Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year.  We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

Jim Reports:

This week has been hectic. In addition to catching up on my blog writing, I’ve been quite busy cataloging the new inventory for Elk Creek Company.  Because almost everything I sell is in “used” condition, I feel obligated to take photos and to write detailed descriptions. This gobbles up a lot of my available time.

I’ve also been helping one of my consulting clients, by working up a detailed retreat stocking plan. In the Army we were fond of saying: “The logistics are daunting.” The Army’s solution was to try to cram everyone into a “One Size Fits All” logistics solution. And we never had to match a “budget” for anything except space and weight. Well, stocking a civilian retreat for a large extended family to provide for a period of five+ years is a true logistical challenge. You can’t just place one big order, based on National Stock Numbers (NSNs). Each product and vendor must be evaluated. The constraints of time (and shelf-life), space, and budget necessitate some trade-offs. And there are umpteen variables, some of which are colored by the local climate, ages of the family members, dietary restrictions, and in this case one older individual with physical infirmities. Further complicating things are the current pandemic-induced supply chain difficulties. Have you tried to buy a 1,000-round case of 5.56mm ball ammo or a propane chest freezer, recently? “Daunting”, indeed!

I did take the time to go for a hike with my wife Avalanche Lily, to see where a recent Mountain Lion visitor had been padding around in the snow, here at The Rawles Ranch. I’ll let Lily describe that.

Avalanche Lily Reports:

Dear Readers,

The weather has been quite cold this week with intermittent snow showers and sunny weather.  the temperatures warmed up by the end of the week with an arriving storm front that is dropping snow.

This week I planted two trays of onion seeds and put them in the Indoor Bathroom greenhouse.

The girls and I tried ice-fishing again, twice this week.  We are trying to catch pike and trout. No, we didn’t catch anything.  Grr!  But we are practicing and learning more and more about bait and lures.  Miss Eloise, enjoyed reading aloud to us while jigging her fishing pole.

In addition to my snow hike with Jim, I have had two other snow hikes and a hike around the inside of the house wearing a weighted backpack, while listening to scripture.

This week, I finished listening to the books of Mark and Luke.

Hey, hey, hey, I have another critter story for you. 😉

On Sunday afternoon, as I was talking on the phone with a friend from our Bible Study, I happened to look out the picture window which looks out to the Near-House Meadow, and noticed S. our dominant horse was in high alert mode, staring intently through the fences of our orchard.  Our orchard is fenced in with 11- foot high fences but it’s south fence line was added to our four-foot high field fence line that separates our house meadow from our south woods and meadows. I continued to talk to our friend while watching her. She began running back and forth along the north orchard fence, then ran away from the fence and ran a tight circle then went back to the fence and stared through it, her whole body erect and ears forward. Hmm, I thought, there must be some predator there in the south meadow.

I continued to talk on the phone for another ten minutes, all the while watching S. who continued alternating between staring, running along the fence, and then running tight circles, then running up the fence, stopping short and staring. When I hung up, I told the girls to look at S. and that I thought that we had a predator on the ranch and that it was probably a Mountain Lion, because, the horses were not this excited when the wolves came through. Near the end of the phone conversation, our bull named Sh. had joined S. in the meadow, but had not gone all the way up to the orchard fence.

I then phoned our neighbors, who have a good view of our south meadows and asked if they could see anything near our orchard, but they couldn’t. There are quite a few trees blocking their view, but I thought I should ask, just in case.

It was late afternoon, and Jim wasn’t yet back from traveling to the gun show. It was time to feed the animals their afternoon meal, we feed them twice a day. I went out onto the porch, with my Glock 30 strapped on. As usual, I had it loaded with a 13-round Glock 21 magazine. I heard S. do that nervous snort and whoosh sound that horses make when they’re very nervous. Then she actually charged the orchard fence and snorted and whooshed again!  Wow, I thought, she is really not happy with whatever is on the other side of that fence in our south woods.

As I stepped off the porch, I could see the cows were in the barnyard watching S. and Sh.  They seemed to be on alert, too.

I continued to the barn, which is in the opposite direction from the orchard.  I threw out hay to the animals, and none of them came to eat!  This was very unusual behavior, on their part.

I went back into the house to get my binoculars.  Miss Eloise, ordered me, “Mom, you’re not going into the woods to see what that animal is!!”  I laughed, and said,  “No, not this time, I promise. But I am going to walk along the tree line north of the of the near-house meadow, which will allow me to see at the same angle through the orchard fence at exactly the same area that S. is looking at.”  I felt pretty safe, because I would have two 11-foot fences between me and it, and a whole meadow to shoot across if it went around the orchard and hopped the other fence to come at either me or my beasties.

To put it mildly, Miss Eloise had been very upset with me for walking out to the meadow the recent time that our neighbor called and reported seeing the pair of wolves playing in our open meadows. (I had went out to catch a glimpse of them and then saw one of them come running towards me.)

I went back out onto the porch.  My beasties were still in their original positions from when I had last seen them before entering the house. I walked over to the barnyard to where the cows were standing — along the north trees — and walked down the tree line until I reached the spot opposite of S. who was across the meadow from me near the orchard fence.

The bull, located in the meadow but closer to where I was headed, watched me approach, he was standing very erect and alert, looking like a very strong bull, a serious specimen to contend with. He gave me an intent look that I interpreted to say, that he was very concerned about this predator being on our ranch and that he was glad I was paying attention to their warning behavior, and was aware of what was going on. His eyes are so expressive. He is my very handsome buddy boy! I pulled out my binoculars and panned the fence line looking through the two fences into our south meadow. It has just a few trees.

Suddenly, I saw it under a cedar tree, right up next to it’s trunk.  A big kitty was crouching and watching the horse, intently.  It was a beautiful animal.  It didn’t move at all.  It just stared!  That kind of surprised me. Eerie!  I’m not sure it saw me…  It had to have seen me, but it didn’t move or appear to acknowledge me being there.  I didn’t like it.  I don’t want Mountain Lions to think our ranch is a great place to get a meal. I was thinking: “Big Kitty you cannot stay here.  It is time for you to go.”  I put down the binoculars and pulled out my Glock, aimed it upwards, aimed toward a cliff to the northeast, and shot the gun, once. Then I shouted a few times.

At the report of the Glock, S. and the Bull ran a bunch of circles.  They hate the sound of the gun.  The cows bolted up to our northwest woods. I pulled out my Binoculars and looked through the fences under the tree. The Cat was gone!  To make sure it kept running, I shouted a bunch of times “Hey, Hey, Hey!”  Then went back up to the parking lot to Miss Eloise’s car and honked her horn a dozen times.

I went back to the porch where Miss Eloise was standing and told the her that I actually, had seen a Mountain Lion.

Miss Eloise called our neighbor and told them that I had seen a Mountain Lion. They then told her that a young female lion had been hanging around their place for the past week.  They do not have livestock. She is young and probably hungry. That would explain why she didn’t run when I came into view.  They speculated that she was probably a member of a family of Mountain lions that became separated from her family group when the lion hunters were hunting.

A few moments later, Jim drove in the ranch lane.  We told him about the Mountain Lion.

When we were all in the house, executive orders were broadcasted about the house, to not let out any of the pet cats for a couple of days, until we could determine if the cat was no longer lurking about. We don’t want any of our kitties to become a big kitty snack.

Miss Eloise and I,  went back outside to check on our beasties while Jim unpacked the SUV. Our horses, cows, and bull were now over at the barn eating their dinner.  I wanted to close up the cows in the barn, for the night, but they weren’t obeying me. They were eating.  So I figured that they would probably be all right.  I have no idea how many other times a lion has crossed our property at night when they were loose and they dealt with it without human help…

The next morning, we “locked” the cats and kittens into Miss Violet’s room, while we were running in and out of the house doing chores.  I went out to feed the beasties their breakfast.  It was a bit earlier than usual and not yet broad daylight.  I saw the horses standing between the barn and the corral fence very close to it’s open gate.  I looked around for the cows and then called for them when I didn’t see them.  I thought they were somewhere in the woods. They came out from the stalls which they had access to through the corral gate.  I laughed at the sight of that, because, the bull was the first one out and had been standing in the open doorway protecting his girls who were in the stalls.  What a good boy.  The horses were in a position to protect the cows in the corral by blocking the open gate to the corrals if a predator had approached them. My animals are smart and can take care of themselves.

I fed them their hay and refilled their water tanks and went into the house for a while. Later in the morning I went back outside and looked to see if all the beasties were still eating their breakfast.  S. — my dominant horse — was not with the others.  She was now in the arena, on extra high alert, staring down into our north woods. Oh, great, I thought, that Mountain Lion is still around. So I went back to the house and retrieved some ear muffs and went and stood in the parking lot and shot a half-dozen rounds from my Glock into our north woods to scare the mountain lion away.  [To clarify: The target was a cliff face beyond our north woods. It is a safe backstop impossible to reach by foot in the winter time.]

I went back inside. I re-filled that depleted magazine.  A couple of hours later, I again checked on the beasties. By then, they were staring into the woods north of our property fence line. At this point, I just hoped that the lion would keep going that way, because it would re-enter the national forest.

On Tuesday, the animals were back to their relaxed selves, no longer in alert mode.  Properly armed, Jim and I took a hike together all around the perimeter, south meadow, and north woods, to see the mountain lion’s tracks. They had been softened by a recent light snow, but the tracks still told the tale. It was interesting to see how the cat had made several 25-foot circles, as it transited our property. It had apparently been both eyeballing and “casting” for a scent of game.  That afternoon we permitted our cats and kittens to return to their outside recess activities.

May you all have a very blessed and safe week.

– Avalanche Lily, Rawles

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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.


  1. Wow, Lily, That was some amazing big cat story. We have them too, here in Central Texas and once in a while we see one far off in the woods. Since we live outside a city, most of my adventures are based involve running my errands and seeing if I can beat the 5 p.m. traffic! Your adventures are much more exciting! Now, when we move to the country, perhaps I’ll have more to tell.

  2. I enjoyed your story of a real wild life adventure on your ranch. Good for you Ms Lily at observing what goes on around you. Predators can really do some damage around a ranch/farm if they are allowed to take control. Animals are so good at letting us know something is not right in their domain. We have big livestock guard dogs that patrol the acres where there are animals or people; they have ferocious barks and howls to alert us scare of any predators.

    What a week this has been! Ice storm, snow, more ice and snow; coldest storm recorded since 1954 in our mid-south location! Country roads are still iced over, won’t melt Monday or Tuesday when temps get back to above freezing. Every day we change the frozen animal water and start all the vehicles to keep the batteries charged. The mail deliveries started on Friday; even USPS had to take a few snow days.

    No county plows come out here so my son fired up the tractor and cleared our farm road and part of the county road near us. Everyone with a tractor or ATV snow plow attachments clears a section of road up and down near their farms. Snow is only about 6” but there’s ice at the bottom and we want it to melt quickly with the first sunny day and above freezing temps.

