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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 has been a busy one as I got caught up on some reading in preparation for the newest Book Festival. Although it shouldn’t be, reading preparedness books and survival fiction has become a guilty pleasure; guilty only because it takes time away from actually doing something.
This week I made my first batch of healing lotion bars. While they look beautiful and do a better-than-wonderful job of moisturizing, they are not yet ready for prime-time. Lotion bars and how to make them are a dime a dozen all over the internet and I want mine to have the beneficial healing qualities of essential oils. I just don’t have the quantity and mix of oils quite right yet.
I also had a chance to use my new Wonder Bag. I made a soup from canned chicken broth, canned chicken, beans, and freeze-dried (food storage) veggies. Once it was simmering, I set it in the Wonder Bag for a couple of hours until it was dinner time. Three hours later the pot was steaming a little but it was not what I would call piping hot. Our dinner was lukewarm.
In my opinion, the Wonder Bag is not safe to use for cooking and maintaining foods at a safe temperature. Do not purchase this item! Also, do not confuse the Wonder Bag with the Wonder Oven described in Slow Cooking with the Amazing Wonder Oven. Based upon the experience of colleagues I know and trust, I believe the Wonder Oven is safe to use. Plus, you can make one yourself.
Failure is a part of learning and for once, I thought it would be good to share some of my bloopers. This will lead into next week’s article on some common prepper mistakes and goofs. We are all experts in our own right but that does not mean that everything we do is 100% successful. Prepping is kind of like life in that regard.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
There were no giveaways this week as I spent the time on the aforementioned Book Festival 7 instead. In case you missed it, I have some fabulous books coming up as giveaways and many are multi-series sets. The weekly book festival interviews and giveaways will commence again next week.
By the way, last week’s two winners of Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak have already claimed their book. The names, for the curious, are displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article here.
To be honest, at first, there were two different winners. No names mentioned, but I suspect they were cheaters. Although winners are selected at random, they are validated. If the winning entry is made using the “leave a blog comment” option, I am given a name, email address, and the time of the entry. It is usually quite easy to find the winning entry. This time there was no record of a comment being made. None. So be forewarned. Cheaters are caught and disqualified.
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THE FINAL WORD
For those that asked, yes, I enjoyed my weekend off. I enjoy nesting at home as much as the next person and it was nice to do so without worrying about deadlines, social media, and blog posts. I had a chance to play with Tucker the Dog and win a round of both Tickets to Ride and Rummikub against Shelly. Life is good.
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: Everyone needs a portable pocket survival kit. Here are links to the items in my own Portable Pocket Survival Kit and of course, to two of my favorite games.
Ticket To Ride: This my favorite board game, bar none. Family friendly, you will spend hours in front of the fireplace playing Ticket to Ride with your favorite people. I also have the iPad version so I can brush up my skills playing again the computer. This is worth the splurge.
Rummikub: I purchased a travel version for a recent trip and we whiled away an entire rainy afternoon playing. The truth? I usually lose at this one but last week I won.
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.
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: 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.
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