5 Overlooked Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Indoor Garden

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5 Overlooked Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Indoor Garden

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Growing your own vegetables indoors allows you to have fresh ingredients any time of the year, regardless of where you live. Still, many indoor gardeners start out with a lot of ambition but often give up when their plants don’t get past the seedling stage or are less than ideal for eating.

Here are five common, overlooked mistakes indoor gardeners often make:

1. Being unrealistic.

If you are going to grow plants that, otherwise, need lots of space outside, you may need to reassess what you’re doing. A fully grown plant is going to be much bigger than the seedling. Perhaps you need to plant something else.

You also will need to make sure the plants you are growing are not dangerous to household pets. The bottom line: Do research and have a plan.

2. Not giving the plants a chance.

Different plants grow at different rates. Some seeds need to be planted deep within the soil, while others need to be planted just below the surface for optimal growth. Some need darker environments, while others will not grow at all without as much light as possible. Most packages of seeds give you the appropriate growing instructions for what you are planting.

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Again, do your research and be realistic about what you can grow. If you live in a small apartment, it doesn’t make any sense to try and grow plants that require a large amount of space.

3. Not watering properly.

5 Overlooked Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Indoor Garden

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Newly planted gardens are very picky — too little water and nothing will grow, but too much water and your plants will drown. The challenge to a flourishing indoor garden is to find the balance and provide the right amount of water. In general, you will want the soil to be damp but not wet. This can be a bigger challenge during winter when the air is dry.

Make sure you dampen the soil before you sow the seeds and then – after planting — cover the container with clear plastic until the plants are germinated. Check the plants daily to make sure they are not drying out, and water them accordingly.

4. Not providing enough light.

Light will help almost all plants grow, unless you have selected plants that are more shade tolerant. Placing your plant containers in front of a large window is often the gardener’s first choice, but if your window doesn’t face the right direction or get enough sun during the day, then it may not produce desirable results.

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Since it might be difficult to provide your new garden with an adequate amount of natural light, you may want to think about an alternate source of light, including grow lights. Your new plants will need about 12-16 hours of light a day. Use a timer to make it easier.

5. Not providing the right environment.

Most newly planted seeds need a warm environment to germinate properly and sprout. But once the seeds have sprouted, they don’t require as warm of an environment and are more tolerant to temperature fluctuations. Proper temperature and air circulation are essential in the early stages of indoor gardening. Set your containers in an environment where these things can be controlled.

Growing plants indoors isn’t easy, and like any hobby it is always best when you have done some research and have as much information as possible. If you can provide your plants with the necessities needed to germinate and sprout, then you will have an indoor garden you can appreciate all winter – and year-round.

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How to Make Your Own Full Strength Bleach from Pool Shock

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How to Make Your Own Full Strength Bleach from Pool Shock If after a disaster event and there’s no safe drinking water available, no one would dispute the need for bleach used for Water Disinfecting, Clean Clothing and General Surface Sanitation. The down side of long term storing typical unscented type liquid bleach is it …

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Homemade Bath Salt Soak with Essential Oils

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Homemade Bath Salt Soak with Essential Oils Relaxing after a long hard day, week, month, or even hour can be a rejuvenating process for most women and men alike. We, as a species, are prone to overstressing in some of the simplest situations, or going far past our limits and tiring ourselves out. Heading to …

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Vegetarian White Bean Soup

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Are you looking to eat a little healthier this year? I’ve recently switched to a vegetarian diet for a number of reasons so I’ve been on the hunt for new and delicious recipes. Lots of white bean soup recipes call for ham or ham bone and most are cream-based so not very good for the waist-line either.

I subscribed to about a million vegetarian/vegan blogs and have spent the last few weeks salivating over new recipes and adding them into my weekly meal planning to try them out a few at a time. This soup from vegetarianventures.com definitely did not disappoint and with a few substitutions is a perfectly acceptable shelf-stable food storage recipe to add to my arsenal!


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Ingredients:

1 T. olive oil
1/3 c. freeze-dried onions
1 c. freeze-dried green peppers
3 gloves garlic (or 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 T. cumin
Flour (for coating)
4 c. vegetable broth
3 15-oz cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed (or use dried bean equivalent)
1/4 c. freeze-dried green chilis
3/4 c. freeze dried sweet corn
2 c. warm milk (powdered milk for food storage version or almond milk for vegan version)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Lime juice to taste

Directions:

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add onions, peppers, and garlic (no need to reconstitute first) and barely saute them to bring out the flavors. Stir in the cumin. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir until well-coated. Add vegetable stock slowly while stirring. Add in beans, green chilis, and corn. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Then turn down to medium-low and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. All of the freeze-dried items will fully reconstitute in that time. Stir in the warm milk and let simmer for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and season as desired with salt, pepper, and lime juice.

Top with cilantro, cheese or vegan cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, etc. as desired. So delicious!


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Protesting in Mexico

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Why are they protesting?
Mexicans were enraged by the 20 percent fuel price hike announced over the weekend as part of a government deregulation of the energy sector. The change boosted the average price for a liter of premium gasoline to 17.79 pesos (about .90 cents). That makes 4 liters, or about a gallon, equal to nearly as much as Mexico’s just raised minimum wage for a day’s work – 80 pesos (about $4.00).

$4.00 a day minimum wage! No wonder they are running our borders.

Link to story and photo’s:

Mexico gas protests, looting leave 2 dead, 600 arrested

by: MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Updated: Jan 5, 2017

Link to another story and photo’s worth reading:

Border Bridges Closed Amid Mexican Gas Price Riots

by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ 10 Jan 2017 Nogales, AZ, Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/border/2017/01/10/border-bridges-closed-amid-mexican-gas-price-riots/

Slow and Steady Prepping

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This time of year everyone is talking about their New Year’s Resolutions. The gyms are full of people wanting to get into shape. Coworkers are brainstorming ways to spend less money because the holiday spending has really put a strain on finances. Smokers are vaping or chewing nicotine gum in an effort to quit smoking. The first of a new year is when we resolve to make huge changes in our lives. But does it work? No, it really doesn’t. Go to the gym in mid-February and there are no longer crowds of people there. Check out your coworkers in March and you will see that they are wearing new expensive clothes as Spring fashions come out. Walk by the smoking area and all of the smokers are done with trying to quit. New Year’s Resolutions are tough to keep because they put a lot of pressure on you to change something big in your life. Big changes, big moves, with the hope of big results almost immediately. That’s just setting yourself up for failure. In my experience making small changes over a longer period of time is more effective. It is the same with prepping. Often, when people first start prepping, they try to do too much too quickly and end up feeling overwhelmed, then discouraged, then losing interest. If you really want to succeed at prepping (or New Year’s Resolutions) then think of the tortoise and the hare; slow and steady wins the race. Let’s look at a few areas of slow and steady prepping.

Stockpiling

Part of the prepping process is stockpiling items that will be required or useful in the future. That means food, water, ammo and many other things. I guess it’s possible to do this quickly if you have plenty of money to burn on immediate stockpiling and storage. But that isn’t reality for most folks. Most of us need to prioritize and make a plan for gradual accumulation of supplies. Try to plan on a special shopping trip every paycheck or once a month to get the things you need.

Slow and steady prepping purchases of canned goods

Think long term. What food items will stay fresh (or at least edible) the longest? Safe bets are canned goods, grains, beans, and pasta. You can buy all of these in your local grocery store, often as “loss leaders” at reduced prices meant to lure you into the store so watch for sales. Build a food rotating system and use your stockpile as a resource in your family meal planning. This will make cooking easier because you always have plenty of supplies on hand, and it will keep your stockpile from getting too old because you are consistently consuming and replenishing the food.

Once you have stocked up on grocery store items, the next food prep is to start looking at freeze dried food. These have a much longer shelf life and are a must for serious prepping. There’s really no need to rotate these items, since they have an extremely long shelf life, are prohibitively expensive for routine meal planning, and probably aren’t a food type that you’d ever choose over fresh or canned or frozen foods. This is a purely prepper (or hiking) supply type. Thrive or Mountain House are the two big freeze dried distributors. They have just about everything you can imagine or need in a freeze dried package. If you would like to just try things out, Food4Patriots has a 72 hour starter package which is really well priced. Slow and steady prepping purchases of food is the way to go.

Sawyer Mini water filter

Water is a little harder to stockpile. You need about one gallon per person per day, which takes up a lot of space. My suggestion is to invest in filtering products, instead. First look at personal fitering products like the Sawyer Mini water filtration system for each individual in your family. Then as funds allow, step up to a larger volume filter like the SweetWater water filter system. The next big step would be a Crown Berkey Water Filter system. Step up slowly.

Ammo is kind of a no brainer. Buy a box or two of it as often as possible. If you practice regularly (like you should) you need to buy a little more. Quantity is not always better than quality. Buy the cheaper ball ammo for practice when you are shooting at targets. But for your long term stash and for hunting you need to buy a bit better quality ammo.

