The Sunday Survival Buzz #131

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

This has been one of those weeks where life as I know it was temporarily turned upside down.  Without boring you with the unpleasant details, an urgent dental emergency cropped up a bit over a week ago.  At the time, it did not seem so bad but by last Sunday, it was dire.  As I write this, I am still in the Seattle area where a game of “stump the dentist” has been going on. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #130

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

I had a big blooper I would like to share with you this week.  I was out of unbleached flour and was not in the mood for grinding some wheat so I pulled a Mylar bag of flour from deep storage.  So far so good and yes, the pizza was delicious!

Anyway, being thrifty, I was not going to let a perfectly good Mylar bag go to waste so after dumping the flour into my canister, I put the bag in the dishwasher.   . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #129

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

There has been a lot going on here on my tiny homestead this week.  As I mentioned last week, I felt it was prudent to do a de-cluttering and a deep cleaning of all surfaces, including the cupboards and drawers.  This turned out to be a huge job but in the long run, will pay off if we have to lock things down during a pandemic.  The key, of course, is keeping it that way.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #128

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

What a crazy and wild week.  We lost power about 2:30AM one night and our house generator automatically kicked it. Shelly jumped up and said “WTF, something is wrong with our generator”! LOL, I told him to relax; it was doing what it was supposed to do! Anyway, he traipsed outside to shut it off since it is wasteful to run a generator in the middle of the night. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127

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

This has been a satisfying week here in Backdoor Survival-land.  Taking up most of my time was finalizing the print version of my book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The print version is now up on the main Amazon website as well as at Createspace although it has not been linked to the eBook yet.  There are still some formatting issues with the description on Amazon but I am sure they will get resolved shortly. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 126

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

Those of you that have been around since early Spring will know that I lost my tomato seeds.  Yep.  I had brand new, 2014 heirloom tomato seeds that I used to start some seedlings.  Long story short, but when it looked like the seedlings were not going to make it, I was all set to start over.

This is the truth.  I spent over two hours looking for my tomato seeds.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 125

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

There was not a lot of prepping going on at my place this week.  Most of what I accomplished had to do with research for blog articles, including cutting up an old pair of Shelly’s jeans to make some char cloth.  I also purchased a 5 gallon tub of coconut oil.

I am certain you are thinking that I must have lost it because 5 gallons is a lot of coconut oil.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 124

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

This week I repackaged the contents of a tin of instant powdered milk into Mason jars using my FoodSaver and the jar attachment gizmo.  As a test, I decided to give “dry canning” a shot.  I did this by putting some of the powdered milk in a jar along with an oxygen absorber.  I added a standard canning lid and ring and did nothing else.

No FoodSaver, no vacuum seal, no nothing.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 123

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

Prepping wise, this week I spent quite a bit of time cleaning up the data on an old laptop computer.  My goal is to strip out all of the unneeded applications and load it up with scanned copies of my documents, important photos of my family and worldly goods, and as many survival and prepping eBooks that I can get my hands on.

The latter is not a problem since, as all of you Facebook fans know, I have shared over 500 “free at the moment” eBooks on my FB page over the years,  Granted, some are terrible but many are very good and these eBooks will be a useful resource if the stuff hits the fan.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 122

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – or shall I say the “Sunday Save My Sanity” Buzz.

On Saturday morning, I put a quick note up on the Backdoor Survival Facebook page.  The gist of it was that I was seriously thinking of skipping the Sunday Survival Buzz and goofing off instead.  You see, even though I recently returned from vacation, while gone I spent three to four hours a day working on the blog.  Crazy nutsy cuckoo, right?

Reader/fan Jim H. wrote back “We prep for a continuum of life. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 121

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

One of the more important things I did this week in inventory the Potassium Iodide I had purchased shortly after Fukushima.  At that time there was a big panic; everyone wanted some so the merchants sold everything they had at an inflated price.  I was stuck with a couple of packets with a short, remaining shelf life.

Long story short, I set aside the two packages that were past their shelf life (they still may be better than nothing) and replaced them with fresh.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 120

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

I have one more day of travel left before I land back on the home front after being away for three weeks. To say I am anxious is an understatement.  I miss my own house, my own bed, and, not surprisingly, the comfort of being surrounded by my preps.

