Ugh, got very sick over the weekend

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I don’t know if it was food poisoning or a very bad allergic reaction to some peppers in a TV dinner but I was very ill for about four days and I’m still recovering. It was all in my guts and very unpleasant so I won’t go into details, but I did learn a few lessons.

As long as you can stay hydrated and keep liquids down you will probably do better staying home resting rather than going to the ER or hospital. Stay with mild foods, saltine crackers, broths, boiled or scrambled eggs and toast as your tummy can handle it. My stomach actually handled things like “Otter Pops” or the cheap sort generic pop-sicles for taste and hydration. I got some brand Popsicle on sale and they seem to have an off flavor and texture that did not set well with my tummy.

Another thing I like about Otter pops is you can store them in the box and freeze a few at a time or as needed. While I will be  50 years old in October, some how those Popsicle seem to be the thing for me when I get sick. I believe they will be a great thing for all kids when sick to help keep them hydrated and help reduce fevers. Of course you could make your own little posicles ahead of time with some juice, saran wrap, toothpicks and Ice cube trays if you plan on getting sick. I seldom plan on getting sick so I never have those little things done ahead of time.  Keep a few bottles of Ginger ale on hand/in the pantry for Nausea and tummy upsets. Both Mom and I agree on Shasta ginger ale seems to be the best for us. Mom’s tummy trouble is stress and her IBS acting up. Mine was I was just sick, but I like the flavor of the Shasta ginger ale better than Canada Dry. I want to make a bit of ginger beer(almost no alcohol) for my pantry home remedies but I doubt I will get to it until this fall.

Some good news, I am feeling better and I got all of the misters and fans set up for the 100+ degree heat will have for the next several days.  Most of the garden is handling the heat well but we are still tweaking stuff for watering and protecting the plants.  I spent good money on a thick soaker hose and the hose has already blown out in less than 2 weeks. I have a good oscillating sprinkler I bought last year and Mom loves it for watering the garden.  I’m now working on adding quick disconnect to all hoses as I hate the idea of hoses across walkways that could trip us up and cause us to fall.

The little 12 volt fan and B&D power supply are starting to show their age and getting a bit worn out. Both are at least 10 + years old and cost under $25.00 when I bought them used.  Remember 12 volt batteries will go bad even if you baby them along. Fans will fail if you use them a lot and I use fans year round to circulate warm air in winter and cool air in summer. So, I need to start adding backup fans and new power packs that are simple to use and charge.

That is all there is to preparing or survival. Try stuff out when you can afford to fail because everything still works at this time. Now is the time to test your summer preps/survival strategies even if it setting up a tent for the first time in the backyard.  Have you set up a camp cot? I can’t speak for everyone but adding that bar at the end of the cot to make it tight needs a lever and a bit of strength.  Are you using air mattresses to sleep on?  Have you aired them up physically and slept on them?  Have you used that “dutch oven” to cook over a fire or know how to position your solar panel for max energy or your solar oven for max heat?  Now is the time to test those things out.

Even if the test is a failure. I bet you will learn something even if it is something does not work.  Learning what does not work is a great lesson and critical to survival.

7 Tips to be a Great Panhandler

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7 Tips to be a Great Panhandler You never know when you will cause you to need a little money to survive. Whether you need money due to a personal financial crisis, or widespread financial collapse, panhandling could help you scrape together enough money to get by. It is an underrated skill that is often …

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The Relevancy of Survival and Doom Fatigue-Vince Von Doom

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Vincent Von Doom of DisasterSurvivalNetwork.tv  discusses the relevancy of survivalism and practical steps you can take to be more prepared.

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35 Unexpected Things To Add To Your Compost Pile

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35 Unexpected Things To Add To Your Compost Pile Starting a compost pile is one of the best things you can do for your garden and the environment. Every piece of garbage that goes into the pile instead of the dumpster saves valuable landfill space and adds much needed nutrients to your soil. Once you …

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60 Awesome Reasons to Get a Ham Radio

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60 Awesome Reasons to Get a Ham Radio Disclaimer: Operating a ham radio with out a license is illegal. Please be sure to get one before purchasing a ham radio. Ham radios are one of the most reliable ways of using and operating radio frequencies. Used by amateurs, they may not be the most high-tech …

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Ultimate Summer Vegetable Recipes

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Ultimate Summer Vegetable Recipes It’s summer and it’s growing season… Check out these ultimate summer vegetables recipes from your garden out. If you are growing your own vegetables this year and find yourself cooking the same dishes over and over again, this awesome list of summer vegetable recipes is for you. Vegetables are expensive from …

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Foraging For Mulberries: Where To Find Nature’s Tastiest Wild Treat

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Mulberry Foraging: Where To Find Nature's Tastiest Wild Treat

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Fruit-loving foragers unite! Just when you think you have tried all berries possible, there always seems to be one more to spark some interest. Do you remember ever singing about going “’round the mulberry bush” as a young child? Well, these berries are more than just part of a youthful song. Those berries are real, and they are perfect for a refreshing summer snack, jams, pies and all sorts of other baking and cooking ideas. Let’s take a look at this tasty berry.

About Mulberries  

These berries look a lot like large blackberries, but mulberries grow on trees – despite what the song says — instead of bushes. It only takes a few years from seed for Mulberry trees to mature into a good, fruitful tree.

There are black, red and white mulberries. When ripe, red mulberries turn into a dark purple or black color. The white type turn from green to their white shade when they are ready to be picked. Black mulberries turn from green to black.

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Red mulberry range. Image source: plants.usda.gov

Red mulberry range. Image source: plants.usda.gov

The red mulberry is native to North America, although it is mostly found in areas such as the Niagara Escarpment now and is classified in Canada as endangered (although common in the US). The black mulberry is native to Eurasia, and the white variation comes from Asia where silkworms eat mulberry leaves.

Mulberries have two types of leaves, and both can be found on a single tree. The leaves are classified as lobed and unlobed. Mulberries are similar to blackberries in taste, but yet still very different. Mulberries aren’t as tart as blackberries, but rather sweet. They are full of vitamin C and iron. They boost the immune system with phytonutrients and carbohydrates.

