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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24150 on: June 16, 2017, 08:04:49 AM »
Got my workbench put back together and the cabinets set up in my garage. It'll be nice to have the space back and have it organized.


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24151 on: June 16, 2017, 08:53:32 AM »
Got my workbench put back together and the cabinets set up in my garage. It'll be nice to have the space back and have it organized.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24152 on: June 16, 2017, 11:05:53 AM »
Thanks. Yes the whites are falling everywhere. We do save the berries. We are always on the hunt for the berries. We have lots here at home, and have located lots in other places. We put the berries in a steamer and juice them, then turn them into jelly. Great stuff.

my wife makes elderflower wine for hot summer days..


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24153 on: June 16, 2017, 01:29:29 PM »
Brought home 125kg of blacksmith coal and some tool steel supply.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24154 on: June 16, 2017, 03:07:19 PM »
my wife makes elderflower wine for hot summer days..

Hmmm now theres an idea. She doe wine, I don't drink.



Canned up 25 half pints of strawberry jam. Strawberries are from our berry patch.  ;D
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24155 on: June 16, 2017, 05:23:29 PM »
Just got back from a 3-day business trip from Alabama to coastal central Florida (driving).  As always, I assume some SHTF event is going to happen (personal, local, state, regional, national, etc) that is going to prevent me from driving straight home, and I prepare for the trip accordingly.  Nothing happened, but I think I could have handled it if it did.

Every time I do one of these trips, I tear my bug-out bag and additional bags apart, take inventory, replace stuff, add stuff, etc.  I bring a lot of stuff on the assumption I would be able to stay with the truck. If that turns out not to be true, I can pare things down. 

I had enough MRE's, Mountain House, beef jerky, and snacks to last a week.  I had hundreds in cash.  I had clothes for a week, and lots of water on board.  I had a 5-gallon can of gasoline in addition to keeping the truck's 26-gallon gas tank at least 3/4 full at all times.  I had a military "woobie" with mosquito net, pillow, extra light blanket and ground pad for sleeping, and a tarp and rigging to make a shelter.  I had my usual bug-out bag, which has stuff for cooking, fire making, medical, water filtration and treatment, cordage, tools, and et ceteras.  I also had ham radio communications on board, including my TH-D74 do-all handheld and a shortwave receiver.

And of course, I was armed appropriately with my primary and backup pistols, and plenty of mags, and I had my usual complement of EDC.

Thankfully, I had to use none of this except my ham radio gear.  But I had it with me, just in case.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24156 on: June 17, 2017, 06:49:07 AM »
my wife makes elderflower wine for hot summer days..

Yes, that's likely what I've mentioned couple posts before. We tend to call it lemonade though, but if it's left to ferment long enough, you can get a little alcohol from it.

Yesterday (and couple days before) I wasn't feeling well, most likely my blood pressure has been oscillating from low to high (not uncommon in our family) and finally at night I grabbed a flashlight, went out to nearest hawthorn bush, took couple twigs with leaves and green haws, broke and cut it all up and made tea from it. Haw is generally good for blood pressure and heart problems. It worked! I felt much better after drinking it and then took a nice sleep (which is another thing haw helps with) and woke up all good and fresh. Another wild medicine knowledge successfully tested on human!
Too late this year to pick hawthorn blossoms, but I'll definitely pick some berries in the Fall and dry them. Will see about some bark as well.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24157 on: June 17, 2017, 08:24:59 AM »
Yes, that's likely what I've mentioned couple posts before. We tend to call it lemonade though, but if it's left to ferment long enough, you can get a little alcohol from it.

Yesterday (and couple days before) I wasn't feeling well, most likely my blood pressure has been oscillating from low to high (not uncommon in our family) and finally at night I grabbed a flashlight, went out to nearest hawthorn bush, took couple twigs with leaves and green haws, broke and cut it all up and made tea from it. Haw is generally good for blood pressure and heart problems. It worked! I felt much better after drinking it and then took a nice sleep (which is another thing haw helps with) and woke up all good and fresh. Another wild medicine knowledge successfully tested on human!
Too late this year to pick hawthorn blossoms, but I'll definitely pick some berries in the Fall and dry them. Will see about some bark as well.

BEETS are also good for blood pressure and many other benefits.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24158 on: June 17, 2017, 10:13:32 AM »
PT!  Full body circuit work today, blasts the muscles and has aerobic & anaerobic effects.

