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  • Chuck Findlay
    11/14/2019 at 2:26 AM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    ( She suffered greatly from grey weather days.) I am seeing this a lot these days, people all around me are complaining about the start of winter. The last week with the Arctic Blast we are getting has people really complaining about Winter. While I don't love real cold days, at the same time I don't let Winter drag me down. I have numerous projects that I never seem to get to in the Summer as my work (home repair / handyman work) keeps me busy. But it usually slows down in the Winter so I have time for hobby projects that I enjoy doing. I rebuild old Ham and tube radios and then resell them for a bit of extra money. Throughout the warmer seasons I find a lot of old radios and things to work on. I must have 25 electronic projects sitting on the shelves in the basement ready for restoration. I really enjoy giving these old things a new life. I honestly would still do it even if I had no way to sell them. I'm also always working to learn more about fixing things. So Winter means I get to play more. It's all about your frame of mind as to how happy you are. I also have a lot of test equipment / skills and use them to help new Ham's get antennas and radios set up. It's rewarding to help others. Being happy comes from within, I don't need external validation to like myself and my life.





  • Chuck Findlay
    11/14/2019 at 2:10 AM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    I'm a pretty happy person. I've long ago (30-years) decided I was in charge of my life, my goals and how I lived my life. Even a small step forward is a move in the right direction. And a lot of small steps still gets you a lot farther then doing nothing. When I first started prepping and putting food up I was unemployed recovering from a motorcycle accident and a divorce. I had little money for extra food but I still bought a few extra cans each time I went shopping. It was a slow process and really quit rewarding to build up that supply. I was pretty happy about it. Yes we all have bad days, but it's been years since I can remember a bad day. The last one was about 2-years ago when my brother (and best friend) died of a heart attack. As bad as that time was I still found life enjoyable. A goal without a deadline is just a dream. Set goals, work to make them happen and you will see your dreams turn into reality.





  • Anony Mee
    11/13/2019 at 11:36 PM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    In the Mitten Nailed it!





  • Stand my Ground
    11/13/2019 at 10:48 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Antique Collector I have 3, different sleeping areas, 2 in the house, about 20 ft apart, and 1 in a small bunk house. Bunk house is 25yds from house. Doesn't seem to make any difference. It is what it is.





  • Kulafarmer
    11/13/2019 at 10:24 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    NRP Anyone “normal” has off days.





  • Kulafarmer
    11/13/2019 at 10:22 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    SMG Yes, and no Our homestead soil is primarily a silty loam, minor clay component, primarily ash based, but silted from higher elevations over the eons, it has really high organic material from me growing cover crops religiously and continuously if i can. Moisture holding ability is variable based on the organic matter and tilth. Overall the PH also varies but tends to hover around 5.0-6.5 ish if un tended. At the moment i need to add calcium to it but am leaning toward spreading sand on it and discing it in. Slower reaction but is better for the soil because it reduces compaction, in the past i have generally amended with a granular calcium product, cant remember the exact makeup but was a manufactured granular product that resembled a coarse sand, but did have soluble properties, was not as fast to change PH like straight up lime but it did also have a variety of micro nutrients in it.





  • Kulafarmer
    11/13/2019 at 10:11 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Head in the clouds, feet in the sand, feng shui





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  • In the Mitten
    11/13/2019 at 10:04 PM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    "It's not happy people who are thankful. It's thankful people who are happy."





  • Antique Collector
    11/13/2019 at 10:02 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    SMG Understand yours is chemical as in bodies reaction to certain foods. Yet the other which I mentioned can heighten the stress level for you. The other possibility that can keep you from resting at night it is where you bed sets in your bedroom. Sounds strange, yes I know. Move it to another location in your room & see if you sleep a little bit better. There could be a live stream of water flowing underneath that section of your home. It can an will effect your sleep pattern. I never pass on any information that I have not tested myself or learned from my divining class of many years ago.





  • Stand my Ground
    11/13/2019 at 9:48 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Antique Collector Because of the terrible side effects, I stopped my PTSD drugs about a year ago. I'm still under Doctor care, but I also hired a Nutritionist, she's helps with proper nourishment and natural herbal remedies. I don't sleep more than 2hrs at a time, the nightmares are really bad. Triggers cause them, and I seem to have a lot of triggers, plus, all the physical pain to remind me of bad times past. Stress, right now is MAX-Q. I'm in a legal fight with the IRS, and Homeland Security. I'm tough enough, I'll be fine. Hopefully, maybe, oh of course, I'm good.!





  • CR
    11/13/2019 at 9:40 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Where we learn Swamp Survival 😉





  • Stand my Ground
    11/13/2019 at 9:27 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Kulafarmer Hey Bud, got a question: Is your soil volcanic ash based? What's your PH Thanks





  • Antique Collector
    11/13/2019 at 9:26 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    BJH & SMG In reference to you both suffering from ptsd. The questions I am going to pose may sound crazy, or off base, but there is a reason why I ask. **Please do 'not' post a reply on line.** I would suggest you both log down when these occur on a calendar to see if by chance there is a correlation when they occur. Reasoning behind this idea is you could be effected by the pull of the moon when it is closer to the earth. It does have an effect on some, it can cause you to have difficulty with sleeping, coping with normal every day events. There is another possibility but we can discuss that later if needed.





