Thoughts for Thursday…

I share my Thoughts for Thursday every week. Just a quick update on things and the world.

Been a crazy week so far here in the Carolinas. We had a massive storm system move through the area this weekend then more storms yesterday. I was out directing traffic at one flooded intersection until DOT arrived. Wednesday we had more thunderstorms that ended in tornado warnings. It has been confirmed that there were at least two tornadoes in the county I work EMS. Several people were killed in neighboring communities.

Cowards have networked together to attack the UK. There were over 20 killed and much more injured at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Interesting how she is pro immigration and pro refugees, but then her concert gets bombed.

With that, the UK military is now patrolling the streets near many large public attractions. The police aren’t allowed to carry weapons with the exception of specially trained officers. Just wondering what folks here in the US would think if the government deployed the military in an effort to hunt terrorists.

Decided to get a second job. It’s not hard labor and pays pretty well. I’m hoping that this will put me a few steps ahead as I pay for medical bills and other needed things.

I’m very pleased with my decision to buy the S&W Shield 9mm. Lightweight and almost forgettable when worn IWB, the gun is worth its money. I’ve shown it to a few friends and all of them are wanting one. Got to say S&W knocked one out of the park when they brought this one out.

So what’s going on with you?


Mullein is a healing plant that’s found all over the world. It is also called Verbascum. I’ve found it many times out on the roadsides or in the edges of fields. As I was taking a walk near a hydroelectric dam and looked down to find a massive example. They like areas with drier soil.

The uses for this plant are numerous but it’s most famous for treating respiratory issues. Typically you would dry the younger more tender leaves and crush them into a powder for tea. To use it take a heaping tablespoon and pour boiling water over the top in a pot then cover and let steep. Be sure to strain it to remove any of the fine hairs. Those hairs can be irritating to the throat. It can be used for coughs, pleurisy, laryngitis, and swollen glands. I have personally seen someone place a towel over their head and breath in the steam for slight asthma exacerbation.

If you make an oil from the flowers, use it for aches, pains, and a rubbing for hemorrhoids.

A poultice can be made by placing a leaf or two in a dish, pouring boiling water over top, and when cool applying to the affected area for splinters, pain, and to alleviate sore backs and broken ribs. A partial leaf poultice can be used to help draw splinters and boils as well.

What other uses have you got for Mullein aka Verbascum?

Referenced from Backyard Medicine by Matthew Seal and Julie Bruton-Seal.

MONDAY!!! What did you do to prep this week?

What did you do to prep this week? A weekly post about the various things I do to help myself and my family/friends become better prepared.

I took the entire week off from work and it was much needed. Had to go to Tennessee and while there visited some friends. While on the road I hooked up my CB for some comms testing. The radio in question is an old realistic. They don’t even make them anymore but it worked flawlessly.

Taken with my Nikon Coolpix L830 camera while on trail in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.

Thursday I traded a Mossberg 930 that was functioning quite right for that Weatherby Mark V I told you about. I owe $400 on the rifle now. Testing, video, and pictures to follow when I bring her home.

While in Tennessee I did a bit of horse trading with a guy I know that sells optics at the local flea market. I managed to trade a Ka-Bar BK9 knife for a Millet TRS-1 4-16×50 riflescope that’s slightly used. Testing to commence once mounted on the Weatherby.

Went out on a hike and did some edible plant identification. Look for a wild foods post coming soon. While I was hiking plants found included:

Wild Strawberries
Black Berries
Black Walnut
River Birch
various types of Violets

I also found a really awesome Shelf Fungus. First time for me. They are great for holding an ember. Basically, you take a slice out of a dried one and strike a ferrocerium rod or some other sparking device and it will smolder for hours. Great way to transport fire in bad conditions as well.

All together it was a fun week. How was yours?

How to store food for long term preps…

I show you how to store food for long term. It is incredibly easy and cost saving.