Read my book on stoicism for a few minutes.  Even when life keeps you from getting after classic "prepper stuff," a few minutes to get your mind right is fantastic prepping.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24159 on: June 17, 2017, 02:53:54 PM »
Ten more half pints of strawberry jam, then switched to wild plum jelly.
20 pints and 2 half pints.

Have 3 half gallon jars of juice still to process.  ;D


And wild plum picking isn't near ready yet. This juice is from last year. We just canned it up.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24160 on: June 17, 2017, 05:35:14 PM »
Continued working on my reloading bench, that I started both to make a good place for reloading and to learn some timber carpentry in small scale (using 8x8cm beams for the frame). Today I've added two braces that will help supporting the desk. I have to say, even though I don't consider myself a novice in woodworking, these carpentry joints are quite a challenge for me. Yes, they are big and rough and seemingly just primitive...and yet they aren't. You still need to make them very accurately if you expect them to work well and look well. Lesson learned. Mine look terrible, but they seem to hold, at least. Hope to finish the frame tomorrow and perhaps even finish the basic bench. Then I'll have to come up with some cool way to organize all the reloading tools, components, die sets etc. Feel free to post pictures of yours, I'll be glad to get some inspiration.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24161 on: June 18, 2017, 12:31:16 AM »
PT!  Full body circuit work today, blasts the muscles and has aerobic & anaerobic effects.

Read my book on stoicism for a few minutes.  Even when life keeps you from getting after classic "prepper stuff," a few minutes to get your mind right is fantastic prepping.

I agree that fitness is a critical "prepping" activity!  I let myself go the last five years and got fat and not able to do prolonged manual work.  That scared me and I started making fitness a priority.  Going on nine months now and I feel strong, pliable and bouncy, with fewer and milder respiratory ills (colds/flu).  I now know from working 8-12 hour days that I can do sustained strenuous labor either for pay or at home or emergency.  I used to lay of exercising on days I worked, but now I feel so good I can do a 50 min. HIIT or other "burn" routine at noon and be ready for a shift of work in the evening.  I used to gas out after an hour of heavy yard work, now I can go 4-8 hours easy and still enjoy the rest of the day.

Wednesday I finished my first 4-week program of Fitness Blender (cardio/strength/flexibility using bodyweight, dumbbells, pilates).  I didn't lose any weight this go-round but lost another inch off my waist and feel fantastic all over (at 62).  So far I have lost 25 lbs, put on a lot more muscle, and lost 5 inches from the waist since Sept last year.  Much of it from doing manual labor temp jobs but also kettlebells, calisthenics, and recently the Fitness Blender videos.  I just started a new FB program called FB Sweat that has more strength emphasis.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24162 on: June 18, 2017, 12:46:25 AM »
I agree that fitness is a critical "prepping" activity!  I let myself go the last five years and got fat and not able to do prolonged manual work.  That scared me and I started making fitness a priority.  Going on nine months now and I feel strong, pliable and bouncy, with fewer and milder respiratory ills (colds/flu).  I now know from working 8-12 hour days that I can do sustained strenuous labor either for pay or at home or emergency.  I used to lay of exercising on days I worked, but now I feel so good I can do a 50 min. HIIT or other "burn" routine at noon and be ready for a shift of work in the evening.  I used to gas out after an hour of heavy yard work, now I can go 4-8 hours easy and still enjoy the rest of the day.

Wednesday I finished my first 4-week program of Fitness Blender (cardio/strength/flexibility using bodyweight, dumbbells, pilates).  I didn't lose any weight this go-round but lost another inch off my waist and feel fantastic all over (at 62).  So far I have lost 25 lbs, put on a lot more muscle, and lost 5 inches from the waist since Sept last year.  Much of it from doing manual labor temp jobs but also kettlebells, calisthenics, and recently the Fitness Blender videos.  I just started a new FB program called FB Sweat that has more strength emphasis.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24163 on: June 18, 2017, 12:53:24 AM »
Again, another odd one that seems to be paying off.

I have been working my way through Hemingway's short stories.  Taking a break from the news, my normal non-fiction content and survival content has helped me feel more relaxed and thoughtful I think. Sometimes you can ve a more effecticve survivalist is to do non-survival things?
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24164 on: June 18, 2017, 03:04:45 AM »
Bought Ball's blue book and Mrs.wages home canning.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24165 on: June 18, 2017, 03:17:09 AM »
I just redid an encrypted ZIP file with my personal info.... Then e-mailed it to me

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24166 on: June 18, 2017, 09:37:51 AM »
Had a great fathers day breakfast the wife whipped up. Almost everything was homegrown and homemade.



