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    • #3282
      Daisy
      Keymaster

      The people who are the most prepared are the ones who make preparedness a habit. Sometimes you may not feel like you’re doing much, but if you do just ONE THING each day that…

      ***Teaches you something
      ***Produces something
      ***Practices something
      ***Prepares something

      These baby steps will ALL ADD UP.

      Now, I know we’re getting a late start. It’s a week into November. But for those of you who participate and let us know ONE THING you did to prep every day for the rest of the month, you’ll get a free copy of my PDF, The Prepper’s Book of Lists. We’ll go by the honor system for this. (I’m not going to go through and check that you’re telling the truth.)

      Here are the rules to win your book (and get better prepared.)

      1) Every day, you must check in and let us know what you did to prep. If you can’t get to the computer, you can post the following day and let us know what you did the previous day.

      2) Prepping activities can be anything that makes you more self-reliant or better prepared. It can be as difficult as building a chicken coop or as simple as reading an article – we’re all at different levels here. Preserving some food, cooking from scratch, making a costume for your kid’s recital? All of these things practice the skills you need to thrive. Improving your fitness, going hunting – all of it counts!

      3) If you can’t think of something either constructive or nice to say about somebody’s efforts, please scroll on. Otherwise, you’ll incur the full wrath of Mama Bear Daisy. Or even worse, Selco will see it first and he’s far scarier.

      4) At the end of the month, I’ll provide instructions for you to get your book!

      I hope you’re in! This is a great way to make preparedness a daily habit.

    • #3285
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      Great idea Daisy.

      I see a lot of those new to the prepping community who are so overwhelmed. They say they feel like they are so un-prepared. What to do? Where to start?
      Well, start at the beginning. Start small. Start simple. What can you immediately affect today to make yourself more self-reliant?
      Could be a easy as putting yourself on a budget, skipping that daily mocha lattee, half soy, half whales milk, dry, with organic lemon twist.
      Making dinner at home from scratch.
      Taking a first aid course.
      Starting a herb garden.

      I will try to participate.
      But I feel I am a one-off. Everyday I have to tend to the livestock. Nearly everyday I make a dinner at home, as much as possible, from scratch.
      I will try for doing things outside my daily routine.

    • #3286
      Coffee girl
      Participant

      I’m in! Let’s get this party started!!! Today, I am going to a “going out of business” sale. They specialized in camping and hunting gear, so hoping for some great finds. Also, re-stocking my canning lids, salt, etc. I’ve gone through a TON of lids the last couple of weeks.

    • #3287
      Anonymous

      I’ll see what I can do to participate. A lot of the prepping things I do are just daily things for me, but when I pull out something new I’ll be sure to add it. Today I’m going to be stocking up on some more plastic gloves and batteries. Might do more, not sure. Oh yesterday and this is huge for me I sewed up my husband’s pants, by hand!!! Trust me that is huge LOL.

    • #3289
      Anonymous

      I’m in, sounds like fun.

    • #3290
      Toni Carey
      Participant

      Excited for this challenge. Have been a little lax so need to step it up. So far this month: 1st sewing, 2nd redid winter pig pen and moved them, 3rd moved goats and planted garlic, 4th cleaned yard and emptied fire pit of ashes. 5th cleaned house and laundry catch up, 6th made plans for spring farm projects and today I am making jam.

    • #3291
      GardenWeasel
      Participant

      I’ll join. Mine might be a lot more article reading than normal as Nov is kind of crazy hectic this year.

      I love these kinds of challanges. They are fantastic for providing the oomph to finally finish those lingering projects.

      Ps. Thank you to whomever fixed the forum text input box! Wayyyyy better to work with.

    • #3292
      Daisy
      Keymaster

      Woohoo! This is going to rock.

      Today, I’m working on organizing preps in my basement. We moved last week and everything is in chaos. It would take forever to find anything right now. Due to a flash flood that put a foot of water in the basement of our former rental, we ended up packing fast in just a week so nothing got labeled. Oh, the regret I am having right now!

    • #3302
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      Today, move the cows for what should be their last time before bringing them in for the winter.
      Bringing the goats in today.
      Finish the last of prepping the barn for the live stock.

    • #3305
      Independent Junebug
      Participant

      I love challenges! Since today is the 7th day of the month I am getting rid of 7 things in my closet so I can find what I need in a few seconds.

    • #3306
      SquishyGrapes
      Participant

      My prepping has been a bit more lax since September because of illness and two surgeries. For now I think I’m getting back into ‘routine’.

      Here’s what I’m doing:
      dedicate $10.00 per weekly grocery run to stock up on canned goods of things we actually use.
      Stocking up on things from Tops when they have their 10 for $10 deals (but I’m picky about what I get and I don’t buy things we won’t use)
      Buy canning lids
      I’ve found that Aldi’s canned goods are reasonably priced and the quality is good.
      Recently I took stock of our Booboo/ouchie kit and found where I needed to fill in some places.

      What I am going to do this weekend is clean out my car and get my winter emergency stuff in there. A heavy winter has been forecasted, and I don’t want to be stuck.

    • #3321
      Vegmom
      Participant

      Looking forward to this! It’ll keep me on task, and I’ll definitely learn from the group.
      Thus far in November:
      ~I’ve cleaned out and mulched my gardens, and laid plans for new raised bed gardens.
      ~Learned how to back bread and cinnamon raisin bread from scratch. I’ve never successfully done this.
      ~Cleaned out and completely reorganized my kitchen pantry. I learned that I am very unorganized and need a better system for my food storage. A lot of food went to waste.
      That covers the first week of the month. Go me! 😁

    • #3323
      Odd Doll
      Participant

      Ok. I’m in. Today I intend to drive into town for the first time using my emergency flood escape route. And I’m going to try to do it without GPS.

    • #3332
      Anonymous

      I’m running low so I will be making some more laundry soap. This will be tomorrow though since I had a brain splitting headache today and don’t want to deal with any smells I don’t have to.

      • #3350
        Daisy
        Keymaster

        What’s your recipe? It seems like all of us have our own little tweaks.

        PS: I hope your headache goes away quickly

      • #3351
        Anonymous

        1 bar Fels-Naptha
        1 Oxy Clean container of borax
        1 Oxy Clean container of washing soda
        1 Oxy Clean container baking soda

        I think the Oxy Clean container has a little over 2 cups in volume, but I have never measured it. It was from Family Dollar and weighed 1.3lb.

        Use gloves and a mask if you need to. My utility room is outside so I only make this outside, it can be dusty.

        Cut up soap bar. If you let it dry out it cuts much easier. Mix the bar in a large container (I use an old wash basin) with all other powders.

        I blend mine with a blender used only for soap and store in a large Coffee Mate 2.2lb creamer container. One batch will fill up one container.

        I add about 2-3 TBS per load depending on how dirty/smelly the clothes are.

      • #3945
        Lee’s homestead
        Participant

        Yesterday, Friday was keeping up ties with family and friends. For surviving, people can be one of your best assets. My very close friends and family know of my storing and canning foods and know if anything comes down they will come to my place before any other place. This also can be a downfall but I am optimistic on my friends as several have the same values as I do.

      • #3352
        Anonymous

        Thanks Daisy. I don’t even want coffee right now. Sipping some ginger syrup tea with skullcap and lemon balm. Sinuses are horrible!

      • #3355
        namelus
        Participant

        If you make soap from 100% pig fat tallow it does not foam works good for laundry soap.

      • #3457
        NotFromAroundHere
        Participant

        I use a similar recipe, and have for a couple of years. Lately, it seems like my clothes don’t get clean. They seem dinghy. Anyone else experience this and if so, what did you do?
        My only change from this recipe is that I use Kirk’s Castile instead of Fels Naptha. Is there much difference?

      • #3494
        GardenWeasel
        Participant

        The problem with the dingy clothes is that modern washing machines don’t produce enough agitation to truly utilize laundry soap. This is why stores primarily sell laundry detergent. Basically a low grade residue is being left on the fibers every time you wash them with the laundry soap. This gradually builds up and then starts preventing them from getting clean. It builds up faster if you have hard water.

        To get your clothes clean again you will have to strip them. It is hard on the fabrics so should not be done too often.

        To prevent this in the future you have a couple of options. Option 1, use an old washboard or other super agitation method like plungers in a bucket to wash your clothes. This allows the soap to actually function as intended. Option 2, alternate between one load with soap and one liad with detergent. This will prevent the build up as the detergent can gently strip it before it becomes an issue. Option 3, if you have soft water you can add vinegar to the fabric softener portion of your cycle. This will act similarly to the detergent and lift any residue.

      • #3735
        grammy em
        Participant

        i make laundry wash with similar ingredients, but make it as a gel liquid. i only use 1-2 tablespoons in my front load washer to avoid residue. the water does most of the work anyway. if you have hard water, you will get residue with soap. detergent has ingredients to stop that. you could do a wash load with no soap and get out much of your residue. i also use a half cup or so of vinegar in the rinse, which helps. really dirty stuff soaks all day
        and is done in the last load.

      • #3501
        Anonymous

        Like GardenWeasel said washer machines stink at washing clothes. Not enough agitation and definitely not enough water to do a good job.

        I have had good results using just vinegar and allowing the clothes or towels to soak (towels are horrible).

        I set the clothes to soak in the hottest water I could use and added about 1 cup of white vinegar and let them soak, pushed them around a bit and let them soak some more. Eventually the water got mucky when the vinegar broke through the soap film. I rinsed the clothing, again in hot water a few times then put them through the wash cycle with no soap at all. If the water is soapy with bubbles or a hazy film, keep washing til the water is clean.

        I found the worst thing to use is fabric softener and dryer sheets. While I hate being a human lightening rod taking the clothes out of the dryer, it is better than having so much gunk left on the clothes.

        There are a lot of sites you can read about it and some of the different options for stripping fabrics, like bleach, Dawn, prepared enzymes packets. It’s up to you how you do it.

    • #3343
      RufusJ
      Participant

      I’m in. I do hope I remember to post in everyday!

      I’m always reading articles and researching info on the web, so that one is easy. Yesterday I came across a reference to the book “Locusts on the Horizon”, and while I couldn’t find the ebook, I found their website of the same name. Lots of good info there. Today I scoped out some shelving in the garage. Needs to be cleaned up (think mice droppings and dust– ugh) but once it’s clean it’ll be another place to store canned food.

    • #3344
      Selco
      Keymaster

      @Odd Doll

      Ok. I’m in. Today I intend to drive into town for the first time using my emergency flood escape route. And I’m going to try to do it without GPS.

      Great!

    • #3353
      Kimbo
      Participant

      Today I’m rotating everything in the BOB I keep in the trunk and re-supplying all the cold-weather gear that I refused to lug around all summer. Let’s do this!

    • #3356
      Island Girl
      Participant

      I’ll sure try and remember to come here every day. So far this month I’ve purchased 8 dozen cans of campbells soup, my local Co-op had a really good sale on. 24 cans of creamed corn and niblets. Cleaned out the freezer. Started reading a book on solar power, this one is going to be a toughie and I’m going to have to hand it off to hubby. Bought yarn to make fingerless mittens for myself and my daughter.

    • #3358
      Lee Smith
      Participant

      I am in I will try to de-clutter some today. I need to make room for supplies.I need to put the items I do have in order.

    • #3360
      corsaire
      Participant

      I am going to learn about first aid. A dog bit off part of a finger, so some skills in that regard will help.

      I have the preppers book of lists as I purchased it in a bundle. Its really good. Thanks Daisy for the all the great info.

    • #3363
      Malmo51
      Participant

      Bought a portable stove for my BOB

    • #3364
      Mary Fox
      Participant

      I’m in. This sounds very helpful!!!

    • #3367
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      I’m in! Today I will wash out buckets for our bulk purchase of flour and buckwheat.

    • #3370
      Mountainpapa
      Participant

      I’m in, today is gumbo from scratch day and measuring for canned food wall storage. Something that I have needed for awhile!

    • #3371
      blclcc1
      Participant

      I’m in too. I need the community and support offered by a group. I have been ill for several years, finally diagnosed with lupus, fibromyalgia, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, several various minor autoimmune disorders, and smoldering multiple myeloma. Took me down a bit, because I also have severe depression, panic attacks, anxiety and ocd. Getting to where all the meds are meshing well, and physical pain is only at about a 4 or 5 most days. Yesterday I cashed in a ton of change and laid in an additional 2 week supply of water for 4 people, got a short haircut for ease of care, and an oil change. I had voted by mail early, so that was done. Sorted through several 1000 emails to print out some I wanted to keep, and watched election returns. My hubby is not really on board with prepping, but he grudgingly humors me, not helping, but not complaining too much.

      • #3693
        Topaz Gemstone
        Participant

        Blclcc1, My hubby is the same, he kinda, sorta, maybe understands why I need/want to prep but he loves me and humors me. He is even building shelves in a storage room down in the basement for the food (well, not for a while now, he fell off the roof on Saturday and fractured his clavicle) including upside down wire shelving to hold cans.

    • #3374
      VitaminDave
      Participant

      Today I filled 2 5 gallon buckets with some Black and Pinto Beans. Put in Milar bags and sealed them.

    • #3375
      Loving Life
      Participant

      I’m in.

      I am retired military. I just finished building a home in a rural area of Up-state New York. I am getting my other home (in a large city) ready to sell. I have been constantly moving things to the new home. With the moving, things are really disorganized.

      This month is going to be about inventory and organizing.

      This last week and weekend, I inventoried and organized my food stuffs. I now have a rough paper copy with items and expiration dates. I have about 13 months worth of food.

      Today, I tackled a few extra items I found in with my food stuffs. I laughed when I found my gas mask. I inspected it and still have three sealed filters! Lol.

    • #3380
      Tenacity
      Participant

      I’m in! I have a feeling I’m going to be doing a lot this month anyway!
      today the toilet seat broke at the hinges (only a month old) so I had to fix an alternative my elderly Mom could handle until I can get to the hardware store tomorrow.
      I took the seat and cover off of the toilet.
      I pulled the Prepping toilet from downstairs and modified it a bit to fit over the existing toilet. Learned about a new tool: ratchet wrench
      Had to find something heavy to bolster the base so it wouldn’t tip: went with sandbags.
      F/U questions: If your toilet lid and seat break beyond repair in an emergency situation and you have family/group members that can’t do a toilet squat, do you have a stand by seat?

      • #3655
        farmmom
        Participant

        tenacity, I have the chair type potty with a bucket which can be used without the bucket to set over the toilet bowl. I got it when my husband was sick and kept it after he passed away. I found some medical bucket liners at the thrift shop and got them very cheaply, so if need to, we can deal with toilet problems.

      • #4229
        Ellamae
        Participant

        My grandmother had an old cane chair. The caning was removed and she had a chamber pot underneath that she used at night so she didn’t have to go out to the outhouse. I plan to do the same with a 5 gallon bucket

      • #4470
        Olivia Green
        Participant

        the “chair” potty is a GREAT idea.

    • #3381
      Dragon Prepper
      Participant

      I’m in too!
      Yesterday I learned how to find south, and conversely north, with the sun and an analog watch.
      Today I finally opened the packaging on my compass and am trying to learn how to use it. I’ve also started teaching my teenagers how to build a three-day menu and cook food at home. (Figured we had to start somewhere, right?)

    • #3387
      Bella Booker
      Participant

      I’m excited to start this. I bought canning jars, sugar and pectin to make jelly for Christmas presents instead of buying gifts.

    • #3389
      Echo 7787
      Participant

      This is a great idea. Today I am going through my two dogs first aid box to put together a first aid kit for each of them to carry in their backpacks.

      • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by Echo 7787.
    • #3391
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Great idea! Today iT is my youngest 16th birthday. We went out to a restaurant which we only do 2x per Year on the childrens birtday. All the other days i cook from scratch. I dont know of Any other way. I got her a A1 size backpack for her drawings, a couple of artist fine liners and sketch materials. Some drawing books too. Good for a lot of of grid entertainment. No sweet sixteen parties here. Recently I ordered a lot of stuff to make some bo’s for on the road in the bus to school. Last year there was such a heavy snowfall they almost couldn’t come home because the busses were pulled of the road by the company. This year they will be well prepared. Thank you daisy an Selco for this challenge!

    • #3392
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11-7-2018 Today I installed the grow lights for my indoor growing area – 4′ x 6′ raised bed. The lights will be run by a solar generator when SHTF but for now can be run off house current. I practice square foot gardening and this will be my test bed. If everything does well I have placement plans for future beds and lights.

    • #3395
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      The challenge sounds like fun! Today I began the process of making organic Apple Cider Vinegar for the first time. Hope it turns out well but it will take about 6 weeks or more for the first fermentation, so it will be quite a while before I find out, lol.

      • #3442
        Osito Arelano
        Participant

        I’ve done apple cider vinegar! I had one good batch, one horrible batch, and one I’m not really sure what happened batch. 🙂 then I moved on to sauerkraut, which I use more of. Fermenting is a fun one to learn.

    • #3397
      Aeronwy
      Participant

      I am in!
      Like Crow bar, we tend livestock and gardens and such daily so just assume that is a daily task. 🙂

      Today we are cleaning out an old fenceline to build a new fence to move the cows to for a few months-here in FL that requires one person on a tractor and another with a machete….grape and virginia creeper vines can be a nightmare. This will also free up a smaller pasture so I can expand the spring garden. Can never have enough zipper peas or black eyed peas. Or okra.
      I am also expanding my medicinal herbal gardens-adding in 15 more beds or so for medicinals. (yarrow, astragalus, etc.) I list this now cause this is something I will work on daily, whether it is starting seeds or hoe-ing up beds, etc. This is all towards a greater level of self sufficiency in the future.

      That being said, today what I am doing towards prepping is more research on gardening methods, greenhouse plans, and pulling some turnips to put in the freezer.

      I am looking forward to reading what everyone else is doing!

    • #3398
      Anonymous

      I bought 2 more large, 40 ounce, jars of peanut butter and two extra boxes of crackers while buying groceries at Walmart today. Peanut butter expires 8/2020. Crackers expire 4/2019, so I can’t stockpile too many of those.

      • #3401
        Dragon Prepper
        Participant

        I need to build up my food prep list again too. I let this lapse over the last few months.
        Bad prepper…
        Perhaps that’ll be my to-do for tomorrow.

    • #3403
      Erica Nygaard
      Participant

      I’m in because I need some motivation. I read prepping articles almost every day so I will try to get a little more creative than that.

    • #3404
      Holly Berry
      Participant

      I hope to participate daily! I a quite a bit behind where I would like to be. 🙂

    • #3405
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      I’m 80 years old, live alone in a house I own in a rural area and have always laughingly said to family “I’m a semi-prepper; but I think my grandchildren are noticing and I am pointing out to them the “prepper” things I do. This daily challenge will be fun to actually make a point of taking specific action as much of what I do now is sort of routine. So, recently I decided to try to do some indoor gardening with herbs. I brought in from outside pots containing rosemary and parsley. I watched some youtube videos on how to root herbs from grocery store purchases so I have that effort underway with some parsley. Yesterday, I started some spinach seeds planted in a bag of potting soil covered with a clear plastic container and placed in a high sunny area outside. Our fairly moderate winters should allow a continual harvest of spinach all winter (I hope) as it takes 30 minutes to drive to the closest town and keeping fresh veggies on hand is a challenge. Today I’m going to check my modest supply of canned goods in my pantry and determine again how much I might need of each food item to last at least six months. These I’ll order on line for delivery to my house.

    • #3408
      OWT Won
      Participant

      This came at the perfect time. Today I decided that social media is a time suck. It doesn’t matter how much I cut back I can still get sucked in. So today I’m reprioritizing my time to do more things that matter, like this. Looking forward to reading all the posts.

    • #3410
      Mama cando
      Participant

      I would love to participate but I will be away for about 2 weeks,Family business. Hope I can do another one
      Thanks
      mamacando

    • #3411
      Mary Bradman
      Participant

      I’m in. So far This month I have, sealed chocolate candy bars for later this winter – I know but at 90% off! Put the garden to bed for the winter months, planted clover over said garden. Cleaned the chicken coop and readied it for winter. Stacked firewood, this is an ongoing chore as I help hubbie with the wood.

    • #3413
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      I’m in! This is the perfect month to start such a challenge. I get lazy when the weather turns cold!
      Today, I took a class on Wild Edibles. Learned a lot even though it is November.

    • #3416
      Anonymous

      Added a silcock key to my ghb today.

    • #3420
      jan dennis
      Participant

      My neighbor had two trees cut down and the tree trimmer told me he was paying to take the wood to the dump! I asked them to leave it for me and they were happy to do that. So every day that I have time I’m taking a cart-load or two of wood and stacking it up next to our house or behind the garden shed (harder to get to). It’s all maple and birch! Pretty good and understandable except I don’t have a wood stove – yet. Funny that in this small town people can’t be bothered with wood! Been working on drying some greens too. I’ve been snipping off parsley leaves, celery leaves, chard, and drying them on the solar dryer for use this winter. Small steps, I know, but I see savings and prepping everywhere. I also have a copy of the Tightwad Gazette in the “reading room” for daily inspiration. For extra money I’ve been selling the excess stuff on ebay and a local facebook site and converting the dough into useable supplies. So each one of these things go on daily right now.

    • #3421
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      Hi all – just joining here. A few days ago, I did an exercise that my daughter, who has cancer, suggested I do. The goal of the exercise is to discover what you are really passionate about.

      1. Divide a piece of paper in two lengthwise. At the top of one side write “One billion dollars, healthy life to 100, always ensured success”, and on the other side, “Only 18 months to live with same health, same finances”
      2. On each side, under the different headings, write down what you would make sure you did under each set of circumstances.
      3. Now compare the 2 lists, and find the similarities.

      I went ahead and did this and, lo and behold, it became a real priority organizer, which seems to me is the essence of prepping.

      Although you are supposed to really look at the similarities, I found out that my 18-month list was a real wake up call, both for my personal priorities and what I needed to do in order to prep – things like making a will, making sure my family would have enough to live on if I died (I am the main breadwinner right now), setting up systems that would take care of them if hard times like food shortages, etc., struck. It gave me some concrete things to do. The only thing that wasn’t on my short-term list that I will be trying to do is to learn as much about medicinal and food plants as possible each day, especially in the context of foraging and learning about the common “weeds” that grow around me already.

      So today, I am going to organize that list into concrete actions to be done in the months ahead. I also have both fibromyalgia and polymyalgia, so my preps are going to have to be realistic for someone in my condition.

      I am really looking forward to this forum!

    • #3425
      CrazyFarmFairy
      Participant

      Today I braved Walmart and added several items to food stores. I also harvested the last of the Lima beans since a frost is in our forecast.

    • #3426
      Daisy
      Keymaster

      Wow, I’m very impressed with all the stuff you guys have going on!

      One thing I want to add: it’s okay to be real here.

      This isn’t one of those forums where you will be scoffed at because you go to concerts in the city or order pizza from time to time. We come from all sorts of different backgrounds and settings here and it’s really great to get ideas that relate to those things!

      So, if you’re being shy, DON’T!!! 🙂

    • #3429
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      Ok. I am with Daisy on this one.
      When she first posted the challenge, there were a few responses.
      Now, WOW!
      OUTSTANDING!!
      I read everyones responses, and my head is absolutely spinning! Absolutely great for everyone’s efforts! Inspires real confidence!

      Ok, back to yours truly: Moved the cows. Brought the goats into the barn. Need a little more work to get the barn up to speed, but by this weekend the cows should be in too!

    • #3433
      zed tuntematon
      Participant

      I just joined the forum this afternoon. Today I added tree leaves to a new compost pile and harvested some seeds from the garden for next year.
      -Zed

    • #3439
      Osito Arelano
      Participant

      Today I relearned how hard it is to start a fire on wet ground, with green wood. I also relearned how very very smoky some fires can be.

      I say relearned, because honestly, I knew all this, but didn’t really think about it as important until I applied some preparedness mindset.

    • #3444
      Holly L
      Participant

      Hi! The past 2 days I’ve been harvesting seed from sunflowers, squash, cucumbers & tomatoes. Today did 1 pumpkin – got the seeds then made a pie.

    • #3445
      Flower Garden
      Participant

      Today was cutting up raw chicken breasts and cooking them up into large chunks to freeze for fast meals.
      The last three days has been caramelizing 12 pounds of onions and then dehydrating them. I don’t even like onions and these have been snacked on more than I care to admit.

    • #3450
      dicity
      Participant

      I’m in for this challenge. Yesterday, I put away the applesauce I canned on Saturday, all clean and labeled. Today, part of my subscribe and save Amazon order came and I put away the first aid items I’d ordered. Also, working on a grocery list for tomorrow’s shopping trip. Now, gonna cook supper with enough for the next 4 days till I have another day off work.

    • #3460
      Coasterbrake Yup
      Participant

      Yesterday: dehydrated strawberries

      Today: tested our camp stove. Checked the troop’s camp stove (tomorrow a deep-xlean is in order).

    • #3462
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      Today I looked into making some Christmas ornaments for my tree out of used canning lids. I found the ideas on Pinterest. Did some grocery shopping and stocked up on vegetables, beans and toilet paper. Bought a Buddy propane heater for any future power outages that occur during the winter along with a new pair of jeans that are fleece lined. Filled the car with gas and cleaned out the fridge.

    • #3463
      Happycat41
      Participant

      Definitely want to join. I’ll try to stay on top but working full time and kiddos with their sports doesn’t leave much time. I promise to make a great effort.

    • #3464
      Skypony
      Participant

      I filled up the car with gas this morning on the way to work. Also went through my first aid kit for the car, added some items I’ve used and a few more it was lacking and tucked it back in the car.

    • #3466
      Lucy Latte
      Participant

      I’ve been prepping for a while but also need to step it up as I have been slacking lately. I ordered a kit today off Amazon that will help me to learn how to suture. It comes with a pad that resembles actual skin as well as sutures and an online tutorial designed by nurses. Looking forward to practicing!

    • #3468
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      I practiced making bread from scratch.

    • #3469
      Appaloosa
      Participant

      Today I signed up for revolver beginning class for this Saturday to begin your education on the best way to move forward in securing personal protection.

    • #3472
      Talcoon W.
      Participant

      So I have taken old antifreeze bottles and washed them out and I’m currently filling them with cheap cat litter. This way it makes it easier for pouring out if oil spills from a vehicle or it could be used for the winter months that are fast approaching.

    • #3477

      We make sure our gas tank in the car never gets below 1/2 full. We have extra oil, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid set aside.
      We had a good sale at the grocery store last week. Progresso soups were .99 a can if you bought 10. We got 10 cans, took the 10 oldest cans out of our food storage – donated those to the food bank and added the new, longer dated cans into food storage.

