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July 28, 2017 daaswampman 0
LetsPrep11 wrote:
I share your concerns! I’ve been a loner all my life, probably due to my step-mother always grounding me for a month. Now, I can only take people in very small doses. I know it’s a flaw in my personality, that I need to be in control and need lots of alone time. Unlike many I know, I like to keep busy and am perfectly happy by myself. We have some folks joining us if the SHTF, to help with security, and I dread it. Might not survive tolerating other people. Wish it could be just me and my dog! Guess there’s no hope for me! :'(

Anxious to hear how others will deal with ‘Surviving with Others’.
LP

Your going to do what I do! I have a big local family and know too many people. I literally live in the shops or in the woods. Even if I have nothing to do, I always have something – I just have to do!

Seldom Seen Swamp

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July 28, 2017 IceFire 0

I agree more with the “community” aspect (a carefully chosen community) with everyone having their own place, rather than a group. Closest thing we come to a “group” is husband and I, and our oldest daughter and her husband. We share the same property, but each maintain our own homes, and work together on the various “projects” (building the stable, putting up fencing, building chicken coops, goat sheds, etc.)

Outside of our family group, our community consists of carefully chosen families from our church, and a few friends and neighbors.

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July 28, 2017 IceFire 0

I agree more with the “community” aspect (a carefully chosen community) with everyone having their own place, rather than a group. Closest thing we come to a “group” is husband and I, and our oldest daughter and her husband. We share the same property, but each maintain our own homes, and work together on the various “projects” (building the stable, putting up fencing, building chicken coops, goat sheds, etc.)

Outside of our family group, our community consists of carefully chosen families from our church, and a few friends and neighbors.

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July 27, 2017 daaswampman 0

Following the service I tried several communes and all were exactly the same, 95% sheep and 5% doers. The only reason I stayed so long, I was young and the sex was good!

My little group – if you want to call it that, is long term friends that all have their own space and supplies. Much more like a mini community than a group. Even with that we rarely agree on much of anything, but we have more time apart than together. Our regular meetings never include spouses! If a few guys have trouble getting alone, try it with their wives and brats. We all see each other at church and that is too much! Swamp

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July 27, 2017 daaswampman 0

Following the service I tried several communes and all were exactly the same, 95% sheep and 5% doers. The only reason I stayed so long, I was young and the sex was good!

My little group – if you want to call it that, is long term friends that all have their own space and supplies. Much more like a mini community than a group. Even with that we rarely agree on much of anything, but we have more time apart than together. Our regular meetings never include spouses! If a few guys have trouble getting alone, try it with their wives and brats. We all see each other at church and that is too much! Swamp

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July 27, 2017 LetsPrep11 0

I share your concerns! I’ve been a loner all my life, probably due to my step-mother always grounding me for a month. Now, I can only take people in very small doses. I know it’s a flaw in my personality, that I need to be in control and need lots of alone time. Unlike many I know, I like to keep busy and am perfectly happy by myself. We have some folks joining us if the SHTF, to help with security, and I dread it. Might not survive tolerating other people. Wish it could be just me and my dog! Guess there’s no hope for me! :'(

Anxious to hear how others will deal with ‘Surviving with Others’.
LP

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July 27, 2017 LetsPrep11 0

I share your concerns! I’ve been a loner all my life, probably due to my step-mother always grounding me for a month. Now, I can only take people in very small doses. I know it’s a flaw in my personality, that I need to be in control and need lots of alone time. Unlike many I know, I like to keep busy and am perfectly happy by myself. We have some folks joining us if the SHTF, to help with security, and I dread it. Might not survive tolerating other people. Wish it could be just me and my dog! Guess there’s no hope for me! :'(

Anxious to hear how others will deal with ‘Surviving with Others’.
LP

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July 27, 2017 Permafrost 0

So after a few back to back freight trips I think I’m in town for like 5 days or something and I thought it would be a good time to talk about groups. Anyone who has read my posts probably knows my views on groups, but I am trying to understand the other side of the equation. I’m not talking about the security aspects or the whole group collective labor thing, I want to know about the interpersonal aspects of it.

Personally I just don’t see it, so please explain it. I know I spent some time in a trap line cabin with my best friend and at the end of the season we decided that living in a 16×16 cabin for a winter was a bad idea, were still friends but now trap separately and don’t see each other that often. I know groups of miners who literally imploded during the season even though they were on good gold, because the personality conflicts got so bad. Alaska has had no shortage of divorces due to isolation in the wilderness, and these were people in love who just lost it because of the societal isolation and constant contact with the same person. These are “good times” situations where supplies are plentiful and though isolated in the wilderness society is just a plane ride away. What would happen during “stressful” situations where everything is falling apart and supplies are running short?

