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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Just For Fun – Prepper Property

March 26, 2017 IceFire 0

The “cabin” looks like a tear-down (or BURN down)and the junk pile needs removed, but that’s a good price for the acreage. Is there water and septic on-site? If not, putting in a septic system can set you back 5k-10k, depending on the requirements/county codes. Putting in a well can run you 20k-40k on average, depending on how deep they need to drill…that is, IF there’s water underneath. If there’s no water, DON’T buy.

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

March 26, 2017 kenjabroni 0

Went to the library and printed off some hard copy information for a notebook Im preparing just in case. Went to an auction today and got a lot of things to outfit a cottage the wife and I just purchased. One of these days maybe Ill get lucky and find a dehydrator there. Ive picked up a number of things to further our ability to persevere though.

Planted some onions and 2 gooseberry bushes. my garden looks pretty good even though its little. My lettuce is ridiculous

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

March 26, 2017 kenjabroni 0

Went to the library and printed off some hard copy information for a notebook Im preparing just in case. Went to an auction today and got a lot of things to outfit a cottage the wife and I just purchased. One of these days maybe Ill get lucky and find a dehydrator there. Ive picked up a number of things to further our ability to persevere though.

Planted some onions and 2 gooseberry bushes. my garden looks pretty good even though its little. My lettuce is ridiculous

Statistics: Posted by kenjabroni — Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:12 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Just For Fun – Prepper Property

March 26, 2017 Cin 0

So one of the kids wants to move to the Four Corners area once retirement commences. We’ve been scoping the area via Internet, just checking out prices, acreage and laws. We came across this little gem today…Only needs a little TLC to be nice…and it’s been marked down from $120,000 to $30,000 for 40 acres.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Rancho-Verde-Rd-Trinidad-CO-81082/2094989582_zpid/

Looks like satellite TV is included! What a deal! :D

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General Preparedness Discussion • Just For Fun – Prepper Property

March 26, 2017 Cin 0

So one of the kids wants to move to the Four Corners area once retirement commences. We’ve been scoping the area via Internet, just checking out prices, acreage and laws. We came across this little gem today…Only needs a little TLC to be nice…and it’s been marked down from $120,000 to $30,000 for 40 acres.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/Rancho-Verde-Rd-Trinidad-CO-81082/2094989582_zpid/

Looks like satellite TV is included! What a deal! :D

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:01 pm


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

March 24, 2017 Cin 0

For the past two days, I’ve made the No-knead Peasant Bread – http://www.alexandracooks.com/2012/11/07/my-mothers-peasant-bread-the-best-easiest-bread-you-will-ever-make/. The whole family devoured it – had to make 2 more loaves the next day! This will be going into the repertoire.

Husband bought manure and seed potatoes – got them into the first raised bed.

Today was grocery shopping and yard sales! (YAY! Yardsales are back!)

1 NorthFace fleece jacket – $4 (retail around $150)
1 NorthFace hoodie – $2
1 AeroPostale jacket – $4

Grocery Shopping:

Restocked what we used…

Bought some new foods/spices as visitor is asking for some Middle Eastern food. Shall see how that turns out.

LTS:

Received another 6 #10 cans of FD food – buying this a little at a time, on sale only.

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

March 24, 2017 NJMike 0

I enjoyed the Kindle version of Survival Medicine so much I bought the paperback.

And that led to several other medical purchases.

My fish will be safe at least. ;)

Also completed the indoor seeding/transplanting to larger pots that I wanted to get done. I’ll be picking up remnants from two older portable greenhouses that have seen better days. I’m going to re-purpose just the shelf portions of the frame for stacking seed and pot trays for better vertical space use indoors.

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

March 19, 2017 3ADScout 0

Went to Lowes and got two more shelving unit for storage which makes for a total of 7 of these units. They are easy to put together and each self can hold 800 pounds each. They were on sale and saved about $20 each. Also picked up more wood for 2 additional raised beds. Also added a chop saw since I have a few projects on the list that it will come in handy for.

Will be adding some primers and some bullets for re-loading today.

Have been spending time going through “stuff” and sorting it into donate, sell, and trash piles in preperation for our move to the BOL next year.

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

March 19, 2017 Cin 0

Went to the bulk seed store today and got all kinds of seeds! Even found thai basil, bok choi, and some other exotic things! YAY!

I am cautiously optimistic that the blanket and sheet I put over the peach tree saved the blooms from a 3 day freeze. I’m not sure yet. They’re still attached to the tree and we’ve had 2 days of warmth, so…

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:23 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Why Preppers need a 3D Printer

March 18, 2017 Krakatoa 0

I wrote a short book that shows how a 3D printer may be used to overcome unforseen equipment failure. It’s a book ( verbose ) because I assume you have no experience with 3D printers or 3D design…. and I dive into the details to eliminate the mystery and show you how simple it is to create your own replacement parts with a 3D printer. This is old-school: How To ( inspired by Heath Kits )

The book is available on-line at no charge: http://3d.krakatoaranch.com/index.php/2 … hes-dryer/

My next article ( in-progress but I’m a slow writer ) is about how to use a 3D printer to create fully functional Printed Circuit Boards ( might be handy when the converter blows ).

