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Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion Yesterday, 09:06 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 17,121
Posted By IceFire
One more prep I'm getting ready to make...a few...

One more prep I'm getting ready to make...a few pigs. Two for a breeding pair, and one to raise for meat. Figure we'll only need the one "feeder, as the offspring of the breeding pair will keep us...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-11-2020, 11:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 838
Posted By IceFire
It varies with insect type. Grasshoppers,...

It varies with insect type.

Grasshoppers, way lower than the last few years.

Bees, decent number

Fire ants, LOTS of them, although I've been working at reducing their numbers

Flies -...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-11-2020, 11:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,036
Posted By IceFire
I don't mow or weedwhack, if I can help it.....

I don't mow or weedwhack, if I can help it.. That's what the cattle and goats are for. Had a friend comment how nice and even the grass/weeds were. The "self propelled mowers" do a great job mowing...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-11-2020, 10:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 573
Posted By IceFire
If limited to 3 types: Chickens - eggs and...

If limited to 3 types:

Chickens - eggs and meat. While turkeys are larger/more meat, chickens lay more eggs, and can reproduce more rapidly.

Goats - milk, meat, and fiber; depending on the...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-11-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 991
Posted By IceFire
Subaru Forester for the daily driver. Good...

Subaru Forester for the daily driver. Good capacity for hauling groceries and multiple 50-lb sacks of animal/poultry feed. Can also tow the Utility trailer.
Pickup truck for hauling (hay, building...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-11-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 371
Posted By IceFire
In addition to the books already mentioned, here...

In addition to the books already mentioned, here are a few more:

Where There is no Doctor
Where There is No Dentist
Merck Veterinary Manual
Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game
The various...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-11-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 713
Posted By IceFire
When we bought this property, the former...

When we bought this property, the former residents (renters) had left 6 or 7 of the 20 lb tanks behind (they had been using those for YEARS to fuel the water heater rather than get the big 320 gallon...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-10-2020, 10:13 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
A couple of cattle would take care of the mowing...

A couple of cattle would take care of the mowing for you. Plus, they're steak on the hoof. Mine keep everything trimmed down. I call them my "self-propelled lawnmowers. They also fertilize as they...
Forum: Coronavirus 08-09-2020, 09:18 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,966
Posted By IceFire
Ewwww! Bet that was a mess!

Ewwww! Bet that was a mess!
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-09-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 17,121
Posted By IceFire
Have a 24.8 cu ft chest freezer on order. Ordered...

Have a 24.8 cu ft chest freezer on order. Ordered it in July. Should have it in Sept. Once I have it, then I can finish stocking up on the meats, as the new freezer will be for beef and pork, while...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-09-2020, 07:30 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,948
Posted By IceFire
Of COURSE. Otherwise, people would be able to...

Of COURSE. Otherwise, people would be able to fight back WHEN (NOT if) the extremists launch their Jihad to take over the country and impose Sharia law on EVERYONE. Because that IS their ultimate...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-09-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Added a 50 foot roll of 4 foot high chicken wire...

Added a 50 foot roll of 4 foot high chicken wire to the cattle panel perimeter fencing around the chicken coop/run setup. While the cattle panels alone plus the space inside between the exterior...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 08-09-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,577
Posted By IceFire
Same here. Have multiple "Swingaway" manual can...

Same here. Have multiple "Swingaway" manual can openers, as well as numerous P-38s (had gotten a 100-pack) I put one under the plastic lid of each and every can of the LTS storage items; 1 on my key...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-09-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Just don't "overdo" with the electrolyte powders,...

Just don't "overdo" with the electrolyte powders, though. Too much CAN cause an electrolyte imbalance, which CAN lead to kidney stones. Ask me how I know :xeye:
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-08-2020, 10:06 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
You did a nice job with that!

You did a nice job with that!
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-08-2020, 10:02 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Did some "rearranging" with the poultry this...

Did some "rearranging" with the poultry this morning. Moved the 6 largest turkey poults over with the big turkeys this morning. Moved the 2 RIR hens into the smaller setup with the 2 Speckled Sussex...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-08-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,680
Posted By IceFire
Back in '95, when our house was made temporarily...