    • #3481
      Ditto
      Participant

      I just saw this today. So, I decided my prep would be to create a totally new dish with exactly what we had. That was a bit tricky since I haven’t ever made this before, nor did I have what all it “needed.” I’m basically learning to view recipes as guidelines and I’m learning how to generate natural flavor as much as possible with each dish (i.e. when using fresh mushrooms, no need for anything other than to slice and saute – minus butter or oil. mushrooms have loads of free water that ends up in the pan as they cook down, which lends for more flavor vs the addition of a fat.)

    • #3483
      Earth Chick
      Participant

      Today, I took 2 lunches with me to work. I always take an extra Sammie in case I have workers with no food. But Today I did it so I wouldn’t be caught off guard if things went late…and they did. I am trying to save money to fix my truck that was damaged in the storm and do Christmas, so NO eating out. Being prepared with food will save a lot.

    • #3486
      Bella Isola
      Participant

      Joining the challenge late … a few days ago I constructed a “pallet planter”, lined it with coffee bean burlap sacks, filled them with coco fiber and organic soil, watered them down. Today I poked holes in them and planted some lettuces up top, then strawberries, then herbs and squash at the bottom. As with most things from scratch, building it AND planting it was harder and took longer than I anticipated. I think the key is to start at the bottom and work your way up, and plant them when they are small! I really love that I put casters on it and can move it easily, change the sun exposure, etc.

      • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by Bella Isola.
    • #3490
      annaraven
      Participant

      Also just saw this today. And just finished putting in an order for bulk herbs to make up some mixes this winter.

    • #3493
      Tiger Lily
      Participant

      I’m in! Yesterday I watched a video on preparing plant medicines at home. I also read several chapters in a book on making foods from scratch and started a list of ingredients and equipment needed for various foods so I can start getting anything I don’t already have. I visited a Hispanic market and bought a tortilla press.

    • #3504
      corsaire
      Participant

      Today is glove day. I took inventory of my gloves and realized that what I had was crap. Did some research on ANSI ratings and put some gloves on my Amazon wish list. I will research safety googles later today. I have a set of plastic ones, but I suspect that they are hardly adequate.

    • #3510
      Anonymous

      My coffee isn’t working.

      Today I will be making some laundry soap.

      I have some butternut squash cooking in the oven to put up and to make soup with.

      I need to nail down my shopping list because we decided to do shopping every two weeks instead of every one. I don’t want to miss anything, like my coffee, which ran out this morning along with my brain!

      I need to take a good count of my canning jars to see what I have and what I need.

      We are putting another $200 towards are electric bill. We pay $200 every week regardless of what the bill is. It helps to just have it out of the way when it comes due. I set my bill to be one set amount each month so whatever I overpay goes towards any balance at the end of the year.

      I have to check my garden and bring in any peppers that are ripe and see if anything I planted is moving the soil, or if the critters dug the seeds up. Squirrels are currently on full spastic mode preparing for winter.

      • #3514
        Crow Bar
        Keymaster

        I find walking the dogs seems to get the neurons agoing. Even better than coffee! I know, hard to imagine eh?

      • #3528
        Anonymous

        Once I get moving the fog wears off. It’s the getting moving part that’s hard. I make my todo list where I have to see it often and keep going so I can clear each thing as I do it. I’m about 1/2 way done.

    • #3511
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      Today I am filling up with gas when in town, changing oil and checking antifreeze levels. A good day for also reviewing my “bugout” bag I keep in the car. It’s been over a year. I’ll watch some more youtube posts on growing herbs and greens during the winter months indoors. Checking on the spinach “greenhouse” I’ve started by using a bag of potting soil covered with a clear plastic container. Yesterday there was a lot of condensation inside the container and not sure what I should do about that, if anything.

    • #3515
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      This morning I zested a couple of organic lemons and swapped out that fresh lemon zest for the older, spent lemon zest in a bottle of lemon extract I’m making. Love those cute swing-top bottles as containers for homemade extracts!

    • #3522
      Aeronwy
      Participant

      Taking canned goods and long term storage inventory and probably reorganizing the pantry, today. Also making a shopping list for tomorrow (payday!) since it is a good check I will be buying extra, so today I have to figure out what that ‘extra’ will be.

      I also have some little papayas to set out on the south side of the house and a curry leaf tree to find a place for.

    • #3523
      Garden Gal
      Participant

      Today I canned 10 pints of applesauce. 🙂

      • #3532
        Kimberly Nichols
        Participant

        I have a wonderful friend who let me come pick apples and pomagranets. So far we’ve managed to put up 8 quarts and 10 pints of applesauce. Also 5 quarts of pomagranet juice and a batch of jelly :-).

      • #3534
        Anonymous

        I’m going to be buying some honeycrisp apples this week while they are on sale. I’ll be making some applesauce and dehydrating some.

    • #3524
      Coffee girl
      Participant

      On my way to the bank to pay off my mortgage!!!! I knew we were close, but when the bank manager called yesterday and informed me of our balance, I knew we had to bite the bullet and pay it off. Tough time of year to do it, but, next month I can hit the crazy sales for Christmas, with plenty of capital. I get some of my best prep deals in December.
      Oh! and yesterday, I scored ten packs of mantles for our camping lanterns, and two sets of solar lights for canopys.

      • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by Coffee girl.
    • #3536
      Anonymous

      @Coffee girl, congratulations on the mortgage!!!

      • #4014
        Coffee girl
        Participant

        Thanks to everyone congratulating us about the mortgage.  We doubled payments when we could, to get it paid off early.

    • #3539
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      @coffee girl,
      Congrats!

    • #3575
      Anonymous

      Yesterday I started taking inventory of my food storage.

      This morning I bought a super bright LED “lantern” style flashlight.

    • #3577
      Daisy
      Keymaster

      Still in the basement organizing stuff. Looks like I’ll be done today or tomorrow.

    • #3580
      Lee Smith
      Participant

      I am buying extra can vegetables.

    • #3585
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      I am in for this challenge! So far in November, I helped give booster shots to the cattle, fixed a gate in the cattle fence, planted garlic, raked leaves into the garden for mulch, mowed/mulched leaves, paid off a credit card(that has no interest charges for 1 year), bought 24 cans of Progresso soup which were on sale, and today I am looking for dairy-free recipes that I can make for Thanksgiving since I just found out that I am lactose intolerant.

    • #3591
      Valkyrie
      Participant

      Thursday Nov 8. Today I registered for a first aid class through my school… and I get humanities credit as well! Double score! I am also cleaning out my car and adding extra blankets, gloves, hats and hand warmers to the back in case I get stuck (older car).

    • #3593
      Topaz Gemstone
      Participant

      Yesterday’s prep was to buy the canned ingredients for a soup we liked, write type the recipe on cardstock and put into a page protector. All this went into a box so if we need a quick dinner as well as part of our long term storage.

      This is the recipe we used https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/seven-can-soup/?printable_recipe=78065 I substituted navy beans for black beans since my husband doesn’t like black beans.

      I’m on a hunt for more recipes with shelf stable ingredients I can get at most grocery stores, so if someone has one, I’d love to see it.

      Today I made the mixes for two hamburger stroganoff and put them in jars. I have already browned meat in the freezer to use with this. (I also made two 1/4 recipes of this into a 1/2 pint jar for my college aged son to use when he is cooking for himself.)

    • #3595
      Earth Chick
      Participant

      My prep for the day is updating my medical directive with the attorney.

    • #3597
      Kimbo
      Participant

      Today I am rotating and taking a newer inventory of the specialized medical supplies we keep for emergencies. If we have less than the desired amount of anything, I’m scouring the internet for coupons!

    • #3598
      Rosebud
      Participant

      I guess I’ll start with yesterday. I read part 3, chapter 4 of “Left of Bang”. It is a book written by Patrick Van Horn and Jason A . Riley that teaches how to recognize when bad people are going to do bad things BEFORE they do it through situational awareness and reading body language. I am not the most observant person, and this is a skill that I really need to develop.

      And now for today. I work more than 40 miles from home and I have come to the conclusion that I cannot carry my get home bag 40 miles in my present condition. I spent 45 minutes in the gym this morning in order to work on that problem. This is an ongoing task and will take me many months to fix. But, you gotta start somewhere…🙃 My husband and I are also going to a meeting of our local hunting/gun club tonight.

    • #3600
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Today I received the 10ml rollerball bottles. I will make some essential oil blends for me and the children to take with us on the road. I will be dehydrating the last zucchini’s today to add to my food supply. That’s all.

    • #3603
      RufusJ
      Participant

      Today I started off watching a few prepping videos on youtube. I don’t usually watch them because I don’t stay in my chair long enough but it’s drizzling outside. I also moved some lamb’s quarters with the seeds still on the stalks to an area where I want them grow next year. I love to munch on lamb’s quarters while I’m watching the dog. Later I’m checking my over sink storage to see what I can free up for pantry stuff.

    • #3608
      zed tuntematon
      Participant

      Today I stared cleaning my shop and barn to install electric power and lights. I modified the plans to incorporate emergency solar powered lights so I can still work if the power goes out.

    • #3619
      Lee’s homestead
      Participant

      Ok I think I’m in the right place. Sorry to all if I posted help earlier.
      This forum I guess I can say is starting of my prepping to dos.
      Actually today I’m making eggnog with our eggs and use alcohol to preserve. It’s like 1 1-2 oz of 80proff to each egg. I’ve seen different recipes one says cool dark place one says fridge. I might make two batches and try both to see if one preserves better.

    • #3621
      Anonymous

      We live on-grid in the country, with no access to natural gas lines in our area (for a stand-by generator), and almost always lose power when we get a lot of rain. We lost power this morning right around midnight, and awoke to it being off around 7am. I have plug-in lights (that come on when the power goes off/to be used as flashlights) all over the house. My husband let me know that 2 of our older lights (different brands) are on their way out, so I ordered more today. They come in super handy when the power goes out after dark, so we can see our way around the house, and then turn off those that aren’t immediately needed to save as short-term flashlights.

    • #3623
      Dumples
      Participant

      Yay, I love these challenges!! So, yesterday (11/7) I managed to find a 40 pound box of hamburger patties on sale for $35…so I bought it and separated the meat to go in our freezer. I also found spiral hams for 99 cents/pound, and a turkey for 28 cents/pound…so I filled my freezer up!!

    • #3624
      M. King
      Participant

      Excited to join the challenge. Hope I can keep up. Yesterday I finished planting my fall veg garden. Today I will do some sewing to repair a shirt.

    • #3625
      Loving Life
      Participant

      I am enjoying reading all these posts. I am getting some great ideas. Someone mentioned the thrift store, so….. Today, I went to the thrift store and I SCORED!

      Everything that had a cord was 50% off. I bought a new breadmaker, still in the original unopened box for $3! I also bought a barely used box fan for $1!

      I also bought a barely used HUGE Coleman cooler for $8 (with original stickers still attached)! It looked like someone took it camping and used it once. The cooler will be perfect for transporting frozen items from the grocery store and such. When the power goes out, coolers are also key here for storing the perishables. In this area, the electrical power goes out for extended periods at least several times a year. With a spring ice storm this year, I lost power for 4 days.

      I searched the thrift store books and found — “Wood Stove Cookery” for 10 cents!!! I haven’t cooked on my wood stove yet… That will be a challenge for another day! I now have no excuse.

    • #3630
      Dumples
      Participant

      11/8 – Today I started organizing my food storage room and taking an inventory of what I’ve got in there, expiration dates, etc.

    • #3633

      Homesteading is always busy for sure. Covered the garlic and asparagus with mulch. Inventoried my 3 gal food buckets and Am giving Simon the pig, the rancid pancake mix and Graham cracker crumbs!

    • #3634
      Anonymous

      Not planning on being online to much tomorrow since I will be doing some bulkish shopping and figuring out where to put everything. Will be getting at least 10lbs of carrots to can and whatever else comes up.

    • #3635
      Anonymous

      @Loving Life, I love thrift stores! I have got two bread makers, two pasta machines, a dehydrator and so many other things from the thrift store. I have saved thousands of dollars at our thrift stores.

    • #3636
      LittleMtn
      Participant

      Today I updated the budget to determine how much we can realistically dedicate for prepping / becoming more self-reliant.

    • #3638
      Jan Man
      Participant

      I am in! Yesterday I processed my saved tomato seeds,ready for next year.Today I scored some free firewood from work.There may be more tomorrow.

    • #3639
      Independent Junebug
      Participant

      Today I made gluten free pancakes instead of buying a gluten free pancake mix. I need to change it a little and then I will stock up on the ingredients that I need.

    • #3640
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      Today I added some kitchen scraps to my compost for my garden.

    • #3641
      CrazyFarmFairy
      Participant

      Canned 14 jars of jalapeños and froze a quart of chopped banana peppers. Rotated sheep and goats getting sheep closer to the barn for shearing on Saturday.

    • #3643
      Lynn McCartney
      Participant

      Today, I reviewed the prepping article mentioned in the info on the challenge. I batch cook all my meals from scratch on the weekends. I used to sew all my own clothes, but due to time constraints I have been unable to keep this up at the present. However, I recently repaired by hand all my clothes that have needed mending for the past year! I have completed some introductory herbal medicine courses and am in the process of curing some tintures: hawthorn, oregano and goldenseal. Will be pouring those off this weekend. Winter medicine. This morning I made a new batch of tooth soap and earlier in the week, I made a nice big batch of homemade mouthwash with essential oils and food grade hydrogen peroxide. That does it for today!

    • #3654
      Maggi Tieskoetter
      Participant

      Just signed up and am posting for the first week of November, then daily after that. Thanks for doing this!!
      During the first week, I’ve made maple sugar, canned cream of celery soup, cream of mushroom soup and will be doing cream of chicken soup tomorrow. Also have cut and dried my lemon grass for tea, made mulberry jelly and elderberry jelly. Already have elderberry cough syrup on the shelf. These forums help keep me motivated and my pantry shelves stocked. Thanks so much for all the encouragement, suggestions and ideas from all of you.

    • #3663
      Grace Note
      Participant

      I read about cooking rice to reduce arsenic. Practiced fire starting as well.

    • #3675
      namelus
      Participant

      Wood stove cooling is a skill and each type of fuel creates different heats, I have a pinoneer princess it works well but I prefer for ready to eat when home meals to cook to boil and use a wonder bag to finish it.

      Bagging barley what was layed out to dry, digging some onions and potatoes last of season as temp now in minus at night and day

    • #3681
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11-8-2018 Prepped approx. 20# honey crisp apples for the dehydrator.

    • #3682
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      I topped off my gas tank today, re-filled a 3-gallon and 5-gallon containers of water, and picked up our special orders (buckwheat & flour).

    • #3691
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      Used Daisy’s template for the emergency preparedness binder to get a prepping notebook started, plus printed off some articles on saving water and money. Hope to be working on it every day while doing other things, too.

    • #3692
      Skypony
      Participant

      Bought four packages of white taper candles, 6 in each package, from work (Trader Joe’s) we only have these in the fall now until they run out. I get them every year, still have a few packages from last year, pretty good deal with the employee discount. Nice bold light in the dark. I’ve used them during power outages. Add to my candle stash. Making a list of what I want to accomplish this weekend.

    • #3698
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      I’m late starting this but earlier this month ordered a new soldering iron so I can solder some more solar panels.
      Have been organizing so I can find things easier (an ongoing task). Yesterday mended a neighbors ripped coat.
      Today cooked a roast beef dinner and got out the snow scoop- we will have too much to shovel.
      I have been working on a recipe book for all ‘make from scratch’ things we use.
      Went through some gardening magazines and saved articles I would use and made a pile to toss and another pile to give away.

    • #3700
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      Went to the store this morning to buy hubby a new winter coat and got it 40% off which then entitled us to get a discount on a turkey. Picked up the turkey for 37 cents a pound. Finished making the gift tags that coordinate with the Christmas cards I made. Made supper using some food out of the freezer that had been in the freezer a while. I did all my mending and washed up all the dishes.

    • #3703
      Josefina Arenas
      Participant

      Like Skypony, bought Trader Joe’s taper candles. Also moved bulk-purchased grains into 5 gallon buckets with gamma lids.

    • #3704
      Jodie Marie
      Participant

      I am going to do my best. I am unfortunately forgetful. So today I read an article about an armed man coming in to a ladies house and robbing her at gun point. So I reorganized my weaponary to make sure there is a defense weapon in every room.

      Tomorrow will be labeling to prep for dementia. As simple as labeling the cat food container and the fridge and stove 😉 🙂 if I accomplish it I will post again 🙂

    • #3706
      Tiger Lily
      Participant

      Ok, let’s see how today went. went to a thrift store and found a dehydrator that I will reserve for drying onions, an air popper for popcorn (works great!), and a small food processor (each was less than $4). I read several more chapters in “Homemade Pantry, 100 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making,” by Alana Chernila, and again made notes on ingredients needed. I started a batch of homemade buttermilk. I also caught up on some mending, and hand basted hems in a pair of pants for my son.

    • #3709

      Today was fairly productive. Husband took down two trees in the front yard, with the help of a neighbor. The wood will be kept under tarps to age. Filled 3 gallon & 5 1/2 gallon bottles with water – put away. Added 4 1 liter bottles on water to freeze in the big freezer. Added 4 cans of Coleman propane to the tubby those go in. (WalMart has these in a two pack – comes out to $3.12 a can)
      Researched getting minimum two more rain barrels (40 or 50 Gallon). Also researching a Berkey – this might be our “Christmas present” to ourselves.

    • #3713
      dicity
      Participant

      Went grocery shopping today – Trader Joe’s where the olive oil I buy has went up 50 cents since last month so I got 3 bottles. Also went to Grocery Outlet and Raley’s.
      Did some laundry. Bought a shirt at Costco last week and wore it one day this week. It shed everywhere, so washed it so I can return it.
      Sending thank you notes to some helpers of a church event so working on getting their addresses.
      Sent a recipe for tomato basil bisque to a lady to make for an ill relative.

    • #3714
      Talcoon W.
      Participant

      So I decided to add a little more food to my long term storage. I washed the containers out really well and put in some more pasta and beans.

    • #3715
      Appaloosa
      Participant

      Today I ordered a120 MRE meal kit.

    • #3716
      Holly L
      Participant

      Still putting up seeds. Finished sunflowers & zinnias today. No, you can’t eat flowers, but they attract bees to your garden. Have so many sunflowers seeds from giant sunflowers, going to give away packs to friends – whether they garden or not – donate to library.

    • #3717
      Mountainpapa
      Participant

      Yesterday I picked up a wood crate from work that is going to be repurposed as a rotating canned food storage.

    • #3718
      Echo 7787
      Participant

      Yesterday I learned how to dry wall repair. I also started researching ow to reapir walls in general with what you have on hand. Today I am updating my supply inventory and putting together a list for the next supply run.

    • #3719
      Donba Marion
      Participant

      I’m a little late to this but I love this challenge. It will force me to be more deliberate about prepping. Yesterday I worked on some handmade Christmas gifts and led a Bible study. Today I hope to be canning our pumpkins. I’looking forward to learning from this challenge too. It may point out some places I need to be more intentional in our prepping.

    • #3722
      Lucy Latte
      Participant

      Today I brought up my Big Berkey from the basement that I have never used and am going to get it running for the first time.

    • #3723
      Rosebud
      Participant

      I have a busy day today, what with working and everything… I need to find a better way to carry. The tank top holster just isn’t going to work. So I read an article and reviews on belly bands. I think I found ove I want to get. I’ll order it today.

      I am also going to pick up two bottles of propane (like for the grill) after work. They work really well with one of the backup heaters that we have. It looks like winter is here a little early. After I get home, I’m going to put my winter supplies in the car (emergency heat sources, a week worth of food and water, and sleeping bags). You never know when there will be an accident or something and you’ll be stuck in your car for hours. And I don’t want to run dowm my gas to keep warm.

    • #3725
      Dragon Prepper
      Participant

      Yesterday I went out and bought a 1 kilo bag of pasta, dated it and put it in my moisture & rodent proof bucket. did the same with a 1 kilo bag of white sugar.

      This morning I have started putting together a winter emergency kit for the family vehicle, and as an extension of such, started knitting a large blanket that will be kept in the SUV in case we ever get stranded. (It can get as cold as -40 up here, so you never know when a blanket might come in handy!)

    • #3726
      Loving Life
      Participant

      Expecting a snow storm around 6 or more inches starting this afternoon, so I did a quick inspection this morning. This is the first major snow ice storm of the season, so I just wanted to double check

      The only thing I needed to do this morning is fill the wood circle beside the woodstove. I have wood stacked near the house, but I don’t plan on going outside during the storm. The chainsaw has plenty of fuel and started right up. I am charging the cordless chainsaw. The SUV is full and winterized.

      I probably have enough cash on hand, but I am headed out to the ATM to get some more cash. I read the Emergency Funds thread here and reassessed my cash on hand.

      I have plenty of water, food, meds, etc to get me through this and more. No rush to the grocery store unless I want to get some special ingredients to try out the breadmaker that I bought yesterday at the thrift store. If it’s not busy, I will stop and grab some items for the bread machine.

      Thus is why I prep, no rush to go to the grocery store. I have enough supplies to last through the winter and more.

      Maybe during the storm, I will continue on the unpacking and inventory. Next is pet supplies.

      • #3729
        Dragon Prepper
        Participant

        I would like to get another big bag of dog kibble, but that would require a rodent-proof tub, which I don’t really have room for yet. Of course, if I could raise the gumption to go through some of my boxes and get rid of a few, I would have that room that I need. Bloody inconvenient insomnia and resulting lack of energy!

    • #3727
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      This morning, at the request of one of my prepping buddies, I did online research about the nutritional content of energy bars and some candy bars to see which ones might be good to stockpile. (So far, assuming no allergies to nuts, PayDay bars and Greens PlusBars are sounding like pretty good choices).

    • #3732
      Aeronwy
      Participant

      Husband and kids are handling the shopping after work today so I am putting up green beans, turnips and mustards this afternoon.

    • #3739
      Josefina Arenas
      Participant

      I acquired some free second hand retaining wall blocks to build cold frames over my garden and to construct a compost bin.

    • #3741
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      I didn’t get to town yesterday as planned but handy-man completed some winterizing things for me. And, I continued to review youtube on growing plants inside during the winter months. Today, I’ll do yesterdays in-town activities. Have spent a bit of time this morning reviewing my spending plan for the next two months, setting a realistic budget for Christmas activities. Have begun the last few years giving farm animals through Samaritan’s Purse to needy families around the world in the name of my teenage grandchildren. They really like that I do that. All the older one’s have already been on a number of mission trips and recognize the blessings we enjoy here in America. For lunch today have set out several frozen items from left-over meals: cabbage rolls and little individual baked apple pies. I cook for one so freezing individual portions of every meal I cook saves me so much money and time.

    • #3751
      Anonymous

      This week I have been taking an inventory of our food storage. I do not have one area in the house to keep it all and so I easily lose track of my supplies.

    • #3752
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      We trimmed a dogwood tree and burning bush in front of the house. Now we can see better out the front windows. It was misty and only 33* but it felt good being outside. Keeping fit and healthy are preps, too.

    • #3753
      Anonymous

      I think my main prep item today is the fact I just now did something that is fairly new to me. Signing up for this forum to learn more about prepping is a little outside my comfort zone but this will be good for me. Thanks for setting this up

    • #3754
      Gail Vance
      Participant

      Today I am going to the grocery because they have a lot of shelf stable groceries on sale including canned veg at 4 cans for $1. I will probably buy the max they allow. Also peanut butter is 3/$5…another great deal. Tomorrow my task will be to put this all in food storage and rotate others to the front of the line.
      Thanks Daisy for all you have done to help me.

    • #3755
      Anonymous

      Just starting out and am very new to forums. Just signing up to this is my prep for the day. I am an old guy but there is always things to learn and practice so here goes. thanks

      • #3757
        Muffy1938
        Participant

        Hey, OldGuy!!! I’m an OldGal not used to forums but I’m getting a lot of good ideas. Hang in there and post everyday. You’ll become less uncertain as you keep at it. Good luck with your prepping….I figure we older folks don’t have to go overboard, but just doing some simple things everyday will keep us busy and involved with life. I’m learning some new gardening skills.

    • #3761
      BookNerdMomma
      Participant

      I’m putting a plan on paper to start out.

    • #3756
      Vegmom
      Participant

      Yesterday I received shocking news which changed my game plan for the next several days. The son of one of our friends was killed in the shooting in California. He was 23. My son adored him and is struggling with his death.
      I have always spoken with my children about situational awareness. This prompted me to take my son out last night to examine potential escape routes in a store. We will continue this exercise all weekend in a variety of establishments. Particularly at his place of employment; a movie theatre. I have a number of other projects scheduled for the weekend, but in light of the most recent mass shooting hitting home, we are focusing on safety.

      • #3783
        Daisy
        Keymaster

        Veg Mom

        I’m so terribly sorry. What an awful event. It’s always one of those things you just read about. I cannot imagine how horrifying it must be to have lost someone.

        I like the fact that you are using this as the impetus for a plan. That is truly the best way to honor the person you lost.

    • #3764
      BookNerdMomma
      Participant

      Day 1….. I’m putting a plan on paper to start.

    • #3766
      Topaz Gemstone
      Participant

      I’ve been busy today. My first priority today was to finish cleaning up the fraudulent use of my son’s debit card. Annoying and time consuming.

      I have been reorganizing my first aid supplies. The old tackle box I have been using was filled to overflowing and made things very difficult to find. Yesterday I bought a new easy to carry storage container and have moved everything to that. I have a list of things we need to have it in.

      I decided that our 72 hour to go backpacks were both not easy to access and in the way stored in the coat closet. We had bought a bench to sit and take off things like muddy or snowy shoes and boots and it has storage under the seat. I moved all the backpacks there and later this week will go through them and update them as needed.

      I also ordered a packet of mylar bags with O2 Absorbers. I will use them to make my own freeze dried meals. Some will be for one person, most for 2 people, and a few for 4 people. I plan on spending some time today and tomorrow searching for recipes that we like. I generally test the recipes using a combination of fresh and freeze dried ingredients. I don’t want to use the expensive freeze dried meat until I know we like the recipe. Once I have several recipes, I’ll make a bunch of meals in the Mylar bags. If I buy a #10 can of freeze dried ground beef (or chicken) I want to have a variety of recipes using it so I can get the entire can of meat used the same day. It will take time, but one day at a time and I’ll get there.

    • #3767

      Learning new skills today. Built a crossbow pen and started fire with magnifying glass and black paper.

    • #3769
      Chaos Hope
      Participant

      Today I start the challenge. I am hitting up the local grocery for their annual thanksgiving stock-up event that saves tons on pantry fillers!!