Going to finish up the plum jelling making today, or try to. Have 3 half gallons of juice to get done.
We are putting the plum in pint jars this year. Seems to go faster
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24167 on: June 18, 2017, 10:01:02 AM »
  I woke up. Some days that is enough.
Not my son or any friends mentioned Fathers Day to me..My mother sent a card ,with a cash content that I used to order shoes that would fit her as she has foot problems and only buys $6 shoes for herself...she has not taken the new walking shoes off in 3 days now ,I am told. I bought 2 sizes larger and 3 x wider as all of the shoes she gets are always painful (and she always buys them too small) so I told her these were expensive and I could not send them back...she will just suffer through the humiliation of larger sized shoes that fit her properly. :)
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24168 on: June 18, 2017, 10:05:46 AM »
  I woke up. Some days that is enough.



That's the major ticket right there.  :)


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24169 on: June 18, 2017, 10:07:38 AM »

That's the major ticket right there.  :)


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24170 on: June 18, 2017, 01:33:50 PM »
Still storing up sugar.  ;D
12 more pints of wild plum jelly and 11 more 1/2 pints.
Totally out of 1/2 pint jelly jars now. Gotta make another road trip to the Amish store.

Blackberries are turning. Way to early, about a month. Wife brought in a handful yesterday after checking on the bees. Guess we'll be collecting chiggers and picking blackberry's next week.
New crop of wild plums are off a ways, thankfully.
Garden is starting to take off. Radishes and banana peppers are doing their thing.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24171 on: June 18, 2017, 02:49:18 PM »
Finished my reloading bench, for now. Will see about some better board for it. For now I've used a piece of plywood, but I'm sure it won't last very long. Will test the bench to see if it works for me, then start upgrading it.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24172 on: June 18, 2017, 05:21:23 PM »
Finished my reloading bench, for now. Will see about some better board for it. For now I've used a piece of plywood, but I'm sure it won't last very long. Will test the bench to see if it works for me, then start upgrading it.

My first reloading bench I used masonite for smooth, hard top finish and painted it.  My current bench has a top layer of 3/4" birch plywood with thick coat of urethane.  There are so many hard and flat surface materials available these days.  Melonite is surprisingly durable and cheap to replace and does not need painting or coating.  Or go for an aluminum sheet surface?
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24173 on: June 19, 2017, 05:03:17 AM »
I'll see about that, for now I need to try if the bench suits me in other ways. The plywood I used is rather thin and cheap, even splitting apart at one corner. Recycled it from something else. I'll surely replace it at some point.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24174 on: June 20, 2017, 06:50:52 PM »
Dug through a bunch of 9th century axes for my dissertation - great opportunity to study old forging techniques and see what sizes/weights of axes were used by full-time Slavic warriors for crashing skulls.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24175 on: Yesterday at 08:53:33 AM »
Daily garden work. Mostly weeding here lately. If plants grew like weeds.... :-\
Can't really complain though, that's part of it.
More organizing in the storeroom, and our mason jars.
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« Reply #24176 on: Yesterday at 08:57:29 AM »
  I have also planted a seed...and hope it will grow.
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« Reply #24177 on: Yesterday at 07:25:11 PM »
Did some forging (it now takes me about an hour from a rusty leaf spring to a knife blade that's ready for grinding; all done by hammer). Also used remaining time and heat to forge two small items that went straight to my trade stash (at events, I always like to have some cheap small stuff to offer, aside of my finer and more expensive items like knives and tomahawks). These small simple items are good for honing fine forging and your hammer aim as well.

Searched online couple hours for some tool/material organizers that I could use on my new reloading bench. I don't want to end up with a shelf full of various cans and boxes again, want something better. Looks like I found it in the end, but took me a while to dig through all the cheap chinese crap. I'll give it some thinking time yet, but guess I'll order these and set them up on my first dedicated reloading bench.

My experimental white corn keeps growing nicely.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24178 on: Yesterday at 10:30:38 PM »
  I have also planted a seed...and hope it will grow.


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More garden work.



About time for blackberry picking and chigger collecting. We could probably stay busy most of a day picking, they are ripening that fast in this warm weather. We've had plenty of rain
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #24179 on: Yesterday at 11:49:02 PM »
Unbelieveble heat wave the past week, well, the garden has been watered at least.

Studio project : hired out and little redwood deck front porch is done, shed for washer/hot water heater walls done and painted. I dug out the lower part of the drainage trench for a very short while while it was shaded--tree roots is why he left it shallow, I now know.

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