A Message of Thanks On Thanksgiving Day

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
A Message of Thanks On Thanksgiving Day

As I sit down today and compose a message of Thanksgiving, my heart is torn. An optimist by nature, I find it difficult not to be dragged down by the events of the world.  Like many of you, I am experiencing a personal feeling of helplessness as I watch global enemies face off in an unconscionable manner.  I worry for my friends and I worry for my family.  I worry for the world.

As I wrote last year, over the years I have shared all types of Thanksgiving messages, from the upbeat and optimistic to downright depressing. This year I prefer to stay somewhere in the middle, for as bad as things are, we still have a lot to be thankful for.

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What are those things?

More and more, I am seeing that preppers are embracing a “less is more attitude”. They are purchasing only what they need after assessing their risks and making wise purchases that meet those needs.

Skills are beginning to trump stuff.  “Doing it yourself” has become the preppers mantra as self-reliance bubbles to the top of the prepper wish list.

Preparedness  is now being seen as good common sense and not fodder to entertain and ridicule.  I hope to see more of that going forward, thanks in part to broadcast journalist Ted Koppel and his book, Lights Out.

Preppers are spanning the generations.  I read emails and comments from preppers in their teens all the way up to seniors in their eighties and beyond.

These are just a handful of the trends that I have seen this past year and it warms my heart to know that the readers of Backdoor Survival have contributed to these trends by walking the walk, and living the lifestyle, even if they do so in just a small way.

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I have so much to be grateful for.  This past year the website has grown beyond my wildest dreams and although the work days are extremely long, I have been able to enjoy another year shunning doom, gloom and fear-mongering.

I say this often:  Backdoor Survival readers and fans on the best on the planet.  I wish I could pinpoint what it is that I do that continues to attract such a wonderful base of good people but whatever that it, I  hope I can keep doing it.

Today I thank you for letting me be part of your life and allowing me to be myself.  Yes, I am sometimes quirky and sometimes trite, but always honest and forthcoming, no matter what the topic.

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At the risk of losing some of you, I readily admit that I am no longer a young whipper-snapper.  Quite the contrary. Last week I turned 66 years old which qualifies me to be everyone’s “Auntie Gaye”.  And as I do at this time each year, I remind myself how precious life is and that life is not to be wasted.  Believe me, that is a whole lot easier to say than to do.

This year I have been in deep thought about how best to maintain Backdoor Survival while also giving myself permission to pursue other activities.  That, too,  is easier said than done and over the past six months I have tried a few things.  Some worked out and some did not, but at the end of the day, what fell out of the process is that I need to continue to serve your needs while having fun in the process.

You read that right.  Having fun has to be part of the equation or it is simply not worth it.

What does that mean going forward and what is the Backdoor Survival of the future?  I am still trying to figure it out.  I want to write a book – a real book and not a simple little eBook.  I want to do more DIY projects and more with essential oils and home remedies.  I want to share more of your stories, tips and real-life experiences.  And finally, I want to do more partnering with trusted contributors in order to  bring you credible information that spans my own sphere of knowledge.


The Final Word

What started out as an annual message of Thanksgiving has become so much more than that.  You are my family and as family members do, I have shared some of my most private feelings about the blog and my own role in educating the world about preparedness and self-reliance.

Everything so far is written in pencil but the energy is there so I will keep pressing forward.

As you gather around your Thanksgiving table this year, do reflect upon the good that is happening in your life.  Give thanks and be grateful for all that you have and not fret about what you have not. That is what I am doing

My heart is full today, as always, as I think about how far we have come.  I know this from your comments and, emails.  Even if you do not contact me directly, in my heart of hearts, I know you are standing tall and are ready to live the rest of your life with an abundance of gumption and spirit.

My wish is for you to continue to thrive, to be well, and to be safe.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to things that will enhance your quest for preparedness.  Looking for the perfect gift?  Check out The Prepper’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath: The book, by Ted Koppel, may finally wake up the masses that believe that nothing bad could ever happen to them.  The consequences of a cyberattack on our power grid may through us back a century or longer.  Are you prepared?

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Luci EMRG Inflatable Solar Lantern:  This is the original Luci EMRG Solar lantern. I have put mine through its paces and it is one tough cookie.  It has weathered both a wind storm and rain storm while hanging outdoors for a month.  Lightweight, waterproof and shatterproof, Luci EMRG provides ultra-bright, reliable light to guide your way indoors and out, through blackouts or extreme weather conditions.

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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 2oz. 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.

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BaoFeng UV5R Dual-Band Two-Way Radio:  I own two of these.  Something to keep in mind that if you are just planning to listen, you do not need a license.  This is the prepper’s choice when it comes to emergency radios.  Special Note:  BaoFeng and Pofung radios are one and the same.  Some units are branded as “Pofung”.  Need help setting them up?  Read How to Set-Up and Master Ham Radio Without Going Crazy.

