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

September 26, 2017 IceFire 0

Hauled the Husky pup in to the vet this evening to get her rattlesnake vaccine “booster.” While the vaccine does NOT eliminate the need for antivenin treatment if they get bitten, what it DOES do is reduce the SYMPTOMS (pain, swelling, and tissue damage), and gives them a little more TIME, and therefore a better chance of survival. Something to consider for those living in “rattlesnake country.”

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:16 pm


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

September 26, 2017 IceFire 0

Hauled the Husky pup in to the vet this evening to get her rattlesnake vaccine “booster.” While the vaccine does NOT eliminate the need for antivenin treatment if they get bitten, what it DOES do is reduce the SYMPTOMS (pain, swelling, and tissue damage), and gives them a little more TIME, and therefore a better chance of survival. Something to consider for those living in “rattlesnake country.”

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:16 pm


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

September 25, 2017 IceFire 0

Got the closet system and started installing it…need to get additional screws to finish getting the hanging rods attached to the shelving units (since I bought an additional shelving unit, and have two of the rods attached between the two units, instead of between a shelving unit and the wall, the screws provided with the system for screwing into the shelving didn’t take “alternative setups” into account.

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Water • Re: Distilled Water Disadvantages

September 23, 2017 IceFire 0
Photon Guy wrote:
Oh but we do emit light. We don’t see it as its outside our visible spectrum but look at somebody and use an infrared viewer and you will see what I mean…

That’s what we call someone’s “aura” and some of us CAN see them (some can see them better than others)

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

September 23, 2017 IceFire 0

There are a LOT more people “prepping” than either “stats” or forum participation would indicate. For example, in my area, from what I’ve seen, and conversations I’ve had, probably a MINIMUM of 25% (and I think that the percentage is actually much higher). In my old neighborhood, at least half of the families there prepped. It’s about the same percentage at my church. However, I’m the ONLY one I know of that is actually active on the forums (although there are a few who “lurk”.) Also, many don’t call it “prepping”…either they say they’re “homesteading”, or they’re farming/ranching, or it’s just “everyday living”.

People ARE prepping…a LOT more of them than you think. They’re just not talking about it.

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General Canning Topics • Re: Older Home Canned Food

September 23, 2017 IceFire 0
ForwardPreppers wrote:
Can you tell me what type of apple you’re canning? I’ve used NC mountain apples and I’m thinking they may be too soft. Maybe the firmer apples will can better.

Mrs FP

DEFINITELY use a firmer type of apple for canning! Some varieties are better for eating fresh; some are better for making able butter, applesauce, and jelly; (the more “mealy” varieties) while others are better for canning. (Granny Smiths come to mind, as they are pretty firm…I’m sure there are other similar varieties.)

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Other weapons • Re: Country Weapons vs City Weapons

September 20, 2017 IceFire 0

Handguns AREN’T just for the city! I regularly carry my Ladysmith .357 loaded with shotshells out on the property…it’s a LOT easier to take out a rattlesnake with THAT than with a long gun! Besides, when I’m out on the tractor, hauling animal feed, hay, etc. it’s a LOT easier to carry a handgun than a long gun!

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Other weapons • Re: Country Weapons vs City Weapons

September 20, 2017 IceFire 0

Handguns AREN’T just for the city! I regularly carry my Ladysmith .357 loaded with shotshells out on the property…it’s a LOT easier to take out a rattlesnake with THAT than with a long gun! Besides, when I’m out on the tractor, hauling animal feed, hay, etc. it’s a LOT easier to carry a handgun than a long gun!

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:49 pm


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

September 19, 2017 IceFire 0

NJMike,

Glad you enjoyed the MEN Fair! There is definitely a LOT to see and do there!

After getting home from work today, got several more courses of the cedar closet lining done on the back wall of the shed, and made a start (2 courses) on each of the side walls before running out of light to see. Won’t be able to do any more for a couple of days, as I have meetings/rehearsals for the next couple of days.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:36 pm


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

September 18, 2017 IceFire 0

Did a Costco run yesterday…got a bunch of AA and AAA batteries, as well as several other goodies. Husband wanted to hit Wally world, so while we were there, picked up some “metals”, in a few different calibers :evil: Also picked up some cedar closet lining boards for the closet area of the “she shed”

Got a bit more insulating done in my “she shed”, and got two more drywall panels up. Got the first two courses of cedar boards up in the back, and got started on the third course, before it got too dark to see (no lights or electricity in the shed as of yet.)

