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  1. This is the perfect time of year for indoor projects. Also a great time to order seed catalogs and buy some seeds! Get something you haven’t grown before and give it a shot in a container that you start inside and then is easily transported outside.

    Jim, you mentioned before that there will be a “Land Of Promise” book 2. Can you provide an update as to a timeline? I LOVED the book and have been eagerly looking forward to the series continuing. Thank you!

    1. Book 2 and Book 3 of that series are on hold for a full year, while I’m drafting a new book under contract for a publisher in England. That one (not yet titled) should be released in November, 2019.

  2. I just re-read Psalm 91. Thank you for mentioning this in your post Lily for it reminds me He is my comforter, my peace and my protector. He receives the glory. I will write this on the many rocks and boulders I find on our property to have when walking past one.

    1. Karen – I like the idea of writing on your rocks / trees etc. Reminds me of the Israelites stacking 12 stones to serve as a remembrance to what was significant in their lives.
      Also, years ago I took a 14 ft. timber and dug a hole with my backhoe, cemented it in place with 300 lbs. concrete and made it perfectly align with the portion of the sky that would allow me to mount a satellite dish to have perfect access to one of the formerly Sky Angel networks. After the concrete set I went out to move the backhoe and install the dish only to find out it was 30 degrees out of where it should have been. Had NO SIGNAL whatsoever !
      Then I realized I was taking my compass reading with 7 ton of iron setting nearby. The backhoe! So I thought now what ! Well, I cut the top 1/3 off and made a cross out of it. Now I have it circled in light for the Christmas season and IT IS A BLESSING ! Located in a valley, my neighbors on the hill actually called to say how much they were inspired to see a cross lit in a darkened valley ! Ya never know !
      I would strongly recommend surrounding yourself with ” reminders ” of our Christian faith, as we will need those reminders as never before in 2019

  3. The mild weather appears to be over. Drove the freshly restored new/old ’51 F3 Ford home, all stock. It’s our “EMP survival vehicle”. Had the truck professionally done, it’s been gone a little more than 2 years. Got took for $1000 by the first body shop guy that had it, had to call the Sherriff to get it back. The second shop only worked in fits and starts, drug their feet all the way. Got a fortune wrapped up in this old thing. I think I would have been way ahead with a couple donkeys and a donkey cart….

    Other wise it’s all WORK WORK WORK. Nothing wrong with that, paychecks are important when you’re self employed. An interesting note, While shaping the stock on the gun I’m making at the moment I uncovered a piece of shot. It left big streaks of discoloration in the maple stock. It will stay in the stock as the level of the wood is at finish level. It will make an interesting conversation piece. Makes you wonder how many 100’s of years that shot has been in that old maple tree.

    Considering starting my sweet potatoes and pablano peppers this week. I always seem to be behind with those every year.

  4. I felt like the Latimer’s chickens this week as I huddled under wool blankets waiting for the cabin to heat back up each evening after work. I’m thankful for electricity as I turned on the space heater while starting a fire in the the woodstove. Getting all of the wood projects done this fall has made a huge difference in our warmth when it matters. The kindling is dry, some wood is dry and right inside next to the stove on a rack that protects the floor, and the outside woodbox is doing a great job of keeping the massive amount of unseasonable rain and seasonable snow off the wood pile.

    I was also able to get to and from work on the worst weather days. We have had rain turning to ice followed by a layer of snow. The new studded snow tires on the 4WD Jeep have been a blessing. As I grew up here, I expected this type of winter weather to come sooner or later. I’m just really glad we were able to get ahead of it and be prepared.

    This weekend I will be taking ye old farm truck on my town run. Last year we just kept starting it weekly and that was not enough to keep the mice from invading. The mouse house is all cleaned out finally and now I’m on a mission to keep it that way. I’ll be driving the truck weekly or biweekly as needed.

    My first order of seeds arrived. I probably will not be planting much this summer (different plans ahead), but wish to keep fresh seeds on hand. I’ll order three more times I expect so as to spread the cost over a couple months. As a Cornell trained Master Gardener, I am careful to only order seeds that are open pollinated and will store a few years. Looking at plans to grow a fall garden next year here at the cabin to cover my daily salad needs. I’d like to grow lettuce next summer when I’m home in the Redoubt. I do not to arrive until July this year, and am thinking it out. Fortunately we have other options to pursue as well. I might volunteer at a local farm in exchange for veggies. It’s difficult to commit at the moment until I know more about my son’s Field Training schedule.

    Otherwise, we are happily enjoying winter and the ever increasing sunlight. Whenever I wish to complain about the dark and cold here, I remember my days on the Arctic Circle where it was truly dark and cold.

