Updates

My life has been more chaotic than usual this past month. My husband, Bear, thought he had his dream job out in LA, but he used the word “Changes” in the face to face interview and the business owners ran screaming. Even though they know they have to make changes in how the accounting is done, they are so afraid of doing it that just the word scares them. Finally, though, with 2 weeks left on Bear’s unemployment he got 2 job offers!! The one he took is 3 hours away from where we live, in a field of accounting he doesn’t know but has wanted to get into for a long time:medical. The hospital knows we have a house that has to be sold and with winter sweeping in, it’ll be hard to do right now. They’ve made an apartment in their Senior Living building available for him to rent until we get things settled here and find a place up there. The problem I found while looking a rental properties there is most of the places say, “no dogs” and the ones that allow them will only allow dogs under 20lbs. Ember, our German Shepherd, is 78. Think they’ll notice?!? The Gods have a strange sense of humor.

  Second update. A couple months ago I posted a story about the flooding going on by me, Grand Solar Minimum. I thought I’d let you see what the field looks like now.
The little island is gone now, we had over 2 weeks of rain and the ground is just so saturated there’s no place for the water to go.

The Missouri River is almost out of its banks and has been for over 2 months. The flooding isn’t water from the river, but it’s still responsible for it. The weight of the water against the banks will push ground water up to the surface.

This is a field a couple miles from the Missouri, the first field is on the Nebraska side and only about 1/4 mile from it.

There are fields along Interstate 29 that are 7 miles from the river that are flooded, the crop losses in those fields range from about 25%-100%. If we are heading into a 400 year cycle of a Grand Solar Minimum as is being predicted by the non-mainstream scientists, this is going to be the new norm going forward and it’s going to get worse. The activity on our Star, which we call the Sun, is going to be decreasing over the next 12 years as part of a normal solar cycle. If I’m understanding the cause and effect of this decreasing activity, since the Earth’s magnetosphere doesn’t have to defend against the bombardment from the Sun it’s weakening for the duration. This, in turn, is allowing more Cosmic Rays from the Galaxy in. These, added to the partials and energy hitting our planet from the Sun, are what is responsible for the increases in seismic and volcanic activities. These partials from space are also causing the increase in clouds by, for all intents and purposes, seeding the clouds. This is according to an interview I listened to on the YouTube channel called Adapt 2030.

  This information is freely available on websites like https://suspicious0bservers.org or their other site https://quakewatch.net. There’s also the Adapt 2030 YouTube channel. I will admit openly that I barely understand the science, but I understand enough from my past education to know it makes more sense than what the global warming scientists would have made believe. I see with my own eyes the truth of a Grand Solar Minimum more than I see a planet that’s warming. And the mainstream media outlets and tech sites are doing everything they can to suppress the scientists and the facts.

Something to think about.

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Still Prepping? Do You Feel You Need To?

I read an article the other day and if I could remember where it was I’d link to it. What it was asking was: Since Donald Trump is now President do you still feel you need to prepare? According to the “Official”government numbers America has record numbers of people employed. The economy has turned around and isn’t heading towards a brick wall at warp speed. Listening to these rosy numbers sounds like the shit was spread in the field and the fan was turned off. SHTF has, once again, been cancelled so to speak.

  But is that really true? If we are at full employment, why are wages still stagnant? If there are more jobs open than there are people available to fill them, wages would be going up. Employers would have to increase wages to entice the best talent to come work for them. Instead, businesses are shedding employees or quietly closing up. Thanks the Obama’s so called Affordable Care Act employers are cutting hours for their hourly employees to part-time, only. They don’t have the increasing expense of benefits, now. A lot of people now have 2 or 3 part-time jobs and get counted by the government as 2 or 3 people with full-time jobs! So, if the job market is so wonderful in America; why do they have to fudge the numbers? Lie, basically. Alternate Data- Unemployment ChartAlternate Data- Unemployment Chart. This link is to John Williams’s website, Shadow Government Statistics. Mr. Williams uses the methodology to determine the unemployment rate that the U.S. Government used up until 1994 when they removed those classed as “long term and discouraged”.

