Sat. Aug. 10, 2019 – Nuts!

79F and 90%RH. Another sunny day… and HOT!

I’ve got my non-prepping hobby meeting today. It’s been great meeting people I would never have met, and it got me into the ham radio lunch group, where I’ve met even more people, including some who are prepping. Get out into meatspace!

Other than adding a couple of cans to the shelves, prepping was pretty slow this week. I did buy a couple of submersible pumps for <$10. I've never really needed pumps, but with all the flooding we get, it seemed prudent to grab them since they were so cheap. Garden continues pretty much unchanged. Still only one orange on the tree. Two tiny apples on one tree, none on the other. Something is eating the leaves from one of the apple trees, so I'll be spraying a broad insecticide later today. I checked, and it's a cuke vine that has survived in the side garden. Not producing cukes yet, but still alive. That beats all the other zukes and cukes. Pepper plants still producing more than I eat, but that's it. I'm looking forward to getting something in the ground for fall. The world around us continues towards war and madness. The Russians seem to be having a bit of trouble, first with their sub, now with a missile... India and Pakistan are back at it. China's still pushing it in the areas it wants to intimidate. Iran is still nuts. Domestically, people are losing their minds. Epstein's web of connections is finally coming to light. HRC has faded from the public consciousness though, which is worrying- I like to SEE the spiders, not have them spinning in the dark. WRT public violence, we're just getting started folks. CW2 seems to be an idea that keeps growing and becoming widespread. Those sorts of ideas have a way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy. It doesn't take long for things to change dramatically once that switch flips. I think moving local organized violence up your list of reasons to prep is a smart move at this time. That means stealthing out, getting out of dodge, or increasing defensive measures. Or all of the above. Prices on defensive tools are still reasonable. The panic hasn't started yet. Don't put off any needed purchases too long. Consider armor. I think it will be next on the chopping block. Extremity injuries are much easier to deal with than chest and abdomen, just saying. One of our compatriots is putting his plan into action and moving to reduce his exposure to the primary risk here in the Houston area- hurricanes and flooding. I'm a bit amazed, and definitely supportive. Make a plan, act on it! Stock up, stack it high, and get out into your community. Local local local... nick as always, share what you've gotten done lately