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May 26, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping and yard sales today!

Yard sales:

13 yards of muslin fabric (1 yard calico) – $6.50
2 double eagle fabric panels – $1.00
Xlarge Thermarest mattress – $5 (retails for $90)
Barn toy – $1
Steel bucket – $5
Graco Highback Affix booster car seat – $5 (retails for $60)
Oval talking Princess mirror – $3 (for the niece’s upcoming princess birthday party)
Camp stove (never used) – $10

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
The Rainier cherries are in – got 2 bags, ended up giving one bag to my Mom because she didn’t see them!

LTS:

2 cans of New Zealand corned beef

Yesterday,
I got 4 pints of bone broth and a bowl full of bone meal from the turkey carcass I slow cooked for 48 hours. The bone broth will be used for soup base, and the bone meal is being portioned out in the dog food.

We’ve been harvesting the radishes and lettuce for the past week.

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May 26, 2017 Cin 0

Grocery shopping and yard sales today!

Yard sales:

13 yards of muslin fabric (1 yard calico) – $6.50
2 double eagle fabric panels – $1.00
Xlarge Thermarest mattress – $5 (retails for $90)
Barn toy – $1
Steel bucket – $5
Graco Highback Affix booster car seat – $5 (retails for $60)
Oval talking Princess mirror – $3 (for the niece’s upcoming princess birthday party)
Camp stove (never used) – $10

Grocery shopping:

Restocked what we used
The Rainier cherries are in – got 2 bags, ended up giving one bag to my Mom because she didn’t see them!

LTS:

2 cans of New Zealand corned beef

Yesterday,
I got 4 pints of bone broth and a bowl full of bone meal from the turkey carcass I slow cooked for 48 hours. The bone broth will be used for soup base, and the bone meal is being portioned out in the dog food.

We’ve been harvesting the radishes and lettuce for the past week.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri May 26, 2017 5:45 pm


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May 25, 2017 IceFire 0

Cin, it’s a “Guide Gear” dehydrator from Sportsman’s Guide. I’ve had it for at least 10 years, and used it a LOT. It may be something as simple as a blown fuse, but I don’t have the knowledge to know for sure, or to fix it if it’s something more complicated. Besides, I’m REALLY hoping I can find someone to fix the old one, so that will give us 2 dehydrators, which will double our current dehydrating capacity.

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May 25, 2017 IceFire 0

Cin, it’s a “Guide Gear” dehydrator from Sportsman’s Guide. I’ve had it for at least 10 years, and used it a LOT. It may be something as simple as a blown fuse, but I don’t have the knowledge to know for sure, or to fix it if it’s something more complicated. Besides, I’m REALLY hoping I can find someone to fix the old one, so that will give us 2 dehydrators, which will double our current dehydrating capacity.

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May 24, 2017 Cin 0

IceFire – what brand of dehydrator?

I am currently making more bone broth with the turkey leftovers.

Also finished another baby quilt. Sold the commissioned one! YAY! Now I’m working on a quilt for the little grand-niece. I found fabric from when I made her parents’ wedding album, and so I thought I’d make a quilt for her from the leftovers. :)

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Inside Cheyenne Mountain II

May 23, 2017 anita 0

I have a surge protector on my electrical system as well, and one on the well. I also have lightning rods. I want to say that the surge protector on the electrical boxes cost $750, but I have two boxes, 400 amp service, and had it installed. That was 15 years ago.

We sit on a huge underground aquifer, and this area is a lightning magnet. I have solar panels, also sitting on metal poles, and the company that put them in put lightning rods on the system. I haven’t had any problems with lightning hitting it–or at least not damaging them. (Knocking on wood.)

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May 23, 2017 Permafrost 0

I don’t really have any electronics (just led lights & a freezer) up there but I am worried about a lightning strike bringing in electricity that would fry my batteries or start a fire. Since I have no fire insurance I may pick one up and figure it is my premium for the year. $250 isn’t that bad. Headed out in a few days so probably no time to order this trip, but something to pick up next time I’m in town.

