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Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's Chilly Down Here!

This weather is greatly welcomed after the hot summer we have had.  It makes me think of soup, hot chocolate, cinnamon and allspice.  It also makes me think how thankful I am that we are almost out of hurricane season.   I have a mental list of all the things to accomplish before it gets too cold out.  Trees and shrubs have already been trimmed and need a dose of fertilizer.  Sweet potatoes are doing well, everything else-- not so well, so I need to make notes in my garden book.  Greenhouse needs to be cleaned out and winterized.  Winter clothes and food supply need to be beefed up a little bit.   
I'm also excited because soon I get deer meat!  Yep, it's that time of year again and you have to hear about it.  That means making more freezer room but I will do it gladly and maybe do a happy dance while I'm doing it.  I got caught short on ground deer last year but it's not going to happen this year.  I was a little put out because I thought that I would be losing my new, much larger garden plot but it looks like I will have it a while longer.  How are your plans coming along?

Some of the blogs have gone quiet lately.  Wolverine has talked about this on the main AP blog.  Maybe some people have moved on, or more people have gravitated to the message boards.  I have a hard time keeping up with the message boards but I try on occasion.  I don't post as much because I feel I'm repeating the same thing over and over again.  I haven't given up on prepping, I'm still chugging along.   I think it takes a lot for a prepper to come out and blog because it takes away some of your anonymity.   With the clown parade that is going on for the presidency (current office holder included), it's hard to stay optimistic.   A friend of mine wrote on his blog that he had to put his war in perspective.  That struck a cord with me, after thinking about it a bit, I figure as long as I continue to hold on to my basic theory to take care of my and mine, I have my war in perspective and can remain optimistic.  I'll be around, y'all have a nice day.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

What is our unemployment and poverty rate?

The latest Census Bureau puts us at 15.1 percent poverty level.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts us at 9.1 percent unemployed.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics had us at 9.6 percent for last year.   Since January of 2011 they expanded their data to include people unemployed for up to five years instead of two and our unemployment rate is 9.1 percent?  Our poverty level is a new record high since 1993.  In 1993 our unemployment rate was 6.8 percent  down from 7.4 percent in 1992 with a poverty rate of 14.3, and our poverty rate was 14.4 percent in 1992.   I understand that population increases will effect numbers from 1990's until now.  But here is the breakdown as I see it:

Census poverty level....................15.1%
Unemployment ............................  9.1%

Census poverty level....................14.3%
Unemployment.............................  9.3

How do they contact people who have been unemployed for up to five years?

I guess this is why I will never have a career in statistical analysis.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Forget

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Living With Lee

So far so good.  Not too much flooding yet but the storm is starting to travel east from Louisiana.  If you can, stay off of HWY 90.  A lot of sand being blown around.  By now I hope everyone has the supplies they need since Lee plans on hanging around until Tuesday.  Good luck everyone and be safe!

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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Record Heat Waves

With the record heat waves and drought across the nation, the American Preppers Network hopes that you have been prepared.  Disasters of any type can and do happen anywhere, at anytime, and without warning.  We are now witnessing and will continue to witness a prime example of how one disaster can cause a chain reaction leading to other disasters.  Here are some potential disasters to be aware of as a result of the drought and heat waves.

1) Water shortages.  Water is the number 1 most important necessity to survival.  The average human can only survive 3 days without water, and even less in a heat wave.  I hope you've stored some.  If the water system shuts down or does not have enough, you could turn on the tap only to have a few drips.  If you run into a situation where there is not enough municipal water supply to your home, start looking for other sources of stored water.
  • Your hot water tank may have 30 - 50 gallons of water stored. 
  • The top supply tank to your toilette is typically clean water that you can use.
  • Your plumbing in your house could have a few gallons.  Open a higher faucet in your house as in a shower, sink, or upstairs source to relieve pressure, then open a lower outside faucet to retrieve water from your plumbing system.
Don't short change yourself on water!  Make sure you have plenty for personal consumption.  If you stop sweating, that means you are dehydrated!   

Got Water?

