The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 111

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jun 28, 2019



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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.

Update!  If you are seeing this message you are viewing BDS on our new servers!  I hope it is faster for you.

I continued planting seeds for my summer garden; this time some bush cucumbers.  Using my new heat mat, they germinated in just 3 days.  My pea pods are starting to poke their little noses up as well.  I did want to give tomatoes another chance but as embarrassing as this is to admit, I cannot locate my tomato seed packets.   Always something, you know?

Bush Cucumber Starts in Egg Carton

BTW, how to you like my seed-starter cups?  Yep, that is an egg carton and plain vermiculite.  That set up is working better than those pricey peat pellets I used for the tomatoes and lettuce.

Other preps included making some additional custom-blended salves.  This time I made up an alternate aches and pains salve by adding some inexpensive Marjoram essential oil to the Miracle Healing Salve.  If you want to try it, I added 12 drops to a 1/2 oz. ointment jar.  I continue to test the less expensive EOs because, after all, not everyone can afford a $24 blend.

Not quite a prep but the last and most onerous task I completed this week was my 2013 tax return. I sure am glad to get that out of the way!

Okay, enough about me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


How to Use a Map and Compass – Never Get Lost Again:  Here is one you are going to want to print our and keep.

How to Tie Knots – A Simple Guide:  Something for this week’s Good-to-Know department.

DIY Simple Kitchen Scrap Composter:  A $20 composter you can build yourself!

How to Build a Plant Xylem Water Filter:  Cheap, simple water filters made of plant xylem could dramatically reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases in places without access to clean drinking water, say engineers.

Electric grid security gets renewed attention on Capitol Hill:  Congress is leading a manhunt at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission because of the leak of sensitive information about vulnerabilities in the electric grid to the Wall Street Journal last month.  They claim it was a roadmap to sabotage, but I see it as a call to action.

North Korea’s Looming EMP Threat:  Small, sophisticated nuclear devices; this is not survival fiction.

Vietnam’s Solution for Corrupt Bankers: Firing Squads:  One FB fan suggested that the reason they do this is to prevent the corrupt bankers from snitching on their equally corrupt buddies in the corporate sector.

10 Health Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be Real:  This weeks dose of truth from Michael Snyder.

Think Outside the Tent for Shelter:  From my buddy Todd at Survival Sherpa.


I loved this one from JAS:

When someone says they are coming to my house if anything happens, I tell them that I am planning on gathering up what little I have and come over to their house since I know they have way more than we do. That usually changes their attitude real quick.

And this one from Judith.  Rodents in the TP?  That is a new one one me.

My biggest prepping boo boo was storing a lot of TP and not securing it… From time to time we rotate everything in the pantry, and when I rotated the TP, I found a family of mice who had made the middle rolls into a Rodent Ramada… They did the same with a box of Swiffer dusters… So secure the TP!


I have been building up a significant backlog of review and giveaway items and am committed to at least two a month plus the the weekly book festivals.  A few readers have missed some entry deadlines so to help you out, this giveaway is currently active:

Spring 2014 Book Festival: Through Many Fires + Interview with Kyle Pratt:  10 copies of Kyle’s book are up for grab.  The winners will have their choice of print book, e-book, or audiobook.


I am so excited to announce that the winner of the HERC Tea Light Oven is Marilee.  Here was her entry, chosen at random.  Congratulations!

Question:  From time to time, everyone makes a mistake. What has been your biggest prepping mistake or goof?

Answer:  Allowing anxiety getting the better of me.

If you missed out on this one, coming up soon is another gear giveaway.  This time the prize winner will receive this Ultimate Volcano Cooking Combo from Emergency Essentials.  I don’t have an exact date yet, but soon!


Been there done that.  What I am referring to is website changes.  In response to some recent denial of service attacks on Backdoor Survival, I am switching host servers – again.  What does this mean?  Starting later today, you may notice a short service and email disruption.  I hope not, but you never know.

This is going to be a very stressful transition for me and my fingers are crossed that it will be seamless.  Please, if you notice some extreme weirdness, contact me via email at “[email protected]” without the quotes.

Also, until I am certain things are working properly, I am going to hold off on new content so you may not see an article on Monday.  And then again, maybe you will.  Stay tuned.


Another week has ended and thankfully on an upbeat note.  We have been having some spring-like days here on San Juan Island and the hummingbirds have started to visit.

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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In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

Bargain Bin: Here are some of the items mentioned today along with a few from the current Amazon Top 10 Most Wished for Items.

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.

