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The Sunday Buzz
Thank you so much your votes. Potpourri or Buzz? Buzz or Potpourri? I received some pretty compelling reasons for each. But by far, the Buzz won by a landslide. Nuff’ said.
What’s new this week?
Look Ma! I can Find it!
Two great new features were added this week. The site now includes it’s own, site-specific Google Search. This should be a huge help if you are looking for Backdoor Survival articles by topic or keyword. I spent quite a bit of time getting this just right so I hope you will give it a try.
For now you will find my new search box on the sidebar but I am considering adding it to the main menu bar as well.
In addition I have added an “Archives” page to the menu bar. Nothing fancy here (yet) – just a listing of all of the Backdoor Survival articles by date. There are 100 articles per page so if be sure to use the scrolling buttons at the bottom to get to earlier articles. As with the new search feature, I plan to improve the archives search over time.
My thanks to Eve (Young Homesteader) for sharing a link to the Pioneer Handbooks site that shares free handbooks from the pioneers and settlers of the 1800’s.
Pioneer Handbooks is a free library of digitized and downloadable chapters of how-to instructions covering colonial building, farming, gardening, livestock, recipes, medicine, hunting and prospecting from rare and historic pioneer and settler handbooks.
These books taught colonist families how to successfully clear the land, build a log cabin or farmhouse, grow food, take care of farm animals, cook meals, fight diseases and heal their injuries. They are the original colonial DIY guides.
Just keep this is mind from their “terms and conditions” page:
Some of the instructions in these texts can kill. Others can injure. Do not treat nausea with opium! Before you follow any of the suggestions in these old books, please do your research and make sure they are safe.
Over on the Strategic Living site, George and I are dishing up a periodic newsy type of page that features bits of news that for one reason or another, do not make it to Backdoor Survival or Urban Survival. We hope to post weekly but there may be a slower ramp-up period. Stay tuned.
Bottled Water or ???
As you know, when it comes to everyday drinking, I gave up bottled water awhile back. Now, my bottled water is set aside for emergency use only and even then, I have a 55 gallon water barrel tucked away in case there is a major disaster in my area. (I must admit, though) the water barrel would be pretty difficult to cart around if I had to get out of dodge.)
I do love my Royal Berkey that was purchased from Directive 21. Even if you are not interested in the Berkey, I think the following article on the Berkey Guy’s blog is a good read: Five Reasons Against Bottled Water.
Yay! For the Doom and Bloom Radio Hour
Last night I spent an hour chatting up a storm on the Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s Doom and Bloom Radio Hour. Care to listen? Here is a link: Doom and Bloom Hour.
A New Blog in Town
There is a new blog on the block, Prep-Blog. Started in January, the site is well written by two self-proclaimed “ordinary guys”. Here is what they have to say:
We don’t live in “off the grid retreats” or spend our weekends training with a militia. We go to work, we spend time with our family and friends, take in the occasional movie, and live what most would consider regular if somewhat boring lives. We do, however, pay attention to what goes on around us and we both agree that just a little hiccup in the system (medium term power outage, bad storms, earthquake, etc…) could turn our otherwise boring lives into a bit of a struggle. This is why we PREP. But we do it in a Reasonable way.
I like what they have to say and the style in which they say it. You can check them out at www.prep-blog.com.
The National Bank of Dad
Lifestyle creep is bad enough when it happens to us but what happens when our kids start to live beyond their means? I know that many parents of 20 and 30 year olds are now cannibalizing their own meager retirement savings so that their kids can live beyond their means. Personally, I do not get it.
For more on this subject, jump on over to the latest article on Strategic Living where George and I talk about lifestyle creep and strategies for dealing with the National Bank of Dad.
The Final Word
As I mentioned last week, I have a bit of eye surgery coming up this week but as with everything else, I have totally prepped for the occasion. Bills are paid, meals are pre-cooked, and lots of movies are queued up to watch during the R&R period. I have a couple of new articles queued up too so as far as Backdoor Survival is concerned, it is business as normal.
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Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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From the Bargain Bin: Looking for a new book to add to your library? This week I would like to recommend the book, Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family. This book is a family-friendly guide, discussing the importance of creating a balanced preparedness plan that an entire family can live with. I was impressed.
Speaking of water, I think a water barrel is a fine investment. Fill it up, add some purification and set it aside for five years. Emergency Essentials has a great selection at reasonable prices along with water purification tablets for more portable use.
Another thing I have been doing is beefing up our defenses by getting a couple more cans of pepper spray so I have one at each doorway. I like the Sabre Family Home and Property Protection Pepper Spray which is made by the same company that makes bear defense sprays. This particular pepper spray has a range of 30 feet and includes a mount so that it will be accessible right at the doorway. As you know, I am a big believer in pepper spray, especially for those not trained in the use of firearms. You just never know.