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????  Working on a blog?  What is that???

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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.

Sharon has give me permission to share what she has written and so today I bring you her step by step DIY for drying herbs for future use. 

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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.

I am also envious of those backyard animal chores. 

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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!

Also essential oil related, I purchased the book Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas by Stephanie L.

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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.  The key, of course, is keeping it that way. 

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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.

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

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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.

No FoodSaver, no vacuum seal, no nothing. 

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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.

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. 

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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?

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

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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.

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. 

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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.  In the meantime, I still wear my 20 year old Timberlands.

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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.

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