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It sounds like you're doing well getting the things you want. Don't forget to check dollar stores for things. Most have a good selection of over the counter meds, and all kinds of little things you might not think of. Just don't waste your money on their rope. Most of it is garbage.

I'm an avid reader, and reading is one of the ways I unwind before bed. If I end up in a situation where the power is out for an extended period, I'm really going to need that wind down, so I picked up a few of the clip on book lights. You can also use them to light a small area in the kitchen, or your bathroom, a desk, and anywhere else you want a little light to see what you're doing without using candles, oil lamps, lanterns or flashlights.

Yeah, they're cheap, but that's okay. You're not going to need them to survive. They're just handy for bugging in or extended bad weather.
 

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Thanks for the advice ncnascarlady for the over counter meds. Dollar stores was exactly what I had in mind. I also buy a lot of there potted meats , Veiana sausages and the like. Now I’m setting up 3 gallon buckets with shelf stable foods ,freeze dried food plus the drink mixes and dehydrated fruits. I’m only going to do 2 of the buckets for now . Some of the items get kinda of pricey. After I get the components to fill the buckets I will take the stuff out and divide the components so that each bucket has the same variety and amount of foods and drinks. Maybe once a month I will build a bucket of food after.
Reason behind these buckets is end of the line type of food when we are out of our regular foods and other stored goods. Or if we have to leave most of our preps and take the buckets .
I hope you guys are doing well


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If I remember correctly, Dollar Tree has dried fruits and nuts in foil bags near the bagged candy. Even better is you can order cases of stuff online!
 

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Hi everyone checking . My area seems to be ok . Stores seem to have plenty of stock. My area Walmart had everything that I was looking for . The couple gun shops that I stopped at had very little ammo. I over heard the owner of the gun shop talking on the phone . He was trying to order more guns evidently his distributor had very little and was having a hard time getting gun also. Anyway I didn’t find anything I was looking for.
The wife and i also decided to buy some mountain house and some other shelf stable foods. Today or Sunday we will do our regular grocery shopping.
I have also been working on back up communication. I ordered a BTech V1 GMRS. radio. I’m going to see how it works before I buy another radio. Today we are filling our propane tanks . As far as COVID rules or as of Covid cases I haven’t been hearing much about it. If it wasn’t for the mask and most stores closing at 10 pm you wouldn’t know that the pandemic ever happened. At least in my area and places I go to


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I was pleased to see Walmart and Sam's Club well stocked this week myself. Some of the mandates are easing here but the mask foolishness continues. NC sports venues are able to have 10-15% of the stands filled and bars are allowed 10% occupancy.

At long last our teachers and school staff are finally able to get vaccinated. They should have been eligible 6 weeks ago when students started back to in person learning, but what do I know.
 

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Hi everyone thought I would check in and let everyone know how things are going in my area. So far nothing has really changed even though Ohio is opening up. We all still wear mask. Walmart closes at 11pm . Gas stations that are open late stay open all night. As for shortages goes as far as food our stores shelves look good .
As for our local gun shops ammunition is in short supply. As is other places in the country.
Anything hard to find in my area I just order now.
As for more preps I’m working on back communication. I just received my hand held units. I have been doing some range test with them. Next will be a base station. Also adding to my preps I have just ordered 4 cheap BudK wool blend blankets. The reviews are not that great but I also think that the people are not washing them like you should wool . Then they are putting the blankets in the dryer.
Anyway I bought them to put up . Later on I plan to buy higher quality wool blankets.


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The wool blankets are a great addition, no matter where you live. If there's a fabric store near you you may want to consider buying heavy weight polar fleece by the yard. Most of the stores have it on sale right now, it's bug proof, warm, soft and great for layering with wool.

Other places to find wool blankets are estate and surplus sales. I've got some links to surplus sales sites if you're interested.
 

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Restaurants here have been open at half capacity since last fall and bars are finally able to do the same.
 