Once you have enough supplies to make it through the emergency phase of a SHTF scenario, it’s a good idea to think about other long term food and convenience items.
Fishing Lures

  • Fruit/Nut trees – Find out what grows well in your area and plant as many as you have space to grow. Most trees take four to five years to mature before they have plenty of fruit, and they usually just fruit one time of year, but it will be an annual resource that is there long term.
  • Berries/Grapes – these grow fast and multiply quickly. Plant differing varieties that fruit and ripen at different times to maximize harvest season.
  • Fishing line – Buy large rolls at different strengths. I prefer non braided types. Fishing line is strong and light and, depending on its rated strength, it can be used over over the homestead as a measuring tool, in setting lures, as rope to bind/lift/carry objects, in hanging food to dry… the range of uses for fishing line is boundless.
  • Fishing lures – You don’t need expensive lures to catch fish, but they’re small and could be a real lifesaver in an emergency situation.
  • Paracord – Another multi-functional workhorse that is invaluable in a survival situation. Plan to have plenty of extra.
  • Canning jars – Aside from their obvious uses in storing food, canning jars have many, many uses on the homestead. Lighting is one of my favorites. Canning jars are perfect for making poured candles and oil lamps.
  • Homestead/Kitchen Hand Tools – If you have already taken care of the emergency supplies on your list, then it’s a good idea to invest in tools that don’t rely on electricity. Start with the basics like hand saws, axes, hammers, and maybe even a good wheel barrow. Those are all necessary tools to have on the homestead. But don’t forget tools for the kitchen. Think about all the extra work and time you’ll be spending in the kitchen when take-out, delivery, and restaurants are no longer an option. After the initial emergency phase of a SHTF scenario, you’ll (hopefully) have your own food production going with farm animals, gardening, and fruit trees. Bringing those food sources from field to table takes a lot of work. Superior quality knives (and the knowledge about how to sharpen them) are a must. Adding a hand operated meat grinder, food mill, grain mill, blender, and a stove top steam juicer will really increase your productivity in a homestead kitchen. Growing enough food to feed your family through the winter means large harvests and countless hours of canning and dehydrating on top of the days’ routine meal prep. Kitchen hand tools will make a world of difference when it comes to the amount of food you are capable of preserving. Invest in hand-powered kitchen tools, and take time to learn how to use them before the SHTF. Working with human power instead of electricity can be surprisingly satisfying. You might  even decide to incorporate these old fashioned tools into your normal food preparation routine today instead of stashing them away for a post-apocalyptic tomorrow that (we hope) may never come.

Slow and steady prepping purchases are the way to go.

Learning New Skills

It doesn’t matter how much stuff you own, if you don’t know how to use an item, than it is a waste of space to keep it. For example, if you own a nice axe but have never felled a tree then you need to learn that skill. The most important part of prepping is to train your brain. Check out our Prepper and Homesteading Skills page and look at a list of possible choices. Shooting, fishing and hunting should be a priority. Find a friend or a family member to teach you what you do not know. If none are available then hire someone. See if there is a local club where you could be exposed to other people who can teach you more. If a person is passionate about a topic, they want to teach others. Find these people and you will learn quickly. Ask lots of questions. Spend your whole life learning. The old saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a lie!

Slow and Steady Prepping Resolution

Understand that prepping is a way of life. It takes time (years) and it takes money. It really can’t happen fast. Think long term and don’t stop. Chip away slowly at your overall goal.

 

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My EDC

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It is difficult to quantify the perfect EDC. Our ever changing lifestyle is a big factor in what determines the perfect EDC. In essence, the perfect EDC is dynamic and fluid, never right and never wrong.

I’ve always been very reserved speaking about my EDC. Several years ago, however, I made a video of what I EDC’ed at the time. Like anything else you publish online, it was met with some criticism, but meh, I wasn’t bothered by it. It was based on what I was doing on a daily basis, it served it’s purpose. As time went on, interests and jobs changed, so did my EDC. My EDC changed dynamically to meet the needs of that new interest or job. Often times I would take things out or add things in, but there was

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Survival Diet: Sugar causes heart attacks (yes, it does)

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It is obvious enough, isn’t it? Staying healthy is essential for survival and nothing else is as strongly linked to health as our choice of fuel, whatever constitutes our diet.

With the right diet, your body works better, it repairs itself better and even your mind works better. One of the big problems with processed foods (among others, including pesticides, GMO, etc) is the addition of sugar. With moderation, sugar as found in fruit is cool, as found in Froot loops its not.

It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to understand why our brain craves sugar and how food companies figured out how to exploit that to maximize profit at the expense of our health. You can literally pick up horse manure, if you add enough sugar and some artificial flavouring you can wrap it up and sell it. Someone will buy it. And like it.

I firmly believe that if it wasn’t for the billions food companies pump into the medical establishment, we would know a lot more about the disastrous effects it has on our bodies.

If you think I’m nuts try this: One week without food with added sugar. Fruits yes, but no sodas, no junk food or even a teaspoon of the stuff in your coffee. Just one week and you’ll see for yourself how you can concentrate more and basically think better.

Take the time to read the article linked below.

Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks — Sugar Does

Take care folks,

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

The World’s Most Versatile (And Underappreciated) Firearm?

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The shotgun is perhaps the most versatile firearms on the face of the planet. From big game to small game to game birds, a shotgun will do the job. For home defense, the shotgun is more than capable and intimidating. Need a survival gun? The shotgun can cover it all in the most adverse conditions.

The choices of action types, gauges, barrel lengths and stock configurations are also an added incentive for owning a shotgun. Pump action, semi-auto, single or double barrel and even lever actions. The most commonly used gauge today is the 12 gauge, with the 20 gauge being a close second. There are others, but the old 16 gauge seems to have lost its popularity. Another, the 28 gauge, is primarily used by upland game bird hunters. The 10 gauge is a rarity in today’s times.

Let’s take a look at some specific uses for the shotgun today and my top choice for an overall shotgun.

Hunting

No surprise here. The shotgun has been used in this realm for more than 150 years. I personally have taken everything, including small game, varmints and big game. While the hunting of game birds is probably the most thought-of use for a shotgun when hunting, there are numerous other hunting uses. Use buckshot and you now have a viable option for critters such as coyotes, foxes, hogs and even big game at close distances. Deer hunters have long used a shotgun coupled with rifled slugs. Slugs are completely capable of taking larger game to include bear and elk. Distance is the only limitation for the shotgun and slugs, but the 100-yard mark is certainly within its capabilities.

Self-Defense

It has been in use for decades by police and military and the everyday citizen to protect and defend. The fact that the shotgun comes in so many configurations and offers such a wide range of ammunition choices makes it hard to beat.

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Consider adding an ammo carrier, sling and a light to your home defense shotgun. These add-ons will greatly enhance the defensive use of your smoothbore, but in the end these items are not absolutely critical for the home defender. It would benefit the defensive-minded citizen to obtain some credible training and recommendations in this category before proceeding too far down the road.

Survival  

It should be apparent that the shotgun has to be a top contender for an all-around survival gun; there is one in my vehicle at all times.

Consider the following. With the right selection of ammo, I can take winged game, small game, big game, defend myself and home from all manner of unwelcome visitors out to a distance of at least 100 yards, breech a door, launch tear gas (within legalities, of course) and create a high level of anxiety in anyone determined to do harm to me or my family. Another viable attribute is the durability of a good shotgun. It is generally very weather and harsh condition resistant — a good quality for any survival gun.

Other attributes include switching out barrels, chokes and the addition or deletion of any tactical option with ease. Areas of concern surrounding the shotgun for some folks could be weight, recoil and length. But in today’s world there are enough variations to fit most any person’s needs and abilities.

My personal pick for one shotgun to do it all: a Remington 870 pump action, 18-inch barrel, 3-inch chamber, extended magazine tube, interchangeable chokes with a ghost ring-style iron sight system. I prefer a butt stock ammo carrier and a two-point sling. A side rail or comparable attachment point for a light would be a nice option. I can live without a red dot or other optic system.

In today’s world of short-barreled rifles and high capacity magazines, the shotgun is often overlooked. Even many police agencies have eliminated it from their armory – which is a mistake, in my opinion.

Don’t have a shotgun? Get one!

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Flameless, Lightweight Heatstick Boils Water on the Move

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Flameless, Lightweight Heatstick Boils Water on the Move The Heatstick from Danish company Heatgear attempts to give backpackers and military personnel a better alternative to the camping stove. Not only is it lightweight, but this flameless heat source can also cook while you hike. I will not lie, this is very expensive but is it …

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Too Many Eggs!