For those of you who have groups, what do you do to insure that personality conflicts don’t spiral out of control? Do you all undergo psychological screening? Have you spent months in isolation to try it out? Are you thinking that the alternatives will be so bad that everybody will just suck it up and deal with it? Do you do group counseling or something like that? What makes you think your group will weather the conflict without falling apart, because if you have a group I know you think it will survive otherwise you would not be part of it.

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July 27, 2017 Permafrost 0

So after a few back to back freight trips I think I’m in town for like 5 days or something and I thought it would be a good time to talk about groups. Anyone who has read my posts probably knows my views on groups, but I am trying to understand the other side of the equation. I’m not talking about the security aspects or the whole group collective labor thing, I want to know about the interpersonal aspects of it.

Personally I just don’t see it, so please explain it. I know I spent some time in a trap line cabin with my best friend and at the end of the season we decided that living in a 16×16 cabin for a winter was a bad idea, were still friends but now trap separately and don’t see each other that often. I know groups of miners who literally imploded during the season even though they were on good gold, because the personality conflicts got so bad. Alaska has had no shortage of divorces due to isolation in the wilderness, and these were people in love who just lost it because of the societal isolation and constant contact with the same person. These are “good times” situations where supplies are plentiful and though isolated in the wilderness society is just a plane ride away. What would happen during “stressful” situations where everything is falling apart and supplies are running short?

For those of you who have groups, what do you do to insure that personality conflicts don’t spiral out of control? Do you all undergo psychological screening? Have you spent months in isolation to try it out? Are you thinking that the alternatives will be so bad that everybody will just suck it up and deal with it? Do you do group counseling or something like that? What makes you think your group will weather the conflict without falling apart, because if you have a group I know you think it will survive otherwise you would not be part of it.

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July 27, 2017 IceFire 0

Pulled weeds in a couple of the garden beds and along the outside of the garden fence on the driveway side. Since it’s monsoon season, and temps are down with rain almost every day, planted Swiss Chard, Short N Sweet carrots, French Breakfast radishes, Romaine lettuce. Will probably do some more weeding and planting tomorrow evening, weather permitting, to get my fall garden in.

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July 27, 2017 IceFire 0

Pulled weeds in a couple of the garden beds and along the outside of the garden fence on the driveway side. Since it’s monsoon season, and temps are down with rain almost every day, planted Swiss Chard, Short N Sweet carrots, French Breakfast radishes, Romaine lettuce. Will probably do some more weeding and planting tomorrow evening, weather permitting, to get my fall garden in.

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July 26, 2017 Genevieve 0

Been cutting and drying my herbs. Did freeze some in olive oil and some in just water. Those silicone ice cube trays are the best invention ever lol

Having a bumper crop of herbs this year for some reason. My sage and both types of chives are huge this year and the different thymes I have are growing like crazy. I’ll have plenty for storage

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July 26, 2017 Genevieve 0

Been cutting and drying my herbs. Did freeze some in olive oil and some in just water. Those silicone ice cube trays are the best invention ever lol

Having a bumper crop of herbs this year for some reason. My sage and both types of chives are huge this year and the different thymes I have are growing like crazy. I’ll have plenty for storage

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July 26, 2017 PatrioticStabilist 0

My husband bought me a new hoe from Lehmans, one like he used to use in the melon fields.
Sounds like he is taking over the “weeding” in my garden next year. That will help.

Yesterday it cooled down some, finally. I got out and dug my potatoes, pitiful yield this year,
pulled my onions. Pulled up half the green beans, I have canned all I want of beans, no more.
I picked a 5 gallon bucket plus part of another bucket, broke and cooked us a batch, gave the
bucket of beans to the food pantry.

I’m done with relish, have enough pickles left from last year, made peach jam and canned
peaches, froze some too. I want to get 5 dozen more ears of corn. The cabbage is done,
so I mowed where I dug and pulled stuff up.

Maybe tomorrow pick cukes and pitch and donate some of them. My tomatoes are starting
to ripen. Going to make spaghetti sauce, takes almost a day to cook it down in BIG kettles.
Also will make juice and stewed tomatoes. Then will donate those too. I need to can some
green tomatoes also, so might do that first.

Going to be hard, I know they are going to really come off the next week and I have appointments
most days and DIL and grandson will be here.

Tomorrow getting an EKG, then next week a stress test, had a couple little scares with chest
pain and a couple episodes of breathlessness, likely stress over the kids.

I bought a case of TP and toweling paper. Pick up canned goods, bought sugar, need to get another
25 pound bag.

