Today we talk about homesteading, community, using your mind to set yourself up for success, hard work, and more with Tag from Life Done Free and John Willis of Special Operations Equipment

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What are you waiting for? The New Year? Monday morning? Your next physical exam? The end of a particularly stressful time? Today is the day to start. 

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Thanksgiving was so easy with a deep pantry – no fighting the crowds at the grocery store
  • Cow arriving this week, had a closeout holler neighbor sale and deep cleaned one freezer
  • Venisons are processed: 4 ham roasts (to be cured), ground, breakfast sausage, steaks
  • The tinfoil story

 

Weekly Shopping Report

No report this week

 

Frugality Tip from Margo

So we just had a little Halloween party. I put out a veggie and dip tray. So I buy a celery and a bag of carrots and the like.  I cut up veggies for the tray and then make two bags to put in the freezer. One with the tops and such for stock and then dice up some veggies in another bag to add to soups and stews. 

 

Use all the parts of the vegetables and save yourself some money in the long run. 

 

Operation Independence

  • Loading up on meat
  • Thoughts on sheep and winter timing
  • Christmas Gift Workshop Tickets, Dec 17 at 9 am

 

Main topic of the Show: The End is Near – What Are You Waiting For?

 

What are you waiting for? The new moon? The New Year? Monday?

<thoughts on this>

 

Reasons to fail are many: <List them>

 

Reason to succeed are there too, but we often refuse to see them

<story: not practicing classical voice>

 

The bigger question is this: why do we choose to fail?

  • Lazy
  • Easy
  • Fear of failure – as in real failure
  • Fear of success
  • I don’t really want to do it

 

The big reason: Change=losing a piece of yourself

 

As we sit in a very significant week: Tactical’s first year

 

I got to thinking about all the excuses we make to delay starting – yet starting is often the only thing we need to do to succeed – as in start every day. Without fail. And when you do fail, start again. And again. And again.

 

This is the time of year when LFTN starts discussing the word of the year.

 

 

So questions come up: 

  1. Are you done with this year’s word of goals?

 

 If yes, why not start early on next year? What is stopping you? What are you waiting for? You can do so much in the next 4 or 5 weeks.

 

If no, what do you need to do to focus on the most important things so that you DO finish your goals.

 

We often fail at new years resolutions precisely because we make a bigger deal out of the timing, rather than succeeding at the goal.

 

Back to T – We will be having a delicious steak meal on Thursday to celebrate one year of sobriety. And that celebration is a good thing.

 

But he didnt succeed by saying “Monday I will start”, or “Screw it, Christmas is around the corner, I will quit after that.”

 

He did it through making the hard decision every day, multiple times a day. He did it through addressing core underlying stressors. He did it by grieving a part of himself that will no longer be in his life – a part he sort of liked, I suspect.

 

And he started the last day of November when he realized NOW I will really make this improvement.

 

What about you? Are you ready to make your move? To Lose that weight? To cut those cigarettes? To add that side hustle? To plant that garden? To organize that house? 

 

To let go of whatever you hang onto as part of your personality that keeps you delaying the start? To embrace that change is good – and also sometimes sad?

 

What are you waiting for? Today is your day.

 

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Join LFTN listener, permaculturist, and Still Side Hustling Sam Billings as he tells the story of how he realized that a JOB is part of what he needs in place to build the life he wants. Read more


Every Friday, we record our Homestead Happenings update, followed by a questions and answers session. Today’s podcast is the questions and answers session from yesterday’s podcast. We cover: Livestock Guardian Dogs, cooking roasts, livestock and more.

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Today we talk about what Thanksgiving was like at the Holler Homestead, update you on the state of the livestock, talk about fermenting garlic and more.

