The Survival Buzz #194: Give Your Preps and Chores A Rest!

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 1, 2019

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

When I was a young woman, my parents told me that everything I did became a grand adventure.  To this day, I don’t know whether that was a compliment or not, but hey, I will take it.  How that plays out now is that with each day and with each task, the mundane becomes a big deal.  Does that make sense?

And thus it is with prepping.  It is all, for me, a big adventure with purpose.  Some days are better than others but one thing is certain, it is not boring.  All that being said, sometimes I get tired and this week was one of those times.  I was so tired that I almost chopped my finger off.  Luckily, I am still able to function but still, keyboarding is very much a chore at the moment.

Give Your Preps and Chores A Rest | Backdoor Survival

I was able to fix up my bloody finger with bandages and my boo-boo stick but it was messy and painful.  The cut is extremely deep but as soon as I can, I plan to seal it up with superglue and leave the surrounding area open to heal naturally.

So why and how is this important?  I want to advise you to do as I say and not as I do.  If you are tired to the point where you can’t see straight, give it a break.  The last time I checked, our world was not ending; it is simply going a bit sideways.  There is always tomorrow to get things done, so give it a rest and start anew in a day or two.

With that out of the way, what did I do to prep this week?

First off, the delivery of a 720 meal food kit from Buy Emergency Foods arrived. Being space-confined and anxious that the food pantry at my new location was mostly bare, I wanted to ensure that if the big one happened tomorrow, I would be covered.  Yes, this was a huge investment.  On the other hand, the cost was less than my annual auto insurance premium and at the end of the year, I will still have my food.

Legacy Food Kit | Backdoor Survival

I do have some bulk foods, namely 50 pounds of pinto beans and 50 pounds of rice.  All told, I am now feeling much closer to my comfort zone and am continuing to add to my pantry with each trip to the grocery store.  For the most part, I am adding the items in 20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan, which, now that I think about it, I may have mentioned last week.

Growing Peppermint | Backdoor Survival

I also planted some herbs this week, starting with peppermint and basil.  I will be keeping a close eye on them since I have heard that the native rabbits love greens.  We will see about that.

That about covers it for me this week.  Let’s move on.

Test Your Preps Now Lest You Burn Down the House

Everyone once in a while, a vendor will contact me regarding testing and reviewing their product.  By now you know the rules:  if I like the product (and only if), and if they sponsor a giveaway, I agree to  do a review.  No giveaway, no review.  Period.

Recently I was sent a wireless motion detector light for testing.  It was similar those Dorcy wireless spotlights I love so much so I thought, heck, if I could give a few away I would be willing to run it through its paces.

Long story short, the morning after setting it up, I thought it odd that it was not lighting up as I was walked by in the dim light.  When I reached up to take the light off the shelf, it was hot and the casing was melted.  So were 4 Duracell D cells inside.

Melted LED Light | Backdoor Survival

The moral of the story?  Test your preps periodically to make sure they are in top working condition.  Beyond that, do not leave any new electronics or battery-operated devices unattended until you know they are functioning properly lest you burn your house down!

Side note:  I contacted the company and told them what happened and never heard a peep back.


Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips

Backdoor Survival reader and Book Festival author, J.A, Charnov, checked in this week with another great video to watch for free on PBS.  Here is a link to the NOVA piece called “CyberWar Threat“.  It is available right now for online viewing.  Have I mentioned lately that a cyber attack or cyber war is right up there at the top of the list of things I prepare for?

If you are interested in the book Cascadia’s Curse, If you live anywhere near the Cascadia Fault (or any other fault for that matter) you are going to want to take a peek at this one.

Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways

Prepper Book Festival 10 continues.  Here is the latest:

Prepper Book Festival 10: Middle Ground Prepping + 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. 

News from Our Sponsors

This week we welcome Discount Mylar Bags as our newest sponsor.  Last week’s giveaway featured Discount Mylar Bags and the owner has been gracious in jumping and helping with your questions.  That said, I am in the process of organizing all of the questions and will be getting as many as I can answered in a follow-up article.

