothes is working out fine.

  • #9175

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Muffy 1938  —  I hope your physical, mental and financial preps help you get over this bump.  As Winston Churchill said “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.”

    I finally went back and copied everything I wanted from the posts.  I had done some and had some cryptic notes, but now I’m “up to date”

    My dehydrated food worked out great!  The tofu was a bit chewy, but I probably needed to let it rehydrate a bit longer.

    Also my dehydrator book and meals in a bag book came today, so I’m going to sit down with a pencil and notepad and study.  We’ve done fruit for years, but this will be great as the freezers are  so full by the end of harvest.  Probably won’t be doing buckets full but just having some for travel (special diets make things more interesting) or to leave at the office for days when I don’t have lunch will be wonderful.

  • #9176

    Loving Life
    Participant

    I am finally over that darn cold. Like others recovering from illness, I am now getting all the backlog of tasks completed.

    Today, I spent most of the day doing laundry. I laundered all the towels and linens.

    Yesterday, I did the majority of my taxes. I have a few items to finalize, but I do not owe anything. I am still carrying a credit for my solar installation.

    Over the weekend, I worked on reviewing medical and first aid techniques.

    I am taking a course on essential oils. I am learning quite a bit.

  • #9178

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Red Carnation – hang in there. Thinking of you.

    Today’s prepping was gardening information. I love the idea of working with simple tools, heirloom seeds, and saving my own seed, so I like reading the information from Ecology Action (John Jeavons’ organization). I am not a vegan, but I think they provide some great information. I have been looking for the out of print book “One Circle: How to Grow a Complete Diet in Less Than 1000 Square Feet” by David Duhon, which is supposed to be a companion to “Grow More Vegetables…”, but most of the used copies are outrageously priced – so waiting to see if something affordable turns up, or if I can find it in a library and photocopy it. But I did find some posts from people who had worked with the ideas here (https://permies.com/t/17401/Circle-book-Dave-Duhon-discuss) and here (http://livinglowinthelou.blogspot.com/2013/10/can-you-really-grow-all-your-own-food.html)

    I also went here (http://www.growbiointensive.org/publications_main.html) to download any free pdfs that I could (the free ones are mostly in Spanish, but that’s OK).

    I also really want to find a copy of “Test Your Soil With Plants” by John Beeby. That one may have to be a photocopied library book, too – no pdfs, it’s out of print, and the used copy on Amazon is around $200!! But I did find a few items of information here (https://envirochangemakers.org/pub/DIY%20soil%20tests.pdf).

  • #9179

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Working in the garden sounds so nice but the snow here is very deep and we are supposed to get more.  Spring will always be late here, but I have been working on gardening books anyway in anticipation.  I cleaned two shelves of gardening books, some old, some new.  I seem to have a lot of redundant information so I set some books aside to dispense with.  One old one I picked up and it was so dry it started falling apart so I took it the rest of the way apart and will comb bind the parts I want to keep tomorrow.

    I went to town today and got some duplicates of things to set aside for preps.  When weather is better I need to go on expedition to a city quite a distance away.  In this neck of the woods groceries are very expensive, more so than in other places so when I really stock up I go the distance and make an expedition out of it.  Today there was a strange light in the sky (the sun was shining).  It had been quite a while.  One thing about being more isolated this winter is that we haven’t caught colds or flu so thankful for that and hope everyone else gets better fast.

    Red Carnation- that’s a lot to hit you all at once, just keep on putting one foot in front of the other.

    I haven’t read Daisy’s post for today so I’m going to do it right now.

  • #9180

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Hi everyone.  Sorry you’re going to be scarce for a while, Muffy!!!  🙁  Come back when you can.  Hope all is ok with your family.  Good to hear many of you are finally shedding whatever illness got you.  DH woke with stiff neck and began taking our stuff for increasing immune system.  We do NOT want to go thru Round Two!

    I chased a lot of articles around today…links from one to the next to the next.  Data and food for thot.  DH and I had a lot of discussion today about situations and potential future…  Sent some articles to him as well.

    Finally baked the ham we’ve been eating slice by slice.  With a huge sweet potato.

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

  • #9183

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Muffy1938 – Hope things will smooth out for you very soon!  Will look forward to reading your posts whenever you have time to write them.

    Red Carnation – I’m sorry to hear of your friends’ and relative’s recent illnesses and job woes!  I hope that life will improve for them all soon.

    Corsaire – It’s definitely a small world.  I have shopped at the Family Cow also but, instead of having my items delivered, I picked them up at their farm store in PA.

  • #9184

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    This is the fourth time to check in.  Each time before Safari got goofed up by an advert on the bottom of the page.  So far, so good.

    Red Carnation:  Best wishes.  It sounds as if you and your loved ones are in for a difficult time ahead.

    Morse Code:  I am finding that I must practice listening every day.  Fortunately, I found a site that will allow me to put in letters, or words, and play them back to me.  I can practice whatever I need to.  https://morsecode.scphillips.com/translator.html#

    Shirt:  I started to finish the corduroy shirt I stopped making last spring.  Two things:  1) i must look at it carefully to see where I was and what I had decided to do.  I have not done collars  or button plackets often and it is a challenge. 2)  I have grown.  Around the middle.  Too much sitting.  Can I, should I add a gusset to make it fit?  I know, just more walking and less cooking.

    Canning: I canned a double recipe of Flemish Pork Stew; we got pork roast 2 for 1.  It is mainly pork and fried onions; it is the spices and the dark beer that make it special and tasty.  I put it in pint jars which is a better size for just the two of us.  For some reason, the jars were very greasy; that is after Hubby trimmed the fat, and I did not use much oil to fry the onions. I’ll just make a note that the jars were greasy so we eat it sooner than other items.

    It is snowing, again, here in MN.  At this point we have 30 inches in this month alone.  More expected this weekend. As of today, we are at the record of eighth most snow in one month.  In 1991, November had 46 inches.  It is ok is we don’t break that record.

    Stay warm and safe everyone.

  • #9186

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Hi….popping in early.  I was reading the 20 uses for Zip Ties article.  #13 confused me.  I’ve reread it and can’t figure out what it means.  Drill hole in a bucket to keep out O2, moisture, etc.  A hole would allow those things.  Did someone understand this?

    “13. Food storage – To prevent opened food sources like rice and beans from succumbing to food enemies like oxygen, moisture, and rodents use a zip tie to secure them. Simply drill a hole in your 5-gallon plastic containers and secure it with a zip tie. This keeps your preps secure and safe.”

    You know what a valid prep activity is:  Trying to understand how to process deep emotions. Like fear, grieving.   It’s an issue at our house and we’re taking time to handle it sooner rather than later.  AND catching up with lost sleep due to same.  Whew…..

    OldMtWoman

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  • #9190

    Prepperfan305
    Participant

    15th: finally got around to building 2 sets of cube shelves for my closet. The wind and winter had been bad and I decided to brave the outside instead of being patient.

    16th: snowed. Worked on plans for a firewood shelf for my carport to keep it dry, and plans to add cover to the outside piles.

    17th: baby woke up with a fever so I researched natural medicines and medicinal plants I can grow here.

    18th: worked on a list of things I  needed my emergency binder. Went through papers that had piled up and sorted into keep or burn.

    19th: planned out my new raised bed set up and made a list of what I want to grow.

    20th: bills, grocery shopping, library run, stocked up on laundry Detergent. 4 inches of snowfall made these suck but I would rather do them now before the storm coming. Backups for my backups.

  • #9191

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    OldMtWoman – yes, learning how to process deep emotions certainly is a valid prep. I have been thinking about fear today – fear of what other people will think when they find out that I’ve made certain decisions. Examining myself to make sure my decisions are based on a solid foundation and reasoning so that I am not tempted to change them in the face of opposition. Imagining how I will react when I am criticized or just asked why I made that decision… In the past, that has been a difficult one for me.

    Or how to stay calm and rational and do the right thing when the (really) crazy woman across the street starts yelling at me or my husband for nothing, or the drunk in another house across the street starts abusing his wife or cussing out the whole neighborhood in general – I often wish I lived in the boonies away from all of this, but that’s not a choice right now. Gotta “brighten the corner where I am”.

    Today I snagged 2 used books I have been looking for for a long time now – “One Circle: How to Grow a Complete Diet in Less Than 1000 Square Feet” and “Test Your Soil With Plants”. Actually found them for quite reasonable prices on Ebay, and not the outlandish prices on Amazon.

    Also began ordering seeds – excited about the landrace sweet corn, the giant Mongolian sunflowers and the multi-colored beans. I am looking for open pollinated seeds that can withstand both drought and wet conditions (the beans were bred from a cross between tepary beans and black beans and then bred over generations until they bred true, not like hybrids). Also ordered corn salad, which will have to be planted as soon as I get it. Let the gardening begin (even if it’s still snowing)!

  • #9192

    Columbia River
    Participant

    I organized the books I’ve acquired since the transition and realized I really need to start thinking about where things will go when we get into the house.

    So I’m getting out my plans and will start working on that because there still really isn’t enough room for everything – that’s the trouble with living a homestead lifestyle – a place for canning kettles and canning jars and extra blankets and books (and books and books) and and so on and so forth  so I better make the little corners as efficient as possible.  This was a fast project not a sit down for three months and design to the last cup.  So I probably flunked prepping on my house project but it’s happening and one skill is flexibility – when told you can have a major upgrade and it will be quite affordable if it happens right now, you just do it now.

    Still working on my dehydrator books also.

  • #9194

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Stormy today- another day to hunker down and blow snow tomorrow.  I’ve decided I can’t do anything about the meter but let it be estimated.  I did have to fix a window today that had some breeze blowing in the shed connected to the house and rigged up a blanket because I couldn’t get the door open to the outside or climb through the snowbank.  Spring will come someday and then I will make sure that doesn’t happen again by changing the window.

    Not too much I can do except organize things so have been doing that and making some lists of things to do later when weather and finances permit.  The oven went blooey and nothing I did could make it work again so… new stove when I can get out to buy one.  In the meantime, improvise.

    Still slowly working on Morse code and decluttering too.  Also worked on genealogy today but that has nothing to do with prepping.

