Sunday, December 2, 2012

New safe, go bucket and inventory check

Today was a full day and I was moving like a slug. I had a great gym session on Friday night, squats, deadlifts, leg presses and leg extensions. I piled on more weight than I have ever done and have made some amazing progress in 60 days. I had never done squats before, and didn't know how to do them so I'm happy to be hitting 225 pounds, same for deadlifts at 275. The downside to this is I'm in serious muscle recovery mode today, more so than yesterday.

Hard work can kill you and it can make you sore. However, if SHTF I would have to drive on and continue, so that's exactly what I did today. The cabinets were ordered for the kitchen remodel, they will be picked up Thursday. The issue we ran into is timing, the counter top will take 4 weeks to be built and installed once it's ordered. This means no kitchen during the whole time, since we won't have a sink. The stove will work so we can help cook the Christmas dinner, but all cleanup has to be done in the master bathroom, in the bathtub.

We might hold off and start the remodel after Christmas dinner. The deciding factor will be if we can get the new sink installed before the counter top measure, or does it need to be done when the counter top is installed. We are going for a large stainless divided sink, similar to what we have now but under counter. I have to ask around, I don't know the step order for that.

Go buckets go opened today and checked out. There was some food that is coming up on expiration so we swapped that out and sealed everything back up. The buckets are 3 home depot buckets that will carry us and the 2 dogs for 1 week, including hygiene and gas masks. These are the no notice evacuation buckets since we are in an area where a forest fire can rush down the mountain. We wanted everything in them checked and to make sure the water requirements written on each bucket was still accurate. We have a pull wagon we keep at the back door that can hold all the buckets and water for one trip to the vehicles. While one person does this, the other grabs the combat load out and dogs. Out of the house in under 10 minutes easy, including extra clothes if it's winter.

We finally got our second gun safe delivered. It's been our fault in combination with it being locked in a warehouse that we don't have keys to. This second safe is for ammo and the seldom used rifles. The ammo will stay dry and moisture controlled and allow us to have more room in safe #1. The new safe is used but it was free once we paid for the heavy duty movers. It's in the middle of the basement until we figure out exactly where it should go. I think safe #1 needs to be unbolted and moved so we have room for them side by side and still be able to put a freezer where I want.

We also went over the inventory list and decided it's low on black beans and powdered milk. I can get and store the beans myself but the milk I need to order in. 25 year shelf life, 20 lb. bucket, 648 servings per bucket. I will get 3 buckets and add make 3 buckets of beans. We are adding more potatoes to storage while the holidays are here, 15lb.s of large Idaho's for $1.99, hard to pass up.

1.5lbs ground beef, 1 egg, 1 C bread crumbs (I prefer fine crushed), 1/2 white onion chopped. Mix, coat with ketchup (or BBQ sauce if you are a communist) and cook 1 hour @ 350 degrees.
93% lean ground beef works the best but I got the 85% on sale. Just pull the loaf out of the pan and let it drain on some paper towels and it's perfect.
I took a picture but my stupid technology won't email it for some reason. I'm 2 feet from the router, phone and computer.... maybe an emp hit my phone!


  1. I have a question about the milk. Would you use the bucket up quick enough before its flavor turns? I'm wondering if I'd be better off with #10 cans.

  2. It's good for about 2 years once opened. I often use powdered milk in my baking that is a couple of years old, no issues and the taste is fine.
    I have 13 #10 cans and one bucket.
    437 servings in a bucket, I typed in the wrong number in the post. That's 3 TBS. per serving or 437 cups of milk. I can easily see that being gone in a few months for a family of 3 or 4.

    $256 for 3 buckets plus $12 or so shipping (81.9 gallons worth) so that should be $3.27 per gallon (including shipping).

    I'm not sure what a gallon of milk costs but I think it's more than that even at Walmart. We use organic and it's abou $3.75 per half gallon.

  3. I have a question about the gun safes. Are you deciding to move them together for convenience or another reason? I've thought of getting another for valuables and ammo and the primary safe for weapons.

    1. It's more so we are making the best of the amount of space we have. Our house is small, the basement is smaller. Sort of like dropping a dining room table in the middle of a room... it might be great when you have a large meal, but otherwise it's in the way constantly.
      I love the second safe already, we will get it in place over the next week once the kitchen is demolished. It's a great place for all the ammo, never used rifles, never used magazines, spare body armor, cleaning kits, etc.