Preps this week…….

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


 by Bev Sandlin


What did I do to prep this week?


I was amazed this week! My permit to carry came in the mail! A nice little plastic card good for five years. That must have been a record for the State of Minnesota!


The other thing that I have been going back and forth on is a generator. There are pros and cons to using a generator and it is definitely just a short term fix for no electricity as it is a gas powered one. What would I really absolutely need if the power went out for two to three weeks? In summer it would be a refrigerator and a fan. In winter it would be a refrigerator and lights.


Harbor Freight was having a big tool sale. Tool stores are a nemesis of mine, but I went there for the generator and a rolling tool box/worktable—that is it! NOT, of course, so $300 later I came out with two store clerks helping me to my truck… However, I did get the on-sale $79 800 watt small gasoline, very portable, generator. It will do a few lights and it will also power the mini-frig I have in the garage. It has a plugin so I can charge tools and radios. For a short term situation, it will be just fine.


The other project I started this week, but haven’t finished yet, is redoing my food stores. I have created a rather large “pantry” in the basement of this old 1912 house. Most of the shelves are the all plastic, 60” high, $25 specials from a big box store. I have half of the basement ringed in those. However, I have a problem. The old limestone block walls are spaulding and raining lime dust down on my cans and corroding them.  Some of my canned goods had already gone bad. Money being precious tight for prepping, every can counts! So this week I set up some shelves in the middle of the room and started moving every can over into the middle of the room. Wiping each one individually and sorting some out to be used ASAP.


It actually rained (although only lightly—we are in a drought here) some this week, so I took another afternoon and repacked 10 five gallon pails of my long term storage food in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. Supposedly these will be good for at least a decade. I sat the pails on boards to keep them off the concrete floor.


What did YOU do this week to prep?



A smile for you…

Ha Ha

These epitaphs are allegedly taken from actual tombstones
I know you are dying to read them :o


On the grave of Ezekiel Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:
Here lies Ezekial Aikle Age 102: The Good Die Young.

In a London, England cemetery:
Ann Mann: Here lies Ann Mann, Who lived an old maid But died an old Mann. Dec. 8, 1767

In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:
Here lays Butch. We planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger, But slow on the draw.

A lawyer’s epitaph in England:
Sir John Strange: Here lies an honest lawyer, And that is Strange.

Lester Moore was a Wells, Fargo Co. station agent for Naco, Arizona in the cowboy days of the 1880’s.
He’s buried in the Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona:
Here lies Lester Moore. Four slugs from a .44. No Les No More.

More fun with names with Owen Moore in Battersea, London, England:
Gone away Owin’ more than he could pay.

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