The Sunday Survival Buzz #136

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 5, 2019

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

This has been a whirlwind week of moving boxes, hand and knees cleaning, and all of the other last minute details relating to selling a home.  I am happy to report that the chaos is over and Shelly and I have made it safely back to our cottage on San Juan Island.  Our next challenge is to decide what to do with all of the stuff we did not give away or toss out.

Alas, that, and our search for an out-of-state and out-of-earthquake-zone, bug out cabin will be a challenge for another time.

Prepping wise, I was busy letting my fingers do the shopping.  On the list this week was a Tyvek coverall that I purchased to verify sizing information.  I will have a show and tell on the sizing of the darn thing in a week or two.  I also have a new titanium Spork, some self wrap bandages, additional water purification tabs, and two bottles of Birch essential oil for long term storage. The last thing I ordered is one of those all-in-one utility shut off tools that I plan to keep out by the gas/propane meter.

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


The following comment came in from the Quiet Prepper.  It said so much in so few words that I simply had to share!

All said and done, the ultimate preparedness and survival tool is to be able to think… keep your balance… and to not lose your cool to FEAR.

Enjoy life in the meantime, regardless of the perpetual lies, deceptions, and fear-mongering being splattered on us.


On the current giveaway calendar are the following:

Summer 2014 Book Festival: Sanctuary + Giveaway
Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway

There is still time to enter but in the case of the Mega Giveaway, time is short.  I would sure love to see a Backdoor Survival reader win some of the prizes in that mega giveaway!


The winner of Glen Tate’s 299 Days: The War was Sheryl S.  Her favorite comfort foods?  A grilled cheese sandwich and dark chocolate!

In addition, the winner of the 32 Serving Family 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit from Buy Emergency Foods was Greg W.  Here are the condiments in his food storage pantry:  Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, mustard, and ketchup.

As always, winners have been notified by email have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.


Many of you have asked about the arthritis buster I mentioned a few weeks ago.  Here it is again for those of you that are curious or who may have missed it.

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:

6 drops geranium
6 drops birch
2 drops lemongrass

Fill the bottle half way with FCO (fractionated coconut oil) and you are good to go.  Shake before using.

All of these oils plus the roller ball bottles and FCO are available from Spark Naturals.  As always, remember to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for a 10% discount off your entire order.

By the way, Birch is the current item of the week if you wish to get it while it is at the sale price.

20% Off Discount Code:  BACKDOORSURVIVAL
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Today I want to give you a heads up on an eBook that will be made available for free on October 3rd and 4th.  Since I do not have a mechanism for sharing free eBooks on the website other than on Sundays, I am posting the link here so that you can watch for it.

The book is a beekeeping guide for beginners and looks interesting.  Here is what the author, Trevor Darby, told me about his book:

Nearly a decade ago, I determined to help my family become more self sufficient.  I knew I could grow more food in my garden.  But sugar was a problem.  Most preparation calculators estimate you need about 60 pounds of sugar per year per person.  I don’t have much storage space and so I didn’t just want to buy a bunch of sugar and store it.  So I decided to keep bees. The first year, with one hive, I extracted 73 pounds of honey.

I had a difficult time finding all the information I wanted in a simple, easy to follow format.  There were lots of good books that are fantastic resources for beekeepers, but none of them seemed to walk a novice beekeeper through the process, step by step.  So I wrote a book called “The Beeekeeper’s Gude”.

To celebrate its publication, you can download this book on your Kindle for free on October 3rd and 4th.  Here is a link to the actual Kindle page.

The Beekeeper’s Guide: Fun and Simple Steps to Apiary Success and Self Sufficiency


Coming up next in my prep-list is cleaning up the garden.  After being away, it is a bit of a mess.  The tomato plants in their pots are very sad looking and I need to deadhead the flowers.

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 links to the items mentioned in today’s Sunday Survival Buzz plus a few must-have items for your first aid kit.

Light My Fire Titanium Spork: Before last year, I had no idea what a spork was.  Now I have one of my own and I plan to use it to eat with for the next few days. I chose the titanium sport because it was the most highly rated with almost a perfect 5 stars.

Disposable Protective Coveralls: There are plenty to choose from.  I purchased these DuPont White Tyvek Disposable Coveralls With Hood in a medium and it fit me okay with a bit of excess room left over.  Shelly needs a large, definitely.

On Duty Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff 4-n-1 Tool: This 4 in 1 Emergency Tool was designed and tested by professional firefighters. It is light-weight, heavy duty, and easy-to-use for shutting off gas and water.  Plus, it can be used to pry open doors and dig through debris.

Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets: Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use and the water is ready to drink in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water.

Pac-Kit 5-910 Self-Adhering Cohesive Wrap: I first learned about self-adhesive bandages when my dog came home from the vet such a bandage wrapped around his leg.  A light went off telling me I needed to add some to my first-aid kit.  And so I did.

New-Skin Liquid Bandage, First Aid Liquid Antiseptic:  I have been using New Skin for years.  It is an antiseptic, invisible, flexible, and waterproof.  It works.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.

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20 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz #136”

  1. This week we were lucky to have some Indian summer weather and were able to tear down the garden, prep compost, dry our seeds for next year, dry all our herbs, winterize and even get the gutters cleaned. Busy week on the mountain!

  2. We too had Indian Summer. It has been in the 80’s the past few days. For prepping, I made jam and jelly to put in my pantry (survival pantry). I made apple jelly, grape jam and nectarine/plum jam. It was a busy day for sure. Also applesauce with the leftover pulp. Mom loves it. Did not get a garden put in this year so have nothing to tear down. Have been listening to CDs about prepping and reading old website information. Have a great week everyone and happy prepping.

  3. When members of my MeetUp group took CERT training we were issued a vest, hardhat, and backpack containing, among other items, an On Duty Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff 4-n-1 Tool. As you say, “You can’t beat free!” Yep, training, lunch, and the goodies were all FREE!

  4. I do not use the spoon-fork combinations because they are usually too short, and messy if you need to change ends. I much prefer this LONG spoon that will go all the way to the bottom of MREs. Shop around – there are different configurations. Just stay away from the one with the fork on the end of the spoon.

    Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spoon – Long
    At 8.5 in. long, the Sea To Summit Alpha Light spoon lets you scrape up every last bite of food from your freeze-dried pouch without getting your hands all messy.
    $8.95 Item # 782241 at REI.

    • i found 3 plastic cooking spoons at a dollar store for a dollar. just the right length.

  5. This week started with a trip to a permaculturally (is that a word?) managed chicken, lamb, pork and egg ranch. Beautiful, sustainable meats! Then coyotes got 7 of my chickens, one of which I dispatched myself to end it’s suffering. Did the whole shebang, scalded, plucked, gutted etc. Didn’t have the heart to eat this one, plus she was an older bird, so she became dog food. Then got some fall gardening clean up done, turned compost and worked on my online course with Dr. Elaine Ingham on the soil food web.

  6. So glad to hear you have finalized your sale!
    I’ve been on an EO splurge the last few weeks. I can testify the arthritis combo works and also smells wonderful. It took a few days to kick in, but it’s helped. I also appreciate the discount when using your code and the fact shipping is $5. It’s the best deal around.

    Do you have any tips on getting the EO’s out of the bottles? I bought the bent pipettes but still managed to make a mess.

    Other things have been adding a few more canned goods and a new camping stove, I’m hoping I can talk dh into cooking on it tonight. It shouldn’t be hard since it’s great weather and he loves grilling.

    Have a good week everyone

    • Andrea – I am not sure I know what you mean by “bent pipettes”. I ordered droppers from Spark Naturals that fit on top of the bottles. They screw down and replace the original top and orifice dropper (which to me, is wasteful). Before they started selling the droppers, I ordered glass medicine droppers from Amazon and used those, again after removing the orifice. The only problem I had with that is a couple of times I forgot the orifice was missing and dumped almost an entire bottle of essential oil into whatever concoction I was making at time.

      LOL I remember making “peppermint juice” with vinegar and water and half a bottle of peppermint e.o.

    • Thanks Gaye – I bought the bent droppers (in science class we call them pipettes) from Spark. When they said fits bottle, I didn’t realize they meant to replace the lids, I thought the dropper somehow fit in the oriface hole.
      The first time I tried the glass dropper, I stuck the end in the hole and had geranium EO all over my table. It makes so much more sense now! LOL

  7. This week I finalized our group order for Emergency Essentials, went through a lot of “stuff” and priced it for my flea market booth (my new hobby since I’ve quit my day J.O.B.), hoping to make some good money doing this. We worked some more on our house building (I highly recommend NOT building a door frame from scratch, it’s so much easier to just purchase a door already in a frame!) and lots of other little things around the farm that is too numerous to post here. 🙂 oh, and I tried out my new bread machine. yay!

