Joe’s Prepping Diary: 09/18/2011

September 18, 2011

Prepping Diary

Got up and did the normal farm chores this morning before heading to church. Went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch afterward. Pretty good.

After church and lunch we took a family nap, well most of us did. A couple of family members decided that there was little need for that much sleep in one day. Ahh, the joys of youth when naps were dreaded.

After I awoke, I went outside and bush hogged down part of the pasture that was covered in ragweed. There’s still more out there, but hopefully this will cut down on the pollen in the air that is wreaking havoc on Laura’s sinuses.

It had been a while since I had started the tractor so there were several false starts. First, it was out of fuel. And so were we. So I loaded 5 5-gallon containers and made the short run to the gas station. It’s a sad day when the pumps will only allow $75 worth of fuel and that will not fill up the 5 containers.

After putting fuel in the tractor, I tried to start it but the battery had run down while sitting there. Fortunately I have a battery charger that also has a cranking setting and I was able to jump it off.

While I was connecting the bush hog to the back of the tractor, I was greeted by 4 or 5 wasps that were rather annoyed with my jostling of the farm implement. Another trip back up to the house to get the wasp spray.

Finally I was able to mow down the flowering weeds. Hopefully this will help with the amount of offending pollen in the air. But this does serve to remind me that if you don’t routinely use something you should not count on it being ready for immediate use in a time of need. This is particularly important in survival and TEOTWAWKI situations. Check your stuff regularly.

I also moved some firewood from an older location to the newer place where we store it. The older two kids helped with this. We burn a pretty good amount of firewood each winter. I still need to collect more but we’re well on our way for this winter.

For dinner, we had what has come to be a family tradition of frozen pizza on Sunday nights. We garnished it with carrots and celery.

I made Brownie Pudding in the dutch oven outside for dessert. It turned out really well. I’m much more of a fruit dessert kind of guy, but my oldest daughter, who has a serious sweet tooth for all things chocolate, had her heart set on trying this new recipe. I’m glad we did.

Got everyone ready for bed, read for a short while and then called it a night.

One Comment on “Joe’s Prepping Diary: 09/18/2011”

  1. Laura Says:

    Let me clarify- in the last two days, Joe has reported eating frozen pizza and canned biscuits. This is NOT typical food for us! Yes, we have things like that on occasion when I can get find them for 25 cents, for a “treat,” or to facilitate quick dining on very busy nights, but I do not make a habit of buying junk to feed our family. What would be the point of sneaking beans into the brownies only to sabotage their colon health with refined flour and 18 preservatives as a matter of course? šŸ™‚

    I have often made pizza from scratch with whole wheat or multi-grain flour and even when we do buy deli-made pizzas from Sam’s, I almost always pulverize squash, zucchini, spinach, or some such thing and hide it under the cheese.

    I do not advocate becoming too dependent on processed or unhealthy foods, but every once in a while, get the canned biscuits and make Monkey Bread with your toddler and create some happy memories of cooking side by side.


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