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What have you done today to better your Prep? III

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Went to a liquidation store today, purchased a few bath towels & cotton T shirts.

Bath towels normal retail $23 each, got them for $4 each.

T shirts retail $15 each, got them for 4 T shirts for $10

There we’re deals on dog food for $7 for a  50 lb bag. Didn’t get any,my dogs pantry has enough food for the next 2 Plus years. It was a howling deal non the less.

 

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Yesterday I managed to get about 500 retaining wall stones for free through a Letgo classified ad. It was hard work getting them to my back yard & taken a physical toll on me. On the plus side of things, I’ve saved thousands of dollars not having to buy them. Blessings indeed & greatfull of the outcome provided.

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3 hours ago, wally said:

hope your  gonna be okay...

I’ll be fine, as the saying goes no pain, no gain.

Used these stones for a outer border for the garden, that will help my seedlings for next years crops from wind damage.

The garden does look more eye pleasing now, with these retaining wall stones. 

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3 hours ago, wally said:

do you have room at your place to put up a range?

 

 

No .

My intentions is to set up a IPSC rifle course when I go to Crown Land.

Set these stands up for the day in Queens Land with a few of my buddies, then when we’re done shooting, bring these target stands back home. 

This year is a no go, fall is almost here. Come spring time next year, it’s going to be a ding, ding,  ding affair. I’m quite sure these plates could handle 223’s &. 308’s easily.

Shooting a 9mm, 40 s&w, or 45 acp carbine would be fun as well.

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Yesterday I did a practice run on fire starting in a downpore of rain in 3 different methods, the easyist was using char cloth & flint, then using a ferro rod was second, then the hardest was using a bow drill method.

Char cloth & ferro rod methods are ideal for me now, so much that I refuse to light I fire with a match or a lighter for quite some time now.

ive made a 20 gallon propane tank wood stove a few years back & have cooked meals with it many occasions.

It’s fun practice as usual.

Have you practiced fire making without a match or lighter lately?

How about starting a fire in the rain or on a snow covered ground.

Practice until it becomes natural, that’s the ticket.

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i like the mag bar with striker and rod myself i've only practiced with it under dry conditions though...we do get a lot of rain during fall and winter so i should try it then too....thanks for the reminder...

 

 

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This past weekend I challenged my self in a one bucket of water sponge bath. Just to see if it was doable for me. The bucket size is 1.75 gallons or 7.89 litres  of water.

My first attempt was Saturday, which I managed to clean my self.

It’s amazing how much water is used in a bath tub, on average about 50 gallons is wasted.

 

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P210SIG, I remember years ago when New England suffered from 10+ days without power due to a major ice storm, my family and I would have to take our "baths" with a sponge from a 3-gallon kettle with heated water. It wasn't extravagant, and you did have to be careful on the amount of water you used to bathe because you had to rinse off too!

That's one of those things you really need to try for yourself - hopefully before adverse conditions hit - so you can plan for the proper amount of water for bathing and hydration.

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On 10/3/2018 at 8:39 PM, P210SIG said:

Yesterday I did a practice run on fire starting in a downpore of rain in 3 different methods, the easyist was using char cloth & flint, then using a ferro rod was second, then the hardest was using a bow drill method.

Char cloth & ferro rod methods are ideal for me now, so much that I refuse to light I fire with a match or a lighter for quite some time now.

ive made a 20 gallon propane tank wood stove a few years back & have cooked meals with it many occasions.

It’s fun practice as usual.

Have you practiced fire making without a match or lighter lately?

How about starting a fire in the rain or on a snow covered ground.

Practice until it becomes natural, that’s the ticket.

Starting a fire in the rain without good dry tinder is crazy difficult even WITH a lighter!

I always use a Firesteel when starting fires these days just to keep my chops up. And if I'm in the woods and I see a paper birch tree, Jackpot! I always take some bark and stuff it in my jacket pocket or in my pack - just in case. Tinder Tabs and vaseline soaked cotton balls are godsends if you have the presence of mind to bring them along.

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Well today was takin' care of business, took one of the dogs in got a rabies shot and some flea medication. Picked up another rooster for a second flock i started.

