Survival Buzz: Doing It My Way

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 3, 2019

It is not often that I pop in during the middle of the day but I am making an exception today because I have a roundup of topics I wish to cover.  By now you know that I have abandoned the weekly Survival Buzz in lieu of content that is more timeless.  There is the good and the not so good in doing so in that I no longer have a vehicle for short little essays and blurbs on what is happening in the here in now.   Perhaps the best way to solve this little dilemma is to make the Survival Buzz more ad hoc.  After all, why post a blog article when there is really nothing material to say?

Sometimes we have to say the heck with it and do what we want to do when we want to do it, right?  Here is the first of what may become the all-new, as it happens, Survival Buzz.

I Will Do It My Way | Backdoor Survival

Wildfires – What You Need to Know and Do Now

If you live in a location where wildfires are common (or even if they are not), there are certain precautions you should take that may mitigate the destruction of your home and property.  Although I have written about wildfires in the past, the article written by Dr. Joe Alton on his own website brings it all into focus.  I, especially, take this seriously because Shelly and I are closing on our mountain retreat on Thursday.  (Yes, we found our “dream” location and it borders the forest!)

Side note: Since posting this article, Joe reports that his house was saved although there is much destruction around him in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Joe Alton Cabin VIew | Backdoor Survival

Wildfire Preparedness and Our Gatlinburg Home

What Types of Books Are You Interested in?

Prepper Book Festivals have been a mainstay of this website from almost the beginning.  Book Festival #13 is now underway with a handful of books yet to go.  Each book festival features an author interview where he or she talks about their own prepping philosophy.  Sometimes I include a book excerpt. Regardless of the specifics, there is always a book giveaway and typically, there are three winners.  Over the years, I have given away a lot of books to help supplement your survival libraries.

In the current Book Festival, I asked:  What topic-specific book or books would you like to see in the next Prepper Book Festival?

Imagine my surprise when many of the topics have already been addressed in previous book festival articles.  I am confused.  Does this mean you somehow did not know about them?  Do you want a list of those books so you have them handy?  Or do you want an opportunity to win more of the same?

By the way, these book festivals and other giveaways are not a hustle.  It is very hurtful to spend as much time as I do to negotiate these giveaways only to be told I am the biggest hustle in the survival niche. So bit it.  I suppose I am a soft touch and take things too personally.  Regardless, I plan to continue to do things my way and the trolls can hit the highway with their Rambo suits and their useless attitude. Ha ha ha; now I feel better.

Speaking of books, and eBooks, in particular, check the section below on why you may want to visit Facebook.

The Role of Facebook When It Comes to Blogging

I very rarely check my personal Facebook account.  Plus, I almost never post any personal information for the world to see.  On the another hand, I do visit and “like” a number of Facebook pages that are tied to other blogs and websites I enjoy.

I bring this up now because many of you have asked how you can get in on those “FREE at the moment” ebooks I find for you.  The answer is that they are posted on the Backdoor Survival Facebook Page.  Because they are time sensitive, posting these books on this website would only result in frustration when you clicked and found they are no longer free.  I am going to say this again:  I review every book in advance and if it is a 25-page book telling you how to be a survival or prepper expert, I pass.  Why waste your time?

Here is an example of the types of books I do share, although understand that by the time you read this, it may no longer be free.  Here is what I posted on FB Saturday morning:

The Practical Bushcraft Survival Guide: How to Find Food, Water, Shelter & Fire In The Wilderness and Survive

This eBook is written by someone who has been teaching bushcraft for a number of years.  Just what is bushcraft? This book will explain bushcraft in practical terms and even though most of us plan to bug-in, the tactics described are things that every prepper wants and needs to know.  No fluff I promise in these 126 pages.

Getting off my soapbox, let me just say that these free eBooks are a fantastic way to build up your survival library at no cost to you.  And, for now, that is all I am going to say about that.

Can You Count on Your Emergency Water?