Where to Find Them

You will be able to find mulberries at the end of spring or beginning of summer. Remember, mulberries grow on trees. These trees can usually be found at the edge of a wood, in neighborhoods and along fences, usually near water such as a creek. They seem to grow anywhere, even in places other plants won’t.

Mulberries are aggressive and tireless growers, especially in moist, rich soil and lots of sun. They like the sun.

Mulberry trees can become quite large over time. Although white and red mulberries are found in the United States, white mulberries are far more rare.

Harvesting Mulberries

As with all types of plant or berry foraging, try to locate fruit away from busy roads or places where chemicals have been sprayed. Plants and trees near such areas will absorb the car fumes and dust. You will want the healthiest and most organic food possible.

White mulberry range. Image source: plants.usda.gov

White mulberry range. Image source: plants.usda.gov

The fruit on the trees will ripen at different times, so you can gather fruit regularly throughout the season. Mulberries are very fragile and make traveling with them very difficult. They are better to eat right away, after washing.

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Picking by hand is still the best way to get the fruit. Be aware: The skin of Mulberries is very thin and you will most likely end up with stains on your hands and fingers (and anything else you touch). Another way you can harvest mulberries is to place a tarp under the tree and gently, but firmly, shake the branches with the ripest fruit. Mulberries will fall readily when they are ripe. Gather up the tarp and place berries in a container. Pick one that will be easy to carry, and rinse the berries when you get home. If presentation of the food is important, then take off the small green stems before eating (although you can eat them, too).

Note: Make sure you only pick mature fruit, as mulberries can act as a laxative when they are not ripe and can be slightly toxic.

Storing Mulberries

Remember the thin skin on the berries? Take care when transporting mulberries home after harvesting. Their own weight can crush those underneath, which can create a big mess if you aren’t ready. Keep this in mind when you are planning harvesting containers.

You can store mulberries at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They only will last a few days at room temperature, and up to a week in the fridge.

Doesn’t just reading about mulberries make you want to grab a basket and spend a day searching for the sweet jewels of nature? Why not make foraging for mulberries part of a family adventure, and enjoy all the yummy bounty you find? The unique look and taste of the mulberry quickly makes this fruit an absolute favorite. You’ll be able to make up a new verse to the childhood mulberry song, maybe one about how good the berries taste!

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Protecting Your Family Finances from the Effects of Brexit

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protecting your family financesEver since the results of the referendum on Brexit have known, the stock markets in much of the world have lost value.  This is a paper loss of billions of dollars according to some sources. Shares of Bank of America and Morgan Stanley plummeted by 13% apiece in the two days after the shocking Brexit vote. Even though banks and the broader markets are rallying on Tuesday, Goldman Sachs is still down 22% this year.  So how do you go about protecting your family finances?

Well first of all, please understand that I am not a financial or investment advisor.  I am just an old man who has observed the world for the last 70 years. Now over the next few months expect that Brexit will cause some severe disruptions in the world’s economy. I believe that Brexit is best decision that Britain could have made.  However, the globalists will try to blame it for financial disruption that they will cause.  They will do everything they can to manipulate the situation to their advantage.  They are already making efforts to strengthen their control over the rest of the European union.

    1. Stocks if you are already in the stock market good luck, probably your best bet is to hold the course and hope they go back up and then sell. Personally, I don’t like any investment that I cannot hold, touch or stand on.  Unless you are really knowledgeable the stock market is gambling for most of us.
    2. Money in the bank. It is always a good idea to have a cash reserve in case of financial emergencies.  These could include anything from medical expenses to car problems.  The problem is that the banks are paying almost no interest and in some places overseas are actually charging you to hold your money.  These negative interests will probably come here.
    3. Money at home. This is a problem.  Keeping large sums of cash in your home is dangerous.  It makes you a target.  If you choose to do it get a good safe  Safes, The Wrong ones are Worse than Useless
    4. Gold and silver. Personally, I think these are good potential investments.  They won’t help you during a food storage or similar emergency, but they will protect your wealth for the future.  Buy your precious metals only from the best sources.  There are many different types of fake coins and bars currently on the market (avoid eBay).  Learn how to protect yourself.  What You Need to Know to Buy Junk SilverHow to Keep From being Ripped Off While Buying precious metals.
    5. Land or homes. These are amongst my favorite investments.  If nothing else, you can live and grow your food on it.  This investment is best when you own it free and clear.
    6. Get the necessary insurance to protect what you own and to provide your family with some security if something were to happen to you.
    7. Stay out of debt.  Debt just makes you a slave to someone else and cost you money.
    8. Preps while I have made this the last one it is also the most important when it comes to protecting your family. You need to have access to a good food and water storage, as well as all the other necessities of life.  This should be your first priority after having a roof over your head.  If you have to choose one thing this should be it.

    To sum it all up the best thing you can do about protecting your family finances is to have a good stock of preps, cash and precious metals and own your own land.  Now I know that to many of us this seems hard or like an impossible dream.  However, there are ways of doing this by working and avoiding many of the pitfalls that people waste their money on.  This includes about anything that prevents you from making your goals.

    Howard

     

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Storing Dairy Without a Fridge

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What about the milk and eggs? If you have a food stockpile, then at some point you probably asked yourself this question. Most people purchase milk and eggs every week, and the only place you can keep them is in the refrigerator. So how are you supposed to stock up on these things when they […]

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What Are You Prepared to Do When Your Family Is Hungry?

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What if something happened and you were unable to acquire any more food through traditional means and your family is hungry? What would you be forced to do in order to live?

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These 10 Desert Survival Tips Will Help Make You An Expert

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If you live in, near, or travel through a desert, listen up because this article was written for you. Deserts present a unique survival challenge. They are unlike other survival environments and have a totally different set of survival rules to follow. That’s why I’ve put together this list of my 10 best desert survival tips.

