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  1. BLESS your town!! I saw the story on the news and I was proud of everyone who came out to support and protect the family. Prayers for misguided Westboro Baptist Church.
  2. My brother became a Patriot Gaurd motorcyle rider a few years ago, and I have been so touched, impressed and inspired by the work that these guys and gals do. It all began when a bunch of mostly Harley riders got together to surround families of fallen soldiers to protect them from insensitive protesters at funeral services. Now they run many "missions" of compassion and patriotism. They gather in numbers, engines roaring, flags waving to welcome combat soldiers home. BTW, they only run "missions" by request, and never show up uninvited. They have become increasing well organised and have now partnered with American Legion riders. Most riders are involved with both clubs. PGR and AL riders are active all across our country. Just this past week, a school boy in CA rode his bicycle to school with a flag waving in honor of Veterans Day. The Principal told him he shouldn't bring the flag to school, as it "might offend someone" American Legion riders rallied around him, about 50 strong, and escorted this young American to school on their Harleys, flags flaring. When it made the evening news, the Principal apologized and said he would not make such a mistake again. It occured to me that these guys and gals perform services for all of us on some level. They are often where I wish I could be, but have to work or something. Welcoming soldiers home from war, saluting those who have fallen while supporting the families, and supporting all of our flag wavers...even the youngest among us. So today, I salute YOU!! Thanks to our unique and much needed American Patriots of the Patriot Gaurd Riders and American Legion Riders!!
  3. The FOOD GRADE DE is safe. If it doesnt say FOOD GRADE forget it! I use FOOD GRADE DE in my grain buckets, to worm the dog and get rid of the ants in the kitchen. There are several vendors on the net for FOOD GRADE DE. I think it's great!
  4. I was in Walmart yesterday to get some fertilizer and garden soil before the prices go up for spring. While there I got some canned sale items. While checking out, the cashier lady started complaining about the price of food and wondering what people were going to do as ;prices continue to go up. I noticed while shopping that powdered milk was very expensive. When I was a kid we couldn't affort regular milk but we could always afford powdered....
  5. I already have one large hole dug. The coolers will have about a foot of soil over them. Also, the hole is in the woods (jungle!) behind my house...a bit cooler yet, and hidden. Simpy disguising barrels is not really an option outdoors, (wish it was!!!) as it is just toooo hot and humid. Anything underground is going to be a bit cooler and more stable. Most of my food storage is in the house, and air conditioned. My plan is for a small extreme emergency stash. I guess I will be the guinnie pig and try the coolers and varnish out! The coolers are insulated which I think makes them far superior to the food buckets or pails. As someone posted earlier, the biggest worry is water getting into them somehow. I think I can overcome that issue.
  6. Life without testosterone would be soooooooo boring!! LOL Anyhooo..... My first idea was to just bury my storage food pails, but learned from this site that those pails tend to crack outdoors over time. The problem is fluctuating temps. Even buried (shallow) there is temp fluctuation and moisture changes. So the big challenge is insulation. The buried freezer/fridge comes highly recommended, so I thought putting the buckets/cans into coolers would be simpler for me and probably just as effective. My thought is to add straw or sand in and around the coolers. I hear ya about water getting in. I live on a hill and have very sandy soil...not tooo worried about the water table (( ? )) but we get torrential rain rather frequently. I picked up 2 very large water coolers at the Thrift Store this week. I was thinking of lining them with mylar bags and filling with grain (moisture and oxygen absorbers, diatomacious earth) and burying those. I will make sure they are water tight first. I could also put them into a larger cooler and bury all. I could also wrap the the coolers in plastic to help keep moisture out. And what about varnishing the cans vs waxing?? It makes sense to me, but dont hear much about it! Garbage pails: wouldn't mylar bag lining keep chemicals from leaching? Several people have suggested them. I think I prefer the cooler method though, and they are food grade to start. Thanks for all input!!!
