Sunday Potpourri: New Recommendations, Emails, Comments and More

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In case you have not noticed, I have updated my Recommended Sites page.  Alas, a few sites fell off and a new site was added.  Kind of like life, you know?

One thing I do want to mention is my recommendation to visit Prepper Website.  This is a really wonderful site for anyone and everyone interested in preparedness.  Think of this site as your one-stop page for the very best the web has to offer in terms of survival, preparedness and alternative news. Be sure to read about Todd, the site owner – he has an interesting story as to how the site came to be.

Something else I want to mention is that I was one of a handful of bloggers (or, as I like to say, “online journalists”) that was invited to submit my thoughts on the top three preparedness skills to Advanced Survival Guide.

Here was my response:

“This was not as easy as I thought but since the limit is three, I submit the following:

1. Water: The ability to find, purify and ration water under a myriad of diverse conditions. I choose this as a survival skill because without sufficient water, the human body cannot sustain itself, regardless of whatever other skill sets may be available.

2. Shelter: The skill to prepare, defend and maintain a safe shelter whether in your own home or in a bug-out or wilderness situation. I choose this skill because shelter is a key component of staying out of harm’s way, including foul weather or environmental conditions, bad guys seeking to harm you, or looters attempting to steal your stuff.

3. Positive mindset: A positive mindset with an unrelenting will to live will keep you motivated to go on, regardless of adverse and seemingly hopeless living and survival conditions. The belief that things will eventually get better provides the modicum of optimism that is needed to succeed in survival and preparedness efforts.”

Here is a link to the complete article: What are your Three Top Preparedness Skills?

Emails and Comments

I love seeing your comments and your emails, and well, they simply fill my heart with joy.  You, my readers, have shared so very much with me that I feel blessed.

Please know that I appreciate each and every comment and each and every email.  Even though I don’t always have time to respond, I read everything you send my way and hope you will continue to do so, okay?

The Strategic Life

This week on Strategic Living, George and I feature part two of our series on the Magic of Radio.  What is important here is that with SOPA and internet controls a real possibility, learning to listen to real news via shortwave may become critical to your ability to keep up with the world around you.  Here is a link to The Magic of Radio Part 2: Nutz and Bolts of Radio.

The Final Word

We had our first snow of the season yesterday.  Not quite a winter wonderland but snow none-the-less.  Luckily the generator is ready to go if we lose power.  There is also plenty of food, water and other supplies.

It is good to be prepared.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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From the Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself. Growing your own food, cooking and building stuff are all essential. Here are some of the top sellers for 2011.

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.

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.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): For less than $8, this pack of 10 is a great deal. Free shipping too.

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.

MAGLITE XL50-S3016 LED Flashlight: I own a number of these. Small, sturdy, and easy to handle.

Sabre Compact Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring: The portability of this pepper spray adds to its appeal since it can be easily carried on a key ring or in a handbag or backpack.

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever: Survival Husband lost over 10 pounds in two weeks on this diet.

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster: Written by Bernie Carr at the Apartment Prepper blog, this is highly readable guide to all things preparedness.

50 – 1 Gallon (10″x14″) Mylar Bags & 50 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: A staple for long term food storage.

Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: As far as I am concerned, paracord ranks up there with duct tape and zip ties. I wish I had know about this stuff years ago.

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Sunday Potpourri: New Recommendations, Emails, Comments and More — 1 Comment

  1. Gaye,

    Been enjoying your website for several months now. I particularly appreciate your common-sense view of survival and personal responsibility.

    Your article about cast iron cookware is terrific and timely for me. Recently ‘inherited’ two vintage ‘Griswold’ skillets from my grandmother. They are most likely over 90 years old, well used, but look brand new. I put one of them to work immediately. Great for sauteing peppers and onions! The quality of vintage cast iron is so superior to even the best of the ‘modern’ cast iron. I have been using a Lodge Cast Iron Wok for more than a decade. While it is a great piece — love it — and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, next to the old Griswold it looks a bit primitive… One other point about cast iron: when cooking, especially acidic foods, you also add trace amounts of iron to your diet! Great for those with anemia, but possibly a caution to those with otherwise high levels of iron in their blood.

    Cheers,
    –Bert

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