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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.
I love that we use the Sunday Survival Buzz to share what we have been up to this past week. I have to tell you, I get envious of some of your preps. This is especially when you indicate yours have been inventorying and organizing. If anyone would like to come to visit and help me out, the invitation is open.
I am also envious of those backyard animal chores. I would love to have chickens for fresh, organic eggs, and a cow for milk. For now, I must live vicariously through the rest of you.
So what did I do this week? I was looking a bit ragged so I skipped the trip to the salon and cut my own hair. Not a lot mind you, but enough to make a difference. I can still go out in public which says a lot about my skills or, more likely, my standard of excellence.
Seriously, haircutting will be a valuable skill if the stuff hits the fan. I have been cutting, actually shaving a clipping, Shelly’s hair for years and even Tucker the Dog has had to suffer through my hair clipping learning sessions.
Needless to say, Gaye learning to cut hair is fodder for America’s funniest home videos.
And with that, I move on to some announcements.
The Sunday Survival Buzz #134
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
This week I have another great tip from “Learner”:
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.
I think that using the cut-over to/from daylight savings to trigger rotation of meds is brilliant!
And from “Anita”:
Both my husband and I were unemployed for an extended period following an accident. Having food and other necessities stored gave us breathing room for the months we were laid up. We even were able to feed our neighbors family when they hit a really rough patch after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Living off our stores was a valuable lesson in living off our preps. We are now rebuilding our stores.
The following two giveaways are current, waiting for your entry.
“Dulcinea V.” is the lucky winner of the Sunjack Portable Solar Charger. In addition, “Carol L.” is the winner of the set of the Four-Book Survivalist Series by A. American.
Congratulations to you both. You have 48 hours to claim your winning prizes.
ESSENTIAL OILS: TIP OF THE WEEK
For aches and pains, I personally use a combination of birch, lemongrass, and geranium oils. This combination is a miracle worker! Shelly uses this combo on his arthritis and everywhere else where he happens to be sore.
Aches & Pains Essential Oil Blend
In a 10ml roller ball add:
Fill the bottle half way with FCO (fractionated coconut oil) and you are good to go. Shake before using.
THE FINAL WORD
We are still wrapping things up down in the Seattle area and let me tell you, the 10-hour round trip is a killer. I have been feeling guilty about the website and hope I have not neglected things too much. If I seem a bit cranky, you know why. Of course, as with all things preparedness, sometimes we just have to roll with the punches, right?
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: A number of these items are mentioned by Backdoor Survival readers in the article 39 Fantastic Prepping Tips.
Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight: Extremely small and lightweight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag.
Paracord Survival Bracelet: Why a Paracord Bracelet? So you always have some of this useful cord on your person!
Windstorm Safety Whistle: I have many cheap whistles but for in my bug out bag, I stash the Windstorm whistle. I have tested it and this particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.
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.
Pepper Spray: It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets: These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.
Blocklite Mini Compact Size Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: One of my readers (James) turned me on to the Blocklite. I now own four. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one.
Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios: This book covers the basics of prepping including food storage, water purification, financial and medical preparedness, and communication during a crisis. It goes beyond the basics, however, with the addition of charts, checklists, and worksheets to help you stay organized in your preparedness efforts.
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