    • #3771
      Lee Smith
      Participant

      Another day a new day to prep. I read what others are doing and I feel so down. If I can buy a extra can good that is all I can afford. I am trying to do better but it is hard. Today I am organizing. I am listing what I do have. If the SHTF I will just put my self in the way of the bullet so others can live.

    • #3773
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      I am trying to get healthier so I rode my bike today

    • #3774
      RufusJ
      Participant

      Lee Smith, if you can buy only one can extra, that’s one more can than you would have had. I have found some great deals at the dollar stores too– both name brand and their house brands. You can do this!

    • #3775
      Loving Life
      Participant

      Hey @Lee Smith!

      Don’t feel so down. Look at each day as one small step.

      Watch for the grocery sales where they sell the canned goods. Check out your thrift stores and yard/garage sales. Look for ways to use what you already have on hand. You can watch You Tube videos for ideas.

      Keep your chin up.

    • #3788
      Lynn McCartney
      Participant

      Today, I start reviewing a recent purchase of an Herbal Cold Care course taught by Rosemary de la Foret. I will start assembling ingredients necessary to put up some more herbal medicine for winters colds and flus!

    • #3796
      Daisy
      Keymaster

      Lee, that’s one can extra you wouldn’t have had before! Way to go!

      Today we went for a long walk, even though it was raining. (Fitness is a real priority for me right now.) We also organized our medications and first aid supplies.

      I took the day off work and am relaxing a bit with my daughter. We tried a new-to-us veggie from the farmer’s market: purple Brussels sprouts! Very delicious!

    • #3797
      Peppy P
      Participant

      I’m in although a little late. Today I am making a pot of veggie soup. Brought in the potted plants since our first hard freeze is coming tonight. Harvested the last bit of mint for the season and laid it out to dry.

      I think this is a fabulous idea. Sometimes knowing where to start or just knowing you are not alone in the process is just the thing to get people moving in the right direction.

    • #3798
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      We have had a lot of lake effect snow here in the Northwoods so I am out removing it using the old ‘armstrong’. I guess that counts for improving fitness.
      Daisy, have you tried kohlrabi? If you like brussels sprouts you would probably like it. I use the chopped up leaves too and like to cream it with a white sauce.
      I will get back to organizing stuff later today.

    • #3800
      zed tuntematon
      Participant

      Stocked up on some medical supplies.

    • #3801
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      Lee, please don’t feel badly if you can’t prep a lot all at once. Most of us can’t do that either. Remember the saying, “slow and steady wins the race”. Many times I haven’t had the funds to buy all the prepping items I wanted right then, or even any at all. At those times I focused on learning new skills, (using the free resources available online or at my local library) or on doing my own product research online to enable me to make lists of exactly what preparedness items I wanted to buy, or make, or barter for, when I would later have the money to do that. Doing that advance research is very helpful because then, when you later have the funds, you can act quickly when you see great sale prices on items on your list (or spot them at a thrift store, or flea market, etc.). Hang in there 🙂

    • #3802
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Made a batch facial soap and shampoo bars. Looked up my pantry journal to start doing an inventory Soon.

    • #3805
      Mother Earth
      Participant

      This is great, and the motivation I need to get more organized and prepared. Today I started packing our 72 hour food supply bucket for a family of 4. Yesterday I read the fiction book, Getting Out by Ryan Westfield, and the day before, I put my winter emergency bag in my car filled with extra blankets, clothes, and diapers.

    • #3807
      Mary Fox
      Participant

      Started a four dough started on 11/8/18. So far today only work.

    • #3809
      Dumples
      Participant

      11/9 – Today I mulched up my leaves and started them to composting, covering my garden, etc., so that I’ll be a little ahead of the game come spring.

    • #3812
      RufusJ
      Participant

      Cleaned out the back of the truck in prep for getting a round hay bale but alas, my hay man is out of hay right now. He says he’s got three lakes in the middle of hay field; if it ever dries out he may get another cutting. No problem– I’ve got a back up plan for my little herd of cows. About to put the “Dolly Partons” on the outside faucets; it’s supposed to freeze in a couple nights. Moved plants in. Fixed the old brick bbq so the stray cat can sleep in there if he wants. And still inventorying some old glasses and plates to give to the kids; I need to free up some room for pantry things. Need to get more rice and mustard. We go through rice like t.p. Which reminds me– probably should get more t.p. too for the stock. Just because.

    • #3814
      Maggi Tieskoetter
      Participant

      working on my maple sugar – it’s great on dried apples instead of cinnamon. I have done some of both and as fast as they get eaten, I’ll probably do a lot more.

    • #3815
      Holly Berry
      Participant

      Purchased more beans for my stash.

    • #3816
      farmmom
      Participant

      This a good time of year for sales so today, 9 Nov, I got butter on sale for 70cents off regular price of $3.00 so piled my basket high! Also got spaghetti and butternut squash at a huge sale price so got several and put them in the cold room to store. Got bread flour at $1.40 off regular price so stocked up and stored them in the grain frig. Picked up some extra wood matches since it will be wood stove season soon. Overall a good day for saving $$.

    • #3817
      Grace Note
      Participant

      Today I’ve been preparing for a short trip to my Dad’s 88th. I don’t just take what I need for the trip, but also prepare and pack for delays, diversions, and disasters. Weather ‘may’ be a factor so I have to consider this as well.

    • #3818
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11-9-2018 Finally printed off information sheets for a hard copy in my garden book – MORINGA. I have three healthy trees that I harvest several times a year, gently air dry the leaves and turn them into a powder. I then seal the powder into jars. It is so easy to reference electronic files but one day …

    • #3819
      corsaire
      Participant

      Today I watched videos on hand sewing, learned about ripped seams, and filling in tears.

    • #3820
      Tiger Lily
      Participant

      Today I cleaned and disinfected the dehydrator and food processor recently purcgphased from the thrift store and have pinto beans soaking so I can make burritos for the freezer tomorrow. I also watched a video on emergency water preparations.

    • #3821
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      The cows are in!
      Of course, 30min before I hump it out there to bring them out of the fields and into the barn, it starts to snow. Like, blowing, thick, snow.
      Took about an hour total. I was soaked from head to toes. Thankfully I had on wool socks and a wool hat.
      We probably got 2 to 3 while I was out there and it is still coming down.

    • #3826
      Daisy
      Keymaster

      Not fun, Crow Bar! What part of the country are you in?

    • #3827
      DeeDee Forager
      Participant

      Just read about the challenge- I like the idea. I’ve been on the road 3 days, getting a family member through her court hearing, and now she’s all set with her probation officer, and I’m home, I will be doing the challenge.So far this month I’ve prepared my camp for winter, signed onto a new forager’s blog, planting indoor herbs, and decluttering my bedroom.

    • #3833
      blclcc1
      Participant

      11/9 Today I worked on purging my bookshelves. bagged up a bunch to donate to our local library for their use or their booksale, did several book reveiws online, ordered a supply in of dog food for Bubba, our beagle/terrier mix, and for our daughter and son in law’s pitbull mix, Jade. Try to keep at least a 9 month to a year supply on hand for each, stored in metal trashcans. Works great, keep each bag in mylar separately, and they stay fresh, with no pest or rodent problem thanks to the metal cans. I am using the freed up space on the bookshelves to store more canned foods and water, behind the piles and stacks of books. I figure out of sight is good, so I try to use any available space. I keep an index card in my recipe box that lists what is hiding where, so my daughter or hubby would know if something happened to me.
      Extra canned beans, 10 cases of different varieties, purchased yesterday on sale are now cozy under the sofa. Lots of reorganizing in the pantry on the agenda this weekend, need to do inventory update.

      • #3843
        Ditto
        Participant

        I love your idea! I never thought of behind the books as a place to stash. Thanks for sharing that :0)

      • #3855
        Flamingolady
        Participant

        I like your idea of using an index file to keep track of where everything is stored.

    • #3834
      CrazyFarmFairy
      Participant

      Today canned potatoes that were starting to sprout. Stayed up late last night reading LDS preparedness manual. Found some holes. Printed off some pantry inventory sheets to start fall/winter inventory.

    • #3837
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      @Daisy,
      Central, or North Central NY.
      Meh, it is what it is. Gotta get done. Just have to suck it up and do it.
      I have moved the livestock in pouring rain, heat waves, and snow before. Dress accordingly.
      I wanted to keep the livestock out in the fields till NOV first. Everyday after that is bonus in regards to hay consumption.

    • #3839
      Daisy
      Keymaster

      Got it, Crow Bar. We’re expecting snow next week here in Virginia. It’s supposed to be a crazy winter this year.

    • #3842
      Ditto
      Participant

      I know I didn’t post yesterday because I forgot. BUT I am still going to post what i did yesterday, and what I have done today:

      Nov. 8th: Check Preppers Daily, and also other international headlines. While I knows it’s not a full-proof way to go, I can still find out/hear about things that I do not hear inside the US. I go through StartPage and hit places newspapers in India, Austrialia, New Zealand, and more.

      Nov. 9th: Made sure to add to small emergency fund I keep at work. My goal is to have $100 accessible for emergencies.

      Nov. 10th: Going to find out how to fix my shoes! :0)

    • #3844
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      Ordered two filters for or Berkey-clone water filter instead of one at a time. A few weeks ago, our town had a boil order in place because the water main broke – and wouldn’t you know it, the water filter puttered out right at the same time, and we were broke on top of it (we’re freelancers, it’s feast or famine – that’s something that needs to be remedied, too!). So when we got the money, we ordered two! The plan is to order another when the first one is finished so we’re never without.

    • #3846
      Steampunklover
      Participant

      Today I learned how to use my new dehydrator that DH got me. Tomorrow I will try making jelly with a family recipe.

      • #3849
        Jessee Jones
        Participant

        Love this idea. Yesterday, the 8th, stocked up on good chicken soup which was so cheap that I couldn’t make it for that price, toilet paper, and paper towels. Today, the 9th, bought 2 large turkeys for 47 cents per pound. Will cook then can for future use at a great price. Also, had a visit from Red Cross who educated us in fire safety and installed smoke detectors in our home.

    • #3848

      Today was a good day! Ordered two more rain barrels (50 gal. each). Added $30 to our cash “stash”. Reorganized our entire food storage. Got bags of items for the food bank that will be expiring before January 19 plus now everything is back in it’s proper “home”. Husband counted up propane cans and kerosene. Strawberries, raspberry bushes, blackberry bushes, blueberries all have their winter mulch in their pots. Might try to get some potatoes planted from this past year’s crop just to let some winter over.

    • #3850
      Jodie Marie
      Participant

      11/9/18
      Hi. Today’s preps
      1) practiced cooking made baked chicken and roasted chicken to freeze,
      2) Hubs and I had a tec free night, we played cards all night

      3) read my prepping book,

      4) I am trying to fast at work to condition my body some in case SHIT and I need to go more than a few hours with out food

      I didn’t get things labeled like I had hoped to but that is ok 🙂

    • #3853
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      Today I picked up my new glasses and added to our cash stash. I also delivered farm fresh eggs to some friends.

    • #3854
      Independent Junebug
      Participant

      Paid on our last loan besides our house. Check all balances on accounts.

    • #3856
      Appaloosa
      Participant

      Today I ordered some back up filters for my gravity water purifier.

    • #3857
      Skypony
      Participant

      Knitting a new scarf tonight, big long infinity one so I can double it around my neck, and wear it at work. Making it from a Carron Big Cake (big round thing of yarn multicolors, looks like a cake) that I got for Christmas last year. Going to be 40 tonight, big brr drop for here. Washed two loads of fuzzy blankets, they are in the dryer now.

    • #3858
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      Today hubby and I met with the lawyer to sign our new wills and power of attorney papers for finances. Told our kids they need to set aside an hour or so for us to explain our estate to them and how to deal with it all when we pass away. Made some brownies using dehydrated raspberries in the dough. Washed up the last of the flower pots brought in from outside and put away. Cleaning off my bookcase and passing on some cookbooks to my daughter in law. I bought 2 cookbooks for my son for Christmas that tell how to cook with cast iron. Just need to buy the pans now for him. He is getting involved in prepping so we want to help him out. Made tacos for supper to use up some of the last tomatoes from our garden that have ripened.

    • #3862
      wannaprep
      Participant

      Just checking this posts right
      I am prepping a bit daily. Will post more tomorroe

    • #3865
      Island Girl
      Participant

      While I was cleaning the freezer I found a couple of big baggies with chicken bones so for the last two days I’ve been crockpotting them, along with a bag of veggie scraps that I found frozen as well. I have two HUGE bowls of stock in the fridge right now that I’m going to scrape the fat off of tomorrow and then can. I should have at least 7+ quarts worth. If there’s any left over I’ll boil it down to almost nothing and put in a container back in the fridge and once it’s jellied I’ll cut into squares, put on a plate, freeze and once frozen I’ll pop them all into a baggie, so easy to just grab a couple and use when you need a flavour boost. Ice cube trays work well too.

    • #3866
      dicity
      Participant

      Not too much prepping today. Did laundry and spent a lot of time reading/looking at pictures of the Camp Fire here in North California. Used my hankie. Hoping for a double shift tomorrow so I have extra money to stock up on baking supplies – this is the time of year they should be the least. Things like brown/powdered sugar, flour, and chocolate chips are some of my favorites to stock up on!

    • #3868
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      I never buy brown sugar. All it is is white sugar and molasses so I make it as I use it and if a recipe calls for it in the ingredients I just dump both in without mixing it separately. Works for me.

    • #3875
      Sara Jennings
      Participant

      Making jam from berries and grapes I froze this summer and stocking up on additional water.
      Thank you so much for this information from others
      Sara

    • #3876
      Holly L
      Participant

      Bagged & tagged cleaned pumpkin & other squash seeds. Went thru/cleaned up remaining apples from picking a month ago. Made an apple cake, gave bad ones to chickens.

    • #3878
      Tolik
      Participant

      I have stopped prepping for awhile . Cant speak for everybody , but it starts to create a siege mentality over time , that is not really healthy . At those times , I stop , and walk away from it , think and do more positive things in life .

    • #3879
      J D
      Participant

      Two days of slaughtering and butchering pig.

    • #3880
      Loving Life
      Participant

      Still snowing on and off here. I love the crisp white covering. It is so peaceful.

      On a light note, here’s how you know you live in rural area. With a ice/snow storm approaching, instead of long lines at the grocery store, you have long lines at the county dump (trash and recyclables — no curb side service here). Lol!

      As I waited yesterday at the dump, I saw one of my neighbors, do being rural folks we were all down right neighborly. I didn’t realize how many single/widowed/divorced gals lived in the area just like me. I got some great tips, including on cooking on my wood stove. I also scored some seedlings in the spring.

      Last night, I warmed up stew on the wood stove.

      This morning, I inventoried my dog supplies. My dogs are my fur kids, so I ensure they are good to go. I have a rotating supply of dry and wet food. My dogs are good for at least 10 months on dry food. I also have several cases (18) of wet food, which has a longer expiration date than dry and is much easier to store. I also have treats, toys and flea/tick meds set aside. All in, the puppers are good for at least 12 months.

    • #3888
      jennymt140
      Participant

      I am in and ready to go.

    • #3904
      Anonymous

      Going to add super glue to my first aid kit today.  Also check over my first aid kits in the car and at home.  Thanks to Daisy for your daily email that talked about it and the link to Chuck Hudson’s article

       

    • #3913
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      Today I am plotting out next years garden.

    • #3916
      Mother Earth
      Participant

      This weekend I am starting a binder to print all the prepper things I have been saving on my computer (recipes, how-to’s, first aid instructions, etc…).

       

    • #3919
      Metanine
      Participant

      Until a few years ago, my father thought I was crazy for pile stocking lighters, matches, candles etc… Well not anymore!

      Since the first of November, without knowing about the challenge, this is what I’ve done:

      1 – Revisited my calling tree, to add people that would be great asset in an event of emergency, remove those who have prooved to be unworthy of trust.  2 – Went dumpster-diving on a inspired moment and got a huge load of Halloween candy. We did not plan to do it beforehand, we will in the future. You should have seen the faces of the kids with us! 3 – Went grocery shopping and bought some bouillons cubes to add to our EDC kits and to put in with our stocking stuffers. 4 – Repackaged some pulses, planning to can some in the upcoming weeks so that we can use quickly when needed. 5 – Made a list of supplies needed to be restocked. 6 – Checked my camping stove, made sure it is in working condition and that we have enough butane stashed away. 7 – I belong to a group wher we share information about gardening, cooking, learning. Started a list of subjects I would see brought up for our Regional and National annual meetings about being prepared. Some of our members are single and vulnerable, I want them to be taken care of and well equipped. 8 – Replaced batteries in all alarms and other needed equipment. Put the used batteries in a container for later evaluation of their remaining charge for use in a pinch if needed.

      I had written those in my planner after completing them, so that I could keep track of what I’m doing. That’s why I’m able to post today 🙂 I do small tasks like that on a daily basis as a way to keep my mind sharp. I was sick two days and used that time to read up my book Extreme weather survival guide from national geographic. A 35$ book I got for 3$.

      Have agood one

       

       

       

    • #3923
      Anonymous

      Today I am drying 10 trays of carrots and working on putting up other fruits/veggies I bought yesterday.  I also got some soup to make with some squash I baked, some will be eaten this week the rest will be frozen.

    • #3925
      grannyj smith
      Participant

      November is a challenging month in trying to prepare due to lack of funds.  Don’t know if these thing are considered preps are not, had a hundred gallons of propane put in the tank.  Got a turkey for Thanksgiving that Walmart had on sale, not a fresh one, but frozen, the family will not know the difference after I get it brined and smoked, the money I saved on the turkey will go in my money jar.

    • #3929
      corsaire
      Participant

      Today was dollar store day. Picked up safety pins, toe covers, and clear water proof bags with zippers.

    • #3930
      farmmom
      Participant

      Today I blanched and froze brussel sprouts, made bread, hot pockets and casseroles to freeze and some to eat.

    • #3931
      Independent Junebug
      Participant

      Today I am concentrating on cleaning out the freezer part of the fridge and then the frig part.  I decided I needed to to just buy lettuce and milk for the rest of the month to make sure we eat what we already have.  The other thing I am doing today is making sure I get cardio exercise in to stay healthy.

    • #3932
      Valkyrie
      Participant

      Friday Nov 9. Bought a jump starter to keep in my car because… my battery went dead while I was cleaning out my office. 🙁 Tough lesson, but now I have one in my car for future use.

      Saturday Nov 10. Car maintenance and prep for winter. Charging battery, putting new coil packs on. Going through preps and putting similar items together. After closing my business, I am quite surprised to find how many sets of paper plates and disposable utensils I have!

    • #3933
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      Today I watched a replay of the latest video presentation on purifying water in an emergency by Glenn Meder (inventor of the Survival Still). I also finished reading Dr. Arthur T. Bradley’s latest book, <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>The Survivalist: Solemn Duty</span>.

    • #3934
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Today I went to a study day of the Dutch beekeepers association. I learned about making skep hives and beekeeping with skeps. Will participate in a course later on this winter.

      Did the very last humongous zucchini in the dehydrator to make zucchini powder.

    • #3937
      BookNerdMomma
      Participant

      Day 2. I’m working on setting up my car kits. With winter coming, that seems the most important right now.

    • #3938
      Nw Prepr015
      Participant

      Well, yesterday I put a chunk of cash away for my emergency fund. Today I finished reading a book about survival personalities and what it takes mentally to be a “survivor”. I live in a hurricane prone area. I personally have been through so many storms that I am unable to accurately count them all. But what I will tell you is I have seen how rational people can turn to hysterical mush after 2-3 days without first world comforts. I never want to be “that” person. I am consciously putting forth the effort to be more self reliant. I am comforted by the fact that I am not alone in my quest.

    • #3940
      Gail Vance
      Participant

      Today I am making sure I get all my new food acquisitions in the pantry correctly. Rotating food can be a pain, but is so necessary. Tomorrow my goal is to inventory my essential oils and make a list of “need” and “want”. Then I want to put together an abbreviated “What to use for…” and print it out to store with the oils.

      I love this Daisy! It helps me organize me thoughts and plan ahead. And even if you’re not there asking me why I didn’t do what I said, it helps to keep me accountable just by writing it down.

    • #3943
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11-10-2018  Today I planted a navel orange tree and the garlic.  Harvested the last of the roses for the season – time to make rose water and Kami McBride’s Firestorm Tea.

      I may not be perfect but parts of me are excellent!

    • #3944
      Peppy P
      Participant

      Oh Vegmom, so sorry.  Glad to see you are trying to help empower your son through this.

      Made a loaf bread and a another batch of immunity booster (lemon, garlic, ginger and honey).  Read a couple of herbal remedy articles.

      I make laundry soap using 2 parts castille soap, 1 part washing soda and 1 part borax.  Use vinegar as a laundry softener.  I agree, washers just don’t seem to work as well as they used to especially with no agitator.

      • #3948
        Lee’s homestead
        Participant

        I agree with preppy p about vinager as fabric softener. I will admit I usually run my towels twice they don’t seem to get clean.

        Ran out of homemade laundry soap back to store bought. I’m frustrated at myself for more store bought items but working on letting myself be ok with that. Do what I can when I can.

    • #3946
      Lee’s homestead
      Participant

      Today hubby and are home together very rare these days. We are going to inventory our canned goods and make our list for shopping next time we have a day off together. We are the people who you don’t want to get behind in the grocery store as we shop monthly. We are actually pretty fast at it as we’ve been doing this way of shopping for years.

      My goal is to try and have less store bought canned foods and can mine own. Canning takes time and some days store bought just has to work. 😃

    • #3950
      Old Ski Bum
      Participant

      Still not sure if this is where I’m supposed to post.  I’m afraid I have an analog brain in a digital world.

      Been getting the homestead ready for winter today.  Put the lawn mower, weed walker and wheeled trimmer to bed for the winter in the shed.  Ran the fuel out of them so the carbs won’t be all gummed up when I go to use them again in the spring.  Also brought the snow thrower out and moved it to the garage so it’s in position to go to work.  Need to change the oil on that puppy before it’s needed, but I should have a few days before that’s the case.  We did get a couple inches of snow last night but most has melted off the driveway today.

      • #4015
        Anonymous

        I was posting individual post but they got pulled into the main post, so I assume we are supposed to post in that post.  When you open the post just click the reply button and you can go straight to the bottom of the post itself to reply and see the most recent postings.

      • #4032
        Amy Dixon
        Participant

        Today, so far, I’ve updated my 9-typed-pages-long (Eeeek!) Wish List for preparedness items, checked on the progress of my first-ever batch of homemade Apple Cider Vinegar (from apple scraps) to make sure it was bubbling but not foaming over or molding, and discussed the various uses for half-gallon Mason jars with a friend who’d never seen one that size before (BTW, in case any of you don’t already know this, the half-gallon size jars are great for storing dry pantry items but shouldn’t be used to water bath can anything but juices).  How’s that for a run-on sentence, lol.

      • #4042
        Xant Dewit
        Participant

        Today we celebrated youngest child birthday at my families house, which is 100 km away from my house. My mom bought 4 season blankets on sale,  while I was at the beekeepers convention, made from wool. Very happy with them because I live in an old house where it can be cold. I also added dried Parmesan cheese to my storage (5jars). Today I got a call from someone who has a box full Sharon fruits. I will get that tomorrow. I have no idea what to make with them yet.

      • #4082
        Nw Prepr015
        Participant

        Today I located a potential source for great fishing although I just realized that the distance would be an issue if transportation were not possible. I will continue to look closer to home for great spots to fish. I am continuing to read How to survive the end of the world as we know it by James Wesley Rawles. Its hard to get the reading in while I’m in nursing school but I feel that the matter of preparedness has to be a priority next to my faith and family.

    • #3952
      RufusJ
      Participant

      Got the cows taken care of. They were happy cows, running over the hill for their treats. They’re about an hour from our house so it’s an event to get down there do stuff. I did see turkey, raccoon and hog tracks while we were down there. The turkey tracks were as big as my hand.

      Other than that, not much done today. Some things may yet get done tonight but it’s looking meagre for now.

    • #3957
      Echo 7787
      Participant

      Today was road trip day for me. Overnight stay with two dogs along. As I was backing the care, I made sure to throw in my cold weather boots just in case something happened and I was walking a ways. Tennis shoes are good but not when you are trekking in single digit wind chill. Then I started looking at my go backpack. Now this doubles as my work backpack. I amde sure that today it was strictly go and then rethought how I have it set daily to be easily convertible from work backpack to go backpack. Realized that I do need to replenish some of the medical supplies in.

    • #3958
      CrazyFarmFairy
      Participant

      Started the “every day”pantry inventory. (2 prep pantrys to go!) Wanted to do a happy dance when I realized I have canned close to 600 jars of food over the summer! Sheared sheep this afternoon. Fleeces were awesome. Hope to have some blankets made and some yarn spun. Harvested indigo.

    • #3960
      LittleMtn
      Participant

      Yesterday I did an inventory of my dry and canned goods. Definitely need to add more to it, but its slow going.

      Today I started learning about making simple leather shoes.

    • #3964
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      Some good sales at the grocery store. I added soup, crushed tomatoes and chili beans to my storage pantry.

    • #3967
      Jessee Jones
      Participant

      Today, started separating clothes to put away for winter and did inventory on what I need to replace for the season and spring. Hope to downsize while I am at this.

    • #3969
      dicity
      Participant

      My daughter and grandson moved in with me several months ago and moved into the bedroom when I had much of my home canned goods  It was moved to the third bedroom, but, along with other extra things in that spare room, the now pantry room is a mess.  I have not been able to start organizing it as I felt I couldn’t make a dent.  Today was the day I started making the dent! I took all the linens and other cloth items and put them in the large suitcase that was sitting in the room.  I’m not sure anyone looking would notice a difference, but I do!

    • #3970
      Lee Smith
      Participant

      First real day of cool here in the South. Got my jackets and coat out. I just feel so down I can not get in a good grove.

    • #3971
      rd Lucai
      Participant

      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Ok, here goes. Every week I check sales on food and keep my eyes open for good fruit, veggie and meat sales. This month I’ve canned chicken (49 cents a pound), pickled okra, friend and frozen okra($1 a pound), pears( free from trees), tomato juice, diced tomatoes($20 a box), apple pie filling, and apple sauce($6 a brown bag full). I’ve reorganized the food pantry, bought red and white wheat for grinding and made a new wheat bread recipe. Bread flower bought in bulk to try a new white bread recipe as well. Both were very good! Cleaned out the root cellar to make room for 5 new bussel of potatoes as the previous five rotted (don’t know why, what an awful smell!). Maintaining my winter garden of dragon tongue green beans, kale, carrots, turban squash, beets, and cabbage. Made sure my stock of hand and toe warmers, propane, hot chocolate was sufficient for the outdoor market I vend at through December. Used the mini emergency kit out of my purse to light the propane heater. Chopped and stacked wood for the wood stove. Checked kero in tank for house heater. Organized dressers for winter clothes and donated unwanted items. Filled 5,  5 gallon containers of gas and KERO for emergency use. <span style=”text-align: center;”>Collected Mason canning jars and bought lids and rings. Just this week, the kitchen cabinets were cleaned and organized along with the fridge. Guns were cleaned. Cars serviced. I’m sure there is more. I drive my family crazy. I follow a monthly Preppers U calendar.</span></p>

    • #3973
      Lynn McCartney
      Participant

      Today, I batched prepped and cooked all my meals from scratch for the week!  I also cleaned my bathrooms with my homemade cleaner made from Castile soap and essential oils!