  8. Most of my preps were done yesterday. Went to the Farmers’ Market. Talked with my favorite beekeeper about his wax and the different tastes of honey according to where the bees are collecting. Since my favorite honey is out now, will be going back for more next Saturday to get more for storing.
    I also talked with my favorite apple grower, he was out of apples by noon, but it got us to talking about figs. How delighted I was to hear I could grow figs where I live. Not only that, but I can do so in a container! We talked about how I can do that. I learn so much when I go, it’s like taking classes even though I’m also making connections if I need those in disaster situations.
    Finally, I was reading about doing work around the house. Something was mentioned about a ‘come-along.’ I hadn’t thought of one of those in decades since I haven’t needed one. Considering their cost. I have plans on get at least 2 one for heavy duty work and one for lighter work. I’ll have to remember how to use one. But am looking forward to re-learning, knowing the value of what’s possible with one, and what’s not possible w/o one. 🙂
    Gaye, you can do it all, just remember pacing is what gets to the finish line. 😉

  9. Only one prep this week,I have some of the really large water bottles (jugs) five gallons on up. I bought a hand pump for the bottles, incase we have to ‘get-a-move-on'(and are able to take the truck) we will be able to access the water jugs with more ease. It is a bottled water pump by Primo. at some point I will get one of the water dispensers that stand alone or sit on the counter. I am glad to hear that you are getting to move to your own piece of heaven.

  10. Moving just isn’t fun…..but sometimes you find things that you thought were lost. Does that help?…..ok,well….” This too shall pass”.
    It’s raining here and for the second time this month the road has washed out and the rainy season hasn’t really started yet.I have no words about some neighbors. They have no words but pity for our situation. So, I figure, compared to the World’s events, we are pretty much on our own and should count ourselves lucky ( may have to read that twice + ).
    On a lighter note, I think we are prepared for the winter with stored essentials. No one knows about what Nature or Man may bring anymore, so just PREPARE as best you can……which essential oil is good for preventing insanity?? 😉

    • I don’t know if it prevents insanity but I use ZEN in my diffuser to reduces stress. I am not real fond of the smell so I add some Wild Orange. The combination is great and truly does improve my outlook. Some days, I need all the help I can get 🙂 🙂

  11. I was just looking over the 40 barter items artical, and a thought occurred, there is a lot in the survival book genre about young ladies being used/sold for sex, here is another thought; people being captured and brought back to their ‘clan’ so to speak for the knowledge they possess, such as doctor. What do you think?

  12. I learned how to operate the Pressure Caner Cooker. It’s not that big of a deal. So 8 jars of Roasted garlic tomato sauce, 18 jars of tri-tip steak, 4 jars bacon slices, 9 simple green soup and 11 Zuppa soup. Freddies had a good sale this week on canned soup,sugar, cake mixes and Kraft & Annie’s mac & cheese. Sewing must commence tomorrow the craft fair is arriving faster than I can keep up. Planning on taking a mushroom seminar the first of Nov.

  13. It is finally below 90 degrees in Texas. I started my “new year” this week with 4 concrete blocks to make a rocket stove.

  14. Gaye,just wanted to let you know I have placed an order with the freeze dried company that you have recommended at I placed my order on 9/2/14. They have given me nothing but grief. I ordered because I frequent this website. I still don’t have my food. They keep blaming me for me not contacting the people where they acccidentally delivered my food to. I haven’t lived at that address for almost six years now. They still think I shoud contact them for my food when I don’t even know those people and have lived in several places since. I still want my food and they repeatedly give excuses and the lady named Becka was extremely rude to me on the phone. Just wanted you to know.

    • Joyce – I am sorry you have having a problem. This is most unusual for Emergency Essentials. I have never had a problem myself except once when an item I ordered was backordered for 3 weeks and I wanted to do a review while it was still on sale.

      Hang in there and please give them a chance to make good.

      PS – Thank you for letting me know.

  15. We finally had our “put it off too long garage sale.” Three days over two weekends, added some neighbors to the mix to draw larger crowds really paid off. My basement is emptied out of all the things relegated down there for the garage sale and we made a large amount of money. Made some prepping purchases and spent an extra sum on sale items at the grocery. Things are clicking into place now that the garage sale is out of the way. Yard and swimming pool are ready for the winter months. Garage is also cleaned and swept out for winter and the out door shed was cleaned and packed. Made the to do list for winter, such as books to read on skills, gardening, sewing, etc. Started exercising and walking more. Rounded up all of the photos for hubby to scan and place on flash drives and discs. That should keep him busy and out of my hair for many weeks this winter so I can work on prepping skills. We have made plans to take a gun class in the next 60 days before the bad weather starts.


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