Vehicle maintenance check all the fluids top off, got most everything to rebuild the front of the motor, has a minor radiator leak so when i change it out everything gets replaced radiator, water pump,belt tensioner, belt, clutch fan. hoses, thermostat and whatever else I see maybe the power steering pump if the pulley is sloppy. and new fluid. Irebuilt the front end w/ shocks and had it aligned, tires are flat on pavement it was running toe in waring the edge of the front tires. Last, new rear shocks,

I like the old beast runs like a stripped ape and smooth and new vehicles are too tech heavy and all I hear from people with new vehicles is problems after the warranty seems like they start a continuing list of issues some very expensive.

Mine failed inspection had 11 codes I replaced the EGR valve and only one O2 sensor needed to be replaced thr rest of the codes were caused by the bad EGR. if you are not mechanical I am positive their ripping you off most are not mechanics they are parts replacers whatever the codes tell them to replace at a hundred buck a sensor they replace until they have bad part it is not going to fix the problem.

A friend owns a 1 ton truck comany starts with an F well this is his second the first they could not fix it would just quit not even 3 months old they replaced the motor he got another had other issues. companies want 20 to 70 grand for them and can't fix them with a computer supposedly helping with diagnostics. since late 1980s vehicles have become more complicated and less durable another American success story gone to sh*t because of the love of gadgets my advice K.I.S.S. keep it simple keep the gadgets separate from the drive train and get rid of sensors I end up replacing the sensors with nothing wrong with the motor O2 sensors are 80 bucks each I used to could time and change plugs & wires faster than they can diagnose a sensor.

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With the help from my loving son, today we both worked on making a home made log/wood splitter. Spent a good 10 hours on this project, I was measuring & cutting all the iron with a  angle grinder, my son doing all the welding. It was a great day bonding as well , doing what a family should be doing, spending time together doing things.

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Today I started my seedlings for my garden, the usual stuff, tomato’s, carrots, corn, radish, coliflower, peas etc,etc.

Still have snow on the ground where I I’m, hoping old man winter takes a holiday for spring, summer & is welcome back until late fall this year.

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 I bulked up on paper goods, paper plates few hundred 2 large cases of paper towels and toilet paper my preferred brands It's like comfort foods in tough times having your favorite products is way better than forced to use scratchy or just poor preforming products.  I picked up a case of baby wipes.

I got some bleach, and more dish soap i like to keep up to 5 gallons of the good de-greasing soap in lemon or lime  and antibacterial types. Also got more hand sanitizer all of this at a store closing for 50% off.

It is a good idea to have 5 gallons each of  baking soda, borax, diatomaceous earth, lime and Epsom salt.

Ways to Use Epsom Salt

borax uses

39 Awesome Diatomaceous Earth Uses

51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda

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Well Wally, true Mescal is tequila but not all tequila in Mescal, it is a matter of how it is made and the agave plants it is made from and where, Mescal's home is in Oaxaca  (wo ha ka) Mexico. A white maguey worm is placed in and the bottle filled. It is not so much the worm but it has something tequila just doesn't in flavor is one better than the other no but if you have become accustom to one or the other it's a personal choice. the worm was a recent 1950 era I guess promotional thing but it that is only part of the allure for some but, I just like Mescal although I would not turn down tequila and I am not for anejo or old / aged. I like my Mescal Joven or young I like the bite over aged more smooth versions of either so I would choose a silver tequila.  

Tequila is from the city of Tequila, state of Jalisco and only made from the blue agave plant.

All that aside if I make a Margarita I do a 5 to 1 or, 5 parts tequila or mescal to 1 part triple sec using  Cointreau or Grand Marnier is kinda putting on the dog / too fancy for a Margarita IMHO and lime juice to taste, to salt or not to salt the rim is purely a personal preference  if so use corse Kosher salt not Iodized or fancy salts.

I am more a purest if I have a Martini I like a vodka martini "dirty" meaning with pitted green olives not the ones stuffed with pimento and a bit of it's juice. I may drink it with a lemon twist but only if it is served at a party that way. If I make it vermouth just enough to wet the glass,  refrigerated vodka little more than 3/4 of the glass, and garnish as instructed. To me Ice waters down the drink IMO.