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:10 pm


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

September 18, 2017 IceFire 0

Did a Costco run yesterday…got a bunch of AA and AAA batteries, as well as several other goodies. Husband wanted to hit Wally world, so while we were there, picked up some “metals”, in a few different calibers :evil: Also picked up some cedar closet lining boards for the closet area of the “she shed”

Got a bit more insulating done in my “she shed”, and got two more drywall panels up. Got the first two courses of cedar boards up in the back, and got started on the third course, before it got too dark to see (no lights or electricity in the shed as of yet.)

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:10 pm


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General Food Topics • Re: Six year-old powdered milk!

September 18, 2017 IceFire 0

One thing about that “best by” date to keep in mind. When the companies submit their product to the FDA for testing (they ALL have to do it for ALL products), oftentimes the date is arrived at because the FDA doesn’t test out any farther than that! (I learned this when I was helping a friend with his sauce business) The food may well be perfectly fine beyond this date, but it’s not tested out any farther than that, so they really don’t know. 2 years from packing date is pretty much the standard that they’ve come up with.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:50 pm


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Pennsylvania Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Workshop in Seven Springs on Sept. 15-17

September 14, 2017 IceFire 0
Photon Guy wrote:

IceFire wrote:If anyone is even remotely near the area, it is well worth going to! I went to the very first one they had, and would have gone again, but we moved a couple thousand miles away. Wish there was one in my area! VERY informative, GREAT workshops, and plenty of “extra” exhibits, etc. Two days was NOT enough to take it all in!

IceFire if I remember you’re in AZ. Although this particular event this weekend is in PA they do the same function at different locations throughout the country. Maybe they will have one closer to where you live.

Photon, although I’m in AZ now, I USED to be in PA, just about 20 miles or so from Seven Springs. The closest ones to me now are either in OR, or in KS….WAY to far for me to get to. It’s too bad, because I REALLY enjoyed it, and learned a LOT!

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Pennsylvania Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Workshop in Seven Springs on Sept. 15-17

September 14, 2017 IceFire 0
Photon Guy wrote:

IceFire wrote:If anyone is even remotely near the area, it is well worth going to! I went to the very first one they had, and would have gone again, but we moved a couple thousand miles away. Wish there was one in my area! VERY informative, GREAT workshops, and plenty of “extra” exhibits, etc. Two days was NOT enough to take it all in!

IceFire if I remember you’re in AZ. Although this particular event this weekend is in PA they do the same function at different locations throughout the country. Maybe they will have one closer to where you live.

Photon, although I’m in AZ now, I USED to be in PA, just about 20 miles or so from Seven Springs. The closest ones to me now are either in OR, or in KS….WAY to far for me to get to. It’s too bad, because I REALLY enjoyed it, and learned a LOT!

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:01 pm


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Pennsylvania Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Workshop in Seven Springs on Sept. 15-17

September 14, 2017 IceFire 0
Photon Guy wrote:

IceFire wrote:If anyone is even remotely near the area, it is well worth going to! I went to the very first one they had, and would have gone again, but we moved a couple thousand miles away. Wish there was one in my area! VERY informative, GREAT workshops, and plenty of “extra” exhibits, etc. Two days was NOT enough to take it all in!

IceFire if I remember you’re in AZ. Although this particular event this weekend is in PA they do the same function at different locations throughout the country. Maybe they will have one closer to where you live.

Photon, although I’m in AZ now, I USED to be in PA, just about 20 miles or so from Seven Springs. The closest ones to me now are either in OR, or in KS….WAY to far for me to get to. It’s too bad, because I REALLY enjoyed it, and learned a LOT!

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: The under $5 emergency supply list for food, water & med

September 12, 2017 IceFire 0
PreppingGuide wrote:

IceFire wrote:If someone has the storage space, and a Sam’s or Costco membership, a 50lb bag of rice is under $15…that works out to less than 30 cents per pound! Try getting rice for that price at your local grocery store! You could always break it down into smaller units and vacuum-seal them, as well.