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For a while I was selling some eggs and that was keeping their numbers down in my refrigerator..but egg prices have gone down again and I got tired of delivering eggs to people so they have been piling up a good bit in the fridge and today I collected these beautiful eggs along with a dozen more of the small bantam eggs and there just wasn’t anywhere to put them. Time to do something with these eggs before they go bad and just have to be thrown out. With all the animals I have to feed, there really is no excuse for throwing out eggs. But I started with the dozen or so fresh bantam eggs I had and made Phil some pickled eggs. I haven’t made any for a while so I know he is going to like these. It is just the standard recipe: 
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pickling spice 
2 cups vinegar 
2/3 cup water
Boil this for a few minutes and pour through a strainer over boiled eggs. 

So that got rid of a dozen eggs but there were at least ten dozen more in the refrigerator…..so I boiled a pan full, then another very large pan full and peeled, and peeled then cut them up a bit. I fed a plate full to the cats outside. They seemed very appreciative. Then I took two bowls out to the chickens and fed them. These chickens had never had eggs before but they seemed pretty happy and it didn’t take them long to finish them. They were all running around snatching pieces from each other.
They don’t get much variety here in the winter since I have no real good grass and weeds to pick for them. 

I then, put the rest of the eggs I collected today in the fridge and we have almost 8 dozen….looks like I may need to do this again tomorrow.

Man Receives $128 Ticket For Warming Car IN HIS DRIVEWAY

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ROSEVILLE, Mich. — Police this month gave a Michigan man a $128 ticket for something millions of people do every day – leaving his car running to warm up the interior on a cold day.

“This is purely a public safety issue,” Roseville, Mich., Police Chief James Berlin told a local TV station, Fox 8. “You see it all the time. People hop in a running car and steal them. Something bad happens when that occurs.”

Nick Taylor violated a Roseville ordinance against leaving keys in an empty car — even though it was a frigid morning, WDIV-4 reported. He left the vehicle running outside his girlfriend’s house on a very frigid morning.

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“Unattended car,” Taylor wrote on Facebook. “I’ve done this every day for seven years. Every person warms up their car. We live in Michigan.”

Taylor posted a picture of the ticket on Facebook. It had received more than 13,000 shares, 5,000 comments and 5,100 likes as of Jan. 10.

The ticket read, in part, “vehicle parked in drive … with keys in ignition. Motor running. No one around.”

One commenter on Facebook wrote that “everyone in a cold state would be getting tickets” if such a law existed everywhere and was enforced.

Another wrote, “I lived in Michigan for 40 years and now Wisconsin for 2. I always start my car on cold days before leaving. It’s only common sense. So one is supposed to stay in car when it is 21 below zero, freeze their butts off before car warms up, which could take up to 30 minutes?”

Still another wrote, “Frostbite or hypothermia could set in if people stay with the car before it is warmed up cause some take longer and in [negative-degree] degree weather it’s not practical or safe for people, either.”

But some people on Facebook supported the police. One person wrote, “He’s the idiot not the cop and for a number of reasons: Theft – he will not be covered on his insurance. Warming up the car is actually harmful to the engine and will shorten engine life. Waste of fuel. Pollution. And it is ILLEGAL.”

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The State of Preparedness 2017: Prepping Under a Donald Trump Presidency

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For some people, the election of Donald Trump has completely flipped the prepping paradigm. If you have stopped prepping, or believe that the world is now going to become some utopian wonderworld under Donald Trump, you need to think again! […]

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Should you shovel the snow off your roof?

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The snow has been falling endlessly in Central Oregon, it seems, and it isn’t going anywhere. Should you shovel your roof?

by Leon Pantenburg

Disclaimer: I’m no subject expert, and you need to pay attention to what your local authorities advise on this topic. Serious injury can result from sliding off a roof, and structural damage can result as a result of excess snow accumulation.

In the 18 years I’ve lived in Bend Oregon, I’ve never seen snow like this. Since the first snowfall, around the beginning of December, we’ve had below-freezing temperatures and record accumulations.

In years past, we’d have about four snows annually that would require shoveling. Then it was over.  But this year has been unusually bad.

I know I need to shovel my driveway and sidewalks, but what about the accumulation on the roof? Doesn’t the snow weigh a lot, and won’t it cause structural damage to the roof?

Every topic, issue and argument has two sides. Some believe that roof shoveling is not necessary. Others urge people to remove the roof snow to prevent damage later from melting snow and ice dams created by freezing water in gutters.

Here are thoughts from both sides:

Eric Lui, a professor of structural engineering and mechanics at Syracuse University, said a roof built according to state building codes should be able to withstand the weight of any snow that could accumulate on it. In most cases, Lui doesn’t think roof shoveling is necessary (Read the complete story.)

The Bend Fire Department recommends that a qualified professional remove the extra loading, according to a Jan. 10, 2017 KTVZ.com post. (Read the whole story.)

The snow needs to go, according to Bend Fire because:

If the vent for a gas furnace or water heater gets covered, it can force carbon monoxide back into the house.

If a rooftop vent for a gas appliance  gets covered, it can force carbon monoxide back into the house.

· Deep snow on a roof can bury a gas appliance flue, causing the exhaust to enter the home. This condition can introduce carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless poisonous gas in the building.

· Excess snow on the roof can weaken and possibly collapse a structure, particularly an older building with a shallow-pitched roof.

· Snow melting on a roof can refreeze into ice dams, which force subsequent snow melt to leak into the structure.

· Melting snow can freeze into icicles, which can cause serious injury if they fall on people.

Here’s some thoughts:

Is it feasible for you to shovel you roof? For me, personally, it isn’t. I have two prosthetic knees and climbing ladders is a thing of the past. I’m not getting up on a slippery roof to shovel snow!

Do you have the right equipment? There are roof rakes, made specially for removing accumulations, and other specialized tools that can do the job safely and effectively. But this assumes you can get to the area safely. You may have to take a standard snow shovel and have at it.

This segues into:

Is your house roof shovel-able? By this, we mean, can someone safely get to the area to be shoveled? If you have a two-story house, you’ll need a long ladder to even get to the work area. Most of us don’t have such ladders, and this is one instance where improvisation is a bad idea.

There are enough dangers associated with winter storms. The experts agree: Don’t put yourself in danger shoveling a roof if you don’t have the right tools and skills.

Should you remove the snow on your roof? You decide, based on local research.

And don’t do something stupid!

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How prepared are you, really? Questions to assess your preparedness

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Here are some questions to think about:

1) Do you have a fully stocked first aid kit at home? I’m not talking about a few band-aids, a bottle of aspirin, and a dried up tube of triple-antibiotic ointment scattered around your house, but rather a fully-stocked and well-organized kit. You shouldn’t have to search through all your bathroom and kitchen drawers to find what you need in an emergency.

(Click here for a fairly comprehensive first aid kit (326 pieces) for only $35) 

2) Have you taken an actual first aid course recently? Having a first aid manual that you quickly skimmed through once right after you bought it doesn’t count as training. Nor does your boy scout training from 30 years ago. Everyone in your family/group needs actual first aid training with refresher courses every so often.

3) Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? Is it still within its expiration date? Does everyone know how to use it? Do you have a fire extinguisher n your vehicle?

(I have several Fire Gone fire extinguishers in my home. They are easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and work on Class A, B, and C fires.) 

4) How quickly would you run out of water, if your water was unexpectedly cut-off for some reason? If you have your own well, assume the pump breaks for some reason and cannot be quickly replaced. Do you have enough stored water to last a week? Two weeks? Do you know how and where to collect water and how to purify water? 

(The Lifestraw Family Water Filter can purify over 4,700 gallons of water, without the need for chemicals, for under $75.)

5) If you should not purchase any food at a store or restaurant for one week, would you have enough food stored at home to eat during that week? Expand that period to two weeks, then one month, then six-months. What holes do yu have in your food storage plan? 

(My favorite food storage book: Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton.)

6) Gasoline can quickly disappear during a crisis. Check your vehicles’ gas tanks at the moment. Are they full or near-full (good)? Or have you let them get down to near empty (bad)? Do you have any extra fuel safely stored for emergency use? How much? If you have a bug-out location, could you get there today without having to buy gas?

7) Do you have an alternative ( bug-out) location picked out if you must leave your home location for any reason during an emergency? Do you know how to get there without using GPS, google maps, or other internet-based resource? Do you know at least one alternative route to that location should the main route be blacked for some reason? Have you ore-positioned any supplies at your alternative location? 

8) If your plans include producing your own food, are you already doing so? Did you grow a garden, raise chickens, go hunting, or go fishing, last year? Do you plan on doing so in 2017? Do you already have seeds for this coming year? Do you already have the tools you need? What if a collapse happens before you get your garden planted this year, and you cannot buy what you need? 

9) Are your finances currently “in order?” How much credit card debt do you have? Do you have any auto-loans? Student loans? Other debt? Is your mortgage paid off? Are you spending less than you earn (are a saver), or more than you get (still in a debtor mentality)? Do you have an emergency fund? How many months worth of expenses is in your emergency savings account? Do you have any cash safely stored at home in case ATMs aren’t working or their is a bank holiday declared? Do you have any savings in the form of tangibles (such as gold or silver)? Do you have possession of them (good), or are they stored for you by someone else (such as in  a bank safe-deposit box, or with a broker)? In a full collapse scenario, do you really think you can get a second-party to turn your gold or silver back over to you even if you have a certificate saying that you own it (answer: no)? 

