Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.
Since I was traveling for most of the week, not much was done prep-wise. When I made my way back home, I did find some goodies sitting on my doorstep including a can of chocolate ammo from Lucky Gunner and the Venture 6 Tool I had ordered from Emergency Essentials. The chocolate reminded me that I need to order some ammo cans. I know that army surplus stores are a good source but since there are none close by, I will be checking around online.
A cursory evaluation of the Venture tool tells me that it is okay as an emergency shovel, saw, and ax but it will not stand up to heavy duty survival work. That said, it will be handy to keep in the car for one of those unexpected emergencies that seem to crop up from time to time. Shelly has been tasked to do a more thorough evaluation since, as we all know, looks can deceive. When it comes to gear, how it works while in use is what counts.
There was a bit of excitement (well not really!) as I made a huge mistake while updating the Backdoor Survival website and pretty much destroyed the site. Luckily, I had a backup that was only two hours old but if any of you are geeky, you will know that restoring a Word Press site is no walk in the park. Backdoor Survival was offline for about 4 hours and I pulled another all-nighter to get things back to normal. Heck, a girl has got to do what she has to do.
The downside is that there was no Book Festival this week and after being up all night Friday night, today’s Buzz might be a bit shorter than usual.
Okay, enough about me and my woes. Let us move on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
A Chart of Some of the Wildest Conspiracy Theories That Actually Turned Out to Be True!: I have not personally checked each of these out myself but it is an interesting chart.
Citizens take law into own hands after cash-strapped Ore. county guts sheriff’s office: When budget woes reduced the sheriff’s department in one rural Oregon county to a bare-bones force, residents decided to take matters into their own hands — creating armed patrol groups in defiance of local officials.
4 Monolithic Myths About Bug Out Bags: This article starts out with the following; be sure to read the rest.
What nasty turn of events would warrant you grabbing your Bug Out Bag and heading for the hills… on foot if necessary? Or better yet, your well stocked retreat? Be careful how you answer this loaded question.
Dry, Scaly, Itchy Skin? Research Proves Coconut Superior To Mineral Oil: Clearly, coconut oil is good stuff but for some, it can actually dry the skin. I am finding that a combination of coconut oil and olive oil is just about perfect.
A Manufacturer Found a Loophole Around That Incandescent Light Bulb Ban: We have stocked up on old-fashioned light bulbs but it is good to see some options coming down the line.
It Looks Like A Crazy Guy Just Walking Around In The Snow. Then You Zoom Out And.. Whoa: Sometimes we need to take a break from prepping and the depressing news and lighten up. Check this out; it is amazing!
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
Many years ago, I took a self defense class given by the local county sheriff. This was about the time when pepper spray became popular. He asked how many carried anything for self protection. Several raised their hands. Then he asked, “So what happens if you are attacked without having that self protection with you, or it gets taken away from you?”
He went on to explain that unless you have personal skills for defense, then you are still defenseless. Gaye, this is my answer to that question.
Yes, guns or anything else is an added layer but unless you know hand to hand (no matter your age or physical abilities) you can become defenseless. If there is one lesson to learn about preparedness it’s—begin with self and learn how to use your body to defend, then add layers of defense such as guns, blow guns, bows/arrows, and defenses around your home.
Yes, there will be those who will take the short cut straight to weapons, there again, if you know how to defend yourself…even against a weapon, you have not one but two things going for you. Your skills along with that confidence of use AND your mind which can make the decision of how to act according to the situation.
As to antibacterials, if we have gone to the trouble of getting prepared, learn what’s around you which comes naturally antibacterial instead of using those products which have pesticides in them. Check the products and follow up to see just what’s in the products you’re using.
And from Leal, a great trick for testing your DIY salve (see DIY Miracle Healing Salve):
I have used pure olive oil not only in my salves but also in my face bars and healing lotion bars. Works great.
One of the tricks I use when using a liquid oil is to test the mixture before pouring into mold/containers. Cannot remember where I read a bought this so I apologize for being old and forgetful!! What you do is: when your mixture of oil and beeswax is melted and you have added any EO that you desire, take a small spoonful of the mix, chill it in the fridge or freezer until it is solid.
Try it out. If it is too soft, add a bit more beeswax; if it is too hard, add a bit more oil. Put the spoonful back into the melted mix, add oil or wax as needed until it has the consistency you want.
As for using these things on your face, they tend to be on the oily side but…when I make a salve with coconut oil as opposed to olive oil, I will use it on my face. Sometimes I use straight coconut oil on my face. Starts out really oily feeling but soaks in quickly.
