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Title: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on November 14, 2011, 12:52:23 PM
As I was reading through the forum over the last couple days I have seen multiple stories of people using their preps spread throughout the place. Decided it would be good to have the collection of stories in one place. A sticky maybe? So post away. I don't really have a story to start though.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: idelphic on November 14, 2011, 01:10:48 PM
Not a bad idea Steve.

This is a IUMP and a DIY -

I wound up some copper wire for Oil Lamps..  I've made four now I think.. 1 with a store bough wick, the others with cuttings from a pair of denim jeans. Used some stored Olive Oil for fuel.

Prep Items Used:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on November 14, 2011, 02:55:24 PM
Yeah. Great idea.

I had four instances of using my preps in the last month:
1) I lent my cell phone charger to two separate people.
2) I had a flat tire and my spare was low on pressure so I used the portable compressor in my car to pump it up.
3) We had a power outage at my work for four days. I used multiple flash lights in the warehouses and other places without temporary power.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: endurance on November 14, 2011, 03:42:09 PM
In the last month or so, things that come to mind are:

1)  Loaned the down jacket that I keep in my hunting kit to my hunting partner when he was shivering uncontrollably.
2)  Used my emergency jumpstarter on the wife's car when we discovered her battery couldn't handle the first cold temperatures of the season.
3)  Used the pulaski I keep behind the seat in my truck to dig out the rear end of a friend who got high centered on a rutted road in the middle of nowhere Wyoming after pulling alone proved unsuccessful.
4)  Used parachute cord to tie the legs of my deer together so I could use a makeshift travois to get it out of the woods with a bit less effort and damage.
5)  Used the cash reserve I carry to take advantage of a bargain price of $5/bail hay and purchased 80 bails vs. the typical craigslist price of $12-15/bail in the area right now.
6)  Rain-X on the windshield saved my butt when the windshield wipers suddenly stopped working during a rain storm (still haven't figured out what the problem is as it appears to be very intermitent).
7)  Used the shop vac to clean up after the washing machine drain came off the utility sink and dumped 15-20 gallons of soapy water all over the basement floor.  Also used the sump pump and squeegie to help.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: ShannonB on November 14, 2011, 03:50:10 PM
I used mine recently when I went to help my sister & her boyfriend move. He laughed at my "Zombie Bag" but was greatful when I pulled out my mini tool box to disassemble a table and when they realized they had PACKED ALL the Toilet Paper!?! Oh, and I had jumper cables in my car box when his battery died in his truck, also used my phone charger and my laptop to look up the mover's number when they were late. /flex
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: NorIDhunter on November 15, 2011, 06:31:41 AM
When my nephew came up from CA in late Aug. for my daughter's wedding, he saw some of our preps and tried to ridicule them, "What the hell disaster are you getting ready for?"
"Unemployment." was my simple reply. "You never know."

Well, sure enough, I got let go from my job at the beginning of Oct and the employer has contested the UI. Found a new job last week (less pay/less hours for now) but won't get paid until after Thanksgiving. It's been a great help, and a huge load off my/wife's shoulders, knowing that we and the dogs wouldn't go hungry. .

This has been one of my greatest fears though; that our preps will get depleted just before "The Perfect Storm" hits.  :(
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: idelphic on November 15, 2011, 08:50:06 AM
When my nephew came up from CA in late Aug. for my daughter's wedding, he saw some of our preps and tried to ridicule them, "What the hell disaster are you getting ready for?"
"Unemployment." was my simple reply. "You never know."

Well, sure enough, I got let go from my job at the beginning of Oct and the employer has contested the UI. Found a new job last week (less pay/less hours for now) but won't get paid until after Thanksgiving. It's been a great help, and a huge load off my/wife's shoulders, knowing that we and the dogs wouldn't go hungry. .

This has been one of my greatest fears though; that our preps will get depleted just before "The Perfect Storm" hits.  :(

Prepping is no different in my mind as having insurance.  You don't plan to wreck your car,.. but you have insurance in case you do,..

I'm sorry to hear of the job loss, this is my fear also, having already done it before.

I have the same fear - the perfect storm..
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: MrThirteen on November 20, 2011, 11:54:09 AM
A few times my preps have been utilized.
1. Real hard day at work and do not have time to run by bank in the daylight hours for cash. Pulled a little cash from the SHTF reserve at home.
2. Another hard day, forget to prep for dinner. Pull MH spaghetti from preps, family fed and happy.
3. Go house sit for friends ( more pet sit than house sit) youngest son forgets a belt. Make a belt with Paracord in GHB and one of the knives and BIC lighter in my EDC. Child thinks he has the coolest Dad ever.

This all happened in the last week.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: ChEng on November 25, 2011, 03:03:29 PM
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3. ... Make a belt with Paracord in GHB and one of the knives and BIC lighter in my EDC. Child thinks he has the coolest Dad ever.
...

Looks like you need to change your name from Mr. Thirteen to Mr. Cool  ;D - Nice going Dad.


idelphic,

What was the rolled up copper for?  How do you use copper wire for an oil lamp?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on November 25, 2011, 04:24:14 PM
Peopke CONSTANTLY make fun of me for my preparedness and my girlfriend thinks it is a pain in the ass BUT... To prove I am not some idiot waiting for 2012 here are 3 stupid example of how my preps came in handy in the last month.

1. The 50 gallons of stored water from the Berkey filter came in handy when the city was replacing the water main on our street and our water was shut off every day for 2 weeks. I use plastic 2 litre bottles now for many reasons -- including being indestructible by a 2 year old throwing them on rocks all weekend while camping.

2. The 2 liter bottles in my Jeeps toolbox came in handy when my daughters boyfriend was thirsty and was going to buy a bottle of water from a vending machine.

3. Having about 6 electric heaters came in handy while we have been trying to figure out why our furnace keep going dead in the middle of the night.


So all you nutjobs waiting for 2012 -- Keep it up! You never know when your preps will help someone who is making fun of you.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on November 25, 2011, 04:32:25 PM
Sorry to hear about your unemployment. I was fired in 2009 for going to the hospital for the birth of my son. You never know when you will lose your job.

I had about 20lbs of pasta, tons of rice, and tons of canned foods and never went hungry while unemployed for 7 months.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: rustyknife on November 25, 2011, 05:25:52 PM
I carry my GHB in my big truck and use it several times each week to cook a meal, MH, or to wash up as I carry a small bottle of Dawn, wash cloth and small towel. I also carry fingernail clippers, foot powder and extra clothes. If it's been a long week I might rob some clothing item out of it.

It helps to get familiar with the gear and get use to finding things I need. Of course this also means that I have to resupply when I get home which is good training also.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on November 26, 2011, 02:12:05 AM
Love it guys, keep the posts coming!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mikem on November 30, 2011, 06:48:32 PM
Today one of the contractors helping build out our new office space addition got cracked in the head with a pipe – it created a good sized gash which was bleeding pretty hard. Went straight to the trauma kit in my EDC bag and got him sorted out. Some of my co-workers know that I like to be prepared, but I think it definitely put the importance of it in perspective for some (and weirded a few others out who had an obvious WTF moment when I broke out the sanitizer, clotting sponge, trauma dressing and cold compress from my 'work' bag  ::)).

Definitely another moment where I affirmed the value of what we do as preppers! There's been a couple of those this year.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Bradbn4 on November 30, 2011, 09:19:50 PM
Well the other day had a scheduled power outage at work - I guess a lot of folks forgot.  No issues - my edc flashlight came in handy.  I keep a backup flashlight at work + enough spare batteries to run the radio+.

Some folks thought it was odd I had one - all I had to do was point out you did get the two e-mail messages about the power outage, right?

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on December 14, 2011, 01:46:06 PM
It wasn't "today" — but I used my neck knife to open the horrible bubble-wrapped packaging around another knife I bought from REI. I just thought it was funny. A knife is no good if you can't cut it out of the packaging it came inside of.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mikem on December 14, 2011, 02:37:11 PM
It wasn't "today" — but I used my neck knife to open the horrible bubble-wrapped packaging around another knife I bought from REI. I just thought it was funny. A knife is no good if you can't cut it out of the packaging it came inside of.

lol - that always bugged the crap out of me... "I'm buying a knife for a reason!"
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: idelphic on December 15, 2011, 10:01:32 AM
Looks like you need to change your name from Mr. Thirteen to Mr. Cool  ;D - Nice going Dad.


idelphic,

What was the rolled up copper for?  How do you use copper wire for an oil lamp?
I need to get that thread started.. I keep forgetting about it. 

I don't know how much is on the spool I have,.. but it's a single strand of wire,.. My guess is that it would be used to feed (with another two of the correct color) commercial lights and what not.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: endurance on January 01, 2012, 02:17:50 PM
Used my GHB in the car yesterday when I did the ultimate noob mistake and ran my car out of gas. D'oh!

Bitter cold and windy conditions, but thankfully I had a jacket, sweatshirt, hat and gloves at my disposal for the walk of shame to the nearest gas station.

Note to self:  Hypermiling and trying to set a new tank record is not conducive to winter survival.  Adjust priorities accordingly (still, 496.3 miles on a single tank was quite impressive ::)).
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Bradbn4 on January 01, 2012, 03:24:52 PM
Used my GHB in the car yesterday when I did the ultimate noob mistake and ran my car out of gas. D'oh!

Bitter cold and windy conditions, but thankfully I had a jacket, sweatshirt, hat and gloves at my disposal for the walk of shame to the nearest gas station.

Note to self:  Hypermiling and trying to set a new tank record is not conducive to winter survival.  Adjust priorities accordingly (still, 496.3 miles on a single tank was quite impressive ::)).

The mileage is impressive - but hard on some fuel pumps.  Next time when you are going for your record have an extra gal of fuel. 

My use of preps today -   I had some onions and tomato's starting to go so I dug into some long term food storage and whipped up today's bucket of soup.   It was based on bear creek instant soup mixture.  Tossed in some dried hash browns, can milk and along with the 2 large onions + tomatoes, canned chicken.  I now have a small vat of soup, very rich tasting because of the added onions.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: rustyknife on January 01, 2012, 05:57:50 PM
Took a drive up into the mountains today to check the snow level. I carry in the pickup what I call a "ten second bag" similar to a grab bag. After some recon in a couple of areas I decided this would be a good time to practice some skills.

Got out my fire starting kit and used some lichen and sage brush bark as tinder. The stuff was a little damp so I supplemented it with some dryer lint I had stored in a waterproof match box. After a little more effort got a fire going.

Heated up some water and had a MH meal. The day was cold about 25 degrees and overcast. There was only about 4 inches of snow in the area. After the meal I mixed up a mixture of some coffee and hot chocolate that I premake at home. Good day.

Spent a couple of hours walking around checking for "wolf trees " and other sheltered areas that would make a good camp if I were going to spend the night. Unfortunately I have to work tommorrow so " I owe, I owe so off to work I go". Maybe another day.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on January 02, 2012, 02:27:08 AM
While hiking a trail and having a passerby take a picture of us in front on the sign at the trail-head the camera took a dump during the hand off. Cracked the battery cover, and would have done us in for pics for the rest of the hike. Ran back to the car and grabbed a small tube of super glue out of the GHB tool kit and fixed it in 30 seconds. Back up to the trail-head and off we went. Worked like a charm. Its nice to have stuff on hand.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on January 06, 2012, 10:00:17 AM
I find it amusing how handy (especially the non-obvious ways) that my EDC kit can be at certain times.

Just in the last 24hrs, I used the keychain flashlight to help someone up the stairs in front of my house because snow on the motion sensor caused the lights not to trip on.

I went stair climbing with a friend at the Cathedral of Learning on the Pitt campus (lots and lots of people do this in the winter) — and my MP3 player was nowhere to be found — and my girlfriend's iPod has a dead battery that won't recharge. I put playlists on my Android phone instead, and since I had no pockets, fashioned a Lanyard-style carrier out of the phone pouch and the cord of my neck knife that worked GREAT!

I found a heart rate monitor app for Android that uses the LED camera flash and camera lens as a finger sensor (like the clip-on finger sensors) and it works pretty damn good for what it is. I also have a database of stair climb times which is one constant never-changing gauge I can use to determine my fitness levels.

Then I used my neck knife today to open a stubborn package. I used it a few days ago to open up an Apple Juice box for my son so we could dump it into a sippy cup instead and my girlfriend laughed her ass off when I reached up into my shirt and pulled out the knife to do it LOL.

I made a few small adds to my EDC kit since November and they ALL have come in very handy almost daily. Some of the things I have in my EDC kit I put in there thinking I would only use them once in awhile and find that I use most of the things in the kit at least 2-3 times a week for SOMETHING.

Its great that I am prepared to deal with certain things, silly or otherwise that would stress others out just because I always have the tools on-hand to deal with them.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: endurance on January 06, 2012, 10:50:00 AM
I find it amusing how handy (especially the non-obvious ways) that my EDC kit can be at certain times.
This is incredibly true.  I've gotten to the point where I don't think about a knife and flashlight as preps, but there's not a week that goes by where I don't use both in one capacity or another.  Maybe it'll just be to find the dogs' ball under the couch or cut open a bail of hay, but without it life sure would be less convenient.

Oh, and Brad, that was the first time I ran my tank dry since I was just out of high school, so my fuel pump should be fine. ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on January 06, 2012, 11:04:54 AM
I found a heart rate monitor app for Android that uses the LED camera flash and camera lens as a finger sensor (like the clip-on finger sensors) and it works pretty damn good for what it is. I also have a database of stair climb times which is one constant never-changing gauge I can use to determine my fitness levels.

I think that the fitness programs on smartphones can be one of the best tools out there. I have one called Lose It on iphone and it has a feature that allows you to build recipes, calculate servings, and it will give you the calorie read out. Read as, scan all your stocked food in your bag, then adjust the days (servings) until you hit the calorie/day ratio you need. Incredibly useful.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on January 06, 2012, 12:57:37 PM
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Maybe it'll just be to find the dogs' ball under the couch or cut open a bail of hay, but without it life sure would be less convenient.

I got one of the smallest, brightest single LED bulb keychain lights I could find at REI and thought it would either break off my keychain by now, or the thing would get turned on in my pocket and ruin the battery but neither has been the case so far.

I end up using it all the time. Recently I used it to see behind my TV to plug in cables in my dimly lit living room LOL.

It never ceases to amaze me the amount I use the smartphone for either.

There are many andriod / iphone threads on this forum filled with useful apps, but I have a very good grocery / shopping list app that works great with coupons etc and making lists for multiple stores. I don't even use paper for my lists anymore it is so easy to use. "Mighty Grocery" is the name of that app. It also does recipes.

There is another good recipe app out on Android I used to have on the Palm Pre but I can't remember it now.

I put items into my EDC kit with a specific thought in mind as to why I would need / want to have them, but then I find the items come in useful all the time in ways I never even thought of.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on January 08, 2012, 03:02:58 PM
Last night our furnace quit in the middle of the night. My DH wakes me up to tell me this new information. I tell him where the extra fuses are and then pull the blankets back up over my head. He jokes with me "What? You aren't going to get up and go change them right now?" I tell him that if he had been the one to think of pre-stocking furnace fuses, then I would be the one getting out of bed in the cold.

The house was warm this morning!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: endurance on January 10, 2012, 07:34:53 PM
What's the difference between common sense and prepping?

Monday afternoon I got one of those texts that makes your heart skip a beat.  "Come home now, broken rib" from the wife.  I didn't bother going by my bosses desk to ask permission, I flew out the door and called on my run to the car.  She was with a friend visiting from out of state, showing off her mad innertubing skills to the friend's five year old when she lost control and hit the fence, taking out a 2x4 in the process.  We met at the hospital and everything went about as smoothly as any ER visit will (meaning lots of waiting, very little care).

In the end, the damage was not life threatening, "just" three broken ribs.  However, it means she won't be bringing home a paycheck for the next 4-6 weeks while she recovers. 

Here's where the common sense/prepping comes in:  20 months ago we ignored the fact that we "qualified" for a home that was more than twice what we paid and bought something affordable enough that we only need one income to support the mortgage and regular bills.  As a result, there's no pressure on her to go back to work before she's ready, there's no pressure on me to work overtime to make ends meet, and we can come out on the other side without having more debt than we started with.

So in a way, we're using our preps, but other than normal food rotation, we're not touching the food storage, we're not falling back on our cash reserves, and probably the only changes I'll be making is that a little less will be going into savings this month and I will put off a few purchases that I was planning before this happened.  As someone else said in their signature, prepping turns emergencies into mere inconveniences.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: NWBowhunter on January 10, 2012, 07:43:55 PM
Good for you endurance. Hope the wife heals quickly.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on January 10, 2012, 08:49:06 PM
While bringing in the groceries this evening, my 6yo fiddled with the back of the doorknob and managed to lock me, her sister, and herself out of the house. Meanwhile the 2yo is inside watching TV, all alone. No biggie-just a quick jog to the hidden key and back inside in under a minute.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on January 11, 2012, 01:26:41 AM
Yay! I made a sticky!!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Heavy G on January 11, 2012, 05:11:51 AM
Great thread.

I was at the range a while ago with my bro hams and we were shooting a little too close to steel targets with 5.56.

I looked out of the corner of my eye and saw my friend grab his neck and fall down.  Not a good sight.

He had blood coming out of his neck.  It's amazing how much blood there is around the neck but it makes sense.

He took a bullet jacket fragment to the neck from the steel being too close.

I went to my car and got my homemade first aid kit.  Had the bleeding stopped, the fragment out, and the wound cleaned up in a flash. 

He wasn't going to die or anything but that beefy first aid kit sure was nice to have around.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Mr. Bill on January 11, 2012, 11:35:17 AM
...He took a bullet jacket fragment to the neck from the steel being too close. ...

That's a scary one!  Good job, Heavy G!

...I tell him that if he had been the one to think of pre-stocking furnace fuses, then I would be the one getting out of bed in the cold. ...

 :rofl:

...Here's where the common sense/prepping comes in:  20 months ago we ignored the fact that we "qualified" for a home that was more than twice what we paid and bought something affordable enough that we only need one income to support the mortgage and regular bills.  As a result, there's no pressure on her to go back to work before she's ready, there's no pressure on me to work overtime to make ends meet, and we can come out on the other side without having more debt than we started with. ...

Very good!  We've always tried to do something similar.  I think the best way to buy a house, if you can manage it, is to get a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with the intention of paying it off early.  Get a cheaper house than you qualify for, pay some extra towards the principal whenever you can afford it, and if you have an unexpected financial crunch you can go back to making the minimum payments.  We did this back in 1995 when my wife's employer had a bad year and offered "Voluntary Reduction Of Force" (i.e., "Here's some cash, go away").  Instead of panicking about whether she should accept the VROF or risk involuntary layoff, we took it as an opportunity to start our own business.  Cheap house payments were an important part of making that decision possible.  And it didn't kill us when our business failed utterly.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on January 13, 2012, 07:27:34 AM
Another example of the strange ways my EDC kit comes in handy. I recently added a paracord bracelet and neck knife to my EDC and keep finding strange ways they come in handy I'd never have thought of before.

I went hiking the other night with a group of people up and down the 4,200+ public staircases of the south side slopes neighborhood here in Pittsburgh. We needed to bring flashlights so I grabbed a crummy head lamp out of the junk drawer (that proved to be useless) before I left because I could not find my good one in time.

Anyway, I grabbed a LED light out of my almost every day backpack I bring to work and back, and since I didn't have any pockets on my person the paracord bracelet worked great as a place to anchor the lanyard of the flashlight to so I could just let go of it whenever I didn't want it in my hand. I also carry a tiny keychain LED flashlight that is supposedly the brightest single bulb LED you can buy (its very bright) but never had to use it since I always have enough flashlights to deal. I also have a crank flashlight / usb charger in my backpack if it came down to that.

People sometimes think I am weird when I am gathering up all my EDC crap to head out for a day but then I find that the EDC crap almost always comes in handy at some point every single day, and usually in a way you would have never expected or planned for.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Call on January 14, 2012, 05:30:34 PM
Found out when I got to my barber's this morning that the debit card line was down...sorry, cash only. I used the money I keep in my car emergency kit, replaced it later in the day.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Bradbn4 on January 14, 2012, 10:33:14 PM
Well I did use my prep's today...something simple - a nice couple had got lost just up the hill from where I lived.  I live on a somewhat steep hill,  I guess the combination of low fuel in the tank and the steep hill they starve out their pickup. 

I told them to wait one, walked back home, hoofed up about 3 gals of stabilized fuel and let them get back to nearest gas station about a mile down the road.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Truik on January 14, 2012, 10:43:04 PM
I told them to wait one, walked back home, hoofed up about 3 gals of stabilized fuel and let them get back to nearest gas station about a mile down the road.

+1 for providing (and hauling) 25 pounds of fuel up a hill to help out people in a pinch.

Very nice of ya!

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cordovil on January 23, 2012, 09:21:10 AM
Yesterday, my wife was baking/cooking in preparation for a birthday party, and she must have been rushing around because she mistakenly grabbed a hot pan and burned her palm/fingers.  Not a terrible burn, but bad enough to hurt, and in a very inconvenient location.

She was still running her hand under cool water (and bemoaning the fact that now she would never be able to finish getting ready for the party because her hand was in pain) when I went to our newly constructed first aid kit, got a packet of that Water Jel Burn Jel stuff (which I had never even heard of before I started prepping) and applied some to her hand/fingers.  She was amazed at how much it reduced the pain, and very thankful that I had bought some (she had never heard of it either).

Stuff like this helps slowly bring her on board with the prepping, which makes everything easier.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Prepper7 on January 23, 2012, 05:11:02 PM
I was shopping for storage boxes at The Container Store and a shop assistant was a few yards away trying to open a carton. She said to her coworker, "I wish I had a knife". I walked over, flicked open my SOG Flash I, and handed it to her.

Her reply (you know what's coming, don't you?),

"Oh my God, why do you have a knife!?"  ::) The eye roll / head shake was my reply.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Heavy G on January 25, 2012, 10:05:34 AM
I was working out this morning in a dark room in my gym.  It's dark so people can watch TV. 

A beautiful woman was on the stair master a few yards from me.  My eyes might have darted over there ... several times.  She got off the stair master and was looking for something she'd lost.  In the dark.

I walked up to her and pulled out my EDC flashlight (Surefire E1B) and said to her, "Here's 110 lumens of courtesy to illuminate your beautiful face."  OK, I didn't say that.  But she used the flashlight to find the ear bud to her iPod headphones. 

So, lesson is that prepping can get you chicks.  (Unless you're happily married like I am.)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on January 26, 2012, 01:02:18 AM
I was working out this morning in a dark room in my gym.  It's dark so people can watch TV. 

A beautiful woman was on the stair master a few yards from me.  My eyes might have darted over there ... several times.  She got off the stair master and was looking for something she'd lost.  In the dark.

I walked up to her and pulled out my EDC flashlight (Surefire E1B) and said to her, "Here's 110 lumens of courtesy to illuminate your beautiful face."  OK, I didn't say that.  But she used the flashlight to find the ear bud to her iPod headphones. 

So, lesson is that prepping can get you chicks.  (Unless you're happily married like I am.)

 :clap: Love it!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Orionblade on February 11, 2012, 04:11:23 PM
I am building a fire in my fireplace. With wood we cut over a year ago. To stay warm during a thunderstorm. Oh right, a thunder*SNOW*storm.

WTf.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: KellyAnn on February 12, 2012, 07:10:59 AM
Heading back home after a sports event, got to the parking lot and saw a car with it's hood up and one person looking under the hood while the other was looking around as if hoping someone would help.
Asked if she needed help, they had a dead battery.
The nice guy that parked next to them was waiting by his truck, but didn't have jumper cables.
Got the cables out of my husbands car, handed them to the truck owner (he wanted to hook them up and I wasn't going to argue) whipped my flashlight out of my purse to provide some light where he was working, and we had the car jumped in about 5 minutes.

My husband thought I was a little silly when I told him he had to buy jumper cables when he got his car.  "Every car should have them" I said, "even if you think you'll never need them".  As we were heading back home, he admitted it was pretty cool that we were able to help them out.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: loyalty4eva on February 16, 2012, 08:01:40 AM
Well me and the wife kinda used our preps today, we tryed out some of the mountin house pouchs of food they wernt bad thats for sure. So now we are looking into buying a few more probebly.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on February 16, 2012, 12:37:38 PM
I think the REAL WORLD (not apocalypse 2012, zombie takeover BS) examples of how preps come into play are the best ways to convince the general ding dongs otherwise known as the "average American" that it's a good idea.

The other day, we bought a used car from someone and since nobody had a wrench to swap the license plates, it was cool to have a tool kit in the toolbox behind the back seat of my Jeep to make an otherwise PAIN IN THE ARSE incident something that took about 30 seconds of my life to do instead.

LOL

Keeping water in the toolbox in 2 liter bottles has come in handy more times than I can count in the last 6 months. I have to keep bringing the empties up and full ones back down almost weekly. At first it was all "Why do you have all these 2 liter bottles stored... blah blah blah..." (when the obvious answer is "um... you need WATER")...

The one item I have back there I can't wait to save someone's day with is a camping grill LOL... I have 3 camping grills (and I took the metal racks out of an old oven and put them in my camp gear, so that makes about 6 or 7 grills for camping now...

Anyway, I can't wait for the day someone says something like "Dang, we have all these hot dogs and no way to cook them."

I really keep it in the tool box because I have forgotten to pack one for camping and that is the reason I had 3 of them now. I'll never forget one again.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on February 24, 2012, 08:08:58 AM
one of my friend was starting to sneeze from allergy, while at a party. had Claritin in my car first aid kit. problem solved :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Spav96 on March 03, 2012, 03:25:29 PM
Yesterday, 3-2-12, with the expected bad weather, I decided I would work from home.   As I sat at the computer, it started raining and the wind started blowing hard.  I figured it had to be a small thunderstorm, cause the big stuff was not expected until later.  Reaching over, I turned my scanner on on, and the first words sounds out of the scanner, was debris and trash blowing across the road.  Which with the wind, that seemed reasonable, but  next words really got my attention.  Tornado on the ground, less than a mile from my house, moving toward my house!  I jumped up, grabbed my boots, and jumped into my semi safe room, also know as a closet.  Pulling the door closed, I realized I had nothing really with me, a quick patting of my pocket reminded me I had my EDC.  As small as my EDC is, knife, light, and Zippo, it reassured me I had something. 

I was very lucky and the storm passed harmlessly by, at least for me., unfortunately, not all my neighbors were so lucky.  I did learn a few things from this experience, first off do not depend on the storms expected time of arrival.  Do not depend on a tornado warning to become more vigilant. I learned I need to be more active in my own weather monitoring, I do not need to relax and let someone else protect me.  The people protecting us, do a great job, but they are not perfect, who is.  No one saw this tornado before it was on the ground, and the sirens, they sounded, only after I was in my shelter.  One other thing is, get a scanner and program it with your local emergency frequencies.  The police and spotters reports gave me a play by pay as the tornado marched up my road.   If I had depended on the TV or radio for my information, and that storm was 100yards more North I might not be sitting here. 

Thanks,
Spav
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Orionblade on March 08, 2012, 04:30:41 PM
I used my preps yesterday.

A friend of mine got shafted to the tune of 200 bucks regarding her electric bill - and was short on food after a recent move.

She came over expecting a beer and a piss and moan session - pretty much what friends are for.

She didn't expect that I'd open up my pantry and expose nearly 2 years worth of food, some of which was coming up on expiration dates in the next few months.

I dumped about three pounds of rice, a couple of crock pot meals (chili, soup, etc.) and a bunch of sundry items.

She's going to be eating really well for the next two weeks until her paycheck hits next Wednesday.

I also have more space to bring in fresher preps from the garage, so it worked out for both of us!

;-)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: endurance on March 08, 2012, 07:06:22 PM
She didn't expect that I'd open up my pantry and expose nearly 2 years worth of food, some of which was coming up on expiration dates in the next few months.

I dumped about three pounds of rice, a couple of crock pot meals (chili, soup, etc.) and a bunch of sundry items.
Now that's what I'm talkin' about.  Class act response to a friend in need.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on March 08, 2012, 07:58:09 PM
This one happened a couple months ago, but figured I'd share anyway...

We were driving along a highway after midnight when I noticed an unattended lit candle as we passed by a makeshift roadside memorial. It was in the forest and a fairly rural location with the nearest house about 1/2 mile away. I was hesitant to disturb the place but felt an obligation to check it out and extinguish the flame if there was any chance of danger. So we turned around and pulled over at the spot. The (very bright) flashlight I keep in my purse was used to investigate and it turned out the flame was carefully surrounded by a few feet of gravel and should be okay, with nothing nearby that could blow over it and catch fire. I still felt a bit nervous leaving it burning, but there was evidence of it being done safely several times prior and it was clear whoever was doing it had taken effective precautions, so ultimately I felt satisfied that we were able to leave things as they were.

Had a flashlight not been available, or simply not bright enough, the conclusion likely would have been to blow it out "just to be safe" which, while justified, wasn't necessary in this case and wouldn't have been appreciated.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Orionblade on March 08, 2012, 11:37:11 PM
Now that's what I'm talkin' about.  Class act response to a friend in need.

I figure it's good for a favor at some point in the future. She spends her days fixing big diesel engines, and almost made the US olympic team for skeet/trap. I figure she's an asset worth feeding once in a while.

 :P
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on March 09, 2012, 02:21:31 AM
I have had to use my preps a few times. What I find the most is people don't have a cell phone charger so I offer mine up. At least three times either at a conference or while on the road for business, they don't have a way to charge their phone. One time, the person depended upon their computer and a USB cable and left their computer at security. (Duh!) Another time, it was at a conference and their battery ran down taking video. Lastly was my wife who lost her car charger. Luckily, I had a battery pack and she had a USB for her iPhone. So, she has that battery pack in her car all the time now.

It is funny how a cell phone has become a critical device. That is why I have at least three ways to charge my phone at all times with at least one way not reliant on the electrical grid. That is, I have a battery pack in my back pack as well as a small solar charger in my car. This is in addition to a car charger and an additional wall charger and a USB cable to charge from my laptop battery. Yeah, that is a lot of ways, but a dead phone battery eliminates the most critical survival device I have.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on March 10, 2012, 06:07:42 AM
I have used some medical preps lately. First, I stabbed myself with a HUGE splinter. Okay, maybe it wasn't that big, but it was dirty. I was walking around a piece of plywood up on sawhorses and caught my thigh on the edge. I got stabbed about 1/2 inch deep. 2 days later, I have a hard, red circle of spreading death on my leg about 3 inches across. I cleaned the wound, opened it up, drained out the pus, cleaned it again, and started myself on a 10 day course of tetracycline. Now it's all better.

Second, my 6yo got the stomach flu. When she starts puking, she pukes, and pukes, and pukes, and pukes. :( My doctor is a great guy who prescribes things ahead of time I might need for the kids. So I have melt-in-your-mouth Zofran on hand for nausea. After a couple doses, she's back to normal.

So prepping saved me two doctors' visits and 2 trips to the pharmacy.  :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on March 11, 2012, 11:52:21 AM
Avoided an ER trip this morning using some meds I EDC and that thing between my ears. :)

I was drinking some juice, the same kind I've had plenty of times before without issue, and was surprised to notice a very distinct burning sensation in my throat as it went down. Odd. I took a few swallows of water to wash it down and went to rest, and I noticed my throat still felt funny. Then I began vomiting, and the burning sensation worsened, and I realized my throat was swelling.

The standard medical practice at this stage is to use an epipen and call 911, but due to some complex medical issues I'm under alternative advisement from my allergy specialist. Thankfully I accessed my other medications in time to safely bring down the reaction without resorting to such measures, even though in that timeframe it did worsen to the point of my voice becoming quite hoarse.

One thing I'm realizing is that just like physical preps can be convenient as well as lifesaving, so it is with mental preps. The fact that reactions like these hardly phase me makes my life a lot easier. This one surprised me, sure, but my protocols for dealing with such situations are so well established and rehearsed that even dangerous circumstances can present as more annoying than alarming. So once everything has been handled my day continues on as normal with hardly another thought. It often doesn't even occur to me to mention it to people outside my medical team, a characteristic that drives some people up a wall because they consider the incidents major drama. Whereas me...well, I debated posting this because I don't want a big fuss made over it. :P (Or even a little one. Really.) Just wanted to share another side of how preparedness can improve things, from saving your life to sparing you the inconvenience of experiencing the full emotional impact of a potentially traumatic event.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: steeltownknight on March 11, 2012, 07:58:37 PM
Been sick in the hospital for a long time now.  I was  repairing an old coldwar bunker...missile silo.   I am letting a friend and his family move in temporarily.  (contract)    They will continue the repairs. The company he worked for moved to mexico.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: steeltownknight on March 13, 2012, 01:52:58 AM
Had to ad this info from  a previous post of mine.

I was out of gas in the middle of nowhere.   Luckily  I saw a small bait n tackle shop near a marina.  took me a while to get there. but making a long story shorter.   I payed in silver  ounces. It was all I had in a secret pocket.  thanks to a  slip into the water. all my cash was  ruined.lost  I bought fuel and food.  Prepping  is a good thing.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: YoungGunsPrepper on March 13, 2012, 12:17:38 PM
Well after a long day at work I decided to go to the casino with some of my buddies to unwind and relax and try to win a little money (which never happens) but we still had fun. On our way out of the casino I noticed a young woman (well about my age I am young as well. 21) trying to push her car out of a parking space. She had left her lights on and her battery was dead. I always keep a pair of jumper cables in my car next to my BOB and that day they came in handy. I was blown away at how many people were stopping to help her but had no cables. There not expensive and you just never know when you may need them.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on March 13, 2012, 02:49:04 PM
That reminds me I need to make a set of emergency gear for our 2nd car we just picked up.

There was one time recently that even though the person I had to jump HAD jumper cables, we still needed to use my cables because his were not long enough to reach out of the garage where the car was being kept to my battery (and his rear brakes had seized up keeping him from being able to push it out).

We ended up daisy-chaining the jumper cables together to make one set 2x as long. As long as you don't drop the clips in water or something like that on the ground it worked great.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: endurance on March 13, 2012, 08:12:33 PM
We ended up daisy-chaining the jumper cables together to make one set 2x as long. As long as you don't drop the clips in water or something like that on the ground it worked great.
Water isn't half the problem of dropping them against the side of your car and getting a nice arc-welding burn in your paint job!  (http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/164/d/a/who__me____emoticon_by_puu-d3is2kl.gif)

After being in a similar situation where we didn't have two sets and couldn't get to the front of the car, I'm leaning toward upgrading all the cars to a PowerPack (http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200422353_200422353)/Jumpbox as money becomes available.  We have one already and I really do prefer it, especially since it's also a compressor, inverter, and USB charger.

As for my new story of the week, our boiler/hot water heater (combined unit) failed last Thursday and while the new unit just arrived, it needs to be plumbed into the system which might take until Thursday night.  So we've been testing our alternative heat sources all week.  Actually, we've been lucky.  While the first night got down to 15F, the rest of the week has been very mild with lows around freezing and highs 50-60F.  So the fireplace has been called into duty every evening, we tossed a fan in front of the glass doors and I wake up once or twice a night to stoke the fire and maintain the temperature of the house between 65-70F. 

Hot water has been a different story.  For the first day or two it was sponge baths and pouring water from the stove over my wife's head to wash her hair, but by Saturday night we both were feeling pretty grungy and we opted for a hotel that would take the dogs.  Given the price and the inconvenience of not being able to feed the horses without driving the 20 minutes home and back to the hotel, that wasn't a great solution.  So after some head scratching and poking around on line, I decided to splurge and get a portable on-demand hot water heater that uses 1 pound propane bottles (one bottle heats 40 gallons at about 1.6gpm to 100F).  It's self contained, has it's own pump so you don't even need water pressure (or can be hooked to a hose with an aftermarket attachment) and we bought the aftermarket shower head for it.

I thought about whether I'd ever use the thing again and we decided it would be useful washing the horses, washing the dogs, and longer hunting trips would make it a prep worth having, 'even if nothing goes wrong.'  That said, I love my hot showers.  I love them a lot and if the SHTF and I can't get a warm shower once in a while, it's just another level of suck that I don't want if it can be avoided. 

So, we added the Coleman on demand hot water heater (http://www.coleman.com/product/hot-water-on-demandtrade-portable-water-heater/2000007107?contextCategory=2200#.T1_9UvUUrLQ) to our preps and I'm smitten.  Two nights in a row now I've bathed in the luxury of hot water.  My wife is a happier person, I'm a less smelly person, and both of us are content, even if we're going without heat for another couple of nights.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7048/6980771607_5520acd597_z.jpg)
Yes, it's sitting on the stove so I could moderately safely use it with the exhaust hood without having to run the hose into the shower from outside.  Lazy, but apparently effective with the fan running.

Cheap? No.  Essential? No.  But for a remote cabin, bug out location, or just a convenient way to wash the dogs on the patio, it makes sense for some.  I'll try to do a full review sometime soon.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Orionblade on March 13, 2012, 09:31:19 PM
That's reasonably inexpensive when you consider it's capabilities, and the fact that an average under-the-counter hot water heater (electric) will run you upwards of 250-300 bucks, and that's without hiring the electrician or the plumber to rig it up.

Try fitting a 10 gallon electric hot water heater in your car and running it off an inverter... *chuckle*

Definitely not cheap, however, when maybe a campfire and a good metal watering can might do the job? :-p

I'm going to have to look into this some more and I'll look forward to your review. Maybe you could shoot some video on how easy/not easy it is to operate?

*high five*
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on March 14, 2012, 01:36:49 AM
Understanding that Coleman makes most of their products aimed at weekend campers, it amazing how spoiled some campers must be...lol

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on March 14, 2012, 09:35:49 AM
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Water isn't half the problem of dropping them against the side of your car and getting a nice arc-welding burn in your paint job!

After being in a similar situation where we didn't have two sets and couldn't get to the front of the car, I'm leaning toward upgrading all the cars to a PowerPack/Jumpbox as money becomes available.  We have one already and I really do prefer it, especially since it's also a compressor, inverter, and USB charger.

Yeah LOL... It would have given more character to my old Jeep had that happened.

I am itching to get one of those jumper boxes myself. I have a multi-purpose air compressor / spotlight / bunch of other crap units but it does not have jumpers. The battery is hosed and I haven't taken the time to disassemble it and go to Batteries+ to get a new one, but when I do it might go in our 2nd car and I may end up getting an air compressor / jumper box for the Jeep.

I have also seen these jumper devices that you plug into your cigarette lighter outlet and supposedly it sends enough of a charge to your battery or starter to jump your car without even having to get out of the vehicle. I have no idea how well those work but they were not expensive. The units also charge once you start the vehicle and leave it plugged into the outlet.

I am not so worried about having jumpers for the 2nd car since it is a stick shift and I can pretty much pop start any manual clutch if I have 5 feet of space to get the wheels turning LOL. I've done it in the past by pushing the car across the parking lot myself then jumping in to pop the clutch. I find you only need to be moving 1 or 2mph to start a car like that.

I had one car a number of years ago with a dead battery that I drove for 2 days pop starting it until I got to auto zone to get a new battery LOL.


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Understanding that Coleman makes most of their products aimed at weekend campers, it amazing how spoiled some campers must be...lol

Coleman in my opinion either makes total junk or really good quality stuff. I have a 1970s coleman white gas stove that still looks brand spankin' new and works perfectly, still has the original pump AND i also have a backup pump that was probably new stock in 1970 still in the packaging I've never had to use along with a lantern that is all beat to hell but will be fine with some TLC.

I have a Coleman backpacking pot/pan set that is really awesome as well. There is a higher end line of Coleman products with a certain label on them (I can't remember what it is now) that are geared toward the higher end — competing with the stuff you would find at REI etc. Most of the stuff I've seen in that product line are better than the standard Coleman fare.

I've seen people with coleman propane stoves that look like total JUNK compared to the 70s stove I have, not to mention I didn't even use a QUART of coleman fuel for an entire season of camping last year. In fact, I never had to re-fill the pump reservoir once the whole year, and probably have enough left inside of it for this whole season too.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: endurance on March 14, 2012, 10:28:30 AM
I have also seen these jumper devices that you plug into your cigarette lighter outlet and supposedly it sends enough of a charge to your battery or starter to jump your car without even having to get out of the vehicle. I have no idea how well those work but they were not expensive. The units also charge once you start the vehicle and leave it plugged into the outlet.
I have one, but don't rely on it anymore.  The two times I needed it, it didn't have enough umph to get the car to start, even after 15 minutes of "back charging" the battery.  It's just not a big enough battery for the job, IMHO.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on March 14, 2012, 02:57:20 PM
Thanks for the heads-up on that one. I was skeptical when I first saw one in the local Wally World a number of years ago and did notice they were harder to find in subsequent years while the jumper cable equipped boxes seemed to become more popular.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: pokeshell on March 19, 2012, 08:10:56 PM
I got to use my preps today. I was working at the fire station, then at the city hall\police station. I walked out to grab some paperwork that needed faxing, out of my truck, and saw that the only squad car on duty had its hood up, with 3 or 4 people looking. Hey there is PokeShell, "He will have cables for sure!"

Yep, I jump started a police car today. 8)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: endurance on March 20, 2012, 10:09:44 AM
I got to use my preps today. I was working at the fire station, then at the city hall\police station. I walked out to grab some paperwork that needed faxing, out of my truck, and saw that the only squad car on duty had its hood up, with 3 or 4 people looking. Hey there is PokeShell, "He will have cables for sure!"

Yep, I jump started a police car today. 8)
That cracks me up.  I can't imagine a cop car not having jumper cables.  That's just messed up!   ;D  Kudos for coming to the rescue of our men in blue.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on March 20, 2012, 10:12:53 AM
Couldn't they just hook up a tazer to their battery terminals and jump start it that way?

Don't taze me bro!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on March 20, 2012, 10:16:32 AM
I think its funny that they automatically saw you and knew you would have cables. It would be funny as heck to see a cop tazing his battery...that would definitely hit youtube.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: savannah kay on March 31, 2012, 11:35:10 AM
I bought  my husband the PowerDomeEX for his birthday.
He noticed he has a slow leak in one tire and has been using this to keep it inflated.
This year the PowerDome is what I'll give all family members as
a birthday gift. It also has two AC outlets, one DC outlet, radio,
battery jumper, and led lights. Handy!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: savannah kay on April 01, 2012, 07:57:46 PM
Ironically we had another opportunity to use the Power Dome.
This time we had a dead battery in the van. Couldn't jump it
with the power dome because we didn't notice there's
an ON/OFF button. Make sure you turn it on...duh
Worked fine. ;-)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on April 02, 2012, 09:33:28 AM
I've had to use the portable air compressor unit I got as a gift years ago so many times the battery wore out and won't recharge LOL. I have yet to take it apart and go to Batteries+ to see if they have the right kind to replace it with.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TwoCorOne8b11 on April 02, 2012, 09:44:12 PM
The thing I use constantly from my EDC/mini get-home pack is the little first aid kit with antibiotic and and bandages. Our youngest son is latex-allergic so I started carrying latex-free bandages everywhere. That was really my intro to prepping, LOL. I do maintenance for a living, so nicks and scratches are part of the job.
~TwoCor
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on April 02, 2012, 11:25:44 PM
Lesson Learned.

We usually carry an Adventure Medical Sportsman's First Aid Kit anytime we are outdoors. However, we have gotten away from the practice for not other reason than carelessness, besides, we have the car kit right?

Well today while fishing, a fellow fisherman ran up to the fence beside us asking if we had any experience with getting hooks out. Thinking it was a fish, I said yea how can I help. The gentleman had ran a 1/0 hook through the top of his thumbnail and deep into the bed between his nail and skin. Blood everywhere, he was in major pain, his kid scared to death, and I have no kit. The hook had been in a fish's mouth when he put it through his finger so no telling as to what bad stuff was on it, and I didn't even have a alcohol pad.

Luckily we were close to home today and were only 5 mins from a local emergency room, he headed off to get help there and I sat back down and thought about the lesson that I had learned. What if that hook would have been in Tracy, and she was the one screaming in pain. The kit will always be with me from now on. Don't get careless.

Steve
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: AnonPrepper on April 03, 2012, 05:43:17 PM
Had a "spare" 8 gigs of ddr2 in my car bugout bag.. I know I know but seriously I end up using it more than youd think. Saved an Exchange 2007 server today.. That bag has come in more handy than I could of ever imagined!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: pokeshell on April 09, 2012, 02:22:28 PM


I had one car a number of years ago with a dead battery that I drove for 2 days pop starting it until I got to auto zone to get a new battery LOL.



I went an entire summer starting my motorcycle that way, and it was my only vehicle. Broke collage student.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dangerous Dan on April 09, 2012, 09:53:40 PM
I used the tool kit in my car to replace all 5 broken studs on my front passenger side on the side of the road in the rain.  I have a 18v impact as part of the kit and I can't say enough good things about it. No fun at all but it only took me about an hour with good tools.  Lucky the wife wasn't far away to run me to the store to get parts. I used my streamlight micro on the bill of the hat I keep in the car and my spare set of clothes. Preps definitely saved the day.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: idelphic on April 10, 2012, 06:42:05 AM
I used the tool kit in my car to replace all 5 broken studs on my front passenger side on the side of the road in the rain.  I have a 18v impact as part of the kit and I can't say enough good things about it. No fun at all but it only took me about an hour with good tools.  Lucky the wife wasn't far away to run me to the store to get parts. I used my streamlight micro on the bill of the hat I keep in the car and my spare set of clothes. Preps definitely saved the day.
That is one thing that most people don't even think about.  What happens if *insert issue* happens.

I heard that Roter Rooter techs have to go home and change if they get soiled on a job.  They MUST keep a clean appearance at all times for the customer.  And really, who what's someone else's shuff in their house anyway?

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: txdoc on April 10, 2012, 07:52:28 PM
Wow, what a great topic.  I just joined the forum after having listening to the show since episode 50 or so.  I've been missing out!

I use little bits of my GHB all the time: clothes, small tools, first-aid kit, beef jerky.  My favorite recent use of preps was on vacation in Jamaica for a friend's wedding.  The bustle on her wedding dress broke while she was dancing after the ceremony and put her out of commission.  The dress was too heavy to sew the buttons back on, so I pulled a few of the threads out of a piece of paracord and spliced a little handle into one of the bustle loops.  She was able to hold up the train of her dress and dance the rest of the night.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on April 10, 2012, 08:50:24 PM
Thanks for posting txdoc, make sure you check out all the boards. There are tons of great info here.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dangerous Dan on April 10, 2012, 09:47:26 PM
That is one thing that most people don't even think about.  What happens if *insert issue* happens.

I heard that Roter Rooter techs have to go home and change if they get soiled on a job.  They MUST keep a clean appearance at all times for the customer.  And really, who what's someone else's shuff in their house anyway?

I know it all to well I am a manufacturing engineer that spends half my time on the shop floor but I am still required to wear a tie, slacks,and dress shoes because that is the image we are suppose to keep (we make high end products and have lots of visitors).  I have ruined more dress clothes from getting grease or oil flung on me than I care to think about. I've got jeans, gym shorts, underwear, socks, t shirt , sweat pants, sweat shirt and shoes in my car at all times.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on April 19, 2012, 01:32:45 AM
Fishing the other day and discovered in the rush to get out to the lake, we had both forgotten our flashlights. This would have cut out evening short, as we usually don't leave till after dark settles and the fish stop biting, and its a pretty rough walk out. Grabbed one from my GHB and one from my emergency car kit and we were good to go.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Orionblade on April 20, 2012, 12:54:05 AM
I know it all to well I am a manufacturing engineer that spends half my time on the shop floor but I am still required to wear a tie, slacks,and dress shoes because that is the image we are suppose to keep (we make high end products and have lots of visitors).  I have ruined more dress clothes from getting grease or oil flung on me than I care to think about. I've got jeans, gym shorts, underwear, socks, t shirt , sweat pants, sweat shirt and shoes in my car at all times.

My old cross country and track coach was a U.S. Marine, and told the story of having to take a dinghy to a beach from the ship on which he was stationed, to meet some brass. He and his buddies carried oversized ziploc bags with a change of trousers, while the lieutenant they were riding with hadn't... they had dry pants, the butter bar didn't. Guess who made a better impression?

:b

I always carry a spare set of socks, a blazer, and a nice shirt with me. Not always a pair of pants, but definitely some small-packing undies tucked into the socks. Makes for easy fixes to a variety of coffee-induced issues, as well as the occasional meet-cute-girl-in-a-bookstore problem, where I hadn't planned on going home before dinner... so I can toss my dress shoes on, a nice shirt, keep the jeans, and throw the blazer on top, and I look pretty darn spiffy. Helps to have a razor and a comb too  8)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on April 24, 2012, 04:02:04 PM
Dinner tonight 100% from preps. Rabbit Strata a la King.  Home butchered and canned rabbit. Home dehydrated sweet red pepper, dehydrated onion, dehydrated corn, dehydrated chanterelle mushrooms,  bread cubes. I used fresh eggs and milk, but could have used from storage.

Have a meeting to go to tonight and it was my turn to bring snacks, so I made Pumpkin-Cranberry muffins and vegan Blueberry-Lemon muffins. 100% from preps. Used homecanned pumpkin (squash), home dehydrated highbush cranberries and homecanned blueberries, everything else was from gleaners from my LTS.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Preppin2 on April 24, 2012, 04:54:02 PM
Dinner tonight 100% from preps. Rabbit Strata a la King.  Home butchered and canned rabbit. Home dehydrated sweet red pepper, dehydrated onion, dehydrated corn, dehydrated chanterelle mushrooms,  bread cubes. I used fresh eggs and milk, but could have used from storage.

Have a meeting to go to tonight and it was my turn to bring snacks, so I made Pumpkin-Cranberry muffins and vegan Blueberry-Lemon muffins. 100% from preps. Used homecanned pumpkin (squash), home dehydrated highbush cranberries and homecanned blueberries, everything else was from gleaners from my LTS.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on April 24, 2012, 09:11:10 PM
Those Blueberry-Lemon muffins sound awesome. Would you are to share the recipe?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dollarbill on April 29, 2012, 06:50:39 AM
Thurs I used an energy bar I keep in my gf's GHB. We went to Kohl's after work to use a coupon before it expired. I grabbed a couple things I needed without much delay and went to go find my gf. She was happily perusing through the clothes when she said "I'm going to look at the shoes". I knew I wasn't getting dinner any time soon and I was starving by this time already. I went to the car and grabbed the energy bar. That did the trick, I was able to wait patently while my gf tried on what seemed like every shoe in the place without passing out from hunger.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: KitsapRoadkill on April 30, 2012, 10:26:54 PM
Our electricity went out last night due to a wind storm causing a fight between a tree and a power line. I let you guess what won. My headlamp is always nearby or in my pocket after dark. Popped that on and got the oil lamps lit. We've got a well so water was out also. Grabbed some of the stored water for flushing. Then pulled some frozen brats out of the freezer and fired up the grill on the porch. My roommates started complaining about boredom after dinner so I pulled out the D&D books(yes, I'm a geek). Just like camping.

Power finally came back on around noon today. Refilled the used water containers and put them back in the storage area.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on May 02, 2012, 10:43:38 AM
Going on a road trip with some friends.

It was easy to go to the pantry, find, and pack dehydrated snacks.
Bananas and Strawberries are my favorites, nuts, jerky (i am always out of bilton), and water bottles with some powder flavor mixes.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Engineer on May 04, 2012, 07:19:25 PM
Hello folks I'm new the forum and a new MSB member as today coming to you from West Michigan. I ordered my new "Shotlock" shotgun safe today which gives me fast and easy access to a loaded shotgun while keeping it safe from my two young daughters. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: KitsapRoadkill on May 12, 2012, 01:44:40 PM
My roommate walks up to me and asks "Do you have a band-aid?" I look at him somewhat incredulously and reply very condescendingly "There's some in my BOB, some in your BOB, some in Bill's(other roommate) BOB, some in the first-aid kit in my car and a whole bunch in the big first-aid kit in the kitchen. Which would you like?" His response? "Shut up, I'm tired."

Preps were used, so I'm counting it.
Though I may be using this incident to call for refresher drill.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: viking on May 19, 2012, 04:01:53 AM
Last week I used my wagner power dome to jump start the mower at the church and fill up a flat tire.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on May 27, 2012, 07:49:29 AM
My wife needed some antacids and did not have any in her purse. I brought my backpack so it was a quick jaunt out to the car to get some.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on May 27, 2012, 08:22:24 AM
I had to stay overnight at work, and I don't have an extra bra in my GHB. So I sprayed my sweaty one with mouthwash, hung it on the back of a door, and by morning it was fresh and clean smelling. Passed the smell test of a trusty co-worker anyway  :) I don't think that would work for too many days in a row, but its a trick good for one night anyway!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Bradbn4 on May 28, 2012, 08:29:07 AM
I was outside puttering / cleaning / re-organizing my old cars when I noticed a VW Jetta rolling down the hill kind of quite.  I guess they were trying to bump start the car without any luck. 

The owner came up and asked if I had any jumper cables to jump his car.

Well there was about 3 choices - one to help them push their car backup a steep hill (any hill your pushing a car is steep) - try the jumper cables - or dig out my 2amp car battery charger.

Their battery was too dead for jumper cables to work after trying for 5 mins.
We decided to not try and push the car up the hill.

I dug out 4 long power cables and my never used battery charger. Because the battery was quite dead I figured  a good hour on 2amp charge cycle.  With the driver in the car I selected jump start on the battery charger and their car fired up on the first try.

That reminds me - I need to put in an extra Phillips head screwdriver in my tool kit.  And re-oil my spare pocket knife in the tool bag.  It's always good to check out the preps in the car.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on May 29, 2012, 08:31:26 AM
Everyone who sees my neck knife makes fun of it. They always say "Who the hell are you going to stab with THAT!" if they see it.

However, the same people who make fun of me all the time for it end up benefiting from its existence pretty fast.

Case in point — yesterday, a friend and I rented these "Hydro Cycles" in this state park lake. They are pontoon boats with a bicycle frame on them, and you pedal to turn a propeller shaft.

Well, after jumping in for fun and to clear seaweed from the propellers a couple of times (they are very stable boats) — my friend ran across some old fishing line and got it so tangled up in the propeller that she could not even crank the pedals on the boat anymore.

I jumped in behind her to see what happened and when I realized it was fishing line I thought we were screwed — she said "MAN, if we only had a knife" at which point "OH YEAH!!!" I said as I felt my chest and realized I still had my knife (I wear it so much that I actually forget I have it sometimes).

So after about 20 minutes of cutting, pulling, cutting some more I was able to get the fishing line completely free from the propeller shaft and we were able to get back to the rental dock instead of having to be "towed" back and have them get all jacked because we got line tangled in the boat's propeller.

Just another funny example of how my neck knife saved the day after people (including this friend) have made fun of me for wearing it.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Warpalli on July 09, 2012, 05:48:49 PM
I got to use my preps the other week, however under sad circumstances,  My little sister (22) is bi-polar and a cutter,  she had a bad weekend, and decided to put a couple of semi-deep slashes in her arm, by the time i saw it, it looked like it was starting to get infected,  luckily i had my first aid kit in my bug out bag, cleaned her wounds out, added some triple anti-biotic, and butterfly bandaged a couple of the deeper ones together.  Looks A LOT better this week.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TwoBluesMama on July 09, 2012, 06:34:22 PM
I got to use my preps the other week, however under sad circumstances,  My little sister (22) is bi-polar and a cutter,  she had a bad weekend, and decided to put a couple of semi-deep slashes in her arm, by the time i saw it, it looked like it was starting to get infected,  luckily i had my first aid kit in my bug out bag, cleaned her wounds out, added some triple anti-biotic, and butterfly bandaged a couple of the deeper ones together.  Looks A LOT better this week.

Warpalli - as a Mom and Grandma I was saddened to read your comments.  I'm glad you were able to help but it's a heckofa way to use your preps.  I have a dear friend who is bipolar also so I understand. Sending some Mama blessings your way. TBM 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on July 09, 2012, 10:45:18 PM
I got to use my preps the other week, however under sad circumstances,  My little sister (22) is bi-polar and a cutter,  she had a bad weekend, and decided to put a couple of semi-deep slashes in her arm, by the time i saw it, it looked like it was starting to get infected,  luckily i had my first aid kit in my bug out bag, cleaned her wounds out, added some triple anti-biotic, and butterfly bandaged a couple of the deeper ones together.  Looks A LOT better this week.

Sorry to hear of the circumstances, but at least you were there to help, and had the material you needed. Its a sad reality that all the prepping we do to help others, will most likely be used on our own loved ones.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Warpalli on July 10, 2012, 09:15:50 AM
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Warpalli - as a Mom and Grandma I was saddened to read your comments.  I'm glad you were able to help but it's a heckofa way to use your preps.  I have a dear friend who is bipolar also so I understand. Sending some Mama blessings your way. TBM 

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Sorry to hear of the circumstances, but at least you were there to help, and had the material you needed. Its a sad reality that all the prepping we do to help others, will most likely be used on our own loved ones.

Thx TwoBluesMama for the blessings,  It's sad circumstances, but i am glad that i had all the supplies to clean it up and dress it, Her going to the hospital they probably would have done the same thing, just added a bill to it, and possibly detained her as a medical 500,  which probably wouldn't have helped her mind set.  It is sad that most of our preps we will probably use on our loved ones, but in my mind, my loved ones couldnt be better people to use em' on :-)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TwoBluesMama on July 10, 2012, 12:01:43 PM
Actually Warpalli in my opinion you have it right. We plan our preps around first helping loved ones (daughter, SIL, grandbabies) and then around helping others such as our neighbors (who have 4 little ones) and close friends (who have 3 little ones) and extended family; then people at church; and outward.  Will I have enough preps to help everyone -  probably not but that doesn't stop me from planning, gathering and mostly being grateful that I have my eyes open and a heart to try.

And to put this topic a little more back on track (I hate it when I hijack threads!) as far as using "preps" I use all kinds of things on a daily basis so I don't thing of them as preps - just as going to a particular pantry or closet and getting what I need.  BUT I loved it the other day when my daughter pulled out a huge first aid kit to get a band aid for the little one and I said, "Wow nice kit."  She laughed and said, "You and daddy bought it for me"!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SloSheepdog on July 10, 2012, 03:40:14 PM
Changed into some dry clothes! My wife and I were soaked on an amusement park ride. We became  much more wet than we were expecting, and just before dark. We were able to change into the extra clothes we had in the car and keep enjoying the evening warm and dry. Yay!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: snickers on July 10, 2012, 08:25:46 PM
However, the same people who make fun of me all the time for it end up benefiting from its existence pretty fast.

Same thing happens to me all the time! My buddies always make fun of my 3" folding Kershaw and then get bashful and say "hey uhh Snickers can you help me open this with your knife?" just kidding, my friends don't actually call me Snickers. ;)

My story: today I had some car problems. The most important thing I had was a good head on my shoulders. The next most important things were my owners manual and my small tool kit. Using the owner's manual I was able to diagnose the problem, with the tool kit I was able to make a quick patch until I can fix the underlying problem. And to think, if I hadn't had a screwdriver I might have needed to be towed!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on July 14, 2012, 06:05:55 AM
Well, the small shit hit the little fan yesterday.

I came home Friday to a broken AC. Thankfully, it is not all that hot in Houston this week, but humid as hell. I roll out the portable AC and crank it up then call the AC guys. They quote $90 for after hours service. I say, well, I have the portable AC unit running so you can come tomorrow.