    Two things on my list- new bicycle tires and tubes and put in a new well with an old fashioned hand pump near the garden.

  • #9205

    corsaire
    Participant

    Yesterday I looked online for a basic carpentry skill course. I realized quickly that this was something I needed to learn hands on. Found 2 woodworking classes, both would require an overnight stay though because of the distance. I am seriously considering it

    Today was day 2 of the no Amazon challenge.and it was a challenge. I needed another tool bag and of course I thought of amazon. I didnt do it. I found a coupon for one at Harbor Freight, plus I got a headlamp free with another coupon.

    I usually go to the thrift stores and purchase a travel bag for stuff like this, but the gas from driving to them for this one item, woudnt be worth it.

    I also  learned a trick from the OT who learned it from someone else. A wound needed to be cleaned and he put sanitizer jell in the gauze packet, squished it around and viola.

  • #9206

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    corsaire – congrats on the no amazon day!

    I am currently keeping a running list for the thrift stores / yard sales so I can take a day or two each month and make the rounds to see what I find.

    I use Thriftbooks.com a lot because I can put in a wish list for used books and they will email me when one comes available. For most of the books I look for, they might get in 1 every 6 months or longer, so I have to exercise patience. But I did earn a free book so I got a couple of books on dehydrating foods and cooking with them today. You only have to spend $10 to get free shipping, so it’s a pretty good deal.

    You can tell we just got some money in – since we’re both freelancers, it’s really feast and famine, so after going without for several months, in the last few days I’ve bought 5 used books. That’s probably it for several months. Need to concentrate on improvements for gardening, storage baskets, and a new-to-me pressure canner in the next few months when I get enough to have some spending money (all used, of course).

    Hoping to make my first run to the Amish discount grocery store on Saturday or Monday. Will see if it works out…

  • #9210

    Columbia River
    Participant

    As part of my work I ran across an article on IRS tips for when a disaster happens.  Reviewed the list with personal things in mind.  Will be updating some information based on article.

    Another thing I thought about was changing our bank accounts to Payable on Death (POD) designations.  That way the accounts transfer without probate.  Discussed the bank change with my husband today and he agrees, so we’ll probably get that paperwork signed tomorrow.  Different kind of prepping but definitely preparation.

    Still working on dehydrated food book some more today. As in reading with pencil and notepaper

  • #9212

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Tho it took energy we didn’t have, we went to see elderlies today.  That’s going to be more necessary.  I advised checking with their doc on something.  Better to catch something wrong early.

    We grabbed more wood pellets cuz being as severely cold…the furnace just does NOT keep it feeling warm in here.  And we feel each year that warmer and warmer is merely ‘comfortable’.  More ‘weather’ in the forecast….caught in a never-ending loop this year…doesn’t it seem so?

    I’m keeping up on the shopping lists better.  So when DH or we get in to town, we’ll know what the priorities are.  I divide the list into:  1) On Sale This WEEK…..2) Need!……3) Want.  It’s helped DH to know which items are priority and which can wait for another trip if he’s running out of time/energy.

    OldMtWoman  ….gotta go do something about this impending headache  Hmph.

     

     

  • #9214

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    OldMtWoman – As to your question a couple of days ago about the suggestion of using a Zip tie to secure a 5-Gallon bucket, the only thing I can think that it might mean is that a person could possibly punch a small hole in the overlapping rim of the bucket lid and punch another one in the slightly protruding ridge that runs around the top portion of the bucket itself, and then pass a zip tie through those holes to make it less easy for someone to remove the bucket lid.  Putting holes in those locations shouldn’t compromise the interior of the bucket.  However, I don’t think it would make the bucket all that much more secure since someone could always just cut the plastic zip tie and then open the bucket.  Of course, then you’d know someone had opened it, so it would have that advantage.

  • #9216

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    I had the roof shoveled off today and now we could run around naked without drawing the curtains if we wanted too (we don’t).  The snow is high as the roof in most places.  Also had someone with a front end loader do the drive.  Sure saved me a lot of work.

    Today I went through several storage places and cataloged what was in them to index cards.  It needed to be done because sometimes I forget to cross something off if its used or add something new.  WEhen stuff is all over the place its harder to keep track of it but I’m gaining on it.  Someone here suggested index cards.  I don’t remember who but its working for me, so thank you whoever you are.

  • #9220

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Muffy- Take care and come back when you can. I know you have been very busy.

    Went through my sewing table today and reorganized it. The drawers to the table were loaded with anything & everything. So anything that had nothing to do with sewing was put in a pile to be put in the right places. Saw I need to get some needles for my sewing machine. So as soon as I can get to the fabric store I will be buying the different sizes I need. And yes if I go there, I am sure to find material that I want. As the saying goes, he who dies with the most fabric wins. Or so my daughter keeps telling me.

    I do have about 14 altoid tins. So going to use them in crafts. I really need to get back to sewing but still a lot to do for the spring cleaning. And yes if feels so good to not have to drop everything 3 & 4 times a day to let neighbor’s dog out. Hoping she understood how much she was having me do that. But anyway, so far so good. Two weeks with no calls to let dog out on no notice.

    Hubby is useless when it comes to cleaning house and going through stuff. All he does these days is sit in front of TV. But doctor will get an ear full when he goes in March. Hopefully the new doctor will fix his problems. Hoping he will be able to come off of the blood thinner. That may be the problem. He has been on it for years.

    Still got all the desk drawers in office to clean out. A lot of things will go away. Stuff I just don’t use. It is slow going but I am getting there. I do get tired easy but I am now forcing myself to get things done.

    Still got some flour and powered milk to oven can. Will get that done in a week or so as flour is in freezer for a few days.

    Everyone stay safe and warm as it has been a cold damp here for a few days with more rain on the way. But at least no snow so far. But we have had our worst snow in March before, so hope that will not be the case this year.

     

     

  • #9223

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    AmyD….yes, I see what you mean.  Still….doesn’t seem like something I’d do.  It’s sometimes quite a chore to get the lid off those buckets anyway.  Dunno…

    I can relate Lil, Sister.  There is SO much to sort and toss here.  And there are big changes in our lives….some happening and some ….pending.  Today our big prep was making a financial decision that changes several things.  It was time to do this ……and it went smoothly.  [big surprise there!]  Thankful that’s out of the way and we can continue shifting other activities.  The elderlies need us more so this will allow us to follow thru with that.

    …..now if I could get my medical stuff at least on the calendar!  Hmph.  Gonna call that office on Monday.  Been over 3 wks so lets get on with it already!

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

  • #9224

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Reviewed Daisy’s article on what to do in a financial crunch. Have a client that was supposed to have paid a $1900 bill that hasn’t paid it yet, so I’m not happy. Will have to start calling places I owe bills on Monday and warning them I might be a week or two late 🙁

    I really want to get this under control – hopefully will happen in the next month.

  • #9229

    Olivia Green
    Participant

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=payable+on+death+bank+accounts&atb=v149-3__&ia=web

    for columbia river.
    here’s a page of links about POD accounts that may have some information of use to you.

  • #9232

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    Having a “down” day.  Hubby is chattering and laughing and I want to gag him.  It is the SAD.   I am not depressed, this could be a lot worse, I am just feeling heavy.  Like swimming upstream.  This is the end of week two on the new meds, perhaps they are kicking in and I need to wait a bit longer.  Or it could be the constant gray skies and snowfalls, more today.  Trouble getting to sleep and waking up.  I am down from the “high” of watching my grandson succeed last Saturday.  It will pass.

    Meanwhile, a few years ago we took the 55 Alive driving refresher course.  After 8 hours of sitting in a classroom, and refreshing our memories of safe driving, our car insurance was reduced by 10%. Now we need only take a 4-hour refresher.  We can take it from home, online, but we do not have and cannot seem to download Adobe Flash for our Macs.  I wasted yesterday afternoon trying to get it to load.  Same problem with Hubby’s computer. We may need to drive 50 miles to get this done.

    Meanwhile, I finished the reworking of the hat and mittens.  Finished assembling a baby blanket; time to wash it and put it away.  Now, to find another one that is half finished to finish that one.  I put the collar on the corduroy shirt and just have the button holes to do. (I hate button holes; they never line up no matter how well I mark them.) I will soon have a new shirt, swirls of shades of deep blue with a navy collar, cuffs, and pockets. Then clean up that mess and start another shirt, a cheery solid bright pink flannel for around the house.

    What I did get accomplished was modifying the many pictures we took of the eagle project.  Crop, adjust brightness, sharpen, and put on Facebook for he and his friends to enjoy.

    Perhaps one thing that has me down is the death of a friend.  While I have not seen her in 50 years, since we graduated, we communicated on Facebook.  We went to elementary, junior and senior high together, plus were in Girl Scouts, band and choir, and she lived one block from me.  She is just two months older than I am; 69.  That scares me a bit. I knew she had some health issues, but not morbid ones.  If she can pass on at 69, then I had better get myself in gear and clear out my house so my only child does not need to do it.

    So, I am dragging my heavy self off this chair and push through this gray day to discard piles of Stuff.  Capital S for the junk that is not work keeping.

    Stay warm, and Sunny, everyone.

  • #9238

    corsaire
    Participant

    Yesterday I looked at handguns. revolver vs automatic. I hope to get my concealed carry soon. ( still in therapy due to the dog bite)

    Today I purchased a pack of work gloves, and will be placing them in the car, the hurricane box and by the door to the yard.

    Took inventory of my essential oils and have a list ready

    Safari, ugh hate it. I switched to a browser called Brave. It works great, with excellent security features.

     

    Stay safe everyone.

  • #9239

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Mostly worked today on the money-making stuff.

    But we’re working on getting off prescription meds, which is a huge prep as far as I’m concerned. We think we’ve managed to successfully get rid of two prescription meds for husband, without ill effects, and with the added benefit that his diabetic medicine now works better! We’re watching carefully, and will be working with the doctor to get through this. Once we’re sure these 2 can be permanently eliminated, we’ll be working on healing the diabetes with herbs, diet and exercise. I need to lose about 100 pounds and he needs to lose about 60. He’ll have an easier time of it, I’m sure, but we can do it if we’ll only be disciplined….

