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  • NRP
    01/18/2020 at 2:59 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Lauren: I'm an avocado-aholic, usually get a bag of 6 from Sam's Club every two weeks. I have tried everything under the sun to "Store" avocados. Only thing I have found is to keep in Refrigerator until 2-3 days before you eat them..... Other than that ..... nada





  • Lauren
    01/18/2020 at 2:49 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Antifa is apparently planning a coinciding "protest," so it's likely they're planning for a circus.





  • Joe c
    01/18/2020 at 2:40 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Yep Go for it. Maybe a random batch without or a little salt, as salt will help draw out the moisture?? But then again, maybe the salt will help preserve a longer shelf life??





  • Green
    01/18/2020 at 2:31 PM
    Travel Berkey – The Smallest Berkey Countertop Tabletop Water Filter

    About two years+ ago I heard that govt has been dismantling radio towers and will make it illegal to own equipment. We're new to this so don't know if any one can comment





  • Lauren
    01/18/2020 at 2:28 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Because of the amount of oil in them. I should think it would be possible, with perhaps a short shelf life. Maybe I'll just try it.





  • Joe c
    01/18/2020 at 2:16 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Lauren Hah Was just gonna ask: Where ya been?. Good for you! No avocado expert here. (Expert on failures, tho). But why not?





  • Lauren
    01/18/2020 at 1:23 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    I'm exhausted. Just spent two days helping a friend get what I consider a necessary prep--she's moving in with her parents in Indiana. Hopefully short term, until they can find a safer place for her to be on her own. She's in a wheelchair and totally unable to defend herself from a constant intruder. The (key card needed for entry) apartment complex is negligent and possibly complicit. So she's on her way home. She gave me a bunch of veggies and fruit she couldn't take, so I'm going to dehydrate most of it and send her a (late) birthday present. :) Peppers, tomatoes and lemons. Does anybody know if avocados will dehydrate? Would salt help?





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  • me2
    01/18/2020 at 1:15 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Not sure if this related to Richmond VA on Monday the 20th but seems a Special Operations surveillance plane is circling Richmond right about now. Such a Unit was used to Target that Iranian General via his Cell Phones and such electronic signatures. Also I read that the Feds have used "Imminent Domain" to secure every Gen 3 Night Vision yesterday. I called our sponsor Ready Resources and he did confirm his order for 40 units was taken over by the Feds yesterday. He was downplaying it as sort of normal. Grey man about to be betrayed by the cell phones and cell phone records of the Virginia event? Even if your NOT there who going there HAS YOUR Cell Phone Number friends? I hope Monday is not "Interesting" like in the Chinese Curse.





  • Red Dog Master
    01/18/2020 at 12:56 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dear Lord, Please lift Dennis and his family up and give them understanding, courage and wisdom during this difficult time for them. In Jesus Christ's name, I pray. Amen





  • Lauren
    01/18/2020 at 12:52 PM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    It's a combination. Republican party didn't or couldn't (my guess is on "didn't") field candidates for several major races. Other areas they ran candidates who couldn't win. On top of that, redistricting splits up the districts so that the liberals can win more. For example, you start with two districts, one with 400 liberals and one with 500 conservatives. Split those into five districts, one with 400 conservatives and four with 100 each liberals and 25 conservatives. You now have four high liberal districts and one conservative district. Republicans play the same games. So the "districts" can cover the same area and still twist the voting results.





  • Joe c
    01/18/2020 at 12:34 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    So maybe not a prepairedness week, but a typical 'my type of luck' week. Was feeling good enough to cut up that tree that has fallen since Thanksgiving. Replaced the pull start rope on the saw --twice....then the saw wouldn't accelerate without bogging out.. take it back home, adjust the carb. New gas, air filter, plug Ohh how nicely it ran. Back to the tree, the next day....the pawls wouldn't engage the flywheel to start it. Back home....pawls are in pieces. Get new ones replaced.....back to tree....boggs out.....carb clean and adjust. I guess I'll spend $85/hr + parts at the shop to get it going. Darn near a days wages. Finally got the plow truck running last night as an expected 8 to 12 inches of snow this weekend. Found out the sticking brake pedal, with lights on, is draining my batteries. Hey, I guess I woke up this morning to start a new day/week. Onward.... Tallyho





  • Papa Smurf
    01/18/2020 at 12:28 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    - DAMedinNY, As for your friend in the cabin, would she maybe accept as a non-electric backup for heat a kerosene heater? If you explain it as just being an oversize kerosene lamp for heat rather than light, it might be more acceptable to her. They are not that difficult to maintain. Papa S.