My wife came home and was on the phone with my sister in law complaining about the AC issue. I reminded her that the portable unit was running in the bedroom so we could sleep. I think she recognized how fortunate it was that I am prepared.

Today, I am off to my CCL class. It is the final step for me!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Heavy G on July 15, 2012, 10:28:41 AM
Awesome, prepperjim!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on July 17, 2012, 03:13:36 PM
I forgot this story.

My wife and I went to a 4th of July party. The hostess purchased some mosquito candles and shrouds that we had to assemble. The package required a knife. Check. The candles required lighting. Check.

Later, they were trying to build a fire with those pre-packaged logs and could not get it started. I was cringing that they did not know the basics and could not get it started. I asked for some news paper, got some kindling from some twigs and got it started. I thought Jack made up all those stories about people who could not build a fire, but here was a group of professional people who could not get the job done. Shocking, but true.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Clybrad on July 20, 2012, 11:39:20 AM
My wife and I were going to a cookout and decided to bring along some mango peach salsa.  After going through the tomatoes that we had gotten from the garden we were still short a few (big batch of salsa).  She started to get her shoes on to get some from the store but then she remembered that we had some in storage.  So she found the stash of caned tomatoes and we used them.  It was that moment she said for the first time, "there is not downside to survivalism"!  Made me want to cry.

Another story that I want to tell is when my buddy and I went camping.  Both of us consider ourselves survivalist so we know how to build fires.  We were having one hell of a time getting one started.  Eventually we broke down and gave up on the idea of having a hot meal.  That is until I pulled a chemical treated log out of my bag.  I do not like them nor use them very often, but that night we were SO happy I threw it into my bag just in case.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: KellyAnn on July 24, 2012, 08:14:12 PM
Went to a bbq picnic for my husbands team at work tonight.  Lady at the buffet table was rummaging around, and finally asked if anyone had a knife.  I said "I have a knife", she looked surprised and said "you do?"  (I should probably explain I'm sort of a girly girl with long hair, a pink handbag, and was wearing a skirt.)
Reach into my bag and pull out a nice folding knife with a 4 inch blade, open it, set it on the table (handle toward her).
She looks at me and says "You keep that in your purse?!"
"Yes, it comes in handy."
(What I wanted to say was "yes, in case the pepper spray doesn't work".)

Ended up I was the only one that had a knife.  Got used to slice a cucumber, a couple tomatoes, and a chocolate birthday cake.
I have to wonder, if they brought a cake....why didn't they bring something to slice it?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PistolWhipped on August 03, 2012, 01:04:26 PM
We were trying to build a fire a little while back.  I say we, my pops, stepmom, and step-sister's boyfriend.  I was burning through a bottle of fantastic mead, sitting on a log, and watching.  They got the kindling started, but the logs weren't seasoned and didn't want to catch.  I was full of grilled meat and mead at the time, so I really was trying to hold onto the log.

What do I do?  Grab a can of zippo fluid out of my GHB, grab a log,  squirt some on one side, let it soak for a minute, and wedge it fuel side down under the logs and over the tinder.  Arranged the other logs to maximize airflow, and stuck an old sales paper inside to kickstart everything.  Fire was going in no time.

And my knives get borrowed a few times a day @ work.  I get flak because it's against policy, and then I hear "Hey Matt, let me hold your knife." or my favorite "You got a knife?" ("No, I have four.")

Of course, I gotta screw with them.  "Which knife?  Fixed, folder, straight edge, serrated, long blade or short?"  After the stunned silence I usually hand them the Tenacious.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on August 08, 2012, 11:06:33 AM
Sitting in traffic yesterday and my temperature gauge started heading for red. I pulled into a parking let and checked the overflow which was a little low. Grabbed the gallon I carry in the back and topped it off. Total inconvenience of about 3 minutes and I was back to sitting in traffic.  ::)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: AnonPrepper on August 08, 2012, 02:50:31 PM
Went camping this weekend only to discover the lack of garbage bags in the RV!! Ran to my bugout bag and boom! there was a ziplock bag with 3 garbage bags in it intended for emergency ponchos or shelter ect.. Now I just have to remember to restock everything I keep using.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cordovil on August 09, 2012, 03:20:19 PM
I had to stay overnight at work . . .

I just got stuck pulling an "all nighter" at the office as well (sad, I know) just this week. 

I have built up a supply of preps in my office in the event I need to "bug in" at work (in Manhattan).  So I was happy to be able to pull out my trusty cot (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003JDE3JY) for a few hours of sleep.  And the next day, the change of clothes came in handy.

The roll of quarters came in handy as well when I was raiding the vending machines at 3 a.m.  . . .  :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on August 10, 2012, 11:29:53 AM
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And my knives get borrowed a few times a day @ work.  I get flak because it's against policy, and then I hear "Hey Matt, let me hold your knife." or my favorite "You got a knife?" ("No, I have four.")

That happens to me ALL THE TIME with my neck knife. EVERYONE who has seen it makes fun of me for wearing it — and then within less than a week that same person is asking me for a knife becuase they need it for one reason or another...

"OH, so it DOES come in handy for things other than stabbing people doesn't it!!!"

...is my reply since that is the comment that I always get when they find out I wear one under my shirt.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on August 12, 2012, 10:57:08 PM
We had a thunderstorm roll through this evening.

Our power was out for a mere 3 hours.

1. Retrieved flashlight from handy location.
2. Used flashlight to get a candle and holder out of closet. (used for bathroom trips.)
3. Fired up the Aladdin oil lamp.
4. The whole family sat around the table and played board games until the power came back on.
5. We had a lot of fun.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on August 13, 2012, 05:50:34 AM
Ran out of half and half for the coffee so I ran down and grabbed some powdered "cream" (and I use that term very loosely) out of preps. 

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on August 15, 2012, 08:12:29 PM
5. We had a lot of fun.

Love it. :D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mikem on August 17, 2012, 11:15:24 AM
The neighbors big stubborn dog got loose and was running around a busy road this morning as I was driving to work. The dog minds no one and doesn't even respond to its name, so I cut a lash of paracord, tied it around her collar and dragged her back home. The best part was, I managed to get to my morning meeting on time, where if I had to wrangle that dog without a "leash", would have ended up strolling in much later.


Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on August 19, 2012, 08:15:22 AM
Yesterday my wife and I ran to her moms house to pick up a "small dresser" for our, umm, remote location, and knowing the unreliability of her moms description of "small", we took the pickup, which I have only driven once in the last 5-6 weeks (no A/C, and it's been hot. And we have three other cars with A/C to jump between. Hey, 2 is one...) On the way back, we pull into the left turn lane at a very busy intersection, and it's backed way up, to the point of impeding traffic in the lane next to it. Finally, our light goes green and nothing happens. Then I notice cars in front of me bailing to the right and I realize someone ahead is broke down. I bail right, take the first U I can, and park in the corner lot to run out and push them out of traffic before someone gets hurt jumping lanes at this stupid intersection. Just as I get there, the driver jumps out to try pushing himself, and his gf jumps in the drivers seat (this poor kid was 110 lbs soaking wet) and another guy jumps out of the passenger side of the car behind him and we get it pushed around the turn and onto the shoulder. As we're pushing, I ask if he knows what's wrong with it, and he said it's out of gas. It wasnt his truck, and the gas gauge doesnt work. I ran back to my P/U (this is why it was pertinent that it was unusual that I was driving my truck) and grabbed my can out of the toolbox. I went back and he was on the phone trying to get someone to come help, and I just opened his tank and started pouring gas in. I only carry a 1gallon can, but its usually enough to get someone to the next station. You should have seen his face when I HAD a full gas can. He tried to give me $10 for the gas and I just told him to pay it forward. I like to restore peoples faith in strangers once in a while, and prepping helps do that. And on another prepping note, like Jack says, I am way more likely to help others since I got my CCW, as I am less likely to be made a victim for my efforts.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Heavy G on August 25, 2012, 07:17:33 AM
Good on ya, 16onRockandRoll.  I know what you mean about being more likely to help people when you're carrying.

OK, this is a tiny little thing, but what the heck.  I carry a couple of water bottles in my vehicle.  I went to the taco truck (West Coast thing) and were out of drinks for my delicious authentic food.  I pulled a water bottle out of my GHB (and replaced it when I got home).
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: ncjeeper on August 25, 2012, 12:41:38 PM
  I went to the taco truck (West Coast thing)
We call them roach coaches over here on the east coast. :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on August 26, 2012, 11:50:56 AM
Had a big BBQ as a belated 50th Bday party for hubs on Friday night.  Ran out of ketchup.  Ran down to the preps and grabbed some more without missing a beat.  It may not be a big thing, but it's nice to have the convenience :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: carbon on August 26, 2012, 05:31:30 PM
Since switching jobs a while ago we still find ourselves short on the budget. We have used up around 50 lbs of my reserve rice and maybe 15 lbs of my stored sugar. The replacement for those will come from our regular grocery budget as things get better.
...aaand wife still has second thoughts about my prepping :-)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LibertyBelle on September 01, 2012, 08:30:19 PM
DD and I were out and about town earlier when she twisted her ankle pretty bad while walking across a parking lot.  Within seconds it had puffed up over the edge of her shoe and she was unable to walk on it, and fighting to hold back the tears.  I ran to the truck where I got an ace wrap, a couple of aspirins, a bottle of water, and the cedar walking stick I keep behind the seat. I wrapped her foot up, she downed the aspirins with the water, and minutes later she was laughing and limping along, and said she wasn't ready to head for home just yet...although mom headed for home anyway, and got DD settled in with her foot elevated and an ice pack on it. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on September 03, 2012, 07:50:45 AM
I used my preps Saturday night. My wife and I came home late from the football game and wanted a snack. There was nothing to eat in the fridge and she wanted to go get something and come back. I said, "It is too late, I've been drinking and it is not a good idea to go out. Most crimes happen between 10 pm and 3 am." She agreed and I whipped up a breakfast taco for us to share.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Clybrad on September 05, 2012, 06:38:02 PM
My wife and I have just moved, again, from High Point NC to Charlotte NC for her work.  The time we had to move was around 2 weeks.  We needed to find a place to rent, settle on a price, pack the house, rent a truck, and move.  It was really hard and it meant me taking off work to pack the house and drive back and forth between Charlotte and High Point (1 hour).  We got here and with paying for meals, truck, deposits, and my not having an income for a few weeks really hurt us.

The way we have been using our preps this past few weeks is actually been breaking into our stored food.  We have been using more of the canned foods that we have been putting away from the past few months and from what my grandmother gave me for helping her.  We have been really rotating our food around and even though we are down to around 1 month worth of reserves, we are glad we started being survivalist when we did.  Otherwise we would have had to borrow money from our family. 

That is not something I like to do.  It has only happened once and I promised my wife and myself that we would never do it again.  And we paid aunt in law back.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: DrJohn on September 05, 2012, 06:48:23 PM
Reloaded my first 50 shot shells!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Nicodemus on September 08, 2012, 06:37:59 AM
The way we have been using our preps this past few weeks is actually been breaking into our stored food.  We have been using more of the canned foods that we have been putting away from the past few months and from what my grandmother gave me for helping her.  We have been really rotating our food around and even though we are down to around 1 month worth of reserves, we are glad we started being survivalist when we did.  Otherwise we would have had to borrow money from our family. 

That's what food storage is there for. Don't feel badly that you had to use it and haven't been able to keep up with replacing what you've used. You know firsthand the value of food storage and you'll build it all back up.

I've gone through my food stores twice in the last ten years, but it made all of the difference in being able to successfully cope with hard times.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Mr. Bill on September 11, 2012, 07:03:25 PM
While secluded in a room where we have no tools 8), I had a problem with a snap on an article of clothing, which kept unsnapping.

But!  In my pocket I had my trusty, tiny Leatherman Squirt PS2 multitool!  The pliers were adequate to repair the loose snap. ;D

I've been wondering what I was ever going to use those little pliers for.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on September 12, 2012, 07:40:49 PM
wife was making a salad, when she said to me "I forgot to de-thaw the chicken for the salad". I just started smiling...and she said "Let me guess you have chicken in 'The Pantry'..."
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on September 18, 2012, 07:18:00 PM
We have been working on stocking up on rechargeable batteries for the last few months. They have been very useful in the last couple of days when everything seemed to die all at once. But without hesitation, we grabbed the rechargeable ones and they work great. We went for the Sanyo Eneloop that was suggested by Steven Harris on the podcast. Seem to be awesome so far. Anyway main point of the story, we went hiking on Sunday, and on the way back ran into a serious lack of sunshine. Grabbed the headlamps (full of fresh eneloops) and hiked back in style.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on October 01, 2012, 08:17:58 PM
Working in the shop today, I gave some boards a dry fit with some dowel pegs.  Everything was such a tight fit, I couldn't get it apart.  Out came the leatherman, a twist with the screwdriver and the boards were apart, and a pull with the pliers and I was back to work.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: rpersun on October 02, 2012, 09:58:46 AM
Broke a shoe lace at work, luckily I had 50ft of paracord in my BOB.  Now I have a nice set of new shoe laces.   :D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: vardaman on October 02, 2012, 10:23:43 PM

Last night the power went out while I was in the middle of cooking supper.  We quickly lit some candles and I got out an oil lamp I had bought recently and lit it as well.  I already had a pork tenderloin cooking in a Dutch oven inside the electric oven.  It needed about twenty more minutes so I figured it would be okay just to leave it alone and let the heat already in the oven finish the cooking process.
I had already blanched some string beans for sautéing. I threw those into a sauté pan with some butter and walked them outside to the patio where I keep a propane tank that’s connected to a burner, like the kind you use for frying a turkey. I use it occasionally for frying things. I lit the burner and put the pan with the beans on.
I had a flashlight with me, but then I realized that I had some LED Christmas lights strung up over the patio that I like to plug in when we are out there. So I went and got my Wagan Power Dome and plugged the lights into it. This provided the perfect amount of light for sautéing my beans without having to stand there holding a flashlight.
By the time I was done with the beans the tenderloin was ready and had finished just fine under the residual oven heat. So with the power out we never missed a beat and had a nice candlelight dinner to boot. It was good real world experience.
I’ve cooked a lot of times outside with the propane just for such an occasion so that wasn’t much of a stretch, but I’ve never done it in the pitch black before so the hokey Christmas lights really provided a huge benefit that I hadn’t actually planned on. It was kind of weird having the only light in the entire neighborhood for five minutes. I was ready to unplug them as soon as I was done plus I didn’t want to run the Wagan down any more than I had to.
After we ate, and the power had been off for about an hour, we got in the car to see what the extent of the outage was. So driving down the street we only noticed about one in every six houses seemed to have any kind of candle light going. I think most of the people just got in their cars and went out after the power was off for about 15 minutes. The outage was fairly widespread a tree took out a line on a decent sized road. They had it restored by the time we got back home.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: orrville on October 21, 2012, 06:45:07 PM
 Used the jars we have been collecting to can 56# beef, from the grass fed beef we raised and had butchered. The list is long , I view all our tools as preps. We use some of them everyday.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: JonDavid on October 30, 2012, 03:35:22 AM
Being in the path of Sandy's landfall, I got to use my large maglite flashlight to checkout the roof and yard for damage.

I used my cell phone app to keep track of local power outages, text friends and family to let them know I was fine, call my dad and my sister to find out how they were.  I was also able to check on the status of the State of Emergency, get the latest weather reports, find out conditions regarding work and take pictures of a tree I'm worried about in my backyard and the neighbors shed under it.  I didn't realize how useful a prep my phone was.  That's in addition to all the emergency numbers I have in it that thankfully I didn't have to use.

Unbelievably power never went out, but I still had a great breakfast and dinner using mostly things in the pantry.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mindgamez on October 30, 2012, 12:31:50 PM
Generator, My stash of gas, my "emergency" instant coffee packets, Tealights (cheap lighting when dropped into a glass coffee mug).  Gotta love getting a hurricane in Ohio.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: backwoods_engineer on October 31, 2012, 07:09:14 PM
Love reading these Sandy stormers using their preps!  Yeah man!  That's why we do it!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on November 01, 2012, 01:28:04 AM
On the way to my parents house we managed to lose out radiator cap on the interstate. I noticed when the engine began running a little bit hot, and by that time, ALL of the coolant had sprayed out. It was dark, so the first prep that came out was a LED Maglite. Once I discovered the problem I started breaking out the coolant that I carry. Turns out no where around me sold radiator caps, even after 30 minutes of walking around. You would really think a HUGE Pilot truck stop would have a rad cap. Anyway turns out we were close to my brother in law who made the trip up with an extra cap. We were able to fix everything with only about 3oz of extra coolant left over. We got back on the road with only being out of commission for around an hour and fifteen minutes.

Preps used:
Flashlight
Cell phone
Coolant
Gloves
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on November 06, 2012, 02:03:56 PM
I found myself in a panic on Sunday after realizing my finances had been stretched (pretty much the norm these days) to the point I could not even afford the gas to get to and from work Monday — let alone the rest of the week. My change jar had about $10 in quarters since I have already raided it 3 or 4 times in the last several months for emergencies like that.

Then I remembered I have 2 gold rings from past relationships sitting in my box of silver coins — aka my "savings account" so I decided to cash in the 2 rings.

I got $93 for 4.5 grams of 14K gold which kind of sucks seeing as spot right now is around $33/gram and I got about $20/gram. However, I had cash in hand and in my bank account in less than 15 minutes — and granted I didn't feel like shopping around since this was a necessary evil.

Got rid of some bad memories, took a small bath (one of them was a gift to me so cost me nothing) but was able to fill up my gas tank and have plenty for this week's food and miscellaneous expenses.

I used them for exactly what I intended to have them for when I put them in my "savings account"

I have a tangible Silver Coin / gold coin / jewelery "savings account" because the hassle to get the right value for the items contained within is enough that I will NEVER touch it unless I absolutely need to, where if I were to start adding money to a savings account at the bank I would just be withdrawing it to pay bills or who knows what a week or two later and it would never accumulate — and frankly it seems precious metals will increase faster than your garbage $.0000002% interest rate for a savings account (whatever worthless rate it is).
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on November 09, 2012, 06:29:07 PM
My wife used her preps today. I packed her a GHB-lite for her car. Today, she pulled out the socks and shoes so that she could go shopping and not kill her feet.

I consider this a milestone. Finally, my prepping directly impacted her quality of life.

Victory is near!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cbowseriii on November 16, 2012, 04:41:06 PM
Glad to hear it was not life threatening Endurance!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Connecticut Prepper on November 24, 2012, 07:56:43 AM
I am a beginning prepper, pretty much brand new.  One of the things I want to do come spring is to go camping with my completed bug out bag for the 72 hours, make believe my life is totally up to what I carry in my bag.  From there I want to take notes on what I wish I had, what I had and how well it preformed and what I should to to improve on what I already brought with me. 

I want to be able to make a fire without lighters or matches well before I have to do it for the first time and my life depends on whether or not I can make a fire right here and now.

Just my idea though
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RitaRose1945 on November 24, 2012, 08:11:39 AM
Renewed my Ham license online.  Also corrected the name and address which hasn't been the ones on record since... 2003.  Yeah, not so good on the record keeping, so fixing that.

Added it to a binder that I have with all of the relevant numbers and info I might need.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RitaRose1945 on November 25, 2012, 08:09:05 AM
Renewed my Ham license online.  Also corrected the name and address which hasn't been the ones on record since... 2003.  Yeah, not so good on the record keeping, so fixing that.

Added it to a binder that I have with all of the relevant numbers and info I might need.

Not sure why I posted this here - it was supposed to go in "What did you do to prep today?".

Some days I'm smarter than others...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: blademan on December 11, 2012, 09:32:36 AM
Ran out of propane two days ago. Wasn't going to be able to get more till yesterday but I still needed too cook until then. I own a microwave, but I don't eat a lot of food that microwaves well. And the idea of ramen for breakfast is pretty repulsive.
  I do have some chafing dish heaters prepped up becuase they are good heat sources for small enclosed areas and good for starting wet fires and for water boiling.
   So I set up a little cook stove with three water filled mason jars around three chafing dish heaters and sat a pan on top of the jars. Cooked me some bacon and egg tacos for dinner and breakfast the next day. I put water in the mason jars as a heat sink so that the flame from the heaters didn't damage them. 
     It took a lot longer than cooking on the range, but It worked well enough. I'm deffinitelt going to buy some of the little stoves that are used with these heaters, probably easier than mason jars with the right sized pan. I think a very small cast iron skillet would be good.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: M1Andy on December 15, 2012, 09:35:50 PM
We went to my parent's for Thanksgiving and didn't come home with the leftovers that we love so much.  So today we had mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, rolls, and green beans.  All from food storage!  Was great to get those rotated and soon restocked.  We bought a turkey breast and will buy another to get into the deep freeze.  Felt really good to have buy-in from the whole family.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PorcupineKate on December 16, 2012, 08:00:19 AM
I'm in school with lots of time consuming finals and my Husband has been working longer hours.  We have been eating canned stew, soup, and chili from the stash I canned a couple of months ago.  This has been a huge time saver and I will be making more over my winter break.   ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on December 16, 2012, 08:20:03 AM
Used my battery cell phone charger, while waiting at the hospital for news about my cousin having their baby. The 'dad to be' thaught it was a great idea. He has been using his phone and draining the battery all day, and hates having his phone therthed to the wall.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on December 16, 2012, 11:49:09 AM
I'm in school with lots of time consuming finals and my Husband has been working longer hours.  We have been eating canned stew, soup, and chili from the stash I canned a couple of months ago.  This has been a huge time saver and I will be making more over my winter break.   ;D

You should share your recipe for canned stew if you don't mind. I have been looking for a good tasting canning recipe for stew.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PorcupineKate on December 16, 2012, 02:29:53 PM
Sure.  I don't have exact measurements since I have been making this by eye for years. 
I do this with beef and chicken.  It makes a great soup or a stew if you make a gravy with the stock right before you serve it.  (canning the gravy is a really bad idea and I can't remember why.)  I make about 2.5 gallons of this stuff at a time.

I make a stock before hand.   Bones, carrots, celery, onions, parsley, bay leaf, pepper and garlic.  Simmer for 24 to 48 hours. Strain remove all the lumpy stuff out of the stock.

I use beef stock with beef and chicken stock with chicken

Cut up 5 to 7 lbs of beef or chicken into 1" cubes.
Cut up a entire bunch of celery in 1" chunks
Cut up 2 lbs of carrots in 1" chunks.
Slice up 1lb or so of mushrooms.  ( I use mushrooms instead of potatoes since I don't really like potatoes)
pepper and salt to taste
I add thyme and garlic to taste (I love thyme)

Put it all in a large stock pot and pour in enough stock to cover all the other ingredients  Bring to a boil for 20 minutes.   Prep pressure canner and jars.

I pressure can them based on the chicken.  75 minutes for pints and 90 minutes for quarts.  A quart makes a nice hearty dinner for two.

You will have mushy veggies with this process. 

To have soup just heat and eat.

To make it a stew I heat the contents then drain the stock off and make gravy with it.



Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PorcupineKate on December 19, 2012, 09:32:04 AM
I am assembling a sampler of home dehydrated fruit and preserves for my sister who recently had a stroke. 

She is craving fruit which helps her brain recover.   For Christmas I am bringing her dehydrated strawberries, blueberries, cherries, bananas and apple slices with cinnamon.   She is also getting blueberry, raspberry, and Strawberry preserves.  She is really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RitaRose1945 on December 19, 2012, 07:02:38 PM
She is craving fruit which helps her brain recover.

Look into coconut oil for her too.  I've had 7 serious concussions (seriously - I wish I were kidding) and 2 less than a year apart recently.  I started havng all kinds of trouble while my brain was rerouting and healing (irritability, compulsiveness, depression).  Coconut oil helped noticeably, just a spoonful or two a day, and there's quite a bit of science backing it.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on December 19, 2012, 11:46:40 PM
We had a thunderstorm roll through this evening.

Our power was out for a mere 3 hours.

1. Retrieved flashlight from handy location.
2. Used flashlight to get a candle and holder out of closet. (used for bathroom trips.)
3. Fired up the Aladdin oil lamp.
4. The whole family sat around the table and played board games until the power came back on.
5. We had a lot of fun.
We did this again.  8)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PorcupineKate on December 20, 2012, 06:35:57 AM
Look into coconut oil for her too.  I've had 7 serious concussions (seriously - I wish I were kidding) and 2 less than a year apart recently.  I started havng all kinds of trouble while my brain was rerouting and healing (irritability, compulsiveness, depression).  Coconut oil helped noticeably, just a spoonful or two a day, and there's quite a bit of science backing it.

Thanks.  I will suggest this too her.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on December 21, 2012, 10:45:04 AM
wife noted again how useful the 'down stairs pantry' is, when we had few family members stop by unexpectedly and need to cook a bigger meal then expected

ran out of dish soap for the dishwasher... wait, there is more in the pantry
need to go to the grocery store for more pizza sauce... wait, there is more in the pantry
"You guys are out of chips and salsa"... wait, there is more in the pantry

"Do you have any more home-brew beer?".... silly question
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on December 23, 2012, 08:17:34 AM
I recently wrapped up a business trip to a modern, northern European nation. I had a situation pop up that required the use of my preps while traveling.

Here is the situation. I was attending a business meeting with my peers in a remote bed and breakfast located in a farming community. In the middle of the afternoon, the power went out. Since it was cloudy, cold and rainy, it was almost pitch black and sun down was less than an hour away. That far north, the sun went down around 4:15 pm.

While it may seem like a small thing, of my colleagues, I was the only one who had a flashlight.

More here (http://winterant.com/home.html/2012/12/used-my-preps-while-traveling/) on my blog.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on December 23, 2012, 10:00:03 PM
My grandpa fell on the way into church this morning and tore the skin on his hand. I had the first aid supplies in the car to wrap it so he could stay for the service.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: tumtum73 on December 27, 2012, 05:09:44 PM
This summer I had purchased a rain barrel for $15 that recently came in handy. It had no spigot so I ordered one online and installed it myself (good learning experience and confidence booster) a few months ago with the intention of hooking it up to a drip irrigation system for our garden in the spring.   

Anyway, the handle to the tub/shower mixer was broken, the retaining screw head had rusted off and the main part of the screw was stuck in the housing.  I tried replacing the cartridge and in the process of disassembling it I think I caused a leak in the whole shower valve. (http://www.correia.net/images/shower_mixer.jpg) I had to shut the main water supply to the house off because there is no shutoff for just the shower.  I called a plumber but they couldn't come for two days.

Having the rain barrel (full 55 gallons due to recent rain) was nice to get water to run the toilets and boil to wash dishes by hand.  I also had 5 gallons of drinking water in storage as well as extra individual bottles.  The wife thinks I'm a crackpot with prepping but it has certainly come in handy.

tumtum
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on December 28, 2012, 09:48:43 AM
As silly as it sounds my coat was my prep last night.

While with my family this holiday season, at an amusement park, the couples all met up after dinner. My older sister (8month pregnet) showed up teeth chatering, body shivering. It had been 68F and sunny durring the day, perfect for thin cotton hoodie. But as the sun went down it was now 50F and a slight breeze. Good thing I had a coat with a inner and out layer. 

She wasn't willing to pay $100 for a cheap thin sweatshirt, but defently willing to take my coat to warm up. I really think if she had a wind breaker out shell, then her hoody (inner) would have been enough.

This story had a happy ending, later that night we found a place that had awesome $25 thick hoodie/ponchos. They worked great, but was glad I brought a bigger coat.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: snickers on December 30, 2012, 01:04:15 PM
A few weeks back I was at a friend's house watching a movie when the power went out. Everyone was bummed that we couldn't finish the movie until I brought out my crank radio and some matches. We put on music, lit some candles, and got a bottle of wine. It turned a low key movie night into a power-out party. People quit making fun of me for being prepared for one evening! A power outage is pretty minor on the scale of emergencies, but with my preps I was able to turn a situation that could have been a bummer and made everyone have to go home early into a better party than it had been before the lights went off.

I also suggested that we go down to the local bar and get beer since the chillers would be off and they would have to give it away. That didn't quite pan out.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on December 30, 2012, 03:16:01 PM
I also suggested that we go down to the local bar and get beer since the chillers would be off and they would have to give it away. That didn't quite pan out.

I like your thinking...
Next time the power goes out I will be going to the bar

+1
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: AaronInAK on January 11, 2013, 12:01:33 AM
The lock on my mailbox was frozen, so pulled my storm proof matches out of my coat pocket, lit one, thawed the lock, and got my mail. The 2nd book on the 299 Days series was in there.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Theswerd on January 16, 2013, 11:17:10 AM
I used my preps a few days ago to bandage a raw spot on my foot. Not sure what happened, but I had a nice dime sized patch of very war and sensitive skin on the outside edge of my heel. And I walk a mile to work. :/

I use my neosporine spray (awesome stuff, btw) and covered it with a small gauze square and some tape. Did that for two days and now it is scabbed over enough for general walking etc.

Was super nice to have that on hand.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: redrocket76 on January 27, 2013, 08:36:12 PM
New Year's Day, I was at work and my wife called and said the blower in the central heat was making a terrible noise, so i told her to turn it off. It had been in the 30's or so most the day. Luckily we do alot of heating with our kozy heat fireplace, and we have plenty of seasoned oak, so no problem. We gave the heat and air guy a call later in the week and her fixed right up. It was the fan in the blower unit which I could not fix.
Thank goodness for the fire place.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Mma800 on February 01, 2013, 01:56:57 PM
Lost power for an hour as I was getting the kids ready for school. I had the LED lanterns handy.
Made a batch of mini-meatloaves (or meatloaf muffins as my kids call them) to freeze for quick dinner.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on February 03, 2013, 11:13:58 AM
I wind up using my food preps pretty frequently as part of my deep pantry.  Ran out of 1/2 & 1/2 this morning-pulled out the powdered creamer from preps.  Hubs wanted bread & honey-I had used the last in some tea-just grab some out of preps.  Ran out of toilet paper? Grab a 24 pk out of Oreos (all in the last 2 days).  Course I put it all on the shopping list so I can restock.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on February 03, 2013, 11:54:35 AM
It's not much, but the gas station's computer network was down today. I had cash.  ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on February 07, 2013, 09:57:38 PM
It's not much, but the gas station's computer network was down today. I had cash.  ;)

This seems to be happening much more often lately. It happened to me with a gas station last week, and I did not have cash (Bad prepper, bad!). Then again at a fast food restaurant later that week. Today at Wal-Mart the system that runs their gift registry crashed 3 times while trying to make our baby registry. Worth noting.   
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on February 08, 2013, 07:54:25 PM
my neighbor ran our of gas for his snowblower. Had a 1gallon gas can on hand. I think I made a friend today :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Aussie-SPG on February 16, 2013, 10:52:11 PM
Today I realised that there is not a day that goes past without my reaching into my EDC and using something that I carry every day. I was at work and a staff member came and asked me if they can have a Panadol “a common Australian headache tablet”. I remember seeing a “I used my preps today” thread on this forum. It dawned on me that this was about the third person this week to ask the same question. I realised there is not a day that I don’t use my Swiss Soldier blade to open a box or use one of the tools with in the system. It was quite a revelation that I use something in my preps every day, no disasters, no EOTWAWKI it was just daily use of gear I choose to carry to make my life easier. It made me realise that is what we are doing. We are being responsible for making our life’s easier for when time gets tough or even if they don’t.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on February 16, 2013, 11:28:56 PM
Over the last few days, I ran my gas tank dry in my truck, trying to save the time to turn around by finishing an errand before I got gas on the way back. My wife got a little stressed, but I just laughed at my stupidity as I coasted onto a side street. Jumped out and grabbed the tiny gas can I keep in the toolbox for just such an occassion, poured it in, and drove the 300 yards back to the station, where I filled up the can and put gas in the truck.

A day or two before, I forgot my water bottle for my weight training class, and so once I got out, I was really thirsty. Instead of stopping on the way home for a $2 bottle of water at a gas station, I grabbed one (that probably cost me $.12 at Costco!) out of the car bag.  Little things making life easier every day.

And I can't even begin to say all the times I use my pocket flashlights and knives every day.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: kani73 on February 27, 2013, 11:26:06 PM
Use my CRKT Lake 111 daily as well as my 1st aid preps. One of the guys at work the other night had driven his motorcycle to work and the temp went down to 27 degrees by the end of the shift. I pulled out my emergency pack of hothands in various sizes and handed it to him. The power went out at work last night and the hanger was pitch black. I pulled out a 12 hour light stick. Tonight my brand new pair of glasses broke on the drive home from work. Pulled the backup pair that I had ordered online for $15 out and continued home.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Westonian on February 28, 2013, 05:34:22 PM
Skin on finger cracked (Denver winter) and started bleeding profusely while driving. Pulled out first aid kit from bob, retrieved bandaid, and stopped the bleeding.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: kani73 on March 01, 2013, 12:11:15 AM
Worked out a deal with the local gun dealer for access to 5.56 ammo at a good price and the ability to ship firearms to/from them in exchange for some homemade liquid libations.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: steeltownknight on March 02, 2013, 01:59:49 PM
I have been really sick for mant many weeks On a damn dialysis machine etc.
 Just made it back to my place at 4am the other day.  Of course I had no fresh stuff. so i dipped into some of my freeze dried supplies.  Cooked a nice sml bowl of stew on my balcony with my Esbit stove.  At night
Good thing those lil cubes give off lil smoke or light.  my homemade wind screen was enough to make it covert.  deffinetly against the law.... Oh forgot to mention the power and water was OUT in my building for two days (maintenance)  BUT I was ready  THANK YOU   TSP !
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on March 02, 2013, 10:35:09 PM
wife had trouble opening up a bag of sunflower seeds to snack on. she turned to me and asked for my pocket knife to open the bag.

sometimes it is the little things...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on March 05, 2013, 08:28:29 PM
told the kids i'd make them bean burritos for dinner. i go to the pantry and no refried beans in there to be seen... all i had to do was go to my closet where i keep my extended stash of food and grabbed a can. it was nice being able to keep my word with them.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: NCprepper on March 07, 2013, 01:37:04 PM
Truck wouldn't start, replaced broken negative battery terminal with a spare. Truck fired right up.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: MitchP on March 08, 2013, 08:51:08 PM
I also use my EDC gear on a daily basis. My leatherman and a pen which are always in my pocket, headlamp, sharpie, ibuprofen, and chap stik which are in my bag. I can't imagine how I used to get by without these simple things. It makes me wonder what else I'm doing without and not realizing it.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Mma800 on March 10, 2013, 08:38:18 AM
Can't believe it, but I have the flu! Nasty feeling. And yes, I did get the flu shot.

Luckily, I am fully stocked with everything needed for flu. Dh is home and has been able to help with the kids. No running out of anything for them either. Even had a bday present in storage for my daughter to bring to a party yesterday. I am isolating myself in the extra room and just taking it easy until I feel better. Napping on and off and taking loads of fluids, not much food. :'(
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LibertyBelle on March 15, 2013, 03:37:26 PM
Our little middle son just came home from helping out friends of ours at their farm, sick as a dog, as they had taken him out to eat at a local greasy spoon earlier today and apparently he ended up with food poisoning.  As he walked through the front door, he didn't even say "Hi"....and was just barely able to get out the words "Where's the activated charcoal?" as he was still puking, and just just waiting for diarrhea to hit.   Poor kid looked miserable, so I went to the emergency kit where I keep a container of activated charcoal, and gave him a dose.  Less than 15 minutes later and he looked/felt much better.  The friends, who stayed to visit for a bit, couldn't believe how fast it worked and said they was going to have to get a bottle for theirfirst aid kit.     
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 15, 2013, 07:56:19 PM
Z cut his hand on a swedish saw today pretty wickedly. I had my homemade first aid kit in my truck just feet away and got him all bandaged up within minutes.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on March 16, 2013, 12:12:08 PM
Best wishes for the injured fellow. Good thing you had the first aid kit. Saws leave a particularly nasty cut.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: kani73 on March 25, 2013, 09:26:50 AM
Used a lot of my preps yesterday to help my neighbors clean up from the tornado. Also provided fresh, hot bread and coffee to them made from my Jeep. Thanks Steven Harris.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 25, 2013, 09:34:21 AM
I made Sweet and Sour chicken from my preps for dinner last. I failed on thawing any meat in the morning.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on March 25, 2013, 10:57:29 AM
I definitely count relationships as a prep. Yesterday, I got to leave work early ahead of a snowstorm because I have great relationships with my coworkers and they helped me out. Someone who lives a couple of miles from the hospital came in to relieve me and I ( who live 70 miles away) got home 1/2 hour before the roads were closed:)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on March 25, 2013, 02:52:18 PM
i recently acquired my grandfather's truck. i count it as a prep since i didn't have one. i have been using the heck out of that thing to haul and move stuff around. best. prep. ever.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on March 26, 2013, 12:31:49 PM
using my EDC/mini Survival kit in a park forest

(http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/870/web0282.jpg)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on March 27, 2013, 12:30:12 AM
I have some bug bites, and we were at the garden store today when they started itching really bad. As I was walking around suffering so bad I was ready to leave, I noticed a big aloe plant, so I stopped and pinched off a little piece, and rubbed it on the bites. Within a minute or so, the itching was all but gone, and we finished our shopping. I will have to go back and buy an aloe plant after payday now. I feel like a jerk, even though no real harm was done.

Not really a prep, but the knowledge came in handy.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 27, 2013, 07:04:58 AM
I have some bug bites, and we were at the garden store today when they started itching really bad. As I was walking around suffering so bad

Witch Hazel works very well too.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on March 27, 2013, 05:19:24 PM
Witch Hazel works very well too.

Cedar
Do you chew it up into a paste or just rub it on? How would you use it?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on April 05, 2013, 09:11:32 AM
Funny little "I used my preps today" story.

Yesterday, my girlfriend's washing machine hose split and started spraying water everywhere, so I went out and got a new set of hoses. When I was at my house I went to grab a pair of channel locks in order to put the hoses on tight, and could not find ANY of them. I could not find channel locks, pliers, or even a pair of vice-grips! Nothing that has two handles you squeeze to grip something and tighten could be found.

After about a minute of trying to figure out how I lost ALL of my "pliers" and related tools at once I realized I have a full tool-set in my Jeep's storage box — went out and grabbed it, and went back to my girlfriend's house where we proceeded to watch Walking Dead instead of replacing the hoses and getting our laundry done!

You never know when having an extra set of tools stashed in your vehicle will come in handy — even if you don't need them for your vehicle!
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Post by: theBINKYhunter on April 05, 2013, 04:04:45 PM
Funny little "I used my preps today" story.

Yesterday, my girlfriend's washing machine hose split and started spraying water everywhere, so I went out and got a new set of hoses. When I was at my house I went to grab a pair of channel locks in order to put the hoses on tight, and could not find ANY of them. I could not find channel locks, pliers, or even a pair of vice-grips! Nothing that has two handles you squeeze to grip something and tighten could be found.

After about a minute of trying to figure out how I lost ALL of my "pliers" and related tools at once I realized I have a full tool-set in my Jeep's storage box — went out and grabbed it, and went back to my girlfriend's house where we proceeded to watch Walking Dead instead of replacing the hoses and getting our laundry done!

You never know when having an extra set of tools stashed in your vehicle will come in handy — even if you don't need them for your vehicle!

i have been looking at tool bed boxes for the truck i just got. i want to be able to have a secure method to store things so i can always have more than just my little cab.
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Post by: SloSheepdog on April 09, 2013, 01:59:10 PM
Ate some food from the garden :)  We used cabbage and green onions in home-made fish tacos. They were excellent!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LibertyBelle on April 14, 2013, 08:44:26 PM
Cutting up seed potatoes out at the farm, and the knife slipped (one potato in the bag had started to turn to mush and made things a bit slippery). The cut in my finger wasn't deep, but for some reason I don't clot easily so any cut tends to bleed...a lot.  And so it was dripping all over the place.  Which is kind of a good thing, since blood meal is supposed to be good for the garden, right? :rofl:). Anyway, I just grabbed my water bottle and rinsed my hand off, then used my headscarf to apply pressure on it.  And I also just happened to have a mini first aid kit (altoids tin box type) in my pocket which contained, among other things, some blood stop and antibiotic ointment coated band-aids. I was back to cutting/planting potatoes in no time.   

Then youngest son ended up with a blister while shoveling compost, and so out came the little first aid kit and band-aids again.  :)  So I actually used my preps twice.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: MattR on April 15, 2013, 11:34:25 AM
Last Wednesday we had a major storm come through with 100+ mph winds.  Took out 40 large trees, but no damage to the house or barn.  Greenhouse is toast, but is was just cheap harbor freight unit.  Found some of the panels half a block way.  We got to test some of our preps.  Got lucky and only without power for 24 hours.  Others around us took 4 days to get it back.  The generator worked like a charm.  Have it hooked to half the house, well and barn.  So water for the toilets or drinking was no issue.  Filled up 5 and 55 gal containers so that I didn't have to run the generator all the time.  Found some areas for improvement.  Extension cords, outlet strips, only one propane grill tank filled, only 15 gal of gas instead of our normal 25, no backup plan for documents that are in the house that could have ended up on the other side of town, no hot water for showers, although I took one using the generator before the electric waterheater went cold.  I am seriously going to consider having a safe room put in our future house.  If the house had blown away, we would have not been in such good shape so some more thought is going to have to take place there.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on April 15, 2013, 12:20:48 PM
My daughter has been developing an ear infection over the last couple of days. Home remedies didn't work, so I pulled out my just-in-case scripts from my doc and have her started on antibiotics and ear drops. Sooooo glad we didn't have to wait hours in the waiting room to be seen.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on April 15, 2013, 01:51:27 PM
I was home in the morning when a neigboor rang my bell (live in apartment complex)

She urgently asked for the phone of a plumber. Pulled out my cell phone and gave the phones of two (i keep of list of various techs).
A few minutes later, while leaving, I saw more dwelers gathered infront of the building basement door.
It turned out that there was a broken pipe soemwhere there. there was no light in the basement.
I pulled out my EDC flashlight adn went down the stairs. only to see the bulb burst (too cold water on a hot surface) and water staying everywhere even at the top of the furnace that was running.
I ushered them away!

but no one of us knew where the city network valve was located.
So the score for today was 2-1 for me
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on April 17, 2013, 11:10:22 PM
i consider my tools part of my preps, and i used a bunch of them today installing a security door on my front door.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on April 24, 2013, 07:46:48 AM


Stopped into the grocery store this morning and picked out a bunch of fruits and veggies.   Grabbed the last few things we needed for dinners the next couple nights.    Walked up to the register....DOH!    NO WALLET!!

No problem, set the cart aside, walked out to the truck, grabbed my emergency gas stash and saved another round trip back to the store.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Vakota on April 25, 2013, 08:33:31 AM
...People sometimes think I am weird when I am gathering up all my EDC crap to head out for a day but then I find that the EDC crap almost always comes in handy at some point every single day, and usually in a way you would have never expected or planned for.

People thought that about me when I grabbed all of my camping gear and other heirlooms every time we were told to evac for hurricanes.  I always said, "I bring it in case I come back home homeless".  Well they finally got to me.  And it was such a pain to load that crap every time there was an evac..... and there was ALWAYS an evac. Every hurricane was going to be 'the one'. So when Katrina came I let my friends laughter persuade to do what I Knew was wrong.  So I grabbed my cat and a change of clothes and that's what I had to my name for several months.  Still kicking myself for that one! SO LET THEM LAUGH - one day they will see the wisdom of what you're doing.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: backwoods_engineer on May 02, 2013, 02:16:32 PM
I was home in the morning when a neigboor rang my bell (live in apartment complex)

She urgently asked for the phone of a plumber. Pulled out my cell phone and gave the phones of two (i keep of list of various techs).
A few minutes later, while leaving, I saw more dwelers gathered infront of the building basement door.
It turned out that there was a broken pipe soemwhere there. there was no light in the basement.
I pulled out my EDC flashlight adn went down the stairs. only to see the bulb burst (too cold water on a hot surface) and water staying everywhere even at the top of the furnace that was running.
I ushered them away!

but no one of us knew where the city network valve was located.
So the score for today was 2-1 for me

Good job, GreekMan.  My 4.5 lbs of EDC comes in handy all the time.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on May 03, 2013, 02:46:03 PM
Let my dog out at in the yard at night, to go potty. He saw a cat and I spent the next 20mins chasing him through the neighborhood at 11pm.

Good thing I had my phone, blue tooth headset, and EDC flashlight on me. It made it easier to call the wife and find him.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on May 06, 2013, 08:06:53 AM
i cut my hand doing yard work, first aid kit to the rescue.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on May 09, 2013, 09:25:02 AM

There is no "I used my preps this week..." thread, so I'll drop it in here..

Went on a 5 day fishing trip down the Cranberry River in WV.   I used my Bug Out Bike  :happydance:.   See my bike avatar, and picture a black milk crate attached on the rack with PVC tube rod holders.

This was a practical test of several bug out items.   Gear used...fishing equipment, mountain bike, rain gear (it stormed like hell), small sling bag.  Water filtration was taken but never needed.   While we didn't camp this time, and cushed it in a motel, daily we rode the 16+ miles from the top to the bottom of the river.   Out in the woods basically from sun up to sun down.   Great tests of the bikes and racks systems.   Great tests of endurance and foul weather riding.

Several trout caught.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on May 10, 2013, 12:56:41 PM
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People thought that about me when I grabbed all of my camping gear and other heirlooms every time we were told to evac for hurricanes.  I always said, "I bring it in case I come back home homeless".  Well they finally got to me.  And it was such a pain to load that crap every time there was an evac..... and there was ALWAYS an evac. Every hurricane was going to be 'the one'. So when Katrina came I let my friends laughter persuade to do what I Knew was wrong.  So I grabbed my cat and a change of clothes and that's what I had to my name for several months.  Still kicking myself for that one! SO LET THEM LAUGH - one day they will see the wisdom of what you're doing.

Good point!

I'm certainly no poster child for the "prepper movement" LOL — I'd be a crappy prepper if they ever put me on "Doomsday Preppers" (but then again, showing the entire country your stockpile of preps isn't that smart either).

However, I've grown to know that I always need to have certain things available — and even stupid lessons like going on a 3 day canoe trip expecting to be able to re-supply bottled water (and not having a portable filter) tought me some good lessons.

Drinking crappy boiled river water for 2 days on a canoe trip when it is 90 degrees outside is not a great way to quench one's thirst.

Now, I won't even go on a basic HIKE or a 5 mile bike ride without that.

Last summer I went mountain biking with a friend in Kentucky during the crazy heat wave. I believe it reached 110 degrees the day we went out mountain biking.

Put it this way, it was so hot when I went out ROAD cycling that during a climb up a freshly blacktopped road, every time I took a sip of water out of my Camelbak it BURNED MY MOUTH. It was taking about 2 minutes for the water in the clear tube to heat to a hot enough temperature to make coffee (the water in the insulated bladder was luke warm).

Anyway, my friend and I went on a mountain bike ride of less than 10 miles the next day (same 110 degree heat, but cooler in the shaded woods) — we had to stop at the lake and re-fill our water bottles and 2 liter bladders 3 times in a 10 mile ride with my water filter.

We would have dehydrated and probably had heat stroke were it not for me carrying that filter. My friend even asked me why I was bringing it when we left the Jeep to go on the ride because we both had almost 3 liters of water apiece.

That water filter has saved my ass on so many occasions that I won't ever go hiking or biking without it on me (unless I am only going on a city ride).
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on May 16, 2013, 10:49:25 AM
Big thunderstorm moved through last night and we lost power around 11:30 pm CDT.

No problem thanks to our Mr. Beams http://www.mrbeams.com/readybright and power pack with inverter http://beprepared.com/goal-zerotm-extreme-350-power-pack.html

I just plugged my C-PAP and alarm clock into the power pack and slept just fine.

The Mr. Beams provided plenty of light to get ready by.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: bigjim71 on May 20, 2013, 08:29:47 AM
This morning I am Making a cheese, spinach and onion omelet everything is from my preps. Eggs from my chickens, spinach and onions from my garden, and dehydrated cheese from my pantry (gotta rotate this stuff).
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Vakota on May 20, 2013, 11:48:17 PM
I made Beef Stroganoff from my jar meals; it's the first time I've cooked one of the jar meals.  It was surprisingly tasty.  The world of possibilities has just gotten broader.   :D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: pokeshell on May 21, 2013, 02:51:03 AM
 I went to Taco Bell in a hurry. I had just came from the doctor’s office, and did not wash my hands as I left. I used some alcohol pads to clean (kinda) and sanitize my hands. I actually sprayed them first with my sunglass cleaner to get the bulk of the dirt, then use a napkin to dry. Then I hit them with the sanitizer.
 
 Turns out, I need to replace the wipes, as about 1/2 are dried out. So, I am glad I used them, and not have to make some swaps.
 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Tool Guy on May 21, 2013, 01:54:04 PM
Used my multitool to diagnose and fix a wiring problem on the RV. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on May 26, 2013, 12:08:07 PM
I was thinking that this weekend was going to be kinda slow. But Saturday morning, my wife saw a water leak under the house (it is pier and beam) coming from a piece of PVC. So, I had to shut off the water to the house.

I tried to fix it myself, but it was a rat's nest of PVC piping such that I had to call a plumber. I was thinking that we would have to wait until Tuesday so I started pulling out and using my water preps:
1) Got some bottled water to keep hydrated.
2) Used water from the rain barrel to clean up with and also resupply the toilets.
3) Got another big 5 gallon jug with a valve to wash hands with.
4) Pulled out the camp shower knowing that I would have to take a shower sometime.

Thankfully, my plumber was able to come out Saturday afternoon and fix the leak. He knocked 20% of the price for a cash payment. Since I store cash, I was able to take advantage of the price drop.

It would be a pain in the ass not having running water, but I figured I could get by for awhile.

Also, my wife recognized the value of storing water. So, all in all, it was a good drill of my water preps. 
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Post by: Canadian Prepper on May 27, 2013, 12:46:53 AM
I showed up to one of the local "survivalist" Meetup groups today to listen to a presentation about 72 Hour Kits when the person in charge asked me and two others present to present on the kits they had with them. Mine was really more of a get home kit or bag that I'd carry if volunteering with a HAM radio group at a public event, but it still provided an opportunity to show people the types of things they ought to consider carrying.

The previous day I finally put to use an earlier workshop on natural edibles to collect several plant types from a local park (garlic mustard, red clover, Queen Anne's Lace, broadleaf plantain, dandelions, shepherd's purse, Herb Robert, motherwort and some stinging nettle for tea). I'm hoping to augment my regular diet at least weekly with such plants to add those nutrients that are hard to find in monocrop produce as well as slowly learn to identify and prepare all of the locally available wild grown plants that can provide an additional foodsource.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Vakota on May 28, 2013, 07:39:42 AM
Prepper Jim - Glad things work out with the leak. Just more proof why cash and water on hand will never go to waste.  That's why I love this forum.  ;D

I used my bail out buckets to actually bail water.  I had three buckets I was getting ready to store food in, but instead I used them to bail water to keep my basement from flooding again.   
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on June 02, 2013, 08:50:43 PM
Randomly decided to check my oil in the old car yesterday, as it has been driven a LOT the last few months. Well it was a good thing I did, as there was just barely enough oil to touch the bottom of the dipstick.  :jaw-drop:

Grabbed the emergency bag out of the truck and has two quarts of oil, enough to put it back up to mid line on the dipstick, then made the short drive to Meijer to grab another quart to top it off and restock my preps. Freaked me out but I called and talk to my mechanic and he said that there is a lot of oil below the stick and he checked everything out and everything is fine, but still a close one. Now I know it burns about a half quart a month or so and I will stay on top of it.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on June 02, 2013, 09:54:53 PM
Replaced a nightlight bulb from our stash. It doesn't sound like much, but a burnt out nightlight in the toddler's room after coming off a 12 hour shift could have been a disaster.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Tool Guy on June 05, 2013, 09:06:32 AM
Using my preps of being debt free to walk away from a job and not have a rough transition to another position.  So tired of being jerked around.   >:(
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Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on June 05, 2013, 09:35:38 PM
Using my preps of being debt free to walk away from a job and not have a rough transition to another position.  So tired of being jerked around.   >:(
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best of luck to you finding a better job!

i rocked the leatherman today while repairing my trellis.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on June 06, 2013, 05:09:42 PM
We lost power again in a big thunderstorm last night.

Just plugged the C-PAP and alarm clock into the Yeti and went on sleeping.

https://www.goalzero.com/shop/p/140//13:1/
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LibertyBelle on June 10, 2013, 09:09:39 PM
DH was watching the news this evening when suddenly all of the power went out (turns out, a transformer blew somewhere down the road).  Literally within seconds, youngest son had a flashlight and was lighting the two candles in the bathroom and daughter had an oil lamp down and lit on the coffee table in the living room. I had been outside with 2nd youngest son, sitting on the deck and talking.  We had the solar deck lights on, so hadn't even noticed anything amiss until youngest son came to the door with a flashlight in hand.  The laptops are fully charged, the phones are fully charged and the scanners are fully charged (that's how we knew it was a blown transformer). I came in the house and, by lamplight, folded and put away a load of laundry. The  youngest son emptied the dishwasher (have another lamp in the kitchen) and is now playing with a deck of cards, middle son is sprawled on the couch reading, DH is on the cell phone with neighbors, and life continues pretty much as normal. :)

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Clybrad on June 13, 2013, 08:41:43 AM
I was at the fire department the other day for another shift when a paramedic that usually comes in and talks with us came in and asked if any of us had a sewing kit anywhere at the station.  When no one answered I went out to the BOB in the car and pulled one out.  Of course I got made fun of because I had a sewing kit with me in my car, however I know the need for one in a survival situation or how I want one when my button falls off of my uniform.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: inconel710 on June 14, 2013, 11:52:08 AM
I've been copy-canning for a while and had built up about a 30 day supply of everything but meat.  We're in Colorado Springs, just south of the Black Forest fire and the call went out yesterday for food for the fire crews and families that had to evacuate.  We were already at Wal-mart and my wife wanted me to pick up some things to help.  I told her we have all of that and more back at the house, why don't we just go home and get it!  We filled up two bins with granola bars, snacks, apple sauce, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned chicken, mac-n-cheese, and canned fruit to run down to the donation site.  We also dropped off an extra bag of dog food.

I didn't think it was much, but it was more than we would have been able to comfortably buy at Wal-Mart with my wife out of work right now.  Every little bit helps and community is what it's all about!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 18, 2013, 12:36:21 AM
Lacerated my finger on a broken canning jar and though I had all the pieces out of the sink and didn't. Bled profusely 20 minutes and considered going to ER, then tapered off for 30 minutes more so glad I had FAK unpacked and in the bathroom.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on June 18, 2013, 06:20:40 PM
ouch, hope that heals well and quickly.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on June 18, 2013, 08:44:36 PM
Lacerated my finger...
I hope you had SP and Z kiss it and make it better.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Nicodemus on June 19, 2013, 07:36:20 AM
My mother's car had a dead battery this morning. I had placed an emergency roadside kit in her car, but she had parked in such a way that I was unable to get my car close enough to hers to use the booster cables within. Luckily I have a set of 20' Heavy Duty booster cables in my car so I was able to pull in behind her car and use those.

Since I work at home, I switched out my jumpers for hers and will replace mine this weekend.

Note to self: I really need to go over the different family member's roadside kits and make sure that they're up to snuff.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: ncjeeper on June 19, 2013, 10:30:47 PM
It was dinner time on a saturday night and I was at work. I didnt feel like going out to eat and fight the crowded restaurants so I grabbed my GHB from my car trunk. 10 minutes later I was eating chicken and noodles from a mountain house pouch (supposed to be 2 servings....yeah right. ::)) and drinking strawberry flavored water.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on June 20, 2013, 08:28:20 PM
FAK to the rescue. a stool fell on my kids toe and really busted the nail up. i think it's going to come off, but bandaid to the rescue to cover it up and stop the bleeding. plus my kid gets a lot of comfort from bandaids, even with the smallest scratch, good to keep those around.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: morg@n on July 11, 2013, 10:49:44 AM
Last Monday we had have power blackout because of bad weather. I get my flash light and to emergency light that is enough to light us up in our home. After few hours, the power is back and I return my flash light and emergency light to my prepping compartment.


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Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 11, 2013, 10:52:22 AM
FAK to the rescue. a stool fell on my kids toe and really busted the nail up. i think it's going to come off, but bandaid to the rescue to cover it up and stop the bleeding. plus my kid gets a lot of comfort from bandaids, even with the smallest scratch, good to keep those around.


Ouch. I just read this. Hope the kidlet is all well by now.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on July 11, 2013, 12:41:12 PM

Ouch. I just read this. Hope the kidlet is all well by now.

Cedar

he is, thanks. later that week i dropped a heavy object on the same toe so now they match... his nail is still there but he has a nasty black spot underneath... i always call them blood blisters. i have one too, anyone know how long those last? they don't hurt...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on July 11, 2013, 12:44:55 PM
Usually until the nail grows out. They move closer to the end of the nail until they peel off the end
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Niccolum on July 19, 2013, 09:48:18 PM
Jack's always talking about our our preps aren't just for SHFT but to smooth over the bumps in everyday life. Today was one of those days. I used some preps for the pure reason of doing something nice for my daughter.

We just adopted our second child. It's been quite busy and our six year old daughter has been taking a back seat lately to getting squared away at the house with the new baby. So tonight was going to be a special night for her. She's been waiting and waiting for "Teen Beach Movie" for weeks now due to the super effective marketing campaign Disney crams into kids. It was tonight; she knew it and had been counting down to it all day. We were going to close the blinds and make it dark like a theater and have ice cream while we watched the movie together. Unfortunately a strong storm blew through around 6pm and killed the power.

Our power used to be rock solid but has been fragile the last few years so my generator is one of my key "big" prep items. I've planned to fire up the generator quarterly just to always make sure everything's in order but it's probably been about 9 months since I did so. So I decided to kill two birds with one stone. Fueled and fired the generator, ran the extension cords, and my daughter got to see her movie and eat her ice cream since we could open the fridge-freezer since it had power. We didn't close the blinds because we had to open the windows for some air, but she had a great time nonetheless and daddy got a big hug and kiss for "making the generator work". Power came on a few hours later (as predicted by the utility), and I defueled and put it away - probably not the last time for this storm season though.

Just another great reminder of both how preps support your everyday life (even if it's just for your daughter to watch a movie) and how easy and valuable it is to provide some diversion for kids in a real trying situation should one occur.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RitaRose1945 on July 20, 2013, 07:16:56 AM
I love that story, Niccolum!

You score some serious Parent Points and made your daughter feel special.  Those are both always good.

And congratulations on making your family bigger, too!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on July 20, 2013, 11:13:05 PM
I love that story, Niccolum!

You score some serious Parent Points and made your daughter feel special.  Those are both always good.