Being me, I spent a good portion of my travels discussing preparedness with anyone who would listen.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 119

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

With luck, as you are reading this I will be in Juneau, Alaska hiking at the Mendenhall Glacier.

Before leaving, I picked up some amazingly inexpensive hiking and trekking poles from Emergency Essentials (see below for details).  In addition, Shelly will be testing some new, lightweight tactical boots from ALTAI.  If they work out, I will get some too.  In the meantime, I still wear my 20 year old Timberlands. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 118

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

Today is my 39th wedding anniversary so I thought I would share a little personal tidbit with you.

My husband, Shelly, and I met in late 1974 and were engaged two days later. He lived in San Francisco and I was in Seattle. We saw each other three times before getting married in 1975.

Our personalities are very different. He is an easy going type of guy and for lack of a better description, I am a driven perfectionist.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 117

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

I did not  have much time this week to do much prepping other than to organize the accumulation of FD food and new gear that had been stacking up on my dining table.  I can finally see the top of the table, thankfully, and plan to continue to keep it that way.

A couple of things arrived from Amazon:  an additional battery tester (so handy to have around the house and cheap enough to own a few) and another package of microfiber cloths. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 116

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

I would like to make a clarification in follow-up to last week’s disgruntled comment about my garden woes.

I actually do grow greens successfully on the little deck outside my office.  They thrive in that location even though it only gets morning sun.  Down on the patio or in my little garden, the critters and especially the deer, eat any and all tender greens..

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 115

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

Without a doubt, the most important thing I did this week was study up on strategies to combat a serious infection cased by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS.  This is scary stuff; the stuff that pandemics are made of.

I don’t want to be overly evangelistic about essential oils but at least in my own household, we will be salving up more frequently with essential oils with antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 114

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

We had the usual chaos around Casa DeHaro this week as we stepped  over piles of preps and projects that keep stacking up with no place to go.  Storage is at a prime which is what happens when you have a small home and too much stuff.  On the other hand, 1,500 square feet means there is less to clean, less to heat, and less property taxes to pay. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 113

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, let me wish everyone a joyous Easter and Passover.  Whatever your faith, I wish you weekend filled with good food, family, and abundant love.

Now for an update on my own preps.

I managed to score a dozen cans of DAK ham for $2.99 each.  I continue to shop the bargain aisle at the drugstore when I visit the city and am always thrilled to find a great deal on a pantry staple.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 112

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

Something I learned a long time ago is that when it comes to plans, things do not always work out the way your want them to.  Yesterday I was looking forward to going to a local, hands-on class on canning.  Long story short, stuff happened and I could not go.  Such it is with prepping and perhaps even so much more so this time of year when there are taxes and garden chores to attend to. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 111

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

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I continued planting seeds for my summer garden; this time some bush cucumbers.  Using my new heat mat, they germinated in just 3 days.  My pea pods are starting to poke their little noses up as well.  I did want to give tomatoes another chance but as embarrassing as this is to admit, I cannot locate my tomato seed packets.   . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 110

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

This week has been somewhat a blur so let’s see if I can remember everything.  How about a list this week?

1.  I re-read Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening so that I could come up to speed again on maximizing my limited garden space.

2.  Planted sugar snap pea seeds after soaking them overnight in tepid water.  Some were sown directly in a pot while others were started indoors. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 109

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

Arriving home after being away for three weeks meant lots of chores.  The most pressing was my garden and my tomato seedlings which had been at the seedling sitters.  Truthfully, my seedlings don’t look too good.  They are now 5 weeks old and have yet to show their first set of true leaves.  I suspect that one of the problems is that while I was gone, they were not under the grow lights I had purchased before leaving.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 108

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

Before hitting the road, Shelly spent about 30 minutes putting together my HERCules (Home Emergency Radiant Cooking) Oven. The exciting part of all of this is that we got to play a role in formulating the user-documentation of the oven.

I did not have an opportunity cook anything yet (a pan of brownies anyone?), but am thrilled to get the first production unit.  . . . Read More