  If the economy has improved so much; why does the government and the Fed have to juggle the numbers so much? Why has the Federal Reserve stopped posting the stats that the Austrian’s use to predict economic downturns? The United States government is over $21 trillion in debt, my mind shies away from just how many zeros are in that number. Every dollar in circulation has interest attached to it, so even if the debt was paid, we’d still owe the Central Bank money. I do mean “We” since it’s the citizens who are on the hook for it. But, I digress….

  Any of you reading this and are outside the US and your country has a Western style Central Bank, ECB, BoE, Deutsche Bank, BoJ, are the first ones to come to mind. You are in the exact same, or worse, situation as we are in The States. Would it surprise any of you to learn that in the last 10 years 85% of the global wealth went to the top 8.5% of the population? I have no citation for that number other than a commercial for an economics show on RT America.

  Finally, here in America, during the 8 years that Obama was in office the far Leftist Progressives’ apparent agenda really seemed to really take off with a sharp rise in Wedge Issues and Identity Politics. Since Hillary lost in 2016, the Far Left has grown more deranged it looks like. People like the former Attorney General, Eric Holder, saying to kick those who don’t agree with them when they’re down. Maxine Waters and others like her calling on their followers to harass those who support the President. Or just Republicans in general. Anyone who wants to see this Country’s manufacturing base returned  so we’re not so dependant on other countries for the goods we use and Americans able to find jobs that don’t include the phrase, “You want fries with that?” are called “racist” or “Nazi”. Those who want to see our country’s borders restored are called “xenophobic.” The Leftists use such names to dehumanize those who oppose their socialist and globalist agendas, but why? So their mindless, enraged mob of followers will feel ok about beating them senseless? Or shouting in their faces with a megaphone? When does that angry mob stop driving Republicans out of public places with words and start dragging them out and killing them?

  We’re still prepping. How about you?

Grand Solar Minimum?

Hey all! I’m sorry about the long silences between posts, but this job, coupled with the long drives in traffic, are really kicking my ass! I’m so tired at night I can’t think and all I do on my days off all I do is sleep. Exciting life, I know! Don’t be jealous, it’s not all the fun and games I make it look like. 😊

  The weather here in the Omaha, Nebraska area, this year, has been one for the record books. If they weren’t manipulating the records to fit their narrative the global temps are warming, that is! Winter hung on for a month longer than normal and the temperatures didn’t warm up for longer. We had snow and ice in to April and freezing temps into May. Starting the last week of May, the combination of heat and humidity resulted in Heat Advisories pretty much every day for the next 6-7 weeks. After that we had a few weeks of “normal” weather with highs in the upper eighties to low nineties, nothing remarkable, until a couple weeks ago it started raining and storming and the bottom fell out on the temps. Since the end of August we’ve been experiencing Fall weather in regards to temperatures, the other morning it was 54° when I left for work! It shouldn’t be that cool here this time of the year. And the rains!! Heavy thunderstorms every night for a week. We’ve had so much rain around here that the Missouri River hasn’t really gone down much at all.

In the above picture, those are ducks in a field that until a month ago had corn in it. I took that last week and this week that patch of high ground is almost gone.

Just beyond the green rise in the background, the levee, is the Missouri River in the picture below.

In the picture below you can see the high ground on the left, this is what the west side of the field looks like without the zoom.

In the final picture, below, is the western edge of the field. The farmer had already let it go back to grasslands already. Now, it’s more marsh.

  There are two fields north of this one that are in as bad of condition. These fields are on the Nebraska side of the river, just south of Bellevue. On the Iowa side of the river it’s pretty much the same story for about 3 miles away from the river.

  It’s already turning cold here, we turned the air conditioning off two weeks ago and are almost needing the furnace at night. All of this is a good two months early. 