And congratulations on making your family bigger, too!


ditto
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: BamaPrepper on August 07, 2013, 06:30:53 AM
On the way to my brother's Captain's Course Graduation yesterday, my 91 year old grandmother sliced open her shin getting out of my truck (not a really bad cut, but it was bleeding like all hell).  Luckily my first aid kit was close at hand and I was able to get Grandma patched up and to the graduation in no time.  Grandma actually said, "thank God you are an Eagle Scout," which I found very amusing....  :D 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on August 08, 2013, 09:25:09 AM
used the blackout kit to help my boss' wife out last night when the power went out for a few hours.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on August 13, 2013, 05:25:56 PM
Sometimes you look at your parents and just shake your head. My mom has the same hypothyroid issues as my daughter, and she ran out of meds like a month ago. She's between doctors so it going to be a little while longer before she has an appointment to get refills . SHE KNOWS I PREP! THEY TAKE THE SAME MEDICATION! Sheesh. She's been feeling worse and worse without her meds and I have 6 months worth stored up at my house. It only costs $4 a month. I refill the script everytime I'm even near the pharmacy. And she doesn't because.... beats me. Anyway, she finally felt bad enough to ask for some of daughter's meds WHICH ARE ALSO STORED AT
HER HOUSE! (easier for sleepovers, and if we have a house fire we've got at least some of her meds at 3 other houses)

:slapping forehead:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Prodigy on August 14, 2013, 08:57:44 AM
My 3 year old son really wanted pancakes this past weekend, but we were out of milk.  I've had this powdered milk and eggs in storage for a bit, and even though we did have eggs on hand I decided it was a good time to test some LTS pancakes!  Everything I used in them were either long term dry storage, or from the freezer (mostly just the butter and frozen blueberries). 

They tasted pretty good, surprisingly, but I think that relies heavily upon the type of powered milk & eggs.  The recipe was very simple: 1.5 cups wheat flour, 1.25 equivalent cups of milk, 1.5 equivalent of eggs (normally I use either 1 or 2 real eggs, depending on my mood, but this gave me the opportunity to use 1.5), 3.5 teaspoons baking powder, 1 tablespoon sugar (something I normally don't add in regular pancakes), 2 tablespoons butter + blueberries.  I've tried using dried blueberries before, but they taste pretty bad to me.

I'm finding the food storage has saved me on many occasions.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on August 17, 2013, 07:18:53 PM
We went to my parents house in NV a couple weeks ago for a country music festival. My wife figured that the NV desert in summer would be hot, and packed for warm weather. When we got to my parents house, a thunderstorm was coming through, pouring rain, and the temps dropped from about 90 to about 60-65. My wife was upset enough about only bringing shorts that she almost didnt go to the concerts. I dug into the car kit and grabbed a pair of her jeans that I rescued from a donation bag a while ago. I grew up in the desert, so I always bring clothes for warm or cool weather, so we grabbed jackets and headed to the (outdoor) show. Turned out rain came through both days about an hour before the show, so everyone got soaked and then stayed out in the cool weather until midnight. She was really happy that I had a pair of jeans for her. It basically saved her weekend. And she got to mock my brother who sat freezing in shorts all night ;D (they have a friendly competitive thing going with just about everything we do.)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: bigjim71 on August 17, 2013, 08:40:41 PM
Got a pressure cooker in the mail today. I have never used one so I decided to cook up a big mess of beans .... WOW! including soaking (used fast soak recipe) my beans were done in a little over three hours only about 15 under heat. Not only will this be good for preserving my garden/older chickens but if things get rough that is a lot less heat needed to cook stuff.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: twoterriers on August 18, 2013, 07:35:09 PM
Thought we were going to go out for dinner tonight, so I didn't have any fresh groceries in the house, and now we don't feel like leaving for food.  MRE's for dinner it is!  Gotta rotate sometime, right?   ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Sardo on August 21, 2013, 10:13:23 AM
I have been using my food and first aid preps for a couple days now. Turns out I had to have a knee scoped due to a torn meniscus. The Doc says 2-4 week recovery time >:(. I started a new job a month ago and haven't accrued any PTO yet. The food stores are nice because we don't need to go to the store and spend any money on food. The first aid supplies I have gathered over time have proved usefull as well. No need to send my wife to the store to buy gauze or tape or things like that. Our emergency funds can be used for the insurance deductable instead of food and medical supplies. Hopefully after my check up next week I can go back to work. I HATE sitting around even if for a good reason. Like Jack says, prepare for the most likely disaster first. This is the second time this year my family has been in this position. My previous employer closed the doors earlier this year and I was out of work/underemployed for two months. I haven't been prepping long (less than two years) and yet it has made life so much less stressful in these situations. The only problem is now I have to get back to work and restock the cupboards!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on August 21, 2013, 12:08:33 PM
replacing the filler neck tube on my truck, yay for having tools! and also a good relationship with the neighbor is paying off. he lent me a tool i needed and helped me lift the bed off of my truck.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Vakota on August 28, 2013, 04:48:22 PM
I have been using my food and first aid preps for a couple days now. Turns out I had to have a knee scoped due to a torn meniscus. The Doc says 2-4 week recovery time >:(. I started a new job a month ago and haven't accrued any PTO yet. The food stores are nice because we don't need to go to the store and spend any money on food. The first aid supplies I have gathered over time have proved usefull as well. No need to send my wife to the store to buy gauze or tape or things like that. Our emergency funds can be used for the insurance deductable instead of food and medical supplies. Hopefully after my check up next week I can go back to work. I HATE sitting around even if for a good reason. Like Jack says, prepare for the most likely disaster first. This is the second time this year my family has been in this position. My previous employer closed the doors earlier this year and I was out of work/underemployed for two months. I haven't been prepping long (less than two years) and yet it has made life so much less stressful in these situations. The only problem is now I have to get back to work and restock the cupboards!

That is exactly why we(my husband and I) prep.  You just never know what can happen!  A couple of years ago we were both out of work and were sooo thankful we had food stored.  I can't imagine how worse off we would have been without that food!  Hope your knee gets better. Good luck on the sorta new job!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on August 30, 2013, 04:53:19 PM
I built a blackout kit a while back because of the show, and last night when I was at work the power went out due to a huge storm.  It was so bad that it woke the baby who became scared and screaming.  Because it was all in one place, my wife got light up and going to take care of the baby and calm her back down.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 02, 2013, 07:29:53 AM
I built a blackout kit a while back because of the show, and last night when I was at work the power went out due to a huge storm.  It was so bad that it woke the baby who became scared and screaming.  Because it was all in one place, my wife got light up and going to take care of the baby and calm her back down.

that's great! is your wife on board with prepping? if not i would imagine that this is a win for you in helping her understand why we do what we do, from the smallest to the biggest things.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: inconel710 on September 02, 2013, 06:48:37 PM
Got to use my IFAK today.  We went to a hot air balloon festival this morning with some friends and their three year old little girl scratched her cheek pretty good.  Out came the Neo-to-Go and a bandaid, the tears dried up and she was back to playing in no time.  Felt really good.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on September 03, 2013, 07:25:43 PM
that's great! is your wife on board with prepping? if not i would imagine that this is a win for you in helping her understand why we do what we do, from the smallest to the biggest things.

On the practical things yes.  She is on board with food storage, blackout kit, garden.  My interest in guns has met a road block, as well as other ideas, but mostly on the money side.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on September 06, 2013, 12:48:25 PM
Baby boy E was born this week and all my hospital preps paid off. I had everything I needed to support my wife during labor, birth and postpartum phases. We had the in-laws in town and all lined up to take care of the house and animals while I was at the hospital. I guess it counts as a prep to have insurance, doctors, and money lined up to pay for our new family member.

At home, we ran out of dish detergent. I had a stash in the 72-hour go bag and whipped it out to the surprise of the in-laws. Not a major emergency, but it is good to have. Of course, I have more in the recently-constructed sanitation kit in the garage. I probably have another bottle somewhere else in the garage, but since I did not inventory my preps prior to about a year ago, I am not sure. 

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 06, 2013, 02:54:52 PM
congratz on the new addition!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: yodal on September 06, 2013, 03:22:02 PM
[quoteOn the practical things yes.  She is on board with food storage, blackout kit, garden.  My interest in guns has met a road block, as well as other ideas, but mostly on the money side.][/quote]

This is the exact situation in my house! :-\
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on September 06, 2013, 03:47:32 PM
[quoteOn the practical things yes.  She is on board with food storage, blackout kit, garden.  My interest in guns has met a road block, as well as other ideas, but mostly on the money side.]

This is the exact situation in my house! :-\

Ditto here.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: twoterriers on September 06, 2013, 07:18:22 PM
Baby boy E was born this week and all my hospital preps paid off. I had everything I needed to support my wife during labor, birth and postpartum phases. We had the in-laws in town and all lined up to take care of the house and animals while I was at the hospital. I guess it counts as a prep to have insurance, doctors, and money lined up to pay for our new family member.

Congrats, PrepperJim!!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: quickbear on September 06, 2013, 09:16:37 PM
Baby boy E was born this week and all my hospital preps paid off. I had everything I needed to support my wife during labor, birth and postpartum phases. We had the in-laws in town and all lined up to take care of the house and animals while I was at the hospital. I guess it counts as a prep to have insurance, doctors, and money lined up to pay for our new family member.


Congrats Prepper Jim, that's wonderful news!! I'm sure your preparations will come in handy much more often now that Bay E is around.

In our parenting news we had our first and hopefully lace case of headlice this week.  I was sure glad to have latex gloves, a headlamp and a few sets of tweezers on hand.  We also used tea tree, peppermint oil and coconut oil for a natural ongoing treatment.  The only thing we didn't have was the RID lice shampoo!  Which would make a good prep I hadn't thought of.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on September 09, 2013, 04:26:32 PM
The prepper mindset continues to pay off now especially with Baby E joining the family.

My wife and I are dedicated to the idea of breastfeeding. It is a whole lot harder than it seems. In between birth and when the milk comes can be a long time. They say 2-3 days, but the milk did not come during that time. My wife did not want to buy bottles and formula as a psychological ploy to support breastfeeding. Me, being a prepper, bought some on the sly and hid it away. After we brought E home, we had to use it. So, I saved myself a late evening trip to Target to get supplies by having two bottles and a can of Simulac.

This just validates the mindset of being prepared for reasonable what ifs. The cost of not preparing is just too high to pay for me.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on September 10, 2013, 04:57:35 PM
The prepper mindset continues to pay off now especially with Baby E joining the family.

My wife and I are dedicated to the idea of breastfeeding. It is a whole lot harder than it seems. In between birth and when the milk comes can be a long time. They say 2-3 days, but the milk did not come during that time. My wife did not want to buy bottles and formula as a psychological ploy to support breastfeeding. Me, being a prepper, bought some on the sly and hid it away. After we brought E home, we had to use it. So, I saved myself a late evening trip to Target to get supplies by having two bottles and a can of Simulac.

This just validates the mindset of being prepared for reasonable what ifs. The cost of not preparing is just too high to pay for me.

When my baby was born the hospital gave us a big shoulder bag with diapers, formula, bottles, etc.  We used the diapers, but the rest I saved away as a baby bug out bag.  I kept the formula even though we were breastfeeding incase I was left with the baby and as Dad, my mammary glands weren't firing.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on September 10, 2013, 05:43:21 PM


I made chicken salad all from preps for my lunches this week.   Well, all except for the bread and cheese.     I was hungry, I didn't want to go to the store, I had what  I had.    And it is ROCKIN' good!

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: ChEng on September 10, 2013, 08:56:27 PM
Not today, but...

Last week, my wife went into the emergency room (she had been having troubles for about the past month) and when there, the doctor decided to admit her.  With all the tests and stuff that she had been going through, I decided to bring her Bug Out Bag.  What a great idea!  Unfortunately, there were some lessons learned there (nothing too  big.)

1) Emergency cash - my expectation was that in any emergency (namely hitting the road for a long-distance funeral, or the house catching on fire,) we would be needing the cash for hotels, etc.  I had decided against small bills and had only saved up $100s - any hotel can break one of them.  That was a mistake, not all emergencies require a hotel.  So, now I need to keep smaller bills and coins for the cafeteria and/or snack machines.

2) Personal - I forgot to put a hairbrush in my wife's BOB, well easily fixed, we bought one and it is in there now.  Ditto for some hairbands - still need to get them, probably tomorrow.

3) Clothes - Somehow, I forgot to put in any T-shirts for my wife, so she had to use the old one to go home.  Duh, well, we are getting some of those for her BOB, tomorrow.

Nothing like a nice usage check of the BOB, huh?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Clybrad on September 11, 2013, 10:44:51 AM
I used my homemade laundry detergent today.  My clothes do not smell like lavender love or mountain stream like you would get from the department stores, however I did save a lot of money buying all the ingredients and putting them together.  Now my clothes are smelling natural and not loaded with chemicals.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 11, 2013, 02:36:15 PM
I used my homemade laundry detergent today.  My clothes do not smell like lavender love or mountain stream like you would get from the department stores, however I did save a lot of money buying all the ingredients and putting them together.  Now my clothes are smelling natural and not loaded with chemicals.

can you pm me the recipe? we're thought about doing this but haven't taken the leap.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cpf240 on September 12, 2013, 09:49:58 PM
can you pm me the recipe? we're thought about doing this but haven't taken the leap.

http://www.soapsgonebuy.com (http://www.soapsgonebuy.com) has supplies and recipes for making soap. Also, it has been discussed on the forums here, I think in the money saving threads, it might be a sticky.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on September 14, 2013, 10:26:51 AM
I always carry two hankies, one for me and a clean one to lend out.  I scored some extra points when my wife needed one!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on September 14, 2013, 11:42:24 PM
You know those trauma FAK that many of us got a few weeks ago that were on sale for $28? Well. I got to use mine today. Never thought it would be on a pig however.

One of the baby piglets which were born yesterday apparently got stepped on by its 600 pound mother this morning and did a nice 3 corner laceration/blunt force trauma type wound to it. In the middle of moving from one house to the other, I could not find a single one of my 6" curved mosquito forceps I often use for needle drivers, since I have not had needle drivers in years. So out came the Trauma FAK, as I knew it had needle drivers in there. I had to toss in 9 sutures I think. Might have been 10.

You might not want to read further if you are squeamish.





(http://www.downtotherootsmagazine.com/Blogs/2013/09/InjuredPiglet09142013a.jpg)

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I was pleased in how well it came together. I did not have to freshen the edges since it was under 15 minute wound probably (I had just done chores, Z went down to see the babies. He is a pig guy). And no, I did not use surgical gloves this time. The wound was pretty dirty when I got to it and I cleaned it really well, and I was going to give it antibiotics. I figured my hands were the least of the problems. And I hate working in gloves.

Ideally I would have put a drain in it, but I did not want want the other piglets or its mother to pull the drain out or worse. I did leave a drain hole at the most lowest point for any fluids to drain south with gravity.

I had to use up some of my precious 3-0 Dermalon, but it was ok with that over some of my other reels. I also noted I need new Betadine, new 6" mosquito hemostadts and another needle driver with scissors.

Cedar

PS SP took the pics... I figured pretty good for a 3 yr old.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Alan Georges on September 15, 2013, 11:43:11 AM
Chopped up a fallen treetop, and in the process tested an electric chainsaw and 1500 Watt inverter.

Jack was talking about electric saws last week, and it seemed like a good idea to get one.  My Stihl is great but sometimes it's too much to drag it out for little jobs.  Poulan makes a couple of electrics for about $50 and $75, rated at 1.5 and 3.5 HP.  Just $25 to more than double the power seems like a good deal, but it was more than my biggest inverter could handle so I went with the 1.5 HP.  Finally got off my butt and put battery wires on the 1500 Watt Cobra inverter – 3' long 4 gauge starter cable and heavy jumper clamps.  By the meter on the front of the inverter, spinning the saw takes 750 Watts and cutting takes 950 Watts.  Frankly, the saw feels more like lawn equipment than a chainsaw, but it did zip through that old dried-out water oak log without complaint.

To summarize this mini-review, it all worked together.  Nothing popped, nothing broke, nothing smoked, and the log got chopped up.  To stay on thread-topic, it was a good way to use my preps in normal times, but it got me to wrap up and bring together a few loose ends too.

Reflecting back on the power requirements, we're talking 80 Amps on the 12 VDC side of the inverter.  That sounds like a lot, but it's only about 10x what my small solar system delivers, and I'd be surprised if I spent more than 10% of the work time actually spinning the saw.  So, if it came to it, I could pretty much run the saw indefinitely off of solar.  That's right people, a solar powered chainsaw.  And somewhere Steven Harris just gave a small, involuntary shudder.

(http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc502/AlanGeorges/elec-saw.jpg) (http://s1215.photobucket.com/user/AlanGeorges/media/elec-saw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on September 15, 2013, 03:12:32 PM
, I could pretty much run the saw indefinitely off of solar.  That's right people, a solar powered chainsaw.  And somewhere Steven Harris just gave a small, involuntary shudder.

+1
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on September 16, 2013, 05:12:55 PM
So this week the parish government let us all know that there is a brain eating ameba that will kill us if we inhale the water and said ameba is there. So they are pumping vast amounts of chlorine into the water system to kill it. We can drink it but it tastes terrible: a few months ago I put a dozen 2 liter bottles with water to store in the event of low water pressure or something where we couldn't consume parish water. So the wife wanted to bake an cook last night and was going to buy cases of water. I went into the garage an grabbed 2 bottles and got the biggest smile from her. I mentioned water catch system before and have had it shot down with the response we won't need that so close to the Mississippi River. I mentioned it again yesterday and she didn't argue against it. Progress :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on September 17, 2013, 05:03:35 PM
I carry my EDC in a Runnur (https://gorunnur.com/) and it has a water bottle pouch on the back.  Today I get to work and they tell me that I get to talk a hike for the next hour with a bunch of kids.  EDC pays off as I have the stuff to take a hike and a way to carry water with me!  It is unusuall for me as I am usually in the office.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: AmericanExces on September 19, 2013, 09:18:34 PM
I got to lend my Victorinox multi-tool to a guy who was shore fishing with his sons. He had caught a ray that had swallowed his hook, and he didn't want to reach down its throat bare-handed. He told me in his Bronx accent that I was "going straight to heaven."
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on September 20, 2013, 06:44:14 PM
We lost power during the storms last night, so we ran with the Yeti.

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Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: shambo on September 20, 2013, 07:50:31 PM
As a lot of you know, we have received a lot of rain here in Co. the wife said she hasn't been drinking enough water cuz our water started to taste minerally and strong.  We have not received boil orders on our water.  So its safe enough.  I went to the prep shelves and quickly set up the ceramic filter in two five gallon buckets.   By lunch we had enough water and momma is happy again.  She really wasn't really on board with the preps I've done till now.  But she liked this one.  One  prep at a time is all it will take.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on September 20, 2013, 08:58:00 PM
As a lot of you know, we have received a lot of rain here in Co. the wife said she hasn't been drinking enough water cuz our water started to taste minerally and strong.  We have not received boil orders on our water.  So its safe enough.  I went to the prep shelves and quickly set up the ceramic filter in two five gallon buckets.   By lunch we had enough water and momma is happy again.  She really wasn't really on board with the preps I've done till now.  But she liked this one.  One  prep at a time is all it will take.

This is a great example about how preparedness isn't always about surviving, but can also be about keeping life manageable/comfortable/normal through tough times. Without the ceramic filter your wife could have forced herself to drink enough water to survive, but I bet family life wouldn't have been nearly as pleasant. The importance of morale is seriously underestimated. Good job.  :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 21, 2013, 09:21:50 PM
used my tools to fix the fuel pump on my dad's truck.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on September 22, 2013, 08:05:10 AM
used my 2 headlamp in my car to help me and a friend finish his re-roofing project when it got dark.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 23, 2013, 10:23:24 AM
used my 2 headlamp in my car to help me and a friend finish his re-roofing project when it got dark.

i love my headlamps. probably one of the best tools for when you're working a dark cramped space.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: AmericanExces on September 23, 2013, 05:57:00 PM
I went to the prep shelves and quickly set up the ceramic filter in two five gallon buckets. 

I'm not familiar with this filter... What is it?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 24, 2013, 11:09:16 AM
I'm not familiar with this filter... What is it?

while it may not be this brand, probably something like this :http://www.directive21.com/products/black-berkey-elements/

there are filters called berkey: http://www.directive21.com/products/royal-berkey-system/

what some people have done is forgone the expensive material from the manufacturer. they buy the filters and set up two 5 gallon buckets instead and it works the same way, but for a fraction of the cost. i believe there is a thread around here somewhere about someone doing it but i cannot find it right now.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: shambo on September 24, 2013, 08:44:34 PM
The two five gallon bucket  system is as simple as warriorhunter said.  I got a ceramic water filter from cheaper than dirt.  It comes as a kit with a spigot too.  Drill a hole in the bottom center of the top food grade bucket and insert the ceramic filter.  Then drill a similar hole in the lid of the bottom bucket right in the center.  You fill the top bucket with water, and it drips thru the filter and thru the lid of the bottom bucket which catches the cleaned filtered water.  The spigot of course goes into the bottom bucket.  It disassembles and the buckets stack together when not in use.  Really quick and easy.  It produces up to 15 gal of water a day, so the manufacturer says. YMMV.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: AmericanExces on September 24, 2013, 08:53:32 PM
while it may not be this brand, probably something like this :http://www.directive21.com/products/black-berkey-elements/

there are filters called berkey: http://www.directive21.com/products/royal-berkey-system/

what some people have done is forgone the expensive material from the manufacturer. they buy the filters and set up two 5 gallon buckets instead and it works the same way, but for a fraction of the cost. i believe there is a thread around here somewhere about someone doing it but i cannot find it right now.

Wow so that's painfully simple! I just ordered one of the filters from Amazon. Once I scavenge a couple free buckets I'm gonna give it a try.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on September 24, 2013, 09:46:26 PM
I made one awhile back ago and posted it. Not sure it was on a thread though. I think I put it on "What did you do to prep today". Sorry Berkey guys, I am sure yours is prettier though  ;D

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 25, 2013, 05:34:30 PM
I made one awhile back ago and posted it. Not sure it was on a thread though. I think I put it on "What did you do to prep today". Sorry Berkey guys, I am sure yours is prettier though  ;D

Cedar

it is, i was fortunate enough to win one in a contest jeff did. it looks and works great! i put it up though as we have RO. i plan on taking it when we go camping or if we have water issues it will come in handy.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Adam B. on September 26, 2013, 09:42:36 AM
The other day when I was in the basement grabbing water from my 2 liter bottle stockpile for a camping trip — I thought to myself "I wonder if there are bottles here that I'll never get around to using" since I have so much...

And then my girlfriend tells me last night that while working on her street, the water has been shut off — so I grabbed a crate and 9 bottles to take over there — and thought to myself "I wonder if there are bottles here that I'll never get around to using" since I have so many left even after the fact LOL...

It does feel good that having bottles of filtered water is pretty much something I never have to worry about again.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on September 26, 2013, 05:06:39 PM
Last night one of my co-workers needed a jumpstart to get home.  I had jumper cables and a flashlight to see what we were doing and did my good deed for the day.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: AmericanExces on September 26, 2013, 06:42:18 PM
Last night one of my co-workers needed a jumpstart to get home.  I had jumper cables and a flashlight to see what we were doing and did my good deed for the day.

I also got to use my jumber cables yesterday in the Meijer parking lot.  The guy's car trying to leave as we got out of the truck was making the unmistakable click of a battery with just not enough juice to turn the engine over.  His Buick was only a couple years old too, which reinforces the lesson that calamity can strike anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LizardGurl on September 28, 2013, 01:48:12 PM
Last Saturday night my husband had an emergency appendectomy.  We both work full time and the weekend is when we do our shopping and major food prep.  Being at the hospital over 12 hours on Saturday and 8 hours on Sunday plus every waking moment before and after work didn't leave time for much of that.  I did do my usual cook up on Sunday, which gave us quick food during the week.  He came home Wednesday after work and I was able to get him food on the table right away.

I was able to survive without going to the store because between the garden, the freezer, my dehydrated foods and the things I'd canned, I was able to feed myself and bring my husband food to the hospital.

Our Airedale Terrierists are raw fed.  Normally we buy the week's food for them every Sunday.  I had one month's worth of canned salmon built up for them and was able to use that instead of going to the store.

Having all that on hand made a very stressful week less stressful.

It did also point out something that I need to stock up on that I didn't have.  The dang chew bones that the dogs like to have every evening.  I'm going to stock up on a case or two of those.  It would have made things better to have them. We ran out mid-week.  They were already needy due to the changed household pattern.  The lack of chews didn't help.

LG
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sams on November 20, 2013, 10:23:41 AM
Today our boss gave us the crappy job of making a list of every single little part in our store, which means reading and writing serial numbers for about 2000 parts  >:(

Most of our parts are stored in 2 20ft containers and were split in two teams, and as we were working the lights went down so both containers were dark like hell, we were stuck and we would have to continue the work the next day, but then I took out my pocket flashlight from my pocket EDC and gave my headlamp to the other team, so we were able to proceed with the work for 40 minutes until power was resumed.

My coleagues now suspect that work as a house break at night as a second job and my female coleagues are intrigued about this dude who always has a light, knife, and fire.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on November 20, 2013, 04:27:23 PM
My 15 yr. old son started experiencing flu like symptoms the day before yesterday.

My wife has been dosing him with Manuka honey dissolved in chamomile tea. She also puts a drop of lavender essential oil on a cloth so he breathed in the fumes.

He is all better today.  8)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: OutWestTX on November 24, 2013, 11:47:54 PM
One of my neighbors has fallen on hard times.  I was able to take her "shopping" in my pantry (NOT where I keep most of my supplies which are elsewhere).  I was able to set her up with homemade soup mixes, rice, canned meat, eggs, biscuit mix, etc.  About a week's worth for her and her two young children, and it hardly made a dent.  I also gave her some shampoo and bar soap.  She was so grateful.  I told her that this is exactly the kind of emergency I set aside for.  She also got an invitation to Thanksgiving at our house. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SloSheepdog on November 25, 2013, 09:54:02 AM
One of my neighbors has fallen on hard times.  I was able to take her "shopping" in my pantry (NOT where I keep most of my supplies which are elsewhere).  I was able to set her up with homemade soup mixes, rice, canned meat, eggs, biscuit mix, etc.  About a week's worth for her and her two young children, and it hardly made a dent.  I also gave her some shampoo and bar soap.  She was so grateful.  I told her that this is exactly the kind of emergency I set aside for.  She also got an invitation to Thanksgiving at our house.
Awesome WestTX. Also, I love your avatar. I was introduced to jackalopes at a young age.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cryptozoic on December 06, 2013, 02:32:14 PM
I have real preps stashed all over but last night it was snowing and I used a cell phone.  Electricity went out in the middle of the night.  I wanted to see the extent of the outage.  A local problem would be different than 6 States.  Internet did not work.  Used my android phone browser to check the power company outage site and determined it was just a local problem.  So, content, I went to bed.  If it had been 6 States i would have had to do a lot more work because the outage would have probably lasted much longer.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LibertyBelle on December 06, 2013, 03:54:52 PM
Planting a few fruit trees and berry bushes result in yummy preps for the cold winter months.  It's been freezing rain and snowing, with a wind chill around 0° and since I'm stuck inside I decided to use some of the fruit harvest prepped to make a blackberry pie and a peach pie. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: archer on December 06, 2013, 05:50:14 PM
Planting a few fruit trees and berry bushes result in yummy preps for the cold winter months.  It's been freezing rain and snowing, with a wind chill around 0° and since I'm stuck inside I decided to use some of the fruit harvest prepped to make a blackberry pie and a peach pie. 

an excellent and tasty way to use those preps!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on December 06, 2013, 06:49:19 PM
The unusual lows froze my pipes last night so I busted out some water storage to make some biscuits and gravy from food storage (It was on the menu anyway) and used the hand sanitizer on hand to clean our hands after morning 'business'.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on December 06, 2013, 07:32:19 PM
The unusual lows froze my pipes last night

Are you on city water or a well? If they are not very bad, use a blowdryer on them. If you think they are bad, turn off the water at the street or at your well.. just-in-case a pipe broke and then it thaws.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: chuck_3 on December 07, 2013, 08:32:08 AM
I have real preps stashed all over but last night it was snowing and I used a cell phone.  Electricity went out in the middle of the night.  I wanted to see the extent of the outage.  A local problem would be different than 6 States.  Internet did not work.  Used my android phone browser to check the power company outage site and determined it was just a local problem.  So, content, I went to bed.  If it had been 6 States i would have had to do a lot more work because the outage would have probably lasted much longer.

Six states, area-wise would be worse, but the DFW Metroplex population, according to Wikipedia, exceeds that of Oklahoma, for instance.  About 10% of Dallas households were out for at least a while.  I don't think Fort Worth was hit quite as hard, power wise, which is odd since they got more precip. 

In one area of rural Oklahoma, about 15 years ago, I was left without power for 13 days due to the number of poles down.  That is one disadvantage of living way out in the country.  I was glad for all of the alternatives I had then, and the generator which was too small for everything, but did run the fridge and lights enough to make it bearable.  I had two propane heaters I hooked up for heat, so that part was OK, and I am sure that they were up to code.  I just knew there weren't any leaks when I lit them.  Since I worked in the oil field at the time, going to work did not help much, but at least it wasn't any worse. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Bradbn4 on December 07, 2013, 07:33:20 PM
I had a double water main break up the street last Thr night.  I came home from the nice Christmas party for our co-workers and noticed a bunch of folks wandering around the yard with "sniffers" looking for stuff.

At first I thought it was gas; but after talking to them for a bit - water main break.

No biggie; I only dug into my spare water for the dog / flowers that I setup to let the chlorine out gas a bit.  Friday PM the water was back on; but when I turned on the water I noticed a very muddy color.

The next then I did is slap my head; said - turn on only the cold water; let it flush out.  Any of the mud that went to the hot water heater will take a lot more effort to clean out.

I figure by Sunday I will have flushed out all of the excess mud from the lines and can go back to my normal daily use.

 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on December 09, 2013, 09:03:06 AM

The next then I did is slap my head; said - turn on only the cold water; let it flush out.  Any of the mud that went to the hot water heater will take a lot more effort to clean out.


+1!

so glad i read this, i never would have thought about that.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Clybrad on December 09, 2013, 04:19:55 PM
I was able to use my preps this past week when I went to Costa Rica.  First off I am a big believer that your mind is the best prep of all.  I stayed very aware the entire time by memorizing the route from the airport to the hotel and by memorizing the faces and dialects of the hotel staff.  I also paid attention to the people around me so that I could mimic their clothes.  I took an older pair of jeans with me (to the disapproval of my wife) and wore those even though the temperature was 90+ degrees in the shade because the locals were wearing them.  I noticed that many people were hassled by the locals to come into their shops, I was not.  I did stand out though because I am white skinned, blonde hair, blue eyes but I did not look like the typical tourist.

The preps that I took with were my first aid kit, my pocket knife, and my alarm system.  Luck for us I did not really need any of these items, however they made me feel better by having them.  I was not sure if I was allowed to carry a knife in Costa Rica but I did not want to be without one so I concealed it in my waist band.  I did however use my alarm.  It is a basic low tech alarm that if a pin got pulled the alarm goes nuts.  I used that every time we were in the room.  The door got locked and the sign to clean our room stayed at "please do not disturb".  This kept us from getting a knock to clean the room from someone that didn't need to be there.

My last prep was my preplan.  I somewhat knew the area of which we were staying and knew how the weather acted.  I knew where to go and the address if we lost our passports.  I knew everything that I needed to survive while I was there.  My preplan took me a few days to construct and I actually did a little presentation to my wife so that she know what I did.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on December 09, 2013, 07:45:52 PM
After rearranging the frozen meat from 3 freezers into one a couple days ago into nice sections of what is what, I pulled out one of our hams from our hogs out last night that had been hiding under veggies.

In a cast iron dutch oven, I added the ham, then the pint of pineapple which did not seal when I was canning the other day (and was going to save for breakfast, but this was a better idea), then added some whole cloves out of my bulk storage. Then added a tablespoon of honey from Z's bees we put up last year.

Along with it, we are having a package each of broccoli and corn I put up last year.

I love dinners which are pretty close to 100% home raised. Now I just need that cow..... for milk... and butter...

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LibertyBelle on December 09, 2013, 10:13:02 PM
Now I just need that cow..... for milk... and butter...

I thought you had goats?  ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on December 09, 2013, 10:25:25 PM
I thought you had goats?  ;)

I do, but I usually dry them up by October every year. And butter is near nigh impossible with goat milk, I hate drinking goat milk, but love the gelato, cheese and caramel sauces from goats milk!!

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on December 12, 2013, 02:30:03 PM
I've been away from these forums, the podcast and prepping in general for about 3 months. Life changed significantly three months ago when my son was born. Time and energy have been in short supply.  But, my preps paid off big time:

1) My wife was planning on breastfeeding and forbid me from buying powdered formula and bottles. I did not listen and purchased them anyway. Unfortunately, breastfeeding this did not work out due to an unforeseen medical issue. About a week after he was born, we had to stop trying to breastfeed. So, rather than having to run to the store at 10 pm on a Thursday night, I pulled out the formula and bottles.

2) At my son's two month checkup, they gave him several vaccination shots. I can home from work and he was extremely sore and was crying uncontrollably. My wife was about to send me to the store for some newborn Tylenol, but I already had some put away in my the preps. Once again, the preps saved time.

3) My wife has come over to the prepper mindset when it comes to our son. The diaper bag has become his BOB. She has enough stuff for 72 hours in that bag. Now that she is back to work, the bag goes to daycare with him in the morning and I pick him up at night. I consider this a victory.

I'll try and participate more in the forums going forward.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: inconel710 on December 12, 2013, 02:42:26 PM
Kids tend to do all of that - take your time, your sleep, and your cash!  Participate when you can, but focus on taking care of your family.

They also tend to change attitudes as well.  Good luck!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: GrizzlyAdams on December 14, 2013, 09:00:45 AM
We are in NJ and getting 10" of snow and the roads are starting to get covered.  My wife said "I really, really wanted to make a this cake today, but I need chocolate chips....".

I quietly walked over to our pantry (what we call "the mini-mart"), grabbed two bags of chocolate chips, handed them to her, and asked if she needed anything else.

How to flip a spouse? Show, not tell.  :-)

GA
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: MrThirteen on December 14, 2013, 10:24:48 PM
We are in NJ and getting 10" of snow and the roads are starting to get covered.  My wife said "I really, really wanted to make a this cake today, but I need chocolate chips....".

I quietly walked over to our pantry (what we call "the mini-mart"), grabbed two bags of chocolate chips, handed them to her, and asked if she needed anything else.

How to flip a spouse? Show, not tell.  :-)

GA

Rock on! That is awesome!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: hutchsteaders on December 16, 2013, 09:06:33 AM
Tractor wouldn't start yesterday. Battery was dead and the cold wasn't helping (around 5 degrees). I had to use my inverter to run power from my car to the engine block to warm it and also use the car to charge the battery. Its a good thing I didn't wait until last minute to try to plow or I wouldn't have been able to move the car to the tractor.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on December 16, 2013, 11:39:13 AM
not a exactly a prep, but related

this afternoon I provided "first aid assistance by phone" plus coordination plus moral support
(boy these sound important)
Well, my sister cut her finger badly and she called in request for help...
After the usual instructions i understood she was abit amiss and a few moments latter it seemed the blood would not stop anytime soon. I had to lead her to priorities.
Keep pressure on and call someone, and do these in that order. what i had in mind and feared was her passing out by the shock and sight of blood infront of her 5 year old girl.
So i had her call her husband back home to drive her to the ER.  Then called her husband to affirm he was on his way, and then called my sister again.
this last call was much needed cos my niece had really craped out. So i talked to her to occupy her mind for a while.

We had an OK ending, the cut required a stich and i also ddi an debriefing on the situation.
1. I failed to ask what kind of blood it was, but i do not think it would be thats erious for a finger cut.
2. I found the idea of constant communication is not ingrained in my family. I wonder if i am overeacting
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cordovil on December 16, 2013, 03:47:37 PM
We are in NJ and getting 10" of snow and the roads are starting to get covered.  . . .  How to flip a spouse? Show, not tell.  :-)

Ain't that the truth!  My wife has been a good sport about "tolerating" my prepping, but each time I "show, not tell" it strengthens her appreciation for it.  Case in point -- the snow we had this weekend in NJ.  We had an event we had to attend in a crowded, urban setting the morning after the snowstorm.  Found a (rare) parking spot in a prime location; only problem, it was covered in mounds of snow that others had piled up there when digging out their vehicles.

No problem.  Double-parked, went to the back and opened the emergency kit I had made up and put in the car (my wife's car) and she said "Wait, you mean you have a shovel in there?"  Why, yes I do, honey :-)  Then I got a big smile and a thumbs up while I shoveled out the parking spot for us and pulled right in.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004O5949A
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: GrizzlyAdams on December 16, 2013, 04:29:55 PM
Cordovil,

That is awesome - I was just looking for shovels the other day on Amazon because I only have a really small one in my car.  The one you posted got great reviews. I am going to give that one a try.  Thanks for the link!

The NJ snowstorm caused me to use another prep yesterday.  Started up the snowblower, and it wasn't shooting the snow very far.  I gave up, and put it back in the garage.  After 30 minutes or so, I went back to try it again.  A big puddle of gasoline (in the garage) was under it.  I got my fire extinguisher from the wall (about 10 feet away) and got it ready, grabbed a bucket of cat litter (we have no cats, but keep cat litter in our preps), dumped it on the spill, and then got the snowblower out of the garage and into the middle of the driveway.  Very, very glad I had the cat litter on hand!

GA

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cordovil on December 23, 2013, 04:57:33 PM
Cordovil,

That is awesome - I was just looking for shovels the other day on Amazon because I only have a really small one in my car.  The one you posted got great reviews. I am going to give that one a try.  Thanks for the link!

Happy to help.  Just a note for anyone who reads these recent posts: I paid about $19 for this shovel (different colors seem to have different prices, I picked the cheapest one - green).  I see now the price has spiked for the green one (but the red one is selling for $20).  Just a heads up -- I think this shovel is well worth $20, but if it's above that, keep an eye on the price and you'll probably see if decrease back to $20 before long.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Canadian Prepper on December 23, 2013, 07:35:26 PM
Yesterday I used my Yaesu FT-270D handheld transceiver to join in the weekly ARES net. Given that nearly a million residents were out of power from an ice storm, it was very informative to hear updates on the status of different areas that were without power.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cylon on December 23, 2013, 08:25:21 PM
Words can not express how useful on hand cash is....

Someone just blew up the local ATM in an attempt to rob it.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Bones on December 24, 2013, 08:36:04 PM
We had an unscheduled Grid-Down test this past Saturday when the big storm blew through the area and took out trees and power lines about 3pm. While the sun was still up I pulled out the generator and gave my wife and son a quick refresher class on how to fuel it up and start it. Then we ran power to both refrigerators, our TV, satellite, dvd player, a few lamps and the coffee pot and proceeded to have a nice family evening wathcing movies and discussing blackout preps.

We made a list of the things that worked well (emergency lights, the generator) and things that needed improvement (number of short extension cords for inside the house). We've filled the holes and put everything into a rubbermaid tote labled "Blackout Supplies" that everyone can access.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on January 03, 2014, 03:16:08 PM
today i had to jump into my car gear for extra clothing.
I wnet for a walk at our mountain, got further than i intended and too sweaty.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Nicodemus on January 04, 2014, 06:33:41 AM
Ever since I got my Big Berkey, I use my preps every day.

That totally sounded like a commercial... I'm not connected to Berkey or their sales in any way.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SloSheepdog on January 09, 2014, 09:55:34 AM
Ever since I got my Big Berkey, I use my preps every day.

That totally sounded like a commercial... I'm not connected to Berkey or their sales in any way.  ;D

It's okay Nicodemus, I love my Berkey too!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on January 09, 2014, 03:59:28 PM
Not today, but when I got back from visiting family for the holidays, we came home to an empty fridge and a few days until payday.  Meals from food storage for everyone!!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: milito227 on January 09, 2014, 05:56:48 PM
Last fall I went on a scouting slash camping trip with my wife, way up in the sawtooth mountains of Idaho. We went on a hike and she stepped on a nest of yellow jackets. Got stung a bunch. Luckily in her bug out bag she had Benadryl I was very proud of her!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LittleOwl on January 12, 2014, 11:23:58 PM
Power went out all over town and outlying areas yesterday. Seemed nobody in the entire apartment had a secondary way to cook so hubby and I shared info on DIY "uncandles" and boiled coffee on our coffee-can stoves, while making soup on another. Then shared with a couple families how to build and safely use the stoves. Today one young family brought by a gallon of cooking oil as a thank-you gift. Really started to get DH onboard with prepping. Until now, he's been tolerantly amused. Told my dad about the whole thing and he had a good chuckle. Most people shake their heads at my bulky, ugly stoves because "I wouldn't carry all that", but we have a couple in the truck, one in each set of camp gear and a few on our deck. Makes life a lot easier!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sbarber on January 24, 2014, 01:59:39 PM
Got a new job recently that involved a pretty big move so I had to use my preps for that. I used up some of my toothpaste and soap supply to save myself extra money during the first few weeks of my new job.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on January 24, 2014, 07:46:55 PM
It's a little thing, but my daughter forgot her iPad charger on her way to grandmas for a sleepover. I had an extra in the car. She said she loved that I was so prepared all the time. Building a foundation an experience at a time
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: idelphic on January 24, 2014, 08:28:05 PM
Power went out all over town and outlying areas yesterday. Seemed nobody in the entire apartment had a secondary way to cook so hubby and I shared info on DIY "uncandles" and boiled coffee on our coffee-can stoves, while making soup on another. Then shared with a couple families how to build and safely use the stoves. Today one young family brought by a gallon of cooking oil as a thank-you gift. Really started to get DH onboard with prepping. Until now, he's been tolerantly amused. Told my dad about the whole thing and he had a good chuckle. Most people shake their heads at my bulky, ugly stoves because "I wouldn't carry all that", but we have a couple in the truck, one in each set of camp gear and a few on our deck. Makes life a lot easier!
When you get a chance,.. post a few pictures of your 'ugly stove' and the DIY "uncandles"  Curious to see what you have.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LittleOwl on January 31, 2014, 08:53:43 AM
When you get a chance,.. post a few pictures of your 'ugly stove' and the DIY "uncandles"  Curious to see what you have.
I'll have to try again. I can't seem to get my phone to share pictures. User issue I'm sure. I'll try again later. I'm quite sure I'm missing the obvious, it's just that I haven't tried putting a photo on the net in about ten years lol
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on January 31, 2014, 01:27:21 PM
i keep a spare set of work gloves in my truck. used them today to move a bunch of stuff at work. some of that stuff was old splintery wooden pallets. i hate splinters, and i had none ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on January 31, 2014, 03:27:44 PM
friend had a water pipe burst in the basement. after he shut off the water, the problem then was his house is heated using hydronic heat and it was -10F outside... We had it fixed in 4 hours, so not a huge event. However any preps that make easier when you are stressed is awesome...

The things that came in handy that I brought:
- kerosene heater (to keep the basement warm while we work)
- 5gal kerosene I had stored (we have had a cold week, kerosine was hard to find)
- pocket flashlight (he didn't have one on him, when we were tracking down the leaks)
- full tank of gas (as I needed to make a run to hardware store)
- case of bottle water (no running water makes you thirsty...)
- extra gloves/jacket/hat

things I didn't have on hand, that I am now added to my car kit
- trashbags
- extra flashlights
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on February 02, 2014, 02:04:14 PM
Using some canned venison to make enchilada's for the big game today.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on February 07, 2014, 03:04:42 PM
Since it is a rare snow day -- I decided to get into trouble food wise..

I MISSED cooking on a woodstove.. so last night I broke it in with dinner and then popcorn in my Christmas gift from Z of my on-stove popcorn popper.
(http://www.fleetfarm.com/products/images/medium/0000000012289.jpg)

Today I made 4-5 batches (I lost count) of popcorn on the woodstove and made Old Fashioned Carmel Popcorn (without corn syrup). The popcorn this time was "Calico" popcorn homegrown at my last house. I have been hoarding it for this years planting, but this was to be a treat (and I wanted to make sure it was a good variety to eat). I found out the ideal temperature on the woodstove should be about 500F for popping. I also found out that you do not have to babysit the popper. I just gave it a turn every minute or so.. or when I wandered by. When it gets down to 1-2 pops every 10-20 seconds, I pull it off the stove. I then made the carmel sauce on the woodstove. The butter was from the stored 16 pounds we bought a couple months ago and froze, the vanilla I made 6+ months ago.

Old Fashioned Carmel Corn
10-12 cups popped popcorn ("Calico" from my garden)
1 tablespoon olive oil (from my pantry)
1 cube of butter (out of the freezer-- We should have our cow in 2 months or less, I sorta ordered her last week)
1 cup packed brown sugar (out of the pantry)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (homemade)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (out of the pantry)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (out of the pantry)

I was going to 'bake' it on the woodstove, but decided to use the propane oven instead. Bake at 300F for an hour, mixing every 15-ish minutes if you want to make some too.

Then.. as I was going to put nuts into the Carmel Popcorn and Z veto'd that, I decided to make ...

Honey Roasted Nuts
1 pound pecans (or whatever kind of nut) (out of my freezer - we stored a bunch of pecans and hazelnuts)
2 tablespoons of Honey (from Z's hives)
1 1/2 tablespoons of real Maple Syrup (not mine ----- yet! But I am working on it)
1 1/2 tablespoons of Butter (from the freezers)
1 teaspoon Sea salt (I always have about 2-5 pounds in my pantry)
1 teaspoon Vanilla (homemade)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon (out of the pantry, it is a staple around here for multiple things, not just cooking)
2 tablespoons Sugar

Combine the honey, maple syrup and butter. Melt together. Add salt, vanilla and cinnamon to the honey mixture and stir. Place cashews in a medium size bowl, pour the honey mixture over the nuts and toss. Then I put the nuts into a cast iron pan and tossed it on the woodstove for about 10 minutes and stirred every now and again until they were just starting to brown. Then when they were done, I sprinkled with a little salt and white sugar to glaze.

So I guess in a way, the wood we have been pulling in and making the fire in the woodstove was a prep too.  ;)

Cedar



Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on February 07, 2014, 08:33:28 PM
last night I broke it in with dinner and then popcorn in my Christmas gift from Z of my on-stove popcorn popper.
(http://www.fleetfarm.com/products/images/medium/0000000012289.jpg)

Been using my whirley Pop for about 20 years now.  The best popcorn popper I've ever owned.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Zuplex on February 07, 2014, 08:37:50 PM
I used a manual coffee burr grinder (German-made!) I picked up at a mass yard sale a few years ago to grind up dried oregano for chili tonight. Also used some tomato puree I canned back in June.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on February 07, 2014, 08:41:36 PM
Been using my whirley Pop for about 20 years now.  The best popcorn popper I've ever owned.

I can see why.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on February 07, 2014, 08:48:37 PM
I can see why.

Very fast cooking time (with appropriate heat), pops very large kernels, with no burning (as long as you take it off when it's done popping), and pops nearly every kernel.

I like how easy it is to add flavor too.  I love to add hot sauce in to the oil.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on February 10, 2014, 05:47:04 AM
I've been using my home canned foods regularly, so I barely count it anymore (so many of the "preps" just become "every day routine" after a while!)

But--this morning ran out of 1/2 & 1/2 and was able to just grab a can of the powdered creamer to use instead.  Not my favorite--but better than black coffee!

Also, my brother & mom stopped by last night, folks wanted a snack so I ran downstairs and grabbed a summer sausage and a hunk of cheddar cheese I had waxed.  Viola-snack in minutes.  (plus it gave me a chance to show off how waxing & aging the cheese really does improve the flavor)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexasGirl on February 10, 2014, 01:55:21 PM
Awesome Jenn.

I just got back from a trip to the root cellar where I retrieved three mason jar quarts of spaghetti sauce and a liter of tetrapack "Fresh" pineapple juice.

I think Fresh is a European brand name.  There are 5 languages on the label I can't even recognize, much less read.  It's pretty good stuff, though.  I recognize the word "Bulgaria" but can't imagine pineapples growing there.

~TG

FWIW, the root cellar has stayed right about 50 degrees this last couple of months.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: scottwold on February 10, 2014, 03:03:04 PM
Actually, it was Super Bowl Sunday.  Snow/ice came in hours earlier than predicted.  We live in the Ozarks, where there is no such thing as a straight road.  There is only one main road into our place, and a long line of cars just sitting.  Down the hill the cars / trucks were piling up (4WD doesn't help on ice!).  After a few hours, we were able to turn around, head to a bar and lucky to get one of a few remaining hotel rooms booked.  Time came to walk to the room (no way the car was going to make it).. we pulled out our bug out bags and marched ahead (not sure what the folks in the bar thought).  Sure was nice having toiletries, change of clothes and some food!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on February 10, 2014, 03:52:14 PM
FWIW, the root cellar has stayed right about 50 degrees this last couple of months.

My basement is hanging at about 36.  Which means basically it's a refrigerator down there.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on February 16, 2014, 03:59:44 AM
Not too long ago I found an odd light in the garage, said it was a "power failure light" and explained in tiny letters the idea of plugging it in and then when the power goes out, it comes on.

I figured hey, that sounds good. Plugged it in and forgot about it.

Tonight I was washing dishes and the power went out. Light came on. I smiled to myself as I continued washing. Plenty of light to see by, no reason to disrupt my pace. Just as I was placing the last dish in the drainer, the power came back on.

Ah, that felt good. :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on March 02, 2014, 01:45:53 PM
Making some beef barley soup from home raised beef and barley I've had in storage.  Will also use fresh and dehydrated vegetables.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: suzysurvivor on March 04, 2014, 08:51:50 PM
kids showed up demanding dinner.  went to the storage room and got some pot roast, some corned beef hash and some store bought canned peas as well as instant mashed taters.  not fancy but nobody went home hungry.   i really like the way the hash turned out and i'll be doing a bunch more of that in a few weeks when corned beef goes on sale.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 06, 2014, 07:16:43 PM
Part of my blog for the day, prep usage is in bold.


10:03 am The power was flickering all night, but did not go out due to 40-70 mph winds until just now, so I missed out on what Obama had to say about Ukraine today, by seconds. Usually I would not care, but this time I did. But I was too busy to go get the windup radio and tune it in. Last night I put ten 4-gallon buckets under the eaves of the honey house to catch water in case the electric did go out, so we do not have to haul water from the creek to flush toilets. I am sure we will be using a couple of them today. I had just started a fire in the woodstove about 40 minutes before the electric went out. (with wood we put up) I just knew I should have taken a shower, as I have severe 'hat head' and my bangs are getting to be too long. I need a haircut so badly. I also slept on the sofa most of the night with the kitchen light on so I could monitor if the power went out, due to the egg incubator running.

10:04 am I put every available blanket/sleeping bag on the egg incubator with hatching chicks in it when the power went out. 40 hatched so far, 100+ still hatching. And I have another batch of 72 duck eggs and 46-some chicken eggs in there as well. I have a lady who is supposed to pick up 50 chicks later this evening. This is going to slow down the hatch. I seem to be cursed with hatching day around here lately.

10:10 am We got the corded land line phone out of the cupboard, plugged in and called the power company to report the outage and to see how wide of a range it was.

10:15 am Then I called the school and said SP would not be in as it is over an hour round trip for me. (I have to monitor the incubator, if the power comes back on, the 198+ chicks/eggs will cook). They still currently have electric at the school.

10:20 am At SP's request, I made Broccoli & Cheddar Soup to toss onto the woodstove. I will fry up the (homecanned) bacon later to add in. That will be for lunch and dinner. I have bread and microgreens salad to go with it for dinner. I grabbed the (home processed) frozen broccoli out of the freezer very quickly, grabbed 2 quarts of chicken/rabbit/lamb stock, dried leeks, poured it all into a kettle and popped it onto the woodstove. I will sneak cheese and milk out of the fridge later. And flour out of the pantry to thicken after a couple hours. I thought that 78 quarts of frozen broccoli was extreme when I put it up, but I see we are getting to the bottom of it now, so maybe not.

10:30 am Z went up to the workshop to get the generator for the egg incubator to plug into. Z wanted to hold off plugging it in for a bit for some reason. I don't know why. The only thing I can think of is that he thought the power would not be out too long.

10:40 am Since Z had the generator out anyway and he cannot work at his job due to the power outage, he is building another brooder pen currently. We may also build another small livestock shed on skids to stick up in the sheep paddock if we want to go out into the monsoon. He is currently building on the covered porch.

10:51 am Got out my Big Ben clock, wound it up and set it for the correct time. I love that clock. I bought it up in Canada and have used it many a time during power outages.

11:02 am Playing on the floor with SP, 100's of yogurt cups and small toy animals in front of the woodstove. We will play with the "Go Fish" cards we got specifically for power outages. We have so many power outages up here, it doesn't even phase SP anymore.

11:08 am Z called the power company again to get an update. The power company recording still says there are no power outages. He is driving up to the Lodge to do chores and see if it is just us, locally or what. This whole community is out of power so much, I am not sure we even really see it as an inconvience anymore in many ways. I know other than Z's work and things like the egg incubator/brooders, it is not really too different in our normal activities. Like I am looking at the wooden floor and in a moment will get the Swiffer todo the floors like I do every day. Which by-the-way, we don't buy the disposable packages of dry Swiffer wipes, we just put a washcloth (we buy them in bulk) on it to do the floors and then toss into the washing machine when the cloth is dirty.

Noon. Z is looking for projects to do. He is currently down at the hog pens finding the short in the fence. We have a 'power outage' indicator on the fence we can see from the kitchen window and it was flashing. This fence is 12 volt battery operated as we do not have on-the-grid electric to the North barn, so it usually means the hogs have pushed something up against it, or a tree/branch has fallen on the fenceline. We used the already charged walkie talkies to communicate with each other about the fence. We determined #2 walkie talkie has something wrong with it  (even if it is new and used only 2-3x). #1 and #3 work just fine. Bagged up #2 walkie with a note in it.

The other project he is thinking on, is to work on the ditchline along the driveway with the trackhoe, as with the high amounts of water we are getting, the roadway is getting deteriorated. Within hours, our creek and the river has visibly come up alot. Usually we cannot see the river from here due to the heighth of the banks, except when there is flooding.

12:06 pm Neighbors are calling asking if we are out of power too (community building). They have been calling into the power company as well, which is still  reporting they don't know of any outages. I wonder what happens to their recording if their power is out? The high winds have died down for now, but there is/was a high wind warning until 6 pm tonight.

12:12 pm Tested the flavor and strength of the apple cider vinegar I had on the go. I already put up a few quart jars a month or so ago. One went down the drain today. It lacked good flavour. Another bowl I noted the dishtowel hit the liquid and wicked it all away. So there is the remains of the 5 gallon carbouy to taste test and either bottle up or dispose of. I have apples in the root cellar still, so I may pull a few of them and make another batch of Apple Cider Vinegar today when I have power again to grind them up. Homemade ACV is good stuff and I am finding I am using it more and more. Started making homemade mustard from it for the Food Swap from things in our pantry. (Got 3 quarts)

12:13 pm We tested out the walkie talkies to see how far they would go when Z went up the road to our little community. They actually went further than I thought throught the hills and forests.

12:52 pm I quickly opened the egg incubator to toss a battery operated humidy and themometer unit into it, facing so I could read it through the glass door. First thing I noted, it was really hot and really humid in there. I am worried about chicks being too wet from the humidity and getting stuck in the shells. Z is still working on the electric fence for the hog pens. I am glad we should be building the new ones soon, so we don't have to mess with that stuff.

Power out 3 hours now.

1:15 pm Checked on the incubator. 98% humidity and 85F. I uncovered the incubator to the humidity holes. Z was still gone so I pulled the eggs and chicks, sticking them into two styrofoam incubators, and the duck eggs in a 4 gallon bucket, putting them up next to the woodstove. Without power, it is not easy to get eggs or chicks out of the incubator with the automatic turner. My arms are all scratched up and I had to use a wooden dowel to herd everything in the hatching tray to the front. I did not discover an override the automatic turner.

1:41 pm Z is back down at the house and got the heavy generator moved to where we could get power to the incubator. I will wait until it has rewarmed to the right temperature and humidity to put them back in. I think I had many die in the shell pipping out. They are definately sticky. I think I could just put the back of my hand on a couple of them and they would stick to it like duct tape.

2:15 pm Got all the eggs back into the appropriate places in the large incubator. Our contractor called about the concrete pour for the new hog pens. That will be one huge project out of the way when that is done. Hopefully within the next 3-4 weeks, as we have sows due again.

I started calling around to the surrounding communities country stores. It seems that only our local community is the one effected with the outage.

2:30 pm SP wanted hot cocoa since it was a dark and blustery day. I used tetra pak milk out of the pantry, homemade chocolate syrup I made a month or so ago, and cinnamon out of the cupboard.

3:05 pm Power still out. 5 hours now. The lady who is coming to buy chicks will be here in an hour. Due to the power/heat fluctuation we do not have her full order. The hatching was progressing normally, but it is now staggered and it is unknown if that can be remedied now. Especially so, with the high humidity which is causing the chicks to be sticky and getting stuck in their shells like glue. Even with lowering the humidity, I am not sure if this will just merely cause them to be 'concreted in', so I went with 54-56% humidity which is what it ought to be ideally.

She wanted 50 Barred Plymouth Rock chicks . We currently only have 35 purebreds for her and 9 crossbreds, but she only wants the purebreds. The power company is still saying there is not an outage. The purebred chicks are up here in the main room with us near the woodstove. I do love to hear their chirping. It is such a friendly sound.

For lunch we had Almond butter on tortilla wraps. I got into my stash of Club Soda and poured in a few tablespoons of frozen Marion berries (like a blackberry) for a nice sparkling drink as a treat. I already had a jar of Almond butter in the fridge, but since I am not sure where it was located at the moment and the fridge full of cartons of eggs, I decided to open a  new one out of the pantry.

3:35 pm No more chicks have hatched yet, but I can hear at least 7 of them chirping in the incubator. The ducks eggs have only been in for 7 days,so I am not too worried about them at this point. I was planning on putting another 100+ Barred Plymouth Rock eggs in tomorrow or so, but I think that will have to be put off a few days. Soon I will put in Buff Orpington eggs and get some more breeding stock for us.

4:44 pm Power on.

Ceda

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on March 07, 2014, 09:04:39 AM
Forgot to post this earlier, but earlier this week I brought a bag of supplies in to help compensate for minor emergent situations at work, and the same day, I spilled the sauce from my lunch on myself.  Out came the bag, off to the bathroom I went, and 5 minutes later, I had a clean shirt on.  I've since placed a new clean shirt in the bag, which sits in my closed over-head storage proved for me in my cube.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on March 10, 2014, 02:47:13 AM
Today I am diving into my long store meds cos I am out of the every day cabinet ones and local pharmacies are on a 2 day strike starting today.
I am down with a flu strain since yesterday (sunday).
I am taking immodium, paracetamol and I almost turned to a NSAID when some fever chills started.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 10, 2014, 06:08:22 AM
Today I am diving into my long store meds cos I am out of the every day cabinet ones and local pharmacies are on a 2 day strike starting today.
I am down with a flu strain since yesterday (sunday).
I am taking immodium, paracetamol and I almost turned to a NSAID when some fever chills started.


Oh no! I so hope it is not the same strain we have going here. People are getting sick for a month. After a week long flu, you are better for a couple days and then the second part is an upper respitory infection. Take vast amounts of vit c and stock up or make cough drops. Get well soon.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on March 10, 2014, 07:07:06 AM
I really do not know...It is a mess this years with many more deaths than the H1N1 outbreak.
people are avoiding seeing a doctor and still go to work. I even heard of a H1N1 case in my small hometown.