    Praying constantly for peace and protection.

    1. PJGT
      To keep mice out of your truck put 6 dryer sheets under the hood and in the cab. We use them in the trailer at the lake we have to winterize and haven’t had a mouse in years. Mice don’t like the smell.

      1. Plainsroamer,

        Thank you for reminding me. I used those as well as poison last winter, but those pesky mice still built a nest that filled a 5 gallon pail and required my mechanic to clear out. I will pop some dryer sheets in the truck again today. If it were not for the dogs, I’d get a nice barn cat.

  5. JWR – I think your decision to NOT sue is wise. Those clowns over at SPLC has a gazzilion bucks to use specifically for law suits and counter-suits. I know from experience that fighting any such system in their home arena according to their rules is not good odds.

    unless one of your readers / supports changes the ten cent challenge to be a $10 million donation, any such lawsuit would rage on for years and they would destroy you with a thousand “civilized” cuts. God speaks about vengeance and taking care of His own. For me, that is a hard part of scripture to fully accept. But it is wisdom none the less.

    May God continue to bless you and yours.

    1. I don’t believe Jim has standing in a defamation case on SPLC.

      Of the five requisite elements of a Prima Facie case for defamation, the key element which would be tough to prove is “injury.” Since defamation is under tort law, it would require proof that the SPLC caused financial injury to Survivalblog.com. The other four elements are easily proved and have been violated by the SPLC…
      1) A statement of fact
      2) A published statement
      3) The statement caused injury
      4) The statement must be false
      5) The statement is not privileged

      You need all five to win a suit…

      As far as libel and slander is concerned… Slander would be tossed out of court due to it not being spoken to a third party who is hearing the false statement (without a third party listening there’s no slander- you can slander anyone you want in the shower and if no one is around to hear it–it’s not slander). Libel would also be a viable route as defamation but is also is under tort law and you still have the missing argument of “damages”.

      1. Would he be able to file a report/grievance with the Bar/Professional regulator for Dishonorable/Dishonest actions? Nothing like getting suspended/disbarred to get their attention

  6. This week our adult kids changed the names of our biological warfare team to Angela and Dwight. Angela lets me pet her now, but only a little. She still lives up to her name, Shredtobits. Only minor claw marks to deal with. Dwight still dwells in the rafters with bared fangs hissing like a wild vampire. No fresh rodent sign in two weeks.

    I took delivery of ten IBC 275 gallon totes last night. They are good for water storage, and transport water for fires or other emergencies. I’ll keep some and will market some. People interested in water storage are folks I may want to know. I’m offering free delivery to their location in my area. Intel gathering combined with pay-it-forward.

    I joined our church security team, which is just getting organized. We’re developing policy, practices, training plan, recruiting policies, and how to address members who conceal carry.

    We support the practice of CC, but want to know that people who do it here are safe and proficient. We also will make them aware that when police respond, they first shoot anyone they see with a gun in their hand.

    If you have ever been in a training shoothouse with targets depicting both innocent victims and bad people, you will have seen that EVERY picture has holes in it, including the ones of little girls holding teddybears. Better to know the reality now.

    The congregation is big, with three separate buildings. Many exterior doors, many have malfunctioning locks, some which can be popped right open with a credit card, some exterior lights don’t work. Safety will be a good challenge.

    I plan on attending a Sheepdog Seminar this spring put on by CV ministries, in either Bothell,WA or CDL, ID. Their 3 hour seminar I attended last year was excellent and eye-opening even to hardened soldiers and LEOs. Several of their instructors survived church shootings in Colorado and Texas. They detail successes and areas to focus improvements.

    I took delivery on a low-power FM radio transmitter and media player. Our Ham radio club speaker this week was from a commercial station. He asked us “Who knows who Bryce Phillips is?” He was a hero during Katrina who took his puny little FM radio to the top of a tall hospital during the Hurricane and aftermath. He transmitted life saving information accredited with preserving lives of many people. All MSM fled the disaster of course, and reportedly there were only himself and one other radio operator who stayed to help.

    When I get my little station the size of a lunch cooler operational, I’ll be able to broadcast to local neighbors in a small area. They can tune in on their regular commercial FM radio. If any of you are in remote areas but have internet, it is possible to live stream broadcast through your little FM transmitter, or record and play anything you want over it. And you can listen on any commercial radio.

    Before anyone reading this reacts here on the SB page with alarms and warnings about broadcasting on low-power FM radios, be advised we don’t need that. I have been an FCC licensed operator since 1987. If you decide this might be an option for your lifestyle, research for yourself and don’t rely on what I or anyone else says. Get out there and Get Stuff Done, folks.