  • hermit us
    11/13/2019 at 9:17 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Kula Do many people not look at the lifestyles of people that want to come to this country - China, India, Pakistan, Mexico, ... and the globalists think this is the way we should be forced to live. I will go to war before I watch my family and friends sit and freeze in one room shacks so some third world person can eat my food. That tmc is riding first class around countries that are run worse than the worst communist countries. We all need to look behind the fasauds of riches and let the real third world scare the crap out of us.





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  • NRP
    11/13/2019 at 9:06 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Bill Jenkins Horse: Is all good buddy, if you can believe it even I (soft and sweet NRP) has a few/LOT of off days. I'm thinking you have a whole lot of good friends here, cause there are a lot of good people hanging out here at the old Swamp aka MSB.





  • Kulafarmer
    11/13/2019 at 9:04 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    The so called conservatives in CONgress, are just the other side of the same coin, They have no allegience to the American people, None of them do, Remember that, they dont like it that we flipped them the bird and gave them DJT to deal with, The day draws neigh





  • Kulafarmer
    11/13/2019 at 9:00 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Take note of who is on what side, it may matter





  • Kulafarmer
    11/13/2019 at 8:58 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    BillJs Horse, Someone once told me not to trust a communist dictatorship, It kinda stuck. They are definitely NOT our friends, if they were, we would be trading even across the board, but we are not, have not, and more likely than not will not. I get TCMacs sitch though, a job is a good thing, sometimes a paycheck means more. Dont ever feel you need to temper your speech. Stay true!





  • hermit us
    11/13/2019 at 8:44 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    BJH We have listened to years of lies about this country and what they claim is our greatest enemy, Russia. I hope that we can speak our minds on this site and fight the coolaid BS. Thankfully, most Americans do not believe that up is down, wrong is right, ... just listen to the endless paroting of bumper stick phrases by the talking heads on TV. Don't feel you need to retreat from questioning what is true and what is garbage. I don't suffer from PTSD and I think I get more angry than you. Hang in Sir.





  • Stand my Ground
    11/13/2019 at 8:04 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Bill Jenkins Horse My heart goes out to you. I too, have severe PTSD, I deal with it daily, and it's a bitch. God Bless you, he probably already has.





  • country
    11/13/2019 at 7:53 PM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    I think it helps a lot to be around positive people. One fellow i know is always negative. I literally heard a person say what a great day, sunny and 75. Mr negatives response was you will probably get a sun burn. I stay far away from him and those like him. I make lists of things to do, but once in a while the list gets overwhelming. I have learned to throw the list away and attack one of the things to get done then move on. That is what works for me.





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  • Matt in Oklahoma
    11/13/2019 at 7:39 PM
    Mr Heater Buddy Run Time | 1lb & 20lb Tanks

    That’s good to know that they don’t get too hot. I can tell you that when I hunt the floor does get warm about 6” or so in front of it. That’s where my feet hit the deck when I roll out of the rack because of it. It’s all I run in that camper and it’s usually around 15-20 degrees and the remaining floor is very cold. When I used it in the house during the ice storm I decided it was best not to chance it and place the sheet pan down. Melting the carpet is counter productive to my relationship and marriage. Burning the house down more so. If you have children or grandchildren like me it keeps toy trucks from rolling near it. It also provides a physical and visual no go barrier for them reinforced by the adults. I’ve no shortage of sheet pans in the place so I’m gonna continue to err on the side of caution.





  • Bill Jenkins Horse
    11/13/2019 at 7:15 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Tmcgyver, I'm on edge today. It's not my way to get on folks especially when I appreciate their posts. The weight is especially heavy today. That's on me not you... Hope the next leg of your journey goes well. Safe travels...





  • Bill Jenkins Horse
    11/13/2019 at 7:07 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Hermit us, I shouldn't be posting today. My PTSD reared its ugly head today. I get cynical and on edge. I should go hang out in my shop with my dogs. Thanks for posting. We don't seem to have many friends in the world these days huh?





  • DJ5280
    11/13/2019 at 7:01 PM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    I chose to be happy. Im comfortable with who I am, s I don't need react to things I cannot control. Taught that to our children, tho they sometimes need reminders even into adulthood. Life is to short to not be happy.





  • Jane Foxe
    11/13/2019 at 6:26 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Ken...as for me, yes. I quite often will place a link to one of your posts, and say on some other site...."ran across such and such, you might find it interesting".





  • Ken Jorgustin
    11/13/2019 at 6:23 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Yes





  • Stand my Ground
    11/13/2019 at 5:43 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    “Pelosi was overheard at a fundraiser full of Hollywood elites bashing the President and calling for a ‘total shutdown’ if her party didn’t get their way on impeachment. In her own words, Pelosi said ‘We will shut down not just the Senate smoking lounge, but their cafeteria and their bath house. The Roman Empire fell from within. The Senate will follow.’ “Pelosi then went on to say she would make sure none of Trump’s ‘boomer supporters’ get their Social Security checks if they don’t ‘fall in line.’ The whole thing was like listening to Stalin give a dissertation on socialism.” There is a storm coming our way.