    The doe’s inside the porch delivered their kits, two new moms and two experienced moms. The little pet rabbits had 4 kits, mid size doe had 7 and the Giant Flemish had 10 beautiful kits. So I have 21 tiny bunnies, 8 older bunnies and 4 moms on the porch (plus 2 old dogs which are incontinent). I have 3 more doe’s due in March so if the weather doesn’t improve by then I’ll be shuffling bunnies around again.

    Ordered some tractor parts online as I couldn’t find them locally; they should arrive next week. Ordered some OTC meds, vitamins and herbs.

    Opened a 18-year old #10 can of dehydrated chicken and rice and it is just fine. Also opened a 10-year old bucket of rice and it is just fine; no bugs, no moisture. This is the regular rice from a warehouse store which I use for my animals and casseroles.

    Looking forward to reading what everyone has been doing during this arctic blast.

    Praying the Lord will protect and comfort each of you.
    May your week be safe and productive.

    1. Animal House, what an adventure.

      As GK Chesterton said, “An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.”

      Hang in there.

      Carry on

  3. What was your backstop when you fired into the forest? National forest is public land. Someone might have been walking there. That bullet could easily carry a mile.

    Know what it is, what is in line with it, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything you have not positively identified. Be aware of your surroundings, whether on the range or in a fight. Do not assume anything. Know what you are doing.

    1. After the bullet reaches it’s high point arc, then gravity takes over and it falls with the limited velocity gravity places upon it, depending upon the angle upward. Yes, it might have been better to shoot into the trunk of a tree, but then someone would comment about the “pain” experienced by the tree, or what would happen in the future if someone hit the bullet with a chainsaw. Or shoot into the surrounding ground–no wait, there might have been a field mouse hidden there. Always something!

  4. The Blizzard of ’21 was insane this past week, setting some records for the 11 years since I’ve been here. It got down to -6° with 6″ of snow which is still here after five days. We generally only get an inch or two which melts the next day. I ordered a course of global warming with a heat wave on the side but they weren’t delivering with the bad weather and the roads were too icy for me to venture out.

    I had to clear snow off the solar panels twice using a 20′ piece of PVC with a board on the end. I had a pipe freeze which had never frozen before and in the process of heating it with a blow drier, discovered a mouse had tunneled through the insulation and cold air was coming in. I’ll put a wireless freeze alarm probe down there after I repair it. I had a long talk with the cat about pulling his weight around here. As Mr. Jinks used to say, “I hate those meeces to pieces!” The well-house heater only came on twice all last winter but it’s been on overdrive this week. I think I’ve burned more firewood this week than I did in all of January. I had the pleated blinds pulled all week so the house has been dark. The cat can’t get up on the windowsills for his sunbathing routines so he’s been on feline anti-depressants all week. I think they call it catnip in more prosperous parts of the country. My biggest worry now is how the bees have fared. It’s supposed to warm up this week so I’ll go out and check on the girls. The take-home lesson for the week is to get things winterized for much colder temps than I’ve experienced in the past. This global warming is a killer.

    I normally don’t put bird feed out too often lest they turn into welfare bums who can’t fend for themselves properly. When it snows, I put a lot of food on the deck since snow is a rarity and their normal vittles must be pretty hard find. There were nine different species that came and I had fun watching them and noting their various behaviors at the Italian bird feeder, a 16″ pizza pan.

    It was interesting to go out after the storm and look at all the animal tracks around the property, though I didn’t see and mountain lion tracks like Lily did. While I was out tracking, I had my ray-gun thermometer with me taking various temperatures. The most interesting ones were the south side of the house and the SUV. When the air temp was 22°F, the dark SUV was 133° and the house siding 137°F. Still haven’t decided where to build my greenhouse but the south side of the house is an option so I can capture all that heat in the winter and vent it into the house. The most interesting tracks I saw was a set about 6 feet apart and from the looks of it were made by a one-legged deer. I don’t know what else could have made tracks that far apart and they were just singles in a straight line. I followed and they went under my pickup. There was nothing under there but rabbit tracks and lots of droppings. Near as I can figure, something scared the crap out of him and he must have hit the afterburners not long after exiting, though I couldn’t find any melted snow behind the tracks to confirm it. I hope he made it home safely.

    Everyone stay warm and have a great week!

    1. St Funogas, I read a wild hare can jump around 10 to 12 feet when in full escape mode! We saw some interesting tracks down in the big meadow. Looked like deer being chased by something. Old timers say there are Bobcats around but I’ve never seen one.

      We hung some suet and threw some chicken scratch out on the crusty ice for the small birds as they can’t break thru the ice yet. Word spread really fast and there all kinds of feathered friends dining there.

      1. Wow, I had no idea rabbits and hares could jump that far. Another track I saw was a totally indistinct path in the snow about 3″ wide. Then I saw a hole in the snow that kept going into the ground. Aha, one of the many moles that keep my lawn roto-tilled.

        Hopefully you’ll get to see a bobcat. I’ve only seen one once, headed for my chickens. I thought it was one of the local strays with his tail chopped short. Then I saw his ears and realized what it was. I watched him as long as I could since I’d never seen one, then had to run to save the chickens to keep them off the menu.

  5. It IS a great story and there are some better plusses.
    1. Kudos to you for paying attention to your animals. Your animals are your alarm system, better than mine, though I doubt if we will run across a mountain lion in our area
    2. Smart move firing the Glock, it eventually scared off the mountain lion!

    Thanks for the story,

    God Bless and take care

  6. A baby, quite large, mountain lion was up at my sister’s property recently. When they let the German Shepherd out in the morning, the lion actually scaled the house wall! Once the Shepherd was back inside, it dropped down, and they got good photos. They considered shooting it, but didn’t want to wreck the deck!! It finally wandered off, and of course, they alerted the neighbors. They don’t have any livestock, just the dog.

    I figured out what I was doing wrong with the sprouts and started a fresh batch, which sprouted quickly and was delicious on a sandwich.

    I was supposed to receive a delivery on my new vinyl plank flooring this week, but my steep driveway was too hazardous. When the plow tractor slid down, I knew it would be a problem and had the delivery re-routed to the local hardware/lumber yard for safe keeping until I can get it. We’ve had more snow than normal. I was thinking of writing an article entitled “So, you want to live in snow country!” LOL.

    1. Wow!

      I didn’t think to get my camera. I would have had to switch the basic lens to the telephoto lens and I think the two fences would have caused to much interference for a clear photo.

      1. AL,

        From 1970 to 2018 I worked a little on four adjoining farms for hunting and trapping rights. We had a lot more snow back then, but no trail cameras early on.
        I knew what animals the tracks belonged to, but rarely saw them or observed their habits, except when harvested. When I could finally afford to buy game cameras an entire new world opened up.
        Remarkable photos of bobcats (3 together), coyotes chasing deer, raccoons fighting over food, foxes, turkeys, etc. were collected regularly.
        Of course photos and videos like these are seen on the net daily, but these were/are mine. In my area.
        Also caught trespassers and poachers.
        Then everything began being leased out as areas were sold to developers. I was squeezed down to the last 70 acres for couple years before the owner, a lifelong friend, passed away.
        That was the end, but I have the trail cam photos. Probably a couple thousand.
        The trail cams are now set up in our backyard. Until we move back to the country.

        Semper Fi

        1. I get it Batteau,

          Even though, I knew we had many Mountain Lions here, they didn’t “exist” for me until, I saw one with my own eyes. The first one I saw with my own eyes in the wild, was one that crossed the road in front of my car on a sunny fall afternoon. Then I could say, Mountain Lions are a reality here. This one that I saw last Sunday, is the second one I have ever seen in the wild with my own eyes. A few years back, I did hear Mountain lions giving their mating call to one another one night. But again, until you see them…Well, I think you understand. 😉 Now I need to see a Grizzly bear… ;-O From a VERY SAFE DISTANCE…Preferably, from inside of the car or the picture window. 😉

    2. Hey SaraSue, after your mention of sprouts last week I recalled I hadn’t made any in a while so sprouted some wheat and lentils. They’re great with salt and butter in the microwave.

      1. Great idea to sprout those lentils, St. Funogas! We’ve been enjoying sprouts every day, and add a small amount of liquid mineral supplement to bolster the nutritional benefits even further. We keep ours next to the sink in the kitchen so they’re close at hand, part of our routine, regularly attended and used. As soon as they’re ready, we zip ’em right off into the fridge, and add them to salads or sandwiches every day.

  7. I’ll share my cat story for your readers. I am from Central Texas but have two mining claims in Colorado. One afternoon I was walking down the Forest Service road that borders my claims with my Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenes cross dog enjoying the afternoon and all its beauty. My dog was ahead of me about twenty yards and I saw him dart behind a small pine tree beside the road and what appeared to be a deer between me and him. I took another step and then saw that what I thought was a deer was a mountain lion thinking about dinner with my dog being on the menu. The lion had not noticed me and was concentrating on my dog, my mind went into instant alert status and I drew my Browning 40 from my shoulder holster and thought out several situations in about two seconds, one, do I risk a shot at the cat and provoke an attack, two, what if I miss the cat and hit my dog who is on the other side of him, three, if I engage the lion before he attacks my dog or me how will I justify a kill to the Fish and Game Ranger who will certainly investigate the incident or, four, what if I just fire shots and try to scare the lion off. I raised my pistol above both dog and lion and fired one shot, and the race was on, both dog and cat bolted side by side and started running down the small hill towards the mountain stream at a full pace both scared to death. What I would have given to have a video of this event to laugh about for years to come. It took around thirty minutes to find my dog and calm his nerves and we never saw the lion again. This is a true story from Gunnison County, Colorado.

    1. It is an excellent treatise, and I will send it out to the portion of my family that are the dissidents. It provides some guidance how to do with the left wing section of the family


    2. Good advice. You can’t keep going around the same path around the mountain and expect different destinations. Adapt and survive. We have to rethink our offensive plans.
      All for the King, who was a master dissident.

    3. Still reading the essay. It seems to be written with the Soviet dissidents in mind. It is very good but in the case of the USA, the difference is that we have guns. At some point they will come into play. We should not have to wait 70 years for the American communists to fall. I have no idea what the spark will be to set it off. Maybe it will be “Gun Control”- the invalidation of the Second Amendment. That seems likely at this time. I do not know why we are not in a shooting war already. We shall see, probably before 2024.

      1. That was my only real response, and I agree with you. I read/heard that 18 states are in process of approving open carry laws and/or becoming 2nd Amendment sanctuary states, and/or blocking the federal Xiden executive orders. There’s a guy on youtube – Guns and Gadgets – he’s following it closely.