2) Heat.  Heat poses many risks, including but not limited to:
  • Heat Stroke.  Watch family members closely, especially the elderly, watch for slurred speech and disorientation.  When in doubt, call for help.  Time lost is brain lost.  Never leave pets or children in a vehicle, and keep them out of the direct sun.  Drink lots of water.
  • Fire.  Fires are much more common in the heat.  Things dry out and become more flammable.  Keep dry brush and trash picked up.  Do not store fuel in or around your house, and keep well ventilated in a cool area out of the sun.  Keep grass cut short, especially if your city is rationing water and not allowing watering of lawns.  Do not store any flammables in the direct sun or in your attic.  
  • Vehicle breakdowns. Avoid driving unless it's absolutely necessary, or drive at nite. Check your fluid levels and make sure your oil and coolant are topped off.  Bring extra oil and coolant with you in case you need it.  DO NOT top off your fuel tank!  Make sure your tires are property inflated and not over or under inflated.  Bring extra water with you in case you do break down.  Drive with the A/C off when going uphill.  Watch your vehicles tempature when climbing grades.  If your car starts to overheat when going uphill, pull over at a safe location to let it cool.  Check to make sure your thermostat is working before you make your trip.
3) Blackouts.   The nations grids are maxed out.  With everyone using A/C, expect rolling blackouts.  If you are in a blackout, you can wrap sleeping bags around your refrigerator or freezer to help insulate it.  To conserve power, only use what you absolutely need.  Keep lights turned off and keep your A/C set to the warmest temperature that you can safely stand.  Do you have a generator?  Be prepared to use it.  Do you have plenty of non-perishable food stored?  If there is an extended blackout, you may need it.  Stores and gas stations will be shut down in a blackout.  Do you have an emergency battery powered radio and flashlights?

4) Food Prices   Expect food prices to increase.  Especially meat.  Many ranchers are butchering all of there livestock as there is not enough food and water to care for them, this means shortages in the future.  Produce crops are drying up. Prices of corn, wheat and other grains will increase.  Even produce grown in unaffected areas may increase in price as well due to demand.  If the blackouts are too severe, stores, gas stations and truck stops may close down temporarily disrupting the supply chain and preventing food from making it to the stores.

Stay safe during this heat wave and dought.  This is a serious and potentially devastating national disaster.

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Here are some free helpful pdf files to download

Fire and Heat Waves
- ARC - Are You Ready - Fire

- ARC - Are You Ready - Heat Wave

- ARC - Are You Ready - Wildfires

- Fact Sheet: Fires

- Fact Sheet: Fire Safe

- WildFires

- ARC - Food and Water in Emergency

- Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water 

- How To Make A Solar Still (Plastic Cover)

- Purification Of Water On A Small Scale 

- Simple Solar Still For The Production Of Distilled Water

- Slow Sand Filters

- Water Purification

- Water Treatment

Fire Safety 

- Fighting Fire 

- Fire Safety

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hurricane Season/Generators

It's that time of year again folks!  Rather than repeating what has been posted in years past, here is the link to all hurricane posts on Mississippi Prepper.  We are generator shopping which should have been accomplished already.
 What do you need in a generator?
That depends on what level of discomfort you are willing to live with.  We looked into the propane, whole house generators.  It would cost us about $4,000.  We decided to pass on this not just because of the expense but it does not increase home value as much as it cost and we had talked to a few people that have this and only a couple  worked when needed. 
Now what?  Determine what you want to run on the generator.  There are all sorts of calculators online for this.  Refrigerators and freezers can be cycled and unplugged to run other things temporarily. I have other cooking resources that I do not need to worry about kitchen appliances and can also heat water so we can forgo the hot water heaters.  Why do that if you can get a generator that can do it all?  One storage, you have to store your generator when not in use and size is a factor.  Two, and more important, gas.  You have to have enough gas stored to run it.  Gas only lasts so long, and having to have enough to run the generator for how long?  Days?  Weeks? Months?  After a major hurricane obtaining gas is nothing short of a treasure hunt.  I tend to be on the conservative side with my electric and am more so when running on a generator.  Make a list of essentials to be run.  Look up what wattage you need and how much gas you need to run it and go from there.  Check prices and reviews.  After purchasing your generator do monthly checks to make sure it is running well.  NEVER hook your generator directly to your house unless you have a switch installed that just allows the generator to function through the electrical system of your house.  Not installing a switch means you will charge the electric lines and possibly kill someone working on the lines after the storm. NEVER run it indoors or fill it while it's running.  Keep it secure after the storm so it isn't taken. 
I am sorry I have been remiss in posting on tornado prepping and flooding, my father had passed away and I have been in a funk but I'll try to be more helpful.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Mississippi Preppers Roll Call - All Preppers Please Check In

