The Survival Buzz #141

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 5, 2019
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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week I am going to keep things brief.  As the Backdoor Survival Facebook followers know, I am going through a water apocalypse.  The short version of the story is that we have a leak in the line between our home and meter.  We became aware of this on Monday and have been without running water ever since.

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The good news is that we found the leak.  The bad news is due to parts and available labor, it will not be fixed until next Thursday.  That will be eleven days without water and guess what?  We are 100% fine!  I was prepared and have taken it all in stride.  We have plenty of water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and basic sanitation.  Showers are out but we are using No-Rinse Bath Wipes with great success.

When all is said and done, I will write this experience up on the blog because after all, there are always lessons to be learned.

Other than that, here are some of the prep items that showed up on my doorstep.

Included was a Uniden Handheld Scanner, 16GB metal thumb drive (the plastic type breaks),  some additional N100 respiration masks, and a SmartCharge LED Light Bulb.

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


I am taking a break from giveaways for awhile – yeah right, let’s see how long that lasts!  In the meantime, be sure to read Kelli Otting’s interview and enter to win a copy of the two books in her Liberty Dying SeriesSummer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Liberty Dying Series + Giveaway | Backdoor Survival.

Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Liberty Dying Series + Giveaway

Speaking of giveaways, going forward, giveaway winners will be notified by email and also announced on the Rafflecopter itself.  If you have entered a giveaway and are curious, re-visit the giveaway article and check.  As always, winners have 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be selected.

Lets us issue a warm welcome to our latest sponsor, Day One Gear!  You might recall that Day One Gear sponsored a great Honey Bucket giveaway last summer and now they are onboard as a member of our sponsor team.

The owners have been huge fans of the blog for a long time and would like to offer another giveaway (I know, no giveaways for a while but I know you love them!).  Why not jump on over and check out their site and if you see a great giveaway item, come back and report it in the comments below.

Of course, if you find that just-perfect item to add to your preps, they would love to help you with your purchase!  Their prices are great and they promise great customer service to all of their customers.


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November oil is something new for me: Basil.  This is “sweet basil” from Egypt. Basil is a fascinating herb with medicinal properties. And here I thought it was best used in spaghetti!

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Just so you know, beginning next week, the Buzz will be published on Saturdays rather than Sunday.  Thus, as you see, I am dropping the “Sunday” part.  Why am I doing this?  So I can take the weekend off.  That means there will no longer be an article on Monday either.

This is going to be a life-changer for me as I intend to do no blog work on weekends, okay?  It’s not that I do not love you guys – I do – but it is time for me to follow my own advice and embrace life, too!

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 some of my recent prepping purchases. One will surprise you!

Uniden Handheld Scanner:  This scanner has been on my bucket list for the longest time.  My intent is to monitor police, fire/emergency, aircraft, ham, marine, and weather bands.  It is supposed to be easy to use so I am excited to test it out.  The best part is that it operates on 2 AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries.

Kingston Digital DataTraveler 16GB USB:  I have learned the hard way that thumb drives with plastic key ring holders break.  I store a backup of my contact list and Outlook data file on a flash drive along with encrypted documents and my password list.  There are photos and survival books in PDF format.  You will be amazed at how much you can store on an 8GB or 16GB flash drive.  They are dirt cheap too.

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.  Note that if you are on the small side, you will need to order the smaller version which is the Moldex 2731.

SmartCharge LED Light Bulb:  This light bulb works like a normal light bulb until the power goes out.  Then it continues to burn for an additional four hours (or less if you turn off your lamp) using its internal rechargeable battery.  An interesting concept that I am currently testing for you.

NOW Foods Tea Tree Essential Oil:  No, I am not going schizoid on you. This is not the first time I have mentioned that for cleaning purposes (as opposed to healing), I confess to using BUDGET essential oils.  This week I have been using copious amounts of tea tree oil in a spray bottle mixed with DIY liquid castile soap to wash my hands and spray surfaces while water is scarce.  By the way, if you have not tried making your own liquid castile soap, you should.  You will save a ton of money!

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17 Responses to “The Survival Buzz #141”

  1. Good luck with the water problem. I will miss your posts, but support your need for a weekend off as well.

    • I will still post the Buzz but on Saturday after writing it up on Friday. Just some time-shifting, really.

  2. Enjoy the weekends! We love ya girl, but you deserve the break. Sorry about the water problem, but isn’t it great to know you will be able to handle it without worry. As far as preps this week my husband and I went to the shooting range for practice and replaced and bought more ammo. Also, bought water bricks for all our kids and parents and bought each a thousand meal kit. I worry constantly about loved ones being ok…maybe I need a weekend off too!!

  3. Sorry to hear about your plumbing problems. Enjoy some time off, without it life in general becomes onerous. You have helped so many people get started in prepping guilt shouldn’t be an issue.

  4. One of the hardest things to do is ‘change’! Congratulations on deciding what you need to change in your life, and doing it!

  5. Glad the h2o problems are on the way to being off your plate. Regarding restructuring the blog – good job. Rejuvenation is a major factor to a well lived life!

    • I owe you a call – on the list of things to do.

  6. Hope your water problems are washed away soon! I prepped by ordering some of the turkey Emergency Essentials had on sale.