  What all the above means is: Summer for my area lasted about 2 months. Normally, it’s warming up through out April and by the Summer Solstice it’s already been warm for around 6 weeks and it’s not uncommon for it to still be warm at Halloween. That has been changing the last couple years, the warmth has been getting shorter.

  Does one colder and rainy year mean all the talk of a Grand Solar Minimum is right? No, but this coupled with cooling I’ve witnessed and the fact that climate scientists have had to, hard core, narrow their criteria to make the numbers fit their narrative, I’m trending to believe the Earth is cooling. That means at some point in the future we’re facing a mini ice age.

  Something to think about. 

Thoughts on Gardening

This time of year, in the Northern Hemisphere, a lot of people are starting to reap the benefits of their backyard gardens. As Preppers, it’s advisable to lay in a supply of heirloom seeds in the event there’s some form of collapse or long term disaster and fresh foods aren’t available. I have my supply and replenish it every year out of my harvest.

  But what does the term “heirloom” mean? I am by no means an expert botanist so I can’t give you all the technical details, so I’ll just tell you my understanding of word term. Heirloom seeds haven’t been genetically modified. The seeds for sale every Spring have been modified so that the seeds from the vegetable or fruit grown from that seed are not viable. Which means you can’t save those seeds and use them the next year, you have to buy more seeds. Guaranteed repeat business for the seed producers. In addition to that, the resulting produce may have also had its genetics messed with.

  With an heirloom seed, though, you can save seeds from the plant you’ve grown and after drying them you can plant them the following year. I keep mine in the freezer and the only reason my plants haven’t germinated and produced anything has been weather related. Like this year, out of 8 bean seeds, only 2 plants made it due to a really late freeze then a month and a half later we had 6 weeks of Heat Advisories with no rain. I’m so wiped out when I get home from work that I don’t have the energy to even water. Who wants to stand out in 90+° heat with humidity that’s 85-95%?? That combination made it feel like it was been 103-105° out there. 

  This is my main thought and what prompted me to write this. What type of Gardener are you? A “Hobby Gardener” with just a small patch and a few plants? Or a more serious one with a huge garden growing a variety of plants? Do you have fruit trees? Do you know how to preserve your harvest, either by canning, dehydration or blanching then freezing? What do you grow, most of the fruits and vegetables you eat or a few squash, cukes and the ubiquitous boat load of tomatoes you can’t eat or give away?  As a someone who’s preparing to take care of your loved ones after a SHTF event you’ll have to plan your garden better, only buy seeds for things you eat normally through out the year. Back in 2010 I found on Amazon prepackaged Heirloom seeds to start a vegetable garden. I can’t remember now how many different kinds of seeds came in it, I think it was around 20 maybe. The trouble with it, though, was we don’t eat most of what veggies that were in it. Eggplant (2 varieties), cabbage, bell peppers and beets (also a couple varieties). If I remember correctly, I’d planned on trading the seeds we didn’t use. I will say this, those seeds had been packed for the 2011 growing season and they are still viable, I planted some of the peas this year and almost all of them germinated! I would have had a lot of peas, but the messed up weather put a stop to that. A super late freeze with snow and ice, followed by only about 5 weeks of temps peas like and then the heat advisories started. Those seeds have been in the freezer this whole time, I have read articles that say not to do that since it will kill the seeds. My answer to that is; if that is indeed true, why is there an international seed vault high in the Alps (I think) where the seeds are kept below freezing?? Just sayin’.

One of my favorite places to find heirloom seeds is Seeds Now.

My “Ah Ha” Moment

Yesterday my husband, Bear, felt it was finally safe to change our lawn tractor back over to a mower and take the snow blower off. It’s only late April. In our area, that should have been done a couple weeks ago. But, I’m off topic… Bear discovered that the battery we’d been nursing along these past few months had finally gone to the Great Battery Warehouse in the Sky. Luckily, the battery he’d bought for my Honda Fit last year, but we didn’t need, would work in the lawn tractor. That tells you that Honda Fits need little batteries and our lawn tractor needs a big one!! 