We are getting the generator fixed on the motorhome, had to take it to Indianapolis to an Onan
shop. Need it fixed for sure, that may be our lifeline one day.

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July 26, 2017 PatrioticStabilist 0

My husband bought me a new hoe from Lehmans, one like he used to use in the melon fields.
Sounds like he is taking over the “weeding” in my garden next year. That will help.

Yesterday it cooled down some, finally. I got out and dug my potatoes, pitiful yield this year,
pulled my onions. Pulled up half the green beans, I have canned all I want of beans, no more.
I picked a 5 gallon bucket plus part of another bucket, broke and cooked us a batch, gave the
bucket of beans to the food pantry.

I’m done with relish, have enough pickles left from last year, made peach jam and canned
peaches, froze some too. I want to get 5 dozen more ears of corn. The cabbage is done,
so I mowed where I dug and pulled stuff up.

Maybe tomorrow pick cukes and pitch and donate some of them. My tomatoes are starting
to ripen. Going to make spaghetti sauce, takes almost a day to cook it down in BIG kettles.
Also will make juice and stewed tomatoes. Then will donate those too. I need to can some
green tomatoes also, so might do that first.

Going to be hard, I know they are going to really come off the next week and I have appointments
most days and DIL and grandson will be here.

Tomorrow getting an EKG, then next week a stress test, had a couple little scares with chest
pain and a couple episodes of breathlessness, likely stress over the kids.

I bought a case of TP and toweling paper. Pick up canned goods, bought sugar, need to get another
25 pound bag.

We are getting the generator fixed on the motorhome, had to take it to Indianapolis to an Onan
shop. Need it fixed for sure, that may be our lifeline one day.

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July 26, 2017 PatrioticStabilist 0

My husband bought me a new hoe from Lehmans, one like he used to use in the melon fields.
Sounds like he is taking over the “weeding” in my garden next year. That will help.

Yesterday it cooled down some, finally. I got out and dug my potatoes, pitiful yield this year,
pulled my onions. Pulled up half the green beans, I have canned all I want of beans, no more.
I picked a 5 gallon bucket plus part of another bucket, broke and cooked us a batch, gave the
bucket of beans to the food pantry.

I’m done with relish, have enough pickles left from last year, made peach jam and canned
peaches, froze some too. I want to get 5 dozen more ears of corn. The cabbage is done,
so I mowed where I dug and pulled stuff up.

Maybe tomorrow pick cukes and pitch and donate some of them. My tomatoes are starting
to ripen. Going to make spaghetti sauce, takes almost a day to cook it down in BIG kettles.
Also will make juice and stewed tomatoes. Then will donate those too. I need to can some
green tomatoes also, so might do that first.

Going to be hard, I know they are going to really come off the next week and I have appointments
most days and DIL and grandson will be here.

Tomorrow getting an EKG, then next week a stress test, had a couple little scares with chest
pain and a couple episodes of breathlessness, likely stress over the kids.

I bought a case of TP and toweling paper. Pick up canned goods, bought sugar, need to get another
25 pound bag.

We are getting the generator fixed on the motorhome, had to take it to Indianapolis to an Onan
shop. Need it fixed for sure, that may be our lifeline one day.

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July 25, 2017 NJMike 0

@jimcosta – Yikes. Best of luck with the finger.

I’ve been really occupied lately getting a house ready enough for sale, with lots of minor repairs and lots of clean up. Working on filling a 3rd 20yd dumpster…I think at least one dumpster’s worth was just stored building materials. Sad to see some of that go. However, In recent activity, during cleaning and dividing some final items with the ex, I recovered 10 pails of rice, beans and popcorn. I recall in this lot that some of the restaurant supply beans were a little iffy looking directly out of the bulk bags when I’d repacked in mylar with DE within the 5 gal pails. I’ll have to open one pail up, see what they look like, and how they rinse up for a cooking. Decoy food at the worst.

From past reporting in this topic, my damaged #10 cans order from Augason got replaced and I’m satisfied with their follow through. First time I called for replacements I fell through the cracks, but that employee was no longer with them, so think that explained it.

Haven’t been buying much lately. Just small incremental purchases. I got in a few items from Lehmans. A set of gimlets to go with my old time manual tools, a honing kit, a replacement lid for my 5 gal ceramic fermenting crock (on it’s way), and waiting for a book on solar that’s currently back ordered. From the Amazon, some trauma kit items inbound for several IFAKs- tourniquets, chest seals, and airway tubes. In my more frugal shopping, been picking up some additional 2nd hand books on the cheap. Among them medical reference books as well as books on learning sign language.

