There is a saying that is often heard these days: “Bloom where you are planted”. If you are not familiar with this saying, the gist of it is that regardless of where you are and what is happening in your life, you can still be happy. You can thrive and you can survive.
This may be an odd way to start the Survival Buzz but it rings true in my life and so, setting side any vagaries I have alluded to in recent months, today I share some personal news that will give you insight what is happening in my own life.
Recently I embarked on a well-publicized road trip. The purpose of that trip was to establish a second home base away from earthquake country and the cold, winter weather of the Pacific Northwest. This meant leaving the security of a remote island off shore the State of Washington and an idyllic survival platform.
Now I don’t know about you, but for me change, even a temporary change is difficult. Being a nester, I like my home and I like my own stuff. Being a prepper, I like knowing that the preps I have steadily built up over the past five years will see me through uncertain times.
All that being said, for personal reasons, Shelly (aka the Survival Husband), Tucker the Dog, and I have packed up the Subaru and moved to a temporary location in Central Arizona. We will be here for five or six months. When I say packed up the Subaru, I mean that literally. One carful of carefully chosen possessions is all we took with us.
What does this mean? It means that I must once again begin prepping from the ground up. I have my knowledge and my skills and a defined budget for food, water storage and gear but not much else. The gauntlet has been laid down and I need to get to work.
This gets me to the “springboard” part. In the coming months I hope to share with you the steps I am taking to build up my supplies without busting the bank. I have started already with bulk rice, cases of bottle water, coconut oil and honey. Next comes tools and ammo and everything else that someone starting from scratch needs to feel secure in today’s world.
Am I stressed? You bet. You might even say a bit panicked. That being said, I have my diffuser going full tilt with some Zen and Wild Orange, and have a handful of good friends (George, Paul, MB and Daisy – you know who you are), that will keep me going. I have someone watching the homestead, and a bit saved up so I can build up my supplies as quickly as humanly possible.
What I have done is not an uncommon situation although the reasons may be different. One reader I correspond with was forced to leave her secure country home and live in the city for business reasons. Leaving her preps behind was one of the toughest things she could do but on the positive side, it gave her time to refocus and re-evaluate her efforts and her life. She learned to bloom and thrive where she was planted.
And so there you have it. In some small way I hope what I am doing gives you permission to also make tough choices and changes, based on personal needs even though those needs may conflict with your preparedness goals.
That is pretty much all I have to say about this other than I hope you will continue to hang in there with me as I go forward with this new adventure.
Disaster Preps – For Your Reading and Viewing Pleasure
If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, take a look at this article. As you go through the links, you will find many practical tips and ideas for becoming better prepared. Now that I think about it, many of the preps are applicable to any disaster or disruptive event, and not just earthquakes.
A hat-tip to long-time reader, Dee, for bringing this article to my attention.
Along the same lines, want something more visual? PBS recently broadcast an excellent program called “Unprepared” that is available for free online viewing. J. A. Charnov (author of Cascadia’s Curse), passed this along.
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
I recently placed food in Mylar bags along with the appropriate amount of oxygen absorbers based on the size of the bags, and heat sealed the bags and and then put them in a 5 gallon food grade bucket. I noticed that some of the Mylar bags had shriveled up and some had not.
Does that mean that the oxygen absorbers in the non-shriveled bags are not working? If everything is fine with all the bags, why do some bags shrivel up and others do not?
Here is my response:
Not necessarily. A lot has to do with the amount of headspace left in the bag and/or the moisture content of the goods that have been packaged. Keep in mind that oxygen is not the only component of air so most likely, what remains is nitrogen. If you were confident that the O2 absorbers were good (not hard like a brick when you placed them in the bag), you should be okay.
Here is an article you can refer to if you have not already seen it: http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/survival-basics-oxygen-absorbers/.
Also in my email was a note from Richard Broome who saw the article How to Test Your Ability to Carry a Bug Out Bag. As you might recall, he is the one that raised the Prepper Fit question in the first place. Anyway, for a short period he has lowered the price of his two books to just $2.99 for the Kindle version.
Leaving the Trees and Good Crazy are books you must read. To get a feel for them, read my article Leaving the Trees: More Lessons of Survival.
Essential Oils: Deal of the Week
Each week I update a special page with the Spark Naturals item of the week? You can find it here: Essential Oils from Spark Naturals – Weekly Deals. Every once in awhile there will be free shipping or a free gift offered as well as a product discount.
And remember, you can always use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an additional 10% off your entire SN order. When it comes to saving money, every little bit helps.
There were reports that a few of you wanting to watch the replay of the Sun Oven Solar Cooking webinar experienced technical glitches. The webinar was taken off line but at my request, is now once again available for a few more days.
This replay of the Sun Oven and Solar Cooking Webinar will be available through midnight October 12th. Be sure to watch it to the very end where Paul presents a special short-term offer that will save you $133 on the purchase of a Sun Oven.
The Final Word
This has been an exhausting week. We have slept on the floor since arriving at our location and experienced our first rattlesnake encounter. We have very few preps and are scrambling like crazy to learn how to cope in the heat of the desert. Everything is strange and different but happily, we are away from the city in a “middle of nowhere” location.
We are thriving and we are surviving and we will bloom and thrive where we are planted.
What did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: As of this writing, the Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife is currently on sale for $16.24 which is a bargain. It is a good deal at $25 but this is truly amazing.
This “oh so sweet” knife is a solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing. Currently about $16; normally about $25.
Bargain Bin: Today I spotlight some of my favorite preps. These are items that made it to Central Arizona in the back of the Subaru!
The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way: This book teaches how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, including strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2 oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective. There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.
AquaPod: 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. (I call these “disruptive events”.)
Puralytics SolarBag Water Purifier: I reviewed the Solar Bag last year and cannot say enough good things about it. This is by far the easiest way to purify water using the sun. It even works on a cloudy day; it just takes longer. Here is my review: The SolarBag Water Purifier.
Solo Stove: I personally own three solo stoves. They are compact yet well-built and perfect for cooking off-grid with just a bit of biomass. This is one item that you should gift to yourself if you do not have one already.
Cascadia’s Curse: You will enjoy this book about two sisters who are jolted awake by the piercing alarm of their emergency alert radio. It’s the middle of a cold, damp March night on the Oregon coast, and a tsunami warning has just been issued after a great earthquake occurs nearly 2,000 miles away in the eastern Aleutian Islands. This is only the beginning and they work to overcome the challenge of survival.
ZAQ Noor Diffuser: Of my three diffusers, this is my favorite and is therefore the one I recommend. It puts out a strong, fragrant mist that is both soothing and healing. My second most favorite is the ZAQ Dew (pictured below). With both diffuser, the really cool thing is that the light (which can be turned off) changes colors all by its own self. Very soothing and I love it!
Zen and Wild Orange Essential Oils: When it comes to diffusing oils, ZEN is my go-to oil for stress relief. I like to use 6 drops of Zen plus 4 drops of Wild Orange in my ZAQ Dew. Not only does this blend relive anxiety (yes, I am human and do have some of that), but it also helps me focus while working. When making a purchase from Spark Naturals, don’t forget to use code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an extra 10% off (including 10% off sale prices).
Ticket to Ride: When it comes to board games, this is my favorite. (It helps that I usually win.) This is fun for the entire family. Warning, you and your gift recipient will become addicted and will often ask the question: Want to play train aka “ticket to ride”?
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