Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
This has been a busy week both prep and blog wise as I have been doing some planning for those things I want to blog about in early 2015. To help me along, after using an electronic calendar for years and years, I finally broke down and purchased a wall planning calendar. It was long overdue.
One of my projects this week was to re-batch some Kirk’s Castile Bar Soap and make my own artisan-style bar soap. I added oatmeal for exfoliation purposes and lavender for soothing and aromatic healing. The process was easy enough but needs some fine-tuning before I share it with you. That said, my soap is effective but ugly. I think I used too much fresh lavender and would have been better served adding infused oil instead. Back to the drawing board.
Note: once I get the process down, this would be a great way to use up those scraps of no longer usable bar soaps you have been saving. If you have been throwing those odds and ends away, start saving them.
I also took leftover nubs of tea light candles and made a simple jar candle by melting them down and adding a wick. When I say nubs, I mean nubs. A normal person would have thrown these bits of wax into the trash. Guess that throwing things away just isn’t part of my mindset these days! (In case you are wondering, the chop stick held up the wick until the wax hardened.)
One of the Backdoor Survival themes for 2015 will be finding ways to multi-task various items we already own as well as kicking it up a notch while repurposing items that may no longer be useful. I see this as an important step in preparing for a time when money becomes scarce and the supply chain non-existent. Not to be gloomy about it, of course, but I do see the writing on the wall.
As you can see below, I also have a brand new Wondermill Jr Grain Mill that I will be testing. I love my electric mill but along the same lines as above, there may come a time when electricity will be precious.
Other preps? On the organization front, Shelly is working his way through the Firearms edition of the Preparedness Planner and I am working on the Essential Oils edition. I love that if we mess up a page, we can go back and reprint a new one as often as we like.
Speaking of 2015, I have two great giveaways lined up for January 2015 and, as of this moment, plan to seek out products to host two additional giveaways each month. It has been nice to take a break but I am ready to get back into it.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
The Survival Buzz #148
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
I have been working with Contributing Author Richard Broome on a new think piece. He writes:
With all that has been in the news lately about SONY and cyber attacks, that article I did for you last spring, “The Coming Cyber War” as well as the cyber attack theme in both of my novels and the possible outcomes I described, seems more relevant than ever. SONY should have NEVER caved into North Korea. We are all going to pay for that.
I agree and so does George Ure over at Urban Survival. Stay tuned for more from both Richard and George on this topic right after Christmas.
The following article includes a giveaway for a copy of The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse by Lauren Wilson. I mean it; you are going to want to win this one. In addition, be sure to read through the comments for ideas on board games and card games to keep the family occupied with the grid is down.
Note that the deadline for entries is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday.
As a reminder, all winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected. Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.
ALMOST FREE COCONUT OIL
Everyone loves a deal, right? The free gifts include a quart jar of coconut oil and a TT mug.
This coconut oil is the best. We use it in cooking, on popcorn, and of course in my DIY Miracle Healing Salve. You will not be disappointed.
When going to the TT website, you will find the “gifts” plus current sale items on the right hand side of each page. Enjoy!
THE FINAL WORD
It has been fun planning for 2015 and that, along with some other things I have up my sleeve, is giving me quite a bit to look forward to. In addition, with the recent change in my blogging schedule, I have had a chance to recharge my internal batteries and actually participate in weekend activities without those worrisome deadlines.
In the coming weeks, I will be sharing more about my plans for 2015 but in the meantime, 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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Here are some of the items mentioned in today’s article as well as a few items popular with readers.
AT-A-GLANCE Monthly Wall Calendar 2015: This calendar has worked out great. The boxes are large enough that I can populate them with post-it notes then move them around as I make schedule changes. Great price, too.
Kirk’s Castile: Coco Castile Bar Soap: Kirk’s is a great alternative to Dr. Bronner’s. I use it to make my own liquid castile soap. See DIY Liquid Castile Soap “Wonderful”.
Low Smoke Wicks – 6 inch: 8 dozen Wicks: This is a lifetime of wicks. For my little jar, I had to cut the wick down but still, the time may come when I need these longer wicks.
Leaving The Trees: Richard Broome’s first novel is a page turner. You will not be able to put it down. Stay tuned for the sequel, Good Crazy, which will be featured in the current Book Festival.
Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain/Flour Mill by Wondermill: I am very excited about my manual mill since it can also be use to grind coffee beans, nuts, and other oily bulk food items.
Preparedness Planner: Both Shelly and I are impressed with how easy this planner is making our inventory and organization process. As with the wall calendar, a tool like this was long overdue.
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. This is worth the splurge.
Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards: This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out. Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness kit.
For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices. Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic. One of my favorite sale items this month is this Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine).
This is hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub.
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