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A.N.T.S. • Re: DNA Test Kits

October 16, 2017 Cin 0

The companies also assured people getting DNA tests done that they would NOT use the information they gathered for medical purposes. REALLY? Because one of my relatives did get it done…and found out that our family doesn’t have the gene that marks…

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Type II Diabetes

October 14, 2017 Cin 0

Here is a guide about Intermittent Fasting that might be useful:https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide#section1I am a healthy 60 year old, but am very interested in this topic as I have a family history of Type ll Diabetes. I…

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BOL’s and Retreats • Re: You Have Just Finished a Remote BOL…

September 30, 2017 Cin 0

The three things needed to survive:

Water: Bring in plastic water tanks in cages…just because you never know if the well will go out or the creek might dry up for a spell. Also have a few jugs sitting around in case those need filling, too. Might have to build a sled to haul it around to get water, though.

Shelter: If the house gets damaged, like a tree falls on it, have back up repair parts – sheets of plywood tucked away, some 2 X 4s, tarps, and the tools to go with that. If all else fails, a portable yurt or tent to live in while you make repairs.

Food: Storage containers that keep pests out. Use them for other than food, too. Pests like raccoons and possum can get into a lot of things, but make it as difficult as possible for them.

A burn barrel. Burn the trash in a controlled setting.

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General Canning Topics • Re: Older Home Canned Food

September 23, 2017 Cin 0

We ate home-canned chili with meat in it from 2009. Now, not saying I would do that all the time, but I found it in the back of the cupboard, we’d been working all day, I forgot to put out something for dinner, and it was there. Tasted good, but probably wasn’t the most nutritious meal anymore. Made killer chili cheese hot dogs with it. :)

In general, however, I make sure we eat our canned foods with meat in them within 2 years. I have no idea how this one jar got “lost” back there.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 23, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping today:

Restocked what we used

LTS:
2 cans Keystone meat
2 large cans Bush’s beans

For power outages this winter, I took a suggestion someone made on the Hurricane Irma thread and bought 1 one-gallon water jug with a spigot for the small bathroom, and 2 three gallon water jugs with spigots for the large bathroom and the kitchen. It will enable us to wash our hands as needed and have water on hand for other needs by the sinks (dishes, coffee, tea, ramen, etc).

Just goes to show, as long as we’ve been prepping, we still learn new things.

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Virginia Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Prepping Fatigue?

September 23, 2017 Cin 0

And it could be that a lot of us have prepped for years, and use this forum to give and take away ideas.

As for Husband and I, we moved to the BOL, spent a couple years wresting the shelter out of the woods, put in a good supply of wood for our cheap wood stove, got a garden started, built on extra room for storage, built some new cabinets for more storage, and just took care of making the BOL as work-free as possible, but at the same time, re-thinking some of our first ideas and changing things around for more convenience. I did a lot of prepping via yardsales, because we didn’t have a lot of money at the beginning, due to the building of the house. I recycled candles, bought used goods for pennies on the dollar, recycled yard sale fabric for family cloths, tote bags for tents, and even made items I sold to add more money for preps.

The lifepro tip is to prep with what you have now…and when you get a little money or are in a phase where you can upgrade, then do so.

We initially grew a big garden, gathered canning supplies, and canned what we couldn’t eat fresh. We also bought dry goods in bulk, tools to cook them with, and so on. I bought a lot of off-grid cooking tools at yard sales so I could cook without modern conveniences if necessary. I also practiced making stuff from scratch – bread, especially, but other things I didn’t know how to cook well.

Now, our garden is smaller, due to our traveling summer lifestyle, and rather than can, we started receiving a small monthly pension we forgot about, and we started upgrading some of the stuff we initially bought – a better stove, more freeze dried food, solar lights, and so on.

Prepping is still an everyday part of our lives, but we aren’t as frantic about it now – we have a good supply of what we need food-wise, our BOL is as prepped as we can make it as far as space, storage areas, and convenience, and now, we’re concentrating on the luxuries – checking out solar, working on getting the gennie rigged in a better place than it is now, building cat shelters for our outdoor mousers, considering a carport, and so on.

We just revamped a bathroom with more cabinets, solely to store more preps of the medicinal variety. We had plenty before, but I tossed a lot at the 10-year mark, and am rebuilding the supply again. It’s really nice to have a dedicated space for it.

When you think you’re done prepping, think outside the box – look around and see if you can make things easier, more convenient, or better in some way than they are now.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 18, 2017 Cin 0

Got my well-woman check at the doctor’s done for the year. All is well, except I still have poundage to lose (30 lbs lost, 10 to go).

Got the dog’s shots all done, rabies certificate, clean bill of health. If we decide to travel with him, he’s up-to-date now.