Thanks

Statistics: Posted by Permafrost — Tue May 23, 2017 1:21 pm


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May 23, 2017 Gunns 0
Permafrost wrote:
Gunns,
How much is something like that, all in with the extra stuff needed to hook it up? I have been worried about my solar panel attracting lightning because it is on big metal post sitting in a open area. Right now all I have in line is a 12 volt fuse that was actually intended for a cars audio system for those big amps that the kids love to ruin their hearing with. I’ve been meaning to get something else in there.

$250. Sounds like a lot but it will save all your electronics in a lightening strike. Plus like I mentioned, it may save you from an EMP or CME if it isn’t directly over your head.

Statistics: Posted by Gunns — Tue May 23, 2017 1:12 pm


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May 23, 2017 Permafrost 0

Gunns,
How much is something like that, all in with the extra stuff needed to hook it up? I have been worried about my solar panel attracting lightning because it is on big metal post sitting in a open area. Right now all I have in line is a 12 volt fuse that was actually intended for a cars audio system for those big amps that the kids love to ruin their hearing with. I’ve been meaning to get something else in there.

Statistics: Posted by Permafrost — Tue May 23, 2017 11:50 am


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May 23, 2017 Gunns 0

Electrical power grids can be protected against both EMP and CME.

I have a whole house Surge protector which does work for lightening, power line surges and such. Will it protect against EMP or CME. Depends on a lot of factors. I got it because the amount of lightening storms we have here.

I have a Dytek DTK-120/240HD2 whole house surge protector at the main panel before distribution to my generator bypass or house.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Inside Cheyenne Mountain II

May 22, 2017 Permafrost 0

Rickdun,
How exactly would the population as a whole prepare for a EMP? Granted you can put some stuff in a faraday cage or stock a little food, but other than that most folks have no way to prep for a EMP event so why spook the herd. In major metro areas it is not possible to prep in any meaningful way for a long term grid down emergency. If nothing else just think of all those out of shape high rise dwellers who will have no elevators to get multiple stories up to their homes, and no water to drink if they get there without having a heart attack. While I think that people should know, I think that the government fears a mass panic about something that is largely theoretical until it happened and people find out what the effects are. A full disclosure of most of the threats facing modern society would disrupt an already fragile economy, and the government only cares about staying in power and keeping the tax money coming in.

Statistics: Posted by Permafrost — Mon May 22, 2017 12:56 pm


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May 22, 2017 rickdun 0

Thanks ReadyMom, sounds like the government is getting more nervous about the possibility of an EMP.

You think they would let us citizens in on some of what they know and what the citizens should prepare for, although most of the APN members here are prepared or are doing so.

Statistics: Posted by rickdun — Mon May 22, 2017 12:34 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Inside Cheyenne Mountain II

May 22, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Inside Cheyenne Mountain II
http://www.krdo.com/news/colorado-sprin … /508026955

COLO SPRINGS, Co. – In response to fears associated with the Cold War, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station was built in the early 1960’s to withstand a nuclear explosion.

An emerging high tech threat, however, has created new value in this manmade cave designed more than half a century ago.

The original tenant of the mountain, NORAD, still maintains an alternate command center in the underground complex, but in 2006, the agency officially moved its headquarters to Peterson Air Force Base.

That move generated talk about shutting down Cheyenne Mountain entirely.

“There was a lot of vacant space in the mountain, and there were some conversations in those times, the Rumsfeldt era, about whether or not to shutter Cheyenne Mountain,” explained Colonel Gary Cornn Jr., the commander of 721st Mission Support Group in charge of operating and security the installation.

However, the increasing threat from countries like North Korea and Iran, who are determined to develop nuclear weapons and the missiles that carry them, has reversed that talk.

The new fears are not associated with the classic mushroom-cloud explosion associated with nuclear weapons, but rather an EMP blast.

The detonation of a nuclear missile at the right spot above the earth could create an invisible but powerful electromagnetic pulse that could destroy not only every unprotected electronic device in the country, but the power grid itself, taking decades to recover from.