The American Preppers Network is conducting a network-wide roll call.  Whether you are a member or not please check in and let us know what you are doing to prepare.

This is a good opportunity to network with other preppers near you.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

You say Potato....

Went to the farm supply last week to pick up my seed potatoes.  I love the farm supply and always spend more than I should, but I don't get there that often.  The potatoes and green beans are in.  Tomato plants are next.  As a treat I picked up two more blueberry bushes to add to the meager sticks I bought last year.  Word of advice spend the extra for more established fruit bushes.  What have you got going on?

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Partial Shade Growing

I realized after my last post I didn't include vegetables that can grow in partial shade.   Here it is:

1.Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, and cress.





6.Brussels Sprouts


8.Swiss Chard

9.Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale


My fertile bed for tomatoes is partially shaded and they do fine.  I think it gives them a break from the heat.  The rule of thumb is if it is a root or bears fruit it needs full sun. 
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gardening Space

Here in the south we are are known for our beautiful trees.  Magnolias, Water and Live Oaks and the dreaded popcorn trees.  I have four beautiful trees on my property but when you are trying to garden as much as possible they do get in the way.   Oaks are slow to grow, but they do grow.  In planning my garden one bed was placed too close to a Water Oak.  Even though I have had several years growing in this bed this will be the last year and only half will be used.  Next year I will lose my neighbors plot and my more fertile bed.   I'm not discouraged though,  where there is a will...
I am hoping to have constructed by the end of the growing season this year several smaller beds and will use more containers.   When I lose my potato bed I will be growing in either barrels or tires. 

Vegetables that can grow in containers are:
Green onion
Leaf Lettuce

Vertical options are:
Green Beans

Keywords in seed shopping for smaller varieties are:  dwarf, compact, tiny, space saving, small, bush and slim.

Space under trees in the winter, when the leaves are shed, can serve for a greenhouse for winter growing.  Here in the south you would have to treat it as a short growing season though.  Some people have also grown mushrooms in the shade.  As always explore your possibilities.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Food, Clothes and Gas

Food, clothing and gas all going up.  I've been mentioning this on and off in previous posts.  I hope that you are buying as cheap as you can and stocking up.   It's warming up Mississippi!  Time to get it ready and get it in the ground.  While you are doing that make a side list of what you will need to store and process what you are growing when it comes in.  Need more bags, buckets, canning jars or lids?  Make a list and look for sales. 
Clothes?  Even if it means buying fewer items, buy well made, sturdy clothes.  Hang them on the line to dry, the clothes drier eventually eats more than socks.
Gas?  Watch your prices and drive where you need to go. 
With prices rising, I would try to stock as much as you can hold, as cheaply as you can.  I would save living off your stores completely without rotation for when you truly have to.  I know that this is my opinion but I don't think we have seen the end of the price hike.
Ammo, another thing I would stock up on this year, why?  Next year is an election year and we all know what that does to ammo pricing and shortages. 

I've been looking around to see what everyone else is doing/writing about this also.
To expand your garden horizons check out Arizona Prepper.  
Need to start a pantry?  See Vermont Prepper.
Prep on the cheap?  Texas Prepper has you covered.