    During our county-wide power outage last month, only one out of 12 radio stations was operating, and that is because they went to extreme measures over the years to prepare for power outages and disaster operations. They even have a bunker in the hills at the base of their remote tower, with generator, With reduced transmitter capability, and a cheap bunkbed there, they locked themselves in and continued operations.

    God Bless you all

    1. low-power FM radio transmitter and media player,

      Saw this article the other day, but haven’t had time to digest it…

      A Quick And Dirty Guide To Pirate Radio
      Posted on January 8, 2019
      Western Rifle Shooters Association
      https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/a-quick-and-dirty-guide-to-pirate-radio/
      More goodness from American Partisan.

      A Quick and Dirty Guide To Pirate Radio
      Posted by NC Scout
      Jan 7, 2019
      https://www.americanpartisan.org/2019/01/a-quick-and-dirty-guide-to-pirate-radio/

      Interesting bunker layout, probably a good fallout shelter too…

    2. low-power FM radio transmitter,

      During the hurricane in FL a few months ago, many FM commercial stations had their towers and facilities damaged or were without power, and were unable to operate. The lack of news and information was troubling. Some of those stations were permanently closed by their owners and did not resume business operations, in that they were no longer economically viable.

      Is local FM radio about to go away, kind of like AM radio did, due to competition from other sources, like satellite radio?

      What good are all of these emergency radios if the broadcast stations are gone?

    3. A couple of suggestions on church security.

      If your state’s laws allow, you should arm as many of the church security team as possible.
      Active Shooter drills with the local Sheriff’s Department should familiarize both your team and the Deputies with your building, and your armed security team.

      Part of the training should include who calls 911, and what he/she says. I suggest the phrase “Armed Church Security Reacting”.

      I also suggest polo shirts for summer and insulated jackets for winter with prominent “Security” on them. These shirts serve four purposes:
      1. They keep the wearer cool in summer and warm in winter.
      2. The provide “Visible Presence” of the church security team to all who see.
      3. In the event of an incident, they focus the bad guys attention on the security team rather than the congregation. If properly trained, the security team is much better prepared than individual congregants.
      4. In the event of an incident, they also focus the cops attention on the security team, and since they have trained together, the cops are much less likely to shoot the good guys just because they’re armed.

  7. This week our weather has been crazy; 3 days of 60° temps mixed with 4 days of normal winter temps. I do hope it settles down so our fruit trees and berry bushes can have a chance this year. Last spring we lost the entire crop of fruit trees due to early warm weather followed by hard freezes.

    Received a large order of hunting supplies and decided to do an inventory and reorganization of existing items. So what was a two-hour job turned into a two-day job. Also received orders of herbs and vitamins. Made mixed bone broth; got it canned and stowed away.

    I read about a different way of starting seeds so I tried it on some of last year’s seeds. I used a glass bowl and put a wet paper towel in the bottom, then placed two different types of seeds on the paper towel. I put the plastic lid on the bowl and set it in a warm spot in my kitchen. After three days the larger of the seeds sprouted and after five days I can see the smaller seeds beginning to sprout. This way I can know ahead of time what seeds will grow and what won’t.

    Spent the time to lookup emails for the top 7 Dems and Reps in the House and emailed my opinion to each of them; every day this week. Working on Senate Dems and Reps for next week. Not that I expect it to make a difference, but at least I feel like I did something. Have a safe week!

  8. Have been ill all week but still trying to go to work for as long as I can and still get other stuff done. From what I understand there is a very nasty virus that presents itself as a cold however it just lingers for weeks or even a month. The cough is intense. Be careful.

    Put an order in at Northern Tool for two metal wood sheds that were on clearance. Each holds 2/3 of a cord and I am going to put them closer to the house so if we have a major snow storm and can’t get to another wood pile these will feed the fire until we can. I also got an 8″ wood draw shave. I’ve been looking for them used locally and they are pretty rough and expensive considering their condition in my opinion.

    I also signed up for a Bee Keeping course in February. Can’t wait. I’ve read several books, and have attended a few 1 hour seminars but this is an all day more robust course.

    Earlier this month we did a 3 year strategic plan for our BOL, soon (4 months) to be our permanent home. (FYI I also wrote an article for SurvivalBlog on developing this plan and submitted it) Wife liked it so much now she want me to develop a plan for prepping our current home for sale, and moving. She want some touch up painting, what can go now, what needs to stay for staging the house, etc. We have been going through kitchen cabinets and drawers and either throwing stuff away, putting in box for auction or keeping it. Definitely going to help us move quickly when we move in early summer. We have second refrigerator in our basement that we will not be using in BOL. We are eating up the stored food in it and will be giving it to the neighbor out at the BOL. The neighbor milks a cow and his wife makes cheese and butter and they need an extra refrigerator. Also happy to help out a neighbor when I can.