Statistics: Posted by Krakatoa — Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:54 pm


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

March 18, 2017 IceFire 0
Blondie wrote:

IceFire wrote:Made a stop on the way home from work today and added to my version of a “retirement fund”. It helped that the price of AU was down, so was able to pick up .25. Since I can only add to it a bit at a time, I find that fractionals are the best way for me to go.

Thank you for posting about this.

It’s a struggle for me to “diversify” by getting my head out of the stock market and avoiding traditional retirement advice.

Blondie, I don’t trust the stock market at all. I MUCH prefer my “retirement fund” to be in something tangible that I can access IMMEDIATELY if necessary. Hubby has the “traditional” 401K, but we agreed that I would instead invest in metals and cash. While I can easily afford full ounces of silver (which I also have), there is NO WAY I can afford full ounces of gold. I would have started buying it YEARS earlier that I had, if only I had known that it was available in “fractionals”…1/10, 1/4, and 1/2 ounce coins. Depending on price, I can usually afford 1 or 2 1/10 coins, or sometimes a 1/4 (if the shop where I buy them has them in…availability can be spotty in a small town. MUCH easier to find in a larger metro area.) So, every payday (every 2 weeks) I get $300 and either buy the gold (if it’s available) or put the money in the “cash stash”, which doubles as both our “emergency fund” and our savings toward large purchases. We DID have more in BOTH forms (metals and cash) but used what we had previously for the downpayment on our acreage. By having it “on hand”, we keep it under OUR control, and don’t have to worry about “bank holidays”, ATMs being non functional, or any other event that would otherwise prevent us from accessing OUR money. I basically keep enough in the bank for “operating expenses”, paying bills, etc., and keep the rest of it where it is immediately accessible. I find I actually am LESS likely to spend the money in the “stash” than the money in the bank account!

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

March 17, 2017 Blondie 0
IceFire wrote:
Made a stop on the way home from work today and added to my version of a “retirement fund”. It helped that the price of AU was down, so was able to pick up .25. Since I can only add to it a bit at a time, I find that fractionals are the best way for me to go.

Thank you for posting about this.

It’s a struggle for me to “diversify” by getting my head out of the stock market and avoiding traditional retirement advice.

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

March 16, 2017 Cin 0

Talking to a friend last night and somehow the subject got onto hickory syrup. I’ve not made any for the past few years, so I decided today I’d gather up some of the last fall’s nuts and try a batch.

It’s a little on the light hickory-nut tasting side, but the taste and smell of hickory is there. I’ll batch it up and probably give some of it away. Looks like I might have about 5 pints.

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

March 14, 2017 Cin 0

We’ve had some cold, below freezing weather and have been staying in playing ont eh computer, reading and watching documentaries (we don’t have satellite or cable now).

I decided to roast a chicken yesterday and then threw the bones and some veggies in a crockpot to make bone broth.

I’ve never made it before, heard it was very nutritious, so since I had the ingredients, I tried it.

I put it in pint jars in the fridge so the fat will rise to the top and will try it tomorrow. Hope I like it – it seemed real easy.

If it turns out well, I’ll try it with beef bones, too.

Packed up some stuff for the thrift shop in the continuing de-clutter of spaces for more preps.

Cleaned out the foyer closet and put our EDC bags in there (we did have them in our bedroom) – we don’t leave them in the car because of mice. We just take them as we leave each time and toss them in the back.

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

March 14, 2017 Cin 0

We’ve had some cold, below freezing weather and have been staying in playing ont eh computer, reading and watching documentaries (we don’t have satellite or cable now).

I decided to roast a chicken yesterday and then threw the bones and some veggies in a crockpot to make bone broth.

I’ve never made it before, heard it was very nutritious, so since I had the ingredients, I tried it.

I put it in pint jars in the fridge so the fat will rise to the top and will try it tomorrow. Hope I like it – it seemed real easy.

If it turns out well, I’ll try it with beef bones, too.

Packed up some stuff for the thrift shop in the continuing de-clutter of spaces for more preps.

Cleaned out the foyer closet and put our EDC bags in there (we did have them in our bedroom) – we don’t leave them in the car because of mice. We just take them as we leave each time and toss them in the back.

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

March 14, 2017 NJMike 0

Picked up some more canned goods.

A recent Home Depot trip had the grow your own mushroom kits for half off. I picked up two and will be starting one of them next week. I added some flashlights from the clearance section too.

I also finally began using the Kindle I’d picked up on a Black Friday sale. I’ve been downloading free books on various prepping topics. It’s another backup to the paper books and the PDFs I have on other electronic media.

One of the Kindle books I’ve added is the Survival Medicine Handbook. It’s been a good read so far. Excellent information for some medications needed for my fish.

