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The Spring Honey Harvest is Complete

We finished extracting, filtering and bottling honey. Now we need to add labels and deliver it to our local retailers and customers.
rocket launch

War Draws Closer and Nuke Threats Rises

The threat of nuclear war appears to be growing beyond mere saber rattling as NATO joins Russia in potentially deploying more nukes.
A honeybee in flight.

Busy Bees and the Honey Harvest

Summer is busy on the homestead. We have to take advantage of the warm weather to grow and harvest what food we can in a limited time.
If the war in Ukraine grows to involve NATO, expect it to move from a ground war to an air war.

Why the Lack of Artillery Shells is a Non-Issue

The ground war in Ukraine is using up the world's supply of artillery shells at a tremendous rate, but Pete says we won't need them as much in the next war.
Rioters in Washington DC. Photo by Koshu Kunii on Unspash.

Are you Ready for November?

The upcoming election carries with it the risk of civil unrest, riots, and may be taken advantage of by our enemies. Make sure you are prepared.
When the SHTF and people decide to bug out, you can count on there being plenty of traffic, night or day.

Planning and Packing for Bugging Out

Have you planned what to bring when you bug out? Do you have a list, and directions? Here's what Pete suggests people pack.
This was a state of the art pistol in the late 1990s and featured an early (and large) red dot. Pete got it out of the safe for the first time in years.

No Lawyers, Just Guns and Honey

What's Pete been doing? Shooting guns, cleaning guns, and keeping bees. Both shooting and beekeeping are good hobbies for preppers to adopt.
When purchasing four at one time, AirTags are about $20 each.

I Hid Apple AirTags in my Equipment

The pros and cons of hiding Apple AirTag in your equipment. They are cheap and give you peace of mind, but their capabilities are limited.
A sign warning people not to trespass because bees sting.

Big Bee News as the Harvest Nears

Pete is trying not to count his eggs before they hatch, but all indications point to a large spring honey harvest. And that's just part of the news.
This is an image of the Banish 22K V2 from Silencer Central. While I now own the silencer, I don't have a pistol with a threaded barrel. I took the image from their instruction manual which has no copyright notice.

More Gadgets and Gear for Prepping

Suppressors, drone sand Slim Jims. Wait, are Slim Jims a gadget? No, but Pete throws them into this round up post for your dining enjoyment.
The cans of Augason Farms food I ordered arrived undented.

Buying Number 10 Cans on Sale

Pete takes advantage of a sale to add a few more #10 cans to his long term storage. A 50-percent off sale is hard to pass up.
A family enjoying porridge for breakfast.

Why is One of the Best Prepper Meals Ignored?

This may sound like a plain, boring meal, but it kept generations alive for thousands of years. When he SHTF, don't ignore this meal.
The dog needs to be walked even in the rain, but some chores must be delayed due to bad weather.

Spring Rains Slow Homestead Projects

Just when it transitioned from cold weather to warm, the rains started, drowning out many of our homesteading chores.
Keystone canned meats for sale at Walmart and other stores make great prepper meals.

I Found the Needle in the Haystack

How to incorporate canned meats into your long term food storage program to help you survive the coming bad times.
This frame from a new split shows the queen is doing a good job laying eggs.

Checking in with My Bees and the New Queen

Our apiary grows and we may gain a second bee yard to allow for further expansion. I'm running low on equipment, too.
When the SHTF, do you have what you need to survive close at hand? An EDC day pack can increase your chances of getting home or to a safe location.

What is the Most Important Thing in your EDC?

If you are in a mass-casualty event, caught in a riot, or out of the house when disaster strikes, will your EDC be enough to hlelp you survive?
Foreclosures are not unusual in a recession.

The Bad Economic News Will Continue Until Morale Improves

As the debt spiral drags us under, it will be increasingly difficult to avoid inflation, a recession, stagflation or even hyperinflation.
It's always nice to open a beehive and find it full of bees! As the honey flow starts, the more bees there are, the more honey they will bring home.

Homestead Updates and Prepping Thoughts

Updates on the economy, precious metals pricing, our beehives, our solar power system, and the use of drones for prepping.
Canned food is one component of your food storage program.

Building Your Food Storage in Three Easy Steps

Pete discusses how to build your food storage program, what to buy, what to avoid, and how much food is enough.
Using a suppressor in the field can help hide your location from opposing forces.

BATF Form 4 Times Greatly Reduced

The wait time for Pete's new suppressors is one third of what it was several years ago, making this a great time to buy one.
Bar and chain oil are just one of may items someone counting on using small engines after the collapse should keep on hand.

Ten More Unusual but Useful Preps

Once you've address food, water, and shelter, your prepping isn't done. Here are ten preps you may need but won't find on many "top preps" lists.
$100 bills sitting on a pile of cash.

Try Acting like you are “Unbanked”

Cash may not be as convenient as paying by card or app, but it is more anonymous and can help you protect your privacy. Preppers should consider it.
An AI-generated image of what a looted grocery store might look like several days after a grid-down event.

Can you Survive the Hungry Hordes in a Grid-Down Event?

When people grow hungry, the start to get desperate, and when there is no rule of law, they can be a threat. Are you prepared for mass starvation?
A double-row of firewood on five pallets. This represnets about 40 percent of the firewood we have on hand for the coming winter.

Firewood Cutting, Splitting and Stacking

As we leave winter behind, we start preparing for the next one, laying in a good stock of firewood to dry and season over the summer.
Our finished chicken coop

Building a Predator-Proof Henhouse

Losing chickens is a part of homestead life, but you don't have to make it easy on the predators. Take steps to keep your egg-supply safe.
An example of septic tanks installed and waiting to be buried. The green lids should be at or near grade level to facilitate inspection, pumping and maintenance.

What Preppers Need to Know About Septic Systems

In most cases, your septic system will continue to work after a grid-down experience, but not aways, and not necessarily for long.
One shelf of canned goods in Pete's Prepper Pantry.

Canned Goods Versus MREs for Bugging In or Out

Canned foods and MREs can all be part of your preps, but they good for different things. We look a why you should probably store both.
An AI generated image of hippies, the generation that sought to change the world for the better and ruined it instead.

The Future that Wasn’t So Bright

When I was a kid, the future of this country seemed so bright. We were world leaders, winners, and special. Today. not so much.
Some AI artwork, not a real missile.

Israel Strikes Back in Response to Iranian Attack

As I write this around 10:30 p.m. (Eastern) on 4/18, there is breaking news that Israel is attacking Iran and Syria. It is too...
After the queen bee returns from her mating flight, she never leaves again unless the hive swarms.

Growing my Apiary the Natural Way

You can buy bees, or you can help your hives reproduce, expanding your bee yard or apiary at no cost. it just takes time and patience.
Israeli solders have to be on the lookout for trouble.

Five Steps to All-Out War in the Middle East

Only two of he five steps that will lead to an all-out war int he Middle East remain to be taken. The world holds its breath after Iran's attack on Israel.