Col. Cornn says the 2,000 feet of granite, along with more subtle features of the mountain complex, acts as a shield against an EMP.

On a normal day, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station draws electricity from Colorado Springs Utilities, but the military is able to cut the cord almost immediately and switch over to internal generator power in a matter of moments if needed.

“There’s a capability that we have to disconnect from the grid, and that allows us to save up from an EMP threat,” says Cornn.

As a result, the head of NORAD and NORTHCOM confirmed in 2015 for the first time that a number of groups have moved equipment and staff back into Cheyenne Mountain, specifically for its EMP protection.

Admiral William Gortney, now retired, said, “It wasn’t really designed to be that way, but the way it was constructed makes it that way, so there’s a lot of movement to put capability into Cheyenne Mountain and to be able to communicate in there.”

Admiral Gortney wouldn’t confirm which groups have sought space in the mountain, but the fact that he can’t suggests they are among the most critical to the nation’s defense. —- CONTINUED at LINK with VIDEO —

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

May 22, 2017 IceFire 0

Since my dehydrator died on me–we were right in the middle of dehydrating a bunch of watermelon (dehydrated watermelon comes out like CANDY, because the sugars are concentrated) so it was VERY disappointing–I went ahead and ordered a new one. All metal, 10 trays (about 12×14) rear-mounted fan/heating element so you don’t have to rotate trays around. Still going to try and see if there’s someplace where I can get the heat/fan unit fixed, as that would give us two.

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May 21, 2017 farmer_dude48 0

Thinking about moving our preps around. Our little hometown took a pretty good hit this week-end we got about 7 inches of rain in 3 hrs or so needless to say the flash flood that came with it was pretty nasty. It taught me that everything can be lost very quickly.. Preps need to be a lot higher off the ground..

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May 21, 2017 IceFire 0

Went on a building supply run this morning, and we spent the afternoon working on the stable. Got the decking for the roof on (now we just need to put on the drip edge, then the roll-on roofing.) We also got most of the cross-braces up along the sides, and the ones between the two stalls. After that, we got the 4 remaining plywood sheets up along two walls of the inside of one stall.

I still need to get the rest of the plywood to finish the insides of the stalls, about 12 more 2x4s for braces to attach the rest of the plywood to. Once we get the insides of the stalls done, the horses will be able to start using them, and we’ll get the outsides done as we’re able.

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May 20, 2017 Cin 0

It’s rainy today so we’re working inside.

Husband cooked, deboned and is currently dehydrating a turkey we got on sale.

I took the bones, skin and leftover pan drippings, dropped it all in a crockpot and am making bone broth.

I’m also sewing today, several small projects that need to be done and out of here to the appropriate people!

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sat May 20, 2017 1:44 pm


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May 20, 2017 Cin 0

It’s rainy today so we’re working inside.

Husband cooked, deboned and is currently dehydrating a turkey we got on sale.

I took the bones, skin and leftover pan drippings, dropped it all in a crockpot and am making bone broth.

I’m also sewing today, several small projects that need to be done and out of here to the appropriate people!

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Sat May 20, 2017 1:44 pm


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May 19, 2017 Cin 0

Yard sales and grocery store today.

Yard sales:

6 flannel receiving blankets (to be cut up for quilts, family cloths, and washcloths) – $6
2 rompers, 2 dresses, 5 pairs of shorts, 4 shirts for the little grand-niece – $13
1 pashmina shawl scarf – 50 cents
1 fleece top – $1

Grocery store:

Stocked up on what we used

Bought 1 can of New Zealand corned beef, to try it out. If we like it, we will stock up for the LTS.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri May 19, 2017 4:51 pm


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May 19, 2017 Cin 0

Yard sales and grocery store today.