  • Antique Collector-ACDH
    01/18/2020 at 12:08 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Saturday morning Explained how to 'put up' certain food items to the neighbor for longer storage. Listened with half an ear, wants to do it her way. Hope that it is good when they need it, she wants the get it done-faster the better. As she does not want to be bothered doing it. 🙄 Packaged up 3 types of beans, rice and sugar we had on hand, found a bag forgot we had(lol). Going through food we no longer consume it will go to food bank, if we have one. If not then family can pick out what they want and will prepare it for the postal service to pick up. Those who have a ' smart foodservice' (old cash& carry)in your area. They have started the sales for Chinese New Year. Although the sales are not a great as years past they still have consumables that come in bulk. Two types of rice, spices, frozen vegetables are a few things that come to mind. In order to see the sales ads on line you will need to sign up with their services. We have an email account rarely used just for this, as they will notify you of the up coming sales. This is my replacement grocery store, where by I avoid all the hassles of rude shoppers & those who are ill. To those of you who are in VA, be safe & "Stand YOUR Ground", praying that violence does not come to those who believe in our freedom and the 2nd amendment. Although Acdh & I can not be there to support you physically we are their in spirit.





  • country
    01/18/2020 at 11:28 AM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    Totally agree about peppers. They freeze very well and i feel like i am picking a dollar every time i pick one. I have and would encourage everyone to keep track of garden expenses and then track the produce value at harvest. I even kept track of my gas cost to drive to get plants. If you haven't done so you should. Its shocking how many dollars in peppers a few dollars in plants will return.





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  • country
    01/18/2020 at 11:21 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    I suppose this is a kind of report. We home canned chicken and chicken noodless soup some months ago. We have tried both in recent weeks and both turned out well. Would recommend and will do more. I picked up a few disposable lighters some time ago, bic style and a butane one. The butane is much better in wind and damp, down side is it didn't last near as long as a bic and i have no idea about storage life.





  • Plainsmedic
    01/18/2020 at 10:46 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Saturday morning, A wet week around here. Snow, then sleet, freezing rain, rain. Mud is everywhere. Oh well, such is winter time in the plains. Tried to use ham yesterday morning, couldn't contact anyone. Later on I got to thinking, ice on the antenna? Probably affects things, I would guess. I'll have to try again today. Not a ton of folks use 2m ssb, so that could be it too. Geologists are predicting a significant earthquake this week. Earthquake predicting is iffy at best. There is some data, however. We'll see. Think I'll read a book! enough rambling





  • Phil
    01/18/2020 at 10:45 AM
    Why Are The Triggerable Snowflakes Triggered So Easily? So Intolerant?

    I agree - instead of the PARENTS running things, our Liberal society has mandated that the CHILDREN run things. MANY societies have gone through this over millenniums, and have learned. Rather than learn from it, WE have learned to "reinvent the wheel", and now are paying a huge price. Older civilizations HAVE LEARNED, and are more stable for it. As the climate goes in cycles (even El Niño and La Niña), so does this social structure, sadly.





  • Phil
    01/18/2020 at 10:38 AM
    Why Are The Triggerable Snowflakes Triggered So Easily? So Intolerant?

    Although I don't *wish* it, the youth needs a DEPRESSION. I'd say "Wild West". As Ben Shapiro says: "These Snowflakes have it MADE, so they need to INVENT things to have bother them. They are BORED, and just arbitrarily CHOOSE little things to offend themselves. All the while not realizing that THEY greatly offend OTHERS - but for some reason that's just *fine*. They are the biggest hypocrites ever! And when they suppress others from talking, they are being Fascists! They oppress, become Tyrants, Fascists, and terrorists - while THEY speak out against oppression, tyranny, fascism, and terrorism. UN-believable.





  • DAMedinNY
    01/18/2020 at 10:34 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, with God all things are possible. You are all in our prayers throughout the day. Peace and strength to each of you.





  • DAMedinNY
    01/18/2020 at 10:24 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    AC, she has a one room cabin with a separate, very small non-working bathroom. She is washing by hand and hanging clothes on the wooden rack. I spoke with her about allowing us to do laundry to save her hands from the cold water and wringing. She seems okay with this although it was hard to accept as she is very independent. We shall see if she continues once she is back to her home. Yes, we had to fix windows that were not operating properly and the entire bathroom plumbing needs attention, which is on schedule for this week once I clean it out (lots of stuff stored in there) and this winter storm passes. I am going to see if they will reduce her heating bill being low income if we use the electric heater for her. I think she may let us help her with that bill if needed...I haven’t approached the subject yet, but if it means her going home I think she would be onboard. I don’t think we are doing anything out of the ordinary, but thank you. Most people in our town, if aware, would do the same.