Back in '95, when our house was made temporarily unlivable due to a severe thunderstorm and tornado (as we were on our way back from 3 1/2 years overseas - we had rented it out while we were gone) we...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-08-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,392
Posted By IceFire
I think that a lot of the underwear manufacturers...

I think that a lot of the underwear manufacturers are busy making masks instead of skivvies. I know that Hanes has been cranking out masks, and they seem to be the same material as the underwear (ant...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-08-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,579
Posted By IceFire
Sooooo…, I went to Walmart.com. Most of what I...

Sooooo…, I went to Walmart.com. Most of what I wanted was "in store only" or "out of stock" about the only thing they DID have that I was looking for was the Lava soap...and the shipping would have...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-08-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,750
Posted By IceFire
I have to wonder about churches like that. My...

I have to wonder about churches like that. My Church WELCOMES military and law enforcement folks, both active and former (and there are a LOT of us). We also have a few folks who are more or less...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-08-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,579
Posted By IceFire
I went to WW last month - first time I'd been in...

I went to WW last month - first time I'd been in there since March - and only went because there are a few items (the particular toothpaste husband uses, the body wash I use, and the cat's food) that...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-07-2020, 09:27 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Move the 5 black and white chicks from the one...

Move the 5 black and white chicks from the one coop/run to the one next door, with the rest of the black and white chickens (Barred rock and Silver-laced Wyandotte) to free up a little bit of room....
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-06-2020, 09:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,120
Posted By IceFire
We have both owls and hawks in my area. To keep...

We have both owls and hawks in my area. To keep my chickens and turkeys save, I took the framework of canopy covers for dog runs and attached them at around the center of the runs, to support the...
Forum: New Member Introduction 08-06-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 476
Posted By IceFire
Welcome from the far SE corner of the state!

Welcome from the far SE corner of the state!
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-05-2020, 08:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 959
Posted By IceFire
I grew them at our old house in town. Watch where...

I grew them at our old house in town. Watch where you plant them, because they WILL take over! Any part you leave in the ground when you harvest will grow a new plant, and they WILL spread. They can...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-05-2020, 08:18 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
I've had that done. Bilateral. Did both hands at...

I've had that done. Bilateral. Did both hands at once. Had it done on a Friday, was back to work on Monday. The relief was enormous! (Since I work in IT, I use my hands ALL the time! The pain before...
Forum: Food and water 08-04-2020, 10:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,140
Posted By IceFire
For "dry goods" I store various grains (wheat,...

For "dry goods" I store various grains (wheat, oats/oatmeal, barley, amaranth, quinoa, etc.) several varieties of dried beans (pinto, kidney, white, garbanzo, red, black, and tepary) and lentils,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-04-2020, 10:26 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,750
Posted By IceFire
We have a similar sub-group in my small Church....

We have a similar sub-group in my small Church. It may just be our area, but our Church has high percentage of those who "prep", and many us are current or former military and/or LEO of one sort or...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-04-2020, 09:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,741
Posted By IceFire
Of course not, because THAT little factoid...

Of course not, because THAT little factoid doesn't fit with their narrative/agenda.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-04-2020, 08:12 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Went and picked up 3 dozen canning jars from a...

Went and picked up 3 dozen canning jars from a lady who is moving and didn't want to haul them with her. 15 half-gallon sized jars (they sell for about $13 for a box of 6), a dozen quart jars (mix of...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-04-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
The bows? Yes. The shooter? Depends on the...

The bows? Yes. The shooter? Depends on the shooter. Some shooters will have no problem making a shot like that. Other shooters, not so much. Practice helps. A LOT!
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-03-2020, 10:53 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,860
Posted By IceFire
We should be so lucky! Personally, I think...

We should be so lucky!

Personally, I think that 2021 has the potential to be a total sh*t show, both politically AND economically. That's one of the reasons I'm busting my butt to pay off as much...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-03-2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Just some info for you on Jerusalem Artichoke. It...

Just some info for you on Jerusalem Artichoke. It IS a member of the sunflower family, but as I noted, the edible part is the tubers that form. Although people DO plant them, they also grow wild,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-03-2020, 09:09 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Since I had to make a trip into town this evening...