  Anyway, on to my epiphany. Bear had kept that battery, even though we hadn’t needed it and had sold the car a couple months later. He was kind of laughing about how being a Prepper is why he’d kept it since that mindset is, “you never know when you might need it.” My answer was, “yeah, like a Pack Rat.” That’s when it hit me, Peppers are Pack Rats! We have the same battle cry, “Don’t throw that out! You never know when you might need it again!!!”

  So, that’s my big realisation, to be a Prepper you have to have some Pack Rat in you. Now I’m not talking about saving every bit of plastic wrap or paper plate you’ve used. What I am talking about is picking up extra canned food and other things you use (and use up) regularly. To develop the habit of thinking before you throw a damaged item out with the thought you’ll just buy a new one. 

  It is looking like there’s not much hope of saving the economy here in the United States, we’re going to have to let go of the mindset that we can run over to Wal-Mart and buy new. We’re going to have to learn to make it, fix it or do without it. At this point, when we buy anything that’s not good, we check in with our self to see if it’s a Need or a Want. If its a Want, we don’t buy it. If it is a real Need, we look for good quality at a good price, maybe not a cheap price, but a real good price. We’re buying with an eye on the future and whether or not it will stand the test of time. 

  Then there’s the consideration that when we have to leave and head to the Bug Out Location, is the thing something we could walk away from and leave behind.

Something to think about.

Little David, Media Hogg

First of all, I’d like to share some of my background. From the time I was in high school and volunteered for the Jimmy Carter campaign, I was a Liberal Democrat. I became disillusioned with it when, it seemed, every week you had to go farther and farther left in order to still BE a Liberal. I’d given up on it about a year before I first heard the word, “Progressive”. 

Back to the reason for this post:

  It seems I can’t even watch a YouTube video without hearing that little punk, David Hogg’s, name. I’m REALLY glad I don’t watch the legacy media news, like CNN or MSLSD since it looks like he’s they’re new Hero. What I’ve been seeing is an angry kid who’s ranting about guns and lashing out at gun owners. It’s been over 6 weeks of this shit and David Hogg is, frankly, starting to sound more like a spoiled child who isn’t getting his demands met. About a week after this happened he and his sister tweeted pics of themselves wearing these armbands she’d allegedly made and wanted everyone to start wearing. The tweet and pics went away really fast when it was pointed out they looked like Hitler Youth. Where were their parents? Why didn’t they say something and instead leave it up to someone on Twitter to do it?

Which brings me to my Big Question:

  What I want to know is:where are this punk’s parents? When he’s being asked to give all these interviews; why aren’t his parents stepping in? Saying, “David has school, he won’t be able to appear on your show. Again” or “My son has a family commitment on that day and won’t be able to appear on your show” or , maybe, just maybe they might say, “We don’t like the way you and your employer seem to be using our son’s traumatic experience to attack your rivals. You will be having no further contact with our son.”

  Where were this kid’s parents when he was growing up to teach him you don’t talk to adults the way he has? Oh. That’s right. He’s in that age group where the parents were more concerned with being their kid’s friend and not having to feel uncomfortable by telling their child, . “No. You can’t do/say that.” Their parents were the Baby Boomers who didn’t want to deprive their children and didn’t want to stifle their character. Now, after just 2 generations of everyone gets a ribbon so there’s no losers and kids being given into instead of corrected or punished; we have this. A high school aged punk who thinks he has a right to tell adults how they should behave and what they should do. Because the leftists running the educational systems have refused to teach children the importance of The Constitution and The Bill of Rights, we now have a generation of kids who have NO respect for the documents that ensure their Right to flap their gums ad nauseam. I saw an anchor from some cable news channel saying he was made to feel uncomfortable when he’d tried to correct some of David Hogg’s facts in an interview he’d done with the kid. The kid had made him feel that way by the way he’d reacted or something. These sketchy legacy media channels and maybe the progressives, seem to be grooming this kid and his friends to be their shills in their Guns Are Bad campaign. The legacy media, also, seem to be using David Hogg to silence their competition. 