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2-Way Radios For Pre & Post SHTF Local Communications

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2-way radios (walkie-talkies) do not require a working infrastructure as do cell phones (antenna towers, network service providers, power-grid, a paid service plan). A set of 2-way radios ‘just works’. The only thing a 2-way radio needs is a charged battery. 2-way radios have their limits on how far they will transmit and receive, however […]

Article – Where rich people learn how to survive the apocalypse

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I am both amused and entertained by this article.

According to a 2015 simulation at Cornell University, the safest place to be during the apocalypse is the Northern Rockies. That’s exactly where one finds the 37,000-acre Resort at Paws Up. Its nearest metropolis, and airport, is the college town of Missoula, pop. 69,000. Researchers agree zombies will first attack the most densely-populated urban areas. For that reason, Big Sky Country is one of the best places to retreat to. Paws Up allows the well-to-do among us to familiarize themselves with things in nature—like stars, trees, and silence—they may encounter when they flee their penthouse apartments and suburban mansions.

Paws Up is out past Potomac, and is, literally, across the highway from where I hunt. I have heard stories about overzealous Paws Up employees chasing hunters away even though the hunters weren’t trespassing on PU land. I’ve never had that happen, but then again most folks don’t want to annoy someone strolling through the woods it an HK-91 (clone, actually) hanging off them.

Paws Up has a bit of mixed feelings about it amongst the locals. They had a major screaming match with the state over some water quality issues back when they got started, and I was rooting for them in a David v. Goliath kind of way. Then I heard about their folks getting all goon-like and shooing hunters away from the place. Hey, it’s one thing if someone is trespassing but intimidating them and driving them away when they aren’t trespassing? Bad juju.

 

 

Constitution Has ‘Absolutely No Value,’ Federal Judge Declares (You’ll Be Shocked Who Nominated Him)

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One of the nation’s top federal judges – a man who makes decisions every year affecting the rights of millions of Americans – has acknowledged he thinks the Constitution has no value.

Richard A. Posner, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said he largely disregards the Constitution and the Founding Fathers when making rulings.

“I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries—well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments),” Posner wrote in a Slate essay.

Just as disturbingly, Posner said he also discounts many of the amendments that grant Americans their basic rights.

“Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century,” Posner wrote. “Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today. … In short, let’s not let the dead bury the living.”

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It is not the first time that Posner has made such comments.

“I’m not particularly interested in the 18th Century, nor am I particularly interested in the text of the Constitution,” Posner said at last year’s Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium. “I don’t believe that any document drafted in the 18th century can guide our behavior today. Because the people in the 18th century could not foresee any of the problems of the 21st century.”

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Posner further said he agrees with the University of Chicago’s David Strauss that “the Constitution is an authorization to the judiciary to create a body of common law.”

Posner was known as a conservative when nominated in 1981 by President Reagan, but has issued a series of opinions since then that have upset those on the right.

Regarding the NSA’s actions, Posner said the Constitution has limited value: “What would the framers of the 14th Amendment have thought about national security surveillance of people’s emails? That is a meaningless question.”

Posner also said he worries little about how courts have ruled in the past.

“My approach with judging cases is not to worry initially about doctrine, precedent, and all that stuff, but instead, try to figure out, what is a sensible solution to this problem, and then having found what I think is a sensible solution, without worrying about doctrinal details, I ask, ‘Is this blocked by some kind of authoritative precedent of the Supreme Court. If it is not blocked, I say fine, let’s go with the common sense, sensical solution,” he wrote.

When he is not on the bench, Posner serves as a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Law School, where has an opportunity to meld the minds of young lawyers.

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Purslane Or Spurge?

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PURSLANE
• Excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids (better than fish oil!)
• An excellent source of Vitamin A, one of the highest among green leafy vegetables
• A rich source of vitamin C, and some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids
• A rich source of dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese.
• Decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
• Autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
• Maintaining heart health.
• Lowering cholesterol.
• Regulating blood pressure.
• Enriching brain health.
• As an anti-depressant.
• Boosting the immune system
• Inflammatory bowel disease.
• Rheumatoid arthritis.
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IF THERE IS A WHITE SAP, IT IS NOT PURSLANE!

  • Nothing eats it.
  • The sap is possibly toxic enough to cause blindness if it gets in the eyes.
  • It is an annual that doesn’t germinate readily until warmer weather, so pre-emergents are often applied too soon to stop it. (Most pre-emergents work only for 8-10 weeks and are spread in early spring.)
  • Each plant can produce a full crop of several thousand seeds in 5 weeks.
  • The flowers are so non-descript as to be thought absent, so it is easy to accidentally miss flowering and let it go to seed.
  • There are 12 weed species of spurge that are all very similar, varying as little as having a tiny spot on the leaves (Spotted spurge is what I found the most photos of, but was not what was in my yard.)

    The sap of this plant is a mild skin irritant and can cause a rash in some people. The sap is poisonous and considered carcinogenic.

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3 Ways to Use Dandelion Root Tea

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Do you let dandelions grow in your garden? You know exactly how important it is to have dark, leafy greens as part of your diet. You know the many health benefits associated with kale and spinach and Swiss chard, and you know that the antioxidants in green tea help keep you calm while also preventing […]

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How to Make a Concrete Floor Look Like Hardwood Flooring

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How to Make a Concrete Floor Look Like Hardwood Flooring I love this! I have concrete floors in my basement furnace room and wash rooms. I have been looking at laminate flooring but that is just way out of our budget right now! Also, laminate will tear, come apart and look terrible in a few years. I wish I won the powerball last night but I guess if you don’t play you have zero chance of winning lol. Anyway! Back to the floor tutorial. This amazing transformation brought to us by Decorative Concrete Kingdom shows step-by-step how you can make

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The Easiest and Best Way to Grill Sweet Corn

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There are many different methods that people use to grill sweet corn. Just ask several people who have tried it and they will all give you a different answer on how it is supposed to be done.   Yes, there

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Brexit; Why Should You Care?

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On Thursday, June 23rd, the citizens of Great Britain voted on the long-awaited question of leaving the European Union (EU), commonly referred to by the nickname of “Brexit.”