  9. “At times, we forget how much time we spend outside and when cooped up in the house, we long for that freedom of movement.” This warrants a major DITTO from our household!

    We thoroughly enjoyed the week of wonderful weather, high 60/low 40, to get quite a bit done outside. We’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on our garden rehab project. All that remains is putting up the, hopefully deer-proof, fencing.

    The latter part of the week’s weather, high50/low30 and rain,rain, rain, is when, “we longed for that freedom of movement.” On the positive side, my wife noted that while tending to and harvesting from our indoor hydroponic systems, the lights actually helped with the “blahs.”

    Continuing with our hydro systems, which we’ve really enjoyed, we’re beginning to experiment with different plants. Will continue with a variety of lettuce since we’ve been very successful with them, but a variant of patio tomatoes is what we’re trying next. We’ll let y’all know how that works.

    Wood pile replenishing was done in between everything else, so while being “cooped up” at least we’re warm.

  10. Re. the evil SPLC. You are wise to not engage them legally. They are synonymous with the US Government in my book. Like Dr. Laure Schlesinger taught me, you have to ‘chose the hills you’re willing to die on wisely’.

  11. To Anon…

    “Is local FM radio about to go away, kind of like AM radio did, due to competition from other sources, like satellite radio?”

    I don’t think AM has gone anywhere, although YOU and other listeners might have 🙂

    I know I stopped listening to AM years ago. I used to listen at night, when I was a kid, to hear the distant 50,000 watt “clear channel” stations. Those were the big boys in big cities, and were part of the defense/response plans of the .gov because with their power and dedicated frequencies, they could cover the nation in a pinch. Shortwave and AM broadcast fans call it “DXing” when they listen for distant stations. (I particularly liked the Grand Ole Opry out of TN, and some Canadian stations.)

    My point though, is that I recently rediscovered AM radio. Our market here is crowded, from end to end with stations. Many are lower power with much more local reach. In fact many are barely heard outside of a particular town or region, but those are much more interesting to listen to than the bland homogeneous big market stations. We’ve got at least 3 local stations catering to the Indian (from India) community, that you can only hear in those parts of town. Much of what they play barely counts as music to my taste, but some I found very likeable. Their locally produced shows also give an insight into their particular communities, for those who have ears to hear… there are others that I was happy to hear for the short time I drove through Cypress, or Tomball TX.

    AM radio is also the home of political and sports talk, and a few remaining all news stations.

    Give it a try! Turn on AM the next time you’re out and about, and just tune around the dial. Try it at home at night with a decent radio (older, or ‘table top’ sized works great.) Try it with a wire attached to make the antenna longer… You will likely be surprised at the number of stations and the variety you hear.

    “What good are all of these emergency radios if the broadcast stations are gone?”

    Well, as noted, they aren’t actually gone… but a more useful question might be “what good are all these radios if all the broadcast stations LIE?” because the sort of event that actually STOPPED all the big broadcasters is beyond you caring much due to more immediate survival goals. Much more likely is the regional event that takes out local broadcasters. Getting information, but especially TRUSTWORTHY info from outside the effected area becomes very important. Is help coming? How widespread is the problem? Is there anything that can help in the meantime?

    Unfortunately we are currently (and perhaps always have been) in a world where the majors lie to us constantly through media, both actively and by omission. I think it’s important to have some experience listening to them and filtering them for actual information. This can get you actual info, like learning to substitute “gang violence” whenever you hear “gun violence” or the translation of “youths” to be “criminal gangs”.

    I’m sure that in any large disaster, even just hearing that NYC based media is acknowledging the disaster will be of use. Imagine that you are without power, the fires have died down, but you still hear gunshots and explosions all day long, but when you listen to your emergency radio, all you hear is that the situation is “under control” and “aid is getting to the people who need it” and you hear interviews purportedly from the scene that don’t match your experience AT ALL. Even lies like that can provide you with information, help you form your own response, etc. Even the complete LACK of media would tell you something. Keep in mind too, that with all local broadcasters, power line noise, etc shut off, you can hear very distant stations. Unless the disaster is worldwide in scope, you can still potentially hear news from outside your area.