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

March 13, 2017 kenjabroni 0

Made a composting bin out of some recycled pallets. 7 feet long by 4 feet deep. Its two boxes divided in half. I really dont have a huge amount of knowledge with them just know to add the stuff turn it and water it…….guess we will see. Got the metal frame from a 10×10 dog kennel and im going to repurpose it into a green house. I will have to frame the roof and put some framework up for the walls to attach the plastic to but I think its going to turn out pretty good. Made the wife a GHB. Shes going on a long road trip. Did what I could do to give her a chance just in case.

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

March 13, 2017 kenjabroni 0

Made a composting bin out of some recycled pallets. 7 feet long by 4 feet deep. Its two boxes divided in half. I really dont have a huge amount of knowledge with them just know to add the stuff turn it and water it…….guess we will see. Got the metal frame from a 10×10 dog kennel and im going to repurpose it into a green house. I will have to frame the roof and put some framework up for the walls to attach the plastic to but I think its going to turn out pretty good. Made the wife a GHB. Shes going on a long road trip. Did what I could do to give her a chance just in case.

Statistics: Posted by kenjabroni — Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:26 pm


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March 13, 2017 IceFire 0

Between yesterday and today, we got the wood added to the framing of the greenhouses–we started with 2 6×8 greenhouses, and are turning them into one 6×19 1/2 greenhouse. Also got the roofing mostly done on the one–replacement for the one that got blown away and damaged by the wind. Fortunately, after removing the roofing (lattice and polycarbonate panels) and lattice around the sides, we were able to straighten out the frame enough that we will be able to re-use it. Still need to put the roof ridge cap on, and roof over the “gap” between the two section. We did add some framing to the back of the gap, and framed in a doorway in the front (I’ll need to build a door for that.) Still need to “wrap” around the sides and ends–I have 5 mil thick ag plastic for that, so it will just be a matter of using the staple gun and stapling the ag plastic to the wood.

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

March 13, 2017 IceFire 0

Between yesterday and today, we got the wood added to the framing of the greenhouses–we started with 2 6×8 greenhouses, and are turning them into one 6×19 1/2 greenhouse. Also got the roofing mostly done on the one–replacement for the one that got blown away and damaged by the wind. Fortunately, after removing the roofing (lattice and polycarbonate panels) and lattice around the sides, we were able to straighten out the frame enough that we will be able to re-use it. Still need to put the roof ridge cap on, and roof over the “gap” between the two section. We did add some framing to the back of the gap, and framed in a doorway in the front (I’ll need to build a door for that.) Still need to “wrap” around the sides and ends–I have 5 mil thick ag plastic for that, so it will just be a matter of using the staple gun and stapling the ag plastic to the wood.

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

March 11, 2017 IceFire 0

Worked on the greenhouses a bit today…got the 2×4 supports for the one done, plus the back side of the other one, and got them linked together. Ran out of 2x4s to finish the other side, so need to get some more so that we can finish.

Hit the antique mall today, and came away with a few goodies….antique glass hand-crank butter churn, hand-crank coffee grinder, silver stein from 1895, humidor for future son-in-law’s birthday next month, and antique curling iron (you stick it in the fire to heat it up)

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

March 10, 2017 air commando 0

I did some looking on Amazon and found some really good deals on Auguson Farms #10 cans of Chicken and Rice, Creamy Potato Soup and some other items (<$11.00 each). The deals were for Prime members only but I figured at that price I could definitely try a few. The wife and I so ‘subscribe and save’ on our coffee and dog food through Amazon so I added 1 Mountain House #10 can a month and a couple of Mountain House breakfast packages. It works ok with my budget and it’s one less thing I have to think about. I figured for about $30-$35 a month I can get a #10 can and a couple of pouches on top of what we can or put away.

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

March 9, 2017 anita 0

Man, I feel like I’m rowing against the tide, but I’m getting my house ready to sell, so I’m sprouting beans and feeding them to the chickens, along with oatmeal and cooked rice. Trying to get through my older supplies, especially the stuff I bought at the grocery early on that isn’t stored as well as it could be, because I don’t want to move old foodstuffs that are past their prime. I have a decent amount of freeze-dried in #10 cans already packed up and ready to go.

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

March 8, 2017 NJMike 0

I’ve got some seedlings growing in flats. Just basil and peppers. The rest of my planting will be direct sow or plants. Picked up some purslane seeds too. I’m going to plant in containers, save some, and spread the rest about outside to see where if it will take.

Paid down some cc divorce debt. Lawyers are doing well in this at least.

With that progress I put in a modest order for some additional LTS foods.

Three batches of mead to rack into new carboys between now and the weekend.

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

March 4, 2017 Murby 0
rickdun wrote:
Slowly eliminating caned meat and getting freezedried, have 4 cases of chicken and 4 cases of beef now, I’ve been ordering a case of each, each month until I get 10 cases of each total. I’ve priced various companies and I’ve been ordering mine from Honeyville.

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Really? You like the freeze dried meat better than pressure canned or store bought?

Statistics: Posted by Murby — Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:59 pm