Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
Since I am surrounded by packing boxes and bubble wrap, I don’t have much to report this week. That, coupled with a writing marathon, have taken up all of my time and then some.
A quick word about bubble wrap. At the last minute we ran out to the nearby Home Deport to replenish our supply. (Remember, we are packing up a condo in the Seattle area that was recently sold.) Long story short, $40 later we were all set. I did a quick check on Amazon this morning and instead of $40 for 130 feet of bubble wrap, I could have saved a bundle by purchasing 175 feet for less than $20 at Amazon.
Talk about not being prepared and paying the financial price!
One of these days I should write an article on a day in the life of a blogger. You might think that I have a nice, tidy schedule for writing and posting but as much as I try, things simply do not work out that way. Organized chaos is a good description of my blogging life. Between product testing, reading emails (typically 100 to 150 a day), creating graphics, research, social media, and back end website work, I am amazed that even a single word gets written.
Seriously, I hope to hire a VA (Virtual Assistant) soon. First, however, I have planned a real vacation where I spend only 30 minutes a day online max. Do you think I can do it?
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
Gaye, if I may, I would like to offer a little more to consider.
My wife and I have been working in the field of Property Caretaking. I’m almost 63 and she 62. We have been doing this for years and it is a great life. Many jobs offer great pay and perks, some only offer free housing and utilities for minimal hours of work. Right now, we make a very nice salary, we are provided with a nice house, utilities, internet, satellite TV, and more.
We plan to do this level of work for as long as we can. Then actual retirement for us, is going to be a nice big camper parked in a nice RV camp where you pay a set fee for all your needs other than food and meds. We will travel around part of the time taking housesitting and Property Caretaking jobs that are not too demanding, just to be busy and seeing new sites. This is our plan. Like any other plan, it is open to adjustments as needed. But it is a good plan. Something perhaps others would want to look into.
I know that many of you either own or covet a treadle sewing machine. (I learned to sew on a treadle machine in high school.) Kathy passed along this tip:
Just wanted to let those who have recently acquired a treadle sewing machine and have never used one before, to have the cording around the wheels that move the needle up and down checked out.
I have been using my treadle for several years now (over 30). The original cord was made of leather and it stretched out after a while. It will start to slip in it’s track and the needle will not go up and down.
Believe me it was a PITB trying to figure out why the needle would stop moving as I was peddling. Also check the date of your machine. There maybe a zipper foot for some of the later models of treadles. Unfortunately mine is so old that zippers weren’t around back then.;)
This has been the summer of giveaway-mania. There have been so many items in the giveaway queue that a number of items are spilling into Fall. Did you know that between Shelly and I, we read every single response to the giveaway questions?
The following two giveaways are still open for entries.
PLUS THE WINNERS
Interestingly enough, all four winning entries were from the “Free Entry for Everyone” option. As always, the winners were selected totally at random.
ESSENTIAL OILS: TIP OF THE WEEK
Reader Vicki asked: Does a true essential oil have to say “essential” on the bottle, or is Lavender Oil also an essential oil. I am confused since I became involved with essential oils,
I thought you might be interested in my response:
Great question. Before responding, I wanted to check some of the bottles of essential oils I had purchased before I started using Spark Naturals. My inexpensive bottle of Lavender from NOW FOODS is labeled:
NOW ESSENTIAL OILS
100% Pure Lavender
Elsewhere on the label is says 100% pure lavender oil and “Natural essential oils are highly concentrated …”.
I believe it is safe to say that this indeed, is an essential oil. Check your bottle for clues; somewhere there should be an indication that it is 100% oil as well as the words “essential oil”.
Important note: if there is no supplement information (such as what you see on a vitamin bottle), do not ingest the essential oil. If in doubt, do not do it. Mostly, I do not ingest essential oils by choice even though I could.
I do,however use a drop of cinnamon oil and oregano oil while oil pulling and also a drop of lemon essential oil in water. It all comes down to personal choice.
There is still time left to get in on the Item of the Week from Spark Naturals. Birch is a fantastic pain reliever which makes this a great opportunity to get one of my must-have oils at an even greater discount than normal.
As always, you get an additional 10% when using coupon code BACKDOORSURVIVAL. Flat rate shipping is $5.00 on your entire order within the continental US or free with a minimum order of $55.
THE FINAL WORD
The Sunday Survival Buzz is about you and your preps. 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: This week I have sanitation on my mind as I am cleaning like a Jewish mother would clean. In addition my Shield Spray (made with Shield Blend essential oil and witch hazel), I have a number of other items in my arsenal. Oh, and don’t forget the bubble wrap!
Duck Brand Bubble Wrap, 150 Feet: Lesson learned on the bubble wrap. From now on I will plan in advance and shop at Amazon.
No Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Bathing Wipes: One wipe was more than enough for a complete “bath”. These are a good backup when traditional showers are not available such as the week or weeks following a disaster. Also good for camping, boating, hiking and such.
No Rinse Moisturizing Body Wash: This stuff leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean with a delicate scent.
Genuine Joe Gel Hand Sanitizer, 16oz: When shopping on Amazon, I have always had good luck purchasing the #1 item in a particular category. Alcohol based hand sanitizer gels kill 99% of bacterial on contact. They are inexpensive and easy to use.
Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, (Pack of 36): No list of DIY cleaning supplies would be complete without these wonderful microfiber cloths. They will last you for years and will allow you to replace paper towels forever. Truly. I color code using blue for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these.
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser: I know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile soaps have a cult-like following but I prefer the Sal Suds. I call my DIY cleaner “Sudsy Sal”.
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 favorites, Freeze-Dried Strawberry Slices, is on sale for $15.99 which is 41% off. I use strawberries in my yogurt, oatmeal, and just plain for snacking. I have mentioned this before but fruit is one of those things I will miss most if there is ever a food shortage.
Something else to consider this month is the 4 Person 72-hour Food Supply which at $54.99 provides enough food with the adequate calorie intake for four people to survive for 3 days or for one person for 12 days. This is based on 2,000 calories a day per person.
I have been informed that as of this moment, this is the top seller for September month-to-date.
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