The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 4, 2019
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Welcome to this week’s all-new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This has been a satisfying week here in Backdoor Survival-land.  Taking up most of my time was finalizing the print version of my book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.


Did you notice the big banner above?  I know, how could you miss it?  When you are done reading the  Sunday Buzz, hop on over to Ed That Matters and read Todd Sepulveda’s take on the Doomsday Preppers.

My 5-gallon tub of coconut oil arrived from Tropical Traditions along with a bucket lid opener. Much to my delight, this one is made of metal and infinitely sturdier than the plastic versions.

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This time I ordered this 10 pack of Mini Flashlights.  I hope to connect them to all of my stashed whistles – and you know I have a lot of those, too.

That about covers it for me this week.  Now for some announcements.


First of all, you are not going to want to miss a chance to win a copy of Day After Disaster by Sara Hathaway.  The neat thing about this book is it features a female protagonist – something not seen very often in survival fiction.   Here is a link to an interview with Sara plus the giveaway.

Summer 2014 Book Festival: Day After Disaster+ Giveaway

Another giveaway is starting today and while the announcement will not go out until tomorrow, you can get in an early bird entry now.  The special thing about this giveaway is that I asked some blogging friends of Backdoor Survival to join me, and I am thrilled that they have chosen to participate.

 Win a 72 Hour Survival Kit from


Dewitte is the winner of “The Prepper’s Blueprint”.  As you know, winner’s are selected at random and this week’s book festival winner won with the “Free for Everyone” entry.  Congratulations!


There is still time left to get in on the Item of the Week from Spark Naturals.

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I may have mentioned that Shelly and I have been wrapping up some personal business down in the Seattle area.  This means we are spending 10 hours a week traveling by car and ferry  – five hours in each direction.  I don’t have to tell you that being with so many people and traffic is unsettling after the peace and quiet of San Juan Island.

That has got me thinking about a new, secondary bug-out location.  Seriously, we already live in an ideal bug-out location so why look for another?  That is certainly something worth pondering during idle drive time.

So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  My favorite, cheap, bargain priced stuff!

10 Pack Mini LED Flashlights:  10 mini flashlights on a key ring including button batteries.  One of the reviewers says this:

“I’ve given these to a number of people, and in every case, they seem to cause amnesia. No remembers how they got by without it. The battery lasts seemingly forever, given light use, and they’re durable enough to withstand the harsh environment of my pocket and keychain. And, at this price, you can stash them in the car, purse, pocket, tool box and by the circuit breaker box, and still have some left over as stocking stuffers.”

Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed:   The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and can recommend it.  Here is the Survival Husband’s review:  The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.

ProForce Commando Wire Saw Bulk, Ideal For Survival Kits: I need to do a show-and-tell on this little gizmo. 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.”

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife:  You can’t beat a Kershaw knife for quality at a reasonable price point.  This knife will become your favorite for everyday carry.  And that includes the ladies, too.

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.

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight:  FAVORITE! Here we go with another flashlight.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener:  I wrote about this is in the article The Easy Way to Sharpen a Knife Without Spending a Lot of Money.  It sharpens everything from pocket knives to kitchen blades.

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I have been mixing things up a bit these days by trying more of the Legacy food pouches.  As much as I enjoy Mountain House, there are other quality brands out there as well and Legacy ranks right up there.  The Beans and Rice Enchiladas are a good one as is Pasta Primavera.

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34 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127”

  1. ‘The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage’ – That sounds like a good one.

    RE: “this one is made of metal”

    Is that like Rock beats Scissors?

    Anyway, I’ve been bustin’ at the seams to tell you about my latest acquisition.

    It’s a Royo center draft kerosene lamp.

    I asked your bunch once if they knew of a mini-kerosene heater. (I love those things, full-sized kerosene heaters) and I got no reply. […That’s cool.]

    So, I thought I’d fill some people in, if they needed it.

    The Royo, like many Central Draft lamps, seem to be miniature kerosene heaters, if ya ask me. They aren’t just lamps, imho.

    How-freaking-ever; I have yet to test them out. … I have to boil mine in an old canning jar pot…. but soon I shall know how much they are just like a minature kerosene heater. …Good to heat one room?

