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    What have you done today to better your Prep? II

    Bought 10 jars of peanut butter.
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    What have you done today to better your Prep? II

    We ordered a stockpile of Tattler reusable canning lids and a pressure canner today.
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    Best Foods?

    My experience with food left in the car is limited, but MREs were a bad idea. They were edible in the sense that we didn't get sick and die, but they were bad. Jerky and meat sticks also not good after even just a couple weeks of hot weather, again the dog and I didn't die trying it, but they were bad. What has worked is crackers, granola bars, and ramen. I'm guessing anything dry will be ok.
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    Show me Your SHTF Coffee Maker?

    That is a cool camping espresso maker, DC Matt!
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    What's on your key chain?

    Keys, kubaton, and a mini led flashlight.
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    Show me Your SHTF Coffee Maker?

    I picked up a stove top espresso pot at a garage sale for $1 a couple weekends ago. Works good enough for me. Add some powdered milk and sugar and good to go. It kind of looks like this one, but I don't know what brand it really is.
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    FEMA Camps II

    Nice article. Covers everything I've seen said about FEMA so far.
  8. Now I'm going to have to find the parrot joke. We have a parrot, fish, and dog. Dog food is just another part of our prepping. She is a part of the family. The fish already has a lifetime supply of food (at least I hope it doesn't last longer than that), and the parrot can eat what we eat. We intend to bug-in unless the nuke plant goes. I'm not sure how taking the bird would work in a bug-out scenario, but with a young son and physical limitations a car is our mode of bugging out anyway, so it could be fine. And as my hubby points out, it may not be an issue as the parrot is kind of our "canary" it that situation anyway.
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    Just surviving isn't enough...

    Great advice! That could be said for present time as well.
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    Good job! They look really good! I will unfortunately be throwing out my tomato and pepper starts. I started them almost 2 months ago so I'd have good size plant starts by now, but I planted them in homemade newspaper pots. I should have tried it in a side by side comparison with the plastic pots I've used successfully in the past. Must be something in the newspaper making them stall out. Only one plant put out leaves after the starter leaves. Oh well.
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    When did you realize you need to Prep? Your awakening moment?

    I grew up on a farm, so my folks didn't call it prepping. It was just what you did. We had a huge garden and an orchard and access to wild berries, and put up what we needed for the year. We butchered a hog, shared a side of beef, and bought chickens from the neighbor up the road. We also traded that neighbor baked goods for eggs. We only went to town for bread stuff and dairy. So when I finally got a yard I put in a garden and started canning. I've tried to look for ways to cut costs by doing as much for myself as possible. Then my folks got another piece of land out in the country with no utilities and that really got me thinking of self sustainability. I stumbled across prepping in just the last year maybe. We'd always had the cars somewhat stocked for emergency and had heard about bug-out bags and thought about putting one together, but hadn't really considered all the possibilities. So now we're trying to figure out hunting and alternative heating among other things. I know there's some controversy over the Prepper's shows, but I think they are getting people thinking. Friends that I would call city slickers (and I mean no harm by that term, my hubby is totally a city boy) have been asking about bug out bags, and "have I ever thought about putting up food", and "you know medical supplies would be really important too". My neighbor flat out asked us if we were preppers while I was filling my pots for my garden this year and then went on about the economy, and had we seen that show. All in the last month or so. Totally took me off guard.
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    What will take out most novice preppers and nimrods

    Holy cow! I am too squeamish for that much stupid, couldn't watch it once the kid pulled out the gun.
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    Long distance survival

    My parents, sister, and grandma are 500 miles away. I'm not too worried about them. If my sis can get to our parents she'll be fine between what they have and what Grandmas got put up. I'd only need to get to them if I needed to bug out. Depending on the situation, it might not be feasible. We keep extra gas in the garage, but we'd have to get through Chicago or go around. I think best bet for me would be to stay where I am.
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    Container Gardening Slugs and other insects don't like it because it cuts them. It's a great natural bug deterrent.
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    And now..giant rats...well, that's just great.