IMPORTANT UPDATE: I have canceled the Five Things You MUST KNOW to Provide Your Family with Safe Drinking Water in an Emergency  webinar.  Details will follow in an email to subscribers.

Sneak Peak:  Essential Oil Blends from Rocky Mountain Oils

I  have been investigating  additional resources for purchasing high-quality, pre-made, essential oil blends.  The reason is simple:  many of the blends I make myself take 5 or 6 oils.  Some of these oils are very expensive and when I only need a drop of two, the investment can be steep.  This is compounded by the fact that in making these blends, there is a lot of trial and error.  Will it work to resolve the first aid or wellness woe I am trying to address?  I never know until I try and yes, I do have failures.

So, behind the scenes, I have been trying out blends from various companies besides my favorite EO company, Spark Naturals.

Today I want to provide you with a sneak peek into both a company and a blend I have been using for the last three weeks:  Rocky Mountain Oils Nerve Support.  I have been using RMO Nerve Support blend to resolve the nighttime tingling I get in my feet and ankles.  Sometimes this tingling is accompanied by a huge knot in the arch of my foot and horrific pain.  Sorry for TMI (too much information), but this essential oil blend is fantastic and is now one of my go-to oils.

Just so you know, the Nerve Support blend it is pre-diluted which means it is safe to use as is..  That being said, when I use it, I put a nickel sized dab of DIY Miracle Healing Salve or body butter in the palm of my hand, add 3 drops of Nerve Support straight from the bottle, then rub this combination over my feet, concentrating on the ankles and arch area of my foot.  If by chance, I am jolted awake at night with foot pain, I repeat the process and within five minutes, I am pain-free and sawing zzzzzs.

This blend has been a miracle worker and so far is better than anything I have put together myself.  Why did I try the RMO blend over some of the other out there?  Rocky Mountain sells high quality oils, plus they have a generous return policy.  You can check them out at the Rocky Mountain Oils website where shipping is always free.  It helps, too, that this month everything is discounted 10%, storewide.

The Final Word

Putting the Survival Buzz on a short hiatus has given me an opportunity to focus more precisely on the information you need and want to know.  I have come to believe it is time to be less schedule oriented and more information oriented.  Posting an article because it is “that day of the week” no longer works for me.  If the internet and SEO gods don’t like it, too bad.  I refuse to chase the ratings, and prefer to follow my own path.

Let me correct myself.  I prefer to follow OUR path.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  These days my prepping purchases are nominal.  That said, here are some recent purchases along with a description of what I plan to do with them.

Nov 2016 Prepping Purchases| Backdoor Survival

Plumber’s Siphon Pro – Universal Gas, Oil, Potable Water: Although we keep the tanks in our vehicles topped off, you just never know when the availability of more fuel will be limited.  With two vehicles,  this gives us the ability to move fuel from one vehicle to another.  This is still on my “to be tested list” but given the positive reviews as well as responses to the Q&A, I have every reason to believe I made the right choice.

Tayama Energy-Saving Thermal Cooker:  I have not had much luck with a wonder bag and question its utility and safety when used to cook food when things get dire.  With a thermal cooker, you start the cooking process on the stove (or an open fire), then finish things off in the cooker.  I selected this particular model based on the price as well as the reviews.

Amara Organics Aloe Vera Gel:  I wanted to make my own DIY hand sanitizer that mimicked my DIY Cold and Flu Bomb.  This is what I chose as a base. I was not disappointed.  I will post the recipe more formally at a later date but for my first attempt, I used:

1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Organic Aloe Gel
30 drops of Essential Oils (I used Melaleuca/Tea Tree, Oregano, and Spark Naturals Shield Blend)

Note: Purchase Aloe Vera gel with care. There are a number of products being sold these days that are not 100% Aloe Vera and a waste of your money.

Magical Mandalas Coloring Book and and Staedtler Pastel Chalk:  For me, coloring is the best stress reliever on the planet.. I purchased this particular book based up a reader’s recommendation.  The Chalk Pastels will be used to create gorgeous backgrounds and were a treat to myself.