  David Hogg is a child. Period. He doesn’t have the maturity or the life experience to tell anyone what to do. He allegedly went through a horrible experience and, like a child, is lashing out at everything. And the skanky reporters on those cable “news” networks are egging him on by continuing to bring him on for interviews. Like any kid, he knows he can say just about anything now and get away with it, so he’s going to take advantage of it. What’s making it worse is he knows that no one will be allowed to correct him or even mock him, if they do they’ll be silenced. Look at what he just did to Laura Ingram for saying he was whining about not being accepted into a few colleges. Hitler David immediately went after her advertisers. Funny how he just so happened to have that complete list of them within a few minutes of her tweeting it…

  Yes, those kids went through something so terrible I can’t even imagine what it was like. But. Think about the kids in Gaza. How many of them have had their schools blown up by an Israeli rocket? Their friends gunned down by IDF soldiers? What about the kids in Iraq? Or Syria? I don’t see those high schoolers having weeks long rants, making demands of the adults. And they have more of a Right to than this kid.

Ok. Just wanted to nb¡

That Time of the Year, Again!!

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring Planting Season is coming. Hopefully. The way the weather is acting here I am a believer in The Grand Solar Minimum!

  However, keeping a positive outlook and depending on your USDA Growing Zone (link at the bottom of this post), you may need to start your seeds now. In my Zone, 5a, I can directly sow my pea seeds the end of the month. They like cool weather and will be done before summer heats up. They also like nitrogen and I picked up a product on impulse from a local nursery that states it “fixes” the nitrogen in the soil. If any of you are interested leave a comment and I’ll get you the name of it. It’s late, I’m in bed and that stuff is in the detached garage! I do know peas will produce nitrogen, like other plants do. Which is why in places where the winters are mild enough that you can grow things all year, people will plant a “cover crop” over the winter to replenish nitrogen and other nutrients in the soil. That is all I know about cover crops, I’ve not learned about them because we have hard freezes here and I can’t use cover crops. What I learned from an organic farmer in my area is for plants that like nitrogen, wet teabags with enough boiling water to get them wet. When they’ve cooled put one or two around the base of the plants. As it rains or when you water the tannins will leach into the ground and decay into nitrogen. Worked like a Charm the year I tried to grow broccoli! My older sister had told me not to try to grow it when I’d gotten the young plants from the nursery because she’d tried several times and couldn’t grow it. It was nice when I could show up at her house with the only plant the dogs I’d had at the time didn’t eat! They ate the other 3 plants to the ground! Yes, I know it was them and not Shortbus Bunny because I caught them! Moving on……

  You should already have your garden lay out planned, but if not, now is the time to do it. Plan it so taller plants, like pole beans, don’t shade other Sun loving plants. Keep in mind that plants don’t like to be crowded and some plants will even produce a toxin to kill any nearby plants of another species. Overcrowding is just a bad idea in general as you’ll lose yields due to insufficient resources for all the plants. Even using a fertilizer your plants won’t have enough room in the soil to put down a healthy enough root system to really produce for you. Here’s what I mean when I talk about planning. Last spring I was wandering around my favorite nursery looking at plants and found their Strawberries. On impulse, I bought 6 of them and planted them in my garden. Not remembering just how much those bad boys spread! By the end of the summer I’d already lost half of my garden space! I’m going to try and use what’s left this year, but by next year I’m going to have to till a new garden space. Full honesty here- I’m not really good at planning things. I just go with what feels right. It’s a Pisces thing.

  If you have already had a garden and the ground is warming up enough that your snow is gone, you might want to check and see how its looking. If you haven’t had a garden, now is a good time to find a spot in your yard for one. You’ll need full sun for the majority of the day and good drainage. Walk around your yard, check the soil to see if it’s swampy, if it is keep an eye on the spot it could just be still frozen so the melting snow has nowhere to go yet. If, after a few warmer sunny days it’s still swampy, that might not be the best spot. Look at any trees around the spot, you don’t want any right over your garden, but some to the west would be perfect since they’ll block the late day Sun and help keep it from roasting your plants. My neighbor has a huge old Maple in his yard that blocks the late day Sun.