    Wow! Rodents of unusual size... they do exist.
  16. My parents have lived without electricity for over a year and just a month or so ago bought that exact set up so that they could watch tv and have a little light at night without worrying about burning the place down. They liked the first 45 watt set they went back and got a second set of panels. The are just using two car batteries at the moment. Now that it's gotten a little warmer, they wanted to plug in their fridge, and it is using all the power. I haven't seen the set up with my own eyes, but they had no problem setting it up and it works well enough. They plan to just slowly expand their system until it does all they want it to do.
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    What's in/on your nightstand?

    I lucked out this morning on this one. Normally I just have my glasses, chap-stick, hair ties, lamp, and weather station. Because I've been putting together stuff for my son, I also have a little pouch with earplugs, a Swiss army knife, single blade folding knife, and dryer lint in a film canister. That will not be there long though. My P22 is there too, but in it's case unloaded because I have a kid and no tap safe yet, so kind of pointless.
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    Best Way to Pack Toilet Paper?

    LOL! Totally missed that. Thanks!
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    Seed Companies

    You're welcome! I know people can make money doing farmers markets and such, but the work that goes into it is unbelievable. My folks had a huge garden, and every time I visited them I ended up helping to clean, sort, weigh, and package vegis for the farm market. After a few years they decided it just wasn't worth it, and just garden for their own needs. You've got to REALLY love what you're doing to do the market thing. I'll be checking out some of your links here soon too! Never hurts to have a back up for sure.
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    Best Way to Pack Toilet Paper?

    Don't you guys know how to use the three shells? Fun thread! I vote for the Roman sponge or the soap bottle bidet. Then there's "How to [poop] in the Woods" method using smooth stones, a water bottle, and your hand.
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    Seed Companies

    Great list! I just started some seeds from Victory seeds. First time using them so we'll see how it goes. They are open pollinated heirloom seeds.
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    Survival Psychology: What Would You Miss?

    I'd miss hot baths. I got to jump off grid for a month last summer. No running water, no electric, no sewer, ate out of the garden, very poor cell service so my phone was off most of the time, and it was hotter than ever the whole time, but it was so relaxing. Granted, it wasn't TEOTWAWKI , so didn't have to worry about other people trying to get us and I wasn't having to take care of everything all by myself. I hated coming home and getting back to the grind stone. Sure, some things take more effort, like cooking and laundry and watering the garden when you have to carry the water by hand because there's no hose, but there isn't the distraction and demands associated with our streamlined modern life.
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    What do you do?

    That's a tough one. I know I wouldn't want to turn around and hike 7 more miles back the way I came. I think I'd opt to go the shorter route even with the rise in elevation. If it were me though, I wouldn't have waited till 1:30 to start hiking out. It also doesn't give the trail difficulty which might make a difference. They still had the food for the hot lunch they were going to make, and going to bed hungry one night does not have you starving to death, it has you learning a lesson the hard way. It seems they were staying warm enough with their gear, and if they can kind of get the stove going, they should be able to get a fire going to cook over.
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    Substitute for cholesterol Meds?

    I've heard from a PA that freezing the fish oil capsules and taking them while frozen is supposed to help with the fish oil burps. I haven't tried it myself, but it might work. My husband had super high triglycerides a few years back, and his specialist had him taking 4000mg twice a day. He took his with lots of chocolate milk. I believe increasing your fiber intake is supposed to help some too. I hope the fish oil helps and you can get off the meds.
  25. We have no cable TV; just Netflix. I'll pick up the Sunday paper every couple months and scan the headlines, but it's real purpose is lining the floor of the birdcage. I get most of my "news" from links to articles people post here or on other forums or Facebook or blogs. There is no specific news site that I visit regularly though. I don't miss it at all. In fact, I got a paper this last weekend and all it did was make me mad. That paper will be transformed into seed starter pots. I haven't heard of John Prine or Leonard Cohen, sorry. I don't really listen to the radio much either. I have started looking up podcasts lately though. Much better than talk radio since I can pick the topic I want to listen to.