  • Modern Throwback
    01/18/2020 at 8:47 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Just Sayin' -- the laptop we just converted to Linux was a refurbished Lenova. I will be getting the same make/model Lenova for myself next month. It's "more bang for the buck" lol





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  • Modern Throwback
    01/18/2020 at 8:45 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    No I just do manual calculations to pay bills and the bank registers still work for me. I keep personal information, passwords, and all financial data offline -- except for the information that is retrievable from online websites. Go to the software company for quickbooks and search around to see if its compatible with Linux. Usually that type of information is found in 'system requirements'. If you can't find anything, look for a forum, FAQs, etc.





  • Modern Throwback
    01/18/2020 at 8:41 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    So glad to hear that your doelings are still 'babies'. lol Those young bucks can be rascally little guys, can't they? We never had any diseases and also took all of the precautions to keep the herd closed, safe, and clear of problems. It's sad to bottle-feed those newborns, but it's also nice to have such tame kids that run to humans. It's nice that more and more vets are choosing to do house calls. So many pets are truly stressed with a car ride and an office visit.





  • Modern Throwback
    01/18/2020 at 8:28 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, Such a difficult time for your son. Lord knows that you and your family have suffered greatly in times past. Continued prayers and love going out to you and yours.





  • me2
    01/18/2020 at 8:25 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    tmcgyver a little late for now but for the future as I expect ALL of us will see more "Annoying Glitches" in Banking services. I have a strong regional bank (where I can walk in to do business) as well as a secondary Credit Union (where I also can walk in to do business). I've been in your situation where I was concerned about paying bills and the "System is down for..." and just went to secondary Credit Union until resolved. It's a little like having a couple of gallons of gasoline safely stored for times the generator needs it and no snow plows have been seen recently.





  • DAMedinNY
    01/18/2020 at 7:47 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    AC, yes, she is very much like your friend! Such an amazing person with a wealth of knowledge to share too. Our friend has no children and no immediate family. But she does have some other friends that do care about her and visit when they can. Everyone will be stepping up to keep this special lady fed, housed, and with clean laundry in the coming months and years if the good Lord is willing. And when good people do their part, the bad ones slink off.





  • DAMedinNY
    01/18/2020 at 7:42 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Mrs U, yes, money is extremely tight for her. She has about $800 per month available only. She does get help for firewood which amazes me as she always has plenty stacked and ready, yet the county continues to have someone dump a load spring and fall. Her electric bill is about $25 per month. I think they would give her a break being low income if we use a plug in source that would be simple for her to operate...the trick is finding something very safe for her. She does not trust “gas” or propane. She is at our rest home right now enjoying being warm and having hot food each day. She seems to be coping well with all the people around her, which is good too. She will stay until we can get the work done at her place, which is needed, but doesn’t want to stay for long. I think the heat solution will need to be electric as she has that available and it would require less work from her.





  • DAMedinNY
    01/18/2020 at 7:33 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    MT, aww thanks! We do enjoy all our animals and try to do our best. We did get good news on the young doelings that neither one is pregnant. I was so relieved. And all other bloodwork on the herd so far is negative for CAE and Johne’s. The CLA results are not back yet. Today is visit from the vet (dog and cat only) for our friend’s lab and this doc actually makes house calls! I decided to use him also, and her shots are due so that will allow us to get both dogs on the same cycle for inoculations.





  • BigBadCat
    01/18/2020 at 12:01 AM
    Best Flashlight Under 30 Dollars For Pocket Carry

    I do like those Maglite. I have 4 or 5 different ones myself.





  • scentophile
    01/17/2020 at 9:47 PM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    You can also freeze your cayenne’s whole and then in winter unthaw and dehydrate them and grind them up in the food processor for the best cayenne powder. Much cheaper than buying a bottle and you know where it came from and what’s in it!





  • Joe c
    01/17/2020 at 9:13 PM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    Kevin H Yep, My take also. Antifa WILL make this otherwise, peaceful protest into a hailstrom of, 'blame it on the Constitutional supporters'. When $hitface Northam throws in the State of Emergency prior, you know it's a rehearsed plan. Or he's just a damn chicken $hit. LOSERS..... The whole damn Demon party





  • Pioneer Woman
    01/17/2020 at 9:01 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    our prayers are with you and your son!





  • kevinH
    01/17/2020 at 8:56 PM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    So, here is my take...on Monday, people will protest and the Antifa counter protesters will throw rocks, swing bike locks and throw concrete and urine milkshakes until the 2A crowd responds. The VA State cops will roll in, arrest anyone with an American flag or Patrick Henry shirt, paint them as Nazis while the black hooded hoods walk down the street to start again. This will continue all day, the MSM will plaster the air waves and cable with the bad bad right wingers...we have seen it all before, we'll see it all again. Until the Right rises as one and says "No more! We will not comply!" it will go on, and we all allow it.