The All-American Sun Oven:  Without a question, this is one of my top picks for the prepper who truly wants to be self-sufficient. Through a special arrangement with Sun Ovens International, you can pick up a fully equipped Sun Oven valued at $448 for a final price of $315 which includes shipping.

RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports: This compact, three panel, solar charger will charge two devices at once, including tablets, smartphones, Kindles, and even AA/AAA battery chargers.  For more information, read: Gear Review: RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports.


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19 Responses to “A Message of Thanks On Thanksgiving Day”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving “auntie Gaye”!! Thankful for this site and all the hard work you do to make it available and helpful to all who need it!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving younger cousin Gaye. I’ll be 67 in January.

    I’ve been doing permaculture, rocket stoves, DIY, sustainability, etc. Been doing it solo since my wife died over 6 years ago.

    May you have much success as you move forward.

  3. RE: ‘Preparedness is now being seen as good common sense and not fodder to entertain and ridicule.

    I’ve been regularly listening to the National Weather Service forecast in the mornings for a couple of years now, this year they did something different when the first Winter snowstorm advisory of the season was given out. They said to be sure and take your Winter Survival Bag with you when you travel by car.

    I thought that was something. “Winter Survival Bag”.

  4. Gaye, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    It seems like I have been following you forever. I’m so happy to hear you will continue on with the site. I know it is so much work, but we all do appreciate your efforts.

    I look forward to the continuation of your page.

    D.K. Smith

  5. You are the greatest Gaye. As far as the age factor; well now, I’m past you. There are a lot of benefits to age. We all learn from mistakes, which translates to wisdom. Hopefully !!!! I think the still vital and “alive” American spirit “lives” here on your pages. The world is in a mess!!! One thing for sure, we all need to continue to seek knowledge and truth. (not someone else’s opinion) To leave one Truth here on that I will note this from Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Happy Thanksgiving to you and also the “family of readers”

  6. You are a beautiful person, inside and out. Thank you so much for everything you do! You have created a place for kindness and learning here with Backdoor Survival and I can’t wait to watch all of your dreams coming true!


  7. Happy thanksgiving, I appreciate all you have done and are doing. I refer your site to others who are looking for info. There are a lot of young families wakening to the facts of the world we live in. Whatever you do be sure and have some fun. Even in business I call it “fun with profit”. My wife and I are your age group and she just started welding and four of her horses were bought and took to china for a art exhibit called “east meets west”. Write the book, do healing pass on your knowledge to the coming generations. Bill

  8. Thank you for all your hard work Gaye!! Your blog is so wonderful and all your hard work is appricated.

    I hope you and your family have a safe holiday season.

    J. Godfrey

  9. Gaye,
    You are indeed a blessing to your faithful readers and we appreciate all your hard work and honest feelings! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

  10. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for all the wonderful information you provide…and you do it so well. Professionally, intelligently and concisely. You are truly a blessing!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you and THANKS for all you have done in bringing the message to those of us happy to hear it. Keep up the good work and be sure to have fun doing it so we can share with you and continue to learn.

  12. Happy belated birthday. I just turned 69 on Halloween. Welcome to Arizona. We’ve been here 16 years full time from Spokane. Love, love it. Thank you for the Essential Oils portion of your web site. It has been such a massive boon to my family – such wonderful info to an EO newbie. Enjoy life!!

  13. When I think “Backdoor Survival”, I don’t think of stocking my cupboards like I’m getting ready for WW III, or learning to become so relf-reliant that I don’t need anything from anyone. I think more like how life was in the 1970’s. Neighbor helping neighbor. Sharing our haves and have-nots with others so everyone has enough.

  14. Gaye, Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into the website. If you need a break or long weekend consider putting together a “Best of Backdoor Survival” for a few days. I’m still learning to let go of a lot of people and stuff I do not need in my life. I wish the people the best. But, they have some work they need to do that does not include me. Strengthen the relationships that mean the most to you and yours. Give yourself a wind down time in the evenings. No media, no phone calls – I call some of those late night people earlier in the day, it heads off some of the evening calls. Get outside as much as you can. Be good to yourself.

  15. All the best to you during this holiday season, Auntie Gaye. Love the moniker by the way. You truly make prepping manageable, not panicky and overwhelming like so many others. I am always thankful for your advice, how-to’s, and general sense of calm.

  16. Happy Holiday’s! I literally tripped upon your web site back when I was getting into more of being a prepared person. I knew I needed to expand my horizons on this topic. What kept me coming back for more from you was the topics you covered, the responses left by your followers, new and existing,and their tidbits of info. Any other web site on preparedness I signed up to get info sends me so much email I was ready to scream. You do not do that and I really luv you for that. I feel you are honest with me on what is good and what is not. You are not trying to scare me into buying any and everything that is on the market. I value your opinion on products, books, etc. We all appreciate the time you put in to share this information and hope you take some more time for yourself. I like the emails you share from other people that follow you as we can all learn from one another. Keep up the good work and you are truly appreciated!

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