Surprising just about the entire chattering class, and not a few progressive-liberal politicians, the people of Great Britain made their voice heard, declaring in a 52-48 majority that they wanted to take their opportunity and leave, abandoning the European Union.

Interestingly enough, the voting for and against Brexit was largely along age-defined lines. Millenials voted strongly in favor of staying in the European Union, while their parents voted strongly in favor of leaving. Fortunately for the parents, they still outnumbered their kids.

Nevertheless, so many millennials voting in favor of staying in the European Union is troubling. Just like American’s millennials voting in favor of socialism, this shows how much the younger generation has been brainwashed by the propaganda being fed them in their schools.

Considering that the liberals all but own the educational system, you can be sure that what they are being taught is in line with liberal ideology and talking points.

That should raise a very important question in your mind. That is, why is keeping Great Britain in the European Union so important to liberals? One would normally think that it wouldn’t make any difference, as it doesn’t have a thing to do with the normal causes that liberals are always babbling about.

But in reality, this is right at the core of progressive-liberal thinking. You see, the liberalism of today isn’t anything like the liberalism of 40 years ago. Today, it’s all about conformity. Back in the 60s, when liberalism really made its name known, liberalism was about bucking the system. Somehow, the tables have been turned.

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What this has done is to suborn many people who are by heart non-conformists into a system that is hell-bent on forcing them, and everyone else, to conform. Conform to what? To the ideals of the progressive-liberal movement.

Behind the Scenes

To understand this, you have to look beyond the liberal rhetoric and political posturing, to see what they do in secret. In public, they voraciously defend the poor, the weak and the minorities. But in private, they are all about liberal elitism and how they must be in control.

In their snobbery and self-righteousness, they are convinced that they are the only ones who have the capability to rule the world. The rest of us are mere peasants, who should give our freedom over to them.

Of course, much of this happens behind the scenes, where it is not obvious to the casual observer. Some of it is even in secret, like the meetings of organizations like the Bilderberg Group.

Few realize it, but the Bilderberg Group is the true motivating factor behind the European Union. Publicly, many other reasons have been given for creating the Union, specifically creating a economic entity large enough and powerful enough to compete with the economy of the United States of America. But what’s put forth for public consumption is rarely the true reason behind anything done by politicians and other movers and shakers.

While little is known about the Bilderberg Group, there is a little bit of information that gets out. More can be inferred by their actions, such as looking at the individuals who are invited to attend their annual conferences.

The first thing we can tell from that, is that they are a progressive-liberal organization. That’s clear, simply because they never invite conservatives to participate with them. But the most important thing to know about them, is that they are the driving force behind the establishment of a one world government.

Creating the European Union was the first step towards creating that one-world government. As the first of seven projected regional governments, it was the model they would use for establishing the other six. Next on their list is to create the North American Union. But now, they’ve run into a bit of a setback.

Members of the Bilderberg Group have come forth to say that Brexit could set their plans back by 70 years. If we needed any evidence to show that they were behind the creation of the European Union, that would be it. Now, they are looking to their hole card, trying to decide how to mitigate the damage that the British subjects have done to their plans.

But the damage to their plans isn’t over yet. Four other countries, France, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands started to talk about organizing similar polls. In addition, there has been some talk about Greece leaving for a while, but that wouldn’t be because they want to, but because they would be forced out due to their financial troubles.

So, what has caused all this turmoil?

More than anything, it’s because of the EU forcing multiculturalism on their member nations. Specifically, forcing them to accept large numbers of unveted refugees as immigrants. While some are legitimate refugees, there has been a lot of doubt from the beginning as to the motivation of a lot of them.

It is clear, from the increases in terrorism and individual attacks, especially against women, that many of these supposed refugees aren’t truly what they claim to be.

It’s important to understand that the Qur’an doesn’t allow migration in the normal sense of the word. Muslims aren’t allowed to move to a country which isn’t controlled by Muslims. However, there is one caveat; they are commanded to move to non-Muslim countries for the purpose of subverting those countries and converting them to Islam.

In other words, the millions of “refugees” who are fleeing Syria can all be divided into three groups: terrorists, cultural jihadists and unfaithful Muslims. Since Muslims kill other Muslims who are unfaithful, it’s doubtful that many of them fall into this category. That only leaves the other two.

This is what the subjects of Great Britain are trying to avoid. They are already seeing their country and their culture destroyed by the Muslims who are there; people who refuse to assimilate and instead demand that England change to accommodate them.

It’s no wonder that the English people are up in arms about that. They have their own culture and civilization and they don’t want it suborned to Islam.

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But I think there’s something else going on here as well. That is a renewed sense of national pride. If there has ever been anything in history that will get people beating a patriotic drum, it’s to attack their nation’s sovereignty. Well, the progressive-liberals have been helping the Muslims to attack the sovereignty of country after country, especially in Europe and the United States.

Multiculturalism and sovereignty are diametrically opposed to one another, especially the type of multiculturalism that is being practiced today. The liberal political leaders in the United States and European countries have all but denied their own countries, as they have fallen all over themselves in allowing Muslims free-reign in their countries.

That has, in turn, created an outcry from the average person on the street. While the “elite” are busy bowing and scraping to the Muslims, allowing them to commit atrocities without any recrimination, the average people are fed up with being victimized by those Muslims who are not acting like civilized people.

They are gathering together to stand against the Muslim invasion, whether by forming vigilante groups to patrol the streets and keep women safe, or by voting to leave the European Union as Britain did.

But this might not be anywhere near over. Not only has Brexit sparked a wave of interest in seceding from the European Union, but it has also sparked renewed interest in states which have discussed seceding in the past. Texas, more than any other state, has a number of active secession groups, with the number of their members rising.

Why Should We Care?

What do the two have in common? Quite a bit, actually. Britain is leaving the European Union over the oppressive regulations being created by a burdensome central government, the exact same thing that many Texans (and other Americans) see happening here in the United States.

The only difference is that our oppressive regulations are coming out of Washington, not out of the North American Union. But either way, it is stealing people’s freedom, in order to allow others to receive special treatment.

