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. In my own household, we make light of this. Should we get it? Should we skip it? Oh wait, that would be good for stuff hits the fan. This dialog is ongoing and happens every single day.
If you personally are not there yet, be forewarned. I would never call it a game but it is very much game-like. What do we need? How much can I purchase? Can we afford it? There are always these same questions. In addition, with my small house, there is also a questions of where I going to put it all. Sometimes I go back and re-read 16 Food Storage Tips for the Space Challenged Prepper although the tactics for me apply as much to gear as to food.
Anyway, enough about that. For those of you not on Facebook where I reported it first, last week my endodontist (root canal guy), decided to do nothing dental-work wise. He advised me to stop the antibiotics, add some probiotics and mostly, continue with Dee’s cocktail for at least another week. He suggested adding some cinnamon indicating that both turmeric and cinnamon are “natures antibiotics”. Those were his words not mine.
At the end of the day, it was not the antibiotics and Vicodin that solved my dental woes but a cocktail of lemon juice, turmeric and cayenne. I don’t know about you, but I think it is wonderful that there are still established, mainstream, health care professionals that believe in the traditional ways.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
The following giveaway is active, ending Thursday at 6PM Pacific. This book by Jim Cobb is really a good one so you will definitely want to to enter.
PLUS THE WINNER
The winner of The Shadow Patriots is Barbara S. Here is the event that set her on a path of preparedness:
For me, it started with 9/11. I remember being so afraid of a possible bio-weapon attack. It’s been in my mind since then but really just in the last year that I’ve gotten organized and started prepping in earnest.
As always, you have 48 hours to claim your winning book.
ESSENTIAL OILS: FREE SHIPPING
Throughout the Labor Day weekend, Spark Naturals is offering free shipping on everything! If you have never used essential oils, this is a great opportunity to give them a try. Heck, a single bottle of Lavender is only $6.99. With your 10% discount and free shipping, you can purchase the Swiss Army Knife of essential oils for only $6.29.
Remember to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for and additional 10% off your Spark Natural order.
GOOD TO KNOW
I’m glad you asked — it was independent testing done by Oregon State University Sensory Science Laboratory. It was commissioned because MH periodically tests their archived pouches to determine if they meet our criteria for shelf life, namely that the archived product is “virtually indistinguishable from new production”. This is the most conservative definition of “shelf life” in the industry.
As you know, shelf life is one of the most important variables in the emergency preparedness market, and MH wanted to provide their consumers with the most up to date information on our products, backed by unbiased 3rd party testing.
So basically, what they are saying, is that the end of 12 years, the meal pouch is of the same quality as it was at the time of manufacturer. Although I prefer to purchase FD meals in tins, the shelf life does degrade once opened. Plus, #10 tins are not portable enough to carry in bug-out-bags. Pouches, even at the higher cost, are a good option to consider. Another advantage is that you can add water directly to the pouch without the need for cooking utensils.
THE FINAL WORD
As I walked Tucker yesterday, I could feel the breeze, see the clouds, and recognize that summer was almost over. Where did it go? Our lives get so busy that we forget that time marches forward. Trust me, the older you are, the faster the march.
That has me thinking that I have a bit of backtracking to do. I still have lots of stuff to giveaway as part of the Summer Survival Blast (remember I mentioned giveaway burnout?) plus I counted 11 more books in the Summer Book Festival. Me thinks I have to come up with some better naming conventions.
Enjoy the day, everyone. If you have a moment, leave a comment and let the rest of us know what you did to prep this week.
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: Today I share some of favorite budget friendly items that I personally own.
How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget: This book, by my blogging colleague, Bernie Carr, is a concise, easy to read guidebook for getting started without all the falderal about building a bunker full of stuff. Instead, it offers a roadmap for getting started with emergency and disaster preparation in a practical and pragmatic manner.
Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: This is a great knife that is currently priced at about $8.603 with free shipping. 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.
Note: the price can vary by color so if you are not particular, scroll through the colors and save a couple of bucks.
FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp: Here we go with another flashlight. At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.65. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery. This my number one deal!
ProForce Commando Wire Saw Bulk, Ideal For Survival Kits: This saw qualifies for the Almost Free page since it is currently only $1.87 with free shipping. Here is what one reviewer had to say:
“When I got the saw, I thought it was a dinky little wire. My expectations were blown away!! I can cut a three inch tree in three min. I would much so recommend that you get this saw.”
I’ll see if I can talk Shelly into doing a mini-review for us this great little saw.
The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage: My book will provide you with everything you need to create an affordable food storage plan, including what to buy and how to store it. Nothing scary and nothing overwhelming – you really can do this! Hint hint wink wink! I just lowered the price of the ebook to 99 cents on Friday! Let’s see how may of you catch this!
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