The Survival Buzz #167

Springtime Means Getting Your Hands Dirty - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Don’t you just love to get out in the garden and get your hands dirty?  This week I had so much fun when I planted broccoli and beets.  Alas, Sluggo notwithstanding, a snail ate one of my broccoli plants but I still have 7 left so that is okay.

I did purchase starts at the local nursery.  The starts were for heirlooms and began life organically so I feel no remorse for not starting the seeds myself. 

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The Survival Buzz #166

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Each Friday afternoon about 4PM, I sit down at my desk to reflect back on the week gone by and review in my head everything I have accomplished and everything I still need to do.  Truthfully? I have lists to keep track of my lists.

I maintain my “prepping to do” lists on steno books, the old-fashioned type with a spiral on the top.  I have dozens with some devoted to stuff and others devoted to skills.  

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The Survival Buzz #165

DIY Facial Wipes - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

The big day is here and as you are reading this, I am probably sweating bullets as I take my Ham Technician License test.  I have taken a lot of practice exams – oh, say 40 or 50 times – and am passing with scores of 30 and 31 out of 35 but still, you just never know.

So, as I write this I am stressed and need to study more so I will keep today’s Buzz brief.

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The Survival Buzz #164

Fantastic Garden Trellis from Scraps - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling a tremendous sense of accomplishment this week.  First and foremost, I continued studying for the upcoming HAM radio tech license exam next Saturday.  Plus, to get in the spirit of things, I attended a local ARRL chapter meeting.  Straight out, I put myself on the line, and told the members I was going to pass the test next week. 

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The Survival Buzz #163

Adding Chocolate Kisses to Food Storage - Backdoor Survival

Here we are again with another Survival Buzz and an update on preps as wells and news and announcements.

I experienced a couple of prepping bloopers this week.  But first, on the positive side, I put some chocolate kisses into a “time capsule” that will not get opened for two years.  The idea is to see if chocolate can be stored for the long term.

I put the chocolate kisses in a mason jar with an O2 absorber, then sealed it with my Food Saver jar attachment

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The Survival Buzz #162

Learn to clean your essential oil diffuser - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

How was your week?  I have been busy with a capital “B” in an attempt to complete my many half started projects.  Many of these projects were blog related as I needed to clean up some behind the scenes hosting and performance issues.

On the prepping side, one task that was long overdue was cleaning my three diffusers.  Just looking inside them was creepy in that small concentrations of dried up oils were crusted around the various orifices that allow them to operate at peak performance.

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The Survival Buzz #161

Shoo Goo Really Works - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

What a crazy weather week here in Backdoor Survival land. One day it was sunny and warm, then next was cloudy, rainy and windy.  One thing you learn when you live in Washington State is that the weather can be quite variable from day to day.  Still, when you think about it, here in Western Washington we don’t get much snow and, further, here on San Juan Island we get an average annual rainfall that is 14 inches less than Seattle.

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The Survival Buzz #160

Maintaining Black Berkey Filters - Backdoor Survival

Another week has rolled around and it is once again time for this week’s Survival Buzz.  As always, I want to start off with my preps.

Since the beginning of the year, I have tried to focus on checking one major task off the to-do list each week.  This week’s task was something I have been procrastinating about for a couple of months, namely performing a red-dye test on my Black Berkey filters.  The rule of thumb recommendation is that this should be done every three to six months. 

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The Survival Buzz #159

How to Make a Sprinkling Can for Free - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week I continued to focus on my meager gardening efforts.  The weather here as been sunny but cold so I am still wearing my down vest but ahhhhh the sunshine is so nice.  I continued planting lettuce seeds.  Because I am a perfectionist, I pour the seeds into the palm of my hand then pick them up one by one with a tweezers to plant.

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The Survival Buzz #158

Getting to Know the Aerogarden - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week my efforts turned to gardening.  I am a huge fan of fresh summer flowers but with such limited space, I hate to give up what little sun I have to flowers when fresh tomatoes beckon.  One thing I do have, however, are lots of hydrangeas. We had a sun break so I took the shears and deadheaded old blooms. It just felt good.