    4. SaraSue, I am halfway through this. Wow, it is pretty awesome. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a great week. Give the dogs a treat for me.
      Stay warm. 🙂 Krissy

        1. Oh, Telesilla of Argos, Bless you for praying, especially for my dad. He is still alive, and just going about everyday life, all the while knowing he could drop dead at any moment! You would never know it by talking with him. Good thing he loves the Lord.

          He has drastically changed his diet to one that is supposed to help clear artery plaque. I think more beneficial sleep would do him good. We are asking the Lord to heal him, and trusting that the Lord knows what He is doing. 🙂

          To know my dad is to love him. He is an awesome man.

          BTW, I enjoy all of your comments on the blog.
          From one sister to another, I am praying for your family, Krissy

          1. Sister Krissy!
            What a joy to see your post here… The news about your Dad is heartwarming and uplifting and inspirational! The prayers continue, and we thank you also for yours!

    5. SaraSue!
      An excellent article link — thought provoking, insightful, and a great springboard for conversation.

      Reference: “Understanding and Embracing the Role of the 21st-Century American Dissident’ by Brent Hamachek

      I agreed with many of the points made. What the writer says about leverage is especially excellent, and in my view connects directly to the strategies and action proposals of The Precinct Project. In this regard, I did not agree entirely with what I understood to be Hamachek’s position on strategy — although I wasn’t in complete disagreement either. Again, this was a thought provoking presentation, and much appreciated.


      Get involved. There is a tremendous opportunity to change the balance of power through leverage. Whether or not we will succeed in this endeavor will depend on our willingness to do the hands-on work — and much of this (not all) will occur at the local level.

      1. Lots of similar movements popping up. Check out Gab.com, a social media application + many other apps they’re working on like streaming services. Torba, the founder, is a Christian, and has been blocked by banks, hosting services, payment providers, etc., like many other Christian and/or “dissident” services/websites. He has an article about creating a “Christian economy”, which is similar to what many of us have been thinking about – basically, only doing business with like minded folks.

        I don’t totally agree with Torba on everything, but I think the movement to sidestep the big corporations who are suppressing free speech, conservatives, Christians, etc., is something we all must do if we are to survive this time period we are in.

        1. SaraSue!
          More great thoughts and conversation. I agree. GAB is a great resource and Andrew Torba has really put his heart (and no doubt his financial resources) into its development.

          Other SB readers have talked about voting with our wallets, and I am fully on board with this. We should not be putting our hard earned dollars into the hands of those who intend us harm.

          Let’s go another way, and vet the businesses with which we do business. What we will find is that there are many like-minded pro-liberty, pro-Constitution business people.

  8. When I owned my horse, he was the only gelding let out in the field with 6 mares. (We put him there so he would let us know when the mares could be bred. Poor guy–he always had a look of surprise when he couldn’t follow through.) I had been riding earlier, and there was one field he would absolutely not go into. I’m not a cowboy, so I didn’t push the matter and we went another way. When we got home, I let him into the small field as I usually did, and he immediately went to the mares. Whatever communication happened, I don’t know, but they formed a circle with my horse walking around, ears back, and sniffing the wind. They stayed like that all morning. Later, evidently there was no danger because the horses fanned out and grazed like normal. One of the nearby farmers had reported he had seen a mountain lion headed for the horse field to the highway patrol who then informed us. Smart horses were way ahead of their humans, I’d say. I’m not sure the lion would have bothered the horses; he was more likely to attack one of the calves. But as in most living creatures, sensing danger the cows in the field surrounded their calves, and the sickly calves we shut up in the barn.
    We took our cue from them and relaxed that afternoon after guard duty.

  9. On a subject not related to the article: I’ve watched though the years ( at least the 15 to 20 yrs ) the democratic party and the people who are part of it do things , say things, imply things, and they think it is okay for them, but not for anybody else. Basically ” don’t do as I do, do as I say ” and it seems like it started with Bill and Hillary and have only gotten worse. but then again maybe I’m ( according to the co-workers that I had worked with for 40 plus yrs ) so full of that brown fecal matter that I don’t know what I’m talking about. Just saying ( and the republican party, good question )

  10. It was a pretty typical week up here at the Canuck Homestead. The brutally frigid temps abated and there have been a few days when I’m almost tempted to believe that there may be a subtle hint of spring in the air. I’m a sucker for spring and every year about this time I get the fever bad. To satisfy my green thumb I started sprouting in a couple jars and have been looking at some new grow lights. I’ve also started getting things ready for maple syrup season. Despite modern technology, one of the highlights for me each spring is tapping trees using an antique bit and brace that was passed down to me from my now passed grandfather. I love the sounds that old tool makes and can almost see my Grand dad smiling each time I drill into a tree.

      1. Avalanche Lilly are you aware that Birch Trees can be tapped and syrup made? I’ve seen Birch up your way when I lived in the NW.

        Also is it illegal to shoot a Mtn Lion there? When I respond to my critters it’s a carbine in hand.

        1. It is illegal to kill almost any “game” animal out here without a license. I personally am not interested in killing anything, and would rather scare predators away. However, if an animal is bent on attacking me and I have fair enough time to operate, then I will not hesitate to defend myself, family, or my animals. Very thankfully, I have never found myself in that position. I pray that I never will ever be in that position with any animal: four-legged or two-legged.

          1. That’s sad! In WI, we have landowner rights for small game. Allows you to take care of pest critters without the need for a license. Nice to have for the coons, rabbits, squirrels, woodchucks, and muskrats that cause me problems.

  11. Mountain Lion attacks on people occur once in a while, out in the Far West. … Like two legged predators, the Mountain Lions seem to prefer attacking Women, Children and Old People. Very unaware men can be attacked too.

    Anywho, in the Late Great State, a law (through a citizen initiative) made it ~illegal to hunt Mountain Lions. With the subsequent growth of the Mountain Lion population, the Mountain Lion attacks on people increased. [Gee Whiz, was that foreseeable?]

    Now the lunatics out here in the Late Great State want to reintroduce Grizzly Bears into the State. [I wonder if people will start being killed by Grizzly Bears?]
    … … The Late Great State, has a Grizzly Bear on its Flag. (Ursus arctos horribilis or Ursus arctos californicus. ~ Maybe, a Latin speaker would know if horribilis and californicus are actually synonyms with the same meaning.)

    Around here, it’s difficult for the average citizen to obtain a firearm carry permit. … Take a look at the list for the most dangerous cities in America, a large number of them are in the Late Great State. … Most Criminals like the Bears and Lions can’t read the Laws, and don’t care about what the Law has to say anyway. Firearm Laws only disarm honest people.

    In the Redoubt Region of America, a person can legally carry a gun, and go down shooting, if jumped by a 2 or 4 legged Varmint. (Very unlikely) … In the ‘deep blue’ cities, a person has to sleep with one-eye open, just in case a 2 legged Varmint, might crawl through a window or kick in a door. (Very likely)
    … … There’s videos on the Internet, showing how in the ‘blue’ cities, Varmints will sometimes punch or shove their victims just for fun. [No theft of property; 2 legged Varmints out for a lark ~ pushing people off of subway platforms, or whacking victims in the head.]

    1. In our region, we’ve seldom, if ever have heard of lion attacks on humans. Most of the time the encounters that we heard of were by accident, on the animal’s part, and lasted less than three seconds, before the lion disappeared…

      1. ” Most of the time the encounters that we heard of were by accident, on the animal’s part, and lasted less than three seconds, before the lion disappeared…”

        I’ve had that same thing happen to me. Was hiking along the trail, and a cougar showed up about 100 meters away… lion scampered away, as it either saw me or finally noticed the sign warning people to stay on the trail…

    2. GGHD, having lived good parts of my life in large metropolitan areas, mostly deep blue, I must take exception to something you said.

      ” In the ‘deep blue’ cities, a person has to sleep with one-eye open, just in case a 2 legged Varmint, might crawl through a window or kick in a door. (Very likely)”

      I never had anyone break into my home. Nor has my sweet spouse or I ever been attacked walking to the grocery store, library, or local cafe. So, my experience says, “Very Unlikely”.

      Seeing a few videos on the internet gives the appearance that crime is everywhere. According to my local LEO contacts, crime is mostly confined to isolated pockets that the MSM, which we all know about, conflates to represent the entire community. When living in a predominantly black community, I would have people ask me how I survived. Hint, it wasn’t by wearing my USMC insignia and scaring the bad guys. It was mostly that I avoid aforementioned pockets and spend time with upright citizens. I often bought lunch for my suburban friends in a local cafe so they could experience the community of peaceful people I experienced everyday.

      Carry on

      1. Once a Marine,

        There are areas (pockets as you refer to them) in all large cities where no one is safe to venture at anytime… unless they live there…maybe.
        Having been a LEO in rural areas, I can say the city crime has branched out. I wrote a comment here on SB a while back about nearly being killed in a small community. It seemed the culprits who viciously attacked me did so because I was a LEO. The two carloads of people were about 50 miles from their big city homes, enroute to another big city. Stopped to have a few drinks.
        Drugs are in every rural community. Everywhere.
        My point is you are correct, but we all best keep our heads “on a swivel” no matter where we live, or what grocery store or Quick Stop we go to.
        It’s not really safe anywhere.
        We had/have roving groups of burglars in numerous vehicles saturating areas during daylight hours. They have committed about any felony you can think of. Some are never apprehended.

        Anyway, not being rude. Just have always found it very difficult to convince people they may be next. Someone may be watching you now, observing your pattern. Waiting patiently. Most home invasions are during the day.

        So carry your weapon. Observe your area. Lock up everything. As someone mentioned here on SB, own one or more dogs. No better alarm than dogs.

        Sorry this was so long, could go on for days it seems.

        A woman named Mary came to my office one day, covered with bruises. Told me her ex threatened to kill her. I could not convince her to leave him or get an ex-parte order. She would not listen.
        Two nights later her ex actually called me by phone at my residence to tell me he had just killed her. He shot her in the back and the bullet was visible under the skin on her collarbone, where it lodged. I was so grieved by this I had to sit down. If only she had listened.

        It’s human nature, I’ve been told, to not listen.
        But we must. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.
        All that city trouble is coming, all of us know it.
        Just be alert. “Trust your gut instinct” because it’s always right.

        That’s enough for now.

        God Bless All of You. Watch over your children.

        Semper Fi

      2. There were three times in my life when we were forced to live in the city: once as an elementary school child; once as a teenager; and once in college. All three times I experienced violence and crime on a regular basis. Even the middle time, when I lived in a “good” neighborhood. The “good” neighborhood was the most insidious, because it FELT safe … but it wasn’t.

      1. The Country~Western singer, Dwight Yoakam has a song titled, “The Late Great Golden State” about California. [Actually, commonly said by many people.]

        In the old days, a person came West to get a good job, buy a house, and cruise on the uncrowded roads and freeways. … California had some of the best public schools, best roads (without potholes), and relatively honest politicians.

