What can you add to this list of last-minute activities?

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Most of us probably have chores we've deliberately been leaving until the last minute. Well folks, the last minute approaches. What are some of the last-minute jobs you've thought of? I'll start the list:

have carpets cleaned get all scissors sharpened get tetanus shot

-- Pearlie Sweetcake (storestuff@home.now), September 11, 1999


Sorry for the bad formatting.

have carpets cleaned

get scissors sharpened

get tetanus shot

make list of books to borrow from library on the 31st

-- Pearlie Sweetcake (storestuff@home.now), September 11, 1999.

Washing curtains,bedding,going to the dentist,getting a spare pair of glasses,doing a food inventory for the final "push",getting jam pot covers.

-- Chris (griffen@globalnet.co.uk), September 11, 1999.

Thanks for the reminder to have scissors sharpened. Wouldn't have thought of that. We are in the middle of our last big item...drilling another well and putting a deep well hand pump on it. As I type right now the entire house is running on a 40kw generator. Hubby trying to get some hours on it and runs it all day each Saturday. My big push now that I know that I am going to be able to keep the freezer up by getting into it about once or twice a week, is to try and determine when is the last minute before I will get trampled to death at the super mkt. I want to get a couple of cases of butter at Sams, some bacon and Nathan's hot dogs, chicken theighs and breasts, all for the freezer. Then I need to get some more cereal, mayonaise and salad dressing, potatoes and 50# sack of onions. Its too warm here in Florida for a root cellar. Then, I THINK I am finished. We will have water now without turning on the generator, by just going to the pump. Anyone who thinks they can prepare in one or two big shopping trips to WalMart is sure in for a surprise. I have worked on this for almost two years. And it is work and takes a lot of thought.

-- Taz (Tassie@aol.com), September 11, 1999.

Great post Pearlie!

We are cleaning everything that needs to be cleaned now. Instead of donating old clothes to Goodwill, I've washed and bagged them, just in case. The car is getting a good cleaning before fall. Everything that I may have to get to fast has been put on the first floor where I can grab it.

I now have copies of birth certificates, deed, doctor's records, just need my marriage license then I'll have my bug out bag for my records complete.

Remember to wash the windows on time this fall, so solar energy can be taken full advantage of.

We are also putting up wire mesh on the basement windows, checking locks and looking over the house and property for security problems. This won't help much if there is wide spread panic, but for run of the mill theft it might.

I'm also picking up books at rummage sales, and shopping for a few craft projects to keep on hand.

-- Mabel Dodge (cynical@me.net), September 11, 1999.

Everytime I think I have it nailed there seems to be other stuff come up. We continuously fill water containers. Also, getting all christmas shopping done. Cleaning and washing everything in sight. Trying to sort out first aid items from toiletries, paper goods, etc.

I definitely don't want to be going to the store in December if I can help it. Checking all items in the garages and shop, making a inventory list of tools. We have been prepping for about 9 months and could use another year to refine it, but that not being the case, we are working at a fast pace to have it ready.

Just keepin' on, keepin' on

-- Sammie Davis (sammie0nospam@hotmail.com), September 11, 1999.

I'll start buying bleach in quantity soon. I starts to lose its strength aftrer six months so that at a year you have to use twice as much to get the same effectiveness. However, I've heard if you put it in glass containers, it lasts practically forever. Anyone know about this? Actually, klutz that I am, I'd rather not have ANYthing in glass containers! But it's real hard to get pickles in cans. . .

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.com), September 11, 1999.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr near Monterey, California

Turn off the water at the main valve. Unplug things (TVs, Stereos, Computers, lamps, small appliances, washer & dryer), read utility meters, purchase poloroid film with late expiry

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), September 12, 1999.

I forgot to buy plenty of seed starting soilless mix in the spring and now the stores are out of it. (I have the flats I like to use). Also play sand for rooting cuttings. So as soon as those show up again I'm stocking up.

-- mommacarestx (harringtondesignX@earthlink.net), September 13, 1999.

Small packages of mayo and make up dough starter(in place of yeast) to keep on hand to make bread.

-- maggie (aaa@aaa.com), September 15, 1999.

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