The Survival Buzz #197: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Updated Jul 2, 2019 (Orig - Nov 28, 2015)



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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz as life returns to normal after all of the Black Friday brouhaha yesterday.

I woke up to over 100 so-called deals on my inbox Friday morning and as tempted as I was to let my fingers to the shopping, I did show some restraint and stuck to my monthly prepping budget.  It did help that I had a few unused gift cards in my desk drawer so I was able to take advantage of some of the free shipping offers being featured this weekend.

Anyhow, it is the last Buzz of the month which means my pal Daisy Luther is going to fill in for me.  Today she writes about traveling with the proper mindset, even if that means stepping outside your comfort zone.

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Holiday Traveling with the Survival Mindset

I used to love traveling. Before 9/11. Before terror attacks became a serious cause for worry. Before it cost so much. Before I had a farm to take care of.

Now, it all seems so much more complicated.

There’s a complex set of rules that I have to follow before getting on a plane. And even if I follow those rules, I still have to either submit to a pat down or a body scan. I have to find a reliable person to look after my farm. I have to spend a fraction of the national debt to make the trip because flights have gotten more expensive while offering fewer services. Heck, I learned this week that they don’t even serve those bags of 6 peanuts anymore.

But, sometimes, when family is far away and time is short, you bite the bullet and go anyway. You leave the comforts of home, spend a ton of carefully budgeted money, and you go, because some things are more important.

Last week, we packed our TSA-approved bags and headed to the South for a family wedding and the Thanksgiving holiday. It was too far to make driving feasible, as I would have had to hire someone to stay at my house for a few weeks instead of a few days. And as much as I enjoy staying close to home and having my supplies close at hand, it was well worth it, because family and happiness should always be a priority.

When you live a preparedness lifestyle, it can be so easy to say “no” to being outside of your comfort zone. This, my friends, is the reason that people outside of our lifestyle all think we’re crazy. There is a fine line between embracing life while being prepared, and hiding away on your well-stocked property.

Being a prepper doesn’t mean that you have to become a recluse or refuse to go more than walking distance from your retreat. This year, when getting ready for the holidays, spend some time considering whether you have balance in your preparedness lifestyle. Love your family, experience new things, and take comfort in the fact that, as a prepper, you will be much better equipped to handle what life throws at you, no matter where you are.

Your mindset can’t be disallowed by the TSA and weighs nothing in your luggage. Be prepared, but also be willing to go on an adventure, savor a new experience, and spend time with the ones you love, no matter where they might be.

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and that you have a joyful season planned for the coming month.

Until next month,

Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways

This week I was a bit late in getting last week’s winners posted so if you have not done so already, check your emails folks.  Also, due to the holiday, there were no giveaways this week.  But no worries, I have some good ones coming up next week.

One other thing that needs to be said.  The “giveaway question” is designed to make you think and if you leave a comment, you earn five entries.  Going forward, if you make no attempt to answer the question, you will be disqualified from earning those five entries. 

Think about it.  Many times the wisdom coming from other readers is far more interesting than anything I could write.  In a way, you might even consider the comments an informal forum – one without all of the spam, abuse, and extra work.

That said, an acceptable comment is “I am new so I don’t know, but you have given me something to think about”.  I think you get the drift so that is all I will say about that.

The Final Word

If the Buzz seems a little sparse these past few weeks it is because I have been putting my energy into thinking through enhancements that will deliver additional information while at the same time stay on topic relative to current preps.

Those of you that have been around for a few years might recall an old “News From Around the Net” feature where I would spotlight interesting and useful articles, and save you from having to dig them out yourself.  Alas, as social media became popular, much of that type of reporting was transitioned over to Facebook, for better or for worse.  The worst part is that even if you are a FB fan (and I understand why many of choose to pass), FB will not always show you the articles.  Frustrating!

So, methinks a better solution is to bring the “news for around the web” feature back to the Survival Buzz.

That is just one of the enhancements coming up as we move toward 2016.  Speaking of which, if anyone knows where 2015 went, please let me know.  It flew by in a blink of the eye!