(Please see my article Prepping 101: Finances – Get Back to Basics.)

10) Are you and your spouse in agreement on your preparedness plans? Do you agree on what to do, where to go, when to go, how to get there, in an emergency?

(Having trouble getting your spouse on board with prepping? Please see may article How To Talk To Non-Preppers Without Turning Them Off to Prepping.)

11) Do you have any “special needs” folks in your family/group? Special needs individuals include many more than just the physically or mentally handicapped, and includes babies, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, folks with chronic illnesses (high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, MS, MD, cancer, etc.), and folks with mental illness and addictions (including tobacco or alcohol). 

(Please see my article Special Needs Prepping.) 

12) Have you planned for your pets and any livestock in an emergency? Do you have food, water, medical supplies stored for them?If you have to “bug out,” what happens to your animals? Will you take them with you? How?

13) What is your current state of health and physical fitness? What is the current health and physical fitness of all the other members of your family/group? When was the last time you had a health exam? A dental exam? An eye exam? Do you have any issues that need to be addressed at the moment, such as dental issues or new glasses, that you have been putting off? How far can you walk, carrying your bug-out-bag (BOB) or survival kit? Is that just a guess, or have you actually tried walking that distance recently? 

14) Have you made a list of the various skills of individual members of your family/group? What skills do you have covered by at least two members? What useful skills are missing from your group? Some of the many possible skills include leadership, advanced first aid, nursing, dental, and other medical, veterinary, auto mechanics, small engine repair, home repair/DIY skills, hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening, canning, sewing, animal husbandry, plumbing, woodworking, electrical work, carpentry, butchering (game & livestock), security/defense, ham radio operator, tinker (repair, sharpen, maintain knives & tools), and so forth…  Make a list of the skills you want your group to have, make an (honest) assessment of the current skills within the group, then start filling in holes by seeking training or additional group members.

15) Are your plans written down, with specific details, goals and dates)? Or, are your plans mostly “in your head” with few concrete details?  A plan really isn’t a plan until its been well-thought out, written down, reviewed by all concerned, adjusted, re-written, tested and implemented. 

These are just a few of many, many possible questions you can ask yourself and your family/group to assess your true state of preparedness for whatever difficult times that may be ahead. I hope this list helps you get started an a through assessment of your plans.


The Gun Guide: Safety Tips for First Time Buyers

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The Gun Guide: Safety Tips for First Time Buyers

Buying a gun is one of your rights as an American, and if you’re getting into the market now, you probably already know that. While not everyone wants to buy a gun, your right to own one shouldn’t be taken away.

The fact is that you do need to be smart about owning a gun though. While it might be your right to own a gun, it is definitely your responsibility to make sure that it doesn’t harm someone or end up in the wrong hands.

Keep reading to learn more about gun safety in your home and out in the world. As a first time gun owner, you may not know everything there is to know about firearm safety, but a little information and vigilance on your part can get you there.

Get Training

Before you buy a gun, a very smart thing to do is to go through a gun safety course. While some areas recommend this to people buying guns, it is rare that is required. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth doing.

If you’ve never owned a gun before, getting some information from professionals who understand firearm safety can make gun ownership much safer. Knowing property safety procedures can also help you get the most enjoyment out of your gun if you’re buying for target practice, hunting or even home safety.

Lock Your Gun

At home, your gun should be locked away from your ammunition. Proper gun safes and storage for ammunition is essential.

Buy safes with combination locks that are only accessible to you.

Carry Properly

If you have a permit to carry your gun in your state, you may have the ability to move around the city with it. Obviously that doesn’t mean that you can walk around with your gun in your hand or on the passenger seat of your car.

Individuals that choose to carry a weapon should take great pride in their safety and ability to handle a gun in the open. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in a hip holster or shoulder holster that is made specifically for your gun.

Having the proper fit will ensure that there are no accidents when you’re carrying your weapon. It’s your responsibility to make sure your gun is safe, even when that gun is in your possession out in public.

3 Boating Safety Tips

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3 Boating Safety Tips

Boating is an enjoyable activity that can be shared with family and friends. If you are the skipper of the boat, though, you will be responsible not only for the enjoyment of your guests, but their safety, too. It is important that onboard your vessel you have the necessary boat safety equipment. You should ensure that none of it is expired, it is completely filled and still operating as intended.

Most boating trips go out on the water and return with no problems, but just in case, here are three safety tips.

Pre-Departure Checklist

A pre-departure checklist helps ensure that your equipment is up to par. You will want to double-check that you have enough life vests on the boat, your distress signals are in good shape and the fire extinguishers are not expired. This is the time to also ensure your vessel if full of fuel and the oil levels are good. Even though you may not use them if you venture out during the daylight hours, you will still want to make sure all lights are operating.

Weather

Even on days when the weather is cooperating, it is still recommended that you re-check the anticipated weather conditions. Things can be different out at sea, so you should be aware of any weather patters that may form during your voyage. Clouds can suddenly darken and the wind can become a little more aggressive without a lot of warning. If you start to see these and other harsher weather signs while you are out on the water, it is better to turn around and head back toward land.

Use Good Judgment

Ultimately, boating should be fun. Amidst that fun, it is a great idea to exercise good judgment at all times. As the skipper, you should follow sea safety rules like driving at reasonable speeds, not consuming alcohol and being respectful of others who may be sharing the waters with you. Setting up a float plan before you head out is a good idea in case of an emergency, and designating an assistant skipper may ease some of your responsibilities.

Heading out on the water can provide a sense of freedom, relaxation and fun. With being the skipper of a boat comes a lot of responsibility. To have an enjoyable time, ensure you have completed a pre-departure checklist, checked the weather conditions and exercise good judgment.

6 Things To Do Before a Winter Storm Strikes

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Winter is here. Nights are longer, days are shorter and the temperature is dropping. It’s only a matter of time before a big storm hits. Sure, you can cross your fingers and hope for the best. Good luck with that. If you’re not ready for a blizzard, you’ll have lots in common with Frosty the […]

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Is A Devastating Economic Crisis In Our 2017 Future?

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I’ve got to say that the economic numbers, the markets, and the apparent enthusiasm seem quite out of place with economic reality. It is astounding how the controllers of today’s modern economic systems have not only staved off a complete crash during 2008, but have risked the system way worse than then while having also […]

The Most Isolated, Amazing, Off-Grid House In The World?

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The Most Isolated, Amazing, Off-Grid Home In The World?

The ultimate off-grid home also might be the world’s most isolated. It is a hunting lodge located on the island of Elliðaey, which is in the North Atlantic off the southern coast of Iceland.

The house has a 110-acre island to itself, with the only things being a few trees, grass, puffin birds, and a rocky coast that belongs on a postcard.

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Despite its’ remoteness, the house on Elliðaey is sort of famous as the center of a couple of urban legends. The strangest of those stores is that the island is the home or retreat of Iceland’s most famous resident — the eccentric alternative punk and rock singer, Björk.

The Most Isolated, Amazing, Off-Grid Home In The World?

A popular online legend is that the Icelandic government gave Elliðaey to Björk for her service to the nation. That is not true, though. Björk did once own an isolated home in Selfoss, which is on the southern tip of Iceland.

Also false is a story that the lodge belongs to an eccentric billionaire. Instead, the lodge belongs to a local hunting club. The club’s members use it to hunt puffin. The home even has a sauna.

The Most Isolated, Amazing, Off-Grid Home In The World?

 

Although no one lives in the home permanently, that was not always the case. Descendants of the Vikings actually lived on the island for around 300 years, settling there sometime in the 17th century. They left by the 1930s.

Despite its remote location, Elliðaey is not a practical survival location. Except for puffins, there is little food on the island.

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Elliðaey is part of the Vestmannaeyjar or Westman archipelago.

The Most Isolated, Amazing, Off-Grid Home In The World?

Iceland is an island nation in the North Atlantic that is home to the world’s oldest parliament, a fishing fleet and a number of Internet data centers for processing bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The data centers are powered by Iceland’s most abundant resource: electricity generated by geothermal steam.

Iceland is perhaps best known as the location of several volcanoes. One of them, Eyjafjallajokull, disrupted air travel in the Atlantic with a huge dust cloud in 2010. The British tabloid The Sun reported that Eyjafjallajokull is rumbling again and might erupt this summer.

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Krav Maga Tactical Survival Unboxing

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Krav Maga Tactical Survival Unboxing

This week I had a mystery package to open. I usually know what I’m opening. This time I had forgotten about being sent a book on Krav Maga. 

Krav Maga is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces. It has been tested and used around the globe for sixty years. 

