What did you do to prepare today?

What did you do to prepare today?
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#141 Post by Elew » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:26 am

Very cool Andy, I will pm you our mailing add...and we can plan it out :) I do all of my leather stitching by hand, but it comes out well.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#142 Post by dirtmurphy » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:02 pm

Hey everyone! Dad's surgeries have gone well. He's back home now. I see that Andy F has been busy around here :D . I have a lot of reading to catch up on!
I've been keeping busy with small things here at the urban farm. I've been saving seeds, cooking, and collecting firewood. I've also been spending some time working with my squirmy wormies. I have four worm bins. I just moved two bins out to the greenhouse to make room indoors for some shelving. We don't have enough storage and I've been adding to our food supplies. Last year we bought a 50 lb bag of rice for $25. This year we bought a 40 lb bag for $30. Hopefully soon I can buy a 50 lb bag of potatoes. The plan is to pressure can, dehydrate, and freeze as many as possible. I'd like to get a vacuum sealer like Andy F's but it's winter and money is always tightest for me this time of year.
Anyhow, I wanted to check in to say hey. I've been thinking about y'all. Stay warm!

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#143 Post by Elew » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:49 pm

Hey Dirt, I'm glad all is going well.

Andy, "60 Duro Gasket" material...noted thanks :)

Today my main job (source of income) ended, because the shop owner is 74 and needed to retire. So...it's me and my etsy shops now. I am taking a day to readjust my focus and energy. New beginnings are good.

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#144 Post by dirtmurphy » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:36 pm

We've been getting ready for the big snowstorm for the past couple of days. We've run almost every errand imaginable. I picked up a new snow shovel and an ash bucket for the wood stove. The contractors will be installing the chimney on Wednesday, or at least that's the plan. It will probably get bumped back due to the weather. The forecast is 10-20" here in Asheville. We also got more firewood.
This year's pullets are finally starting to lay. We've gotten eight eggs in the past two days. Yay!
Today I talked to Jehovah's Witnesses about Joseph and the Pharaoh. I told them to prepare for famine. Call me crazy but I like it when they come to drop off their magazines. Anyhow, hopefully they'll start stocking up.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#145 Post by Kink » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:51 pm

I've been felling logs by hand, and if you haven't already, I recommend getting to it. You will really see how out of shape you are :mrgreen: . Pro tip: Don't kill yourself, we all need to start working just to our limit or slightly over it, not going full out so you are down for multiple days in a row. Take note of farmers, they are out tending to their land everyday of the week, but aren't completely gassing themselves out each time or they wouldn't be nearly as productive.

It's so bitter cold I'm going to add some masks to my shopping list, as well as a nice heavy maul for chopping as my 5lb axe is simply not going to cut it. I also need some heavy duty wedges. Been out scouting for scrap today and found a nice pile of brick/concrete in the woods, perfect for a fire pit or whatever else when SHTF.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#146 Post by dirtmurphy » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:48 pm

@Andy F, you're bananas! @Kink, been there, done that. I don't own a chainsaw yet. All I have is an axe, a splitting maul, hand saws, and a couple of hatchets. I'm buying a chainsaw next year. I am a farmer and felling trees by hand takes up too much time for me. I have way too many chores to do as it is :D
Today we picked up more firewood before the storm got kicking. I also cleaned our gutters to handle all the snow melt that's coming and oiled the new snow shovel.
We got the new Sow True Seed catalog yesterday. Now I get to make out a shopping list! I love picking out new crop varieties, not new as in just developed but new as in we haven't tried them yet. All Sow True Seeds are heirloom.
So now the snow is falling and all that's left to do is enjoy watching it while oiling my boots. I do love winter!

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#147 Post by Kink » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:09 pm

@dirtmurphy yikes gutters. interesting thing about this for me is I'm in my young 20s, with my grandfather's house who past away last year. new boards/gutters is pretty much my biggest thing to get next for sure. lots and lots of work that needs done but also blessed for the fact that I've been given the tools needed to attempt survival. Have a chainsaw but just ordered new chains as it's probably older than me :D. You mentioned oiled shovels, what can I use to shine up mine ... oh and for the boots :o ??
I love winter as well, was walking my dog the other week and was in awe at how big the snowflakes were as well as how heavy, nothing I can say I ever remember seeing

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#148 Post by dirtmurphy » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:44 pm

I just use corn oil for the shovel and mink oil for my boots. We had to get faschia boards and new gutters for our house too. This place has a lot of water damage. It wasn't built right-no faschia boards, no flashing around the windows, no insulation in the walls, the gutters were too small and didn't have enough downspouts. I'm thankful to have been around construction so much in my younger days. My framing days are paying off big time now!
Keep picking up those skills Kink! Where are you located?

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#149 Post by Kink » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:20 pm

@dirtmurphy thanks I need to grab both of those purely out of interest in seeing the difference. good to hear I'm not alone, pretty much in the exact same situation as you, honestly want to put in a french drain around the house on top of new gutters as it's starting to pool around the foundation which is just no bueno. Good to know we have some guys with hands on experience here, I'm still learning on the go with everything but very motivated thanks to all of you! I'm in PA myself, guessing you're down south where the storm is?
@Andy F Thank you for that link, just bookmarked and definitely going to sort through the collection and see if there's anything I can trade for some survival books, could use some medical literature too.

Today's plan is throwing a new chain on the chainsaw and getting back to work on building the stockpile. Also going to clean out the shed/loft and get some totes to organize stuff, gonna put my hunting gear all in one place along with extra warm clothes that I'm beginning to save up, even keeping 2 sizes too big just for the extra layers not knowing how bad this will eventually get. Oh and gonna clean up the fishing poles/sharpen knives & axes, all past due on getting some love.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#150 Post by Kink » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:57 pm

@Andy F I hear you Andy, right now I'm trusting my faith and gut that is telling me to stay put for now, but like you said it's already getting bad. I've experienced this year more rain than I've quite honestly ever seen, I saw we got something like 75-80% more than usual in a 3 month period. On top of that, my apple trees did not see any pollination at all and the aspen trees quite literally got roasted at the top, completely burned from what I can only imagine is the weakened atmosphere. Insult to injury I'm seeing some kind of larvae that was in the thousands this year in my soil... anywhere I would pull weeds you would see dozens and dozens of little white worms crawling around (snails or slugs?). Ash trees are going completely extinct here too, from the emerald ash borer. How can you have vegetation with the amounts of rain rotting your crop's root system and slugs eating every mfing leaf?

money is tight for me, moving doesn't seem like an option but depending on next year it might be the only logical choice we'll have to see. If Zharkova's prediction is right, it is very worrying. :|

thank you for the reading material it is greatly appreciated!! and for reminding me to find my gun oil need to lubricate the hacksaws/axes that's a great idea

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