February 25, 2021

What I Did To Prep This Week: July 26th – August 1st 2020

Hello Pack. I hope you all have had a safe and productive week of prepping.

Our hay bale stack fell over in the pole barn. As you can see by the photo above, it was quite a mess to deal with, and involved baling hay a second time to get it from loose to nice and tight so it will stay in place.

I think the problem was a combination of a few loose bales (that were supposed to be set aside) and unsupervised stacking by some teenage tribe members.

Our governor mandated masks for the entire state last week, still fuming about that. I refuse to use up our stash of now incredibly hard to find masks for this needless pandemic panic.

There are only two or three pending cases in our county of 13,800 and some people. About half of the county has complied with the order, only a handful of folks wore a mask on before. No one I have spoken to has been turned away because of refusal to put on a mask.

I am still entirely baffled about the lack of logic to the whole mask wearing thing. If a mask protects germs from getting out, would that same mask not protect germs from getting in?

Once upon a time the talking heads at the CDC were worried about surface transfer, but they have since stopped telling us to really worry about that – no need to wash off your delivered groceries anymore.

In fact, when this whole thing started, those same learned folks who want us all to walk around with face coverings now, were adamant about not wearing them unless you were sick.

Evolving plans to combat the virus are one thing; after all this is the first time we have had to deal with this type of pandemic. But a complete break in logic, is another thing entirely.

Anyone who is in an at risk group surely should protect themselves by any means possible, but scaring people into compliance, threatening people into compliance, and just generally taking more control over our lives is just too much for some of us to stomach.

In other preps this week, the wild blackberries and black raspberries are still coming on very strong. I figure we have about another week of collecting them and freezing them until we start making delicious homemade jam.

Our tomato plants are robustly producing, so canning is on tap for this week. I am about to go gather more goldenrod to make salve and tincture out of.

This pretty little weed always gets a bad rap for being a hay fever instigator but it is actually the ragweed that grows alongside it that causes the sneezing and coughing.

Goldenrod has long been used by herbalists to prevent and combat kidney stones, to lower cholesterol, fight common cold symptoms, seasonal allergies, sinus infections, and even the flu.

This Weeks’ Questions

  1. How do you use goldenrod?
  2. What do you think of the ongoing pandemic and the rules being handed down to combat it?
  3. What prepping tasks, projects, and chores do you have planned for fall?
  4. What did you do to prep this week?

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