The container garden is doing well. I’ve been harvesting tomatoes and peppers. I think I’ll be drying peppers at minimum. Time allowing I might make a small batch of canned peppers.

Spent a short amount of time looking at PA property. While I’d love to get out of NJ later this year, it might be more realistic to find something “right” and do it next year.

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July 25, 2017 NJMike 0

@jimcosta – Yikes. Best of luck with the finger.

I’ve been really occupied lately getting a house ready enough for sale, with lots of minor repairs and lots of clean up. Working on filling a 3rd 20yd dumpster…I think at least one dumpster’s worth was just stored building materials. Sad to see some of that go. However, In recent activity, during cleaning and dividing some final items with the ex, I recovered 10 pails of rice, beans and popcorn. I recall in this lot that some of the restaurant supply beans were a little iffy looking directly out of the bulk bags when I’d repacked in mylar with DE within the 5 gal pails. I’ll have to open one pail up, see what they look like, and how they rinse up for a cooking. Decoy food at the worst.

From past reporting in this topic, my damaged #10 cans order from Augason got replaced and I’m satisfied with their follow through. First time I called for replacements I fell through the cracks, but that employee was no longer with them, so think that explained it.

Haven’t been buying much lately. Just small incremental purchases. I got in a few items from Lehmans. A set of gimlets to go with my old time manual tools, a honing kit, a replacement lid for my 5 gal ceramic fermenting crock (on it’s way), and waiting for a book on solar that’s currently back ordered. From the Amazon, some trauma kit items inbound for several IFAKs- tourniquets, chest seals, and airway tubes. In my more frugal shopping, been picking up some additional 2nd hand books on the cheap. Among them medical reference books as well as books on learning sign language.

The container garden is doing well. I’ve been harvesting tomatoes and peppers. I think I’ll be drying peppers at minimum. Time allowing I might make a small batch of canned peppers.

Spent a short amount of time looking at PA property. While I’d love to get out of NJ later this year, it might be more realistic to find something “right” and do it next year.

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July 25, 2017 Cin 0

The family was here for two weeks – an assortment of my siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, grands, my kids, and even my niece’s neighbors – they were visiting family about 2 hours away, and met up with us to hang out.

I didn’t get much done prepping-wise, but we all had fun. As with the last time everyone came, they didn’t want to leave, and some are now even more earnestly making plans to move here. We discussed options, and we’ll see how it all shakes out. Best laid plans, and all that…

The new addition was a big hit – 5 girls ended up out there on cots, enjoying their spacious, private space. All my handmade laundry bags and the store-bought totes were a huge success – the girls really liked all the goodies in their bags.

My prepper niece brought 2 pints of her homemade strawberry jam, we polished it off in no time.

Husband and I need to harvest the remainder of the garden since we neglected it while everyone was here. We got one blackberry (the birds got the rest), and a handful of strawberries (the heat index was too much for them despite copious watering). We had plenty of jalepenos and some peppers.

Our neighbor provided squash, cucumbers and tomatoes from her garden, mine are still not producing in quantity.

I did get some sewing done – hemmed up jeans for a niece and mended some other garments for the others, too. One niece is learning to sew, she brought both her yard-sale machines for my Dad to look over, we got one running, the other needs more work.

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July 25, 2017 Cin 0

The family was here for two weeks – an assortment of my siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, grands, my kids, and even my niece’s neighbors – they were visiting family about 2 hours away, and met up with us to hang out.

I didn’t get much done prepping-wise, but we all had fun. As with the last time everyone came, they didn’t want to leave, and some are now even more earnestly making plans to move here. We discussed options, and we’ll see how it all shakes out. Best laid plans, and all that…

The new addition was a big hit – 5 girls ended up out there on cots, enjoying their spacious, private space. All my handmade laundry bags and the store-bought totes were a huge success – the girls really liked all the goodies in their bags.

My prepper niece brought 2 pints of her homemade strawberry jam, we polished it off in no time.

Husband and I need to harvest the remainder of the garden since we neglected it while everyone was here. We got one blackberry (the birds got the rest), and a handful of strawberries (the heat index was too much for them despite copious watering). We had plenty of jalepenos and some peppers.

Our neighbor provided squash, cucumbers and tomatoes from her garden, mine are still not producing in quantity.

I did get some sewing done – hemmed up jeans for a niece and mended some other garments for the others, too. One niece is learning to sew, she brought both her yard-sale machines for my Dad to look over, we got one running, the other needs more work.