The contractor finished the bathroom remodel – took out the old pedestal sink and made a cabinet. It looks pretty spiffy, Husband is painting and putting on the drawer pulls. I also had cabinets put over the sink and the door up by the ceiling. They “disappear” and now I have storage! YAY! Bathroom things can be removed from my closet and stored in the bathroom now, leaving storage space in my closet.

I started cleaning the front porch for winter, putting the larger chairs and cushions away, and setting up the area where Husband will be building a small enclosure for the cats’ outdoor houses. Their houses are insulated and heated, but I want a long, open box to put the houses in so they can eat on top, where the dog can’t steal their food every time he comes onto the porch (which is multiple times a day).

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 16, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping and yardsale day.

Yardsales around here are getting really bleak. Old Christmas stuff, lots of useless glass/dishware, bedding and clothing that should be in the trash (stained, torn beyond repair, no buttons, badly pilled, worn thin, broken zippers), baskets, and many broken toys missing parts. That said…

An antique oil lamp – $15
A large jacket for my foster brother – $1
5 items 2T toddler winter clothing for grand-niece – $3

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
3 more cans Keystone meats (LTS)
6 cans of assorted freeze-dried food

Been a lot of tourists in our area recently, more so than usual since this is the end of tourist season here. I’m thinking we have some refugees from Texas.

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Harvey – Irma Survivers/ Preppers

September 16, 2017 Cin 0

Good idea. I have the big Aqua-tainers from WM, but the smaller gallon ones would be a better idea at the bathroom sinks. Another good idea is the wet-wipes, I use those for camping,but I guess I need to invest in some for home use during power outages.

Gunns wrote:
This is good information thanks folks.

I have two take aways.

1 – Get water dispensers by each sink. Good idea.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 9, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping and yard sales today:

Yard sales:
1 DVD – $1
2 circle knitting tools – $3.50
1 capiz shell star – FREE

Grocery shopping:

For the LTS:

2 cans Keystone meats (chicken and beef) – Walmart has started selling these!
2 cans tuna
2 cans baked beans
4 cans chunky soup
Bactricin ointment
2 cases of dog food (stocking up the winter supply)

Husband ordered 6 cans of freeze-dried refried beans from EE, they were on sale. Came in today.

Picked up another 24 ounce jar of local honey from a friend’s hive

In the FYI department – Our Walmart has created a little preparedness section – a small bucket of 55 meals advertised as a 48 hour food supply for 4 people…it contained pancake mix, oatmeal, mac and cheese, a rice dish, and I think some kind of meat dish – all freeze dried for $19.95 (didn’t buy it, don’t need it). The Keystone meats are new, too. This was all in the bulk foods/canned meats section of the store.

I bought an Ampad file binder to organize our manuals and warranties on various appliances. I’ve had them in a drawer, but it became a pile that was never cleaned out, found manuals for stuff we’ve not owned for years. Time to declutter and downsize it!

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Completely Un-Scientific Study…

September 9, 2017 Cin 0

Nothing unusual with Husband and I, except the last 3 days we’ve been waking up very early – 3AM for me, a little after for him.

The coyotes have been singing for several early mornings, again 3-4 AM. They sing about 2-3 times a week, but usually it’s late evening around 10 PM.

The neighbor’s dog, whose been very quiet at night since we started walking her 4 months ago, was quite agitated the last two nights and barked a lot more than usual all night.

My dog has been quiet, he got a shot and antibiotics for his itching/rash, and has finally been able to sleep through the night, so nothing going on there (he may be too tired, and now that he’s not stressed is catching up on sleep).

The other neighbors’ dogs have been particularly aggressive the last 3 days, rushing out into the road to challenge our dog as we walk – NOT USUAL for them. They generally bark wildly at us, but stay on their property.

Didn’t think to put any of it together.

BTW, an interesting aside. Occasionally, I’ll hear a low static-y noise that seems more…feeling…than actual hearing. I generally chalk it up to some type of electrical interference – testing of power lines, someone playing their bass too loud as they drive by, the echo of power boats speeding on the lake a mile away, or something like that. I’ve been hearing it off and on for about a week.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: I’m BAAACK!

September 7, 2017 Cin 0

Welcome back!

Tell your son to check out computer classes on line – MIT and Khan University are just two that have their classes in IT and computer tech online. You can take the classes for free, but if he chooses to get a grade or certification, you’ll have to pay. Just going through the curriculum for free is worth learning.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: I’m BAAACK!

September 7, 2017 Cin 0

Welcome back!

Tell your son to check out computer classes on line – MIT and Khan University are just two that have their classes in IT and computer tech online. You can take the classes for free, but if he chooses to get a grade or certification, you’ll have to pay. Just going through the curriculum for free is worth learning.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 5, 2017 Cin 0

D1RIVEN – good on losing the weight. It’s a hard thing, but it’s better in the long run.