    Also getting ready to start Lent – in the Eastern Rite churches it’s supposed to be no dairy or meat for 6 weeks. Some people are stricter, some are more flexible because of health problems. Will be making meal plans and trying to decide how to do this in light of the health problems we each have. Our priest is urging us to not do anything to endanger health but to find a way to participate in a meaningful way.

  • #9240

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Yesterday managed to pare down some of what we have in the cabin as I’m starting to get concerned about putting everything in the house in an orderly manner. Found some clothes and even some hair clips that I just don’t use any more and gave them to a friend for the homeless ministry.   But then I also got some more books  —- hmmmm

    today went over some planning things with son assigned to deal with things when we die  (not planning on doing so anytime soon but prepared covers everything)

     

  • #9241

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Little sister – perhaps your neighbor would consider a fence and a doggie door. They are so handy.

    Olivia Green. Thanks for link. I also like DuckDuckGo over Google

    and Cinnamon Grammy, I too hate SAD. My light makes a world of difference. Check out Nedley Health Solutions. He is an incredible physician and hyper researcher. If he tells you something is good for a problem he probably has half a page of footnotes as to why this not that.  You don’t have to buy from him but see what he recommends as it will be the best. I start using my light in September usually-just 20 minutes first thing in the morning.

  • #9242

    Red Carnation
    Participant

    Thank you to all for the support during all this illness and other calamities in my loved ones’ lives.

    Today I dusted part of the house and did all the laundry.  In addition, I took a brisk walk with a friend (yay for fitness), roasted a whole chicken (purchased on sale) for a few meals, and treated two health issues with natural remedies.  I already use many natural remedies, and increased some of their dosage for these health issues.  It was such a blessing to see the positive difference in my health in less than a week!

    Yesterday I purchased meat in a family pack, avocados on sale, and other groceries.  There was not much I HAD to get because of having taken advantage of previous sales to stock up.

    Today I also made two types of beans in the thermal cooker.  Both types of beans were purchased in bulk when they were on sale. 🙂

  • #9244

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Well I got plenty of sunlight in my eyes today.  I was able to not use my sunglasses for long enough.  During the night we received MANY inches of snow….sneak attack!  Woke up  “Aw nooo”   GROAN!  It is so much work to remove enough snow to get to all the animals and the vehicles.  I went out the back with shovel and DH went out front and went on down to barnyard to feed critters and shovel there.  I worked around to open goat house and clear the stairs down that steeeeep hilliside.  Kept resting so I’d make the duration.

    I can’t believe that just a couple days ago, I thot getting a foot of snow at once would be easier than sweeping just a bit every single day like it’s been doing this winter.  Nope!  I’ll take the broom daily over the shovel job we had today.

    After today I’ve added items to my Shopping List:  2-3 new brooms — these are worn out and pathetic.  I still want light-weight brooms but with full bristles!!!  Also one more NOT-aluminum snow shovel.  That aluminum shovel …..I left it in the sun a few minutes while opening the goat door.  Then the snow stuck to the shovel.  Go to toss the snow and AACK!  Full shovel comes back to you.  Tried scraping off the ‘Velcro’ but only partially successful.  Hmph!  Makes everything so much harder.

    We got both vehicles dug out and down the hill to get out of the way.  Dear neighbor friend comes to snow plow the driveway.  Then everything gets a lot easier.  Until this snow begins to puddle in meltwater and freeze solid….

    OldMtWoman ….tired…. G’nite all

  • #9245

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Feb 23- Went to town for errands and supplies.  got some more canned goods for the prep pantry.  Came home and ate supper and took a long winter’s nap.  Got some electronic things in the mail.

    Feb 24- today- Did some more organizing and reading prep articles.  Had the shed roof shoveled off so it wouldn’t collapse from snow weight.  Tried some shoveling but chest still hurts from injury so hired it done.  Odd thing is, it hurts to cough, sneeze or hiccup but not too much to blow snow with the blower if I’m careful not to bend suddenly.  Its supposed to storm again tonight and in the morning so many churches around here have canceled services tomorrow.  Snowbanks are so high I wonder how long it will take them to melt.  Also finished reading a book by Thomas Sowell today entitled “The vision of the Anointed”.

    OldMtWoman- I like my plastic shovel better than the aluminum one but if I put silicone spray on it it sure helps to keep the snow from sticking.  Also sticks worse when the shovel has been warm and then taken out in the cold.

    Hieronyma Texter- I’m going to check out Thriftbooks.com.  Thanks for the tip.

  • #9246

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    OldMtWoman – Sorry you’re having to deal with more snow!  Hope Spring comes soon to your area!

    Cinnamon Grammy – Know what you mean – I have trouble with SAD also.  Mainly it makes me feel tired pretty much all the time in the winter months.  Taking my Vitamin D3 supplements and looking forward to sunny weather hopefully coming soon!

  • #9251

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    To Hieronyma Textor:  I just posted a Vegan recipes for Roasted Sweet Potato Dahl under Recipes.  Check it out.  We had this yesterday and it was delicious.  That may help you with your diet restrictions for Lent.  It make about 3 quarts worth, so I hope you like it, you will be eating it for a while.  Definitely add the Mango Chutney and coconut.

    I added pockets to my new corduroy shirt yesterday.  Now, no more excuses, it is on to the button holes.  But, I will have a new shirt very soon.

    As mentioned above, I made a Vegan recipe and it was delicious.  I seem to be on a sweet potato craving cycle lately.  Hubby does not question what I make anymore.  I tell him afterwards what he ate.  But, when he tells me, halfway through the meal, that he really enjoys it, I know I have a hit.  So, into the recipe book and favorites file.

    We missed the huge snowstorm and strong winds that closed highways is southern MN last night.  However, MN has a new February record, 30.4″, and more snow is still expected before month’s end. (This is not a lot for MN, just a lot for Feb.) It is so windy here that the suet log, which is hanging under a bird feeder “dome” for protection from squirrels, is being blown nearly horizontal.  The Downy Woodpecker is hanging on and not trying to feed when the log starts swinging.  It flew away when the “swing” neared the 40 degree arc.

    Take care all.  I have had my two hours under the Sunbox and I should go do today’s prepping.

  • #9252

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Sorry, I was wrong about our snowfall. From Minnesota Public Radio, MPR:

    “With 35.7 inches so far, February 2019 is now the sixth snowiest month on record in the Twin Cities (records go back to 1884). The average Twin Cities snowfall for February is just 7.7 inches.”

    We have a ways to go until we hit the record for the Perfect Storm Snowfall in 1991 of 46.9 inches.  It is OK that we miss that record.  Right?  Although, 10 inches is still possible.

  • #9255

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    February 24

    Moved a small freezer in today so I have extra freezer space for when the farmer’s market get going here in a few months.  My stand up freezer I will be using for home baked goods and weekly freezer meals I hope to get started on next month.  Homemade soups, breads & rolls, meat dishes, breakfast breads, pies & cakes, maybe before next month I can remember other things I want to make, hoping my energy level stay up so I can get things done.

    I want to do homemade jellies and jams this year, it has been a few years since I made any, I used to make extra jam and jelly and give it to the ones that gave me pears, plums, and muscadines, hope I can convince them to do the same again.

     

  • #9257

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Thank you, Cinnamon Grammy for the recipe!

    I didn’t do much today except go to church and visit Dad in the nursing home.

    Hubby took what he calls his $9000 walk – that’s what diabetic treatment from a specialist plus meds cost per month for someone in his condition if they don’t have insurance. And we don’t have insurance. So he has gotten off other prescription meds that make it harder to control blood sugar, he eats very low carb, and he walks at least an hour every day, usually more. That’s his $9000 walk.

    I’m going to have to start those, too, before things get worse. We’re trying to remember to take gymnema and dietary bitters every day, too (like dandelion and oregon grape root).

  • #9261

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Hieronyma……$9000 walk….I like it!  That’s a really good way to look at it.  Inspires one to continue!

    Woodsrunner…..stupid shovel.  I brought it thru the house from front door and stuck it immediately out the back door for that reason.  So it was fine when I went out to shovel.  But the couple minutes it took me to open the goat door, it was merely in the sunshine……That did it!  Don’t like fussy tools!  😉

    Oh boy am I wiped out today.  Had to keep moving every half hour or muscles would lock up.  Tomorrow could be better …or much worse.  Happens to be DH’s work days too.  But brisk walk with dog is always good.  Wrestling/shoveling to get snow off the shelter tarp was NOT FUN!  DH forgot to get it off there and it was pulling back ….snow was sliding onto our stored straw bales.  He’s going to move them into the hay shed tomorrow morning, hopefully. PM chores were just kinda frustrating with this and that not working as normal.  Gaaah!  Could be I’m just worn out and uncoordinated.

    Dumping more dirt/grit on new icy spots is always necessary.  I hope to remember to dump some of our pellet stove ashes on the real trouble spots on driveway.  Got about an 8″ ice dam where I usually park my truck.  Ashes there too.  Less chance of tracking it back inside if it’s out there in driveway and not where we’re walking.  With strong, high altitude sunshine, the dark color attracts the sun [which we’re supposed to have this week] and eats the snow/ice.  Hopefully, cuz this winter is not over by a long shot.  🙁

    I made a new First Aid Data folder on my desktop.  Dumping in data from Doom/Bloom and elsewhere.  Hopefully print it out sometime the printer is up here.  No room for it to live up here permanently.

    OldMtWoman …G’nite all

  • #9263

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Didn’t make it to church this morning- it was canceled due to the blizzard.  It started off not to bad but turned into a raging howler later today.  When the dogs needed to go out I had to shove the door against a drift a foot high, then shovel it a ways and an hour or so later do the same thing four times tonight.  Oh well, it felt good to hunker down today.  Everyone was advised NOT to go on the road and I sure wouldn’t have wanted to be out in a whiteout.

    So… I cleaned the bathroom medicine cabinets and tossed some old creams and stuff that was just too old or unnesessary.  (sp?) I also read an article about blueberries and decided the exact spot to plant then in in the spring.  Before I planted them in soil that was too rich for them and they didn’t do well.