In closing, how about you?  How was your holiday?  Did you get any preps done?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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10 Pack Mini LED FlashlightsThe Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127   Backdoor Survival:  What a great deal on 10 mini flashlights on a key ring - button batteries included.  I happen to like a more sturdy ring so I remove the one that comes with and use a small bit of tie-wrap (zip tie) instead.   The included battery seemingly lasts forever and at this price, you can stash them in the car, purse, pocket, tool box and by the circuit breaker box, and still have some left over for other uses.

As of this writing, all 10 are under $4.00 in black although from time to time they are available in colors as well.

 I frequently emphasis the importance of “Comfort” when it comes to survival.  Whereas being truly comfortable during and following a disruptive event is an oxymoron, here are items that I feel will contribute to our comfort, for better or for worse.  For more ideas, visit 16 Items To Help You Hunker Down in Comfort.

Let’s start with something we can use to brew coffee and move on from there.

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator: Here is a link to my own percolator.  It makes great coffee.  I also own this manual coffee grinder and starting using it a couple of weeks ago when my electric grinder went T.U.:  Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill.  Note that whole beans store well when sealed in a Mason Jar (see How to Use a FoodSaver for Vacuum Canning).

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Lodge Logic Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Drop Biscuit Pan: Biscuits with jam are one of my favorite comfort foods.  This is the pan I purchased for biscuit making and to me, it was worth the cost.  Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 22: Having adequate light when the grid is down is another key to comfort.  Don’t let the price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price.

Coleman Mini Lantern:  You already know that I have a think about flashlights but this is a slightly different take on portable lighting.  It is 7.5 inches tall lantern and weighs just seven ounces, including batteries.  And boy does it give off light.  Inexpensive plus, it is a genuine Coleman.

Mr. Heater Portable “Big Buddy” Heater:  Off course you are going to need a heat-source.  With the Mr. Buddy heater, you can use propane indoors safely.  It features an automatic low-oxygen shut-off system that automatically turns the unit off before carbon monoxide fumes reach dangerous levels in home.  To learn more about propane, read the series Propane for Preppers.

Ticket To Ride: This my favorite board game, bare 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.

Coloring Books for Grown-Ups:  This is the latest addition to my list of comfort items.  I hope you don’t think I am being silly because there really is something quite relaxing about coloring books. Don’t forget the crayons or Colored Pencils.

Note:  If you prefer to print your own, check out this eBook that includes a link to a PDF version for printing on your home printer:  Adult Coloring Book: 40 Relaxing And Stress Relieving Patterns.

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6 Responses to “The Survival Buzz #197: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone”

  1. I remember the news around the net! Nice feature to bring back! Look forward to it.

  2. I just finished with an estate sale and was able to nab travel hammock, 2 sundresses, two sweat shirts, 30 gift bags, 6 rolls of wrapping paper, bows a cook book, jewelry and a tablecloth along with sewing notions for $20.
    I’ve been lax on prepping and needed a break.
    Thanks Gaye for bringing back the news, I look forward to January.

  3. I too was bombarded with tons of email, and from retailers I hadn’t heard of all year as well, so it was indeed a chore just clearing the inbox. Even with the deals, I purchased nothing as I had not planned to and didn’t need anything (need and want are key here!) Once again I was appalled at the store fights over Black Friday shopping. At least I didn’t hear of any deaths as I did last year. Some people totally miss the Thanksgiving message, no doubt. On a brighter note, I am thankful for knowledge gained in reading your posts and consider it priceless prepping info.

  4. Hi Gaye. Got a question for you. Have you (or anyone else who would like to respond) ever tried to use a hand crank oil expeller to make oil from walnuts to burn in an oil lamp? I’m considering trying it, as I have a black walnut tree in the yard. Thanks for your work on our behalf. -Steve

    • That is not something I have experience with so if you try it, be sure to check back in and let us know how it went.

  5. SO glad you may bring back the news around the net. Hope you’re all doing well. OMG It’s December already Don’t know where the time went either. I’m not ready AAACK!!! (LOL)
    Have a safe time


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