Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
My own preps; let me see. Actually, you should see my dining table which is covered with all of the stuff I received this week. I have some new Spark Naturals essential oils and by new, I mean oils I have not used before including Cedarwood, Jeddy’s, and LXR. The last two will be used mostly in my diffuser to calm me down during stressful work days!
Also essential oil related, I purchased the book Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas by Stephanie L. Tourles. I am looking forward to reading it and discovering new things to do with my oils.
And then there is a 4-pouch, 16 serving entree kit from Legacy foods that I plan to sample for you, some incense to used as punks when lighting fires, and a dozen BIC lighters.
So what is the big deal with fire making?
This week I made up a batch of char cloth for use in an article I am writing. During the process, I learned that by itself, char cloth will not light your kindling. Talk about a “DUH” moment. Anyway, more about that when I get it all written up. I know many of you are sharing your fire making skills in the A. American giveaway comments and that you will appreciate my little tutorial.
I am sure you are wondering about this week’s Sunday Buzz photo.
Sadly, the Survival Life EverStryke Perma-Match that I have been carrying around in on my survival key ring has failed. By that I mean that when using it while making the char cloth, it all but set Shelly’s hand on fire. Clearly, I will no longer promote this match. As nifty as it was while it was working properly, it is simply not worth the risk of a serious burn. My apologies to all of you that made a purchase based on my recommendation.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
There are currently two giveaways open and ready for your entry!
PLUS THE WINNER
The winner of Jim Cobb’s book, Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide, was Shari W. Congratulations! As with all giveaways, you have 48 hours to claim your prize.
ESSENTIAL OILS: ITEM OF THE WEEK OR TIP OF THE WEEK
I am always surprised by the number of requests I get for tips on using essential oils. I suppose that even though I write about them a lot, many readers are new, or, heaven forbid, they missed an article or two.
For those of you just getting started, I suggest the Essential 4-Pack plus some rosemary for salve- making. What can you do with the oils in the 4-pack (Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, and Melaleluca (Tea Tree)? Perhaps this downloadable chart will help: 40 Uses for Four Top Essential Oils.
Thanks, Jill, for letting me share the chart with Backdoor Survival readers/! Remember, regardless of what oils you have on hand, the best way to start your EO journey is to just start!
There is still time left to get in on the Item of the Week from Spark Naturals.
THE FINAL WORD
I may have mentioned that we are in the process of selling a property we own in the Seattle area. This has been a lot of hard work as we have had to sell, donate, or otherwise get rid of a lot of unneeded and unwanted stuff. Trips back and forth, five hours in each direction, have taken their toll both mentally and physically.
You would think that my little garden would have been affected in my absence but no, this year I have had more tomatoes than I can eat. Funny thing is that I only had a single zucchini. As prolific as zucchinis are in my area, perhaps that is a blessing!!
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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The Sunday ALMOST FREE Department
These arrived very quickly; I was surprised. They are bright and with the included batteries, are a real bargain. As of this writing, $4.00 inclusive of free shipping.
Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz as well as other reader favorites.
Legacy Foods 16 Serving Sample Pack: For $38.00 with free shipping, this sample pack will give you an opportunity to try four different varieties of freeze dried entrees to see which you enjoy the most. Shipping is free.
BIC Disposable Classic Lighter With Child Guard: This six pack of Bic lighters is reasonably priced but check around since these often go on sale locally. BICs just work – every time.
Swedish Firesteel: Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version.
DryTec Calcium Hypochlorite, 1-Pound: This is 68% Calcium Hypochlorite. As of this writing, the price is under $10 with free shipping. I purchased Ultima Pool Shock which is 73% Calcium Hypochlorite. For more information, read How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water.
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.
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.
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.
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