    • #3974
      Brita Pruitt
      Participant

      I picked up some items at the dollar store that were listed on one of my list. I got some socks, bandanas, super glue, rope, and other stuff. Then when I got home I started a 72 hour kit for my mom.

    • #3976
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      As a freelancer, it’s “feast” time this month, just in time. The next several months may (and are typically) “famine”, so I joined with some other ladies in a co-op order and got enough spices and herbs for a year, plus some dried red peppers, wool socks and a few other things.

    • #3979
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      I can’t remember if I posted earlier today but I don’t think I have. I’m really enjoying reading these posts and getting some GREAT ideas for things I might want or need to do. Using molasses with white sugar as a substitute for brown sugar was a new idea for me so I’m definitely buying some molasses soon. I’m trying to start some spinach seeds under a clear container outside but the weather here has done a sudden nosedive so I may need to change course and put them under lights inside. Indoor gardening is a whole new area for me but I’m interested so will keep trying different things. Someone talked about buying turkeys for canning as the price is good this time of year so I’m toying with that idea for next week. At the grocery store I found a good deal on some canned chicken. Love this forum as it has given me a much needed kick-start for my little prepping efforts. Thanks everybody!

       

    • #3980
      DeeDee Forager
      Participant

      Wednesday I set up a budget. Thursday I took a friend to her court hearing (my first experience at a court hearing), and walked . Today I hit 4 craft shows to get ideas for Christmas gifts- got some good ideas! Also walked today (am 71, and trying to work on my balance, as I do fall down.

       

    • #3982
      Appaloosa
      Participant

      Today I took my “beginners hand gun” class. Did really great at my first target practice & scheduled follow up private consultation class to select & purchase my personal protection weapon with appropriate accessories. Very interesting & empowering!

       

    • #3984
      Skypony
      Participant

      It’s my Friday, slippers and jammies after a long week, contemplating my to do list for the weekend from my cozy rocking chair as I sip sake and finish the scarf I started knitting last night. Added a bag of dog food to the stash.

    • #3985

      Today was fairly productive. Husband and I had a nice long walk – weather is finally cooler. We both weighed ourselves. He is down to 190, I am down to 158. We picked up more soup on sale for .89 a can (Progresso ready to eat – no water necessary). Made an appointment for the car to be serviced next week. Also made an appointment for the furnace to be serviced. Chimney has been cleaned and top has been repaired.  I cut my husband’s hair this evening – saved about $11 there. He isn’t going to cut mine, he flat out refuses because he is afraid he will totally butcher it. Oh well, it would grow back in eventually. Working on the 17 year old granddaughter’s Christmas present. Also working on the present for the 22 year old granddaughter’s boyfriend. (I sure do need another project!)

    • #3987
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      I made a large soup pot full of “clean out the fridge” vegetable soup. Cleaned out my office and filed away all the paperwork. Purged another pile of cookbooks I no longer use. I now have another shelf for prepping books that are useful.

       

    • #3990
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      I made sure to charge my phone before I left the house.  In addition, I resisted the temptation to purchase ready-to-go food at the grocery store and purchased essentials instead.

      I took two walks with two different friends for fitness and fellowship purposes. 🙂

    • #3994
      Jodie Marie
      Participant

      11-10-18

      bought a oil lamp as a thrift store, bought 10 pounds of burger on sale to freeze, discovered new veggie the dogs like and began day one of no caffeine. One less vise for SHTF

    • #3995
      Deborah Brazil
      Participant

      <span style=”font-size: 100%;”>Just joined the challenge today. Hopefully I will remember to post daily. So far this month I have done a few things. I don’t remember which days I did what but here goes. </span>

      I got my daughter to try a homemade remedy (honey garlic ferment) for cold symptoms. Now she wants to know how to make it herself for when she moves out to her own place. {She and her kids moved in with us a few months ago because of a nasty divorce}

      We [husband and I] spent the day getting oil and brake fluid and many other necessities for the truck and he did a lot of maintenance today.

      We both added money to our ‘vacation’ stash.

      Made a list of who to make xmas gifts for with a granddaughter’s help.

      Made plans to go from pumpkin to pie with grandchildren helping.

      Donated 3 big boxes of books to library to make room on my kitchen bookshelves.

      While waiting for our new truck battery to be installed, checked out the “emergency car kits” in the lobby at Les Schwab. I realized I already have 99% of the items at home and can (and should) make my own for each vehicle.

      And signed up to start this challenge. All in all, not too shabby.

       

    • #4005
      Chaos Hope
      Participant

      I don’t think I am smart enough to figure out this forum on my dumb phone so forgive me if this is the wrong place. 11/10-we worked on fortifying fences for livestock. It is hunting season in our area and we have some unsavory neighbors who might “mistake” a jersey heifer for a buck deer!  11/11-will entail church and then stockpiling firewood for those cold cold winter days and nights!

    • #4006
      Coffee girl
      Participant

      11/9 and 11/10 cleaned out chicken coops and spread all the hay and such over the garden.  Winterized the pullet coop.  The older hens in the other coop go to freezer camp next week.  Today; 11/11, we go to camp to drain pipes and final winterization.  We might be too late, it was 21 degrees when I got up this morning.

    • #4007
      rd Lucai
      Participant

      Keep the Sabbath day holy. Spiritual and mental health day. My favorite day of the week. What a delight!!!

    • #4013
      Loving Life
      Participant

      Yesterday, the winds gusted something fierce here.  I haven’t fully surveyed the property, but at least 4 good size trees fell yesterday.  More firewood to be cut up in the spring.  It will go into my rotation for chopping,  stacking, seasoning, etc.

      Yesterday, I lost power for about 4 hours. It gave me an opportunity to go through my no power checklist.  I heated up soup on the wood stove.

      I also continued my unpacking, inventory, and organization.  This morning, I focused on toiletries.  The only area that I seem to be lacking is toilet paper!  I don’t have my 12 month supply.

      I am headed out today to fix the potential toilet paper shortage. The local grocery store (only 25-30 minutes away) has a Veterans Day Sale with an extra 11% off for vets, like me.  I plan to stock on certain sale canned goods and tp.
      <p style=”text-align: center;”>Happy Veterans Day!</p>

    • #4017
      Anonymous

      I can’t post every day so I’ll just post a “round-up” of the week.  Vacuum packed 2 half-gallon jars with tea bags, 2 with cheerios, 2 with crackers.  Did mending by hand.  Baked bread. Dehydrated a few bags of frozen corn and frozen peas.  I’m almost finished with Christmas shopping, I hope to be done by the beginning of Advent.  And best of all – spent time with the grandkids!

    • #4021

      I think my phone is spying on me again; my post are not going through 🕵🏻‍♀️

      I just registered this (Sunday 11/10) morning but I read about the challenge last week and began with skills/preps on Friday (11/8). Here’s my breakdown:

      Friday (11/8) Filled water containers at Glacier refill station ($0.35 per gallon & obtained 24 gallons; $8.40 subtracted from monthly “Preparedness” budget envelope.

      Saturday (11/9) Pulled out 13 pounds ground beef from deep freezer to pressure can today (Sunday 11/10); Started red onion flats for new raised bed sqft garden (build was started as normal “new house-new location-start over plan” prior to challenge).

      Sunday (11/10) About to start home canning 12 pints of ground beef to have on shelves—part of food preparedness for power outages and “what’s for dinner, Mom?!” daily emergencies! 😏

      • #4036
        Flamingolady
        Participant

        you have been really busy. I was wondering if you put oxygen absorbers in your jars with the tea bags?

         

    • #4028
      corsaire
      Participant

      Learned about bug out bags today; eg weight, necessities for your own particular climate ect. Some helpful info for this N00b.

    • #4033
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11/11/18  It’s Veterans Day and I am taking this opportunity to post about the upcoming events while I am still sober enough..  We will spend the day in celebration with the vets by having a BBQ.  There will be plenty of beer and homemade mead to drink and lots of floor space for the inevitable sleep overs with breakfast being served totally from prep stockpile.  How is this prepping?  These vets are the CORE of our survival group and it is necessary to play once and awhile.

       

    • #4035
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      I think I mistakenly posted my daily prepping activities in the wrong section so I’ll repeat the info. here.  Today, so far, I’ve updated my 9-typed-pages-long Wish List for preparedness items (Yup, it’s really that long!), checked to make sure my first ever batch of homemade Apple Cider Vinegar (from apple scraps) is bubbling but not foaming over or molding, and discussed the various uses for half-gallon Mason jars with a friend who hadn’t seen one that size before.  (For any of you who might not already know, the half-gallon size jars are great for storing dry pantry items but shouldn’t be used to water bath can anything but juices).

      • #4038
        Flamingolady
        Participant

        First, let me say Happy Veterans Day to all the Veterans. Second, you sound like the best prepper to be. You are taking time to rest, mentally at least, and using your stores to feed people. Sounds like a great day.

    • #4044
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      Today I started making draft snakes for all my exterior doors. We have a new Aldi store opening this week not far from my house, so I’m getting my grocery list updated to take advantage of the $5 off coupon and the sales. Reading the book Last Light and taking notes.

    • #4048
      Mary Fox
      Participant

       

      11/10/18

      Today I started organizing my pantry and keeping a written journal on the contents. That way I know what I have and what I need. Yesterday night organic calendula so I can infuse some oil. Going to make some salves with it.

    • #4049
      Mary Fox
      Participant

      11/11/18

      Did some organizing today.  Brought plants in… sage rosemary thyme oregano and strawberry plus hibiscus. Cleaned kitchen.  Fed my sour dough starter.  Making bread tomorrow and starting my calendula infused oil.

    • #4053
      Anonymous

      Took inventory of my canned foods, need more strawberry jam.  Other than that it is Sunday cooking.

    • #4056
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      Whew….some changes since I’ve been able to stop in here.  Since I’ve been in a location without Internet service for the past 3 wks, I won’t qualify for this challenge….BUT it’s such a good idea that I’ll jump in now anyway.  I haven’t been home because I’ve been taking care of 2 elderly family members…emergency situation.  Not sure they are “up to speed” yet but my disease told me that I MUST go home and take a rest.  So here I am.

      I guess for prepping, the past 3 wks reinforced how VERY harsh it is to have someone injured/ill/old…even during “normal” times.  During times of upheaval, our situation might have ended with a death..or at least a very long period of painful convalescence.  Since this is my 3rd event of this nature in the past 2 decades, I learned/relearned about useful medical/daily necessary items.

      To deal with this situation, we had or needed:  chucks pads, adult diapers/pads, lots of tissue boxes, commode/raised toilet seat, need 2nd walker, need 2nd quad-cane, should acquire some bed-to-other-room communication devices—instead of banging cane on the wall to wake someone, a LOT of simple-preparation meals [no one has energy], better thermometer, non-spill water containers with spout/straw for bed use, adult bibs to save laundry, disinfecting wipes, moist hand wipes, lot of hand lotion after repeated hand washing, disposable plates, cups cuz no time for LOTS of dish washing, positioning pillows- for comfort of those in bed too much, night lights- for up-in-nite trips, bed clothes: stretchy-drawstring-comfort, massage lotion/oil, ice/gel packs, pill boxes with compartments for easier daily use, charts to make sure things get done/pills taken on time/etc., ..

      Probably a LOT more but my brain is still fuzzy.  I lost significant weight during this time..[ahem, which is good]  🙂  …but emphasizes how very physical it is to take care of ill/injured/old person(s).

      I keep thinking how dreadfully difficult it would have been in a grid-down or worse situation.  To be fetching/boiling water for drinking/sanitation.  To be emptying the commode into a hole dug in back yard.  To not have medical services coming to the house for therapy.  Just knowing which Physical Therapy movements will strengthen/repair the damage….that would be vital information for an injured person’s recovery!

      At home here, I have a stock of tasty soups [wish they were homemade/home canned] exactly for when we are tooo sick or wiped out to fix anything else.  In this situation, soup/sandwich [PB&J] was sometimes all we could afford to fix with our limited energy!  They did not have nearly enough food for this type of ordeal…not really being prepper types.  My DH and I went to fetch many things during those wks and just before I came home.  Getting out shopping themselves just became much more exhausting/problematic.

      A simple thing that happened that points out another big problem.  They only had two sleeves of saltine crackers [the sickbed standard] but I managed to upend and spill out one entire sleeve….leaving only one.  [2 is 1…1 is none…3 is a “guarantee” ]  Well no, I don’t believe in guarantees but we all know the principle.  Stock more!  In a time of STRESS….accidents happen a LOT more frequently.  My fuzzy brain…oye, what a problem!  It’s like mentally wading thru mud!  You make so many dumb, illogical, potentially dangerous mistakes.  And you make them repeatedly!  Ack!  Thus it takes more time to constantly re-check yourself and ….others.

      Keeping one’s temperament sweet, patient, cheerful is another ‘stretching exercise’ I participated in during these weeks.  🙂  It surely does help the patient to heal if the environment is healthy.

      That’s what I learned/revisited during the past 3 wks.

      –OldMtWoman

    • #4057
      Anonymous

      @OldMtWoman ((((hugs)))) and you have earned a nap!

      • #4103
        Xant Dewit
        Participant

        @oldmtwoman thank you very much for this good insight how to prep for one gets older! Wish you a speedy recovery.

    • #4058
      CrazyFarmFairy
      Participant

      Today I attended  a protection seminar with 2 of our 4 legged homestead security team 😉 This evening i made a list of heirloom seeds for all the veggies we like to grow and am researching good books on saving seed.

    • #4060
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      It’s Veteran’s Day and I can’t remember if I checked in yet; so the be on safe side I’ll report again. Cooking for one is a challenge and too often it seems I end up throwing leftovers out if I forget them in the fridge….this morning I did a careful review of what’s there that needs to be used up this coming week and worked out a menu for the week that should finish everything before it goes bad. I also checked on the winter spinach garden I’ve tried to start but it may be too late outside so will be moving this inside under grow lights tomorrow when help comes. Mostly a quiet Sunday for rest.

    • #4061
      grannyj smith
      Participant

      Today was about getting beds and heat in the shed for my two dogs so they are not out this rainy cold weather that has hit this week.

    • #4062
      Independent Junebug
      Participant

      Put the candy board  that I made for the bees on the bee hive today in case they run out of honey to eat this winter in their bee hive.

    • #4063
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      I bought extra canning lids.

    • #4064

      Limed 50 quail eggs and cleaned out fridge, prepping for harvesting Simon the pig tomorrow. Harvested carrots and beets. Set up butchering station with freezer paper, knives and cutting board surface. You can never overdo the preps for 300 lbs of meat.

    • #4070
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      Raked leaves for the compost pile and turned the pile.

    • #4074
      namelus
      Participant

      @oldmtwoman best wishes on a quick recovery for you and them.

      I make the smaller zip lock freezer bags with chili and thick soup you can boil ready in a few min and if better and cheaper than store stuff. For thick soups I like cream ones or cheesy, making crackers is easy and fun plus they taste better with less rat and insect parts.

       

      You can use a wonder bag boil pot of rice put into bag eat 8 hours later, can do same with stew, think of it as powerless crock pot

       

       

       

    • #4075
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      Can’t remember if I posted yesterday.  I ran errands, bought more soup on sale, stocked up on batteries, and later shoveled a large porch we don’t use often of a foot of snow.  Very tiring because I had removed snow the day before.  Today is a day of rest.

      Also made a mouse trap to get a critter the dog were barking about last night.  Drilled a hole in each side of a cat litter bucket and ran a dowel rod through with toilet paper roll on the rod, then covered the rod with peanut butter.

      Today I went to church and later worked on prep notebook.  Cleaned the garage enough to get the car in out of the snow.  Will do more organizing there later.

    • #4077
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      Forgot to mention put a ramp up to the bucket for mouse to get into it.

      My snowblower got repaired! yay!  I’m an old fogie and shoveling really gets to me.

      After repairing snowblower the kind neighbor even blew out more snow.

    • #4078
      Old Ski Bum
      Participant

      Today I went through the car and truck emergency backpacks in preparation for winter driving.  The car”s is just a “slide-off/stuck” kit while the truck’s is pretty much a “get home bag”.  Needed to change out food, medical stuff with expiration dates, and also updated some of the equipment in each.  That project required a trip to three different stores but got pretty much everything I needed.  Some of the food stuffs were bulk dehydrated foods so I broke it into equal amounts and then vacuum sealed each with our Food Saver.  Still some more work to do on the truck’s kit but will finish it up tomorrow.

      Nice afternoon so took the pooch on a two mile hike through the forest.  (Got to get the legs ready for ski season)!

    • #4079
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      This is long – but it’s been a great exercise for me today, for thinking about food stores and refrigeration needs, especially related to our family’s health needs.

      We are doing the Orthodox Advent Fast (Orthodox/Eastern Catholic fast that mirrors Lent, 40 days before Christmas) for the first time in my life. It’s not as severe as the Eastern Christian Lent, because eggs, oil and wine are actually allowed (Lent in the Eastern Church is basically very low-fat vegan for 40 days, with oil and wine allowed on the weekend only).

      Especially since this is so unfamiliar for me, I am taking the opportunity to come up with a list of menus that (1) abides by the rules of the fast of my new “culture”, (2) uses my food stores, (3) meets the needs of both a diabetic and another person with Celiac disease and cancer, and (4) reduces the need for refrigeration (one of my prepping goals). I still have to figure carb counts for diabetic needs 🙁

      Veggies will be fermented (can sit out several days) or rehydrated or made fresh from veggies that can sit outside of the refrigerator if necessary (for a few days). Gathered greens will have to be cooked immediately. The specific type of vegetable broth (a remedy from a Korean friend) and the juicing are geared towards the needs of the family member with cancer. Refrigeration will be mainly for the vegetable broth and fresh greens, if necessary.

      Spices will be extremely important, for both digestion and flavor.

      So here’s my list:

      EGG DISHES (can use egg powder or store bought eggs which, as I learned in India, do not have to be refrigerated if used up within a week or two, even in tropical heat):

      – Frittata with rehydrated dried vegs or any fresh vegs that can be bought at the store or foraged and cooked immediately.

      – Vegetable patties held together with eggs and/or flax meal

      – Vegetable omelet

      – “Coffee cake” made with a lot of eggs, coconut flour, a bit of honey and some dried fruit

      – “Veggie pudding” made like the “coffee cake” above, only savory

      – Egg-drop soup made with dried mushrooms, onions, ginger, and carrots (dried or fresh) in vegetable broth made with shitake mushrooms, burdock and Korean radish (root plus dried leaves).

      VEGETABLE DISHES

      – Home ferments like home-made sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables, put in the crock as soon as I buy or gather them

      – Curried, rehydrated dried vegetables

      – Curried or stir-fried fresh veggies that are more “durable” (like carrots, burdock, Korean radish, etc.)

      – Dandelion and other wild greens (mostly dandelion this time of year) cooked Greek style

      – Raw juiced fruits and veggies (buy them and use them within a few days)

      BEAN/LEGUME DISHES

      – Lentil/bean salads made with olive oil, vinegar and other herbs plus fresh or rehydrated veggies

      – Stewed rehydrated squash and beans

      – Hummus

      – Other bean spreads, to be dipped with veggie sticks and/or gluten-free bread (made with millet flour and flax meal).

      – Mexican black beans and home-made corn tortillas (using masa)

      – Falafel in gluten-free wraps with tahini sauce

      – Pasta i fagioli (bean, veggie and pasta dish)

      – Bean and veggie soup made with vegetable broth (made with shitake, burdock and Korean radish (root plus dried leaves)).

      – Vegan baked beans

      – Indian dahl (made with split red lentils)

      – Ful medames – a Middle Eastern dish of cooked fava beans served with vegetable oil, cumin, chopped parsley, garlic, onion, lemon juice, chili pepper and other vegetables, herbs and spices. Often served with hard-boiled eggs – yummy for breakfast

      Rice, buckwheat, oats, gluten-free bread (millet + flax), corn grits and potatoes available as starches.

       

    • #4083
      RufusJ
      Participant

      Today was a headache day. Argh! I did work on the worm bins in preparation for a class I’m giving Saturday. (Yay, red worms!) Outside of that all I did was go see one of the DDs with DH. Halfway through that I took a med for my head, which made me groggy but took the pain away. I’m still loopy so tomorrow I will work on preps again. Fingers crossed I’m pain free!

    • #4084
      Anonymous

      We took a walk together and came home and went through our freezer and wrote down what is there and how many and what part of the freezer it is in.  We also took a count of our supplies by the freezer so we know what our emergency food supply has.   Also set up our kitchen better to utilize counter space to use our blender and juicer better.

      Have a nice day.

    • #4085
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      Hi OldMtwoman, I feel for you!  I spent 9 years as the primary caregiver for my elderly parents (4 for my Dad then 5 for my Mom) but I never had to take care of them both at once.  No wonder you needed a respite!  Your excellent list of the items you used caring for your infirm, elderly relatives got me remembering what I used.  Here are some other things peppers might want to add to that list:  a lightweight transport wheelchair, a gait belt, a transfer bench, removable bed rails, (a hand-cranked hospital bed would be useful too – but costly), small foam bed wedges, a waterproof mattress protector, an eggcrate foam or manually inflatable air mattress topper to help prevent bedsores, eggcrate foam and/or inflatable ring chair cushions to help prevent pressure sores from long periods of sitting, Tegaderm or similar dressings to treat early stage pressure sores, bedclothes that are easy to open so the caregiver can change adult diapers and wash a bedridden patient without having to undress them (what worked well for my Mom was light, cotton, Summer-weight robes that had a full-length front zipper that completely opened.  She wore them instead of nightgowns), No Rinse shampoo “caps”, lots of Bath-sized body wipes, over-the-counter test kits to check for urinary tract infections, over-the-counter Azo urinary pain relief tablets, a blender (electric or hand-cranked) for making high calorie, nutritious smoothies for patients who can’t chew or swallow well or who have to be tempted to eat enough calories each day, high calorie formula Boost or Ensure or Jevity to supplement the diets of patients who have “lost their appetite”.  I’m sure there were a lot of other things I used when caring for my elderly parents but those are the ones that readily spring to mind.

    • #4086
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      Oops, the spelling correction feature on my computer changed preppers to peppers in my last post – sorry 🙂

    • #4091

      Another decent day for prepping. The rain barrels are full except for about a foot at the top. We’ve had freezing temps and I really don’t want a burst barrel. We cleaned out the car and repacked the trunk & backseat so everything is sorted and ready to go quickly. Worked on a list of all our batteries – Duracells and rechargeable ones. We picked up an extra fan that will run on batteries also. We’ve had excellent luck at Home Depot finding “power” tools that run on batteries. Everything from radios to 14″ chainsaws.

    • #4092
      Janis Embree
      Participant

      Nov 1- I read an article from Jim Cobb’s magazine Prepper, “It’s the End of the World.” The article talked about doomsday throughout history, pandemics, volcanoes, EMP, and other things. Lots to think about. Nov.2- I finished reading Yellowstone Inferno by Bobby Akart. It is a series about Yellowstone erupting and how 2 people survived. Nov 3- worked with friend on start of a new greenhouse. Nov 4-. I moved leaves over the fence to decompose on bad soil. Nov 5-  A package arrived with butane cylinders for my butane burners.  Nov. 6 Election Day. We voted early so if things got crazy (and they did with massive voter turnout) we wouldn’t be caught in the mess. Nov 7-  Replaced batteries in 2 6 volt lanterns and 2 D cell flashlights. Nov 8-  Went to meeting with a group of like minded people. I knew several from other meetings. We talked about several different subjects as we ate dinner. Nov.9- read from Urban Emergency Survival Guide. Followed news about fires in California. Tried contacting family in fire zone. Nov.10 Message from family, we are alive but house is probably gone. I picked up more meds from pharmacy. also bought more band aids. Nov. 11 I looked for composting toilets on line. I found a recipe for bread using cranberry sauce. Will make some soon.

    • #4097
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      Today we took plenty of water with us along with our food and vitamins when we left the house.

    • #4098
      Skypony
      Participant

      Filled 11 gallon jugs of water today from Smith’s. Added holiday cards to my Etsy shop this morning, let my peeps know on my Facebook page, sold three, working on a new design to add tomorrow. My busy season.

    • #4099
      Peppy P
      Participant

      Made granola and vegan cream of mushroom soup with rice.  Working on a list of bills/websites/passwords.  My husband takes care of keeping things running and I do the “boring” stuff like the finances.  I want to make sure he knows what to do if something happens to me.  I also have been trying to learn a few things over the years like minor electrical, painting and small household repairs.

    • #4100
      LittleMtn
      Participant

      Today I purchased a little more dried beans

    • #4104
      Will Martindale
      Participant

      Replaced broken part on my tractor.

    • #4108
      Topaz Gemstone
      Participant

      I never thought about vacuum sealing crackers in a half-gallon jar, how long will they last that way?

      Another question, when storing meals in a Mylar bag, what is the best way to seal it?

      Yesterday I researched and found some “meal in a jar” recipes and will try them with fresh ingredients before I try the freeze dried ingredients.  If we don’t like the recipe with fresh ingredients, we won’t like it with freeze dried ones.

      Today, hubby and I are going to inventory the cans of freeze dried food so that I’ll know what to buy with the Black Friday sales.

    • #4110
      Anonymous

      Today I will be dehydrating some frozen potatoes, making a herbal inventory list to see what I have and need.  I got to make a walmart run list too.

    • #4112
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Today before and after work I will be working on my storage, I bought pickles on sale (didn’t have time to make them this year), little cans tomato purée, freeze dried Parmesan.

      Have to check the salted lemons I made and grind lemon rinds from the concentrate I made. I put those in a small jar end freeze them. I use them in muffins and other cooking.

      Will have to check the crock with wine vinegar. My parents gave me two some what older bottle of wine to add to the vinegar. I also have to check on the status of my canning lids order.

      Today I will print the material from the course ‘bloom’. I tried to join the class but it was either 1am or 3 am… which is even for me quite early 😉

      I measured out all my old oils and will make laundry soap this week.