Moods and my taste buds or the meal generally picks the drink if it is a cocktail I go with Crown and splash of coke over ice. or dark rum and coke over ice. A highball whiskey sour. 

Beer well I like Miller, Shiner or Lone Star in the bottle and that depends on what they have in stock if it's my choice it's Miller and not lite. I have hoisted a few in pubs over the waters and local places I will drink Guinness, Fosters, White Elephant or  Black Swan and then I may just order a glass of Sweet ice tea.

the key to drinking is in moderation and don't mix wine beer and liquor then your just asking for a hangover from the nether regions one is too few and three too many.

In days long past a aperitif /cocktail before dinner, appropriate wine with the meal, a desert wine something that does not compete flavor wise with desert like Champagne  then after coffee and cognac or brandy and not all this ultra flavored sh*t as is is the adventure of a proper meal served in courses in Europe salad is after the main course here it is before.

Hors d'oeuvres are almost a thing of the past, the whole Idea of a dinner was a meet greet maybe some business talk or catching up.  a seating was important as the patriarch at the head of the table boy girl boy girl and betrothed or wedded couples across from each other. altering keeping the individuals that might breakout into a duel somewhat at length of each other as well as the ladies that might tongue lash each other at opposite ends. of course the last time I saw a table  that could seat a dozen  or more was longe than I would like to remember and dressing for dinner was not optional. I have only sat a dinner with finger bowels a couple of times now it's wet naps UGGG ! and there were no paper napkins .

as I recall bread plate and butter knife on plate 11 o'clock, desert plate or not if not smaller desert knife and fork  12 o'clock, water and wine glasses at 1 o'clock  center dining plate. to the left smaller salad fork to the outside near the plate the dinner fork to the right dinner knife and to the outside soup spoon  pretty basic.

Unless it's a tasting dinner then there may be shrimp forks or special prongs or spoons to attack the vittles as they parade by look to your host and hostess to copy their attack. if it is raw or wiggling there is normally a sauce dip or something to kill the quivers not of your beating heart or stomach but the critter menacing to escape certain death or obscure the fugly. I consider myself lucky that I have yet to see a live ant farm on a dinner table fried I can deal with. I am not hot on insects stuffed shoved into something or coated in honey or lined up on a skewer, I am more likely to choose a MRE over bugs.

Life has never been clean pristine or orderly there have always been GLBTQ autocrats republicans democrats socialists and communists even in the same family at the same table, and drug addicts to more or less degrees of acceptance in their social class or surroundings. in the past even in less affluent classes the dinner table was a island of what the family unit accepted some do not talk at the table others cross talk to distraction it was family friends lovers and couples wanting to connect savor the spoils of their labor, sadly that day is done. multiple generations under the same roof respect of elders a feeling of family is all gone to hell, today single parents latchkey kids raised by the public school system as it is and the street without a stabilizing family. those that do have a family most are tragically smothered by personal feelings they may as well be strangers. there is noting new in this world but for a time and place we fought back against incivility and family hostilities tried to be a unit against the hive mentality, holidays were times to remember old times past friends and family and renew family ties and show our respect and love for each other even if we had differences. at least for a while we could bow our head show respect for our God but now the darkness comes --- again some will give in others will fight it and many will be trampled and killed beneath it's dead cold hooves and in time either God will come or we will rise to fight the good fight again. 

I leave with part of a quote from John A. Stormer, “Treason doth never prosper" the whole quote is, “Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”  the title of the book, None Dare Call it Treason is one that needs to be in every home in America dog eared as should  the King James Bible IMHO.

Tricked you all  again, with food and drink and got you to stay for the sermon :P if any leave ignorant it's not my fault but your DNA.....

 

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Yesterday I was burning the rest of the fallen leaves from the fall season last year, in my outdoor wood stove. 

Will be using the ashes to my garden & trees.

Need to replenish the nutrients in the soil, which is needed for a healthy garden.

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