Can a prepper afford to be lazy? I want to respond not only with a resounding yes, but with a “you have to in order to keep your sanity”!
For anyone other than a prepper, being lazy would be referred to as “scheduling some downtime”. For us, taking time to do nothing gets more complicated. Let me explain.
Being a type A person, the never ending list of things to do always beckons. As the list gets longer, so does the guilt. Remember the goals I set out last month? The intent was to check them off and at the end of December and set up new goals for the month of January. So how did I do? So-so.
1. Gather at least two additional buckets of desert biomass to use in my rocket stoves.
This did not happen. It has been very cold and not wanting to purchase additional cold-weather clothing, I put this off for another month. Actually, I procrastinated.
2. Purchase and re-package 20 pounds of sugar. With all of that holiday baking that folks do this time of year, sugar is dirt cheap right now.
3. Purchase and package 20 pounds of oatmeal to add to my food storage.
Postponed until I can make it to Winco who has the best pricing out there.
4. Fill the second 160-gallon barrel of the 320-gallon water tank kit I purchased in October.
5. Learn to make DIY toilet bombs for ease in cleaning toilets without the use of chemicals.
Nope, not yet.
6. Read one new book in the “post-apocalyptic” fiction genre.
Done. I read “The Gemini Virus” by Wil Mara and also “Host” by Robin Cook. Both that may not exactly be considered post-apocalyptic, but a story about greedy medical institutions was fiction as truth.
7. Bake bread in the Sun Oven.
Nope, not yet, although I did start up weekly bread baking which has been on hold since getting to Arizona.
8. Acquire paper maps of the surrounding area so I can find my way back home if there is a disruptive event while I am in Arizona for the winter.
I have some, but not nearly enough. This is proving more challenging that I thought.
9. Tune up our bicycles so we can start riding again with the mini goal of increasing physical stamina.
With hindsight, the question I have asked myself is why did these things not get done? Poor weather notwithstanding, I craved some downtime and wanted to step away from prepping for awhile. I got lazy and gave myself permission to let some goals slide.
Perhaps equating downtime with being lazy is the wrong approach after all. What about you? Did you let things slide last month?
Those Addictive Coloring Books!
For better or for worse (mostly better) I have become addicted to adult coloring books. Although I have purchased a few, I now understand the value of downloading Kindle versions. By doing so, you can preview the book before deciding if the print book will be to your liking. Of course you can also click on the PDF link and download pages to print yourself to color too.
The PDF link is usually at the very beginning or end of the book. Anyway, here is a nice one with floral designs; FREE at the moment.
News Flash! Articles from Around the Web
This should come as no surprise (although certain people will likely be stunned), but the increased minimum wage hike will now take its toll. If you like to dine out, you can expect to pay 10% more as of January 1 to make up for the higher wages that are being paid to workers.
I was steaming mad when I heard that Congress repealed the law requiring meat to be labeled with the country of origin. Whether you have a label or not, it’s still important to know where your food comes from. Here are some tips to ensure your meat was raised in the USA (and reasons why you should care).
Cell phones are both a blessing and a curse. While they can be a wonderful tool for communication, many people are so obsessed with their devices that they do not pay attention to anything else. We have all heard stories about texting and driving being the cause of accidents, but have you heard this story from California about a man who literally walked off a cliff and plunged to his death while distracted by his phone last week?
Social Shares for this Coming Week
Not everyone has the time or interest to visit Facebook. I know that I limit the time I spend there to an hour a week, at most. On the other hand, I do spend a considerable amount of time posting to the BDS Facebook page. Even so, FB does not always “show” fans my posts. It is very discouraging.
To get around that, I have decided to post some of those Facebook shares here in the Buzz. Here is what is coming up this week. These are the best prepping, survival, and homesteading articles from my colleagues in the Professional Prepared Bloggers Group. I hope you enjoy and learn from them.
Whether you love them or hate them, we all have to agree that there isn’t always a firearm around when you need to defend yourself. Here are 9 suggestions for alternative weapons. What other weapons would you add to this list? 9 Weapons (Besides Guns) That Could Save Your Life
Do you like beets? They are loaded with nutrients and store well. Here are some tasty new ways to enjoy them. 10 New and Exciting Uses for Canned Beets
With the New Year, some of you may have resolved to eliminate unnecessary clutter. These ideas will get you started. Your house will be tidy, organized, and clutter-free before you know it! How To Declutter
Are you dreaming of next year’s garden? This round-up of top gardening posts will fuel your plans. Top 10 Gardening Posts of 2015
Despite the (delusional) optimism in the news, I do not believe that the economy is really recovering. In fact, I think it is going to get much worse. Here are some tips to help you deal with the financial slow-down. What You Can Do to Prepare in this Slow Economy
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways
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The Final Word
While responding to a recent reader email, I made the comment “I am not sure that everyone puts a lot of thought into their prepping purchases.” Unfortunately, there are still a lot of fear based prepper sites out there that promote junk products that will not hold up in a true SHFT situation.
As you plan your purchases, keep in mind that price does not always dictate quality. There are budget-priced items that are fantastic and expensive items that shoddy. And the other way around. All that being said, I want to remind you to use common logic as you gather your preps. Read reviews and do you own homework as you plan your purchases.
For 2016, let us be smart preppers. Let us purchase wisely and beyond that, take some time out to have some fun and to just be, for lack of a better word, lazy.
Happy new year, everyone!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Here are the items mentioned today plus, as always, a few tried and true personal favorites.
The Gemini Virus: I really enjoyed the book. It has a surprise ending which just proves that all is not what it seems. For those like me that believe in conspiracies, this was a good reminder that not all nefarious woes are the result of terrorist events. Here is a preview:
The unknown virus kills in four days. By the time the first bodies are found, it’s too late. Thousands are already sick. Already dying. Supermarket shelves go bare, police roadblocks are set up, and people disappear―some fleeing the illness, others quietly suffering behind locked doors. Dennis Jensen fears that his family will be next. They break quarantine to seek safety in an isolated cabin high in the hills.
Flowers and Floral Patterns: 60 Full Page Line Drawings Ready For Coloring (Adult Coloring Books) (Volume 2): I am totally addicted to coloring. Who would have thought it? I find that I favor Mandalas and floral designs. I purchased this book after previewing the “free” version.
10 Pack Mini LED Flashlights: 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 red and even less in black. Shipping is free.
TaoTronics Collapsible Lantern: This TaoTronics Lantern is collapsible, super bright, and water resistant. It is powered by 3 AAA batteries that will provide brightness for 40 hours. To use this lantern, just pull it open; there are no power switches to mess with. At the time of this writing, only $7.99 with free Prime shipping.
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.
For my personal food storage, I have recently purchased a large supply Legacy freeze-dried food from Buy Emergency Foods. I did so for these reasons:
- I have confidence that their food products are sourced from the USA
- They are 100% GMO free plus there are 100% Gluten-Free options
- Pound per pound, and calorie per calorie, BEF delivers the best value out there
- Every single order, regardless of size, is shipped free
Over the next couple of months, I will be sharing some taste tests so that you can see for yourself how Buy Emergency Foods stands out as one of the best values out there in food storage.
Sound interesting? Check out their Sample Kits and Meal Buckets. You will not be disappointed.
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