Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
This has been a whirlwind week of moving boxes, hand and knees cleaning, and all of the other last minute details relating to selling a home. I am happy to report that the chaos is over and Shelly and I have made it safely back to our cottage on San Juan Island. Our next challenge is to decide what to do with all of the stuff we did not give away or toss out.
Alas, that, and our search for an out-of-state and out-of-earthquake-zone, bug out cabin will be a challenge for another time.
Prepping wise, I was busy letting my fingers do the shopping. On the list this week was a Tyvek coverall that I purchased to verify sizing information. I will have a show and tell on the sizing of the darn thing in a week or two. I also have a new titanium Spork, some self wrap bandages, additional water purification tabs, and two bottles of Birch essential oil for long term storage. The last thing I ordered is one of those all-in-one utility shut off tools that I plan to keep out by the gas/propane meter.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
The following comment came in from the Quiet Prepper. It said so much in so few words that I simply had to share!
All said and done, the ultimate preparedness and survival tool is to be able to think… keep your balance… and to not lose your cool to FEAR.
Enjoy life in the meantime, regardless of the perpetual lies, deceptions, and fear-mongering being splattered on us.
On the current giveaway calendar are the following:
There is still time to enter but in the case of the Mega Giveaway, time is short. I would sure love to see a Backdoor Survival reader win some of the prizes in that mega giveaway!
PLUS THE WINNERS
The winner of Glen Tate’s 299 Days: The War was Sheryl S. Her favorite comfort foods? A grilled cheese sandwich and dark chocolate!
In addition, the winner of the 32 Serving Family 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit from Buy Emergency Foods was Greg W. Here are the condiments in his food storage pantry: Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, mustard and ketchup.
As always, winners have been notified by email have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.
ESSENTIAL OILS: TIP OF THE WEEK
Many of you have asked about the arthritis buster I mentioned a few weeks ago. Here it is again for those of you that are curious or who may have missed it.
For aches and pains, I personally use a combination of birch, lemongrass, and geranium oils. This combination is a miracle worker! Shelly uses this combo on his arthritis and everywhere else where he happens to be sore.
Aches & Pains Essential Oil Blend
In a 10ml roller ball add:
Fill the bottle half way with FCO (fractionated coconut oil) and you are good to go. Shake before using.
Today I want to give you a heads up on an eBook that will be made available for free on October 3rd and 4th. Since I do not have a mechanism for sharing free eBooks on the website other than on Sundays, I am posting the link here so that you can watch for it.
The book is a beekeeping guide for beginners and looks interesting. Here is what the author, Trevor Darby, told me about his book:
Nearly a decade ago, I determined to help my family become more self sufficient. I knew I could grow more food in my garden. But sugar was a problem. Most preparation calculators estimate you need about 60 pounds of sugar per year per person. I don’t have much storage space and so I didn’t just want to buy a bunch of sugar and store it. So I decided to keep bees. The first year, with one hive, I extracted 73 pounds of honey.
I had a difficult time finding all the information I wanted in a simple, easy to follow format. There were lots of good books that are fantastic resources for beekeepers, but none of them seemed to walk a novice beekeeper through the process, step by step. So I wrote a book called “The Beeekeeper’s Gude”.
To celebrate its publication, you can download this book on your Kindle for free on October 3rd and 4th. Here is a link to the actual Kindle page.
THE FINAL WORD
Coming up next in my prep-list is cleaning up the garden. After being away, it is a bit of a mess. The tomato plants in their pots are very sad looking and I need to deadhead the flowers.
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: Here are links to the items mentioned in today’s Sunday Survival Buzz plus a few must have items for your first aid kit.
Light My Fire Titanium Spork: Before last year, I had no idea what a spork was. Now I have one of my own and I plan to use it to eat with for the next few days. I chose the titanium sport because it was the most highly rated with almost a perfect 5 stars.
Disposable Protective Coveralls: There are plenty to choose from. I purchased these DuPont White Tyvek Disposable Coveralls With Hood in a medium and it fit me okay with a bit of excess room left over. Shelly needs a large, definitely.
On Duty Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff 4-n-1 Tool: This 4 in 1 Emergency Tool was designed and tested by professional firefighters. It is light-weight, heavy duty, and easy-to-use for shutting off gas and water. Plus, it can be used to pry open doors and dig through debris.
Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets: Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use and the water is ready to drink in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water.
Pac-Kit 5-910 Self-Adhering Cohesive Wrap: I first learned about self-adhesive bandages when my dog came home from the vet such a bandage wrapped around his leg. A light went off telling me I needed to add some to my first-aid kit. And so I did.
New-Skin Liquid Bandage, First Aid Liquid Antiseptic: I have been using New Skin for years. It is an antiseptic, invisible, flexible, and waterproof. It works.
Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.
Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.
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