I am also losing weight, but with the excitement around here, I got derailed for a few weeks and gained 5 pounds back. However, I’m back on track and only have a little more to go to hit my target. I’ve lost 27 pounds since February 25.

Husband and I went out today on a whim to look at campers…wrong day for that! Nobody was open for the holiday. :blush: but we stopped at a nearby marina for lunch, so I can’t complain.

I’ve been treating the dog for some itching issues, we’ve been bathing him regularly, dosing with Benedryl, and using ointment on the hot spots. Nothing is working, he’s miserable, so tomorrow we’re off to the vet. Need to update his rabies shot, too.

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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

September 3, 2017 Cin 0

I can only offer my condolences to Reb’s family.

We’re a tight-knit group here, it’s heartbreaking to “know” someone, even though we’ve never met, and then never get the chance to do so.

Rest with God, Reb. You were a good friend to us. :'(

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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

September 3, 2017 Cin 0

I can only offer my condolences to Reb’s family.

We’re a tight-knit group here, it’s heartbreaking to “know” someone, even though we’ve never met, and then never get the chance to do so.

Rest with God, Reb. You were a good friend to us. :'(

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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

September 3, 2017 Cin 0

I can only offer my condolences to Reb’s family.

We’re a tight-knit group here, it’s heartbreaking to “know” someone, even though we’ve never met, and then never get the chance to do so.

Rest with God, Reb. You were a good friend to us. :'(

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:53 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 3, 2017 Cin 0

Harvested the volunteer tomato bushes in the garden – probably a quart of tomatoes, which I skinned and froze for spaghetti or lasagne in the coming weeks.

Got more jalepenos and a poblano off the pepper plants and 1 cucumber off the half-dead plant. I’m surprised I’m getting anything, they were horribly neglected with all the drama around here the past few weeks.

I’m not sure if I succeeded, but I went out to the peach tree and discovered another broken branch. I brought it up, stuck it in a vase of water with a tiny bit of SuperThrive last week. The top leaves are dead, but the bottom of the branch has tiny roots..maybe 1/8 of an inch. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get another peach tree going.

The lemon tree is really growing – I planted ita couple years ago from the seed of a lemon I bought at Walmart. It’s now about a foot high.

I came home to some wrinkled limes, so I cut a few open and planted about 10 seeds. We’ll see what happens. I can’t leave it outside when it gets some growth, the 2 lime trees I had growing were eaten down to nothing the day I left them out to get full sun.

Husband ordered some freeze-dried food from Emergency Essentials – they’re having a 15% off sale.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 3, 2017 Cin 0

Harvested the volunteer tomato bushes in the garden – probably a quart of tomatoes, which I skinned and froze for spaghetti or lasagne in the coming weeks.

Got more jalepenos and a poblano off the pepper plants and 1 cucumber off the half-dead plant. I’m surprised I’m getting anything, they were horribly neglected with all the drama around here the past few weeks.

I’m not sure if I succeeded, but I went out to the peach tree and discovered another broken branch. I brought it up, stuck it in a vase of water with a tiny bit of SuperThrive last week. The top leaves are dead, but the bottom of the branch has tiny roots..maybe 1/8 of an inch. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get another peach tree going.

The lemon tree is really growing – I planted ita couple years ago from the seed of a lemon I bought at Walmart. It’s now about a foot high.

I came home to some wrinkled limes, so I cut a few open and planted about 10 seeds. We’ll see what happens. I can’t leave it outside when it gets some growth, the 2 lime trees I had growing were eaten down to nothing the day I left them out to get full sun.

Husband ordered some freeze-dried food from Emergency Essentials – they’re having a 15% off sale.

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Introduce Yourself • Re: New but slowly making progress

September 3, 2017 Cin 0

In addition to the canned goods (which I highly recommend), if you have a membership at Sam’s – get 100 pounds of rice (I think they’re only 25 pound bags now). 100 pounds of rice makes 240 one cup servings. So it’d last 40 days with your family of 6.

Get 50 pounds of beans, too, in whatever increment they sell them (10 pound bags?). 1 pound of beans yields 6 cups of cooked beans. So 50 pounds of beans is 50 days of food.

Granted, you may not eat rice and beans daily, but if you had to, you could.

If you do this once a month, in 6 months, you’ll have enough food for a year – it won’t be the best food, but it’ll sustain you for a while.

You might want to buy some other stuff, too – the big cans of hot chocolate mix, the sacks of flour (if you don’t grind your own), the 25 lb. bag of popcorn, which can also be ground down into corn meal. Stock up on some of Sam’s big containers of spices – Italian seasoning, steak rub and chicken rub.

You’re off to a good start because you’re here – don’t be afraid to ask questions.