I have taken a few martial arts over the years. Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai and have had an interest in Krav Maga for several years. 

From all my research it seems to be the best to quickly and safely end street fights. It was designed for that. 

It also seems that the learning curve is not as high. In some martial arts it takes a long time to be able to apply your skills. 

This book is filled with full-color photos to help explain the techniques. 

I can’t wait to start practicing with Couch Potato Mike. 

I do want to state that I do not believe you will be able to become a master with a book. But this is an excellent primer. Finding a qualified local instructor is definitely the way to go. 

 

 

 

 

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Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch, Black, Silver, Large

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Get fit in style with Fitbit Blaze—a smart fitness watch that helps you maximize every workout and every day. With advanced technology in a versatile design, this revolutionary device is built to track your workouts, monitor your performance stats, and gauge your progress. PurePulse continuous heart rate and multi-sport modes enhance every exercise, while next-generation features like Connected GPS and FitStar workouts on your wrist help you take your fitness to the next level. All-day activity and sleep tracking and call, text & calendar notifications help you track your day with ease. And interchangeable band and frames and customizable clock faces on the hi-res color touchscreen let you personalize your style for every occasion. With all this and more, Fitbit Blaze has everything you need to reach your goals, packed into one sleek time piece. Synchronize: • Fitbit Blaze syncs wirelessly to 200+ leading iOS, Android and Windows devices using Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. • Syncing range: 20 feet • Notifications: Text and call via Bluetooth 4.0 • Music control: via Bluetooth Classic • Syncing to mobile devices requires Bluetooth and Internet connection • Syncs with Windows Vista and later, Mac OS X 10.6 and up, iPhone 4S and later, iPad 3 gen. and later, and leading Android and Windows devices. Battery and Power: • We recommend charging Fitbit Blaze every few days to ensure you are always tracking. • Battery life: lasts up to 5 days • Battery type: Lithium-polymer • Charge time: One to two hours • Radio transceiver: Bluetooth 4.0

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Fitbit Flex 2, Black

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Meet the all-new Fitbit Flex 2-a slim, swim-proof fitness wristband that’s ready to go wherever life takes you. The ultra-thin, removable tracker hides in bands, bangles and pendants, so you can wear it in a way that’s all your own. Automatic all-day activity and sleep tracking show you how your entire day addsup, and SmartTrackautomatic exercise recognition records your exercises for you. The discreet progress display uses color-coded LED lights to keep you connected to calls, texts and Reminders to Move. Plus you don’t have to worry about getting it wet-whether you’re swimming in the pool or running in the rain. It’s the next generation model of our most iconic tracker. No fuss, all fun, and fit for every you.

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Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large

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Make every beat count with Fitbit Charge 2-the all-new heart rate and fitness wristband built for all-day, workouts and beyond. PurePulse continuous heart rate makes it easy to maximize workouts, better track calorie burn and get a snapshot of your cardio fitness level, while all-day activity and auto sleep tracking, lets you see how your whole routine adds up. Record your workouts with multi-sport modes to see real-time workout stats on screen, or rely on SmartTrack to automatically record select exercises for you. The large OLED display helps you stay connected with call, text and calendar alerts, stay active with Reminders to Move, and find moments of calm with personalized guided breathing sessions. Plus, you can find a look that fits your style with customizable clock faces and interchangeable bands. With more advanced features in a sleeker package, it’s the motivation you need to push yourself further-every step, every beat, every day

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Bluenet 129pcs Fishing Lure Set Including Plastic Soft Lures Frog Lures Spoon Lures Hard Lures Popper Crank Rattlin Trout Bass Salmon And More

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Bluenet 129pcs Fishing Lure Set ,Including Frog Lures, Spoon Lures, Soft Plastic Lures, Popper, Crank, Rattlin and More Wholeset compate with 1pcs Plastic Tool Box 1pcs Gift Multipurpose Tool and Free Bluenet Neoprene bag!

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LotFancy 30 PCS Fishing Lures Crankbaits Hooks Minnow Baits Tackle, 1.57 to 3.66 Inches Long (Assorted, 30 PCS Fishing Lures)

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Catch The Big Fish
Choosing the right bait for your rod is important, fishing is not easy therefore you have to use the best bait available!

Big Fishes
The fish shaped fishing bait is special, the 3D eyes will trick even the smartest fish into thinking that the bait is a real fish, they will think of it as prey and afterward, it happens! The fish will try to eat it and the rest is history.

High Quality Fishing Bait Lures

Note
The shape and color of fishing lures maybe different or same, we sent them randomly.

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PLUSINNO® Fishing Lures Tackle, 102Pcs Including Frog Lures, Hard Lures, Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits, Spoon Lures, Soft Lures, Popper, Crank, Tackle Box and More Fishing Gear Lures Kit Set

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Warm Prompt: we provide 2 kinds products here & just choose what you need from “select” section.

Fishing Lure Tackle Include:

6 x Crankbaits
10 x Metal Spinning Lures
18 x Plastic Worms Size: 14cm 3pcs,10cm 3pcs,6.5cm : 12pcs
4 x Spinnerbaits
4 x Jig Head
3 x 7g Copper Bullet Weights Sinker
3 x 10g Copper Bullet Weights Sinker
2 x Topwater Fishing Frog Lures
10 x Line Stopper
6 x Stainless steel wire fishing leaders with swivel and connector
15 x Fishing hooks Size:1/0# 5pcs, 1# 5pcs, 2# 5pcs.
10 x Rolling Barrel Fishing Swivels
10 x Barrel Swivel with Safty Snap Connector Solid Rings
1 x Tackle box

Soft Bait Include:

Big Worm: 9pcs Black color
Small Worm: 9pcs Green color and 9pcs Orange color
Fishing hooks#1: 10pcs
Fishing hooks#1: 10pcs
Fishing hooks#1/0: 10
Rubber O-ring: 50PcsFearture:

Material: Environmental Plastic, Metal etc.
Color: Multi-color.
Choosing the right bait is very important, fishing is not easy therefore you have to use the best bait available!
Excellent for novice learning how to fish or prepare fishing lures.
PLUSINNO Fishing Lures Set is amazing fishing lure Kit in the market cause it includes all kinds of lures and price is pretty reasonable.

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FIFO Can Rack 200 – Food Storage organizer/rotater/dispenser

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The FIFOTM Can Rack 200 system offers you the first in first out technology designed to keep your food fresh and organized. At 42″ tall and with a capacity of over to 200 cans, the Can Rack 200 can hold several months worth of food for a small family. And if you have a little more room, you can stack two units vertically to expand your food storage capacity to over 400 cans.

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FIFO Can Tracker- Food Storage Canned Foods Organizer/Rotater/Dispenser: Kitchen, Cupboard, Pantry- Rotate Up To 54 Cans

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“Never again let your canned goods expire. Maximize your food’s shelf life by rotating the easy way. As you pull each can from the bottom row, the other cans automatically rotate, starting with the top row, followed by the middle row once the top row is depleted. This patented technology allows maximum storage capacity in limited space. The Mini Can Tracker allows you to quickly organize your pantry or storage space and is designed to be expandable with additional units. Features: Rotates 45-54 cans, 16″” deep x 12″” tall x 16″” wide, Holds 4 to 30 ounce cans, Expands with additional units, Fits existing storage space”

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Being a creature of habit could get you killed when it all goes south.

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Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post, we are going to look at how dangerous being creatures of habit can be in a SHTF situation. Grab a cup of coffee, my friend,…

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Healthy Ways To Lose Weight After Christmas

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Lose Weight

Now that the Christmas season is over, you’re probably scared to even step on the scale. After a month and a half of cookies, candy, stuffing, gravy, and eggnog, you’re probably sucking in your breath to button your jeans.

Well what if I told you that you didn’t have to give up the good stuff to do get back into your skinny jeans?

Read on to learn how to lose weight and get back into peak shape so you’re prepared for any emergency that may come your way.

The Low Fat Myth

Back in the 50s, President Eisenhower had a heart attack and top nutritionists and other government agencies decided it was time to find out what was causing such an increase in heart disease and obesity.

They did some quick research and decided that dietary fat was the problem. After all, being fat was the problem, right? So, the idea to follow a low-fat diet as a means to become healthy was born.

The only problem with this conclusion is that they didn’t consider how the body works, nor did they factor in other behaviors and conditions that we now know are bad such as smoking, eating too much sugar, and not exercising.

We all know that if you eat a tomato your skin doesn’t turn red, right? Or if you eat an apple, you don’t become apple-shaped. Well, saying that you’re going to get fat if you eat fat is sort of along the same line of thinking.

Now before you start thinking I’m off my rocker, hear me out. I’m not saying that you should start gobbling down fat willy-nilly. I’m just saying that fat has been unjustly demonized. It’s true that our bodies take longer to burn fat, and that it burns it as a last resort, but what most “educated” nutritionists don’t realize is that the solution lies in that statement.