  7. Hey y'all. I am considering burying a cache of food and other supplies for long-term storage, or SHTF. I have read about root cellars, using old freezers etc. The thing is, I'm a single lady and don't have help. Rather than sit on my thumbs waiting for help, I am considering placing my canned, bucketed and/or bagged supplies in insulated coolers, and then burying those, and using straw or sand to insulate further. I live in a hot humid (tropical) climate. I am also thinking of applying varnish to the cans to aid in the prevention of rust. Does this sound like it should work? Thanks! GulfCoastRuth
  8. GOOD FOR YOU!! We have Master Gardener's avail here where I live, and they are sooo helpful! Congrats!!!
  9. Thanks Everyone, for your input! I"ve had this rice since May of last year, and it seems fine to me. It has been vaccuumed sealed and kept in a dark closet. I put some in chicken soup I was making...that soup tasted good!! And suddenly I thought about the rice..and got to thinking... Anyway, I've eaten some of the good tasting soup, with no ill effects!
  10. Hi Everyone, How can you tell when brown rice has gone rancid?? I've heard it can and does happen pretty quickly. I have a whole heap of it stored. It looks and smells ok to me. Thanks in advance!
  11. Thanks for the prayers! It rained all day yesterday and last night. Nothing scary. No damage. Continued prayers for the folks further north who will be dealing with the rain now. Georgia NEEDS the rain, so it's a blessing!! God is good. GulfCoastRuth
  12. Nette, my heart goes out to you too. My friend and I pray every morning together, and we will put you on our prayer list. May God find a way to comfort you, and hold you up, and give you some peace. Sending you heartfelt love.
  13. I live in the Pensacola area, and it looks like Ida is headed right for us. Schools are closed today (Monday) and tomorrow. Right now, they are saying it will probably be a strong tropical storm when it hits full on. Sky's are cloudy, surf is up, time to put the lawn furniture away! We could have some strong winds...this is a heavily wooded area, so trees blowing down can become a problem. My biggest fear though, with Ida, is tornados! They do occur randomly and are so destructive and come along with any severe weather that we have. Prayers for the whole coastal south! Here I was just BRAGGING about being prepared...and it struck me that the gas tank in my car is EMPTY!! Just goes to show ya...Im usually pretty good about keeping it full. Was tired the other day coming home and let it go! The problem is that folks hoard gas before a weather event (because, the gas supply shuts down in the gulf, ships wont bring it in, and the rigs evacuate). Gas stations run out of fuel, and it can take awhile to get restocked after the event is over. Anyway...this is not a monster storm, thank goodness, but it's a very good preparedness drill, and has some potentially serious variables! I get an "F" in the full gas tank dept, but I do have gas stored in cans, so that gives me a "D+" right??!!! THANKS to those who pray for everyone hunkering down and waiting out the storm. It's a comfort!! GulfCoastRuth
  14. We are getting warnings here for a Cat 1...lots of rain and maybe some 25 mph wind. It occured to me that I am already ready!! No need to run out and get anything from the store!! Yippeeee!!
  15. YOU GO GIRL!!! LOVE your spirit of adventure, your courage!!! Let us know how it all turns out!!!
  16. Well I'll NEVER find the recipe online again.... but the oats are just plain old rolled oats, not pre-cooked or anything. Mix with egg...powdered egg is fine...and add poultry seasoning..I use Perfect Poultry Seasoning from SAMS CLUB. That's it! Mix well, form a patty and fry in oil. Cook thru and let it get a bit crusty on the outside. Put it on a plate, cover with a bit of thinned (with milk or water) mushroom soup and there you have it!! IT'S GOOD!! Honest!!!
  17. Well...one reason I run out of oats so fast, is that I use them in everything!! I dont do anything special, just throw a cup in...bread, cupcakes, pancakes. I think it makes wh-wh recipies lighter and I like the added kinda chewy texture. I found a recipe somewhere: how to make faux chicken fried steak using oats! It's delicious and I"m not kidding!! (Ok, make an oat patty using an egg and GOOD poultry seasoning. Fry up. Cover with cream of mush soup, that has been diluted with milk. Suprisingly GOOD!)