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July 24, 2017 Genevieve 0

Drained the pool we’re selling. Once its taken down we plan on building a double walled root cellar since it will be above ground. Hopefully with the large pine tree and the house so close to it , it will manage to stay a cool temp for storing apples, carrots, late season cabbage and potatoes,etc

Making a run to sam’s club sometime before the end of the month. Will stock up on more rice, seasonings,cleaning supplies and paper products

Did buy more storage containers for the supplies we have. Now is the time what with school starting up. One month to go here so everything from furniture,small appliances,office supplies,even some health and beauty aids are on sale. Plan on taking advantage and getting printer paper. Getting low. Also need more ink for the printer and plan to buy extra

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July 24, 2017 Genevieve 0

Drained the pool we’re selling. Once its taken down we plan on building a double walled root cellar since it will be above ground. Hopefully with the large pine tree and the house so close to it , it will manage to stay a cool temp for storing apples, carrots, late season cabbage and potatoes,etc

Making a run to sam’s club sometime before the end of the month. Will stock up on more rice, seasonings,cleaning supplies and paper products

Did buy more storage containers for the supplies we have. Now is the time what with school starting up. One month to go here so everything from furniture,small appliances,office supplies,even some health and beauty aids are on sale. Plan on taking advantage and getting printer paper. Getting low. Also need more ink for the printer and plan to buy extra

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July 24, 2017 IceFire 0

After I got home from my grocery run yesterday (while I was gone, hubby was working on clearing some mesquite and leveling the area where the new outbuilding will be, until he ran over some mesquite and put a hole in one of the front tires on the tractor–good thing it wasn’t one of the BACK tires!) hubby wanted to go to the PX to “look for TVs” (AND guns. :)) He ended up getting a 1911-style 9mm, and I got a new Kimber Micro .380 :D

Worked out a barter deal with another lady at church for a “livestock swap”…she wants some new chickens in the Spring, which I can provide, since I have the incubators to hatch out the chicks (as well as the roosters and laying hens), and she plans to get a new doe to breed. (Her last one had quads 2 weeks premature–lost all 4 kids AND the doe :mad:) She does NOT want the kids, though, just the milk from the doe. So, we’ll swap chicks for kids; then I’ll raise the kids, keep any doelings for future milking stock, and castrate any bucklings and raise for butcher. When I get the bucks slaughtered, I’ll share the meat with them. Works well for BOTH of us! :D

Not really a “prep”, as such, but today took the tractor tire in to get patched and re-aired. Mesquite thorns really do a number on tires! When it goes in for its’ “50-hour service”, I’m springing for the extra $$ to have the tires filled so that they NEVER go flat again! We’ve been lucky so far that it’s only been the front tires getting punctured…if one of those big back tires gets punctured, we’re screwed until we get them filled.

Picked up the flooring tiles (I cheat…wood-look vinyl peel and stick flooring tiles) for the shed that will be delivered in about a week…it will be my new sewing/crafting area, as well as extra storage, so I can get the excess stuff OUT of my house, and that bedroom can become a “guest room”. (OR someplace for me to retreat to when my husband’s snoring is keeping me awake.)

Also planted more green beans in with the pumpkins (As much as the pumpkin vines are sprawling, they should protect the seeds/seedlings from any winged or furry “raiders”.) Was going to re-plant the chard seeds, but with the storm rolling in, had to stop. If it was ONLY raining, I would have continued, but NOT taking chances with the lightning.

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July 24, 2017 IceFire 0

After I got home from my grocery run yesterday (while I was gone, hubby was working on clearing some mesquite and leveling the area where the new outbuilding will be, until he ran over some mesquite and put a hole in one of the front tires on the tractor–good thing it wasn’t one of the BACK tires!) hubby wanted to go to the PX to “look for TVs” (AND guns. :)) He ended up getting a 1911-style 9mm, and I got a new Kimber Micro .380 :D

Worked out a barter deal with another lady at church for a “livestock swap”…she wants some new chickens in the Spring, which I can provide, since I have the incubators to hatch out the chicks (as well as the roosters and laying hens), and she plans to get a new doe to breed. (Her last one had quads 2 weeks premature–lost all 4 kids AND the doe :mad:) She does NOT want the kids, though, just the milk from the doe. So, we’ll swap chicks for kids; then I’ll raise the kids, keep any doelings for future milking stock, and castrate any bucklings and raise for butcher. When I get the bucks slaughtered, I’ll share the meat with them. Works well for BOTH of us! :D

Not really a “prep”, as such, but today took the tractor tire in to get patched and re-aired. Mesquite thorns really do a number on tires! When it goes in for its’ “50-hour service”, I’m springing for the extra $$ to have the tires filled so that they NEVER go flat again! We’ve been lucky so far that it’s only been the front tires getting punctured…if one of those big back tires gets punctured, we’re screwed until we get them filled.