    OldMtWoman- I also hate tools that don’t do well.  If fact I hate machines for the most part.  I find it hard to get the snow blower going at times.  The way its drifting I’ll surely have to do that tomorrow.

  • #9265

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    Well, the sorta blizzard we had yesterday severed the rope on a bird feeder making the squirrels happy since the feeder was on the ground this morning.  We were between two fronts and did not get much snow or wind.  While we were lucky, Rochester, MN was not.  Roofing was either blown off structures or collapsed from the weight of snow.

    Speaking of snow, bad Preppers here.  We only have one snow shovel, and that is wearing away.  On our list for the next trip to a box store – if there are any left.

    I just added the recipe for Tuscan Bean Soup to the recipe file. (It is from Emeril Lagasse to give proper credit.)  You all told me to add zucchini to soups and this is the one I added it to.  We really enjoyed the soup.  By eliminating the pancetta it is easily made vegan. You can also grow the ingredients yourself.

    Unfortunately, I made my Veganuary Recipe doc too large and it will not open.  So, I must redo it.  I was able to copy the recipe list from page one and will pursue each recipe one at a time as I make it. I hate to lose hours of work.

    Experiment: I made a broccoli soup yesterday – without the cheese.  Looking at it, it was very, very green, I doubt I would have eaten it as a child.  However, with the chickpeas and potatoes, celery and parsnips in it, it was healthy and the seasonings made it tasty.  Hubby added cheese to his.  I used broccoli greens from the freezer, plus the tops.  I don’t like chard, it tastes like beets which I do not care for.  So, I plant kale, and use all of the broccoli.

    I spent some time online looking for lentil seeds. They are really difficult to find. Amazon came through with several sources; one red and one green.  I also found white carrot seeds.  Since Hubby cannot eat carrots, I thought maybe it was the orange carotinoid.  A friend had some white carrots and he could handle those.  So, I will plant white carrots this summer.  This is also a difficult seed to find with few choices.   I wonder if there are nutritional differences among the white carrot, orange carrot, and parsnip-which is my normal substitute.  No need to plant them all if not since parsnip just does not grow well for me.

    Time for me to do some snow shoveling.

  • #9266

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Cinnamon Grammy – you’ve probably found http://www.rareseeds.com, but I just have to mention it. I absolutely love their selection, and they have 2 varieties of white carrots. Gorgeous catalog, too!

    Today, we’re doing financial prep (budget overhaul) and compiling some new recipes for Lent, again with a focus on food stores / storable food. I am going to try to start a regular “$9000 walk” like husband. I have polymyalgia <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>and</span> fibromyalgia, so it’s hard, but going to give it my very best effort. Here goes….

  • #9267

    corsaire
    Participant

    I have fibromyalgia also.

    The $9000 walk challenge. Ok perhaps thats pushing it, but heck I’ll try and see what I can do also

    Yesterday, I looked for trailers. James Michner in a post somewhere suggested to have one filled with hurricane preps, so if you need to evacuate just hitch it up and go.

    Today, I purchased a couple of hurricane shutters from Habitat for humanity. They were the only 2 left in the size that I  needed and a bit narrow. Something is better then nothing. I’ll do a dry fit this week and see if I need anymore.

    Also did a battery check. Cant find any AAA’s which I thought I purchased.

    hmmm. On the list for tomorrow.

  • #9268

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Saw all the snow that some states have had and it was bad. Now they are saying we might get snow here in 4 or 5 days. To soon to call yet. But we will see. I am ready for it. Got salt and snow shovel in garage.

    They will be here Wed. to put in new air conditioner. Glad that will be over as it is slowing down things I need to do. They said it should all be done in one day. Hope they are right because it is a lot they are having to do.

    Went through more recipes and got them into binder. I have had a bad habit of collecting recipes, printing them out and never getting them into a binder. So glad this is almost done. I have separated the canning, from the dehydrating ones and so forth. So now they are much more organized instead of being one big pile of papers that I was sorting through to find what I needed in the past. Should have gotten this done over a year ago.

    I have a bunch of e-books I want to put onto a scan disc. At least if something happens I will still have them.

    I am starting to think that after being on that prepper website for so long (2012- to about 3 months ago that saving all the things and storing toilet paper, paper towels, etc. was really a needed thing. I guess I could look on the bright side. I am not buying anymore paper products nor food till I have almost depleted my supply. It is just so overwhelming to have the amount of stuff I do have. I will be making a list of what I really need and use up the rest.

    How much food and paper products does anyone really think we need to stock? I have been told over and over we need a year or more of food, water, paper goods such as toilet paper, towels, plates, etc. I am really thinking that amount is not needed.

  • #9269

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Little Sister. You only need a year’s worth if you’re somewhere without access to shopping for a year. Which is always a “who knows?” type question.  Even in our little area we had bare shelves at Walmart because the pass was closed due to avalanche danger for a few days. So I guess it is your decision and your consequences. I personally think if it lasts a year I better have figured out after a few weeks how to wash dishes and survive without so much consumer products.

    Yesterday I realized my spare clothes bag for the car had been brought into the cabin so upgraded that.

    Today my copy of Making it-Radical Home-Ec for a Post Consumer World by Coyne and Knutzen arrived  from AbeBooks dot com (cheap used books and often free shipping).  I think someone on this challenge recommended the book -THANKS for the recommendation as it is probably one of the best do it yourself books I’ve seen.  I’ve already got a couple of recipes working.  And I’ll probably keep on the lookout for extras for my kids.  I am also still working on the dehydrator book

     

     

     

     

  • #9270

    Prepperfan305
    Participant

    21st: Snowed like crazy. Deep cleaned my house to ward off more sicknesses. Caught up on laundry.

    22nd: Snowed again. Found a camping trailer we are hoping to purchase. Went through 3 boxes of “stuff” and organized or threw out.

    23rd: Bought an Snake plant with my birthday money. Went through flashlights and checked batteries. Filled my flour bucket and bought another 25 lb bag. Cleaned my carpets at 11 pm.

    24th: Worked on going through pictures from my childhood. My mom asked me to upload them to an external so she wouldn’t lose them, so I’m doing that for her and giving an external hard drive to my sister and brother as Christmas gifts. There are enough pictures that it’ll take me a while! Also worked on my 2018 Family Yearbook.

    25th: Finallized and sent in Tax returns. Found out how much we are getting and wrote out a budget for the top 3/4 of it. After we get stuff paid off, we’ll figure out our next move. Also found a place to order a half beef and worked on our shopping list for case lot next month.

  • #9271

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Prepperfan – What is your family yearbook like?  I’m working on a family scrapbook for my daughter.  Also finding out that things I took for grated that everyone in the family knew, she didn’t always know- like who is who in photos.

    Very snowy today after the blizzard.  I am still snowed in.  Could not get the snow blower to work.  I got it started but could not keep it running and neighbor with front end loader wasn’t home.  The snow in front of the drive is three feet high now, I shoveled some but not all.

    How do I add a photo here?

    The snow took so much time and energy I just worked on some prep stuff for notebooks today.

  • #9272

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    I’m feeling for all of you in the snow areas….BTDT recently.  Spent time today putting ashes on the icy spots in driveway and on the steep part with very packed snow.  The wind “helped” me scatter it….tho I was trying for a more specific approach.  LOL  Able to fill the big animal water tank cuz we were pretty warm….the chill wind across the snowy pastures didn’t help tho.

    Tonite I had to figure out why the barnyard had no electric tonite – noticed poutry light was out and the barnyard light.  Both are LEDs now  [LOVE those bulbs for many reasons!!] so it was very unlikely they’d both be out together.  I’d slid in snow near where that electric line goes and I was afraid I might have disconnected something.  Big problem wasn’t the lights…it was the heater for the large water tank I *just* filled to the brim.  Found that the circuit breaker was tripped….after going down to barnyard in the dark with dog to check out first.  Logic prevailed so up to the house and out back door to fix it.  Yessss!  Have tank water heater working again!

    Nothing will fix my cordless phone handset that I dumped into the washer with the basket of clothes today……  {sigh}   That’s the SECOND TIME I carried the phone downstairs in the basket and forgot when I loaded into the washer.  DH and I have been so wiped out lately that we’re a comedy of errors.  But it can get costly….or dangerous.

    Made one of my better spaghetti sauces tonite.  DH love it.  Caramelized the onions.  Had green peppers.  Lotta garlic, of course.  We’ll eat on that for a while.  Good thing to cook ahead when we’re so tired.

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

  • #9277

    grammy em
    Participant

    well, i haven’t checked in regularly, but i have been busy. i want to tell you about something i did yesterday. this is prime citrus season–fresh and (relatively) cheap. i got 5 lbs of organic lemons, and went right to work to make the most of them. because they are organic, there is no pesticide residue on them. so i grated the yellow skins finely and spread them out to dry. they will add lemony flavor to desserts and fish all year. next, i cut them up and juiced them. i didn’t can all that juice as it would damage the vitamin c, which is heat sensitive. instead, i froze the juice in ice cube trays, each space in the tray holding about 2 tablespoons of juice. the frozen cubes were doubled bagged and put in the freezer. if i didn’t have a freezer, i would have canned them, because i would, at least, get the lemony flavor all year. next, i used a spoon to scrape the remaining flesh off the white part of the peel. the peel is used in 2 ways. first, i add some slices of the white pith to the white vinegar i use for cleaning and as a laundry softener replacement. it keeps just fine in the gallons of vinegar and adds a little cleaning power and fresh scent to all the places i use vinegar. the rest of the peel is chopped up and sprinkled around acid loving plants–especially blueberries and camellia sinensis (from which black tea is made). nothing left in my kitchen today but a slight scent of lemon. 🙂

  • #9278

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    February 26

    Last evening I made chicken spaghetti and chili mac for freezer meals.  Have four pounds of ground beef that I will use to make hot dog sauce, sloppy joe’s, meat loaf when I get out to the store for bell peppers.  I have enough apples and pie crust to make three caramel apple pies this week to put in the freezer.

