The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 74

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Updated Jun 26, 2019 (Orig - Jul 21, 2013)



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Sunday Survival Buzz - Backdoor Survival 200 pxWelcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web.  But first, an update on my own preps.

I planted some new lavender plants in front of my house.  I love lavender and am working on an article on lavender essential oil so as much as I already have lots of these delightful plants in my front yard, it seemed like a good time to add some more.  As you know, lavender essential oil is one of the go-to essential oils I use almost daily for one thing or another.

A big box of N95 particulate and respirator masks and a Fox 40 pea-less whistle arrived from Amazon.  The whistle was recommended by one of my readers and I am anxious to do a faceoff with both the Windstorm and the cheap whistle I purchased a while back.

I also spent some time in the kitchen this week.  I really do try to use my stored foods when I can so that I know what I like and what I don’t like.  The last thing I want to do is buy a large supply of yucky stuff.  To that end, I made up a batch of corn bread from the corn bread muffin mix that was part of my monthly Emergency Essentials order.  I can honestly say that it was better (and a heck of a lot easier) than my own from-scratch version.  (As you can see, I baked it up in my cast iron skillet instead of muffin tins.)

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Okay, enough about me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


Gov’t Bureau ‘Creating a Google Earth on Every Financial Transaction’:  Even I get complacent and say yeah, I know it, the government has been doing this for years.  Shame on me.  That is no excuse for not keeping up on the latest developments in Washington (DC not State) when it comes to privacy matters.

Jimmy Gets It Right: My friend George Ure at Urban Survival had a piece this week that is worth sharing.  He is currently in the process of updating his site so I am uncertain whether the link will work so I am duplicating what he said here.  Interesting commentary, don’t you think?

A lot of people think former President Jimmy Carter was a “failed” president…an assessment with which I disagree.  I think he was painted that way because he was on the losing side as the corporate coup was well underway and he ended up under the (captive media) bus.  I tend to think very highly of former nuclear submarine skippers, regardless of the media paint slopped on their character.

Notwithstanding, when a former President tells us (of the Snowden/NSA spy craft revelations) that “American Has No Functioning Democracy” seems to me we all ought to be paying close attention to what Jimmy says.

Carter’s got this one nailed.  So look for all kinds of mainstream discussion which will try to repaint Carter’s performance in office in a negative way to minimalize the risk of  people waking up with the surveillance state only part-built.

You might want to rethink Carter, too:  To me it looks like he gave it his best shot… about the best that could be done mid-coup.

13+ Amazing Uses for WD-40:  Prepping and survival includes being prepared for daily annoyances, not just long term emergencies of a catastrophic nature.  We all have some WD-40 in our tool box.  Here are a bunch of uses that you may not of thought of.

Book Review: Agenda 21 by Glen Beck and Harriet Parker:  My blogging colleague Leon Pantenburg shares his review of Agenda 21 by Glen Beck.

How to Install Raised Garden Beds:  This is a very thorough DIY article on building raised garden beds.  It may be too late for this year but think about it. Fall would be a great time to get the beds ready for next year.

The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darned Long?: I do not eat junk food. Period.  But as an experiment, I am going to purchase a box of the new Twinkies and put them in storage for a few years.  I wonder how they will taste?  (My resident taste tester, the Survival Husband, will be called upon for a before and after taste test.)


This one just came in from “Deethundercloud” and I just had to share.  This tip would be great for getting the pickle smell out of those free or almost free buckets you snagged from the local fast food joint.

An extra option for when those buckets start smelling. I learned this from my brother, who moved thousands of people from here to there, professionally.  Put some coffee grounds in and seal it…the grounds will absorb any smells. I moved half way across the US and did this for my freezer, fridge and I do it when I store empty plastic containers. No bleach used and a little baking soda rinse out when I need to use it and anything is good to go.


This week there is a new addition in the Prepping and Survival section of the Backdoor Survival Blogroll. I have added Mom With a Prep, a wonderful up-and-coming blog for all Mom’s and Dad”s including Mom’s at heart like me!

And yes, I know my Blogroll is still a disorganized mess although it is not as bad as it used to be.  Someday I will finish the Blogroll project, just not today.


Backdoor Survival friend and sponsor LPC Survival is giving away a Royal Berkey water filter. This is a $283 value and entering is easy – just like LPC Survival on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and sign up for their newsletter.  This is a great opportunity to have a chance at getting a Berkey for free!

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A few of you may have noticed a new ad for the Titan Ready Water Rack System.  Can you imagine store two filled water barrels in just 6 square feet of space?  Amazing.  I will be interviewing Kris, the developer of this system, soon – so stay tuned for that!