Wow. What a bargain! Costco is definitely the prepper’s store if you are stockpiling for large quantities. Out of interest, what are you storing your rice in?

Currently, most of my rice is vacuum sealed (in 5 lb increments) and stored either in large Rubbermaid totes, or in food-grade 5 gallon buckets with Gamma Seal lids. The other 50 lbs is stored in the “pet food” storage container, as I use it to make dog food, (which is why I’m so familiar with the price! I buy a 50 lb bag every 2-3 months.)

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Pennsylvania Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Workshop in Seven Springs on Sept. 15-17

September 12, 2017 IceFire 0

Prepare for information overload! Take a notebook and take notes! It’s not just the seminars…there are also the “displays”/demos outside of the seminars–the first year, there was a guy there with a truck that was run off of a wood gassifier system, in addition to a whole bunch of other things. Don’t forget about the exhibitors/merchants in the exhibit hall, either! It’s where I got my “GrainMaker” grain mill.

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Pennsylvania Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Workshop in Seven Springs on Sept. 15-17

September 10, 2017 IceFire 0

If anyone is even remotely near the area, it is well worth going to! I went to the very first one they had, and would have gone again, but we moved a couple thousand miles away. Wish there was one in my area! VERY informative, GREAT workshops, and plenty of “extra” exhibits, etc. Two days was NOT enough to take it all in!

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

September 10, 2017 IceFire 0

Started getting the drywall up in the “she shed”…got the back wall done, and a sheet of drywall on each of the sides adjacent to the back wall. Can’t do any more, though, until after the electrician comes and wires it for outlets and lights.

The refrigerator FINALLY got fixed yesterday afternoon, so after putting up the drywall, headed off to town to do a “restocking run”, since I’d had to toss the food that was ruined when the fridge went kaput, and needed to replace it now that I have a functional fridge again.

Emptied the trailer from the gunfight show stuff (hauling all of our gunfight sets and gear is NOT what I bought it for!) so now it’s ready to actually haul livestock (which is the reason I bought it in the first place!)

Another thing I was able to do this evening, now that I have a working refrigerator…got a batch of dog food made. (since I need to refrigerate it, I couldn’t make food for the dogs…poor things have been stuck eating store-bought, although I’ve been trying to make it as palatable as possible for them.

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

September 10, 2017 IceFire 0

Started getting the drywall up in the “she shed”…got the back wall done, and a sheet of drywall on each of the sides adjacent to the back wall. Can’t do any more, though, until after the electrician comes and wires it for outlets and lights.

The refrigerator FINALLY got fixed yesterday afternoon, so after putting up the drywall, headed off to town to do a “restocking run”, since I’d had to toss the food that was ruined when the fridge went kaput, and needed to replace it now that I have a functional fridge again.

Emptied the trailer from the gunfight show stuff (hauling all of our gunfight sets and gear is NOT what I bought it for!) so now it’s ready to actually haul livestock (which is the reason I bought it in the first place!)

Another thing I was able to do this evening, now that I have a working refrigerator…got a batch of dog food made. (since I need to refrigerate it, I couldn’t make food for the dogs…poor things have been stuck eating store-bought, although I’ve been trying to make it as palatable as possible for them.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:39 am


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

September 9, 2017 IceFire 0

No real issues with husb or I, although I did have some headaches the past couple of days (thankfully, no migraines; since I’ve had a Daith piercing, my migraines have stopped) but the neighbor’s cattle were bawling their heads off two nights ago; chickens only laid 4 eggs today (this is out of 17 laying hens!)

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:59 pm


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

September 9, 2017 IceFire 0

No real issues with husb or I, although I did have some headaches the past couple of days (thankfully, no migraines; since I’ve had a Daith piercing, my migraines have stopped) but the neighbor’s cattle were bawling their heads off two nights ago; chickens only laid 4 eggs today (this is out of 17 laying hens!)