To Summarize:

  • Plan the layout
  • Learn your Growing Zone if in the U.S.
  • Start any seeds that don’t have to be Direct Sowed
  • Make sure your tools are in good repair (I forgot that part above)
  • Prepare the ground either by cleaning out any debris or tilling for a new garden
  • Get ready to plant and Yay!! Summer!!!

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Gun Debate in America

I’ve really tried to stay quiet on the gun debate that rages here every time there’s a mass shooting, but I can’t now.

  On Feb. 14th, 2018 a young man walked into a high school in Parkland, Florida. The Punk then shot 17 students. Like a lot of the Content Creators in the alt media, I’m not using the shooter’s name. Since then we’ve been embroiled in another debate on our Second Amendment Right to “Keep and Bear Arms” and it’s being led by some kids from that high school. Kids that aren’t old enough to vote think they have a Right to  demand the Bill of Rights and the Laws of Land be changed because they are “grieving”. I put that last word in quotes since I don’t know what they are really feeling. The leader of this group of kids is the son of a retired FBI agent, allegedly.

  Those kids are loudly blaming the NRA and say that if we don’t agree with their beliefs we’re against them and are basically for the killers. We’re supposed to put our safety and lives into the hands of law enforcement. Yeah. That worked out so well for those high schoolers according to the reports. The sheriff’s office had had phone calls  saying he might do something like this! A person with the same name as that punk commented on a YouTube video saying he wanted to be a “professional school shooter”, the FBI was given the information and they couldn’t be bothered to look into it. I suppose they would have if the kid’s last name was Trump and the info involved Russia. 

  So. Here we are, yet again. The Progressives are howling for gun control and making increasingly divisive statements, trying to talk about guns they know nothing about, ignoring facts in favor of whipping up feelings and using one of their favorite wedge issues to create a bigger divide among Americans. They seem to think that if they get guns outlawed, the gun owners will meekly line up and turn in their guns. Some will, but the majority will not. And here’s why: we have a fundamental Right to defend ourselves. Period. Use pepper spray, you say? No, see it isn’t effective all the time, but a gun is. Why not use a taser? They have to be close enough to touch to use one of those and you run the risk of them taking it from you before you can use it or not being able to get it into position to use it. Like it being caught between you. Or, your attacker just holds the hand with the taser in it out to the side. If you tell a potential attacker that you have a gun and they make the choice to keep coming at you aggressively, a gun will stop them before they can touch you. I know those of you reading this who don’t live in America can’t understand our stance on guns, just think of it like this. The police are only there to file reports and find the killer, they really aren’t there to prevent the murder from happening. 

  If there had been even one teacher at that high school who had been armed and trained to use that gun, that punk would have been stopped. And I’ll bet they wouldn’t have cowered out behind their car in the parking lot. Oh! I’m sorry! He wasn’t cowering, he had “taken up a position”. If there’s one, there are others who’ll do that. I don’t want to find out the hard way, I’ll defend myself if I have to. Then let the police fill out the paperwork. I know the laws pertaining to my self defense and at least I’ll BE alive.

Winter Weather Advisory x 6

Since Sunday night 2/18/18 we’ve had a Winter Weather Advisory every stinking night, including tonight through 6 pm tomorrow night 2/24/18. These storms have dumped freezing rain, sleet and snow on us. Monday night, I think it was, we had the rare treat of a thunderstorm with rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. This is making me really believe in the Grand Solar Minimum theory.