As with all of my sponsors, please pay them a visit and let them know you saw them on Backdoor Survival. Speaking of which, check out the Backdoor Survival Sponsors page and support the fine companies that allow me to keep Backdoor Survival free for everyone.


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Coming up in August are two fabulous Backdoor Survival giveaways.  I hope you are sitting down for this because it is huge.

I will be hosting a giveaway for an EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove and a separate giveaway for a WonderMill Grain Mill.  I told you this was fabulous!  There will be a number of ways to win so watch for the announcements in August!


Today, for the first time in a long time, I spent some time outdoors simply relaxing.  No laptop, no iPad and no cell phone – just Shelly, Tucker the Dog and me in our new little boat, “When the SHTF”, anchored right off the local shoreline.

Believe me, I fully understand how the pressures of life and prepping can take their toll.  If you can, try to get outdoors and enjoy the summer.  Even one hour of nothingness can pay off in terms of less stress and a big smile on your face.

Until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Bargain Bin: Here are a few of the items mentioned in todays article.

Agenda 21:  The novel Agenda 21 takes place somewhere in the United States after Agenda 21 has been in effect for almost a generation. There is no president, congress, Supreme Court or freedom.  Sobering.  Regardless of what you think of Glenn Beck, this is a thought-provoking read.

3M N95 Particulate & Respirator Mask: This is an inexpensive mask that can be used in a variety of emergency situations. They come in a box of 20 and are NIOSH-certified. The molded cone design is fluid and splash resistant and will greatly reduces your exposure to airborne particles.

Original Fox 40 Classic Whistle – Orange:  This is a pea-less whistle and it is used by law enforcement personnel in many communities.  Its intense high-pitched trill can be heard over long distances – a good thing while in an emergency or survival situation.  Be careful when ordering, not all colors have free shipping.

NOW Foods Lavender Oil:  Lavender oil is my personal favorite.  It can be used in salves and skin lotions  or directly on the skin, right out of the bottle. It has a sweet, balsamic, floral aroma which combines well with many oils including citrus, clove, patchouli, rosemary, clary sage and pine. Its benefits include balancing, soothing, normalizing, calming, relaxing, and healing.

Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix:  This stuff is really good.  All you do is add water and you are done.  I made it in my cast iron skillet rather than muffin tins and it came out fine.  Better than fine as a matter of fact.  It is on sale now and is packaged with an oxygen absorber for long term storage.

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I use my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits and now cornbread. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.

Ove’ Gloves Hot Surface Handler:  I cannot say enough about these hand and arm protectors.  I have permanent scars from hitting my arm on the rack of my oven.  I can only imagine what I would look like if I did not use these with my cast iron cookware.  Forget the colorful silicon hot pads.  These are 1000 times better!

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This month all Mountain House cans are 25% off with some at 29% off.  For my own food storage, I ordered the Mountain House Chili Mac at $18.97 for a #10 tin.  In addition, I ordered some Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Slices, Buttermilk Biscuit Mix and sprouting seeds.  Truth be told, I have never tried FD ice cream so this is going to be interesting.

Although I like to make my own oil candles, I keep these Clear Mist 100 Hour Plus Emergency Candles on hand as well.  This month they are sale for $3.99 each or $44.99 for a dozen.

There are a lot more items on sale this month – be sure to take a look.

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Updated Jun 26, 2019
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5 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 74”

  1. Re Getting smells out of buckets, etc…did your reader mean using coffee grounds OR ground coffee? Coffee grounds (after making coffee) would be wet and ground coffee (fresh) would be dry. Im assuming she means ground coffee. Maybe she could reply to this. Thank you.

    • I have just sent her an email but my guess is ground coffee or whole coffee beans. I have actually used whole coffee beans for this purpose in the past.

    • you can use coffee grounds which you have used. Just allow them to dry out so they can absorb. Just another way of re-using something. 😉 Never tried coffee beans since I don’t drink coffee, I am however storing some for barter purposes. 😉

  2. Thank you, Gaye. We only have coffee beans so that info is perfect. It’s my pickle and salsa jars that need to be fumigated. I’m anxious to try it.

  3. granted,I believe that Jimmy Carter will never be one of the greatest president’s,but far from the worst!Look at what he had to deal with..a bad economy to begin with,and then going up against the revered “GOD REAGAN” with Iran contra!! Anyone that thinks reagan was so great never saw behind the curtain,we invaded some hick little island,Granada, for building a runway too long,and “freed” a bunch of college kids from a 4 year party!


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