What has this Pandemic taught you?

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Re: What has this Pandemic taught you?

Post by Clarence » Sat May 23, 2020 3:53 pm

1. Not that I needed any reminder, but number one is never trust the government to do what is right by and for the citizens.

2. Have more then what you think you need.

3. Repeat 1 & 2

Seriously, one could list a thousand items but in the end, if you have a list, just add to the quantity and look at all the related or chain type related items and add those.

And per number 1, use ones brain, detach oneself from any allegiance to the party you voted in, experience... and use the smell test on the BS being fed to you.

This is NOT a political statement on any party... but simple fact. There are lies and incompetence galore in this file and it’s continuing and will do so for foreseeable future.
Don’t worry, no need for masks, we have no shortage of food.... all BS and anyone in the know or paying the slightest attention could see the lies from a thousand feet or meter away.

I have said it before and will say it again. If one wishes to prepare for any and all manner of man made or natural disasters, you need to think and think with an open and honest mind. If one says 2,5,8, 10% ...of people will be sick, that means... % of people will not be able to work. That means lower production, which obviously means less supply on your shelves and in all likelihood higher costs. Simple, simple logic, BUT if one wished to keep the public from doing the natural and logical thing of stocking up, then you lie to them and tell them everything will be fine. No different then past wars where the mantra was, “I’ll be home for Christmas” they skipped the five years later part :shock: :shock: :lol: Funny except of course for the dead and grieving.

So for the Possible upcoming 2nd and 3rd wave, may I suggest sitting down and really going over lessons learned and ramp up preps as much as you can. IFFFFFF the following waves have a higher illness and death toll, then it’s obvious to a sack of pumice that one will have increased shortages and higher prices! Then because we live in a cold climate, with snow and freezing rain... one can logically expect power outages. All normal and usually not a big deal, except if now one is short 30...% of workforce!

Besides all the likely increased food shortages and subsequently higher costs, I am logically anticipating delays in power being restored. As we also know, large storms see crews coming in from other provinces and the states to help, well I can’t see that happening this winter! So redundant power, fuel, batteries for flashlights, making sure your not running low on meds and the obvious food and water all need a good review.

If you need new winter tires for next year, think about snagging them now!

I am going to be trying to obtain more seeds this week for next springs planting.

I am looking at building winter boxes and trying to grow kale, lettuce this winter ( very envious of you folks with green houses, very envious).

Lots to think about and I think this board will help keep these things in our minds and we won’t be caught as flat footed as some of us were for this winters fun and excitement! ( I plead guilty as well)

What the economy brings is a real wild card, we are running on peppercorns famous fiat currency and it’s getting worse by the second, so when the shoe really drops is not known to me but I can guess ( per professional knowledge) pretty good at what it will translate to and it’s not pretty. Should we get two other waves and they are as predicted worse than number one, I think next spring will figuratively look like bombed out buildings at the end of WW2. No not real buildings but the concept of destroyed lives and economies. That is of course if we continue with shutdowns, throwing borrowed and devalued money around, increased unemployment, higher food and commodity costs etc. in other words, at best continue on current Path for another 365 days.

I am not looking forward to this at all, retired now so money isn’t there like good old days and I am not as physically fit as I once was.



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Re: What has this Pandemic taught you?

Post by farmgal » Mon May 25, 2020 10:47 pm

I am finally able to get the site to load again, thanks to Denob.. I kept getting a default page.. its been driving me crazy but he must have done something because look today the site loaded.. I have reading to catch up on! WAVE HI.. missed you guys..
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Post by farmgal » Mon May 25, 2020 11:04 pm

Hope a goodly number of folks read this thread.. but update.. prep, prep, prep and garden on.

So hubby healed up good but he for the first time had a allergie flare that needs some help getting under control, but thankfully my homemade salves are helping and I am getting him on the nettle tea but its a new health challenge we have not had.

The early spring gardens are in, the heat loving gardens are going and we have added in lots .. a new asparagus bed with 135 plants, 200 more strawberry plants, 10 regular blueberry bushes, 15 haskup bushes, and I have my baby peach trees and I have a couple dozen started from seed high bush blueberry bushes.

We took down the rest of the "tree line" that needed at some point to come down, combo power line guys were going to cut it and we needed to take it down now while we still had a direction to have them fall without damage in our food forest.. So they were replaced with 82 fruiting, flowering or tea bushes.. a blend of lilac, Black choke Berry, elderberry, high bush cranberry, bosten tea bush, spice bush, haskup, chokecherry, pincherry, saskatoon, flowering quince all pretty fast growing, tight spacing and lots of under planting will be coming into play..

We also added in a new line of pixie well gooseberries, taking us from 8 bushes to 15, added in a line of black and red currents, added in 10 german wine rhubarb plants and more.. but you get the idea.

So our beef is booked for the fall, two lovely weaner piglets are now on the farm, Piggy Sue and Buddy Hoggy, 30 male meat chicks are growing like weeds, our laying hens are productive, Our duck hens are sitting and hatching clutches of between 12 to 14 ducklings.

The lambs are all growing well, shearing is going good for those that need shearing. I am prepared for the garden things for the next couple years and I have been contracted to grow more seed, so have expanded a garden area, its a combo of seed growing and fodder as well as local food sales.

My new greenhouse is trucking right along and I am LOVING IT.. now I want a bigger one lol.. I have healed so much since last year and am getting stronger by the day doing the work that needs to be done..

That's about what is new with us!
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Re: What has this Pandemic taught you?