I am still hanging nad do take 3 doses of C vitamin, but we will see. My father is spewing his guts out for a week out
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 10, 2014, 10:18:49 AM
Can you get PediaLyte there? GatorAide. At the very least make your own electrolytes to drink.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Damn-Sports-Drink/step4/Final-recipe/

Another recipe:
1 liter of water
1/2 tsp of baking soda
2 tbsp of agave nectar
1/2 tbsp of sea salt
Combine all ingredients in water bottle and sip during workout as needed.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on March 10, 2014, 11:10:19 AM
yeh! i got that covered...Thanks
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on March 14, 2014, 07:29:08 PM
Water was out at work today, so I used some of my 'emergency water' from my car.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexasGirl on March 15, 2014, 02:03:46 AM
Can you get PediaLyte there? GatorAide. At the very least make your own electrolytes to drink.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Damn-Sports-Drink/step4/Final-recipe/

Another recipe:
1 liter of water
1/2 tsp of baking soda
2 tbsp of agave nectar
1/2 tbsp of sea salt
Combine all ingredients in water bottle and sip during workout as needed.

Cedar

Cedar,

My recipe is very similar, but also has 1/2 tsp of Potassium Chloride (table salt substitute).  This supplies needed potassium.  Works great in our hot Texas summers.  Some people add lemon juice to taste.

~TG
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on March 15, 2014, 02:16:12 AM
Unicef has a new Isotonic solution but it is hard to replicate (requires dextrose and a form of soda that is not commercially available)

pics from my first aid solutions "lab"
http://imageshack.com/a/img40/2382/webigp8363.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img853/98/webigp8383.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img163/4062/webigp8386.jpg
(isotonic solution, burns isotonic solution, and Dakin's solution)

humor: me, at work http://imageshack.com/a/img201/9026/webdoctor.jpg
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 15, 2014, 03:11:25 AM
pics from my first aid solutions "lab"
http://imageshack.com/a/img40/2382/webigp8363.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img853/98/webigp8383.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img163/4062/webigp8386.jpg
(isotonic solution, burns isotonic solution, and Dakin's solution)

It's all Greek to me  ;)

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on March 15, 2014, 09:32:26 PM
A fellow hiker sprained her ankle, and I had a cold-pack in my emergency pack that I gave her to use.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 15, 2014, 09:39:23 PM
A fellow hiker sprained her ankle, and I had a cold-pack in my emergency pack that I gave her to use.

+1

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on March 16, 2014, 01:12:01 AM
+1
Cedar

ditto
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on March 16, 2014, 12:32:28 PM
^_^ Hey cool, thanks guys.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on March 16, 2014, 12:51:37 PM
Getting the camp trailer ready for my DW's Aunt and Uncle (from Idaho) to stay in so they can visit with her dad.  This might be the last time they see him alive.  We'll park it in his driveway.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on March 16, 2014, 01:36:03 PM
I hope the visiting goes well.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on March 18, 2014, 07:10:22 PM
My wife's sisters showed up for a visit right around dinner.  They were supposed to show up later, and we were going to have left overs.  A few cans of chicken, jars of Alfredo and some pasta from storage made a tasty meal.  Plus, extra blankets and pillows for them to crash on the couches for the night.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexasGirl on March 19, 2014, 12:14:55 AM
My wife's sisters showed up for a visit right around dinner.  They were supposed to show up later, and we were going to have left overs.  A few cans of chicken, jars of Alfredo and some pasta from storage made a tasty meal.  Plus, extra blankets and pillows for them to crash on the couches for the night.

Awesome. 

Doesn't it feel good to have the bases covered when life throws an unexpected curve?

~TG
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 20, 2014, 05:27:55 PM
I had to run to town to get more cough drops, cough medicine, seeding flats for me and NyQuil for Z. SP spied snow on one of our peaks and she has been BEGGING for a couple weeks to go to a 'snow mountain' for lunch. This one was alot closer than Mount Hood and I did not feel like shoveling 48 sf of dirt to 12" deep today anyway. So up we went to spend quality time together. We ate our not often bought cheeseburgers up there and then SP played in the snow for 15 minutes.

On the way down, there were three people frantically waving their arms in the middle of the road. They did not look like they were going to murder me, which is good as I am not sure I could fight back today.. and they said they had left their lights on their SUV on when they went hiking off one of the forest roads. I lied and said I needed to call my husband and made it look like I was calling him and giving him their license plate number. There is no cell service up there. I noted their license plate was from Florida.

I pulled out the jumper cables from my truck and gave them a boost. It started right up. I offered to follow them down off the mountain, but they did not think there was any need. They were following me however, and I kept an eye on them for 8 miles until we parted ways at the main road.

----------------------------------------------

I am also glad we stockpile lemon juice. We have been drinking lemonaide like crazy for a couple weeks, which is keeping us hydrated while sick. Probably 3-4 quarts a day (mostly Z.. I do mostly water with a splash of lemon).

Cedar

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on March 20, 2014, 05:42:11 PM
+1 for helping some folks that needed it.

Be sure to get needed rest.

I hope SP enjoyed said snow.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 21, 2014, 05:41:24 PM
I was actually looking for a Savory Crepe recipe as I am finally hungry, but nothing sounds good. And I came across a recipe which sounded different, probably yummy and way less work than standing over the stove making crepes.

Cowboy Chicken Casserole
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts - we are using rabbit, which I took out of the freezer 2 days ago
2 1/2 cups chicken stock - out of the pantry, home canned chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine - I bought a bunch of bottles of 'baby wine' that I stocked away for cooking
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves - dried in the pantry
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice - homecanned from the pantry
2 garlic cloves, smashed - out of the fridge from the few planting stock I destroyed the other day
1 teaspoon black peppercorns - out of the pantry
1 1/4 teaspoons salt - out of the pantry
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano - home dried
2 bay leaves - out of the pantry from mom's plant
6 tablespoons unsalted butter - out of the freezer
1 pound white button mushrooms, wiped clean and stems trimmed, quartered - brown mushrooms I dehydrtaed
Pinch freshly ground black pepper - pantry
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour -organic flour from the pantry
1 1/2 cups whole milk - 1% box milk from the pantry as no one has gone to the store in 2 weeks
12 cups tortilla chips - I am stealing some of Zach's stash
2 cups finely chopped onions - dehydrated red onions
1 cup finely chopped bell peppers - dehydrated from last summer
2 jalapeno peppers, stem and seeds removed, finely chopped, optional - some kind of warm red pepper I dehydrated
8 ounces grated Pepper Jack - just cheddar from fridge
8 ounces grated Cheddar - just cheddar from fridge
2 teaspoons chili powder - from pantry
1 teaspoon ground cumin - from spice cabinet
1 cup chopped drained canned tomatoes - from pantry
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles, drained - omitted

A pinch each of: (all from pantry)
chili powder
ground cumin
paprika
black pepper
ground coriander
cayenne pepper
garlic powder
crushed red pepper
salt
dried oregano

I am hydrating all the dried veggies first as I type this.

Combine the chicken, chicken stock, wine, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, peppercorns, 1 teaspoon of the salt, the oregano, and bay leaves in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the chicken to cool in the poaching liquid for 45 minutes. Remove the chicken from the cooking liquid and tear or cut into bite-size pieces. Reserve the chicken. Strain the cooking liquid and reserve.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the butter in a large skillet over high heat until foamy. Add the mushrooms, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms release their liquid. Continue to cook until the mushrooms are golden brown and all the liquid has evaporated, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle the mushrooms with the flour, stir to blend, and cook for 1 minute. Add the milk and stir, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the mixture begins to thicken. Add 1 1/2 cups of the reserved chicken cooking liquid, stir, and cook until very thick and flavorful, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Place the tortilla chips in the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch glass casserole. Crush the chips with your hands so they form a thin layer on the bottom of the dish. Pour 1 cup of the reserved cooking liquid over the tortilla chips and allow them to soak up the liquid. Scatter the chicken over the top of the tortilla layer. Spread the chopped onions, bell peppers, and jalapenos evenly over the chicken. Top with half of the grated cheeses. Sprinkle with the Southwest Seasoning, chili powder and ground cumin. Spoon the reserved mushroom mixture evenly over the top of the spices, then top with the tomatoes and green chiles. Cover with the remainder of the cheeses. Bake uncovered for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and the casserole is heated through. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Tip: This casserole may be prepared in advance and frozen until ready to use. Simply allow it to thaw 1 day in the refrigerator and come to room temperature before baking.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on March 21, 2014, 10:14:02 PM
Cedar-that may be the most ingredients I have ever seen in one recipe
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 21, 2014, 11:26:55 PM
It was not that bad actually tossing it together. I think next time I will saute the onions though, maybe with the shrooms. It tasted good.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on March 24, 2014, 03:05:26 PM
I have a good one, one of those things that only happen to me.... 8)

5meters of cord @ Travel Survival Kit  + coat hanger = T-shirt fishing

i was visiting with my sister these days and somehow I managed to drop a T-shirt off the balcony. :o
it landed on a shop sign, almost 2 stories down. >:(
It took me an hour to remember of the cord and come up with a plan ;D

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w192/greekpreparedness/web-0402_zps4ecfb344.jpg
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 24, 2014, 03:10:31 PM
That's awesome Greekman.. and no.. those stupid kind of things don't happen just to you..

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on March 25, 2014, 12:25:52 AM
yep...and forgot to add that my niece had a ball....I will be a hero in the kindergarden, for a day....
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 25, 2014, 01:18:50 AM
yep...and forgot to add that my niece had a ball....I will be a hero in the kindergarden, for a day....

Yeah for Heroes! The world needs more of them. Even if it is merely in the eyes of a schoolchild.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: squidd on March 27, 2014, 09:40:03 AM
Washed the truck over the weekend. I was playing the radio and left the keys in the truck when I was finished. The next day battery was dead. Jumper cables to the rescue. Was up and running in about 5 min.

Up until 2 months ago I didn't have jumper cables (foolish)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 27, 2014, 09:45:45 AM
Up until 2 months ago I didn't have jumper cables (foolish)

Felt good to have them, hey?

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: squidd on March 27, 2014, 09:49:38 AM
It did, dead battery became a non-issue. Good thing my wife was home with her car or else I would've had to wait a little longer. I need a jump-box or just another battery charged (2 is 1).
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on March 27, 2014, 09:53:03 AM
I just recently got a water-sealed tool box at Menards (where they have a 11% off sale through sat, thus why I bought there).  I put my jumper cables and jumper box both in the tool box, along with some other car tools.  You might consider doing something similar with your jumper cables and box, and any other car tools.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: squidd on March 27, 2014, 10:01:15 AM
I just recently got a water-sealed tool box at Menards (where they have a 11% off sale through sat, thus why I bought there).  I put my jumper cables and jumper box both in the tool box, along with some other car tools.  You might consider doing something similar with your jumper cables and box, and any other car tools.

That's a really good idea. I've got my cables in a bucket boss canvas bag made for them. I wish I had room in my Regular Cab Tacoma for a box like that though. I can't fit too much behind my seat.

I've got a GHB, blanket, inverter, mini compressor, bottle jack, tow strap, and jumper cables. Those take up about 80%.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on March 27, 2014, 10:57:29 AM
Don't they have after-market toolboxes that folks add to the cab-side or add over the wheel wells of their pickup beds?  Is that not possible in your case?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: squidd on March 27, 2014, 11:13:50 AM
Don't they have after-market toolboxes that folks add to the cab-side or add over the wheel wells of their pickup beds?  Is that not possible in your case?

I've got a Tonnueo (sp?) cover on it right now that prevents it. When that thing craps out on me I'll look into it.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: low_tech on March 27, 2014, 11:27:31 AM
Had an abscessed tooth last Friday that was throbbing up to my eye sockets, but was unable to get into a dentist until Monday morning. So after a little research, I dug into my fish antibiotics (I chose Penicillin VK) 500mg three times a day. By Sunday night the pain was more localized to the tooth and was feeling much better for a root canal first thing Monday.

The doctor said it was good I went ahead with the penicillin. I assured him I had enough for a complete 10 day treatment and was good to go!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on March 27, 2014, 12:06:59 PM
I've got a Tonnueo (sp?) cover on it right now that prevents it. When that thing craps out on me I'll look into it.

Cool beans.

The doctor said it was good I went ahead with the penicillin. I assured him I had enough for a complete 10 day treatment and was good to go!

Congrats on your successful self-treatment!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 30, 2014, 04:04:43 PM
I still feel horrible and with the nasty weather it seemed like a good soup night, but I wanted something different which did not take much to toss together. Z has not cooked much (1x) while I was down and so I decided to cook something somewhat nutritious tonight, more than the 'hot dog' I tossed at SP last night for dinner.

Wild Rice Soup (on the Woodstove)
    * About 3-4 cup of of cooked organic wild rice - from gleaners out of thefreezer
    * 4 tablespoons butter -out of the freezer
    * 1/2 large onion, chopped fine - dehydrated from my stash
    * 1/2 cup chopped celery - dehydrated from my stash
    * 1/4 cup flour - organic from the pantry
    * 4 cups chicken stock -  - from the pantry, homecanned (but had rabbit in it too)
    * Mushrooms, any kind of culinary type -  - dehydrated from my stash
    * 1 cup of milk or cream - I subbed a can of cream of chicken soup
    * 1 tablespoon parsley - dehydrated from my stash

Melt butter in pan and saute onion and celery. Blend in flour gradually. Add broth, stirring constantly until thick. Stir in rice and salt and simmer 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, blend in cream/milk.  Heat to serving temperature.

I already had the cooked wild rice in the freezer; the onion, celery, parsley, and mushrooms were some that I had dehydrated up this past summer. I used organic durham flour and instead of cream (which we were out of today and I did not want to get tetra pak milk out of the pantry), I used a can of cream of chicken. It ought to work with it being thinned down in all that broth.

Place on your woodstove or range and heat. I think it may sit on our woodstove a bit as I want a chowdery-thickness of soup tonight.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on April 01, 2014, 01:58:09 PM
Drove myself to doctor's, but arrived a bit shaky from low blood sugar.

I'd made sure to leave early in case I developed symptoms requiring attention or got lost (only one wrong turn this trip!), so with time on my side I comfortably sat in the parking lot eating a nut bar from the "emergency bag" I keep under my chair and drinking the fresh water placed in the car just before I left.

Walked in with a few minutes to spare all sorted out and ready to go.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on April 01, 2014, 02:52:22 PM
The doctor said it was good I went ahead with the penicillin. I assured him I had enough for a complete 10 day treatment and was good to go!

*S* Should have told him you were short.. so you could have restocked your stash. Also keep OraGel on hand for those problems. Diluted Clove oil also numbs and disinfects.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: twoterriers on April 07, 2014, 08:08:28 PM
Power went out due to storm for a couple of hours this evening.  I had flashlight and headlamp nearby so that we could finish dinner and take care of some other things.  I offered to bring up the battery backup system (2 deep cycle marine batteries) so that my husband could retrieve some files from his desktop pc to work on the laptop (that always has a full battery).  The power came back on just before I went to the garage to get my system, but it was comforting to know that we can still do necessary tasks if the power outage were prolonged.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on April 08, 2014, 06:34:02 AM
Hubs caught a stomach flu and was violently ill most of Sunday night.  In the morning I was able to pull the powdered gatoraide out of preps for hydration, and later made him bullion from the bullion cubes I always keep on hand both in the cupboard and preps. 

The only thing I had to run to the store for was bread.  I had a lovely loaf of homemade sourdough, but apparently when you are sick you only want puffy-flavor free store bought white bread.  Who knew?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on April 08, 2014, 11:35:02 AM
Plain white rice cooked in nothing is also a good item when sick.

Alternatively, making it into a gruel by adding what is usually too much liquid, and making it with either milk and sugar, or making it with broth and vegetables that get mushy when cooked (like peas, for example), is often well appreciated when sick.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on April 08, 2014, 05:26:51 PM
Plain white rice cooked in nothing is also a good item when sick.

Alternatively, making it into a gruel by adding what is usually too much liquid, and making it with either milk and sugar, or making it with broth and vegetables that get mushy when cooked (like peas, for example), is often well appreciated when sick.

That's great too Josh!  I had everything for the "BRAT" diet on hand--Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. . . My MIL is a nurse and swears by it :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on April 08, 2014, 05:28:19 PM
BRAT diet is my go to as well
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on April 08, 2014, 06:18:29 PM
Interesting acronym at the very least.  :P
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: hbprepper on April 10, 2014, 07:57:00 PM
We had a region wide power outage yesterday.

The power went out at about 4pm and as we are well into autumn the days are getting shorter so the box of lanterns, candle and spare batteries were dug out.  The battery radio was powered up to see if we could get some updates.  We also hooked the inverter up to the car so the fridge and freezer could be kept cold.

The power came back on later that night but it was a good opportunity to go through everything.

Lessons learned:
Over all, a good exercise.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on April 11, 2014, 07:55:56 PM
I know is sounds small. Cut my hand while at a store, but had a band-aid in my wallet.

Level1: medkit (aka wallet)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Morgan96 on April 13, 2014, 10:47:55 AM
I know is sounds small. Cut my hand while at a store, but had a band-aid in my wallet.

Level1: medkit (aka wallet)

This may sound small too, but it was worthwhile.   Was out of paper plates, needed for a mid-week burger and sausage grill night.  Looked in the "disaster closet", and there was a pack of them, squirreled away a good long while ago.  Nice surprise.   Now replenished with *two* packs.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Canadian Prepper on April 16, 2014, 06:41:36 AM
Last night we had a huge power outage in the west end of Toronto and a large suburb next to it for about 2-3 hours.

I quickly ascertained the extent of the incident with my 2m handheld that was programmed into the local repeater, followed up by my handy little AM-FM-SW radio, and with the extra lighting that I had gotten for such occasions was able to use the outage as an opportunity to tidy up and put away some items that I had out for spring cleaning. I was remiss however in that I had not yet tested my kerosene heater and butane stove that would have come in handy if the outage lasted a few more hours, saw the effects of having cordless phone (not usable) and it was a reminder to finally get down to picking up the deep cycle battery for my all band portable base station. All and all though, I managed to keep comfortable, productive and was reminded to keep working away on those other to do items.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: ncjeeper on April 22, 2014, 08:38:28 PM
While transporting my travel trailer to my property the trailer electrical cord kept coming unplugged from the plug. I dug into my med bag and pulled out a roll of tape and wrapped that sucker in good. I had brakes and lights the rest of the trip.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on April 22, 2014, 09:34:19 PM
While transporting my travel trailer to my property the trailer electrical cord kept coming unplugged from the plug. I dug into my med bag and pulled out a roll of tape and wrapped that sucker in good. I had brakes and lights the rest of the trip.

I hate it when that happens. Kudos to the inventor of duct tape! (Or electrical tape)

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on April 28, 2014, 05:38:58 AM
I cooked lunch with my preps.
I use a can of chopped mashrooms and a small can of spam.
I tried some of the combination yesterday as a Ouzo accompanying plate but today i turned the rest into lunch.

And it was a good thing cos spam is not an agreable food to eat heated.
So I chauted the mushrooms on a very hot pan, the added the diced spam and then just before taking the pan out some diced feta and garnished with lemon and oregano.
It is those two that cut down the taste of spam.
(and you can add some tabasco for a little more oomph)

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Theswerd on April 28, 2014, 07:53:47 AM
My Lovely Lady is putting together another "prep box" of food to squirrel away. I think most of the reason is to make room in the cupboards, but hey. You takes what you gets.  :D


She is storing mostly canned veggies.  :-\




Theswerd
Why can't we store bacon? Or cake?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on April 28, 2014, 08:57:50 AM
My Lovely Lady is putting together another "prep box" of food to squirrel away. I think most of the reason is to make room in the cupboards, but hey. You takes what you gets.  :D
She is storing mostly canned veggies.  :-\
Theswerd
Why can't we store bacon? Or cake?

Is this on the wrong thread Swerd? Maybe 'What did I do to prep today.."?

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Theswerd on April 28, 2014, 09:17:23 AM
Is this on the wrong thread Swerd? Maybe 'What did I do to prep today.."?

Cedar


I'm tired. Yeah. Gonna blame it on that. Sigh.  :o
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on April 28, 2014, 09:30:40 AM
I'm tired. Yeah. Gonna blame it on that. Sigh.  :o

I understand that too well..  :(

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on May 07, 2014, 10:53:29 PM
made lunch with storage goods, good practice.

Rice, to be served under Lentil soup using : dried lentils, dried onions(LDS), dried carrots(LDS), dried celery(Me !), spices, and a homecanned jar of diced tomatoes. I have done this with dried tomato powder instead, but I have alot of canned tomatoes.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on May 29, 2014, 07:47:30 PM
Due to a family crisis I wound up with my 8 year old nephew spending the night here tonight.  When he realized that his dad hadn't packed his toothbrush I was able to pull a brush and paste out of preps without a second thought.  He even got his choice of color.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on May 29, 2014, 08:18:30 PM
When he realized that his dad hadn't packed his toothbrush I was able to pull a brush and paste out of preps without a second thought.  He even got his choice of color.

I love that..

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: steeltownknight on June 01, 2014, 01:13:50 PM
Well I have been taste testing a lot of MRE's lately cajun chicken= disgusting
beef and Mac = very very good. 
Still though anything is better than starving. ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on June 01, 2014, 01:39:21 PM
I love that..

Cedar

Thanks--it was great to be able to handle that little bump without breaking a sweat. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: BattleCatPrepper on June 01, 2014, 05:41:34 PM
Ended up going out to the lake for a birthday/camping party last night. It was a lot of fun until a friend of a friend who happened to be extremely intoxicated decided to fall over and kneel down on the metal surrounding the fire pit. while everyone was surprised and in shock I was a able to immediately react, dash up to my truck and grab my first aid kit out of my pack and get to work. A buddy of mine, who we happen to refer lovingly to as the biggest boy scout, and I put a cold compress on cleaned and sanitized the burn and got it dressed up with gauze and antibacterial ointment. She refused to go to the hospital so we just made sure she didnt do it again and got her to bed safely.  Felt pretty good to know I was there and ready. Kind of surprised myself at how fast I was able to react without hesitation. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Ms. Albatross on June 01, 2014, 05:46:09 PM
Felt pretty good to know I was there and ready. Kind of surprised myself at how fast I was able to react without hesitation.

 :clap:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on June 03, 2014, 10:47:28 AM
while I am working on some code at work, coworker walks up to my cube

Coworker: Do you still have that medkit.
Me: <still staring at code> Yeah but I keep it in my car.... What did you break?
Coworker: <shows me his hand... quarter size patches of skin scraped off> Fell on some sharp gravel walking here.
Me:  Yes you did....You can clean and wrap that up in the car, but you better tell your boss that we are going the ER. <pulled out my keys>

Looked worse that it was and his hand is fine. But nice to have water/med stuff in the car without having think about it.


Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: backwoods_engineer on June 12, 2014, 06:17:41 PM
I am out of town, away from home.  Wife sends me the following message:

"Thank you dear!  I love you more each time someone's lights go out!  There are a lot of people with no power because of the storm.  We have power, but if we didn't, you have provided a generator for us!  Thank you!!

I start and run and check that generator every time I leave on a business trip.  Taking care of your family's preparedness is important.  It's nice to get a word of encouragement now and again.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: dakotadog on June 14, 2014, 07:57:49 AM
For those of you that are dog owners....   I assembled a Skunk kit last summer after a close call.  Well last night at about 2 AM  my 2 year old lab bolted out the dog door and got a full blast.   The smell woke me up and I was quite thankful to have everything on hand and in one place.

5 gallon bucket
Several bottles of hydrogen peroxide
Several 1 lb boxes of baking soda
A bottle of Dawn dish washing soap
A gallon of white vinegar

Dish washing gloves
Sponges
an old towel

It all fits in the bucket and was there when I needed it.   The anti-skunk mix is   pour a bottle of H2O2 , about the same amount of white vinegar and a healthy squirt of Dawn into the bucket  stir it up and once you have the stinky pooch corralled put on your gloves and dump in the baking soda. Mix it up and you should get a thick foam.  Slather generously on the dog and then let him sit covered in the goo for at least 5 minutes and rinse.   Repeat as needed.

In the realm of preparedness this is a minor victory but a victory nonetheless


Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on June 14, 2014, 11:24:42 AM
I was caught without my EDC light in a fruit refrigeration chamber...
I was in a hurry to enter and check a crate of, but forgot to turn the lights on. When the door closed automatically, it was pitch dark, 32 deds and hard to find the rope switch.
Out comes my keycain light and i walk out the door, to see a truckers jaw drop...LOL
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Ms. Albatross on June 14, 2014, 01:23:42 PM
For those of you that are dog owners....   I assembled a Skunk kit last summer after a close call.  Well last night at about 2 AM  my 2 year old lab bolted out the dog door and got a full blast.   The smell woke me up and I was quite thankful to have everything on hand and in one place.

5 gallon bucket
Several bottles of hydrogen peroxide
Several 1 lb boxes of baking soda
A bottle of Dawn dish washing soap
A gallon of white vinegar

Dish washing gloves
Sponges
an old towel
In the realm of preparedness this is a minor victory but a victory nonetheless
Brilliant idea!!

You might want to include one of these:
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pShGhsG9wW4/TJQPm3oaYZI/AAAAAAAABOA/qTAESXOh-qM/s320/CR1+058.jpg)

Or one of these:
(http://cdn2.content.compendiumblog.com/uploads/user/30ad4b38-aad3-4b08-aa74-3066621a50d1/a12dc9c2-ab62-4537-a955-8357e0d6af5f/Image/1436b4ae49036579d7126ff51100f551/man_with_cloths_pin_on_nose.jpg)

 :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on June 16, 2014, 05:17:16 PM
For those of you that are dog owners....   I assembled a Skunk kit last summer after a close call.  Well last night at about 2 AM  my 2 year old lab bolted out the dog door and got a full blast.   The smell woke me up and I was quite thankful to have everything on hand and in one place.

Okay, as someone who's never even gotten second-hand skunked, just smelled it driving by, I have to ask... exactly how debilitating is that smell?  If you got skunked, but not in the face, would you be able to operate?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on June 16, 2014, 10:23:30 PM
Okay, as someone who's never even gotten second-hand skunked, just smelled it driving by, I have to ask... exactly how debilitating is that smell?  If you got skunked, but not in the face, would you be able to operate?

After you throw-up.  In about 20 minutes you can't smell it much anymore (the brain is a wonderful thing).
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 16, 2014, 10:32:29 PM
Ever hear the story of the skunk which was in my heating vents.. got into a fight with another skunk at the same time that the furnace kicked on.. at 5:45am? Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh................... It doesn't even smell like skunk soon. It smells like burnt 90-wt oil. But friends and family could smell it on me and the baby for at least two weeks later. It permeated the whole house.

And the evening of the day this happened, I had the first baby class at the hospital..  :-\

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 17, 2014, 02:52:51 AM
For those of you that are dog owners....   I assembled a Skunk kit last summer after a close call.  Well last night at about 2 AM  my 2 year old lab bolted out the dog door and got a full blast.   The smell woke me up and I was quite thankful to have everything on hand and in one place.

5 gallon bucket
Several bottles of hydrogen peroxide
Several 1 lb boxes of baking soda
A bottle of Dawn dish washing soap
A gallon of white vinegar

Dish washing gloves
Sponges
an old towel

It all fits in the bucket and was there when I needed it.   The anti-skunk mix is   pour a bottle of H2O2 , about the same amount of white vinegar and a healthy squirt of Dawn into the bucket  stir it up and once you have the stinky pooch corralled put on your gloves and dump in the baking soda. Mix it up and you should get a thick foam.  Slather generously on the dog and then let him sit covered in the goo for at least 5 minutes and rinse.   Repeat as needed.

In the realm of preparedness this is a minor victory but a victory nonetheless

I have found that FREBREEZE fabric de-stink spray also does a pretty good job on a skunked dog and it will also defunkify a put away wet tent or auto that got over damp in the last storm.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 21, 2014, 08:26:14 PM
I was out painting the greenhouse and then we had to run to town after Z broke/lost a lynchpin on the tractor. SP started complaining her stomach hurt while in the truck. At a stop, I ran her in the park next door to one of our stops to get some fresh air and move about since she was in her carseat awhile. At home it got worse. And worse. And where she couldn't walk. We came up to the house. My child is pretty stoic and this is highly unusual. She also couldn't lay down. She was in severe pain. This is the child who crashes and burns and does not cry. She said she was NOT ok. If it was more serious, I was not sure I ought to give her children's Tylenol and mask anything. Took her temp with the new thermometer we got just in case. And she is perfect there.

Trying to determine if it was leaning towards an appendicitis or something not nice, or just gas or something which also is not nice (which she didn't have as a baby either).. I brought her in the house, took some powdered ginger, sugar and boiled that together. Grabbed club soda off the pantry shelf and made her homemade Ginger Ale. In 10 minutes she seems to be mostly better. And she says she is feeling better. But she is still moving slow, so I am going to watch her.

But I was glad I had that stuff stocked to make her feel better quickly.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on June 21, 2014, 08:28:27 PM
Good call Cedar, keep us posted on how she's doing.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 21, 2014, 10:20:32 PM
6 hours later, she is still moving slow, but she can walk now. She is hungry for hazelnuts. I might have given her too strong of the ginger ale (I don't usually use powdered) and it settled so she might have gotten nuked on it. Which freaked me out a bit. But after lemonaide to counteract it, she seems to be doing much better than even an hour ago. I can touch her stomach now and it is relaxed, VS rigid and very painful before.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on June 21, 2014, 10:35:35 PM
Good to hear. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 22, 2014, 11:39:45 AM
Plan B.
After a trip to the emergency room with a child in screaming pain..... and getting home at 2 am. ...

The doctor said he was cautious about his diagnosis and to bring her back in if she was not feeling better today. SP had an Xray and a few other tests, pokes and proddings. But severe constipation might be the issue (I generally FEED HER FRUIT and oatmeal like crazy!). So we fed her 2 "Fiber Gummies" and 3 "Metamucil Bisquits" (with doctor's permission) that I had in my preps last night (this morning) and she seems to be back to her normal self after 'reading the Wall Street Journal' in the bathroom for an hour this morning.

She was in pain for about 12-14 hours yesterday.

Yikes! Glad I store the 'weird stuff' I don't ever use, just in case. The only reason I had them however, was through gleaners.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on June 22, 2014, 12:09:18 PM
Awesome Cedar, great to hear.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on June 22, 2014, 03:03:54 PM
Glad to hear SP is better today.

Too much dairy, especially cheese, used to stop one of my boys up good, regardless of what else he had eaten.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Bolomark on June 22, 2014, 03:43:31 PM
Got to use my emergency preps in my car. :zombie:
co worker came up for the third time this year and said he had a flat tire."yes 3 times he has an hour and a half commute to and fro each day and the construction zone has got 3 of his tires".
so i loaned him my can of fix a flat, while the kit was open grabbed one of my flashing puck lights to show another friend.
he fixed his tire and picked me up a replacement can. while showing the puck light to my friend the batteries in it went dead.
also noticed that while i was in the kit i had forgotten to get another repair kit with the rubber worms for tires. and forgotten to replace a pair of rubber gloves and leather gloves
 so lesson learned.
1.carry extra can for helping people.
2.check batteries more often.
3.pick up second patch kit for tires.
4. picked up a box of nitrile gloves and a pair of leather gloves from work.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on June 22, 2014, 03:50:52 PM
I generally FEED HER FRUIT and oatmeal like crazy

It's been pretty hot (for us this time of year) and you've all been pretty active, is she getting plenty of liquids?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 22, 2014, 04:47:56 PM
It's been pretty hot (for us this time of year) and you've all been pretty active, is she getting plenty of liquids?

If she wasn't before, she is now. LOTS of water and 'lemonaide'. And I bought her a wading pool to hang out in when we are fencing to stay cool in case it is like heat cramps. She got a RX for a laxative, which is usually given before surgery or a colonoscopy, which I am not sure she needs now, but I will get filled and put it into the FAK type stuff.

I think she is fine now, as she is running at her normal Mach 9 speeds again now, although she says her stomach hurts "just a little bit". 

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on June 22, 2014, 06:02:39 PM
I think she is fine now, as she is running at her normal Mach 9 speeds again now, although she says her stomach hurts "just a little bit". 

Tough as nails like her mom.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on June 23, 2014, 01:38:39 PM


I washed my dog with the water from my rain catchment, just to say I used it :).
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on June 25, 2014, 03:17:43 PM

I washed my dog with the water from my rain catchment, just to say I used it :).

Gotta make sure those flow valves work!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on July 05, 2014, 09:38:00 PM
Used my mental preps today. Discovered a boil on my arm, drained it, and then over the next 4 hours I noticed as that area remained surprisingly swollen and painful, about the size of a shooter marble. I'm currently staying at a minimalistic friend's place without access to my usual stuff, so when a hot shower was insufficient heat, in the absence of a heating pad I grabbed some rice from the pantry and a pillowcase, plopped it in the microwave for an impromptu heat pack. Within 5 minutes of application the swelling was down and the area felt 90% better; now an hour later swelling completely gone and my arm is acting like nothing happened.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FarmerJim on July 05, 2014, 10:38:08 PM
Used my mental preps today. Discovered a boil on my arm, drained it, and then over the next 4 hours I noticed as that area remained surprisingly swollen and painful, about the size of a shooter marble. I'm currently staying at a minimalistic friend's place without access to my usual stuff, so when a hot shower was insufficient heat, in the absence of a heating pad I grabbed some rice from the pantry and a pillowcase, plopped it in the microwave for an impromptu heat pack. Within 5 minutes of application the swelling was down and the area felt 90% better; now an hour later swelling completely gone and my arm is acting like nothing happened.

Could you recommend a book or source for this type of "non emergency" self treatment? I'd like to expand my knowledge of at home medical treatment!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 06, 2014, 07:03:06 AM
I put a few books on my Google Drive to get you started...

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5ZIZLZV4AwIeEtPQnh3QV9ObmM&usp=sharing
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FarmerJim on July 06, 2014, 08:17:27 AM
I put a few books on my Google Drive to get you started...

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5ZIZLZV4AwIeEtPQnh3QV9ObmM&usp=sharing

Thanks! I certainly appreciate it
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 06, 2014, 12:16:39 PM
Thanks! I certainly appreciate it

One reported the link not working...here is a working link that anyone with the link can use,

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5ZIZLZV4AwIeEtPQnh3QV9ObmM&usp=sharing
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on July 06, 2014, 12:54:36 PM
I put a few books on my Google Drive to get you started...

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5ZIZLZV4AwIeEtPQnh3QV9ObmM&usp=sharing

Wow, thanks Carl!

Could you recommend a book or source for this type of "non emergency" self treatment? I'd like to expand my knowledge of at home medical treatment!

Carl's resources are an excellent start. My recommendation is to follow whatever you're interested in learning and READ, then when you find stuff you want to put into practice try it out, and consult with others when you get the chance.

For the serious stuff, most of what I know is gleaned from countless hours of lazy internet research and filtered through a lot of real world experience and consultations with both mainstream and alternative medical practitioners before I dare consider something concrete enough to pass along or officially add to my arsenal.

When it comes to the "less serious" stuff, you may be surprised just how much of it comes down to preference. Some people treat minor cuts and scrapes with triple antibiotic ointment, some with a homemade concoction, some with an herbal formula they bought, others just wash it with soap or whatnot, and still others do nothing at all. IMO each of these approaches is valid, it really just depends on what you're into fiddling with, what risks you're comfy with (over-use of antibiotics isn't ideal either) and where your knowledge lies. My approach, for example, is often to just wash it or do nothing, or else use Manuka honey (or any honey that's around, ideally raw since that creates peroxide on the wound) or occasionally the standard triple antibiotic ointment when I feel it's called for and/or there's nothing else to use. The "do nothing" approach is often because I'm lazy and there was nothing all that germ-y getting into the wound, I like to give my immune system a chance to have at it and I'm comfortable with the risk of it getting infected. If infection starts happening then heat and/or Manuka honey usually takes care of it. During times when my immune system is in the dumps or if the wound was exposed to something really dirty (feces, for example) then I immediately throw the kitchen sink at any wound and tend it twice a day.

Thus I go with my comfort levels of treatment using the stuff that I've personally found works best for me, the things I've become familiar with by research and I know from personal experience work well. This knowledge is very tangible and flexible to real world situations, it's based upon knowing the reasons for why things are needed and why things work so that I can adapt as needed.

Also, the learning never stops. My research indicates boils are often caused by staph, and I'm combining that info with first and second-hand experiences of incidents. 18 months ago my aunt's family of four all got boils after the first kid did and spread it around. Then that family spread it to my family, and three others got it. Also, at age 6 living in remote West Africa with no access to medical care my whole family got boils at one point. So with this boil, I've taken rather extreme precautions to sanitize everything it's come in contact with and now keep it well covered by a generous square of gauze taped on, because I'm not cool with spreading staph around. Whereas otherwise I'm often a bit more lax about that sort of thing.

As for the heat pack, typically heat is good for infections, unless you're already overheated or the fever is too high or there's a burn involved. Rice packs are often used for neck pillows, but there's also buckwheat hulls, millet hulls, cherry pits (traditionally "cherrystone") and practically any grain or nut should be substitutable. Think of it as the corollary to grabbing frozen peas - or anything, really - from the freezer in the absence of an ice pack. My knowledge of this was learned gradually, first from buckwheat hull pillows, then rice, then cherrystone, then millet hulls, and now whenever I hear of something else someone uses I just mentally throw toss that onto the list. You've also got sodium acetate heat packs that can be activated in seconds and re-set for next time by boiling, I think they're a fantastic prep.

Sorry to ramble, my point is, knowledge is accrued gradually and what you integrate will depend on where your preferences lie, so I'd just encourage you to follow your nose on what interests you and experiment around, you'll soon find you're confident in a few areas and those areas only expand outwards as the learning continues. I LOVE the process myself, good luck in finding your stride!!  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: The Dark Unicorn on July 06, 2014, 04:50:39 PM
Looks like I'm using my food preps for the next week possibly 2...... Guess it's a good thing I started in on this :-)

My fiance changed jobs and it's not going so well, no $ last week and this upcoming doesn't look so great either while we figure out the system................ Sigh

Bright note I may have a job at the local school district... dark spot it's not for another month :-(
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 07, 2014, 05:59:57 AM
My father has many skin cancers (forget the pro name) but a couple on his chest were not healing....I suggested MEDIHONEY...that's right HONEY applied directly to the damage and the un-healed is well along to healing after 3 days ...and it had been open and not healing for 4 weeks....even his Dr was surprised with what was an OLD HOME REMEDY and the MEDIHONEY was left over from my bout with diabetic sores that also would not heal.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on July 07, 2014, 10:47:17 AM
My father has many skin cancers (forget the pro name) but a couple on his chest were not healing....I suggested MEDIHONEY...that's right HONEY applied directly to the damage and the un-healed is well along to healing after 3 days ...and it had been open and not healing for 4 weeks....even his Dr was surprised with what was an OLD HOME REMEDY and the MEDIHONEY was left over from my bout with diabetic sores that also would not heal.

That's fantastic! According to my research MediHoney is a certain brand of products containing Manuka honey as the active ingredient. Though all honey (especially raw) has healing properties, Manuka honey (made from the Manuka plant in New Zealand) has an additional antibiotic factor than most honey doesn't have, which makes it so exciting medically - that something SO GOOD can be even even better. I'd personally classify local raw honey as the "old remedy" and Manuka honey as more of a specialized class of honey we know about thanks to modern advances in scientific study.

It does make me very curious, about the additional medicinal factors of other monofloral honeys created from medicinal plants. I strongly suspect Manuka isn't the only one with such potent effects, it's merely the first that's been officially discovered.

Unfortunately, the other day I tried to buy "raw honey" off a store shelf only to discover that despite the label it was ultra-pasteurized, ultra-filtered stuff most likely from China. There's a lot of potential for confusion with someone thinking THAT honey is equivalent in medicinal qualities to local raw honey or Manuka honey, the latter of which costs like 8x more last I checked.  :-\
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on July 07, 2014, 11:15:22 AM

Over the weekend I took a nasty little fall wading in the river.   Skinned up my knee, and I'm bruised and stiff.   My truck med kit came in handy to patch me up and get some IB and Tylenol in me to help with the soreness.

I also broke out and used a lot of camp gear......setup in a field next to the river at my buddy's cabin.   Very cool and everything is still working as expected.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 07, 2014, 12:36:10 PM
Over the weekend I took a nasty little fall wading in the river.   Skinned up my knee, and I'm bruised and stiff.   My truck med kit came in handy to patch me up and get some IB and Tylenol in me to help with the soreness.

I also broke out and used a lot of camp gear......setup in a field next to the river at my buddy's cabin.   Very cool and everything is still working as expected.

The ones I use ,and share,say"Calcium Alginate Dressing with LEPTOSPERMUM Honey (95%) and they put skin back on you.
For diabetic pressure wounds I have even used CANE SUGAR and wrapped it well for 3 to 4 days and got nutrients directly where they were needed for healing as blood circulation was not enough to get the nutrients that the skin needed.

Now if honey would just kill the colon cancer that is trying to get me....Chemo and Radiation are slowing it,but I want it gone!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on July 07, 2014, 05:43:26 PM
Over the weekend I took a nasty little fall wading in the river.   Skinned up my knee, and I'm bruised and stiff.   My truck med kit came in handy to patch me up and get some IB and Tylenol in me to help with the soreness.

I also broke out and used a lot of camp gear......setup in a field next to the river at my buddy's cabin.   Very cool and everything is still working as expected.

Very cool, congrats!! ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on July 11, 2014, 04:22:46 AM
Immodium: NEVER a waste of prep money
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on July 11, 2014, 09:22:39 AM
Last night one of the teeth I've been trying to save flared up - excruciating pain on the exposed nerve and all the lymph nodes on one side of my lower jaw swelled up and weren't draining right. I knew from experience that if I just medicated the pain away in order to sleep I'd wake up with the problem even worse in the morning.

Two hours of heat, cloves, and gentle massage while keeping upright only made it barely tolerable in the moment, not helping nearly enough. So finally I resorted to digging out my qmagnets (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=49010.0), taped one to my jaw next to the affected nerve, and in less than 5 minutes my pain went from an 8-9 out of 10 to about a 2 out of 10.

Woke up with my pain only a 1 out of 10 if that, swelling gone, everything recovering nicely.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on July 18, 2014, 06:41:26 AM


I ate some blackberry jam I made last night, this morning for breakfast.    Nom Nom Nom Nom
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 18, 2014, 10:01:25 AM
I ate fresh figs from the garden last night and used my Mammoth Tusk handled knife as a bite stick at 2 AM while passing a kidney stone...I wish I were kidding ,but life has a way of catching up with you some days. Still a bit of blood,but pain eased up this morning.

Dawg brought her Milk Bones to ease the pain.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on July 18, 2014, 10:07:29 AM
I ate fresh figs from the garden last night and used my Mammoth Tusk handled knife as a bite stick at 2 AM while passing a kidney stone...I wish I were kidding ,but life has a way of catching up with you some days. Still a bit of blood,but pain eased up this morning.

Dawg brought her Milk Bones to ease the pain.

ouch, hope you are feeling better
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 18, 2014, 05:28:11 PM
ouch, hope you are feeling better

Just a twinge and slight color of blood,but there can't be much worse pains than passing a stone...even just a tiny grain of sand put this 300 plus pound man into a tight clench...doesn't compare to the chemo/radiation I also am under going now or even the amputation of two toes 7 years ago...It is a fire that is hard to quench.

Good for you on the yellow Lab,my black lab mix lets me stay with her,but shows her moods often. She is a METH LAB when in a playful 120 pound mood.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on July 21, 2014, 09:39:39 AM
Had to make a meal for a bunch of people when we weren't expecting too. Good thing we keep a deep pantry so we didn't have to run to the store.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 21, 2014, 11:52:19 AM
Had to make a meal for a bunch of people when we weren't expecting too. Good thing we keep a deep pantry so we didn't have to run to the store.


Make soup,add more water for each guest...EASY , plus they will call ahead next time.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on July 21, 2014, 12:20:33 PM
Had to make a meal for a bunch of people when we weren't expecting...
We don't do this at my house.  ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cosmostrator on July 22, 2014, 10:12:46 PM
Someone crashed into a power pole and knocked out power to our whole city. Guess who gets to use their black out kit!   The wife was already on board, but it was great seeing it dawn in her mind that we were prepared for exactly this disaster.
Just as we finished lighting all the candles (in proper containers of course) and lamps the power came back on. I was a little disappointed until my wife said, "Let's turn the lights back out, this is fun."
We ate dinner, talked about holes in our blackout kit, other drills we could, then told stories and put our daughter to bed. It was a great night.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 22, 2014, 10:43:04 PM
I was a little disappointed until my wife said, "Let's turn the lights back out, this is fun."
We ate dinner, talked about holes in our blackout kit, other drills we could, then told stories and put our daughter to bed. It was a great night.

+1

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: helper106 on July 23, 2014, 07:50:44 AM
woke up this morning to no water. I live in a tiny rural town (really classed as a village) but since we got the new water plant (along with a few other villages in our county) last year, the water supply has been fairly stable, they even have a generator for power failures.....

but alas, this morning no water.......... checked at the gas station......... whole town.

good thing I haven't let my water supplies lapse. it was a pain lugging the jugs out, but at least the chickens and dogs all got fresh water this morning and my morning cup of coffee tasted extra specially good
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on July 23, 2014, 09:08:18 AM
woke up this morning to no water. I live in a tiny rural town (really classed as a village) but since we got the new water plant (along with a few other villages in our county) last year, the water supply has been fairly stable, they even have a generator for power failures.....

but alas, this morning no water.......... checked at the gas station......... whole town.

good thing I haven't let my water supplies lapse. it was a pain lugging the jugs out, but at least the chickens and dogs all got fresh water this morning and my morning cup of coffee tasted extra specially good

Great you were ready for it!   +1
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 23, 2014, 04:49:14 PM
woke up this morning to no water. I live in a tiny rural town (really classed as a village) but since we got the new water plant (along with a few other villages in our county) last year, the water supply has been fairly stable, they even have a generator for power failures.....

but alas, this morning no water.......... checked at the gas station......... whole town.

good thing I haven't let my water supplies lapse. it was a pain lugging the jugs out, but at least the chickens and dogs all got fresh water this morning and my morning cup of coffee tasted extra specially good

Karma for you +1 for water work
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Alan Georges on July 23, 2014, 05:27:18 PM
good thing I haven't let my water supplies lapse. it was a pain lugging the jugs out, but at least the chickens and dogs all got fresh water this morning and my morning cup of coffee tasted extra specially good
Water is key, +1.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 24, 2014, 08:39:24 AM
A storm at 10 PM blew out my grid power last night...I did not realize it till this morning as the gentle beep beep of the inverter told me that one of the batteries was a bit low and the system switched to battery 2 or 4 ...still used the electric hot pot (600 watt) to make my oatmeal. Power will be restored soon (9:30 AM now) but solar has made good progress at re-charging battery 1.

Preparedness makes some problems FUN.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on July 24, 2014, 07:22:51 PM
Power went out at work today, out came my EDC flashlight to look for what I needed to finish my project. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: idelphic on July 24, 2014, 07:42:54 PM
<...>
 I was a little disappointed until my wife said, "Let's turn the lights back out, this is fun."
We ate dinner, talked about holes in our blackout kit, other drills we could, then told stories and put our daughter to bed. It was a great night.
Lucky - I talk about turning the power off and the wife plans a trip with the kids to Fla...  Guess I get to have all the fun alone.

Though I wonder how many times I can recharge the iPad from the battery system and solar panel....
+1
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 24, 2014, 07:59:02 PM
Though I wonder how many times I can recharge the iPad from the battery system and solar panel....

I ran my laptop off mine for at least 5 years until I had to pack the solar system away for a bit.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on July 25, 2014, 10:24:17 PM
On my way home last night, my auto tire sensor pings and tells me I have 24 PSI on one tire.  It does that sometimes when I get off work (Swing shift 11-Midnightish) and then the sun heats things up and tire pressure comes back the next day.  As I am bouncing down the dirt road and it pings again, 18 PSI, then 16, 14, 0.  I get on the pavement because it had rained and I didn't want to add mud to the mix.  I turn up the radio and roll down the windows (Coast to Coast you know), and dig out my headlamp. (Beats holding at flashlight between my teeth.)  A full size spare (with pressure), and jack join the fun and I get it changed in about 20 min.  Not bad for a newish car in the dark.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 25, 2014, 10:43:05 PM
On my way home last night, my auto tire sensor pings and tells me I have 24 PSI on one tire. 

Cars tell you when tire air is low now?

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on July 26, 2014, 01:22:50 AM
Cars tell you when tire air is low now?

For a while now.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on July 26, 2014, 08:12:52 AM
Now required by law, Cedar. http://www.tirepressuremonitoringsystem.com/tire-pressure-sensors.html
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 26, 2014, 08:52:55 AM
Now required by law, Cedar. http://www.tirepressuremonitoringsystem.com/tire-pressure-sensors.html

Wow...

The last two car fires I was on, was due to flat tires, but a fire from a flat tire could happen as quickly as 30 seconds. As soon as the rim/wheel makes sparks. I am wavering between COOL and "Nanny State" on this device though.

I have done quite well by this however, which lives in my glovebox since 25 years. Check my tires weekly, or before every trip over 100 miles.
(http://www.dunntireblog.com/wp-content/uploads/tire-pressure-gauge.jpg)

When I worked for the zoo and they were building onto the Red Panda pens, I was getting a flat a week though  >:(

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 26, 2014, 09:46:54 AM
Panda POO is tough on tires...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 26, 2014, 09:50:47 AM
Panda POO is tough on tires...

That and the 2-5" nails...

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on July 26, 2014, 09:53:00 AM
Cedar how do you EXACTLY use it?

I have a similar one that i found in my dad's old car.
I place it facing upwards on the valve, cos i think orientation/inclination does matter.

PS for soem reason mine meters 2lbs lower than gas station air fillers

BTW, anyone, it is a saver! I had several occasions that gas stations filled that much air in the tires it was noticeable.
2 minutes on the side of the road and you are GTG

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 26, 2014, 10:17:55 AM
Cedar how do you EXACTLY use it?

Push the meter into the instrument, so you cannot see any of the numbers. Take the cap off the valve stem and push the instrument onto the valve stem until the meter within the instrument pushes out. What the number reads.. for example 45... means your tire has a pressure of 45 pounds of air per square inch (psi).. read your tire wall and see what the correct pressure is for that tire (and hopefully all of your tires match -- no kidding, i know someone who ran 4 DIFFERENT tires on his car at the same time  :o ).

Put you cap back on the valve stem and then repeat the process for each tire. Push the meter into the instrument, so you cannot see any of the numbers. Take the cap off the valve stem and push the instrument onto the valve stem until the meter within the instrument pushes out, etc.

If you cannot decipher the numbers on the wall of the tire, go to an autoshop/tire shop and they will tell you.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on July 26, 2014, 10:16:25 PM
I am doing this alright, but at what angle it should be used? Parallel to the ground or vertically?
(since it is just a weight being pushed, i think it matters)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cpf240 on July 26, 2014, 10:49:04 PM
... read your tire wall and see what the correct pressure is for that tire

Just one small point... that number on the tire sidewall is generally the *max* pressure for the tire... you should check the owners manual for the correct pressure for your car and tire combination. There is usually a sticker on the door pillar or glove box with this info as well. Another thing to consider, that reading is supposed to be done with a *cold* tire, as it will change once the tire heats up by driving it down the road.

http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/tires-101/tire-care/tire-maintenance/how-to-check-pressure.page (http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/tires-101/tire-care/tire-maintenance/how-to-check-pressure.page)

"How to Check Tire Pressure

Believe it or not, tires can actually lose up to 1psi (pounds per square inch) every month. So be on the safe side and check all tires,
including your spare, once a month (or before a long trip). It’s no biggie. Here’s how you do it:

    Purchase a trusted pressure gauge.
    Check your tires “cold” – before you’ve driven or at least three hours after you’ve driven.
    Insert pressure gauge into the valve stem on your tire. (The gauge will “pop” out and show a measured number. When you hear
    a “pssst” sound, that’s air escaping the tire. The escaping air shouldn’t affect pressure substantially, unless you hold down the air pressure gauge too long.)
    Compare the measured psi to the psi found on the sticker inside the driver’s door of your vehicle or in owner’s manual. DO NOT compare to the psi on your tire’s sidewall.
    If your psi is above the number, let air out until it matches. If below, add air (or have a BFGoodrich Tires dealer help you) until it reaches the proper number."
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on July 27, 2014, 01:19:15 PM
I am doing this alright, but at what angle it should be used? Parallel to the ground or vertically?
(since it is just a weight being pushed, i think it matters)

It doesn't.  The meter is not acurate enough to matter nor is the application they are intended critical enough to matter.  if you've got one that isn't so cheap or wore out that the meter doesn't come out when you turn it upside down, there should be enough resistance to keep it in at any angle. 

.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on July 28, 2014, 10:37:06 AM
thanks!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 28, 2014, 11:27:34 AM
Best way is to measure tire pressure when the car is in the up-right position. :spit:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on July 30, 2014, 01:17:40 PM
The gas station's card-reading machines were out of order, so it was cash only. I rarely use cash, but had forced myself to keep some in my wallet for such an occasion.

Then I received a silver nickel back with my change.

This former ridiculously avid coin collector is happy. ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on August 01, 2014, 11:21:25 PM
This is kind of a stupid off-the-wall one. But in my travels today, my lack of a haircut on my bangs/fringe was impeding my driving while the windows were down and hurting my eyes with the hair stinging them from the wind whipping them. In a random parking lot, I pulled my scissors out of my glovebox and gave myself a haircut before proceeding to drive again.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: NWBowhunter on August 12, 2014, 07:27:43 AM
Motorcycle belt drive broke yesterday as I pulled away from a light a mile from work. Hottest day of the year so far, I'm stuck in the sun on the side of the road. Call triple A, I paid for the RV coverage so they will tow the bike, good prep. 2 1/2 hours later the tow truck shows. Fortunately I carry water and sun screen in the saddle bags so the wait  is tolerable.  All in being prepared for the little things.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on August 12, 2014, 08:36:13 AM
Yesterday was not a good day to be caught out. The flip side, was it was not pouring rain either. Glad you had water guy!

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: ncjeeper on August 12, 2014, 08:01:55 PM
Ate supper out of my GHB. I had a MRE.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: bradleypaul75 on August 13, 2014, 08:19:00 PM
my wife left with my car keys.... under the car is my hidden key is and i used it. not fancy just practical.

there are plenty of good hiding spots under there. zip-ties or carabiners. the special fancy keys with the security chips haven't been ruined under there even in the harsh winters we have.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on August 14, 2014, 06:10:46 AM
I forgot to run the dishwasher last night, which has my cruddy coffee pot in it.   I got out the stove top peculator from Lehman's and brewed my coffee this morning.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on August 14, 2014, 08:22:15 AM
I forgot to run the dishwasher last night, which has my cruddy coffee pot in it.   I got out the stove top peculator from Lehman's and brewed my coffee this morning.

The HORROR...that is truly roughing it.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on August 14, 2014, 08:34:30 AM
The HORROR...that is truly roughing it.  ;D

LOL

I should use it more, but it's role is to cook my coffee if the power is out, etc etc.    However, it makes a great cup of joe.....only complaint is that it is too small.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on August 30, 2014, 06:42:54 PM
It is a yucky, dark, rainy, blustery day (I am not complaining though as we really need the rain). I was cleaning the basement and came across a bunch of macaroni which I had not sorted and put into the pantry yet. I don't make it very often, but though the gang would like it.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
1 pound macaroni (out of my stash)
1 egg (from our hens)
2 cups milk (tetra pack from the pantry)
2 tablespoons butter, melted (oops I forgot)
2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (out of the freezer)
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the mac until it is half done in a pot of boiling water. Drain. In a bowl or the pot you cooked the mac in, mix the egg, milk, cheese, spices. Pour the mac into a cast iron pan or baking dish or something which will hold it. Pour the rest over the top and bake at 350F for 40 minutes or until browning on top.

I am also browning up bacon bits from our pigs and sprinkling it on top.

I am also cooking a rabbit out of our freezer. Cooking it in a Tex-Mex kit thing I got from gleaners a couple months ago and have stored in the pantry. I don't cook box food often, but thought it might be a little different.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Dbp24%2B4dL.jpg)

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on August 31, 2014, 05:32:37 AM
YUMM,Tex Mex cougar would taste pretty good about now.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Chemsoldier on August 31, 2014, 09:01:00 AM
Ham radio rocks.  I use my radio preps constantly. At home, in the car, took my HT to the top of Pike's Peak...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on September 01, 2014, 05:57:47 AM
It was deer camp prep/work weekend and guys campout (in campers that stay there) this weekend for hubs.  There is no electricity or water up there.  Hubs asks "those jugs in the basement are all water right? Can I take one?" 

Small wins :)

Plus he got to use his Coleman propane powered coffee pot that he bought himself a year or so back to take on drill.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on September 01, 2014, 11:02:58 AM


Plus he got to use his Coleman propane powered coffee pot that he bought himself a year or so back to take on drill.

Best idea ever! :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on September 01, 2014, 12:28:45 PM
Yesterday I went to my brothers house for a grill out.   He's about 3 hours away.   After a day of fun and swimming my contact lenses felt awful.  It was time to go home, I pulled my contacts out of my eyes before I realized I didn't have my glasses.   Luckily for me, I keep a spare set in my truck console.  Not my favorite frames, but hey I could see to drive back home :).
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on September 01, 2014, 09:30:57 PM
Last night my DD was coughing up a storm so I got up to check on her. Dispite a window a/c unit she was shaking and burning up with fever.  Some child's Advil and water plus several hours of calming her down allowed her to go back to sleep.  This morning I had a fever, aches and felt horrible.  Some meds for me, and dinner made from food storage, pasta and sauce with canned chicken.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Bradbn4 on September 05, 2014, 12:39:18 PM
Vacation time; yep - like hard currency; having a bit of vacation time to de-compress is wonderful. 

Right now I am tired, irritable, as in 5 lbs of sand in my shorts with a fresh batch of crawdads a snapping.   No cell phone, the land line unplugged, the computer will be getting "unplugged soon"...nice relief.  So this way I can keep humans as far away as possible.

So I am using my stash of pain pills as in naproxen sodium or better known as Aleve.  I will be enjoying some good fashioned brown rice with canned chicken for lunch.  For desert I will be enjoying some wonderful dehydrated watermelon.   





Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on September 07, 2014, 04:16:34 PM
We have some kind of water outage going on. At least the entire neighborhood is without water.

We just brought in some of the gallon jugs for the toilet, broke out the 2 liter bottles for washing hands and food and we have several flats of drinking water ready.

Next, the paper plates and plastic utensils came out so we don't have to wash dishes. All is well here.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LibertyBelle on September 07, 2014, 06:48:08 PM
DH (sole breadwinner) just lost his job, but we are set for months (if not a year or more) with all of our preps and extra funds that I've put away a little at a time over the past few years (even for the animals), just in case something like this were to happen.  So no stress from work, and no stress from worrying about what to do to make ends meet right now.   ;D
This is what prepping is all about!





Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on September 07, 2014, 06:59:16 PM
DH (sole breadwinner) just lost his job, but we are set for months (if not a year or more) with all of our preps and extra funds that I've put away a little at a time over the past few years (even for the animals), just in case something like this were to happen.  So no stress from work, and no stress from worrying about what to do to make ends meet right now.   ;D
This is what prepping is all about!

Testify sister ANT.
That is what we're about!
Not that it is a happy day,but it is a day you can bounce back from.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on September 07, 2014, 10:28:08 PM
DH (sole breadwinner) just lost his job, but we are set for months (if not a year or more) with all of our preps and extra funds that I've put away a little at a time over the past few years (even for the animals), just in case something like this were to happen.  So no stress from work, and no stress from worrying about what to do to make ends meet right now.   ;D
This is what prepping is all about!

