October 2018 – What Did You Do to Prep This Week/Month?

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  • #65447

    IceFire
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    Starting off the new month. Haven’t done a whole lot, prep-wise, because I started a new job on Monday.

    #65450

    Cin
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    I have family visiting, so I also haven’t done a whole lot prep-wise.

    My parents took them to the Amish stores today, because they are preppers, too.

    I have been sewing for Christmas gifting. Another gift I’m working on with a friend is a CD of us singing Christmas carols. He’s off visiting family right now, but when he gets back, he wants to dive right in. Entertainment is also a part of prepping, so I plan to sing along!

    #65475

    IceFire
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    Started cutting the polycarbonate panels salvaged from the greenhouse that got destroyed by the microburst, and getting them up onto the other greenhouse structure. Got 4 of the panels cut and put into place. Might have gotten more done, but ended up slicing of a chunk of the side end of my thumb while cutting the first panel, so had to take a break to clean and bandage it up. Made working on the remaining panels a bit more difficult, and a LOT slower going, since I was trying to keep pressure on the injury to try to stop the bleeding. (It’s still oozing a bit of blood, but not bleeding as much as it was originally.)

    #65478

    Cin
    Participant

    I’m doing my handmade Christmas stuff again this year. Been sewing a lot. Part of the sewing is to declutter the enormous amount of fabric and space the sewing takes up. I want to get down to a reasonable level, work on one project at a time, and only have enough around for that project. I’ve been downsizing this are for nearly 20 years, due to having it often stored for years at a time. Now that I have it all out in the open, I realize I spend too much time taking care of this space, rather than actually working in it, due to the sheer volume of STUFF. So, as I’ve lamented before, I’m working hard to get all the projects laying around done, and to do the new projects (like Christmas and commissions), too. My goal is to get rid of the need for storage, sell the storage bins (I don’t need them for my LTS) and then pick and choose projects when I feel like it.

    Husband is currently teaching himself HAM radio stuff. He is not sure he wants to invest in it, but he’s learning just for fun.

    Temps are supposed to drop to freezing in the next week, so we are prepping for winterizing tools, plants and other things.

    #65485

    Cin
    Participant

    Grocery shopping today (no yard sales, it’s raining).

    Restocked all we used.

    LTS:

    Canned tuna
    Lightbulbs

    Husband is still working on learning the ins and outs of HAM radio.

    I’m getting commissions for sewing. I’m bemused, wasn’t expecting so many people would want a single item that I showed on one of my craft groups. I got 2 more commissions today.

    #65501

    Cin
    Participant

    It’s bow season here. Yesterday, neighbor got a deer. He’s filled his freezer so he called and asked if we wanted it. Of course! Husband and I spent the day butchering.

    Today, neighbor called again. He got another deer. Oh, my! Husband and I spent the day butchering it!

    The freezer is full. If he gets another one, he’s on his own!

    #65537

    Cin
    Participant

    Husband had his routine medical tests done on Monday, all is well. He is currently out mowing the lawn to mulch the leaves back into the soil.

    I’ve made a couple more of the fabric goodie baskets, some for me, some on commission. They will be filled with baked goodies and handed out for Christmas. The money I make is going into my bus fund – I want to renovate a bus so we can continue to travel places without having to stay in hotels, and if needed, can be a spare bedroom when company comes, or someone unexpected has to bug-out here. 🙂

    #65558

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Went to the farm/ranch store after our “date night” dinner this evening, and found some “Sierra cups” on sale. They’ll go in our GHBs. Also got hubs a set with a knife, fatwood stick for tinder, and spork for his bag.

    #65573

    Cin
    Participant

    The fabric baskets are in the consignment shop, hope I sell a few.

    Husband and I manually removed some limbs from the tree that has branches close to the house/chimney. We don’t want them to grow over the area and perhaps start a fire on the roof or deck below. We’ve not fired up the stove yet, still having sporadic nice weather. But now we are comfortable with lighting it when necessary.

    Our 1/2 cat has become a whole cat – we thought he belonged to the neighbors, and he only got our cats’ leftovers…turns out he’s a stray, so we’re now feeding him full time. He hangs out under the carport on the woodpile, and since we’ve not seen any mice, I am assuming he’s doing the job of keeping mice down.

    #65578

    IceFire
    Moderator

    Going back to a full-time PAYING job (unlike the full-time work I was doing here on the homestead) has really put a crimp in my daily prepping. That being said, I have managed to do a bit. Our “SHTF” goodie box came last week; hubs and I have a deal to split the contents between us. So, he took the watch (I tend to “kill” them), the two-knife set, some of the MOLLE webbing clips, the firestarter necklace, the military-style aluminum 5-LED angle flashlight, and the cloth folding wallet. I took the lightweight sleeping bag with compression stuff sack (for my GHB) and the “Camp Hawk” axe (small but wicked). The “heritage campfire kit”, I put in the barter/trade/gift bucket.

    With all of the trips back and forth to town yesterday, I copped out and picked up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store for dinner. Took the carcass and leftovers, and put it in my stock pot with water to boil down. After separating the meat and bones; sautéed the meat with butter, chopped onion (from the garden) and garlic; then returned them to the broth along with herbs, chopped celery and carrots (also from the garden), and let it cook. After church this morning added some fine German noodles for final cooking. Pulled out a bowl of the soup for myself, plus ended up with 6 pint jars for lunches.

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