As always, I recommend you go in Disaster Preparedness forum, and click on the General Preparedness Discussion and read the “What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?” threads – especially the ones from years ago. A lot of people posted what they stocked each week and there is some really good advice in there.

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Introduce Yourself • Re: New but slowly making progress

September 3, 2017 Cin 0

In addition to the canned goods (which I highly recommend), if you have a membership at Sam’s – get 100 pounds of rice (I think they’re only 25 pound bags now). 100 pounds of rice makes 240 one cup servings. So it’d last 40 days with your family of 6.

Get 50 pounds of beans, too, in whatever increment they sell them (10 pound bags?). 1 pound of beans yields 6 cups of cooked beans. So 50 pounds of beans is 50 days of food.

Granted, you may not eat rice and beans daily, but if you had to, you could.

If you do this once a month, in 6 months, you’ll have enough food for a year – it won’t be the best food, but it’ll sustain you for a while.

You might want to buy some other stuff, too – the big cans of hot chocolate mix, the sacks of flour (if you don’t grind your own), the 25 lb. bag of popcorn, which can also be ground down into corn meal. Stock up on some of Sam’s big containers of spices – Italian seasoning, steak rub and chicken rub.

You’re off to a good start because you’re here – don’t be afraid to ask questions.

As always, I recommend you go in Disaster Preparedness forum, and click on the General Preparedness Discussion and read the “What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?” threads – especially the ones from years ago. A lot of people posted what they stocked each week and there is some really good advice in there.

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General Preparedness Discussion • 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

September 2, 2017 Cin 0

Started the new thread.

Grocery shopping and yard sales yesterday.

Yard sales:

Hand drill – $6 (it was an antique in beautiful shape)

Grocery shopping:

Stocked up on what we used – we’ve had a busy 4 weeks with visiting kid and 2 family members in the hospital, so I’m just not up on what I need to keep track of right now. Getting back into the groove, though.

Also – 3 extra Lifestraws – one for each car – arrived in the mail.

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Natural Disasters • Re: Gulf Coast Hurricane

August 28, 2017 Cin 0

The kid who lives in Houston evacuated 2 days ago. Had a GOOD bag in the car already, just needed to scoop up some mementos and precious things, and then left.

The kid is staying with friends some 40 miles northwest. Those who stayed have been sending photos – the apartment complex has water from the bayou lapping at the sidewalks now. Businesses across the street are underwater, only the roofs are showing.

A friend posted this:

For my non-Houston friends- to help you understand the devastation: Houston is huge. The greater metropolitan area is circled by the Grand Parkway – which is 170 miles long. That makes the area of the circle inside the Grand Parkway over 2200 sq. miles.

2200 square miles of densely inhabited, urban and suburban, areas are flooded.

Imagine if the entire state of Delaware, with twice the population of Manhattan, was under water.

That’s Houston. It’s still raining.

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Natural Disasters • Re: Gulf Coast Hurricane

August 28, 2017 Cin 0

The kid who lives in Houston evacuated 2 days ago. Had a GOOD bag in the car already, just needed to scoop up some mementos and precious things, and then left.

The kid is staying with friends some 40 miles northwest. Those who stayed have been sending photos – the apartment complex has water from the bayou lapping at the sidewalks now. Businesses across the street are underwater, only the roofs are showing.

A friend posted this:

For my non-Houston friends- to help you understand the devastation: Houston is huge. The greater metropolitan area is circled by the Grand Parkway – which is 170 miles long. That makes the area of the circle inside the Grand Parkway over 2200 sq. miles.

2200 square miles of densely inhabited, urban and suburban, areas are flooded.

Imagine if the entire state of Delaware, with twice the population of Manhattan, was under water.

That’s Houston. It’s still raining.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 28, 2017 Cin 0

Well, Husband ended up in the hospital this week. Probably had a TIA mini-stroke, although no evidence if it was found via CAT scan, MRI and MRA. 2 stress tests, and chest X-ray were absolutely normal, too. So who knows? husband is perfectly fine now, and mowed the acreage today.

No preps were done during the last 4 weeks.

I did clean part of the kitchen, got some baking stuff into mason jars, and rearranged some cabinets. Also cleaned out the fridge and freezer, found all kinds of goodies that went into the compost heap.

I did make 3 quarts of chicken stock for future meals.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 28, 2017 Cin 0

Well, Husband ended up in the hospital this week. Probably had a TIA mini-stroke, although no evidence if it was found via CAT scan, MRI and MRA. 2 stress tests, and chest X-ray were absolutely normal, too. So who knows? husband is perfectly fine now, and mowed the acreage today.

No preps were done during the last 4 weeks.

I did clean part of the kitchen, got some baking stuff into mason jars, and rearranged some cabinets. Also cleaned out the fridge and freezer, found all kinds of goodies that went into the compost heap.

I did make 3 quarts of chicken stock for future meals.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:43 pm