  • tmcgyver
    11/13/2019 at 5:24 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Well, again, the meat thing is sort of off my radar. And thanks to President Trump, my next visit will be to Vietnam. I wonder how it will be down there.... I'm greatly looking forward to it. Those guys put up a state-of-the-art 500k s/f factory in less than six months. Can't wait to see that. Anyway, my ride is here. Today's business could be life changing. God Bless you all! It is really nice to be able to chit-chat with people I feel sort of close to, while so far away from home. Carpe Diem!





  • car guy
    11/13/2019 at 5:18 PM
    Enough Food For A Year (Level 3 Preparedness)

    Ken, would you consider sharing that spread sheet you mentioned?





  • me2
    11/13/2019 at 5:13 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Yes





  • Mrs. U
    11/13/2019 at 5:09 PM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    Told my boys when they were growing up that life is 99% attitude. That 1% is for the real problems and health. Also told them when you grow up and figure that I might be the cause of some of your problems, if you are old enough to figure that out, your old enough to get over it and move forward.





  • Kulafarmer
    11/13/2019 at 5:08 PM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    We salute you mr ambivalence man With a smirk on your face and a gleam in your eye, You know none of it really matters, That song “dont worry be happy” comes to mind





  • car guy
    11/13/2019 at 5:02 PM
    Enough Food For A Year (Level 3 Preparedness)

    I need to take a closer look at our stocked food. After seeing these numbers it will not last as long as I thought. We are working on filling our third deep freezer but it is not even close to what was mentioned in the article.





  • Stand my Ground
    11/13/2019 at 5:02 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dose anyone know about, Black Thorn, Prunus Spinosa?





  • Seminole Wind
    11/13/2019 at 4:57 PM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    A Creator/Savior





  • tmcgyver
    11/13/2019 at 4:52 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Hi Bill, I wouldn't say I am 'enamored'. But quite honestly, they treat me far better here than folks at home. Perhaps it because we work together for mutual prosperity. Maybe I'm just a novelty to them. Maybe they actually like me, idk. Yesterday I examined a clever new design prototype, headed to a big retailer, that had a concealed, but potentially deadly flaw. After all the loud indignance and frenetic face saving got out of their system there was a period of silence, hand shake, slight bow and a genuine "thank you" for calling out someone's clever idea, that could have been tragic. The world is just strange. You really ought to hear some of the things most people here " just know to be true" about Americans. It taught me to not believe everything anyone says. We all have our favorite propaganda campaigns. I just look forward to a world when we can get past that and treat each other as human beings. That development would solve so many problems.





  • Stand my Ground
    11/13/2019 at 4:14 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    You just gotta look around for opportunities, and realize they are there. My neighbor is ripping out and old pasture, at least 50yrs old, absolutely full of dandelions. I have foraged at least 120lbs of roots that are as large as a half dollar, full of nutrients, because they are in a dormant stage going into winter. This great find, will be a substantial increase of my inventory of this very important herb. Nature has alot to offer, you just gotta know what to look for and how to use it.!





  • hermit us
    11/13/2019 at 3:59 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    BJH China infiltrating all segments of our society - university research, ag lands, embedded electronic spy wear, manufacturing expansion, military expansion, ... they are not our friends and want to rule the world. We have a China globalist here that found out quickly that we support our Constitution and want to protect our industries. This person has change his/her tone to try and ingratiate themselves with our conservative prepper movement - motivation???





  • Ken Jorgustin
    11/13/2019 at 3:46 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    ...and, do you promote Modern Survival Blog on other sites that you visit?





  • Chevy
    11/13/2019 at 3:31 PM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    I learned a lot from my mother's not-so-good examples. First of all, she was a very emotional and sympathetic person; she went to funerals for people she only casually knew and would cry more than the immediate family. And she suffered greatly from grey weather days. Aware of that I get outside and am active and engage with the short, dreary winter days. I also learned from her not to tag the calendar with bad memories. Her dad, for instance, died on Christmas eve and so every eve as a child she cried, she never got over that. Let each day be it's own and not tied to the past. My neighbor is a good example of a disciplined mind and a merry heart; he has been diagnosed with "incurable" cancer and yet is very upbeat every time I've seen him professing a strong faith in God. Lastly, there is music. I have playlists of uplifting, joyous music that is good for the soul. Joy and happiness; good crops to cultivate.





  • me2
    11/13/2019 at 2:02 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    New Woodpile is out! The Bison Prepper has an excellent Thrifty Survival Prepping while time is short article. I don't always agree with Bison Preppers language he does often have good points to bring out.





  • Lehua Lady
    11/13/2019 at 1:45 PM
    Candles For Preparedness | Cost Per Hour To Burn

    I have given fire extinguishers as wedding gifts for years now. Some people think it's weird, but it is one gift that newlyweds rarely buy for themselves, and if you need it, you don't have time to run to the store to buy one!





  • Jane Foxe
    11/13/2019 at 1:34 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    BJH -- interesting stuff... "China has solidified its position as the fastest-growing beef import market in the world in 2019, with Oceania and South America the dominant suppliers. Last year, China’s imports topped 1 million metric tons (mt) for the first time at 1.07 million mt, up 50% from 2017, while value climbed 56% to $4.9 billion. This remarkable rate of growth has further accelerated in 2019, as imports through July already reached 871,429 mt (up 57%), with value up nearly 60% to $4.1 billion. For perspective, China’s full-year imports first topped $1 billion in 2013 and broke the $2 billion mark for the first time in 2015."