Glad you were prepared and can now respond with time and thoughtfullness and no stress
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on September 08, 2014, 03:17:53 PM
DH (sole breadwinner) just lost his job, but we are set for months (if not a year or more) with all of our preps and extra funds that I've put away a little at a time over the past few years (even for the animals), just in case something like this were to happen.  So no stress from work, and no stress from worrying about what to do to make ends meet right now.   ;D
This is what prepping is all about!

Congrats Belle.  On being prepped enough to handle it, I mean.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on September 15, 2014, 03:36:26 PM
Lights were out in the office area at work and did not respond to the wall switch.

When some one came up to look, it was too dark in the closet to see the breakers because the lights were out. (Duh!)

I took the flashlight from my belt and held it for him while he checked.

The panel had a barrel bolt latch and it wouldn't budge, so I took my Leatherman multi-tool from my belt and worked the latch open.

The tripped breakers were reset, and there was light.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on September 17, 2014, 04:31:21 AM
Realized I was out of powdered cloves & allspice in the middle of canning chili sauce.  Ran down to the basement and found I had more.  Woohoo!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on September 23, 2014, 05:41:04 PM
This may seem like a little thing, but I had a contact pop out while I was out today.   Used my spare glasses I keep in the truck console.   I have a pair in each vehicle, and another spare pair in the house.   

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 26, 2014, 09:02:05 AM
This may seem like a little thing, but I had a contact pop out while I was out today.   Used my spare glasses I keep in the truck console.   I have a pair in each vehicle, and another spare pair in the house.   



No way. I have a spare set of sunglasses in each car since I'm a vampire and hate the sun.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on September 26, 2014, 10:08:35 AM
The other day I got pink eye (bacterial conjunctivitis), self-diagnosed and self-treated with what I had on hand despite having just left the prior location on very short notice. (When I have only a few hours' notice that I have to change locations I consider it a bug out/evac-type thing. Unfortunately this happened right after I had fully unpacked and disassembled my kits in preparation for re-figuring my travel/bug out system, so I had literally nothing to just grab and go. So I was all tickled that with the little time I had to pack I actually managed to be prepared for this.  ;D)

When I woke up with one eye itchy, red, and oozing pus I knew immediately what it was. I've had pink eye twice before, once when nearly my entire gymnastics team got it from one person, and another time a few years ago. When you've had it before the sensation and symptoms are pretty unmistakeable (I get allergic conjunctivitis a lot so it's easy for me to tell the difference). First time it happened after about a week of misery went to doc and got eye drops. Second time after 2-3 days treated with colloidal silver.

I hate having something contagious, especially staying in other people's homes. I inform them whenever I can and go nuts washing everything.

I didn't have colloidal silver and going to a clinic wouldn't have been doable for several days. But I did have Manuka honey on hand. Some quick googling indicated others have used it for pink eye and other eye issues, so I figured it'd be safe and worth a shot. Straight honey stung way too much so I washed it out immediately. I realized the "soft" crystallization was probably bad for my eye (ya think?) as well as just the concentration being too high, so I heated some water, mixed it with the honey until everything was dissolved, and once cooled I applied it generously. It stung only a bit but there was also an immediate sense of relief. Within half an hour the redness and itchiness were gone. The symptoms began to return later that day, so I did a second dose, and and now maintaining twice a day for a week or two to make sure everything was taken care of.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: shambo on September 26, 2014, 07:36:40 PM
No way. I have a spare set of sunglasses in each car since I'm a vampire and hate the sun.
BAAAAAAHAAAAAAA! next thing you will tell us  is that  you live in AZ to boot. :P
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on September 30, 2014, 06:59:11 PM
Took some leftover potato soup and added in 3-cheese ravioli to stretch it out for another meal. . . .   Way good.

As a side dish I made a fresh cucumber and onion salad. . .  Simply, both sliced and added ranch dressing.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on October 02, 2014, 12:20:08 AM
I was getting down with a cold, I could feel it, but we had a Serious photography project with our club (one that some photographers would kill for) so staying at home was not an option.
Then I was caught photographing outside on a short-sleeve shirt and with my jacket left at home, with ears buzzing and raising fever.

Dove in my car kit for extra clothes, water, paracetamol and muncies.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on October 31, 2014, 02:39:08 PM
SP had a fever of 103.2F at 3am... Thankfully we replaced that lost thermomether about 2 months ago. So I was able to get into the 'medicine chest' and get some Children's Fever Reducer that we had stored away(bubblegum flavor even), and that brought her temp down to normal human temperatures. I also got the frozen fruit and the frozen yogurt out of the freezer and made her frozen smoothies. It is keeping her hydrated and cooler.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on November 06, 2014, 12:54:13 AM
I am in my 5th day of staying at home waiting for a toe blister infection to heal and harden.

I made use of my home edicl supplies and I eatign out of my preps and cooked meals kept in the freezer.
I AM missing fresh food and alcohol! I run out of beers days ago!

I did find a shortcoming in my medical supplies. Several tape reels that are too old and they did not seem so . Throwing them away has depleted my stock.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Gator6 on November 06, 2014, 06:22:52 AM
Lost power the other night following a 7.3 earthquake here in central America. Walked downstairs and both motion sensor nightlights came on to light the way down the stairs.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Bradbn4 on November 09, 2014, 10:19:28 AM


I am having my own fun with a few toe blisters, I was happy to have some triple antibiotic ointment in my first aid kit to help treat them.  It is always nice to have single serve items like this for road kits or even for use at home.   You can make your own version of these items by filling a small plastic straw and sealing each end with heat.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on November 09, 2014, 12:05:42 PM
EXACTLY my case.

I had to travel Saturday and had to stay unexpectadly overnight.
Car first aid kit provide some care and the go-bag some vanity items and fresh underwear.

Bummer is that there is no such thing as a triple antibiotic over here and Neomycin products are in short supply.
guess i must order more single serve packets for redflarekits
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LibertyBelle on November 09, 2014, 01:55:48 PM
Discovered I was out of fresh milk needed to make a recipe I was working on, but all was not lost.  Just grabbed some canned milk from our prep pantry and everything was good to go. 
Note to self: make sure I have ALL of the ingredients out and placed on the table in front of me BEFORE I start a recipe.  Even if I'm "sure" I have everything, one of the kiddos might have depleted a vital ingredient just an hour earlier.
 




Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RuggedCyclist on November 15, 2014, 11:19:33 PM
The other day I had to use the military surplus minor surgical kit my brother somehow convinced me to buy that I never thought I would use. I dropped a big slab of flagstone on my hand at work so it basically peeled the skin off the knuckle on my finger. It was a bloody tattered mess that looked way worse than it actually was! But I used the scissors from the surgical kit to cut away all the tore up skin and clean it up nicely so it could heal. I also used the first aid kit I keep strapped to the outside of my EDC bag but I pretty much live out of my EDC bag and I use the FAK all the time so I don't really consider either to be preps, lol!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on November 19, 2014, 07:01:58 AM
I thought I was going to get to use my blackout kit. Mom was watching the kids and texted me about an hour before I got off work to tell me the power was out. I was actually excited because I was going to get to use my kit! 15 minutes later another text tells me the power is back on... bummer. I got to mope around the house when I got home resetting all the clocks... lame.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on November 19, 2014, 08:12:38 AM
I have 'survived' for 7 weeks ,so far, in a Nursing home as I recover from surgery and heal. I carried my HAM radio 'Go Kit" with me and have been communicating and occupied as I while away the otherwise boring weeks. The laptop,VHF/UHF two way radio,and AM/FM radio have been GREAT. My 'personal bag' also had shave and toothbrush,comb and such ... plus handful of CLIF BARS have gone a long way toward "normalizing" my life. As I type this on my PC the HAM radio is scanning and my ice water is made better with MIO (a sugar free  Kool-aide type drink) and when they FEED me stuff I don't like....I have a cliff bar  (MMMM Chocolate Chip )
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Atlas on November 24, 2014, 10:02:26 PM
The power was out for over 8 hours today.  Put the generator to use cooling the refrigerator back down.  Charged my phone while I waited a lit up the kitchen with a lamp.  Used a few 12 LED work lights to light other rooms when necessary.  It wasn't too bad. 
Just need to get a few more extension cords to run to other rooms so we can run the TV and lights in where the kids play. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on November 26, 2014, 07:58:17 PM
A few months ago, the power went out and my 3 month old daughter instantly started crying and my wife got stressed. I pulled my EDC Streamlight out, light my way to the garage, got the propane lantern and lit up the kitchen/living room. Got a few tea lights and the hand crank LED lantern and set up a nice dinner that was coasting to a finish when power died. As we were eating by candlelight, my wife is comforting our daughter and I overheard her saying "It's okay, daddy takes care of us."  Made me feel good.

A couple weeks ago my SIL called me in the morning, and her car had died and my brother was stuck at work. I went and diagnosed a bad battery and possible alternator, replaced the battery, still had problems so I ordered an alternator and after school that evening, my brother and I went to change it in the dark. (Heres where the preps really came in) I brought my small inverter and a good shop light. We hooked up the light to her battery and had real light to work with instead of trying to work on a dark street in an iffy part of town. We took turns watching for trouble and working on the car. Really felt better to have my CCW and be well armed too. That inverter and shop light is the ticket!  What a great setup!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on November 27, 2014, 10:31:38 PM
I was thinking about 2 pm today, that I was going to have to write a "What went wrong with Thanksgiving dinner" thread, but it all came together nicely actually by 3 pm. Why is this in the "I used my preps today thread? Read on... 

It got too late to butcher out the turkey last night, so we did it this morning about 8 am. I selected two likely candidates, but waited until this morning to see who I thought had poorer colouring (I want dark mahogany coloring on my Bourbon Reds). It ended up being 14 pounds of bird, as it is only 4 months old.. so it ended up about 10 pounds cooked. Thankfully we have our Berkshire pork in the freezer and we pulled out two smoked hams to toss into the oven as well.

Usually I make my own bread, turned into croutons, turned into dressing/stuffing, but this year, I decided to use a couple boxes I had in the pantry. The brand name seemed familiar, and I realized why when I opened the box. It is Passover food. It is NOT Thanksgiving Food. On another day, I will try it. Not today. So I went into the freezer and pulled out Potato bread which was frozen in there, and made croutons, which I made into stuffing. I used apples out of the root cellar, onions out of my stash.. and kept taste testing the dressing (which I made in the crockpot this year and I highly recommend it)... and SOMETHING WAS WRONG!!.. OH yeah.. I forgot celery... into the pantry for dried celery.. rehydrated in chicken stock (out of the pantry) and in 10 minutes, it was mixed into the dressing and .. OH .. so-much-better!!! i have no idea what I forgot that wee bit of celery. All the spices were grown and dehydrated here as well. LOTS of Oregano!

I made a huge pot of mashed potatoes out of the root cellar. The two hams were out of the freezer, the quince and pear chutneys I made this year, as well as the homemade honey-garlic mustard.

The only thing we had to go to town for was vanilla ice cream, as mom was bringing apple pie (as well as two pumpkins) and my sorta-step-dad requires vanilla ice cream with it. Everything else was in our preps. And having things, like the celery, saved dinner!!

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: alan123 on November 28, 2014, 06:33:41 PM
You laid out quite a spread Cedar! How many people?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on November 28, 2014, 06:53:40 PM
You laid out quite a spread Cedar! How many people?

Just 8.

I made extra potatoes on purpose, so I planned on making Potato-Onion bread from it today (tomorrow now).. and the turkey remains are already in the stockpot for soups.. I had the last of the coleslaw for breakfast, and then some dressing/stuffing. We snacked on veggies and dip for lunch. Z and SP had ham for dinner tonight. I have been 'grazing' off and on all day, so I am not hungry yet, but all in all, we did not have alot of leftovers, so I must have made the right amount. There was alot of different kinds of things, but not mass amounts of them.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PorcupineKate on November 30, 2014, 12:37:38 PM
We had out first power outage at the new house.  It came with just under a foot of wet heavy snow the evening before Thanksgiving.  Luckily the power came back on early Saturday morning. 
 
The temps were between 20 and 30 degrees.  Luckily the power came back on before they dropped to 9 degrees. The house dropped to 49 degrees when we busted out the the Little Buddy propane heater. Of course we had to wait till Friday morning to get propane for it.... The cat and I were much happier once the house was warm again.  A wood stove is on the list of things to get for the house in the spring since the chimney needs major work.

We had some water set aside but not enough to water the chickens and flush toilets.  On Thursday we caught water from the gutters as the snow slowly melted for flushing.  Friday the temps had dropped low enough that everything froze up.  We refilled several water bottles when we went to a friend's for Thanksgiving dinner.  DH also grabbed a shower while we were there.  I grabbed one at another friend's on Friday. 

Luckily we had plans for lunch and dinner with friends on Friday so I only had to make breakfast on the the camp stove. I had cooked a turkey earlier in the week so we had turkey salad and veggies for lunch on Thursday.   The french press made coffee kept the DH happy. I did pick up a better egg pan for the camp stove since the eggs burned on the pots I have for camping.  With all the meal invites we didn't have to tap any of the easy to heat canned food I had in made.  I do need to increase the selection and quantity of the heat and eat meals. 

It was the chickens first snow storm.  We had to chase a few of them back into the run to get them out of the falling snow.  We built a low tunnel for them to have extra dry space in the run.  This was the first time they really used it.  Of course they did not want to walk on the snow so my DH had to crawl through the tunnel to chase them out in the evening.  Once the snow stopped we shoveled a path and put a bit of straw on the path.  We haven't had any problems since with them going in the coop at night. 

DH kept the fridge and freezers cold with an invertor and one of the cars.  It also kept the phones charged.  I put a thermometer in the fridge so we could keep an eye on the temps.   We wrapped the freezers in blankets till we  plugged them in to the invertor.

The good news: had plenty of battery operated lights, batteries, candles (which we didn't use) matches, camp stove fuel, the invertor, good extension cords, battery operated clock, disposable dishes, paper goods, wipes of various kinds, easy to prepare food, a good plow guy, plenty of chicken feed, and a well insulated house.

Of course we were not caught up on laundry which would have been a problem if the power was out for a week and not 2 days. 

We did not have enough water for a week for drinking, cooking, minimal dish washing, watering the animals, and flushing the toilets at least once a day.  So we will be increasing our water storage and making sure I don't get behind on stuff like laundry. 

A generator, wood stove and a battery bank would have made an easy power outage down right cozy.   We will be adding these things as we save up money for them.  We had decided to get a generator for Christmas and the DH had been looking for a good black Friday deal. He ordered one Wednesday morning with slow shipping.....  Of course this was hours before we lost power.     

We had many of these preps in off site storage which we had to go get Thursday morning.  It really drives home that we need to work on de-cluttering and downsizing the excess stuff we have.   It looks like we will have a long cold winter to work on it.
 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SuburbanGardener on November 30, 2014, 04:02:08 PM
Had to open a bucket of black beans for a recipe.  Stocked canister in kitchen, and re-bagged about 15# of beans in 1g mylar bags instead of 1 5g bag so I can access it in smaller batches.  Store what you eat, eat what you store.  Probably need to buy another 30# next summer.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on November 30, 2014, 06:01:33 PM
PorcupineKate, all-in-all you did not do too badly. With snow on the ground, the chickens will eat some of it too. You did have resources in friends and that is good too. You will get there with home preps. You have not been there very long.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PorcupineKate on December 01, 2014, 08:44:24 AM
PorcupineKate, all-in-all you did not do too badly. With snow on the ground, the chickens will eat some of it too. You did have resources in friends and that is good too. You will get there with home preps. You have not been there very long.

Cedar

Thanks.  All in all it wasn't bad.  We had lots of offers from friends. I'm just glad we didn't give birth like 2 of my friends did with this storm. They had amazing help from friends and family. 

I haven't ever had to deal with a power outage before and the last time I lost water I was an urban apartment dweller that didn't own chickens.   DH was bummed that he didn't have internet and that everything took so much longer than usual.   We took lots of notes and we are working on the list of things to we need before the next big storm.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: alan123 on December 01, 2014, 08:54:17 AM
Porcupine Kate- why did you not have water? Are you using a well?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PorcupineKate on December 01, 2014, 10:55:37 AM
We are on a well so no power no water.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on December 02, 2014, 06:21:36 AM
Our coffee pot decided randomly not to work this morning. . . so I pulled an old glass "Chemex" style carafe and filters out, boiled a pot of water and made myself some drip coffee.  I had the proportions off a bit and it was a tad weak, but I had my coffee.  (that is one of my 3 alternate ways to make coffee, plus I've got a grinder for beans and plenty of stock in storage.  I'm not doing without my caffeine)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: steeltownknight on December 02, 2014, 04:21:10 PM
I DO not drive right now.  So I have the best EDC in my city  : )   (Backpack-always)    ;)
It was cold and snowing this evening .  I was walking across a bridge when I looked down and saw a homeless man and woman trying to light a fire over a hubcap.  I yelled down to them and in a large ziploc I placed 2 emergency mylar blankets, two sml lighters, 2 granola bars, and some tea bags.  I dropped them down  The guy caught it and said " Bless you sir "
That was the best part of my day !
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: bradleypaul75 on December 02, 2014, 06:55:45 PM
I DO not drive right now.  So I have the best EDC in my city  : )   (Backpack-always)    ;)
It was cold and snowing this evening .  I was walking across a bridge when I looked down and saw a homeless man and woman trying to light a fire over a hubcap.  I yelled down to them and in a large ziploc I placed 2 emergency mylar blankets, two sml lighters, 2 granola bars, and some tea bags.  I dropped them down  The guy caught it and said " Bless you sir "
That was the best part of my day !

Thanks, i hope that is a great ray of sunlight for those guys in there day. Preparation met opportunity = Success.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Caveat on December 02, 2014, 10:08:19 PM
I DO not drive right now.  So I have the best EDC in my city  : )   (Backpack-always)    ;)
It was cold and snowing this evening .  I was walking across a bridge when I looked down and saw a homeless man and woman trying to light a fire over a hubcap.  I yelled down to them and in a large ziploc I placed 2 emergency mylar blankets, two sml lighters, 2 granola bars, and some tea bags.  I dropped them down  The guy caught it and said " Bless you sir "
That was the best part of my day !
+1 thank you for doing this. You made my day better by just reading about your good deed.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on December 02, 2014, 11:11:22 PM
I DO not drive right now.  So I have the best EDC in my city  : )   (Backpack-always)    ;)
It was cold and snowing this evening .  I was walking across a bridge when I looked down and saw a homeless man and woman trying to light a fire over a hubcap.  I yelled down to them and in a large ziploc I placed 2 emergency mylar blankets, two sml lighters, 2 granola bars, and some tea bags.  I dropped them down  The guy caught it and said " Bless you sir "
That was the best part of my day !

+1

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on December 03, 2014, 03:33:36 AM
I DO not drive right now.  So I have the best EDC in my city  : )   (Backpack-always)    ;)
It was cold and snowing this evening .  I was walking across a bridge when I looked down and saw a homeless man and woman trying to light a fire over a hubcap.  I yelled down to them and in a large ziploc I placed 2 emergency mylar blankets, two sml lighters, 2 granola bars, and some tea bags.  I dropped them down  The guy caught it and said " Bless you sir "
That was the best part of my day !


WOW,inside that hardened exterior beats a extra large HEART.   :clap:

+1
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on December 05, 2014, 04:59:40 PM
I DO not drive right now.  So I have the best EDC in my city  : )   (Backpack-always)    ;)
It was cold and snowing this evening .  I was walking across a bridge when I looked down and saw a homeless man and woman trying to light a fire over a hubcap.  I yelled down to them and in a large ziploc I placed 2 emergency mylar blankets, two sml lighters, 2 granola bars, and some tea bags.  I dropped them down  The guy caught it and said " Bless you sir "
That was the best part of my day !

+1.  And bless you, sir.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: bradleypaul75 on December 06, 2014, 11:49:27 AM
simple one here. went to our storage are and there is no power, grabbed the headlamp and i could see. every car had a kit, each with a headlamp and batteries.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on December 06, 2014, 02:20:13 PM
I was on my way to gleaners this morning and my truck would not turn over when I tried to start it up in our driveway, but it made this high pitched "Whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" noise, which is not a starter thing Whirrrrrr. In the past the two dear gentlemen to helped me out in the twice it has done it before over the last 14 years, said it was a 'vapour lock type thing' without being a vapour lock.

So Z and I pulled it out of where I had it parked in a rush for it to be out of the way last night when we were unloaded stuff out of the other truck in the dark and rain, with the tractor and chain where we could work on it better.

Then Z and I disconnected the battery as I think that is what I did before (I think I would have remembered better had I not had a massive daily migraine during that time period) with tools out of my truck. But Z thought maybe the battery needed a boost (I didn't think so), so we put the red battery cable back on, but he pulled his out of his truck his jumper cables as his are easier to reach than mine. Nope.. that was not the problem. Then I pulled out the box from my glovebox of various sized fuses I bought the other day (when my signal light fuse went out), as the mystery of where the fuses for the dead horn and hazard lights which went out 3 days ago was solved, so popped those in (the ones I knew where they were are under the dash, not in the engine compartment -- I only work on mouse and rat motors, not rice grinders -- but maybe I had better learn to work on my truck more). So at least two more problems are fixed.

So after disconnecting the battery for 15 minutes to reset the computer in it, it almost fired up when we reconnected it again, so I cranked on it a bit more.. and then attempted to flood it, as it sounded like it was not getting any fuel.. cranked on it twice more and it started up.

Now that it has done this, I am probably good for another three years before it does it again.

Preps used:
- Tools from my truck to take battery cable off
- Jumper cable from Z's truck, as I was too lazy to find mine at the bottom of the pile (My BOB and Firemen gear and FAK are on top of them and it was raining).
- Fuses from my glovebox
- Needlenose plyers on my keyring to pull fuses.
- Tractor chain I brought down from Canada.

Each of the three times I have had this issue, the truck has been parked in a weird place. So maybe it is protesting the situation? They have personalities you know.  ;)

Cedar
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Post by: allofthemonkeys on December 07, 2014, 08:54:12 PM
Made Shepards Pie (thanks Jack) using ground meat, plus instant potatoes and canned veggies from my pantry.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: DIM TIM on December 17, 2014, 04:20:43 PM
The wife wanted me to make a pie for after supper, so i dug into ours and got what I needed. It went pretty quick and turned out rather pleasing to the eye. Just thought I'd get in here and do some reading and maybe make a few posts while I'm waiting for it to cool.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on December 17, 2014, 06:11:29 PM
I lived for 3 months out of my communications bag ,the facility did feed me and hose me off on occasion ..BUT I used the AM/FM/SW radios (TWO of "EM) and dual band VHF/UHF radio ,plus cell phone and laptop to keep my mind aligned and
keep up with TSP and friends..I think it saved my sanity. I even used the foil BURGLAR alarm tape and contact pad with some coax
to make an ON THE GLASS DIPOLE and stay in touch locally...thinking on the fly keeps one sharp.

I did have 2 weeks worth of cliff bars and a water filter that were not needed.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on December 17, 2014, 06:15:34 PM
^_^ Congrats Carl.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on December 17, 2014, 06:23:11 PM
^_^ Congrats Carl.

Thank's Josh...I still have a rough road ahead and no detours available.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on December 17, 2014, 06:25:03 PM
Better than running into a dead end by far though, eh?

Here's hoping your suspension doesn't take another hit.  ^_^
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Chemsoldier on December 23, 2014, 08:35:30 AM
Just a little thing but I jumped someone's car using my jumper cables.  Before we used my old fashioned jumper cables a Sergeant Major came running up saying "I have one of those battery chargers in my trunk."  Dead as Churchill.  He said he hadn't touched it in 18 months.  The jumper cables worked fine.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on December 23, 2014, 08:39:43 AM
Reminds me to check on my battery pack and make sure I've got it charged.  Thanks.

Also, congrats on helping your fellow man.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: ericksonrs on December 23, 2014, 10:43:38 AM
Forgot my wallet on a late night jaunt to the store with my wife.  When we got to the checkout realized neither of us had a way to pay.  Pulled out my hundred dollar bill I keep between my phone and the case it is in.  I may have forgot my wallet but rarely forget my phone.  Hardly an emergency but certainly came in handy.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on December 23, 2014, 11:52:47 AM
Forgot my wallet on a late night jaunt to the store with my wife.  When we got to the checkout realized neither of us had a way to pay.  Pulled out my hundred dollar bill I keep between my phone and the case it is in.  I may have forgot my wallet but rarely forget my phone.  Hardly an emergency but certainly came in handy.

Exactly why we prep.  :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Chemsoldier on December 23, 2014, 02:36:55 PM
Reminds me to check on my battery pack and make sure I've got it charged. 

Also, congrats on helping your fellow man.
do you use any systems to help with this?

I am considering a weekly,  monthly, quarterly, annual checklists and putting them in outlook to give reminders.

Smoke detector batteries,  optics batteries,  charging various devices, rotating certain foods and meds in BOBs, etc.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Josh the Aspie on December 23, 2014, 03:04:05 PM
Not at this time.  I probably should organize things like that at some point, such as a digital calendar system with recurring reminders.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: jhull87 on December 30, 2014, 07:20:48 PM
Just back from the hunting camp and the 72 hour kit and preps in the car came in handy. On the way up to the camp the wife's car started leaking fuel through the top of one of the injectors. Wrench, can of brake clean, and 5 gallon can of fuel and the problem was solved.
Once at the camp we settled on for the night. We use electric heaters to heat the place with. I guess we had to many plugged in and it popped the breaker. After the second time it tripped I got tired of getting up and since it was so late I broke out the mylar blanket and bed sheet outta the 72 hour kit. That kept us very warm for the night.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on January 01, 2015, 01:36:38 PM
Pulled about 20 pounds of venison and elk meat out of the freezer last night that was stored away for making jerky.  It thawed last night and is now marinating in brine.  Will put it in the dehydrator before I go to bed tonight.  Will be eating fresh jerky by this time tomorrow.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on January 01, 2015, 01:38:47 PM
Will be eating fresh jerky by this time tomorrow.

I will be over  ;)

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on January 01, 2015, 01:49:03 PM
I will be over  ;)

You can come pick up those posts I've been storing for you.  >:(
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 01, 2015, 01:55:10 PM
Pulled about 20 pounds of venison and elk meat out of the freezer last night that was stored away for making jerky.  It thawed last night and is now marinating in brine.  Will put it in the dehydrator before I go to bed tonight.  Will be eating fresh jerky by this time tomorrow.

Now ,I'm hungry...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on January 01, 2015, 01:58:48 PM
You can come pick up those posts I've been storing for you.  >:(

Will they fit in my truck? That has been what the holdup has been. And you were Elk hunting when we went to the auctionyard.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on January 01, 2015, 02:08:55 PM
Will they fit in my truck? That has been what the holdup has been. And you were Elk hunting when we went to the auctionyard.

Maybe, but would be very heavy and hard to get them in with your canopy on. 
Not a problem, they aren't in my way yet.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cryptozoic on January 04, 2015, 04:17:13 AM
I've been prepping for so long it seems natural to expect to find in any coat I am wearing a flashlight, pen, Bic lighter and bandanna.
A flashlight comes in handy routinely.

Right now I am in transition.  Quit my job a a Driver because living like a dog in an 18 wheeler, being away from home for a week, is not having a life.  I'll get an office job so I can live like a human and go home whenever the shift is over.  So I can "get a life'. 
Since I am in between jobs, I have more food than a human should be allowed to have so that's not an issue.  Going to need some cash to pay bills by February but I'll figure that out. 

I am using my preps.  Have so much redundancy I am living off them, since I paid my bills and the electricity stays on (but I know how to live without it).  Physical things I have handled but if I can't pay the cable bill or cell phone bill, communication breakdown would be a major bummer and combined with no gas in the car tank would pretty much sink me as far as finding a new job goes. 

But I am not worried.  I have a little time and having jumped off the cliff I WILL learn how to fly before I hit the ground.  Tomorrow is Sunday and I'm taking the day off ;)  Might get visited by a neighbor I've been working on and that would be a hot date, and is a a Friend.

Yea, my life right now is a soap opera.

My favorite story about how I used my preps happened about 3 years ago when I was driving for a different company.
Came back to where the truck needed to be parked at about 0200 on a Sunday morning, entered the code to open the gate, parked truck, got in my car and the gate was supposed to open to let me out but it didn't.  I investigated and concluded a fuse inside the building (which I didn;t have access to) had blown.  So I was trapped (I could have dismantled the gate mechanism and driven home but that would leave a security breach) (and I didn't want to make any phone calls in the middle of the night here in the bible belt) so...

I parked my minivan blocking the gate on the inside, dragged out my BOB, cooked myself dinner on a camp stove, unrolled my sleeping bag and camped out in the back of my minivan, had a good nap and phoned people after 0800 Sunday morning who came out and fixed the fuse.  Then I drove home.  No big deal actually, although my bed that night was a little hard and unforgiving.  The floor of a minivan isn't a very good mattress.

How did I use my preps today?  I sleep with a pistol under my pillow.  (um, unless I have a date ;) Being trained to arms by Uncle Sam, I can do that with no worries.  Sometimes it pays to be an old fart ;)  Been around, know things.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on January 04, 2015, 07:02:06 AM

Yesterday I made a pot of veggie soup from mostly stored goods.   I can rock the crock pot!   Damn is it good. :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on January 04, 2015, 05:43:21 PM
Driving out to fish today I came across a huge tree in the road.   It must have had just fallen too, because this is a main (55 MPH) road that has a lot of traffic.   It was about 12" in diameter, completely crossed the road by 10 feet or more on each side.    It had been dead for a long time, nice "firewood" sort of tree, all dried out and brittle.

It also had fallen over a rock on the side of the road, giving me a good fulcrum to move it most of the way off the road by hand.   What I couldn't finish by brute force got chopped up with the axe from my truck.   Made quick work of it...15 minutes and I was back driving.   Only one person came up on me as I was doing it.  He hopped out and lended a hand.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 04, 2015, 07:57:46 PM
Driving out to fish today I came across a huge tree in the road.   It must have had just fallen too, because this is a main (55 MPH) road that has a lot of traffic.   It was about 12" in diameter, completely crossed the road by 10 feet or more on each side.    It had been dead for a long time, nice "firewood" sort of tree, all dried out and brittle.

It also had fallen over a rock on the side of the road, giving me a good fulcrum to move it most of the way off the road by hand.   What I couldn't finish by brute force got chopped up with the axe from my truck.   Made quick work of it...15 minutes and I was back driving.   Only one person came up on me as I was doing it.  He hopped out and lended a hand.

Must have been the soup that gave you the edge...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on January 05, 2015, 11:23:43 AM
Been using the canned and dried foods I made alot in the kitchen lately, realy convenient and nutritious. Made a couple soups the past week using home dehydrated parsley, anaheim pepper dices, celery, and home canned tomatoes.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on January 08, 2015, 10:31:50 PM
Used a couple things from my get home bag car stuff new years eve. My daughter and her boyfriend went to drive down to the coast and park and his car broke down, so she calls me and it is just a 10 minute drive so I go to help them out. He has nothing much in the car as he just bought it ( from us, well, my son,  the day before --anyways ) So, I get the headlamp flashlight out from my pack so he can inspect the car engine, and then I notice how cold my girl is, so I get her the wool blanket that is also in my trunk. I also give them each a piece of chocolate while we waited for the tow truck.

Other more seasonal use of preps was with eggs. we kept a rotation of 8 dozen(at its peak) of our own eggs in the fridge, and without any behavior changes or doing with out, we only had to buy 1 dozen eggs this winter (right before christmas) and, the hens are now laying now and again, 5 eggs this week, so no more buying eggs.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on January 09, 2015, 08:50:10 AM
Been using the canned and dried foods I made alot in the kitchen lately, realy convenient and nutritious. Made a couple soups the past week using home dehydrated parsley, anaheim pepper dices, celery, and home canned tomatoes.

Been doing similar around here.   Very cold, not wanting to go to the grocery.   Nice to have a pantry to keep a variety.   Side note, I ran out of coffee creamer, so I finally broke down and went last night :).

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on January 09, 2015, 09:34:56 AM
Been doing similar around here.   Very cold, not wanting to go to the grocery.   Nice to have a pantry to keep a variety.   Side note, I ran out of coffee creamer, so I finally broke down and went last night :).

Well, see, ths is when having a goat comes in handy.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: dragonman on January 10, 2015, 09:21:30 PM
Well, see, ths is when having a goat comes in handy.

You trained the goat to go to the store?  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: jhop on January 11, 2015, 08:34:27 AM
Christmas morning we ran out of milk.  I went down stairs and got some powder milk from my preps.  My wife thought I was being fancy by putting milk in a pitcher... Lol.  She did not even know the difference.  :D

Maybe I should get a goat...  ::)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 11, 2015, 08:38:57 AM
Christmas morning we ran out of milk.  I went down stairs and got some powder milk from my preps.  My wife thought I was being fancy by putting milk in a pitcher... Lol.  She did not even know the difference.  :D

Maybe I should get a goat...  ::)

Keep the wife.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on January 11, 2015, 04:48:26 PM
You trained the goat to go to the store?  ;D

Ha.  That's a good one :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on January 17, 2015, 08:54:10 PM
Big gust of wind hit the house, ground is soggy, power went on and off about 10+ times in a minute, then stayed off. Fired up the generator and we had whole-farm power again. Put dinner into the dutch oven and popped it on the woodstove. Tossed another couple logs in, went upstairs to let some of the woodstove heat out of the house as it is making me sweat..

and Z is being stupid with the electrical panel since the power was off, but if it works and he doesn't electrocute himself, it will be a good prep.  Weren't we just talking about that in a different thread David in MN?  :-\ I am half considering putting our local EMT on standby.

Cedar

UPDATE: The fuse he wanted was the wrong size so he couldn't do it.. YAY!!

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 17, 2015, 11:17:22 PM
Big gust of wind hit the house, ground is soggy, power went on and off about 10+ times in a minute, then stayed off. Fired up the generator and we had whole-farm power again. Put dinner into the dutch oven and popped it on the woodstove. Tossed another couple logs in, went upstairs to let some of the woodstove heat out of the house as it is making me sweat..

and Z is being stupid with the electrical panel since the power was off, but if it works and he doesn't electrocute himself, it will be a good prep.  Weren't we just talking about that in a different thread David in MN?  :-\ I am half considering putting our local EMT on standby.

Cedar

UPDATE: The fuse he wanted was the wrong size so he couldn't do it.. YAY!!

Z is a lot like the tool time guy? Doctor and emergency room on standby?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on January 17, 2015, 11:24:58 PM
Not generally.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 18, 2015, 12:59:54 AM
Not generally.

Cedar

You are probably right, Tool man would have fixed it with tin foil.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: InquiringMind on January 19, 2015, 08:04:43 AM
Last week there was a pretty serious fire in the apartment building next door. 4 engines responded and it took them an hour or so to put it out.

The fire never jumped the alleyway, but it was reassuring having the BOBs all set in case we needed to bail.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on January 19, 2015, 08:38:41 AM
Glad you had them, glad you didn't have to use them IM

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 19, 2015, 08:51:09 AM
Competence adds greatly to confidence in our daily lives.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on January 25, 2015, 06:39:45 PM
I cut my thumb pretty badly today sharpening a knife.   My medical supplies came in handy.   Cleaned it up pretty good, got a good look at it and decided I needed the pros.    But still,glad I had plenty of gauze, wound flush, tape etc.

I got 5 stitches.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on January 25, 2015, 06:44:23 PM
I got 5 stitches.

 :(

Cedar
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Post by: Carl on January 26, 2015, 01:34:01 AM
I cut my thumb pretty badly today sharpening a knife.   My medical supplies came in handy.   Cleaned it up pretty good, got a good look at it and decided I needed the pros.    But still,glad I had plenty of gauze, wound flush, tape etc.

I got 5 stitches.

5 stitches is pretty sharp.  ::)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on January 26, 2015, 05:34:03 AM
5 stitches is pretty sharp.  ::)

LOL, yeah the "stitches" scale of sharpness.   
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Caveat on January 30, 2015, 08:17:21 PM
Twice today my preps came in handy.
Went through my pantry and freezer to make up three food care packages for friends and family in need. 
While out delivering these, a young guy was stuck on snow covered ice near where I parked.  So I  took my snow shovel and a rug from the back of my vehicle.  My son cleared the snow and threw down grit, I put the rug under the tire for traction.  Took a lot of trying but finally got him going.  This guy had nothing and knew nothing..  Now there is more to this story.  My son knew this young man.  So my son rocked the car while I pushed.  I even had to ask the young guy repeatedly to help me push his car.  I am not sure he learned anything from all of this.  A mind is a terrible thing to waste.  Such a difference between my son and this young guy.  I am very proud of my son.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on February 01, 2015, 11:18:19 AM
Twice today my preps came in handy.
Went through my pantry and freezer to make up three food care packages for friends and family in need. 
While out delivering these, a young guy was stuck on snow covered ice near where I parked.  So I  took my snow shovel and a rug from the back of my vehicle.  My son cleared the snow and threw down grit, I put the rug under the tire for traction.  Took a lot of trying but finally got him going.  This guy had nothing and knew nothing..  Now there is more to this story.  My son knew this young man.  So my son rocked the car while I pushed.  I even had to ask the young guy repeatedly to help me push his car.  I am not sure he learned anything from all of this.  A mind is a terrible thing to waste.  Such a difference between my son and this young guy.  I am very proud of my son.

Sometimes, you can't get through to others.   Let the satisfaction of knowing you did a good thing be enough.  +1 for helping everyone out.  Hopefully folks will pay it forward.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on February 01, 2015, 12:38:46 PM
Medical supplies again, this time to remove the stitches they put in my thumb last Sunday.    Looks good, healing fast.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: jhop on February 01, 2015, 01:50:23 PM
I used my hand warmers/ winter weather kit, digging myself out of the ditch this morning .   I don't like blizzards...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: suzysurvivor on February 03, 2015, 01:12:40 PM
we actually busted out our water bob for the first time last week when a blizzard was headed our way bringing 3+ feet of snow. 

Thankfully, we didn't have to use any of our preps but we were ready.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: jerseyboy on February 08, 2015, 02:53:19 PM
I woke up this morning at 4am to find my emergency LED lights on and everything else out. The whole neighborhood has lost power. I grabbed the LED flashlight next to the bed and headed downstairs to start the generator. It started on the fifth pull and I plugged it into the house and went downstairs to flip the transfer switch. The outside temperature was 31 degrees and the house had already dropped five degrees. The furnace kicked on and the refrigerator in the kitchen was up to 46 degrees and the freezer was up to 11 degrees. The funny thing was my generator was the only one to break the silence. I had to go to work so i had to write quick instructions on how to work the transfer switch and generator for the wife.  The power came back on at 9am but it was a good test. Need to get that family manual written. Need pictures too.

Jerseyboy
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: jerseyboy on February 08, 2015, 03:19:38 PM
Wouldn't hurt if they had it in writing for the time it happens and you are not there

Yep. Also, you really do stand out when you are the only one with the lights on.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on February 09, 2015, 08:49:57 AM
I woke up this morning at 4am to find my emergency LED lights on and everything else out. The whole neighborhood has lost power. I grabbed the LED flashlight next to the bed and headed downstairs to start the generator. It started on the fifth pull and I plugged it into the house and went downstairs to flip the transfer switch. The outside temperature was 31 degrees and the house had already dropped five degrees. The furnace kicked on and the refrigerator in the kitchen was up to 46 degrees and the freezer was up to 11 degrees. The funny thing was my generator was the only one to break the silence. I had to go to work so i had to write quick instructions on how to work the transfer switch and generator for the wife.  The power came back on at 9am but it was a good test. Need to get that family manual written. Need pictures too.

Jerseyboy

Excellent!   Good work!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on February 11, 2015, 08:47:40 AM
We have been moving to making a lifestyle shift of cooking with storage foods, so a whisper mill on the counter to put in the hard red wheat berries for bread, or soft white wheat berries for brownies, and home canned summer goodness is opened daily to add to our meals, especially canned diced tomatoes, but also peaches, apple slices, etc.... dehydrated fruits into lunches and dehydrated green onions and parsley into cooking. So, for the most part food storage is moving from a prep to an integrated lifestyle.

For some reason though, I have a shelf of some stuff that had been there more than a year that we are not in the habit of, so pulled out a jar of dilly beans night before last. My daughter and I made these at a neighbors house August of 2013. I was raised on things like canned green beans too often and now realy like crisp fresh vegetables, so leaving them there was my own bias. She devoured them, herself, in 24 hours. A quart of dilly beans. They were ok by me due to sufficient garlic, but she ate them all first.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on February 11, 2015, 09:12:02 AM
We have been moving to making a lifestyle shift of cooking with storage foods, so a whisper mill on the counter to put in the hard red wheat berries for bread, or soft white wheat berries for brownies, and home canned summer goodness is opened daily to add to our meals, especially canned diced tomatoes, but also peaches, apple slices, etc.... dehydrated fruits into lunches and dehydrated green onions and parsley into cooking. So, for the most part food storage is moving from a prep to an integrated lifestyle.

For some reason though, I have a shelf of some stuff that had been there more than a year that we are not in the habit of, so pulled out a jar of dilly beans night before last. My daughter and I made these at a neighbors house August of 2013. I was raised on things like canned green beans too often and now realy like crisp fresh vegetables, so leaving them there was my own bias. She devoured them, herself, in 24 hours. A quart of dilly beans. They were ok by me due to sufficient garlic, but she ate them all first.

Did you keep her away from open flames for a day of two?  ::)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on February 11, 2015, 09:27:46 AM
Did you keep her away from open flames for a day of two?  ::)

Yeah, wait until we come across one of the jars with a Joes Long pepper in them in addition to the garlic !

I am thinking tho that the 3 quarts of plum pie filling left should likely go to the chickens, it could be that this type of recipe works, but not with the yellow plums from my yard --
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on February 11, 2015, 10:11:24 AM
I used yellow plums for years.. why do you think yours wont work?

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on February 11, 2015, 01:06:06 PM
I have good luck using the yellow plums, chopped like I would apricots, for yellow plum jam. We eat them fresh off the tree too.

The 3 or 4 quart jars left of this particular plum pie filling recipe, did not work. Even when I add yet more sugar to the mix when I open the jar. I dont know, it was a recipe that had sugar and spices mixed with chopped plums and soaked for a day, then it was canned. Could be when I went to can it I ended up with too much skin part of the plum n the jars and the good sweet flesh part dissolved with the extra soaking and is not part of the mix, since it was for a pie filling I left extra liquid looking stuff out of the jars. Just too sour. And, this recipe took alot of time and fussiness, so will not be repeated, and these jars left are on my 2013 canned goods shelf and are not moving, so likely chicken food -- nothing is wasted.....

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Caveat on February 12, 2015, 12:25:44 AM
Gave my brother the larger Ace bandages out of my medical preps.  He has a broken rib from a bull pinning him up against a wall. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on February 18, 2015, 10:12:02 AM
I pressure canned goat milk last year, fall of '13, after reading alot of methods and wathcing u tube videos etc.... now I cant remember whose method I followed.

I forgot to shake the jars as they were cooling, so I was initially put off when I opened a jar last year and had chunks of coagulated goat milk fat floating around. I tossed it. So, to give it one last try with the canned milk, I brought a jar out to the kitchen counter and got it to room temp for a few days, shaking it now and again when I was in the kitchen. I could see that I still had a bit of little fat chunks. So, I finally opened it yesterday and just strained it into another pint jar --  I had canned this up in pints. I tasted it and it tastes like tinned milk, like evaporated milk. So, this morning I decided I needed to try it out with my tea. Wish me luck.

( What happens with dairy animals, for most households, is that you end up with a few months with no new milk coming in. Not with our Nigerians if  we plan right, but for most houses. So, for example, right now my daughters boyfriends house has been out of milk. So, they have frozen goat milk to thaw from the deep freeze and shelf stable almond milk as the choices. He says the frozen milk seperates a bit and the almond milk always curdles in hot tea. So, this is why I am testing out for tea usages first. Milk in tea and oatmeal are our most basic needs for it. And, we of course have been sending him with a bit of fresh milk every week that we can spare so he can have decent tea at least some of the time. )

So, I put a good amount of the home canned milk in my mug and added hot black tea. And, my first impression was the taste difference, but as the tea cooled more and as I worked on the mug, I no longer noticed an off milk taste. I would definitely prefer this to almond milk in tea. I will report back as I use this jar a few more ways today.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Canadian Prepper on February 19, 2015, 06:16:00 AM
I finally got a 113 foot wire antenna that I set up to resonate nicely on 80m. That amateur radio band is used extensively in this province and other states around the Great Lakes, so that it would be particularly relevant in the event of a regional emergency like blizzards, large scale power outages, etc. I'm now easily able to check into nets where I'd previously had a very weak transmit and receive.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on February 19, 2015, 06:18:26 AM
 :clap: :tinfoily:
I finally got a 113 foot wire antenna that I set up to resonate nicely on 80m. That amateur radio band is used extensively in this province and other states around the Great Lakes, so that it would be particularly relevant in the event of a regional emergency like blizzards, large scale power outages, etc. I'm now easily able to check into nets where I'd previously had a very weak transmit and receive.

 :clap: :tinfoily:  Great job. Communications is very important for survival.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Tyler Durden on February 20, 2015, 06:35:00 AM
Kind of...  In my continuing effort to make do with what I have, I decided to spend yesterday doing some scouting.  On seldom used forest service roads.  In the mountains.  With my Honda Civic.  I ended up getting stuck in some ruts.  No cell service.   After about an hour I finally figured out that I should use my jack.  I had to jack up each wheel with the little scissor jack that came with the car and put pieces of log underneath to fill in the ruts.  Worked like a charm. 

I decided that once I can afford it, I'm getting a cheap floor jack when I go on these little expeditions.  Would have made things much faster!  Something everybody should consider.  And I'm also going to keep a container of salt and sand mix. 

In case you were wondering, I did have a heavy insulated coat, insulated coveralls, my hunting boots, gloves, a hat, and extra food in my car.  And a full tank of gas.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on February 20, 2015, 06:41:51 AM
Kind of...  In my continuing effort to make do with what I have, I decided to spend yesterday doing some scouting.  On seldom used forest service roads.  In the mountains.  With my Honda Civic.  I ended up getting stuck in some ruts.  No cell service.   After about an hour I finally figured out that I should use my jack.  I had to jack up each wheel with the little scissor jack that came with the car and put pieces of log underneath to fill in the ruts.  Worked like a charm. 

I decided that once I can afford it, I'm getting a cheap floor jack when I go on these little expeditions.  Would have made things much faster!  Something everybody should consider.  And I'm also going to keep a container of salt and sand mix. 

In case you were wondering, I did have a heavy insulated coat, insulated coveralls, my hunting boots, gloves, a hat, and extra food in my car.  And a full tank of gas.

A power pull or come-along may also be worth buying as the hand powered winch will do good work for pulling a auto out of such problems when used along with a tow strap,cable,or chain for extra reach.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: jhull87 on February 20, 2015, 07:03:32 PM
Just got my new Berkey Lite  sytem and got it set up. Props to "The Berkey Guy"...great service!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on February 20, 2015, 07:43:10 PM
+1 for exploring! I don't know how many tanks and had to many fun times doing that. The other day I did it and actually found 8 Yaks...

And garage sale season is starting.. look for floor jacks there. And great on having emergency gear on your vehicle.

Cedar

I decided that once I can afford it, I'm getting a cheap floor jack when I go on these little expeditions.  Would have made things much faster!  Something everybody should consider.  And I'm also going to keep a container of salt and sand mix. 

In case you were wondering, I did have a heavy insulated coat, insulated coveralls, my hunting boots, gloves, a hat, and extra food in my car.  And a full tank of gas.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Tyler Durden on February 21, 2015, 12:05:16 PM
A power pull or come-along may also be worth buying as the hand powered winch will do good work for pulling a auto out of such problems when used along with a tow strap,cable,or chain for extra reach.

Good call on that. 

Also, Thanks for the tip, Cedar!  I'll keep an eye out.   

I sure miss having a truck.  If anybody comes across a nice Ford F250 4X4 Diesel for around $100, let me know.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on February 23, 2015, 10:17:44 PM
I had various medical things going on over the extended weekend. So, used a couple preps

First, for medical: Pulled out the tinctures to intensely take to fight off and get immune back up: home grown and home tinctured of Rosemary, Calendula and Saint Johns Wort, internally 2 droppers full each, 2-3X a day. Wound cleaning/healing/bandaging found just the right size super large self stick pad from the mess of cheap bandaging, and extra tape, fresh comfrey from yard. Last bottle of local blackberry wine for antioxidants and such.

Food prep : Soup when I didnt have any "food" in the house, or energy or time. All from pantry dry goods, all dehydrated: diced carrots, diced onion, garlic, celery, parsley, spices, dried lentils and a can of home canned diced tomatoes. Freezer had emergency bread and butter. Chickens are laying again. Food for the day.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on February 25, 2015, 03:16:10 PM
SP and I ran to get the monthly supply of livestock feed, and when we got back Z had the generator running. I got to go in and check messages (like I am now and checking TSP), got to go to the loo and flush, got water out of the tap to drink... I am getting kinda spoiled with this thing.

So we have a power outage and yet we don't. The novelty of it still is fresh.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on March 13, 2015, 08:51:04 PM
More medical, of course. I also have bad allergies esp. hay fever, and esp. certain grass pollen. For some reason I cant be around the grass hay in the barn right now, something in this one ( I hope) bale. My eyes swell up and closed, my face almost peels, it's like a mild chemical burn if I actually pick some up.

It happened the second time last evening, and I didnt even touch the grass hay, just walked thru and it only was mostly under my eyes, so after changing and washing my face and still miserable, I remembered COMFREY. It is coming up, so I picked 2 fresh, small leaves -- and this being Northern CA I was taught to masticate this stuff lightly by chewing just enough -- applied the paste under both eyes and upper check, put on a pod cast and relaxed for an hour. It made a tremendous difference, not only for soothing and taking away the itching while it was on there, but it took the swelling down and the skin was definitely less scaly and felt better.

I often forget my living medicines out in the yard -- dont forget COMFREY. We should dry some for winter useages...

 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on March 16, 2015, 05:08:18 PM
A coworker in the office needed a Phillips head screwdriver, so I whipped out my trusty Leatherman. Case closed.  8)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on March 16, 2015, 05:17:45 PM
A coworker in the office needed a Phillips head screwdriver, so I whipped out my trusty Leatherman. Case closed.  8)

 :jaw-drop:  Such a display of the manly arts   :jaw-drop:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 18, 2015, 10:33:17 AM

(http://eslblogcafe.com/sjc/lilly28424/files/2013/07/Sick3-1vhoyqf.jpg)\\

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on March 18, 2015, 10:52:07 AM
Is that one of them water bears CEDAR?   Get better .
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 18, 2015, 11:05:42 AM
Is that one of them water bears CEDAR?   Get better .

I wish. They look to be the perfect pillow. My pillows are just NOT conforming today.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on March 18, 2015, 12:01:05 PM
  • A half gallon jar of Ricola cough drops
  • My carefully hoarded bottle of codeine cough syrup
  • Hot water bottle
  • Homemade canned chicken soup
  • Homemade canned apple cider with a Bengal Spice tea in it, warmed up

(http://eslblogcafe.com/sjc/lilly28424/files/2013/07/Sick3-1vhoyqf.jpg)\\

Cedar

yep, this has been our house too --

It wasnt just hay fever, I then got this bug on top of it, and by monday my daughter. We are now both sick -- so we did also pull out the giant Costco prepper-pack of Ricolla cough drops and the home canned apple juice. Must be the West coasts time to pass this one around.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 18, 2015, 12:20:53 PM
It wasnt just hay fever, I then got this bug on top of it, and by monday my daughter. We are now both sick -- so we did also pull out the giant Costco prepper-pack of Ricolla cough drops and the home canned apple juice. Must be the West coasts time to pass this one around.

I had a tiny little bit of sore throat 2 days, felt fine all day yesterday.. in fact I felt great. 10pm last night I started coughing my lungs out, felt like a elephant was sitting on my chest, migraine, cold (no fever). SP gave me a stuffed animal to sleep with, I had a hot water bottle at my feet. Took some codeine cough syrup (1/4 tsp) and I think I mostly passed out for the night until 6-7am.

Other than letting the sheep out and checking for babies, taking stupidly hot showers and feeding SP occasionally, I am staying in bed. So much for plans for the day, but at the moment, I don't really care.

Cedar

PS Did you know if you keep your cough drops in a glass jar, they don't get yucky? You might not have the humidty, but I know it keeps mine from getting yucky gummy.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on March 20, 2015, 12:41:52 PM
wife lost her job 2mth ago...

good thing we built up the savings account and the pantry. Been burning through the '2nd Pantry' to save on grocery bill, I think we still have another 4mth - 5mth at hand. It takes away a lot of the stress of "Are we going to be ok"
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on March 20, 2015, 01:04:45 PM
wife lost her job 2mth ago...

good thing we built up the savings account and the pantry. Been burning through the '2nd Pantry' to save on grocery bill, I think we still have another 4mth - 5mth at hand. It takes away a lot of the stress of "Are we going to be ok"

Good work...both of you. It feels great to not get pushed in the corner in these situations.(I share the no job issue for 5 years now)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on March 20, 2015, 01:40:29 PM
and the pantry. Been burning through the '2nd Pantry' to save on grocery bill, I think we still have another 4mth - 5mth at hand. It takes away a lot of the stress of "Are we going to be ok"

+1 for having a pantry. I know mine has saved my posterior more than a few times.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on March 25, 2015, 04:21:40 AM
I had to fix a small hotplate we use for greek coffee.
I went as far as my emergency power kit to find the crimp connector needed
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: vivificus on April 02, 2015, 10:24:34 AM
This actually took place a few days ago but, I was at the dog park when two dogs began to get into it a bit. One of the owners decides to intervene by sticking her hand down between the dogs (not sure the best way to break up a dog fight, but I know this is not the way). As you can predict, the woman was bitten by one of the dogs, nothing major, I would say two 1/2" long cuts maybe 1/4" deep, moderate blood because it was in the hand. The lady instantly goes into a mild panic (and the dogs sort themselves out, and quit fighting).

I was able to go out to the truck and pull a small bag of medical supplies and clean up the wound with some alcohol swabs, some gauze and then a wrap to hold everything on then she apparently went to the doctor/emergency care (I think an overreaction). Several people expressed their surprise that I was so "Prepared". Here are a few things I learned:

People don't carry basic medical equipment in their cars.
I was missing some important things (medical gloves, multiple bandage wraps)
This woman did't have the forethought to not stick her hand in between two fighting dogs.

Thought this was an interesting story.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on April 02, 2015, 06:12:56 PM
Several people expressed their surprise that I was so "Prepared". Here are a few things I learned:

People don't carry basic medical equipment in their cars.
...
+1


My car med pouch is the most used prep by far. It is also the easiest way to start the soft sell of "my grandma taught me to do this...you should do too".

You can really be a hero with a few big bandaids, neosporin, and med tape
(extra 'you a pro' bonus points if you carry med gloves, gauze, and single serve tylenol)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on April 02, 2015, 06:19:21 PM
I was able to go out to the truck and pull a small bag of medical supplies and clean up the wound with some alcohol swabs, some gauze and then a wrap to hold everything on then she apparently went to the doctor/emergency care (I think an overreaction).

+1.

If the bite drew blood it is always a good thing to have it checked out. She may have gone to immediate care. Sometimes it is wise to have antibiotics on a bite. More on a cat bite than a dog, but have you seen some of those dogs mouths? Like a Chihuahua? Ugh.

Best way to break up a dog fight is to yell at the dogs "NO!".. if that doesn't work, a bucket of water or garden hose. Failing that, both owners grab collars and pull the dogs apart. Tails work too. The best thing is to NOT get into the middle of it in the first place.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: bradleypaul75 on April 03, 2015, 07:52:28 PM
Used automobile/first-aid kit while helping a friend move...
-med gloves
-multi tool leatherman screwdrivers and knife

Used spare emergency key under vehicle to get items. Simple things but made the day go by
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on April 03, 2015, 09:15:27 PM
As Brandi<my dog, and I shared popcorn and watched a movie tonight ,there was a rare knock at my door.
It was a nice looking 30 year old(I thought she was much younger) with a 6 month old baby wet from rain.
I let them in and offered a towel,Brandi offered her tongue..then I let her call a friend as I learned her date
was not going too well and she elected to get out and walk. I went to the day bag and pulled 2 plastic ponchos
and pepper spray for her purse and we waited for her friend to come.

  I offered her water and popcorn as Brandi offered her K9 lovein' and all were accepted. Her friend soon arrived
and she thanked me and left. Just a quiet evening as I had already seen Hancock several times before...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on April 03, 2015, 09:30:31 PM
That was very nice of you Carl, but lets get back to the 30 YO.. . . .  What the hell was she thinking taking a 6 month old baby on a date at all, especially one that she was not 100% sure would go well, which it obviously didn't and left her and her baby out in the rain to knock on the door of a could be rapist (thank goodness you are not that Carl).  BIRTH CONTROL PEOPLE!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on April 04, 2015, 06:43:13 AM
That was very nice of you Carl, but lets get back to the 30 YO.. . . .  What the hell was she thinking taking a 6 month old baby on a date at all, especially one that she was not 100% sure would go well, which it obviously didn't and left her and her baby out in the rain to knock on the door of a could be rapist (thank goodness you are not that Carl).  BIRTH CONTROL PEOPLE!

Birth control ...maybe 31 years ago...Mom was a good looking thin blonde.Baby was quiet and buttery tasting ,dog says. I knew she was a bit scared of my 6'4" 350 pounds and Brandi,my dog ,weighs more than her..Though I admit ,I had slipped my Charter Arms 44 in my pocket out of the strangeness of the occurrance . She asked for a phone to call a friend,she had a cell phone,and that would be a clue except I know few cellphones work where I live.Jenni was lucky,and pretty happy to see her friend drive up.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: ImNotGivngMyName2AMachine on April 04, 2015, 10:57:18 PM
15 year old hot water heater has failed. Wife was about to take a cold shower when I said "Let me use a prep!".
Got this battery powered shower for $35 over a year ago just for an emergency http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000V1UALM/ (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000V1UALM/)
Worked great - heated about a gallon of water on the stove, filled a plastic bucket with a few gallons of room temperature water and poured the hot water into it. Took maybe 10 minutes. Worth it.
15 minutes after she had gotten out (and THANKED me, WOW) I saw there was a lot of water left, so I took a shower - it was still quite warm and worked great.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Alan Georges on April 05, 2015, 09:03:45 PM
My 15yo washing machine went tango utah this evening – off balance, burning smell, refilling the tank in the middle of a spin cycle – you name the symptom, it was having it.  Now I had a washerful of soapy half-washed clothes.  Lehman's metal plunger washer, a 5 gallon bucket, and a half-hour of elbow grease later all was happily turning in the still-functioning dryer.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on April 13, 2015, 08:12:01 AM
orthodox easter  these past 3 days and the kitchen lamp went oof for good after the market was closed.
Out comes a variable brightness flashlight i have made...
(fail of the day, I had a handful of starters but no spare CFL lamp)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on April 18, 2015, 07:54:25 PM
We had a big thunderstorm tonight and lost power for a little while.

