The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 92

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jun 27, 2019
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Welcome 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.

Because I was recovering from eye surgery, I did not have much prepping time (actually none) but Shelly pitched in so it was still a productive week.  I did have one Amazon purchase of note.  This essential oil diffuser uses water and essential oils to make make a mist of micro-particles and disperse them into the air.


Do I feel the healing qualities of the essential oils this way? The jury is still out.  I used a combination of lemon and lavender oils and the smell was heavenly plus, the changing lights were soothing.  A bit of an extravagance I know, but heck, it was my birthday after all.

Other preps this week were the purchase of a dozen packs of my favorite Bear Creek Soups at our local drugstore.  These soups have a long shelf life, are light weight to carry, and super-delicious.

Why do I mention this?  Sometimes you can find prepping bargains in the most unlikely places.  Keep an eye peeled and a little extra cash on hand so you can stock up when you find something that would make the perfect addition to your food storage panty.

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


Shock Interview: Welfare Recipient: “I Get to Sit Home… I Get to Smoke Weed… We Still Gonna Get Paid”:  A welfare recipient in Austin recently contacted a morning radio show and explained that she gets a lot of money from the program. What she does with it may (or may not) surprise you.

The Fatal Flaw With the Dave Ramsey Snowball Method:  The debt-snowball method is a debt reduction strategy, whereby one who owes on more than one account pays off the accounts starting with the smallest balances first while paying the minimum on larger debts. Once the smallest debt is paid off, one proceeds to the next slightly larger small debt above that, so on and so forth, gradually proceeding to the larger ones later.  Here is one of my favorite blogger’s experience – and something to keep in mind as you work to become debt free.

Hiding your Emergency Supplies from Strangers:  This article is a good one to keep on hand if you frequently have workers or even landlords come into your home, condo, or apartment.

JFK Murder: Fifty Years Later And The Cover Up Continues:  Shelly and I are of two opinions on the murder of JFK. I leave it up to you to decide which side of the fence you are standing.

Plain white T-shirt for $7 or $70? How wealth gap is changing retail:  $70 for a plain white tee shirt?  Are you kidding me?  Personally, I am a $15 Lands End T-shirt type of gal – even less on sale.  You have seen me wear them in most of my photos.  As the article says,“The growing wealth gap between the richest and poorest Americans is increasingly creating a shopping chasm between those who are trading up and those who are trading down, experts say. What’s missing is the middle.”

Does a Constitution-free zone really exist in America?:  Since 2008, the ACLU has maintained that there is a 100-mile constitution-free zone that wraps around the the external boundary of the United States.  Within this area, Americans could be subject to random and arbitrary stops and searches.  Is there really a government law that disallows the Fourth Amendment for 200 million Americans? Some people say it’s true, but the reasoning behind a 100-mile “Constitution-free” zone argument is confusing at best.  This is a well balanced discussion and something we should all read.

Frustrated Americans Can’t Register for Obamacare, but a Dog in Colorado Got Coverage:  This one really hit home with me.  My existing coverage is being canceled and I have spent over 10 hours trying to find a replacement.  The state website throws me out, the federal website is a joke, and fast talking salespeople at the insurance companies do not give a hoot whether your existing physician is included in their network.  I am healthy and I pay the full premium.  Don’t get me started.  (And kudos to a Costco representative who finally found the perfect plan for me.  He did all of the work without keeping me on the phone for hours.  Prompt and courteous – I am sooooo grateful.)

North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood:  We all know this is coming, but to read about it in the MSM makes it very real and very “right now” rather than later.

Singing show tunes helps fight off dementia, Alzheimer’s disease:  A study by U.S. scientists has shown that the brain function of those suffering from dementia can be improved if they belt out their favorite show tunes.  Researchers working with elderly residents at an East Coast care home found in a four-month long study found that people who sang their favorite songs showed a marked improvement compared to those who just listened.


From Anne via Facebook:

Growing up in Montana, we had a small acreage that was nearly self sufficient as far as food goes… if we didn’t grow it and can it, we didn’t generally eat much of it and believe me, we ate well. My folks had planned out our place based on a book called the “Have More Plan”. (My Dad often laughingly referred to it as the “Do-More Plan”) A few years ago, I found the booklet was still in print and bought a copy of it. It is worth looking at a post-war plan that if you have acreage is doable.