        There were problems, but the people tried to reform things, and make society better. In California, the citizens adopted the political reforms of the Initiative, Referendum, and the Recall. … Now days, it seems a lot of people here, don’t care what happens, as long as they get ‘free stuff’ from the government. California seems to be overrun with Political Crooks.
        ……. The national politicians are famous crooks. There are plenty of less famous crooks too. Wikipedia has an article titled: City of Bell scandal. Sometimes politicians get caught, and go to jail.

        About ONE THIRD of the people in the USA on currently Welfare, collect benefits in California. Quite a few people would say, ‘100% of the lunatics in America now live in California.’ + “It’s time to build a wall around the place, and turn the State into a big prison, or give it all back to Mexico!”

        ‘Millions of former Californians have fled the State, because of all the nutty people here! Millions more are thinking about it.’ … All over the USA, people are saying, ‘Things weren’t so bad, until the dang Californians showed-up!’ … There’s even a guy living up in Idaho, that posts on SurvivalBlog. He’s formerly from California.

        I had a friend in high school, that joined the US Army, during the Viet Nam War. He was acknowledged by the US Military as being very brave in Combat.
        …….. Anywho, in that different era, the Drill Instructor during the first day, of basic training, was reading off everyone’s name. The D,I. got to his name and said, = …. “California? The only things from California are Fruits and Nuts, Steers and Queers, and I don’t see any horns on your head!”

        The last I heard; he’s living in a different State.

    3. One lone mountain biker, male,[Delete Edit by Lily] was killed by a cougar in W WA in the past 2 years. Long long ago a teen was killed by a cougar in Central WA. Those are the only 2 fatal attacks I can think of in WA.

      More attacks can be expected as humans become mentally weaker and cougars learn increased boldness .

  12. In college I had an internship collecting daily location data on radio collared mountain lions. Learned a lot about the animals and have been fascinated by them ever since. Love mountain lion stories. Thanks Lily and Jim.

  13. Surprisingly after some of yesterday‘s discussions, bubonic plague has reared up again in Africa (specifically, the Congo). This is a disease you hope you never see in your community. It kills quickly


    You can treat it with some pretty easily stored antibiotics. If you don’t have some of this knowledge base and materials safely stored you might want to think about that.


    1. PrepperDoc: Thank you for that. Is my understanding correct that Doxycycline can poison you if you use it past its expiration? I just want to make sure I’m not storing something that I can’t use in the long run. Would I be trading one emergency for another?

    2. Thanks for alerting us to this. Any suggestions on where to obtain the antibiotics to have on hand? Our current doctor is not inclined to write prescriptions for antibiotics for a desease that we do not current have. I imagine our situation is not unique. Thanks

      1. Tetracycline when it out dates is dangerous. I’m not sure about doxycycline which is related. I would certainly keep it cold. Those are not terribly expensive drugs.

        As far as getting these medication, you just need to do a little bit of searching, because they are widely available for livestock, pet birds etc. but I want to warn you that antibiotics do you require some medical understanding to guess the right one for a condition. It’s worth doing your reading on before you try.

        Pay attention to correct dosages if you are practicing survival or wilderness medicine. Not a good idea Normal times.

        1. Regarding expired doxycycline:
          “Expired tetracyclines or tetracyclines allowed to stand at a pH less than 2 are reported to be nephrotoxic due to the formation of a degradation product, anhydro-4-epitetracycline causing Fanconi syndrome. In the case of doxycycline, the absence of a hydroxyl group in C-6 prevents the formation of the nephrotoxic compound” quote from Wikipedia.

          1. Dear Time,
            Exactly. You might be interested in the following (of many sites) that discusses results of the government’s drug shelf-life extension study: http://web.archive.org/web/20160303192906/https://slep.dmsbfda.army.mil/slep/slep_info_paper_JAN_2006.doc.
            It lists many pharmaceuticals including doxycycline with their revised suggested shelf-life. Just remember that drugs over time may not only lose efficacy but also have increased risk of adverse side effects. BTW, there are numerous articles previously published on this blog that can help you with preparing medically for
            TEOTWAWKI situations. Best wishes, K.B, M.D.

          2. Thank you for the info I will check out the link. I have the book Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease, The Layman’s Guide to Available Antibacterials in Austere Settings, by Joseph Alton MD & Amy Alton ARNP. I thought I had read that the government was using antibiotics from WWII in either the Korean or Vietnam wars. I realize over time they lose their potency and can become degraded, I was just wondering if some were worse than others.

      2. Countrysidepetsupply has been very useful in filling my American sourced ‘pet meds’ requirements. Very good selection and fast free shipping. No affiliation with them, just a satisfied customer.

    3. Ebola is also emerging once more…

      Crisis in the Red Zone is informative reading.

      Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come

      The author is Richard Preston.

    4. Thank you both Prepper Doc and KB. I am very grateful when medical people post here!!

      I find Alton’s book on antibiotics is very informative for this medical person who had 10 weeks very intense (half the class failed, were transferred to Fort Myer, and had to become telephone line repairmen) Vet Med training at Walter Reed half a century ago.

      Here is a countryside link, although I bought my last supply thru Walmart.


      Ms Lily, my Grandpa had an expression, “Tougher than Bearcat Stew”. I personally found cougar a nice tasting delicacy long ago.

      God Bless

  14. I survived the Texas Tundra!

    Ok, so TX, especially the Gulf Coast, is not built for long periods of cold temps.

    Since we prepare for all things, especially hurricanes, we were prepared for this as well. We were without power and cell service for 2.5 days.

    The generator powered the deep freezer, the lamps, and the space heater.
    We knew to close off all rooms and stay together in the living room.
    We have a gas stove so we were able to cook and boil water.
    We have stored water for cooking, drinking, washing and toilets.
    We had charged everything up. Phones, games, batteries, flashlights.
    We had plenty of lighting and used the battery operated radio.
    We played games, puzzles and just hung out.
    The animals stayed warm. The chickens were fine in their coop, the LGD loved the snow, the cats came inside.
    I tried my best, but we may lose the young lemon tree.

    I took note to stock up on paper goods. Plates, cups, bowls etc. It wasn’t fun washing dishes the old fashioned way. We had a lot of dishes because we have young kids and we snacked a lot.

    On a day the roads melted, we drove to town to find phone service and check in with family. We discovered our small town had power in some places. The grocery store and gas station was open and had things. We ran in to poke around. And grabbed paper plates. We even got Dominos for the kids.
    A few days later, all local stores were empty. The only thing I ran out of was the luxurious coffee creamer!

    Hubs is now interested in a portable power station.

    Most everyone in my ” neighborhood” have generators and supplies. So that’s good.

    I heard stories on the radio of urban people freezing and doing dumb things to stay warm. Sadly, some people died due to fires and carbon monoxide.
    So many people are not prepared for anything….even living in a hurricane zone. They just want the govt to help them.

    It took a week for things to break down. No power, empty stores because the trucks couldn’t drive through the icy interstates, and now towns have low water pressure and boil water notices.

    Even a part of our old church flooded when the pipes thawed.

    I’m worried about the people in general as we continue to descend into the inevitable collapse we are facing.

    Hopefully this storm woke some more people up to prepare a little better.

    1. Texas Gal!
      So much to be learned from these experiences… Thank you for sharing the good news of what worked, and your thoughts about the areas that need much more attention. These are good tips and suggestions about areas we can review and improve — for all of us — everywhere!

    2. We had very similar experiences, glad your family did well!

      I’m a little worried about my fellow Americans…the number of people who complained that they had to throw out all the food in their fridge when the outdoor temps never got above freezing was odd. Also the number of people who apparently can’t feed themselves when restaurants are closed is disturbing. Like you said, hopefully this was a wake up call for a lot of people!

      1. “… the number of people who complained that they had to throw out all the food in their fridge when the outdoor temps never got above freezing was odd.” All they had to do was put the food in a plastic bag or tote and set it on the balcony, hang it out the window or put in the back yard to keep it frozen. Gheeeeeeeee whiz; talk about not thinking!?

    3. Well Done!

      Sure know what you mean about paper products. Scheduke regular replenishment.

      Two other lessons I learned on plates:

      smaller is better for portion control. My family always grabbed the big ones I had for Holiday meals and used just 1/2 the surface at regular meals. Bigger doesn’t just cost more but we run out faster than if stocked with smaller plates. I switched to 8 inch plates, just bought a bag of 300 when I heard of the southern big chill.

      Second lesson, had to constantly remind family that paper products go into the tub for fire fuel, not garbage sack, even with food residue which dries out quickly in the tub next to our woodstove.

      We love hearing of successes. Wish MSM would post some stories to inspire others, but OPSEC……..

      Thank you for sharing.

    4. Texas Gal, It sounds like you all prepared pretty much like we did. We live between a small town and a larger city. We, fortunately, never lost our water system here in our neck of the woods, but many did. We were without power for about 36 hours. We lost our peaches, and maybe several other fragile trees, but all went well and we learned that we have a few holes in our preps. Now to fill those holes, and be further prepared in case this happens again. I’m glad that you all faired well. It was indeed a wake up call and I, for one, am glad that it happened so that I know where we were lacking.

  15. We live in the Mountains of the Big Bend area of TX. and also have problems not only with mountain lions, but black bear as well as Illegal Strangers who pass through the remote roads used by “drug Mules”, on their way to their contacts on I-10 / 20 highways to the East & also to the Norther states of NM, Ok, or CO. We can here our sparsely neighbor’s dogs barking in early morning hours as well & do
    not answer the knock or taps on the door, if they get that close, as one neighbor thinking it was a fox, coyote met a full grown lion and another met a bear thinking the same for the dog food bowl rattleling around on the porch. A stranger asking to get his cell phone charged, turned hut to be a druggie with about 6 others in the brush with 600 # of marijuana, all turned into CBP, as well.
    You – thankfully, jusat have just wildlife to worry about as we are only 60 barren
    miles from te MX. border to worry about as a buffer zone, or about 3 to 5 days of foot travel. Some have died in the snow’ey weather too in years past, later found,
    and cost the county money for ID & burial, then dig them up for families return to MX. Such is our life . Do not let you’r guard down ! ! Stay Alert & Armewd -24-7 !

  16. The following link leads to a great article by JR Nyquist… The Nyquist article makes several excellent points, and certainly that disinformation campaigns are among the tricks of the trade. These are used to distract the population, and discourage the belief that any real crime actually took place.

    It is especially important in this time, and given the critical pursuit of election integrity that we get to the truth related to acts of election fraud (broadly engaged policies and practices) and voter fraud (individual illegal acts). Disinformation hoaxes simply make the case for true, transparent, and legal elections even stronger. These efforts should include generous provisions for independent audits, and strong penalties for anyone who engages in election or voter fraud.