Of course the emergency lighting came on immediately. http://www.mrbeams.com/products/readybright-power-outage-lights.html?___SID=U

These gave plenty of light for us to get the oil lamps going. http://www.aladdinlamps.com/aladdin-lamp-product.aspx?ProductID=97

After the oil lamps were going, we turned off the emergency light.

We then plugged the CD player into the emergency power supply. http://www.goalzero.com/p/140/goal-zero-yeti-1250-solar-generator (This will also run my CPAP if needed.)

We then played board game until the power came back on.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on April 21, 2015, 10:25:09 PM
Since my friend Bob is from Wisconsin, when he comes and visits, I always take him crabbing, but these last two days were minus tides, so I took him clamming for the second time, the first time being a couple years ago when he was here. We did not get our full limits, but that was ok, we had enough for dinner with 14 gapers. We are allowed 12 each and there were 3 of us.

The six crab we caught, I am just serving cold with garlic butter... but the clams I am made clam chowder from.

Potatoes from the root cellar, from spuds I picked last autumn
Box milk from the pantry (I have always been suspicious of box milk, but it is great to cook with, even a year past date)
Butter from the freezer (we buy like 16 pounds at a time)
Onions from storage
Bay leaves I get once a year from my mom's Bay tree and store in a glass jar in the pantry.
Dried celery I dehydrated and stored in the pantry
Home raised bacon from the freezer
Paprika I got from gleaners a few years ago and had jarred up in the pantry.

Made the flan again, from the pantry and our ducks..

Then stored the leftovers for lunch tomorrow (although the chowder might be breakfast for me)

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Alan Georges on April 25, 2015, 06:43:33 PM
Big storm, four+ hour power outage.  After a couple of hours, I hooked up a 1500 watt inverter to the solar system's battery bank to keep the refrigerator cool.  Listened to shortwave blues and then local FM on a battery radio while reading a little.  Then I fiddled around a while puzzling over this new pure sine wave inverter I just got.  Didn't need it today, was just trying to sort out its RF noise problem.  Checked on the neighbors, they're all OK, if mildly peeved about the power situation.  Then cooked supper on the camp stove.  About the time after-supper coffee was ready, the power came back on.

Discovered that MS Power's web site has a pretty decent outage map page.  It was easy to use on a smartphone, and gave estimated restoration times, etc.  Good to know it's there.

Normal internet service is still out, so this is going out through the smartphone's wifi hotspot.  That is a handy backup I've used several times.

Running the refrigerator on the solar system's batteries for a couple of hours was instructive.  Current draw ranged from 15 to 22 amps, on a 150 amp-hour system, and it slurped about 20% of the bank's total energy.  On a sunny day, the solar system can make up about half of that draw and extend things somewhat.  Without sun (remember. thunderstorms today) that would drain things pretty quickly, but with an occasional top-off from the truck's alternator it wouldn't be too bad.  It'll buy me a couple of days to eat up the refrigerated food if need be.

Learned a lot of little things today.  Kind of a booster shot as we slide closer to hurricane season.  Wouldn't even call it an inconvenience, more of a little side-adventure and a good excuse to call on a few friends.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on April 25, 2015, 06:55:16 PM
Testify Brother Alan Georges.....
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: InquiringMind on April 29, 2015, 07:12:31 AM
Life Pro Tip: Keep a complete change of clothes at work.

What could have been dubbed 'The Catastrophic Yogurt Incident of 2015' was rendered a complete non-issue.

I know this one's pretty benign, but it saved me from a crappy day:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on May 07, 2015, 05:19:59 AM
Notable preps used today:


#1 - I realized soon after waking that one of my thermal layers was not only not on hand, but missing entirely. It has only been in the past couple months I've managed to organize and declutter my life enough to know for certain when something I need is actually missing vs. temporarily misplaced. Thinking back, I realized I'd accidentally left it on the beach yesterday 'cause I was too distracted smooching. Oops. ::) Returned to said beach, found it.

#2 - The van had shuddered strangely when I turned off the ignition upon parking, so I knew something might be up. Sure enough, upon return it refused to start. My voltmeter confirmed it wasn't the battery. I pulled out the jug of coolant before even opening the hood, and I was right - it was shockingly low. Would have been a lot easier if I hadn't pulled right up flush with the bramble bushes. Mental note for future parking. To add insult to injury, the little foam thingie on the inside of the lid of the coolant fell into the coolant jug so I spent a good 15 minutes using sticks attempting to fish it out. Succeeded at last.

I don't have much mechanical knowledge, but i knew enough that if coolant gets too low you need to pour some into the tubes as well. I knew to wait until it had cooled down...I thought I had waited long enough, but it was still under pressure, gave myself a nice shot of adrenaline. I had enough coolant to do everything I needed and my van is happy again. For now. Adding checking for leaks and monitoring the level more frequently to my routine.

#3 - Was at a friend's apartment I've been visiting off and on for weeks, now, to use his kitchen. Several times I've parked a couple blocks down the street, directly in front of one of his friend's houses, while he'd carry me inbetween when it was too far to walk.

Well, tonight (around 10:30 pm) as he was carrying me back, just as we were approaching my parked van, a car driving by slowed and stopped in the road right next to my van, came to a complete stop and stayed there maybe 30 seconds or so before slowly driving off. I climbed into my van, my friend headed down the road jogging back towards his place, and less than 2 minutes later the same car returns from the other direction, slows, and again stops in the road, this time right behind my van, which would have blocked me from leaving. They remained there a while, felt like about a minute, playing loud rap music, then slowly drove a bit to park about two "slots" (open street parking) away from me, one vehicle inbetween us blocking most of the visual as they kept their lights on, engine running, and the rap music blaring.

This was far more than sufficient unwarranted/unwanted attention for me to know to get the hell out ASAP. I was starting the engine and turning on my lights before even thinking of buckling my seatbelt. Began to punch in GPS, heard the car door open, opted to slam my van into gear and hit the gas instead. Driving past the car I saw the driver sitting mostly outside of the driver's seat, talking on the phone and facing me as I passed.

I checked my rear view mirror a few times, no follow.

I fled to one of my trusty safe spots I've found on my own, and it felt exactly as secure as coming home. I've actually only ever encountered danger when circumstances force me into less good places than I would have picked, which I take a gamble are "good enough". Encounters such as this are sometimes the result. I don't know what that person was thinking of doing, but I'm pretty sure I was targeted and successfully evaded it.

What I find curious is how run-of-the-mill it's feeling to have mechanical issues or dodge shady characters, because neither of these incidents are what's keeping me up tonight. This insomnia is of a happier nature, related to that guy I brought with me to the beach because he'd never had the experience of throwing rocks into the water just to see them splash. And I think....I think there may be a prep #4 used today, and that is simply the resiliency to relish life through the shit. I cannot honestly say I've had a bad day. Not at all. ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RuggedCyclist on May 08, 2015, 01:20:03 AM
Since my friend Bob is from Wisconsin, when he comes and visits, I always take him crabbing, but these last two days were minus tides, so I took him clamming for the second time, the first time being a couple years ago when he was here. We did not get our full limits, but that was ok, we had enough for dinner with 14 gapers. We are allowed 12 each and there were 3 of us.

The six crab we caught, I am just serving cold with garlic butter... but the clams I am made clam chowder from.

Potatoes from the root cellar, from spuds I picked last autumn
Box milk from the pantry (I have always been suspicious of box milk, but it is great to cook with, even a year past date)
Butter from the freezer (we buy like 16 pounds at a time)
Onions from storage
Bay leaves I get once a year from my mom's Bay tree and store in a glass jar in the pantry.
Dried celery I dehydrated and stored in the pantry
Home raised bacon from the freezer
Paprika I got from gleaners a few years ago and had jarred up in the pantry.

Made the flan again, from the pantry and our ducks..

Then stored the leftovers for lunch tomorrow (although the chowder might be breakfast for me)

Cedar

Cedar, are you sure your preps aren't just your daily life?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on May 08, 2015, 08:53:30 AM
Cedar, are you sure your preps aren't just your daily life?

Sometimes. Sometimes they are the things like starting a woman's car after her battery died. Or sometimes the little things like homemade chowder. I post even the little things like the Chowder though, as maybe someone else will say, "Hey I can do that!" and encourage even maybe one person.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RuggedCyclist on May 09, 2015, 12:04:28 PM
I'm eating pork I helped raise and butcher. It's delicious.

Doesn't make killing animals and cutting the apart any less fucking disgusting though. (Language necessary for emphasis to show how I really feel about this)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: steeltownknight on May 23, 2015, 10:14:16 PM
  In Between jobs right now
So Yes  Im   crackin open some #10 cans, Mre's etc.
Glad   I had them !
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Dainty on May 24, 2015, 03:04:16 PM
Since reading the Amtrak thread (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=54640.0) I've begun making more of an effort to dress reasonably "crash-appropriate" before driving, just little things like actual shoes instead of barefoot/flip flops, or grabbing a hoodie if I've only got a tank top on, that sort of thing.

I was returning "home" (housesitting) from a social dance party and blew out a tire on the freeway at 1am, swerved across three lanes of surprisingly heavy traffic, and ended up spending 2 hours on the side of the freeway, out of the vehicle while AAA changed the tire - they had to block off a lane to do so.

It was only during the long wait it dawned on me that I hadn't had to think twice about my wardrobe - I had walked out of the event in heels and a little black dress, but before driving pulled on a pair of jeans underneath and traded heels for some sturdy shoes. This meant when things went bust I could address the situation immediately without needing to get dressed for it first.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on May 24, 2015, 05:10:11 PM
I almost got to use a prep today. We had to go get a hose for the milker, so we went to town. In town a motorcyçle laid it down in the middle of an intersection. Thankfully it was only at 10 mph and no one ran him over, but he did hit the back end of the car after he slid into it. Z stopped to let me out to check his condition. At less than 10 mph when he laid it over, he never hit his head and he jumped up and was walking fine. I deemed him ok, suggested he see a doctor if he started feeling bad. Nothing broken or hurting other than his pride. No scratches on his helmet and his head was nowhere near the ground. Glad I didn't have to care for him. Reminded me to put a stout first aid kit in Z's truck.

Also glad that i took the training, even though at the time I was not sure I wanted to take anything else on.
Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on May 26, 2015, 10:49:39 PM
Was glad to keep a full tank of gas in the car and a little cash in the house. the stress here has been about to make me burst -- so friday I decided to do a simulated, impromtu ditch the house - (not quite bug out, more like we had to emergency go help out somewhere else simulation). SO, we quickly managed to arrange housesitting ( 3 people involved, one paid) grab a few things, and out the door, in the car and DROVE, about 12 hours driving, stopped once for gas with the cash, but we didnt even need to go thru a town upon leaving. -- And arrived at my daughter and son in Laws, I called her to let her know we were going to try and go mid morning, then left her a message whilewe were on our way, so no warning for her either !

Car worked. Social connections worked. We were able to get the drive done -- mostly my 17 year old drove, I get HEAVY anxiety after an hour or hour and a half, so I could only spell her now and then. Arrived at the tsunami zone of coastal oregon by about 11:30 friday night. And, since there was no actual emergency, proceeded to have a nice chill weekend.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on May 27, 2015, 04:00:31 AM
Yesterday midnight through most of the day,my power was out,trees and heavy thunderstorm took it out.
I used my XANTREX 1600 watt inverter connected to my 10 year old Toyota to run lights,fans,and the fridge.
The car /inverter ran 2 hours on and one hour off (while house battery ran the light and fan plus TV) I
would run the auto ,with a box fan to cool the engine for power for the fridge and to charge house battery ...
more as a logged test. Temps in the lower 70's made it less emergency and more 'FUN'

The auto ,with just over TEN hours idle/run time required less than 5 gallons (4.6) even with the drive to a gas station.
Looking more storms on the way today...thunder got me up at 4 AM today,but setup to run my power is only a very few minutes.

Also used were a counter top propane burner for 3 meals for me and DAWG and my 36 inch LED TV was a winner at just under 20 watts needed for movies and a laptop for radar and all important email / FORUM posts.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on May 27, 2015, 11:01:28 AM
That is awesome Carl...

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on May 27, 2015, 11:26:35 AM
That is awesome Carl...

Cedar

The BOL is where I'd be if it were more than a bother...but I have enough stuff around the house for 4 months or so 'cause
home is where I rotate out 'dated stuff and new stuff goes to BOL. Brandi (dawg) and I had tortillas today as an excuse to not
put away the cook top.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on May 27, 2015, 09:39:28 PM
The big thunderstorms continued tonight and we lost power a couple of hours.

Of course the emergency lighting came on immediately. http://www.mrbeams.com/products/readybright-power-outage-lights.html?___SID=U (http://www.mrbeams.com/products/readybright-power-outage-lights.html?___SID=U)

These gave plenty of light for us to get the oil lamps going. http://www.aladdinlamps.com/aladdin-lamp-product.aspx?ProductID=97 (http://www.aladdinlamps.com/aladdin-lamp-product.aspx?ProductID=97)

After the oil lamps were going, we turned off the emergency light.

We then plugged the a fan and the CD player into the emergency power supply. http://www.goalzero.com/p/140/goal-zero-yeti-1250-solar-generator (http://www.goalzero.com/p/140/goal-zero-yeti-1250-solar-generator)

As I was setting up for bedtime getting the alarm clock and CPAP all hooked up the power returned. It is very nice not to go all stone age when the power goes out.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on May 27, 2015, 09:50:40 PM
Are you supposed to have alot more days of that TD?

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TexDaddy on May 27, 2015, 09:54:37 PM
Right now the forecast has at least some chance of rain everyday for the next week or so.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: nelson96 on May 27, 2015, 09:59:50 PM
Right now the forecast has at least some chance of rain everyday for the next week or so.

You must be trading weather with us.  It's going to be beautiful all week and has been pretty much all winter and spring.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Smurf Hunter on May 28, 2015, 10:53:19 AM
Forecast to be near 80F and sunny today in the Seattle area today.

Back to preps.  I mentioned in another thread I've got some job security concerns.
While we don't have gobs of cash, we're in a better situation than we've been in for several years.
Even though I've got a couple months before the day of reckoning, the household is assuming a defensive posture.

We're holding off capital purchases, no restaurants, and basically turning down the household lifestyle a notch or two for a while.
Any catalogs I used to browse for amusement (Cabela's, etc.) now go straight to the recycle bin.  No temptations!

If things really went bad, and I'm unemployed 5 months from now, we'd probably have to make some serious decisions like cashing out/borrowing against retirement funds, selling family car, etc.
I suppose the remote possibility exists for a financial "perfect storm" where you are unemployed, have a major household repair, car repair, and some ad-hoc thing like a busted kitchen appliance.

If things work out fine, then we've just hoarded even more cash from this "Drill", and will put that towards improving life.
 

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on May 28, 2015, 11:59:15 AM
Forecast to be near 80F and sunny today in the Seattle area today.

Back to preps.  I mentioned in another thread I've got some job security concerns.
While we don't have gobs of cash, we're in a better situation than we've been in for several years.
Even though I've got a couple months before the day of reckoning, the household is assuming a defensive posture.

We're holding off capital purchases, no restaurants, and basically turning down the household lifestyle a notch or two for a while.
Any catalogs I used to browse for amusement (Cabela's, etc.) now go straight to the recycle bin.  No temptations!

If things really went bad, and I'm unemployed 5 months from now, we'd probably have to make some serious decisions like cashing out/borrowing against retirement funds, selling family car, etc.
I suppose the remote possibility exists for a financial "perfect storm" where you are unemployed, have a major household repair, car repair, and some ad-hoc thing like a busted kitchen appliance.

If things work out fine, then we've just hoarded even more cash from this "Drill", and will put that towards improving life.

Yes, I think this is the best idea, try and get expenses to half of normal right now, eat some of the LTS bulk grains/beans into the diet, no extras, act like you are out of work NOW. Then, between this savings, and the severance if you are running half expenses, you have another 6 months at half once the layoff hits (2 months notice at half expense, plus 2 months severance means 3 months salary at layoff time, stretched to 6 months at half expenses). If you end up finding work quick, then it was  great SHTF drill, and if not, you will be so glad to have slowed down now. And, that doesnt even count any unemployment and savings you could possibly ever dig into.

Everyone here knows better, and has something, likely, set aside, at least some food and knowledge. You sure do as you are cutting back NOW. One of the saddest things to me in the 2008ish recession were the families I ran into that didnt change their lifestyle AT ALL when the layoff happened. They didnt want to have the children have changes and they kind of assumed dad would get a new job any day now. And, they went into it already in debt likely, line of credit charge cards, and just kept going while he was unemployed, maxing all that out. Until they lost the house. The kids sure had lifestyle changes then. So much better for the family to all work together as a team to all do what they can to live on less money, so much better example to the children of real appropriate adult decision making !

I had some reprocussions at that time also, and relocated back here to where I am now. Put daughter into 4H, which is pretty much free ($12 a year) which is one place I ran into a few of these other families. One mom was telling me about this while the girls sewed, and I offered to her that I would help her in any way she needed as I know how to cook, and I know how to cook cheap. This woman litterally didnt know how to cook anything. I could go to her house, talk to her about what her kids are used to eating, help her come up with a plan, go shopping with her and teach her how to cook. Like if the kids like canned chili, here is how we can make it homemade. She even had a unused bread maker in her kitchen she didnt know how to use -- didnt take me up on even showing her how to set up the bread maker ( a different family at this time, the mom had me come over and show her how to use her bread maker. Simple soups seem special to kids when there is a smell of fresh baked bread with it). So, she didnt think it was appropriate for the kids to have to have any changes at all. This means the clothes shopping, sports teams (which are quite expensive out here) snacks and treats bought out after school, etc...

At that time, 2009, I was seriously underfunded, just got back here with no milk goats, no garden back in yet, etc...maybe 4 older laying hens we had taken with us (daughters pets). Much worse shape than you are in. But, I knew I would never miss a house payment. Hard to imagine families out there with so little financial sense that they keep buying out snacks, prepared foodstuffs, cable bills and paying some on charge cards while they dont pay the mortgage !
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cryptozoic on May 28, 2015, 12:05:57 PM
End of May 2015
Right now my living room floor is covered with (collating in progress) my "go" bags stuff.
Recalculating because a zipper on my smaller pack failed so now I am down to 2: external frame pack will be BOB and internal frame pack is more portable, meaning whenever I go too far to walk home I throw it in the trunk of the car.

Yesterday I decided to make 3 gallons of chili.  Had a bunch of ground beef in freezer but needed beans.  So I went to my closet, opened up one of the 5 gallon buckets in there and pulled out 3 bags (pounds) of red kidney beans from my preps.  Bought them years ago. 

Making chili is a lot like making stew: time to clean out the 'fridge of all the veggies which are on their last legs and throw them in the pot.

Oh, about the smaller pack... I sewed on a patch from a truck stop in AZ to cover the North Face logo because should the zombie apocalypse occur I don't want to be sporting an expensive pack, lest I become a target.  I usually dress like a homeless person (truck driver attire) so should fit in just fine with the teeming masses yearning to breathe free.

PS:  Will no longer drive truck.  It was killing me.  Am seeking job where they love me for my mind, not my body ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Smurf Hunter on May 28, 2015, 01:36:08 PM
Yes, I think this is the best idea, try and get expenses to half of normal right now, eat some of the LTS bulk grains/beans into the diet, no extras, act like you are out of work NOW. Then, between this savings, and the severance if you are running half expenses, you have another 6 months at half once the layoff hits (2 months notice at half expense, plus 2 months severance means 3 months salary at layoff time, stretched to 6 months at half expenses). If you end up finding work quick, then it was  great SHTF drill, and if not, you will be so glad to have slowed down now. And, that doesnt even count any unemployment and savings you could possibly ever dig into.

Everyone here knows better, and has something, likely, set aside, at least some food and knowledge. You sure do as you are cutting back NOW. One of the saddest things to me in the 2008ish recession were the families I ran into that didnt change their lifestyle AT ALL when the layoff happened. They didnt want to have the children have changes and they kind of assumed dad would get a new job any day now. And, they went into it already in debt likely, line of credit charge cards, and just kept going while he was unemployed, maxing all that out. Until they lost the house. The kids sure had lifestyle changes then. So much better for the family to all work together as a team to all do what they can to live on less money, so much better example to the children of real appropriate adult decision making !

I had some reprocussions at that time also, and relocated back here to where I am now. Put daughter into 4H, which is pretty much free ($12 a year) which is one place I ran into a few of these other families. One mom was telling me about this while the girls sewed, and I offered to her that I would help her in any way she needed as I know how to cook, and I know how to cook cheap. This woman litterally didnt know how to cook anything. I could go to her house, talk to her about what her kids are used to eating, help her come up with a plan, go shopping with her and teach her how to cook. Like if the kids like canned chili, here is how we can make it homemade. She even had a unused bread maker in her kitchen she didnt know how to use -- didnt take me up on even showing her how to set up the bread maker ( a different family at this time, the mom had me come over and show her how to use her bread maker. Simple soups seem special to kids when there is a smell of fresh baked bread with it). So, she didnt think it was appropriate for the kids to have to have any changes at all. This means the clothes shopping, sports teams (which are quite expensive out here) snacks and treats bought out after school, etc...

At that time, 2009, I was seriously underfunded, just got back here with no milk goats, no garden back in yet, etc...maybe 4 older laying hens we had taken with us (daughters pets). Much worse shape than you are in. But, I knew I would never miss a house payment. Hard to imagine families out there with so little financial sense that they keep buying out snacks, prepared foodstuffs, cable bills and paying some on charge cards while they dont pay the mortgage !

Thanks for the encouraging reply MM.  We haven't yet told my kids (9 and 11) anything yet.  The school year is wrapping up, and we still have a planned trip to visit my parents in N.C. next month.  I've already paid for the flights and are staying with my folks, so no reason to change plans.  I don't want to worry the kids too much, and a generic excuse about saving up money will likely be acceptable to them.  Obviously if dad isn't going to work in the morning we don't plan on living some elaborate charade and will be honest about the situation.

What's interesting about household expenses, we all have various < $20 monthly expenses we could cut out, but there's no bigger variable expense than food.   With careful planning I believe I can easily cut the grocery bill in 1/2.  There's no way I could do the same proportionately with any other expense.  Half my mortgage?  Sell one car? Dial up internet?  LTS food sounds pretty darn good in that context.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on May 29, 2015, 10:49:23 PM
Was at the in-laws tonight for my wife's step dad's birthday. I offered to grill up the burgers since her mom does all the work and she needs a break... plus she burns everything ;)

A few minutes into having the meat on the grill I notice there's no flames. It's not my grill so I ask if that's normal... it's not, check the temp and sure enough they ran out of propane... with no extra tanks either.

"Lucky" for me we only live five houses down from them. I ran home and grabbed one of my spare tanks and was back and grilling with plenty of fuel in about five minutes. Dinner is saved.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Smurf Hunter on May 30, 2015, 09:41:11 AM
Was at the in-laws tonight for my wife's step dad's birthday. I offered to grill up the burgers since her mom does all the work and she needs a break... plus she burns everything ;)

A few minutes into having the meat on the grill I notice there's no flames. It's not my grill so I ask if that's normal... it's not, check the temp and sure enough they ran out of propane... with no extra tanks either.

"Lucky" for me we only live five houses down from them. I ran home and grabbed one of my spare tanks and was back and grilling with plenty of fuel in about five minutes. Dinner is saved.

Frugal tip for obtaining a secondary propane bottle:

most tanks have an expiration date.  On Craigslist or yard sales, you may find one of these expired tanks for cheap or free.  Reason is it's not legal to refill them until they get reconditioned and certified.
(I'm not sure what's involved to do that, consider googling.  )

SO, I have taken these FREE expired tanks and done the trade-in for the Blue Rhino style tanks at the super market.  Supermarket clerks seem clueless about the old bottle dates.  It's similar to trading in a dead car battery for a new one.  While the propane is more expensive this way, it's a relatively cheap way to get a new tank with fuel.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Jerryrig on June 03, 2015, 01:21:30 PM
        The power just went out and my wife and I just smiled and nodded at each other. Flashlights were passed out and board games brought down from the shelf. Looks like we're in for my kind of night!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on June 12, 2015, 07:39:12 PM
Power just went out.   Generator is up and running, internet works, cable works, fridges are running.   Life is good.   Already had a neighbor over to ask me how I did it.   A little community building to go along w/ my genny test.


I offered to help them out with charging up anything.   He has a generator, just doesn't know how to hook it up.   He refused to let me help him get it going and some extension cords run inside.   But I told him I'm here if he needs anything.


Feels good.   Since I put in the transfer switch, this is the first REAL power outage.   Power company says it could be 8:00AM tomorrow before we are back online.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: d3nni5 on June 13, 2015, 08:40:15 AM
Last night I got to use several "blackout" items.   Above I posted about my generator/transfer switch etc.   In addition...

Oil lamps
flashlights
candles
battery radio.

Lessons learned:

I popped off my garage door from the automatic opener, then realized that it wouldn't lock shut.   I will be addressing that in a future project.

I also used my hidden spare key!    I had shut the garage door behind me when i went outside, rest of the house was locked up.   I was mowing the grass when the power went out.   The keyless entry stopped working.  :)   Glad I had the spare
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on June 14, 2015, 07:16:17 AM
cool stuff MSP!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 14, 2015, 09:44:22 AM
Z developed food poisoning around 3 am. I went to the LTS and got him a Ginger Ale, it did not exactly make him feel better, but he said it kept him from throwing up. We don't often drink soda, but we do store Mountain Dew for my headaches (high caffeine) and when we laid that in, we grabbed a case of Ginger Ale too. I do make my own ginger ale, but when you feel crummy, you don't exactly want to be cooking anything. So thankfully we had it on hand. A little thing, but ...

Cedar

PS It was not from my cooking!! I asked him three times what he wanted for dinner and gave him three choices.. and he kept not picking one. He decided we needed to go to the large town for more materials for today's projects. We ate out at fast food for once, we were the very last people out of Home Depot at closing, and then to one of the only places still open to eat at. I did not feel very good either at midnight and he gave me a 'bad time' about it. In an hour I felt better... then HE got it and said he felt like he was dying.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 14, 2015, 11:52:29 AM
Z developed food poisoning around 3 am. I went to the LTS and got him a Ginger Ale, it did not exactly make him feel better, but he said it kept him from throwing up. We don't often drink soda, but we do store Mountain Dew for my headaches (high caffeine) and when we laid that in, we grabbed a case of Ginger Ale too. I do make my own ginger ale, but when you feel crummy, you don't exactly want to be cooking anything. So thankfully we had it on hand. A little thing, but ...

Cedar

PS It was not from my cooking!! I asked him three times what he wanted for dinner and gave him three choices.. and he kept not picking one. He decided we needed to go to the large town for more materials for today's projects. We ate out at fast food for once, we were the very last people out of Home Depot at closing, and then to one of the only places still open to eat at. I did not feel very good either at midnight and he gave me a 'bad time' about it. In an hour I felt better... then HE got it and said he felt like he was dying.

TACO BELCH ?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 14, 2015, 12:20:59 PM
TACO BELCH ?

I personally think it was the Mayo he insisted on using earlier in the day on broccoli salad. I don't use Mayo, so I was questioning him how old it was and he said, "Ahh.. it is alright"... I did have some of it. Not as much as he did.

But he blames Jack-in-the-Box. I had never eaten there until last night.. ever. It is extremely rare I get a hamburger when I eat out, but mine tasted fine. He was hellaciously sick for about 4 hours last night. No fever, so I am betting it was food poisoning from some source. He is better now, and out working on game bird pens.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on June 21, 2015, 02:26:15 PM
yesterday  cut my finger pretty well. patched it up quite good with my car FAK, and after work i went to have it checked by the ER.
There I amde use of a postcard with vital personal info. they needed my social securty number, and i had it noted in the rotate-8 method!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on June 26, 2015, 12:01:47 AM
I had canned salsa 2 years ago with a water bath canning recipe that seems too vinegary to us, so still have a few jars.

OK, hadnt been feeling well and had company for dinner Monday night, so, pulled out pantry preps !

Did I mention it is also HOT here, so....

managed to put together a quick Flan for desert ( eggs and goat milk raised here, my homemade vanilla extract a bit of cinnamon)

main dish: an impromptu layered warm dip. 1 1/2 jars of that salsa, mixed with frozen corn kernals - top with some grated homemade goat manchego cheese - then, a layer of rehydrated storage refried beans (the LDS cannery ones) - more grated cheese, a bit of chopped red pepper --- 2 pans worth, served with tortilla chips

a quick sliced cucumber/vinegar/pepper salad.

A bottle of the homemade white wine, chilled when I started Flan.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on July 01, 2015, 01:38:04 PM
My kid split his lip pretty bad the other day. First aid kit came out and he was patched up and not bleeding very quickly.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on July 08, 2015, 10:13:10 PM
I opened a 50lb bag of organic red wheat berries today, and I was curious, so looked it up. I bought this bag of wheat beginning of Dec 2012, so 2 and 1/2 years ago for $19.15 . Today from Azure Standard (which is same supplier I used back then) This costs $47.35 . So, it certainly has saved money, and drives home how much basic actual bulk foods have gone up in price
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: InquiringMind on July 14, 2015, 09:09:19 AM
Not a big deal, but I used some of the first aid stuff from my little Altoid tin kit over the weekend (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=53050.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=53050.0)).

My wife and I were out for a hike with the pups. Lots of fallen trees from all the storms we've had lately. One with a split trunk was down across the trail, and I slipped stepping from one trunk to the other. Scraped up the inside of one knee. Pulled out a couple alcohol wipes and got the dirt and grime out of the wound.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on July 21, 2015, 02:31:45 PM
I went camping last week, took my bob, swapped out the food and clothes for others, and enjoyed myself.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Chemsoldier on July 21, 2015, 02:38:08 PM
I went camping last week, took my bob, swapped out the food and clothes for others, and enjoyed myself.
Good deal.  I had my BoB in an older spare backpack and I took it out one day for a hike and found out it was uncomfortable as heck when fully loaded.  Good for you.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 21, 2015, 03:33:24 PM
Good deal.  I had my BoB in an older spare backpack and I took it out one day for a hike and found out it was uncomfortable as heck when fully loaded. 

Yeah.. always wear them for at least two miles twice a year. I really found this out when I got a Kelty baby carrier pack. Wearing it with a 25 pound kid in it hurt me within a block of walking, VS wearing a BOB which weighed 30 pounds and I could do a 10 miler in.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on August 16, 2015, 12:12:25 AM
My daughters bf has been without a car for a month, so hard on my daughter too. I found a listing that met his needs, when he was visiting our house, and it was a car far away and such a good deal it was going to sell fast  -- and more than he had on him. So, after he made a few phone calls to his family to secure a loan, I was able to let him use our cash on hand to go get the car -- was glad we had some cash at home .
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Canadian Prepper on September 08, 2015, 02:20:46 PM
I got the opportunity on fairly short notice to participate in an annual walking pilgrimage that takes place every labour day weekend.

Because of a busy schedule, I hadn't much time to pack, but fortunately my BOB/wilderness camping setup had over 80% of what I needed, and I simply had to grab a day pack into which I threw a few more items that would be specific to that kind of trip. We walked over 100km in three days, and our main pack, tents, etc. were ferried to our evening destinations for set up.

Though several of the items in my pack that weren't applicable (some fishing gear, water filter, etc.) and I needed to pick up some snacks en route to augment what was provided by the organizers, it came to show the value of having such a setup ready to deploy on short notice. I might make a few adjustments to the overall setup, but will use it as currently organized for an upcoming wilderness/canoe camping trip.

As one can imagine, my exercise routine of alternating between runs and hikes with my BOB paid off huge dividends on this past weekend.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on September 08, 2015, 02:33:15 PM
I got the opportunity on fairly short notice to participate in an annual walking pilgrimage that takes place every labour day weekend.

Because of a busy schedule, I hadn't much time to pack, but fortunately my BOB/wilderness camping setup had over 80% of what I needed, and I simply had to grab a day pack into which I threw a few more items that would be specific to that kind of trip. We walked over 100km in three days, and our main pack, tents, etc. were ferried to our evening destinations for set up.

Though several of the items in my pack that weren't applicable (some fishing gear, water filter, etc.) and I needed to pick up some snacks en route to augment what was provided by the organizers, it came to show the value of having such a setup ready to deploy on short notice. I might make a few adjustments to the overall setup, but will use it as currently organized for an upcoming wilderness/canoe camping trip.

As one can imagine, my exercise routine of alternating between runs and hikes with my BOB paid off huge dividends on this past weekend.

GREAT prep training and education...KARMA
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on September 19, 2015, 12:51:49 PM
Coworker was going to be working late...
She had been up the night before (single mom) and her boss just stopped by with some "priority work."

Pulled out my med kit. gave her the options of caffeine pills or a DayQuil pill.


Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FrugalFannie on September 19, 2015, 04:02:58 PM
Thursday night made shepherds pie from hamburger I had canned myself. I did use frozen corn and homemade mashed potatoes but all the seasonings came from my cabinet (which hold many months of such seasonings) and the gravy came from the preps.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sams on October 06, 2015, 10:00:08 PM
I used the water bottle in my car to top up the wash fluid, at particular road in country turns into a storm of mud when there are light rains :(

Used my Duct Tape to fix the license plate after it parted when I smashed on the rear of another car during commute ... car is ok and suffered no other damages.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FrugalFannie on October 14, 2015, 08:32:17 PM
Went "back home" for 12 days. Stops included Martha's Vineyard, a trip to my accountant to make sure we will be dissolving the corporation before end of year, and friends and family in NH and Maine.

Left MV on a day when most ferries were cancelled due to weather. Fortunately when I paired down my bag for the trip I still packed a small first aid kit. Mostly stuff that if needed, would cost too much to justify a purchase when there was no room to carry the rest home and blow my budget for the trip. When leaving MV a woman fell and cut a gash above her eye getting on the ferry in the downpour. I handed her husband my kit which he used to patch her up once they had made it onto the ferry. Not sure what all they used because I was in another area trying to stay dry (was a freight ferry and most of the 3 dozen passengers made the trip out on the deck). I did get my kit back before I left the ferry. I also used the chapstick in it - an item I have not even thought about in TX.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on October 16, 2015, 06:03:53 PM
Went shopping at Costco and their Debit software went down. About 1 in 5 people had their Debit cards declined. (remember Costco is a Debit Only place). At that moment my 2yr started crying... While the Costco tried to deal with the growing line of angry people. I just politely said "That amount is under $200, I have the cash for that amount. You still take cash right? " :)


I know this only happens maybe 2 twice a year for me, and I could have just left the items behind and tried another day. But sometimes it is the little things, like extra cash on had, that helps make your life less stressful.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on October 18, 2015, 03:26:36 AM
we had a short power out.
Broke out contents of the radio kit and did this:

(http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w192/greekpreparedness/web-IGP1940_zpsbo5ubmav.jpg~original)

radio receives FM station.
DIY adapter cable (mono to stereo) from radio to speakers
DIY power cable from powerbank to speakers (what a buy! they take 5V-USB power)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on October 18, 2015, 09:56:58 PM
I have been very run down and exhausted this week, and had visiters today, making it more so. And my dd's boyfriend showed up, and my son stayed on after my folks left... so, I broke into the grab and go buckets and the food I put up in the pantry and we had 4 Indian Pouch foods over white rice from the grab and go, and then my home grown, dehydrated butternut squash with pressure canned broth, a can of coconut milk and some spices from the pantry made a soup. Dinner. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on October 23, 2015, 12:52:01 AM
As of today i am diving into my food etc preps.
unexpected expenses have come thata re steep, so I got redirect funds to them.
For the moment I will not be touching any staple foods.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FrugalFannie on October 26, 2015, 09:42:12 PM
Before moving I scanned a bunch of documents onto a thumb drive. lots of old tax returns and other important papers. Good thing. Received a letter from DoR that I owed taxes from 2011. I called them up to verify it was what I thought it was. A bad 1099 R that got corrected last year. Evidently when the IRS got the correct 1099R they notified MA there was a change in our income that year and the amount. I guess MA DIDNT get the memo that the original said $xx,xxx and the correct one said $1! So while there was a change in our income of $xx,xxx it was NEGATIVE. Meaning LESS income, not more. MA informed me I have to file an amended return. Well, not all our boxes are unpacked and since the IRS had cleared this last year, I scanned and shredded my tax returns. Thankfully I scanned the corrected docs and the nice IRS letter saying we owe them $0 and our income and tax were adjusted downward. Sent it all off to the accountant who prepared the original return to have it amended. I made sure to hand carry my thumb drive, instead of packing it. Who knows HOW LONG it would have taken me to find it if it was still in a box. Super glad I decided to scan all these documents before moving. I thought I was done with 2011 tax issues!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: xxdabroxx on October 27, 2015, 10:21:03 AM
I've been in the process of moving/ remodeling.  Last night was the first night I slept at the new place.  I don't have a fully functioning kitchen yet, hell or even a kitchen ceiling for that matter, so I used my catfood can stove I keep in my car preps to heat up a mountain house meal from the pantry.  Bam, dinner survived quick and easy. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: jerseyboy on November 02, 2015, 07:02:07 PM
I went on a trip today to somewhere I have never been before and was using Google Maps to find my way.  Before I got there I pulled into a small city for lunch and stopped the map program.  When I got back into the car, I did not have signal for my phone and thus could not use Google Maps any more.  Luckily, one of my preps was an offline map program called OSMAND (Open Street Maps) which has a free and a pro version.  I have the pro version and have downloaded all of the surrounding states 2 deep. 

I launched OSMAND, entered the address and was back on the road in minutes.  The interface is different than Google Maps and it was good that I had practiced with it a few times and randomly use it when I am going somewhere.  Google Maps is better when it works, but offline maps are a true lifesaver.

Jerseyboy
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on November 05, 2015, 02:28:26 PM
went to the quiet .22 shooting night at the range last night, but didnt prepare well given that it was 6:30 at night and the time changed. Started walking up the path under the trees and soon was not able to discern well if I was on the path. I stopped to assess,  and remembered I had a small emergency light in my purse ! And, that is was accessable, next to my epipen in a distinct inner pocket. So, just a little, free, squeeze LED light -- it got me righted and back onto the path and off the dry creek bed.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Chemsoldier on November 09, 2015, 04:55:52 PM
Jumped a fellow Soldier's jeep using my jumper cables.  A shout out for the heavy duty, extra-long jumper cables.

I average helping someone with a jump start once a year or so.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on November 18, 2015, 03:19:24 PM
I left the hotplate running for too long and half burned the utensil.
I decided to open it cos it go too hot everywhere.Inside i found melted wire insulation and a burned out crimp connector.
Replaced wiring, connector etc using materials from my large HAM Radio kit. No way one could find the parts at 23:00 p'clock
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RuggedCyclist on November 26, 2015, 11:47:52 PM
Broke out the last of my Echinacea root and cleavers herb I gathered while living in Minnesota, I've been sick all week and need to get the heck over it. This should help.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on December 01, 2015, 09:55:30 AM
I pressure canned some leftover soups before I left for the holidays. Came back late at night Sunday, and next morning was able to pack my daughters lunch with home canned soup ! I was worried if this recipe would hold up to pressure canning but the smell even was so good when the jar lid was popped. She had such a long day that I dont know what we would have done if we didnt have shelf stable food in the house for her to bring. I am now becoming a home canned soup convert --

So, I will start or addend to a thread over in food storage area with details and recipe -- This was an experiment where I just pressure canned 2 pints each of leftovers I made for dinner last week -- I was pleasantly surprised by how soon it was a help and how well it turned out ! And how easy it realy was to impliment. I was inspired by how Jack says he cans a few jars at a time from leftovers.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on December 01, 2015, 10:13:04 AM
I pressure canned some leftover soups before I left for the holidays.

I deliberately make too much soup and chili, then pressure can it up in quarts for the soups and pints for the chili. I love the labels I put on the soups, "Really Good Soup", "Too Much Carrot soup, but eat it anyway", "Things were falling out of the freezer soup"... and so forth. I really miss the "Really Good Soup" lot.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sams on December 08, 2015, 12:15:21 AM
- Saved one trip to the pump (annyance, time lost, risk of car jacking) by filling my car with the extra cans of gas I keep home, which means I need only to fill my Kya once a week instead of twice. ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: InquiringMind on December 16, 2015, 06:24:05 AM
My wife and I are both working and in grad school. As we came up to the end of the semester, we had zero free time. To keep us running on good, healthy food, we dug into our preps. Canned beef stew, frozen Mexican casserole, etc. Now that things have returned to a saner pace we can build up those preps again. Very satisfying  :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TerryFrench on December 18, 2015, 12:49:49 PM
I went on a trip today to somewhere I have never been before and was using Google Maps to find my way.  Before I got there I pulled into a small city for lunch and stopped the map program.  When I got back into the car, I did not have signal for my phone and thus could not use Google Maps any more.  Luckily, one of my preps was an offline map program called OSMAND (Open Street Maps) which has a free and a pro version.  I have the pro version and have downloaded all of the surrounding states 2 deep. 
Note: Google maps on Android now offer built-in way to save a map for offline use. (it used to be a hard trick)
Android https://support.google.com/gmm/answer/6291838?hl=en&rd=1 (https://support.google.com/gmm/answer/6291838?hl=en&rd=1).
I think iOS might not be there yet.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Fixit on December 24, 2015, 06:25:16 AM
Well actually my trucks EDC . The storm that rolled through last night did a lot of damage in the area making getting home a job. Now the last 5 miles to my house is listed as a jeep trail no a county road so it's my problem when it needs clearing. Tools used 1 chain saw w/ spare chain ,1 axe , 1 head lamp on hat, a set of truck head lights and a rope. Normal time to travel that stretch 20 to 30 min. Last night added an extra 3 hours to clear over 20 trees that blocked the road.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on December 26, 2015, 09:39:50 PM
Family over, making decorations. (my wife has all sisters and is the oldest of four) Someone wanted a hole in a jar lid for a coin bank.  Out came the drill, and an old no name screwdriver.  Five minutes and some heat from the stove had a nice hole for the bank.  My files and utility knife were also put to work.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sams on January 02, 2016, 04:29:01 PM
New year Eve,

1- Raining cats and dogs, need to make it to the Restaurant without spoiling the GF hair style and being hit with a 200$ hairdresser expense, pull out Emergency Poncho from EDC bag and save the day, also had a parapluit.
2- Lights go out at the restaurant, pull out my Emergency light and give us some light till it comes back.
3- I had stashed in my house 30 liters of Gasoline, us it top up my car the 31 of december, then again on the first of December. Thus saving myself a trip to the gas station with all the queus and risks with that.

Comment from GF: "You do carry a lot of stuff around sweetie" ... Me feel like a BAUS :D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sams on January 05, 2016, 01:53:06 AM
Two days straight there is no toilet paper at the office ... Two times I pulled. Out my tactical toilet paper from my EDC
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 05, 2016, 06:37:52 AM
Two days straight there is no toilet paper at the office ... Two times I pulled. Out my tactical toilet paper from my EDC

Often Tactical Toilet Paper is referred to as INTER DEPARTMENTAL MEMO at my last job...it is rare I laugh these days...that did it.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on January 05, 2016, 06:53:55 AM
I am more worried by this.

Two days straight there is no toilet paper at the office

I wouldn't shake any hands these days 8)

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 05, 2016, 09:51:15 AM
I am more worried by this.

I wouldn't shake any hands these days 8)

Vigorous hand shaking should clear a lot of the problem. :o 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on January 05, 2016, 01:28:37 PM
And taping others on the back....
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: TerryFrench on January 18, 2016, 10:45:22 PM
Last week, the power lines went down at 6PM after some surge (cables contacting each other). Same power poles as last year, cutting the tree branches that hang on the lines seem too logical to do for the power company, just saying...

Anyway:
- all sensitive equipment on UPS (computers, TV, DVR...) = no loss during the surge.
- when my wife called me at work, she already had the battery-operated lights on, so no worries there.

I reported the outage to the power company, saw a 8PM ETA on their site, and went home. The road was blocked by the cops so I guessed it would take longer. The outage ended around 1AM.
At home, I decided: no need for the generator, let's just use the battery bank (2 golf card 6V, topped off monthly), and inverter (1500W continuous, 3kW peak. overkill but it was so cheap... ) I'll buy something intermediate in the 600W range. I know my battery will never support that kind of abuse anyway, it's all to have that surge capacity for my furnace igniter heating element and fan motor).
With that set, I had better lights at home (5W LED).
I got the small butane stove (no need for the 2 burners propane thing I use for canning), and cooked dinner (can food, so no need to open the fridge or freezer).
I then decided to get the furnace going until 11PM, then leave it off for the night. So I got my car (was outside the garage door) near the door, and looked for my jump cables. My "AAA Winter kit" I hadn't open in years did not have any jumper cable. OOPS#1. My #2 gauge cables for the battery bank have posts to be used with a nuts and no clamps. I had a broken battery charger with clamps, but didn't feel like cannibalizing it and hooking up something. I picked up my phone and Amazon PrimeNow app, and decided to try it. ($10 off first time you use it, it's on Amazon's site). I therefore bought some long and surprising good AAA jump cables, got them home 45 minutes later for basically free shipping (the $10 went for the primenow shipping fee + tip). They worked great. So I used my car to power the inverter -> manual transfer switch for the furnace. The furnace stated all well, and the inverter didn't get warm at all. I decided to stay in my car. OOPS #2: the thermostat that I had set to 80F went down to 65F setting for the night. So I really didn't warm the house for long, and only figured it out at 11PM when I went back home. I could have powered the fridge and freezer too, but my rough calculation was that my alternator would be happy mostly with teh furnace and few lights, and not more. (also no radio/fan/light on in the car itself).

Lessons I learned:
- assuming I still had a set of jumper cables was bad. The old cables likely stayed in my old car when I sold it.
- put the furnace thermostat to manual. My smart thermostat works per the schedule even without wifi.
- this is not yet wife-friendly. So I'm buying some battery box, and will install a big disconnect switch, and big fuse (I bought spares, and should really use some fuse for safety). So the inverter will always be "connected" (the disconnect switch will prevent any drain). Procedure will be turn the switch on, plug an extension cord, turn the switch on the inverter itself, enjoy. Likely printed and laminated + zip-tie to the battery box.
- I need to get some way to keep the car hood opened only enough to keep the jumper cable going. Rain could be an issue otherwise. I'll find something, from 2x4 blocks of wood to something else. I don't need them open big, but they absolutely cannot fall in or out of the car otherwise I'll create some serious damage.

So overall, I got some brownie points with "WSMBO" by being prepared, keeping the house warm... And I'll get even better prepared next time :-)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Canadian Prepper on January 19, 2016, 08:10:01 AM
This past Sunday I had a trip to the indoor range with a my shooting club and fired a combination of .45ACP, 9mm and .22LR pistols. I discovered through a snap cap purposefully inserted into my 1911A1 mag that my tendency to shoot a bit low with that pistol is due to a slight flinch that calls for more dry fire practice.

This week I'm continuing with clearing out my apartment, getting the landlord to take away some furniture that he's kept here and driving some decoys and tree stands etc. to a friends farm where I'll store and use them come the autumn. While the tidy up has mostly been for aesthetic purposes, once I've got the ham station reorganized and a few other items tested (kerosene heater, camp stoves, etc.) the place will be easier to maintain and keep running through a power outage. A bit of reorganizing of my camping and ham gear will also assist in the event of an evacuation or deployment for some form of community service (ARES, Red Cross, etc.)

I have been emailing and talking back and forth with some friends about starting a reading group soon that will touch upon some topics related to individual and community preparedness, and am starting to see the cross pollination effects of such efforts. The friend that I went shooting with last Sunday admitted that my influence has gotten him to prep a basic BOB and there's growing enthusiasm for overall preparedness and networking.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on February 05, 2016, 09:43:03 AM
Made sandwiches yesterday from the Bristol 16oz canned ham I purchased at DG to try out and see if we would eat it. Not bad, not bad at all. Better than Spam I think...Lol
So going back to DG today to stock up on it.
$3.25 a can compared to Walmarts Dak brand at $3.97 can.
Smaller 8oz cans are .99
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on February 05, 2016, 11:29:39 AM
good choice of canned meat type.
next time, break it to chunks, fry it lightly, add lemon and oregano...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on February 05, 2016, 06:26:44 PM
Sounds good. Yea frying is the way on this stuff. First time was soak a little honey on it, they slice and fry.
Today, tried another can out. Was in a hurry so I just micro heated it. Not as good as frying it.



This evening, I opened up a can of Clover Valley pulled, barbecue pork.
Picked it up at DG also. $2.50 a can.
This was pretty runny for pulled pork, but had a good taste. I made 2 sandwiches, and theres probably enough left in the can for 2 more.
So at $2.50 a can, it's a good value to me for stocking.
This can has a Dec. 2018 ex date, so I'll be picking some more of this up.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on February 05, 2016, 11:48:21 PM
I have eaten spam 5 years from expiration date and it was still good.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on February 07, 2016, 08:13:41 PM
Knowledge. My wheelbarrow axle popped out today because the end cap holding it in fell out at some point. A couple years ago I wouldn't have known what to do. Today's me knew exactly what to do. I drilled a couple holes through the tubing that the axle sits in and put a screw through it and bend the end. I made a very crude cotter pin essentially and it works great.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on February 07, 2016, 08:59:25 PM
I have eaten spam 5 years from expiration date and it was still good.

SPAM is like Twinkies cousin..

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on February 07, 2016, 09:27:19 PM
I made a very crude cotter pin essentially and it works great.



 8)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Knecht on February 15, 2016, 10:34:28 AM
Couple days back, I arrived at certain place where I should have been expected, but nobody was there. With the night coming and rain just starting, I found a piece of iron wire and made a crude lockpick which successfully opened door to a suitable shelter for the night. Two minutes later, the guy who was supposed to expect me arrived, so I locked it again and received a better place to stay. Anyway, I was happy to see I've still got the skill....been a while.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: steeltownknight on February 16, 2016, 12:21:30 AM
Power was out for 3 days so YES  I used some preps.
   I used my portable single butane burner to
Prepare my meals. I opened some bottles of stored water.
For drinking, cooking, bathing.
Im Not allowed to have an open flame/fire source on my Balcony.
But I did Not care. : )
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on February 26, 2016, 08:38:51 PM
Lady traveling cross country by herself totaled her car in our recent snowstorm. No family or friends in the area. No clothes, little cash, no transportation, the hospital was going to discharge her in a hospital gown and pants with a bus ticket to a homeless shelter in 30 degree weather. I gave her the clothes from my bug out bag and passed on to her the tow company that had her belongings, and the bus route and schedule so she could get a ticket to her final stop. The shelter is supposed to get her transported around to get her stuff and get to the greyhound station.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FreeLancer on February 27, 2016, 02:05:39 AM
Lady traveling cross country by herself totaled her car in our recent snowstorm. No family or friends in the area. No clothes, little cash, no transportation, the hospital was going to discharge her in a hospital gown and pants with a bus ticket to a homeless shelter in 30 degree weather. I gave her the clothes from my bug out bag and passed on to her the tow company that had her belongings, and the bus route and schedule so she could get a ticket to her final stop. The shelter is supposed to get her transported around to get her stuff and get to the greyhound station.

That deserves a karma bump. Good on you!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cheryl1 on February 27, 2016, 11:39:42 PM
Thanks:) I really considered just bringing her home and my husband was willing to handle the stuff she needed to get done during the day. If she had been grandmotherly I probably would have but her history was a little iffy, so security won out on that part of the decision. I gave her my number though and perhaps she'll let me know how thing turned out
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Frugal Upstate on March 01, 2016, 04:25:50 AM
Woke on Sunday morning to a preteen who had been puking all night (but didn't want to wake me).  By half way through the day it was coming out the other side as well, unexpectedly enough that a shower and a load of laundry was required...nasty bug that's been going round the school.

Items used from LTS/preps:

2 boxes baking soda (for carpet cleanup/deodorizing)
Hand sanitizer & disinfecting wipes (trying to stop possible spread to the rest of us)
Gator aid powder
Bullion cubes
Applesauce
Pepto bismol tablets & Tylenol
Old plastic shower curtain & old beach towels (to protect couch)
Adult incontinence undergarment (left over from a review--but handy to have)

It was really good to not have to run out to the store for anything in order to handle this.  Cleanup required a lot of supplies--made me realize if something like cholera hit I'd need even more.  The adult undergarment was a sudden idea--I only had them due to a blog post last fall, but I realized how much cleanup they could reduce in the case of that sudden urgent onset diarrhea. I may pick up a few more packages for storage. I know it's disgusting, but it's luck that I was scrubbing the floor instead of shampooing the sofa (and that's when I also pulled out the old shower curtain I had saved just in case).  And my son isn't a little kid who didn't know any better-it was just that quick that he barely had time to respond.

He is feeling much better now and will be back to school this morning.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RitaRose1945 on March 01, 2016, 04:51:40 AM
And my son isn't a little kid who didn't know any better-it was just that quick that he barely had time to respond.


Sometimes it just can't be helped.  Muscles for vomiting kick in, and the ones for pooping go too because it's pretty much every muscle in your body all at once.  It sucks.  Glad your guy is feeling better.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on March 16, 2016, 09:58:02 AM
My dog tore both his carpal pads at the dog park yesterday. I used our first aid supplies to clean them, put some ointment on them, and then wrapped them up with gauze. From what I read I'll need to do this for a 2 - 3 days and then he should be fine. Mostly it's to keep him from licking them and making them worse.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on March 16, 2016, 04:40:15 PM
Tried out a bag of Augason Farms chili cheese spicy soup mix to see if we want to stock up on it.
While it's fairly good soup mix, reasonable cost, it's a little too spicey for us, so I won't be ordering more.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on April 02, 2016, 08:12:28 PM
Finished up a batch of cornmeal from dent corn the church had stored since 1999
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on April 12, 2016, 06:49:01 PM
Community. This week and a half has given us all the positives of living in one for the past 17 years. And this has been my most important prep we have drawn on.
- 3 people here to help my daughter on the morning of the fall
- A drive getting me to my primary care and the pharmacy so she could go to her college classes, not a simple task
- Aquaintances (one I havent met yet except over the phone, friend of a friend) stepping forward to help transport the exchange student I am hosting to and from school, it is a complicated scheduale, we are hopeful it will continue
- A couple neighbors, moms of my daughters best friends, that even though they and I dont visit much lately have each taken one night a week to bring dinner over -- my daughters worst, late class nights -- we did not ask for this, but it has been a blessing and may allow her to keep her grades up this semester
- 2 separate people bringing over so much produce last thursday, my daughter was alarmed (I didn't say anyone had time to coordinate anything...)
- a loan of a walker that I hope to grow into in a week or two
- Phone consultation with one of our senior members of the community, lives around the corner, on pain, pain meds, substitutes, and how to work around hip/leg issues. He, unfortunately has much experience in these areas. I have not implemented his most intriguing idea, he has his land line phone strapped to one thigh, and a back-up cell phone on the other, as he hobbles around -- how to call for help
- And, today, my dd's homeschool ES, who lives up the road, coming over to get the fire going -- the temperature dropped, and seemed to want to keep dropping, and she had already left to classes. yesterday was great on just the passive gain. -- he needed some form signed too, so it was a win win.

-Having a full pantry means she doesnt have to do large, major shopping. The basics are here, and back ups.

- The girls were able to pull out a couple of my emergency items from their shelf in the pantry, things that dont need to be cooked, just heated

- I already had my daughter on one of my charge card accounts, with her own card, so that is always a good one to do ahead. She also knows the atm code for the account, and right now has that card today to get more cash. Cash is king around the house to give money to a neighbor that picked up something for you, and to pay the guy ( and I hope he can come back and finish tomorrow) to do that weedwacking I will not be able to do
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Post by: Greekman on April 15, 2016, 12:04:50 PM
was left with a dead battery in my cell this afternoon while strolling in a forest park.
expecte an important call and I had planed to listen to the recent Lawton Podacst episode.
Used the AA emergency cell charger that it is in my outdoor day kit
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Post by: mountainmoma on May 02, 2016, 09:23:45 PM
Pantry: we are still drawing on the full pantry as I havent shopped. Todays persimmon bread used persimmon pulp I froze, we have been digging into home canned goodies (canned chili last night), and alot of dry goods, flour, pasta, rice, canned beans, oils and have realy drawn down the frozen butter and alfalfa rotation in the barn. We are going to need some major shopping once I can walk around a store. We have been still having a friend dropping off leftover produce once a week from the food distribution she helps with, and my dd will now and then grabs something special she wants from a store, but no real full shopping. Having the butter in the freezer, as well as our own fresh eggs and milk, as well as the pantry staples makes it so we alsways have something to cook with.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on May 03, 2016, 10:45:04 PM
used my jumper cables yesterday... wife went form a dead car sad face to driving away happy in 6min. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sams on May 06, 2016, 10:10:33 AM
Some guy looking like a homeless person, tried to mug me, He started walking parallel to me but coming to my direction.

He tried to bump into me in an attempt to catch the bags I was carrying from Alimenta Angola shop, I managed to spot him and push him back, He tried to fuel a confrontation to allow for a fight, however He backed down when He noticed that I drew my pepper spray even if He probably didn't know what I drew.

what I learned in the previous time I was faced with mugging, is that you should always carry the biggest Pepper Spray or gun available, because when 6 guys pulled knives on me I felt silly to have a tiny cute pepper spray can and felt my balls to dissapear.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on May 06, 2016, 09:06:06 PM
Awesome. You did great!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on May 07, 2016, 07:51:53 AM
When a surprise emergency prompted a 911 call as I was having a bad reaction to a new type chemo I was given a week ago.I took account of what was in my pockets..Single AA LED light,mini bic lighter,matches/tooth picks,25 feet paracord,mini tool with knife,scissors,tweezers,various screw drivers...and I had my wallet kit with spare keys,another small knife,dental floss,Q tips,band aids
aspirin,acetaminophen and 3 in 1 antibiotic ointment... My EDC is not so bad. Many of my preps aided in my comfort during an uncomfortable hospital stay as fluids and magnesium were pumped into me. I also forgot the fire steel and knife in the heal of my shoe and the compass   plus others small items on my key chain.
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Post by: Cedar on May 07, 2016, 08:18:38 AM
what I learned in the previous time I was faced with mugging, is that you should always carry the biggest Pepper Spray

Bear spray. It is a bit more expensive, but what I have been carrying since 1991. It is stronger and has a farther reach.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sams on May 07, 2016, 07:48:41 PM
Today I deployed, used my Pepper Spray ... and saved the day. Also managed to spray myself  ;D

So me, my my uncle and my sister had to go help another uncle who had a nasty accident around midnight in an isolated part of town today, when we get there it turns out it was a nasty mechanical breakdown so nothing we could do besides calling a tow-truck, so as we prepare to leave I had issues starting my pickup trucks and we have to switch batteries with the broken down car.

So as I am removing one battery with one uncle in car A, my sister is help the other uncle remove batery from car B ... 3 punks armed with knives and broken bottles ambush the guys in car B, because big mistake my sister was obviously using her phone for the last 10 minutes and was carrying a bag, luckily I managed to spot there approach and rush to the scene with 2 pepper spray on hand (my personnel and the car can), I shout at them to try to get them to come towards me ( I can't say I thought this through but it created space so I wouldn't pepper spray my sister), and I spray the hell out of them.

the 3 punks ran away like cowards, I run after them AND RUN INTO THE CLOUD OF PEPPER SPRAY I JUST SPRAYED  ;D

effects on me took some 15 seconds to set in, and the whole confrontation last less 30 seconds, so I started feeling burn in my eye, especially when I opened them, I had a strong pains in the face around the eyes, and crying like a little girls, and I couldn't see for some 15 minutes, and when recovering I only could manage to use one eye because having both open created too much pain to bear.