    Anyway, take your AM radio for a spin around the dial. Do it in different places, and different times. Like any prep, it’s something that needs use and practice, and shouldn’t just be a checkbox item on a list stored on the shelf….

    nick

  12. Inventory and assess is my main activity. Looking at some Eneloops (Panasonic Rechargeable bateries I threw directly into a grab box for rapid exit. 25% of them are DOA. You even have to rotate and use Eneloops.

  13. Saturday we cleaned out the cabin on the other side of our property. Years of “lets take it to the cabin” clutter was sorted thoughtfully. Plus it just needed a good scrub down.

    It’s easy as a prepper to hold on to lots of things you think you will someday need. However you have to be careful about what you REALLY need. We’ve got a few boxes of nice items for one of our local charity thrift shops.

  14. We must say that moving to the American Redoubt is a labor of love! It seems that the maintenance, winterization, projects, and add-ons will be ongoing in perpetuity. When we lived in the burbs, there was nothing to do on the yard or even the home except a few hours per year. The American Redoubt property, we are continually working on the homestead to keep it running like a finely tuned engine. We love this! It is our calling!

    Thank you JWR/AL for showing the way…
    May the Lord richly bless you all!

  15. 51 degrees below zero … just staying inside and keeping warm. Its supposed to be above zero next week so hopefully things will be better. At these temperatures not a lot gets done. I keep one vehicle plugged in at all times when not running, outside activities are at a minimum due to the bulky clothing needed to stay warm and restricting movement. Eyes must be kept covered with goggles; if you don’t once you blink they will freeze shut. Any exposed skin freezes fast so we keep covered. Breathing must be done through a warm fur lined hood to keep from freeze burning your lungs in active work breathing sequences. At work, if one chooses to go to work, no outside activity is done that doesn’t need to be done, and a two man rule applies to anyone outside. We keep a board showing who went out, where they are going, and what time they went out. It is monitored on a regular basis.

    Mostly I dream of the mild winters that are relatively short in Idaho and wish we lived there … that’s the news from Lake we-be-gone where the women are hearty, and men stay huddled with them. God bless you all and God bless your efforts.

    1. I do remember that the danger in such low temperatures is either getting wet or an injury (such as breaking a leg) that makes movement difficult. One will be well on their way to being dead from hypothermia in an half an hour or less. Being able to start a fire quickly could very well be the difference between life and death.

      1. We had it in mind to practice our snow shoeing and only went a few hundred feet before deciding it was a fools errand. The essential skills we practice are land navigation on snow shoes and cross country skies with and without backpacks, fire building using various methods, and learning to read animal tracks & trails as potential food sources.
        But due to our being chronologically gifted ( in our 70’s) the deep cold prevents us from getting to involved now days. We’ve considered a snowgo (snowmobile to outsiders) but there is a tremendous peace in the silent world of winter in the forest. Our problem this last trip was not only the temperature, but a rare day with a breeze as well .. I could not tell you what the wind chill factor was but I can say it was quite miserable. Next week end we plan to shoot some handloads of various bullet weights and powders to see how the cold effects our rifles.

        Keep warm, bless God, be safe.

  16. Jim, that plow truck is an ideal candidate to convert to wood/chargas. Charcoal gasifiers are generally much simpler than wood gasifiers (less tar/moisture), and an easy addition to the truck. Looks like you’re surrounded by fuel. Anything holding you back?

  17. …. We very much wish we could meet you all, shake your hands and give you all hugs. We thank you all for your prayers and support of SurvivalBlog. ….

    Just a thought, but how about some sort of SB convention or reunion. It would be great to meet a bunch of the SB team and posters, as well as other like minded readers. It would be a great fund raiser for you guys and charity as well.

    We’d travel from Texas to attend.

  18. re:
    Radioprogramming, televisionprogramming, Hollywood

    Not interested.

    * * * * *

    Eugene, Oregon == Friday, my friend was visiting my other friend across the street from Cascade School. These two sober experienced adults witnessed the murder of a smiling congenial gentleman.

    According to these two adults approximately 120-yards away, Charles Landeros was shot twice in the back as he walked ahead of two Law Enforcement Officials.

    Neither witness saw Charles Landeros with a firearm.
    Neither witness saw Charles Landeros acting disrespectful to anybody.

    Newsprogramming? Not interested.

    1. Gramma: Newly released body cam footage shows he was resisting physical removal from the school. When the struggle spilled onto the ground, the camera clearly showed him with a Beretta in his hand taking shots at one of the officers. In the aftermath, it came out that he was posting things on social media like “Time to start killing pigs”. It’s pretty safe to say he earned his bullet.

      Be more skeptical of eyewitness accounts.

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