    Rather than being distracted or discouraged, news reporting like this should make us — all Americans, no matter the political stripes of any individual — even more committed to restoring integrity to our elections.

    Disinformation 101: Hoaxes and False Narratives


    Just one quote which is important in the context of attempts to discredit the question of election fraud (and to legitimize the current regime):

    “…a Russian agent of influence might be expected to produce information that supposedly proves election fraud. If the agent’s information is later found to be false, it will tend to discredit the election fraud narrative and all those who championed it.”

    Going forward… Keep your eyes on the ways in which this story continues to unfold, and be very, very discerning. Do not be easily distracted or discouraged. Watch as well information coming forth from the Supreme Court. Multiple cases are before the SCOTUS for consideration. We should know shortly which, if any or maybe all, will proceed to the next steps.

    Also! Track actions in the various states in question. If there was nothing to hide with regard to election fraud, then why all the protest to prevent discovery and transparent sharing of the truth and the fact?

    In Arizona, and posted to The Gateway Pundit:

    “BIG UPDATE: Tired of Messing With the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, the Arizona Senate Passes Bill Granting Them Right to Subpoena Records”


    In Virginia, and posted to The Gateway Pundit:

    “Virginia Voter Identified 1.7 Million Vote Difference Between State Report and Externally Reported Data But Then Couldn’t Find Anyone to Address His Concerns”


    In Michigan, and posted to The Washington Free Beacon:

    “Michigan Removes 177,000 Voters From Voter Rolls After Legal Challenge”


    Sidney Powell is also in the news.

    Posted at the Gateway Pundit:

    ““Never Mistake My Quiet for Inaction” – Sidney Powell Speaks Out After SCOTUS Meetings Friday on Election Fraud — Expects Orders and Opinions Next Week’


    Watch the RNC for news of work related to election integrity, but keep a close eye on who is involved and whether or not those efforts will produce true election integrity, or are “after the fraud fact” actions designed to open the political gates such that establishment RINOs are allowed through now that our MAGA President Donald J. Trump has been removed. As a life long Conservative, I am deeply concerned, and expect absolute honesty and transparency from the Republican Party. I know, I know… These are high and lofty hopes. All I can say is… We’ll see.

    1. TofA: The last I heard there was 200,000 out of 400,000 open RNC committee member slots across the United States to which The Precinct Project is trying to get conservatives to fill thus controlling the direction / future of the RNC. More information can be found at:

      Here is a good 13 minute interview with Steve Bannon explaining the situation:

      For anyone living in California that wants to sign a petition to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. They have a little over 1.5 million signatures but want to get a total of 2+ million:

      1. CW64!
        Yes… It’s true. I am familiar with The Precinct Project, and am working hard to get as many people interested in it and participating as I possibly can. Thank you for posting this information and bringing it to the conversation.

        I remain concerned about the Republican party as it currently exists, but also believe that it can course correct with the help of committed Liberty and Constitution-Loving Patriots.

        Also enjoy Steve Bannon’s program. He offers a lot of insightful commentary and excellent interviews.

        It’s great to see the postings of other politically like-minded patriots like you. Again, I say THANK YOU!

        To all those now awakening, I say… WELCOME TO THE MAGA MOVEMENT. Together let us restore, preserve and protect our Constitution and all that makes this nation the greatest on earth.

    2. More news related to the matter of election fraud… This time from Pennsylvania.

      Posted to The Gateway Pundit:

      “Another Expert Review of the Pennsylvania 2020 Election Results Provides More Evidence for Suspected Election Fraud. These Ballots Must Be Forensically Reviewed.”


    3. The GOP and RNC are dead to me because they stabbed my President in the back. They still send me requests for money, but I will never vote republican again or give them any more money.

      1. Nathan Hail (not to be confused with generic Nathan)… I saw your post and understand your thoughts and the position you’ve taken. I was very hopeful about the possibility of a third party, and still wonder if this might be an option although I am not seeing signs of movement in that direction. I admit my own serious disappointment.

        The RNC will get not a nickel from me. I am tired of the promises without follow up performance. …and then more promises and no performance. I am tired to calling on my party representatives and elected officials only to receive form letters that do not really respond to the inquiries I’ve sent, or justify positions that I find wholly objectionable.

        …and then a complete failure to support President Donald J. Trump. They abandoned him, and all of us.

        Now some news suggests that former Vice President Mike Pence might want to be President. After his complete failure to stand up for election integrity, he will never receive my vote for any position whatsoever if he runs for another office. There is nothing he can say or do to change my mind.

        Posted to Populist Press from ElectionWiz.

        “Navarro: Pence Planning To Take Trump Out So He Can Be POTUS”


        His failure, the failures of Congress, the failures of state legislatures, the failures of election boards, the failures of courts at all levels including the Supreme Court of the United States leave us now with a regime installed following what was probably the most corrupt election in our entire history, and one that — in my view — rivals the worst of these around the world.

        I continue to ask this question — if there was no election fraud, then let us see the evidence in the form of true, transparent, independent audits (and more than one). If there are discrepancies in the findings, then public evidentiary hearings must be held. If there was election fraud, then those who participated in criminal actions must be held accountable according to the law, and those who were “illegally elected” must be removed in favor of the rightful election winners.

        Now we find our country in an incredibly dangerous situation. This article from Sky News (posted to Populist Press) features the comments of Cory Bernardi.

        “‘Never before’ has the leader of the free world been ‘so cognitively compromised’”


        My hope now is that the Republican Party can be transformed by the hard work and dedicated commitment of the American patriots who supported the MAGA Movement and DJT. I do not know if this is possible, but i do believe there are many Trump supporters who are working hard in this regard.

        Meanwhile… Keep a close eye on the Leftists. They are up to no good, and they do not give up easily.

        From The Gateway Pundit.

        “Democrats Push Bill that Forces All States to Count Ballots Received 10 Days After an Election”


        Some of the best recommendations I’ve seen for combating this have come from Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis.

        Posted to Citizen Free Press.

        “DeSantis Issues 9-Point Plan For Election Integrity…”


        Work hard and pray hard. We have an uphill climb, but we can make that climb. Americans have faced much tougher situations and longer odds than we face now. Let’s get to it.

  17. Some More Vaccine Articles:

    Israel Hayom


    Doctors from around the world tell us not to take the vaccine


    Care for a shot with your shot? Tel Aviv sets up vaccine station at local bar




    Bill Gates: Some are more equal than others


    The Great Reset: Bill Gates and Farming – What’s gong on?
    This is what Bill Gates is doing to India

    1. bill gates, largest farmland owner in U.S.
      he advocates wealthy societies move to eating “synthetic beef”
      he pushes his farming philosophy of other countries, something of which he is clearly out of his depth.

      he has about as much expertise in farming ideas as I do in brain surgery.

      I think we can see where this all leads. Control of the population through the control of food.

      1. Anybody that tells me to eat fake meat, I tell them to read the ingredients on their fair meat and tell which is healthier. Real meat will always win as fake meat has lots of synthetic garbage added to it in an attempt to imitate meat.

        1. Have you ever seen the ‘recipe’ where you take vanilla ice cream and press it through a ricer to make long strings, add Ferrerro Rocher or similar spherical textured brown chocolates, and top with strawberry jam…then you feed it to your family as spaghetti and meatballs for a prank?

          That’s about the only fake meat i’m willing to try…..

      2. The idea behind bill gates and all the farm land appears to use it for mega Warehouses… think robot controlled … great access to the interstates and all of the country.
        He cares nothing about agriculture
        And small family farms… watch out
        “We must all be reliant on Gov.co and the public private partnership”
        No thank you
        PS if you haven’t bought seeds or save them yourself, do not wait

      3. Ice Age Farmer and Urban Farmer just did a two-hour video chat where they discussed what the “technocrats” such as Bill Gates et. al. have planned next and, per their most recent “war games” and publications, the next “crisis” will probably be an engineered global FAMINE.

        The discussion is HERE: https://www.bitchute.com/video/eZA5hzUvSlzE/

        Well worth two hours of your life. In the discussion, they reference two of the “Hegelian” documents these technocrats have released. I’ll include links to download them as I believe it’s important to always go to the SOURCE and read these things for yourself so you have actual evidence when talking to people who might otherwise dismiss you as a conspiracy theorist.

        Rockefeller Foundation: Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development – http://www.nommeraadio.ee/meedia/pdf/RRS/Rockefeller%20Foundation.pdf

        Reset the Table: Meeting the Moment to Transform the U.S. Food System – https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/RF-Reset-the-Table-FULL-PAPER_July-28_FINAL.pdf

          1. Bill Gates is simply the “face” of a largely nameless, unknown collaborative of shadow-brokers who are the real power-brokers in society.

            For at least 5,000 years of our history, we know that mankind was divided into serfs and kings, with a tiny sliver of nobles, and the rest were nameless serfs and slaves forced to labor in the fields, to build the Tower of Babel, build the Great Pyramids, build the Colesiums and the temples and the castles, and go to war and die on behalf of the elite power-brokers. These paths of power were largely HEREDITARY, and every king played a chess move today that his great-grandson would reap. But then in 1776 we said ‘Merica and no more kings, and we assume these people went away. But they are still here, only now we call them bankers and venture capitalists and captains of industry. They pass their knowledge and wealth down to their heirs, and they resent the heck out of the fact that pesky people usurped their hereditary power and demand a say in how things are run.

            The “great reset” is about putting power back into the hands of this hereditary elite. They want us to shut up, be silent, and pour our energy into the matrix.

        1. Anna,
          I apologize that I came across as a conspiracy theorist!

          My source is very involved with agriculture in the US so I trust him.

          We homestead and he is a professional in not only small farm agriculture but also very in tune with the supply chain in the US.

          Maybe Bill Gates et al have more -or less – sinister plans though we still need to prepare for shortages!

          1. @Homesteading Tink – oh, no! I was in no way implying that you came across as a conspiracy theorist! In my day job, I’m required to cite credible sources who will stand up to intense scrutiny, so I’m in the habit of citing sources that I personally background-checked, and I always encourage other people to do the same so the “opposition” can’t dismiss their observations. Hence, I cited the video, and then I cited links to the two Rockefeller Foundation plans which they refer to because this stuff is just too bizarre to otherwise believe unless people read the source documents themselves.

            That way, if people are lazy and dismiss the vlog, I pointedly ask them “did you read the two World Economic Forum source-documents that I included and, if they say no, I tell them I refuse to argue with them further until they do their homework, that I don’t have time or the inclination to speak to people who remain willfully uniformed. It turns the tables from YOU being a “conspiracy theorist” to THEM being lazy and ignorant.

    2. Watch the activities of the World Economic Forum. They are up to no good… As much as I believe in the reasoned and responsible use of advanced medical science and technology, I never believe in forcing the matter. That’s simply unacceptable.

