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.

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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.

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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.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #137: How to Dry Fresh Cut Herbs

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz!

This week, because I am traveling, I am going to bring you a very special Sunday Survival Buzz.  A long-time Backdoor Survival reader, Sharon Smith, has started a personal blog that chronicles her family’s life living in a cabin while building their own home on raw land.  She also blogs about her garden, animals, kids and life in general.

It is a great little blog that you can find here: Wayward Pine Farm.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #136

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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.

This has been a whirlwind week of moving boxes, hand and knees cleaning, and all of the other last minute details relating to selling a home.  I am happy to report that the chaos is over and Shelly and I have made it safely back to our cottage on San Juan Island.  Our next challenge is to decide what to do with all of the stuff we did not give away or toss out.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #135

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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.

Since I am surrounded by packing boxes and bubble wrap, I don’t have much to report this week.  That, coupled with a writing marathon, have taken up all of my time and then some.

A quick word about bubble wrap.  At the last minute we ran out to the nearby Home Deport to replenish our supply.  (Remember, we are packing up a condo in the Seattle area that was recently sold.)  Long story short, $40 later we were all set. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #134

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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 love that we use the Sunday Survival Buzz to share what we have been up to this past week.  I have to tell you, I get envious of some of your preps.  This is especially when you indicate your have been inventorying and organizing.  If anyone would like to come visit and help me out, the invitation is open.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #133

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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.

My own preps; let me see.  Actually, you should see my dining table which is covered with all of the stuff I received this week.  I have some new Spark Naturals essential oils and by new, I mean oils I have not used before  including Cedarwood, Jeddy’s, and LXR.  The last two will be used mostly in my diffuser to calm me down during stressful work days!

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #132

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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 really had to think hard to come up with my prepping activities this week.  You see, the way it works is that once you have been doing this for awhile, preparedness become a part of your DNA.  Okay, not biologically but you know what I mean.

More specifically, every trip to the store, every bargain, every piece of usable but perhaps no longer fashionable clothing, is evaluated in terms of whether it would be good to have for SHFT. 

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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