Picked up the flooring tiles (I cheat…wood-look vinyl peel and stick flooring tiles) for the shed that will be delivered in about a week…it will be my new sewing/crafting area, as well as extra storage, so I can get the excess stuff OUT of my house, and that bedroom can become a “guest room”. (OR someplace for me to retreat to when my husband’s snoring is keeping me awake.)

Also planted more green beans in with the pumpkins (As much as the pumpkin vines are sprawling, they should protect the seeds/seedlings from any winged or furry “raiders”.) Was going to re-plant the chard seeds, but with the storm rolling in, had to stop. If it was ONLY raining, I would have continued, but NOT taking chances with the lightning.

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July 24, 2017 IceFire 0

After I got home from my grocery run yesterday (while I was gone, hubby was working on clearing some mesquite and leveling the area where the new outbuilding will be, until he ran over some mesquite and put a hole in one of the front tires on the tractor–good thing it wasn’t one of the BACK tires!) hubby wanted to go to the PX to “look for TVs” (AND guns. :)) He ended up getting a 1911-style 9mm, and I got a new Kimber Micro .380 :D

Worked out a barter deal with another lady at church for a “livestock swap”…she wants some new chickens in the Spring, which I can provide, since I have the incubators to hatch out the chicks (as well as the roosters and laying hens), and she plans to get a new doe to breed. (Her last one had quads 2 weeks premature–lost all 4 kids AND the doe :mad:) She does NOT want the kids, though, just the milk from the doe. So, we’ll swap chicks for kids; then I’ll raise the kids, keep any doelings for future milking stock, and castrate any bucklings and raise for butcher. When I get the bucks slaughtered, I’ll share the meat with them. Works well for BOTH of us! :D

Not really a “prep”, as such, but today took the tractor tire in to get patched and re-aired. Mesquite thorns really do a number on tires! When it goes in for its’ “50-hour service”, I’m springing for the extra $$ to have the tires filled so that they NEVER go flat again! We’ve been lucky so far that it’s only been the front tires getting punctured…if one of those big back tires gets punctured, we’re screwed until we get them filled.

Picked up the flooring tiles (I cheat…wood-look vinyl peel and stick flooring tiles) for the shed that will be delivered in about a week…it will be my new sewing/crafting area, as well as extra storage, so I can get the excess stuff OUT of my house, and that bedroom can become a “guest room”. (OR someplace for me to retreat to when my husband’s snoring is keeping me awake.)

Also planted more green beans in with the pumpkins (As much as the pumpkin vines are sprawling, they should protect the seeds/seedlings from any winged or furry “raiders”.) Was going to re-plant the chard seeds, but with the storm rolling in, had to stop. If it was ONLY raining, I would have continued, but NOT taking chances with the lightning.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:08 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: weather and earthquake proof buildings

July 23, 2017 Whisper 0

The safest, earthquake proof home in an underground home made of concrete or concrete blocks. I’ve been in many and intend on building one. They are the most energy efficient home you can live in bar none. They are also the most well lighted home you can live in. I was in one in PA about 15 years or so ago while it was 10 degree’s out for over a week. The first thing I had to do was take off my coat because it was so warm. He lit a fire about 5 days earlier.

The were several that I was in during mid summers around 100 degrees. there was no air conditioning and it was very cool inside.
During the winter, the underground homes work on direct sunlight to heat the home which must face south. In the summer months, they work on indirect sunlight as a light source. The sun does not penetrate the home directly so it stays as cool as the ground around it.

The biggest part of this all is to keep the insulation on the outside only. These homes are very bright, dry and earthquake proof.

Statistics: Posted by Whisper — Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:12 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: weather and earthquake proof buildings

July 23, 2017 Whisper 0

The safest, earthquake proof home in an underground home made of concrete or concrete blocks. I’ve been in many and intend on building one. They are the most energy efficient home you can live in bar none. They are also the most well lighted home you can live in. I was in one in PA about 15 years or so ago while it was 10 degree’s out for over a week. The first thing I had to do was take off my coat because it was so warm. He lit a fire about 5 days earlier.

The were several that I was in during mid summers around 100 degrees. there was no air conditioning and it was very cool inside.
During the winter, the underground homes work on direct sunlight to heat the home which must face south. In the summer months, they work on indirect sunlight as a light source. The sun does not penetrate the home directly so it stays as cool as the ground around it.

The biggest part of this all is to keep the insulation on the outside only. These homes are very bright, dry and earthquake proof.