        1. Also a word of caution… Remember the disinformation campaigns that are used to discredit and distract.

          I saw one post that was quite objectionable about food shortages and vaccinations, and attributed to Klaus Schwab. But… It may not have belonged to KS at all. Was this a fake account?

          Interested in the thoughts of readers about this link… Even if the statement referenced above does not belong to Klaus Schwab, there is plenty to object to based on the statements is appears to actually have made.

          My point is this… We should all be vigilant — discerning, and not too quick to draw any conclusions, but wise in our responses to any claim.

          Here you go!


  18. Taking a quick break from practicing, to share the some of the lyrics to one of the hymns I’m doing tomorrow, in hopes they might encourage someone else as much as they did me. (And man, after all these years it is STILL a little difficult to go directly from piano to computer keyboard. I think my neural-motor transmission needs an upgrade!)

    Lo! the hosts of evil round us scorn thy Christ, assail his ways!
    From the fears that long have bound us free our hearts to faith and praise:
    Grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the living of these days,
    for the living of these days.

    Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore;
    Let the gift of thy salvation be our glory evermore.
    Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving thee whom we adore,
    serving thee whom we adore.

    1. Hey Bear, good luck on your hymn tomorrow. Here’s the one I’ve been singing all week which I learned in high school back in the late Cretaceous, dedicated to the blizzard or ’21. It went something like this:

      But for the grace of God there’d be no summer,
      And spring would be a long-forgotten dream.
      The icy hand of winter would clutch at every heart,
      And ice would chill the laughter of the stream.
      But God is kind, he gave us summer,
      He gave us all the world to enjoy…

      And I forget the rest. But it sure applied this week.

  19. Wow I’m glad we only have coyotes and snakes to deal with in our part of the south!

    This was one heck of a week. My family only started prepping last year, and the blackouts and bitter cold were a great test of how we’ve progressed. We did a few things well. We had enough food on hand to not need to leave our property. The generator that had been gathering dust in our garage supplied electricity when we needed it (mainly powering space heaters so our pipes didn’t freeze). We had enough flashlights and candles that illumination wasn’t an issue. And we were able to use our gas stove and propane grill to cook and make campfire coffee.

    There definitely were a few lessons learned. We were happily surprised at how well our young kids did without TV and other digital gadgets, but sleep was another matter. We’ve conditioned our kids to sleep with night lights and sound machines, and getting them to sleep without them was a non-starter. So they slept in bed with us, which meant no one got a good night’s sleep. We’re going to try to wean them off sound machines and invest in battery-powered nightlights. We’re also going to get a lantern, because flashlights and candles don’t light up a large room well. Getting the generator to work was a whole lesson in itself. We bought it a few years ago, but never got around to actually testing it. So instead I figured out how to get it running for the first time under blackout conditions, which was less than ideal. We’re going to test all our equipment and make sure everyone knows how it works in the future. We’re also going to build a greenhouse…we covered our garden before the winter storm arrived, but I’m not holding out a lot of hope for our more vulnerable plants. My wife is very fond of citrus trees and tropical plants like pineapples, which our climate zone can usually support. But these extended cold snaps probably call for more protection than blankets and plastic bags.

    I’m looking forward to reading more lessons other folks learned!

    1. Millennial,

      Thank You for chiming in and telling us your experiences with the southern storms and black out. If I might add, you might as well also wean your children off of the nightlights. In a long term grid down situation, you’ll want to preserve your batteries for emergency situations in which you will need the light. Besides, a body sleeps better in complete darkness.



      1. AL & JWR,
        My wife and I believe you took the proper action with the mountain lion situation.
        It is most likely those complaining have never been there, and will never be.
        Perhaps they meant well, but also have no idea of the time and expense involved in owning livestock. Nor realizing and taking into account the many years you have resided there.
        That ain’t Wall Street.
        I’m thinking I wouldn’t want those people on the county board or city council. That would be much worse than the mountain lion. They want to take more than your livestock.
        Keep your head on a swivel.

        Buy more guns and ammo!

        God Bless All the SB people, especially the children.

        Semper Fi

    2. A couple of tips from a northerner. Let your water run at a slow drip or dribble. The colder it gets the faster the drip. 60 or 100 watt incandescent or halogen equivalent put out a fair amount of heat and work well to keep pipes thawed in key locations more susceptible to cold with less electric power needed than heaters.

    3. Millennial:

      We lived at 5000 feet for 22 years. Snow and cold, extreme winds.

      Collect old quilts for best garden insulation. Plastic lets in the cold.

      If possible, a water sprinkler during worst cold will keep critical plants from freezing.

      Search for those chandelier light bulbs that just burn at 1 to 5 watts. Get some old lamps or cheap three-bulb lamp stands from a junk store. Just 1 or 2 of those bulbs light up enough room area to survive, and make a tiny load on your gennie when plugged in with extension cord.

      If you can, put a set of independent outlets through your exterior wall, connected only to eachother with one inside, one outside. Plug your gennie into the outside one, and your appliances into the inside one to run off gennie power.

      BTW, always chain and padlock your gennie to something so it can’t be stolen easily.

      I found small heaters at Home Depot that are rated at just 350 watts. On small generators they draw very little, but remember to heat the Person, not the Room, as best you can apply it.

      For extreme situations you can make an alchohol fire heater by cramming a toilet paper roll (first you remove the cardboard core) into a clean unused one quart paint can ($4 @ H. D.). Pour 90 % rubbing alchohol into can to top of paper. Light and warm yourself, free of worry about fumes.

      Congratulations and May our Lord continue blessing you.

      1. Thank you for the advice! I’m still getting the ideal way to work the generator figured out, and I’m gaining a new appreciation for wattage. Those are good ideas to explore.

        Have a blessed week!

    4. Millennial, it was a difficult week here as well but we always learn something to improve on next time. At our “ranch” bugout location we use Sunbeam LED power failure night lights. They automatically are off during daylight hours but become night lights with changeable colors at night. We use the “blue” setting as it is the softest at night and very dim. It is motion controlled for anyone up during the night and becomes a bit brighter but not too much. When there is a power outage, they automatically turn a bright white and lasts about 36 hours off the battery charge. It also has an off switch so the battery can be saved until needed at night. I purchased several 4 packs at Costco (about $15 for 4) and gave them to our children for their homes also. These still have excellent battery life after 5-6 years. We have purchased more this past fall to have more stored for later. Of course those would need to be plugged in at some point to charge the batteries.

  20. Lily,

    I do not recall if I mentioned this after the wolf incident. Have you all considered adding a Livestock Guardian Dog to your ranch? Given your predator load, you likely need 2 or 3 so they can work as a team, but 1 is a good start.

    When we lived on a farm, we had a Maremma. What an incredible dog she was! So smart, agile, athletic, and protective! I could tell from her bark if the “intruder” on the property had 2 or 4 legs, was a moose or a bear. Both varieties tended to steer a wide path once they knew she was around. She would stand on hind legs like a bear to ward off ravens from the chickens. Marvelous animals! I felt so secure with her around, and I don’t think a farm or ranch should be without one.

  21. Well my week didn’t start out very well. Got up Sunday morning and about a half hour later started having chest pains. Long story somewhat shorter- a trip to the ER, 36 hours at the hospital, one stress test and a roommate that snored like a drunk lumberjack sawing down a redwood, the Dr said my heart was normal. I think my wife disagrees with that diagnosis. Other than that we had two inches of slush from a storm on Monday night that promptly froze. Purchased some seeds locally and ordered more online. Other than that a pretty quiet week waiting for spring.
    Thanks for the story about the lion AL and thanks for all the comments here today.
    Grace to you from the God of all grace!

    1. BWL, As I started reading your comments, I gasped. Then, when you explained your hospital roommate, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t read for several minutes!

      For all we know, you were having a heart attack, but the Lord heard the prayers of your dear wife, and answered! We shall all join her, and pray this was an isolated incident.

      As Avalanche Lily said, May the Lord God keep you safe. Blessings, Krissy

    2. BWL!
      Thankful for the good news, and that you are safely home! Stay well and warm. Our prayers are lifted up for you, and for your wife too!

      Given the winter weather system, the time of year generally, and the story of your ER run, this is a great time to talk about risk of heart attack related to exposure to cold.

      Be watchful of the cold. I remember, from many years ago, the story of a fellow who had a heart attack some hours after exposure to the cold. In that case, the exposure involved extended exposure during especially cold temperatures and a commute to the office.

      Our medical experts may have something to add to this, but the take-away was that we should all protect ourselves from cold exposure, and be especially cautious during activities that are otherwise part of our usual routine. During these times we tend not to bundle up as much as we should!

    1. Acid Reflux can totally mimic a heart attack. I have had first hand experience with this, more times than I’d like to recount. Especially, in the past when I’d eat oatmeal, chicken and it’s fat, tomato sauce, chocolate and an orange in one day…(I no longer eat chocolate). Ooh baby! That is a baaad combination. A huge glass of cold water, jumping up and down and some baking soda, usually cures it for me… However it is very disconcerting to have it strike early in the morning, when you’ve barely eaten anything in the day. I pray that, that is all it is.

    2. I’ve had two separate incidents, years apart, my experience was similar, a couple days of stress test tests, EKGs and constant monitoring and no coffee. Mine was diagnosed as “dehydration ” both time. The last time the nurse told me that my nlood pressure had gone up I said ” I’m sure, I haven’t had a cup of coffee in two days” she tried explaining how that would increase my blood pressure not lower it. When she rechecked it a little later it had dropped to the lowest since I had been admitted, she seemed a little confused then I showed her the large cup of coffee my wife had brought me. I just winked at her a said ” told ya “.

    3. BWL

      I suffered from acid reflux for several years until a naturopath gave me “parotid” which is an OTC natural remedy. I also discovered that I was allergic to sugar. Anything that ultimately turns to sugar in your body such as oatmeal produces acid reflux for me. The parotid does the trick. You can get it at most stores that carry a selection of natural remedies.

      1. It can also be a H. pylori infection. I’ve had the same only with a pain just under the left rib, which could be an ulcer. Heavy additions of hot pepper to a daily pizza was the cure. H. pylori is becoming immune to antibiotics, but not to capsaicin.

        Most of the time that I get it, I’ve been working outside, and around soil. Usually attacks about a month after. H. pylori is a soil bacteria that loves the stomach. Since then, I always eat hot spicy foods when working outside, and have not suffered an attack since.

        1. Well there’s a health tip you don’t read about everyday.
          Wonderful news that you figured out how to cure yourself, as well as
          prevent future episodes.

          I think we can definitely declare hot sauce & pizza health food now! 🙂

          Thank you for sharing this important info. Am putting it in the health book. Blessings on your week, Krissy

    4. BWL,
      Had a time when it seemed like most anything gave me indigestion. For years I’ve been drinking a “shot” of dark apple cider vinegar 3 times per day.
      No problems since.

