Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
This week I get the idiot of the week award. I had some romaine growing on my front porch and thinking that it better get harvested before it goes bad, I picked it early in the day and put the leaves in the refrigerator. Come dinner time, I had a basket of limp lettuce. Nothing would save it.
Later I learned from a knowing friend that I should immerse freshly picked romaine in cold water to keep it crisp. Is that what you do?
The Survival Buzz #181: How Not to Harvest Lettuce
- 1 Testing Your Tap Water
- 2 Free Stuff
- 3 Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways
- 4 Using Essential Oils to Foster a Good Night’s Sleep
- 5 Other Announcements
- 6 The Final Word
Testing Your Tap Water
With this month being all about water, I wanted to touch briefly on the water that flows from the taps. If you are on municipal water, you are at the mercy of the water company for purity, quality, and whatever chemicals they opt to use for treating the water.
An interesting experiment is to test the water that comes from your taps. Amazon has an inexpensive water testing that will test for bacteria, lead, pesticides, nitrites/nitrates, chlorine, hardness, and pH. While this test won’t give you amounts of those contaminants, it’s a good way to see if you might have a problem or concern.
The kit tests your water to EPA standards, and you don’t have to send it to a lab to get results. You can do the whole thing right in your kitchen. By the way, if you have children, they might find this a fun science project.
Speaking of water testing, if you have a Berkey system that uses Black Berkey filters, please remember to perform the Berkey filter red dye test every six months. If you flunk the red dye (actually, red food coloring) test, you need to scrub and back flush your black filters. Then test again. Seriously, don’t be complacent about checking to insure your black Berkey filters are viable. To learn how to do it, click here.
One more thing. Have you remembered to include red food coloring with your survival preps?
These days it may seem as though every website has their hand out or if not their hand, a grip on your wallet.
Those of you on Facebook know that most days I post links to free eBooks that I have personally reviewed to ensure they are not fluff that is not worthy of your time. Today I want to mention that most City, County, and States have websites with geographically specific information to help you prepare.
Since I live in Washington State, here is a link to this State’s excellent list of links and publications, all free. Who says to you have to spend a small fortune to learn about preparedness?
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways
This was a bummer week relative to giveaways. I had a nice giveaway package scheduled for Friday but I did not like the product. Things like that happen sometimes.
On the other hand, I have a bonus book giveaway coming up on Tuesday and have been working hard to put together a fantastic water-related product for you later in the month. This is water month, after all.
So all is not lost. Speaking of water, here is this week’s Book Festival interview and giveaway.
With all giveaways, 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. This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.
Using Essential Oils to Foster a Good Night’s Sleep
For the longest time I was personally using the Spark Naturals Dream blend to help me sleep. Then it stopped working. So, a couple of weeks ago when reader John R. mentioned using Now Foods Peaceful Sleep Blend, I was all over it like white on rice.
So here is the scoop. I mixed 30 drops into a 1 ounce jar of Simple Salve and starting rubbing it into my feet at night. In addition, I have Shelly rub it down my spine and across my chest. Okay, TMI. Anyway, this inexpensive oil has done the trick for me and I am having peaceful dreams. Really.
On the other hand, it does not do a thing for Shelly. His potion of choice is Spark Naturals Roman Chamomile. Applied in the same manner at the rate of 10 drops per ounce of carrier, he falls asleep within minutes and stays asleep.
Both options are worth trying. Especially the Peaceful Sleep Blend which is a miserly $10.40 for a full bottle. Don’t get me wrong. I love Roman Chamomile, especially for stress release. But for me, it does nothing for my sleep.
Remember, if making a purchase from Spark Naturals, you will enjoy an additional 10% off your using code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.
The excellent and terrifying NOVA documentary, Nuclear Meltdown Disaster, is now available for free viewing online. The documentary chronicles exactly what happened at the nuclear power plants in Japan during and after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami event.
Thanks again to Book Festival author J.A. Charnov for the tip.
The Final Word
That about wraps things up for this week. Before closing, I want to mention that I recently updated Month Eight of 12 Months of Prepping so if you are following along, be sure to check it out.
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: Below you will find items related to today’s Survival Buzz.
Now Foods Peaceful Sleep Oil Blend: This budget priced oil has done wonder for my sleep. It is a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood. I am using 30 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil. My preference is BDS Simple Salve (that you can make yourself). You could also try making a room spray by adding 30 drops to 1 oz. of witch hazel in a a spray bottle.
First Alert WT1 Drinking Water Test Kit: Using this kit, you can test for nasty elements in your drinking water, including bacteria, lead, pesticides and more. It includes everything you need; no further lab work is required.
McCormick Food Coloring, Red, 16-Ounce: The price for this huge bottle of red food coloring was just a dollar more than a one ounce bottle at the local grocery store. If you have a Berkey Black filter system, be sure to include red food coloring in your survival pantry.
Earth Tower Vertical Garden: 4-sided Wooden Planter on Wheels: So far I am impressed with my Earth Tower garden. Even when filled with potting soil, it was easy to move around on my porch. The real proof will be to see how my plants grow and thrive in my covered porch that only gets sun for 5 hours a day.
The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource: Water Month on Backdoor Survival is focusing on free resources but if you have $7.00 to spare, this is the book that I recommend.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: 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 2 oz. making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System: Fans of the Sawyer water filtration systems are evangelistic in their praise. Did you know they only weight 2 ounces and fit in the palm of your hand? At $16 give or take, the price is right. Be sure to also check out the Family Color Coded Gift Pack which looks nice.
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