Prepping this week…….

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Benjamin Franklin
 
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What did I do to prep this week?
by Bev Sandlin
 
 
I decided to add to my long term storage foods this week, so I ordered more Mylar bags from www.discountmylarbags.com. They are the most inexpensive place I have found and include the appropriate oxygen absorbers with the bags. I was shocked at how fast the bags came in given that shipping was free! I purchased a combination of 5 gallon and 1 gallon bags to put in my five gallon pails.
 
 
It rained one day this week, so I decided to go shopping. I like to shop at Aldis for good deals. I packed my reusable grocery bags, a quarter for the grocery cart, cash because they don’t accept checks, and my list. Aldis is a discount retailer that buys overages, etc., hence their inventory is ever changing and inconsistent. You can really save some serious grocery money if you go with an open mind and build your menus around their deals. No large bags of rice or beans this week, but I did get a number of 5 lb. bags of flour for $1.49 each and 4 lb. bags of sugar for $2.49 each. I just could not pass up the 3 lb. bags of onions for only 69 cents each! And I cringed when I saw a 3500 watt generator for only $139, having just bought an 800 watt generator for $79, oh well. Off to Wal-Mart and 50 cents a lb. for 20 lb. bags of rice, $17 for a large bag of pinto beans and $28 for 100 rounds of 9mm hollow points. Ah yes, rice, beans and bullets!
 
 
And as long as I made the 60 mile round trip to the big city, I stopped at Goodwill and picked up two bags to store winter coats and boots in for our winter vehicle emergency bags — Thank You MsKYprepper for reminding me!
 
 
The sun came back and my sister came over and we spent the day putting up a vinyl building I had purchased earlier this summer to store my gardening tools and extra garden tractor near the garden. We got it almost all together, just half of the roof left and then it was bingo time. Off we went to bingo and the next day I finished the roof with Bob.
 
 
I’ve been working on erecting a greenhouse I purchased this summer for over two weeks now, I had to take time out to let my fingers heal—and yes they did say to wear gloves, and no I didn’t. It is all done except for the door which even my husband can’t figure out how to put together.

 

And I have been praying. I’ve been praying for the survivors of Sandy who are still in the dark. Praying for those who have lost loved ones. And praying for wisdom from my Lord on how I can help. Giving blood yes… But I feel very convicted that there must be more that I can do.

 
I would like all of you to help me to come up with ideas on what these people could be doing to help themselves through this situation. Together, we can create a list, or series of lists, on what to do in the circumstances they are trapped in. Imagine if you were trapped in your apartment or home with no electricity, natural gas or running water and it was freezing outside. What would YOU do? This is why we are preparing, so how would we cope with it?
 
 
What did YOU do this week to prep?
 

 


 
A smile for you…
Big Smile
 
An old prospector walks his tired old mule into a western town one day.
 
He’d been out in the desert for about six months without a drop of whiskey. He walked up to the first saloon he came to and tied his old mule to the hitch rail. As he stood there brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger walked out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.
 
The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, “Hey old man, have you ever danced?”
 
The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, “No, I never did dance. I just never wanted to.”
 
A crowd had gathered by then and the gunslinger said, “Well, you old fool, you’re gonna’ dance now,” and started shooting at the old man’s feet.
 
The old prospector was hopping around and everybody was laughing. When the gunslinger fired his last bullet, he holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.
 
The old man reached up on the mule, drew his shotgun, and pulled both hammers back making a double clicking sound. The gunslinger heard the sound and everything got quiet. The crowd watched as the gunslinger slowly turned around looking down both barrels of the shotgun.
 
The old man asked, “Did you ever kiss a mule’s ass?”
 
The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, “No. But I’ve always wanted to.”
 
The lessons from this story are:
 
1. Don’t waste ammunition.
 
2. Don’t mess with old people.
 
 

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