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Forage

  • Root veggies
  • Persimmons
  • Winter herbals like Mullein
  • Watercress is bouncing back after the freeze
  • Lettuce looks great in the aquaponics system
  • Duckweed

 

Livestock

  • It’s raining deer
  • Muscovey’s need wings clipped, no dang eggs
  • Brownie has an appointment with a lady
  • HH Sheep are on hay (1 bale a week right now)
  • Off site sheep are still able to graze
  • Rabbits are bred, we hope

 

Harvest Meals

  • Pottage or Holler Stew
  • FERMENTING GARLIC
  • Smoked Brisket the day before Thanksgiving
  • Sign up for the mailing list – chestnut dressing
  • Blueberry/Cranberry Sauce Recipe

 

Winter on the Homestead

  • Turned the AP back on as we have a set of time without a freeze
  • Using up the not great firewood
  • Log Splitter needs to go to the welder

 

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Holler Thanksgiving and Game Night

 

Infrastructure

  • Do you want a fencing workshop?
  • Redid power to the upper pasture
  • Watering the food forest was easy with microswales

 

Finances

  • Spent $120 on a pastured turkey, Yep. You heard me right. Other than that, we only bought cranberry, butter and apples for Thanksgiving and fed 11. Meal cost was $150.
  • Rolling turkey into stew, casseroles, and another 3-4 meals this week. What are your turkey leftover ideas?

 

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Today we talk about food shortages, owning your life, logical preparedness and more with Black Scout Survival and John Willis.

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Boost O Gram Wednesday!

 

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Today’s show is an update on my word of the year, courage, and how it is progressing, lessons learned.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Pantry Webinar
  • Year end pantry restock
  • Shopping list for Thanksgiving: 1 apple, 1 bag cranberries, maybe some butter (Explain why)
  • New Rabbit Recipe: bacon, rabbit, butter, onion, garlic, rosemary, juniper berries, cinnamon, sage, carrot, celery, tomato (Rabbit Bolognese anyone?)

 

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Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

We made our usual three stops this Saturday, plus one other. Our first stop was Dollar Tree. The coolers are mostly empty now. They still have some Rip-it, but even that cooler wasn’t even half full. The food aisles still look good though, and other shelves are also stocked. Before parking, we passed by where a new Michael’s (a craft store; competes with Hobby Lobby) will be opening soon. I’m surprised it isn’t open yet, but we’ll check it again if we go out next weekend. That’s unlikely to be Saturday this time, due to the beginning of the holiday feeding frenzy.

Next stop was Home Depot. The open areas are now full of islands, as they too get ready for the impending rush. There was a price on the 2x4x8 studs this time; $3.75. The store looked busy already, including employees putting more stuff out. Battery quantities looked good, with fewer and smaller holes.

 

Third was Aldi. The produce area was nicely filled, stuffed even. We found what we wanted, including heavy cream, which I’ve seen some people report has been missing in some areas. They also had Butterball turkeys in at least one cooler. The bill seemed a little steeper than usual, although I did get a whole pork butt (a new cut for them; they’ve had half-butts for some time now) and a package of generically-labeled chicken breasts. I didn’t see any holes in anything.

 

The final stop was a thrift store so Sonia could looks for some books. Untainted regular gasoline remains at $4.199/gallon.

 

Frugality Tip

I came across a 1 3/4 pound container of organic ginger root at Sam’s Club. This was just what I needed to begin my honey fermented ginger.

 

Ginger is always a tough thing to peel, but I have seen several videos of an easier way to peel ginger not using a knife. Just use a common every day spoon.

 

I just drag the spoon across the ginger. It takes off the outside peel, and doesn’t take off much of the ginger flesh. This saves so much usable ginger, and put less in the compost bin.

 

Operation Independence

  • Frozen Pipes
  • Heading onto the end of the year with a Black Friday special at Holler Roast

 

Main topic of the Show: Courage, an Update

What is the word of the year and why I chose Courage

 

How the year started – Everything at once, getting ahead of the schedule, learning to say no, and learning to let go of the script in front of large audiences.