     

     

  • #9279

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    grammy em – what a wonderful, frugal way to process your lemons!

    Today I got to hang my laundry out in the sunshine again. Decided on a spot to plant some greens, but have to wait until tomorrow.

    The biggest thing – husband and I decided on a foundational principle for our prepping – Prepared Minimalism. In other words, be prepared the best you can, but be sure you have no more than you really need and keep the ability to be mobile. I am excited about working this out. We’re getting ready to purge about 90% of our stuff.

    Started my $9000 walks today – will add a little more distance each day. Husband is doing about 2 hours today, but I’m not there yet.

    Also started lactofermented pickles from some Korean radishes I have, to keep them from going bad. They will be fine outside the frig for about a month.

  • #9281

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Grammy that is a great idea on the lemons. Will be trying that out next time I see them on sale. I love putting lemon in my water to drink. So now I will know what to do with the peels.

    Hieronyma Textor. I to have decided to cut down on the amount of things we have. Right now I have well over a years worth of food. I have been storing for my daughter and her family as well. But she is doing nothing to get prepared and I have decided after talking with her that she will need to because we can no longer maintain  the amount of food we have. So I am starting to use it up and not replace it. We will have food stored but not like we do now. As it is hubby bought a great deal of the long term food from a place that was going out of business. I must say he get some great deals on it. We have tried some of the foods and they are good. So that will be our back up plan. As it is, as much canning I do, we can live on that and have plenty without having all this can food from the grocery stores. I have been making my own soups and stews and canning them but have a lot of store bought soups that we are trying to use up. Also going through and using up what is in the freezers. I do have some veggies that I am going to dehydrate in there. I am also going to start back making our bread instead of buying a loaf here and there as I have loads of flour stored that I want to use up. Not to mention all the paper products stored in the attic. Going to start using up a lot of that instead of just buying it as we need it. We haven’t touched what is in the attic in over two years. So now is the time to get it used up.

    I know something is getting ready to happen as from Alerts USA is monitoring events in S. Asia. Seems the Indian Air Force had carried out strikes in Pakistan territory. These are both nuclear powers and tensions are high. Also Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi warns that India has committed aggression by violating the LoC & country is prepared and might respond with an attack. Then there is Russa showing it’s ugly head. So things could be heating up soon.

    But even though things are heating up, I do want to down size what I have because where we live is military bases all around as well as being about 4 or 5 hours away from Washington DC. So we are more than likely going to one day have to evacuate. I figure if we can’t take it with us we don’t need to stock as much. Just keeping enough to keep us going and have grab and go on the ready.

    Air Conditioner going in tomorrow. So glad that will be over with. Then I can get back to the decluttering and getting things back in order again. Also got to take car in for oil change and recall. So will be making appt. to have that done soon.

    OldmtWoman you and your husband be careful in that snow. And that goes for anyone else having to deal with it. We may be getting our first snow this weekend but still not sure of the amount. Don’t think it will be more than an inch or two. But around here it will close schools and slow traffic.

    Checking out the seed catalogs as we will be getting garden ready as soon as weather permits. Checked rain gage today and ended up with 4 inches of rain in a week. That is a lot.

  • #9283

    Columbia River
    Participant

    We had sunshine today and it brightened everyone’s attitude.  Me, coworkers, customers and colleagues in other businesses.

    I found potatoes sprouting so will be making soup tonight – lunches for work.

    I also will be making vegetable broth from the Making It book I got yesterday.   Canning equipment is all in storage so freezer to the rescue.

    Spring is coming!  Sunset is already about 5:30 even without the time change. I feel energy bubbling up in me in spite of a busted shoulder.  Don’t even want to think about what winters were like before I got my “happy light”

     

  • #9284

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    GrammyEm….love all those uses for lemons!  Smell is wonderful!

    So yesterday’s project of ashes on the ‘driveway glacier’ worked great.  Already I’m seeing dirt/grit holes where the ashes were laid.  Wonderfully warm the past two days….hoping for a bit longer so that glacier will disappear.  Then we’ll get more snow but without that underneath.

    Today I was dealing with a puddle that kept forming in the back….right at the yard gate.  A fire exit, if we had to….  But meltwater was coming down from the huge hillside that’s still full of deep snow.  Well twice I just shoveled loose snow onto the puddle.  Snow soaked up the water and then I scraped the snow away from that area.  The only absorbent material I had to hand…. {shrug}  Seems to work and I do NOT want that gate iced shut.

    Did a lot of snow dealings again today.  Removal from shed roof….uff tah!  That was a lot we got!  But with the warming trend, things are getting finally back under control.  …til more snow comes…and it will.

    DH and I had discussions on future….there is a lot to discuss and a lot of variables.  We see things pretty much the same.  We’re trying to prep for the same things…..then aging gets in the way.  If we have the Stuff Hit Fan….we’ll both be wishing we were still younger.  A friend my age just had a surgery that will position her with better health in case of major troubles.  She preps too and that was a good one.  DH is leaning towards a choice that will make his health better.  Hope he does it.

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

  • #9289

    Loving Life
    Participant

    Hi everyone!

    It’s been a while since I last posted. I have been uber busy taking an online course on essential oils; it’s a daily course for the entire month of February. I am also doing daily study in herbal medicine.

    I have been enjoying the winter weather here in Up State NY. It been super cold! If the SHTF, I want to be able to get around in winter, so I have been snow shoeing and skiing. I have also been doing more cooking on the woodstove.

    I have been reading the posts. I need my daily dose of what has @oldmtwoman done now:). Of course, she found another use for wood ash! Lol.

    @littlesister. I too struggle with how much is enough. Various scenarios might include a bug out from your location. A slow collapse might be stay in place. I look at the skills I am acquiring as self-sufficiency. I look at various items I purchased as a form if insurance. I hope to never need that insurance, but if I need it I am going to be so glad I have it.

    As an example, I purchase flood insurance. When Sandy hit, I was the only one on my street that had flood insurance. We all had losses ranging $30k-50k! My loss was covered.

    I plan a budget line for prep supplies, just like insurance. For me, I just view it as another form of insurance. Some of that is for long term supplies (food buckets 20 year, seeds, etc), more items in my pantry that I rotate, annual garden (plus long term seeds for storage), etc.

    @littlesister. You must decide what makes you comfortable. I also have a family member that I know will show up at my door with her kids. I can turn back lot of people away, but I can’t deny those nephews. Hence, I stockpile more for them.

    I would appreciate knowing how much others stockpile and their mindset behind their stockpiles.

  • #9290

    corsaire
    Participant

    Another day in the tropics. Hope everyone in the snow covered hills are faring well

    Yesterday I purchased a pocket knife. The taser relies on an energy source, which may not work. Also saw batteries that were not alkaline. OK I’ve never heard of zinc chloride batteries.

    NH department of environmental services gave a nice run down

    chrome-extension://oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm/https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/hw/documents/hw-23.pdf

    Today, did some research on the best place to sit in a restaurant. I was sitting scrunched up in a booth yesterday with the wall on one side and a person on the other. Not a good place.

    The no microwave and Amazon challenges are still in play. The hot sun is heating the water from the dehumidifier nicely. So warm water for clothes and dishes.

  • #9291

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    February 27

    We build a cabinet for the pantry with six shelves that will get installed tomorrow to hold baking pans and baking ingredients that I hope is going to make it easier for me to find the things that I need within reach, the other pantry cabinets are so tall I have to use a step ladder and still can’t reach the top cabinets.

  • #9292

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Got the new air conditioner in today. Best part is that it is paid for outright. So no bills. But now I need to make appt. for the car as it needs oil change and has another recall. I think this is the third or forth one and hope it is the last.

    Loving life. You are right about a struggle of how much is enough. The long term food we have if just for hubby and myself would last a good 3 years if not more. This includes long term seed banks as well. We got 3 of them on that going out of business sale. That sale seems to have turned into a moving sale for them to another state and they could not take the amount of long term food with them without a huge cost. So they sold it off and we made out on it since we knew what the cost was already. Most if it was a good 75 to 85 percent off. Hubby had a field day on that. We will be feeding our family but I told them my house will not hold the amount of food for another 6 people and they need to start storing food as well. But my daughter does not want to store food at her house. Go figure. She will throw anything away that is in her way. She has become a clean freak and wants as little as possible in her house. Her house is much bigger than mine but she thinks mine will hold it all. So I am comfortable with what I have and am going to reduce the amount of food and use a lot of it up. I will leave the long term food for just that. Long term. We do have a garden and I can, so just going to be doing that. The freezers all need to be emptied. So am using up what is in them before even thinking about adding to them. Some of what is in there I will dehydrate within the next week. I have enough baking items to bake bread and rolls for a year without having to go to a store. So time to get this used up. As for my daughter, next time she comes over she will be having a moment of where is all the food. And I will tell her, my house won’t hold it all either. So we ate it. Maybe that will put a bit of fear into her. But even with that food wise I am good.

    My concern now is on non food items. Grid down, (EMP), So some solar panels and batteries for them is on the list of things I need. I do have enough solar panels to charge some things but it is not set up yet. I already have a solar cooker and a few ways to cook on open fire pit and such. I also have a non electric grain grinder. So good there as well. As for sanitation we are also good. So I am basic about as ready as can be on a lot of things. But need more skills. Skills are the hardest as my hand is limited to doing some things. But garden and canning I have been doing for years. I am learning how to make my own soaps. I already am making my own laundry detergent. I want to start into candle making as well.

    Grannyj Smith. Good luck on your shelving. Wish I had a pantry. That is why I have taken over the bedroom closets and one linen closet in hall for a pantry. I would love to have a root cellar also but no way to have one here. I keep telling myself one day. But that remains to be seen.

  • #9293

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Took another walk today. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but for me it’s hard. It needs to become an ingrained habit.

    Still struggling with the budget. Appreciate the idea of a budget item for prepping mentioned earlier today, and will put that in. Watched this episode on living on Social Security of $750/month and making ends meet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iel4R1ugkWI

    Evidently this episode of “Living On A Dime” went quite viral. It is very informative. And these people do prep – they just don’t talk about it that much. If you watch the following episode on her $14 a week / $80 a month grocery budget, you will find out that she also has food storage.

