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  2. If I had to spend it, 1/2 silver coins, 1/2 food. Otherwise, store as cash or just buy grocs ( that's about my usual bill, I buy bulk ). Really that's not much. I did win more then that a few months ago, as a gold coin. It's pretty, I'm holding on to it for now.
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  4. I've been doing some home canning lately.so id buy some more canning supplies.and some more jeans..
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  6. Gary_Gough

    Looking for something on You tube

  7. thought the forum could use a diversion from the Southern Invasion and talk of the mailed devices >>> article from a prepper that thought he knew the game well and had his "questions" down pat .... https://survivalblog.com/longer-lesson-d-d/ My Longer Lesson, by D.D. SURVIVALBLOG CONTRIBUTOR OCTOBER 25, 2018 This is the sequel to my submission published 9/11/15. I am temped to follow in the steps of Larry Niven’s unfinished short story in which he said, “There are some things man was not meant to know.”, and simply write “I should’ve learned.” However, that won’t help you. So, let me expound. Those You Think Most Likely To Become Prep Allies Probably Won’t My piece of three years ago basically concluded, with some level of frustration, that the people you think are most likely to become your prep allies probably won’t. So save yourself the disappointment and stop trying to farm your way to a resilient team. (Kit Perez explains this with greater eloquence in her piece over at American Partisan1.) Here is my sad, unlearned version. New Neighbors Met in New Town About 18 months ago my wife and I moved to a new town and began to meet new neighbors. Some were met through the local Oath Keepers chapter, some at church, and some while walking our dog. Our neighborhood is fairly remote, somewhat off-grid and adjacent to a national forest. As chit-chat usually goes, the “Where did you come from?” and “What are your politics?” questions quickly down-selected those we were willing to have over for dinner. We’re not ones to talk about the Kardashians over a meal (or over anything else), so the topics hovered around politics, economics, and eventually settled on the lack of resiliency in our current way of life. I brought up books like One Second After and A Failure of Civility to illustrate both our dependence on electricity and the thin veneer of politeness in society. Here’s where the story goes bad. The 90% Likely Reply As I then usually suggest when given the opportunity, “You should really put up some water and food to ride through a disruption. It will give you peace of mind.” Within one or two sigmas, the reply is 90% likely to be “Oh, we don’t know what to do.” Right here is where I always make the mistake of offering to help with suggestions. If I were working off a telemarketing flowchart at a desk in Mumbai, there would be a fat arrow at this point to a box containing the words “Hang up now!” But, like I said before, I never seem to learn my lesson. The following back and forth then consists of me offering practical suggestions with their replies best categorized as inane things like “I need to clean the garage first”, ”Company is coming”, ”The dogs need a bath”, et cetera. Now, that’s fine. When faced with this, I have learned to shake the dust off my boots and move on down the road. In This One Case, My Blood Went Cold However, in this one case, my non-believing neighbors started pretending as though they were somehow prepared and chose to blab to other neighbors about their non-existent supplies. Furthermore, they did all of this while implicating me as the Architect of Neighborhood Preparedness. They supposedly made me out like Joseph, being willing to open Pharaoh’s warehouses of grain should things go pear shaped. I discovered this one evening while chatting with a new neighbor who had just moved in and told me, “So I hear you have a lot of water and food put up. That’s interesting.” Yes, at that moment, my blood went cold. Complete Destruction of Our OPSEC My wife and I are now faced with a complete destruction of our OPSEC and the inevitable choices on the horizon, some of which involve pointing the business end of a firearm at people to protect our own provisions when they come around. Our current thinking is that we will just move to a new, undisclosed location to escape our own well intended but foolish failure of keeping our lips zipped. What Should You Learn? What should you learn from our mistake? First, be obtuse when discussing your own preparedness position. You may even want to toss out a straw man like “Have you heard of those people who store up water and food? What a bunch of maroons!”, just to see what the response is. Second, let friendships slowly develop before you reveal your secrets. Measure that time in jars of mustard not sticks of butter. Third, and most important, keep reminding yourself that you cannot help anyone that doesn’t outright ask you for advice. Skin In the Game The people around you have to realize they have skin in the game or they will be lining up to take some of your skin. Don’t screw up like we did. It is better to not even be openly part of the game.
  8. I'm putting money towards an M1 garand from the CMP
  9. Stow it away....... Cash on hand when bad times hit is always a good thing.
  10. I've been needing to refill some supplies from food to first aid, I'd start with that.
  11. Like the title says. If you magically came into $250 (US), what would you add to your gear? (P.S. football gods smiled on me this week)
  12. Also ordered 3 apple, 2 pear, 3 black walnut and a beech nut tree. Suppose to get them this week if our mail strike doesn’t delay it...
  13. I’ve been awol for awhile...made the move to the country side from Toronto this past spring. I’m now a little over an 1hr NW of the city (unfortunately still commuting there for work). Almost 3 acres but about 2 serviceable (1 acre is pretty much a hill). Hoping to get raised beds somewhat together before winter sets in but if not that will be first project in the Spring. I’m thinking about some chickens. Zackmars (et all) ~ I’d like to hear more about your setup? How many? How long have you had them? Worth it, etc? Thanks! RS
  14. I prefer to just cut them up and fry them, nice and hot, though these are noticeably less hot than years past
  15. @zackmars those need to be stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon and deep fried......yum!
  16. West Virginia Ridge Walker