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:59 pm


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

September 9, 2017 IceFire 0
kenjabroni wrote:
Ice……you make us all look like slackers HA. You are incredible with everything your doing and getting done up there.

Here on my little homestead I am expanding my protected chicken run and building a third coop. I may get into goats into the future but have zero knowledge and experience with any of that and any one of these pens ive made could be used with some minor adjusments to house a goat or three.

Actually, I feel like a slacker because things aren’t progressing here as quickly as I’d like in getting this property turned into a self-sufficient homestead. Things WOULD go more quickly if I could work on it full-time, but the need to earn a paycheck prevents that from happening.

One thing to keep in mind about goats…they can be absolute Houdinis! It’s not unusual to find them up a tree (which they can use as a “launch pad” to escape the pen, if the tree is near the fence.) They like to climb. They see fences as a challenge to be overcome. They VERY easily learn to open the latches on gates (I have to keep carabiner through the latch hole, PLUS I have to keep the gate tied shut, as my doe has discovered that if she pushes on the gate with her full weight, the latch will turn and the gate will open.) Fortunately, they prefer to stay right next to the horses, so they were easy to round up.

Oh, and the bucks smell….BAD! If a doe is “in milk”, then any and all bucks need to be kept far, FAR away downwind because the stink from the boys will taint the milk. (That’s why goat milk sometimes has a “funky” taste…because the bucks have been in proximity to the does.) If you can, just get a doe or two, and “rent” or borrow a buck to “do the deed” to breed the doe (usually in the fall, for most breeds) and then send him back so you don’t have to deal with “buck stink” the rest of the time.

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

September 9, 2017 IceFire 0
kenjabroni wrote:
Ice……you make us all look like slackers HA. You are incredible with everything your doing and getting done up there.

Here on my little homestead I am expanding my protected chicken run and building a third coop. I may get into goats into the future but have zero knowledge and experience with any of that and any one of these pens ive made could be used with some minor adjusments to house a goat or three.

Actually, I feel like a slacker because things aren’t progressing here as quickly as I’d like in getting this property turned into a self-sufficient homestead. Things WOULD go more quickly if I could work on it full-time, but the need to earn a paycheck prevents that from happening.

One thing to keep in mind about goats…they can be absolute Houdinis! It’s not unusual to find them up a tree (which they can use as a “launch pad” to escape the pen, if the tree is near the fence.) They like to climb. They see fences as a challenge to be overcome. They VERY easily learn to open the latches on gates (I have to keep carabiner through the latch hole, PLUS I have to keep the gate tied shut, as my doe has discovered that if she pushes on the gate with her full weight, the latch will turn and the gate will open.) Fortunately, they prefer to stay right next to the horses, so they were easy to round up.

Oh, and the bucks smell….BAD! If a doe is “in milk”, then any and all bucks need to be kept far, FAR away downwind because the stink from the boys will taint the milk. (That’s why goat milk sometimes has a “funky” taste…because the bucks have been in proximity to the does.) If you can, just get a doe or two, and “rent” or borrow a buck to “do the deed” to breed the doe (usually in the fall, for most breeds) and then send him back so you don’t have to deal with “buck stink” the rest of the time.

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

September 8, 2017 IceFire 0

Catfeet, you might want to try something my Dad always did (and I do now) when the trees are loaded down. To keep the branches from breaking, we would always thin out the smaller fruits in the bunches, and then prop up the branches with 2x4s. The 2x4s provide support for the branches, and help keep the branches from bending too much, and then breaking.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:53 pm


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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

September 8, 2017 IceFire 0

Catfeet, you might want to try something my Dad always did (and I do now) when the trees are loaded down. To keep the branches from breaking, we would always thin out the smaller fruits in the bunches, and then prop up the branches with 2x4s. The 2x4s provide support for the branches, and help keep the branches from bending too much, and then breaking.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:53 pm


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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Well, are you stocking up??

September 8, 2017 IceFire 0

Catfeet, you might want to try something my Dad always did (and I do now) when the trees are loaded down. To keep the branches from breaking, we would always thin out the smaller fruits in the bunches, and then prop up the branches with 2x4s. The 2x4s provide support for the branches, and help keep the branches from bending too much, and then breaking.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:53 pm