Keep on Prepping

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boy scout be preparedIf you think that my so-called popularity grew overnight (and I’m not that popular, mind you) then you’ve got it all wrong.

I have been writing Backdoor Survival for a little over eighteen months now and consider myself just a little fish in a big sea.  I am not “big” and do not have tens of thousands of followers (but then that was never my intent to begin with.)  Still, even though I have not been doing this as long as many other bloggers and writers out there, I do like to think I bring a common-man (ok, common-woman) perspective to the process.  That plus I only publish my own original content.

This leads me to the main point of this article:  Because I write this blog, you may think that my prepping is complete – that I have all the gear, all the food, all the knowledge that I will ever need.  Well, in five words, you have got it wrong.  I am adding, changing, learning, and developing new skills all the time.

So please keep your prepping going.  Keep the family preparedness light on and keep building up your supplies and your knowledge.  Keep learning new skills and honing those you already possess.  Drill and practice your communication plan and bug out strategy until you  can execute in your sleep.

Whatever You Do to Prep

Most of all, keep in mind that like the insurance you carry on your home and vehicle, you many never need everything you have prepared for.  Your preps are your safety net and your knowledge is your life raft.

You are a prepper – so own it with pride and keep on prepping!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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From the Bargain Bin: I put some thought into the things I would want to have if/when there is another Great Depression. These are all items I currently have on hand.

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: Cast iron items were at the top of the list. My readers love cast iron and so do I. Also at the top were Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers and the Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt.

All New Square Foot Gardening: I put in a Square Foot Garden last year and was pleased with the results. It is not too early to start planning for spring planting.

Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make.

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients: Ditto.

How to Live on Wheat: Everything you need to know about wheat.

Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: The Fiskars products are easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10.

Kaito Voyager KA500 Solar/Crank Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Radio: A lot of different hand crank radios were sold but this was by far, the most popular.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): I do believe in helping my neighbors in the community so a supply of these will be handy to hand out to those in need. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency.

Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: I You NEED this book if you care about defending your homestead.

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Keep on Prepping — 2 Comments

  1. Hello Gaye,
    What I like about your “common man/woman” perspective is that you add validity to being prepared. Since I know you from a previous life in the high technology/IT world, I know first-hand that you are a well-educated, capable and highly intelligent person who has been a successful entrepreneur running more than one business. Too many folks that consider themselves Preppers and/or survivalists are too extreme to believe and come across and conspiracy theorists or even nut jobs. You are far from that rather, you are very rational and your ideas are researched and well thought out.
    I have had the urge to prepare for the better part of 5 years when I had sort of an awakening in late 2008. After doing quite a lot of research I quietly started stockpiling food, water ammo and other supplies but I was afraid to discuss this as I was ashamed to “come out”. Since re-connecting with you Gaye, I now no longer feel ashamed about prepping. I have great respect for you and what you have done over the years. You have added validity to my own instinct to prepare and now I talk openly about it with my close friends. The result is now more folks I know are gradually taking steps to stockpile supplies and create a bug out plan. You are helping many more folks than you are aware of Gaye and I am very grateful. Please keep up the good work!
    -Jerry

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