Statistics: Posted by Whisper — Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:12 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: weather and earthquake proof buildings

July 23, 2017 Whisper 0

The safest, earthquake proof home in an underground home made of concrete or concrete blocks. I’ve been in many and intend on building one. They are the most energy efficient home you can live in bar none. They are also the most well lighted home you can live in. I was in one in PA about 15 years or so ago while it was 10 degree’s out for over a week. The first thing I had to do was take off my coat because it was so warm. He lit a fire about 5 days earlier.

The were several that I was in during mid summers around 100 degrees. there was no air conditioning and it was very cool inside.
During the winter, the underground homes work on direct sunlight to heat the home which must face south. In the summer months, they work on indirect sunlight as a light source. The sun does not penetrate the home directly so it stays as cool as the ground around it.

The biggest part of this all is to keep the insulation on the outside only. These homes are very bright, dry and earthquake proof.

Statistics: Posted by Whisper — Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:12 pm


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

July 23, 2017 jimcosta 0

Jim’s Rant For The Day. Chinese Yellow Dick.

I apologize for all you long-time readers for this repeat tale but for you new-comers, it will help you understand what kind of a weekend I have had so far.

The businessman had been back from his his trip to China only a few months when he began having problems with his private part. When he was desperate enough to see a doctor he was told to wait while the doctor researched the books. The doctor returned and said that he had Chinese Yellow Dick, and the articles on it said he had to have an amputation immediately. The man dressed and stormed out.

Being that he lived in New York city, he felt he had a better chance if he sought out a Chinese doctor as he would be more familiar with the disease. Upon examination the Chinaman confirmed the disease. While the Chinaman was writing out a prescription, the man told him that the American doctor said it required immediate amputation. The Chinaman laughed and said, “Oh ho, America doctors so funny. No have to amputate.” The man said, “Oh thank god doctor.” The Chinaman then turned back around and said, “Just wait two week and fall off by self!”

Last week, after reservations, my wife bought me a heavy duty, gas powered hedge trimmer so I could reclaim the farm back from the jungle. I was 75% completed yesterday morning when she hollered that when I finished that I could clean the garage out. I had no choice; I sliced through most of the tip of my pinkey finger.

Being that I go into shock easily when injured, I called her on the phone and told her to stand by. Now there was no pain nor blood involved here (still no pain). But on the way to the hospital I began to go incoherent. She said that when she pulled up to the front door of the hospital I said I was going to throw up, I opened the car door, leaned out, passed out and rolled out onto my head on to the sidewalk. I came to wondering if I had had another birthday already and sporting a bald spot on the top of my hitherfore hairy head from the concrete rash.

The doctor who stitched me up was keying into his computer afterwards, looked over at me and said, “I am sorry, but I have too.” I now have “ D u m b a s s” on my permanent record.

He also said that more than likely, the tip will turn black and in two weeks “Fall off by self.”

When I got home my initial instinct was to blame my wife for the whole thing and tell her that I have been rolled out of cars by preppier girls than her before, but I just couldn’t lie to her, she’s still the prettiest. My only problem with all of this is, being the accountant in the family, I was so looking forward to teaching our new Grand-Daughter how to count to ten. Now I may have to settle for nine and a half.

Statistics: Posted by jimcosta — Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:36 am


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

July 23, 2017 jimcosta 0

Jim’s Rant For The Day. Chinese Yellow Dick.

I apologize for all you long-time readers for this repeat tale but for you new-comers, it will help you understand what kind of a weekend I have had so far.

The businessman had been back from his his trip to China only a few months when he began having problems with his private part. When he was desperate enough to see a doctor he was told to wait while the doctor researched the books. The doctor returned and said that he had Chinese Yellow Dick, and the articles on it said he had to have an amputation immediately. The man dressed and stormed out.

Being that he lived in New York city, he felt he had a better chance if he sought out a Chinese doctor as he would be more familiar with the disease. Upon examination the Chinaman confirmed the disease. While the Chinaman was writing out a prescription, the man told him that the American doctor said it required immediate amputation. The Chinaman laughed and said, “Oh ho, America doctors so funny. No have to amputate.” The man said, “Oh thank god doctor.” The Chinaman then turned back around and said, “Just wait two week and fall off by self!”

Last week, after reservations, my wife bought me a heavy duty, gas powered hedge trimmer so I could reclaim the farm back from the jungle. I was 75% completed yesterday morning when she hollered that when I finished that I could clean the garage out. I had no choice; I sliced through most of the tip of my pinkey finger.

Being that I go into shock easily when injured, I called her on the phone and told her to stand by. Now there was no pain nor blood involved here (still no pain). But on the way to the hospital I began to go incoherent. She said that when she pulled up to the front door of the hospital I said I was going to throw up, I opened the car door, leaned out, passed out and rolled out onto my head on to the sidewalk. I came to wondering if I had had another birthday already and sporting a bald spot on the top of my hitherfore hairy head from the concrete rash.