In the meantime, jump on over to Discount Mylar Bags and check out their huge selection of Mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, and other food packaging supplies.


In other sponsor news, I had a chance to test the Survivalist Bottle/Fit Bottle this week.  Receipt of this bottle was timely given last weeks comments about the LifeStraw (which, by the way, is an excellent product and one that I personally believe in).

The Survivalist Bottle does filter out viruses as well as bacteria and other nasties including fluorides. Beyond that, there are a few things in particular that sets it aside as a superior water bottle and filter.  First, ergonomically it is easy to hold.  The best description I can provide is that it is “hourglass” shaped, making it easy to handle.  I can’t even count the times that a big fat water bottle has dropped from my hands and made a big mess of my desk and my laptop keyboard.

I like that I do not have to squeeze the bottle to drink water. To take a sip, flip the spout, tip the bottle and drink.  Easy peasy with no leaks from the sippy-spout or the cap.  Believe me, I tried to make it fail!

The real advantage, though, is its filtering ability.  The Survivalist/Fit Bottle filters 99.9997% of bacteria, viruses, waterborne pathogens and harmful chemicals, making it an ideal addition to your emergency kit.  Want to learn more?  Visit their website at The Survivalist Bottle and note that Backdoor Survival readers get a 10% discount using code BACK10 at checkout.

Other Announcements

If any of you participated in the Emergency Essentials $100 gift card promo last month, be aware that due to some sort of glitch, the gift cards were not sent out to online customers.  I discovered this myself because I placed an large order and did not get my $100 gift card.

Money is something I take very seriously so I called.  Supposedly, my gift card will be arriving soon but heads up: if you placed a large order during the $100 promotion, give Emergency Essentials a call at the number shown on your pack list to get things straightened out.

The Final Word

That’s a wrap for me this week.  Over the weekend I plan to rest my finger and stay away from the keyboard.  I might even get outside and hike a bit.  My gosh, I am missing the forest and the sea!

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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Today I have a mixed bag of some of my favorite items:

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: This light is awesome. I use mine downstairs as well as on my stairway and when I get up in the middle of the night, they come on automatically. They are quite unobtrusive and give off a ton of light.  Runs for a year on 3 D size batteries.

Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi: After resisting for eons, I broke down and purchased a Kindle and am now browbeating myself for not doing so sooner.  Technology has come a long way since purchasing my old Sony eBook reader (which was 3 times the price).  If you have a special birthday coming up, request the Kindle paperwhite.  It is fantastic!

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife:  You can’t beat a Kershaw knife for quality at a reasonable price point. This knife will become your favorite for every day carry.  And that includes the ladies, too.

Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: This is a great knife that is bargain priced.  Not only that, it is ranked as the #1 best seller in both the camping and hunting knives categories.  The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and and can recommend it.  See my review The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.

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.  Portable and easy to use.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2 oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective.  There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.

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The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 45% off sometimes a bit more.

Every family should have at least one Tote-able Toilet.  I have priced purchasing the bucket and toilet seat lid separately and found that it was more economical to pick up this kit.  I have filled my portable potty with sanitation supplies plus, of course, plenty of TP.

Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.

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17 Responses to “The Survival Buzz #194: Give Your Preps and Chores A Rest!”

  1. I have been thinking about storing water in #10 cans. I can get them free from my local school. Some of them are lined on the inside and some not. I found a place that sells lids for them and you could also tape them up securely with duct tape.

    If not safe for drinking, I assume it could be used for washing. I can’t find any information on their use for this. Figured it would be another good way to recycle them.

    I would like your input as well as other readers. Thanks.

    • I know that Emergency Essentials sells water in #10 tins so it can be done. Perhaps you can add a few drops of bleach before adding the lid? That said, the water will be good for SOMETHING.

      For the past month we have been filling soda bottles with tap water and storing them in the garage, I now have quite a collection of extra water to use for toilet flushing, plant watering, or general cleanup if needed. Like your tins of water, can’t hurt and the cost is nothing.