After that, I cleaned out a bunch of tomato pots and readied them for some fresh compost and a layer of additional soil. 

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The Survival Buzz #157

Understanding How to Treat Water in An Emergency - Coming Soon - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

I spent the last week in Arizona taking care of some personal business.  That left me little time for preps but I still managed to take delivery of an additional 55 gallon water barrel.  After going 12 days without running water, I felt it prudent to double up on stored water.

Speaking of water, I have been working on setting up a live webinar on understanding the in’s and out’s of treating water in an emergency. 

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The Survival Buzz #156

Happy Valentines Day from Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week my preps were so memorable that I forgot what they were.  Seriously.  The reality is that I spent a good deal of time maintaining the status quo.  No one ever said this preparedness stuff was easy so just like you, I put one foot forward each day and do what I can to prevail.

Four things of note:

I continue to make bar soap from both scraps of half used bars as well as from Kirk’s castile soap. 

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The Survival Buzz #155

Cayenne Salve - Does it Work? - Backdoor Survival

The Survival Buzz is back again for an update on preps as well as news, tips and announcements.  First, though, I do want to apologize for the mix-up this weekend.  I had some technical issues which delayed the article 6 More Uncommon First Aid Items from going out to subscribers. That, in turn, caused a domino effect with the Survival Buzz.

A year ago I would have been over the top stressed about this glitch  Not so much anymore.  As I noted on my Facebook page, there are plenty of other things to stress about.

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The Survival Buzz #154

Have you made your own laundry soap yet? - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

How is everyone doing this week?  If it has been anything like mine, you are firing on all cylinders as you begin to realize it is time to organize those springtime chores not the least of which is your garden.

This week I had some appointments in the big city (actually Bellevue, Washington), so while I was there, I dropped in on Wal-Mart to pick up some Arm & Hammer Washing Soda for my “Better than Good” DIY Laundry Soap

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The Survival Buzz # 153

Save a few heirloom seed catalogs with your seed storage - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week was extremely busy as I have tried to tie up lose ends and make progress on the various projects I have going.  Now that I think about it, all weeks are extremely busy and my projects still are not done!

Anyway, gardening has been on my mind because if I plan on starting my own tomatoes, I need to get going.  I did want to mention that if you stockpile seeds as I do (I belong to the Seeds of the Month Club), you should also get your hands on a few seed catalogs that feature heirloom seeds. 

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The Survival Buzz #152

Stocking up on basics from the LDS Home Storage Center |Backdoor Survival|

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

The highlight of this week was a trip off island to the LDS Home Storage Center in Mount Vernon, Washington.  At a Home Storage Center, you will find the lowest prices anywhere on bulk foods for your survival pantry. The best part is that they are open to the public and not just to LDS members.

Nothing bugs me more then when I see other bloggers recommend purchasing wheat, as an example, from Amazon at over $2 a  pound. 

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The Survival Buzz #151

The Survival Buzz |Backdoor Survival|

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Most of this week was spent working at my J.O.B. (only part time these days), although I did take a little time out to work on my Preparedness Planner a bit.  It sure feels good to get organized!  Speaking of getting organized, the month of January is a great month to find deals on storage tubs.  I picked up a couple of huge, 18-gallon HOMZ storage tubs for $3.99 each at the local Ace Hardware.

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The Survival Buzz #150

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Welcome to the first Survival Buzz of 2015.  This week I tried to keep things brief since I am up to my neck in alligators with all of the projects that are a work in process.  Alas, that did not happen.

To be honest, I feel bad teasing you with a mention of the projects without closure in terms of how-to articles.  I apologize but these things do take time. That being said, this weeks preps are more of the same.

1.  I am using Shelly (aka the Survival Husband) as a human guinea pig as I experiment using essential oils to bring down his blood pressure. 

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The Survival Buzz #149

How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Pot of Pinto Beans!!