    Also, this week I learned how good cayenne pepper is [in a glass of hot water] for pain.

    …It ain’t bad. …If you don’t mind a momentary bout of heartburn.

    I even read a doctors experience where he said he Never lost a heart attack patient due to him giving that when he made a house call.

    …Yeah, I know,… a doctor making house calls, how rare is that?


    I really miss your links about what’s happening around the world.

    • Depends on how you take it for pain. I make a pain tonic by boiling 2 cups water, then adding 1 tsp turmeric and boil for ten minutes to allow the water to absorb the turmeric. Take off heat then add, 1 T lemon juice and 1/2 tsp of cayenne. The lemon reduces the calidity of the cayenne while the whole drink also helps detox the liver. Gulp don’t drink or sip, hot or cold. I prefer mine cold but also keep some in a small bottle which I carry with me just as I do a bottle of water. O and you could add some raw honey to taste if you choose, just know as soon as you feel the heat, the cayenne is already working within your body to relieve the pain. Also, the major reason for gulping, so your taste buds don’t burn and it first gets to the back of the mouth where it can begin it’s job. 🙂 I’ve been using this for 5 years and might should tell you, it works faster than vicodin…..i know from experience. 😉

    • Dee, I have one of those pill making do-dads from Amazon to make my own pills. I take a pill full of cayenne, one with turmeric mixed with a little black pepper, along with a host of others each morning.
      The man that wrote the book “everything you wanted to know about sex, but was afraid to ask” also wrote the book on “everything you wanted to know about vitamins but was afraid to ask”. In that book he told of his friend that never lost a patient with a heart attack if he could get a teaspoon of cayenne down their throat. Cayenne will open and relax arteries. That’s why I take it each morning.

    • Never thought about making my mix into tablets. So where can I get one of those gadgets?
      Have to chuckle about the heart attack. I keep several premeasured ‘straws’ ICE just for the purpose of heart attack and stroke. I don’t worry about getting it down the throat, just under the tongue. It crosses the skin barrier and goes right to work. 🙂 Me? I do love the hot stuff, but I’ll gulp mine. 😉

    • Dee, the do-dad is called “The Capsule Machine”. Mine is in the size of “O” capsules. I don’t know if they make them in any other sizes of not. I also buy my empty capsules from them. Start from Gaye’s website, go to I have purchased 3000 capsules. I make pills from cayenne, turmeric mixed with black pepper, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, and I am going to start making pills from rosemary. I buy my herbs from “webstaurant”. They have an excellent product and the best prices. If you do this, be sure to wear disposable gloves when you make the turmeric.

    • Thanks for the info John R. I already buy my herbs in bulk and am learning how to grow many since I make up my own herb blends.

    • Regarding “P.s. I really miss your links about what’s happening around the world.”

      A lot of people including my own husband, Shelly, miss those links. Removing them was a difficult decision but in doing so, I recovered almost six hours a week to do something else. They took a lot of research; for every link I probably previewed twenty.

      Anyway, appreciate the feedback. Perhaps a reader would like to become a reporter and send me the links each week. That may or may not work since I would still have to preview them to ensure they were not offensive (politics and religion mostly).

  2. Doomsday Preppers!
    They take a perfectly normal person and make them look like a fool!
    Instead of actually presenting what the person is prepping for, they take one tiny facet and blow it all out of proportion. They have made many of the preppers they presented into enemies, and I can’t fault the preppers!

  3. TV never fails to make the worst out of everything!!!! I still enjoy Doomsday Preppers, but you’ll never see me on it. OPSEC anyone??
    We have spent the past 4 days looking for our final retirement/BOL. We have gotten our search area down to a few counties in a state to remain unnamed. Am looking forward to the day we can move and begin the next chapter, hopefully before the SHTF!

  4. I took someone’s advice and went camping. My church had a camp over in remembrance of ‘Pioneer Day’. In the wild, the only way to cook was over the open campfire, so I learned that old people have a hard time cooking on their knees. Also, you need some long mittens to keep from scorching your arms. Live and learn, but I had an excellent time.

    • Good for you! If you have to cook on your knees, then knee pads are handy. A lightweight folding stool might be worthwhile, though, along with the mittens.

