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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25470 on: August 10, 2018, 05:36:09 PM »
Clean up in the storeroom a bit.
Dug taters. Ground sure is dry.
Cleaned up a few areas in the garden.
Pulled some weeds that came up in the compost pile.  ::) Pretty good looking weeds.  :-[

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25471 on: August 10, 2018, 06:52:19 PM »
Received my "Firefly" mini ferrocerium rods that replace the useless toothpick in Victorinox knife handle. Tested it successfully.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25472 on: August 11, 2018, 09:48:58 AM »
the news on the firefly have reached us too. Considering it is kinda small, how easy was to use?

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25473 on: August 12, 2018, 09:38:14 AM »
Shucked and stored more corn in the storeroom.

Added some weeds/grass to the compost pile.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25474 on: August 12, 2018, 06:31:27 PM »
rotated gas.
added to the compost

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25475 on: August 13, 2018, 05:59:07 PM »
Continued garden cleanup. Also added to compost pile. Ran chickens outa there..... ::)
When the garden is clear, I'll give em a pass.  ;D
Dug and stored a few taters. Need to do that baked tater and bacon thing again Red. Yummy? Yes yes.  ;D

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25476 on: August 13, 2018, 08:18:43 PM »
the news on the firefly have reached us too. Considering it is kinda small, how easy was to use?

You need a little bit of practice to aim the sparks right, but it surely does ignite scraped birchbark once you hit the right spot. I'm keeping one in the knife handle and will likely add one to the last ditch capsule. The rest of my purchase will be used for family gifts :)

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25477 on: August 13, 2018, 08:29:29 PM »
7 quarts of ratatouille & 5 1/2 pints of peach butter canned.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25478 on: August 14, 2018, 11:37:11 AM »
  While a tiny spark tool may sparkle a bit as a prepper Jewelry , I just can't give it any weight as a viable tool as it is so small and requires much dexterity to produce a good spark from even a medium size tool. I would use a good ,large 1/2" x 6 inch tool were I actually likely to ever need a fire started by sparking tool. But I do still enjoy the different forms that some tools are made with and as jewelry....a tiny spark tool is OK.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25479 on: August 14, 2018, 04:04:14 PM »
The Firefly tool is by no means an everyday firestarting tool, it's just a no-brainer emergency tool that you carry around with your knife, even when you have no other equipment on you. And since it replaces a toothpick in the knife handle, which I consider a highly useless item, it's simply an added bonus.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25480 on: August 14, 2018, 05:16:12 PM »
The Firefly tool is by no means an everyday firestarting tool, it's just a no-brainer emergency tool that you carry around with your knife, even when you have no other equipment on you. And since it replaces a toothpick in the knife handle, which I consider a highly useless item, it's simply an added bonus.

I totally agree on these points as I always cut my own toothpick and it will be an option for the part of a SAK that is least used.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25481 on: August 14, 2018, 06:09:13 PM »
Wife canned up 7 quarts of elderberry juice that I steamed the other day.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25482 on: August 15, 2018, 09:14:27 PM »
Prepared and canned 9 pints of salsa.
Dug up a 25' row of onions and stored.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25483 on: August 16, 2018, 04:15:31 PM »
Bought canned goods, things we don't can or don't grow.
Digging up the last 25' row of onions.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25484 on: August 17, 2018, 04:05:23 PM »
Canned 9 quarts of pork and hominy stew (pozole).

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25485 on: August 17, 2018, 06:50:10 PM »
Dug some taters. Picked about the last elderberrys on this place. May be one more pickin in a few days if'in the birds don't get them.
Picked 2-1/2 gal of wild plums. Planning on making syrup with them.  ;D

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25486 on: August 18, 2018, 11:06:27 AM »
I just finished my first batch of grilled red peppers (thick horn ones) to preserve for the winter...they were skinned in a jiffy way and then found their way into the freezer

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25487 on: August 19, 2018, 04:42:15 PM »
Dug more taters. Started raining, so brought what I had into the storeroom.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25488 on: August 19, 2018, 04:45:59 PM »
Started learning how to cook dried green peas. Made a sort of curry with them. Like I said "started learning".  ::)

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25489 on: August 19, 2018, 05:20:19 PM »
Where do I start? - Picked my first tomato the other day; more liked touched it an it fell off in my hand and now I am waiting for it to ripen up a bit.    The tomato bush is about 4 foot tall and 3 foot wide.  I have about 20+ ping pong ball sized tomatoes still as green as grass.