Our bodies take a long time to burn fat, which means that fat is a steady source of energy, once our bodies burn up all the carbs to get to it.

Think of your body like a camp fire. You light kindling and small bits of dried wood to get it going, and they flare and then quickly burn out. While they’re flaring, you put on a nice log that burns steadily for a long time, then add another log when that one’s about out.

Well, carbs are the kindling that burns hot and fast, and fat is the log that burns long and steady. That’s why they call it a “sugar rush”; you get a lot of energy quickly, then you bottom out. Carbs, even those from fruits and veggies, are not a viable source of consistent energy. Unfortunately, since fat has become a swear word in the nutritional world, the solution is to eat more carbs more often. Well guess what your body does with extra carbs? That’s right – it converts them to fat.

Your body has three sources of energy – carbs, fat, and protein – and it burns them in that order. You don’t want to get to the point of burning protein because at that point, you’re damaging your kidneys and losing muscle mass.

On the other end of the spectrum, though, you’ll struggle to find a consistent plane of energy by consuming carbs alone. That leaves healthy fats which, gram for gram, provide twice the energy potential as carbohydrates.

Why Big Business and Big Pharma Push Carbs

Ahh … as with most things, big business and big pharma don’t want you to lose weight. There’s no money in it for them because they make billions every year from pushing junk food, processed food, diet pills, and a host of medications that treat obesity-related conditions. Now that the money train’s rolling, they don’t want it to stop.

Just think how much money the general population throws to Big Pharma. High blood pressure medications, cancer medications, diabetes medications, Alzheimer’s and dementia meds, arthritis meds, sleeping pills, pain pills and the list goes on and on.

They don’t care about our health because they’re making a fat living off of our illnesses, pun intended.

The truth is that processed foods are killing you, and Big Business and Big Pharma are getting rich while you get fat and die.

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Junk In, Junk Out

It’s true that you are what you eat. When you eat garbage, your body rots. There are a whole host of conditions related to eating improperly (translation: too many processed carbs and bad fats), including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Acne
  • Early Aging
  • Joint Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Inflammation
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Brain Fog
  • Insomnia
  • High Cholesterol
  • Cancer

This is just the short list, and it’s now backed up by scientific fact.

Did you know that your brain is comprised of at least 60% fat and can’t function properly without it? Or that Alzheimer’s has been dubbed Type 3 diabetes because it’s now been linked to insulin resistance and deficiency in the brain? Well, now you do. Imagine the bucks that Big Pharma is going to make selling more Alzheimer’s meds to treat THAT.

Your brain can’t function properly without fat, and once people add healthy fat back into their diets and decrease carb consumption, one of the first two improvements that they note is increased cognitive function and weight loss.

Your brain isn’t the only organ that needs fat, either. Your gallbladder needs it to function, fat protects your liver from alcohol and other toxins and actually makes it dump its own fat cells, you can’t make critical hormones without fat, and your bones need it to adequately absorb calcium.  Oh, and they help you control the stress hormone that causes you to retain belly fat, the most unhealthy (and unappealing) kind there is.

And those are just a few ways your body uses fat. The complete list of whats and whys would be the length of a thesis, not an article.

Oh, and a steady supply of fat boosts your metabolism, even when you’re sitting still. Yes, I just said you can lose weight while you’re watching TV. And you can eat fat while you’re doing it.

Though modern science has proven over and over again that our bodies NEED healthy fats, even saturated fats, it’s been vilified for so long that the mindset is tough to change on a country-wide basis. Other countries who consume significant amounts of healthy fats, such as those in the Mediterranean, are twice as healthy as the average American. They’re significantly skinnier, too.

Good Fats vs Bad Fats

Now, that I’ve blathered on about how you need fat to get skinny, let’s talk about what kinds of fats. Specifically, you want to consume unsaturated fats such as those found in nuts and seeds and fatty fish, and healthy saturated fats such as those found in coconut oil, olive oil (which has both), butter, and, yes, even some red meat (gasp).

Good Fats

Omega-3 fatty acids are the real hidden gems in many good fats. They do everything from help you lose weight to preventing Alzheimer’s and are found in olive oil, fatty fish such as salmon, nuts, seeds, avocados and a host of other foods. They’re the gold standard of fats.

You know what fats you shouldn’t eat? Fake fats, aka, trans fats. This is man-made fat created by hydrogenating vegetable oil so that it stays solid at room temperature. They’re terrible for you. They really do lead to obesity, increased bad cholesterol and other diseases that most fats are blamed for. Like I said, it’s all about the good fats. Put down the margarine and butter your veggies instead.

Oh, and grow your own in compost that you’ve made because commercial ones are grown in nutrient-poor soil and aren’t nearly as high in nutrients as they used to be. You’ll notice that most of these low-carb foods I’ve listed can be easily canned or stored in other ways so that you can stockpile it. That will keep you healthy even if SHTF.

Now, we’ve given you a head start on how to lose those Christmas pounds, but how do you put them to use? Well, you know what you need to know to get started, but we’ve found a system that lays it all out for you. With it, there’s no calorie counting, no starvation, and no energy roller coasters.

The girl who created the system actually found it when she was reading the Bible looking for ways to help her husband, who had been diagnosed with ALS. She compared the way the bible instructed people to eat with modern scientific studies and came up with a plan that works.

It’s called the Shepherd’s Diet, and outlines exactly what you need to eat (or more accurately, what you won’t have to give up) as well as providing you with detailed shopping lists that help you buy the foods that you need in order to get lean and healthy.

Anyone can do follow her plan – remember, she came up with it while looking for a treatment for ALS – and it comes with some great free gifts, including a great guide to help you reduce stress with food.

It really is worth checking out. If not, do your own research and put together a plan that incorporates the right balance of good fats, protein, and healthy carbs. The upside to the system is that she’s already done the work for you, but if you’re willing to invest enough hours, you can do it yourself if you insist.

Regardless, we wish you a lean, healthy New Year!

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DIY Solar Heated Garden Bed

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DIY Solar Heated Garden Bed I never knew that gardening could get so technical … I read today that it is possible to grow your food with the aid of wine bottles. You may be thinking, “huh” but once you read the science behind this it will blow you away, also its a great way …

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Thai Chicken and Zucchini Noodles Recipe, Healthy and Delicious!

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Our Thai Chicken and Zucchini Noodles Recipe is the perfect dish for those who are craving pasta but are searching for a lighter and healthier meal.  We love pasta in our house, but unfortunately, the excess amount of carbs in

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Seed Packets: Big Gardening Lessons Packed in a Small Space

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Don’t overlook lowly seed packets for gardening knowledge. They often pack a big lesson into their small space. Seed packets have such a wealth of growing information but I think we often overlook how great they really are.  We reference our favorite seed catalog or gardening book for the details to grow our favorite plants […]

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How Prepared Are You For An Emergency

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My heart is urging me to ask my readers, how prepared are you for an emergency? I’m sure there a few that will say, “I’m almost there.” Some people will say, “I’m just starting with food storage and emergency preparedness items.” Many will say, “Where do I start, I am overwhelmed with the thought of an emergency?” I am occasionally stopped at the grocery store and asked questions like, “Why are you buying so many cans of beets and green beans?” In Utah, it’s pretty common for people to purchase cases of food once a year when stores have their case lot sales in the fall. There is nothing quite as comforting as a small room packed with canned or bottled food items lined up in a row. I think the people that ask me must be on vacation and traveling through Utah because it’s normal to buy cases of the foods you eat just about every day.

I receive about 300-400 emails per day asking about food storage and emergency preparedness. Some I can answer rather quickly, and others I redirect to my website to get the answer(s) they need. I know that more people are watching the news and maybe are starting to “get it”, that we must have some stored water and food. The government can’t take care of us immediately after an unforeseen disaster or emergency. It may take them weeks to get food or water if our supplies are shut off. It may happen today, tomorrow or next year. We need to be prepared, I can’t emphasize this enough. Here’s the deal, you don’t have to have pallets of food delivered to your home. If you can afford to spend thousands, that’s awesome. I can’t. I grew up with food storage, grinding wheat, making bread and cooking from scratch. I didn’t know anything else. I applaud my mother for teaching me the skills of being self-reliant.

Tips For An Emergency:

Water is critical:

My favorite water preserver: Water Preserver Concentrate I use this one so I only have to rotate my water every five years. If you use bleach you need to rotate your water every six months.

  • 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you might need more.
  • 4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc. I highly recommend this amount.
  • 5 to12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet.
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine.