      It’s good to find out things like that in easy times, so you can have already addressed them when not totally stressed out and unable to come up with a remedy.

      That’s exactly why camping is so useful.

    • There’s a solution for us non-kneelers, but don’t have time at the moment to explain. Please remind me later. From someone who camps with a wheelchair. 😉

  5. First time poster here, short term reading but learning a lot. We live in the semi rural south with plenty of water around us. For now we are staying put on our half acre and building from what we have. We are older, approaching retirement and worried about tomorrow simply because we don’t like what is happening today.

    This is week two for me and I bought to add to my stock… ink pens. Why? Because I know in a panic that I will need to write down stuff to help remember, it is back to school sales and I just buy pens this time of year. Also using pens to organize and build my note files since I am not one to store everything on a computer. Oh and 6 solar chargers, 8″ tablet ($99.00), 2 flash drives and 2 memory cards from the back to school sales. Just never know what you will need.

    I will say forums sites like this one, btw is my fav, has me being aware of my surrounds and looking out for signs. I went grocery shopping Friday right after lunch and will say I found several shelves bear of the sale items. That got me thinking that lately I am finding more shelves bear as shopping goes. It could be due to this insane way they stock now by not keeping inventory but is it really that or maybe it is one of the first signs of the bad times ahead…

    • That’s what I’m doing, stocking to the season, this season for sure is back to school/office supplies. 🙂 What you’re seeing is a sign of the times for sure.

  6. Oh Gaye, are we related? 🙂
    I am also addicted to flashlights. They just keep getting better. I just purchased from Costco 2 flashlights for $25.00 that are 500 lumens and are beam to wide angle focus and uses 3 C’s. I always keep available the small AAA flashlights along side my larger flashlights that have a piece of plastic or paper to cover the batteries. This way, the batteries don’t drain and will be at full power when you need them.
    The 1st season of DP was good for the most part, but didn’t know it was still on. If they had real information like on the internet links, like canning, preserving, power, gardening, etc. I think people would watch it more and realize how important it is to be prepared & what to do to get there. My sister made a comment a while back about remembering our grandparents cellar and all the jars of food and how it helped them during the depression & how they had to rent out a couple rooms to get by. Yet she still has her head in the sand.

  7. Hi Gaye and hope you are having a fun Sunday. Wondered if you would ever sell samples of your salves via Etsy? (Not that you need MORE to do these days!) 😉

    This week we upgraded our sleeping situation at the BOL by replacing an old lumpy futon mattress with a plush new pillowtop that came to us free from a relative. Ahh, bliss! Nothing like a great night’s sleep after a long hard day working on the Homestead.

    We cooked up the wild mushrooms we found in the woods last week a bunch of different ways: in eggs, in cous-cous and with rice. yum. Did not die.

    Made a stop by the Dollar Store to stock up on more inexpensive med supplies and canned goods. Also found a book I had not heard of before – “The Survivors Club” by Ben Sherwood that accounts real life stories of people who overcame extraordinary odds to survive. It gave me some good pointers on how to be more prepared for an upcoming plane trip too. For a buck? it was a good and informative read. The psychology of survival is probably one of my greatest interests, and I know from my own experiences from evacuating Washington DC on 9/11, it can mean all the difference in the world. So many people “freeze” in crisis.

    I also finished sewing up the big stack of “personal cloths” as TP replacements. I have to say I would much have rather used your method of cutting up old microfiber cloths, because sewing cotton jersey onto squares of terrycloth is a long, messy and annoying process! – but still, now I have an enormous stack of them and thereby will never have to use them.

    As for Doomsday Preppers, I agree the show as a whole has made “prepper” a word of ridicule, but I still watch it. I have gotten some ideas for my own preparedness once I sifted the grain from the chaff. Buying cheap bottles of booze (for someone who does not drink liquor) was not something I had thought to do before seeing it on the show, but now I am considering adding a few to my supplies to use as barter items or disinfectant. So I will give it some credit if watched with discernment.

    My own book is coming along too, written by hand in candlelight up at our BOL. It’s a great way to spend the early morning hours before the real work begins.

    Have a great week Gaye and fellow preppers/practivists!

