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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: MARCH 2017 – What Did You do To Prep This Week/Month?

March 3, 2017 Cin 0

Grcoery shopping day and YAY! a garage sale!

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
2 very large turkeys at 68 cents a pound (originally $1.18 a pound)

Yard sale:

3 flannel baby blankets – 25 cents each (collecting for niece)

Husband has continued looking into our long term storage and winnowing out some of the older canned stuff. Nothing wrong with it, but it’s nutritional life is more than half over. It offered us food security when we needed it, but now we are replacing some of it with freeze-dried and a longer shelf life.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 18, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping today.

Restocked what we used.

Decided to start a bucket for a year’s worth of tea again.

Husband canned 10 half pints of bacon today. I got a pint of lard out of that. :)

Our weather has been improving into Spring very early…we’re seeing bees in our yard. And the birds flying north – Canada geese and ducks, plus the birds returning to our area. I am concerned…only because we had an early Spring a few years ago, and then a late ice storm hit and destroyed locally grown crops for the entire year.

Still de-cluttering, I worked on clearing out the fabric stash. The niece will be very happy to get some of it.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Tattler Lids Question

February 16, 2017 Cin 0

I’m pretty sure I did finger-tight – I do it with regular canning.

But maybe I got enthusiastic about what that means, since the little rubber rings were tricksy. :D (Obscure Lord Of The Rings reference)

Hmmm…

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General Family Preparedness • Tattler Lids Question

February 15, 2017 Cin 0

A couple years ago, I canned some stuff with the BRAND NEW Tattler lids and rings – the plastic lids with the rubber ring. At the time, the jars sealed, a definite indentation was seen. They don’t pop like a traditional lid, but the indentation from a sealed and an unsealed lid is pretty prominent.

Husband is decluttering the LTS, and he noticed some of the lids looked “funny.” The food inside looked normal. He brought all the stuff I canned with the Tattler lids into the kitchen, and it was a disaster. Only half of the lids of 24 jars were sealed. The rest were just “sitting” on top of the jars, with a smidge of mold on the rims of some of the jars under the lid.

FYI: The contents were applesauce and jelly. The lids were put in boiling water for a few secondss, as were the rings. The rims were wiped with a cloth with plain water first, and then with a different cloth with vinegar. The cloths were kept clean, if they got a little grungy, I got a new cloth. The filled jars were water bathed for whatever length of time the Ball Blue Book said. We had an empty jar nearby with a lid on it, so we could tell if the indentation happened. Each canned jar had a deeper indentation. We let them sit on the counter for 24 hours before moving them to the LTS.

I have bought Tattler lids every time there was a sale and I think I have enough to can 8 cases of 24…I haven’t even used them all yet!

Do Tattler lids and rings have a shelf life? What went wrong?

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Ladies Section • Re: Does Anyone Still Sew?

February 15, 2017 Cin 0

A niece has asked for some cloth sanitary pads. Has anyone else made these? I found some wonderful patterns all over the internet, so will be trying a few different sizes for her.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 14, 2017 Cin 0

The de-cluttering is on-going!

I’ve spent part of the day working on all the stuff in the bathroom cabinets. I bought 10 plastic shoe boxes to sort things. It’s amazing what one has when one goes looking – I think I have enough toothpaste and toothbrushes to last a couple years! The floss and flossers filled a whole box, too. I vaguely recall stocking up back a couple years ago, guess we don’t go through it as fast as I thought (well, in all fairness, I have a battery powered toothbrush, so rarely use a manual one).

I’m thinking some of the liquid meds have to go. I have stuff in the cabinet that I am sure is about 10 years old…I know many pill forms can last 20 years, but I’d think liquid like cough syrup and such would degrade.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 13, 2017 Cin 0

Husband and I went on an excursion – I needed some new shoes to keep my feet normal, now that my plantar faciitis is gone. The Sketchers Go-Walks have been instrumental in helping me have no discomfort at all. So, even though the pair I bought 3 years ago is still doing well, I bought two different pairs on sale at the local outlet. Husband decided to try some and found them to be the most comfortable shoes he’s ever worn, and they even had wide sizes! He now owns two pairs, too.

