The Sunday Survival Buzz #133

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.

My own preps; let me see.  Actually, you should see my dining table which is covered with all of the stuff I received this week.  I have some new Spark Naturals essential oils and by new, I mean oils I have not used before including Cedarwood, Jeddy’s, and LXR.  The last two will be used mostly in my diffuser to calm me down during stressful work days!

Also, essential oil related, I purchased the book Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas by Stephanie L. Tourles.  I am looking forward to reading it and discovering new things to do with my oils.

Use Caution with Electronic Matches

And then there is a 4-pouch, 16 serving entree kit from Legacy foods that I plan to sample for you, some incense to used as punks when lighting fires, and a dozen BIC lighters.

So what is the big deal with fire making?

This week I made up a batch of char cloth for use in an article I am writing.  During the process, I learned that by itself, char cloth will not light your kindling.  Talk about a “DUH” moment.  Anyway, more about that when I get it all written up.  I know many of you are sharing your fire making skills in the A. American giveaway comments and that you will appreciate my little tutorial.

I am sure you are wondering about this week’s Sunday Buzz photo.

Sadly, the Survival Life EverStryke Perma-Match that I have been carrying around in on my survival key ring has failed. By that, I mean that when using it while making the char cloth, it all but set Shelly’s hand on fire.  Clearly, I will no longer promote this match.  As nifty as it was while it was working properly, it is simply not worth the risk of a serious burn.  My apologies to all of you that made a purchase based on my recommendation.

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


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I am always surprised by the number of requests I get for tips on using essential oils.  I suppose that even though I write about them a lot, many readers are new, or, heaven forbid, they missed an article or two.

For those of you just getting started, I suggest the Essential 4-Pack plus some rosemary for salve- making.  What can you do with the oils in the 4-pack (Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, and Melaleuca (Tea Tree)?  Perhaps this downloadable chart will help 40 Uses for Four Top Essential Oils.

Thanks, Jill, for letting me share the chart with Backdoor Survival readers/!  Remember, regardless of what oils you have on hand, the best way to start your EO journey is to just start!

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 we are in the process of selling a property we own in the Seattle area.  This has been a lot of hard work as we have had to sell, donate, or otherwise get rid of a lot of unneeded and unwanted stuff. Trips back and forth, five hours in each direction, have taken their toll both mentally and physically.

You would think that my little garden would have been affected in my absence but no, this year I have had more tomatoes than I can eat.  Funny thing is that I only had a single zucchini.  As prolific as zucchinis are in my area, perhaps that is a blessing!!

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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The Sunday ALMOST FREE Department


10 Pack Mini LED Flashlights

These arrived very quickly; I was surprised.  They are bright and with the included batteries, are a real bargain.

Bargain Bin:  For your discernment, here are some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz as well as other reader favorites.

Legacy Foods 16 Serving Sample Pack: Shipping is free.

BIC Disposable Classic Lighter With Child Guard:  This six pack of Bic lighters is reasonably priced but check around since these often go on sale locally.  BICs just work – every time.

Swedish Firesteel:  Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version.

DryTec Calcium Hypochlorite, 1-Pound:  This is 68% Calcium Hypochlorite.  I purchased Ultima Pool ShockThe Sunday Survival Buzz #128   Backdoor Survival which is 73% Calcium Hypochlorite.  For more information, read How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water.

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the 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.

AquaPodKit – Emergency Drinking Water  Have you considered storing water in your bathtub?  The AquaPod is a bladder that you can use in your bathtub to store water if you know that a storm, flood, or hurricane is brewing.

One Second After For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared.   If you have not read this book, you really should.

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19 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz #133”

  1. Prepping this week? Received more freeze dried foods. These were in a box that an honest neighbor found in the middle of the road! The box was addressed to me, so he brought them to me. Seems that while being transferred to my local post office the mail was being carried in the open bed of a pickup and the box blew out!
    Spent much of the week studying for the general ham license test. Went to the Men’s Arkansas “hamfest” and took the test, which I passed, only missing two questions. While there I took the test for the extra class license, which I had done no studying for. I failed it by two questions! A bit of a disappointment, but still pretty good for not having seen much of the material before.

