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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26160 on: March 28, 2020, 01:50:47 PM »
Me and wife did some garden work, thinking about reviving a small vegetable garden that the previous owners had on the property.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26161 on: March 29, 2020, 04:55:23 PM »
Practiced thread cutting, while making a set of decorative forged nus. Can't hurt to know how to thread metal (and to have tools for some common sizes).

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26162 on: April 02, 2020, 10:38:53 AM »
(Well, not today, but a couple days ago)  ::)
I used some of my HSA (Health Saving Account) to buy a backup glucometer, lance device, lances and test strips. Added three extra coin cells, and put it all in a box for back-up.

Today: I took the glucometer out of its package and wrapped it in a double layer of tin foil, for EMP shielding.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26163 on: April 03, 2020, 03:15:53 PM »
Worked  on putting a floor down in the shed addition for the mowers and garden tools, plant trays, etc., until I got rained out.

Helped the wife uncap and scrap off the medium frames from 4 hive boxes.
Have close to 9 gallon of honey and wax to be separated and filtered.
Will probably gain another quart or so of honey after the frames quit dripping off in the plastic tubs I have them standing in.
What a fricking sticky mess.
I'm eyeballing a 3 frame extractor on amazon right now........ :-\

Still have 2 more medium boxes to uncap and extract.
I have the buckets sitting next to the wood stove now, one of them dripping into a filter.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26164 on: April 03, 2020, 06:19:21 PM »
Worked  on putting a floor down in the shed addition for the mowers and garden tools, plant trays, etc., until I got rained out.

Helped the wife uncap and scrap off the medium frames from 4 hive boxes.
Have close to 9 gallon of honey and wax to be separated and filtered.
Will probably gain another quart or so of honey after the frames quit dripping off in the plastic tubs I have them standing in.
What a fricking sticky mess.
I'm eyeballing a 3 frame extractor on amazon right now........ :-\

Still have 2 more medium boxes to uncap and extract.
I have the buckets sitting next to the wood stove now, one of them dripping into a filter.

Wow! count me as jealous of your honey harvest!

We got materials to add another raised bed.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26165 on: April 03, 2020, 07:00:26 PM »
Yes!!  ;D We have 2 more medium boxes of frames to clean, due to loosing a hive.  Now this other is all last years boxes. We haven't harvested this years yet. Bees are really running now during this warmer weather.

If you use a lot of honey, you can invest in the bees and a hive or two and it will take a couple of years for the payback.
Honey is running 50-60 dollars a gallon now.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26166 on: April 04, 2020, 08:53:43 AM »
Dusted off some old reloading tools for shotgun shells that I acquired some time ago, modified the priming device to work with current 209 type primers. Primed about a hundred hulls.
Practiced woodworking skills on a custom order, practiced tailoring skills while creating woolen "chaussons" that were worn as warm winter shoe liners in colonial Canada.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26167 on: April 04, 2020, 09:43:43 AM »
Brought out my foraging bag and boning up on local vegetation to harvest.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26168 on: April 04, 2020, 12:42:13 PM »
Just ordered a couple more games (Parcheesi and Uno,) for this extended enforced bug-in "practice run."

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26169 on: April 08, 2020, 07:41:06 AM »
Mo honey extracted and jarred up. Over 6 gal and not done yet.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26170 on: April 09, 2020, 02:05:21 PM »
Got a bunch of seedlings...strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, goospberries, red currant....we need to try what works in this place. Also preparing to plant some potatoes, garlic,  beans, peas, hot peppers and Iroquiz white corn.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26171 on: April 09, 2020, 04:04:59 PM »
canned 38 pint jars of bacon.  mmmm.... bacon.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26172 on: April 09, 2020, 06:34:42 PM »
canned 38 pint jars of bacon.  mmmm.... bacon.

Mmmmmm yes bacon. Smoked? Regular?

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26173 on: April 09, 2020, 06:41:31 PM »
Manured the garden today.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26174 on: April 09, 2020, 07:06:35 PM »
Mmmmmm yes bacon. Smoked? Regular?
Manured the garden today.
Yikes! What a change in fragrance.  :P

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26175 on: April 09, 2020, 07:30:56 PM »


Yes....... :rofl:

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26176 on: April 10, 2020, 07:18:45 AM »
canned 38 pint jars of bacon.  mmmm.... bacon.

@MS: Remind me of the method you use? Is there a thread on here?

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26177 on: April 10, 2020, 08:14:48 AM »
@MS: Remind me of the method you use? Is there a thread on here?

yeah.  I think Sister Wolf started it.  I was going to go look for it.  It is an old one...