Lessons learned: Be sure you need to deploy, because of the outcomes of pepper spray could be that you incapacitate YOURSELF !!!!! I was lucky to have 3 people to care for me when I fucked up. Don't run into your own cloud, I think had I sprayed and step back maybe it wouldn't be so affected, however I had to go on the offensive to put my sister in safety.

Lastly even thought I was the only one so incapacited as to being unable to see for 15 minutes, my uncle spend a full hour coughing and some passer-by also had problems breathing.

Lastly while I like the idea of a EDC knife, the last 2 confration conviced me that a knife for self defense is dumb because its a fair fight for the criminals: They have the mindset, training and willingness to kill, maybe with some training I could make it but 3 pulling knifes on you in pitch dark while your sister is screaming her guts out is not likelly to have an happy ending. I would rather pepper spray or shoot them, because I put a higher premium on my life.

I will continue to carry a knife, but for utility only, self-defense is not realistic.

Bear spray. It is a bit more expensive, but what I have been carrying since 1991. It is stronger and has a farther reach.

Cedar

I will look into it, altought I would preffer something that fit in my pocket.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Alan Georges on May 07, 2016, 08:44:04 PM
Today I deployed, used my Pepper Spray ... and saved the day. Also managed to spray myself  ;D
...
the 3 punks ran away like cowards, I run after them AND RUN INTO THE CLOUD OF PEPPER SPRAY I JUST SPRAYED  ;D
Let me suggest Cold Steel Inferno pepper spray.  It comes out thick, looks almost like silly string, but it's really more of a liquid.  Sticks to the target better, and it doesn't make as much of a self-inflicting fog.  Some old discussion of it here: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=20202.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=20202.0)  Might be a little hard to come by in your location, but it's worth a look.  Never had to spray a human, but a neighborhood stray dog jumped me in the yard last year.  Worked really well.

Anyway, good job Sams.  You saved your sister and other family a lot of grief.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sustainablelady on May 10, 2016, 09:26:34 AM
I use my canned or frozen garden vegetables almost every day.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on May 11, 2016, 07:41:22 AM
Been using up the expired canned tuna to feed the cat (has new kitties) until we get to town for a new bag of cat food. She's also been eating dog food, and barking off and on..... ;D :o
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on May 11, 2016, 08:58:15 PM
Just the little things...

I was having to drive from Point A to Point B today when Nature called... and so I stopped by a wayside rest stop which is only pit toilets. I mosey on into the structure and YAY.. no toilet paper. But because I have preps on my truck, I got a new roll of TP out of the storage in the truck and after I was done with "Nature Calling", I left the TP roll for the next traveler who might not be wielding a roll of Charmin or two.

It might be a good thing to keep 6 rolls in your vehicle  ;D

Cedar
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Post by: Stwood on May 11, 2016, 09:02:31 PM
Yay.... 8)
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Post by: archer on May 12, 2016, 09:05:01 AM
It might be a good thing to keep 6 rolls in your vehicle  ;D

a good idea
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Post by: Carl on May 12, 2016, 12:45:38 PM
Spring for the '12' pack ,in case it gets 'ugly'
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on May 12, 2016, 07:01:17 PM
Butt ugly?  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sams on May 26, 2016, 01:29:03 PM
Some dude got stuck in sand in a dirt road, someone with a small truck offered to help him, however they both didn't have tow cord ... which I provided to them both saving the day.

Also part of my car gear: My ratchet strap ... that thing is so powerful it BENT bed of the truck. Goes to show that ALWAYS TRY YOUR GEAR and know your limit.

Not exactly today, but 3 weeks ago I dumped my stupid Korean Sedan for a 2006 Toyota Hilux pickup truck, which slow, non confortable and yet perfect to allow me focus on building my house
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: michaelnz on June 14, 2016, 01:12:20 AM
I was feeling a bit hungry at my desk so I grabbed a protein cookie out of my bug out bag.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on June 14, 2016, 02:27:50 AM
Also part of my car gear: My ratchet strap ... that thing is so powerful it BENT bed of the truck. Goes to show that ALWAYS TRY YOUR GEAR and know your limit.

yuo mean you can use it as a winch. Doesn't it require a lot of hand power, even in situations like pulling the car 2 feet out of the mud?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 26, 2016, 07:17:39 PM
Ran out of sugar for baking yesterday. Grabbed a jar out of the new storehouse.
Replaced it today.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on July 16, 2016, 10:24:08 PM
No meat thawed out for lunch, so grabbed a can of bbq pulled pork out of the storehouse, warmed it up and made a couple of sammichs.  :egyptian:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on July 18, 2016, 06:24:00 PM
Power outage at the house (ongoing), so got head lamp and lantern from the blackout kit. Lantern was not very bright so changed batteries, also in the blackout kit.

The network is still up since it has an uninterrupted power supply.

If it goes much longer, I will have to go to phase 2 of power outage protocol and get the deep cycle batteries out.

Hell, if it gets much hotter, I will have to power up the generator and run the portable AC.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on July 18, 2016, 09:24:44 PM
Pulled out a few things for dinner, I was out in the garden until late, and I am still not quite getting the hang out of cooking for one and hadnt planned.

From the pantry : Angle hair pasta, dried tomato powder, houlummi cheese I made that is on the shelf in brine ( an experiment on how to have shelf stable proteins and dairy). From the garden, some greens.

Cook pasta, drain(reserve some hot water), while it drains wilt the greens and cut up chunks of houlummi cheese ( these isnt like cheese, it doesnt melt, but is best warm, and it is chewy) in a bit of oil in the same pot, add back some of the pasta cooking water, and tip in some dried tomato powder, stir well, add back in the pasta and blend all. A five minte, well blanced, one pot meal for one. Halloumi stored in brine in a warm pantry is quite salty, so no other salt was needed, and this made the halloumi edible as the salt was dissapated.

I am not a total savage, I did put it on a plate. 

http://www.cheesemaking.com/Halloumi.html
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on July 18, 2016, 10:01:35 PM
Just so you didn't eat the plate MM.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: PrepperJim on July 19, 2016, 03:29:23 PM
Turned out it was a lightning strike on a power pole. The power came back on about 8 pm and it was pretty warm in the house (80F) by the time it was all over. I was about 15 minutes away from rolling out the generator and getting the backup AC running. But, it all turned out well.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on July 20, 2016, 11:20:45 PM
 8)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on August 12, 2016, 09:21:27 AM
Started filling up the oil in the car, but had no funnle. Dove in the prep storeroom and got me a soda bottle I use for storign water.
Cut it up and had a funnel that fit perfectly
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Post by: FrugalFannie on August 27, 2016, 09:30:30 PM
Husband did 100 mile bike ride today. Ate a lot of bananas. Had some "issues" afterward. Needed multiple trips to the bathroom. On drive home we stopped for dinner and he asked if I had any pepto in my first aid kit. I was thinking of the little one in my bag. I said no but I would check. So when we got to the car I pull out my overnight bag and the personal first aid kit. He says, no, the one in the back (meaning the back of the van). Of course I had some in there! It's a much more extensive kit. We have never used it and I literally forgot about it (very long weekend, we were both exhausted). Saved the trip home from being pretty miserable for both of us!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: michaelnz on August 28, 2016, 02:14:48 AM
I got a leatherman wave from my lovely wife for my birthday. I have used it nearly everday since.
Recently in a meeting at work the table top was lose in the meeting room as no one bother to attach it when we relcoated a year ago.
Pulled out the leatherman which is now part of my EDC and fixed it up in a jiffy.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on August 31, 2016, 08:39:28 PM
Pulled out a small can of beef w/gravy out of storage to use and to rotate
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on September 11, 2016, 02:24:06 PM
Opened up a fresh jar of homemade canned stew from the storehouse. Pretty tasty.... ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on September 11, 2016, 02:34:22 PM
I had stir fried butternut squash with chicken tenders and asparagus from shelf rotation...
I could survive while eating this.Dawg had some too!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on September 11, 2016, 05:04:42 PM
Sweet!!! Same here with the stew. Just add a little meat.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Alan Georges on September 11, 2016, 05:16:20 PM
Pulled out the mini-back-up chainsaw, a 1.5 HP Poulan electric, and whacked at some mimosa limbs that were getting up in the electric service line.  Took an hour or so, carefully springing them off so that they didn't land on the line.  That lightweight saw was perfect for using while up a ladder.

Here's a mini-review from 3 (3! already!) years ago:
http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=31630.msg508800#msg508800 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=31630.msg508800#msg508800)
Didn't use a battery and inverter this time, just ran a power cord.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on September 12, 2016, 05:30:58 AM
bad weather send us back to central offices to wait it out.
Was to be a shift with no bottled water, cups, coffee, or food.
Got all of them from the car kit.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on September 19, 2016, 01:37:52 PM
When I go running with my dog I have a running fanny pack I wear. I can keep some crap bags in it for the dog, my phone, and usually my SAK and a flashlight since it's dark when we go. I noticed my dog limping and used the flashlight and tweezers from my SAK to pull a thorn from his paw. Nice to be able to do that on the trail rather than have him limp all the way home to figure out what was wrong.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on September 19, 2016, 01:45:16 PM
When I go running with my dog I have a running fanny pack I wear. I can keep some crap bags in it for the dog, my phone, and usually my SAK and a flashlight since it's dark when we go. I noticed my dog limping and used the flashlight and tweezers from my SAK to pull a thorn from his paw. Nice to be able to do that on the trail rather than have him limp all the way home to figure out what was wrong.

Barkie bark woof woof...( Good work)  KARMA
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: AnnsSolo on September 27, 2016, 04:14:49 PM
Actually, it was last week. I had to drop everything and drive 500 miles to help out a family member in the hospital. Preps that paid off: keeping  gasoline in the tank and extra cash in the house, a really good packing list that I have developed through a dozen planned trips this year (I even remembered to bring the dog's vaccine records in case I needed to board him nearby), and excellent neighbor relationships to feed the rest of my animals for a week. We didn't even lose our tomatoes in the first frosts because they covered them for us.

The only near-miss was a brief laptop glitch. I haven't been doing regular back-ups and would have been very sad to lose everything on the road. And the fact that I was planning to restock chicken feed in a couple days and had to rush to buy some before I left. We are having mouse problems getting into our feed sacks so I haven't been storing much. I need to figure out a solution because my cat can't cover it all. I wish I had downloaded more podcasts before I left; for about five hours the only things to listen to were static, church sermons and NFL.

The family member is safely home now. She doesn't prep-the things she needed most were a phone charger and a sweater. They don't let you pack stuff when you call 911. In the end, the hospital had a charging station, but these days it's easy to carry a short USB cord for a phone in a handbag, which she did have with her. It was a good reminder, mine had strayed from my emergency handbag pouch and is now put back.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on September 27, 2016, 04:21:20 PM
Actually, it was last week. I had to drop everything and drive 500 miles to help out a family member in the hospital. Preps that paid off: keeping  gasoline in the tank and extra cash in the house, a really good packing list that I have developed through a dozen planned trips this year (I even remembered to bring the dog's vaccine records in case I needed to board him nearby), and excellent neighbor relationships to feed the rest of my animals for a week. We didn't even lose our tomatoes in the first frosts because they covered them for us.

The only near-miss was a brief laptop glitch. I haven't been doing regular back-ups and would have been very sad to lose everything on the road. And the fact that I was planning to restock chicken feed in a couple days and had to rush to buy some before I left. We are having mouse problems getting into our feed sacks so I haven't been storing much. I need to figure out a solution because my cat can't cover it all. I wish I had downloaded more podcasts before I left; for about five hours the only things to listen to were static, church sermons and NFL.

The family member is safely home now. She doesn't prep-the things she needed most were a phone charger and a sweater. They don't let you pack stuff when you call 911. In the end, the hospital had a charging station, but these days it's easy to carry a short USB cord for a phone in a handbag, which she did have with her. It was a good reminder, mine had strayed from my emergency handbag pouch and is now put back.

I find that peppermint plants and oil work well around feed stock,without harming pets.

http://how-to-get-rid-of-mice.com/peppermint-oil/
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Post by: mountainmoma on October 09, 2016, 02:14:56 AM
I find that peppermint plants and oil work well around feed stock,without harming pets.

http://how-to-get-rid-of-mice.com/peppermint-oil/

I need to try that peppermint oil.... I just got rid of mice attracted to my open feed sacks using an electric rat trap. We keep the animal feed in the pantry, in theory to keep it away from rodents, and the cats are not in there. But, I do wonder, what would happen if a cat put its paw in one of these and if they would be safe in the barn for that reason, I need to call the company. But, very effective on killing rodents
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Post by: Stwood on October 09, 2016, 05:48:12 PM
What brand of trap?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on October 09, 2016, 11:09:09 PM
What brand of trap?

victor, like this, we get rats, not realy mice   http://www.homedepot.com/p/Victor-Electronic-Rat-Trap-M240/100400789
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on October 10, 2016, 12:31:40 PM
Thanks mm.  ;)
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Post by: Carl on October 10, 2016, 12:34:40 PM
victor, like this, we get rats, not realy mice   http://www.homedepot.com/p/Victor-Electronic-Rat-Trap-M240/100400789

I got a recipe for that somewhere....
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on October 10, 2016, 12:37:23 PM
I got a recipe for that somewhere....

Road kill or trap kill? Or both as in multipurpose?
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Post by: Carl on October 10, 2016, 12:41:37 PM
Road kill or trap kill? Or both as in multipurpose?

Just add more hot sauce if road kill...
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Post by: mountainmoma on October 10, 2016, 12:49:34 PM
I got a recipe for that somewhere....

Yep, I would imagine an electrocuted, fresh rat would be edible. I have generally fed fresh rodents to my dog ( rats, gophers...) I guess for your recipes, you would want to check the trap often....

Dog is very, very old right now, and no longer interested. i dont know how much longer he is going to hold out. I have not tried them on the chickens yet. Present chickens are so dumb, I wonder if they would recognize them as food
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on October 10, 2016, 02:21:52 PM
Chickens like small frogs
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on October 10, 2016, 02:49:23 PM
Chickens like small frogs

Frog tastes like chicken....yea, sort of.
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Post by: Stwood on October 10, 2016, 02:50:40 PM
 ;D ;D
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Post by: nkawtg on October 10, 2016, 02:56:44 PM
I just got rid of a couple of pesky rats thinking they can make a home in my back yard.
It's funny, I had a trap baited with peanut butter and they didn't touch it for a week, then in one day within a couple of hours I got the two of them off that trap.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on October 10, 2016, 05:05:57 PM
2 fer 1 money.  ;D
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Post by: Smurf Hunter on October 14, 2016, 10:06:01 AM
As the epic Pacific Northwest storm approaches, I thought this was worth sharing


Some of you may know my son has insulin dependent type 1 diabetes.  That means he needs insulin daily to remain healthy.  Once opened, insulin is stable at room temperature for about a month.  There's no imminent threat to his health, but we have a very large stockpile (2+ years) of insulin vials that must remain refrigerated.  Retail price is well over $6000 for our stash (got your attention?)

Oddly enough, our next door neighbor has a child with the identical diagnosis, and also needs to store insulin at refrigerated temperatures.  This neighbor family is out of town this week, but like us, have more than one year supply of insulin in their fridge.  in the event of power loss, they've asked us to enter their home and retrieve the insulin and keep it cool along with our own stash.

This storm will only last a few days, and worst case we might have no power for most of a week (it's happened before).  I'm not terrified about finding alternate cooling methods, as I can drive a few miles and buy bags of ice is absolutely necessary.

I am wishing I had a backup power inverter, but both vehicles have full tanks, and I've got some other options.  It's also fairly cool this time of year, so I'm not competing with hot temperatures.
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Post by: Cedar on October 14, 2016, 10:10:09 AM
Anyone have a camper with a propane fridge? And honestly, being we live where we do, I might cage it and set it in a creek, a high end around 38f, for an emergency

Cedar
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Post by: rustyknife on October 21, 2016, 12:28:07 PM
Went to the landfill today with an old gas water heater I removed from a rental I own. Sure enough when I arrived at the metal recycle spot the light bulb went off. I left my work gloves at home. Water heater is rusted out with many sharp edges. I keep my BOB with me at all times and remembered that I have leather work gloves in it. Problem solved.
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Post by: Stwood on October 21, 2016, 06:31:18 PM
 8) 8)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on October 23, 2016, 06:11:29 AM
monay mornign and nothing to eat for breakfast.....
Dived in the BOba nd got me a dark chcolate bar. Tosted some bread and made choco sandwiches...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FrugalFannie on October 23, 2016, 08:40:54 PM
My (adult) kid broke his permanent retainer. Got the dental wax out of the FAK from the van. And here I thought we wouldn't need it anymore once we got rid of braces.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on November 06, 2016, 12:16:26 AM
Large D-cell flashlight on teh floor by the door. Outside shoes where they belonged just saved teh chickens. I had let them out to forage, as there is nothing in teh garden they can desroy, and I forgot to lock them up. I heard a noise and ran out, did not have to waste time as the flashlight was there, working,etc.... Heard the racoon walking on top of their run when I was there, so just in time.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on November 06, 2016, 11:23:23 AM
I have communication and lights while my neighbors have none  --- Power outage, just this couple streets, an idiot did a hit and run during the night that took out the power pole at the corner.

Since it is just at the end of the block, I walked down there to check it out, talked to a few neighbors. 3 of them where pointing their Iphones to the corner area, to get a signal ( cell phones on some plans get a signal at that corner, but not down our street, so at home they use the phones thru the internet) My idiot next door neighbor interrupted me explaining to the other neighbor that I had phone and internet, she talked to me like I was in kidergarten and pointed to sagging wires..... And, I doubt that any of the 3 heard the points I was making, so here they are :

- Phone thru Cable company is not a land line like ATT. Your cable phone needs power at the cable box in your home to work, the actual regular phone line does not. Yes, all lines are sagging due to the pole that is broken, but only the electric line is disconnected, as that would be dangerous, the phone line and cable lines are operational.

- So, if you have a regular land line and at least one phone that is not wireless, you can communicate with the outside world when the power is off

 I am able to be on the internet right now because I have battery back up and so my cable box has power, and I left the laptop plugged in last night so it is fully charged.

ANd -- this is a grievance !! Sorry -- But I have no where to run, and no where to hide, because many of the other neighbors have generators !! I am in the house -- there is nothing else I can do -- soon I will scream and collapse into a heap of migraines -- GENERATORS ARE VERY NOISY especially as so many are on at once. Realy people ? YOu have to have CONSTANT generators on ? FOr 5 or 6 hours straight in the middle of the day ?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FrugalFannie on November 07, 2016, 03:46:44 PM
Used today:

Experience to remain calm
First Aid training
Medical supplies

After I sliced a piece of my index finger off on my mandolin slicer because I was "thinking" one more slice and then I should use that holder thing so I don't sli.... dang it! there goes a piece of my finger!

Man! Fingers bleed a lot when you slice off the end of your finger. grabbed a clean facecloth and put pressure on it and held it above my head while I found the actual gauze bandage, folded it up and then applied pressure. Eventually got the bleeding stopped without having to see a doctor. At least my husband started his new job today, only 4 miles from home, so he would have been able to get me and take me to the doctor.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FrugalFannie on November 08, 2016, 08:59:36 AM
Used today:

Experience to remain calm
First Aid training
Medical supplies

After I sliced a piece of my index finger off on my mandolin slicer because I was "thinking" one more slice and then I should use that holder thing so I don't sli.... dang it! there goes a piece of my finger!

Man! Fingers bleed a lot when you slice off the end of your finger. grabbed a clean facecloth and put pressure on it and held it above my head while I found the actual gauze bandage, folded it up and then applied pressure. Eventually got the bleeding stopped without having to see a doctor. At least my husband started his new job today, only 4 miles from home, so he would have been able to get me and take me to the doctor.

So today I used my brain and went and got my finger sewn up. 5 stitches. I literally lost a piece of my finger. Thankfully last night I realized I wasn't going to be able to just keep a bandaid on it until it healed. When I tried to replace the gauze it started bleeding all over again. Super happy we have a cash only doc with reasonable rates - lydocain, zofran (cause I was afraid I would vomit), 5 stitches, a prescription just in case I can't sleep from the pain (but I'll fill it just for emergency meds), and $145 and I'm good to go!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on November 08, 2016, 09:06:03 AM
Not a bad price.  8)

If'in it gets to throbbing, take those meds. Don't suffer
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on November 08, 2016, 03:16:33 PM
So today I used my brain and went and got my finger sewn up. 5 stitches. I literally lost a piece of my finger. Thankfully last night I realized I wasn't going to be able to just keep a bandaid on it until it healed. When I tried to replace the gauze it started bleeding all over again. Super happy we have a cash only doc with reasonable rates - lydocain, zofran (cause I was afraid I would vomit), 5 stitches, a prescription just in case I can't sleep from the pain (but I'll fill it just for emergency meds), and $145 and I'm good to go!

SO, so glad you went to see a doctor, I was hoping when you said you sliced hte end off, someone last night at your house would talk sense.

Unbelievably inexpensive doctor and meds !! Would have been like 5 times the price out here, and out here the only doctors who take only cash are "boutique" doctors who charge 2 or 3 times the going rate....

5 stitches is alot. Hope it heals quick, try not to do anything with it for a couple of days, and likely its your right hand ? This will be tough this month for you
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FrugalFannie on November 08, 2016, 07:07:05 PM
SO, so glad you went to see a doctor, I was hoping when you said you sliced hte end off, someone last night at your house would talk sense.

Unbelievably inexpensive doctor and meds !! Would have been like 5 times the price out here, and out here the only doctors who take only cash are "boutique" doctors who charge 2 or 3 times the going rate....

5 stitches is alot. Hope it heals quick, try not to do anything with it for a couple of days, and likely its your right hand ? This will be tough this month for you

Thanks STWood and MountainMoma. If I could have kept it from bleeding after changing the dressing it would have been fine. The problem was actually slicing a bit of the end off meant I couldn't bring the sides together as they no longer exist. Butterfly strips wasn't going to work. Real stitches were the only thing to do. But I must say as far as pain, the lydocain was the worst. It was great while he stitched but as it wore off my whole hand, wrist and arm up to my shoulder was aching. Even know my 3 other fingers (but not my thumb) are aching. I did take a pill for pain. I want to be able to sleep tonight. I took a nap today after the doctor's office. Woke up sweaty and stinky. I haven't smelled this bad since getting rid of grains from my diet.

We live in a pretty "high end" town but really glad I have this doctor that does cash/credit card only. No insurance. Helps keep the cost down.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Christalena22 on November 18, 2016, 05:10:39 AM
Yesterday we noticed our lawn was soggy, turned out our water pump out back had broken so the plumber came out and said he'd bring the piece out in the morning and we wouldn't have water overnight.

At first I was worried, then I remembered that we have about 50 gallons saved up. No rushing to the store to get water, no worrying of when he'll get back. Really great! I can't believe it takes about a gallon of water to make a pot of coffee though.

Only question is, the toilets get pretty stinky, any tips? I think I'll get supplies for a compost toilet (ie a bucket and lots of pine shavings). Didn't expect that to be a problem! Goes to show you what a good thing to have an outage/practice is.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on November 18, 2016, 05:26:02 PM
Build a small shed, and have a outhouse in it.  ;)

No water inside for flushing, don't use the toilets. Either that or have plenty of 5 gallon buckets of water to flush with. Fill the tank manually and flush.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on November 18, 2016, 06:05:44 PM
Yesterday we noticed our lawn was soggy, turned out our water pump out back had broken so the plumber came out and said he'd bring the piece out in the morning and we wouldn't have water overnight.

At first I was worried, then I remembered that we have about 50 gallons saved up. No rushing to the store to get water, no worrying of when he'll get back. Really great! I can't believe it takes about a gallon of water to make a pot of coffee though.

Only question is, the toilets get pretty stinky, any tips? I think I'll get supplies for a compost toilet (ie a bucket and lots of pine shavings). Didn't expect that to be a problem! Goes to show you what a good thing to have an outage/practice is.

when it is just 24 hours, shouldnt get too bad. But, you should have back-up incase things go longer. IF you have no back up, here is what to do : Put a plastic bag under the toilet seat, but inside the toilet, ideally you would want to reserve this for fecal matter, as urine does not carry germs. To keep it from smelling, keep it covered. You can cover it with sawdust, kitty litter, or just dirt. Sprinkle in just enough to cover, but you dont want to fill up the bags too quick. When a bag is full, remove it and tie it up and set outside for when trash service comes. Urine, well, you can just use the bathtub or shower for a urinal ( remember, I said this is for when you did not plan a back up) or pee outside on the soil.

Step up : have one of those 5 gallon buckets with a toilet seat attached ( emergency essentials sells these and they are inexpensive, getting one and setting it aside in storage for next time this happens will put your family at ease), and this is portable and can be set in the bathroom or in the garage or outside. Other tips apply in that urine will fill it up faster. Same organic cover material, can line with plastic bag if you intend to throw in trash, or you can bury it or put in a HOT compost pile. We used a sawdust/bucket toilet in one of our bathroom for years to try this out, and composted it all, and we did urinate in it, as we could empty into the hot compost pile ( see Humanure Handbook online web page for details ) and we found it inconvenient to seperate the 2 functions.

Children and Female children esp. will likely find it difficult to seperate teh 2 functions, so let them pee in your improvised toilet and just yourself, your wife and the boys can urinate outside.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on November 19, 2016, 03:55:49 AM
Only question is, the toilets get pretty stinky, any tips? I think I'll get supplies for a compost toilet (ie a bucket and lots of pine shavings). Didn't expect that to be a problem! Goes to show you what a good thing to have an outage/practice is.

with 50 gallon to last you a day, you can flush the toilet with a half a bucket.. almost every second tuesday the water is out for a few hours for maintenance in my city and we do this this way.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: xxdabroxx on November 21, 2016, 12:45:44 PM
This weekend I used some bandages.  Cut my left thumb on a piece of broken melamine on an off cut from the sheet I was cutting.  Also found out that the bandages I have are very difficult to open one handed, something to think about in the future.  Also, my antiseptic ointment is way out of date, should probably pick up a new one.  I guess that goes to show how often I cut myself though. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on November 21, 2016, 02:28:14 PM
Yea we did some updating on the medical stuff a couple months back. Most came from the Dollar Store. Small packages, so if it goes sour, we haven't lost much money.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: keebler on November 24, 2016, 02:57:10 PM
since it's Thanksgiving ,I broke out some canned Chicken & Dumplins &  can of Asparagus & Lima's---yum yum. Amish family across the way brought me a Big Loaf of bread, also wonderful. Great People.
keeb
Happy Thanksgiving all.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on November 24, 2016, 04:43:15 PM
Happy T day to all
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on November 24, 2016, 04:54:25 PM
A fellow Ham in town from Chattanooga (damn,I spelled it right) used my Echolink node  to talk back to family in Tennessee as I guess he was homesick as he was here visiting in laws. Communications success as he talked to 5 or 6 of his buddies and wished them well and I later introduced a couple of Hams to the FREE software that makes it all possible.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on November 26, 2016, 12:18:52 AM
Yesterday we had a spell of cold air rushing down the mountain into the fram area i was visiting.
Half an ahour into work and we returned back to to the village. I put some more clothes and socks from my car gear bag, got me 2 acemidophen pills and a vitamin C tablet from the FAK, and off we went back to work. Honestly igot THAT close to getting a cold, I could feel the air sipping through into my bones.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FreeLancer on November 26, 2016, 12:53:50 AM
Yesterday we had a spell of cold air rushing down the mountain into the fram area i was visiting.
Half an ahour into work and we returned back to to the village. I put some more clothes and socks from my car gear bag, got me 2 acemidophen pills and a vitamin C tablet from the FAK, and off we went back to work. Honestly igot THAT close to getting a cold, I could feel the air sipping through into my bones.

That's what happened to me when I landed in Oregon yesterday. Felt the cold and wet sucking the life out of me, tickle in the back of the throat, sniffly, malaise, and figured I was going to crash and burn big time. But I beat it with getting myself into the right clothing and popping a couple Tylenol. The downside is that now I don't have a good excuse for hiding from my relatives.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: SelcSilverhand on December 02, 2016, 07:42:22 AM
A power transmission line in my area went down in the evening and about 10,000 people were without power. Some preps went well, others not so much.
+We lit candles and our oil lamps first for lighting.
-One lamp was filled with kerosene and the wick dried out. We decided after the outage to empty it and refill with candle oil which worked out better in the other 4 lamps
+We had several flashlights and headlamps around the house so we were all comfortable
+I had plenty of gas stored up for the generators and lots of heavy duty wiring for hooking them up
-I decided to try and start the generator that my dad gave me a few weeks before. Turns out he hadn't run it for 2 or 3 years (which I didn't know at the time) and I wasted an hour trying to start it.
-His generator was the wrong plug type for what I had setup for my own generator. I spent more time rigging up wiring into my panel to plug in the generator that ended up not even working.
-I pulled out my smaller generator that I start twice a year, run the gas out of it, and generally take great care of it. I couldn't get it to turn over at all this time.


In the end, the power was only out for 8 hours and we went and stayed at my parents place so the kids would be more comfortable.
My big takeaway from the experience was that I need to test my generators more often and have all my tools in one place to work on them if they fail to start. Starter fluid, wrenches, oil, spare spark plugs would all go good in a small box with the generator. I also should have spent more time on setting up permanent plugs for connecting the generators so I didn't have to open up my electrical panel and hook in wires. At my old house we would pull the meter and wire up directly to the panel that way, but the new place that meter is in a location close to a busy road so I wouldn't want to leave a generator there.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on December 10, 2016, 07:28:25 PM
My son called me, and then came over as he was frustrated in his search for a syringe to drain a hematoma (I think ) cauliflower ear, in any case, he does sports. He figured I might have a syringe. For the gauge he was looking for, I had 2 unused, unopened 20g needles and syringes for livestock use, we have goats. Yes, we had cotton ball and alcohol. Yes we had gloves. So he came over.

He was super hungry having been running around trying to find help or supplies for his problem, so I also pulled out a jar of my homecanned, homemade veg. soup and some canned dilly beans (with garlic and hot pepper) from the pantry (and toast with butter, of course). So, I could feed him with no notice of needing to feed someone.

He decided that his gf might be better to do the deed, and left with supplies ( and forgot the gloves !) I also gave him fresh eggs, purple sweetpotatoes to take home, a list of where the uninsured cheap clinics are, and told him about healthsharing plans. I have emailed him a link for Liberty, which should work.

Now, my youngest dd has surfaced and is consulting him, as she has actually been with the vet and seen this done on a cow. More experience than the rest of us

so being prepared with medical supplies, premade food in the pantry, knowledge gleaned from the forum on coverage all came in handy.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on January 08, 2017, 01:09:17 AM
took a wide mouthed canning ring covered about 90% with an abalone shell, to keep leaves off the drain uphill of the garage/pantry -- darn thing always gets covered with leaves, and the trench gets filled with rain water dangerously close to topping the garage sill.... so far so good -- goodnight all --- (all pet food bags and a few cardboard boxes of food are now on top of the 5 gallon buckets in the pantry just in case)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 08, 2017, 08:01:03 AM
Been staying on top of the canned goods (boughten) rotation as about 3 mouths ago we went through the house pantry and was surprised at some of the expiration dates.
Gave a couple of cases away after checking the product. All was good except the sour krout wanted to come out of the can on it's own just as the can opener touched the top of the can.  :jaw-drop:  :rofl:


So we pitched half a dozen of those and made a mental not to not buy as much sour krout.
Reading above about SilverHands gen problems, has reminded me I haven't started our gen in 3-4 months. So I better dig it out today and let it run a bit
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on January 08, 2017, 10:58:55 PM
Got to use our preps today !

Power was out for 8 hours or more, and power was out for the cable (internet) companies repeaters to get signals up here too. The cable (internet) kept going for a few hours, like usual. SO, I have new batteries for my battery back up, so my cable modem box and wi-fi never ran out of power, and cell phones(via wi-fi) and the computer worked for many hours, until their batteries gave out.

Stayed toasty warm with the wood stove going. I had overhead lights via the battery backup. Pressure pump gave me water pressure, also via the battery backup. So, we could turn on a kitchen and pantry light, get supplies, and cut up ingredients for soup, and then the soup was put on the wood stove to cook. It is realy nice being warm and dry and smelling that soup cooking, having warm drink, playing games

We gathered around the kitchen table in the afternoon, made popcorn, and drank and played board games ( actually, one board game, its new, so about 4 back to back game of Catan), we went ahead and used the regular overhead electric light for this due to the batteries.

- battery back up
- extension cord to refrigerator
- wood stove heat
- wood stove cooking
- full pantry
- board games
- battery backed up electric light for our hang out area ( although we also have oil lamps)
- back-up cozy drinks ( wine for 2 of us, and the other had LDS hot cocoa mix with rum)

ANd, absolutely no reason to have to leave the house -- dont need to worry about which tree is on which road when you have everything you need at home
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 09, 2017, 05:31:06 AM
Mountain Momma, good planning and great report...KARMA for your popcorn.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 09, 2017, 07:58:42 AM
MM sounds good!!. So with that trial run, have you thought of other things you need to keep on hand, and stuff that is not necessary?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: xxdabroxx on January 09, 2017, 09:51:56 AM
Phone lines were out at the gas station this morning so it was cash only, pulled a $10 out of the truck stash and proceeded as usual. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on January 09, 2017, 12:24:56 PM
MM sounds good!!. So with that trial run, have you thought of other things you need to keep on hand, and stuff that is not necessary?

We used to get power outages for 3 days, years ago, I have lived here for 18 years. We had 4 years of drought, so less rain soaked ground for those years, so maybe some people got complacent or forgot.

Hm... there are many things I didnt get to, due to health problems, but nothing critical at all, meaning I intend to upgrade drainage on the uphill side of the house, but my existing system held up fine, and we didnt even flood the garage/pantry ( I havent had that happen for years, but it is possible, so if we ever redirect this one downspout ( on the garage roof that we re-roofed in aug/sept ) to NOT dump in the ditch above the garage, I think it would NEVER be possible to flood it. When it flooded before, it was only 1 inch or less deep, more like water used to seep in on a rare large storm, before I made the drainage ditch uphill of it.

We were very comfortable, and were not lacking in anything. This is a new battery bank, so it was nice to have it actually called into play.

But, this was a very short situation. If a tree had gone thru my roof, or a tree had fallen on my daughter as she walked to feed the animals, well, then that would have been a whole different thing. That situation then calls into play communication and the larger neighborhood around us, and we have NOT had a trial of this. I would then have been hoping someone was listening in on a HAM band from my handheld to get the EMT's here, if needed, and there are a few neighbors who can use chainsaws. I have removed 2 very large trees to minimize possibilities of this.

I do not think you can over prepare, have too much. This was short, and no one was hurt, and people can leave this neighborhood.

In 1974, before I lived here, that was our storm of the century for this location. And, after that Love Creek, 1982, was the bad one for the valley below ( Thirty homes were destroyed and ten people killed by the slide; another twelve died in other parts of the county because of the storm http://patch.com/california/santacruz/mudslide-remembering-love-creek-1982), and then the Loma Prieta Earthquake, 1989, which was hugely disruptive and damaging to this county, and to the valley here in the mountains (In the mountains, houses suffered major structural damage, fell off foundations, widows blown out, water pipes broke, so boil orders in effect all over, road and bridge damage, everything fell and broke in grocery stores, lines at rationing at grocery stores, etc....).  But, 1974 was the one for this neighborhood up on the top of the mountain. Some people couldn't get home or get out for weeks, an older resident here that I talked to about this had to walk the last mile home, over and around fallen branches and trees 20 feet deep, etc.... A few years ago, in a different part of the county, a road slip out meant that a group of houses couldn't have anyone in or out until a new road was built, so weeks or more than a month, I forget.

So, I think it is important to remember to prepare for the unlikely, rare incident. So, at that point, you have to go to oil lamps, etc... so I do not think I have anything redundant.

I think I do not have enough practice with communication (HAM), I am short on capabilities to do my own emergency repairs ( which is why I stock coffee and homemade kalua), because we may, some day, get another extreme event -- not downplaying the very real inconveniences and property damage that we did have this week, but that is limited given the actual one every 10 or 20 years that we have had and that we could have.



Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 09, 2017, 01:03:22 PM
Sounds good MM. I ask others so I can get ideas. It's good info usually.

Our food stock here is doing good. This year we need to work on our water supplies, and maybe more med stuff. More camping, outdoor cooking stuff.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on January 09, 2017, 01:19:58 PM
Sounds good MM. I ask others so I can get ideas. It's good info usually.

Our food stock here is doing good. This year we need to work on our water supplies, and maybe more med stuff. More camping, outdoor cooking stuff.

exactly. A way to cook/shelter outside if your house is compromised.

I  have a  limited knowledge base, realy, of medical issues. I do know basics. So, yes, especially in an extreme event if you get cut off for a while, you need to be able to communicate to the outside world (HAM) if you have a medical emergency -- be able to hold it steady until help arrives, delayed help, if at all. And, know your neighbors, get to to know them so you can knock on their door for help, and they can knock on yours. We are not islands. between people in an area, there are likely to be various skills that can be helpful for various situations.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 09, 2017, 02:48:19 PM
Woodstove has a flat top. We have cooked with it before. Also have grandma's old wood cook stove I intend to set up someday. Have a place tiled that we made when we build the loom room for the wife.
Have a coleman camp stove that won't light. Which reminds me.........need to dig it out and work on it.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FreeLancer on January 12, 2017, 06:16:44 PM
Used the compressor in the jump pack I keep in my car.  A colleague's tire picked up a nail today and the spare doughnut tire was under-inflated, so it was nice to be able to fill it up after I changed it.  Horrible rainstorm today and she was driving us back from an interview in her state car.  Fortunately we got off the freeway and back to the parking garage before the tire totally crapped out.  It could have been a lot worse.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on January 15, 2017, 07:37:29 PM
Was out of white beans in the pantry, so actually dug into my Long term Storage, and took out a #10can, LDS cannery, dry white beans. My dd isn't feeling well, and she realy wanted spanish white bean/potato soup. Also, after discussion in another thread here about storing beans, I thought, hm, would be interesting to open and use a 4 1/2 year old can of dried beans. Didn't have time for a proper, overnight soak, as she didnt tell me she wanted this until mid afternoon -- so, old beans, no over night soak. Smells great, I will report over in food storage on how this turns out.

Need to remember to replace this now, but I have a few other things I want to get there, so maybe a local road trip soon.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on January 17, 2017, 06:50:35 AM
returned home with a blown up heab by a shift of number crunching.

i took the first of the cans of tomato sauce i made for the first time, added some choped farm sausage and hard chease while ti boiled. had an easy meal
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: ECR on January 17, 2017, 01:04:36 PM
I use mine every day in order to rotate through them.  I even use the 25 year cans.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 17, 2017, 01:23:25 PM
returned home with a blown up heab



?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on January 17, 2017, 02:02:15 PM
head....

basically meant with a head ready to blow up...we also use the equivalent word of pouncing over here
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 17, 2017, 02:08:44 PM
Copy... ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Montag 451 on January 17, 2017, 09:36:56 PM
Don't know why I never tried this but, opened a can of our home canned tomatoes from a couple years ago and just ate some as is, with a bit of salt and pepper.
Dang, that sure was good, ate half the jar. Usually just make chili and stuff with those. Certainly a lot better than the cardboard tomatoes in the store this time of year....
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 17, 2017, 11:07:58 PM
Oh ya...............cardboard tomatoes.  :stop:  :spit:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: allofthemonkeys on January 18, 2017, 12:02:25 AM
A few days ago the water from the tap came out grey.  We used it as a chance to try out the berkey filter we had in storage.  The small town Facebook page was full of questions about it.  Turns out they flushed the pipes without warning anyone, giving my small town a scare.  Berkey has been working great since.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: CPT Morgan on January 28, 2017, 07:25:45 PM
Made tuna melts tonight for dinner, using the home canned tuna we put up last summer.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 28, 2017, 07:31:47 PM
Made tuna melts tonight for dinner, using the home canned tuna we put up last summer.

I can only imagine it tastes so much better than the can or bagged ,over processed stuff that the stores sell and more like salmon.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: CPT Morgan on January 28, 2017, 07:46:59 PM
I can only imagine it tastes so much better than the can or bagged ,over processed stuff that the stores sell and more like salmon.

Well let me tell you that if you have never tried it, do not ever try it unless you are prepared to can it yourself from then on....  It will ruin you for life.  You will never be able to eat store bought tuna again.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on January 28, 2017, 08:22:48 PM
There is no comparison to store bought tuna. Home canned looks and tastes like ambrosia, store bought canned is like fishy tasting wet cardboard

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 28, 2017, 08:37:44 PM
Has anyone here received their replacement $50.00 chicken of the sea? We signed up long ago.
Woner if they were just poo pooing everyone
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on February 16, 2017, 10:55:38 PM
Dinner from the food I put by:

Homemade baked Mac and Cheese ( from the old Betty Crockers Cookbook) this used 1/2 pound of pasta from the pasta box, 1/2 lb of my homemade Colby Cheese ( made from goat milk) that has been aging on the shelf in the pantry, waxed, since October 15th until tonights use, onion, fresh goat milk as we space out the breeding and milk year round

Oven roasted brocolli, since I had the oven on -- bought I'm afraid  :-[

Homecanned loquat halves for dessert. I picked these in town ( too cold for loquats on the mountain) last spring and canned them halved and well packed, in a light syrup.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on February 17, 2017, 09:34:46 AM
Has anyone here received their replacement $50.00 chicken of the sea? We signed up long ago.
Woner if they were just poo pooing everyone

I googled the settlement and guess they have decided instead of $50.00 worth of tuna, we're all going to get 4 dollars and change.  ???
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on February 17, 2017, 08:13:07 PM
good thing I wasnt planning on baking or canning today/tonight !

Power off for about 12 hours so far. The power went out as we were preparing to drive to an important interview for my dd at UC Davis. So, battery back up powered the electric tea kettle for hot tea and the toaster for toasted bagel, as we did not have time to fire up the wood stove. She milked the goats by headlamp flashlight. Modem was also connected to battery backup, so we were able to check our local mountain road update page to see how to proceed to get across half the state in this storm. The extra cash in small bills in the glove box was used for bridge tolls as I had forgetten to put cash in my purse.

Getting home with power still off, she fed and milked again by headlamp, I started up a fire in the woodstove at it was quite cold in here, she helped me get the good extension cord out and hook the refrigerator up to battery backup, I heated up hot cocoa and homecanned soup on the woodstove. Able to post here as the current outage seems to be very localized so the cable companies repeater boxes are still operating.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on February 17, 2017, 08:18:31 PM
Woodstoves are certainly the best mm

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on February 17, 2017, 08:26:17 PM
Yes. That's our main heat.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: FreeThinker on February 19, 2017, 08:20:57 AM
Passive solar and woodstove here, which is the primary depends on the time of year and the amount of cloud cover.  52 degrees was the high yesterday, and 100% sunny.  Sol provided all our home heat, and 15 tons of additional thermal mass in our home stored enough to keep us warm all last night.  Temp in the house this morning was 65 degs, and going to be another sunny today so likely will be able to go another day without a fire.  Not bad for Feb at the 45th parallel.  Not sure if this qualifies as 'using' preps as nothing was consumed/used up in the process, but we like it.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on February 22, 2017, 09:36:27 PM
Passive solar and woodstove here, which is the primary depends on the time of year and the amount of cloud cover.  52 degrees was the high yesterday, and 100% sunny.  Sol provided all our home heat, and 15 tons of additional thermal mass in our home stored enough to keep us warm all last night.  Temp in the house this morning was 65 degs, and going to be another sunny today so likely will be able to go another day without a fire.  Not bad for Feb at the 45th parallel.  Not sure if this qualifies as 'using' preps as nothing was consumed/used up in the process, but we like it.

yes, I have quite a few days of only passive heat here too -- as long as the sun is shining !
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on February 22, 2017, 09:51:40 PM
This last outage was a doozy -- only the second time in my 19years here that I lost landline telephone, still dont know if it is because the storm took out a wire or if ATT is becoming more hi-tech and vulnerable.

So, about 40 hours of no electricity, no cable/internet, no landline phone ( and, there is no cell coverage where I live, so cell phones do not work here, and I do not have gas or propane plumbed to the house either)

So, most of the usual solutions I use, wood heat, battery backup lights and refridgerator, etc....  but, with no way to communicate out, I put the handheld HAM station on, and to make sure it worked, I drove 3 miles to a friends house, had him turn his on and then I went home and we made sure I was up and working (yesterday) today I left it on all day, but no traffic until this evening when I practiced with new contacts. Stopped by our fire station by his house when I was out yesterday, and it was in full community center mode, coffee pot going, and various random mntn people sitting around on their laptops and cell phones using the stations enhanced communication ability/location.

Dinner was cooked on the woodstove with stores from the pantry, and I settled for a pot of white rice and a pot of home canned baked beans, went outside and picked miners lettuce for a salad, and opened home canned peaches. Going to a store would have been out of the question, the roads are melting up here. Most ways off the mntn were closed off. My dd made it out by going the wrong direction to the coast ( and barely passing a downed tree covering a road by driving part on the dirt shoulder) and missing her first class. I had the hot food waiting for when she got back, and she found one of the more usual roads open enough to get back ( otherwise she has a couple choices of places to crash in the flatlands) Mostly she came back as it was safe enough and she could not call to let me know she was safe if she didnt show --
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: xxdabroxx on March 13, 2017, 12:11:24 PM
This morning I used a bunch of gauze, need to replace it pronto.  I had my teeth cleaned on Fri, lady dug into my gums pretty serious like.  I think she may have pushed something up into the gums on one of my upper molars.  Sunday night it started bleeding fairly good.  I brushed, flossed, mouth washed, salt water rinse, etc.  Nothing was slowing it down and it wasn't just a small amount of bleeding like you get when you floss a tender spot or something, it was flowing fairly good.  It was bed time on Sun night so I folded up some gauze and stuck it where the blood was coming from, I wasn't completely sure of the exact source yet.  I woke up a couple hours later and removed the gauze, pretty soaked through, and figured I'd be good to go to bed.  Woke up this morning and it was still leaking the red stuff at a pretty good pace.  Stomach was upset too. 

Called the dentist when they opened, they suggested salt water rinse or a special mouth wash they had until she could talk to the dentist.  I rinsed with salt water for probably 12-15 minutes waiting on a call back to no avail.  Then I looked at it a bit harder with a flashlight and could see that it wasn't coming from between my teeth like I thought but from the outside face at the gum line.  I put more gauze on it and added pressure this time.  After a few minutes it stopped finally and hasn't started back up yet.  Going on 2 hours now without bleeding, I don't think I've bled this much ever before, particularly not for that long of a time period.  Glad it's stopped though, I'm a little leery of what to eat for lunch though, I don't want it to start again.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: alan123 on March 13, 2017, 10:32:19 PM
Did you take aspirin or advil? I find I bleed more easily if I do. Thins the blood.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: xxdabroxx on March 14, 2017, 11:04:12 AM
Did you take aspirin or advil? I find I bleed more easily if I do. Thins the blood.

No I generally don't take any meds unless I get the odd back/ headache.  It was a really strange occurrence.  Hasn't come back yet, so I think I'm out of the woods. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RitaRose1945 on March 14, 2017, 11:27:58 AM
No I generally don't take any meds unless I get the odd back/ headache.  It was a really strange occurrence.  Hasn't come back yet, so I think I'm out of the woods.

And I'm assuming it wasn't progesterone, because that can make you bleed more as well.  ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sams on March 27, 2017, 02:21:24 AM
Almost got car jacked on my way to the hospital, a friend was driving me.

We managed to get away, and the car dashboard camera managed to capture of the perps on video, which allowed to solve the crime very fast.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on March 27, 2017, 01:59:34 PM
Wow  :o
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on March 27, 2017, 02:10:33 PM
  I want to know more of that story....
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on March 27, 2017, 02:11:52 PM
I'll drag out the popcorn....


 :popcorn: :popcorn:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LVWood on March 27, 2017, 02:22:36 PM
Glad you and your friend survived.
Yes, tell us more...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: sams on March 28, 2017, 12:12:48 AM
  I want to know more of that story....

I ok I will tell more.

1 - A 100 kg piece of equipment feel on my foot, despite the the safety book being used, I got 3 stiches and a big blood blister, so I am unable to drive and I asked a friend to drive me to the hospital, using my Toyota Hilux 2012 Pick up truck, which has darkened glasses and a Dashboard Camera.
2- I live in Africa, so where I live the roads are very bad in the rainy season even inside town, so we were driving very slow.
3- My friend being very carefree kind of soul, He was driving extra slow and had the doors of the car unlocked, and as we went along I was holding a old cellphone on my hand and we were talking about the phone GPS tracking software or such thing.
4- Suddenly a guy came running after the car and the started smashing the hood of the car, my friend instinctively STOPPED THE CAR  >:( ... I confess I wasn't paying attention to my surrounding, but I was feeling shitload of pain and was tired.
5- in the next seconds one Criminal opened my door and took away my phone in my hand, and 2 others opened my friends door and I am not sure if they wanted to take him out of the wheel, but in any case, my friend accidentally smashed the gas pedal and sent us speeding away from the criminals, at which point they took off.
6- The Dashboard Camera managed to get an image of the guy that was smashing on the hood of the car, and so we made a picture of him, took it to our Local "Crime Coordinator", ie the chief criminal of the neighboorhood and complained to him that one of his underlings tried to carjack us which He is not allowed to do because we are locals, and the showed the picture.
7- Later in the evening the Chief criminal had the phone returned.

The whole car jacking attempt last less than 5 seconds ... sorry if this wasn't exciting  ;D

The alternative to this would have been to go to the police and wait 2 months before they even try to solve the case.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on March 28, 2017, 04:01:10 AM
  SAMS you were very lucky and your account of how the event happened is very informative.We do not get many first hand reports on such events and your story makes me all the more aware of the situation around me and hopefully how to avoid such a situation. I was also interested in the return of your phone by giving notice to your local 'crime coordinator' as while I would call police...many areas of my country the 'crime cordinator' is also the best route. I hope your foot mends well.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Alan Georges on March 28, 2017, 06:15:55 AM
I ok I will tell more.
...
6- The Dashboard Camera managed to get an image of the guy that was smashing on the hood of the car, and so we made a picture of him, took it to our Local "Crime Coordinator", ie the chief criminal of the neighboorhood and complained to him that one of his underlings tried to carjack us which He is not allowed to do because we are locals, and the showed the picture.
7- Later in the evening the Chief criminal had the phone returned.
Thanks for a reminder of how things really work in a lot of the world.  "Coming soon to your neighborhood!"  Well, maybe.  It's a possibility none of us can safely ignore.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on April 01, 2017, 12:25:57 AM
It pays to build infrastructure and resources.
In my "small devices power kit" I have foot long cables with various DC connectors attached. I used 3 of them to make a custom cable for powering my Baofeng (DC adapter) and a simplex repeater controller from a DIY 7.2V battery pack
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on April 01, 2017, 04:39:03 AM
Thanks for a reminder of how things really work in a lot of the world.  "Coming soon to your neighborhood!"  Well, maybe.  It's a possibility none of us can safely ignore.

Sadly,even the best neighborhood is within 72 hours of the same activity...civility does not last long when duress enters.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on April 01, 2017, 08:36:58 AM
sams, that was pretty eventful, and something I would be happy to only live vicariously though you.
What are you doing to prevent that from happening again?

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RitaRose1945 on April 01, 2017, 11:06:59 AM
It happens, no matter where you are.

We just had a guy breaking into houses in a good, gated neighborhood a few miles from me.  Armed with a rifle or a shotgun (the report just said "long gun") and in the process of breaking into a second house (that they knew of).   Police were called, helicopters were tracking him, police shot at him and missed, homeowner saw him on his security camera, grabbed a bat, and handled the situation.

Last I heard, bad guy was in the hospital for injuries sustained when the homeowner hit a home run.

http://news3lv.com/news/local/police-investigate-officer-involved-shooting-near-buffalo-and-mountains-edge (http://news3lv.com/news/local/police-investigate-officer-involved-shooting-near-buffalo-and-mountains-edge)

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on April 01, 2017, 11:28:12 AM
Good deal on the homeowner getting a home run.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RitaRose1945 on April 01, 2017, 11:58:53 AM
Good deal on the homeowner getting a home run.  ;D

Here in Vegas, we're fairly proactive.  ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on April 28, 2017, 01:27:40 PM
Oh ya...............cardboard tomatoes.  :stop:  :spit:

Oh my gosh..........broke down and bought tomatoes. Eek.
Can't wait till we have some ripe ones out of the garden.

Pulled some soups and stuff from the preps. We are starting some rotation.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on June 03, 2017, 11:22:46 PM
when ever I go out of the house with my kid, I often ware a water bottle fanny pack (http://a.co/8uNwZLk) with parenting preps in it (bandaid, spare kid clothes, snacks, wipes, etc..) Kind of like my kids mini go bag...


I went my kids first soccer game and...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 04, 2017, 09:13:24 AM
  I added extra security lighting at the house,changed the diesel generator's (at the BOL) active oil filter and verified the oil (synthetic) was clean and still doing as it should. Set day and time for a PET scan. Added a few more spare parts to the storeroom at the BOL also.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 04, 2017, 02:37:49 PM
Been doing some rotating in the storeroom.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 04, 2017, 04:33:17 PM
Been doing some rotating in the storeroom.

You can get DIZZY that way. ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on June 04, 2017, 04:50:18 PM
I found a package of chocolate cookies that needed to get rotated out of storage....
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 04, 2017, 04:51:09 PM
You can get DIZZY that way. ;)

Wonder why the doc didn't figure that out?  :o
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 04, 2017, 04:51:49 PM
I found a package of chocolate cookies that needed to get rotated out of storage....


Yum
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LVWood on June 04, 2017, 05:05:06 PM
I found a package of chocolate cookies that needed to get rotated out of storage....
lucky you!!!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on June 09, 2017, 03:20:17 AM
We use from our stuff constantly and just don't let it get below a certain level of stock.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 09, 2017, 08:44:00 AM
I'm beginning to think that's the best way to rotate it.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on June 09, 2017, 08:55:05 AM
Works well for us.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 09, 2017, 09:37:39 AM
  Why save it if you don't use it?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: LVWood on June 09, 2017, 09:40:47 AM
That's why we eat what we store.
It's in continual rotation.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 09, 2017, 12:26:42 PM
When I started a couple years ago, I planned on just rotating by the expo dates, but have discovered that doesn't work well.
I wanted a 2 year supply to start with. (Think leave it there for 2 years) Then start using it and putting it back. I found we had too much that was expiring at the same time.
So change in plans. Like Red, use it, replace it. Like coffee, though it will keep longer, I keep 12 36oz bags of whole beans. We burn that.....er......grind that up in about 10 months.
So my limit on coffee can go more than 10 bags.

Milk in a carton. Don't buy 12 quarts at the same time.  :facepalm: It's likely to expire the same time.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on June 09, 2017, 05:59:54 PM
As far as the "best by" or "use by" or expiry dates I take that with several grains of salt. Never had a problem with anything not too far out. Read here somewhere about 30 yr. old beans. I wasn't clear if that was dry or canned.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 09, 2017, 06:08:38 PM
Usually with bought-en canned goods, we'll go a year or 2 and not bother us.
But last year we were redoing the closet pantry and found some spinach that was 5 years out. Whooo now, it's nasty when it's fresh. Lol. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on June 09, 2017, 06:31:13 PM
I'd prefer not to go two years over but as long as the can isn't swollen I guess you only sacrifice some quality on the older stuff.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on June 10, 2017, 01:14:21 AM
When I started a couple years ago, I planned on just rotating by the expo dates, but have discovered that doesn't work well.
I wanted a 2 year supply to start with. (Think leave it there for 2 years) Then start using it and putting it back. I found we had too much that was expiring at the same time.
So change in plans. Like Red, use it, replace it. Like coffee, though it will keep longer, I keep 12 36oz bags of whole beans. We burn that.....er......grind that up in about 10 months.
So my limit on coffee can go more than 10 bags.

Milk in a carton. Don't buy 12 quarts at the same time.  :facepalm: It's likely to expire the same time.

Indeed. The solution is buying incrementally over the first year of making your stock.
I was of limited funds then, so I discovered the method out of necessity.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 11, 2017, 02:42:18 PM
I was grafting up the last 17 of the 45 apple trees for my friend today, while waiting to go onto the next project, when on the 3rd from the last, I looked up against my better judgement and took out my left thumb. After 15 minutes I finally got it to stop gushing blood while leaning over the sink to keep it from going all over to clean up later.

Got my FAK out of my truck, and used tefa pads, kling wrap, vet wrap and got it wrapped up (after I got it to quit bleeding the second time as I had to JUST had to finish up those last 3 trees), and did a pretty good job at wrapping it.. and ironically used the same utility knife to cut my bandages that I used to cut my thumb with.

Self medicated with Amoxicillin out of my hoarded stash.

I need to replace a couple things I used in there. But really glad I have a good FAK with me.

Taught my friend how to graft the last 3 trees, as I started to, but then decided it was not in my best interest.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 11, 2017, 03:33:18 PM
  I hope you are OK,that's the only left thumb you've got.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 11, 2017, 03:45:25 PM
  I hope you are OK,that's the only left thumb you've got.

After 15 minutes of it gushing blood, I really thought I was going to have to go to the ER, but currently other than reminding me ALOT that it is still there, I think I am OK. I always tease my friend Bob about when he cut off his thumb (They actually had to reattach it, and part of his toe in in his thumb), so I had to show him photos that I was trying to emulate him. Even he was impressed. I never type with my left thumb, just my right for the space bar, so I am good to go  :P

Actually I am wimping out on the tablesaw right now, letting JD build the bee nucs, but in a bit I will get back on it and start opening hives to move some bees around into them.

And thanks!

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 11, 2017, 04:23:45 PM
After 15 minutes of it gushing blood, I really thought I was going to have to go to the ER, but currently other than reminding me ALOT that it is still there, I think I am OK. I always tease my friend Bob about when he cut off his thumb (They actually had to reattach it, and part of his toe in in his thumb), so I had to show him photos that I was trying to emulate him. Even he was impressed. I never type with my left thumb, just my right for the space bar, so I am good to go  :P

Actually I am wimping out on the tablesaw right now, letting JD build the bee nucs, but in a bit I will get back on it and start opening hives to move some bees around into them.

And thanks!

Cedar

I am truly glad to hear that it should heal and be OK. Yea, I also would avoid the power saw for a time and be sure to use safety sticks near the blade.
But,on the bright side...at least you got to use the medical kit you just bragged about...I hope there is no connection to stuff like that.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 11, 2017, 04:26:00 PM
But,on the bright side...at least you got to use the medical kit you just bragged about...

Actually that was my Trauma Bag I was talking about the other day, this is just a FAK I tossed together and put into an old large camera bag I bought for $2 back in 2010?

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 11, 2017, 04:27:30 PM
Actually that was my Trauma Bag I was talking about the other day, this is just a FAK I tossed together and put into an old large camera bag I bought for $2 back in 2010?

Cedar

Oh, good because Trauma could have been much worse.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Smurf Hunter on June 13, 2017, 08:23:16 AM
I  own suture kits I don't know how to use ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 13, 2017, 08:29:14 AM
I  own suture kits I don't know how to use ;)

If we get to go camping together again, bring them and I will show you how to use them. I also have suture on the reel, so we can use some of that. You have needle drivers?