You can only give some people special treatment at the cost of others for so long. Eventually, those who are being taken from will rise up in rebellion. It happened once before in our country, and it could very well happen again.

All in all, I’d have to say that Brexit is healthy for Britain and healthy for the rest of the world as well. It may very well become a watershed event, which triggers greater freedoms throughout the world, as others follow suit and throw off oppressive governments.

Should that be so, the British will have done the world a great service, furthering the cause of freedom in a way that has never been done before; in the voting booth.

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Petit PoisHarvest

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28 June 2016 AD

After Pam Baker mentioned how she liked Petit Pois peas in a comment at this blog, I tracked down some seeds and planted one of my raised garden beds with them. Specifically, I planted two rows down the center of the 30″ wide bed (x 15′ long). The two rows were 4″ apart and the seeds were planted 1″ apart in the rows. That planting scheme worked very well. It has been noted in my Whizbang Garden Journal, and I’ll repeat it in future years when growing “bed peas,” (as opposed to trellised peas).

I planted the seeds on March 24. We harvested the peas yesterday. 


It’s worth noting that we have had a long stretch of hot and dry weather here, and I did no watering of the plants. Nevertheless, they grew vigorously, produced an abundance of pods, and the pods all matured at pretty much the same time. Had I planted the bed more intensely, I suspect the plants would have had a difficult time getting adequate moisture from the subsoil.

My wife, Marlene, pulled all the vines and brought them to the patio behind our house, where we have shade from the sun. We then picked off all the pods, before commencing to shell them.



We hand-shelled together for nearly an hour and a half.  The pleasure of hand-shelling peas started to wane after about half an hour. I was glad when that job was done.

Marlene will freeze the peas and we will enjoy them through the winter.

I’m wondering if anyone reading this has used a pea-sheller  device of some sort to shell English peas, like these. If so, what kind, and how well did it work?



How To Tag 72-Hour Bug Out Bags For Survival

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You may want to know how to tag your 72-hour bug out bags for survival, just in case you get hurt during or after a disaster. When I first started teaching food storage and emergency preparedness classes I designed a tag so every class member could attach it to their own 72-hour kit. I wanted a tag to remind people running out the door with their 72-hour bag to grab their prescriptions, their pet care materials if they have a pet and one card with names and phone numbers and their important documents binder. The “binder” stands for the binder contents that I designed for Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Sheets for an emergency binder. The binder would include your important documents you wouldn’t want to leave behind in case your home was destroyed. The reason for the name and phone numbers is if someone loses their bag, or is hurt and unable to communicate, or if you get separated from your 72-hour kit you still have some critical information with you that you more than likely will need. I used cardstock and laminated mine to protect the information on the tags, and then secured them to my 72-hour bags. I have two sets of cards to choose from, one with pets and one without pets.

The reason I laminated mine was so they would be sturdier and somewhat waterproof. If you don’t have a grab and go binder here are some ideas to help you get started. I would strongly suggest you get some baseball card pocket sheets and fill them with 2 pictures of each member of your family. Gather your most valuable documents that you may need and place them in an area where you could grab them as you vacate your home / apartment. As our children grow we will need to replace them as needed with more current pictures. The reason I mention two pictures because if we are separated we can paste one picture on a base camp/emergency headquarters command center and still have one with us in our bags. Please label the pictures with the person’s name, and add whatever information you feel comfortable putting on it. Remember, if we are separated from our loved ones this might make it possible to find that one missing person.

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Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected! May God bless you for your efforts! This is one more step to be prepared.

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Quiz: Could You Survive a Bear Mauling?

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A few weeks ago, Kenneth Steck, of Juneau, Alaska, was charged and mauled by a brown bear in Yakutat, Alaska. In the video below, he tells his story—fortunate to be alive.

If you were in a similar situation, what would you do? Take the five-question quiz after the video and see if you could survive.

Quiz: Could You Survive a Bear Attack?

Quiz: Could You Survive a Bear Mauling?Steck was mauled when he separated from his friends, who were exploring a creek area, according to Alaska Dispatch News. His travel companions—three of whom were nurses—ended up being able to help him.

What if you’d been the one mauled and no medical professional was around? What would you have done?

Scenario: You’ve gotten yourself to a safer spot, away from the bear. You’re able to radio for help, like Steck’s travel companions were. But, like them, you have to wait a while for professional medical assistance to reach you.

What about you? Have you ever had a bad wound and could not get expert help? What did you do? What was the outcome?

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That Time The U.S. Government Told Every American To Stockpile – And No One Thought It Was Crazy

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That Time The U.S. Government Told Every Single American To Stockpile – And No One Thought They Were Crazy

If you have seen photos of recently discovered backyard fallout shelters, you would agree that they look like fascinating time capsules from early 1960s America. We see packaged foods — such as breakfast cereals and crackers with labels that indicate a time gone by – along with first-aid supplies, tools, clothing and batteries. Cots, books and games are neatly placed on subterranean shelves.

You might think that the construction of such a shelter was the brainchild of only a few people who were concerned about heightening Cold War tensions and the possibility of nuclear war.  You would be wrong.

As strange as it seems today, the U.S. government actually encouraged people to create fallout shelters in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In an effort to promote home fallout shelters, the U.S. Office of Civil Defense even issued a series of manuals that instructed Americans on how to construct their own home fallout shelters.

Fallout shelters were distinct from bomb shelters in that they were not to protect you from ground zero of a nuclear blast – which would be impossible – but from the widespread radioactive fallout that resulted from a blast.  Beginning with the Eisenhower administration, the government launched a program to convince private citizens to build fallout shelters in or near their homes.

One option was to create temporary shelter in your basement. Another was to build and stock an underground shelter in your backyard. At the time, citizens were encouraged to stockpile enough food and supplies for two weeks, since it was believed that the radiation levels from a nuclear explosion would drop to a safe level by that time.

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New York’s Governor Nelson Rockefeller started a fallout shelter program in New York in 1960, and he urged newly elected President John F. Kennedy to do the same thing on a national level.

