What did I do to prep this week?

Foodsaver, hand warmers as oxygen absorbers, rags, Silver Sneakers and Betty White!

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Benjamin Franklin



What did I do to prep this week?

By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor


I start thinking about what I am going to do to prep this week every Monday. The question itself is good for me; it keeps me focused on preparedness. And it gives me an entire week to consider my options! The following is actually a two week list as somethings I ordered but they didn’t get here until this week and I don’t count them unless they are in hand.

I bought a 3880 upright Foodsaver which came with a box of extra bags and a marinating canister for $131 new. And I’m learning to use it! I can honestly see how this will truly help in my food storage prepping and in stopping the everyday wastefulness of freezer burned food! And it says that it will seal Mylar chip bags, so I’m thinking I might try other Mylar applications! I’ll let you know how that goes, just hope I don’t ruin it experimenting!

At our local military surplus store, Minnesota Joe’s, I purchased a can of Sabre pepper spray–Red pepper, CS Military Tear Gas and invisible ultraviolet dye. The guys told me that they had sold quite a few canisters this year as Christmas presents intended for the ladies! What a great present for under $20—mental note to remember this next year! This would also be great for runners, bicyclists and motorcyclists who may be attacked by dogs!

I went and exchanged my new printer for a new printer that worked! Now I can start on my personal survival binder!

I took my good computer in to be fixed, and am working on my backup computer! NOTE: I purchased Carbonite as a backup for my computer files before my computer went down. Bought a used computer to use while it is getting fixed and downloaded my Carbonite files. Total MISTAKE. Carbonite does not filter any viruses, etc. out and does not back up your software. I now have many of the same problems on this computer as I had on the other one!

I purchased 2 pkgs. of 2 hand warmers each. Besides being good for warming hands, I was reading an article that these are good for gallon Mylar bags as oxygen absorbers! I can honestly say that one of the problems I have with putting by long term storage food is that once the oxygen absorbers are opened, they must be used as quickly as possible and the bags sealed. If these work like the article said, I can work at long term food storage a bit at a time which is far more to my liking!

I cut up ruined and stained clothing for rags during the Packers/Vikings game. How does that work with preparedness? Ever grab one of your wife’s new towels for a rag?! Have you looked recently at what a box of rags costs?! I’m preparing for the next spill in the garage!

And THANK YOU Wyzyrd and Harriet for bringing up fire extinguishers! Yes, I had one sitting on the counter in the kitchen and three more in boxes! But this week, I got out my handy cordless drill and hung them up, yes in the kitchen, and one on each level of the house including easy access to the garage!

As part of that New Year’s prepper resolution (By the way, inspired by MsKYprepper when she won a medal in a 5k walk/run! This old broad would just like to be able to walk 5 miles!) to get more fit, I investigated into my Medicare Supplement and found that I have the “Silver Sneakers” health/fitness benefit. What does that mean? I can go to any participating fitness center for FREE! And our fitness center gives twice a week fitness classes for the older set! Well, between this, my treadmill and stair stepper, I guess I have no more excuses! :-) And I have started a food diary. If it passes the lips it goes on the page, that in itself is helping!

And I have been thinking about YOU, our readers, and the survey you took a while back. According to that survey, how can Rourke, I, and the Editors-At-Large help YOU better? More on preparing for economic collapse and natural disasters, more on alternative health solutions and products, more on kids and grand kids, more on home/homestead preparedness and defense solutions (Do you have a question for our defense editor, Greg of Southwest Tactical?)—bugging in not out, and cooling as well as heating articles. And YOU and John from Iowa, wanted a “Tips” section, which Rourke has in the works for you!

I believe that having fun and laughing are part of a preparedness mental health program. On that note, on Tuesday night’s Betty White’s “Off My Rocker” comes on and it is worth watching if you want to laugh! Old people pulling pranks on younger folks with that old Peter Funt, Candid Camera, take on things! Bob and I cuddled with the dog on New Year’s night and just laughed and laughed! It is definitely age specific! My Grandmother was so much like Betty White it was like having her back again! Grandma was more petite, about 4’9” and 85 to 90 lbs., but the same great spirit! After Grandpa died, she used to troll the funerals in a see-through, sparkly sweater looking to pick up guys! And she always kept whiskey in the house in case she got lucky! LOL!!!

Preview of the week to come…

  • It’s flu season again….
  • Economic collapse in New Zealand
  • Find a military surplus deal
  • Commandments in School
  • Sprouts….
  • Free Downloads!!!!

Okay Patriots, what did YOU do this week to prepare?


A smile for you…




 A Rare Book 


A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it.

“Not Gutenberg?” gasped the collector.

“Yes, that was it!”

“You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!”

“Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some guy named Martin Luther.”


 In God We Trust”

(Inspired by Suni! Thank you, Suni!)

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