  18. Butter. And tho I didn't run out, I'm surprised at how FAST I run thru a 25 lb bag of rolled oats! I was just thinking this week, about how helpful it is to USE our preps, as we learn from it. I decided NOT to run to the store for butter, and stick to my SAMS CLUB schedule. I just make due without til then. And that got me thinking how helpful THAT is! When SHTF we are going to have to improvise, and to me, this is a confidence builder, and a big part of prepping. I read an article recently about a guy who escaped the poverty and oppression of Cuba. He says no matter how much you stock, you will eventually run out. Be prepared! We'll need to improvise and adapt. I also like paper towels, and at this point, consider them another indulgent luxury! I have run out and had to wait for the SAMS run. It gives me practise, and again, confidence. Great thread!
  19. An overview of urban gardening and preserving the harvest. Home security.
  20. Can't recall if it was mentioned before, but every wagon will need big heavey buckets of axel and wheel grease! Also, the wheels need constant repair, so all that stuff. Wagon wheels were wooden with metal rims.
  21. Well, I can tell you that we women started out keeping up our makeup, washing our hair and brushing our teeth from the water wagon, and stepping around mule apples, but that didn't last long. Wear a hat to cover up that greasy hair, fresh washed make-up free faces started to look not so bad, chew on a blade of grass, and pretty soon you don't even notice the horse & mule do-do.
  22. Don't we know..... I am very blessed to have a close and dear friend that is a recent convert to prepping, as am I. We are also on the same page politically and spiritually. We are both well aware of the rarity of such a friendship and are very grateful for it. She lives thousands of miles away from me, but we synchronized our phone service and talk everyday for free. We PRAY that when SHTF we will find some miraculous way to stay in touch! Geee...no one ELSE to talk to around here....or there!!! Meanwhile....I have no one to talk to in my immediate circle and often feel as though I'm living in the twilight zone. To add to this weirdness....my beloved Pastor has recently mocked all would-be preppers from the pulpit and is preaching that the "end times" have already happened!!! He is a "preterist" meaning he believes the prophecies of Revelation were fufillled in 70A.D. ....ummmmm.....that is like saying "we lived thru the hurricane, it's over, no worries!" ....ummmmmm...another hurricane? Worse than the first? Or..."Hey Hitler came and went, we can stop worrying now" ...ummmm.....Anyway.....I see my fellow parishoners nodding their heads emphatically in agreement with him. Very creepy and disturbing to me. Sad and disappointing. I have researched prep/survivalist networks in my area and have not connected. My neighbors have no idea I have a secret organizing plan, they all have jobs, and have been assessed for their "skills sets" LOL !!! I don't overtly try to convert even my family, but my grandkids have decided it's fun to grind wheat for homemade bread, or peanuts for peanut butter. They will help me with my new backyard garden next spring. My son and his wife were both out of work during the summer. I helped them alot with Sam's Club stuff and got my daughter-in-law a card (for free). Hopefully she'll see for herself that stocking up will help them save $$$ every day. For my son's birthday I gave him a hurricane survival kit. He always says jokingly "I'll know where to come if SHTF!" ...ummmmm...no joke. In fact, my preps include the possiblity that they would come and stay with me, or, I would at least outfit them. I love books, and am glad that there is some discussion on various site including Mrs. S. I just finished "Alas, Babylon" My friend and I agree that Mrs. S is a wonderful Godsend and we are both active on this site. I am especially grateful for the feminine spirit (as opposed to commando, found on most other sites) and the help with storage and cooking questions. The ladies here with knowledge and skills truly fill a void. So Teaberry, you are not really alone in your alone-ness!! You are a sister and a true member of the club!! Hugs & stuff!