       

    • #4116
      Humankindbeboth
      Participant

      Yesterday purchased extra pair of prescription

      glasses and put that and the old pair in different emergency bags.

    • #4117
      Holly L
      Participant

      Friday: sorted remaining apples that were picked last month. Bad ones to chickens, made good ones into a cake.

      Saturday: sharpened all knives.

      Sunday: made 3 batches of soap; put summer garden/yard to bed

       

    • #4138
      Donba Marion
      Participant

      I missed a day or two so here is a catch-up. A local butcher shop had chicken breast on sale so we bought 80 pounds for $1.00/lb. That is frozen until I can find time to can it. I made a big batch of laundry soap. That will last us for months. The herb bed is mulched and I still have pumpkin to can. We have earned a “free” turkey from a local grocery store so I have to pick that up and at some point, it will be canned.

    • #4148
      Loving Life
      Participant

      As mentioned in yesterday’s mornings post, I inventoried toiletries and found that I had a toilet paper emergency as I only had about 6 months.  I went grocery shopping (11%  veterans day discount) and bought about 6o double rolls, baking supplies, and more cans with my savings.  I also picked up some great Thanksgiving sale items (baking supplies, etc) to add to my supplies (Thanks to the poster for this tip).

      I returned home and decided to out the tp in my shed.  I looked up in the rafters and there was the tp (120 rolls of 7th Generation) i couldn’t locate earlier.  Lol!  I added the amount and location to my inventory list.

      This  is why I have been inventorying items with location and expiration date.

      After reading other posts, i wanted chili.  I started it this morning.   It smells so good.  I will freeze some for later this winter.

      Also this morning, I organized and inventoried storage supplies (trash bags,mylar bags,  plastic wrap, etc).

    • #4150
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      Since rainy days and Mondays always get me down and today is both…I am going to so some research on water storage/catchment.

    • #4152
      OWT Won
      Participant

      I missed a couple of days, it’s a good thing though as I was offered some extra hours at work and a promotion woohoo! More money to stock up. I did manage in the last few days to make jam from the berries we picked and froze this season, take advantage of a sale on canned goods, winterize my windows, organize my craft supplies, winterize the garden, took care of the burn pile (including some papers with personal info) and call my Grandma who is a wealth of information and my favorite person. Today I’ve made a menu plan for some bulk cooking and will start crocheting some gifts.

    • #4164
      Aeronwy
      Participant

      I am a few days behind updating but have been putting up vegetables, did a trip for thanksgiving and preps, keeping up with house work and cleaning out closets, etc. We think a few of our goats are expecting so keeping an eye on that and the little bull we are raising by hand. I went ahead and put in a few little herb beds since it is still warm here and won’t be seeing any kind of freeze for some time. Can always use more calendula and borage.

    • #4169
      grannyj smith
      Participant

      Unpacking canning jars and getting the wood stove ready for heating the farmhouse.

    • #4174
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      Today I watched 2 online videos about how to make and cook in an Apple Box oven.  I also downloaded a tutorial on that subject and added the necessary supplies to my preparedness “Wish List”.

    • #4178
      Brita Pruitt
      Participant

      Today I’m having the brakes checked on my car so I’m trying to be sure my care is in good mechanical condition when an emergency arises. Also continuing to go through papers and organize go bags.

    • #4179
      corsaire
      Participant

      Now I know what to put in a bug out bag it was time to find a place to bug out to.Looked at some maps and found one which I could get to and back on a tank of gas

    • #4182
      Lee Smith
      Participant

      These are hard times in this house. Because of no job and little money I can do little. I am using my extra foods instead of saving more. I can add no happy to my post, I can only say stock up on supplies when you can, hard times come.

    • #4183

      It’s Monday (11/12) and today I thought it appropriate to work on updates to our family’s emergency binder and bug out bags.

      Our current location keeps the wild fires at the forefront of my mind and I REALLY like having options in my “panic plan” (the affectionate name I have given to our emergency plan since I’m sure the rest of the world is at the brink of the “zombie apocalypse” we have all been predisposed with through media).

      I, too, would like to say, I am am extremely grateful for this forum!  Although I have felt a great need to secure the “holes in our preparations”, I think having this challenge gives me a more direct line of sight so to speak on what needs show the greatness need for attention.  Thank you Daisy and Selco and of course the rest of the Organic Prepping team for y’alls dedication and diligence to the time we all live in!

    • #4185
      Amish Farmer
      Participant

      Hi Im new here to this challenge but not to prepping! So what did I do today for prepping? Dehydrated cilantro and bell peppers I dumpster dived for.  Yesterday we did our shopping and I caught a great sale on canned veggies so I bought a case of corn peas and beans. Everyday I take care of the animals that feed us today, tomorrow and in the future.  Oh I went on line to My patriot supply and bought a weeks worth of freeze dried foods to put in my truck kit . Can’t do much with the outside stuff right now since it is raining and cold so I am going to stay cuddled up next to my beloved woodstove.

      Look forward to reading and sharing!

    • #4186
      rd Lucai
      Participant

      Picking up .49 soup and veggies today.

    • #4187
      DeeDee Forager
      Participant

      Moving freezable supplies home from camp today, and working on decluttering at home.

       

    • #4193
      Steampunklover
      Participant

      I’m a few days behind posting.  On 11/10 I made Lavender Lemon Jelly for the first time.  It was my Great-Great Grandma’s recipe.  On 11/11 I made Elderberry gummies for our family (also a first for me).  Today I am rotating our pantry supplies and starting a shopping list for next week.  Thank you for helping me to be aware that even baby steps help.  Have a great day.

    • #4194
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      Found and downloaded a 400 page FREE PDF from the Altons.  Dr Joe and Nurse Amy from Doom and Bloom.  “The Survival Medicine Handbook”

      http://dl.iranidata.com/book/daneshgahi/The Survival Medicine Handbook_ A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way-Doom and Bloom (www.IraniData.com).pdf

       

      Thanks and you’re welcome to those who commented on my saga of caring-for-elderly post.  As of last evening’s animal feeding, I’m now completely off-duty.  I pulled something low in my back and ow!  So my activities are going to be restricted until I can get that calmed down.  Could barely move last nite and just a bit better today.  Hmph! I didn’t even DO anything but turn and…  {rolling eyes}  Oh well, needed that rest anyway.

      OldMtWoman …as Ziggy said in cartoon: Old age ain’t for sissies!

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    • #4198
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      I must have run out of EDIT options and the link is still not good. Um…??? What now.  It’s a great resource and I’m not sure why the link isn’t working.

      OldMtWoman

    • #4205
      Lee’s homestead
      Participant

      Fiecider making day. Need to locate my horseradish.

      http://freefirecider.com/rosemarys-story/  This is from a forager’s guide to the zombie apocalypse.

       

    • #4206
      Lynn McCartney
      Participant

      Sunday, November 11, was a busy day.  All I had time for prepping wise was to review a couple of columns from different sites.

      On Monday, November 12, I am creating a couple of new tinctures to add to my herbal medicine cabinet.  They should be ready in about 6 weeks.

       

    • #4212
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      Today I worked on reconfiguring my laundry room.  I wanted more options for hanging clothes to dry indoors now that it is cold and snowy.

    • #4215
      dicity
      Participant

      Sunday I worked both jobs, so other than planning my menu for Monday and taking meat out of the freezer, there was not much prep work. I did save some music from the dump as a friend was throwing it out.

      Today, Monday, I put the eye of round steaks in the sous vide as soon as I got up; which was 9:40 am – so a great sleep in for my day off. My friend dropped off a working frig that I’m going to recycle thru my electric company. She put it in front of the mail slot so I need to move it. She is in another county that doesn’t offer this service. Tomorrow is garbage day, so I’ll search around to make sure all the trash and recycle leaves.

      Besides the steaks, I’m making mashed cauliflower and sautéed mushrooms. I cook enough on my day off to last till my next day off which is Saturday. Tonight, I’ll portion out those next 4 dinners to take to work ( I work 2:30 pm to 11 pm).

      i really enjoy reading all of your activities!

    • #4216
      Anonymous

      Mended 3 skirts and 1 slip.

      Inventoried one shelf of the over-stuffed pantry.  Sure wish my hubby would put things back where they belong!  There are 5 shelves so I will do one per day.

    • #4217
      Grace Note
      Participant

      Sunday: Bought some extra items for my stash when I went food shopping

      Monday: Joined a Fitbit challenge

    • #4219
      Peppy P
      Participant

      Lee Smith,  you’re right, you never know what’s coming.  Wishing you all the best.

      I am working on decluttering now that winter is setting in.  Made pasta/veggie soup and pickled beets.  Ordered extra pet supplies for their first aid kit.

    • #4221
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11/12/18 Made Rose water and Kami McBride’s Firestorm Tea which uses Mallow.  The first time I ever saw Mallow growing I thought it was a weed (it actually is) but now I purposely have it growing in a raised bed.  I also started a double batch of mead for next years Veteran’s Day celebration.

    • #4222
      Old Ski Bum
      Participant

      Put my truck “get home kit” together with updated food and some new supplies only to find out I don’t have enough room it the pack.  Since I really like the pack I’ll have to go through everything again and remove a few items.  Another rainy day task.  Getting the truck serviced today and ready for winter driving.  Also going to Costco afterwards to do some shopping.  It’s pretty near impossible to shop a Costco without picking up a few items for the preps.  But not for the “get home kit”!!!  No more room there!!

    • #4224
      Anonymous

      Today I worked on my protection items and made sure all were clean and in safe places in case they are needed.  Had time to work on a  shelf in my safe that has been an issue and was able to make it work.  Yes!

      Got a couple of walkie talkies ready to place in my car for preps.  These are very low level line of sight units but may come in handy if cell phones did not work but could be used for only short distances.  I have my Ham radio amateur expert license and do have a handheld device that I can take with me also.  Here in Astoria, Oregon, we have a couple of repeaters that are solar and batter backed up in case of emergency.

      Have a great day.

    • #4228
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      Today I purchased an extra bag of rice and two jars of peanut butter when I was grocery shopping. It’s not huge, and yet it is something.

    • #4234

      Quartered the pig for the overnight freeze.whooh hoo  couldn’t of done it without lotsa help. Looks like 350 lbs of meat to process tomorrow and the day after.

       

    • #4236
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      Straightening out the cupboards and putting items on index cards with places and how many and putting oldest where it will be used first.

      Thanks to whoever it was that suggested index cards.  My old method of keeping track didn’t work as well.  Why didn’t I think of this already?

      Also worked on paperwork.

    • #4237
      Chaos Hope
      Participant

      Today I went back to continue the stock up of canned goods and the price was even cheaper today. Sooo I bought more than I needed!  Hey I can always share with the less fortunate and the canned food drives now! Also started our road to better health with our company gym membership with my son. I’m gonna hurt tomorrow!  Also milked my jersey and made butter and homemade chicken Alfredo from fresh squeezed raw jersey milk!  Doesn’t get any better!

    • #4240
      namelus
      Participant

      Picked up sale on barbed wire half a pallet at local farm store. Dug more potatoes from under snow.

    • #4243
      Appaloosa
      Participant

      Took my beginner pistol class yesterday & signed up for USCCA tonight. Scheduling a private class to choose my self defense pistol & received more training so I can take the conceal carry class.

    • #4245
      zed tuntematon
      Participant

      It has been a few hectic days, so I am catching up her in the forum on my daily preps.  Just before dark on Saturday (the 10th) I got two grape plants in the ground.  These are eating / raisin grapes.  They complement my concord juice grapes.  On Sunday (the 11th) I worked on my spiritual preps.  Some may not consider that in the prepping realm, but my position is physical, emotional and spiritual preparations all help to make a resilient person who can withstand hardship in a crisis.  Today (Monday, the 12th) I compiled a document about water preps from various notes and came up with a decent rough draft of an instruction manual for water preparation.  Its a work in process.  It fits the water situation in my area, but I live in an area of the country with less than 10% of the national populations, so some additional work is required to make it more applicable.  We’ve had freezing temps down near 20 degrees (F), so the garden is all done except for some kale I’ve been able to keep alive by covering it.  It is rabbit food until the cold finally takes it.

    • #4247
      Janis Embree
      Participant

      November 12-  I started moving the cinder blocks from the front driveway to the back yard. I started setting the cinder blocks up for a backyard cooking area. This will take some time for me to complete. I will work on it again over the weekend.

    • #4253
      L8bloomer
      Participant

      I am doing the baby steps since I had a total hip replacement a couple of months ago and I’m just starting to get back into shape.

      OK, so far this month: cleaned out the gardening beds, wrapped the fig trees (frost this past weekend), dehydrated 5 lbs of carrots and the last of the celery in the crisper.  Since we heat with wood, I helped out with the stacking of the cut wood.  Can’t exactly chop yet, but will get there by the end of the winter.  I cooked every day, only ordered out for lunch once.

      Today will be getting my recipes together for baking breads for thanksgiving. And of course, laundry, cooking, and general cleaning of the house.

    • #4256
      Anonymous

      Today I finish my dehydrated potatoes and start some apples.  Getting some blankets out and washed for cooler temps and checking my garden plants and making list for my list.

    • #4259
      Coffee girl
      Participant

      11/12 put shredded carrots and shredded potatoes in the dehydrator.  Now that the major canning season is over, I am working on organizing the pantrys,…again.  It doesn’t take long for things to get muddled when you’re trying to keep ahead of the bounty.   11/13  cleaning out the wood furnace and replacing some pipe.  We’ve been heating with the wood stove in the livingroom, but will need the furnace soon.  Hubby is working long days getting everyone else prepared for winter, so we are falling behind at home.

    • #4273
      grannyj smith
      Participant

      Cleaned space on the upper rack of the freezer to hold cakes and sides I am making for Thanksgiving.  Going out to town later to pick up the cast iron smoke box ordered for the grill.  My smoker bit the dust after years of use and not having the funds to replace it I had to get something that would turn the propane grill a smoker.

    • #4279
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      @Coffee Girl,

      The Edit function is time sensitive.

      I got a 404 error when I tried your linky.

      You may have to repost.

    • #4282
      Prepperfan305
      Participant

      Oh, I really enjoyed this last time you did the daily challenge.

      So far this month, I’ve:

      created the habit of cleaning my kitchen before bed, no matter how tired I am (15 week old baby); made extra waffles to keep in the fridge for quick breakfasts for school kid; donated junk I didn’t use/need; recaulked my bathroom; caught up laundry completely and done 1 load a day since; worked on potty training my 2 year old 😳; made draft stoppers for the bottom of my doors; froze a big batch of chili into 4 family size portions; made homemade bread every 2 days; and made a scarf for my 5 year olds Christmas stocking. Working on the 2 year olds next.

      DH and I have also decided to install a gas fireplace and built in shelves/cabinets in our living room. That’s a future project, but it’s being planned so it counts for me.

      Looking at it all like that, I feel like I’ve got plenty done.

    • #4290
      Loving Life
      Participant

      Another snowstorm this morning, no winds like the one over this weekend.

      This morning, I thought about the reasons I prep.  In part, I did this due to some posts I have read on this website and to help direct my efforts in prepping.

      I think everyone should have do some prepping to withstand natural disasters and sometimes just plain bad luck.  The degree you do the rest is a personal decision.

      For example, this morning I looked at my vaccine records and added this information to my prepping folder.  I had my flu shot this season and all my vaccines are good for another year minimum.

    • #4292
      Ditto
      Participant

      I know I haven’t posted since the 10th.  But from the 11th – through today the 13th, I wanted to say that I have been practicing the prep of both giving and receiving help.  There have been two unexpected deaths that occurred at the same time.  One is impacting me at work, and the other, at home.  The prep I’ve been using is asking for, and giving of, help.  I think we forget sometimes that death is something to prepare for.  During this time, even with the weight of things on me, I can still take the time to realize someone else might have a greater need.  Which allows me to recognize when I am in over my head, and i need someone else too.  If we don’t practice something now (such as asking for help) we will not do it later when the need arises (such as giving help too.)

       

      • #4472
        Olivia Green
        Participant

        thank you for the reminder that death also presents tasks to be done.

    • #4296
      Earth Chick
      Participant

      This is always a crazy month. The transition from fall to winter always teaches me something new about my preps.

      I haven’t had a lot of time on here because of a class I am taking but here is what we have been up to since Friday.

      Friday, we did the switchover in our BOBs and added hand warmers, winter gloves, outer and base layers.

      Saturday, we prepared the garden for winter and moved pots to the greenhouse and put row covers over winter tender annuals so we could continue to harvest.

      Sunday, we erected an new compost bin to start with winter leaves.

      Monday, I am retrofitting work trucks and gear for winter. Added mylar blankets to the first aid kits.

       

    • #4298
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      @Earth Chick,

      Good call on updating the BOBs for seasonal changes!

    • #4309
      farmmom
      Participant

      Slept late due to a bad cold but finally drug my body into standing position.  Was required to make changes to insurance so spent a while updating my personal insurance information, printed out copies and put them in my Trust folder in the fire safe.  Made bread; a big casserole, and separated a bulk chicken order into family sizes.   Brought two rabbit does from outside into the cages on sun porch to monitor birth oft their babies.  In the evening I’ve been crocheting gifts for elderly neighbors.

    • #4312
      BookNerdMomma
      Participant

      Day 3 I looked around the house and storage rooms for items to have handy if needed. Honestly I was surprised at what all I had just laying around.

    • #4313
      BookNerdMomma
      Participant

      Day 4

      I had to look hard at a BOB for my granddaughter. She is 10 months old, and trying to take in consideration her growing and future needs is harder than I anticipated.

      Advise is appreciated greatly.

    • #4315
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Look what i found at a flea market for a whopping 2€: a hand cranked grain Mill. I have an electric one so this is nice!

    • #4317
      Rosebud
      Participant

      I’ve been under the weather for the past few days so I’m behind in posting, so here goes.

      On Saturday we got some practice with our ham radios.  Our local ham club provided communication for a trail marathon.  We had a high of 36 degrees and it was a rough go for the runners.  Next time I will be sure to beef up my first aid kit, as it was really needed.

      On Sunday, we got some twigs out of the woods and tried out our new rocket stove.  We found out, it isn’t as easy as we thought to scavenge wood that is dry enough.  We found out we need more practice at that and that we need to store the stove with good, dry tinder.  My homemade dryer lint/parafin bombs will be perfect for that!

      On Sunday, we put in a few hours on the wood stove we are installing.  It’s going to be a while yet.

      Today, I made suet cakes for our chickens! One died overnight☹.  I think she got trapped between the outdoor roosts and the coop and froze, so we need to move things around so it doesn’t happen again.

      Hope I am feeling better tomorrow.  I’ll take work over being sick any day…

       

    • #4322
      Island Girl
      Participant

      We have a dehumidifier being delivered today so I have to stay home.  Think I might organize a few cupboards, put all the pickling ingredients together on an upper shelf ready for next year.

      Went through my Amazon list of free ebooks and did a lot of weeding.

      Making home made bread today and large biscuits that can be frozen and used for hubby’s breakfast sandwiches.

      Instead of canning all that chicken stock I decided to freeze it instead.

      Still working on the fingerless mitts for my daughter.

    • #4323
      Independent Junebug
      Participant

      Made lunch from the freezer items.  I’m continuing to use up the food I have in the freezer instead of buying more.

    • #4327
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      Today I finished “curing” some Egyptian (Walking) Onion sets for Winter storage so I put them in a container in the refrigerator along with some packets of local heirloom tomato seeds I’d saved, and some herb seeds sent to me awhile back by a generous member of another FB group.

    • #4328
      Lynn McCartney
      Participant

      I listened to two  more podcasts in an online herbal course.

    • #4334
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      @Xant Dewitt,

      How big is it?  Hard to tell without something as a frame of reference to the size.

    • #4341
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      COLD, rainy days really get me down! But pushing on…I went through my storage and reorganized it.

    • #4349
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      Big drop in temps, cold, damp, gray day making it hard for me to do much today….definitely has me looking at my winter things, especially pulling out the long johns and sweaters….read the article on this web site about what to do in an earthquake as I live in the New Madrid hot spot for potential quake….feel occasional tremors here but have experienced a 6.6 quake one time in Costa Rica so I know what a “big one” can feel like….pretty scary for sure….recently had the gas man show me how to turn off the gas at the point of entry into my house, so I think that’s something I would add to things to check out and do should we get a big one similar to the one that formed Reelfoot Lake back in the late 1800’s I think it was. Earthquakes happen without warning typically so mostly it seems to me the best thing to do is to practice reminding oneself to remain calm and not panic.

       

    • #4351
      corsaire
      Participant

      Read some articles and saw a couple of videos on situational awareness

    • #4355
      Lee’s homestead
      Participant

      Not per sa prepping but it’s almost end of the year so I’m pulling files purging paperwork.

      Going through pictures. Thinking on making a collage of all these all four by sixes.

    • #4357
      Topaz Gemstone
      Participant

      I’m still working on my preps.  I’m upgrading my medicine box and adding some over the counter meds to it.  Things that might be needed if we have an emergency where we might not get out for a while, today I bought tylenol, advil, anti-diarrhea meds, nausea meds, anti-acid and vapor rub to add to the med box.  The new one is easy to carry and has slide out boxes for some items.  I wish the dividers were a bit more user friendly, but it works.  While I was out, I picked up a couple jars of the spaghetti sauce my husband likes and bought two.  With those two, a can of pureed tomato sauce, a pound of ground beef and spices, that will make enough sauce for 6 meals for the two of us.

      I don’t remember if I posted yesterday but I spend some time organizing my recipes and pulling out the ones that can be used for food storage.

      Hubby had started building shelves in my food storage area when he fell off the roof 2 weeks ago and broke his collarbone.  This is going to slow down things until that heals and he can start using both arms again.  That’s OK, I have boxes I can put things in until he is healthy again.

      Someone was talking about why they prep, and I thought I’d share our reasons.  Our biggest fear is an economic situation where we cannot afford to meet all our expenses.  I’m on disability and my husband wants to retire in the next 12 to 18 months.  In the past I used to make freezer meals to make life easier on the days when I had to work late or my medical conditions made it difficult to cook meals for our family.   This has saved us from economic trouble during two job losses and an injury that had me in the hospital for almost 3 months and even two years later, I’m still healing and learning to adapt to my new normal.

      I want to expand from just freezer meals to include canned goods, dehydrated items and freeze dried items.  I became a consultant (I’m not active and not really looking to be active) so I could get a discount and the ability to buy early during sales.   My goal is to have two years of food in storage before my husband retires.

      The other situations I am prepping for are natural disasters common to my location; tornadoes and blizzards.

       

       

    • #4358
      RufusJ
      Participant

      I just finished feeding one of the two stray cats that come around here. Buster is so chubby that I thought he must be someone’s baby but when he showed up with ice matted in his fur this morning? Hmm, maybe not. I fixed him up a box with newspaper to help keep him out of the wind. Don’t know if he’ll use it but it’s there. Worked more on the worm class preps today. Watched a couple of prepping videos on Youtube. I’d do more but this class looms over me like the sword of Damocles; once it’s done it’ll be easier to work on some other preps. I’d like to go over my y2k prep notes. I ran a ton of things off then and I’m sure they’d be useful now.

    • #4359
      rd Lucai
      Participant

      Made a nice pot of chili using food storage supplies. Worked to fill orders for home-based business. Picked up supply of egg noodles.

    • #4360
      Old Ski Bum
      Participant

      This morning after the frost was gone I got up on our second story roof and ran heat tape up and down the valleys and across a section of overhang where we had an ice dam cause a leak last year.  Did a pretty decent looking job if I must say so myself.  One more roof top job to do, but it can wait until tomorrow!

    • #4363
      Bella Booker
      Participant

      Well, the horses really enjoyed the first batch of applesauce. I truly do know the importance of turning off the stove before chasing after a dog that decides to suddenly go walk about after the mail truck, but sometimes I just don’t think. The second and third batch were really good tho. Next step is to rearrange and clean out the pantry for all the stuff I now plan on canning. I know—should have done that first but I’m trying.

    • #4364
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      I had my eyes tested this morning and ordered new glasses. Stocked up on some of the specials at the store and found dried baby lima beans and black eyed peas on sale. Bought 4 bags of each of the types of the dried beans. Attending a class on homemade Christmas decorations and gifts tonight.

    • #4368
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      Yes, Amy Dixon, that is the link.  It’s a long link and the blue highlighting doesn’t seem to want to include the whole link.  Thanks for trying.  Thank you also for your contributions to Elderly/ill care items!!! I made a copy of that list to add to mine.

      So here’s the “back door” for that medical resource link …. [cuz we preppers ALWAYS have a back door…]  😉   If you want the Alton’s book, it’s available in paperback thru Amazon for just under $40.  If you want the free PDF…..Google “Dr Joe Nurse Amy PDF“.  One of the options should be to the link we can’t seem to post.  While you’re at it, go take a look at their site.  All about medical, esp. in a post-stuff-hits-fan situation.  I’m not in any way associated with them but I did audit a suturing class when they were “in town” once.

      As for today, I’ve been reviewing/updating my major prep list.  I decided to organize it under PRIMARY, SECONDARY, and TERTIARY.   Tho NO ONE’S Plan A is to evacuate, we’ve been under wildfire danger so many times that I’ve got quite an emphasis on it anyway.  And the Camp wildfire news is creeping me out!   🙁

      So my list of Stuff is divided into  PRIMARY:  This stuff is the very basic and very mobile.  Ensures I have SOMEthing to address shelter/clothing, light, water, food, tools, business[I.D., certifications, deeds, ins.papers, etc], and all my other 12 categories.  At least the very basics in each category.  And it might have to fit in my pockets/pack…..if worst comes to worst.  [this part of LIST makes me itch…just thinking of good stuff I’d have to leave behind!]  😮

      SECONDARY involves the exact same categories but would include more & better.  As in the case of being able to EVAC with our vehicles loaded.  So….what, beyond the PRIMARY list, would I also bring? Secondary is the more durable equipment [too heavy perhaps to move fast] and/or more quantity.  Mountain house packets and cans instead “lifeboat rations”, for example.

      TERTIARY would be for a situation where I’m SIP or able to really load up most of what I have.  Prep stuff would still be the most important and this list helps me not to forget anything.  [bitty house/stuff crammed all over] Included here would be buckets of grain …..as well as Secondary- Mountain House and Primary- lifeboat rations.

      I highlight things-still-to-be-purchased in YELLOW.  Like an ice machine that I could refill coolers by using the inverter in my vehicle to run it.

      OldMtWoman …with a brain leaking data…and I keep stuffing it back in!!!

