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Got all the crap out of the garden and back yard that was littering all over from the wind storms a while back. Planning-out the garden today. It will start with lots of tomatoes for canning. You can almost never have too many and they keep nicely if stored right. They enhance most dishes if used right.

"Threw money" at my sweet wife to go out and get us stocked-up on feminine items. They last forever and will be indispensible for our ladies. She wasn't happy about going out in public and carrying all that "stuff" out. I told her that if it gives her qualms, multiply it by many times and she'd know how I'd feel if it was me. Made up for it by cooking her a nice "breakfast food" meal for dinner.

She used more money I threw at her for 36 cans of decent brand kippers. You don't appreciate them as much until you're out.

Received the 1K of 9 X 18 ammo and took some out this Morning to run through the new little carry pistol. Filled a 1-1/2 liter-size bottle with range brass I found while out there. Nice stuff too, mostly.
Do you pick the green tomatoes that have faded to the whitish shade at the end of the year to store? I find wrapping each in a sheet of newspaper and storing single layer in a cool dark part of the house allows them to ripen slowly thru the winter. Not as great tasting as vine ripened but still useable. Just take a peek at them once every week or two to remove any that started rotting or are ready to eat!
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I stocked 571,593 gallons of water today.

Ok, so I didn't actually do anything, mother nature did all the work. We recently had a pond dug on our family farm in Southern Oklahoma and we got a pretty good amount of rainfall today with more still on the way. The pond was bone dry yesterday but I went out to check on it and was surprised to see water already pouring over the spillway. The land that it was dug on has a good slope to it with a couple of ditches that drain into it, but I never expected it to fill up in just one day.

Here are some numbers for the math gurus out there. My pond is 133 feet wide and about 11 feet deep. Due to the sloped banks of the pond, I figured an average dept of about 5.5 feet. The equation to figure out how many gallons of water there are in a round pond is:

3.14159265 X (1/2 the diameter x 1 /2 the diameter) x depth x 7.48052 = gallons
3.14159265 X (66.5 x 66.5) x 5.5 x 7.48052 = gallons
3.14159265 X 4422.25 X 5.5 X 7.48052 = gallons
13892.9080964625 X 5.5 X 7.48052 = gallons
76410.99453054375 X 7.48052 = gallons
571,593 = gallons

Also, there are 8.34 pounds in one gallon of water. The weight of water added to my pond today was 4.76 MILLION pounds. It's hard to imagine such an enormous amount of weight can fall right out of the sky on such a small area.

I figured I'd share this information since a stock tank can a valuable resource in a survival situation.
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1. We produced our first small batch of black powder. I always knew all the pigeon poop in the barn and two old silos would be useful for something...

2. I purchased four cap 'n ball revolvers a while back. My gunsmith tuned all of them and gave me smooth single stage triggers at 3.5lbs.

3. Last, I was able to borrow an old Forster "Tap 'O Cap" tool for making your own percussion caps yesterday. My #4 son the budding millwright is going to mike the pieces, write a decent program, and make us several of them. He is also in process of figuring how to cold roll .011" sheets of aluminum to about .004" so we can make our own caps.

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25 lbs. of salt. $3.88 at Sam's.

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Went to Cash and Carry and came home with bulk bags and boxes of custard powder, maize cornflour, self raising flour. Huge jars of ranch dressing that were very cheap as they were near end time but my son goes through so much that it does not worry me. Got big bags of bay leaves to put with my flour storage and a huge bag of ginger powder for making ginger beer. Got a lot of cocoa powder as well. Need to have the chocolate fix in the form of drinks, biscuits, cakes and frostings.
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dehydrated lots and lots of bananas...it was quite nice in my home for a few hours as it kind of smelled like a huge banana milkshake! Cleaned up the garage, making more room for organizing preps
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12lbs assorted pasta. One canister itlaian seasoning and one canister cajun seasonin. Two more cans salmon.
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Bought fittings for the rain barrel. My diverter came by FedEx this morning and father-in-law is coming next week to plumb it all in so I'm collecting the parts. He's going to plumb a line that runs down into my laundry room so I can run rainwater into the washing machine!!

Picked up a gallon of #1 kerosene, too, just to have.

Husband surprised me when I mentioned to him that I just learned that Morton water softer salt (not pellets, just loose salt) is just sea salt, no additives, and could be used for pickling or making ice cream, and he said, "That's a good item to have on hand for emergencies." I never know what to make of that man.

But I'll keep him.
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I just got home [taking a break] from loading up 3/4 tonne of horse manure in my pickup.

This afternoon I will be shoveling it onto our strawberry and blueberry beds.

This is the third pickup load I have gotten this spring, 6 - 8 remaining that I need to get.
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Bought fittings for the rain barrel. My diverter came by FedEx this morning and father-in-law is coming next week to plumb it all in so I'm collecting the parts. He's going to plumb a line that runs down into my laundry room so I can run rainwater into the washing machine!!

Picked up a gallon of #1 kerosene, too, just to have.

Husband surprised me when I mentioned to him that I just learned that Morton water softer salt (not pellets, just loose salt) is just sea salt, no additives, and could be used for pickling or making ice cream, and he said, "That's a good item to have on hand for emergencies." I never know what to make of that man.

But I'll keep him.
what a great idea to use your rainwater for your washer. Also good tip on the water softner salt. thanks
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Just unloaded all my ebay items out of my car. These were at our other house and we moved them here. Now I can try to make a little money to decrease that debt.

Got my swing away can opener in the mail. Going to mount that baby right by my stove.

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Nothing special today, just a few items for my med kit!
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25# of sugar and the containers to store it in.
Jar inventory for preparation of canning smoked salmon. 200 Ball jars and lids
Smoked 25 pounds of King salmon, then vacuum packed it
Ate 5 lbs of smoked fish
Going fishing tomorrow for more smoking fodder!!!!
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I just got home [taking a break] from loading up 3/4 tonne of horse manure in my pickup.

This afternoon I will be shoveling it onto our strawberry and blueberry beds.

This is the third pickup load I have gotten this spring, 6 - 8 remaining that I need to get.
Be careful that may be quite hot, possibly to hot to directly feed the gardens...I was told I needed to compost horse manure before putting it on my beds
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Just got in some more ammo. Going to start storing it in different places. Don't want all of it in the same location. Watered garden and staying ready.
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Got 100 ten round stripper clips, and 10 magazine guides.
Planted onions.
Watered other vegies already in the ground.
Will be loading stripper clips later.
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Bought 2-84 serving grab and go buckets from Sportsman's Guide online. Should provide 4 weeks of 3 meals per day for the Wife and I. They are on sale right now. That makes about 3 months of food stored away once they get here! They have them on back-order until June 1. Once I get them and the three #10 cans of freeze-dried meats I am still waiting on I should be good for a while. Got in my reloading dies for .40 cal and .380.
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Got a copy of the Ranger Handbook in today. Time to get out the highlighter and pencil to mark it up and make it mine
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25# of sugar and the containers to store it in.
Jar inventory for preparation of canning smoked salmon. 200 Ball jars and lids
Smoked 25 pounds of King salmon, then vacuum packed it
Ate 5 lbs of smoked fish
Going fishing tomorrow for more smoking fodder!!!!
I wish we had salmon have fun fishing.
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Loaded a bunch of rounds onto stripper clips.

I've seen those grab and go buckets, let me know how you like them.
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