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Blogwise, this has been a busy week full of interesting projects.  As with last week’s soap re-batching, most are still a work in process.  That being said, this week I did the following:

I tried to kick pinto beans up a notch by soaking and cooking them in 2 tablespoons of good-for-you cayenne pepper infused water.  Not a good idea, trust me.  I had to dump the entire pot because they were inedible. 

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The Survival Buzz #148

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This has been a busy week both prep and blog wise as I have been doing some planning for those things I want to blog about in early 2015.  To help me along, after using an electronic calendar for years and years, I finally broke down and purchased a wall planning calendar.  It was long overdue.

One of my projects this week was to re-batch some Kirk’s Castile Bar Soap and make my own artisan-style bar soap. 

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The Survival Buzz #147

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

I whine about my lack of organization which is a bit of a conundrum since in my non-prepping life, I am extremely organized.  Having jumped on the paperless wagon almost ten years ago, most documents and receipts have been scanned and are all neatly filed electronically and totally searchable on multiple devices including those that can be powered by solar if need be.

That being said, my preps are still in disarray and my inventory system is in my head. 

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The Survival Buzz #146

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Although sick room supplies are a serious matter, I had a bit of fun this week while trying on my Tyvek disposable coveralls.  There was, however, a method to my madness if not to my antics.  The purpose of my try-on was twofold.  One, to assess maneuverability and two, to assess proper sizing since I did not find any size charts or guidelines in the product description.

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The Survival Buzz #145

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

The first order of business is my preps. This may not seem like a big deal but I learned to use a bucket tool opener to pry open the lid of a sealed, five gallon bucket.  In this case, it was a bucket of coconut oil which in the past, required Shelly’s brawn to open.  Ladies, it is time for us to do more of the heavy lifting ourselves! 

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The Survival Buzz #144

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

The wild goose chase for misplaced preps continues.  First, I could not locate a small tin that holds my pocket survival kit.  Why is my pocket survival kit in a tin and not my pocket?  Too much stuff with some of it not really practical given my geographical location.  Let me give you an example.

These are just some of the many items in my current pocket survival kit.

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The Survival Buzz #143

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week has been a busy one as I got caught up on some reading in preparation for the newest Book Festival.  Although it shouldn’t be, reading preparedness books and survival fiction has become a guilty pleasure; guilty only because it takes time away from actually doing something.

This week I made my first batch of healing lotion bars.  While they look beautiful and do a better-than-wonderful job of moisturizing, they are not yet ready for prime-time. 

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The Survival Buzz #142

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

The big news on the home front is that after 11 days without running water, things are almost back to normal.  I say “almost” because we had a toilet failure when the water came back on. Expect the unexpected right?  As I mentioned last week, during these 11 days we had plenty of stored water plus an unlimited supply of raw water available via pump right outside our front door.  

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The Survival Buzz #141

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week I am going to keep things brief.  As the Backdoor Survival Facebook followers know, I am going through a water apocalypse.  The short version of the story is that we have a leak in the line between our home and meter.  We became aware of this on Monday and have been without running water ever since.

The good news is that we found the leak. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #140

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Honesty counts, right?  This has not been the best of weeks for me personally.  Perhaps the hard drive failure before my trip was an omen because three days into my vacation, I experienced an additional hard drive failure in my backup computer.  Only a prepper would take two computers and an iPad on vacation, right?

Long story short, I was able to keep in touch but the process and the experience was stressful. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #139

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Something I did not mention earlier this month was that the night before I left for vacation, the hard drive on my laptop failed.  Talk about a frantic mess and talk about a need to roll with the punches. In the old days, before I was a crazy prepper lady, I would have sat down to have a temper tantrum then cried.

Alas, I still had my old laptop and a backup of my data plus a backup of the backup. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #138

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

It is always strange to write a Sunday Survival Buzz while I am on vacation.  On the one hand, I want to be thorough and gab about what I have been seeing, who I have been talking to, and how much or how little those around me are prepping.  I will say this:  most folks think I am pretty darn strange.

Prepping?  What is that???? 

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