    • I also fill up 2 liter soda bottles with water when we get them. I put several in my freezer to help keep things cold if the power should go out.

  2. “it was messy and painful. The cut is extremely deep”

    Please consider getting stitches! I had a similar injury on my thumb and regret forgoing stitches to this day.

    Hope you feel better, and thank you for the great post.

  3. Been there, done that – so I can sympathize! And since it always happens when you’re extremely busy (or why would you be pushing through when you’re too tired?) it’s not like you can take a day or two off to let it heal up. Depending on how dirty it is you may not want to seal up the cut too quick (I think you did a post on this a while back, maybe this would be a good time for a repost). Definitely keep an eye on the cut for any signs of infection – it’s much easier to prevent infection than it is to treat it. My favorite for preventing infection is colloidal silver gel at least a couple times a day for a few days.

  4. Just scored a new Food Saver with the vacuum lid sealer for jars at an estate sale for $20! Even has the instructional CD that’s never been unwrapped. I’ve been wanting one for months but just couldn’t afford one. I’m so excited! Now if I could just fine a new-in-the box pressure canner. lol

    • My Food Saver is on its last legs. I am envious 🙂

  5. I hope your finger heals fast! You’re so right about not pushing yourself beyond exhaustion. Whenever I hear that little voice telling me to go sit down for a bit and I push onward “just a few more minutes,” something always happens that ends up forcing me to slow down, usually much longer than a few minutes of sitting or an hour nap would have done.

    This past week involved more mulch — shredding our neighbors’ huge leaf piles and using them to top garden beds. Free soil conditioning for just a little bit of time and effort. I also dehydrated a bunch of greens and then powdered them for easy storage. We’re going into the heavier frost season, so even though kale, collards and chard remain alive, they’ve slowed down production and those without covers will soon give up the ghost for this season. We like greens year round, so we’ve got lettuce growing in a southern window, mini hoop houses on some raised beds, and daily harvesting and drying of those greens that won’t produce much longer. Powdering them saves so much space!

  6. Pulled the last of the carrots Now DH has to process them. Have to pull more apples for Thanksgiving pies. Dehydrated a bunch YUM apple chips!

  7. I hope your thumb heals quickly. I cut mine deep right across the bone at the joint once, and I understand the pain, but it did heal without stiches.

    What is a Legacy kit? I haven’t been sure if these are a good idea to get. I do have some freeze-dried cans of veggies and fruits from Honeyville, but not many because my house is in Florida, and if I go off, I don’t leave the air running, so I am afraid the heat will ruin them.

  8. Maybe this would be a good time to check when you last had a Tetnus shot. Or other immunizations. Tetnus can be life threatening, and certainly painful. If I were preparing and prepping I’d stay current on these. I have taken care care of to many patients with , flesh eating bacteria. Most died less than 24 hours after simple injury. Please get medical care if it gets worse.

    • I am current on my Tetnus so all is good. Still, that is a good reminder for everyone else.

      So far, my wound is healing nicely. My trigger is if it oozes with pus or turns red and angry. If that happens, it is time to get medical attention. Do you know of other triggers?

  9. Why not tell us the name of the companies who sell inferior/dangerious products? A bad review is often more helpful than a good one. As it is, we don’t know who made the dangerous product you tested, so there’s a chance we might get one.

  10. My bad!!! Just reread and saw that you did indeed post Dorcy company name. Thank you.

    • Actually, Dorcy is the GOOD brand. I own a few of their wireless floods and they are perfect. I don’t share the BAD company name because people skim my articles, see the name, and treat it as an endorsement.

  11. My double bad!! It seems I cannot read your article and get it right. Sorry.

  12. Gaye,
    Don’t know if you thought of this but have you considered some small plastic side tables(the ones for outside patio use) to put the herbs pots on. We got ours at Lowe’s or Menard’s. They weren’t expensive but it got the pots off the ground. It might help stop bunnies from munching before you can process your crop.
    Another trigger is if you have a fever as germs may have invaded your body. Happened to my brother, he developed a fever.


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