Where do I start with food storage:

I put together a sheet that will help you get started. All you need to do is write down the food you and your family eat each day for seven days. Please only store what you will actually want to eat after an emergency. You can buy cans, purchase the staples to cook from scratch, and also pre-made packages of food storage where you just add boiling water. You can buy #10 cans where some will last 20-25 years if they are freeze-dried and in optimal weather conditions. Please do not store food storage in a hot garage, it will shorten the shelf-life significantly. Here is a PRINTABLE I designed: Where-Do-I-Start

Bread Making:

If you know someone in your neighborhood that can teach the youth how to make bread, do it as soon as possible. I promise it is a skill they will find very useful over the coming years. I mean they will really need to know how to make bread. It takes practice. If you are intimidated about making bread, then learn to make biscuits or crackers. You will need that skill! I’m coming on pretty strong today because I truly believe we have got to bring back our ancestor’s skills. Bread making is one of the most important skills you will want to learn. If you have fresh ingredients and a large bowl anyone can make bread. Whole-Wheat-Bread-For-Two Recipe or White-Bread-For-Two Recipe

Sewing:

If you have a neighbor who knows how to sew, ask her to teach you. I’m thrilled when people email me and ask me what sewing machine to buy. I cherish those emails because I know there are people wanting to learn skills that we all need. I have a Bernina, but there are some really great brands out there. Just giving you the heads-up here, you don’t need the most expensive machine. But I would not buy the cheapest one either. You get what you pay for. My daughter bought a Janome for her daughter to learn to sew and she actually took sewing lessons. Proud grandma, here. I have had two granddaughters take sewing lessons. I even had a grandson learn to sew in high school and he is sewing on my old Baby Lock machine. Yay, this grandma loves this stuff!

Emergency Toilet:

I prefer a six-gallon bucket over the five-gallon bucket unless you are really short. These are the toilet lids I purchased: Tote-able Toilet Seat and Lid and this is where you can get the six-gallon buckets: (save the Gamma lid for something else) 6 Gallon Bucket with White Gamma Seal Lid

1. Box of 10-gallon size bags (500-count), I bought these at Costco. You can buy the green ones, but they are so expensive Kirkland Signature 10 Gallon Clear Wastebasket Liner 500 Count

2. Toilet paper – at least 3-4 rolls

3. Hand Sanitizer

4. Baby Wipes

5. A collapsible shovel

6. Kitty litter or sawdust to help reduce the odor

7. Duct tape to attach the bags to the bucket to prevent slippage

Emergency Stoves I Recommend:

Here’s the deal with an emergency stove, you have a lot of options. I would suggest a butane stove, and you may want to start with: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and some fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

This is just one stove I recommend. I will talk tomorrow about other choices of cooking devices I have used. May God bless you for being self-reliant. The government will not be able to take care of everyone. We are responsible for ourselves and our family.

My favorite things:

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

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Walther PPQ M2 9mm Review

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by Nicholas

Ever since the Glock first became popular in the 1980s, there has been a nearly countless number of polymer framed, striker fired pistols that adopted the same concept. While some of these pistols may have fallen short of the high bar that Glock set, others exceeded it. One such example is the Walther PPQ.

Walther has always been a gun manufacturer who has introduced a unique innovation with each new firearm released, and the PPQ is no exception. When the M1 model was first released in 2011, the big selling point was its trigger, purported to be the smoothest of any production striker fired pistol in the world.

There was just one significant criticism of the PPQ from American shooters. They disliked the European-style paddle magazine release. Walther listened and in 2013 released a revised model that featured an American-style push button release instead. This was the PPQ M2.

ERGONOMICS

The first thing to talk about with the PPQ is its ergonomics, which are stellar. While obviously, opinions on pistol ergonomics are subjectively biased, reaction to the feel of the grip on the PPQ has been overwhelmingly positive.

Walther has long been known for producing some of the most ergonomic pistols on the market. The texturing on the PPQ’s grip is designed to be more aggressive than that of the earlier P99 model. The grip also has three-fingered grooves that help the grip mold into the hand better and make slippage in wet environments less of an issue.

The PPQ also sells with three separate back straps: small, medium, and large (medium comes standard on the gun). Simply pop out the pin at the base of a grip with a screwdriver, swap out the back, and then push the pin back inside.

FEATURES

The PPQ is equally as simple as a Glock. There are no external safeties on the gun, other than the lever on the front of the trigger that must be depressed for the rest of the trigger to pull. The slide release is present on both sides of the gun for true ambidexterity, and it is larger and easier to release than the Glock as well.

While the push button magazine release is not truly ambidextrous, it is reversible, and therefore adaptable for left-handed shooters.

The PPQ also features a loaded chamber indicator that you will find near the ejection port. When the weapon is chambered, the extractor will be slightly pulled back and reveal a red marking that signifies the gun is loaded. Even in dark conditions, you can feel the extractor has been pulled back to tell you there is a round in the chamber is loaded.

On the dust cover of the PPQ, you will find a Picatinny accessory rail upon which you can mount lights, lasers, or whatever accessories you like to add to your pistols. A light, in particular, would be a good thing to add if you want to use the PPQ as a nightstand gun and want to have a two-handed grip over your gun instead of having one hand on the gun and one hand holding the light.

But the greatest feature of the PPQ and the single feature that has caused it to sell so well for Walther is the trigger. In fact, the trigger is a category of its own. Walther claims it is the smoothest and lightest trigger of any production striker fired pistol on the market, and you’ll be inclined to believe it when you shoot it for yourself.

The average trigger pull on the PPQ is between 4.5-5.5 pounds (if you use a trigger gauge, the trigger pull on any pistol won’t be identical with each shot). There’s a short and very smooth take-up before you get to the break, which is very crisp has a mere 0.1-inch reset. This neat of a trigger means the PPQ is excellent for firing follow-up shots.

RELIABILITY AND DURABILITY

As usual with Walther firearms, the PPQ has already proved in the five years of its existence to be an extraordinarily reliable firearm, on par with Glock. It will effortlessly feed any kind of ammo that you put through it. I’ve never encountered any jams or misfires of any kind with my personal PPQ.

The durability of the PPQ is also noteworthy. As with Glock, Walther coats the steel slide in a tough Tenifer finish, which will easily resist moisture and physical force. You may get a few light scratches here and there, but you can use the PPQ when it’s raining hard out, wipe it down afterward, and you won’t need to worry about rust or corrosion getting on the gun.

The polymer frame of the PPQ is also durable just like a Glock, and there have been very few reports of it ever failing or cracking.

ACCURACY AND SHOOTING

The PPQ is a blast to shoot. Part of this is due to the incredible trigger. The PPQ comes equipped with standard white three dot sights (which are made of polymer, unfortunately.) It would be better if the sights were metal like the rest of the slide, which is very easy to see when preparing to shoot.

The PPQ is also a highly accurate gun for its type. Again, the natural ergonomics and trigger no doubt play a role in this. At distances of twenty to thirty yards, I have found my PPQ to be among the most accurate 9mm pistols that I have ever shot.

FIELD STRIPPING

As is customary with pistols these days, the PPQ is extraordinarily simple to field strip.

Follow these steps when field stripping the PPQ:

  • Remove the magazine
  • Eject the round from the chamber (check the chamber even if it isn’t loaded)
  • Pull the trigger to release the striker (check again beforehand that the gun is empty)
  • Press down on the tabs on the frame above the trigger
  • This will release the slide, which you can then pull from the frame
  • Remove the guide rod and barrel from the slide to clean

Simply reverse these steps to reassemble.

VARIANTS

While my personal PPQ is the 9mm M2 model with a 4-inch barrel, Walther offers the PPQ in many other variations.

Walther currently offers the PPQ in .22 LR, 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The 9mm version is also available with the paddle release as the M1, while the .22 LR, 9mm, and .40 S&W versions are also offered with a longer 5-inch barrel for target shooting or competition use.

The capacity of the PPQ for each of the calibers is as follows:

  • .22 LR: 12 Rounds
  • 9mm: 15 Rounds (Standard) or 17 Rounds (Extended)
  • .40 S&W: 11 rounds (standard) or 13 Rounds (Extended)
  • .45 ACP: 12 rounds

9mm or .40 S&W P99 magazines will also work in the M1 variants of the PPQ with the paddle release; they will not work in the M2 models like mine that have the push button magazine release instead.

CUSTOMIZATION AND ACCESSORIES

While customization choices on the PPQ are currently limited in contrast to more commonplace guns such as Glock or the M&P, you still have options. The number of options is only likely to grow as the PPQ becomes more popular.

There are numerous holsters of all types for the PPQ that you can find from many manufacturers, include reputable ones such as Galco.

As far as customization of the PPQ is concerned, you can have the trigger swapped out for a better one, though why would you want to? You can replace the plastic guide rod that comes standard on the gun with a metal or stainless steel one (which I have done, as it’s heavier and helps to lower recoil just a tad). You can also replace the sights with a variety of higher quality options. I would suggest replacing the plastic sights on the PPQ with metal ones.

CONCLUSION

Priced in the $500 to $600 range, the PPQ represents a great value for the everyman. You’re getting a lot of gun for the money: excellent ergonomics, superb reliability and durability, decent accuracy, and a dream of a trigger. There are only a couple of minor complaints that I have about the PPQ, such as the sights being plastic, but this can be remedied easily.