  23. I just gotta jump in here..... I actually DID travel from Colorado to Mexico by mule-driven covered wagon train. Here are a few notes from the trail: The wagon train started in AZ with 17 wagons. Traveld up thru TX into Colorado mostly on paved roads, but as much as possible, on back roads and thru Indian Reservations. Arrived back in AZ at the border of Mexico after 1 yr, with 4 wagons, in bad shape. They shook apart on the PAVED roads. We got bogged down in deep mud in Colo, finally had to call for tow trucks. No way to get across "Wolf Pass" safely. A very deep/steep valley. Again, had to break the rules and truck everything over. We stopped once a week at whatever local High School was near by to shower in the gym. Nevertheless, I got a badly infected thumb, and a horrendous case of Athletes Foot. Once a week is not enough! And Pioneers didn't even have once a week!! Someone had to watch the mule line at night. They were tethered usually in a nice enough pasture area, but were often loose and scattered in the morning. A couple of times the lines became very tangled and we had mules panic. One night a mule was bitten by a brown jumping spider and died. No need for an alarm clock, they would start "calling" for breakfast at first light! We had one run-away wagon, no one hurt, but wagon destroyed. Very dangerous. On the Ute reservation, some Indian men and boys came into camp and offered to talk to us about their lives. The women made fresh fry-bread for the whole camp. A gift. In the "Land of the Dine" (Navajo Reservation) Indians occasionally rode in by horseback, very friendly. One night they brought 2 truck loads of produce as a gift to us. I did the camp laundry at Medicine Hat trading post in AZ. Using washing machines and dryers it took me 3 days. The trading post was the hub of the Rez. I was invited to a wedding, and blessing ceremony at Shiprock. I carried laundy for a very old lady one day, and she called me "daughter" When given "leave" occasionally from the wagon train, (a van would take us to whatever town), most of the men would "whoop it up" and get very drunk in town. A few times had to be bailed out of jail. Personal stories were our main source of entertainment on the trail. No electronics for entertainment. One morning I was sitting around the morning fire with a couple of teenage boys who had helped me feed the mules. It was first light, and there was a red glow on the horizen. The boys got into an argument about what the red glow was. One boy said it was pollution from town. The other said it was the sun coming up. Finally they asked me what I thought. I told them "Well, that red-ribbon has been around a long time, even before pollution from town. The old Cheyenne would say that it's the shining moccasines of the Dawn Boys, come to tell the stars it's time to end their journey across the sky, and time for Grandfather sun to don his shining headress and climb the blue stairs of the sky " They both looked at me in stunned silence!! I had to laugh, but Sunday morning we let those boys sleep in. One of them came running up to me looking like he just jumped out of his bedroll and he was very uspet. He found me finishing up my breakfast and breathlessly exclaimed "You forgot to wake us up to see the sky!!" I was on the wagon train for 6 months. It was one of the great adventures of my life. It was tough even with modern conveniences, and I often thought about how double-tough our acestors had to be to make it. Thanks for letting me share!
  24. WOW! Thanks Dogmom!! You are a much better researcher than I! I wasn't able to find much at all online. The first link, the guy w/all the photos, lives in my region, more or less, so that is encouraging. Still not sure if I have a source for starter stalks, but you have given me some leads!! Thanks for being so "sugar cane" sweet!! GulfCoast
  25. I hear ya Cricket! I also know folks who have been hard hit because of debt. My brother's family just walked away from a big house they bought a few years ago, thinking the investment would provide a comfortable retirement. Not so. Broken dream. Conventional wisdom is to pay down the debt. I think this is good advice. James Wesley Rawles over at Survivalblog just posted some notes on this. This is why I say, we have to do what works for us as individuals. I have avoided debt all of my life. Never use credit cards. I bought my house when it was a bargain. My mortgage payment is so low, that I could cover it if I had a min. wage job, or lived on Social Security. Boy would my preps come in handy then!! For me, paying my mortgage monthly is a priority, and prepping at the same time. I'm one of those people that has to make a decision....which comes first, the debt or the preps? I went for preps, and it has already proved a good strategy for me. As a school district employee, I was out of work for the summer. I was able to pay my mortgage with savings and live on storage supplies. No grocery store for 3 months! I really couldn't have managed without the storage. My storage also greatly helped my son (also a school district employee) make it through the summer. (The summer before, I had payed my mortgage ahead, but had no preps. I survived, but spent waaay more $$, and time, on groceries and gas,. It was a "white nuckle" situation. WOW do we save money, by buying in bulk!!!) I do think we need to be alert and be willing to be flexible! My strategy may change with the times. JWR predicts about 18 months deflationary conditions, and then hyper-inflation. Everyone's situation is a little different. I know I appreciate how different people do it, and the decisions they make. It helps me make mine. This is a great thread!
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