    • #4371
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      Well, yesterday, November 12, was something of a bust if I was supposed to do something to prep. But I did learn what should be a valuable lesson. I worked so hard I didn’t have time to cook or anything else because I did not examine a job carefully enough before accepting it, missed a document with content that I am not qualified to process, and so spent the entire day on only this part of the job trying to research and do a good job because it was too late to send it to someone else, and finally turned in the entire job a day and half late – which is absolutely NOT a good thing in my profession. Then, this morning, a pressured, hurried project manager in Italy tried to get me to take a rate far below my <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>agreed on</span> rate (which allows me to actually pay my bills) by simply saying in the email, “Thank you for taking this job. The rate for this job is the usual one for [name of company].” So I had to ask “And what is the rate for [name of company]? I already have an agreed on rate with your agency.” They did finally agree to my usual rate, but not without some back and forth and the project manager complaining.

      The reason I mention both incidents is that these problems are becoming more frequent in my industry, and they are expected to become worse as the economy worsens. I suspect this is happening other places, too. So it’s time to increase caution as well as negotiating skills. I have put up a large note with big writing “CHECK ALL DOCUMENTS BEFORE ACCEPTING A JOB!!” and “CONFIRM RATES BEFORE STARTING!” I used to be able to depend on an agency to automatically pay my agreed rate, or even just send me work I was qualified to do. But now they are so pressured to reduce costs and hurry, hurry, hurry, that questionable things are happening all the time. It’s a recipe for disaster (and my family’s financial ruin).

      So for November 12, a lesson learned.

      For November 13, today, I will have to be content with packing a backpack for tomorrow so I can work and plan while I sit in coffee shops and waiting rooms while my daughter has tests in preparation for cancer surgery. I am working on lists for food and consumables storage, medicine storage, and getting the house in order (really clean) for someone who might be on chemotherapy next month.

    • #4372
      Nw Prepr015
      Participant

      Today I spent my day presenting a project in nursing school. When I got home today I continued reading my survival manual by James Wesley, Rawles and I also did this yesterday. Tonight is breakfast for dinner since the day was long. But we have made more of an effort to limit eating out. This is so challenging with small children and a mom and dad that put in long hours. But I’m thankful because during the recession my husband struggled to get 40 hours in a week but now he’s turning down work because he’s working so much. Gotta get it while the getting is good.

    • #4374
      LittleMtn
      Participant

      Yesterday and today I’ve been working on creating a plan (similar to the S.H.E. plan http://organizedhome.com/shes-organized) to keep my house clean and organized. The goal is to be able to find what I need when I need it while still maintaining a clean and tidy house. Hopefully this will lead to some free time to learn new things.

    • #4376
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11/13/18  Made an apple pie with some canned sliced apples that needed rotation.  Oh OK, so the apples had a month left but the cooler weather was screaming for apple pie.  Harvested rosemary and have it drying in the herb rack.  Wrapped burlap around the moringa tree trunks to help keep them warm.

       

    • #4379
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      Ack….. correction:  Thank you CoffeeGirl for the attempt at posting the link.  Amy D did the elderly list.

      Memory-Challenged OldMtWoman   …

    • #4380
      Peppy P
      Participant

      I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts.  I find it interesting on why others prep, what their priorities are, etc.  Deep down I think I prep mainly as a way to have some control. We take personal responsibility very seriously and the though of being dependent on someone else is unnerving.

      Made another batch of pumpkin granola.  We seem to be going through it rather quickly.  My husband brought in some shelving for me so I worked at organizing the cookbooks.  Started trying to compare health insurance plans.  Washer sprung a leak so we had to fix that.

    • #4381
      Anonymous

      Today is done, tomorrow I finish up the apples on the dehydrator, bring in some peppers when I get a break in the rain, and get some winter stuff started.  Hubs is doing some hellmart shopping in the way early AM hours for bulk stuff we are running low on.  I also got to clean and demineralize my Berkey tomorrow.

    • #4383
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      Hi OldMtWoman, you’re very welcome 😊

    • #4384
      Anonymous

      Today I got some winter coats into the car in those vacuum bags that you get all of air out.  Seemed to work pretty good so far.  Still shrunk after we went to town.  Also added some other items to my car prep for winter.  We do not get much snow in Astoria Oregon but to get inland I have to go over 2 passes one way and a higher one the other way so chains may be required especially when we travel for the holidays.

      We are trying to use up old food in our little freezer (the other is the one in the refrigerator…even smaller.  So we had some frozen sausage that has not tasted all that great and we followed a recipe to make it into pork, apple and a little onion sausage patties.

      Thanks  OldMansd

    • #4385
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      Put winter scarves, hats and gloves, ice scrapers and blankets in the car and truck before heading to a pitch-in lunch with like minded friends.

    • #4388

      Today wasn’t as productive as I had hoped but we did get some tasks done that we had been procrastinating about. We rehung the heavy drapes in the Living room. Really helps with winter heat when we put the liners under the drapes, but of course the drapes have to come down, liners get attached, and drapes go back up. Going to get an estimate to have honeycomb blinds put up in the living room and dining room windows. I’ve gotten the print outs done for our list of food storage and general prepping supplies. We plan on taking everything out, checking dates, and putting everything back (neatly!). Our estate agent has been by to pick up our donation to Toys for Tots. He will be by again right before Thanksgiving for our food bank donation, and then two weeks after that coats, hats, & gloves. I’ve knitted & crocheted 7 scarves this year, found gloves at a really nice price (6 pair), and we’re going to donate the last few coats of my Father’s. (he passed away in 2001 – definitely time!)

    • #4389

      Packaged 100 lbs pork. ‘Nuf  said.

       

       

    • #4390
      PrepperCat
      Participant

      My wife and I live full-time in our trailer, traveling and working. Prepping is a passion of mine. Some areas are good, some are not. Prepping is a constant work-in-progress, especially in a tiny space. Lately I’ve been working on compiling a document to keep our plans-of-action as a quick reference guide, an Emergency Playbook if you will. I realize we won’t be able to go to it when the situation is rushed, but it will give my wife and I a chance to openly talk and get on the same page on what to do in an emergency.

    • #4393
      DeeDee Forager
      Participant

      Today I ordered some budget information from Dave Ramsey, as I figure out how to pay off my credit cards.  I also finished closing up my cottage for winter, and brought the rest of the things home I need. Supposed to get a foot of snow tomorrow.

    • #4394
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      Caught up laundry and reorganized a food storage area putting everything on index cards.  Moved the older things to the front to rotate and use up old first.

    • #4396
      Skypony
      Participant

      Yesterday the 12th didn’t get a chance to post, added a few more holiday cards to my Etsy shop, got more orders. Started printing last night Printer jammed and died with the first card, Ahh! Lucky for me, it started acting up a couple of months ago and I researched printers, chose a new model, bought it and it’s been in here still in the box taking up space like a coffee table. So out with the old broken printer, and hooked up the new one. Two is one and one is none!

      Today the 13th I ordered ink for the new printer and more card stock. Tonight relaxing with some warm sake and knitting another scarf. I usually make one for everyone in my family for Christmas and not me, this year, I’m making a couple of them to keep. Wore one today as it was quite chilly.

    • #4398
      dicity
      Participant

      Today, I worked at putting the on-sale sugar I bought yesterday into zip lock bags and stored it in my pantry room (no ants allowed).  I also organized the shelves, i.e., moved things around.  I also found the cans of pumpkin I was sure I had, but had bought another can so I can make my grandson a pumpkin pie. Finished browning the steaks I cooked in the sous vide for the next 4 dinners.  Hung up laundry and did a load/dried towels. Vacuumed around and scrubbed the bathroom and loaded the dishwasher and brought in the garbage can.  Work is almost over and I’ll fold towels and unload the dishwasher when I get home. Tomorrow, I’m babysitting my friend’s 99 yo Mom before work so I’ll only be doing the minimum of getting ready and cooking breakfast.

    • #4406
      Metanine
      Participant

      Right now, I’m laughing at myself. We just had a mini power outage of a minute or less just when I was about to hit Submit in here. Well, I lost my post. I’m on tablet so no recovery. I will go sit at the kitchen table to figure out what I had written, then I will post. 🙂

    • #4407
      Loving Life
      Participant

      Yesterday was a very busy day.  The day and today are mostly about storage planning.

      Yesterday, I met with my contractor about my laundry/storage room in my walk out basement.  I am in the process of putting the finishing touches on the house I had built in Up State NY.  I am done with everything main  house wise except for the laundry and utiility room.  Next summer is the garage.  I have had the building done in phases as I have watched too many people go way over their budgets.  Thankfully, I am still  on budget.

      After organizing most of my preps and storage items, I knew what kind of shelving etc, I wanted.  We also discussed the garage I want built next summer.

      Thinking about why and what I am prepping for has really helped me focus on my storage needs.   I have various reasons. I view it as a form of insurance (a financial depression, pandemic etc are all very likely events).   Also, living in this rural area with the storms, power outages; some form of prepping is a way of life.  My contractor had great ideas about shelving and storage as “almost all full-timers have a storage room with extra food and supplies”.  You can’t just drive a couple minutes to the grocery (20 minutes) and hardware (Lowe’s is 50 minutes).  For me, prepping is a necessary peace of mind activity, not a seige mentality.

      I love reading the posts as we are all in different stages of prep and age.  I have gotten so many ideas from the posts.  I have added  prioritized a dehydrator to my wish list.  As some mentioned finding one at the thrift store, I will start looking.   Someone mentioned Dave Ramesy.  I love his way of thinking.  I have gifted his books to many friends.

       

       

    • #4413
      Anonymous

      Wasn’t planning on it, but I cleaned my dried lima beans.  I originally planted 30 seeds and by time I shelled and sorted I had 1/2 lb of seed for next year.  Not to bad.

    • #4417
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      This morning I sliced, par-cooked, soaked in ice-water with added lemon juice to prevent browning, drained, and then dehydrated some extra Yukon Gold potatoes I had bought awhile back, so they wouldn’t go to waste.

    • #4423
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      Because of the rain I only did a short ride today. Because of the rain I was able to organize my pantry 🙂

    • #4425
      Metanine
      Participant

      Here I go again, this time type innotepad before transferring in here.

      Found out Monday that my cousin misbehaved at the hospital, he has Vascular Dementia at 53 years of age. Made me think that I need to be ready for anything for him. I’m responsible for him, am the one who got him the help and services he badly needed. So last night’s bout of insomnia was productive. Found a shelter near four facilities where he could be transferred. This will help ensure that I can get to him any which way. I made a list of friends close by as well, just in case. All contact information has been renewed. Woke up to a phone call telling me that the level of care he needs is now evaluated as higher, so change of facilities. Good thing I was ready to 1-face those facts, 2-relay needed info to the nursing team, 3-not panic. I had already included the location in my plans for shelter.

      Reprinted some profile templates for each family members and group members. The missing information will be filled during the holidays as well as new photos taken. Because there will be at least 20 of us at my parents’place, I’m drawing a plan of the house and the land with the strategic locations, plus indicate who sleeps where, where to go get dry wood, water, supplies etc…

      Right now, I’m getting cozy in my livingroom, wanting to stream survival shows while my chickpeas and broad beans are soaking. Listening to the strong winds hitting my windows and door, sooting me better than any lullaby could.

    • #4427
      Lynn McCartney
      Participant

      Finished up the last part of an online herbal course and made another batch of benonite clay toothpaste!

    • #4428
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Made another batch of soap and lip balm today. Will make some more lip balm. That’s it for today. I have a couple of very busy weeks at work at the moment. It is hard to find the time to do extra things.

    • #4429
      corsaire
      Participant

      I mentally walked through a possible scenario. I realized that I can’t put a bandage on, with one hand holding a flashlight. Also realized that the tweezers were hard to find.

      Puts headlamp in first aid kit. Puts tweezers in plastic baggie and  labels it

    • #4430
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      Emptied the rain barrels after filling all of the lidded buckets to store in the garage for winter. We live 1 mile from the border of the next county so we are about the last home to get power restored after a snow or ice storm.  Always need that water for flushing toilets.

      • #4479
        Olivia Green
        Participant

        lilac5 farm

        had to laugh re: ‘last in line’. we lived on a farm in the OR coast range for 25 years. when ever a storm hit, some one would holler ‘fill the bath tub’

        that was our toliet flushing sorce.  hawthorne

    • #4431
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      Oh, dear! My generator is scheduled to automatically do its weekly run on Weds mornings;, however, this morning I noticed it did’t kick on. When I went out to check it out and try to start it manually, battery just wouldn’t get it going. Hmmm….battery needs replacing perhaps? but just put a new one in last year….we’ve had a sudden drop below freezing temps, might that make it harder for generator battery to kick on? and wouldn’t you know it, we’re getting a nasty early weather situation here….schools letting out early, rain turning to ice and snow….well, hopefully no power outage in my rural area until I can get someone to check out my generator. Received box from Amazon this morning with year’s supply of tp and some other non-perishable pantry items I was getting low on….practiced making my Italian bread recipe….can’t get the hang of shaping the loaves just yet but it taste good….snow means grandkids tomorrow sledding in my back yard….good slope for the little ones.

       

    • #4432
      Coffee girl
      Participant

      They are calling for our first big storm here.  Hubby and I working on firewood for the furnace. It’s already cut and split, just hauling it around to the back porch.  Labeled and put up two cases of assorted dehydrated vegetables.  I have to take a break from that until after Thanksgiving.

      Old Mt Woman, I tried.  I have the pdf file but don’t know how to post a file on here.  I have the hard copy also.  I keep the pdf files on my kindle.

      covered the strawberry patch with straw and rolled up the water hoses that I use for watering the chickens.  It’ll be carrying water now until spring.

       

    • #4433
      grannyj smith
      Participant

      We are feeling under the weather so doing nothing today.

    • #4434
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      Thanks, CoffeeGirl.  I couldn’t either.  But I described how to reach the PDF so hopefully folks can find it thru Google search.  400 pages of medical data for after-stuff-hits-fan.  Have you had a chance to go thru it yet?  It’s on my To Do list.

      THANK you, Corsaire….putting LIGHT into First Aid Kits is a no-brainer I missed.  Hands-free headlamps preferred but I got right up to at least tuck in one of those dollar small LED flashlights.  Hmph, we’re out of the multi-pack.  Put note up to buy another multi-pack.  With mobility issues, I try to keep tools stored at point-of-use.  Guess how many hammers I have around the farm?  Same with those cheapo-but-good flashlights.  The batteries won’t last that long, even with LED.  But they are replaceable!

      Hoping to peel a half bag of WILTED potatoes I found in closet [out of light] after being gone with elder-care.  Need to just boil/mash or they’ll go to waste.  DH doesn’t know to look for such things while holding down the fort in my recent absence.

      OldMtWoman..hoping for better mobility tomorrow..

      • #4573
        woodsrunner
        Participant

        I didn’t post yesterday- I moved snow-

        Lovely Lovely little flakes falling gently one by one till the whole #$%^&*( driveway is full of them

        I also charged ham radios and made a list of what I wanted to buy in the city today.

        Today I scored some things I wanted on sale and bought more food- a lot more.  Also drove someone to a medical appt and started to alter a sweatshirt that didn’t fit right.  Use it up, make it do.  I can sew and the neighbors ask me to sew things for them- case in point- two neighbor kids were horsing around and one tore the whole sleeve off the other’s coat so I fixed it.  They didn’t have money to throw away on a new one.  I’m amazed that so many people just toss it and buy a new one.

    • #4435
      rd Lucai
      Participant

      Made pumpkin pie with garden pumpkin and put the rest in the freezer. Made an apple pie using apple pie filling that I canned.

    • #4440
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11/14/2018 Don’t know when or how I did it but I have a hairline Middle Phalanx Fracture on my ring finger.  “Doc” had come over with his kit and put a mini splint on it – 6 weeks he said.  Lucky I am still able to bend my knuckle and am able to perform many duties except heavy lifting with that hand.  I picked the pomegranate’s (twice as many as last year) and juiced the arils and am dehydrating pom/cranberry fruit leathers.  Tomorrow starts my vacation from work and am hopeful that I take advantage of the extra time to do things; not just go brain dead because of all the extra time.  Weather has been cooperating and will stay mid 70’s through the weekend.

    • #4452
      Old Ski Bum
      Participant

      Not a lot to report.  Did a lot of personal stuff today that isn’t necessarily prep stuff,  but did get a flu shot, picked up new eye glasses, and took a 2 mile hike with the daughter and the dog.  I also broke up a big tray of pork chops from Costco into meal size portions and used the seal-a-meal to repackage them for the freezer.

    • #4455
      DeeDee Forager
      Participant

      I was sick today, and spent the morning in bed. But I made some soup later, and it tasted so good. Organizing my teas tonight, so I can easily make it tonight and tomorrow. Taking elderberry syrup.

       

       

    • #4457
      Peppy P
      Participant

      Reviewed the list of important documents and made changes where needed.  Settled on where to put a new backstop in.  This moved up in importance after finding out one of our neighbors hikes through the back of our property occasionally with her grandkids.  Property lines don’t really mean much here we’ve discovered.

    • #4464
      Skypony
      Participant

      About a month ago someone dumped a rooster onto our property, we named him Foghorn. Lol, he’s a nice rooster and the guy next door has chickens and a rooster that Foghorn joins in morning crowing. Our rooster, I call him Chicken and he runs to me when he’s hungry, sleeps in the hay shed up high on some fluffy Timothy. I get home just at dusk now and if I get gas or shop after work it’s already too dark for him to hop down and eat. I don’t like him going to bed hungry so, I’m getting to my point now, lol, I decided not to buy out new Trader Joe’s potato chips with horseradish and garlic right after work, but come straight home so I could feed Foghorn, and I made a nice dinner for me from the fridge and pantry. Those potato chips are darned good… I’m thinking tomorrow I’ll buy them at lunch.

    • #4466
      Anonymous

      Continued today getting the car ready for winter.  Put some emergency food in and should be pretty good except to get the car serviced this month before traveling.  Also worked on getting my lansky knife sharping kit going to touch some knives up that needed some tlc.

      We have been having some fun doing mini barn quilts for our apartment.  Continued to do one more for our daughter to take south for holidays.  Included a picture of the 2×2 quilt pictures

    • #4467

      Got a decent start on listing our supplies. Working on the middle granddaughter’s Christmas present. Working on the Christmas present for the oldest granddaughter’s boyfriend/not quite fiancé yet. Planned our trip to Costco tomorrow – added AA batteries because we hadn’t used any in quite some time, needed 3 yesterday evening and Oops! We had none. Have 10 Water Bricks waiting to be filled, emptied “old” water and refilled those bottles. Not a bad day but just seems like I was spinning my wheels.

    • #4468
      dicity
      Participant

      My family member shared his cold with me so I’ve felt terrible today. I rested, drank some elderberry syrup I made last year, and snuggled under a blanket. I had a meal all ready to take to work so I didn’t have to cook. Did get a text from my boss adding another OT shift next week so that will make 23 hrs for this pay period. Love me some overtime. Paying off my credit cards so I can retire next year. Did do something stupid today. Daughter opened the doors to clear out smoke from her cooking. I forgot we are breathing smoke from the (very awful, sad) Camp fire and it really irritated my throat. Gargled some salt water and that helped.

    • #4480
      Lee’s homestead
      Participant

      Prep today 11/14 Wednesday. Prepping everyday is really hard then I thought it requires thinking what do I need to do what can I do to be self  sufficient.  I’m very set in what I do daily; get up, clean around the house, feed the animals, go to work.

      Today was going through our coat closet. We have so many coats that easy access has become an issue. My work personal I’m going to see if they want some. We have several great houses around here for teens and adults. I don’t want them going to Goodwill or other shops like that so I will find other charities that items go directly to the people.

    • #4481
      Shannon Morris
      Participant

      Question. I try to do a lot to prepare myself spiritually for hard times but I know some people don’t like to talk about spiritual issues. Does this count or would you prefer I comment only on my temporal preparedness.

       

       

      • #4492
        namelus
        Participant

        @shannon Morris would you be willing to compromise todays moral and spiritual absolutes in a time of long long term extreme crisis?

        What does spiritually prepared mean to you?

         

      • #4501
        Anonymous

        I find that many people who are spiritual find great peace in themselves, and their world as a whole, when they are comfortable and calm in their beliefs.  Some people speak openly and others don’t speak about it at all.

        Spirituality, in my mind, is something that should give you peace.  It can help you stay grounded during the good times and especially during the bad times.  That to me would be absolutely essential in a prepping sense.

        The problems, when there are any, come when someone declares that anyone who doesn’t follow their path is wrong, and therefore doomed to suffer, in whatever form that suffering comes in.  Those people, in my opinion, are not spiritual in their actions.

      • #4504
        Crow Bar
        Keymaster

        @shannon Morri,

        I am with Namelus on this one, what is being spirtual preparedness to you?

    • #4482
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      Went to the Hunter’s meat sale at the store and stocked up on some pork tenderloin which they sliced for me into loin chops. Took my daughter to a food pantry so she could get herself through some hard times she is experiencing. Paid the bills, worked on the grocery list and menus. Thawed some hamburger to make a quadruple batch of chili for the freezer for Thanksgiving since my family is planning a soup bar for the main meal this year.

       

    • #4483
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      @flamingolady I love your idea of a soup bar for Thanksgiving!

       

    • #4484
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      Today I dressed more warmly than I needed to when I went out.  In addition, I am making bread in the bread machine overnight and beans and rice in my thermal cooker overnight.

      Making the beans and rice in the thermal cooker is also saving us money on our electric bill, which we are having fun lowering. 🙂

      Also, I made my next business event on Facebook and completed my holiday gift guide which I’ll be promoting soon.

    • #4486
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      @red carnation

      would you be willing to share your recipe for rice and beans in the thermal cooker? I have what we call a hay box. Which I haven’t used in a while. Would be great to start using that again.

      I also live to try to save on utility bills. But I have 2 teenagers at home with no wish at all to be on board. Fun days.

    • #4487
      Prepperfan305
      Participant

      Kept up with daily tasks of laundry, dishes, etc. Put gas in the car. Finished Christmas shopping for my kiddos (unless I find a bomb sale on more flashlights for them.) Spent time with my mom; we taught my 2 year old some more letters and more sign language. We are learning as the kids do. We also ate chocolate and watched sappy Hallmark Christmas movies because it was fun.

    • #4488
      Anonymous

      Only prep plans today are taking my dehydrated carrots out of the freezer and getting them put in storage now that they got their 72 hour freeze.  I’m taking a lazy day that is way past due.

    • #4489
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      Hi Crazy Me, just wondering – why did you freeze your dehydrated carrots for 72 hours?  Do they get bugs in them? Thanks.

       

    • #4495
      Echo 7787
      Participant

      This week had been crazy hectic. Tuesday was talking with close family about prepping for a hard winter. That went so-so. Wednesday was talking with a friend about how to do food prep to deal with rising prices and potential shortages. Taht went well. Today is more winter prepping. We are looking at a hard winter and I am looking hard at what needs to be done in terms of what is needed in terms of heating with fire place and what needs to be done if we oose power. Most of our neighbors have wood stoves or fireplaces but not all. Communication needs to be addressed.

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      • #4548
        farmmom
        Participant

        Yesterday we had a very unusual early ice then snow storm come through the mid-south. Haven’t seen that happen in years, so must be an omen of this winter. On Tuesday I brought in two pregnant rabbits so they could give birth inside where it is warm.  This morning my dwarf lionhead rabbit birthed 5 kits; so far all are wiggling and momma is getting some rest.  Cleaned out the remaining mess and gave her fresh bedding without disturbing her newborns. The other soon-to-be mom is mad at me because I moved her from outside to inside. She is due in 6 days so hopefully she’ll adjust to her new area soon.

      • #4554
        Nw Prepr015
        Participant

        I watered my tomatoes, herbs and lettuce. Read a few more pages of my survival handbook. Did some homework. Our weather has been extremely hot and humid for the week before thanksgiving, even for Florida standards. It has been incredibly gray and dry. My grass is crunchy and even some of the weeds are dying.The weather man never seems to make any mention of how unusually dry it has been. I hate the heat but my immediate family hates the cold so I try not to complain. On the plus side I can grow a garden all year long. I just wish nursing school didn’t zap all my energy. I really wanted a nice garden this year. But so far I think I may need to be satisfied with some herbs, tomatoes, and lettuce. One other success I have made is I think I have finally got my mom and step dad on board with prepping. They are growing a little garden and discussing safety strategies. Believe me when I say this is growth. I think its finally clicking for them.

    • #4497
      Jessee Jones
      Participant

      The 13th, I sorted and did inventory on some of the shelves in my pantry.

      Today, I read some articles about raised bed gardening and wrote out some plans for next Spring. Wrote a supply list of the needed items to fulfill the project that I can fill from what I all ready own.

    • #4498
      RufusJ
      Participant

      ACk, I just realized I didn’t write in yesterday. Prep-wise I watched a few videos and downloaded another list. I love reading other people’s lists. I didn’t do a lot but still forward movement, right?. I was still getting ready for the worm class this Saturday– and then they let me know they wanted to reschedule it. So now I’m giving the class in January– yay!!!
      So today will be brainstorming for Thanksgiving and working on preps.

    • #4503
      Roz Proverbs
      Participant

      I’m late to the game. We just moved in the last 6 weeks, lets say  unpacking is my days.
      The Winter Season is hitting us early. My husband and I spent one day this week prepping the gardens, I cut 14 lawn bags of perennials down. Don’t think the deer like me.
      We added a whole house natural gas generator to the house.
      We added honeycomb shades to all the windows to insulate against the cold, we need to save up for indoor storm winds
      We changed our cars over from summer to winter preps. Our closets to winter.
      We have been slowly restocking our pantry with sales.

      Cooked all meals at home and baking bread.

    • #4508
      Loving Life
      Participant

      #oldmansd   I loved the pictures of the quilts.  The quilts are beautiful and will hopefully be family heirlooms.  I treasure my two quilts made by my Great Grandmother.

      Expecting over 9 inches of snow starting late today, so this morning I double-checked the winter storm preps.  I also started my big snowblower. All is ok, so I can sit here and enjoy the snow.

      All the posts about Xmas got me thinking.  I had a nice chat with my step-mother.  I have gotten her enthused about prepping.  I am blessed to have some lots of extras on certain things, so for Xmas I am going to share the wealth (extra books, toiletries, lanterns etc) with her.

      After reading the posts, I also started a box of supplies (mostly canned goods near expiration) for the food pantry here.  The thrift store I shop at helps support the pantry, so I also started a box of extra clothes etc.

    • #4515
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      This morning I watched a couple of videos online about bread making techniques.  I need to work on improving my bread making skills.  Now I’m heading to the kitchen to cook a very simple casserole of Spanish Rice and browned ground beef – snow is expected here today so gotta have that warm and filling “comfort food”, LOL.

    • #4516
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      I listened to 2 podcasts while I crocheted a blanket for my granddaughter for Christmas.  The podcasts were on baking bread and homesteading in the 1940’s.