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Virginia is seeing a huge decrease in cases. Testing down? Actual cases down? Who knows for sure.

Hopefully, the PAB that occupies the Governor's mansion will kindly allow us to open the **** up.
 

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Hi everyone! How are you all doing? Me I’m doing ok . In my area gasoline is going up and propane is higher now then it has been in the past . Finding ammunition in my area is almost impossible. My area is opening up more and more stores and gas stations are staying open later then in the beginning of Covid.
I went back to work February 1st . It was rough but good to get back to work after being off 3 months. I figured that going back to work . Would help me finish up recovery from my broken wrist . I skipped light duty and went back full swing.
I know prices have went up on things quite a bit . With the 3 stimulus have any of you bought any preps or done anything special ? I know I have taken care of some thing as far as gear . A couple paydays ago I bought a couple emergency power stations at Walmart. When I first seen them they were priced $99 . When I got my income tax refund I went to Walmart to get one and they had them for $45 each on clearance so I bought two .
I have also been working on backup communication also . The family and I decided on GMRS radios. So I got two of the BTech v1 GMRS hand held radios. I was impressed with them on a clear day my wife and I with her in the car, we were talking to each other 3-4 miles apart.
So now my base station is in the planning stage. I figure if I get it finished and done right I will be able to talk to someone 5-6 miles apart or further .
Well I hope all of you are doing well . If there is any major changes in my area I will let you guys know . Stay safe everyone


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I finally got a chance to order more seeds, vacuum sealer bag rolls and some spare chains for both saws. The grocery stores are well stocked on most things, but the prices are climbing. So is the price of gas, but now that I've got a hybrid car, it's not as bad for Hubby to go out and work Instacart orders.

Oddly Instacart is picking up even though the stores are all fully open. I'm not sure why, but I'm not complaining. It might be because people are going their Bidumb bucks or tax refunds, but we made over $75 in 4 hours with 3 orders. Unfortunately our bodies had had enough or we would have kept going. We're planning to work tomorrow morning for a bit before the race.

Ammo...good luck finding much locally, because it's not going to be easy. Even my lgs is running low.

Glad you're doing well, back to work and able to work on your preps!
 

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Yup. Kinda sad actually 😕
I would say more than sad. During Viet Nam, some may remember success was often determined by a body count. "we are happy to report that we killed 442 of those lousy communists today", hurray for our side.. The down side was we racked up over 58,220 US citizens died in that country..

In the last reporting years Oklahoma had 85 people die of flu, 10,000 die of heart disease, cancer got about 8,000. Covid is running 3rd with about 7,700 and that number is significant because it is more than the next 8 causes of death combined. Oh yea. 988 soldiers, sailers, airmen and marines from Oklahoma died in the Viet Nam war. So, covid killed more here in one year than killed in all of the VN War, so yes, it is very sad. Actually, about 8 times more, so yep pretty sad.

Luckily we are down to only about 30 dying per day, some days in the last month we had 80, 85, 86 and 89 in a single day and lots of folks are getting vaccinated which seems to be working. New daily positives have gone from over 5,000 per day to about 500 per day now. While it will never go away hopefully we can get the daily death rate down to maybe 10 per day which is a number most folks think we can live with. That however, seems pretty sad as well, why do we have to have anyone die every day of some China invented disease. Maybe Biden will punish them, ya think. 10 per day would be 3,650 each year, right? That body count is what makes it so sad.

Most of my life I felt empathy as there were a tiny amount of people who had some major family tragedy. Today, my thought is, everybody does. From what I read from the kind hearted folks on this site, I am however, positive. On another note, I actually bought some powder and primers today so I guess we just keep on moving as they say.
 

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We're fine, Barry. Lots of more than we'll ever need anytime soon.

Haven't cracked the MREs or Spam yet lol (although I DID enjoy a bacon-spam sandwich on a pretzel roll because I genuinely LIKE that stuff for dinner).

