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June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

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Postby LetsPrep11 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:31 am

-Had fun dehydrating sweet potato slices for dog treats. My dog loves them!
-Dehydrated 5 Lbs. of sliced Red potatoes
-Upgraded to a 15.5 quart All American canner. On sale for $159 and free shipping.
-Upgraded to a manual Wondermill grain mill.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby Cin » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:33 pm

LetsPrep - I've heard dogs like sweet potatoes, I think I'll snag a few and try dehydrating them too. See if our dog likes them.

Today was yard sale and grocery shopping day.

Our grocery list has been shrinking the last few weeks, due to us eating into the home canned LTS as we rotate old stuff. As we've cleaned stuff out, we've discovered foods we canned in anticipation of using, but actually never even using any of it (I love fresh fruit and we just didn't eat any of the fruit I canned). We are also moving over to freeze dried foods, longer shelf life and easier storage. We still plan to can foods, but not on the scale of what we did in past years. We'll also be more judicious in our choices to can - more foods we eat, rather than such a broad range trying to cover every vitamin/mineral/nutritional need. I'll just stock up on vitamins. :)

Grocery shopping:
2 cans of corned beef for the LTS

Yard sales:
A container stack of coffee mugs - $4 (retail $17)
A Kitchen Rite mandolin slicer - $2 - (retail $20-$26)

We bought 6 cans of chicken TVP (on sale) via Emergency Essentials.

Harvested some in the raised beds - about 15 pounds of potatoes and a pint freezer bag of green beans. I'm still clipping my cilantro and parsley, and freezing it. It tastes good, so far. We have about 20 volunteer cherry tomato plants - no problem with us as we love them! I'm hoping the volunteer cucumber comes back, too.

My deck container garden is doing well - we have poblano peppers coming out, jalepeno peppers, and two kinds of tomatoes on the bushes. The other plants are flowering, but no fruit yet.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby sageprice » Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:58 pm

dehydrate goldenrod for tea, and goosefoot for soup. happy foraging :D ;)
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby IceFire » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:15 pm

Spent the morning getting the "drip edge" and roofing panels up onto the roof of the stable. Now just have 1 edge (had to cut a panel in half lengthwise for the overhang) and a couple of 1 ft. high pieces for part of the front edge, then the roofing is COMPLETE! Just need to do the interior of 1 stall, and part of the exterior (where they have "access" to it) and they will be able to start using it.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby Cin » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:53 am

I've spent a very frustrating morning trying to fix a sewing machine someone else messed up! GRRR. After troubleshooting the machine (YouTube videos are wonderful), I decided to try a test sew...and that's when I discovered the problem. While threading the machine, I noticed the entire needle housing and needle tightening screws are completely missing! Shot an instant message to the owner. "Oh, well, the needle broke and I didn't know how to get it out so I unscrewed that part and took the stuff off. I thought I put it all back on. Maybe I have it in my toolbox somewhere." :x

To top it off, all the parts stores online want a model number and there isn't one on this machine, it's a little plastic "toy-like" machine, didn't cost much and can't do much, but it does what it needs to as far as mending and making small projects. I bought it for $5 at a yard sale, and it'll probably cost more to fix it than to buy a brand new one of the same machine!

Wasted the entire morning trying to fix it instead of sewing as I'd planned.

A caution and prep tip #1: Keep parts on hand or know where to get them for the tools you use frequently.

Prep tip #2: Check your frequently used tools and if you cannot do it - now's the time to take them in for tuneups and maintenance.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby woodchipper518 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:49 pm

As always, added, food to the inve6ntory. Rotated out and restocked. Moved to a new job only 6 miles from home versus 40+ miles. Now I will be walking thru and around upper middle class areas only. The previous walk was through light industrial, barrios and less than desirable areas. Still kept the same EDC/Car bag as it was designed for a 3-4 day trek. Married off my oldest to a good man with like-minded thinking so my food supply timeframe just increased. Oh the preps I could have bought with the price of her wedding,

One of my water sources was a local lake about 600ft away. Unfortunately, my subdivision bought the parcel and is developing it for more houses so my walk through the woods is no more. For now, I'll have to buy some more 5gal jugs and think about putting up the rain catchment system I currently have mothballed from the prying eyes of neighbors.

bought some bulk ammo. Started taking some tactical training classes.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby IceFire » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:45 pm

Took a pair of hubby's boots in to the shoe repair guy to get re-soled (He has SMALL feet, so it's hard to find shoes/boots to fit him; therefore, if we CAN re-sole things, we WILL!)

Also, this afternoon, we got the two half-panels on the edge of the stable roof, now just need to cut the pieces for the front edge and get them on.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby Cin » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:24 pm

Had to go to town today with a neighbor who needed to pick up a prescription (she's on meds, its OK to drive, but she wanted to be sure).