    • #4518
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      Tried to post on November 14, but Internet went out because of ice storm. Spent most of the time in coffee shop or doctor’s waiting room trying to get daughter taken care of (cancer). So discussed diversification of income with husband so it’s not all via the Internet. Made plans for diversification both on and off the Internet for both money and barter. Took one concrete baby step in that direction by sending an inquiry to a potential direct client.

      Still dealing with ice storm and Internet outage this morning, but found that hot spot on cell phone is a great backup, so we’re in business again! I use Republic Wireless (which I know isn’t available everywhere, especially further out in rural areas – for my husband’s sister who lives in the “boonies”, nothing but Verizon works, and her bill is over $300 per month!), and the extra gigs only cost $5 per gig. I would urge people to look at cell phone plans very carefully. Republic Wireless provides me with all I need for my business for less than $24 per line on a smart phone with unlimited calls and texts and 1 gig of data per month. Extra gigs are cheap and can be bought on the spur of the moment without hassle, right from the phone. And there are even cheaper plans out there, but I don’t know anything about their coverage (like Mint and Freedom Pop). And by the way, your smart phone doesn’t have to be top of the line for this to work. There are smart phones out there that work for less than $100.

      Cell phones can always go out, too, of course, so I’m thinking of looking into another backup in addition, but don’t know what that will be yet. Any suggestions are welcome.

    • #4522
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      Whelp, we are forecasted to get 6 inches tonight.  Lows in the mid-20s so that is warmer than last night.

      Will gas up the truck, check the snowthrower, and a few other checks.

    • #4524
      corsaire
      Participant

      Flu season; epi and pandemics perhaps. Did some research on prep materials and took stock of what I have and what I needed.

    • #4526
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      Today I finished dehydrating apples for the granola I am making later.

    • #4531
      Rosebud
      Participant

      It is really a challenge some days to do something prepping related.  My husband and I carpool to work, and we are gone about 12 hours every work day…

      But I believe in this lifestyle and really want to be in the best position possible when something happens.  So, to that end, I purchased a belly band yesterday.  I am hoping that will be a more accessible option than what I currently use.  Today, while waiting for my husband at the doctors office, I read an article on wheat berries and which type of wheat to use for different kinds of baking.  Over the next couple weeks, I would like to learn to bake my own bread, and this is good weather to practice.  Besides, the chickens won’t mind the ones I screw up…

    • #4532
      rd Lucai
      Participant

      Bought the 30 day food supply bucket from emergency essentials and got a free uv purifier and a 115 hour candle.

    • #4544
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Busy day today. Had a course work related, made hand and feet balm and herbal balm with my own harvested beeswax ( very proud of that😬).

      cut up the soap I made  they are curing now

      received more survival stuff for the mini Bob I’m making for the children  some paracord and little compasses  it will be fun to fill the mini military bag I have bought for them  last year they got stranded near school because of heavy snow so I want them to have a small bag with handy stuff

      i had a excercise st work with ham radio guys  they tested the equipment in the building during the excessive  it was very interesting to look at them working

      ordered cotton wicks for my kerosine stove like this one: 

    • #4549

      Rendered lard. Made bacon. Gonna can pork and beans…tomorrow🙄

    • #4550
      grannyj smith
      Participant

      Making chicken soup because we have flu.

    • #4551
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      Clutter-clearing.  I count that as a prep cuz with this very tiny house, if anything is outta place, you can’t find anything.  An unexpected crisis comes up and — the last thing I need would be tearing the place apart looking for crisis-related-items!

      Also, I did an exercise some years ago and didn’t turn on the lights after dark.  Did all the usual things with alternate lighting.  Y’know…..if there is a nice bright candle(s) or lamp or battery lantern up on the table…. 😮  …the floor where you’re walking is still very dark.  Therefore, to prevent accidents which are 10X the drama during a crisis anyway, I try to keep pathways clear.  Large dog in the way doesn’t help.

      DH just brought home the rest of my stuff from the elderlies….since the back injury means I’m not returning any time soon.  They are doing okay.  I worry more about memory issues than physical rehab which is coming along great.  So anyway, my pathways are CLUTTERED!  Hazard!!  Using my reacher [a REALLY great disability/injury tool to have!!] is getting a workout!

      Yeah, this OldMtWoman is workin’ on it!

    • #4560
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11/15/2018  Since the engine needed to be pulled we went to a group members house to pull it and replaced the oil pan gasket on LT (little truck).  We then replaced the oil filter and of course treated LT to some new oil.  I ordered 25# of various wheat berries from Palouse and transplanted the Chilpen pepper seedlings to their new home.

    • #4564

      Today wasn’t a really exciting prepping day. Got batteries at Costco – also some extra chicken for the freezer. Swept the kitchen and the bathrooms. Vacuumed the house. We’re supposed to have wind and rain this evening, we’ll see how much we actually get. My prayers for the Northeast right now, it looks so very bad on television. Husband is from Minnesota and I’m from New Jersey so we understand bad weather. Out here in the Pacific Northwest we don’t get much snow, in the lowlands at least. We haven’t had more than 2 inches of snow in 4 years, and that was followed by two days of rain. We’ve had two serious storms, and got through them with lots of determination & plenty of preparedness in advance.

       

    • #4565
      Old Ski Bum
      Participant

      Took a long drive today on the back roads of north western Montana.  Snow on the peaks, but the roads were clear.  Some great retreat property out there, but the winters are brutal.

      Made lunch today using some Costco canned chicken. (The emergency food).   It was passed its “use by” date, but only by a few months. If I don’t post tomorrow it will be because I’m dead from food poisoning!  Actually, one thing that makes it very hard to spend $$ on canned food is how seldom we eat it.  I mean why would you eat canned food when there is plenty of cheap fresh and even fresh organic foods around.  So we buy the canned stuff and it sits and sits.  We usually eventually donate to the food bank.

      After lunch the pooch and I took our afternoon hike.  Finally got my GPS working.  The hike is actually 2.75 miles, not 2 miles, and will be longer soon when we have to stick to the road in stead of the trails because of the snow.

      Oh, and the problem with the GPS, it was just the nut behind the wheel!!

    • #4567
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      Today I was so thankful that it was only the Internet that went out for us – and that I had a backup with my cell phone hot spot. Some of the town had no electricity, either, but not most of the businesses. I will have to admit, I was not expecting the entire town that I live in to be paralyzed just because the Internet is out! But it is, including the gas stations! We have to go to another town if we want to buy anything or get gasoline.

      The town is still waiting for both electricity and Internet to be restored, but I was able to order a year’s worth of diabetic supplies online (paid $180 for what would cost well over $1000 in the drug store).

      Made “anti-cancer” soup for dinner (shitake and enoki mushrooms, Korean radish including leaves, burdock root, garlic, and ginger). Put some fresh water mussels cooked, on the side for those who wanted to add them to their soup. Then toasted some flat bread made from millet and flax in the oven until it was crisp and put out some hummus for dipping. It was a very filling meal, gluten-free and Advent Fast-compliant.

    • #4568
      Josefina Arenas
      Participant

      Today I practiced mediation skills between two co-workers…a good skill to have in any circumstance.

    • #4570
      Peppy P
      Participant

      Made bread and granola.  Went to town for a mailbox and post.  We will set it tomorrow.  Hung a blind on one of the patio doors.  The cold weather has finally set in.  The dog (husky) can’t seem to get in enough walk time lately.  She is really the only one in our house that likes winter.

    • #4571
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      Last night I hand washed two items that we needed and hung them up to dry.  Today I cooked an entire chicken, baked bread, and decluttered the house.  It looks better! I took water with me when I went to run errands.

    • #4576
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      <h2 class=”user-nicename”><span style=”font-size: 80%;”>@xdewit, yes, I would be happy to!  I take about 3 cups of pinto beans (use whatever kind you like), add a clove or two of garlic and a small onion (for flavor), and bring to a boil on the stove.   As soon as the beans start to boil, I put on the top container (it fits into the larger container), and add about 3 cups of rice and boiling water.  Salt to taste.  After 12 minutes, remove from heat and let it cook overnight.  In the morning you’ll have rice and beans ready to pack into someone’s lunch.  If you soak the beans ahead of time, you of course would not need to boil them as long.  How’s that for a non-recipe recipe? 😉 </span></h2>

    • #4578
      RufusJ
      Participant

      Watched some prepping videos and read a few articles. Spent a lot of time taking the dog out and in. Beautiful day today after the cloudy cold of the last three days, so I trimmed a bush that was much too much over grown and she watched. Bugs everywhere– tiny spiders floating on strands of web, butterflies checking out the pansies, faux ladybugs crawling everywhere. I even saw on of those pus caterpillars (but it was dead) on the wall by the front door. I’m slowly moving the dying lamb’s quarters with the last of their seeds attached to areas I want to have them grown next year. Bermuda grass (the roach of lawn grasses) doesn’t seem to grow where the lamb’s quarters grow so I’m doing an experiment to see if that’s really true. I’ll know next year when the LQ comes up.

    • #4580
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      Took care of some health issues this morning. Made cookies to put in the freezer, and watched tutorials about finishing the sheetrock by learning how to apply joint compound mud in our family room. Looked at what is needed for the in house and car first aid kits.

    • #4581
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      @red carnation thank you so much! I m going to try this bit will do it during daytime so it will be ready when we come home! Thank you so much, I really need to use my hay box again

       

    • #4582
      Shannon Morris
      Participant

      I cleaned out our big closet and reorganized it so it’s manageable. Found an extra first aid back pack that’s been in there for a while. Now it’s more accessible if we need it.

    • #4583
      Skypony
      Participant

      Ran to the bank at lunch, scheduled for an early lunch, so there was no line! Then went to Dollar store got some cute wrap for Christmas and stocked up on items for first aid kit. Stayed up til midnight last night printing orders and postage and wrapping them to mail. Dropped them at the post office before work.

      Tired tonight, doing laundry and reading. Also bought the potato chips, and got home in time to feed Foghorn.

    • #4584
      Anonymous

      Got some more ice melt that is not supposed to kill the grass or flowers at our apartments here.  It is left up to me to keep main walkway and mail area clear of ice and snow and I do not want to hurt the grass or flowers that one of the other residents have been taking care of.  We live in a 1914 Astoria Oregon house that has been converted into very cool apartments so we like to help one another.  Only five apartments and all are friendly.

      Also, my wife and I are working on a home made christmas gift this year due to just retiring on disability and still waiting to see what money we get to live on.  Also trying to go more organic and be healthier.  So we have made most of our dinners from scratch this month.

    • #4585
      dicity
      Participant

      This cold has me pretty lazy and slow.  Did come to work today.  Did laundry, folded laundry, and loaded/washed the dishes. Recycled some old magazines to work for use in activities/crafts.  Recycled most of the mail. Package arrived for grandson birthday.  Three family birthdays before Christmas – what great planning! lol

       

    • #4586
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Today I will attend a course about crisis and disaster management. I have a part in our local and county crisis and disaster management. So when shtf I have to go and do stuff. We have to attend x courses per year to keep up our knowledge level. Guess that is also some kind of prepping?

    • #4587
      Lee’s homestead
      Participant

      Well this post will show up on Friday but as I’m still finishing up Thursday that’s what I’m counting it as.

       

      Besides reading several posts posted from this forum I shopped and stocked up. I’m having surgery soon and the holidays so I shopped in preparation of both.

    • #4595
      Prepperfan305
      Participant

      Thursday, I made 2 loaves of bread from scratch, which I’m going to cut into slices and then freeze so we always have some. I will probably cycle through the frozen bread once a week since my kids really love garlic bread with everything. I also murdered some of my pumpkins and made pumpkin purée. I reorganized some of my kitchen cabinets to make getting to daily items easier. I listed several household items for sale on Facebook to earn some extra cash for the fireplace I want installed. Then I went on a date with my husband ♥️

    • #4596
      Loving Life
      Participant

      Yesterday before the snow storm, I made a quick run to drop off items at the food pantry and thrift store.  I needed to clear clutter out.  I had canned goods nearing expiration and clothes that didn’t fit or that I hated.

      Dropping off items at the thrift store, I had to stop and see what new items they had.  I scored one cast iron pan, perfectly seasoned.  Better yet, I spent about 20 minutes chatting with an older lady about cleaning and cooking with cast iron.  She had great tips about wood stove cooking.

      I also stopped at the local hardware store.  They had a sale on pet friendly ice melt, 40% off so I bought the maximum quantity allowed.  My ice melt inventory is now at least through 2 winters.  I also bought a couple extra  bags of sand.

      The snow started; we are expecting at least 9 inches, so here in the High Peaks area, I expect at lest 12 inches. Before going to bed, i shovelled off the deck of about 3 inches and had at least another 6 inches this morning.

      Besides shovelling this morning, I started my organizing and inventory of medical items.  I definitely need to add to my medical stash.  I have good refence books.  Someone mentioned the Altons’ books, I have several and they are worth downloading.  Any recommendations on a good natural healing/herbal book or course?

      Off to weather the snow storm; keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t lose power.  No big deal if I do as I am prepared and could hold out until the thaw.

       

       

    • #4597
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      This morning I looked through my list of the books in my own “prepping library” to see which ones I have in physical form and which in digital form.  I made a note of which ones I want to be sure to have in “hard copy” in case there is no electrical (or battery) power to run my laptop or e-reader.  I also wrote down which new books I’d like to get to fill in the gaps in my library.  Then I downloaded back-up copies of my digital format prepping-related books onto 2 sets of flash drives (gotta have a back-up to the back-up after all, LOL).

       

       

       

       

    • #4614
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      After the course i went to a friends garden. He is sick and stays with his brother. I picked the last eggplant, some kale and lettuce. Then another neighbor called and he had another box of persimmons for me vi picked those up as well.

      Have to figure out what to do with all those eggplants and persimmons. I also have 2 bags with quinces to process too. It will be a busy weekend.

       

    • #4616
      Coffee girl
      Participant

      11/15 snow! snow! snow!  shoveled guess what!  Chickens aren’t happy and the wood got wet!  Snow built up on t.v. and internet satelite dishes and it was too high for me to clean off, so intermittent signals yesterday.  Baked bread and filled a couple large water containers/just in case.  11/16 time to empty the piggy bank…seriously.  I save the change all year and cash in before Thanksgiving.  That is what I spend on Christmas.  We don’t go over board, because for us, it isn’t about the presents.  Quiche and fried trombocino squash for supper.  Dehydrator is full of squash and squash steaks for the freezer.

    • #4618
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      A new Aldi opened yesterday in our town, so today was stock up day on the sale items. Dehydrating cranberries, making a double batch of chili for the freezer, and resetting the temperature in my fridge and freezers now that I have a thermometer for that purpose. Filled the car with gas and did more Christmas shopping.

    • #4619
      Echo 7787
      Participant

      I signed up for a half marathon in April.  Yes this is part of preppijng as I have some different points of view on how and where I train. I do not wear earbuds or listen to music. It is a distraction and you need to be aware of your surroundings when you run. I run out in the country so I have to watch for four legged critters and slithering critters. Those that slither are the ones I hate.

      I also have two German Shepherds. I run with each of the dogs separately but also do sessions with both of them. It is great training time and I do train them for hand signals and non-verbal cues. They have both provided protecteion for me on runs. It is interesting how quickly some will back off when there is a German Shepherd making their presence know. The other thing is I know my neighbors for a ways. We do tend to know each other by our dogs, I know when someone has moved in or out, I am aware of what is growing and different elements of each season. There is also the knowledge of how I can get myself, family, and the dogs out either on foot or in a vehicle. The is a physical benefit to this as well. I work different muscles when I run. It helps in keeping me healthy both physically and mentally.

    • #4621
      Anonymous

      For preps today, we are taking car in to get serviced before any travel next week.

      Also went through some keys to re familiarize myself to what they go do.  Gun safe, other lock boxes, etc.  Just to make sure none are laying around.  We have some grand kids coming this weekend and I want them to be safe.

      We are making our breakfasts from scratch in the sense of using whole foods, fruits and some protein diet shake that is organic…so basically a super smoothy.  Through is some kale, spinach, almond milk, cinnamon, dark chocolate powder, 2 cooked organic eggs, some nancy’s probiotic yogurt and 1/2 banana…add other stuff depending on mood and makes a pretty good breakfast.   Been doing it for at least a month and I feel better plus losing some weight.

      More than you wanted to know but it is all part of preparing for what may come.

      Have a wonderful day…

       

    • #4625
      corsaire
      Participant

      Another “what if” scenario. Since I live in hurricane territory, it was mold; eg growing fast. So to add to my list are extra batteries for my multi-tools, and dry-bags, spray bottles. I dont have the arm strength to do major work manually.

       

       

       

       

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    • #4628

      Making pork stock, and still rendering lard. Cured salt pork. Turned the bacon. Buried the guts. Yup Simon is a lot of work.

       

    • #4630
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      @Padded,

      Yep!  Been there!  Done that!  Good on ya!  My hat off to you!

      I got a batch of pork I am curing right now for a T-giving dish.  Heavy on the brown sugar.  Should be ready tomorrow.

    • #4631
      Topaz Gemstone
      Participant

      I don’t think I have checked in for a few days, still working on things, most small.

      Tuesday:  continued updating first aid kit and moving things to new box.

      Wednesday:  created inventory cards for items in basement storage.  I used Word and made business card sized inventory cards.  I have a binder with card holder pages and a divider where the items we have on one side and items we have used and need to replace on the other side.

      Thursday:  Went through the black friday ads to see if there are any prep items we could use.  I foster kittens and my last litter left on Tuesday so today I cleaned and disinfected the “kitten room” (AKA Master bathroom)

      Today:  PIcked up two 3-4 week old foster kittens to raise until they are about 2 pounds.  The way these boys are eating that won’t be very long.  This is one aspect of prep that I haven’t thought about.  If I have foster kittens, I need to have food and supplies.  Depending on the age of the kittens, I would need kitten formula, canned food, dry food, litter and a litter box.  If they are tiny, like my current guys, I would need a way to contain them and since they are babies they will need toys.   Looks like I have my list and i need to start stockpiling things.   The local humane society provides me with all the supplies I need, so I need to set aside a few supplies with each litter.  Last winter I ran out of canned food and the kittens wouldn’t eat dry food, I had to run out in a snow storm to buy kitten food.   That’s one thing I don’t want to do again.

    • #4632
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      Today I made granola and put my kitchen scraps in the mulch.

    • #4636
      Old Ski Bum
      Participant

      Put away the last of the garden hoses for the winter and also took the car to the tire shop to have the snow tires mounted.  Changed the oil in the snow thrower.  May need to change out the spark plug as it seemed to miss every so often when it was idling.  After 6 winters I guess it’s due!!  Went to the shooting range to try out a used rifle I recently purchased from a friend only to find out the range closed yesterday for the year!!!

    • #4641
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      Beautiful sunny day today after miserable rapid drop in temps with 2″ about snow. Discovered my Generac Generator is sick again and trying to decide what to do. It costs an arm and a leg to get the Generac service guy out here (rural area) and I’m just not sure whether to keep repairing this thing or not. Moved my effort at growing a winter garden outside under a clear container inside a shed and am thinking to try grow lights. I really like fresh spinach and lettuce but getting to town is a real challenge and hate to ask others to pick up for me. Some of the challenges of being 80 years old, living in the country….but it’s where I want to stay as long as possible. Bought a package of face mask at the dollar store today. Seeing Californians wearing them durig heavy smoke made me think, “why not add these to my emergency supply stuff in the car.” Never know when something like that might come in handy. Had my handy man move my rain barrel to a better location. Appreciate all the great ideas I’m getting from others in this forum.

    • #4645
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      I baked 3 loaves of bread with sour dough starter that is over 30 years old.  Two loaves will go into the freezer.

    • #4647
      Peppy P
      Participant

      Wow…that is some really old starter.  Impressive.

      • This reply was modified 4 years ago by Peppy P.
    • #4648
      Peppy P
      Participant

      Baked several acorn squash to use later in the week.  Made peanut butter.  Put cashews on to soak so I can make “cheese” tomorrow.  Cut and composted the last of the annuals and summer veggies.  Moved some leaves to the compost pile and put some around the bamboo.

    • #4650
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11/16/2018  Started modifications on an outdoor raised bed by taking off the shade structures – will be putting up new ones later.  Once finished one section will become my new potato bin.  Transplanted the Anaheim pepper plants to the new grow bed inside of house.  Harvested all the above ground Yerba Manza (lizard tails) leaves and are dehydrating them.  If we are lucky enough to get a freeze this winter then I can dig up the roots.  This plant grows like a weed but that’s OK – think iodine because a poultice of these leaves will cure much.  Found the book “The Complete Book of Breads” 1973 version and I am particularly interested in the yeast alternative entries.  Received my wheat berries order (WOW that was fast shipping) and packaged them for long term storage.

    • #4652

      Rather busy day. Updated our Medicare/Medigap insurance. Recycled a huge pile of magazines – put some aside to mail to various family members. Dropped off 3 bags of food (non-perishable) at the food bank. Dropped off food, non-clumping litter, and a few towels to the local animal shelter. Got started on my Mother’s income taxes – 93 years old, bedridden, dementia, on Hospice care – so it must be done to file as soon as I get all statements. (good gravy is it THAT time of year already?) Charged both Goal Zero generators, charged all Ryobi batteries, sorted all the batteries that we got at Costco, added first aid supplies that we picked up at Wal-Mart, and got two loads of laundry done. Whew!

    • #4654
      RufusJ
      Participant

      Got enough cranberries to make cranberry sauce for the two holidays plus dehydrate some. Got bananas to make chips for the grandchild. Got half the shopping done for Thanksgiving– “What do you mean they don’t have Uncle Ben’s ???” And two pie pumpkins for the seeds (the flesh will go to the worm bins.) Talked with hubby about routes to get out of town if we need to and where to meet up. It doesn’t sound like a lot but it was important.

    • #4655
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      Finished work today by 10:30 in the morning, but really, really exhausted (hard week). Laid down for a nap right after lunch and slept for 4 hours! Not good for getting things done. But did manage to put together a Thrive Market order, hoping what I ordered will last 3-4 months. I get my oils and fats from them, because those are really hard to produce unless you have enough land for animals. Ordered coconut oil, ghee, olive oil, sesame oil and a bunch of other stuff that doesn’t have to be refrigerated.

    • #4656
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      I don’t have a basement so my food preps are everywhere in the house it seems like.  I took over a closet and made shelves in it.  Today I was still working on putting everything on index cards and where it is.  Doing that a space at a time.

      Did I mentioned I filled the car with gas yesterday?  ALso did laundry today- doing a little each day to keep it up all the time.  Bought Selco’s book and started reading it.  Thank you , Selco and Daisy.

    • #4657
      Skypony
      Participant

      A list kind of a day. Started the list at lunch. What I’m going to attempt growing next year, what I have to do to the soil to get it in shape, first aid kits, the one in the car the one in the bathroom, what’s left of the horses one, seems they’re scattered in too many places. Round them up central location, and see what’s lacking. See what’s lacking in the pantry, going to Sam’s on Monday, need a list. Right now making some tea, slippers on, list book on top of Vermont Country store catalog, that’s what I’m doing next.

    • #4658
      Skypony
      Participant

      Just ordered Selco’s latest book.

    • #4659
      rd Lucai
      Participant

      Picked up Elderberry syrup.

    • #4660
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      November 16 – Today I did lots of cleaning and camouflaged extra food we have in the house.

    • #4664
      Prepperfan305
      Participant

      Friday: I made bread and murdered a couple more pumpkins for purée. I started going though my kitchen pretty hard to get rid of stuff that I don’t use and is just taking up space. I obviously won’t get rid of my manual utinsels, but I have more kitchen knives than I can store in a drawer so some have to go.

      I sold an old dresser for a pretty penny, which will be used to fill the holes that have happened to my food storage this last month.

      Laundry is caught up, House is “clean” as it can be with 3 kids, sheets and blankets are all clean and ready for anything. My 5 year old is dying to get snow here and it hasn’t happened yet. Send some this way! 😉

      Gathered up the trimmed branches from my grandpa’s yard, cut them to the size of my fireplace, and set them out to dry for a year. You can never have to much kindling, my grandpa says.

      Hopefully Saturday is as productive.

    • #4693
      Jessee Jones
      Participant

      The 15th I really learned a lesson. My husband always took care of the secondary heating. He passed away July 1. I didn’t think about it. The electric went off during an ice storm and was off for almost 24 hours. It really got cold during that time in the house and concerned me for the plumbing. I had oil lamps and candles, blankets, and food which I could eat but no other heat source. So… Monday, the man is coming to install a propane wall heater which will keep my home (and me) warm and keep the pipes from freezing. Hard (and sad) lesson but a valuable one. Yesterday, I spent the day figuring out about the heat source for this home and the home that I am moving into in the near future. Have two heat sources figured for both. Would be a shame to have all of my other preps taken care of but freeze to death because I have electric heat.

    • #4694
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      This morning I recharged my 3 old Goal Zero Lighthouse lanterns that I got years ago during an “open box” sale, and which are still going strong! I also checked my supply of alkaline batteries to see how many I have left and when they expire. I’m hoping to find some good sale prices on rechargeable batteries so I can gradually replace the alkalines.  If anyone has recommendations on the best place(s) to buy rechargeable batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt equivalents), I’d love to hear them  🙂

    • #4695
      Lee’s homestead
      Participant

      Yesterday Friday the 16th I started cleaning the freezer. I got through two baskets pulled out a container of veggies and some hamburger because of date

       

    • #4696
      Anonymous

      My husband is on vacation til after thanksgiving so my online will be hit and miss til then so I’m posting now for all of it.

      I will be doing some bulk cooking, starting with pancakes today.  Maybe some quick breads, banana and applesauce types.  I have several squash that will be cooked or canned, maybe dehydrated.

      I have homeschool paperwork to get to and general paperwork that I have been ignoring.  Filing and upkeep are not my strong suits.

      Keeping an eye on my plants outside and a few houseplants inside that I’m trying to revive since the mother plant ended up dying off recently.

      I have several inventory list I have to make and update.

      I also got my crafts to keep up with.  I’m about done with my beading and just started a cowl that will hopefully be done by the end of this month.  I also want to make some mittens and maybe a thick hand muff for my daughter since blue finger tips do not look good on her (she is tiny as a rail and doesn’t wear cold well at all).

    • #4697
      grannyj smith
      Participant

      I think I have not posted in a day or so because I have not done anything.  I am feeling so bad with coughing and being cold despite the heat being on.  I have to get over this soon for there are family coming for Thanksgiving.  Just want to climb in bed and pull the cover over my head and sleep.