The only thing that might concern me is fuel disruption but at under 2 bucks a gallon and going down I'd say the country is flush with fuel too.

And we can always grow or make more food if that need arises but again I don't see that as anytime soon. If it looks like we'll head up northeast and start plowing. Everything is calm and fine.

I DO have concerns long term about how we're going nuts and tearing apart our own economy. All for something that isn't really all that bad. Media fueled insanity but it does give Creedence to my claim here on many occasions that nations sometimes go nuts. I guess it's ALOT of nations.

Like I've said before if this had happened when I was a kid it'd all be over before we figured out what it was. What moves faster now is information and that can cause real harm when people dwell on things that aren't true.

Now what HAS me concerned it's my profession to move around and go places. Some places I poke my nose into are large cities that wouldn't do well with supply disruptions (like HKG and LA). So I gotta figure if I'm going to do any nose poking until things simmer down. HKG has imposed this way strange quarantine on ANYONE coming in (which results in a sort of house-arrest for pilots at present until they leave--when I read the notice it was one of those YGBSM sets of procedures which basically has you escorted into a hotel room where you're totally isolated and they bring stuff up beside your door without going in or out, etc.). It's intricate and absurd so until it changes a bit probably won't be driving in there. Got a few days to sort it out.
Nations and lesser locales suffer from mass hysteria from time to time. Induce longstanding and constant stress, pressure, and/or fear and then all you need is the spark. The human animals stampede.
 

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Nations and lesser locales suffer from mass hysteria from time to time. Induce longstanding and constant stress, pressure, and/or fear and then all you need is the spark. The human animals stampede.
Kudzu, giant salvinia, Air potato, Hydrilla, and now killer wasps are invading the country and will destroy our way of life. And even glycophosphate, the best defense we have for the worst plant invaders has been placed on the endangered pesticide list. And we barely survived the chicken flu and HIV. Bitcoin is fake, but bitcoin is real and plastic bags are killing all the whales. College is a right but student loans are destroying the American dream when you have to pay them back. The ultimate right is spring break and recent events just show why the police should be disbanded and de-funded, they simply interfere with the college experience. Breaking up street riots during spring break us simply wrong, leave people alone, like the blm riots, leave people alone, they have the right to burn a few buildings now and again.

The sky is forever falling. The extinction of the local ammo store is however, a real threat. Life goes on. I wonder if we only got the news once per month if things would be this bad?
 

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Put myself and wife on a waiting list a week or so ago, still waiting for an appointment to get the shot.
Think I have caught it a second time, same symptoms as last time, just not as bad.
Fever of 102.But took some day quill and fevers is less and I was able to get to work tonight.
Just kinda realized what it might be when I lost my appetite and other symptoms, hit me about 2 hrs ago.Just trying to make it till 5 am and get home to bed. Can not afford not to stay and work, this time. Used up my families first last time when Myself and the whole family got it.
Not too worried as to exposing anyone. If I have it it, is to late for the family, they have it. The 2 people I will be in contact with, tonight, have already been vaccinated.
You'd think , being an overweight 55 year old diabetic, with respiratory issues, and rheumatoid arthritis. I would have been able to get the shot before the two healthy, under 30 fellows, that I work with. But apparently I do not live in the right zip code???
One of them is going to clean the lab after I leave just so no one else will get it. Just in case that is what I have.
I do not think I will get tested as I cannot afford a week, or more off with no pay. I can keep it down low next week (It is only a 3 day week for me and all of my work will be in the lab). Just have the company restrict who is allowed in the lab. We had a manager get sick and just stayed in his office with the door open, everybody just had to talk to him from the hall. And no one could touch his physical paper work till the next day.
Hopefully its just a normal bug and I will wake up fin tomorrow.
We are already down 1 fellow in the lab, so If I do not show they would literally have to shut down half of production, for a shift.
Wish I could work from home, but need to be here to run spectrometers, melting pots, and the milling machine.
 
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