I located a copy that is available as a free download and put it on my RESOURCES PAGE.  Enjoy – and a huge hat tip to Anne!

This tip came it from Dave.  Has anyone else purchased wheat directly from the farmers?

A bushel of wheat is 60 pounds. Any farmer will sell you a couple of bushels for $6 or $7 dollars a bushel. Pick up a flour mill, used, they are commonly sold for half price or less. Now you have the means to make very nice bread for next to nothing.

And last for today, some additional tips from Ecominer on what to do when the power goes out:


1. If you have a hot water heater there is generally a valve at the bottom you can drain the water heater. This water is drinkable.

2.  If you use chemicals in the water tank to your toilet this water is not drinkable in most cases.

3. If you are out of water in your toilet, put a plastic trash bag in the toilet and do your thing in the plastic bag, everyone, in the house, and then change daily. Otherwise you will only be able to fill up the toilet until it is overflowing and then what are you going to do.

4. If you have beef in the freezer, and there is no power, take out the beef and as it thaws, cut it up into thin strips and hang it to dry. This is a basic way to jerky meat.

5. If you have a grill, take your pork and chicken and grill it as it thaws.

6. If the power is out in your refrigerator, take out everything and put it in a cooler. If it is winter, set it out in the garage to keep it cool if you are in a cold weather area. If not, take out the ice in your refrigerator, put it in a plastic bag, tie it off, and stick it in the cooler with your food.

7. If winter, and you have a Big Buddy catalytic propane heater you can use it in your house without being asphyxiated. This will keep your pipes from freezing, and if you close off rooms will keep everyone warm to a certain extent.

8. If you have a couple of five gallon water containers, you can buy at a sporting goods store, you should be able to last three or more days without additional help.


This weeks winner in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival is “Valerie”.  Valerie has won a copy of two books by A. American, Going HomeBDS Book Festival: Going Home, Surviving Home + Interview with A. American Backdoor Survival and Surviving Home.

Here is how she answered the question How would you survive if everyone around you was simply out for themselves?”

I would seriously have to give this question some thought. As I and my Mom and brother are all disabled and in wheelchairs, I guess there would not be a lot of options open for us. I would like to hide the stash I have already acquired. I already live in the boonies. I guess just pray to Yahweh and hope that he is in charge.

For those of you that entered and missed out, I have some special news.  Early next month I will be holding another A. American giveaway, this time for three books, including Escaping Home!  Watch for an announcement on December 7th.


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Have you entered the Royal Berkey giveaway?  In conjunction with LPC Survival, I am giving away a Royal Berkey.  To enter, read Getting the Most Out of Your Berkey Water Filter + Royal Berkey Giveaway.

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.


Can I really say finally?  Thanks to the generous proof-reading efforts of a number of BDS readers and especially Sandra (you know who you are), the final edits to The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage are complete and I am sending the eBook up to Amazon for their blessing this week.

Next week this time it should be available for purchase.  And hint hint wink wink.  It will make a wonderful holiday gift to yourself and your Prepper friends.


Speaking of the holidays, I do have a holiday gift guide coming out this year.  I struggled with it, primarily because I hate the commercialism of the holidays.  On the other hand, I really do want to point you in the right direction, especially in stocking stuffer department.

Related to that, it seems that everyone has their hands out these days, website wise.  If I see one more of those nefarious ads for “Power Companies Hate This” or “37 Things to Hoard” and the like, I will scream.  These ads pop up everywhere and seem directly related to my web browsing.  I hate that!

Have you noticed that Backdoor Survival does not pop-up any ads related to your previous web browsing?  There are no annoying “subscribe now” pop-ups, no cookie tracking, no nothing.  Oh – and I never make a plea for donations.  I won’t ask for and will not accept donations of any type.  You local food bank or your church or temple could use your donation if you choose to make one.