  • Bill Jenkins Horse
    11/13/2019 at 1:11 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Tmcgyver,Lauren kinda beat me to it. They are buying up meat from any country that will sell it to them. Animals that most dont consider a food source. A million tons of soy beans,almost a million tons of rice. A farmer I personally know in Montana with 10,000 acres is under contract to sell all his wheat to China. They outbid the Japanese for it. They are building up their reserves while it's still available. They are buying up food production companies everywhere. I didn't say people were starving in the streets while you're there. You maybe enamored with them and that's fine. But they are not our friends...





  • minerjim
    11/13/2019 at 12:50 PM
    Mr Heater Buddy Run Time | 1lb & 20lb Tanks

    tmc, yes, they are designed to run at high efficiency with little CO produced. I think the issue is that, in the event something got clogged, or the catalyst block somehow got damaged, it would produce CO. How could it get damaged? how about if it somehow got sprayed with a cleaning chemical or similar. ( I remember the issue they had with woodstove catalysts getting 'poisoned' when people burned newsprint in their stoves. ) the CO detectors are there for 'off-normal' conditions.





  • Seminole Wind
    11/13/2019 at 12:33 PM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    Coming from the Ministry I can tell you that for many people with a problem, " just talking it out" seems to help. For some folks it might be as simple as too much caffeine, stress, or a person who just doesn't see things their way. Many churches have now a program called " The Stephen Ministry" where trained lay persons act as Counselors. For me, just knowing that there is more to life than what we can sense is enough.





  • me2
    11/13/2019 at 12:29 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Adding to the above Medical Billing information. Establish a File of everything you get from the hospital. Even the post operative discharge paperwork. Keep it for at least a year AFTER you get a Paid in Full from the hospital. Yes you will have to ASK for that friends. Any mailings you get Keep them WITH the envelopes to show actual mailing dates. If your PO doesn't do this (I've seen bills with out a PO Date on the envelope) handwrite that information on the envelope. When I had surgery recently I had an interesting billing from Anesthesia almost a year AFTER the whole thing was resolved. Seems a bill for BOTH General and Spinal Anesthesia was billed for a surgery I KNOW professionally Cannot be done under Spinal.... Having that file shut down that "Collections Efforts" ASAP. My copy of the post operative orders proved I did not have a Spinal.... Mostly Hospitals do great work but times are tough and collections is tougher. Be prepared. That way if something "accidently" ends up in collections you have a valid paper trail.





  • chevy
    11/13/2019 at 12:06 PM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    There can be nutritional causes for depression, good to be knowledgeable of that and take steps to correct it. Alcoholism is often treated with Vitamin B and a good brisk walk will do wonders for those cranky moods that everyone gets. Another tip; don't get down on yourself for being in the dumps, it's okay, just work your way out.





  • me2
    11/13/2019 at 11:47 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    China DOES look forward to deal with oncoming problems. It's a sad thought that the USA doesn't as demonstrated by the elimination of the Grain Reserves in 2008 as to "Costly" to maintain. Really? Like hunger is priceless?? Or should I say worthless?? That's why Mrs. U and many others tell us to establish our own family Grain Reserve. Even if you cannot have chickens NOW I bet in times of distress you could TRADE for them with your reserve of corn? Food for thought, maybe food supply for Fore-Thought? Foods cheap today, don't wait until CNN warns the Sheeple that food Shortages are at hand....





  • me2
    11/13/2019 at 11:39 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis and friends. After surgery comes the ongoing waves of medical bills. Establish a friendly attitude with your Insurance people NOW. They are a wealth of good advice in how to establish Patient Advocacy to get better service for your family member. They can advise you IF you ask on how to force the Hospital to stay inside your Insurance Coverage. So often they use OUTSIDE providers to Read your tests and such and that cost if YOUR Responsibility. I've had to ask WHY MY Doctor couldn't read that X-Ray as he did FOR the Surgery so why did someone else get paid to do it again? A Polite Challenge can sometimes get a reversal of charges here. Also they can assist you with the waves of billings and how to READ those bills and see WHAT Not IF errors in Billing Occurs. Hospitals have almost totally stopped the Package Billing system. Department of Anesthesia Bills separate from Surgical Services, Skilled Nursing AKA the Recover room and floor nursing bills separate and so on. That many often OVERLAPPING charges can really add up unless politely challenged. OFTEN lately is an additional Billing code for Faculties Usage. The last one is REALLY BOGUS as they couldn't offer their services with out their "Facilities" but it's an attempt to pad the bill to pay for all the Free Care they have to give out. IF Challenged it's often removed as a "Curtsey". Billers are not rewarded for overbilling BUT they ARE punished for Under billing so read between the lines here friends. They are not evil just trying to keep their jobs following Orders and trying to read the chicken scratch of hurried Dr. reports even today with electronic paperwork. Hospitals ALSO often have a Sliding Scale set of rates for self pay items. BUT you have to ASK and Show Hardship to get a reevaluation of your bills. Be proactive in this friends, after they send it to a Bill Collection service it's a tad too late. And lately Hospitals have been really aggressive in this collection effort.





