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.
This week has been somewhat a blur so let’s see if I can remember everything. How about a list this week?
1. I re-read Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening so that I could come up to speed again on maximizing my limited garden space.
2. Planted sugar snap pea seeds after soaking them overnight in tepid water. Some were sown directly in a pot while others were started indoors.
3. Set up a heated grow mat under my grow lights. Hopefully this will speed germination.
4. Pretended I had no electric oven and used the HERC Tea Candle Oven exclusively for a week.
5. And the biggie: Shelly and I previewed a home on five acres of sunny land! I want a huge sunny garden and chickens. It will take a huge effort to make this happen so keep your fingers and toes crossed that over the next year, we will make this happen.
That’s it for me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Do Not Make Fun Of Those That Have Fallen Out Of The Middle Class – You Could Be Next: When I read this a couple of weeks ago, it broke my heart. It gave me a bit of that post March 2009 “been there done that” feeling. I hope you will read this and feel some compassion for those who have suffered economic hardship through no real fault of their own.
“Sell By” And “Best By” Dates on Food Are Basically Made Up—But Hard to Get Rid Of: This supports what I been telling you? Just sayin’.
FCC: Thousands Of Hotels Don’t Have Phones With Direct Access To 9-1-1: I had no idea. File this under “good to know”.
Fraudulent WEBLEARN Debit/Credit Card Charges Possibly Linked To Earlier “$9.84″ Scam: Be mindful and always check your credit card statements.
Roll the Presses for TPR4!!!. I hope to have two articles in the upcoming issue of The Preparedness Review and once again, TPR will be 100% free.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
Just one to share this week – from Ranger:
In an emergency situation, we had 8 members in one family get stung by a swarm of yellow jackets. All of those people were allergic and the ambulance that came had only 2 EPI Pins on board. I had several pens with me and the oldest was 8 years old and it worked just fine. I have been told until the liquid in the pen is cloudy it is still good.
Another tip in an Emergency is that there is 3 shots available from an EPI Pen. You have to take the pen apart to get to the plunger, but there is 2 shots left and it does work. Just be very careful of the auto spring, it will hurt you.
I know how you love free stuff so I continue to bring you reviews and giveaways. I am committed to at least two giveaways a month plus the the weekly book festivals. In the past, some readers have missed the entry deadlines so to help you out, here are two that are currently active.
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TIPS FOR USING ESSENTIAL OILS
Sometimes it is the little things that we start with that really help us understand how powerful Essential Oils are and what a difference they make in our lives. Many just start out with adding a little Lavender to their lotion or add them to a homemade salve.
Think about this: mouthwash is a pretty universal item. You can make your own healthy alternative by adding 2 drops of your favorite EO to a shot glass and swishing it in your mouth. Not all brands of essential oils are suitable for this purpose but many are. Check the label and if there is “supplement” information, you are good to go.
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THE FINAL WORD
I was recently asked why I go to such lengths to be self-reliant and self- sufficient. After all, I did leave a pretty cushy life down in the Seattle area were I had a large, modern home and was close to restaurants, malls, and services of all types. You name it, for a price I could have it.
The answer is simple. The stock market melt-down of March 2009 hit me and many of my colleagues hard. Retirement funds were decimated but even more than that, I realized that regardless of what is on your financial balance sheet, it is how you live your life that really matters. Going after personal fulfillment, love, companionship, and simple pleasures outweigh all of the fluff and stuff that money can buy.
I have learned that “trusted” advisors and “trusted” government officials are an oxymoron. If I was going to prevail, I needed to learn to fend for myself. No one was going to take care of me. It is now five years later and I can not imagine going back to my old way of living. And so I continue along my journey and share along the way. It just feels right. In too many words, that was and is my answer.
With that – what about you – what did you do to prep this week? 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: Here are of some items mentioned today as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites.
All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space: Newly revised, this is the book that has allowed me to garden successfully with limited space, a short growing season, and a modest amount of direct sun. I just re-read it and each time I do, I learn something new.
Linzer 5-Gallon Paint Can/Bucket Opener: Getting one of these will be one of your “AHA!” moments. This will make opening those free buckets (or even the purchased buckets) a breeze. Less than $3.00.
Hydrofarm MT10006 9-by-19-1/2-Inch Seedling Heat Mat: I have always used a heat mat with my seeds but in recent years I have been purchasing starts. My old mat is long gone and this year I am growing my own veggies from seed.
BaoFeng UV-5RE Plus Dual-Bans Ham Radio : The Baofeng is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 – 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported. Here is the antenna I ordered along with the programming cable: NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R and USB Programming Cable for Baofeng UV-5R UV-3R+.
Plastic Ointment Jars With Lids 1/4 Oz 10/pkg: These small ointment jars make it easy to custom blend various salve concoctions. Less than $6.00 for 10 with free shipping. Have you tried my salve? See the article DIY Miracle Healing Salve and make your own!
Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: FAVORITE! Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp. Many Backdoor Survival have emailed me indicating this is now their favorite knife too. I paid $12 for this knife; it was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.77.
FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp: FAVORITE! Here we go with another flashlight. At the time of this writing, there has been a small drop in price. It is now only $3.59with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
The Do It Yourself SuperPail Combo is on sale for $69.99. It includes 8 x 6-Gallon Buckets with Lids, 8 x Metallized Storage Bags and a 10-Pack of Large Oxygen Absorbers. That works out to only $8.74 per bucket and bag and is the best price I have seen in a long time.
Don’t forget that you do not need fancy equipment to seal the metalized bag. A cheap hair iron will do the job. Forget about a hose and a vacuum sealer. A $20 hair iron works great – just be sure to get one with 2” plates.
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