 

The dark side of courage

  • If you go for things all the time, they really pile up
  • Courage starts inside with seeing things for what they are and acting
  • Lots of overwhelm occurred
  • The body ends up in a state of adrenalin until you get past that phase
  • I have fewer friends now after addressing things head on
  • Nicole is scary

 

The hard thing about courage is that you have to accept that things are your responsibility to change if you do not like them, particularly flaws within yourself. Not succeeding in changing yourself is literal laziness. That one hurt.

 

Things I have done

  • Injected sheep
  • Nursed a very sick dog back to health
  • Trained a dog not to fight
  • Surpassed all expectations for events
  • Become a much better presenter
  • Started making more money
  • Stood up for myself multiple times
  • Stood up for other people
  • Started singing rock n roll again
  • Started learning Guitar
  • Wrangled sheep
  • Hiked alone
  • Stayed in the car and gotten out of the area when a bad guy was on the loose (courage does not mean stupid)
  • Invested in Bear for SRF 2023
  • Installed a food forest
  • Embraced myself and where I am at as valid, good and part of a journey (Stopped comparing)

 

The bright side of courage

  • The I don’t care factor
  • I found out what I MOST fear in life and it wasn’t what I expected (resources)
  • I have fewer friends after addressing things head on BUT the ones who are still here are real
  • Trying new things and taking on new challenges has stretched me in unexpected ways 
  • Doing things sooner rather than later saves so much time
  • I used to be intimidated by people who are better at things than I am, now I just ask them how they got so good

 

Overall, courage was a good fit for the year. This is the first time that a word of the year has really felt like it will be finished by the time I get through December.

 

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Today, I am joined by Gretchen Catherwood to hear about the progress that has been made on the Darkhorse Lodge project.

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Once completed, there will be five, 5 bedroom guest cabins, each room named for one of the 25 men lost from the Marine Corps’ 3/5, Darkhorse unit. When our 19 year old son, LCpl Alec E Catherwood, was killed in action on October 14, 2010, it felt as if the world had ended for us. After realizing that we wouldn’t honor him by giving up, I stayed up nights, wondering what I could do for those who did come home. Once I had the basics down, my husband added improvements to the plan. Finding my new purpose in life has given me a reason to get up each morning and face the challenges ahead. We will need A LOT of money to complete our build. 5 guest cabins, a staff cabin, and a shower house/dining facility (named for US Army National Guard, Specialist Tim Bowman, who committed suicide on Thanksgiving Day, 2005 after returning home from Iraq). Our employees will be combat veterans as well, including those who will take the participants fishing at one of the most beautiful spots in the south (oh yeah, we’ll need boats and gear donated as well). The buildings at Darkhorse Lodge will be handicapped accessible to accommodate as many of our veterans as possible.

                                                                    Gretchen Catherwood

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Every Friday, we record our Homestead Happenings update, followed by a questions and answers session. Today’s podcast is the questions and answers session from yesterday’s podcast. We cover: rat poison, sheep, 

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Replay of the Tuesday Live on Youtube.

Episode 654 – Homestead Happenings for November 18, 2022

 

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Today we talk about livestock adjustments, cold weather, garlic and more!

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Freesteading.com

 

Forage

  • Persimmons
  • Watercress has frost burn
  • Mullein
  • Roots
  • Rest of food forest planted just in time
  • Need to plant garlic still
  • Lettuce going strong under cover in the ap

 

Livestock

  • Rabbits bred last week
  • Need to redo animal logistics
  • No Duck Eggs
  • Upgrade to the dog shelter
  • Brownie is an issue
  • Bedding for all

 

Harvest Meals

  • Premade in freezer, chinese takeout, bone broth
  • Half cow arrives in about a week

 

Winter on the Homestead

  • Outdoor sink and shower are shut for the year
  • Anti water freezing not being use
  • AP Wrap for the year
  • Cycling sheep water not heating it
  • Watering in winter up the hill challenge

 

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Airport ride home
  • Supplies shifting during illness
  • Helping hands
  • Check out the newsletter for a number of cool events in the next four weeks

 

Finances

  • Selling the last half lamb

 

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