  • tmcgyver
    11/13/2019 at 11:28 AM
    We Are Entering A Period Of Extreme Ideologies | Be Prepared

    Dennis - It is funny isn't it? Even the most hateful people in this country struggle with hating President Reagan. On his passing, I left work early, got my kids out of school and went to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley as he laid in state. The line was eight hours long to walk past his casket. Not a word was spoken above a whisper. It's the only time in my adult life that I cried. Jeez, I'm welling up right now. What happened to us?





  • Lauren
    11/13/2019 at 11:26 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    I don't think that China is scrambling. They are making a strategic move ahead of the curve. They are buying up a great deal of meat worldwide. One article was a country in Africa that had sold off something like 80% of their donkeys and mules and the people were suddenly wondering what this meant, as the donkeys are part of the traditional life. Several south american countries are in the same situation, as China is paying a premium for all kinds of meat at the moment and they're scrambling to meet the increased demand. China, historically (unlike the modern US), has a habit of planning for the future. They had to pull something like 10,000 tons of pork from their reserves a month or two ago, and I think they see the writing on the wall. They're going to plan ahead as much as possible so they don't end up with revolution when the food shortages hit. The increased purchasing from outside China (for a country that has been largely self sustaining and has moved toward that goal in the last few decades) is documented and visible. Rice, corn, pork, every kind of meat they can get. I suspect that most of this is going into "reserves" to replace the meat they had to pull. If they stock up their reserves NOW, they don't have to panic in the future.





  • Jane Foxe
    11/13/2019 at 11:26 AM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    you're so right, about much in this post...and that "suck it up buttercup". and "Maybe if we dwell on those things too much, we’re not so happy" -- no need to "dwell" on those things....Just try to think of one small thing you can do about it regards yourself/your situation, and think happy about that. There's lots going on / wrong in the world. You are never going to be able to fix it all, so to speak. You can take small progress and one small improvement and be happy about same. Those who choose to be unhappy, will take the same incident and be miserable they did not "get it all", and as you say, try to carry on until all around them are miserable. I have noticed those unhappy folks/many unhappy folks really do seem to perk up when they accomplish making others miserable about some perceived problem.





  • Left Coast
    11/13/2019 at 11:25 AM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    Some people enjoy making others around them miserable. When these people get into a management position life of those around them gets very difficult.





  • me2
    11/13/2019 at 11:24 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Sorry me I seemed to have forgot the me2 this am. I blame coffee deprivation and maybe being cold from shoveling.





  • tmcgyver
    11/13/2019 at 11:20 AM
    Mr Heater Buddy Run Time | 1lb & 20lb Tanks

    Ken, That's exactly correct. CO detectors are just now being mandated for generators. But I've run Buddy heaters indoors for ten years or so. My CO detector, mere feet away never go above 1 ppm.





  • tmcgyver
    11/13/2019 at 11:18 AM
    Mr Heater Buddy Run Time | 1lb & 20lb Tanks

    That's right Mikie. The Buddy Heaters are raked back about 10 degrees with a radiant reflector. Floor never gets hot and I use three of them, inside the house, all winter long.





  • tmcgyver
    11/13/2019 at 11:15 AM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    Again we agree Kula my man. I used to be a very angry guy. Now I'm old and realize I'm going to die no matter what. Where is the sense in pushing it along and being miserable all the while. This Bud's for YOU, Mr. Ambivalence.





  • tmcgyver
    11/13/2019 at 11:10 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Bill's Horse: Do you have a source for that news about Chinese scrambling for food? I enjoyed two utterly massive meals today, finished dinner just a few minutes ago. One guy in our party did try to order a meat platter and he was advised: "Sorry, no pork." but that was it, he made do with steak, chicken and shrimp. Walked our factory today, lots of lower income folks. Everyone looked well fed. The lunch tables were piled with home cooked food. Truly, I wonder where this "news" comes from.





  • car guy
    11/13/2019 at 11:04 AM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    I tend to complain a lot but am generally happy. I consider it a game "who is the biggest idiot today". There are many examples to choose from. Some times things go wrong and I get frustrated but as you said I suck it up and go on. The best way to get back at some one that is trying to cause you trouble is to be happy in spite of them. Reality only counts for 10% my attitude counts for 90% to be happy.





  • Abe
    11/13/2019 at 10:50 AM
    Mr Heater Buddy Run Time | 1lb & 20lb Tanks

    I have a Mr.Buddy Heater in the shed I bought a while back to use when I go camping. Always been happy with it. Last night it got down to 24 and my Heat Pump froze up.I woke up freezing this morning. After putting on a jacket,I went to the shed and got the Mr.Buddy fired that little baby up and in no time I was warm. I am so happy I had it and would recommend having one alone with a generator for such emergency. All I can say today is "Thank You Mr.Buddy"





  • Kulafarmer
    11/13/2019 at 10:44 AM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    Yep! Im thinking its better to just smile, and cruise along. Not worth stressing over BS we have no or even little control over 😎🤙🏻





  • TXDAN
    11/13/2019 at 9:52 AM
    Survival Skills Of The Great Depression Era | What About The Next One?