    • #4698
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Couple of days ago i got my pantry planner out. Today have spend taking inventory. Hopefully I can finish that tomorrow. Forgot how much good stuff I have canned: today I made curried cauliflower soup with some bread. It is chilly so nice to have soup.

    • #4699
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      Hi grannyj smith, I hope you’ll be feeling better soon!

    • #4701

      Made dog food. (Leavings fron lardmaking)Ordered xtra battery for baofeng and antenna too. Canning broth and soaking beans for pork and bean canning marathon tomorrow

    • #4703
      Daisy
      Keymaster

      @thepaddedcell – fantastic name! 🙂  What’s your dog food recipe? We do homemade dog food too.

    • #4705
      Jade Jasmine
      Participant

      I added 20 cans of tuna ($.49 a piece!), 20 cans of smoked ham (got these for a buck a piece at the grocery salvage today, they are normally $2.59 a can at Kroger!), 10 cans of mackerel to the food storage today. I canned 7 quarts of chili beans, 14 pints of speckle butter beans this morning. We save our dryer lint, burnt out candles, and egg cartons to make fire starters, got 24 done today while waiting on the canner to cool off. Vacuum sealed 20 pounds of jasmine rice and 10 pounds of oats.

      It was a busy morning.

    • #4710
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      Watched a new video course on how to knit. I did a bit of knitting several years ago so have some needles and thread already on hand. The video served as a refresher in getting started again. I’m thinking to make spare mittens and hats in a variety of sizes for storage and possible gifting when things might be more challenging than they are today. Plus, it will give me something productive to do as my declining physical strength means more frequent rest periods. Still stewing a bit over what to do about “sick” generator. I have gas heat and a gas grill. During a short-term electrical outage, I have oil lanterns, flashlights, candles, etc. Using my mobile phone and computer can be done through my car charging device and I have a small solar panel thingy I bought; I just need to figure out how to use….bottom-line, I think I’ve decided to just let the generator question float for a while and hope for no major, long-term outages for a period of time.

    • #4712
      corsaire
      Participant

      Made my thrift store rounds, and added a decent rain poncho to my prep list. Will probably pick up another P100 cartridge set for my mask.

    • #4715
      L8bloomer
      Participant

      Cleaned out the medicine cabinet and the cabinet in the master bathroom.  My intention is to clean out one cabinet/draw a day.  Finally finished wrapping the fig trees, they now have both chicken wire and plastic around.  Good thing since we had our first snow this week.  Trying to eat from the freezer, I have to defrost one and I only want to have to put a little bit in the snow come Jan.  Not too much this week, alot of extra time at work.

    • #4716
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      I bought Selco’s book yesterday evening and read till very late and got up and read the rest of it today. Thank you for sharing, Selco.  Very valuable lessons in that book.

      Also I fixed my oven that wouldn’t light by cleaning the thermocouple.  I didn’t know I needed to clean it- am I the only one who didn’t know that?  I do better with low tech than with machines and such.

    • #4718
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      Whew….miss a day on this thread and it takes a while to catch up.  🙂   Y’all are doing soooo much towards prepping!  { thumbs-up }

      Yesterday [Friday] I woke up feeling awful.  Not microbe-sick but high fatigue and the back strain was screaming.  Dunno why….but you play the cards you’re dealt.  Mostly in bed.  Helped a bit with laundry in the evening when the “awful” was receding.  I did read several interesting articles on declutter/organize.  Nothing particularly new but for motivation.  Cleared a little more of the stuff in bags/suitcase from staying with elderlies.  Planning in my head which part of the process of declutter is reasonable to begin first…second…

      Since my one comfortable chair was now clear this morning [Sat], I finally sat to peel those WRINKLED taters and will boil them …later.  Soaking in cold water.  DH has to run in town for our elderlies again today.  They have an urgent need both yesterday and today.  Hopefully that will taper off soon….for their sake as well as ours.  But that’s what we’re currently here for…

      Being older…and with some disability…is annoying enough when one likes to get things accomplished.  But then to crater-out with fatigue+injury….hmph!  I NEED to accomplish something visible….soooon!  Anyone else relate to that?

      OldMtWoman gettin’ antsy!

    • #4719
      Anonymous

      Went through our tiny pantry to see what is there and check dates.  Got grand kids heading our way and we will know what they might like that we have on hand.

      Will type up the list and post on inside of door and mark off as we subtract or add to it.

    • #4725
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11/17/2018  My sister called with great news – she found some elderberry bare roots and the seed company will actually ship to Arizona.  I wanted to plant NOW in my indoor garden (with the grow lights) but the company refuses to ship until February.  My sister is mailing me a box of dried comfrey leaves – WAHOO!  Something ate the roots of my last surviving comfrey plant; our heat is brutal and I baby any plant I can get to grow.  I hear many people consider this a weed; I should be so lucky.  I think of putting up another indoor garden box set up and strictly growing comfrey in it.  My son requested some homemade lavender salve and is willing to wait for it since I used up the rest of my lavender oil in the comfrey salve.  Went outside to harvest some more lavender flowers and noticed a bunch of baby lavender plants growing all around.  Transplanted them in my fish aquarium grow box to keep them safe.  I love free things.  Harvested around 40 aloe vera stems and will let the aloin drain overnight.  First batch of Yerba Manza is dry and I picked a second batch for the dehydrator.

    • #4729
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      I made more soup for the freezer, stocked up on vegetables and water. Researched more meals to can.

    • #4730
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      @OldMt Woman – you are actually an inspiration! I should do as well.

      Actually, I am really grateful for all of the postings here – have learned a lot.

      Shopped today and stocked up on lots of lentils, black beans and navy beans – cooking black beans in the pressure cooker right now. Starting motherwort and skullcap tinctures (sleep and nerve aids). New St. John’s wort tincture will be ready soon – it’s not just for depression, but really helped me with healing after surgery recently. If the depression is due to constant physical fatigue or the body needing to heal, it can lift depression very, very quickly if used in larger amounts for just a few days (1-2 dropperfuls every 2 hours or so until you feel the depression is gone. Then stop and just get plenty of rest, eat right, and move).

      Finally got a really good pair of winter boots that I hope last a decade or more.

      Planning to read Selco’s book tonight.

    • #4731
      Peppy P
      Participant

      OldMtnWoman..yes I can so relate.  I have to see progress.  Some days I can work all day and yet still feel like I did nothing because I can’t see a visible difference.

      We dug a hole and poured concrete for a new mailbox.   Dug some blackberry canes for transplant.  The crockpot did the cooking today – black beans.

    • #4732
      Lee’s homestead
      Participant

      Saturday November 17, canned food day.  We try and use our items at least once a month. Still haven’t worked with our very long term storage (20 year #10 cans).

      Breakfast; corn beef hash with diced potatoes, spam, eggs (from our girls), and frozen hash browns.

      Lunch; beef sausage, pineapple, crackers, cheese.

      Dinner; canned whole chicken, potatoes (my first attempt at canned potatoes), and asparagus.

      Not 100% all from the pantry but most. The whole chicken was very salty but could be a great start for making a soup.

    • #4733

      Lunch was leftovers, as was dinner. Husband raked up a full yard waste bin of leaves. I got the sheets changed and put the winter blanket on the bed. We added canned soup (10), canned chili (3), 2 bottles of bleach, 1 jug of laundry detergent, and 4 bottles of juice to our food storage. Gassed up the car, which goes in next week for it’s oil change. Looked at the advance Sunday paper but no coupons – probably because of the holiday. Will start looking at the last minute grocery sales so we can add some things cheaper than usual.

    • #4734
      Skypony
      Participant

      End of a long busy work week, got a couple holiday items from work before they’re gone and some candles, dinner from the pantry, Finish up knitting a scarf tonight, wasn’t going to make any for Christmas, but was wearing one today and a friend commented, I’ll make one for her. She still wears one I gave her a few Christmases ago. Busy weekend of stuff to do tomorrow, so relax tonight , slippers, warm sake and finish a scarf.

    • #4735
      rd Lucai
      Participant

      Made money from my home-based business by vending at our local farmers market. Added winter items, matches, handwarmers and hot chocolate to our vending crate as we will be outside for the next 5 weekends. Filled the car. Picked up needed items from the store to get us to Monday.

    • #4736
      Shannon Morris
      Participant

      I worked on a quilt I’m making for my daughter. It’s also great therapy for me.

    • #4737
      Red Carnation
      Participant

      11/17/2018 My friend and I took an hour-long walk together; I purchased cacao on sale.  It’s a delicious way to have your hot chocolate without chemicals or sugar.

    • #4739
      Old Ski Bum
      Participant

      Drove 180 miles to my sisters house in Canada to celebrate her birthday.  On the way on the back roads my car announced that one of the tires was low on air.  Just had the winter tires put on yesterday.  I figured that is was something minor, which it was, but couldn’t help but think what I would do if it was a true mechanical problem.  The spare is one of those tiny tires to get you to the next service station, only in this case the next station was a long, long way away!!  Made it safely there and will head back home tomorrow.

      Very glad that I refreshed the emergency pack in the car last week.  I had food, water and warm clothing if I had to hang out on the road for any length of time.

    • #4740
      Lee’s homestead
      Participant

      Lights out.

      Whoever came home to the lights out?  I have!

      We have motion activated battery operated light through out the house. First thing I did was switch on the one in the dinning room. Next was to light the lamp. Oops lamp fail the wick wouldn’t move up to light.

      This prepping is helping me realize I’m preparing but don’t have things dialed in.

    • #4744
      Lilac5 farm
      Participant

      Yesterday we picked up 36 boxes of meat from the 2 steers we had butchered. Had to weigh each package and then fill and deliver orders.  We also donated several hundred pounds to area food pantries. Cold, tiring job but worth it. The profits will help us feed the herd for the winter.  Today is family time.  We have a membership at a museum in the city which expires on Friday.  Going to lunch with son’s family after church then to the museum to see the Christmas display.

    • #4746
      Loving Life
      Participant

      @OldMtWoman . Feel better and keep going.  Slow and steady wins the race.   Have the battle is the good attitude and you certainly have it.

      On Saturday, I finished inventorying and organizing my medical preps. I have a first aid kit (including super glue, quikclot, and a small trauma kit)  on each floor of the floor of the house.   I have a huge wish list of items to acquire.

      This Sunday morning, I practiced my snow shoeing.  I am putting cross country skis on my list.  I have seen them at the thrift store.  I will research a bit more and pick up a serviceable set.

      After reading the posts about lights/power out, I double checked my flaslights and lanterns to ensure that with lights out they  are accessible in all parts of the house.  I added one lantern to the basement walkout sliding doors.  I enjoy reading the posts; they are also very useful.

       

    • #4748
      Amy Dixon
      Participant

      This morning I signed up for Carolyn Thomas’ online bread making course.  I’ve watched about half of the video lessons so far and have downloaded her e-book and the course materials.  I’m looking forward to trying out the techniques demonstrated in the course, particularly the method of sprouting wheat berries to neutralize the Phytic Acid before grinding the berries into flour.

    • #4758
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      Not sure if my post went through….but just in case it didn’t, going to do a power outage run through today to see what gaps might exist in my lighting. Also, plan to go through my bug out bag I keep in the car as it’s been a while.

    • #4760
      rd Lucai
      Participant

      <p style=”text-align: left;”>We have friends that lost everything in the fires in California. We are looking at different evacuation plans based on how much time we have to get out. He told us he had no warning, the ash and black smoke on his doorstep was his clue to run! Right this minute, I could not evacuate with everything I deem essential because the transmission of our 97 Dodge Ram Dually with 5.9 Cummins Diesel with 120 gallon tank on board just died. In  good working condition, we can travel half way across the country without stopping for gas. To do it right, we need $5000.00 to fix it. I don’t have that kind of money laying around. I am safe in my home, but this latest tragedy for our friends has brought home how quickly things change. I’m trying not to stress about the truck because it is a big part of our bug out plan, but it certainly weighs on my mind. We have lists of what to grab if we have 5 min, 15 min, 30 min, 1 hour. No matter how much time I have, with the current vehicle, I couldn’t even take all the people. I’ve watched YouTube videos and changed the starter and heater fan in my vehicles, but this is beyond my scope of expertise.</p>

    • #4761
      Xant Dewit
      Participant

      Today I continued with my food storage. I’m shocked how much I forgot I had… I need to use more jars as of now. Admiting that I have been adding and adding because I have gone to a personal shtf situation for years. I struggled with my finances. But now I’m debt free found a good job which will turn into full time position as of the beginnings of 2019. I’m good. Financially and now I found out pantry wiise too. Just have to ignore teenage nagging when I open another jar of home made jam. Lol.

    • #4767
      Jade Jasmine
      Participant

      Working on restocking the freezer with dinner rolls, sandwich bread, and hoagie rolls. Have two bread machines going and hand working a loaf or two while I’m waiting on those. We’ll bake them to about half done and then put them in the freezer for a bread we can throw in the oven for quick additions to meals without having to wait 3+ hours for homemade bread. Cleaned out the fridge and reorganized. Took inventory of powdered dehydrated stuff, found two half gallon jars of milk and buttermilk powder that got shoved to the back of the pantry still vacuum sealed. Hope everyone is having a great day!

    • #4769
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      Thanks HieronymaT, PeppyP, LovinLife for kinds words.  Today I seem to be back on track for healing and it’s such a relief.  DH works today so I’ll be doing PM chores.  Woke to frosty fairyland this morning 🙂  and now the sun is out.

      OldSkiBum…that sounds like you were prepared for your road trip going bad…tho thankfully it wasn’t too bad.  THIS is why we are who we are!  Safer.  Calmer.  Ready…more than most folks, anyway!  😉  Also Lee’sHomestead with your lights-out.  These “dress rehearsals” are annoying but are so enlightening [no pun intended]. lol  In our arid climate, I can’t even put lamp oil into the lamps…it dehydrates to a sticky gum.

      Enjoying reading everyone’s adventures in prepping….and life.  RdLucai….your report is distressing tho.  In wildfire country…I hope you can get adequate transportation very soon.  🙁  We also have the LISTS that are according to how much TIME we estimate we have before we must leave.  People first.  Animals next if possible.  Business and I.D. type paperwork ALWAYS at-the-ready for a Rip-N-Run.  Glad your friends got out but their lives will be so very tough while they reestablish everything! Ach..these wildfires! 🙁

      OldMtWoman

    • #4771
      corsaire
      Participant

      Today I learned how to use a signaling mirror/mirror for signaling.

    • #4797

      Wrote down recipes from budget101.com in between marathon canning. Made soft fat lard,3 qts so far.

    • #4802
      Dala Barnes
      Participant

      I have CRS (can’t remember stuff) so I cannot remember if I posted yesterday LOL. I made my homemade meatballs yesterday. Today I finished some sewn rabbits for my sister’s gift.

    • #4804
      Anonymous

      My wife and I went on a mini hike   only 2 miles but with a bad knee…pretty good.  Keep trying to get some walking in as I can.

      Purchased Selco’s book and have been reading it.

       

       

       

    • #4805
      Old Ski Bum
      Participant

      Made it back safely from my excursion to Canada.  Put extra air in the suspect tire and the low air alarm still went off about 50 miles down the road.  Still, no emergency.  On the way home stopped at a hardware store and picked up some Stabile for my stored gasoline and some Sea Foam to help clean the motors on the outdoor tools.  Also got an email from the manufacturer of my favorite CCW that it was being recalled for a safety issue.  The email was supposed to have a Fed Ex label  attached so I could mail the gun back postage free.  I didn’t see it so now I have to do battle to get the free shipping for the gun!!

    • #4806
      Peppy P
      Participant

      The wildfires have reminded us to revisit our plans.   We live at the tail end of a road – one way in/one way out.  If the road is blocked our only option is to take the lake.

      I put the blackberry canes I dug up yesterday into pots until we can get a spot ready for them.   The dog and I found a beauty berry growing on the edge of our leech field this morning.  It has the prettiest bright purple berries.

      Made bread and tried a new granola recipe.  Will not make it again.

    • #4807
      Hieronyma Textor
      Participant

      Daughter and I started a list of things for our go bags, especially after reading about the fires in California. That’s not our particular danger, but we’re starting a plan with the goal of being able to leave with not much more than 30 seconds notice.

    • #4808
      Nw Prepr015
      Participant

      Yesterday I finally got around to building my small container garden. I was able to use some water I collected and supplies I had been accumulating little by little. I live in Florida so this is actually a great time to plant as we have warmth mostly every day even in winter and spring. I cleaned my back porch which was a big job considering I had to keep an eye on the little ones while I did it. I realized that I am really out of shape! Yikes, a few hours in the garden and I feel like I did cross fit yesterday. So that really proved to me that I need to make an exercise plan and stick to it. Today, I picked up a few items for my stockpile and I cleaned out my sons room and got rid of four bags of toys, to the thrift store they go. My daughters room and my room are next. I just can’t figure out how I continue to accumulate stuff when I am constantly cleaning out rooms, drawers and closets.

    • #4810
      Flamingolady
      Participant

      I caught up on the dishes and laundry. We celebrated our son in law’s 50th birthday which was a fun afternoon. Was given a gift card and plan to go to Dollar Tree and stock up supplies. Finished my draft snakes for the exterior doors and vacuum sealed the remaining rice.

    • #4811
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      Finally got my energy directed at making a double batch of homemade laundry soap.  We’d used it down to the last.  Should have done it when I could have door open…well, I still opened the door but it was a LOT warmer this afternoon.  Do not like the smell of Fels Napha when I grate it.  Whew!  I use: One cup each of OxiClean, Borax, Washing Soda, and Biz.  Plus a grated bar of any laundry soap […could use Ivory].  I sometimes double the washing soda.  I use my grain grinder’s veggie slice/grate option to grate the laundry soap.  Fast and easy.

      I put all the ingredients separately into the juice bottles when I buy them, so nothing gets accidentally wet.  I also store in the juice bottles when I mix them together as laundry soap.  [We’ve had flooding in our basement area too many times to chance my supply]

      OldMtWoman ….done for today!

    • #4812

      Another mildly productive day. Husband got two of the benches (HIS territory) in the garage cleaned off. (There was actually a counter top under there! I thought all that stuff was levitating!) Food storage is almost completed. I’ve started a printed list of each category/each item/ and quantity. Actually found some things that would expire before Feb. 2019 so made up two bags for the food bank. Caught up on laundry, vacuumed the house again, got 4 Christmas cards made. Worked on the middle granddaughter’s Christmas present. Got the pantry in the kitchen and two other cabinets emptied and sorted. Brought up toilet paper, tissues, and trash bags from storage. Picked up two Sunday papers – already cut out the grocery coupons, sorted out what we will use and the rest are ready to be sent on to others who will use them.

      If anyone has elderly friends or relatives please, please talk to them about their lives & experiences. Tape record the conversations, use your phone or whatever you have. We didn’t do this before my Father died, now it is my Mother who has dementia, she can no longer talk. Does your family have many photographs? Sit down with your relatives and mark who everyone in the picture is! I did not do this either and now I have a storage tub full of pictures from the late 1800s and early 1900s. I have no idea who 80% of these people are and no way to find out.

    • #4813
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      Went to church this morning and worked on paperwork in the afternoon.

    • #4814
      zed tuntematon
      Participant

      Well, here we are on Sunday again.  Where did the week go?  I haven’t posted to this blog since Monday the 12th!  Well, here we go.  On Tuesday (13th) I gathered up some firewood.  It’s not cut into usable pieces yet.  On Wednesday (14th) I inventoried my supply of water preps and compared it to my list of water prep requirements.  Let’s just say I need to obtain more that just a few items to get to where my checklist says I should be.  On Thursday (15th) I gathered information off the internet on medical supplies.  I know I have a long way to go to get prepped there.  Friday (16) I distilled the information I gathered on Thursday regarding medical and first aid supplies into a rough checklist.  I was correct in my assessment that I have a long way to go to get ready for medical emergencies.  Saturday (17th) was the day I bought a copy of all of Selco’s books.  I have some extended and detailed blog posts from Selco from years ago when he first started sharing his experiences.  I wanted to have all his inputs compiled in one place.  Today, Sunday (18th) I am again taking a break from physical and knowledge based preparations to replenish my spiritual condition.

    • #4819
      bunnymccoy
      Participant

      11/18/2018 When you look at it the everyday chores of life <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>IS</span> prepping.  When you cook, clean, do dishes, do laundry you are staying one day ahead of SHTF.  Afterwards who wants to deal with a dirty house or a mountain of laundry when things are more difficult to accomplish.  That being said – I made HOOCH for the holidays and then made my first batch of witches yeast (made from potatoes) and once ready I will experiment using it as a yeast replacement in my existing breading recipes.  I cut up and processed the drained aloe vera; some into juice for the freezer but most of it went into the dehydrator.

    • #4822
      Rosebud
      Participant

      I sit in front of a computer every day for work and I don’t like to do it on the weekend, so I will post everything for the weekend.  First off, I want to say how VERY GLAD we are that we moved out of California last year.  After becoming preppers, my husband and I realized that Southern California was the absolute worst place to be in a SHTF scenario, so we left.  One daughter is still there, so we are hoping that she will come to that same understanding before it is too late.  But until she does, we will maintain a place for her to evacuate to…

      We were busy this weekend.  I think because we are so anxious to get a lot of things done before winter hits.  On Friday, we bought another load of wood.  I have no idea how much wood we will use over the winter and I want to make sure we have enough.  Then on Saturday, I cleaned out the floor of the chicken coop.  I spread the wood shavings and stuff on the site where we want to put the garden next year to beef up the soil.  We are putting a sod roof on the chicken coop (it is straw now, sod to come) and have a water barrel to catch water for them.  It is not clean water (because it is running through decomposing straw) and I researched how to filter the water.  I am ordering activated charcoal to make a simple filter.  Then I made a batch of apple cider vinegar (the first time) and two batches of soap (not the first time).  My husband organize some of his tools in the garage so we can park my vehicle inside during the winter and then finished putting up the backer board for the tile behind the wood stove.

      On Sunday after church, we laid most of the tile on the backer board.  I can’t wait until we put in the stove!  I am so looking forward to wood heat instead of electric.

      I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving and being able to see our daughter for a few days.  I would like her to help me inventory our medical supplies and put together the first aid kits, but she is bring her boyfriend and due to opsec, I don’t want him to know what we have and where it is.  So that task will have to wait for another time…

    • #4831
      Coffee girl
      Participant

      11/17 and 11/18  Wow!  Everyone has been super busy.  I’ve been cleaning and de-cluttering.  I have donated clothes and excess housewares and bric-a-brac to the Salvation Army’s drive for the homeless.  I appreciate the fact that they use the money from what they sell to buy food and warm clothes for them.  I need to get my house in shape for Thanksgiving dinner.  Baking starts tomorrow.  Today (11/19) it is to the market for a couple of things and to take a friend who doesn’t drive.  She is hosting a dinner for her friends who have no family to go to.  It usually ends up being about 20 people.  I am happy to be able to provide her with home grown pumpkin and eggs.  I put up my dehydrator until after Christmas now, unless an amazing sale comes up.  I am going to take advantage of the low sweet potato prices and can some and freeze some.  Mine didn’t do well this year…..too wet.

      It’s not much for prepping, but every little bit helps.

       

    • #4832
      Lynn McCartney
      Participant

      It was a very busy weekend – I batch cooked all my food from scratch on Saturday and Sunday.  I made another batch of toothpaste over the weekend.  This morning I made a batch of bathroom cleaner, some tub and tile scrub and a rosewater facial toner!  I also downloaded some more prepare information to review over the holiday weekend.

    • #4838
      RufusJ
      Participant

      I missed posting yesterday. 🙁 Most of the day was spent with family, watching Christmas movies and eating homemade brownies. DD passed on some info that may affect our BOL plans. Read a few articles on food storage… and that’s about it. Yesterday was a slow day for prepping here.

    • #4841

      <span style=”font-size: 100%;”>Its been a whole week since I posted! 😲 I’m not doing well on keeping my log of activity up because I’ve been busy with my actual activity!  Last weekend I finished updating our emergency binder. I repacked 72-hour bags and managed to get 36 pints of ground turkey added to my food supply.  It looks to me that we are right on track to have my one year supply caught back up and ready to go again by December 31 again this year! Woohoo for small victories!! I finished last week with 2/4 sisters crochet Christmas presents done. I’m counting that as a prep since it’s scarfs, mittens, and ear warmers (as opposed to hats). Technically, crochet is a skill I’m trying to perfect 😁 This week, all week, we are building another set of raised garden beds. Because we are taking Thursday off (that day I’m adding quarts of bone both to my food storage) we should have another 60 square feet for growing purposes!!! I’m very excited for that! 🥦🥒🥕🍅❤️</span>

    • #4843
      Anonymous

      My goal this week is finalizing a capsule wardrobe that will work for our current living situation (full-time RV living) and when the SHTF. I am hoping to get down to less than 50 pieces which includes shoes/snow boots, socks, unders,  jacket/coat, gloves and warm scarves. Oh, and a couple pairs of earrings 🙂 Then I’ll re-access and see if I can reduce things further. My DH, who has always lived very minimally, laughs at me and says, “Your’e such a girl!” True enough.

      If anyone else has done a capsule wardrobe, I’d love to have your input!

    • #4847
      corsaire
      Participant

      Took advantage of the thanksgiving sales and purchased some canned goods

      If anyone is interested in emergency food supply Woot  is having a sale on Patriot Pantry 1 week food supply in an plastic  ammo can.

      I am waiting on a small LED lenser or Nitecore flashlight. I have a larger LED lenser and the $60 I paid for it was worth every penny.

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    • #4848
      Muffy1938
      Participant

      Another gray rainy day but sunshine probable tomorrow! I didn’t get the car emergency bag looked at as planned so that is at top of my list for today. My neighbor is taking a look at the sick generator, doing a bit of troubleshooting….battery is strong, oil has been changed recently. He thinks problem may be in starter button. I’m leaning toward a new spark plug. He did get my rain barrel moved so will be more convenient for small garden I’m thinking about for next year. So excited that the celery stalk base I cut off and put in water is now pushing up new growth. Not sure what to do next but I think maybe planting in potting soil? Watched a youtube video on how to regrow things we purchase at grocery store and he didn’t say what to do next. All part of my inside winter gardening effort. I think I’m in good shape for lighting needs in case of a temporary electrical power outage…sufficient number of candles, flashlights and oil lanterns. Fortunately, in a truly severe longterm emergency, I do have family within walking distance of my rural home. Son is a bit of a prepper also, so I think we’ll be just fine. We’re from old stock, our family settled in this area back in early 1800’s so we are really at home with the old country ways….our rural area didn’t get electricity until 1940s via the TVA dam projects. My how times have changed but we are passing on knowledge of the old ways to our young. Who knows what kind of world my grandchildren will experience? But they definitely ARE NOT SNOWFLAKES. 🙂

    • #4853