  7. Gaye, I sincerely hope you make this shift in your life without guilt. Your blog has been and continues to be a beacon of light leading many in a very good direction. I’ll try not to gush too much and this might not be the best place to lay this all out but I’d like you to know what your site has meant to me. I have for a long time been a ‘part time prepper’. When there would be a big news story of a disaster I would put my prepping shoes back on for a little while until day to day life got busy enough to push thoughts of prepping to the back of my mind until the next time something triggered me to start thinking about it again. As a result of this sporadic and not too serious approach, my preps were insufficient to say the least. Then one life changing day I was searching the web for a way to make homemade soap, and I found your post on this subject. During this first chance visit to your site I noticed a link that captivated me instantly! It was one of your 12 months of prepping entries. I could not stop that day until I read each and every one of the months that was available at that time. From that moment on I have been a devoted prepper. Your guidance to prioritize, take manageable steps, and continually building upon what you have connected with me down to my core. The whole atmosphere that you have built here is one of positivity and hope and that encouragement that Yes you can do this. From the time I discovered you until now I have not missed one post and I never intend to. You deserve to lighten your load and enjoy life. Even if you never wrote one more word you have left an undeniable legacy. Thank you from all of us who are much more prepared because of your leading then we would have been, not just with having more stuff stockpiled but with new skills that you suggested learning, with new ways to think about situations, and mostly with enlightenment of truth and knowledge.

    • Thank you for the very kind and touching thoughts. They mean a lot to me. Truly.

  8. This week I practiced using my oil lamp some more. I bought a Made in China wick for it and the new wick did not change how noxious the fumes from the lamp can be.
    I learned that the wick which I thought was a standard sized one-size-fits-all wick didn’t really fit my old oil lamp at all. The new wick was too thick (as opposed to too wide) I didn’t notice the slight difference when buying it and I still can’t see it, but it is too thick.
    I had a hard time getting the new wick in, but once I did, it eventually would not allow me to turn the dial up or down to adjust the flame height so I had to blow it out and put the old one back in.

    I learned how to cast a baitcasting fishing reel, how to untangle a birds-nest in it, and learned I don’t want to rely on one over other types of reels for obtaining fish.

    I solved the dilemma I had about where to mount a shovel in my truck. I wanted to use a full sized spade but that just wasn’t going to work. I found the solution in the form of a folding army shovel at a yard sale for the grand sum of $1.00! Under the seat it goes.

    Today I read a Putin speech which one person described as, “probably the most important political speech since Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech of March 5, 1946.”

    It sure was a different kind of speech from any politician I’ve ever read. I would suggest everyone spend a few minutes and see why cluborlove describes it the way he did and why in his outline of the speech he wrote, “In this speech, Putin abruptly changed the rules of the game. [and that] Russia does not wish for the chaos to spread, does not want war, and has no intention of starting one. However, today Russia sees the outbreak of global war as almost inevitable”

    I never once thought of preparing to survive a nuclear war, however; in light of this speech and the powerful desire both political parties in the unitedstate have on world domination via the Wolfowitz Doctrine, it’s difficult to conceive of such a war being avoided. Spooky stuff.

  9. oops, i forgot to add the link to the speech.


  10. I live in Toledo, and we had our own mini water apocalypse this summer (I dubbed it “Aquageddon”). We could not drink, shower, wash clothes or dishes from our tap water for 3 days due to an algal bloom in Lake Erie. By the end of that morning of the announcement, there was no water left on any store shelves, at least one gas station tried to over-charge on some cases they had, and there were reports of fights in long lines. Someone I know got screamed at because she wouldn’t sell one of the cases she bought at Costco after waiting in line for a couple hours. I was lucky to be spending the weekend about an hour away at a friend’s lake house, and when we got there around 6pm, all the stores there were wiped out. I already had quite a stash of bottled water and soda bottles full of water (I have 2 pets), but even so, the realization hit as to how quickly things can go sour, and how much water it takes to cook, clean, drink and give to your pets. The ban only lasted 3 days, but no one was drinking it for weeks after. Don’t think it has to take a major catastrophe for you to be prepared.

  11. Would that make it an ap-AQUA-lypse?

    Just kidding. Good luck with your water situation!

  12. Hope your water problem is fixed soon. I really don’t care “when” you post, as long as you keep posting. I learn a lot from your postings. On the home front, my farmer neighbor gave a five gallon pail full of navy beans that came right from the field. I have been “picking” them all week and putting the cleaned bens in my storage container. These make great baked beans and bean soup. I’m lucky that I get them free, but I also help him when he has a labor shortage and needs someone to help out short term, so it all work out. Thanks again for your informative posts.

    • Still no running water but we have someone doing the digging to get to the fitting that is leaking. The leak is at the street, at the connect to the meter. In the interim, we have plenty of water for drinking, hygiene, cleaning and sanitation but after 8 days, a hot shower sure sounds good!

      You are already starting to barter albeit informally 🙂

    • Never thought of it like that Gaye, but yes. “AND” they are always after some of my apples, so that gives me other people that often drop off things. Canned food, organic grown chicken… I guess the barter system is already in place. Sort of….LOL

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