    Modern Throwback, I too value my solitude more than anything else, relative's and other's tell me that I cannot just stay on my place and work, not socializing. I tell them the heck I can't, I have everything I want right here! The thing that peeve's me off trying to teach someone who will not even try to be self sufficient is that I have wasted my time. Time that I could have enjoyed more solitude. I do enjoy the elder folk's who drop by to see what I am up to because they tell me how their folk's did this or that and wished they had paid more attention to how thing's were done. I just stop what I am doing and listen to them because once they are gone it's like a book that was never written, will never be read. These elder folk's came from horse drawn day's to now. They are going fast, very few left and you realize that soon you will be the old guy with no one to tell thing's to. I will just keep on keeping on and be content with my doing's as a recluse, when something goes wrong I will ask myself "What'cha gonna do now" and I will come up with a solution. As far as quilting, the patience required and skill has always amazed me, have quilt's from both side's of the family,usually made for the newly married couples. Not only works of art, but for someone to take the time and work(There's that word again) to do this for you make's them invaluable, priceless heirloom's.





  • me
    11/13/2019 at 9:52 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Just a warming up from shoveling the driveway coffee in hand thought or two: If it's Important you get a HARD COPY yes? Do you have that Marriage Certificate somewhere in the "Cloud" or a Hard Copy? Divorce Decree, Birth Certificate? Important data for working that garden or fixing that water pump and so on needs to be Hard Copy. As our friends in California can tell you a loss of power makes your Smart Phone Apps and Computer files impossible to access. Also if there is a grid down situation for a long term will you NEED that information to keep the garden-homestead working well? I know I have several dirty finger Gardening notebooks and reference books like my Vet Medicine books around. Yes electronic storage is nice, Ken said it best when he answered about storage on the "Cloud" with "I don't trust distant servers I use Terabyte Memory Sticks and a back up one that I update monthly." ALSO how do you know the Time and or Date RIGHT NOW? I look at my computer or my phone yes? WHAT if it's Grid Down? Will you need that information? YES!! As a gardener so much of my garden work and seed starting depends on the date of desired planting and such. If your trying to Co-Ordinate something with a friend I.E. Meet me at Noon at the Coffee Shop or Bobs Stables... So what is YOUR Grid Down or WORSE Socialist deemed Non-Person with NO Electronic Access, No Banking, No Credit Cards and thus No Electricity (If you cannot pay that bill.....) way to know what date-time it is? Wind up watch helps BUT it's GOOD to have Sunrise time date information to check accuracy. Looking for ideas on how to generate calendars for years to come. The Aztec Priests made their living on knowing what date it was and when to plant the crops etc. Knowing when the last expected frost is due and such is IMPORTANT to success in food production. Off to scatter some sand on the icy bits.





  • chevy
    11/13/2019 at 9:47 AM
    Being Happy Is A Choice You Make

    And you do not need things or circumstances to provide happiness, it's an inside job.





  • Mikie
    11/13/2019 at 9:34 AM
    Mr Heater Buddy Run Time | 1lb & 20lb Tanks

    Floor doesn’t get warm let alone, hot.





  • Modern Throwback
    11/13/2019 at 8:31 AM
    Survival Skills Of The Great Depression Era | What About The Next One?

    I understand, TXDAN. Many of us find a peace and joy in working with our hands, and we value the results of our work. I personally enjoy solitude -- it is meditative and curative for me. When my hands are in the soil, or at a cutting board, or stitching with a needle, I am happiest. I seek quiet, not noise -- so for me, a phone or TV running in the background is mind-clutter. Even when out shopping, I find too much noise-racket and chaos. I guess these are a few of the laments of a recluse. When I am at the gym, I had real issues with the crappy "music" being played. Ear plugs solved that problem for me. LOL I used to teach a variety of fiber arts classes on-the-side, many were quilting classes. When students would look at some of my quilts, their first question was always, "How long did it take to make that?" And more than half of the students would say, "I'll NEVER be able to do that." So many people say "I can't do that" or "I don't want to" -- that's so defeatist! Many people worry about the "golden horde" and migration from urban to suburban to rural. I don't believe the majority of citified people will go more than a mile, MANY won't travel more than a few blocks. Some are too obese to walk far, but for most, they have been conditioned into dependency and apathy. They'll wait for someone to help them...





  • Red Dog Master
    11/13/2019 at 8:08 AM
    We Are Entering A Period Of Extreme Ideologies | Be Prepared

    My allegiance is with the Lawful, Patriotic, Constitution Minded CITIZENS OF THE USA. I do not give one $hi# about what NON CITIZENS OF THE USA think or say or whether they are offended by my Patriotism or not. It is apparent that most of the world hates the United States of America and thinks the problem with America is that there are too many Americans in the USA. They want to make the USA into the same S-Hole countries that they are from. My belief is ZERO immigration for at least 10 years until we can get rid of all of the illegals sucking off the system. More is definitely not better.





  • Seminole Wind
    11/13/2019 at 7:46 AM
    How Long Can Water Be Stored For? Is It Safe After 1 Year?

    Sorry Brother Prepper, I can't recall the name





  • tuesdayissoylentgreenday
    11/13/2019 at 6:56 AM
    How Long Can Water Be Stored For? Is It Safe After 1 Year?

    Good Plan Tom.





  • Mad Fab
    11/13/2019 at 12:03 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, I don't know how close u live to your son, but if needed, the America Cancer Society is an amazing resource. Counselors, rides to chemo/ radiation Dr appointment. Give the a call. American Cancer Society internet search should give ya a local number. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Again, don't forget to take care of you also. You seem to be the glue for your family, as was my dad, so you cannot let yourself get under the weather. Peace to you and your family. MadFab





  • Bill Jenkins Horse
    11/13/2019 at 12:01 AM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Me2, The Chinese are scrambling for food. They are buying up food from whoever will sell it. They see it coming... All is good til it isn't. It sure has my attention...





