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11-25-2018 04:13 PM
BadgeBunny I come back and read from time to time -- it keeps me on top of my own stuff and reminds me to "use it or lose it" when it comes to both the "hard" (supplies) and "soft" (skills) of being prepared.

Thank you, MTShawn, AGAIN for a spectacular contribution to SB.
11-22-2018 09:16 PM
Marjorie semi-annual review, and bump for whome71

MTShawn, would still love an update and another thread on restocking.

Veges are definitely my weak point in LTS.
05-18-2018 06:44 PM
Marjorie semi-annual review and bump

Way back in the beginning of the thread, MTShawn you wrote:

No ketchup? we made it, no mayo? we made it. (powdered whole egg is pasteurized, no need to worry about salmonella). No mustard? we made it. No flour? we ground it. ( found some tricks with that as well. We will go into that in the next thread. ) No whipped cream? we can make that too from fat free milk powder. No egg noodles? make them.
Do you remember the tricks you found for grinding flour, or how to make whipped cream from fat free milk powder?
11-03-2017 08:38 PM
RufusJ MT Shawn, prayers on the way for your mother and you. This is a hard valley to walk through but you will get through it.
11-03-2017 08:28 PM
MTShawn Thanks for keeping this on my mind. I have lots to tell about this crazy journey. Our goals remain the same although many things are different now. Right now I am off to Seattle as my Mom is close to passing. She has been terminal for some time but, it is one prep that I found no reasonable way to prep for. Being the oldest Son is a hard load to bare sometimes. Some prayers and good thoughts are a welcome respite, mostly for her.

Large projects at work have finished, days before the Montana Winter hits in earnest. So, when my trip to Seattle is finished, I will be able to start writing again.
Peace to all,
11-01-2017 11:55 PM
hope2learn Got an email letting me know this thread had activity. Glad to see it's still active. MTShawn, you said you were involved in a relief project for Houston - thanks for doing that. I live three miles from downtown Houston and the Buffalo Bayou that managed to over flow and flood such a large area. The campus that my company is on has five buildings on had flooding in all but one building. We still aren't in our building which should be available in November. All the employees in the other four buildings are unable to access their offices. No access to all my cleverly set up files with all the information in them. My group got setup in the unaffected building. We had some offices cubicles even so people are having to share their space - only come in two or three days so that someone else can use it the rest of the time. One of my co workers who lives in Cypress, Texas did not get any flooding at their home but had to take in some friends who were forced to evacuate their home. They had stocked up after I gave her some advice (wife and husb originally from african country and had been working and living in California until she got offered transfer to job here in Houston). I gave them hurricane preparedness advice about three weeks before Harvey came through - what a coincidence.) By the time it was her turn to come into the office three weeks had gone by. With three more people (total of six) she was by now almost out of food and her nearby stores had limited amounts. Fortunately the two Krogers around the campus were fully stocked up and she replenished her supplies. What a way to learn about staying prepared.
10-30-2017 01:45 AM
Issani Took me a year to find this list again. Thank you so much for sharing it! It is incredibly useful info. Hope things are working out for you!
09-06-2017 03:24 PM
14arris88 That is one awesome list

Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G950F met Tapatalk
09-06-2017 03:23 PM
Marjorie A couple times a year I come back to this thread and review my preps
09-05-2017 10:18 PM
MTShawn Well, I guess I will have to update and do what I said I would. I am kinda busy working on a relief project for Houston and now wherever Irma hits so, I won't be able to start my new thread until that is settled.

Special thanks to Marjorie for bringing this old thread back up. It has been a CRAZY few years; some good and some bad. Moved several times, switched jobs a few times, I am excited to share and get back into this story. People mentioned a book before, well, I may have enough now for a tale.

I forgot about Photobucket screwing up hosting ($$$$$$), so I will have to move the pics and get them back up ASAP.

Love you all.
09-05-2017 04:22 PM
Marjorie bump bump bump
01-21-2017 10:26 PM
RufusJ Awesome, awesome thread. Thank you so much for all you've written here.
01-12-2017 09:23 PM
BiBo I really enjoyed reading this! Great job! Thanks for sharing.
10-26-2016 10:06 PM
bestfriendroo Love this thread. Bump
10-25-2016 09:17 PM
Surveyor A very good post with very good info. Thanks!
07-19-2016 06:49 AM
Originally Posted by Reality Begins View Post
Forgive my ignorance, but what is opsec?
Operational Security..keep your preps and prepping efforts to yourself. Most of us can't feed the neighbor's or the kids' bffs too. For instance, just yesterday, my 17 year old son told me that the family down the street are preppers...their dd told hm her parents bought her a 'freak out bag.' This means he has told her and the neighbor girl up the street about the food in our basement. I don't know the prepper family at all, and only vaguely kniow the other family..but their daughter is the kind who would be a huge problem. Very pushy young lady. Damage is done, but I need to talk to my kids about OPSEC.
07-19-2016 06:23 AM
Reality Begins Forgive my ignorance, but what is opsec?
07-14-2016 05:32 AM
bunkerbuster Not often do I read through every page of a LONG thread.
This is one of the few exceptions.

MTShawn, you deserve a lot of high 5's.............

You are just the kind of people that would be welcome at our BOL.

Excellent thread to open the eyes of the newbies & 90 day people.

The common denominator being planning, patience, frugality, skill, prep's, love, a great wife & children.

I am an old hand (born/raised off-grid in Alaska) where if you didn't prep for winter, you starved out.

Own free & clear an 18.86 acre isolated, off-grid defensible, relatively sustainable BOL with roof & storage, water, 2.5KW hydropower, root cellars, fenced pasture, garden space for the family that's been 2+ decades in the building/supplying.

Even so, I learned a few things from you.

I am short on aluminum foil.
Next trip to cash & carry going to purchase multiples of these.

Also a case of these;

We butcher/store (freeze) a considerable amount of meat every year, so have a good system.

That cling wrap is industrial grade, about 1500 feet, the kind you wrap pallets with. Have used it for impromptu baggies before with Ikea bag clips.

Same goes for 1500 ft freezer bag tube rolls, heavy mil, and with a vacuum pump & sealer you can really store meat well frozen.

A number of years ago at a salvage/surplus place, ran into windfall & bought a heaping pick-truck load of these odd-ball 4 gallon food grade mini drums, which we use for a lot of food storage.

Bulk food we store in food grade 55G steel drums.

07-14-2016 02:29 AM
junglecrawler That was educational reading. Your riding through hard times have helped so many of us here.
07-14-2016 01:04 AM
hope2learn I am going to have to say that is one of the best threads I have subscribed to. I think this is better than the post-apocalyptic survival stores I download to my Kindle simply because this thread is from real life. Living about 50 miles from Galveston, Texas means I should be prepared and that means I need to learn from these threads. Thanks.
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