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    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 9th Jul 16, 10:08 PM
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    Nargleblast
    Brand new thread, goody goody! Looking forward to sharing new ideas.
    Debt free date.....3 August 2015
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    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 9th Jul 16, 10:18 PM
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    ivyleaf
    There's a motivational writer called Barbara Sher who calls people like me scanners. I'm a serial specialist apparently as opposed to the type who is immersed in so many things at once they can't finish any of them.

    As a prepper I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing to have a base to start from in lots of areas. It takes a lot of trial and error to learn how to grow things for example but if you have the basics it could easily mean you can ramp up production without losing a year because you don't have the first clue
    Originally posted by maryb
    Around a year ago ago DD1 emailed me a link to an article that talked about "scanners", so I'm guessing it was by Barbara Sher. DD1 simply said "Remind you of anyone?"
    I think she was just so relieved to know there were other people like her because she had never come across one!
    • maryb
    • By maryb 9th Jul 16, 10:22 PM
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    maryb
    Makes us dabblers feel good about ourselves.

    There is another one whose name I can't remember who calls us Renaissance People

    Don't somehow think I'm quite in Leonardo da Vinci's league
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 9th Jul 16, 10:24 PM
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    ivyleaf
    Thanks for the link to the book maryb. I'll tell DD about it
    We were thinking of Leonardo da Vinci too (or Leonard of Quirm...)
    Last edited by ivyleaf; 09-07-2016 at 10:26 PM.
    • tooties
    • By tooties 9th Jul 16, 10:50 PM
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    tooties
    I would like to join please? I can't promise to post very often but i will read most days.

    Neither of my good for nothing parents taught me anything about life, well apart from how not to parent. So i have had to pick up all i know from trial and error, adult education, you tube and this website. I am also fully aware that i will continue to learn every day.

    Regards
    :dro ol:
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 9th Jul 16, 11:20 PM
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    ivyleaf
    Welcome tooties I was just having a last look at the thread before going to bed, and there you were!
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 9th Jul 16, 11:26 PM
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    milasavesmoney
    Welcome tooties! Glad to have you amoung us! Post all you want with questions, observations, things that work for you etc.
    "Until God opens the next door, praise Him in the hallway." Kelly Wahlquist
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 9th Jul 16, 11:31 PM
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    milasavesmoney
    Long time lurker here, I have learned loads from these threads in the past and hope to continue to learn more.
    I don't post much but read every day and like to hear everyone's views.

    Originally posted by melodramaticme
    So glad to have you Melo! We would love to hear your views, insights, tips, general everyday musings... Anything you would like to ask or share.
    "Until God opens the next door, praise Him in the hallway." Kelly Wahlquist
    • armyknife
    • By armyknife 10th Jul 16, 12:31 AM
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    armyknife
    I'm now fully prepared for this thread to not turn out to be the definitive prepping thread. ;-)
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 10th Jul 16, 1:10 AM
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    milasavesmoney
    http://survivalcache.com/top-100-items-to-dissappear-first/

    For you AK.
    This is an American list so some things might not be applicable (i.e.: guns and ammo) but it's a starting place.
    It's also a survival list and not a make it through a resession list.
    Last edited by milasavesmoney; 10-07-2016 at 1:18 AM.
    "Until God opens the next door, praise Him in the hallway." Kelly Wahlquist
    • ancientofdays
    • By ancientofdays 10th Jul 16, 7:11 AM
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    ancientofdays
    Hello, some comments have made me think about my skills and skills that are lacking.

    My mum, bless her, didn't teach me to cook. I taught myself and am quite good at it. My dad did teach me about gardening, That's useful but I have never been an ornamental gardener, I like growing food.

    I am a knitter, always have something on the go, usually for friends. I can and do sew but don't really enjoy it. Technically I can crochet but I don't think anyone would ever want to wear something that I've crocheted.

    I can make wine and beer.

    We've got some savings, those will be depleted as we are hoping to move, I have a little gold in the form of jewellery. We keep basic food stores and my OH reckons we could hold out in a siege for a fair while.

    I suppose my main thing is that I tend to make do and mend as far as possible. And if it ain't broke, I don't fix it.

    I can do DIY, but not plumbing, electrics or gas, though am not great up ladders, as I feel wobblesome off the ground.

    I can and do earn a decent though not lavish salary to keep my family. But this will come to an end as I am past retirement age and would like some time to do things.