By 1961, tensions between the Soviets and the United States had escalated, and the United States was facing the sobering prospect of nuclear warheads being stationed in Cuba. That year, the majority of Americans believed a nuclear war would occur within five years, according to the Smithsonian Institute.

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As the threat of nuclear war became more real, Kennedy addressed the nation. On July 25, 1961, he said, “We have another sober responsibility. To recognize the possibilities of nuclear war in the missile age, without our citizens knowing what they should do and where they should go if bombs begin to fall, would be a failure of responsibility.

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“In May, I pledged a new start on Civil Defense. Last week, I assigned, on the recommendation of the Civil Defense Director, basic responsibility for this program to the Secretary of Defense, to make certain it is administered and coordinated with our continental defense efforts at the highest civilian level. Tomorrow, I am requesting of the Congress new funds for the following immediate objectives: to identify and mark space in existing structures—public and private—that could be used for fall-out shelters in case of attack; to stock those shelters with food, water, first-aid kits and other minimum essentials for survival; to increase their capacity; to improve our air-raid warning and fallout detection systems, including a new household warning system which is now under development; and to take other measures that will be effective at an early date to save millions of lives if needed.

“In the event of an attack, the lives of those families which are not hit in a nuclear blast and fire can still be saved — if they can be warned to take shelter and if that shelter is available. We owe that kind of insurance to our families — and to our country.”

The concept of the home fallout shelter was hotly debated throughout the country. Some people stated that that fallout shelters would be useless in protecting urban residents near ground zero of an attack. Others thought that the idea revealed weakness and was distinctly un-American.

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However, the need for a basement or backyard shelter picked up steam for people living in suburban communities. By August 1961, a Gallup poll showed that 3 million families had made some home modifications for protection from nuclear attack, and another 9 million had stockpiled food.

Some builders reported being inundated with orders for supplies to build shelters. Office of Civil and Defense standards specified concrete or metal construction built under three feet of soil, two feet of concrete or three inches of lead. One company that made pre-fabricated shelters advertised that roof of its shelter could be used as “an attractive patio.” Some fallout shelter plans used a hand-cranked blower system for ventilation, and others had elaborate electrical systems and running water.

DIY Projects, Too

A home fallout shelter’s basic purpose was to reduce a family’s exposure to harmful fallout from a nuclear blast and its likely aftermath of radiation until radioactivity has dropped to a safer level. As a do-it-yourself project, a concrete block basement shelter could be built for about $200 in 1961.

Separate underground backyard shelters were more expensive. According to the National Archives and Records Administration records, Louis Severance built a fallout shelter near his Michigan home with a 10-inch reinforced concrete ceiling and thick earth cover and concrete walls. The Severance shelter featured a ventilation system, an escape hatch, an entrance to the home’s basement, a kitchen, running water, a toilet, and a sleeping and living area for the family of four. It cost roughly $1,000.

According to the Nebraska State Historical Society, Civil Defense agencies provided candies for use in shelters as “carbohydrate supplements,” and boxed crackers called “Nebraskits” also were available.

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Nebraska City’s Otoe Food Products provided canned drinking water for civil defense under the Morton House brand and Elkhorn’s Roberts Dairy packaged water in its familiar milk cartons for shelter use.

Don’t Forget Games in Your Shelter

The Office of Civil Defense recommended that people remain in a shelter for at least two weeks after a nuclear blast. Families with children were advised to stock games such as Monopoly, playing cards and journals to help pass the time.

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The tense political climate and the government’s awareness of it are reflected in this 1962 public service radio announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense:

“This is basic civil defense information from the Department of Defense, Office of Civil Defense, Washington. If you receive warning of an enemy attack, get to the nearest fallout shelter promptly. But if you’re caught in the open, and there’s a brilliant nuclear flash in the distance, take cover immediately. Even miles away you may be exposed within seconds to a searing heat wave from the explosion, followed by a blast wave and flying debris.

“Get into the nearest building immediately or into a ditch or culvert, beneath a parked car, behind a tree or wall, anything solid that will give you some measure of protection. Curl up in a ball, and cover your head with your arms. Stay there until heat and blast waves have passed.

“Then, go to the nearest fallout shelter before radioactive fallout starts drifting down. If there’s no fallout shelter within range, go to the nearest large building and take shelter in the basement or one of the inner hallways. Know in advance what to do in any emergency situation. Find out from your local Civil Defense office.”

By the end 1962, some of the worst fears from the Bay of Pigs crisis in Cuba and from the tensions in Berlin had lessened. At the same time, scientists began publicly discussing the futility of a 14-day stay in a fallout shelter, noting that survivors of a nuclear attack would need to remain underground for months in order to avoid harmful after effects.

“When they stopped to think about the magnitude of the potential disaster, they realized that there wasn’t much they could do,” explains David Monteyne, author of Fallout Shelter: Designing for Civil Defense in the Cold War.

Looking back, it is fascinating to consider that the government actually encouraged its citizens to build fallout shelters and to stockpile. Yet even today, the US government still encourages Americans to keep a three-day stockpile. Even though a nuclear attack may not be as likely, other threats remain — and millions of Americans remain committed to preparing for an unknown future.

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10 Survival Kit Items Every Pet Owner Needs

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10 Survival Kit Items Every Pet Owner Needs

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Your family’s safety may be foremost in your disaster preparedness, but remember that your pet is a family member, too — with a different set of needs.

So, make an emergency kit for your pet. The following items should be at the top of the list:

1. Sufficient supply of water

The importance of having sufficient water on board cannot be overstressed, especially with pets around. Since they do not understand the need for conserving water, and cannot express their needs verbally, they may become cranky when the normal amount of water is not available to them. If you usually keep a bowl of water around for the pet to drink at will, the absence of the same can be unsettling for it. Moreover, it’s always more dangerous to ration the drinking water for animals than for people, because the signs of dehydration are less noticeable in them.