Although I can wear some cheap shoes for a little while without discomfort, I do not do it all the time. It is important to keep feet happy, which I found out the hard way. No more cheap shoes for me for long-term wear.

We decided we hated the hard-tack Husband made and after the experiment, it went into the compost heap. This was AFTER we’d soaked a piece overnight to see if it was more palatable. It was still hard, not hard as a rock, but still hard! Why ruin our teeth on that, when we have other foods available (including wild foraging). I guess in an extreme circumstance, I can see it as survival food, but for us, it’s a no-go.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 11, 2017 Cin 0

Me, not so much today, except small amounts of decluttering here and there. I think today is the first day I felt I’d thrown off the remnants of the flu we all caught 3 weeks ago.

Husband made hardtack and plans to vacuum seal it in jars, I think, after we sample it, of course. He also put the last bag of beans in mylar, oxygen absorber and DE buckets.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 11, 2017 Cin 0

Me, not so much today, except small amounts of decluttering here and there. I think today is the first day I felt I’d thrown off the remnants of the flu we all caught 3 weeks ago.

Husband made hardtack and plans to vacuum seal it in jars, I think, after we sample it, of course. He also put the last bag of beans in mylar, oxygen absorber and DE buckets.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 6, 2017 Cin 0

Yesterday I couldn’t log into APN, it wouldn’t accept my password. However, today is fine.

We did a Sam’s Club run yesterday. Stocked up on extra rice and beans, flour, dog food, cat food, gum, and honey (on sale). Stopped at the Asian market to stock up on rice noodles and spring roll wrappers. I only bought one bag of flour, I’m cautious now, since we had to toss the older stuff a few days ago.

Today, Husband and I processed everything. Used mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, and diatimaceous earth in the buckets for the rice, flour, and beans.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 4, 2017 Cin 0

We’re having a busy day at the homestead.

Husband has been cleaning the empty buckets all day – we discovered over the last few months that we’ve allowed 10 buckets to go empty! Some of them were filled with the old flour, but most of them were from other stuff. We have plans to replenish shortly.

I made 21 wool dryer balls. Also sewed 2 towel pillowcases and 14 flannel face cloths for one of the kids who requested them.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 4, 2017 Cin 0

OK, so because our garden didn’t produce well the last two years, Husband and I are re-thinking some of our food storage strategies.

One thing we’ve not paid close attention to was freeze-dried foods.

So we decided to order some samples. I was skeptical about the serving size, but we went with it.

I am amazed. We just ate one serving (1/4 cup) of freeze-dried green beans. I added butter and salt. Seriously, I thought it’d have that “canned” flavor, but we both believe it tastes fresher than the green beans we had for dinner last night that were frozen out of our own garden! and the serving size of 1/4 cup is a decent amount.

I’m sold.

I will continue to garden, can, and dehydrate. However, I am planning to have a year’s supply of freeze dried foods as part of the LTS.

BTW, we ordered from Emergency Essentials and we are only buying stuff as it goes on sale.

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Prepper Fiction • Re: Surviving the river

February 4, 2017 Cin 0

That was terrifying just to read!

The voice of experience came through with horrifying reality.

I’m GLAD you’re OK, Permafrost. Thank God.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 3, 2017 Cin 0

Husband and I are working in the LTS. I’ve had an LTS for the past 30 years, but we never lived anywhere we could really have more than about 6 months’ worth.

When we moved here we made a space and decided on one year of “neccessities”. I miscalculated some of it, mostly because it was the first time we’ve not had kids or extended family living with us, and I also was trying to stock basics listed on some of the prepper sites.

All that to say that we are tossing dribs and drabs of stuff dating back to 2009. We didn’t eat nearly the flour, commercially canned fruits, commercially canned soups, and commercially canned beans I thought we would. Part of the reason for tossing the flour is because I didn’t use mylar bags and oxygen absorbers because I thought we’d go through it quicker than we did. We haven’t lost much, but we’ve tossed enough that I can power down on the storage of some of these foods. BTW, it doesn’t go in the garbage, it goes in the compost heap or out in the woods for the wild animals. Nothing goes to waste.

The good news is, we go through the oatmeal, beans, rice, and noodles at a decent rate, so I’ve never had to worry about expiration on those. We’ve also made a decent dent in our home-canned goods, except the jellies (which I just give to my sister and niece). So those rotations are working out fine.