I have lots of giveaways this month and next – probably more than I can handle – but somehow I will get them all in.  My apologies in advance if I have more giveaways than articles but those reviews, if they are honest, do take time.  We will just have to see how it goes. Want to see the booty?  See Backdoor Survival Winter Blast Giveaway.

For those of you that only check in on Sunday’s, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

What about you – what did you do to prep this week?  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: For your discernment, here are of some items mentioned today as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current Amazon Top 10.

ZAQ Dew Aromatherapy Diffuser:  This essential oil diffuser uses water and essential oils to make make a mist of micro-particles and disperse them into the air. No heating or burning means the properties of the oil are not broken down.Low energy use. The really cool thing is that the light (which can be turned off) changes colors all by its own self.  Very soothing and I love it!

Bear Creek Country Kitchens Navy Bean Soup Mix:  These are not as good a deal as the sale price at my local drugstore but worth a peek anyway.  These soups are great tasting and good to have on hand for emergencies.  All you need to do is add water.

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. 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. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp:  Here we go with another flashlight.    It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife.  It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

Magnesium Fire StarterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  This Campers’ Magnesium Emergency Fire Starter.

The Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor SurvivalUCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers:  The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is waterproof and holds 25 matches as well as spare strikers. The matches burn for around 15 seconds and are windproof, waterproof, and even continue burning underwater. An integrated striker is attached on the side of the match kit, and can be replaced when worn out.

2 Pack Survival Kit Can Opener, Military, P-51 ModelThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  These can openers makes great addition to any survival, fishing, hiking, or camping pack. They are lightweight and robust and they just work.


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Two of the top sale items this month are the Freeze-Dried Diced Roast Beef Steak at $32.99 (32% off) and the Freeze-Dried Green Beans which are on sale for $10.99 (26% off) .

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18 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 92”

  1. Gaye do you have a special way of making that Bear Creek Soup? I had bought some on sale and with a coupon, it was the chicken noodle, but we didnt think it was very good, the noodles were done but the veggies in it we felt were still quite hard, like they hadnt had enough time to rehydrate. I wanted to stock up on it I think the expiration date was 2017, and still have a veg/beef left. Maybe I cooked it wrong IDK…
    Your right about finding things in odd places, I check food areas everywhere I go. CVS often has Dak hams on sale 2/$5, yesterday I got Skippy Peanut Butter for 1.00 each (on sale, minus coupons), plus they gave me ecbs to spend later. I dont live near any big chain stores, but when I go I always run over to Dollar Tree to see what they have. Always looking for shelf stable milk, only found 2% once. But I get nuts, and trail mixes from them too. I bought some soy milk there, and am going to see if I bake with it if my husband can tell the difference.
    My local grocery store right now has turkey on sale .49 a pound. I think I will buy a few to can like I did with chicken this past summer. Although I am not a big fan of poultry, I can eat it when I am hungry enough. My husband lives and breathes for it! Since we have no livestock (yet) meat is a worry for me.
    I have just bought hard cheese making supplies, so I think I’m ok there, that was another worry lol. Ill give that a go next week, after the flurry of Thanksgiving is over.

    • We make the Bear Creek soups using the directions on the package – nothing special. We have even made them on a rocket stove with no problem. Soooo . . . perhaps you need to cook your soup longer?

      PS – We are going to have the Navy Bean soup for dinner tonight with some fresh bread.

    • I love their “Darn Good Chili” but add ground beef/turkey/chicken and extra red beans. Then, as I taste test, add additional spices to taste. The only other one I tried was the potato. It was OK but mine is way better. All of this being said, I definitely have some Bear Creek in my storage as I know I can eat it and doctor it to taste. It also only requires water so that is a boon in food storage.

