What did I do to prep this week?

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





What did I do to prep this week?

 by Bev Sandlin

It was another trying week, Mother was released from the hospital, got home, and was rushed back and admitted again. She didn’t get released again until Saturday. Tick diseases are serious and some are even deadly. If you didn’t read last Sunday’s comments, HomeInsteader shared that Purpose soap (Walgreens) seems to repel Missouri ticks and I shared that dandruff shampoo used as a body wash seems to repel Minnesota wood ticks. Sharing helps us all. Thank you HomeInsteader!


I repacked my pandemic supplies into a 5 gallon pail. We are overdue for a mass pandemic similar to the one that killed millions of people in 1918. In fact, my great-grandmother, Veronica, died in 1918 six months pregnant with grandma’s brother. Was it the Spanish flu that swept around the world? So many died that year that there is no record of what she died from. What do I have in my pandemic bucket?


50 N95 masks

2 N99 reuseable masks

5 bottles of antiseptic hand cleaner

4 plastic coveralls

A box of100 disposable latex gloves

Two sets of safety glasses

2 Israeli gas masks with extra cartridges

Rolls of plastic and duck tape to create an insolation tent

A box of 1000 antiseptic wipes

Quarantine signs to post on the doors as a potential way to ward off intruders—they might think twice, maybe not…


Last year I went to the movie Contagion–very sobering as to the potential for a pandemic. And I live only 30 miles from Mayo Clinic and many people in town work there.


I went online and purchased two heavy duty mylar blankets from Deals Only Web Store. Now I’m waiting for them to arrive. I am looking for reusable mylar blankets as they are so handy in a variety of emergency situations. And since my life may depend on them in a Minnesota winter, I want good ones!


I spent a few hours this week prepping my food garden for next year—final weeding, turning the compost piles, organizing pots and folding up plastic.


I also finished the paper work and was accepted by the Minnesota Master Gardener program—requires a background check. So, now I have to come up with $275 to pay for the online course running January and February and I will be a Master Gardener intern! And thanks, Wyzyrd, for your tips on growing food indoors—also in last week’s prepping comments.


This week is Thanksgiving, already!  The years seem to be going faster… Please give thanks for our great Nation and for the veterans who have served to keep us free! If your table is as laden as mine will be, consider inviting a veteran to dinner who may not otherwise enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. There are so many older veterans who have no one or their family lives far away. Sharing one meal with someone who is alone during this holiday can be such a blessing to them and us as well.


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


A smile for you…


The Army of the Lord


friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.

The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!”

My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor.”

 Pastor questioned, “How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?”

He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”



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