What Did I Do To Prepare This Week?

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

Excuses are the nails that build the house of failure!



By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editorflour

What did I do to prepare this week? It has been a busy week! Hit some good sales at the grocery store and have started to restock some of my pantry including bags of flour which I freeze for 3 days (kills any bugs), allow to come to room temperature, and then seal in my FoodSaver.

It has been unseasonably cold here in Minnesota with the first dusting of snow and freezing temps every night. The ground is starting to freeze already! So I have been working on my ditch project. I have given up doing it “right” – removing the soil as I go and filling in with rock as I go – and am just trying to get it dug! Oh my aching back and arms. Friday night I woke up at 3 am to my biceps hurting so much I had to take some Ibuprofen just to get back to sleep…


Ditch across drive and rocked so far.

Ditch across drive and rocked so far.

Thankfully Bob offered to take the rest of the rock (which had frozen into the bed of the truck) out of the truck and put it into the ditch. Then he even dug another 20′ of ditch which puts me within 10′ of being done! And when I get more rock, he said he would put that in as well. Thank You Bob!

This is what I've been digging....

This is what I’ve been digging….


And when I went down in the basement to my pantry, I found that some of my long term storage pails had tipped over! Apparently those pricey 5 gallon lids that you can unscrew to take out individually wrapped packets can’t take the weight of being stacked one on top of the other. So I was rearranging my 20 plus 5 gallon pails of long term storage food, at least it was inside and out of the wind.

And then there are all the outside projects I am trying to get to, likes hoses wrapped and brought in for the winter, cushions stored, garage cleaned, etc., etc. The list just seems to get longer!

Curved Cephalopod

Curved Cephalopod

And the total excitement this week for me was being part of finding a very rare cephalopod fossil! There was some speculation that it might be a new species, but almost as good, a known species (Narrowed down to two possibilities at this point.) that is unknown in this geologic formation. If you would like to read more about it on my little fossil adventure blog (Note: My little blog is being accessed by several universities for teaching purposes!), please go here:



And tonight on Nat Geo there is going to be a made for TV movie called American Blackout! I’m going to be watching! Read more about it here:



AND starting next Monday we are starting a SCP Preparedness Challenge with MsKYprepper offering the first Challenge!

AND Rourke and I are working on putting together a Survival Binder, with YOUR HELP, where we will feature a post and ask for your suggestions, ideas and opinions on what should be included in the subject. Then I will edit the information and we will put up a printable download on the subject for a specific period of time. If this goes well, Rourke will eventually edit all of the information and create a Survival Ebook! So, please put your thinking hats on and share what YOU feel is important in a Survival Binder! How would you organize it? How do you want it to look, etc.? Please put your thoughts and ideas in the comments or send them to scprepper at outlook dot com

Coming up this week, we have an article on Canning Meat: Part 1 of 4, a New Type of Speed Trap, a Download of Dutch Oven/Grill Recipes, All Around the Web News, Five Prepping Tips from Harriet, a Video on Survival Pizza, Paracord Boot/Shoe Laces, Harvest Time Down South and another free download: FEMA – Protection in the Nuclear Age.

Have you thought of writing an article for SCP? Perhaps considered becoming an Editor At Large and sharing at least monthly your preparedness/homesteading adventures? Please email us at:

scprepper at outlook dot com

Okay Patriots, how did you prepare this week?


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