2. Pet food

Whether it is a cat, dog, rabbit, etc., your pet should have a good supply of its regular food in the emergency kit. In addition to the regular food, for pet dogs especially, you should stock up on special treats that are reserved for rewarding good behavior during dog training. It will help them adjust to the new situation faster. Also, have a mix of wet and dry food. Wet foods are particularly useful in case you are running low on water, as they will mitigate dehydration to some extent. If your pet is accustomed to canned food, then you should buy single-serve cans to avoid unnecessary food waste. You may have power disruption, or may not even have access to a refrigerator!

3. Veterinary drugs and first-aid

Many drugs meant for people may be safely given in lower doses to pets in an emergency, but it is far from ideal. There’s a high probability of pets getting hurt when natural disasters strike. You should carry a few common drugs, such as analgesics, for relieving pain, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation resulting from minor injuries.

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If your pet is on prescription drugs or if it has conditions requiring regular medication, it goes without saying that you should have a 2-4 weeks’ supply of those drugs. Your veterinarian may help you source them for your emergency kit.

4. Restraints and ropes

When animals are faced with disturbing circumstances, their responses are unpredictable. Even when their owners are around, they feel ill at ease in strange surroundings. After being confined to a room or the basement for long periods, they may run out the moment you open the door, quite unmindful of any dangers outside. You may have to keep them restrained at all times until normalcy is restored, or they may go and hide in inaccessible and dangerous places, or get lost. Leashes, halters or collars should be included in the emergency kit along with a long piece of rope.

5. Pet carriers

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Your pets may have to travel with you on different modes of transportation, including air travel, during an emergency evacuation. Having appropriate pet carriers such as crates or boxes at hand will make transfers smooth. In some cases, the pet may have to be taken to a veterinarian by rescue operators or admitted in a hospital for treatment.

6. ID tags and papers

At times of emergencies, we cannot always have our way. Whether you like it or not, your pet may be separated from you. You may be asked to house the pet in a rescue home with a number of other pets.

It is not rare for pets to get lost during an emergency. An ID tag on the dog and papers proving your ownership, including some pictures of you and the dog together, will greatly improve the chance of reuniting with a lost pet.

7. Medical records

Keeping a copy of your pet’s medical records will help it get the right medical treatment. If the dog has to undergo surgical procedures, a record of its health status is invaluable. Sometimes you may have to admit the pet in a shelter which insists on having all its animals vaccinated. Your assurance will not satisfy them, but the proof of vaccination in the pet’s medical records will.

8. Grooming kit

Whether you are cooped up in your basement or housed in a community shelter or a hotel room, your pet will be happier if you continue with the usual grooming routine. It might be feeling out of sorts with all the recent changes, but your attention can calm it and make it feel at home.

9. Sanitary kit

This kit should have the necessary items to keep the pet and the surroundings clean and sterile. All your housebreaking efforts and potty training are put to severe test at times like these. Even the most well-behaved pet can have plenty of accidents in strange surroundings. If your dog or cat has been trained to relieve themselves outside the home, and now they are cooped up indoors, what else can you expect?

Have a good supply of disposable gloves, poop bags and bins to keep the waste.

10. Bowls for food and water

People can eat and drink directly from tins, cans and pouches when necessary, but animals may not be able to do that. Have a set of bowls to serve your pet food and water. You can pack in collapsible dishes to save space, but ensure they are stable. You don’t want more messes to clean up on top of all other troubles.

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Why Every Prepper Should Have Five Gallon Buckets

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5 gallon bucketsPreppers have a habit of extracting as many uses from any given object as they can, and for good reason. Prepping is an activity that takes up a lot of space, and it’s done to prepare for emergencies that may or may not happen. It’s difficult to justify this activity if it displaces things that you know you’ll need, so preserving space by finding more than one use for your belongings is essential.

Also, it just comes naturally to preppers due to our mindset. We regularly prepare for chaotic and desperate situations that require improvisation and creativity to survive. Coming up with multiple uses for an item is child’s play for us.

However, some things are better suited to being modified for multiple purposes. Everyone knows that duct tape and paracord can be used for countless applications, but there’s another item that has nearly as many uses, and that is the humble five gallon bucket. Here are just a few of the ways you can use this simple product:

  1. Use them for carrying water, washing clothes, or harvesting rain water.
  2. Food grade buckets are also quite versatile. You can use them to store dry goods such as rice, beans, flour, or even dog food. Or since plastic is a fairly good insulator, you can use them as a cooler to store perishable food.
  3. If you own anything that needs to be buried for short periods of time, five gallon buckets can help.
  4. You can use them to build gardens, worm composting bins, or composting toilets.
  5. They’re great for storing any supplies that shouldn’t get wet, such as charcoal, paper towels, or kindling.
  6. With a few modifications, these buckets can be made into biosand filters for cleaning water, or you can drill holes in a bucket to make an improvised camp shower. If you’re exceptionally handy and live near running water, you can even build a hydroelectric generator out of a five gallon bucket.
  7. And of course there are a few odd tasks for five gallon buckets that most people would never consider. They can be turned into very effective mouse traps, and with the right gear they can even be used as backpacks

And to be frank, this is just a short list. Five gallon buckets are arguably one of the most versatile tools for a prepper, and their applications are endless. They’re also cheap and plentiful, and you can often get them for free from friends, neighbors, and local businesses. I’d be so bold as to say that you’re not really prepared unless you have a short stack of these buckets somewhere in your home.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Getting Out of Dodge: The Survival Retreat

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There comes a time when every prepper takes a look at what they have done, what they are currently doing, and what they plan to do in the future.  Sometimes, they retrench and rethink past preps and improve on what they have done and especially what they have learned skill-wise.  Sometimes they take a break because let’s face it, we all need balance in our lives.  And then there is the most difficult part which is planning for future preps, if any.

I am very good about asking questions about prepping goals and readers excel at answering.  Today I want to turn the tables and share a major preparedness goal that looms on my personal horizon.  This is not so much that I expect you to follow suit, but more that it is such a huge goal that you may find the inspiration to set long term goals yourself.

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Fair warning.  This is not a typical blog post for this site, but one that needs to be written and shared with my readers.

Getting Out of Dodge

There is an old song made popular by Kenny Rogers titled The Gambler.  There is a passage in the song that says “the secret to survivin’ is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep”.  Those are important words and although taken out of context, something I have considered when taking a look at my own preps.