    Looking for something on You tube

    Thanks my friend, I already sub them!
  17. PappyHiker

    Looking for something on You tube

    Bushcraft Bartons, David Canterbury are bushcrafter/survivalist with youtube channels.
  18. West Virginia Ridge Walker

    Looking for something on You tube

    Actually, I'm looking for suggestions for outdoor, camping, hiking,bushcraft style youtube channels any suggestions?
  19. Apparently a jalapeno plant has decided to appear out of nowhere
  20. No idea if it would work where you are in Portugal, but there is an old system in use in the Azores, and,I think Sicily that could help, I don't know. From flawed memory, rather than raised beds, a series of round holes, about 10 ft in diameter, a few feet deep, surrounded by dry-laid fieldstone walls. The soil in the holes is built up with compost, etc. The rock walls funnel limited rain down, and limit wind-caused loss of transpired water vapor. Basically, a bunch of small garden microclimate areas. No clue if it would work where you are.
  21. Had a growth spurt on the pepper plants and even managed some tomatoes, but all is over it's suppose to hit 32 in the next couple of days at least I got one more zucchini too. I'll be roasting those chiles and making some mini rellenos.
  22. I pay through the nose for water here in New Mexico, I've been thinking about a water cistern system, at least during the monsoon season I'd not have to pay so much for water. I got the gutters all ready so I could funnel the water to underground storage.
  23. Wyzyrd

    Cooler with no Electricity

    An article on building a pot in pot cooler https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot-in-pot_refrigerator
  24. Thomas

    Cooler with no Electricity

    Now that I live in a crazy hot country, I may look into this sort of thing for the garden. Would be nice to have an outdoor cooler!
  25. Haha, great point Gary & in line with my own feelings on the matter. Yes, definitely. I do have to admit a fondness for old school Chinese oils (eucalyptus based) when I am stuffy. If it works without bad side effects, I think its fine but as you said- knowing more is the key- research, looks at side effects etc.
  26. Interesting. Our garden has 5 lemon trees, we are thinking of adding berries and small fruit trees too but my worry here in Portugal is the water- how do you guys deal with it? Complex reservoir systems?
  27. Thomas

    Hi yall

    As @dthomasdigital said, when something does pop up, we do tend to drop by. The issue with forums that are not created as commercial entities, is that there isn't a push for traffic/financial reasons. This is a free platform that doesn't allow politics and is general speaking created as a non-toxic place for people to discuss prepping without pressure, being spammed with ads or "buy a subscription" nonsense. Glad to see you again though, how have you been?
  28. Aye, I might switch to full electric once we go all Solar (300 days of sunshine a year in Portugal!). And yeah, always moving- hopefully this will be the last time. Thanks for sharing your experiences Pappy- i honestly am not sure on my current system- never had a propane system before. i'll take a picture and you can educate me! The tank(s) have their own little shed. Very discreet!
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