I would highly recommend the PPQ to anyone looking for a 9mm pistol but who wants something other than a Glock. The PPQ is small and light enough for concealed carry or everyday carry purposes if necessary. It’s also large enough to use as a fighting weapon or sidearm.

Regardless of whether you use the PPQ for home defense, concealed carry, or just for fun target shooting, you simply can’t go wrong with it. Right now, the PPQ is the pinnacle of what Walther has achieved, and it will be very difficult for them to supplant it.

Food Storage Recipe – Corn Flake Biscuits

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Yummy biscuits!

Need:

1/4 cup of melted butter or margarine

1 cup crushed corn flake cereal

2 cups biscuit baking mix

1/2 cup cold water

Spread half of the butter in your baking pan.

Sprinkle half of the crushed cereal in the bottom of the pan.

Mix the water and baking mix until it forms the dough.

Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto that cereal.

Drizzle with the remaining butter.

Press the remaining cereal into the biscuits.

Place in the 425 degree, preheated, oven.

Bake about 10 to 15 minutes.

Priorities for prepping on a tight budget

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A while back, I wrote an article for folks that are brand new to prepping. If you missed it, click here to read it. Anyway, I got some positive feedback on that article, but I also received a few emails asking me to be a bit more specific. They wanted to know where and what […]

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Castle Doctrine: Keep Yourself Out Of Jail

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One of the major concerns facing the prepper and homesteader community is self-defense.  Prepper and homesteader sites have acticles on how to properly shoot or various survival knife brands. However, many blogs (my blog Living Dead Prepper is guilty as well) tend to neglect the legal aspects of self-defense.  This negligence is a mistake though as

Winter Survival: Don’t Get Caught in the Cold Without this Essential Prep

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thermosReadyNutrition Readers, as I’m sure you’re aware, the Polar Vortex has done a shift, and the incredibly cold weather expected for the Pacific Northwest has been shifted toward the East and slightly lower in latitude.  The effect has been extremely cold temperatures in the Great Lakes region, throughout the Ohio River Valley and into the Northeastern states.  Above-average levels of snowfalls have been experienced, as well as plummeting temperatures.

Here in Montana for the last several days we have a blast of subzero temperature emanating from the Arctic and Siberia, where the average has been about -5 to -10 degrees F at night, and only about 5 to 10 F during the day.  “OK, JJ, it’s cold: So where are we going with this?” may be your question.

Here’s the answer: “Old Man Winter” is kicking in; now, what happens if a “monkey-wrench” is thrown into the equation and you’re caught out in it?

I have written articles in the past about different things to do to prep for the cold weather, as well as for emergencies.  I want to focus on something that I do that may help you if you find yourself stranded in an accident or in a snowstorm where you may be unable to go anywhere for at least several hours or even overnight.  This piece can be used by anyone in a rural area (just the manner that I do use it), however, it is specifically tailored for those in an urban setting.

The reason being: urban residents don’t necessarily have the luxury of pulling away from their stranded vehicle 20 or 30 feet and making a fire for themselves.  With hundreds or even thousands of cars and only the macadam of the freeway, such activities would be “frowned upon” by the friendly authorities at a bare minimum.  So, what are you to do?  Try these measures for starters; I promise you, during the winter months, I take these steps every day.

Prep for the basics

Firstly, I prep the food I’m going to need.  I always have a bag of frozen carrots and peas in the freezer, and if I’m low or out, I dice up some carrots really small and add some fresh pea-pods after slicing them down into small strips.  These veggies go into a Ziploc bag.  Next I take about ½ pound of meat (whatever I have in the fridge, such as pot roast, brisket, or chicken) and dice it up into small pieces or even cubes.  I stick this into another Ziploc bag.  A third bag holds some dried onions.

Now I always travel with “Vitamin R,” as we used to call it in the Army.  Yes, there are some of you who are nodding your heads in recognition….as “R” is for “Ramen,” the mainstay of the “grunt” (infantryman) in the field.  I always have about half a dozen in the vehicle with me (winter or summer, for that matter), replacing them each day as I use them.  The Ramen is nothing more than a “base,” and you’ll understand in a second.

The key here are the Thermoses…and the good ones, mind you.  Not the ones with glass inserts or the insulated plastic ones.  You need the ones with a steel bottle for a core that is insulated, such as the Aladdin or an equivalent.  This is where the time comes into play.  You must boil water to bring up the temperature of the core of the thermos, allowing it to sit for at least 5 to 10 minutes, while an equivalent amount is being boiled on the stove.  This is a good moment for that second cup of coffee in the morning (I told you I prefer instant), as your water to heat up the core is poured out, and you replace it with boiling water anew…the water you will tote with you when you leave the house.

Lickety-split! How to Keep Thermoses Warm

Cap that thermos up!  Be sure to dry off any water on the threads and the neck, so they won’t have a chance to freeze.  Now, you do this for two thermoses.  I have a big one, and a smaller one made by Sharper Image (it probably ran about $30 originally, but the Thrift Store sold it to me for $1.50, a true bargain).  When you “nest” these thermoses together?  Believe it or not, they keep one another warmer.  I take these guys and a 20-ounce bottle of water, and wrap them up in an old, thick sweatshirt.

I take care to keep them tightly together, as I fold over the top and bottom of the sweatshirt, and then wrap from the sides.  Then this whole “package” I place into my Igloo Playmate cooler (it’s about 2’ x 1 ½’ x 1 ½’), where it fits on an angle.  A couple of packages of Ramen go in with it, as well as any instant coffee I take with me.  The food?  At 5 degrees F during the day, it’ll freeze up just sitting in the front seat of my vehicle.  So be it: refrigeration au natural.  The Igloo cooler gives just that added “boost” to insulate the thermoses.

Yes, there are times that I don’t use either of them, and they’re still warm 24 hours later.  Now, when it’s time, what I do is break out my meat and veggies, and place them on the bottom of a Tupperware container I use for a bowl.  I add my dried onions.  Then I crush/smash/break up my Ramen and pour it on top.  Taking the big thermos, I pour my hot water over top of my meal, covering the food about ¼” beyond.  Then I cap up my thermos and stick the top on the Tupperware, letting it sit for about five minutes.  I add the seasoning packet after that, and mix it in.  Voila!

I just made a meal for myself for pennies on the dollar.  For me, the big thermos is for the meals, and the little one is for the drinks, such as coffee or green tea.  So, here’s your “deal” for the whole thing:

In a bad situation, you’re going to have hot water for 24 hours and the ability to make yourself a meal or a core-warming drink.  At bare minimum, you’re going to have fresh water to drink (albeit warm) that won’t freeze up on you while you’re awaiting the storm to blow over.

How much is that worth when the bottom drops out of things?  For me it’s just something I always do.  Even in the summer, I take the small thermos with me (either for coffee or just some soup…not so much for survival or a problem).  But let’s say it’s not a survival situation.  How much is your time worth to you?  And your money?  By having that prepped and ready, you can eliminate having to go somewhere to eat, exposing yourself to crowds and potential colds and flus, and wasting time to pay for some overpriced meal.  You can enjoy a nice hot meal: what you’ve made with your own hands, clean and simple with no one to bother you.

It takes about 20 minutes out of your day each day, but the first time there is the need for it…the time pays for itself.  Let’s not forget that anything else can factor into it, such as a nice EMP that leaves you stranded in the wintertime by the side of the road.  Remember: it’s better to be prepared and wrong 1,000 times than to be unprepared and right just once.  So, pack up those thermoses, insulate ‘em, and set aside the ingredients for your soup with some “Vitamin R” or some precooked pasta and a bouillon cube if you just can’t stand the Ramen!  Take the time to prepare, and you’ll be waiting out the storm with soup, coffee, and water that’s not frozen if things go south!  JJ out!

 

More Winter Advice from JJ:

Hardcore Survival: What to Wear in the Harshest Conditions

This Winter Prep Could be the Most Essential Tool in Your Arsenal

7 Fundamental Requirements for Cold Weather Injuries

Winter Wilderness Survival: Take Care of Your Feet and Your Odds of Survival Increase.

Eye-Protection in the Winter Wilderness

Frostbite: How To Survive Winter’s Unrelenting Brutality

Winter Survival: How to Blend into a Winter Environment

How to Procure Protein Sources During Winter

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

What You Need To Know About Animal Snares for Survival

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When it comes to long term survival under dire circumstances, many of us will need to step outside our personal comfort zone and use snares to trap animals for food. The thought of doing so is unpleasant to me personally, but if I had to do it I could and I would. This has led me to research animal snares and how best to use them in modern times.

To pull this together, I have collaborated with Cody Assmann, an experienced outdoorsman who has a lot of hands-on experience with this sort of thing. In this article you will learn that animal snares are an ancient tool that everyone interested in survival should become familiar with for SHTF purposes.

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