Marjoram Essential Oil:  I am having great luck using Marjoram to relieve aches and pains.  Not so much mine, but Shelly, who has arthritis.  A bit of marjoram added to my salve gives it an extra healing oomph.  I use Spark Naturals for healing purposes but here is the budget priced NOW Foods Marjoram Oil version if you want to give it a try

ProForce Commando Wire Saw Bulk, Ideal For Survival Kits:  Here is what one reviewer had to say:

“When I got the saw, I thought it was a dinky little wire. My expectations were blown away!! I can cut a three inch tree in three min. I would much so recommend that you get this saw.”

Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System: This is another new addition. Fans of the Sawyer water filtration systems are evangelistic in their praise.  This is definitely on my bucket list and at $20 give or take, the price is right.

Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: 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.

SABRE RED Police Strength Pepper Spray:  This fits in the palm of your hand and is equipped with a convenient hand strap for immediate deployment.  SABRE delivers a strong ballistic stream to reduce wind blow back and permits safe distance from your threat with its ten (10) foot range.

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp:  Here we go with another flashlight.  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. This month is no exception with a couple of my favorites on sale.

This month the Freeze Dried Tomatoes are on sale for 50% off.  How do they do that?  I called and asked – inquiring minds and all.  Emergency Essentials purchases in huge quantities so when one of their suppliers comes up with a deal, they purchase 100% of the stock and pass on the savings to us.

Another food item to consider this month MH Gourmet Entrée’s Combo which is on sale for $129.99 which is 36% off. off the regular price.

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15 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 111”

  1. While not exactly prepping – I voted every day for BDS at top prepped website – did you?


    • Thank you, Jim!

  2. Hi Preppers! The site migration is done and except for losing a few comments that were made while things were in transit, all seems to be working. Of course I count on you to tell me if things are goofy, right?

  3. So thaaat’s where my comment went.

    I wanted to know, how do you, “secure the TP”?

    • Helot – I think it means to put it in something that mice and insects can’t get in to. It’s a bit dissapointing to go for a new roll of TP and find it all shredded! The other option is to use cloth wipes that can be washed, which, if things we t on long enough we may have to do anyway. Unless we just use leaves, then – watch out for poison ivy!

    • Yes, but. What kind of container do you put TP into which mice cannot get into? A steel trash can? That seems kind of impractical and not very space saving,… unless maybe a person took the rolls out of the package? Still, seems a bit impractical.

      Do you use plastic buckets?
      While I imagine that would resist mice, I wouldn’t call a plastic bucket, ‘mouse proof’.

      Are those the only two options to “secure the TP”?

      Also, does TP degrade over time, does it have a shelf life?

    • Perhaps some cotton balls soaked in peppermint essential oil will help scare the mice away. That seems to work under my sink. Mice do not like mint!

      I hoard TP and have some that is over 5 years old and still good. On the other hand, my packs of TP are stored in a dry location with little humidity.

    • Thank you so much for the reply.

      I had No idea, ah-hem, pardon me, “The Bastard” didn’t like peppermint.

      Also, thanks for the five year mark on T.P. shelf life.

      I appreciate your input.

  4. This last week, even though I really could not afford it at this time, I went on and bought one of the Baofeng radios you were talking about last week, along with the cable thingie, a microphone and exterior antennae. Now I need to buy the manual that teaches how to get the license necessary to legally transmit on it. That will have to wait like other things on my wish list. But getting there slowly.

    • Gena – do a search for ham radio. You should be able to download a study guide for no cost, at least for the technician license. In addition there are several sites that will let you take practice tests that use the same pool of questions that are used on the real test. It really is not very complicated for the technician liscense., which is all you need for using the baofeng radios.

  5. My cousin, who is a friend, wanted to move his trailer on my place until he could pay off some debt. I told him if he moved down here it would take less than a week before I would have to kill him. That he was a friend only so long as he lived a hundred miles away. People need to learn some of the concepts of tuff love and decide in advance who is and is not welcome. I have lived a life of peace for over forty years by practicing tuff love. Hearing from those I know every week and their complaints has proven it is best to weed the garden of your life and allow only those who can add something of value.

  6. Well Gaye, I too was deleted. Sniff, sniff.
    My preps consisted of working on the replacement of a more efficient wood stove and the new tiled walls, working in my garden, & also canned 28 lbs. of ground beef. Going to do another 100 lbs. or so. I’ve actually found it is great to have, not only for whatever emergency that will arrive. It is great to just grab a jar of anything that is already cooked and just add it in to whatever you are making. Other than the initial cost of the jars, you can save by buying in bulk and or sales. Needless to say, we’ve become canning fools.

    • Want to visit San Juan Island so you can teach me how to can?

  7. I’ve actually had problems with mice eating soap slot.

    • What is soap slot?

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