  • #9295

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Inspiring to read everyone’s posts.  Lately, we’ve had a rash of friends/family in surgery.  Uff ta!  But all has gone well.  I  think the last one finished today….except me and I must have another conversation with the schedule person.  Plotting my approach to hurry this thing UP!

    Had visit …and conversation about future with our elderlies today.  There is a lot riding on their choices.  Needing more help….one not always willing to accept that harsh reality.  Seem to be at a lot of crossroads right now.  Lot of doctor visits were scheduled there today too…but not surgeries.  And a puzzle completed  🙂  and another started.  Those can be addicting…. LOL  We have a whole stack to use if the Stuff Hits Fan in any way that we’re ever locked inside for long periods.  Nice quiet activity.

    Our warm spell has melted an unbelievable amount of snow …rather suddenly.  There was flooding in an intersection I’ve never seen before….and we’ve been here a very long time.  Seems like the frost is coming out of the ground….which would be quite early but good to absorb this meltwater.  DH and I are both pleased with results of ‘ashing the driveway’.  Still has some slush ridges …turns to ice ridges at nite.  But it’s not glacial ice.  But COLDER is in the near forecast…. 🙁   In like a lion….

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

     

  • #9297

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Yesterday tried to figure out how to post a photo- still don’t know how.  Snowed in and I mean literally snowed in.  Snow three feet high behind the garage door.  A couple of roofs caved in around here from the weight of snow.  At least I got mine shoveled off before the storm.

    Today finally got the drive cleared this afternoon and went to the post office.  Top oven on the stove conked out also (maybe I mentioned that) as well as bottom oven.  That stove served me well for over 46 years.  When I look at new things they seem so flimsy I hate to buy anything new but will get a new stove anyway.  Next time I go to town I will look at them.  Haven’t been able to bake as usual and miss that.  Today also found a stack of countryside magazines and removed articles I wanted to read or file and tossed them.  Keeping on decluttering.  Amazing all the stuff in this house in nooks and crannies.  Took the time to read some prep articles.

  • #9298

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    I read the tutorial on how to post a photo but couldn’t do it.  Too many bytes and I couldn’t figure out how to make it smaller.  IT was a picture of the snow in front of my house.  The snow pile is so tall it went all the way to the roof so you couldn’t see what my house looked like- opsec- and I don’t need to draw the blinds.

  • #9311

    Muffy1938
    Participant

    Hi, Ya’ll….
    Last day of month I wanted to be sure to check in and say Hi after having to drop out of daily posting for awhile. February has offered a few challenges; but at my age I’m experienced in how to sort of “roll with the punches, go with the flow” repeating what is God’s truth “this too shall pass” and “I will never leave you.” Cool.

    Anyhow, I’ve read all your posts everyday and am so impressed with all of you and especially those of you having to cope with so much snow. Where I am it seems we’ve hardly had any winter at all and last week the buttercups popped out in all their glory…they’re everywhere!!! Such a pretty announcement of Spring soon following.

    I’m continuing to practice dehydrating things just to see how long it takes and then rehydrating for use in recipes. Lots to learn but I’m having fun with it. I ordered the book Daisy recommended THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK and will put this in the five gallon EMERGENCY bucket someone else suggested. I’ve still got to get a better sense of what needs to go in that bucket, but I think it’s looking pretty complete (if in prepping anything is ever complete).

    I will definitely continue my gardening efforts. I’ve actually grown spinach indoors all winter long and it’s been great! My handyman is going to built me some small raised gardens; following the Square-Foot Garden idea. That will give me just enough activity to keep me up but not so much as to generate pressure. There are a number of Mennonite families in our area who sell lots of produce during the summer months and I can buy from them.

    I do hope these conversations will continue as I feel I know so many of you now in a special “digital” way; looking forward to reading your posts everyday.

    Be blessed all of you!

  • #9321

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Muffy- I’m glad to see you back.

  • #9324

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Hello Muffy, glad to see you back on. Hope you have gotten everything back up and running again. Can’t believe tomorrow is March 1 already. Got a feeling this year is going to fly by. Just hope I can get a lot done this year. So much I want to do and learn to do. Going to be a busy year for me.

    I now have 3 friends in hosp. but one went home today after hip surgery. Another had knee replacement yesterday and is doing good now. And a third has been having strokes and was put in hospital today. A forth friend is undergoing test for colon cancer for surgery soon and my next door neighbor is in hosp. with stage 4 throat cancer, an ulcer with a blood clot on top of it. So he is now facing surgery. Way to much sickness. Lots of prayer going out.

    Started the process of getting quotes for yard work so first one will be here next week to see what is needed other that grass cutting and weed eating.

    Going to have rain all weekend and they are back talking some snow but I don’t think we will get any.

    Cleaned house and got sheets and towels washed today. Got hubby out of house for a bit as it is hard to get him out. Had to go buy some fruit on sale for the food ministry and found peanut butter for 99 cents so made out on that. All for the food ministry.

    Off to load the dish washer and clean kitchen.   Later. Stay safe in that snow. We don’t want anyone falling and getting hurt.

  • #9327

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Hi Muffy – it’s good to see you back!

    Today my prep is gathering vegan recipes and a pantry list from a site with vegan recipes intended for Lent (Byzimom.com). The site also has a pantry list that really sparked my prepping imagination. Going through it, I noticed that most of the things on the list would not have to be refrigerated (I am working on eventually going grid-free, so not having to have much of a refrigerator would be great). The list includes mostly dry beans, seeds, and grains as well as dried fruits and vegetables. I have made my own tofu and tempeh in the past and know that the production can be staggered so that you do not have to refrigerate, or refrigerate very little. My mind is busy figuring it all out.

    So I am printing recipes and making a list based on the pantry list – I already have much of what is there anyway. Then we’re planning to finally go to the Amish discount store tomorrow morning and see what we can find. I will also have to figure out the nutrition components, too, for 2 diabetics and another person with gluten-intolerance.

    I also need to look into clamping as a refrigeration substitute – was told today that it is a constant 52 degrees just 6 inches below the ground. Going to have to verify that, however.

  • #9329

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Yes – take it from the voice of experience – you do not want to fall as it is a PAIN in MANY ways.

    Yesterday I looked at thermal cookers or the wonder box or a hay box cooker or some other names I can’t remember right now.  I started out thinking there were only commercial stainless steal vacuum (add some other commercial advertising words to make you want to buy) but then stumbled on something that said you could make it yourself MUCH cheaper than the store bought cloth one, then I found one using an “ice chest” or picnic cooler and then I found other ways to make them and now my head is spinning and I’m going to have to do serious sit down and research research research.  But to have the benefit of a slow cooker without having to keep the pot plugged in all night is great idea.  This again is thanks (I think) to someone on this challenge. So maybe I’ve decided on the pattern I want to use, but want to research the science a little bit more to make sure I have the best design.  This is obviously not a one day prep project, but I’m excited.  However, if I go with the sewing pattern type it will have to wait until I get back the use of my arm.  (see above first sentence again – no falling, no falling!)

    Today, my John Jeavons book – How to grow more vegetables and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) than you ever thought possible on less land with less water than you can imagine – came and I’ve started reading it.  DH has always been the gardener and I’ve always been responsible for the harvest when it comes in the house (except his dried fruit) but I have become curious about getting more from our garden because the farmer’s market always closes right when I get to go to (late) lunch and often I just don’t get everything I want so then it’s back to the store and produce from many far way places, and we haven’t done much in the garden the last two years anyway because of various family health issues that absorbed all of our time.  So if I read it and begin to understand the soil issues my DH talks about, maybe I will have a better idea of what we can do and how we can make it work.  Amazing, but after all these years, this is the first time I ever even cared about any “concept” garden stuff – before it was just expressing a preference for a certain type of produce or which produce to grow.  Thanks to whoever bought Jeavons book One Circle – the many years ago predecessor to my book (at least that’s my impression)

    We survived February, but with a 4″ snow fall last night and more tonight and tomorrow.  Well, we enjoyed the sunshine while we had it.

    Doing a prep every day has been 1) an eye-opener about how many projects I haven’t tackled 2) really challenging given our temporary very cramped quarters and my busted shoulder 3) encouraging to see thing others are doing & 4) satisfying because in spite of it I am getting some things done, or at least planning for doing them.

    Thanks Daisy and everyone else.

  • #9335

    Prepperfan305
    Participant

    26th: Thrift store run. Dropped stuff off, picked up some new books. Read up on some earthquake and Shelter in Place info.

    27th: First time making beans from dried by myself. Turned out good. (I called my grandma twice to make sure I hadn’t her tips.) Checked out some closeout sales at Shopko, scored a great coat, plus several other good items of clothing and some gardening stuff for less than $50.

    28th: Made a large stock pot of taco soup. Froze 4 Ziploc bags of it. Been doing a lot of reading for gardening and “starting a homestead”. It got to 60° today, which made my cabin fever go crazy! Used the warmth to get some projects done. (We need moisture so I’m praying for snow and rain, but I’m so anxious for spring to arrive.)

    @woodsrunner so I use Shutterfly and just collect all of my photos there. About once a week, I create a page or 2 in it, so that I don’t get behind. I just add some text in a paragraph to the side or under each photo (very school yearbook style). I order the book when there’s a 50% off sale, and collect as many coupons or vouchers through the year as I can. When you load them, they stay in your account until they are used or expire, so it’s very convenient.

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  • #9338

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Muffy1938 – Enjoyed reading your post and hearing how you’re doing!

    Hieronyma Textor – If you haven’t already seen it, you might want to watch the video about storing potatoes using the clamping method that’s available on the “Modern Refugee” YouTube channel.  It was quite interesting!  Also, I imagine that the kind gentleman who owns that channel would be willing to answer questions about clamping.

    Columbia River – As I recall, Cindy Miller, the author of the “Let’s Make Sense of Thermal Cooking Cookbook” and owner of the Thermal Cooking dot net website, has a helpful YouTube video about comparing the efficiency of different types of thermal cookers.  If you haven’t already seen that, you might find it helpful.

