2017 Personal Preps

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2017 Personal Preps

Postby Watchman » 06 Jan 2017, 14:43

Let's go!
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty." - Proverbs 22:3
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Re: 2017 Personal Preps

Postby Toepopper » 07 Jan 2017, 10:21

We are having an unusual cold snap here in Oregon with lots of snow. I had to make a sled/toboggan to slide firewood from woodshed to house and use strap on ice cleats so as not to slip on the ice covered hillside. What a pain in the butt. Using lots of firewood to stay warm but I have 7 dry cords on hand ready to burn. Can't get much done outside so I am concentrating on re-organizing canned food stores and re-assessing bug out bags and other equipment.
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Re: 2017 Personal Preps

Postby Watchman » 08 Jan 2017, 07:00

Well Toepopper it looks like the unusual cold spell migrated to the High Plains of Wyoming! For twenty years I have been reflecting on whether all the preps were realistic or worth it. Last night we were tested again and I am happy to say we survived. When I went to bed it was -20 degrees. As fate would have it we lost power all night long. The wood stove kept us in comfort and I used my strike-anywhere matches to light the gas to make a cup of coffee. What else could one ask for? Power came back on about 45 minutes ago. It has taught us a lesson that we have to do some updating and fine-tuning. One other thing that came in real handy was about 8 months ago I went to China Mart and found some really GOOD $1 LED flashlights. They take 3 AAA batteries. We bought enough of them to hang on a nail at every doorway in the house and for our pockets. None of us are ever more than about 5 steps away from a light. I bought cheap Dollar Tree batteries (6 to a pack for a dollar). Have had them in storage for a year and the lights worked all night long and are still strong. :cowboy:
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Re: 2017 Personal Preps

Postby Watchman » 17 Feb 2017, 16:14

Our water resources are fair to adequate, depending on how many are at the Last Outpost. We have a very large Berkey with the new black filters that [supposedly] filter out micro-organisms as well as sediment and other solid particles. We also keep 60 cases of bottled water that is NOT touched for any reason during the year. When a year has passed for the stored water, we refrigerate it and drink it so it doesn't get stale - I'm still not convinced that plastic is good for the innards. At any rate, when we start drinking the stored water we also buy new water. Today I went to our local Smith's and bought 60 cases of Kroger bottled water. Normally it is 4 cases for $10 then it went to 3 cases for $10, a price increase. Today we got it at $1.88 a case on sale; on top of that there was an event savings of a further $3.00 per 6 cases. I think I had it figured correctly that we saved almost $80 for the lot. Savings under the mattress! :cowboy:
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Re: 2017 Personal Preps

Postby Toepopper » 18 Feb 2017, 15:15

Have you ever considered refilling your empty water containers? Some brands are ultra thin plastic designed for a use once, throw away application but others like Sam's Choice are a little bit thicker and will withstand refilling. I have done this more as an experiment than anything else, to see if this process is feasible and have had no leaks yet. Have had an unopened case of store bought water from Costco sitting on a shelf for 9 years, in a cool dry area that gets no sunlight and the plastic bottles have held up.
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Re: 2017 Personal Preps

Postby Watchman » 18 Feb 2017, 17:22

Yes, yes, and yes. We have two gallon glass jugs with spigots that we use for "lite" drinking (such as a small glass). I hate to keep bringing up Smith's but a couple of months ago they had a "Taste of Italy' sale and sold big (1.5 L) bottles of San Pelegrino mineral water and were selling it two for $2. We didn't buy any and most Americans don't drink mineral water = we do, but we waited until the sale was over. San Pelegrino comes in a green glass bottle, very desirable for refilling. But, we waited it out. And then one day Smith's marked them down to 10 cents a bottle. My wife caught it just as they were putting it up and bought 4 cases (12 to a case). She actually pissed another shopper off, but all's fair in love, war and prepping. The plastic bottled water is an emergency back-up. We store it in the basement where it is cool and no sunlight. When we begin filtering water again to fill the glass bottles, the green will keep out the bacteria from growing. In the meantime, while we finish up last year's water, I have about 100 glass bottles siting in the garage for my use. Mineral water does hydrate you (same as beer) I take a quart jar with a handle, squeeze one fresh lemon and fill it up with mineral water. My doctor said it was one of the best things I could drink instead of soda. See, I've been drinking so much mineral water ........Ciao, Bella! :cowboy:
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Re: 2017 Personal Preps

Postby Watchman » 17 Apr 2017, 06:34

Catch of the week: Wife came home from Wally (they hardly ever have deep cuts on food) with 78 packages of Starkist tuna that normally sell for a buck each - she got them for .25 each. I asked her to check the expiration date first and they were all over two years.
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