  • Mad Fab
    11/12/2019 at 11:57 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Mrs U, Thanks. I didn't think ya did think I would abuse the boys, but ya never know who may take a rant as what really happens. Was feeling so outnumbered the last couple of days, but no reason to blow my top. All it does is make me look scary to them and that is something they had too much if in their life without me adding to it. God grant me patience, and right now please, lol. Thanks Peace, MadFab





  • Antique Collector
    11/12/2019 at 11:52 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    me2 As #5 would say---need more input!! Found the book you mentioned and have it pinned to the task bar. Are there other pieces of data that you can pass along for reading. If an article is what this requires I can wait.





  • chevy
    11/12/2019 at 10:36 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    I was just reading the 50th anniversary issue of The Mother Earth News, brings back memories as I was there when it first came out and read every issue cover to cover at the time. That, along with The Whole Earth Catalog, planted the ideas of self-preparedness and reliance. Makes me think about modern survival blog, what it will be like on it's 50th anniversary.





  • Bill Jenkins Horse
    11/12/2019 at 10:22 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Me2, The pond design is doable. The rotation is smart. I will do some research on that...





  • NRP
    11/12/2019 at 10:11 PM
    We Are Entering A Period Of Extreme Ideologies | Be Prepared

    BTW: Someone mentioned the paragraph/sentence structure of it's comments, it's using voice recognition for the comments. So 2 minutes of speach takes a LOT of typing to respond. STOP feeding the trolls. Its a total waste of time. No mater what one says they are laughing at you and me for responding





  • hermit us
    11/12/2019 at 9:59 PM
    Survival Skills Of The Great Depression Era | What About The Next One?

    Joe c Grandparents who survived the wars and depression that I talked to and my parents talk to, really did not have a lot to say about just making it day by day. Work in rural America was from sunup to sundown, hunger, sickness, poverty, farming failures, ... large families to do the work necessary to eat. Some communities were more supportive of their neighbors that other more poor areas. I was fortunate to be part of some group co-operation, chicken processing, hog butchering, branding, haying, horse drawn mowing, stooking, threshing, ... by people working together. I don't see the skills, ability, motivation, equipment, knowledge, physical condition, ... of many born in this century to survive under depression circumstances. The grandparents wanted a better life for their children and it helped many achieve it. But as conveniences made life easier people forgot the basics and certainly did not ever want to go back to working the land. Too late now.





  • Bill Jenkins Horse
    11/12/2019 at 9:38 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Lauren, That's the key. We all will have to figure out what's best for us and our location. It will be harder for some than others due to their location/growing season. The plants are trying to figure it out too. We need to help them along. I always enjoy your updates on your experiments and what you are working on next. We learn by doing. I always appreciate folks who are willing to share their successes and failures. Sure shortens the learning curve.





  • me
    11/12/2019 at 9:32 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, Sounds like a good outcome. Recently went through a similar ordeal with DW except her tumor was in the right upper lung. Chemo afterwards as they found one lymph node in the lobe that had turned cancerous. This was after breast cancer 12 years ago. Her lung cancer and quite possibly the breast cancer were most likely linked to tobacco use. For those of you still using the weed please quit and certainly, the sooner the better. We both quit shortly after the breast cancer.





  • me2
    11/12/2019 at 9:30 PM
    We Are Entering A Period Of Extreme Ideologies | Be Prepared

    Dennis maybe because he-she-it is not the 60 years old they claim? After all if they were THEY WOULD remember the leftist hatred of Regan. Curiouser and curiouser said the Cheshire Cat as it slowly disappeared leaving only it's smile... I notice he-she-it still will not address our comments. I wonder how many of he-she-it's friends are laughing looking over the shoulder.





  • Bill Jenkins Horse
    11/12/2019 at 9:20 PM
    Single Burner Butane Stove Safer For Cooking Indoors

    Anni I personally have not seen an alcohol stove in a long time. I had one on my boat. Maybe you can look for one on the marine supply /boating pages. Just a thought...





  • Dennis
    11/12/2019 at 9:06 PM
    We Are Entering A Period Of Extreme Ideologies | Be Prepared

    Someone from Canada must of missed the huge swearing in as citizens ceremony last week of immigrant U.S. service members (veterans). Also must of missed the firing of Canadian hockey coaching/broadcasting legend Don Cherry. His sin? He expressed disgust for hockey players who refused to wear a symbolic poppy flower in honor of Canadian veterans (evidently a long standing tradition of showing respect). He was fired because of fear his voicing his concern would offend who? Conservatives? I doubt that. Socialists?.........I'll let y'all decide. Trump never wore black face...........that would be racist, especially for a president.........unless of course you're a socialist Canadian president.





  • Jerry MD
    11/12/2019 at 8:59 PM
    What To Store In A Faraday Cage For EMP Protection?

    An overlooked question is how long does one need to keep items protected in Faraday cage? I have heard that there is some risk of delayed second EMP from high altitude nuclear blast by an american adversary to destroy the few electronics that have been removed from protection for use. I would also think that multiple smaller faraday cage containers of electronics would allow one to retrieve some items without risk of exposing all the protected electronics. I keep a few throw away solar calculators in insulated cookie tins and will open them first and if they continue to work then I would have more confidence that it is safe to open more protected supplies.