The doctor who stitched me up was keying into his computer afterwards, looked over at me and said, “I am sorry, but I have too.” I now have “ D u m b a s s” on my permanent record.

He also said that more than likely, the tip will turn black and in two weeks “Fall off by self.”

When I got home my initial instinct was to blame my wife for the whole thing and tell her that I have been rolled out of cars by prettier girls than her before, but I just couldn’t lie to her, she’s still the prettiest. My only problem with all of this is, being the accountant in the family, I was so looking forward to teaching our new Grand-Daughter how to count to ten. Now I may have to settle for nine and a half.

Statistics: Posted by jimcosta — Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:36 am


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

July 20, 2017 PatrioticStabilist 0

Not really prep I don’t think. But grandson and DIL are coming to stay with us for around 6 months.
Son is supposed to get transferred back to the states from S Korea, he will not know for sure the duty
station till August but about 90% positive will be New York. He will be attached to the 10th Mountain
Division as civilian support.

I think we could say prepping or bug out or what. They were vacationing off Korea when the missiles
were shot off by the north a few weeks back, very close by. I think it unnerved both of them plus there
are no American families at the forward base where they are near Camp Casey, all the command sponsored
ones are gone. We don’t know if he was strongly encouraged or if it was fear but we asked if they wanted to
come and it was yes. So this is really changing our life, for the better I think. I like DIL, we get along fine,
and we want to get to know our grandson, he is just 2, so will be good. Even if he ends up having to stay
(we hope not) it will be a good thing. It is so good to be Americans, she is a citizen and has been for a few
years, (she is Russian) and have a good safe place to come to.

He is getting ready to work on exercises from now till year end, 12 hour days, so he said it will be good
for them anyway. Now I will worry about him, but that is his job so not much he can do differently.

So maybe bug out to us for part of family, leaving an unsafe place.

Statistics: Posted by PatrioticStabilist — Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:44 pm


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

July 20, 2017 PatrioticStabilist 0

Not really prep I don’t think. But grandson and DIL are coming to stay with us for around 6 months.
Son is supposed to get transferred back to the states from S Korea, he will not know for sure the duty
station till August but about 90% positive will be New York. He will be attached to the 10th Mountain
Division as civilian support.

I think we could say prepping or bug out or what. They were vacationing off Korea when the missiles
were shot off by the north a few weeks back, very close by. I think it unnerved both of them plus there
are no American families at the forward base where they are near Camp Casey, all the command sponsored
ones are gone. We don’t know if he was strongly encouraged or if it was fear but we asked if they wanted to
come and it was yes. So this is really changing our life, for the better I think. I like DIL, we get along fine,
and we want to get to know our grandson, he is just 2, so will be good. Even if he ends up having to stay
(we hope not) it will be a good thing. It is so good to be Americans, she is a citizen and has been for a few
years, (she is Russian) and have a good safe place to come to.

He is getting ready to work on exercises from now till year end, 12 hour days, so he said it will be good
for them anyway. Now I will worry about him, but that is his job so not much he can do differently.

So maybe bug out to us for part of family, leaving an unsafe place.

Statistics: Posted by PatrioticStabilist — Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:44 pm


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

July 18, 2017 IceFire 0

Placed an order for my “she shed”/storage building. It will allow me to get all of my sewing stuff out of the house (AND daughter’s house) where I don’t have enough room, and into larger quarters (12×24 overall–interior is 12×20. The extra 4 feet is a covered porch). Once that’s done, the room where I currently have my sewing machine, cutting table, ironing board and SOME of my fabric and supplies will be turned into a guest room. Plus, a lot of stuff that I currently don’t have room for will go out there into storage in the loft, making the house a LOT cleaner/tidier.

We already know where it’s going, we just have to pull some mesquite and level the ground. Good thing I have a tractor!

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:47 pm


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

July 18, 2017 IceFire 0

Placed an order for my “she shed”/storage building. It will allow me to get all of my sewing stuff out of the house (AND daughter’s house) where I don’t have enough room, and into larger quarters (12×24 overall–interior is 12×20. The extra 4 feet is a covered porch). Once that’s done, the room where I currently have my sewing machine, cutting table, ironing board and SOME of my fabric and supplies will be turned into a guest room. Plus, a lot of stuff that I currently don’t have room for will go out there into storage in the loft, making the house a LOT cleaner/tidier.

We already know where it’s going, we just have to pull some mesquite and level the ground. Good thing I have a tractor!

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:47 pm