Yard sales:

6 flannel receiving blankets (to be cut up for quilts, family cloths, and washcloths) – $6
2 rompers, 2 dresses, 5 pairs of shorts, 4 shirts for the little grand-niece – $13
1 pashmina shawl scarf – 50 cents
1 fleece top – $1

Grocery store:

Stocked up on what we used

Bought 1 can of New Zealand corned beef, to try it out. If we like it, we will stock up for the LTS.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri May 19, 2017 4:51 pm


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May 19, 2017 Genevieve 0

Stocked up on:

sugar
pepper
cocoa
cinnamon
whole nutmeg
dry milk
canned meats ( chicken,beef and pulled pork)
baking soda
paper products
dish detergent

Next up is :
white vinegar
cider vinegar
more tp
more bath soap
borax
canning supplies
sure jel
pickling lime

week after that:
gauze
wraps
antibiotic cream ( 1 & 3)
alcohol
peroxide
tape
bandaids
gloves
iodine solution
individual packs of tylenol
hot packs
quick clot
anti-itch cream
calamine lotion
lanacaine
athlete’s foot cream
vaselene

Statistics: Posted by Genevieve — Fri May 19, 2017 9:08 am


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May 19, 2017 Genevieve 0

Stocked up on:

sugar
pepper
cocoa
cinnamon
whole nutmeg
dry milk
canned meats ( chicken,beef and pulled pork)
baking soda
paper products
dish detergent

Next up is :
white vinegar
cider vinegar
more tp
more bath soap
borax
canning supplies
sure jel
pickling lime

week after that:
gauze
wraps
antibiotic cream ( 1 & 3)
alcohol
peroxide
tape
bandaids
gloves
iodine solution
individual packs of tylenol
hot packs
quick clot
anti-itch cream
calamine lotion
lanacaine
athlete’s foot cream
vaselene

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May 18, 2017 Cin 0

While rootling (quilter term) through my fabric stash I found the top of a baby quilt I’d finished ages ago. Since I was already quilting the other 3 baby quilts, I finished this one, too.

We had a two hour power outage today due to high winds and branches falling on lines, I believe. No big deal, except I couldn’t sew. I have a treadle machine out in the garage, time to get it out, get it serviced, and get it inside for days like this!

When the power came back on I finished 2 microwave bowl cozies for one of the kids who requested specific colors. I have a ton of small projects I really need to get done, but its gorgeous weather and we’re enjoying being outside. :)

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May 18, 2017 Cin 0

While rootling (quilter term) through my fabric stash I found the top of a baby quilt I’d finished ages ago. Since I was already quilting the other 3 baby quilts, I finished this one, too.

We had a two hour power outage today due to high winds and branches falling on lines, I believe. No big deal, except I couldn’t sew. I have a treadle machine out in the garage, time to get it out, get it serviced, and get it inside for days like this!

When the power came back on I finished 2 microwave bowl cozies for one of the kids who requested specific colors. I have a ton of small projects I really need to get done, but its gorgeous weather and we’re enjoying being outside. :)

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May 16, 2017 Cin 0

Thanks Reb – I’ll probably freeze some of the herbs, too.

Good to know about the basil. I guess the other herbs can be indoors in winter, too.

I finished 3 quilts between last night and this morning – they are small baby quilts, nothing big or fancy. Once the person who commissioned them makes her choice, I hope to sell the other two on our local online swap.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Tue May 16, 2017 5:48 pm


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May 16, 2017 Cin 0

Thanks Reb – I’ll probably freeze some of the herbs, too.

Good to know about the basil. I guess the other herbs can be indoors in winter, too.

I finished 3 quilts between last night and this morning – they are small baby quilts, nothing big or fancy. Once the person who commissioned them makes her choice, I hope to sell the other two on our local online swap.

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May 16, 2017 IceFire 0

Now at 4 chicks hatched….still waiting on the other eggs. One looks like it might be starting….wish they’d hurry up and hatch, already!

Oh, and NOW the hen who previously decided she was done sitting, has apparently decided she wants to go broody again. Ggggrrrrr…..

Does anyone know if I can slip the new chicks/close to hatching eggs under her now, or does she need to “set” for the full 3 weeks?