There are very few items needed but they need to be high quality. Below I added a video I made to walk you through the steps. For ease, here’s a material list. All you have to do is click on the link to be taken to Amazon to purchase

Mylar Bags: I highly recommend the PackFreshUSA brand. They are heavy duty and make a great seal.

You can see the excellent vacuum seal that the oxygen absorber made. The PackFreshUSA bags have held up well over the last year and continue to hold vacuum.

5-gallon buckets: I used Home Depot brand, but any food grade bucket will do. The bags are available in any size so storing is easy. Don’t forget your Lids for the buckets

Sealer: I used the Fahrenheit brand 450-degree straightener. It worked excellently.

Food… In this case, I used Mahatma brand rice in the 20lb bag. Costs about $10 for 20 pounds.

If you found this helpful then be sure to share. If you have questions then be sure to leave a comment.

Thoughts for Thursday…

I share my Thoughts for Thursday every week. Just a quick update on things and the world.

The Norks claim to be able to launch a nuclear weapon now. According to their claim as reported by Fox News, the missile flew over 1,000 miles higher than the ISS.

With that said, apparently Washington state feels that it doesn’t need to prep for a nuclear holocaust because they prep for earthquakes and tsunamis instead.

I’m hoping to have more videos coming. They will be posted on Youtube HERE or you can see them when they get loaded with an article.

The local pawn shop has a kick ass deal on a Weatherby Mark V. $800!!! This is going on layaway if it’s still there tomorrow. These weapons are stupid accurate. The one I’m looking at is in .30-06 since it’s in my favorite caliber.

Y’all have a great rest of the week!

MONDAY!!! What did you do to prep this week?

What did you do to prep this week? A weekly post about the various things I do to help myself and my family/friends become better prepared.

I sold my Taurus Millennium that I did the review on. It felt like it was time to get a dedicated to concealed carry pistol. So I decided to use the money to buy a S&W Shield and extra mag. Speaking of the Shield it’s doing great. One of the best gun purchases I’ve made in a long time. Had a very interesting discussion with the family about preparedness. The are like-minded and feel the need as well. Received a copy of “Absolute Anarchy” by Johnny Jacks. Started reading it. Look for a write-up coming soon.

A friend sent some pretty awesome items and I want to give big thanks to him. I received a finger pulse ox reader as well as an automated blood pressure cuff.

The calibration on the BP cuff seems right on and is accurate. Had a meeting with some prepper friends of mine. Did a communication check from the BOL and got to 5 miles. We could really bump it up using a better antenna set up. Also looked into getting a 40-watt GMRS radio. That’s about it for me. How about you?

Why you may want to consider bugging out…

If you followed my post HERE about a beginner’s bug out bag, then you may be wondering why you even need it. By definition, bugging out means to leave in a hurry. When it comes to preparedness, there are many reasons you may want to bug out from hurricanes to earthquakes.

So what does this mean? Panic never helps anything so we are going to skip #1 and move on to #2. The purpose in bugging out is to get to safety. You could be at work, on the road, or away on vacation. Without prior knowledge, some kind of disaster happens. Maybe a train derails and lets out a cloud of chlorine gas. A tornado warning has been issued and you need to find a safe room to hide in. There could even be riots taking place. Basically, you have to move out of the area, and you have to move now.

“Bug Out as defined by Google”

In the EMS world, there are several reasons you may need to bug out. Almost every reason has to do with scene safety. Maybe you arrive on the scene to find a tanker has rolled during an MVA. You and your team safely extricate the patient, but there is fuel everywhere. Bugging out, aka leaving in a hurry, would be advised. You could also arrive on the scene to an unknown disturbance and quickly find yourself in an active shooting. Bugging out would be a great idea.

So what does this mean for the average civilian? You saw a recent headline that said storms may be entering the area bringing heavy rains and possible flooding. Knowing that you live in a local flood zone, you think about avenues for escape and what supplies you may want to bring with you in case you have to run for high ground. As the rain starts you are listening to the radio and hear a report that localized flash flooding is occurring, and some roads may become impassable. This happens frequently due to hurricanes and heavy thunderstorms. Knowing that the water may reach your home, you gather your things and flee to safety. You effectively “Bugged Out”.

