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Thursday, October 29, 2009


Hey y’all!

(Aggie-- I finally figured it out.)

Let me first say that it is indeed good to be back in the South!

Aggie gave me a nice introduction the other day, but I thought I post a bit of “about me” so we can get to know each other. As Aggie said, we’ve just recently moved to north east Mississippi from Cincinnati. The key point is that we moved from, but we are not from, Ohio! (Not that there’s anything wrong with Ohio-- there are some great folks there.) DH (John) is from east Texas, and I spent my “formative” years (those would be the years I had and raised three GRITS) in eastern North Carolina. A career move took us to Cincinnati about nine years ago. Cincy is a great place, we had a wonderful house on 1/2 acre on the fringe of Northside, Cincinnati’s “eclectic “neighborhood. (We called our house the “Compound”-- that should give you a feel for the place.) We collected a lot of like-minded friends, and I like to think we may have influenced some folk along the way. But for Southerners, and especially this Southerner who’s a hard-core gardener, those never-ending grey Cincinnati winter skies were wearing thin. We had an opportunity, we snagged it, and here we are!

I’m a vegetable farmer. (John’s a cook, among other things). So like Aggie, many-- but not all-- of my posts here at Mississippi Preppers will probably be about gardening and feeding yourself & your family. (I had a small business in Cincinnati where I taught people to grow vegetable gardens and to preserve their harvests.) I’m also a huge Second Amendment advocate; I wrote recently on the virtue of open-carry. I like (most of) the US Constitution. My other interests include old books (which I can tie into prepping), biostatistics (not so easy to connect to prepping except when I’m calculating the probability of SHTF), some philosophical issues (what’s the nature of self-reliance?), fishing, writing, &c.

We closed last week on a 60 acre farm. This is a dream come true for us. We lost a bit of ground prepping this summer because of all that’s associated with selling & buying houses and property-- including traveling back & forth, and doing some renovations to the Compound. But we’ll get things up to speed and make up ground here soon. For us this move is the ultimate in preparing and becoming as self-reliant as we can be. So it will be worth not having grown any winter squash this year.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone here. I’m sure as we settle in I’ll have questions for all y’all, and I hope I have some answers, too!

Take care.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fall Warning

We are getting a warning this week that fall is on the way. It is cool, sunny and beautiful. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons maybe more so now that it is the shortest seasons in the south. This week makes me think my neighbors were right when they said an earlier, colder, winter this year. We usually don't get our cold weather warning for another two weeks. I closed up the north and south sides of the greenhouse and now I'm thinking I don't have another two weeks to get things in the ground, maybe a week at best so I have to get myself in gear this week. Repairs still weren't made on the greenhouse but I will make do with boards if it isn't done by November. Next week will be the do all week since it will go up into the 80's. We haven't been as rainy the last two days so I might be able to try that clothesline out yet. I hope you know that I am the one that brought on all the rain, yep, happened everytime I opened up the clothesline lol. Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Mississippi Prepper has a new contributor!

Marica, formerly of Ohio Preppers has moved to North Mississippi. I'm glad to have her here because I'm pretty sure you are a little tired of me droning on and on lol.
Marica has been published locally for her homesteading skills and carrying arms (and of course I can't find the darn links to it I saved, sorry about that) and is a huge asset to the Preppers Network. I have had the pleasure of being a guest along side Marica on the James Talmadge Stevens show. I will let her jump in when she wants with more information and she will be starting a larger farm from scratch up in the north but I will let her tell you all about it and would like to extend her the warmest welcome to Mississippi!

Meanwhile, Ohio Preppers Network will continue on with Dan. He has wonderful articles on Urban Prepping which there is an ever growing interest in and also has a blog called? You guessed it! The Urban Prepper. A lot of great info so if you can stop by and say hi.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Are You Ready For Hunting Season?

Fall is coming to most areas, we are wet, humid and still in the 90's. But my thoughts turn to hunting season. We usually go up to Missouri and if we don't make it in time we are lucky enough to have someone hunt for us. Hunting for me equals deer meat. Bring on the venison! I have a freezer devoted to it. I cut myself short on ground deer last year, a mistake I won't make again. Deer meat, once you get used to it, makes ground beef inferior. Venison is cheaper also, even if you do not process it yourself. If we lived up north further we would probably be enjoying more wild fowl, pork and beef.

No matter what you use to hunt, it's time to make sure you have all of your equipment ready. Is everything clean and in good working order? Does your gear smell like last seasons kill? Do you have enough ammo? Are you going to use the same processing crew or do it yourself? If you are doing it yourself is everything sharp, and clean? Do you have room cleared in the freezer and/or canning jars ready?
Are you going with someone inexperienced? Are you sure they won't shoot you by mistake?
Hunting season is the time to greatly increase your food supply after harvest. Stay safe, and let me know how it goes.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

HURRICANE KATRINA: It wasn’t a disaster, it was health care reform!

Marica over at Ohio Preppers, sent me this link from the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . I wish I had posted it sooner. With the recent events from the health care front, I think the government might learn a lesson from this. Have a gander when you have the time.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Will be back posting again....

Just suffering from a bit of burn out. From my cousin:


Last Thursday night around midnight a woman from Houston, Texas was arrested, jailed, and charged with manslaughter for shooting a man 6 times In the back as he was running away with her purse.

The following Monday morning, the woman was called in front of the arraignment judge, sworn in, and asked to explain her actions.
The woman replied, "I was standing at the corner bus stop for about 15 minutes, waiting for the bus to take me home after work. I am a waitress at the local cafĂ©. I was there alone so I had my right hand on my pistol that was in my purse that was hung over my left shoulder. All of a sudden I was being spun around hard to my left. As I caught my balance, I saw a man running away from me with my purse. I looked down at my right hand and I saw that my fingers were wrapped tightly around my pistol. The next thing I remember Is saying out loud, ‘No way punk! You’re not stealing my pay check and tips.’ I raised my right hand, pointed my pistol at the man running away from me with my purse, and squeezed the trigger of my pistol 6 times!”

When asked by the arraignment judge, "Why did you shoot the man 6 times?”

The woman replied, under oath, "Because, when I pulled the
trigger the 7th time, it only went click.”

The woman was acquitted of all charges, and she was back at work, at the cafe the next day!

Now that's Gun Control!!
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