The Sunday Survival Buzz #129

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 4, 2019

Welcome to this week’s all-new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

There has been a lot going on here on my tiny homestead this week.  As I mentioned last week, I felt it was prudent to do a de-cluttering and a deep cleaning of all surfaces, including the cupboards and drawers.  This turned out to be a huge job but in the long run, will pay off if we have to lock things down during a pandemic.  The key, of course, is keeping it that way.  Getting rid of stuff that we are not using helps a lot.

My favorite cleaning solutions are still those that I make myself and of those, Sudsy Sal (from Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds) and Peppermint Magic with a bit of Melaleuca (tea tree) added are my favorites.  You can find the recipes here:  Prepper Checklist: DIY Cleaning Supplies.

I did a try-on test of the eye protection goggles and new N100 masks. So here is the deal and it is important.  TRY ON AND TEST YOUR MASKS!  I purposely ordered the Moldex 2730s knowing they were a medium to large size.

Shelly Goggles Mask 470

A good fit!  You test by cupping your hands over the mask and sucking in hard to achieve negative pressure.

Following the instructions on the box, the mask  fit Shelly (aka the Survival Husband) perfectly.  After many attempts however, I could not achieve negative pressure with mine and need to order the smaller version which is the Moldex 2731.

Goggles with Eyeglasses

Protective Eye Goggles. Note that eyeglasses easily fit inside the goggles

Also, note that while I already had a decent supply of masks, most were N95s.  The N100s will provide even more protection, however, the cost is a bit higher.  Here is an article on masks if you want to brush up on the various types of masks and which type is best for which application:  Surgical Masks for the Survival Kit.

In a very cool department, I am testing some solar lights for review purposes.  I am absolutely enchanted with my Little Sun and for sure will be recommending it.

Little Sun Charging 250

Charging my Little Sun Solar Light

Little Sun 250

I am loving my Little Sun!

Finally, I am working my way through the audiobook version of James Wesley Rawles book, Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse. Considering it was written in 2009, it is a combination novel and how-to manual that is probably more timely now than it was then.  I don’t know why I kept procrastinating on this one.  It is a must read.

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


This came in via “Rosemary” in response to the article Preparing to Hunker Down in Place.

Most of you all know that I am a big believer in being prepared for what ever may come and here is a good article to read and try to prepare for any such thing as it should come your way.  The only thing I don’t see covered in this article is how to protect your children that must go to school.

As for me , the first info. That I have that there is something going around I would pull my children out and have some books at home to help them study until the risk is over, no matter how long that would take.  I would also see to it that I can pay my bills by mail or on line so I didn’t have to go out in public until all risk was over.  I have been preaching this kind of a life style for ever so long.  It is only common sense to be prepared for what ever may come our way.

I don’t think many of you even know how much it takes to keep you going for a month or two if you couldn’t get to the grocery store !  It is more than you think.  As an example lets take toilet paper !  If you had to stock enough to last two months, you better get at least two or three of the giant packs and then use it sparingly !  Don’t think so?  OK.  I suggest you keep track of just how much you use in one week.  Then multiply it by at least 8.


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Many of you might remember the Strategic-Living website.  This site was a collaboration with George Ure at  With so many demands on our time, we have let the website fallow so that we can each focus on our own websites.

Over time, I plan to build the website out as a more focused portal for information about essential oils and natural remedies.  I do not have an ETA but for now, the Facebook page is up and running and I am going to try to post tips and information four or five times a week.  I am also going to try to find some additional related free-at-the-moment eBooks for you.

If you are interested, jump on over and like the page:  Strategic Living Facebook Page.


That about wraps things up from here.  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:  Here are some items related to today’s article.

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse:  As hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities following the collapse of society, a small group of friends living in the Midwest makes their way to a safe-haven ranch in northern Idaho. The journey requires all their skill and training since communication, commerce, transportation and law enforcement have all disappeared.  I am learning a lot from this book, especially about firearms.  A must read.

Little Sun Solar Lamp:  The “Little Sun’ may look like a child’s toy but my gosh, after short charge in the sun, it generates 4 hours of bright light or 10 hours of soft light.  I have been using it when I go out to the garage at night.  I hang it around my next and skip the headlamp.

3M TEKK Protection Chemical Splash/Impact GoggleSpecial Report: An Update on Ebola   Backdoor Survival:  I read a ton of reviews before settling on these.  They have not arrived yet so I can not say whether they are any good or not.  That said, for the price, I am sure that I will find some use for them.

Moldex 2730 N100 Respirator Mask:  Do not confuse P100 masks with the N100s.  N100 is what you want since the P100’s are used to filter particulate only and not gasses and vapors.  For a smaller person, I suggest the Moldex 2731 which is the same mask in a size small.

I know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile soaps have a cult-like following but I prefer the Sal Suds. I call my DIY cleaner “Sudsy Sal”.

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6 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz #129”

  1. A good reason to test things when you get them. In addition to making sure it works you also need to make sure it fits! It’s a bit too late to find out protective gear won’t fit when the time comes that you need it to protect you.
    I think N95 masks should work in most cases, but if that is all you have, your sure to run into a situation where you really need the N100 mask.

  2. Test runs and try-ons……I thought that was standard ops when getting new toys. 😉 At least for me. I’ve done some more research into Ebola but also into some others which could happen quite rapidly in a grid down situation. My key prepping is learning more about improving my soil naturally and planning for my fall and winter gardens. While also harvesting and preserving what has grown. Been disappointed with my garden results which is why I’m learning about the soil now.
    I’m taking things in stride and since I’ve done what I can do about Ebola. I will just get on with the getting on. 🙂

  3. Hi Gaye. I’m wondering how many masks come in the pack of the Moldex 2731. On amazon it says 1 pound is the weight of the package but how many are in it?

    • There are 5 per pack.

  4. I bought a pack of 10 of 95s and 3-N100. I keep hearing about Ebola. Anything could happen. I hate over reacting, but they don’t cost a lot and it gives me a peace of mind.

  5. I got a good chance to test my masks and goggles when cleaning out a small invasion of mice droppings in my kitchen cabinets and drawers. Also learned a good lesson about how and where *not* to store food.


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