The world has changed tremendously since I started prepping in 2010 and it has become time to re-evaluate one of my primary pillars of survival, shelter.  Is my home safe?  Is it protected? If there is a major disruptive event, will I be able to carry on while making good use of my preps?

Sadly, my answer has become no.  There are many reasons because at first blush, this island location is off shore, difficult to get to, and abundant in natural resources, most notably in the form of water and trees for wood and biomass.  On the other hand, the cost of living is high, and during the summer months, the population doubles with the influx of tourists.

Tourists are not prepared.  Should a disruptive event (earthquake, cyber attack, EMP, you name it) occur during summer, this island in the middle of nowhere will be as chaotic as the urban core in a large city.  Folks will be stranded and because we are off-shore, will not even be able to walk out.

Looming large is also the strategic location near the international border and close to the entrance to Puget Sound.  With certain types of events, what is to prevent our government from stepping in and taking over our island for strategic military reasons?  It could happen.

I am planning to get out of dodge.

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This leads me to the goal: finding a survival retreat that offers as least some of the sustainability and security that I seek.

Here is my bucket list.

Minimum of 1/3 acre and preferably more.

Sunny space for a garden. Existing fruit trees a bonus.

Trees in the general vicinity to provide wood and biomass for heating and cooking.

Local source of water such as streams, ponds, or lakes.  Bonus if a well can be dug.

Abundant wildlife for hunting as a food source.

Favorable tax environment.

Sufficient storage space for a two year food supply.

Gun-friendly.

Zoning that allows for water catchment systems and auxiliary fuel/propane tanks.

History that shows area is relatively free from wild fires and floods.

Moderate climate 20F low to 90F high.

Proximity to health care within a 20 mile radius.

Very good to excellent cell phone service.

Availability of high speed internet (for as long as it lasts).

Peace, quiet, and no tourist activity.

This list has been in the making for a couple of months and is still a work in progress.  Selling my home comes first.

The Challenges

This sort of move does not come without challenges.  Selling a home stuffed with ten years of accumulation is a lot of work and, in an area such as ours, can take some time.

Moving is also hard work and we are not as young as we used to be.  And then there are the preps.  Food, gear, and water storage will be moved right along side our household goods.  The logistics promise to be a nightmare but how could I not (move them, that is)?

This will all be happening while I continue to blog and continue to keep up on my skills.  Will I even have time to sleep?

The Final Word

Is this type of move to a survival retreat for everyone?  Of course not.  There are family, job, health, and financial considerations that may need to be met.  I am fortunate to be debt free with a home that, when sold, will allow me to find a mountain retreat with plenty of water, trees, and the space and sunshine to grow a bountiful garden.  Will I find everything I want?  Probably not, but I am going to give it my best shot.

Let me close for now with some additional lyrics from “The Gambler”.

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em.  Know when to fold ’em.
Know when to walk away and know when to run.”

At the end of the day, we all do the best we can.  Although we make mistakes along the way, being a resilient species allows us to recover and move on. Wish me luck as I embark upon this new adventure.  And thank you for listening.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Bargain Bin:  Have you ever wondered what preps I value the most?  There are way too many to list so those I have listed below are a sampling of items I use all of the time and not simply tucked away for emergencies.

Note:  As I was going around the house looking for things to add to this list, I had to stop.  There are simply too many items so I will reserve the rest for another time.

UltraFire Mini Cree LED Flashlight:  I personally keep flashlights in every single room of my house and you should too. At the time of this writing, these flashlights are $3.20 with free shipping. Or you can purchase 4 for $13.99.   These favorites are super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, they use a single, standard AA sized battery.

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Berkey Water Filter System:  For in home use, nothing beats the Berkey. My own Royal Berkey represents a key component of my water preps.   The Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

NALGENE BPA-Free Water Bottle:  These water bottles have served me well.  I fill them up with water from my Royal Berkey and keep one bedside, one at my desk and another in the bathroom.  Keep in mind that price-wise, some colors will be more expensive so if color does not matter, go with the cheapest (currently the green version).

RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports: This compact, three panel, solar charger will charge two devices at once, including tablets, smartphones, Kindles, and even AA/AAA battery chargers.  Value priced at about $50.  For more information, read: Gear Review: RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports.

First Aid Ammo Kit:  Okay, this is an article and not one single item but I use my first aid kit at least once a week.

Panasonic eneloop AA New 2100 Cycle Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries:  These days, I try to use eneloops as much as possible.  They hold a charge forever – or so it seems – and work well in flashlights and small electronics.   Note:  I also use the Amazon Basics brand and will purchase those if the price is less.  I have done a lot of reading and to the best of my knowledge, they are an eneloop twin, branded by Amazon.

Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket:  I was interested in a re-usable emergency blanket so I purchased one of these based upon the excellent reviews.  This space blanket is definitely “heavy duty” compared to the cheapies (not that they don’t have their place because they do).

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Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box.

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Amprobe BAT-250 Battery Tester:  I do not know anyone that is sorry they purchased or gifted an inexpensive battery tester.  Mine sits in my desk drawer and is used 3 or 4 times a week.  This newer version is an upgrade from the BAT-200 and well worth the additional dollar in cost.  I  especially like the redesigned side cradle that holds batteries securely in place during testing – no more erratic battery readings from movement off contacts.

Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: ANOTHER FAVORITE! Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp.  Many Backdoor Survival have emailed me indicating this is now their favorite knife too.

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Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are “wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For Emergency and Survival Kit Items
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Which are the best oils for your survival kit?  This article describes my top picks.

9 Best Essential Oils for Your Survival Kit | Backdoor Survival

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Gadgets The Prepper Might Forget!

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Gadgets The Prepper Might Forget! Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps” When we prep we think we have everything we need, well.. maybe not. In this episode we will be all about prepper oriented gadgets. Maybe you have forgotten a few? Here’s a chance to add them to your list, or maybe you are prepared! We shall see what all … Continue reading Gadgets The Prepper Might Forget!

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