Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog. This is the week that was. There is no other way to describe it. Things I had planned did not go right because of stupid mistakes. Thursday’s article was mistakenly scheduled for June, Friday’s article became Thursday’s article, and my weekly giveaway did not happen. Being human, I started comparing this website to some others and became a bit depressed. Where was I when everyone else had a website makeover?
On the positive side of the ledger, my garden is doing well, the herbs in my AeroGarden are taking over my kitchen, and I have some tomato plants ready to go into the ground. I hiked over 15 miles this week and Tucker the Dog gave me Mother’s Day roses. Prepping wise, my red and silver Mini-Cree flashlights arrived. How many do I now have? A lot; I quit counting a long time ago. Between those and my Blocklite’s, I am like a little kid in a candy store. You can never have too many flashlights. Mr. UPS delivered a bunch of medical supplies for my new, as yet to put together, first aid kits, and a can of flat tire repair stuff for the Subaru. I made fried rice from food storage but used a “dib of this” and “dab of that” method. I will take measurements the next time so that I can share. Who said survival food has to be dull and unhealthy? So all in all, it has been a good week.
The Survival Buzz #168
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Essential Oils: Tip of the Week
Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and information on essential oils. I am just starting out on this exciting new journey and know absolutely nothing about essential oils so your articles are very helpful. I have noticed that many “recipes” call for 10, 20 even 30 drops of one or more essential oils. I have arthritis in my fingers and hands, and doubt that I would be able to control my fingers to dispense so many drops. Is there any way I could translate this to 1/4 tsp. or something similar that is easy for me to measure?
It never occurred to me that this might be a problem. Here was my response:
As a general rule of thumb, 100 drops = 1 teaspoon. From there, you can work backwards. So, as an example, 30 drops would be about 1/3 teaspoon. This is not an exact science because droppers can vary as does the “thickness” of the oil itself. A few drops one way or another will not make a lot of difference. Often, less is more.
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The Final Word
Buried down here in the final word are some additional thoughts of a more personal nature. I am tired. Blogging and prepping consumes every waking thought. In addition, carrying a burden of truth and knowledge is exhausting. Many of you know this, but for those of you that don’t, I am what is politely called a “senior citizen” and want to work on getting a PhD in goofing off. At least a part-time PhD. So, just so you know, I may be lightening things up a bit and calling in some of my well-regarded colleagues to help out. Nothing for sure but if I seem a bit edgy, now you know why. I know that everyone has their elbows up in garden dirt this week but I still want to hear about it. What did you do to prep this week? Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! Gaye If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for me daily at Top Prepper Websites! In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.
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Smart Lotionmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Luxurious Lotions, or How to Make Lotion from Scratch That’s Better Than You Buy and Costs You Less
There are lot of books on making your own lotions out there but none are better than this 99 cent eBook by my friend and neighbor Anne Watson. Anne also has a wonderful book on Smart Soapmaking.
Here are some of the items mentioned today plus some favorites.
Slime Quick Spare Tire Inflator: All spare tire fix-its are not created equal. Or so I learned. Apparently some types coat the inside of the tire with some sort of goo that eliminates the tire from being repaired the proper way. So, after consulting with the Subaru dealer and reading a lot of review, this is what I settled on. Truly, you should always have a can of this or something similar in your car.
FordEx Group 7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight: Did you see my two new flashlights in the photo? For the first time in a long time, both the red and silver version of my favorite Mini Cree are with free shipping. Oh my gosh, I am so obsessed with flashlights that I just had to have two more! If you haven’t tried these, please do. You will not be disappointed.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I first learned about Blocklites from a reader. I am impressed with how long they will run on a single, 9V battery. I now own 8 of these spread out in drawers, emergency kits, the car, everywhere. This is my number one pick for a small, but effective flashlight. Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener: I wrote about this is in the article The Easy Way to Sharpen a Knife Without Spending a Lot of Money. It sharpens everything from pocket knives to kitchen blades. Very portable and easy to use. SE BT20 9-Volt Battery Tester: I do not know anyone that is sorry they purchased or gifted an inexpensive battery tester. Mine sits in my desk drawer and is used 3 or 4 times a week.
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