  2. Have I got an ear full to tell. First, my order of the Christmas candles came. I’m old and was never good at Christmas wrapping and such, and the candles came with the wrapping and bows that I have to put on. That sucks.
    Second, I always read all the comments coming into your posts. You sharing a give away with other web sites as to where I get ten thousand comments a hour, sucks. And I know with you eye operation, you could not have read them all.
    Thirdly, having heard you rant on that little LED light that attached to a 9 volt battery. Mine finally came. It seems that as we get older, we don’t see as well as we use to. Also, we can read better if there is more light. Now that little 9 volt light, which if the best thing since sliced bread, needs to be by my thermostat in the hall, by the bread making ingredient instructions on the side of my $1.25 bread maker, by the fish tank so I can read their temp gauge, and if I could attach it to the side of my often lost reading glasses it would be great. It needs a magnet to put on the side of the fridge. You see where I am going? You are costing me money. The jury is out on where or not this sucks.
    Fourthly, to Dave and the farmers wheat. As the farmers combine their wheat, it has seeds from anything that was growing in their field. It usually has more moister in it that can be stored long term. It needs to be cleaned and dried. I just went to Crop Production and bought 3 bags of what they call “cover crop wheat”. It has been cleaned and no seed treatment added (to kill bugs)like the seed farmers use to plant their main crops. I am using it to grow fodder for my critters. My first fodder grow was with my hard red winter wheat, and that is just to expensive. Now that I know I can do it, the $12 a bag wheat will be used. Beside the critters, I have taken the scissors and cut the tops out of some of it and put it in the blender with my moringa leaves, a bit of chopped up ginger root, a piece of Aloe Vera leaf, and to keep the doctor away, some apple juice. Yum, yum. I can already jump higher.
    Fifthly, I remember along time ago, I made bread, when I didn’t have a wheat grinder, by soaking the wheat in the water that was to be used in the bread making process, and when it got soft, run it through a meat grinder. I remember it worked, so I am going to be experimenting with this, with my cheap wheat to see the proper ratios. That is what I have done this week.

    • I did not share my giveaway with other websites. No way. What I did do is allow three entires.
      My giveaways are for my readers only. Period.

      With the Wondermill giveaway, I had to turn off those comment notifications. I will do so today with the Berkey giveaway. There are too many entries and even my web host is wondering about the hundreds of notifications going out via email.

      Last thing: Emergency Essentials has a great little video on putting those candle gifts together – especially the bow part.

    • John, As you experiment, I do hope you will share your successful recipe. I am aware of ancient cultures actually sprouting their wheat THEN making it into bread. It’s healthier in that it then provides extra vita C. So now you can do both, make your bread and have your morning smoothie. 🙂

    • Dee, I’m working on it. Some crazy red head told me to buy a book called “How to live on wheat”, and in it he talks of sprouting the wheat, then drying it, then milling it into flour. Sounds like to much work. I have some wheat soaking now to see what happens. Soaking for 14 hours, it is still to hard.

    • I’m not storing that much wheat. More for barter than for use. I’ve been exploring other grains. Many won’t know how to use them so they won’t be such a source for taking. 😉 This way I don’t rely on just one or two sources of grains. I still want to hear about your success. Think I’ll be trying on my grains what you’re doing. 🙂

    • Alright Gaye. I watched the video. A piece of cake, or as I have heard before, easy-peasy. Give me 20 lashes with a wet noodle.

    • John R – I saw a thing on Pinterest that I thought was pretty nifty. You know those velcro type things they sell now with hooks, etc? I think they are called Command. Anyway, what the photo showed was using they strips that don’t have hooks. Attach one side to your LED light and the other side to your…bread machine, fish tank, thermostat, whatever. Not sure it will help on your glasses though!

      You know John, just because Gaye says it is great does not mean you have to spend money on it then complain about how much money you are spending!! Just joking of course. I also purchased the candles – have not received them yet. Should be in this week though so will have them in plenty of time for Christmas giving.

    • Leal, first thing, in my life if a red head tells me to do something, I have learned to do it. The Velcro things sound good, but then again I will have to buy more lights. I read blogs from Selco, who has lived through the Sereavo war, and he says the most sought after “stuff” is matches and candles. You see videos on U-Tube of building a one room heater with an upside down clay pot and some candles. I have bought many of those tall, in a glass jar, $1 candles at Dollar Tree, and many birthday cake candles to use as a wick to put in a jar of cooking oil that has gone bad and make a long burning candle. I have a few oil lamps for light. In other words, I see the need for light. BUT, there is always a but, none has me more excited than this little 9 volt light. If I could attach the Velcro to my forehead I could turn off all the lights in the house, and still see to move around. I could save enough money on electricity to buy more 9 volt lights. YEA, I can save money by buying more lights, and if you don’t believe me, ask a certain red head. By spending more, you are saving more. Sounds like I could save my way into the poorhouse. I ramble, but what else have I to do at 3 am?