    Littlesister – A few days ago you asked how many months (or years) worth of food and other supplies other Forum members thought were necessary to have stockpiled – and why?  The short answer is, of course, that it all depends on what type(s) of emergency(ies) you are preparing for.  If you are preparing for a relatively short-term emergency such as a bad snowstorm, then having up to a few weeks’ worth of food, water, and supplies should be sufficient.  If you’re preparing for a hurricane or flood, you may want to have a few months’ worth on hand.  If you’re preparing for a possible job loss, you may want to stockpile a year’s worth of everything you think you’ll need.  If you’re preparing for a “Black Swan” event, you would probably want to have two or more year’s worth stockpiled.  In my case, when I first started prepping I lived near Washington, D.C., and was concerned about the possibility of a bioterror attack with weaponized Smallpox.  After reading the book ” Living Terrors”, I decided I wanted to stockpile everything my family of 4 would need to be able to bug-in at home, without having any contact at all with anyone outside our home, for up to 4 months.  I calculated that 4 month period based on the time the book’s author estimated that it would take for 3 successive “waves” of infection to pass through my community until everyone who was likely to get infected would have either recovered or passed on.  In the years since then, I have gradually increased my stockpile to cover a longer period of time.  Depending on the amount of storage space I have had available, I have had varying amounts of food, water, and supplies on hand.  However, I try never to let it get below what I, and my loved ones, would need to bug-in for at least 4 months.

  • #9339

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    It’s 11:55PM Mountain time…..and FINALLLLLLLY this long month of Feb is OVER!  This challenge has been great…esp reading about everyone’s preps and lives.  But our personal lives have been a huge challenge since late January.  Can’t believe it’s only been 28 days.  Seems like 6 months have passed.

    In preparation….and taking some of these personal challenges into account, DH and I have made plans.  And some important changes.  Eventually, this will pay off.  Not quite there yet.  DH …continuing our discussions from yesterday… moved into talking about our wills – updating.  Fairly simple for us.  To each other and after that to the kids equally.  Not many complications in values either.  That’s part of what is almost simplified — closing a business, finally.  And DH needs to write down a list of bills…when he pays what to who.  Cuz I’d be clueless if he passed or was incapacitated.  Hmm, just thot:  add ‘passwords’ to that list too.  ….not that either of us is dying of anything we know of, btw.  Just preparing.   These discussions are including our elderlies too.

    Muffy…I’ve been wondering how you’re doing!  Thanks for popping in!  I miss those that have dropped out…. 🙁

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

  • #9344

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Preppier fan 305. Congrats on cooking a batch of beans from scratch. It may not seem like much compared to what some are doing but everyone had a first time to do that and if it’s not something you just gradually worked into it can be a bit scary.

    Next time you’ll feel more comfortable and pretty soon you’ll be buying all kinds of dried beans because you like different ones for different things and then because some are just so pretty you need clear canisters to show them off.

    And then you’ll want a different pot or maybe a bigger crockpot so you can make enough to throw some in the freezer (oh yeah don’t forget the freezer) and then you’ll start chasing down the thermal cooker and then you’ll start canning beans and you’ll need a pressure canner and jars (lots of jars).

    Just look at what cooking a pot of beans started.

    ENJOY. 🙂

  • #9369

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    About cooking the beans- I like to add a little bit of powdered ginger to the bens in the first water and heat it to boiling, let it soak, pour water off and rinse and then cook beans.  I think it makes them less gassy.  Also I cooked bean soup years ago with tomatoes in with the beans from the get go and that was a mistake because it keeps the beans from getting soft if you put in the tomatoes too soon.  Hope that might help.

  • #9371

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Amy, yes, I think I have been more on stocking food than anything else. We do have hurricanes here and have lost power for up to 2 weeks as well as some places loosing water for up to 2 weeks due to a tornado.  Also looking at what is going on around the world right now, will not be good for us as we are in a target zone for a world war. We will be bombed around here with all the military bases around us. Then there is Washington DC. about 4 or 5 hours out and Russia raising it’s ugly head. So just not a good situation to be in. Right now I do have enough food not counting the long term food to last a year for just hubby and myself. Factor in the kids if they came here and we would need much more but daughter and son in law will have to help on that one. Daughter sees no need but her husband sees the need for lots of ammo and guns. Can’t eat those. Glad he is doing that but they need to do other things as well.  I feel as though I have been putting my preps more into food and not enough skills and other things we might need, so need to switch gears. I am sure I will have enough food and if we do get bombed by Russia, N. Korea, China or who ever the military and DC will be what they aim for. I was watching the targets on the maps and it does not look good for the east coast.  This is why I need to change my way of prepping but just reaching out as to which way to go. Moving to a safer place is on my list but hubby refuses to move. So for the time being, I am looking at bug out situations.

  • #9373

    grammy em
    Participant

    woodsrunner, i do a little fix also. i put a spoon of baking soda in the soak water and leave overnite. after rinsing, i add a little powdered ginger into the pot along with the other herbs and fixings. there is an enzyme on the surface of the beans (and many other plants) that keep it from sprouting too soon. the first rain washes it away. the second then, helps it sprout. the soda helps inactivate the enzyme, as well as the soaking itself. and ginger is good for digestion, too. did you know that ginger makes a good houseplant and helps you be self-sufficient in one more thing. it likes lite shade, so near, but not in a window. it grows tall, so a deep pot helps anchor it. i get mine root at the grocery store, buying organic and checking to be sure the little knobs that will be the new growth haven’t been removed (the grocer doesn’t want them sprouting, as hardly anyone knows to buy them then.). after several months growth, they may die back. they aren’t dead, but that is a good time to harvest and re-pot.

  • #9377

    Loving Life
    Participant

    I finished my February essential oils class. March is working on refreshing my field medicine skills. I am trying to work on various skill sets every month.

    In February, I learned a lot about essential oils and herbal medicines. I focused on natural antibiotics, antiseptics, and anti-inflammatories. I am changing up my herb garden and have some long range plans for my garden.

    @littlesister @amydixon. I agree that each of us has to prep for our own particular situation. You are correct to not focus just on food but on skills too. I am at my bug out location, so I am prepping different than if I have a planned bug out. Taking into account our specific geographic location, we each have different threat scenarios with various probabilities, then adjusting our skill sets and prepping supplies.

    For me, power outages happen all the time (threat) . Accordingly, I focused this year on learning to cook on my woodstove (skill set). I am not a gourmet chef, but I do a fairly decent job. With the cold climate, I have to worry about heat. I plan on keeping 3-5 years of wood in rotation as it takes about 2 years to fully season (prepping supplies).

  • #9379

    Cinnamon Grammy
    Participant

    Greetings, All.

    Well, MN had its fourth snowiest Month since records have been kept, – 38.9 inches. Plus, that is more snow than we have had in several recent winters! It is March 1<sup>st</sup> and snowing again. We would need to have 40 inches of snow, in this month alone, to beat the March record set in 1951 (and third snowiest month). The way things are going, that might just happen.

    Columbia River: I had forgotten about the homemade hay boxes/thermal cookers. That is a great idea. This sounds like a good project for a loss-of-electricity day. Get the liquid hot – on your grill, and put it all into the thermal cooker box.

    Here is what I thought I would do, and have not gotten around to yet. It is just another item on my to-do-list. I have a RevereWare stainless steel “Dutch Oven” and thought I could use it. I like the idea of a cooler because it is already insulated. I read one article about using blankets to stuff around the pot, with a metal trivet under the pan so it does not harm the blanket or cooler. Where I thought I would be clever is to make a bag just to fit my pot – inside the blankets. Since I sew, it would not be difficult. Not a big fluffy bag filled with polystyrene beads, they could go in a bag around the pot, but a tight fitting one. What I have found at the fabric store is insulation material; the type of material you would use for hot pads, inside coats, or in thermal curtains. If I can make a pattern for the Dutch oven, I would cut a layer (or two) of this insulation for an interior batting, then have a three (or four) layer bag. Plus add a circular, flat pillow of several layers of batting for the top of the bag to go underneath the drawstring/shoestring gathered top. The only problem I see is that, if I transport the cooler, I am afraid the liquid might spill. I have no solution for that yet.

     

    Ann Dixon: Thank you for the reasoning behind four months of stocking. I had not heard about that book.

    Woodsrunner: Adding pictures is difficult. I tried sending some by email but they were much too large and took a day to load. We have a Mac and I learned this: Open the picture. When it is open you may see, on the menu bar, the word Preview. There is a menu along with it. I go to “Tools” and then down to “Adjust Size”. If you imagine the size you want the picture to be, it will be probably no larger than your computer screen – say 8×11. So, under “Adjust Size” I see “width” and “height.” Pick ONE and change it. The one I have up now says 21.33 inches. I can change that width to 11 and the height will automatically change with it if you see the boxes underneath it checked “scale proportionally”. OR go to Custom Pixels. For something you just want to post, pick the 320x 240 pixels one. For a little better quality, 640 X 480 pixels. If you do not know which to pick, and don’t want to make a mistake, do this – make a copy of your picture first. For me, on a Mac, it is Command, Shift, S. Then, play with your copy. That way you have your original if you make a mistake. Remember, if you have not clicked to Save, you can always Undo. Good Luck.

    Old Mt Woman; Little Sister: hope your friends improve quickly.

    Muffy – glad you are back.

    Missing you Marilyn.

     

    Enjoy March and be Safe Everyone.

  • #9399

    corsaire
    Participant

    yesterday another email read from askaprepper about guns to own. Some of the suggestions may be impractical, but good info nonetheless

    Also downloaded a copy of austere medicine as linked by one of the commenters in the Survival medicine blog

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/os1povi5wzsosa4/Survival%20and%20Austere%20Medicine%203rd%20ed.pdf?dl=0

    Today I checked out the link about thermal cookers @Amy Dixon. Thanks it was very helpful. Also looked at more land.

    Blessings to you Muffy

  • #9402

    woodsrunner
    Participant

    Cinnamon Granny- thanks for the info.

    Grammy Em- I’ll ty the baking soda in the beans next time.  Think I heard that before and forgot it.  Also will buy some ginger and plant it- hadn’t thought of that.