  • minerjim
    01/17/2020 at 7:17 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, Sorry to hear your son is having so many bad side effects from his treatment. I know it is hard to watch a loved one go through this. Many of us here have been in the same situation with our loved ones. It makes it infinitely harder when there is nothing you can physically do to help. I know from your comments you are a man of great faith. We will continue to pray for your son, you and your family, holding you up in faith before our Father in Heaven. God is with you! Philippians 4:6





  • Joe c
    01/17/2020 at 6:51 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Good post to FFT, NRP! I always loved hanging with my dad. Learning, watching, listening. Tried so hard for my son to be 'involved', as I was with my dad. Well my boy is 30+ now. Surprising to me, I guess my doing 'stuff' has paid off. He has learned, by following....on the sidelines. (Not as close, as I thought, to observing, as me and my Dad, in his younger years, but none the less.) I'm pretty dang proud of him





  • me
    01/17/2020 at 6:43 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, so sorry to hear about your son's recent problems. Prayers to all of your family. Although many don't agree, have you considered cannabis products for the nausea? Gummies can be absorbed by letting them melt in the mouth. It is also helpful for stimulating appetite.





  • Joe c
    01/17/2020 at 6:15 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Papa S 👍👍👍





  • dave
    01/17/2020 at 6:00 PM
    How Much Wheat in a 5 Gallon Bucket – Pounds, Calories, #Loaves Bread

    That's Baking Soda, ...





  • dave
    01/17/2020 at 5:59 PM
    How Much Wheat in a 5 Gallon Bucket – Pounds, Calories, #Loaves Bread

    Umm, more spices? And I'm under the standing that Baking Powder gets weak over time. Some one already mentioned the Cream Of Tartar for making your own. 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar 1/4 Baking 1/4 corn starch Equals one tsp Baking Powder. It works too, I tried it. The biscuits jumped so high one tipped over. True story. Oh yeah, great site, I just stumbled in from the cold. Have a great one.





  • Antique Collector-ACDH
    01/17/2020 at 5:56 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Papa Smurf That is awesome..but she still needs a hug!





  • Papa Smurf
    01/17/2020 at 5:10 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    - Antique Collector-ACDH, She is doing well. the tumor is a slow-growing type, and other than headaches which led to the initial discovery, she has continued with her life. She teaches Special needs K - 12, was recently recognized as an exemplary teacher, and is raising an 8-year-old and working on her Masters in Education. - Papa





  • Paleo
    01/17/2020 at 5:02 PM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    I'm out here in zone 6A and the collard greens are still healthy. They don't grow much but it's nice to still have something from the garden for dinner. I don't have much hope for them with this cold front, but it's the middle of January.





  • B. Pettis
    01/17/2020 at 4:52 PM
    Best Way To Remove Up To 82% Of Arsenic From Rice

    now that I know about the arsenic in rice I will be more careful and soak it overnight to reduce the arsenic content thanks





  • Not in the dark
    01/17/2020 at 4:49 PM
    Best Flashlight Under 30 Dollars For Pocket Carry

    5/180 lumens Olight





  • Joe c
    01/17/2020 at 4:38 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis Our prayers still continue for your son, you and your family. NEVER give up the FAITH, thru this troubling time, Mr. Hold Strong





  • Plainsmedic
    01/17/2020 at 4:29 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, I only know you through your comments on this site. Unless you are very talented in the art of deception, I believe you to be a good man. Most times, our children reflect much of what their parents have taught them. I wish you and your son well. Try to be strong for your son. He needs you! Please forgive my bumbling attempt at encouragement. I'm not good at this, but I'm sincere.





  • Antique Collector-ACDH
    01/17/2020 at 3:56 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Papa Smurf Give your DD a hug from us. Understand the paths many of you walk with your children, and family members.





  • Mrs. U
    01/17/2020 at 3:56 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, hug hug.





  • tmcgyver
    01/17/2020 at 3:37 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Finally Outta CA - You are correct, just tried again and was able to log in. It was unavailable at 4.30 this morning from home, all morning from work and phone; three different paths. Think I better milk a few ATM's this weekend; they are making me nervous. In contrast my personal account is with a credit union, past 22 years, and this never happens.





  • FinallyOuttaCA
    01/17/2020 at 3:27 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    tmcgyver, FWIW, I was able to log on to US Bank just now. Haven't tried for a while but had no problem. However, I'm in the midwest, so perhaps it's a regional or ISP issue? Have you talked to your local branch? Ken, FYI, this morning, tho', when I went to vote for MSB at Top Prepper Sites, Chrome flagged the TP site as a "Deceptive Site Ahead" security error on a big red page. The additional details said "Google Safe Browsing recently detected phishing on futuredanger(dot)com. Phishing sites pretend to be other sites to trick you." Wondering if Todd has been notified, since I went to that site from the link at the bottom of MSB, then "Click to Enter" in order to vote for MSB. Who is futuredanger(dot)com?