    • Red – actually it’s not recommended to use alcohol for a barter item. What’s recommended is after you complete the barter, if you feel you got a decent trade and wouldn’t mind trading with that person again, you tell the other person something like –
      “Oh, a friend gave me this and I don’t drink. Could you use it?”
      That way they don’t know you may have a stash of alcohol and are less likely to spread thee word to unsavory types.
      Something to “sweeten the pot” and make them more willing to give you a break in the future.

    • I have had scads of people asking to purchase the salves and I know that Etsy is a good place to do it. Alas, you nailed it. I already have way too much to do. I know that my formula is a bit different from many of those out there and to me, it is something special. More and more I use the basic Miracle Salve as a basis for my more advanced and specialized formulas.

      I can’t believe you sewed all of those personal cloths! You are right, cutting up old, soiled, microfiber cloths is a lot easier although the scissors got very dull quickly (easily remedied by cutting through aluminum foil). I am actually using my “personal cloths” in the interim with coconut oil to remove makeup as part of my nightly routine.

    • Hi, everyone.
      I just have a couple questions and hope I can get some info or suggestions. Thanks in advance.
      1 – how big are you making the personal cloths; and
      2 – for those of you who have found or are looking for a BOL, what is your criteria – especially for us boomers?

      Again, thank you.

    • Gloria, I can only address #2. You will get different answers from different people on this, as it needs to meet your desires in life, especially with (Our) age. If it was just up to me, I would so be out of CA. for numerous reasons, and my BOL would be a residence for me. I don’t mind the cold and the mountains and remote lifestyle. And now that we have a grandchild that lives close by, I am stuck here. No way the wife will even think of moving far away. We live in the Bay Area and this place will go down in no time at all. I have a home in So. Lake Tahoe and although not perfect, It will be much better than here. I have a utility trailer that can be loaded in just a couple hours off our list of items to take and depending on the route, will take us 3-1/2 hrs. on a good day,:-) and have alternate routes. I feel that you need to be able to survive for one year and then many of the crazies will have died off. Today there are so many things that can create a SHTF scenario and the one I was hoping not to do much prep for is a big scare with this Ebola mess. The following are a few things to discuss & think about with Hubby or ? 1- Distance, getting there WO stopping for gas. Prepare for everything that can go wrong in getting there. You don’t want to be stranded mid way. 2- Security will be like food & water. (That is my weakness due to Numbers) 3- Willing to leave the rest behind. 4- Make list of items to bring. 5- Food & water in both locations. 6- Can your BOL grow food and get water? 7- Heating & alternate power. 8- Distance to big cities & terrain. Remember mountains mean snow. Although I have 4 wheel and chains, are there going to be snow plows when BO in winter? Like I said, you need to think of everything. It can be very stressful to many and depressing. I feel happier, knowing I will have a better chance in saving my family. Not many people can prepare for every scenario, just do the best you can and you will be better off than 99% of the people like my sister. Then after all of that, remember you may have to stay where you are. 🙁

    • Gloria – In answer to question #1, mine are approximately 7″ x 7″. There was nothing scientific about coming up with that size since what I did is cut up some old, stained, microfiber cloths into quarters. I have tried them, though, and this seems to be a good size to use for those, ummm, personal matters.

  8. I got a couple of flashlights and more batteries. I have been using Amazons Subscribe and Save to acquire much needed supplies. I look for the good buys and get up to 15% off. Woopee!

  9. This has been a long and distressing week for me as a mother. Last Christmas I gave 7 of my children, nephew and granddaughter an Emergency Essential’s toilet with accessories. This year they have all received the ’12 Months Before Christmas’ monthly packages with printed information. The Calaton wild fires came down into the Methal Valley. My daughter lives on a ranch with her in-laws. Was she prepared? No. She called telling me they were to be prepared to evacuate. She didn’t know what important papers to grab or what was important to take. Her mother in law evacuate with my granddaughter. My daughter her Brother in-law and Father in-law fraught to save the houses. She had no water stored no milk jugs with ice made no generator to run the pump. They saved the homes. No electricity for at least a month. Most of the cattle are dead, some are burned and need of doctoring. Much lost and the emotional turmoil lingers in this tight knit community. Yes I know you can lead a horse to water but can’t make him drink it. I am just praying my other children learn from this experience.