    Another try with the picture: Well, that sure didn’t work.  It went sideways and I don’t know what to do about it.

  • #9403

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Cinnamon Grammy – You’re welcome 🙂  The book “Living Terrors” is an older one now but I feel it’s still quite relevant.  Reading it was what first got me interested in making serious efforts to prepare for potential SHTF situations.  I don’t want to discourage anyone from stockpiling more than 4 months of food, water, and supplies if they feel it’s appropriate for them to do so (in fact, I store more that that myself now) but that was the first time period “goal” I picked when I got started prepping.

    Corsaire – Glad the thermal cooking info. was helpful!

  • #9406

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Amy Dixon – thanks for the recommendation on “Modern Refugee”

    Today we finally made the trip to the Amish discount grocery store. Some of the things were nearly the same as the regular grocery store, especially in the bulk section, but I still got some good buys there.

    The real finds were 22 pounds of assorted beans for $13.20 (These were actually sold as soup mixes, which included the seasoning and recipes, but I’m ignoring those because they all have MSG in them. Buying beans in bags at the grocery store or even in bulk would be at least twice as expensive). We also found close -to-expiration avocado mayo for $1 per 24 oz. jar, pint jars of really nice salsa’s (including organic) for $1 apiece, and cans of serrano peppers (11 oz, 25 cents) and cactus pads (good for diabetes, thins your blood, 28 oz, 50 cents a piece). There were also some big boxes full of over-the-counter meds and vitamins. We got Cold-Eaze for $1 and some Alka-Seltzer flu and cold for $1.

    We were very pleased. I also went to the regular grocery store and got some staples we need for the month like nut butters and few other things. We are hoping that the only things we need to run to the store for after tomorrow is marked-down produce (we still have to find out when the different stores do this). Tomorrow I will visit a local “healthy” store and an ethnic store for a few more items – and then we will try to say “that’s it” for the month (except for the produce here and there).

    So far we have spent $269 for the month, for 3 adults, 2 of them with special food requirements. We hope to keep it down to $350 for the month.

    Today, I also cleaned out the freezer and reorganized it, throwing out stuff that was no longer any good, and also started a batch of fruit scrap vinegar from frozen apple pieces I found in the freezer (recipe here: https://www.foodrepublic.com/recipes/make-fruit-vinegar/).

  • #9413

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Boiled down the ham bone, picked the ham bits, added beans, onions, macaroni and such.  Rich broth for the soup.  …and finally got that ham bone outta my fridge.

    Continued chopping snow/ice/slush for channeling the meltwater.  Good progress.  But…one of those many low pressure systems is about to pound us with a lot more snow.  Aaaugggh.  So we’re getting set for yet another round of endurance and survival while taking care of our animals.  Uh oh….I haven’t even thot to check the level in the water tank.  This constant vigilance  to make use of the warmer days is hard.  Would be full time vigilance if Stuff Hits Fan…..too old for that!  Hmph.  Can’t keep up now, for pete’s sake!

    OldMtWoman  G’nite all

  • #9439

    grannyj smith
    Participant

    March 2

    Is there a challenge for month?

     

  • #9447

    grammy em
    Participant

    and perhaps that challenge might be less than daily—i can’t keep up. 🙂

     

  • #9450

    Amy Dixon
    Participant

    Corsaire – Thank you for posting the link to the medical book!

    Hieronyma Textor – You’re welcome 🙂  I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to the Amish discount grocery store.  Congratulations on the great deals you found! As you know, I love the Amish/Mennonite-run bent n’ dent grocery store in my area of PA.  I go there first each month to see what good deals I can find, and then go to a regular-priced grocery chain store to get those items I couldn’t find at the bent n’ dent store.  It’s been a real blessing for me since it helps my small food budget stretch a whole lot further and allows me to continue to add to my storage pantry despite being on a fixed income these days.  Knowing how to re-package foods to extend their shelf-life helps a lot when deciding what items to buy at the bent n’ dent store – yet another way prepping skills can come in handy in our day-to-day lives, lol.

  • #9456

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Amy I am looking on line for the book Living Terrors. But could not find it. Who is the auther of the book?  That would help me to find it.

  • #9464

    corsaire
    Participant

    Did a dry fit of the new hurricane shutters and they work fine. Finally got a chance to watch the webinar series GMO revealed. Some one from the cornucopia institute spoke and was quite good

    Also broke the Amazon fast today, sort of. I ordered from W00t which belongs to them

    It was the AAA batteries, energizers. The discount was significant.

  • #9470

    Hieronyma Textor
    Participant

    Finished another one-month run to stores. Have spent $306.60 so far. Picked up some plums and avocados from the “sell real quick” bin at a grocery store and put them where we’ll use them quickly. Still have to order some stuff on line. May need to raise monthly food amount to $400, but that will be a fraction of what we were spending just a year ago. I don’t think we’ll get it down any more until we can grow more of our food.

    Finally received the companion books to John Jeavons “How To Grow More Vegetables….” today: “One Circle: How to Grow a Complete Diet in Less Than 1000 Square Feet” and “Test Your Soil With Plants!” These have long been out of print, and I wish the authors would make them available as PDFs. They were very hard to find.

    “One Circle” is an academic work, but it does have information on the most efficient vegetables to grow for calories and nutrition when you have very little land. For example, the most “area efficient” crops for protein production are potatoes, turnips, onions and collards, and after that grains and beans. I found that really surprising. Guess what I’ll be growing. In addition to the tomatoes, of course 🙂

    Of course, “area efficient” crops for calories is a bit different. I have to read more closely, but that might include potatoes, which is why the Andeans and the Irish probably focused so much on them.

    Tonight, will be putting up a budget for the month divided into “absolutely essential” items, “possibly and absolutely optional” items, “debts”, and “taxes” (we’re self-employed, enough said…). This is intended to help us think carefully about each item, possibly eliminate the optionals, and more motivation to pay down the debts. Of course, less income would mean lower taxes, but that may not be an option.

  • #9615

    Columbia River
    Participant

    I used to put Kombu (seaweed) in my beans but now we just let them cook overnight in crockpot after a long soaking.

    The other name for the thermal cooker was pot cozy. The DIY version I saw used foil coated bubble wrap.

    Going to update and return to my “brain” – a paper planner and information notebook like DayPlanner or Steven Covey’s planners.  I have everything in there but just had gone to carrying only drivers license, credit card and phone.  There is just too much info that I need so I’m returning to the system I know works with tabs for health, books to get, best thrift shops when we go to the city, short term and long term shopping lists, and on and on.  Phones are great but being able to stick a post it note on a page is just more useful for somethings. so I will have to haul around more but I’ll have it when I need it

     

     

  • #9625

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    Gaaah….gotta be quick tonite.  Somehow it’s gotten late again.  🙁   And tomorrow we’ll be doing snowmageden again.  Actually, I don’t know that we’ll get as much as threatened.  …….or…..we might.  So today’s prepping was all about incoming weather.  Drastic drop in temps too.  That’s harsh.

    I’d put a note on bathroom mirror last nite when I realized  [-while typing here-]  that we needed to fill big animal water tank BEFORE it turns too cold.  First thing on the agenda this morning and it was still warm enough to run water.

    DH then went to the village to pick up more pellets for the stove…..and found a scarcity.  Huh?  Two bag limit.  If this “new and improved” furnace didn’t blow cold air while it heats up….and cold air again while it cools down each cycle, we might feel warm with just the furnace.  Like we did with the old one.  But now …and we’re lots older….we need pellet stove to be comfortably warm.  And we dress in layers!!

    DH also picked up essentials for the week:  chocolate, ice cream, 😉  bread, meds, fruit, etc.  Picked up his check and filled gas in car.  Spoke to folks on cell regarding business.  Bought 2 new [-cheap and light-weight or I can’t use them-] brooms and another plastic snow shovel.  🙂  Those were my necessities.  Why didn’t I notice our old brooms are down to nubs?  Life doesn’t have to be so hard as that!  Anyway, he was back in good time.  The snow just began and we hustled down to get PM feeding of critters done.

    Snug inside when it REALLY began to come down.  Then slacked off later….?  Temperature which was about 35* for a high today and now in the single digits.  We’ll at least be waving at ZERO tonite.  Might be on the far side of 0* by morning.  { I HATE subzero!  Dangerous!}

    So that’s most of our prepping but….I also decluttered a couple of small areas.  Found some EDC-type stuff….which I have a tendency to ‘stash’ all over everywhere.  Duplicates but they need to be somewhere more usable.  No tellin’ how many duplicate EDC packs I’ve stashed…. uff tah.

    OldMtWoman needs sleep tonite to survive tomorrow’s labor –  G’nite all

  • #9647

    Columbia River
    Participant

    The library was featuring cookbooks this week and one was The Storm Gourmet: a Guide to Creating Extraordinary Meals Without Electricity by Nikolopoulos.  She’s from Florida so her thing is hurricanes but any storm will do.  It’s full of meals you can make with shelf stable and some fresh foods (onions etc) so that in a (presumably sheet term) grid down situation you don’t have to just eat canned beans. It also has several helpful reference charts.  While I rarely use those kind of foods and I eat a plant based diet I could substitute some things and have my version of shelf stable foods (home canned potatoes instead of store bought etc) so it’s a good resource

    a book I own is Apocalypse Chow: How to Eat Well when the Power Goes Out (or a different subtitle for a different edition but similar thought) by Jon and Robin Robertson   Which is a similar book for vegetarians.  She writes a lot of cookbooks so it would be good food.  Meat eaters could add canned meat to the recipes just as I would remove them from the othe book’s recipes. Again I would substitute for some store bought stuff just because I am persnickety.  But they are interesting books.

    Caution!  do not just order Apocalypse Chow as a title or you might end up with some novella.

    And a note: Florida power and light had several post hurricane outages over two weeks and at least one over five weeks.

  • #9651

    Columbia River
    Participant

    Short term not sheet term – phones!

  • #9699

    Daisy
    Keymaster

    Great month, everyone! You can find the March check-in thread here.
    March Prep Every Day Check-In

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