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Homestead Update 12/30/2017

30 Dec


The weatherman is predicting night time temperatures in the single digits for the next few days so I have been preparing. I know you Northerners are accustomed to these temps and you stay prepared but it is rare for us to be in the single digits. I pulled my two generators out and cranked them up and let them run making sure they were ready. I bought 15 gallons of Kerosene for my heaters and lamps. It is a big pain getting kerosene out of a 5 gallon can into these items so I bought this fuel pump. I had one that is a manual model but it doesn’t work too well, but this battery model is the cat’s meow! Just flip the switch and it pumps away. I wish I had bought one sooner. I wrapped my outside water faucets with insulation to keep them from freezing. The faucets are the only thing I have exposed, I hope I covered them enough!


I worry about Jethro and Wilma in these bitter temps, but I have made them as comfortable as possible. Brandi goes out with me in the mornings when I feed them and she wears her insulated vest for two reasons. One is to keep warm, but the other is to have a bright fluorescent color to dissuade the Coopers Hawks from swooping down and snatching her up. Without her vest, she looks just like a rabbit running across the yard! I take her out and check all around before I put her down, but I still keep her close to me. Keep prepping everyone!


Ice Storm Warning

24 Jan

The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for us this evening. That’s not what I want to hear. It is bad enough to get snow, but ice and freezing rain is all together a different matter. So, I spent a couple of hours getting prepared just in case.


I made sure all of our flashlights had good batteries and plenty of spares on hand.


I made sure I could find my small propane cylinders for my propane lanterns and cookers.


I checked out my kerosene heaters and made sure I had plenty of fuel.


I checked my propane heater and made sure I had extra fuel.


I made sure my firewood was stacked and accessible.


I checked my chainsaw in case I have to cut some downed trees or limbs.


I made sure my generator was serviced up and ready to go.


I checked my emergency radio and made sure I had spare batteries. Yesterday I showed you the pantry, so you know I am OK as far as food supplies. I’m OK for extra water as well. I already have a post scheduled on that subject coming up in a day or two. So, it looks like I am all set if the storm hits, I sure hope I don’t need any of this stuff, but it sure feels good to know I have it if I need it.

Preparedness: Part 4

28 Jan

I will continue our discussions on preparedness with a few ideas on electric generators. I have one similar to this;


You need to have a place to store this unit as well as the fuel to run it, so this might not be something everyone can do, especially those of you just starting to get prepared. You can use this generator to run your light, televisions, computers, as well as your refrigerators and freezers. During the last big power outage, I didn’t have my generator yet, but I have one now! Our neighbor had one and he went around to the homes of his friends and family and hooked up the generator to their freezers for an hour a day to keep their foods frozen. He probably saved many hundreds of dollars of food for these people, I hope they were grateful. I noticed these huge generators in Missouri recently.


This was outside of a convenience store next to the interstate where I stop for gas and a Subway sandwich when I am working in the area. I asked the owner about the generators and he said last year when the big storm hit, he was without power for 10 days. He said he could not stand to be out of business that long ever again, so he will be prepared the next time! Be prepared.

Preparedness: Part 2

19 Jan

Earlier we discussed the importance of being prepared for a three-day weather related emergency, and we decided that was something we could accomplish. So now we have 3 days worth of water, food and medicine. That is a good start, so let’s continue with other things you will need. First let’s be sure we have a manual can opener because if the power is off your electric can opener won’t work. So be sure and get one of these….


Yes, some of the cans of food you have may have easy opening tops, but all of them won’t. You would be very unhappy to have a stack of can goods and not have an opener. And yes, you could probably open them with a knife, but you could also slice your hand so let’s just go with the can opener for safety. But seeing this opener reminds me of a funny story. Sweet Thing and I were shopping in an Antique Mall on the downtown square in Covington, Tennessee. While we were there, a teenage girl came into the store, she and a friend were watching her Mom’s store next door. They wanted to open a can of soup for lunch but the electric opener wasn’t working. She asked to borrow one from the owner of the Antique store, so he gave her a manual opener. About 10 minutes later, the girl came back with the opener and the can of soup. They could not figure out how to open the soup with the manual opener, they had never seen one! Heaven help us when the younger generations are in charge of taking care of us in our golden years! Anyway, that will take care of opening the canned food. Now you will need something to heat up that food. Yes, you could probably eat it all cold, but some things would be much better heated up. In my previous posts, I discussed some of the thing I have on hand for emergency cooking, but I will show some of them again in case you missed the previous posts. You can use an outdoor grill if you have one on the patio or in the yard, but the weather may be bad, and cooking out doors could be difficult. For safe, indoor cooking if you don’t have a gas range you can use a table top cooker like this Burton cooker.


Or you might use a Coleman cooker like this one.


Either one would be fairly inexpensive and safe for indoor use. So now we can open and cook the food, but if the power is off, you will need a source of light to be able to see. So let see a list of possible options.


You can get a lantern similar to this with battery included for around $4.00 in many stores.

battery lantern

You can get a battery-powered lantern like this, a little more expensive but perfectly safe.

gas lantern

You can get a gas-powered lantern, a little more expensive but very dependable. You will need to be a little more cautious with this for safety reasons.

kerosene lantern

You could get a kerosene lantern like this at Wal-Mart for around $7.00. Very inexpensive, but still a safety concern.


You could keep a supply of these, they don’t give off much light but they are absolutely safe and not a fire hazard.

glowstick braclets

They also have glow stick bracelets. If you have small children, they might be afraid of the dark in an emergency so this would give them something to play with and take their mind off of the emergency. Plus it would give you a good way to keep up with them if their wrists are glowing.


You can also get this style of emergency candle for a few dollars at most Dollar Stores. And I know a lot of you already have scented candles like this.


I have several dozen of these put back for emergencies. I buy them after the holiday seasons are over, such as pumpkin scented ones after Halloween for 75% off and candy cane scented ones after Christmas for 75% off. They don’t give off a lot of light but you can wrap a piece of aluminum foil around the back to reflect more light.


Again, be careful around open flames especially if you have children or pets. These are some inexpensive and easy ideas for light in an emergency, but they are not the only solutions. you could have an electric generator or solar-powered back up lights, but that is a whole different level of preparedness so we will leave that for another day.