    Biggest problem. – – one of my shitz-tzu dogs scratched the cornea of her eye. I took her to the vet and he gave me three prescriptions for her. Total cost, so far, about $140. Money that I had saved back for ham gear. But, when a close companion gets injured, you will spend that money and be glad you had it!
    Now for the question – one of the prescriptions for her is amoxicillian liquid antibiotic. Reading elsewhere that dogs can get candida and other places say that antibiotic use can lead to candida, I was wondering about starting her on some probiotics. She does not care for honey, which would help some if she would eat it.
    What other foods would you recommend? And, what about probiotic capsules? Also, should I start her on a probiotic regimen now or wait until she no longer needs the antibiotic?

    • Colloidal silver drops to the eye with scratched cornea. Cover with a CS moistened cosmetic pad and tape in place if necessary. If Candida is present or suspected treat BOTH eyes with drops of Colloidal silver. Infection most often disappears after a day or two.

    • Not sure how much you would use for that size a dog in a water bowl. I have one of those with a half gallon reservoir. I use 2 Tablespoons ACV not just to keep the slime down in it, but it seems to help my dogs (one medium sized mutt and a min pin). I do the vinegar after taking antibiotics whenever I have completed a course of antibiotics. No candida probs.

      Never tried colloidal silver but will check into that.

    • Thanks TinMan and Dee!
      I sometimes think I can get better advice here than I can from the “experts”! I’ll try the ACV in her water, but wait until I’ve finished the antibiotics. Unfortunately, I think she has a lot of lost vision in that eye now. It’s difficult to tell how much it will improve, but I’m hopeful that it will improve and wont be too bad.

    • JimW. I have had problems with my eyes itching, draining, burning, and of course with all this, I had plenty of “sleepies” in my eyes. I have a colloidal silver generator and it came to me to wash my eyes with the silver. My eye problem has cleared up and I think I can see better now.
      I would think if it helps me, it would help your dog. I believe silver is the best germ killer there is.

    • Thanks John. Unfortunately I have allowed myself to run out of distilled water to make the colloidal silver. Have to wait until I go back in town to pick up a gallon. (used it all on batteries!)

  2. That is MENA Arkansas. (Darned predictive spelling!!)

    • Oh, and I forgot. My sister is sending me a 48 egg incubator! As long as I have laying chickens (and at least 1 rooster) I can hatch out more! 🙂

  3. Good morning Gaye (and hi JimW, Dee and everyone else!)

    Preps this week weren’t huge – but one major thing was I quit smoking. (Today is day 7). Decided that it’s time to do away with all addictions before things hit the fan, and besides, it was time. A mixture of lavender and camomile essential oils has helped with the withdrawl headaches and the crankiness, so thanks for turning us on to EOs, Gaye.

    With the seasonal flu season around the corner, I have made an effort to stop touching my face – I had no idea I did it so much until I started paying attention to it.

    Made a score at a yard sale yesterday of several more steel water bottles and two wool blankets. One had the distinct odor of Large Dog, but a cold-water wash on the delicate cycle with a cup of distilled white vinegar and being hung out to dry means its as good as new.

    Finally, on the homesteader domestic skills front, this morning I’m baking more bread from scratch and have started quilt #4. With 10 bunk beds at the BOL Cabin to outfit, the process of getting enough bedding for them all without breaking the bank is going to take a while. Still haven’t spent a cent on any of them yet, and it looks more cozy and homey than store-bought comforters.

    Also, I rounded up all the random little pieces of gold jewelry I had languishing in my jewelry box (broken chains, old rings, pendands, etc.) and put them in a small pouch to go in the BOB. They aren’t doing me any good in everyday life, but they may be of use for barter items somewhere down the line.