The Baltimore riots that occurred after the Freddie Gray shooting are a prime example of a need to “Bug Out”. Image courtesy of the “Telegraph

In my local area of South Carolina people have had to bug out due to wildfires, flooding, severe storms, tornados, hurricanes, and many other reasons. Having a good plan to reach safety is important. Even if you live in the best location possible, having a plan to bug out could save your life.

Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm First Impressions

I’ve been keeping my eyes out for a decent concealed carry weapon for the past few months. A friend was in need of a defensive pistol so after 2 years of use I sold my Taurus Millennium G2… With that, a trip to Palmetto State Armory was in store for me.

Smith & Wesson has been doing a promotion on the pistols since April where you are given a certain amount off. In the case of the Shields, the amount is $75 off. After handling the weapon, I decided to pull the trigger so to speak and purchase the weapon after doing a little research.

Taken directly from the website of Smith and Wesson at

The weapon is a lot different than the Taurus I had. Overall quality is superior for one. It’s tight fitting, has a better finish, and overall seems to be a better-made weapon. The capacity is on par with 1911 style pistols so that had me thinking of a third magazine quickly. I believe in high capacity to improve the chance of survivability. Check out was quick and painless with PSA giving me a uniform discount. Since the weapon was already on sale and at discount, I received 10% off the extra mag, and 5% off of the box of Hornady 115gr Critical Duty ammunition. Just remember to have your ID ready to go when you checkout.

With a new pistol comes the need to shoot… PSA has an indoor range at the Fernandina Rd store so a quick walk through the store had me buying a box a range ammunition and a target. I make a point to keep hearing and eye protection in my vehicle just in case any need arises.

Top down view showcases the thin profile.

Once inside with the target set up at 10 yards, I started to load the new magazines. The were STIFF! Once I had them fully loaded I I started shooting. The gun shoots tight and accurately but printed slightly left by about 2″. I’ll be needing to adjust my sight a bit. The gun was slightly snappy but not overly so. Follow up shots are fast and positive. Double taps into the vital areas felt confident and were accurate. 50 rounds later left my thumbs sore from loading the stiff magazines.

Thinking of a concealed carry holster, I remembered that I still had my old DeSantis holster from my Taurus. Sure enough, the Shield fit perfectly. That holster can be found HERE. Carrying the weapon is effortless. The thin profile and short flush fitting magazine contribute to easy concealment. It feels light, and almost forgettable when worn IWB. Both 8 round magazines ride easily in the jean pocket, and with the baseplate, makes for an easy draw. Dinner at the local BBQ joint was easy going and comfortable.

Overall my first impressions of the Smith and Wesson Shield 9mm are very positive. It promotes a sure confidence in public while staying hidden from prying eyes. My wife didn’t even notice me wearing it when she came home. Further testing will reveal if the Shield becomes a permanent fixture on my hip.

Images featured can be found at Palmetto State Armory’s website

What did you do last week to prep?

Monday’s posts will always be about what we’ve done as preppers to become better prepared. Join me every week as I talk about my latest preps and plans.

A group member and I scavenged some large capacity batteries for his solar system. Also found a large inverter with breakers and outlets. This will be designed to keep essential medications cold for long-term viability.

I put together a simple fishing kit since I added an Ugly Stick last time. Now I have the kit and am ready to go fishing.

Planning a trip to see some fellow preppers I know. They are in Tennessee. It’ll be a 3-day trip.

Sold my Taurus Millenium G2. I’m wanting something different such as an M&P Shield. Looked at PSA’s site and I may go with a DMR styled upper instead….

Wife is signed up for a shooting class. The instructor is excellent.

Got some shooting practice in by shooting my Glock 17 Gen 4. That weapon has always been 100% reliable.

Got a new book I’m starting to read… It’s called Absolute Anarchy. Have you read it? It’s by Johnny Jacks. Seems pretty good so far. Look for a review coming.

So how about you? What have you done?