I found one thread.  It is old.  I was still stalking DEV  :o
http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=23504.0

hm... looks like Cedar has a different method than the one discussed here, that I use.  I will search more

ah.  Here it is http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=36479.0
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26178 on: April 10, 2020, 08:29:34 AM »
I found a link to a backwoods home method here: https://www.backwoodshome.com/canned-bacon/

But, it was generally agreed that using masking paper was a bad idea.

Then, Cedar's method of just cramming all the pieces into the jar and canning came here but not the whole method: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=36479.msg448203#msg448203

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26179 on: April 10, 2020, 11:18:34 AM »
I found a link to a backwoods home method here: https://www.backwoodshome.com/canned-bacon/

But, it was generally agreed that using masking paper was a bad idea.

Then, Cedar's method of just cramming all the pieces into the jar and canning came here but not the whole method: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=36479.msg448203#msg448203

parchment paper would be a better choice, but even then it might have 'stuff' that is not desired.

I believe Cedar's method was; I don't need fancy looking bacon, and besides; anything I add that is not food to the jar would reduce the quality of the food.    I kind of agree on that sort of statement.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26180 on: April 10, 2020, 05:05:05 PM »
Installed electric cables and light to the gunvault room, also laid rubber tile floor there. Expecting ammo shelf to be delivered in a couple days, planning wall mounting system.
Re-shaped some shortened brass for loading an exotic old caliber.


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26181 on: April 10, 2020, 05:18:53 PM »
Got some sand put on the garden today. Need another load for it though.
Slowly getting the garden soil in shape. I'll do a mixer till job the first round when all the sand is down.
Wife set out the last of the elderberry cuts.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26182 on: April 12, 2020, 03:36:40 AM »
I've just bought myself this radio/torch for about 17 GB pounds (22 US dollars).
It can be charged by cranking or solar, or you can install batteries instead, so all in all it's a flexible little all-rounder..:)

PS- its also got a "siren" switch which sounds like an arriving police car, so if I hear anybody fiddling at my doors or windows I can hit it to make them skedaddle..:)


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26183 on: April 12, 2020, 06:40:18 AM »
That's pretty neat.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26184 on: April 12, 2020, 08:05:15 AM »
We have one somewhere. I'll have to look it up.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26185 on: April 12, 2020, 06:08:04 PM »
Planted 20 plants of strawberries, some other stuff is in pots for germination.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26186 on: April 15, 2020, 01:11:31 PM »
Planted goospberry, red currant, raspberry and blackberry, one of each for now - just to see what goes well here. Added some Habanero peppers and Lemon balm to the germination club :)
Moved and organized ammo to the vault room. Finally received a shelf for that. I was quite pleasantly surprised to find out that I have more than I thought in some calibers.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26187 on: April 15, 2020, 03:45:54 PM »
Planted goospberry, red currant, raspberry and blackberry, one of each for now - just to see what goes well here. Added some Habanero peppers and Lemon balm to the germination club :)
Moved and organized ammo to the vault room. Finally received a shelf for that. I was quite pleasantly surprised to find out that I have more than I thought in some calibers.

If it does like they do here, Habanero will flower and fruit way more than anything else.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26188 on: April 17, 2020, 09:26:47 AM »
After being here 25 years, finally moving this Leek that is in the way, in the garden area, into the actual garden spot. Got about 1/2 of a 25' double row transplanted.
We've run over it, mowed it down, burned it off, plowed it up....... ::) and it's still surviving.  ;D
So maybe we'll actually use and take care of it now.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26189 on: April 18, 2020, 07:50:34 AM »
If it does like they do here, Habanero will flower and fruit way more than anything else.

Will see. CZ has very different climate in different places, despite being a very small country. I'm more to the south now, almost in Moravia, so I hope peppers will go nicely here. Also, our house has a big glassed porch, which somewhat doubles as greenhouse in the summer, so I suppose they might grow nicely.
Brought some wild blackberry and raspbery plants from the woods, today we're planting them on a sunny rocky slope by the house...they like such spots in the wild, so I hope they might grow here as well.
Our kitchen remake is making some nice progress, so it's time to plan the fireplace we want there more precisely. It should be a raised platform for open fire, capable of both heating the place and to cook on. We both love cooking on open fire, so we really hope we can achieve having a well working open fire in the kitchen, plus it will be a nice addition to self-reliance in case power is out (which happens quite often in this village during storms).
What else...well, my self-taught blacksmithing seems to have reached a spot where others are interested to come and learn from me. I should have a first teaching session next weekend, so I'll see how that goes. Perhaps this could be another source of income in my self-employment and a nice way to utilize one's skills in a different way.
My seller announced to have the PPS-43s ready for sale by the end of the month, so that should add another pistol-caliber carbine into my armory. Certainly hope it works fine, as it's always tricky to remake a fullauto of such extreme simplicity into reliable semiauto.