Even now, 8 years later, we’re still learning. But as Husband says, it really wasn’t a waste, because we had food security when we needed it. Now we can concentrate more on our changed diet, and stock more of those things we eat routinely.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JANUARY 2017 – What did you do to prep this week/month?

January 31, 2017 Cin 0

Went to town and bought a really nice, used Jeep stroller for the niece for $10. Niece saw it advertised on our local swap Facebook page and asked me to pick it up.

While we were in town, we got an oil change on the new-to-us Honda Pilot we bought last year.

Got our taxes done. Husband used to do them, but we prefer the accountant now because he’s up on the latest tax issues.

And today, we finally cut the cord…to satellite TV. Husband has decided to use the money to invest in some of the freeze dried foods, we’ve never used that resource before. Emergency Essentials has sales each month on stuff, and so he bought a few things to try out.

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General Preparedness Discussion • An already prepped house for auction

January 29, 2017 Cin 0

We talked about setting up a BOL and I had mentioned that if you can’t or don’t have time for it and had some money, to go buy another prepper’s set up when they got old, tired, or sick of prepping.

Take a look at this – It is gorgeous…

http://utahcliffhouse.com/

If any of you decides to put in a sealed bid and you win…I expect an invitation to come visit. :D

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JANUARY 2017 – What did you do to prep this week/month?

January 27, 2017 Cin 0

Today was grocery shopping day.

We re-stocked what we used, and we also spent some money on some ingredients to make some other dishes both Husband and I want to try.

Now that Husband and I are not working so hard on the property, we actually have some free days to do other things. I have decided that once a week that we will be taking day trips out and about and exploring more. I already have a list of places between 2-3 hours away to visit and be back by night fall.

What does this have to do with prepping?

I bought a snap-on lid box today to make into a snack box to take on our trips. Filled it with:

Shelf stable individual bottles of orange juice
Shelf stable individual cans of V-8
Individual tea bags, hot chocolate, coffee bags, and condiments, including utensils
Bottle of glucose (liquid)
Individual Propel drink mixes
Hard candy
Jerky
Peanut butter crackers
Belvita cookies
Dry mix chicken noodle soup

I’ll probably add some tuna pouches, too. The snack box is heavily geared towards Husband having enough items to compensate for his diabetes, although I snack on some of it too.

All this is in addition to our Go-Bags, which will also be in the car with us (and both bags have shelf stable food for 3 days), and a 6 pack of individual water bottles, plus the canteen of water.

I also plan to make a day pack of personal care items, medications, and a change of clothes, in case we get stuck somewhere for the night. I already have what I need in that department, so it’s just a matter of packing the bag.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JANUARY 2017 – What did you do to prep this week/month?

January 26, 2017 Cin 0

FarminAndy57 – just out of curiosity, could you explain your windmill pump – brand, and how you took your water well off-grid? This might work for us or others on this site.

We’re still sick, but getting back into our routine chores without pain or coughing. I pulled a muscle in my back from so much coughing! It’s finally beginning to heal, too.

Husband did buy a new multi-use knife and sheath, it’s pretty cool. [url] https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B … UTF8&psc=1. The little saw is a lot stronger than I thought one would be on a pocket knife.
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There are actually 2 garage sales in town tomorrow – guess they’re banking on good weather, despite the snow flurries I saw earlier. Of course, they’re some 35 miles away, so maybe the weather will be different there, it has been before.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JANUARY 2017 – What did you do to prep this week/month?

January 22, 2017 Cin 0

Thanks Kenjabroni – I do feel better, but still coughing in the nippy air outside…so I’m staying inside. I’m also getting tired quicker, so this flu thing is still hanging on. That said…back to decluttering!

I cleaned out my bedside bookcase and closet today. The bookcase is actually my junk pile, jewelry, hairbands/ties/barrettes, meds, tissues, snacks, etc. Cleaned the whole thing up and a bagful each of costume jewelry and hair stuff will be going to the thrift shop. Put the meds back where they belong (medicine cabinet or the car first aid kit). Put all the kept jewelry where it goes and the kept hair goods where they go. I cannot believe how many lip balms I have in an assortment of containers. :D

I also made up some go-bags of personal items for the car. My plan is to have a bag of change of clothes and dopp kit to throw in the car for day trips (the go-bag goes in the car each time, but is actually for long distance more than 3 days).