Post by Clarence » Tue May 26, 2020 12:43 am

Very happy to hear your partner in life’s adventures is healing up. All I can say is wow! That’s a lot of stuff you have going on!

Yes to farmgals statement! prep, prep......and repeat.

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Post by farmgal » Tue May 26, 2020 1:52 am

Hubby took a week off and we went none stop for 10 days.. but so much got done.
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Re: What has this Pandemic taught you?

Post by helicopilot » Tue May 26, 2020 3:11 pm

Taught me to try and stay ahead of the next supply shortage...

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Re: What has this Pandemic taught you?

Post by Denob » Tue May 26, 2020 6:58 pm

farmgal wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 11:04 pm


So our beef is booked for the fall, two lovely weaner piglets are now on the farm, Piggy Sue and Buddy Hoggy, 30 male meat chicks are growing like weeds, our laying hens are productive, Our duck hens are sitting and hatching clutches of between 12 to 14 ducklings.

Piggy Sue & Buddy Hoggy....lol, you gotta be a certain age to get that one!
Well done!

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Re: What has this Pandemic taught you?

Post by helicopilot » Thu May 28, 2020 6:20 am

It made me realize the importance of Preparedness vs Being a Grey Man. I explain...

Prior to the pandemic, we had a a few dozen disposable "surgical" masks and a couple boxes of 50 or so N95 masks. I also still have my issued gas mask as well as a 3M full face respirator (with different filters) and a half-mask, both for hobby work. Finally we had a couple of kid-sized masks from asia that we got as a result of poor air quality index due to fires a few years ago.

In my mind, we would be good in the event of a temporary reduced AQI if we needed to evacuate the area, or in the event of a virus of sort.

Turns out that we certainly didn't have enough disposable masks. As for the other masks, they scream for attention, which is NOT good. I can't imagine the looks I would get at TSC/Peavey Mart with a full face respirator. As for the N95s, they're still sitting in the closet! They were taboo to wear as a "lay person" from the get go after they announced the poor healthcare providers had to do without. There certainly were pressures for those who had them to "surrender them" at local care facilities (yea, I'll bring mine up riiiight away...).

While I could reasonably go around for a week or 2 with disposable masks (maybe my wife is a nail tech and we had a bit of a stash as an alibi), wearing them past that point would have identified I have a stash, again, it draws attention. So the end result is that the only compromise that can be made is having home-sewn REUSABLE (washable) masks.

So, my point is that I should have realized earlier what a Grey Man prepper would do in this situation, better anticipate the home-made mask situation and find myself a reasonable source. Mrs HP can't thread a needle, let alone sew (I'm the one mending clothes at home) and we are not equipped - nor skilled!! - to make reasonable masks for the family. This leaves us at the mercy of whatever we can find on Kijiji or FB Marketplace around the area as any kind of commercial grade reusable masks are sold out everywhere.

Another hard lesson regarding masks... People sew adult masks (sometimes Men and Women sized masks) and kids masks, but neither fits "tweens." It took a bit of time to find someone willing to custom make masks at a reasonable cost.

That is all for this lesson!

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Re: What has this Pandemic taught you?

Post by Clarence » Fri May 29, 2020 6:34 pm

Heli. Per bellow, try and make a fake mask that you can wear over your N95. Make it so e multi colored design so it distracts a persons attention away from any possible seam etc, maybe a big bandana style that covers more of the face and chin/ neck area, keep your head moving as you walk so they can’t get a good look at you and your mask.

I learnt that 8 want more backup food and stuff. Meds I will be forever screwed with but at least I can set my family up better with other things, kids and wife are all on board and they always were a believer in the old man but more so now :lol: Have to say I was really impressed with how my family snapped into focus mode, Jesus was I impressed. Stocked up quickly and continued to do so, travel routes defined in case one child was cut off on main roads.

Lots to be very happy about but also now know I was not as prepared as I thought or would like.

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Re: What has this Pandemic taught you?

Post by Clarence » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:36 pm

More of a confirmation than anything else, but depending on how one looks at it, I find it hilarious or sad how the media is so silent on all the issues occur Around covid. Oh sure they give a tiny stat on cases and a a few other messages from the alleged experts on mask wearing and social distancing but it’s really void of news on all the industry’s being hit,% of mortgages behind in pay,ent, food and part shortages, no precise updates on PPE quantities in hand or on any form delivery dates, exact costs/ debts on government bailouts ( yes we are supposed to get an update on July 5th or so but guessing that will be a loosey goosey Number and of course ZERO word on how it will be repaid). Political opposition parties Don’t even appear to exist, little talk on second or third wave scenarios. There appears to be a few ideas floating around for school in September but when they mention two days in class per week, I haven’t seen anyone explain how parents will, assuming they are back to work, will just take three days off per week to homeschool!

We do talk a lot about bars and restaurants reopening but no hard hitting interviews on the hotels, air industry.... on how they are fairing or for how long they can last. Oh yes, I almost forgot, we do chatter on like children before Christmas time about how, when and if some sport will be back on. Silly me, I forgot how important that is to surviving a pandemic 🙈

Just light stats and smiles about “we are all in this together “ but zilch on any serious examination of where we are and where we will be or how we will be prepared come the fall and winter.

I have always believed in reading as much diverse news sources as possible and try and get a feel for where we truly are. Based on what I have read or in many cases “not read/ no one wishes to talk about it”. Things are not good in the empire and those who could and should be keeping us informed, appear to favor keeping us in the dark like mushrooms. Remember, if it’s good news, the smiling, hand ring, baby kissing hacks would be all over the news smiling, the opposite speaks loudly.

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