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.  If you have never tried these hams, you should. 

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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.

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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.

Update!  If you are seeing this message you are viewing BDS on our new servers!  I hope it is faster for you.

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.  

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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.

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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. 

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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.  Can you imagine cooking indoors using only tea lights? 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 107

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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 am very – no extremely – excited to report that I was able to score some free buckets for storing my survival goods.  Those of you that have been following me for awhile know how I love my buckets but I have always had to buy them.  Long story short, Shelly and I were having a coffee date and I saw some buckets behind the barista’s counter.  Not being the bashful type, I asked whether I could buy them cheap and while I did not get the square buckets I had seen, she went in back and found these!

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 106

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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.

They took about a month to get here but my mini-whistles arrived last week.  I had my doubts because they were very cheap – I paid about $2.00 for the set.  As it turns out, they were a bargain.  They are small, light weight and they all work although two are a lot louder than the rest. That being said, they all  produced a very loud noise with little effort.

Although currently priced at about $3.50, these definitely qualify for the Almost Free Department.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 105

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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 – or perhaps not.

As life would have it, sometimes there is nothing left at the end of the day but lemonade.  This week has been one of those weeks.  Website woes that were entirely my fault, a denial of service attack on my server and then, the last straw, a completed article for Free Food Friday that went poof along with the backup copy.

Like I said, we sometimes have to deal with nothing better than lemonade. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 104

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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.

My seeds arrived this week!  Although seeds can be saved from year to year, I started with fresh seeds so that I will have the very best experience.  My space is very limited, the growing season is short, and the  amount of sun I get is limited so I was very selective in what I ordered.  I settled on Delicata Squash, Paris Island Romaine Lettuce, Heirloom Rainbow Tomatoes, Sugar Lace Peas, Stupice Tomatoes and Spacemaster Cucumbers.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 103

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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.

The momentous thing I did this week was to soldier through the frustration of getting my Baofeng ham radio programmed with local repeaters.  I had problems getting the programming cable to work using the supplied disc.  I finally went back to my email archives and sure as day, there were a few emails from readers advising me to download and use the free CHIRP software.

Now here is the deal.  Before using CHIRP, you must install some drivers. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 102

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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.

Remember that bucket with the gamma seal that I left outside a few weeks back?  The intent was to leave it out in the rain to see if it was truly airtight and waterproof.  I had checked it once before and it was dry but I wanted to leave it out a bit longer just to satisfy myself that the seal was good.

I am happy to report that after sitting outside in the rain for some weeks now, the inside of the bucket was perfectly dry. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 101

My New Rainbarrel

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.

The big prepping news around here is that my rain barrel arrived and it is much better than I expected for the price.  Shelly will be getting some cement blocks this week so we can mount it high enough to get some pressure when connecting it to a hose.

I also spent some time this week playing with the credit card survival knife I purchased from Survival Life.  So far I have used in to cut branches from shrubs in my yard, open cardboard boxes and as a letter opener.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 100

Proctastination is the bane of all preppers.

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 I started going through one of my two bug out bags so that I could weed out stuff that I felt was either outdated, not up to par, or not relevant to the risks in my area.  This is a long overdue chore and one that has been high on the procrastination chart for quite some time.

Procrastination is the Prepper’s bane.

There is one aspect of my bug-out-bag rejuvenation that can serve as a reminder to all of you. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 99

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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.

Although compared to the rest of the country, our weather has been an almost-tropical 35 degrees, the power went out a couple of nights ago.  Right on schedule, 15 seconds later, our 10KW generator kicked in and we were able to continue watching our movie and browse the internet.  Before going to bed, I had Shelly (the Survival Husband) go outside and manually shut down the genset.  There is no reason to run a whole house generator and burn fuel while you are sleeping.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 98

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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 has been a busy week.  I made some more Miracle Salve including Dreamy Salve, Aches and Pains Salve and Bare Naked Salve.  Recipes to follow but only after I have a chance to test their effectiveness,  You know me, I like to be the guinea pig first so I don’t pass on bum information.

I also made a batch of Better Than Good Laundry Soap and I organized my laundry and cleaning supplies. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 97

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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.

Since I was traveling for most of the week, not much was done prep-wise.  When I made my way back home, I did find some goodies sitting on my doorstep including a can of chocolate ammo from Lucky Gunner and the Venture 6 Tool I had ordered from Emergency Essentials.  The chocolate reminded me that I need to order some ammo cans.  I know that army surplus stores are a good source but since there are none close by, I will be checking around online.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 96

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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.

You know me and flashlights.  I picked up this set of 3 headlamps for less than $15 on Amazon.  I had been disappointed with the the cheapies I purchased at Harbor Freight but these are pretty good.  The price also included the batteries so I believe I did good.  (And by the way, be sure to see this weeks giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of Ron Brown’s The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight.)

I was in the Seattle area for a few days and decided to make a prepping trip to Costco. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 95

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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.

By now you all should know that my new eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage, launched this week on Amazon. I was frantic trying to get everything done and had to pull a few all-nighters.  Alas, my preps took a backseat to eBook-ing.  I did recruit the Survival Husband to take our new BaoFeng Ham Radios out of their boxes and get them charged up.  Our plan is to get through the self-study course for our tech license before the end of the year. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 94

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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 was the week for list-making.  I am in the process of breaking my bug-out gear into thee separate packs: a fully loaded kit for the closet by the entrance to our home, a kit for the car (we are in the process of downsizing to just one car), and a secondary kit with food items and clothing that will go back and forth between the closet and the car.  As soon as the list is complete, I will share it with you so you can use it too.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 93

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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.

Have you seen the movie On the Beach?  I could not find a copy of the original, 1959 version, but our library had a the version that aired as a mini-series in Australia in 2000.  I don’t know if I did myself any favors watching this but with everything going on nuclear-wise in the world, it was quite chilling.  Suicide kits?  I leave it up to you to watch the movie or read the original novel. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 92

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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.

Because I was recovering from eye surgery, I did not have much prepping time (actually none) but Shelly pitched in so it was still a productive week.  I did have one Amazon purchase of note.  This essential oil diffuser uses water and essential oils to make make a mist of micro-particles and disperse them into the air.

Do I feel the healing qualities of the essential oils this way? The jury is still out. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 91

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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 I traveled to my bug out location (B.O.L.) which is outfitted quite comfortably and has great connectivity as long as there is power.  I was able to work normally and without internet disruption which, thankfully, allowed me get caught up on a huge backlog of comments and emails.

Time was short when it came to doing much else although I did have an opportunity to begin using my essential oils in some new ways. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 90

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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.

As you should know by now, we had a bit of internet and telephone crisis this last week.  As I write this, I currently have service that magically re-appeared in the middle of the night.  Will it last?  Who knows. What I will say is that I have taken copious notes and look forward to sharing my unplugged experience with you.

The public library has been my home this week

In spite of it all, yes, I did prep a little this week. 

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