  • Bluesman
    01/17/2020 at 3:12 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, My prayers are for you and your family, especially your son. I pray for peace,comfort, courage and healing and I pray for wisdom for the doctors involved. You are going through a very difficult time ,may the Lord lift your spirits and guide you as things progress.





  • Anony Mee
    01/17/2020 at 3:12 PM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    Can I do this with poblanos, or do they need to be roasted and skinned first? Thanks.





  • Red Dog Master
    01/17/2020 at 3:07 PM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    Excellent Ken! We do the same, grow-freeze and eat in the dead of winter! This year we got tired of cutting up the peppers to put in freezer bags and its a bit of pain to cut up partially frozen peppers before you cook them. I suggest always cutting them up prior to freezing. Looks scrumptious!





  • Bluesman
    01/17/2020 at 3:00 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    U.S. Bank is owned by U.S. Bancorp , the 7th largest bank in the country. Very interesting and troubling as well, especially over several days. Hopefully there will not be reason from those in charge to disrupt the entire banking system .





  • Papa Smurf
    01/17/2020 at 2:37 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    - Dennis, So sorry to hear this. Do understand the feelings, please be aware that both you and your son are in prayers. (Oldest DD has inoperable brain tumor and Lupus) - Papa S.





  • Seminole Wind
    01/17/2020 at 2:25 PM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    Love dem peppers. Were the eggs also from your chicks, or store bought? Still have beets and onions in the garden, but temps are dropping this week so we'll pull the beets and share with our neighbors. Onions seem to like the early morning frost, so we'll let them stay put.





  • tmcgyver
    01/17/2020 at 1:50 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    I'm just going to put this out there to see if anyone knows about it. US Bank website has been offline all morning after being randomly down several days this week and last. Now the mobile service is down too. This isn't a glitch or a maintenance issue; I can't pay bills; and some are getting close to a deadline. I also noticed that A Jones site has been offline for several days as well. That's actually the largest of several similar sites I've seen disappear recently.





  • Anony Mee
    01/17/2020 at 1:47 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis Am so sorry to hear of your son’s condition and your pain. Praying for all of you. A few years ago I was very sick and not expected to make it. In and out of surgery, bad reactions to the only medications available. Was mentally dull with uncertainty and pain. My family sat with me day and night. They were silent some and talked some. I dozed some and listened some. Being together was enough. In my heart I knew I was surrounded by love. In my spirit I could sense that the the glory of the Lord shone round about all of us together. We are complicated beings. What comes out of a mouth guided by a medicated mind may not be reflective of what’s going on in the realm of the divine. May you and yours be surrounded by peace.





  • Chevy
    01/17/2020 at 1:46 PM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    NRP: good point, maybe Ken should read this: https://modernsurvivalblog.com/survival-kitchen/cast-iron-cooking-cookware-tips/





  • Papa Smurf
    01/17/2020 at 1:31 PM
    Do You Fly Often? | Stranded Far Away From Home After SHTF Event

    - Used to fly frequently (2-6 times per month) for Uncle when I was stationed in Europe. Typically had a briefcase for a carry on, could access the inside for whatever I needed to. Carried a change of underwear, socks, and a tee-shirt in a zip-lock bag and a very basic shaving kit the same way. Tried to keep either a dress shirt or uniform shirt, depending on which I was wearing. Tried to keep about $100 tucked in the back of my wallet and not touch it unless it was an emergency (didn't always know I was leaving). I usually carried a couple of Snickers bars and a 1/2 liter water bottle picked up at the last moment. Also had a freshly filled Zippo lighter in my pocket. Last was important in case you had to destroy the stuff you were carrying. I did have a little bit easier time with a couple of things. When you have a 1911A1 under your left arm and seventeen rounds in the weapon and under your right, and are sitting next to a Sky Marshall, they are not too excited about your Swiss Army Knife. - Papa S.





  • Nathan
    01/17/2020 at 1:27 PM
    Military Nuclear Targets in USA Mainland

    Ken, it is time to update your map again, maybe?





  • tmcgyver
    01/17/2020 at 1:22 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis - West Coast prayers are up. No one deserves this.





  • Calirefugee
    01/17/2020 at 1:07 PM
    Best Flashlight Under 30 Dollars For Pocket Carry

    Due to leaking batteries, ( mostly Duracell leaking batteries ) the lights my wife and I use at work are AAA Minimag lights with the LED bulbs. The price is still less than $30 per light. I still have a good number of inexpensive headlamps from REI that use AAA batteries as well. ( look through their selection and the least expensive ones are around $20 in price ). I still have a few xenon bulb lights around the house. I keep the minimag's around the house beside doors in cabinets. These days, I am using Energizer batteries with better luck and fewer leaks.