Since I had to make a trip into town this evening to drop of the mortgage payment on the property and make my MC payment, I sopped and made an overdue service appointment for the car.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-03-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
The universe was DEFINITELY telling you that you...

The universe was DEFINITELY telling you that you were NOT meant to mow!

Oh, and those sunflower-like things growing in the ditch sound a LOT like they could be "sunchokes", or "Jerusalem...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-01-2020, 11:11 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Made 32 breakfast burritos this morning, then...

Made 32 breakfast burritos this morning, then this afternoon made 3 batches of mozzarella and a batch of ricotta with the whey left over from making the mozzarella. That used up 3 gallons of milk,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-01-2020, 11:05 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Sounds like a bandwidth issues. Military...

Sounds like a bandwidth issues. Military installations are notorious for having lousy bandwidth. And the more people are trying to do anything online, the more "lag time" you get because of...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-31-2020, 10:24 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Added more money to the "cash stash." A few...

Added more money to the "cash stash."

A few of my orders came in. 2 replacement batteries for my cell phone...got one charged and in the phone already. Will charge the 2nd one tonight. They each...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-30-2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Now THAT's what I need for clearing the mesquite!

Now THAT's what I need for clearing the mesquite!
Forum: Food and water 07-30-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 413
Posted By IceFire
For storing mushrooms, I either slice them or cut...

For storing mushrooms, I either slice them or cut them into pieces, then dehydrate and store in a mason jar. I have an attachment on my Foodsaver that will suck the air out of canning jars, so that's...
Forum: Food and water 07-30-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By IceFire
I use an Excel spreadsheet that I created, as it...

I use an Excel spreadsheet that I created, as it is easier for me to tailor the spreadsheet to our specific uses. It's really fairly simple to do.
Forum: Food and water 07-30-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,249
Posted By IceFire
Sam's and Costco both ship non-perishable grocery...

Sam's and Costco both ship non-perishable grocery items. Since we've had to deal with travel restrictions because of COVID due to working for the local military base, I haven't been able to make the...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-30-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Those odd-shaped ice cube trays are so you can...

Those odd-shaped ice cube trays are so you can make ice cylinders to put in your water or soda bottles. Think I still have one of those around here somewhere
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-29-2020, 09:18 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
Went into town for my annual skin cancer...

Went into town for my annual skin cancer screening skin check this afternoon. (given the family history, it's a VERY important prep!) Afterward, braved WM (had to get some cortisone 10 ointment and...
Forum: Coronavirus 07-28-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 3,241
Views: 297,234
Posted By IceFire
Centennial is a variety I haven't grown....

Centennial is a variety I haven't grown. Varieties I currently grow are:

Cascade (The top producer and grower so far - we've already gotten one harvest of cones off the bines, and there are more...
Forum: Coronavirus 07-27-2020, 10:53 PM
Replies: 3,241
Views: 297,234
Posted By IceFire
Two things are the primary factors in the taste...

Two things are the primary factors in the taste of the beers. 1. the particular grains/malts used in the wort, and 2. the variety/amount of hops. Different varieties of hops have differing levels of...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-27-2020, 09:46 PM
Replies: 41,672
Views: 6,076,521
Posted By IceFire
I have a couple of those. Great for camping, or...

I have a couple of those. Great for camping, or SHTF.
Forum: Coronavirus 07-27-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 4,017
Views: 188,672
Posted By IceFire
Th over the counter stuff doesn't do squat for...

Th over the counter stuff doesn't do squat for me. The Mucinex D, however, has pseudoephedrine in it, which is why it's behind the pharmacy counter and you have to sign for it...to make it harder for...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-27-2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 17,121
Posted By IceFire
NO high rises in my area, or in the nearest town...

NO high rises in my area, or in the nearest town (11 miles away.) Nearest bus stop is also 11 miles away (at the hospital) Everyone out here is several hundred feet behind fences and (mostly) locked...
Forum: Coronavirus 07-27-2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 4,017
Views: 188,672
Posted By IceFire
That's why I always try to keep plenty of Mucinex...

That's why I always try to keep plenty of Mucinex D (the other types just DON'T do the job, so it's worth having to sign for it at the pharmacy counter) on hand.
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