    I am not sure that this is enough prepping though. Perhaps I should learn some new skills.
    • suzybloo
    • By suzybloo 10th Jul 16, 7:44 AM
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    Can I jump aboard again too? Not been on a while, but my prepping learned from here helped us through a difficult patch in November when I gave up full time work due to health issues. My store cupboards and freezers were full, Christmas was half sorted and various other prepping bits and bobs made such a difference.
    We were fortunate our parents taught us many skills from wallpapering, gardening - both ornamental and practical veg, cooking and sewing etc. Many which we have used constantly, over the years. I even remember my mum sitting down every Friday with the wee hard backed notebook budgeting for the week - something which I suppose was much needed in the early 70's.
    Giving up work in November has seen me teach myself Fair Isle knitting, and this year we have loads of veg growing in pots, so although a big life change in some respects it has been an easier transition having these skills to call on. I have also got a band of folks together and we are in the process of sorting out ground for allotments in the town, with council backing, fingers crossed we will have land in the next six weeks.
    Today's chores are baking for the week, thinning out the tomato leaves, and tying up the green beans, planting some more salad stuff and other odds and ends which will grow before winter, which is short term prepping but the extra pennies I can save go into the SHTF pot for the long term future.
    Have a good Sunday - albeit another wet one here ��
    Every days a School day!
    • maryb
    • By maryb 10th Jul 16, 7:53 AM
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    maryb
    Suzy that's a real prepping success story though so sorry you have health issues. Hope you are able to overcome them
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • worn out mum
    • By worn out mum 10th Jul 16, 8:02 AM
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    worn out mum
    Just unlurking to say DH and I are having to learn everything for ourselves. Luckily DH is trained as an electrician and has self tought (sp?) everything from mechanics to plumbing and joinery.
    I've learnt cooking from scratch, preserving, gardening, sewing and just learning to knit. I'm another one who moves on when I've learnt something.
    We're also trying teaching our kids (3 boys under 9) these skills too and my FIL seems keen to learn gardening from us now he's retired
    • maryb
    • By maryb 10th Jul 16, 8:13 AM
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    maryb
    With three boys under 9 I'm impressed you had time to learn all that. With luck, as they get older and can use all the skills you are teaching them, you won't always be a worn out mum!
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 10th Jul 16, 8:21 AM
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    pineapple
    One of the little rascals has decided to potty indoors, which she has never done before. I'm really teed off as it is not my fault her mommy has to travel. Any suggestions?
    Originally posted by milasavesmoney
    Well it could be an anxiety/behavioural thing.
    Or it could be spay incontinence.
    Or a urine infection.
    Or 'marking'.
    There ya go!
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Jul 16, 8:45 AM
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    moneyistooshorttomention
    It was my first thought that maybe the dog is weeing indoors as an anxiety thing (dont know quite why this hasnt happened before if so...but there may have been a "doggy incident"?).

    A friends recently adopted rescue cat has quite a tendency to see off all kitty comers to "her" garden. She doesnt seem to initiate fights - but she won't accept any other cats on her territory and ends up getting upset and injured defending it. Hopefully the "marauders" will soon learn not to set paw on her garden again. Meanwhile - I'm guessing she is so determined to "see them off" precisely because she is a rescue cat and is making it plain to her owners (trans. "slaves") that she is quite happy where she is now thank you and doesnt intend to be re-homed again. So I guess that's an anxiety thing on her part? Just a shame she can't read my friends' mind about her - as my friend is obviously pretty fond of her already.

    Meanwhile - I must stop procrastinating and get out into that garden again. I've come a long way towards getting it "up and running" - but still got some heavy-duty work to finish to get it "sorted". Starting to reap the rewards - I ate about 6 different types of plant from there yesterday. The experiment with trying to make "kale chips" out of dandelion leaves (ie to see if I would find them edible that way) was reasonably successful. So I removed bigger midribs from the leaves, sprayed a little olive oil on them and baked in oven for about 10 minutes. When taken out - sprinkled with sea salt. Not a "substantial" type thing to eat - but a possible useful "added extra nibble" and I'm guessing dandelion leaves have all sorts of useful nutrients in them.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 10-07-2016 at 8:49 AM.
    ploughing my own furrow...

    They have lessons in schools these days on resisting peer pressure
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 10th Jul 16, 8:45 AM
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    Nargleblast
    I get the impression that with dogs that sort of thing is anxiety

    With cats, it's revenge

    Cats can sulk to Olympic standard
    Originally posted by maryb
    Or over excitement, if Molly the collie is anything to go by. She is only seven months old though, so a work in progress.
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    August NSDs. 05 of 15
    • maryb
    • By maryb 10th Jul 16, 9:00 AM
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    maryb
    Glad you found us Cheel and glad you had such a good birthday
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 10th Jul 16, 9:01 AM
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    Bedsit Bob
    The rabbit will come in handy, if there's ever a major food shortage.
    My job is Top Secret. Even I don't know what I'm doing.

    Amount I have so far denied the BBC - £1161
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