  • Calirefugee
    01/17/2020 at 12:57 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    To Dennis: Prayers for both you and your son at this time. I am sorry to hear of the turn in treatment. In God there is hope. I would also like to expand those prayers for your other family members because your family sounds pretty tight and close to each other in both location and in spirit.





  • Prepper Dan
    01/17/2020 at 12:56 PM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    hermit us, Yes, voting will and does still help. But just like Virginia, every county except for 11 are 2A sanctuaries but yet the Democrats still gets the majority and pushes their agenda. Not saying voting don't help but I don't think it's what's going to end up saving this country in the end.





  • Ken Jorgustin
    01/17/2020 at 12:52 PM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    Exactly. The colors remain brilliant... and the taste





  • Thor1
    01/17/2020 at 12:51 PM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    Kula, remember this..... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia_OTa30GXo





  • Chipmunk
    01/17/2020 at 12:42 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis Continuing to pray for your son and your family. May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guard our hearts and your minds in Christ.





  • hermit us
    01/17/2020 at 12:13 PM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    Remember Venezuela This quote comes to mind “Socialism always begins with a universal vision for the brotherhood of man and ends with people having to eat their own pets.”





  • FinallyOuttaCA
    01/17/2020 at 12:11 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, Prayers continue! You're fighting for him in the best way possible....on your knees. I don't remember if he lives nearby, or is your support mostly long distance? Fortunately, prayer is not time/space dependent! Prayers also for you and the rest of the family.





  • Prepper Dan
    01/17/2020 at 12:08 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    The power of prayer works miracles. My family will be praying for yours!





  • me2
    01/17/2020 at 12:04 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis I am praying for Him and for You. Psalms 136 His LOVE endures forever.





  • hermit us
    01/17/2020 at 12:03 PM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    Prepper Dan The left thought they had achieved all the goals you have identified. That is why they were and continue to be in total shock after the last election - Hillary is still wondering how the hell she lost. The "course of action to take" is to vote that whole bunch of anti American leeches out of office as well as the RINO's that have come to light lately. November is not that far off.





  • Antique Collector-ACDH
    01/17/2020 at 11:55 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis If we were there would give you & your ds a loving hug(all of the family). It is the hardest thing for a love one to witness the pain and anguish of a family member. Especially what they go through when battling this type of cancer. Dennis, we know what you are experiencing so we speak to you & yours from the heart. We will keep ALL of your family in our prayers as this effects every member of the family. What your son is experiencing is what happens when they mix the radiation along with the chemo treatments. Yes, Acdh was so ill from both treatments that they put a pic line in to keep him hydrated. He stopped the chemo and finished the radiation treatment, yes he lost a lot of weight. My train of thought on depression, it is brought about from the chemical changes in the human body caused from the trauma of the chemo which effects the brain. MO When your son recovers from all the adverse reactions to these treatments. Be sure to let him know to watch the sugar continent in all his foods, even artificial sugar replacements.





  • NRP
    01/17/2020 at 11:51 AM
    Do You Fly Often? | Stranded Far Away From Home After SHTF Event

    Papa Smurf; Good point.... Again, hence I do NOT fly anymore.....





  • Chevy
    01/17/2020 at 11:50 AM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    Nice about peppers is they don't have to be blanched to freeze them. "Fresh" peppers in the store this time of year are from a tropical climate and are about $1 each. You can take a pepper plant inside for the winter but it will not produce enough to make it worth it.





  • NRP
    01/17/2020 at 11:49 AM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    Hey Ken; How about ya fire that Omelet up a little, I'll ship you a few Ghost Peppers or better yet a ‎Carolina Reaper at around 2.2 million SHU's hehehehe Looks mighty dang good there Son. Mighty Good. BUT!!!! No Cast Iron Skillet? Using one of those Toxic Teflon jobbers? No wonder the 1/2 flip did not work out.... LOLOL





  • Papa Smurf
    01/17/2020 at 11:48 AM
    Do You Fly Often? | Stranded Far Away From Home After SHTF Event

    - NRP, If the Air Farce is flying them, they aren't perfectly good airplanes. You do realize they pay the flight crew more to stay in them? LOLOLOL Just FWIW, Rwt, exactly! - Papa S.





  • NRP
    01/17/2020 at 11:36 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis; As a person of few words, especially with it comes to matters like this... My heart goes out to you and your Son, Be assured there are Prayers coming your direction, even from this Old Buddhist. Hang tough my friend,





  • T in TX
    01/17/2020 at 11:27 AM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    How interesting. They look so fresh, even after being frozen.