Restocked our Gatorade - we've managed to drink it all with the outside work going on with the addition being built, and garden stuff.

I got 2 pints of green beans from the garden today, as well as another pound or so of potatoes.

Husband thin-sliced some potatoes from our first batch a few days ago, and dehydrated them - turned out almost like potato chips!

I finished sewing the valances for the new room.

Probably a non-event, but the kid in the path of Tropical Storm Cindy has battened down the hatches and has food, water, and fuel. Also has a contingency plan to evacuate with a friend, if needed.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby Cin » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:13 pm

Grocery shopping and yard sales today.

Grocery shopping:

Re-stocked on what we used
Rebuilding the stock of Gatorade we had - it's been hot and muggy and I'm keeping the contractors and Husband re-hydrated hourly!

Yard sales:
4 hanging plant holders - 40 cents
1 nutcracker - $1 - retails for $16 (for pecans, walnuts and other hard shells)
3 yards of fabric - 50 cents
2 curtain panels for the new addition's windows - $4
Foam floor puzzle pieces with alphabet - $5 (retails for $30) - I read somewhere to use these on the floor of a tent, so was on the lookout for them.

I took our ailing neighbor the groceries she requested and she gave me a vine-ripened tomato from their garden.

Husband caulked and painted the first outside wall of our newly built room addition.

I sewed a fitted tablecloth for our bistro table (which may go inside the new addition).

Also harvested jalepeno peppers and poblano peppers from my patio garden.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby IceFire » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:31 pm

Added a nice new medical-grade sling to the medical supplies today. Actually, it's currently attached to hubby, since he was helping a guy pick up his motorcycle, and ended up damaging his elbow enough to warrant a trip to the ER. Xrays (nothing broken, but there is still the possibility of torn tendons/ligaments), the sling, and a prescription for pain meds later, we were back out to Tombstone in time for our first gunfight of the day, although HE is definitely OUT of the shows for his weekend, and possibly next weekend, as well. Worse, it's his dominant side, so he won't be doing much of anything, including driving, for a while. If it isn't better by Tuesday, he's supposed to call the Ortho specialist.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby Lynda1 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:51 am

Hit Aldi and got some good sales, tending my garden and greenhouse now that everything is is planted. Bought a washboard from Lehman's because you never know. Watched some interesting videos about using it from people living totally off-grid.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby kenjabroni » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:13 pm

FINALLY got a well dug on my property. They hit water at 60 feet and usually go another 40 ft beyond that for wells here. They could only get down to 80 because the water flow was causing issues with the piping. They started pulling the pipes out and it shot water about 20 ft into the air and sent a river of water down to my chicken pen. The guy said in all his years doing wells hes only ever had that happen one other time. Evidentally I have a cavern or something under the granite shelf here and when they tapped into the water it came up to 16 ft below the surface. The kicker is they said we are getting 100 gallons per minute from it.........the avg here is 2 to 10. Now I just got to get the guys out here to put in my pump and pressure tank.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby IceFire » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:59 pm

Got started on the interior of the second stall...5 panels up this evening. Have one more full panel to put up, then time to start measuring and cutting the partial panels. After the interior is finished, then we can start working on the exterior walls.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby Cin » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:38 pm

I decided to sew laundry bags for each of the visiting family members, and I finished making the last one for the 12 girls' bags yesterday. I still have two guy bags to make. Laundry mix-ups were prevalent last time they visited, so I'm hoping this will alleviate that problem. Plus, they're cute reversible drawstring bags, so the girls can use them for something else, too.

I got the chair recovered, too - Husband had to cut a new board bottom from a piece of scrap wood since the old one was deteriorating, the chair is over 50 years old.

I harvested 6 pints of green beans, got them blanched and frozen. Harvested the cilantro, parsley, sage, and basil. I experimented with putting the fresh herbs in olive oil. I have been using some of the olive oil-coated cilantro and I can't even taste anything but olive oil. So I decided to freeze the fresh herbs, just clean 'em and bag them up. Tonight I made a chicken parmesan casserole with the frozen basil and it tasted great! The basil tasted fresh, wouldn't have known it was frozen. So, from now on, I'm freezing the herbs instead of packing them in oil.
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Re: June 2017 - What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

Postby IceFire » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:11 pm

Got 2 50-lb bags of milo....one to use to mix up the batch of goat feed (1 bag each of oats, wheat, and milo, plus about 8 lbs of sunflower seed) that I did this afternoon, plus one to have "on hand" for the next time I need to mix it (one batch lasts about 6-8 weeks for 3 goats.)

Also picked up a new wheel for the gate, since the other one got damaged.
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