What did I do to prep this week?

North Korea, MRE’s, wild edibles and more!

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 have found this last couple of weeks with North Korea’s threats to be rather disconcerting. Reading Rourke’s article on his opinion of what is going on, then reading Pam’s article on storage foods made me see some holes in my own storage, then servantheart’s submission of that link to the site “Before it is news” was very sobering—not that I am a tin foil hatter, but it makes a person think! And a reason to step up my prepping!

So, my preps this week became a bit more focused! Pam convinced me that I needed some MREs and energy bars for instant, no hassle, just get a meal in you, storage. I tend to concentrate on long term storage and pantry storage. So this is a definite new addition to my food storage plans. I didn’t buy many because they are pricey, but three days worth of each for now. Enough to handle an immediate crisis and give me time to think and react.

Then I purchased three additional books from Amazon for my survival library that came in this week:

Medicinal Plants and Herbs. Eastern/Central, Peterson Field Guides by Steven Foster and James A. Duke

The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer

Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer

These last two are very similar, but had different ratings and I thought I would take a look myself at both of them and compare.

And, I hate to say this, but we got hit with more winter in the North Country! More snow, more ice storms, flooding, winter weather advisory’s, a series of blackouts from branches and trees coming down on electric lines and people driving too fast for the conditions and plowing into power poles.

PLUS, more computer virus problems! NOTE: NEVER allow a PC Cleaner from the internet to download itself onto your computer! I have determined that this is the source of my problems. It seems to be a gateway for trojans and viruses!

AND I got hit with something that took my picture from the webcam and locked up my computer saying it was from the FBI! And for $300 it would unlock it! Within 5 minutes I heard sirens and you can imagine what I was thinking! Well, I called the local sheriff’s office and they had the same problem on their jail computer! They traced it to overseas and their tech spent a day getting rid of it. Sometimes I hate computers! And by the way, I put a piece of tape over the webcam now.

And I made it another year… Yup, “celebrated” another birthday. Not that when you get this old you want to celebrate them anymore.

So, my garden is under snow again. But the chickens have gone into full egg production and with that new roll away nest box, I am actually getting the eggs!

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


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