      Semper Fi

  22. Early last Saturday (the 13th), we had a severe ice storm hit the northern Willamette Valley. PGE (Portland General Electric) initially estimated that there were more than 300,000 customers without power. Other power companies in this region also reported power outages. When you consider that each “customer” translates to a household of possibly several persons, I’m guessing that nearly a million persons were initially without power.

    Last Saturday afternoon, I was walking around my acreage assessing the ice damage when I heard a loud bang — much like a gunshot. As I suspected, a power transformer across the street had blown. It turns out that a tree fell on a powerline near the county bridge (crossing a year-round creek) that borders my property. The powerline fell onto the road, but fortunately, no one was hurt. I did not lose power, but others down the road from me were without power for a couple of days.

    As of today, most of the power in Oregon has been restored — except for a few thousand customers in some of the hardest hit areas. I understand that PGE deployed a crew of about 3,000 workers to restore power to the area. A number of volunteers have also helped road crews in clearing limbs and debris from the highways. I’m so grateful for all of these hard working employees and volunteers.

    I hope you are all recovering from this past week, and that you have a great week ahead!

    Blessings to each of you!
    Cliff (in Oregon)

    P.S. Lily: I really enjoyed your Mountain Lion story. Cougars have become much more prevalent in Oregon since a law was passed banning hunting with dogs.
    Fortunately, cougar attacks in Oregon are extremely rare. The first recorded fatal cougar attack occurred in Sept. of 2018 when a 55-year old woman was killed while hiking in the Mount Hood National Forest.

    As you probably know, the best thing to do when encountering a cougar is: to raise your hands high (so as to look as big as possible), maintain eye contact, and back away very slowly. The worst thing to do is run away — it triggers the cat’s natural instinct to attack its prey. I hope you get a picture next time! 🙂

      1. Hi Krissy: Thanks for asking about the ice damage, resulting from the freezing rain. I believe the Lord really answered prayer. I have a long driveway with a parallel overhead powerline. I was afraid that nearby trees loaded with ice would fall on my powerline, but I escaped without any damage to the powerline. My sister and her hubby live on acreage right behind mine (across a large creek — more like a river) and they lost power due to the powerline that fell just down the road from me. Since I had power, I was able to have them over for dinner and help them in other ways. The main damage I had was to a few smaller trees (like filberts) that broke off at the base. I feel very blessed — it could have been so much worse!

        I hope you also came through the bad weather without any serious problems. We’re continuing to remember your dad in prayer — please let us know if there are any significant changes. Blessings to you and your family. — Cliff

        1. Cliff, That is wonderful news that your prayers were answered, and you had just a minimum of damage, and power to boot! Happy to hear your home was unscathed. Being able to help out your family is priceless.

          For me, there was no ice storm. However, the wind was fierce and it literally shook the walls and windows of my house for hours. At one point, the the shaking of the walls was so extreme, it moved my bed!
          I couldn’t believe it, and I declared out loud to the Lord, “I live in the first Piggies’ house!” Yes, I actually said that, hahaha.

          Lord willing, the eventual retreat cabin will be built solid. Thanks for the update and prayers. Blessings on your week, Krissy

  23. We live on the opposite end of the valley from CDM and were just outside of the really cold weather zone. Our temps were in the high 20’s at the worst and we did not get any of the freezing rain that hit the Portland area. The recent weather over the last year however has made us rethink our strategies for growing. We are beginning to see more episodes of severe weather hit our area. We finally decided to purchase a high tunnel and ordered it from Grower’s Solutions. I’ve been doing a lot of research on growing in high tunnels and green houses for colder climates. I know I have much to learn but this may be the best way to extend our season and limit the impact of colder temperatures as we see more storms come rolling through.

    Most of this week has been one rain storm after another which has made it hard to be outside. We managed to begin pruning our fruit trees. The plan is to continue working between rain storms to complete the project before the end of this next week.

    Hoping for warmer weather for everyone!

  24. Thought I’d check in since I’ve been silent for a while. Not much happening on my side of the fence other than watching a bunch of videos about Covid / virology / PCR / genetics / etc. The “etc” category can include some rather hot topics that are usually a bit too hot to put in print. Hint: they are too hot for YouTube. I watch most of them on 2x to make things go faster since I’m pretty much familiar with most of the terminology / technology behind lab research since I used to work in one. I’m glad that I will not be wearing Gates’ or Fauci’s shoes on judgment day. My shoes fit my feet very well. Not going to play “footsie” with the Devil.

    1. David ‘n’ Goliath, A while back, you told us you were going on a research project and would be quiet for some time. Glad you are back! Your expert thoughts are most appreciated. Blessings on your week, Krissy

      1. Hi Krissy,

        I’m including a link to some information that may be beneficial for your father (all people actually).

        “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” Dr. Batmanghelidj, M.D.
        Duration 17:52

        Dr. Batmanghelidj is a very brilliant researcher who has written a book by the same title as the video. You might want to watch other videos by him as well. The book information that another SB reader posted awhile back is also a very good source of information. I will endorse it as well. Anything that can promote / restore health is always on my “to do list”.

        I realize I’ve been silent for a while. Been a lot happening on my side of the fence – that’s why.

        1. David ‘n’ Goliath, Thank you very much! I have forwarded the video to my dad, after watching it myself. I’m also going to order multiple copies of the book for myself, my dad and other family members.

          You are awesome! Bless you for sharing this. May all the goings on on your side of the fence, be blessed and taken care of by our Lord. Krissy

        2. David ‘n’ Goliath, I used the, “Books A Million,” link here on the blog, and ordered 6 copies of the book for my family. Thank you for sharing the wisdom, Krissy

  25. We continued to have a lot of cold and rain this week, but we did have a couple of breaks in the weather that let us get a few things done. We were able to rearrange and consolidate some of the wood pile and clean up some debris in the yard. I also used the last of the muscadine juice I had left over in the freezer from last summer’s harvest to make about 12 pints of jelly. In addition, I spent some time pruning back the vines for the coming year, and my Lady cleaned out the chicken coop, which is pretty much a weekly chore during the winter.

    I was invited to a breakfast at a local veterans organization this week. Although I’m not normally much of a “joiner”, I’m considering joining this group, as I think networking within the community is going to become more important.

    I would like to propose that some of the readers in Texas and the surrounding area submit an After Action Review for the last couple of weeks. I think their insights could prove helpful to all of us. Another option might be for a single, consolidated AAR put together by the editors (in your copious spare time) based on information submitted by readers.

    Stay safe, and stay alert folks. I’d say “stay frosty”, but all things considered, that might be a bit inappropriate right now…

  26. On the subject of acid reflux. It’s rare, but it can lead to esophageal cancer. That’s a pretty rare cancer. So I don’t want people getting alarmed here. But in general if you have lots of acid reflux, you’re at increased risk. And esophageal cancer is literally in the middle of your entire body, and the way we get that out of people is pretty astonishing, and not fun. And the chance of survival is not very good.

    So what do you do? there are two levels of treatment nonsurgically. The first is to take Pepcid, which will reduce the acidity of your stomach fluids, but not by a huge amount. That’s a lot better than doing nothing. The second is to take omeprazole, which will really knock your stomach acid out of the picture, and generally will reverse the early stages of pre-cancer. However taking omeprazole on long-term basis has some risks like everything in Medicine. It’s a risk benefit ratio like almost everything. So if you really have bad stomach reflux you probably want to be talking to a gastroenterologist who may want to scope you and find out if you are having real changes in your esophagus. It could save your life.

    There are some surgical treatments as well. They are pretty slick these days, and the risk is pretty low, and they are pretty successful at protecting your esophagus from acid reflux. People don’t usually like to go to those lengths, but when compared against a lifetime of medication it can actually end up being cheaper and easier. Really good surgeons do the surgical treatment by laparoscopic techniques. So it’s like in and out in a day or two. or less.

    What Lily did was really smart, take a basic substance (baking soda) and combat the acid. If that gets rid of the pain right off the bat you have pretty much proven that it was not heart pain. I’ve had to make that diagnosis or decision many many times with many patients. we have something similar to baking soda that we give them to see if the pain goes away. And of course we may well do an electrocardiogram at the same time. But if you really have problems with acid reflux I would really encourage you to at least consider speaking to a physician about it and possibly beginning to take one or the other medication’s. I don’t think there is literature that shows any benefit long-term from Pepcid, but it also doesn’t have much risk. So you might want to discuss these options with your physician. This information here is educational, I am not your physician and this is not medical advice to you. (legal disclaimer)

    Take good care of yourselves, you people are important!!!

    1. @PrepperDoc & @Avalanche Lily I’ll notice the acid reflux from time to time… usually in the evening. About a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water almost always takes care of it for me. I [think] I remember reading, or hearing, that omeprazole was not good for you, but you indicated that long-term was the issue, so that is good news… it always worked for me in the past.

      Also, I have mixed water with apple cider vinegar on occasion and this seems to work. What I have yet to understand is why apple cider vinegar (acid) works and baking soda (alkaline) also works. ???

    2. @ PrepperDoc,

      Good information about Acid Reflux. My wife suffered for many, many years and likewise took Omeprazole for much of that time. She tried various diets or food limitations with limited success. A couple years ago she had the Linx surgery and it has been very successful. She no longer takes any medication for acid reflux. The surgery may be a good fit for chronic sufferers.

  27. Hello, everyone,

    Avalanche Lily, I loved your animal stories. They make me smile, and give me a needed comfort from the evil tidings of the world. Love that bull of yours.

    Thank you for sharing and blessing us.

    This week I received another order of two hundred pounds of organic spit peas. I ordered ten of those Augason Farms hard white wheat pails in the morning. They were sold out the same day. I scored a blessing of eight cases of quart canning jars that are being held at the store for me. I’ll pick them up tonight or tomorrow.

    Had the joy of picking one of my sons up at the airport, and having wonderful, deep conversations with him. He is the one who would quote the missionary Jim Elliot to me: “Mom, I am immortal as long as God has work for me to do.”

    For those that do not know, Jim Elliot was speared to death by the South American Indians he was trying to help and share Christ with. Long story super short, years later they came to love and know God.

    I bring this up, because some of us might be called to camps, jails, prison or martyrdom, no matter how well we have prepped. We each need to have our own godly heroes of inspiration for the coming dark trials.

    Indeed, many of you here on this blog inspire me, which is sorely needed when I am struggling with depression. I had a funny/not funny PTSD incident at the store last
    week… A man silently came up behind me and said, “Excuse me.” I SCREAMED right then and there, scarring the liver out of this dad and his little girl. Of course, I apologized, but they couldn’t get away from me fast enough. I know, Bear and SaraSue understand me on this. If only my brain could understand that I am finally safe. Reordered PTSD prescription so as to not run out, lol.

