It is not often that I pop in during the middle of the day but I am making an exception today because I have a roundup of topics I wish to cover. By now you know that I have abandoned the weekly Survival Buzz in lieu of content that is more timeless. There is the good and the not so good in doing so in that I no longer have a vehicle for short little essays and blurbs on what is happening in the here in now. Perhaps the best way to solve this little dilemma is to make the Survival Buzz more ad hoc. After all, why post a blog article when there is really nothing material to say? Sometimes we have to say the heck with it and do what we want to do when we want to do it, right? Here is the first of what may become the all-new, as it happens, Survival Buzz. . . . Read More
Even though my garden is tiny, slugs and snails are having a heyday. They are getting into my flowers and hostas which is especially hurtful. I hate slugs so although I am certain they have some purpose in the big picture of our ecosystem, I want to get rid of them.
Lucky for us, the newest Backdoor Survival sponsor, Seed for Security, has some great tips for getting rid of slugs naturally. Not only that, in order to give me my monthly Buzz break, Nan is providing one lucky reader with a complete Seed for Security Super Survival Kit. I challenge you to find another survival seed kit like this on the Internet. . . . Read More
Here we go again with another LifeStraw Go Giveaway. This is month number three as I keep my promise of offering up a total of five LifeStraw Go water filter bottles, one a month for five months. I get to take a break from writing, and one lucky reader wins a LifeStraw Go.
Do you know about the LifeStraw Go? In the simplest of terms, it is a "LifeStraw in a bottle". What that means is no bending down to water level to suck up drinking water. All you need to do is scoop or pour the questionable water into your bottle, and drink from the straw. Not only that, unlike the original LifeStraw, refill filters are available.. . . Read More
Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
Once again, this week I am going to answer questions posed during the March Lifestraw Go Giveaway. Before I do, I want to remind you that I do not consider myself an expert. A lot of what I share comes from my own personal experience and research. Admittedly, I like to think that I know a lot more than many, but realistically, I also know that there are many that know a lot more than me.
Learning is constant. In the pursuit of knowledge I devour books, including post-dystopian fiction, as well as books on self-sufficiency. I do the best I can given my tim . . . Read More
Like most people, I have a lot of knowledge about many topics but just a handful where I would consider myself an authority. Precious few, actually. It really quite humbling, you know, to be of a certain age and not know it all.
One area where I am especially weak is with firearms. I have been to classes, have my own handgun (which I find uncomfortable to use and need to replace), and have shot a few rounds in my day. As much as I realize the importance of training and practice, I feel as though I will forever be a firearms newbie. Does anyone else feel that way?. . . Read More
For the longest time I have been promising to share with you my number one tip for cleaning cast iron skillets. Well finally, today is that day.
Let me begin at the beginning. Six months ago, on a lark, I ordered this chain-like gizmo called "The Ringer". The purchase was based upon one of those "just for you" suggestions from Amazon and in a moment of weakness, I fell for it. Little did I know that cleaning my cast iron skillets would become so easy. Not that cleaning cast iron is difficult, mind you, but it can and does take some time.. . . Read More
Last week's call for questions was amazing. There were over 100 of them which will surely keep me busy for awhile. There were so many that I actually hired an assistant to help me categorize and compile them into an organized list.
With that type of interest in what I have to say, it seems fitting that I answer one question right away. This question comes from the winner of the LifeStraw Go and it is a good one.
I would like more information on alternative transportation in an EMP situation.
What might still run? Motorcycles, golf ca . . . Read More
Do you remember me telling you about the LifeStraw Go last month? The LifeStraw Go is a "LifeStraw in a bottle". What that means is no bending down to water level to suck up your drinking water. Don't get me wrong. The original LifeStraw is a fantastic product and has a prominent place in my preps.
Still, with the LifeStraw Go, you simply fill the bottle and take a drink. Everything is nice and tidy in one simple water filtering package. In addition, refill filters are available. How cool is that?. . . Read More
One of the challenges of relocating, even temporarily, is that your preps take second fiddle to the rest of the logistics. And then, boom! You realize that if something happens, you may be at risk of not being ready.
I am not saying that happened to me because I did bring some basics to Arizona, plus, the first week I was here I ordered two 160-gallon water barrels From Emergency Essentials, and a 720 serving emergency food kit from Buy Emergency Foods. Shortly after that, I worked on building up my canned goods and bulk foods, pretty much using . . . Read More
Some days, I have a very short fuse. Call it stress, age, or simply disgust at the world situation, but the smallest things can set me on a rant. As a prepper, these feelings are a bit troublesome given that in a true emergency, rants and temper tantrums will have no place. It will be survival that counts.
Do you remember a time when you could handle a lot more than you can now? I do. The bottom line is that life is simply more complicated now than twenty or thirty years ago. We are bombarded daily with hundreds of texts, emails, social media, pop-up ads, and visual content everywhere. The number of gizmos we have is insane, and there is the expectation that you respond immediately to each ping whether you know where it came from or not.. . . Read More
Are you as fit as you need to be to perform the tasks and chores required given a disruptive event? I know that is a loaded question mostly because there are so many types of disruptive events that can turn your life upside down at a moment's notice.
For example, hunkering down during a pandemic requires a different physical response than living for weeks or months with no power and no water. Bugging out and possibly living outdoors or away from the comforts of home adds another dimension to the physical prowess needed to survive. It makes my head hurt to even think about it.. . . Read More
Who ever said that life was easy? Kicking, screaming, and grumbling, there is a lot of "life is the pits" conversation going on in my house this week.
Perhaps it is due to the process of completing my tax return and realizing how little value I am getting for my money. More likely, though, I am just plain tired. Lucky for you, my being grumpy is your gain. Brent from www.BasicShield.com has offered to giveaway a free LifeStraw Go water bottle each month for the next five months so that I can take a monthly Buzz Break.. . . Read More