    Have a great week, Gaye. Take care and good luck with your property sale.

    • Red – you may want to check into the quilts that movers use. Usually not expensive, but can be useful to stay warm and cheaper than regular quilts. I think you can also get them at Harbor Freight.

    • Hey Red! Wow you have been doing a lot! I’ve watched so many try to stop smoking. CONGRATS 🙂 Great score you made. Way to go doing so much w/o spending a lot. 🙂

  4. I received my ZAQ dew diffuser and a couple of bottles of EO’s that I have not used before. Clary Sage and Wild Orange. Now I get to go back and read all the old recommendations on what to do with them.
    I did receive my conformation of my enrollment into Front Sight’s rifle and handgun classes starting Oct 3. Since I am taking my grandson and his father with me and the trip is on me, I have received 2000 rounds of 9mm, 1000 rounds of 40 cal, and 1000 rounds of 223. I just love to make my FedEx man huff and puff carrying in all that ammo.

  5. I want to start by thanking you Gaye for the time and effort you put into keeping up this site. I have only found it a few weeks ago but there has LITERALLY not been one day since then that I haven’t been on here looking at old archives and downloading(and printing) tons of usefull info. I am exceedingly gratefull to you! I suppose that info gathering would count toward my preps for the week but I went even farther by getting my vehicle preps done. I was pleasanly surprised by how many water bottles and emergency food and gear fit nicely right under the back seat. Since most of my trips are about 30+ miles from home i am always concerned about something (EMP maybe) causing me to have to walk back home, so i made sure to include a weeks supply of hubby’s essential heart prescription in my kit and have a standing order on every daylight savings time change to rotate fresh meds. I really do feel much better about trips now.

    • Great idea about rotating the meds on the changeover from daylight savings. I am going to try to remember to post the tip next week since not everyone reads the comments.

      Oh – thank you for the kind words too!

  6. *Dancing with happiness* I’m so excited. I’ve had some fruit vinegar in the making and I just checked yesterday and it’s now ready to really test. I just made my own mustard, well 2 kinds–classic yellow and a spicy jalapeno. 🙂 I used up all my older powdered mustard since I am now buying seeds instead. Those little coffee grinders work great for grinding your own herbs and small seeds. 🙂
    Have a great week and O Gaye, when you get tired of the hassle of selling that home, think ahead to that day when it’s gone and one more burden off your backs. 🙂

  7. First I would like to say thank you for all your posts and wonderful reviews.I love getting your emails and read everyone a couple of times to make sure I dont miss anything,LOL.This week I have been pressure canning meats and beans. I am quite new to pressure canning.( I used to make jams and pickles when my kids were younger,which as you know is water bath canning). I had ordered 40# of 93-7 ground beef from Zaycon foods and canned most of it,(what we did eat of it was awesome). I am waiting for my chicken breast to come in october,so I have been buying more canning jars. I also ordered more EO’s. I have not tried any as yet, but did get a couple books on my kindle that will teach me how use the oils.

  8. Gaye – possible blog for you sometime, unless you get permission to post someone else’s blog.
    There are new people coming to prepping every day. They immediately get hit with words, phrases, and acronyms that they have never heard before. EDC, BOB, TEOTWAWKI, SHTF, WROL and many others. (It took me a few weeks to figure out EDC).
    How about a list of such things and a description?
    “EDC – Every Day Carry – a small bag, like a fanny pack, with some very basic emergency items and medications.” Maybe a picture or link showing one.
    I may be wrong, but I think that would be a big help to many newbies.

    • I may have done something like this years ago but yes, that sounds like a good idea. Those of use that have been prepping for awhile forget how confusing the acronyms are.

      Heck, not prepping related, but someone last week asked what YMMV meant (Your Mileage May Vary).

  9. this week, canned: applesauce, also baught some flour, sugar, beans, rice and peanut butter. It has been a long time coming for a good week in preps, and this was a good week for me.


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