  Anyway. To the purpose for this post. I was doing my weekly grocery shopping at dear old Wally World when I was approached by two older women. They were looking for the ice melt and were wondering if I’d seen any in the store. When I suggested the automotive section, since we were in front Always the Out Door section and it was being turned over to Spring and Summer (Yay! There’s hope!), they told me they’d already been there and they didn’t have any. In the course of their excited chattering, in which they showed me a bottle of “Rain X” and were telling me about a video on Facebook where some guy used it and the snow and ice didn’t stick to his windshield (had nothing to do with the conversion), they told me that on the news they reported every store in the area was sold out and so are the warehouses. I was completely mystified at that point because, if they’re reporting that every store is sold out; why are you in Wal-Mart trying to buy it??? Two men from the Lawn and Garden section came walking up and when asked told them they are sold out and so is the warehouse. Imagine that!! I walked off at that point before I said something really rude to my elders. I did offer to sell them my half bag for $100! 😀

  This is Classic, Classic Sheeple Think and what I want to help my Readers change. The time to run out and buy an item is NOT when the news is reporting you can’t find it anywhere in the area. Then stand there in absolute shock and desperation when the store doesn’t have any!

   It’s been so long since I’ve thought like that, that I couldn’t understand what they were doing there. I simply couldn’t understand why they were there, knowing the stores were sold out!

  My friends, if you live in an area that gets icy, make sure you have a supply of ice melt! I guess it’s something that goes along with my post on Jan. 30th about Inconsequentials. Sorry, but for some reason this app on my tablet won’t let me link to it.

Be Prepared. Don’t be a Sheeple.

Grand Solar Minimum

The last few weeks I’ve been listening to a couple new YouTube channels-  Suspicious0bservers and The Grand Solar Minimum and I’d like to share my thoughts with you.

  The first channel, Suspicison0bservers, belongs to Ben Davidson, the head of an Observatory, and his channel mainly deals with the effects of the Sun on our planet, the Solar Storms and Flares and other phenomena. You should really check his channel out, his group have made stunning predictions of earthquakes based on Solar activities! The second channel is one I’ve only been listening to for about a week and don’t know a lot about. What I want to talk about is the title of this post and the second channel: a Grand Solar Minimum. 

  My understanding of this phenomenon is very simplistic and I’ve spent time these past few weeks trying to educate myself. I’ve always been interested in Astronomy and would dabble in it from time to time, Bear and I even belonged to an Astronomy club for a year. I don’t remember why we gave it up… I tell you that so you’ll understand that I am not an expert and can only grasp some of what they talk about with my intellectual finger tips.

  Here is my understanding of The Grand Solar Minimum: the Sun has cycles of activity, smaller cycles and larger cycles. Every 7 years, there’s the Solar Maximum and we see an increase of Solar Flares and other activity. Then it tapers off to Solar Minimum where we see less activity. This is the smaller cycle within a larger cycle. On the larger scale, we have the same cycle on, about, a 400 year cycle. We have been experiencing the larger cycle of the Solar Minimum. I am not completely sure when this started, but my understanding is that by 2020 we will be at the lowest point in the dip. Most regions of our Planet will experience colder temperatures, with shorter Summers and longer Winters. Consequently, this means shorter growing seasons. Some areas, like Alaska, will actually be warmer based on the reports that others have compiled from the last Minimum in the 17th Century. 

  Suspiciuos0bservers (the O in Observers is actually a zero) and others have also been tracking the Magnetic Field of our Earth which appears to be on its own cycle and is weakening; with the Poles flipping. Magnetic North and South have already been on the move are no longer on the physical Poles.

  None of this has been caused by Human activity or or our “Carbon Footprints”. We have no control over what our Star, what we call the Sun. Nor does our activity affect the Magnetic Field.

  I am starting to really believe in the Grand Solar Minimum since I’ve been living through the coldest Winter I can remember. It was a cool Summer, cloudy and rainy. Here, in southwest Iowa, 2 out of the last 3 years we’ve had snow on May Day. Spring has come later and later every year for the last decade. Yeah, I think they’re on to something.

  I am storing more cool and cold weather clothing and am looking for more seeds that have shorter growing seasons. I’m looking for seeds that are recommended for 1-2 Zone North of mine. These plans aren’t the whole focus of our prepping, I’m doing half and half.

  What do you all think of this??