Rocky Mountain Oils Essential Oils:  I started with the  Healing Essentials Kit that included all of the blends I wanted to try plus a few other oils including Helichrysum, which is very potent and pricey oil.  So far I am very impressed.




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20 Responses to “Survival Buzz: Doing It My Way”

  1. Quality is better than quantity anytime. God Bless and hang in there!

  2. Hi Gaye, just wanted to drop you a line and say don’t worry about the trolls. I have won your drawings twice, and you can feel free to refer any poor losers to me. I will be happy to perform a physical adjustment to their attitude for you. Also you shouldn’t be so down on the rambo types. They talk on and on about what they have, so when things go sideways they will get hit first. Think of them as an early warning system.

  3. I am hoping that you can arrange for a replay of the Glenn Meder webinar. I can’t be the only one who is interested but has something else to do at that time. Went to his website and looked around, very interesting!

    Also, I wanted to mention that I wrote a blog post several years ago about using an indoor air filter to cope with the smoke from from distant forest fires, as I’m pretty sensitive to it. Well recently that post was suddenly the most popular page on my site, and I realized that people in the South were having the same issue.

    • I’d love to read it. I’m extremely sensitive to ANY out of the ordinary scents, and I live in the South. Depending on the time of year, I can get choked up easily. Would you mind sharing the article you wrote?

      Asthma related problems can crop up for anyone at any time. I NEVER had such until.. Long story short: I exploded a bug bomb in each room of my house and after leaving it to do its’ job I forgot my purse in my bedroom. I went back inside to retrieve it, and by the time I barely made it back outside I was on the verge of choking to death. My son had to call 911. I couldn’t get a breath, and had mucous coming out of every orifice. From then on my lungs were damaged, thus heavy scents bring on the choking.

  4. Dear Gaye,
    I follow your emails and blog posts with great interest since I first learned of you several years ago from friends. It is clear to me that you put your whole heart into this endeavor, sharing with us the research you perform, the positives and negatives of products and techniques, and always the insightful, slightly-different-way of approaching a subject that never fails to capture my interest. And you have dedicated yourself to it over a significant period of time, so your level of commitment to preparedness is clearly established. I don’t have a great deal of free time to do this research for myself, so your efforts have opened my eyes to new ideas, new ways of approaching a problem, and new things to try.

    I confess I rarely read the “comments” section at the end of your posts.

    I was therefore surprised and a little shocked (though I suppose I shouldn’t be) that some readers would suggest that you are hustling products. You tell us about your experiences with products, good and bad, and I listen to you in the way I would listen to a trusted friend. You offer book and product giveaways which I view as another way of interacting with your readers. As the reader, it is my responsibility to take that information and use it in ways that apply to or work for me.

    To those who question your motives, Gaye, I can only agree with Jeff’s comment above. I don’t read your posts for the giveaways, but for the knowledge you generously share and which I process and act upon. You have made a difference in my life and in that of many, many others. Knowing this, I hope you will look past the short-sighted trolls to the many people who value you for who you are, and who understand the significance and magnitude of the contribution you are making to the rest of us who have come to rely on you for clear, tell-it-like-is commentary.

    Though you probably don’t know me, I sincerely thank you for the help you have given me.

    Judith Davis
    CERT Program Manager
    James City County, Virginia

    • Amen!!

  5. Everyone needs a break sometimes. I seldom enter the giveaways simply because I don’t have a lot of available data since we are in the boonies and use a personal wifi type connection thru Verizon. A bit pricey but it works and travels with us when we leave.
    Since we live on the edge of a National Forest I am always concerned about wild fires and watch carefully for signs of possible outbreaks. Can’t stop those that deliberately set fires though and those are the most dangerous.
    Take care everyone. The fires may be out but the danger continues as animals and scammers will be out to get what they can.