  • DJ5280
    01/17/2020 at 11:24 AM
    Fresh Delicious Peppers During The Middle Of Winter! Oh My!

    I also freeze my peppers, Mostly diced. Great on pizza also. Last night was nachos for dinner using my frozen diced poblanos and added some canned jalapenos. Sooooooo good!





  • NRP
    01/17/2020 at 11:24 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Food For Thought; Without knowing much about your situation here are some ideas for you and your Son. Learn yourself and teach him the ways of Camping, meaning to build a Camp Fire, how to put up a tent, how to cook over that fire…. The basic Camping ‘Stuff’. Go for walks, and teach him how to keep his eyes open, look for things that most would not see, maybe help him spot Birds and such. Spend time with him cooking a Hamburger (or a Steak) on the BBQ, teach him how to check that the BBQ making sure it’s off when finished, help him take the time to clean it afterwards. Go to the Garage and show and teach him how hand tools work (Hammer, Wrench, Saws, so-on). Have him help changing the Oil in the Car. Have him help in the Garden, sure he may dig up the tomatoes thinking they were weeds….. BUT that’s ok. Biggest thing, just do things with him. I remember the very best times in my life, were spending time with my Father, just tinkering and being with him Something one needs to remember, the most valuable thing we have is Time, your 3 year old Son is in the learning time of his life, spend that Valuable Time with him. He will learn very quickly the difference in Time spent in front of the TV and the Time you two spend doing things. Turn OFF that TV, better yet, get rid of it. You need to remember that to your Son, all that “Stuff” you have stored is of no importance to him right now, he more than likely is thirsty for Knowledge, and time with you. As far as yourself…… Get out of the Cities; change your lifestyle to one that conducive of self-reliance. Get away from DEBT and owing your soul to the Banks. Start out slow and build that Deep Pantry, Supplies you may need If/When, Learn how to live without Electricity…. Gain the Skills you would need to live “without”. Please remember that everyone here on this BOLG started the same way, with a Dream and a Drive to become independent in our Lifestyle. BUT I will tell you, it takes a commitment it takes something inside telling you there is a “better” way to live, That ‘better way’ is what you need to determine, than, honestly all it takes is doing it. Hope this answers your question NRP





  • NRP
    01/17/2020 at 11:22 AM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    Food For Thought; Please see response over on the Open Forum.





  • Kulafarmer
    01/17/2020 at 11:06 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis Will keep you folks in my prayers, wishing you strength,





  • Antique Collector
    01/17/2020 at 10:45 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Modern Throwback Thank you for that information, as I had been reading it on & off along with MSB. Now that I know the truth, prefer the sites that have the same ideology which was instilled in me as a child into adulthood.





  • Prepper Dan
    01/17/2020 at 10:40 AM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    It’s all going to boil down to a few more events and then the real sh*t is going to hit the fan. Good patriots haven’t remained silent over the years like some may like. It just has never amounted to anything that has been reported on. The left is slowly trying to take our means and ability to peacefully air any grievances we have. They are trying to silence our 1st amendment of free speech, thinking we will back down and not be heard. They are trying to ban our right to assemble and protest, so we won’t be seen. They are trying to force us to accept illegal immigration, so our vote will not matter. They are taking away our privacy, so they can anticipate our moves. Now they are trying to ban our 2nd amendment so we can’t fight back. Time is just about upon us where we all will have to decide what course of action to take. They are giving us no other option. I pray for peace and that the supreme court will rule against all the unconstitutional laws being passed by left-wing politicians before it’s to late, but I’m preparing to defend the God given rights of all patriots. RSM rising





  • Ken Jorgustin
    01/17/2020 at 10:33 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, man oh man, sorry to hear that. I don't know what to say other than to know that others share your pain and prayers. The positive that I can think of is... just two more to go.





  • car guy
    01/17/2020 at 10:17 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    We will keep you all in our prayers.





  • Plainsmedic
    01/17/2020 at 10:13 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Jane Foxe, Oh those companies/gov. would never do that. They will always respect my right of privacy. I fully agree with your concerns and will not participate. People will do what people will do.





  • Dennis
    01/17/2020 at 10:08 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    My son's treatments are not going well. Chemo is killing him. Treatments started just prior to Christmas. He weighed 247 lbs, he now weighs 203. Had two more chemo sessions to go, but doctors decided to stop them. Radiation treatments were stopped until new protective mask made, the first one no longer fit properly due to massive weight loss. Can't even keep water down, requiring fluid I.V.'s. Since chemo stopped, yesterday was first time he has been able to keep down a bottle of "Ensure" (1/2 in the morning, other 1/2 yesterday evening). Doctors have tried all they know to stop the throwing up. Radiation starts again Monday with new mask. Needless to say, my son is fighting depression. Please keep him in your prayers. I've never felt more helpless in my life. I wouldn't hesitate to fight a rabid grizzly bear for him, don't know how to fight this.