I bagged up 1/3 of my clothes and shoes – stuff I’ve not worn for 2 years or more. It will be going to the thrift shop as soon as I feel better and go out and about.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JANUARY 2017 – What did you do to prep this week/month?

January 20, 2017 Cin 0

Husband and I have been sick with the flu for the last two weeks. Nothing much got done except bare minimum.

When Husband started feeling better he went grocery shopping. He stocked up on both dry and canned soups, enough that we rotated stuff out of LTS. He wanted to be sure we’d not run out while I was sick (I got sick after him).

The friend whom we helped while building his garden shed called and reminded us that he is available to help with ours. We don’t plan to start until spring.

I did clean out more kitchen drawers, making space for other things. Also working on the bathroom cabinets – I’ve been slowly using up items guests have left (half empty bottles of shampoo/conditioner, lotions, even mouthwash). They buy stuff here because they can’t take it on the plane, and then leave whatever’s left.

Otherwise, I’m just taking it easy until I feel better. I did go shopping today, and we even hit an estate sale (nothing I needed) but except for re-stocking, we really didn’t do much, both of us were worn out when we got home and took a 2 hour nap!

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Off Grid Living

January 15, 2017 Cin 0

Reading is cool – hit the yard sales and start picking up books. One summer, we said the B-word, and my Dad challenged us to read the entire Encyclopedia set we had. 2 of us 7 kids finished A-Z before school started again in the fall. The others took longer.

The Girl Scout HandBook has a whole section on indoor and outdoor games that are free and fun to play.

Depending on their age, pretending to be Mommy always fun – with their own little sink an stove, play food, etc. (Boys like it as much as girls, BTW).

We spent hours in the dirt with Tonka trucks, especially the ones with the shovels…skip loader? And the dump truck. Moving parts are fun. We made roads in the dirt, lined with rocks and would earth move all day.

I grew up in the Mojave Desert of SC – we spent hours running all over the desert, catching lizards and horned toads, the occasional scorpion (none of us ever got stung…), and once in a while, a ground squirrel (Mom never let us keep them). We made swords and weapons out of sticks, and would hollow out the larger mesquite bushes and play.

When we went on “adventures” planning to be out all day…we’d fill the canteens, and pack a bag lunch. The dump was a mile away, and back before waste management, we were allowed in, if we asked politely, to go through scrap piles for treasures. We’d get home before the heat of the day, usually around 1-2 PM.

We also had a pool, but we weren’t allowed in it without adult supervision upon pain of death (seriously). This is IMPORTANT – if you have a large pool and it’s not heated, do not allow anyone to swim during the heat of the day. If there is a 30 degree difference between outside air and the water, especially children are prone to hypothermia.

However, many a summer evening – my Dad would make a pot of chili and cornbread, we’d play in the pool for hours in the evening, get out, eat some chili, and then go to bed to sleep soundly.

If you don’t want to spend a lot on a pool and you want it to last – buy an 8 foot round, 2 foot high stock tank (ours was $100 8 years ago). Then buy a propane, tankless hot water heater that hooks up to a hose. Run the regular waterhose until the stock tank is about 18 inches deep, then run the rest of the water through the hot water heater.

Advantages – fun size pool for average kids. Disadvantages – even with a cover, the pool got dirty fast, we emptied it about every 3-4 days – but then again, some 10 or so people were using it. The garden was well watered, though. :)

Oh, and the kids next door built an underground fort (that neither their parents or ours knew about). They dug a couple deep holes, with a tunnel, propped scrap plywood and 2 X 4s as a roof, covered it in dirt, and we’d crawl in there with flashlights and play Army men. It eventually collapsed, and a few months later, the Dad found it and had a freak-out…

When I think of all the stuff we did when I was a kid, it’s wonder we all survived to adulthood. The times I’m talking about – youngest kid was 5, oldest was 11 and we did all this running around the desert for a good 5 years. As all of us hit our teens, we didn’t do it any more.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:08 pm