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.
Perhaps the worst part is that as prepared and as focused I am normally, I left home without my natural remedies, most of my essential oils, and my common sense. Pain will do that to you. Which, as a wake-up-call, reminds me that there are all sorts of emergencies that may require a bug-out, especially if you live in a location remote from a big city.
Even though I did not prep this week, I did learn a valuable lesson: prepare a check list of those things you need to grab with you if you are forced to make a medical or dental evacuation. Heck, I forgot my healing oils but Shelly forgot his socks. Thankfully, we had clean underwear in our bug out bag but my oils? A case of “I have not got around to it yet”.
So how did it all end? It hasn’t. I abandoned the heavy duty narcotic pain killers a few days ago. Who needs that along with the associated brain fog?
But the real turning point was a concoction sent to me by reader, “Dee”. It is made up of 1 teaspoon of turmeric dissolved in 1 ounce of boiling water. I mixed the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper together then combined the two mixtures, stirring well. I have been doing a slosh and swallow with a half shot glass of Dee’s cocktail every 4 to six hours and indeed, I do feel better.
At the end of the day, we all need to recognize that regardless of how well prepared we are, something is likely to be overlooked. We are human. It happens. Get over it and move on.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
A reader comment in the article Survival Basics: What the Heck are Oxygen Absorbers got me thinking.
You’ll be just fine putting absorbers in with seeds to preserve them. In fact, rendering them dormant by taking away oxygen is exactly what you’re trying to do. When you want to plant them, take them out and they’ll have access to oxygen again and have no problem germinating.
I decided to ask Mike over at Seeds of the Month Club about this and here was his response:
That is an excellent tip! Oxygen absorbers help keep moisture away from your seeds and keeping your seeds dry is very important. The important thing is to keep your seeds in a cool dry location, and oxygen absorbers definitely help with the “dry” portion of that tip.
File this one away in your “good to know” file. I have been storing my own seeds in sealed mason jars in my freezer but not with an oxygen absorber. At about 10 cents a pop, I am going to take advantage of this tip. Can’t hurt, right?
Some additional tips came in from “Learner”. Bubbles and life jackets for the kiddos; what a great idea.
I keep bottles of bubbles (you know the ones with the wand you blow into) in my prep stuff because they keep forever, are cheaper than cheap, and are very effective at keeping kids calm in a stressed situation.
Lastly, I think parents should get a life jacket for their kids in case your evac might include crossing flood waters, or consider that traveling in canoes up and down creeks/rivers might be needed in a “bug out” situation.
The following giveaway is currently active. This is a great book; a bit prophetic, actually. Read the interview then enter to win a copy for free!
AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .
The winner of a copy of Angela Paskett’s book Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival is Laura W. (“Tina”) who has already checked in to claim her prize. Here entry was via the “Free Entry for Everyone” option.
The winner of the SunBell Solar Lamp was “Laurel B.” and the winner of the Little Sun was “Kris P”. Both winners were selected a random based upon the “Leave a Comment” option.
ESSENTIAL OILS: SN ITEM OF THE WEEK
There is still time left to get in on the Item of the Week from Spark Naturals. I am told that next week’s item is fantastic but that is about it. I don’t learn of the details until Monday morning. Darn!
This week Spark Naturals will be featuring its incredible line of DIFFUSERS. All diffusers are marked 10% off retail, plus use your coupon code BACKDOORSURVIVAL and receive an additional 10% off.
Just so you know, my favorite is the ZAQ Dew which is model in the center of the graphic above.
Remember: Always use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for and additional 10% off your entire order.
NEWS FROM OUR SPONSOR
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What I love about Harbor Freight is that standard ground shipping is a flat rate of $6.99 regardless of the size and weight of your order.
THE FINAL WORD
As I started out saying, this has not been very good week for me. On top of other woes, I received a rash of hate mail and my Facebook page was littered with trolls claiming I was a plagiarist, content thief, pathetic b-word and worse. My reaction? None at all. When these things happen I consider the source and make copious use of the delete key.
Sadly, preparedness has become a big money making deal with a lot of anonymous site owners putting up marginally curated and sometimes stolen content merely to make a buck off the backs of legitimate authors and writers. I know that I am not the only blogger dismayed by this but at the end of the day, there is not a whole lot we can do about it. Becoming a one-person police force is simply too time-consuming.
So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are of some items mentioned today as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current Amazon Top 10.
Rhode Island Novelty Bubbles (12-Pack): Kids of all ages love bubbles. What a great idea for both bug-out-bags and hunker down kits!
Oxy-Sorb Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage: A good rule of thumb is to use a 300cc oxygen absorber per gallon of dried or bulk product. In a one quart mason jar, I use these 100cc oxygen absorbers.
Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: This is a great knife that is currently priced at $8.73 with free shopping. Not only that, it is ranked as the #1 best seller at Amazon in both the camping and hunting knives categories. The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and and can recommend it. See The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.
Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the $20 price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price. Using D-cell batteries, the Dorcy floodlight will light up a dark room or a dark stairway in an instant. I can not recommend these enough.
One Second After: For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. I did not realize until now that the price for the Kindle version was only $2.99. If you have not read this book, you really should.
Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10-pack: There are 10 boxes of 40 matches each for about $7. That is a good deal for 400 waterproof matches.
FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight: FAVORITE! Here we go with another flashlight. At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.80 with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. There is also a larger sized LifeStraw Family currently available with free shipping.
AquaPodKit – Emergency Drinking Water Have you considered storing water in your bathtub? The AquaPod is a bladder that you can use in your bathtub to store water if you know that a storm, flood, or hurricane is brewing.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
One of my pantry favorites, Powdered Butter is on sale for $15.99 which is 38% off. I am a bit embarrassed to say that I have paid almost $30 for a similar sized #10 tin from another popular supplier. Interestingly enough, I find the Emergency Essential brand richer tasting and creamer once constituted.
The nice thing about powdered butter is that you can use it as-is, right out of the can, in homemade baked goods.
Another great item this month is excited to see on sale is the Kaito Voyager V1 Dynamo and Solar Radio. I love this little radio and the key word is little! It fits in the palm of my hand and is extremely light weight and easy to stash in a daypack, purse or over the glove box of a car. The sale price is $22.99.
These are just two of the items on sale this month at Emergency Essentials. Click on the link below for more great deals from Emergency Essentials.
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Are You Interested in Essential Oils?
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