  • pinky
    01/17/2020 at 10:03 AM
    Best Flashlight Under 30 Dollars For Pocket Carry

    I have a lot of flashlights. From Amazon 5for$5 CCS crap to Surefire. If they made a Maglite in the last 30 years I bought it. Reviewed a lot of flashlights also. Maglite ML300L 2-cell and AAA mini mag led make great gifts. Can find them on sale for $20 and $8 respectively. The AA Pro version is nice also but eats batteries. I like these because they are indestructible. I have several of the Streamlight nonUSB penlights originally posted. Fits nicely into the pocket where a knife would go. However, best bang for buck is: Microstream USB ProTac HL-X USB The Microstream USB has two light modes. Better than the Stylus Pro. The ProTac is programmable. I have many of both. I have a Microstream USB that probably has 250 charge cycles and has been run over by cars several times. The Print eventually fails and the paint wears off the sharper corners. The battery life plummets after about 20 charge cycles then is fairly stable for the next 100. The Microstream USB is awesome for its price. Every go bag, every car, every plate carrier, etc has one.





  • Plainsmedic
    01/17/2020 at 9:58 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    CR, I built tunnels for the birds. Old aluminum lawn chair pieces, lumber, chicken wire. They are fully enclosed within the mobile coop and tunnels (70 feet of tunnels). If I close the ramp, they are enclosed within the coop. All of this, coop/tunnels are inside a solid 5' chainlink enclosure If I'm right about it being an owl, the problem is already solved. I had gotten a bit lazy about the end of the tunnels. I'll keep the live trap baited and watch. It's all I can think to do.





  • Kulafarmer
    01/17/2020 at 9:44 AM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    TMac Im not sure i would want to,,, That saying, Stay away from crowds, Kinda stuck with me, i sorta like being way the hell far away from the front line. As it is, im just a nobody, pretty boring and pretty much just minding my own business. There is nothing you or i can do to stop a storm.





  • Tom McKee
    01/17/2020 at 9:39 AM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    With so many Virginians seemingly ready for their own revolution, one can only wonder how those Democrats got in office in the first place.





  • Kulafarmer
    01/17/2020 at 9:38 AM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    Not much i could do about that is there,,,, Not sure why they would be showing up at my house, i may well be on the list, but i doubt im at the front of it, and if i am these schitttheads are pretty pathetic





  • Glacialhills
    01/17/2020 at 9:02 AM
    How Much Wheat in a 5 Gallon Bucket – Pounds, Calories, #Loaves Bread

    Alfred, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I have found that peanut and most veggy oil goes rancid in about 18 months, even less in higher temps. You need to rotate your oils and high oil foods like peanut butter. Flour and powdered milk (again fats) also has a relatively short life. There are some charts floating around that list most storage foods and their life expectancy. Would hate for you to be depending on stuff that went bad.(rancid oil can still be used for lamps and lubricants chainsaw bar oil, guess how I know). You really have a deep larder though, great work.





  • Thor1
    01/17/2020 at 8:46 AM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    Kula, what do you do when they pull up with armored vehicles without notice or show up at your house when your at work? This could get real really fast. Incendiary rounds or a bulldozer might help if your home but if not..... Booby traps





  • Modern Throwback
    01/17/2020 at 8:25 AM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    I know/knew her. LOL on what she's doing now. Doesn't surprise me at all. Originally sold herself as a 'homesteader' but wasn't at all. That is about the time her website began. Then she moved out of Canada and got some land, then she had to admit she knew nearly nothing about farming/livestock/homesteading. Once I got to know her better and saw her 'con game', I distanced myself. Smart gal, and her website serves many people, but fake doesn't work for me. What she was doing just didn't fit in with my beliefs. Honesty is important to me. I don't follow Glenn Beck anymore but I believe he will give an honest report on coverage, and with pictures. He's seen how dirty the fake news coverage can be. Bet there will be slim to zero coverage on regular TV channels -- unless there is violence that the left can exploit.





  • Modern Throwback
    01/17/2020 at 8:17 AM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    Dennis, yes, I got that info. Evidently the Judge is known to be an "activist" -- code word for far-left ideologist. I will check further and maybe the hearing was transcribed and online.





  • Food For Thought
    01/17/2020 at 1:32 AM
    Virginia has been at this place in history before, but will it repeat?

    I had a great day too. Me a my little man (3 years old) had a daddy/son day. Other than trying to load up on shelter, bullets, water, food, tp, and shelter, Do have any advise for a parent with a young child?