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 17, 2017, 11:45:32 AM
Ugh. Brought out my small suture kit last night, debrided the flesh off my thumb which was not reattaching with a #10 scalpal blade, as it was getting kinda ugly looking, and I was afraid I was going to snag it on something when I was airing it out at night..washed it with betadine. Looks​ much better now with extra bits removed. Still on my stash of antibiotics. Hopefully only another week to heal?

Mind you, I do not recommend this self-treatment like this, but it was my work for 20 yrs, so I felt confident doing it, and if anything was looking wonky, oozing something, or smelling weird, I was going to see a doctor. It still is owwie though.

But glad I do have more than a bandaid box ...

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 17, 2017, 02:42:03 PM
Ugh. 7 to 10 to heal probably
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 17, 2017, 04:13:16 PM
Ugh. Brought out my small suture kit last night, debrided the flesh off my thumb which was not reattaching with a #10 scalpal blade, as it was getting kinda ugly looking, and I was afraid I was going to snag it on something when I was airing it out at night..washed it with betadine. Looks​ much better now with extra bits removed. Still on my stash of antibiotics. Hopefully only another week to heal?

Mind you, I do not recommend this self-treatment like this, but it was my work for 20 yrs, so I felt confident doing it, and if anything was looking wonky, oozing something, or smelling weird, I was going to see a doctor. It still is owwie though.

But glad I do have more than a bandaid box ...

Cedar

My cuts appear to heal much faster with twice a day ,15 minute application of UV light....
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: cidyl on June 18, 2017, 12:27:43 PM
Ugh. Brought out my small suture kit last night, debrided the flesh off my thumb which was not reattaching with a #10 scalpal blade, as it was getting kinda ugly looking, and I was afraid I was going to snag it on something when I was airing it out at night..washed it with betadine. Looks​ much better now with extra bits removed. Still on my stash of antibiotics. Hopefully only another week to heal?

Mind you, I do not recommend this self-treatment like this, but it was my work for 20 yrs, so I felt confident doing it, and if anything was looking wonky, oozing something, or smelling weird, I was going to see a doctor. It still is owwie though.

But glad I do have more than a bandaid box ...

Cedar

Seven days is long for delayed primary closure, two or three generally being the recommendation.  Not that I'm disagreeing, the best answer to the "suture or not" (1st or 2nd intent) question is often "both" (3rd or delayed closure) imo, assuming no infection which is the whole point of waiting to close in the first place.

Impressed and thanks for sharing.  Thread could use some pics however.  I really shudder to think how many might enter even a minor emergency such as this and, pardon the expression, find themselves without even a pot to poop in. :rofl:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 18, 2017, 01:02:49 PM
 :rofl:


We have 5 gallon buckets for pots
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 18, 2017, 01:10:45 PM
Seven days is long for delayed primary closure, two or three generally being the recommendation.  Not that I'm disagreeing, the best answer to the "suture or not" (1st or 2nd intent) question is often "both" (3rd or delayed closure) imo, assuming no infection which is the whole point of waiting to close in the first place.

Impressed and thanks for sharing.  Thread could use some pics however.  I really shudder to think how many might enter even a minor emergency such as this and, pardon the expression, find themselves without even a pot to poop in. :rofl:


Hey, some of us don't even have a exit... ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on June 18, 2017, 09:38:17 PM
Seven days is long for delayed primary closure, two or three generally being the recommendation.  Not that I'm disagreeing, the best answer to the "suture or not" (1st or 2nd intent) question is often "both" (3rd or delayed closure) imo, assuming no infection which is the whole point of waiting to close in the first place.

Impressed and thanks for sharing.  Thread could use some pics however.  I really shudder to think how many might enter even a minor emergency such as this and, pardon the expression, find themselves without even a pot to poop in. :rofl:

At this late date, in hindsight, it probably should have had five-ish sutures tossed in. It won't be the end of the world though. I put myself on amoxicillin 500 BID x 7. I might go ten.  I considered Ceph. Cleaned with betadine a few times. Neoporin at night when I take the bandages off to air it out. Trying to keep it dry under the bandage and my gloves while I am bulldozering.  Looks like raw flesh, definitely all layers of skin gone. It is not that huge of an area. Gonna leave a nice scar, but hey, it could have been in a worse location, than where I did it, so no complaints there.

I just keep checking it for infection,trying to keep it as clean as I can. I am pretty sure I will live.

The only reason I didn't go get it dealt with, was on a Friday, had alot to get done that day, worked in animal surgery 22 years, cleaned and sutured a lot of ugly trainwrecks. I have sewed on humans before (shh -- bush medicine -- 12 hrs drive to a real hospital). But yes, if I had not been able to get it to stop actively bleeding in another minute or two, I would have gone to ER. I did text a couple people on TSP pics of the injury, but I will see if they are worth posting. The piglet I sewed up after getting stepped on by a 600# sow, which I think I posted here, was one I was proud of, as a three corner deep laceration came together better than I had hoped. I probably could have seen this one up, as I can use either hand for it, but in reality I would have had someone else in ER do it, as I am a wimp and cannot inject myself with lidocaine.

 But unless you have experience, I wouldn't​ recommend doing self-surgery or self-surgery.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 23, 2017, 02:48:30 AM
This is such a wonderful recipe that I can't wait to prepare this.

Yumm ,toasted squirrel bits with onion and banana pepper.....
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: theBINKYhunter on June 23, 2017, 09:40:51 AM
While the use was not 'prepper' related, I did use my preps.

First part is my debit card. I think the daily limit is set at $200. A few years ago I had the limits for my wife and I increased by quite a bit. The purpose of this was in case we needed to get cash quickly in a large amount and the banks were closed.

Second part was to keep cash on hand. We had a decent sum in my safe and usually added to it a couple times a year to slowly let it grow.

Both were used when I bought my bike last weekend. It was a Sunday when I found it and a great deal that I wanted to jump on. I didn't have enough in the safe to cover the purchase price but I was able to go to the ATM and pull out enough to cover the remainder that I needed. This allowed me to get the bike. We'll restock our cash reserves over the next couple months and be right back where we were.

So while buying a 'bike' wasn't preparing, being prepared allow me to do something that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 23, 2017, 09:47:13 AM
Flexing of Prepper Power if ever I saw it. And no one got injured!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 10, 2017, 06:35:08 PM
You know that trauma bag we were talking about Carl? Sadly I had to use it today as JD ran his hand through a table saw with a dado blade on it, losing two fingers on his right hand. Index and middle fingers.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 10, 2017, 06:39:42 PM
  OUCH...bad accident...good you were there or it could have been much worse.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Ms. Albatross on July 10, 2017, 06:45:38 PM
You know that trauma bag we were talking about Carl? Sadly I had to use it today as JD ran his hand through a table saw with a dado blade on it, losing two fingers on his right hand. Index and middle fingers.

Cedar

 :jaw-drop:
Poor guy!
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Post by: Stwood on July 10, 2017, 08:27:37 PM
Gad. Sorry to hear that.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 17, 2017, 10:57:58 PM
Three days no hot water and/or no water at two houses, so grateful to myself for having wet wipes for a "bath' tonight.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on July 20, 2017, 01:04:55 AM
the day before yesterday we had a short power cutoff.
I used the chance to spend the time upgrading a flashlight of mine.
Music from the HAM radio, headlamp for lighting, battery powered soldering iron etc.
It turned out tha it is good enough for PCB work, but not for soldering on brass pars and heatsinks. :-[
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on July 20, 2017, 08:38:21 AM
Made lunch in the solar cooker on the deck, tamale pie, using dehydrated tomato powder, home dehydrated celery, home dehydrated peppers, canned beans, corn, olives from pantry. I did boil water for polenta in the house, could have done this outside too if I had wanted the meal for dinner, rather than lunch, my deck has alot of East shade. A bit of grated hard goat cheese on top.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 20, 2017, 09:10:20 AM
Made lunch in the solar cooker

I am building a new one now mm, what does your look like? I left my former one in Canada.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on July 20, 2017, 10:17:16 AM
I am building a new one now mm, what does your look like? I left my former one in Canada.

Cedar

After the early years of experimentation with home made ones, I eventually went to store bought. Sturdy, lightweight, portable, works well. I have the Sun Oven for years, when I was cooking for a family everyday, I was using it every day half the year and ended up buying a second one, so I could cook multiple items at once for the family.

I have taken a sun oven to the county fair, where we have to camp in the parking lot all week, We would make ahead cassaroles and freeze them, and each morning, take a partially thawed one out of the cooler and into the sun oven , set it and forget it and have food later.

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Post by: Cedar on July 20, 2017, 10:22:51 AM
I have been thinking g about buying a crockpot since I lost all of mine, and two days ago, I was like "duh", make another solar oven. So I started compiling materials two days ago and hope to take it to the table saw today.

Yes, the same one JD cut his fingers off with, and I think your u asked... He is doing ok. Might have to have surgery down the road, but he just tore out their laundry room floor and replaced it, and moved three cords of wood yesterday.

Cedar
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Post by: Carl on July 20, 2017, 10:36:44 AM
  Glad to hear he is better , my older brother stuck his hand into a RUNNING lawn mower while removing the bagger  when he was 15 and that was not so good...he is an IT person now and thinks he is the smartest of three brothers.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on July 20, 2017, 10:44:02 AM
I have been thinking g about buying a crockpot since I lost all of mine, and two days ago, I was like "duh", make another solar oven. So I started compiling materials two days ago and hope to take it to the table saw today.

Yes, the same one JD cut his fingers off with, and I think your u asked... He is doing ok. Might have to have surgery down the road, but he just tore out their laundry room floor and replaced it, and moved three cords of wood yesterday.

Cedar

glad he is fine. The plywood ones are heavy, and it is hard to have reflectors as good as the store bought ones. Heavy is bad for me, but you are stronger. I also do not have as much scrounged materials to build with.

Our first homemade so,ar oven was made with cardboard and foil with a window on top. Worked well, held up for years, the box part was light weight, and we carried the window seperate to set on top. We made it TOO LARGE, so it was unweildly to move and store, otherwise that cardboard one would have lasted a very long time

These homemade box cookers work well as all day slow cookers. But, the most recent sun oven gets hot enough to use to bake cookies, etc... so can do back to back cooking on a summer day. I also like how it folds up, snaps close, and has a carry handle for me to carry it outside, put it in the trunk to take camping, etc...
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on July 20, 2017, 01:26:24 PM
I am building a new one now mm, what does your look like? I left my former one in Canada.

Cedar
This will be my August project, so i will be following your footsteps
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Cedar on July 20, 2017, 04:54:40 PM
My first one was cardboard and lasted six or seven years, but I was running out of room in n my way back to the states so gave it to someone. I had baked a cake at -3c, but it took three hrs. I actually have plans in the first magazine I did in 1995, and I will send that to ppl who want if they pm me their email. It may get take a few days until I can get my laptop online at a friend's house. It was a really rough issue as I was working out the program with no directions.

I am gearing up to start the magazine in the next few months again with a partner so I can just focus on projects and writing.

Cedar
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on September 17, 2017, 12:50:01 AM
Monday to Wednesday we were camping on a plateau on 1500m of elevation. I got notice Sunday afternoon, so my gear collecting was good but no perfect. (I chose not to use pre-packaged gear as an exercise)
So I dove into my car gear to use
- poncho as a second layer on the tent, since we were expecting LOTS of rain.
- day shoes I wore as camp shoes
- 18650 batteries
- car stored clothes rolled in a pillow.
- car mats for improving on the foam sleeping mat (EXCELLENT insulation i tell you)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RitaRose1945 on September 17, 2017, 06:56:54 AM
Monday to Wednesday we were camping on a plateau on 1500m of elevation. I got notice Sunday afternoon, so my gear collecting was good but no perfect. (I chose not to use pre-packaged gear as an exercise)
So I dove into my car gear to use
- poncho as a second layer on the tent, since we were expecting LOTS of rain.
- day shoes I wore as camp shoes
- 18650 batteries
- car stored clothes rolled in a pillow.
- car mats for improving on the foam sleeping mat (EXCELLENT insulation i tell you)

Wow, good thinking!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on October 05, 2017, 12:38:58 AM
yesterday I had a low tire... I will be monitoring it, but it did not spoil my ride... I used the 12V tire pump i recently acquired and keep in the trunk
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Jeff NH on October 06, 2017, 03:05:59 PM
A couple of weeks ago, we were in a restaurant (mostly a beer place) - Table next to us ordered a wine. Waiter came back and said they could not find the corkscrew. I said I keep one in the car for wine emergencies....Got corkscrew. Saved dinner.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: RitaRose1945 on October 07, 2017, 03:45:35 AM
Waiter came back and said they could not find the corkscrew. I said I keep one in the car for wine emergencies.

I don't even drink wine, but you get karma just for using the phrase "wine emergencies" and being prepped for them.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on October 07, 2017, 04:48:29 AM
I'm not a wine drinker either but perhaps "wine emergencies" should be added to the TSP book of dire emergencies.  :beer:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: NWPilgrim on October 07, 2017, 06:28:57 PM
A couple of weeks ago, we were in a restaurant (mostly a beer place) - Table next to us ordered a wine. Waiter came back and said they could not find the corkscrew. I said I keep one in the car for wine emergencies....Got corkscrew. Saved dinner.

WHAT?!  Why wasn't it already in your pocket???  SAK: opens the beer bottle, pops the wine cork, slices the cheese and saws through that overdone T-bone steak!
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Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on October 21, 2017, 12:59:28 AM
well, I used mine last week.
I was on a very long trip, was halfway lost, so asked a guy on the side of the road for directions. He asked back for some water. For the car. Out came the 2liter bottle, his eyes rolled and kept it cos he had to go quite some miles before the next water source.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on November 24, 2017, 08:23:20 AM
Opened up a can of Augason's prepared biscuit mix to see how good it is.
This is the second batch of biscuits we've made from it. Wife used whole fresh milk this time. Biscuits came out better than using water.

Mix is ok, so we will stock more.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on November 24, 2017, 08:49:42 AM
Opened up a can of Augason's prepared biscuit mix to see how good it is.
This is the second batch of biscuits we've made from it. Wife used whole fresh milk this time. Biscuits came out better than using water.

Mix is ok, so we will stock more.

The brownie mix is great too and I use 'real' milk while I have it also...sometime EAGLE CONDENSED in a pinch for even richer product.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on November 27, 2017, 02:55:36 AM
Opened up one can each of Augason potato shreds, bell peppers and onions. I made Potatoes O'Brian. It was Ok but I think needed larger pieces of onions and bell peppers. Works if you can't get the fresh stuff.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on November 27, 2017, 05:32:16 AM
Opened up one can each of Augason potato shreds, bell peppers and onions. I made Potatoes O'Brian. It was Ok but I think needed larger pieces of onions and bell peppers. Works if you can't get the fresh stuff.

You forgot to add the meat?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on November 27, 2017, 06:12:01 AM
Actually no, I made a sausage, cheese, egg thing sort of like a Mexican or Spanish Migas. Should have put onion, bell pepper and jalapeno in it also.   :facepalm:
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Post by: Carl on November 27, 2017, 07:13:29 AM
Actually no, I made a sausage, cheese, egg thing sort of like a Mexican or Spanish Migas. Should have put onion, bell pepper and jalapeno in it also.   :facepalm:

YUMM,as long as it is in the mix,you benefit.
I put some potato shreds with shredded pork on the grill-plate this morning and the dog had to make do with dawg food.
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Post by: Redman on November 27, 2017, 07:31:31 AM

I put some potato shreds with shredded pork on the grill-plate this morning and the dog had to make do with dawg food.

Can't go wrong there either. Poor dog.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on November 27, 2017, 08:32:14 AM
Can't go wrong there either. Poor dog.

I keep her fattened up,just in case,because Y3K is just around the corner.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on November 27, 2017, 09:30:14 AM
 :spit:
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 07, 2018, 10:23:05 AM
Brought out some more home canned stew. Got home late last night, and needed a quick fix for supper.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on January 07, 2018, 05:44:27 PM
For supper we had hash browns from Augason potato shreds, home canned sweet potatoes, home made coleslaw and link sausage warmed up in a little lard. The potatoes complimented each other BTW.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on January 07, 2018, 11:52:33 PM
My youngest came down with that horrid flu, I nursed her for last 4 days for her end of break. It was good to have sick supplies at hand: pulled out home canned applejuice put up this last fall, Biota elderberry juice, home canned veg soup, lemons just about ripe off the tree to make lemon/honey in hot water. Then from pantry supplies made lebanese lemon lentil soup ( home canned stock, lemon from tree, lots of home grown garlic -- lentils and potatoes from pantry supplies ) with some home canned peach slices. I had already put aside a small box of sick supplies to take home with her, likely she will need to use those to get thru classes ( sypmtom supression over the counter stuff, etc...)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 09, 2018, 11:50:30 AM
Remind me to **not** buy any more Armour vienna bites for stocking.

We usually put some kind of meat into our homemade canned stew we can every year, just to add to the stew. We put a can of those in it, it it totally soured the taste of our stew.  :pissed: :facepalm: :stop:
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Post by: mountainmoma on January 09, 2018, 09:40:54 PM
I opened a can of peak dried whole milk to rotate it out, so now I am making my daily afternoon cocoa with it for a few weeks, and not the fresh goat milk, goat milk is low right now and I am trying to save it up to do one more batch of cheese
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 10, 2018, 06:34:30 AM
Remind me to **not** buy any more Armour vienna bites for stocking.

We usually put some kind of meat into our homemade canned stew we can every year, just to add to the stew. We put a can of those in it, it it totally soured the taste of our stew.  :pissed: :facepalm: :stop:

I use 'chunk' and thick sliced bacon...there's always room for bacon. :P
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 10, 2018, 06:48:29 AM
That gave me a thought Carl. Dry some meat and put it in mason jars, vacuum packed. We have lots of jowl
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on January 10, 2018, 06:50:29 AM
That gave me a thought Carl. Dry some meat and put it in mason jars, vacuum packed. We have lots of jowl

Hard to tell with your beard.  :) Dried meats are ideal for stews and such.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on January 13, 2018, 12:58:01 PM
while I am still collecting parts fro my small power box, and planning a black out exercise, reality offered a real event yesterday afternoon.
I powered the router to have internet access, used USB lights, made Greek coffee on an alcohol stove, etc.
Some Pics: http://greekpreparedness.blogspot.gr/2018/01/blog-post.html
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on January 13, 2018, 08:06:49 PM
while I am still collecting parts fro my small power box, and planning a black out exercise, reality offered a real event yesterday afternoon.
I powered the router to have internet access, used USB lights, made Greek coffee on an alcohol stove, etc.
Some Pics: http://greekpreparedness.blogspot.gr/2018/01/blog-post.html

Coffee, a light and internet access -- Great job ! Just those 3 things will help every emergency better
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on January 13, 2018, 08:26:51 PM
Road trip today to work on church benches, we took homemade canned stew and also canned smoked pork for lunch.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on January 14, 2018, 01:41:25 AM
Coffee, a light and internet access -- Great job ! Just those 3 things will help every emergency better

yes....and nowadays Internet access is a safety feature....
BTW check the neighboorhood for other wifi signals and there was only one more. which must be from a business. router being tied to the PC APU. Might been hackable too.
Now that I recall both the city's public network and a telecommunications provider wide area/sharin net for subscribers where down.
I guess this kind of recon counts for the thread content too!
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: markl32 on March 01, 2018, 01:27:27 AM
We were without heat for 10 days during 30-40 degree days and below freezing nights.  Heat system finally fixed today.  I ran the wood stove darn near 24/7.  We lost power (and therefore well water) for a day.  Ran the place with a tractor/PTO generator combo.  I had just got out the Steven Harris "Run silent run deep" 600ah worth of batteries with an inverter to power internet, fridge, freezer and stove fan for the night when the power came on. 

The PTO generator is 12kw.  I have main house panel with manual transfer switch, the generator plug and the custom non-suicide cable all done by an electrician.  This was the first time we used it "for real".  I have everything sort of pre-staged and it was nice to just roll it out and fire it up.  We even ran the laundry washer... lulz. 

We also filled up two of the Tim Glance/Old Grouch 5 gallon euro mil surp water bags.  We have no water when there is no 240v power so I wanted it for over night and the next morning.  we did not end up needed it but nice to have.  We have used them in past outages; filling them with the last bit of pressure in the water system pressure tank. 

Thanks to Jack and Steve Harris.  I pulled this entire plan from the power series they did a few years back.  It all worked. 

Lastly, I have to say it;  a PTO generator hooked to a tractor is pretty much a... 

Light Saber!   :)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on March 01, 2018, 01:45:50 AM
We were without heat for 10 days during 30-40 degree days and below freezing nights.  Heat system finally fixed today.  I ran the wood stove darn near 24/7.  We lost power (and therefore well water) for a day.  Ran the place with a tractor/PTO generator combo.  I had just got out the Steven Harris "Run silent run deep" 600ah worth of batteries with an inverter to power internet, fridge, freezer and stove fan for the night when the power came on. 

The PTO generator is 12kw.  I have main house panel with manual transfer switch, the generator plug and the custom non-suicide cable all done by an electrician.  This was the first time we used it "for real".  I have everything sort of pre-staged and it was nice to just roll it out and fire it up.  We even ran the laundry washer... lulz. 

We also filled up two of the Tim Glance/Old Grouch 5 gallon euro mil surp water bags.  We have no water when there is no 240v power so I wanted it for over night and the next morning.  we did not end up needed it but nice to have.  We have used them in past outages; filling them with the last bit of pressure in the water system pressure tank. 

Thanks to Jack and Steve Harris.  I pulled this entire plan from the power series they did a few years back.  It all worked. 

Lastly, I have to say it;  a PTO generator hooked to a tractor is pretty much a... 

Light Saber!   :)

Great tale of how preparation does keep one alive and comfortable during disruption. Good job
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on March 01, 2018, 10:16:31 AM
We were without heat for 10 days during 30-40 degree days and below freezing nights.  Heat system finally fixed today.  I ran the wood stove darn near 24/7.  We lost power (and therefore well water) for a day.  Ran the place with a tractor/PTO generator combo.  I had just got out the Steven Harris "Run silent run deep" 600ah worth of batteries with an inverter to power internet, fridge, freezer and stove fan for the night when the power came on. 

The PTO generator is 12kw.  I have main house panel with manual transfer switch, the generator plug and the custom non-suicide cable all done by an electrician.  This was the first time we used it "for real".  I have everything sort of pre-staged and it was nice to just roll it out and fire it up.  We even ran the laundry washer... lulz. 

We also filled up two of the Tim Glance/Old Grouch 5 gallon euro mil surp water bags.  We have no water when there is no 240v power so I wanted it for over night and the next morning.  we did not end up needed it but nice to have.  We have used them in past outages; filling them with the last bit of pressure in the water system pressure tank. 

Thanks to Jack and Steve Harris.  I pulled this entire plan from the power series they did a few years back.  It all worked. 

Lastly, I have to say it;  a PTO generator hooked to a tractor is pretty much a... 

Light Saber!   :)

Great job !!

I have been using my preps all week as my pressure pump died last friday. I had changed the water system over the years here so that I have a tank and a small amount of gravity feed, and made sure to have a pressure pump that allows water to run thru it when it is off. None of that was here when I moved in. This has meant that we have water and I can also slowly fill animal water.

But, not quite prepped enough. Couldnt find my back up shower head though to put on my renters shower, we use low flow shower heads in CA, which is normally fine, but they restrict flow too much to allow low pressure water thru. I had a shower head where I had taken the flow restricter out, so I need to get a new one. Also, I am unable to take apart the plumbing at the pump myself, very frustrating, so I will have to hire out for a very simple install job once the new pump arrives. I went and bought a couple stainless steel flexible pipe lengths ( 12" and 24", respectively) these are the ones where the connectors at each end turn without the pipe turning. This should allow an easier way that even I can take off to check or clean out a pump without an expensive service call, so I will ask the well service guy to swap out the other connectors for these.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on March 01, 2018, 10:23:27 AM
markl32.........sounds great.

Kinda sounds like our last outage. We also have a well, and need a way to get water from it with no power. We're thinking a deep well stainless hand pump.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on March 01, 2018, 11:34:54 AM
markl32.........sounds great.

Kinda sounds like our last outage. We also have a well, and need a way to get water from it with no power. We're thinking a deep well stainless hand pump.

I like the look of those deep well stainless steel, if I had the money I would have it as a backup.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on March 01, 2018, 01:31:26 PM
I like the look of those deep well stainless steel, if I had the money I would have it as a backup.

Same here. Too many other priorities to spend the coin on it right now.
So we just store water. Course we have the gen we can fire up and run the well also.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: mountainmoma on March 01, 2018, 03:58:53 PM
Same here. Too many other priorities to spend the coin on it right now.
So we just store water. Course we have the gen we can fire up and run the well also.

My solar set up with battery back up will run either or both the pressure pump and the well pump, and I have a 2500gallon tank. The handpump is a backup to a pump or electrics breaking. Things can break at just the worst times  -- so, my inverter can break, or your generator. then we are both on stored water
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: markl32 on March 02, 2018, 11:31:55 PM
markl32.........sounds great.

Kinda sounds like our last outage. We also have a well, and need a way to get water from it with no power. We're thinking a deep well stainless hand pump.

This is on the roadmap!  We are looking at a new well pump in the next 3-5 years as the current one is nearing 20 years old and I'll do the hand pump when we have to replace the powered pump.  I am happy with the generator and all but the simplicity of a hand pump is very attractive. 

I am also budgeting for a rain water catchment system; somewhere between 4000 and 7000 gallons.  I live in the pacific northwest so if I ever run short on water I am just simply doing it wrong... 

thanks to all for the feedback. 
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on May 05, 2018, 04:38:53 PM
We had for supper home canned navy beans with tomato sauce and pork, home canned white potatoes and home canned ham. Keeping the jars rotating and keeping from starving.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on May 05, 2018, 04:59:31 PM
We had for supper home canned navy beans with tomato sauce and pork, home canned white potatoes and home canned ham. Keeping the jars rotating and keeping from starving.  ;D


 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on May 15, 2018, 10:17:09 PM
wife's car battery died

used my jumper cables, and nothing... good thing we had 2nd pair of jumper cables :) got the car jumped and over autozone for a new battery.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on May 16, 2018, 04:33:53 PM
wife's car battery died

used my jumper cables, and nothing... good thing we had 2nd pair of jumper cables :) got the car jumped and over autozone for a new battery.

Hate it when that happens. Glad you got it going again.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 03, 2018, 06:27:58 PM
Dug out a jar of homemade canned stew for dinner.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on June 08, 2018, 09:11:10 AM
Supper last night was home canned shredded pork in BBQ sauce, home canned beans with pork and tomato sauce and home canned white potatoes.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on June 08, 2018, 11:50:24 AM
I will be having a hectic TV evening.
having blown a fuse in one of my radio power cables, for using the wrong rating one, I will have to go through them all, mark them and add replacement fuses for 3,7 &10 Amps.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on June 08, 2018, 05:00:02 PM
Oops.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 08, 2018, 08:11:38 PM
Dug out a jar of homemade canned stew for dinner.  ;D

Had another yesterday evening.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Hootie on June 16, 2018, 02:07:37 PM
at my kids soccer game and some equipment broke. 1 zip tie and we were back on track.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 17, 2018, 07:02:41 AM
  Water heater failed in a spectacular manner and I used $1500 cash reserve to get new heater and effect repairs....would have been $2300 except for the CASH discount. 8)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on June 17, 2018, 04:28:28 PM
Green money has an effect on people. Always good to bring it out if you can.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 17, 2018, 07:12:05 PM
Green money has an effect on people. Always good to bring it out if you can.  ;D

Many of my surgeons and Doctors bills were cut in half ,or nearly so, due to cash being offered.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on June 19, 2018, 02:39:40 AM
Brought out a pint each of home canned baked beans and carrots for supper last night.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 19, 2018, 04:52:22 AM
Had to bring out of the storeroom some of that famous RABBQ sauce last night.
Seems the original first 2 pints of that batch evaporated.  ???
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Post by: Carl on June 19, 2018, 05:15:38 AM
Had to bring out of the storeroom some of that famous RABBQ sauce last night.
Seems the original first 2 pints of that batch evaporated.  ???

It may last longer if kept in a cooler area?
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Post by: Redman on June 19, 2018, 05:24:35 AM
It may last longer if kept in a cooler area?

I doubt that dry ice would keep it from evaporating. I used 1/2 pint of it on sausage last night. Told wife I needed to make another batch for baked beans, only got less than a pint remaining.
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Post by: Carl on June 19, 2018, 05:47:38 AM
  I guess you need to batch it out in a 30 gallon drum to avoid such fast evaporation....
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Post by: Redman on June 19, 2018, 05:53:01 AM
Makes about a gallon so that shouldn't be too difficult. I think he's drinking the stuff though.  ;D
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Post by: mountainmoma on June 19, 2018, 01:45:46 PM
Solar oven cooking yesterday, one had a nice quiche eggs, chard, onions homegrown here, in the other I put a pan of brownies. Both ovens were at 350'F at 3 in the afternoon so cooking was quick.

Eating some rotating out foods, like canned peaches and corn relish to go with. Hot cocoa last night using an envelope of milkman milk that was found in the go bag.
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Post by: Stwood on June 19, 2018, 07:54:40 PM
I think he's drinking the stuff though.  ;D


Thats what was in that quart glass last night!!!!!!!!! :excited: :wtf:

I thought it tasted familiar.  :facepalm:

Hey I got an extra 55g drum out back..........
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Post by: Stwood on June 21, 2018, 04:36:21 AM
Brought out some homemade canned chili for supper
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Post by: Bradbn4 on June 27, 2018, 12:27:48 PM
I had a car down the road decide it was time to hook up with a power pole....out came the flashlights and battery operated lantern.   I keep the makings of a black out kit by the fireplace.  This power outage lasted about 5 hrs so it was hardly an issue at all.

On a hot evening day with no electric; I did what most people do...went to sleep from the sound of the alarms from people's houses going "beep" "beep" "beep".


Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on June 27, 2018, 05:45:57 PM
I had a car down the road decide it was time to hook up with a power pole....out came the flashlights and battery operated lantern.   I keep the makings of a black out kit by the fireplace.  This power outage lasted about 5 hrs so it was hardly an issue at all.

On a hot evening day with no electric; I did what most people do...went to sleep from the sound of the alarms from people's houses going "beep" "beep" "beep".

Yeah we got power outage stuff around. I hate those freaking alarms. Usually only lasts 1 1/2 hrs. or less here. But up to three days.
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Post by: Stwood on June 28, 2018, 04:36:11 AM

On a hot evening day with no electric; I did what most people do...went to sleep from the sound of the alarms from people's houses going "beep" "beep" "beep".


Gad
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Post by: Carl on June 28, 2018, 05:37:44 AM
Battery powered fan makes for a great prep ,that gets a lot of use,in such times.
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Post by: mountainmoma on June 28, 2018, 09:58:51 AM
Yeah we got power outage stuff around. I hate those freaking alarms. Usually only lasts 1 1/2 hrs. or less here. But up to three days.

I dont understand  -- alarms that go off when there is no power ?  And, why ? Dont people notice there is no power ?  I wouldnt put up with it for a second, that is pretty intolerable to hear noise for hours with no reason for it ?
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Post by: Redman on June 28, 2018, 10:02:42 AM
Our microwave beeps once when the power goes off.
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Post by: mountainmoma on June 28, 2018, 11:26:35 AM
Our microwave beeps once when the power goes off.

But, not continuously for 1 1/2 hours, right ? Trying to figure out how someone falls asleep to the sound of contunualy beeps from neighbor houses.

Next door neighbor had some sort of obnoxious well or water pump audible alarm, it went off when they weren't at home, and just kept making noise. So, a contingent of a few of us neighbors went over there and I pushed something and stopped it ! I havent heard it since, hopefully they disabled that audible part
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Post by: Redman on June 28, 2018, 05:34:01 PM
There are so many types of alarms for different things it's virtually impossible to say what it is. My truck has a couple of beeping alarms. You know, seat belt, parking brake, head lights, etc. The other is different. It's a different tone and comes from a different part of the dashboard area. Only happens occasionally and after about 5 minutes it quits. I've never been able to find out what causes it.
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Post by: Bradbn4 on June 28, 2018, 05:34:39 PM
But, not continuously for 1 1/2 hours, right ? Trying to figure out how someone falls asleep to the sound of contunualy beeps from neighbor houses.

Next door neighbor had some sort of obnoxious well or water pump audible alarm, it went off when they weren't at home, and just kept making noise. So, a contingent of a few of us neighbors went over there and I pushed something and stopped it ! I havent heard it since, hopefully they disabled that audible part

It was not an alarm; but loud beeping noise every 2-3 mins...I figure it was the house about 100 feet as the crow flies.  In the house I could not hear it; but with the patio window with me sitting on the other side of the screen.  I could hear that noise clear as a bell.   

Hmmm... a small ectric fan; that would be a nice thing to have.  All I need now is a small solar power station and quality converter.  Mostly as a learning tool versus anything else.
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Post by: Stwood on June 29, 2018, 05:08:27 AM
Pulled out some stew for supper.
Rotation rotation rotation.......
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Post by: Redman on June 29, 2018, 05:46:15 AM
Pulled out some stew for supper.
Rotation rotation rotation.......

Yeah, asparagus soup here last night.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on June 30, 2018, 07:54:29 AM
Yeah, asparagus soup here last night.


 8)
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Post by: mountainmoma on June 30, 2018, 10:14:29 AM
I ground up stored wheat berries to make pizza.  I have found out, some time ago now, that you cannot stack buckets with gamma lids 3 high, at least not with heavy food like this, as the lids break. So, I have been eating down to reduce the height of my pantry staple stacks.  Wheat berries and oats will now be only 2 buckets high, and I will keep less storage of those in the pantry.  This last pizza night emptied a red wheat berry bucket, and I now could finally pour in the wheat from the bottom bucket with the broken lid, it has taken a long time to finish that top bucket off !  I still have soft wheat berries and oats with 3 in the stack, oat bucket is reducing, but the soft wheat berries haven't been used as much as they should, we have been using store bought white flour.....

I guess a better, and cheaper, plan for others to think about would be if you want your stacks 3 buckets high; have the bottom 2 buckets with regular hammer on lids, only have a gamma lid on the top bucket, and use a lid wrench to open the next bucket and pour into the gamma lidded bucket when you rotate ! This still leaves the easy open, color coded lids on top for every day use.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on June 30, 2018, 10:37:00 AM
  Dog and I had a half dozen freeze dried pork chops today...not bad after a simmer to recover fluids.
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Post by: Stwood on June 30, 2018, 10:49:15 PM
I ground up stored wheat berries to make pizza.  I have found out, some time ago now, that you cannot stack buckets with gamma lids 3 high, at least not with heavy food like this, as the lids break. So, I have been eating down to reduce the height of my pantry staple stacks.  Wheat berries and oats will now be only 2 buckets high, and I will keep less storage of those in the pantry.  This last pizza night emptied a red wheat berry bucket, and I now could finally pour in the wheat from the bottom bucket with the broken lid, it has taken a long time to finish that top bucket off !  I still have soft wheat berries and oats with 3 in the stack, oat bucket is reducing, but the soft wheat berries haven't been used as much as they should, we have been using store bought white flour.....

I guess a better, and cheaper, plan for others to think about would be if you want your stacks 3 buckets high; have the bottom 2 buckets with regular hammer on lids, only have a gamma lid on the top bucket, and use a lid wrench to open the next bucket and pour into the gamma lidded bucket when you rotate ! This still leaves the easy open, color coded lids on top for every day use.

M Momma, cut some 12"x12" plywood (1/4) or osb board and lay between your buckets. Spread the weight of the upper buckets.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on July 01, 2018, 07:39:49 AM
Pulled out a can each of Augason potato shreds and dried red and green bell peppers. Made potatoes O'Brien with them. Bell peppers didn't add anything but visual appeal but they are necessary to the dish.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on July 01, 2018, 08:13:19 AM
Pulled out a can each of Augason potato shreds and dried red and green bell peppers. Made potatoes O'Brien with them. Bell peppers didn't add anything but visual appeal but they are necessary to the dish.

That sounds soooo good!
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Post by: Redman on July 01, 2018, 08:25:50 AM
It was but would have been better if I hadn't over done the garlic salt or had used different seasoning. Had some for breakfast in fact. If I had had any eggs, oops, that would have gone quite well.
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Post by: Carl on July 01, 2018, 08:36:28 AM
It was but would have been better if I hadn't over done the garlic salt or had used different seasoning. Had some for breakfast in fact. If I had had any eggs, oops, that would have gone quite well.

I use a bit of lemon pepper instead of garlic salt for a dish close to this with a bit of rice.
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Post by: Redman on July 01, 2018, 08:40:08 AM
 :clap:

Lemon pepper, that's what's missing from the rack.
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Post by: Stwood on July 01, 2018, 08:44:41 AM
Lemon pepper on a rack.  ???   :D :D


Canned stew again for supper last night.
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Post by: Carl on July 01, 2018, 08:56:37 AM
  Dog and I are making do with some garbanzo beans,long beans,and Jack Daniel's pulled chicken...she eats it when she gets hungry....I think it is a pretty good protein.
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Post by: Stwood on July 01, 2018, 09:04:26 AM
So Jack pulls chickens around  ???

In a wagon or?  :D
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Post by: Carl on July 01, 2018, 09:18:31 AM
So Jack pulls chickens around  ???

In a wagon or?  :D


More like tossed through a wood chipper (with sinister laugh in background)and his secret juice added...but a pretty good start on a simple meal.
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Post by: Stwood on July 01, 2018, 09:22:07 AM
 :rofl:
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Post by: Redman on July 07, 2018, 02:43:04 AM
For dinner we opened a jar of sweet potatoes in brown sugar syrup, a jar of baked beans and a jar of shredded pork in BBQ sauce.
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Post by: Stwood on July 07, 2018, 09:05:25 AM
Yesterday, last years stew mix and some potatoes.
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Post by: Redman on July 08, 2018, 05:30:58 PM
Last couple days we've had white potatoes, pork and tomato sauce with wieners added to make beanie wienes, rehydrated potato shreds with dried bell pepper and dried onion, and chicken thighs cooked on our new Lodge cast iron grill pan. That might be considered a prep also as it can be used over a campfire. Bloody thing is heavy too.  ::)
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Post by: Stwood on July 08, 2018, 09:34:42 PM
our new Lodge cast iron grill pan.

Hey...............no concealed gloats allowed.  :badgarden: 

 ;D ;D

Had a mixture of tamales and stew from the storeroom.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on July 09, 2018, 02:35:57 AM
Hey...............no concealed gloats allowed.  :badgarden: 

 ;D ;D

Had a mixture of tamales and stew from the storeroom.

 :egyptian:

I want a tamale machine, or just the money they cost.  ::) Better yet learn to make them by hand.
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Post by: mountainmoma on July 09, 2018, 08:45:34 AM
Since I was under the house, I pulled up the "treat" bucket I had there, it should have been rotated before now.  I had 2 bags just in store packaging of natural peanut m&m type candy, one tasted rancid, the other I snacked on. 
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Post by: Carl on July 09, 2018, 08:49:13 AM
Since I was under the house, I pulled up the "treat" bucket I had there, it should have been rotated before now.  I had 2 bags just in store packaging of natural peanut m&m type candy, one tasted rancid, the other I snacked on.

I would have thought the hard candy shell would have sealed better for long term storage.
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Post by: Stwood on July 09, 2018, 09:00:53 AM
:egyptian:

I want a tamale machine, or just the money they cost.  ::) Better yet learn to make them by hand.

Yea. I bought a bag of the wrappings/husks last year or the year before, and thats as far as I've got.
Have some friends that know how to make theirs, but haven't gotten with them yet to learn.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on July 09, 2018, 09:20:15 AM
Freaking shucks are $4/bag here. Check Alton Brown on Food Network, he did a show on making tamales.
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Post by: Stwood on July 09, 2018, 10:55:50 AM
Not  8) on the bag price.

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Post by: Redman on July 09, 2018, 05:42:52 PM
Not  8) on the bag price.

Yeah, you grow corn. Check on using the husks green or drying them. Of course they might be less expensive in your area. Google can be your friend on this.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on July 09, 2018, 08:05:54 PM
I'll try and give the husk drying a whirl.
Don't remember what I paid for the bag I have.
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Post by: Hootie on July 10, 2018, 07:04:42 PM
needed to spice up some brown rice. so i grabbed a jar of dehydrated broccoli, rehydrated with butter.
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Post by: Carl on July 11, 2018, 05:08:28 AM
  Dog and I had Black Bean Burger,a meat substitute,as sandwiches for breakfast and it was pretty good food to start my day.
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Post by: Canadian Prepper on July 15, 2018, 12:01:05 PM
I went to a fun vintage/sporting rifle match with our provincial rifle association yesterday.

Shooting my Ruger Gunsite Scout at 100-300m was fun and very revealing. The rifle shot great, but I need to better figure out how to quickly load the magazine and react if it doesn't seat firmly. I also need to pay attention to cycling the action vigorously, particularly in stances where that doesn't come naturally. Otherwise I scored well and should do fine with over 90% of the deer that come my way, and with practice will be better able to respond to that 10% that are further away.

I finished reading LCol David Grossman's "On Combat" the other day and will probably pick up another book about character formation, performance under stress, history or other world trends.

The weekend allowed for some networking with friends, including some good work contacts and others who are interested in survivalism related topics.
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Post by: Redman on August 03, 2018, 05:21:15 PM
I made a pie with some of my canned cushaw squash. Tasty, not pretty, I'm not a pie maker.
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Post by: Carl on August 03, 2018, 06:36:15 PM
I made a pie with some of my canned cushaw squash. Tasty, not pretty, I'm not a pie maker.

Make a PUMPKIN PIE with the cushaw and it will look and taste GREAT. ( PS  I use almonds in place of pecans for a real treat)
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Post by: Knecht on August 03, 2018, 08:11:55 PM
More forging....it's way too hot most of the day to forge, so I only do it for couple hours a day. Today's list is a tomahawk (complete), mocotaugan blade (complete), 6 fish hooks (to be filed and continued) and a boucheron knife blade (to be ground and then heat treated). All for reenactment sales, but all of these items are useful and it's good to have some experience making them.
Received my wool fabric and started working on my 15th century outer shirt. As I said above, clothes like this will be golden in any long term scenario. Meanwhile, adding another historical era to my interest brings me more business opportunities and thus helps to fuel my self-employment. Not to mention having fun, finding friends and training melee combat (not sure how this works elsewhere, but here we really go quite medieval on each other. Our weapons are dull, but other than that, they're still made of steel).

Planning to harvest black rowanberries over the weekend and dry them in the oven. These berries taste so bad that they must be insanely good for health (which they really seem to be, so I daily eat a handful of the dried ones in the winter). Drying them in low heat oven is so far the best way to make them taste somewhat good.
Picked some plantain again, time to make another batch of ointment.
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Post by: Redman on August 04, 2018, 02:47:41 AM
Make a PUMPKIN PIE with the cushaw and it will look and taste GREAT. ( PS  I use almonds in place of pecans for a real treat)

Yeah any winter type squash may be substituted for pumpkin and that is what this was. It take talent, practice and skill to get a scratch made crust to turn out pretty IMO. I have all but three of those.  ;D
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Post by: Stwood on August 04, 2018, 08:07:04 AM
It take talent, practice and skill to get a scratch made crust to turn out pretty IMO. I have all but three of those.  ;D


Lol
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Post by: David in MN on August 04, 2018, 06:58:36 PM
Yeah any winter type squash may be substituted for pumpkin and that is what this was. It take talent, practice and skill to get a scratch made crust to turn out pretty IMO. I have all but three of those.  ;D

Just use vodka, gin or bourbon in place of the water. Alcohol prevents gluten development so you get a very flaky crust. I also use equal parts flour and cake flour. I doubt you'll hear complaints about bourbon in the crust of a pumpkin pie, much less my beloved pecan.
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Post by: Redman on August 05, 2018, 02:24:18 AM
Bourbon pie (pecan pie w/o pecans) was going to be my next attempt.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Carl on August 05, 2018, 08:45:54 AM
  Where do you place the duct tape?
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on August 05, 2018, 09:25:55 AM
  Where do you place the duct tape?

I put it around the edge for a rim to hold the filling until it's set. Shell is overfilled due to the amount of bourbon.  ;D
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Post by: Stwood on August 05, 2018, 09:39:45 AM
Sticky side in? or out?
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Post by: Redman on August 05, 2018, 11:52:49 AM
Oh in definitely to give the filling something to stick to.  ;)
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on August 29, 2018, 02:32:08 AM
Lately our evening meals have all been homecanned meats and vegetables with grains all from the storeroom. Just keeping the stuff moving.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on August 29, 2018, 09:32:35 AM
Lately our evening meals have all been homecanned meats and vegetables with grains all from the storeroom. Just keeping the stuff moving.

We tend to do that in cycles. Use pantry items then we need a change.
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Post by: Redman on August 29, 2018, 09:44:21 AM
Yeah I'm seeing Linguini with Red Clam Sauce in the near future. Linguini is the only thing we have on hand.
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Post by: mountainmoma on September 29, 2018, 08:44:03 PM
Last night I had popcorn with the popcorn I pulled out of the LTS "treat" bucket a few months ago,  this did well, about 5 lbs in a seal a meal bag, then in a plastic bucket with a gamma seal for 5 years.  Pops just great.  I have also been snacking on the chocolate chips from that bucket, again was a quart bag done in the seal a meal, and in the treat bucket for 5 years.  These were the good, high quality, organic, dark chocolate chips.  They are making a good substitute for not having any dark chocolate bars in the house.  I have not restocked this bucket, I am waiting until the plumbing is done to re-check LTS stores and put away.  I also pulled out some sealed good cocoa powder, but have not opened it yet.

Just now,  I made hot cocoa opening one of the milk-man, low fat envelopes.  It was not at its best buy date yet, but I am out of milk !

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Post by: Stwood on September 30, 2018, 10:44:27 AM
Last night I had popcorn with the popcorn I pulled out of the LTS "treat" bucket a few months ago,  this did well, about 5 lbs in a seal a meal bag, then in a plastic bucket with a gamma seal for 5 years.  Pops just great.  I have also been snacking on the chocolate chips from that bucket, again was a quart bag done in the seal a meal, and in the treat bucket for 5 years.  These were the good, high quality, organic, dark chocolate chips.  They are making a good substitute for not having any dark chocolate bars in the house.  I have not restocked this bucket, I am waiting until the plumbing is done to re-check LTS stores and put away.  I also pulled out some sealed good cocoa powder, but have not opened it yet.

Just now,  I made hot cocoa opening one of the milk-man, low fat envelopes.  It was not at its best buy date yet, but I am out of milk !

That is probably a relief to you to know that the 5 year LT is working out.
Do you have any LT that is older than 5 years?
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Post by: mountainmoma on September 30, 2018, 10:54:53 AM
That is probably a relief to you to know that the 5 year LT is working out.
Do you have any LT that is older than 5 years?

Yes, there is older. But, most of my LTS is in Mylar with O2 absorbers, then in buckets.  I know that will last.  This is a bucket of 'treats' I added by my LTS.  Seal-a-Meal packaging is not meant to last as long as Mylar, so I need to rotate.  And, it was good to know this lasted at least 5 years.  If I put treats back in that area again, I may do the same, or I may upgrade to 1 gallon mylar pouches in the bucket for at least the popcorn.  The chocolate chips will always need to be rotated, too much fat.  I believe I would always want to rotate cocoa powder too.  If the zombies come, we will have brownies.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on September 30, 2018, 11:04:15 AM
  If the zombies come, we will have brownies.


Lol. Thats what I told the wife about our 1 can of Mountain house brownie mix.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Greekman on October 16, 2018, 10:21:47 AM
Yesterday I cranked out my car trunk tools,  and  used the 12v  soldering iron for the first time.
I repaired the power cable for the external speakers I use for my cellphone  and HT  radio.

Mobile radio coax is still broken,  but it is not possible to fix iit in the  rented room I use.
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Post by: Redman on October 29, 2018, 07:11:28 AM
Last night for our supper I made a pulled pork pizza. The only thing I had to buy was cheese. From storage came salsa made with Mrs. Wages' medium mix. This was the sauce. Pulled pork canned in BBQ sauce, flour, yeast, salt, oil. One onion that we already had. It was really quite tasty, the salsa made a good sauce for the pizza.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Stwood on October 29, 2018, 07:40:24 AM
 8)

We need to be rotating dry storage more than we do. Beans, rice etc
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on October 29, 2018, 07:44:34 AM
I use the pintos regularly but the navies and blacks have been around nearly a year. Need to get them canned. Rice gets used often also. Beans and rice.  ;D
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: KellyAnn on November 16, 2018, 03:46:02 PM
I live in an apartment complex, so we're somewhat limited in what we can do for backup power.

Power went out with no warning and was out from about 10am to 2:30pm.
No microwave :(
Oven has an electronic interface to set the temperature setting, so no oven either.
Stove has an electric starter, but I can also light it with one of those long bbq grill lighters.
Was able to boil water for tea, and also to make up a pouch of Mountain House chili mac.  First time I've actually had freeze dried "instant" food.  I gotta say it was pretty tasty (after I added hot sauce).
Light wasn't a problem, it was daytime and we had some battery powered lanterns for the darker areas of our house.
The power outage was definitely annoying, but even our 5 year old kid did ok.  He likes when the power goes out because I let him watch videos on my phone, and he normally doesn't get to do that.

One thing I'd like to add to our preps is a kettle for hot water, boiling it in a pot works ok, but pouring it is a bit nerve wracking.  We normally use an electric kettle, but I think we should get a non-electric one too.
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Post by: Stwood on November 16, 2018, 04:14:59 PM
 8)

Times like those are when you realize what else you may need.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Redman on November 16, 2018, 05:07:20 PM

Stove has an electric starter, but I can also light it with one of those long bbq grill lighters.




Our stove/cooktop has the sparker thing also. After one of the switches shorted and caught fire. I simply unpluged the stove and have been using a BBQ grill lighter since. Get'em at the Dollar Store. Cost $40 to buy the replacement parts. I've spent maybe $2.00 in several years for the lighter things.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: KellyAnn on November 18, 2018, 02:06:36 PM
We're moving out of the apartment in a few days, our next place has an electric stove.  I hate electric stoves, but love everything else about the place we're moving to.
We have a portable camp stove that I'll use as the backup for cooking in when the power's out, I could've used it this time, but it's packed away in a moving box and kitchen stove worked fine.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Bradbn4 on November 28, 2018, 04:15:43 PM
I am recovering from a nasty cold, so like others here I dug into some what dated dehydrated food stocks.  The  Chili & Mac was fine, a rebranded Mountain house can, and a larger pouch of beef stroganoff.    Both styles of food were quite nice, the Chili & Mac turned out a bit better than the beef stroganoff.

While hot sauce would have made it taste better, but would have caused more issues.

Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Applejack on December 02, 2018, 03:48:01 PM
Used a lot of my food preps during the Thanksgiving holidays. So now will be restocking a few things. We had green beans, squash, from our garden the summer before last. Used my flour for cakes and rolls that I oven canned about 6 years ago. Now we are busy with Christmas so will be making a pot of navy beans from our stash as well as having quick meals such as soup and speggeti that I have canned over the past 3 years.
Title: Re: I used my preps today...
Post by: Knecht on December 11, 2018, 09:23:59 AM
We ate quite a bit of our can supply recently, while moving to the new place.
Found great use for my large forging hammers, even though my new forge shop is still not built yet - used them to remove the more solid parts of crappy rubbled concrete that we found after removing linoleum in the kitchen. Today, me and my wife have cleared all the old concrete and brought it outside. 80 buckets of it in total.
My EOD leg armor and tactical gloves are pretty handy for all kinds of work. Hard work provides great opportunity to test your gear.
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Post by: Stwood on December 11, 2018, 03:23:03 PM
We ate quite a bit of our can supply recently, while moving to the new place.
Found great use for my large forging hammers, even though my new forge shop is still not built yet - used them to remove the more solid parts of crappy rubbled concrete that we found after removing linoleum in the kitchen. Today, me and my wife have cleared all the old concrete and brought it outside. 80 buckets of it in total.
My EOD leg armor and tactical gloves are pretty handy for all kinds of work. Hard work provides great opportunity to test your gear.

 8) What I really like about the preps is, way less trips to the grocery store. We have it right here, for bad weather, bad times, etc.
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Post by: Redman on December 18, 2018, 05:32:19 AM
Had a mixture of home canned pineapple, commercial black beans and farro as sort of a salad or just a good side dish. Wife thought the farro mixture was really good and I love black beans. Have dry and commercial cans on the shelf. I don't really like the commercial stuff except drained and mixed with rice, farro or spelt.

Pineapple and black beans would probably be good with brown or white rice also. Make a "fried rice" type dish with any of the grains.
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Post by: Hootie on January 07, 2019, 10:13:22 AM
wife: i would love waffles, but we are out of both bottles of maple syrup.
Me:  :::opens LTS marked 'honey and syrup'... puts 2 bottles in the fridge:::
Me: I am making waffles!


it's the little things that save the day.
 
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Post by: Stwood on January 07, 2019, 11:14:08 AM
Exactly  8) 8)
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Post by: Redman on January 07, 2019, 05:19:21 PM
it's the little things that save the day.

Yeah that happens here from time to time.  :clap:
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Post by: Stwood on January 11, 2019, 04:58:30 PM
Been going through our canned ham, and barbecue pulled pork. Need to rotate, so we've been having some sammiches.
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Post by: Redman on January 11, 2019, 05:07:51 PM
Been going through our canned ham, and barbecue pulled pork. Need to rotate, so we've been having some sammiches.

How's that barbecue pulled pork working for you? We've still got some and pulled pork without BBQ sauce. Hey that BBQ pork is good on commerical pizza, haven't tried it on homemade yet.
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Post by: Stwood on January 11, 2019, 05:26:53 PM
Still has great flavor. I'll have to remember the pizza thing.
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Post by: Stwood on January 14, 2019, 05:00:16 PM
Found a can of Hormels tamales, 10 months past the best by date.
Had them for lunch, topped with homemade salsa. Pretty tasty.....
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Post by: Stwood on January 14, 2019, 05:01:05 PM
Found a can of Hormels tamales, 10 months past the best by date.
Had them for lunch, topped with homemade salsa. Pretty tasty.....
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Post by: Stwood on January 14, 2019, 05:03:02 PM
Found a can of Hormels tamales, 10 months past the best by date.
Had them for lunch, topped with homemade salsa. Pretty tasty.....
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Post by: Stwood on January 14, 2019, 05:04:36 PM
 :facepalm:
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Post by: Redman on January 14, 2019, 05:41:52 PM
So, you got a nervous hand today?
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Post by: Stwood on January 14, 2019, 05:51:09 PM
Slow connection on this end I think..... :-\
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Post by: Redman on January 14, 2019, 06:01:14 PM
IE? Slow for me at times, that's why I use something else now mostly.
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Post by: Stwood on January 14, 2019, 11:24:41 PM
Firefox, on my acer notebook, at startup, and lasts about 20. Win10
Don't have that problem with the box I built in the shop. XPpro. Yea, waaay outdated.
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Post by: Redman on January 28, 2019, 04:49:47 PM
I made pancakes for supper using some of my first batch of dehydrated eggs. They worked out well.
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Post by: Stwood on January 28, 2019, 05:40:56 PM
I made pancakes for supper using some of my first batch of dehydrated eggs. They worked out well.


Sweet...
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Post by: Redman on February 20, 2019, 03:10:18 AM
Having an abundance of ramen noodles on hand we decided last night's supper would be some noodles in my home canned chicken soup. Added extra chicken and carrots, some salt, white pepper and more chicken stock. Worked out very well and much better than that flavoring packet would have been even with added chicken, etc.
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Post by: Stwood on February 20, 2019, 08:18:23 AM
Having an abundance of ramen noodles on hand .......................



 :facepalm: We've gotten that way, in a short amount of time.
I've got other flavors coming with my amazon subscribe and save thingie in April.

And we've started to use ours more often.

Rotate rotate, work that pantry/storeroom  ;D
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Post by: Knecht on March 04, 2019, 06:55:40 AM
We've been eating quite a few of our oldest cans lately. Since we moved to the new house, we've started by tearing down the old ugly kitchen completely, including the floor and we have to cook in quite improvised space now, with just a an electric hotplate, so cans come in handy. Usually we make a pot of potato porridge and heat/fry some canned meat slices with it. Not bad....though still couple crates of cans to go through, so....I may not like it so much when we get to the bottom of them :D
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Post by: Redman on March 08, 2019, 03:22:03 AM
Last night we had a "salad" of Quinoa, black beans, homecanned pineapple and homecanned pork. Turned out quite tasty.
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Post by: Stwood on March 08, 2019, 09:11:38 AM
Except for the salad fixing's, everything we had yesterday came from the storeroom or pantry.
Augason's biscuit mix used as pancake batter, and homemade cantaloupe syrup.
Blackbean burgers (one of those items recommended by our buddy Carl) and a side of ramen noodles.
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Post by: Redman on March 08, 2019, 09:34:53 AM
 8)
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Post by: Redman on March 15, 2019, 06:19:24 PM
Tonight's supper was all from the storeroom, trying to rotate stuff. Asparagus soup with chicken and canning liquid, potatoes with canning liquid, and carrots without the canning liquid. I added a little white pepper from the storeroom but nothing else. Worked out well.  ;D I drank the canning liquid from the carrots, wish I had added it also, it was sweet and a little salty.
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Post by: Stwood on March 16, 2019, 08:34:36 AM
Good deal Red.
We're still trying to do the rotate deal. I've noticed for a while that we seem to have a steady supply of empty jars that I take back to the storeroom.
We wash em and put a flat on (used or new) to keep em clean.
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Post by: Redman on March 16, 2019, 08:41:46 AM
It was the last of the asparagus. Inventoried the potatoes,  ::) . I bet they'll make good tater salad and ham.  ;D
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Post by: Greekman on March 31, 2019, 02:13:33 PM
Used my hidden car key today... Managed to lock the keys in the car half wsy to a hill. Saved me LOTS of walking
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Post by: Redman on April 08, 2019, 05:30:35 AM
Yesterday I used a couple pint jars of sweet potatoes to make a sweet potato pie. And used a couple pint jars of white potatoes for my version of Chef Paul Prudhomme's Brabant Potatoes. Just seasoned fried potato cubes. All turned out nicely.
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Post by: gene_ford on April 08, 2019, 07:40:02 AM
First post here, went to help measure my sister's new apartment so furniture placement could be calculated. I had asked who was bringing the tape and was told my son was. Guess who didn't have a tape? The toolbox in my new car has a 30' tape so we got it done. Two weeks ago when we were moving the last of her stuff, it didn't fill up the U Hall truck so we used the roll of para cord I keep in the trunk to keep the boxes from tipping as we hauled them to storage.
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Post by: Prepper456 on April 15, 2019, 03:34:54 PM
My EDC leathermans for a coworker who had something stuck today.
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Post by: N8TV Whisker Biscuit on April 15, 2019, 04:03:26 PM
New to this, good reads.
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Post by: Redman on May 07, 2019, 07:30:17 AM
Last night I took a quart of red pozole, a pint each of glazed carrots, ham canned it water and potatoes canned in water. Put it all together warmed it and had a tasty soup for supper. Just rotating the stash.

For those that may not know Pozole is a Mexican hominy, meat soup. And again for those that may not know hominy is a large kerneled variety of corn.
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Post by: Stwood on May 07, 2019, 07:33:10 AM
 8)