  6. Just a note to echo the praises for what Gay does here. I can tell you from my own experience that keeping a web site going, with all that it includes, is hard work. This doesn’t happen by itself, and it doesn’t happen overnight.
    Keep up the good work, Gaye.

  7. Gaye, you keep handing out the information when you can, I will read it when I can. I save the pages in a folder and enjoy my late night reading! Thank you and good luck in your new home. Thanks!

  8. Hi Gaye,

    I thought you were doing too much, so I am glad that now you are going to do what is best for you and Shelly. Your prepping website is my favorite. I’ve even snagged a few free books that were linked to Amazon from your facebook page. Thank you for all that you do. There are many of us who truly appreciate you and all your hard work!

  9. Gaye, I too am shocked that anyone would question your motives. Your website and FB page are THE best site out there as far as I’m concerned. And I’ve checked out many websites and youtube videos over the past 5 or 6 years since I started this journey. YOU are such a gift to us. I SO appreciate the time you put into this and that you take such pains to share it with US!
    You know, when you asked us to post what book we’d like to have reviewed, I have to admit it was HARD to come up with something new. I knew that most of the books people were posting you’d already reviewed…. and I really struggled with thinking of something new. I think part of the problem is, we don’t know what we don’t know. 🙂 And I’m sure many of those folks were either new to your site and not aware of your previous reviews, or were just trying their best to post SOMETHING so they could qualify for an extra entry in the raffle. 🙂
    Anyway… I hope you keep doing what you’re doing… sharing with us as you learn NEW things. Others may not like it, but I for one do not mind getting “rerun” blogposts when nothing new comes up for you. I mean, you’re doing this FOR FREE!! How can we expect you to come up with new things every DAY!!
    You have a wonderful heart, Gaye… it’s evident in your writing… God bless you as you discern how to keep doing this “your way”. 🙂

    • That you, Julia, and everyone else who has chimed in. You really are the best!

    • I ditto ALL the comments. I haven’t ‘been on’ much of late; trying desperately to get-‘er-done before Feb, but please know you are a blessing to the majority of us, Gaye.

      I’m sure I can speak for us and say, you deserve to spend your valuable time, as we do, not constantly being tied online appeasing those whom don’t have a life.

  10. OH… and I wanted to thank you for your TMI sharing about foot pain! I have that kind of pain as well. Pretty sure it’s plantar fasciatis. But I’m going to try that blend you recommended!! Thank you!

  11. Your tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed, we have come to rely on your experience with products we might have never heard of as preppers.
    I too live between state game lands and state parks, fire is always a concern due to the resorts and visitors who are not familiar with campfires and wind. I live in a log cabin which would go up like a Roman candle, fire trucks cannot get to my home due to a bridge that would not support the weight of a truck that size. Only the pumper truck can cross it, we are on our own at that point.
    Thanks again for your diligence and don’t worry about regularly posting, when and if you can is fine by me.

  12. 1. congrats on finding your new domicile! i’m sure your little family will be happy there.

    2. there is not the slightest whiff of the “hustle” in your blog. ignore the trolls.

    3. i couldn’t care less whether you post info regularly or when you feel like it. it’s always worth reading.

  13. Thank you for taking the time to blog. I really enjoy reading it especially the book festival.

  14. Never you mind the nasties out there . There is a wealth of information on this site that has been invaluable to me. I have won a couple of the books and have enjoyed them immensely. I had the opportunity to chat with one of the authors and I am glad you do what you do.
    Thank you Gaye

  15. It occurred to me, that even if you live in an urban setting, you should be knowledgeable about ‘wildfires’. A major collapse, earthquake, tornado, or something else could prevent fire trucks from reaching your home. An earthquake could damage both gas and water lines. A fire in your neighborhood could spread unhindered. This is possible even in suburbs where houses are further apart. Especially on those tree lined streets.

  16. I like that motto prepping with optimism – go for it and not only survive, but thrive now and into the future.


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