    Oh, I forgot to mention that I made a stop at the Dollar Store, and added lots of the usual prepping goodies, matches, Soduku, coloring books, super glue, et cetera.

    Vintage books of, “The Little Red Hen,” arrived for my grandkids. Sweet! During research, I found out there are many different versions. I did not care for the version where the hen ate the bread all by herself at the end, so, I ordered the version where the hen and all her family of chicks eat the bread. I feel this is completely biblical, as the Bible says we are worse than an infidel if we do not provide for our family.

    Worm Lady, BWL and their spouses, and PJGT get extra prayers daily.

    JWR and Avalanche Lily, may the Lord put a hedge of protection around you as you help lead and encourage His beloved children.

    Blessings to each of you this week, Krissy

    1. Krissy, I don’t have PTSD, but I had panic attacks for years. Both are quite real and affect the body and mind. Praying for you and other who suffer from from these horrid memories.

      1. Dear Animal House, Oh, my gosh. Panic attacks are the worst! It sounds like yours were in the past, which I pray is the case. I have a son-in-law that had those, so am quite familiar with the damage they can do to everyday life.

        I love how you are close to Jesus and listen to the Holy Spirit!!!

        Thank you for your compassionate reply and prayers. Also, I really love reading about you and your farm each week. Your porch could have a sign that reads, “Bunnyville.” 🙂

        May our Lord bless you and yours in abundance this week, Krissy

        1. My oldest brother, God rest his soul, came back from Vietnam with PSTD. It was always with him but he eventually learned to control his reactions to it.

          I overcame the panic attacks by singing hymns. I began with humming and as the attack continued I’d end up very vocal.

          Blessing to you dear lady .

          1. My wife, many years ago, started having anxiety attacks. As soon as she felt them coming on she would pray and start reading the Psalms. After about a year the attacks stopped.

          2. @Krissy, @Animal House and @BWL
            I remember hearing a saying that “If you can’t sleep don’t count sheep, talk to the Shepherd!” Good advice, I’d say.

      1. BWL, Yes, it is a lot, but I love split pea soup! Also, I keep hearing this word, famine, quite a bit. I also hear things like, grand solar minimum, crop failures, elites buying up all the farm land, China buying up our farmland, and, oh, not to be outdone, the mark of the beast not letting anyone buy or sell food/anything without it. So, with all that, I have just reached a short term goal of over a thousand pounds of split peas. I have wheat to make crusty bread to go along with it, but need to work on ham and butter ideas.
        Sblog friends will always be welcome! Blessings to you and dear wife, Krissy

        1. Kudos on the food storage, I agree with you there. I just never heard of ANYONE who likes split pea soup as much as I do that would want to store that much. As for butter, I have heard but not tried mixing butter powder with coconut oil works as a substitute. You got me thinking on ham. Since hams are already cured/cooked I’m wondering if one can buy a ham and dice it to the size you want and dehydrate it or pressure can it. I think I’ll get a ham steak and try it out soon. If it works, well hams are reasonably priced this time of year.

          1. BWL, I grew up having split pea soup, and for me, it is comfort food.

            In addition to that, it is nutritious, which will be important when food is scarce or too expensive to purchase. I know you agree that purchasing ingredients now is wise while they are inexpensive, not to mention available.

            Sblog motto: “Buy it cheap, stack it deep.”

            A while ago on the blog, I mentioned that I feel the Lord has called me to store food for others. Besides my immediate family, I do not know who they will be. I don’t even know if my immediate family will be able to make it to my eventual retreat. The Lord knows who the food is for, and that is good enough for me.

            I didn’t crunch the numbers before buying because of stress last Fall but knew I should just start buying anyway. Now, you have inspired me to figure it out. Here goes.

            I’m trying to work with the number 25. So, if I served a 2 cup serving of split pea soup for lunch once a week for a year, that equals:

            1 serving = 2C
            2C x 25people = 50C ea week
            50C x 52weeks = 2,600C ea yr /2 = 1,300 servings ea yr

            If 1 lb of split peas makes 4, 2C servings, that means
            1000 lbs x 4servings = 4000 servings

            4000 servings /1,300 servings ea yr = 3.07 yrs (yikes, not long enough)

            1,300 servings/4servings = “325 lbs” split peas needed ea yr for 25 people to have a 2C bowl once a week, for 52 weeks

            You are a numbers guy. Would you please check for any mistakes I made, or simplify it? My brain got fuzzy and sometimes I make it too difficult…

            Egads. I need more. Lots more. At least four years worth. I gotta move. I am running out of room for this.

            Should the Lord tarry for decades, I will be happy to eat from the pantry. Furthermore, In dire times, if I need to hire security or farm help, I may be able to pay with food.

            Just like you, I have never heard of anyone storing so much. I am okay with being different, as long as I have peace with the Lord.

            Thanks for the butter suggestion. I will give that a try.

            I wonder if anyone on the blog has an idea on how long pressure canned ham can store or has stored for them?

            Blessings to you and your dear wife, Krissy

        2. Hi Krissy, we ran out of replies in this thread so this is in response to your math question. You did just fine. When it comes to math, I always say “I can do math but I don’t like to do math.” I went back to school a few years back and the first day of my surveying class the teacher gave us 6 pages of trigonometry, I hadn’t done trig in 30 years, had to go online to get the equations I needed to get it done. I did as much math in the surveying class as I did in math class.
          Grace to you from the God of all grace!

  28. I bought 25 fence post and 200 feet of welded wire for our new garden and chicken coop. Talked to the tool rental place about the available methods of auguring or pounding them into the ground. Looks like I will be going with auguring, but not until the ground thaws. Too many nights in the low teens right now to do the work.

    We also have revised our chicken coop plans and are planning to have the compost piles in the chicken run. We’ve heard that the chickens love to scratch around in the compost, and it will be a short trip to move the bedding from the chicken coop to the compost.

  29. I managed to find some canning lids this week. I got some large mouth lids from Kroger and found some regular mouth lids at Walmart. I also found more pint freezer bags that we frequently use.

    My wife got me a network analyzer for Valentines day. I was checking out my antennas and found out that the antenna I am using on my 2 meter / 70 centimeter radio is not resonant at 70 cm. I had thought it was a dual band, but guess I was wrong. I will be replacing that antenna soon.

    I also put a night scope on an AR. It will be great to thin out he coyotes that seem to keep getting closer to the house all the time. I am sure that they are why several of our cats have gone missing.

  30. More Vaccine News On Sunday February 21, 2021

    Zuckerburg Urges Caution in Taking the Vaccine to his workforce but promotes it for the general public


    Anti-Vaccine Rally in Australia


    Covid19/Corona virus isn’t going away

    Stephane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, the COVID-19 vaccine maker. Speaking at a health conference on January 13, Bancel said that ‘we are going to live with this virus forever’.


    Booster shots, second-generation vaccines: COVID-19 vaccine makers rush to adapt to coronavirus variants

    [“Sons of Vipers” continually wish to inject their venom into our bodies.]



    Testimonies: Israeli medical teams aren’t getting vaccinated

    Arutz Sheva receives testimonies from medical staff including doctors, nurses and maintenance workers who refrain from getting vaccinated.


    CORRECTED-EXCLUSIVE-White House working with Facebook and Twitter to tackle anti-vaxxers


    Other Not so good news for humanity:

    Forget politics, Danny Ayalon wants to effect change on the ground

    Having transitioned from politics to agriculture, Danny Ayalon shares how vertical farming, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables all year round, and lab-grown meat can rehabilitate the environment and dramatically reduce household expenditures.


  31. Concerns about China continue to emerge…

    The first article includes curious references to where prohibited meats are being tucked into other shipping packages — and of course the potential pathogens are a serious concern.

    From The National Pulse:

    The second article addresses the matter of access by China to the U.S. electrical grid. Given the recent hardships of this year’s winter storm, we should all be especially sensitive to the potential consequences of a grid-down scenario (for any reason including foreign interference or attack).

    From the Washington Examiner:
    Biden’s order could let China control US electric grid

    America’s China policy needs some serious course correction, and the Biden regime in place has only been in place for a month!

    1. Telesilla of Argos,

      “From the Washington Examiner:
      Biden’s order could let China control US electric grid”

      I think I had to read this three or four times before I could comprehend it. It is so far out in left field, my brain kept thinking I misread it.

      Surely this is treason, is it not?

      I want to say something like, “What kind of idiots would do such a thing?” However, I do not think those in charge are idiots, just evil people with gigantic, evil plans.


      With that said, I just want to say how much I love you all, here on the blog! You are refreshing to the soul. Thank you for being normal, intelligent, common sense folk! You are the salt of the earth. 🙂

      1. We love you, too, Krissy! I just want you to know that I am often praying for your Dad and following your progress reports on your parent’s well-being.

        Yes, it is absolute treason, what Biden and the Elite are doing to our country…NUTS! ILLOGICAL! SICKENING!



        1. Oh, Lily, Thank you for your love and prayers for my dad!

          Just last week, I was in his wood working shop with him, and I asked him about all the electrical requirements needed. There were at least a half a dozen outlets on each wall, plus additional requirements I won’t go into, and most all were being used. Other men like to come and work in the shop with my dad. All that to say, I hope to replicate his shop for him on my future property, should the Lord provide him good health and me property. 🙂

          I concur with your feelings about the treasonous acts. Usually, this makes me really downcast, but the love and kindness from you all here on the blog has been a real encouragement today.

          If it’s allowed, do give your bull a treat in my name for me. I love that he is a protector. Stay safe, warm and full of joy knowing that you are blessing the Lords’ children, Krissy

        2. Avalanche Lily!
          I read your note, came to the word “sickening”, and I wanted you to know how real that is — for me, and I’m quite certain for many others. What we are facing today is deeply sickening.

          My hope and prayer is that the sick feelings will spur us to civil and constructive action. Let us not be passive, but engaged — with one another, and with our political system.

          This blog and forum for conversation makes possible the exchange of information, ideas and debate. Thanks so you and JWR for making it possible! I am in solid agreement with Krissy — this is a tremendously important resource made possible with a lot of hard work and true commitment.

  32. I live a few miles south of Ft Campbell (KY/TN border) and we’ve had several mountain lion sightings about 1000 ft from my property line. Before word got out, I went out at night to feed a rescue colt we were providing room and board for. I had him tied to an apple tree as the sun went down. I walked up to him and poured grain onto the ground next to the water tank. I was near my 73 Jeep when I heard a low tone loud growl. The colt went nuts, kicking and whinnying. I grabbed my 45 and ran into the bushes where the growl came. Whatever it was turned and ran away, crushing dead bamboo as it moved away. We’ve had another sighting also. I use to have 6-8 deer sleep under the apple trees nightly. Not lately though. Progress they say: 150 new homes are being built in my neighborhood hood and I think they are causing the wildlife migration.

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