  3. Just a note on “1. If you have a hot water heater there is generally a valve at the bottom you can drain the water heater. This water is drinkable.”
    If you are regularly flushing your water tank 2 twice a year. That water will taste more drinkable than if you don’t. It will also allow your water tank more working years too. 🙂

    Just in case you lose or don’t carry a can opener or lose it. This works too.
    Prepping this week……..I am learning how to make oil with my new press so if/when I run out of pine oil, or another essential, I can make it myself from what’s around me. I’m looking to what might be (in worst case scene) a long time w/o so many conveniences we will have just after collapse. Also how to capture and store it so it lasts.

    • There was supposed to be a link to youtube. BUT I can tell you and you can try it. Take a can find a flat surface like concrete. Rub the top of the can on the concrete till you see a bit of liquid coming from the lid. You have now rubbed off the seal enough that all you need to do is squeeze the can a bit and the lid will pop off. Not as messy with a knife for popping the lid but hey in survival, who knows what will be handy?! 😉

  4. Dear Gaye, After having been in the medical profession and treating many, many GSW’s over the last 30 yrs.. I KNOW there had to have been two shooters. I haven’t done a lot of JFK research, too busy over the years but entrance and exit wounds do not change, EVER. I did review the autopsy report after reading your post and it was astoundingly clear the projectile entered to the right of the trachea and exited just to the left of the spinal cord thus taking out the posterior brain. The brain matter was on the trunk of the car as where it should be when a shot is delivered to the anterior area of the anatomy. The shot would have HAD to come from the front and at a low and upward angle. So whomever I agree with at your home, congrats, you now can be called a pathologist! When I retire I will have to research this more in depth, it is intriguing. I would also suggest the person was at an elevated area and fired shortly after the first shot, which it seems entered into Connelly and proceeded downward, this would in fact be the track that the shot fired from Oswald would have taken.

    • I’m not a pathologist, but took criminal investigations in the 90s at university. I have recently watched many of the videos on the shooting of JFK. What you’re saying makes more sense to me. I’ve felt that Oswald was supposed to shoot Johnson using the unreliable and slow action rifle he used. So I agree, it was a professional hit by someone who knew what (s)he was doing AND could cover his/her action while doing so.
      So you believe it was low and from the front, not the grassy knoll? Interesting and who knows if it will ever be solved.

    • Dee, This is very interesting I agree. Yes the grassy knoll would have been a perfect place for the shot that killed the President, if the grassy knoll was to his forward route and on the right side of the car. I’m sorry I wasn’t clear on that, but I would suggest they were lying or kneeling to place this type of shot with the trajectory the bullet path confirms. Damn Gaye for peaking my interest, I may recreate this just for my retirement project. That is after my prepping is finished! Dee, perhaps you should go back to school, I have an abundance of cases this morning, thanks to the weekend, I will give you a job we can always use the questioning mind. Best regards, Renee

  5. @Gaye. Alright, I have lots of essential oils coming my way. Between you and other knowledgeable ladies here, I hope to clear up some of my health problems. Could you do a posting on essential oils? Also, I looked up the essential oil diffusers, and they are kind of pricy. Could you tell me what it does and how does it work? I would think you would put EOs in water and blow air across them. But you say yours does a misting? Do all of them mist? Can I make one “home made”? Advice is certainly needed here.

  6. John – Start here: //

    I am working on a general article on essential oils but before I post that, I am going to write about my experience making salves with EOs. The results over this last month are amazing – even with my leg and foot cramps. Also, Shelly’s Mr. Wart is half it’s size and some of my skin tags are gone. I know that there were other suggestions for the wart (duct tape, banana peels) but I did want to play this out.

    The salve article will ~probably~ be ready next for next Tuesday .

    Hold off on the diffuser for now until I get more experience under my belt. I love it, of course, but the other uses of EOs are so much more dramatic at this point.

    — Gaye


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