Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – or shall I say the “Sunday Save My Sanity” Buzz.
On Saturday morning, I put a quick note up on the Backdoor Survival Facebook page. The gist of it was that I was seriously thinking of skipping the Sunday Survival Buzz and goofing off instead. You see, even though I recently returned from vacation, while gone I spent three to four hours a day working on the blog. Crazy nutsy cuckoo, right?
Reader/fan Jim H. wrote back “We prep for a continuum of life. If you don’t live the life, then all the prepping is for very little.” When I read that I knew he was right and it was time I started to take more of my own advice and kick back a little. You see I am really good at doling it out and indeed, I write from personal experience. But sometimes the type A personality takes over and I just can’t stop!
Yesterday was different. I spent a glorious day hiking up to an elevation of about 800 feet where I sat on top of the world and contemplated just being. It was wonderful.
Today’s Buzz is most assuredly one of the most difficult articles I have written. That is because while sitting on top of the world, I realized that it is time for something to change, and that something is that I need to get my weekends (and thus my sanity) back. I want – no I need – to enjoy the outdoors, enjoy my friends, and enjoy the life I strive for beyond prepping. And that means a more refined Sunday Survival Buzz.
What better time to start than now?
THIS WEEK’S PREPS
If you read the article on packing food in Mylar bags, you will know that I sealed 10 pounds of oatmeal and 25 pounds of hard white wheat in Mylar bags. What you did not see is that I repackaged a #10 tin of instant non-fat milk in mason jars.
And therein is the rub. I purchase the large tins because the cost per ounce is much less than the smaller, pantry-sized tins. On the other hand, I can not use an entire #10 tin of powdered milk in a year. (I use the instant non-fat milk in my baking mix). For me, the solution is to repackage what I won’t be using in mason jars. Make sense?
This week I ordered some additional essential oils from Spark Naturals and also field tested one of my emergency radios, the Kaito Voyager V1 crank radio (yes, the shortwave works – I was picking up Mexico of all places).
I also received a couple of those new Black Berkey Primers and plan on testing them in the next week or two. This is a new product that addresses the question “how do I prime and/or back flush my Black Berkey filters when there is no water pressure?”
That about covers it for me this week. Let’s move on to a few announcements.
I have been holding a lot of giveaways lately with a lot more to come – really good stuff, too. That being said, I have also chosen to join in with others on some group giveaways. I want to clear the air on the issue of “Facebook” entries on these giveaways.
When I join a giveaway, I don’t write the rules. It takes a lot of work to put these together and if the organizer wants or requires Facebook entries, so be it. In most cases there is also a “free” entry as well so take the time to look. What I don’t want you to do is send me hate mail because I am promoting Facebook. Enough said, okay?
Of course if you want to follow Backdoor Survival on Facebook that would be great too. We are almost 15,000 strong, fan-wise, and my goal is 20,000. Think we can make it?
Here are the giveaways that are currently open for entries.
AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .
I am thrilled to announce the following winners or last week’s giveaway promotions. All prizes have been claimed. Yay!
Congratulations to all of the winners!
I hope you will consider voting for me again at Top Prepper Websites. Having a top ranking helps with my advertising (and it does not hurt the ego either)! Did you know you can vote once a day?
THE FINAL WORD
I told you this would be brief and I am keeping my word. Let us leave it at that for now. I am hopeful you will continue to stick around because your are the best and the most loyal website followers on the planet. You are truly are appreciated.
So 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!
Bargain Bin: I have cleared the decks and come up the assortment of items I felt were the most important for my needs when the power is out and we are grid down. Keep in mind that this is my list; yours may be different. Also, for the most part, this is a hunker-down list and not a hit-the-road and bug out list.
Emergency Radio: My old Kaito died right when I needed it so now I have two: the compact Kaito Voyager V1 and the Ambient Weather Compact Emergency Radio. While both have lots of features, my primary interest is in using them as a solar/crank radio.
BaoFeng UV-5R Dual-Band Ham Radio: Redundancy is the name of the game. I also have two of these inexpensive Ham radios. Keep in mind that if you are just planning to listen, you do not need a license (I am still working on mine). The price is right. Also consider the NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R.
Coleman PefectFlow 1-Burner Stove: This Coleman One-burner Propane Stove is an easy-to-use portable stove that should meet almost any camp cooking need. The PerfectFlow regulator provides consistent cooking performance by producing a steady fuel stream, even in cold weather, high altitudes, or when fuel is low. Equipped with one 10,000 BTU burner, this fully adjustable stove will last for 2.2 hours on high or up to nine hours on low.
Coleman Rugged Battery Powered Lantern: This sturdy Coleman has a runtime of up to 28 hours on the low setting and 18 hours on the high setting but does require D cell batteries. Personally, I have both a battery operated and propane lantern. Of course by now you know that I like redundancy with my preps.
Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the $20 price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price. Using D-cell batteries, the Dorcy floodlight will light up a dark room or a dark stairway in an instant. I can not recommend these enough.
BIC Disposable Classic Lighters: This six pack of Bic lighters is reasonably priced but check around since these often go on sale locally. BICs just work – every time.
Eveready 3-LED 6Volt Floating Lantern (battery included): If you are planning to build a 2000-hour flashlight (and you should) this is the one that you need.
I really love the Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix which I cook up as corn bread in my cast iron skillet. Oh my gosh – it is better than anything boxed that I have ever purchased and as good as home made. The best part is that all I had to add was water! Same with the Buttermilk Biscuit Mix.
These are just two of the food storage items that you can purchase at Emergency Essentials. And if you need some recipes? Go to the Food Storage Recipes page of Emergency Essentials for lots of creative (and free) ideas for using the food you have on hand.
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