Note: As I mentioned above, I find straight coconut oil very drying. Your mileage may vary.
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
I have two giveaways that wrapped up this week.
First, there are three winners of Ron Brown’s eBook, The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight. They are John R., Clay, and Vikki M. You each have been notified by email with instructions for claiming your book.
Here is how they each answered the quiz question, What is your favorite flashlight (type, brand or style)?
John R: I have this wild redhead (there seems to have been plenty of these in my lifetime) who put me onto a little LED light that you stick on the end of a 9 volt battery. I have a few big LED lights that take 3 “D” cell batteries, but my go to is the 9 volt.
Clay: The 2010 Sabrelite LED by Pelican is my choice. Tough, waterproof, 100 lumens and I think the only thing in my house that wants to be fed by those “C” batteries. Not sure if that is a blessing or a curse…
Vikki M: We have a multitude of flashlights on hand but our favorite is the Blocklite. Living in the part of East Texas known as “Tornado Alley”, we experience high winds with most, if not all, storm systems. Couple with falling tree limbs and the occasional intoxicated driver and well, you end up with frequent power outages that last several hours! We keep the Blocklites scattered throughout the house, so that no matter where we are…when the power fails, we are prepared! Along with a battery charger that will recharge 9V, we are set.
Note: Clay, your email address was not valid. Please leave a comment below so I can contact you with instructions for claiming your prize.
And then there was the Mountain House Moveable Feast giveaway. Holy moly – there were a ton of entries. The winner is Jim L. Here is is Jim’s response to the question: What is your greatest “emergency food” challenge?
My biggest challenge is finding room to store my bulk foods and keeping track of what is in my storage area. It’s my fault because I add things and don’t keep track of them.
Jim was not the only one challenged by the lack of space for his food preps. This article from earlier this year might help: 16 Food Storage Tips for the Space Challenged Prepper.
This announcement is self-explanatory. Would you take a moment to vote for me? All you have to do is click on the graphic below then again were it says Click Here To Enter. There won’t be any additional acknowledgement however if you also click on the Backdoor Survival logo, I will get 2 votes!
A TIP FOR USING ESSENTIAL OILS
As I was working through the recovery of the website, I needed to stay alert and focused. I also needed a pick me up. If you happen to need the same, try this:
Blend peppermint with your favorite citrus EO in your hands (I used lemon). Rub on the back of your neck and shoulders. Then take a few minutes to simply inhale the aroma from your hands.
Did it work? Perhaps it was a placebo affect but I really do think it helped take the edge off.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BLOOPERS
Wow – this is an old one and is so embarrassing. The article The Powerful Healing Qualities of Rosemary Essential Oil showed a photo of rosemary growing in my yard but the text said “lavender”.
Now how the heck did that happen? Not only that, no one called me on it, Anyway, it now has been fixed. If you missed the article, now is a good time to catch up on the wonderful qualities of rosemary.
THE FINAL WORD
Another crazy busy week has gone by. Reflecting on the week past, I hope everyone made it through the holiday with their stockings full of prepping goodies and their bank accounts intact. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to a nice quiet January doing some writing, drinking some wine and simply tucking in to enjoy the beauty of winter.
Did you do any prepping this week? Tell us about it in the comments below. And until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are of some personal and BDS reader favorites plus items from the current Amazon Top 10.
Free Credit Card Knife: Survival Life is once again offering this knife that is hidden in a credit card sized sheath. It is 1/10 the weight and thickness of a standard utility knife and will fit just about anywhere. It free except for a shipping charge of $2.95. A comparable knife on Amazon is $7.00: Credit Card Sized Folding Pocket Knife .
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.
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 $3.55 with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp. I paid $12 for this knife last week and today it is $8.95 so I ordered another one. It was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.95!
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. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
Magnesium Fire Starter: This Campers’ Magnesium Emergency Fire Starter is about $4.
Spark Naturals Essential 4 Pack: Lately I have had to refrain myself from posting more articles about essential oils. I may even add a section with tips to the Sunday Survival Buzz; the results have been that amazing. For today, I will simply recommend that you get some and start to incorporate them into your daily life. A good starter kit is the Essential 4 Pack that includes Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Peppermint. These are your go-to oils although I feel that Rosemary should also be in your starter kit. If you decide to give Spark Naturals a try, be sure to use the discount code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” to receive a 10% discount.
In addition, all of the Gamma Seal Lids are discounted to $6.49 each. I use gamma lids exclusively with my buckets and appreciate the convenience of simply unscrewing the top to get in and out of my buckets without pinching my fingers (or worse) in the process.
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