Now on food shortages..Kellene Bishop is writing a series on this on Preparedness Pro that I don't think you will want to miss.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Extreme Couponing

by Belle

I saw a program the other night on TLC called "Extreme Couponing". It showed the stories of 4 different people who use massive amounts of coupons and say between 95-98% on their groceries every month. (All of the values that are given are approximate. I was too busy with my jaw dropped to write down the figures).This one lady have over $900 worth of groceries and with all her coupons only paid like $2 and change. This other man ordered 22 cases of total cereal and with his coupons and double coupons and in store sale, the cereal came out to be free. He said that he was going to donate all of that to his church food pantry. I saw these peoples garages and all of the shelving stocked with everything imaginable from food, detergent, TP and personal products- everything that you could need for years and all I could do was sit there and dream of how I would like something like that for myself and my family. Mind you, I do not think that I have that kind of time to put into that for those massive amounts of products, nor do I think that I could store all of that food for a family of three and actually use it before it expired. But if I learn to do this and save at least half of the money I spend ever month, I could use that money for other prepper things that I would not have coupons for; like that Honda generator that I have been eyeing. My Husband told me about a website called "The Grocery Game". It is a subscription service and they match the coupons from your paper and those you get in the ole mailbox and match them to the sales in the store. A real time saver. Starting this weekend, I am going to browse that site and see how it all works and them I am going to try my hand at this. I will keep you posted and after my first trip to the store doing this, I may just post the actual receipt. If you read this and you know about this from actual practice, any tips would be great. After I saw that show, all I could say was "Who Knew?" :D

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tired of Winter?

I placed my tomato seed order yesterday in hoping we will have an early final frost.  I don't know about all of you but I am ready for winter to go!  I am going to try out some Heinz seed this year, I'll let you know how it goes.  I also ordered some grape and cherry that I hope will do well.  I will put a couple in the beds but the rest will go into containers.  They grew terrible last year and I wasn't the only one who had trouble.  It irritated one of my neighbors so much that he is making a new bed this year and I quote "I need new dirt!"  We may make a new bed this year due to a tree's growth spurt. I am also looking for a well producing straight neck summer squash because I am disgusted with what I planted last year.   We still have the large bed on a neighbor's plot that we split the bounty with.  I also have a list of other projects I plan to tackle that I'll share as soon as they are started, all geared towards a more productive food harvest (I hope!).  Groceries have gone up another 3%, it's bad when you go to the market one week for milk then go the following week and it's a dollar more.  But hey, job outlooks are supposed to look good this year and aid in the economic recovery.  You will have to excuse me but I haven't figured out yet how to type an effective equivalent to blowing a raspberry!

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

U.S. government commits avian holocaust

U.S. government commits avian holocaust with mass poisoning of millions of birds

government(NaturalNews) The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is engaged in what can only be called an avian holocaust through its Bye Bye Blackbird program that has poisoned tens of millions of birds over the last decade. The USDA even reports the number of birds it has poisoned to death in a PDF document posted on the USDA website.

Anticipating the USDA possibly removing that document, we have posted a copy on NaturalNews servers at:

The original source URL of this file was:

This document shows that, just in 2009, the following bird populations were poisoned and killed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, using taxpayer dollars: Follow link below to read more:

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hopes for the New Year

I hope every one's holiday season went well.  My hopes for my family are the same hopes for all of you, a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  Prosperous is in the eyes of the beholder I'm afraid, with government being as it is and I am curious as to what will happen with tax returns.   As long as we have a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs and bills paid, I think we are prosperous.  I think the more self-sustained we become the more prosperous we become. 
Resolutions anyone??   My resolutions are the same for the most part, get out in the garden more, produce more of our own food and educate myself more on what we can do to be less dependent.  Now is the time I start planning what will go in the ground and drool over seed catalogs.  For those starting out, the key is to start.  I've talked to many people who say they are planning to, going to, looking into it... start doing instead of burning up google.  
One gift I got this Christmas from my husband is a Presto three piece regulator pressure canner.

I have never pressure canned before!  I am looking forward to it!  For those of you new to pressure canning as I am there is a good article by Jackie Clay (of course) at Backwoods Home Magazine. I don't want to forget the Mississippi State Extension Service's resources.  Anyone with any tips they would like to share please jump in. 
And if there are topics you would like to have covered drop me a line.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Some Facts About Mississippi

Do you know the States motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms). How about the origin of the name Mississippi: From an Indian word meaning “Father of Waters” Follow this link and learn a few other known and not so known facts about Mississippi: Mississippi: History, Geography, Population, and State Facts — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108232.html#ixzz1A03QO45U
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