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Mon May 15, 2017 8:28 pm


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May 16, 2017 IceFire 0

Now at 4 chicks hatched….still waiting on the other eggs. One looks like it might be starting….wish they’d hurry up and hatch, already!

Oh, and NOW the hen who previously decided she was done sitting, has apparently decided she wants to go broody again. Ggggrrrrr…..

Does anyone know if I can slip the new chicks/close to hatching eggs under her now, or does she need to “set” for the full 3 weeks?

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Mon May 15, 2017 8:28 pm


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May 15, 2017 rebnavy1862 0

Cin, I freeze herbs, especially basil, in olive oil. It tastes almost as good as fresh. I freeze mint in water for mojitos in the winter.
You can bring basil inside for the winter. Just place it in an area with maximum sun. I keep mine in a Florida room with glass on three sides.
Can’t live without fresh basil in my marinara sauce.
Reb

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May 15, 2017 Cin 0

Because we might be heading away from home for 2 weeks, I had to get some outside chores done that I’ve been putting off. I started a little deck garden with various veggies, hoping to keep the critters out of my produce. We’ll see how it works out.

I re-potted my orange tree (it was in a 30 gallon pot, I think, now it’s in a 50 gallon pot). I was terrified I’d lose the root ball, but with a little careful stabbing around the edges of the pot, I was able to lift the whole 5 foot tall tree out, intact. It got some more good dirt and Miracle-Gro and will hopefully thrive in it’s new home.

I potted the two types of squash and put the strawberries in the rail planters. I hope to be back home before the squash takes off, I’ll need to stake or cage it, I think.

I gave all the herbs a haircut – parsley, oregano, basil, and cilantro. Cleaned the cut herbs, put them in jars, filled with olive oil, and then in the fridge. This is supposed to preserve freshness and taste. I’ve never done it before, but was looking for a good way to keep it fresh. Supposedly, you can freeze them in ice cub trays with olive oil, too.

I know very little about gardening, this is all a learning experience for me.

I’m also working on a baby quilt commission, I’ll probably finish it up tonight.

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

May 14, 2017 Cast Iron 0
Cin wrote:
Hey Reb,

Two fences, one about 6 feet inside of the other, will discourage deer jumping. They are afraid of getting hung up on the other one. They do not need to be the same heigth.

Not enough room to do that – unless we take out some trees.

Choice 2: Spray the leaves with Hot Pepper Wax made by Bonide. That’ll light ’em up. You can make your own spray from cayenne pepper and garlic. Warning. Will attract undocumented deer.

How much cayenne are we talking here? And those undocumented deer can be very troublesome…

Choice 3: Claymore mines. Warning. Will keep you awake at night.

Now, here’s an idea I can get behind – tell me more about these claymores! :D

I use this fencing for my goats, along with a 2joule energizer: https://www.premier1supplies.com/deer/f … nce_id=115
Not cheap, but it does work.

Here is an alternative to the claymores: https://www.amazon.com/Cyalume-ChemLigh … trip+flare

Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Sun May 14, 2017 7:01 am


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May 14, 2017 Cast Iron 0
Cin wrote:
Hey Reb,

Two fences, one about 6 feet inside of the other, will discourage deer jumping. They are afraid of getting hung up on the other one. They do not need to be the same heigth.

Not enough room to do that – unless we take out some trees.

Choice 2: Spray the leaves with Hot Pepper Wax made by Bonide. That’ll light ’em up. You can make your own spray from cayenne pepper and garlic. Warning. Will attract undocumented deer.

How much cayenne are we talking here? And those undocumented deer can be very troublesome…

Choice 3: Claymore mines. Warning. Will keep you awake at night.

Now, here’s an idea I can get behind – tell me more about these claymores! :D

I use this fencing for my goats, along with a 2joule energizer: https://www.premier1supplies.com/deer/f … nce_id=115
Not cheap, but it does work.

Here is an alternative to the claymores: https://www.amazon.com/Cyalume-ChemLigh … trip+flare

Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Sun May 14, 2017 7:01 am