  • Dennis
    11/12/2019 at 8:25 PM
    We Are Entering A Period Of Extreme Ideologies | Be Prepared

    NRP, me2, tmcgyver, Funny, he says he didn't feel the same about Reagan as he does Trump. I remember well, the leftists saying much the same things about Reagan as they do now about Trump. History proved their dire predictions wrong (as history has proven repeatedly that leftist ideology always leaves desolation in it's wake....always.....without a single exception). Left wing democrats and Washington bureaucrats hated Reagan. He has gone down in history as the standard that all presidents are measured against. That bodes well for Trump. A man is known for his friends.......and for his enemies. I would be doing some serious soul searching if Schiff, Schumer, Pelosi, or any of those like them called me their friend.





  • me2
    11/12/2019 at 7:44 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Good news Dennis but I will keep him and your family in prayers.





  • Max & Agent 99
    11/12/2019 at 7:40 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    my last comment was meant for BJH





  • Max & Agent 99
    11/12/2019 at 7:38 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Sounds to me like you might want to solicit Ken for a guest article spot on this exact topic?





  • chevy
    11/12/2019 at 7:31 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    me2 we are very close to the farm fields he talks about, in fact right in them and I am told by others that he is very accurate.





  • Joe c
    11/12/2019 at 7:28 PM
    We Are Entering A Period Of Extreme Ideologies | Be Prepared

    Dis gusting Ohh and the war monuments were still there? The craze has been lately to tear them all down.....ya know...that nasty history part of our nation...spray paint graffiti Cinco de mayonnaise and all that crap. Ummm, prior to TRUMP





  • D B Cooper
    11/12/2019 at 7:18 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis Praying for your son My wife had the same thing back in June swelling in neck, antibiotics didn’t work so they took her tonsils out Thankfully hers wasn’t cancerous Will keep you and yours in my daily prayers





  • tmcgyver
    11/12/2019 at 7:14 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, Your 2019 is starting to look frighteningly like my 1995. No need for details in public forum, but I'm feeling every one of your words brother. May God bless, protect and comfort you and yours during this time of great tribulation.





  • Joe c
    11/12/2019 at 6:59 PM
    Survival Skills Of The Great Depression Era | What About The Next One?

    Hermit us Mmmm I'm not thinking the so much the rich part, or growing seasons, community maybe. Wish my parents and grandma was still around to ask of those questions as they mean of such more now. Both sides of grandparents were poor. But made do of the depression. A little set back, but life no different than the norm, during that era. My grandma traveled up here in a covered wagon. My Gramps would walk miles to hitch a ride to work 50 miles away from home to provide for a family of nine + the farm. Grams saved everything. Bread ties, rubber bands cooked, canned, butchered , etc. I could write a book, but bottom line is those well off will never know what to do, in a time of crisis. Pampered, snotnosed persons will fail. Those that have been through battles. Kept the family knowledge passed down-. though not asked, but observed, within our lifetimes. Those of them that were ashamed to teach, recall, reminisce of their tuff times, thru certain eras, as they wanted better lives for their children, wanting better than they had it. We are well above those that have everything.





  • Anni
    11/12/2019 at 6:54 PM
    Single Burner Butane Stove Safer For Cooking Indoors

    I am looking for something LIKE Origo 3000. Only ALCOHOL! We have babies and 'some' carbon-monoxide and or 'some' flairs are not an option. I wish someone would give an honest, no bull, answer as to where we could find and buy one. This is frustrating, just saying.





  • NormlChuck
    11/12/2019 at 6:35 PM
    How Long Can Water Be Stored For? Is It Safe After 1 Year?

    Can you tell me what the product that you purchased on Amazon was?





  • hermit us
    11/12/2019 at 6:28 PM
    We Are Entering A Period Of Extreme Ideologies | Be Prepared

    disgusted I believe that you will see the results of the investigations into Trump in the next few months. Unfortunately, it will be years to uncover the corruption by the deep state. The November election should produce a majority Republican house and Presidency. Then you will realize the support Trump has for the US to resist socialism/globalism and favor nationalism. This system has produced the best living for millions and socialism has killed millions. I can not begin to fathom how many traitors have wormed their way into the three letter agencies and the State Department. All fighting Trump to keep their gravy train going - How do politicians become multi millionaires being in office? So, wait for the facts and quit trying to use baseless talking points to smear the only President to take on the career corrupt politicians and ever-more controlling bureaucrats.





  • Mrs. U
    11/12/2019 at 6:25 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Dennis, hope all will be well. There is good research on Iscador/mistletoe for cancer also. Will treat the whole human as well as the cancer. Just an idea.





  • Tom MacGyver
    11/12/2019 at 6:23 PM
    How Long Can Water Be Stored For? Is It Safe After 1 Year?

    If the SHTF, the last thing you want is a case of the squirts! My plan will be to boil the stored water, treat it with chlorine, and run it through a filter. Why take the chance when you don't have to? Oh; and the squirts; antidiarrheal; reeeally important...





  • Mrs. U
    11/12/2019 at 6:20 PM
    Open Forum & Off-Topic Conversation

    Thank You Veteran. Very interesting information.