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With all the hail this year that new SUV I picked up with 90k miles on it is a bit textured.    The first test run of the beast managed to get about 7 mpg.  Not quite what I expected, but after some fresh gas, more air in the tires, and fuel cleaner I have more than doubled that amount.  My guess that the battery had been disconnected and the computer had a bit of re-learning to do on the idle.


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25490 on: August 20, 2018, 03:10:49 PM »
Where do I start? - Picked my first tomato the other day; more liked touched it an it fell off in my hand and now I am waiting for it to ripen up a bit.    The tomato bush is about 4 foot tall and 3 foot wide.  I have about 20+ ping pong ball sized tomatoes still as green as grass.

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Cut up and processed/canned  4 quarts and 1 pint of peaches. Also boiled off the skins (first time) and strained the juice off of them. Only got a 1/2 pint but it's juice.  ;D

Steamed and processed wild plums into syrup (also first time).
These are bitter plums, so it takes a whole lot of sugar.
Got the syrup canned and have 5 pints + a 12oz syrup jar I filled.
Still have a quart of juice left to figure out what to do with. Already have boo koo plum jelly so......

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25491 on: August 20, 2018, 05:09:35 PM »
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Still have a quart of juice left to figure out what to do with. Already have boo koo plum jelly so......

Plum juice for breakfast?

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25492 on: August 20, 2018, 05:28:42 PM »
Sure.  ;D Got some peach also.


My syrup I put in the frig for use, thinks it's jelly.  :(

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25493 on: August 20, 2018, 07:08:42 PM »
Sure.  ;D Got some peach also.


My syrup I put in the frig for use, thinks it's jelly.  :(

Great on pie or ice cream too!

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25494 on: August 21, 2018, 06:01:52 PM »
Storing hay for the winter.
Bought more wheat berries.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25495 on: August 22, 2018, 03:05:37 AM »
Added brown rice and quinoa to the storeroom.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25496 on: August 22, 2018, 04:33:20 AM »
  I just put a full case of AFTERNOON NAPS in the storeroom.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25497 on: August 22, 2018, 09:59:07 AM »
  I just put a full case of AFTERNOON NAPS in the storeroom.

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I decided to remove *skunk* from long term storage.

Dug up another 35' row of taters late yesterday. About 10-12 #'s. Low production this year, as was the whole garden this year.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25498 on: August 22, 2018, 06:55:33 PM »
I have been busy with bathroom remodel.  We got frustrated trying to tile yesterday and are on break  --

I dug up more of my potatoes, good yield for how late I planted.  Still a third of the bed to go, I m getting a pound or two per plant.

No ripe tomatoes yet, well, a couple cherry tomatoes, tomatoes are late all over my area of the mountain.  First summer squash is about ready to pick, costata romanesca.  Then I wont be able to give it away.  Bell peppers are forming well.  Cucumbers are almost there. 

Drove to another part of the state today and bought a new, expensive buck, since none of our does settled this year.  We are happy that he and old guy are not beating each other up.  New guy's name is James Dean -- Jimmy.  He is too much in rut to pet right now.  Kind of last minute, but I think this year feels like "time to settle your mare" type feelings in the air. 

The chicks are all still alive and growing, all 5 of them

Went to our gun club monthly pistol event, and took my youngest. Took 3 months to convince as this one has not been shooting lately, and now wishes had gone the previous months ! Good practice on shooting while moving, walking backwards and forwards, and also horozontally one person at a time with multiple stationary and a moving target.  Some ran it, I walked it, and hit them sufficiently. Good practice.

-- Oh, I harvested green onion tops from the  walking onion starts SURFIVOR sent me, they are doing well.  Unfortunatelly, KNECHT, the bean seeds you sent were all eaten as the sprouted ! This is a tough bean area, thanks so much for them, I am still working on what beans will not be tasty to the bugs and grow and yield here. But, the seeds from a different friend for dual purpose, green beans/black dry beans lived and are growing now we will see if they will ripen and yield here !

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25499 on: August 23, 2018, 06:08:14 AM »
  A few random MARIGOLD plants in the garden area may help with the bug problem...