    • My heart is breaking for you. Be proud that you had done the best you could for them well in advance of the devastating wildfires. Washington State had had some horrific natural disasters this year. It is trite but true: disasters can happen at any time to anyone. No one is safe when Mother Nature decides to strike.

  10. Didn’t have time for much prepping this week. Just thankful I have what I have. Had medical challenges with a relative and because I have what I have, I’m handling it much better than other relatives.
    HOWEVER: I hate to miss out on some things. So I’m sharing just in case someone else knows what this is. 😉

    If grid goes down, THIS will play a key role in bugging in place and keeping clothes clean. I remember how to use this too. lol

    • I hope you have a good wash tub to put it on!
      I remember (barely) taking a bath in a wash tub when I was little! And,yes, mom washed clothes in them and used what’s in the link. (On the clothes, not me!) 🙂
      Hope things get better with your relative!

    • Oh yes Dee. My grandparents were “well off”. They had 4 rooms and a path. They had electricity and running water, but only cold water. My grandmother had a Maytag wringer washer. Ran on electricity with one of these “wringers” on it. I remember it because I was putting the cloths in it and got my hand to close. It grabbed me and was pulling my arm in. I was in half way to my elbow when my peaceful, gentle grandmother hit that wringer with her hand and parts went flying everywhere, to rescue me. That’s something I wont forget.
      Any yes to you also JimW. I have taken many summer time baths in a wash tub. Anytime we went to pick berries, we had to take a bath to get rid of the chiggers. I didn’t one time, and that is another story I wont forget. Why do chiggers congregate in the berry patch?

    • 🙂
      Chiggers and seed ticks. They seem to go with blackberry patches, kinda like the cowboys and saloons in the old western movies!
      My older sister also got caught by the electric wringer. It pulled her all the way to her armpit before it was shut off.

    • I have since found out that there is a safety bar on the sides of the wringer. I’m sure my grandmother knew this, this is why she hit that bar so hard. It releases one end of the wringer to allow one end to release and come up. When she hit the release bar, it went sailing through the air.

    • Didn’t happen to me, but to my sister and the wringers. It was my mother who went into action and freed her. There was a big red bar which ran across the part of the opening which she hit and it released the rollers. There was a time I lived in a place where we had ‘electricity’ but had to draw water from the well. Imagine doing laundry that way for 7 people in the family! lol We also made our own lye soap too. lol Didn’t you learn that’s what ‘cricks’ were for? chiggers and ticks don’t like cool running water… but moccasins do 😉
      BTW: having washed clothes using a plastic tub, You gotta know I’d have a better one for using this. LOL

    • Dee, yes on the “cricks”. My grandmother on my dad’s side had a crick to wash off chiggers, but my grandmother on my mom’s side didn’t. So, wash tub.
      I have a cheaper wringer. It is called a mop wringer. I figure if it will wring clothes, it will wring a mop. Gaye talked me into buying a commode plunger to do my washing with.

    • Isn’t the mop wringer the same as those they used to use at gas stations to clean the windows? Hadn’t thought of those for a long time, then was talking to someone about buying one of these wringers and we were remembering those. A mop wringer would work, but I wouldn’t want to use one for any large amount of clothes or for larger items like sheets etc. Yeah, Gaye’s pretty good about ‘talkin’ us into things. lol 😉

  11. Ah crud, for some reason I can’t reply to a comment(s) above.

    Anyway, thanks for the replies: Dee, John R, and Gaye Levy.

    [I wrote that recipe down, Dee.]

    And, Gaye Levy. I totally understand.

    Howabout just one link per week? …”The Best of”/ “strikes you”?

    Just a thought.

    I’ll cross my fingers and hope someone will become a reporter and send you links each week.
    That would be great.

    I’d do it, but I’m sure I’d offend just about everybody.

    Ha! I’m a ‘practivist’

    Also, somebody mentioned ‘chiggers’.

    Ah that’s bad word this time of year.

    I tried the tape trick, it worked for me to stop the itch until I took it off..

    I’ll have to try again.

    • As a change of pace and so your body doesn’t adapt to it. You can change out the cayenne for ginger it works ok but for me, not as well as the cayenne for pain. Stick with cayenne if using for heart attacks though…under the tongue not down the throat.

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